At Schmitz Park Elementary we feel that participation in student-oriented activities is a vital part of a student’s education. Therefore, a wide range of school programs are available for students, see below what's currently going on at Schmitz Park.
After School Enrichment - We offer many after school enrichment classes to our students. Classes are offered for a fee, on a quarterly registration schedule, usually run an hour, and vary from the arts to outdoor exploration. Please visit the Before/After School Enrichment page for current offerings.
GeoBee Competition - Each winter we hold our annual Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic. The GeoBee is the same format as a spelling bee, and the questions are a test of geographical knowledge. The competition is open to our 4th and 5th graders, and those that choose to participate are given resources to get them ready. For more information about the GeoBee, go to www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee.
Global Passport Program - The Schmitz Park Global Passport Program helps students gain the knowledge and skills they need to be active and engaged citizens in an interconnected, 21st Century world. The Global Passport Program centers on developementally-appropriate geographic literacy and cultural connections across the curriculum. The program results in students who are able to understand global events within a meaningful context. More information and maps are available on the Global Passport Program page.
Global Reading Challenge - Thousands of elementary school students from nearly 50 Seattle public schools participate in The Seattle Public Library's Global Reading Challenge. The students compete in the Global Reading Challenge as teams. Together they read and discuss a set of 10 books to prepare for the event, where questions are read and teams write down the answer. The Schmitz Park in-school challenges take place February. The top team from each school will then compete in semifinals against other top teams, and the winning schools from the semifinals will go on to compete in the city final.
IslandWood - Each year, all the 4th graders, their teachers and parent chaperones catch the ferry to Bainbridge Island for 3 nights and 4 days of environmental learning, team building, and fun. IslandWood is consistently the highlight of a child's Schmitz Park experience. Through our Outdoor School Overnight program, 4th graders experience the time of their lives in a safe and secure environment full of sights and wonders that only nature can provide. To learn more about the program, click on this IslandWood link to visit their website, islandwood.org.