Monday, September 29, 2014

Comments from CMS ASP Students

Some of out students took some time to type up their thoughts about after-school program  so far:

We are reading
The Magic Thief in Book Club. It is about a boy that stole a stone from a tall man and the tall man knows that the boy has the stone. I liked when we made black bean brownies at after-school. We made cats and a lot of other art as well. I had fun when Zac and I played cards. 
~ Scarlett          

I love getting to do art at after school. It's fun!
                                                                   ~ Ayla

I like when we cook black bean brownies and pizzas. I liked learning about Monet. I like the arts and crafts.
                                                                                                                                    ~ Brianna

I loved when the people came from Keep Chadron Beautiful to help us pick up trash. I liked it because it was fun and I got to use a trash picker upper. 
                                                                                                                                   ~ Jackson

I've done Tile Painting and Dr. Dodgeball. I painted a flower and a person shooting a basketball. In Dr. Dodgeball I was sweating like crazy. It was so fun! After school program is so fun!
                                                                                                                                   ~ Annamae


Balsa Gliders

On Wednesday last week, students built balsa gliders and then launched them on the playground. As Michael put it "balsa is like one step up from Styrofoam so it’s very fragile." Check out the photos and videos of their flights below!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

October Activities Calendar

Planetarium Field Trip: This field trip is of no cost to students!

Pumpkin Patch Field Trip: CMS ASP is paying for entry into the pumpkin patch, which covers various activities. If students would also like to get a pumpkin while there, they will need to bring about $5 as pumpkins are $0.50 per pound.

Please feel free to contact the after school program if you have any questions!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Homework Only on Thursday, September 25th

Please remember that due to staff being out for professional development, CMS ASP program will only have homework in the library this Thursday, September 25th. There will not be any activities offered this day.

Keep Chadron Beautiful

Thanks to our volunteers with Keep Chadron Beautiful for implementing programming activities with our students last week! They will be visiting CMS ASP each month for different activities and projects. Last week, they did trash pickup around the school and started making chandeliers out of used water bottles.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

No Program Thursday, 9/18

Just a reminder that there is no program tomorrow, September 18th, due to the early dismissal for parent/teacher conferences. We'll see you all next week on Monday.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mrs. Shelly's Book Club

Miss Shelly will be starting her book club on Monday, September 15th! Come down to 103 to sign into after school and participate. Club members will decide what they'd like to read at the first meeting. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Monet Monday: Impressionism Paintings

For our art activity this week, after-school students learned about the artist Monet and Impressionism. They then created their own impressionistic painting of a garden with structures like bridges, stairways, or fences. See the artists in progress and their final results below!

Cup Stacking!

Tallon & Garrett made some pretty awesome cup structures yesterday, along with competing in speed stacking.

Monday, September 8, 2014

No Program 9/18/14

There will be no after-school program on September 18th due to the early dismissal for parent/teacher conferences. Please disregard the activities on the calendar for this date.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Easy Blueberry Muffins

Thursdays are cooking days at CMS ASP and this week students made easy blueberry muffins. Check out the recipe below.


·         12-cup muffin pan
·         paper liners,
·         1 bowl
·         a whisk
·         a measuring jug that holds at least 1 cup
·         measuring cups and spoons
·         a fork
·         a spoon or spatula

Yield: 8 muffins

·         1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
·         3/4 cup sugar, plus 1 tablespoon for muffin tops
·         1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
·         2 teaspoons baking powder
·         1/3 cup vegetable oil
·         1 large egg
·         1/3 – 1/2 cup 2 % milk
·         1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
·         1 cup fresh blueberries
·         Toothpicks
·         Cooling rack

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Then, line 8 standard-size muffin cups with paper liners. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to the 4 empty muffin cups (this helps to make sure the muffins bake evenly).

2. Combine flour, 3/4 cup of the sugar, baking powder and the salt in a large bowl with a whisk. Whisk at least 10 times to make sure the baking powder and salt have evenly dispersed. 

3. Next, add vegetable oil to a measuring jug that holds at least 1 cup. Add the egg then fill the jug to the 1-cup line with milk (this should be 1/3 to a 1/2 cup of milk). Add vanilla extract and whisk until combined.

4. Add milk mixture to the bowl with flour and sugar then use a fork to combine. Do not over mix. (The muffin batter will be quite thick -- see note below for more details). 

5. Roll blueberries in 1-2 tablespoons of flour. This will keep them from sinking to the bottom of the muffins. Add blueberries and use a spatula or spoon to gently fold the blueberries into the muffin batter.

6. Bake blueberry muffins 15 to 20 minutes or until tops are no longer wet and a toothpick inserted into the middle of a muffin comes out with crumbs, not wet batter. Transfer muffins to a cooling rack and cool completely.

Notes and Tips

To store muffins: Place them in a plastic bag, seal, and store at room temperature for up to 2 to 3 days. To freeze muffins, wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or place them in freezer bags, and freeze for up to 3 months.

Batter Thickness: The batter should be thick and scoopable -- not runny and not dry or extra thick like dough. If the batter is too runny, add flour, a tablespoon at a time until correct consistency. If batter is dry or too thick, add milk, a tablespoon at a time until correct consistency.

STEM: Last Tower Standing!

Wednesday is STEMday at CMS ASP. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math. On August 20th, students were asked to build a tower that would hold the most beanbags out of tape, paper, and straws. Students quickly realized that triangles are a stronger shape to build with than squares.

Antonio & Kayla's tower was one of the strongest, holding up 6 beanbags! Congrats !

Dr. Dodgeball Pics (8/19/14-9/2/14)