Activities

Great River students also participate in activities that develop other skills and friendships out of the classroom.  Most of these activities occur after school.

Driver’s Education
Besides clubs and sports, GRS teams with A+ Driving School to offer Driver’s Education classes after school in the fall and spring.  Students must attend the 30 hours of classroom and pass the final test to receive a .5 elective credit.  Following the classroom instruction, students can sign up with A+ Driving School for the 6-hours of Behind the Wheel training after taking their permit test or use another company of their choosing.

Lego League

We offer opportunities for students in the 4th to 8th grades to participate in Lego League.  Click here for more information about the Junior Lego League program.  From the First Lego League website – “The best way to summarize FIRST LEGO League is to say that it is a robotics program 9 to 14 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology — and teach them valuable employment and life.”  

Lego League teams meet on Tuesdays from 3:15 to 5:15 pm starting September 23rd.  Adult support is needed  to help with coaching, building and all around spirit support. The first regional competition for the First Lego League team will be in early December. If the team places high enough in the regional competition, they could go on to the state or even national competition.

Robotics

Team 2491 No Mythic is made up of students from Great River School and Avalon School. We participate in FIRST Robotics. FIRST is an internationally known and recognized program that teaches children and young adults how to form creative solutions to technological challenges. Our team is currently in our 6th year of existence.  And this year, like all others we are currently looking for donations, sponsorships and mentorships from anyone who can help.

Pre-season meetings will occur every Tuesday from 3:30-6:00 p.m. during normal school weeks, not on vacations or in the case of school trips.  Times will be determined for the season meetings later.

Theatre

Students in the elementary program have opportunities for in class performances as well as parts in the all school fall play and spring musical.  A1 (grades 7 & 8) participate in J-term, a month long theatre experience. Besides academics, students focus on all aspects of putting on a theatre performance.  GRS has traditionally put on a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. All students are eligible to try out for parts as long as a passing grade point average is maintained.  Students in A3, the International Baccalaureate Programme, have the opportunity for the two-year elective of theatre.  Often, parts are available for high school students in short plays directed by seniors in the IB Theatre class.

For more information about either Lego League and Robotics, go to the US First website.  For more information about either team at GRS, contact Michael Flood.