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Summer 2019

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Who We Are

summer program

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 2019

Enrollment options and program fees

ESL Program

Fee: Six-week program is one, all-inclusive fee of $9,300 (mandatory 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 2019 International Summer Program Students

Travel Plans for 2019 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 24 – 28
Session II: July 1 – 5 (camp meets on July 4)
Session III: July 8 – 12
Session IV: July 15 – 19
Session V: July 22 – 26
Session VI: July 29 - Aug. 2

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.

FEATURED IN 2019

"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 29 - Aug. 2

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 1 - 5 and July 8 - 12

  • 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 1 - 5 and July 8 - 12

  • 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 15 - 19 and July 22 - 26

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: TBA

FBI (Finance, Business & Investing)

This is a two-week session workshop.

July 15 - 19 and July 22 - 26

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

ceramics

Details TBA

Special Programs

cit leadership & adventure program

Counselor in Training Program limited to 12 participants

Age of participants - Born between Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2005

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

Six weeks, one commitment

  • June 24 - June 28
  • July 1 - 5
  • July 8 - 12
  • July 15 - 19
  • July 22 - 26
  • July 29 - Aug 2 - 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.


2019 PROGRAM INFORMATION

June 24 – Aug. 2

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
  • Ceramics

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.

Evening and weekend activities 2019

  • Basketball/soccer and open gym; includes indoor swimming pool
  • Firepot campfire, s’mores, songs and friendship
  • Shaker night of Bowling
  • Outdoor Concerts at Fountain Park
  • Weekly Yoga instruction
  • Dinner in area restaurants – Formosa Amherst (Taiwanese), Crepes Tea Room (Russian), Leone’s (Italian)
  • Ice cream at Westview Farm, Rice’s, Mountainview, Jake’s, Cindy’s
  • Pizza nights at Gio’s, Pafumi’s or Leone’s
  • Quabbin Reservoir – Picnic, history and games
  • Monson Summerfest – Small town street fair celebrating America’s Independence Day
  • East Longmeadow July 4th Fireworks
  • All-American Independence day barbecue at a private home
  • Puffer’s Pond, Amherst – Swimming, fishing, barbecue
  • Sonny’s Place – Amusement Park
  • Lusitano Park – Western Mass Pioneers soccer game
  • Look Park – Full day. Barbecue picnic, pedal boats, mini-golf, train/zoo, walking, field for games
  • Museums – Dr. Suess, Springfield History, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Mass MoCA
  • Majestic Theater – Youth Theatre
  • Boston Trip includes stops at MIT and Harvard, New England Aquarium and Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  • 5-College area walking tour of art museums and campuses of Smith, Amherst, UMass, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke
  • Fenway Mini-Golf
  • 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

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 $9,300. Includes $300 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

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 and Ian '21.

  • 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


CERAMICS

Instructor: Ms. Kiayani Douglas

Kiayani comes to us from St. Thomas More School, where she was an art teacher and dorm parent. She now serves in a similar capacity, taking over Ceramics and Drawing. Outside of the classroom, Kiayani is our Yearbook Advisor and she lives in Rich Hall with her partner, Akeem. Kiayani received her B.F.A. in Ceramics and an Interdisciplinary M.F.A., both from the University of Hartford.


SUMMER PROGRAM STAFF

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