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Session 1: June 15-July 17

 

We’ve only just begun to scratch the surface of what is possible with online learning! This summer, you can brush up on your language skills, or start learning an entirely new language! You can turn that great idea into a compelling short story, or learn how to cook for your family! The possibilities are many with University Liggett School’s Summer Online Learning Program!

In order to provide the best educational experience possible for your student, University Liggett School will only offer courses if minimum enrollment thresholds are reached for each class. If a course is cancelled because it does not meet the enrollment threshold, you will receive a full refund for that course. Fees vary by class. 

Educators 
Book Club

Reflecting on race and its implications in the classroom

M, W, F
10 a.m.-noon
June 15-June 26
Facilitator: Andrea Champagne 

In this Deconstructed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Book Club,  we will independently read the same or similarly themed books related to issues of race. Through personal reflection and group discussions, we will address the following questions: How does the idea of race shape our perceptions of the world around us? What does it mean for our schools and students? 

State of Michigan SCECHs will be offered for participants.

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Introduction to Conversational German*

M-Th
10-11 a.m.
June 15-July 16
6-12th grade students
Instructor: Brad Homuth 

This course will introduce participants to conversational German vocabulary and grammar, as well as German culture, through thematic units such as likes/dislikes, the weather, and travel. Participants will practice basic speaking, listening, reading, and writing through a variety of exercises, games, and other activities. Students who enroll in session 1 are also welcome to enroll in session 2, as both sessions will explore similar levels of proficiency, but will include different thematic units.

*Also available Session II

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Introduction
to Latin

M-Th
10 a.m.-noon
June 15-July 16
9-12th grade students
Instructor: Jenna Dunn

This course will approach learning to read Latin through a study of basic grammatical structures in Latin.  It will serve as a brief introduction for students who are beginning a reading based Latin program or for students wishing to review key concepts before moving to Latin II.  By the end of the five weeks, students will understand the functions and forms of nouns, verbs, and adjectives in Latin.  Students will apply these concepts to begin to read basic Latin sentences and passages.  In addition, students will understand the function of these parts of speech in English and translate simple sentences from English to Latin to demonstrate their understanding of English and Latin grammar.

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French Language

Speak your way through a tour of common places in francophone countries

M-Th
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
June 15-July 16
9-12th grade students
Instructor: Kriste Karolak

Increase your proficiency in French by improving your skills in speaking, writing and listening in different settings. We will explore five realistic situations of common language use. For each one, you will learn effective communicative language, and you will study the cultural setting and cues in different francophone countries. Videos, dialogues, short cultural readings, vocabulary and grammar will be studied within these situations to enhance your ability to communicate effectively in French.

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Introductory Spanish

Vocabulary and grammar for proficiency

M-Th
10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
June 15-July 16
9-10th grade students
Instructor: Georgina Milenius 

This course will focus on reinforcing previously acquired Spanish vocabulary and grammar with an emphasis on writing and speaking. Students will also work on the application of vocabulary and grammar structures in the context of real-life situations where creativity and self-expression will be encouraged.

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Advanced Spanish

Vocabulary and grammar for proficiency

M-Th
1-2:30 p.m. 
June 15-July 17
11-12th grade students
Instructor: Georgina Milenius

This course will focus on higher level Spanish grammar and vocabulary review and application. The course will be conducted mostly in Spanish, with English used sporadically for clarification purposes. We will use authentic resources to refine the speaking and listening skills while also working on writing.

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Middle School
Math Camp

M, W, F
noon-2 p.m. 
June 15-July 17
5-7th grade students 
Instructor: Lauren Harris

Students will have the chance to expand their mathematics knowledge through this summer course.  Students will build the mathematical skills needed to improve their confidence and be successful in middle school. Topics include arithmetic, pre-algebra, and algebra.  This camp will also help encourage students to have fun in mathematics while learning these key concepts.

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High School
Math Readiness

M, W, F
3 -5 p.m. 
June 15-July 17
9-12th grade students
Instructor: Lauren Harris

In this course, students will review and master the key skills and concepts needed to be successful in high school mathematics.  Students will use their problem solving skills to master materials that challenge them in different ways from their traditional mathematics courses.  Students will gain confidence with the skills that are used in Geometry, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Precalculus, and Statistics classes.

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Stella Diaz Has Something to Say*

A Read Aloud for Early Readers

M, W
9-10 a.m.
June 15-July 8
3-5th grade students
Instructor: Stevie Stevens 

Stella Diaz loves marine animals, especially her betta fish, Pancho. But Stella Diaz is not a betta fish. Betta fish like to be alone, while Stella loves spending time with her mom and brother and her best friend Jenny. Trouble is, Jenny is in another class this year, and Stella feels very lonely.

When a new boy arrives in Stella’s class, she really wants to be his friend, but sometimes Stella accidentally speaks Spanish instead of English and pronounces words wrong, which
makes her turn roja. Plus, she has to speak in front of her whole class for a big presentation at school! But she better get over her fears soon, because Stella Díaz has something to say! 

Class lengths may vary due to discussions and questions.

On most days, we will read aloud together, and occasionally, students will record themselves reading using SeeSaw. Following the reading, we will discuss the text. There will also be related writing or drawing activities.

*Also offered Session 2

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Front Desk*

A Read Aloud for Middle Grade Readers

T, Th 
9-10 a.m.,
June 16-July 16
3-7th grade students
Instructor: Stevie Stevens 

Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature! "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets: Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language

It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

On most days, we will read aloud together, and occasionally, students will record themselves reading using SeeSaw. Following the reading, we will discuss the text. There will also be related writing or drawing activities.

*Also offered Session 2

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I Hear You*

A reading, writing, and creativity workshop

M-Th , (11:00-11:45am),
F (scheduled small group conferences)
June 15-July 17
5-9th grade students
Instructor: Stevie Stevens

Throughout this course, we will read together daily from Flying Lessons & Other Stories and Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks. Most of the reading will be modeled online reading together, but occasionally, students will be required to read-to-self and possibly record themselves to practice expression, fluency, and accuracy. Following a discussion of the day's story, students will be prompted to write in an online portfolio. Prompts will range from creative to reflective to analytical. Fridays will be used for scheduled individual or group conferences to provide feedback on student writing.

*Also offered Session 2

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A Good Author is Hard to Find

Writing a Short Story

M (3-5 p.m.), W and F (3-4:30 p.m.),
June 15-July 17 (optional feedback session on July 3)
9-12th grade students
Instructor: Alain Guedes

It's no coincidence that the best writers are often avid readers. In this course, we'll analyze how authors of short stories use a variety of techniques in order to craft short stories of our own.  

We'll be developing our skills as readers and writers similarly to an English class, but this is an opportunity to use what you've been learning to create something expressive and meaningful for yourself and others. Do you already have an idea that could become the next Harry Potter, or the next Dubliners? Great! Let's build on it. No idea what you might write about? We'll find something. 

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Introduction to Computer Science*

T, W, Th
9:20 a.m.-noon
June 15-July 16
10-12th grade students
Instructor: Scott Brunner 

Computer science is a broad category of computing applications. The topics of study for this introduction to computer science will include the internet, digital information exchange, programming, big data, and application development. The course content will promote growth of science skills in modeling, collaborating, investigating, coding, technical reporting, and engineering solutions. Students will build an understanding and an appreciation of how computer science is applied to shape their world. This course is intended for students who wish to explore the field of computer science and develop computer programming skills.

*Also offered Session 2

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Design a
Fur Trading Post

T, W, Th
9:30 a.m.-10:50 a.m.
June 15-July 2
7-10th grade students
Instructor: Chris Hemler 

The King of France needs your help! The North American fur trade is thriving in the 1750s and the French are looking to expand their enterprise. In this course, learners propose the location and design of a new Great Lakes fur trading post to King Louis XV.

Throughout the design process, participants will practice skills in four main educational subjects: 1. Social Studies - Research the geography and history of the fur trade, 2. Science - Understand the importance and variety of natural resources of the Great Lakes, 3. Mathematics - Learn to calculate area and budget for resources, and 4. Language Arts (English) - Practice persuasive writing when proposing your trading post to the king.

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Princesses and Pirates in World History

M-Th 
9:30-10:30 a.m., with additional student-scheduled one-on-one workshop sessions,
June 15-July 16
6-9th grade students
Instructor: Kitty Lam

Why are princesses and pirates so enduring in popular imagination? Who were the real women, men, girls, and boys behind the fictionalized versions of daring heroines and swashbuckling mariners? How do we separate fiction from reality when looking at these people, and what can we learn about human history through their stories? Students will take a deep dive into specific times and places in world history through the lens of Disney and other pop culture heroines such as Mulan, Shuri, Pocahontas, and real-life pirates like Black Caesar, Mary Read, and Captain Kidd. This is an enrichment and transitional course for rising 6th-9th grade students who want more practice at engaging with primary sources, identifying and understanding historical context, and telling compelling stories about the past. 

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Understanding Civilization through Minecraft

M, W, F
10 a.m.-noon,
June 15-July 17 (no class on Wednesday, July 8; open building time on Thursday, July 9)
6-9th grade students
Instructor: Adam Hellebuyck

Civilizations are the basic building blocks of our society, and understanding how and why they came to be is important if we want to understand our modern world. In this online course, we will explore the five characteristics of civilization - advanced cities, complex institutions, record keeping, specialized workers, and advanced technology – as we build our own civilizations in small groups using the video game Minecraft: Education Edition.

REQUIRED: Students will need to download Minecraft: Education Edition to their compatible Windows or Apple (iPad or Mac) device before the start of our class. You can check your device’s compatibility and download the game here: education.minecraft.net/get-started/download/.

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Standardized Test Math and Science Bootcamp

M, W, F
9 - 11 a.m.
June 15-July 17 
9-12th grade students
Instructor: Lauren Harris

In this course, students will be taught skills to improve their scores in the math and science sections of the standardized tests like the ACT and SAT.  Students will learn how to master the timing, calculator, and test skills necessary to succeed on these standardized tests. Students will also be able to learn how to approach problems and learn the methodology necessary to correctly answer test questions. Students will take a number of practice tests throughout this course in order to perfect these skills.

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Session II: July 20-August 21

Hands-On Algebra

M-F
9-10 a.m.
July 20-August 7
3-5th grade students
Instructor: Karen Villegas 

Let’s learn algebra together! In this course, we will build a foundation for learning one of the most important concepts in mathematics: algebra. We will explore the following concepts: the concept of an unknown, how to evaluate an expression, how to combine like terms, the true meaning of the equal sign, the meaning of an algebraic equation, how to balance an equation, and how to solve equations. We will use kinetic and pictorial representations to build our confidence with math skills and have fun while doing it!

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Introduction to Conversational German*

M-Th
10 - 11 a.m.
July 20-August 20
6-12th grade students
Instructor: Brad Homuth 

This course will introduce participants to conversational German vocabulary and grammar, as well as German culture, through thematic units, such as likes/dislikes, the weather, and travel. Participants will practice basic speaking, listening, reading, and writing through a variety of exercises, games, and other activities. You do not need to enroll in session 1 in order to register for session 2, as the courses will explore similar levels of proficiency, but will include different thematic units.

*Also offered Session I

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Russian Language and Culture

M-Th 
9:30-11 a.m.,
July 20-August 14, no class Thursday, July 30
6-12th grade students
Instructor: Kitty Lam

This course offers students an introduction to Russian language and culture. Throughout the four weeks of this course, students will learn basic conversational Russian and learn to read and write basic sentences in the Cyrillic alphabet. In addition to learning to converse in Russian, students will also explore different aspects of Russian history and culture through film, music, art, sports, and more. Prior experience studying a foreign language recommended.

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I Hear You

A Reading, Writing, and Creativity Workshop*

M-Th (11:00-11:45am), F (scheduled small group conferences)
July 20-August 20
5-9th grade students
Instructor: Stevie Stevens 

Throughout this course, we will read together daily from Flying Lessons & Other Stories and Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks. Most of the reading will be modeled online reading together, but occasionally, students will be required to read-to-self and possibly record themselves to practice expression, fluency, and accuracy. Following a discussion of the day's story, students will be prompted to write in an online portfolio. Prompts will range from creative to reflective to analytical. Fridays will be used for scheduled individual or group conferences to provide feedback on student writing.

*Also offered Session I

Register Today

Front Desk*

A Read Aloud for Middle Grade Readers

T, Th 
9-10 a.m. 
June 16-July 16
3-7th grade students
Instructor: Stevie Stevens 

Winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature! "Many readers will recognize themselves or their neighbors in these pages." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets: Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language

It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

Class lengths may vary due to discussions and questions.

On most days, we will read aloud together, and occasionally, students will record themselves reading using SeeSaw. Following the reading, we will discuss the text. There will also be related writing or drawing activities.

*Also offered Session 2

Register Today

Stella Diaz Has Something to Say*

A Read Aloud for Early Readers

M, W
9-10 a.m.
June 15-July 8
3-5th grade students
Instructor: Stevie Stevens 

Stella Diaz loves marine animals, especially her betta fish, Pancho. But Stella Diaz is not a betta fish. Betta fish like to be alone, while Stella loves spending time with her mom and brother and her best friend Jenny. Trouble is, Jenny is in another class this year, and Stella feels very lonely.

When a new boy arrives in Stella’s class, she really wants to be his friend, but sometimes Stella accidentally speaks Spanish instead of English and pronounces words wrong, which
makes her turn roja. Plus, she has to speak in front of her whole class for a big presentation at school! But she better get over her fears soon, because Stella Díaz has something to say! 

Class lengths may vary due to discussions and questions.

On most days, we will read aloud together, and occasionally, students will record themselves reading using SeeSaw. Following the reading, we will discuss the text. There will also be related writing or drawing activities.

*Also offered Session 2

Register Today

Good Eats!

The Science, History, and Hands on Culinary Exploration of Comfort Foods

T, W, Th 
10 a.m.-noon
July 20-August 21
9-12th grade students
Instructor: Kirsten Hibbs

This will be an introduction for many to basic culinary skills and also the chance to enhance their cooking skill set with practice, new techniques, and recipes. The focus will be on comfort foods from across this great nation that are not limited to, but will include: macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, french fries, tacos, sandwiches, and MORE.

This is a class for the lover of science, history, and food itself! The class will meet three days a week. Each week will be dedicated to a different dish and will include a day to delve into the origins and cultural nuances behind each culinary technique, the science behind the cooking, and then of course actual hands-on demonstrations of each dish.

Actually cooking with me each week is not a requirement, but certainly will be half the fun!

An ingredient list will be handed out before the beginning of the summer session with specific dates when individual items should be needed.

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Crash Course: Biology

T, W, Th 
1 -3 p.m.
July 20-August 21
8-10th grade students
Instructor: Kirsten Hibbs 

This is a general science course designed to examine aspects of the living world. Students will survey many of the topics of an introductory biology course, including the scientific method, biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics. Lab time will be spent doing inquiry labs and activities that are simple enough to do at home and with easily procured materials. Students will be challenged to develop scientific thinking, reading, writing , and numeracy skills throughout the session. Class time will be spent practicing group discussion and collaboration in order to reinforce main ideas. Students will be encouraged to take an active part in the learning process, and will be required to do some independent work outside of class time.  

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Introduction to Computer Science*

T, W, Th 
9:20 a.m.-noon,
July 20-August 20
10-12th grade students
Instructor: Scott Brunner

Computer science is a broad category of computing applications. The topics of study for this introduction to computer science will include the internet, digital information exchange, programming, big data, and application development. The course content will promote growth of science skills in modeling, collaborating, investigating, coding, technical reporting, and engineering solutions. Students will build an understanding and an appreciation of how computer science is applied to shape their world. This course is intended for students who wish to explore the field of computer science and develop computer programming skills.

*Also offered Session I

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Introduction to Coding

M-F 
10-11 a.m.
July 20-August 7
3-8th grade students
Instructor: Karen Villegas

Learn computer science fundamentals online though this course! Offered to students in Lower and Middle School, this course will teach basic coding concepts. In this class we will explore topics include sequencing, loops, events, conditionals, debugging, and more. Students will participate in “unplugged” activities that allow them to understand abstract concepts in a more tangible way, then transfer the understanding to the online coding activities. Lessons are taught with age-appropriate literacy and math skill levels in mind. 

Classes will be one hour per day, Monday through Friday, for 3 weeks, for a total of 15 class sessions.

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