“Intersession is a time where we’ll pause course progression & address learning gaps."
FALL 2023 INTERSESSION
October 2-5, 2023, marks the first Intersession Week in Aiken County Public Schools, an opportunity made possible by the modified academic calendar implemented this year. District educators will offer intensive support to elementary, middle and high school students during the first Fall Intersession, as well as a limited number of slots available to students interested in pilot programs for academic acceleration.
Students have been identified for Intersession based on academic need, unit recovery, and/or attendance/time recovery and encouraged to enroll. This opportunity is being offered at no cost to identified students or their families and is designed as a way to address areas of academic need and support students’ success in a course and overall achievement in an individualized and/or small group setting. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation to and from the centralized campus locations housing Intersession are available to students identified for this intensive opportunity.
Intersession Academic Acceleration Pilots
In addition to the offering for students identified for intensive support during Intersession, a limited number of spots are also available in pilot programs offered during Intersession for academic acceleration, including a Coding Camp for third through fifth grade students, as well as a Fine Arts opportunity for middle and high school students. Registration opens Thursday, September 21, for these Intersession Acceleration Programs and is offered on a first come-first served basis.
Breakfast and lunch is provided to students enrolled in our Intersession Acceleration Pilot Programs, however students’ families will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the Coding Camp housed at Redcliffe Elementary and Fine Arts offering at New Ellenton STEAM Magnet. Intersession Pilot Acceleration is being held October 2-5; hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. for the elementary Coding Camp, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for the middle and high school student Fine Arts opportunity.
For additional information, please see below.
Have a relentlessly curious, passionately innovative, and tenaciously inventive third-, fourth- or fifth- grade student? We invite you to enroll him/her right away for a wonderful opportunity being offered during Intersession Week, October 2-5.
At Coding Camp, students will learn to connect STEM concepts to everyday life and engage in transformative, hands-on learning experiences.They'll use drones to solve real-world simulations and have the chance to explore and develop 3D-printing skills while designing, building, and printing tangible items.
The camp will be held Monday-Thursday, October 2-5, from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. and is being housed at Redcliffe Elementary. Students from any Aiken County elementary school in grades 3-5 are encouraged to enroll. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all students enrolled in Coding Camp. Please note, however, that transportation is not provided. Please email Erica Millwood, Federal Programs Coordinator, with questions, email@example.com.
This camp is limited to 30 students, so be sure to sign up right away! Enrollment will be first-come, first-served, and registration opens September 21, 2023, at 4 p.m.
Additional details and the link for enrollment are available by clicking on the words "Coding Camp."
Fine Arts Opportunity
Middle and high school students interested in the Fine Arts Acceleration Intersession Pilot are encouraged to apply for this first-come, first-served camp which will expose students to various areas of the arts each day. Through Artists-in-Residence, students will participate in dance, creative writing, and visual arts. The Fine Arts Intersession Pilot will be held Monday-Thursday, October 2-5, 2023, during Fall Intersession, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch is provided for enrolled students, however students' transportation to and from New Ellenton Magnet is not available.
Space is limited. Please click the words "Fine Arts Intersession Pilot" for the enrollment link.
Community Educational Experiences and Camps during Fall 2023 Intersession and Fall Break
Regular school operations will pause during the week of Intersession (October 2-5), and the following week for Fall Break (October 9-13). There are a number of community partners offering educational camps and experiences for students and families during that time, including but not limited to Themed Weeks at Quest Zone, an Ecology Expedition Camp offered by North Augusta Parks and Recreation, and discounted rates for families visiting Eudora Farms.
Organizations are encouraged to share the details of Intersession/Fall Break opportunities with our District by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of opportunities shared with our District which are offered during Intersession and Fall Break is available below.
Quest Zone's Sports Legends, Fables and Fairy Tales Camps
Join the Quest Zone for two weeks of themed camps designed to help your students fall into a world of excitement and imagination, with on-site field trips, special guests, hands-on activities and much more. Camp Dates are October 2-13, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. It's free to register for these camps offered at seven convenient locations: Aiken Elementary, Byrd Elementary, Chukker Creek Elementary, East Aiken School fo the Arts, Jefferson Elementary, Millbrook Elmeentary, Mossy Creek Elementary, and North Augusta Elementary. Sign up today for October 2-6's Sports Legends Camp, and/or October 9-13's Fables and Fairy Tales Camp. For more info and to enroll, visit thequestzone.com.
CSRAKids Online Guide to Fall Break Camps
CSRAKids, the online guide to everything kid-related in the CSRA, has gathered and published a list of opportunities available over Intersession and Fall Break. From the Family Y, Aiken Center of the Arts, Art Nook, AR Workshop, and Rainbow Art Factory, to camps organized by The City of Aiken, North Augusta, and Graniteville, local Taekwondo studios and more, there are opportunities available to suit just about every child's interest.
Click on the words "CSRAKids Fall Break Camps," sign up, and mark Fall Break planning off your list!
Ecology Expedition Camp
Join the North Augusta Parks and Recreation Department for an Ecology Expedition Camp with special guests from the Savannah Riverkeeper, Savannah River Ecology Lab, and Adopt-a-Stream. Camp is $25/week and is being offered both weeks (October 3 & 4 and 10 & 11). First through sixth grade students are encouraged to attend this educational opportunity to learn about our local ecosystem. You'll test water samples, collect and identify aquatic microinvertebrates and more during this "Mini Earth Day" camp from 9 a.m.-noon at the Brick Pond Park in North Augusta. https://www.facebook.com/northaugusta.recreation/
Rainbow Factory's Art and Science Camps
Rainbow Factory has 2-Day and 3-Day camps during Intersession and Fall Break. This opportunity is open to kiddos in Kindergarten through fifth grade and promises to get their creative juices flowing with lots of hands-on-art activities, science experiments, and games. The camps are offered 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in their bright and beautiful studio in a convenient location, just off I-20 at Exit One. Visit their website, www.RainbowFactory.com, to register.
Eudora Farms Discount
Eudora Farms is offering an October discount to all ACPSD families (students + teachers and their families). Spend the day experiencing this wildlife safari with your friends and family. Please visit their website, https://eudorafarms.net/, for additional details.
Clearwater First Baptist
Clearwater Baptist is hosting "Fall Break Fun," a free event with recreation, crafts, music, snacks and fun activities, for children three-years-old through fifth grade. Make plans to join them Tuesday, October 10-Friday, October 13, from 6-8:30 p.m. Please click on the words "Fall Break Fun" and scan the QR code to register.