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Enrichment Opportunities for children in the Joplin area

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TJ has opportunities for all children in the 4-States region

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School offers dozens of enrichment opportunities for TJ students and other children in the community.

TJ’s Music Academy offers lessons from talented faculty in voice and several types of instruments.

TJ offers two-hour, one-day enrichment opportunities on Saturdays on the TJ campus via our Young Scholars, Kids College, Destination Discovery, and Middle School STEM programs. Scroll down for details about these programs.  These opportunities are open to 3-year-olds to 8th graders, and are open to all children in the 4-States area.

TJ also offers a full range of camps and classes for students in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 during the Summer Discovery Academy. These engaging half- and full-day summer programs are open to all students in the Four-States region.

See below for more information about these exciting enrichment opportunities at TJ.

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TJ Music Academy in Joplin

The TJ Music Academy is an after-school and summer program that offers private music instruction to the youth and adults of Joplin and the surrounding area. We offer lessons in strings, voice, woodwinds, and guitar that take place in our lovely facilities with our experienced faculty. Lessons rates are $40 per hour, $30 for a 45-minute, and $20 for a 30-minute lesson. Lessons are scheduled after school with the private instructor based on his or her availability. We offer many performance opportunities including recitals and music festivals, and we encourage a strong work ethic and a passion for music. Open the Music Academy tab below for details and to sign up.

Saturday Enrichment Opportunities

TJ offers two-hour, one-day enrichment opportunities on Saturdays on the TJ campus via our Young Scholars, Kids College, Destination Discovery, and Middle School STEM programs.  These opportunities are open to 3-year-olds to 8th graders, and are open to all children in the 4-States area.  See the appropriate tab below for details and to sign up.

 

The Young Scholars program offers interactive classes on the TJ campus for curious 3- and 4-year-olds and their parents or guardians. These classes focus on school readiness skills and fun through crafts, songs, and read-aloud activities.

Classes are taught by TJ faculty members and hosted on the TJ campus. Enrollment is limited so please register prior to the Thursday before each session.

Next session is SATURDAY, Oct. 15, 2022, 9 to 11 a.m.

  • FALL ADVENTURE – Age-appropriate fun that centers around Fall and Halloween.  Activities include Large and Small groups, stories, songs, and a special snack.

REGISTER HERE


Upcoming Sessions Scheduled for:

December 10, 2022
February 11. 2023
April 15, 2023

Kids College offers two-hour, one-day-only Saturday enrichment opportunities on the TJ campus for curious 5- and 6-year-olds. The cost is $15 per child, per session. Enrollment is limited so please register early.

Classes are taught by TJ faculty members and hosted on the TJ campus. Enrollment is limited so please register prior to the Thursday before each session.

Next session is SATURDAY, Oct. 15, 2022, 9 to 11 a.m.

  • BONE TO BE WILD – We will take a look at “not so spooky” skeletons and talk about the skeletal system.

REGISTER HERE


Upcoming Sessions Scheduled for:

December 10, 2022
February 11. 2023
April 15, 2023

Open to all 3rd through 5th graders in the Four-States region, TJ’s Destination Discovery program delivers exciting and engaging classes on Saturday Mornings several times each year.

Classes are taught by TJ faculty members and hosted on the TJ campus. Enrollment is limited so please register prior to the Thursday before each session.

Next session is SATURDAY, Oct. 15, 2022, 9 to 11 a.m.

  • WHERE IN THE WORLD? – Go on a journey around the world!  During this exciting hands-on course, students will use maps of the United States and Missouri as well as globes of the world to locate basins, bays, capes, cities, continents, countries, deserts, gulfs, islands, oceans, plains, plateaus, rivers, seas, straits, and more!  Students will also use their own hand-crafted dough to create their favorite point of interest during this class. 

REGISTER HERE


Upcoming Sessions Scheduled for:

December 10, 2022
February 11. 2023
April 15, 2023

Open to all 6th through 8th graders in the Four-States region, TJ’s Middle School STEM Saturday program delivers exciting and engaging classes on Saturday mornings several times each year.

Classes are taught by TJ faculty members and hosted on the TJ campus. Enrollment is limited so please register prior to the Thursday before each session.

Next session is SATURDAY, Oct. 15, 2022, 9 to 11 a.m.

  • STEM Saturday – An exciting enrichment class where middle school students integrate and apply meaningful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in hands-on, inquiry-based activities.

REGISTER HERE


Upcoming Sessions Scheduled for:

December 10, 2022
February 11. 2023
April 15, 2023

To help your child continue to grow academically over the summer months, TJ offers the Summer Discovery Academy. The Academy offers engaging and exciting courses and trips for Lower School through Upper School students. Both half- and full-day programs are offered.

See the 2022 Summer Discovery Academy program offerings here.

Music academy students

The TJ Music Academy is an after-school and summer program that offers private music instruction to the youth and adults of Joplin and the surrounding area. We offer lessons in strings, voice, woodwinds, and guitar that take place in our lovely facilities with our experienced faculty. Lessons rates are $40 per hour, $30 for a 45-minute, and $20 for a 30-minute lesson. Lessons are scheduled after school with the private instructor based on his or her availability. We offer many performance opportunities including recitals and music festivals, and we encourage a strong work ethic and a passion for music.

Register for the TJ Music Academy here.

Academy Staff

Rebecca Cutler

Rebecca Cutler, violin/viola, holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Pittsburg State University and a Master of Degree in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting from Illinois State University. Her primary teachers have been Ben Sayevich, Sarah Gentry, Selim Giray, (violin), Glenn Block, and Craig Fuchs (conducting). Miss Cutler has been a private violin and viola instructor for more than 10 years and taught previously at Missouri Southern State University where she directed the Suzuki Violin Academy and taught applied strings and string techniques. She has happily been at Thomas Jefferson IDS since 2012 teaching LS/MS/US Strings. Miss Cutler also performs with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville as well as other regional orchestras.

Jana Zinter

“Making Music Fun” is Miss Jana’s motto. Jana studied piano for 13 years with Joplin’s best and continued her education with a Julliard graduate during her years at MSSC. Jana loves working with children and has devoted over 35 years to teaching piano. She keeps students motivated with recitals, festivals, competitions and music contests. Many of her students have earned “Honorable, “1” and “Winner” ratings at local, state and national levels. Jana is an active member of JPTA, MMTA, MTNA, MFMC and NFMC. Jana would love to share her piano knowledge with your child so they too can learn to love music in their own special way.

 

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