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Summer Learning

It's officially summer vacation, but learning continues at Saint David's, with our summer programs in full swing.

Last week, 12 boys from the classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020 participated in Saint David's Summer Art Camp, taught by Ms. Jenna Boccella with assistance from Ms. Nancy Iannicelli.

The boys learned and practiced fundamental watercolor skills as well as concepts of plein air landscape sketching and painting at St. Thomas More each day before heading outdoors to the Cooper Hewitt Garden or Central Park Sailboat Pond to enjoy a leisurely lunch, socializing and watercolor sketching on site.

On the final day of the week-long camp, they added finishing touches to their works and chose two favorite pieces to share with their families.

They identified a challenge they faced, a key skill or concept they learned, and a work or detail that they were proud of from the week's endeavors.

This week, through our partnership with the DNA Learning Center of Cold Spring Harbor, rising sixth and seventh graders are participating in The World of Enzymes. The camp builds on basic concepts of biochemistry and molecular biology and enables students to use advanced techniques to manipulate DNA.

The boys are building molecular models, using enzymes to cut and splice DNA, analyzing DNA fragments and making a personal DNA fingerprint. On Friday, they will explain their week's activities to visiting parents and family members.

And, next week, our partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute will enable boys to discover the Secrets of the Civil War, as they study a topic about the war through research and exploration of primary sources in the Gilder Lehrman Collection.

These are unique enrichment opportunities for our boys to stretch intellectually, analytically, and aesthetically, as they take advantage of Saint David's partnerships and the school's location in the city.


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