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Summer Adventures 2017
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For children who are 6-10 years old and Teen Leadership for children 11-14 years old

June and August programs, descriptions below.

Fees: $250 per program

Deposit: A $50 non-refundable deposit is required for each Summer Adventures course. The balance is due two weeks before the start of each program.

Morning Activities: Children will be involved in active exploration as they learn, invent and build, and/or use technology and art materials to design solutions to various problems.

Lunch and Recess: Children bring their own lunches and drinks for each course. We ask that you pack a nutritious lunch and save sweets and soda for home.

Afternoon Activities: Because of the rich content of our courses, activities will continue into the afternoon following a break for lunch and outdoor recess at High St. park, weather permitting.

Extended Day: Extended Day Option from 3:00 to 5:00 pm is available for $15 per day. It will include a snack and drink and then swimming at the Salem YMCA.

Location: The Phoenix School, Winter Island, and Salem State University's Conservation Land will be the locations for the programs this year.

Staff:Experienced Phoenix teachers, past and present, lead each Summer Adventure programs.
Will Sargent: former Phoenix teacher and currently a PE and Wellness teacher, coach, and dorm parent at Fay School in Southborough, MA.
Mike Smith: former Phoenix teacher and Summer Adventures instructor, a kayak guide in the San Juan Islands, a marine science naturalist on whale watching vessels in New Jersey, a sailing and science instructor aboard Tall Ships in California, and teaching math, reading, and writing in a K-3 school in Nicaragua. He is also a director of Common Tides, a non-profit that provides free marine science and sailing programs to children from underserved communities. Mike is a Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor, NAUI Rescue Diver, ACA Coastal Kayak Certified, NSSIA SUP/Surf Instructor and a USCG Master 100GT Captain.
Betsye Sargent: current Phoenix Co-Head of School and Teacher of K-8
Barbara McFall: current Phoenix Co-Head of School and Teacher of K-8

Detective Squad
June 19-23, 2017
Ages 6 to 10 * $250 per week
Instructor: Will Sargent

Follow the clues to find the mysterious creatures that are haunting Salem. Join the Phoenix Detective Squad to help solve the mystery and catch the culprits. Uncover evidence, follow footprints (or pawprints), gather and analyze fingerprints, and create your own special detective equipment. Play outdoor games to enhance your mystery solving abilities. Connect the dots to outwit the mysterious creatures prowling Salem’s neighborhoods.

Out of This World
June 26-30, 2017
Ages 6 to 10 * $250 per week
Instructor: Will Sargent

Explore worlds beyond our own. Just exactly what is out there beyond the planet we live on? A trip to our own “star lab” will prove to be fun as well as allow us to study the summer constellations. We will build our own space stations, astronaut gear, spaceships, and let our creative minds run wild.

Pirate Science
August 21-25, 2017
Ages 6 to 10 * $250 per week
Instructor: Mike Smith

Use pirate science to make you the most successful pirate on the high seas. Learn how soil and soil densities determine the best place to bury your treasure. Become a pirate cartographer while making your own treasure map, experiment with eye dominance to determine eye patch orientation, design a boat to withstand the high seas, and go geocaching to find “buried treasure.” Days will be spent at Winter Island and at the Salem State Conservation Lands.

Flight School
August 28-September 1, 2017
Ages 6 to 10 * $250 per week
Instructor: Mike Smith

Why can birds, bees, butterflies, and even some plant seeds fly? Explore the science behind these professional flyers and flight by looking at animal wings and feathers under microscopes, going on a bird hunt, testing seed floating abilities, and engineering your own parachutes and kites. Look to the water to see what animals “fly” underwater. Days will be spent at Winter Island and at the Salem State Conservation Lands.


Teen Leadership Program
11 - 14 year-olds
Hours: 8:30 to 5:00
Fee: $100 per week
Offered both June and August

The Teen Leadership Program (TLC) is for young people who are too old for formal summer programs, too young for a formal job, but interested in spending a week assisting our course teachers in the field or engineering/inventions, mentoring younger children, helping out with the activities for the day, supervising recess or play at the park. TLCs will be given special assignments by their directing teacher and be responsible for various odd jobs that make the course run smoothly. Interest in science, animals, inventing and building with art materials, and using technology (Mac based) to create presentations — a plus.

TLCs should have had previous experience working successfully with younger children, be able to work as a member of a team, and have a basic understanding of how children learn through active exploration. 1-2 applicants will be accepted for each course.

Along with their Registration Form, interested TLC applicants should send a list of their experiences working with young children and a letter that explains their interest in the program. On your Registration Form rank the courses in order of preference and submit your application by June 1st. You will then be invited for an interview and further clarification of our expectations.

Accepted applicants will meet with the course teacher before each session begins. They will work closely with course teachers and be given feedback on their performance. A final evaluation will be written that may be used as a recommendation for future summer employment with young children.



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