Summer School Class List
Academic Program (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
All classes are taught by current or former Edison High School teachers who have extensive experience teaching students with learning differences. The student and her/his family choose two of the three course offerings. Classes last 90 minutes and average eight students. All classes offer access to technology and study skills support.
Students are challenged to see math in a new way, as they solve real-life problems using practical, hands-on math activities. Abstract math concepts gain new relevance as students review basic arithmetic facts and practice the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Instruction is driven by students' individual needs and targets statewide math curriculum goals.
In writing class, students develop confidence in their own creativity and ability as they practice key strategies for improving different kinds of writing. The students write an essay, a report and several narrative pieces. Learning strategies include note-taking for research, using graphic organizers and self-monitoring with planners to organize time and deadlines. Writing skills and confidence will soar!
Our reading class promotes better reading by improving students' comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and basic decoding skills. The reading teacher uses a variety of engaging fiction and non-fiction materials at each student's reading level. Students work on outlining strategies, prepare a book report and develop crucial laptop skills.
Afternoon Enrichment Program* (1:00 P.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
After lunch and an outdoor break featuring organized games and activities from 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., students will explore a topic in-depth. Our outstanding Edison High School teachers will share some of their favorite ideas and topics to encourage deeper learning in content areas, spark new interests and spread excitement about learning! Participants may sign up by the week.
BELOW ARE EXAMPLES OF CLASSES OFFERED IN 2016:
Our Assistant Director, Jason Wold, LOVES sports. He wants nothing more than to pass on his love of sports to the kids. Give your student the opportunity to explore sports that can be enjoyed at any age! Sessions will include:
- Beginners Golf: We will travel to RedTail Golf Course where students will hit balls on the driving range, putt and chip at the practice facility. Clubs will be provided.
- Bowling: We will use Superplay Bowling Alley in the Valley Plaza, a short walk from Edison High School), to learn the basics of bowling.
- Tennis: Students will be introduced to the game of tennis right here on the Jesuit campus. They will learn to keep score, serve and volley.
- Other activities of interest may include: Badminton, Ping Pong, Frisbee, soccer, yoga and hiking.
Portland: People, Places and Passions
Bring your curiosity to a wider audience—the world! Students will create and print a digital newspaper with Edison's amazing Kassie Evans Halpin guiding them every step of the way.
This course has lots of opportunity for students to focus on their own passions and interests, while practicing writing skills and learning about careers, places, passions and events in the Portland metro area. Students will create feature stories by interviewing professionals, visiting places within walking distance of our school and researching via online and video media. This week is perfect for anyone who wants to develop writing and pursue new interests in a safe and encouraging environment.
If your passion is skateboarding, you may wish to do an article on the best skate park in the area. Love the ocean? Write an editorial on the importance of protecting our coastline or SOLVs efforts at clean-up. Want to learn what it is like to have a certain career? You might get to interview a professional. If music is your passion, create your own top ten list of local musicians, evaluating the merits of artists and genres. For students who love to create art, there will be the opportunity to create illustrations and showcase your work.
By the end of the week, we will have produced a quality publication that each student will be proud to share with friends, relatives and teachers.
Art in Nature
Join our brilliant art teacher, Carrie Lucas, as she combines her love for art and nature. This exciting class will include art making with natural materials, outdoor activities and learning the importance of our connection to nature. Students will explore the restorative effects of creating a piece of art and being in natural settings. The teacher will help students to enjoy nature and become good stewards of Earth's resources as they develop their artistic skills.
Passport: Latin America!
Come on a tour of the culture, cuisine, and community of Central and South America this summer with our brilliant history teacher, Bridget Connolly. We will try out some artistic techniques, learn a few dance steps and be introduced to a variety of music. Students will investigate how the geography of the Andes, the Amazon, plains and beaches influence the food, sports, festivals and fashion of this region. Of course, our exploration will come with some cooking and taste tests! We'll also practice some Spanish phrases and vocabulary. Students interested in expanding their view of the world will enjoy diving into the rich and diverse cultures of our American neighbors.
Afternoon enrichment classes are subject to change or cancellation if a minimum number of students do not register.