Pelham Middle School Clubs and Activities

Pelham Middle School Clubs and Activities - 2018-19

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, all students are encouraged to participate. The activities that are offered may change year to year based on student interest. Please note that Orchestra, Jazz Band, Band and Chorus are formal academic courses, not extracurricular activities, and students are graded in these classes.  The following extracurricular activities and clubs are available to Pelham Middle School students this year:

 

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 eighth 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 Tuesdays after school from 3:15-4:00 starting in October in Room 277.

Meeting Dates:

October  9,16, 23, 30

November 6, 13, 20, 27

December 4, 11,18

January 8, 15, 22, 29

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 one meet a year.) Meets are held on 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 beginning in November, 2018.

Meeting Dates:

November 6, 20

December 4, 11, 18

January 8, 22

February 5, 12

March 5, 12

Meet schedule: December 2018, January 2019, and February 2019

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 13, 2018 from 3:15-4:30 in the Pelham Middle School Library.

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.  (If your child has a friend that wants to be in the same semester please indicate this and we will do our best to accommodate).

Semester 1 Meeting Dates:

October 1,15, 22, 29

November 5, 19, 26

December 3, 10, 17

January 7, 14, 28

Semester 2 Meeting Dates:

February 4, 11, 25

March 4, 11, 18, 25

April 1, 8, 29

May 6, 13, 20

Advisor:  Ms. Preston - mpreston@pelhamschools.org

 

Chess and Strategy Game Club

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

Meeting Dates:  Thursdays starting October 11th.

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 during the last two weeks prior to performance dates.  An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 26 after school in the Auditorium.  Additional dates to follow.

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 Fridays after school.

Meeting Dates:  Fridays starting October 12th

Advisor: Mr. Brown - sbrown@pelhamschools.org

 

Forensics Speech Program

The 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 24 at 3:15 - After school in the Auditorium. Additional dates to follow.

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 15

November 13

December 10

January 22

February 11

March 18

April 1

May 13

Advisor: Mr. Avena  - savena@pelhamschools.org

 

Living History Club / School Garden Army

This club makes history come alive by having students actually experience different roles, primarily as 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 7
 
March 21
 
April 11
 
May 2
 
May 23
 
+ any day after school in spring to water/weed garden

Advisor:  Mr. Acocella - dacocella@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 3:15-4:00 in Room 063. Please note: the Google CS First Computer Club is now part of the Makerspace (Technology/Engineering/Robotics Club)

Mondays 7:20-8:05 AM Wednesdays  7:20-8:05 AM
Oct 1, 15, 22, 29 Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Nov 5, 19, 26 Nov 7, 14, 28
Dec 3, 10, 17 Dec 5, 19
Jan 14, 28 Jan 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Feb 11, 25 Feb 6 13, 27
Mar 4,18,25 Mar 6,13, 20, 27
April 1,8 Apr 3,10 24
May 6,13,20 May 1, 8,15, 22, 29


Advisor:  Ms. Satalich -
psatalich@pelhamschools.org

 

Mandarin Club

In the Mandarin Club, students 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, from 3:15-4:00.

Meeting Dates:

November 19

December 17

January 14

February 11

March 25

April 29

May 20

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.

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 be held in the middle school library and the practice dates will be held in 275. All sessions are from 3:15-4:00 p.m. 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.

Meeting Dates:

November 8 (Practice)

November 15 (Contest 1)

November 29 (Practice)

December 6 (Practice)

December 13 (Contest 2)

December 20 (Practice)

January 10 (Practice)

January 17 (Contest 3)

January 24 (Practice)

February 7 (Practice)

February 14 (Contest 4)

February 28 (Practice)

March 7 (Contest 5)

March 14 (Practice)

March 28 (End of Year Awards)

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 28

October 12, 26

November 16

December 7

January 11, 25

February 8

March 1, 15

April 5, 26

May 3, 17

June 7

Advisor:  Ms. 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 the 8th grade lunch period (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 - 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.

Contact: Dr. Thompson, Director of Humanities - mthompson@pelhamschools.org

 

Newspaper Club (The Pelham Post)

The Newspaper Club gives middle school students the opportunity to publish their original writing in “The Pelham Post” - our 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 rolling deadlines for electronic submissions. For meeting dates and important information, join the club’s Google Classroom: (class code fqcxu16).

www.thepelhampostpms.org

Meeting Dates: once a month - dates vary - listen for announcements & see Google Classroom for meeting dates and announcements.

Advisor:  Ms. Pixley - rpixley@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.

Meeting Dates:

October 4

November 2

December 5

January 11

February 8

March 15

April 12

May 3

June 7

Advisors:  Mr. Acocella - dacocella@pelhamschools.org
    Ms. Grossman - sgrossman@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. Additionally, we have guest speakers. In this club, students take charge to lead the way to meaningful change! Pelham Cares!

Meetings are on the following Tuesdays from 3:15 to 4:00/4:30:

October 23rd, 30th

November 13th

December 4th,11th

2nd half of the year days/dates TBD.

Notes: Participation earns students 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 221 from October through March.  The Competition is TBA but usually takes place during late February or early March.

Meeting Dates:

October 18, 25

November 1, 8, 15, 29

December 6, 13, 20

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

February 7, 14, 28

March 7, 14, 21, 28

Advisor: TBD



Spanish Club

¡Bienvenidos al Club de Español! All middle school Spanish students are welcome to join.  It is a great opportunity to learn about the Spanish language and culture outside the classroom.  We will be exploring holidays, cuisine, traditions and much more while connecting with our Spanish- speaking neighbors around the globe.  Meetings will generally be on the last Monday of every month.

Meeting Dates: September 24, October 29, November 26, January 28, February 25, March 25, April 29 and May 20

Advisor: Mrs. Morovic - jmorovic@pelhamschools.org

 

PMS Spelling Bee

Every year, over 11 million students participate in spelling bees through their schools. Students at PMS will have the opportunity to participate in a school-wide bee during the second semester which could qualify them for the District-wide Bee held later in the spring.  Students will receive Spelling Bee packets to study in the early fall through their English Language Arts teachers. Stay tuned for school-wide announcements about registering to participate in the PMS Bee. Registration by the soon to be announced deadline is mandatory in order to participate.  Preparing for the Bee is voluntary and self-guided. Participation in a Spelling Bee can improve spelling in general, foster correct English usage, and increase student vocabularies that will positively affect their lives.

Contact: Dr. Maria Thompson, Director of Humanities mthompson@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 experiments. 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 October 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.

Meeting Dates:

October 15, 22, 29

November 5, 19, 26

December 3, 10, 17

January 7, 14, 28

February 4, 11, 25

March 4, 11, 18, 25

April 1, 8, 23, 24, 25

 

Tri-County Science Fair - Saturday, April 20th or April 27th at White Plains High School. The students will most likely compete in other events in the early spring. These dates will be announced when they are finalized.

Advisor: Mrs. Buckley - mbuckley@pelhamschools.org

 

Writers' Corner

Writers' Corner provides a welcoming and safe environment for students to creatively use writing as an expressive tool. Students will have the option to hone their writing skills, participate in writing contests of personal choice, engage in the process of publishing, and much more. By providing complete choice in style, students have the opportunity to develop their interests into works of powerful and authentic writing. Writers' Corner is open to all students in grades 6-8. We will meet on the following dates after school from 3:15 - 4:15. The specific meeting dates are listed below:

Meeting Dates:

September 17, 24

October 1, 9,15, 22, 29

November 5, 19, 26

December 3, 10, 17

January 7, 14, 28

February 4, 11, 25

March 4, 18, 25

April 1, 8, 29

May 6, 13, 20

June 3, 10

Advisor: Ms. Pinsker  spinsker@pelhamschools.org

 

Yearbook

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join the yearbook.  The yearbook is a yearly compilation of middle school memories. Students learn to create layouts and designs for the PMS Yearbook. They will also learn how to use the yearbook camera to document  happenings around Pelham Middle School, such as the G.O. Halloween Dance, lunch time in the cafeteria, the 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 from 3:15-4:00.

Meeting Dates:

October 4

November 1

December 6

January 10 (2nd Thursday of the month)

February 7

March 7

June 6

Advisor:  Mrs. Salman - jsalman@pelhamschools.org

 

Youth to Youth (Y2Y)

Youth to Youth (Y2Y) is a club that believes in the power of youth and supports students in making positive and healthy choices. Members of Y2Y Club are committed to being alcohol and other drug free and use their peer influence in a positive way.  Y2Y club activities are focused on raising awareness of the risks associated with alcohol and other drug use, and providing fun alternatives for peers to participate in. The goal of Y2Y is to provide Middle School students with the information and support necessary to help  more students to be confident, happy, safe, healthy and drug free. Students may have the opportunity to earn community service hours by participating in some Y2Y activities.

Meetings will be held from 3:15-4pm in room 281

September 26th - informational meeting

Oct 10 & 24

Nov 7 & 28

Dec 12

Jan  16 & 30

Feb 13 & 27

March  13 & 27

April 10 & 24

May 8

Advisor: Ms. Lonergan - klonergan@pelhamschools.org