Summer 2020 Course Offerings

Session Dates: July 20- August 7

English Language Arts

Bridge to English 9

3 days/per week, 75 minute classes

Session 1 and Session 2

Maximum Class Size: 6

Instructor: Stefanie Dreizen

In Bridge to Fall English 9, students will strengthen their critical thinking and writing skills through the lens of dystopian literature and film. As preparation for 9th grade English, students will review the basics of composing a literary analysis through collaborative writing. Students will have opportunities to share their writing and receive frequent feedback. During class meetings, students will read high interest short stories and view selected film excerpts. This is an interactive class that will utilize a variety of engaging educational applications to create a  virtual learning reading and writing community. 

Click HERE to see the Bridge to English 9 syllabus.

 

Click HERE to see a sample 

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Bridge to English 10

3 days/per week, 75 minute classes

Session 1 and Session 2

Maximum Class Size: 6

Instructor: Stefanie Dreizen

In Bridge to Fall English 10, students will strengthen their critical thinking and writing skills by exploring the theme of individuality and conformity through the lens of high interest short stories and media. Students will be asked to analyze the psychology behind why people conform, the consequences of conforming to a group and when social conformity can go too far. As preparation for 10th grade English, students will build upon the basics of composing a literary analysis through collaborative writing. As a culminating activity, students will compare a selected short story to a historical or current example event. During class meetings, students will read high interest short stories and view selected film excerpts. This is an interactive class that will utilize a variety of engaging educational applications to create a  virtual learning reading and writing community. 

Click HERE to see the Bridge to English 10 syllabus

Bridge to English 11

3 days/per week, 75 minute classes

Session 1 and Session 2

Maximum Class Size: 6

Instructor: Jennifer Restak

In Bridge to English 11, students will read a broad range of poetry including examples from contemporary music. During the class, students will be able to discuss and explore the relevance of poetry using a variety of multimedia platforms. Students will learn how words of musical artists and the staccato rhythms of poetry slams, reveal how meaning is generated through verse. In addition to many different poetic forms, students will create new ones of their own. In the process students will become fluent in the language of poetry, both new and old.

Click HERE to see the Bridge to 11 syllabus.

Click HERE to see a sample Bridge to English 11 class

Bridge to Reading Fun

3rd-5th grade

3 days/per week, 50 minute classes

Session 1 and Session 2

Maximum Class Size: 5

Instructor: Hillary Gerber

This class is designed for good readers who want to become better readers and thinkers. Each child will learn to recognize and develop essential reading comprehension skills to help understand the main story elements, vocabulary, inference, and drawing conclusions. We will read the book Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. Students will be engaged in group reading, discussions, writing through various applications such as Flipgrid and Padlet, as well as be given the option to show their creative side with project-based learning. This class is for students who are able to maintain attention for a 50 minute session. 

Click HERE for Bridge to Reading Fun Syllabus.

Click HERE for a sample class.

Bridge to Intermediate Writing

3rd-5th grade

3 days/per week, 60 minute classes

Session 1 and Session 2

Maximum Class Size: 5

Instructor: Demetrius Sajous-Brady

Students will enjoy daily engaging activities in grammar and composition. They will apply the skills they gain from these exercises to discover and develop the process of writing. Using a structured approach to learn English grammar, usage, and mechanics, this course will challenge young writers to compose, edit, and revise works in various styles including narratives, expositions, and poetry. Bridge to Intermediate Writing will also incorporate online resources to aid students in their development as confident writers. Optional writing projects will be available to learners interested in additional opportunities to strengthen their writing skills. 

Class structure will differ per content and teacher, but all classes will include a variety of student-driven interactive reading, writing and speaking activities, engaging EdTech tools, opportunities for discussion, tech free activities and multiple opportunities to check for understanding. 

 

Math

Bridge to Algebra I for Diverse Learners

3 days/week, 60 minute classes

Session 2 

Maximum Class Size: 5

Instructor: Tina Bradley

In this course, students will review the fundamental knowledge and skills in Algebra I. This will include linear equations and inequalities as well as linear and exponential functions. Students will engage in a problem solving activity during each class session, applying Algebra concepts to real life situations using a variety of online tools and applications. There will also be formative assessments, with weekly progress reports shared with parents. After completing this unit students will be able to represent each function in a table, as an equation, and graphically. Students will also be able to evaluate, solve, and compare functions.

Click HERE to see the Algebra I for Diverse Learners syllabus.

Bridge to Algebra 1 Summer Intensive

3 days/per week, 75 minute classes

Session 1: Part I

Session 2: Part II

Maximum Class Size: 6

Instructor: Jennifer Roberts

This course is designed to service incoming 9th grade students and incoming 10th grade students who need to sharpen their Algebra skills.  We will focus heavily on quadratic functions since this type of function may have been the last unit covered before the Covid-19 pandemic. Each day the students will begin the course with an open-end prompt related to the real-world, which will help transition us into the activity for the day. At the end of each class, the students will complete a formative assessment to  measure understanding and knowledge. The course will end with a problem-based challenge. In order to keep the learning fun, interactive, and interesting, students will engage with a variety of online tools.

Click HERE to see the Algebra I Syllabus.

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Bridge to Middle and Upper School Mathematics

6th-8th grade

3 days/per week, 60 minute classes

Session 1 (Beginning/Intermediate 

Session 2 (Intermediate/Advanced)

Maximum Class Size: 5

Instructor: Demetrius Sajous-Brady

Scholars will explore beginning/intermediate concepts (Session 1) and intermediate/advanced concepts (Session 2) within the domains of data analysis and probability, algebraic thinking and operations, real and complex number systems, and geometry and measurement using a variety of digital resources including Desmos, NCTM Illuminations, and Nearpod. Upon completion, scholars will be confident in their abilities to apply their knowledge to classroom environments and typical standardized tests (ISEE, NWEA MAP, ITBS, HSPT, and other similar high school entrance or gifted program exams). 

Click HERE to see the Bridge to Intermediate and Upper School Mathematics syllabus

 

Social Studies/ U.S. History

Bridge to Social Studies, students entering 7th Grade

3 days/per week, 60 minute classes

Session 1 and Session 2

Maximum Class Size: 5

Instructor: William McMurtrey

Students will explore ancient histories around the world, beginning with an overview of the ancient river valley societies in Israel, Egypt, and India. We will transition to the classical civilizations of China, Greece, and Rome with a focus on their contributions to modern civilization. Technology tools like Google Earth, Edpuzzle, and Kahoot will expand on student knowledge in a meaningful manner that promotes historical and critical thinking. The students learning experience will culminate with a four-part cartoon with captions or an advertisement that depicts or promotes a new society using a combination of words, symbols, and simple images to share the geographic features, social structure, and religious ideals of one of the societies they studied.

 

Click HERE to see the Bridge to Social Studies 7 Syllabus. 

Bridge to Social Studies, students entering 8th grade

3 days/per week, 60 minute classes

Session 1 and Session 2

Maximum Class Size: 5

Instructor: William McMurtrey

Students will explore the founding of the United States by tracing the growth, expansion, and development of America. Students will grapple with the conflicts and compromises of early America. With the use of technology tools like Play posit, iCivics, and Kahoot students will expand on their knowledge in a meaningful and individualized manner; these sites allow access to archival information, primary sources, and videos about everything from ancient Mesopotamia to World War 1. The students culminating learning activity will be a writing that addresses, Did the Constitution create the best government possible? Students will use evidence from notes, discussions or readings to respond to the prompt.

Click HERE to see the Bridge to Fall Social Studies 8 Syllabus. 

Bridge to U.S. History I,

students entering 8th grade

3 days, 60 minute classes

Session 1 and Session 2

Maximum Class Size: 5

Instructor: Gregory Thompson

Students will explore the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times 1619 Project by discovering the impact the institution of slavery had on the formation of America and how it continues to have an impact on our democracy. The project will focus on podcasts, music, poetry, and video excerpts to strengthen research skills and to develop a deeper understanding of the topic. This will be an interactive learning experience that will include: media criticism, debates,  article analysis and on/offline discussions.

Click HERE to see the Bridge to History I syllabus.

Bridge to U.S. History I,

students entering 9th grade

3 days, 60 minute classes

Session 1 and Session 2

Maximum Class Size: 5

Instructor: Gregory Thompson

Students will explore the causes, the social and economic impact and the political implications today WWII and The Cold War. Students will analyze a diverse set of primary and secondary sources (i.e. fashion, music, poetry, political cartoons, film excerpts), to strengthen research skills and introduce/or review document based questioning and writing skills. This will be an interactive learning experience that will include: weekly debates, film analysis and on/offline discussions.