Undoubtedly, the highlights of the Summer Academy include the high level of engagement, academic gains, and improved attendance, which are attributed to the addition of field trips and community visitors.
OUR VISIT TO THE FARM
GBCS students learned what life would have been like for kids living on a farm in 1900. Students pumped water, fed the animals and met the horses, pigs, sheep and chickens up close. Once all the farm chores were done, GBCS students played 19th century games and toured the various fields on the hay-filled wagon.
GRIGGSTOWN CANOE AND KAYAK
We went canoeing on the Delaware & Raritan Canal. Students worked together to make their way down the canal. We practiced our teamwork skills.
Summer Camps (111 students attended)
June 27 - July 1
July 5 - 8
August 8 - 12
“This summer, GBCS scientists got practice working as engineers. They designed, built and tested their custom safety devices created to (hopefully) keep an egg safe from a 10ft drop! Afterwards, students designed and built bridges using only Elmer's glue and popsicle sticks! Our scientists finished the summer by stepping into the shoes of a volcanologist- learning about, making and erupting their own volcano!” - Ms. Alyssa
"At GBCS Theater Camp, students explored acting, storytelling, and singing through various games and activities! Each week, students focused on a different theme and built a performance around that theme. Our first week had students exploring "dreams" and discovering dreams they had, whether it was something they dreamt about during the night or a goal they had. The second week focused on "best days ever", where students envisioned what their ideal day would look like in order to have the best day ever. Each week, students performed monologues and learned a song centered around their theme, which was then put together into a final performance video." - Ms. Robyn and MS. Hilary
Storytelling in Spanish Camp
Students learned how to create stories through art projects. Some projects included: sewing, painting, coloring among others.
Mexican Folkloric Dance Camp
We experienced the Mexican culture through dance lessons, crafts, snacks and the history of various regions of Mexico.
Students learned proper ways to pass, dribble, control (or trapping) and shoot a soccer ball by participating in fun drills and activities.
During basketball camp, students learned about the history of basketball. They practiced shooting, dribbling, defending, rebounding and passing skills. Students interacted with one another to help build skills and friendships.
Dolphins on the Run Camp
“Students learned the positive effects that cardiovascular exercise has on the heart. They learned that any movement can be considered exercise as long as we are healthily elevating our heart rate. Students worked on stamina both outside and inside with intervals of walking, jogging, and running, all while having some fun!"
- Ms. Sarah
Poetry in Spanish Camp
Students read, watched, and listened to poems. Together they learned about techniques to become poets and how poetry can help us share our voices and visions with the world. At the end of camp, participants walked away with an original body of work as well as a deepened understanding of poetry in Spanish.