Participating in extracurricular activities is a great way for students to meet new friends, learn new things or give something back to their community. Best of all, studies show that students who are involved in after-school activities earn higher grades and are more successful—both academically and socially. Details about meeting dates and times are generally provided over the morning announcements and via notices posted around the school. Parents and students should also feel free to contact their guidance counselor or club advisor for more information.
Art club features specialized studio projects that give students the opportunity to work creatively beyond what is offered in the regular classroom situation. Areas of interest include plaster and clay sculpture, origami and other paper constructions, painting and drawing, 2D and 3D paper constructions and so much more. Specific dates and activities will be announced and advanced sign-up is required.
Intramurals begin in November and run through February. Members meet at the Sportmans Bowl each Thursday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Parents must be able to pick up their child by 4:30 p.m. at the bowling alley. (Grades 6, 7, 8)
This is an exciting club for creative students. Students learn how to make crafts that can be given as gifts or kept to enjoy. The Craft Club meets once a month after school. (Grades 6, 7, 8)
This student-run group meets one to two times per month. Members are dedicated to finding ways to preserve our natural resources and to make others aware of the need to recycle and reuse. Previous club activities included adopting a whale, the middle school recycling program, building bluebird houses, recycling ink cartridges, making informational posters, planting a bird and butterfly garden, and making pads out of used paper. Click here to read a Daily Gazette article about the club. (Grades 6, 7, 8)
Golf begins in March, and students visit the Golden Bear Indoor Driving Range once a week. In April, students begin playing outside at the Briar Creek Golf Course one to two times per week. Participating students must be able to golf and bring their own clubs and golf balls. Parents must pick up their child between 5-5:15 p.m. at the golf course.
This a community-based service club that provides security blankets for children facing difficult circumstances. Students in eighth grade and students who have completed seventh-grade Home & Career skills are eligible to join. The club provides students with valuable experience, helps them develop many skills, and is a useful tool when building a resume or applying for National Honor Society. (Grades 7, 8)
Join this club to learn about media literacy, integrate current events, journalism, story structure, screenwriting, digital video cameras, shooting and editing with the goal of making their own meaningful movies, documentaries, interviews, advertisements, and news features. (Grades 6,7,8) Students from both Schalmont Middle School and Duanesburg Middle School participate. The class meets twice a week for 10 weeks.
Students in grades 7 and 8 are eligible to try out. Students must have a physical exam and proper paperwork to participate. Sports included are baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. (Grades 7, 8)
NJHS consists of students who are elected by a faculty council, and is based on outstanding scholarship, citizenship, character, leadership, and service. To become eligible, a student must be in Grade 7 or 8 and have a minimum GPA of 3.5. Grades received in grade 6 do count toward the GPA, so be sure to keep your grades up if you want to be considered. (Grades 7, 8)
Sabre Service club helps students develop leadership qualities through experiences in community service. Students have the chance to make a personal contribution to their school, community, and peers. The goal of the club is to build a better world for students and others. Some previous activities include adopting a family, helping at the food pantry, collecting "coats for kids," School Clean-Up Day, volunteering for various elementary school activities, and participating in nursing home visits. The Sabre Service Club meets about once a month. Members also sign up for various service activities throughout the school year. (Grades 6, 7, 8)
Science club provides members the opportunity to participate in a variety of science-related activities. During the 2008-09 school year, some members of the Science Club will prepare for and participate in the Science Olympiad. The Science Olympiad is a statewide interscholastic competition process. Its goals include: improving science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for achievement in science. The Science Olympiad employs the team concept for collaboration and problem solving. (Grades 7, 8)
Members are elected by middle school students to promote and plan school activities, represent the interests of the students to the faculty and administration, and perform a leadership role in the school. The Student Council Officers are all eighth-graders elected by the entire student body. Student Council Representatives are elected from and represent each social studies class. Representatives attend all meetings, collect ideas for council meetings, propose and discuss motions before the student council, report back to their constituents, and undertake an annual fund drive to raise money for the middle school clubs and activities. (Grade 8)
This club is open to seventh- and eighth-graders, but only has a limited number of staff. Students who have worked on the yearbook in previous years are given first consideration. Skills needed to work on the yearbook include: good organization, attention to details and willingness to attend meetings regularly.