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HOURS OF OPERATION– After School Programs are open every school day from dismissal bell until 6pm. 

PATTERSON JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT’S STRATEGIC PLAN:

“PJUSD, the Central Valley’s vibrant educational community, offering world-class academics with a small-town feel, ensures that all students will graduate as resilient, confident innovators and contributing citizens with the knowledge and the 21st century skills and experience to create their own futures and pursue personal and professional fulfillment.”

Patterson’s After School Programs are committed to those Plan Goals by:

  • PROVIDING ACADEMIC INTERVENTION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SCHOOL DAY
  • SUPPORTING COMMON CORE STANDARDS HOMEWORK DAILY
  • PROVIDING DAILY ACCESS TO MULTIPLE FORMS OF TECHNOLOGY (iPads, Chromebooks, desktop computers)
  • UTILIZING COLLABORATIVE LESSON PLANS FOR “DISGUISED LEARNING” THAT’S FUN
  • COMMITTED TO THE DISTRICT’S ‘NO EXCUSES UNIVERSITY PHILOSOPHY' THAT EVERY STUDENT DESERVES THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE EDUCATED IN A WAY THAT PREPARES THEM FOR COLLEGE IF THEY SO CHOOSE

…ALL WITH THE PRIORITY OF MAKING SURE EVERY CHILD FEELS A SENSE OF BELONGING IN A SAFE, NURTURING ENVIRONMENT 

Research has shown that After School Programs…

  • Support and complement classroom learning by emphasizing social, emotional, and physical development.
  • Provide opportunities for informal learning.
  • Provide a positive emotional climate without as much punitive adult supervision because of lower ratios of students to adults.
  • Provide activities that support socialization with peers.
  • Include time for physical and creative activity.
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED—District-wide approximately 750 students are served daily, among the six K-8th programs.

POLICIES

  • ASP DISCIPLINE POLICY --We operate on a progressive discipline model and work to support your child in any way while in the program.  If a child receives 3 conduct violations, we may exit him/her permanently from the program.  Conduct violations are done for serious offenses such as harming students or staff members, defiant behavior toward staff, leaving campus, etc.  If more serious incidents occur before your child reaches 3 conduct violations we may exit the child at that time.
  • ASP HOMEWORK POLICY--The 90-minute academic portion of ASP is set aside Mon-Thurs each week from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, with Fun Fridays off.  Attendance is REQUIRED  until 4:30 pm Mon-Thurs while in our academic portion of the program.
  • *Students will not be allowed to return to their classrooms if they forget their homework. It is their responsibility to bring it with them each day. 
  • *Please be advised that homework will not be checked for 100% accuracy or completion. After School Staff will oversee the academic time. We strive to create a homework-healthy environment…quiet, with a desk and a little help if needed. We are not, however, able to tutor children. If a student has continuous problems with scheduled assignments, a parent/teacher conference should be scheduled.

WHAT DO THEY DO IN THE PROGRAM? Directly following school, the students report to your school's designated After School area. In most cases, we gather in the cafeteria.  We then take attendance and share a healthy snack.  The students are given 30 minutes to eat and spend time with other students in the program.  During this time, while we are together as a group, we typically go over announcements and activities for the day. Following snack time, students are released for a water/bathroom break.  We then go into designated classrooms by grade-level groups, adhering to a student adult ratio of no more than 20:1 1st-8th grade and 10:1 for TK/K students.  During this time they begin a 90-minute academic period to work on homework, do silent reading, and when possible, play academic games.

Following this academic time, students participate in either one of the structured activities planned for the day such as arts and crafts, science experiments, computer lab, or outdoor recreation (sports, games, relays, fitness...). Towards the end of the program, students are gathered for group games or other structured activities until the program closes at 6:00 pm.

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