Extra-Curricular Programs

Students in band class

After School Enrichment

Sign up for fun after-school programs at Slavens! Parents are responsible for registering and providing payment for all classes. Classes fill up quickly, so act now! Room numbers will be posted on the first day of enrichment by the Clayton St., front doors, and the Enrichment page on the Slavens app and website. Please remind your child that they are attending a program on the first date that classes begin. All classes run from 3:20 to 4:20 p.m., or 3:20 to 4:50 p.m. There will be no enrichment on days without school. There will be special classes on Early Release days.

For questions, contact Stephanie Slaybaugh. sbslaybaugh@gmail.com

Discovery Link

Discovery Link is a DPS program run entirely by DPS staff for before and after school care. There is a vitally important connection between our students’ time in the classroom and the time they spend out of school, including before and after school and during the summer. Our after-school programs are built on a culture of discovery. Combining academic support, arts, athletics, leadership development, social-emotional learning, and much more, we create an enriching, engaging and fun environment. For more information, visit Discovery Link.

Community Action Team

Slavens has an exciting club called the Community Action Team (CAT). It focuses on students helping the community and the environment. Our projects include different events such as field trips, guest speakers and community outreach, along with fantastic leadership opportunities for Middle Schoolers. As a Blue Ribbon school, we know our kids will be proficient readers, writers, and mathematicians when they leave Slavens. However, they also need an awareness of the greater world around them. By helping others in need and appreciating complex social and environmental issues, kids begin to see themselves as contributors to solutions, self-reliant but also interconnected. These defining experiences and commitments build character and resumes as students look to the future.

The Slavens Community Action Team (CAT) is looking for students in 1st through middle school who are interested in being active members of our school community. Participating in service projects for social and environmental change, our club members learn that small actions can make a big difference. You don’t need to be a grownup to change the world! Students will learn about different issues that face our society today and understand what it feels like to make a difference. Along with the Leader in Me program, there will be many opportunities to be leaders in our Slavens community for all students. Information about 2022-23 CAT meetings will be available soon.

Learn It – Do It – Share It

For questions, contact Jenny Flanagan or Megan Wilson.

Destination Imagination (DI)

Slavens K-8 School is a proud participant in Destination Imagination. Destination Imagination (DI) teaches students the creative process and empowers them with the skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing world. The program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage, and curiosity through open-ended academic challenges in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, fine arts, and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others, and the collaborative problem-solving process. Teams consist of 2-7 students and they showcase their challenge solutions at a tournament in March/April. Learn more information about Destination Imagination.

Elementary Band

The Slavens Elementary Band Program is available to all 4th- and 5th-grade students. Our fabulous band program has grown since its small beginnings to include more than 70 students each year. Band students are encouraged to develop not just their instrumental techniques but their understanding of how music changes our lives and world.

Our students perform in the community many times throughout the year. In addition to our winter and spring concerts, you will see us performing the National Anthem with the DU Pep Band at a Pioneers basketball game, performing chamber music at Stella’s Coffee House, taking a field trip to Metro State University Music Department and livening up the playground with our Halloween Flash Mob. Our band students have been selected to participate in the DPS Citywide Honor Band, have performed at the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference (CMEA) at the Broadmoor Hotel, and worked with avant guard musician Walter Thompson, the founder of Soundpainting.

In 2015, we received a grant from the Bringing Music to Life foundation, which gave us ten instruments for our students to use. We are always looking for more instruments, so please feel free to donate your unused instruments to Slavens! We are grateful to FOSS for supporting the band program by offering scholarships to students in need, as we believe music is for all! Beginning Band meets Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7:15 to 8 a.m. Intermediate Band meets Tuesdays and Thursdays. Sessions are taught by Joni Anderson and Lauren Skinner.