After School Programs 

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2024 - 2025 school year.

Last year our after school programs expanded and in addition to Elementary School Programs, we also offered Middle & High School Programs.  Read more about each of the offerings below.

Please Note: If students are enrolled in DA PTA after school programs all parents/guardians are responsible for transportation for those days and for alerting the DA transportation department of the bus change.  Once enrolled, schedule changes will not be allowed.  For example. students will not be allowed to come home on the bus on any days they are enrolled in PTA after school programs.  If you need your child to come home one day or multiple days when they are signed up for after school then you or another guardian must pick them up at the end of the school day.

Elementary After School Programs
Sensory Play - Grades PreK-K:

Come have fun and get messy while learning through exploration, curiosity, problem solving and creativity!  By using their five senses and experimenting with different materials and textures, students will build cognitive skills and learn about the world around them. Taught by DA PTA Secretary and community member Dawn Synan.

Mondays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Grades Pre-K & K (all sessions)

10 Students Max per session

Session 1: October 2 - December 18th
(no class Oct 9)

Session 2: January 8 - March 25
(no class Jan 15, Feb 19)

Session 3: April 8 - June 10
(no class May 27)

Room location: Elementary Art Room

Game Club - Grades K-5:

This club will focus on teaching students new card, board, or physical activity games. Some games students will be hearing of for the first time, some may be familiar, and may include logic, problem solving, or cooperation and team/collaborative work games. Taught by DA PTA Secretary and community member Dawn Synan.

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

15 students Max per Session 

Session 1: Grades 3 - 5: October 5 - February 1
(no class Nov 16, 23, Dec 28) 

Session 2: Grades K - 2: February 8 - June 12
(no class Feb 22, April 4) 

Room location: Elementary Cafeteria

Junior Rangers - Grades 1-5:

Through a combination of recreational opportunities, such as hiking, and hands-on environmental education activities, this program will invite children to explore and connect with the natural world and encourage them to become stewards of the Earth! Taught by DA PTA officers Jenine Osbon and Dawn Synan.

Fridays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Grades 1 - 5

18 students max

February 2 - May 31
(no class Feb 23, March 15, 29, April 5)

Room location: Elementary Library

Spanish Club (Grades K-5)

An engaging introduction to Spanish conversation, music, and games. Each session is tailored to a specific age to keep the club fun and secretly educational.  Taught by DA substitute Amy Randall. Room Location for all sessions: Elementary Library 

Session 1: Grades K & 1

Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

October 24 - January 30 (no class Dec 26)

Session 2: Grades 2 & 3

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

October 26 - February 1 (no class Nov 16, 23, Dec 28)

Session 3: Grades 4 & 5

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

February 29 - May 30th (no class Apr 4)

Room Location for all sessions: Elementary Library 

10 students max

Lacrosse Club (Grades: 1-5)

Come learn the basics of lacrosse with members of SUNY Delhi’s Lacrosse team. During the program you will learn how to throw, catch and scoop the ball as well as much more!  Taught by Coach Sam Miller at SUNY Delhi.

Wednesdays, 3-4pm

October 11 - November 15

Location: Elementary Gym & Outside

Class size: 20 students max

Middle & High School Programs

Music in Video Games - After school chamber music programs Grades 5-8 (8 students max)

We will  explore the topic of music in video games and create small ensembles to play music from games like: Undertale, Zelda and Mario Bros.  We will also learn about the history of sound in video games, and do creative assignments to explore sound design and write soundscapes and music for our own imaginary game.  There may be opportunities to present some of the results of our efforts in a public performance. Taught by community member and musician Rachel Condry.

Tuesday & Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Grades 5 - 8 (8 students max)

October 3rd - December 20th (no class Nov 22)

Room location: MS/HS band room

Music in Movies - After school chamber music programs Grades 5-8

We will explore the topic of sound and music in film and form small ensembles to play music from popular films like Pirates of the Caribbean. Howl’s Moving Castle and Harry Potter.  We will also explore the history of sound in film, learn about sound effects (foley arts), improvise a live soundtrack to silent films and other fun creative assignments. There may well be performance opportunities to showcase our work! Taught by community member and musician Rachel Condry.

Tuesday & Wednesdays3:00 - 4:00 pm

Grades 5 - 8 (8 students max)

January 2 - March 27 (no class Feb 20, 21) 

Room location: MS/HS band room

Music Games - Free Improvisation Workshop
Grades 5-8

Ever just wanted to "play"?  In this after school program we will use games to explore improvisation and make our own improvised music scores using a variety of approaches: graphic scores, listening scores, conduction and making music with found objects.  Anyone at any level of playing is welcome- we will focus on using whatever your skill are to make exciting and sensitive music together. Taught by community member and musician Rachel Condry.

Tuesday & Wednesdays 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Grades 5 - 8 (8 students max)

April 9 - May 29

Room location: MS/HS band room

The Write Stuff: Short Story Writing Workshop
Grades 5-8 (12 students max)

Find your unique narrative voice in this weekly writing workshop. From crafting compelling characters to creating settings that pull readers into your story's world, you’ll explore the tools used to paint vivid images, evoke emotions, and keep your readers hooked from the first sentence to the last.  Taught by community member and YA author Barbara Kopecek.

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Grades 6-8
October 5 - January 11
Room Location: HS library

MaSHUp Grades 9-12 (10 students max)

Experiment with digital music and video-making by repurposing free digital tools like YouTube, OBS (video streaming software), Audacity (audio editor), and VCV Rack (synthesis environment). Synthesize fun tunes and remix your favorite videos, recorded sounds, and share them with your friends. Get a taste of how to use math, physics, and coding to express yourself fully in a digital world. Break out of the standard ins-and-outs of apps by re-imagining your computer and media with curiosity and new creative possibilities. A laptop is needed for this program. This program is a 3-week series taught by community member and musician Dan Derks and Rich Whalley.

Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm
Grades 9-12
October 18, October 25, & November 1
Location: Luck Dragon (100 Main St, Delhi NY)

Find Your Voice. Get Into College
Grades 11-12 (6 students per session)

Are you ready to write your college essay? Don't know where to start?  What to say? How to distinguish yourself? In this workshop, we begin by identifying your unique voice, so the story you tell is genuinely you. With authenticity as our starting point, we will craft essays that can inspire any reader. The resulting personal statement will be a piece of exceptional and intimate writing that embodies who you are now, who you hope to be and what path you'll take to get there. Your writing coach is Amy Randall, published author and DelCo's most eccentric substitute teacher. Amy is a professional ghostwriter for founders, CEOs, and entrepreneurs. The methodology she uses to create content for business people works seamlessly for high schoolers who want to craft powerful personal statements. By the end of the week's session, you will have an essay (or two) that reflects who you are (unique). One that shows how the obstacles you may have had to navigate turned into invaluable life lessons. (gritty) Finally, how your love of learning is reflected in all kinds of unusual and profound experiences. (passionate) We don't guarantee that you will get into the college of your dreams, but we guarantee that your dreams may take on a different shape after this workshop. 

Grades 11 & 12

Session 1 (4 days): October 2 - 5, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Session 2 (4 days): October 16 - 19, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Room location: HS library