Strategies for Success
Open to: Students entering grades 9-10 and new 11th grade students
August 19-23, 2019
Session I: 9am-12pm (lunch 12:00-12:30)
Session II: 1pm-4pm (lunch 12:30 – 1:00)
This course will focus on some of the foundational skills needed for success in high school. Through both explanation and hands-on activities, students will develop better organizational and time management strategies. Students will learn techniques to both improve academic performance and build confidence. The key skills emphasized in this course include how to use a planner effectively, how to use Podium productively, how to plan for short-term and long-term assignments, and materials management. Students will also work to further strengthen their academic skills including note-taking, study strategies, and writing basics as well as learn how to self-advocate and make the most out of meeting with their teachers.
All materials and lunch will be provided.
VENISE ADJIBODOU, CO-instructor
Since joining the Rivers faculty in 2016, Dr. Adjiobdou has taught English 10, English 11, and several senior electives. She also teaches an interdisciplinary studies course, Religion in Literature. Beyond the classroom, she co-advises the African diaspora affinity group, serves as faculty support to RICA, and is the faculty advisor to The Current, the school's literary magazine. Dr. Adjibodou has a doctorate in Africana studies and religious studies from the University of Pennsylvania; a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School; a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Tufts University; and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the mother of two daughters.
Andrea Diaz, CO-instructor
Andrea Diaz has been teaching history at The Rivers School for the past nine years and also serves as the history department chair. During her tenure, Ms. Diaz has taught grades 9-12, including Perspectives in World History and US History. She also teaches International Relations, History of Cities, and Modern Latin America as electives for juniors and seniors. Additionally, Ms. Diaz is the assistant coach for the girls’ varsity cross country team and is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in international relations and in the history of art and architecture, and she earned her M.A. in art history from Boston University.
KEITH ZALASKI, CO-instructor
Keith has been teaching math for the last four years at Rivers, while also serving as the ninth grade dean and boys’ basketball coach. Keith’s teaching career started in boarding schools, as he began right out of college at Williston Northampton School, then moved on to Trinity Pawling in New York. Both schools sing his praises as an outstanding teacher and mentor to students, known for going the extra mile for his students and players. Keith is committed to working with kids in a variety of realms and embraces the importance of the student-faculty bond. Keith has also worked with local foundations serving underprivileged kids in his time with Tufts, working at both the 3-Point Foundation and Hoop Mountain camps. Keith earned his B.A. in economics from Amherst College, where he also played four years of varsity basketball and captained the golf team. He later earned his M.A. in teaching from Tufts.
Details & Eligibility
▸ On-Site Course
▸ August 19- 23, 2019
▸ Students entering grades 9-10 and new 11th grade students
2019 Tuition: $480 (includes lunch)
Financial aid is available (May 1 deadline)
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