Explorations!

Explorations is an exciting after school program that offers the students of Helen Morgan an opportunity to explore topics and participate in learning activities not covered in the regular curriculum. Explorations is sponsored by the HMS PTO and is taught by the faculty of Helen Morgan. This program runs three times per year, for six weeks each session. Explorations is a tuition-based program and does not receive any funds from the Sparta Township Board of Education.
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FALL SESSION 2017
We are proud to offer 12 different courses for our students to explore this fall!

The 2017 FALL session of Explorations will run on the following Tuesday & Wednesdays:
Sept. 19/20, Sept. 26/27, Oct. 3/4, Oct. 10/11, Oct. 17/18 & Oct. 24/25.
Classes run immediately after school until 4:40. Pick up will be in the cafeteria.

    TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD for the Fall Session 2017:
  • Read the descriptions of classes below.
  • Click the link below the class description to register your child.
  • Send in tuition for the class in an envelope labeled Explorations with your child's name, the name of the class, & homeroom teacher. The tuition for each Explorations course is $60.00.
  • Only register your child for one class per day. Multiple registrations for the same child on the same day will be considered void. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Registration will close Friday, September 15th.


Tuesday Courses -


Sculpture Studio with Ms. Rudolph (Tuesdays)-
Learn to sculpt with clay, to construct a low relief, and the techniques to manipulate into three-dimensional pieces of art. Students will learn a variety of art-making skills while creating several distinct styles of sculpture throughout this fun Explorations class!


Nature Walks with Mrs. Curtis (Tuesdays)-

Explore the HMS nature walk and butterfly garden for birds, bugs, wildflowers, and more!  Learn how to identify local wildlife, and make some new friends while hiking.

Long pants and good walking shoes are recommended for the trail. Except for extreme inclement weather, be prepared to be outside each session with a raincoat if necessary.   Feel free to bring a pair of binoculars!

Click here to register for Nature Walks with Mrs. Curtis



Bicycle Buddies with Mrs. Jennings (Tuesdays) -

Bring your bike and helmet and get ready to ride! Each week we will create fun bike courses for kids to ride and build endurance. The course will include bicycle safety, endurance building, races, and relays. Ride with friends and meet some new friends while biking.

Every effort will be made to get outdoors but, in the event of inclement weather, the bike club will be discussing the challenges to cycling (i.e. bad roads, no space, unhealthy air, etc.) and brainstorm solutions and make a plan of action to make changes around Sparta. In addition, students will research great local places to ride and share with others in the school community.

Students participating must be able to ride a bicycle on their own without training wheels.

Click here to register for Bicycle Buddies with Mrs. Jennings


Capturing Your Memories with Mrs. Bandel (Tuesdays)-

Create a board book while learning scrapbooking techniques!
This class will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know for personalizing a board book and creating your own unique masterpiece! In this Explorations class tons of inspiration and creativity will be provided to create an altered book! You will be taught techniques for scrapbooking and creating personalized works of art. Combining personal memorabilia with outstanding, easy to accomplish techniques you will be surprised with all you can create. Board books and crafting elements will be provided. It is strongly recommended to bring some printed out photos of family, friends, pets, selfies or anything that inspires you. There is a 12 student limit.
This class is being offered both days. Click here to register for the Tuesday section.



Ga-Ga with Mr. Martinka & Mr. Parlapiano (Tuesdays)-

  Ga-Ga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. The more players the better! Ga-Ga, literally meaning ‘touch-touch’ in Hebrew, is a variation of dodgeball. The game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball. Fun and easy, everyone gets a serious workout. It is easily addictive where people can't wait to get back in the pit! So come join us…in the Ga-Ga pit! (Limit 24 students) This class has reached capacity and is closed.



Competitive Fun and Games with Mrs. Hart and Mrs. Milligan (Tuesdays)-


Come join us for a fast-paced, high energy, competitive experience of some of your favorite PE games.  Games will include 4 Square, Guard the Pin, Cornhole, Wiffleball, Bocce, Knockout and much more!  This section will take place outside.
(limited to 24 students)

Harry Potterpalooza with Professor Bleakley (Tuesdays)-


Love Harry Potter and the Wizarding World? Come join Hogwarts Americana at HMS!  Students will be sorted into houses, play trivia games to earn house points, attend traditional Hogwarts classes including Charms, Potions & Care of Magical Creatures.  Do you have what it takes to make it at Hogwarts Americana?  Limited to 16 wizards. Muggles need not apply.  
*** Note - this class will not begin until week 2 (Sept. 26) and will run for 5 weeks. Tuition for this class only is $50.



Wednesday Courses:

STEM Challenge with Mrs. Benson (Wednesdays)-

Come try the STEM Challenge, as we use teamwork to build, create, and conquer various building challenges.  Some challenges you might participate in are bucket towers, straw roller coasters, building bridges, making index card towers, and more! 12 max

KICKBALL! with Ms. Garagliano (Wednesdays)
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Calling all 4th and 5th Graders to join me on the ballfield for a game of Kickball!  Wear sneakers and comfortable sports clothes.  Do not forget your water bottle.

See you at the Ballfield!!



SpherOlympics with Mr. Layman (Wednesdays) -
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Learn how to drive, program and code our Sphero Robotic Balls and compete against other teams to see who can win gold!  IOS or Android devices with the SPRK Lightning Lab App installed recommended but not required.  16 max
This class has reached capacity and is closed.



Green Thumbs Wanted! Garden Club with Mrs. McMahon (Wednesdays)-

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If you like getting your hands dirty, this Garden Club is for you!

Come help with some garden clean-up, flowering plant research, garden design, labeling and planting of a beautiful bulb garden for HMS to enjoy in the Spring!

(Please bring garden gloves and raincoats if necessary)

Click here to register for the Garden Club with Mrs. McMahon




Yoga with Mrs. Caputo (Wednesdays)-

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Connect your mind and body to quiet your thoughts and calm your nerves, while getting fit at the same time! Props are supplied for the first 12 students who sign up: mats, blocks, and straps.  Students will need to bring a beach towel to act as a yoga blanket prop and a bottle of water. Loose comfortable clothing and bare feet are proper yoga attire. A signed waiver from home is necessary in order to participate. Namaste.

Click here to register for Yoga with Mrs. Caputo





Capturing Your Memories with Mrs. Bandel (Wednesdays)-

Create a board book while learning scrapbooking techniques!
This class will teach you EVERYTHING you need to know for personalizing a board book and creating your own unique masterpiece! In this Explorations class tons of inspiration and creativity will be provided to create an altered book! You will be taught techniques for scrapbooking and creating personalized works of art. Combining personal memorabilia with outstanding, easy to accomplish techniques you will be surprised with all you can create. Board books and crafting elements will be provided. It is strongly recommended to bring some printed out photos of family, friends, pets, selfies or anything that inspires you. There is a 12 student limit.
This class is being offered both days. Click here to register for the Wednesday section.



Competitive Fun and Games with Mr. Parlapiano & Mrs. Milligan (Wednesdays)-

Come join us for a fast-paced, high energy, competitive experience of some of your favorite PE games.  Games will include 4 Square, Guard the Pin, Knockout, Cornhole, Wiffleball, Bocce, Knockout and much more!  This section will take place outside. (limited to 24 students)































































































Questions?

Contact 

Mrs. Bleakley  - Morgan.Bleakley@sparta.org   

or 

Mrs. Rennie  -  Karin.Rennie@sparta.org