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    4Kicks Family Taekwondo (Ages 4-7)

    Taekwondo is a fun family activity and great for students of all ages! Under the instruction of Patricia Young with the American Taekwondo Association, students will improve their coordination, balance, strength, and agility while adults will benefit from improved memory, balance, and flexibility. This is an introductory course for students new to Taekwondo. Students who wish to continue Taekwondo lessons after completing this course should contact 4Kicks Family Taekwondo for further information. One adult may attend and participate with the child at no extra charge. Classes are held at 4Kicks Taekwondo, 4915 Hwy 52 NW, Frontage road, on the north side of the Slumberland building. Driveway entrance is between Slumberland and State Farm and the door is between the Detour Athletics door and the Slumberland pick-up door.
  • 4Kicks Family Taekwondo (Ages 8 & Up)

    Taekwondo is a fun family activity and great for students of all ages! Under the instruction of Patricia Young with the American Taekwondo Association, students will improve their coordination, balance, strength, and agility, while adults will benefit from improved memory, balance, and flexibility. Training for students ages 8 and up includes training in bully prevention, advanced self-defense, use of nunchuk, escrima, board breaks, and other advanced concepts. Students may attend one or two nights per week for the same fee. One adult may attend and participate with the child at no extra charge. Classes are held at 4Kicks Family Taekwondo, 4915 Hwy 52 NW, west frontage road on the north side of the Slumberland building. Driveway entrance is between Slumberland and State Farm.
  • Abrakadoodle: Homemade Holiday Gifts (Gr. K-5)

    Get a head start on the holidays with this fun gift making class. This year we’ll paint birds in a snowy pine tree on canvas board, sculpt a silly elf, create a painted and blinged up picture framed with rhinestones and glitter and more! These projects are perfect gifts for your friends and family or keep them for yourself!
  • Advantage ACT Test Preparation (Gr. 10-12)

    This course includes diagnostic testing, instruction in time management, overcoming test anxiety, science reasoning, English strategies/review, essay writing, reading comprehension, and math strategies/review. Students enrolled in this course not only benefit from personal instruction provided by experienced instructors, but also have free access to the online course, which they may repeat, if needed, at no extra charge.
  • Advantage ACT Test Preparation (Gr. 10-12) Self-Paced Online Course

    The Online ACT Prep Course is an excellent alternative for any student unable to attend in-person classes or for students who prefer to prepare for the ACT exam at their own desired pace. Pre-recorded slides and videos from Advantage instructors guide students through strategies, techniques, drills, and intensive subject matter reviews that help increase scores on the ACT. Once enrolled, students will be sent an access code for their class via email. This code will allow them to access course material anytime. Students may also repeat this course at no extra charge. This self-paced online class is available any day and any time. Please use your Google email account as the primary email address when registering. Participants will receive more information regarding class access in their course registration confirmation.
  • Advantage ACT Test Preparation Virtual Online Course (Gr. 10-12)

    Advantage Educational Programs introduce the ACT format and strategies for answering questions as well as instruction for the specific subject areas to be tested. This course is designed for students who wish to improve their test-taking skills and overall score on the ACT college entrance exam. This course is intended primarily for students in 10th through 12th grade, however, students in other grades may still register. Focal points of the program include: diagnostic testing, science reasoning, intensive mathematical review, reasoning comprehension improvement, concentration improvement, overcoming test anxiety, and time management. This virtual classroom meets for 3 hours, one day each week for four weeks and is taught live, via Zoom by an Advantage instructor who provides instruction and interaction with the students. Internet connection and access to a computer or laptop is required. Class recordings are available for students who need to make up a class.
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    Artist's Escape (Gr. 1-5)

    Do you love to draw and paint? Artist’s Escape is designed for student artists of every level. Whether a beginner or advanced, join us as we learn different steps and techniques you can use to improve your artistic skills. Each session will feature a different lesson. Lessons include painting, 3-D art, sculpture, and more. Increase your fine-motor coordination, self-esteem, and creative confidence in the Artist’s Escape!
  • CABS: Child & Babysitting Safety (Gr. 4-12)

    The Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS) program from the American Safety and Health Institute provides everything you need to know for safe and successful babysitting. The YouTube “vlogger” style presentation of the video brings a youthful and high-energy spirit to the program content, and the colorful magazine format of the student book makes learning fun. From getting started with your business, to working with parents and children, to key safety, caregiving, and first aid tips, CABS will help set you up for babysitting success. Students must be present for the entire class and complete achievement of the core learning objectives to receive certification valid for two years. Students attend this class independently and should come prepared with a notebook and pen. This course is run in collaboration with Little Bit of Guidance: Early Childhood Training, Mentoring, & Counseling. (www.littlebitofguidance.com)
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    Chess (Gr. 1-5)

    The game of chess is one of the oldest and most popular board games in the world! Chess helps develop critical thinking, problem-solving abilities, concentration, memory, attention span, patience, and sportsmanship. Students will learn basic principles and strategies of how to open a chess game, how to conduct the middlegame, and how to win (or avoid losing) in the endgame. Many other basic to advanced level tactics are also taught. This class is for players of all levels.
  • Code Championship Tournament | Virtual Computer Coding Competition (Gr. 3-9)

    Build a computer bot to play head-to-head against other coders! Whether this is your first Code Championship event, or if you've been competing for years, this is the perfect way to explore the competitive coding world of Code Championship. No previous coding experience necessary. The Fall 2022 Code Championship Series is a series of six tournaments in six weeks (it's ok to miss one or two). These tournaments will be hosted online using Google Meet and the Code Championship website. If you have a modern browser like Chrome or Firefox, no additional download is required. You will need to know how to navigate the internet (basic typing and mouse control). The link to the Google Meet event will be emailed two days before the tournament. For more information visit: https://www.codechampionship.com/gallery/
  • Creative Writing for Elementary Students (Gr. K-5)

    In this amazing course students will dive into the world of creative writing, learning as much as they can about creating interesting characters, building plots with plenty of action, and crafting vivid scenes that will grab a reader’s attention. Each writing course will use a theme that will allow students to use the skills learned to creatively write a story they'll be proud to bring home. This course is run in collaboration with the Rochester Writing Lab. Rochester Writing Lab is committed to providing students more opportunities to write creatively. Join us as we explore everything fiction! No experience is necessary. An active imagination is a MUST! Each course is taught by Jennifer L. Davidson. Email jenniferldavidsonwriter@gmail.com with comments or questions. The themes for each session are: Oct. 8 - If I were a Mad Scientist Nov. 5 - My Trip to Outer Space Dec. 3 - Yes Day!
  • Dakota Activities Info

    Dakota Families, Winter activities are here! Stay indoors and try something new like acting, dancing, or playing board games. Register for Dakota Activities Scholarships Available Families with financial need can request that the fee be waived for Community Education activities. Families may or may not be awarded financial assistance based on eligibility or availability of funds. Click the "Enroll Now" button on this page for more information. High School Sports 7th and 8th grade students, please contact your high school for more information about sports. Online registration will take place October 11 - 18. centurypanthers.org johnmarshallrockets.org mayospartans.org Transportation Please check the limited late bus route. Many students are able to take a bus home after their activity is finished at 5:15 PM. Josh Halverson Youth Enrichment Coordinator - Middle and High School Rochester Community Education johalverson@rochesterschools.org 507-328-4053
  • Dakota Co-ed Soccer & Student Leadership (Gr. 6-8)

    Welcome to Dakota! Fun activities and seasonal sports will be offered throughout the school year. Soccer will be one of the activities offered in the fall. Look forward to basketball and other winter activities starting in November. Soccer and Service Students will play hard on and off the field as athletes and leaders. Work with your team to complete service projects that will make Dakota Middle School a welcoming place for all students and staff. Fun for Everyone! Community Education sports programs are open to all students regardless of previous experience. We focus on gameplay, teamwork, understanding of rules, and knowledge of basic positions. Any student can attend the coach's meeting after school on Monday, September 12th to learn more about Dakota Soccer even if they have not registered yet. Save Your Place in Line If our online registration website prompts you to join a waitlist, please still register for the activity! There are often openings available. We may need extra time to communicate with instructors and students. There is no charge for being on the waitlist.
  • Dakota Dodgeball Club

    Play dodgeball and other popular games in the gym. Bring comfortable clothes and a positive attitude. Save Your Place in Line If our online registration website prompts you to join a waitlist, please still register for the activity! There are often openings available. We may need extra time to communicate with instructors and students. There is no charge for being on the waitlist.
  • Dakota Game Design Club (Gr. 6-8)

    Create New Games and Play with Your Friends Students will invent a game of their own, learning how to prototype game components, clearly communicate rules, and seek constructive feedback. This is a hands-on, creative process that showcases skills used by professional product designers. Our focus this fall will be on designing tabletop board games, card games, and role-playing games. These types of games tend to be social and are a great way to make friends at the start of the school year. We encourage video game enthusiasts to attend this club and help us plan for video game design lessons later this year. Game On! Of course, designers need inspiration. Students will have time to play games with friends including popular board games and Magic: the Gathering. We will give you free gaming supplies and teach you how to play! Local Sponsor Dakota Game Design Club is supported by a partnership with MagiKids, a local non-profit organization that donates gaming supplies to youth-serving organizations. Learn more at magikids.org. Save Your Place in Line If our online registration website prompts you to join a waitlist, please still register for the activity! There are often openings available. We may need extra time to communicate with instructors and students. There is no charge for being on the waitlist.
  • Dakota K-Pop+ Dance Club (Gr. 6-8)

    Here is your chance to learn a new style of dance, meet new people, and have a great time. Choose a favorite song, develop choreography, and perform as a group. Dancers are welcome to create dance routines based on other genres of music, especially those that have personal or cultural significance. Register Soon! K-Pop Dance Club has been one of Community Education's most popular after-school activities in the past. If you are interested, we encourage you to register quickly. If our online registration website prompts you to join a waitlist, please still register! There are often openings available. We may need extra time to communicate with instructors and students. There is no charge for being on the waitlist.
  • Dakota LEGO Robotics (Gr. 6-8)

    Play with LEGO Bricks. Build Robots. Make new friends at your school, and learn in the best way possible- through play! Solve puzzles by designing and testing LEGO (R) Mindstorms robots. Make your robot navigate a simple maze, detect obstacles, follow a light, and solve more complex problems. You may be surprised at how lifelike your robot is when you equip it with sensors to see colors and feel the slightest tough. Your creations will never sit still when you teach them to roll, walk, push, and even dance their way through obstacle courses. Professional Mentors Community Education offers Middle School LEGO Robotics in partnership with the IBM LEGO Outreach (ILEO) program. Professional engineers from IBM will volunteer at your school and teach you about computer programming. We want to give a special thank you to IBM's Kyle Gilbertson for his many, many hours of service and for selecting Rochester Community Education as the recipient of a $15,000 grant to support LEGO Robotics programs. Final Competition Your team will have the opportunity to bring your team's robot to the final competition at the RCTC campus on Wednesday, December 14th. Put your robot to the test against other teams in SE Minnesota. No Experience Required If you can put two LEGO bricks together, then you can build a robot. Give instructions to your robot by connecting colorful blocks of code on your computer. Financial Assistance Families with financial need can request that the fee be waived for Community Education activities. Request financial assistance here. Please note that you may or may not be awarded financial assistance for this activity based on eligibility or availability of funds. Community Education will contact you if you are awarded financial assistance. Please contact our Youth Enrichment Coordinator, Josh Halverson, with any questions. johalverson@rochesterschools.org 507-328-4053 Save Your Place in Line If our online registration website prompts you to join a waitlist, please still register for the activity! There are often openings available. We may need extra time to communicate with instructors and students. There is no charge for being on the waitlist.
  • Dakota Origami and Paper Crafts

    Do you like creating something out of nothing? In this class we’ll be making a variety of colorful projects such as: 3-D structures, an origami wallet, giant paper flowers, collage, “magic” tricks, and fidget toys. You’ll be amazed at the fun and fascinating things you can create using the simple materials of paper, scissors, and glue. Save Your Place in Line If our online registration website prompts you to join a waitlist, please still register for the activity! There are often openings available. We may need extra time to communicate with instructors and students. There is no charge for being on the waitlist.
  • Dakota Tabletop Gaming Club (Gr. 6-8)

    Game On! Play your favorite games: Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: the Gathering, board games, and more. You do not need to own the games or know the rules. We will give you free gaming supplies and teach you how to play! Local Sponsor Dakota Tabletop Gaming is made possible through a partnership with MagiKids, a local non-profit organization that donates gaming supplies to youth-serving organizations. Learn more at magikids.org. Save Your Place in Line If our online registration website prompts you to join a waitlist, please still register for the activity! There are often openings available. We may need extra time to communicate with instructors and students. There is no charge for being on the waitlist.
  • Dakota Theater Club (Gr 6-8)

    Perform skits, write scripts, and laugh with friends. This is an introduction to acting for students of all experience levels. Save Your Place in Line If our online registration website prompts you to join a waitlist, please still register for the activity! There are often openings available. We may need extra time to communicate with instructors and students. There is no charge for being on the waitlist.
  • Design Lab (Gr. 2-5)

    Do you dream of engineering? Join us at Northrop as we design, build and race using a handful of varying materials. Your inner engineer will be in full swing!
  • Doorway to College ACT Prep Seminar (Gr. 10-12)

    This intensive test preparation seminar is designed to coach high school students to do their best on the ACT. Participants will receive a Comprehensive Study Guide, 24 shortened practice tests with complete answer explanations, and 2 full length computer practice tests to prepare for either format. The participants can expect to learn tips for improvement in all sub-tests, practice strategies to eliminate wrong answer choices, prepare to write a well-organized essay, take shortened practice tests that mirror the actual testing experience, and reduce test anxiety and gain confidence.
  • Fall Fairy Gardens (Gr. K-5)

    This fascinating class is sure to bring out your most whimsical ideas! Join our Fairy Garden specialists as we guide you through the process of making a Fairy Garden that is sure to attract even the most elusive fairies! Supplies provided include container, soil, small plant, and other creation accessories.
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    Friendship Jewelry Workshop (Gr. 3-6)

    Grab your besties and head on down to Northrop- we're making Friendship Jewelry! From bracelets, to necklaces, to rings, you'll have a blast crafting with friends and creating memories to last a lifetime.