Archive for March, 2012

A one-week taste of Julliard in Atlanta for young jazz musicians

March 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Julliard — the name is synonymous with outstanding performing arts education.

This summer, The Julliard  School will bring its Julliard Jazz summer workshop back to Atlanta. This one-week program will be held June 18-22, 2012, at North Atlanta High School Center for the Arts. Workshop classes are taught by Julliard faculty and students and include combo work, individual practice and jam sessions.

Applicants should be passionate about jazz and play one of the following instruments: trumpet, saxophone, trombone, guitar, piano, double bass, electric bass or drums.

Application deadline is May 2.

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Summer writing programs for rising 7th-12th graders

March 27, 2012 Leave a comment

The Atlanta Young Writers Institute is now accepting applications for its summer programs, to be held at Agnes Scott College in Decatur.

The Summer Writing Workshop is a one-week program for rising 7th and 8th graders, focused on the fundamentals of storytelling and inspiring the young writer. The Summer Writing Intensive is a two-week program open to rising 9th-12th graders. As the name suggests, the Intensive is a deeper experience studying writing and creating personal works, designed for the young writer who is dedicated to growing in the craft.

Because of the nature of the classes, size is limited. Apply soon for the best chance of getting a space.


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Apply this week to volunteer at the Georgia Aquarium this summer

March 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Teens ages 14 or 15 have just a few more days to apply for summer volunteer positions at the Georgia Aquarium. The Youth Volunteer Program is demanding — volunteers must work a minimum of 112 hours during their four-month tenure. Time is spent greeting visitors, helping with Camp H20, assisting at birthday parties and the like.

The payoff includes the chance to learn about marine life, and an annual pass to the aquarium when the program is completed.

Applications must be postmarked by April 1.

(Note: Kids 16 or older are invited to apply through the adult volunteer program.)


Categories: Summer programs

Registration open now for next month’s Science Night Out at Fernbank

March 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Fernbank Science Center in Decatur will host its next Science Night Out on Friday, April 20. Jack Jones, inventor of the Geobat, a flying machine shaped like a ring, will talk to students about the engineering design process.

Science Night Out is aimed at science lovers in 3rd – 6th grades. The program runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Registration, which is done only by U.S. Mail, is $15 for one child and $10 for additional siblings. The class will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Categories: Enrichment

TEC Camp at Georgia Tech is hands-on science just for girls

March 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Girls who love science can sometimes feel pushed aside by the boys who dominate the field, both in school and in the professional world. But that’s not the case at TEC Camp, a one-week summer experience at Georgia Tech for middle-school girls only.

Girls will take classes in robotics, chemical engineering, web design and more, taught by Georgia Tech faculty and specialists. TEC campers also meet professional women who work in science and technology careers.

TEC Camp will be held June 18-22, 2012, on the Georgia Tech campus. The application process is competitive, with only 40 girls to be chosen based on their academic records and a personal essay.

Applications are available now. The camp’s web page doesn’t give a deadline to apply, but says applicant decisions will be made by April 20, so I’m thinking it’s best to get your application in by early April.

Categories: Summer programs

Ever wondered about Odyssey of the Mind? See it in action this Saturday.

March 15, 2012 Leave a comment

A couple of years ago, when I first became interested in starting an Odyssey of the Mind team at my kids’ school, the best advice I got was to go see a competition. It was a day well-spent. You can read the OotM materials to try to understand what the program is like, but phrases like “team members apply their creativity to solve problems” and “teams present solutions” don’t really provide a clear picture of the nuts and bolts.

This Saturday, you can come watch as more than 100 teams, from kindergarten kids to high-school students, compete in the regional Odyssey of the Mind tournament at Parkview High School in Lilburn. You’ll see the structures they’ve built, and the plays they’ve created. You’ll also see how excited the kids are and what a great vibe there is, as the judges and parents and competitors all salute the kids’ efforts. It is an amazing thing to see these kids in their element.

For a complete schedule of this Saturday’s tournament, visit the Georgia Odyssey of the Mind web site.



Scholarship for summer programs

March 13, 2012 Leave a comment

The National Society for the Gifted and Talented is accepting applications for its Board of Trustees Scholarship. This highly competitive scholarship is merit based, not need based, and can be used for summer programs or activities. That could include summer camps or classes, or independent projects. The requirement is that the activity must “further the goals of gifted education,” encouraging thinking skills and independent work.

The downloadable application is due April 1, 2012.

Categories: Summer programs

UGA Summer Academy camps for kids 11 and up

March 12, 2012 Leave a comment

The University of Georgia is now accepting applications for Summer Academy, a collection of camp experiences in topics ranging from game design to mini medical school. Other topics include engineering, robotics, public speaking, cartooning, digital photography and lots more.

Students can enroll in Summer Academy camps as day campers, if you live close enough to Athens to commute. Or if you prefer to have your child get a taste of campus life, most Summer Academy sessions are available as overnight camps.

Early bird discount applies if you register before March 23, 2012.

Categories: Summer programs

DeKalb sets dates for 2012 Serendipity summer program

March 9, 2012 6 comments

Information has been updated. See the latest post on 2012 Serendipity camp.

At a meeting this week with the heads of gifted programming of DeKalb, the dates for the 2012 Serendipity summer program were revealed:

  • June 4-8, 2012 for rising 2nd-4th graders
  • June 11-15, 2012 for rising 5th-7th graders

Serendipity camp is open to children who participated in the gifted program at a DeKalb County public school during the 2011-12 school year. In the past, there’s been no information online about the program. If you have a student in DeKalb’s gifted programs, you should receive a flyer from the school with more details. If history provides any clues, the information will probably be distributed in April.

You can expect the cost to be around $100.

I will let you know as soon as the information becomes generally available.

Categories: DeKalb, Summer programs

Open enrollment for school choice in DeKalb begins Monday

March 9, 2012 Leave a comment

It’s school choice season in the DeKalb County School District (the new name of the former DeKalb County School System). That means you need to register now to get your child into the lottery for magnet and theme schools, including DeKalb’s magnet schools for high achievers.

Dozens of elementary, middle and high schools are part of DeKalb’s school choice program. New for the 2012-13 school year are International Baccalaureate (IB) programs at Salem and Tucker middle schools. There’s also a new start-up charter school, DeKalb Preparatory Academy, which is so new there’s hardly any information about it. DeKalb’s school choice page connects you to a full list of the schools you can consider. Officials said the school choice catalog would be online today.

To enter the lottery, you’ll need to register on the school choice portal. Open enrollment is from March 12-30, but you can go ahead and set up your portal account now, as it takes a couple of business days to get your account authorized. School choice administrators, who met with parents on Wednesday, advised that you may see some error messages when you complete the online form, but as long as you see the status listed as “eligible,” everything is OK.

Parents need to understand that just because a school is listed in the school choice lottery system doesn’t mean there will actually be spaces open in that school for the 2012-13 year. Seats are always made available first to students living in the school’s attendance zone, if it has one. Only if the school is below capacity will seats be opened for school choice students.

Also note that DeKalb School of the Arts (the high school) does not conduct its admissions process through the online portal. You can obtain an application for the school online or at your home school. Deadline to apply is March 23.

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