Summer Institute for the Gifted

Yale 2016

We're Heading Into Week 2

It is week 2 of SIG Yale I, and camp is in full swing. We've been attending classes, learning new things and challenging what we already know. We've met new people and spent time with our amazing counselors. Over the weekend, we explored the town and started created amazing videos about our time here at SIG. Sunday marked the annual Brain Bowl, where students were able to go head to head and match wits. On Monday night our campers were able to express their creative sides with tie-dye shirts and on Tuesday they took part in solving a murder mystery.

This Week's Activities

Sunday 7/3 - Brain Bowl

Monday 7/4 - Tie Dye T-shirts

Tuesday 7/5 - Murder Mystery Night / College Night

Wednesday 7/6 - Minute to Win It / Mini Olympics

Thursday 7/7 -Senior / Middles Choices

Friday 7/8 - Counselor Activity Night
Saturday 7/9 - Field Trip: Science Center, Westfarms Mall

Brain Bowl

Murder Mystery Night

Instructor Spotlight

Take a moment to learn about some our highly qualified staff who make sure your students are getting the best academic experience!

Meet our Housemasters

Yale Housemasters have years of experience at various SIG campuses. They supervise Residential Assistants and Counselors to ensure that the safety, fun and well being of your students is the priority.
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Camilla Pfieffer (left), is extremely excited about working with SIG this year. A native of London, United Kingdom works extremely hard to ensure that her role as Housemaster is fulfilled to the highest standard. Having previously served as an counselor for SIG her past experiences with the program allow her to be an excellent leader as Housemaster. Camilla recently graduated from Vassar College where she double majored in Educational Systems and Italian. In the Fall she will be an Assistant History teacher and believes SIG is the perfect preparation for that role. In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking and watching classic movies.


Kathryn Mill (2nd left), is serving as our other Housemaster for girls. A former SIG student, Kathryn is always eager to return to SIG every year. A graduate of Champlain College, she majored in Professional Writing and International Studies. Currently she attends the Monterea Institute of International Studies and majors in International Education Management. Kathryn is also serving as an Instructor this session, teaching Creative Connections. Outside of the classroom Kathryn enjoys board games, writing and photography. Kathryn takes care of business here, she is always on top of things making sure that nothing is left undone.


John Alzatae (2nd right) is a native of Montclair, New Jersey. A graduate of Dartmouth College where he majored in Journalism. During the year he is a Site Dean for an Educational non-profit organization. In his 2nd year with SIG, he has a dual role this year. In addition to serving as Housemaster he is also teaching Global Science. In his spare time he enjoys playing soccer, taking road trips and rock climbing. John is always willing to fill in any role he can to ensure the program runs smoothly. You can often find him with a smile on his face.


You all had the chance to meet Suhbi Matariyeh (right) in our last newsletter! Subhi teaches middle students Roots of Human Behavior here at SIG. With Bachelor of Science Degree, Suhbi says that teaching is his "dream job." When Suhbi isn't in the classroom he enjoys sports most. Basketball, baseball and bowling are his favorite hobbies.

Counselor Groups

Counselor groups are who students interact with most. They are full of fun, tutoring, care, compassion and growth!

Important Reminders

*Student Talent Show: Sunday, July 10, 2016 @ 7:30 in SSS 114
Academic Showcase: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 @ 7:30 in SSS 114
*Closing Ceremony: Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 7:30 Law School Auditorium

*schedule change

What's on the Menu?

Click the link below to get a detailed menu of the meals provided by Yale's Davenport College Dining Hall

http://hospitality.yale.edu/residential/davenport

Also available as an app for your mobile devices at Yale Dining/Fast Track

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Contact US

Office: yusigstaff@aifs.com

Student Activities Dean – Sarah Sommerville:yusigsad@aifs.com

Residential Life Dean – Monique Sims: yusigrd@aifs.com

Academic Dean – Lilliana Baczeki: yusigad@aifs.com

Director – Jameil Floyd: yusd@aifs.com