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Summer Adventures 2016
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For children who are 6-10 years old and Teen Leadership for children 11-14 years old

June programs have been cancelled. "Spy School" has moved to August. Please see August offerings and sign up early.

Fees: $250 per program

Deposit: A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for each Summer Adventures course. The balance is due two weeks before the start of each program.

Morning Activities: Children will be involved in active exploration as they learn, invent and build, and/or use technology and art materials to design solutions to various problems.

Lunch and Recess: Children bring their own lunches and drinks for each course. We ask that you pack a nutritious lunch and save sweets and soda for home.

Afternoon Activities: Because of the rich content of our courses, activities will continue into the afternoon following a break for lunch and outdoor recess at High St. park, weather permitting.

Extended Day: Extended Day Option from 3:00 to 5:00 pm is available for $15 per day. It will include a snack and drink and then swimming at the Salem YMCA.

Location: The Phoenix School, Winter Island, and Salem State University's Conservation Land will be the locations for the programs this year.

Staff:Experienced Phoenix teachers, past and present, lead each Summer Adventure programs.
Will Sargent: former Phoenix teacher and currently a PE and Wellness teacher, coach, and dorm parent at Fay School in Southborough, MA.
Mike Smith: former Phoenix teacher and Summer Adventures instructor, a kayak guide in the San Juan Islands, a marine science naturalist on whale watching vessels in New Jersey, a sailing and science instructor aboard Tall Ships in California, and teaching math, reading, and writing in a K-3 school in Nicaragua. He is also a director of Common Tides, a non-profit that provides free marine science and sailing programs to children from underserved communities. Mike is a Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, NAUI Rescue Diver, ACA Coastal Kayak Certified, NSSIA SUP/Surf Instructor and a USCG Master 100GT Captain.
Betsye Sargent: current Phoenix Co-Head of School and Teacher of K-8
Barbara McFall: current Phoenix Co-Head of School and Teacher of K-8

Spy School
August 22 to 26, 2016
Ages 6 to 10 * $250 per week
Instructor: Will Sargent

Somewhere deep inside the world an elite group of recruits is lurking in the shadows preparing to take on top secret missions. No one really knows who they are, or for that matter, what they’re really up to. Now it’s your turn to join their ranks. Each day of Spy School will be filled with top secret briefings and activities that will put your spy skills and smarts to the test. Our young recruits will hone their trade and run training missions. Develop a disguise for cover, make and break codes, create and use spy gadgets, and uncover the science behind spying—all of this and more awaits our young recruits!

STEAM Challenges
August 29 to September 2, 2016
Ages 6 to 10 * $250 per week
Instructor: Mike Smith

Use science, technology, engineering, art, and math to undertake these exciting STEAM challenges. Experiment with boat keel designs, build a model catapult, investigate wind power by experimenting with turbine blade shapes, build a raft, and learn about the field of Biomimicry as you develop a product based on nature to design and market to the Summer Adventures judges. Two days will be spent at Winter Island and three days at the Salem State Conservation Land.

Teen Leadership Program
For 11 - 14 year-olds
Hours: 8:30 to 5:00
Fee: $100 per week

The Teen Leadership Program (TLC) is for young people who are too old for formal summer programs, too young for a formal job, but interested in spending a week assisting our course teachers in the field or engineering/inventions, mentoring younger children, helping out with the activities for the day, supervising recess or play at the park. TLCs will be given special assignments by their directing teacher and be responsible for various odd jobs that make the course run smoothly. Interest in science, animals, inventing and building with art materials, and using technology (Mac based) to create presentations — a plus.

TLCs should have had previous experience working successfully with younger children, be able to work as a member of a team, and have a basic understanding of how children learn through active exploration. 1-2 applicants will be accepted for each course.

Along with their Registration Form, interested TLC applicants should send a list of their experiences working with young children and a letter that explains their interest in the program. On your Registration Form rank the courses in order of preference and submit your application by June 1st. You will then be invited for an interview and further clarification of our expectations.

Accepted applicants will meet with the course teacher before each session begins. They will work closely with course teachers and be given feedback on their performance. A final evaluation will be written that may be used as a recommendation for future summer employment with young children.

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