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Summer 2017

Registration information for the Summer Programs 2017

Enrollment options and program fees apply to all programs except Beech Tree, CIT and ESL.

Divisions by age: Middle School (ages 11 - 13); High School (14 - 16)

Day Programs

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily

Fee: $625 per week

Workshops run from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon Outdoor Adventures from 12:30 - 4:30

  • Soccer, dodge ball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, swimming, hiking and outdoor games)

Stay Program

Includes evening and weekend activities.

Fee: $1,275 per week

Daily workshops run from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Afternoon Outdoor Adventures from 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

  • Soccer, dodge ball, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, swimming, hiking and outdoor games

Enrichment Seminars - 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Students choose from Music & Public Speaking, Geocaching, Weight Room Training, Math Camp (exposure to advanced mathematical ideas and new ways of thinking), Kravmaga and restaurants in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Visits to tourist sites like Six Flags New England, Newport (R.I.), Boston Copley Square and Fenway Park, the Berkshires, hiking at Quabbin Reservoir, Dean Pond and the Amherst-Northampton Five College area.

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Choose a Summer Program

the NEW Beech Tree

Six sessions, groupings by age:
Littles: ages 5-8
Bigs: ages 9-12

Session I: June 26 – June 30
Session II: July 3 – 7
Session III: July 10 – 14
Session IV: July 17 – 21
Session V: July 24 – 28
Session VI: July 31 - Aug. 4

Note: Limited space available

Fee is $320 per week.

Early drop off is at 7:30 a.m. ($25 per session) Late pick up is at 5 p.m ($50 per session).

Sign up during online registration.

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For over 20 years, Beech Tree has been giving our campers experiences they will remember forever. Traditional games, songs, and projects to take home about nature, friendship, and imagination. Beech Tree 2016 introduced Mary, our WMA baker, who involved the kids each day in making a healthy and easy snack, lunch or breakfast entree. It was voted best new program of 2016. We all feel lucky that Mary will return for the 2017 season.

And we look forward to adding another new workshop called "From Garden to Table.'' Beech Tree campers will get their hands dirty in our greenhouse and learn about the plant life cycle. With a little help from our Spring term Design Fellows who will do some early plantings, we will grow lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, and cilantro for our salsa; carrots and cucumbers for our snacks, and pumpkins for our community garden. Campers will plant seeds or seedlings for rotational crops, harvest, and, in the spirit of being a good global citizen, donate some of their veggies to the food kitchen.

Not to be forgotten are the timeless and traditional activities our campers have come to love and look forward to: arts & crafts, nature/science/tinkering, swimming, and track, sports, and games.

Week 6 is returning ... back by popular demand!

July 31 - Aug. 4 are dates you can mark on your calendar and plan for. We are welcoming the 'Bigs' (ages 9 - 12) to participate in a special afternoon workshop called "A Day in the Life of a WMA Middle School Student'' Each day will offer a 45-minute session on campus life, the humanities, the language program, and the technology of the WMA Middle School. You don't have to be enrolled in our Middle School to enjoy this workshop!

All Beech Tree campers leave with a T-shirt, new friends, and great memories.

Architecture: Designing space

Dates: One two-week session July 10 - 21

Architecture: Designing Space
A series of workshops designed to teach campers about the built environment and the interaction between architectural spaces and its user. This program will explain the considerations and planning that goes into designing a building. Campers will have the opportunity to design their own "vacation" homes, learn the fundamentals of reading architectural plans and will build concept models using computer programs and traditional media. Campers will also go on a field trip to visit and tour historical homes in Newport, R.I.

camp Tinkerpreneurship® - A Crash Course

A series of workshops designed to explore a few tools of the trade. Become a Maker in our Innovation Center and explore a different task every day!

Register for one, two or all three workshops.

July 17 - 21

Take the challenge to discover the magic of invention. littleBits calls it the Invention intervention.

Use Makey-Makey to construct a mini-Rube Goldberg.

Learn about copper foiling and craft a stained glass suncatchers or get messy and design a stained glass plaster of Paris paperweight.

Explore electronics with Squishy Circuits.

July 24 - 28

Use littleBits to perform a very simple task in a not so simple way. littleBits calls it the Chain Reaction Contraption.

Try to get back to the future with hoverbot.

Begin learning CAD by designing a simple keychain for your backpack. Then 3D print it.

July 31 - August 4

Invent an electronic creature or character using littleBits and then film it in action.

Design a T-shirt and cut the transfer yourself.

Use origami to craft some puppets and Arduino electronics to give them a special flair.

Each student will take home a weekly project packet.

CIT Leadership & Adventure Program

Counselor in Training Program limited to 12 participants

Age of participants - Born between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2003

Fee: $638 (includes Red Cross First Aid and CPR Certification)

Six weeks, one commitment

  • June 26 - June 30
  • July 3 - 7
  • July 10 - 14
  • July 17 - 21
  • July 24 - 28
  • July 31 - Aug 4 - CIT Candidates will receive CPR and First Aid Training this week.

Participation in the CIT Leadership & Adventure Program will help you develop behavior traits that will help in the future…good communication, team building, goal setting, and conflict resolution skills. Upon completion, you will be well on your way to becoming that special leader who is able to build a sense of community and instill leadership, participation, and cooperation in others.


Darkroom to Lightroom

This is a two-week session workshop

July 3 - 7 and July 10 - 14

  • Earn one WMA Visual Arts Credit for this program.
  • A $100 materials fee will be paid at registration.
  • Students should bring a DSLR camera if they have one. Rentals are available for $60/week.

Darkroom to Lightroom offers a unique experience of old and new technology that covers 150 years of innovation and creativity. A photographic intensive program that leads the student to understand optical science – and crossover of art and science. A teaching assistant will be available during the day so students may work on their field assignments.

Students learn the fundamentals of old-school darkroom photography, which we then apply to the latest digital media to create interesting and creative imagery for web-based galleries. Focus will be on finding creative voice in exciting and diverse environments.

Students will learn:

  • Fundamentals of darkroom photography
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Control of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera

All student-photographers leave with a portfolio of work, a simple camera, which they design and make, tools to continue exploring, a T-shirt, and a certificate of participation.

English as a Second Language (ESL)


For more than two centuries, Wilbraham & Monson Academy has been dedicated to transforming lives. Students and teachers from throughout the United States and around the world live and learn in a caring and supportive community enriched by a 200-year heritage of inclusion.

Our programs are taught by WMA teachers who love to teach, while WMA students and young alumni lead activities. They are all passionate about what they do and want to make a difference in the world. Your classmates are kids who, like you, really want to learn. The experience is a first step to making lifelong friends and creating a global network of people who will know you and care about you for life.


The WMA Summer ESL Session programs strive to improve the students’ English skills as defined by the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages for the Acquisition of a Superior level of Academic English Language Proficiency. Students will be tested and placed in competency appropriate classes for their ESL Lab period. Workshops will be offered in the morning and afternoon, which will allow the students to work with other summer program participants from the United States.


June 26 – August 4

WMA Summer Session follows a traditional school year schedule:

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Workshops of Student’s choice. Topics include:

  • Darkroom to Lightroom – Photography; F.B.I. Finance, Business, Investments
  • Artbotics – A hybrid program of Robotics, Art, and Computer Science
  • Camp Tinkerpreneurship ®Imagination and Innovation
  • Your Story: Expression Through Writing – Exercises in Expository, Persuasive, and Narrative Writing
  • From Garden to Table – Understanding the food production system and benefits to making healthy food choices.
  • Fashion: Design Studio - A focus on the global understanding of fashion and its cultural and aesthetic implications.

12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

  • ESL Lab: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

  • Enrichment Seminars - Students choose from Music & Public Speaking, Geocaching, Weight Room Training, Math Camp (exposure to advanced mathematical ideas and new ways of thinking), Kravmaga or other activities such as Badminton, Ping Pong, Soccer, Swimming, Open Gym
  • Mid-week and week-end field trips combine fun with academics College visits, museums, picnics, and restaurants in Massachusetts and Connecticut Visits to tourist sites like Six Flags New England, Newport, Rhode Island, Boston Copley Square and Fenway Park, the Berkshires, Hiking at Quabbin Reservoir, Dean Pond, and the Amherst-Northampton 5-college area.
  • Cancelation of certain evening/weekend field trips and activities and substitution of an alternate activity might occur due to weather conditions as determined by the Summer Programs Director for the safety and well being of the campers.

Fee: Six-week program is one, all-inclusive fee of $7,716. Includes $216 for health insurance (required)


International students will apply for a tourist visa to attend.

Summer Programs Packing List

Travel Guidelines

Special application form required

fashion: design studio

This is a two-week session workshop

July 3 - 10 and July 10 - 14

  • Earn one WMA Visual Arts Credit for this program.
  • A $100 materials fee will be paid at registration.
  • An introductory course in Studio Art or Drawing as a prerequisite is recommended.

This course will focus on the global understanding of fashion and its cultural and aesthetic implications.

Students will consider how fashion changes over time, comparing fashion trends on a global scale and investigating the social and historical aspects that directly influence these trends. The controlling forces of global economics, politics, social hierarchy, and how these forces dictate what people wear, are major thematic components of the course. Students will also examine the history and progress of fashion, and the differences between cultures, particularly Western ideas in comparison to Asian, African and Middle East aesthetics. Students will consider the global aspects of clothing design, fabric design, production and the economics of the fashion industry. In order to create a portfolio of clothing designs, students will learn to draw the human figure, focusing on proportion and anatomy. Various reading assignments will be assigned, as well as a comparative classroom presentation.

FBI (Finance, Business & Investing)

This is a two-week session workshop

July 24 - 28 and July 31 - Aug. 4

Successful people don’t build their wealth by accident or overnight – they’ve learned key financial concepts to strengthen and expand their investing IQ. Students will use stock trading programs to create a portfolio and to learn how to trade.

FBI I is the secret to your future financial accomplishment! Learn why the “power of compounding” and investing in stocks is the formula for success. Students will learn how to invest in stocks, mutual funds and become successful young portfolio managers, and also build their resumes to work on Wall Street.

FBI II takes the next financial step after FBI I to learn more advanced concepts to build your financial literacy foundation. Investing strategies are learned in conjunction with developing a mock portfolio.

A mid-week New York City Financial District Trip includes day program students.

from garden to table

Choose one two-week session to attend.

July 3 - 10 and July 10 - 14

July 17 - 21 and July 24 - 28

A series of workshops designed to teach about the fascinating food production system. This program is a hands-on adventure in our Greenhouse, on field trips to Red Fire Farm and in the establishment of a community garden. Campers will have the opportunity to learn about global food systems and analyze their part in it. In our greenhouse lab - the George A. Darcy Memorial Greenhouse - kids will "grow their own" planting and harvesting and will learn how to make personal food choices and apply what they've learned to making decisions about their diet, physical activity and overall health.

Make it Move - Artbotics!

This is a two-week session workshop

July 3 - 7 and July 10 - 14

A series of workshops designed to blend art, robotics, and computer science to create kinetic art. LEGO EV3 mindstorms will provide the foundation of the program. Other robots will be incorporated as time permits, such as Ozobot, Finch, Edison, Sphero SPRK, Cubelets, and mBot robots.

Developed at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with support from the National Science Foundation, Artbotics is designed to inspire students to explore the integration of art, computer science and robotics.

your story: expression through writing

A series of workshops designed to develop the writer in every student. Each week in the series will have a specific theme and skill focus

July 17 - 21
Global Challenges - Utilizing EXPOSITORY writing

July 24 - 28
Diplomacy - Articulating PERSUASIVE writing

July 31 - Aug 4
Social Issues - Mastering NARRATIVE writing
Each student will take home a portfolio of accordion style writing


Please complete one online registration form per child.

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Health Forms

Mandatory health forms must be completed as part of registration.

All Wilbraham & Monson Academy Summer Programs require that Mandatory Health Forms be completed and returned before the start of Summer Programs.

Mandatory Health Forms

Please mail completed forms to:

Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Summer Programs
423 Main Street
Wilbraham, MA 01095

Completed forms may also be emailed to


Meet the staff


Program Coordinator Paul Bloomfield serves as Chair of the Fine & Performing Arts Department at WMA. Mr. Bloomfield holds a master’s degree in art history from Boston University, where he focused on contemporary printmaking and selected works of the late master printmaker Michel Mazur for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His undergraduate studies in Fine Arts at the University College of Wales (UK) helped direct his interest in painting, printmaking and photography, and he continues working in these media.

Mr. Bloomfield has exhibited his photography throughout Massachusetts, including Gallery Kayafas, Boston and the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Mass. While teaching advanced and introductory studio and photography courses, he is also a regular contributor to “Art New England.”

  • Chair, Fine & Performing Arts Department
  • B.A. Fine Art, University College of Wales; M.A. Art History, Boston University


Instructor Mr. Jim Irzyk is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and The College of the Holy Cross and was a member of the mathematics faculty, coach of football and baseball at Cushing Academy, and The International School of Brussels before serving 20 years at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn. During his time at Choate, Mr. Irzyk served as Director of Summer Programs and Head Varsity Football coach, winning the New England Class A Prep School Championships in 1990, 1992 and 1993. Additionally, he served as Head Coach of Softball for 15 years. Most recently, he has served as Director of Enrichment & Co-Curricular Programs, Director of Summer Programs and math faculty at The Whitby School in Greenwich, Conn. He holds an M.A. in Business Administration from American International College as well as a Sixth Year Certificate in Education Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University.

  • Director, Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center, Head Coach, Varsity Baseball
  • B.A. Economics, College of the Holy Cross; M.B.A., American International College; Sixth Year Certificate in Education Leadership, Southern Connecticut State University


Instructor: Marvina Lowry-Brook

Mrs. Lowry-Brook, a member of the visual arts faculty, teaches Studio Art, Painting and Sculpture as well as a new course in Fashion Design. She has a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and an M.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In addition to teaching fine arts, Mrs. Lowry-Brook has taught college-level art history, taught and trained college museum guides, developed education materials and guides for art shows.

Her love of travel and foreign language led her to live in Mexico and France, where she travelled extensively during her two year stay. She recently received the Global Educator Travel grant which took her to Paris and Milan to prepare for a new course in fashion design.

When not teaching, Mrs. Lowry-Brook writes children's stories, does genealogical research, and creates her own artwork including sculpture, painting, and maps. She resides in Granby, Mass., and is the mother of three, including Lilianna '16.

  • Visual Arts Teacher
  • Degrees: B.A, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • M.A. Art History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Certification in Art Education K-12, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • Certificates in Elementary and Intermediate French, Sorbonne, Paris


Instructor: Jes Rohan

Upon graduating from Saint Michael's College in Winooski Park, Vt., Mrs. Rohan moved to Manhattan, N.Y., where she was a recruiter for the finance and technology industry. She began teaching at the middle school level in 2006 in Chicopee, Mass., as a special educator for students with moderate needs. Mrs. Rohan joined the Academy in 2011 as the Girl's Varsity Basketball coach and soon became a full-time member of the middle school faculty where she has taught Grade 6 Humanities and coached Middle School Soccer. Currently, Mrs. Rohan a dorm parent for the middle school international program in The LeBrecque House where she lives with her husband, Andrew, daughters, Fiona and Anna, and dog, Jax.

  • Middle School Humanities Teacher, Coach, Middle School Soccer

  • B.A. Psychology, St. Michael's College, M. Ed., Elms College


Instructor: James Gouin

Mr. Gouin is the Grade 6 and 7 science teacher in the Middle School. James comes to the Academy from the Springfield Public Schools. He received his BA from the University of Massachusetts and his Masters of Education from Springfield College. In addition to classroom teaching, Mr. Gouin will also be coaching soccer and serving as a dorm parent in the middle school.
  • WMA Middle School Science Teacher
  • Degrees: B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.E., Springfield College


Mr. Drew Shea is a member of our alumni faculty, having graduated from the Academy in 2008. He went on to earn a bachelors degree from Castleton State College where he majored in Spanish Language and Literature with a concentration in Spanish Education. During his time at Castleton he travelled to Costa Rica for study at the Universidad Veritas and completed an ECELA Language Immersion program in Lima, Peru. In addition, Mr. Shea has spent many years working with the Greater Westfield YMCA in their childcare, youth sports and Camp Shepard programs. He is currently working toward a masters in Education at American International College.

  • Spanish Teacher
  • B.A. Spanish Language and Literature, Castleton State College


Dr. Kathy Gorski teaches chemistry. Prior to coming to the Academy, she taught at the Kingswood-Oxford School in West Hartford, Connecticut, and the Nativity School of Worcester. She also has an extensive background in industry and research. In 2007-2008 Dr. Gorski was an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia.

Dr. Gorski is active in a number of professional and educational organizations, and participates in many national and international conferences. She is a member of the Technology Advisory Council of the National Science Teachers Association and was Co-Chair of the 20th Anniversary Summit of the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC in June 2010.

  • Department Chair, Mentor, STEM Research Program
  • B.S., Western New England University; M.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Mr. Michael Caine ’14 is an aspiring architect from Springfield, Mass. His passion for architecture first started when he designed and built garden boxes attached to the Greenhouse on the WMA campus for his Eagle Scout Service Project his junior year. Since then, he has earned an associate’s degree in Architecture and Building Technology from Springfield Technical Community College, is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Architecture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and is planning on receiving his master’s degree in Interior Architecture. Michael has also worked in local architectural firms designing and working on projects across Western Massachusetts.


Program Coordinator Coach Mike MacDonald grew up in Syracuse, N.Y., in a family who loved lacrosse, so naturally he was involved in the sport from a very early age, competing at the youth levels each summer and developing a deep passion for the sport.

Coach Mac’s talent caught up with his passion when he played lacrosse for Anthony A. Henninger High School, home of the Black Knights. The Black Knights were the first team in the Section III New York State Public High School Athletic Association to win a State Championship in lacrosse. Coached by Upstate Hall of Famer, Tom Acee, Coach Mac was a 1st team All League Midfielder and an All-American his senior year. He was also MVP of the 2003 Upstate Senior Game.

Coach Mac went on to play lacrosse and further his education at Syracuse University from 2004-2008. He played lacrosse under current legendary Coach John Desko and was on the lacrosse team when Syracuse University won two National Championships (2004 and 2008). During his time at Syracuse, Coach Mac became a student of the game and continued to develop his passion for the sport of lacrosse.

With a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, Coach Mac returned to his high school alma mater to coach and teach the Black Knights. Under his leadership, the Black Knights made it back into playoffs after being absent for five years.

Coach Mac moved into college coaching for the 2011-2012 lacrosse season, as the offensive coordinator for Le Moyne College, a Division II lacrosse powerhouse in New York state. While coaching the offense and man-up team, Coach MacDonald helped the Dolphins bring home a Northeast Conference Championship and make a Final Four appearance, posting an overall record of 17-1. In 2012, Coach MacDonald also earned his master’s degree from Le Moyne College.

Currently, Coach MacDonald is the Boys’ Varsity Coach at Wilbraham & Monson Academy. During his first year coaching at WMA, Coach Mac helped the Titans return to the semifinals after being absent for 16 years in the playoffs. He continues to teach and spread the love of lacrosse while helping student athletes develop as players and further their educational opportunities in college. Coach Mac received the 2015 Bevan Dupree Assistant Coach of the Year Award for WNESSLA Division II.

Some of the colleges that Coach Mac’s players have attended for academics and/or athletics are: Syracuse University, LeMoyne College, State University of New York at Cortland, Onondaga Community College, Cazenovia College, St. Lawrence University, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Fairfield University, College of the Holy Cross, Limestone College, Marquette University, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Army, Navy, Rutgers University, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Being both a coach and a teacher, Coach Mac knows what it takes to balance education and sports. He promotes learning on the lacrosse field by integrating leadership skills, communication skills, camaraderie, endurance, strength (mental and physical), and knowledge to all his athletes.

Gayle Hsiao

Director of Summer Programs

Email Gayle Hsiao

Call 413.596.9103