Extracurriculars - Joint Elementary and Middle


American Sign Language
Contact: Sign up through Rec and Ed (https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/49030)
Grades: 3rd - 6th
When: Nov 5th - Dec 10th. Mondays immediately after school until 4:30 in Rm 102.
Description: Sign language vocabulary, finger spelling and grammar are presented and geared towards an elementary audience, aiming to begin developing conversational signing skills for communicating with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. Lessons will focus on learning the sign language alphabet, numbers, and vocabulary using songs and games, and understanding cultural aspects that influence American Sign Language (ASL). Handouts are included in the class fee. Instructor: Brooke McCully, certified ASL teacher at Pioneer High School.
Cost: $95

 

Chess (early fall)
Contact: Sign up through Rec and Ed (https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/48949)
Grades: K-8th
When: Oct 15th - Nov 19th. Mondays immediately after school until 4:30 in the media center.
Description: For students with no or some experience in chess. Students are introduced to the basic history of chess, opening principles, tactics, basic endgame techniques, and tournament preparedness. Mr. Garrison has been teaching chess to children since 1996. His teams have won numerous state championships. In the 2018 state team championships, Mr. Garrison formed six teams, and all six of them won trophies! King Elementary won the state K-6 Team championship!
Mr. Garrison holds the #1 rank of overall game player (out of over 40,000 players) at www.littlegolem.net, an international thinking games website. He is also the top ranked human in the world at the strategy game ?Breakthrough? and is also a top ten player in many different abstract games. Mr. Garrison has played more than 1000 US Chess Federation tournaments and is ranked in the top 100 players in Michigan. His highest achieved USCF rating thus far is 2067. Mr. Garrison achieved the title of "Candidate Master" from the the USCF in 2016.
Cost: $109 + $20 for new students only to purchase the “Chess Tactics Workbook”

 

Chess (late fall)
Contact: Sign up through Rec and Ed (https://apm.activecommunities.com/aareced/Activity_Search/48949)
Grades: K-8th
When: Nov 26th - Feb 4th. Mondays immediately after school until 4:30 in the media center. Except Mon, Dec 17, 2018 - Mon, Dec 24, 2018 - Mon, Dec 31, 2018 - Mon, Jan 7, 2019 - Mon, Jan 21, 2019.
Description: For students with no or some experience in chess. Students are introduced to the basic history of chess, opening principles, tactics, basic endgame techniques, and tournament preparedness. Taught by Mr. Garrison.
Cost: $109 + $20 for new students only to purchase the “Chess Tactics Workbook”

 

Drama
Contact: Patty Mazzola (patriciamazzola@comcast.net) and Rachel Fransisco (rachaf@umich.edu), staff partner is Rachel Toon.
Grades: 5th - 8th
When: Year round. Regular meeting times TBD. Connect with Patty and Rachel F. for an updated schedule as it becomes available.
Description: This year we will be putting on a musical! We have award-winning special guest directors, who lend their extensive musical theater experience to making this show awesome. No cuts will be made, all are welcome.
Cost: $25 suggested dues

 

Eco Innovations
Contact: Mrs. Wilson (wilsonje@aaps.k12.mi.us)
Grades: 5th - 8th
When: Every other Tuesday in room MS4 through March until 4:30
Description: Students in eco innovations have a common goal of learning about and developing innovations to increase the environmental sustainability of our school. We have been working on a Solar At STEAM Project. We are also working on waste mitigations and conservation of energy resources. After March we have Garden Club every other Tuesday, and we work on the gardens in the Outdoor Classroom.
Cost: none

 

Math Olympiad
Contact: TBD - looking for a lead parent volunteer, who can received an orientation/support from past Math Olympiad lead Michael Maranda
Grades: Two teams. 4th - 5th and 6th - 8th. The middle school (6th - 8th) team welcomes participants taking math at grade level 6 (i.e. A2Virtual accelerated 5th graders are welcome in this section) and up.
When: Each team meets weekly immediately after school for 90 min, likely beginning in Nov/Dec through Apr. The schedule will be determined by the new Math Olympiad lead.
Description: Following the national Math Olympiads for Elementary and MIddle Schools (MOEMS) program, the A2STEAM Math Olympiad involves math and logic puzzles and reflection/discussion on methods and strategies for problem solving. There will be five official challenges which will determine each participating student’s standing for the year. There is no off-site portion to this activity.
Cost: $10 per participant, plus contribution to the rotating snack sign up

 

Rubik’s Cube Club*
Contact: Mrs. Huntley (huntleye@aaps.k12.mi.us)
Grades: 3rd - 8th (younger siblings allowed, but it may be too challenging for them)
When: Tentatively Season 3 (Jan 7th - Feb 22nd). Mondays after school until 4:30 in Room 403.
*If enough interest
Description: Have you ever wanted to solve a Rubik’s Cube? This club is the place for you! Whether you are brand new, or an experienced cuber, all are welcome!
Cost: none (although club members are encouraged to purchase their own Rubik’s Cube, it’s not required)

 

Ukulele Club
Contact: Mr. Campbell (campbellj@aaps.k12.mi.us)
Grades: 3rd - 8th
When: Season 4 (Feb 25th - Apr 19th). Thursdays after school until 4:30 in the music room.
Description: Come and learn repertoire from old time folk tunes to pop hits and everything in between. Bring your own uke, or use one of ours.
Cost: none