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The SOAR (Student Opportunities for Academics and Recreation) program is focused on allowing students to grow through the all-important relationships they form along with student-centered activities available during the afternoon. As a "home away from home," the SOAR environment provides students with opportunities to form new friendships, strengthen old bonds, take care of homework, and participate in a wide variety of activities created with the student's interests in mind. Students engage in daily enrichment opportunities including, outdoor games, art projects, science experiments, and activities to strengthen early math and literacy skills.


Preschool - Eighth Grade  

3:15 - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

The Nest
Preschool - First Grade

3:15 Snack / Character Education Video to wind down after a busy day

3:30 Free Play - Indoor or Outdoor (weather dependant)

4:00 Centers/ Organized Craft or Activity

5:30 Latest Parent Pick-Up


The Landing
Second - Eighth Grade

3:15 Snack/Wind Down

3:45 Study Hall

4:15 Enrichment Activity/Service Project

4:30 Outdoor Play/Gym Play

5:00 Combine to The Nest for Center Play/Electronic Time (Smart Board and Tablet Games)


Shelly Van Wyhe

Ms. Van Wyhe has seven years teaching experience, five of those years at Sullins Academy. She participated in the 2018 ITEEA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia representing S.T.E.A.M education for Sullins. Ms. Van Wyhe has also coached cross-country at Sullins Academy for two seasons as well as served as a liaison and head coach for Girls On the Run. She and her son, Dante, are very athletic and love spending time running, swimming, hiking, and exploring. 


Hailey Burton

Hailey is currently studying at Northeast State and began working in SOAR in the fall of 2017. She is highly involved in the community through the Tennessee Promise Program where she volunteers at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee. Hailey enjoys being able to help and encourage children of all ages.

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