Before & After School Clubs

Boys & Girls Club

After school care is available to MMES students through the Fountain Hills branch of the Boys and Girls Club of Scottsdale. FHUSD provides transportation to and from the Boys and Girls Club before and after school. This program is based on the Boys and Girls Clubs of America Five Core Service Areas. These core services include: Education and Career Development, Character and Leadership Development, Health and Life Skills, The Arts and Recreation, and Sports and Fitness. Please read more about the Boys and Girls Club.

Before School Spanish Club

The PTO sponsors the Spanish language program. It requires a year-long commitment by both the parents and the students.

Spanish classes are on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 to 8:40 a.m. There is tax-deductible fee of $200.00. All students in grades kindergarten through third may participate. If you have an interest, please contact the school at (480) 664-5200.

Before School Chess Club

Studies by major corporations and universities have shown that chess can help students increase their math and verbal skills as well as their creative and critical thinking abilities, discipline, concentration, and self-confidence.

We invite students of all grades and playing levels to join us on campus Friday mornings before school from 7:40 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. We have limited space, so register as soon as you can! The tuition for the club is $215.00 per semester. Call (602) 482-4867 or send an email. Forms are also available at the McDowell Mountain office.

Before School Lego & Robotics Club

The McDowell Mountain Robotics Team is comprised of small teams of 2nd and 3rd-grade students and coached by Mrs. Jill Cooper (STEM Teacher), Mrs. Anne Pauli (Kindergarten Teacher), and Mr. Peter Conti (Parent Volunteer). Students will design solutions for real-world science and technology challenges by using code to program our Wonder Workshop robots, Dash & Dot. They will develop creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills while building meaningful relationships with their peers and having fun! In addition, they will demonstrate their scientific thinking and reflect on their learning through authentic journaling.

Once the teams receive the Wonder League missions/assignments/challenges they will begin the process of planning and designing the code needed for their robot to best complete the objectives. The missions follow a progression, walking students through increasingly advanced coding concepts, intricate objectives, and reflection activities. We submit all missions virtually; the first mission is released early in October and the final submissions must be completed by February. The Wonder League organization will judge our video submissions against teams from all around the world using a rubric to determine the winners!

When the missions are completed and submitted our club will focus on a variety of STEM activities including coding, advanced robotics using sensors (Optibots), maker challenges, and STEM projects that teach and incorporate the engineering design process.

Rhythmic Fitness

Rhythmic fitness club is a new club this year at McDowell Mountain created by Coach Olson and Mrs. Perkins. In an effort to get our students more physically active and increase their basic music skills, this club is a combination of both these activities using exercise balls and drumsticks! This is an energetic, fast-paced fitness routine that encourages students to think on their feet, follow, and create rhythms, and move those bodies! This club meets twice a week on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. Enrollment is open at this time if anyone would like to join this semester.

Running Club

Mission: Staff will supervise students from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. Running club will begin with dynamic stretching. Students will then run and participate in running games. We work on endurance, speed, running etiquette, games, warm-up and cool down, and talk about hydration, and nutrition. These activities allow children to interact and become more comfortable with school.