Summer@Mid-Pen

Summer@Mid-Pen is an opportunity for Dragons to take an academic course, repair grades, or enroll in a class just for fun.

Summer@Mid-Pen 2022 will be held June 13 through July 8 with four week-long sessions on campus designed for students seeking enrichment, credit, or grade repair for a D or F from the 2021-2022 school year.  Mid-Pen will continue to follow all health and safety protocols outlined in our Safe Return to School Plan. 

Summer@Mid-Pen runs Monday through Friday, from June 13 through July 8. Classes generally run from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Weeks with a holiday (Weeks 2 & 4) will run from 9:30 am to 3:45 pm. Sports camps are offered every week after school.

Summer@Mid-Pen Dates
  • Week 1: June 13 - June 17
  • Week 2: June 21 - June 24 (No classes on Monday, June 20, for Juneteenth)
  • Week 3: June 27 - July 1
  • Week 4: July 5 - July 8 (No classes on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day)

Students may sign up for one to four weeks of courses, one class per week. To earn a semester's worth of credit, a student would need to sign up for two weeks. For Math credit/repair, students would need to take the full two-week course. To earn a year's worth of credit, a student would need to enroll in all four weeks.

Grade Repair is only for students who received a D or F from the 2021-2022 school year on their transcript. Core teachers will share information with students during Student-Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences.**

Review our offerings for Summer@Mid-Pen 2022. Click here to sign up for classes.


Summer@Mid-Pen 2022 Course Offerings
ASL Grammar and Basic Conversation (All Grade Levels)

Focusing on grammatical differences between English and ASL, students will learn the topic/comment sentences, noun/adjective techniques, directional verb signs, and complex sentence structure. Basic conversational skills will also be used. This class is strongly recommended for new students  planning to take ASL level 1. Students requiring grade repair need to take this course and the following week’s ASL Grade Repair course.

Teacher: Francis Phiri
Session(s): Week 1 

ASL Grade Repair (All Grade Levels)

Through children’s stories, students will learn vocabulary, descriptions, variations, facial expressions, and repetitive phrases necessary to draw young listeners into the story. Students requiring grade repair need to take this course and the previous week’s ASL Grammar and Basic Conversation courses.

Teacher: Francis Phiri
Session(s): Week 2

ASL Poetry and Music Translation (Elective,  Prerequisite: One year of ASL)

Students will learn how to translate music and poems in ASL. Students will be learning how to convey musical and poetic structures, how to use literary terms in ASL, and how to build complex sentence structures in ASL. Students should have 1 or 2 year experience of ASL.

Teacher: Francis Phiri
Session(s):  Week 3 — June 27, 2022, through July 1, 2022

Creative Writing (All Grade Levels)

Express yourself through writing in this fun elective course! Each day will bring new writing prompts and a new way of looking at yourself and the world around you. You’ll come away from the class with a portfolio of your work. Creative Writing may be taken for English grade repair credit only if paired with another week of an English course (except College Essay Writing).

Teacher:  Selena Harkness-Lee
Session(s):  Week 4 

College Essay Writing (for Rising Seniors Only)

This week-long course teaches rising seniors how to compose effective personal essays for post-high school applications. While this course focuses primarily on the standard personal essay for college admission, students can bring in specific prompts, such as requests for artist statements. The course begins with the assumption that students hold no prior knowledge or experience on the application process, and ends with each student learning the structure of the personal essay and what makes them effective, gaining a clearer grasp of the college application season, practicing supplementary essay prompts, and the completion of a personal essay draft. College Essay Writing may be taken for English grade repair credit only if paired with another week of an English course (except Creative Writing).

Teacher: Tara Theobald-Anderson
Session(s): This course is available during all four weeks of Summer@Mid-Pen. UPDATE: Weeks 1 and 2 are now full.

English/English Grade Repair (All Grade Levels)

Each session will feature work on a single novel and/or other works of literature (poetry, short stories, biographies, etc.). Students will work on reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, and literary analysis. They will produce a piece of writing by the end of each week, working on essay structure and analytic writing. Students can take this course for English credit and/or for Grade Repair. Students seeking a semester of English credit or Grade Repair need to take two weeks of English classes; the English Grade Repair course can be taken along with one of the other English offerings. 
 
Teacher: TBD
Session(s): This course is available during all four weeks of Summer@Mid-Pen.

Foundational Algebra Skills (All Grade Levels)

This class is for students who would benefit from a reinforcement of basic algebra skills, as they prepare for Algebra 1, and will also be a way for students who recently took Algebra 1 to review and build up the skills that they saw in the course. The main topics in this summer session would include solving one and two-step equations and inequalities, graphing on a number line, and graphing lines on an x-y coordinate system. In addition, there are opportunities to review fractions, decimals, and percentages; ratios and proportions; and basic statistics (mean/median/mode). Specific course content may vary depending on the needs of enrolled students. This course can be taken for Math grade repair; both sessions are required.

Teacher: TBD
Session(s): Weeks 1 and 2

Intermediate Algebra Skills (All Grade Levels)

This class is for students who would benefit from a reinforcement of the intermediate algebra skills covered in Algebra 1 and Algebra 2, and will also be a way for students who recently took Algebra 2 to review and build up the skills typically covered in the course. The main topics in this summer session would include solving linear systems, multiplying and factoring polynomials, and working with exponential, quadratic, rational, and logarithmic models. Specific course content may vary depending on the needs of enrolled students. This course can be taken for Math grade repair; both sessions are required.

Teacher: TBD 
Sessions: Weeks 3 and 4

Literature of Place: From Hawaii to California to New York City (All Grade Levels)

This course will focus on the 1920s to the 1940s, and students will read literature about Hawaii, California, and New York City. Through projects centered around analysis and writing, students will spend one week on a novel related to the places and time periods. This course may be taken for English grade repair credit; it is available to students of all grade levels, and any number or combination of sessions can be attended.

Teacher: Seleena-Harkness Lee
Session(s): Weeks 1, 2, and 3

Millennial History (All Grade Levels)

A history of the 1990's and Early 2000's. Interested in Backstreet Boys, Y2K, the Great Recession and the Patriot Act? Stop by for Millennial History. This course will cover political and cultural American history. This course will serve as either US or World History Credit. Millennial History may be taken for History grade repair credit only if paired with another History course.

Teacher: Alan Cameron
Session(s): Week 1

The Second World War (All Grade Levels) 

A history of the 1930's and 1940's. Come learn about the harrowing history of the Second World War. Students will learn about the causes, tactics, and struggles that defined the Second World War. Expect detailed analysis of the Rise of Fascism, the various Theatres, the home fronts, and the Holocaust. This course will serve as either US or World History Credit. The Second World War may be taken for History grade repair credit only if paired with another History course.

Teacher: Alan Cameron
Session(s): Week 2 - This class is now full.

Science Grade Repair (All Grade Levels)

Students will make up grades from earlier in the school year. This course will feature in-person classes and labs. Students must attend each day to get the credit due and are expected to be present and work diligently. Both weeks are required for grade repair in Environmental Science or Biology.

Teacher: David Oliver
Session(s): This course is available during all four weeks of Summer@Mid-Pen.

Wrestling Studies (All Grade Levels)

Are you ready for a Smackdown? Come look at the history and narrative structures of wrestling. Learn about Macro and Micro storytelling, business trends, and cultural shifts, all through the guise of American Pro Wrestling. Wrestling Studies may be taken for History grade repair credit only if paired with another History course.

Teacher: Alan Cameron
Session(s): Week 4
 

Summer@Mid-Pen Sports Camps
  • Week 1: June 13 - June 17 — 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm
    • Volleyball (Indoors)
    • Soccer (Outdoors)
    • Cross Country (Outdoors)
  • Week 2: June 21 - June 24 (No classes on Monday, June 20, for Juneteenth) — 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Volleyball (Indoors)
    • Soccer (Outdoors)
    • Cross Country (Outdoors)
  • Week 3: June 27 - July 1 — 2:45 pm to 4:15 pm
    • Basketball Indoors)
  • Week 4: July 5 - July 8 (No classes on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day) — 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Basketball (Indoors)
    • Cross Country (Outdoors)