SUMMER ACTIVITIES & OPPORTUNITIES
For the summer of 2019, we are excited to host a variety of camps on the Saint Thomas' Episcopal School campus. We will offer Kidventure and Rice University Math Camps for both STE students and students from other schools.
We will also offer enrichment camps taught by STE faculty members for new and returning STE students.
Kidventure is celebrating its 25th year of being Texas’ premier summer camp. Each week provides unique projects, games, and camp activities designed to engage campers in a fun and interactive way!
When: 8 weeks beginning June 3 (There will be a break July 15-19 for the Vacation Bible School offered by Saint Thomas' Episcopal Church.)
Who: The Explorer Program (entering grades 1-6) and Discover Program (ages 3-5)
We are also developing weeklong academic enrichment camps for new and returning STE students only. Each camp will be taught by a member of the STE faculty.
Camps will be held weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at a cost of $150 per camp. Note that childcare will not be available before or after camp times. Registration and payment information will be sent to new and returning STE students.
We are pleased to announce the camp schedule for this summer!
Week of July 29
Jump Start to First Grade (Session 2)
Grade: Entering 1st
Spend a fun week with your first grade classmates and become acquainted with one another while playing games! You will brush up on oral reading skills, handwriting, and arithmetic to be prepared for the first day of school. This fun-filled camp with give you a jump-start to first grade!
Grades: Entering 4th-6th
Keyboarding Skills provides an opportunity to learn to touch type on the computer keyboard using correct techniques, as well as develop speed and accuracy. We will be using multiple online tools to make the course fun and memorable.
Middle School Grammar
Grades: Entering 6th-8th
This grammar camp benefits both new and returning STE students. The camp covers the eight parts of speech, sentence structure, capitalization, punctuation, proper word usage, and diagramming.
Grades: Entering 6th-8th
If you love gaining new knowledge and competing, then this is the class for you. Quiz Bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic competition that includes questions from areas such as history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports, and popular culture. The Quiz Bowl camp is for both returning players and those students interested in joining the STE Quiz Bowl team next year. We will focus on different topics each session to hone student knowledge and skills. Activities will include studying geography and history, staying abreast of current events including sports, entertainment, and political events, as well as competing against one another in trivia games and mock Quiz Bowl tournaments. The course will be student-driven and students will be expected to become experts in certain fields to share their knowledge with other students.
Week of August 5
Grade: Entering kindergarten
This camp reviews basic academics for kindergarten. Students will work on letter recognition, letter sounds, and writing skills. Shapes, colors, and numbers are a focus, as well as name writing and the beginner stages of reading. This is a great way for your child to build more confidence before starting kindergarten.
Grades: Entering 2nd-5th or 6th-8th students who are new or need extra practice and guidance
Practice makes perfect! Let’s work together on improving our penmanship!
Grades: Entering 4th-6th
This camp is designed to help students improve their study habits and reading comprehension through fun, interactive activities that will put skills into practice. The study skills component will focus on areas of keyboarding, organization, time management, goal setting, note taking, and test preparation.
Intro to Astronomy: Observing the Night Sky and Space Science
Students will be taught the celestial coordinate system and using a 3D sky simulator will learn how to locate planets, stars, constellations, and other deep sky objects (such as galaxies and nebulae) in the night sky Once students have learned the basics of sky watching they will have the opportunity to participate in a viewing of objects in the Houston night sky using a telescope (clear sky permitting of course). Students will learn why we have season changes, why the sun appears in different parts of the sky depending on the time of the year (and one’s location), and much more. Next, students will learn about Newton’s law of gravity and learn (and see) the motion of planets, stars, moons, and other space debris under this force law. Students will then use a solar system and gravity simulator to see what happens to planet and star motion when variables like mass, speed, and orbit launch trajectories are changed. Students will compete to see who can come up with (and implement in the simulator) the most imaginative cosmic scenario, such as the creation of solar systems, colliding galaxies, exploding stars, and more.