Summer Pals and Summer Quest (July 5-16, 2021)
Drury University is happy to offer a summer experience for gifted students. Courses are taught by highly qualified, effective teachers who understand and use both enrichment and acceleration. Courses are hands-on, activity oriented, and highly motivating.
The goals of Summer Quest/Summer Pals are:
- To provide opportunities for students to interact with peers of similar academic abilities and interests.
- To encourage students to use their intellectual and creative abilities.
- To allow students to pursue areas of interest they would not have a chance to study elsewhere.
Director, Summer Quest – Janice Hampton
Director, Summer Pals – Lori Herring
Director, Center for Gifted Education – Mary Potthoff
Resident Psychologist – Brandi Klepper, Psy.D.
Dates are July 5-16, 8:30 am – 11:30 am.
Cost is $195
Location: Day Spring School, 2157 N. Prospect, Springfield
- For Summer Quest, obtain certification from school.
- For Summer Pals, ask the school to complete the checklist in grades K and 1. Pre-School teachers or parents can complete the checklist on the Pre-K child.
- Have the child select the courses he/she desires. Be sure to rank all choices desired. Put a 0 by classes not desired.
- Attach tuition check or money order for $195 to application form. Checks should be made payable to SUMMER QUEST or SUMMER PALS. Or you may pay online:
- Mail application, tuition (or scholarship information) and certification to:
The cost for each Summer Pals / Quest class is $195. Classes with additional fees for materials or field trips are noted on the course selection form. This additional fee will be collected when the student is notified of placement in the class. Total class cost (or scholarship application) must accompany application.
There is a withdrawal fee of $30. Refunds must be requested in writing.
Kindergarten & Pre-Kindergarten Courses
You will be in Penguins one week and Kitchen one week.
Penguins, Polar Bears and Seals…Oh My!
Come waddle and hop – slide and glide into the icy cold Antarctic regions. Discover how penguins, seals, walruses, whales and many more Antarctic animals live. Join us in a journey through Antarctica as we discover this icy continent!
Have you ever wanted to become an explorer? Have you dreamed about becoming a chef? Now you can be both at the same time! Join the adventure and travel around the world with us to explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of the United States, Mexico, Japan, and Italy. You never know what you will learn next. Experience for yourself by making homemade ice cream, wearing a sombrero, dancing, singing, and much, much more. It's an adventure you don't want to miss!
Instructor: Shannon Yarnell, Kindergarten Teacher, Day Spring, Springfield ($10 fee)
Grade 1 Course
Come learn how you are different, but alike. Explore your five senses and discover how your brain controls all of your body functions. We will study the heart, lungs and digestive system. We will discover how our fingerprints are unique and only yours. There will be lots of experiments and projects. Learn how to keep your body healthy. Have fun learning first aid, CPR, and learn the importance of healthy bones and strong teeth.
Instructor: Dr. Tara Herring, Missouri State University
Grades 2 - 3 Course
Toy Box Physics
What does Force & Motion have to do with toys? Join us as we investigate what’s really hiding in a toy box! We’ll set up a matchbox track course in the classroom. Then we’ll roll toy cars, marbles, and balls of various masses down the ramp. Who invented the Slinky? How does it walk down stairs? We will answer questions that you have while using toys straight from the toy box! ($10 fee)
Instructor: Susan Trotter, David Harrison Elementary, Springfield
Grades 3 - 4 Course
Make the change from being a passive user to active creator. In this class we will invent our own toys, board games, and other creations using duct tape, cardboard, and whatever we can get our hands on. Stop-motion Lego animation and short movies are a possibility, in addition to learning how to use a Makey-Makey. We will play with some toys including gravity mazes, marble towers, and gears. In short, if you like the idea of science meets art and do-it-yourself projects, this is the place for you. ($10 fee)
Instructor: Elicia Ligon, Phelps Center for Gifted Education - WINGS, Springfield
Grades 4 - 5 Course
M^3! (Mysterious Mathematical Matters)
Do you like math? If your answer is yes, then you must like the study of numbers, structures and change. However, if your answer is no, then do you like art, nature, music, gaming, science, and ancient civilizations? Whether your answer is yes or no, join us in our exploration of the math conspiracy that hides in our everyday world! We will examine hidden areas of mathematics that makes our world beautiful and apply these relationships mathematically and artistically in the world around us.
Instructor: Audra Uzzell, Phelps Center for Gifted Education - Scholars, Springfield
A limited number of financial need scholarships are available. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, you must enclose the following:
- Photocopies of the first two pages of the parents’ or guardians’ most recent federal income tax return AND any attachments of schedules if applicable;
- A letter explaining any extenuating circumstances pertinent to existing financial status, including what efforts have been made to obtain money locally;
- A $30 registration fee (refundable if no scholarship is awarded) is required to insure that registration for classes can be completed; AND
- A letter from the student outlining why he/she wants to attend the program.
Scholarships are awarded solely on the basis of financial need. We encourage parents to contact local businesses, employers, schools, and civic organizations to help fund scholarships. Applications for scholarships must be received BEFORE April 15. All information is required. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
NOTE: If parents are not in the same household, please send copies of both income tax returns.
- Your application will not be considered for enrollment until the office has received your tuition check, money order, or scholarship application. APPLY EARLY! Many courses fill quickly.
- Checks or money orders will not be cashed until the student has been accepted.
- If your child has a specific physical or medical need or condition, please attach a separate letter to the director so that needed accommodations can be made.
- If a student is operating with an IEP, a copy of the IEP should be attached.
Summer Quest/Summer Pals Staff
Janice Hampton – Director, Summer Quest
Lori Herring – Director, Summer Pals
Mary Potthoff – Director, Center for Gifted Education
Brandi Klepper, Psy.D. – Resident Psychologist
The Musgrave Boys & Girls Club would be a great place for your child to spend the rest of the day after attending Summer Pals or Summer Quest. Why the Boys & Girls Club? It is located at 720 S. Park and it is a safe place to learn and grow- all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. Hours are M-F, 7:30-5:30 during the summer. Cost is approximately $35 per child, per week, approximately $40 for 2 children in a family and approximately $45 for a family of 3 or more children per week.
If you are applying for and receive a financial need scholarship through Quest/Pals, your cost for Boys & Girls Club is also included. You need to let Mary Potthoff know if you want to add this option.
The facility includes a games room, technology center, art room, music room, dance/fitness room, gymnasium, learning center, and lunch room. It is also adjacent to a city park and we offer daily opportunities for low cost field trips. Meals are free. We offer breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. You can check out our facilities online at www.bgclubspringfield.org
Additional questions or concerns about Boys & Girls Club, contact: Cindy Dodson at 862-9249 ext. 104. Please let Mary Potthoff know if you are interested in extending your day with Quest or Pals with Boys and Girls Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Quest OR Summer Pals
900 N. Benton, Lay Hall 103
Springfield, MO 65802
There is no deadline for registration UNLESS you are applying for a financial need scholarship (see Cost and Scholarships for that information). Classes just fill up so apply early.