Activities

Extracurricular Activities 2019-2020

Extracurricular Activities take place Monday-Friday between 3:30-5:30. Teachers will pick up students from their after-school location and return them when class is over. Online registration is available through My Backpack, and students may add at any time throughout the year. Extracurricular Activities begin the week of September 9th and go through the last week of school, except for dance classes which end in late April following their recital. The business office will charge the per month rate to the student account at the beginning of every month. To cancel at any time, contact Halee Smith at halee.smith@thenewschool.org or Jonny Schremmer at jonny.schremmer@thenewschool.org

 

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Music Lessons

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 2019-2020

Expand the menu below to see the dates, times, locations, descriptions and teachers of each afterschool activity. 

Advanced Ukulele (3rd-6th) - AUDITION ONLY

Monday 3:30-4:30

Location: Arts Annex

Show off your ukulele skills in Advanced Ukulele! Ms. Becky will guide ukulele students with prior experience through new material, teaching them to perform as an ensemble with layered parts. Audition only, but don’t be afraid! A familiarity with chords in the key of C and G (C, G, Am, F, D, Em, etc) and easy transitions are all that’s needed. 

Teacher, Becky Adams

Cost - $100 per month

Afternoon Jam (3rd-6th)

Tuesday 3:30-4:30

Location: Arts Annex

Welcome to Afternoon Jam! Grades 3-6 are welcome to come join in on the jam, learning to play and perform their favorite songs on a variety of instruments! This is a space for creativity and collaboration. Students will work together to create a performance they are proud of on whatever instruments they know best!

Teacher, Becky Adams

Cost - $100 per month

Art with Christina (PK-KG)

Wednesday 3:30-4:15

Location: Early Childhood Art Studio

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: $100 per month

Art Studio (1st-4th)

Thursday 3:30-4:30  

Location: Middle School Art Room 

Join us in after-school Art Studio with Katie Terry! Experience drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and more in Art Studio!  K-4th grade students will explore techniques using a variety of media, including paint, clay, pastels, fiber, wire, paper and found objects. From fine art techniques to crafting processes, this after-school class allows students to use imagery and ideas from life to create pieces of different scales, combining materials and expanding their artistic experience.

Teacher: Katie Terry

Cost: $100 per month

Art Studio (5th-8th)

Monday 3:30-4:30

Location: Middle School Art Room 

Need more art? In Art Studio after school with Katie Terry, students will have fun working on their ability to create 3-dimensional form in 2-dimensional space on canvas or paper using watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, pencil, marker, pen, pastels, and other media. They will learn how to use line, shape, color, space, and texture to  render realistic objects and scenes. Art studio students will also have a chance to choose projects and work on developing art skills that need strengthening.

Teacher: Katie Terry

Cost: $100 per month

Ballet (3rd-5th)

Tuesday 4:30-5:30

Location: Dance Studio

Students begin technique work at the barre while continuing center and across the floor work from earlier classes at a more advanced level. Correct technique, and proper placement will become a stronger focus. Suggested dance class attire for girls: Plain black camisole, leotard, pink tights, canvas ballet shoes, hair in a bun or ponytail. For boys: Black shorts, white socks and black ballet shoes. 

Teacher: Josie Boynton

Cost: $100 per month

Beginning Ballet (K-2nd)

Wednesday 3:45-4:45

Location: Dance Studio

Class ritual and etiquette will be taught as well as strength building and center floor ballet technique such as foot progressions, demi-plie, tendus, grande battements, chasse, transfer of weight and port de bras. Children will learn to dance musically and rhythmically through use of imagination while beginning to build on solid technique. Suggested dance class attire for girls: Plain black camisole leotard, NO TIGHTS, short black ballet skirt, canvas ballet shoes. For boys: Black shorts, white socks and black ballet shoes. 

Teacher: Josie Boynton

Cost: $100 per month

Beginning Ukulele (2nd-4th)

Wednesday 3:30-4:30

Location: Arts Annex

All students grades 2 through 4 are welcome to join Ms. Becky In Beginning Ukulele class, where they can pick up a uke for the first time and learn to play along with their favorite songs! Students are welcome to bring their own ukuleles or use one provided by the school (during class time only as stock is limited). This will be a warm environment where students who are new to the instrument can learn and grow together as musicians.

Teacher, Becky Adams

Cost - $100 per month

Choir I (K-2)

Monday 3:30-4:30

Location: Lower School Music Room

Do you enjoy singing and would like to learn more about your voice and perform as a choir? Then this is the class for you! Choir is designed to enhance the musical, creative and expressive qualities of all students. Musical opportunities are provided for every child to learn the basic skills of singing, playing and reading music, developing song repertoire, broadening listening skills and experiencing the interrelated nature of music with other cultures and content areas. Choir provides a fun environment for each child to develop their voice and to sharpen the necessary skills to belong to a musical ensemble. Musicianship, diction, introduction to solfege, and music literacy are all components of the Choir experience. 

Teacher, Ashley Wright

Cost - $100 per month

Choir II (3-6)

Thursday 3:30-4:30

Location: LS Music Classroom

Do you enjoy singing and would like to learn more about your voice and perform as a choir? Then this is the class for you! Choir is designed to enhance the musical, creative and expressive qualities of all students. Musical opportunities are provided for every child to learn the basic skills of singing, playing and reading music, developing song repertoire, broadening listening skills and experiencing the interrelated nature of music with other cultures and content areas. Choir provides a fun environment for each child to develop their voice and to sharpen the necessary skills to belong to a musical ensemble. Musicianship, diction, introduction to solfege, and music literacy are all components of the Choir experience. 

Teacher, Ashley Wright

Cost - $100 per month

Contemporary Dance (3rd-8th)

Friday 3:30-4:30

Location: Dance Studio

A contemporary warm up will start the class followed by some technique work using modern dance and contemporary dance movement. The class will end with a study of choreographic tools. Students will combine elements of modern, jazz, lyrical, and ballet. They will become in tune with their mind and body to produce the fluid movements of contemporary dance. Suggested dance class attire: Pants that enable movement (shorts, yoga pants, sweat pants, athletic pants, leggings – no jeans, khakis or jeggings), comfortable fitted shirts. 

Teacher: Yanni Sandidge

Cost: $100 per month

Let's LEGO!

Wednesday 3:45-5:15

Location: AB M215 (Mr. Paul’s Room)

Students will challenge their imagination and creativity by designing and building LEGO masterpieces. With over 30 pounds of LEGOs to work with, the possibilities of what we will build are endless. Fundamentals of the engineering process will be an underlying theme as students design, build, test, and redesign their structures, vehicles, and whatever else they dream up. Time to “free build” will also be given to allow students to explore independent ideas. This program will provide a place where students are encouraged to be themselves and explore their creativity for design. Let’s have fun! Let’s LEGO!

Teacher: Paul Kilgus

Cost: $100 per month

Creative Movement (Pre-K & Kindergarten)

Tuesday 3:45-4:15

Location: Dance Studio

Class ritual and etiquette will be taught as well as basic gross motor coordination such as marching, galloping, jumping, skipping. Using imagination and improv is a large part of this class as well. The main goal of this class will be for children to demonstrate joy in movement. Suggested dance class attire: Pants that enable movement (shorts, yoga pants, sweat pants, athletic pants, leggings – no jeans, khakis or jeggings), comfortable fitted shirts.

Teacher: Josie Boynton

Cost: $50 per month

Drama Club (5th-8th)

Wednesday 3:30-4:30

Location: Auditorium/Dressing Rooms

In Drama Club, students will explore all aspects of theatre production. We’ll try a little bit of everything, including acting, dancing, costume design, set design, and so much more! In addition to its own projects, Drama Club will also assist with TNS productions during the year. 

Teacher: Samanthe Burrow

Cost: $100 per month

Drum Ensemble (1st-4th)

Friday 3:30-4:30

Location: LS Music Classroom

Students in this class will be able to develop their musical skills through rhythm, groove, and some improvisation. By using hand drums and other percussive instruments in a drum circle-style setting, youth will be able to create their own music individually and as a group. Students will also explore how to layer rhythmic patterns, play with different techniques used around the world, and create different sound effects in this fun, unique, and very hands-on class setting.

Teacher: Ashley Wright

Cost: $100 per month

Dungeons and Dragons (6th-12th)

Friday 4:15-5:15

Location: IC Classroom

Prepare for adventure! Developed in the 1970s, Dungeons and Dragons is the most famous tabletop roleplaying game of all time and pioneered an entire genre of gaming. 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 8 students.

Teacher: Anna Mohesky

Cost: $75 per month

E-Gamers (7th-12th)

Thursday 4:15-5:15

Location: IC Classroom

Hey gamers! Do you want to play games on laptops or game console's and do it competitively? Well come join this activity. It's my hope to take this and turn it into an official eSports program here at The New School. This is competitive gaming with class!

Teacher: Anna Mohesky

Cost: $65 per month

Hip Hop (4th-8th)

Thursday 3:30-4:30

Location: Dance Studio

A sprinkling of jazz, hip hop, and pedestrian movements. Street dance is a fast paced class with upbeat music, dance games, jumps and the idea of turning more pedestrian movement into expressive art.

Teacher: Yanni Sandidge

Cost: $100 per month

Little New School Gamers (PK-KG)

Mondays 4:15-5:15

Location: ECE Dining Room

Board and card games are the focus for this group. Games like Clue, Dragon Race, Uno, Skipbo, checkers and many many more. Learning social development and logic reasoning skills while developing  the true meaning of turn based games. Not to mention team building activities. Never too early to start learning these essential skills and have fun doing it.

Teacher: Anna Mohesky

Cost: $50 per month 

Math Counts (6th-8th)

Monday 3:30-4:30

Location: AB M204 (Ms. Madison’s Room)

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: $50 per month

Outdoor Art-Ventures (K-4)

Monday 4:15-5:15

Location: EC Outdoor Art Studio 

Children will explore their creativity as they observe the world outside the classroom.  This art class is an outdoor open studio concept of learning art. Students will have a choice to participate in a daily structured art lesson with Mrs. Natalie, free choice art, water play, gardening and so much more!  Outdoor Art-Ventures is a unique experience your kids will enjoy with many hands-on learning experiences to explore the artistic world around them.

Teacher: Natalie Ramsey

Cost: $100 per month

Quiz Bowl

Quiz Bowl (7th-12th)

Friday 3:30-4:30

Location: AB M307 (Ms. Mary Kim’s Room)

Quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity, where students answer questions both individually and as teams. Quiz bowl questions range over the entire spectrum of the upper school curriculum and also include a certain amount of current events, sports, and popular culture. In addition to our weekly practices, we will represent the school at tournaments (both in the Northwest Arkansas area and at the Regional competition for our AAA division). If you like Jeopardy, and hanging out with other students and answering trivia, this is the activity for you!

Teacher: Mary Kim Harp

Cost- $25 per month

Rhythm Band Percussion Ensemble I (1st-3rd)

Thursday 3:30-4:30

Location: Arts Annex

Rhythm Band Percussion Ensemble is an Orff based performing percussion group. This ensemble gives students the opportunity to dive deeper into more difficult percussion pieces, learn responsibility and leadership, and have a ton of fun!

Teacher, Becky Adams

Cost - $100 per month

Rhythm Band Percussion Ensemble II (4th-6th)

Wednesday 3:30-4:30

Location: LS Music Classroom

Rhythm Band Percussion Ensemble is an Orff based performing percussion group. This ensemble gives students the opportunity to dive deeper into more difficult percussion pieces, learn responsibility and leadership, and have a ton of fun!

Teacher, Ashley Wright

Cost - $100 per month

Robotics & Coding Club (PreK-KG)

A program led by Wize Computing Academy 

Tuesday 3:30-4:30

Location: TBA

Fall Session: September 10 - December 3rd

Spring Session: January 14th - May 5th

Students are introduced to creative coding and robotics through fun and engaging projects, stories and animations.  In this tested & proven curriculum that follows computer science standards, we plan to help students develop into logical thinkers, problem solvers and creators through creative coding projects using MIT Scratch Jr and LEGO WeDo.  They will create their own animations, stories and gaming projects using characters they love. We will also provide an introduction into robotics, learning about motors, gears, pulleys and other gadgets while building fun and useful robots and programming them to perform activities.  This program will also help students to enhance their cognitive skills like hand-eye coordination, focus, self-esteem, confidence and presentation skills. Included in this are regular project updates through a mobile sharing app with parents, as well as a project showcase at the end of the semester.  Come have FUN with us as we harness the opportunity to think, to imagine, to create and to explore!s. 

Teacher: WIZE Computing Academy

Cost: $100 per month 

Robotics & Coding Club (1st-2nd)

A program led by Wize Computing Academy 

Thursday 3:30-4:30

Location: TBA

Fall Session: September 12th - December 5th

Spring Session: January 16th - May 7th

Students are introduced to creative coding and robotics through fun and engaging projects, stories and animations.  In this tested & proven curriculum that follows computer science standards, we plan to help students develop into logical thinkers, problem solvers and creators through creative coding projects using MIT Scratch Jr and LEGO WeDo.  They will create their own animations, stories and gaming projects using characters they love. We will also provide an introduction into robotics, learning about motors, gears, pulleys and other gadgets while building fun and useful robots and programming them to perform activities.  This program will also help students to enhance their cognitive skills like hand-eye coordination, focus, self-esteem, confidence and presentation skills. Included in this are regular project updates through a mobile sharing app with parents, as well as a project showcase at the end of the semester.  Come have FUN with us as we harness the opportunity to think, to imagine, to create and to explore!

Teacher: WIZE Computing Academy

Cost: $100 per month 

Robotics & Coding Club (3rd-4th)

A program led by Wize Computing Academy 

Tuesday 4:30-5:30

Location: TBA

Fall Session: September 10th - December 3rd

Spring Session: January 14th - May 5th

Students are introduced to computational thinking by building robots and programming them, and through the creation of animations and games. In this tested & proven curriculum that follows computer science standards, we plan to help students develop into logical thinkers, problem solvers and creators through creative robotics and coding projects.  Students will solve problems and discover how science, technology, engineering & math affects their everyday life. We will do this through building fun and useful robots and programming them to perform activities. This program will also help students to enhance their cognitive skills like hand-eye coordination, focus, self-esteem, confidence and presentation skills. Included in this are regular project updates through a mobile sharing app with parents, as well as a project showcase at the end of the semester.  Come have FUN with us as we harness the opportunity to think, to imagine, to create and to explore! 

Teacher: WIZE Computing Academy

Cost: $100 per month 

Robotics & Coding Club (5th-6th)

A program led by Wize Computing Academy 

Thursday 4:30-5:30

Location: TBA

Fall Session: September 12th - December 5th

Spring Session: January 16th - May 7th

Students are introduced to computational thinking by building robots and programming them, and through the creation of animations and games. In this tested & proven curriculum that follows computer science standards, we plan to help students develop into logical thinkers, problem solvers and creators through creative robotics and coding projects.  Students will solve problems and discover how science, technology, engineering & math affects their everyday life. We will do this through building fun and useful robots and programming them to perform activities. This program will also help students to enhance their cognitive skills like hand-eye coordination, focus, self-esteem, confidence and presentation skills. Included in this are regular project updates through a mobile sharing app with parents, as well as a project showcase at the end of the semester.  Come have FUN with us as we harness the opportunity to think, to imagine, to create and to explore! 

Teacher: WIZE Computing Academy

Cost: $100 per month

Rock Band (5th-12th)

M-W & F 3:30-5:00

Location: Arts Annex

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.

Teachers, Austin Farnam, Jacob Campbell

Cost: $225 per month

Soccer Club (PreK-4th)

Friday 3:45-4:45 

Location: Upper Field

Fall Session: September 13th- November 8th

Spring Session: March 13th - May 8th

Soccer Club is a great way for students to learn the game of soccer as well as develop soccer skills they already have. Important Note: All Pre-K soccer students must be picked up from the soccer field beginning at 4:30 and no later than 4:45. 

Teacher: Steve Oliver

Cost: $150 per 8 week session

Spirit Squad (K-12th)

Tuesday 3:45-4:45

Location: ECE Gym

This activity will consist of teaching cheer motions, basic stunt positions and building. Students will learn cheers and chants, basic tumbling skills, promote school spirit and help with school pep rallies. We will be focusing on promoting team building and cooperation. Something fun we will do is assign big sister/little sister and big brother/little brother to build and strengthen relationships throughout our school community. They will help support, foster and mentor-ship between members within our program. Cheer sisters and brothers are asked to motivate, support, encourage and serve as accountability partners for each other. We will also attend 2-5 games to cheer for and support our cougar Athletics. 

Teacher: Chelsey Carter

Cost: $75 per month

Super Science (K-3rd)

Tuesday 3:45-4:45  

Location: Dining Hall

Fall Session: September 10 - November 5 (No Meeting on October 15th)

Spring Session: TBA

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.

Teacher: Stephen Cox

Cost: $160 per 8 week session

Zumba for Kids (K-6th)

Monday 4:00-4:45 (K-3rd) 

Monday 4:45-5:30 (4th-6th)

Location: Dance Studio

Students will experience a lot of fun dancing and playing with different type of music like Latin, hip hop and more. We will do kid friendly dance fitness routines and include cultural exploration elements.

Teacher: Viviana Lopez  

Cost: $75 per month