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Summer Enrichment Institute

Summer Enrichment Institute 2017 

Hello Lakers! If you did not take advantage last summer, this is the year- sign up for Silver Lake’s second Summer Enrichment Institute​! This is an opportunity to take exciting courses over the summer to enhance your learning in a fun, relaxed environment. It is also a chance to try something new, squeeze in something for which you may not have room in your schedule during the year, or take another class with a faculty member you enjoy. Register promptly- most courses need a minimum of 5 students to run! Here is what we are offering this summer:

Lights, Camera, ACTION

Lights, Camera, ACTION...Documentary Filmmaking Basics in a Week​
with Mr. Alexander, Educational Access Assistant, PACTV, and Ms. Redding

This fast paced workshop will give participants an opportunity to be part of a production team that will create a short documentary that will air on PAC TV. Students will learn how to navigate the equipment in the Laker TV Studio, as well as plan, research, and edit a short documentary highlighting the history of Silver Lake. Filming will take place around the Silver Lake campus, at Silver Lake, and on Wednesday we will meet at the Kingston Public Library. Date/Time​: July 10, 11, 12, 13, 14; 9:00-12:00 On Wednesday we will meet at the Kingston Public Library, 6 Green Street, Kingston, MA Cost​: $95

Summer Theater

Silver Lake Regional High School Summer Theatre Performance Workshop: Selections from ​ Story Theatre, a play by Paul Sills based on Aesop’s Fables with musical numbers from ​ ​Honk! ​
with Mrs. Bates and Ms. DePasqua

This program is designed for young actors of all levels who are currently in high school. It will be a six day program with preparation/scene & musical study/auditions being held on Friday, July 14th (9:30-2:30). The show will be cast on that Friday, early afternoon, and students will have over a week to memorize their parts. The rehearsal process will take place the week of July 24-28 (9:30-2:30) with a final show open to the general public on July 28th at 5PM. Friday the 28th will run from 9:30-6:30. Through this entire process, students who are enthusiastic about acting will have the opportunity to be a part of a theatre performance workshop. They will learn the process of scene/musical study with auditions/callbacks within the same day. Throughout the course of the week, students will work in groups and learn the basic principles of acting, scene study, movement, dance, and vocal training based on the part they are playing. Story Theatre is a collection of Aesop’s fables, including “The Bremen Town Musicians,” “Henny Penny,” “The Fisherman and His Wife,” and “The Golden Goose.” Honk! is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story, “The Ugly Duckling” (book and lyrics by Andrew Drewe; music by George Stiles). Date/Time​: ● Friday, July 14th (9:30-2:30) ● Monday, July 24-Thursday, July 27th (9:30-2:30) ● Friday, July 28th (9:30-6:30) SHOW​ will be at 5:00PM Cost​: $150 per student for the 6 days Number of students​: 15 minimum- 30 max.

Film Studies

Film Studies 101- Storytelling in Film
​with Mr. Gregory

Students will compare the kinds of techniques used to tell compelling and intelligent stories in both contemporary and classic works of cinema. Students will view and discuss sections of films, as well as read screenplays to identify the elements that go into making movies which aren’t terrible. Our focus will be on the pieces in the script that set up good storytelling, and how cinema becomes more than just the text. By the end of the last class, students will write a scene for a film incorporating one or more of the techniques discussed in class. Date/Time​: Monday, June 26 and Wednesday June 28; Monday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 5; and Monday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 12; 10:30-12 Cost​: $70

Creative Writing

Creative Writing​
with Mr. McStowe

Students who enroll should consider themselves serious creative writers. Each meeting will offer a reading, a brief lesson, and workshop time. Students will be introduced to publications, contests with cash prizes, and writing conferences that seek quality narratives from high school writers during the academic year. At the close of this summer session, each student will submit a polished story to the instructor for a final critique. Date/Time​: ● Session I: July 18, 19, 20, 21; 9:00-11:00 ● Session II: July 25, 26, 27, 28; 9:00-11:00 Cost​: $60

Intro to Financial Literacy

Intro to Financial Literacy​
with Mr. Savoy

Students will learn about different types of loans including (student loans, car loans, and home loans) as well as credit cards and how interest is calculated. As a final product student will be able to compute interest expense on loans as well as determine which credit card (if any) is right for them- a great course to take before heading out into the real world! Date/Time​: Monday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 28; 12:00-1:30 Cost​: $25

SAT Reading/Writing/Language Crash Course

SAT Reading/Writing/Language Crash Course
​with Ms. Ricci

For students who know that, left to their own devices, they will not do a single thing about SATs this summer :) Students will spend one day on tips and tricks for the multiple choice sections and one day on writing; all students will leave with free practice materials so that they can continue to practice independently for the remainder of the summer and will produce a writing sample which will receive online feedback from the instructor within a week of the course’s end. Date/Time​: Tuesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 13, 12-1:30 Cost​: $25

The Art of the Thank You Note

The Art of the Thank You Note​
with Ms. Ricci

In an age where 140 characters is becoming the standard mode of communication, a well written thank you note to a job or college interviewer will make you stand out. And, if folks are going to come to your graduation party with gifts and money, the least you can do is write them a thoughtful note! Students will learn proper etiquette for various kinds of thank you notes as well as tips for varying them so that they do not sound standard or impersonal and will leave with a relevant thank you note in hand. A great adult skill to have for upcoming life events! Date/Time​: Thursday, July 6;, 12-1:30 Cost​: $10

Intro to Feminist Literature Seminar

Intro to Feminist Literature Seminar
​with Ms. Ricci

If you believe, as the Merriam-Webster Dictionary states, in feminism as “the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes,” then this class is for you! Students will be given a brief historical overview of American feminism and explore some key feminist works including excerpts from Friedan's The Feminine Mystique, de Beauvoir's The Second Sex, Wolf's The Beauty Myth, and selected essays and poems by writers such as Bell Hooks and Angela Davis. We will also examine modern advertising and media and discuss their impact on consumers. As a final product, students will select a work from the course that resonated with them and write a short reflection paper. Date/Time: ​Monday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 12; Monday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 19; 12-1:30 Cost​: $45


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