Summer at GRA means time outside, trips-off campus, and smaller classes. Our faculty members do a wonderful job of taking the classroom outdoors and enjoying the Northeast Ohio area (like with Mrs. Studer’s biology class). See what has been happening the first few weeks of summer at GRA!
We’re less than one week away from kicking off Grand River Academy’s Summer Programs! From the Summer Academic Camp to the STEAM Academy, there’s a lot of activity going on as preparations are finalized.
One of the questions GRA has heard recently is who’s teaching the STEAM Academy? We’re excited to welcome Mr. Wyatt Bratt to the GRA family this summer as the STEAM Academy Director. We had the opportunity to talk with him about the program and his connections to the school.
What brings you to GRA?
My sister, Clare, and my brother-in-law Thomas (Polak), have been a part of GRA for several years now. Between summer family reunions and quick trips up to Austinburg, my family has always enjoyed GRA’s hospitality and we love getting to know the students (watching Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao in the common room; playing volleyball, basketball or just hanging out in the student center; and, of course, helping with the Grand River Gala).
All in all GRA has quite inadvertently (on my part) become a part of my life. More specifically, Thomas sort of nudged me to be part of the summer program. He and I have always connected on several levels, one of them being woodworking. One thing led to another, as they say, and now I am excited to bring what I can to the STEAM Academy.
What’s your background?
My background has always been hovering somewhere between art and building. I started out in good ol’ construction but I’ve always kept up on some sort of drawing discipline (cartooning, graffiti, sketching, perspective drawing, elevation and foot print and most recently 3D modelling and rendering). Utilizing technology while building with a variety of materials has taught me the appreciation of the connection between science, mathematics and the arts.
What are you looking forward to during the STEAM Academy?
I’m looking forward to the drone building and robotics weeks most but they will all be an exciting adventure! I think hands on projects are the best learning tool. We are visiting an aeronautical and science museum which will be really cool. Also, the sailboat we are building will be a new experience for the students!
Mr. Bratt will be living on campus this summer with his family. They like to spend a lot of time outdoors so if you see them walking around campus, make sure to stop by and say hello!
We’re less than one month away from summer programs here at Grand River Academy! Whether you’re registered for the Summer Academic Camp to earn high school credit in a specific subject area or the STEAM Academy to discover science in a new way, you might be wondering what to pack.
Summers on campus are meant to be fun and that means a relaxed dress code during the day. Northeast Ohio has some great weather (check out the averages online), with temperatures in the upper 70’s – low 80’s. Nighttime can be a little chilly so make sure to pack the summer essentials of shorts and t-shirts, but also a few heavier options like a sweatshirt or lightweight jacket.
There’s a lot of outdoor activities planned this year so make sure to pack the sunscreen and bug spray! From going to the beach, canoeing, to camping (in addition to some fun trips), your son will definitely be busy. It’s always a good idea to pack a few pairs of jeans and if they have any camping gear or fishing rods they’re welcome to bring them along.
Grand River Academy is looking forward to welcoming your son here this summer. If you have any questions or have yet to register, please reach out directly to the Admission Office at (440) 275-2811 or email@example.com.
Would Summer School Benefit Your Son?
Without question, summer is a time for relaxation, fun, travel, and spending time outdoors. For high school grade students, summer is a welcomed break from homework, studying, and tests.
Unfortunately, “without ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills, kids fall behind on measures of academic achievement over the summer months,”1 according to the John Hopkins School of Education.
What is the Summer Slide?
The summer slide is the loss of academic progress a student made during the previous school year – including skills and essential knowledge. The U.S. Department of Education notes that the summer slide, also known as summer learning loss, occurs when students stop engaging in educational activities over the summer.2
For students who display poor grades and academic performance during the school year, falling further behind over the summer is detrimental to their future achievement.
Rethinking Your Son’s Summer
With the school year coming to a close and summer right around the corner, an absolute break from the rigor of school may be all your son wants. But “ignoring the opportunity to strengthen…skills over the summer will only reinforce the cycle of frustration and stress in the fall,”3 notes Kyle Redford, a teacher and education editor at the Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity.
If your son is struggling to keep up in school, contending with a learning difference, or needs to make up a high school credit, it’s time to rethink your son’s summer.
A summer academic camp committed to his success would give your son the time, individualized support, and impactful guidance he needs to get back on track and thrive in his academic endeavors and personal goals.
A Transformational Summer
You’re probably wondering, “Would a summer high school program benefit my son?” and “Can summer school be both entertaining and academically supportive for my highly active son?”
Grand River Academy’s all-encompassing summer academic camp uses the summer months to boost student success, transform uncertainty into confidence, and place each student on a strong, independent path forward.
In addition the personalized, hands-on academics, your son will be empowered to:
- Build meaningful relationships with like-minded young men
- Connect with impactful mentors
- Engage in athletic, recreational, and artistic activities
- Experience Northeast Ohio on adventurous field trips
Your son is a bright, intelligent young man. Allow him to realize and activate his true potential this summer at GRA’s all-boys summer academic camp.
1 McLaughlin, Brenda, M.P.P. and Smink, Jeffrey, M.Ed. John Hopkins School of Education. “Why Summer Learning Deserves a Front-Row Seat in the Education Reform Arena.” Accessed
2 Amatucci, Dorothy. Homeroom. The Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Education. “Stopping the Summer Slide.” Accessed April 5, 2016. http://blog.ed.gov/2014/03/stopping-the-summer-slide/.
3 Redford, Kyle. Noodle. “Differentiating Summer: Why the “Just Play” Movement Doesn’t Work for Every Child [Opinion].” Accessed April 5, 2016. https://www.noodle.com/articles/just-let-kids-play-this-summer-why-you-should-think-again.
As the end of the school year draws near, summer is on its way and that means there are numerous opportunities that can be both fun and educational. Here in northeast Ohio, there are plenty of things to keep your son busy, with an abundance of natural resources, especially with our close proximity to Lake Erie, which boasts destinations like the very popular Geneva-on-the-Lake and the Historic Ashtabula Harbor.
Alongside our numerous water-centered activities, we also are gifted with a beautiful park system boasting numerous walking trails. This includes the Western Reserve Greenway Trail that stretches 44 scenic miles through Ashtabula and Trumbull counties, which is utilized by students and faculty alike, especially with our local access point here in Austinburg.
Another thing that brings photographers and enthusiasts from all around no matter the time of year; our beautiful covered bridges that depict a real touch of just what Ohio is, a historical conglomeration of our past and how it has impacted us today. A real-time history lesson and scenic trip all tied into one package.
However, the fun doesn’t stop there! Grand River Academy takes full advantage of the summer and utilizes it for a prime time to get your son ahead of the game. Is there a certain subject he needs to strengthen without a lot of extra distractions? Then keep our Summer Academic Camp in mind. This annual experience offers the opportunity for your son to focus on one particular subject outside of the traditional school year. Also, he will be able to brush up on his leadership and camaraderie skills while gaining a top-notch hands-on learning experience.
With so many things to do we still keep our local presence as a school with a very peaceful and quiet community with in a serene and rural setting. With close proximity to the Cleveland, OH and Pittsburgh, PA metropolitan areas, it always feels good to come back to a place that you can call home at the end of the day.
As you can see, summer is a great time for us here at GRA and not only is it a time of sunny days, sports, and local activities,but in the process we are creating memories for your son to cherish for a lifetime while building the total young man academically, emotionally, and socially.
GRA has been hosting a series of short webinars to help parents in any questions they might have in their boarding school search. Our last webinar focused on GRA’s summer program options. Held on March 15th, this 30 minute sessin had a great question and answer portion!
DISCOVER SUMMER PROGRAMS AT GRA
Wednesday, March 15th at 12:00 PM EST
Watch this webinar to learn more about what’s happening this summer at Grand River Academy. From GRA’s STEAM Academy where students will learn and create robots, drones, and their own video games to the traditional summer experience with the opportunity to recover credit or gain credit in a given high school class. Hosted by Summer Academic Camp Director Frank Shreve and Assistant Director of Admission Kari Wetzel.
Join us for our last episode in the Lunch & Learn four-part webinar series! We know that the search for the right school can be hard when there are so many great options available. That’s why if you’re already part of GRA’s family or new to the independent school search, this series helps to answer questions you might have about the process. It’s about helping to inform you in making the best decision for your family with your son’s education.
MEETING STUDENTS’ NEEDS WITHIN A TRADITIONAL BOARDING SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
Wednesday, March 29th at 12:00 PM EST
Boarding schools provides a unique opportunity for students in that opportunities for learning occur throughout a student’s entire day, not just during class hours. Learn how GRA’s programming provides the structure and support needed to help our young men activate their academic, emotional, and social potential in preparing them for success after graduation. Hosted by Foundations Learning Program Coordinator Shannon Farrell and Counselor and Productive Growth Center Coordinator Thomas Polak.
Have any questions or a suggestion for future webinars? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or (440) 275-2811. We hope you can join the discussion on March 29th!