GES is excited to offer weekly Learning Clubs this year for all of our students. Students were able to select their top three choices in each area during registration. Every student will participate in an Arts and Humanities Learning Club for one semester and a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Club for one semester. These clubs enrich our learning environment by extending learning beyond the typical classroom setting.
Arts & Humanities Learning Clubs
In the Music Learning Club students will learn concepts, skills and techniques beyond those offered in our traditional music program. Students in this club will engage in music through song, dance, movement, and use of classroom instruments. Students will gain high self-esteem, learn self-discipline, problem solving, goal-setting, and the importance of teamwork; all skills needed in life beyond elementary school.
Students in the Drama Learning Club will learn the basics of acting, performance and will be exposed to the technical aspects of theater. Students will work on skits, vignettes, and a variety of acting and presentation skills necessary for the stage. The Drama club will build confidence, helps the students with public speaking, and teach them to work together.
Journalism Club students will learn how to use cameras and computers and how to write journalistic-style stories. Lessons in basic journalism skills such as general vocabulary, writing skills, an introduction to photography and using the computer to create and publish multi-media projects will be explored. Students will also work together to publish the school newsletter, videos, and varying other materials for GES.
The International Learning Club students will travel virtually to a variety of countries and cultures across the globe. An in depth study of culture, language, food, and traditions will be explored. Students will use technology and the Learning Commons to further their research. Students will also conduct an International Fair to share their findings with peers.
The Adventure Learning Club aims to promote a healthy and active lifestyle through outdoor adventures. Students will develop respect for the environment and facilitate confidence, self-esteem, and team-building. Students will enhance their leadership skills, develop critical thinking, and a respect for and stewardship of the outdoors.
Students in the Sign Language Club will be introduced to American Sign Language through a variety of techniques such as games and role-play. Concepts and skills taught and learned in the sing language club will help assist students in the literacy development of reading, spelling, language development, as well as promote positive peer to peer communication and interactions.
The Leadership Learning Club will focus on the leadership traits and characteristics appropriate for elementary age students. The club will promote good leadership through character education and power skills. Leadership comes in many forms such as teamwork, collaboration, cooperation, honesty and integrity. Members of the club will identify school-based projects to advance their leadership skills while serving GES.
The Art Media Learning Club is a way for students to further their experience in Art at GES. Club members create age appropriate artwork using a variety of media. The Art Teacher, in partnership with students’ interests, will determine the Art projects that will be undertaken. Students may extend their work with clay, paper mache, yarn, fabric, paint, and so much more.
The Service Learning Club will connect academic standards and students’ interests to the needs of our school and community. Both will benefit as valuable relationships are created. Students will understand how they can make a difference in the world around them. Students will work to identify a need in our community, work with various stakeholders and connect their work to the content they are currently learning in class. They will develop and present projects that address those needs researched in this club.
Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)
The LEGO Learning Club will offer endless possibilities for making abstract concepts concrete by using playful, tangible elements to introduce students to science, computational thinking, and engineering principles. Students will engage with a partner to plan, analyze, build, monitor, and assess multiple projects using the Lego 2.0 software and equipment.
STEM Lab Club will equip students for success in a diverse, interdependent and changing world. STEM Lab students will be immersed in analysis, discovery, problem solving and creativity through innovative, hands-on learning. STEM students will have the opportunity to be risk takers, critical thinkers and innovators by solving real-world challenges in the lab.
Our Coding Learning Club students will learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult tasks. They will study programming concepts, computational thinking, digital citizenship, and develop interactive games and/or stories they can share. Students will learn the fundamentals of computer science with drag & drop blocks.