Clubs & Activities

Pelham Middle School Clubs and Activities

2019-2020

 

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 9th 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 3:15-4:15 starting in October in Room 277. This Club is only for 6th graders

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-24-club

Meeting Dates

  • October  8,15, 22, 29
  • November 5, 12, 19, 26
  • December 3, 10,17
  • January 7, 14, 21, 28

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 beginning in November 2019. 

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-academic-triathlon

Meeting Dates

  • November 5, 19
  • December 3, 10, 17
  • January 14, 28
  • February 4, 11
  • March 3 

Meet schedule: December 2019, January 2020, and February 2020 

Advisor:  Mrs. Bonaccorso jbonaccorso@pelhamschools.org

American Math Competition  8 

 

AMC

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 12, 2019 at 3:15-4:30 in Middle School Library.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-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 052. 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 7, 21,28
  • November 4,18, 25
  • December 2, 9,16
  • January 6, 13, 27

Semester 2 Meeting Dates:

  • February 3, 10
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • April 20, 27
  • May 4, 11, 18

Advisor: Lori Amer

 

Chess and Strategy Game Club 

Join Mr. Brown on Fridays at 3:15PM 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. The first meeting for the School year will be on Friday, September 20th.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-chess-and-strategy-club 

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 18 @ 3:15 after school in the Pelham High School Auditorium. Mr. Beck will go over commitment(s) and the show Frozen Jr.   Additional dates to follow.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-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 Fridays after school. The first meeting for the School year will be on Friday, September 20th.

 http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-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 23 at 3:15 - After school in the Chorus Room. Mr. Beck will meet with this Club/Students every Monday during the school year.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-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, about once a month in Room 114.

Meeting Dates

  • October 21
  • October 28
  • November 11
  • December 9
  • January 13
  • February 10
  • March 16
  • April 13
  • May 18

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-french-club

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 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 and our annual World War I “School Garden.” The club will meet in the spring on Thursdays in Room 150 from 3:15-4:15. Maintenance of the garden will take place any day after school in April, May, and June for those available. 

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-living-history-club

Meeting Dates

  • February 27
  • March 26
  • April 23
  • May 14
  • May 28

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 before school from 7:20 - 8:05 in Room 063.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-technology-engineering-club

Mondays 7:20-8:05 AM

  • Oct 7,21,28
  • Nov 4,18,25          
  • Dec 2,9,16             
  • Jan 6,27
  • Feb 10
  • Mar 2,9,16,23,30             
  • April 20,27            

Advisors:  Satalich/Bonaccorso

 

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, 3:15-4:00.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-mandarin-club

Meeting Dates

  • November 18
  • December 16
  • January 27
  • February 10
  • March 30
  • April 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.

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 7 (Practice)
  • November 14 (Contest 1)
  • December 12 (Contest 2)
  • December 19 (Practice)
  • January 9 (Practice)
  • January 17 (Contest 3)
  • January 23 (Practice)
  • January 30 (Practice)
  • February 6 (Practice)
  • February 13 (Contest 4)
  • February 27 (Practice)
  • March 5 (Practice)
  • March 12 (Contest 5)
  • March 19 (End of Year Awards) 

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-math-olympiad

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 tentatively meet on the following Fridays from 3:15 - 4:00 in room 153

Meeting dates

  • September 27
  • October 25
  • November 15
  • December 13
  • January 31
  • February 28
  • March 27
  • April 24
  • May 29
  • June 5

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

Advisor:  Mrs. 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, second semester only.  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/pelham-middle-school-8th-grade-mural-committee

Advisor:  Ms. Schwarz   rschwarz@pelhamschools.org

 

NEW!  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)

Meeting dates: 3:15-4:00 every other Thursday--9/19, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 12/5, 12/19, 1/2, 1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/12, 3/26, 4/16, 4/30, 5/14, 5/28

Room: 051

 

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. Maria 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 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 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: 

All meetings will be in Room 177 from 3:15 - 4:00pm

  • Wednesday 9/18
  • Tuesday 10/8
  • Wednesday 10/23
  • Tuesday 11/5
  • Tuesday 11/19
  • Tuesday 12/3
  • Tuesday 12/17
  • Wednesday 1/22 - Yearbook photo day!
  • Tuesday 2/11
  • Tuesday 2/25
  • Wednesday 3/11
  • Tuesday 3/24
  • Tuesday 4/14
  • Thursday 5/7
  • Wednesday 5/20
  • Tuesday 6/9 - last meeting!

Advisors:  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 268.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-g-o

Meeting Dates

  • October 2
  • November 6
  • December 5
  • January 11
  • February 8
  • March 15
  • April 12
  • May 3
  • June 7

Advisors: Mrs. Horn  shorn@pelhamschools.org 

 

Pelham Together

Pelham Together 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.

Meets on the following Tuesdays in the Counseling Office from 3:15 to 4:00/4:30:

  • October 15th, 29th
  • November 12th, 26th
  • December 10th
  • January 7th, 21st
  • February 4th 
  • March 11th, 25th
  • April 8th, 22nd
  • May 13th

Notes: Participation earns hours towards the Community Service graduation requirement for middle school and high school. 

http://www.burbio.com/states/New-York/Pelham/pelham-cares-pms

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

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-science-olympiad

Meeting Dates

TBD.  We generally meet once a week early on, then move to twice a week as the competition gets closer.  The day(s) we choose are determined by the group at the start of the season.

Advisor: Mr. Stein  jstein@pelhamschools,org

 

Spanish Club

¡Bienvenidos al Club de Español! All MS 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 and will be announced.

Sept 23, Oct 28, Nov 25, Dec 16, Jan 27, Feb 24, March 30, April 27, May 18

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 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 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 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.

http://www.burbio.com/groups/pelham-middle-school-steam-research-club

Meeting Dates are on select Mondays:

  • October 21, 28
  •  November 4, 18, 25
  • December 2, 9, 16
  • January 6, 13, 27
  • February 3,10, 24
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • 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 date will be announced when they are finalized.

Advisor: Mrs. Buckley  mbuckley@pelhamschools.org

 

Writers' Corner 

Writers' Corner provides a welcoming and safe environment 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 in Room 152.  The specific meeting dates are listed below: 

Meeting Dates:

  • September 16, 23
  • October 7, 28 
  • November 4, 18, 25 
  • December 2, 9, 16
  • January 6, 13, 27 
  • February 3, 10, 24
  • March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
  • April 20, 27
  • May 4, 11, 18
  • June 1, 8, 15, 22

Advisor: Ms. Pinsker  spinsker@pelhamschools.org

Yearbook

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcomed 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, in creating theme ideas for layouts and pages in the PMS Yearbook.  They will also learn how to 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.  Meetings will be held on the following dates in Room 168 at 3:15-3:45.

Meeting Dates

  • October 7
  • November 4
  • December 9
  • January 13
  • February 3
  • March 23

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. Quintano, Student Assistance Counselor  kquintano@pelhamschools.org