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    • Summer @ SA 2019
Come spend the summer being engaged and challenged in a supportive, fun environment!
 
Whether your child is interested in robotics, art, ceramics, music, debate, storytelling, cooking, baking, outdoor skills, podcasting, broadcasting, or sports, we have something for everyone!
 
The camps are designed for children ages 10 to 14 and cover a broad array of interests and opportunities. Campers will learn new skills, make new friends, and have a great time. All camps are a week long, Monday through Friday, and will be held on the Sonoma Academy campus.

If you have any questions about registration, please contact Luc Martin or Ramsey Musallam.

  • All summer campers will receive a Summer at Sonoma Academy t-shirt and bag, as well as a daily snack during mid morning. Campers are asked to bring their own lunch.
  • Refund Policy: Families who cancel their Summer at Sonoma Academy registration will receive a full refund if cancellation occurs fourteen days prior to the start of camp. No refund will be granted if withdrawn after that period, however, you may receive a camp credit (in the amount of your camp registration fee) good towards any of our 2019 Summer Camps. Refunds will be issued in the same manner your payment was made.

Week 1: Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Baking (FULL)

    Do you love to bake and want to make the transition from baking with mixes to baking from scratch? In this camp, we’ll learn to bake favorite desserts like pie to cakes to cookies from the basic core ingredients. We’ll also learn some new desserts like traditional Middle Eastern baklava. We’ll incorporate some popular baking tv shows and try to replicate their baking projects in our Sonoma Academy Teaching Kitchen. All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 17-June 21
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Laila McClay, Humanities Teacher and enthusiastic home baker
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

    Register
  • Basketball

    Basketball Camp will provide an enjoyable and rewarding experience for players of all ability levels. Campers will learn how to become well-rounded basketball players through instruction and competition, which will include Basketball Fundamentals: shooting, ball handling, passing, footwork, rebounding, and defensive principles. Campers will participate in 1-on-1, 3-on-3, and 5-on-5 competitions designed to allow each player the opportunity to apply the skills they will be learning. Campers will enjoy free throw, three-point, and one-on-one contests, as well as various shooting and dribbling games, all in a fun, positive, and challenging environment.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 17-June 21
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Kevin Christensen. Athletic Director and Head Varsity Basketball Coach
    Experience level: No prior experience needed.
    Cost: $350
     
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  • Lego Robotics (only 2 spots left!)

    Do you love Legos? Are you curious about Robotics? If so, then this camp is for you! Using the Lego EV3 system, campers will spend the week engineering and programming robots to compete in a drag racing competition, sumo wrestling match, and hill climbing extravaganza! Camp activities are modeled after the Sonoma County Office of Education Robotics Challenge, and the final day of camp will feature a robotics competition open to all friends and family!

    No prior experience with robotics is necessary. All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 17-June 21
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Ramsey Musallam, STEM Teacher, Head Robotics Team Coach, and TED Speaker
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

  • Public Speaking and Debate (only 1 spot left!)

    Come learn debate from Sonoma Academy's #1 Ranked Policy Debate team in the Bay Area! In this week-long camp, students will learn the basics of academic debate from research and organization to presentation and persuasion. The first four days of camp will include public speaking practice and confidence building as well as instruction and practice finding and analyzing quality sources of evidence. The week will culminate in a tournament day on Friday where campers can put into practice all the skills they have learned.

    No prior debate experience is necessary! Incoming 9th graders will get a head start on the high school debate topic. All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 17-June 21
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Lani Frazier, Debate Coach
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

    Register
  • Vocal Music

    Do you love to sing? Are you interested in learning new songs and singing with other people? Are you ready to increase your musical skills? Join Sonoma Academy's Music Director Amanda McFadden in a fun-filled week of singing, team building, and learning about music! The week will culminate in a Friday afternoon informal performance. Campers do not need to have prior music experience to take part in this camp. Campers will learn about music literacy, vocal health, harmonization, and ensemble singing through the course of the week.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 17-June 21
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Amanda McFadden, Director of Music
    Experience level: No prior experience needed.
    Cost: $350

    Register
  • Wood Oven Cooking

    Have you ever wanted to learn how to use a wood fire oven? In this camp we will make everything from scratch: From making pizzas to whole roasted chicken to braising food overnight to homemade scones. Join Les Goodman, Chef Manager for Sonoma Academy’s food service program. Les has cooked and worked in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Thailand, India, and has spent the past ten years in Sonoma County.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 17-June 21
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Les Goodman, Chef Manager  
    Experience level: No prior experience needed.
    Cost: $350

Week 2: Monday, June 24 to Friday, June 28

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Battling Robots (FULL)

    Do you love the show BattleBots? Have you ever wanted to design, build, and compete with your own remote controlled fighting robot? If yes, then this camp is for you! With close supervision from a team of experts, campers will learn advanced skills in prototyping, electronics, engineering, and physics as they prepare their robot for a live remote control battle tournament! As opposed to Lego robotics systems, this camp will feature Viper Combat Robot Kits from FingerTech Robotics, providing an opportunity for campers to construct and modify high-end robots modeled after those seen in industry and normally not available to young learners.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 24-June 28
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Ramsey Musallam, STEM Teacher, Head Robotics Team Coach, and TED Speaker
    Experience level: No prior experience needed.
    Cost: $350

    Register
  • Cooking Around the World (FULL)

    Come travel the world and learn how to prepare foods from each major continent. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about and prepare food from Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, and South America. Join Les Goodman, who is the chef manager for Sonoma Academy’s food service program, in this around-the-world food adventure! Les has cooked and worked in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Thailand, India, and has spent the past ten years in Sonoma County.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 24-June 28
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Les Goodman, Chef Manager
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

    Register
  • Outdoor Education at Pepperwood

    Do you love being outdoors and learning about local plants and animals? Do you enjoy hiking to amazing vistas of Sonoma County? Do you long to lay out under the stars at night and gaze upwards away from the city lights? If yes, then join us for a week of outdoor fun at Pepperwood Preserve located in the hills above Sonoma County. During our five days together we will hike to different parts of this 3,200 acre preserve while analyzing plants and animals along the way. We will also utilize the Dwight Center’s modern learning spaces and kitchen. Each night we will retreat to the Bechtel House, which has an outdoor fire ring, a lawn for stargazing, and bunk beds to get some much needed sleep. Last but certainly not least we will have fun, create friendships, and enjoy the summer days outside!

    Note: This is a sleep-away camp located at Pepperwood Preserve. Campers will arrive at the Preserve on Monday morning at 9 am and be picked up on Friday afternoon at 3 pm.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 24-June 28
    Times: Monday, 9 am to Friday, 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Dan Karbousky, STEM Teacher, and Wilderness First Responder
    Experience level: No prior experience needed.
    Cost: $850 (registration fee includes the cost of lodging and food)

    Register
  • Public Speaking and Debate (FULL)

    Come learn debate from Sonoma Academy's #1 Ranked Policy Debate team in the Bay Area! In this week-long camp, students will learn the basics of academic debate from research and organization to presentation and persuasion. The first four days of camp will include public speaking practice and confidence building as well as instruction and practice finding and analyzing quality sources of evidence. The week will culminate in a tournament day on Friday where campers can put into practice all the skills they have learned. No prior debate experience is necessary! Incoming 9th graders will get a head start on the high school debate topic.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 24-June 28
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Lani Frazier. Debate Coach.
    Experience level: No prior experience needed.
    Cost: $350
  • Recycled Art Creations

    Are you a collector? Perhaps you are passionate about art and the environment. You are not alone. Jane Perkins, Robert Bradford, Michelle Reader and Leo Sewell are artists using recycled and found materials. In this class we will talk about how our un-recycled waste is affecting wildlife, people, and the planet. We will use everyday and commonly discarded items to create a large group mural and ornate masks. Come prepared with good shoes and proper clothes for field trip adventures.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 24-June 28
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Amanda Martin, Mixed Media Artist and Art Instructor
    Experience level: No prior experience needed.
    Cost: $350
     
    Register
  • TV Production (only 4 spots left!)

    Have you ever wondered how the shows on television are created? Is the weatherman really standing in front of a big, colorful moving map? How does a reporter find a good story? In this hands-on camp you’ll learn to make short, fun, and informative segments of stories and news for the Good Times Network (GTN), a variety show made by kids, for kids. Not only will you make videos about your favorite people, places, sports, music, movies, and other things, you’ll even build the sets for the GTN-TV studio. You’ll learn to edit video, adding graphics, sound, and music to create an exciting experience for the audience. You’ll use the “green screen” to create special effects and so much more.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: June 24-June 28
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Spencer Nilsen, Digital Media Specialist
    Experience level: No prior experience needed.
    Cost: $350

    Register

Week 3: Monday, July 8 to Friday, July 12

List of 5 frequently asked questions.

  • Farm-to-Table Cooking (only 1 spot left!)

    Come join us in the garden or at the local farmers market where we’ll hand pick some of what we’ll be cooking that day. While we're at the markets we’ll visit with some of the vendors and learn a bit about what they do, from olive farming and oil making to some ranchers. Campers will also learn basic knife skills, and foundation cooking skills to make soups, salads, desserts, and much more. Join Les Goodman the chef manager for Sonoma Academy’s food service program. He has cooked and worked in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Thailand, India, and has spent 3 years working the “farmers market” circuit prior to coming to Sonoma Academy. 

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 8-July 12
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Les Goodman, Chef Manager  
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

    Register
  • Go-Karts Building (FULL)

    Nothing says “summer” like go-kart races. We will start out with designing our go-karts, then building small models with cardboard, foam core, and hot glue. Next, we’ll move on to drawing plans on paper and making those plans come to life by using hand tools, cordless drills, and other tools in the woodshop to build our life size karts. Don’t be afraid to customize your vehicle with LED lights, paint, horns, streamers, wings, or anything else that suits your fancy. At the end of the week we will test our inventions and race against each other in a community building finale.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 8-July 12
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Eric Moes, STEM and Visual Arts Teacher
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

    Register
  • Creative Approaches to Working with Clay

    Expand your imagination and elevate your artistry! Come get your hands dirty in this dynamic supportive studio environment.

    This ceramic camp is for students who are interested in developing their creative potential using clay as a medium for expression.In this ceramics camp we will explore the art and craft of hand building with clay. Hand building is the ancient art of crafting clay without a wheel and has endless possibilities both for the beginner and experienced artist.

    We will learn to make pots that have that have fancy feet and rattles that shake. We will be working with a lot of cool tools including slab rollers and as well as an extruder, think play do fun factory, but Big. Learn how to get the most out of traditional and nontraditional techniques and textures. All instruction is geared toward individual ability.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 8-12
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Valerie Seaberg, MA Artist and Art Educator
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

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  • Podcasting

    George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and many other great movie makers believe that the sound effects and music are at least 51% of the experience, if not much more. In this workshop, campers will choose their favorite subject—superheroes, video games, music, robotics, sports—and use their voices, along with sound effects and music to bring their stories to life. They’ll learn how to record a variety of sounds, both in the studio and in the field, and edit them into a short radio drama, complete with music (that they can also create themselves), voices, and special effects. Then they’ll create a radio show in podcast form to present their work to the world.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 8-July 12
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Spencer Nilsen, Digital Media Specialist
    Experience level: No prior experience needed.
    Cost: $350

    Register
  • Storytelling

    We all tell stories to one another all the time. When you get home from school and your parent asks you, "What did you do today in school?" You answer with a brief story. In this class, however, we will develop techniques that help bring our stories to life so they become engaging and fun to listen to. We will try to bring them from an everyday routine to the level of a performance for an audience. We will tell personal stories as well folktales, myths, and legends. We will work on voice, posture, pause, as well as the structure and language of stories. No theater experience is necessary whatsoever.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 8-July 12
    Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher: Brandon SparsHumanities Teacher, Head Speech Coach, Five-time Moth Story winner.
    Assistant: Byron Spars
    Experience level: No prior experience needed.
    Cost: $350

    Register

Week 4: Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • 3D Printing and Laser Engraving

    Have you heard of 3D printing but don’t know how it works? Have you seen laser-engraved wood blocks at the store and wonder how it’s done? This class will walk you through the steps of using Tinkercad to design your 3D ideas on the computer and then printing them out in real life with our 3D printers. You can also try your hand at a graphic design program that allows you to burn or engrave your ideas into wood with the laser cutter. At the end of the week we’ll have a showcase where you can show off what you’ve created. Campers will take home everything they design and make.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 15-July 19
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Eric Moes, STEM and Visual Arts Teacher
    Experience level: No prior experience needed
    Cost: $350

    Register
  • Cooking with Ratios

    You don’t have to pull out that recipe everytime you want to make something. Come and learn how math ratios come into play with cooking and baking. Have you heard of 1-2-3 dough or what is the proper ratio for making a stock? Simple numbers can help. Join Les Goodman, the chef manager for Sonoma Academy’s food service program, for this interesting, educational, and tasty camp! He has cooked and worked in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Thailand, India, and has spent the past ten years working around Sonoma County.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 15-July 19
    Times: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Les Goodman, Chef Manager.  
    Experience level: No prior experience needed.
    Cost: $350

    Register
  • Soccer and STEM (FULL)

    Do you love playing soccer? Interested in building a BattleBot? Having a hard time choosing between both? If so, this camp is for you! In a unique blend of sports and science, this Soccer and STEM session will expose campers to Sonoma Academy's championship soccer program AND cutting-edge STEM department. Campers will spend the first half of the day learning skills, and having a blast competing on the soccer field, and the second half of the day challenging their engineering and design skills building robots, wiring circuits, and inventing new innovative solutions to current problems in our society. Soccer and STEM camp is guaranteed to be an exciting and healthy experience for both body and mind.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 10-14
    Dates: July 15-July 19
    Hours: 9 am to 3 pm
    Teacher(s): Ramsey Musallam. STEM Teacher, Head Robotics Team Coach, and TED Speaker; and Chris Ziemer, Athletic Director and Varsity Soccer Coach
    Experience level: No prior prior experience needed for STEM.  Soccer players will be divided into groups based upon age and experience
    Cost: $350
     
    Register

Week 5: Monday, August 5 to Friday, August 9

List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Essay Writing (Morning)

    Does your teen struggle with writing essays, both in understanding ideas from assigned readings and then being able to express those ideas in a cohesive, organized way? Is reading deeper into a text and analyzing those ideas elusive for your daughter or son? Is it difficult to come up with and argue a thesis, express multiple ideas, and also pay attention to essay structure? Class time will focus on writing thesis statements, developing critical thinking skills and turning them into strong paragraphs, connecting evidence to topic sentences, and expanding vocabulary. I will also introduce strategies to strengthen your student’s ability to analyze texts and then how to incorporate those ideas into well-rounded paragraphs.

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 14-17
    Dates: August 5-August 9
    Hours: 9 am to 12 pm.
    Teacher(s): Claire Drucker, MFA, Santa Rosa Junior College English teacher, Educational Coach
    Experience Level: All levels welcome
    Cost: $350

    Register
  • Essay Writing (Afternoon)

    Does your teen struggle with writing essays, both in understanding ideas from assigned readings and then being able to express those ideas in a cohesive, organized way? Is reading deeper into a text and analyzing those ideas elusive for your daughter or son? Is it difficult to come up with and argue a thesis, express multiple ideas, and also pay attention to essay structure? Class time will focus on writing thesis statements, developing critical thinking skills and turning them into strong paragraphs, connecting evidence to topic sentences, and expanding vocabulary. I will also introduce strategies to strengthen your student’s ability to analyze texts and then how to incorporate those ideas into well-rounded paragraphs. 

    All materials will be provided, as well as light snacks throughout the day. Campers should bring their own lunches.

    Ages: 14-17
    Dates: August 5-August 9
    Hours: 1 pm to 4 pm.
    Teacher(s): Claire Drucker, MFA, Santa Rosa Junior College English teacher, Educational Coach
    Experience Level: All levels welcome
    Cost: $350

    Register

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The only private, independent, college preparatory high school in Sonoma County. On its beautiful 34-acre campus nestled at the base of picturesque Taylor Mountain in South Santa Rosa, Sonoma Academy students are able to explore their interests and passions in a challenging environment that prepares them for college and life beyond.