Clubs & Activities
After-school clubs and enrichment opportunities offered at Chesnut vary from year to year depending on student interest, as well as teacher and parent support. Parents with a particular expertise or interest in any after-school clubs are urged to get involved. Information on clubs and classes will be sent home via the Cougar Courier during the school year. If you want to start a new after-school group, you must contact the Principal for approval.
Note: School-Sponsored vs. Third Party Clubs/Activities
Sponsored clubs are approved by the Principal and managed by Chesnut parents or staff. A Chesnut staff member will always be present during meetings of these clubs. Third party clubs are also approved by the Principal, but are not run or directly supervised by any Chesnut staff member.
Check each club for more information, including meet times, availability (some clubs have limited spaces), and contact information.
NOTE: Updated information for 2015-16 Clubs and Activities will be available at Curriculum Night. Check the website for new information, schedules, and contact names.
Students learn the basics of good journalism: who, what, why, where, and when. They produce a bi-monthly publication containing student-focused Chesnut news and personal interest stories. Students learn the basics of fact-based writing, use of basic graphics and/or illustrations, basic use of a digital camera, and basic text editing. Space is limited, and registration is required.
Ecology Club's Chesnut Changers practice being good stewards of their school, community, environment, and personal health through:
- Hands-on learning in an outdoor classroom (Chesnut Garden, Outdoor Classroom, Butterfly Garden, Composting)
- Health habits, including trying new fruits and vegetables and being active (Farm-to-School Lunches, Yoga)
- Service to the school and communtiy (Local Food Pantry Donations, Educating Classmates)
- Awareness of the environmental impact of our choices (Reusing, Conserving Resources, Recycling)
Chesnut Changers encourage school-wide participation in TerraCycling, Healthy Eating and Science lessons (Chesnut garden), and Development of Outdoor Classroom Facilities (PTC Clean & Beautiful workdays). Click here to find the full calendar on our blog.
Even if your child doesn't joing, anyone can receive blog updates about our pograms and look for "at-Home Actions"to incorpate sustainable practices at home. To receive the blog updates in your Inbox, go to the blog and click "Sign me up" under "Follow Blog via Email".
Meets: Third Thursday/month 2:55 - 4:00, Ms. Hobgood or Mr. Chicoine's room (students are grouped by grade; room assignments sent to parents)
Fees: None. Parent participation is encouraged, and material donations may be requested prior to each meeting (time and donations count for charter credits).
This program is a service of Dekalb County. The focus is on homework completion but also allows for recreation and socialization after school hours. Staff Development and training is provided to program staff who supervise students, and the Principal manages the program based on the needs of the participants and wider school community. In the 2012-13 year, students in this program will be able to take part in:
- Tutorials by Certified Educators
- Sports Mini-Camps
- Arts & Crafts
- Character Education
- Spanish, German & French every Friday
- Introductory Karate every Monday (coming soon)
This program is open to any Chesnut student throughout the year; A $25 registration fee and weekly/daily fee is required. Pick up until 6:30pm. Click here to read the After School flyer and click here to complete the After School Application 2012.
Contact: Ms. Terry Huitt, Director, 678-676-7102
Meets: Every school day
Fees: $60/week, drop-ins $15/daily
2014-15 Spirit Night Partners