We are incredibly excited to begin our afterschool pilot program that is set to start in late March.
This pilot is being developed with the hopes that after getting our feet wet this year, that we can offer the afterschool program to more students next year.
The program will help students progress toward meeting their literacy, math and social/emotional learning goals, as well as offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs.
This program is being offered to K-5 students based on a recommendation from their teacher and their literacy and numeracy progress.
The program will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the district will provide transportation for families who need this service.
We will have four teachers and four to six associates helping to keep the program running smoothly as well as a program coordinator.
Through the program we hope to offer academic interventions such as read alouds, vocabulary review, spelling practice, IXL (a subscription-based learning site), homework help, journaling and free play during the first hour. In addition to the academic skills, we are also looking to incorporate social skills and working on being good CARDS.
Then we would offer extension activities like crafts, movie nights, large motor games, board games, cooking, and utilize partnerships with Hurstville, the Maquoketa Area Family YMCA, Iowa State Extension Office, and other resources for students much like they would receive during our summer adventure program.
We are in the process of selecting staff and cannot wait to roll this out to help our students and families.