WPS encourages its students to participate in extracurricular activities that will enable them to discover new talents, help develop character and make new friends. The Afterschool Enrichment Program runs for the length of each semester and has a small enrollment fee. The courses are teacher developed and introduced to the student body and WPS families and the start of each semester. All faculty members are encouraged to create courses that are unique and geared toward the needs and interests of the students.
Additionally, there are activities offered on Wednesdays, both on campus and at the local YMCA, for those students who are bussed.
Information regarding the Fall, 2017 Enrichment Program and the Wednesday Afternoon Program is as follows:
We look forward to everyone’s participation!
Art After Hours/Portfolio Prep
Ms. Miller | Monday 3:30-4:30pm
This class is open to any students who would like extra time to work on art projects outside of class time. Students are welcome to continue work started in class or explore the various materials in the art classroom with the support of the teacher. This is the perfect opportunity for independent and inspired art students to explore their potential with freedom. Support in developing art portfolios will be given to high school seniors and any juniors interested in pursuing art after high school are encouraged to take this class. The class is open to both middle and high school students. Maximum enrollment 6 students.
Digital Photography – It’s More Than A Selfie
Ms. McDonald | Monday 3:30-4:30pm
We all take pictures with our phones and cameras. But do we ever stop to think about our picture taking? Why do we take pictures-what are we saying with our selfies-why do we choose the pictures we put up on Instagram? In Digital Photography we will begin to explore the reason the photograph is such a powerful storytelling tool while learning the fundamentals (focus, angle, lighting, composition, framing, etc.) of picture taking. Students will practice photographic skills by going on building and neighborhood photo shoots as part of each class session. Additionally, through class discussion, students will become familiar with the use of the “language of photography” to constructively critique their work. Students should bring their own cameras to class.
At The Movies – Starring You!!
Ms. McDonald | Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
This is a class for aspiring filmmakers. In “At the Movies” students will explore the art of the filmmaking process, from the initial idea to the final edit. Students will work in pairs or small groups to create their films, using camcorders, props, green screens, lights, etc. as needed. This group project model will allow for the exploration of the role the collaborative process plays in the creation of a successful film. Completed films will be shown in Winston’s annual Film Festival (part of the Art Show) as well as have the opportunity to be included in the annual Yearbook DVD.
Beading and Jewelry Design
Ms. Miller | Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm
This class offers students of all grades the opportunity to explore the exciting art of jewelry design by learning the basics of beading techniques and studying the work of fine jewelers and beading artists. All students will have the opportunity to both design and construct bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and more using their own inspirations and designs. The class is open to students of all grades. Maximum enrollment is 6 students.
Tinker Talent: An Exploration of Creative Play
Ms. Berkery | Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm
This experimental Arts and Crafts class will introduce students to many fun and creative ways to explore and express themselves artistically using very popular and classic “Art Toys”. Students will be given the opportunity to create works of art using “toys” such as Perler Beads, Legos, Play-Doh, Crayola, Lite-Bright, Magnadoodle, Etch-A-Sketch, Paint by Number, Spirograph, Loom Kits, and many, many more! Students will be encouraged to use these “toys” to push themselves creatively and artistically to create original and beautiful works of art! A trip to the Flatiron Lego Store will also be planned
Mr. Craig | Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm
Join Mr. Craig as he guides you through obstacle courses, dodgeball, endurance races, learning the basics of how to lift weights, freeze tag and so much more! If you like having fun and have fun when moving, come join fun fitness where we create games to get active. Whether you think you are an athlete or not, our first and most important goal is to have fun!
Fundamentals of Modern Dance
Ms. Helena McAlinn | Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm
Through an exciting blend of activities, this class teaches the fundamentals of modern dance and explores movement variations. As a class, students will learn new techniques, then engage in fun exercises where they create their own movement and apply these skills. As a community, we will end our classes by adding a new phrase of movement to our ongoing dance, helping each other build towards performing the full piece.
Kids in the Kitchen
Ms. Familetti | Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm
Healthy foods can, and should, taste amazing! In this class, students will learn how to make easy, delicious, and healthy meals and appetizers. Using seasonal, clean and whole food ingredients, students will learn how to prepare light and fresh dishes. Recipes will be given so that the dishes can be replicated at home. Join Ms. Familetti as she slices, dices, sautées, and bakes! Parental consent for knife use is required and notification about food allergies is mandatory prior to joining the class.
Class enrollment is limited to 6 students.
Improvisational Acting for All
Ms. McAlinn | Monday 3:30-4:30pm
This dynamic and fun class teaches the “keys” to improvisational theater through games and short scenes. The skills targeted in this class are adaptability, creativity, listening and empathy. This Improvisation class requires no reading, memorization or public performing so it is appealing to actors and non-actors alike. Through Improvisational Acting students will develop the freedom and confidence to think on their feet while getting to play in class.
Word Play: A Workshop for Creative Writers
Ms. Franklin | Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm
Creative thinkers, storytellers, poets, and punsters welcome! Whether you’re passionate about writing or just appreciate a good story, join us for snacks, discussion, and a chance to create new worlds collaboratively. In this class, students will share their creative writing and learn to give and receive feedback in a supportive and relaxed round-table environment. Through games and prompts, students will generate ideas and expand their imaginations. The semester will culminate in a voluntary reading event and opportunities for students to see their work in print.
Mr. Hill | Monday and Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm
In this class, students will study the history of cinema by watching motion pictures that are representative of several different film genres, including science fiction, suspense, film noir, war, horror, comedy, musical, and epic. Students will learn the “language of film” by studying each film’s story, cinematography, and editing. The teacher and the class will choose the movies to be viewed. Students will work to develop their expressive language skills and pragmatic awareness by discussing each film with their peers and the instructor. Films this year may include “All the President’s Men”, “Star Wars, Episode 7: The Force Awakens”, “Harvey”, “Days of Heaven”, “The Godfather”, “Day of the Jackal”, “Blade Runner”, “Night at the Opera”, and “Notorious”.
The Choir @ Winston
Mr. Wemple | Monday 3:30-4:30pm
This after-school music ensemble is for those students that love to sing and would like to perform in a chorus setting. This group will rehearse a variety of different genres of music, focus on healthy vocal production/technique, and work on a wide range of musical skills including rhythm, sight-singing, and singing in unison/harmony. The Chamber Choir will be working towards performing a concert at Winston. *Auditions are not required.
“The Session” – Winston Prep’s JAM Band
Mr. Wemple | Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
Are you ready to rock?! The Session is our rock band at Winston and we are looking for experienced guitar/bass/drum set/keyboard players that will be able to work together to write original music as well as cover some of the classics. The goal is to record our own CD and put on a concert here at Winston. *Auditions are required for this after-school ensemble due to number of instruments available.
Ms. Feldman | Monday 3:30-4:30pm
Do you love plants? Do you want to know more about gardening? Join us to help transform Winston’s rooftop garden into an oasis. No gardening experience is necessary. Gain a deeper appreciation for where our food comes from and when it grows, while also working as a team to make our school a more beautiful place for the whole community. Experience the joy of seeing a seed transform into something you can eat and share with friends and family. This class provides a rewarding experience where the results of hard work and collaboration are tangible.
Ms. McDonald | TBA (The meeting time will vary depending on participation)
The Winston Yearbook is responsible for producing the annual Winston retrospective book and DVD. This project provides students practice in expressive language and social pragmatics by working as a committee to design the theme, narrative and look of our story. The committee engages in collaborative as well as individual work (photo and video capture and editing in Photoshop and iMovie) contributing to the project. Responsibilities include photographic and/or videographic coverage of all school events and the taking of candid photographs throughout the school year that will depict who we are and what is our 2017-2018 story.
Fencers Club | Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
Winston Prep, in partnership with Fencers Club, will again be offering beginning a fencing class here on-campus. Students will be instructed in the fundamentals of fencing and will be working with one of Fencers Club’s national championship coaches. Classes will include a warm-up and cool-down, in addition to detailed emphasis on technique and safety. A minimum of 6 students will be required for this class to run. (Note: when signing up for this class, please indicate your child’s height and weight as equipment will be provided.)
Ms. O’Shea and Ms. Yochelson | Monday 3:30-4:30pm
This club will provide students with an opportunity to play ping-pong encouraging participants to foster existing friendships and develop new ones. Membership allows students to participate in physical activity, while laughing, de-stressing and developing social skills
Play Poker Like the Pros
Mr. Steiner | Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
For any and all students interested in learning the ins and outs of one of the world’s most popular and fascinating games: poker. This club will cover the basic rules, gameplay, and structure of the game. Much of the actual learning will happen through the playing of the game–and as a group, analyzing the merits of raising, folding, bluffing, etc. in any given situation. No money will be bet, but there will be prizes! Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level or experience. Poker is great for anyone who loves games and strategy. It’s also a great way to enhance critical thinking skills in a social and competitive, yet relaxed atmosphere. Different poker variants will be covered but we will focus mostly on Texas Hold ‘Em.
Girls Who Code
Ms. Familetti | Monday and Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
Girls Who Code Club is a program designed for 6th to 12th grade girls to explore coding in a fun and friendly way! Girls will work together on a Computer Science Impact Project, where they’ll use computer science to solve a problem relevant to the WPS or local community. Through this project, they’ll learn the fundamental computer science concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all computer programming languages while also building their confidence, communication, time management, teamwork and leadership skills. The curriculum is designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. (Girls with zero experience welcome!)
To enroll in any of these classes please download the registration form below and return to the school.
WEDNESDAY AFTERSCHOOL OFFERINGS (Elementary and Middle School only) | Wednesday 12:45-3:15pm
Tabletop Role-playing Games
Timm Woods, Instructor | Wednesdays – 12:45-3:15pm
Tabletop Role-playing Games like Dungeons & Dragons can serve as fun, engaging, and valuable resources for the development of academic and interpersonal skill-building. Students will get to take on the role of heroic fantasy characters who must cooperate together to overcome challenges presented by the Game Master, from exploring dungeons and defeating enemies to negotiating treaties and managing relationships (including those with other players) all facetoface, no screens, just friends. No experience is necessary to join in!
To enroll in the Wednesday after school options please download the form below and return to the school.