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Summer @ Springs
Come sharpen your mind or experience something new in a beautiful setting this summer!

Summer @ Springs offers students in grades 4-12 a wide range of academic enrichment courses — from SAT/PSAT preparation to wetlands ecology to music production. Summer @ Springs faculty are dedicated professionals and accomplished educators, and their courses are designed to be fun, adventurous, and enriching for students who want to make the most out of their summer breaks.

We appreciate your interest in our summer programs. Below is the full schedule of 2014 Summer @ Springs offerings. If you have any questions, please contact Summer @ Springs Director Douglas Ray at dray@indiansprings.org or at 205-532-1806.


Available Whenever Courses are Offered

Before Care — supervision of students who arrive on campus between 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. (required of early-arriving students who will be in grades 4-8 in the fall). $35/week.

After Care — supervision of students who remain on campus between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (required of students staying after the conclusion of courses who will be in grades 4-8 in the fall). $45/week.

Lunch — a delicious meal is available each day in the Indian Springs School Dining Hall after the conclusion of morning courses and before the start of afternoon courses. $35/week.


Overview of Summer Course Offerings
(Scroll to bottom of page for course details and descriptions.)

June 9-13
  • Mastering the SAT/PSAT (Session 1)
  • Science Discovery I
  • Grammar Boot Camp

June 16-20
  • Essay Writing Boot Camp
  • Page, Stage, Script
  • Sound Effects and Audio Production for Film, TV, and Video Games
  • The Math They Don't Teach You In School

June 23-27
  • Wetlands Ecology
  • Research Project Boot Camp
  • Breads from Around the World
  • Study Skills and Strategies
  • Advanced Music Production Techniques Made Easy for the Beginning Producer

July 7-11
  • Mastering the SAT/PSAT (Session 2)
  • Introduction to B&W Photography
  • Science Discovery II
  • Conquering the College Application Essay
  • Acing the ACT

July 14-18
  • Algebra Readiness
  • Geometry Readiness
  • Driver's Education

July 21-25

  • Introductory Robotics with Lego Mindstorms
  • Modern Day Shakespeare

July 28 - August 1

  • Advanced Robotics with Lego Mindstorms

Course Details and Descriptions

JUNE 9-13

Course: Grammar Boot Camp
Instructor: Douglas Ray, ISS Latin and English Teacher
Dates:
June 9-13
Time:
9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 7th-10th
Cost: $275
Description: If you’re making decisions in your writing based on the age-old reasoning of “it sounds right” instead of knowing the wherefores / whys of language, then this course is for you. We’ll study a wide array of grammar, mechanics, and usage in order for students to understand the complexities and quirks of the English language. Students will learn the vocabulary of language and learn how the various parts of a phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph, and argument work together as parts of a linguistic machine.

Course: Science Discovery I
Instructor: Christina Tetzlaff, ISS Science Teacher
Dates:
June 9-13
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 5th-8th
Cost: $300
Description: This course will expose science students to a wide array of concepts and techniques of the physical sciences through fun laboratory exercises. Each day will feature new experiments and focus on new scientific discoveries. Experiments will include making bouncy balls for polymer science, making ice cream for food chemistry, tie-dying for acid-base chemistry, and more.

Course: Mastering the SAT / PSAT (Session 1)
Instructor: Douglas Ray, ISS Latin and English Teacher
Dates: June 9-13
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 10th-12th
Cost: $325
Description: Standardized testing is a potentially stressful reality for the college-bound student. Preparing for these tests can maximize student performance and minimize test-related anxiety. Employing real test questions and simulated testing environments, students will explore various methods of test-taking to understand what works best for them. We will look at test forms and the content typically covered, while recognizing students' particular strengths and focusing on students' areas for improvement. At the conclusion of this course, students will emerge as more confident, better-prepared masters of SAT/PSAT.

JUNE 16-20

Course: Essay Writing Boot Camp
Instructor: Kelly Jacobs, ISS History Teacher
Dates: June 16-20
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 7th-10th
Cost: $275
Description: If essay assignments seem vague and insurmountable, if your papers ever start focused on one idea but end up in an entirely different place, if you are tired of having teachers tell you your papers are poorly organized or not supported well, then this course is for you. We’ll touch on how to approach an assignment, break it down into manageable components, and produce a well-constructed essay. Students will learn how to craft a powerful thesis, construct a logical argument, cite information appropriately, and balance idea development with the paper's overall flow.

Course: Page, Stage, Script
Instructor: D’Anthony M. Allen, ISS English Teacher
Dates: June 16-20
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 6th-8th
Cost: $250
Description: This course transcends traditional curricula and provides students with a unique insight into creative writing and the development of film adaptations of drama and short stories. Participating in this class will help you enhance your creative writing skills through enriching practice and active engagement with your peers and the instructor. You will sharpen your critical and creative lenses. You will never experience a play, story, or movie in the same way!

Course: Sound Effects and Audio Production for Film, TV, and Video Games
Instructor: Clint Jacobs, ISS Music Teacher
Dates: June 16-20
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 6th-8th
Cost: $300
Description: Students will learn about the process of creating sound effects, choosing and arranging music, and dialog that would typically be used/programmed into various multimedia productions such as film, TV, and video games. They will have a hands-on application of this process by using various computer-based audio production software to capture sounds and compose/arrange/choose music relative to the story’s plot, scene, or type. All media and content will be age-appropriate and not graphic or violent in nature.

Course: The Math They Don't Teach You In School
Instructor: Kent Haines, ISS Alumnus and Birmingham Public Schools Math Teacher
Dates: June 16-20
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 6th-8th
Cost: $250
Description: Why does the spiral in a seashell match the spiral of a hurricane? How would math be different if humans were born with eight fingers instead of ten? Is it really true that some infinities are bigger than others? This class will answer those questions and more, as we dive deeply into math topics that are never covered in a traditional classroom. Students will explore fractals, Pascal's Triangle, the golden ratio, and the Fibonacci sequence, as well as other base systems. We will also research the work of M.C. Escher and make our own tessellations in class. Come explore math in a way that you never have before!

JUNE 23-27

Course: Wetlands Ecology
Instructor: Bob Pollard, ISS Science Teacher
Dates: June 23-27
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 4th-7th
Cost: $250
Description: The Indian Springs School campus contains a very diverse environment, including several wetlands. In this week-long course, younger students are exposed to the biological wonders that are characteristic of the ponds, streams, and springs that are integral parts of our unique campus. The course culminates in an exciting field trip to the University of Montevallo’s Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve.

Course: Research Project Boot Camp
Instructor: Kelly Jacobs, ISS History Teacher
Dates: June 23-27
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 7th-10th
Cost: $275
Description: Research assignments can be daunting. A basic Google search on “Napoleon” will turn up 3.9 million articles ... numbers that leave many students feeling like they are searching for a needle in a haystack or trying to fill a tea cup with a firehose. Yet study after study puts research near the top of importance in our 21st-century world. In this course, students will learn how to search more effectively, find the right information (not just the most), and manage and organize data. We will also address what and how to cite, how to format a bibliography and works cited list, and some tips for success on using data to produce a quality research paper or project.

Course: Breads from Around the World
Instructor: Lori Pollard, ISS Dorm Parent
Dates: June 23-27
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 4th-8th
Cost: $250
Description: Do you long to feel more comfortable in the kitchen? Are you simply hungry? This course is designed to enable students to have fun in the kitchen while developing an understanding of the process and the origin of some of our favorite breads. These breads include bagels, tortillas, pizza dough, banana bread, and more. We will learn the method used to make each type of bread, and students will explore information about the region where the bread is found. The highlight of our class will be baking and sampling each type of bread along with toppings and dips to accompany each one. Each student will take home a collection of recipes.

Course: Study Skills and Strategies
Instructor: Carole Mazer, Clinical Psychologist and Parent of ISS Alums
Dates: June 23-27
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 8th-10th
Cost: $300
Description: Have you ever wished you could get more academic work done in less time and do a better job on it? This course is designed to give you all the skills and information to do just that. We will cover a wide variety of study skills including organization and time management, memorization and studying, reading comprehension, essay writing, research, citations, projects, and more! Attention will also be given to adapting these areas to each student's individual learning style.

Course: Advanced Music Production Techniques Made Easy for the Beginning Producer
Instructor: Clint Jacobs, ISS Contemporary Music Teacher
Dates:
June 23-27
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 9th-12th
Cost: $300
Description: Ever wondered how to record and produce a song? This class gives students with interests in recording and producing music the tools to do so using computer-based recording systems. We will primarily be using GarageBand but will use PC applications as well. Students do not need any experience or equipment, just an enthusiasm for music and the creative process.

JULY 7-11

Course: Mastering the SAT / PSAT (Session 2)
Instructor: Douglas Ray, ISS Latin and English Teacher
Dates: July 7-11
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 10th-12th
Cost: $325
Description: Standardized testing is a potentially stressful reality for the college-bound student. Preparing for these tests can maximize student performance and minimize test-related anxiety. Employing real test questions and simulated testing environments, students will explore various methods of test-taking to understand what works best for them. We will look at test forms and the content typically covered, while recognizing students' particular strengths and focusing on students' areas for improvement. At the conclusion of this course, students will emerge as more confident, better-prepared masters of SAT/PSAT.

Course: Introduction to B&W Photography
Instructor: Michael Sheehan, ISS Photography Teacher
Dates: July 7-11
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 7th-12th
Cost: $500
Description: Students will learn how to compose and capture interesting, artistic black-and-white images using a 35mm SLR analog camera and true B&W film. Students will process and analyze their transparencies before custom hand-printing them in the darkroom.

Course: Science Discovery II
Instructor: Christina Tetzlaff, ISS Science Teacher
Dates: July 7-11
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Rising 5th-8th
Cost: $300
Description: Science Discovery II will cover different concepts and techniques of the physical sciences with an emphasis on Things that Go! The week will provide hands-on, inquiry-based labs teaching students how to design experiments as they investigate Newton's three laws of motion, Bernoulli's Principle, and how energy can be stored and used to produce motion. We will "launch" rockets and race several objects. Ready, set ... GO!

Course: Conquering the College Application Essay
Instructor: Adam Mazer, ISS Alumnus and NYC-based Tutor
Dates: July 7-11
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Age: Rising 12th
Cost: $300
Description: This class will focus on the trickiest part of the college application, the personal essay. Through workshop-style discussions, this class will explore the many ways to write a focused, unique, and compelling essay. Students will give and receive constructive criticism in group discussions and will emerge from the class with at least one fully formed, well-polished personal statement.

Course: Acing the ACT
Instructor: Adam Mazer, ISS Alumnus and NYC-based Tutor
Dates: July 7-11
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 11th-12th
Cost: $325
Description: With standardized testing for college applications becoming ever more competitive, it behooves students to explore all available options. This course will take an in-depth look at the ACT, the increasingly popular alternative to the SAT. Using actual tests and test-taking conditions, Adam Mazer will take students through tried-and-true strategies developed over five years as a New York City application advisor and test prep tutor. In addition, we will review the tougher concepts on the ACT, filling in gaps in students' knowledge and shoring up their strong areas with proctored practice tests. By the end of the course, students will emerge with the confidence and experience necessary to ace the ACT.

JULY 14-18

Course: Algebra Readiness
Instructor: Wendy Gray, Mountain Brook High School Math Teacher and ISS Parent
Dates:
July 14-18
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Ages: Students who have completed Pre-Algebra or are rising 9th graders
Cost: $275
Description: This course offers students a chance to strengthen their Pre-Algebra skills so they will be prepared to start Algebra. We will focus on improving computational skills with fractions and integers; developing number sense; reviewing solving algebraic equations; simplifying expressions and graphing lines; and gaining experience with application problems. Students will also use various technological platforms to learn the tools available to them for mathematics enrichment.

Course: Geometry Readiness
Instructor: Wendy Gray, Mountain Brook High School Math Teacher and ISS Parent
Dates: July 14-18
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Students who have completed Algebra I
Cost: $275
Description: This course offers students a chance to strengthen their Algebra and Pre-Geometry skills so they will be prepared to start Geometry. We will focus on reviewing area, perimeter, surface area, and volume of familiar and not-so-familiar shapes; solving Geometry problems using Algebra skills; and gaining experience with logical reasoning and writing justifications for proofs. Students will also use various technological platforms to learn the tools available to them for mathematics enrichment.

Course: Driver’s Education
Instructor: John Milton, Oak Mountain High School Teacher and Driver’s Education Instructor for Shelby County Schools
Dates: July 14-18
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Age: Rising 10th-12th
Cost: $300
Description: This course will focus on equipping students with the skills to be safe, defensive drivers. In-course work will include in-depth discussion on the effects of alcohol and drugs on drivers as well as the dangers of distracted drivers. Students will participate in simulated driving situations, actual behind-the-wheel practice, and may choose to take the Alabama Driver’s test. The class also includes a mini-course on boating safety, and students will have an opportunity to take the Alabama Boating Basics test to qualify to receive a valid Alabama Boater’s endorsement. Class times listed reflect in-class seat work. Driving times will be arranged with small groups of 2-3 students as schedule permits during the regular school day and will continue into the next week (July 21-25).


JULY 21-25

Course: Introductory Robotics with Lego Mindstorms
Instructor: Marjan Obradovic, ISS Physics and Robotics Teacher
Dates: July 21-25
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ages: Open to anyone interested
Cost: $435
Description: This course will allow students to learn how to build a basic robot using the Lego Mindstorms set. This will include basic movement, sensors, basic programming, and simple tasks.

Course: Modern Day Shakespeare
Instructor: D’Anthony M. Allen, ISS English Teacher
Dates: July 21-25
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Ages: Rising 7th-10th
Cost: $275
Description: The Bard of Avon Alive in 2014! For almost 400 years, William Shakespeare remains one of the single most studied writers of the modern, Western era. Posthumously, he inspires generations upon generations of writers because his subject matter remains universally applicable. Could you imagine translating and interpreting Shakespeare’s plays through your own modern-day lenses? During this class we will dissect, deconstruct, and reinvent Shakespeare’s manuscripts from some of his most popular works to those least known, yet equally impactful. Your engagement in this course will demystify the perceptions of Shakespeare’s works as overtly confounding and detached from relatable experience. We will enthusiastically explore universal applications of Shakespeare’s tragic, heroic themes and structures. After all, he is the creator of the Romantic Comedy and the Epic Hero genres.

JULY 28 - AUGUST 1

Course: Advanced Robotics with Lego Mindstorms
Instructor: Marjan Obradovic, ISS Physics and Robotics Teacher
Dates: July 28-August 1
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Ages: Anyone with interest and basic robotics skills
Cost: $435
Description: Building on the introductory course, this week-long session will address building of more advanced multifunction/task robots utilizing advanced programing using the Lego Mindstorms set. The emphasis in this class will be individual creativity.


Courses posted 2.1.14
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Drivers Education
Dates: July 14-18
Time: 9:00-11:30 a.m.
Age: Rising 10th-12th
Instructor: John Milton, Oak Mountain High School Teacher and Driver’s Education Instructor for Shelby County Schools
Cost: $300
Description: This course will focus on equipping students with the skills to be safe, defensive drivers. In-course work will include in-depth discussion on the effects of alcohol and drugs on drivers as well as the dangers of distracted drivers. Students will participate in simulated driving situations, actual behind-the-wheel practice, and may choose to take the Alabama Driver’s test. The class also includes a mini-course on boating safety, and students will have an opportunity to take the Alabama Boating Basics test to qualify to receive a valid Alabama Boater’s endorsement. Class times listed reflect in-class seat work. Driving times will be arranged with small groups of 2-3 students as schedule permits during the regular school day and will continue into the next week (July 21-25).
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