The PS+ staff provide a welcoming environment for students to gather before school with friends in Palm Court. This time is great for students to start the morning socializing and playing games. There is no registration required and no additional fee for Before School PS+.
The PS+ staff will provide an environment where students can relax after a busy day of school. Students will have time to engage in games, arts and crafts, legos, blocks, outdoor play and homework if applicable. There is no After School PS+ on noon dismissal days, parent teacher conference days, inservices, two days before Christmas break or 8th grade Commencement in May. There is no registration required and no additional fee for After School PS+.
Students are welcome to stay beyond After School PS+ in Extended Care. A snack is provided for students. Students must be picked up by 6:00 p.m. An additional late pickup charge of $1 per minute thereafter will be assessed. There is no Extended Care on noon dismissal days, parent teacher conference days, inservices, two days before Christmas break or 8th grade Commencement in May. PreKindergarten 3 students must register in advance for Extended Care.
After School Classes
After School enrichment classes led by PS staff and outsourced professionals conveniently are offered on campus at the end of the school day. These classes provide a wide array of opportunities for students to continue daily exploration. Class availability is subject to change from year to year.
K.I.N.G. Chess (Knowledge Influencing the Next Generation) is dedicated to providing a healthy, encouraging and interesting learning environment while developing and enhancing creative and critical thinking amongst today's youth. During each session participants learn the game's history, pieces, values, proper movements, strategies, and a general level of mastery. Our aim is not only to develop a skilled chess player, but more importantly to create cognitive exercises and activities that will enhance critical thinking skills. Increasing these skills builds character, increases patience, and promotes a healthy self-esteem to help shape tomorrow's leaders. Students will also have the option to be nationally rated by the United States Chess Federation during competitive tournaments.
As a symbol of eastern civilization, the culture of China is enriched by a long history and multi-ethnic groups. In a weekly 60-minute lesson, students will be able to learn the authentic language and experience the rich culture of China, as potential bilinguals. The curriculum includes basic Mandarin communication and exploring the culture.
Fencing is the sport of knights and swashbucklers. We will teach you to move like a fencer, wield your sword, and compete with your classmates. You will learn fundamental fencing skills through games and other activities. Fencing fosters creativity, self-discipline, physical and mental quickness, and good sportsmanship.
The Glassell Junior School is an art school, devoted to nurturing creativity and fostering an appreciation of the arts and an awareness of the world in young people. Students who enroll in this course will gain experience using a variety of media such as clay, tempera, watercolor, oil, and chalk pastels.
The program begins with a diagnostic test that provides younger students with an introduction to the ISEE in particular and the requirements of standardized testing in general. Initially, our instruction focuses on the logic and academic substance of the test, with close attention to how the content overlaps with and diverges from the student’s coursework at school. Tutors teach and review verbal reasoning skills, math concepts and algorithms, critical reading methods, and mnemonics to learn recurrent vocabulary. As the program progresses and their official test date nears, students learn to apply this knowledge as well as specific test-taking strategies through drills, homework, and timed practice tests.
Just add Beats teaches students important 21st Century Skills like collaboration, creativity and media literacy through a project based learning curriculum focused on beat making, podcasting and sound design. With an audio professional guiding them, students work together in small groups, role playing as creative audio agencies to record original songs and stories, solve real- world Audio Design Challenges for clients, and make their artistic voices heard! At the end of the program, students take home a copy of their high- quality, original audio works that can be digitally distributed worldwide on platforms such as Spotify, Soundcloud and more. No previous audio production or music training necessary. Just add Beats stimulates design thinking and the design process by integrating the arts of music and storytelling with digital audio technology for a unique, project-based STEAM learning experience.
LEGO II Engineering: STEM enrichment class where students build a different simple machine each class and conduct an experiment to see how they can improve on its performance. Gears, Levers, Pulleys, and motors.
Do you want to learn a lot of impressive hula hoop tricks? Do you want to perform a halftime show for 'The Houston Dynamo'?! Then Mad About Hoops is the class for you! Hula Hooping is a great way to improve balance and coordination while burning up to 400 calories per hour. Fitness has never been so much fun! Each class will have age appropriate stretching combined with hula hoop fitness and games for both boys and girls of all skill levels.
Vivo Professional Music School will provide a weekly 30 minute private music lesson, students will receive one-on-one instruction in playing techniques, repertoire, musicality, sight-reading and music theory. Students will be introduced to music of various styles and historical periods and learn to perform them on the piano in a progressive manner. Daily practice is encouraged.
This course is designed to provide students with a conceptual understanding of Newton's Three Laws of Motions through demonstrations and hands-on projects. At the end of this course, students should be able to state the three laws of motion and describe real-life scenarios that illustrate these three laws of motion in action. Bonus if they can create their own activity!
Strategic Gaming Society is devoted to playing games of all types, including board games, card games, role-playing games, and the occasional war game. During the course, concepts are applied to real life situations, allowing students to transfer game scenarios to real life experiences and scholastic achievements. This is an innovative methodology for the development of 21st century life skills through the instruction of strategy & thinking games.
Come join in playing story-based tabletop games with a Dungeons and Dragons theme. Students will learn to play Near and Far and Charterstone as they listen to the stories within the game and discover a challenging world of intrigue. In both of these two games, decisions impact the world and those living in it. Become a world traveler exploring the expanse for personal glory, or help the kingdom prosper through very unique choices that impact the game today… and in the days to come. Earn your worth as your adventure story unfurls!
This class will be an introduction of the game volleyball to generate an interest for the game and obtain these long lasting skills. Students will work on the basic skills: hitting, serving and setting. They will also work on rotation, game strategies, team play and sportsmanship. This class is for GIRLS ONLY and will be taught by none other than our own PE Director Ann Horne.