Elementary students are welcomed to explore new artistic techniques and ideas during the after school art program. Students who love working with fine arts will enjoy being able to delve deeper into the art world. Not only are students learning more about the arts, they will also be practicing proper material usage, respecting and encouraging others, and working towards individual goals. The 6-week program is open to 3rd - 5th graders. Art Club information and sign-up will be distributed to the students.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a fun, team-oriented, motivational reading program open to all 3rd-5th grade students. Designed to broaden reading interest and increase reading comprehension, each team develops a team name and competition banner and meets as they'd like to discuss books read from a predetermined reading list. On "Battle Day" teams use the knowledge they've gained from sharing insights on the books and compete (quiz bowl style) for the title of Battle of the Books Champions.
PAWS stands for Physical Activity With Spirit and at Otsego our bulldogs love physical activity! We feel it's important that kids not only stay active but enjoy being active. PAWS is an after-school activity where students take part in different games and activities to keep their bodies moving. PAWS runs during the colder months when students don't get outside quite as much. This is a fun way for kids to be involved and stay active. There is a small cost to join the program, but kids get a snack after school and a souvenir of the year's program!
Otsego Stars is a non-auditioned extracurricular choir open to fourth and fifth graders. The choir practices once a week after school and holds two performances each year. This group focuses on enjoying music and also performance vocal technique. Students who enjoy the fine arts in singing, dancing and acting would enjoy this program!
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a 10-week program for girls in 3rd-5th grade that meets twice a week to talk about self-esteem, personal strengths, connecting with others and discovering who they are while training for a 5K run. The Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run website describes their program as one that "encourages girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Each season, girls gain a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them, the value of teamwork and healthy relationships and how they can have a positive impact on the world." This is a program that is run outside of the school district, but many staff members and parents coach the teams. Look for sign-up information in the fall online and learn more on the Greater Kalamazoo Girls on the Run Website.