Extended Student Services (ESS) Program
15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128
Fax: (858) 485-1937
Johneen Gregg, Director, (858) 521-2850
Betsy Crook, Administrative Asst,
Cindi Hodnett, Office Assistant II,
(858) 521-2800 ext. 2231
The Extended Student Services (ESS) Program extends Poway Unified School District's educational program into the hours before and after school, and during school vacations, for elementary school aged children. ESS provides a comprehensive program of developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities. ESS is fee based. Check out our 2013-14 Fee Schedule. Please contact the ESS Supervisor at your child's school for information or to enroll. See the ESS Websites drop down menu at the right.
Extended Student Services Resources
ESS Finance Team
Judy Nichols, Accountant II (858) 521-2800 ext.2233
Credit Card Inquiries and Payments:
Melanie Hart (858) 521-2800 ext.2229
Johneen Gregg, Director, (858) 521-2850
Betsy Crook, Administrative Asst, (858) 521-2848
Cindi Hodnett, Office Assistant II, (858) 521-2800 ext. 2231
B.J. Brose, Supervisor on Special Assignment, 858-521-2800 Ext. 2221, email@example.com
Letter to Parents
Now that we are about a month into the new school year, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to ESS. While many of you have been with us through the years, we also have many families who are new to the ESS world and we would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone.
While we are almost 3700 students strong at 25 different sites, our goals remain the same, whether large or small or somewhere in between, we are committed to the safety of your children while we strive to embed social, academic and physical fitness activities all mixed up with a big dose of fun into our programs.
One of our major goals this year is to provide a strong professional development plan to all of our staff, from our program aides to our site Supervisors and Lead Assistants. This in turn benefits our students as recipients of new learning and more effective methods of support. We will also continue to work closely with our school sites and staff in order for ESS to be an extension of what is happening during the day. Site safety plans are also being reworked to ensure we are maximizing what we can at ESS to provide a higher level of awareness.
I am very proud to be a part of the ESS organization as I can see from a firsthand view that your children are entrusted to dedicated, professional people who oversee each site, and wear many hats in their endeavor. On a daily basis they will hear many a story from a child, wipe a nose, give a hug of encouragement, help with a homework problem, check on a student, wipe a tear, answer the phone, solve 100 problems and still smile at you when you come through the door.
Please also remember that we are partnering with you, so always feel free to communicate with the staff at the site. You can also always email me – firstname.lastname@example.org – and as we look at some other possible means of communication and information, we will keep you in the loop.
Thank you again for sharing your children with us!
Director, Extended Student Services
The Extended Student Services (ESS) Program extends Poway Unified School District's educational program into the hours before and after school, and during school vacations. ESS provides a comprehensive program of developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities. Skills are developed in the following areas:
Cognitive Development: homework assistance, science experiments, arts and crafts projects, cooking, gardening, and computer-assisted learning;
Physical development: small and large motor skills, sports, non-competitive games, and playground use: and,
Social-emotional development: cooperative learning, group participation, conflict resolution, peer interactions.
ESS provides time, space, encouragement and support for learning. ESS centers are located at all elementary schools. Each program is supervised by staff members trained in child development. Students enroll in the program on a full-time basis. Centers are open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This extended-day program extends the excellence of each child's school experience into before and after school.
ESS is staffed by highly-qualified professionals and trained instructional assistants. The staff provides for the academic and social needs of children in safe and nurturing environments. There is time, space, encouragement, and support for learning good study habits.
The program is geared toward expanding each child's world through arts and crafts projects, science activities, reading and language arts reinforcement, and math concept development. The program reinforces the social, motor, and academic skills children learn in the classroom. An opportunity is provided for each child to complete homework assignments.
The ESS program began in 1980 and is now offered in every elementary school in the Poway Unified School District. All children who attend elementary school in the District are eligible for enrollment.
The ESS program operates 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. Please refer to the current ESS calendar for schedule of operation.
A very intensive summer program is offered. It includes numerous extended learning opportunities provided throughout the community. Field trips, special interest clubs, guest speakers, and special events are scheduled.
ESS Contract Options
ESS offers PUSD families 2 additional options for ESS enrollment:
- ESS, Before School Only
- ESS, After School Only (includes time banking day use)
ESS will continue to offer our ESS Full Time contract (before/ after school with time banking day included) as well as our popular Alternative Contract for just time banking days.
Please see your school site ESS Supervisor or Lead Assistant for more information and to discuss the contract option that best serves you and your child(ren’s) needs.