Summer Connections Program
What is Summer Connections?
Are you looking for an exciting way to keep your student involved with learning this summer? We can help! Summer Connections is a unique program that allows current and newly enrolled students to get to know their classmates and school! This year we are excited to offer our third annual Summer Connections Pop Up Series, with a new spin! We are offering theme-based summer “camps” that allow students to delve in and focus on their interests in the arts, gaming, and nature while earning virtual badges for participating in weekly LiveLesson® sessions. These virtual Pop Up events are carefully curated sessions that are sure to be fun and "edu-taining"! "Edu-tainment" brings the perfect combination of fun and learning together.
Here are just a few things your student gains from Summer Connections:
- Familiarity with Connexus®, our online learning system
- An opportunity to participate in exciting events to learn, socialize, connect, and create new friendships among the virtual school community
How to Participate
If you are an existing student, there is no need to sign up for Summer Connections. Links to LiveLesson® are provided in the announcements which arrive in Connexus WebMail boxes each week, throughout the summer.
If your student is not enrolled, or is still in the process of enrolling, once all your enrollment documents have been verified, your student will automatically start receiving the Summer Connections WebMail messages.
Summer Connections "Pop Up" Events
These virtual LiveLesson® sessions provide students with opportunities to participate with other students in topics such as art, science, computer coding, and more. Each session is carefully curated based on student feedback, and each month has exciting opportunities. This year’s sessions are listed below.
Gaming Camp: Gaming #AloneTogether
Discover the intriguing history of video games, learn the fascinating foundations of game design, and enjoy celebrating the many benefits of gaming!
Wednesday, June 3 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Arts Camp: Literal Portraits and Concrete Poems
Explore the connections between writing and artmaking as you create art out of words, words out of art, and explore calligraphic traditions from around the world.
Wednesday, June 10 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Nature Camp: Outdoor Science
Take science outside this summer! Check out this session to learn how to make a solar oven, create your own moth observatory, and lots more. Use these directions all summer to explore your world outdoors.
Wednesday, June 17 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Gaming Camp: Online Chess #Connecting
Explore the historical origins of chess, learn some chess lingo (including chess notation), and enjoy connecting with other Connections Academy students in online chess games using the 24/7 Connexus® Chess Gaming System! This system lets students play chess at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level against other students in different Connections Academy schools!
Wednesday, June 24 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Nature Camp: Amazing Animal Adaptations
Take a look at some incredible adaptations of animals around the world. Did you know that some animals use deadly chemicals to protect themselves while others can survive in outer space? Check out this session to learn more about the superpowers of some amazing animal species!
Wednesday, July 7 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Arts Camp: The Silk Road—International Language Arts
Do you love foreign languages and cultures? Do you want to push your limits artistically? Or discover how different cultures are connected? Explore writing, artmaking, and music making with an international twist as we challenge ourselves to enrich our geographical smarts and create many types of art with international inspiration!
Wednesday, July 15 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Gaming Camp: Minecraft Makers #Imagine
Come explore and celebrate Minecraft, a game where you can create anything you can imagine. We’ll have fun getting Minecrafty together! Participants do not need a Minecraft account to enjoy this session.
Wednesday, July 22 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Nature Camp: Plant Detectives
Can you identify the trees in your area? Do you know what the parts of a flower are? Come to this session to learn more about the wonderful world of plants! Leave the session with directions on how to become a true plant detective.
Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 pm (ET)
Arts Camp: Haiga Workshop
Have you ever heard of a haiga? It is a specific Japanese art form that combines poetry with images. Explore the art of haiga as we alternatively draw from our poems, and write poems from different art media showcased...in addition to exploring other Japanese poetic forms such as haiku, tanka, and renga!
Wednesday, August 5 at 2:00 pm (ET)
School Year Kickoff with National Clubs & Activities
The National Clubs & Activities team wants you to have an amazing school year. This means having lots of opportunities for you to participate in fun and engaging sessions outside of your regular classes. Join us to learn more about all the awesome sessions we have in store for you this school year!
Wednesday, August 12 at 2:00 pm (ET)
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