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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.

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** If you see these two asterisks.. it's a brand new program!

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*** Session II Programs start the week of November 18th, and end the week of December 9th, off for the week of Thanksgiving.

*** There are now 1 day a week and 2 day a week options available!

Session II

Surf Club: (Saturdays, 8:00-9:30am, MS and US Students) ***CLOSED

*Surf Club is for intermediate to advanced surfers only

Porter-Gaud’s Surf Club has been created for students who share a passion for catching waves, will to improve their technique and want to have a blast! This group will meet with Charleston’s award winning pro-surfer Kyle Busey for 4 Saturdays to ride some waves, learn surfing safety, improve skills, monitor tides and build confidence on the board. Kyle Busey is a 5 time winner of the Governor's Cup, and the owner of Carolina Salt Surf Lessons on Folly Beach, he is one of the best surfers of his time. We are eager to have Kyle help us jump start the surfing community at Porter-Gaud!  Boards and wetsuits provided!!

Students will meet at Folly Beach from 8am-9:30am on

November 2nd

November 9th

November 16th

November 23rd

Make up dates - 11/30 and 12/7

 

Check out Kyle here, and don’t miss out on the opportunity to improve your surfer’s skills!

 

 

MS Running Club: (Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, Grades 5-8)

10 total sessions every Monday and Wednesday, starting Monday, 11/4 finishing Wednesday, 12/4 with the Reindeer Run on Saturday, December 7th.

 

Get running, keep running, and don't stop! The Middle School Running Club (MSRC) is back for its third year! This club kicks off every Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 3:30-4:30. November 4th -December 7th. 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 to achieve new heights.....and records! The Club’s culminating event this semester will be the Charleston Reindeer Run on Saturday, December 7th.

Club enrollment will also include:

  • Registration to the Reindeer Run
  • Running Club t-shirt
  • Pre-run after school snacks
  • TCBY frozen treat run
  • A pizza party on Friday, December 6th

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

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

 

Graphic Design: Holiday Edition: (Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:30-4:45pm, Grades 4-8)

This program is perfect for the upcoming holiday season! Students will use graphic design to create all different types of gifts and gadgets for the holidays.  They will develop their design skills by using the Silhouette Studio computer program and the Silhouette Cameo machines. Come join us in making stickers for family holiday crafts and gifts such as a family charger, glass etching on a candle pillar, and making personalized gift tags. This class is for fourth through eighth grades.  

 

Ball Hogs: (Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00-4:15pm, Grades 1-4)

The Auxiliary Team is excited to announce that one of our Varsity Coaches and Tennis Pro-Jessica Van Der Mije will be working with our Lower School Tennis Programming. Coach JZ will teach tennis fundamentals such as court awareness, ball tracking, hand & body control for any Lower School student. Ball Hogs will be a fun and interactive program with the goal of cultivating a love for being out on the tennis court as opposed to being able to play tennis. When the kids return everyday, because they love being out there, their muscle memory has no choice BUT to learn how to play!  

Youth Yoga: (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15pm, Grades 1-4)

Downward Dog, Cat, and Tree Pose!  Yoga is a fun non-competitive practice for children, that will give students healthy habits to carry throughout life. 

The benefits of yoga for young children include refining flexibility and balance, reducing stress and anxiety, as well as helping develop concentration and focus. This yoga class is designed to encourage students to gain a sense of self, community and bodymind connection while having fun. 

Certified Yoga Instructor and Health Coach Savannah Stone will be instructing this course for lower school students. 

The students will be learning basic yoga techniques, playing games, creating crafts and more! All skill levels are welcome.

Minecraft Coding Club: (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-4:45pm, Grades 3-8)

Welcome to the Minecraft Club!  Members will learn how to use, code, build, create and collaborate in Minecraft Education Edition. You'll be investing in their future as they learn vital 21st century skills as well. They will love doing it inside Minecraft EE!

Members will learn how to code and will also explore the creative side of computing, by creating 3D interact-able worlds inside Minecraft. They will learn on the latest Windows PCs with Nvidia Graphics cards. Not only will they learn to Code, they will also gain skills in problem solving, creativity and team-work.

Pickleball: (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:00-4:15pm, Grades 1-4)

Yes, Porter-Gaud is bringing the world’s fastest growing sport of Pickleball to you! 

What is Pickleball? Pickleball is something of a mix between tennis, racquetball and ping pong. Players use special paddles and a wiffle ball, and the games take place on tennis courts with specific pickleball lines. Nets and court sizes are smaller than their tennis counterparts, and the most common game is doubles, although singles is also an option. It has its own set of quirky rules — for instance, try to stay out of the “kitchen”— but they’re easy to learn.

Pickleball will develop your student’s confidence, agility, and teach them a game they can play for life. Your student will be the first to utilize Porter-Gaud’s new pickleball lines on the tennis courts. They will learn the rules of the game, play in matches, and develop skills with USAPA Pickleball Certified Instructor Kekoa Lee! 

 

Saturday Clinics

Co-Ed Lacrosse Clinic: (Saturday, 11/16 from 10am-2:30pm Grades 2-5) ***CLOSED

Girls and Boys Grades 2-5, 10am-2:30pm Saturday, November 16th

Get your sticks ready for one of the fastest growing sports in America! Join Former 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, November 16th. 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. Mouth guards will be provided as well. Don't miss your chance to get a jumpstart on this awesome sport!

Co-Ed MS Basketball Skills Clinic: (Saturdays, 10am-12pm (Grades 5-8) ***CLOSED

The Cyclone Basketball coaching staff, lead by JP and Travis Smith, would like to offer your daughter's and son's an opportunity to develop their basketball skills on Saturdays beginning in September.  Our goal is to develop a basketball culture at PG. Each individual player will be taught at a pace thats suits their individual skill level and needs.  Obviously everyone's level of skill is different and we're prepared to meet each player at their current level.  Through practice and application they will continue to improve and grow confidence and composure.  

The Coaching staff consists of Middle School and Varsity Basketball Coaches!

You are invited...middle school girls and boys! Don't miss this opportunity.  

The clinic will be held on the following Saturday's from 10am-12pm:

September: 21, 28

October: 12, 19, 26

November: 2, 9, 16

You may sign up for 2, 4, or 8 sessions!!

 

MS Volleyball Prep Clinic: (Saturday, 12/7 1pm-4pm Grades 3-5)

We're lucky enough to have State Champion Head Coach of the dynasty that is PG Volleyball, Megan Crouch, offer her MS Volleyball Prep Clinic for 2019. This program is designed to teach and develop our younger volleyball generation for playing on the big stage.  This is perfect for players who just finished their fall season and are looking to play in Middle School.

3rd grade will be included this year as its designed for grades 3-5. Players will learn the fundamentals and basics of volleyball through Coach Crouch's system. Make sure you don't miss the opportunity to connect with your Varsity Coaches, develop your technique and have a lot of fun in the process!

Holiday Chess Tournament: (Saturday, 12/14 10am start, 9am registration-all ages)

The Auxiliary Department is happy to announce it's first annual Holiday Chess Tournament!  The Holiday Tournament is open to all ages and skill levels for anyone in the Charleston community.  Registration will be at the cafeteria from 9am-10am with a $10 fee AT THE DOOR ONLY, we will have snacks and drinks provided for everyone.

Beginner Bracket and Intermediate Bracket  

Trophies and other prizes will be given out throughout the tournament!  Don't miss out on a chance to challenge your chess skills and be a part of the first ever PG Holiday Chess Tournament!!

6/7/8 Competitive Basketball: (Saturdays, 12/7 - 2/29, *Times change, 6/7/8 grade)

Our first session will be Saturday December 7th from 10:30-12:30.   

The love for basketball at the Porter-Gaud School is at an all time high!  We want to provide an opportunity for all 6th 7th and 8th grade ballers, to have more high level competition and fun!  Coach Ferrelli and Coach Colman will hold a skill developing basketball program that will center on competitive games.  Refs, fouls, running clock, free throws and anything else we can do to make it the best possible game like scenarios.  Teams will change from week to week, and we will build toward a couple tournaments at the end of the program that would be 3v3 and 5v5.  The teams will be determined by us in an attempt to make them as even as possible, please let the kids know that we will listen to suggestions but the final call will be ours.  Our first session will be Saturday December 7th from 10:30-12:30.    

Some things to consider before you register:

  1. We will not be able to lock down the same day/time every week, you must be somewhat flexible.
  2. We will schedule 12 sessions going into early March if we need to.  
  3. You may register for 12, 6 or 3 sessions.
  4. This is an Enrichment program and there will be a fee associated with registration.
  5. Hope and Larry will tell us when and if we have our gym space, we will work around their gym schedules.
  6. We may utilize the outdoor court if we need to.  
  7. Each session will be at least 90 minutes, preferably 2 hours.
  8. All players will show class and respect for one another.                

We are extremely excited for this opportunity as it will be fun, competitive and high energy.  We want to see all the kids have an opportunity to keep playing together through the season.  Thank you!

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Monday

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

Lower School Students

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: (3:30-4:45PM, Grades 1-8)

Lower School and Middle School Students

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! PG 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.

**Mystery Busters: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Does your child like solving mysteries and completing challenges? If so, this Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math after school activity is for her/him. Each week will start with an open-ended question, then participants will decide on materials, imagine creative solutions, plan out a design, and make an invention to solve the problem. Students will use science, math, engineering, and technology to solve such problems as How can I make at least a bridge that a matchbox car can drive across? How can I create a bird feeder that will hang from a branch and can hold 50 grams of bird seed? How can I make a make a parachute that will fall as slowly as possible? How can I inflate a balloon using baking soda and vinegar? Come solve these challenges and much more!!

**Gym Class Heroes: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students, 3:00-4:15pm

Do you wish gym class never ended? Are you thinking about that one bowling pin you didn't knock down all day long? If so, then "Gym Class Heroes" is the Enrichment Program for you. The Director of Extended Day, Joey Ferrelli will be running this 8 week-long program in which students will play a variety of different gym class inspired games. Through different types of games students will practice hand-eye coordination, teamwork, sportsmanship, critical thinking, creative thinking, and most importantly how to compete while having fun. This program is open to any Lower School student who wishes to get some exercise after school with a fun-filled and action packed program.

Pickup will be at the Lower School Carpool Loop at 4:15. They will be brought to Extended Day after 4:25.

 

**Inventions Lab 5.0: Super Power Edition!: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students, 3:00-4:15pm

** New Program - The popular and educational Invention Lab is back for a new Super Power Edition! Come join us as we create fun and exciting inventions through the many different fields of science, with a focus on becoming a SUPER YOU!

In this semester's program we will be exploring how to maximize students surroundings to be the ultimate superhero! Each day will have a specific superpower invention to help students learn that being a hero is more than just wearing a cape. 

The curriculum will include focusing on maximizing the benefit of superfoods to increase your superpowers, manipulating the powers of illusion, growing crystal kryptonite, and more!

All materials will be included, including a visit from a master illusionist at the end of the program!

 

Tuesday

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

Lower School Students

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 will 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 any class and especially the final class of this program!

 

 

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

Grade 4 ONLY, 3:00-4:00pm 

*Later start date on 10/1-11/19 and only 6, hour long sessions.

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, 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! 6 one hour sessions.

Program will not meet on 10/15 and 10/29 due to Fall Break and Conference Day

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

PG Football FUNdamentals: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Football Fundamentals Returns!

Coach Colman and the PG Auxiliary Team create 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 and have some friendly competition with games such as; flag football and ultimate 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.

*Keep an eye out for the Fortnite flagging drills as individuals and in teams.

*Participants will be broken up by age and ability level for portions of practice.

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

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 ability level they will be asked to move to the "Tennis Anyone" program. If that class is full the student will be refunded.

Instructor is Cameron Brown, our very own Lower School PE Instructor, Cross-Country Coach, Sailing Coach and Tennis Guru!

 

 

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

Lower School Students

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's most experienced Lady Cougars – Marybeth Vassy!

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 Tuesday afternoons. Be sure to bring your spirit!

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

Grades 2-4

Join our very own Katie Donahue, our resident math expert, in an adventure of solving mysteries and escaping danger! We will use a variety of math skills to solve a unique crime each week. Some specific math topics covered to help solve these crimes 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!

 

**MS Fencing: (3:30-4:45pm, Grades 5-8)

Middle School Students

Before you read on, watch this quick 2-minute video on the basics of Fencing!:

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Porter-Gaud is thrilled to present the opportunity for your child to learn the art of fencing by fencing professional Ann Marie! The elite sport of fencing incorporates agility, strength, coordination, balance, and timing. In this beginners fencing course, students will increase physical ability and gain a strong mental edge. The competitors of a fencing match wear protective gear and handle swords which will be fully provided for students to use each session. At the end of the program students will get the opportunity to visit the Edge of America Fencing Club of Charleston to practice their skills in a true match. 

**Fencing club will also include a free membership to the Edge of America fencing club.**

*Please email jferrelli@portergaud.edu and sstone@portergaud.edu if your child is right-handed or left-handed

For more information about fencing check out edgeofamericafencing.com

Wednesday

Bricks 4 Kids: The Next Chapter!: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

All new 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 Spring 2019 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!

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

**Later start date 9/25

Lower School Students

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 Race 12/7, our schedule will be different from the other Enrichment Programs:

1. 9/25
2. 10/2
3. 10/9
4. 10/16
5. 10/23
6. 10/30
7. 11/6
8. 11/13
9. 11/20
10. 12/4 (11/27 is Thanksgiving Break)

 

Reindeer Race 12/7

 

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

Lower School Students

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

State Champion Head Varsity Coach and basketball guru 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. Keep an eye out for current Varsity stars Mr. Chase Cannon and Ms. Elise Pearson who will assist throughout the semester. 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.

**PG 3D Design Lab: (3:00-4:15pm, Grades 2-4)

Grades 2-4, 3:00-4:15pm with Julie Sessions

Are you interested in graphic and 3D design? Do you want to learn how to 3D print? Have you ever wanted to make your own t-shirt design or create wood carvings? Students in grades 2-4 will explore techniques and skills needed to successfully make personalized products using various different design styles. In this 8 week course the students will be introduced to 3D printers, tinkercad programming, Carvey machine, easel programming, 3Doodler pens, and the Silhouette machine programs.

Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this new and exciting Enrichment Program!

**LS Think Boxing: (3:00-4:15pm, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

Porter-Gaud is excited to announce we are now offering a unique style of Boxing as part of the Enrichment programming. Think Boxing is a modified, non-contact Olympic-style boxing program that couples mental and physical wellness into basic boxing fundamentals. Think Boxing was designed by mental health professionals to promote emotional control and brain health, and each class will be taught by certified Think Boxing coaches. Each student that participates will benefit from superior exercise while also learning the core tenets of the sport - structure, discipline, perseverance and empowerment.

 

Thursday

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

Lower School Students

Seha Karate Owner and Operator, Sensei Pettus is back!  Sensei 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.

Belt and Key Chain all provided!

Come join us!

Mythical Creatures and STEAM with Palmetto Clayground: (3:00-4:15PM, Grades 1-4)

Lower School Students

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

Are you undaunted by dragons? Mystified by mermaids? Join in on an investigation of these creatures and more - combining art, science, and engineering! We will build traps, catapults, and mix potions while exploring scientific concepts and building engineering skills. Art projects will include bisque painting techniques, glass fusion, and acrylic painting & pours.

 All materials will be provided!

Dragon Canvas Using Acrylic:

Unicorn Slime:

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

Lower School Students

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 is Cameron Brown, our very own Lower School PE Instructor, Cross-Country Coach, Sailing Coach and Tennis Guru!

 

**Co-Ed Lacrosse: (3:00-4:15pm, Grades 2-4)

Grades 2-4, 3-4:15pm

Lacrosse Enrichment is back!

Get your sticks ready for one of the fastest growing sports in America! Join returning Coach, Drew Stubbs, for our Co-Ed Lacrosse After-School Enrichment Program. Coach Drew will teach the general knowledge and skills needed to play the high pace sport of Lacrosse.

Coach Drew will use his expertise of the game to teach students about 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.  Bring your own sticks, or borrow ours (we have plenty). If you have gloves and a helmet feel free to bring them as well, but they are not required. Don't miss your chance to get a jumpstart on this awesome sport!

**MS Think Boxing: (3:30-4:45pm, Grades 5-8)

Middle School Students

Porter-Gaud is excited to announce we are now offering a unique style of Boxing as part of the Enrichment programming. Think Boxing is a modified, non-contact Olympic-style boxing program that couples mental and physical wellness into basic boxing fundamentals. Think Boxing was designed by mental health professionals to promote emotional control and brain health, and each class will be taught by certified Think Boxing coaches. Each student that participates will benefit from superior exercise while also learning the core tenets of the sport - structure, discipline, perseverance and empowerment.

**Performance Enhancement: Strength, Speed, Agility, Acceleration and Explosiveness!: (Grades 2-4, 3:00-4:15pm)

Grades 2-4, 3-4:15pm

Porter Gaud Head Athletic Trainer/Performance Enhancement Specialist Lauren Frick, will be running an 8 week Performance Enhancement Program. This program is designed to help your child become a more explosive athlete and reach all their sports performance goals! The focus will be on biomechanics to get our bodies moving properly in the areas of strength, speed, agility, and acceleration. We will perform a dynamic warm up, speed testing, station drills focusing on different movements and plyometrics, introduce strength movements, and as always, end with games and competitions.

**MS Tennis Club: (Grades 5-8, 3:30-4:45pm)

Middle School Students

The first ever Middle School Tennis Club is here! Meeting each Thursday at 3:30pm, students will learn technical tennis skills necessary to compete at the next level.  Players will be challenged with different drills and games that will elevate their game.  They will be given hands on instruction to better their form, serving, ball placement and much more. 

This program is open to Middle School students of any skill level, and is designed to improve their game in strides to play for the Porter-Gaud Tennis Team.  Most importantly, this program gives students the opportunity to play a lot tennis, which is the best way to become a better player.  The club will include full-set matches with a scorekeeper on weekends throughout the semester.  Don't miss this opportunity to improve your game!

Friday

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

Lower School Students, Fridays 3:00-4:15

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 weeks challenge, then test the solution's success. Engineering activities build academic confidence, decision making skills and resilience. My challenges encourage young engineers to expand their mind in a supportive, fun and interactive environment.  

 

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

 

 

All Materials will be provided!

**LS Fencing: (3:00-4:15pm, Grades 2-4)

Lower School Students

Before you read on, watch this quick 2-minute video on the basics of Fencing!:

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Porter-Gaud is thrilled to present the opportunity for your child to learn the art of fencing by fencing professional Ann Marie! The elite sport of fencing incorporates agility, strength, coordination, balance, and timing. In this beginners fencing course, students will increase physical ability and gain a strong mental edge. The competitors of a fencing match wear protective gear and handle swords which will be fully provided for students to use each session. At the end of the program students will get the opportunity to visit the Edge of America Fencing Club of Charleston to practice their skills in a true match. 

**Fencing club will also include a free membership to the Edge of America fencing club.**

*Please email jferrelli@portergaud.edu and sstone@portergaud.edu if your child is right-handed or left-handed

For more information about fencing check out edgeofamericafencing.com

Flag Football with Coach Colman: (3:15-4:30pm, Grades 4-6)

Grades 4-6

Porter-Gaud Flag Football is back! (Thank you for your patience). We're offering a unique opportunity to participate in a Flag Football program designed for the Middle School, grades 4-6. This is an exciting opportunity to advance skills, fine tune techniques, establish our own PG squad and have a lot of fun in the process. If you're family has a desire for a non-contact football program than this is the ideal situation! Flag Football continues to grow in popularity season to season.

Participants will develop skills that will give themselves, and our teams, a big advantage when the time comes to play Cyclone Football as well. All flags, supplies and materials will be provided!