Summer Camp Program

The Founders Summer Camp - 2017

Register today! Two options to register: 
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Overview:
The Founders Academy summer camp program offers one week, half day sessions in July. Campers can select from a diverse selection of choices that will both stimulate the mind and encourage creativity. We welcome all to take part in our Summer Camp program! 

Week 1: July 10 - July 14, 2017
Week 2: July 17 - July 21, 2017

AM Session: 9:00am - 12:30pm
PM Session: 1:00pm - 4:30pm 


Cost: $150 per half-day session; Discounted price of $250 for two sessions in same day.
‚ÄčDiscounts: 10% Discount for siblings or multi-session registrations. ‚ÄčNote: only ONE discount per registrant.
Payment: 50% due upon registration; balance due one week before camp begins via check or credit card.

Summer Camp 2017

Some sessions have limited enrollment.

Age Group:  Some programs have age group limitations while others are open to most age groups. It is recommended parents use their discretion when selecting a program based upon their child's ability. 

Register today! Two options to register: 
Print and mail the registration form
Submit your registration online

The form can be copied and emailed to j.henry@tfanh.org, printed out and given to the front desk, or sent to The Founders Academy, 5 Perimeter Road, Manchester NH, 03103.  Money can be sent online through PayPal or in a check with the hard copy.



Session Descriptions:


Name: Math Madness
Age Group: 5th - 9th Grade
Offered: Week 1; AM Session

Instructor: Joelle Henry

Through hands-on games and activities Math Madness will review math concepts from 6th grade level through pre-Algebra.  This will serve as a review or first great exposure to working with and really understanding the relationship between fractions, percents, and decimals; area and volume; angles and perimeters. Tricks and techniques to make math easier for everyone! Already good at math? This is a great way to review and not suffer from the normal loss of information in the summer months.  The class will be adjusted to meet the needs of the students.  Max 15 students.


Name: Sewing 101
Age Group: 4th - 10th Grade
Offered: Week 1; AM Session and Week 1; PM Session
Instructor: Gini Nichols, Tailor


Sewing 101 will begin with an introduction to the sewing machine, how it works, and how to clean it. Students will learn how to hem, sew on a button, and insert a zipper. Our projects will include making a grocery bag, polar fleece mittens and hat, and an apron. If time permits students may venture into making Jama bottoms, leggings, or other projects. For those who like hand-sewing, students will be learning the basic stitches. There are six sewing machines available or students may bring their own.  Students will need to provide: sharp cutting scissors, pins, a measuring tape, and seam ripper.  Fabric for the named projects will be provided, however students may bring their own.


Name: Painting Landscapes
Age Group: All welcome
Offered: Week 1; AM Session and Week 2; AM Session
Instructor: Jennifer Fortier


Students will learn the basics of painting landscapes. They will learn how to draw landscapes using acrylic and watercolor paints to width, depth, space, and color. Students will view the temporary exhibit of Monet’s early works and view other impressionist style paintings at the Currier Museum of Art.  Students will work from life practicing Plein Aire painting and from photographs as they paint 2-3 landscapes during the week. Max 12 students.


Name: Natural Science
Age Group: All welcome
Offered: Week 1; AM Session
Instructor: Kim Scantlebury


This camp will explore four New Hampshire habitat zones: river, forest, field, and intertidal / ocean. We will collect and analyze data as scientists through observations and experiments. We will record our experiences through natural journals with drawings, measurements, reflective writing, and samples.  Max 12 students.


Name: Founders Leadership Camp
Age Group: 6th - 10th Grade
Offered: Week 2; AM and PM Session
Instructor: Michael Gaumont


Founders Leadership Camp will be a fun, hands-on, project-based camp.  Students will learn what leadership is, how they can become effective leaders, and how they can continue to hone their own leadership skills as they grow and encounter new situations. Morning sessions will be classroom / lecture style.  Afternoon includes activities and field trips.


Name: The Magic of Musical Theater
Age Group: All welcome
Offered: Week 1; AM Session
Instructor: Jane Cormier


The Magic of Musical Theater will feature instruction in the musical arts including voice and acting instruction, stage movement and dance, and “The King and Queen of Charades”. And, of course, there will be plenty of songs from American musical theatre!  Max 12 students.


Name: Opera : Hansel & Gretel   (Note: This is a full-day camp)
Age Group: All welcome
Offered: Week 2; Full-Day Camp
Instructor: Jane Cormier


For students interested in bringing to life the opera, “Hansel & Gretel”. We will learn and stage small sections of the Engelbert Humperdinck opera. This production will be performed at the end of our class. Max 10 students.


Name: Let’s Get Creative!
Age Group: 6th and 7th Grade
Offered: Week 1; AM Session
Instructor: Traci Strub


"Do you love to make Art? Do you enjoy learning about different styles of Art? Are you going into 6th or 7th grade?" If yes, then join "Let’s Get Creative!" Summer Camp. Create a variety of fun art projects that will spark students' creativity!  Get ready to have Summer Art Fun! Max 15 students.


Name: Script Writing for Television
Age Group: All welcome
Offered: Week 1; AM Session and Week 2; AM Session
Instructor: Gardner Goldsmith


In Script Writing for Television, students will get an inside look at the various types of plot-driven drama scripts: for five act commercial television and non-commercial cable television series. Learn the process of creating a television script, from initial story pitch, to the “writers’ room breakdown session,” to the actual writing of the five-act teleplay. Students will look at examples of the scripts in written form, and then discuss them, giving student groups the opportunity to take their own ideas and break them down into five-act teleplays ready to be written. Terminology and scriptwriting programs will also be discussed, as well as budgetary limits that set parameters on what writers can and cannot do in their plots.


Name: Jewelry and Card Making
Age Group: All welcome
Offered: Week 1; AM Session and Week 2; AM Sesssion
Instructor: Kelly May


Jewelry making for those who are new to the craft and / or interested in advancing your technique. Students will learn how to string a beautiful necklace and as well as wire-bending techniques to make earrings. Students will create four cards perfect for giving thanks or birthday wishes. Learn to stamp, heat emboss, hand-color, layer with paper, and make a stylish envelope. Paint your own wooden initial, using simple yet eye-catching techniques. Jewelry and Card Making projects are perfect art for a bedroom wall!


Name: Middle School Prep
Age Group: 5th - 9th Grade
Offered: Week 1; PM Session
Instructor: Joelle Henry


Learn how to ace middle school! The transition to middle school can be a tough one -- Middle School Prep will help make it smoother. Through fun activities we will learn about time and work management, organizational skills, note taking, and study techniques. Learn how to keep an agenda and prioritize tasks. Students will learn how to organize a notebook / binder for success in class. Best note-taking and studyiing techniques. Appropriate for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders as well as high schoolers struggling with these skills. Max 15 students.


Name: Introduction to Ceramics
Age Group: All welcome
Offered: Week 1; PM Session
Instructor: Jennifer Fortier


Students will learn the basics to hand-building ceramics in Introduction to Ceramics. They will create two major pieces using their new skills. Students will also learn the basics to clay and glaze chemistry and understand the processes of using clay. Students will discuss textures, design, 3D composition, and function / purpose. Students will glaze during the last day of the camp. Students will need to come back the following week to pick up their work  after the glaze firing. Max. 15 students.


Name: Book Making and Altered Books
Age Group: All welcome
Offered: Week 2; PM Session
Instructor: Jennifer Fortier


In Book Making and Altered Books, students will learn about book making and altered books. They will look at historical and contemporary handmade books as well as discuss a few different styles of bookbinding. Students will also use a pre-existing book to turn it into sculpture using variety of methods to alter it.  Max 18 students.


Name: Creative Writing: Prose
Age Group: All welcome
Offered: Week 1; PM Session
Instructor: Gardner Goldsmith

In Creative Writing: Prose, students will learn the fundamentals of prose fiction including: Point of View, Voice, Dialogue, and Plot. Discussion will cover the difference between a well-turned phrase and a flat phrase, read examples of these important elements, and explore in-depth each student’s ability and interest in taking their ideas and expressing them with power and fluidity. At the close of the class, students will have at least two short stories finished and polished.


Name: Keys of Political Economics
Age Group: All welcome
Offered: Week 2; PM Session
Instructor: Gardner Goldsmith

In Keys of Political Economics, participants will learn the fundamentals of such things as division of labor, barter, the organic growth of currency to replace barter, what specie and fiat currency are, what the term "rights" means, what some of the early philosophers thought of the importance of individual rights, and more. Readings, videos, and discussions will fill the week and students will be able to offer their own opinions about each important topic.



Name: Sports Writing
Age Group: All welcome
Offered: Week 1; AM Session
Instructor: Michael Gaumont


Sports Writing provides students the opportunity to become full-fledged sportswriters. Students work individually and in groups to produce game stories, features, columns, and blogs. Students will choose a team and an individual player to follow as they track stats, collect data, and report back to the class. Special focus will be placed on New England’s professional sports teams as well as New Hampshire’s local teams as students have an opportunity to hone their writing skills in a fun environment. Students will focus on good paragraph structure including topic sentences and supporting sentences. Students will be encouraged to relate the Founders’ code of conduct with an athlete of their choosing.


Name: History of Video Games
Age Group: All welcome
Offered: Week 1; PM Session
Instructor: Michael Gaumont


In History of Video Games, students will explore the history of video games, from the arcades and basic pong consoles of the 1970s through today’s modern High Definition gaming machines. Special emphasis will be placed on the economic and social side of video games. Students will investigate the video game crash of the 1980s, Nintendo's monopoly on the industry in the 1980s and the creation of the ESRB video game rating system in the early 1990s. 

Register today! Two options to register: 
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About the Instructors:

Jane Cormier: B.A. in Creative Arts, Bradford College. Ms. Cormier has performed leading roles with many regional and international opera houses.  Jane also studied at the Boston Conservatory. In 2000, Ms. Cormier received the Boston Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota, whose past recipients have included Ethel Kennedy, Phyllis Curtin and Sarah Caldwell for work in supporting young singers in opera.  For the past twenty two years, Ms. Cormier has worked in with Opera NH producing in school opera programming to many thousands of children throughout the state New Hampshire. 

Jennifer Fortier: B.F.A. in Ceramics, minor in Art History, University of Hartford, M.A.T. in Art Education, Plymouth State University. Jennifer displays and sells her art in local art centers around southern New Hampshire. 

Michael Gaumont: Degree in Political Science, University of New Hampshire; Master's in Public Administration and Secondary Education, Northeastern University, Southern New Hampshire University

Joelle Henry: B.S Electrical Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute. MS Software Engineering, Northeastern University. Ms. Henry received a patent for work done in industry before changing careers to be a teacher. She teaches high school math at Founders Academy.

Gardner Goldsmith: Gardner Goldsmith is a television scriptwriter, journalist, syndicated radio host, and lecturer. He has spent time in the script departments of “The Outer Limits” and “Star Trek: Voyager”. His 2007 non-fiction book, “Live Free or Die”, was selected by the Freedom Book Club as a Book of the Month, and he has published articles on political economics.

Kelly May: Art teacher for EXALT Homeschool Co-op.

Virginia Nichols: B.A. Math / Education, New England College; MEd Mathematics,, Plymouth State University. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Nichols was (and still is) a tailor and enjoys making her own clothes and teaching students to sew.

Kim Scantlebury: B.S. Environmental Science, Unity College; M.S. Ecological Teaching and Learning, Lesley University. Ms. Scantlebury is the Department Chair for the Math and Science Department at Founders Academy. She was recently chosen to participate in the very selective NOAA Teacher Program.

Traci Strub: Mrs. Strub’s experience includes teaching art for eight years to 6, 7, and 8th grade students in Derry, NH. While there, Mrs. Strub served as the Unified Arts Team Coordinator, ran the after school Art Club, was a teacher mentor, stage crew director, coach for the boys track and field team, along with serving on a variety of school committees.
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