Pelham Middle School Clubs and Activities

 Pelham Middle School Clubs and Activities

Pelham Middle School offers students a variety of opportunities to become involved in school life and to contribute to the overall Middle School program. While these activities are not required, our students are encouraged to participate. Activities offered may change year to year based on student interest. Orchestra, Jazz Band, Band and Chorus are formal academic courses.  Students are graded in these classes as they are scheduled during the school day. The following are offered to students as extra-curricular and after-school clubs and activities:

24 Club

The 24 Club is a fun, math problem-solving club where students devise strategies for manipulating numbers to get to 24.  Introduced by Mr. Friel at the elementary level, this is the Club’s 8th year in the Middle School. Participants are required to use the four mathematical operations, and complete the sequence as quickly as possible.  Club limit is 24! The 24 Club meets Tuesday after school from 3:15-4:00 starting in October

in Room 277.

Meeting Dates

October  11, 18, 25

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

December 6, 13, 20

January 3, 10, 17, 24

Advisor:  Mr. Friel

Academic Triathlon  

This is a creative problem-solving competition for middle school aged students.  Meets are held at participating schools.  (Pelham hosts at least 1 meet a year.) Meets are held Friday afternoon/evenings once in December, January, and February.  Organizational meetings and practices will be held prior to the meets at 3:15.  Meetings will be held on Tuesdays, 3:15-4:00 in Room 150.

Meeting Dates

November 1, 15

December 6, 13

January 10, 24

February 7, 14

March 7, 21

Advisor:  Ms. Kelly

American Math Competition  8
The AMC examination is open to all interested 6th- 8th grade students.  This is an extracurricular exam that will test a student’s ability to apply current content knowledge to new, problem-solving situations and will expose students to material that is not typically taught during middle or high school math classes.  The AMC 8 was designed to promote excitement, enthusiasm, and positive attitudes towards mathematics!  The competition will take place on Tuesday, November 15 at 3:15-4:30 in Middle School Library.

Director: Dr. Callahan

Art Club
Each week students get to do a fun, creative project that they won’t get to do in their art classes, from painting the ceiling to making clay sculptures.  Art Club meets on Mondays from 3:15-4:15 in Room 051. Due to the high level of interest, students will have the opportunity to particpate in the Art Club for one semester (half the year) each school year. A sign-up procedure will be initiated in September.

Semester 1 Meeting Dates

September 19, 26

October 17, 24, 31

November 7, 14, 21, 28

December 5, 12, 19

January 9, 23, (30th No Art Club)

Semester 2 Meeting Dates

February (6th No Art Club), 13, 27

March 6, 13, 20, 27

April 3, 17, 24

May 1, 8, 15, 22

Advisor:  Ms. Schwarz /Ms. Levi

Chess and Strategy Club
Join Mr. Brown on Thursdays from 3:15-4:00 in the Counseling Office.  Come hone your strategic skills.  Come play chess, classic and modern strategies, classic and castle risk, and other board games that exercise the mind.

Meeting Dates

October 6,13,20,27

November 3,10

December 1,8,15

January 12,19,26

February 2,9

March 2,9,16,23,30

April 6,27

May 4,11,18,25

Advisor:  Mr. Brown

Drama Club
This club works with teachers and professional guest artists.  Members of the club develop the skills of acting and stage craft.  The group will present one main stage production per year: Rehearsals are after school at 3:15.  Students are expected to be at all rehearsals once the schedule is set.  Mandatory tech/dress rehearsals run longer the last two weeks prior to performance dates.  An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday,

September 20 at 3:15.  Additional dates to follow.
Advisor:  Mr. Beck

Dungeons and Dragons Club

Develop classic D and D characters and role play scenarios with expert Dungeon masters in this dialogue rich role play club that meets in the counseling office on Friday after school.

Meeting Dates

September 23,30

October 7,14,21,28

November 4,11,18

December 2

Advisor: Mr. Brown

Forensics Speech Program

Forensics Speech program offers a variety of oral communication individual events. By definition, forensics is the art of formal public speaking and presentation. Students research, develop, practice, and deliver their performances which include speeches, interpretations and/or dramatizations of literature. The club works with speakers in order to present a polished performance.  This program helps students develop public speaking skills, confidence and effective communication skills. An informational meeting will be held on Monday, September 19 at 3:15.  Additional dates to follow.   

Advisor:  Mr. Beck

French Club
The French Club gives students an opportunity to experience Francophone culture beyond the classroom instruction. Students at all levels of language learning can participate in celebrations, movies, and social activities that provide cultural enrichment. The club will meet on Mondays, once a month in Room 114.

Meeting Dates

October 17

November 14

December 12

January 23

February 13

March 20

April 17

May 15

Advisor: Mr. Avena

Living History Club
This club makes history come alive by having students actually experience different roles, primarily Revolutionary War soldiers.  Students engage in different historical activities and discussions.  The club also helps support living history events taking place in Social Studies classes. The club will meet in the spring on Thursdays in Room 150 from 3:15-4:15.
Meeting Dates

February 16

March 23

April 20

May 25

June 1

Advisor:  Mr. Acocella

Mandarin Club

In the Mandarin Club, children will learn various traditional Chinese handicrafts, arts, foods and culture.  

Students will experience an introduction to Chinese Martial Art Taiji and various traditions celebrated in the Chinese Culture.  Meetings will be held on Mondays, once a month, in Room 181, 3:15-4:00.

Meeting Dates

November 21

December 19

January 23

February 13

March 27

April 24

May 22

Advisor:  Ms. He

Margaret’s Place
Peer Leaders are 8th grade ambassadors for Margaret’s Place.  They are trained to serve as role models and advocates of anti-violence.  They learn and then educate their peers to recognize the signs of healthy and non-healthy relationships, and promote non-violent conflict resolution.  Meetings are held during lunch in Ms. Charles Office.

Advisor:  Ms. Charles

Math Olympiad
The Math Olympiad program is open to all 6th - 8th grade students who are interested in problem solving and critical thinking.  Students will practice with their teammates and then participate in 5 challenging, monthly competitions throughout the year beginning in November.  The Contest Dates will meet in Middle School Library.  The goal of participation is to stimulate enthusiasm and a love for mathematics.  Students will be challenged to think flexibly as they apply strategies including making tables, creating diagrams, and observing patterns. 

November 17 (Contest 1) November 3 (Practice 1), November 4 (Practice 1), November 10 (Practice 2)

December 15   (Contest 2) December 1 (Practice 3)

January 12 (Contest 3) January 5    (Practice 4)

February 16    (Contest 4) January 26  (Practice 5)

March 14 (Contest 5) February 9  (Practice 6)

March 2      (Practice 7)

March 30    (Practice 8)

Contest Dates Practice Dates (Room 275) - 3:15-4:00

Advisor:  Ms. Vitale

Mindfulness Club

In the mindfulness club, students will learn and practice strategies to increase mindful attention.   Students will learn the meaning of mindfulness, as well as strategies that will help them to experience the present moment, get control of their bodies and minds and learn how to utilize proven techniques for managing stress. These strategies will enable students to recognize their own strengths, and use those strengths to face challenges.  We will complete some hands-on projects, and students will create their own mindfulness handbook.

The club will meet on the following Fridays from 3:15 - 4:00 in room 157

Meeting dates

October 28

November 4

December 2, 9

January 13, 27

February 3

March 3, 17

March 28

May 5, 12

June 2

Advisor:  Kathleen Lieggi

Morning Basketball (7:15-8:00)
Students are invited to drop in and participate in pick-up games of basketball before school. All middle school students are invited. 

Advisor:  Mr. Finegan

8th Grade Mural Committee
The 8th Grade Mural Committee takes a leadership role in the annual 8th Grade Mural project.  Students in this club meet during 8th grade lunch periods, Period 6, in Room 051.  This club will vote on the idea for the mural, make design decisions, and piece together the hundreds of mural elements created by each member of the 8th grade class.  All 8th grade students are welcome.  Students can earn community service credit for their participation in this committee.

Advisor:  Ms. Schwarz

National Geographic Bee

The National Geography Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and includes thousands of schools from across the country.  All 7th and 8th grade students at PMS participate in the contest at the classroom level during the month of October.  In December, a school-level competition is then held to determine the school champion who must take a qualifying exam to participate at the state-level contest in April. This contest is designed to encourage the study of geography and global awareness.

Director:    Mrs. Thompson, Director of Humanities

Newspaper Club (Pelham Post)
The Newspaper Club gives Middle School students the opportunity to publish their original writing into “The Pelham Post” - a hard copy and electronic newspaper. Contributors can write articles about school, local, and world news, create original fiction or poetry, and even contribute photography or art. The club meets from 3:15-4:15 in Room 177 and has various deadlines for writing pieces.

Meeting Dates

September 15, 29

November 10, November 22

January 5, 19

March 2, 16

Advisors Ms. Pixley 

Ms. Rosenberg

Pelham Middle School G.O.
The General Organization (G.O.) is the students’ government body.  Six elected officers and the faculty advisor run school fundraisers and three G.O. dances (October, January, and March) in addition to other activities (food drives, pajama/book program, charity funds, bake sales, etc.).  The club will meet from 3:15-3:45 in Room 150.

Meeting Dates

October 6

November 3

December 1

January 12

February 2

March 16

April 6

May 4

June 8

Advisor:  Mr. Acocella

Pelham Cares
The goal of Pelham Cares is to bring together students who would like to make a difference in their school through participating in community service events and school-wide campaigns geared toward helping others.  Students in this club work together to implement meaningful activities with the goal of creating positive change.   

Meeting Dates

October 11, 25

November 8,22

December 13

January 10,24

February 14

March 7,21

April  26

May 16

Advisor:  Mr. Brown

Science Olympiad
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division.  Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved.  Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal of excellence in scientific problem solving. Meetings will be held at 3:15-4:15 in Room 221 from October through March.  The Competition is TBA but usually takes place during late Februrary or early March.

Meeting Dates

October 18, 25

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

December 6, 13, 20

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

February 7, 14, 28

March 7, 14, 21, 28
Advisor:  Mr. DiBello

   Ms. Hassan

Scrabble Club

The middle school is happy to announce the addition of a Scrabble Club.  Students will be able to play scrabble in small groups.  If there is enough interest, we may even be able to explore tournament style Scrabble play and become part of a national organization of competitive Scrabble!  

The Scrabble Club will meet on Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:00 in Room 170. 

Meeting Dates

September 22

October 6, 20

November 3, 17

December 1

January 5, 12, 19, 26

February 2, 9

March 2, 16, 23, 30

April 6

Advisor: Mrs. Devito

STEAM Research Club

STEAM Research Club will allow children to use their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics to create, design and conduct an experiment. This club offers students the opportunity to explore and be innovative while investigating any area that they find interesting.  Meetings will be held on select Mondays beginning in November and ending in April.  Attendence is mandatory as all students will participate in a local competition. A select few will have an opportunity to compete in Tri-County Science competition at White Plains High School.

Meeting Dates

November 7, 21

December 5, 19

January 9, 23, 30

February 6, 27

March 6, 13

March 20  - Middle School Competition (2 hour delay) 8 - 10 am

March 20  - Middle School Public Viewing and Award Ceremony 3:30 - 4:30 pm

April 3, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 (Tri-County Science Engineering Fair prep)

Tri-County Scienc Fair - Saturday, April 22nd or April 29th at White Plains High School

Advisor: Mrs. Buckley

Makerspace (Technology/Engineering/Robotics Club)
This is a drop-in club for grades 6-8 and an opportunity to explore different areas of engineering and technology. Topics may include computer programming, robotics, building structures, game design, 3D modeling and other topics students may find interest in. This club is now a combination of Technology Club, Computer Coding Club and Robotics Club.  Meetings will be held on Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 in Room 063.

Meeting Dates

November 10, 17

December 1, 15, 22

January 5, 12, 19, 26

February 2, 9, 16

March 2, 16, 23, 30

April 6

Advisor:  Mr. LaGreca

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcomed to join yearbook.  The yearbook is a yearly compilation of Middle School memories.  Students learn to proof and edit, as well as, how to use the web based yearbook program, “eDesign.”  They use the yearbook camera to document the happenings around Pelham Middle School, such as the G.O. Halloween Dance, lunch time in the cafeteria, etc.  Students also assist in the organization and distribution of the books. Meetings will be held on Thursdays in the Library at 3:15-4:00.

Meeting Dates

October 6

November 3

December 1

January 5

February 2

March 2

April 6

May 4

June 1

Advisor:  Mrs. Salman