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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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    • Community Schools Enrichment registration will open Tuesday, August 7th at 8am.
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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

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  • ECMS Athletic Packet
  • Policies

    Activity Bus Schedule

    ONLINE REGISTRATION

    Foothills Phil Logo

    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

    Extended Day -

    First Quarter - August 13 - October 5

    No classes - September 3

    Classes are held 2:45 - 4:15pm

    MONDAY

    YOGA FOR STUDENTS (MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY)-----------------Fee: $98

    A twice a week practice of relaxation, with introductory yoga principles of deep breathing, relaxation techniques, fluid body movement, balance, and flexibility. Designed with the junior high student in mind, this is an opportunity to unplug and focus in a stress-free environment. Students will learn to create a healthy yoga practice. Join Gwen for a fun and exciting journey into Yoga for Students. Students will need to bring their own yoga mat.

    YEARBOOK----------------------------------------------------------------------Fee: $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.
    NOTE: Class does NOT include the purchase of a yearbook. Please purchase your yearbook on InTouch.

    TUESDAY

    GOLF AT SKYLINE-------------------------------------------------------------Fee: $114-
    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.

    Location: Skyline Country Club
    5200 E St Andrews Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718
    *Transportation will not be provided*

    JAZZ BAND ----------------------------------------------------------------------Fee: $49
    2 DAYS!! Join us for a drawing-based art class that incorporates structured learning with personal instruction. The instructor will guide students through a different project each day that includes explanation of artist terms and techniques related to the project and medium of the day. We focus on the creative process that encourages students to explore and grow. Our curriculum never repeats and no art experience is necessary!

    TUESDAY AND/OR THURSDAY

    W.E.L.L. (WATER EFFICIENT LIVING LAB) PROGRAM--------------------Fee: $59 -- TAKE THIS CLASS FOR ONE DAY PER WEEK OR BOTH. YOU WILL GET A $10 DISCOUNT FOR SIGNING UP FOR BOTH CLASSES.

    ''Sow It, Grow It, Reap It, Eat It, and Recycle Too... Connecting youth with their environment." Learn about building and maintaining a sustainable garden right here at ECMS!

    Students will collaborate to build their own garden and raise their own plant. The garden is an oasis where students can experience the beauty and bounty of nature and the joy of working together to make a difference.

    WEDNESDAY (BEFORE SCHOOL)

    7:30AM - 9:00AM

    KIDZART ------------------------------------------------------------------------Fee: $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.

    STEEL DRUMS @ CANYON VIEW (ADVANCED) 8am - 9am ------------Fee: $49
    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. Ms. Moore- Canyon View Elementary-
    Email pmoore@cfsd16.org for approval.

    WEDNESDAY (AFTER SCHOOL)

    IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY-----------------------------------------------Fee: $49 ---
    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!

    ROBOTICS USING LEGO NXT------------------------------------------------Fee: $48
    Build and program robots using the LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 or NXT system! Learn about mechanical and software design, loops, conditional statements, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Work in small groups, program and build your robot, and rise to the challenge. Control the robot to avoid obstacles, pick up and carry objects, and play sounds. Projects are structured so that students work in an open-ended, investigative environment while having fun.

    THURSDAY

    STEEL DRUMS (BEGINNING) @ CANYON VIEW-------------------------Fee: $56
    This group is open to any Esperero Canyon Middle School students 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 rehearsals, scheduled performances and help move equipment when necessary. Student's fees cover a t-shirt, mallets, music and music binder.

    GOLF AT SKYLINE------------------------------------------------------------ Fee: $114
    Join us on the tee this spring for golf lessons! Community Schools is pleased to partner with Skyline Country Club & their Pro Golfers to see how fun golf can be! Get instruction in full swing, chipping, putting, rules and etiquette.

    Location: Skyline Country Club
    5200 E St Andrews Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718
    *Transportation will not be provided*
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    TABLE TOP GAMES-------------------------------------------------------------Fee: $49
    Do you like to match wits with friends? Do you like to play games that you can play anywhere, without charging your device? Do you like to have realtime, face-to-face interactions with others? Do you not have enough time to get together with your friends? If so, Table Top Games might be for you! Each week students can bring in their own board games, or trading card games to play with others. If you don't have board games, some will be provided for you. Come play classics like Chess, Clue, Monopoly or Life, or it could be newer games like Magic the Gathering, Wizardology or Axis and Allies.

    CHESS CLUB--------------------------------------------------------------------Fee: $49
    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.

    KIDSTAGE PRESENTS: HERCULES--------------------------------------------Fee:$165 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.

    FRIDAY

    PHOTOGRAPHY / ADOBE PHOTOSHOP EDITING----------------------Fee: $98 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--------------------------------------------------------------------Fee: $49 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 through 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.


    ATHLETICS

    SPORTS TIMELINE

    Activity Bus Schedule

    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

    Game Schedule

    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.


    Boys Intramural Volleyball (6)-----------------

    Fee: $111---------------------------------------------------Mon. & Wed.

    Boys in the 6th grade are invited to join the intramural volleyball team. Emphasis will be on team and individual skills, participation and sportsmanship. The team will play against the Orange Grove Panthers!
    Registration Fee includes a quick dry uniform jersey.

    Girls Intramural Volleyball (6)

    Fee: $111---------------------------------------------------Tues. & Thurs.

    Girls in the 6th grade are invited to join the intramural volleyball team. Emphasis will be on team and individual skills, participation and sportsmanship. The team will play against the Orange Grove Panthers!
    Registration Fee includes a quick dry uniform jersey.

    Girls Interscholastic Softball (7 & 8)

    Fee: $169---------------------------------------------------Mon. - Thurs.

    All 7th & 8th grade girls are invited to join the Esperero Canyon Eagles Softball Team. Practice basic skills such as throwing, catching, fielding and batting. Students will compete against other schools in the Northwest League.
    Registration fee includes socks and a quick dry uniform jersey.

    Boys Interscholastic Volleyball (7 & 8)

    Fee: $111--------------------------------------------------Mon. & Wed.

    Boys in 7th & 8th grade are invited to join the volleyball team. Emphasis will be on team and individual skills, strategies, participation and sportsmanship. The team will play against other schools in the Northwest League. Registration fee includes a quick dry uniform jersey.

    Co-Ed Interscholastic Flag Football (7 & 8)

    Fee: $159---------------------------------------------------Mon. - Thurs.

    Boys and girls in 7th & 8th grade are invited to join the Flag Football team. Emphasis will be on team and individual skills, strategies, participation and sportsmanship. The team will play against other schools in the Northwest League. Registration fee includes a quick dry uniform jersey.

    Co-Ed Cross Country (6, 7 & 8)

    Fee: $169---------------------------------------------------Mon. - Thurs.

    Join the Esperero Canyon Eagles’ Cross Country team. Open to boys and girls in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th. Our team will compete against other schools in the Northwest League.
    Registration Fee includes a practice t-shirt.

    Co-Ed Interscholastic Tennis (7 & 8)

    Fee: $154---------------------------------------------------Mon. - Thurs.

    Calling all 7th and 8th grade tennis players to join the Esperero Canyon Eagles. Learn skills, strategies, and drills to the team. Competition will take place against other schools in the Northwest League. Students are required to provide their own racquets. Registration fee includes socks and a quick dry uniform jersey.

    Co-Ed Intramural Flag Football (6)

    Fee: $154--------------------------------------------Mon./Wed. OR Tues./Thurs.

    Please only register for M/W or T/TH, not both! Open to boys & girls in grades 6th, 7th, & 8th. Students will learn sportsmanship, team unity and work on skill improvement through game play and modified games. Some games will be played against the Orange Grove Panthers. Registration fee includes socks and a quick dry uniform jersey.



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    Special Programs

    CS OUTDOORS

    Depart from and return to Catalina Foothills HS

    Backpacking 101

    4-6 miles, 1000ft+ elevation change. Challenging terrain and physically demanding activity for extended periods of time. Moderate to High physical exertion. Suitable for those with moderate outdoor experiences. Designed for those looking to push their limits.

    Interested in learning how to backpack? Want to learn more about Leave No Trace, Geocaching & Wilderness Survival Skills? Join us for this 3 week program and a culminating overnight trip into the backcountry! Backpacks for use during overnight may be available upon request.
    Fridays, September 14 & 21 at Orange Grove ---2:45pm - 4:15pm
    September 28 and 29 - Our overnight on Mt. Lemmon! Leave school at 2:45pm, Return to CFHS at 12:00pm on Saturday. Guide: Mary Grodman ----Fee: $110


    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


    The 2018 FIRST Lego League Challenge: INTO ORBIT

    Get ready for the launch of the 2018 FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) robotics competition season! Students in grades 4-10 (ages 9-15) are eligible for team membership.

    Students who are interested in participating on an FLL team must attend a 2-session Preview Class. This class is a "test flight" for the full 14-week team mission. This year's teams will design and program a LEGO Windstorms robot to accomplish tasks like mining an asteroid, building and supplying a space colony, and cleaning up space trash. They will also propose an innovative solution to a research question that will advance the human ability to live or work beyond Earth.

    The Preview Class is an opportunity for students to see if they have the focus, persistence, self-direction, and ability to work with others to enjoy working towards the goal of competing in a regional tournament in December. Team members must commit to weekly meetings on their scheduled days and may choose to attend additional sessions. Some teams advance from regional to state competition in January. First and second place winners at the state tournament are invited to international events in April and May.

    The FLL Robotics program is supervised by Charlotte Ackerman, CFSD Teacher Leader for Science and Engineering Practices in partnership with teachers, high school mentors, parents and community members.

    Esperero, Orange Grove and CFHS - Fridays at 3:00-5:45 at Sunrise Drive ElementaryPreview Class on August 17 and August 24. ECMS and OGMS students can arrange to ride a school bus to Sunrise Drive School by requesting a bus pass when registering.

    The full INTO ORBIT FLL season team meetings will begin the week of August 27, 2018 and will continue through the second week in December.


    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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