Reimagined Online and On-Campus Summer Programs Ignite New Ways of Learning

This summer St. Anne’s-Belfield School engaged over 235 students from more than 30 different schools nationally and internationally for summer learning through a variety of online experiences and an on-campus Pre-School “Explorers Camp”. Summer camp experiences ranged from a “Graphic Novel Club” for third graders; to “College Essay Bootcamp” for high schoolers; from “Pop Goes the Orchestra” for middle schoolers; to “Oh My Gods: Greek Mythology” for second graders.     

"The breadth of experiences that our faculty offered and the excitement of the learners made for a vibrant and valuable summer program here at St. Anne’s-Belfield,” commented Beth Miller, associate head of school for academics. Miller, along with Summer Programs Coordinator and Academic Dean for the Learning Village (grades PS - 8) Michelle Matheson, arranged the program in a matter of several weeks leading up to the summer. 

Teachers applied lessons learned from the spring distance learning program, while creating new best practices that will prepare them for the fall and beyond. Reading Language Arts Specialist Megan Grant remarked, “Having more time with students to do synchronous teaching made a huge difference in my online teaching from spring to summer. It was helpful to figure out which activities needed to be synchronous and which could be asynchronous. I feel better prepared to do online teaching in the future.” Orchestra Teacher Anna Hennessy commented that “the ability to have hands-on learning, even through a screen, felt incredible after not being able to connect in that way in the spring.” 

Math Teacher Amanda Allen discovered new advantages to the technology which allowed her to better respond to students.  She praised the chat feature, for example, which she said, “was actually golden for our session! It helped me with pacing based on how many students had finished and sent me their answers, and allowed me to give students individual feedback while others were working.” 

Miller remarked, “The success of the program is truly a testament to the creativity and resilience of our faculty who pulled this off so quickly and so well!  We are thrilled so many students experienced the camps.”

Whether a preschooler in nature, a fourth grader online reveling in “Storytime Magic,” or a tenth grader studying “Motion Analysis”, this summer at St. Anne’s-Belfield offered something for everyone.

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