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2101 E. River Road | Tucson, AZ 85718
Phone: 520-209-7551 | Fax: 520-209-7575
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm
CARE: 520-209-7549


Travis Kolter
Director


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Esperero Canyon

Looking for after-school activities? Over one-half of Catalina Foothills School District middle school students participate in after-school enrichment activities and athletics offered through Community Schools. Students can choose to join a school team, improve athletic skills, make new friends while learning something new or explore the outdoors. No matter what the interest, Community Schools offers fun and well-supervised after-school activities at Esperero Canyon Middle School

Extended Day

Athletics

  • Game Schedule
  • SPORTS TIMELINE
  • ECMS Athletic Packet
  • Policies

    ONLINE REGISTRATION


    ACTIVITY BUS SCHEDULE

    For your student's protection, bus stop schedules will no longer be posted in PDF format on our website.

    To see your bus routes and stops, please log in to ParentVUE and click on the Student Info tab. The bottom-most section, Bus Information, contains a link to the bus route documents.

    PLEASE NOTE: You will need to use your student's school email and Google password (listed in the Google Login Information section) to be able to access the bus schedules.

    You can also pick up a hard copy at our community schools office at 2101 E. River Road

    or

    from your Community Schools Coordinator.



    Adult Enrichment Classes
    For Adult offerings, click here:
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    ESPERERO CANYON
    EXTENDED DAY ACTIVITIES

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    SECOND QUARTER - OCTOBER 15 - DECEMBER 21
    (9 WEEK SESSION)

    NO CLASSES NOVEMBER 12, 19, AND 20

    NO LATE START WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 14

    CLASSES RUN FROM 2:45 - 4:15pm UNLESS NOTED


    HALF-DAY ACTIVITIES (Oct. 9 & 10)
    Spend the half day with us as we enjoy some quiet study or reading time, get outside in the great fall weather, enjoy fun art projects, play games and spend some time with our friends!

    Students can be picked up at any time during the program. Meet us outside the cafeteria at school dismissal!

    PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR LUNCH!

    MONDAY

    SABINO CANYON NATURALISTS - $55

    Enjoy hiking in Sabino Canyon? Learn more about desert ecology and the strange and unusual plants and critters that live out there. The Sabino Canyon Naturalists Club will meet at ECMS then walk over to Sabino where we will hike and explore nature in the canyon. (We will return back to school by 4:15pm for bus or parent pick up) Each week we will learn about a different aspect of canyon life, partnering with experts from the Sabino Canyon Naturalists. Participants should be prepared to walk 2-3 miles each week. Class size is limited!

    YEARBOOK - $52
    Enjoy photography? Creative? Is technology your thing? Can you handle deadlines? If so, then join the EC yearbook staff and see your peers and school through a new lens! Join us to design and produce a high quality yearbook for ECMS. As a yearbook staff member, you will be both a photographer and editor, responsible for taking a variety of photos both in and outside of the classroom and creating your own yearbook pages while meeting publishing deadlines in a timely manner.
    Note: Participants are expected to follow rules designed to ensure a positive and quality experience for all participants.
    Class does NOT include the purchase of a yearbook. Please purchase your yearbook on InTouch.

    MONDAY & WEDNESDAY

    RUNNING CLUB - $110
    Come enjoy the trails and and have fun in our non-competitive Running Club, where we forget the timing clock! The focus will be on endurance and trail running techniques. We will explore nearby Sabino Canyon on our daily runs of 3-4 miles. Running experience required, student should be able to run two miles without a break. Sportsmanship and participation will be emphasized. Student and parents must sign the Running Club Release and turn it in by the first day of class.

    CLAY CLUB GARDEN ART - $135

    Students will be introduced to the aesthetics of garden art. Come create small garden totems, wind chimes, clay orbs and other unique artworks. Students will be creating one specific artwork at a time, with a focus on the creative process, slab and coil building, tool technique and glaze application. Each student will be taking home a piece of art that they can present and enjoy. This clay class is structured around creativity, relaxation, calmness, while interacting with others in a quiet “chill”environment.

    TUESDAY

    JAZZ BAND - $55

    The ECMS Jazz Band is open to all 7th and 8th grade students currently enrolled in the ECMS Band Program, and in good standing with the director. Students in the Jazz Band must play one of the following instruments in jazz band - Piano, Electric Bass, Drum Set, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, Baritone). Any student playing these instruments will have the opportunity to learn and rehearse with the band. Performance opportunities may be based upon auditions depending on number of students enrolled, in order to ensure balances of instrumentation. Jazz private lessons are highly recommended for students especially for piano, bass and drum set. Students who are interested in Jazz Band should plan on participating for the entire school year. Jazz Band students can also participate in most after school sports.

    IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY - $55

    Come learn comedy improv in the style of “Whose Line is it Anyway.” Learn how to work as a team, share the stage, think on your feet, and laugh your head off!

    BOOKS INTO MOVIES - $55

    In this class we will explore various adaptations of books into films. All films will be rated G or PG and will include some of the following films:
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Wizard of Oz, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Never-ending Story & more!

    FOUNDATIONS IN PERSONAL FINANCE - $128

    Students will learn the importance of saving, budgeting, investing, building wealth through compounding interest & time, avoiding credit card debt, and avoiding identity theft. These and many more topics will be covered.

    TUESDAY OR THURSDAY

    GOLF AT SKYLINE - $117
    Join us on the tee this Fall for golf lessons! Community Schools is pleased to partner with Skyline Country Club & their Pro Golfers to get instruction in full swing, chipping, putting, rules and etiquette.

    WEDNESDAY BEFORE SCHOOL (7:30 - 9am)

    MORNING STUDY HALL - $4 PER DAY
    Join us before school from 7:30 to 9am to catch up on homework assignments or read a good book in a quiet setting.

    KIDZART - $146
    KidzArt is joining us with ARTRageous fun before school. With the perfect mix of instruction and creative freedom, each KidzArt class results in wonderfully unique art masterpieces where our KidzArtists’ inspiration brings works of art to life.
    All quality artist materials are provided.

    AM ADVANCED STEEL DRUMS @ CANYON VIEW - $55
    This group is open to Esperero Canyon Middle School students with at least one year of experience playing steel drums. Students will need to be approved by the director of the group before they will be accepted. Students will continue to enhance their performing skills on the steel drums and learn about the culture surrounding steel drum music. Students will be expected to regularly attend rehearsals, scheduled performances and help move equipment when necessary. Student's fees cover a t-shirt, mallets, music and music binder. Must have approval from Ms. Moore first before you can register.
    Wednesdays 8:00-9:00am at Canyon View - parents must drop students off at Canyon View Music Room at 8:00am.

    WEDNESDAY AFTER SCHOOL (7:30 - 9am)

    KIDSTAGE - "HARRIET PATTER AND THE SORCERER'S SODA" - $165
    TeenStage is thrilled to present the highly requested and anticipated wizard parody of the Harry Potter Story. Harriet Patter, a normal and somewhat neglected 13 year old, discovers suddenly that she is a wizard. Journey with her as she starts her magical education, make friends and discovers the secrets of the legendary Sorcerer’s Soda. This story is chock full of classic characters, magic and self discovery.
    It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!

    ESPERERO ENVIRONMENTALISTS - $59
    TeenStage is thrilled to present the highly requested and anticipated wizard parody of the Harry Potter Story. Harriet Patter, a normal and somewhat neglected 13 year old, discovers suddenly that she is a wizard. Journey with her as she starts her magical education, make friends and discovers the secrets of the legendary Sorcerer’s Soda. This story is chock full of classic characters, magic and self discovery.
    It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!

    THURSDAY

    TABLE TOP GAMES - $55
    TeenStage is thrilled to present the highly requested and anticipated wizard parody of the Harry Potter Story. Harriet Patter, a normal and somewhat neglected 13 year old, discovers suddenly that she is a wizard. Journey with her as she starts her magical education, make friends and discovers the secrets of the legendary Sorcerer’s Soda. This story is chock full of classic characters, magic and self discovery.
    It’s an adventure you won’t want to miss!

    CHESS CLUB (2:45 - 3:45PM) - $55
    Open to all ability levels. Students meet weekly to build strategy and play games. There will be opportunities for tournament play. Class fee includes a half hour of study hall on Thursday from 3:45-4:15pm.

    BEGINNING STEEL DRUMS - $55
    This group is open to any Esperero Canyon Middle School students and 5th Grade students at Canyon View Elementary School, Ventana Vista Elementary School with little or no experience playing steel drums. Students will learn to read and perform music for the steel drums and the culture surrounding steel drum music. Students will be expected to regularly attend rehersals, scheduled performances and help move equipment when necessary. Student’s fees cover a T-shirt, mallets, music and a binder.
    CLASS TIME: 4:15 - 5:15pm

    FRIDAY

    PHOTOGRAPHY - $110
    Students taking the course will learn beginner to advanced techniques in the world of photography and Adobe Photoshop editing. Skills in photography will include lighting techniques, composition, learning to shoot in manual mode, and much more! Skills in Adobe Photoshop will include enhancing photographs, working with creative filters and other great features.
    The instructor, Mr Jess, is a professional commercial photographer who has been photographing for nearly 35 years.
    Students can continue on in subsequent quarters to further gain more experience and learn more advanced techniques.
    Cameras for the students to use will be provided.

    BADMINTON - $55
    Badminton is an indoor racquet sport, which promotes physical fitness and mental wellness. While it can be a causal activity, badminton is a competitive sport. The most common forms of the game are "singles" and doubles".Since 1992, Badminton has been a Summer Olympic Games sport. Besides numerous health benefits, badminton helps participants to learn good sportsmanship and team work. In this class, we will teach the basics of badminton, including the rules of the game, as well as useful techniques and strategies to play successfully. The class will cover gripping technique, basic footwork, serving, and basic badminton shots, such as drive, defensive high clear, drop shots, smashing, etc. This training and practice will help students develop hand-eye coordination, muscle memory for the various moves, and decision-making skills critical to game success.

    MONDAY - FRIDAY

    Study Hall: 2:45-4:15
    NEW! Sign up by Noon Friday the week prior to attending. Sign up for a week in advance, or pay for the whole quarter at once! Only $4 per 1.5 hr. block! You only pay for the days you need! Late adds, while accepted, will incur a $15 late scheduling fee.


    Foothills Phil

    Do you play an instrument? Want an excellent experience playing a variety of music from movie themes to popular classics? Come and join the Foothills Phil, Community School’s Intergenerational orchestra! We meet on Thursday evenings from 6:45 - 9:00 p.m. Contact Community Schools for further information at 209-7551 or email cs@cfsd16.org

    ATHLETICS

    SPORTS TIMELINE

    Athletic Packets must be completed for ALL students participating in sports. These packets MUST be turned in before you can participate in practices.
Grades are checked throughout the quarter. If an athelete is below a 2 during the quarter, they will be deemed ineligible to play or practice until their grade is a 2 or higher. A formal grade check will be made at progress report time (4 1/2 weeks).

    ECMS Athletic Packet

    Pictures can be ordered from: https://inter-state.com/FlyerEntry/21605N

    Teams are filled on a first-come, first served basis, often fill quickly & are subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.


    Interscholastic Boys Basketball (7 & 8) - $178 (Mon. - Thurs.)
    Join the Esperero Canyon Eagles Basketball team and build individual and team skills. Sportsmanship, teamwork, and participation will be emphasized. Teams will compete against all of the teams in the Northwest League. These teams are for 7th and 8th grade students only. Coaches will have tournament dates and game information at a later date. Registration Fee includes a quick dry uniform jersey & shorts that you will keep at the end of the season.

    Intramural Boys Basketball (6) - $113 (Mon. & Wed. OR Tues. & Thurs.)
    6th grade boys will have the opportunity to develop individual and team skills including dribbling and shooting, offensive and defensive techniques. Emphasis will be on teamwork, sportsmanship and participation. Athletes will compete against the Orange Grove Panthers. Registration Fee includes a quick dry uniform jersey that you will keep at the end of the season.
    Girls Interscholastic Soccer (7 & 8) - $164 (Mon. - Thurs.)
    Join the Esperero Canyon Eagles Soccer team and practice dribbling, passing, shooting, team skills, and strategies. Teamwork, sportsmanship, and participation will be emphasized. Teams will compete against all of the teams in the Northwest League. This teams are open to all 7th and 8th grade girls. Registration Fee includes a quick dry uniform jersey that you will keep at the end of the season.
    Girls Intramural Soccer (6) - $111 (Tues. & Thurs)
    Girls in the 6th grade are invited to join the intramural Soccer team! Emphasis will be on team and individual skills, game strategies, participation and sportsmanship. The team will play against the Orange Grove Panthers. Registration Fee includes a quick dry uniform jersey that you will keep at the end of the season.



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    Special Programs

    CS OUTDOORS

    Depart from and return to Catalina Foothills HS


    Caving

    Less than 3 miles and 500ft elevation change. Low to moderate physical exertion. Suitable for Beginners. No flat soled shoes permitted.

    Caving is like hiking on all fours! Spend the day exploring the underground wonders of Peppersauce Cave. See cool cave formations, an underground lake, and shimmy your way through the rabbit hole! Learn why it is important to protect these natural wonders. Please wear very old clothes (you will get extremely muddy), bring a flashlight, change of clothes, garbage bag, sack lunch and water. Helmets and headlamps will be provided.

    Wednesday, October 10
    11am-5:45pm
    Guide: Mary Grodman
    Fee: $65

    Adventures in Patagonia
    3-6 miles, 1000ft elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Supportive soled shoes required. No flat soled shoes permitted. Suitable for those with beginning to moderate outdoor experiences.

    Meet CS Outdoors Thursday, October 11, 9:00am at CFHS and get ready for some hiking, fishing, creek exploration and camping fun! Prepare to get your feet wet when we spend our first day hiking in the Sonoita Creek State Natural Area! Enjoy a spectacular riparian area and discover over 106 species of birds, 49 species of damsel and dragonflies and over 130 butterfly species!! Work up an appetite as we head back to camp to play games, cook dinner, do some stargazing and get ready for a well-needed night's sleep in the campground. Wake up on Friday for some breakfast and then some time fishing in Patagonia Lake. Students must wear sturdy shoes with good tread meant for outdoor use that can get wet! A detailed overnight itinerary & supply list will be provided prior to departure.

    October 11-12
    Depart Catalina Foothills High School at 9am Thursday and return Friday at 4pm
    Guide: Mary Grodman--- Fee: $135

    Picacho Peak Hike
    3-6 miles, 1000ft+ elevation change. Moderate physical exertion sustained for longer periods of time. Supportive soled shoes required. No flat soled shoes permitted. Suitable for those with beginning to moderate outdoor experiences.

    Winter is a great time to conquer the 1,500 foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park! Come enjoy the gorgeous views, learn about this area's unique geological significance and varied desert growth. We will grill hot dogs and make S'mores over the fire after our hike! Pack list provided after registration!

    Thursday, December 27
    9:00am - 4:30pm
    Meet at CFHS
    Guide: Mary Grodman and Polly Tanner
    Fee: $65

    Picacho Peak Hike

    3 miles and 500ft elevation change. Low to moderate physical exertion. Suitable for Beginners. No flat soled shoes permitted.

    Did you know Madera means wood in Spanish? Come see this amazing wooded canyon that is one of the hottest spots for migrating birds in Southeastern Arizona, and the United States! We will identify as many trees and birds as we can on this day hike in the shade. We will grill hot dogs and make S'mores over the fire after our hike! Pack list provided after registration.

    Friday, December 28
    9:00am - 4:30pm
    Meet at CFHS

    Guide: Mary Grodman and Polly Tanner
    Fee: $65



    Community Schools' Policies

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    NOTES

    ONLINE ONLY REGISTRATION - We are accepting registrations online only. Please make sure you log into our system and create an account before registration day! No paper copies will be accepted. Registrations cannot be taken over the phone..

    ATTENTION: Attendance is taken for all Extended Day Activities & absences must be phoned in by parents to the school office by 2:00 p.m. the day of the class. If the students are not in class by 3:30pm an email will go out to parents.

    CELL PHONES and Other Communication Devices: Community Schools adheres to the same cell phone/communication device policy in effect during school hours. Students must follow and abide by the technology user agreement and discipline code. For a detailed description of the exact policy, please refer to your student planner.

    LATE FEE: A $15 late fee will be applied after the registration deadline. A $2 per minute supervision fee will be charged for those who remain on campus after 4:30.

    Refunds/Changes:
    Class cancelled by Community Schools (No fees charged, 100% refund). Refund or cancellation requested before the start of class ($10 change fee for any class changes or cancellations).
    50% Refund after the first class. No refunds will be given after the 2nd day of class. No refunds if we remove your student from a class.

    Assistance is available to families that may need help paying for class fees. Please contact Jason Grobe or the Community Schools main office at 209-7551 to obtain a fee reduction form.

    WAIT LIST POLICY: If a class you wanted to register for is FULL, please make sure you add the class to your cart by choosing the waitlist button to ensure you are contacted if a spot becomes available.

    Need Help? Contact Site Coordinators, Jason Grobe at 209-8149 for classes or Foster Bunce at 237-0188 for athletics. Between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m., you may call Community Schools at 209-7551.

    NOTE: Fees paid for an extra-curricular activity qualify for a tax credit with the State of Arizona. Please call 209-7551 to obtain a tax credit receipt.

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