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 extracurricular 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.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-24-club

Meeting Dates

October  10, 17, 24, 31

November 7, 14, 21, 28

December 5, 12, 19

January 2, 9, 16, 23

Advisor:  Mr. Friel    dfriel@pelhamschools.org

 

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.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-academic-triathlon

Meeting Dates

November 7, 21

December 5, 19

January 9, 16, 30

February 6, 27

March 13, 27

Meet schedule: December 8, 2017, January 19, 2018, and February 9, 2018

Advisor:  Mrs. Bonaccorso jbonaccorso@pelhamschools.org


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 14, 2017, at 3:15-4:30 in Middle School Library.  

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-american-math-competition-8

Director: Dr. Callahan    tcallahan@pelhamschools.org

 

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 participate in the Art Club for one semester (half the year) each school year. A sign-up procedure will be initiated in September.   

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-art-club

Semester 1 Meeting Dates

September 18, 25

October 16, 23, 30

November 6, 13, 20, 27

December 4, 11, 18

January 8, 22, (29th No Art Club)

Semester 2 Meeting Dates

February (5th No Art Club), 12, 26

March 5, 12, 19, 26

April 9, 16, 23, 30

May 7, 14, 21

Advisor:  Ms. Schwarz   rschwarz@pelhamschools.org

Chess and Strategy Game 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 stratego, classic and castle risk, and other board games that exercise the mind.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-chess-and-strategy-club

Meeting Dates

October 12, 19, 26

November 2, 9, 16, 30

December 7, 14, 21

January 4, 11, 18, 25

February 1, 8, 15

March 1, 8,15, 22, 29

April 12, 19, 26

May 3,10, 17, 24

Advisor:  Mr. Brown    sbrown@pelhamschools.org

 

Drama Club

This club works with teachers and professional guest artists.  Members of the club develop the skills of acting and stagecraft.  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 Wednesday, September 27 after school in the Auditorium.  Additional dates to follow.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-drama-club

Advisor:  Mr. Beck    tbeck@pelhamschools.org

 

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 15, 29

October 6, 13, 20, 27

November 3,17

December 1, 8, 15, 22

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-dungeons-and-dragons-club

Advisor: Mr. Brown  sbrown@pelhamschools.org

 

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 18 at 3:15 - After school in the Auditorium.  Additional dates to follow.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-forensics

Advisor:  Mr. Beck    tbeck@pelhamschools.org

 

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 16

November 13

December 11

January 22

February 12

March 19

April 16

May 14

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-french-club

Advisor: Mr. Avena  savena@pelhamschools.org

Google CS First Computer Club

Tuesdays 3:15-4:15

Room: PMS Room 063 (Tech Room)

The Google CS First Computer Club introduces students to the exciting world of computer science (CS). Each CS First club activity is based on a real-world theme. The club themes engage students of varying backgrounds and interests  The themes include topics such as music, art, and game design. Everyone in Grades 6, 7 and 8th are welcome to come and have fun. Come with friends and/or meet new friends with the same interests. For more information, visit https://www.cs-first.com/en/home or contact Mrs. Satalich.

Meeting Dates

Semester 1: (10 sessions)

September 26

October 3,10,17,24, 31

November 7,14,21, 28

 

Semester 2: (10 sessions)

February 6,13,27

March 6,13,20, 27

April 10, 17, 24

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-google-cs-first-computer-club

Advisor: Patricia Satalich   PSatalich@Pelhamschools.org

 

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.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-living-history-club

Meeting Dates

February 15

March 22

April 19

May 24

May 31

Advisor:  Mr. Acocella    dacocella@pelhamschools.org

 

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.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-mandarin-club

Meeting Dates

November 20

December 18

January 22

February 12

March 26

April 23

May 21

Advisor:  Ms. He    yhe@pelhamschools.org

 

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 unhealthy relationships and promote nonviolent conflict resolution.  Meetings are held during lunch in Ms. Charles Office.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-margaret-s-place

Advisor:  Ms. Charles    scharles@pelhamschools.org

 

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 9 (Practice)

November 16 (Contest 1)

November 30 (Practice)

December 14 (Contest 2)

January 11 (Practice)

January 18 (Contest 3)

February 8 (Practice)

February 15 (Contest 4)

March 1 (Practice)

March 15 (Contest 5)

June 7 (End of Year Awards)

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-math-olympiad--2

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

Advisor:  Ms. Vitale    jvitale@pelhamschools.org

 

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 153

Meeting dates

September 29

October 13, 27

November 17

December 1, 15

January 12, 26

February 9

March 2, 16

April 13, 27

May 4, 18

June 1

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-mindfulness-club

Advisor:  Kathleen Lieggi  klieggi@pelhamschools.org

 

Morning Basketball (7:15-8:00)

Students are invited to drop in and participate in pickup games of basketball before school. All middle school students are invited.

Advisor:  Mr. Finegan   mfinegan@pelhamschools.org

 

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.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-8th-grade-mural-committee

Advisor:  Ms. Schwarz   rschwarz@pelhamschools.org

 

National Geographic Bee

The National Geography Bee is sponsored by the National Geographic Society and includes thousands of schools from across the country. All 6th, 7th and 8th-grade students at PMS participate in the contest at the classroom level during the month of November. 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: Dr. Maria 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” - an 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.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-newspaper

Meeting Dates

September 12, 26

November 7, 21

January 9, 23

March 6, 20

Advisors:  Ms. Pixley   rpixley@pelhamschools.org

                    Ms. Rosenberg   lrosenberg@pelhamschools.org

 

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.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-g-o

Meeting Dates

October 4

November 2

December 5

January 11

February 8

March 15

April 12

May 3

June 7

Advisor:  Mr. Acocella    dacocella@pelhamschools.org

 

Pelham Cares

I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.  ~Rabindranath Tagore

Pelham Cares helps others through community service, volunteering, advocacy, and mindfulness. Students collaborate with each other and change-makers to make a difference in the world while learning about social issues.Through building a connection and commitment to the community, students form and reflect on their personal values and motivations by channeling their passionate interests into fun service-learning projects. These projects take academics and critical thinking into the real-world to help solve complex local and global problems. In this club, students take charge to lead the way to meaningful change! We care!

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-pelham-cares-club

Meets Tuesdays on the following dates:

October 10th and 24th

November 7th and 21st

December 5th and 19th

January 9th and 23rd

February 13th

March 6th and 20th

April 10th and 24th

May 15th

June 5th

Note: Participation earn hours towards the Community Service graduation requirement for high school.

Advisor:  Mr. Steinfeld   jsteinfeld@pelhamschools.org


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 166 from October through March.  The Competition is TBA but usually takes place during late February or early March.  

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-science-olympiad

Meeting Dates - Tuesdays, starting on October 3rd.

 

Advisor: Joshua Stein jstein@pelhamschools.org
                   Laura Battema  lbattema@pelhamschools.org

 

PMS Spelling Bee

Every year over 11 million students participate in Spelling Bees through their schools. PMS is proud to announce the addition of a Spelling Bee club this year. Students will be able to improve their spelling, develop correct English usage, and increase their vocabularies that will positively affect their lives. A school-wide Bee will take place during the second semester to test their knowledge.

The Spelling Bee Club will meet on Thursdays from 3:15-4:00 in Room 170.

Meeting Dates:


October 12October 26

November 2November 9November 16

December 14

January 4January 11January 18January 25

School bee will take place in February. Dates will then be set with winners to prepare for District Bee.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-spelling-bee

Advisor: Mrs. Devito wdevito@pelhamschools.org

 

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.  Attendance 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.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-steam-research-club

Meeting Dates

November 6, 13, 20, 27

December 4, 11

January 8, 22, 29

February 5, 12, 26

March 5, 12, 19, 26

April 9, 16, 17, 18, 19

Tri-County Science Fair - Saturday, April 21st or April 28th at White Plains High School. The students will most likely compete in other events in the early spring also.

Advisor: Mrs. Buckley  mbuckley@pelhamschools.org

 

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 Mondays/Wednesdays before school from 7:20 - 8:05 and Thursdays after school from 3:15-4:15 in Room 063.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-makerspace-technology-engineering-robotics-club


Mondays 7:20-8:05 AM Wednesdays  7:20-8:05 AM Thursdays 3:15-4:15 PM
Oct 2, 16, 23, 30 Oct 4,11,18,25 Oct 5,12,19,26

Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 Nov 1, 8, 15, 29 Nov 2, 9, 16, 30

Dec 4, 11, 18 Dec 20 Dec 14, 21

Jan 8, 22, 29 Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Jan 4, 11, 18, 25

Feb 12, 26 Feb 7, 14, 28 Feb 1, 8, 15

Mar 12, 19, 26 Mar 14, 21, 28 Mar 1, 15, 22, 29

April 9, 16, 23, 30 Apr 18, 25 Apr 12, 19, 26

May 7, 14 May 2, 9,16, 23, 30 May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Advisor:  Mr. LaGreca    jlagreca@pelhamschools.org

 

Yearbook

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, school drama production, clubs, sports, etc.  Students also assist in the organization and distribution of the books. Meetings will be held on the first Thursday of the month in Room 168 at 3:15-4:00.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pms-yearbook

Meeting Dates

October 5

November 2

December 14* (Second Thursday of the Month)

January 4

February 1

March 1

April 12* (Second Thursday of the Month

Advisor:  Mrs. Salman jsalman@pelhamschools.org