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DPIE Fall 2017 Afterschool STEAM Classes Open for Enrollment
Dublin Partners in Education (DPIE) is happy to announce that we are expanding the After School STEAM Program to 6 elementary schools in the Dublin School District this fall and more than 125 students have enrolled in classes in the first six days. DPIE’s goal is to continue to strengthen our partnership with the Dublin School District and find new ways to create learning opportunities for students at all grade levels.
Dr. Boozer Points to Expanding After School Opportunities
In her welcome back letter to Dublin families, DUSD Superintendent, Dr. Leslie Boozer, acknowledged the District’s growing partnership with DPIE and the expansion of the After School Program.
Our theme for this year is “Educating Together.” It simply states our promise of unwavering commitment to our students and working collaboratively to ensure their success. We are proud of the growth of outstanding program offerings at every level. We have added more after school partnership with DPIE, expanded our Project Lead the Way programs at our secondary schools, and we are starting a new live streaming service from Dublin High’s video production students that will provide a live glimpse into the incredible days of our Gaels!
Dr. Leslie Boozer
Superintendent, Dublin Unified School District. Dublin.k12.ca.us
Teachers Recruited to “Teach Their Passion”
This fall DPIE was able to coordinate with teachers at Amador, Dougherty, Dublin, Frederiksen, Kolb and Murray elementary schools to offer anywhere from 2 to 11 high-interest after-school classes at each location. Dublin teachers are recruited to “Teach Their Passion” in the after-school courses, which are being offered for one hour per week for 10 weeks in the fall, winter, and spring. The number of classes offered at each school depends on the number of teachers who step forward to work in our program.
High Interest After School Classes Now Offered at 6 Elementary Schools in Dublin
Some of the fun and interesting courses being offered at different schools include those listed below. To learn more about which classes are being offered at your school go to www.dpie.org/afterschool/ and select your school’s enrollment page. There you can read the course descriptions, see grade level offerings, and find out who is teaching the class. Our goal is to grow the program so families have multiple choices at each site.
- Creative Writing – “Writopia”
- Exploring Great Artist
- Sustainability for a Greener Planet
- Life Science Games
- Gardening & Life Science: The Power of Soil
- Readers Book Club
- Slime & “Grossology” for Young Scientist
- Computer Science Fundamentals and Coding
- Chess for Kids
- Clay, Ceramics and The Color Wheel
- The Bear Went Over the Mountain: A Musical Journey of Friendship & Adventure
- Kiddie Coding – An Introduction to Computer Coding
- Science, A Hands-on Experimental Lab
- Class Clowns Unite – An Introduction to Comedy Improvisation
- Art Around the World
- “OnRecord”-Creating Digital Files & Reports
- Inventors Workshop & Electricity
The after school program was successfully piloted at Dougherty Elementary last fall and was eventually introduced in five schools by the spring. The program served more than 600 students and their families through the fall, winter, and spring sessions. By having programs ready to run in six schools this fall, DPIE hopes to recruit additional teachers to join the program while also meeting the demand for more STEAM classes. We want to more than double the number of students served.
DPIE Gives Back – $7,700 Donated to Participating Schools
Like other outside programs, DPIE pays facility fees to the DUSD for the use of classrooms. However, unlike for-profit companies, DPIE donates back to each individual site based on the number of classes that move forward and enrollment numbers in each session. Last year DPIE contributed between $400 – $1,150 per session back to each one of the participating schools. Funds were given to student councils, school administration and PFC’s. This resulted in more than $7,700 being donated back to the five elementary schools who participated.
Enrollment fees charged help pay the cost of the program and cover supplies, facility fees, teacher salaries, and donations back to the schools and PFC’s. To support those who cannot afford the enrollment fees, DPIE offers two scholarships per course to families in need.
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