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Summer 2018

Who We Are

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 summer 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.

What We Do

There are three distinct sections in the WMA Summer Program. Our youngest campers are the Beech Tree ‘Littles’ (ages 5 – 8) and ‘Bigs’ (ages 9 - 12) enjoy a traditional day camp with field and pool time, creative activities, hands-on tinkering and group interactions that help form friendships.

The WMA Summer ESL program strives to improve the attendees’ 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. And finally, workshops are offered in the morning and afternoon, which will allow campers to work with other summer program participants from the United States and around the world.



Registration information for the Summer Programs 2018

Enrollment options and program fees

Day Workshop Programs

Fee: $500 per week

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

ESL Program

Fee: Six-week program is one, all-inclusive fee of $9,264 (mandatory $264 medical insurance is included)

Things to know if you are an international student applying for ESL

International students will apply for a tourist visa to attend.

Summer Programs Packing List

Travel Guidelines for 2018 International Summer Program Students

Travel Plans for 2018 International Summer Program Students

Minor Traveling Alone form

Special ESL application form and writing sample required

Required Health Forms



Choose a Summer Program

the NEW Beech Tree


Visit and 'like' our Beech Tree page on Facebook

For more than 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.

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What is the Beech Tree story? Hear it from a couple of our campers:

“Thank you again for all you do. We are so proud of (our son) and he can't wait to go back tomorrow. He talked the whole (2.5 mile) ride home about everything that he did, and as you know, that is pretty impressive coming from a 10 year old. Thanks again!”

“I hope you have been enjoying your summer. I was wondering if there is any way we can add more days for both girls Beech Tree? I will be putting (my daughter) in for the full six weeks next year. She loves it so much!!! Thank you so much and have a great day!!”

“My kids love this Camp. The activities are very creative & the counselors are Awesome!!!”

“This camp was fantastic! The counselors are all enthusiastic, engaging, and positive with the kids. We'll definitely be back!!”

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We are proud of our counselors and admire the passion and energy they bring to camp each day. They never seem to tire as they encourage the campers to make new friends, challenge themselves, and try new things.

Beech Tree counselors are all CORI cleared, first-aid and CPR trained and certified.

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

Session I: June 25 – June 29
Session II: July 2 – 6 (camp meets on July 4)
Session III: July 9 – 13
Session IV: July 16 – 20
Session V: July 23 – 27
Session VI: July 30 - Aug. 3

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.

NEW FOR 2018

Learn-to-Swim

WMA is offering Learn-to-Swim classes taught by certified, knowledgeable and caring instructors

All levels will be taught by Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor Erika Whipple L. ATC, WSI and assisted by Red Cross Certified life guards

Four week program: June 24 - July 20

"A Day in the Life of a WMA Middle School Student''

The 'Bigs' (ages 9 - 12) will participate in a special afternoon workshop each day about campus life including sample classes in 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!

July 30 - Aug. 3

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

Darkroom to Lightroom

This is a two-week session workshop

July 2 - 6 and July 9 - 13

  • 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.

Instructor: Mr. Bloomfield

fashion: design studio

This is a two-week session workshop

July 2 - 6 and July 9 - 13

  • 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.

Instructor: Mrs. Lowry-Brook

Make it Move - Artbotics!

This is a two-week session workshop

July 16 - 20 and July 23 - 27

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.

Instructor: Nick Leone '17

FBI (Finance, Business & Investing)

This is a two-week session workshop; runs twice in July. Choose only one!

July 2 - 6 and July 9 - 13
July 16 - 20 and July 23 - 27

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.

Instructor: Mr. Irzyk

Special Programs

cit leadership & adventure program

Counselor in Training Program limited to 12 participants

Age of participants - Born between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2004

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

Six weeks, one commitment

  • June 25 - June 29
  • July 2 - 6
  • July 9 - 13
  • July 16 - 20
  • July 23 - 27
  • July 30 - Aug 3 - 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.

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english as a second language (ESL)

English as a Second Language (ESL) Full six-week participation is recommended. A minimum 3-week registration is requested. Special application form is required.

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.


2018 PROGRAM INFORMATION

June 25 – Aug. 3

WMA Summer Session follows a traditional school year schedule:

8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Workshops each week - (Descriptions above; not all workshops run every week)

  • Artbotics – A hybrid program of Robotics, Art, and Computer Science
  • CIT Leadership & Adventure Program
  • Darkroom to Lightroom – Photography
  • Fashion: Design Studio - A focus on the global understanding of fashion and its cultural and aesthetic implications.
  • F.B.I. Finance, Business, Investments
  • Financial Literacy for Girls
  • Plein Air Painting

12:30 - 4:30 p.m.

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

Day students leave campus after Outdoor Activities concludes at 4:30 p.m.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Study Hall/Homework for ESL

7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Evening Activity or field trip. Some of these field trips take place on the weekends.

Reflection of 2017 evening and weekend activities (2018 schedule will be announced in March but will be similar to 2017):

  • Quabbin Reservoir – Picnic, history, and games
  • Monson Summerfest – Small town street fair celebrating America’s Independence Day
  • Puffer’s Pond, Amherst – Swimming, fishing, barbecue
  • East Longmeadow July 4th Fireworks
  • Sonny’s Place – Amusement Park
  • Lusitano Park – Western Mass Pioneers vs FC Boston soccer game
  • Look Park – Full day. Barbecue picnic, pedal boats, mini-golf, train/zoo, walking, field for games,
  • Basketball/soccer and open gym
  • Outdoor Concerts at Fountain Park
  • Museums – Dr. Suess, Springfield History, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Mass MoCA,
  • Majestic Theater – Youth Theatre
  • New England Aquarium, Boston; Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • Salem – ‘Cry Innocent’ history alive interactive history
  • Firepot campfire, s’mores, and songs
  • Scarborough State Beach and Newport, Rhode Island
  • Dinner in area restaurants – Formosa Amherst (Taiwanese), Crepes Tea Room (Russian), Antonio’s, Coco, Mill 180, Panda East,
  • Ice cream at Westview Farm, Rice’s, Mountainview, Jake’s, Cindy’s; Pizza at Gio’s, Pafumi’s
  • Fenway Mini-Golf
  • Shaker night of Bowling and Rave Eastfield (Movie Theatre (rainy day activity)
  • Pot luck dinner – trips to 5 Star Asian Grocery, Victory Market, and the Big Y featuring ‘foods from home’
  • Hikes – Rice Preserve, Ludlow Reservoir, Peaked Mountain,
  • Boating and Tubing on the Connecticut River
  • Red Fire Farm
  • Blueberry picking in East Longmeadow
  • Heartsong Yoga
  • Inflatables and Slip 'n slide

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 $9,264. Includes $216 for health insurance (required)


THINGS TO KNOW

International students will apply for a tourist visa to attend.

Summer Programs Packing List

Travel Guidelines

Special application form required

Back by Popular Demand!

learn-to-swim

WMA is offering Learn-to-Swim classes taught by certified, knowledgeable and caring instructors

Four week program: June 24 - July 20.

All levels will be taught by Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor Erika Whipple L. ATC, WSI and assisted by Red Cross Certified Life Guards

Two sessions daily, Monday - Thursday

Individual lessons: 9 a.m. to noon.

Group lessons: 4 and 5 p.m.

Each lesson is 30 minutes in length.

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Special session for Beech Tree kids – June 18 – 22

Level 1 & 2 will meet Tuesday and Thursday 9 – 10 a.m.

Objective: To help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely and To give students success with fundamental skills.

Level 3 & 4 will meet Monday and Wednesday 9 – 10 a.m.

Objective: To build on skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice and to develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills by increasing endurance through swimming greater distances

CPR & First Aid Training Friday, June 22, from 9 a.m. - noon

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Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills
Objective:
To help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely
Requirements: None
Skills Covered: Entering and exiting the water safely, learning to submerge mouth, nose and eyes and breath control, front and back float and recovering to a stand, changing direction in the water, swimming five feet on front and back.

Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Objective:
To give students success with fundamental skills
Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 1 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 1 skills
Skills Covered: Entering water by stepping or jumping in from the side, submerging entire head, blowing bubbles, open eyes underwater, front and back glide, swim 15 feet on front and 10 feet on back, swim on side, life jacket use

Level 3 - Stroke Development
Objective:
To build on skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice
Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 2 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 2 skills
Skills Covered: Jump into deep water, head first entry from sitting or kneeling, submerging and retrieving an object, bobbing, survival float for 30 seconds, treading water for 30 seconds, front crawl 15 yards, butterfly 15 feet, back crawl 15 yards, elementary rescues, safe diving, check-call-care

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement
Objective:
To develop confidence in the strokes learned thus far and to improve other aquatic skills by increasing endurance through swimming greater distances
Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 3 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 3 skills
Skills Covered: Diving, underwater swimming, feet-first surface dive, one minute of survival floating, treading and back floating, 25 yards of front crawl, breaststroke and back crawl, 15 yards of butterfly and elementary backstroke and sidestroke, compact jump from height in a lifejacket, throwing assists and caring for conscious choking victim

Level 5 - Stroke Refinement
Objective:
Coordination and refinement of strokes
Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 4 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 4 skills
Skills Covered: Shallow dive, tuck and pike surface dives, two minutes of survival floating, back float and treading water, flip turns on front and back, 50 yards front and back crawl, 25 yards butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke, two minutes of survival swimming, rescue breathing

Level 6 - Swimming and Skill Proficiency
Objective:
Refine strokes so students swim them with more ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances; includes "menu options" - Personal Water Safety, Fitness Swimmer and Fundamentals of Diving
Requirements: Students entering this level must possess a Level 5 certificate or demonstrate all the Level 5 skills
Skills Covered: 500 yards continuous swim using 100 yards each of front and back crawl, 50 yards each of breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke & butterfly and 100 yards choice of any of those strokes, survival floating and back floating five minutes each, feet first surface dive and retrieve an object from seven feet, Cooper 12-minute swim test

New for 2018

Plein Air Painting

June 25 - 29 and July 2 - 6

What better time in New England than early summer for being outside and feeling free?

Plein air is the French expression for “in the open air”.

The workshop artists will have the opportunity to leave the four walls of the classroom behind to experience painting and drawing in the beautiful landscape of WMA. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel - the precursor to the plein air easels of today - allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air.”

Instructor: Mrs. Staples

Financial Literacy for girls

This is a two-week session workshop; runs twice in July. Choose only one!

July 2 -6 and July 9 - 13
July 16 - 20 and July 23 - 27

This workshop is designed for middle and high school girls to teach them about money, which will lead to financial literacy and economic empowerment. Women currently make only 78 cents on the dollar compared to men. They make up 50 percent of the workforce and 40 percent of households with children have a female primary breadwinner.

Managing money is complicated. It is more than just learning a skill set. Money can mean a lot of different things to girls; there are cultural and social messages that need to be learned or unlearned as well. The goal of my course will be to ask and answer: What do you need to learn about money now in order to plan for a successful future, one in which you realize your dreams and ambitions?

Our goal together will be to create a life where the girls are economically empowered and in control of their own destiny. Financial literacy is a proactive, not reactive, behavior and that being financially literate is being able to understand the need to set goals, make a plan and live deliberately.

Field trips and guest speakers round out a variety of activities within this workshop. A mid-week New York City Financial District Trip includes the students from the FBI workshop.

Instructor: Mrs. Gayle Hsiao

Registration

Register here!

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 summer@wma.us.

STAFF

Meet the staff


DARKROOM TO LIGHTROOM

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.” Mr. Bloomfield resides in Wilbraham, Mass., with his wife and is the father of two, including his assistant Zoe '18.

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

FINANCE, BUSINESS & INVESTING

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; Columbia University, Teacher College Certification for Teaching Financial Literacy

FASHION: STUDIO DESIGN

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 Wilbraham, Mass., with her husband, 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


Mrs. Wendy Decker Staples joined the Fine & Performing Arts Department in September 2010 from Bloomfield, N.Y., a small town south of Rochester, N.Y. She graduated with a BFA from Alfred University in December 2009 and received her New York State K-12 art teacher's certification. While at AU, she spent all four years as a member of the Alfred Dance team and completed her senior show in oil painting. In May 2013, Mrs. Staples completed her MFA through Boston University with a concentration in Art Education. This fall, she is completing coursework at Springfield Technical Community College to strengthen her knowledge in the field of Architectural Design.

Mrs. Staples teaches Studio Art, Drawing, Architectural Design and Ceramics courses at the academy. She serves as dorm parent on Rich 4 and is the faculty advisor to the WMA yearbook. Mrs. Staples has been part of various committee's on campus such as The Committee for Global Curriculum, The Committee for The Global Theme: Cities, and The Global Scholar Selection Committee. In the summer of 2013 she traveled with students to China as part of the YEMS program (Yunan, Ethnic Minority Schools).

In her free time, Mrs. Staples continues to develop her own artwork through drawing and painting with mixed media. During the month of July 2015 she used her Hubbard Travel Grant to explore cities in Central Italy; two of those weeks were spent at the Barnes Artist Residency on Monte Acuto outside of Umbertide.

Faculty (Visual Arts), Yearbook Advisor

B.F.A., Alfred University 2009
M.F.A., Boston University 2012


SUMMER PROGRAM STAFF

Mrs. Gayle Hsiao is a member of the CEGS department. She has an extensive background in entrepreneurial education and has taught courses in entrepreneurial studies and financial literacy for girls at the high school and university level. With Mr. Ekness, Mrs. Hsiao developed The Global EcoLearn Project®. Her CEGS students create opportunities for the use of wood products harvested from Academy woodlands and oversee their development, production, marketing, and sales.

Mrs. Hsiao has also adapted her entrepreneurship curriculum for the Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs Summer Manufacturing Camps founded by John Ratzenberger. N, B, & T now uses her curriculum and lesson plans

As the Director of the International Student Program, Mrs. Hsiao is responsible for the well being of international students at the Academy. She mentors their transition to WMA, facilitates communication with families, arranges homestays in the community and assists with any facet of the international student’s quality of life on campus and after graduation.

Mrs. Hsiao and husband Allen live in Wilbraham.

  • Director of International Student Program, Director of Summer Programs
  • B.S., University of Massachusetts
  • M.B.A., Bay Path College
  • Columbia University, Teacher College Certification for Teaching Financial Literacy

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


Gayle Hsiao

Director of Summer Programs

Email Gayle Hsiao

Call 413.596.9103