Monday, December 17, 2012

CAROLING AT CRESTVIEW

Students at CIA spent some time sharing their musical and artistic talents with the residents at Crestview Care Center.  Last week, students made a holiday bookmark for the residents.  Today, we delivered them and performed Christmas carols under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Margetts.  The residents were very appreciative of our efforts and fun was had by all!








Thursday, December 13, 2012

Merry Christmas from the Staff at CIA

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE STAFF AT CHADRON AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM!


Here most of us are at our staff Christmas Party:

CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD AT CIA

What a fun week at CIA learning about how other countries around the world celebrate the holidays!  Monday, students learned about Christmas in Germany.  Students created a pickle ornament and learned that whichever child finds the pickle on the tree gets an extra present.  However, according to some of our research, this may not really be a "German tradition," but it sure sounds like a fun one!  Students made frosting for a German cookie bar called Lubkuchen that Mrs. Grant made the night before.  Then we tried it out.

On Tuesday, Shane's mom who grew up in the Philippines, brought some traditional Filipino food for us to try.  We sampled biko (rice cakes) and pancin (noodles and vegetables).  We also learned about the parol (Star lantern) tradition in the Philippines and made our own lantern decoration.

Wednesday brought Mexican buenoles to CIA.  Students really enjoyed the fried treat with cinnamon and sugar from the Mexican Christmas culture.  We also learned the legend of the poinsettia and made a keepsake fan.

We had a special treat on Thursday when two of our own CIA staff members shared about Christmas in Sweden.  Rachel, one of our agents has full Swedish ancestory, and she taught us some Swedish language and also brought some traditional costumes for us to see, and some of our students modeled them.  (See the pix).  Lorna, our program director, brought many things for us to see about Christmas in Sweden including a cookie press that has been passed down in her family from almost 100 years ago.  She also brought us delicious cookies to sample.  Students made a dala horse ornmaent and a Swedish basket.  Lorna also brought a guest, Lauren, to wear the St. Lucia costume and model the traditional routine of St. Lucia Day.






CIA HARD AT WORK




STUDENTS AT CIA SPEND TIME EVERYDAY WORKING HARD TO IMPROVE ACADEMICALLY.  WHEN STUDENTS HAVE THEIR HOMEWORK DONE, THEY HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE MATH FACTS AND BE INVOLVED IN OTHER ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT CHOICES.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Around The World Week at CIA

This week is Christmas around the world week at CIA. On Monday we learned Germans celebrate the holiday season. Today we learned about Christmas in the Philippines. Tomorrow is Christmas in Mexico, and on Thursday Christmas in Sweden.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

ELEPHANT'S TOOTHPASTE AT CIA??!!!

Students made a chemical reaction today by combining 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide, a couple drops of Dawn dishsoap, and 1 tsp. of yeast dissolved in 2 tablespoons of very warm water.  The reaction produced "heat" as well as lots of "soapy foam."  However, not as much as the powerful strength peroxide used in the Steve Spangler experiment in the video below.  I've also added the link to Steve Spangler Science as many students were asking for it.

www.stevespangler.com









Monday, November 19, 2012

PURPLE COWS SIGHTED AT CIA

Students at CIA made purple cow milkshakes today.  Here's the recipe:
Combine the following in the blender:
3 cups vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup of grape juice concentrate
1 1/2 tsp of lemon juice

Makes about six to eight 6 ounce servings
Blend until smooth; Serve immediately (we liked that part!)

YUMMY!  ALL THAT'S LEFT IS THE MESS!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Appreciate and Celebrate

     The Second Annual Giving Thanks Tea was held today at CIA.  Students spent all week preparing themselves for the event.  Lessons on manners and how to's on serving and hosting were just two of the many lessons taught this week. 
     Students gave thanks to teachers and staff from the Intermediate building by preparing and serving desserts.  Decorations and invitations were also made by CIA students.  Over 80 students participated in the event.  It was a huge success.





Monday, November 5, 2012

Fun With Foam

I got to make foam.
There was green foam, yellow foam and Pink foam.
I made yellow foam.
We used food coloring.
Ms. Rachel helped us make foam.
It was formed by a chemical reaction. Between polyurathane A and polyurathane B. It got so hot that the cups melted. I had a fun time.
- Ian 4th grade at CIA

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WILD LIFE AT CIA

Amanda from the Wild Cat Hills Nature Center visited CIA last week as well as Shelley from the NRD.  Amanda helped us learn about habitats, and Shelley showed us some animal furs and shared about adaptations of wild animals in our area. 






Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lights On After School is a Huge Success

Over Seventy students participated in CIA's engineering night. The students and parents rotated through eight different booths that offered them the opportunity to solve an engineering challenge.
One example was the mining for chocolate booth in which all engineers had to devise a plan for extracting as many chocolate chips from a cookie as they could in eight minutes. After time had expired, they calculated how much damage the cookie sustained and how much chocolate was extracted. Based on the total of each students then calculated how much money they had earned.
Lights on After School was a huge success. We thank you for your support.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Skate club rolls to a start at CIA!!!

Today was the first day of clubs at CIA. Skate club consists of 10 students that enjoy roller skating and rollerblading.
Skating is great exercise. It gets your heart rate up and builds muscle. It also improves motor skills an balance.
One day of clubs completed, five to go! Can hardly wait until next time!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Jumprope for Heart at CIA

All students who attend CIA will be attending the event on Wednesday,October 24th. If you child chooses not to raise money, they may still participate in the event. I understand that Mrs. Rischling is offering an incentive for the class with the highest participation. If you do not wish for your child to participate in JRH, it is best they do not attend that day. You may pick your child up at the event. Please be sure to sign a release form so that your child may attend. They are availible at the checkout table. Pick up more info at the check out table!

Floating Candy Bar Science

Candy bar science is really cool!
You get to find out if candy bars float! The candy bar science is fun for all ages! You use a whopper, three musketeers, Kit Kat, snickers,and kisses.Then you put them in a big bucket of water. The whopper floated,the Kit Kat floated, and so did the three musketeers. The whopper floated because on the inside of the whopper is full of air holes. The Kit Kat has crunchy stuff on the inside and the three musketeers has creamy stuff on the inside. Everyone should try candy bar science who hasn't tried it! I loved it!!!! Kaelee-4th grader at CIA

Monday, October 1, 2012

Clubs at CIA

Dear Parents of 3rd & 4th graders:
Beginning October 9, 2012, on Tuesdays, activity at after-school program will
be “clubs.” Clubs will be activities that students will be able to choose based on
their own personal interests. We will have clubs in many different areas. Various
community members as well as staff will be conducting the clubs which will
meet six times during each session. Clubs will meet from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on
Tuesdays. We will have three sessions. The sessions will be as follows:
Session One: October 9, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13,
November 27
Session Two: January 15, January 22, January 29, February 12, February 19,
February 29
Session Three: March 12, March 19, March 26, April 9, April 16, April 23
There will be eight clubs for each session. Students will be able to sign up for one
club each session. They will have the opportunity to participate in three clubs
over the year. Several of the clubs will be offered each session. There will be not
more than twelve students in a club.
I am giving you a tentative list of the clubs so you have an idea of what we are
doing, but I do not have all of the details ironed out and have not heard from
everyone that I contacted. If you or someone you know might be a candidate for
hosting a club, please let us know. Here are the tentative clubs.
1st Session
Robotics (Students will be
working with our new robotics kits and
programming their robots)
Crestview Crew
(Students will walk to Crestview to interact
with the residents there. Crestview provides
many different opportunities for the
students such as crafts, ice cream sundae
making, bingo, games, and Wii. It is also
an opportunity for students to serve our
community and grow socially. This was
a very successful program last year, and
students enjoyed it.)
Music (Mr. and Mrs. Margetts will
be teaming up with other CSC connections to
host a club featuring many different aspects
of music. This may involve field trips.)
Pet Club (Students will walk
to Katie’s Kat House to participate in
activities with animals and learning
about caring for pets.)
Cake Decorating (Mrs. Cooking Club (Jamie
Anderson will be hosting a club where
students learn all about decorating
cakes.)
Leather Club (Mrs.
Anderson has persuaded her husband,
Travis, to come and host a leather
tooling club. Students will learn the
skill and then use it to create something
special that they can keep.)
Skate Club (Remember the
days of Skateland?? Mrs. Swinney
will be hosting a skate club. This club
will require some equipment. More
information will follow about this club.)
This slot is open.
this slot isn’t filled, I will be
hosting a CRAFT club where we
will do some wood craft painting
and other various craft activities.
2nd Session
Robotics (Students will be
working with our new robotics kits and
programming their robots)
Crestview Crew
(Students will walk to Crestview to interact
with the residents there. Crestview provides
many different opportunities for the
students such as crafts, ice cream sundae
making, bingo, games, and Wii. It is also
an opportunity for students to serve our
community and grow socially. This was
a very successful program last year, and
students enjoyed it.)
Music (Mr. and Mrs. Margetts will
be teaming up with other CSC connections to
host a club featuring many different aspects
of music. This may involve field trips.)
Paleontology Club
(Barb Beasley with the Forest Service
will host this club.)
3rd Session
Robotics (Students will be
working with our new robotics kits and
programming their robots)
Crestview Crew
(Students will walk to Crestview to interact
with the residents there. Crestview provides
many different opportunities for the
students such as crafts, ice cream sundae
making, bingo, games, and Wii. It is also
an opportunity for students to serve our
community and grow socially. This was
a very successful program last year, and
students enjoyed it.)
Music (Mr. and Mrs. Margetts will
be teaming up with other CSC connections to
host a club featuring many different aspects
of music. This may involve field trips.)
Rock Club
(Earth Science club with Wade Biegs)
Cooking Club
Goffena from UNL Extension will host a
cooking and nutrition club)
Open right now
Conservation for
the Future Club
(Sheri Daniels from NRD will host a
club featuring many nature science and
water activities including a field trip)
Rocketry (We are tentatively
hoping Mr. Don Matt will host a
rocketry club during this session!)
Skate Club (Remember the
days of Skateland?? Mrs. Swinney
will be hosting a skate club. This club
will require some equipment. More
information will follow about this club.)
Open right now
If
Nebraska Quilting
Club (Lorna Eliason will be hosting
a club for 4th graders to create a quilting
type project relating to Nebraska
Studies)
This is a tentative schedule, but it will give you some ideas of what will be offered.
Students will have an opportunity to choose which club they want to join.
However, depending on numbers, we may have to do some adjusting.
If your student attends CIA on club nights, it is important that they are able to
stay the entire hour from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. It would only be courteous and fair to
all of these volunteers to be able to have their club members there for the entire
time as some of the projects will be ongoing and build on each other. Other times
students may go on field trips. Please respect this, and if your student cannot
stay for the entire club, it would be best for them to be picked up by 4:30 p.m. on
Tuesday club nights. Academic/Homework time will be first on club nights.
Also, on Wednesday nights beginning in November, Mrs. Schmidt and Mrs.
Singer will be hosting a Book Club. This will be from 3:05 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. on
Wednesdays. Up to twelve students may choose to sign up for this club and have
an opportunity to do a novel study. They will host three sessions.
Thank you in advance for your patience while we strive to perfect this endeavor.
We are excited to give students an opportunity to choose the topics that spark
their interest and the opportunity to explore different avenues.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Look for more information to
follow.

October Activity Calendar


October 2012

CHADRON AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM
 
October 2012

CHADRON AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

All students attending CIA on October 24th will be riding the bus to the college to participate in Jump Rope for Heart.  This activity ends at 5:30 p.m.  You may pick your child up at the PAC or when we return to CIA.  Students will participate whether they collected donations or not.  Please sign a permission slip at the check-out stand for us to have on file if your child attends this day.  Our P.E. teacher, Mrs. Rischling, will send home information with students also.  We will leave at 3:35 p.m., so there will be no academics this day.  If your student cannot attend Jump Rope for Heart, it would be best not attend CIA this day as all CIA staff will be attending Jump Rope for Heart.

See the information about CLUBS! Clubs are from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
 
Please remember to help us out by trying to not pick children up in the middle of an activity if it is possible.  See the weekly schedule for good transition times.  Thank you.  Three group days, the best pick up times are 4:30; 5: and 5:30.  Two group days, the best pick up times are 4:45 and 5:30.
 
 

Check out our blog at chadroncia@blogspot.com
 

Remember it is never too late to join us at CIA.  Just get an application from Mrs. Swinney or the office.

Sun
Mon
Tue
Wed
Thu
Fri
Sat
 
1
Movie & Popcorn
 2
CANDY BAR SCIENCE
3
NO SCHOOL
4
GASSY
SCIENCE
5
NO CIA
6
7
8
MAGNET
SCIENCE
9
CLUBS
10
KEEP CHADRON BEAUTIFUL
11
Lights On After School Celebration
12
NO CIA
13
14
15
3rd—Field Trip to Bank of the West
4th—NRD Poster Contest
16
NO CIA
P/T CONF
17
Amanda from Wild Cat Hills
Nature Center
18
NO CIA
P/T CONF
 
 
19
NO CIA
20
21
22
4th—Field Trip to Bank of the West
3rd—NRD Poster Contest
23
CLUBS
24
JUMP ROPE FOR HEART
@ CSC PAC
25
Halloween
Activities
26
NO SCHOOL
27
28
29
Tree Activities w/ Sheri NRD
30
CLUBS
31
Spooky
Science
Nov 1
Movie & Popcorn
NO CIA
 
 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Cia weekly schedule September 24 through 28

CIA AFTER-SCHOOL CLUB
FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
3:10 to 3:50 each day is snack and physical activity time and
5:30 to 6:00 is free choice/clean up/dismissal time unless otherwise noted
 
Monday, September 24th
Activity:  NATURE ART PROJECT
Students will be all in one group today; academics first; activity from 4:30 to 5:30
Tuesday, September 25th
ACTIVITY:  WATERMELON DAY
All students will again do academic first, and students will rotate through some stations with watermelon activities (including eating some, of course!) Activity time:  4:30 to 5:30
Wednesday, September 26th
ACTIVITY:  SCIENCE – EL NINO PUDDING
Students will be in two groups alternating between activity and academic homework time.  (45 minutes each) (4:00 to 5:30)
Thursday, September 27th
 
Activity:  WATER SCIENCE WITH SHERI FROM
THE NATURAL RESOURCE DISTRICT
Students will be in three groups alternating between water science, academic homework time, and eating our El Nino pudding from Thursday.   (30 minutes each)(4:00 to 5:30)
Friday, September 28th
No CIA
 
 
Here is next week's CIA activity agenda.  Mrs. Swinney will be un aviaible on Monday and Tuesday.  Email if you have any questions or concerns.  www.cisasp@chadronschools.net

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cia student Posts #1


CIA group one September 20th


I like CIA because we get to do a lot of science projects. -Katelyn 4th grade
 
I like CIA because I get to be with my friends, play outside and have fun. - Joel 3rd grade
 
The best thing about CIA is the teachers that teach us.- Niel 4th grade
 
Doing activities at CIA is so fun! - Cobie  4th grade
 
My favorite part of CIA is doing the robotics.- Sawyer  4th grade
 
I love robotics at CIA! - Ryan 3rd grade
 
I love CIA! Eric 4th grade
 
I like CIA because we get to have fun.- Jesse Stolley 3rd grade
 
I like recess and home work time.- Barrett Cedar Face 3rd grade
 



CIA student posts #2


CIA group two September 20th

I like CIA because we do fun things and fun stuff.  We get to go outside.  WE have fun. -Gavin Deckert 3rd grade
 
 
I like the science experiments.- Kristen  3rd grade
 
I like CIA because there are nice teachers. - Makai  3rd grade
 
I like CIA because we do projects and go outside.  Mrs. Swinney's the best. - Jillian  3rd grade
 
I like CIA  because I have fun and it is a great place.- Leah  3rd grade
 
The best part is we have fun and the teachers there are so nice. - Kaylee 3rd grade
 
CIA is EPIC! I  get to play wall ball!! -Michael 3rd grade
 
I like CIA because the teachers are nice. - Posiden Sanchez 3rd grade
 
I like CIA because it's awesome and the teachers are nice. - Gaurav Chima 3rd grade
 
CIA is fun because we do fun stuff. Kahilynn Ex 4th grade
 
CIA is fun and the Agents are fun too. - Dayleann Bannan 3rd grade
 
CIA rocks!! I always get my home work done. - Austin McCabe 4th grade
 
I like it when we get to be funny!! Shane Frye 3rd grade
 
I love CIA because I always get homework done.  I have fun doing activities. -Rebecca Menke 4th grade
 
 
 
 






CIA student posts #3


Alisyn Swinney, Ayla Kephart, Isabella Harry, Triston Massa, Garett Reese


I Love CIA because of all the fun things we do! - Triston 3rd grade
 
I like CIA because we do a lot of fun activities!! Alisyn
 
I like it because  we get FBI tickets. - Isabella  3rd grade
 
I love CIA because we built houses out of food. - Garett  3rd grade
 
I love the activities.- Ayla  3rd grade

September CIA activity calendar

   This is the september activity calendar.  The monthly activity calendar will be posted on the blog, as well as sent home with the students. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Smartboard learning




                                      


 Today at CIA we are playing educational games on the Smart board.You don't need a Smart board to do this.You can do it on a computer at home too.The website is www.Sciencespot.com. This game is Hang mouse.It's like hangman.There are more educational games on Science spot.com.I hope you have as much fun playing Hang mouse as we did.

                                                    - Jameson Margetts, 4th grade CIA student

Thursday, September 13, 2012

CIA Is Off To a Great Start

CIA  Chadron Intermediate After School Program

    What do you get when you mix 112 students, 9 staff members, activities, academic time and fun?  CIA of course!  This year we alredy have 112 students enrolled in the program.  Eight of our staff members are returning from last year.  Program started on August 21st.  That afternoon we had 73 students attend!
     Parent support is a key factor in the success of the program.  We currently have 6 parent volunteers.  Parents are always welcome to join in the fun.  Whether your student comes for academic help, activities or both, your participation is appreciated.
    Some changes have occured scince last year.  Snack is no longer Provided free of charge to all students.  If your child receives lunch at regular cost, snack is $.70 per day.  If your child receives reduced price lunches, snack is $.40.  If your child receives free lunch, snack is free.  Snack fees will be deducted from lunch accounts.  There is not a seperate account for CIA snack.  Please send snack money to school the same way you send lunch money.  You can view all of your chlid's snack charges on the chadron schools website via the parent portal.  Feel free to send a nonperishable snack with your child if you prefer.  Snack is not required, it is an option.  A snack menu is included with the monthly lunch menu.
     Feel free to contact me with any quetions regaurding the program.  My e-mail address is cisasp@chadronschools.net.  You may also call the CIS office with questions.  I will return your call.   Monthly and weekly calendars are sent home with your child.  Please read carefully as we do take students on field trips off campus. 
Kaci Swinney- CISASP Site Coordinator




Coming soon... Robotics at CISASP

     Students will soon begin to explore robotics at CISASP.  I had the opportunity to attend a Nebraska Blast Robotics training this summer.  At the training, I learned how assemble, program and teach the robotics curriculum. The CISASP received 12 robot kits. This is a wonderful addition to our Cosmic connections curriculum.   We already have a few students using the kits to build  simple bots.  Depending on the interest of the students, we may have enough students to compete in First Lego League Competition.