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Summer 2022 Dates:
Session 1, June 13 – June 24
Session 2, July 5 – July 15

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O’Dowd Summer Academy for students entering 6th-8th grade offers an enriched, fun and engaging summer experience on the O’Dowd campus. A new program format addresses whole-child development and encourages self-exploration. The daily schedule of academic, physical and social-emotional development activities includes “Community Time,” a space in which students work in small groups around topics that foster health and wellness. Guided by trained teen camp counselors and supervised by adult staff, students dialogue about topics such as social media, inclusion, and mindfulness with the goals of staying healthy, maintaining positive social practices and respectfully engaging in the world around them. This program includes hands on learning, interactive activities, and group work across a variety of academic subject areas; enrichment courses (arts, programming, business design, gardening); and athletics (girls and boys basketball, track and field, and strength and conditioning). Lunch is included for students taking three or more courses.

Morning Courses

Coding

Session 1: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
Session 2: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
$180

This course is great for both newcomers to coding or students who want to build on their previous coding experience. Students will use Code.org's Game Lab to create scenes, animations, interactive art, and even games with your choice of a block-based or text-based programming language. Students will learn and use the same programming concepts and design processes that computer scientists use daily.

Did you know that more than half of high school students say they like computer science "a lot," compared to to just over 25% who say the same thing about math? And computing jobs pay almost twice as much as all other jobs, and are growing nearly twice as fast. This class is perfect for students who want to do something academic, yet fun, this summer and want to gain valuable skills for the future. No previous experience necessary.

Digital Music

Session 1: 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
Session 2: 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
$180

Summer Digital Music is a great introduction for students interested in songwriting, beat making (with any instrument) and the music business. In this class they will learn how to write and record music using Garageband music recording software as well as learning the fundamentals of music theory and songwriting structure. This course includes a special glimpse into music history and visits from speakers and local musicians with vast, firsthand knowledge of the industry. Beginner and intermediate students welcome! This course is taught by Starr Gray who teaches a more advanced version of this course during the school year and has over 15 years of experience as a musician and songwriter in the music industry. She is an award-winning Pop songwriter and Hip-Hop topline writer who also writes for Television and Film. Her most notable work is with the Television Network Freeform. She is passionate about helping students express themselves through the art of songwriting and recording.

Film Production

Session 1: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Session 2: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
$180

Film Production is a great way for students to learn and sharpen their film skills. Students will learn different techniques for filming various types of video ranging from silent films, comedy and feature films. Students will be taken through the process of creating a script, filming, and digital editing with a focus on storytelling through a visual medium. Lighting technique, music soundtrack and film history will be covered as well. Digital editing is done through iMovie and editing software. This course will be tailored to meet the skill level of novice through advanced young film producers. This course is taught by Starr Gray who studied Radio/TV/Film at the University of Northridge in Los Angeles. While studying in College, she worked on many different Film, Music Video and Television Productions such as ER, The Practice, Party of Five, Elevation (U2 Music Video) and many others. She is passionate about the art of expression through visual mediums.

Please note that students need to bring a phone, tablet, camera or other recording device.

Math 1

Session 1: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
Session 2: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
$180

This class will target and strengthen fundamental skills needed for success in high school algebra. It will also help students remain math-savvy during the summer months when they are not in school. Students will enjoy the "high school experience" here on the O'Dowd campus with a teacher experienced in middle school and high school mathematics.

Topics covered include a review of fractions, decimals, ratios, percentages, and graphing.

Unsure which math class is right for your student? Please consult your current middle school math teacher.

Math 2

Session 1: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
Session 2: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
$180

This class will target and strengthen fundamental skills needed for success in high school algebra. It will also help students remain math-savvy during the summer months when they are not in school. Students will enjoy the "high school experience" here on the O'Dowd campus with a teacher experienced in middle school and high school mathematics.

Topics covered include: order of operations, exponents and radicals, ratios and proportions, algebraic notation, solving linear equations and inequalities, and sample HSPT problems.

Unsure which math class is right for your student? Please consult your current middle school math teacher.

Math 3

Session 1: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
Session 2: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
$180

This class is to prepare students who have completed Pre-Algebra successfully and will be taking a full Algebra 1 course in the fall. It will also help students remain math-savvy during the summer months when they are not in school.

Students will review and solidify foundational algebra skills as well as preview Algebra 1 topics including solving linear equations, slope and graphing linear equations, polynomials and factoring. Note, if the student needs to review pre-algebra skills learned this year, they should register for Math 2.

Unsure which math class is right for your student? Please consult your current middle school math teacher.

Reading the Write Way

Reading the Write Way (6th)
Reading the Write Way (7th/8th)

Session 1: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
Session 2: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
$180

The objective of this class is to improve reading comprehension through guided analysis and the practice of creative writing.

A solid foundation of reading skills is imperative to academic success. This class aims to strengthen reading comprehension by analyzing the ways a writer conveys information, and then by putting the analysis into practice by writing creatively. Students will read short stories, discuss and analyze elements of fiction, and write short stories of their own.

Sketching

Session 1: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. & 10:50 - 11:50 p.m
Session 2: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. & 10:50 - 11:50 p.m
$180

From pre-historic cave walls to modern sketchpads and electronic devices, people have expressed themselves artistically. Your student will learn how… how to see … how to imagine… how to draw... how to have fun sketching! Sketching is one of the most powerful and creative tools for artists and designers, and where the spark of creativity is developed. A non-judgmental introduction to art and sketching, this class will nurture creativity, and develop a habit of sketching freely within the world of a sketch book.

Spanish Language & Culture

Session 1: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Session 2: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
$180

Students who have had little or no Spanish in grade school can learn some conversational Spanish in a relaxed and fun environment. We use video clips to practice listening and pronunciation, and create skits around a variety of topics such as greetings and hobbies/activities. We will learn the basics such as the alphabet, numbers, colors, family, days of the week and months of the year. Additionally, piñatas are made and other cultural aspects are infused in the curriculum. The course is tailored to the interests and level of Spanish already acquired by the students signed up for the course.

Sports Medicine

Session 1: 8:30 - 9:30am, 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
Session 2: 8:30 - 9:30am, 10:50 - 11:50 a.m.
$180

Has your student ever been watching sports, seen someone run onto the field to care for an injured player, and wondered what exactly they were doing? Then this course is for them! This course will cover concepts such as basic anatomy, common sports injuries, emergency medicine, and more. Students will get the chance to practice taping and splinting as well. We will focus on athletic training, but discuss various sports medicine professionals and how they interrelate to provide complete sports-specific healthcare.

Dragon Community Time

A one-hour program that provides a space for students to engage in conversation and activities around topics that foster inclusivity and well-being. Students will also have opportunities to connect with their peers and camp counselors as they actively participate in group games and camp fun. This is automatically included for all students enrolled in the morning classes.

Afternoon Courses

3-D Modeling & Animation

Session 1: 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
Session 2: 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
$230

This course is perfect for students interested in making 3-D animation and video games. In this course, students will learn how to use Autodesk Maya, the same program used in most animation and video game studios. With this program, students can make their own 3-D polygon models, which they will texture, animate, put into a video game engine, and even print out on a 3-D printer!

Computer Art & Animation

Session 1: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Session 2: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
$230

O'Dowd's state-of-the-art Computer Art Lab provides the perfect platform for our summer Computer Art and Animation class. This class will teach students how to combine traditional art and animation techniques and computers to create anything you can imagine! Students will learn to use Adobe Creative Cloud applications to create digital drawings, collages and animations! Aside from having fun, students will get the basic skills of how to draw on the computer as well as how to manipulate images. In the animation portion, students will create their own videos and acquire exciting and useful computer skills.

Creative Writing

Session 1: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Session 2: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
$180

In this creative writing course, your child will practice written expression using a variety of forms, from short stories to poems to blogs. Students will build imaginative writing skills and practice discussing writing in a deep and thoughtful way. Both individual work and collaboration with peers encourages and fosters creativity.

Sports & Games

Session 1: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Session 2: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
$180

After a full day of camp, play various sports and collaborative games.

Debate

Session 1: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. & 2:00 - 3:20 p.m
Session 2: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. & 2:00 - 3:20 p.m
$230

Debate ​and ​public ​speaking ​are ​of ​extraordinary ​value ​to ​middle ​school ​students. Participation ​in ​argumentation ​and ​debate ​can ​boost ​a ​student’s ​self-esteem ​and self-confidence ​while ​building ​the ​habits ​associated ​with ​becoming ​a ​good ​student, critical ​thinker, ​and ​ultimately ​an ​informed ​global ​citizen.

Debate ​at ​O’Dowd ​will ​provide ​students ​with ​valuable ​skill set ​building, ​that ​include:

  • Empathy Building: ​Students ​are ​rewarded ​for ​listening ​to ​and ​quoting ​their ​opponents and ​teammates.
  • Note ​Taking: ​Students ​and ​judges ​take ​detailed ​notes ​during ​debates, ​as ​the ​content ​of debates ​determines ​their ​outcome.
  • Research ​Skills: ​Students ​deliver ​informed ​extemporaneous ​speeches ​based ​on ​their ​own research ​that ​center ​on ​an ​identified, ​pre-assigned ​resolution.
  • Dynamic ​Format: ​Debates ​include ​interactive ​elements ​to ​ensure ​students ​are ​engaged throughout ​the ​course ​of ​practice ​sessions, ​with ​constructive ​critiques ​to ​assist ​students in gaining ​confidence ​and ​mastery ​of ​this ​oratorical ​discipline.
  • Multiplistic ​& ​Evaluative ​Thinking: ​Debaters ​must ​be ​prepared ​to ​argue ​either ​side ​of ​an issue ​and ​weigh ​the ​importance ​of ​different ​arguments, ​crystallizing ​and ​synthesizing ​the most ​important ​elements ​about ​the ​topic ​at ​hand.

Drawing and Painting

Session 1: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Session 2: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
$230

Does your student have a passion for art? Our Drawing and Painting class will allow them to experience a wide-range of projects in these two art forms. They will learn to express themselves through a variety of mediums that includes but is not limited to: graphite, color pencil, ink, charcoal, watercolor, and acrylics. Many of these art mediums will be explored individually and in various mixed-media approaches. Students will creatively express themselves throughout this session, and will take home an array of proudly finished art pieces.

Intro to Robotics

Session 1: 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
Session 2: 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
$230

This course gives students hands-on experience in programming, electronics, and robotics. We start off by building our very own robot from a kit. Then, students will unleash their imagination by making their robots come alive with simple drag-and-drop programming blocks. Coding has become a new modern day language to express ideas, inspiring originality while helping develop logical thinking. This class combines creativity, problem solving, and hands-on learning to give students a fun introduction to the world of robotics.

Living Lab: Climate Resiliency Skills

Session 1: 12:30-1:50 p.m. & 2:00 - 3:20 p.m
Session 2: 12:30-1:50 p.m. & 2:00 - 3:20 p.m
$230

Youth across the world are rising up and demanding political action in the face of climate change. But what can we do right now as youth to prepare for a climate changed future? This hands-on class in the Living Lab will blend principles of ecology and permaculture with tangible skills that will help us be more resilient in a climate changed world. Students will learn basic gardening skills, like how to grow drought-tolerant edible and native plants, and how to care for the chickens and rabbits that live in our garden!

Middle School Theater Camp

Sessions 1: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Sessions 2: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m.
$230

Want to learn to be an actor, singer or dancer? Then Drama Camp is the place for you! This camp is for the performing arts enthusiast who wants to experience the thrill of performance in a fun and safe environment. Students will work in small groups to perform improvised scenes and to create scenes of their own from the ground up. Additionally, future thespians will be under the supervision of highly trained instructors who will motivate and inspire students. Come to Drama Camp to play theater games, gain confidence, and master the basics of acting and musical theater. Actors of all skill levels welcome!

Photography - The Art of Seeing

Session 1: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. & 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
Session 2: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. & 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
$230

What are the basic elements of a "Wow!" photograph? How can you make your photos tell a story? Learning to look and see sounds easy, but it actually takes practice. Classes will include outdoor and indoor photo shoots, showing and sharing photographs, and using photo editing programs like Adobe Lightroom and free online apps. Bring a digital camera (not a phone) you already know how to use. All other materials are provided by O’Dowd. No prior Lightroom experience necessary. Come have fun seeing the world through your own lens!

Boys Basketball (Incoming 6th-8th)

Middle School Session 1, June 15 - June 26 2020: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. & 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
Middle School Session 2, July 6 - July 17 2020: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. & 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
$230

All skill levels welcome.

This class is for student-athletes who are either interested in learning more about the game of basketball or have recently been introduced to basketball and are looking to improve on their basic skill-set. This class features a strong and targeted emphasis on building a solid foundation of basketball fundamentals through a variety of learning activities. Over the course of the class, players will be introduced to new individual and team drills which encompass the five target areas of: footwork, dribbling, passing, ball handling, and shooting. The drills and activities in this class are progressively taught and reviewed over the duration of the class. Additionally, there will be focus on basketball health and conditioning, sportsmanship and teamwork, and having fun.

Student-athletes are encouraged to wear athletic clothes and shoes.

Coed Basketball (Incoming 6th-8th)

Middle School Session 1, June 15 - June 26 2020: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Middle School Session 2, July 6 - July 17 2020: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
$230

All skill levels welcome.

This class is for student-athletes who are either interested in learning more about the game of basketball or have recently been introduced to basketball and are looking to improve on their basic skill-set. This class features a strong and targeted emphasis on building a solid foundation of basketball fundamentals through a variety of learning activities. Over the course of the class, players will be introduced to new individual and team drills which encompass the five target areas of: footwork, dribbling, passing, ball handling, and shooting. The drills and activities in this class are progressively taught and reviewed over the duration of the class. Additionally, there will be focus on basketball health and conditioning, sportsmanship and teamwork, and having fun.

Student-athletes are encouraged to wear athletic clothes and shoes.

Girls Basketball (Incoming 6th-8th)

Middle School Session 1, June 15 - June 26 2020: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. & 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
Middle School Session 2, July 6 - July 17 2020: 12:30 - 1:50 a.m. & 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
$230

All skill levels welcome.

Join O'Dowd Head Varsity Girls Basketball Coach Malik McCord for a two-week camp. This camp will focus on individual basketball fundamentals as well as team concepts that have made Bishop O'Dowd High School a perennial league, North Coast Section, and State playoff champion. Sessions will include: ball-handling, passing, footwork fundamentals, and shooting fundamentals, transition drills, offensive and defensive team concepts, competitive play.

Student-athletes are encouraged to wear athletic clothes and shoes.

Football (Incoming 6th-8th)

Middle School Session 1, June 15 - June 26 2020: 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
Middle School Session 2, July 6 - July 17 2020: 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
$230

All skill levels welcome.

Join O'Dowd's freshman football coaches for football. This is a mixed level class that will focus on learning proper warm up drills and technique, as well as practice ladder and bag drills. There will also be an introduction to the tackling component, however, this class will be "touch only" and no actual tackling will take place. Student-athletes will apply their learned skills in seven on seven scrimmage play. This class will place an emphasis on the basics and learning the game of football while having fun. No experience is necessary. Participants are encouraged to wear football or baseball cleats and athletic clothes.

Strength and Conditioning (incoming 6th-8th)

Session 1: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. & 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
Session 2: 12:30 - 1:50 p.m. & 2:00 - 3:20 p.m.
$230

In this class, students will work on their cardiovascular fitness, core and overall body strength, agility, power, coordination, and joint stability. Classes will incorporate exercises as well as games that support the concepts learned that day.

This program is designed to provide middle school students (incoming sixth through eighth grade) with a solid foundation for developing strength, speed, and power. Student-athletes are required to wear athletic clothes and shoes.

Track Training

Sessions 1: 2:00-3:20 ($230), or 3:30-4:30 ($180)
Sessions 2: 2:00-3:20 ($230), or 3:30-4:30 ($180)

Join one of O'Dowd's cross country coaches on the track this summer! This camp will introduce, train, and teach the fundamentals of sprint and distance running. Each camp session will include: sprint mechanics, the fundamentals of distance running mechanics, plyometric training, agility and flexibility development in addition to building aerobic endurance. No experience is needed to participate in this camp. The goals of this camp are to develop a solid fundamental fitness base and a positive self-image through the development of friendships and interaction with positive adult role models. Student-athletes are encouraged to wear athletic clothes and shoes.

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Except as noted, if, prior to the start of class/camp, you choose not to attend for any reason you will be issued a refund of your fees less a $25 processing fee up until two weeks before program start. After that time, no refunds will be given.