Summer Program


SUMMER – CARDINAL STYLE!


STEAM FOCUSED PROGRAM | 4 WEEKS | FULL & HALF DAY OPTIONS | GRADES 6-9

 

Pope Francis Prep is prepared to have in-person learning this summer following all safety and health guidelines. Our Summer STEAM program is fun, challenging, and designed for students entering grades 6-9. Morning and afternoon sessions will allow students to experience exciting and creative endeavors while being introduced to a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) focused sessions, plus – additional sessions in fitness, strategic games, study skills, and more! We invite you to take advantage of the many opportunities available at our beautiful, state-of-the-art campus. Sessions are instructed by PFPS faculty as well as faculty from local area schools.

 

  • Tuition per weekly full day session is $200.00 (includes 1 morning and 1 afternoon session of your choice); tuition for half day $165 (1 session, either morning or afternoon). Pizza lunch is provided on Fridays for full-day students.

  • Programs run from 8:30am – 3:15pm for the full day option. Morning care is available starting at 7:30am for an additional fee ($10 per day).

  • Open to the public – all students entering grades 6 through 9 are welcome to attend! 

  • All participants will receive a summer T-Shirt.

Summer Session Descriptions:

Sessions that run more than once will run identical course materials each week. While you are welcome to attend the same session twice, it is recommended that you chose different sessions for the fullest STEAM Experience.

Week 1: June 21-25 *REGISTRATION FOR WEEK 1 IS NOW CLOSED*

Morning Sessions:

 

3D Design and 3D Printing(SESSION CLOSED) The technology of 3D printing is exploding across numerous industries from 3D-printed homes to healthcare devices and components used in space crafts! Participants will be introduced to the exciting world of 3D printing. Students will learn how to 3D model with Tinkercad or Autodesk Fusion 360, feel comfortable going through the 3D printing process with Flashforge Finder 3D printer and slicing application and learn how to think like a product designer. By the end of the course students will develop skills in Design Thinking and invent a product that solves real-life problems.

Taught by Mr. Ziad Salloum

 

Fieldwork in Ecology – (SESSION CLOSED) Using our campus on Wendover Road, this program will introduce students to field work in both terrestrial (land) and aquatic (water) habitats. Students will learn how to map an area, determine slope of the land and work with Google Maps to gather data about the school’s property. Students will also examine different properties of soil, on the larger physical scale as well as with microscopes. The studies will then be expanded to the pond; analyzing the water and sampling for microscopic life, again using microscopes. The students will be responsible forkeeping a Nature Journal of their studies.

Taught by Mr. Robert Brodeur

 

Performing Arts – (SESSION CLOSED) The theater department at Pope Francis Prep is excited to educate and support the next generation of excellence in young performers by offering a Theater Session! Under the direction of Mr. John Anziano, Fine Arts Director at Pope Francis Prep, this session will focus on basic theater training and students will learn basic acting skills, set design, costumes, lighting, sound design and prop design. Students will gain a greater appreciation of live theater and the arts in general by promoting valuable life lessons such as confidence, collaboration, and communication skills. 

Taught by Mr. John Anziano

 

Picture Magic – (SESSION CLOSED) Participants will explore photography in terms of light, composition, rule of thirds, and selecting a natural background as they learn the fundamentals of multimedia storytelling and editing in a hands-on creative environment.   Photography and photo editing encourages experimentation, risk taking, and collaboration. Participants can use their own cameras to take their photos or use royalty free media to experiment with editing photos by applying effects, filters, add text, crop or resize pictures.

Taught by Mrs. Sheila Slawiak

 

Rhythm and Drumming – (SESSION CLOSED) The beat, the pulse, and the rhythm that moves us and makes us smile, is a part of everyone! Participants will play music on drums and various rhythm instruments together, make up beats and record them to share with their families, and engage in various games and movement activities, all helping them feel the beat, develop musical skills, connect with others, and have a fun time doing it. Making music is something you can enjoy for life!  Can’t wait to see you in Rhythm and Drumming!

Taught by Mrs. Sarah Campbell

 

Read It, Write It, Draw It(SESSION CLOSED) Participants will create a storybook using their own text and illustrations. They will then bind their book. Students will read their book out loud during our showcase as well as take their masterpiece home.

Taught by Ms. Mary Wroblewski 

 

The Mad Scientist(SESSION CLOSED)  We have chosen our favorite chemistry activities for this session! Participants will learn the importance of taking accurate measurements when creating our exciting concoctions and will use the scientific method while conducting their experiments.  Concoctions include slime, oobleck and talk about non-Newtonian fluids, and mix colorful and fragrant potions with liquid watercolors.  Participants will also make a volcano as a timeless classic experiment. Participants will go home with a high quality sampling of what they make for continuous home enjoyment. 

Day 1: Volcano takes 2 days & students will make individual volcanoes

Day 2: Hot ice & Disappearing Egg Shell 

Day 3: Slime

Day 4: Continue hot ice & Ice cream 

Day 5: Oobleck  Kids need to bring old sneakers or flip flops. (Eating ice cream from previous day)

Taught by Ms. Beth Dichter

 

Afternoon Courses:

 

Adventures in Minecraft Game Design – (Session almost full) This program will empower students to become creators within the digital world of Minecraft rather than just consumers! Students will learn to use teamwork and problem solving while building their own custom code, environments and mini games within the familiar framework of Minecraft.

Taught by Ms. Laura Coulombe

 

Adventures in Robotics & Programming – (SESSION CLOSED) The future is here and robots have entered the workforce! Those who can program them will have a very fruitful and fulfilled life, realizing their life’s dreams. Learn to program a few robots to perform amazing challenges. We will explore the Amazon Hercules robot in a distribution and warehouse environment and the Evo robot that can be coded completely screen free, using a 5 level Blockly programming language. Let your imagination guide you as you create games, tell a story, make music, or combine science & math to experience a STEAM challenge.

Taught by Mrs. Sheila Slawiak

 

Rhythm and Drumming – (SESSION CLOSED) The beat, the pulse, and the rhythm that moves us and makes us smile, is a part of everyone! Participants will play music on drums and various rhythm instruments together, make up beats and record them to share with their families, and engage in various games and movement activities, all helping them feel the beat, develop musical skills, connect with others, and have a fun time doing it. Making music is something you can enjoy for life!  Can’t wait to see you in Rhythm and Drumming!

Taught by Mrs. Sarah Campbell

 

Vroom, Vroom, Let’s Go! – Participants will be engaged in a variety of engineering design & build projects for a variety of cars, then racing them! Participants will use the Engineering Design process to experiment with a variety of materials to evaluate each design of their car. They will change 1 variable at a time to record the effects on their design.

Taught by Ms. Beth Dichter

 

Week 2: July 19-23

Morning Sessions:

 

3,2,1 Blast Off – (SESSION CLOSED) Participants will be engaged by constructing rockets and then blasting them off at the end of the week while learning the Engineering Design process!

Example Week: 

Participants will be engaged by constructing rockets and then blasting them off at the end of the week while learning the Engineering Design process!

Day 1: Diet Coke & Mentos Rocket

Day 2: Alka-Seltzer Rocket

Day 3: Vinegar & Baking Soda Rocket

Day 4: Balloon Rocket

Day 5: Water Pressure Rocket

Taught by Ms. Beth Dichter

 

Develop Your Inner Van Gogh – Everyone has an inner artist they can call upon to express their creativity. This fun session is perfect to learn painting techniques using the versatile medium of acrylic paint. Students will start out by practicing thin strokes to give a watercolor effect to thicker strokes giving an oil color effect.  Participants will learn the basics of acrylic painting and its tools while working on canvas to practice acrylic painting techniques, color mixing, composition, and more, all in a fun and supportive environment. The week will culminate in an independent study painting of each student’s choice.

Taught by Ms. Mary Wroblewski

 

Fieldwork in Ecology – Using our campus on Wendover Road, this program will introduce students to field work in both terrestrial (land) and aquatic (water) habitats. Students will learn how to map an area, determine slope of the land and work with Google Maps to gather data about the school’s property. Students will also examine different properties of soil, on the larger physical scale as well as with microscopes. The studies will then be expanded to the pond; analyzing the water and sampling for microscopic life, again using microscopes. The students will be responsible forkeeping a Nature Journal of their studies.

Taught by Mr. Robert Brodeur

 

Picture Magic – (SESSION CLOSED) Participants will explore photography in terms of light, composition, rule of thirds, and selecting a natural background as they learn the fundamentals of multimedia storytelling and editing in a hands-on creative environment.   Photography and photo editing encourages experimentation, risk taking, and collaboration. Participants can use their own cameras to take their photos or use royalty free media to experiment with editing photos by applying effects, filters, add text, crop or resize pictures.

Taught by Mrs. Sheila Slawiak

 

Rhythm and Drumming – The beat, the pulse, and the rhythm that moves us and makes us smile, is a part of everyone! Participants will play music on drums and various rhythm instruments together, make up beats and record them to share with their families, and engage in various games and movement activities, all helping them feel the beat, develop musical skills, connect with others, and have a fun time doing it. Making music is something you can enjoy for life!  Can’t wait to see you in Rhythm and Drumming!

Taught by Mrs. Sarah Campbell

 

Study Skills – (Session almost full) The course will focus on helping students gain tools and knowledge to increase their academic success. Students will discover their learning styles; improve note taking, organizational skills and various study hints. Students will leave with concrete ways to achieve their academic goals. 
Taught by Mrs. Carol Lisella

Afternoon Sessions:

 

Adventures in Minecraft Game Design – (Session almost full) This program will empower students to become creators within the digital world of Minecraft rather than just consumers! Students will learn to use teamwork and problem solving while building their own custom code, environments and mini games within the familiar framework of Minecraft.

Taught by Ms. Laura Coulombe

 

Green Thumb – (Session almost full) Participants explore the world of growing plants, garden art, investigating a vernal pool and planting, tending, harvesting, and tasting fruits and vegetables in the PFPS Garden. Each day will include hands-on work time and playtime in the garden and pond, games and ways to creatively connect to nature all while learning about food sustainability.

Taught by Mrs. Cindy Geiger

 

The Mad Scientist(SESSION CLOSED) We have chosen our favorite chemistry activities for this session! Participants will learn the importance of taking accurate measurements when creating our exciting concoctions and will use the scientific method while conducting their experiments.  Concoctions include slime, oobleck and talk about non-Newtonian fluids, and mix colorful and fragrant potions with liquid watercolors.  Participants will also make a volcano as a timeless classic experiment. Participants will go home with a high quality sampling of what they make for continuous home enjoyment. 

Day 1: Volcano takes 2 days & students will make individual volcanoes

Day 2: Hot ice & Disappearing Egg Shell 

Day 3: Slime

Day 4: Continue hot ice & Ice cream 

Day 5: Oobleck  Kids need to bring old sneakers or flip flops. (Eating ice cream from previous day)

Taught by Ms. Beth Dichter

 

You Can Make IT!  (Digital Fabrication Using Paper & Vinyl) – Participants will be experiencing digital fabrication maker tools that will unleash their creativity using vinyl and paper as their mediums. Using 2D design, participants can experience many projects including an original sonnet greeting card that lights up, festive flashlights, iron-on designs for a T-shirt or tote bag, design stickers for a water bottle, a cell phone case, and a bookmark.

Taught by Mrs. Sheila Slawiak

Week 3: July 26-30

Morning  Sessions:

 

Creating CreaturesIf you love animals and all things mythical and magical, this session is for you! After dreaming up and planning the features to your own mythical creature, you’ll  bring it to life by painting  air dry clay. Will your creature live in the ocean, the forest, desert, or the tundra? Building habitats and adding details, we’ll focus on where your mythical creature lives, what they eat, where they sleep, and more. Bring your imagination and love of magical creatures!

Taught by Ms. Mary Wroblewski

 

Picture Magic – Participants will explore photography in terms of light, composition, rule of thirds, and selecting a natural background as they learn the fundamentals of multimedia storytelling and editing in a hands-on creative environment.   Photography and photo editing encourages experimentation, risk taking, and collaboration. Participants can use their own cameras to take their photos or use royalty free media to experiment with editing photos by applying effects, filters, add text, crop or resize pictures.

Taught by Mrs. Sheila Slawiak

 

Pound Fitness & Time to Pause – Created by two female drummers, the POUND workout fuses cardio interval training with drumming to provide a challenging, heart-pumping workout. Great music, great stress relief! Plus, time to Pause and focus the mind & create balance and awareness.  Daily Journaling, Intentions, Meditation, Reflection, Positive energy through body stretches! Sample video of Pound Fitness: https://youtu.be/tlMaHd63HbU

Taught by Mrs. Tracy Bauduccio

 

Programming using Scratch 3.0(Session almost full) Participants will make their imagination come to life by learning to code with Scratch 3.0.  They will explore the Scratch platform as a block-based programming language and as a community of builders and remixers. Students will work on design-driven projects utilizing animation, music and sound, art, interactivity and game design as they build skills and vocabulary in programming using the Scratch language.

Taught by Ms. Beth Dichter

 

Rhythm and Drumming – The beat, the pulse, and the rhythm that moves us and makes us smile, is a part of everyone! Participants will play music on drums and various rhythm instruments together, make up beats and record them to share with their families, and engage in various games and movement activities, all helping them feel the beat, develop musical skills, connect with others, and have a fun time doing it. Making music is something you can enjoy for life!  Can’t wait to see you in Rhythm and Drumming!

Taught by Mrs. Sarah Campbell

 

Afternoon Sessions:

 

Adventures in Minecraft Game Design – (SESSION CLOSED) This program will empower students to become creators within the digital world of Minecraft rather than just consumers! Students will learn to use teamwork and problem solving while building their own custom code, environments and mini games within the familiar framework of Minecraft.

Taught by Ms. Laura Coulombe

 

Adventures in Robotics & Programming – (Session almost full) The future is here and robots have entered the workforce! Those who can program them will have a very fruitful and fulfilled life, realizing their life’s dreams. Learn to program a few robots to perform amazing challenges. We will explore the Amazon Hercules robot in a distribution and warehouse environment and the Evo robot that can be coded completely screen free, using a 5 level Blockly programming language. Let your imagination guide you as you create games, tell a story, make music, or combine science & math to experience a STEAM challenge.

Taught by Mrs. Sheila Slawiak

 

Chess Time! – (SESSION CLOSED) Chess is the classic game of strategy. If you know how to move the pieces but aren’t sure what the best strategies are, this session is for you! We’ll learn some basic openings, endgame patterns, and how to find your opponent’s weak point to attack. Plus, you’ll get to befriend other chess players along the way.

Taught by Mr. Luke Hollwedel

 

3D Design and 3D Printing(JUST ADDED!) The technology of 3D printing is exploding across numerous industries from 3D-printed homes to healthcare devices and components used in space crafts! Participants will be introduced to the exciting world of 3D printing. Students will learn how to 3D model with Tinkercad or Autodesk Fusion 360, feel comfortable going through the 3D printing process with Flashforge Finder 3D printer and slicing application and learn how to think like a product designer. By the end of the course students will develop skills in Design Thinking and invent a product that solves real-life problems.

Taught by Mr. Ziad Salloum

 

Paper Engineering – Participants will combine simple electronics (LEDs and motors) with the centuries-old Japanese papercraft art of Origami to make a variety of 3D  designs. Participants will explore art, design, engineering, and basic electronics to make projects that move, light up, and blink! 

Example Week:

Day 1 & Day 2: Make paper, paint newspaper to prepare for large crane project

Day 3: Crane origami project & eat vegetable sushi at lunch.

Day 4: Design a greeting card while learning about circuits

Day 5: Students will choose an LED based origami paper circuitry project

Taught by Ms. Beth Dichter

 

Week 4: August 2-6

Morning Sessions:

 

Algebra Bootcamp – (Session almost full) A Workout for Your Brain! If your child feels that they do not like Algebra and think they are not very good at it, then this program is for them! During the week-long immersive program, students will strengthen their foundation for high school mathematics and preview the material for the upcoming school year, providing a head start in first year algebra. This program will cover the major components of algebra and is taught in a fun and interactive way!

Taught by Mr. Ziad Salloum

 

Paper Engineering – (Session almost full) Participants will combine simple electronics (LEDs and motors) with the centuries-old Japanese papercraft art of Origami to make a variety of 3D  designs. Participants will explore art, design, engineering, and basic electronics to make projects that move, light up, and blink! 

Example Week:

Day 1 & Day 2: Make paper, paint newspaper to prepare for large crane project

Day 3: Crane origami project & eat vegetable sushi at lunch.

Day 4: Design a greeting card while learning about circuits

Day 5: Students will choose an LED based origami paper circuitry project

Taught by Ms. Beth Dichter

 

Picture Magic – Participants will explore photography in terms of light, composition, rule of thirds, and selecting a natural background as they learn the fundamentals of multimedia storytelling and editing in a hands-on creative environment.   Photography and photo editing encourages experimentation, risk taking, and collaboration. Participants can use their own cameras to take their photos or use royalty free media to experiment with editing photos by applying effects, filters, add text, crop or resize pictures.

Taught by Mrs. Sheila Slawiak

 

Pound Fitness & Time to Pause (SESSION CLOSED) Created by two female drummers, the POUND workout fuses cardio interval training with drumming to provide a challenging, heart-pumping workout. Great music, great stress relief! Plus, time to Pause and focus the mind & create balance and awareness.  Daily Journaling, Intentions, Meditation, Reflection, Positive energy through body stretches! Sample video of Pound Fitness: https://youtu.be/tlMaHd63HbU

Taught by Mrs. Tracy Bauduccio

 

Study Skills – (Session almost full) The course will focus on helping students gain tools and knowledge to increase their academic success. Students will discover their learning styles; improve note taking, organizational skills and various study hints. Students will leave with concrete ways to achieve their academic goals. 
Taught by Mrs. Carol Lisella

 

Talk to the Hand – Your imaginative character will come to life by making shadow and stick puppets. Learn the art of character design while practicing the art techniques that will allow your character to come to life. Students will showcase their puppets by putting on a puppet performance.

Taught by Ms. Mary Wroblewski

 

Afternoon Sessions:

 

Adventures in Minecraft Game Design – (SESSION CLOSED) This program will empower students to become creators within the digital world of Minecraft rather than just consumers! Students will learn to use teamwork and problem solving while building their own custom code, environments and mini games within the familiar framework of Minecraft.

Taught by Ms. Laura Coulombe

 

Imagine the Possibilities – (Inventing with Physical Computing Devices) Invention Education helps students identify and create new possibilities for themselves and their world. It builds confidence by creating a new sense of their identity, their abilities, and their future.

Participants will experiment with our Makey-Makey & Micro:bit controller boards to invent their new creations!

For the Makey-Makey we will craft a simple circuit and learn what it means to be a conductive material as well as make a playable drawing. Then we will craft a city by choosing to draw, build, or construct a city in a shoebox. Participants will imagine the buildings and the stories of the people who live in their crafted city. Then they will code a story about their city using Scratch 3.0. With the Micro:bit participants will code simple projects like a flashing emotion, send a smile, sunlight sensor, or a light alarm using MakeCode, then choose a project that aligns with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals by programming the Micro:Bit using MakeCode, Scratch, or for the advanced participants, they can use Python. Example projects – inventing a trackable device for a wild animal, prototype safer fishing nets, or making your own step counter. 

Taught by Mrs. Sheila Slawiak

 

Programming using Scratch 3.0Participants will make their imagination come to life by learning to code with Scratch 3.0.  They will explore the Scratch platform as a block-based programming language and as a community of builders and remixers. Students will work on design-driven projects utilizing animation, music and sound, art, interactivity and game design as they build skills and vocabulary in programming using the Scratch language.

Taught by Ms. Beth Dichter

 

Strategy Games(SESSION CLOSED) Everyone knows about Checkers and Chess, but do you know other traditional strategy games, like Gomoku, Mancala, or Hnefatafl? This session is an opportunity to play some of the world’s oldest games and befriend like-minded strategic thinkers. Let the games begin!

Taught by Mr. Luke Hollwedel

Once registered, payment must be made to confirm your space in the program.

Accepted methods of payments are:

  • A personal check made out to Pope Francis Preparatory School. Please note “Summer Program 2021” in the memo. Mail or bring checks to 99 Wendover Road, Springfield, MA 01118.
  • Credit Card payments can be made by calling 833-999-7673 ext. 3201.

  • Pope Francis Prep reserves the right to cancel any of the sessions if minimum enrollment is not achieved.
  • Participants will be notified by June 11, 2021 if a session is canceled and a full refund will be issued.
  • Cancellation by participants can be made until June 8, 2021 with a full refund. Cancellations made after June 8, 2021 will not be eligible for a refund.

 

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