Spring Intersession 2017 - Check out the great experiences student had this week below!

Intersession is a series of learning events, a mini-semester spanning a week, designed to engage students, teachers corporate and community partners in learning experiences that bridge the classroom and the professional world. More than a field trip, intersessions intentionally guide students to draw connections between the STEM subjects, future careers, and their communities.  As reflected in the My Tomorrow vision, Spring Intersessions encourage:

  • Real-world problem solving
  • Collaborative creativity
  • Authentic learning
  • Team Work
  • Personal reflection

Rationale —The purpose of the Intersession program is to offer our students innovative instruction in the areas of math, language arts, science, social studies, music, art, engineering and physical education. All intersession classes are aligned with Ohio Content standards and 21st Century Learning Standards and are taught by licensed teachers.

Eligibility — All students at Hughes STEM are eligible and required to participate in
Intersession classes, however, teams may recommend students who consistently fail to meet behavior expectations to the school-based service learning intersession.

Each intersession has an associated fee. The fees cover transportation and materials needed for that intersession.

Attendance — Intersession is a regular Hughes STEM course and participation and attendance are mandatory.

Discipline — Students are expected to follow the Hughes STEM behavior expectations, as well as the CPS Code of Conduct, both on campus and off. Students who fail to meet the behavior expectations can be removed from an intersession.

Contact Information — If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kevin Fon, Intersession Committee Chair (513) 363-7400 or Mildred Kennedy (513) 363-7725.

  • Parents and students you have questions about the intersession options listed below please contact Kevin Fon
  • Interested in becoming a partner for one of these great intersessions, please contact Mildred Kennedy


Spring 2017 Intersessions Were a Great Success - Checkout the realworld experiences students had this week! Thank you teachers & partners for providing such meaningful experiences!

Art in the Garden

Cost: $30

Do you love to paint, sculpt and create art???

We will work to create art for the Hughes Stem Community Garden. You will learn about a variety of art techniques while designing and painting murals for the new sheds, rain barrels and benches, creating large flower sculptures from recycled materials, and mosaic stepping stones. YOUR creative touch will beautify and bring joy to the community for years to come! Artistic interest and some art skill required.

Big Red BBQ

Cost: $40

This intersession is for serious, dedicated and hard working students ONLY.  Students are required to complete additional intersession hours outside of the school day. If you like to work hard and learn new things Big Red Barbeque is the intersession for you. In addition to learning how to make your own BBQ rubs, sauces, mops, meats and more we will be traveling to a local barbeque restaurant to learn the secrets behind the art of real authentic BBQ from a local pit master. All of our delicious work will be contained in our very own Big Red Barbeque website featuring your recipes along with your videos on the “how to” of BBQ. To cap the whole experience off you will enter your best barbeque in our very own competition and see whom the guest judges crown the queen or king of Big Red Barbeque. Big Red Barbeque…Come hungry and leave a pit master.

Big Red Dojo

Cost: $60

Martial Arts isn't just about punching and kicking, it's also about science, philosophy, respect, and becoming the best person you can be.  Big Red Dojo will take a look into the history, philosophy, and practice of the Japanese Martial Art of Karate.  Participants will learn self defense, self discipline and actually earn a yellow belt in Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu, a style of karate from the Japanese island of Okinawa.  We'll have some guest speakers from other styles of martial arts, go to an MMA gym to learn some grappling techniques, practice sparring and self defense, and end the week testing for our yellow belts.  Oh yeah, and we get to punch and kick things too.

Big Red Firefighters

Cost: $80

Are you ready to have an adrenaline rush with one the most elite professions?  Do you think you have the bravery and toughness to face difficult challenges? Can you face dangerous situations in order to save lives? If so, learning about what it takes to be a FIREFIGHTER may be for you. This intercession will give Hughes students the chance to learn about and test their skills with local Fire, Rescue, and EMS response organizations in a safe, controlled, educational, and fun way.  Students will meet and train with men and women that put their lives on the line daily, complete an agility course, visit the Fire Museum, and much more!

Big Red Zumba

Cost: $50

Zumba combines high energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations that allow the students to dance away their worries. It is based on the principle that a workout should be 'FUN AND EASY TO DO'. Zumba is not only great for the body, but it is also great for the mind, it is a 'feel happy' workout for all students to complete. During the 5-day spring intersession, students will be able to dance away their stress, learn cool new dance moves and complete a classwide Big Red Zumba dance video.

Building Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds

Cost: $40

Participation in regular exercise promotes a healthy mind and body. The most important muscle to strengthen is the heart. Your muscles are made for movement. When they don't move, they get weaker also, exercise requires concentration and or focus. So, plan a physical activity program you would enjoy for the entire year.

Can you Kick it?

Cost: $45

This intersession is looking for 7th through 12th graders who interested in learning more about soccer, physics and math. Do you know whom FC Cincinnati, Messi, Ronaldo, Pele, Donovan, and Neymar are? If you know that the rest of the world calls soccer "Football", than this intersession is for you. Be ready to play, learn about, refine, and show of your soccer skills on the pitch. During the week of Intersession we will learn who can kick the soccer ball the hardest, how to “Bend It Like Beckham” and how Newton’s Law applies to soccer. During our pre-intersession weekly meetings, you will choose your favorite soccer teams and player to research and present to others. You must be in good physical condition and be ready to walk to Coy Field and back during the week of Intersession. See you soon!

Civil Rights Literary Tour

Cost: $600

Pack your bags:  For this intersession trip, we will be traveling to some of our most beloved cities.  We will depart Hughes High School Monday morning to Nashville, Tennessee heading toward Tennessee State University, Fisk University and Hadley Park.  While in Nashville, we will tour the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis Rock "N" Soul Museum, Beale Street, Graceland, Al Green Memorial Church, Alex Haley House and Museum, Slave Haven Underground Museum and Stax Records.  After leaving Tennessee, we will be heading to Birmingham Civil Right Institute, Kelly Ingram Park, 116th Street Baptist Church and Bethel Baptist Church.  We will visit Montgomery where we will tour MLK House and Dexter Avenue Baptist church.

Conducting Research with Insects

Cost: $25

Insects and their relatives are the most common living things on earth. In different parts of the world they are used for jewelry, food, forensic science and research. In this intersession we will explore the variety of insects and their relatives, learn how to keep them in captivity, and see how they help in everything from genetic to mother-fetus drug interaction research. We will visit an insect lab at the University of Cincinnati and the Insectarium at the Cincinnati Zoo. Students will participate in several hands-on lab activities using different insects closely following the scientific method. Students should NOT enroll if they have phobias of spiders and insects or are unwilling to hold and interact with them. The fee will be $25 and will cover the cost of buses and lunch.

Core Values

Cost: $30

Courage. Respect. Empathy. Desire. Integrity. Teamwork. All we do is win, win, win.


Cost: $40

This intersession will require you to dress in comfortable clothing that allows you to move and stretch easily. Each day will begin with a warm-up, muscular strengthening and conditioning, dance choreography and a performance. Throughout the week you will be participating in jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, lyrical, Latin dance and yoga. A water bottle and a towel are recommended. This intersession is free.

DC Trip

Cost: $ 600

The target audience is the M.O.R.E. mentee group. All grades are welcome.  Visit the Nation’s capital including: museums, national monuments, Washington area colleges and universities.

Discover UC: University of Cincinnati Scholars Academy Experience

Cost: $25

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a college student? Would you like to apply to the UC Scholars Summer Bridge program this year? Then this Intersession is for you! In this collaborative intersession with colleges and departments at UC (University of Cincinnati) you will experience first hand what it feels like to be a UC Scholar and the everyday life of a typical college student through some of the following activities:

  • Attending a real college class
  • Mini sessions with colleges and departments at UC including: CECH, DAAP, CEAS, A&S, Health fields, and more….
  • Visiting the UC Blue Ash campus

You will design your “personal brand” engage with professors & college students, and learn about a variety of career opportunities.  If you are thinking of applying to the UC Scholars Summer Bridge program in 2017 this Intersession is highly recommended and successful completion will boost your application.  Side effects of this Intersession may be the opening of imagination, brainstorming, intellectual creativity, thought-provoking conversation, college preparation, and dreaming big!

Application for this Intersession is required and there are limited seats.


E3 (Emerging Ethnic Engineers)

Cost: $40

In this intersession students will be exposed to a wide array of engineering and technology programs at the University of Cincinnati. The experience is designed to enhance the interest of all students in the various areas of engineering.  This intersession has been designed to expose the students to as many areas of engineering as possible.  Students will be exposed to present engineering students, University of Cincinnati professors, and post students who have entered their current engineering careers. Students will also engage in a variety of hands on projects related to engineering.  During intersession week, students will attend site visits at (P&G, Toyota, GE, UC, WLWT Channel 5, and Ethicon Endo-surgery) where they will be introduced to present engineers working in their various areas of expertise.

Engineering in Video Games

Cost: $100

Are you interested in engineering and playing video games? Then this is the intersession for you! We will be playing video games every week with a direct focus on construction and engineering principles. You will be building bridges, buildings, submarines, etc., all while in the comfort of the classroom. Be prepared to learn about how different forces affect everything that engineers construct. During intersession week, we will apply everything that you have learned in these video games to some real construction projects that you will showcase at the end of the week.

#Girls Code Squad

Cost $75

(GIRLS ONLY) Learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, web sites, apps and more! The program covers projects related to computer science, such as art, storytelling, robotics, video games, websites, and apps. You’ll also hear from guest speakers, participate in workshops, connect with female engineers and entrepreneurs, and go on field trips. The program culminates in a final project where you build your own product and share it with your class.

Haunted Ohio

Cost: $145

Have you ever wondered about the haunted history of Ohio?  We are located in an area that is notorious for its haunted history.  The Haunted Ohio Intercession will explore Ohio’s haunted history by exploratory tours, documentaries, and a series of storytelling by experts in the field.  We will be exploring Cincinnati’s notoriously haunted Over The Rhine, taking a tour through haunted Covington, visiting Spring Grove Cemetery, and going on an overnight college tour to, what is said to be, one of the nation’s most haunted universities.  Students will gain a deeper understanding of their community’s history, and have fun while learning about a part of past…that may still be lingering today.

Hikes with Bikes

Cost: $35

Are you interested in an “Intersession” that takes place outside of the classroom? Are you interested in an “Intersession” that travels all over the city of Cincinnati?  Do you enjoy challenging physical activity and being outdoors?  If you answered YES, than “HIKES WITH BIKES” is the Intersession for you! Not only will you be riding bikes and traveling around this beautiful city, but you will be building your own bike working with the University of Cincinnati Bicycling club. Volunteers from UC and the community will work with students for 10 weeks building bikes and teaching students how to repair issues that may happen in route.


Cost: $50               

Everybody knows about Jordan, Lebron and Kobe, but what about Russell, Robertson, and Gervin? If you just can't get enough hoops in your life, then this intersession is for you. Join the Hoopaholics as we learn basketball skills and strategies, examine the cultural and historical significance of the sport, and visit important regional sites that have a significant place in the game's history. Hoopaholics - where the only cure is more Hoops.

Hughes Amazing Race

Cost: $50

Are you prepared for an adventure around Cincinnati? Do you have what takes to compete in a series of challenges that will test your mental and physical capabilities? If this sounds like you, then join us for Hughes Amazing Race! We will showcase our adventures by creating a picture collage using the pictures you took during each challenge.

Hughes: CSI

Cost: $40

Is Hughes Tower Haunted? Fingerprints, DNA, Blood Splatter, Bone Markings, and Weapons! This is the intercession to be in this year at Hughes. We will solve a murder that has haunted Hughes Tower for over 100 years. Did you know Hughes is haunted? Ask any teacher and they will explain the strange noises that happens late at night here at Hughes. Maybe we can put this haunted spirit to rest by solving the murder of 1920.

Hughes Hunger Games

Cost: $100

In this intersession, you will become a tribute for your own district of Big Red Country. Once named as tribute, you will prepare for our very own Hunger Games by participating in all the steps of training as Katniss and Peeta did. We will learn to prepare and then eat delicious meals, as they did in the Capital. You will get a makeover and be presented to your district. Finally, you will practice skills to help you survive in the arena such as hand to hand combat, weapons training, and other survival skills.

Hughes STEM Medical Internship

Cost: $20

During the internship experience, students will be expected to undertake three job shadowing experiences in each of the three different focus areas (patient care, administration, information technology & engineering). They will take tours and participate in various presentations in different areas of Healthcare at University Hospital.  In addition, they will complete the following: First aid, Adult CPR and AED-CPR training (8 hour program, certification of completion provided. Possible basic phlebotomy training (8 hour training program involving didactic and hands-on simulators and Pathway planning (one-on-one discussion with a manager to discuss career goals and expectations at hiring).

Making Cincinnati Green

Cost: $25

Do something that will change your world!!! Become a part of the Making Cincinnati Green Spring Intersession. Not only will you be helping make Cincinnati a better place to live, you will also you will have a wonderful learning time doing it. As a member of this intersession you will be taking many field trips and participating in a lot of outdoor activities. You will be working with professionals from Groundwork Cincinnati, The Green Center at the Civic Garden Center and The Metropolitan Sewer District as we examine and analyze the problems on human impact on the environment and look at the solutions to that will make our home in Cincinnati a better place for all of us. Everyone talks about ‘being green’. Here is your opportunity to see what ‘being green’ means!

Make it Vegan!!

Cost: $40

How do you eat a burger and fries, pancakes and bacon, and Cincinnati style chili with no meat???  Easy peasy....Make it Vegan!  Learn how to cook your favorite foods using only plant-based ingredients. It's easier than you think and more delicious than you may expect.  We will also explore making yummy smoothies and fresh juices.   Let's make it healthy...let's make it good...let's make it VEGAN!!

Move Groove and Be Fit

Cost: $40

Is regular exercise boring you to tears? Having difficulty shedding those last few pounds and inches? Looking for a fun way to get your body moving and in better condition? Well, this intersession is for you! In it you’ll learn to create healthier meals and snacks, as well as learn conditioning and strengthening exercises to increase stamina. You’ll also develop and perform dance/exercise routines that focus on major muscle groups, help burn calories and GET YOUR BODY MOVIN’ and GROOVIN’!


Cost: $50

(Business request 9-12 grade only) Do you aspire to open your very own retail store or entertainment venue? Does the idea of designing a store, selecting merchandise and determining a store location appeal to you? If you enjoy and wish to become a part of the retail world, this intersession is for you!

You will have the opportunity to use a mapping system to determine the location, CAD system to design your store and Excel to develop a sales potential and profitability statement. You will create your own advertisement for the store along with selecting materials to reflect the shopping environment you desire and will have the ability to select the merchandise that will go into your store. It doesn’t stop there: you have the ability to pick and choose your staff and define compensation and training programs. You will participate in several outings to research existing competitive retailers, and as a final product, you will present your business concept to a panel of judges for a winning prize. The sky is the limit, so let your creative side inspire your very own business venture.

NSBE in New Orleans

Cost: $475.00

Want to learn about engineering?  Do you like to visit new places? Do you like to see how engineers solve problems? Well NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) in New Orleans is for you.  In this intersession, we will go to New Orleans to visit: the Levees, XULA, Tulane, LSU and Southern.

Perfect Pastries

Cost: $65

This Intersession is designed for anyone who has a sweet tooth and an interest in baking. During this course we will tour local bakeries and get a hands- on experience creating and decorating cakes and cupcakes. Participants will develop a “recipe scrapbook” while creating delicious and healthy pastries to be entered in the “Bake Off~ Cupcake War” occurring on the last day of intersession.

Picture Perfect

Cost: $50

Are you creative?  Do you love taking pictures?  Ever see a gorgeous photograph and wonder, “How did they do that?”  Then, this intersession is for you.  Join us as we work with professional photographers to learn skills that the professionals use to make good photographs great.  We will be learning about several types of photographic techniques:  still life, landscapes, portraits, capturing movement in photographs, and much more.  During intersession week, we will be visiting a variety of places around the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Area putting the skills we have learned to the test.  Intersession will end with a showcase or your “expert” photographs.

Queen City

Cost: $60

Students will travel throughout the Queen City and learn of its history, culture, healthy living and surroundings. Days will focus on different aspects of Cincinnati’s fame. Outings will include historic tours of downtown Cincinnati from Cincinnati’s Prohibition Era, and visits to Krohns Conservatory, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Cincinnati Zoo, the Freedom Center, Music Hall, Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine, Union Terminal, B&B Riverboats, and City Hall. We will also learn about Cincinnati’s sports history touring Great American Ballpark/Reds Hall of Fame and Paul Brown Stadium. The immigrant culture and food of our city will be a highlighted with a tour of the Graeter’s ice cream plant, and meals at Montgomery Inn, Servatii Pastry, Skyline, and LaRosa’s. We will also spend time in some of Cincinnati’s great neighborhoods/surrounding areas; for example, we will spend a day in Lebanon, have lunch at the Golden Lamb and learn about Cincinnati’s Shaker history. Students will have the opportunity to tour Cincinnati’s most prestigious universities such as the University of Cincinnati and Xavier University. We will also spend one day serving in one of Cincinnati’s great service organizations, giving back to our city.

Recharge your body, Reboot your mind

Cost: $35

Love to eat! Love to walk! Learn to garden! Discover new foods that provide a foundation for fitness and vitality. This eating, gardening and walking adventure is sure to change the way you look at nutrition, exercise and the environment around you. You don’t need a big plot of land to grow food. Container gardens take little space and let you use simple on-hand items to bring a little green into your world. In this workshop, we will learn about a variety of foods, plant a container garden, and walk to work it off!

Sink or Swim

Cost: $40

Have you ever just wanted to jump in a pool no matter how deep? How about the diving boards…wanna learn how divers dive without so much as making a splash? Does canoeing, waterpark slides or lakes freak you out because you’re afraid? I have the Intersession for YOU!!! In this intersession, not only will you will be learning all about water safety, BUT how to tread water, float and the correct form of Breaststroke, Backstroke and Freestyle! Everything from how to swim to how to save a life is what I have planned for you. During our Intersession, you will learn from experts from UC ‘s swim and dive team and throughout the city. We’ll watch the dive team practice their trophy winning dives and learn proper dive form. We will spend our final intercession week at UC Aquatics Center Leisure Pool and Diving Pool in a full body experience so find your bathing suit and towel. We are about to get wet! One of the best parts is that you are going to be relax each day in a warm bubbly hot tub before we grab lunch on UC’s campus. This Intersession is for students who do not know how to swim or who want to learn how to properly swim.

Song & Movement

Cost: $40

Our intercession will incorporate music and movement. You will be introduced to a variety of music & songs and create unique movements and motions. You will also play instruments, make sounds, and MOVE! If you want to sing, SING! If you want to move, MOVE! Join us for this enjoyable intercession!

The Great Art Escape

Cost: $25

This intersession lets you explore your inner artist using several mediums. You will spend the intersession week visiting different art venues around the city. You will be learning how to do Shirobi, which is a form of tie-dye that originated in Japan. Creating some amazing wearable art will have all your friends asking you to make some fabulous things for them too!!! The last day of the Intersession will be spent putting on a gallery, exhibit of all the art created during the entire Intersession.

The Great Outdoors

Cost: $100

Are you tired of being cooped up indoors all day? Love nature? Love being outside? Then this intersession is for you! We will learn about our local nature scene -- including how to identify plants and animals, how to test water quality in our rivers and streams, how forests clean our air., and how to grow and raise healthy, sustainable food. We will create a wildlife habitat for our school, and enjoy the great outdoors through hiking, learning basic survival skills, kayaking, and participating in other adventures in The Great Outdoors! The costs for this intersession includes transportation; rental equipment such as kayaks, bikes, or other outdoor gear; supplies for our habitat; and supplies to purchase and cook meals.

Video Graphics

Cost: $40

Students will be introduced to various aspects of Computer Graphics and Video Editing. This area within the field of Computer Science is fun and will present each student with significant challenges and appropriate rewards. The field of Computer Graphics and Video Editing is broad with many different aspects to explore. This Intersession is not difficult but it will require personal dedication to achieve desired results. This course is designed as an introduction to the field of Graphics and Video and will be designed around the computer experience of the students.  The fee for my intersession is $40. This needs to be paid as soon as possible, and prior to the start of the Spring Intersession.

Wide World of Fitness

Cost: $35

The notion of fitness is broader than many young people traditionally think.  The Wide World of Fitness program at Hughes STEM High School is a three month experience to help expand knowledge of integrated fitness and nutrition concepts and to learn to track and monitor individual efforts using technology.  Students in grades 7 through 12 will begin with a series of 10 weekly sessions in which fitness, nutrition, and health experts assist to develop an individualized plan to increase health, nutrition, and fitness outcomes.  Activities culminate in a week-long Intersession with participants engaging the surrounding community and participating in activities beyond traditional team sports.  Finally, their experiences will be documented in a PhotoVoice project and shared with family members and larger community forums.


Fall Intersession Experiences 2016

Fall Intersession is designed to complement the regular school curriculum; provide students with opportunities to clarify connections between formal classroom instruction and real world experiences. The juniors and seniors had such experiences during the Hughes STEM Fall Intersession, a true representation of the district's My Tomorrow initiative. Staring with Monday, the juniors and seniors attended the College/Career Fair where 33 colleges and companies participated with the exchange of information and dialogue to our students for two hours. Some of the most noted colleges and universities: UC, UC Blue Ash, NKU, Wright State, and Miami. Macy’s Kroger and Target were hiring the students on the spots. Some of the most popular representatives were the ones Empire Beauty School and Moler’s Beauty School. 

During Monday afternoon, the seniors completed college applications and the juniors reviewed Post-Secondary information regarding college. On Wednesday, the juniors spent 4 hours taking a practice ACT test. On the other hand, seniors were engaged in learning about financial literacy from a representative from 5th Third Bank. He shared with them that their credit is their new resume. You are judged based on whether or not you pay your bills. It is a character clause. Also, seniors received information on how to apply for scholarships.

The final day of Fall Intersession allowed 40 juniors to attend Central State University; 15 juniors spent the day shadowing UC engineering students. It proved to be quite insightful for Hughes students to really get a feel for college engineering classes. The seniors participated in a panel discussion with Ambassadors from UC. There were lots of good discussions about being a college student.  For example, how much time should one study?  Do you get involved with activities your first year of college?  The highlight of the morning was Reco Gunnel who graduated in May. The students really related to Reco because he was just here with them a few months ago. During mid-morning, Shelly Sherman Greene, Director of Human Resources, University of Cincinnati, spent 2-45 minute sessions talking about Emotional Intelligence.  The seniors ended their day with  Nichole Sims, Enterprise Cars, who talked about the essentials of getting an interview and then getting the job.  She had three students who were each dressed differently to display the proper dress for a job interview. Also, she told the students that they should cover up all tattoos especially if they have inappropriate messages.

The juniors and seniors had an opportunity to engage in various types of learning that did not “fit’ their regular scheduled classes which confines them to a particular classroom.

The sophomore also had an opportunity to spend time with engineers from P&G on the first day of intersession. This opportunity was two-fold because the speakers were also graduates of HBCU’s. On Wednesday, UC Health and Children’s Hospital spoke to the students about careers and requirements for the careers. The sophomores are currently working on choosing pathways for 2017 and Fall Intersession offered them knowledge and perspective pathways. 

Hopefully, Fall Intersession will spark the interest of our students and they will grow and become successful in their chosen endeavors. “Teach me and I will forget. Teach me and I will remember. Involve me and I will learn. These words were echoed by Benjamin Franklin many years ago.