Week 1: June 20-24, 2022

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  • Electronic Music: June 20-24, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

    Create unique music with innovative technology

    Ages: 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
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.
    Cost: $445; after March 31: $495.

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    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 Nonfiction: June 20-24, 2022 (Canceled)

    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 an entering 7th grade student may submit any piece of writing from the current school year.)
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space:
    Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.
    Cost: $445; after March 31: $495 
    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule,  visit this link.

    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. Everyday 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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  • Culinary Science: June 20-24, 2022 (Sold Out)

    Scientists in the Kitchen
     
    Ages: For students entering grades 4-8
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 6; Maximum enrollment 14.
    Cost: $495; Early Bird Discount $445 until March 15
    This program has an additional $25 activity fee 

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule,  visit this link.

    Description: Are you a student who loves science and has a passion for cooking? Have you ever wondered about the chemical reactions that cause bread to rise or onions to caramelize? Are you curious about how to utilize your scientific knowledge to perfect your recipes in the kitchen? Then you’re ready to be a scientist in the kitchen this summer! Each day, you will explore the chemistry of food and discover why certain reactions, emulsions and more happen to create many of the foods that you enjoy in your daily life. We will explore some fundamental concepts in chemistry, including acids and bases as well as the atomic structure of macronutrients and how that’s important for cooking. By the end of the program, you will be equipped with a stronger understanding of different foods and how they work together to create something delicious, a deeper sense of appreciation for the food you consume and of course some new cooking techniques to impress your friends and family!  

    Instructor: Sharon Migdal is an eighth grade science teacher at Kingswood Oxford. Previously, she taught kindergarten, second grade and fifth grade science at Springfield Prep Charter School. As a New York City native, she always enjoyed the variety of cuisines she was exposed to, which sparked an interest and love for cooking. She believes that cooking is a form of art and expression and each person brings a unique twist to their culinary style. In addition to teaching, she coaches the middle school volleyball and basketball teams. She holds a BS from New York University and an MA from Columbia University. 

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  • Coding: June 20-24, 2022 (Sold Out)

    Basic web design and application coding
     
    Ages: For students entering grades 4-10.
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 16.

    Before and after care are available at an additional fee.

    Cost: $445; after March 31: $495.
    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description: Computer programming, or coding, 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 course, campers 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.

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  • Printmaking: June 20-24, 2022 (Sold Out)

    Transfer images using multiple techniques and materials

    Ages: For campers entering grades 4 through 9
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12
    Before and after care are available at an additional cost
    Cost: $445; after March 31: $495
    Activity Fee: $25 - Covers all tools and materials used in projects.

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    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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  • Service Learning with Journey Home: June 20-24, 2022 (Sold Out)

    Ages: For campers ages 12-15
    Time: Program day runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 14
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional cost

    Cost: $400; after March 31: $450

    To view the Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description: One smile, one hug, one handshake, one word, can change the world.  If you believe that statement then you have the power to be a world-changer.  Spend one week this summer with our friends at Journey Home in Hartford as they will guide you through service learning opportunities.  Journey Home works to end homelessness all over the Capital region and you will get to have an insider’s view on how all of this happens.  Learn about what it takes to move someone from homelessness to housing, spend time in their West Hartford-based furniture warehouse sorting and organizing donations, visit their office in downtown Hartford and meet their staff, and spend time each day volunteering with them as they help create empty apartments into new homes for people who have just moved out of homelessness.  You will have a fully immersive experience and will also be able to apply your volunteer hours for any hours needed for school.  Make the world a better place by helping to take care of your tiny corner.

    Instructor: Trica Watson has been with Kingswood Oxford School for over ten years. As a history teacher, academic advisor, and athletic coach, she is dedicated to guiding students along their academic and personal journey. She is passionate about being an active member of the community and looks forward to supporting the Service Learning project with Journey Home. Prior to becoming a teacher, she worked with at-risk adolescents through Daytop Village, Inc in Broox, NY and Redwood City, CA to help provide health and substance abuse services. In addition, while living in California, she worked on the School-to-Career program in the Fremont-Union School District to help students achieve their General Education degree and career building skills. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Fordham University and a Masters in Education degree from Santa Clara University. She is excited to be joining the Camp KO team this summer. 

    Instructor: Alison Sjoberg has been with Journey Home for over four years.  She was instrumental in building the Making a House a Home/A Hand Up program at Journey Home from the ground up.  She has dedicated her life to changing the world by transforming one empty apartment, by engaging one volunteer, and by serving one client at a time. Alison has an MSW from UConn School of Social Work and a Bachelor's Degree from Quinnipiac University. She is excited to help the Camp KO team make a difference this summer by helping people on their transition out of homelessness and learn a bit more about homelessness and the system we have helped to create here in the Hartford area! 

Week 2: July 11-15, 2022

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  • Real Science: July 11-15, 2022 (Canceled) Replaced with Afternoon Creative Writing 

    Labs Equal Learning

    Ages: For students entering grades 6-9.
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; Maximum enrollment 14.
    Before and after care are available at an additional fee.
    Cost: $445; After March 31: $495
    Activity fee: $25 per camper to cover all necessary supplies.

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    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 brine shrimp, explore color, launch 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 a MALS from Wesleyan University.

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  • Mindstorms Robotics: July 11-22, 2022 (Week 2 of 2) (Sold Out)

    Design, Create, Collaborate

    Ages: Open to students entering grades 4–8.
    Time: Camp day runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum class size 8; maximum class size 14.

    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Cost: $890; After March 31; $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.

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  • Paper Quilling: July 11-15, 2022 (Sold Out)

    A Therapeutic Art Form for Everyone!
     
    Ages: For campers entering grades 3 through 8
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional cost

    Cost: $445; after March 31: $495
    Activity fee: $25 per camper to cover all necessary supplies.

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    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 Python Coding: July 11-15, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

    Simplistic but powerful stepping-stone language

    Ages: Students entering grades 5 to 10  
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 12
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    Cost: $445; after March 31: $495

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description: Python is an easy programming language that lets you work quickly and integrate systems more effectively. Python is commonly used for developing websites and software, task automation, data analysis, and data visualization. Since it's relatively easy to learn, Python has been adopted by many non-programmers such as accountants and scientists, for a variety of everyday tasks, like organizing finances. 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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  • Shark Tank: July 11-15, 2022 (Sold Out)

    Create your product and make your pitch!
     
    Ages: For students entering grades 4 to 9
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 14
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    We offer a full day option with either creative writing (grades 7-9), Art (grades 4-8), or basketball (grades 4-9).
    The full-day program runs from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Cost:
    Morning only: $350, after March 31: $375
    Full day: $455; after March 31: $495
    Activity Fee: $25 to cover supplies for producing a demo product.

    Before and aftercare are available at an additional cost.

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description: Welcome to Shark Tank! This program offers students the opportunities to learn entrepreneurship skills, sales negotiation, and Business 101! Students will learn about profit, gross, margins, valuations, equity, royalties and more! If you’ve ever watched the television show, Shark Tank, we are going to do our own version where the students can participate both as entrepreneurs and sharks! 

    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, choreographer showcase and the winter musical. 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, one of Kyle’s largest passions is public speaking, sales negotiations, and organizational leadership. It should come as no surprise that Shark Tank is a family favorite at the Reynolds home! 

Week 3: July 18-22, 2022

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  • Graphic Design: July 18-22, 2022 (Sold Out)

    Photography + Illustration + Typography
     
    Ages: For students entering grades 5-11.
    Time: Camp day runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 16.
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    Course fee: $445; after March 31: $495. 

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    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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  • Biomedical Science: July 18-22, 2022 Sold Out

    Anatomy, Physiology, Dissections & Health Science Skills

    Ages: For students entering grades 6-9.
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; Maximum enrollment 14.
    Before and after care are available at an additional fee.

    Cost: $445; After March 31: $495
    Activity fee: $25 per camper to cover all necessary supplies.

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description: This camp is intended for any aspiring health professionals. Each day, campers will be introduced to a case study and do guided research, analysis and lab activities to diagnose their patient and learn about a particular organ system. We will learn about the cavities of the body, anatomical positioning terms, and the homeostatic mechanisms through which our bodies regulate themselves. We will perform an autopsy of a pickle, look at human tissue under the microscope, learn how to suture an open wound with stitches, how to take a pulse, blood pressure and listen to heart sounds and finally, dissect a chicken wing, sheep heart, cow eye and fetal pig. 

    We will include an introduction to some biological basics: a discussion of life sustaining processes and the structure of cells, tissues and some organs. Through multiple activities and lessons we will seek to understand the source of human diseases, thereby gaining an appreciation for the life sustaining role of each organ system. 

    Instructor: Kata Baker is a science teacher at Kingswood Oxford and has taught Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy & Physiology over her fifteen year career. In addition to teaching, she coaches varsity swimming and serves as a dean to the freshman and sophomore classes.  She holds a BA from Connecticut College in Cellular and Molecular Biology. 

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  • Mindstorms Robotics: July 11-22, 2022 (Week 2 of 2) (Sold Out)

    Design, Create, Collaborate

    Ages: Open to students entering grades 4–8.
    Time: Camp day runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum class size 8; maximum class size 14.

    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Cost: $890; After March 31; $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.

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  • Broadway Week: July 18-22, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

    Develop your dancing, singing, and acting skills
     
    Ages: For students entering grades 5-10
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment - 8; maximum enrollment 16
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional cost

    Cost: $445, after March 31: $495

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description: Have you ever dreamed of performing on a Broadway stage? You're in luck! Broadway Week 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 Week 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. 

    Instructor: Victoria Santiago is a musical theater major at Dean College in Massachusetts. She has been in several professional musicals, one of which received the award for Best Classical Music in the State of Connecticut, A Chorus Line, where Victoria played the leading role of Diana Morales. After graduating from Dean College, Victoria is prepared to audition and hopefully work and build a career on Broadway. Victoria is extremely excited to return to CAMP KO for the 3rd year in a row! 

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  • Creative Writing: Storybuilding through Fun & Games: July 18-22, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

    Ages: For campers entering grades 6 through 10
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    Cost: $445; after March 31: $495
    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description:
    The art of writing isn’t just about skill, it’s about creativity, imagination, collaboration and craft. Our writing becomes richer the more we experience, learn, discover and grow…which means we have to think a little bit differently! Jump-start the way you think about stories and characters, plot hooks and worlds, perspective and voice by playing games and having fun! Join Young Adult author, Dawn Metcalf, in this exclusive writing course where students will develop their narrative voice and expand their horizons with prompts based on board, card and dice games, and each other.

    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 third year teaching at Kingswood Oxford’s Camp KO.


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  • Introduction to C-Sharp Coding: July 18-22, 2022

    Learn the basics of video game design
     
    Ages: Students entering grades 5 to 10  
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 12
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    Cost: $445; after March 31: $495

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    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.

Week 4: July 25-29, 2022

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  • Digital Photography: July 25-29, 2022 (Sold Out)

    Documentary, Photojournalism, Landscape, and Fine Art
     
    Ages: For students entering grades 5-11. 
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; Maximum enrollment 16 
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional cost

    Cost: $445; after March 30: $495
    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    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 is 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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  • Intro to Java Programming: July 25-29, 2022

    An easy gateway language with many applications

    Ages: For students entering grades 5-10.
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 16.
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    Cost: $445; after March 31: $495.
    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    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 Modeling: July 25-August 5, 2022 (Week 1 of 2)

    Watch your designs come to life!

    Ages: For students entering grades 7-10; (3D Modeling/Printing experience not necessary)
    Time: Camp day runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum class size 6; maximum class size 14. 
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee. 

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Cost: $890, After March 31: $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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  • Rockband: July 25-29, 2022 (One Spot Available)

    Learn to listen and play together

    Ages: For students entering grades 4-­­10. 
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 5; maximum enrollment 10.
    Before and after care are available at an additional fee.

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Cost: $445; after March 31: $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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  • Creative Writing: Fan Fiction: July 25-29, 2022 Sold Out

    Ages: For campers entering grades 5 through 9
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    Cost: $445; after March 31: $495
    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    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 third year teaching at Kingswood Oxford.

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  • CSI: Camp KO: July 25-29, 2022 (Sold Out))

    Forensic Science Techniques

    Ages: For students entering grades 6-9.
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; Maximum enrollment 14.
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee

    Cost: $445; After March 31: $495 
    Activity fee: $25 per camper to cover all necessary supplies.

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description: There has been a break-in at 1438 Boulevard, and local police are confused by the anonymous tips they've received. The Chief of Police has called in a crack group of investigators to help solve the crime. Will you be one of them?

    This introductory course focuses on the skills and concepts behind crime scene investigation and forensic science. Whether you want to be a crime scene investigator or you just like science and problem solving, this course will help you hone your investigative skills and also cover a wide range of science topics -- including physics, chemistry, and cell biology, to name a few -- in the process of learning about forensic science. You will engage in hands-on activities and labs that mimic real-life work in the field of forensic science, discussions about real issues and uses of forensic science, and you will of course investigate the mysterious break in. Instead of learning only science concepts, you'll learn how to use science to answer questions. Topics covered include; crime scene processing, physical evidence, fingerprinting, serology & DNA, hair & fiber trace evidence, soil comparison and document examination.

    Instructor: Graham Hegeman has taught Biology and Environmental Science for the past 7 years. He recently came to Kingswood Oxford from St. John’s School in Houston, Texas. Graham holds a Master of Science in Biology, and has a diverse set of experiences in science, including studying rainforest ecology in remote areas of Australia, and working as an intern at the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory. Graham loves hiking, camping and board games.
     

Week 5: August 1-5, 2022

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  • 3D Printing and Modeling: July 25-August 5, 2022 (Week 2 of 2)

    Watch your designs come to life!

    Ages: For students entering grades 7-10; (3D Modeling/Printing experience not necessary)
    Time: Camp day runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum class size 6; maximum class size 14. 
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee. 

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Cost: $890, After March 31: $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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  • Art - Three Dimensional Design (One Spot left)

    Creating environmentally conscious art
     
    Ages: For campers entering grades 4 through 9
    Time: Program runs from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum enrollment 8; maximum enrollment 12

    Before and aftercare are available at an additional cost

    Cost: $445; after March 31: $495

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description: In Three-Dimensional Design we will hand build both sculptures and functional objects. Many of the materials we use will be recyclable and household items. This will encourage creativity while helping the environment. We will also incorporate natural materials. One goal is to create a village, which will be a group project. There will be no limits on creativity.

    Instructor: Liza Martin teaches three-dimensional design at Tunxis Community College and 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.

Week 6: August 8-12, 2022

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  • Academic Prep (AcaPrep) For Third Graders: August 1-5, 2022 (One Spot Available)

    Prepare and develop confidence for the coming year

    Ages: Open to students entering third grade in the Fall of 2022
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Half-day morning and afternoon options available:
    Morning only: 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    Afternoon only: 12:15-3:30 p.m.
    *(Morning and afternoon only sessions are limited to 4 spots)

    Space:
    Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students 12
    Cost:
    Full day: $450, after March 31: $475
    Morning or afternoon only: $350, after March 31: $375
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    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 6th 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 1-5, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

    Prepare and develop confidence for the coming year
     
    Ages: Open to students entering grades 4 and 5 in the Fall of 2022
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Half-day morning and afternoon options available:
    Morning only: 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    Afternoon only: 12:15-3:30 p.m.
    *(Morning and afternoon only sessions are limited to 4 spots)

    Space:
    Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students 14
    Cost:
    Full day: $450, after March 31: $475
    Morning or afternoon only: $350, after March 31: $375
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    To view the Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description:
    Reading and Writing Program (Morning Session)
    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. 

    Math Program (Afternoon Session)
    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: Sophie Gocheva is entering her 7th year of teaching. Currently, she teaches Algebra I and Computer Science at Conard High School in West Hartford. She enjoys facilitating collaboration between students, and supporting all learners to make math discoveries. Outside of the classroom, she interviews prospective students for her alma mater, Trinity College, and is working on her Ed.D. at UConn. When she is not volunteering or working, you can find her at the gym, skiing in Vermont or with her husband and thirteen year-old cat, Stella.

    Instructor: A native of Canterbury, England, KO English and drama teacher Beth Repp is also the assistant coach of the award-winning Forensic Union (debate) team. She earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity College and her Master's of Education degree from the University of Saint Joseph.

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  • Academic Prep (AcaPrep) For 6th and 7th Graders: August 1-5, 2022 Sold Out

    Prepare and develop confidence for the coming year
     
    Ages: Open to students entering grades 6 and 7 in the Fall of 2022
    Space: Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 14
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Half-day morning and afternoon options available:
    Morning only: 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    Afternoon only: 12:15-3:30 p.m.
    *(Morning and afternoon only sessions are limited to 4 spots)
    Cost:
    Full day: $450, after March 31: $475
    Morning or afternoon only: $350, after March 31: $375
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    To view the Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description:
    Reading and Writing Program (Afternoon Session)
    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 (Morning Session)
    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 explore 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: Sophie Gocheva is entering her 7th year of teaching. Currently, she teaches Algebra I and Computer Science at Conard High School in West Hartford. She enjoys facilitating collaboration between students, and supporting all learners to make math discoveries. Outside of the classroom, she interviews prospective students for her alma mater, Trinity College, and is working on her Ed.D. at UConn. When she is not volunteering or working, you can find her at the gym, skiing in Vermont or with her husband and thirteen year-old cat, Stella.

    Instructor: A native of Canterbury, England, KO English and drama teacher Beth Repp is also the assistant coach of the award-winning Forensic Union (debate) team. She earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity College and her Master's of Education degree from the University of Saint Joseph.

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  • Academic Prep for 8th and 9th Graders: August 1-5, 2022 (One Spot Available!)

    Ages: For students entering grades 8 and 9 in Fall of 2022
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 14
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Half-day morning and afternoon options available:
    Morning only: 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    Afternoon only: 12:15-3:30 p.m.
    *(Morning and afternoon only sessions are limited to 4 spots)
    Cost:
    Full day: $450, after March 31: $475
    Morning or afternoon only: $350, after March 31: $375
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    To view the Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description:
    Reading/Writing Program (Afternoon Session)
    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 (Morning session)
    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 students' 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 fifth 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 second 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.
     

Week 6: August 8-12, 2022

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  • Academic Prep (AcaPrep) For Third Graders: August 1-5, 2022 (One Spot Available)

    Prepare and develop confidence for the coming year

    Ages: Open to students entering third grade in the Fall of 2022
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Half-day morning and afternoon options available:
    Morning only: 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    Afternoon only: 12:15-3:30 p.m.
    *(Morning and afternoon only sessions are limited to 4 spots)

    Space:
    Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students 12
    Cost:
    Full day: $450, after March 31: $475
    Morning or afternoon only: $350, after March 31: $375
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    To view our 2022 Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    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 6th 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 1-5, 2022 (SOLD OUT)

    Prepare and develop confidence for the coming year
     
    Ages: Open to students entering grades 4 and 5 in the Fall of 2022
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Half-day morning and afternoon options available:
    Morning only: 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    Afternoon only: 12:15-3:30 p.m.
    *(Morning and afternoon only sessions are limited to 4 spots)

    Space:
    Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students 14
    Cost:
    Full day: $450, after March 31: $475
    Morning or afternoon only: $350, after March 31: $375
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    To view the Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description:
    Reading and Writing Program (Morning Session)
    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. 

    Math Program (Afternoon Session)
    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: Sophie Gocheva is entering her 7th year of teaching. Currently, she teaches Algebra I and Computer Science at Conard High School in West Hartford. She enjoys facilitating collaboration between students, and supporting all learners to make math discoveries. Outside of the classroom, she interviews prospective students for her alma mater, Trinity College, and is working on her Ed.D. at UConn. When she is not volunteering or working, you can find her at the gym, skiing in Vermont or with her husband and thirteen year-old cat, Stella.

    Instructor: A native of Canterbury, England, KO English and drama teacher Beth Repp is also the assistant coach of the award-winning Forensic Union (debate) team. She earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity College and her Master's of Education degree from the University of Saint Joseph.

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  • Academic Prep (AcaPrep) For 6th and 7th Graders: August 1-5, 2022 Sold Out

    Prepare and develop confidence for the coming year
     
    Ages: Open to students entering grades 6 and 7 in the Fall of 2022
    Space: Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 14
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Half-day morning and afternoon options available:
    Morning only: 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    Afternoon only: 12:15-3:30 p.m.
    *(Morning and afternoon only sessions are limited to 4 spots)
    Cost:
    Full day: $450, after March 31: $475
    Morning or afternoon only: $350, after March 31: $375
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    To view the Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description:
    Reading and Writing Program (Afternoon Session)
    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 (Morning Session)
    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 explore 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: Sophie Gocheva is entering her 7th year of teaching. Currently, she teaches Algebra I and Computer Science at Conard High School in West Hartford. She enjoys facilitating collaboration between students, and supporting all learners to make math discoveries. Outside of the classroom, she interviews prospective students for her alma mater, Trinity College, and is working on her Ed.D. at UConn. When she is not volunteering or working, you can find her at the gym, skiing in Vermont or with her husband and thirteen year-old cat, Stella.

    Instructor: A native of Canterbury, England, KO English and drama teacher Beth Repp is also the assistant coach of the award-winning Forensic Union (debate) team. She earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity College and her Master's of Education degree from the University of Saint Joseph.

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  • Academic Prep for 8th and 9th Graders: August 1-5, 2022 (One Spot Available!)

    Ages: For students entering grades 8 and 9 in Fall of 2022
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Space: Minimum number of students: 8; maximum number of students: 14
    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    Half-day morning and afternoon options available:
    Morning only: 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
    Afternoon only: 12:15-3:30 p.m.
    *(Morning and afternoon only sessions are limited to 4 spots)
    Cost:
    Full day: $450, after March 31: $475
    Morning or afternoon only: $350, after March 31: $375
    Before and aftercare are available at an additional fee.

    To view the Camp Day Schedule, visit this link.

    Description:
    Reading/Writing Program (Afternoon Session)
    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 (Morning session)
    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 students' 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 fifth 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 second 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.
     
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