Sunnyside band teaches fifth graders to play woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. We cover both note reading and the physical skills needed to play successfully. Sunnyside students continue to excel in Olathe's middle school and high school bands.
This program is offered to fifth grade students and is designed to develop leadership qualities in students who are positive role models for other Sunnyside students. It also helps our fifth graders learn the value of volunteering. Members will choose projects of interest and will be assigned one-half hour of service during each school week. A B.L.A.S.T celebration occurs at the end of the year to thank our student leaders for their service and leadership.
During three seven-week sessions, fourth and fifth grade students are invited to participate in Cool Science Investigations (CSI), a science club that meets after school weekly for one hour. Each week, students engage in hands-on science investigations across a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines, from chemistry to physics, biology and astronomy. One of the most popular sessions each year is Lego Robotics, which places special emphasis on engineering and robotics technology. Students work in teams to accomplish tasks, meet challenges, and satisfy their curiosity about the amazing world around them.
Sunnyside Chess Club's goal is to "Have fun playing chess." Our players learn to play chess or improve their chess skills while they practice good sportsmanship. Chess challenges the mind by thinking and planning, boosts morale and builds self-confidence in a healthy competition. SS Chess Club is open to students in grades 3-5. Students in first or second grade are welcome to join if accompanied by a parent or adult.
District Honor Choir
Olathe School District Honor Choir consists of volunteer fifth grade Special Chorus members who audition to represent their school's Special Chorus. The Honor Choir consists of representatives from each elementary schools' fifth grade Special Chorus throughout Olathe. Honor Choir members attend 12 rehearsals after school from December through March. The Honor Choir has a final concert in March.
Math Wings is an after-school club comprised of fourth and fifth grade students who not only excel in mathematics, but also love the challenge of competition. The weekly meetings consist of intense mental math skills, problem solving competitions, vocabulary review, and math scrimmages. Student teams, three per team, represent Sunnyside at three regional competitions held in October, January, and April. Teams who place first, second, or third at the regional competitions advance to a district competition against all Olathe elementary schools.
Sunnyside Presidential Service Club offers students an opportunity to help their community, nation and world in various types of projects with their families, other interest groups or in planned after-school club projects. Help out once or more often . . . how much time a student volunteers is up to their individual interest and schedules.
Special Chorus consists of fourth and fifth graders who volunteer their singing talent. We rehearse twice a week and perform two concerts during the year in addition to a holiday tour in December. Special Chorus ends the year with a pizza party and awards at the all-school talent show in May.
Student Council is made up of six officers from the fourth and fifth grades and two representatives from each classroom from the third through fifth grades. We meet two or three times a semester to plan and promote activities at Sunnyside.
SunRunners is an after-school running club for students in second through fifth grades. This school club promotes fitness and community involvement. The SunRunners meet on Mondays after school from 3:40 to 4:30 p.m. in August, September and October. The runners will run between one and three miles on Mondays in preparation for the Jared Coones Memorial 5K Run in October.
Sunnyside's Tech Crew is a group of volunteer students who run the stage lighting, attend rehearsals, and assist with setup and tear down for all music performances throughout the year.