Academic Summer Program
Online registration opens March 1, 2014
Classes start June 23, 2014
Dates: June 23 - August 1, 2014 (Closed July 4)
Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday*
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon**
Registration fee: The registration fee covers both the Academic Summer Program and Summer Day Camp.
$20 March 1 - 10
$50 March 11 - April 30
$80 May 1 - May 19
Academic Summer Program Tuition: $695
Summer Camp Half Day: extended care 12:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
K - 5th: $20 per day
6th - 9th: $25 per day
Field Trip Wednesdays ONLY: Full day extended care 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
K - 5th: $76
6th - 9th: $82
Visit our Summer Day Camp page for more information on Half-Days and Field Trips!
* No summer school classes will be held on Wednesdays. Summer school students may attend the Heavenward Summer Day Camp weekly Wednesdays field trips for an additional cost.
** Free extended care available: 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
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Entering Kindergarten - Fifth Grade
Entering Third - Ninth Grade Classes
Renaissance Club - Gifted Program
"Stepping Up To Success" - Entering Kindergarten
(Teacher To Be Determined)
This class is for students entering Kindergarten in Fall 2014. The emphasis of this class is preparing students for success in Kindergarten. The daily schedule includes circle time, bible time, math, literacy, science, art, snack time, and recess time.
"Love to Learn" - Entering 1st Grade
Mrs. Pringle Johnston
This class helps to prepare students for success in 1st grade. The focus is on reading comprehension, math, and writing skills, while reinforcing the school curriculum. The class helps students maintain and improve their proficiency levels.
Mrs. Johnston is in her 13th year teaching at Milpitas Christian School. In addition to teaching 3rd grade at MCS, Mrs. Johnston taught middle school for three years at Christian Community School, private preschool education for seven years, and ten years of homeschooling. She also has many years of experience teaching summer school at MCS. Mrs. Johnston has a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Jose State University and an ACSI teacher certification.
"Fun With Friends" - Entering 2nd Grade
Mrs. Janet Twining
This class helps to prepare students for success in 2nd grade. The focus is on reading comprehension, math, and writing skills, while reinforcing the school curriculum. The class helps students maintain and improve their proficiency levels.
Mrs. Twining attended San Jose State University for her Bachelor of Arts degree and graduate work. She holds a California Lifetime Multiple Subject Teaching Credential (K-12), as well as an ACSI Standard Credential. Mrs. Twining's 25-year teaching career has been focused on young primary students, Kindergarten through second grade. She especially enjoys introducing children to the joy or reading.
"Survival Skills" - Entering 3rd Grade
Mrs. Valerie Aquino
This class helps to prepare students for success in 3rd grade. The focus is on reading comprehension, math, and writing skills, while reinforcing the school curriculum. The class helps students maintain and improve their proficiency levels.
Mrs. Aquino has been teaching at Milpitas Christian Schools for the past six years, and has taught summer school at MCS two of the previous six years. Mrs. Aquino has taught 5th grade, 1st grade, and Kindergarten in California and Hawaii for more than 28 years.
"Staying Strong" - Entering 4th Grade
Mrs. Noelle McDonald
The emphasis of this class is preparing students for success in 4th grade. The focus is on maintaining and improving proficiency in reading comprehension, math, and writing, while reinforcing the school curriculum.
Mrs. McDonald has been a substitute teacher at MCS in grades TK-8th for the past three years. She has taught summer school classes at MCS for several years. Prior to MCS, Mrs. McDonald was a full-time 3rd and 4th grade teacher in the Berryessa School District. She also homeschooled her own two children from Pre-Kindergarten to 1st grade.
"Be Fit For Fifth" - Entering 5th Grade
Ms. Jaclyn O'Brien
The emphasis of this class is preparing students for success in 5th grade. The focus is on maintaining and improving proficiency in reading comprehension, math, and writing skills, while reinforcing the school curriculum.
During the school year, Ms. O'Brien is a Playworks Coach at Theuerkauf Elementary for grades K-5. In this role, she teaches social morals such as respect, inclusion, community, and cooperation through playing games, along with developing sports, motor, and strategic thinking skills. Ms. O'Brien has also been a Catechism teacher for grades 2-8 for more than 4 years at Holy Spirit Church in San Jose. Her previous experience includes White Water Rafting Guide with Project Great Outdoors, and Outdoor Instructor with Summer Camp Galileo in Los Altos working with grades 3-5 on team building and cooperative problem solving skills. Last summer,
Ms. O'Brien taught the "entering 2nd grade" summer school class at MCS
Performing Arts - Entering 3rd - 9th Grades
Ms. Jasmine Butler
This class will help students develop their acting and singing abilities. Included are drama games, improvisational acting, verbal and non-verbal presenting skills, vocal technique, solo and ensemble singing, basic script writing, and other activities related to the performing arts. Students will perform two talent showcases for an audience of summer school and summer day camp students and staff. Goals include helping students build confidence and creativity, in addition to developing and refining their acting and singing skills.
Ms. Butler is in her senior year at Hampton University in Hampton, VA, as a Vocal Performance major. She graduated from Valley Christian High School in 2010 and Milpitas Christian Middle School in 2006. Ms. Butler has worked at MCS since 2006 as a Summer Day Camp Team Leader and Summer Musical Theater Director. She is classically trained and reads music.
Robotics/Science - Entering 6th - 9th grades
Mr. Lindon Richards
Students will learn the basics of robotics including design, build and programming. Students will be part of a team which will use the NXT Mindstorm hardware and software to create various projects of increasing complexity. The class includes other science topics such as investigative aspects of cell biology, friction, determining human reaction time, and testing the accuracy of spaced based remote sensing.
Mr. Richards has been teaching 7th and 8th grade science at MCS since 1999. Prior to MCS, he taught high school in the Bahamas for four years, and college in Jamaica for ten years. Mr. Richards earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Teacher's Diploma in Secondary Education.
Math/Guitar - Entering 6th - 9th grades
Mr. Jason Peevyhouse
This class covers critical middle school math skills, with an emphasis on problem-solving strategies. Math skills and concepts are taught in the context of real-life topic areas that are both relevant and engaging. Guitar instruction covers the basics of playing guitar, including topics such as tuning, posture, finger technique, strumming, reading tab music and playing chords.
Mr. Peevyhouse has taught marching band, music, and high school jazz band. H has been teaching at MCS for seven years. Mr. Peevyhouse has a Bachelor of Arts degree and holds an ACSI teaching credential.
Language Arts/Study Skills - Entering 6th - 9th grades
Mrs. Christine Smoak
This class will focus on mastering clear written expression, understanding various genres of literature, increasing vocabulary, and improving writing essay answers to subjective questions on tests. There will be oral peer editing using positive methods of critiquing.
Mrs. Smoak is a retired teacher, having taught high school, middle school, and elementary school classes. Mrs. Smoak is a certified educator specializing in Language Arts.
"Kings and Castles" - Entering 3rd - 9th grades
Ms. Karin Smith
This class is exclusively for students tested and identified as gifted by MCS or their school. A variety of subjects and activities related to the Renaissance period will provide the opportunity for learning and interacting with like-minded peers. Topics include:
• Science: wizardry (chemical experiments)
• Visual Arts: art of the period
• Math: games of the period (critical thinking/strategy)
• History: medieval history
• Literature: books about the renaissance/medieval period
• Music: recorders
• Bible: Thomas of Aquino
Ms. Smith, currently a 4th grade teacher at MCS, has experience teaching classes for gifted students. Ms. Smith previously worked at MCS in daycare, summer day camp, summer school, and as an instructional aide. She taught 4th grade summer school at MCS last year.