ASES SCHOOL SITE PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The purpose of Whitehead’s ASES program is to provide safe and educational opportunities for its participants. The program has three components: academic, enrichment, and recreation. The academic support is provided by experienced tutors and credentialed teachers. Focus is on language arts and math, but all academic areas are included. Enrichment and recreation are also provided by teachers and tutors with a focus on art, music, nutrition, agriculture, science, and sports.
A recent addition to the ASES program is Project Based Learning. This teaching method focuses on student choice. Grade levels choose a subject to research and then become experts on their selection. Presentations are given at the end of the year. Our theme for our first year was the garden. Each grade level chose a different course of study such as organisms that live in the garden and different fruits and vegetables grown in the garden. Presentation display boards, clay models, and power points were just a few ways students displayed their work. Our focus for last year was very different. First grade studied recycling, second grade: dinosaurs, third grade: volcanoes and space, fourth grade: sea life, fifth/sixth grade: biomes. Our theme this year is GARDEN. Classes will be studying insects, life cycles, vegetables, herbs, and how to grow and maintain a garden. Look for our project night some time in May!
Academic and homework support are provided daily. Each day begins with a focus on Language Arts or Math. Tutors teach a lesson using curriculum focused on our state standards. Students also work on daily homework. The coordinator and tutors collaborate closely with classroom teachers in order to connect the afterschool program with the classroom. Teachers are contacted by email or directly with any questions or concerns about materials and students' needs. Additional support in Language Arts and Math is provided through Standards Plus and Orchard software.
Activity description: Students are offered a variety of arts and crafts activities
Goal: To provide students with opportunities to explore their creativity and learn about art
FUN FRIDAY CLUBS
Activity description: A variety of clubs will be offered through out the school year. Some examples are computers, board games, playground games, arts & crafts, cooking, gardening, life skills, writing, reading, and sign language.
Goal: To provide choice to students wishing to learn a new skill or to have group time in a favorite activity
Activity description: K – 6th grade students who wish to participate in Ballet Folklorico practice twice a week beginning in January. A celebration and performance will be planned for May.
Goal: This activity will emphasize cultural pride in traditions and cultures as well as exposure to dance.
Activity description: Each week students in grades 4 through 6 will receive instruction in music. Beginning Band, Advanced Band, Recorders, and music lessons are offered twice a week.
Goal: To provide music enrichment and education
Activity description: Starting in the fall, students will receive weekly instruction in nutrition and healthy eating habits.
Goal: To encourage healthy eating habits and an understanding of nutrition.
GARDEN / AG IN THE CLASSROOM
Activity description: Students will learn about agriculture in Yolo County, common crops, where food comes from, and a variety of other ag related lessons.
Goal: to learn about plants and how they grow, to connect what students eat with where it comes from, to help students make connections with the rich agricultural region they live in
PROJECT BASED LEARNING
Activity description: grade level classes choose a topic to research
Goal: to learn in depth about student’s areas of interest, to improve public speaking and presenting skills
Other Programs and Extracurricular Activities
- Kid’s Farmers Market sponsored by Yolo County Food Bank
- Personal Power groups for 5th/6th grade students
- Ag in the Classroom provided by Yolo County Farm Bureau
- 4-H Day
- Cinco de Mayo Celebration
- ASES End of Year Talent Show
- Power Play, Reading Across My Pyramid, and TWIGS: Nutrition curriculum provided by University of California Nutrition Education Program
- Garden Club