Summer 2016 Admissions Update

Thank you to all students who applied to attend the U.S. Grant program in summer 2016. We commend all of you for your hard work!

If you have been accepted to the program, let us know if you will join us by returning the “save my spot” form that was mailed to you OR by filling out our Save My Spot Form.

Waitlist students do not need to complete this form. If space opens up for this summer’s program, we will contact you.


Muchas gracias a todos los solicitantes al programa U.S. Grant para el verano del 2016. Los aplaudimos por todo su trabajo duro.

Si fue aceptado al programa, avísenos si usted nos acompañara enviando el formulario  “guarde mi espacio” que le llego por correo O llenando el formulario en esta página: Save My Spot Form.

Estudiantes en la lista de espera no deberían llenar este formulario. Si un espacio se abre en el programa para este verano, nos pondremos en contacto con usted.

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Happy Holidays from the Ulysses S. Grant Foundation

Watch this video showcasing our 2015 summer program, and please consider donating to support US Grant’s work with New Haven students by visiting our page on JustGive.org by clicking here.

 

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2016 Applications are live!

The summer 2016 application for US Grant is now live! Visit our Students page to learn more and to download the necessary forms.

For Yale students interested in applying to be teachers, please visit the Teachers page for more information.

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Summer 2015 Family Orientation

We write with information about the summer and the upcoming family orientation on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Please note that parent/guardian attendance at orientation is mandatory. Because we will be collecting enrollment information and tuition, students must have a parent or guardian in attendance at orientation in order to begin the program.

Family & Student Orientation

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

5:30-7:00 PM

Loria Auditorium, 190 York Street

Loria Auditorium is located at 190 York Street, between Chapel St. and Elm St. Entrance to Loria Auditorium is next to Willoughby’s Coffee and Tea on York Street. Please note that parking may be difficult in this area, so plan to come early to allow time for parking. Remember Yale lots are free and open to public parking after 4pm. Please note that this is not the same location as last year.

Tuition – Please come to orientation with the amount of $75 in cash or in check (made out to “Ulysses S. Grant Foundation”). If you applied for a scholarship, you will receive notice from us in the coming weeks.

 

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Save the Date! US Grant 2014 Student/Teacher Reunion

Please mark your calendars for the US Grant Student/Teacher Reunion! The reunion will be held on Sunday, November 9th from 2-4:00pm on Yale’s Old Campus, right outside of Dwight Hall (where we meet every day during the summer). This is a great chance for students and teachers to get together, catch up, and eat some delicious snacks! We hope students will all be able to attend for as much of the reunion as possible.
We will be outside playing games and enjoying each other’s company, so please tell your student to bring a coat!
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email us at usgrantdirectors@gmail.com.
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Summer 2014 Final Showcase Video

We would like to extend our immense thanks to all students and their families for a terrific program this summer. Please enjoy the video shown at the final showcase. Have a wonderful school year!

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Parent Night Tomorrow, Thursday July 17th

PARENT VISIT NIGHT IS TOMORROW!

Parents and guardians, you are cordially invited to Parent Visit Night, which will take place tomorrow, July 17th, at Dwight Hall from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Your student’s teachers will be on hand to conference with you and discuss your student’s progress this summer. The directors will also be on hand to answer questions. We look forward to seeing all of you!

Dwight Hall is the building where your students have their classes each day. It is  located on Yale’s old campus. If you enter old campus from Phelps Gate (located at 344 College  Street) then Dwight Hall is the large brown brick building directly across from where you entered the green space that is old campus.

Questions? Call 203-624-6523

 

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Week 2 Newsletter

Greetings from US Grant!

We’ve had a terrific second week and can’t believe how quickly the summer is going.

The sixth graders have been hard at work in humanities this week developing their own fantasy characters. In investigations, they have been sharpening their people-watching skills in order to develop better products. In Ms. Swong’s class the seventh graders simulated the election of 1960 and with Mr. Veitch they learned how neurons fire action potential. The eighth grade is diving into  a new unit on number theory and preparing to put America’s founding fathers on trial. With Mr. Shib  the 9th graders created payoff matrices and with Ms. Korewa they have learned the importance of immigrant newspapers.

Electives are well underway as well. This week students took a virtual trip to 19th century Paris, learned what to pack for a hike into the wilderness, and told the stories of Ancient Greek heroes through dramatic skits.

During Purdy time this week students heard about animal psychology from Professor Lori Santos, watched a performance by Yale’s folk music group Tangled Up In Blue,  spent an afternoon at Pierson College, and took tours of the Yale Art Gallery. We can’t wait to see everyone next week!

Important Announcements

~Remember that US Grant Family Open House night is scheduled for this coming Thursday July 17,  from 5:30-7pm at Dwight Hall!

~SAVE THE DATE: The final showcase will be held Thursday July 31st, from 5-7pm at Davies Auditorium.

~Our newsletter will now also be posted on our website www.yale.edu/usgrant.

Ms. Landon's designers doing the FIN chant!

Ms. Landon’s designers doing the FIN chant!

7th graders making a diagnosis in Mr. Veitch's investigations class.

7th graders making a diagnosis in Mr. Veitch’s investigations class.

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Summer 2014 Electives

Please read about the wonderful electives that our teacher team will be leading this summer.

Monday/Wednesday Electives

Wilderness Survival, Ms. Landon and Mr. Shibayama

Are you eager to explore the great outdoors? In this class, you’ll learn to build shelter, tie knots, start a fire, and stay safe in the wilderness. No matter your experience or comfort level outside of the city, this class will make you feel at home in nature. You’ll make great friends and earn merit badges along the way. Let’s go on an adventure!

To Infinity and Beyond: A Journey through the Universe, Mr. Conlon and Ms. Swong

Ever wished you could sail on the methane lakes of Titan or fall into the black hole at the center of the galaxy? If you’ve been feeling bored here on Earth, join us for this class, which travels from planets to stars to galaxies to the outer reaches of the cosmos. We’ll follow the footsteps of Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein as we tackle the mysteries of the Universe through outdoor activities, games, and a planetarium visit. Students will end with a project on the topic of their choice, whether it’s the fusion of stars, alien life, or anything in between.

Epic: Adventures in Greek Mythology, Ms. Morris

Do you like learning about heroes? About epic battles and journeys to distant lands? In this elective we will learn about some of the most ancient and spectacular heroes that ever lived by exploring the fantastic stories of Greek mythology and epic. Are you ready for a journey to Ancient Greece? If you are, this elective is for you!

Arab Alif, Ms. Korewa

In this class, students will learn a new alphabet, new sounds, and new words. With a focus on reading and basic conversation skills, we will play games, listen to songs, and interact— in Arabic! We will also explore the cultures of Arabic-speaking countries—from couscous to the call to prayer and calligraphy.

How to be Funny: An Introduction to Long-form Improv Comedy, Mr. Buckley

Have you ever been stuck in a conversation where you were at a loss for words?  Do you ever find yourself daydreaming, or talking to yourself in weird accents?  Do you love to make people laugh?  If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then long form improv, the art of making things up, is perfect for you.  In this class we will examining long form improv comedy from both an academic and hands-on perspective.  We will spend time in the classroom studying the history of improv, humor theory (what makes a joke funny), how improv relates to community and how improv can be an empowering tool in our everyday lives.  We will also spend time on the stage starting with the basics of long form improv and moving on to learn how to develop hilarious and meaningful scenes.  Absolutely zero formal experience with improv is necessary, all you need is a willingness to try something new, be goofy, and have fun.

Mock Trial, Mr. Ritchin

What would it be like to serve as a witness, juror, or lawyer? In this class, students will have the opportunity to examine witnesses, design a justice system, and act out a criminal trial from opening statement to verdict. By creating their own courtroom, students will gain a deeper understanding of the American justice system and the power of persuasion.

Tuesday/Thursday Electives

Art Detectives: Investigating Impressionism, Ms. Korewa and Ms. Morris

In this elective, we will be art detectives—using clues we find in paintings to uncover the stories they hold. As part of our detective work, we will get to know the revolutionary group of artists known as the “impressionists.” How and why did these artists paint the way they did? In order to find out, we will take a virtual trip to 19th century Paris to investigate what their every day world looked, felt, and sounded like.  We will also spend time in the Yale Art Gallery training our eyes to decode the paintings and surrounding ourselves with the vibrant colors of impressionism.

Elm City Prose Pros: Creative Writing in New Haven, Mr. Buckley and Mr. Ritchin

Have you ever wondered what the person next to you on the bus is thinking about? Or what New Haven looks like through the eyes of the visitors on a guided tour? This class will aim to answer these questions and more by examining the basic principles of creative writing with a special focus on the city of New Haven and its people. The class will include a trip to the Yale Art Gallery, creative pieces based in New Haven’s public spaces, and personalized feedback on each student’s writing. Ultimately, we hope to help young students become prose pros.

Nerds Play Ball: An Introduction to Sports Analytics, Mr. Shibayama

Why do some teams win consistently? How do you know how good a player will be in the future? In fact, how do you know how good a player has already been? What is Moneyball? We will consider these types of questions in this course through the lenses of various professional sports. By the course’s end, students will be able to debate and research sports through quantifiable terms.

It’s Not Easy Being Green: Environmental Science and Awareness, Ms. Landon

“We do not inherit the land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” –Native American Proverb. Get ready to go green! In this class, we will explore mankind’s lasting impact on the environment and what we can do about. Through their own discoveries and experiments, students will examine how human populations are drastically altering natural processes. As protectors of the planet, students will investigate the best ways to minimize their impact on the environment as individuals and as a community.

From Fantasia to Star Wars: The Magic of Film Music, Ms. Swong

Why is the opening fanfare of Star Wars one of the most memorable melodies of all time? What makes the screeching violins in the shower scene in Psycho sound so scary? Why do we view Aragorn as a hero in Lord of the Rings? In this elective, we will explore how music makes movies come to life. Students will learn how composers use rhythm, melody, tempo, instruments’ unique sounds, structure, and other basic principles of music to tell a story. By the end of the summer, students will be able to recognize and express the ways that music creates emotions, advances the plot, and shapes our understandings of characters.

News of World (NOW), Mr. Conlon

This class will explore current events, happening NOW, in America and around the globe. Based primarily on student requests, the curriculum will cover a different NOW event each class, from the World Cup to the Middle East, to Russia, to Connecticut. Through debates, games, and other activities, we’ll work to understand everything going on NOW in our world!

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Orientation Night Tomorrow: Thursday, June 26th

We are very excited to kick off US Grant 2014!  Tomorrow night there will be a mandatory orientation event for US Grant parents and students from 5:30-7:00pm. Orientation will be held at Davies Auditorium, located at 10 Hillhouse Avenue. Please see below for directions and parking information.

 

Directions and parking information:

Davies Auditorium is located in the Dunham Laboratories building at 10 Hillhouse Avenue.

Take EXIT 3 off I91. Head STRAIGHT off the exit onto Trumbull Street. Take a LEFT onto Temple Street. Take a RIGHT onto Grove Street. Take a RIGHT onto Hillhouse Avenue. Metered street parking is available on Hillhouse Avenue, Temple St., Grove Street, and Trumbull Street (Meters are free on Sundays). Free parking is available after 5pm at 17 Hillhouse Avenue at the corner of Hillhouse Ave and Trumbull Street.

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