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2024 WJUSD Summer Program Interest Form

2024 WJUSD Summer Program Interest Form

WJUSD is excited to announce the return of Expanding Minds summer intersession and enrichment camps! 
  • Expanding Minds (EM) full day summer intersession for current TK - 5th grades students
  • EM will NOW include the traditional summer school academics in the morning portion of our program
  • Enrichment Camp for our current 4th -11th grade students not participating in summer intersession
The WJUSD Expanding Minds Program will be offering summer intersession, June 10th - July 22nd, 2024, for current TK - 5th grade students. If you are interested in our 6 week full day program, sign up with our interest form. Expanding Minds will be located at the following elementary sites: Gibson, Woodland Prairie, and Freeman and runs daily from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (except holidays). Students enrolled in the program will participate in the same rotation of activities: 
  • Weeks 1 - 5: Morning session - academic small group rotations with certificated teacher (previously known as summer school) & Afternoon session - enrichment camps. 
  • Week  6: Students will be participating in field trips within the scheduled academic/enrichment time. Sample of enrichment offered: Media Bus,  Little Heroes, Bollywood, Tennis, etc (subject to change).
Transportation will be provided for students registered for Summer Intersession, with pick up in the morning at home school sites, and return at the end of the program to home school sites. Families must fill out a transportation request (found on the district transportation web page) if busing is requested. All Transportation forms are due by May 24, 2024. 
We are also offering Summer Enrichment Camps for our current 4th-11th grade.  
Enrollment will be on a 1st, 2nd, 3rd choice basis. Please be aware that transportation is not provided for Summer Enrichment Camp Programs. Enrichment being offered include:
Media Bus (Grades 6 -11)   Site: DMS @ 2:00pm -5:00pm
  • Date: June  17 -21 (week 1) & July 1-5 (week 2)
  • Week 1: Beats/Music making
  • Week 2: Video/Editing
Ballet Folklórico (Grades 4-11)    Site: DMS  between 4:00-6:45pm
  • Date: June 11th-July 3rd 
Band (Grades 6-11)    Site: PHS @ 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Date:  June 10th - June 28th
Orchestra (Grades 6-11)   Site: PHS @ 8:00am-11:00am
  • Date: June 10th- June 28th
Mariachi  (Grades 6 -11)    Site: PHS @  11:00am -2:00pm
  • Date:  June 10th - June 28th 
Digital Minds Robotics (Grades 4 -8)    Site: DMS @  8:30am-12:30pm
  • Session 1. Beginning Camp. June 17 - 21
  • Session 2. Beginning Camp. June 24 - 28
  • Session 3. Intermediate Camp. July 8 - 12
When signing up for either program, you will be placed on a wait list. A staff member will follow up June 1st to confirm placement and site location. 
We aim to provide programs to all students and to minimize time on the wait list. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact our Expanding Minds Site Support Specialists at each school site or reach out to our Expanded Learning Coordinator Tori Peterson (  ). 
Open enrollment: March 4th- April 4th
Parent confirmation: May 15th and beyond
Transportation request Due: by May 24th 
                                                                                                                          Complete one interest form per student.

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Winter intersession

Winter intersession

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WJUSD Expanding Minds will be offering our winter intersession. If you are interested in our seven day program, sign up with our interest form. Programs will be offered at two school locations from:
Date: Dec 27- 28 & Jan 2-5 & 1/8
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
*Sci Tech will offer winter intersession for Sci Tech students. 
*Keep in mind you will be placed on a waitlist after registering your child. A staff member will follow up starting December 11-15th to confirm placement and site location. Due to staffing challenges, there may be delays in enrollment. As we acquire additional staff, we will continue enrolling students off the waitlist.
We aim to provide programs to all students and to minimize time on the waitlist. 
If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact our Expanding Minds Site Support Specialists at each school site or reach out to our Expanded Learning Coordinator Tori Peterson ( ). 
Please complete one Interest Form per student.

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2023-24 Expanding Minds program enrollment

2023-24 Expanding Minds program enrollment

We are excited to announce our open enrollment for 2023-2024 Expanding Minds (Formerly called ASES) school year. Any parent/guardian who is interested in having their child(ren) join the Expanding Minds program, will need to fill out the interest form for each child(ren) in order for your child(ren) to be added to the interest form waitlist. There is no automatic enrollment for the upcoming school year.  Parents/guardians who obtain a spot for their student(s) will receive a confirmation message later in the summer. If you have any questions please reach out to your Site Specialists.
Expanding Minds programs is offered at the following elementary school sites: Beamer, Dingle, Freeman, Gibson, Maxwell, Plainfield, Tafoya, Whitehead, and Woodland Prairie. YMCA program is offered at Spring Lake and Zamora elementary school sites. Expanding Minds and YMCA programs are funded through a state grant and are open until 6:00 pm every school day. The program starts immediately after school and consists of homework support, intervention, enrichment, recreation and a nutritious snack. Our mission is to create an enriching, safe, academic and fun environment, conducive to learning, that will impact students’ education and lives in a positive manner. The program is open to students from transitional kindergarten (TK) to sixth grade.
All students are eligible to join the Expanded Learning program. Priority enrollment is given to migrant students, English learners, homeless and/or foster youth and low income students first, as is required by AB 1567. Families are placed on a waiting list for their designated school sites and are reviewed weekly by site leads. Families will be contacted when space becomes available. Family wait time varies based on individual sites staffing needs.
Following this, waitlist priority is based on:
  • Sibling already in the program
  • Principal/staff referral
  • Academic performance
If your child attends one of the following schools (Beamer, Dingle, Freeman, Gibson, Maxwell, Plainfield, Tafoya, Whitehead and Woodland Prairie)

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Open Enrollment: May 8th- June 8th . 
Starting in November 2023= Waitlist now open to sign up . 
Note: All parents (returning and new) must enroll online.

For more information contact:
Tori Peterson
Expanded Learning Coordinator
(530) 406-3250
Expanded Learning Site Support Specialists at each school site:
  • Beamer Elementary: (Sub Coordinator) Christian Pesqueda & Sarah Johnson, 530-681-7919,
  • Dingle Elementary: Ashlynn Gardner, 530-867-1996,
  • Freeman Elementary: Laura Killion, 530-867-2107,
  • Gibson Elementary: Briseyda Gutierrez, 530-341-7695,
  • Maxwell Elementary: Alexandra Diaz, 530-867-2147,
  • Plainfield Elementary: Eduardo Gonzalez, 530-723-8425,
  • Tafoya Elementary: Katie Bruner, 530-867-2150,
  • Whitehead Elementary: Monica Coronado, 530-867-2182,
  • Woodland Prairie Elementary: Destiny Garcia, 530-723-0872,

Zamora Elementary and Spring Lake Elementary:

YMCA is providing the expanded learning program for Zamora and Spring Lake students.

Spring Lake - Spring Lake Registration

Zamora - Zamora Registration

Site Directors if you have questions: 
Jaya Pandey @ Springlake - (916)-318-2846;
Lauren Gunter @ Zamora (P) (530) 702-8604;

Science & Technology (Sci-Tech) Elementary Charter School:

The principal, Maria Martinez, will be sending more information for Sci-Tech students soon as the charter school receives separate funding and manages its own program. 
  • Expanded Learning Site Support Specialist:
    • Sci Tech Elementary: Jacqueline Galicia @
High school Ambassadors for the 2023-24 school year

High school Ambassadors for the 2023-24 school year

Our Expanding Minds Program is searching for junior and senior high school students to work as Ambassadors/Peer Mentors at our elementary program sites for the 2023-2024 school year. Our program runs from 2 - 6 p.m. and students can work anytime within those hours (up to 4 hours or fewer). Pay rate is $16/hour. 👉 Apply here! Questions? Contact Tori Peterson,, (530) 406-3250.
Estámos buscando estudiantes de los grados 11 y 12 para trabjajar como embajadores / mentores de compañeros en los sitios del programa de primaria para el año escolar 2023-2024. Nuestro programa se lleva a cabo de 2 p. m. a 6 p. m. y los estudiantes pueden trabajar cualquier horas dentro de ese horario (hasta 4 horas o menos). La tarifa de pago es de $16/hora 👉 ¡Aplica aquí! ¿Preguntas? Póngase en contacto con Tori Peterson,, (530) 406-3250.