The addition of Exploratorium staff to our crew led to the crafting of a hands-on science curriculum that left students buzzing with excitement as they headed home each week with an array of inventions and projects. Almost doubling in size from its previous year, the camp of forty students hailed from both our after-school tutoring programs at and Buena Vista Horace Mann. Campers were divided into two classes, each paired with a team of science and writing interns leading daily investigations. Amidst these exciting changes, Exploring Words continued to be filled with science, writing, and fun packed days. In the writing classroom, students equipped with pencils and notebooks expressed their ideas through various writing styles such as poetry, fiction, dialogue, and comics. With new terms such as metaphor, simile, and onomatopoeia entering their vocabulary, campers responded to writing prompts that encouraged them to explore their voices and use of sensory language. Tasked with creating world-bending characters, students imagined superheros, villains, and extraordinary protagonists that navigated their way through outrageous short stories.
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We welcome amazing interns every season, and an especially large and dedicated crew in the summer. So without further ado, meet the summertime faces of Valencia. Nate Huntington was born and raised in San Francisco. Sam Solemnidad was born and raised in Richmond, CA. In her free time, Sam loves trying new foods, drinking boba, and napping usually in that order. She is a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is pursuing a major in political science and a double minor in sociology and writing. In her free time, you can find her making Spotify playlists, hiking, or eating dark chocolate. This summer, Sara is excited to spend time at Valencia and learn about all of the ways that it gives back to the greater community.
762 students published this Spring
Now, Sasha was a normal fifteen-year-old. But when she…. I am a rushing river, adapting to change. I can go with the flow, getting…. Dear Valencia community, The San Francisco Unified School District made the decision yesterday to close all schools for three weeks beginning Monday,…. Kenny is an educator who has acted as…. Dear valued volunteers, The health and safety of our Valencia community is very important to us, and as such we are…. Save the date for this inspiring benefit event in support of our free writing, tutoring, and publishing programs. Former executive director of michigan, Amanda Uhle, wrote about the need for students to have wonderful and weird spaces in Newsweek. To be eligible, students must: Have participated in….
The graduation ceremony commemorated six weeks of intensive student efforts to catch up to reading and writing level. Put on by Mission Learning Center, Playworks, and Valencia, Exploring Words Summer Camp combines reading activities, writing programming, and sports at Dolores Park to attain a focused environment in which students receive both the individualized attention and instruction they need to improve their literacy and a healthy slab of time to blow off steam through structured play. Students composed letters, short stories, poems, and interviews before editing these pieces alongside tutors and sharing their work with the class. A committed volunteer base helped Valencia work towards its goal of providing each student with one-on-one instructional attention. Such a favorable student-instructor ratio ensured that students could always receive an immediate response to their questions, ideas, sentences, and plot twisters. At the end of the camp, Valencia published a chapbook titled My Favorite Weather is Rainbow that includes writing produced and selected by each student.