• Spokane Public Schools offers a diverse selection of afterschool and summer learning programs. Each program has been designed to engage students in experiences that support their education and help them build essential skills for school and life.

    Click the categories below to learn about the different afterschool options SPS currently offers. Check with your afterschool leader or the main office at your student’s school to learn more about the programs available to your student, or to register them for an activity.

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     down arrow    Box City Architecture Club

    In partnership with the American Institute of Architecture of Spokane, students work with local architects to design and build a city of their dreams. “Box City” is a hands-on experience where kids learn real-world concepts relating to planning and zoning, urban design, building codes, and construction. Each student’s design will be included in a display to form Box City, which will be featured at River Park Square during Architecture Week in April 2017.
    • Number of students served per club: 15-20
    • Grade served: 5th 
    • Supplies and materials provided by SPS
    • Architects from AIA available as mentors
    • Building pays for Box City club leader from extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
    • Offered in the spring beginning the week of March 6 and continues through the week of April 17 with a break during conference week and Spring Break.
    • Clubs meet after school, 2 days per week for 5 weeks
    • Field trip to view Box City at RiverPark Square will take place at the end of April.
    • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 6 
     
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     down arrow    Elementary Chess Club

    A donation from the Gary Yonkers Foundation provided SPS with 250 chess boards and pieces for the development of afterschool chess programs across the district. These kits are available upon request to any school that would like to offer chess to students.
    • Number of students served per club: 20-25
    • Grades served: 1st-6th
    • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
    • 15 chess sets provided by SPS
    • Building pays for club leader from extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
    • Offered during fall/winter/spring
    • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
    • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 15 
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     down arrow    Physics of Rollercoasters

    Using K'NEX Rollercoaster kits, students explore the physics used by engineers in designing today's roller coasters, including potential and kinetic energy, friction and gravity. They learn about the possibilities and limitations of roller coasters within the context of energy conservation, frictional losses and other physical principles.
    • Number of students served per club: 20-25
    • Grades served:  4th-6th
    • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
    • K'NEX Rollercoaster kits and activities provided by SPS
    • Building pays for club leader from extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
    • Offered during winter/spring
    • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
    • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 5
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     down arrow    Math is Cool

    Math is Cool competitions include both individual and team events. Individual events include completion of open-ended and multiple choice problem sets. Team events include open-ended problem sets, relays, pressure rounds, mental math and college bowl rounds.
    • Number of students served per club: 25
    • Grade served: 6th
    • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
    • Buses to and from competition provided by SPS
    • Building pays for Math is Cool leaders
    • Offered during fall/winter/spring
    • Club is ongoing throughout the year
    • Clubs meet before or after school, 1-3 days per week
    • Find more information at www.academicsarecool.com
       

     down arrow    Sumdog Math Club

    Sumdog is an online learning program that delivers math content through educational games to motivate students in Common Core math, reading and writing.
    • Number of students served per club: 20-25
    • Grades served: 1st-6th
    • What you'll need to offer this club at school: Computer Lab/COW
    • Sumdog licenses and professional development provided by SPS
    • Building pays for Sumdog club leader from extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
    • Offered during winter/spring. Contests for 2017-18 are Nov. 3, Feb. 2 and June 8.
    • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
    • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 12
    • Find more information at www.sumdog.com
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    down arrow    Elementary Cross Country - required

    In partnership with Active4Youth, SPS offers elementary cross country to all K-6 students. Students meet several days a week to run over a period of 8 weeks, and compete with their grade-level peers in two regional meets. All students who place in the top 10 in their grade can compete at the All-City Meet in late October.   cross country  

    down arrow    Elementary Basketball - required

    Elementary basketball is offered in the winter for all SPS students who are in 5th and 6th grade. Students practice 2-3 times per week and compete regionally in intramural play.   basketball  

    down arrow    Disc Golf - optional

    In partnership with US Youth Disc Golf Association of Spokane, SPS offers Disc Golf clubs after school across elementary and middle school locations. Students in 4th-8th grade participate in practice two days per week prior to competing in a regional tournament at the end of the season. Disc Golf is a lifetime fitness sport open to all students.
    • Number of students served per club: 20
    • Grades served: 4th-8th 
    • Space needed to offer club at school: Outdoor field space
    • Curriculum/PD, baskets, and discs provided by SPS
    • Building pays for Disc Golf club leader from extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
    • Offered during fall and spring
    • Clubs meet after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
    • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 15
    • Starts the week of Sept. 18 and ends the week of Nov. 4. Coaches' training available at each school for school leaders.
    • Basic schedule:
      Week of Sept 18: Week 1, Basic Intro
      Week of Sept 25: Week 2, Basic Training
      Week of Oct. 2: Week 3, Training + 3 Family Field Trips
      Week of Oct 9: Week 4, Training + 3 Round Robins
      Week of Oct. 16: Week 5, Training + 3 Meets
      Week of Oct. 23: Week 6, Fun Field Days
      Week of Oct. 30: Week 7 (Make-up week)
      Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 4-5: All-District Final Tournaments
    • Find more information at www.usydga.com
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    down arrow    Girls on the Run - optional

    Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique. The 20-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Participants will compete in the Spokane Title 5k running event at Riverfront Park on June 11, 2017.
    • Number of students served per club: 15-20 girls
    • Grades served: 3rd-6th
    • Curriculum and coaches provided by Girls on the Run of Spokane County
    • Building pays for club leader from extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
    • Offered during spring (March-June)
    • Teams meet after school, 2 days of practice per week for 10 weeks
    • Teams compete in a 5k running event at each season’s conclusion
    • Number of teams SPS can support each season: 10-12
    • Fliers: general info * recruitment (girls) * recruitment (coaches) * running buddy
    • Find more information at gotrspokane.org
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    down arrow    Fit for Bloomsday Club - optional

    Fit for Bloomsday helps students prepare for the annual Spokane Lilac Bloomsday run Sunday, May 7, 2017, in a fun and non-competitive way.
    • Number of students served per club: 20-100
    • Grades served: All
    • Curriculum and PD provided by The Bloomsday Association
    • Building pays for club leader/s from extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
    • Coaches meeting on Thursday, Feb. 23, at 3:45 p.m. at the Bloomsday Office, 1414 N. Belt 
    • Club meets after school, 2 days of practice per week for 10 weeks. Program can begin week of Feb. 27
    • Click here for more information and to register
       

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     down arrow    FIRST LEGO League Robotics Teams (FLL)

    Teams begin meeting in September to prepare for the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition in December. Each team gets two EV3 kits and one competition board with LEGO challenges. Students will program an autonomous robot, design a product that solves a world problem and work under FLL’s Core Values: celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. This year’s competition is Animal Allies. The game will be released on Aug. 30, 2016.
    • Number of students served per club: 8-10
    • Grades served: 4th-8th
    • What you'll need to offer this club at school: Computer lab/COW
    • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
    • Team registrations and robots, PD provided by SPS
    • Coach’s stipend paid by Robotics grants/SPS
    • Offered during fall/winter (Sept.-Dec.)
    • Clubs meet before or after school, 1-3 days per week
    • Number of team registrations SPS can support: 50
    • Find more information at www.firstlegoleague.org
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     down arrow    Jr. FIRST LEGO League Robotics Teams (JrFLL)

    FIRST LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®. Teams begin meeting in October to prepare for the Jr FIRST LEGO League (JrFLL) competition. Each team will get one Simple Machines, one Simple Motorized Machines, and one WeDo kit. Students will build a LEGO model (that moves) to solve a world problem and design a Show Me Poster to present at the event. Students will operate under JrFLL’s Core Values: celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. This year’s competition is Creature Craze. The game will be released on Aug. 1, 2016.
    • Number of students served per team: 6
    • Grades served: K-3rd 
    • What you'll need to offer this club at school: Computer lab/COW
    • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
    • Two $500 stipends paid by SPS (included in the extra-curricular budget)
    • Team registrations, LEGOs, PD provided by SPS
    • Offered during fall or spring
    • Teams meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
    • Number of clubs SPS can support for spring 2016: 20
    • Find more information at www.juniorfirstlegoleague.org
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     down arrow    LEGO Robotics Clubs (Primary and Secondary)

    LEGO Robotics Clubs are offered to SPS students in grades K-6. These clubs provide the foundational skills for students to learn to build and program robots for future competition and play. Leveled kits are available for schools to choose for each grade served.
    • Number of students served per club: 25-30
    • Grades served: K-6th 
    • What you'll need to offer this club at school: Computer lab/COW
    • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
    • LEGO robotics kits and PD provided by SPS
    • Two $500 stipends paid by SPS (included in the extra-curricular budget)
    • Offered during fall/winter/spring
    • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
    • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 15
    • Find specific information about available kits here. 
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     down arrow    K-3rd Computer Science Clubs

    The Primary Coding Club box is meant to be used in an afterschool setting to educate students about computer science, and more specifically, computer coding. You are welcome to differentiate your teaching based on your students’ needs. Be creative, have fun!
    • Number of students served per club: 20-25
    • Grades served: K-3rd
    • What you'll need to offer this club at school: Computer lab/COW
    • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
    • Code.org and K-3 Computer Science boxes are provided by SPS
    • Two $500 stipends paid by SPS (included in the extra-curricular budget)
    • Offered during fall/winter/spring
    • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
    • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 12
    • Find more information at www.code.org
    • Items included in the Primary Coding Club box:
      ○ Coding Curriculum
      ○ Robot Turtles
      ○ Ozobot Bits
      ○ Squishy Circuits
      ○ Books
      ○ Pencil boxes with Expo markers
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     down arrow    4th-6th Computer Science Clubs

    The Intermediate Coding Club box is meant to be used in an afterschool setting to educate students about computer science, and more specifically, computer coding. You are welcome to differentiate your teaching based on your students’ needs. Be creative, have fun!
    • Number of students served per club: 20-25
    • Grades served: 4th-6th
    • What you'll need to offer this club at school: Computer lab/COW
    • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
    • Code.org and 4th-6th grade Computer Science boxes are provided by SPS
    • Two $500 stipends paid by SPS (included in the extra-curricular budget)
    • Offered during fall/winter/spring
    • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
    • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 12
    • Find more information at www.code.org
    • Items included in the Intermediate Coding Club box:
      ○ Coding Curriculum
      ○ Sphero Sprk
      ○ Circuit Board Soldering
      ○ MIT App Inventor
      ○ Books
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     down arrow    Elementary Biomedical Clubs

    Biomedical clubs immerse students in the world of science and medicine. Students will learn about glucose (sugar), caffeine, and other chemicals that affect the body. Additionally, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the different types of diabetes, their causes, and how they impact the body’s cells.
    • Number of students served per club: 20-25
    • Grades served: 3rd-5th
    • Biomedical curriculum/PD and supplies and materials provided by SPS
    • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
    • Leader stipend paid by SPS
    • Offered during fall/winter/spring
    • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
    • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 12
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     down arrow    Minecraft Clubs

    Minecraft Club gives students the opportunity to learn about storytelling, sustainable living, math, engineering, and computer science through the popular game Minecraft, used by over 100 million users around the world. Students will learn to carefully design, expertly build, skillfully program, and dynamically alter worlds. Develop your creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving skills in a fun, immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination!
    • Number of students served per club: 20-25
    • Grades served: 5th-8th
    • Space needed to offer club at school: Computer lab or classroom with COW
    • Resources and lesson plans provided by Minecraft Education
    • Building pays for club leader from extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
    • Offered during fall/winter/spring
    • Clubs meet after school 2 days of practice per week for 6-8 weeks
    • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: open to all schools
    • Find more information at education.minecraft.net
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     down arrow    Music Innovates

    A partnership between the Spokane Symphony and Spokane Public Schools, Music Innovates gives instrumental students hands-on classical music instruction and coaching provided by Spokane Symphony musicians. Student receive a variety of sectional coaching and individual attention specific to their instrument. This unique program empowers children by instilling a sense of teamwork, leadership, discipline, creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills.
    • Number of students served: 85-100 
    • Grades served: 5th-8th
    • Curriculum and conductor provided by Spokane Symphony
    • Offered year-round – November to June
    • Music Innovates meets after school at Glover Middle School, Monday-Thursday from 3:45-5:45 p.m.
    • Participating schools: Audubon, Browne, Finch, Garfield, Holmes, Glover MS, Spokane Public Montessori
    • Please register your student for the upcoming season by using Family ID found here.
    • Find directions for using Family ID here.
    • Music Innovates Information Night – Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Find more information on this flier.
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