Saturday, September 10, 2016

Afterschool SKAT classes start this week

Our Shelburne Kids Afterschool Together (aka SKAT) classes are very popular small group classes that provide students with the opportunity to explore personal interest topics afterschool at SCS.   The purpose of the program is to find a way for every middle school student (and sometimes even 5th grade and younger students) to be involved in some sort of activity with likeminded friends every week.   There is no charge for any SKAT program.  We know many students are already involved in our sports program - running cross country and playing soccer or field hockey, but if your son or daughter isn't drawn to these then we really hope to offer something afterschool that can help assure they have those all important opportunities to enjoy fun activities and make some new friends.

Here are the options that begin this week - and here is the link Fall SKAT Signup if you are interested in signing up (registration is required - please do not just show up as some courses have limited enrollment)

“VERMONT TO ZAMBIA” SCS to the Acacia School in Livingstone, Zambia. This will be a two-way communication between schools which will establish interactions between middle schoolers to learn about each other and to discover the differences and similarities in ways of living on two continents.  Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:15
Students of the Acacia School in Zambia with pencils collected from SCS students last year
Special note - this class grew from a service learning project sponsored by two Winton students last year, they collected over 10,000 pencils and this summer delivered them to the Acacia School in Zambia - a school with which an SCS family has a long relationship.   It is hoped that through this SKAT class we can build relationships both between our schools and students.   If you would like to watch a video that shares more of the trip this summer by James Bernicke (aka Rico - now a 9th grader at CVU) here is a link to a video he put together about his trip - Service Learning in Zambia Summer 2016.

STRING ART:  String, nails, wood, paint and ideas will all be incorporated to make up beautiful pieces of artwork during this class!  Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:15
An example of what can be made with string art
LEGO ROBOTICS:  Take the challenge! This class will learn to program both NXT and EV3 robots in preparation for a competition to be held at Norwich University mid December as well as some local competions. Tuesday & Wednesday 3:00 - 4:15.    Look for an upcoming “Lego Wall" to “appear” at SCS!
Can you help design the SCS Robocats EV3 creation that can solve the Animal Allies Challenge Course?
QUAD COPTER FLYING EXTRAORDINAIRE!:  In this class you will learn everything about flying a quad copter!  By the end, you'll have all the knowledge needed to fly your very own mini copter (which you’ll be able to keep, as part of the class!  This class will be held on Mondays from 3:00 until 4:15.  Class size limited on this one so get your registration in early.

Wait until you see what one of these little copters can do!
SCS SCHOOL NEWS!  Want to be part of a news team? One afternoon per week students will use iPads and iMovie to create news programs for the happenings at SCS! Be a part of the action by reading and reporting the news, or being a video editor. We'll be using green screens to help create worldwide newscasts as well! No experience necessary - just sign up if you're interested in broadcasting news around the school! Thursdays 3:00 - 4:15
Want to be of our first SCS student news team?
If by chance none of these are interesting to your son or daughter - our question would be what would they be interested in doing?   Sue Schaefer coordinates all of our afterschool programs including SKAT and she is always looking for something new that will excite and engage a group of SCS students.   Feel free to contact her at if you have any ideas for new SKAT options - even better if you have an idea of an adult that loves the same thing who might be interested in helping facilitate a group of students who share their same interest or passion.  

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