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 3:00-4:00 p.m.  Room 240

Chess Club
Advisor: Dalem Arsa Artha
Open to all students Grades 6-8. If you enjoy chess or want to learn, come join us! Focus will be on learning the game for new players, important chess concepts to develop abilities, and going over famous games. Competition for the title of Monroe-Woodbury Middle School Chess Champion begins in January. Meets every Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Small Cafeteria.

Math Team
Advisor: Alicia Randall
This team is made up of students, grades 6 through 9, 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 110.

Musical Production
Advisors
: Maureen Burt, Steven Wing, Erin Robinson
Open to all students (by audition for performers and by application for crew). The performance will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm and on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2:00 pm.

National Junior Honor Society (7th & 8th Graders)
Advisor: Gina Dudgeon

This scholarly club is offered to academically eligible students at the end of their seventh grade year. The five tenets of the Society are scholarship, leadership, citizenship,  service, and character.  Membership is by invitation and, after review of their application by a faculty council, only those students meeting eligibility requirements are admitted.

Odyssey of the Mind 
Coaches: Joanne McInerney, Jessica Hutter

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 divergent thinking skills, which include spontaneous problem solving. Odyssey of the Mind meets from October to the Regional Competition on March 4, 2017. First place teams go on to compete at States, which will be held on April 8, 2017. Meeting dates and tryouts – TBD.

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 student’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We will be using Lego’s and Lego Mindstorms to complete challenges and future competitions. We will meet every Thursday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Small Cafe to start. 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 to cook food from different lands? Well this is the club for you. Join us for a year of fun  international activities. Every Tuesday, Room 233

Science Olympiad
Advisor: Gilles Reimer

The Science Olympiad Team is open to any 6th, 7th and 8th graders who have an interest in science, technology and engineering.  You will develop your teamwork skills and compete in a tournament. Every Wednesday, Room 153

Special Olympics
Advisor: Dana Schackman

Wednesdays in the gym after school beginning in January.
This team is for 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.

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 Tuesday in room 165.

Student Council
Advisors: Eileen McNamara, Susan Slockbower, Jennifer Ahearn

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 Wednesdays, or a day to be determined, in Lecture Hall B.  Meeting dates to be announced.

Yearbook
Advisors: Danielle Roman, Laura Koch

All kinds of workers are needed each year to help publish this yearbook.  Students with artistic talent, photographers, writers or just the desire to help are welcome.  Space is limited.  We will be meeting twice a month.  Meetings will take place immediately after school on Tuesdays at 3:00 in room 206. Students will be able to take the 4:00 activity bus home.  Please listen for announcements regarding meeting dates.

 


Sports

Fall:

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

Winter:

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

Spring:

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

*Middle School team sports are available only to 7th and 8th grade students.

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.