6-8 Highlights


First Session  June 7th – June 18th, 2021
Second Session : July 19th – July 30th, 2021


Reading or Math Academic Support: 8:30 – 11:30 AM
Bridge Afternoon Enrichment Camp: 12:15 – 3:00 PM

Innovative Learning Hub


Registration has now ended. Emails have been sent to families that registered for the program.


1st Session Pick-up and Drop-off times are available now
2nd Session Pick-Up and Drop-off will be available shortly
before July 19th

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A week prior to the session beginning, your child’s teacher will send you a welcome email with specific classroom information including the first day of summer school procedures. 

Grades 6-8 Details

Summer Bridge for Grades 6-8 is divided into a morning academic support session and an afternoon enrichment experience. Students may register for academic support and enrichment, but also have the opportunity to choose only one of the two options. The location for Grades 6-8 Summer Bridge will be at the Innovative Learning Hub.

Here’s the most exciting part of this program: it is no cost to your family and transportation to and from the Innovative Learning Hub is provided, as needed.

Please note that this is a lottery process and confirmation of students’ participation will be sent out around May 7th.

Morning Academic Support will focus on math or reading while also building in engaging activities combined with social-emotional learning opportunities. Student registration will be for either math or reading support. If students would like to receive reading and math support, they would need to register for both the June and July sessions.  Students will work with certified Hilliard City School teachers to refine academic skills and prepare for a strong start to the next school year.  The reading support will strengthen a student’s skills and understanding as an active reader in order to help transition to the following year’s English Language Arts class. Math support will focus on strengthening number sense and deepening student’s understanding of foundational math concepts in a fun and engaging atmosphere.

Afternoon Enrichment programs provide students with various course offerings to explore. Students may register for a number of activities provided by certified Hilliard City School teachers that fall under various categories, including STEM, literacy/language, art, games, social-emotional learning, and music. Afternoon enrichment camp sessions will provide an active and holistic approach to engage students.  Course descriptions are listed below.

If students would like an afternoon enrichment experience, but are not interested in any of the Hilliard enrichment courses then they have the option to attend Festa Summer Lunch Camp.  Festa Summer Lunch Camp offers a number of activities ranging from arts and crafts, summer reading support, and recreation.  Learn more about Festa Summer Lunch Camp  


Transportation will be provided to and from the sessions as needed.

Daily Lunch

Students participating in the K-8 program will be provided lunch. 11:30am-12:15pm


2021 K-8 Summer Bridge Program is provided to HCS Students at no cost.

Sessions are Full

The HCS Summer Bridge K-8 program is full.
Check out the Festa Summer Lunch Camp

Afternoon Bridge Enrichment Offerings

Math and Cooking!

Do you love to cook or bake? Do you love math? Would you like to own a restaurant someday? There is so much fun math in cooking and baking to explore! Let’s create some delicious menus that make the most out of math! We’ll also explore what it takes to open a restaurant or catering business!

Session 1

Math in the Real World

Exploring application of Algebra readiness and Algebra skills. Come explore ways in which math can be applied to your everyday life. Ever thought about what it takes to design a roller coaster or build a house? Strengthen your math skills while applying them to exciting real world examples.

Sessions 2

How to Bake with Pi - Math in the Kitchen and in the Real World!

Come learn how fractions, conversions, geometry – and more – make a difference in the kitchen!  Not only will we whip up our math skills in the kitchen but take our skills outside of the kitchen to emphasize the importance of math understanding in the real world! It’s going to be pretty SWEET 😉

Session 2

Hogwarts Academy

Still waiting for your Hogwarts acceptance letter? Well, you’re in luck, because Hogwarts is coming to Hilliard this summer! We’re going to give you the full Hogwarts experience from beginning to end. First, as an incoming student at Hogwarts you will get ready for school in Diagon Alley–including making your own wand. When you arrive at Hogwarts, you will be sorted into your House, play quidditch, try out potions class, take a trip to Hogsmeade, explore the forbidden forest, participate in the Triwizard Tournament, compete for the House Cup, all while fighting evil, of course! No one can have a normal year at Hogwarts! Grab your wands, your friends, and come create a little magic this summer!

This workshop aims to bring the story of Harry Potter to life through creation, crafting, games, and team building. We will read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone together over the two weeks and use parts of the movies in our activities. Students are welcome to bring a copy of the book, but won’t need it.

Sessions 1 & 2

Orchestra doesn't have to stop over the summer!

Continue playing your string instrument at the “6th into 7th Grade Orchestra Summer Bridge Camp.” We will be playing exciting music, reviewing skills learned in 6th grade, developing skills needed for 7th grade, and playing several fun games each day. Join us if you would like to continue playing in an orchestra setting over the summer!

Session 1

Chamber Music Summer Bridge Camp

Orchestra doesn’t have to stop over the summer! Continue playing your string instrument at the “Middle School Chamber Music Summer Bridge Camp.”  We will be learning exciting music for small groups, working on skills needed for small group performance, and playing several fun games each day.  Join us if you would like to continue playing in an orchestra setting over the summer and want to experience how fun and rewarding chamber music can be! 

Session 2

6th to 7th Summer Band

Come have a great time playing your band instrument! We will review what you learned in 6th grade and get started on a few topics that will be taught at the beginning of 7th grade. There will be music games, sectional time for every instrument group, and a lot of new music. Most importantly, we will have TONS of fun! (ONLY for incoming 7th-grade students who have just completed 6th-grade band.)

Session 1


In this course, we will strategize how to make a winning team! We will watch game film from different Hilliard sporting events, along with creating our own examples, to see how we can use numbers in sports to make a winning formula.

Sessions 2

Messy Sustainable Science!

Do you love messy science experiments? Do you love learning about the world around you? Do you care about our environment and want to find ways to take better care of our Earth? Do you love working with your peers to solve brain teasers!? If so, this class is for you! We will use science as our base to explore and learn more about the world around us while using design thinking to find solutions to the problems threatening our Earth. Come join the fun!

Session 1

Cookies, Cakes, and Competition

Are you the Cake Boss of your family? Or perhaps the only time you set foot in the kitchen is to grab some Flaming Hot Cheetos while watching Netflix. No matter your level of kitchen experience, Cookies, Cakes, and Competition provides an opportunity to learn some “tricks” of the baking trade. Learn how to create sweet treats; make a time-lapse video as you work and share it to social media if you like! Taste-test your treats, make goodies to give as gifts, and enjoy some old-time fun and light-hearted competition while waiting for your treats to bake. Play fun board games, learn a new card game, or head outside for a rousing game of mat ball with new friends. Be ready to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. See you in the kitchen!

Sessions 1 & 2

Improving SEL through the great outdoors

In this class, students will improve SEL through the exploration of the outdoors. Activities may include fishing, wildlife identification, archery, hands on activities with animals, plants, nature walks, outdoor sports, etc

Session 2

Backpacking/Wilderness Survival

Learn about multiple different parts of backpacking, how to set up camp, identify edible or poisonous plants, wild animal safety, building a campfire, first aid, cooking meals, and hiking in different conditions and terrain. Students will gain a base understanding of backpacking and wilderness survival.

Sessions 1 & 2

Pinterest Palooza

Do you love crafting? Do you love finding and trying new recipes? Do you love being hands-on and active? In Pinterest Palooza, we will be creating, making, experimenting, and doing fun activities based on the trends found on your favorite social media outlets like Pinterest.

Sessions 2

Woodworking for the Beginner

Whether building a functional piece of furniture or an astonishing décor piece for your home, woodworking is for everyone. In this course, you will be exposed to the best woodworking practices and skills needed to tackle any project. You will have an opportunity to complete a project of your choice from start to finish. Woodworking is highly rewarding and whether you’re a beginner or skilled woodworker, this course is for you.

Sessions 1 & 2

Fun with Reader's Theatre!

Who doesn’t love to take a break from traditional class novels and jump into a reader’s theatre? Students become excited and enthusiastic about reading when they are presented with the opportunity to participate in Reader’s Theatre. We are going to be exploring many types of plays and the students will be practicing reading out loud. Readers Theatre will increase reading and oral fluency in a creative and stress‐free environment.

Sessions 1 & 2

Women in STEAM

In this exploration workshop, students (specifically, but not limited to females), will be learning various educational and career opportunities to promote women in STEAM. Each day, we will focus on a different aspect of STEAM. The first week will focus on the educational opportunities while the second week will focus on the career opportunities. They will also be creating a cultivating project called, “My Plan” where students will create a specific plan for their future in STEAM.

Sessions 1 

Chess Club

Come and learn and perfect your chess skill! We will learn strategies, moves, and the why behind chess. This will be an extremely fun time and will conclude the session with a chess tournament.

Sessions 1 & 2

Worldwide Treasure Hunt: Geocaching

Have you ever wanted to find hidden treasure? It may be closer than you think! Geocaching is a GPS-based treasure hunt game that lets people use their smartphone or other tracking device to hunt for hidden containers, which can be almost anywhere…and anything! With over 3 million geocaches hidden worldwide in 191 countries and all seven continents (even Antarctica!), geocaching is a hobby that lets you see just how good you are at following maps, deciphering clues, and finding sometimes cleverly-hidden containers. X might mark the spot, but can you find the hidden cache??

Sessions 1 & 2

Running with Purpose

Students will be given an opportunity to keep active this summer, while also staying healthy mentally and physically. Learn how exercise can improve mental health through physical activity and social-emotional learning activities.  Students will be active, running and doing other activities to focus on mental health.

Sessions 1 & 2

Activities with Friends: Peer2Peer

Participants will learn empathy and selflessness while engaging in fun activities, such as games, art, cooking, etc. alongside students with special needs. Participants will be peer models and help to teach social skills while forming special friendships. Some projects will be service projects to help long term care facilities or common areas in Hilliard. This workshop allows for enrichment for all students who participate in the program. Research has shown that these opportunities provide benefits for all students who participate. 

Sessions 1 & 2

First Aid and Body Basics

Come and learn about how to take care of yourself in a first aid situation! We will learn about how our body works, listen to your own heartbeat, and practice first aid with role play. Learn from a registered nurse that has worked with patients in hospitals, urgent care, and clinic settings.

Sessions 2

T-Shirt Madness

Students will have the opportunity to create original T-shirt and surface designs using silkscreen and relief printing techniques. Each will leave class with 2-4 t-shirts, and multiple prints on paper and fabric.

Students focus on image creation, transfer and a hands-on overview of beginning print screening for those interested in creating their own custom shirts/textiles. Students will learn step-by-step directions to design one’s own template and to transfer that design to fabric using a silkscreen(positive image technique) as well as printing techniques for multi color textile/t-shirt surface(scarf, bandanna, paper)

Session 1

American Sign Language

Are you interested in learning about American Sign Language? You can learn to “speak” without having to say any new words. Yes, just by using your hands to create shapes, body language to gesture, and facial expressions to match, you too can communicate in a new and fun way!

Session 1

Art Adventures in Tech + Design

Let’s fire up the lasers and get stuck on stickers! Come explore the THINK BIG space and imagine the possibilities as you use big machines and traditional art applications to bring your ideas to life. We will focus on the Helix Epilog Laser Engraver & Roland Vinyl Printer & Cutter in this workshop. Design a personally engraved item and custom vinyl designs. We will use the Adobe Creative Suite software and computers along with traditional art materials such as paint, lego’s, repurposed recyclables, and more. Designers will leave this experience with 2 or more items they have created.

Session 2

Create your own Podcast-2021 school year version

Let’s remember the good times. We will learn what goes into making a podcast, create a script, cast and crew, and record!  Looking for students that like making movies, telling stories, and writing about them.  We may be even able to make it a movie if time allows. 

Session 1

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