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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Test Prep
    test prep company has quickly become a major player in the New York market Click here to read more about CATES About CATES Staff CATES features a versatile staff of 30 experienced tutors who successfully guide students through the test prep and college admissions process Each of CATES energetic dynamic and engaging instructors has graduated from a top tier U S university and has four to ten years of test prep tutoring experience CATES tutors remain current on the latest trends in test prep through regular master classes and advanced training seminars They know Poly too having worked with our students for more than nine years Why CATES at Poly Students have many options when it comes to test prep for college entrance exams We have decided to offer an onsite option for the convenience of our busy students After much research we selected CATES as the onsite test prep provider at Poly CATES customized small group approach has helped Poly Prep s students substantially improve their PSAT SAT scores In the past three years over 95 of the juniors enrolled in the CATES program improved their PSAT and SAT scores and 80 outperformed the national average The CATES 2015 16 program at Poly accommodates every kind of student by providing small class sizes and flexibility in both scheduling and pricing Although each course stands alone and students are welcome to take any of them a la carte the program is designed holistically so that students can progressively prepare for any and all actual exams Poly Prep students have commented that CATES courses built confidence decreased test anxiety improved scores and were fun Spring 2016 SAT Master Class Registration Spring 2016 ACT Crash Course Registration Summer 2016 SAT Summer Course Your Enrollment Options List of 8 items SAT Master Course Offered in January February March April Geared toward 11 th graders Tuesdays Thursdays from 4 6pm or 6 8pm 4 1 instructional ratio Highly specialized skill instruction Tuesdays Reading Writing Language Thursdays Math Includes two mock tests Prerequisite SAT Foundation Class Tuition 1725 Spring 2016 Course Dates March 3 8 10 15 17 April 5 7 10 12 14 19 21 26 28 May 1 3 5 Required mock tests 10AM 2PM SAT Summer Foundation Class Offered in July Geared toward incoming 11 th and 12 th graders July 11 August 5 Daily class M F 9 30AM 12 30PM Begins with diagnostic assessment Customizes instruction to each student 50 hours includes four mock tests Registration through Poly Prep Summer SAT Mock Test Review Package Offered in September Geared toward 12 th graders Includes 3 mock tests and 3 test review sessions Sessions focus on most commonly missed questions 10 1 ratio Tuition 160 September 2016 Course Dates TBD SAT Foundation Course Offered in October November January February Geared toward 11 th graders Tuesdays Thursdays from 4 6pm or 6 8pm 10 1 instructional ratio Excellent starting point for students new to the SAT Teaches basic test content and strategy

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Brooklyn Middle School Vision
    School Lower School Poly Prep Summer Academic Excellence Honor Societies Performing Arts Visual Arts Technology Sustainability Diversity Library Policies Health Safety Explore Poly Prep Summer News Calendar News Daily Calendar Athletics Calendar Photos Videos Poly Publications Parents Bus Schedules Lunch Menus Alumni Performing Arts Home Admissions Welcome to Poly Upper School Middle School Lower School Tuition Financial Aid Meet the Admissions Staff Take a Virtual Tour Giving Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Our Program Middle School Student Life Clubs and Activities Mentoring and Advising Welcome to Poly s Middle School Middle School Head Lori Anne Brogdon 95 Our Vision for Middle School Education At Poly we see Middle School as a time for young people to come to know themselves as students and members of a learning community Poly Prep s academic program provides a broad base of fundamental skills that foster intellectual curiosity and lay the foundation for more advanced study in the Upper School Students emerge from our Middle School as confident competent learners who are comfortable working in a variety of settings and subject areas The critical values we stress in Middle School include self reliance and cooperation individual and group problem solving development of effective study habits respect for individual differences contribution to the community and the pursuit of excellence Poly Fosters Character Service Service Learning is an essential component of the Middle School program with students planning and leading community service efforts through the advisory program Each student is assigned an advisor who is an essential point of contact for Middle School parents along with two Form Deans who work with each grade Learning Beyond the Classroom Middle School students also have the opportunity to participate in Poly s extensive after school program of activities including robotics Tower Times newspaper Polymorphous arts journal Math Olympiad Green Team environmental club chess club sports instrumental music lessons and six Middle school performing arts groups Explore our Middle School Curriculum School Level Middle Department Select Department Classics Computer Science English History Mathematics Science World Languages Learning Support and Enrichment Performing Arts Music Performing Arts Theater Dance Visual Arts Health and Physical Education Library Grades 5 6 Journey Discovery Grades 5 and 6 are taught using theme based interdisciplinary curriculum fostering a meaningful connection between all Middle School courses students and teachers For the first time in their Poly experience however students entering the Middle School are grouped for classes with specific subject area teachers The core academic program in Grades 5 and 6 includes English both reading and writing mathematics science social studies introduction to a choice of three world languages French Mandarin and Spanish health and physical education and visual and performing arts Technology and its effective use are integrated throughout the curriculum and all students benefit by a structured study skills course Highlights of Grades 5 and 6 include interdisciplinary projects related to the study of Lewis Clark and Sacajawea s expedition to the

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Middle School Student Life
    Theatre The Performing Arts Department at Poly Prep produces a Middle School play and a Middle School musical each year The program is audition only and is available to 7th and 8th grade students Students may also work on the shows as a part of the tech and or costume crew Auditions are held in September for the fall play and in February for the spring musical Casting is based on talent focus ability to collaborate with others and fit for a particular role All shows are produced in the Richard Perry Theatre Poly s state of the art facility by a faculty director in collaboration with a crew of professional designers Fencing Advisor Runako Taylor Grades 5 8 Day Wednesday 4 5 PM Place Student Center Are you interested in trying something new fun and exciting Poly is joining up with the Fencers Club of Manhattan to offer students a chance to learn about participate and compete in a fast paced sport that has been described as physical chess and the Western Martial Art If you are interested and can spare one afternoon a week please contact Mr Taylor Form II Leadership Group Advisor Aimee Nevins Grade 8 Day Once or twice a month Place Advisory The Form II Leadership Group encourages students to be upstanding members of the Poly community and to serve as advocates for their fellow Middle School students Students are encouraged into leadership roles to support students by intervening if they see bullying or just by being a friend to a student who may be sitting alone Members of this group have the opportunity to express their own feelings and share their own experiences while getting to know each other on a deeper level The Form II Leadership Group also helps to fundraise and bring social awareness to underrepresented groups in the community We have raised money for the Special Olympics and participated in the National Spread the Word to End the Word Day that they sponsor We also lead the No Name Calling Week Chapel No Name Calling Week is an event sponsored by GLSEN to bring awareness to bullying and to teach students how to become allies Our student written mission statement is Our Mission is to instill in the Poly community a sense of self awareness and respect To lead by example and become good role models And most importantly to do what is right ALWAYS Gay Straight Alliance Advisors Megan DeGraff Mckenzie Jones Grades 7 8 Day Tues lunch Place Team Rooms The Gay Straight Alliance aims to create a safe space for members of the Poly community to express discuss and better understand their sexual orientations and gender identities as well as to bring these discussions to the wider Poly community Girl Up Poly Prep Chapter Advisors Gail Karpf Francesca Leibowitz and Kate Flahive Grades 5 8 Day Thurs 3 45 5 15 PM Place Room 217 Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation Their mission is to give American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world s hardest to reach adolescent girls Our aim is to educate our community about issues and challenges faced by girls in developing nations From child marriage illiteracy and no schooling to a lack of health and medical resources Girl Up is changing the future by addressing these matters one at a time and by making a real difference in the lives of young women across three continents At Poly we will conduct fundraisers learn about world issues invite guest speakers to address us and empower others to get involved and take action While building leadership skills and bonds of friendship among themselves our MS Poly girls will ensure that their sisters across the globe have access to hope and the chance to lead independent safe and healthy lives Girls on the Move Advisor Patrice Murphy Adrien Ricci Grades 4 6 Day Tues 4 5 45 PM Place TBD Girls on the Move is a female only group that provides a supportive forum to increase physical activity and their knowledge of healthy habits with an underlying emphasis on nutrition Our goal is to help establish behavior patterns that will develop a foundation for active living in a comfortable environment Ms Adrien Ricci the head track coach Ms Patrice Murphy the Middle Upper school nurse and Upper School mentors from the track team are all part of the program Instrumental Music Lessons Advisor Various Grades 5 8 Day After School Place Various Students are able to take instrumental music lessons after school The group lessons are usually forty minutes long All instruments including guitar piano and voice are offered Families pay a fee for lessons Jig Saw Puzzle Club Spring Only Advisors Ann Oransoff Linda Russo Ellen Martinez Grades 5 6 Day Mon 4 5 30 PM Place Room 212 Jigsaw puzzles are not only fun but help students learn about logic sequencing collaboration and patience This club builds jigsaw puzzles of various sizes throughout the year and meets from the week after Spring Break until the end of the year Math Olympiad 5 6 Advisors Kate Flahive Linda Russo Grades 5 6 Day Tues 3 30 5 30 PM Place Room 221 Beginning in October and finishing in May the Math Olympiad Team allows participants to experience math enrichment exercises and to share problem solving strategies This club is open to 5th and 6th grade Poly students who enjoy the challenge of math puzzles and problems and whose enthusiasm for intellectually challenging mental activities spills outside the regular class curriculum Part of the experience involves preparing for and competing in the five Olympiad challenges that occur monthly from November to March of the school year Middle School Senate Advisor Liane Dougherty Grades 5 8 Day Mon 3 30 3 50 PM Place Room 103 The Middle School Senate is

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Mentoring and Advising
    Upper School Middle School Lower School Poly Prep Summer Academic Excellence Honor Societies Performing Arts Visual Arts Technology Sustainability Diversity Library Policies Health Safety Explore Poly Prep Summer News Calendar News Daily Calendar Athletics Calendar Photos Videos Poly Publications Parents Bus Schedules Lunch Menus Alumni Performing Arts Home Admissions Welcome to Poly Upper School Middle School Lower School Tuition Financial Aid Meet the Admissions Staff Take a Virtual Tour Giving Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Middle School Mentoring and Advising Student Life Clubs and Activities Mentoring and Advising Our Program Middle School Mentoring and Advising Overview The entire Middle School meets regularly for assemblies called Chapel for announcements student and faculty presentations and to hear outside speakers Through these meetings we seek to a reinforce our strong Middle School identity and sense of community Speakers and presentations focus on beliefs and values consistent with the school s mission with our Honor Code and with our Code of Community Standards Mentors and Advisory Middle School Advisory Goals and Values Advisory has been a meaningful part of Middle School life for years and has helped to establish the lasting relationships among students and between students and faculty that Poly values so tremendously The goal of our advisory program is to foster community within the Middle School by engaging groups of students in activities and guided discussions that encourage meaningful empathetic relationships Every year brings with it new students and fresh challenges so our program evolves to meet our advisees changing needs Advisors have developed cornerstones for the Middle School advising program curricular themes for each trimester and activities to use throughout the year For example an advisor might kept a binder containing an archive for each of their eight or nine assigned advisees This archive will grow as teachers and advisors add student reflections advisor reflections and teacher comments throughout the year Together advisees and advisors might create homeroom quilts discuss decision making engage in one on one discussions about academic and social progress and end the year with an epic life size Scrabble tournament In the words of one Poly Middle School student It s a time to relax and be with your friends Advisory time helps to erase the boundaries between teachers and students Middle School Advisory Year By Year Grade 5 In our fifth grade groups work to build a sense of family with a baby picture Guess Who game including advisors and the creation of special advisory handshakes Grade 6 Sixth graders have designed and created quilt squares that they sew together to create quilts that will hang in each homeroom Sixth graders also bond during an overnight campus sleep experience called Camp Poly Grade 7 Seventh graders might plan and build advisory logos to reflect who they are both as individuals and as a group At the end of the school year we pass advisee archives to the students seventh grade advisors giving them a

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Poly Prep's Lower School
    Poly Directions View Poly s News Archive Our Program Academics Athletics Upper School Middle School Lower School Poly Prep Summer Academic Excellence Honor Societies Performing Arts Visual Arts Technology Sustainability Diversity Library Policies Health Safety Explore Poly Prep Summer News Calendar News Daily Calendar Athletics Calendar Photos Videos Poly Publications Parents Bus Schedules Lunch Menus Alumni Performing Arts Home Admissions Welcome to Poly Upper School Middle School Lower School Tuition Financial Aid Meet the Admissions Staff Take a Virtual Tour Giving Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Our Program Lower School After School Year by Year Welcome to Poly s Lower School Housed on its own landmarked campus in beautiful Park Slope Brooklyn all of us teachers students administrators and parents feel fortunate to be a part of such a vibrant neighborhood The Brooklyn Museum of Art Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the main branch of the Brooklyn Public Library are all within walking distance and with Prospect Park as our virtual front yard our Lower School students have wonderful resources available throughout the school year Our building itself located at 50 Prospect Park West has won awards for architectural restoration and it was the first LEED certified school building in New York City Beyond the wonderful setting it is the warm sense of community that is the Lower School s most appreciated attribute Teachers greet children each morning with a friendly smile at curbside drop off and in the classroom Since character is a fundamental part of the school s mission our students learn about making good choices and helping others throughout the school day Older children meet with younger buddies frequently to read play and learn together Each grade participates in an annual community service project and frequently

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | After School
    has now found a home with the third grade team and is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for drama with the students She has incorporated drama into the curriculum to build confidence for those who need it and to provide an avenue for children to shine who might not otherwise be able to do so She believes that dramatic activities promote collaboration empathy creative expression and discipline As they engage in ensemble work and explore the art of theater students create a sense of community and cooperation in an aesthetic realm In addition Ms Rice has developed and directed Poly s after school musical theater enrichment program at the Lower School which enrolls children in grades one to four This program produces two workshop performances and one show at the Richard Perry Theatre Ms Rice received her B A in education from Brooklyn College and is currently working toward her M A in educational theater at New York University Patti Smith P 20 Title Visual Arts Lower School Business Phone 718 836 9800 ext 6274 Education Boston University BS Bio Patti Smith received her B S in mass communications from Boston University s College of Communications She has been teaching at Poly since 2007 when she began as a guest artist Ms Smith currently teaches visual arts to second and fourth grades In the past she has also served as an assistant to Pat Montero Director of Lower School Admissions Ms Smith has been teaching art since 2003 in addition to working as a freelance graphic artist fiber artist and professional calligrapher She spends her summers in the Berkshire Mountains with her family where she is the arts and crafts director of a sleep away camp She is also a proud Poly parent Heidi Zarou 86 P 22 22 Title Visual Arts Lower School Business Phone 718 836 9800 ext 6561 Education Bennington College BA Bio Heidi Zarou 86 P 22 received her B A in Visual Arts from Bennington College and attended Pratt Institute s graduate program for Art and Design Education She has been teaching visual arts at Poly s Lower School since 2000 Before working at Poly she was the art specialist at Steven s Cooperative School in Hoboken NJ During the summer Zarou is the art specialist at the Chautauqua Children s School in Chautauqua NY She attended Poly Prep and is a current Poly parent After School Enrichment Classes A variety of enrichment classes are available after school for Poly s Nursery through Grade 4 students Classes are age appropriate and designed to provide exciting educational opportunities for exploring a wide array of interests from cooking to tennis Enrichment classes take place from 3 30 PM to 4 30 PM Each class meets once a week per trimester Each year we offer three sessions fall winter and spring Classes are taught by members of Poly s Lower School faculty or other outside vendors The cost of each class is typically 240 unless otherwise noted with 8 classes per trimester Interested in enrolling Click here to sign up For questions please contact lsafterschool polyprep org Spring Enrichment Course Offerings List of 22 items Mondays Creative Chefs With Evelyn Gomez Perez Nursery to Kindergarten Come join us as we cook up everything from soup to cookies Enjoy your tasty treat in class or take it home to share with your family Students will learn recipes and take them home every week to make and enjoy with loved ones Cost 240 This class will be capped at 18 students Mondays Coding Robots 3D Printing With Stacy Hunter Grade 2 to Grade 4 Using MacroLab Scratch and Mindstorms languages we ll explore programming a variety of robots including EV3 WeDo Makeblock Sphero among others to meet a series of challenges using color sound touch and light sensors Using Tinkercad we will design and 3D print accessories that will help the robots meet the challenges given Cost 240 This class will be capped at 12 students Mondays Varsity Sports With Dustin Carr Grade 2 to Grade 4 Varsity Sports will cover an array of games ranging from soccer and floor hockey to wiffleball and basketball The mission of the class is to have fun and practice sports in an environment that emphasizes good sportsmanship This class will allow students to compete in multiple games during each session Cost 240 This class will be capped at 12 students Mondays Woodworking With Heidi Zarou and Mark Powers Grade 1 to Grade 4 Explore woodworking in the art studio Students will learn about tools techniques measurement and safety procedures Come learn the basics of constructing with hand tools as you create a project or two to take home Cost 240 This class will be capped at 14 students Tuesdays Art Through the Ages With Deirdra Hazeley Pre K to Grade 4 From Monet s water lilies to Mickalene Thomas bold portraits learn about different artists and create your own masterpieces Some of the artists students will explore are Holbein Van Gogh O Keeffe Degas Gauguin Kahlo Bearden Max Haring Warhol and Wiley Smocks and materials are provided Cost 240 This class will be capped at 12 students Tuesdays Junior Varsity Sports With Dustin Carr Kindergarten to Grade 1 J V sports will cover an array of games ranging from soccer and floor hockey to sharks and minnows and guard the pins The mission of the class is to have fun and improve the students skills Good sportsmanship will be emphasized during each class as the students will compete in a friendly environment Cost 240 This class will be capped at 12 students Tuesdays Wiggle Worms With Courtney Cooke LS Dance Teacher Nursery to Pre K Ready to let loose after a day of learning Come up to the dance studio to shake your wiggles out This class will be full of physical activity and will include movement games dance yoga and more Cost 240 This class will be capped

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Poly Prep Lower School | Mind, Body, Character
    Children gain confidence with small and large motor skills by making wood sculptures building with blocks and running climbing and playing on the playground Pre Kindergarten The Pre Kindergarten classroom is an open playful environment where children move around freely and interact with each other We believe that children learn best through a combination of play and teacher directed activities and we help children to develop friendships as they learn We focus on the development of the whole individual helping each child to develop language social skills and emotional readiness for kindergarten Kindergarten 5 6 year olds are born storytellers and their stories are the foundation of our curriculum Kindergarten children arrive at school with a diverse palette of experiences These reveal themselves as children discuss their paintings build with blocks construct collages and tell stories with pictures and words Their own words support emerging literacy and we help them to experience and understand the relationship between sounds letters and words Teachers further support the development of basic reading math and thinking skills by introducing literature poetry counting games and science exploration Grade 1 In Grade 1 children learn to read write and do basic math but the means through which they accomplish these feats are creative and inspiring Children write and publish their own stories and then sit in the class s Author s Chair to read them to their classmates They study notable children s book authors like William Steig or Eric Carle and begin to imagine themselves as authors as well Early in the year they begin to study mealworms and then learn about metamorphosis Children study the animals of the rainforest First graders explore their neighborhood and then expand to learn about New York City In each realm of study we start small and then let the children s natural curiosity expand and grow Grade 2 Second graders build on the firm foundations of their first grade year Their literacy is stretched as they write poetry daily journal entries and autobiographies They read and write letters fables and stories of all kinds Second grade students add facility to their math skills and gain a deeper understanding of time and money They begin to learn about the world outside of their immediate experience with the beginnings of geography In Social Studies children compare and contrast New York City with Tokyo studying the transportation and buildings and exploring how children live in each city Students learn through hands on activities creating a New York City subway car in their classroom hallway writing haiku and Poetry in Motion performing a tea ceremony building a model of the Brooklyn Bridge and practicing origami It is a year of growth and development stretching children through concrete experiences toward greater mastery of the wider world Grade 3 Third graders begin the year with a study of geography which includes writing our own continent riddles and researching own cultural backgrounds Students then move into a study of the Iroquois which culminates with the

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  • Poly Prep Country Day School | Poly Prep Summer 2016
    to Poly arrow FAQs Upper School Middle School Lower School Tuition Financial Aid arrow Tuition Payment Options Tuition Payment Meet the Admissions Staff Giving arrow Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Quicklinks arrow Our Mission Parents Our Faculty Staff Daily Calendar Athletics Calendar Make a Gift Quicklinks Our Mission Parents Our Faculty Staff Daily Calendar Athletics Calendar Make a Gift About Poly Our Mission Poly s Strategic Plan School Governance History Head of School Search The Country Day School Poly in the Community Our Faculty Staff A Career at Poly Directions View Poly s News Archive Our Program Academics Athletics Upper School Middle School Lower School Poly Prep Summer Academic Excellence Honor Societies Performing Arts Visual Arts Technology Sustainability Diversity Library Policies Health Safety Explore Poly Prep Summer News Calendar News Daily Calendar Athletics Calendar Photos Videos Poly Publications Parents Bus Schedules Lunch Menus Alumni Performing Arts Home Admissions Welcome to Poly Upper School Middle School Lower School Tuition Financial Aid Meet the Admissions Staff Take a Virtual Tour Giving Giving Guide Poly Fund Tower Society Matching Gifts Give Online Performing Arts Poly Fund 2015 16 Search Registration Summer Experience Day Camp Performing Arts Camp Summer Academic Programs Learn to Swim Programs Summer Specialty Camps Calendars and Open Houses This summer give your child the gift of discovery growth and fun Make it a Poly Prep Summer This year we have designed a summer for your child to remember Offering more than twenty unique programs Poly Prep Summer helps children grow in mind body and character through a spectrum of enriching opportunities We nurture the academic artistic athletic and social potential of each child through thoughtfully designed age appropriate programs led by passionate skilled professionals in a healthy supportive community all available on our

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