Masters of Summer
The Masters of Summer program will provide three weeks of enrichment classes and recreational activities to all students entering grades 5 through 12. Students will have the opportunity to customize their weekly schedule with morning and afternoon courses and activities.
Each teacher has designed a summer course or enrichment workshop based on his/her individual creativity, special interests, talents and abilities. MoS courses and workshops will be limited in enrollment to ensure high levels of participation and interaction for each student.
Please find a sample of our course offerings during the summer.
Program Name: Conversational Italian: Buon Giorno a Tutti!
Description: Learn the survivor phrases and expressions that will enrich your experience with native Italian speakers, or make your next trip to Italy more memorable than you can imagine. Meet people and make friends using select words and key phrases. This interactive, conversational class uses real life situations to quickly build your communication skills. Enjoy learning from a speaker who will provide you with correct pronunciation through a lexical expansion of the topics of conversation, so students can understand the language in different situations and express him/herself in a better way. Learn conversational skills such as polite greetings and interactions, vocabulary that describes family, sports, places in a city or town, and more. No prior Italian language experience is required.
Program Name: Creative Writing
Description: Students will craft a variety of creative works of their own through writing prompts and in response to short works or excerpts from literature. Students will experiment with different fiction and creative non-fiction techniques for the purpose of personal, creative expression. Students enjoy short creative models in order to emulate discrete skills, gaining new appreciation for writing and to experiment with their own written voice. Students will write, share, revise, and polish their own creative writing through a workshop model. All reading, writing and sharing will take place during the class time allotted and together, students will create a short anthology of their work at the week’s end.
Program Name: History and Harkness: Discussions in Current Events
Description: The program will connect current events and history while helping students prepare to participate in the Harkness teaching methodology – the foundation of instruction at The Masters School. Instruction will incorporate CNN Student News, Upfront Magazine, as well as student selected news sources to facilitate robust discussions of issues in the news. Historical connections facilitated by the instructor will support student’s comprehension of complex issues facing our nation and the world.
Program Name: Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Description: This course on intercultural communication will explore how cultural differences can impact social interactions, and give us tools to develop a greater sensibility to cultural differences.
What is intercultural communication? It’s communication between people whose cultural perceptions and symbol systems are different enough to change the nature of their communication. In today’s globalized world, members of school communities constantly interact with people who are different from them, who see things and do things differently, because they have a different set of cultural values and beliefs. If we ignore or minimize those differences, and everyone operates on the assumption that “we are all exactly the same”, those differences can become a source of misunderstandings that have a negative impact on personal and professional relationships. Researchers in the Intercultural field provide with numerous examples of interpersonal conflicts in a variety of settings caused by this belief in across-the-board universalisms; very often, the characterizations of similarity are solely based one party’s cultural standards. Effective intercultural communication is incredibly helpful in a school environment where students of many different backgrounds interact. Obviously, that’s not an easy task in a multicultural setting. Many researchers agree that without effective communication, cultural understanding will be difficult to achieve.
This course will let us find ways to appreciate our differences and communicate across cultures more deeply than we ever thought we could.
Program Name: Writing from Experience: The College Essay Demystified
Description: Writing the college essay can be a stressful process if you do not give yourself the time—and mental space—to work on it in earnest. In this two-week course, you will develop the tools and strategies for writing a memorable essay: one that captures your voice, perspectives, and experiences. You will practice brainstorming, drafting, and self-reflection, and in the process you will learn to find and consider a subject from multiple vantage points. But more importantly, you will learn to give shape to memories and distill vital lessons from them. Routine formulas will not do; instead, you will explore strategies for conjuring up stories you forgot you had or thought were not worth telling at all. Changing our perceptions about what matters, about what we seek to accomplish when we sit down to communicate our thoughts will not only incite our imaginations but will also lay the groundwork for telling our stories. Personal narratives will guide our learning, but the kernels of truth will come out of the anecdotes and words that you—and only you—can articulate in your own voice and style.
Program Name: Young Poets Studio
Description: This program is intended to give Middle School age students the opportunity to discuss how one crafts a poem, the meaning behind poetry, and to use their peers, instructor, personal experience, natural phenomena, and the Masters campus itself as inspiration.
Students will discuss how to brainstorm ideas, how to craft poetry (use of adjectives, similes, metaphors, punctuation and line breaks, etc.), and read examples of different types of poems including free verse, shape poems, Japanese, French and Indian poems, and other structured poetry. Students will compose poems and then share them with the class.
Program Name: Music in Film Workshop
Description: Get behind the scenes and explore the scores from your favorite classic movies. Learn about how music influences our perceptions, and create your own movie music. Utilize a variety of instruments to work in a collaborative composition setting. The writing process will be enhanced by a variety of recording/notation software. Students will explore the music of John Williams, Danny Elfman, Bernard Herrmann, and many more!
Program Name: Musical Theatre Workshop: Ensemble Experience
Description: This program will offer ensemble work, and training in acting, singing, and dancing. This is a training program which will include vocal coaching, choreography and blocking, culminating in a workshop performance.
Program Name: Musical Theatre Workshop: Scene Study
Description: This program provides students with an experience in scene study, and training in acting, singing, and dancing. This training program culminates with in a workshop performance that will teach students how to prepare audition songs and monologues, auditioning techniques, character interpretation, scene blocking, and more.
Program Name: Photography: From Pinholes to Pixels
Description: Explore the world of photography from pinhole cameras to digital pixels using the campus as a subject. The course is designed to incorporate and understand the history, science and art of photography. The students will learn how photography grew and expands from a science of inquiry through the recording of history and life in to a creative art form.
Each student will create and build their own box camera, utilizing their knowledge of light to capture images. They will then chemically produce a print using our full dark room facility. The photographers will move through history into the digital age of photography. They will also have an opportunity to explore and express photography through the use of a digital camera and full color prints of their work.
At the completion of the course, each student will have a chance to print, frame and present their work in a photo exhibit on display in the middle School.
Program Name: Songwriting Workshop
Description: Songwriting is a rewarding form of self-expression. Perhaps you have a notebook of lyrics, an original melody, or a chord progression stuck in your head. This class will give you an opportunity to put the pieces together! Students will have an opportunity to write and perform original songs as well as give and receive feedback. Students will also experiment with a variety of instruments, and integrate technology into their compositions.
Program Name: Upper School Fencing
Description: This program is intended to give Upper School students the opportunity to learn the basics of fencing foil, saber, or epée. This class would be primarily geared towards those with no fencing experience, limited fencing experience, or those students who wish to have a training opportunity. In this program, you’ll work first with foil – although fencers with some experience are welcome to bring their own weapons. Over the course of three weeks, you’ll learn fencing, bladework, and bouting. You’ll focus on refining your fencing technique and strategy, and you’ll have an opportunity of competitive fencing through electric bouts in the new Francisco Martin Fencing Room. Other physical activities besides fencing may occur as part of a warm up routine or even for portions of the practice itself.
Program Name: Middle School Fencing
Description: This program is intended to give Middle School students the opportunity to learn the basics of fencing foil, saber, or epée. This class would be primarily geared towards those with no fencing experience, limited fencing experience, or those students who wish to have a training opportunity. In this program, you’ll work first with foil – although fencers with some experience are welcome to bring their own weapons. Over the course of three weeks, you’ll learn fencing, bladework, and bouting. You’ll focus on refining your fencing technique and strategy, and you’ll have an opportunity of competitive fencing through electric bouts in the new Francisco Martin Fencing Room. Other physical activities besides fencing may occur as part of a warm up routine or even for portions of the practice itself.
Program Name: Tennis
Description: In this 4-hour-per-day program, students will be taught by an instructor certified with the United States Professional Tennis Association. In the morning, students will receive instruction, perform drills, and play instructional games. The afternoon session will be devoted to match play and games.
Program Name: Open Swim: Everyone in the Pool!
Description: It is summer and what better way to spend your time then in the pool. Come for lessons or for free swim, but come and get your feet wet. Certified lifeguards and American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors will be on hand to teach swimming and to ensure your safety.
Program Name: Yoga and Mindfulness
Description: In this class, students will learn the skills of various yoga techniques. Through this class, students will learn breathing technique, basic to intermediate yoga, as well as how to create a sequence. By the end of this class, students will be able to perform their own yoga sequences so they can continue incorporating yoga into their daily life.
Yoga’s history stretches back thousands of years, and it has been described as a discipline for focusing and connecting mind, body and spirit. Studies show that students that practice yoga learn to be mindful, less stressed and more focused.
This program is designed to help students manage anxiety, improve fitness, outlook, self-awareness and confidence as well as to promote good decision making skills.
Program Name: Advanced Explorations in Biology and Chemistry
Description: Scientist do science. They make models, experimentally test them, and revise them based on their results. While building a knowledge base is arguably a critical component of science education, it often means the doing can be lost. In this program, we will focus on learning through laboratory experimentation. Each of the labs has a unique experimental question embedded in a “real world” context. The students will explore these issues through instruction, designing protocols, preparing equipment and reagents for carrying out experiments, learning advanced laboratory techniques and good practices, drawing conclusions, and thinking about the “next questions.”
Program Name: Culinary and Nutritional Science: Let’s Cook!
Description: This course is a hands-on cooking and nutrition class. Students will take a trip to the grocery store to comparison shop and learn about food shopping for their meals. They will learn how to prepare and make healthy nutritious meals which is an essential step towards their well-being. Students learn basic cooking skills, the joy of eating and cooking with fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition, they will learn how to become empowered and conscious consumers in a marketplace that spends millions to persuade children to eat high-calorie, low nutrient products. Please let us know if your child has any food allergies.
Program Name: Engineering and Robotics
Description: This program will explore science, technology, engineering and math through the process of designing, programming, testing and competing VEXTM robots. The VEX RoboticsTM design platform introduces students to areas rich with career opportunities spanning all aspects of STEM. The VEXTM program also encourages teamwork, leadership and team problem-solving.
Students will learn to:
- Design their own robot based on the challenge provided;
- Learn to use an engineer’s notebook to document the design, build, testing and modification process;
- Use principles of engineering and physics to improve the performance of their robot;
- Choose the best components to achieve optimal results;
- Use their creative skills to build an innovative design;
- Test their robots and make design adjustments; and
- Learn about different approaches to solving problems.
Program Name: Environmental Science: There is no Planet B
Description: Environmental science is a multifaceted, interdisciplinary course that addresses concepts in biology, earth science, physics, chemistry, and social science. This session will focus on how human interaction has affected local and global ecosystems as well as how climate change is a threat not only to the planet but also to human health. Students will not only learn about the current complex problems facing the biosphere and human society, but will also delve into new technology, ecological practices, and potential answers for existing questions about sustainability.
Climate change and sustainability is a huge concern and growing research field and job market. A solid comprehension of how humans affect and rely on the environment is needed to begin developing and incorporating ideas for sustainable practices. This course is unique in that it has aspects from a multitude of other disciplines all working together towards a common understanding of Earth’s ecosystems and their interactions. Students will actively engage in the current event aspect of this focused session while also becoming educated on the core components of environmental science.
Program Name: PERSONAL Sustainability
Description: This course is designed to investigate through working in an art garden, exercise, group discussions, yoga, fieldwork and readings of what sustainable living means. During this one-week investigation, you’ll learn what personal sustainability means. This course will focus on how to use mindfulness as a path to personal sustainability. We will explore how the following are considered to be the keys to a happy and healthy life focused on sustaining the best for the world: connecting to the earth/being outdoors, relaxation and meditation, exercise and healthful choices, thankfulness and giving to others, and connecting in meaningful ways to our environment.
Program Name: RURAL Sustainability
Description: This course is designed to investigate through fieldwork, inquiry based learning, discussions, readings, experimentation and investigation the concept of what sustainable living means. During this one-week investigation, you’ll learn the following: why it is important to buy local produce; what farms are like in New York State; why composting matters; how to compost properly; be introduced to the question of whether or not to eat meat and the health benefits of each option; and learn about the ethical treatment of farm animals. A field trip is planned to a working farm.
Program Name: URBAN Sustainability
Description: This course is designed to investigate through fieldwork, inquiry base learning, discussions, readings, experimentation and investigation the concept of what sustainable living means. During this one-week investigation, you’ll get an introduction to the land through garden work, discover pollinators and the plight of bees by working in a bee and butterfly garden, incorporate art and science by building vertical gardens. A field trip is planned to the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop garden.
Program Name: Masters Leadership Institute: Find your Inner Leader!
Description: All of us are called to lead at times in our lives; in fact it is often our everyday choices that make the most difference in our lives and the lives of those around us. In this summer intensive leadership program, students will learn about themselves, what they value, and learn about the obstacles to everyday leadership through exploratory exercises, role-plays and by grappling with dilemmas based on real-life experiences. By strengthening their understanding of what it takes to move communities forward in positive directions, students will deepen their understanding of their leadership potential.
Program Name: CITYarts 101
Description: This is a three week, interdisciplinary program in the arts designed to introduce students to a variety of art forms.& Students will visit world class museums, dance and theatre performances, take classes on creativity and receive instruction from New York artists and Masters School faculty. Extensive studio time in our art studios at Masters will be provided. Students’ work will culminate in a public “Gallery Night” at the end of the session.
Program Name: CITYnosh
Description: This is a one week program for students with an interest in all aspects of food. Students will visit the diverse neighborhoods of New York City and… eat! Participants will also look at food as a business, as environmental activism (urban gardening and the slow food movement), and as an art form. The final project will be creating your own meal.