Community Education

The Silver Creek Central School District offers a variety of educational courses for adults in spring and fall. Our offerings range from art/music and exercise classes to financial and computer courses.  Pre-registration is necessary for all classes and ensures the classes will be held. A 15% discount applies to those age 65 and older.

Voices with Glory:
Do you wish to sing with happiness and beauty, make harmony with friends and family or are you a secret shower singer? Dance out of your lonely shower solos and join voices with instructor Sondra Holland, who wishes to help develop your own unique voice. Students will good oldies, songs of peace, love and fun while relaxing, enjoying and celebrating music together. The class meets in the elementary chorus room (415) on Mondays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and ending Oct. 22. Registration fee is $30 for 6 classes.

Basics of Oil Painting: Explore your inner creativity while learning the basics of this self-expressive craft. Artist Barney Kuzara Jr. strives to give individual instruction to each student. The supply list will be discussed at the first class. The group meets in Room 149 at the high school on Tuesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Sept. 18 and ending Nov. 6. Registration fee is $40 for 8 classes plus supplies.

Rubber Stamp Card Making: Rubber-stamping will be used to make handcrafted greeting cards with instructor Jody Enser. Students will make two each of four different cards and each class will be different. The class meets Tuesdays on Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 13 and Dec. 4 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Room 154 at the high school. Registration fee is $20 with an additional $5 supply fee to be paid to Ms. Enser during class time. 

Sit & Fit: Have fun while you stay fit. All ages can benefit from this light and easy class, which includes simple chair exercises and stretching to some fun music.  Instructor Betty Bates will include the use of stretch bands and light weights if you choose to bring this equipment to class with you. Some meditation will conclude the class, which meets in Room 158 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. starting Sept. 11 and ending Dec. 13, with no class held Nov. 29 or Dec. 4. Registration fee: $50 for 25 classes. 

Pound Fitness: Get ready to channel your inner rock star with this full body cardio-jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing, and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. This is an exhilarating (but easily modifiable) full-body workout that combines cardio conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements.  Bring a yoga mat, water, and towel.  Ripstix will be provided. Shannon Aures Karcz, a certified Pound pro, will offer 4 class options across 2 sessions. A six-class Pound Pass for $25 that expires Dec. 20 is available for purchase.

      Session 1/Option 1 meets in Crowe Common on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. starting Aug. 30 and ending Oct. 30. Registration fee:  $90 for 18 classes or $5/class.

       Session 1/Option 2 meets in Crowe Common on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Aug. 29 and ending Oct. 31. Registration fee:  $85 for 17 classes or $5/class.
       Session 2/Option 1 meets in Crowe Common on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. starting Nov. 1 and ending Dec. 20. Registration fee:  $70 for 14 classes or $5/single class.
       Session 2/Option 2 meets in Crowe Common on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting Nov. 5 and ending Dec. 19. Registration fee:  $60 for 12 classes or $5/single class.


 Yoga/Pilates: This gentle exercise great for beginners yet beneficial to experienced exercisers, will leave you invigorated and relaxed. Pilates focuses on the strengthening of core muscles that help to define and elongate your body. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat. The group, led by Karen Bogosian, a fitness and aerobics instructor, will meet in the weight room above the pool for seven classes on Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting Oct. 4 and ending Nov. 15. Registration fee: $30.

 Men’s Basketball: Are you finding yourself spending too much time sitting around?  Come out one night a week with instructor Dwayne Haskins and get some exercise in a fun environment. Hone your skills and enjoy some friendly competition. Every Every person on their first visit must sign a waiver. The group meets in the elementary gym on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and ending Dec. 19. Registration fee:  $20 for $27 classes or $2 per class.

Aquacize: An easy-on-the-joints workout, this course led by Jean Mahaney will help you get into shape and enjoy the benefits of this joint-friendly exercise. The class is fast paced and cardio intense but can be modified to fit all participants. The group meets at the pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. starting Sept. 11 and ending Dec. 13 (no class Nov. 8). Registration fee: $50 for 25 classes. 

Meditation/Compassion: Rise beyond and glide through with instructor Sandra Holland. Have you always wanted to rise above your most inspiring dreams?  Have you always wished to dance through life with joy, strength and courage?  The group will share gentle yoga practices, and compassionate meditation techniques. Bring a yoga mat, towel, or small rug to class and wear comfortable clothing. This class is for ages 16 and older. The group will meet for six classes on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the elementary chorus room (415) starting Sept. 10 and ending Oct. 22. Registration fee:  $30 for six classes. 

Parent/Guardian and Me Yoga: Intended for infants age 2 months through children age 9 accompanied by an adult age 18 or older, this class is led by certified vocal teacher  Sondra Holland, a meditation devotee. Yoga will also be entwined with visual arts, music, dance, drama, and storytelling. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, towel or small rug with you. The group meets in the elementary chorus room (415) Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. starting Sept. 10 and ending Oct. 22. Registration fee: $30 for six classes. 

Walking the Halls: There is no pre-registration for the walking program, which runs Mondays to Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. starting Sept. 10. There will be a sign-up sheet in the high school lobby; please carry photo identification when walking.

all sessions will be led by instructor Brett Komm, a financial services representative from Foresters Financial Services, Inc., and will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the high school library.)

New York State Teachers Retirement System seminar: Attendees will receive an explanation of retirement and Social Security benefits, retirement benefit payout options Wednesday, Sept. 26. Although this seminar is listed as NYSTRS, it does offer information relatable to the NYSLRS and CSEA members. If you are a member of another organization and would like to attend, Brett can answer questions that may relate to your specific situation or he can follow up privately after the seminar.

Financial Wellness: Life Insurance Workshop Participants will learn about how much life insurance they need, what types of life insurance they should buy as well as options and benefits on Tuesday, Oct. 9. 

Savvy Social Security Planning: What Baby Boomers need to know to maximize retirement income: Will Social Security be there for me? How much can I expect to receive? When should I apply for Social Security? How can I maximize my benefits? Will Social Security be enough to live on in retirement? Class will be held Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Savvy IRA Planning for Baby Boomers: The following topics will be covered at this class slated Thursday, Nov. 8. What type of retirement account is right for me? Can I still contribute to a retirement account and if so, how much? When do I need to take withdrawals and how much do I have to take? How are my IRA withdrawals taxed? How does my IRA fit into my overall plan? What happens to my IRA when I die? How can I minimize taxes so I can spend more of my hard-earned money? 

Savvy Social Security Planning for Women: Geared toward women, this course on Wednesday, Nov. 14, will answer the following inquiries: How can I maximize my Social Security benefits? Are there survivor benefits if my husband or ex-husband dies? If I get divorced, are there divorced-spouse benefits? How can I best coordinate retirement benefits with my husband? What Social Security planning should I consider before remarrying? 

Savvy Medicare Planning: Learn how Medicare enrollment periods work on Thursday, Nov. 27 – and what you need to do to avoid late-enrollment penalties. You will learn ow much you can expect to pay in health care costs after going onto Medicare, how Medicare works with private insurance to provide comprehensive coverage, why most people pay too much for private insurance and how you can avoid excess costs, and why you must plan for higher health care costs in retirement. 

Riskonomics: Determine your retirement income needs, strategies for generating income to meet those needs and make sure you do not outlive your retirement assets. The biggest risks retirees face today will also be discussed as well as the most common retirement pitfalls and taking retirement distributions. Class scheduled Thursday, Dec. 6. 

COMPUTER (Join instructor David Nowak for three separate courses focusing on computer programs and useful applications. All of Mr. Nowak’s classes will take place in Room 193 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.)

Developing a Home Inventory using Excel Spreadsheet:
Receive basic Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet instruction in developing your personal home inventory; no computer experience necessary. The instructor leads and works directly with the class as they develop and build their document. The basic techniques learned in this class are applicable in other suitable applications such as designing a list, an address book, or other useful schedules. During the last class, the students will use the techniques to develop a project of the student’s choice, with help from the instructor. Students should bring with them to class a new inexpensive thumb/flash drive or bring a laptop with installed Excel software to class. The group will meet for four classes – Monday through Thursday, Sept. 24-27 – and the registration fee is $20. 

Basic Mail Merge Application: Learn how to mail merge labels, envelopes and letters using the three procedures in the Mail Merge application with the Microsoft Suite.  Minimum computer experience necessary. The class will be using the Word (Mail Merge) and the Excel (Spreadsheet) functions.Take-home instructional documents will be copied onto the student’s flash drive. However, the instructor will lead the students through the Eight Step Process to generate their Mail Merge document. Students should bring to class a new, inexpensive flash drive (8GB) or extra room (3GB) on a used one, or bring their laptops to class with Microsoft Suite installed. Students who opt to bring a laptop should come early to copy files. Students will meet for three classes on Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 15-17. Registration fee is $15. 

Basic PowerPoint Development: Receive basic PowerPoint instruction in developing a slide show presentation that is useful in many suitable applications where text, word-art, smart-art, clipart, pictures, music, videos, transitions, and animations are applied in relating a story. Some computer experience is helpful but not required. Students will be developing their story (presentation) throughout the class with the help of the instructor.  Students should bring with them to class a new thumb/flash drive, or at least 8 GB of space available on a used drive, to copy numerous instructional files. Also bring personal selected items (if desired) to incorporate into their presentation, 0r use instructor supplied data. Instead of the flash drive, students can bring their laptops to class with installed PowerPoint 2010 software, but please come a bit early to copy the numerous self-help instructional files. The group will meet for five classes from Monday to Friday, Nov. 26-30. Registration fee is $25. 

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is offering local residents two opportunities to enroll in its 5-Hour Pre-Licensing Class this fall. The course, which allows students to earn the MV285 certificate needed to sign up for a road test at the DMV, is facilitated via the Community Education division of the Silver Creek Central School District.

The course is being instructed by Tom Herring and will be offered Saturday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room 182 at the high school. Students MUST bring their learner’s permit (or proof of) as well as their own food and beverages. Registration fee is $30 and a minimum of 8 students is required in order for the class to be held.