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After-School Program

 

After-School Program

C/A will be offering six different after-school enrichment options from Monday to Thursday during the first semester of the 2021-2022 school year. Our first week of after-school programming will start on Monday, September 13th. Our last day for programming in the first semester will be Friday, January 21st. Full program offerings, as well as specific times, dates, and age ranges, are listed below. 

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Program Offerings 
Note: All programs run from 3:45 - 5:30 p.m.
 
Academic Support
Monday - Thursday
Grades 7-12
 
After-school Academic Support is an extension of the Academic Support classes we offer during the school day. It is a time to complete academic work while practicing positive EF skills. Academic support is like an independent learning class. Students will be facilitated in coming prepared to class, using their time wisely, not creating distractions for other students, and recognizing that any incomplete work will still need to be completed later that evening at home.
 
The after-school academic support teacher will provide executive functioning support, help plan and prioritize work, break down large assignments, help set time-goals for work, check in on the status of assignments, and answer questions or help students get the answers they need.

 
Cougar Club
Monday - Thursday
Grades 3-6
 
Cougar Club is an opportunity to bring the summer fun of Camp Cougar to our after-school program. Cougar Club is a fun-filled, multi-activity enrichment class that allows students to give input into the activities they choose to participate in. Students can choose between: sports, board games, gardening, lego-building, gaming/esports, Among Us, Dungeons & Dragons, Minecraft, indoor drones, Coding, Robotics, Tech Exploration, 3D Arts, and more! The activities will be student-led, where the students will collectively have the ability to customize their time and choose the activities they participate in.  Character development and skill acquisition will be achieved through activities that students self-select. Screen time/device limits and mandatory physical activity breaks are components of this program.

 
Art & Crafts
Monday
Grades 7-12
 
Arts & Crafts will allow students to develop art skills in a relaxed environment. Students will use their creativity to create fantastic works of art that will range from 2D to 3D art. The projects will include painting, clay, photography, and using textiles to create embroidery, cross-stitch, and other fun projects. There will be a team-based activity where groups of students will work together to create a surprise work of art.

 
Wednesday
Grades 3-6
Arts & Crafts will allow students to express themselves through creating works of art. Students will use their creativity to create art pieces that will range from 2D to 3D. The projects will include paintings, clay, photography, and DIY projects using fabric and recycled materials. There will also be a team-based art activity where groups will work together to create a surprise work of art.


 
Speech and Debate
Thursday
Grades 6-12
 
C/A is ready to re-launch our team in the National Speech & Debate Association. This enrichment activity will give students the opportunity to continue building their presentation techniques and public speaking skills. Participating students in Middle and High Schools will have the option to compete in local tournaments throughout the year, leading up to a District tournament (High School only) in the spring. Students will polish their skills as they rehearse and compete in individual speaker categories or as a team of debaters representing C/A. To note: Our practice schedule for the NSDA remains fluid and flexible to accommodate student interest and busy schedules. Sessions will also be offered during school hours on Fridays. Students who are unable to join us after school on Thursday afternoons will be able to attend on Fridays instead. 
 
Tuesday
Grades 3-5
Theater games and fun are included for students in grades 3-5 interested in Speech and Debate. They will be introduced to a pre-team practice session and learn strategies to improve their speech and debate skills. This prequel to a team approach would be the perfect springboard to joining the team in Middle School. Students in these sessions will learn and practice the basic public speaking and self-presentation skills that they will build upon a few years down the road once they are eligible for competition.

 
 
STEAM
Wednesday
Grades 7-12
 
This wide-ranging enrichment class will cover topics that relate to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. Specific areas include (but are not limited to) robotics, space exploration, environmental education, and economics/personal finance. This enrichment class will have a different topic each week and students have the ability to give input on topics that they would like to learn about.
 
Thursday
Grades 3-6
 
Fun and rigor is the name of the game for our STEAM Juniors enrichment! This class will cover a wide range of topics that relate to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics. Specific areas include (but are not limited to) robotics, space exploration, environmental education. This enrichment class will have a different topic each week and students have the ability to give input on topics that they would like to learn about.

 
 
Music
Tuesday
Grades 7-12
 
Students will be learning the necessary skills to develop their own jam sessions. Students will learn to play together in a musical group and develop important skills such as improvisation, sight-reading, and music theory knowledge. They will put those skills to the test when they work together to try to play covers and even develop their own music.

Monday
Grades 3-6
 
Students will love this upbeat musical experience. In the music enrichment session, students will focus on music creation. Music creation will be the focus of this enrichment. They will learn how to read music notation in order to create their own melodies and harmonies using musical instrument digital interfaces (MIDI) and computer recording software. In addition to learning how to create and play music, students will have opportunities to jam.
 
Q&A
If my child is in Cougar Club or Academic Support four days a week, can they also do a single-day enrichment class?
 
Students who are registered in a four-day program are also able to switch to other enrichment offerings on certain days if there is space available in that program. For example, a student registered for our four-day Academic Support class can also attend Arts & Crafts on Monday and/or STEAM on Wednesday if there is space in those classes. Requests to attend enrichment offerings that run on the same day can be made directly with the Director of Athletics & Auxillary Programming through email (pharrington@ca-empowers.org)
 
What is included in the enrichment classes?
 
Every enrichment class includes adult supervision, planned activities with associated supplies, and a daily snack.
 
Will you be offering any programming before school starts?
 
No. There will be no early drop-off for students outside of what is offered by their division. Students should follow the arrival procedures designated by their appropriate division director.
 
What if my child needs to be picked up before 5:30 p.m.? 
 
A student can be picked up at any time after school. We ask that you park on the curb directly in front of the main entrance and call the front desk to have your child released. Session fees will not be prorated if a student leaves early. 
 
Would there be any reason my child cannot attend a certain enrichment class if they are grade-appropriate?
 
Each of the enrichment classes has a minimum requirement of participants to operate. If a certain class does reach this requirement, then we will have to cancel that class. You will receive a full refund for this type of cancelation. Additionally, each enrichment class will be capped at 10 students. 
 
Does my child have to signup for a 4-day-a-week activity or are there other options?
 
There will be single-day options and four-day options to accommodate different schedules.  Please note that in order to run these sessions fully, no refunds for time missed will be possible, whether full or partial. 
 
Can I give my child permission to leave early and/or on their own? 
 
Yes. We would need your official permission to release your child without adult supervision after their session. Those arrangements can be made directly with the Director of Athletics & Auxillary Programming through email (pharrington@ca-empowers.org). 
 
My child has dietary restrictions. Can they bring their own snacks?
 
Yes, a student can bring extra snacks to have after school. We encourage students to bring a snack on the days they have an activity after school. The snacks provided by the school are supplemental.
 
What is the cell phone policy after school? 
 
Students are able to have their phones on with them set to vibrate. While they will not be accessing their phones during activities, students will be able to use their phones during breaks, downtime, or to communicate with their parents or their scheduled transportation contact. All activities conducted on a mobile device will need to adhere to the school’s Responsible Use Policy, which will be in effect.