Middle School Clubs and Activities

Grades 6-8

The Middle School offers a wide range of activities to meet the social and emotional needs and desires of its students. Co-curricular activities (sports, clubs, non-credit programs, etc.) offer experiences beyond those generally available in traditional classroom settings. They are designed to provide students with additional direction, support, skills and guidance that will enhance their academic performance. Additionally, many of the programs value and assist the continual development and nurturing of “a sound mind and a sound body.”

Participation in athletic programs helps to maintain physical fitness and builds good character in the participants. Support of interscholastic athletics does much to build school spirit and a feeling of solidarity within the community. The Middle School encourages every child to become involved in one or more of these co-curricular activities.

Interscholastic Sports

The Board of Education supports a program of interscholastic athletics for students in grades 7 and 8. The New York State Education Department does not permit 6th graders to participate in interscholastic sports. However, sixth graders are permitted to participate in intramural sports.

Clubs

Art Club

Advisor: Chuck Witte

This club is open to all students with an interest in expressing themselves through the creation of visual art. We will be exploring basic concepts and styles in visual art, as well as using a variety of art media. Meets every Wednesday from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Room 240

Chess Club

Advisor: Frank LaRonca

Forget Fortnite! Nevermind Super Mario Bros! X-box – who cares! Nintendo – no way! PlayStation – whatever! If you want to play the original classic strategy game, come join us in the Chess Club! New and experienced players are all welcome! Our focus will be on learning the game for new players, and on mastering important chess concepts that will not only develop your abilities as a player, but also help you learn to better meet some of life’s everyday challenges. It’s all about thinking ahead and planning, being patient, and gracefully learning from one’s mistakes. And, it’s FUN! We meet every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Small Cafeteria. Open to all students Grades 6-8.

Math Team

Advisor: Jennifer Thompson

This team is made up of students, grades 6 through 8, who compete against other schools in our area in the Mid-Hudson Jr. Math League. The competition begins in October and ends in January. The competition questions usually deal with problem solving. Students are provided practice questions from old meets. Tryouts are open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders and are held in September each year. Meeting dates TBD. Meet schedules given when finalized. Room 224

Musical Production

Advisor: Patricia Murray

NJHS is a scholastic organization. The society focuses on five standards; scholarship, leadership, citizenship, character, and service. Students are eligible to apply for membership during 7th grade. Students invited to apply must have earned High Honor Roll ranking for all quarters (GPA 89.5+), submit a completed application by the deadline and distribute teacher recommendation forms. Students must maintain good standing in all five standard areas of the organization in order to maintain their membership.
Application, teacher recommendation form and matrix available upon request.

National Junior Honor Society (8th Graders)

Advisor: Kristen Carter

NJHS is a scholastic organization. The society focuses on five standards; scholarship, leadership, citizenship, character, and service. Students are eligible to apply for membership during 7th grade. Students invited to apply must have earned High Honor Roll ranking for all quarters (GPA 89.5+), submit a completed application by the deadline and distribute teacher recommendation forms. Students must maintain good standing in all five standard areas of the organization in order to maintain their membership.
Application, teacher recommendation form and matrix available upon request.

Odyssey of the Mind

Coach: Joanne McInerney

This team uses creativity for a problem solving activity. Auditions are open to all students. Teams of seven students are given long-term problems to solve, as well as practicing divergent thinking skills including spontaneous problem solving. Odyssey of the Mind meets from October to the Regional Competition on March 7, 2020. First place teams go on to compete at States, which will be held on April 4, 2020. First and second place teams at the state level will move on to the Worlds Competition which will take place May 27- 30th.
Informational Meeting: October

Purple Bridges

Advisor: Anthony DeFusto

Open to all MS students grades 6-8. Students may be involved in other clubs and activities and attend Purple Bridges when their schedule permits. Purple Bridges meets regularly to discuss and celebrate the similarities and differences among groups in the school and greater community. Discussions and advocacy include, but are not limited to, ethnic, racial, religious, social and family diversities. Students participate in M-W MS outreach and advocate for bullying prevention and ending all forms of discrimination. Affiliated with GLSEN. Every other Thursday, Room 207

Robotics Club

Advisor: Jodi Cavanaugh

This club is open to all students who enjoy creative ways to solve problems. The purpose of this club is to provide another avenue for students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We will be using Legos and Lego Mindstorms to complete challenges and participate in future competitions. We will meet every Wednesday from 3:00pm-5:00pm in room 140A. Listen to announcements, dates and end times subject to change.

Roma Club

Advisor: Grace Davi

Are you interested in learning about foreign countries? Do you like to play games and learn about food from different lands? This is the club for you! Join us for a year of fun international activities. We meet every Tuesday in room 233.

Science Olympiad

Advisor: Sarah Roff

The Science Olympiad Team is open to any 6th, 7th and 8th graaders who have an interest in science, technology and engineering. You will develop your teamwork skills and compete in a tournament. Meets every Wednesday in room 231

Sewing Club

Advisor: Stephanie Rizzi

The sewing club invites all students who are interested in learning techniques in sewing and the history of fashion design. We will practice and complete projects that incorporate hand sewing as well as machine sewing. We will meet every Tuesday from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm in Room 127.

Special Olympics

Advisor: Kristine Mirenda

This team is designed for our students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students will be training to compete in various track and field events, building positive self-esteem and team sportsmanship. In April our team will compete at West Point’s track and field Special Olympics. Wednesdays in the gym after school beginning in January.

Spelling Bee

Advisor: Kristine Mirenda

This club is open to 7th and 8th grade students who are good spellers and enjoy the challenge of competition. Students are chosen by spell-off meets after school. One 7th grader and one 8th grader will be chosen to represent MWMS in the annual Orange-Ulster BOCES Spelling Bee in the spring. The spell-offs begin in October, please listen for the announcements. Students will meet every Thursday in room 165.

Student Council

Advisor: Jennifer Ahearn. Amanda Montalvo, Thomas Larke

Students from 6, 7, and 8 comprise our Student Council. The Student Council’s main objectives are to represent each student, stimulate a feeling of pride and school spirit, and make the Middle School a more enjoyable school to attend. Ideas and suggestions are brought to and from the meetings by the class representatives. These ideas are then discussed and voted upon. The Student Council not only acts as a governmental body, but also as a service organization. We meet twice a month, on Tuesdays, or a day to be determined, in Lecture Hall B. Meeting dates to be announced.

Yearbook

Advisor: Danielle Roman, Laura Kiernan

All kinds of workers are needed each year to help publish this yearbook. Students with artistic talent, photographers, or just the desire to help are welcome. Space is limited. We will be meeting as a club once a month. Meetings will take place immediately after school on Wednesdays at 3:00 in room 153. Students will be able to take the 4:00 activity bus home. Please listen for announcements regarding meeting dates. There will be many opportunities for club members to take pictures during school events. These opportunities will be announced via the Yearbook Club Google Classroom. Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.


Sports

Fall:

  • Cheerleading*
  • Cross Country – Boys*
  • Cross Country – Girls*
  • Football – Modified*
  • Soccer – Boys*
  • Soccer – Girls*
  • Volleyball – Girls*

Winter:

  • Basketball – Boys / Girls*
  • Cheerleading*
  • Wrestling*

Spring:

  • Baseball – Boys*
  • Softball – Girls*
  • Lacrosse – Boys*
  • Lacrosse – Girls*
  • Track – Boys / Girls*

*Middle School team sports are available only to students in grades 7 and 8.

Every participating student must pass a physical administered by the school physician prior to becoming involved in any athletic program.  Students must also remain academically eligible to participate.

Academic Eligibility Guidelines

These guidelines are established to assist students in maintaining and putting forth appropriate academic effort.  The policy is intended to use the positive influence of the coach/advisor to improve a student’s academic performance. It allows students to participate in all practices, rehearsals, etc., but it prohibits participation in any contest, event, game, scrimmage, etc., for a period of two school weeks or until the academic deficiencies are improved. A student will be considered ineligible to participate in a co-curricular activity if:

  • He/she fails more than one subject during any five week report card cycle.
  • The student does not reach a satisfactory academic achievement or effort within the specified time frame.
  • Academic deficiencies continue after reinstatement to the co-curricular activity.
  • Students with disabilities will be reviewed to determine if the subject failure is a related manifestation of the students’ specific condition.

Ongoing parental awareness and cooperation have clearly proven to be key components in student success.  This policy will encourage and support timely parental notification.