This program will encourage girls to take their first steps into the STEM field. It is designed to introduce coding and CADing to girls from 6th-12th. There is no experience necessary to be a part of this program. This course is going to be taught by SM alumna with majors in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering.
Learn to design and draw characters with techniques ranging from traditional drawing techniques to digital painting using industry standard design software. Want to explore gaming, comics, or animation? This is the place to start!.
This stress-free, not-for-credit course introduces rising AP/IB juniors (those going from 10th-11th grade) to the essential skills for success in both AP and IB English classes. Stay sharp and have fun while getting the inside scoop for academic success. Open to all interested students.
This three-week course introduces all interested students to the world of Honors English at SMCHS. In a stress-free environment, learn the essential skills for success on the road to AP and IB English. Stay sharp and have fun while getting the inside scoop for academic success. Open to grades 6-10.
The College Essay Writing process can be simultaneously exciting and overwhelming. This workshop is designed to help students understand the different essays they will need to write for their college applications as well as develop their ideas and the stories they want to tell about themselves. The class will cover The Personal Statement, Supplemental Essays, and UC Personal Insight Questions and will include brainstorming activities and writing assignments for each. If assignments are completed, students will have drafts of each of these types of essays by the end of the workshop.
This six week overview course will expose you to the “real” inspirations that led the Founding Fathers to create the most unique system of government ever realized by humans in this world. A system so special that it has been a “magnet” drawing people from all over the world to it for more than 250 years, seeking to fill that yearning all humans want, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. A Republic based on a “Representative Democracy” so special, that Aristotle (the great Greek Philosopher) called it the most “fragile” form of government over 2000 years ago.
The three-week enhancement course has been created to facilitate the IB Diploma Candidate’s transition into the Theory of Knowledge (ToK) Course exploring the unique format of the course by introducing the student to the following:
What is Theory of Knowledge as defined by IB, and what is the IB Diagram?
Exploring the IB Diagram in its relation to the pursuit of knowledge.
The Socratic discussion approach and expectations.
The definition and exploration of the ToK “knowledge question”, and how to properly write one.
Introduction to ToK essay writing in preparation for the ToK essay. Including a look at past “Prescribed Titles”, and how to unpack them.
Exploring the ToK presentation. Exploring the link between the Presentation Form and the presentation. Finally,
How IB courses link to the Theory of Knowledge Course.
Session 1: 3 week session with 2 classes each week. Dates: To be announced Times: To be announced
Session 2: 3 week session with 2 classes each week. Dates: To be announced Times: To be announced
This 18-hour summer course is designed for students who would like to take Mandarin IB SL course in the future to bridge the gap between the Mandarin 3H and IB Exam requirements. The purpose of this course is to build students’ confidence and ability to take the challenging IB course in the upcoming school year.