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AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES


 

Maplewood Middle School is committed to educating the whole child.  With the support of the school district, the Home School Association and various community organizations, MMS provides a wide variety of after school activities in order to broaden students’ academic, artistic, athletic and social and emotional development.   All activities are open to all students.  Most are offered free of charge.

 

Details about Club meeting dates and times are provided to students via the Morning Announcements and notices posted around the school. 


 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Teachers are available in their classrooms everyday from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m.  No appointments are needed.

 

 

ADVENTURERS CLUB

During Adventurers Club, students will role-play as a famous adventurer racing through mysterious fantasy realms.  They will gain and use knowledge of mythology, history and geography to outwit mystical opponents, solve ancient puzzles, avoid dangerous traps, and ultimately gain the powers needed to save the universe.

 

Adventurers Club is led by sixth-grade social studies teacher Richard Palmgren.  It meets Thursdays and Fridays and is supported by Youthnet.



BOOK CLUB

Book Club is for students who love to read and discuss books. 

 

Book Club is led by sxith-grade language arts teacher Maureen O'Sullivan.  It meets Thursday and is sponsored by Youthnet.

 

 

CHESS CLUB

The Chess Club is led by Ms. Thompson.  It meets Wednesdays in the Library and is sponsored by Youthnet.

 

 

 

CROSS COUNTRY

Cross-Country is a intramural sport. The team will compete in the Greater Morris County Junior School Coaches Association League.  

 

Cross Country is led by sixth grade language arts teacher Charles Schneekloth.  Team practices are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


 

 

 

ECOLOGY CLUB

During Ecology Club, students will learn to identify flora and fauna, identify plants by leaves (and trees and bark by silhouettes), collect bugs and spy on small mammals and birds.

 

The Ecology Club is led by sixth-grade science teacher Mark TerenziIt meets Mondays and is sponsored by Youthnet.


 

FANTASY FOOTBALL

Draft your team, talk sports and strategy as you see how your team does as the season unfolds.

 

Fantasy Football is led by special education teacher Roert Schmidt.  It meets Fridays and is sponsored by Youthnet.

 

 

HOMEWORK HELP

Homework Help is provided on a drop-in basis by The Hub Monday through Thursdays, from 2:45- 4 p.m. in Room 170A.  Participating students may earn special prizes and participate in raffles and parties that recognize academic achievement. 

 

 

THE HUB

The HUB’s after school program offers supervised drop-in recreational activities, life skills training, positive prevention groups, academic support and homework help as well as individual and family counseling (by appointment.)

 

After school recreational activities include video games, board games, ping pong, foosball, crafts and other activities. 

 

All services and events provided by The HUB are offered to all MMS students free of charge.   The HUB is operated by FAMILYConnections, in collaboration with MMS staff and with ongoing funding from the NJ State Department of Children and Families. 

 

For more information, call the The HUB’s site manager at cwarner@familyconnectionsnj.org or (973) 378-7660, x3175.

 

The Hub

 

 

JAZZ LAB-6

Jazz Lab- 6 is open to all sixth-grade students, including those who take private lessons on “non-band” instruments, such as guitar, bass guitar or keyboards.  Activities will include improvisation, jazz theory and jazz combo performances.

 

Jazz Lab is led by instrumental music teacher Chris Balas.  It is offered in the spring and is supported by Youthnet.

 

 

JAZZ LAB- 7/8

Jazz Lab- 7/8 is open to all seventh and eighth-grade students, including those who take private lessons on “non-band” instruments, such as guitar, bass guitar or keyboards.  Activities will include improvisation, jazz theory and jazz combo performances.

 

Jazz Lab is led by instrumental music teacher Chris Balas.  It is offered in the spring and is supported by Youthnet.

 

 

KNITTING

Students will learn and practice different methods of knitting and crocheting.  They will be able to complete a project, such as a hat, a scarf, or a pair of mittens.

 

Knitting & Crocheting is led by special education teacher Erin Murphy.  It meets Thursdays and is sponsored by Youthnet.



MATH COUNTS

Math Counts is a national competition program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging "bee" style contests.


Math Counts is led by math teacher Julie Skirvanic and meets Thursdays.  It is a fee based club and costs $200.  Financial assistance is available.



MEDIA CENTER

The Media Center (Library) is open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:15 to 5:15 for student use.

 


MLK CLUB

The MLK Club is designed to promote the importance and value of diversity to the student body through events and discussions. Its most important activity is the yearly MLK march, a silent march through Maplewood village that honors Martin Luther King's nonviolent movement for peace and equality.

MLK Club is led by special education teachers Ryann Varney and Meredith Roig.  It is sponsored by the school district.  


MMS IDOL

Sponsored by the Student Council, dozens of talented students compete every spring in MMS' version of American Idol.  Student Council members serve as judges during the initial round of tryouts.  Teachers and other staff members are the judges during the final competition.  MMS Idol is open to all students.  



MMS Movie Critics

Watch and discuss the classics and more.


Movie Critics Club is led by sixth-grade social studies teacher Toi Jackson.  It meets Fridays and is sponsored by Youthnet.

 

 

 

MMS PLUS EXTENDED ENRICHEMENT PROGRAM

MMS Plus Extended Enrichment is a fee-based program. Participating students will be able to attend the MMS PLUS clubs and receive homework help from an MMS teacher before they go home. A snack will be provided.  It begins at dismissal and ends at 6:00 p.m.

 

Costs are: 5days @$210/mo., 4days @$195/mo. or 3days @$165/mo.

 

For more information please contact Youthnet at (973) 763-6371 or email youthnetplus@gmail.com.



MODEL UN

During Model UN, students will explore current World Issues.  They will draft resolutions, plot strategy and negotiate with allies as well as adversaries. 


Model UN is led by special education teacher Marc Gold and eighth-grade language arts teacher Susan Barry and meets Thursdays.  It is a fee based club and costs $200.  Financial assistance is available.   


MURAL CLUB

Mural Club students will help to improve the look and feel of the school by painting pictures and phrases on the walls of MMS. 


Mural Club is led by physical education teacher Marguerite Dempsey
It meets Mondays and Wednesdays in the Gym and is sponsored by Youthnet.



NATIONAL HISTORY DAY

National History Day makes history come alive for students by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural and social experiences of the past through hands-on experiences and presentations.  Students choose a historical topic and conduct research, analyze and interpret their sources and draw conclusions.  They present their work as a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a website.


National History Day is led by seventh-grade social studies teacher Kate Mattson and meets Wednesdays.  It is a fee based club and costs $200.  Financial assistance is available.



NEWSPAPER

The online school newspaper is run by sixth-grade language arts teacher Ryan O'Dell.  Please contact Mr. O'Dell for meetings dates and times or for more information.

MMS World

 

 

ONLINE COURSES

World Language and Survey & Career Exploration Courses are being offered for the Fall semester.  For more information, go to:
http://www.educere.net/myCourses.asp?pageID=2744.1030


There is a $100 fee for online courses.  Financial assistance is available.



OPEN GYM

The gym is open every day for basketball and other sports.  Supervision is provided by the Maplewood Recreation Department.

 

Open Gym is held everyday from 2:45 to 5:30 and is sponsored by The HUB.


 


SPANISH CLUB

Practice Spanish in fun ways by participating in activity-based projects.

 

Spanish Club is led by Senora Seltzer.  It meets Wednesdays and is supported by Youthnet.

 

 

 

SCHOOL MUSICAL

MMS’ Musical is the school’s most popular after school activity.  Each year, approximately two hundred students participate either as performers or stage crew. Performances will be held on February 10-12.

 

The school musical is led by sixth-grade language arts teacher Maureen O’Sullivan, music teacher Regina Bradshaw and choreographer Deb Jacoby. The Musical is supported by the school district.


SPELLING BEE 
MMS will be participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Program.  Participating students will develop knowledge of word origins and spelling rules and will participate in a school wide spelling bee.  The winner of the spelling bee will represent MMS at the North New Jersey Semi-Final Competition in March.  

The Spelling Bee Club is led by ELL teacher Katie Simpson.  It is supported by Youthnet.  


 

STAGE CREW

Stage Crew Club is for students who want to work behind the scenes.  Its members provide support for the annual School Musical.  Students are involved in the design, construction and painting of sets.  During rehearsals and performances, Stage Crew members change sets, manage props and are in charge of special effects.

 

 

STAY LATE AND CREATE

Stay Late and Create welcomes students who enjoy creating works of art in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Stay Late and Create is led by art teachers Michelle Riesman and Mary McCourt and is held in the Art Room.  It meets Thursdays and is sponsored by Youthnet.

 

 

STUDENT COUNCIL

Student Council members are elected by the student body to promote and plan school activities, represent the interests of students to faculty and administration, and to perform a leadership role in the school.  The Student Council also sponsors MMS Idol.

 

The Student Council is led by sixth-grade social studies teacher Richard Palmgreen and sixth-grade language arts teacher Maureen O'Sullivan and is supported by the school district.

 

 

SUB FORCE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

Students will learn techniques used in mixed martial arts competitions.  This fall will focus on grappling.

 

Sub Force MMA is led by sixth-grade social studies teacher Ray Mantes.  It meets Mondays and is supported by Youthnet.

 

 

 

TECH ZONE

Tech Zone meets in the lower level of the Maplewood Library.  At Tech Zone, students can play board and video games, get help with their homework, use free laptops or just hang out with their friends. 

 

Tech Zone is led by Mr. Schmidt and meets Thursdays.  It is sponsored by Youthnet.

 

 

WAFFLES IN THE MORNING

Waffles in the Morning produces and presents the daily Morning Announcements that are broadcast in all classrooms. Any student can sign up to participate as an anchor or a cameraman for a two-week period.

 

Waffles in the Morning is led by Spanish teacher Miguel Pena.  It meets Monday-Friday at 8 a.m. and is supported by Youthnet.

 

 

YEARBOOK

Yearbook Club members collect and organize pictures which chronicle the events and activities that took place during the school year.  Skills needed to work on the Yearbook include good organization, attention to details, accurate word processing and willingness to attend meetings regularly.

 

The Yearbook Club is led by special education teacher Erin Murphy and is supported by the school district. 


 

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

If you need to request financial assistance for a fee-based club or an online class, please contact Ms. Giladi at bgiladi@somsd.k12.nj.us  or (973)378-7660, ext. 3032.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


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