CHECstra Day for Teens

CHECstra Day offers teens a mixture of academic development, social time, interest-led project work, and recreation. The program emphasizes choice in learning and teens are included in planning projects and rotating activites. Most days, our schedule is:
·10:30-11:00 Morning flex time ·optional social time
·11:00-12:15 In-depth study ·focus on academic development
·12:15-1:00 Lunch ·lunch
·1:00-2:00 Rotating period ·provides social opportunities and develops life skills
·2:15-3:30 Interest-led projects ·develops communication project management skills
·3:30-4:00 Afternoon flex time ·optional social time

In-depth Study

Our in-depth study this term will examine writing skills for work, studies and personal life. Students who are reluctant writers are in luck! The course instructor is a former and proud reluctant writer who hated writing until her late 30s, when through a series of interesting events, she found herself creating an online resource for writers. Within a few years it was included in Writer's Digest's 101 Best Websites for Writers, and she had to turn in her 'reluctant' badge. Whether learners are crafting a resume, taking notes, texting a friend, or writing a formal email to a business, this course will focus on their ability to structure messages, communicate intent effectively and choose the most appropriate style for the intended audience. We'll practice and refine new skills in a fun and interactive way while receiving personalized feedback. We'll write complaint emails, analyze resume components through tier listing and hiring decision activities, doodle/color/sketch to enhance neural pathways while perfecting personal note taking style, play picky editor to drab CHEC course descriptions and go head to head with teachers on a text etiquette showdown. No essays, research reports or grammar lessons, just practical writing that you can use every day!

Rotating Period

Lunch is followed by a rotating activity each week. Activities from last term included a Lego building challenge, walking for lunch at the Dairy Market, and First Aid instruction. A Quidditch match and a scavenger hunt are planned for the upcoming term, with the remaining activities to be determined by teens participating in the program.

Interest Led Projects

The afternoon will conclude with project-based study where students work collaboratively on a project of their choosing, with support from adult project guides. Projects from the winter term included designing and building a board game, building a YouTube channel, building an escape room, and designing a Roblox game.

Spring Term Dates - Please Note

The CHECstra Day schedule for spring lags behind the regular term by a week due to winter term cancellations. Please take note of the exact days for spring term CHECstra Day. We will have class on March 26th, April 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, May 7th, 14th, and 21st. CHECstra Day runs from 11-3:30, however, students are invited to arrive at 10:30am and/or stay until 4pm for optional extra social time.