Gator ACE Camp

Gateway Regional Summer 2021 Enrichment Camps

WHAT is ACE Camp?

In ACE Camp, Gators will ACCELERATE their learning, COLLABORATE with peers, and ELABORATE on topics of interest. For 5 weeks, Gators will have the opportunity to dive into high-interest, high-engagement topics in small groups led by Gateway teachers. Each week will feature different topics. Gators may sign up for 1, 2, 3, 4, or all 5 weeks!


Current Gateway Gators and incoming Gateway Gators are welcome to attend!

WHY should I attend?

  1. ACE Camp will give you an opportunity to improve your skills, build knowledge, and practice good work habits.
  2. ACE Camp will focus on building background and prior knowledge, strengthening learning strategies, and filling learning gaps as a result of missed opportunities from COVID19.
  3. Class sizes will be small to maximize personalized learning, group work, and collaboration.
  4. Students of different grade levels will participate together, giving you the chance to make friends and get to know different Gators.
  5. Lunch and snacks will be provided.
  6. It's FREE for Gateway Gators to attend!

WHAT IF I need credit recovery?

Students who need to make up credits in order to avoid retention or repetition of courses next year may do so by participating in ACE Camp. Students in need of credit recovery will be required to attend for either 2 weeks or 4 weeks, depending on their individual learning needs. Students will need to successfully demonstrate learning targets on camp assignments. A make-up date is scheduled for August 2nd for any students who need additional support. Please reach out to your guidance counselor for more details.

WHEN and WHERE is ACE Camp?

  1. ACE Camp will run from June 28 - August 2, Mondays-Thursdays. Camp will be closed on Monday, July 5.
  2. The time of camp is 8:30 am - 11:30 am.
  3. Each week will include a different class with different themes. You will enroll in each week separately. You may enroll in multiple weeks. (NOTE: There are 4 ELA Camps that run for 2-weeks each! Please see the course description for details).
  4. Each day, 2 classes will be offered - 8:30-9:55 and 10:00-11:30. You must attend two classes each day.
  5. You are expected to attend for the full week that you sign up for. If you can't attend for the full week, you may be dropped from the camp for the week. Late arrivals/early dismissals are not permitted, except in an emergency.


Camps will be held at Gateway Regional. Transportation will be provided for students who request it.

Is ACE Camp In-Person? What about COVID-19 Protocols?

ACE Camp is only offered in person.


  • There are no options for virtual or hybrid attendance.
  • Students in need of credit recovery who want a fully virtual option should reach out to their guidance counselor for more details. (Please note that fully virtual credit recovery is offered through Educere. Parents are responsible for the cost of the course.)



We will follow all NJ Department of Health requirements for COVID19 protocols.


Updated June 23rd:

During the summer school program and summer activities masks will be optional in the building for all staff and students. This is effective June 28th. We strongly recommend that unvaccinated individuals continue to wear a mask. We are still requiring visitors to the building to wear a mask indoors.


Wellness checks should be conducted daily by the parent/guardian. Parents/guardians will be asked to agree to will screen their students daily and not to send them if they are showing symptoms once registration is confirmed.

WHAT should I bring to ACE Camp?

You should bring

  • Your Chromebook and charger
  • A fillable water bottle


You should wear

  • School-appropriate, comfortable clothes

HOW do I sign up for ACE Camp?

Read through the class descriptions and choose which classes you'd like to attend.


6/30/21 Update: The registration form is no longer accepting self-registration responses. There ARE seats available! Please all or email Dr. Amy Mount to register your student. amount@gatewayhs.com; 856-848-8200 x. 219.


At the very bottom of this page is a link to the registration form. After you register, you will receive a copy of your responses. We will email you and your parents to confirm your registration.

WHAT IF...?

  • What if the session I want fills up? We will call you and review other classes that are available.
  • What if I sign up but my plans change and I can't attend? Please call and/or email Denise Marconi (856-848-8200 x. 220 or dmarconi@gatewayhs.com)
  • I have questions? Call and/or email Dr. Amy Mount (856-848-8200 x. 219 or amount@gatewayhs.com)

School Services during ACE Camp

  • The school library will be open for summer reading programs and book circulation.
  • The school nurse will be on site.
  • The Comfort Closet will be available for students who need to access it.
  • Snacks/lunch will be provided.

Meet the Teachers

Written Out Loud Trailer (Social)

COURSE OFFERINGS BY WEEK

WEEK 1: JUNE 28 - JULY 1

Week 1 Classes

ELA

8:30-9:55

  • Would You Survive A Zombie Apocalypse? with Mrs. Irwin: Research the reality of the human race being prepared for, and surviving, a zombie apocalypse.
  • What's Hiding Under My Bed? Horror & the Supernatural with Mrs. Evans: Join in as we read and analyze short stories and poems that go bump in the night. Using some of the most famous writers as our guides, we will write some of our own creative scary stories to tell in the dark.


10:00-11:30

  • Stories of Heroes and Villians: Marvel & Star Wars with Mrs. Irwin and the Written Out Loud Story Directors: Captain America, Iron Man, Baby Yoda, Captain Marvel! If any of these resonate with you, then you're in the right place! Sign up for our TWO WEEK stories of Heroes and Villians creative writing course and transform your TV hobbies into passionate writing and storytelling. You'll bond with like-minded Marvel and Star Wars fans to develop impressive stories to be published in a class anthology.
  • Soaring Tales of Imagination: Wings of Fire and Warrior Cats with Mrs. Evans and the Written Out Loud Story Directors: Tales of extravagant animals, plot thickening drama and fantasy fiction that exhaust your imagination. These animal-adventure novels inspire our 2-week creative writing course to educate you on how to channel your daydreaming into structured storytelling. Utilizing your favorite books, you'll learn the foundations of story structure and pursue your own writing journey by publishing a class anthology.


MATH

8:30-9:55

  • The Brave Burrito Brothers with Mrs. Scully: Create your own version of the five Burrito Brothers video game characters.
  • Game Day! with Mr. Stocker: Develop and use algebraic expressions to beat your classmates in Jeopardy, TicTacToe, & Gimkit.


10:00-11:30

  • Layout and Land Masters with Mrs. Scully: Design the home of your dreams! Customize it to your liking!
  • Math Arts and Crafts: Stained Glass/Mosaic with Mr. Stocker: Color, or cut out, a picture to create a stained window using a two-variable linear equation. After you can try the challenge of collecting all the stars in a marble slide game.


SCIENCE

8:30-9:55

  • Lions, Tigers, Bears, Oh My! with Ms. Boisvert: The world is full of a wide array of different animal species that all play a role in their ecosystems. In this theme, we will explore inter and intraspecific relationships, learn about different biomes across the planet, and construct food chains to see who eats who.
  • Become a CDC Researcher with Mrs. Thomas: Students will investigate evolution and its influence on bacteria. Students will have the opportunity to see how it impacts a potential infectious outbreak.


10:00-11:30

  • Nature vs. Nurture with Ms. Boisvert: We are shaped by both our genetics and the environment around us. In this theme, we will explore basic genetics, model how traits are passed down using Punnett Squares, and see how external factors work with our genes to make us who we are.
  • Mutations Phenomena with Mrs. Thomas: Students will explore DNA mutations and their physical expressions. Students will have the opportunity to see how mutations occur.


SOCIAL STUDIES

8:30-9:55

  • Conquer the World with Mr. Covely: Create your own empire. Use the tactics of 1800 Imperialism to create the empire which will benefit your nation.
  • Where in the World? with Mr. Kennedy: Learn the skills and concepts to create your own map of a region of the world


10:00-11:30

  • World War II Spycraft with Mr. Covely: Your mission is to get dropped behind enemy lines and gather the information that will lead the Allies to win the battle.
  • Cortés: Brilliant Conqueror or Ruthless Killer? with Mr. Kennedy: Investigate the evidence left by the Aztecs and Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés himself to determine if he was a brave adventurer and brilliant commander, or a brutal and ruthless killer.

WEEK 2: JULY 6 - JULY 8

July 5th - NO CAMP - Closed for the 4th of July Holiday

Week 2 Classes

ELA

8:30-9:55

  • Reading Around the World with Mrs. Convey - Let's travel around the world with summer reading! Listen to book talks, watch video trailers, and go on virtual field trips. Ultimately, you have the chance to find a great book to take you anywhere that you want to go in your wildest dreams! You'll get a jump on your summer reading passport with the Gateway Library!
  • Social Justice & You with Mrs. Evans: Look around you and see the many ways that social justice is being put into action. You will study great speeches, poetry, essays, and film that have impacted the world around us. You will use design thinking to help launch a project of your own to impact your community.


10:00-11:30

  • CONTINUES FROM WEEK 1! Stories of Heroes and Villians: Marvel & Star Wars with Mrs. Convey and the Written Out Loud Story Directors.
  • CONTINUES FROM WEEK 1! Soaring Tales of Imagination: Wings of Fire and Warrior Cats with Mrs. Evans and the Written Out Loud Story Directors.


MATH

8:30-9:55

  • Smart Art with Mrs. Scully - Use your art skills through mathematical transformations.
  • Budget for Your Dream Vacation with Mr. Stocker: Learn real-world math skills to try and plan a fun vacation using three different budgets. Who can have the most fun without going over?


10:00-11:30

  • Candy Counter with Mrs. Scully - Fun with Skittles and M&Ms to learn data analysis methods with survey color counts! (Yes, you get to eat them afterward!)
  • Test Your Luck with Mr. Stocker - What is the chance you'll get the card, or number, that you want? Press your luck to see if you can guess what you'll roll on the dice, or get the card needed to win and learn about probability and statistics.


SCIENCE

8:30-9:55

  • Pseudo-Science with Ms. Boisvert: What's real and what's not? In this theme, we will learn how to apply scientific skills and reasoning to advance our scientific knowledge.
  • Graphing, WHAT?! with Mrs. Thomas: Students will learn to analyze data and organize everything in an appropriate matter.


10:00-11:30

  • Let's Get Ready to Rock! with Ms. Boisvert: Take a journey along the rock cycle and see how the earth's surface is transformed.
  • Space Cadet with Mrs. Thomas: Students will have an opportunity to study the solar system and space travel.


SOCIAL STUDIES

8:30-9:55

  • Your American Dream Vacation with Mr. Covely: You have 30 days to travel by car Out West. Where do you want to go? Where do you want to stay? How much is it going to cost? Plan your trip from food, lodging, gas, and entertainment expenses.
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Industrial Revolution with Mr. Kennedy: Play the game of the Industrial Revolution and invest your money wisely to become the wealthiest tycoon in the class!


10:00-11:30

  • The Keys to the Kingdom with Mr. Covely: You are a King/Queen of your Kingdom in the Middle Ages. Can you protect your people from the Bubonic Plague and rally them to success?
  • Peglegs and Parrots with Mr. Kennedy: Sail back to the golden age of piracy and learn to create a survival guide for the adventure and danger of life among the pirates!

WEEK 3: JULY 12 - JULY 15

Week 3 Classes

ELA

8:30-9:55

  • The Struggle To Survive in The Most Extreme Circumstances with Mrs. Irwin: Immerse yourself into this suspenseful mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will follow the life of 1 of 3 refugees who are driven from their homes by war, violence, and unrest. Together, with your classmates, you will find out how all 3 of their lives connect!
  • What's for Breakfast? Using Podcasts like "Serial" for Analysis of a True Crime with Mrs. Evans - Are you an amateur detective? Do you love listening or watching stories of true crime? Join us as we piece together and try to solve the case as we work our way through several episodes of various true crime podcasts. You will also choose to research your own crime and we will record your report for our own "podcast"


10:00-11:30

  • Stories of Myth & Magic: Harry Potter & Percy Jackson with Mrs. Irwin and the Written Out Loud Story Directors: Are Harry Potter characters a topic of discussion at your dinner table? Do you google Greek Mythology while reading Percy Jackson? This class is perfect for you! Our 2-week Stories of Myth and Magic creative writing course will turn your passion for wizardry into critical writing skills that will last a lifetime. You'll write a story that will be published in a class anthology.
  • Realistic Fiction: Wonder & The Fault in Our Stars with Mrs. Evans and the Written Out Loud Story Directors: Our realistic fiction course is for those who love learning from the stories that put them in the shoes of others. This 2-week course lets you use your imagination to write about realistic stories you may see in others or in yourself and express your most creative self through words. You'll write a story that will be published in a class anthology.


MATH

8:30-9:55

  • What's Your Angle? with Mrs. Scully - Solve angle mazes and puzzles your way, play angle aliens to defend the universe!
  • Basketball Knockout with Mr. Stocker - Beat your classmates in a game of Knockout and see who scores the most points.


10:00-11:30

  • Be The Boss! with Mrs. Scully - Create your own business! Decide what you will sell and make a profit.
  • Multiplication Olympics with Mr. Stocker - Face off against your friends in an array of different multiplication games to crown an Olympic winner!


SCIENCE

8:30-9:55

  • Flatten the Curve with Ms. Boisvert: Covid-19 has been a hot topic over the past year. In this theme, we will explore disease spread, learn more about mRNA vaccines, and discover how exponential growth increases the probability of exposure.
  • FORCE Be With You with Mrs. Thomas: Learn about Newton's 2nd Law, rockets, levitating cars, and supermarket mystery!


10-11:30

  • Climate Change with Ms. Boisvert: Every day should be earth day. In this theme, we will explore how the climate is changing, analyze the effect of human impact, and brainstorm solutions to promote a healthier planet for all.
  • Counterfeit? with Mrs. Thomas: Students will study physical and chemical changes. Students will also have the opportunity to investigate a crime scene with counterfeit money.


SOCIAL STUDIES

8:30-9:55

  • So You Want a Revolution? with Mr. Covely: You are a member of the uprising against King George in the American Revolution. You are tasked with fixing problems that arise during the conflict.
  • Rewriting History: Can Your Prevent WWII? with Mr. Kennedy - Go back in time and help rewrite the Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI and try to prevent WWII from happening!


10:00-11:30

  • Pick a Side with Mr. Covely: Learn the diplomatic skills needed to create the best-allied position possible from when you get involved in a World War.
  • Invasion! with Mr. Kennedy - Logistics is the term used for planning and carrying out any large-scale operation. Can you successfully plan the logistics of the Normandy Invasion and push back the Nazis?

WEEK 4: JULY 19 - 22

Week 4 Classes

ELA

8:30-9:55

  • Is There Something Beyond Earth? with Mrs. Irwin: Explore various texts, videos, and current event discoveries to determine; is there life outside of Earth?
  • Folktales, and Fairy Tales, and Mythology, Oh My! with Mrs. Evans: Jump into some of the most famous stories of long ago. You probably remember many of these stories from when you were younger, but we will look at the history, geography, and the culture found in stories that have been a staple to storytelling through the ages.


10-11:30

  • CONTINUES FROM Week 3! Stories of Myth & Magic: Harry Potter & Percy Jackson with Mrs. Irwin and the Written Out Loud Story Directors.
  • CONTINUES FROM Week 3! Realistic Fiction: Wonder & The Fault in Our Stars with Mrs. Evans and the Written Out Loud Story Directors.


MATH

8:30-9:55

  • The Brave Burrito Brothers with Mrs. Scully: Create your own version of the five Burrito Brothers video game characters.
  • Game Day! with Mr. Stocker: Develop and use algebraic expressions to beat your classmates in Jeopardy, TicTacToe, & Gimkit.


10:00-11:30

  • Layout and Land Masters with Mrs. Scully: Design the home of your dreams! Customize it to your liking!
  • Math Arts and Crafts: Stained Glass/Mosaic with Mr. Stocker: Color, or cut out, a picture to create a stained window using a two-variable linear equation. After you can try the challenge of collecting all the stars in a marble slide game.


SCIENCE

8:30-9:55

  • Lions, Tigers, Bears, Oh My! with Ms. Boisvert: The world is full of a wide array of different animal species that all play a role in their ecosystems. In this theme, we will explore inter and intraspecific relationships, learn about different biomes across the planet, and construct food chains to see who eats who.
  • Become a CDC Researcher with Mrs. Thomas: Students will investigate evolution and its influence on bacteria. Students will have the opportunity to see how it impacts a potential infectious outbreak.


10:00-11:30

  • Nature vs. Nurture with Ms. Boisvert: We are shaped by both our genetics and the environment around us. In this theme, we will explore basic genetics, model how traits are passed down using Punnett Squares, and see how external factors work with our genes to make us who we are.
  • Mutations Phenomena with Mrs. Thomas: Students will explore DNA mutations and their physical expressions. Students will have the opportunity to see how mutations occur.


SOCIAL STUDIES

8:30-9:55

  • Conquer the World with Mr. Covely: Create your own empire. Use the tactics of 1800 Imperialism to create the empire which will benefit your nation.
  • Where in the World? with Mr. Kennedy: Learn the skills and concepts to create your own map of a region of the world


10:00-11:30

  • World War II Spycraft with Mr. Covely: Your mission is to get dropped behind enemy lines and gather the information that will lead the Allies to win the battle.
  • Cortés: Brilliant Conqueror or Ruthless Killer? with Mr. Kennedy: Investigate the evidence left by the Aztecs and Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés himself to determine if he was a brave adventurer and brilliant commander, or a brutal and ruthless killer.

WEEK 5: JULY 26 - JULY 29

Week 5 Classes

ELA

8:30-9:55

  • Would You Survive A Zombie Apocalypse? with Mrs. Irwin: Research the reality of the human race being prepared for, and surviving, a zombie apocalypse.
  • What's Hiding Under My Bed? Horror & the Supernatural with Mrs. Evans: Join in as we read and analyze short stories and poems that go bump in the night. Using some of the most famous writers as our guides, we will write some of our own creative scary stories to tell in the dark.


10:00-11:30

  • The Struggle To Survive in The Most Extreme Circumstances with Mrs. Irwin: Immerse yourself into this suspenseful mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. You will follow the life of 1 of 3 refugees who are driven from their homes by war, violence, and unrest. Together, with your classmates, you will find out how all 3 of their lives connect!
  • What's for Breakfast? Using Podcasts like "Serial" for Analysis of a True Crime with Mrs. Evans - Are you an amateur detective? Do you love listening or watching stories of true crime? Join us as we piece together and try to solve the case as we work our way through several episodes of various true crime podcasts. You will also choose to research your own crime and we will record your report for our own "podcast"


MATH

8:30-9:55

  • What's Your Angle? with Mrs. Scully - Solve angle mazes and puzzles your way, play angle aliens to defend the universe!
  • Basketball Knockout with Mr. Stocker - Beat your classmates in a game of Knockout and see who scores the most points.


10:00-11:30

  • Be The Boss! with Mrs. Scully - Create your own business! Decide what you will sell and make a profit.
  • Multiplication Olympics with Mr. Stocker - Face off against your friends in an array of different multiplication games to crown an Olympic winner!


SCIENCE

8:30-9:55

  • Flatten the Curve with Ms. Boisvert: Covid-19 has been a hot topic over the past year. In this theme, we will explore disease spread, learn more about mRNA vaccines, and discover how exponential growth increases the probability of exposure.
  • FORCE Be With You with Mrs. Thomas: Learn about Newton's 2nd Law, rockets, levitating cars, and supermarket mystery!


10-11:30

  • Climate Change with Ms. Boisvert: Every day should be earth day. In this theme, we will explore how the climate is changing, analyze the effect of human impact, and brainstorm solutions to promote a healthier planet for all.
  • Counterfeit? with Mrs. Thomas: Students will study physical and chemical changes. Students will also have the opportunity to investigate a crime scene with counterfeit money.


SOCIAL STUDIES

8:30-9:55

  • So You Want a Revolution? with Mr. Covely: You are a member of the uprising against King George in the American Revolution. You are tasked with fixing problems that arise during the conflict.
  • Rewriting History: Can Your Prevent WWII? with Mr. Kennedy - Go back in time and help rewrite the Treaty of Versailles that ended WWI and try to prevent WWII from happening!


10:00-11:30

  • Pick a Side with Mr. Covely: Learn the diplomatic skills needed to create the best-allied position possible from when you get involved in a World War.
  • Invasion! with Mr. Kennedy - Logistics is the term used for planning and carrying out any large-scale operation. Can you successfully plan the logistics of the Normandy Invasion and push back the Nazis?

6/30/21 Registration Update

6/30/21 Update: The registration form is no longer accepting self-registration responses. There ARE seats available! Please all or email Dr. Amy Mount to register your student. amount@gatewayhs.com; 856-848-8200 x. 219.