Campus Life

Summer At Nichols

List of 10 items.

  • ACT Boot Camp

    August 24 and 25 from 12:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    $295
    For all rising juniors and seniors who have completed Algebra 2
     
    Please contact Ms. Chris Hill at chill@nicholsschool.org before registering to discuss whether the SAT or ACT is the better test-prep path for you.

    This two-day ACT Boot Camp will help prepare students for the fall 2021 ACT tests. Students will learn effective strategies for time management, confidence building, goal setting, and techniques to help reduce test anxiety. All course materials are included in the registration fee.
     
    Students must register themselves to take the official ACT at ACT.org. Testing fees are not included in the cost of the summer class. 
     
    This class is instructed by Ms. Chris Hill, Associate Director of College Counseling and Test Preparation Coordinator. Please contact Ms. Hill at chill@nicholsschool.org or (716) 332-5162 if you have any questions about the ACT Boot Camp and test preparation.  
  • Advanced Physics IIb: 1900's Physics

    June 14 - June 25 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    $499
    For Nichols students who have completed 9th grade physics
     
    By the mid-1890s, physicists thought they understood almost everything and that "physics, as an experimental science, would be over soon." There were just a few questions left to answer. In attempting to answer these questions, many more questions came up and the answers were shocking and wonderful. They paved the way for 100 more years of physics experiments.  

    In this course, we will learn about quantum mechanics, relativity, nuclear physics and particle physics. All of these new ideas will be grounded in the foundational understanding of physics that are acquired in Physics I. We will devote two days to each topic. The format for each topic will be similar in style to the Advanced Physics I class. We will do short readings, many demonstrations and discussions, some lab work and some practice problems. The last two days will be used for students to do a research project on a relevant topic of their choice.  

    Students that successfully complete this course will earn a half-year Advanced Physics credit on their transcript. Please see the summer attendance and homework policies before registering to take this course.

    Financial aid for “for-credit” classes may be available to Nichols students who currently receive tuition aid. Please email Deena Andrews at dandrews@nicholsschool.org to determine if you qualify.

    Developed and directed by Nichols Physics teacher, Larry Hiller.
  • Creative Writing

    June 21 - 25 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    $295
    For all high school students
     
    The literary critic William Zinsser reminds us that “clear thinking becomes clear writing.” This class will examine great works of prose, poetry, visual art and music in order to produce personal pieces of clear, concise fiction and non-fiction. Students will saunter in nearby Delaware Park, visit a local art gallery, and listen to selections of music in order to add specific details to their collective imagination. Students will learn new ways to find inspiration for their writing, as well as time to revise previous work(s) if they choose.
     
    Developed and directed by Nichols School English teacher Chuck Ptak.
  • Driver Education

    July 6 - 29 from 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    $425
    For all students 16 years of age by July 6, 2021 who have a valid NYS learner permit or license

    Driver & Traffic Safety Education in New York State schools is a course implemented via a joint partnership between the New York State Education Department (NYSED), and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The Driver Education course is intended to educate students (age 16 or older) on appropriate driving skills and habits as well as playing a responsible role in the highway transportation/safety system. Course highlights include 24 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours of behind the wheel training and observation. Students who satisfactorily complete the course are eligible to receive the MV-285 Student Certificate of Completion.
     
    The MV-285 Student Certificate of Completion allows:
    1.    A NYS Junior Permit holder to schedule a road test,
    2.    Young drivers a possible reduction in automobile insurance cost (participation is dependent upon insurance provider participation), and 
    3.    A 17-year-old to receive a senior license (MV-285 form must be submitted to local DMV to attain this benefit). 

    ***Due to the COVID-19 restrictions on in-car instruction, the state is temporarily allowing a parent or guardian to supervise and instruct the 24 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Driving School instructors are not permitted to instruct this part of the program at this time.
     
    Nichols has partnered with Hoffman’s Driving Academy to provide the classroom instruction and prepare a parent syllabus to aid in the in-car instruction. All classroom sessions will be done in an online classroom. Hoffman’s is also offering optional, private driving lesson packages if you feel that your son or daughter needs some extra instruction.
     
    In order to receive credit for this program, students are required to attend ALL classroom sessions, satisfactorily complete all tests and quizzes and provide a signed attestation from a parent or guardian certifying that they have satisfactorily completed the in-car driving as outlined in the parent syllabus. Students that do not complete these requirements will not receive the M-285 certificate.
     
    Program Details
    •    Sixteen, 90-minute online classes from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. on the following dates: July 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
    •    24 hours of parent supervised, behind-the-wheel training to be completed by July 29.
    •    Applicants must have a valid NYS learner permit or driver license by the time the program starts.
    •    Participants must be available to attend all classroom sessions and fulfill the 24 hours of parent supervised in-car training. Athletics, camps, vacations or other outside commitments are NOT acceptable excuses for missing class. 
    •    The online classroom allows you to attend from anywhere you can get a stable internet connection.

    Optional, one-on-one private driving lesson packages from Hoffman’s Driving Academy are available. All lessons are 45 minutes and will meet at Nichols School before the online classroom. Please note: These private lessons cannot be substituted for the parent-supervised driving instruction.

    Program Cost
    •    Standard Driver Education program - $425.00
    •    Optional – Four sessions (3 hours) of Private Driving Instruction Sessions – Add $210.00 
    •    Optional – Eight sessions (6 hours) of Private Driving Instruction Sessions – Add $360.00 
    •    Optional – Ten sessions (8 hours) of Private Driving Instruction Sessions – Add $440.00

    Non-refundable credit card payment is due at registration. Optional driving lessons can be added at any time.

    ***There are only 36 spots available in this summer program. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Ryan at 716-332-6391 or jryan@nicholsschool.org.
  • Exploring Concepts in Drawing and Painting

    June 14 - July 28 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    $899
    For Nichols rising juniors and seniors
     
    In this full-credit course, students consider their own perception of their world, what they are trying to say about it and how to say it in their own voices. Tackling larger themes from multiple angles and mediums produces a rich and personal portfolio in this community-oriented space that embraces both mindfulness and creative risk. Multiple approaches to a topic will push the boundaries of concept, medium and technique. Students will develop observational skills, explore expressive mark making, use color theory and gain hands-on experience while creating a diverse and content rich portfolio. Students will also participate in a course-long collaborative artists book project with their classmates. Conceptual course themes may include ways of interpreting space, how artists connect to the natural world, narrative voice and ideas of identity. Students will be introduced to multicultural and historical means of art making as well as local artistic resources. 

    Please note: There will be no classes July 1-5, so students can enjoy the holiday weekend.

    Nichols students fulfill the required junior/senior art credit by taking this course. Please see the summer attendance and homework policies before registering to take this course.

    Financial aid for “for-credit” classes may be available to Nichols students who currently receive tuition aid. Please email Deena Andrews at dandrews@nicholsschool.org to determine if you qualify.

    Developed and directed by Nichols Upper School visual arts teacher Amanda Besl.
  • Middle School Academic Enrichment

    August 17 - 19 from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
    $150
    For Nichols students entering 5th and 6th grade

    Start the 2021-2022 school year on the right foot!

    This program is ideal for students that are new to Nichols or for those that want to shake off the "rust" and get ready for the new school year.

    The Academic Enrichment program includes:
    •    Study skills instruction
    •    Tips for staying organized
    •    Goal setting
    •    Team-building activities
    •    Summer work questions answered

    Developed and directed by Nichols Learning Specialist Julia Marthia
  • Middle School Golf Camp

    June 21 - 25 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    $395
    For boys and girls, ages 9-14

    If there is a sport that is the gift of a lifetime, it’s golf. Mastering its subtleties at a young age guarantees a lifetime of enjoyment. Treat your daughter or son to five days of practice range and on-course instruction at Bob-O-Link, Delaware Park and other area golf venues. At these unique facilities, our counselors will provide your child with instruction in putting, chipping and pitching, sand play, and the long game. Our camp also emphasizes etiquette, rules, and mechanics.

    On Wednesday, we kick back and visit Sheridan mini-golf for some putting fun on 3 unique courses. We then head to the Audubon Par-Three course, where we loop the nine-hole layout for the rest of the afternoon! Friday concludes with golf, a pizza party, and a celebration of the week.

    We offer convenient drop-off and pick-up at Nichols. Participants should have a basic set of golf clubs and equipment. We look forward to golfing with you this June!

    Developed and directed by Nichols golf coach Ronald Montesano.
  • Robotics Camp - FIRST Tech Challenge

    July 5 - 16 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    $395
    Enrollment limited to 16 students (entering grades 8-11) and 4 adults who would like to learn how to start an FTC program

    During this camp, participants will work together to design, build, program and deploy a robot designed to play the 2020-2021 FTC game: Ultimate Goal. Students will learn how to analyze games and develop a strategy. They will learn how to prototype ideas and design custom parts with CAD software. They will learn several principles of Mechanical and Electrical engineering as well as several fabrication techniques. Participants will also learn how to program their robot in JAVA. 

    On the last day of the camp, we are planning for a scrimmage in which the camp robot plays Ultimate Goal against several other FTC robots.   

    We also offer a special opportunity for adult coaches from other schools who are interested in starting their own FIRST Tech Challenge Team. Coaches will learn all of the skills and requirements to get your own program off the ground as you work alongside the students throughout the program. 

    Developed and directed by Nichols physics teacher Larry Hiller
  • SAT Boot Camp

    August 16 and 17 from 12:00 - 3:30 p.m.
    $295
    For all rising juniors and seniors who have completed Algebra 2

    Please contact Ms. Chris Hill at chill@nicholsschool.org before registering to discuss whether the SAT or ACT is the better test-prep path for you.

    This two-day SAT Boot Camp will help prepare students for the fall 2021 SAT tests. Students will learn effective strategies for time management, confidence building, goal setting, and techniques to help reduce test anxiety. All course materials are included in the registration fee.
     
    Students must register themselves to take the official SAT at Collegeboard.org. Testing fees are not included in the cost of the summer class. 
     
    This class is instructed by Ms. Chris Hill, Associate Director of College Counseling and Test Preparation Coordinator. Please contact Ms. Hill at chill@nicholsschool.org or (716) 332-5162 if you have any questions about the SAT Boot Camp and test preparation.  
  • Writing for the College Application Essay

    Session 1: June 15 - 17 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Session 2: June 22 - 24 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    $395
    For Nichols rising seniors

    This three-day course will guide students through the process of writing the College Application Essay. The goal of the course is to inspire students to generate an original, meaningful, and unique topic and produce a workable draft of the Personal Statement based on the 2020-2021 Common Application prompts.
    Students will be able to revise and hone their drafts throughout the summer months as they prepare to apply to college in the fall. The Optional COVID-19 Response will also be included in the course. Personal Statement drafts will be reviewed in detail by certified English Faculty Member and Associate Director of College Counseling Ms. Chris Hill.
     
    Please contact Ms. Hill at chill@nicholsschool.org or (716) 332-5162 with any questions about the College Essay course.

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