Westport, CT -- Westport Continuing Education (WCE) offers after school classes for students in grades K - 8 in the arts, cooking, games, theater arts, sports and fitness, and STEM. Safe, affordable, and convenient options are available at all five elementary schools, Bedford Middle School, and at Staples High School. Classes begin soon and registration is now open on WCE’s new, mobile-friendly website at http://www.westportcontinuinged.com.
WCE provides high quality programming led by teachers in Westport Public Schools, educators, and our educational partners. The popular after school clubs led by Westport teachers begin the week of September 9 and include Sports & Homework Club for grades 2 - 5 and PM/PE for grades 1 - 5 at Kings Highway, Greens Farms, and Saugatuck Elementary Schools.
This fall features many new after school programs including two programs, Young at Art® and Through the Lens, presented by Arts for Learning, an educational non-profit organization. Young at Art® for grades K - 2 is an art and literacy program that links literature-based themes with hands-on multimedia and age appropriate activities. The program is taught by Susan Striker, an award-winning master art educator and best-selling author of the Anti-Coloring Book® series, with over one million books in print all over the world. Through the Lens is led by professional photographer Craig Norton and introduces students in grades 3 - 5 to create and improve both technical and artistic aspects of photography.
Bring the Hoopla brings their unique curriculum to grades K - 5. In this high energy hoop class, the focus is on physical fitness, self-expression, skill-building, and FUN! The goals of iCook After School for grades 3 - 5 include teaching kids how to eat a balanced meal that fuels their bodies, but excites their taste-buds! In addition to creating tasty recipes, kids also learn knife skills and cooking safety. Hobby Quest introduces their popular programs to different schools this fall, including Fashion’s Night Out for grades 3 - 5 and Airplane Missions for grades K - 3. In the fashion class, kids will sketch, hand-sew, decorate, and even have a runway show at the end of the session to model their chic creations. In Airplane Missions, kids learn the STEM principles behind the physics of flight and then build and test different models that fly. Cooking Around the Globe is presented in partnership with Wakeman Town Farm. In addition to cooking safety, students in grades 5 - 7 use Wakeman’s beautiful new kitchen facility to expand their palette by cooking and tasting delicious recipes from around the world. Many new programs are not offered at every elementary school, however they will be rotated to other schools for the Winter/Spring term.
Middle school students can enjoy classes at Staples High School that include the American Red Cross Babysitters’ certification course and Crazy Delicious Cooking with Chef Gans. Educator and multidisciplinary artist Margie Stokley-Bronz will lead an Intro to Graphic Novels class at Toquet Hall Teen Center on Saturday mornings. For student athletes, Body Blast Sports Performance presents a strength and conditioning class at Bedford Middle School. In addition, teachers Alison Antunovich and Courtney Ruggiero have added another session for their essential class, Study Skills. Students can study SMARTER by learning strategies to manage their time and projects, and create a study routine that sticks!