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 alumnae with majors in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering.
Led by SM graduate students with majors in Airspace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering. The program is designed to introduce students to 3-D CAD and design and robotics programming. This course is designed to help students enter into the First Robotics League that our students at SM compete in at the high school level.
Grow, imagine, connect, recharge! This course is intended for those who have finished their first IB year, to help get recharged so we can make needed progress on Extended Essays, CAS, and Theory of Knowledge. This IB Core trio is worth 3 points on your overall IB point total and can make the difference in getting advanced standing at your selected university. Hang out and get re-fueled for the final IB year!
Dates: July 13-22 (Tues, Wed, Thurs ONLY) - please select one session
Jumpstart IB Full Diploma. Manage time, attack dense texts, think and write critically. A particular focus will be placed on introducing Theory of Knowledge and CAS, as well as preparing research skills for the Extended Essay and Internal Assessments that comprise the “Core” of IB. Interactive, mentoring from older IBers, we learn, grow, and have fun, ready and on target through the two years of IB.
Open to all incoming full IB. Get ready for IB Full Diploma, Tues & Thurs, participate in person or at a distance. Select one session time (dates are the same).
Dates: June 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24(June 8 and June 10 are virtual only meetings; in person or hybrid for remainder)
This is an introductory course to teach the young artist how to draw characters for books, games, animation, manga, comics and more. This drawing course will cover the core fundamentals and advanced techniques to drawing characters well — initially with pencils and paper before moving to our new computer lab for digital painting. If you’re an absolute beginner or you’re already at an intermediate level, the course will advance your current drawing ability through introduction to professional techniques.
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.
Dates: June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 Times: 11:30am-1:00pm
This course is designed to sharpen your English grammar skills. Grammar is important because it provides information that helps the reader's comprehension. It is the structure that conveys precise meaning from the writer to the audience. Eliminate grammatical errors from your writing, and reward your readers with clear communication and develop effective writing skills. This course will cover: parts of speech; phrases, clauses, appositives; agreement (subject-verb, pronoun-antecedent); usage (especially correct use of pronouns); sentence structure and types of sentences; subordination and coordination; and punctuation.
**Open to incoming 9th graders, transfers, and international students, and anyone looking to improve their writing.
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.
For incoming seniors only.
Dates: June 14, 15, 16, 17 Times: 11:30am - 1:30pm
Dates: July 19, 20, 21, 22 Times: 11:30am - 1:30pm
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.
Dates: June 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 July 6, 8, 12, 14, 19, 21 Times: 11:30am-1:00pm
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.
How IB courses link to the Theory of Knowledge Course.
3 week session with 2 classes each week. Dates: June 15 - July 1 (Tues/Thurs only) Times: 11:30am-1:00pm
3 week session with 2 classes each week.
Dates: July 7-22 (Wed/Fri first week, Tues/Thurs 2nd and 3rd week) Times: 11:30am-1:00pm