After School Program
WSD offers a structured After School Program of sports, recreational, vocational and activities from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (These activities can extend later than 5:30 p.m.).
WSD after-school programs are designed to help students do the following:
- Gain vocational skills and develop career path training
- Gain self-esteem, self-awareness, self-control, and decision-making abilities
- Develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically
- Learn about nutrition, health, and personal safety
- Experiment, create, and explore
The Athletic Director | Residential Specialist oversee the After School Program and athletic programs
All WSD students, including day students, are encouraged to participate in
the After School
Programs that include, but not limited to, the following athletics and recreation activities:
1. Varsity Sports
- Coed Cheerleading
- Girls and Boys Basketball
- Coed Soccer
- Coed Track
The WSD varsity sports program operates under the rules and regulations of the Washington
Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA), which includes the criteria for eligibility to play.
WSD reserves the right to increase the standards to a higher level for eligibility. Poor academic performance
and/or not meeting behavior expectations will affect eligibility to play in varsity sports.
The staff to student ratio for varsity sports practices and games is 1 to 10.
2. Intramural sports (for elementary and middle school)
WSD provide"s equal opportunities for both boys and girls to participate in After School Program.
3. Special Olympics
- Arts and crafts - A variety of crafts are taught.
- Auto mechanics - Basic maintenance of a vehicle is taught including oil changes, tune-up, brakes, and cleaning vehicles inside and out. Safety is taught the first week, and safety equipment is used. This class uses a shop area at WSD.
- Bowling - Students walk to a nearby bowling alley (Crosley, which is three blocks away). Students are put into teams and compete on a weekly basis.
- Concessions - A group of students run a snack bar that serves at various sporting events and student socials. Students run it as a business, keeping track of inventory and money.
- Cooking - Students learn how to prepare a variety of foods in the cottages.
- Dance - Students learn a variety of dance moves and techniques. This class participates in a dance performance each spring.
- Gardening - Students learn how to grow flowers and vegetables using an on-campus greenhouse. They both plant around the campus and sell the products that they grow.
- Hiking - This group hike to various points in Vancouver from the school, including a hike to Ft. Vancouver where students see many historical buildings and places. This group also travel"s about 45 minutes east of the school where they hike some simple trails close to Bonneville Dam.
- Scrapbook - Students learn the basics of scrap booking and create pages of memories. Pictures are often included with an array of designs and colors to make the pages come alive.
- Swimming - Students go to a local pool supervised by certified lifeguards for recreational swimming.
The activities offered each After School Program session are chosen by the recreation specialist in conjunction with students and SLCs. A description of each activity is published and distributed before each session for students to choose from. A sign-up page is included and space for prioritizing choices if a class becomes full. Students have a week to change activities at the start of each session if they so desire. SLCs and community volunteers teach and lead the program.
Some activities have a cost. Cost information will be provided with the activity registration information. Students may sign up for a daily activity or an activity on their non-sports day. At present, activities are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thursdays are reserved for "down time" or family time after school and day students travel home on this day. On After School Program days day students are to be picked up after activities at 5:30 p.m. by their parents in the east parking lot. Parents are to sign out in the attendance book upon taking their child. After activities, residential students proceed to dinner and meet their SLC in the dining room. All students will follow the established code of conduct and students who misbehave during the activities are subject to the WSD behavior management system. Continuous disregard for expectations can result in loss of After School Program privileges.
Western States Basketball/Cheerleading Classic
The WSD boys' and girls' basketball teams and cheerleaders participate annually in a basketball tournament and cheer competition with seven other western state deaf schools. The tournament is usually held at the end of January and is hosted by one of the participating schools for the deaf.
Basketball coaches will select twelve players from the varsity team, including the manager, and the cheerleading coach will select five varsity cheerleaders to attend. Players selected to go to the tournament are required to pay their own airfare. All other costs will be paid by WSD. The criteria, in addition to the WIAA and WSD standards, are stated in the varsity sports section of the student handbook.
Activities that include non-WSD students are the prom (maybe held on or off-campus) and homecoming (held on-campus).
Parents volunteering in electives
Parents/guardians are encouraged to participate in the After School Program as a volunteer. Such participation should be arranged through the Volunteer Coordinator.
Parents/guardians are welcome to visit their children's After School Program and activities. Such visits should be pre-arranged through the SLC or Dean at least a day in advance.