Clubs & Activities

Pelham Middle School Clubs and Activities

2020-2021

 

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 many years ago, this is the Club’s 11th year in the Middle School. Participants are required to use the four mathematical operations and complete the sequence as quickly as possible. Our club limit is 24, so first-come-first-served! The 24 Club meets Tuesdays in a Google Meet after school from 3:15-3:45 starting in October. You will get an invite a few days before each Meet. This Club is only for 6th graders. You can apply by emailing Mr Friel at his email below. 

Meeting Dates:

  • October  6, 13, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10, 17, 24
  • December 1, 8, 15
  • January 5, 12, 19, 26
  • All other dates TBA

Advisor: Mr. Friel - dfriel@pelhamschools.org

 

8th Grade Book Club

In the 8th grade Book Club, 8th grade students will read Young Adult books using Audible! We will discuss plot and character development. The club will meet virtually at 3:00 p.m. twice a month on our Google Classroom 8th Grade Book Club page. The class code is: p727anp 

Meeting Dates: 

  • October 19, 26
  • November 23, 30
  • December 7, 21
  • January 4, 11
  • February 8, 22
  • March 22, 29
  • April 12, 26
  • May 5, 24

Advisor: Mrs. Fiorelli - pfiorelli@pelhamschools.org 

 

Academic Triathlon  

This is a creative problem-solving competition for middle school aged students. This year the Academic Triathlon organization has canceled all competitions, but we will continue to practice in preparation for next year. Organizational practices will be held on Tuesdays, 3:15-4:00 beginning in October 2020. Go to meet.google.com. Click join or start a meet. Enter: academictriathlon

Meeting Dates:

  • October 13, 27
  • November 3,17
  • December 1,15
  • January 5,19
  • February 2,23
  • March  2,16

There will be no competitions this season but we will still practice!

Advisor: Mrs. Bonaccorso - jbonaccorso@pelhamschools.org

 

Forensics Speech Club

Middle School Forensics Speech Club is a wonderful extra curricular activity for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. It gives students the opportunity to develop their speaking abilities and have fun! Categories are numerous and students can perform in groups or individually. 

Meeting Dates:   Mondays from 3:15 to 4 pm in Chorus Room

Advisor:  Mr. Beck    tbeck@pelhamschools.org

Join our google classroom!  Code = sie5zzg

 

Game Club/ Dungeons and Dragons Club 

Come hone your strategic skills! Come play chess, classic and modern stratego, classic and castle risk, and other board games that exercise the mind. 

OR

Develop classic D&D characters and role play scenarios with expert Dungeon masters in this dialogue-rich role play club.

Meeting Dates  

Meetings are from 3:15 to 4:00.

  • October 16, 30
  • November 13
  • December 4, 18

New Year TBD

Advisor: Mr. Brown - sbrown@pelhamschools.org

 

GSA Club (Gender and Sexuality Alliance)

The GSA Club provides a safe space and warm community for our LGBTQ students and allies. Our mission is to build community and organize around issues impacting LGBTQ students. Fun and engaging activities will be planned throughout the year to promote LGBTQ pride and advocacy.  

Advisor: Ms. Schwarz - rschwarz@pelhamschools.org

Virtual Meeting Times: Thursdays from 3:15-4:00

Meeting Dates:  

  • October 8, 15, 22, 29
  • November 5, 12, 19
  • December 3, 10, 17
  • January 7, 14, 21, 28
  • February 4, 11, 25
  • March 4, 11, 18, 25
  • April 8, 15, 22, 29
  • May 6, 13, 20, 27
  • June 3, 6

To join the club, please email Ms. Schwarz at rschwarz@pelhamschools.org.

 

Mandarin Club

In the Mandarin Club, students will learn about various traditional Chinese handicrafts, arts, foods and culture. Students will experience an introduction to the Chinese martial art Taiji and various traditions celebrated in the Chinese Culture. The club will meet on Mondays, once a month, from 3:15-3:45 on Google Meet in the Mandarin Club Google Classroom page. The class code is dknu3sa.

Meeting Dates:

  • November 16
  • December 14
  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 15
  • April 19

Advisor:  Ms. He - yhe@pelhamschools.org

 

Newspaper Club (The Pelham Post)

A Pelham Middle School Publication

The Newspaper Club gives Middle School students the opportunity to publish their original writing in The Pelham Post - an electronic newspaper. Contributors can write articles about school, local, and world news; can create original fiction or poetry; and can even contribute photography or art. We have rolling deadlines for electronic submissions. For meeting dates and important information, join the club’s Google Classroom: class code myy4k5s

www.thepelhampostpms.org

Meeting Dates: 

TBA starting in October - join Google Classroom using the above class code for specific dates.

Advisor:  Ms. Pixley - rpixley@pelhamschools.org  

 

Pelham Cares 

Pelham Cares helps others through community service, volunteering, advocacy, and mindfulness. In this club, students promote service learning opportunities for the entire middle school and engage in volunteer work throughout the community. Participation earns hours towards the Community Service graduation requirement for middle school and high school.

Meeting Dates: 

On the following Tuesdays on Google Meet from 3:15 to 4:15.

  • October 13, 27
  • November 10, 24
  • December 8, 22
  • January 5, 19
  • February 2
  • March 16
  • April 20, 22
  • May 11, 25

Advisor:  Mrs. Kitay - jkitay@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 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 for students 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 

Advisor:  Mr. William Chimento - wchimento@pelhamschools.org

 

School Garden Army

The U.S. School Garden Army was a 1917 program of the U.S. Bureau of Education that taught agricultural skills to students in an attempt to prevent food shortages with local, sustainable produce. This club will help support the annual eighth grade World War I victory garden by having students enlist in the P.M.S. School Garden Army to assist in readying the soil and greenhouse, planting, watering, weeding, and trimming. 

Meeting Dates:

Maintenance of the garden (club meetings) will take place every day after school when it is not raining from approximately late March/early April through early June. Students may attend any day they are available and as often as they like. 

Advisor:  Mr. Acocella - dacocella@pelhamschools.org - Room 150

 

Spanish Club

¡Bienvenidos al Club de Español! All MS Spanish students are welcome to join. This 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.  One of our most popular events is our authentic bracelet sale. Our meetings will be a little different this year but we will still have fun! Meetings will generally be on the first Monday of every month and will be announced.

Meeting Dates:

  • October 5
  • November 2
  • December 1
  • January 11
  • February 1
  • March 1
  • April 12
  • May 3
  • June 7

Advisor: Mrs. Morovic - jmorovic@pelhamschools.org 

On meeting days please go to Google Meet.com and enter: jmorovicspanishclub
 

Sports Talk Club

In this club, we will review the sporting news events of the previous week. We will watch sports documentaries and highlights from the previous week. We will listen to sports talk radio hosts and discuss their takes on hot sports topics from around the world. We will look at the performances of high school teams from the surrounding Westchester area. We will also look into scheduling guest speakers if possible. Class code is xop3j7i

Meeting Dates:

TBA

 Advisor: Mr. Miller - kmiller@pelhamschools.org

 

STEAM Research Club

STEAM Research Club allows 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. If the Tri-County Science Fair occurs at White Plains High School this year, select students will have the opportunity to compete in a local competition at the end of April.

Meeting Dates:

  • October 19, 26
  • November 2, 16
  • December 7, 21
  • January 4,11, 25
  • February 1, 8, 22
  • March 1, 8, 15, 22

April - These dates will be decided once the Tri-County Science Fair date has been decided.

Tri-County Science Fair - Will be held on a select date on a Saturday in April at White Plains High School. The dates will be announced when they are finalized.

Advisor: Mrs. Buckley - mbuckley@pelhamschools.org

 

Student Council

The Student Council is the students’ governing body. Six elected officers and the faculty advisor run school fundraisers and other activities (cookie dough sale, dances, food drives, pajama/book program, charity funds, bake sales, etc.).  The club will meet from 3:15-3:45 on Google Meet in the Student Council Google Classroom page. The class code is nojfi3n.

Meeting Dates:

  • September 17
  • All other dates TBA

Advisor: Mrs. Horn - shorn@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 opportunity to hone their writing skills, participate in writing contests of personal choice, engage in the process of publishing, and much more. With complete choice in style, students will 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. Please join our Google Classroom to access the Google Meet link. The class code is h7o2fyf. The location/time of each meeting will be posted on Google Classroom. The specific meeting dates are listed below: 

Meeting Dates: 

  • October 5, 19, 26
  • November  2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • December 7, 14, 21
  • January 4, 11, 25 
  • February 1, 8, 22
  • March 1, 8, 15, 22
  • April 12, 19, 26 
  • May 3, 10, 17 

Advisor: Ms. Pinsker - spinsker@pelhamschools.org

 

Yearbook

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome to join the PMS Yearbook Club. The PMS Yearbook is a yearly compilation of Middle School memories. Students assist in the creation of the PMS Yearbook and creating theme ideas for layouts and pages in the PMS Yearbook.  They will also learn what makes a good photograph, and how to document the happenings around Pelham Middle School. Meetings will be held twice a month on Wednesday mornings beginning in October. Please join our Google Classroom for more information and updates on scheduled meetings.  The class code is pe37355.  

Advisor: Mrs. Salman -  jsalman@pelhamschools.org