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2019 Summer - Academics


Summer Book Club/Save Me a Seat: Grades 3rd-5th
Do you enjoy reading and discussing books with others? If you do, then Summer Book Club is for you! The book we will be reading and discussing is Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks. In the book, Joe and Ravi might be from very different places, but they’re both stuck in the same place: SCHOOL. Joe has lived in the same town all his life and was doing just fine until his best friends moved away and left him on his own. Ravi’s family just moved to America from India, and he’s finding it pretty hard to figure out where he fits in. Joe and Ravi don’t think they have anything in common – but soon enough they have a common enemy (the biggest bully in their class) and a common mission: to take control of their lives over the course of a single crazy week. Participants will receive their own copy of the book.

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades 3rd - 5th M - F June 3 - 7 8:30a - 10:00a FC E104 $79
Max: 15

Instructor: Kelly Masters | kmasters@zcs.k12.in.us


Summer Book Club: Grades 3rd-5th
Do you enjoy reading and discussing books with others? If you do, then Summer Book Club is for you! The book we will be reading and discussing is Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. In the book, Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike. Fish in a Tree gives readers an emotionally-charged, uplifting novel that will speak to anyone who’s ever thought there was something wrong with them because they didn’t fit in. Participants will receive their own copy of the book.

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades 3rd-5th M - F June 17 - 21 8:30a - 10:00a FC E104 $79
Max: 15

Instructor: Kelly Masters | kmasters@zcs.k12.in.us


Summer Book Club: Grades 3rd-5th
Do you enjoy reading and discussing books with others? If you do, then Summer Book Club is for you! The book we will be reading and discussing is Pay it Forward: Young Readers Edition by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Pay It Forward is a moving, uplifting novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts his teacher’s challenge to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world. Trevor’s idea is simple: do a good deed for three people, and instead of asking them to return the favor, ask them to “pay it forward” to three others who need help. He envisions a vast movement of kindness and goodwill spreading across the world, and in this “quiet, steady masterpiece with an incandescent ending” (Kirkus Reviews), Trevor’s actions change his community forever. Participants will receive their own copy of the book.

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades 3rd-5th M - F July 8 - 12 8:30a - 10:00a FC E104 $79
Max: 15

Instructor: Kelly Masters | kmasters@zcs.k12.in.us


We Love Reading: Grades 4th-5th
Looking for some extra reading practice this summer? Come join us to work on reading fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension! We will do engaging activities together that make summer reading fun! There may even be some fun dancing and movement involved! Join us one week or for any of the three sessions! We will be doing something different each week.

Session #1 Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades 4th - 5th M - TH June 10 - 13 11:00a - 12:00p ZWMS Room 502 $121
Max: 20
Session #2 Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades 4th - 5th M - TH June 17 - 20 11:00a - 12:00p ZWMS Room 502 $121
Max: 20

Instructor: Kali Howey | khowey@zcs.k12.in.us


Creative Writing For Kids: Grades 3rd-8th
If your son or daughter LOVES writing and wishes to take their work to the next level, or if they struggle with it and need help organizing their thoughts and expressing themselves with confidence, PLEASE sign them up for my foundational course being offered this Summer.

This course is over 5 days which will expand your child’s writing and confidence. Your child will learn a creative writing craft that will inform any style they enjoy: nonfiction, fiction, journal writing, or poetry.

Session #1 Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades 3rd - 8th M - F June 10 - 14 10:00a - 11:30a FC E203 $53
Max: 15
Session #2 Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades 3rd - 8th M - F July 8 - 12 10:00a - 11:30a FC E203 $53
Max: 15

Instructor: Kim Craven | kcraven@zcs.k12.in.us


Passport To Middle School: Incoming 5th Grade Girls
In support of the ZCS Strong in Every Way campaign and to strongly transition from elementary to the middle school, this class will help with the academic and social transition of 4th grade girls to the middle school through a variety of engaging activities, organizational tools and meaningful conversation.

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Incoming 5th Grade Girls M - F June 10 - 14 10:00a - 12:00p FC Media Center $105
Max: 25

Instructor: Amy Ertel | aertel@zcs.k12.in.us


Club Scientific CSI Forensics: Grades 3rd-7th
Calling all future Crime Scene Investigators! Campers will learn how law enforcement professionals solve crimes and analyze evidence. We’ll use many of the same tools used by professionals to collect evidence from our mock crime scenes. Campers will learn how a crime is actually solved using the science of Forensics, and learn how Biology, Chemistry and Physics plays a major role in the investigation! Campers use microscopes to analyzed fibers, use facial composite software and more!

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades 3rd-7th M - F June 24 - 28 9:00a - 4:00p FC E213 $289
Max: 20

Instructor: Diksha Gupta | dgupta@kidzart.com


Club Scientific Hollywood Special Effects Camp: Grades 3rd-7th
Join us for a full-day immersive experience to learn the science behind Hollywood's special effects! Activities will demonstrate concepts related to light, sound, perception, illusion and set building. Campers will also learn various special effect make-up techniques working with the same materials used by professional make-up artists to simulate cuts, bruises, artificial blood and old age. Campers will get to premiere the movies on Friday!

*Campers will need to bring a digital camera (or a device with digital camera) for the last day of camp to make their movie. Parents may want a flash drive to take a copy of the movie home after the camp.
**Please bring a sack lunch, a drink and two snacks.

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades 3rd-7th M - F July 8 - 12 9:00a - 4:00p FC E215 $289
Max: 20

Instructor: Diksha Gupta | dgupta@kidzart.com


Club Scientific Emergency Vet Clinic: Grades 3rd-7th
This camp is a young person's ticket to the world of Veterinary Medicine! Our lessons will give young vets a chance to investigate the exciting careers of real veterinarians and allow them to be involved in hands-on activities and experiments such as DNA extraction, clinical procedures, First-Aid, sheep heart dissection, owl pellet dissection, dental care, and more.

*Please bring a sack lunch, a drink, and two snacks. Animals may be present at camp - this camp is not recommended for campers who have cat/dog allergies. Campers are NOT to bring their own pets to camp.

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades 3rd - 7th M - F July 8 - 12 9:00a - 4:00p FC LGI $289
Max: 20

Instructor: Diksha Gupta | dgupta@kidzart.com


Club Scientific Jr. Chemist - Bubbles & Dry Ice: Grades K-3rd
Potions, bubbles and eruptions! Campers will be learning about polymers, magic sand, bubbles, experimenting with dry ice and making a CO2 sandwich! Campers will learn the importance of taking accurate measurements when creating our exciting concoctions and will use scientific methods while conducting their experiments! This camp will be a BLAST (Literally!)

*For a full-day camp experience, sign up for both Jr. Chemist Camps. Campers who sign up for both are welcome to bring their sack lunch, drink and two snacks and eat with our instructors from noon - 1pm.

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades K - 3rd M - F June 24 - 28 9:00a - 12:00p FC E215 $169
Max: 20

Instructor: Diksha Gupta | dgupta@kidzart.com


Club Scientific Jr. Chemist - Worms & Slime: Grades K-3rd
Potions, bubbles and eruptions! Campers will be learning to make funny putty, slime, worms, and elephant toothpaste! Campers will learn the importance of taking accurate measurements when creating our exciting concoctions and will use scientific methods while conducting their experiments! This camp will be a BLAST (Literally!)

*For a full-day camp experience, sign up for both Jr. Chemist Camps. Campers who sign up for both are welcome to bring their sack lunch, drink and two snacks and eat with our instructors from noon-1pm.

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades K - 3rd M - F June 24 - 28 1:00p - 4:00p FC E215 $169
Max: 20

Instructor: Diksha Gupta | dgupta@kidzart.com


Club Scientific Jr. Paleontologist T-Rex & Amber: Grades K-3rd
This camp offers an exciting introduction into the basics of Paleontology. Campers will be immersed in several hands-on projects like panning for gems and minerals, trilobite fossil cast, creating Native American art, cleaning and polishing amber and their own T-Rex tooth and doing a miniature dinosaur dig! This exciting adventure ride will have your child playing in the dirt and having the time of their lives!

*For a full-day camp experience, sign up for both Jr. Paleo camps. Campers who sign up for both are welcome to bring their sack lunch, drink and two snacks and eat with our instructors from noon-1pm.

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades K - 3rd M - F July 8 - 12 9:00a - 12:00p FC E213 $169
Max: 20

Instructor: Diksha Gupta | dgupta@kidzart.com


Club Scientific Jr. Paleontologist - Geodes & Sharks: Grades K-3rd
This camp offers an exciting introduction into the basics of Paleontology. Campers will be immersed in several hands-on projects like deciphering hieroglyphic messages, cracking open a Geode, making a gemstone ring, doing a shark tooth fossil dig! This exciting adventure ride will have your child playing in the dirt and having the time of their lives!

*For a full-day camp experience, sign up for both Jr. Paleo camps. Campers who sign up for both are welcome to bring their sack lunch, drink and two snacks and eat with our instructors from noon-1pm.

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades K - 3rd M - F July 8 - 12 1:00p - 4:00p FC E213 $169
Max: 20

Instructor: Diksha Gupta | dgupta@kidzart.com


Math Pentathlon: Grades K-3rd
Do you love playing board games and thinking mathematically? This is the spot for you! Math Pentathlon is a program of interactive problem-solving games. Each division focuses on 5 unique games that strengthen basic math concepts and utilize problem solving strategies. All games align with National and State Mathematics Standards and stimulate creative thinking while developing spatial, computational, and logical reasoning. Division I is for students in grades K and 1; Divison II is for students in grades 2 & 3. Come see what Math Pentathlon is all about! (this class is offered again in the Fall and Spring following by participation in the National Math Pentathlon tournament).

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Grades K - 3rd M - TH July 8 - 11 9:00a - 10:00a FC E102 $60
Max: 40

Instructor: Shannon Hall & Cathy Daugherty | shall@zcs.k12.in.us & cedaugherty@gmail.com


Math Pentathlon: Preschool-PreK (Ages 4-5)
For this session we will use some basic developmental math skills and beginning board game strategies to play one-to-one partner board games. We will use the Division I Math Pentathlon games with some modifications for younger children. Students will be introduced to movement of a pawn on a board, use basic counting, rolling dice, and taking turns. Math Pentathlon is a program of interactive problem-solving games. There are games available throughout elementary grades. Each division focuses on 5 unique games that strengthen basic math concepts and utilize problem solving strategies. All games align with National and State mathematics standards and stimulate creative thinking while developing spatial, computational, and logical reasoning.

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Preschool - PreK (Ages 4-5) M - TH July 8 - 11 10:00a - 11:00a FC E102 $60
Max: 40

Instructor: Shannon Hall & Cathy Daugherty | shall@zcs.k12.in.us & cedaugherty@gmail.com


Success in High School: Class of 2023
This Success in High School workshop is designed with the incoming freshman in mind. In support of our "Strong in Every Way" campaign, we will address the following topics which encourage success in high school: Organizational skills, time-management, study habits, "tricks" to test-taking, reading comprehension, goal-setting & 5-year plans, stress management in high school, finding and using educational resources, note-taking strategies, habits of successful students, and effective use of high school resources and facilities. This seminar will be beneficial to all 8 graders coming to ZCHS as freshmen next fall.

Session Days Dates Time Location Fee Register
Class of 2023 Tuesday July 30 12:00p - 2:00p FC E109 $42
Max: 30

Instructor: Amanda Harmon | aharmon@zcs.k12.in.us