2017 Summer Courses

Lower School
Coed for students entering grades k-5

Location: All summer courses meet in the Gilman Middle School, John M.T. Finney Hall.

Summer Music Camp, June 14-16

Summer Music Camp is a great opportunity for older children, pre-teens, and teens to spend time focusing on their piano, strings, harp, woodwinds, and brass and musicianship skills while making new friends! Advanced students will have the pleasure of playing ensemble repertoire. Students will be assigned ensemble partners depending on their grade and skill level. Students will also have the opportunity to focus on solo music and technique. Click here to view additional camp information.

Coed, ages 9-18
Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Dates: June14-16
Fee: $375

Instructors: Ariel Dechosa, Gilman School Director of Music; Peter Lander, Gilman Music Faculty; Cheryl Nkeba, Gilman Music Faculty; Michaela Trnkova, Gilman Harp Faculty

Around the world in 5 days, June 19 - 23

Children will travel “around the world in five days” during this one week camp. Boys and girls ages 5-10 will learn about the languages, cultures, animals, art, traditions, foods, instruments, landmarks, geography, and/or sports of five different countries around the world. Would your son or daughter enjoy learning about the Amazon Rainforest and playing soccer like Brazil’s soccer star, Pele? How does a virtual field trip to Egypt to see the Sphinx after creating your own mummy sound? Kids will love learning about the Lego capital of the world in Denmark while taste-testing different flavors of Danishes. Miss Mallonee and Miss Miller would love to spend the week traveling and exploring with your child!

Coed, ages 5-10
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Session 1: June 19-23
Fee: $300

Instructors: Essie Mallonee and Meredith Miller, Gilman Lower School Teachers

Health and Wellness Camp, June 19-23

Twinkle Twinkle Yoga Yoga Health & Wellness Camp offers children the opportunity to exercise both their palates and their bodies in a fun-filled camp. Participants will learn how nutrition and health-focused activities can be fun practices to incorporate in their daily lives. They will sample different combinations of garden-fresh produce as both foods and juices(shakes/smoothies), learning how the nutrients in the foods they consume can strengthen the wellness of their growing bodies. Activities include daily light fitness and movement and stretching for children – yoga for kids – to illustrate the connection between eating well and building a healthy mind and body. A mindful art project concludes the morning session opening pathways to become more "grounded" in everyday life. Be ready for camp-acquired healthy behavior to rub off on others in your home!

Coed, ages 6-10, Minimum of 8 students needed.

Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Dates: June 19 - 23
Fee: $350
Instructors: Bridget Strama, and assisted by Michael Dent '88, Founder, Twinkle Twinkle Yoga

Young Engineer's Camp, JUNE 19 - 23

Building, Creating, and Teamwork!

  • Build bridges, rockets, and more
  • Create miniature cities
  • Compete in a hurricane house event
  • Create an arcade game

Coed, ages 8-11
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Campers must bring lunch each day.
Session 1: June 19 - 23
Fee: $350
Instructors: Lori Wlodarczyk & Julia Holt
email: lwlodarczyk@calvertschoolmd.org or jholt@calvertschoolmd.org

LOWER SCHOOL SKILLS REFRESHER, JUNE 26 - 30 AND JULY 17 - 21

This course is for the student transitioning to the increased academic demands of the fourth and fifth grades. The students will focus on honing their skills in reading critically, writing, studying, and mathematics with an eye to giving them a boost for the upcoming school year. This course will be taught by a lower school teacher. We will work on organizational skills as well as study skills to help students prepare for fourth and fifth grades.

A minimum of 10 students is needed for this course to run.

Coed, for students entering 4th or 5th grade
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Session 1: June 26 - 30
Session 2: July 17 - 21
Fee: $350 per session
Instructors: Katie Berman and Tracie Long, Gilman Lower School Teachers

NATURE EXPLORERS, JUNE 26 - 30

Come discover what lives among the rocks and ripples of our neighborhood stream. A
fascinating world of plants and critters exists in Gilman’s back woods and stream banks of Stony
Run. Campers will enjoy daily hikes, stream strolls, wild nature play, outdoor games, journaling,
nature crafts and a snack (provided). Join us for a week of old fashioned outdoor fun. Learn
how all things are connected and what we can do to protect our natural world.

*Please send your camper each day with a water bottle, sunscreen/bug spray already applied,
a hat, a small/lightweight back pack, crocs/ (closed toed) water shoes and a change of
clothes(we will get wet!) including pair of tennis shoes.

Coed, open to children entering grades K-3

Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Session 1: June 26 – June 30
Fee: $275 per session

Instructor: Sophie Gerard, Irvine Nature Center Educator

OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE- INTRODUCTION TO CLIMBING, CANOEING, AND HIKING, JUNE 26 - 30, JULY 3 - 7

Participants will learn the basics of climbing safety, commands, and techniques and will have a chance to practice their newly acquired skills on the Alpine Tower. Students will learn about map and compass reading and the basic elements of hiking and canoeing. Valuable leadership skills such as teamwork, effective communication, conflict resolution, and creative thinking will be taught using a variety of cooperative activities and games. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes and should bring a lunch and water bottle.

Ultimate Watersports Release Agreement

Coed, for students entering grades 4-6
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Session 1: June 26 - 30
Fee: $400
Session 2: July 3 - July 7 (No camp July 4)
Fee: $320
Instructors: Sarah Heegan, Gilman Lower School Teacher; Matt Tully, Gilman Middle School Teacher

SUMMER AT HOGWARTS, JUne 26 - 30 - CAMP FULL

Come explore the world of wizardry, magic, and mystery with other fans of the Harry Potter series. You will have a chance to experience some of the same classes as Harry Potter and his friends. Try your hand at Potions or Magical Creatures, compete in a quidditch match, create magical treats to eat, and cast spells throughout the week. Snacks and materials included.

Course limited to 15 students CAMP FULL

Coed, ages 6-12
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Dates: June 26- 30
Fee: $250
Instructor: Julia Holt (email: jholt@calvertschoolmd.org), Calvert School Teacher

Young Chefs cooking camp, June 26 - 30

Learn the joy and the value of cooking while developing a life long skill.

How do I make soup? How is rice prepared? How do I chop, dice, and shred vegetables? Come join us this summer and learn basic safety and awareness in the kitchen as you prepare a variety of fun, healthy, and yummy recipes from around the the world. Practice basic math while measuring ingredients, reading comprehension as you follow a recipe, team building as you work in groups, and get creative as you build a strong foundation for healthy eating. Campers will take home their own recipe book and share their yummy treats with their family. Campers will need to bring an old t-shirt and water bottle.

Coed, grades P1 - 5
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Dates: June 26 - 30
Location: Middle School
Fee: $335
Instructor: Cecilia Eppler, Gilman Lower School Teacher

Chess Camp, July 3-7

Spend a week playing and learning about chess from the Silver Knights chess coaches! Our coaches are highly-rated professional chess instructors. State and national champions have come from our programs, but most of our students are just looking to have fun! Campers are divided into groups by skill level, from total beginners to experiened players. Activities include learning openings, tactics, endgames, studying master games, playing games, and analyzing students' games. There are breaks for snacks and fresh air. A minimum of six campers is needed for the course to run.

Coed, ages 6 - 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Dates: July 3 – 7, no class meeting on July 4
Location: Middle School
Fee: $250
Instructor: Silver Knights Enrichment Instructor

FUN WITH SCIENCE: THE Germ HUNTERS, JUly 10 - 14

Coed, ages 6 - 10

Many of the most important and fascinating biological processes occur in a world so tiny we can't even see it without the help of a microscope. These little organisms play a huge role in our lives. Without them, life as we know it simply wouldn't exist! This summer join us in exploring and discovering the tiny world around us indoors and outdoors. Get to know wild looking animals, monsters, and all kinds of weird, wacky, and, yes, even gross creatures. Become a germ hunter, grow some of your very own little creatures, and, if you are really brave, get a taste of them, too!

Enroll in both Fun With Science: The Germ Hunters and Grossology camps to receive a $35 discount.

Coed, Ages: 6 -10
Time: Noon - 2:30 p.m.
Dates: July 10 - 14
Fee: $250

Campers should bring a water bottle, a hat, already applied sunscreen, wear old t-shirt, tennis shoes, and a towel.

Instructor: Cecilia Eppler, Gilman Lower School Teacher

GROSSOLOGY, SCIENCE OF THE REALLY GROSS THINGS IN OUR EVERYDAY LIFE, JULY 10 - 14

Do you enjoy science? Do you want to learn gross facts as you experience the science of the really gross? Do you like yucky, sticky, smelly, stinky, crusty, and gooey things? Come and join us this summer and learn science while having lots of fun with really gross experiments. Do diaper dissections, make edible skin treats, brain bags, fish mummies, and much more.

Each camper should bring to camp a water bottle, already applied sunscreen, a hat, an old t-shirt for when we conduct experiments, tennis shoes, a change of clothes and a towel for those times when we will get gooey, dirty and sticky.

Enroll in both Fun With Science: The Germ Hunters and Grossology camps to receive a $35 discount. Campers who sign up for both should bring a lunch.

Coed, ages 6-10
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Dates: July 10 – July 14
Fee: $285

Instructor: Cecilia Eppler, Gilman Lower School teacher

Spanish Immersion Summer Fun, July 17 - 21

Co-ed children grades Prep-1 - 4

Learn Spanish or practice and improve your skills during the summer (M-F, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.). The program is open to children ages 6-10, no previous knowledge of Spanish is necessary. Take an adventure immersed in the Spanish language and culture for a week, and learn by participating in a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities. Discover the excitement of speaking another language playing a variety of games including, “loteria”, soccer, and baseball, exploring our surroundings, getting wet, listening to crazy stories, and through art. Each day is a new adventure and each day the campers are encouraged to use their natural ability to communicate by using Spanish throughout the day.

Each camper should bring to camp a water bottle and a lunch, already applied sunscreen, a hat, an old t-shirt for art, tennis shoes, a change of clothes and a towel for those times when we will play water games.

Coed, ages 6-10 (grades Prep-1-4)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
Dates: July 17-21
Fee: $400

Instructor: Cecilia Eppler, Gilman Lower School Teacher

Middle School
Coed for students entering grades 6-8

Location: All summer courses meet in the Gilman Middle School, John M.T. Finney Hall.

Summer Music Camp, June 14-16

Summer Music Camp is a great opportunity for older children, pre-teens, and teens to spend time focusing on their piano, strings, harp, woodwinds, and brass and musicianship skills while making new friends! Advanced students will have the pleasure of playing ensemble repertoire. Students will be assigned ensemble partners depending on their grade and skill level. Students will also have the opportunity to focus on solo music and technique. Click here to view additional camp information.

Coed, ages 9-18
Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Dates: June14-16
Fee: $375

Instructors: Ariel Dechosa, Gilman School Director of Music; Peter Lander, Gilman Music Faculty; Cheryl Nkeba, Gilman Music Faculty; Michaela Trnkova, Gilman Harp Faculty

Algebra I/Pre-algebra Review, June 26 - July 7

This course is coed for rising seventh through ninth graders. We will review major pre-Algebra and Algebra I topics. For rising seventh graders, topics covered include operations with integers, fractions, and decimals. For rising eighth graders: rational numbers, algebraic expressions, and solving algebraic equations. For rising ninth graders: all major Algebra I units including solving systems of equations, linear equations and graphing, simplifying radicals, and rational algebraic expressions. Students in need of particular skill development can request work in a particular area. Students will hone their skills while engaged in a range of cooperative group work and projects. Students will finish the course with experience with recommended online games and apps, which they can continue to use throughout the summer and into the next school year to practice their math skills. Because of the many free apps available, iPads are recommended, though not required.

Minimum of seven students required for course to run.

Coed, grades 7 - 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Dates: June 26-July 7 (no class July 4)
Fee: $400
Instructor: Adam Herb, Gilman School Teacher

Middle School Writing - June 26-July 7

Middle School students will hone their writing and grammar skills through exposure and activities in a range of writing genres and review activities. Students will write to entertain, persuade, inform, and reflect. We will focus on these main aspects of a well-written piece: ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation. Students will get to know themselves and their peers better while engaging in all facets of the writing process: brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Writing activities will vary in length, depth, tone, and topic.

Coed, grades 6-8
Time: 11:00 a.m. - Noon
Dates: June 26-July 7 (no class July 4)
Fee: $200
Instructor: Adam Herb, Gilman School Teacher

Chess Camp, July 3-7

Spend a week playing and learning about chess from the Silver Knights chess coaches! Our coaches are highly-rated professional chess instructors. State and national champions have come from our programs, but most of our students are just looking to have fun! Campers are divided into groups by skill level, from total beginners to experiened players. Activities include learning openings, tactics, endgames, studying master games, playing games, and analyzing students' games. There are breaks for snacks and fresh air. A minimum of six campers is needed for the course to run.

Coed, ages 6 - 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Dates: July 3 – 7, no class meeting on July 4
Location: Middle School
Fee: $250
Instructor: Silver Knights Enrichment Instructor

Fun with EV3 Robotics, July 10-14

Students will explore coding using EV3 Mindstorms robotics kits. Attendees will build and program a robot with a variety of motors and sensors. Participants will have opportunities to problem solve through a variety of challenges and will work in teams to complete an obstacle course and other tasks. This class is designed to introduce students to coding as a gateway for expressing their creativity and approaching new challenges with confidence.

Coed, rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders
Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Date: July 10 - 14
Location: Middle School
Fee: $300
Instructors: Lynn Nichols and Don Abrams, Gilman Middle School Instructors

Upper School
Coed for students entering grades 9-12

Location: All summer courses meet in the Gilman Middle School, John M.T. Finney Hall.

Summer Music Camp, June 14-16

Summer Music Camp is a great opportunity for older children, pre-teens, and teens to spend time focusing on their piano, strings, harp, woodwinds, and brass and musicianship skills while making new friends! Advanced students will have the pleasure of playing ensemble repertoire. Students will be assigned ensemble partners depending on their grade and skill level. Students will also have the opportunity to focus on solo music and technique. Click here to view additional camp information.

Coed, ages 9-18
Time: 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Dates: June14-16
Fee: $375

Instructors: Ariel Dechosa, Gilman School Director of Music; Peter Lander, Gilman Music Faculty; Cheryl Nkeba, Gilman Music Faculty; Michaela Trnkova, Gilman Harp Faculty

Algebra 1, June 19 - July 28

Algebra 1 provides a formal development of the algebraic skills and concepts necessary for success in advanced mathematics courses and emphasizes the use of these skills in a problem solving environment. The concept of function is central to our development of these skills. Topics include: operations with real numbers; linear equations and inequalities; quadratics and polynomials; rational exponents; and exponents.

Coed, for students who have completed grade 8, may be taken for credit.
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Dates: June 19 - July 28, no class on July 4
Location: Middle School
Fee: $1,500

Instructor: Troy Wilson, Gilman Upper School Math Teacher

Algebra II, June 19 - July 28

Coed, for students who have successfully completed Algebra I, may be taken for credit.

Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Dates: June 19 - July 28, no classes on July 4
Location: Middle School
Fee: $1,000

Instructor: Joseph P. Ciattei, Sr., Gilman Upper School Math Teacher

Geometry, June 19 - July 28

Coed, may be taken for credit.

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Dates: June 19 - July 28, No classes on July 4
Location: Middle School
Fee: $1,000

Instructor: Joseph P. Ciattei, Sr., Gilman Upper School Math Teacher

Physics, June 19 - July 28

This lab course is an introduction to the physical world. The first half of the summer session is broken down into units covering kinematics in one dimension, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Equilibrium, Conservation Laws, Circular Motion, Machines, and Work and Energy. The second half will encompass discussions involving Electricity, Magnetism, Waves and Sound, Light and Color, and Matter and Energy. With each unit, the students will be expected to use logical thinking, algebra skills, and work independently as well as collaboratively in both lecture and lab settings. Students should have had a year of algebra and will need a calculator for this class.

Coed, students enter grades 9-12
Time: Noon - 3:00 p.m.
Dates: June 19 - July 28, no class meeting on July 4
Fee: $1,500
Location: Middle School
Instructor: Alex DeWeese, Gilman Upper School Science Instructor

COMPOSITION WORKSHOP 9–10, JUNE 19 - JULY 6

This course aims to develop the students' ability to express themself clearly and thoroughly in written English. It is intended that the students advance their writing techniques by organizing ideas logically or chronologically, writing in succinct paragraphs, using examples to illustrate statements, and conveying ideas to the reader in as much specificity and detail as possible. The students are required to study English grammar, and write analytical and creative papers which are re-drafted and revised through a process of peer editing.

Coed, students entering grades 9 and 10
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon, meets Mon., Tues., Wed., and Thur.
Dates: June 19 - July 6, no classes on July 4 or Fridays
Location: Middle School
Fee: $550

Instructor: Beth Knapp, Gilman Upper School English Teacher

ENGLISH S.A.T. PREPARATION - GRADES 10-12, JUNE 19 - JULY 6

The course complies with the new SAT test and provides students with techniques for taking the test. Each section meets eight hours per week. Monday classes are set aside for essay writing and grammar. Meets Mon, Tue, Wed, and Thur.

Coed, students entering grades 10-12
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., meets Mon, Tues, Wed., and Thurs.
Dates: June 19 - July 6, no clasess on July 4 or Fridays
Location: Middle School
Fee: $700 (includes book)

Instructor: Beth Knapp, Gilman Upper School English Teacher

TUTORIALS, JUNE 19 – JULY 28

Tutoring fee: $75 per hour for one student. Available from June 19 – July 28

Foreign Language Tutorials
Private tutoring is available in French, Spanish, and Latin for coed students, grades 1-12.

Math and English Tutorials
Private tutoring is available in Math, and English for coed students entering grades 6 - 12.

Science Tutorials
Private tutoring will be available in Physical Science and Biology for Gilman students who need to meet academic conditions during the summer.

COLLEGE APPLICATION ESSAY-WRITING WORKSHOP, SESSION 1, AUGUST 14 - 18 AND SESSION 2, AUGUST 21 - 25


Seniors of the Class of 2018 -- Would you like to have at least three essays and one college application completed before school begins? The Gilman Application Essay Workshop will help you to complete a significant amount of application work within one week. Using the online Common Application, students will be guided through the common app and its essays, at least one college supplement, and at least three essays by the conclusion of the program. Actual essays and writing examples will be used to help guide students through the process of crafting the most effective writing for their applications.

Coed, students entering grade 12
Session 1: August 14 - 18
Time: 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m
Fee: $275

Session 2: August 21 - 25
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Fee: $275

Sessions meet in the Lumen Center Lecture Hall

Instructors: Ned Harris, Director of Bridges at Gilman, nharris@gilman.edu, and Gilman College Counselors Matt Herman, Anna Follensbee, and Justin Baker.
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