Summer Session Overview
Summer Session @ CA runs Monday, June 29 – Thursday, August 6. All courses will be conducted online as an extension of Cheshire Academy’s remote schooling program. Registration for families opened on May 26 and from the selection of offerings, courses will be run based on student demand. We keep our class sizes small to enable students to get personal attention and individualized support. Therefore, classes may fill quickly. We encourage families to register as early as possible.
Cheshire Academy welcomes all currently enrolled students to register, including students newly enrolled for the 2020-2021 academic year. For students who have enrolled for the upcoming academic year, summer session courses are included in tuition. See the Registration and Fees section for further details.
Students who attend Summer Session @ CA will be taught by the supportive and enthusiastic Cheshire Academy faculty. Course offerings include three-week enrichment courses and six-week elective courses, with the option to take elective courses for a 0.5 credit. Students may be enrolled in two courses at any given time, with one meeting during the morning (EDT) and one during the afternoon (EDT). The scheduled time for certain offerings may be adjusted to suit the local time zones of the students enrolled.
Certain courses are open to students based on grade level or prerequisite coursework, but most are open to all. Course descriptions include any applicable grade level or prerequisite requirements for each section. Our academic office, in conjunction with college counseling, can recommend appropriate summer courses for individual students by request.
Registration for International Students
Both returning and newly enrolled international students are welcome to enroll in summer session courses. There is no additional paperwork required for students who have been issued a Form I-20 to study at Cheshire Academy. Additional questions can be directed to Cori Dykeman, the International Student Coordinator, at email@example.com
Grades and Credit Classes
All 6-week courses may be taken for a 0.5 credit. Students must elect at the time of registration if they will be participating in a 6-week course for credit or not for credit. For all 6-week students, a final grade and comment will be issued in a report card at the end of the summer. If the student is enrolled for credit, the course will appear on the student’s transcript and the grade will be factored into their cumulative Cheshire Academy GPA.
Successful completion of a 0.5 credit course counts toward graduation requirements and may allow a Cheshire Academy student to advance to a higher level course during the academic year, pending academic office approval. It does not reduce the minimum number of courses that a student is required to take during any future academic year.
For all 3-week courses, no grade will be earned. Instead, a final report that includes a personalized narrative comment from the instructor will be issued at the end of the summer.
Remote Learning Platforms
The “My Cheshire” portal is the learning management system used by students and faculty throughout the academic year. During the summer session, students are enrolled in their courses on the portal, which organizes and hosts all self-paced content including resources, assignments, discussion boards, assessments, grades, and teacher feedback. Summer courses do not require any additional texts or supplies unless stated in the course description.
Zoom is utilized to host all live portions of the summer session. To ensure student security and privacy, classes are run with password-protected links and teachers have enabled waiting rooms in order to identify and admit each student to the virtual classroom. Students will be issued detailed instructions for accessing their live Zoom meeting invitations for each class. Live class meetings are held according to the Summer Session @ CA schedule.
Curriculum and Instruction
Summer session courses introduce students to new concepts and engage them in projects involving cross-curricular skills and content mastery. Depending on the course, student work may be gathered in electronic portfolios, presented at a final session, submitted to contests, or otherwise shared with classmates or the broader Cheshire Academy community. The goal is for students to produce lasting pieces or bodies of original work to demonstrate their summer accomplishments.
Students participate in engaging live sessions, building and maintaining relationships with their Cheshire Academy peers and teachers. Student choice and voice are emphasized throughout summer semester courses, with a goal of students enjoying the experience of learning together.
To teach new concepts, teachers use a combination of direct instruction, recorded instructional videos, tasks and assessments with individualized feedback, small group work, and class discussions to advance students’ understanding. Students should expect to have up to 2-3 hours of work per week outside of live class time for academic courses.
Extra help periods are built into the schedule throughout the week. These live extra help meetings are optional, but students are encouraged to utilize this time for individualized support from their course instructors as needed.
Progress Reports and Conferences
At the midway point in each 6-week course, teachers will communicate a progress report to students and families through the “My Cheshire” portal Official Notes platform. At those times, teachers will hold individual conferences with students to help them interpret the feedback and make the most of their learning in the course.
Learning Plans and Accommodations
All learning plans currently on file at Cheshire Academy will be available to teachers on the “My Cheshire” portal and honored during the summer session.
Self-paced coursework includes all required preparation and assignments that students complete independently. Since students have access to this content 24/7, they can view and complete the material at their own pace between live class meetings. Students need Internet access and an Internet-enabled device to access the self-paced coursework. It is organized and posted through our online learning management system, the “My Cheshire” portal.
Live Class Meetings
Live class meetings require students to be simultaneously logged into the virtual classroom at the same time as their teacher and classmates. During these meetings, students will need to have Internet access and an Internet-enabled device with a camera, a microphone, and earbuds or a headset. The live meeting application that will be utilized is called Zoom.
Cheshire Academy’s “bring your own device” program requires that during the academic year, every student bring a portable digital computer to school each day. Acceptable devices include laptops and tablets. Using a smart phone as a sole academic work device is not recommended.
For remote learning, it is strongly encouraged that students use a PC, Mac, or Chromebook for both asynchronous and synchronous work, if possible. While some students have had success relying on a tablet, troubleshooting requests have been fewer and more readily resolved for students using laptop or desktop computers.
Note that any device used for live class meetings must be equipped with a camera and a microphone. Alternatively, a student can use a separate camera attachment and either a separate microphone attachment or headphones with a microphone built in.
Students also need reliable Internet access for remote learning. Families concerned about the device or Internet requirements should communicate with the Director of Technology for support or to inquire about technology available for loan.
Technical support requests should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. These will be handled as quickly as possible.
Course Offerings – Summer 2020
SESSION 1 (JUNE 29 – JULY 16)
A BLOCK (9-11 a.m. EDT)
Financial Literacy 101 (Jennifer Dillon)
Monologues: A Writing and Performance Workshop (Emily Roller)
Spanish Bridge Course, Level I to II (Kaitlin Mehleisen)
B BLOCK (1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT)
Wilderness Survival: A Guide to Making it Through Anything, Anywhere, Anytime (Jason Mis)
Introduction to Athletic Training (Shelby Pocius)
SESSION 2 (JULY 20 – AUGUST 6)
A BLOCK (9-11 a.m. EDT)
Fashion Design Process (Sally Pollard)
Social Justice: Compassion, Inclusivity, and Awareness of Self and Others (Allison Bass-Riccio)
Science Fiction and Philosophy (Tony Ferraro)
B BLOCK (1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT)
Things Your History Teacher Taught You That Were Wrong (Butch Rogers)
Summer Math Fun & Fitness (Tom Marshall)
6-WEEK ELECTIVES (JUNE 29 – AUGUST 6)
English Language Learning (ELL) (Eva Betjemann) – Special time: 7 – 9 a.m. EDT
A BLOCK (9-11 a.m. EDT)
CA Summer Stock Theater (Jennifer Guarino)
Environmental Science (Caron Quantick)
Continuing Conversations (Nicole Beaudwin)
B BLOCK (1:30-3:30 p.m. EDT)
Creative Music Theory and Performance (Eunyoung DiGiacomo)
Psychology (Theresa Mautner)
Economics (Mike LaSpina)
View Summer Course Descriptions
Summer Session @ CA Schedule
The summer is laid out in two three-week sessions, with six-week elective courses running through the two sessions. A student can be enrolled in an A block class (morning EDT) and a B block class (afternoon EDT) concurrently and can take any number and combination three-week and six-week courses. A student may choose to take only one course.
The general weekly schedule for all courses is laid out below. Instructors for certain courses may choose to use the required and optional dedicated hours in ways that are specific to the needs of the course (for example, in addition to live full class meetings, time might be used for small groups to meet to work on a project, or to conference one-on-one with the instructor). Students should plan to be available for the entire A or B block class each day, or both, depending on their enrollment.
Note: the scheduled time for certain offerings may be adjusted to suit the local time zones of the students enrolled. For example, an ELL course may be offered from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. instead of during the normal A or B Block class time.
On Monday, June 29 and Monday, July 20, the start of each three-week session, the day will run on a modified schedule to accommodate orientation programming for all students enrolled in a new summer session course during that session. The Session 1 Orientation Program on Monday, June 29 is required for all students registered for a six-week course or a Session 1 three-week course. The Session 2 Orientation Program on Monday, July 20 is only required for students registered for a Session 2 three-week course who did not attend Session 1.
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