McKinney ISD Scholars Camp

Because brains don't take vacations.

Announcing...

We are excited to announce SCOPE: McKinney ISD's first annual Scholars Camp. Scholars Camp is designed for advanced learners who love to continue to challenge their brains even during the summer months...because brains don't take vacations.

Registration Information Night

Please join us at Cockrill Middle School on Monday, March 28, from 6:00-7:00 to learn more about the sessions being offered and how you can enroll your child in SCOPE.

Camp Sessions

3rd Grade Camp Sessions

This is for campers entering third grade. Campers may choose 2 sessions.


Create and Wonder! Yippee!

with Lisa Sutton

Think, wonder, explore and create. Have fun using your creativity! See what you can do when you Think, Wonder, Explore and Create.


Scientists in the Desert

with Lisa Crates

Come join our team of scientists as we explore the hot desert and find out what fun scientific models we will be making.



MakeIt@MakerSpace

with Audrey Colwell

Students will be inventors, problem solvers, and creators in this Maker Space session! Challenges will be given, and creativity will be stimulated as students work collaboratively to build, create, invent, explore, test, and problem solve.


That Does Something!

with Cindi Bolton & Wendy Dickerson

Do you like to build things? Do you like to take things apart to see how they work? Think you could create a moving Lego car or your own bubble blower if you had the right electronics? Join us as we explore and create with the easy-to-use LittleBits electronic building blocks!


Patterns In Our World

with Dillon Elston

Patterns in Our World will open the student’s eyes to the abundance of mathematical patterns that surround us every day in nature, architecture, science, engineering, algebra, geometry, etc. We will dive into an exciting world of patterns where the students will be able to use hands-on manipulatives, art, creativity, and exploratory learning to learn about Fibonacci’s Pattern, Kaprekar’s Sequence, Pascal’s Triangle, triangular numbers, tessellations, graphs, and more!

Guaranteed to be challenging and fun!

4th and 5th Grade Camp Sessions

This is for campers entering fourth and fifth grades. Campers may choose 2 sessions.


All The World's A Stage

with Nikki Dressel

Students will be introduced to the world of theater and discover the art of drama and stage presence. Through a variety of theater games and collaborative performances, students will understand, interpret and perform a selected mini-play. Students will also learn voice, movement, and improvisation work and develop fundamental acting skills using classical theatre techniques. If you have a young thespian on your hands, THIS is the camp for them!



Math and Strategy Games

with Frinchie Collins

Students will experience strategy games ranging from Settlers of Catan to chess to solving the Rubik's cube. A game survey will allow choice and the opportunity to learn games students are passionate about as they increase higher order thinking skills gained from playing top rated strategy games. Students will also increase their math fluency as they compete with themselves and others playing math games using the order of operations, math properties and operations. Students will also get the opportunity to design and create their own strategy game by analyzing types of games and adding their own ideas for a showcase on the last day.


Maker Space 2016

with Ashley Williams

Are you curious, innovative, and eager to solve problems? In this session, campers will be challenged to use various materials and their imaginations to design and build inventions to help solve a problem. Future engineers will enjoy putting their creativity to the test in this fast-paced session.


#KidsCanCode (FULL)

with Audrey Colwell

Students will have the opportunity to learn basic vocabulary and skills related to computer science. We'll code programs on the computer using free websites and on I-Pads using free apps. We'll also get to program robots! Learn about the world of coding and even create your own game!


Coding for Kids

with Theresa Horvath

Campers will learn basic computer science skills and learn to code using online tools and apps. Your child will be able to create short animations and learn to program their own games. This is a fun class for beginning coders!


Thought Provoking Photojournalism

with Hayde Blando

Are you observant, extremely curious, creative, and enjoy learning new things? Come and tell your story in photos! In this class you will learn the basics of photography, photographic techniques, elements of photographic composition, and much more. Remember, "Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art." - Ansel Adams


Globe Trotters en Español

with Juliana Suarez

Are you interested in learning a new language while traveling around the world? In this course you will be introduced to basic social interaction skills ,problem solving (finding places on a map, ordering from a menu, reading road signs, reading a receipt) and expressing greetings (Hello, Good-bye, simple greetings, pleasantries) in Spanish. You will be doing so while traveling around the different Spanish speaking countries in the world.


Math Maniacs - for incoming 5th and 6th grade students only

with Glynn Smith

This session will exemplify its name! We plan on exploring mathematical concepts while ensuring that we have a great time...after all, IT'S CAMP! How about water wars, where teams win or lose based on the measured, fractional water amount they can capture from their shirts? Or launching water balloons and determining distance measurement, using decimals? We might even create designs using geometric rules, including angles and side lengths. Your kids will come home with story after story; even the parents might want to attend! (This class is for students entering 5th and 6th grades only.)

6th & 7th Grade Sessions

These sessions are for students entering sixth and seventh (6th-7th) grade. Campers may choose one session.


Math Maniacs - for incoming 5th and 6th grade students only

with Glynn Smith

This session will exemplify its name! We plan on exploring mathematical concepts while ensuring that we have a great time...after all, IT'S CAMP! How about water wars, where teams win or lose based on the measured, fractional water amount they can capture from their shirts? Or launching water balloons and determining distance measurement using decimals. We might even create designs using geometric rules, including angles and side lengths. Your kids will come home with story after story; even the parents might want to attend! (This class is for students entering 5th and 6th grades only.)


Junkbox Wars

with Mindy Desher

The students will be given a box of "stuff". With the "stuff", the students will build a bridge that can hold a specific amount of weight. As an additional challenge, campers will build a vehicle that can stay submerged for a certain amount of time.


Mock Trial: Cause to Counsel

with Roger Hay

This is an introductory course to the GT Mock Trial Competition for 8th graders. We'll dive right into it by prosecuting or defending the accused, competing for points on the leader-board, and battling it out legally. Who will bring home a trophy? Backgrounds in law are not necessary. Just bring your dynamic and dramatic personality or your cool-calculating, analytical mind.



Mining Minecraft Minds

with Dellen Gibson

Students as Mining Minecraft Minds Apprentices (MMMAs) will join with our MMM Team as they design in Minecraft. What is Minecraft? Minecraft is a popular pixelated cubed world with dangers and obstacles to overcome. MMMAs will: • Be required to have previously purchased or purchase a PC Minecraft license through Mojang.com before joining this team (Xbox or App Minecraft will not work). • Be encouraged to bring their own inexpensive headphones for personal use. • Be playing and/or designing in Minecraft to create exciting learning games for others while having fun. • Be creating games that teach specific classroom needed concepts that seem more difficult in a traditional setting. MMM Apprentices are problem-solvers as students using STEM/STEAM real-life virtual applications for seeking solutions for others by having a lot of fun!


Writers Unboxed - for incoming 7th-9th graders only (FULL)

with Debbie Bennett

This four day camp will unite logophiles everywhere! Writing well helps us in EVERY aspect of life especially when the writer knows the power of the pen. This CREATIVE writing camp will be centered around the JOY of writing with NO rules, NO mandatory prompts and NO limits. We will write across all genres, celebrate the unique voice of each writer and eliminate the pressure of writing constraints while we investigate the Hemingway, Rowling or Silverstein in all of us. Our goals will be to write, share, and publish! Taught by a creative writing teacher who adores kids, purple pens, and the perfect, precise word.

*This is a 4-hour session. If a 7th grader chooses this course, they will not register for a second session.

8th & 9th Grade Sessions

These sessions are for students entering eighth and ninth (8th-9th) grade. Campers may choose one session.



Future Animators

with J.J. Ayers

Students will learn the fundamentals of stop-motion animation resulting in a short video by the end of the session.


Forensics

with Raul Perez

Welcome to the field of forensics. We will be exploring, investigating and discussing areas of fingerprinting, hair and fiber analysis, blood spatter, forensics anthropology, impression evidence, blood typing, entomology and several other areas. We will conclude by solving a 1920 cold case.



Writers Unboxed - for incoming 7th-9th graders only (FULL)

with Debbie Bennett

This four day camp will unite logophiles everywhere! Writing well helps us in EVERY aspect of life especially when the writer knows the power of the pen. This CREATIVE writing camp will be centered around the JOY of writing with NO rules, NO mandatory prompts and NO limits. We will write across all genres, celebrate the unique voice of each writer and eliminate the pressure of writing constraints while we investigate the Hemingway, Rowling or Silverstein in all of us. Our goals will be to write, share, and publish! Taught by a creative writing teacher who adores kids, purple pens, and the perfect, precise word.


Debate and the Art of Persuasion

with Melanie Meyer

Investigate the use of persuasion in advertising, sales, media, politics and everyday life. Learn how to spot persuasive techniques and logical fallacies. In this course, students will analyze persuasion and develop their persuasive powers as they learn how to prepare for and participate in a debate.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: When is registration?

A: An informational meeting for parents will be held on Monday, March 28 from 6:00-7:00 in the Cockrill Middle School cafeteria. Registration details will be shared during the meeting and registration will open shortly thereafter.


** REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.


Q: How much are the camp sessions?

A: Tuition for Scholar Camp 2016 is $195. This includes session costs, supply fees, snacks and a T-shirt.


Q: Why are elementary students able to register for 2 sessions but secondary students can only sign up for one session?

A: Younger students have shorter attention spans, therefore we break up the class to allow for snack break and a transition to another session. Remember to sign up for a session 1 and a session 2 class for your campers. *These sessions should be different classes.


Secondary students are able to go into greater depth and really explore their topic at a more complex level by having one longer session.


Q: How can I pay for my child's camp tuition?

A: We are able to accept credit card payments online during registration or you may pay with a check made out to MISD. Registration must be complete and payment received prior to June 3, 2016.


Q: Where will the SCOPE Camp take place?

A: Scholar Camp will be held at Cockrill Middle School. When you register for sessions, you will need to click the drop down menu and select "Cockrill MS" as the camp location.


Q: When is the SCOPE Camp?

A: Scholar Camp will be June 13-16 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM.


Q: My child takes medications during the day. Will there be a nurse available to help with this?

A: Yes, a camp nurse will be on site assisting with SCOPE as well as with other summer school classes taking place. In order to allow the nurse to dispense medication to your child, you must complete the authorization forms and provide the medication in an original container in accordance with McKinney ISD policy.

Medication forms can be obtained by visiting the MISD Health Services website:

http://www.mckinneyisd.net/departments/services/health-services/information/


Q: Will snacks be provided?

A: Yes! Each day campers will be provided with fun summery treats. We are planning to provide popsicles, popcorn, etc. If your child has dietary restrictions or simply prefers to bring his or her own snack, that is absolutely acceptable. We want all of the campers to be happy and enjoy these four days.


Q: How will session registration be confirmed?

A: Once the registration process begins, registration will occur solely online. You will be able to register and pay for your child at once, thereby guaranteeing your child's spot. We will also follow up with confirmation emails as the classes begin to fill. In this email we will let you know any course specific details that will effect your child.


Q: Are class sizes limited?

A: Yes. In order to best meet the needs of our campers and provide them with the attention they deserve, class sizes will be limited. Most classes will have 18-20 students.


Q: Will there be a waiting list?

A: Waiting lists have been automatically enabled so that once a class has reached capacity, you will have the option of being placed on the waiting list for that particular class, should a spot become available.


Q: Are there sibling discounts?

A: As this is our first year to offer the camp and we are still trying to determine demand; sibling discounts have not been established. We can certainly take that into consideration for the future.

At this time, we are offering discounts to families of students qualifying for the free and reduced lunch program.


Q: How will drop off and pick up work?

A: More information regarding drop off and pick up will be emailed to participating families. Sessions will be slightly staggered in order to assist with the parking at Cockrill Middle School.


Q: Do you have a website?

A: Yes! Please visit: http://misdscope.weebly.com/ for additional information.