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Special Programs At Thorp

Special Programs at Thorp

Aquarium Club Grades 5-8

Session: On-going

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: To research and build a community freshwater aquarium for the students in our school to enjoy. Learn about the materials needed to create a healthy ecosystem, choose freshwater plants and how the many species of freshwater fish can live together.

Outcomes: Learn about the nitrogen cycle which takes place in an aquatic ecosystem, as well as how to recreate this indoors. Understand different behaviors of fish based on species and plan a community aquarium. Learn techniques to safely clean a fish tank. Ask the art class to design a background.

Culminating Event: Build a healthy thriving freshwater fish tank that contains both fish and plants living together. Ask other classrooms in the school to write informative plaques describing the fish species. Ask art class to design a background.

Lead Staff: Emily Stowell

 

Arts/Crafts Grade 1

Session: Winter

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: Students will engage in creating craft projects and art designs that will allow them to express themselves in a creative manner.

Outcomes: Students will have to plan and organize their projects. Teachers will provide support, guidance, materials and feedback during the creation of these projects.

Culminating Event: Students share and exhibit their final projects to other students and parents.

Lead Staff: Mary Luna

 

Arts/Crafts Grade 2

Session: Spring

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: Students will engage in creating craft projects and art designs that will allow them to express themselves in a creative manner.

Outcomes: Students will have to plan and organize their projects. Teachers will provide support, guidance, materials and feedback during the creation of these projects.

Culminating Event: Students share and exhibit their final projects to other students and parents.

Lead Staff: Mary Luna

 

Battle of Books Grade 4-8

Session: Winter – Spring

Schedule: Tuesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Thursday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will read books and compete against each other. They will answer questions about the book. They will come up with questions and quiz each other. They are preparing for the Battle of the Books that is held in April.

Outcomes: The students will read and quiz each other on what they read. They are preparing for the competition against other schools.

Culminating Event: Students will compete in the Battle of the Books competition that is held in April. They will represent Thorp against other schools.

Lead Staff: Cathy Ruszel

 

Drama Club Grade 5

Sessions: Fall and Spring

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:30PM

Description: We offer rich theatre education experiences and produce high-quality musical theatre productions for the families of Chicagoland.

The pursuit of this mission is guided by core values that have been developed from years of experience working with kids and developing high-quality programming:

  • ENSEMBLE-BASED THEATRE
  • CHALLENGE & SUPPORT
  • STUDENTS AS ARTISTS
  • FAMILY INVOLVEMENT & ENGAGEMENT
  • ACCESS FOR ALL

Outcomes: The students will learn what it takes to put on a musical theatre production

Culminating Event: Fall – Shrek the Musical  Spring – Annie

Sponsor: Windy City Music Theatre

 

Games Club

 

Session: Fall

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will play board games. If the gym is available the students will do games in the Gym.

Outcomes: The students will learn the rules of different games and be able to use the rules during play. The students will work on teamwork and sportsmanship.

Culminating Event: Create their own games.

Lead Staff: Mary McGoldrick

 

Guitar Club Grade 3-8

 

Session: TBA

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will have the opportunity to learn how to play guitar and learn how to read music.

Outcomes: The students will be able to perform the basic chords (strings) on the guitar.

Culminating Event: The students will perform at our All School Assembly.

Lead Staff: Dorothy McDaniel

 

KID Blog Grade 3

 

Session: TBA

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will read and discuss books and blog about the books they read.

Outcomes: The students will read different genres and learn the fun of reading. They will create their own books to share with their classmates.

Culminating Event: The students will read to the first grade class and let them know why reading is fun and important. During Academic night the students will dress up as their favorite authors and have skits for their parents.

Lead Staff: Holly Pruett

 

Knitting Club

 

Session: Winter

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: Students will learn beginning and middle crochet.

Outcomes: To learn how to knit and make different things like a scarf, mittens, etc.

Culminating Event: Knit a square and combine all the squares into a blanket with the other Knitting Groups (4th and 5th). Display the blanket at Fine Arts Night.

Lead Staff: Rosario Gomez

 

Knitting Club Grade 4

Start date: 10-09-2013

End date: 11-06-2013

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: Students will learn beginning and middle crochet.

Outcomes: To learn how to knit and make different things like a scarf, mittens, etc.

Culminating Event: Knit a square and combine all the squares into a blanket with the other Knitting Groups (3rd and 5th). Display the blanket at Fine Arts Night.

Lead Staff: Rosario Gomez

Lego Club Grade 1

Start date: 02-19-2014

End date: 03-19-2014

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

Outcomes: Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology and apply real-world math and science concepts. Research challenges facing today’s scientists. Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation

Culminating Event: The students will build robots. They will share it with the other students in first grade. It will be displayed in the hallway.

Lead Staff: Susan Guzman

Support Staff: Evelyn O’Malley

Lego Club Grade 2

Start date: 10-09-2013

End date: 11-06-2013

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

Outcomes: Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology and apply real-world math and science concepts. Research challenges facing today’s scientists. Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills.

Culminating Event: The students will build a robot and share it with the other students in second grade

Lead Staff: Susan Guzman

Support Staff: Mary Luna

Lego Club Grade 3

Start date: 11-13-2013

End date: 12-18-2013

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

Outcomes: Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology and apply real-world math and science concepts. Research challenges facing today’s scientists. Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills.

Culminating Event: The students will build different buildings and share it with the other students in third grade. It will be displayed in the hallway.

Lead Staff: Susan Guzman

Support Staff: Mary Luna

 

Lego Club Grade 3

Start date: 11-13-2013

End date: 12-18-2013

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

Outcomes: Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology and apply real-world math and science concepts. Research challenges facing today’s scientists. Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills.

Culminating Event: The students will build different buildings and share it with the other students in third grade. It will be displayed in the hallway.

Lead Staff: Susan Guzman

Support Staff: Mary Luna

 

Lego Club Grade 4

Start date: 01-08-2014

End date: 02-05-2014

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

Outcomes: Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology and apply real-world math and science concepts. Research challenges facing today’s scientists. Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills.

Culminating Event: The students will get to chose in their group what they want to build. They share it with the other students in fourth grade. It will be displayed in the hallway.

Lead Staff: Susan Guzman

Support Staff: Evelyn O’Malley

 

Literature Circle Grade 2

Start date: 01-08-2014

End date: 02-05-2014

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The Students will read chapter books. They will discuss their books and come up with questions. They will create their own book. The students will be working on to improve their reading and writing skills. .

Outcomes: The students will become avid readers and love of books.

Culminating Event: Create their own books that they will read to the Kindergartners.

Lead Staff: Holly Pruett

 

Math Champs Grade 7

Start date: 10-07-2013

End date: 03-24-2014

Schedule: Monday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will work on Math activities to prepare them for competitions against other schools.

Outcomes: The students will work on math skills to prepare them for the Math competitions.

Culminating Event: The students will participate in math competitions against other school.

Lead Staff: Linda Hunt

 

Math Champs Grade 8

Start date: 10-10-2013

End date: 03-27-2014

Schedule: Thursday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will work on Math activities to prepare them for competitions against other schools.

Outcomes: The students will work on math skills to prepare them for the Math competitions.

Culminating Event: The students will participate in math competitions against other school.

Lead Staff: Linda Hunt

 

Math Club Grade 1

Start date: 10-21-2013

End date: 02-24-2014

Schedule: Monday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will work on Math activities. The students will receive help with homework. This class is for the students that need extra help in math.

Outcomes: The students will work on math skills. We will see an improvement on their NWEA test scores in the winter and spring.

Culminating Event: The students will participate in creating math games. Our culminating event will be an Academic/Culture Night which will be held in the spring. The students will display their games and parents, students and teachers will get the opportunity to play the games.

Lead Staff: Holly Pruett

 

Math Club Grade 2

Start date: 10-21-2013

End date: 02-24-2014

Schedule: Monday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will work on Math activities. The students will receive help with homework. This class is for the students that need extra help in math.

Outcomes: The students will work on math skills. We will see an improvement on their NWEA test scores in the winter and spring. .

Culminating Event: The students will participate in creating math games. Our culminating event will be an Academic/Culture Night which will be held in the spring. The students will display their games and parents, students and teachers will get the opportunity to play the games.

Lead Staff: Susan Guzman

 

Math Club Grade 3

Start date: 10-21-2013

End date: 02-24-2014

Schedule: Monday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will work on Math activities. The students will receive help with homework. This class is for the students that need extra help in math.

Outcomes: The students will work on math skills. We will see an improvement on their NWEA test scores in the winter and spring. The students will receive help to prepare them for the ISAT test in the spring.

Culminating Event: The students will participate in creating math games. Our culminating event will be an Academic/Culture Night which will be held in the spring. The students will display their games and parents, students and teachers will get the opportunity to play the games.

Lead Staff: Edie Aquino

 

Math Club Grade 4

Start date: 10-21-2013

End date: 02-24-2014

Schedule: Monday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will work on Math activities. The students will receive help with homework. This class is for the students that need extra help in math.

Outcomes: The students will work on math skills. We will see an improvement on their NWEA test scores in the winter and spring. The students will receive help to prepare them for the ISAT test in the spring.

Culminating Event: The students will participate in creating math games. Our culminating event will be an Academic/Culture Night which will be held in the spring. The students will display their games and parents, students and teachers will get the opportunity to play the games.

Lead Staff: Rosario Gomez

 

Math Club Grade 5

Start date: 10-21-2013

End date: 02-24-2014

Schedule: Monday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will work on Math activities. The students will receive help with homework. This class is for the students that need extra help in math.

Outcomes: The students will work on math skills. We will see an improvement on their NWEA test scores in the winter and spring. The students will receive help to prepare them for the ISAT test in the spring.

Culminating Event: The students will participate in creating math games. Our culminating event will be an Academic/Culture Night which will be held in the spring. The students will display their games and parents, students and teachers will get the opportunity to play the games.

Lead Staff: Rebecca McNally

 

Multicultural Club Grade 1

Start date: 10-09-2013

End date: 11-06-2013

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will be learning about different countries and cultures. They will be engaged in read aloud and art activities. Passports will be created so they can record what they have learned about a particular country

Outcomes: The students will learn about other cultures and be able to perform at the Cultural Night.

Culminating Event: The students will have posters, arts and crafts from different countries. They will perform a dance and they will be part of the Multicultural Night that is being planned for the Spring.

Lead Staff: Anna Santos

 

Multicultural Club Grade 2

Start date: 11-13-2013

End date: 12-18-2013

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will be learning about different countries and cultures. They will be engaged in read aloud and art activities. Passports will be created so they can record what they have learned about a particular country.

Outcomes: The students will learn about other cultures and be able to perform at the Cultural Night.

Culminating Event: The students will have posters, arts and crafts from different countries. They will perform a dance and they will be part of the Multicultural Night that is being planned for the Spring.

Lead Staff: Anna Santos

 

Reading Club Grade 1

Start date: 10-24-2013

End date: 02-27-2014

Schedule: Thursday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will work on Reading activities. The students will receive help with homework. This class is for the students that need extra help in reading.

Outcomes: Description: The students will work on Reading activities. The students will receive help with homework. This class is for the students that need extra help in reading. The students will work on reading skills. We will see an improvement on their NWEA test scores in the winter and spring.

Culminating Event: The students will write their own book. Our culminating event will be an Academic/Culture Night which will be held in the spring. The students will display their books and parents, students and teachers will get the opportunity to read the books.

Lead Staff: Susan Guzman

 

Reading Club Grade 2

Start date: 10-24-2013

End date: 02-27-2014

Schedule: Thursday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will work on Reading activities. The students will receive help with homework. This class is for the students that need extra help in reading.

Outcomes: The students will work on reading skills. We will see an improvement on their NWEA test scores in the winter and spring.

Culminating Event: The students will write their own book. Our culminating event will be an Academic/Culture Night which will be held in the spring. The students will display their books and parents, students and teachers will get the opportunity to read the books.

Lead Staff: Gloria Farrow

 

Reading Club Grade 3

Start date: 10-24-2013

End date: 02-27-2014

Schedule: Thursday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will work on Reading activities. The students will receive help with homework. This class is for the students that need extra help in reading.

Outcomes: The students will work on reading skills. We will see an improvement on their NWEA test scores in the winter and spring. The students will receive help to prepare them for the ISAT test in the spring.

Culminating Event: The students will write their own book. Our culminating event will be an Academic/Culture Night which will be held in the spring. The students will display their books and parents, students and teachers will get the opportunity to read the books.

Lead Staff: Cathy Behrens

 

Reading Club Grade 4

Start date: 10-24-2013

End date: 02-27-2014

Schedule: Thursday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will work on Reading activities. The students will receive help with homework. This class is for the students that need extra help in reading.

Outcomes: The students will work on reading skills. We will see an improvement on their NWEA test scores in the winter and spring. The students will receive help to prepare them for the ISAT test in the spring.

Culminating Event: The students will write their own book. Our culminating event will be an Academic/Culture Night which will be held in the spring. The students will display their books and parents, students and teachers will get the opportunity to read the books.

Lead Staff: Rosario Gomez

 

Reading Club Grade 5

Start date: 10-24-2013

End date: 02-27-2014

Schedule: Thursday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will work on Reading activities. The students will receive help with homework. This class is for the students that need extra help in reading.

Outcomes: The students will work on reading skills. We will see an improvement on their NWEA test scores in the winter and spring. The students will receive help to prepare them for the ISAT test in the spring.

Culminating Event: The students will write their own book. Our culminating event will be an Academic/Culture Night which will be held in the spring. The students will display their books and parents, students and teachers will get the opportunity to read the books.

Lead Staff: Carrie Lah

 

Saturday School Grade 6

Start date: 01-11-2014

End date: 02-22-2014

Schedule: Saturday 7:15AM-9:15AM

Description: Students work on test preparation for 6th grade ISAT practice. Students will have 55 minutes of Reading and 55 minutes of Math.

Outcomes: To prepare students for ISAT testing in Math and Reading.

Culminating Event: The students will take their ISAT’s in February.

Lead Staff: Rebecca McNally

Support Staff: Alfredo Alvarez

 

Saturday School Grade 7

Start date: 10-05-2013

End date: 02-22-2014

Schedule: Saturday 7:00AM-9:00AM

Description: Students work on test preparation for 7th grade ISAT practice. Students will have 55 minutes of Reading and 55 minutes of Math.

Outcomes: To prepare students for ISAT testing in Math and Reading.

Culminating Event: The students will take their ISAT’s in February.

Lead Staff: Rebecca McNally

Support Staff: Alfredo Alvarez

 

Saturday School Grade 8

Start date: 10-05-2013

End date: 01-11-2014

Schedule: Saturday 7:15PM-9:15PM

Description: Description: Students work on test preparation for 8th grade High School selective enrollment test in Math and Reading.

Outcomes: To prepare students for High School selective enrollment.

Culminating Event: The students will take their High School selective enrollment.

Lead Staff: Albino Robles

Support Staff: Seungbok Cha

 

Science Club Grade 6

Start date: 12-02-2013

End date: 03-26-2014

Schedule: Monday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The Near Space Explorers After School Science Club gives students the chance to explore science and engineering topics related to near space exploration.

Outcomes: Connected to our Far Horizons program, students build the skills necessary to design and build a payload prototype for a high altitude balloon. Students will be working with Snap Circuits to better understand circuitry and maybe even programming.

Culminating Event: To design and build a payload prototype for a high altitude balloon.

Lead Staff: Seungbok Cha

 

Science Club Grade 6 and 7

Start date: 01-02-2014

End date: 02-27-2014

Schedule: Thursday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: We will be using the curriculum Get a Grip! from Northwestern University is a project-based informal science education unit that challenges students to design and construct a prosthetic arm for a fictional Afghan girl who has been injured in a landmine explosion.

Outcomes: The students will build a prosthetic arm.

Culminating Event: The students will build a prosthetic arm.

Lead Staff: Albino Robles

 

Science Club Grade 6 and 7

Start date: 10-10-2013

End date: 12-19-2013

Schedule: Thursday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The science of Food is a project-based informal science education unit that challenges students to examine their favorite foods and design healthier versions of these recipes.

Outcomes: Along the way, students will learn about the science of food through hands-on cooking and baking experimentation.

Culminating Event: Students will test their knowledge in a final recipe competition, where each group prepares their healthy alternative recipe.

Lead Staff: Albino Robles

 

Science Club Grade 7 and 8

Start date: 01-09-2014

End date: 02-27-2014

Schedule: Thursday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: We will be using the curriculum Get a Grip! from Northwestern University is a project-based informal science education unit that challenges students to design and construct a prosthetic arm for a fictional Afghan girl who has been injured in a landmine explosion.

Outcomes: The students will build a prosthetic arm.

Culminating Event: The students will build a prosthetic arm.

Lead Staff: Alfredo Alvarez

 

Science Club Grade 7 and 8

Start date: 10-10-2013

End date: 12-19-2013

Schedule: Thursday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The science of Food is a project-based informal science education unit that challenges students to examine their favorite foods and design healthier versions of these recipes.

Outcomes: Along the way, students will learn about the science of food through hands-on cooking and baking experimentation.

Culminating Event: Students will test their knowledge in a final recipe competition, where each group prepares their healthy alternative recipe.

Lead Staff: Alfredo Alvarez

 

Science Olympiad Grade 6 and 7

Start date: 01-06-2014

End date: 03-26-2014

Schedule: Monday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will be doing hands on activities. They will be preparing for the Science Olympiad. They will compete against other schools in competitions and hope to get an opportunity to compete down state.

Outcomes: The students will work on different science activities that they will be able to perform at competitions. They will learn to work together as a team.

Culminating Event: The students will compete in competitions and try to win so they can compete downstate.

Lead Staff: Albino Robles

 

Science Olympiad Grade 7 and 8

Start date: 01-06-2014

End date: 03-26-2014

Schedule: Monday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will be doing hands on activities. They will be preparing for the Science Olympiad. They will compete against other schools in competitions and hope to get an opportunity to compete down state.

Outcomes: The students will work on different science activities that they will be able to perform at competitions. They will learn to work together as a team.

Culminating Event: The students will compete in competitions and try to win so they can compete downstate.

Lead Staff: Alfredo Alvarez

 

Sign Language Club Grade 5

Start date: 10-09-2013

End date: 11-06-2013

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will learn the alphabet and how to sign their name.

Outcomes: The students will learn to communicate using their hands.

Culminating Event: The teacher will implement a project at the end of the session.

Lead Staff: Cathy Behrens

 

Soccer Grade 3

Start date: 03-24-2014

End date: 04-21-2014

Schedule: Monday 2:45PM-4:00PM

Description: The Urban Initiatives soccer team is about having fun as a team and being healthy together! This week we will talk about healthy eating.

Outcomes: We will choose 4 of the health/character concepts. At the end of each week, players will receive a certificate or bracelet to reinforce the concept from that week and some cool Urban Initiatives gear to reinforce their learning.

Culminating Event: After each class the students will review the concepts they learned and will receive prizes.

Lead Staff: April Lilstrom

 

 

Soccer Grade 4

Start date: 03-26-2014

End date: 04-23-2014

Schedule: Wednesday 2:45PM-4:00PM

Description: The Urban Initiatives soccer team is about having fun as a team and being healthy together! This week we will talk about healthy eating

Outcomes: We will choose 4 of the health/character concepts. At the end of each week, players will receive a certificate or bracelet to reinforce the concept from that week and some cool Urban Initiatives gear to reinforce their learning.

Culminating Event: After each class the students will review the concepts they learned and will receive prizes.

Lead Staff: April Lilstrom

 

Soccer Grade 5

Start date: 03-27-2014

End date: 04-24-2014

Schedule: Thursday 2:45PM-4:00PM

Description: The Urban Initiatives soccer team is about having fun as a team and being healthy together! This week we will talk about healthy eating.

Outcomes: We will choose 4 of the health/character concepts. At the end of each week, players will receive a certificate or bracelet to reinforce the concept from that week and some cool Urban Initiatives gear to reinforce their learning.

Culminating Event: After each class the students will review the concepts they learned and will receive prizes.

Lead Staff: April Lilstrom

 

Spanish Club Grade 4

Start date: 02-19-2014

End date: 03-19-2014

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will learn the language, music, food, culture of the customs and traditions of Americana Latina.

Outcomes: Be able to learn basic words in Spanish. (Ex. Hello, Good Bye, etc.)

Culminating Event: Go to a Spanish restaurant and order in Spanish. Be Greeters at the door at Fine Arts Night.

Lead Staff: Rosario Gomez

 

Student Government Service Club 5-8

Start date: 10-28-2013

End date: 03-24-2014

Schedule: Monday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: This will be the O.A. Thorp Student Government. We will have 2 representatives from each homeroom. The officers will be made up of three 8th grade students and three 7th grade students.

Outcomes: They will learn how a government is run and have an input in the different activities that take place during the year. They will bring back the information to their homerooms.

Culminating Event: They will run different events during the year. They will have different themes each month. They will also do community work and raise money for different charities

Lead Staff: Suzi Gantz

 

Student Government Service Club K-4

Start date: 10-28-2013

End date: 03-24-2014

Schedule: Monday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: This will be the O.A. Thorp Student Government. We will have 2 representatives from each homeroom. The officers will be made up of three 8th grade students and three 7th grade students.

Outcomes: They will learn how a government is run and have an input in the different activities that take place during the year. They will bring back the information to their homerooms.

Culminating Event: They will run different events during the year. They will have different themes each month. They will also do community work and raise money for different charities

Lead Staff: Erin Bartolai

 

Yearbook Club Grade 6 and 7

Start date: 01-06-2014

End date: 03-31-2014

Schedule: Monday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will learn what it takes to publish a yearbook. The students will learn about photography and how to down load it on the computer.

Outcomes: The students will learn how to do the lay out to have their yearbook published by the deadline.

Culminating Event: The students will create the yearbook for K -7.

Lead Staff: Emily Magruder

 

Yearbook Club Grade 8

Start date: 10-09-2013

End date: 02-26-2014

Schedule: Wednesday 3:00PM-4:00PM

Description: The students will learn what it takes to publish a yearbook. The students will learn about photography and how to down load it on the computer.

Outcomes: The students will learn how to do the lay out to have their yearbook published by the deadline.

Culminating Event: The students will create the yearbook for the 8th Grade.

Lead Staff: Sue Knudsen

 

Fee–based Enrichment Programs:

Musical Theatre: Youth Company Chicago

Youth Company Chicago specializes in high-quality, fully-produced and semi-produced shows, where kids command their own audiences.  Our curriculum aligns with the performing arts standards defined by the State of Illinois, and incorporates drama, music and dance.  We focus on ensemble-building in the theatre-making process, and our kids learn the importance of teamwork and collaboration through the process of creating performances of well-known musical theatre productions.  Our programs currently serve ages 4 thru 18 at our Jefferson Park studios, as well as at public and private school sites around Chicago.

THORP PROPOSED SPRING 2014 PROGRAM OVERVIEW

  • Pilot program for Spring
  • Suggested Grades 3-8
  • Non-auditioned
  • Basic skills in drama, vocal production and movement
  • Performance-based program, with a final performance of a one-act musical theatre production – including costumes, props and scenic elements provided from the Youth Company Chicago stock.
  • We provide staff, curriculum, supervision, registration and all other production-related coordination.
  • Content aligned with Illinois standards for the performing arts (Director will provide curriculum map or syllabus, if requested).

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS, 2:45pm-4:15pm
Start date:  Thursday, Jan 30, 2014
End date:  Friday, April 11, 2014

SPRING PERFORMANCE: 

Tentatively, our Spring outreach title will be Peter Pan – a 50-minute version of the favorite classic – based on the Disney movie and J.M. Barrie’s original piece. This show provides countless opportunities for students to play rich and interesting characters, and contains really well-known songs that are universally loved.

Cost:

Tuition is $180 per student, including all of the instructional elements & supplies. (Based on ~$5.40 per instructional hour x 34 hours including tech week). However, the school will subsidize students who wish to participate and have a financial need. Please call or email the school office for more information.

 

Smiling Strings

Smiling Strings celebrated its 10th anniversary last year at Thorp Scholastic Academy! Smiling Strings provides high quality music instruction on all stringed instruments for Thorp students. Your child has the opportunity to select whether they’d like to play the violin (most popular), viola, cello, or string bass. In addition to the regular small group lessons that meet both during the school day as well as after school, there is also an opportunity to be part of an orchestra. This ensemble competes every year at the Chicago Public Schools Elementary Music Festival and usually receives a “Superior” rating. Thorp Smiling Strings students are heavily represented in the Northside Youth Symphony which Ms. Grimes directs. For more information, please contact Deborah Grimes at 773-263-8816 or dgrimes@nsyouthsymphony.org.

Renaissance Knights Chess Club

Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation is a non-profit organization which provides affordable, fun and high quality chess education to schools through their after-school enrichment programs. They use chess as a learning tool to teach higher-order thinking skills, problem solving skills, advanced math and reading skills, behavioral and social skills, self-directional skills and build self-esteem in students. Their researched-based programs cultivate progressive learning for 21st century students and the skills they acquire are imperative for them to succeed in school and for their future success in the global information society. For more information, please call 773-844-0701 or email: reknights@aol.com.

Robot City

Robots are everywhere! They’re in our homes, our factories, and even space – but how do they work? In this exciting afterschool program, students learn all about what makes a robot a robot, including aspects such as circuits, locomotion, engineering and design concepts, all while building multiple unique robots to take home for the student’s own experiments. Robot City currently offers robotics workshops to grades K-8, generally divided by age into groups. Please contact Ms. Megan Bongartz at 773-281-1008 or by email at Meghan@robotcityworkshop.com for more details.

Little Linguists

Many studies have demonstrated the benefits of second language learning not only on standard linguistic abilities but also on student cognitive and creative abilities as well. Moreover, children who begin learning a second language early are much more likely to speak that language like a native speaker. Mandarin Chinese/French/Spanish Language Clubs are available at Thorp School. Please contact the Little Linguists Academy at 773-557-9726 or email info@littlelinguistsacademy.com. Lunch sessions are available depending on student interest. Download the registration form here.

YMCA

Afterschool extended care K-5, please call 773-326-2627 for more information.

 

ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT

Reading A – Z

Reading A – Z offers thousands of printable teacher materials to teach leveled reading, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension for students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Reading A – Z supports teachers as they implement effective reading instruction strategies through guided reading, small group and differentiated instruction approaches to meet students at their appropriate levels and scaffold their learning via teacher mediated experiences.

Achieve 3000

Achieve 3000 is a technologically-based set of literacy supports that prepares middle school students for the more rigorous demands of the Common Core State Standards. The program gives students the content area literacy skills they need to be prepared for college and career including the ability to argue effectively with supporting evidence; use higher order thinking skills to apply knowledge; independently read complex, grade-level texts without scaffolds; develop strong content knowledge; read and synthesize information from multiple texts and sources; and communicate effectively when speaking or writing.

Safari Montage

Safari Montage is a broadcast quality video-on-demand digital media solution for schools that contains educational programs from the finest educational video publishers in the world. These publishers include National Geographic, PBS, WGBH of Boston, The History Channel, Scholastic, Weston Woods, BBC Worldwide, A&E Home Video, Disney Educational Productions, Sesame Street, Schlessinger Media and more. Safari Montage provides teachers with the instructional resources that they need in order to facilitate teaching and learning for 21st century students.

Cyber-bullying Prevention and Awareness

O.A. Thorp School will partner with the Chicago Police Department to teach parents and students how cell phones, digital cameras and social media websites such as Facebook can amplify bullying behaviors among pre-adolescent and adolescent students. Over 80 percent of teens use a cell phone regularly, making it the most popular form of technology and a common medium for cyber-bullying. Students and parents will learn strategies to effectively avoid and address issues of cyber-bullying.

 

Sports Programs

O.A. Thorp Scholastic Academy offers a number of after-school sports teams to support the physical and character development of our students for fifth through eighth grades. After school sports teams include softball, track and field, basketball, cross-country, volleyball, and flag football.

 

HEART: Promoting Humane Education

Thorp School has partnered with Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART). HEART’s services are specially designed to provide a combined focus on human rights, animal protection, and environmental ethics for fifth grade students. Their services work to significantly impact the way young people think about their responsibility to one another, animals and the natural world. By linking an age-appropriate instructional program to a service-based learning program, the organization gives students the tools necessary to make positive changes for themselves and the world around them. HEART’s programs help students to become better decision makers, compassionate citizens, and contributors to the greater good.

 

 

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