Spring 2016 Newsletter - by Tom Nelson, Executive Director

As the 2015-16 school year closes, we are proud to report that The Lyceum has had yet another strong year.  Below is an outline with some commentary about our activities and accomplishments.

Major Academic Events

Carmel High Mock Trial County Winners

•    Mock Trial for students in grades 9-12:  This year we had over 150 students participating from seven local high schools.  Carmel High won a narrow victory over Pacific Grove and went on to take 8th place out of 34 school teams at State.  They had a great victory, making it to the semi-finals at State for the first time ever, and going 3-0 in the first 3 rounds!  Additionally their Pre-trial Motion Attorney, Alex Poletti, won the J. Skelly Wright award for excellence in pre-trial advocacy.    

•    Model United Nations for middle and high school aged students: The middle school event was held at Monterey Institute of International Studies on May 7th. Effects of climate change on low lying counties, cyber security, education of immigrants and refugees, terrorism and curbing pollution were the key topics at the middle school event.  See a video of the event’s Mock Press Conference, moderated by Peter Funt here.  The keynote speaker was noted expert on water issues, Michael V. McGinnis of MIIS. The high school event was held on September 26th, where the topic was the impact of immigration on development. The guest speaker was Dr. Tsuneo Akaha, Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at MIIS, whose expertise is in the area of migration human security.  

Lyceum Spelling Bee Winners

•    Monterey County Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th graders:  Our 32nd Annual Spelling Bee was held at San Benancio Middle School on Feb 21st with 56 finalists from all over the County. Thirty-one schools participated, and we had a fantastic new word caller, Lisa Ledin, of KAZU. Winners: 1st,Grace Wang Carmel River School; 2nd: Emma Pugh, Tularcitos School, 3rd: Nikos Douros, Carmel River School, and 4th Samuel Low of Mission Park School. Active and former Lyceum Board members, Wayne Cruzan, Bob DeWeese and Christine Westbrook judged the event.

Lyceum History Day County Winners

•    History Day:  Our 27th Annual History Day event for students in grades 5 through 12 was held, on March 12 at Los Arboles Middle School. Over 150 students tackled this year’s theme of Exploration, Exchange, and Encounter, by delving into a specific topic of their choice, and creating a project in the form of an Exhibit, Website, Documentary, Paper, or Performance.  There were 26 county winners who went on to compete at the State Competition this past weekend.  Click here to see the results!  

Expanding Your Horizons

•    Our Expanding Your Horizons event, held at Hartnell College on Nov. 21, was a huge success with nearly 300 middle and high school girls in attendance.  The program educates girls on potential careers in STEAM subjects, and with sixteen break-out sessions taught by forty local practicing scientists, there was a lot to consider! Our keynote address was by Shalina Taylor of the Stanford Research Hospital.  Twenty-three organizations came together to present a Career Fair for the girls.  

Young Authors

•    Young Authors Club:  We have a new Academic Event in the works that we’re really enthusiastic about, and that is the Young Authors Club.  We’re still in the development and funding phase, but this will be a year-long program for Monterey County students to create their own book, seeing it through from the brainstorming of an idea to a completed bound copy.  Keep an eye out for this one!  

 


Enrichment Classes and Camps

Crafty Campers

•    Lyceum Summer Camps:  We’re gearing up for Summer 2016!  We have all of your favorites like iLead+Design, Digital Photography, Space Adventure Camp, and Indoor/Outdoor Sketching & Watercolor back again, and we are also very excited to be offering several new camps this year including Discovering Shakespeare, Fun Learning Mandarin Chinese, and a Mural Painting workshop with a focus on Environmental conservation!  Click here to learn more about our Summer Camps.

Herbariums Workshop

•    Art/Natural Science:  Sharon Nelson is our volunteer Arts Coordinator for the Lyceum and has brought a number of talented instructors to the Lyceum, offering arts classes with a natural science focus.   Botanical Drawing and Painting, Pocket Sketching, Nature Journaling, Drawing and Painting the Seaside, and Creating a Herbarium, are just some of those offerings.  Among the artist/educators teaching classes this coming year are Nina Antze, Amanda Bensel, Marie Gilmore, Diane Grindol, Julie Heilman, Madison Holland, Erin Hunter, Pat Lightfoot, Sharon Nelson, Janis Steinmann, Claudia Stevens, Jacqui Turner, and Patrice Vecchione.  See our current class listings here

Lyceum Botanical Art

•    Lyceum Enrichment Academic Programs (LEAP): These are our day-to-day after school and week end classes in arts, humanities, and sciences.  In addition to all of the wonderful new art workshops Sharon Nelson has developed for the Lyceum, we also have some great programs in language and math you don’t want to miss.  We’re offering ongoing Mandarin Chinese sessions for students, taught by Vickie Rockower of Monterey Mandarin Tutor, as well as a new (and very popular) course in Cosmic Puzzles taught by retired Carmel High Math Department Chair and author, Vic Selby.  We also continue to offer our ever popular classes for the animal lovers – K9 Search & Rescue, and Intro to Guide Dogs!  With new programs in development all the time, make sure to sign up to be on our email list so you get notified when new programs are added!   

Lyceum Mocoyojo Journalism Workshop with Peter Funt

•    Monterey County Young Journalists (MOCOYOJO) was offered by syndicated columnist, Peter Funt, for the fifth year. Students visited The Herald, KSBW, KAZU and KNRY to get hands on experience in the field of journalism. Several applied the skills they learned by joining the Journalism portion of our Mock Trial event in February.  In addition, three Young Journalists, Melissa Pavlov, Joyce Dougherty and Lexi Rohrer, conducted a press conference at the end of our Model United Nations event this May.  This was filmed and aired by Monterey County Office of Education’s Community Access Television. The MOCOYOJO ladies also wrote the article about MUN for the May 9th article in the Herald.  Read it here!  

Hidden Careers

•    Hidden Careers Program: Under the direction and coordination of Lyceum board member, Elaine Herrmann, we have launched a series of panel presentations for children enrolled in local high schools. This spring we held a Careers in Medicine event at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital’s Education Center on April 28. Food and transport were provided by the Mission Trails ROP Program.

•    Digital Story Telling: After a short hiatus due to installation of a new computer lab at the Carmel Foundation, we shall conduct a six week program in Digital Story Telling for senior citizens at the Carmel Foundation this Fall. Check out our previous classes stories here.  

Cyber Adventures Camp

•    Cyber Adventurers: a summer STEM and computer science program for middle school girls will be offered at La Paz Middle School June 20-24.  An additional two-weekend event will be held at MPC for Monterey Peninsula girls. (Dates TBA) Thanks to the Dunspaugh Dalton and the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundations for funding this program.  See the video from last year’s program here.

•    Square Foot Gardening Classes have been taught at the Lyceum in Monterey, Laurel Wood School and Mission Park in Salinas and DLAMP at Fort Ord by Lynda Kamrath. 

Staying connected:  

Lyceum Instagram, Facebook and Blogs are great ways to keep up to date with Lyceum offerings, as well as all things educational!  If you haven’t checked in lately, take a look at our new social media pages being updated by our talented Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) work study students Addy Jimenez-Haga and Ashley Gora.  These ladies have been instrumental in revitalizing our communications, organizing the Model UN and Spelling Bee events this year, and taking some great photos!
Last but not least!: All of these programs are made possible by our generous sponsors and by donations from the community!  If you like what we’re doing, please consider making a donation today!  

 

So that is all for now folks!  We hope you have had a great year, have a relaxing but fun-filled summer, and take a little time to learn something new!  Maybe we will even see you at one of our Summer Camps!  

Tom Nelson
Executive Director
The Lyceum of Monterey County

Spring 2015 Newsletter - by Tom Nelson, ED

As the 2014-15 school year closes, we are proud to report that the Lyceum has had another strong year.  Below is an outline with some commentary about our activities and accomplishments.

Mock Trial 2015 - Carmel Team

Mock Trial for students in grades 9-12.This year we had over 150 students participating from seven local high schools.  Carmel High won a narrow victory over Pacific Grove and went on to win 6th place in the State Finals, the best performance yet by a Monterey County team at State. 

 

Spelling Bee 2015 - Winners

Monterey County Spelling Bee for 4th and 5th Grade students. The event was held at San Benancio Middle School on Feb 21st with 56 finalists from all over the County. Twenty eight schools are participated. David Whitrock, of KAZU, was our word caller. Linus Santos, of Sacred Heart, took first place; Kassandra Lopez, of New Republic, won second place and Stella Foster, of Captain Cooper School was the third place winner.

History Day - State Winners

History Day for students in grades 5 through 12. The event was held, on March 7 and 8 at Los Arboles Middle School. Over 150 students doing historical research through posters, displays, academic papers and creating websites or performances participated. The theme was Leadership and Legacy.  Since then, the Los Arboles performance team went on to win the State Finals for their play, From Tiny Bungalows to Enchanted Castles: Julia Morgan a Leader for Women in the Workplace and a Legacy of Amazing Architecture. They will complete in the National Finals in June.

Model UN - Middle School - 2015

Model United Nations for middle and high school aged children. The middle school event was held at Monterey Institute of International Studies on May 2nd. The Syrian refugee and North African terrorist issues were focus points. The keynote speaker was noted UN specialist Edward J. Laurance of MIIS. The high school event was held on October 4th on the topic of Space Security. The guest speaker was Clay Moltz from Naval Postgraduate School.

Expanding Your Horizons Conference 2014

Our Expanding Your Horizons event, held at Hartnell College on Nov. 22, was a huge success with about 300 middle and high school girls in attendance to encourage careers in sciences. There were sixteen break our sessions taught by forty local practicing scientists. Our keynote address was by Anne Gibbon of the Stanford Design School. Fifteen organizations presented a Career Fair for the girls.

 

 

Enrichment Classes and Camps

  • Art/Natural Science:  Sharon Nelson has volunteered to be the Arts Coordinator for the Lyceum and has been making an effort to align arts classes with a natural science focus.   Botanical Drawing and Painting, Pocket Sketching, Nature Journaling, Drawing and Painting the Seaside, and Creating a Herbarium, are just some of those offerings.  Among the artist/educators teaching those classes are Nina Antze, Claudia Stevens, Marie Gilmore, Pat Lightfoot, and Erin Hunter.  We are pleased to announce that they will also be on board in the coming year. 

  • Cyber Adventurers a summer STEM program for middle school girls will be offered at Hartnell’s Alisal Tech Center and at Monterey Peninsula College this summer. MPC: Jul 11 and 18. Hartnell July 20-25. Thanks to the Community Foundation for funding this program. 
  • Communities for Sustainable  Monterey County is interested in collaborating with the Lyceum next year in connection with our Square Foot Gardening program and offering classes having to do with different types of gardening, water catchment, and pollination.  
  • The Lyceum conducted two six-week programs in Digital Story Telling for senior citizens at the Carmel Foundation. See these at www.lyceum.org/digital-storytelling/
  • Hidden Careers Program: Under the direction and coordination of Lyceum board member, Elaine Herrmann, we have launched a series of panel presentations for children enrolled in local high schools. This spring we held a Careers in Hospitality event at Alisal High. Next year our focus will return to medical careers.
  • Our iLead+Design Summer Camp was held for the second year at MIIS Digital Learning Center.  Teachers Sean Raymond (Academic Dean at York School) Bob Cole (of MIIS) and Tritia Moneypenny focused on producing solutions for three community partners: Animal Friends Rescue Shop, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Save Our Shores.  Four excellent You Tube videos of this can be seen at www.lyceum.org/ileaddesign.  iL+D 3.0 will be held June 15-26 this year. 
  • Monterey County Young Journalists (MOCOYOJO) was offered by syndicated columnist, Peter Funt, for the fourth year. Twelve students visited The Herald, KSBW, KAZU and KNRY to get hands on experience in the field of journalism. They applied these skills by covering the Mock Trail last year. 
  • Lyceum Enrichment Academic Programs (LEAP) These are our day-to-day after school and weekend classes in arts, humanities, and sciences. Please visit our website www.lyceum.org to see the arts, language and culture, sciences and nature studies classes we offered. 
  • Space Adventures Grade 5-7. Our fourth year of this event involved over 25 students from throughout the County. NASA astronaut, Dan Bursch, was a special guest. Tours of Chabot Science Center and the Monterey Institute of Research in Astronomy (MIRA) were features. The event was coordinated by Bud Cook, a retired MPUSD GATE Teacher. The camp will run July 13-17 this summer.
  • Square Foot Gardening Classes have been taught at the Lyceum in Monterey , Laurel Wood School and Mission Park in Salinas and DLAMP at Fort Ord by Mary Helen Van Veen and Lynda Kamrath. 

Spring 2014 Newsletter - by Tom Nelson, Executive Director

The Lyceum has had another wonderful year. Last fall we presented our new event for Monterey County's young women, Expanding Your Horizons (EYH). EYH encourages young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. It provides STEM role models and hands-on activities for middle and high school girls. Its ultimate goal is to motivate girls to become innovative and creative thinkers ready to meet 21st century challenges. 

 Our three year funding commitment from Chevron Corporation's Eagles for Education Program enabled us to run and expand this event. It was held on November 23rd at Hartnell College for 270 girls, thirty teachers and twenty parents. This fall it will be held on Nov.22...keep your eye on our website - Lyceum.org for registration and volunteering opportunities.


Harvesting

Harvesting

Square Foot Gardening

Under the leadership of Sharon Nelson and two gardening experts, Lynn Hamilton and Linda Kamrath, the Lyceum back yard has been transformed into a working garden and native plant habitat. The front yard holds a raised bed and square foot boxes featuring seeds from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello Gardens.


Preparing Digital Memoirs

Preparing Digital Memoirs

Digital Storytelling for Seniors

In cooperation with the University of California at Santa Cruz and The Central Coast Writing Project we have trained four teachers in the Digital Story Telling process. This program is currently being taught at the Carmel Foundation. Using the Photo Story Program, the participants produce a short, narrated video vignette from a significant life memory. Finding for this is from the Arts Council for Monterey County.


Robotics

Robotics

Hidden Careers Program

Last year we hosted several medical themed panels for high school students, coordinated by Lyceum Board member Elaine Herrmann.

This spring, the focus is agricultural technology careers with presentations by experts in robotics, remote sensing and other unusual agricultural careers. The event was held for over seventy high school students at the Alisal Campus of Hartnell College on April 23, and was a great success!

Mock Trial teams present their cases to real Judges!

Mock Trial teams present their cases to real Judges!

Mock Trial

Six local high schools competed this winter.  They tried a murder and illegal search case: The People vs. Rocha.   The students represented all aspects of a typical courtroom:  attorneys, witnesses, expert testimonials, bailiffs, court reporters and artists. The competition was intense and lively.  Pacific Grove was this year's winner for the third year in a row and represented Monterey County at the State Mock Trial event.


Natalie Lobo and Helen B. Rucker in front of Natalie's winning exhibit.

Natalie Lobo and Helen B. Rucker in front of Natalie's winning exhibit.

History Day

On March 8th Los Arboles Middle School in Marina hosted the event. We had hundreds of students completing various projects related to this year's theme, Rights and Responsibilities. Websites, research papers, dramatic portrayals, exhibits and documentaries were judged by over thirty volunteers from throughout the county. 

Winners went to the State Finals in Riverside last weekend. Lyceum Board Member, Lucille V. Standifer arranged for the event at Los Arboles. She was also a judge at the state finals. The Helen B .Rucker Civil Rights Award was won by Natalie Lobos. The Monterey County Office of Education is our co-sponsor.

Students address global trafficking issues.  

Students address global trafficking issues.

 

Model UN

Our inaugural High School Model United Nations was held on October 6th, 2013.  We had seventy high school students from Santa Catalina, Pacific Grove, York School and Bellarmine Preparatory.  The event was a huge success.  Students addressed the various forms of world trafficking as the theme in three groups led by MIIS Student leaders.  

Our closing ceremony featured Dr. Michael Freeman of NPS's Defense Analysis Program who spoke of his experiences related to trafficking in South America.  His talk was translated simultaneously by MIIS Translation and Interpretation students into three languages.  The students were able to monitor these in Chinese, Russian and Spanish. 

iLead+Design - a community action studio

Fifteen high school students and team of three teachers (Sean Raymond Academic Dean at York School, Aaron Eden of Stevenson School and Bob Cole of MIIS) focused on producing solutions for three community partners (SPCA, Surfrider Foundation and the City of Monterey). Videos of this can be seen here.

 This summer the program will run from June 16-27 at MIIS. We will be working with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and two other community partners. Registration is open and limited to eighteen participants.  Learn More & Apply!

Cyber Adventures for Salinas Union High School District

This computer science camp is being offered to middle school aged girls at the Alisal Campus/Technology Center of Hartnell College from July 21-26. The camp will feature computer programming, cryptography, robotics, and application design in a hands-on and fun filled and age appropriate environment. The class is taught by experts in their fields, along with high school and college aged mentors.  Limited to twenty participants.

Spanish Intensive

Participants in this 2-week Spanish summer enrichment program will actively use the language to explore topics from across the curriculum, from children's literature to geography to simple science experiments.  They will express their understanding and use of Spanish through movement, art, role-play, storytelling and projects.

Art Camps

Summer is filled with a great selection of art related camps.  Digital Photography for High School and Middle School kids, Indoor/Outdoor painting and sketching, 2D kite making and flying, Healthy Cooking, and Recycled Art. Register now, as space is limited.

Space Adventure Camp

 

2014 marks the fifth year of Space Camp.  The children meet a NASA Astronaut, tour the Ching Planetarium, visit the Chabot Space Museum, and the Monterey Institute for Research in Astronomy (MIRA) while learning about our amazing, expanding universe!  

Lyceum Upgrades

 

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to upgrade three computers and our server. Most of our equipment was at least 12 years old, and ran Windows XP which became unsupported by Microsoft in April of this year. With the end of that support, the lack of security and technical support would have become an issue.  We made a smooth transition to an updated secure network in early April, making our work time more efficient, and projects more contemporary and fresh.  

The physical look of the Lyceum remains as a classic 1915 bungalow, but past efforts to improve the interior need considerable up-dating. The mosaic below provides an overview of the need to refresh and renew (plus a nostalgic look at 1970's decor... ). Our plan involves flooring replacement with a more functional flooring (carpets not withstanding the years of summer art camps, and gardening projects). The new laminate floors will be cleaner and easier to maintain. Please consider helping us with this project. I'll be addressing the Rotary Club next week, which offers matching funding for capital projects such as this. The cost will be about $6000 to do the floors and replace the sinks and vanity.  Make a Tax Deductible Donation!

Old Floors
Old Carpet
Old Carpet