Clubs and Activities
OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS – GRADES 6-8
ANIMAL CLUB - Meeting Dates: September 26, October 8th and 22nd, November 5th and 19th, December 3rd and 17th, January 7th and 21st, February 4th and 18th, March 3rd, 17th, and 31st, April 7th and 21st, May 5th and 19th, June 2nd and 16th. The Animal Club encourages students who have an interest in animals to increase their understanding, share their knowledge, and contribute to the benefit of animals by participating in community service events. Activities include creating informative posters/videos, fundraising, creating and collecting donations, and having students identify and learn about animals around their school environment. Club members will inform other students and the community about ways to protect animal welfare and the environment.
Advisors: Mrs. Hickey and Mrs. S. Smith
ART SCENERY/ SET DESIGN - Grades 7-8 - During meetings, students will work together to create the set design and props for the school musical. Construction, painting, and scenery are some of the activities involved. Additionally, applications will be available for 8th grade students to assist backstage during performances with props and scenery. The informational meeting will be on October 8th in room 254. The following Tuesday will be our first work meeting (oct 15), where we discuss the projects ahead. The club will run from October through February. Scheduled work days will be: October 15,22,29; November 5,12,19,26; December 3,10,17. As we approach the opening of the play I will reassess the work that needs to be done as we may need to add days to make sure we are ready. We helped to create an amazing performance last year with “The Lion King”, let’s keep the great work going!
Advisor: Mr. Reilly
BRIDGE BUILDERS CLUB - Scheduled meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows: September: 18, October: 2, 16, 30, November: 20, December: 4, 18, January: 8, 22, February: 5, 19, March: 4, 18, April: 1, 22, May: 6, 20, and June: 3, 10. All meetings will be held in room 109 from 2:30-4:00. The Builders Club is part of the Kiwanis Club, an international organization that supports the community and its citizens. This club is open to all students who like to help others, do charity work and participate and plan fundraising events.
Advisor: Mrs. Herrmann
CRAFT CLUB - Scheduled meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 21; December 5, 12, 19; January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27. Meeting times are from 2:30- 4:00 pm. All students are eligible to join. Students will have the opportunity to use their imagination to create fun projects and crafts by repurposing recycled items. Students will learn creative ways to reuse and recycle materials. Projects will include mixed media art as well as learning how to knit. Club members will gain the opportunity to make new friends with common interests.
Advisors: Ms. Carinha and Ms. Gil
COMPUTER CLUB - Scheduled meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows: September 18 and 25; October 2, 16 and 30; November 6 and 20; December 2 and 18; January 8, 15 and 29; February 5 and 19; March 4 and 18; April 1 and 22; May 6 and the last meeting will be May 20th. Meeting times are from 2:20-3:45 pm. The Computer Club enables students of all grade levels to explore the computer in an open setting. Students will use a variety of software to engage in diverse activities such as desktop publishing, web-page design, gaming and the exploration of coding software. Additionally, it is also an open lab for students to conduct research, and complete homework/projects. Please be aware that we will be using the Internet.
Advisor: Mrs. Moskowitz
DEBATE CLUB - Scheduled meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows: September 18; October 16, 23; November 6, 20; December 4,11; January 8,15; February 5,12; March 4, 11; April 1, 22; May 6,13; June 3. Meeting times are from 2:20-3:45 pm. This club is open to students of all grade levels who are enthusiastic and looking to improve their speaking and language arts skills while having fun. Debaters will work as a team to make and support assertions, conduct research to gather effective evidence, analyze and critique arguments, and conduct speeches. If you are outspoken, like to argue, or are looking to increase argumentative skills, this is a club for you!
Advisor: Mrs. Scalici and Ms. Carinha
DIGITAL MEDIA CLUB - Scheduled meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows: 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, and 2/25. Meeting times are from 2:30-4:00. The club serves as a "pathway" to teach students about the many forms of Digital Media content creation and digital citizenship. Students will be free to explore:
- Digital music production/editing
- Video production/editing
- Green screens
- Digital photography/editing
- Digital design using Adobe Creative Cloud
- Computer animation
- Stop motion film
- Personal branding
- Social Media marketing
- And more!
Advisor: Mr. Seibert
THEATRE CLUB - Scheduled dates for the 2019 - 2020 school year are as follows: Sept. 13, 20 Oct. 4, 18, Nov. 15, 22 Dec.6, 13, Jan.3,10, 24, Feb. 14, 21, 28, March 13, 20, 27 April 3,, 24 , . Meeting times are from 2:30 - 3:30. The last meeting in May will be a showcase for parents: date to be announced. This club will expose students who have an interest in theatre to the basics of acting and to all facets of theater. They will learn about and practice key skills to prepare for auditions and performances. Besides learning these practical skills, (such as volume, expression, self expressive skills, characterization and body language), students will also improve their self-expression and self confidence through improvisation and drama activities. This will culminate in a showcase.
Advisor: Mrs. Ross
FITNESS CLUB - Scheduled meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows: September 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26; October 2, 3, 8, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30. Meeting times are from 2:30-4:00pm. Students who join the fitness club will enjoy working out with friends and achieving their fitness goals. Activities will vary based on student interest. Examples are fitness stations, high cardio activities, and team/individual based games. This club will meet after school in the main gym. Sports physicals are required.
Advisor: Ms. Vento
MATH CLUB - (Grades 7-8) meets every Thursday 2:30-3:15pm The Math Club is open to all 7th and 8th grade students who enjoy being challenged in problem solving in a wide variety of mathematical topics. Students will participate in local, state and national math competitions which are held after school. Students who are selected to MMS Math Teams will also compete on Saturdays. There is an additional fee for participation in specific contests and competitions. Meeting days to be announced.
Advisors: Mrs. Wilson and Mr. Accisano
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY CLUB -Scheduled meetings dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows: October 15, 28; November 5, 19, 26; December 3, 10, 17; January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 25; March 3, 10. The club meets from 2:30-3:45 pm on Tuesdays (except for 10/28). Club members participate in the National History Day nationwide program which holds regional, state and national competitions. Students will research a topic of their choosing based on the theme for the year and present their information as a historical paper, website, performance, documentary or exhibit. An NHD project teaches students to go beyond the initial facts and explore why an event happened as well as the impact that it may have had. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
Advisors: Mrs. Allutto and Mr. Walsh
PING PONG CLUB - Scheduled meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows: September: 26; October 3, 10, 17, 24; November 21, 25; December 5, 12; January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27. Meeting times are from 2:30-4:00 pm. This club meets to have fun, learn ping pong game strategies, and participate in a tournament during each scheduled session. This club is open to all interested students.
RESPONSIBLE ACTIONS & DECISIONS (R.A.D.) -
In this after-school club, Responsible Actions and Decisions, students participate in lively, fun activities that explore effective decision-making and strategies of appropriate choice-making. Students explore challenging scenarios, establish guidelines and discuss safe plans of execution for various real life situations that students may find themselves facing. Students will help the advisors decide what topics we should focus on in the club each year. They are also trained to provide peer-to-peer education within the school community, their primary goal being an interactive presentation for elementary school students. R.A.D. is for all students who want to work on leadership skills and make a positive impact at MMS and our elementary schools and is open to all students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.This club meets after school approximately twice a month. Scheduled meeting dates for the 2019-20 school year will be: September 24; October 15, 29; November 5, 19, 26; December 10, 17; January 7, 21; February 4, 18, 25; March 3, 17, 31; April 7, 21; May 5, 19. All meetings will be from 2:30- 3:15 pm. *Please note that meeting dates are subject to change based on presentation preparation and delivery.
Advisors: Dr. Asher-Shultz and Mrs. Attar
RUNNING CLUB - This Spring Club is an active, healthy club open to all students who like to run, jog, walk, and improve their physical fitness. . Students will learn about the sport of running, including proper technique and get into great shape! Students will also have the opportunity to train for a 5k! Schedule to be announced. Sports physicals are required at the first meeting.
Coach: Mrs. Girard
SCHOOL NEWSPAPER CLUB - All students are eligible to join. Students work independently or in groups to write articles on a wide variety of topics--school news, sports, art, world news, television and movies, the internet, and much more. All topic ideas are welcome. We will publish three online editions of our student developed newspaper called "The Hawker." The meeting dates are; September 26; October 3, 17, 24; November 21; December 5, 12; January 2, 16, 23; February 6, 20; March 5, 19; April 2, 23; May 7, 21. Meeting times are from 2:30–4:00pm
Advisors: Mr. Casal and Mr. Maldonado
SCHOOL MUSICAL - This year’s production is The Wizard of Oz . Singing, Acting and Dancing auditions are Sept. 23rd and Sept. 24th. Students must attend both auditions. Callback auditions are September 26th and 27th. Students who are called back will be asked to attend one of those dates. Rehearsals will generally be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-4pm. Rehearsals begin October 3rd. All students are encouraged to come try out for this exciting activity. We are looking for actors, dancers and singers. The dates of the school musical are Friday, February 7th at 7:00 pm and 2 performances on Saturday, February 8th.
Advisors: Mrs. Ross, Ms. Mazzara, and Ms. Vento
STUDENT COUNCIL - Scheduled meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows: September 18; October 2, 16, 30; November 5, 20; December 4, 18; January 8, 22; February 5, 19; March 4, 18; April 1, 22; May 6, 22 from 2:30-4:00pm. The Student Council plays an important part in student activities such as dances, character building projects, fundraisers, and the yearbook social. It is the group within the school that is truly representative of the student body. They also work on community projects including clothing and food drives for families in need. Officers are elected by the student body.
Advisors: Mrs. Biscaha and Mrs. E Corsi
ULTIMATE FRISBEE - The Ultimate Frisbee Club provides an opportunity for students to develop sportsmanship and fair play while promoting physical fitness and healthy lifestyle. Small sided games and skill challenges are some of the activities the club engages in. Tentative scheduled meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows. The club will begin September 17, 18, 19, 24 ,25, 26 October 2, 3, 8, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22 ,23 , 24, 29, 30. We will meet Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Sports physicals are required.
Coach: Mr. Collins
YEARBOOK CLUB - All students are invited to join this club and work on the MMS Yearbook. The only requirements are enthusiasm, ambition, and the desire to work. Students will have an opportunity to learn the Yearbook Avenue Website to create layouts, upload pictures, write captions and edit pages. Additionally, students will help with advertising the yearbook. Students who are artistic and enjoy creative writing are encouraged to join! Meetings are held from 2:30-4:00pm on the following days: September 17th, September 24th, October 3rd, October 8th, October 15th, October 21st, October 29th, November 5th, November 19th, November 27th, December 3rd, December 10th, January 14th, January 21st, February 4th, February 18th, March 3rd, March 17th, March 31st, June 9th
Advisors: Ms. Nemeth and Ms. Gallagher
STEM TECHNOLOGY CLUB -
- Grade 6 - Scheduled meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows: October 2, October 16, October 30, November 20, December 4, December 11, January 8, January 15, January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12, February 19, February 26, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1, April 22, April 29. Meetings run from 2:30-4 pm. The Technology Club for grade 6 gives students the opportunity to explore the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math by competing in various hands-on challenges and online competitions throughout the school year. During weekly club meetings, students will work collaboratively to complete engineering design challenges and to design projects based on their personal interests to meet the specific criteria required for the online competitions that they choose to enter.
Advisor: Ms. Gallagher
- Grades 7 & 8 - Scheduled meeting dates for the 2019-2020 school year are as follows: October 2, October 16, October 30, November 20, December 4, December 11, January 8, January 15, January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12, February 19, February 26, March 4, March 11, March 18, March 25, April 1, April 22, April 29. Meetings run from 2:30-4 pm. The Technology Club for grades 7 and 8 runs as a nationally recognized chapter of TSA, the Technology Student Association, in which students have the opportunity to submit projects and attend the NJ Middle School State Conference each spring. During club meetings, students will use problem solving skills to design and create solutions for a wide variety of TSA approved projects in preparation for this competition. Please note that there is an additional fee for your child to be registered at the state and national level as a Technology Student Association member (approximately $14 per child).
Advisor: Mrs. Marrella