2014 Summer Program

OHS 2014 Summer on The Hill

Welcome to the homepage of OHS Summer on the Hill! Oak Hill School is proud to offer a wide selection of activities, for all grade levels, during the summer months. Previous years’ offerings are listed below, with a detailed summary underneath. We will begin posting this year’s offerings in early to mid April. At that time, after finding the courses you would like to register for, click on Summer Program Registration to complete the registration information and an enrollment deposit.

For further details on deposits, cancellations, and other policies, see the Summer Program Registration page. If you have interest in courses or specific dates that are not listed, please e-mail jpearson@oakhillschool.net for further information.

 

Course Offerings List    (full descriptions below)

Elementary School

  • KIDS Club Day Camp
  • Dirt to Dinner
  • Summer Young Company: Theatre Intensive Workshop
  • Fun on Stage
  • Computer Programming
  • Pirate Camp
  • Fascinating Experiments
  • Creative Chaos
  • Picture Book & Water Color Workshop
  • Weird Science
  • Little French School
  • Whole Earth Nature School

Middle School

  • Dirt to Dinner
  • Cooking Lunch
  • Computer Programming
  • Discovering Linux
  • Math Development:Pre-Algebra through Geometry
  • Creative Chaos
  • Picture Book & Water Color Workshop
  • Past Imperfect
  • Whole Earth Nature School

High School

  • Cooking Lunch
  • Computer Programming
  • Discovering Linux
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Past Imperfect: History according to movies
  • Math Development: Geometry through Calculus
  • Math Development: Pre-Algebra through Algebra
  • SAT English and Timed Essay Tips
  • Whole Earth Nature School

Course Descriptions

(All courses are subject to change upon administrator approval)

KIDS Club Day Camp (Kids Investigating, Discovering, Sharing )
Dates: Weekly session from June 24th -August 23rd
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 8:30am- 5pm
Grades: K-5th 
Program Description: Each week introduces a new theme that our students explore through projects, games and activities. These include arts and crafts, literacy, math, science, music, physical movement, outdoor exercise, and food. We encourage and reward scholarship, creativity, teamwork, understanding, and respect for oneself and others both in and outside the classroom. Included in every week are outdoor hikes, games and activities in addition to the theme specific activities listed below. For more details about specific activities please contact Meghan Booth.
Tuition: Per Week = $145 Full Day, $85 Half, Discounts at four weeks or more.

  • June 23rd – June 27th Creature Feature: Students will learn about local ecosystems and animals including both native and invasive species. We will visit local green spaces for hikes and explorations of ponds and marsh eco systems.
  • June 30th – July 3rd(4 days) Green Planet: Student will learn about things they can do to help keep our planet green including recycling to composting to creating art out of reusable objects.
  • July 7th – July 11th Young Engineers: If you are a student who likes to build things, this is the camp for you. Students will design multiple contraptions including mini catapults and rubber band powered cars.
  • July 14th –July 18th Young Artists: Students will explore their artistic side through a variety of art projects including the creation of custom hand puppets and glazed ceramic pots.
  • July 21st – July 25th Green Planet 2: We are still finalizing details for this week, but it will cover different topics than the previous green week, and hopefully we can get some time in the garden.
  • July 28th – August 1st Creature Feature 2: This creature feature will focus on our ocean eco systems as a key part of our life in Oregon. Students will learn about the ocean life, the cool creatures that live in oceans, and design some mythological sea creatures of their own.
  • August 4th – August 8th Survival: Students will enjoy fun challenges based on useful survival skills. The week will culminate in an ultimate challenge
  • August 11th –August 15th First Nations: Students will learn about the different groups of Native Americans that make up the First Nations in Oregon. This week will include a blueberry picking trip, making their own fruit leather, and learning traditional crafts.
  • August 18th – August 22nd Young Engineers 2: As in Young Engineers 1 students will design and build contraptions, but not to worry! This week focuses on Rube Goldberg machines (think Mousetrap the game) and learning about actions and reactions.

Whole Earth Nature School  (external registration) 
Dates:  June 17th – August 30th
Grade Levels: Pre-K – 9th
Times: 9am-4pm
Program Description:  Whole Earth Nature School provides a unique brand of nature education to its students. Their philosophy of Environmental Immersion ensures that campers have a wide array of real and direct experiences with nature and come away inspired to maintain a life-long bond with the natural world. Camps use stories and adventure to inspire kids to study the arts of survival, awareness, wild plant food and medicine, animal tracking and more. Visit our website to learn more about our specific summer nature camp offerings.
Instructor:  Anna and Matt Bradley and Rees Maxwell founded Whole Earth Nature School in order to share their vision of Environmental Immersion with children and young adults. Whole Earth Nature School is now a public benefit nonprofit organization. They teach Indigenous living skills and nature awareness through Coyote Kids! After-school Nature Camps, Summer Nature Camps, and now through their year-long Whole Earth Nature Apprentice (WENA) program.

For more information and to register, see: Whole Earth website

The Little French School (external registration)
Dates: June 23rd-August 22nd
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 8:30am-5:30pm
Grade Levels: Pre-K
Program Description: The Little French School is a private, non-profit school that provides a unique experience for children by combining high quality care with immersion in the French language. We offer small class sizes, diverse curricula, flexible scheduling, and the chance to start your child on the path to language learning and cultural awareness. Give your child the gift of language!

We accept toilet-trained children between the ages of 3 and 6 for our French-immersion preschool, Pre-k, and kindergarten programs. We also offer a French-supported extended care program, available for our students and for elementary-aged students. Please explore our website for more information and registration.

Creative Chaos: Lateral thinking and creative problem solving
Dates:  June 23-27
Grade Levels: 5th – 7th
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 9-12pm
Program Description: This is a half day course suitable for grades 5-7 during which students apply logice, mechanical competencies, and group communication skills to solve/trounce/build/create solutions to problems modeled after Odyssey of the Mind problems.
Instructor: Alli Minch, High School English and History teacher.
Tuition:  $115 per session

Dirt to Dinner
Session 1: June 23rd-July 18th (no class on July 4th)
Session 2: July 21st-August 22nd
Grade Levels: 5th – 8th
Days and Times: Mon – Wed, Fri, 9-12pm
Program Description: : Each participant will grow their own small garden and will learn the benefits of local healthy food options. Students will grow, harvest, cook, and eat their crops, and the possibility of visiting local gardens and farms. This camp be done in conjunction with the KIDS camp at reduced cost for students in 5th grade. Please contact Meghan Booth for more details if you are interested in the KIDS program.
Instructor: Buck Arbuckle, Lower School Spanish Teacher and Gardener extraordinaire.
Tuition: $90 per session or $195 for both – Includes all supplies and students will bring home their produce when available.

Weird Science
Dates: June 30-July 3rd
Grade Levels: 3rd – 5th
Days and Times: Mon – Thurs, 9-12pm
Program Description: Kids can expect to spend their time exploring fun and strange science through experimentation and discussion of scientific concepts. This is a great week for students who love science or who love discovering about the cool and weird ways our world works.
Instructor: Kim Davis, 5th grade teacher, expert in all things weird and awesome.
Tuition: $125 per session

Summer Young Company: Theatre Intensive Workshop
Dates:June 30th-July 10th (no class on July 4th)
Grade Levels: 3rd – 5th
Days and Times: Mon – Wed, Fri, 9-12pm
Program Description: : This nine day workshop serves grades 3-5 and will be an introduction to theatre with an emphasis on acting. Through the use of improvisation, music, and dramatic story building, this intensive class is skill based and will culminate in a small performance on our outdoor stage. This class is for beginners as well as more experienced players and is for any child that wants a fun creative outlet this summer. This class is offered for the first time as Oak Hill’s “Summer” Young Company. Our regular Fall Young Company has just celebrated it’s 6th season. In a safe environment, aspiring performers will gain confidence and develop skills that will serve them on stage as well as throughout life. Come play with us.
Instructor: : Kitsann Means has her MFA in theatre arts and has been teaching for 30 years. She has directed over 100 productions, and has a particular interest in children’s and international theatre. She has taken youth actors to Russia, England, and Thailand and is currently the Theatre Specialist at Oak Hill School.
Tuition: $150.00

Fun on Stage
Dates:June 30th-July 10th (no class on July 4th)
Grade Levels: Kindergarten – 2nd
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 1-2pm
Program Description: : This nine day workshop will include theatre games, improvisation, music, one on one confidence building exercises and wild and crazy costumes. We will create our own play and produce it on the outdoor stage on the final day. Whether a child is shy or loves to be out there in front of people, this safe and fun class specializes in meeting the needs of the individual student. Come join us for this summer romp into creativity.
Instructor: Kitsann Means has her MFA in theatre arts and has been teaching for 30 years. She has directed over 100 productions, and has a particular interest in children’s and international theatre. She has taken youth actors to Russia, England, and Thailand and is currently the Theatre Specialist at Oak Hill School. She loves loves loves to play!
Instructor: : Kitsann Means has her MFA in theatre arts and has been teaching for 30 years. She has directed over 100 productions, and has a particular interest in children’s and international theatre. She has taken youth actors to Russia, England, and Thailand and is currently the Theatre Specialist at Oak Hill School.
Tuition: $85.00

Past Imperfect: History according to the movies
Dates: July 14th-July 18th
Grade Levels: 8th – 12th
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 9a-3pm
Program Description: We’ll be viewing films about historical events and learning about the actual history, evaluating choices made by the writers and directors as they’ve shaped the pop culture understanding of historical events. List of films will be available closer to the summer.
Instructor: Alli Minch, High School English and History teacher.
Tuition: $125

Fascinating Experiments
Dates: July 14th-July 18th
Grade Levels: 2nd – 4th
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 9a-3pm
Program Description: Do you enjoy investigating the world around you? Get ready to explore science in action! Fascinating experiments uses everyday things to create surprising results! Find out how much fun science can be with awesome activities that will make you say “WOW!”
Instructor: Denise Murray is currently the 3rd grade instructor at Oak Hill School. She has previously taught 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades at Oak Hill School and especially enjoys teaching science to the students.
Tuition: $105

Computer Programming
Dates: July 21st-July 25th
Grade Levels: 3rd – 12thGirls are most especially welcome.
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 9a-12pm
Program Description: Intended for all students with an interest in programming, this class will allow students to explore programming at their own pace and level. Beginners will use Scratch (http://www.scratch.org) to create animations, games, and lots more, mastering essential programming concepts as they do. Scratch is fun and easy-to-use, and requires absolutely no previous programming experience. Those with some programming experience will have the opportunity to work with Stencyl (http://www.stencyl.com/) – an amazing cross-platform game creator inspired by Scratch, but designed for more experienced programmers – or to learn Python, Javascript, or another programming language to expand their knowledge and skills.
Instructor: : Tim Rogers. Tim is the IT Manager and Computer instructor at Oak Hill School. He has worked with computers, networks, and students for over 20 years.
Tuition: $150

Discovering Linux
Dates: July 21st-July 25th
Grade Levels: 6th – 12th(Younger students with the permission of the instructor). Girls are most especially welcome.
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 1-3pm
Program Description: This class provides students with a hands-on introduction to the free and open source Linux operating system. Students will download and install a copy of the Linux distribution of their choice, configure it, and use it to begin to explore the world of free software. Students are encouraged to bring their own computers – laptops or desktop machines – and to install Linux on them either in a virtual machine or in a dual or multi-boot configuration.
Instructor: : Tim Rogers. Tim is the IT Manager and Computer instructor at Oak Hill School. He has worked with computers, networks, and students for over 20 years, and first installed Linux from a stack of floppy disks. Really.
Tuition: $150

Picture Book and Watercolor Workshop
Dates: July 21st-July 25th
Grade Levels: 4th – 6th
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 9am-12pm
Program Description: Add to your student’s library with an original picture book written and illustrated by your very own child! Designed for 4th through 6th graders who love to write and illustrate stories, this class will lead students through the process of creating their very own hardcover picture book to take home. Students will first examine popular picture books to inspire their own creations; books such as How I Became a Pirate, Skippyjon Jones, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, among others. Students will then write and revise their own stories, illustrate each page with watercolor drawings, then send the pages off to Shuttlerfly to receive a hardcover copy of the book to take home.
Instructor: : Caitlin Benavides, 6th Grade English and History teacher.
Tuition: $115

Pirate Camp
Dates: July 28st-August 1st
Grade Levels: 3rd – 5th
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 9am-12pm
Program Description: Program Description: Aaarrrggg! Ahoy landlubbers! This camp gives yonkers a chance to learn all about pirates. They will join Cap’n Kim’s pirate crew and help construct a pirate ship replica, make treasure maps and pirate flags, and hunt for buried treasure! Campers are encouraged to get into the pirate spirit and come prepared to learn and have a jolly good time as they embark on a week’s cruise aboard the ol’ Queen Mag’s Revenge…
Instructor: : Cap’n Kim Davis. 5th grade teacher at Oak Hill School.
Tuition: $125

Cooking Lunch
Dates: July 28st-August 1st
Grade Levels: 6th – 12th(Younger students with the permission of the instructor). Boys are most especially welcome.
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 10am-12:30pm
Program Description: Program Description: Each day, students will plan, prepare, and eat an amazing and delicious lunch. And clean up. We will learn some basic skills, attend to personal and food safety, and explore some interesting cuisines – but mostly we will just enjoy cooking and eating together. I imagine baking bread, making pasta, grilling over coals, eating fresh produce from the garden, making soufflés and epic nut butter or grilled cheese sandwiches…yum!
Instructor: : Tim Rogers. Tim is the IT Manager and Computer instructor at Oak Hill School. Once upon a time, though, he was a professional cook.
Tuition: $200 (Tuition includes, well, lunch!)

SAT English and Timed Essay Tips
Dates: July 28st-August 1st
Grade Levels: 10th – 12th
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 9am-12pm
Program Description: Program Description: This is a half day course focused on the English skills and content test on the current SAT, including the 25 minute essay.
Instructor: : Alli Minch, High School English and History teacher.
Tuition: $100

Creative Writing Workshop
Dates: July 28st-August 1st
Grade Levels: 9th – 12th
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 1-3pm
Program Description: Program Description: Write poetry, short story and narrative nonfiction, enhance your writer’s toolbox, and hone your craft through guided practice, dedicated writing time and constructive feedback.
Instructor: : Alli Minch, High School English and History teacher.
Tuition: $100

College Application Support and Financial Aid Search
Dates: August 16th – August 22nd
Grade Levels:12th
Days and Times: Mon – Fri, 9am-12pm
Program Description: Program Description: : Find a good fit university, draft and improve personal statements for college and financial aid applications, and look for scholarships (both merit and need-based) to further your education.
Instructor: : Alli Minch, High School English and History teacher.
Tuition: $100

Math Development: Pre-Algebra through Algebra II
Dates: June 24th -July 18th
Days and Times: Mon – Thu, 10am-1pm
Grade Levels: 8th -12th
Program Description: ­Whether you are an advanced student looking to master the next level of Mathematics (possibly for credit), or a struggling math student hoping to master difficult concepts with an experienced teacher, this program offers you personalized instruction and student-centered lessons.
Instructor: Reza Oskui – Advanced Math instructor at Oak Hill School and Lane Community College.
Tuition: $100/Week, $400/full

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