This summer, explore an array of courses designed to prepare and inspire you.
We are excited to introduce Williston’s Summer Seminars, which includes over 30 incredible offerings from our expert and beloved teachers. Classes, which range from intro and prep courses in math, language, and science to passion-based classes like forensics, drawing, and creative writing, are available to current and newly-enrolled Williston students as well as high school students from other schools who are looking to enhance their learning over the summer. Our courses will help you hone your critical thinking, analysis, and communication, setting you up for success this fall. We hope you will join us!
Registration is now closed.
Taught by expert Williston faculty, our summer classes are small, so you can get to know your teachers and classmates, and have personalized attention. All classes will be synchronous, but will also include engaging independent work offline.
Dates and class times
- Our four-week classes run from July 13 through August 7, 2020
- Classes meet twice a week, on either Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday
- Each class meeting is one hour long
- $800 per course
What technology do I need?
- Your own computer, laptop, or other tablet and a reliable internet connection
- Classes are taught using Microsoft OneNote, so you’ll need a Microsoft account (which are free, if you don’t yet have one), and either the OneNote software or the ability to access it in a web browser
- Classes are taught as Zoom video calls, so you’ll need a Zoom account, plus the ability to participate in Zoom via video and audio
Are the classes for credit?
No, the classes are not for credit.
Are the courses graded?
Students will receive ample feedback but will not receive a final grade for the course.
Are refunds available if we change our mind?
Yes; refunds will be offered before June 22 if students decide not to take the class. If a class does not meet a minimum of required registrants, the class will not be held, and families will be refunded.
Whether you’re looking to keep your academic goals on track, explore a new interest, or a bit of both, you’ll find engaging ways to exercise your mind with Williston this summer. Our teachers are excited to translate their passions and love of teaching to the virtual realm. Classes below are organized into two categories:
- Prep: Hone your skills in advance of specific courses you’ll take in the fall.
- Elective: Discover a new interest or dive deeper into a subject that fascinates you.
Prep for Algebra
Faculty: Mimi King | Tuesday and Thursday, 1-2 p.m.
As a way for you to transition to Algebra this course was developed to review and learn new pre-algebra topics and improve your skills while doing engaging activities. This class builds anticipation for new learning and gives you confidence in your abilities so that you are well prepared for the next level of math.
Prep for Pre-Calculus
Faculty: Kurt Whipple | Monday and Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.
This course will review and enhance some of the major topics of a traditional style Algebra 2 course in preparation for studies in Precalculus. We will review in depth both linear functions and quadratic functions expressed as equations, in tables, and as graphs. This course also looks at properties of exponents and factoring of polynomial expressions. Both the mechanics and applications of all these concepts will be stressed. Homework will be given after each class period to allow students to work on the material individually.
Prep for Calculus
Faculty: Kurt Whipple | Monday and Wednesday, 1-2 p.m.
This course will review and enhance some of the major topics of a traditional style Precalculus course in preparation for studies in Calculus. We will work on the concept of a function expressed as an equation, in tabular form, and graphically. This course also studies circular trigonometry using the unit circle. Graphs and applications of the sine and cosine functions will be stressed. The use of a TI-84 graphing calculator will augment these concepts. Homework will be given after each class period to allow students to work on the material individually.
Prep for Algebra 2
Faculty: Kurt Whipple | Tuesday and Thursday, 10-11 a.m.
This course will review and enhance some of the major topics of a traditional style Algebra 1 course in preparation for studies in Algebra 2. We will review how to find equations of lines, graph linear functions, and solve linear equations. We will also look at different applications of these concepts. The concept of variables and the use of fractions will be stressed throughout the course. Homework will be given after each class period to allow students to work on the material individually.
Prep for Advanced Placement Chemistry
Faculty: Bill Berghoff | Tuesday and Thursday, 3:20-4:20 p.m.
This course is designed for those students planning to take AP chemistry in the fall. Important concepts that should be familiar from a first-year chemistry course will be covered with an eye to the more rigorous and detailed expectations that the College Board requires. These ideas will include, but not be limited to: stoichiometry, reaction types, atomic structure and periodic trends. The design of the course will be flexible enough to address specific concerns or gaps from the individual students.
Prep for General Chemistry
Faculty: Bill Berghoff | Tuesday and Thursday, 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
This course is designed to prepare and support those students planning to enter chemistry in the fall. The critical thinking and problem-solving skill demanded from a first-year chemistry course can be a significant adjustment for high school students. This course will present the computational skills expected, as well as introduce the concepts typically introduced in chemistry. The goal will be to prepare students for the increased rigor of a high school chemistry curriculum.
Prep for Advanced Placement Psychology
Faculty: Tina Berghoff | Tuesday and Thursday, 11:10 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
This course is designed for those students planning to take AP Psychology in the fall. Through assigned readings, projects, and directed online activities that emphasize critical thinking and application, students will explore psychology as the science of human behavior and thought. Content will include, but not be limited to: research methods and statistical analysis, the brain and sense functions, and learning and cognition. Along the way, students will also practice study skills and information retention in preparation for the AP Psychology exam.
Creative Writing Workshop
Faculty: Matt Liebowitz | Monday and Wednesday, 1-2 p.m.
Creative Writing Workshop is designed with exploration and innovation at its core. Students will learn and apply classic narrative techniques – dialogue, specific imagery, sound, physicality — to make their original fiction resonate. In the process of experimenting with different voices and styles, students will also be exposed to an array of powerful, modern, and diverse literary voices. By the end of the course, students will produce a 10-15 page collection of short stories, flash fiction, or intro to a novella. Students will also read one another’s stories each week, and learn to see writing with a critical eye that, invariably, will help their own creativity.
Drawing Boot Camp
Faculty: Wendy Staples | Tuesday and Thursday, 3:20-4:20 p.m.
This online Drawing course is designed for students to practice and improve upon fundamental drawing techniques. Students will learn the importance of elements such as value, line weight, shape, form, proportion, perspective when building dynamic compositions. Ensuing projects will explore still-life drawings, portrait drawings and interior/exterior drawings in which the artists will implement representational drawing skills in order to build a visual narrative. This course is meant to help students create their personal styles while also preparing them for advanced art courses they may take in the future. Projects created in this course might be excellent additions to a college application portfolio.
Faculty: Liz Kay | Monday and Wednesday, 3:20-4:20 p.m.
Forensics is a course designed for students who are interested in the practical application of science and math in solving crimes. Each session will focus on a different area of forensic science. You will receive training on basic skills used by forensic scientists in areas such as eye-witness testimony, evidence classification, fingerprint analysis, DNA fingerprinting, handwriting analysis, toxicology, serology, and tool mark analysis. Students will have the opportunity to work independently on some projects and work cooperatively with your peers on others. You will analyze, solve, and communicate findings from mock criminal situations. Additional resources will be provided for all students looking to expand their knowledge in each of these areas.
Getting to Know the Social-Self
Faculty: Tina Berghoff | Monday and Wednesday, 3:20-4:20 p.m.
In this unprecedented period of social distancing, this class will be particularly relevant and intriguing as students study the influence that social situations have in the development of self-concept and self-esteem while also investigating the vital interconnectedness of humans. Students will explore social aspects of “the self”, the concept of “social identity” and why social identity is an important component to human behavior and the human experience. This course will introduce students to topics they will encounter in Behavioral Psychology, Child Development and Social Psychology.