Welcome to the WJUSD After School Education and Safety, ASES, Program website. ASES Programs are in operation at eight of our elementary school sites: Beamer, Dingle, Freeman, Maxwell, Plainfield, Tafoya, Whitehead, and Woodland Prairie. You can go immediately to the site by clicking the links on the left side.
While each school has an individual program, there are a number of things we hold in common. It is a state requirement that we have both academic and enrichment activities, that we operate every regular school day, including minimum days, from immediately after school for no less than three hours and until at least 6:00 pm. It is a state expectation that elementary students in the ASES program attend the complete session every day.
Every school has a homework period, a music class, which includes all ASES students, a variety of recreation and enrichment activities, and a daily supper snack. Depending on the site, enrichment activities include but are not limited to the following: After School Nutrition Education Program through the University of California Cooperative Extension, Farmer's Market with Yolo Food Bank, 3-D Printing, Computer Club, Reading Club, Cooking Club, Ceramics, Visual and Performing Arts, Team Building activities, athletics, and many more.
The ASES Program will continue to use the 'Rational Discipline' system put into place a few years ago along with adherence to the school site's behavior and safety practices. Fundamentally the idea of 'Rational Discipline' is to get the student to take responsibility for their words and actions and to become involved in their own education. If you're interested, the links page for the 'Conditions for Learning' website offers a fuller explanation and you can see the presentation we recommend for all our new staff under the ASES tab.
This fall, stakeholders at each site assessed their program using the California After School Program Quality Self-Assessment Tool at the WJUSD office. Based on the assessment results each site created a Quality Improvement Plan which focuses on one of the 12 Quality Standards for Expanded Learning. Standards that were selected included Active and Engaged Learning, Youth Voice and Leadership, Quality Staff, Collaborative Partnerships and Continuous Quality Improvement.
This year we are continuing Project Based Learning, PBL, for the ASES Program. One of the major questions students and tutors ask is, "what can I do when my homework is finished?" PBL offers a great opportunity to do something fun and constructive in answer to this question. It also allows students to work together, form their own questions, and do their own research. When projects are completed, the group gives a presentation to their parents and/or class to show what they've learned.