Wooster is excited to announce that we are expanding our afternoon activity offerings for both the Middle and Upper Schools. All afternoon activities operate on a trimester basis so that students have the opportunity join an ensemble, an art class or a team sport three different times during the year. We recognize the diversity of interests and passions that our students wish to pursue and the following are enhancements to an existing cache of options:
Music offerings in the Upper School will be expanded and will exist not only during the academic day but between 4:00-5:30 each day after school. We expect that a number of our traditional music offerings -- Jazz Band, Madrigals, Wooster Singers and Chamber Consort -- will continue to meet during the day, while other new offerings like Music Intensive can be offered after school. Additionally, there will be a Monday afternoon option for those students who play a sport but would also like to play an instrument or sing as part of an ensemble one day per week. Participation in after school music activities will count towards students’ graduation requirements in music.
In an effort to strengthen our publications program and provide more opportunities for students to be involved as writers and editors, we will be offering the opportunity to participate seasonally as members of the Wink (online magazine) staff as one of the after school activity options for Upper School.
The Harvey School Athletics Partnership
Part of our work this past year has been to strengthen our relationships with other area independent schools. One outgrowth of this relationship building is that Wooster will be entering into a partnership agreement with The Harvey School in Katonah, NY to allow our students to participate as members of the Harvey football and hockey programs in 2015-16. Logistical details of program participation will follow in the coming weeks.
Middle School Lego Robotics
Starting in 2015-16, we will be creating FIRST Lego League teams which meet three days per week after school for middle school students. This program includes regional, state, and national levels of competition, and it will be coached by Dr. Sullivan. By and large, these teams will not conflict with being a member of a middle school sports team. There will be an additional charge for participation in this new after school program.