Summer Institute for the Gifted
Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College is Up and Running...
We are now a week into the Summer Institute for the Gifted at Bryn Mawr College and it is so hard to believe that we’ve already completed our first week at camp! Time is flying by quickly and many exciting and engaging activities are taking place in and out of classes. Students are happy and the energy here at SIG Bryn Mawr is positive. So many students have told me that they have enjoyed their first week and are looking forward to the second. All students from our youngest to our oldest are learning, making memories and having fun each day. Read to find out about this week's highlights.
I just wanted to send out two quick reminders for the upcoming week.
1. First, it is important that all commuter, extended commuter, and residential campers bring meal cards with them everyday! Recently, students have been forgetting them at home or in the dorm, which causes some delay when entering the cafeteria. Please be advised that if the meal card is lost, Bryn Mawr will charge $15 for a replacement card. Please double check that your child has his/her meal card with him/her each day.
2. Parent Visitation Sunday is this Sunday, July 14th from 9-11am in Thomas Great Hall (plenty of signage will direct you to the Great Hall). Bryn Mawr Day, Commuter, and Residential parents are invited to attend. Each of you is invited to meet your child's teachers and have a short conference with them anytime between 9-11am. We will also have some student work on display for you to take home!
The deans and I hope to see you next Sunday. We’ve had a great first week. We are anticipating an even better second week.
SIG @ Bryn Mawr
Train Keeps a Rollin'...
Academically at SIG this week has been both productive and vibrant. Students and instructors alike have settled into a routine of rigorous intellectual inquiry and spirited wonder. Many of our courses are full of students trying their hands at new skills in unfamiliar fields or subject areas. Some are honing and practicing their strengths to perfection. We are welcoming back Archery as the course, “Arrows, Bows, and Crests: The ABC’s of Archery” and testing the waters with Marine Science in "Under the Sea: Diving into Marine Science." We are filled to capacity in, "Animation and Claymation" as well as our tried and true "Fencing Footwork to Foils”. At any given time you might see a student designing their own flying vehicle in our Aviation Course “Aviation: Faster than a Speeding Bullet” or arguing the pressing legal issues of the day in "Journey into Jurisprudence". With a great week under our belts we are shifting into high gear to barrel forward with full intellectual speed! Keep an eye on us as we steam forward!
Student Activities - Week #1
Jabali African Acrobats
The Jabali African Acrobats came flying into town on Tuesday night! They "ewwed" and "ahhhed" the crowd their amazing, five person stunts! Some of the students got to participate in a limbo dance and try their hand at hat juggling! All in all, it was a fun, high-spirited dancing performance!
Capture the Flag
The 5th Annual Capture the Flag Tournament happened on Wednesday night this year! The students were divided into the blue and gold teams. What was the ultimate goal? Capture the flag as many times as possible within a given amount of time so the toilet bowl trophy could be hoisted in the air! A great time was had by all! The blue team won this year. Plus, as an added bonus, all of the blue team counselors kissed the base of the toilet bowl plunger! Don't worry. It was brand new!
After enjoying an outdoor barbeque, games of frisbee and volleyball, and a little dance music, the students and staff walked to the Norristown 100 High Speed Line and rode to Radnor High School, to watch a beautiful display of fireworks! Nurse Bob led the trolley car in a sing along of Patriotic songs! Even the local Philadelphians riding on the trolley joined in! At the fireworks, some of the students enjoyed lemon candy sundaes and Dip n' Dots as the night sky was filled with lights, booms, pops, and bangs!
Jabali African Acrobats
Capture the Flag
Home Away From Home...
The Princeton Review ranks Bryn Mawr Dining Services as #9 “Best Campus Food" in the country and the SIG@Bryn Mawr students agree! Both residential and commuter students have been very much enjoying their meals at Bryn Mawr’s famous Erdman Dining Hall. Counselors have been prompting students to make healthy choices and stay hydrated. Students had a festive picnic dinner put on by dining services on the 4th of July. The meal was complete with music and yard games and ended with going to see the spectacular Radnor fireworks.
With the excitement of classes and scheduled activities, homesickness has slipped away. Counselors have done a wonderful job bonding with their students and supporting them in making friendships and acclimating to “dorm life”. Students have been safe and responsible with their dorm keys and courteous to their floor mates. Many students have already done laundry and during this upcoming week, counselors will be encouraging and supporting those who have not.
Notes from the Office Manager...
Attention day campers! Please make sure that you wear your red SIG t-shirt on Monday for camp photos! Don't forget to bring your smile!
We are looking forward to another great week at SIG!
Office Phone Number: 203-441-0793
Director - Patricia Coughlan: firstname.lastname@example.org
Residential Dean - Courtney Baker: email@example.com
Academic Dean - Keith V. Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Activities Dean - Chad Mays: email@example.com
Nurse - Bob: firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-200-9195
Office Manager - Tiffany Tavernia: email@example.com
Administrative Assistant - Christine Guaragno: firstname.lastname@example.org
Billing or admin issues - SIG main office: 866-303-4744 or 203-399-5000
The Mailing address is:
(Your camper's name) (your counselor's name)
The Summer Institute for the Gifted
101 N. Merion Ave.
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010