Activities

Welcome to The New School’s ACTIVITIES!

My name is Jonny Schremmer, and I’m the Director of Activities and Extended Day. Each day of the week, The New School offers a range of Activities and private music lessons for our students after school. We think there’s something for everyone: the artists, techies, musicians, math whizzes, trivia buffs, science lovers, cooks and dancers! All of our classes are taught by either a New School instructor or a professional from the community. All registration is for the entire school year, but families can cancel at any time by contacting me via email. The business office will allocate the course fee and charge the per month rate to the student account monthly.

If you have any questions about our Activities program, please contact me: jonny.schremmer@thenewschool.org

Following are Activities offered for the 2017-18 school year:

Art with Christina

Art with Christina (Pre-K & Kindergarten)

Wednesday 4:15-5:00 Location: Preschool Art Studio

Dates: August 23-May 23

Ms. Christina has created her class to help and encourage the artistic talents of each student. The class is divided into month-long themed units.

Teacher: Christina Mariotti

Cost: $75 per month


Art with Katie Zweig

Art with Katie Zweig (K-8th)

Tuesday 3:30-4:30 (5-8) Location: MS/JR Art Room

Thursday 4:00-5:00 (K-4) Location: LS Art Room

Dates: August 22-May 24
Explore drawing, painting, collage and other techniques in After School Art with Katie Zweig! K-4th grade students will explore techniques using a variety of media, including paint, clay, pastels and more to create 2D and 3D paintings, drawings and sculptures. 4th-8th grade students will use imagery from life to create pieces of different scales, combine materials and expand their artistic experience.

Teacher: Katie Zweig

Cost: $50 per month


Ballet

Ballet (1st-8th)

Friday 4:45-5:45 Location: Dance Studio

Dates: August 25-April 27

In Ballet we will begin with the basics, ensuring that students learn the fundamentals of ballet, eventually moving up to more advanced movements and variations throughout the semester. Ballet is the foundation of all dance, and it will be a very thorough class teaching correct technique and posture. At the end of the year there will be a spring recital where students will perform a ballet piece.

Instructor: Michael Gann

Cost: $80 per month

Choir - Advanced

Choir – Advanced (6th-8th)

Monday & Thursday 3:45-4:15 Location: LS Music Room

Dates: August 21-May 24

Advanced Choir students will delve even further into the world of choral performance as we continue to build on the skills necessary to be successful performers. This level will span a wide range of genres while incorporating more advanced harmonies and song structures into the repertoire. Performances include Honor-Roll Assemblies and an Arts Week recital. Other opportunities include auditioning for solos within TNS choir, singing at district solo and ensemble, and auditioning for All-Region Choir. Consistent attendance is highly advised for the success of the student and the whole ensemble.

Instructor: Becky Adams

Cost: $25 per month

Choir - Beginning

Choir for Beginners (3rd-5th)

Wednesday & Friday 3:45-4:15 Location: LS Music Room

Dates: August 23-May 23

Beginning Choir encourages a love for singing and performing in a group environment. We will explore a wide variety of music while focusing on ear training, proper technique, and performance etiquette, all while working together to create great music! Performances include Honor-Roll Assemblies and a recital during Arts Week. Consistent attendance is highly advised for the success of both the student and the whole ensemble.

Instructor: Becky Adams

Cost: $25 per month


Contemporary Dance

Contemporary Dance (3rd-8th)

Wednesday 3:30-4:30 Location: Dance Studio

Dates: August 23-April 25

Contemporary dance will combine the technique of Ballet and Jazz but will encourage the students to explore unconventional movement. Throughout the year we will be working on a full dance to be performed at the spring recital.

Instructor: Michael Gann

Cost: $80 per month

Creative Movement

Creative Movement (Pre-K)

Tuesday 2:30-3:15 Location: Dance Studio

Dates: August 22-April 24

This class will act as an introduction to movement and dance. Students will be taught some of the basic foundations of Ballet and Jazz. The focus of this class will be to get the students engaged in movement and become coordinated within their body. The students will perform a dance at the spring recital.

Instructor: Michael Gann

Cost: $80 per month

Culinary Club

Culinary Club (5th-8th)

Wednesday 3:30-5:00 Location: Preschool Kitchen

Dates: August 23-May 23

Students will learn about culinary arts, develop basic and intermediate cooking techniques, and work with locally sourced ingredients while designing and preparing meals. A few months out of the school year students will prepare a dish to be served at a community meal, allowing students and their families the opportunity to engage with and give back to their community. By the end of each semester the students will get to choose a way of showcasing the food they have learned to prepare. These dishes will be presented during the last dinner in December and May, where family members will be invited to join us.

Instructor: Kelly Powers with assistance from Chef Sarah Voorheis

Cost: $125 per month

Drumming Lessons

Drumming Lessons (1st-8th)

Location: Arts Annex

Drum lessons are offered on The New School campus for all levels of students. Enrollment includes four 30 minute individual lessons per month. Families should contact the teacher at alex.miller@thenewschool.org to set up a weekly schedule for individual lessons. Missed lessons will be rescheduled by the teacher and parent, most often during months with five weeks.

Teacher: Alex Miller

Cost: $100 per month

Drumming Studio

Drumming Studio (5th-8th)

Monday 3:30-4:30 (5th-8th)

Location: Arts Annex
Dates: August 21-May 21

In Drumming Studio, students will learn the correct fundamental techniques required to become a well-rounded drummer and percussionist. Main focuses will include timing and independence, multiple drum styles, rudimental applications, as well as theory and rhythm training. Multiple performances opportunities will be offered including, but not limited to, the spring recitals at the end of April. Consistent attendance is highly advised for the success of the student. Maximum 8 students.

Teacher: Alex Miller

Cost: $80 per month

Guitar Lessons

Guitar Lessons (1st-8th)

Location: Arts Annex

Guitar lessons are offered on The New School campus for students of all skill levels. Enrollment includes four 30 minute individual lessons per month. Families should contact the teacher at drew.packard@thenewschool.org to set up a weekly schedule for individual lessons. Missed lessons will be rescheduled by the teacher and parent, most often during months with five weeks.

Teacher: Drew Packard

Cost: $100 per month

Jr. Lego Robotics

Jr. Lego Robotics (3rd - 6th)

Monday 3:45-5:00 Location: Innovation Center

Dates: August 21 - May 21

Students will be introduced to the Mindstorms EV3 lego robotics kit. This kit includes everything from variable output motors to light, color, touch, motion sensors and the ability to custom program robots to do countless tasks. They will work in teams to design, build and program robots to accomplish several tasks, each more difficult than the last, and learn the fundamentals of programing as well as robotic design, construction, and troubleshooting. Best of all, they will have lots of fun doing it!

Teacher: Derrick Richard

Cost: $50 per month

Math Counts

Math Counts (6th-8th)

Monday 3:30-4:30 Location: MS/JR Math Classroom

Dates: August 21-May 21

Math Counts is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests. In addition to on-campus competitions, students will have the opportunity to compete with other schools in the NWA area.

Teacher: Madison Sandig

Cost: $25 per month

Minecraft

Minecraft (5th-8th)

Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-5:00 Location: Innovation Center

Dates: September 19 - May 24

Students will participate in a community of their peers with a heavy influence on cooperation and creativity. Students will build everything from cities and intricate public transportation systems to immense TNT cannons and sheep launchers. Students must each have their own Minecraft PC edition account (not Pocket Edition, Xbox or the free Demo version). Additionally students must have access to a computer outside of class that they can play on. (Minecraft will begin as soon as the Innovation Center is ready - September 19th at the latest.)

Teacher: Patrick Graff

Cost: $75 per month (September will be prorated)

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre (3rd-8th)

Friday 3:30-4:30 Location: Dance Studio

Dates: August 25-April 27

Students will learn the basic styles of musical theatre, including examples of choreography and movement from various musicals. There will be a dance learned that will be performed at the spring recital.

Instructor: Michael Gann

Cost: $80 per month

Pathfinder Roleplaying

Pathfinder Roleplaying (7th & 8th)

Tuesday 3:30-4:30 Location: 7th Grade Classroom

Dates: August 22-May 22

Prepare for adventure! Pathfinder is a tabletop roleplaying game based on the widely-known Dungeons and Dragons. Players assume the role of a hero in a fantasy world where they use might, magic, and their wits to solve puzzles and defeat monsters. Students will work as a team, using creativity and critical thinking to overcome various challenges. No prior tabletop or roleplaying experience is required. Maximum 5 students.

Cost: $50 per month

Teacher: Daniel Snyder

Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons (K-8th)

Location: Lower School Piano Room & Arts Annex

Piano lessons are offered on The New School campus for all levels of students. Enrollment includes four 30 minute individual lessons per month. Families should contact the teacher at luz.delpilar@thenewschool.org or rachel.phillippe@thenewschool.org to set up a weekly schedule for individual lessons.

Missed lessons will be rescheduled by the teacher and parent, most often during months with five weeks.

Luz Delpilar uses the Piano Adventures method books. This is an 8-level student-centered approach that uses analysis, creativity, and expression to develop a “musical mind and heart.” It has delightful, pianistic pieces and creative theory pages, as well as an outstanding technical approach. She works at each student's pace to promote piano study not only for personal expression and performance success, but also as a vehicle for the student's creative and cognitive development.

Rachel Phillippe teaches the Suzuki Method, which applies the same concepts that are used when a child learns their mother tongue, such as listening, starting with attainable goals that gradually build as student progresses, and repeating for reinforcement and solidification of skill. It is not only vital for a student to develop a strong musical ear but also the ability to read music, understand music theory and perform. This engages the student in a gratifying environment of success in their own achievement, the joy of sharing and the social ability to collaborate with other musicians.

Teachers: Luz Delpilar & Rachel Phillippe

Cost: $100 per month

Quiz Bowl

Quiz Bowl (7th-10th)

Friday 3:30-4:30 Location: Ms. Mary Kim’s Classroom

Dates: August 25 – May 25

Quiz bowl is a game in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports, and popular culture. The New School Quiz Bowl program will be composed of two teams: Junior High (7th-9th) and High School (9th and 10th), which will practice both individually and together to prepare for local tournaments. All practices will be held on Friday afternoons, but the tournament schedule will be finalized based on student interest.

Teacher: Mary Kim Harp

Cost: $25 per month

Rock Band

Rock Band (5th-10th)

Monday 3:30-5:00, Wednesday 3:30-5:00 Location: Arts Annex

Dates: August 21-May 23

The New School Rock Band program engages collaborative learning through performance based instruction. As openings become available, students will audition for placement in the ensemble. Instruments offered include: voice, guitar, bass, keyboard, & drums. Rehearsals will consist of (1) 30-minute private lesson per week and (1) 90-minute rehearsal per week. The program runs through both fall & spring semesters giving the students a multitude of fantastic experiences. Students will have multiple performance experiences, opportunities to compose original music & get the experience of recording in a recording studio.

Teacher: Austin Farnam

Cost: $225 per month

Soccer Club

Soccer Club (PreK-4th)

Friday 3:45-4:45 Location: Upper Field

Fall Dates: September 1 – October 20

Spring Dates: March 30-May 19

Soccer Club is a great way for students to learn the game of soccer as well as develop soccer skills they already have.
Teacher: Steve Oliver

Cost: $150 per 8 week session

Solo Dance

Solo Dance (1st-8th)

Monday 5:00-5:30; Tuesday 3:30-4:00; Wednesday 4:45-5:15

Location: Dance Studio

Dates: August 21-April 25

Solo classes are 30 minutes of working one-on-one with technique and choreography all year long, dependent on the dancer's needs or requests. These solos will perform at our spring dance recital.

Teacher: Michael Gann

Cost: $40 per month

Super Science

Super Science (K-3rd)

Tuesday 3:45-4:45 Location: Lower School Tinkering Studio

Dates: Fall Session: September 12 – October 31

Winter Session: January 9 – February 27

This eight week class covers varying subjects of science to make each afternoon an experience with dinosaurs, chemistry, space, geology, physics, etc. Kids will always leave class with cool take-homes completing the science experience with that hands-on activity. Maximum 20 students.

Teacher: Stephen Cox

Cost: $160 per 8 week session

Violin Lessons

Violin Lessons (K-8th)

Location: Room 310 in Lower Building or Arts Annex

Violin lessons are offered on The New School campus for students of all skill levels. Enrollment includes four 30 minute individual lessons per month. Families should contact the teacher at davis.napier@thenewschool.org to set up a weekly schedule for individual lessons. Missed lessons will be rescheduled by the teacher and parent, most often during months with five weeks.

Teacher: Davis Napier

Cost: $100 per month

Voice Lessons

Voice Lessons

Solo voice includes four 30 minute individual lessons per month. Lessons are designed to help students explore their musical interests and develop their voices. Students will grow in the genre or genres of their choosing, learning proper vocal care and technique for practice and performance. Lessons are $100 per month. Families should contact Ms. Becky at becky.adams@thenewschool.org to schedule lessons.

Teacher: Becky Adams

Cost: $100 per month

Yoga

Yoga (5th-10th)

Thursday 3:30-4:30 Location: Dance Studio

Dates: August 24-May 24

Students will be introduced to a variety of flows and asanas throughout the semester. Every couple of weeks we will change the focus of the class (back bending, arm balancing, strengthening shoulders, etc). Classes will be taught so that everyone will be able to enjoy the flow and be challenged in their own way. For students who have experience with yoga or are involved in other physical activities there will be a focus on proper alignment and technique that can be used in their other activities to help avoid injuries. Emile is a RYT 200 through the Yoga Alliance. Mats are provided.

Teacher: Emile Blouin

Cost: $50 per month

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