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Choose an engaging half-day or full-day summer program for your child.

Most courses are half-day (9 a.m. to noon, or 1-4 p.m.).   If you register for a morning and an afternoon session during the same week, your child will have a lunch break between sessions (noon to 1 p.m.), and we will provide a lunch. 

 

Register for these courses separately: 
Joplin Jazz Camp July 10-13 -- Click here to register

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Expand the Age-Group buttons below for course descriptions and pricing:


Pre-K and Preschool - Toddler to 3.5 yrs
July 17-21


Pre-K Academy - TJ’s Early Childhood Discovery Academy (9 a.m. - noon) - Join us for an amazing adventure as students enjoy classes and activities that will spark their interest in learning. Teachers and students will take a hands-on approach as they explore theme-based projects and activities that will prepare them for Pre-K.  Activities include music, literature, art, theater, phonics, and games.  Open to all students who will be enrolled in Pre-K in the fall.
Mrs. Gretchan Moss     $160

These pre-school offerings are available on Thursdays and Fridays during the TJ Summer Discovery Academy weeks, and parents attend the sessions with their children.
The first Thursday and Friday sessions are June 22 & 23, and the last meetings are Aug. 3 & 4. There are no meetings during the week of July 3-7


Lil’ Crawlers and Toddlers 9-18 months
Songs, Rhymes and Hand Play in Spanish, French, and Italian (Fridays, 9-10 a.m.)
- This is an interactive set of activities that focuses on exposing our littlest learners to 3 romance languages through song, rhymes and hand play.  Learn classic songs with your little one in a fun setting.  There will be ample time for free play as well as guided activities in each session. 
Ms. Claire Berger     $10 per session

18 months to 2.5 years old
STEM program (Fridays, 11 a.m. - noon) - Students will enjoy exposure to scientific concepts including plants and animals, as well as activities with textures and mixtures.  This is an introduction to a multitude of science topics through a fun and age-appropriate approach, and our story time will feature a science focus. 
Ms. Claire Berger     $10 per session

18 months to 2.5 years old
Asia Explorer (Thursdays, 11 a.m. - noon) -
This class will focus on songs and hand games in Chinese.  We will also explore calligraphy, crafts, and the culinary arts through hands-on, age-appropriate activities.  Explore sights and smells from Asia as well as exposure to animals and music from the Far East.  Hold on to your hats because it’s all Chinese to me.
Ms. Claire Berger     $10 per session

2.5 -3.5 years old
Math Countdown (Thursdays, 9-10 a.m.) - Your child will love numbers after spending time with us for math countdown.  With an appropriate blend of group instruction, students will be exposed to lots of interesting math concepts through literature, games and other hands-on activities. 
Ms. Claire Berger     $10 per session


Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
June 19-23


Math Maniacs (9 a.m. - noon) - The "Math Maniacs" are going to sing songs, play games and do activities to strengthen math skills developed in grades Kindergarten and 1.  Students will focus on subitizing, number sense, counting, numerals, and patterns, and then will use those skills and various math tools to learn addition and subtraction strategies, time, money, and measurement and data concepts. 
Mrs. Wanda Matlock     $160

Amazing Sharks (1-4 p.m.) - The deep, blue sea holds abundant wonder, and some of the oldest and most fascinating creatures are the many species of sharks.  Students will explore the ocean habitats of these predators, and learn about their unique anatomy, their hunting strategies, and how they interact with humans and other creatures.
Mrs. Joanne Lown     $160

June 26-30


Jumpstart Kindergarten (9 a.m. - noon) - Children enjoy this class so much they don’t believe they are learning.  They’ll discover math through cooking, literature through art, and unfold the mysteries of science through experimentation.  Students who will attend Kindergarten in the fall should enroll in this course, especially if they have not attended a structured pre-school and Pre-K program.
Mrs. Amanda Beard     $160

Magic School Bus Science (1-4 p.m.) - Young students will transform into scientists as they participate in some wild rides on the mythical Magic School Bus. Join science teacher extraordinaire Ms. Frizzle - and your friends - on a different science adventure each day.  Curious students will enjoy these fun-filled Magic School Bus field trips.
Mrs. Amanda Beard     $160

July 10-14


Book Bites (9 a.m. - noon) - We will read a variety of books and participate in edible activities to go along with each book. Students will learn how to read recipes, use measurement tools, and have fun eating while reading and hearing stories.
Mrs. Amanda Beard     $160

Piano Safari (1-4 p.m.) - Take an imaginary trip to Africa while learning to play the piano.  We’ll explore tribal rhythms on authentic African instruments, and express creativity with "thunder" songs from the tropical forest.  Students will perform a concert for parents on Friday. Goals: music appreciation, piano technique, rhythm, note reading and rote, music ensemble, and fun.
Mrs. Jana Zinter     $160

July 17-21


Studio Art Academy - Grades 2-5 (9 a.m. to noon) - Open to all rising 2nd - 5th graders.  Students will create works of art in various media, using a variety of techniques, to learn the principles of design and the elements of art.
Mr. Mark Cole     $160

Jumpstart Lower School (9 a.m. - noon) - Students making the transition to 1st grade in the fall will have a fabulous time getting to know the 1st grade classroom in this summer preview course.  Students will enjoy learning new ways to discover reading, writing, math, and social studies.  Open to all rising 1st graders.
Mrs. Joanne Lown     $160

Spanish Camp (1-4 p.m.) - Experience Spanish language and culture, and learn Spanish in a fun and interactive environment. Our native speaker teachers will share their language and culture with you. Learn about Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, and many other Spanish-speaking countries in this fantastic immersion experience.
Mrs. Gelmis Cole and Mr. Matt Hickman     $160

Astronaut Academy (1-4 p.m.) - Space is one of the final frontiers, and students on this adventure will explore the universe through exciting activities.  Learn about stars, planets, solar systems, black holes, and more while on this journey through outer space.
Mrs. Joanne Lown     $160

July 24-28


Amazing Authors (9 a.m. - noon) - We will study one well-known author each day to explore genres, text and graphic features, language usage, and illustrations/art styles.  Basic grammar, punctuation, reading and comprehension skills well be strengthened.  By the end of the week, Eric Carle, Jan Brett, Laura Numeroff, Dr. Seuss, and Doreen Cronin will feel like old friends. 
Mrs. Wanda Matlock     $160

Soccer (1-4 p.m.) - Soccer is a great sport for all ages, and in this camp students will be exposed to the fundamentals of the game.  They will participate in drills to develop their skills and will have the opportunity to put those skills to the test in daily scrimmages.
TJ Athletics Department     $160

Showtime for Kids - 2nd and 3rd graders (9 a.m. - noon) - Lights! Camera! Action! Prepare for this summer’s musical production. The young thespians will ready themselves with musical run-throughs, costume-making, stage-blocking, and choreography. Participants must commit to a dress rehearsal from 9-11 a.m., and the public performance at 6 p.m. on Sat., July 29, There is a 30-actor limit.
Mrs. Molly Williams        $160

July 31 - August 4


Forts and Mazes (9 a.m. - noon) - Designing forts and mazes takes a special kind of imagination.  Students in this course will not only design artful and livable forts, they will bring their creations to life in the classroom and outdoors.  Building their ultimate living space is fun, but the students will also enjoy designing and building life-sized mazes to challenge their classmates. 
Mrs. Kimberly Gray     $160

Lower School Sports Academy (1-4 p.m.) - Summer is a fun time to be out playing, and participants in this course will engage in a new activity each day.  Tennis, swimming, golf, basketball, bowling, and other activities are on the schedule for this course, and participants will learn the rules of each game - and the value of good sportsmanship - as they have fun learning.
Mr. Chris Myers     $160 
Grades 3-5
June 14


Jefferson City Trip (7 a.m. - 7 p.m.) - Come celebrate Flag Day with a day trip to Jefferson City  We will travel by school bus to Missouri’s capitol city where we will tour the Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion, and the Supreme Court.  Students need to bring a lunch with a drink, but  dinner will be provided on the way back to Joplin.  Trip is open to rising 3rd - 6th graders.
Mrs. Terri Conklin, Ms. Jan Bradshaw, and Mrs. Mary Arnold     $135

June 26-30


Volleyball for grades 3-5 (9 a.m. - noon) -This camp will help prepare Lower School students who have an interest in volleyball, or who want to improve their skills.  They will participate in drills, and will have the opportunity to put those skills to the test in daily scrimmages.
Ms. Erin Fledderman     $175

Robotics Academy (1-4 p.m.) - Learn about science and technology by building real-world models and programming them to automatically carry out life-like commands. After reviewing the six classical "simple machines," you will build, program, and test complex robots based on the Lego Mindstorm NXT system. This robotics course is an excellent way to develop math, engineering, programming, and motor skills while building exciting, complex machines. Plan, program, test, and troubleshoot your robot, and use ultrasonic, light, sound, and touch sensors to program the robots to interact with their environment while executing programmed instructions. (Limited to 16 students).
Mr. Robert Carlson        $160
July 10-14


Book Bites (9 a.m. - noon) - We will read a variety of books and participate in edible activities to go along with each book. Students will learn how to read recipes, use measurement tools, and have fun eating while reading and hearing stories. This course is for rising Kindergarten through 3rd graders.
Mrs. Amanda Beard     $160

Building Blocks (1-4 p.m.) - Students will use their imaginations to build with Legos, and will explore designs for buildings, moving vehicles, machines, and more.
Mrs. Amanda Beard     $160

Piano Safari (1-4 p.m.) - Take an imaginary trip to Africa while learning to play the piano.  We’ll explore tribal rhythms on authentic African instruments, and express creativity with "thunder" songs from the tropical forest.  Students will perform a concert for parents on Friday. Goals: music appreciation, piano technique, rhythm, note reading and rote, music ensemble, and fun.
Mrs. Jana Zinter     $160
July 17-21


Building Design & Architecture (9 a.m.- noon) - There is a lot we can learn from studying the design of structures over the ages, and in this class we will explore topics and establish a foundation of knowledge about building and landscape architecture.
Mr. Clayton Carnahan     $160

Studio Art Academy - Grades 2-5 (9 a.m. to noon) - Open to all students entering grades 2-5 in the fall.  Students will create works of art in various media, using a variety of techniques, to learn the principles of design and the elements of art.
Mr. Mark Cole     $160

Basketball (1-4 p.m.) -
This camp is a great way for students to improve and further develop their basketball skills.  They will participate in drills to practice their skills and will have the opportunity to put those skills to the test in daily scrimmages.  Participants will be grouped by age and ability level in an effort to help each player improve his or her skills.  There will be plenty of fun games and activities to help build confidence in the athletes.
TJ Athletic Department        $160

Summer/Fall Gardening (1-4 p.m.) - Thomas Jefferson has new garden beds on the east side of the campus, and students in this class will get hands-on experience in vegetable, herb, and flower gardening, with a focus on plants that produce in the summer season.  Be prepared to leave with green thumbs
Mr. Clayton Carnahan     $160

Spanish Camp (1-4 p.m.) - Experience Spanish language and culture, and learn Spanish in a fun and interactive environment. Our native speaker teachers will share their language and culture with you. Learn about Costa Rica, Mexico, Colombia, and many other Spanish-speaking countries. This is a fantastic immersion experience.
Mrs. Gelmis Cole and Mr. Matt Hickman     $160

July 22 - Duke TIP Academic Adventures 
(9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Gifted enrichment for rising 4th- 7th graders enrolled in Duke’s Talent Identification Program.
Register at www.tjeffschool.org/duketip

July 24-28


Showtime for Kids - 4th - 6th graders (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) - Lights! Camera! Action! Prepare for this summer’s musical. Young thespians will ready themselves with musical run-throughs, costume-making, stage-blocking, and choreography. Participants must commit to dress rehearsal from 9-11 a.m., and the public performance at 6 p.m. on Sat., July 29.  There is a 30-actor limit.
Mrs. Molly Williams        $370

July 31 - August 4


Claymation (9 a.m. - noon) - Stop-motion animation using clay has amazed audiences in feature films and television shows for decades,  and animation artists still use clay models as the basis for their computer animation creations.  Students will develop their own characters, animate them,  and then take the animation to a whole new level using professional software tools.
Robert Carlson     $160

Lower School Sports Academy (1-4 p.m.) - Summer is a fun time to be out playing, and participants in this course will engage in a new activity each day.  Tennis, swimming, golf, basketball, bowling, and other activities are on the schedule for this course, and participants will learn the rules of each game - and the value of good sportsmanship - as they have fun learning.
Mr. Chris Myers     $160

Middle School
June 14


Jefferson City Trip (7 a.m. - 7 p.m.) - Come celebrate Flag Day with a day trip to Jefferson City  We will travel by school bus to Missouri’s capitol city where we will tour the Capitol, the Governor’s Mansion, and the Supreme Court.  Students need to bring a lunch with a drink, but  dinner will be provided on the way back to Joplin.  Trip is open to rising 3rd - 6th graders.
Mrs. Terri Conklin, Ms. Jan Bradshaw, and Mrs. Mary Arnold     $135

June 19-23

Summer Shakespeare Academy (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) - Open to rising 8th - 12th graders only. Capture the fun and wisdom of Shakespeare through a combination of performance and discussion centered around A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Find your voice in monologues and scenes, stage combat, costumes and props, and a final showcase which includes attending a professional production of the show at MSSU. Familiarity with Shakespeare’s language is not required, but come ready to explore.
Mr. Willie Plaschke     $320

June 24


Middle School Musical Trip -- Matilda, in Tulsa
Students will travel to Tulsa to see Matilda, The Musical.  This show, based on Roald Dahl’s novel of the same name, has received rave reviews, and will be an excellent opportunity for your rising 6th - 8th grader to experience world-class musical performance.  The New York Times said "It’s even more glorious than promised."
Mrs. Molly Williams       $95

June 26-30


Strings Academy (9 a.m. to noon) - Open to intermediate violin, viola, cello, and bass students who play at the intermediate level.  Students will perform with the Joplin Regional Summer Symphony Orchestra during its concert on Sunday, July 2, in the TJ Concert Hall.  
Ms. Rebecca Cutler and Mr. Mark Stauffer   $160

Volleyball for grades 5-8 (1-4 p.m.) - TJ’s Middle School volleyball team has always been strong in ability and numbers.  This camp will help prepare Middle School students who have an interest in joining the team, or who want to improve for the next season.  They will develop their skills and will put those skills to the test in daily scrimmages.
Ms. Erin Fledderman     $160

July 10-14

Robotics Academy (9 a.m. - noon) - Learn about science and technology by building real-world models and programming them to automatically carry out life-like commands. You will build, program, and test complex robots based on the Tetrix Prime system. This robotics course is an excellent way to develop math, engineering, programming, and motor skills while building exciting, complex machines. Plan, program, test, and troubleshoot your robot, and use ultrasonic, light, sound, and touch sensors to program the robots to interact with their environment while executing programmed instructions.
Mr. Robert Carlson        $160

Adventures in Rocket Science (1-4 p.m.) - Learn how Newton’s Laws of Motion apply to rocketry as we build, test, and launch model rockets.  Learn about thrust, stabilization, altitude, and recovery, and apply your new knowledge to building a rocket for which you predict and control the ascent and descent speeds. We will launch our rockets at least four times during the week. (Limited to 18 students).
Mr. Robert Carlson        $160

July 10-13

Joplin Jazz Camp (9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on 10 and 11, 2-5 p.m. on 12 and 13) - The Joplin Jazz Camp will provide each student with a foundation in the jazz idiom through classes and rehearsals that emphasize improvisation, theory, jazz history, ear training and transcription of solos, melodic patterns, and jazz style and interpretation. Students will be encouraged to think creatively and truly dig in and experience the music through active learning, rather than simply practicing patterns out of a book.
Joplin Jazz Camp Faculty        $150
Special signup form for Jazz Camp is here.

July 17-21


Studio Art (9 a.m. - noon) - In this course, we will explore different techniques in studio art and create a better understanding of the medium, allowing your child to more effectively bring his or her imagination to life.  Some of these techniques will include more effective shading techniques, how to render objects more accurately, and thoughts on how composition can help or hinder a piece of artwork.
Ms. Amanda Almich     $160

Computer Science (9 a.m. - noon) - This course will introduce students to computer technology and programming while also teaching them more advanced skills within programs and software that they already use.  Mastering the Microsoft Office Suite, learning to better navigate and search the internet, engaging safely and appropriately in social media, and discovering both fun and educational computer games will all be topics covered in this week-long course.
Mr. Matt Hickman        $160

Mobile Device App Development (1-4 p.m.) - Learn the in-demand skills necessary to develop applications for iPhones and Android devices in this introductory course.  Students will use widely available tools to design and develop a working mobile app, and take away the skills necessary to continue developing increasingly complex applications.
Mr. Robert Carlson     $160

July 22

Duke TIP Academic Adventures
 
(9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Gifted enrichment for rising 4th- 7th graders enrolled in Duke’s Talent Identification Program.
Register at www.tjeffschool.org/duketip

July 24-28


Showtime for Kids - 4th - 6th graders (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) - Lights! Camera! Action! Prepare for this summer’s musical production. The young thespians will ready themselves with musical run-throughs, costume-making, stage-blocking, and choreography. Participants must commit to a dress rehearsal from 9-11 a.m., and the public performance at 6 p.m. on Sat., July 29.  Sign up now, as there is a 30-actor limit.
Mrs. Molly Williams        $320

Showtime - Behind the Scenes (9 a.m. - noon) - Lights! Camera! Action! In addition to scene design, students will explore the behind-the-scenes activity that brings a musical or stage performance to life.  With the state-of-the-art sound, lighting, and rigging systems in the TJ Concert Hall, students will learn how to make the magic happen on stage.  This course has a 15-student limit, so sign up early. Students who sign up for this course need to commit to participation in preparation and performance of the musical on Saturday, July 29.
Ms. Amanda Almich/Mr. Robert Carlson   $160

Beginning Piano (1-4 p.m.) - Take an imaginary trip to Africa while learning to play the piano.  We’ll explore tribal rhythms on authentic African instruments, and express creativity with "thunder" songs from the tropical forest.  Students will perform a concert for parents on Friday. Goals: music appreciation, piano technique, rhythm, note reading and rote, music ensemble, and fun.
Mrs. Jana Zinter     $160

July 27 and 28


Leadership & Team Building (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) - Join us for an adventurous two days at Greenbush in Kansas, as we build students’ leadership skills through activities at the state of the challenge courses.  These confidence-building activities include the high and low ropes courses, zip line courses, archery, and canoeing. 
Greenbush Faculty             $100

July 31 - August 4


Fun with Photography and Photoshop (9 a.m. - noon) - Learn the tools and tricks of professional graphic designers in this comprehensive overview of Photoshop. Students in this course will learn to use the tools within Photoshop for fun and practical projects.
Mr. Mark Cole     $160

Game Development (1-4 p.m.)  - Learn the in-demand skills necessary to develop games using the Construct2 platform, and port them to applications for iPhones and Android devices.  Students will use widely available tools to design and develop a working computer game, and take away the skills necessary to continue developing increasingly complex applications.
Mr. Robert Carlson     $160

August 7-11


Middle School Study Skills (10 a.m. - noon) - Study skills are a fundamental requirement for academic achievement.  This course will provide practical strategy and tested methods to help students achieve long-term academic success.  Specific emphasis will be placed on time-management, organizational skills, note-taking, and test preparation.  Tuition includes the cost of a course-specific textbook. All rising and current Middle School students are encouraged to attend.  Rising 6th grade students are strongly encouraged to attend.
Mr. Chris Nash     $125


Upper School
June 19-23


Summer Shakespeare Academy (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) - Open to rising 8th - 12th graders only. Capture the fun and wisdom of Shakespeare through a combination of performance and discussion centered around A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Find your voice in monologues and scenes, stage combat, costumes and props, and a final showcase which includes attending a professional production of the show at MSSU. Familiarity with Shakespeare’s language is not required, but come ready to explore.
Mr. Willie Plaschke     $320

June 26-30


Strings Academy (9 a.m. to noon) - Open to intermediate violin, viola, cello, and bass students who play at the intermediate level.  Students will perform with the Joplin Regional Summer Symphony Orchestra during its concert on Sunday, July 2, in the TJ Concert Hall.  
Ms. Rebecca Cutler and Mr. Mark Stauffer   $160

Volleyball for grades 5-8 (1-4 p.m.) - TJ’s Middle School volleyball team has always been strong in ability and numbers.  This camp will help prepare Middle School students who have an interest in joining the team, or who want to improve for the next season.  They will develop their skills and will put those skills to the test in daily scrimmages.
Ms. Erin Fledderman     $160

July 10-13

Joplin Jazz Camp (9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on 10 and 11, 2-5 p.m. on 12 and 13) - The Joplin Jazz Camp will provide each student with a foundation in the jazz idiom through classes and rehearsals that emphasize improvisation, theory, jazz history, ear training and transcription of solos, melodic patterns, and jazz style and interpretation. Students will be encouraged to think creatively and truly dig in and experience the music through active learning, rather than simply practicing patterns out of a book.
Joplin Jazz Camp Faculty        $150
Special signup form for Jazz Camp is here.

July 17-21


Studio Art (9 a.m. - noon) - In this course, we will explore different techniques in studio art and create a better understanding of the medium, allowing your child to more effectively bring his or her imagination to life.  Some of these techniques will include more effective shading techniques, how to render objects more accurately, and thoughts on how composition can help or hinder a piece of artwork.
Ms. Amanda Almich     $160

July 27 and 28


Leadership & Team Building (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.) -
Join us for an adventurous two days at Greenbush in Kansas, as we build students’ leadership skills through activities at the state of the challenge courses.  These confidence-building activities include the high and low ropes courses, zip line courses, archery, and canoeing. 
Greenbush Faculty             $100

July 31 - August 4


ACT Preparation (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
- Students will develop individualized approaches to maximizing scores on the ACT. We will divide our class time fairly evenly among the various portions of these tests. Each session will consist of a review of various mathematical, grammatical, or vocabulary concepts as we examine how these topics manifest themselves in a standardized test format. We will also spend a great deal of time taking and evaluating practice exams (often these will be completed outside of class), reviewing frequently occurring problem styles, and discussing strategies for taking the ACT.
Full Course $500



Aug. 7-18

These pre-season camps prepare students for fall sports and band performances.  There is no charge for these courses.
Middle and Upper School Instrumental Camps with Mr. Atteberry
Upper School Pre-Season Athletics 


 
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