After School Program
Our After-School Program allows students to participate in a variety of activities in a safe, secure on-campus environment from the end of the school day until 6:00 pm at each of our four schools, the hours when studies show kids are most susceptible to negative influences. The program provides children with a balanced curriculum in which they have an opportunity to do their homework, participate in healthy recreation, learn new skills, and continue to build character through enrichment clubs and activities. Titled WINGS, an acronym for Wonder • Inspire • Nurture • Grow • Succeed, students have the opportunity to do just that! Our WINGS program is designed to inspire passion and creativity in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), and a wide variety of sports. We know that completing homework at home is also difficult to manage around busy family schedules so we also provide designated homework time where our group leaders assist students with assignments, ensuring access to the technology needed for any web-based assignments.
An after-school snack is provided daily. All students are also offered Supper free of charge every day at 4:30 pm. See attached notice about the Supper Program.
Students have the chance to discover new interests in STEM & VAPA or dive deeper into those they already enjoy! WINGS students have discovered that they enjoy activities such as singing, playing the violin, creating nutritious snacks and engineering with 3D pens. There are opportunities to join STEM competition teams such as Cyber Patriots (5th & 6th grade).
We understand that many students are unable to participate in organized sports due to cost, transportation, or time. We have instruction and skill development in a variety of sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, kickball, etc. Each school site will create a team to compete in intramural sports between all four of our Savanna schools.
The WINGS programs helps create an equitable, safe learning environment that provides a safe space after school for all the students in our community. The goal of the district is that our students’ learning will be enhanced with added support after school and their lives will be enriched as they are offered experiences that were previously out of reach. Taught by our own Savanna staff, along with community partners, students have opportunities to participate in club-like activities in STEM, VAPA, Sports, as well as on topics such as cultures, careers, and the great outdoors.
Registration for the WINGS After School Program is open to any current Savanna School District student in Transitional Kindergarten through Sixth Grade. Space is limited.
Below are sample activities for WINGS:
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics:
The Power of Attraction:
Through the use of magnets, students learn all about magnetism and magnetic fields and how magnetic and electric forces work.
Students will design and build simple robotic devices to complete a variety of tasks and challenges.
Students will engage in understanding and learning safe food preparation techniques, sanitation and safety practices. Students will also understand nutritional values.
Visual And Performing Arts (VAPA):
Master Artist Discovery:
Learning and discovering master artists throughout the world’s history. Using shapes, sizes, and forms will be used to create classic, modern & abstract art.
Through the sense of touch, students will create tactile quality work of art.
Various art mediums and techniques will be used to create the illusion that everyday objects are not all that they appear to be.
Students will enjoy creativity in color theory, drawing, oil pastels, charcoal, water colors, acrylic paint and different categories of art mediums.
WINGS students will participate in outdoor activities every day. Activities range from playground games like handball and dodgeball to sports such as soccer and basketball. These activities are designed to teach students new skills and practice those they already know. Our goal is to create a love for physical activity and help develop healthy habits. Last year our upper grade students enjoyed some healthy competition during our intramural sports. A few sites even took home the tournament trophies!
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL):
Through a variety of activities, students will develop self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, and everyday life.
The program’s goal is to support students as they become critical problem solvers and lifelong learners to create a better future. The WINGS After School Program provides added resources for our students to participate in their community to identify and creatively address needs. We're excited to have your child join us for this thrilling program as they, too, have opportunities to Wonder • Inspire • Nurture • Grow • Succeed!
Below is a calendar outlining the WINGS After School Program sessions for the 2023-24 school year.
Mrs. Phoenix Pineda, WINGS Coordinator
Mrs. Pineda is the Expanded Learning Opportunity Program Coordinator (ELOP) for Savanna School District. She has been a teacher and administrator in Savanna for the past 19 years. During her tenure with the district, she’s taught fifth and sixth grades at Reid School, followed by five years as a Teacher on Special Assignment and Interim Principal. She was named to the position of ELOP Coordinator, launching the inaugural WINGS program in 2022-23 and hasn’t looked back!
In her various roles, Mrs. Pineda has served as a BTSA support provider, Thinking Maps and Write From the Beginning trainer, sixth grade teacher liaison between Savanna and the Anaheim Union High School District; in addition, she piloted the use of iPads and student response systems in her classroom and helped other teachers implement these items in their own classroom. She’s been instrumental in the implementation and expansion of the iPad and Chrome Book programs, the design and implementation of professional development programs, both in person and through distance learning, and was the ELPAC Team lead. It’s no surprise that Mrs. Pineda was honored as the Savanna School District’s first Teacher of the Year awardee in 2014! Mrs. Pineda earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology as well as her Multiple Subject Teaching credential from California State University Fullerton and earned her Master’s Degree in STEM Learning for Kindergarten through Eighth Grade from Walden University. When she is not working, she loves to spend time with her husband and three sons camping, hiking, going to the beach and traveling.