Week 1: June 21-25, 2021

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  • Broadway Dance Camp: June 21-25, 2021

    Beginner-Intermediate 

    Age: For students entering grades 5-10
    Space: Minimum enrollment 10, maximum 20
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Cost: $445. After March 30: $495 

    Description: 5, 6, 7 8! Get ready for a variety of dance techniques for those of you who were born to bust a move! If you have never danced before to if you are already a ballerina, get excited about our dance and choreography opportunities within this camp! Throughout the week, participants will embark on a variety of dance styles: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, etc. By Friday afternoon, students will have the opportunity to showcase their new repertoire for family and friends! This camp will have a main instructor in addition to several guest artist choreographers!! Don’t miss a step in registering for this camp! 

    Instructor: Kyle Reynolds is an award-winning director who joined Kingswood Oxford School in 2018 as Director of Theater amid an accomplished career in theater education and directing. Kyle's role at KO involves teaching both theater and public speaking classes as well as directing the fall play and the winter musical. Kyle recently established a highly successful new fall dance program. The Choreographer’s Showcase featured guest dancers/choreographers from around the country who worked with KO students for ten weeks producing a final show in the Roberts Theater. A true workaholic, Kyle teaches in both the Middle School and Upper School, in addition to holding his collegiate professorship at several Connecticut colleges/universities. You may recognize Kyle from his accomplished work within Western Connecticut State University, Post University, Goodwin College, and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Under Kyle's instruction, his students have achieved successful careers in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions as well as national tours. At the college level, Kyle's students have also gained acceptance to elite musical theater universities: Baldwin Wallace, Shenandoah, Ithaca, New York University Tisch and the University of Michigan. Kyle, a performer himself who is trained in the Sanford Meisner technique, continues to be inspired by the creativity and hunger for theatrical training at Kingswood Oxford. Kyle's all-time favorite musical is, of course, Hello Dolly. 

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  • Electronic Music: June 21-25, 2021

    Create unique music with innovative technology

    Age: For students entering grades 5–11. 
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 6; maximum enrollment 10.
    Cost: $445; after March 30: $495

    Description: If you love finding new ways to make your music unique, then Camp KO’s E-Music Week is for you! The Kingswood Oxford Music Technology Lab has many of the latest tools for you to make your own music including a ROLI Seaboard, Fl studio, GarageBand, Ableton Live, and Logic.  You can also explore sound design for video, live recording, MIDI controllers, and other vintage electronic music instruments. Students may also bring their electronic guitars or digital drum sets to further enhance their music. Campers will use the computer to make an original composition in any style that interests them...any style from hip-hop to pop to rock to progressive rock. We will end the week with a collection of new original music and a live performance!

    Instructor: David Zucker, KO ‘88, has joined the KO faculty to teach music courses to our middle and upper school students. He studied music performance and composition at Skidmore College and later studied Indian music in Madras, India. David’s first instrument was the piano, but he has considerable experience on guitar, as well. His influences are diverse and include classical, jazz electronic, rock, and electronic music. David has had success as a performer, producer, and composer, spending many years as a working musician in both San Francisco and Seattle. While in Seattle, David worked considerably with film composer B.C. Smith. As a performer, Zucker toured the U.S. with his funk, fusion band, Siamese, and has toured Europe and South India. He has shared the stage with Phish, K.J. Sawka, Skerik, and Bill Frisell.  David has currently been working with Grammy award-winning composer, Paul Avgerinos, on composing music for television and film.  His music can be heard on many programs ranging from reality television to the NFL.

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  • Creative Non-Fiction: June 21-25, 2021

    Mastering How We Write About Ourselves and Our World

    Age: For students entering grades 8-11. (7th graders who have taken Camp KO Creative Writing will be considered for this course or a student may submit any piece of writing from the current school year.)
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Fee: $445; after March 30: $495 

    Course description: Learn to write about the world around you – or the world inside of you. During this week of writing focused on developing essays and other works of nonfiction, we will learn to observe, describe, synthesize and revise. And we will do so with our eye on a final writing project of your choosing, which you will read on the final day of camp. Every day we will spend time writing in both structured contexts and unstructured contexts. We will also “research” what we want to write about. We will learn about developing voice, layering on detail, and creating scenes that allow the reader to picture what we picture in our heads when we put pen to page. To aid us in our writing studies we will have the masters of Fiction, Nonfiction (in particular, essay), and Poetry to guide us through readings. We will share authors who delight us – and we will figure out just how they delight us. Your lifelong writer’s education begins on the first day of class! Please bring your favorite notebook or journal or we can provide you with one, and be prepared for inspiration from the Great Outdoors as we write around campus.

    Instructor: Jeanne Bonner is a writer and journalist who's done reporting for CNN, Marketplace, NPR and The New York Times, which also published a nonfiction memoir essay by Jeanne about recording her son's first words. Jeanne’s essay, “I Come Bearing Gifts, Amore Mio,” was awarded an Honorable Mention by Writer’s Digest and a version of it was published by Catapult. She studied Italian literature at Wesleyan University and has an MFA in Creative Writing from Bennington College. She also has a Master’s Degree in Italian Literature from the University of Connecticut. She is currently teaching Writing at Wesleyan while also working part-time as an editor for CNN. Jeanne believes writing is a tool given to every human to transfer thoughts from the inner world to the outer world (via the page or the screen).

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  • Printmaking: June 21-25, 2021

    Transfer images using multiple techniques and materials

    Age: For campers entering grades 4 through 9
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Fee: $470; after March 30: $520 *price includes a $25 activity fee that covers all tools and materials used in projects.

    Description: Explore and learn the art of Printmaking with this fun and challenging course for beginners as well as those with some experience. Printmaking is a process-oriented medium that makes your brain do somersaults. We will use a variety of techniques, such as nature printing, linocut, and monotype to create a portfolio of unique images. Every day we will use a new technique and some days we will mix them. At the end of the week we will showcase each camper’s creations with an art show. The fun part about printmaking is that there are always happy accidents. All levels of artistic ability are welcome.

    Instructor: Liza Martin is a practicing printmaker and painter, who received her MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has taught art at Tunxis Community College for over 20 years and currently teaches at Annie Fisher Montessori School. In addition to teaching and making art, Liza loves to grow vegetables in her community garden, trail run in the hilly woods of Connecticut, and now she is having a blast walking her new puppy, Coco.

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  • Coding Sampler: June 21-25, 2021

    Basic web design and application coding

    Age: For students entering grades 4-10. 
    Enrollment: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 16.
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Fee: $445; after March 30: $495.

    Description:
    Computer programming is a way of giving computers instructions about what they should do next. These instructions are known as code.  Code can be written in several different languages.  In this session, you will learn how to design, build, and write code to solve problems or perform a task.  In this Sampler Camp, students will explore a variety of programming languages and environments such as:

    Visual Basic.Net 
    This class will introduce the basics of Object Oriented Programming, covering how to build your own graphical user screens, adding images, sound and processing data with the click of buttons.
     
    Web Design
    This class will introduce the basics of Web Page Building with HTML Tags like <body>, <img>, linking to a web site or other web pages.

    MIT App Inventor
    This class will introduce another visual programming environment that allows students to build fully functional apps for Android smartphones and tablets.

    Python:
    This class will introduce the basics of the Python programming language, covering how to use data structures, organize and reuse code, draw shapes and patterns with Turtle, and create games and animations.

    Instructor: KO faculty member Michael E. Ligon teaches HTML, Javascript, Visual Basic.Net, and AP Computer Science using Java programming with Eclipse. He also teaches programming at Capital Community College. He enjoys teaching students how to create their own GUI (graphical user interface) screens. In his spare time, Mike is an expert grill-master and a part-time DJ.

Week 2: July 12-16, 2021

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  • A cappella (week 2 of 2)

    Singing with friends in harmony! (two-week long program)

    Age: For singers entering grades 5-11. 
    Enrollment: Minimum enrollment 12; maximum enrollment 16. 
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Fee: $890.00; after March 30: $990.00. 
        
    Description: Join The Camp KO Downbeats for our ninth season of performing as the leading a cappella camp in the Greater Hartford area. In addition to learning proper vocal techniques, solo performance skills, and collaborative group dynamics, you will also explore and improve with sight-reading, ear-­training, harmony skills, choreography, and vocal percussion. Whether you’re singing a solo or background parts, you’ll learn how to best prepare for an audition and performance, finding your strengths and go-to material as your own unique singer all the while building community and working toward a greater goal as a group. With facilities designed to handle COVID-19 guidelines, this program will make use of indoor and outdoor spaces in a creative way to facilitate music-learning and community building in addition to recording “live” performances, producing a studio recording, and filming one music video.

    There will be opportunities for camper-led arranging, beatboxing, directing, choreography and solo-singing with our afternoon workshops. Campers will also study videos and recordings from our own daily sessions as well as from high school, college, and professional groups across the country. Moreover, singers will get to work closely with our sound engineer instructor to produce a professional recording and music video all the while learning about the technology and process of developing a single. The session will culminate with a final “live” performance that will be filmed, edited, and then shared with the entire Camp KO community and the general public. If COVID-19 guidelines allow, we may also host an outdoor concert for 2 family members per household.
     
    Visit this link to read our goals

    Instructor: David Baker '04 is a native of West Hartford and an alumnus and teacher at Kingswood Oxford School where he directs KO's select co-ed choir, Outlook, and the all-male a cappella group, Crimson 7. Additionally, David teaches history, coaches track and field, and helps organize the Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival, New England’s largest high school a cappella competition. David attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he was a Filene Music Scholar in voice and sang in the all-male a cappella group, The Skidmore Bandersnatchers. From 2005 to 2007, David performed with and directed the professional a cappella group The Vineyard Sound on Martha’s Vineyard. Over the past thirteen years, David has sung with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (WHSO) numerous times and has performed at the Bushnell as a featured soloist. Currently, he lives in West Hartford with his wife Kata, also a teacher/coach at KO, his sons, Callan and Andrew, and his dog, Dobby. Baker trains for ultramarathons and triathlons in his spare time. 
    Mallory Moser is a singer, actress, video producer and teaching artist based in New York City. In addition to performing with Backtrack, she also leads much of the behind-the-scenes production and business work for the group, from conducting marketing and outreach campaigns, to booking performances, to co-managing accounting and finances, leading rehearsals and creating online content, as well as crafting and executing a variety of educational packages.  The group actively participates in educational outreach programs across the nation and Mallory also teaches aspiring artists privately in voice technique and audition preparation. Mallory received her B.A. in Theatre with a musical theatre concentration at Northwestern University. In addition to directing and performing in numerous musicals and plays at Northwestern, she was a faculty member at the "Cherubs" summer theatre program held at Northwestern and fulfilled the role of show producer for her a cappella group, X-Factors. After earning her bachelor's degree, she completed the prestigious professional training program at Actors Theatre of Louisville before joining Backtrack full time.

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  • Real Science: July 12-16, 2021

    Labs Equal Learning

    Age: For students entering grades 6-9.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; Maximum enrollment 14.
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Fee: $470, after March 30: $520. Price includes a $25 activity fee that covers all materials and kits
     
    Description: Are you a student who loves science and is ready for the exciting challenge of advanced laboratory experiments? During this week, we will get the opportunity to conduct experiments in chemistry, physics, biology, and environmental science. We will learn proper laboratory techniques, collect data, use spreadsheets, and have fun as we create a wave machine, analyze the behavior of isopods, explore color and light, launch marbles and rockets, collect DNA samples and more. You will have a chance to be a real scientist, with all the curiosity and fun that brings. The challenge and the success of each experiment (and maybe some frustration) will be yours to experience. We will include an introduction to chemistry including the atom and the periodic table. With multiple activities and demonstrations, we will try to understand how and why elements react. The course will also explore some fundamentals of physics including motion, acceleration, gravity, and projectiles. Most of our labs will be multidisciplinary so that students can see how important ideas in science are connected.

    Instructor: Alex Kraus is a veteran teacher at Kingswood Oxford, who has taught English, Latin, Chemistry, and Physics over a career of more than 30 years. In addition to teaching, he has coached varsity swimming and diving as well as varsity track and field. He holds a BA from Williams College and an MALS from Wesleyan University.

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  • Creative Writing Strong Voices [Collaborative Fiction]: July 12-16, 2021

    Writing From the Spark!

    Age: For campers entering grades 7th through 12th
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Fee: $445; after March 30: $495

    Description: Artists, writers, actors, illustrators--most creative careers require standing out strong while working in teams. Learning how to develop our own voice and vision while listening, learning, and including others in our work is key to creating great art. Join Young Adult author, Dawn Metcalf, in this exclusive writing course where students will create a world, characters, conflict, and dialogue developing our own narrative voice and ear. Together, we will create astonishing stories with deep, immersive plots, character arcs, and multiple points of view.

    Instructor: Dawn Metcalf is a multi-published author of Young Adult fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and gaming, and loves teaching writing and publishing to would-be writers of all ages. A presenter for schools, libraries, writing retreats, and the New England’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she offers unique, engaging workshops that share her passion for “seeing ourselves on the shelves.” She has published with Dutton Books, Harlequin Teen, HarperCollins, Harper Teen, Clarksworld Magazine, and White Wolf Press. She received her Master’s of Education from Harvard University and her Bachelor’s Degrees from Washington University in English Literature and Cultural Anthropology. This is her second year teaching at Kingswood Oxford.

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  • Intro to Python Coding: July 12-16, 2021

    Simplistic but powerful stepping-stone language 

    Age: Students entering grades: 5 to 10                                      
    Space: Minimum number of Students: 6; maximum number of students: 12
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Fee: $445; after March 30: $495

    Description: Python is an easy programming language that lets you work quickly and integrate systems more effectively. Python is a clear and powerful object-oriented programming language, comparable to Perl, Ruby, Scheme, or Java. In this class, campers will learn a variety of basic data types, how to incorporate object-oriented programming with classes and multiple inheritances and how code can be grouped into modules and packages. Students will learn how to install the free software, build simple programs, debug and test their applications. 

    Example projects include creating code to track a bank account’s debits and credits, creating code to provide a restaurant bill with tax and tip included, and creating a program to average out test scores.

    Instructor: KO faculty member Michael E. Ligon teaches HTML, Javascript, Visual Basic.Net, and AP Computer Science using Java programming with Eclipse. He also teaches programming at Capital Community College. He enjoys teaching students how to create their own GUI (graphical user interface) screens. In his spare time, Mike is an expert grill-master and a part-time DJ.

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  • Mindstorms Robotics (week 2 of 2): July 19-23, 2021

    Design, Create, Collaborate (two-week course)

    Age: Open to students entering grades 4–8. 
    Enrollment: Minimum class size 8; maximum class size 14. 
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Cost: $890; After March 30; $990. 

    Description: Have you ever dreamed of designing, building, and programming your own robot? Have you ever imagined all of the things a robot could do for you – like chores, homework, or walking the dog? At the Summer Robotics Program, campers in 4th through 8th grades will explore the world of robotics from a variety of lenses, ranging from mechanical design to computer programming to real-world applications. We will utilize the LEGO Mindstorms platform used by FIRST Robotics' FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program. FLL allows campers to get excited about science and technology and learn valuable employment and life skills. 

    Our Summer Robotics Program focuses on a project about the creation and modification of robots to perform specific related tasks and obstacles in a competitive game setting. During our time together campers will begin to learn 3D design software, such as TinkerCAD, using consumer grade 3D printers to bring their designs to life. Our campers will learn while building confidence, understanding, and independence in engineering and technology. 

    Instructor: Jeff Carpenter returns to Camp KO for his ninth season. He is a technology and engineering education teacher and a head coach for a Worlds qualified VEX IQ robotics team. Over the years he has worked with students in a variety of technology-based programs and will draw upon his experience working with students using various 3D modeling and printing solutions to help campers achieve and build a passion for technology and learning. Whether serving as a teacher or a mentor he encourages students to think unconventionally and be open to finding creative and different approaches to problem-solving. While completing a Technology & Engineering Education degree at CCSU, he used his skills in CAD design, machining, 3D printing, electronics, and programming to design and build several human-powered and super-mileage (gas-powered) competition vehicles.

Week 3: July 19-23, 2021

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  • A cappella (week 2 of 2)

    Singing with friends in harmony! (two-week long program)

    Age: For singers entering grades 5-11. 
    Enrollment: Minimum enrollment 12; maximum enrollment 16. 
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Fee: $890.00; after March 30: $990.00. 
        
    Description: Join The Camp KO Downbeats for our ninth season of performing as the leading a cappella camp in the Greater Hartford area. In addition to learning proper vocal techniques, solo performance skills, and collaborative group dynamics, you will also explore and improve with sight-reading, ear-­training, harmony skills, choreography, and vocal percussion. Whether you’re singing a solo or background parts, you’ll learn how to best prepare for an audition and performance, finding your strengths and go-to material as your own unique singer all the while building community and working toward a greater goal as a group. With facilities designed to handle COVID-19 guidelines, this program will make use of indoor and outdoor spaces in a creative way to facilitate music-learning and community building in addition to recording “live” performances, producing a studio recording, and filming one music video.

    There will be opportunities for camper-led arranging, beatboxing, directing, choreography and solo-singing with our afternoon workshops. Campers will also study videos and recordings from our own daily sessions as well as from high school, college, and professional groups across the country. Moreover, singers will get to work closely with our sound engineer instructor to produce a professional recording and music video all the while learning about the technology and process of developing a single. The session will culminate with a final “live” performance that will be filmed, edited, and then shared with the entire Camp KO community and the general public. If COVID-19 guidelines allow, we may also host an outdoor concert for 2 family members per household.
     
    Visit this link to read our goals

    Instructor: David Baker '04 is a native of West Hartford and an alumnus and teacher at Kingswood Oxford School where he directs KO's select co-ed choir, Outlook, and the all-male a cappella group, Crimson 7. Additionally, David teaches history, coaches track and field, and helps organize the Wyvern Invitational A Cappella Festival, New England’s largest high school a cappella competition. David attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, where he was a Filene Music Scholar in voice and sang in the all-male a cappella group, The Skidmore Bandersnatchers. From 2005 to 2007, David performed with and directed the professional a cappella group The Vineyard Sound on Martha’s Vineyard. Over the past thirteen years, David has sung with the West Hartford Symphony Orchestra (WHSO) numerous times and has performed at the Bushnell as a featured soloist. Currently, he lives in West Hartford with his wife Kata, also a teacher/coach at KO, his sons, Callan and Andrew, and his dog, Dobby. Baker trains for ultramarathons and triathlons in his spare time. 
    Mallory Moser is a singer, actress, video producer and teaching artist based in New York City. In addition to performing with Backtrack, she also leads much of the behind-the-scenes production and business work for the group, from conducting marketing and outreach campaigns, to booking performances, to co-managing accounting and finances, leading rehearsals and creating online content, as well as crafting and executing a variety of educational packages.  The group actively participates in educational outreach programs across the nation and Mallory also teaches aspiring artists privately in voice technique and audition preparation. Mallory received her B.A. in Theatre with a musical theatre concentration at Northwestern University. In addition to directing and performing in numerous musicals and plays at Northwestern, she was a faculty member at the "Cherubs" summer theatre program held at Northwestern and fulfilled the role of show producer for her a cappella group, X-Factors. After earning her bachelor's degree, she completed the prestigious professional training program at Actors Theatre of Louisville before joining Backtrack full time.

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  • Graphic Design: July 19-23, 2021
    Sold out

    Photography + Illustration + Typography

    Age: For students entering grades 5-11. 
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 16. 
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Fee: $445; after March 30: $495. 

    Description: In this course, students will learn the ins and outs of the fun and fast-paced world of Graphic Design. Campers will learn how to use professional design programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, as well as some free online programs that students can continue to use after the camp is over.  We will explore the wondrous world of typography that surrounds us each and every day and gain a better understanding of what goes into making a brand.  We will begin by learning about the basic principles and elements of design and we’ll start designing on day one! Campers will be guided through a series of small projects designed to teach the basics of each software program. Each project will yield printed logos, designs, typographies, and brands that will be exhibited on the final day of camp in the Juros Art Gallery on campus. Whether your child has no experience or is hoping to further develop their design portfolio there’s a place for them in Camp KO’s Graphic Design course.

    Instructor: KO Creative Arts teacher Greg Scranton '94 is an interdisciplinary media artist. He is a staff photographer and writer for the music blog, Surviving the Golden Age. He has taught media arts courses at the University of Minnesota and Ursinus College, and he was instrumental in bringing the "Hour of Code" to KO's Middle and Upper Schools in December 2014.

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  • Paper Quilling: July 19-23, 2021

    A Therapeutic Art Form for Everyone!

    Age: For campers entering grades 4th through 9th
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12
    Fee: $470; after March 30: $520 *price includes a $25 activity fee that covers all materials

    Description: Paper quilling is an art form that involves the use of thin strips of paper that are rolled, coiled, crimped, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Quilling is not only visually appealing, it is said to be relaxing and therapeutic.  It can help build fine motor and cognitive skills and has been used to improve concentration and relieve anxiety. In this course, campers will learn about the Pop Art movement and will create paper quilled artwork of something that is from their current “Pop Culture”.   

    Instructor: Joslyn Austin is the art teacher at Norfeldt Elementary School in West Hartford, CT.  She holds a degree in Art from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and a graduate degree in Art Education from CCSU. Since her early childhood in Rangeley, Maine (pop. 1,146), Joslyn has always known that she wanted to be an art teacher. Joslyn recognizes the unique qualities of each of her students and uses her creativity and passion for expression to connect on a deep level with them. She is a resident of West Hartford, mom to three kids, and has been a coach and VP of the West Hartford Girls Softball League for the past eleven years.  

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  • Introduction to C-Sharp Coding: July 19-23, 2021

     Learn the basic of video game design

    Age: Students entering grades: 5 to 10                        
    Space: Minimum number of Students: 8; maximum number of students: 12
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Fee: $445; after March 30: $495

    Description: C# is a powerful and flexible object-oriented programming (OOP) language created by Microsoft.  C# can be used to create a number of different programs and applications: video games, mobile apps, desktop apps, cloud-based services, websites, and enterprise software. Like all programming languages, it can be used to create a variety of applications. Your potential with C# is limited only by your imagination. The language does not place any constraints on what you can do.  

    In this class, students will learn a variety of basic data types, how to incorporate object-oriented programming with classes and multiple inheritances and how code can be grouped into modules and packages. Students will learn how to build simple programs, debug and test their programs by writing to the Console window. 

    Instructor: KO faculty member Michael E. Ligon teaches HTML, Javascript, Visual Basic.Net, and AP Computer Science using Java programming with Eclipse. He also teaches programming at Capital Community College. He enjoys teaching students how to create their own GUI (graphical user interface) screens. In his spare time, Mike is an expert grill-master and a part-time DJ.

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  • Mindstorms Robotics (week 2 of 2): July 19-23, 2021

    Design, Create, Collaborate (two-week course)

    Age: Open to students entering grades 4–8. 
    Enrollment: Minimum class size 8; maximum class size 14. 
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Cost: $890; After March 30; $990. 

    Description: Have you ever dreamed of designing, building, and programming your own robot? Have you ever imagined all of the things a robot could do for you – like chores, homework, or walking the dog? At the Summer Robotics Program, campers in 4th through 8th grades will explore the world of robotics from a variety of lenses, ranging from mechanical design to computer programming to real-world applications. We will utilize the LEGO Mindstorms platform used by FIRST Robotics' FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program. FLL allows campers to get excited about science and technology and learn valuable employment and life skills. 

    Our Summer Robotics Program focuses on a project about the creation and modification of robots to perform specific related tasks and obstacles in a competitive game setting. During our time together campers will begin to learn 3D design software, such as TinkerCAD, using consumer grade 3D printers to bring their designs to life. Our campers will learn while building confidence, understanding, and independence in engineering and technology. 

    Instructor: Jeff Carpenter returns to Camp KO for his ninth season. He is a technology and engineering education teacher and a head coach for a Worlds qualified VEX IQ robotics team. Over the years he has worked with students in a variety of technology-based programs and will draw upon his experience working with students using various 3D modeling and printing solutions to help campers achieve and build a passion for technology and learning. Whether serving as a teacher or a mentor he encourages students to think unconventionally and be open to finding creative and different approaches to problem-solving. While completing a Technology & Engineering Education degree at CCSU, he used his skills in CAD design, machining, 3D printing, electronics, and programming to design and build several human-powered and super-mileage (gas-powered) competition vehicles.

Week 4: July 26-30, 2021

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  • Rockband: July 26-30, 2021

    Learn to listen and play together

    Age: For students entering grades 4-­­10. 
    Space: Minimum enrollment 5; maximum enrollment 10. 
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Fee: $445; after March 30: $495

    Description: This session will give students an opportunity to work together as a rock band. Students will choose a name for the band and then work on material throughout the week.  We will do a mix of original music and cover songs.  In past years we have come up with some great original material which was all written within the week. At the end of the week, we will perform a concert and showcase what we have done. When learning instruments, many students do not get the opportunity to play music or jam with other kids. This session will allow students to do just this, to play music together. Campers must have some musical instrument experience and vocalists are also welcomed.

    We will focus on listening to each other, playing in time as a group and on soloing and improvisation during a song. We will also explore the roles each instrument plays in the band and how these roles affect the overall sound. For example, we’ll focus on getting the drummer and bass player to play together, and making sure guitar players and keyboard players play parts that complement each other and don't get in each other's way. The week will be filled with musical games that will instill confidence and encourage group bonding. All instruments are welcome, not just traditional rock instruments. Come rock out with us and join the fun! 
     
    Instructor: David Zucker has been studying music since childhood. He grew up in Bloomfield and graduated from KO in 1988. He studied music performance and composition at Skidmore College and later studied Indian music in Madras, India. David's first instrument was the piano, but he has considerable experience on guitar, as well. His influences are diverse and include classical, jazz electronic, rock, and electronic music. David has had success as a performer, producer, and composer. He spent many years as a working musician in both San Francisco and Seattle. While in Seattle, David worked considerably with film composer B.C. Smith. As a performer, Zucker toured the U.S. with his funk, fusion band, Siamese, and has toured Europe and South India. He has shared the stage with Phish, K.J. Sawka, Skerik, and Bill Frisell. David has currently been working with Grammy award- winning composer, Paul Avgerinos, on composing music for television and film. His music can be heard on many programs ranging from reality television to the NFL.

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  • Digital Photography: July 26-30, 2021

    Documentary, photojournalism, landscape, and fine art

    Age: For students entering grades 5-11. 
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; Maximum enrollment 16 
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $445; after March 30: $495

    Description: Students will explore a variety of styles -- documentary, photojournalism, landscape, and fine art photography -- while learning the technical skills needed to become a skilled photographer. Each student will be provided with a Canon DSLR camera and an iMac equipped with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Students will print and exhibit selections from their work on the last day of camp. No prior photographic or computer experience necessary and due to the independent nature of this course, those with experience will learn advanced techniques and have the opportunity to explore their creative style in greater depth.

    Instructor: KO Creative Arts teacher Greg Scranton '94 is an interdisciplinary media artist. He is a staff photographer and writer for the music blog, Surviving the Golden Age. He has taught media arts courses at the University of Minnesota and Ursinus College, and he was instrumental in bringing the "Hour of Code" to KO's Middle and Upper Schools in December 2014.

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  • Creative Writing Fan Fiction: July 26-30, 2021

    Writing From the Spark!

    Age: For campers entering grades 5th through 9th
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Fee: $445; after March 30: $495

    Description: Superheroes! Princesses! Monsters! Wizards! Inspired by our favorite characters in books and on screen, young writers will explore the question, “What If…?” and create new chapters of the stories we love best. Join Young Adult author, Dawn Metcalf, in this exclusive writing journey where we will learn about iconic characters, the key elements of world-building, and develop our narrative voices through unique prompts, mash-ups, free-writing challenges and interactive games. Many New York Times Bestselling authors began their career as fan fiction writers--imagine what you and your heroes will do next!

    Instructor: Dawn Metcalf is a multi-published author of Young Adult fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and gaming, and loves teaching writing and publishing to would-be writers of all ages. A presenter for schools, libraries, writing retreats, and the New England’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she offers unique, engaging workshops that share her passion for “seeing ourselves on the shelves.” She has published with Dutton Books, Harlequin Teen, HarperCollins, Harper Teen, Clarksworld Magazine, and White Wolf Press. She received her Master’s of Education from Harvard University and her Bachelor’s Degrees from Washington University in English Literature and Cultural Anthropology. This is her second year teaching at Kingswood Oxford.

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  • Intro to Java Programming: July 26-30, 2021

    An easy gateway language with many applications

    Age: For students entering grades 5-10. 
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 16.
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Fee: $445; after March 30: $495.

    Description: Learn the fundamentals of Java, one of the most relevant and long-standing programming languages in the world today. Java has dozens of uses, from game development to business apps. This fast-paced Java summer school camp will teach your child to code, edit and problem-solve in a structured and methodical manner from the ground up. Once your child has mastered the core coding constructs, we’ll challenge them with fun practical exercises and projects for a variety of different scenarios.

    This beginning programming class consists of several topics explaining in simple, easy-to-follow terms on how to build a Java application. Students learn about project design, object-oriented programming, console applications, graphics applications and many elements of the Java language. Some projects include a number guessing game, a card game, creating simple applets programs that run in a web browser. Students will learn computer science topics which can be applied to any programming language such as: 

    * Data Types and Ranges
    * Scope of Variables
    * Naming Conventions
    * Decision Making
    * Looping
    * Language Functions - String, Date, and Numerical
    * Arrays
    * Writing Your own Methods (subroutines) and more... 

    Students will use either Mac Computers or Window Computers.  All software is free shareware software. 

    Instructor: KO faculty member Michael E. Ligon teaches HTML, Javascript, Visual Basic.Net, and AP Computer Science using Java programming with Eclipse. He also teaches programming at Capital Community College. He enjoys teaching students how to create their own GUI (graphical user interface) screens. In his spare time, Mike is an expert grill-master and a part-time DJ.

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  • 3D Printing and CAD Design (week 2 of 2)

    Watch your designs come to life!

    Age: For students entering grades 7-10; (3D Modeling/Printing experience not necessary)
    Space: Minimum class size 6; maximum class size 14. 
    Time: Program runs from 8:30am - 4:30pm. 
    Cost: $890, After March 30: $990

    Description: Do you love to design, build, or create? Do you have an interest in 3D printing and dream of ways of applying these skills to the world around you? If your answer is “yes,” this two-week session is for you! Whether you are a 3D modeling/printing pro or just developing an interest, you will explore a variety of engineering-focused problems to be solved using your developing engineering skills. 

    At Camp KO we will have at our disposal several Flashforge Creator Pro printers and a range of Autodesk software to challenge the beginner to the experienced. Daily lessons and goals are scaled to match beginner groups and intermediate groups. Come to Camp KO and bring the designs from your mind to the real world. 
    This session is designed to focus on developing 3D Design and Printing skills. Budding 3D modelers/printers and those with more experience will focus on the application and development of their skills through interactive and collaborative design while addressing obstacles at their skill level. Campers will develop a network of peers and mentors who are also interested in changing their world through scientific and technological innovation. 

    Instructor: Jeff Carpenter returns to Camp KO for his ninth season. He is a technology and engineering education teacher and a head coach for a Worlds qualified VEX IQ robotics team. Over the years he has worked with students in a variety of technology-based programs and will draw upon his experience working with students using various 3D modeling and printing solutions to help campers achieve and build a passion for technology and learning. Whether serving as a teacher or a mentor he encourages students to think unconventionally and be open to finding creative and different approaches to problem-solving. While completing a Technology & Engineering Education degree at CCSU, he used his skills in CAD design, machining, 3D printing, electronics, and programming to design and build several human-powered and super-mileage (gas-powered) competition vehicles.

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  • Broadway Triple Threat: July 26-30, 2021

    Age: For students entering grades 5-10
    Space: Minimum enrollment - 8; maximum enrollment - 16
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Cost: $445, after March 30: $495

    Description: Have you ever dreamed of performing on a Broadway stage? You're in luck! BROADWAY TRIPLE THREAT camp teaches musical theater techniques and training that will prepare you for either your next audition, your next big role, or even just for fun! You'll explore why musical theater is one of the most unique art forms. You'll study singing, acting and dancing each and every day! 
    Don't have a ton of experience? No problem! All are welcome! We will dive into vocal warm-ups, intonation, musical theater expression, Broadway hit songs, stretching, movement, choreography, acting, improv, games and more! BROADWAY TRIPLE THREAT campers will also get the opportunity to experience an audition masterclass! The session will culminate with a final share performance!

    Instructor: Kyle Reynolds is an award-winning director who joined Kingswood Oxford School in 2018 as Director of Theater amid an accomplished career in theater education and directing. Kyle's role at KO involves teaching both theater and public speaking classes as well as directing the fall play and the winter musical. Kyle recently established a highly successful new fall dance program. The Choreographer’s Showcase featured guest dancers/choreographers from around the country who worked with KO students for ten weeks producing a final show in the Roberts Theater. A true workaholic, Kyle teaches in both the Middle School and Upper School, in addition to holding his collegiate professorship at several Connecticut colleges/universities. You may recognize Kyle from his accomplished work within Western Connecticut State University, Post University, Goodwin College, and the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts. Under Kyle's instruction, his students have achieved successful careers in both Broadway and off-Broadway productions as well as national tours. At the college level, Kyle's students have also gained acceptance to elite musical theater universities: Baldwin Wallace, Shenandoah, Ithaca, New York University Tisch and the University of Michigan.  Kyle, a performer himself who is trained in the Sanford Meisner technique, continues to be inspired by the creativity and hunger for theatrical training at Kingswood Oxford. Kyle's all-time favorite musical is, of course, Hello Dolly. 

Week 5: August 2-6, 2021

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  • Academic Prep (AcaPrep) For Third Graders: August 2-6, 2021

    Prepare and develop confidence for the coming year

    Offered August 2-6 and August 9-13
    Open to students entering third grade in the Fall of 2021

    Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 12
     
    Full-day option details
    Fee per week: $425, after March 30: $450
    Program hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Half-day option details
    Half-Day Fee per week: $300, after March 30: $325
    Program Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Before and aftercare are available at an additional cost


    Description: Incoming third graders will focus on the core subjects of reading, math, science, and social studies to prepare them for the academic demands of third grade. Throughout the day, campers will develop their reading comprehension, fluency, and problem solving skills in an inviting and exciting learning environment. They will be engaged in hands on, collaborative activities, while also receiving small group, and individualized instruction throughout the day. Children will also have enrichment opportunities such as physical fitness, yoga, and mindful stress reduction techniques. Campers will leave equipped with the tools necessary for success in third grade, and many positive memories. 

    Instructor: Patrick Scully received a Bachelor's in Social Sciences from Eastern Connecticut State University, and a Master's in Elementary Education from The University of New Haven. Patrick is in his 5th year as a classroom teacher in Meriden, CT.  In the summer of 2019 he was awarded a Fund for Teachers fellowship grant and spent the summer bicycling across the United States, collecting resources and documenting his experiences to enrich his curriculum and inspire students. In his free time Patrick loves to garden, and go outside for bike rides and hikes with his wife, Rachel, and son, Rylan.

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  • Academic Prep (AcaPrep) For 4th and 5th Graders: August 2-6, 2021

    Prepare and develop confidence for the coming year

    Offered August 2-6 and August 9-13
    Open to students entering grades 4th and 5th in the Fall of 2021

    Space: Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 12
    Time: Full-day Program hours: 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.  Half-day options: 8:30 a.m - 11:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
    Fee: Full Day Fee per week: $425, after March 30: $450. Half-Day Fee per week: $300, after March 30: $325

    *Before and after care are available at an additional cost

    Reading and Writing Program
    Incoming fourth and fifth graders will focus on the core subjects of reading and writing to prepare them for the academic demands of upper elementary school. Centered in code-switching and self-reflection, campers will play with the many ways we read, write, and communicate in our lives. Throughout the day, campers will develop their reading comprehension, fluency, and active reading strategies, as well as build on their writing instincts in creative and analytical writing activities, in an inviting and exciting learning environment. In our hands on, collaborative activities, we will equip ourselves with reading and writing skills that will help us tackle upper elementary and beyond, while gaining an understanding of the power we hold as readers, writers, and communicators. 

    Instructor: Michelle Caswell earned her BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she also completed a minor in Education. Entering her sixth year as an Upper School English Teacher at KO and her tenth year as an educator, she looks forward to her fourth summer at Camp KO, where each day brings a new challenge and opportunity to play. Michelle believes that joyful, curious reading and creative, eager writing are the keys to effective and interesting communication. Joy, curiosity, creativity, and more inspire her work as the co-coach of KO’s Speech and Debate Team, as well as the Form 3 English Curriculum Coordinator.
    Math Program 
    Incoming fourth and fifth graders will focus on basic math skills. The campers will reinforce topics they were introduced to over the past year as well as exploring topics they will see next year. Each day the students will start by doing mental math to help solidify math facts and then review a key concept that they should have been exposed to in the previous school year. The students will practice their problem-solving skills as well as exercise their collaboration skills by talking through these problems in groups. There will be an emphasis on fractions and decimals as well as working through multistep word problems. These activities will help the students solidify their understanding and also allow them to make connections to topics they will learn this year. Throughout the week the students will improve their math skills and help them build their math confidence so they are ready to start the school year! 
    Instructor: Megan Farrell earned her BA in elementary and special education with a core focus in mathematics from Providence College. Megan is entering her sixth year of teaching and her fourth year at KO. She teaches math in the Middle School, advises 7th-grade students, and coaches swimming and cross country. In her teaching, she focuses on problem-solving as well as collaboration to inspire her students to find answers. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, running, and baking. This is her second summer at Camp KO and she is excited to be back! 

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  • Academic Prep (AcaPrep) For 6th and 7th Graders: August 2-6, 2021

    Prepare and develop confidence for the coming year

    Offered August 2-6 and August 9-13
    Open to students entering grades 6 and 7 in the Fall of 2021

    Space: Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 12

    Full Day Fee per week: $425, after March 30: $450
    Program hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Half-Day Fee per week: $300, after March 30: $325
    Program Hours: 8:30 am - 11:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Before and after care are available at an additional cost

    Reading and Writing Program
    Incoming sixth and seventh graders will focus on the core subjects of reading and writing to prepare them for the academic demands of middle school. Campers will practice their active reading strategies, develop their writing instincts, and engage with their critical thinking skills in an inviting and exciting learning environment. Centered in code-switching and self-reflection, campers will play with the many ways we read, write, and communicate in our lives. They will be engaged in writing and speaking to multiple audiences, imagined and real, to build their ability to persuade and inform. In our hands on, collaborative activities, we will equip ourselves with reading and writing skills that will help us tackle middle school and beyond, while gaining an understanding of the power we hold as readers, writers, and communicators. 

    Math Program 
    Incoming sixth and seventh graders will focus on pre-algebraic topics as well as basic math skills. The campers will reinforce topics they were introduced to over the past year as well as exploring topics they will see next year. Each day the students will review a key concept that they should have been exposed to in the previous school year using open-ended problems. The students will practice their collaboration skills by talking through these problems in groups. These activities will help the students solidify their understanding and also allow them to make connections to topics they will learn this year. Throughout the week the students will improve their math skills and help them build their math confidence so they are ready to start the school year! 

    Instructor: Michelle Caswell earned her BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she also completed a minor in Education. Entering her sixth year as an Upper School English Teacher at KO and her tenth year as an educator, she looks forward to her fourth summer at Camp KO, where each day brings a new challenge and opportunity to play. Michelle believes that joyful, curious reading and creative, eager writing are the keys to effective and interesting communication. Joy, curiosity, creativity, and more inspire her work as the co-coach of KO’s Speech and Debate Team, as well as the Form 3 English Curriculum Coordinator.

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  • Academic Prep for 8th and 9th Graders: August 2-6, 2021

    Offered August 2-6 and August 9-13

    Space: Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 12
    Time: Full day from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. or half-day options: 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Fee: Full Day Fee per week: $425, after March 30: $450. Half-Day fee per week: $300, after March 30: $325

    Before and after care are available at an additional cost

    Description:

    Reading/Writing Program 
    Incoming eighth and ninth graders will focus on critical, active reading and writing skills as they prepare for the challenges of their first years of high school. Campers will practice different strategies for active reading and explore writing in a variety of contexts, from analytical writing to personal reflection, all in a classroom environment that focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in engaging and fun ways. Reading and writing lessons will be paired with general study and organizational skills that will help campers adjust to the demands of the new school year. Throughout the week, engaging group activities will show campers the many choices available to them as readers, writers, and communicators, as well as the strategies to pursue those choices once they make them.

    Math Program
    Incoming eighth and ninth graders will focus on Algebra and Geometry, through the lens of the eight mathematical practices. Campers will reinforce topics they were introduced to this year as well as exploring topics they will see next year, all while focusing on critical problem-solving skills. Each day will begin with a quick review of a key topic that students should have encountered in the previous school year. This review is followed by a series of intriguing problems that push student understanding of the topic allowing them to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. We will finish each problem-solving discussion with a challenging activity in which students collaborate in teams to construct viable solutions and critique the reasoning of others. Throughout the week engaging math exploration and personal reflection will build the students’ math confidence and help to uncover the true beauty of math. 

    Instructor: Cameron Biondi earned his BA in comparative literature from Yale University, with a focus on literature in English, Spanish, and Italian. He is entering his fourth year at KO as an Upper School English teacher and the girls varsity and JV squash coach, after teaching English at an elementary school in Seoul, South Korea. This is his first summer at Camp KO, and he is excited to share his love of reading and language with the campers. In his teaching, he focuses on putting into practice the key communicative skills that allow us to express the many ways in which literature moves us.

    Instructor: Alex Hoerman earned his BA in mathematics and statistics from Williams College and his M.Ed from Boston University. He has been teaching for 12 years and is currently in his fourth year at Kingswood Oxford. In addition to teaching math in the Upper School, he is a Cross Country coach. In his classroom, he focuses on student collaboration and problem-solving techniques. He wants all of his students to walk away appreciating the importance of mathematics and understanding how it can be useful in so many facets of their lives.

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  • 3D Printing and CAD Design (week 2 of 2)

    Watch your designs come to life!

    Age: For students entering grades 7-10; (3D Modeling/Printing experience not necessary)
    Space: Minimum class size 6; maximum class size 14. 
    Time: Program runs from 8:30am - 4:30pm. 
    Cost: $890, After March 30: $990

    Description: Do you love to design, build, or create? Do you have an interest in 3D printing and dream of ways of applying these skills to the world around you? If your answer is “yes,” this two-week session is for you! Whether you are a 3D modeling/printing pro or just developing an interest, you will explore a variety of engineering-focused problems to be solved using your developing engineering skills. 

    At Camp KO we will have at our disposal several Flashforge Creator Pro printers and a range of Autodesk software to challenge the beginner to the experienced. Daily lessons and goals are scaled to match beginner groups and intermediate groups. Come to Camp KO and bring the designs from your mind to the real world. 
    This session is designed to focus on developing 3D Design and Printing skills. Budding 3D modelers/printers and those with more experience will focus on the application and development of their skills through interactive and collaborative design while addressing obstacles at their skill level. Campers will develop a network of peers and mentors who are also interested in changing their world through scientific and technological innovation. 

    Instructor: Jeff Carpenter returns to Camp KO for his ninth season. He is a technology and engineering education teacher and a head coach for a Worlds qualified VEX IQ robotics team. Over the years he has worked with students in a variety of technology-based programs and will draw upon his experience working with students using various 3D modeling and printing solutions to help campers achieve and build a passion for technology and learning. Whether serving as a teacher or a mentor he encourages students to think unconventionally and be open to finding creative and different approaches to problem-solving. While completing a Technology & Engineering Education degree at CCSU, he used his skills in CAD design, machining, 3D printing, electronics, and programming to design and build several human-powered and super-mileage (gas-powered) competition vehicles.

Week 6: August 9-13, 2021

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  • Academic Prep (AcaPrep) For Third Graders: August 2-6, 2021

    Prepare and develop confidence for the coming year

    Offered August 2-6 and August 9-13
    Open to students entering third grade in the Fall of 2021

    Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 12
     
    Full-day option details
    Fee per week: $425, after March 30: $450
    Program hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

    Half-day option details
    Half-Day Fee per week: $300, after March 30: $325
    Program Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Before and aftercare are available at an additional cost


    Description: Incoming third graders will focus on the core subjects of reading, math, science, and social studies to prepare them for the academic demands of third grade. Throughout the day, campers will develop their reading comprehension, fluency, and problem solving skills in an inviting and exciting learning environment. They will be engaged in hands on, collaborative activities, while also receiving small group, and individualized instruction throughout the day. Children will also have enrichment opportunities such as physical fitness, yoga, and mindful stress reduction techniques. Campers will leave equipped with the tools necessary for success in third grade, and many positive memories. 

    Instructor: Patrick Scully received a Bachelor's in Social Sciences from Eastern Connecticut State University, and a Master's in Elementary Education from The University of New Haven. Patrick is in his 5th year as a classroom teacher in Meriden, CT.  In the summer of 2019 he was awarded a Fund for Teachers fellowship grant and spent the summer bicycling across the United States, collecting resources and documenting his experiences to enrich his curriculum and inspire students. In his free time Patrick loves to garden, and go outside for bike rides and hikes with his wife, Rachel, and son, Rylan.

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  • Academic Prep (AcaPrep) For 4th and 5th Graders: August 2-6, 2021

    Prepare and develop confidence for the coming year

    Offered August 2-6 and August 9-13
    Open to students entering grades 4th and 5th in the Fall of 2021

    Space: Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 12
    Time: Full-day Program hours: 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.  Half-day options: 8:30 a.m - 11:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
    Fee: Full Day Fee per week: $425, after March 30: $450. Half-Day Fee per week: $300, after March 30: $325

    *Before and after care are available at an additional cost

    Reading and Writing Program
    Incoming fourth and fifth graders will focus on the core subjects of reading and writing to prepare them for the academic demands of upper elementary school. Centered in code-switching and self-reflection, campers will play with the many ways we read, write, and communicate in our lives. Throughout the day, campers will develop their reading comprehension, fluency, and active reading strategies, as well as build on their writing instincts in creative and analytical writing activities, in an inviting and exciting learning environment. In our hands on, collaborative activities, we will equip ourselves with reading and writing skills that will help us tackle upper elementary and beyond, while gaining an understanding of the power we hold as readers, writers, and communicators. 

    Instructor: Michelle Caswell earned her BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she also completed a minor in Education. Entering her sixth year as an Upper School English Teacher at KO and her tenth year as an educator, she looks forward to her fourth summer at Camp KO, where each day brings a new challenge and opportunity to play. Michelle believes that joyful, curious reading and creative, eager writing are the keys to effective and interesting communication. Joy, curiosity, creativity, and more inspire her work as the co-coach of KO’s Speech and Debate Team, as well as the Form 3 English Curriculum Coordinator.
    Math Program 
    Incoming fourth and fifth graders will focus on basic math skills. The campers will reinforce topics they were introduced to over the past year as well as exploring topics they will see next year. Each day the students will start by doing mental math to help solidify math facts and then review a key concept that they should have been exposed to in the previous school year. The students will practice their problem-solving skills as well as exercise their collaboration skills by talking through these problems in groups. There will be an emphasis on fractions and decimals as well as working through multistep word problems. These activities will help the students solidify their understanding and also allow them to make connections to topics they will learn this year. Throughout the week the students will improve their math skills and help them build their math confidence so they are ready to start the school year! 
    Instructor: Megan Farrell earned her BA in elementary and special education with a core focus in mathematics from Providence College. Megan is entering her sixth year of teaching and her fourth year at KO. She teaches math in the Middle School, advises 7th-grade students, and coaches swimming and cross country. In her teaching, she focuses on problem-solving as well as collaboration to inspire her students to find answers. In her free time, she enjoys reading, swimming, running, and baking. This is her second summer at Camp KO and she is excited to be back! 

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  • Academic Prep (AcaPrep) For 6th and 7th Graders: August 2-6, 2021

    Prepare and develop confidence for the coming year

    Offered August 2-6 and August 9-13
    Open to students entering grades 6 and 7 in the Fall of 2021

    Space: Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 12

    Full Day Fee per week: $425, after March 30: $450
    Program hours: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Half-Day Fee per week: $300, after March 30: $325
    Program Hours: 8:30 am - 11:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Before and after care are available at an additional cost

    Reading and Writing Program
    Incoming sixth and seventh graders will focus on the core subjects of reading and writing to prepare them for the academic demands of middle school. Campers will practice their active reading strategies, develop their writing instincts, and engage with their critical thinking skills in an inviting and exciting learning environment. Centered in code-switching and self-reflection, campers will play with the many ways we read, write, and communicate in our lives. They will be engaged in writing and speaking to multiple audiences, imagined and real, to build their ability to persuade and inform. In our hands on, collaborative activities, we will equip ourselves with reading and writing skills that will help us tackle middle school and beyond, while gaining an understanding of the power we hold as readers, writers, and communicators. 

    Math Program 
    Incoming sixth and seventh graders will focus on pre-algebraic topics as well as basic math skills. The campers will reinforce topics they were introduced to over the past year as well as exploring topics they will see next year. Each day the students will review a key concept that they should have been exposed to in the previous school year using open-ended problems. The students will practice their collaboration skills by talking through these problems in groups. These activities will help the students solidify their understanding and also allow them to make connections to topics they will learn this year. Throughout the week the students will improve their math skills and help them build their math confidence so they are ready to start the school year! 

    Instructor: Michelle Caswell earned her BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she also completed a minor in Education. Entering her sixth year as an Upper School English Teacher at KO and her tenth year as an educator, she looks forward to her fourth summer at Camp KO, where each day brings a new challenge and opportunity to play. Michelle believes that joyful, curious reading and creative, eager writing are the keys to effective and interesting communication. Joy, curiosity, creativity, and more inspire her work as the co-coach of KO’s Speech and Debate Team, as well as the Form 3 English Curriculum Coordinator.

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  • Academic Prep for 8th and 9th Graders: August 2-6, 2021

    Offered August 2-6 and August 9-13

    Space: Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 12
    Time: Full day from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. or half-day options: 8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Fee: Full Day Fee per week: $425, after March 30: $450. Half-Day fee per week: $300, after March 30: $325

    Before and after care are available at an additional cost

    Description:

    Reading/Writing Program 
    Incoming eighth and ninth graders will focus on critical, active reading and writing skills as they prepare for the challenges of their first years of high school. Campers will practice different strategies for active reading and explore writing in a variety of contexts, from analytical writing to personal reflection, all in a classroom environment that focuses on developing critical thinking and communication skills in engaging and fun ways. Reading and writing lessons will be paired with general study and organizational skills that will help campers adjust to the demands of the new school year. Throughout the week, engaging group activities will show campers the many choices available to them as readers, writers, and communicators, as well as the strategies to pursue those choices once they make them.

    Math Program
    Incoming eighth and ninth graders will focus on Algebra and Geometry, through the lens of the eight mathematical practices. Campers will reinforce topics they were introduced to this year as well as exploring topics they will see next year, all while focusing on critical problem-solving skills. Each day will begin with a quick review of a key topic that students should have encountered in the previous school year. This review is followed by a series of intriguing problems that push student understanding of the topic allowing them to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. We will finish each problem-solving discussion with a challenging activity in which students collaborate in teams to construct viable solutions and critique the reasoning of others. Throughout the week engaging math exploration and personal reflection will build the students’ math confidence and help to uncover the true beauty of math. 

    Instructor: Cameron Biondi earned his BA in comparative literature from Yale University, with a focus on literature in English, Spanish, and Italian. He is entering his fourth year at KO as an Upper School English teacher and the girls varsity and JV squash coach, after teaching English at an elementary school in Seoul, South Korea. This is his first summer at Camp KO, and he is excited to share his love of reading and language with the campers. In his teaching, he focuses on putting into practice the key communicative skills that allow us to express the many ways in which literature moves us.

    Instructor: Alex Hoerman earned his BA in mathematics and statistics from Williams College and his M.Ed from Boston University. He has been teaching for 12 years and is currently in his fourth year at Kingswood Oxford. In addition to teaching math in the Upper School, he is a Cross Country coach. In his classroom, he focuses on student collaboration and problem-solving techniques. He wants all of his students to walk away appreciating the importance of mathematics and understanding how it can be useful in so many facets of their lives.
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