On Monday, July 20, students in the second session of Summer Term @Ross began their studies in English, mathematics, marine science, Mandarin, Wellness, and more. Like this year’s first three-week session, this session hosts a diverse group of students hailing from countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
In the first days, students who also attended session 1 were happy to share their experiences, tips, and memories with newly arrived schoolmates. Many also took tests to assess their best fit in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. In the beginner course, instructor Kristine Hart will lead the class in reading Eros and Psyche and looking at taboos, elements of folktales, and how playwrights depend on dramatic conventions. Teacher Lance Sun’s intermediate ESOL students will study a graphic novel as well as prepare presentations about their family histories. In advanced ESOL, with teacher Vincent Barbato, students will continue reading Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
New courses for Session 2 include Mandarin Immersion with teacher Rubo Fu, and Marine Science with teacher Jack Szczepanski. As one may expect, students in the language class began with the basics, first determining their names in Chinese and learning that the significance of a given name in China typically reflects the parents’ hopes for their child. Over in the science lab, students are “diving into” their studies of coastal ecologies as well as exploring the diverse environments on the East End of Long Island.
Other Summer Term courses include College Prep, Mathematics, Media Studies, Culinary Arts, Visual Arts, Wellness, Tennis, and Music. In between classes, students make new friends, enjoy amazing food at the Ross Café, and relax by spending time at East Hampton’s beautiful ocean beaches, embarking on local adventures, and taking in the sights and sounds of Manhattan.