summer camp

Summer 2020 is here. Let the fun begin! From art and athletics to CPR and coding, we have many opportunities to inspire, challenge, and excite students.

  • Two weeks available: June 8-12, 2020 and June 15-19, 2020
  • SGHS Summer Camp is open to girls, rising fifth grade through rising ninth grade
  • Morning and afternoon sessions available (see below for session information); combine sessions to create a full day
  • VCU athletic trainer onsite for athletic camps
  • If participating in a full day, camper must bring a bagged lunch and a filled water bottle
  • All campers will receive a special SGHS Summer Camp t-shirt; please note size in your registration
  • Please be aware that some camps are not full-week camps and are only offered as 3-day or 4-day camps.

Summer Camp 2020 Schedule

Morning Sessions: 9 a.m. – Noon
Afternoon Sessions: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Please use the chart below for easy reference for our summer camp program. If you have any questions please contact Peggy Hanafin at 804.774.0401 or phanafin@saintgertrude.org.

SGHS 2020 Summer Camp Registration

Rising 5th - 6th Graders Session Descriptions

Story Tellers (Drama)
Instructor: Jane Mattingly
Open to: Rising 5th – 6th Graders
Week:  June 8 – 12 , AM
Cost: $150

This one-week theatre camp will explore the performing arts through various forms of acting, improv comedy, character building, creative movement, and scene work.

Jane Mattingly is an English teacher and theatre director at Saint Gertrude High School and graduate of TheatreVCU’s MFA program. She directed and choreographed “Annie Jr.” and “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940″ at Saint Gertrude in 2019. Originally from Louisville, KY, she also works as an actor, dramaturg, and teacher in Richmond. Other recent credits include “River Ditty” at Virginia Repertory Theatre (Dramaturg), “Invalid” at Firehouse Theatre (Co-Adapter & Dramaturg), “Orlando” (Orlando) at VCU’s Shafer Alliance Laboratory Theatre, and her solo show, “The Oldest Person in the Room” at VCU.

Drawing and Painting
Instructor: Kristin Snellings
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 8 – 12, AM
Cost: $150

Students will create drawings and paintings on paper and canvases. Multiple materials will be explored including charcoal, pastels, watercolor, and acrylic painting.

Kristin Snellings is an artist and art teacher at SGHS. Kristin has exhibited her work throughout Richmond including artspace and the Reynolds Gallery. Kristin is a graduate of Hollins University.

 

Drawing and Painting
Instructor: Madeline Denton
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 15 – 19, AM
Cost: $150

Students will create drawings and paintings on paper and canvases. Multiple materials will be explored including charcoal, pastels, watercolor, and acrylic painting.

Madeline Denton is a VCU graduate with a major in art education. She has been a summer camp counselor for four years at Doe River Gorge in Hampton, TN, This is Madeline’s second year teaching art at Saint Gertrude Summer Camp.

E-Textiles
Instructor:  Dr. Chad Suhr
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 8 – 12, AM
Cost: $150

When combining technology with fashion, the possibilities are endless. Kids will sew with conductive thread and use led lights to create a functioning piece of technology. Craft materials are continually evolving as technology advances. Looking back at several ways craft and technology have intertwined will help students notice the many ways e-textiles are quietly becoming a part of our everyday lives. Combining art with tech is a fun way to express your interests and personality.

Dr. Chad Suhr joined Saint Gertrude in 2016. He has a B.S. from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in Philosophy  from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Physics from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Suhr worked at the Large-Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland. He is teaches AP computer science and all physics classes at Saint Gertrude, as well as advises the SGHS Robotics Team.

Sculpture
Instructor: Kristin Snellings
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 8 – 12, PM
Cost: $150

Students will use clay, paper mache, wire, cardboard and paint to make creative sculptures of their choice. After sculpting, students will use paint to bring their sculptures to life!

Kristin Snellings is an artist and art teacher at Saint Gertrude High School.  Kristin has exhibited her work throughout Richmond including artspace and the Reynolds Gallery. Kristin is a graduate of Hollins University.

 

Sculpture
Instructor: Madeline Denton
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 15 – 19, PM
Cost: $150

Students will use clay, paper mache, wire, cardboard and paint to make creative sculptures of their choice. After sculpting, students will use paint to bring their sculptures to life!

Madeline Denton is a VCU graduate with a major in art education. She has been a summer camp counselor for four years at Doe River Gorge in Hampton, TN, This is Madeline’s second year teaching art at Saint Gertrude Summer Camp.

STEAMing Ahead
Instructor: Dr. Chad Suhr
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 8 – 12 (PM) and June 15 – 19 (AM)
Cost: $150

This camp will help develop student leaders and learners through hands on activities in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).  By looking at examples from aviation, electronics, architecture, and other scientific and creative fields, we will examine how beauty and science combine to create our modern world.  Throughout the course we will conduct hands-on projects and activities that allow students to creatively explore these ideas.

Dr. Chad Suhr joined Saint Gertrude in 2016. He has a B.S. from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in Philosophy  from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Physics from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Suhr worked at the Large-Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland. He is teaches AP computer science and all physics classes at Saint Gertrude, as well as advises the SGHS Robotics Team.

Gator Volleyball and Basketball
Instructor: Andre Spencer and Robyn D’Onofrio
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 8 – 12, PM
Cost: $150

Spend three days learning the fundamental skills in volleyball and two days learning offensive and defensive basketball skills and techniques. This camp is for both the novice and the more experienced basketball player.

Andre Spencer is the SGHS head varsity volleyball coach. He is former assistant volleyball coach at VCU and master coach for RVC JRs program. Andre is a member of the board of directors for RVC and the RVC Juniors development committee.  

Robyn D’Onofrio is a social studies teacher and varsity basketball coach at Saint Gertrude High School. Robyn has her undergraduate degree in business management and marketing from Norwich University and played basketball at Norwich for four years. She has a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law and an MBA from Norwich University. Robyn loves all Gator athletics events, watching her girls participate in sports, and running.

Design. Code. Make.
Instructor: Meghan Madel
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 15 – 19, AM
Cost: $150

Become one of the growing number of girls who love to code. In this maker session, girls will learn to build and code a photo booth using the fastest growing language – Python. The girls will gain full knowledge of how things work. They will start from scratch and build a Raspberry Pi (a mini computer), write a program to snap pictures, and build the surrounding photo booth. They will be coding a photo booth complete with filters for the rest of the campers to enjoy. This camp is ideal for beginners and girls who have experience with coding.

Meghan Madel is a Virginia Tech graduate and started working at Saint Gertrude in 2007. As the school’s academic technologist,  Meghan teaches Digital Literacy, Concepts and Coding, Digital Video Design and is the Yearbook Moderator. Prior to teaching, Meghan owned a digital editing company.

ROBOTics
Instructor: Dr. Chad Suhr
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 15 – 19, PM
Cost: $150

In this hands-on camp, students will design, build, and program a robot to perform a simple task. We will learn how to think through a design problem, use tools safety to bring our ideas to life, and write a program to achieve a goal. No prior experience with robotics or programming is required, and the challenge will be geared to the experience level of the students involved. Students will learn the importance of trial and error, testing, and critical thinking as they design and modify their robot based on the current challenge. We will study the mechanical and electronic workings our robot, including motors, gears, and circuits.

Dr. Chad Suhr joined Saint Gertrude in 2016. He has a BS from Texas A&M University, a MA in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University and PhD in Physics from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Suhr worked at the Large-Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland. He teaches all physics classes at Saint Gertrude as well as advises the SGHS robotics team called Team Clutch.

Beginner Field Hockey at the OAC
Instructor: Madlene Brannau
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 10 – 12, (W-F) 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $110

Session 1 will be for beginners and cover: rules, skills, handling equipment, and game play. Athletes will have a basic understanding of the game and be comfortable enough with concepts and skills to try out for or participate on a middle school team in the Fall. All are welcome to learn about and polish up their basics! All equipment is required every day (stick, goggles, mouthguard, and shin guards). If anyone has any questions about equipment needs, please email Madlene Brannau at mbrannau@saintgertrude.org.

Madlene Brannau has been the head varsity field hockey coach at Saint Gertrude High School since 2015. With the club team Panthers United, Coach B has worked with both indoor and outdoor field hockey and has coached levels U-12 through U-19 since 2014. In addition to coaching, she is also the Health and Wellness teacher at Saint Gertrude. She graduated from the University of Lynchburg, where she was a member of their nationally ranked field hockey team for four years.

Intermediate Field Hockey at the OAC
Instructor: Madlene Brannau
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 17 – 19, (W-F) 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $110

Session 2 is an opportunity for more experienced athletes to learn more advanced ball handling, shooting techniques, and game strategy. The pace of this session will be much faster and will cover more cognitive field hockey skills. This session is great for athletes who have a solid foundation and understanding of the game. These athletes should have consistent drives or pushes, can dribble with control, pass successfully, and have at least one solid elimination skill. These skills will be fine-tuned and athletes will be able to take their abilities to the next level with some advanced additions to their technique.

 All equipment is required every day (stick, goggles, mouthguard, and shin guards). If anyone has any questions about equipment needs, please email Madlene Brannau at mbrannau@saintgertrude.org.

Madlene Brannau has been the head varsity field hockey coach at Saint Gertrude High School since 2015. With the club team Panthers United, Coach B has worked with both indoor and outdoor field hockey and has coached levels U-12 through U-19 since 2014. In addition to coaching, she is also the Health and Wellness teacher at Saint Gertrude. She graduated from the University of Lynchburg, where she was a member of their nationally ranked field hockey team for four years.

Rising 7th - 9th Graders Session Descriptions

Drawing and Painting
Instructor: Kristin Snellings
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 8 – 12, AM
Cost: $150

Students will create drawings and paintings on paper and canvases. Multiple materials will be explored including charcoal, pastels, watercolor, and acrylic painting.

Kristin Snellings is an artist and art teacher at SGHS. Kristin has exhibited her work throughout Richmond including artspace and the Reynolds Gallery. Kristin is a graduate of Hollins University.

 

Drawing and Painting
Instructor: Madeline Denton
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 15 – 19, AM
Cost: $150

Students will create drawings and paintings on paper and canvases. Multiple materials will be explored including charcoal, pastels, watercolor, and acrylic painting.

Madeline Denton is a VCU graduate with a major in art education. She has been a summer camp counselor for four years at Doe River Gorge in Hampton, TN, This is Madeline’s second year teaching art at Saint Gertrude Summer Camp.

E-Textiles
Instructor:  Dr. Chad Suhr
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 8 – 12, AM
Cost: $150

When combining technology with fashion, the possibilities are endless. Kids will sew with conductive thread and use led lights to create a functioning piece of technology. Craft materials are continually evolving as technology advances. Looking back at several ways craft and technology have intertwined will help students notice the many ways e-textiles are quietly becoming a part of our everyday lives. Combining art with tech is a fun way to express your interests and personality.

Dr. Chad Suhr joined Saint Gertrude in 2016. He has a B.S. from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in Philosophy  from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Physics from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Suhr worked at the Large-Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland. He is teaches AP computer science and all physics classes at Saint Gertrude, as well as advises the SGHS Robotics Team.

Actors’ Workshop
Instructor: Jane Mattingly
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 8 – 12, PM
Cost: $150

This one-week, fast paced, high energy camp focuses on the exploration of the actors toolbox with lessons in acting, improv comedy, movement, character building, and script writing.

Jane Mattingly is the theatre director at Saint Gertrude High School and graduate of TheatreVCU’s MFA program. She directed and choreographed “Annie Jr.” and “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940″ at Saint Gertrude this past year. Originally from Louisville, KY, she also works as an actor, dramaturg, and teacher in Richmond. Other recent credits include “River Ditty” at Virginia Repertory Theatre (Dramaturg), “Invalid” at Firehouse Theatre (Co-Adapter & Dramaturg), “Orlando” (Orlando) at VCU’s Shafer Alliance Laboratory Theatre, and her solo show, “The Oldest Person in the Room” at VCU.

Gator Volleyball and Basketball
Instructor: Andre Spencer and Robyn D’Onofrio
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 8 – 12, PM
Cost: $150

Spend three days learning the fundamental skills in volleyball and two days learning offensive and defensive basketball skills and techniques. This camp is for both the novice and the more experienced basketball player.

Andre Spencer is the SGHS head varsity volleyball coach. He is former assistant volleyball coach at VCU and master coach for RVC JRs program. Andre is a member of the board of directors for RVC and the RVC Juniors development committee.  

Robyn D’Onofrio is a social studies teacher and varsity basketball coach at Saint Gertrude High School. Robyn has her undergraduate degree in business management and marketing from Norwich University and played basketball at Norwich for four years. She has a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law and an MBA from Norwich University. Robyn loves all Gator athletics events, watching her girls participate in sports, and running.

Sculpture
Instructor: Kristin Snellings
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 8 – 12, PM
Cost: $150

Students will use clay, paper mache, wire, cardboard and paint to make creative sculptures of their choice. After sculpting, students will use paint to bring their sculptures to life!

Kristin Snellings is an artist and art teacher at Saint Gertrude High School.  Kristin has exhibited her work throughout Richmond including artspace and the Reynolds Gallery. Kristin is a graduate of Hollins University.

 

Sculpture
Instructor: Madeline Denton
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 15 – 19, PM
Cost: $150

Students will use clay, paper mache, wire, cardboard and paint to make creative sculptures of their choice. After sculpting, students will use paint to bring their sculptures to life!

Madeline Denton is a VCU graduate with a major in art education. She has been a summer camp counselor for four years at Doe River Gorge in Hampton, TN, This is Madeline’s second year teaching art at Saint Gertrude Summer Camp.

STEAMing Ahead
Instructor: Dr. Chad Suhr
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 8 – 12 (PM) and June 15 – 19 (AM)
Cost: $150

This camp will help develop student leaders and learners through hands on activities in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).  By looking at examples from aviation, electronics, architecture, and other scientific and creative fields, we will examine how beauty and science combine to create our modern world.  Throughout the course we will conduct hands-on projects and activities that allow students to creatively explore these ideas.

Dr. Chad Suhr joined Saint Gertrude in 2016. He has a B.S. from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in Philosophy  from Northern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Physics from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Suhr worked at the Large-Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland. He is teaches AP computer science and all physics classes at Saint Gertrude, as well as advises the SGHS Robotics Team.

First Aid and Infant/Child CPR
Instructor: Maddie Brannau
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 15-19 (PM)
Cost: $150

This course includes pediatric first aid and CPR/AED training. The course will follow the American Red Cross guidelines. The student will be able to provide the care necessary to sustain life until professional medical personnel arrive.

Maddie Brannau is a health and wellness teacher at SGHS. She is the coach of SGHS field hockey and is graduate of Lynchburg College.

Gator Basketball
Instructor: Robyn D’Onofrio
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week:  June 15-18, M-Th (AM)
Cost: $130

Come and learn offensive and defensive basketball skills and techniques as well as free throw shooting and the rules of the game. Build good practice habits, routines, and mental game prep. This camp is for both the novice and more experienced player.

Robyn D’Onofrio is a social studies teacher and varsity basketball coach at Saint Gertrude High School. Robyn has her undergraduate degree in business management and marketing from Norwich University and played basketball at Norwich for four years. She has a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law and an MBA from Norwich University. Robyn loves all Gator athletics events, watching her girls participate in sports, and running.

Design. Code. Make.
Instructor: Meghan Madel
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 15 – 19, AM
Cost: $150

Become one of the growing number of girls who love to code. In this maker session, girls will learn to build and code a photo booth using the fastest growing language – Python. The girls will gain full knowledge of how things work. They will start from scratch and build a Raspberry Pi (a mini computer), write a program to snap pictures, and build the surrounding photo booth. They will be coding a photo booth complete with filters for the rest of the campers to enjoy. This camp is ideal for beginners and girls who have experience with coding.

Meghan Madel is a Virginia Tech graduate and started working at Saint Gertrude in 2007. As the school’s academic technologist,  Meghan teaches Digital Literacy, Concepts and Coding, Digital Video Design and is the Yearbook Moderator. Prior to teaching, Meghan owned a digital editing company.

Gator Volleyball
Instructor:  Andre Spencer
Open to: Rising 7th – 9th Graders
Week: June 15 – 18, M-Th (PM)
Cost: $130

This camp will focus on developing and improving the fundamental skills of the game, including passing, setting, serving and hitting. Experienced and novice players are welcome.

Andre Spencer is the SGHS head varsity volleyball coach. He is a former assistant volleyball coach at VCU and master coach for RVC JRs program. Andre is a member of the board of directors for RVC and the RVC Juniors development committee.

ROBOTics
Instructor: Dr. Chad Suhr
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 15 – 19, PM
Cost: $150

In this hands-on camp, students will design, build, and program a robot to perform a simple task. We will learn how to think through a design problem, use tools safety to bring our ideas to life, and write a program to achieve a goal. No prior experience with robotics or programming is required, and the challenge will be geared to the experience level of the students involved. Students will learn the importance of trial and error, testing, and critical thinking as they design and modify their robot based on the current challenge. We will study the mechanical and electronic workings our robot, including motors, gears, and circuits.

Dr. Chad Suhr joined Saint Gertrude in 2016. He has a BS from Texas A&M University, a MA in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University and PhD in Physics from Northern Illinois University. Dr. Suhr worked at the Large-Hadron Collider in Cern, Switzerland. He teaches all physics classes at Saint Gertrude as well as advises the SGHS robotics team called Team Clutch.

Beginner Field Hockey at the OAC
Instructor: Madlene Brannau
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 10 – 12, (W-F) 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $110

Session 1 will be for beginners and cover: rules, skills, handling equipment, and game play. Athletes will have a basic understanding of the game and be comfortable enough with concepts and skills to try out for or participate on a middle school team in the Fall. All are welcome to learn about and polish up their basics! All equipment is required every day (stick, goggles, mouthguard, and shin guards). If anyone has any questions about equipment needs, please email Madlene Brannau at mbrannau@saintgertrude.org.

Madlene Brannau has been the head varsity field hockey coach at Saint Gertrude High School since 2015. With the club team Panthers United, Coach B has worked with both indoor and outdoor field hockey and has coached levels U-12 through U-19 since 2014. In addition to coaching, she is also the Health and Wellness teacher at Saint Gertrude. She graduated from the University of Lynchburg, where she was a member of their nationally ranked field hockey team for four years.

Intermediate Field Hockey at the OAC
Instructor: Madlene Brannau
Open to: Rising 5th – 9th Graders
Week: June 17 – 19, (W-F) 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cost: $110

Session 2 is an opportunity for more experienced athletes to learn more advanced ball handling, shooting techniques, and game strategy. The pace of this session will be much faster and will cover more cognitive field hockey skills. This session is great for athletes who have a solid foundation and understanding of the game. These athletes should have consistent drives or pushes, can dribble with control, pass successfully, and have at least one solid elimination skill. These skills will be fine-tuned and athletes will be able to take their abilities to the next level with some advanced additions to their technique.

 All equipment is required every day (stick, goggles, mouthguard, and shin guards). If anyone has any questions about equipment needs, please email Madlene Brannau at mbrannau@saintgertrude.org.

Madlene Brannau has been the head varsity field hockey coach at Saint Gertrude High School since 2015. With the club team Panthers United, Coach B has worked with both indoor and outdoor field hockey and has coached levels U-12 through U-19 since 2014. In addition to coaching, she is also the Health and Wellness teacher at Saint Gertrude. She graduated from the University of Lynchburg, where she was a member of their nationally ranked field hockey team for four years.