July 8-12 & 15-19
8:30-11:30 & 12:00-3:00

Incoming Kindergarteners PLEASE READ

“Kindergarten Here We Come!”

The Nest summer camp for accepted and enrolled EAGLE incoming kindergarten students will take place August 5-9, 8:30-11:30 (times are tentative).

This optional week of instruction offers a great chance for the students and the teachers to get to know one another a bit before the year begins. This allows us to create groupings that most benefit the students and well as begin to build a classroom community.

Each day we will concentrate on a vowel and participate in activities revolving around the theme of insects (with breaks for snack and outside recess). At the end of each session, we gather together for a song or story to review what we learned that morning. 

Incoming Nest families will be notified once registration is available.

Fun & Educational Programs for Gifted & Talented Madison area Students

Below, you will find all the information you need to register your student(s). If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Summer Camps coordinator, Sarah Wright, Sarah@eagleschool.org.

RATES

$175 per session (3 hours/day, Monday-Friday)

Refunds: If plans change, you can switch programs (if space permits) or receive a full refund (minus any processing fees) until June 10, 2024. Cancellations will be refunded at a 50% rate (minus any processing fees) from June 10 to June 24. After June 24, no refunds will be available.

Financial Aid: Financial aid may be awarded based on need. Applicants in need of financial aid are invited to contact Jimlene Pleva, Financial Coordinator. Non-EAGLE School families will be asked to provide financial documentation and a letter of recommendation.

ELIGIBILITY

EAGLE Summer Camps are designed for gifted, talented, and academically advanced students entering grades 1-9 in the fall.

Students not currently attending EAGLE School are more than welcome! For non-EAGLE students please fill out this application form and submit it to us as EAGLE School. This application will gather information about the student that will allow us to confirm that EAGLE Summer Camps are a great fit. Because this application process may take some time, please go ahead and register now (or when you’re ready).

HEALTH & SAFETY

Snacks, Breaks, and Water: Participants are encouraged to bring snacks for mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks. A water bottle is also a great idea; water dispensers and drinking fountains are available.

Bug Spray: As weather and curriculum permit, students may have class outside, or may explore grasslands and woodlands where mosquitos and ticks may be present. EAGLE staff will follow the preferences you indicate on the health form (that you will submit when registering) with regard to applying insect repellent provided by you or EAGLE.

Sunscreen: EAGLE does not provide sunscreen. Please send sunscreen with the participant if you feel that is necessary.

What to wear? Participants should dress appropriately for both indoor and outdoor activities. Frisbee participants should be especially prepared for outdoor physical activities. EAGLE Clothing Guidelines stipulate that clothing may not advertise or advocate the use of firearms, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or other controlled substances. Clothing may not use obscenities or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, or any other protected group.

DROP-OFF & PICK-UP

Drop-off and pick-up will happen at the main entrance (not the auditorium entrance).

Participants can arrive up to 15 minutes before the start of their first session (8:15am or 12:00pm). We ask that participants be picked up no later than 15 minutes after they are done for the day (either at 11:45am or 3:15pm). Please only use the Main Entrance (east side of building, closest to Gunflint Park).

Before- and After-Camp Supervision: Students can arrive as early as 8:15 am and must be picked up no later than 15 minutes after they are done for the day (either at 11:45 or 3:15). After-camp supervision is not available.

LUNCH

Participants enrolled in both a morning and an afternoon session should bring a lunch. Lunch time will be supervised and take place either inside or outside, depending on weather. When students are finished with lunch, they may play on the playground outside (weather permitting). Milk will not be offered (as it is during the regular school year).

PROGRAMS

July 8-12, mornings (8:30-11:30)
ULTIMATE FRISBEE

Interested in learning how to play ultimate frisbee? We will work on basic throws of frisbee, celebrate the Spirit of the Game, and get lots of exercise. Seamus Sidney, an EAGLE alum and one of the West High School Varsity captains, will lead the session.  You will build skills, play some fun frisbee related games, scrimmage, and work on fitness and agility as well as having fun. Any experience level is welcome. This program will be co-facilitated by former EAGLE School Counselor and parent, Colette Bina, and EAGLE School alumnus, Seamus Sidney.

Open to students entering grades 6-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

LEGOS: Future Cities

Calling all kids who love imagining, designing, and Legos! Kids will work together to pitch a concept of their future city the first day. Then they’ll divide into teams and solve challenges like energy capture, housing, food/stores, transportation, and entertainment. They’ll use Lego Spike Essential programming to help solve their civilization’s challenges. At the end of camp they’ll present their vision to the group! This program is led by EAGLE parents and Lego Club leaders, Erica Liabo-van der Pol and Jesse van der Pol.

Open to students entering grades 1-4 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

CHINESE

Dive into Chinese language and culture through songs, stories, and skits! Students who are new to Chinese, as well as those with some experience are welcome; students will be assigned to activities based on their level, and all will be engaged and inspired by this rich language! This program is led by former EAGLE Math Teacher and parent, Leilei Song.

Open to students entering grades 2-5 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

MUSIC COMPOSITION & THEORY

Whether you consider yourself a composer, or you’ve always wanted to try it but weren’t sure where to start, this camp is for you. Though the direction of the camp will ultimately be determined by the interests and abilities of its members, it may entail: creating instrumental pieces that implement principles of musical counterpoint, learning ways to harmonize preexisting melodies, gaining skills in musical notation (both hand-written and software-based), chord theory, analysis and deep listening, etc, etc! This program is led by EAGLE Music Teacher, Mark Wurzelbacher.

Open to students entering grades 6-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

FIESTA CLUB (Spanish)

Immerse yourself in Spanish-speaking cultures through conversation, crafts, and food! Campers will build piñatas, make and eat pupusas, and explore the many places where Spanish is spoken. Instruction will be given in English, but Spanish conversation will be welcome and encouraged as well. Whether students are completely new to Spanish, or proficient in the language, fun will be had by all. ¡Vámonos! This program is led by EAGLE Spanish Teacher, Jessica Devine.

This same program is also being offered during week 2.

Open to students entering grades 5-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

Did you know that elements cycle through the environment? Just like water moves between clouds, rain, lakes, and land, so do elements like carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. Use the powers of chemistry to figure out where the elements are coming from and going to! Build your own mini ecosystem to bring the nutrient cycles to life, and take it home at the end of the week! This program is led by Monona Grove High School Chemistry Teacher, LJ Neumann.

Open to students entering grades 4-6 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

SHOW CHOIR

Do you dream of singing and dancing on a big stage one day? Join us for a mini show choir bootcamp! Taught by a touring college performer, this camp will strengthen skills in singing, dancing, and acting. Students will learn 2 choreographed songs from contrasting popular genres and gain skills in improvisation, acting through song, and basic dance techniques! This program is led by EAGLE alumna and Wisconsin Singers performer, Libby Pleva.

This same program is also being offered during week 2.

Open to students entering grades 1-4 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

PAPER ARTS

Join the fun this summer as we explore the art and joy of beloved children’s book author, Eric Carle. During this week-long workshop, you will learn a variety of 2D and 3D art techniques while dabbling in a wide variety of materials! You’ll create a total of five projects while in class, walking away with lots of creative inspiration for the summer! This program is led by Oregon Art Teacher, Molly Dall’Osto.

This same program is also being offered in the afternoon.

Open to students entering grades 1-4 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

July 8-12, afternoons (12:00-3:00)
CHEMISTRY KIDS

Do you love solving mysteries, finding patterns, or making food? The science of chemistry explores how substances behave, both on their own and when combined with other substances. We will explore chemistry through chromatography, using indicators, making solutions, and carrying out reactions. Questions we will answer may include: is there really iron in Total cereal? What is the best method for cleaning an oil spill? Join us to zoom in and find out how things work at the atomic scale! This program is led by Monona Grove High School Chemistry Teacher, LJ Neumann.

This same program is also being offered during week 2.

Open to students entering grades 1-3 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

INTRODUCTION TO MAGIE the GATHERING

Do you like fantasy books and boardgames? Then Magic The Gathering Camp is the place for you. Come join us to learn and play matches against one or more friends. We will talk about strategy as well as  deck-building.  Experience is not necessary. Players are welcome to bring their own cards or we will also have cards available for use. This program will be co-facilitated by former EAGLE School Counselor and parent, Colette Bina, and EAGLE School alumnus, Seamus Sidney.

Open to students entering grades 5-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

LOS EXPLORADORES (Spanish)

¡Bienvenidos! Join us for a week of learning Spanish language and Hispanic culture. We will cook a popular dish, play cultural games, listen to Latin music, make art and crafts, and practice beginner-level Spanish vocabulary and grammar through fun daily activities. Students will come home each day with a wealth of knowledge about an ever-growing cultural presence. This program is led by EAGLE alum, Libby Pleva.

This same program is also being offered during week 2.

Open to students entering grades 1-4 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

PAPER ARTS

Join the fun this summer as we explore the art and joy of beloved children’s book author, Eric Carle. During this week-long workshop, you will learn a variety of 2D and 3D art techniques while dabbling in a wide variety of materials! You’ll create a total of five projects while in class, walking away with lots of creative inspiration for the summer! This program is led by Oregon Art Teacher, Molly Dall’Osto.

This same program is also being offered in the morning.

Open to students entering grades 1-4 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

LET’S WRITE a MUSICAL

In the course of just one week, participants will collaborate to brainstorm, write, stage, and perform an original musical, with props and costumes! We will analyze aspects of some classic musicals and use those to inspire our own original ideas. All experience and comfort levels are welcome. This program is led by EAGLE Music Teacher, Mark Wurzelbacher.

Open to students entering grades 5-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

SPEECH & DEBATE

Does pineapple belong on pizza? Should all museums be free for everyone? Should homework be banned? Should the voting age be lowered? Or raised? While addressing questions like these, participants will develop their reasoning and communication skills through the world of speech and debate. Along the way, they will explore and develop a variety of tools — such as logical reasoning, organizing arguments, oral communication, listening, and note-taking — through fun activities and formal debates. This program is led by EAGLE History Teacher and Speech & Debate Coach, Maggie Flamingo.

Open to students entering grades 5-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

July 15-19, mornings (8:30-11:30)
CHESS

Review chess rules and dive into the strategy and tactics of the game. Participants will examine different opening set ups, typical middle-game plans, topical tactical motifs, and endgame principles. Students will be involved in tournament playing and puzzle solving as well in interactive discussions. The Chess program is led by professional chess instructor and EAGLE Chess Club Coach, Alex Betaneli.

Open to students entering grades 2-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

PUZZLES

Do you enjoy crossword puzzles? Logic puzzles? Math games? This camp is for you! We will explore some fiendishly difficult and immensely satisfying puzzles, both individually and as a team. We will enter the wild world of cryptic crosswords, perhaps even creating one of our own. By the end of the week, we will embark on a team puzzle hunt, which involves both individual puzzles and a few meta-puzzles (meta-puzzles require the answers from other puzzles in order to solve). Bring your patience, curiosity, and a pencil with a big eraser! This program is led by EAGLE Music Teacher and huge puzzle nerd, Mark Wurzelbacher.

Open to students entering grades 6-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD ENGINEERING A.M.

Calling all designers and builders! Use your creativity, precision, and zest for problem-solving to conquer engineering design challenges. Though our projects are inspired by Science Olympiad build events, no prior experience with Science Olympiad is necessary (and participation in this camp and the school-year team are treated separately). Can you design, build and test a roller coaster track to move a marble? Can you design and build a functional musical instrument? Can you build a Tower meeting specific requirements to achieve the highest structural efficiency? EAGLE Sci Oly Coaches Ellie Tumarkin and Jenny Klepper will help you bring your designs to life!

Open to students entering grades 5-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

SHOW CHOIR

Do you dream of singing and dancing on a big stage one day? Join us for a mini show choir bootcamp! Taught by a touring college performer, this camp will strengthen skills in singing, dancing, and acting. Students will learn 2 choreographed songs from contrasting popular genres and gain skills in improvisation, acting through song, and basic dance techniques! This program is led by EAGLE alum and Wisconsin Singers performer, Libby Pleva.

This same program is also being offered during week 1.

Open to students entering grades 1-4 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

ARTS & CRAFTS

Do you enjoy making things?  This class will give you the opportunity to explore different art media and use your imagination as we create various arts and crafts.  Some of the materials we will use include watercolor, oil pastels, and air dry clay.  We will make tie-dye t-shirts, shrinky dink art, watercolor birds, projects featuring natural materials, a large collaborative canvas for the school, and more! Come in old clothes and be ready to create! This program is led by EAGLE Art Teacher, Marcia Beckett, and former EAGLE Language Arts Teacher Ann Larson.

Open to students entering grades 4-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

Did you know that elements cycle through the environment? Just like water moves between clouds, rain, lakes, and land, so do elements like carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. Use the powers of chemistry to figure out where the elements are coming from and going to! Build your own mini ecosystem to bring the nutrient cycles to life, and take it home at the end of the week! This program is led by Monona Grove High School Chemistry Teacher, LJ Neumann.

Open to students entering grades 4-6 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

FIESTA CLUB (Spanish)

Immerse yourself in Spanish-speaking cultures through conversation, crafts, and food! Campers will build piñatas, make and eat pupusas, and explore the many places where Spanish is spoken. Instruction will be given in English, but Spanish conversation will be welcome and encouraged as well. Whether students are completely new to Spanish, or proficient in the language, fun will be had by all. ¡Vámonos! This program is led by EAGLE Spanish Teacher, Jessica Devine.

This same program is also being offered during week 1.

Open to students entering grades 5-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

July 15-19, afternoons (12:00-3:00)
ADVANCED DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

Do you already have some experience with Dungeons & Dragons? Perhaps you participated in our D&D summer camp last year? Then you’re all set for this D&D RPG follow-up program. Participants will build on their previous knowledge and up their game, building stronger teams and defeating some of the worst monsters and dragons in their imaginary midst. This program is led by D&D expert, Claire Titelbaum (EAGLE School ‘22) and her father, Mike Titelbaum, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Open to students entering grades 5-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD ENGINEERING P.M.

Calling all designers and builders! Use your creativity, precision, and zest for problem-solving to conquer engineering design challenges. Though our projects are inspired by Science Olympiad build events, no prior experience with Science Olympiad is necessary (and participation in this camp and the school-year team are treated separately). Can you design, build and test a roller coaster track to move a marble? Can you design and build a functional musical instrument? Can you build a Tower meeting specific requirements to achieve the highest structural efficiency? EAGLE Sci Oly Coaches Ellie Tumarkin and Jenny Klepper will help you bring your designs to life!

Open to students entering grades 5-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

LOS EXPLORADORES (Spanish)

¡Bienvenidos! Join us for a week of learning Spanish language and Hispanic culture. We will cook a popular dish, play cultural games, listen to Latin music, make art and crafts, and practice beginner-level Spanish vocabulary and grammar through fun daily activities. Students will come home each day with a wealth of knowledge about an ever-growing cultural presence. This program is led by EAGLE alum, Libby Pleva.

This same program is also being offered during week 1.

Open to students entering grades 1-4 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

CHEMISTRY KIDS

Do you love solving mysteries, finding patterns, or making food? The science of chemistry explores how substances behave, both on their own and when combined with other substances. We will explore chemistry through chromatography, using indicators, making solutions, and carrying out reactions. Questions we will answer may include: is there really iron in Total cereal? What is the best method for cleaning an oil spill? Join us to zoom in and find out how things work at the atomic scale! This program is led by Monona Grove High School Chemistry Teacher, LJ Neumann.

This same program is also being offered during week 1.

Open to students entering grades 1-3 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

PODCASTING

Have something you love? Do you wish everyone else loved it as much as you? Then it might just be time to make your own podcasts! This summer camp will help you plan, develop, and edit your own podcast. You can work with a friend or be a one-human-show. The wonderful thing about podcasts is that they are flexible, creative, and a great outlet for interests of any sort. By the end of the week, you’ll have some episodes to start sharing and a good sense of what to do next if you want to continue your show.  This program is led by EAGLE History Teacher and Speech & Debate Coach, Maggie Flamingo.

Open to students entering grades 5-9 in the fall. To register, please scroll down.

REGISTRATION & PAYMENT INFORMATION

More information coming very soon !