Spotlight: 21st CCLC

A touch of Hollywood at Sunnyside

Submitted by Erika Hannemann (Sunnyside USD #12)

The 21st Century Community Learning Center Movie Making and Drama Club at Billy Lane Lauffer school is making a name for themselves in a big way! Lights! Camera! Action! This class brings together the perfect combination of both academic-youth development and the magic of filmmaking. The students, working as a team, find popular stories, adapt them, create a script, and produce a video complete with props and a green screen. This project-based after-school activity not only promotes highly engaging academic learning, it also teaches students teamwork, creativity, social bonding and intricate communication skills. Not to mention, it’s really fun!

The work that the students of Billy Lane Lauffer have completed range from comedy to horror, and even an adaptation of Rapunzel, which has been featured on the WeVideo’s teacher resource page. This class is taught by Joseph Letson.

Click here to view Rapunzel

Academics and Enrichment Go Hand In Hand at J.B. Sutton Elementary

J. B. Sutton Elementary school is very proud of the wide variety of learning opportunities offered for students before and after school. Reading, writing, and math classes are the cornerstones of the program. But, what makes the program unique, is the wide array of enrichment classes that are offered. J.B. Sutton offers classes ranging from guitar classes, dance, and a Kinder-“garden” Club. Sutton also has a K-5 competitive chess club, which will begin competitions at the end of November. J.B. Sutton has an academic/mentoring partnership program with Brophy College Preparatory High School to assist fifth grade students with math achievement. Sutton is honored to be a part of this collaborative class with them. Also STEM class is offered for fourth grade students to receive hands on science experience. The Student Council/leadership class is creating future leaders by teaching the 7 habits of highly effective students/“The Leader in Me”, authoring leadership books to read to classrooms throughout the campus, and business management experience. The junior business management class is a part of the Student council and will be running a holiday and tiger spirit store selling fun school supplies. This will be the second year for the J.B. Sutton Drama Club. Last year they entertained students, faculty, and community members when they performed “Alice in Wonderland”. This year they will be performing the Musical “Go West”. Also this will be the first year for the Kindness Club. An anti- bullying group comprised of students from different grade levels, organizing events and spreading the message of kindness and respect instead of bullying throughout the campus. Sutton is proud of the rich, unique classes and experiences offered after school and continues to add new classes. This rich tapestry of classes assists and strengthens the after school program and its students. –Sundy Patino


A big win for Yuma After-school Site Coordinator

 Yuma’s 21st CCLC Site Coordinator, Thomas Bedoya (seen here in the photo with 21st CCLC’s Associate Superintendent Michael Mannelly), earns a WIN from Arizona’s Center for Afterschool Excellence for his leadership during out-of-school time programming.

Arizona 21st CCLC program leadership had three nominees for the Arizona Center of Afterschool Excellence – Awards of Excellence at the 16th Annual Out-of-School Time conference held at the Phoenix Convention Center on October 28, 2017.  Associate Superintendent of Highly Effective Schools, Mike Mannelly was there to congratulate the educators that provide innovative and quality after school programs for Arizona’s youth.



Thomas Bedoya –  21st CCLC Site Coordinator, Yuma Elementary School District

Irma Navarro – 21st CCLC Site Coordinator, Arizona Youth Partnership


Tami Taylor – 21st CCLC Site Coordinator, Paradise Valley Schools

The Rodeo is coming to Vulture Peak Middle School

Vulture Peak Middle School is offering a new class this fall to add to their 21st Century Community Learners after-school programming called “Ranch Hands”.  The objective of this new addition is to shine a light on our population of students who are active in our town’s western culture and live it daily.  I wanted to show how special this group of kids is and give them a platform to display their talents to the school and community.  Some of the outstanding traits that impress me consistently about these kids is their work ethic, their mannerisms, and their desire to do more than what is required of them.  Students that participate in this group will learn new skills within the ranching and rodeo spectrum.  These skills include roping (team-roping and tie-down), barrel racing, goat tying, equine maintenance and safety, and team collaboration.  These students are collaboratively working together to learn from each other and challenge each other to achieve more.  Students encourage others to increase their skills using academic strategies including graphing and timing to monitor achievement.  The goal set by students for this class is to learn enough to be able to comfortably enter in and compete in local youth rodeos as a team.

Submitted by:  Matt Johnson[email protected]

Arizona Agriculture and Equine Center Prep Students for Success 

Arizona Agriculture and Equine Center (AAEC) South Mountain is in their fourth year of their 21st CCLC grant* that serves students in grades 9 through 12 in Central Arizona.  AAEC Early College High School prepares young adults for success now and in the future by promoting lifelong learning through rigorous academic instruction, promoting social responsibility and employability, and providing motivated students with the opportunity to earn college credits while completing their high school requirements.

Take a look at how they promote and recruit students for 21st CCLC programs during morning announcements!

AAEC Afterschool Promo Video

* The AAEC afterschool program is funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Center federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the Arizona Department of Education.

Spotlight Your Program: Share YOUR 21st CCLC Story

Every program has something to share and we want to hear your stories!  We want to hear how your 21st CCLC program is making a difference in the lives of students and their families. Submit an article, media clip, or your own story (brief narrative) about classes, events and personal stories of success.  Submissions will be reviewed and posted in a timely fashion.

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Contact Information

Arizona Department of Education Highly Effective Schools Division 21st CCLC Unit 1535 W Jefferson Street, Bin #7 Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone: 602-364-2349 Fax: 602-364-1938 E-mail: [email protected]