PUSD Step Program Starting on 10/6

PUSD Step Program Starting on 10/6

Pleasanton Unified School District, in partnership with StepAfrika! is launching a Step Team for students in grades 3-12 for the 2022-2023 school year.  Students who sign up will participate in Step choreography classes with their peers in addition to being able to sign up for additional Enrichment and homework help activities.


According to StepAfrika!:

Stepping is a percussive, highly-energetic art form first developed through the song and dance rituals performed by African-American fraternities and sororities.  In stepping, the body becomes an instrument, using footsteps, claps and spoken word to produce complex poly-rhythms.  Stepping has been described as “one of the most exciting dance forms created in the 21st century.


After signing up, students will be placed in either an Elementary or Secondary (grades 6-12) group. In addition to Stepping, the students will engage in additional curriculum as part of StepAfrika’s Step Up to College program.  The curriculum in this program covers stepping, its history, tradition and meaning, preparation for college life and simple health and fitness. Participating students receive an age-appropriate activity journal that will supplement these in-class discussions.


Students learn the core values of stepping: teamwork, commitment and discipline as a part of their own “step team” by working together to create choreography and seeing how every member of the team adds value to their performance. Students also gain self-confidence through creating their own steps and performing at a culminating performance for family and friends. 

In addition Enrichment opportunities are offered during the program!  We will have Cheza Nami African Drumming, Mentorship opportunities with African-American college students and professionals in the community, and Homework Help.  Finally, dinner for students is provided through Open Heart Kitchen.

Details:

Location: Pleasanton Middle School

Dates and times: Thursdays at Pleasanton Middle School (5001 Case Avenue).  5:30 for elementary, 6:30 for secondary (grades 6-12)

 

Time

Group A (grades 3-5)

Group B (grades 6-12)

5:00

Optional Dinner

Optional Dinner

5:30

Step

Enrichment, Homework Help, Mentoring (TBD)

6:30

Enrichment, Homework Help

Step

7:30

Done

Done

Year Calendar


Who is eligible?

This program is primarily focused on African-American students in PUSD, however any student in grades 3-12 is eligible to participate! 


How to sign up?

I will be sending each of your schools a packet of flyers to distribute to families with a QR code linked to a Google Form for families to sign their students up.  Here is a link to that form:

https://forms.gle/7N3CHVCbJikCrnVg6