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WHO KNOWS? Courses for Middle School Students

Who Knows?, Pingree's program for middle school students, offers a selection of enrichment courses and meets for five weeks from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Parents may drop off students or stay on campus during class time. Coffee and tea is available to parents in the school's Alumni Room. 

Spring 2014 courses will meet April 4, 11; May 2, 9, and 16. Course fee is $50.

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Questions? Contact Judy Klein at or 978-468-4415 ext.233


Spring 2014 courses include:


Engineering - CLOSED

Engineering is a project-based class that will introduce the basic engineering design process, drawing, and a variety of engineering field through a series of design challenges. Students will work on teams to build, test, and redesign structures and to create cool, useful technological devices.

Instructor: Nancy Schalch teaches engineering and robotics classes at Beverly High School. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a Master's degree from the University of Colorado. Before becoming a teacher she worked as an energy scientist and engineer. 

Class limit: 8

The Art of Bookmaking - CLOSED 

Make a book or two! Come express your creativity! We will use both printmaking and photography to make covers and pages for two book projects. Then we will bind the pages and covers into a sketchbook and a visual book. 

Instructor: Deborah VanderMolen, a graduate of Mass College of Art, has been teaching art at Pingree for more than 20 years. She is a photographer and printmaker whose work is in museums and private collections both nationally and internationally. Deborah loves teaching the art of bookmaking and living on her horse farm in New Hampshire.

Class limit: 8

Acting for the Stage 101 

Acting 101 will be an introduction to theater performance, complete with vocal warm ups, movement exercises, improvisation and group composition. During the final class there will be a brief presentation. 

Instructor: Kate Ventimiglia, a 2005 Pingree alumna, earned her Bachelor's degree at Skidmore College as a theater major. She has trained and performed extensively in the performing arts community with SITI Company, Shakespeare and Company, and Double Edge Theater; and in 2009 formed an international theater ensemble. Next year, she plans to pursue her Master's in theater education at Emerson College. 

Class limit: 12

Introduction to Robotics - CLOSED

This hands-on mini course will cover the three major systems of a robot: mechanical, electrical and computational. Students will work in teams to build and modify robots using the Vex Robotics platform. Students will also learn to use a variety of hand tools. No prior experience is necessary.

Instructor: David Medvitz, a graduate of Northwestern University, hails from Amesbury, MA and has taught at Pingree since 2007. He teaches computer classes and provides tech support to students and faculty at Pingree. He also supervises Pingree's succesful robotics team.

Class limit: 8

Creative Knitting - CLOSED 

For all skill levels, including beginners, this class will teach you to knit without patterns and to improve on patterns you like. Make clothes that suit you just right, fun accessories and stuffed animals, too. 

Instructor: Anna Stover, a former Pingree student, works as a librarian at Boston Arts Academy and Fenway High School and is a longtime employee at Yarns in the Farms in Beverly, where she teaches knitting classes for children and adults. She received a degree in English Literature from Kenyon College, and has since been studying at Simmons College to earn her MLS in Library Science and MA in Children's Literature. 

Class limit: 8


This class will provide a series of experiments, projects and discussions that will spark your imagination. Designed to help artists of all mediums, we will use photography, filmmaking and other tools to express the group's artistic visions for each assignment. 

Instructor: An experienced actress and producer, Ashley Plante has spent the majority of her lifetime making short movies and working alongside her father at New Media Associates, a marketing and video production company. In addition to having a deep understanding of modern production techniques and technology, Ashley has a love and true appreciation for classic filmmaking and antique cameras.

Class limit: 12


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academic excellence and development of high personal standards.

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