Your child’s education does not have to end, and should not, when school lets out for the summer on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Research shows students may lose two or more months’ worth of reading achievement, a month or more of spelling learning skills and about 2.6 months’ worth of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills during their summer break.
That’s why P-H-M offers a wide variety of activities over the summer from athletic to enrichment camps, as well as opportunities for students to improve their academic skills. Penn students can also sign up to take a summer driver’s education course. We believe that children’s summer break can be fun while also giving students the academic boost they need.
Listed below are some of the activities available to P-H-M students and children in the greater community this summer. Parents are responsible for transportation unless otherwise noted. Not all camps are open to students who do not attend P-H-M schools, so please read the qualifications for each camp carefully.
Visual Arts Academy (July 6 – 10, July 13 – 17, or July 20 – 24, 2020) In this award-winning one-week academy, current P-H-M K – 5th grade students learn art history, art production and writing through a unique integration program. The program is based at Penn High School and includes a field trip to the University of Notre Dame's Snite Museum of Art. Click here to register for a week of the Visual Arts Academy.
Junior Foreign Language Academy (July 6 – 10, 2020) This academy integrates the French language, social studies, culture, visual arts and music into an intensive and enriching learning experience. The one-week camp is held at Penn High School and is open to current P-H-M 3rd, 4th or 5th grade students. Click here to register for the Junior Foreign Language Academy.
Junior STEM Academy - In this one-week academy, current P-H-M K – 5th graders will discover how math and science are applied in the real world. Each week is reserved for specific grades and will be held at Penn High School. Click on the appropriate week listed below to register for the STEM Academy.
Learn a Foreign Language Academy (June 8 – 26, 2020) This three-week academy is open to current 6th and 7th graders. The course will be taught by Penn High School Language teachers who will teach the students how to read, write, and speak in French or Spanish. This year the academy will be in June and held at Schmucker Middle School. Click here to register for the Learn a Foreign Language Academy.
Kingsmen Athletic Camps (June 8 – July 23, 2020)
Penn coaches and members of the P-H-M faculty offer a wide variety of sports camps from cheerleading to wrestling. The camps are open to current students in grades K-8 (most are open to all children in the community). There is a cost for these camps. Registration details are not yet available; check back after Spring Break. Click here see the schedule of the Kingsmen Athletic camps.
Penn Robotics Summer Camp (June 8 – 12, June 15 – 19, 2020)
There are two, one-week camp sessions. The Sessions and times are broken down by grade levels (1-8) and skill set. Depending on their age and level, students will get to work with Legos, 3D modeling, coding, along with getting hands-on experience with fabrication, prototyping and building an actual robot with VEX IQ! All camps are facilitated by Penn Robotics instructors and Penn's Robotics Team 135. There is a cost for these camps. Click here for a full description of camps and online registration through the Penn Robotics website.
Opportunities through P-H-M Community Education
Community Education classes are open to any student in the community; the child does not need to be a P-H-M student or live within the District to be eligible.
Learn to Swim Classes (Session I: June 9 – 19, Session II: June 22 – 26 & July 6 – 10 (no classes June 29 – July 3), Session III: July 13 – 24, 2020) - Session I is nine classes, and Sessions II and III are 10 classes in the Penn High School pool. Classes are 30 minutes each and take place both in the morning and afternoon with 8 different class times to pick from. Children must be at least 4-years-old and potty trained. The cost is $40 per child, per two-week session. Registration opens Monday, April 13 at 10:00 a.m. online, by phone, or in person. Registrations by mail are not accepted. Registration continues until the classes are full! Click here for more information & scheduling details.
Camp Invention (June 15 – 19, 2020) - A one-week STEM enrichment program for students entering Grades K - 6 who want to put their hands and minds to building solutions. Camp will be held Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. It will be based at Northpoint Elementary School. The cost is about $240 depending on when you register. Click here to register and pay online through the Camp Invention website.
Super Kids Camp (June 22 – 26: Horizon, July 13 – 17: Prairie Vista, July 20 – 24: Bittersweet) - Students entering Grades 1- 6 will experience an engaging rotation of science, music, art and fitness activities in this half-day camp. Camp hours are 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at three locations: Horizon (June 22 – 26), Prairie Vista (July 20 – 24), and Bittersweet (July 20 – 24). Check back after April 13 for registration details. Click here for more information & scheduling details.
Youth Theater Camps (Session I: June 22 – 26, Session II: July 27 – 31) - A one-week creative and expressive experience for students entering Grades 5 - 8, based at Penn High School’s Studio Theater. Pick one of these weeks for your child to attend. The half-day camp is offered 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The cost is $80 and includes a t-shirt. Check back after April 13 for registration details. Click here for more information & scheduling details.
Summer Kids Club (June 6 – August 17, 2020)
Full-day childcare is offered at two locations (Northpoint and Walt Disney Elementary Schools) for current P-H-M students in grades K-5. Children will enjoy a variety of educational and recreational activities, crafts and field trips. Cost is $150 a week, for 5 days a week. All children not currently enrolled in Kids Club are required to pay the $25 registration fee in addition to all other program-related costs. Space is limited so families must register by midnight, Friday, May 29. Click here to register online.
Bakers Gonna Bake Camp (details to come)
Summer School Information
P-H-M will conduct two Summer School sessions prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Current P-H-M students who need the academic boost from summer instruction will receive invitations to attend. Penn High School students are able to take high school classes for credit in either summer session. Some students will work online to complete coursework and make up credits.
For elementary, middle and high school students, Summer School will be offered. Times vary depending on the program, please refer to the programs below.
ELEMENTARY and IREAD-3 Summer School (Students currently in grades K-4, June 8 – 26, 2020)
- Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Walt Disney or Meadow’s Edge Elementary School, breakfast & lunch provided, P-H-M Transportation available
MIDDLE SCHOOL SUMMER SCHOOL (Students currently in grades 5-7, June 8 – 26, 2020)
- Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Schmucker Middle School, snack provided, P-H-M Transportation available
EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION (Students Currently in grades 6 – 11, June 8 – 26, 2020)
- Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.,
PENN HIGH SUMMER SCHOOL, Session 1 (June 8 – 26)
PENN HIGH SUMMER SCHOOL, Session 2 (July 6 – 24)
- Monday – Friday, 8:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., Penn High School, P-H-M Transportation available
P-H-M students entering grades 9-12 must register with their school counselor to take high school summer school classes
Drivers Education (Session I June 8 – 19, and Session II July 6 – 17, 2020)
Penn students can take driving classes through Premier Driving Institute at Penn High School. Classes are from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. The cost starts at $399. Click here to register online with Premier Driving Institute.
Make sure to check back in April for updated camp registration information.
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