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Clubs

Our online clubs are a key part of our virtual school community.

Online clubs are a key part of the Laurel Springs virtual school community, deepening relationships and providing students with the chance to work collaboratively. Clubs offer full-time students the opportunity to connect and socialize with other students who share their same interests, talents, and goals. Students gather in a stimulating, inviting and secure online environment, where they can talk to each other in real time and dive more deeply into subjects that interest them. Students work together on club projects and activities with the guidance of experienced, dynamic teachers. Examples of clubs which may be active at any given time are described below:

Kindergarten through 6th grade (unless other grade levels are specified):

Cooking Club

Club members will share recipes with others, and learn new cooking skills.

Gardening Club

Club members will learn how to start, maintain and harvest their own gardens. Students will be able to share their results via images and video and learn techniques for taking care of all kinds of plants.

Kitchen Science Club

Club members will enjoy many ways to connect with science in their everyday lives. Students will be given labs and exploration ideas to see science in action. We will meet monthly to share experiences and results.

Music Club

Club members love, create, or are simply curious about music. Members will celebrate, educate, support, inspire, create, listen to, and express our love of the spirit of music. This year we will be exploring ideas of how sound, song, and community are experienced in music.

Pen Pal Club

Our Pen Pal Club provides kids with an opportunity to meet other Laurel Springs students around the world, and maybe in their own home towns. It is a time to relax, share information, trade stories, and make new friends.

Pet Club

The Pet Club is for pet owners and non-owners. We will explore all aspects of pets with loads of information, news, pictures, jokes, and topics of interest. Members will meet other students with pets, and have a show and tell about your pet segment. We will also help locate community service opportunities, and learn about wild animals and why they may not be the best pet option.

Photography Club

The Photography Club is for students who share a love of capturing the world around them in images. A fancy camera is not necessary. Members will learn the basic skills of photography through mini-lessons and by putting skills into practice. Students will choose a topic each month around which to focus their photos, and then share and discuss them in the live meeting. Students will also have the chance to play photography games. Picasa and other websites have the basic editing tools that will be introduced. This will be a process-focused group encouraging a love of photography. We will have fun learning together!

Songbirds Club (Grades 5-8)

The Songbirds club is open to students who aspire to perform, record, and share their music. Our goal is to enjoy the musical offerings of each participant, give constructive feedback when it is invited, as well as learn techniques associated with recording, performance, voice, lyricism, and instrument arrangement. Moreover, we will also explore ideas of sound, song, and genres of music, as well as collaborate on creating pieces of music together.

Sports Club

The Sports Club will explore a variety of sports; keep update on scores and favorite teams, as well as discuss sports that members are involved with. Ready, set, go!

Storytelling Club

This club will combine storytelling skills and creative writing. Students will read their stories live in a virtual class. Club members will learn storytelling etiquette, and explore writing a creative story.

Superstar Club

The club will highlight the great volunteer activities in which our students are presently engaged. Club members will share their experiences and inspire others to use their free time to help others.

World Current Events Club (Grades 4-8)

Students will explore current events taking place around the world and will share their thoughts, feelings and reactions to said events. This club’s primary focus is to help promote a “World View.”

World Languages Club (Grades K-2)

Members will meet once a month and explore world cultures. Come visit countries and cities; discover places and life around the world, from local cuisine to arts, family life, and landscapes. Let’s “travel” and be globe trotters together.

World Languages Club (Grades 3-6)

Members will meet once a month and explore world cultures. Come visit countries and cities; discover places and life around the world, from local cuisine to arts, family life, and landscapes. Let’s “travel” and be globe trotters together.

Grades 7-8:

Art Club

Students look at various types of artwork, share their own art, and put together a virtual art newsletter to be shared with the school via our private social network.

Book Club

Students will choose books for the club to read each Fall. Club members are encouraged to explore new genres and a variety of authors. Students will lead book discussions, respond to posts in the Book Club forum, have read-a-thons, and debate topics and authors.

Computer App Club

Computer, iPhone, iPad, tablets, etc. all have a huge range of apps that are used and created these days. Students often know a lot of very useful apps for keeping calendars, staying in touch, getting homework help, and having fun. Students can come to share new apps they’ve found or heard about, and maybe even learn how to create apps of our own.

Craft Club

Club members will learn about the historical and cultural backgrounds surrounding knitting, crochet, needle point, embroidery and weaving along with other hand crafts. In addition, students will learn the basics of each craft, work on projects in each area, and present finished projects as student interest determines.

Creative Thinking Club

Club members will have an opportunity to think outside the box. We will have a variety of creative exercises during the meetings and will also complete some tasks individually and report back on our results.

Creative Writing & Photography Club

Club members make up the staff of the Laurel Springs Vision and Voices Magazine published at the end of each semester. The club is for students who enjoy writing and reading poetry, fiction and non-fiction and submitting photography to be published. Through peer editing and a monthly meeting, come and improve your creativity and craft.

Environment Club

This club is for Laurel Springs students who love nature and the Earth, and seeks to find a closer connection with the Earth and the environment, both as individuals and as a human community.

Equestrian Club

Members of this club will have a love for horses and/or riding. It will be for beginners to experienced riders. There will be no requirements except for the shared love of horses. Students will participate in discussions, exhibit their performances, develop and participate in group projects. The Equestrian Club is a place for Laurel Springs students to share their love of horses, without the stress of competition.

Fashion Club

Club members will explore the fashion world, keep up on the latest trends, and share their own original designs and get feedback/support from other “fashionistas”.

Film & Theatre Club

Club members have an interest in stage theatre or the art of filmmaking. We will discuss and learn various aspects of theatre and film including character development, script/screen writing, and presentation. Expertise or previous experiences are not pre-requisites for this club; whether you’re just starting out or already on your way, your participation is encouraged!

French Club

Club members are French students who would like to have a real experience of French, France, and the French-speaking world in a very interactive environment. Our goal is to use the skills already acquired in the language, and enjoy a discovery journey of France, its landscapes and all aspects of its culture.

Gardening Club

Club members will learn how to start, maintain and harvest their own gardens. Students will be able to share their results via images and video and learn techniques for taking care of all kinds of plants.

Model UN Club

The Model UN club engages in an authentic simulation of the United Nations system by learning about the UN system, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation. Model UN team members have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events.

Music Club

Club members create and enjoy music. Our goal is to celebrate, educate, support, inspire, create, listen to, and express our love of the spirit of music.

Travel Club

Club members will have the chance to share their personal travels and pictures, exchange advice and travel tips. They will also get to explore other places they may like to visit in the future.

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