Academic Classes

2022 Summer Academic Classes are TBA

2022 ENRICHMENT CLASSES  

ALGEBRA I REVIEW AND ENRICHMENT (rising GRADE 9) 

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  • Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm 
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  • Prerequisite: Completed Grade 8; must be in-coming Stone Ridge student
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This in-person course will begin with a brief review of the fundamentals of Algebra. Review topics will include solving linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations, graphing two variable equations and inequalities. The course will cover in greater depth: exploring quadratic functions, operations on rational expressions, polynomials and radicals. The students will develop the ability to explore and solve real world application problems, demonstrate the use of the graphing calculator, and communicate mathematical ideas clearly. This course is intended for students who have completed Algebra I and would benefit from additional support and review before taking their next math course (either Geometry or Algebra II), and students who would like a jump start to their study of Algebra I in Grade 9. 

About Kathleen Gurzo: "I am both a Stone Ridge graduate and teacher of 16 years. I am enthusiastic about math and have found a passion sharing that love with my students. Over the years, I have taught Algebra I, Honors Algebra II, Honors PreCalculus, and AP Statistics. I graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Education and Computer Science. I have enjoyed spending many summers working for Summer CampUs and enjoyed teaching the summer Algebra I Review course last year. I look forward to the adventure of Algebra I Review this summer as well." 

Tech requirements for this class: All students must have a laptop (running Windows or MAC OS) and must bring laptops to class daily. The student’s computer must be able to access WiFi and the Chrome browser. If the student is currently in the 8th grade at Stone Ridge, she may keep and use her Stone Ridge issued laptop until the end of the summer course, at which time the laptop will be turned in to the IT department. Loaner laptops are available upon request.
 



READING & WRITING WORKSHOP FOR NINTH-GRADERS  (rising GRADE 9) 

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  • Time: 12:30-3:00 pm
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  • Prerequisite: Completed 8th Grade; must be incoming Stone Ridge student
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Are you looking to keep your reading and writing skills sharp over the summer? Are you anticipating the new challenges of high school humanities classes?  In Grade 9, students can look forward to rigorous reading lists along with writing on a more analytical level.  This in-person workshop helps usher students onto this new scene by breaking the reading and writing processes down into manageable steps and useful skills. Students will practice writing several types of essays, learn targeted writing-based grammar, get a head start on their summer reading and generally build confidence in themselves as high school students!

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisernos is a required text for all rising 9th graders. Then, the 9th graders have an option to read either Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, or The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. 

Erin DeSimone received her B.A. in English and Art History from Georgetown University and her M.A. in English from Georgetown. She is an alumna of Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and values the Sacred Heart education. She has been teaching Upper School English for six years at Stone Ridge. She enjoys living in Washington, D.C. and appreciates the history of the city and the museums of the area.

Tech requirements for this class: All students must provide their own laptops (running Windows or MAC OS) and must bring laptops to class daily. No iPads or tablets are permitted. The student’s computer must be able to access WiFi and the Chrome browser. If the student is currently in the 8th grade at Stone Ridge, she may keep and use her Stone Ridge issued laptop until the end of the summer course, at which time the laptop will be turned in to the IT department. Loaner laptops are available upon request.

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