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Williston
Summer Seminars

This summer, explore an array of courses designed to prepare and inspire you.

Williston’s Summer Seminars presents a variety of offerings, taught by our expert and beloved teachers. Classes, which range from intro and prep courses to passion-based classes such as 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!


quick facts

Our courses
Taught by expert Williston faculty, our summer classes are small, so you can get to know your teachers and classmates, and receive 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 19 through August 13, 2021
  • Our six-week classes run from July 12 through August 20, 2021
  • Classes meet twice a week, on either Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday
  • Each class meeting is one hour long

Tuition

  • $900 per four-week course
  • $1,350 per six-week 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 29 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.


Course Offerings

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.

Courses listed in the chart at left with an asterisk* are six-week sessions; all other courses are four-week sessions.

When you’ve decided, visit our registration form page to sign up!

Prep Courses

  • Mathematics

    Prep for Algebra 
    Faculty: Mimi King, four-week course

    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.  

    Topics will include: 

    • Understanding powers and exponents, order of operations, and working with integers
    • Graphing on a coordinate plane
    • Applying properties and simplifying expressions
    • Solving one-step and multi-step equations and inequalities with integers and decimals
    • Understanding factors, GCF and LCM and their applications
    • Applying rules of exponents and working with scientific notation in real world situations
    • Applying previous knowledge of operation work with fractions to solving multi-step equations
    • Making real world connections with ratios, proportions and probability
    • Working with percents, fractions, proportions and decimals and their applications

    Prep for Algebra 2
    Faculty: Kurt Whipple, four-week course 

    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 Calculus
    Faculty: Kurt Whipple, four-week course

    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 quadratic, exponential, power, and trigonometric functions expressed as equations, tables, and graphs. The concept of average rate of change will be stressed as Calculus is the study of rates of change. 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 Geometry Honors
    Faculty: Mimi King, six-week course

    As a way for you to transition to Geometry Honors this course was developed to review and learn new topics and improve your math and reasoning 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. 

    Topics will include: 

    • Solving multi-step equations including decimals, and fractions
    • Writing and graphing linear equations and functions
    • Solving and graphing linear inequalities
    • Writing and solving systems of equations and inequalities
    • Simplifying and graphing exponents and exponential functions
    • Operations with polynomials and factoring
    • Graphing and solving quadratics using factoring, square roots and completing the square
    • Working with the Pythagorean theorem, the distance formula simplifying square roots
    • Solving equations with square roots
    • Simplifying rational expressions and solving rational equations

    Prep for Pre-Algebra
    Faculty: Mimi King, four-week course

    As a way for you to transition to middle school Pre-Algebra this course was developed to review and learn new math 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.  

    Topics will include:  

    • Understanding ratio and proportional relationships and using reasoning to solving problems
    • Apply and extend work with multiplication and division to fractions
    • Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals
    • Working with order of operations
    • Apply and extend work of numbers to the system of rational numbers
    • Make connections between fractions, decimals and percent
    • Compute fluency with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples
    • Apply and extend understanding of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.
    • Solve one step equations
    • Solve real world problems involving area, perimeter and volume  

    Prep for Pre-Calculus
    Faculty: Kurt Whipple, four-week course

    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. 

  • Science

    Prep for Advanced Placement Chemistry 
    Faculty: Bill Berghoff, four-week course 

    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, four-week course

    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.  

Elective Courses

  • English

    Creative Writing Workshop
    Faculty: Matthew Liebowitz, four-week course

    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. In a nod to the graduate school MFA, 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.

    Intro to Poetry
    Faculty: Matthew Liebowitz, four-week course

    Designed with the novice in mind, Introduction to Poetry will cover basic elements of the craft of poetry and look at how these are put to use across all schools and eras. In tandem with the study of technique is the application: students will work on new poems every week, and revisit them as their knowledge base and exposure to new, diverse voices increases. Like members of a graduate program, students in this course will share their work with the group and receive peer critiques and feedback. Students will, by the end of the course, leave with not only a portfolio of original work, but, ideally, a spark to keep reading and writing on their own. 

  • History & Global Studies

    The -Isms of History: The Ideologies that Shape Our World
    Faculty: Thomas Johnson, six-week course

    This course, designed to help students understand the movements that have shaped world events in modern history, explores the key ideas and thinkers of the past five hundred years in philosophy, politics, and economics, especially those -isms most relevant to today’s headlines. If you have every wondered about the precise meanings and importance of -isms like communism and capitalism, feminism and racism, nationalism, and fundamentalism, and how these ideologies compete and cooperate with each other, this is the class for you. The origin and evolution of such ideologies will help students contextualize events described both in their history textbooks as well as current events popping up on their twitter feed. Students will learn about these ideologies through videos, secondary sources, and primary sources. The course is designed to prepare students for courses in World history or American history. 

  • Language

    Introduction to Classical Greek Language and Culture
    Faculty: Beatrice Cody, six-week course

    This six-week course offers an in-depth introduction to Classical Greek language and culture.  In this course students will learn the Greek alphabet, build a foundation of essential vocabulary words, and begin translating simple Greek passages into English.  Emphasis will be placed on English derivatives of the Greek words we learn (supporting students in building their vocabulary for standardized tests and future professions in the sciences and beyond). Our language study will be rounded out with investigations into Greek culture and history, covering topics such as mythology, theater, art history, philosophy, the birth of democracy, slavery, war and empire, and more. Much of our work will be based in the third edition of Athenaze (Oxford University Press), with other materials provided by the teacher. No prior language study is required. 

  • Visual & Performing Arts

    Drawing Bootcamp
    Faculty: Natania Hume, six-week course

    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, shape, form, proportion, shading with tone and line, and perspective when building dynamic compositions. Ensuing projects will explore still-life drawings, portrait drawings, and imaginative 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. 

Questions?

Contact Allison Malinowski, Williston Summer Seminar Coordinator at amalinowski@williston.com