Our online clubs are a key part of our virtual school community. Students in kindergarten through 8th grade may participate in clubs, which deepen relationships and provide the opportunity to work collaboratively. Members socialize with fellow students who share the same interests, talents and goals. Students gather in the context of a stimulating, inviting and secure online environment, where they talk to each other in real time and dive deeply into subjects that interest them. Under the guidance of our experienced, dynamic teachers, students work together on club projects and activities. Examples of clubs which may be active at any given time are described below:
Kindergarten through 6th grade:
Members of the book club choose books to read each month and meet for a lively book club discussion.
Participants share recipes with others, and learn new cooking skills.
Kitchen Sink Science Club
Club members enjoy many ways to connect with science in their everyday lives. Students are given labs and exploration ideas to see science in action. We meet share experiences and results.
LSS Superstar Volunteers
The club highlights the great volunteer activities in which our students are presently engaged. The volunteer club provides an opportunity to share experiences and inspire others to use their free time to help others.
The music club is open to students who love, create, or are curious about music. Members celebrate, educate, support, inspire, create, listen to, and express our love of the spirit of music. We explore ideas of how sound, song, and community are experienced in music.
Pen Pal Club
Here is an opportunity to meet other students around the world–and maybe in your own home town. It is a time to relax, share information, trade stories, and make new friends.
The pet club is for pet owners and non-pet owners. Club members explore all aspects of pets with loads of information, news, pictures, jokes, and topics of interest. Members meet other students with pets, have a show and tell segment, and locate community service opportunities. We learn about wild animals and why they may not be the best pet option.
The photography club is for students who share a love of capturing their world in images. A fancy camera is not necessary. Members learn the basic skills of photography by putting skills into practice, focus on our own unique areas of photographic interest, as well as, share our own photography. The use of online tools such as Shutterfly and other websites that have basic editing tools are introduced. This is a process-focused group encouraging a love of photography. We have fun learning together!
The sports club explores a variety of sports; keeps updated on scores and favorite teams, as well as discusses sports that club members play. Ready, set, go!
Story Telling Club
This club combines storytelling skills and creative writing. Students read their stories live in a virtual class, learn the etiquette for storytelling, and write a creative story.
World Languages Club
Members meet to explore world cultures. Come visit countries and cities; discover places and life around the world, from local cuisine to arts, family life, and landscapes. Let’s “travel” and be globe trotters together.
Computers, smartphones, and tablets all have a huge range of apps. Students are familiar with useful apps for keeping calendars, staying in touch with others, getting homework help, and having fun. Club members share new apps they have discovered, and may learn how to create their own apps.
This club is open to students who are passionate about art. Art Club offers a combination of application and appreciation for art. Whether you love to simply admire artwork or prefer to create your own masterpieces, this club is for you. We consider various art forms and how they have contributed to mankind through the ages, review works of the masters, learn to critique without criticism, and experiment with a variety of media. This club offers students the opportunity to explore our inner selves through personal artistic expression, enjoy lively discussions, share ideas and suggestions, display our finished works, and together, take great pleasure in this common bond: the love of art.
Book Club is open to students who love reading and discussing books, authors, and the big ideas behind the writing. Students choose books for the club to read at the beginning of the school year each fall. Students are encouraged to explore new genres and a variety of authors. Club members lead book discussions, respond to posts in the book club forum, have read-a-thons, and debate topics and authors.
Chess Club is for students who are intrigued by, or even just curious about, the game of chess. We meet to play friendly games of chess. For those interested, we hold a chess tournament in June. Along the way, we learn some of the special moves and strategies for developing a winning game. We also have some fun looking at the fascinating history of the game of chess and great chess masters of the past.
Creative Writing, Poetry, and Photography Club
Club members write and publish the Laurel Springs Vision and Voices magazine each semester. This club is for students who enjoy writing and reading poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, as well as students who enjoy submitting photography to be published. Through peer editing and a monthly meeting, students improve their creativity and craft.
This exciting club meets in a virtual classroom environment once a month for a live debate. Students are given topics and participate in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate format, which allows each team about fifteen minutes to prepare its affirmative or negative case for the topic. Each team receives post-debate feedback about their case.
The Environment Club is for students who care about keeping our air and water clean, our wildlife protected, and our planet safe for ourselves and future generations. We examine the controversial issues that make the news as well as those that don’t. Students discover how these issues affect their own communities, as they share ideas and strategies for what they can do to make a difference.
Club members have a love for horses and/or riding, from beginners to experienced riders. There are no requirements except for the shared love of horses. Club members participate in discussions, exhibit their performances, and develop and participate in group projects.
Film & Theater Club
This club is open to students who have an interest in the art of filmmaking. Students discuss all aspects of do-it-yourself movie-making, from contemporary technologies to development of screenplays. Students learn where they can share their work and what to consider if they are thinking about a career in the film industry. Expertise or previous experiences are not pre-requisites for this club.
This club is open to students of the French language who would like to have a real experience of French and France, in a highly interactive environment. Our goal is to use the skills already acquired in the language and go on a discovery journey of France, its landscapes, and all aspects of its culture.
Model United Nations Club
The Model United Nations Club engages is an authentic UN simulation in which students learn the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation. Model UN team members have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events.
The music club is open to students who love, create or live for music. Our goal is to celebrate, educate, support, inspire, create, listen to and express our love of the spirit of music. Students create songs online and explore ideas of how sound, song, and community are affected by the expression of music.
Private Online Social Network
Beginning in 7th grade, our students and families can collaborate and make friends within our secure social network environment. Our students can participate in online clubs, find new friends, pair up with study buddies, and share their creative expressions. Parents can join various groups, meet other parents, and engage in discussion groups related to distance learning. Our private social network is a valuable tool that promotes both academic collaboration and builds friendships that span across state and national boundaries. Our students are able to develop and maintain relationships without regard for challenges such as different time zones or family mobility.
Laurel Springs students are encouraged to attend our series of symposia, called “Meetings with Remarkable Men and Women.” These live, exclusive events are held about once a month, and feature inspiring stories from speakers who are leaders in their fields. During each symposium, your children can ask questions, offer comments, and engage in discussions with experts and their peers. Past speakers have included an astronaut, an environmentalist, a South Pole explorer, and a documentary film maker.