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SCHOOL AGE CENTER (SAC) AND STRONG BEGINNINGS
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The School Age Center is a nationally accredited program that offers a comprehensive supervised curriculum. The foundation of the SAC curriculum consists of four service areas:
• 1 Sports, Fitness, and Health Options.
• 2 Life Skills, Citizenship, and Leadership Opportunities
• 3 Art, Recreation, and Leisure Activities
• 4 Academic Support, Mentoring, and Intervention. Our 5,000 sq. ft. building boasts four large classrooms and a beautiful playground. The quiet room features Reading, Writing, Math, and Science Centers. The technology center houses 15 computers, digital equipment, and offers an area designated for homework assistance from qualified staff. Our Multi-Purpose Room offers activities such as table top games, Wii Fit, Lego building, yoga, tae-kwon-do, and additional fitness videos. Healthy food choices are planned by a nutritionist and served daily. This space doubles as an art area where creative experiences are explored. In addition, we offer sports & fitness programs and a variety of clubs. The clubs generate from the interests of the children and change periodically for all to enjoy! SAC Partnerships with 4-H, the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA), and the Josephson Institute of Ethics Character Counts! curriculums provide children with additional options and opportunities for enhanced program options.
SAC Care Information
Before and After School Care
SAC provides before and after school care for (grades K-5), 6-8:15am /2:30-5:30pm Monday- Friday at the School-Age Center, building 140. Patrons interested in using SAC are required to register prior to utilizing services. Please contact the CYSS Central Enrollment Office at (845) 938-4458/0939 to make a registration appointment. Required forms can be found on the Parent and Outreach Services portion of the CYSS website. Once the registration packet is completed with Parent Central, reservations may be made by calling SAC at (845) 938-8530.
Hourly care is offered for SAC children grades K-5. The program is open from 6-8:15am and from 3-5:30pm, M-F. If there is a school closure (except for federal holidays & code red days) this program runs all day. Hourly care patrons must register through the Parent Central office annually. Appointments are required and can be made by calling SAC at (845) 938-8530. It is recommended that hourly reservations be made at least 24 hours prior to attending to confirm space availability.
Winter and Spring Camps
Camps are offered from 6am-5:30pm, Monday-Friday for children in K-5th grades. This summer we are again extending camp to meet the needs of the civilian workforce. We are currently offering care to civilians during their spring and winter breaks which are scheduled at different times then the West Point Schools.
Summer camp applications are accepted in early spring. During summer camp we offer swimming, bowling, off-post field trips (Science Centers, Aquariums, Water Parks, Museums, Zoos…) ferry boat cruises, barbeques, arts & crafts, BGCA & 4-H/Clover-bud activities, gardening, cooking, technology, sports & fitness, clubs, and daily learning opportunities. The summer camp program is extended to meet the requirements of our civilian workforce whose children are not part of the West Point school system. Summer Camp Hours are 6am-5:30pm.
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Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA)
The School-Age Center (SAC) partners with the BGCA whose mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence. BGCA is a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. This is truly the positive place for children.
SAC incorporates the following BGCA activities into the program:
Power Hour (Homework Assistance)
Power Hour occurs daily and is an educational enhancement program that helps children and youth with homework, finishing assignments and tutoring to gain proficiency in specific areas such as math or language arts. Power Hour is designed to raise the academic proficiency of club members ages 6 to 12. We offer homework assistance daily throughout the day and keep many of the textbooks from West Point Elementary and Middle School at the School-Age Center.
These Club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment, and social and interpersonal skills. Triple Play, sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company and Kraft Foods Inc., is a dynamic wellness program currently offered in BGCA that demonstrates how eating right, keeping fit, and forming positive relationships add up to a healthy lifestyle. The goal of the Triple Play program is to improve club members’ knowledge of healthy habits; increase the number of hours per day they participate in physical activities; and strengthen their ability to interact positively with others and engage in positive relationships.
This is a framework centered on basic values called the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. These traits are reinforced daily. Each week a “Star of the Week,” who exemplifies these pillars is selected and celebrated by the children.
Beginning around the start of the 20th century, 4H was established through the efforts of youth-oriented people in several areas of the United States. The “learning by doing” model came from the desire to make the education provided by public schools more available and relevant to youth living in rural parts of the country. In recent years the program has further emphasized its devotion to life skills development in youth, and does so through 4-H’s traditional hands-on learning approach. 4-H helps children to do better in school, learn to help others, and feel more capable and responsible. In settings like clubs, camps, after-school programs, and trips, the 4-H Youth Development program helps youth reach their fullest potential. Members have opportunities to connect to Cornell University, learn through hands-on activities, lead, be inspired, inspire others, and so much more. SAC incorporates 4-H into the curriculum on a weekly basis. 4-H and Clover-buds each meet once a week. All of the youth and staff are registered 4-H members. Some of the many projects that we are working on this year include creating rockets, clocks, string art, gardening, and community service. Both long term and short term activities are included in the syllabus.
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Sports & Fitness Instruction
A qualified fitness instructor provides Sports & Fitness instruction at SAC three times a week. The Sports & Fitness programs focus on fair play, teamwork, and inclusiveness. Sports, fitness, and health options are one of the four service areas; we also include BGCA activities as part of the sports & fitness curriculum. Children participate in recreation activities that will enrich their lives, and teach them important life skills through sports & fitness activities. Sports offer a great opportunity to teach values and foster self-esteem.
Designed for ages 6 to 15, the program aims to incorporate healthy living and active learning in every part of the club experience, Healthy Habits, which is also the “Mind” component of Triple Play: A Game for the Mind, Body and Soul, emphasizes good nutrition, regular physical activity, and improving overall well-being.
Club Opportunities with SAC
Culture of Character Club
This Club meets once a week and is based upon the book, The Virtues Project Educator’s Guide by Linda Kavelin Popov. The Virtues Project was honored by the United Nations during the International Year of the Family as a model global program for all cultures, and was featured on the Oprah Show as a method for teaching children to “do the right thing.” This guide offers a wealth of character awakening activities and ideas.
SAC Cooking Club offers a unique program that teaches kids about cooking, kitchen safety, and nutrition. The club utilizes recipes brought in from home and includes ingredients from around the world. The club provides a quality fun kitchen experience for youth grades K-5 with adult supervision.
Journalism Club (Includes Newspaper, Photography, & Video)
The SAC Journalism Club meets once a week. The children conduct interviews, write about current events, and take photos and videos of all the activities at SAC. This club puts out a newspaper on a monthly basis that is posted on the SAC FMWR website and is also available at the SAC front desk.
Language club is offered once a week and introduces club members to Beginner's American Sign Language and Beginner's Spanish. The children's view of the world and community is expanded by being introduced to new languages.
Art club is offered once a week and introduces the club members to various mediums and genres of art. Every month a new artist is featured and the children learn the techniques that made that artist famous.
Offered once a week, our film club introduces the children to behind the scenes look at how a film is written, made and produced. Members work on various activities relating to the monthly featured film.
Please note: Children registered at CYSS will need to have a signed Internet Permission Slip in order to utilize the CYSS computers.
• Signed USAG WP Policy #20 Child Supervision and Curfew
SAC Before/After School Care
SAC Before/After School