Club Sponsor: Annette Hansen (email@example.com) The Discovery Trackers 4-H Club of Porter County meets once a month at the Library Service Center (now known as Baugher Cetner) of Chesterton, IN on the first Tuesday of the month from 5:30- 6:30pm. (starting 9-5-17 this year). The Tracker 4-H Club keeps an all-member executive board which is democratically voted for each November. The meetings start in September and run through June. In July, 4-H'ers exhibit their County Fair Projects during the Porter County Fair at the Valpo Expo Center. No meeting in August. The annual "Club" fee per member is $5.00, other fees apply when enrolling in county 4-H to do fair projects in January ($20). During each monthly meeting Trackers strive to do something that posi- tively impacts their community through acts of service. Trackers also have fun playing games, making crafts, and sharing ideas while becoming leaders of their communities. 4-H is open to all students K-12 grade. Trackers are part of the Porter County Purdue Extension sys- tem and have support from their team of educators. Mrs. Annette Hansen started Trackers in 2010 with the inception of Discovery Charter School. To join the Trackers, come to a meeting and sign-up or contact Mrs. Hansen 219-241-7431, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 4-H is meant to assist youth in their development by conducting hands-on educational programs, using the knowledge base of Purdue University, other land grant universities, and the United States Department of Agriculture. What is 4-H? As a member of 4-H, you get to work with adults and teen volunteers to learn and build skills in inter- esting areas. Did you know that 4-H is the largest youth organization in the state and in the nation? You can choose from nearly 100 projects, including: Animals/Livestock, Arts & Crafts, Photography, Sewing, Veterinary Science, Gardening, and much more! You'll learn many skills that will help you to become a better person. It doesn't matter what your inter- ests are, because there are projects for everyone! 4-H is your opportunity to help give back to your community, your state, your country, and your world! What do the four H's stand for? Head: 4-H Gives you the opportunity to think and learn about new and exciting things. Heart: 4-H encourages positive relationships between you, your peers, adults, and your community. Hands: 4-H focuses on hands-on learning. Health: 4-H helps you learn about making choices for a healthy lifestyle. How old do I have to be to join 4-H? All 4-H programs are inclusive and open to everyone. 3rd grade through Sr. High grade levels partici- pate in credited fair projects. The Trackers of Porter County also offer special fair project program- ming for kids in K-2nd grades; "Exploring 4-H"! Why should I be in 4-H? Being in 4-H means you have the opportunity to hang out with friends, have fun, and participate in ex- citing activities. Members keep very busy with 4-H activities, such as: club meetings, trips, fairs, tours, camps, and scholarships. When you team up with an adult leader, many opportunities await you. You can learn new skills, strengthen your community, explore the world, and prepare for future careers and challenges!
Club Sponsor: Annette Hansen (email@example.com) Afterschool, all grades. (3rd Monday of month in DCS Art Kitchen) 4:00-4:45pm Art Club is for K-8 grade kids who are serious about their art! We focus on group projects, community art and art contests.
Club Sponsor: Mr. Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) Club Overview: This is an after school basketball club for 4th and 5th graders. The club will meet on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning March 5th through April 10th. If interested, parents should complete the online form below. Based on time/order submitted, the first 20 students will be provided a waiver/permission form which must be completed and returned to Mr. Lee in order to participate.
Club Overview: Discovery parent Sandi Brubaker will be leading an after school volleyball skills camp to introduce and teach 4th grade girls basic volleyball passing, serving, setting, and spiking skills.
The club will meet on Thursdays from 3:45 - 5:15 beginning March 1st through May 17th.
The cost to participate is $20. Any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Brubaker at: 219-678-3251.
This club is for TEN 3-8th graders interested in learning beekeeping at DCS with Mrs. Hansen. We will have an introductory lesson on March 22, learn to install bees in April and start beekeeping. Club may meet a few times over the summer also. The club will also maintain the Bee Garden at DCS. This club meets Thursdays from 3:30-4:30pm at Discovery.
Since the club is limited to 10 students, enrollment will be based on a first come first served basis. If you are interested, please complete the below online form. Then Mrs. Hansen will confirm signup with those first 10 students.
Winter/Spring Chess Club We will continue to offer after-school chess at Discovery this winter/spring. Sedrick “Big Pawn” Prude, who ran our chess club last winter, will be joining us again. Mr. Prude has over 22 years of experience teaching chess and has been offering professional chess lessons in Chicagoland and northwest Indiana since 2000. He ranks in the 96th percentile of chess players in the U.S and his lessons are always fun and captivating. He will be assisted again by Joshua Williams. Joshua has been instructing chess for over 4 years. In addition to coaching and teaching chess he has worked with youth k- 8 for the last 8 years. He aims to share his knowledge of the game in a way that keeps students engaged and helps them enjoy their chess experience. Class for all levels will be held after school on Wednesdays from 2-3 p.m.
Mr. Moore is bringing back Choir! This is a great opportunity to apply the skills we gain in Music and become confident singers and performers. Participation in a music ensemble promotes self-motivation and teamwork, all while singing wonderful repertiore together! Choir is for students in grades 6th - 8th and will meet on Mondays from 4:30 to 5:30 in the music room.
There will be a limit of 25 students so registration will be on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested, please complete the online form below. Prior to the first meeting, Mr. Moore will confirm enrollment with students/parents.
Club Sponsor: Mr. Underwood (email@example.com) Club Overview: In this club students will learn about the history, structure, and creation of comics. They will have the opportunity to study characters, story lines, and artwork from a variety of sources. Students will also discuss different ways comic book story lines have been shown through movies, TV shows, games, etc. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own story lines, characters and comic books. This club is led by Mr. Underwood and is for the first 25 students to sign up in grades 5th through 8th grade. Meeting date is Tuesday from 4:00 - 5:00 PM, beginning October 3rd. Since there is a limit to the number of students that can enroll, enrollment will be based on the date/time submission of the first 25 students. You will be contacted by Mr. Underwood to confirm your enrollment in the club. To sign up, please complete the following form. You will receive confirmation of enrollment prior to the first club meeting day.
Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana is excited to announce open registration for the Spring, 2018 season! Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd-8th grade to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. Registration will be online through our website, www.gotrofnwi.org . Click on the “Register Now” tab on the top of the page and then select “GOTR Spring 2018 Program Registration”. Registration will run February 5th through February 19th for those sites who are using a lottery registration system. The lottery will be run on February 20th for those sites. Registration will be on a first come/first served basis for all other sites. The registration status for each location is listed on the online registration page. The 10-week season begins the week of March 5th, with the girls meeting twice a week. We will host two Girls on the Run Celebratory 5Ks this fall, on Saturday, May 19th at 8am in Highland and Sunday, May 20th at 1pm in Chesterton. Your coach will let you know which 5k your team will be attending. Please contact Coach Holly Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Club Sponsors: Linda Simon and Heather Miller (email@example.com) Club Overview: The Discovery Messenger is the student newspaper of Discovery Charter School. It is published 4 times per school year and is written (completely) by students. The club is open to students in grades 5-8. If your child is interested in joining the staff of The Discovery Messenger, please complete the permission slip below and return it with the $10 registration fee to the school office. In addition, please send an email indicating your child’s interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have our first meeting on Friday September 8 after school. Meetings end promptly at 4. Important meeting information will be sent via email. We will need all types of staff members for the paper: writers, interviewers, photographers, cartoonists, artists, reviewers, game designers, editors, poets, etc. - - all contribution ideas are welcome! Ideally, your child should have access to a computer at home and be able to type their monthly article and email it for assembly. If your child would like to be an editor, it will be best if they (or you) can receive emails of articles for editing. Please be sure that the email address listed below will work for that. If you do not have a computer or email, please indicate that and we will figure out a means of communicating. The commitment will be to attend a few short after-school meetings each quarter and then to spend a couple hours over the course of the month researching, writing and editing an article submission (or drawing, cartoon, etc.). Most of the work will be done at home. Note that “area of interest” is really just an opportunity to share what you and your child are thinking they’ll be interested in. This can change for each issue; it is just helpful if kids start thinking about
Outdoor Skills Club
In the Outdoor Skills Club students will learn and hone outdoor skills. Students will learn how to tie knots, build shelters, map and compass, and fire building techniques. The club will meet every Friday this Spring from 3:50 - 5:00 pm. Students should dress appropriately for the weather.
The club will be led by Miss Renslow and Mr. Frankowski. The club is available to students in grades 5th - 8th, with a maximum number of 20 participants. If you are interested, please complete the below online form. Miss Renslow and Mr. Frankowski will provide a waiver/permission slip to confirm signup in the club.
CLOSED FOR FALL REGISTRATION This fall, Group Piano Classes will be offered after school at Discovery. All classes will be taught by Nicole Lee. Ms. Lee holds M.M. and B.M. degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California and has won numerous competitions and awards. She has over 30 years private teaching experience, has taught General music in Elementary School, as well as Music History and Music Theory classes at the University level. She is currently Lecturer in Music at Valparaiso University. This program will encompass students of all ages and levels, and may require some adjustments based on age/ability of registering students. Classes will be limited to 8 Students per class and open to ages 5 and up (Kindergarten and above). One 13 week session will be offered on Wednesdays at two different times: A) 1.35-2:15 – this class is currently FULL. B) 2.20-3.00 – I have a few spots open for this class. (Generally the class for beginners – however students currently in this class have a few months of experience now, so they are not entirely “beginners”) Students in the second class may sit QUIETLY in the back of the class/in the hallway if they bring something to do while I am teaching the first class. If this proves not to work out, then I will need to have the students be dismissed to their parents then brought back for 2:20. Class will be held in Mr. Underwood’s classroom in the Middle School wing. Classes will run from Wednesday, 9/6/17/through 12/13/17 – NO CLASS ON 10/25/17 or 11/22/17.
Spanish Club Spring 2018
This Spring, we will continue our after-school Spanish classes at Discovery. The classes will be taught by Vivian Draves, a native Spanish speaker, fluent in both Spanish and English. Born in Cali, Colombia, Vivian received her Bachelor’s Degree from San Buenaventura University and is certified as a Public Accountant in Colombia. Vivian has offered after-school Spanish at Discovery for the past few years and currently lives in Porter with her husband and son. If needed based on class size, Ms. Lauren Allison will assist in the classes to enable division based on age and level of experience. For returning students, class will continue where things left off last year. For new students, class will be an introduction for beginners. Children will learn basic vocabulary, gain familiarity with sounds and structures, and learn words related to greetings, numbers, colors, foods, ordering from a menu, family relationships, days of the week, clothes, daily routines and schedules, places we go and things we do. The class will focus on reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.