VELA After School

VELA Coordinator
Dr. Carmen Cosme
(413) 362-1861
VELA Program begins September 25, 2017 and ends May 24, 2018

Click the button below for online registration.


                or download the application below: 
              2017-2018 VELA Application
              VELA Scholars Summer Program Application

Program Goals
The Vela Scholars Program has been structured to provide students with additional learning and enrichment opportunities beyond what might otherwise be available to them. By working with teachers, interns, community partners and other students in the classroom and beyond, we hope scholars will:

  • Increase core competencies and comprehension in mathematics, English language arts, science, and social studies.
  • Engage in intellectually stimulating and personally interesting projects and activities.
  • Prevent loss of recently learned skills and knowledge.
  • Feel a greater connection to ARMS and the local community while assisting in the transition to middle school for incoming 7th graders and students who are new to the district.
  • Have fun while learning.

Daily Schedule
The program meets weekdays from Monday-Thursday at the middle school.  The program will begin at 2:20 p.m. and end at 4:20 p.m. each day.  Homework support will start at 2:20 p.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. with enrichment classes to start at 3:00 p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.   VELA is NOT held on early release days.  Enrichment activities will be directed by VELA staff and supervised by program staff.  These activities will vary from day to day and may include art and literature projects, mural painting, sports, group games, community service, trips to museums, and more.

Buses will be provided free-of-charge to all eligible students in need of transportation.

There is NO VELA on early release days:  Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Dec. 3, Dec. 22, Jan. 18, Jan. 19.  Feb. 7, Mar. 14, Apr. 4, and May 9.

Program Staff
The Vela Scholars program staff is comprised of a program coordinator, VELA support staff, VELA enrichment staff, ARHS student volunteers, ARMS classroom teachers, ARMS counselors and Amherst & UMASS volunteers. Please direct all questions, concerns, and communications to Carmen Cosme, Program Coordinator  call 413 362-1861.

Family Engagement
Parents are encouraged to participate once a month in any of our enrichment activities.  

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