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 Spring, 2018 Enrichment Program and the Wednesday Afternoon Program is as follows:
We look forward to everyone’s participation!
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.
Ms. Berkery | Tuesday 3:15-4:45pm
This course is a hands-on studio Art class whose primary purpose is to investigate muralism as a method of community education, development and artistic expression and empowerment! Students will research materials, tools, and ideas to develop and create a large-scale collaborative painted mural on the back wall of Ms. Berkery’s classroom! (Note: This class is open to high school students only.)
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!
DRAMA and PERFORMANCE ART
Ms. Taubel | Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm
Comedy 101 will target writing strategies to help students craft age appropriate jokes and write longer sketches, using writing workshops, comedy research, and fellow students. They will create characters and experiences to act out in comedic settings. Students will learn to collaborate with a group to produce longer comedic pieces. This program will give students a creative outlet to find their inner comedian.
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.
Experiential Learning Group
Ms. Baharestani and Ms. Hamroff | Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
The purpose of this class is to provide students with the opportunity to understand, learn, practice and apply important life skills that are crucial to the development of a sustainable and independent learner. In this class, students, under the supervision of class instructors, will participate in a variety of short outings throughout the semester. Outings will take place biweekly with the alternating weeks being used to help students plan and prepare for the outings. Planning will include organizing and discussing logistics and safety, mapping out routes to locations, what they will need once they are at locations and how to make the most of the experience. Outings will include trips to nearby museums, parks, markets, and other places that are of interest to the students in the group. Further, students will be encouraged to both initiate and share ideas with the group, fostering teamwork, communication and relationship building.
Harry Potter Club
Ms. Familetti | Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
Aspiring wizards welcome! Whether you’re still waiting for your letter from Hogwarts or are just a huge Harry Potter fan, the Harry Potter Club is for you. This semester, students will participate in activities such as reading and discussing chapters from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, watching scenes from the movie, playing wizarding chess, and fielding a Quidditch team. Through reading, discussion, analysis, and games, students will hone their reading comprehension, literary analysis, and social skills while immersing themselves in J.K. Rowling’s wonderful wizarding world. (No prior knowledge of Harry Potter necessary. Access to the texts helpful but not required.)
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.
Ms. Franklin | Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
In this special project, students will lead the way in creating Winston’s literary magazine, Ink’d. The magazine is an exciting opportunity for students to see their writing and artwork in print. As staff members on the lit mag, students will be involved in any or all aspects of production, from design and layout to editing and promotion. Through a collaborative process, students will create a showcase for their peers’ creativity and talent, and they will also have the chance to display their own work. Artists, photographers, and writers are encouraged to join.
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. Fieber and Ms. Hochstin | Tuesdays 3:30-4:30pm
The purpose of this class is to build leadership and social pragmatic skills through the development of a student led community service project of their choosing. Students will work together to identify a cause they’re committed to, become more informed about the issues surrounding the topic, and brainstorm responsible and supportive actions that they can take. Students will foster empathy and compassion, while challenging themselves to become more informed and engaged citizens. Throughout the project, a focus will placed on strengthening planning and organizational skills, innovative thinking, and social problem solving.
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.
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
Dungeons and Dragons
Mr. Deming | Monday or Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm
D&D club offers students a chance to experience old-school, table-top roleplaying at its finest. In “the world’s greatest roleplaying game,” players collaborate to create heroic characters, fulfill legendary quests, and tell epic stories using imagination, problem solving, cooperation, and mathematics. Students will develop their social skills, practice attention-maintenance, and engage in wildly creative story-telling while participating in this club, all while travelling to fantastic realms, facing ferocious beasts, and finding solutions to unsolvable problems. Restricted to students ages 13+, please!
It’s All Fun and Games
Ms. Kaplan and Ms. Simon | Monday 3:30-4:30pm
Who said you can’t have fun in school? If you are looking to play your favorite, classic, or new board games with your friends and Winston peers, then we’ve got the club for you! In this club, students will work on following directions, turn-taking, and social skills…all while having fun! This club is open to all students regardless of skills. Students will be more than welcome to bring their own board games to class!
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.
Mr. Gallo and Mr. Tigh | Thursday 3:30-4:30pm
Are you interested in finding creative solutions to everyday problems? Join us in our search to answer some of life’s hardest questions:
- How much weight can a bridge made only out of toothpicks and glue hold?
- How far can you launch a marshmallow with only rubber bands and wood?
- Can you protect an astronaut from the hazards of space, using only common household items?
The Innovation Challenge Program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, curiosity and courage through academic challenges. Our challenges will blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship. Students who participate learn invaluable 21st century skills as well as patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. No prior scientific knowledge is required!
To enroll in any of these classes please download the registration form below and return to the school.