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For students in grades 8–12 in the 2017 - 2018 school year

June 10 - 15

When you go to college, or start your first job, you probably will not have a chef to prepare your meals and a butler to manage your wardrobe. In a dorm room or a tiny efficiency apartment, the only chef around is likely to be you, and you'll be the "chief of laundry," too.

It's time to explore, "Survival On My Own!"

In this one-week class, students will learn skills they can put to use right away. Making a healthy and fun meal for one ... whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner ... is truly a survival skill! You'll master other essential tasks, like how to wash dishes when you don't have a dishwasher, and how to use the coin washers in the dorm basement! You will learn organization skills, for sensible storage and task completion. These tasks may not sound like the stuff dreams are made of, but they go a long way toward successful independence.

This class is taught by TSBVI's own chef-in-residence, who teaches culinary skills during the year in our on-campus Bistro.


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For information about program content, contact:

Margaret Edwards (512) 206-9476  or
Amanda Fierro 512-206-9294 

For information about the application process, contact:
Short-Term Programs administrative team - Nichelle White 512-206-9332, Phoebe Williams 512-206-9241 or 

For students in grades 8 – 12 during the academic year 2017- 2018

June 10 - 15

Makerspace spelled out in tools

Are you an artist, a creative individual not afraid to get your hands dirty? Do you fancy yourself an inventor, a mad scientist constantly coming up with new ideas to solve everyday problems?  This year TSBVI will host our first Maker Space class. Students will learn about the tools used by hobbyists and professionals world-wide to make, hack, and invent!

Each day students will work in teams to complete several different design challenges. Projects range from building a security device to keep your room sibling-free to making an art robot to hacking everyday objects to make them accessible!

In addition, several field trips are planned including a tour of UT's engineering and art maker space as well as a specially curated trip to the Thinkery STEAM museum. Students will also visit with makers and artists from the community. 

We encourage both boys and girls to apply in order to maintain gender balance and promote girls' involvement in STEAM classes. Bring your curiosity and enthusiasm.


Return to SE class list

For information about program content, contact:

  • Margaret Edwards (512) 206-9476  or
  • Amanda Fierro 512-206-9294 

For information about the application process, contact:
Short-Term Programs administrative team - Nichlle White 512-206-9332, Phoebe Williams 512-206-9241 or 

Summer Programs Permission Forms

In addition to the forms below some programs may require additional releases for specific activities.

Links to online forms

Absence from Campus Permission

Acceptable Use of Technology

Elementary Code of Conduct

Equine Activity Release - ESE only

Media Release

Parent Authorizations

Rock Wall Permission

Secondary Code of Conduct

Swimming Permission

Visitor Permission

Forms to be downloaded, completed and emailed to Summer Programs office.

Clothing and Personal Inventory

Physical Exam - specific classes only

Physician's Orders

Seizure Management Plan Summer 2018 - only if applicable


Parent Information Documents

Campus Map

Health Center Letter to Parents

Homesickness Tips

    Consejos para evitar la nostalgia del hogar

Work Experience Programs Packing List

Retinal Precaution Letter to Parents

Summer Packing List - What to Bring


Forms for specific classes

Elementary Summer Enrichment

Equine Activity Release - online

Adventure/Outdoor Education or Individual Sports: SBOE PE for Credit

Physical Exam

Introduction to Interscholastic Wrestling

Physical Exam

Camp Challenge

Access to Adventure


Downloadable PDFs of online forms 

Please use these only if you have difficulty accessing our online forms. Some forms are available here in Spanish.


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Please follow the Summer Purchasing Procedures from the Business Office for all purchases. Because financial issues are so closely monitored by the state, failure to follow these procedures could result in your not being reimbursed or in receiving disciplinary action. This includes procedures for taxes applied to purchases.

All off-campus trips must be pre-approved by your program coordinator. The Health Center Notification Form (which is described in the Health Center Notification Procedure) must also be approved. Special procedures and approvals are needed for water activities.

Changing Your Plans

Since most vehicles are already assigned, call your program coordinator before adding trips to those approved by Prep Day. Do not contact transportation directly.

Do not contact Food Services (the cafeteria) if you need to change your plans regarding food needs. Again, please do this through your Program Coordinator because this may well affect your budget.

Safety Off-Campus

Be sure you have adequate staff/student ratios for off-campus trips. Talk to your program coordinator if you do not have sufficient support for your trip. It's generally unwise to go off campus with only one adult unless you feel that you can manage all your students in an emergency without assistance.

Please follow these vehicle guidelines for maximum student and staff safety:

  • When planning an off-campus trip, select the closest possible site that will achieve your purpose.
  • Avoid travel on Highway I-35, trying to find an alternate route if possible.

If you are acting as a med sponsor for an off-campus trip, go through the list of every student's meds with the nurse to make sure you have the correct medications and know how to give them.

Protect students from overexposure to the sun by:

  • Avoiding prolonged time in the sun
  • Applying sunscreen (given to each teacher at the start of school)
  • Having students drink plenty of water

Carry a cell phone with you at all times, and make sure that it is always charged and on. Leave the number with the office manager. If you do not have a cell phone, you can check one out from the office. Be sure to check it back in, because you will be charged $50 by the business office if a phone checked out to you fails to be returned.

Trips Further Than 20 Miles, Overnight, or Requiring Unusual Physical Activity

Trips further than 20 miles from campus must be preapproved by the principal, the superintendent and the student's parent. You must tell your coordinator before your program begins, so that s/he can get parental permission

This Parent Permission Form for Special Activity is needed for:

  • Trips that involve traveling more than 20 miles from Austin
  • Trips in which the students spend the night away from campus
  • Activities that involve unusual physical activity, which includes any activity where the student must have a special level of strength, agility, coordination, or other physical ability to participate meaningfully

Staff will receive “Student Care Summaries” for every student they work with. This contains essential information about your students that you are required to know before working with the student (you must sign that you have read and understand the information on the first Monday morning of the program). Student Care Summaries are updated any time new information is obtained. If that happens, a notification will be sent to your email address. Once you have a notification, log into the Student Care Database and review the updated student file. It is essential that you check your email daily in case any information of this type has been received.

The Texas summer can be dangerously hot and therefore presents a dangerous health hazard for students. Minimize sun exposure by avoiding unprotected, extended time outdoors. Provide multiple forms of protection, including reduced time exposure, wearing hats and sunglasses, drinking a lot of water, and wearing heavy sunscreen and reapplying it regularly. Heat Exhaustion and Heatstroke Prevention document

If you see signs of over-heating, get out of the heat into a shady or air conditioned location, lay the student down, loosen clothing, give cool water, spray or sponge with cool water and fan, contact the health center immediately (or 911 in an emergency), monitor carefully.

The Swimming and Boating Procedure provides regulations for safe and effective student instructional and recreational swimming activities and use of the TSBVI swimming pool.

The Runaway Student and Lost or Missing Student procedure provides guidance about how to respond to students missing on or off campus.