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Well-being, nature, cooking and science among the free virtual courses for 509-J students


Art, technology, conservation, and music are just a few of the topics students can explore in a new series of enrichment classes starting the week of January 11.

The Jefferson County Community Learning Center offers students and families in Jefferson County School District 509-J a variety of free virtual classes.

“Enrichment courses provide students with the opportunity to develop social and emotional skills, be creative and have unique learning experiences with instructors who are passionate about their field,” said Katie Boyle, Director of Jefferson County Community Learning Center.

Families should register their students for the enrichment classes in Session 2. Most are held after school and last nine weeks. During full distance learning, enrichment programming is virtual and aligned with the platform chosen by the District, Google Classroom, and Meet.

“The courses are designed to provide all students with the opportunity to learn and improve their academic skills, a hands-on CTE / STEAM curriculum, and to provide opportunities for family engagement to all students and families at 509-J”, Boyle said. “We strive to provide opportunities that extend beyond what they experience during the traditional school day.”

She said the district’s goals in offering these enrichment courses are to increase students’ academic performance to meet state standards; increase student preparation for college and careers; involve families in the education of their students; and improve the physical and mental health of students. JCCLC programming is designed to complement regular district academic programs.

Boyle said the district has learned through evidence-based practice that the most effective supports for academic success are broad college programs; active participation of parents and the community, integrating cultural values ​​and beliefs; and expanding the possibilities for school-work programs in the community.

Community partners and district staff develop electives.

“These very interesting and student-chosen electives explore new experiences offered outside of school hours that they would not normally learn on a typical school day,” Boyle said. “Our classes are very engaging and based on student interest.”

JCCLC offers several other services in addition to enrichment courses.

District teachers offer virtual academic tutoring through the center Monday through Thursday. High school students can work as peer tutors. Additionally, JCCLC offers summer acceleration programs to help students prepare for the next grade level.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER - Students made Walking Tacos with this Cooking Dreams food kit. JCCLC also offers “take out” classes, including the monthly distribution of SMART Reading books and a Cooking Dream class where meal kits are provided for the whole family.

Each month, JCCLC offers family engagement activities that can be picked up from two locations on the third Wednesday or Thursday of the month. A virtual painting evening will take place on January 22, with a material distribution on January 20 and 21 from Warm Springs K-8 and Bridges High School.

JCCLC was established through a 21st Century Grant from the Oregon Department of Education received in October 2018. There are three centers. The Jefferson County Middle School Center includes Metolius, Buff, and Madras Elementary Schools, as well as JCMS students. The second center is located at Warm Springs K-8 Academy, serving K-8 students, and the third is located at Madras High School, serving 9-to-12 students.

The centers offer academic enrichment, including private lessons in mathematics, reading, writing, homework help and native language lessons; CTE / STEAM, including career exploration, after-school programs, internships, mentoring and STEAM camps and labs as well as physical and mental health programs; and family engagement, which includes Family University, focusing on literacy, English and other courses.

For the most recent information, follow the Jefferson County Community Learning Center Facebook page, which has links to registration forms and the Google home page: https://sites.google.com/509j .net / 21stcclcjcms / home.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER - Jefferson County Community Learning Center offers several enrichment courses for students in Jefferson County School District 509-J.  Most classes start the week of January 11 and run for nine weeks.

Session 2 enrichment course

The Jefferson County Community Learning Center offers several enrichment courses for local students.

All session 2 enrichment courses are free to students in Jefferson County School District 509-J. Virtual classes begin the week of January 11 and most run for nine weeks. Families should register their students online at https://bit.ly/3iAmyVc. Students will then be enrolled in a Google classroom for the chosen class and receive an invitation to their whitebuffalos email address.

Enrichment courses in this session include:

STREAM Connections takes place every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Darek Staab of Trout Unlimited and Jenna Keeton of Middle Deschutes Watershed Council will collaborate on watershed education classes for third, fourth and fifth graders.

Mental health specialist Kristina McElroy will be offering wellness workshops Monday through Thursday at varying times depending on age group. It will introduce students to new skills that improve their personal, academic and social well-being.

Central Oregon Middle School mentor Kevin Ball will teach a series of art classes and mentoring program through Caldera Arts for middle school students each Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Brian Gallagher offers Esports to college students to practice their computer skills and sportsmanship. This course takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Discover Your Forest’s Karen Gentry and Becky Yaeger will guide Grades 3 to 5 students on a deep dive into the animal kingdom. This class takes place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday.

Beat Children’s Theater presents Imagination Station for Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Students will participate in live exercises and games designed to inspire and cultivate an active imagination.

JCCLC offers a free typing class from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Metolius Elementary School music teacher Emma Benson will teach children’s choir to Grades 3 to 5 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday.

Warm Springs K-8 Academy music teacher Andres Rodriguez will teach electronic music production to grades 6-8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every Wednesday.

The center will provide adult English as a second language courses online for all 509-J families and community members.

Barre Above classes combine Pilates, yoga, aerobics and weight training. Classes include modifications for all fitness levels.

Cooking Dreams is a beginner’s cooking class designed for kids. Meal kits are provided. Students must register one week before collecting the meal kit.

Students in the SMART Reading program will receive two books per month. Virtual readings aloud are available for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students.

For more information on these enrichment courses, call 541-475-0388, email This e-mail address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit https://sites.google.com/509j.net/21stcclcjcms/home.


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