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Online registration opens March 1 for enGAGE! Summer Enrichment Camp 2017.

REGISTRATION PROCESS:

  • Create an ACCOUNT using the blue CREATE ACCOUNT button at the right >
    Be sure to register using the STUDENT'S NAME so the name tags will be correct on the first day. Only type the parent's name when box specifically says "parent's name".

  • For families with more than one student, be sure to select the correct STUDENT'S NAME in your family account when choosing classes. (You must be logged in to register).

  • Select Session 1, Session 2 or Paul Perazzo’s Tri-Valley Summer Music Camp for the correct grade level

  • For Session 1 or Session 2, select one 8:00 a.m. class and one 10:10 am class for the correct grade level

  • For Paul Perazzo's Tri-Valley Summer Music Camp select:
    • Band or String Orchestra - 8:30 am - 12 noon
    • Jazz Band or Jazz Band Percussion 12:30 - 3:00 pm
    • Full day combination of Band or String Orchestra (8:30 am)
    AND Jazz Band or Jazz Band Percussion (12:30 pm)

  • Click CHECKOUT or select a second session from the options to the left to participate in both sessions or Tri-Valley Summer Music Camp

  • Review and agree with the:
    • Behavior Contract
    • Hold Harmless Agreement
    • Technology Use Agreement

  • Pay the Registration Fee

You will receive confirmation of your registration immediately if all required information has been provided. A message containing your registration information will also be sent to the e-mail address you used to register.

CREATIVE ARTS AND HUMANITIES

Course Descriptions


Argumentative Writing and Debate
Write about issues that matter while honing critical thinking and research skills. Argumentative prompt choices, covering many contemporary areas, allows writers to develop and logically defend their positions. Improving one’s skill at writing an argumentative essay promotes the importance of staying on topic, supporting arguments, making clear statements rather than generalizations, and sticking to a chosen thesis. There will also be time for public speaking and debate. If possible but not required, students are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets. 

Session 1 for grades 6-8


Brain Fitness through Art
Shape clay to creatively solve problems related to art, design and sculpture. Apply the elements of art and principles of design to plan and construct sculpture, ceramic pieces and create 3-dimensional projects. Enhance creativity and imagination through the process, including a basic understanding of tools and materials.

Sessions 1 and 2 for grades 4-5 and 6-8


NEW! for 2017 Creative Writing and Reading 4-5:
Enchanted Monsters and Fantastic Beasts

Enchanted monsters and fantastic beasts will be the focus as students embark upon a magical tour through the elements of the fantasy genre. An emphasis on the development of the imagination will spark the creativity of the writer within. Students will be guided through a variety of reading and writing assignments that will culminate in the creation of their own unique stories.

Sessions 1 and 2 for 4-5


Creative Writing and Reading 6-8
Explore great literature and use it as a fountain of ideas and inspiration for writing. Bring ideas to fruition through a workshop process in which the class functions as a supportive writing group. Sample a diverse range of literary genres including sonnets, lyric poetry, excerpts from novels and short stories. The creative process culminates in a class publication to include students’ favorite pieces. Bring a love of reading and writing, which is shared by your teacher!

Sessions 1 and 2 for grades 6-8


LEGO EV3 Robotics
Design, build and program robots using the LEGO EV3 Robotics Invention System. Work as part of a team to compete in problem-solving challenges that simulate real world robotics applications.

Session 2 for grades 4-5 and 6-8


Music Production
Compose original music or manipulate existing music using Apple’s GarageBand software. Start with an overview of styles and genres in popular music and identify different instruments and elements in each song. Create drum loops, rhythm tracks and play virtual instruments to create melodies and harmonies. Arrange, mix and add special effects.

What to bring: Earbuds and Mac-formatted USB flash drive

Session 1 for grades 6-8


NEW! for 2017 "Our Town, Our Planet" Project Citizen/Model United Nations
Explore local history, geography, world cultures and current events. Week one will focus on neighborhoods in Pleasanton through map study, discussion and by constructing a problem-solving portfolio and presentation using the "Project Citizen" format. Week two will consist of Model United Nations (MUN) interactive activities and games to develop debate and conflict resolution skills, and awareness of world cultures and geography.

Sessions 1 and 2 for 4-5 and 6-8


NEW! for 2017 Writing for Research and Presentation
Engage in research-based writing and thinking to produce quality written work in middle school and beyond. Choose a topic of interest or a topic you would like to learn more about. Formulate essential questions to guide scholarly research. Learn to locate, evaluate and cite sources and to write a research paper. Present your paper to classmates in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Session 2 for 6-8



Remember, for the following courses, you’ll need to bring:

Music Production
• Earbuds
• Mac-formatted USB flash drive

Computer Courses
• USB flash drive
• Gmail account

Paul Perazzo's Tri-Valley Summer Music Camp
• Bring your own instrument (Percussion is provided)
• All students should bring a snack and a drink
• Full day students should bring a lunch and a drink

 

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Read the course descriptions (below). Click the create account button (at left) to begin the registration process.

Clicking the create account button will open a new page. You can return to this page to review the process and course descriptions.


enGAGE! Courses:

Session 1: June 12, 13, 14, 15 and June 19, 20, 21, 22
Open House - June 22 at 11:30 am
Session 2: June 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 and July 5, 6, 7
Open House - July 7 at 11:30 am

Tuition per Session: $300 (includes an 8:00 am and 10:10 am class)



Paul Perazzo’s Tri-Valley Summer Music Camp:
Camp dates - July 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28
Concerts - July 28 at 11:00 am for Band/Strings, 2:15 pm for Jazz Band
Tuition for Tri-Valley Summer Music Camp:
• $200 for Band or String Orchestra
• $125 for Jazz Band or Jazz Band Percussion
• $285 for Band or String Orchestra combined with
Jazz Band or Jazz Band Percussion


Grade Level 4-5 is for incoming 4th and 5th graders. Students need to have completed grades 3 or 4 to participate in this level.

Grade Level 6-7-8 is for incoming 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Students need to have completed grades 5, 6 or 7 to participate in this level.

Refund Policy for enGAGE! Summer Enrichment Camp 
95% refund for cancellations through May 12
50% refund for cancellations from May 13 - May 31
No refund beginning June 1
We apologize for any inconvenience.
enGAGE! staffing is based on enrollment totals.

SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH

Course Descriptions

We recommend that the Computer Science courses be taken in the following sequence:
• Digital Arts and Animation
• Web Page Development and Computer Animation
• Coding and Advanced Animation
• Advanced Programming through the World of Minecraft


Digital Arts and Animation
In this introductory course, explore the basics of computer animation and digital imagery. Use Geogebra and Google Sketchup to learn how mathematical symmetry and geometry are essential in the world of digital graphics in two and three dimensions. See how simple animation can be used in a professional Power Point presentation. Advance to creating animated stories using ALICE, a free, Java-based animation program. Invent a “Choose Your Own Adventure” game, using all these skills, to take home on a flash drive.

What to bring: USB flash drive, Gmail account.

Session 1 for grades 4-5


Web Page Development and Computer Animation
In this secondary course, learn the power of spreadsheets to create tables and make complex calculations through simple formulas. Design and program a web page with the basics of HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language). Combine newly acquired skills to create a short movie in ALICE, a free Java-based animation program.

Course requirements: Successful completion of Digital Arts and Animation or equivalent.

What to bring: USB flash drive, Gmail account.

Sessions 1 and 2 for grades 4-5 and Session 1 for grades 6-8


Coding and Advanced Animation
In this third level course, investigate the basics of building apps for computers and smart phones using TouchDevelop, an interactive development environment and visual programming language. Learn to code in JavaScript, a user-controlled programming language that is embedded in web pages, and is a pre-cursor language to programming games and apps. Apply these graphic and programming skills to develop a short video game using ALICE, which is free, Java-based software.

Course requirements: This is an ADVANCED course. Students must have successfully completed Digital Arts and Animation as well as Web Page Development and Computer Animation before attempting this course or may request an online evaluation PRIOR to enrolling, to demonstrate advanced programming ability.

What to bring: USB flash drive, Gmail account.

Sessions 1 and 2 for grades 6-8


Advanced Programming through the World of Minecraft
In this fourth level course, examine the basics of Python, a programming language that allows users to express concepts in fewer lines of code than would be possible in languages such as C++ or Java. After mastering the basic navigations of Python, students will learn how to create code that will interact directly with the game Minecraft using a device known as the Raspberry Pi.

Course requirements: This is an ADVANCED course. Students must have successfully completed Coding and Advanced Animation before attempting this course or may request an online evaluation PRIOR to enrolling, to demonstrate advanced programming ability .

What to bring: USB flash drive, Gmail account.

Session 2 for grades 6-8


Creative Problem Solving - Session 1
Learn how to approach a problem or a challenge in an imaginative and innovative way. Come up with new, innovative responses and solutions, and then take action. This class will be a combination of math, science, and engineering challenges.

Session 1 for 4-5


Creative Problem Solving - Session 2
Solve interesting math challenges through a variety of puzzles, games and math contests which require logical and creative solutions. Learn techniques designed to help students succeed in problem-solving contests such as Math Olympiad. Strive to develop a variety of problem-solving skills by working individually and cooperatively.

Session 2 for 4-5


Creative Problem Solving - Sessions 1 and 2
Enjoy complex math challenges through a variety of puzzles, games and math contests which require logical and often ingenious solutions. Utilize techniques designed to help students succeed in problem-solving contests such as Math Olympiad and MATHCOUNTS. Strive to increase your repertoire of problem-solving techniques by working individually and cooperatively.

Sessions 1 and 2 for 6-8


Electronics Lab
Acquire skills needed to become a budding electrical engineer. Design, create and innovate using Snap Circuits, littleBits and recycled materials. Learn to document your discoveries and schematics in an engineering notebook.

Session 1 for grades 4-5 and 6-8



Paul Perazzo’s Tri-Valley Summer Music Camp
July 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28

6th Grade Band
This class offers incoming middle school students an opportunity to prepare for the middle school band experience. Students will be exposed to pedagogy covering tone production, rhythmic accuracy, and playing in an ensemble. Students will have an opportunity to perform a variety of styles through band literature.

Tri-Valley Summer Music Camp for 6


7-8th Grade Band
This class is designed for returning middle school band students. The focus will be to further develop the student's tone, rhythm and ensemble performance capabilities. Students will perform a variety of higher level literature.

Tri-Valley Summer Music Camp
for 7-8


Jazz Band
This class is designed to offer students of any level an experience playing jazz. The focus of the class will be to teach students jazz style, articulation and ensemble performance. Students will also be introduced to improvisation. All percussionists enroll in the Jazz Band Percussion class. All other musicians enroll in the Jazz Band class.

Tri-Valley Summer Music Camp
for 6-8


Jazz Band Percussion
This class is designed to offer students of any level an experience playing jazz. The focus of the class will be to teach students jazz style, articulation and ensemble performance. Students will also be introduced to improvisation. All percussionists enroll in the Jazz Band Percussion class. All other musicians enroll in the Jazz Band class.

Tri-Valley Summer Music Camp
for 6-8


String Orchestra
This class offers incoming middle school students an opportunity to learn various styles and techniques through string orchestra performances. Bowing technique, intonation and various literature will be the focus of the class.

Tri-Valley Summer Music Camp
for 6-8


 
 
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