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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SPRING SESSION 2017
We are proud to offer over ten different courses for our students to explore this spring!
Registration will open March 22 and close March 30.

The 2017 spring session of Explorations will run on the following Wednesdays:
April 12, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17 & May 24
    TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD for the Spring 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. Multiple registrations for the same day will be considered void. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Registration closes on Friday, March 31

MinecraftEdu with Mrs. Bandel & Mrs. Church
Do you love adventure? Do you enjoy building and designing? Well, Minecraft Education is the Explorations class for you!  Through game-based learning, all who join will have an adventure while creating and sharing content, play while building friendships, learn through a variety of "Game Worlds".  Students will become "learning designers" as we navigate through a diverse number of quests.  Through our Exploration class, we will learn different "crafting recipes" so the beginner to the expert will all learn something new. We will discuss digital citizenship and how to be safe while gaming! The class is open to 20 creative, adventure seeking students!  

Introduction to LEGO Robotics with Mr. Layman



Build a LEGO Mindstorm robot and learn how to program it to accomplish specific tasks and compete against other teams.  No experience necessary!  
(limited to 16 students)






Act, Imagine, Have Fun!  with Mrs. Steel



This course will use your imagination and creativity to act out short plays and skits. We will transform simple tales for a fun twist. Acting games and making props will also be a part of the fun. (limited to 10 students)




Competitive Fun and Games with Mr. Parlapiano and Mrs. Milligan


Come join us for a fast-paced, high energy, competitive experience of some of your favorite PE games.  Games will include Gaga, 4 Square, Guard the Pin, Knockout and much more.  This section will take place outside.
(limited to 20 students)
THIS CLASS HAS REACHED MAXIMUM CAPACITY.                                        Registration is closed.



Bicycle Buddies with Mrs. Jennings -

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.

(limited to 10 students)

Make Your Mark and Pull Your Print with Mrs. Kratina


Make relief prints by creating a raised design on a flat surface.  The design is inked and transferred to paper. Learn to use carving tools, experiment with colored inks and different papers. You will have a stack of beautiful prints in no time! (Limited to 10 students)

Harry Potterpalooza with Professor Bleakley

Love Harry Potter and the Wizarding World? Come join Hogwarts Americana at HMS!   Level 1 & 2 wizards welcome.  Students will be sorted into houses, play trivia games to earn house points, attend traditional Hogwarts classes including Charms, Potions & Care of Magical Creatures. Young wizards will use teamwork to search for Horcruxes.  Do you have what it takes to make it at Hogwarts Americana?  Muggles need not apply.  Limited to 16 wizards.
THIS CLASS HAS REACHED MAXIMUM CAPACITY.                                                                                      Registration is closed.

*** A Thursday session has been added for Harry Potterpalooza.  Please note the dates of this course will be April 13, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18 & May 25.   April 27 is Take Your Child to Work Day, and on May 25 Students in Mrs. Caputo's class and Mrs. Garagliano's class will be returning to school late from a field trip.  Class will be held on both of these days.  
Minimum of 9, maximum of 16 wizards.
Click here to register for THURSDAY Harry Potterpalooza!


Adventures in Mindfulness with Mrs. Caputo 


Looking for a life that you have more control over? How about one that is less stressful and free from mind-clutter? Adventures in Mindfulness will help you develop mindful attributes like attention, compassion, and well-being. Practice and learn simple and effective tips, techniques and guided exercises to develop the tools needed to create a calmer and clearer way of going through your day, in or out of school. (Limited to 10 students)

CSI - Crime Scene Investigations with Mrs. Benson

Are you ready to be a Super Sleuth and solve the mystery?  Come join us for a CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) course, as we will be learning to use our crime detection skills as we find fingerprints, make observations, solve mysteries, use paper chromatography, solve brainteasers, and more.

Nature Walks with Mrs. Curtis 🐦🐛🌻

Explore the HMS nature walk and butterfly garden for birds, bugs, wildflowers, and more!  The course will include how to create your own wildlife preserve at home. 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!

Please note that due to the band concert on April 12, this course will run April 26 - May 31.

Use this link to register for Nature Walks with Mrs. Curtis!


Mystery Skype with Mrs. Bernardo

Mystery Skype is a 45-60 minute critical thinking challenge that our class will take part in while Skyping with another class somewhere else in the world.  Our goal is to guess the other school's location (country, state, city, school name) before they guess our location.  We do this by asking yes and no questions. Sometimes there might not be a class, but a professional who will then bring us on a virtual field trip! Come join in the fun!  NOTE - This class will not be held on May 24, the make-session will be May 31





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- - - - - WINTER SESSION CLOSED - - - - -
WINTER SESSION 2017:
  • Classes run Tuesdays or Wednesdays and begin the week of January 3/4 - February 7/8
  • All classes begin immediately after school
  • Pick up at 4:40 in the cafeteria. For the safety of all the children, please come in and sign out your child.
  • If your child is in school, but will not be attending Explorations, please let the school know.
    TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD for the Winter 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 or classes in an envelope labeled Explorations with your child's name, Exploration class chosen, & 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 day will be considered void. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • Registration closes on Friday, 12/9/16

TUESDAY COURSES

Pillow Pals with Mrs. Kratina (Tuesdays)

Pillow Pals are stuffed toys which are wonderful to set against a pillow on your bed, to perch on a window sill or bookcase or to play with.  You will design your own one-of-a-kind stuffed pillow with a personality of your creation.  Boys and girls will use felt, fiber fill and embroidery floss to sew the pillows.  No sewing experience is necessary.  Bring your imagination!  Limit 10

Click here to register for Pillow Pals!



Competitive Fun and Games I with Mr. Ciaburri (Tuesdays)

Come join us for a non-stop competitive experience of some of your favorite PE games.  Games will include Castle Ball, Guard the Pin, Team Handball and many more.  This section will take place in the Annex Gym and be combined with Mrs. Reigstad's Competitive Fun and Games II.

Click here to register for Competitive Fun & Games with Mr. Ciaburri!

This class is full.



Competitive Fun and Games II with Mrs. Reigstad (Tuesdays)

Come join us for a non-stop competitive experience of some of your favorite PE games.  Games will include Castle Ball, Guard the Pin, Team Handball and many more.  This section will take place in the Annex Gym and be combined with Mr. Ciaburri's Competitive Fun and Games I.
This class is full.  



LEARN TO KNIT with Mrs. Shuppon (Tuesdays)

Beginners:
This new course will take the beginner knitter through the basics of knitting. You will learn how to choose the right yarn and needles, cast on, knit, and bind off to create your very own, one-of-a-kind project.  
Returning knitters:  You will learn how to purl and follow a pattern.  Once you have learned this, it is quite possible that you will be able to start knitting your own hat!
Supplies to get you started will be available.


MinecraftEdu with Mrs. Bandel and Mrs. Church (Tuesdays)
Do you love  adventure? Do you enjoy building and designing? Well,
MinecraftEdu is the Explorations class for you!  Through game based learning, all who join will have an adventure while creating and sharing content, play while building friendships, learn through a variety of "Game Worlds".  Students will become "learning designers" as we navigate through a diverse number of quests.  Through our Exploration class, we will learn different "crafting recipes" so the beginner to the expert will all learn something new. We will discuss digital citizenship and how to be safe while gaming! The class is open to 20 creative, adventure seeking students!   


Abracadabra - It's Magic!! with Mrs. Hart  (Tuesdays)

Are you interested in magic? Do you know any magic tricks? Explore the history of magic. Come to Winter Explorations and learn several magic tricks using objects, cards, numbers, and paper. Become a budding magician. Share some tricks and amaze your family and friends. Remember - you don't have to tell them the secrets if you don't want to! Tricks will include, but will not be limited to, Color Cube ESP, Ring and Beads, Vanishing Handkerchief, The Card Hotel, Pencil/Circle Trick, and Folded Money. This session will meet on Tuesdays. Limit 10 students. 



Nifty & Krafty Recyclables with Mrs. Ross and Ms. Bath (Tuesdays)
Crafting with kids can be so much fun.  We will nurture your child's creative spirit with many nifty & krafty ideas.  We will be utilizing everyday items that you see in your home such as toilet paper rolls, used light bulbs, cups, cereal boxes, and so much more.  One of the many fun things we will be making is a tall snow globe using...we can't give away all of our secrets!  Let your child join us and they will learn how it is made and teach you.  We are so excited and can't wait to spend nifty & krafty time with your children. Limit 20 students

Click here to register for Nifty & Krafty Recyclables!


Tumbling with Mrs. Jennings (Tuesdays)



Come flip around with us!  Kids will have some tumbling fun.  Work on cartwheels, bridges, round-offs, flexibility and more.  Each week the class will practice new skills and put together a routine to showcase our new abilities.  Great fun for beginners and beyond!  12 max

Click here to register for Tumbling!




SpherOlympics with Mr. Layman (Tuesdays)

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

Click here to register for SpherOlympics!







STEM Challenge with Mrs. Benson (Tuesdays)

Come try the STEM Challenge, as we use teamwork to help build, create, and attempt various team building challenges.  Some creations you might participate in are creating bucket towers, building bridges, making index card towers, and other creations. 10 max

Click here to register for STEM Challenge!




WEDNESDAY COURSES

Ga-Ga with Mr. Parlapiano (Wednesdays)

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 25 students)

Click here to register for Wednesday Gaga!

THIS CLASS IS FULL.  

 

Electric Engineers with Mr. Layman (Wednesdays)

lilttleBits are tiny circuit-boards with specific functions engineered to snap together with magnets.  No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap together for prototyping, learning and fun.  Each bits has a specific function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, threshold, pulse, motor, etc.), and modules snap to make larger circuit.  Just as Lego allows you to create complex structures with little engineering knowledge, littleBits are small, simple, intuitive blocks that make creating with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together.  16 max

Click here to register for Electric Engineers!



Little Einstein’s Science Club with Mrs. McMahon (Wednesdays)

This 5th grade club is for the curious-minded young scientist. Learn the science behind hands on experiments such as:  launching alka seltzer rockets, creating stunning crystals and  elephant toothpaste and so much more! You also get to take home what you made! So come join us for some science fun! (Please bring one white button-down shirt to use as an Einstein smock-lab-coat).  Limit 10

Click here to register for Little Einstein's Science Club!




Intro to Coding with Mrs. Zoeller  
(Wednesdays)


Come try out a basic course in coding with your friends and Mrs. Zoeller. Not only will we code, but we will try some hands on activities to understand how coding works. Limit 10




MinecraftEdu with Mrs. Bandel and Mrs. Church  (Wednesdays)

Do you love  adventure? Do you enjoy building and designing? Well, MinecraftEdu is the Explorations class for you!  Through game based learning, all who join will have an adventure while creating and sharing content, play while building friendships, learn through a variety of "Game Worlds".  Students will become "learning designers" as we navigate through a diverse number of quests.  Through our Exploration class, we will learn different "crafting recipes" so the beginner to the expert will all learn something new. We will discuss digital citizenship and how to be safe while gaming! The class is open to 20 creative, adventure seeking students!

Click here to register for WEDNESDAY MinecraftEdu!


Fun with Flowers with Mrs. Pitzer (Wednesdays)


Students will have fun learning to create different flower arrangements.  We will make corsages (including how to make a bow from ribbon), flower crowns, vase arrangements, arrangements in foam and more.  Flowers will be provided with the class.  There is an additonal materials fee of $15.00 per student for this course.

 Maximum is 10 students

Click here to register for Wednesday Fun with Flowers!



Questions?

Contact 

Mrs. Bleakley  - Morgan.Bleakley@sparta.org   

or 

Mrs. Rennie  -  Karin.Rennie@sparta.org