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GUS+ Enrichment Programs

GUS+ Enrichment programs promise hands-on learning and fun! These programs are open to all students in the Greater Beverly area. Programs are facilitated by Glen Urquhart School faculty and community organizations. 

Registration is online and the registration deadline is one week before the program begins. Maximum class size is 12 students (minimum of 6). Register early to secure your space! An email will be sent out one week before the class starts with more details. Questions? Please contact Nancy Hartmann, Director of Auxiliary Programs, at or 978-927-1064 x 131.

Chess Wizards - Now In Session!

Chess Wizards - Grades 1-5  (8 sessions) 
Time:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.​
Cost:  $210
Facilitator:  Chess Wizards

Course Description:  Enter into the magical and exciting world of chess with Chess Wizards! You will participate in epic chess games, fun and interactive lessons, tournaments, team matches, trivia, and more! Our specialized classes are a blast for everyone! Whether you’ve been playing chess your entire life and want to improve, are brand new to the game, or just want to have a fun experience with your friends, Chess Wizards is the place for you! Register today.

The following courses have already begun - please check out our Vacation Break programs for February, March, and April!

Monday Courses: 1/8 - 2/26 

Young Sculptors - Grades K - 3  (6 sessions)
 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Cost:  $130 
Facilitator:  Liza Calkins, GUS faculty

Course Description:  Are you a young sculptor? We will be digging our hands into clay on this sensory- based journey. Projects will be guided by participants interest but may include modeling clay birds, gnome homes, sea turtles and experimenting with making our own clay and slime.  Celebrate your creativity as you have a blast working with air dry and polymer clay.


Woodworking Grades 3 - 5  (6 sessions)  FULL!
Time:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cost:  $140
Facilitator:  Dawn Southworth, GUS faculty

Course Description:  Want to build a house? Just kidding! But how about making some other objects out of wood? Do you want to use a hammer, drill, saw, and all sorts of wood tools, and learn the basics of how things are made with wood? By the end of class, you’ll have made one or more wooden crafts you can use in your home or give as a gift, and you’ll have enough knowledge to create your own projects at home!


Yoga + Meditation (6 sessions)
Time:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Grades K-4
Cost:  $130
Facilitator:  Elliott Buck, GUS faculty

Course Description:  Come join Elliott Buck for a fun-filled yoga and mindfulness class. This class is designed to help kids relax, reduce stress, laugh, develop self-confidence, improve flexibility, and challenge themselves after school. Kids will learn breathing exercises, calming techniques, and challenging poses. They will also develop the beginning foundation for a healthy mind, body, and spirit.


Wednesday Courses: 1/10- 2/26 

Mary Poppins Jr. Children's Chorus Grades K-5  (15 sessions plus rehearsals and performance)   FULL!
Time:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Cost:  $150 GUS student / $275 community student
Facilitator:  Sarah Bailes, GUS faculty

Course Description:  Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Calling all theatre lovers! Join Mrs. Bailes on an adventure filled with singing and dancing and the opportunity to perform this spring in Glen Urquhart School’s 8th grade production of Mary Poppins Jr.! Children will learn about the story of Mary Poppins, memorize four songs, and even add choreography to these ensemble numbers! January 8th - February 28th AND April 2nd - May 16th with evening performances on May 17th and 18th. GUS students use DISCOUNT CODE: ”GUS STUDENT DISCOUNT” when registering for this course.


Coding   (8 sessions)    
Time:  4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Grades 3-8
Cost:  $225
Facilitator:  Hatch America

Course Description:  We make coding fun! Choose from hundreds of fun projects with themes based on Disney, Star Wars, Harry Potter, sports, design, and many more subjects. You will work with Hatch America coaches in a 6-to-1 student-to-coach ratio, learning and practicing coding. Hatch utilizes a web-based online platform accessible from home too! Check out


Español Immersion - Grades 1 - 5  (8 sessions)
Time:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Cost:  $160
Facilitator:  Señorita Emilia Hobkirk, GUS faculty

Course Description:  Want more español? Señorita Emilia is here to help! Come to this one hour immersion class where we only speak en español! We will learn to communicate our wants and needs using the vocabulary we have, gestures, and emphasis. Kids who want to take their Spanish to the next level should join in the fun! We will watch Spanish videos and create our own. If español makes you muy emocionado, then this is the GUS+ class for you!


Thursday Courses: 1/11 - 3/1 

Fencing - Grades 2 - 5   (8 sessions)
Time:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m. 
Fencing - Grades 4 - 8   (8 sessions)
 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Cost:  $200
Facilitator:  Coach Jack Mullarkey of 3MB Fencing (

Course Description:  Whether it’s light sabers in Star Wars or broadswords in Braveheart, young people and adults are fascinated by the movements and excitement of fencing and are eager to learn this Olympic sport!  Fencing supports the development of hand, foot, and eye coordination, which is great cross-training for other sports, such as hockey, lacrosse, and soccer.  Join us for an introduction to fencing. All levels are welcome. Equipment is provided.


Kestrel Educational Adventures: Nature Adventures - Grades 2 - 5   (8 sessions)
 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
Cost:  $200
Facilitator:  Jessica Kagle, Kestrel Educational Adventures (

Course Description:  Nature adventurers will learn to explore and survive in the outdoors. This season’s focus is on warmth and energy. We explore different ways to get and stay warm out in the wild. We’ll build shelters using natural materials to insulate, practice fire building techniques we can use even if wood is damp or frozen, and learn some rescue skills for people with cold injuries. We will also observe wildlife to learn how animals conserve their energy in winter. What do animals to get enough energy to stay warm? What high energy foods can we eat outside in the winter? You will learn lots about surviving and wildlife and can take friends and family on nature adventures and help them stay safe if they ever have to adventure in the cold.


Comic Relief - Grades 3 - 5  (8 sessions)
 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Cost:  $180
Facilitator:  Dawn Southworth, GUS faculty

Course Description:  Learn the basics of cartooning while making up your own original cute and crazy creatures and characters. Kids will experiment with drawing, design, expressions, and attitude using simple geometric forms to create hand-drawn cartoon characters. They will also learn how to depict facial expressions and emotions as well as dynamic movements and action. Kids will have fun bringing circular doodles to life to inhabit worlds of superheroes, mysteries, and humor. Pencils, ink markers, and watercolor pencils will be the tools of choice. The work of important cartoonists will provide the springboard for our aspiring comic artists to create their own. Think Marvel comics: Superman, Batman, the Hulk, and Star Wars!


Friday Courses: 1/12 - 3/2 

Art Workshop - Grades 5-8   (8 sessions)
Time:  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. 
Cost:  $250
Facilitator:  Dawn Southworth, GUS faculty

Course Description:  The aim of the art workshop is to strengthen each student’s visual vocabulary and abilities. A wide variety of disciplines will be offered, including painting, drawing, assemblage, and mixed media. Students will help create the curriculum, according to their needs and goals, as they push their ideas beyond the expected and complete projects for inclusion in an art portfolio. Students will be encouraged to work together, problem-solve, and communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings in a nurturing multidisciplinary studio environment, sharpening both their critical and interpersonal skills.