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13th-Feb-2011 12:06 pm
Elayna & Mommy laughing
Elayna's going to HSSP this spring. (I love Boston so much. Opportunities like this did not exist in Atlanta or Florida!)

Her schedule:

HSSP Symphonic Band: The HSSP Symphonic Band is a course designed to challenge students ranging from middle school level to advanced high schoolers. Music ranges from classical to modern day movie soundtracks! This class will go over a variety of subjects that will advance and polish students techniques. As a final for this class, the students will put on a final concert to show how far they have come!

HSSP Concert Choir: The HSSP Concert Choir welcomes vocalist from the middle school to advanced high school levels. This class will be taught songs ranging from classical to modern culture as well as music in foreign languages. Students will be covering a variety of knowledge on advancing and polishing their vocal techniques. At the end of this class, as a final students will be performing a concert to show the hard work and effort that they have put into the class.

Totally excited about these, because her school band is loaded with people who don't really give a shit, and she has been wanting to play with people who are serious about music. And she loved chorus in 8th grade, and has the awesome voice that I totally do not.

And. AND!

Dreams and Dreaming: Dreams have been described as the doorway to the unconscious. But do we understand what we dream, or why? In deep sleep, we recreate our past memories; do we also dream and create the future? Are our dreams trying to tell us something? We’ll compare the theories put forth by philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists and storytellers. We’ll discuss the brain and the science of dreaming and thinking, including the philosophical theories of where dreams and knowledge come from. Discussion will include Einstein, Freud, Carl Jung, Artemidorus and Edgar Cayce. During the last two sessions students will hold a Dream Council, using what you have learned to interpret the dreams of your fellow classmates. Each class will include examples of dream imagery in famous art and music, with special attention to oneiric filmmaking. By the end of the course you will be able to identify archetypical images and metaphors in dreams, music, art and film. Using film theory you’ll learn to reflect on the quality of a film’s oneiric imagery, auteurism and cinematography. Recent movies to be shown will include Avatar and Inception and may include classics by Ingmar Bergmann, Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. We discuss many topics you may never have considered or debated, it’s a lot of fun and I hope you join us.

She is so totally pumped for this. It was her #1 choice. She just kept reading the description and the syllabus and going "Oh my god OH MY GOD I HAVE to get this class!" There may have been a passionate plea on her application.

So yeah, all the Gojirawitzes are doing awesome stuff. Just heard Elayna say from the other room, "Man, everything is happening!"
13th-Feb-2011 05:57 pm (UTC)
Is the summer program at all on your radar? We're thinking it would be good for Alyssa this summer, along with an internship at Science museum again, but the fact that you sign up and then get to find out if there is anything you want to do is off putting.You can drop out at that point, but then we have to figure out something else, and previous options there were not necessarily in Alyssa's ballpark
13th-Feb-2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Elayna needs to make a judgment call on her summer plans, like, today. Explo is still a possibility, but I think she didn't like being away from her friends/having a roommate she was incompatible with last summer; she was thinking about staying local. Junction's on our radar!
14th-Feb-2011 03:36 am (UTC)
Junction is, um, kinda my baby of the ESP programs. The lineup they have this year looks truly fantastic. I'm only peripherally involved (I determined that teaching nights in Cambridge when I live in Littleton is not doable, for me) this year, but I'm suuuuper excited. And they have a lot of humanities-type courses this year, oddly enough, while in the past those have been sparser. I know there's a music core course that looks really fantastic.
14th-Feb-2011 03:39 am (UTC)
I don't see a humanities focus or any music; it says

Advanced Cell Biology
Reading and Writing Science Fiction
Cognitive Neuroscience
The Trial and Death of Socrates

Have you insider info you can share?
14th-Feb-2011 03:42 am (UTC)
Oh! Crap, I forgot (I told you I'm only peripherally involved) - the music core teacher who had the awesome class backed out for some reason. Cold feet/overcommitted? Not sure.

But I'd say that Reading and Writing SF and Trial of Socrates are both humanities classes, and that's from what was a very humanities-dense applicant pool. The program is always kinda conflicted about how many humanities classes to run - they /are/ an MIT program, and they thus often have a hard time filling less-sciencey classes. Two (shoulda been three) true humanities classes is more than we/they've run in past years.
13th-Feb-2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
Josh is doing Explo this summer.
13th-Feb-2011 07:57 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Hope he has a blast. :)
13th-Feb-2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
I keep meaning to contemplate teaching at HSSP again. There were a lot of really awesome kids, and I think I've gotten better at teaching now. Plus, I could probably persuade my wife to work with me, and she teaches for a living (college students, but still, some of the kids in HSSP would easily give some of her college students run for their money).
13th-Feb-2011 10:34 pm (UTC)
15th-Feb-2011 12:06 am (UTC)
What does HSSP stand for?
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