Summer Knights

Enrichment Courses Grades 5-8

Summer Knights Enrichment Courses

Our Summer Knights Enrichment offerings portray our commitment to educating hearts and minds at Notre Dame.  We are excited to offer courses that will accomplish this goal while providing an exciting and engaging experience for students.  

While these courses do not offer academic credit, they are wonderful opportunities to enrich their learning journeys.

We also have online asynchronous courses available for enrichment and career development opportunities. Scroll toward the bottom of the page for more information.

Some courses have special notes or material requirements.  Please read the descriptions carefully.

To explore the many exciting options available, click on the program you are interested in for your student.  Then, click below to visit our registration page.

Before registering for any programs, please review the online registration policies and procedures for important dates and details.

Join us this summer by registering today!
WEEK 1 JUNE 21-24
*Please note that this is a four-day week as we will be observing the federal holiday Juneteenth on June 20.
MORNING SESSIONS
9:30 AM - 11:45 AM

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  • Intro to Photography

    Instructor: Joshua James

    This course is designed for the student seeking Advance Skills in Photography and Photoshop. The course outline has an advanced assignment curriculum created to give students a challenging experience to further their knowledge in photography.

    Course Materials: Students must purchase flash-drives (32gb min) for storage of files and photos. Prices range from $10 - $20. Students must also have access to a digital camera. Rental options are available through parent consent.

    WHAT TO EXPECT:
    Course work to be completed in this class include:
    1. Photography Portfolio
    2. T-Shirt Design
    3. Photo Portfolio.
    4. Photo Restoration
    5. Photo Collage
  • Robotics Camp

    Instructor: Dr. Vu Nguyen

    Robotics Camp is offered to middle school students where students' creativity and imagination is brought to life as they learn how to design, build, and program a robot from scratch. Students will explore robotics while learning to think like engineers about electrical circuits, build power, as well as coding using a variety of levels of Java programming.
AFTERNOON SESSIONS
12:30 PM - 2:45 PM

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  • Video Game Creation

    Instructor: Nathaniel Hanna

    Are you ready to create your own video games? The course will provide a quick overview of the process of creating video games.  Students will conceptualize and create a working video game using a block and lock game engine format.
WEEK 2 JUNE 27-JULY 1
MORNING SESSIONS
9:30 AM - 11:45 AM

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  • Art Exploration: En Pleine Aire

    Instructor: Chris Matsumoto
     
    Spend a week playing, reaching, experimenting, and learning as you experience the joy of creating art! This year’s summer art camp will help you gain confidence and encourage you to find your inner artistic voice. Students will spend one week learning the fundamentals of drawing, painting and collage while outdoors. Learn to apply the elements and principles of design through observation and in-class discussion.
AFTERNOON SESSIONS
12:30 PM - 2:45 PM

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  • Intro to Magic

    Instructor: Matt Toner

    Learn the art of performing magic! This course will teach the basics of magic with an emphasis on card tricks.  Card manipulation and performance methods will both be taught.  This is taught as an introductory course.  No prior knowledge of tricks or techniques is required.

    Course Materials: $25 supply fee charged during registration
  • Creative Writing

    Instructor: TBD

    This course will go over the basics of writing fiction, memoir, and poetry. Students will get the chance to experiment with different genres and respond to daily writing prompts. This will not be a repeat of English class; we will be focusing on contemporary writers and creative expression. Students will learn about different genres, literary devices, and writing techniques to add to their “writing toolkit.” Whether you’re hoping to brush up on your skills, work through writers’ block, or try something new, this class welcomes all levels and interests!
WEEK 3 JULY 11-15
MORNING SESSIONS
9:30 AM - 11:45 AM

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  • Art Exploration: Block Printing

    Instructor: Chris Matsumoto
     
    Spend a week playing, reaching, experimenting, and learning as you experience the joy of creating art! This year’s summer art camp will help you gain confidence and encourage you to find your inner artistic voice. Students will spend one week learning the fundamentals of block printing and learn to apply the elements and principles of design through observation and in-class discussion.
  • Ukelele Technique and Songwriting

    Instructor: Phoebe Silva

    Students will learn to play the ukulele, employing music theory skills to write, perform and record their own songs! Each student will write their own song by the end of the week! The class will culminate in an in-class performance that parents and friends can attend. Each student will also have the opportunity to record their song and will receive an emailed download of their finished recording!

    Course Materials: Each student must provide their own instrument (We will provide links + resources for affordable purchase)
AFTERNOON SESSIONS
12:30 PM - 2:45 PM

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  • Children's Book Creation

    Instructor: Bridget Alameda
     
    Over the course of the week, students will have the opportunity to learn how to detail and design a children's book. Students will pitch book ideas and concepts, discuss clear and specific information they will cover in their book, design a cover, make a manuscript and illustrate. Students can do picture books, easy reader books or perhaps a chapter in a chapter book. All materials, including templates will be included.
WEEK 4 JULY 18-22
MORNING SESSIONS
9:30 AM - 11:45 AM

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  • Art Exploration: Low-Relief Sculpture

    Instructor: Chris Matsumoto
     
    Spend a week playing, reaching, experimenting, and learning as you experience the joy of creating art! This year’s summer art camp will help you gain confidence and encourage you to find your inner artistic voice. Students will spend one week learning the fundamentals of low-relief sculpting and how to apply the elements and principles of design through observation and in-class discussion.
  • Amazing Math

    Instructor: Greg Simpson

    What does math have to do with Pirates, Paper airplanes, and Theme parks?  Spend a week exploring and gaming while using and growing your math skills.
AFTERNOON SESSIONS
12:30 PM - 2:45 PM

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  • Java Programming

    Instructor: Dr. Vu Nguyen

    Java Programming teaches the fundamental concepts of computer programming while introducing the Java programming language. Through discussion, online lab activities and assignments students gradually develop basic programming skills that can be applied to almost any career path. This class also prepares students for AP Computer Science classes.