Welcome to Badger U at Taylor Hicks School!

Before/After School Program

Marcy Boone, Taylor Hicks Badger U Coordinator

Our before/after school program is available to all our Taylor Hicks students, FREE of charge, due to a 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) grant. The program is held Monday through Thursday from 3-5 pm, and Wednesday from 2-4 pm.  This session promises to offer many choices for your child. Students will be taught and supervised by adults on our campus. In addition, free snacks are also served in the afternoon before students attend class. We are excited to be able to offer these educational enrichment classes for your child. The Prescott Unified School District is committed and dedicated to providing a diverse education for your child, and this program promises to be interactive, dynamic and fun.

  • Animals in Literature K/1st – We will explore stories from favorite authors and discuss how the illustrations are connected to the author’ words. Each story’s activity sheet will highlight the animal’s name, beginning letter and spelling, physical characteristics and behavior, and a lesson to be learned.
  • Beginner Lego Robotics 3rd/4th – Learn the basics of building and programming robots using Lego Mindstorms NXT kits.
  • Board Games 4th – Board Game Club is where we gather, and exercise creativity and problem solving, while competing or working together.
  • Book Club 4th – Expand your reading skills with entertaining board games, hands-on literacy activities, and an engaging book club.
  • Chess Club 3rd/4th – Chess is a teaching tool that simulates student’s minds. This ancient game helps players to focus, visualize, plan ahead, and think abstractly and strategically. Chess Club students will learn the correct way to play including the names, movements, and purpose of the pieces, the layout of the board, the history of the game, and the responsible care of the materials. Our club will help build friendships and encourage sportsmanship – how to win graciously and not give up when confronting defeat.
  • Chess/Checkers K/2nd – Chess and Checkers are ancient games that stimulate student’s minds. These ancient games help players to focus, visualize, plan ahead, and think abstractly and strategically. Club students will learn the correct way to play including the names, movements, and purpose of the pieces, the layout of the board, the history of the games, and the responsible care of the materials. Our club will help build friendships and encourage sportsmanship – how to win graciously and not give up when confronting defeat.
  • Choir 3th/4th – Join us as we sing our way through the first semester of school.
  • Coding 4th – Coding Club is a great way to learn about computer programming with your friends! Whether you know all about coding or are just beginning, there’s something for everyone! Students can learn to make drawings and animations or even learn HTML and CSS coding to make really awesome websites! Students will also practice collaborative problem-solving skills.
  • Computers 4th – Students can practice math and reading skills through educational games on sites like ABCYA, PBSkids, BrainPOP, or Mathplayground. Students in Coding Club may continue working on their coding projects.
  • Creative Writing 4th – The purpose of the Creative Writing Club is to provide all students interested in creative writing the opportunity to improve their abilities as writers in a positive and nurturing environment.
  • Dream Steam Club 4th Doing Rigorous English Language Arts on MobyMax Science Technology Engineering Arts & Mathematics Time will be split between building important Reading and Language skills and focusing on fun a variety of STEAM-themed challenges.
  • Games, Games, Games 3rd/4th – Have fun and get fit too! Each class will start with a fitness activity designed to build strength, endurance, and cardiovascular health. After the fitness activity, we will play a variety of your favorite games including Capture the Flag, Bomb the Pins, and more!
  • Garden Club 3rd/4th – Garden Club encourages a love of gardening and nature. Children will have an opportunity to take part in all aspects of gardening including gardening, weeding, watering, and maintaining our school garden. They will learn to recognize plants, trees, shrubs, seeds, learn about the biology of plants, and learn where our food comes from.
  • Good News K/4th – Bible based club that is open to Kindergarten through 4th grade. Children have fun singing, learning Bible verses, enjoying a Bible lesson and playing games. There is no fee to attend club. This is not part of 21st Century Clubs. Students must be picked up following club; there is no bus service.
  • Homework Help 2nd – Get small group attention as you work on your homework. This is a great way to have support and get your work done.
  • Karate K/2nd and 3rd/4th Cafeteria – This club is an introductory class in Japanese/Okinawan karate-do. The focus of the class will be to A) learn the etiquette, discipline and respect that comes with training in traditional martial arts, B) to increase students’ confidence through self-improvement and advancement, and C) promote physical fitness and an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • Legos K/2nd and 2nd/4th – Lego Club is designed to provide members with an enjoyable activity that stimulates and develops spatial intelligence. Students will build vehicles, buildings, gears and whatever leaps into their imaginations! This class is a chance to offer your child a time to relax, create, innovate and collaborate.
  • Letter/Number Games K/1st – Each kindergarten/1st grade center will reinforce concepts taught in class. Puzzles, games, projects and technology will center around math concepts, letter sounds, sight words and writing. Students will get to chose from a variety of learning centers each week.
  • MakerSpace 4th – Our MakerSpace inspires students to become participatory learners to uncover their talents, needs, and interests by making, tinkering, solving, creating, collaborating and thinking.
  • Math Games 3rd – Come play games and improve math skills! We will use both Chromebooks and hands-on manipulatives to play a variety of math games designed to build math and problem-solving skills. Students will also receive targeted interventions to assist them in their math skill development with a combination of small group instruction and computerized math programs.
  • Meet the Masters Art K/1st and 2nd/4th – This is a 2 hour club! Learn critical thinking, analyze and communicate meaning when creating a unique art piece. This 2 hour club includes history of the artist, art mediums and opportunity to create!
  • Motor Club K/4th – Come have fun and get your body moving to be Ready for Learning. Jump, roll, bounce, crawl, and spin to wake up your body for a great day at school.
  • Reading AR 2nd – Join us as we get comfy, read some amazing books and improve our comprehension while using AR to show how we’ve grown!
  • Scrabble 3rd – Join us for word fun! Challenge yourself and your friends to stretch your vocabulary while the joys of the game are encouraging friendships and friendly competition.
  • Story Elements K/1st – We will discuss the parts of a story including the who (characters), where and when it takes place (setting), the problem or situation (plot), the solution, and the lesson of the story (morale). We will also talk about proper care for books.
  • Yarn Club 3rd/4th – We will learn the basics of finger-knitting and needle-knitting to create some fun projects together, including simple felted wrist bands, necklaces, small knit bags/phone holders, and ornaments. Students will leave with new yarn skills while also developing their concentration, patience and perseverance, hand-eye coordination, and math skills!
  • Yoga Club 2nd/4th – Cosmic Kids Yoga lessons make yoga and mindfulness fun for kids! It’s great for balance, strength, and confidence.


For the safety of your child, if they attend both sessions, they are either required to ride the bus or be picked up by 5:15 on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, or 4:15 on Wednesday, as supervision is unavailable after this time. If you pick up your child late three times, he/she will then not be allowed to participate in the 3-5 pm classes. If your student walks, please indicate that on the registration form. If your child will be leaving early, a written note or phone call to Mrs. Boone is appreciated. Attendance in Badger U is the sole responsibility of you and your child. Thank you for your understanding.

Buck Club

Students who eat breakfast at school may arrive at 7:40 a.m. Students who do not eat breakfast may arrive at school at 7:55 a.m. With that said, Taylor Hicks offers a before-school club to Taylor Hicks parents, called “Buck Club.”

Buck Club runs Monday through Friday. A Taylor Hicks staff member supervises students as early as 7:00 a.m. The club is held in the library (room 7). Students are able to work on homework, play board games, read quietly, draw, etc.

In order to participate in this club, a parent needs to fill out the permission form and return it to the office, or give it to the club supervisor the first day you use the club.

When you need to drop off your child early, park your car on the street or in a parking spot, walk your child to the library, sign your child into the club, and pay a dollar. Payment must be exactly a dollar, as the supervisor will not have change. You may not pay ahead of time. The dollar will directly pay the staff member’s club wage and provide money to buy games for students to play during Buck Club. It doesn’t matter what time you drop off your childe.g., 7:00, 7:15, 7:20, etc.the cost is a dollar per day. Students not eating breakfast will be released at 8:00 a.m. At this time, we have supervision on the playground. Students eating breakfast at Taylor Hicks will be released at 7:40 a.m. and go directly to the cafeteria.

Please note: A child’s positive behavior is a requisite for continued participation. We hope this opportunity will help parents who need child care prior to school. Thank you for your continued support and entrusting your child’s education at Taylor Hicks.

Badger U mascot

What is Badger U?

BADGER U is the place to be for all Prescott Unified School District students, preschool through grade 12. Think of Badger U as your one-stop shop for all things extracurricular, encompassing all opportunities outside of regular classroom hours—including after-school clubs, athletics, and summer school—at all seven of our school campuses

Badger U serves to further the PUSD academic program with enriching student experiences, as well as guiding your child’s path from preschool through senior high school. Today, your students might be Lincoln Lions, or Granite Mountain Grizzlies, but one day they will be Badgers! And at Badger U, your child will be developing 21st-century skills and engaging with their school community while participating in fun activities. Combine this with an exceptional staff, and Badger U is just the place for your student today and the leaders of tomorrow.

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