Extra-Curricular Summer Options

Academic and Creative Program Ideas for Secondary Education

Special Edition Spring 2018 - Edition 6

Presented by your Las Flores Middle School Guidance Department

Are You Looking for Ideas to Keep Your Child Engaged in Learning This Summer?

This Special Edition newsletter provides parents with alternatives for helping your child escape from the infamous "Brain Drain" over the summer break. There are numerous opportunities for all children to explore new and exciting learning activities to expand his/her mind to new ideas, to capture gaps in learning or strengthen critical skills learnt during the school year.


Let your child expand their horizons and explore interests outside what they may have access to during the school year. Below are various programs offered from Orange County to California and Nationwide Opportunities ranging from STEM options to Fine and Performing Arts or Sports related activities.

CUSD College and and Career Advantage Middle School Summer Academy

Register soon as space is limited and will fill quickly! No charge to CUSD students. Course is for current 6th and 7th graders only who will be moving up to 7th and 8th grade in Fall 2018. See flyer below.
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Give Your Child 'The Edge'

Saddleback College has a new updated summer academic program to help students review concepts learnt during the school year and/or to provide a head start to courses they may be taking in the new school year. Click on the link below to learn more about the courses offered and to register. Classes are offered at both Saddleback College as well as Ladera Ranch Middle School. Don't stop at Academic Courses however! Saddleback also offers opportunities in a variety of fine and performing arts including theatre, art, film animation, music as well as a variety of sports. Let your child explore!

UCI Summer Youth Programs

UCI Offers numerous summer youth programs for children from K-12. Click on the link below to read more about the many offerings.

UCI Summer Academies in the Arts

"The only Orange County program of its kind to be offered by a university, the Summer Academies in the Arts are college and career preparatory intensives in Art, Dance, Drama, Music, and Technology aimed to enhance 21st century skills, support college and career goals, and build self-confidence and leadership."
Summer Academies in the Arts – UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts

UCI Writing Project

Does your child enjoy writing? Or does s/he need to improve their writing skills? In it's 35th year, the UCI Writing Project seeks to improve student writing and learning. Las Flores Middle School English and Social Science teachers have trained with this project and some have been certified to teach for the UCI Writing Project. The Project focuses on meeting the California Common Core Standards and includes basic skills as well as more advanced writing techniques. Click on the link below to register for one of the numerous writing courses offered.
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Try a New Sport through UC Irvine's Summer Sports Camps

UCI offers sports camps in a variety of sports including baseball, water polo, tennis, golf, basketball, soccer, volleyball and track and field. Programs are available for athletes of all levels.

And Don't Forget Some Fun Activities!

UCI also offers recreational activities for children through their summer recreational camps which vary each week but introduce students to cooking, archery, fencing, yoga, badminton, ropes courses, climbing, hockey and lacrosse.

Does Your Child Love to Build Things (or Take Them Apart)?

UCI's FAB camp is for budding engineers. Each day will introduce different aspects of engineering and provide students the opportunities to apply the math and science concepts they are learning in school and to explore the career pathways in the fields of engineering.

Enhanced Opportunities for Gifted and Talented Students

Is your child identified as a gifted and talented learner? The Gifted Students Academy of UCI offers an intensive summer program for gifted students in grades 1 - 8. Week long courses are offered in a variety of subjects including Pre-med sciences, Bio-medical Studies, Psychology, Neuroscience, and Law and Ethics. Click on the link below to apply or to read more about these options. Space is limited.

Renzulli Discovery Gifted and Talented Research Programs

Duke University Offers Numerous Summer Youth Program Opportunities

Duke Biosciences and Engineering Camp for Middle School Students

Click the button above to read about more programs for Gifted Students.

Get Involved in the Community with Volunteering

Summer is the ideal time to spend some time volunteering in the community. Through organisations such as Lions Heart, Assisteens, or finding your own opportunities such as reading aloud to children at the library, assisting your local sports club with coaching younger children, or tutoring younger students in subjects you love. Teen volunteering benefits volunteers by helping develop social responsibility and providing teens with the experience of helping others. It builds relationships and improves communication and critical thinking skills while providing exposure to possible career options.
"SuperCamp’s Junior Forum is a summer program for students entering grades 6 to 8. The only thing tougher than raising a teenager these days is being one. Junior Forum takes new and soon-to-be teens and helps them become independent, confident and self-motivated learners ready to succeed at the next level in school and life." Multiple nationwide locations including one on the Stanford University campus.

Science for middle schoolers - SPARK is a two-week residential science program for curious middle school students who seek to:

  • Immerse themselves in the exciting interdisciplinary STEM subjects
  • Gain the foundations necessary for further success in science and engineering
  • Spend two full weeks at Brown University with like-minded students from around the world
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Ms. Teri Graffeo - Academic Advisor Q-Z

Ms. Brittney Pacini - School Counseling Graduate Student

Ms. Pacini is a graduate counselling student at Chapman University and is completing her Internship hours with Las Flores Middle School. She is available Mondays and Wednesdays.

Ms. Lindsay DePass - School Psychologist

Mrs. Angela Danna - Registrar, Guidance Secretary


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