August 2019 - Vol. 8 Issue 4
Thinking BIG For Our Children
Our Stories Part II
Thank you to our amazing Activity Specialists who worked tirelessly to transform the Gym into a museum of summer projects and memories. Each booth was successful in drawing the attention of students and parents, promoting interactivity. Both non-performaning and and performing Clubs and Academic Segments were well represented. They include Art, Computer Science, Dance, Engineering, Home Economics, Music, Sports, Step/Cheerleading, ELA, Math, Middle School Leadership and Science. Staff members and parents also had the opportunity to meet, and discuss the progress and growth their children made over the Summer.
The Staff That Made it All Happen
The ELA segment focused on Essay Structure, and Poetry. Students worked together in separate groups to create their own College or University, while also learning about different types of Colleges (HBCUS, Community Colleges, Ivy League’s, and Private Institutions). For grades 2-5, this project consisted of creating and typing up a Constitution for their school and a list of Bylaws- allowing students to refine their grammar. In addition to honing their writing skills, students were able to create a school anthem, flag, and university promo video. In these promo videos, students showcased the benefits of attending their university and their popular academic/extracurricular programs (enhancing their public speaking skills).
First graders worked on their reading and writing skills by learning about Poetry Structure and Literary Devices. Using repetition, imagery, similes, metaphors and personification- students created their own Poems in groups and performed them for the Culminating Event.
Middle School - Leadership
The Middle School Segment offered Campers an opportunity to reinforce their learning during the school year and hone softer skills as they explored the Counselor in Training Segment. The curriculum included:
ELA-Writing, Writing, Writing to promote creative writing. Journal entries were written daily by students for practice and shared to enhance their presentation skills. Students also read “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe, watched the movie “Bridge To Terabithia” and ended the creative segment by writing a creative piece and typing it leveraging MLA format. The Segment topped off with a visit to the Museum of Illusions to learn more about depictions as the goal for our creative writing segment was to help students see there are multiple ways of looking at things.
Math-Centered around a Digital Marketing students developed their own business product along with pricing and marketing. This was a segue way to their Bakery business debut at the CYCSI 2019 Summer Market Day. Students in groups developed a business name, marketing, pricing, acquired cakes and pastries and supported a thriving business on Market Day.
Counselor In Training-Emphasis was placed on the value of leading a healthy lifestyle and key concepts such as communication styles and team work were introduced to the students. Campers watched the documentary “Super Size Me” and completed a goal-strip with a commitment to achieve a health-related goal by the end of summer. Next, students explored a session on neuroscience to understand the physical impact of living a healthy lifestyle (i.e. how it impacts our brains).
Campers also role played to define aggressive, passive and assertive Communication Styles and the importance of clearly defined goals, quality outcomes for good Teamwork Dynamics/Communication. This segment ended with teams creating a Lesson Plan targeting the younger grades and a video of them discussing their Plan was made for presentation in the 2019 Summer Culminating-Event.
Club Spotlight: Computer Science x Engineering
This summer, Computer Science collaborated with Engineering Club on a project that drew the attention of parents and student alike. Robotics, a segment re-introduced to the program, was welcomed by students eager to bolster their STEM skills. Ms. Christele, our Engineering Club instructor, was responsible for hardware components of the project. She ensured students understood the robotics concepts, including the parts it needs to function. After successfully constructing the robots with assistance from supporting staff, they proceeded to the next phase of the project. Mr. Darrien, the Computer Science instructor, led the students in coding the robots to make them move and interact. Using logic, they accurately applied coding techniques to program robots to follow complex patterns and instructions. Overall, the students enjoyed working in a team setting, assembling and programming the robots to their hearts’ content. Their hard work was recognized in the end, where at the Culminating Event their parents and visitors were able to make use of the remote control which was programmed by students, to navigate the robot through a maze.
Park Day was our first fun Friday activity, where students had the opportunity to enjoy the hot weather and bathe in the sun. We spent the majority of the day managing the students while they played outside, before bringing them inside to cool down and relax. Although there were many ideas- we couldn't find a more suitable method of cooling down, than to enjoy the sweet, frozen taste of a special delicious treat. Students were able to practice money management skills by purchasing ice cream. They enjoyed a choice of vanilla, strawberry or chocolate ice cream, and had the option of adding an assortment of intriguing toppings. The toppings consisted of gummy bears, fresh fruit, cereal, M&Ms, sprinkles, Nerds, and marshmallows. Sounds good, doesn't it? Students paid a dollar for two scoops of ice cream without toppings, and paid an additional 50 cents for three toppings. After eating their ice cream, students were able to burn off the additional calories by participating in a Dance Party until it was time to say goodbye for the day.
Our annual Movie Day was a blockbuster hit once again, with the premiere of two hit movies at CYCSI. The students had an opportunity to embark on a web-slinging adventure in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, or discover a mysterious, hidden world in The Secret Life of Pets. The tough decisions didn't cease there however, as they had to pick from a variety of snacks and drinks. All items were a dollar, including hot dogs, popcorn, snacks and juices, but received the best bargain when they bought the package of a popcorn, snack and drink for two dollars. Everyone settled in their theaters, and prepared for showtime to begin. Lights dimmed and they began to enjoy their food while watching their movie choice.
Game Day, hosted by the Computer Science and Technology Club, was a success as students gathered to engage in healthy competition and fun gaming sessions. They had the option of playing a variety of video games, many staff members generously donated the use of their own consoles, or board games. Students were permitted to bring their own items and games, which gave them an opportunity to show off their flashy devices and adeptness in games they were familiar with. Admission into the Video Game Room required a Video Game Review of a game they've played or heard about. The three Video Game Rooms consisted of multiple devices, PS4s, an XBOX ONE, and laptops and students played and competed in video games such as NBA 2K19, Madden NFL 19, and more. Additional rooms were used for old school board and card games, such as Snakes and Ladders, Checkers, UNO, and Jenga. Everyone was able to enjoy their gaming sessions, both before and after snack time. During snack time, we celebrated Mrs. McKay's birthday, wished her a special Happy Birthday and thanked her for many years of service.
CYCSI Mini Conference
This Summer we initiated a workshop series that reflected the growing and developmental nature of our organization. Our Mini Conference gave students insight into the many growing fields and provided them with life skills. Lego Engineering Project, Hip-Hop Production, Drone-flying, Cooking, and Art was provided by a different staff member, and consisted of instructional time followed by an engaging activity. The students also coordinated outfits with their friends to "twin" and take photos. All students were very creative with their outfits and poses, and made perfect models for the photo session. Our staff acted as participants and "twinned" with our students.
This year we made our return to our neighboring park, Laurelton West Playground, to spend the day running, jumping and playing under the sun. Upon arrival, the students picked their spots in the park to station their belongings and prepared for lunch. Subsequently, the students proceeded to use all of the space around them to engage in fun activities fully utilizing their ability to make fun out of anything or anywhere they go. They were given the opportunity to participate in water activities, allowing them to run through the sprinklers, hurl water balloons and soak each other with water squirters. When the water war was over, the students returned to the open field to enjoy refreshments and play a few more games. When it was all said and done, we could tell the students wished Field Day was everyday.
Our students had the opportunity to become consumers on Market Day, as we promoted the concept of consumerism and strategic spending at a young age. They had a variety of items such as toys, books, accessories, food and juice from which to choose. We thank all the parents who donated items. The children very much appreciated their generosity. After shoppng, they were able to watch their peers' performances they practiced all Summer. Such performances included Dance, Step, Music and Theater. We were all impressed with their improvement from the beginning of Camp, and couldn't wait to see the final performance at the Culminating Event.
P.S. 176 Out of School Program
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