Middle School Clubs and Activities

Please contact the club advisor via email for more information and meeting times.

Art Club

Advisor: Charles Witte

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Art club will be a supportive outlet for student members to express themselves and form relationships with one another through the Arts.
Art Club will meet on Wednesdays after school. Students will usually take the 4:00 pm bus home.

Audio Visual Club

Advisor: Noreen Guerra

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The AV Club supports clubs and events happening throughout the Middle School. We will create fun videos that will showcase all the events happening in the Middle School including Spirit Week, Go Gold, Red Ribbon and many others.
Classroom code: 4mtjkqg
We meet in person and before/during events.

Chess Club

Advisor: Frank LaRonca

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Forget Fortnite!   Nevermind Super Mario Bros!   Xbox – 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. Chess is all about thinking ahead and planning, being patient, and gracefully learning from one’s mistakes. And, most importantly, it’s FUN!

CHESS CLUB WILL BE MEETING IN PERSON AGAIN THIS YEAR – YAY!

*  IMPORTANT:  YOU MUST BRING YOUR CHARGED CHROMEBOOK.
To stay COVID-safe (not touching shared chess pieces), we will use an ONLINE PLATFORM, but you will once again be able to play facing your opponent 🙂

We meet Tuesdays from 3:00-4:00 pm in the Library.

FBLA Middle Level – Future Business Leaders of America

Advisor: Mr. C. Conway

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Develop leadership skills while having fun participating in community service projects and leadership conferences. Membership is open to all students. FBLA is a national organization where students gain experience throughout their middle level, high school, collegiate and professional lives. As stated on the national website, “FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.”

FBLA meetings will be every other Tuesday starting at 3:00 pm

Jazz Ensemble

Advisor: Ryan Walther

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Jazz Ensemble is available to music students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. We use techniques already studied in your music ensembles in order to learn a variety of Jazz and Swing musical styles. This ensemble is comprised of the following instruments: Saxophones, Trumpets, Trombones, Drum Set, Piano, Electric Guitar and Electric Bass. We also accept other instruments, so please reach out to Mr. Walther for more information.

Meets in person every Monday at 5:00 pm

Journalism Club

Advisors: Paige Mancuso

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Are you interested in journalism? The newly formed Middle School Journalism Club is looking for members!

We will be focusing on highlighting the experiences and talents of our students while showcasing the culture of our community. Members will be asked to hone their writing and fine art skills by producing pieces based on journalism assignments as well as from their own experiences. Completed work will be submitted for editing and submission to the Photo News. Students will write creative pieces, conduct interviews, review events and businesses among many other things!

Meets virtually twice a month (Wednesdays from 3:00-5:00 pm in Room 225) and aims to submit to the Photo News at least once a month!

Multi-Cultural Club

Advisor: Cynthia Mangual

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The Multicultural Club is open to all students in grades 6-8. Students may be involved in other clubs and activities and attend the Multicultural Club when their schedules permit. The goal is to celebrate and learn about the diverse cultural heritages that MWMS students represent. Through student-centered activities and celebrations that center around music, the club provides a place for students to honor and share aspects of their own culture as well as experience one another’s cultures. Culture Club is open to any student who wants to broaden their cultural knowledge or just wants to have a good time with a diverse group of people.

Meets Thursdays after school in Room 110

National Junior Honor Society

Advisor: Kristen Carter

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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 a High Honor Roll ranking for all quarters (GPA 89.5+), and submit a completed application by the deadline. Students must maintain good standing in all five standard areas of the organization in order to maintain their membership.
Applicant Membership Matrix

Odyssey of the Mind

Coach: Joanne McInerney

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Odyssey of the Mind is an afterschool activity based on problem solving, creativity, spontaneity, and thinking outside of the box. An informational meeting will be held on a date in October to be announced, after which we will begin the season with tryouts. The coaches will choose teams of seven members based on the tryouts. The Regional tournament is on March 5, 2022. If the team wins, they will move on to the State Tournament on March 26, 2022. First and second place teams would then move on to the World Championships which take place the week of May 24 -29, 2022. All team members will need to be available for these events.

We begin meeting two days a week, usually Tuesdays and Thursdays, but as we proceed we will include Wednesdays and later, closer to the competitions Fridays.

Purple Bridges

Advisor: Anthony DeFusto

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

Meets every other Thursday in room 207 from 3:00 until 3:50 pm.

Robotics Club

Advisor: Elizabeth Martorano

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The Robotics Club will meet in RM 141A after school on Thursdays with Ms. Martorano. No coding experience is required to join the club, all are welcome! We will begin the club by getting acquainted with one another; some members may have a background in coding robots, and will be able to assist those who are new to the experience. Together the students will work in groups – or as individuals, if they prefer – to complete robotic challenges and activities using a virtual software that works with the LEGO Mindstorms. Students will be able to contribute their knowledge and skills during our meetings, as well as through the various problem-solving activities that will be available for them to practice with at their own pace. The standard form of coding used with the LEGO Mindstorms is block coding, however, if students have mastered this style of coding, they can learn to code the robots using JavaScript. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to try out for the Robotics First Lego League (FLL) Team. The team will use the LEGO Mindstorms to compete in competitions amongst different teams. The FLL team will consist of ten team members who will work together to research, design, and program according to the competition’s prompt. The Robotics Club Google Classroom will contain all club meetings, and competition information.
Classroom code: nya2m2a

Meetings in RM 141A on Thursdays. First Meeting will be held on Sep 23, 2021.

Roma Club

Advisor: Grace Davi

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The Roma Club will be meeting in person this year. There are lots of fun activities planned. We will play games, listen to music, learn about foods from different countries and even share recipes. Last year, we went on many virtual field trips. We visited Italy, Disneyland and Yellowstone National Park (to name a few). Weather permitting, we also go outside to play and enjoy!
Classroom code: ccxcl7u

We meet every Tuesday (October through May) after school from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in room 113.

Sewing Club

Advisor: Stephanie Rizzi

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The sewing club will be meeting in the mornings before school begins. Students can be dropped off or take the high school bus to school on those days. You will learn how to hand sew and machine sew a variety of projects that you can keep. Students are encouraged to bring in fabric that they want to use.
We meet every Wednesday at 7:30 am. Our first meeting will be held on September 29th.

Spelling Bee

Advisor: Kristine Mirenda

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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 Wednesday in room 165.

Student Council

Advisor: Amanda Montalvo, Thomas Larke

[email protected], [email protected]
The Crusader Council is excited to be meeting in person for the 2021-2022 school year! Students will be able to take the 4 p.m. bus home, or arrange for a ride at 3:50 p.m. We will work to create student centered events, spirit weeks, and other events to follow social distance protocols. As always, this club will take the students’ ideas and try to make them possible. Our council members are already thinking of great new ideas that we are looking forward to trying. For a list of exact meeting dates, please join our Google Classroom.
Classroom code: rs724e2

Meetings will be held in room 252 every other Wednesday.

Yearbook

Advisor: Danielle Roman, Laura Kiernan

[email protected], [email protected]
Yearbook Club will be holding virtual meetings to generate ideas for spreads and collecting pictures throughout this year. Members of the club will also practice creating mock templates using the Herff Jones yearbook program. Our yearbook representative will attend virtual meetings to teach students how to use the tools within the Herff Jones program. Students will have the opportunity to use yearbook cameras throughout the day to capture student life.
Classroom code: didncnw

Meets virtually one Tuesday a month at 4:00 pm using classroom code