Fall Enrichment 2018

Porter-Gaud Auxiliary offers an amazing variety of engaging enrichment programs for students to continue their learning beyond the school day. See the descriptions below to find out what we offer. Click the "Register for Fall Enrichment" link below to add your participants.

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Session II

Middle School Running Club: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm, MS Students

Middle School Running Club - Monday and Wednesdays 3:30-4:30

Get running, keep running and don't stop! After a successful inaugural year, the Middle School Running Club (MSRC) is back! This club kicks off every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-4:30. October 29th-December 8th. All levels of running experience and ability are welcome. The Running Club is designed to build student’s cardiovascular fitness, speed, running form, and self-esteem, all while challenging their bodies and minds. Elite distance runner, Cross-Country and Track Coach, Cameron Brown will head this exciting club for Middle School students only. Practices involve a dynamic blend of interval training, strength conditioning, tempo, and long runs. This is a fantastic way to motivate your child to get outside, socialize, exercise, build a healthy lifestyle and prepare to be an asset on any team. It’s also an opportunity for competitive runners to push themselves and achieve new heights.....and records! The Club’s culminating event this semester will be the Charleston Reindeer Run on Saturday December 8th.

Club enrollment will also include:

  • Registration to the Reindeer Run
  • Running Club t-shirt
  • Pre-run after school snacks
  • A pizza party on December 7th

Runners must have a good pair of running shoes, comfortable active wear and a great attitude.

* There are 1 Day and 2 Day options

Don’t miss the opportunity to become a member of the Middle School Running Club. If you have any questions please contact Coach Brown at cbrown@portergaud.edu

Co-Ed High Performance Tennis Training: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5pm, US Students

State Champion Coach and Hall of Famer Tom Higgins is partnering up with Porter-Gaud's State Champion Coach and Director of Tennis Charlotte Hartsock for this 6 week Session II program. Their high performance tennis program is for Porter-Gaud students only and is for all intermediate and advanced level players. Emphasis on player development, fitness, technique, drilling, strategy and match play! The program will be held on Monday's, Tuesday's and Thursday's starting on Monday, 10/29 and will go for 6 weeks. Don't miss your chance to get training from very experienced and skilled coaches!

* There are 3 separate registration options: 1 day a week, 2 days a week, or 3 days a week.

* Thursday, November 1st is a conference day and the program will not be held. They will make up this session at the end of the programs duration.

App Designer-Level 1: Thursday 11/29 and Thursday 12/6, 3:30pm-6:00pm, MS Students

Join Upper School Computer Science teacher Doug Bergman and Innovation and Technology Specialist Julie Sessions for 6 hours of app development. This class is intended to be for students who are interested in the Computer Science and creation side of technology, but have never created an app for a smartphone or tablet. Students will learn how to interact with sensors such as GPS, accelerometer, pedometer, touchscreen, and camera. Students will have the chance to follow along with teacher guided projects as well as work independently with their own ideas.

*There will be two 2.5 hour sessions on 11/29 and 12/6. Dinner will be provided for each session.

CFA's Youth Soccer Technical Advancement Training: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-5pm. MS/US

Tuesdays-Nov 13 + 27 and Thursdays-Nov 15 + 29. Sign up for the 2 day option or all 4!

Founder of Charleston Football Association, Coach Kenny Cooper's 12 year professional soccer career started upon graduating from Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, when he signed with the one and only Manchester United Club in 2003. Following two and a half years abroad that included playing in Portugal, Kenny signed with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. Over the next three and a half years, Kenny was named to the US Men's National Soccer Team, as well as being named a Major League Soccer All Star in 2008. In 2009 Kenny signed with 1860 Munich in Germany. He then returned to the MLS and over the course of the next 5 years played with the Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls, FC Dallas, Seattle Sounders, and Montreal Impact. Over the span of his career, Kenny tallied 75 MLS goals, and logged 4 goals for the US Men's National Team.

Kenny Cooper is now on the Porter-Gaud campus holding a soccer training program:

Over the course of 4 training sessions (in 2 weeks), Kenny will focus on advancing players technical skills including passing, dribbling and shooting in a fun, positive and encouraging atmosphere. The sessions will be 1 hour and 30 minutes, and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 2 weeks.

An example of 1 session:

- 5 min warmup

- 20 min Dribbling

- 20 min Passing Combinations

- 20 min Finishing

- 20 min game

- 5 min cool down

Co-Ed Lacrosse Clinic: Saturday, 12/1 10am-2:30pm Grades 3-6

Saturday 12/1, 10:00am-2:30pm

Girls and Boys Grades 3-6

Get your sticks ready for one of the fastest growing sports in America! Join Assistant Varsity Coach and State Champion Jessica Hanzsche and Former Henry H Wells Middle School Coach, Drew Stubbs, for this 1 day Lacrosse clinic on Saturday, December 1st. Both Coach Drew and Coach Hanzsche will teach the general knowledge and skills needed to play the high pace sport of Lacrosse.

Students will arrive at 10am where they will all be lead through a structured warm-up. From there, the boys will practice with Coach Drew and the girls will practice with Coach Hanzsche to learn the FUNdamentals. This will include passing, shooting, ground balls, cradling, and defensive tactics. They will also learn about the key concepts and rules of lacrosse, like offsides, defensive formations, the rules of the crease, and much more. We will provide lunch from 12-12:30 halfway through the day, and students will also have the chance to watch film on our giant HD projector screen in the cafeteria. You will need to bring your own sticks, but we have several you can borrow upon request. If you have gloves and a helmet feel free to bring them, but they are not required. Don't miss your chance to get a jumpstart on this awesome sport!

Chucktown Drones: Saturday, 12/8 TBA

Rock Climbing: Saturday, TBA

Holiday 3v3 Classic: Saturday, 12/8 TBA


Soccer on the Green: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Jackson Soccer Development is bringing a fresh perspective to the game of soccer. Each uniquely designed sessions consist of group and individual skills, technical training and overall physical development. A heavy emphasis is placed on team building, character development, sportsmanship, and a sense of fair play. The coach creates an environment where players reach their full potential through physical training and skills development while achieving self-confidence and positive self-esteem from achievement both on and off the field. Sign up for this activity with your former Charleston Battery member because: Non-stop action and fun are guaranteed!

Instructor - Kevin Jackson, the State Director for U.S. Youth Futsal and former MLS player with the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution

PG Chess Club: (3:30-4:30PM, Grades 1-8)

Come learn the "Game of Kings" and develop focus, forethought, and problem solving. Research shows that students who study chess score better in math and English, have enhanced critical and creative thinking, and have more confidence and self-control. No matter your skill level, you will have fun playing each week with students of similar talents. Invest in your future, and join us for a semester learning a beneficial hobby you can enjoy for the rest of your life! This Chess Club will allow students and opportunity to work on their skills with opponents of similar level, while they fine tune their competition and level of understanding. Aaron Lipka and team will provide instruction and direction to take your game to the next level, while providing a fun atmosphere.

The Nature Explorers: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Grades 1-4

Are you a nature enthusiasts? Love being outside and exploring? In this program, students will discover the wonders of the natural world around us. Then using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, we will make creations to help us learn more about the world. Some fun and exciting projects our explorers will make include, insect catchers, leaf press art, bird feeders, test tube seedlings, and much more!

Co-Ed Intramurals: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 2-4)

Grades 2-4, 3:00-4:15pm

Make sure you start your week of with our multiple sport and co-ed Enrichment Program. The Director of Extended Day, Joey Ferrelli will be running the 8 week-long program in which students will learn and compete in 4 different sports. Here's the breakdown:

The program will consist of 4 sports, each sport will be played for 2 weeks. The first week of each sport, students will learn the rules of the sport, learn the proper technique of the sports actions and there will be a no-score-kept scrimmage! The following week we will start by refreshing the rules, warming up with drills, and then having a fun but slightly more competitive match between evenly picked teams.

Weeks 1-2: Speedball

Weeks 3-4: Soccer

Weeks 5-6: Ultimate Football

Weeks 7-8: Kickball

The Enrichment Program will be held at the Porter-Gaud Baseball Field. Pickup will be at the Stadium Parking lot at 4:15, or they will be escorted back to the Lower School.

Inventions Lab 3.0: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Grades 1-4, 3:00-4:15pm

The new and improved Inventions Lab is back for another chapter. Come join us as we create fun and exciting inventions through the many different fields of science.

Each day will have a specific invention to be created from the ground up. Before they make their invention, there will be a quick lesson on how sciences like physics and chemistry are used to create their invention and how they are used in the real world.

A few of the experiments they will do include a Solar System, a bottle rocket and more!

All materials will be included.


Ballet with Lindy Mandradjieff : (3:15-4:30PM, Grades 1-4)

Porter-Gaud is lucky enough to have Lindy Mandradjieff-Fabyanic run a beginner ballet course at her very own studio, the Dance Conservatory of Charleston. Lindy danced professionally with the New York City Ballet and The San Francisco Ballet. She is widely known across the country as being one of the top in her field. Students will be taken by a PG bus to her studio, The Dance Conservatory of Charleston, at 3:15. Class will run from 3:30-4:30 and pick up must be at the studio. 1632 Ashley Hall Rd.

In this ballet class, students will begin their formal ballet training with the emphasis on barre work, focusing on muscle development, musicality, and coordination in an encouraging environment. Students will also begin to become familiar with the structure and discipline of a ballet class. The technique is Vaganova based, with an emphasis on vocabulary and correct execution of steps. For additional information, please check out The Dance Conservatory of Charleston's Website: danceconservatorychs.com

The program will be instructed out of the Dance Conservatory of Charleston. Porter-Gaud will provide transportation for all students enrolled in the program. Each student will be provided a leotard, tights, and ballet shoes.

(PLEASE INDICATE SHOE SIZE VIA EMAIL TO jferrelli@portergaud.edu)

Parents are encouraged to attend the any class and especially the final class of this program!

Trackology: (3:30-4:30PM, Grades 3-8) (Tu+Th)

1 Day and 2 Day options

(Grades 4-8). Tuesdays OR Thursdays
(Same Session runs 2x week) This is for participation in either Tuesday or Thursday but NOT both days. Regular registration for the program would include both.

Coached by the Warings (Trackology and the PG Speed Camp), you'll get faster, stronger and quicker. If you want to improve your athletic performance or simply get more coordinated and have a little fun along the way. Sign up now as space is limited.

During this 5 week session, students will learn the fundamentals of running and all things related to track. Students will learn how to run faster and jump further and will be given the tools to propel them forward

There is no speed or time requirement and the only prerequisite is a great attitude with a willingness to improve!

On Your Mark. Get set. Go!

Study Skills: (3:00-4:00PM, Grade 4 only)

Grade 4 ONLY, Instructor - Denise Lawson, Lower School Learning Specialist

This Enrichment Program is unique and extremely beneficial. The goal is to provide guidance for any student interested in improving and strengthening the necessary skills to be a successful student. Students will learn how to utilize assignment books/calendars effectively, set realistic goals and study plans, and organize binders. They will receive tips for active-reading strategies, active listening strategies, and note-taking. Test prep and test taking strategies will also be discussed.

All materials and snacks are included!

*This Program is limited to a maximum of 10 students.

Mystery Math Adventures: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 2-4)

Join us on an adventure of solving mysteries and escaping danger! We will use a variety of math skills to solve a unique crime each week. Topics that will be explored are place value, mixed operations, maps (coordinate planes), time, fractions and geometry. This brand new advanced program is aimed at those students in 3rd and 4th grade and 2nd graders who are math enthusiasts.

Porter-Gaud Lower School Basketball: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Come out and learn some of the fundamental skills and techniques of Basketball.

State Champion Head Varsity Coach JP and Assistant Varsity Coach, Travis Smith have a passion for teaching the skills and drills every little baller needs to succeed on the court and progress to the Varsity level and beyond. Travis started his career here at Porter-Gaud beside NBA star, Khris Middleton. He then continued on to play at the collegiate level for Presbyterian College and Mercer. Travis has been cultivating his skills for years which afforded him amazing opportunities to play professionally while traveling the world to Germany, China, Brazil, Guatemala, and Canada. If your child is serious about becoming a better basketball player, building their skills to the next level and getting to know the Varsity Coaches (and them getting to know you), than this is a can't miss program.

Tennis 101: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 2-4)

Coach Cameron Brown is back again! Tennis 101 is a course designed for players that would like to advance their skills and technique. Instruction will center around the preparation, balance and commitment that it takes to be an efficient tennis player. Students will learn to develop their overall tennis game. This course will be for those that will stay focused and have already developed a tennis game at the beginner level.

If you have a child enroll for this program that does not meet the required standards they will be asked to move to the "Tennis Anyone" program. If that class is full the student will be refunded.


Bricks 4 Kids: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Each Bricks for Kids – “B4K” program teaches an aspect of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). B4K After-School workshops give students the opportunity to strengthen their skills in these subject areas by teaching Science and Math concepts.

The following course projects will be offered this Fall 2018 Semester:

Master Builder 101- We'll master our project kits & robotics materials as we discuss various types of movement & motion by embarking on exciting building challenges! We'll experience movement in action, and the way things work as we become Master Builders.

Wheels in Motion- We will master concepts like rotation, acceleration, velocity, friction, and traction as we build Cars. Dragster, Trains, and more! It’s off to the races at Porter-Gaud!

Everything is Awesome- We’ll embrace Emmett’s positive attitude as we construct B4K’s most popular and most awesome models! Emmett and some of his LEGO® movie friends may even

All Junior Master Builders bring home a custom mini­figure from our Mini­Figure Factory (last day of the program) & all Arts & Crafts (day of completion).

All Materials will be provided!

Photo Illustrator and Graphic Design: (3:30-4:45PM, Grades 4-8)

What do billboards, signs, logos, websites, packaging, posters, and advertising have in common? Effective and eye-catching graphic design! You can make your school projects and presentations stand out from the crowd by learning the basics of digital graphic design in this course. We’ll delve into hands-on projects using InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator, software programs that are standard use for professionals in the field. In the process, we’ll explore fonts, colors, the basics of design and how to use digital editing tools. You’ll not only acquire practical, real-world skills but also have fun doing it!

This program builds off of Graphic Design and takes it to the next level. New students would not feel behind if they did not participate last semester. We start and finish a project each class.

An Apple laptop and mouse is required for this program. Parents must have an Adobe subscription for students and download Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign before the first class. It is important that your child have the login and password so they can resign in during class if there is a problem. Students will be able to work on their projects from home.

Instructor Caitilin McPhillips has three laptops that can be used for this program if needed. The first three that request them will have access.

Girls Run the World: (3:00-4:00PM, Grades 1-4)

Girls Run the World is more than just running. Throughout the season the girls will make new friends, build confidence, and appreciate what makes them unique. For more information about this program please email instructors - Gretchen Tate, gtate@portergaud.edu and Ragan Wood, rwood@portergaud.edu.

Please join us in a 10-week session for a program modeled after Girls on the Run. This program is designed for grades 1-4 with a focus on developing confidence, character, and compassion, all while being active throughout the PG campus. Girls will meet each Wednesday outside the cafeteria and begin with a warm-up, a short lesson, and conclude with an exercise activity. They will be joined by Middle School and Upper School female students and other female faculty throughout the program who will be designated as their running buddies. We will conclude the program by running a race together downtown. In order to complete the program with perfect timing for the Reindeer Run, our schedule will be different from the other Enrichment Programs:

1. begin on 9/26
2. 10/3
3. 10/10
4. 10/17
5. 10/24
6. 10/31
7. 11/7
8. 11/14 (11/22 is Thanksgiving)
10. 12/5

Porter-Gaud Football: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Football Fundamentals Returns!

Coach Colman and the PG Auxiliary Team creates a Porter-Gaud Football Curriculum for the entire Lower School. This introductory course will focus on the key concepts, terms, skills and drills that are necessary to become a successful Porter-Gaud Football Player. We are lucky enough to have several coaches including Varsity players, offering up their guidance and knowledge for each practice.

This is an incredible opportunity for the Lower School to learn the basics and fundamentals of Football. If your child has any interest in joining our Bantam team in Middle School, or just wants to have some fun on the football field, than this is the ideal situation for them. Make sure your child is prepared for techniques and basics associated with our Bantam Football Team. Participants will develop skills that will give themselves, and our teams, a big advantage when the time comes to play!

Participants will be broken up by age and ability level for portions of practice. The end of practices will include semi-competitive games.


Karate! (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Seha Karate Owner and Operator, Sensei Pettus, returns with his beginner Karate class. You will learn the basic fundamentals as well as self-defense techniques. The class will promote physical fitness and demonstrate respect for yourself and others. You will learn to practice self-control and you will have the opportunity to earn traditional belt advancement.

T-shirt, Belt and Key Chain all provided!

Come join us!

Trackology: (3:30-4:30PM, Grades 3-8) (Tu+Th)

1 Day and 2 Day Options

(Grades 4-8). Tuesdays OR Thursdays

(Same Session runs 2x week) This is for participation in either Tuesday or Thursday but NOT both days. Regular registration for the program would include both.

Coached by the Warings (Trackology and the PG Speed Camp), you'll get faster, stronger and quicker. If you want to improve your athletic performance or simply get more coordinated and have a little fun along the way. Sign up now as space is limited.

During this 5 week session, students will learn the fundamentals of running and all things related to track. Students will learn how to run faster and jump further and will be given the tools to propel them forward

There is no speed or time requirement and the only prerequisite is a great attitude with a willingness to improve!

On Your Mark. Get set. Go!

Wonderland STEAM Adventures with Palmetto Clayground: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Meri Stanec returns with an all new version of her popular Palmetto Clayground program.

We will travel to Wonderland, combining science, engineering, and art at every turn! You will engineer a twisty "rabbit hole" marble run, write secret messages that disappear like the Cheshire Cat, and create Wonderfully painted bisque and canvas pieces, as well as glass fusion art. All materials will be provided, and the cost of the activity will include kiln-fired works of art to enjoy at home.

All materials will be provided!

Tennis Anyone: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Tennis is a life long sport that should begin at a young age. Tennis Anyone is designed to introduce the game of tennis in a format that is fun, exciting and educational. Students will focus on developing their balance, agility, awareness and of course their tennis technique. Coach Cameron Brown will provide the students with an hour of multiple games and drills. We will change up the format frequently to keep it exciting and fun. This is the best course for those that would like to have an introduction to Tennis that will leave them wanting more!

Instructor will be our very own PE Instructor Cameron Brown!

Cheerleading: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

This program is offered to all 1st – 4th graders with the Porter-Gaud Spirit. This introductory Cheerleading course will be lead by one of the College of Charleston most experienced Lady Cougars – Camryn Snell.

In this 8-week program students will learn fundamental techniques of gymnastics and cheerleading in a fun and safe environment that encourages self- empowerment and bolsters the PG Spirit. Come join us on Thursday afternoons. Be sure to bring your spirit!


Girls Engineering Club: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students, Grades 1-4

Join me to explore the exciting world of engineering! Engineers will hone their problem solving abilities while completing fun teamwork activities. They will imagine and create a solution to each week’s challenge, then test the success of their solutions. Engineering activities build academic confidence, decision-making skills, and resilience. My challenges encourage young engineers to expand their minds in a supportive, fun, and interactive environment! Girls Engineering Club meets once/week for 8 weeks and is open to girls in grades 1-4.

(The engineering challenges change each semester, so if you’ve engineered with me in the past, this semester will be different.)