Campus Life

Summer At Nichols

List of 8 items.

  • ACT Review

    August 18, 19, and 20 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    $225
    For all rising seniors
     
    The ACT Review course is ideal for students taking the September 12 exam. The course consists of three intensive sessions, for six total hours of thorough and engaging preparation covering content from every section of the ACT. Students will be given a strong emphasis on mental readiness and time management techniques, and they will study blueprints for self-directed practice while establishing confident, flexible thinking as they prepare for the upcoming exam.

    All course materials are included in the enrollment fee, but students must register themselves to take the official ACT exam at www.actstudent.org. Testing fees are not included in the cost of the workshop.

    The course is directed by Brian Eldridge, a leading SAT/ACT tutor who has led many successful workshops for Nichols students. To learn more about Brian Eldridge, visit his website at http://www.couriercollegeprep.com/nichols/
  • Astronomy

    July 27 - August 7 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    $499.00
    Open to Nichols students who have completed Advanced Physics

    This class is designed for Nichols students who have already passed Advanced Physics. We will use physics concepts to study astronomy and cosmology. Topics to be covered include astronomical observation tools and methods, stellar physics, planetary physics and the structure and evolution of the universe. We will explore these concepts through short readings, lab work, discussions and classwork, all presented in a style consistent with the Advanced Physics course.

    This course provides an extra 0.5 credits of science on a Nichols transcript. Please see the summer attendance and homework policies below before registering to take this course.

    Developed and directed by Nichols physics teacher Larry Hiller.
     
    *** We are planning to run this program in a physical classroom environment. If current restrictions are not lifted and we are prohibited to meet in person, instruction for this class will shift to an online format and students will be required to work independently from home. Questions about this program may be directed to Mr. Hiller by email at lhiller@nicholsschool.org.

    Credit earning courses are the equivalent of a full- or half-year class at Nichols. In order to earn this credit on a transcript, students must attend class and be on time every day in a summer course. Excused absences will only be granted for illness or unexpected emergency situations. All other absences will be unexcused and may result in academic consequences including, but not limited to, grade penalties. Missing class for tournaments, family trips or appointments is not permitted. Three unexcused absences in a six-week course or one unexcused absence in a two-week course will result in a failing grade on the student’s transcript. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments in order to earn credit for a summer course.
  • Creative Writing

    June 22 – 26 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    $295
    Open to 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 walk around outside, visit art galleries online, and listen to selected 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 a time to revise previous work(s) if they choose.
     
    Developed and directed by Nichols English teacher Charles Ptak.

    *** Due to the current restrictions on gatherings, instruction for this class will be conducted online and students will work independently at home. Questions about this program can be directed to Mr. Ptak by email at cptak@nicholsschool.org
  • Driver's Education

    This program is pending State approval of this this type of activity. Please check back for updates.
  • Exploring Concepts in Drawing and Painting

    July 13 - August 21 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    $899.00
    Open to Nichols rising Juniors and Seniors

    This full-credit course embraces multiple approaches by pushing the boundaries of medium and technique, exploring ideas from multiple angles through visual communication. 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. Multiple drawing and painting mediums will be explored. Students will participate in class discussions, critiques and safe-distance group activities in addition to creating individual projects and keeping a visual journal.
     
    Shorter projects will introduce new concepts and build confidence before applying these ideas to extended student-driven works. Conceptual units may include ways of interpreting space, how artists connect to the natural world, narrative voice and ideas of identity through portraiture. Students will be introduced to multicultural and historical means of art-making as well as local artistic resources. \

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

    Developed and directed by Nichols Upper School visual arts teacher Amanda Besl.

    *** Due to the current restrictions on gatherings, instruction for this class will be conducted online and students will work independently at home. If restrictions are lifted, we may shift attendance for some or all of the remaining classes back to the physical classroom. Questions about this program can be directed to Ms. Besl by email at abesl@nicholsschool.org.

    Credit earning courses are the equivalent of a full- or half-year class at Nichols. In order to earn this credit on a transcript, students must attend class and be on time every day in a summer course. Excused absences will only be granted for illness or unexpected emergency situations. All other absences will be unexcused and may result in academic consequences including, but not limited to, grade penalties. Missing class for tournaments, family trips or appointments is not permitted. Three unexcused absences in a six-week course or one unexcused absence in a two-week course will result in a failing grade on the student’s transcript. Students are expected to complete all homework assignments in order to earn credit for a summer course.

  • Middle School Academic Enrichment

    August 11, 12, and 13 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    $150
    For Nichols students only - entering 5th and 6th grade

    Start the 2020-2021 school year on the right foot!

    Fifth and sixth grade students will participate in academic and team-building activities to support their transition to Nichols. Students will finish this three-day course inspired and energized for the school year ahead. This also provides an early experience for students who are new to Nichols to meet some of their classmates and get acclimated with the school environment.

    Developed and directed by Nichols Middle School Learning Specialist Julia Marthia.
  • SAT Review

    August 11, 12, and 13 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
    $225
    For all rising juniors and seniors

    The SAT Review course is ideal for students taking the August 29 exam or those that want a warm-up for the fall SAT or PSAT. The course consists of three intensive sessions, for six total hours of thorough and engaging preparation covering content from every section of the SAT. Students will be given a strong emphasis on mental readiness and time management techniques, and they will study blueprints for self-directed practice while establishing confident, flexible thinking as they prepare for the upcoming exam.

    All course materials are included in the enrollment fee, but students must register themselves to take the official SAT at www.collegeboard.org. Testing fees are not included in the cost of the workshop.
     
    The course is directed by Brian Eldridge, a leading SAT/ACT tutor who has led many successful workshops for Nichols students. To learn more about Brian Eldridge, visit his website at http://www.couriercollegeprep.com/nichols/
  • Writing for the College Application

    Program details are still being finalized. Please check back for updates.

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