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After School Activities

Music Lessons

Woodwind Lessons

Lorna Floyd–lfloyd@aol.com

Lorna Floyd is the music instructor for T. R. Paul Academy.  She holds a BA in music from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and has also studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston.  She plays woodwinds and sings with several local ensembles including her own Swingset jazz trio.  Mrs. Floyd has 20 private woodwind and piano students in the Fort Collins area.  Mrs. Floyd has worked to build an after school music program at TPAAK that now has 7 private instructors who teach all instruments.  Our goal is to have those students feed into an instrumental ensemble program beginning at the elementary level.

Drum Lessons

  Julian Ferrara–jafhummingbird@gmail.com

Julian Ferrara teaches private percussion lessons. He is currently a senior at Rocky Mountain High School. He is in the top Rocky Mountain High School band as well as the Percussion Ensemble and the Rocky jazz band. He has been teaching lessons to freshmen and sophomores at Rocky Mountain High School for three years. He also plays drums for a local band and has been a percussionist in the Youth Orchestras of the Rockies, a private chamber orchestra.

Piano Lessons

Pam Tompkins–pamtompkins@msn.com

Pam Tompkins is a private piano teacher.  She teaches in her home music studio in Fort Collins, CO.  She studied Music Education, with a major in Piano Performance at Florida State University and Colorado State University.  In addition, she plays with a variety of local music groups and regularly performs at Timberline Church.

Guitar and Bass Lessons

Dennis Griffing–970-493-5958, griffingdd@aol.com

Dennis Griffing earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, and his Master’s Degree in Music History from the University of Wyoming.  He returned to Fort Collins in 1983 to join the CSU faculty, and he became a permanent member of the Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra that same year.  He has performed regularly with the Cheyenne Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, Boulder Symphony, Arapahoe Symphony, the Loveland Chamber Orchestra, and the Berthoud Chamber Players, as well as numerous jazz trios, small ensembles, Big Bands, and dance bands.  His other credits include performing with Opera Fort Collins, Fort Collins Children’s Theater, and numerous local productions of Broadway standards.He has taught at both junior and senior high school levels, as well as at Laramie County Community College and Front Range Community College.  He has given private instruction for many years on contrabass, electric bass, guitar, and violoncello.  He gained tremendous experience in technical theater by working backstage at the Fort Collins Lincoln Center.  Mr. Griffing has also composed and arranged a variety of works for instrumental and choral groups. In his spare time, “Griff” enjoys gardening and cooking.

Brass Lessons

Ron Forte–970-217-9511, r4t@joimail.com

Cello Lessons

Amy Morgan–amymdesign@gmail.com

Violin and Piano Lessons

Cynthia Drexler– cdviolist@mailc.net



Run/Walk Club

The Dragon Run/Walk Club will be starting up again Monday, August 17th.  We will meet on Mondays when the weather is above 50 degrees. We will meet on the playground, have a snack, and walk to the Granger Field behind TPAAK.

Who: Any TPAAK students and parents

What: Dragon RUN/WALK Club

When: Mondays after school from 3:50- 4:45. Except for days when it is below 50 degrees or inclement weather.

Where: Meet on the playground near first grade and we will walk to Granger Field behind TPAAK.

Cost:  $10.00/Semester (cost will cover snacks and prizes)

How to Register: You will need to fill out a permission slip for being on the Granger Field. Please turn this in to your child’s teacher or the front desk.

PLEASE bring appropriate comfortable clothing and shoes for running/walking and a snack for after school.  Parents pick your child up at the Granger Field behind TPAAK at 4:45. If your child is not picked up, they will be taken to Champions and you may get charged for the day.

Click here to download the permission slip.

Mad Science Enrichment Program

Mad Science Enrichment Program sparks imaginative learning and brings hands-on and inquiry-based curriculum held right at the school, no transportation required and led by trained, qualified and dynamic instructors.  Children watch spectacular demonstrations, engage in exciting hands-on activities, participate in inquiry-based discussions and work on interesting take-home projects.

Seek Find and Solve

  •  Children are introduced to the concept of pH, acids, and bases through a series of engaging, inquiry-based experiments and exciting demonstrations. They will learn techniques used to investigate and analyze crime scene evidence.
  • Mad Machines introduces basic physical science. Children investigate mechanics and the role that they play in our everyday lives.
  • Movie Effects is an exciting introduction to the sci­ence involved in the spectacular special effects and technology that are behind motion picture magic.
  • This session also introduces children to chemistry with mysterious mixtures and surprising solutions, structure of atoms and molecules.
  • Wacky Water introduces children to the properties of water.

Day: Monday

Time: 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Dates: 8/24, 8/31, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28

Mad Science Registration Form

Lego Play-Well

Dream it.  Build it.  Wreck it. Repeat.

Kids are already naturally gifted creators.  Then they get added inspiration from our specially trained instructors.  They dive into our massive collections of LEGO®. And while they build elaborate objects, structures and vehicles, they explore fundamental principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long-lasting. 

Learn more and sign up at www.play-well.org.

Play-Well Registration

Chess Club


Please contact Zach Bekkedahl for questions

(970) 581-2424/ info@chessmatesfc.com