Newman Summer Academics and Enrichment

+ Course Descriptions

We offer a diverse selection of courses each summer, each of which is listed below. Along with each course you will find its course description, details about the instructor and later a download with further class details.

7th & 8th Grade Enrichment and Exploration

7th & 8th Grade Enrichment and ExplorationArtists, engineers, designers. . . they have it all: creativity, excitement, and the chance to do work that matters. During Newman Summer’s enrichment and exploration program, 7th and 8th graders have the opportunity to try their hands at these professions as well! Each week, students will learn from professionals, head out into the community, and create their own masterpieces. These week-long, full-day intensives are specially designed just for rising 7th and 8th Graders. Available by the week, these intensives are the perfect option for 7th and 8th graders who want to dig deep and explore!

2017 schedule:
Session 1:
Week 1 (June 5 - 9): Printmaking: Exploring the Art of Multiples with Ashley Oates Do you love to draw? Do you often wish you had multiple copies of your amazing original drawing? By learning intaglio (an Italian term meaning to cut or carve), you will soon be making etchings like Rembrandt! You’ll create drawings on metal plates, which are etched in a non-toxic solution. With these etched plates, you can print multiple copies. Print options may culminate into a portfolio, tunnel book, or regular handmade book. Other types of printmaking techniques will be explored, such as relief prints and monotypes. Various types of ink application – from rainbow rolls to traditional etching ink methods – are demonstrated. The session concludes with an exhibition of your prints and an opening for friends and family. Come learn to be a printmaker and leave with a mini-masterpiece!

Week 2 (June 12 - 16): Darkroom Art: Exploring Traditional Photography with Ashley Oates It’s easy and fun to take photos with smart phones, but what’s really fun is learning how to make traditional, hands-on photographs and photograms under the amber light of the darkroom. You will start the week building your own pinhole cameras and taking many photographs with long exposures. From pinholes, we will move to photograms and photographic enlargements. A field trip to local photography galleries is on the agenda! The session concludes with an exhibition of your work and an opening celebrating your photographic achievements.

Ashley Oates is a member of the upper school faculty at Isidore Newman and has almost twenty years of teaching experience in the arts. Her current roster includes five classes: Beginning Photography (digital), Advanced Photography (darkroom), Printmaking, Drawing, and Introduction to the Studio Arts. Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hollins University, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, Papermaking, and Book Arts from Memphis College of Art, and a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A practicing studio artist, Ashley is interested in the intersection of sculpture and two-dimensional work as well as the binary exploration of absence and presence in visual art, particularly photography.

+ Dates: June 5 - June 16 | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 7th, 8th | Fee: $396 per week

Algebra 2a (.5 credit earned)

Algebra 2a (.5 credit earned)This course can be taken for remediation or for original credit. If the course is being taken for original credit, the student must pass both Algebra 2a (first summer semester) and Algebra 2b (second summer semester). The amount of time needed for remediation will be determined by the student’s present school. The first semester of the course will cover linear functions, absolute value functions, systems of equations, introduction to matrices, quadratic functions, and complex numbers. There is an emphasis on graphing and transformations of functions. Although the course content will be that of a rigorous second course in algebra, the instruction will also focus on underlying concepts and computational accuracy in order to help students strengthen their skills.

Camille Lavoie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics alongside her Bachelor of Arts in French from Tulane University. Ms. Lavoie has extensive experience in the classroom as a teaching assistant, student teacher, and tutor. Since the Fall of 2013, Ms. Lavoie has been part of the Newman staff as a full-time math teacher in the Upper School. This will be her fourth summer as part of the Newman Summer’s Academics and Enrichment team.

+ Dates: June 5 - June 30 | Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th | Fee: $832

Algebra 2b (.5 credit earned)

Algebra 2b (.5 credit earned)This course can be taken for remediation or for original credit. If the course is being taken for original credit, the student must pass both Algebra 2a (first summer semester) and Algebra 2b (second summer semester). The amount of time needed for remediation will be determined by the student’s present school. The second semester will cover integer and rational exponents, radical functions, circles, exponential and logarithmic functions, rational functions, and an introduction to probability. Although the course content will be that of a rigorous second course in algebra, the instruction will also focus on underlying concepts and computational accuracy in order to help students strengthen their skills.

Camille Lavoie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics alongside her Bachelor of Arts in French from Tulane University. Ms. Lavoie has extensive experience in the classroom as a teaching assistant, student teacher, and tutor. Since the Fall of 2013, Ms. Lavoie has been part of the Newman staff as a full-time math teacher in the Upper School. This will be her fourth summer as part of the Newman Summer’s Academics and Enrichment team.

+ Dates: July 10 - July 28 | Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th | Fee: $832

Chess Camp with Coach Jeff York

Chess Camp with Coach Jeff YorkCome learn and play chess! If you are a beginner, you will learn all the basics of rules, tactics and strategy, and chess thinking. If you have some experience, you will improve your play to have more fun and challenge other strong players. Instruction mixed with lots of hands on practice and some competition will make this a fun way to spend a week of summer!

Coach Jeff York has been teaching scholastic chess to kids professionally for 10 years. His education includes a B.A. from University of South Florida, an M.A. from Tulane University in Latin American Studies, and an M.A. in Linguistics from University of South Florida. He has taught at all levels, from kindergartners to University students. He is a twice published author and is a Spanish and Portuguese speaker. In his chess teaching career, his students have won four Florida State Scholastic Championships, one National Scholastic Championship, one National Team Championship, and one Louisiana State Scholastic Championship. His hobbies and interests include soccer, running, chess, languages, and playing music as a bassist and drummer. Most of all, he loves seeing kids achieve success in chess and in life by learning chess.

+ Dates: August 7 - August 11 | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades: Rising 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th | Fee: $327

College Application Essay Writing Workshop

Rising Newman seniors, let’s write college application essays! In this workshop, we will brainstorm, workshop, and polish personal essays and short answers for you to use on college applications in the fall. Students will finish the five-day workshop with one complete and edited essay, one complete and edited short supplemental response, and drafts of other essays that can be used in the application process. Get a head start on your essays, saving you time in the fall!

Dates: June 19 - 23 (12:00 - 4:00 p.m.) or July 17 - 21 (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Grades: Rising 12th grade

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Marie Bigham and Newman English Faculty
Marie Bigham has worked in college admissions, both as an admissions representative for Washington University in St. Louis and as a college counselor in independent schools, for 20 years. Considered a national leader in the profession, Marie has been featured in a wide range of media, including The New York Times, WNYC, Al Jazeera, and CNN. Marie is committed to equity, access and social justice through college education; she founded Admissions Community Cultivating Equity and Peace Today (ACCEPT) in July 2016, a group of over 2800 members. Marie joined the Newman community in 2015.


+ Dates: - | Time: -
Grades: Rising 12th | Fee: $75

Eager Beavers

Eager BeaversThis program is designed to support learning and social skills through literature, art, music, games, and hands-on activities. The focus will be on reading, writing, math, following directions, and cooperation. Eager Beavers is designed to help children dip a toe in the water before it’s time to jump in to the new school year!

Kathleen Connolly Newman Lower School Kindergarten Teacher
Kathleen Connolly has been teaching at Newman for nine years. She graduated from Loyola University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and English and is certified from the University of New Orleans in Pre-K through third grade education. She attended the Reader’s Workshop course at Teachers College last summer at Columbia University and has training in both Words Their Way and Balanced Literacy. Kathleen likes to travel and experience new things in dining and cooking.


+ Dates: August 7 - August 9 | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades: Rising K | Fee: $196

Mission: Space Invention

Mission: Space InventionBlast off to explore our planet, the Solar System, and the Milky Way. Discover your place in all of that space! Using the excitement of NASA’s mission and programs, students will engage in hands-on activities and experiments. By identifying challenges and proposing solutions to space related situations, students will develop their knowledge and process skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (the STEM disciplines). Students will stir up their creative juices as they work in teams to understand toys in microgravity, build a rocket, create alien slimes, and program LEGO robotics.


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Jennifer Williams, Newman Lower School Science Coordinator
Jennifer Williams teaches 2nd through 4th grade at Newman. She has won the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and has been named Louisiana's Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher, among many other awards. She is author of Oobleck Slime & Dancing Spaghetti which is based upon her science curriculum that has been wildly popular with students and educators. Jennifer is a Teacher Leader for the National Geographic Society's JASON Project where she trains other instructors in hands-on, cross-curricular learning, and she is the author of many articles for Instructor Magazine.


+ Dates: June 5 - June 9 | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Grades: Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th | Fee: $327

Newman Middle School Readiness Course

Newman Middle School Readiness CourseIn this mini-workshop Newman students will work though portions of their assigned summer math packets and readings. While the main focus will be reading, writing, and math, each teacher will implement study skills and learning strategies such as note-taking, reading strategies, organization, and time management. This workshop is split into three one-hour periods and a snack break. All supplies (except the student’s summer reading book) and a daily snack will be provided.

Rebecca Chase, Writing
Rebecca has worked at Newman as the 7th grade English teacher for the last three years. Prior to her time at Newman, Rebecca taught for six years in New Orleans public schools. Rebecca understands the importance of organizational skills in order to be a successful and productive student.


Jessica Lambert, Reading
Jessica has worked at Newman as the Middle School Learning Specialist for the past 6 years. Prior to her time at Newman Jessica taught 1st and 2nd Grade for 10 years in the Fort Worth and Atlanta public schools. Jessica is passionate about highlighting students strengths and finding strategies to conquer their challenges.


Marcia Cooke, Math
Marcia Cooke has taught math in both the Middle and Upper School at Newman for 17 years. Prior to coming to Newman she taught 5th-8th grade math at St. George’s Episcopal School for 20 years. Marcia enjoys the challenges of making math come alive to students of all types.


Dates: June 19 - 23 or June 26 - 30 or July 24 - 28
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 6th – 8th
Fee: $303

+ Dates: - | Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Grades: Rising 6th, 7th, 8th | Fee: $303

Serve NOLA: Summer Service Learning

Through a series of hands-on experiences in the community, students will learn about social justice issues affecting New Orleans residents, hear from guest speakers, go on local service trips, and discover how they can be agents for change. Each Serve NOLA week will be a five-day service-learning experience for high school students offered this summer by Isidore Newman School.

Students can choose to participate in one week, two weeks, or all three weeks – each with its own specific theme:

Week 1 (June 5 - 9): Homelessness in New Orleans
What is it like to be homeless in New Orleans?
Why don’t people have a permanent place to live?
What are people in New Orleans doing to help those who are homeless?

During this week, we will explore a variety of agencies that are working to end homelessness in New Orleans. We will learn from the Louisiana State Program Director for Permanent Supportive Housing about the scope of homelessness in our state, and we’ll spend time with agencies that work with children, teens, women, men, veterans, and the mentally ill who experience homelessness.
Spend a week learning about the root causes of homelessness, get to know people who are directly affected, and discover what you can do to help.
Grades: Rising 9th grade through graduating seniors
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily

Week 2 (June 12 - 16): Criminal Justice and Incarceration in Louisiana
Spend a week examining the criminal justice system in New Orleans and around Louisiana. We will hear from the First 72+ organization, the NOPD, the Public Defender’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, and bail bondsmen. We will spend time in court with Public Defenders, tour Angola Prison, and take a trip to the Capitol in Baton Rouge to speak with our elected representatives. We will also spend a day of service with First 72+, an organization that works to end the cycle of incarceration.
This week will challenge participants to explore the criminal justice system in an attempt to understand its many complexities, and to discover how local citizens can be agents for change.
Grades: Rising 10th grade through graduating seniors
Times:
Monday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Week 3 (June 19 - 23): Rebuilding with lowernine.org
Rebuilding homes. Restoring services. Reviving hope. Reaching out.

This is the mission of Lowernine.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the long-term recovery of the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the levee breaches of 2005. To date, the organization has fully rebuilt eighty-three homes, and has completed smaller repair and renovation projects on over two hundred more.
Even if you’ve never swung a hammer, you can help rebuild damaged homes. Spend a week with other high school participants and learn what a difference you can make in the lives of your neighbors.
Grades: Rising 10th grade through graduating seniors
Time: 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily

Staff:
Kim Causey, Newman Community Service Coordinator

Kim Causey is the Community Service Coordinator at Isidore Newman School. She has spent the last ten-plus years creating and implementing service-learning programs in schools and churches in New Orleans, Dallas, and Kansas City. Kim earned both her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Arts degrees at the University of Notre Dame. She is passionate about helping students engage with the uniquely diverse population of New Orleans and ensuring that they are equipped to address the many social justice issues we each confront on a daily basis. It is her privilege to play a small role in helping cultivate socially-aware, compassionate, and informed individuals who are able to recognize their own gifts and assume an active role in their own communities.


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+ Dates: June 5 - June 23 | Time: -
Grades: Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th | Fee: $325 per week

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