MIDDLE SCHOOL RISING 5-8

MIDDLE SCHOOL RISING 5-8

MIDDLE SCHOOL RISING 5-8

MIDDLE SCHOOL RISING 5-8

MIDDLE  SCHOOL RISING 5-8

Middle school summer camp combines enrichment, academic, and internship opportunities. Prep for the upcoming season with week-long sports camps, join our tech camps in the 601 Dolores Innovation Lab, or savor the study of culinary arts along with our food and agricultural sciences program. You can also get a jump start on getting your student prepared for high school entrance exams with our SSAT camp.

REGISTER HERE. You will be redirected to UltraCamp, our online camp management website. There, you can create an account and log in to make reservations based on availability of the current camp sessions and also make camp payments. Should you have any questions, please contact Chris Teare at (415) 861-5432 ext. 315 or christ@cds-sf.org.

We have identified three outside vendors to partner with us during the week of August 20-24, when summer camp will not be available for Lower and Middle School:

  • Camp Edmo will be running a week of camp in the Presidio.
  • Wheel Kids is offering their Adventure Riding Camp for independent riders entering grades 1-8.
  • Our friends at Tree Frog Treks will help our campers build leadership and critical thinking skills through adventuring in nature with peers and instructors.

Middle School Camp Menu

Session I: June 18-June 22

Creative Writing with Jackie!

Description coming soon!

Session II: June 25-June 29

Creative Writing with Jackie!

Description coming soon!

Drone Racing and Obstacle Course Challenge (Rising 6th-8th graders)

This program is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with their drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Students first maneuver the drone through creative obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. Participants contribute fully in this program as they design and help build the the obstacle course in preparation for the final day’s activities and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying are included in this program.  

Basketball All-Stars!

During this full-day camp, everything from dribbling to defense and lay-ups to free throws with 5 on 5 scrimmages, everything . basketball will be covered in this week long basketball clinic. Grab your Gatorade and lace up those sneakers tight as you dribble into a ton of basketball fun with our experienced coaches.

Session III: July 2-July 6 (No camp July 4)

Culture and Cooking

Do you ever wonder how history shapes our diets? If so, don’t miss out on this culture and cooking class, which highlights culture, geography, and cooking traditions from around the world. Students will study a specific region each day, focusing on people, geography, history, and lifestyle. Students will discuss the meals they are preparing, shop for groceries, and finally prepare and enjoy the dish!

Physical Computing and Programming

Physical computing is an exciting field that explores the intersection between people, computers, and the world. Campers will spend the first portion of the session enhancing their knowledge and mastery of physical computing by learning a few basic concepts as well as how to program a Hummingbird microcontroller using a block-based programming language. Once they’ve had the opportunity to hone their skills, campers will apply their knowledge by incorporating the components of the microcontroller (motors, LED lights, and sensors) into something physical, whether that be a structure, an art project, or something else creative that they can think of. This camp is perfect for both beginner and expert Hummingbird programmers, and no previous programming experience is required.

Basketball All-Stars!

During this full-day camp, everything from dribbling to defense and lay-ups to free throws with 5 on 5 scrimmages, everything . basketball will be covered in this week long basketball clinic. Grab your Gatorade and lace up those sneakers tight as you dribble into a ton of basketball fun with our experienced coaches.

Session IV: July 9-July 13

Science of Cooking: Molecular Gastronomy (Rising 6th-8th graders)

“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (French Gastronome).  

We will begin to unravel the art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food. We’ll learn about high-quality ingredients (what makes them of “high quality?”) and when and where we should use them. We’ll learn how to choose great produce and we’ll cook and eat great food! Each day we’ll travel somewhere new to learn about culture and culinary traditions.

Session V: July 16-July 20

Ingredient-Based Cooking (Rising 6th-8th graders)

Seasoning food and balancing flavors is an art. Identifying herbs and spices and knowing when to use them always makes your cooking game stronger. In this cooking class, we will focus on the versatility of ingredients. We’ll start with a base recipe and see how it changes when different elements and ingredients are introduced.

Futsol Superstars

Using highly effective drills and curricula, student will hone in on their futsol skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending in preparation of the 2018-19 season. Each day will be an opportunity to be immersed in a specific skill and will culminate in a soccer match. All of this takes place in an atmosphere where having fun, trying your best, and displaying good sportsmanship are more important than winning. Children of all skill levels are welcome to join Julius and Emmanuel for this week of nonstop soccer fun!

Session VI: July 23-July 27

Basketball All-Stars!

During this full-day camp, everything from dribbling to defense and lay-ups to free throws with 5 on 5 scrimmages, everything . basketball will be covered in this week long basketball clinic. Grab your Gatorade and lace up those sneakers tight as you dribble into a ton of basketball fun with our experienced coaches.

VII: July 30-August 3

Adventures in Science (Rising 5th - 7th graders) - Location: 601 Dolores

Do you have a love for science? Do you want to learn more and more about the structures and behaviors of the natural and physical world? Become a mad scientist this summer! Mix chemicals, make marble roller coasters, launch paper rockets, and more.

Personal Essay Writing: 9:00am-12:00pm (Rising 7th-8th graders) - Location: 601 Dolores

We will discuss and learn about the fundamental components of personal essay writing and also participate in activities to unlock the personal and creative stories that each student will need in this part of the application process.

For the past 13 years, I have made writing a personal statement essay part of the eighth grade humanities curriculum, and I will continue to do so. This camp will help incoming seventh and eighth graders get a head start on the process and, more importantly, work on brainstorming a good topic that both shows how well the student can write and gives the admissions director a sense of who the student is. We will be taking walks throughout the city, playing games, writing journal entries, and having Socratic Dialogues in order to work on our own stories.

— Terry Ashkinos, Eighth Grade Humanities Teacher

Session VIII: August 6-August 10

Creative Writing with Terry Ashkinos: 9:00am-12:00pm (Rising 7th-8th graders) - Location: 601 Dolores

This program will focus on the craft of the short story, in addition to providing other creative writing opportunities. The first part of your day will consist of reading short stories, building reading comprehension skills, and identifying the common traits of the medium. In addition, you’ll spend time writing short stories in a workshop model. The second part of each day will be a “field” experience to inspire creative writing. Among many possible options, you might be challenged to write poetry inspired by a trip on BART or to create biographical vignettes about people you observe in a local park. This is the perfect program for all writers, whether you’re an emerging writer or a writer who already has an idea in mind and is ready to put pen to paper.

Session IX: August 13-August 17

Volleyball Clinic! - Location: Millennium School Gym NOTE: on 8/15 camp will take place at 601 Dolores, our Middle School campus

Description coming soon!

SSAT (Rising 8th graders) - Location: 601 Dolores

During the morning SSAT session, students will be introduced to the content and format of the SSAT as well as test-taking and test-preparation strategies. Students will end the week with a solid understanding of how the test works, what kinds of verbal, reading comprehension, and quantitative questions they can expect to tackle, and what kinds of strategies they should employ for these various question types.  In addition, each student will develop an individual plan for further practice and study before the official test date in the fall.

Session X: August 22-24

Pre-Algebra Boot Camp for Rising 8th Graders - Location: 601 Dolores

Kickstart 8th grade algebra study with some intensive review of fundamental math concepts.  Campers will solidify their understanding of topics from 5th-7th grade mathematics, including topics that are heavily featured in the quantitative sections of the SSAT.  This camp is intended for students seeking mathematics review, rather than enrichment.  Short homework assignments may be given, along with optional supplementary review materials.

Session XI: September 6-7

Bridges Math Camp for Rising 5th Graders - Location: 601 Dolores

Kickstart 5th grade math with a review of fourth grade math and a preview of fifth! Led by 5th grade math teacher, Frances Elsberry, campers will work on fun, visual math problems from Jo Boaler and the Bridges curriculum. This camp is intended for students seeking mathematics review, rather than enrichment. Bring a lunch!

9/6 – 9:00am-3:00pm ($100)

9/7 – 9:00am-12:00pm ($50)

Daily Schedule for Middle School Campers:

8:00–8:45 a.m.            Morning extended care for early campers (at 333 Dolores)

8:45–9:05 a.m.            Regular campers arrive

9:05–9:15 a.m.             Morning meeting with teacher

9:15–10:05 a.m.           Morning theme time I

10:05–10:15 a.m.         Morning Snack

10:15–11:00 a.m.         Free time for all students (Dolores Park, Innovation Lab, Founders’ Hall)

11:00–12:00 p.m.        Morning theme time II

12:00–12:30 p.m.        Lunch

12:30–1:30 p.m.          Afternoon theme time I

1:30–2:30 p.m.            Free time for all students (Dolores Park, Innovation Lab, Founders’ Hall)

2:30–3:30 p.m.           Afternoon theme time II

3:30–5:30 p.m.           Evening extended care for late campers (at 333 Dolores)

If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!