Hello Families and Members of Aptos Community,

Please see attached for the March Newsletter.


Also, EXCEL Family Surveys are available for families to share their thoughts/input regarding the after-school program. The link is:



2017-18 San Francisco ExCEL Family Survey: K to 8th Grade


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Dear Aptos Families,

The Aptos YMCA After School Program is a collaborative ExCEL Program offered by Aptos Middle School, the Stonestown Family YMCA, SFUSD, and the SF Department of Children, Youth and their Families. Our program provides academic assistance, recreational activities, program enrichment and youth development.

The Aptos YMCA After School staff provides a safe and structured environment for Aptos students to learn and have fun. Students are expected to attend a minimum of 3 days per week and be prepared to work on assignments, engage in enrichment and recreation activities and have fun!

Our daily schedule includes 1 hour of homework help and 1 hour of enrichment classes (activities vary and change every 6-8 weeks). 

Please note: This is NOT a homework completion program, nor is this a drop-in program. This is an enrichment program.

Program start date: August 21st, 2017
All students are to report to the cafeteria for sign-in immediately after school.

Program end date: June 6th, 2018
The program will be closed during all school holidays, professional development days and breaks.

Hours of operation:  Monday-Friday from 3:30pm - 6:30pm on regular school days and from 2:30pm-6:30pm on early release days. Pick up time is from 6:00pm to 6:30pm. Program doors close at 6:30pm, it’s extremely important you pick up your child between 6:00pm-6:30pm.

Homework help is lead by our After-School Program (ASP) staff and 5 teachers for an hour. This is not a homework completion program so it is highly encouraged you talk to your students about taking advantage of our homework help hour. We try our best to support them in this area.
Each student is assigned to a Homework Help tutor room for the whole school year.

Enrichments are activities that the ASP staff lead that usually switch up every 6 weeks. This hour involves anything from STEAM research class, Sports, Arts & Crafts or cooking.  

Erich Wieland
After-School Site Coordinator
Aptos Middle School
Stonestown Family YMCA | (415) 760-4440 | ewieland@ymcasf.org 



  1. Pick up an application in the front desk at Aptos Middle School or download and print a copy

  2. Return physical copy to front desk of Aptos Middle School

If you need financial support please return this application as early as you can, ideally April 30 to Aptos. If you do not need financial assistance please turn in the application by May 20, to the front office of Aptos Middle School.  For more information contact the Site Coordinator for the Aptos ASP at EWieland@ymcasf.org or leave a message at (415) 760-4440.


Aptos YMCA ASP Staff


Erich wieland, site coordinator

Greetings Aptos Middle School! I am thrilled to be returning as the Site Coordinator for the YMCA After- School Program. I grew up on the other coast, that is, East Coast, born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I also lived, camped, and wandered in Alaska, Utah, and Arizona before moving to San Francisco. I have a MA in Education with an emphasis in Experiential Learning and two BA's in Adventure Education and Environmental Studies. I have traveled to nearly 70 countries on multiple world trips.

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My name is Miguel Rahiotis and I am the Assistant Site Coordinator for the Aptos Afterschool Program. I am originally from the Imperial Valley in Southern California. I graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in Liberal Studies and have enjoyed being involved with education, team building every step of the way.  I look forward to continue to intentionally serve the community that I reside in as well as helping to create a better world one student at a time.

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My name is Bobby Chen and this is my first year as an After-School Program Leader at Aptos Middle School.  Last year I worked at James Denman Middle School as a physical education teacher.  Physical activity, sports, e-sports and board games are my main interests.  I also coach high school track & field, specifically sprints & hurdling.  In my free time I also watch Anime, read Manga and Light novels.

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Hey I'm Cash, I'm originally from Kansas City, MO but raised in Seattle. I'm an artist currently attending school majoring in graphic design, with a minor in business marketing. Outside of work/ school I'm the up and coming artist focused on logo development, custom garments, and merchandise. I like anime, basketball, and love eating French fries. Thumbs up thanks for reading and have a great year.

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Lakeisha thomas, PROGRAM LEADER

Hello Tigers! It's Ms. Kiesha. I'm excited and looking forward to getting to know you all as a new Program Leader for the Y, at Aptos Middle School. In addition, I've been working with children for 8 years.  I love House Music. I also love to dance, and I have a soft spot in my heart for dogs. Furthermore, did I also mention that a cup of coffee in the morning makes me a very happy person? Well if you don't know, now ya' know!!

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Hi my name is Mel Bravo and I am an after school program leader at Aptos Middle School. I was born and raised in Sacramento, California. I graduated from San Francisco State University, and majored in Child & Adolescent Development, concentration in Youth Work and Out of School Time. I'm passionate about ethnic studies, social justice, and working with/for the community. My goal is to create empowering, engaging, and equitable learning environments for our youth! Fun Fact: I love dogs! I have three dogs named Bella, Ralphy, and Prince.  

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Hey Tigers, I’m Jesse Choi and this is my first year as an after school program leader. I am also the math tutor. I recently graduated from San Francisco State University majoring in Mathematics with a concentration in Liberal Studies. I have at least 10 years of experience of tutoring, 7 years at City College of San Francisco and 3 years at San Francisco State University. Currently, I am also a math tutor and grader and taking math classes at SFSU in order to get into their teaching credential program.  For fun time, I like to play sports video games, hang out with my cousin, and enjoy watching baseball, basketball, and bowling.  I look forward to the upcoming year because I love helping students in math and hope I can help them better understand the subject.