Afternoon Programs an Important Complement to Academics

Each afternoon students scatter across campus and the community for a variety of organized or independently-designed activities. In addition to interscholastic athletic competition, students have a broad range of activity options or may design and receive approval for independent programs in areas not available through the school. Past independent programs have included dance courses at the University of the South, fencing, karate, band promotion, and guitar building.

Afternoon Programs are considered to be part of the curriculum and are listed on student transcripts. Students commit between six and 12 hours each week to their Afternoon Programs for the duration of our 12-week activities trimesters. Each year, students must complete at least one term of a program that requires physical activity. See Teams & Schedules for information about interscholastic teams.

2017-18 Afternoon Programs Offerings

MS Fall Season MS Winter Season MS Spring Season
Cross Country Boys' Basketball Baseball (8th Grade)
Farming (3 days) Girls' Basketball Farming (3 days)
Football Swimming* (3 days) Landscape Painting (3 days)
Golf (8th Grade)Theatre Boys' Soccer
Mountain Biking (3 days) Wrestling Tennis (3 days)
Girls' SoccerYearbook (3 days) Track and Field (3 days)
Theatre
Volleyball
Yearbook (3 days)
US Fall Season US Winter Season US Spring Season
Athletic Trainer or Manager* Athletic Trainer or Manager* Athletic Trainer or Manager*
Cross Country Boys' Basketball Baseball
Farming (3 days) Girls' Basketball Farming (3 days)
Football Outdoor Adventure: Climbing (3 days) Landscape Painting (3 days)
Golf* Strength and Conditioning (3 days) Mind•Body•Exercise (3 days)
Mind*Body*Exercise Swimming* Outdoor Adventure (3 days)
Mountain Biking Technology (3 days) Boys' Soccer
Girls' Soccer Theatre Tennis*
Theatre Wrestling Track and Field
Volleyball Yearbook (3 days)
Yearbook (3 days)

* Indicates evaluation or permission required. Non-physically active

Athletic Training supports teams and athletes through the year in health promotion, injury management, and rehabilitation. Students learn first aid through the Red Cross program and assist the athletics staff with taping and wound care as well as game set-up and rehabilitation. Students entering this afternoon program will work from 3-5:30 with the opportunity to stay and help during middle school and varsity contests.

Farming is a hands on/off road experience! Students harvest vegetables and herbs from the SAS greenhouse, apples and pears from the SAS orchard, and deliver our harvest to the Sage kitchen staff for use in meals. Students learn to germinate seeds, transplant seedlings, and apply organic soil nutrients. Along the way, they learn about organic pest control. They prepare growing beds for planting and help with the water collection system for harvesting and transporting rainwater. Farming provides the dining hall with several lettuce varieties, kale, radishes, cilantro, parsley, and basil, as well as, snow peas and tomatoes. In addition, students care for our perennials, mulching, pruning and fertilizing our grapes, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Future plans include aquaponics and animal husbandry.

Landscape Painting begins with students preparing their equipment, exploring how painting from nature has been approached by artists across time, and gaining rudimentary skills for representing space using line, color, value and intensity. This work will be done indoors, employing pencils, charcoals, and oil paint. As the weather allows, the program will move outside to build on the rudiments previously introduced and to work to develop sustained individual engagement with the natural world. The goal of the program is to develop a personal artistic vocabulary based on the individual student's response to the natural world. Students should be prepared to brave the elements, respect the concentration of fellow participants, and carry their own easels and supplies. Landscape Painting meets three times a week.

Mind•Body•Exercise exposes students to noncompetitive forms of exercise that they might enjoy. In a typical week, our three afternoons will be dedicated to either yoga, Pilates, mindfulness work, or hiking on SAS's beautiful trails. In addition, students are encouraged to lead one of the classes. In the past, students have taught classes on modern dance, ballroom dance, and fencing. Students need to bring their own yoga mats or they can buy one through the school.

Outdoor Adventure participants are exposed to the outdoor activities possible on the Mountain, including hiking, caving, camping and survival skills. They are pushed to develop skills and acquire knowledge that will keep them safe and comfortable while enjoying the outdoors. Outdoor Adventure meets three times a week.

Strength and Conditioning is designed to provide our students with an opportunity to improve their general physical fitness in a cooperative environment. The barbell is the primary tool the students will use. The initial goal is to develop better movement patterns. After proper technique and understanding of the movements has been established, the students will see improvement in a variety of areas including: speed, power, strength, coordination, balance, flexibility, work capacity, and confidence. The Strength and Conditioning program meets three days a week, ending by 5:15 p.m.

Technology provides students with an opportunity to strengthen their problem-solving, design, collaboration, and production skills in a relaxed and supportive environment. These skills will be developed through exposure to a variety of technologies and devices, which typically include a MakerBot 3D printer, Sphero brand app-controlled robots, Vex Robotic equipment, Raspberry Pi 3 computers, and Macs. Throughout the Technology Afternoon Program, students will have opportunities to learn and practice HTML and Python coding skills and to design and complete their own independent projects. No prior technical knowledge is necessary to join this program; students must only bring their willingness to explore and create!

Theater begins with students from every grade in the school participating in theater games and becoming acquainted with each other. The initial activities segue into rehearsals, as the theater director selects or creates a play based on the number of participants, recent productions and other factors. From this point, Theater focuses on getting the play ready for performance. Some students opt to do technical theater work, such as making props and learning to work with stage lighting, but most students are there to perform. After the three performances, all the students participate in strike, readying the theater for the next show. Recent plays included The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,Seussical, and an original performance piece The Ants. Theater meets five days a week from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. In the last weeks before the production the rehearsal continues between dinner and study hours.

Yearbook is a product-based program where students work on the production of the St. Andrew's-Sewanee Phoenix. Students will use a variety publishing programs including PhotoShop, InDesign, and various online design and editing software as they work on their skills in photo taking, writing, interviewing, editing, layout, and design. Because there are strictly set deadlines, students must also exercise their abilities to be dependable and organized members of a team. This program is ideal for students who wish to showcase their design skills, practice their photography, or learn the elements of these disciplines. Yearbook meets three days a week from 3:30–5 p.m.

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