Tarpey Elementary School begins it’s ACES program for the 2012-13 school year on Monday, August 21, 2012, with every class full! Last spring, students were invited to join the program based on teacher recommendation. Their parents attended an orientation meeting to learn about the program and fill out applications to enroll their children.
ACES students will be excited to sample the fun activities offered! ACES is an After school Co curricular Enrichment of Students program that comes from the state voter approved initiative Prop 49. It provides students in grades 2nd through 6th with a nutritious snack, academic enrichment /intervention, recreational activities, and homework support from the time school is out until 6 PM each day of the school year.
Our ACES staff have lined up fun activities for our Wednesday Fun Club. There will be art, graphic arts, computer skills, drama, science, and other activities offered. The Wednesday Fun Club happens each week during our early release day, when ACES has students for an additional 90 minutes. Students join an activity for 4-6 weeks. This was very popular with the students and ACES staff last year.
Tarpey’s ACES students are utilizing the ThinClient Lab in the LMC, with an instructor teaching their groups the basic computer skills that enable them to access the Internet. Once on the Internet, one purpose of the children is to log in to ‘Ticket to Read”, a fast-paced, fun website that strengthens reading skills. Each child has their own user id and password, with the ACES teacher keeping track of their scores, adding a competitive edge on building reading basics and fluency skills that the interactive web-based program provides its users. Another computer skill taught is accessing the Library's Card Catalog. This teaches the student how to search and locate material in their own library, and throughout CUSD's libraries.