We are pleased to announce eight new summer programs for students/campers of all ages and we hope to share additional options in the near future. Please register soon as spaces are limited. All activities will initially be offered online; if there is a change in our ability to be on campus at some point this summer we will let you know. Our Summer 2020 programs will be led by Shipley colleagues and will offer a variety of options. We have built our Summer 2020 program based on colleague and student interests, enhanced by what we have learned from our experience with Shipley Learns Online over the past few months. Please note that Shipley Squash Camps will run as planned with reduced enrollment to accommodate physical distancing.


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    Flourish: An Introduction to Positive Psychology 
    with Nick Holton, Associate Director of Positive Education
    Dates: Mondays, July 6-27
    Time: 7:00-8:00pm

    Now one of the most popular courses ever offered at institutions like Harvard and Yale, Positive Psychology is taking the world by storm and Shipley is helping to lead the charge. Whether it’s the science of happiness, the benefits of living with an attitude of gratitude or developing character to facilitate courage for our deeds, there’s something in this for everyone. Join us for a look at some of the core principles and findings from this cutting-edge field and learn to adopt practices and mindsets that can better enable the ability of you and the people you care about to flourish. 

    Book Club: What’s My Kid Reading
    with John Hornung, US English Teacher
    Dates: Tuesdays, July 7-July 28
    Time: 7:00-8:00pm

    Here’s a chance to share in the literature your high school student will be reading this summer and take part in a discussion with other parents (and English Department Chair John Hornung) about the books.

    July 7 --The Secret Life of Bees (incoming 9th grade)
    July 14 --Little Fires Everywhere (incoming 10th grade)
    July 21 --Into the Wild (incoming 11th grade standard)
    July 28 --Educated (incoming 11th grade honors)

    Virtual Trivia Night 
    with Bill Lyon, MS English Teacher
    Dates: Tuesdays,  July 7-28
    Time: 8:00-9:00pm

    If you’re missing the camaraderie of your local pub trivia night or weekend board game sessions with family and friends, this summer session is for you! Each week, Shipley’s resident trivia mastermind Bill Lyon will bring you several rounds of stumpers to keep your minds and wits sharp. Create a team of up to four (families welcome!) or dare to play solo, and see if you can rise to the top of the charts.

    Book Club: Race Conscious Parenting
    with Lila Corgan, MS English Teacher and Brandon Jacobs, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    Dates: Wednesday, July 8-July 29 
    Time: 7:00-8:00pm

    Lila Corgan, Middle School English teacher and Lower School parent, and Brandon Jacobs, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will co-facilitate a conversation centered on Jennifer Harvey’s book, Raising White Kids: Bringing up Children in a Racially Unjust America. This book club is geared toward adults who have and/or whose children have significant relationships with white children in grades 4-9, although it is open to all. In our four sessions together, we will examine and respond to key passages from Harvey’s book as well as outside resources related to race-conscious parenting. The goal of this book club is to build upon our own racial literacy and explore practical ways to instill racial justice and anti-racism within our white children. 

    Mindful Tools for Stress Management for Parents
    with Marc Balcer, US and MS SEED Teacher
    Dates: Thursdays, July 9-30
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Cost: $75

    Parent wellbeing serves as a model and a support for a child’s ability to thrive. This 4-session offering includes teachings, practices and discussion to apply the tools of mindfulness to the inevitable of stressors in our lives. Participants will cultivate self-awareness through daily guided practices as they learn how integration of mind, body and heart connects to the principles of PERMA and Positive Education. Benefits of this offering may include improved focus, less reactivity and better sleep.

    Summer Music Camp - with Shipley Music Teachers
    Dates: Monday - Friday, July 27 - August 7
    Time: 9:00-12:00pm (grades 4-6), 1:00-4:30pm (grades 7-10)
    Ages: Students entering grades 4-10 

    This camp is designed for music performers, composers and producers of all levels. Taught by the distinguished music faculty of The Shipley School, course offerings include in-depth explorations in the fundamentals of music making. Daily courses for each student include: Music Theory and Analysis, Composition and Production and Performance Practice and Technique. Breaks and individual check-ins are built into the daily schedule. Students will share their work throughout the session and engage in self and peer review. Camp will culminate in a public performance of student work. 

    Squash Camp - with Chris Lengthorn
    Ages: For students competing at US Squash Silver (Intermediate) or Gold (Elite) Tournaments or higher.  

    The Shipley Squash Academy is a fully comprehensive squash program designed to develop skill level from beginner to elite juniors, and advanced adults. We believe in creating champions on and off the court and will strive to help you reach your goals and maximize your full potential. 
    The week will have an athlete-focused approach where we will create specific, individualized programs and training patterns for each player to improve. The Shipley Squash Academy believes in not only working on players weaknesses but also in developing strengths into super strengths. We have limited the number of participants to make sure each player gets specific, individualized attention throughout the week.

    Throughout each week of camp, both players and students will adhere to a strict code of conduct based around guidance from the PA state, CDC, The Shipley School, and US Squash. For any reason, the camp is canceled or rescheduled then all participants will receive a refund. If you have any further questions about the protocols in place around social distancing then please reach out to the coaches.  

    MS Running Club - with Lila Corgan
    Dates: Monday-Friday, June 15-July 10
    Time: 10:00-11:00am
    Ages: Students entering grades 6-8

    For MS Running Club we hope to build on the momentum of our first ever MS cross country season and provide opportunities for students to stay physically active and engaged with their peers. We will set individual goals for distance and pacing, and train our bodies and minds  to achieve them! Anyone is welcome, no formal running experience needed. Parents should be comfortable with their children running near their home or on a treadmill prior to enrolling them. 

    Basketball Offensive Skills School - with Sean Costello
    Dates: Tuesday and Thursday, July 7 - July 23
    Time: 1:00-2:00pm (LS), 2:00-3:00pm (MS)
    Ages: Entering grades 3-8

    The Basketball Offensive Skills School will develop individual offense like ball handling, finishing at the rim, shooting, one on one moves and footwork.  Each individual will have workouts to perform outside of the meeting time.  Using the Marco Polo App, the campers will video some of their workouts for immediate feedback from Coach Costello.  The live sessions will be used to discuss the goals of each workout, watch highlights and talk with guest speakers.  These workouts can be highly individualized so all levels of experience are welcome!  Campers will need a basketball (2 preferably) and access to a basketball hoop.

    Jumpstart Reading - with Suzanne Mason and Paula Farrell
    Dates: Mon-Fri, Aug 24-28 and Aug 31-Sept 4
    Time: 9:00-11:30am
    Ages: Entering Grades K-3
    *There will be a cap of 10 students for each week

    *We will be on-campus unless otherwise notified. We will still hold the camp virtually if we are not permitted on campus.
    The Jumpstart Program is held a few weeks before the opening of the school year. This newly designed program covers the same content areas as the Summer Reading Program, but in review format to prepare students for the beginning of school. Jumpstart offers the same low student-teacher ratio as the three-week program. Both programs also help to advance and enrich the skills of children who have begun to read independently with little or no adult assistance.
    LS Day Camp - with Betsy Leschinsky, Claire Grillo, Dan DelDuca, Taylor Kroma, and LS PE Teachers
    Dates: Mon-Fri, June 15-July 10
    Time: 8:30-12:00pm
    Ages: Entering Grades 1-5

    This will be our traditional day camp offering for this summer. Students will engage in a series of activities each day (Classroom time, Fitness, Science, Music, and Crafts) with breaks built into the day. Our LS Day Camp will provide a fun structured experience for students to enjoy a variety of activities while spending time with friends. 

    Probability in Games and Game Shows  - with Lauren Gorman 
    Dates: Mon-Fri, July 20-July 31
    Time: 10:00-11:00am
    Ages: Entering Grades 6-9

    Have you ever wondered what the likelihood is of winning one million dollars on Deal or No Deal? Students will investigate probability and apply their knowledge and understanding to different games and game shows. If you are curious about probability and want to know the likelihood of winning the lottery or rolling a Yahtzee this course is for you!

    Sports Journalism and Advanced Stats  - with Sean Legnini and Bill Lyon 
    Dates: Tues/Thurs, June 30-July 23
    Time: 1:00-2:00pm
    Ages: Entering Grades 6-8

    The world of professional sports has changed dramatically in the last few years with the emergence of advanced stats and “Moneyball” general managers. In this Sports Journalism class with Dr. Lyon and Mr. Legnini, you will learn how to analyze advanced stats and write about the sports you love. If you’ve ever been interested in a career in sports, this is the camp for you.  
    Puzzles and Logic - with Sarah Stehman
    Dates: Monday-Friday, July 6-July 17
    Time: 10:00-11:00am
    Ages: Students entering grades 6-8

    If you like puzzles and logic games this course is for you. Students will explore many different kinds of logic puzzles and games such as riddles, word puzzles, sudoku, KenKens, cryptograms and others. 

    Math Circle - with Josh Berberian 
    Dates: Mon, Wed and Thurs, June 29-July 30
    Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
    Ages: Students entering grades 6 – 8

    Do you like solving challenging math problems? This program is for our budding mathematicians who will be entering grades 6 – 8. We will look at competition mathematics problems and problems that use approaches that extend outside of the traditional curriculum. Small groups of problem solvers will be led by our high school student mathematicians in the art of problem-solving. In addition to critical thinking, the focus will be on communicating ideas and working collaboratively.

    Independent Study Research Project - with Brandon Jacobs
    Dates: Mon/Wed/Fri, July 20 - 31
    Time: 10:00-11:00am
    Ages: Entering grades 9-12

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with a foundational understanding of the skills needed to conduct both qualitative and quantitative research. Throughout the course, students will gain a wider knowledge of what qualitative and quantitative research is in a social context, be able to conduct their own scaled independent research project, and present the findings of their research to the larger community.
    Digital Humanities Research and Writing - with Robert Richard
    Dates: Tuesday and Thursday, July 7-August 13
    Time: 1:00-2:30pm
    Ages: Students entering grades 11 and 12

    Students will gain exposure to a treasure trove of digital humanities archives online, while simultaneously honing their essay-writing skills. There will be an exploratory period where students investigate digital archival collections in History, English, Government and other areas, followed by brief presentations of their findings to their peers. Then students will select a primary source(s) of special interest as the foundation for a short research-based essay. Forget the dusty manuscripts and drafty museum halls—join us in the exciting new world of digital humanities!

    SAT Prep Program - with Lynne Fuller
    Dates: Mon-Thurs, August 3-20
    Time: 12:00-2:00pm
    Ages: US Students

    Students are able to accomplish their goals of achievement on the SAT with the help of teachers who are experts in the field through sustained practice of materials. The course will be broken into small groups (3-4 students) based on ability. The summer is the perfect time to prepare for the rigors of the exam. Throughout the course we utilize the Official Guide to the SAT, plus additional materials that have been designed specifically for our students to address the areas where they may fall short, need confidence, or are fearful of the concepts they are being tested on. Students will engage in lessons fully tailored to their needs.

    Math: Algebra, Geometry, Data Analysis, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Logic and Word Problems
    Writing: Grammar, Structure, and Essay Construction
    Critical Reading: Reading methods that work to maximize retention and application, Tone, Addressing the Question and Vocabulary in Context

    Mindful Tools for Stress Management for Parents - with Marc Balcer
    Dates: Thursdays, July 9-July 30
    Time: 7:30-9:00pm
    Ages: Adults 

    Parent wellbeing serves as a model and a support for a child’s ability to thrive. This 4-session offering includes teachings, practices and discussion to apply the tools of mindfulness to the inevitable of stressors in our lives. Participants will cultivate self-awareness through daily guided practices as they learn how integration of mind, body and heart connects to the principles of PERMA and Positive Education. Benefits of this offering may include improved focus, less reactivity and better sleep.

The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.