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Clubs and Activities


2017 – 2018 MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUBS

Art Club, Mrs. Rossback & Mrs. Mascolo: Art Club is a group of students that meets after school twice a month on Thursday, to learn about art and artistic media, create art work, and discover the new and creative ideas within.

Book Club, Mrs. Kelly: Book Club meets monthly, during lunch periods, to discuss a book chosen by the group.

Chess Club, Mr. Manarel: Chess Club will meet every other Monday to teach the basic rules and strategies of the game. There will be a focus on etiquette and sportsmanship as well.

DC Club, Mrs. Marotta: The goal of the DC Club is to successfully plan and implement a yearly trip to Washington, DC for students during their 8th grade year. Every student in 6th, 7th and 8th grade is a member of this club. It is a student-based organization that plans and implements fundraisers throughout the year. Students earn points that will result in a reduction in cost of their trip. The more students participate, the more points they earn. Please see Mrs. Marotta in Room 211 for more information.

Friends of Rachel (FOR), Mrs. Purificato & Mrs. Middleton: Open to students in grades 6-8, the goal of FOR is to continue Rachel Scott’s chain reaction of kindness, compassion and acceptance in the Middle School. Activities include Random Acts of Kindness, Chain of Kindness, food drives and possibly an activity night

Jr. SAVE (Students Against Violating the Earth), Mrs. Gold: The goal of SAVE is to educate the Ichabod Crane community about local and global environmental issues. Additional activities that may be included will involve social activities, fund-raising activities as well as community service activities. Additionally, the Group operates the Middle School can, plastics and paper recycling programs.

Newspaper Club, Mrs. McNeil & Mrs. Milot: The goal of the Newspaper Club is to provide an opportunity for Middle School students to have an experience in journalism and to provide the student body with information on events in their school.

Odyssey of the Mind, Jamie Stickles: Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students in grades K-12. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. This is a competition where students participate in long term and spontaneous solutions for a specific problem. Odyssey of the Mind fosters critical thinking, self-confidence, and the value of teamwork in a challenging and fun way. It is an extremely rewarding program with a time commitment running from October to March.

Pawsitive Peers, Ms. Rossback & Ms. Sarno: The club's mission is to develop an awareness of kindness and compassion for all living creatures. We will work on building academic skills and building confidence by reading and working with a dog partner. It will teach responsibility and develop "pawsitive" relationships between peers while we work hard to deliver this message to our school and the outside community.

Peer Mediation, Mrs. Colton: Mediation is an opportunity for students in conflict to sit face to face and talk without being interrupted, so that both sides of the dispute can be heard. It is a problem solving approach where an agreement is reached by both students involved in the dispute. Student mediators are trained to conduct the mediation meeting and to ensure that the session is helpful and fair.

School Store, Mrs. McNeil & Mrs. Middleton: The goal of the MS school store is to provide students an opportunity to learn how to inventory and order and learn basic bookkeeping skills. Students will also learn customer service skills and learn how to advertise the school store supplies. This club also provides inexpensive supplies to students in the morning during homeroom.

Select Band/Jazz Band, Ms. Giammattei: The goal of Jazz Band is to provide a select instrumental performance group for the students in the Middle School Band Program. Jazz Band is open to 7-8th graders by audition or invitation by the band director. Special events will include winter and spring concerts.

Sing Swing, Mrs. Edwards: The goal of Sing Swing is to provide a select vocal jazz/pop chorus for the students in the Middle School Chorale Program. Special events will include a winter concert as well as a spring concert.

Ski/Snowboard Club, Mr. Patenaude: The goal of the Ski/Snowboard Club is to provide an opportunity for High School and Middle School students to participate in the exhilarating winter sports of alpine skiing and snowboarding.

Student Council, Mrs. Colton: A student-run organization that is in charge of fund-raising opportunities and providing extra-curricular activities for Middle School Students. Student activities include field trips, service projects, activity nights and character-building presentations. The students help build school spirit and are encouraged to participate in many different events. Officers are elected into office in the spring of the previous school year with homeroom representatives elected in the fall.

Walking Club, Mrs.Cotsonas: The Walking Club is an opportunity for students to exercise, meet new friends and enjoy the outdoor environment. We meet two or three days a week after school in the fall and in the spring.

Yearbook, Mrs. Geiger & Mrs. White: The goal of the Yearbook Committee is to involve Middle School students in the development of a yearbook that is a record of events and accomplishments of the Middle School community. Additional activities that may be included will involve social activities, fund raising activities as well as community service activities. The yearbook committee will meet as needed throughout the school year.