Rancho Santa Fe students broaden horizons

RANCHO SANTA FE — Songwriting and recording, short digital film production, global experiential learning trips to the Philippines and Vietnam, animal training and City Slickers No More comprise just a few of the opportunities selected by 15 Rancho Santa Fe students during the inaugural Interim Week at Francis Parker School. The purpose of this new academic initiative is to give students a chance to delve intensively into topics that will help bridge the gap between textbook knowledge, theory and real life.
Hannah Keitel selected Animal Training 101, learning the basics of animal training and putting those skills learned into action at an animal training facility. Henry Thurman will take part in City Slickers No More, visiting the San Diego River watershed from Mission Trails Park to Mission Bay, locating and identifying native species, water-testing and possibly participating in site remediation.
Alexandra Belli is traveling to the Philippines and Remi Weinger will visit Vietnam, which helps to raise the student’s awareness of global needs and how to service them. Claire Kinsey is doing an internship for Union Bank while Maddie Thurman is doing an educational internship at Kit Carson Elementary School in Linda Vista.
Kyle Dowdy and Sean Gruen are taking The Business Side of Sports class featuring trips to Petco Park and the Chargers practice facility, to meet with front office personnel. Manfred Swarovski is taking a class on The American Legal System while Austin Finley is studying WWI Through Literature & Film.
Matthew Nussbaum, choosing The Culture & Cuisine of Spain and India, is going to restaurants, visiting with professional chefs, and researching cultural practices related to food. The week will culminate in student presentations showcasing dishes prepared at home. John Papatheofanis selected Man’s Impact on the Environment and is looking at carbon footprints, tide pool degradation, global warming and endangered and introduced species.
Marie Nicol is taking a course in Short Digital Film Production, while Ross Nicol selected Songwriting and Recording. The students in the digital film class will learn of all the tasks that go into making a short film and will produce a 10- to 15-minute film by the end of the week. In the songwriting class, Students will study the basic elements that go into songwriting by analyzing models/examples in a variety of styles. They will then work on their own compositions (solo and/or group collaborations), record them to hard disc/CD, and come away with a finished product.

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