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Auxiliary Programs

Ravenscroft is proud to offer on-campus, after-school programming for students. These programs provide opportunities for students to enrich their lives, embrace their passions, and even build upon their knowledge, after the school day is complete.

Each year we strive to adapt and grow the programs that we provide for the school community in order to meet the changing needs of students and families.

Contact Dan Ressner for more details.

ACT Prep

Program Description: These sessions are designed to help prepare students for the ACT exam. Students will become familiar with the format of the test, especially as it differs from the SAT. Instructors will provide both strategies and practice for questions on the English, math, reading, and science sections of the exam. As well, the effective use of a graphing calculator and the development of the essay will be addressed. Finally, students will explore many practice questions and problems similar to those on the ACT. **Students taking this course will need to bring a Graphing Calculator**

Program Date: Sunday, October 21st

*Online registration will open on Tuesday, October 9th at 9:00 am*

Time: 1:00-5:00 pm

Cost: $89.00

Age: All Upper School Students in 11-12th Grade

Location: Upper School, Room #140

What to Bring: Students taking this course will need to bring a Graphing calculator.

 

Instructors:

Ms. Marcia Jones, a recently retired U/S English Instructor and former U/S English department chair, taught Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition and served as an AP Consultant for the College Board. Ms. Jones, who is also Nationally Board Certified, has taught SAT Verbal Prep courses throughout her teaching career.

Mr. Michael Erikson, U/S Math Instructor and Department Chair, holds degrees in both mathematics and physics. He has taught all levels of mathematics from Algebra I through Multivariable Calculus. He also serves as an AP Reader for the College Board. Mr. Erikson has prepared students on the math and science sections for a variety of standardized tests.

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Beginning Video Editing and Production

Program Description: This beginning level course is for all the budding Steven Spielbergs and Kathryn Bigelows in the Ravenscroft community. In this course, students will learn the basics of video production using iMovie. The course will begin with students learning how to import videos, images, and sounds to produce their videos. As they master these skills; then they will begin to learn how titles, transitions, special effects, soundtracks, and credits will all help to to produce more professional looking videos. In addition to the technical basics of creating short films, students will also learn the essential elements of digital storytelling. By introducing students to both the technical elements of iMovie and the elements of storytelling the course will allow your children to express themselves through the medium of film.

We don't have any fall dates for Beginning Video Editing and Production at this time. As soon as we have a session scheduled, dates will be posted.

Chess Club

Program Partner: Triangle Chess

Program Description: Chess is an amazing game of problem solving, thinking ahead, and overall intellectual improvement. Studies have shown that playing chess helps to improve academic performance. This program will offer students all the needed resources to further their aptitude in chess and will progress based on the students’ ability. We will have fun and work hard while covering opening principles, middle game tactics, end game strategy, and also some tricks that might help you beat your most difficult opponent. The tournament experience is very similar to athletic events. Unlike sports, however, chess is one that requires its participants to use patience and mental strength. In this nine week program your child will develop a greater understanding of chess and a life long passion for the game!

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Program Dates:

Middle School Sessions (Tuesdays): October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20, 27

*We are unable to offer this program for L/S Students this fall, however we hope to offer it in the L/S during the spring semester.*

Time:  3:30-4:45 pm

Cost: $180/9 sessions

Ages: All Middle School Students, Grades 6-8

Location: Middle School, Room 7E (Participants will be picked up from Parking Lot C at 4:45 pm)

What to Bring: All materials are provided, but it is recommended your child brings a snack.

Coding with Code.org

Program Description: This course is designed for coders who aspire to be the next Sheryl Sandberg or Mark Zuckerberg. Code.org is a web-based game that teaches programming technique and style through guided levels. The course guides students create programs with loops, events, and conditionals and write algorithms for everyday tasks. Students will participate in offline activities that explain different aspects of computational thinking and computer hardware. During programming challenges, students will work at their own pace, so this course is open to students of any experience level. Students will work towards creating interactive games or stories they can share.

We don't have any fall dates for Coding at this time. As soon as we have a session scheduled, dates will be posted.

Intermediate Video Editing and Production

Program Description: This course builds off of the Beginning Video Editing & Production that was offered previously. In this more advanced course, students will use the basics of video production using iMovie that they have acquired from the introductory sessions to take their personal video creations to a higher level. Students will continue to use the technical skills to film and produce original videos. During these sessions, they will also be introduced to the concept of story boarding to plan their videos. This unique program will continue to allow your children to express themselves through the medium of film.

*It is not required for students to have completed the Beginning Level Course to enroll in the Intermediate Level.*

We don't have any fall dates for Intermediate Video Editing & Production at this time. As soon as we have a session scheduled, dates will be posted.

Introduction to Scratch Programming

Program Description: Scratch is an introductory programming language used internationally from kindergarten through college. In this course, we will dive into the language and how we can use it to program stories, games, animations, and more. Students will learn to leverage beginning computer science concepts and techniques to make their projects even more efficient, interactive, and creative.

We don't have any fall dates for Intro to Scratch Programming at this time. As soon as we have a session scheduled, dates will be posted.

Learn to Ride a Bike - On Two Wheels!

Program Description: This unique after-school program, which made a successful debut during Summer Programs 2014, is designed for kids who are still using training wheels or struggling to ride independently on two wheels.

Participants will learn balance, pedal, and riding skills throughout the sessions. Lessons on bicycle safety will also be a focus for this program, so that once participants are able to ride on their own, they will know how to do it safely.

Fall 2018 Session Dates: October 9, 11, 16, 18

*Online Registration for this program will open at 3:00 pm on Monday, October 1.

Time: 3:00-4:15 pm

Cost: $150/4 sessions

Age: All Lower School Students, K-5th Grade

Location: Lower School Circle (Participants will be picked up at the L/S Back Carpool at 4:15 pm)

What to Bring: Participants must bring a bike (without training wheels) and a certified helmet each session. The bike can dropped off in the morning and stored during the school day, then taken home when participants are picked up. It is also recommended that they bring a snack and drink for each day.

Instructor: Roxane Roberts is a Ravenscroft Physical Education Instructor, primarily working with Lower School students. In addition to her teaching responsibilities she has coached soccer, girls lacrosse and field hockey during her time at Ravenscroft. Roxane has been an avid cyclist for many years and looks forward to helping your child gain confidence on their bike.

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Little Laxers

Program Description: Little Laxers is designed to help teach the sport of lacrosse to Lower School boys through activities, drills and adapted games. The primary focus of this program is to ensure that participants will have fun while becoming familiar with the fundamental skill set that all players possess in the "Fastest Game on Two Feet."

This program is open to players of all skill levels, including beginners.

Program Dates (Mondays/Wednesdays):

Session #1 (Kindergarten-2nd Grade): 10/15, 10/17, 10/22, 10/24, 10/29

Session #2 (3rd Grade-5th Grade): 11/5, 11/7, 11/12, 11/14, 11/19

**PLEASE NOTE: Full Lacrosse Equipment is required for this program, in Session #2 only. Full equipment includes a lacrosse helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, arm pads, and a stick. We have loaner equipment available so that you do not have go out and purchase equipment. Please email Coach Ressner (dressner@ravenscroft.org) to request loaner equipment.** 

Session #1 for K-2nd Grade, does not require full equipment, as the participants will be playing "soft" lacrosse to learn fundamental skills and basics.

**Online Registration for this Program will open on Thursday, October 4th at 3:00 pm**

Age/Gender: All Lower School Boys, Kindergarten -5th Grade (Session #1- K-2nd Grade; Session #2- 3rd- 5th Grade)

Time: 3:15-4:30 pm (All participants will be picked up from the field)

**PLEASE NOTE: Parents will need to pick up their sons and escort them to the field for the program at the end of the school day, arriving at 3:15 pm. If this presents a difficulty for you, please email Coach Ressner.**

Cost: $150

Program Instructors:

Dan Ressner is a 1999 graduate of Ravenscroft. He returned to the school in the fall of 2005 as a coach for boys soccer and lacrosse, and has served at the Middle School, JV and Varsity levels for both sports. Since 2010, he has also held the position of Auxiliary Services and Summer Programs Coordinator at Ravenscroft. He is currently the Head Coach of the JV Boys Soccer team and an Assistant Coach for both the Varsity Boys Soccer and Lacrosse teams. Since his return, the lacrosse program has experienced a new and sustained level of success. Dan coached the 2016 NCISAA Div. 1 State Championship team, as well as, two NCISAA finalists in 2012 and 2015. The Ravens have also won 6 consecutive TISAC Boys Lacrosse Championships (2012-17), had five TISAC Players of the Year and 11 NCISAA All-State Honorees. On the soccer field, the Ravens have won multiple TISAC titles, and the Ravenscroft Invitational three times (2013, 2015, 2018) during his tenure. Dan earned his B.A Government/Public Policy from Franklin & Marshall College (2003), where he played for the men’s soccer team for two seasons. He completed his M.A. in International Studies at N.C. State University with a focus in International Politics (2010). Prior to his return to Ravenscroft, he was employed by the International Affairs Council of North Carolina. In addition to his work with the Varsity program at Ravenscroft, Coach Ressner has extensive experience teaching the sport of lacrosse to all ages.

Sandy Kapatos, since his first game as Ravenscroft head coach in 2008, Kapatos has gone 100-64 in his 10 years at Ravenscroft and twice was named the U.S. Lacrosse Boys Coach of the Year for North Carolina private schools (2012, 2016). During this time, Kapatos has coached numerous All-Conference players, five Conference Players of the Year and 11 NCISAA All-State honorees. Kapatos coached the Ravens to five consecutive TISAC titles, as well as seven consecutive NCISAA State Tournament appearances, three appearances in the championship game and one NCISAA Division I state championship in 2016. Before coaching at Ravenscroft, Kapatos was the head coach of men's lacrosse at Adelphi University, a Division II private institution in Garden City, New York, accumulating a record of 115-58 in his 13 years as head coach of the Panthers. While at Adelphi, Kapatos guided the Panthers to four national championships in six appearances in 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2001. In 2001, Kapatos was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year, and was named NYCAC (now ECC) Coach of the Year in 1997, 1999 and 2001. In 2008, Kapatos was named to the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Adelphi University Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014. Kapatos was an All-American goalkeeper for Levittown Division High School and was a two-time All-American at Nassau Community College. Kapatos also played goalkeeper at the University of Maryland, where he won an ACC title and backstopped the Terrapins to a semifinal appearance in the 1977 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship. During the day, Sandy serves the Ravenscroft community as The Director of Auxiliary Programs, he provides general strategic and management oversight in areas such as summer programs, facilities utilization, and for services such as Extended Day and the School Bookstore.

*In addition to the group sessions, Coach Ressner is also available for individual lessons. Please contact him directly for additional information.*

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Messy Masterpieces

Program Partner: Raleigh Tutoring

Program Description: Out of messes come great masterpieces! One of our most popular summer programs is now available after school. Participants have fun exploring through art, science and crafts. They'll create many exciting projects including self portraits, collages, and holiday-themed keepsakes. Don't worry everyone will wear a smock so they can be as creative, hands-on and messy as they'd like to be!

 

Fall 2018 Dates:

Mondays: October 15, 22, 29; November 5, 12, 19, 26; December 3, 10, 17

Time: 3:00-4:15 pm

Cost: $180, for ten sessions.

Age: All Lower School students in Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Location: Lower School, Digital Learning Lab

*Participants will be picked up at the L/S Front Carpool at 4:15 pm.

What to Bring: All materials are provided, but it is strongly recommended that your child bring a snack.

Instructors: Suzanne Wood, is the Assistant Director of Raleigh Tutoring, she has worked with children of all ages as a camp counselor, teacher and tutor. As a mom, she treasures the many art projects that her three children brought home from preschool and elementary school, many of which still cover her fridge and adorn her Christmas tree each year. Suzanne is crafty and creative, she very much looks forward to helping your child experience the joys of self-expression in a fun, lively and supportive environment.

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Power Up and Power On Workshops

Program Description: Design it, Make it, Light it up and Take it! This after school workshop is intended to offer Lower School students (in grades 2-5) the opportunity to develop a passion for engineering and design. The workshop will give these students an introduction to the basic concepts of simple circuits, e-textiles, and squishy circuits all while incorporating art and creativity. 

In our Holiday Express Power Up Power On Sessions students will create projects such as a Holiday Paper circuits, Holiday Sewable Circuits, a Circuit "Jingle Bot", and more! We will explore, invent, create, build and design simple circuits using a variety of materials that your child will take home.

 

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Holiday Express 2018 Program Dates: Tuesday, December 4 - Thursday, December 6

Online Registration for this program will open on Tuesday, November 27 at 3:00 pm.

Time: 3:00-5:00 pm

Cost: $150

Age: All Lower School students, Grades 2-5

Location: Lower School Makers Space(students meet Mrs. Fordham in the L/S Computer Lab at 3:00 pm and will walk to the Makers Space together)

Participants will be picked up at the L/S Front Carpool at 5:00 pm.

What to Bring: All materials are provided, but it is strongly recommended that your child bring a snack and a drink.

Instructors: Sherri Ausbon and Cindy Fordham

Mrs. Ausbon joined Ravenscroft Faculty in the fall of 1996 as a Kindergarten Instructor. She is passionate about teaching with technology. She has been a presenter at NCIAS conferences since 2008. Sessions included: Technology for the Young and Restless.,. New ideas for Teaching, Learning and Sharing and Infusing Technology in Today’s Classroom. Mrs. Ausbon received the Helton Award, an award for excellence in teaching.

Mrs. Fordham joined Ravenscroft School in 1999. She has served Lower School as a Kindergarten instructor, technology vanguard, media instructor (grades pre-Kindergarten-1), instructional technology assistant (grades 1-3), and currently is the Lower School Instructional Technology Specialist for grades K-5. She was the 2009 recipient of the Parents' Association Distinguished Faculty Award.

Raven Swim

Program Description: In this ever popular program, all sessions will be a general lesson based on each participant's individual needs. Each participant will receive individualized instruction within the group setting. All sessions will focus on improving stroke technique and all strokes will be covered throughout the 3-day session. There will be some group activities but everything in the program will focus on individual improvement.

*Please Note: Participating Students will be escorted from the L/S to the Finley Center Pool at the conclusion of the school day. Coach Warren and his staff will help them change, if necessary. Parents can come to watch the sessions if they would like to.

Students that are not picked up from the pool deck will be escorted back to the L/S (PreK-2nd Grade Playground) and can be picked up there at 4:15 pm

Fall 2018 Program Dates:

*Sessions run on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday Schedule. Except where noted otherwise*

Session #1: September 17, 19, and 21

Session #2: September 24, 26, and 28

Session #3: October 1, 3, and 5

Session #4: October 9*, 10 and 12. (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday for this session)

Session #5: October 15, 17, and 19

Time: 3:00-4:15 pm

Age: All Lower School Students, K-5th Grade

Cost: $105/session

Location: Finley Center Pool (Participants will be escorted back to the L/S for pick up at 4:15 pm)

What to Bring: Swimsuit and Towel, Goggles are optional, all other equipment will be provided.

Instructor: Greg Warren has been the Aquatics Director and Head Coach of the boys and girls swim team since 2005. In that time, Coach Warren has been a part of 6 total State Championship winning teams and his girls' team won 4 straight time State Championships (from 2013-16) at the 3A level. Coach Warren also teaches physical education for the lower, middle and upper schools. Before coming to Ravenscroft, he swam for UNC-Wilmington and was a nationally ranked age group swimmer while in High School. He has over 25 years experience teaching swimming skills in both the private and group settings. He is an instructor for the American Red Cross and certifies the Ravenscroft Facility, Staff and Coaches along with students in Upper School PE in CPR and AED. Coach Warren also teaches an after school swim program to lower school students looking to improve their swimming skills.

 

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SAT Prep

Program Description: This is a one day course is designed to prepare students for the SAT. The course will focus on teaching students the format of the test and provide both strategies and practice for questions on critical reading, sentence completion, grammar, usage, and writing. In addition to reviewing topics from pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry, students will become familiar with the format of the test and learn strategies. This course will also include a discussion of the effective use of a graphing calculator. Much time will be devoted to practice problems similar to those on the SAT.

 

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Program Date: Sunday, September 30th

Time: 1:30-5:30 pm

Cost: $89.00

Age: All Upper School Students in 11-12th Grade

Location: Upper School, Room #140

What to Bring: Students taking this course will need to bring a Graphing calculator.

 

Instructors:

Ms. Marcia Jones, a recently retired U/S English Instructor and former U/S English department chair, taught Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition and served as an AP Consultant for the College Board. Ms. Jones, who is also Nationally Board Certified, has taught SAT Verbal Prep courses throughout her teaching career.

Mr. Michael Erikson, U/S Math Instructor and Department Chair, holds degrees in both mathematics and physics. He has taught all levels of mathematics from Algebra I through Multivariable Calculus. He also serves as an AP Reader for the College Board. Mr. Erikson has prepared students on the math and science sections for a variety of standardized tests.

Senior Self Defense Class

Program Description: This is a one day course, typically offered in the late spring. It is a special and exclusive opportunity for female students, in 12th grade, to obtain some verbal and non-verbal skills that will help them handle difficult situations before transitioning from Ravenscroft to college life.

The Senior Self Defense Class typically runs near the end of the Second Semester. When as we have a session scheduled, dates will be posted and we will contact Senior class families via email.

TGA Premier Junior Golf

Program Partner: TGA of Wake County

Program Description: TGA stands for: Teach, Grow, Achieve – these concepts are the foundation of every program we offer. TGA introduces the sport of golf at a young age through programs that provide a fun and enriching experience for children. Our dedicated coaching staff help students develop their skills and a passion for golf while using the sports as a vehicle for delivering curriculums that are loaded with educational concepts including STEM and life skills such as respect, honesty, perseverance and sportsmanship.

Spring 2019 Program Dates:

Thursdays- 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, and 4/4

Online Registration for this program will open on Wednesday, February 13th at 3:00 pm

Program Time: 3:15-4:15 pm

Cost: $170

Age: Lower School Students, Kindergarten-3rd Grade

Program Location: Lower School Gym

 

Coach Kap's Christmas Lacrosse Camp

Program Description: Don't sit at home over your holiday break, come out and have some fun with us on the lacrosse field! This three day lacrosse clinic is designed to let players freshen up their skills before the spring season begins. We will have fun doing drills and playing adapted games, as all players work on the fundamentals of lacrosse. Passing, cradling, scooping, shooting and dodging will all be covered over the course of the three day program. 

Dates: December 26-28, 2018

Online Registration for this program will open on Tuesday, December 11th at 9:00 am

Program Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Cost: $150

Gender/Age: Boys, Kindergarten- 8th Grade

Program Location: Neuse Field

Instructors:

Sandy Kapatos, since his first game as Ravenscroft head coach in 2008, Kapatos has gone 100-64 in his 10 years at Ravenscroft and twice was named the U.S. Lacrosse Boys Coach of the Year for North Carolina private schools (2012, 2016). During this time, Kapatos has coached numerous All-Conference players, five Conference Players of the Year and 11 NCISAA All-State honorees. Kapatos coached the Ravens to five consecutive TISAC titles, as well as seven consecutive NCISAA State Tournament appearances, three appearances in the championship game and one NCISAA Division I state championship in 2016. Before coaching at Ravenscroft, Kapatos was the head coach of men's lacrosse at Adelphi University, a Division II private institution in Garden City, New York, accumulating a record of 115-58 in his 13 years as head coach of the Panthers. While at Adelphi, Kapatos guided the Panthers to four national championships in six appearances in 1995, 1998, 1999 and 2001. In 2001, Kapatos was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year, and was named NYCAC (now ECC) Coach of the Year in 1997, 1999 and 2001. In 2008, Kapatos was named to the Long Island Lacrosse Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Adelphi University Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014. Kapatos was an All-American goalkeeper for Levittown Division High School and was a two-time All-American at Nassau Community College. Kapatos also played goalkeeper at the University of Maryland, where he won an ACC title and backstopped the Terrapins to a semifinal appearance in the 1977 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship. During the day, Sandy serves the Ravenscroft community as The Director of Auxiliary Programs, he provides general strategic and management oversight in areas such as summer programs, facilities utilization, and for services such as Extended Day and the School Bookstore.

Dan Ressner is a 1999 graduate of Ravenscroft. He returned to the school in the fall of 2005 as a coach for boys soccer and lacrosse, and has served at the Middle School, JV and Varsity levels for both sports. Since 2010, he has also held the position of Auxiliary Services and Summer Programs Coordinator at Ravenscroft. He is currently the Head Coach of the JV Boys Soccer team and an Assistant Coach for both the Varsity Boys Soccer and Lacrosse teams. Since his return, the lacrosse program has experienced a new and sustained level of success. Dan coached the 2016 NCISAA Div. 1 State Championship team, as well as, two NCISAA finalists in 2012 and 2015. The Ravens also won 6 consecutive TISAC Boys Lacrosse Championships (2012-17), had five TISAC Players of the Year and 11 NCISAA All-State Honorees. On the soccer field, the Ravens have won multiple TISAC titles, and the Ravenscroft Invitational three times (2013, 2015, 2018) during his tenure. Dan earned his B.A Government/Public Policy from Franklin & Marshall College (2003), where he played for the men’s soccer team for two seasons. He completed his M.A. in International Studies at N.C. State University with a focus in International Politics (2010). Prior to his return to Ravenscroft, he was employed by the International Affairs Council of North Carolina. In addition to his work with the Varsity program at Ravenscroft, Coach Ressner has extensive experience teaching the sport of lacrosse to all ages.