J decided to apply for the yearbook staff. I think they take 8 kids.

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Registered: 05-28-2000
J decided to apply for the yearbook staff. I think they take 8 kids.
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Mon, 09-24-2012 - 12:33pm

I'd prefer he not be selected. He is staying after school Mon (chess), Tues (peer tutoring) - he dropped art club, Wed (Power of the Pen will drop if he gets Yearbook), & Thur (peer tutoring).

I'm not sure how he plans to fit in the Academic Team, Math Team, or Geography Club.  Those three run during winter. 

We decided to give him enough rope to hang. I just wish we lived where he could walk home from school.  Picking him up at 3:30 on some of the days is difficult to time with D's bus schedule.   

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It's actually some of each.

 

Mathcounts- teacher and parent volunteers- Tuesday for an hour after school and Saturday morning for 2 hours for grades 6,7,8.

Forensics- teacher for an hour after school on Wednesday's until January sometime for grades 6,7,8.

English Fest grades 4,5,6- teacher after school on Wednesdays from Feb til competition in May

English Fest for 7,8- teacher (same as Forensics) same Wednesdays as above, different room due to different books being read.

Choir- Tuesday or Wednesday after school- the music minister from church (I believe he's volunteer) for about an hour for 2nd grade and up.

Science Club- parent volunteer who is a teacher at community college- every other Tuesday for grades 4-8 (although no 7th or 8th grade kids go)

All sports- our school has a parent volunteer as sports team coordinator to get schedules done.  Each team has parent volunteers as coaches, except the one teacher does like to be involved as an assistant for CC and girls basketball since her girls play.

PJAS - PA Junior Academy of Science- grades 7,8 with some 6th graders invited.  Teacher and Parent volunteer together- Winter through early spring (don't know what days yet).

Student Council- teacher- used to be before school once a month but now we had a change in arrival times that allows 15 minutes at end of day extra- so now at end of school day before dismissal.

Yearbook- 8th graders during school and on their own free time- plus they elicit photos from parents of events that they don't attend (like reconciliation or 1st Communion with 2nd graders or some sporting events of the younger teams.  Teacher and a parent volunteer usually do this one (but it changes from year to year too since it's just 8th grade).

Stock Market game- parent volunteer- I don't know when. 7th and 8th.

Geography Bee- probably no practices- just a kid from each grade picked.

Academic Games- I don't know much about this either.

Robotics- parent volunteers in a family home- September thru Feb and another easier competition around the end of March thru middle May (3rd through 8th grade)

 

That's what I know about and what I found in last year's Yearbook!

-Jen

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Registered: 05-28-2000
D's grade school is a mixture. Choir is the teacher volunteering her time. Golf is a pro from a local club and he charges a hefty chunk of change. Art is a company that charges. Chess is volunteer parents. Jump Rope Club is the gym teacher and parent volunteers.

I think everything at the middle school is teachers. I'm not sure which clubs are have compensation for the teacher and which are all volunteer. I believe most all are volunteer since I've not noticed many in the board notes. The PTA has some activities. but nothing consistant like the clubs the teachers run.

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I'm curious, who runs all the after school activities? Is it paid staff (as in teachers) or is it volunteer?
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Our school has only 142 kids in K-8th. I guess we have enough parents who don't work, or are self employed, or have odd work schedules that the after school stuff works out well for teachers, students, and parents. I do like to do stuff right after school because then we can be home for homework/dinner/family time and not have to go out again.
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Our school doesn't have all that. They have sports, Book Bee, Quick Recall. There is an environmental club that meets about once a month, there has been a drama club at times. There is an Archery team. 8th Grade does Safety Patrol and morning broadcast. There is Scouts, but they are only loosely affiliated with the school. The Art teacher will sometimes have stuff after school as well.

There is no yearbook for elementary schools around here. The company that does the school pictures puts together a book with all the individual pictures. The sports teams pictures are in there and they will have a day were clubs get their pictures made. Then they have a few random shots from each class. It's thinner than a magazine, nothing like a HS yearbook.

Our school has about 300 kids K-8th grade. Very little is done right after school. Most of the Scouts meet in the evening or weekend, most sports practice in the evening. Parents run these activities and parents are available in the evenings I guess. My kids have never had stuff after school every day of the week.
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Congrats to you- condolences to him! Emma just tole me today that she wants to do Yearbook! However- it's during school time for the most part!
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Registered: 05-28-2000
He wasn't selected for yearbook. whew.
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My Jr. High had quite a few clubs that only met during lunch. It made it much easier to meet with the advisor in a classroom while eating lunch. J's school doesn't have that option since they only eat at lunch and then head to Study Hall (or Spanish). Plus, this year the kids rotate Study Hall so that all of the are not available at the same time.

I know if I worked the boys would be out of luck if we couldn't find someone to run them. We can't swing the before and after school meetings PLUS all of the evening meetings. It's crazy.
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Kids to have WAY more options at much younger ages than we did.  I remember elementary school and the only thing we had was girl scouts or cub scouts about every other week and for the older elementary kids, they had a 4h club for a few weeks for sewing.  But for the most part, we went home every day.

Fast forward to our kids now and we are hard pressed to find a day that they are able to come home on the bus and just stay home.  We've got Girl Scouts monday after school, Boy Scouts at night.  Tuesday will be Cub Scouts and Science Club and Mathcounts and cantoring for some.  Wednesday is English Fest, Forensics, and cantoring for some.  Cross country is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  The week it finishes, basketball starts.  Some kids are doing both spring and fall soccer.  And don't forget piano lessons, dance classes (variety of nights depending upon skill and studio) and gymnastics and robotics and a bunch of other stuff.  And that's just what the kids have.  I'm feeling like it's my full time job to help kids get ready and get to stuff, feed them, do homework, and help them at events.  I don't have any idea how parents who work or single parents handle this- but I do see why kids don't "get the opportunity" to sign up for certain things.

 

Anyway- yearbook staff sounds like it would be fun!  Let us know if he's accepted as one of the 8.