STEM Middle School

IN PERSON EXAM - JULY 9, 2020

We are currently in the process of laying out the details for finals and will be communicating that information to all families as soon as possible. The safety of our students, faculty and staff is of the utmost importance to us and our plans will be in line with Alameda County health department guidelines to follow proper safety protocols.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we continue to work through coordinating plans for this situation.

NEW - Math Course 3

Instructor:    Ms. Ashley Courtney and Kimberly Carlson

Grade:             Successfully complete Grade 6 or 7 and complete Math Course 2 with a Grade
                          of B+ (86.5% or higher) each term.
Dates:              June 3 to July 9, 2020

Dates:       Session 1 – 13 Total Days
                    Week 1 - June 3 – June 5 (3 days)
                    Week 2 – June 8 – June 12 (5 days)
                    Week 3 – June 15 – June 19 (5 days)

                    Session 2 – 13 Today Days
                    Week 4 – June 22 – 26 (5 days)
                    Week 5 – June 29 – July 2  (4 days, Friday July 3 is a holiday)
                    Week 6 – July 6 – July 9 (4 days) No Class on Friday July 10

FINAL EXAM IS JULY 9, 2020 - Venue to be confirmed and the exam is in-person.


Math 3 Criteria

Course Content Outline:

  • Daily virtual lectures and student/teacher check-ins.
  • 2-3 assessments per week, based on unit topics.
  • Course will cover all the same material as the standard Course 3 and will include multiple daily assignments, formative assessments, and a final exam.

 

Materials:

  • Computer with a working webcam and microphone.
  • Reliable internet access and a smartphone to submit assignments digitally.
  • DUSD student email, which includes a Clever login to access some technology.
  • Binder paper, graph paper, pens/pencils/highlighters/erasers/…
  • Optional: access to a printer and scanner is not mandatory but is extremely beneficial!

 

Instruction:

  • Each day @9:00am, students are required to attend a virtual meeting, where attendance will be taken, daily agenda will be reviewed, and teachers will conduct a check for understanding.
  • Each day @11:00am, students are encouraged to attend a virtual check-in, to get help on the concepts covered so far.
  • Each day, no later than 12:30pm, students are required to attend a virtual meeting, no more than 60 minutes. The teacher will wrap up the day and/or administer assessments.
  • Each day, students will be provided lesson notes and practice problems on Google Classroom. These materials will provide students access to essential content and provide opportunities for students to learn and demonstrate their understanding.
  • Formal assessments throughout the 6-week course will be completed through Google Forms, Illuminate, or other platforms that are designed to give students feedback for improvement. The final exam will be an in-person, cumulative assessment.
  • Due to the online format of the course, students must be prepared to be more independent and take more ownership of their learning than they are used to in a traditional class setting.
    • Students are expected to complete the homework assignments before attending class the next day and come to class with questions ready about their homework assignments.
    • Teachers will support student learning during the hours of instruction and provide additional resources for student support outside of instructional hours.
    • Students are encouraged to advocate for themselves and ask questions to their instructors.
    • Parents can support their students by actively communicating with their student and enrolling in daily Guardian Summaries in Google Classroom to get a daily snapshot of how their students are doing.
  • Students should not expect to have access to their teacher outside of the instructional hours (9:00 AM to 1:00 PM) on days of instruction.
  • Teachers will respond to parent emails between the hours of 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on days of instruction.

 

Assessments and Grading:

  • 20% of a student’s grade will consist of completing daily coursework.
    • Students will receive immediate feedback on accuracy for assignments completed through IXL.
    • Students will have access to answer keys so that they can verify their solutions for worksheets assigned via Google Classroom.
    • No late work will be accepted for credit after 6/5. 

  • 80% of a student’s grade will consist of a COMPREHENSIVE FINAL IN-PERSON EXAM. This in-person exam will be held on July 9 or when the shelter-in-place is lifted and students may not be absent on exam day. In the event that the shelter-in-place is not lifted prior to the following academic year, students will be required to complete an online final during which they must have a smartphone available to film their surroundings. More details regarding testing procedures will be provided in the event that the shelter-in-place is not lifted prior to the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Recommendations into Algebra 1:

  • During the fourth quarter of this academic year, students have missed key math Course 2 concepts. It is important to note that this material will not be covered or reviewed in either DPIE Course 3 nor Algebra 1. Students are responsible for completing all distance learning assignments assigned by their math Course 2 teachers if they expect to successfully accelerate through the math progression.
  • In order to earn a recommendation into Algebra 1, students must earn a minimum of 86.5% on their final exam in DPIE’s Math Course 3.
  • Due to the distance-learning nature of the course and the fact that only one assessment will be given in-person, a single identical grade will be awarded for both semesters.

 

Academic Honesty:

  • Students are expected to adhere to the academic honesty policy with regards to assessments, just as if they were in a physical classroom.
  • This policy prohibits the use of unapproved devices (cell phones, computers, certain types of calculators, etc.) and requires that students complete their own work without the help of other students, family members, or outside resources such as their notes, textbook, or online resources.
  • Any violation of the policies outlined is grounds for immediate removal from the course, with no refund offered.



Instructor:        Licensed Instructor from Gurus Education
Grade Level:     6 - 8
Dates:                 June 29 – July 3
Time:                  9:00 – 11:00 am
Duration:          2 hours
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $165 per week 

This is an exciting summer camp where the students will pick topics to do their research and then present their ideas TED talk style in the class. The topics will cover a wide range of issues from global to local matters. The students will discuss some of the TED Talks and their speakers’ presentation styles. Watching children their age give real-time TED talks can be very inspiring to students. On the last day, they will put up a TEDx style event.

Our goal is to develop well-rounded individuals!

PLEASE NOTE: Material covered in this session will vary from that covered in the previous session.

Enrollment OPEN

Due to the continuing changes we are facing due to COVID-19, we have decided this year, after recommendations from parents and discussions with our instructors, to move the Middle School Summer Program to an online format.  Please click on the name of the courses for more information and to enroll.

Instructor:        Jim Parsons, Fallon Teacher
Grade Level:     6 - 8
Dates:                Monday – Friday, June 8 – 19
Time:                  9am – 11am
Location:           Online
Tuition:               $260 

This summer, from the comfort of their home, students will learn foundational computer science concepts. We will be writing apps, creating websites, and making games all for your Android tablet or phone. Using the user-friendly MIT App Inventor's coding environment and Android tablets students are going to create a variety of games, with plenty of room for student creativity! Prior programming experience is not necessary.

How the class will look:

  • 30 - 60 Minute Review, Lesson of new Material, Preview and Directions of Project
  • 30 - 60 Minutes of Independent Project time with ability to ask questions
  • 15 - 30 Minutes of Review, explanations, presentations, and preview upcoming lessons, to end class.

 

Students will need: 

  • Computer or Chromebook with browser
  • Android device with AI Companion
  • Google ID

 

Things to consider:

  • Each Student will need an Android device, cannot be an IPad
  • Must have internet access to be able to complete projects

 

Big Picture Ideas: 

  • Creating a website using google accounts
  • Creating Games with Scratch
  • Creating Apps using MIT App Creator

Instructor:        Karen Brown, Former Fallon Teacher
Grade Level:     6 - 8
Dates:                 Monday – Friday, June 8 – 19
Time:                  9am - 11am
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $260                       

In the Design and Modeling (DM) unit, students are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students also learn 3D sketching and computer modeling software to create images of their designs. Students are challenged and empowered to design several prototypes that include an ankle foot brace, a skimmer, a puzzle cube and a therapeutic toy. 

Instructor:        Sara Quintero, Wells Middle School Teacher
Grade Level:     7 - 8
Dates:                 6/8, 6/9, 6/10, 6/11, 6/15, 6/16, 6/18, 6/22, 6/23, 6/24, 6/25
Time:                  10am
Duration:          1 hour
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $165 

Have you always enjoyed the unusual and mysterious? If so, in this summer writing course you will be exploring the "odd" and the "supernatural"  while writing your own Horror story! Students will be learning about, reading and listening to several examples of the Horror genre. With the help of these examples, students will brainstorm, outline and draft their own five part Horror story. Students will also have the opportunity to practice editing and revising their work and at the end of the course,  will be able to share what they have created.

Instructor:        Karen Brown, Former Fallon Teacher
Grade Level:     6 - 8
Dates:                  Monday – Friday, June 8 – June 19
Time:                   1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location:            Online
Tuition:               $260   

Have you noticed how your heart rate and breathing rate work together?  Do you wonder how doctors diagnose illnesses or how scientists pinpoint the cause of food poisoning?  During this course, we will explore these ideas and more as we play the role of medical detectives to collect and analyze medical data to study and diagnose diseases.  We will measure vital signs, examine the nervous system structure and function, study patterns of genetic diseases and inheritance, and investigate disease outbreaks. The course is designed for 1 hour online interactive lesson and 1 hour student activity online with teacher available for assistance.

Instructor:        Sabrina Britton, Wells Middle School Teacher
Grade Level:      6
Dates:                  6/8, 6/9, 6/11, 6/15, 6/16, 6/18, 6/22, 6/23, 6/24, 6/25
Time:                   9:00am
Duration:           1 hour
Location:           Online
Tuition:              $165                       

Do you want to get a jumpstart on Sixth Grade English/Language Arts by learning reading and writing strategies to help you prepare for the year ahead? Join us on a summer reading and writing journey that will enhance your literacy skills before you start middle school. During this course, we will explore the elements of a story, engage in writing to inform, and practice using evidence to write and support claims.

Instructor:        Licensed Instructor from Monkey Bear Yoga
Grade Level:     6 - 8
Dates:                  6/8, 6/9, 6/10, 6/11, 6/15/ 6/16, 6/17, 6/18
Time:                   11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Duration:           1 hour
Location:            Online
Tuition:               $135

Yoga literally means “union”. Yoga unites mind, body, and breath. The practice of yoga brings heightened awareness of our physical self-mind and the breath. Yoga’s benefits are immense. There are numerous physical benefits such as increased strength and flexibility. Practicing yoga poses also develops patience and concentration. Most importantly, the connection between mind and body are deepened in the practice of yoga. Stress is greatly reduced with a regular yoga practice. We are faced with an ever-changing world. Yoga gives teens the tools to cope with their emotions and feel in control of themselves. Finding a sense of empowerment can spark joy and a lifelong desire to live a balanced life.

  • Yoga is all encompassing- anyone at any physical ability can practice. 
  • Yoga fosters a sense of self and community. 
  • Yoga will teach our children to stop and think before reacting.  
  • Yoga increases focus and concentration
  • Yoga will reduce overall stress
  • Yoga sparks joy!

Enrollment OPEN

Summer Dates

  • Monday, June 8 – Thursday, June 25 

  • Math Course 3 - Wednesday, June 3 - Thursday, July 9 

Cost of Middle School Courses – Enroll Early and Save!

Most Three Week Courses

  • $425 – May 18 – June 3 for Session 1
  • $425 – May 18 - June 22 for Session 2

NEW - Math Course 3

  • $1,080 – May 18 - June 3

UPDATE: SUMMER MATH COURSE 3 as of 03/04/2020 

 MATH COURSE 3 APPROVAL LINK IS NOW LIVE

All students who meet the enrollment criteria (table below), will need to submit a request for approval from Dublin Unified School District. For the approval link - Click Here or use above link. Families who enroll their children in Math Course 3 without having received approval from DUSD staff risk losing their DPIE enrollment fees as there is a strict NO REFUND POLICY.
Math 3 Criteria

The Math Course 3 Approval link is now live.  DUSD staff will begin notifying families of approvals via email beginning on Tuesday, March 3.  You will receive an email from DUSD letting you know whether or not your child is approved to take Math Course 3 with DPIE in the summer.

THE ENROLLMENT LINK IS NOW LIVE - CLICK HERE.

What if my student does well on the Spring Math Assessment? - CLICK HERE.

Summer Program Location, Dates & Times

Location

  • Fallon Middle School
    3601 Kohnen Way
    Dublin, CA 94568

Dates

  • Session 1  - Wednesday, June 3 – Friday, June 19 (13 days)
  • Session 2  - Monday, June 22 – Thursday, July 9 (13 days, No class on Friday July 3)
  • Math Course 3 - Wednesday, June 3 - Thursday, July 9 
  • Actors Class - Wednesday, June 3 - Thursday, July 9


Class Times/Schedule for most classes

  • 8:00am – 10:20am             - EARLY morning class
  • 10.20am to 10.40am         - BREAK
  • 10.40am to 1pm                 - LATE morning class

Actors Workshop - Six Week Course
- 8:40 am – 1:00 pm - 4 hours daily, 20 minute break during class session

Math Course 3 - Six Week Course
- 8:00am - 1:00pm - 5 hours daily, 20 minute break during class session

Who Can Enroll in the DPIE STEM Middle School Summer Academy?

Enrollment is open to Dublin students and anyone from surrounding districts can choose to enroll in courses that are of interest to them.

How many courses may a student take in the DPIE STEM Middle School Summer Academy?

Students may enroll in as few as one class per session and as many as two classes in each session.  If a student participates in both sessions 1 and 2, they could feasibly enroll in up to four classes in total.

Actors' Workshop - 6 Week Course

Instructor:    Ms. Katt DeLapp, Drama Teacher from Dublin High School
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th Graders
Time:              8.40am – 1.00pm

PURPOSE: To expose students to high school level acting skills and activities. To excite them about the high school level drama course offerings. To prepare them with audition, professionalism, and scene work skills necessary to advance in their artistry. To afford Dublin students the opportunity to audition for Drama 2, bypassing the prerequisite course of Drama 1 at Dublin High School in the fall.

During this six-week course actors will work on communication, improvisation, physical storytelling skills, memorization techniques, script analysis, performance and audition skills, and rehearsal techniques for scene work and monologues. They will have two formal performances by the conclusion of the course. See below for a week by week course breakdown.

WK 1 = Welcome, Ensemble Building, Communication, Improvisation Skills, Physical Theatre
WK 2 = Script Analysis, Characterization, Memorization Techniques, Blocking a Scene
WK 3 = Rehearse Behaviors/ Techniques, Listening & Responding
WK 4 = Peer Critiquing, Scene Performances, Monologue Selection, Scoring a Script
WK 5 = Memorization, Emotional Work, Peer Rehearsal and FeedbackWK 6 = Audition Skills, Workshop Monologues, Final Performances

Enrollment - Waitlist*

Session 1 - ARCHERY For Everyone!

Instructor:    Mr. Eric Lamonica, Fallon Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th graders
Time:             10.40am – 1pm

Come try archery!  This sport is a great activity that doesn’t discriminate based size, gender, athletic skills, popularity or academic ability.

In Archery your child will participate in a fun and fast-growing sport, develop strong problem solving skills, increase focus and determination, learn goal setting, build confidence and discipline and create friendships that will last a lifetime. Whether your child's interest is purely recreational or has Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship dreams, this class is tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals. 

In this class students will learn the basic equipment used for archery, practice components for nocking, drawing, aiming and shooting on targets, practice scoring and retrieving arrows. learn basic rules and etiquette of target archery, practice stretching and warming up specifically for archery and be encouraged to continue participation in Archery for its recreational, health, fitness and social benefits. It’s a great way to try out this fun and exciting sport.

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 1 - Automation & Robotics

Instructor:   Mr. Jim Parsons, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:            8am – 10.20am

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 1 - Beginning Your Writing Journey

Instructor:   Ms Sara Quintero, Wells English Teacher
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:            10.40am – 1pm

In this summer writing course, you will be exploring different genres of writing, through both reading and writing, as well as the other necessary elements needed to improve your writing and composition skills. Genres to be studied include Memoirs, Poetry, Fictional Narratives, and Argumentative writing. The course will also cover techniques to become a better writer including word choice, dialogue, sensory language, sentence structure, and editing and revising. Through this course’s writing, thinking, and discussion, you will become a better reader, writer, and thinker.

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 1 - Computer Science for Innovators and Makers

Instructor:     Mr. Kyle Voeller, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade:            Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:              8am – 10.20am

This unit will allow students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They will design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life. Physical computing projects will promote student awareness of interactive systems, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and broaden their understanding of abstract computer science concepts through meaningful and authentic applications.

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 1 - Computer Science for Innovators and Makers

Instructor:     Mr. Kyle Voeller, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade:            Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:              10.40am – 1pm

This unit will allow students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They will design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life. Physical computing projects will promote student awareness of interactive systems, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and broaden their understanding of abstract computer science concepts through meaningful and authentic applications.

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 1 - Design & Modeling

Instructor:     Ms. Karen Brown, Fallon Science & Technology Teacher
Grade:            Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:              10.40am – 1pm

In the Design and Modeling (DM) unit, students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and procedure a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design several prototypes that include a balloon powered toy car and a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy. 

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 1 - Introduction to App Design

Instructor:    Mr Jim Parsons, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:            10.40am – 1pm 

Students will learn foundational computer science concepts through writing apps for phones and tablets. We'll use MIT App Inventor's coding environment and Android tablets to create a variety of games, with plenty of room for student creativity! Prior programming experience is not necessary.

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 1 - The Science of Forensics using Physics, Chemisty and Biology

Instructor:    Ms. Karen Brown, Fallon Science & Technology Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:             8am – 10.20am

There’s a lot of science to solving crimes.  Under the direction of Fallon Science Teacher, Karen Brown, students will learn how to use physics, chemistry, and biology to investigate the clues left behind to solve the mysteries and puzzles of crime scenes.  Be prepared for teamwork, creative thinking, labs, and lots of fun in this quick-paced crime-solving course. Students will come to learn how using science and the scientific method will help them solve real world mysteries.

Enrollment - Waitlist*

Session 1 - Introduction to Video Production

Instructor:    Ms Christina De Melo – Fallon Language Arts, History & Technology Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th graders
Time:             8am – 10.20am

This introductory class is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of multimedia and video.  Students are engaged in hands-on experiences, use communications skills, and develop strategies to learn the basics of video pre-production, production, and post-production. Additionally, students will learn how to use the green screen, create a commercial and father's day project for the special male role model in the students' life. 

Enrollment - Waitlist*

Session 1 - Introduction to Video Production

Instructor:    Ms Christina De Melo – Fallon Language Arts, History & Technology Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th graders
Time:             10.40am – 1pm

This introductory class is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of multimedia and video.  Students are engaged in hands-on experiences, use communications skills, and develop strategies to learn the basics of video pre-production, production, and post-production. Additionally, students will learn how to use the green screen, create a commercial and father's day project for the special male role model in the students' life. 

Enrollment - Waitlist*

Session 1 - Let’s Play CRICKET!

Instructor:    Mr. Eric Lamonica, Fallon Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th graders
Time:             8am – 10.20am

Come play Cricket! Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world and the fastest growing sport in the Bay Area. This class will introduce students to a wide range of skills including bowling, fielding and batting. In this class students will develop an understanding of these batting and fielding skills, and be encouraged to implement these skills into realistic scrimmages and game-play situations.  Each day ends with small-sided games where the coaches encourage good sportsmanship and teamwork.

The class is appropriate for players ranging from beginners, to those already well versed in the sport of cricket. It’s a great way to try this fun and exciting sport while ensuring all players flourish in a positive learning environment while having a great time!

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 1 - Minecraft Modding and Game Design

Instructor:     Code to the Future Company
Grade:            Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:              10.40am – 1pm 

Anyone can develop their computer coding skills in this exhilarating class! Begin your coding journey with a crash course in Scratch, a block-based program developed at MIT that opens the door for endless possibilities in programming! Complete projects like video games and digital stories, from beginner-level to advanced, and choose your own theme – from Luke in Star Wars to the voyager Moana! Students will also take time to step away from the screen and engage in “unplugged” activities like Crack the Code and Robot Commander to further enhance their computational thinking skills. Finally, after getting familiar with Scratch you will transition to learning the most in-demand programming language, Java, through Minecraft!  Design and add your own sword, pickaxe, and armor to the game while learning about packages, class files, and the syntax needed to build your awesome mod!

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 1 - Writing is an Exploration

Instructor:   Ms Sara Quintero, Wells English Teacher
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:            8am – 10.20am

"Writing is an Exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” –E. L. Doctorow.

In this summer writing course, you will be exploring different genres of writing, through both reading and writing, as well as the other necessary elements needed to improve your writing and composition skills. Genres to be studied will include Memoirs, Poetry, Mysteries, Fairy Tales, Journalism, etc. The course will also cover techniques to become a better writer including word choice, dialogue, sensory language, sentence structure, and editing and revising. Through this course’s writing, thinking, and discussion, you will become a better reader, writer, and thinker.

Enrollment - Waitlist*

Session 2 - ARCHERY For Everyone!

Instructor:    Mr. Eric Lamonica, Fallon Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th graders
Time:             10.40am – 1pm

Come try archery!  This sport is a great activity that doesn’t discriminate based size, gender, athletic skills, popularity or academic ability.

In Archery your child will participate in a fun and fast-growing sport, develop strong problem solving skills, increase focus and determination, learn goal setting, build confidence and discipline and create friendships that will last a lifetime. Whether your child's interest is purely recreational or has Olympic, Paralympic or World Championship dreams, this class is tailored to help the young archer achieve their goals. 

In this class students will learn the basic equipment used for archery, practice components for nocking, drawing, aiming and shooting on targets, practice scoring and retrieving arrows. learn basic rules and etiquette of target archery, practice stretching and warming up specifically for archery and be encouraged to continue participation in Archery for its recreational, health, fitness and social benefits. It’s a great way to try out this fun and exciting sport.

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 2 - Automation & Robotics

Instructor:   Mr. Jim Parsons, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:            10.40am – 1pm

Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems. Students use the VEX Robotics® platform to design, build, and program real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 2 - Beginning Your Writing Journey

Instructor:   Ms Sara Quintero, Wells English Teacher
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:            8am – 10.20am

In this summer writing course, you will be exploring different genres of writing, through both reading and writing, as well as the other necessary elements needed to improve your writing and composition skills. Genres to be studied include Memoirs, Poetry, Fictional Narratives, and Argumentative writing. The course will also cover techniques to become a better writer including word choice, dialogue, sensory language, sentence structure, and editing and revising. Through this course’s writing, thinking, and discussion, you will become a better reader, writer, and thinker.

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 2 - Design & Modeling

Instructor:     Mr. Gabe Manalac, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade:            Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:              8am – 10.20am

In the Design and Modeling (DM) unit, students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and procedure a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design several prototypes that include a balloon powered toy car and a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy. 

Enrollment - Waitlist*

SESSION 2 - Design & Modeling

Instructor:     Mr. Gabe Manalac, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade:            Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:              10.40am – 1pm

In the Design and Modeling (DM) unit, students begin to recognize the value of an engineering notebook to document and capture their ideas. They are introduced to and use the design process to solve problems and understand the influence that creative and innovative design has on our lives. Students use industry standard 3D modeling software to create a virtual image of their designs and procedure a portfolio to showcase their creative solutions. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design several prototypes that include a balloon powered toy car and a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy. 

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SESSION 2 - Introduction to App Design

Instructor:   Mr Jim Parsons, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:             8am  – 10.20am 

Students will learn foundational computer science concepts through writing apps for phones and tablets. We'll use MIT App Inventor's coding environment and Android tablets to create a variety of games, with plenty of room for student creativity! Prior programming experience is not necessary.

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Session 2 - Let’s Play CRICKET!

Instructor:    Mr. Eric Lamonica, Fallon Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th graders
Time:             8am – 10.20am

Come play Cricket! Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the world and the fastest growing sport in the Bay Area. This class will introduce students to a wide range of skills including bowling, fielding and batting. In this class students will develop an understanding of these batting and fielding skills, and be encouraged to implement these skills into realistic scrimmages and game-play situations.  Each day ends with small-sided games where the coaches encourage good sportsmanship and teamwork.

The class is appropriate for players ranging from beginners, to those already well versed in the sport of cricket. It’s a great way to try this fun and exciting sport while ensuring all players flourish in a positive learning environment while having a great time!

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SESSION 2 - Medical Detectives

Instructor:    Ms. Karen Brown, Fallon Science & Technology Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:             8am – 10.20am

Have you noticed how your heart rate and breathing rate work together?  Do you wonder how doctors diagnose illnesses or how scientists pinpoint the cause of food poisoning?  During this course, we will explore these ideas and more as we play the role of medical detectives to collect and analyze medical data to study and diagnose diseases.  Through labs and projects, we will measure vital signs, examine the nervous system structure and function, study patterns of genetic diseases and inheritance, and investigate disease outbreaks.    

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SESSION 2 - Minecraft Modding and Game Design

Instructor:     Code to the Future Company
Grade:            Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:              10.40am – 1pm 

Anyone can develop their computer coding skills in this exhilarating class! Begin your coding journey with a crash course in Scratch, a block-based program developed at MIT that opens the door for endless possibilities in programming! Complete projects like video games and digital stories, from beginner-level to advanced, and choose your own theme – from Luke in Star Wars to the voyager Moana! Students will also take time to step away from the screen and engage in “unplugged” activities like Crack the Code and Robot Commander to further enhance their computational thinking skills. Finally, after getting familiar with Scratch you will transition to learning the most in-demand programming language, Java, through Minecraft!  Design and add your own sword, pickaxe, and armor to the game while learning about packages, class files, and the syntax needed to build your awesome mod!

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SESSION 2 - The Science of Forensics using Physics, Chemisty and Biology

Instructor:    Ms. Karen Brown, Fallon Science & Technology Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:             10.40am – 1pm

There’s a lot of science to solving crimes.  Under the direction of Fallon Science Teacher, Karen Brown, students will learn how to use physics, chemistry, and biology to investigate the clues left behind to solve the mysteries and puzzles of crime scenes.  Be prepared for teamwork, creative thinking, labs, and lots of fun in this quick-paced crime-solving course. Students will come to learn how using science and the scientific method will help them solve real world mysteries.

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SESSION 2 - Writing is an Exploration

Instructor:   Ms Sara Quintero, Wells English Teacher
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:            10.40am – 1pm

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.” –E. L. Doctorow.

In this summer writing course, you will be exploring different genres of writing, through both reading and writing, as well as the other necessary elements needed to improve your writing and composition skills. Genres to be studied will include Memoirs, Poetry, Mysteries, Fairy Tales, Journalism, etc. The course will also cover techniques to become a better writer including word choice, dialogue, sensory language, sentence structure, and editing and revising. Through this course’s writing, thinking, and discussion, you will become a better reader, writer, and thinker.

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SESSION 2 - Project Based Math – Hands On Math

Instructor:   Ms. Megan Wasson, Fallon Math Teacher  
Grade:          Rising 6th & 7th Graders
Time:            8.30am – 10.45am

When is the last time you baked a dessert or painted a picture?  Have you ever played a game of chance? Do you enjoy watching or playing sports?  Everyday math is used in the real-world to accomplish a task. For example, cooking and baking requires understanding of fractions and conversions; many games require an understanding of probability; sports’ players are constantly having their statistics analyzed through percentages and averages; and even the creation of a painting or beautiful piece of artwork can require the use of ratios, scale, or geometric figures.  

The DPIE course “Math in the Real World” allows students to apply foundational math skills to real-world activities. Students will be practicing major foundational skills like fraction and decimal operations, portion conversions, and other mathematical skills that are necessary for success in middle school math courses. This is not a traditional math class. Instead, we have designed a project-based course that requires students to collaborate and communicate with each other in order to produce a product or complete an activity.  Overall, “Math in the Real World” is an opportunity for your student to apply both important math concepts and 21st century skills in an engaging way.

Enrollment Open

SESSION 2 - Project Based Math – Hands On Math

Instructor:   Ms. Megan Wasson, Fallon Math Teacher  
Grade:          Rising 6th & 7th Graders
Time:            11am – 1.15pm

When is the last time you baked a dessert or painted a picture?  Have you ever played a game of chance? Do you enjoy watching or playing sports?  Everyday math is used in the real-world to accomplish a task. For example, cooking and baking requires understanding of fractions and conversions; many games require an understanding of probability; sports’ players are constantly having their statistics analyzed through percentages and averages; and even the creation of a painting or beautiful piece of artwork can require the use of ratios, scale, or geometric figures.  

The DPIE course “Math in the Real World” allows students to apply foundational math skills to real-world activities. Students will be practicing major foundational skills like fraction and decimal operations, portion conversions, and other mathematical skills that are necessary for success in middle school math courses. This is not a traditional math class. Instead, we have designed a project-based course that requires students to collaborate and communicate with each other in order to produce a product or complete an activity.  Overall, “Math in the Real World” is an opportunity for your student to apply both important math concepts and 21st century skills in an engaging way.

Enrollment Open

SESSION 2 - The Science of Forensics using Physics, Chemisty and Biology

Instructor:    Ms. Karen Brown, Fallon Science & Technology Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:             8.30am – 10.45am

There’s a lot of science to solving crimes.  Under the direction of Fallon Science Teacher, Karen Brown, students will learn how to use physics, chemistry, and biology to investigate the clues left behind to solve the mysteries and puzzles of crime scenes.  Be prepared for teamwork, creative thinking, labs, and lots of fun in this quick-paced crime-solving course. Students will come to learn how using science and the scientific method will help them solve real world mysteries.

Enrollment Open

SESSION 2 - Beginning Dance Intensive

Instructor:   Ms. Sharlene Sabonis, Dance Teacher at Dublin High School
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:            11am – 1.15pm 

PURPOSE: To expose students to beginning level Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop technique.To excite them about the high school level dance course offerings.

Students will learn the basic fundamentals of dance. Students will increase their range of flexibility and learn the fundamental technique of ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop.  Students will learn the basic vocabulary of dance. Class will include a detailed warm-up, conditioning exercises for dancers, technique across the floor, and choreography.

INSTRUCTOR: Dublin High Dance Teacher, Ms. Sharlene Sabonis - Ms. Sabonis is a member of the National Dance Education Association and California Dance Education Association and brings 16 years of professional dance experience into her classroom. She teaches and choreographs a variety of dancing styles including Jazz, Hip Hop & Visual Rhythm.

MATERIALS: Dance or Athletic attire, dance shoes/bare feet, Water Bottle

Enrollment Open

Session 2 - Mindful Movement – Yoga for Middle School

Instructor:     Ms. Sharlene Sabonis, Dublin High Dance & Yoga Teacher
Grade:            Rising 6th, 7th & 8th graders
Time:              8.30am – 10.45am 

In this class, students will utilize yoga practices to become more physically, mentally, energetically, and emotionally fit. Yoga means union, and refers to the union of the body, mind, and breath as well as connecting to the community. The emphasis in this class will be Asana practice which refers to poses and postures designed to develop flexibility, muscular strength and endurance. Emphasis will be placed on correct alignment and safe practice. Yoga students will learn concepts of physical fitness, identify stress reduction techniques through meditation and Pranayama (breathing techniques).

The student will:

  • Participate in daily Asana and Pranayama
  • Improve physical and mental health
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve focus and school performance

Enrollment Open

SESSION 2 - Leadership Course

Instructor:      Ms. Sara Longyear, Wells Teacher
Grade:            Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:              8.30am – 10.45am

The DPIE STEM Enrichment Academy Leadership class is focused on preparing students for leadership in high school and leadership opportunities in the workplace.  The class will offer every student the opportunity to develop speaking and writing skills, to team-build with people of different backgrounds and attitudes, and to experience community service as they take part in interactive and critical thinking-based activities. The curriculum will challenge them to build skills through collaboration and cooperation. 

Enrollment Open

SESSION 1 - Beginning Dance Intensive

Instructor:   Ms. Sharlene Sabonis, Dance Teacher at Dublin High School
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:            11am – 1.15pm 

PURPOSE: To expose students to beginning level Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip-Hop technique.To excite them about the high school level dance course offerings.

Students will learn the basic fundamentals of dance. Students will increase their range of flexibility and learn the fundamental technique of ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop.  Students will learn the basic vocabulary of dance. Class will include a detailed warm-up, conditioning exercises for dancers, technique across the floor, and choreography.

INSTRUCTOR: Dublin High Dance Teacher, Ms. Sharlene Sabonis - Ms. Sabonis is a member of the National Dance Education Association and California Dance Education Association and brings 16 years of professional dance experience into her classroom. She teaches and choreographs a variety of dancing styles including Jazz, Hip Hop & Visual Rhythm.

MATERIALS: Dance or Athletic attire, dance shoes/bare feet, Water Bottle

Enrollment Open

Session 1 - Bridge to Algebra 1

Instructor:   Ms Ashley Courtney, Math Teacher, Wells Middle School
                      Ms LeeAnn Macciola, Math Teacher
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:             8.30am – 1.15pm
Grade Level: Incoming 8th grade students who have maintained an A average in Course 2.|
Prerequisite:  Completion of a year-long course covering Course 2 (having maintained an A average) or Course 2/3 standards.

Designed to fulfill an identified gap by increasing depth of understanding of critical algebraic and number sense skills as well as expose advanced Course 2 students to Course 3 standards and practices. This course targets students who have strong number sense and algebraic skills and are interested in more exposure to algebraic practices before attempting an Algebra 1 course. Students must have successfully completed a year-long math course that covers the 7th grade common core math standards (Course 2 or Course 2/3).  This course will explore linear algebra concepts through contextual means to provide students the necessary background for success in an Algebra 1 course.  The topics will cover the key standards from a year-long common core 8th grade math course with a focus on application.  These topics include simplifying complex expressions within the real number system, solving complex one-variable equations, and graphing, writing, using, and interpreting equations of a line all within the context of complex, exploratory situations.  The goal is not only to learn algebraic processes but to understand in depth when and why they are used.

Enrollment Open

BRIDGE TO ALGEBRA - Maths Placement Test
There are three dates available and it is encouraged that you register for your preferred date.
Friday, June 21st - 9am to 12 noon
Friday, July 12th - 9am to 12 noon
Tuesday, July 30th - 9am to 12 noon
Where -  All the tests will take place at Fallon Middle School in H Building.
RegisterPlease click here to register for your preferred date

Session 1 - Mindful Movement – Yoga for Middle School

Instructor:     Ms. Sharlene Sabonis, Dublin High Dance & Yoga Teacher
Grade:            Rising 6th, 7th & 8th graders
Time:              8.30am – 10.45am 

In this class, students will utilize yoga practices to become more physically, mentally, energetically, and emotionally fit. Yoga means union, and refers to the union of the body, mind, and breath as well as connecting to the community. The emphasis in this class will be Asana practice which refers to poses and postures designed to develop flexibility, muscular strength and endurance. Emphasis will be placed on correct alignment and safe practice. Yoga students will learn concepts of physical fitness, identify stress reduction techniques through meditation and Pranayama (breathing techniques).

The student will:

  • Participate in daily Asana and Pranayama
  • Improve physical and mental health
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Improve focus and school performance

Enrollment Open

SESSION 1 - Web Design & Effective Writing

Instructor:   Ms Amanda Werner, Fallon English & Technology Teacher
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:            11am – 1.15pm 

In this course students will build their own website and publish their own outstanding writing. Students will use Weebly to publish writing that engages a real audience. Students will learn basic CSS and HTML. They will also learn crucial writing skills like generating ideas, developing a claim statement, organizing writing, formatting, elaboration, revision and editing. This course requires students to problem solve, collaborate, communicate, write a ton and have some fun.

Enrollment Open

SESSION 1 - Web Design & Effective Writing

Instructor:   Ms Amanda Werner, Fallon English & Technology Teacher
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:            8.30am – 10.45am 

In this course students will build their own website and publish their own outstanding writing. Students will use Weebly to publish writing that engages a real audience. Students will learn basic CSS and HTML. They will also learn crucial writing skills like generating ideas, developing a claim statement, organizing writing, formatting, elaboration, revision and editing. This course requires students to problem solve, collaborate, communicate, write a ton and have some fun.

Enrollment Open

SESSION 2 - Introduction to Video Production

Instructor:    Ms Christina De Melo – Fallon Language Arts, History & Technology Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th graders
Time:             8.30am – 10.45am

This introductory class is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of multimedia and video.  Students are engaged in hands-on experiences, use communications skills, and develop strategies to learn the basics of video pre-production, production, and post-production.  

Enrollment Open

SESSION 2 - Advanced Web Design & Effective Writing

Instructor:       Ms Amanda Werner, Fallon English & Technology Teacher
Grade:              Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:                11am – 1:15 pm
Prerequisite:   Successful completion of Web Design & Effective Writing class in Session 1.

Course Description: In this course students will learn how to use their website to build a business by writing and publishing an E-book on their newly created website. They will learn about the process of publishing an E-book and marketing it. Students will learn advanced CSS and HTML. They will gain crucial writing skills like developing an idea for a book, organizing a table of contents, researching, formatting, elaboration, revision, editing and writing stamina. This course requires successful completion of Web Design and Writing.

Enrollment Open

SESSION 2 - Web Design & Effective Writing

Instructor:   Ms Amanda Werner, Fallon English & Technology Teacher
Grade:          Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:            8.30am – 10.45am 

In this course students will build their own website and publish their own outstanding writing. Students will use Weebly to publish writing that engages a real audience. Students will learn basic CSS and HTML. They will also learn crucial writing skills like generating ideas, developing a claim statement, organizing writing, formatting, elaboration, revision and editing. This course requires students to problem solve, collaborate, communicate, write a ton and have some fun.

Enrollment Open

SESSION 2 - Computer Science for Innovators and Makers

Instructor:     Mr. Kyle Voeller, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade:            Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:              8.30am – 10.45am

This unit will allow students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They will design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life. Physical computing projects will promote student awareness of interactive systems, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and broaden their understanding of abstract computer science concepts through meaningful and authentic applications.

Enrollment Open

SESSION 2 - Computer Science for Innovators and Makers

Instructor:     Mr. Kyle Voeller, Fallon Technology Teacher
Grade:            Rising 6th, 7th & 8th
Time:              11am - 1.15pm

This unit will allow students to discover computer science concepts and skills by creating personally relevant, tangible, and shareable projects. Throughout the unit, students will learn about programming for the physical world by blending hardware design and software development. They will design and develop a physical computing device, interactive art installation, or wearable, and plan and develop code for microcontrollers that bring their physical designs to life. Physical computing projects will promote student awareness of interactive systems, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and broaden their understanding of abstract computer science concepts through meaningful and authentic applications.

Enrollment Open

SESSION 2 - Advanced Video Production

Instructor:    Ms Christina De Melo – Fallon Language Arts, History & Technology Teacher
Grade:           Rising 6th, 7th & 8th graders
Time:             11am – 1.15pm

Prerequisite: Enrollment Introduction to Video Production during Session 1 of the DPIE Summer program.

This course is designed for the student who has complete the Video Production class during the school year or in the first session of the DPIE Summer program. Students will learn basic composition and integrating narrative, audio, and visual elements to produce a series of production assignments. During the course of the year students will build skills in the following areas: planning and overall production process, storyboarding, script-writing, editing, critique, and animation.

Enrollment Open

The STEM Middle School Enrichment Summer Academy

Online Enrollment Now OPEN!

Enrollment in the middle school summer program has grown tremendously in the last three years and our course offerings continue to expand this year.  439 Dublin students in Grades 6 - 8 enrolled in last summer's program and this year, DPIE will offer more enrichment course options than ever before.

The STEM Middle School Academy offers intense 3 and 6 week courses designed to enrich student interest in high school STEM and STEAM courses.  The STEM Academy was developed for students who are entering Grades 6 - 8 in the Fall of 2020.  DPIE offers a wide variety of technology, math, science, writing, performing arts, sports and leadership courses for students to choose fro and all courses are taught by experienced teachers, most of whom work in the Dublin Unified School District.

We recommend you select your classes early and take adantage of early bird pricing to ensure your seat in the class of your choice and avoid disappointment.