The theme for our fourth and final week was "Plan for Yourself." As we concluded a fantastic July, students were prompted to think about how they will use the skills they have learned when they transition into school in September. Executive function skills such as self awareness, self control, organization, and planning have been reinforced in every aspect of Forman Summer. All of the students have new tools to practice mindfulness so that they can pause and find their center, especially when life gets chaotic and they start to feel out of control.
Students and teachers developed action plans that identify areas of strength and challenge as well as recommendations to carry forward into September.
During the fourth week, students wrapped up the projects they had started in art and video. Dungeons and Dragons carried out their final quest, and the fishing group found the secret spot on the river where they were able to experience the thrill of catch and release.
Monday and Tuesday evenings were dedicated to finishing summer reading assignments or for practicing for the annual variety show.
Wednesday, every student participated in one way or another in our annual variety show. Our afternoon music class showed off tremendous talent as they performed songs including "Take Me To Church" by Hozier. Other musical performances included a piano rendition "Livin'on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi and "Someone Like You" by Adele. One student memorized Rowan Atkinson's comedy sketch "Welcome to Hell." This funny performance contrasted the political thriller dramatic monologues written and performed by the author. Other students shared joke telling, drumming, dancing, competitive jump roping skills, video game skills, and a choreographed lightsaber battle.
I am grateful for the tremendous Forman faculty and staff and the amazing group of young people who joined us at Forman Summer 2017.
I look forward to next July, and I hope to see many returning faces.
Director of Summer Program