ERIC Number: ED242602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: N/A
FACES (Friday Afternoon Choices for Enrichment for Our Students).
THE FOLLOWING IS THE FULL TEXT OF THIS DOCUMENT: It has been the goal of the staff and parents at Ramona Elementary School to provide more enriching opportunities for our students. We want to stimulate learning and expand our horizons in every area of the curriculum. Parents, community members, and the school staff work together to provide these options for our students on a weekly basis. A heavy concentration of our students rely on the school bus for transportation. Before school and after school options are not possible. Therefore, FACES (Friday Afternoon Choices for Enrichment for Our Students) is presented each Friday from 1:45 - 2:45 PM on campus so that every student can participate. Students may sign up for an elective from a variety of ever-changing and interesting options. The mini-courses last four weeks and the students may select many areas of interest to them. Some of the course offerings have been: cooking, sewing, puppet making, tumbling, chorus, jogging, drawing, aviation, horsemanship, spanish, knitting/crocheting, tennis, drama, painting, ceramics, animal care, careers (community leaders), backpacking, science experiments, woodworking, folk dancing, sign language, storytelling, understanding other cultures, strategy games, instrumental music, rhythms and dance, aerobics, creative crafts, design, creative writing, prose and poetry. Our students look forward to the FACES program each week. It rounds out the week on a positive note and encourages active exploration into other areas of learning. It brings a host of parents and community members to school as course leaders or guest speakers. Additionally, it shows the staff in a different light--sharing a hobby, showing students how to dance or joining in a competitive game or event. FACES has given us a common unity and has created a blanket of warmth and encouragement for students and teachers. It is time for enjoying one another and growing in new talents and achievements. [This document was selected by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Task Force on Public Confidence as descriptive of a promising practice or exemplary project worthy of highlighting for the California educational community.] (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ramona Unified School District, CA.