By FRANZ A.D. MORALES
Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 1:56 AM
Why not do both? After going on that much-needed summer escapade, kids can attend the St. Francis High School Summer Session 2013 and learn something new, make new friends and, most importantly, have fun.
Andy Burghdorf, St. Francis’ marketing and public relations director, says “It’s going to be a very exciting summer. We’re adding a variety of interesting courses this year – new courses like journalism, robotics, Introduction to Adobe Photoshop and a number of other excellent classes that will be enjoyable and highly educational.”
Kids who are summer regulars at St. Francis can choose to take new courses and expand what they know. Aspiring journalists can get an early start on learning the ropes of journalism or the next robotic engineer can start getting his or her hands dirty building new contraptions.
Asked about the new journalism course, Burghdorf says, “As an introduction course to journalism, the course is built for those students interested in learning more about the subject and improving their writing skills. It will cover a wide range of journalistic topics and touch on the full scope of issues involved in this intriguing career path.” St. Francis’ Summer Session 2013 catalog describes the course as “An introduction to writing for print, online, and broadcasting with an emphasis on proper journalistic style. Students will practice news features, sports, and opinion writing as well as be introduced to journalistic ethics.”
In regards to the robotics class, Burghdorf explains, “It’s going to be a hands-on workshop where students will learn to design, to build, and to program a working robot. Absolutely no prior experience with robots or programming is required to take this course.” This course is based off of St. Francis’ highly successful Robotics Program that fields a competitive robotics team, Team Brobot, each year.
Other new courses offered this year include: Intro to Adobe Photo Shop, Intro to 3D Modeling, SAT Math Preparation, Sports in Literature and Film, Mythology, and HSPT Math.
Burghdorf also mentions that this year the school introduced a new sport, lacrosse. Consequently, a lacrosse sports camp is being offered along with a number of other sports camps for basketball, baseball, football, and soccer among others.
This summer, instead of lounging around doing nothing, why not improve yourself and learn a new skill while having fun and meeting new friends? St. Francis High School’s Summer Session 2013 will offer you that chance.
Enrollment is now open to students, including both boys and girls, entering 7th through 12th grades, with a few exceptions for particular courses.
Classes will be held from June 24th through July 26th (except July 4 & 5).
St. Francis HIgh School is located at 200 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada. For more information about this great summer opportunity, please visit www.sfhs.net or call (818) 790-0325.