What's New - Non-PPLD Homeschool Events

RSSDo you know of a community program for homeschoolers? Is your group holding an event that is open to all homeschoolers? Do you want to hear about upcoming opportunities for your family in the Colorado Springs area? If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions then this is the place for you! This blog is for homeschool programs, classes, etc. not sponsored by PPLD.

To have something posted contact Corrie at cbaker@ppld.org. She will need all the necessary information two weeks in advance. Be sure to include: what it is, who can attend, when it is (date and time), where it is, and who to contact. If any pertinent information is missing it will not be posted.

What is STARBASE? STARBASE Peterson is a FREE 25 hour DoD STEM enrichment program for 5th graders.

Why STARBASE? STARBASE gives students an opportunity to explore STEM in a "hands-on minds-on" learning environment. About 1% of elementary students actually pursue studies in STEM and STARBASE gives them the opportunity to explore STEM and STEM careers on a military base. We have field trips and guest speakers.

Who can attend STARBASE? We are flexible with who attends. Rising 5th graders and rising 6th graders are welcome! The curriculum is actually designed for grades 5-8.

When does STARBASE conduct classes? We are a 12 month program. Our classes run from 9am to 2pm for 5 days. We usually take a class 1 day for 5 weeks. We have classes starting on 14 September. We can accommodate, depending on how many homeschoolers you wish to enroll, some homeschoolers in our September or later classes. We can probably schedule a class for a homeschool group, too! It may be possible to have you attend 5 days in a row! March is a slow month for us due to all the state testing.

Where is STARBASE located? STARBASE is located on Peterson AFB.

Who do you contact for more information on STARBASE? You can contact Patty Smathers at 719-592-9565 or email me at psstarbasepeterson@gmail. com or patricia.smathers.1.ctr@us.af.mil

Cheyenne Mountain Aquatic Center will be offering swimming lessons and other pool activities to homeschool families this fall.

*Red Cross Swim Lessons for all ages/levels
Tuesday / Thursday mornings between 9-11am
Tuesday / Thursday afternoons between 3:30-4:30pm
Saturday mornings between 10:00am- 12N
*Recreation Swim times
Saturday & Sunday afternoons from 12 - 4:00pm
*Safety presentations

Cost is $55 for 1 child and $45 for additional children.
Saturday sessions begin Sept. 5 - Oct. 31
Tuesday /Thursday begins Sept. 1 - 24 (classes in the morning and afternoon).

For more information, please contact Cheyenne Mountain Aquatic Center at 719.227.7665(POOL) or visit their website: cmsd12.org/pool.

The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery opens a "call for entries" for the third annual Teen Portrait Competition. Artists between the ages of 13 and 17 may electronically submit portraits to the juried competition in the medium of painting and drawing, photography, and video through Wednesday, September 30 2015. The grand-prize portrait will be printed and displayed at the National Portrait Gallery in 2016.

To apply, please visit our website

Calling all 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Colorado Students!
Put on your writers’ hats and enter an original short story in the 2015 Rocky Mountain PBS StoryMakers Contest.

Stories may only be submitted online from August 17-October 9, 2015.
Make sure to read the Rules and the Rubric (attached).
Click here to enter your story starting August 17.

Entries are judged on originality, creative expression and storytelling.
StoryMakers is in its ninth year and each year we receive over 700 entries.
Finalists (8 for each grade) will be named in November 2015 and invited to an all day workshop (and station tour) with noted writers and journalist at the Rocky Mountain PBS station in Denver on Saturday, December 5, 2015.
Awards Luncheon held at Rocky Mountain PBS station in Denver on Saturday, January 9, 2016 attended by all finalists and their families. Winners are announced and prizes awarded.
Winners’ stories published on Rocky Mountain PBS website.

Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award Logo

The Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award recognizes the most popular books among middle and high school students in the State of Colorado. Teens nominate their favorite titles and vote on the winner - adults do not vote.

Click here to VOTE through Dec. 31, 2015!

The 2016 titles are:
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
The Infinite Sea (5th Wave Book 2) by Rick Yancey
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski