Williamstown Middle School 2017-2018 School-Community Involvement Handbook
CLUBS SPORTS ACTIVITIES
INVOLVEMENT IN THE SCHOOL-COMMUNITY IS REQUIRED FOR THE
7TH GRADE NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY APPLICATION PROCESS
INTRODUCTION Williamstown Middle School students are encouraged to participate and get involved in school-community activities. School activities encourage students to view school as a place to learn, socialize with peers, and develop close relationships with others. Activity advisors are encouraged to include service learning projects as part of their extracurricular program.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is important for students to know that possible admission into the National Junior Honor Society requires students to be involved in school-based clubs, school-based sports and/or school-based activities. NJHS applicant consideration will be based on the student’s hours of attendance and participation in these school-based clubs, sports and/or activities. Student participation is reviewed and considered by a faculty council for possible admission into NJHS.
RENAISSANCE Advisors: Mike Spano / Laura Test 5/6 Kathleen Zera / Breanne Baney 7/8
Renaissance is a national program that recognizes and rewards students for excellence in academic performance, character, attendance / lateness, participation in a group activity and exemplary school and community citizenship. Students must apply and be accepted into the Renaissance program. Students are awarded gold, silver, blue, or white cards which entitle them to privileges such as preferential lunch line status, hall pass privileges, discounts at school stores, events, and invitations to Renaissance rallies throughout the year. NOTE: Renaissance is a student recognition program and does not
qualify as a club, sport or activity for NJHS consideration.
Williamstown Middle School Interscholastic Sports 2017-2018 [Tryouts may be required in the event of large enrollments]
Fall Sports Sport:
Co-Ed Cross Country
Julie Betts / Samantha Steiner
Donna Tiernan / Melissa Schwindt
Winter Sports Sport:
Boys’ Basketball Girls’ Basketball
Mike Seidenberg Jon Shields
Maureen Coelho / Christine Vain
Tom McAvoy / Bobby Scalley
Spring Sports Sport:
Track and Field
Samantha Steiner / Julie Betts / Jon Shields
LIST OF CLUB/ACTIVITY ADVISORS 2017-2018 Art Club
Mike Arons / John Tighe
Krystal Kuni / Katie Cosky
Edward Dougherty (5/6) / Lauren Gerelli (7/8)
Mallory Beach/Faith Brody/Kim McBride/ Sandi Ruggiero/Laura Test/Ken VanDyk
Carlos Morris / Sadie Manzo
National Junior Honor Society
Kimberly Morris / Catherine Monahan
Mike Arons / Catherine Monahan
Odyssey of the Mind
Peer Leadership/Rebel 2
Mike Spano / Matt Dempsey
Paul VanHouten / Valencia Nichols
WBNN Morning Announcements
Mike Spano / Matt Dempsey
ART CLUB – The art club is designed for the student who is interested in exploring various types of visual art. Students participating in the art club will have the opportunity to create original designs using paper mache, glass, clay, and other materials. The art club meets after school throughout the school year. Any interested student is eligible to participate in the Art Club. Students should listen to announcements for sign-up information. BAND – Students who participate in the Instrumental Lesson Program, have the opportunity to broaden and further their instrumental educational experience by becoming a member in one of our 3 Bands: 1st year Band (1st Level), 2nd Year Band (2nd Level) or the 7th & 8th Grade Band (3rd Level). The WMS bands perform concerts for the school and community. With the exception of the 1st Year Band, rehearsals begin in September, are held once a week after school and continue throughout the school year. Band members also have the opportunity to attend numerous concerts and field trips throughout the school year. BAND - Students regularly participating in the Instrumental Lesson Program, will have the opportunity to broaden and further their instrumental educational by participating in band. They will be placed in the band best suited for their level of playing ability, regardless of the student’s current grade. For example: If a student in 6th grade is playing at the level of a 3rd Level Band member, they will be invited to participate in that group. There are three bands: 1st Level Band: Half Year Activity primarily for students, regardless of grade, who just started learning how to play one of the band instruments. 2nd Level Band: Full Year Activity typically but not limited to students who are on their second year of instrumental lessons. Additionally, 2nd Level Band members may have large group, instrumental performance experience. 3rd Level Band: Full Year Activity typically but not limited to students who are on their third or fourth year of instrumental lessons. Additionally, 3rd Level Band members have large group, instrumental performance experience. WMS bands will perform in concerts for the school and community. The experienced bands will also attend performance based field trips throughout the school year. BASKETBALL (Girls/Boys) – Basketball is an interscholastic winter sport open to 6, 7 & 8th grade students. All eligible students are encouraged to tryout, however, only a select number of players will be on the team. Prior experience, knowledge and skills relative to the game of basketball are important when considering trying out. Students who participate in this sport will learn and improve upon many different techniques that include, but not limited to, shooting, passing, dribbling, rebounding and important defensive concepts. Throughout the season, student-athletes will play an ultracompetitive schedule against other middle school teams around the area. The main goal is to teach practical fundamentals and skills that are necessary to be successful at the high school level. Practices will be held after school from 3-5pm beginning in December and throughout the season.
RENAISSANCE BRAVES - This is a teacher/parent/student advisory/leadership club. This committee is responsible for organizing and completing projects in the following areas: Student Exchange with NJ Clean Communities, environmental research and community clean-ups. There will be approximately 18 students selected from grades 6-8. There will be approximately one meeting per month, however students will work on projects with their advisors at lunch and after school as needed. BUILDER’S CLUB – The Builder’s Club is a community service organization. The club organizes activities such as sock and glove collections, making cards for sick children or the elderly in homes, and coordinating Thanksgiving food baskets to deserving families in our school population. Students are also Santa’s Helpers and write letters for elementary school classes. All WMS students are welcome to participate. Meetings are one hour after school and continue throughout the school year. CHEERLEADING – Participation in this interscholastic winter sport is open to all 6, 7, & 8th grade students. Cheerleading will provide students the opportunity to perform at various school events. Students who are thinking about participating in this physical activity will learn/perform different cheers, dances and jumps in front of spectators to show school spirit and support for school teams. Winter Cheer runs from December until February. Practices/Meetings: TBD CHORUS – Fifth Grade Chorus is open to all fifth graders. Interested students must complete an application which will be distributed at the first music class of the school year. Chorus rehearsals are held once a week after school. Students participating in chorus will perform in concerts. Any sixth, seventh, or eighth grade student may sign up for chorus. Rehearsals are once a week after school on Tuesdays. Any interested students should see Mrs. Gerelli during homeroom in room E104. Students will participate in a Winter and Spring Concert as well as attend the annual High Note Festival. CO-ED CROSS COUNTRY – Athletes in grades 6-8 are welcome to participate in this interscholastic Fall Cross Country Sport. It is our goal that athletes on the Cross Country team are students first and foremost. The Cross Country team members should take great pride in class work, as well as, on the Cross Country trails. The aim is to produce a team that is both respectful and well respected. By being part of this team, each individual’s potential, self-esteem, and confidence will be developed. In turn, each individual will grow as a result of his/her experience with the Cross Country team. Runners are expected to take pride in their sport and to show dedication to our sport through their ability to follow directions, attendance, and attitude. All athletes are also expected to adhere to the interscholastic agreement/contract. Open to all 6, 7 & 8th grade students. Practices will be held daily during the fall season and meets are TBA.
ENVIRONMENTAL/RECYCLING CLUB - Students will meet after school once a week for environmental club, also called S. A. V. E.; Students against Violating the Environment. This activity is a combination of service and academic work focusing on environmental issues in our community. Students will study issues and work on solutions. Community partners include Monroe Township Clean Communities, South Jersey Land and Water Trust, NJ Field Office of US Fish and Wildlife Service, and Monroe Municipal Utility Authority. Also, guest speakers will be invited in throughout the school year to engage the students in current topics of environmental careers. FIELD HOCKEY – Field hockey is an inter-scholastic sport and will run from September to October. If you’re looking to have fun outdoors and get in shape at the same time, field hockey is definitely the sport for you! Playing field hockey is an intensive cardiovascular workout that requires constant movement, including walking, jogging and high –intensity sprints. The game works the arms, legs, hips, thighs, glutes and abdominals. Field Hockey players generally have superior endurance, hand-eye coordination, agility and overall strength. A late bus will NOT BE AVAILABLE for these players. All equipment for field hockey will be supplied by the school with the exception of footwear. Players need to be sure to complete all necessary forms and get a physical prior to participating. Game schedule TBA. THE MAKER’S GUILD – The Maker’s Guild is for students who are interested in computers, technology and how things work. Do you like to take things apart to see what makes them tick? Do you wish you could re-design something to make it better? Then the Maker’s Guild is for you! We will take on projects such as custom computer builds, industrial design, 3D printing and CAD programming and electronic DIY projects. If you like to make things and want to take your abilities to the next level then the Maker’s Guild is for you! MATH COUNTS - Math Counts is an academic club that is ideal for students who have a talent and passion for math who want to be challenged. We will build on current mathematic skills through problem solving activities. Students will engage in exciting, “beestyle” contests in which they will compete against and alongside other bright, motivated students. All grades are welcome but only grades 68 are eligible to compete. MULTI-CULTURAL CLUB – The purpose of the Multi-Cultural Club is to increase student awareness of other cultures and to help them understand the richness and diversity of other ways of life. The students will learn about other cultures from guest speakers, community service projects, and field trips. Students are responsible for displays and announcements associated with the club. Any WMS student may participate. NEWSPAPER – Newspaper Club is open to students in all grades who enjoy writing. Potential newspaper members should be creative writers who are self-initiated. Four issues are printed and distributed to the entire student body per year. Beginning in September, meetings are held three times a month for one hour after school. Students should listen for announcements in September as to where and when to pick up permission slips and where to return them.
PEER LEADERSHIP/REBEL 2– Student Leadership members are selected to participate based upon their leadership qualities. They will be trained to develop skills necessary for drug prevention and group leadership skills. Students will present programs designed to educate students on drug and tobacco use and bullying among other students. This is a year round activity. Meetings are held at least once a month. PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (ORCHESTRA/PERCUSSION) – WMS existing percussion students may be invited to perform in the percussion ensemble. This select group explores various types of percussion music and experiments with different methods of creating percussive sounds. Students meet after school weekly. Percussion ensemble members will have the opportunity to participate in school concerts and possibly attend field trips. PLAY/DRAMA CLUB – The students at WMS present one Musical Theater production each spring. Any interested student may audition for a part in the play during the first week in January. Listen to morning announcements to find out when and where auditions will be held. Three after-school rehearsals (until 5: 00 PM) are scheduled weekly until the last week of rehearsal. There are some Saturday rehearsals. The last week of rehearsal and performances are more time intensive, as students are needed from 3:00 pm until 9:00 pm. There are four performances of the play (Thursday (for the district’s 4th grade classes), Friday, Saturday evening and a Saturday matinee). Drama Club also hosts an “Evening of Monologues”. This program is available to all 8th grade students in the Drama Club. Students and Mr. Van Dyk meet for one rehearsal a week for 4 weeks and then these students perform two, two minute monologues, one comedic and one dramatic. Throughout the rehearsal process students assess and critique each other’s work in a positive way to help improve each student’s performance. ROBOTICS -The Monroe Township Robotics club is open to all 7th through 12th grade students. Students who show interest in this club will have opportunities to learn about 3D printing and Design, Digital fabrication, coding in Java, advanced robotics creation and other related topics. The Robotics club is an introduction to robotics for competition and serves as a source for the official US First, FTC Robotics Competitive Team. Students who participate in the Robotics Club with integrity, drive, self-motivation, creative thinking, and gracious perfectionism will be considered for the competition team of a maximum of 15 students mixed with high school students. Students who are chosen for the competition team will compete with and against other teams, worldwide, in a sports model where they will design, build, program, and operate robots of their own design to play a floor game in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles,
while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas. Interested 7th and 8th grade students can apply for the club and share interest in the competition team at the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/mQWvSJt78rzNLM3J2 STAGE CREW – The stage crew is a small group of students in grades 68. An announcement will be made in the fall indicating sign-ups for those students who are interested in behind the scenes theatre. Interested students are evaluated by the advisor. Stage crew members must maintain a “B” average in all academic and related arts subjects. STUDENT COUNCIL – Student Council officers will be elected by Student Council at the end of the year. Homeroom representatives will have to apply and be voted on in next year’s homerooms after their applications are approved. Only one representative per homeroom. Student Council is a year round activity for any student who is elected through the democratic process. Students who are elected to student council will help organize and administer various school and community-oriented events. Meetings are held once a month, and attendance at these meetings is closely monitored. TRACK AND FIELD – Track and Field is an interscholastic spring sport open to all 6th-8th grade students at WMS. Track and Field is a sport which involves various running and field events, including short and long distance running events, long jump, discus, and shot put. Students will be taught the running, jumping, and throwing techniques/skills related to these events throughout the season. Students will compete against other nearby schools at home and away meets, as well as participate in various invitationals and relays. It is our goal that athletes on the Track and Field team not only improve their individual abilities as athletes, but also learn the importance of being a member of a team. Students are expected to represent WMS by demonstrating the utmost respect and good sportsmanship with their coaches, teammates, and opposing schools. All athletes are expected to adhere to the interscholastic agreement. A mandatory pre-season meeting will be held in the winter for all athletes. Practice and meeting dates TBD. VOLLEYBALL (INTRAMURAL) - Students are given the opportunity to participate in four Intramural Volleyball time periods/”seasons” during the course of a school year. Each time period consists of individual sessions that take place over the course of two months. Each time period/season consists of 10-12 individual sessions that last between 90-120 minutes. At the end of 1 season, a student has had an opportunity to play nearly 15 hours of volleyball. If a student were to participate in all 4 seasons, they would accumulate nearly 60 hours of volleyball play. The first time period for Intramural Volleyball is held during September and October and takes place at Williamstown High School in the gymnasium at the conclusion of the Williamstown High School Girls’ Volleyball home matches. These sessions run from 5:30-7:30 and are open to any interested 7th or 8th grade student.
The second “season” of WMS Volleyball takes place during the months of January and February. These sessions take place in either the WMS 5/6 gymnasium or the 7/8 gymnasium. This “season” is taking place at the same time that the WMS Interscholastic Basketball teams are performing. When either our boys’ team or our girls’ team has an away game, the Intramural Volleyball group will use the open gymnasium. This season of volleyball is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade WMS students. Individual sessions take place from 2:50 – 4:25 The third Intramural Volleyball season is held during the months of March and April. At this point, all WMS students are welcome to participate and all sessions are held in the 7/8 gymnasium from 2:50 – 4:25. The fourth and final opportunity for WMS students to participate in Intramural Volleyball is held during May and June after school from 2:50 – 4:25 and it is again open to all WMS students regardless of grade level. These sessions are held in the 5/6 gymnasium. WBNN MORNING ANNOUCEMENTS/AV- The WMS AV club is open to 5th through 8th grade students. Each grade level will have their own set of responsibilities and contribution level to the live morning announcements production. The WBNN Morning Announcements Team is open only to 8th grade students and are selected from students who are in the AV club. AV club and WBNN Announcement Team members will have the opportunity to create their own content on a weekly and daily basis while covering various school events to share on the morning announcements. In addition, 8th grade members will develop the Williamstown Braves Network News (WBNN) Live production each morning both in front of the camera as well as behind the scenes managing studio equipment. WEIGHTLIFTING- This program is an after school activity, open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at WMS. It is scheduled 3:00 – 4:00pm Tue, Wed & Thur. Our goal is to introduce the middle school students to age- and developmentally-appropriate strength training exercises. The work outs include circuit style resistance training, cardio endurance exercises, and flexibility drills. Students receive instruction on how to safely and properly use the equipment in the weight room. WRESTLING- Wrestling at WMS is an interscholastic winter sport open to all 6, 7, & 8th grade students. Wrestling is based on these attributes: effort, technique, intelligence, strength, and quickness. Practices are structured to allow every participant the opportunity to further develop their technique, tactics, flexibility, stamina, strength, etc. Physical competitions occur among two partners who attempt to gain and maintain a superior position. All rules and wrestling techniques are taught in detail. Our goal is to help each athlete maximize their strengths while minimizes their weaknesses. YEARBOOK – The Yearbook is an activity that continues throughout the school year. A final yearbook of more than 100 pages is published. In September, students should listen for an announcement to sign up. Yearbook is only open to 7th and 8th grade students.
WILLIAMSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY (7th and 8th Grade Only)
Advisors: Kimberly Morris and Catherine Monahan Students become eligible for National Junior Honor Society based on attaining a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 93% or higher at the end of 6th grade, and after the second marking period in 7th grade, and maintain that average for the remainder of the school year. Eligible students receive applications for entry into the National Junior Honor Society in February. The five principles of National Junior Honor Society are Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Character and Service. Students must actively and consistently demonstrate all of the aforementioned principles and be able to provide evidence when they submit their applications. Students must be involved in school-based club(s), school-based sports and/or school-based activities during the school year. Club/sport/activity participation and attendance will be evaluated during the application process. Applications are reviewed and students are selected for membership by a faculty panel. Inductions are held in late April/early May. Students who are not selected for National Junior Honor Society in 7th grade and meet the above criteria in 8th grade may apply for admission into National Junior Honor Society in grade 8. Students inducted in 7th grade are consistently reevaluated for continuation in the program in grade 8.
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY PLEDGE I pledge myself to uphold the high purposes of the National Junior Honor Society to which I have been selected. I pledge to maintain high scholastic standing while I strive to be a model student at all times. I pledge to hold as fundamental and worthy an untarnished character, to endeavor intelligently and courageously to be a leader and good citizen, and to give myself freely in service to others. I will be loyal to my school; and
WILLIAMSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL Sports, Club and Activity Tiering For NJHS Requirements
Students who are anticipating on being eligible to apply for the WMS National Junior Honor Society must demonstrate that they are active citizens within their school community. An active citizen is one who regularly attends, participates and makes meaningful contributions to their school community through their school sport, club or activity. This student should represent the school community in a positive manner at all times. WMS sports/clubs/activities have been evaluated and tiered based on the amount of hours spent by the student representing and contributing to our school community. TIER ONE sports/club/activities are those that require the students to represent the school community beyond after-school meetings. These students often dedicate many hours for practice/participation for games/competitions after school and/or on Saturdays. TIER TWO activities are those that require meeting attendance and minimal participation beyond school hours. Students who are desirous of being considered for NJHS MUST participate in AT LEAST ONE Tier I activity or TWO Tier II activities. ONLY WMS SPORTS/CLUBS/ACTIVITIES will be accepted as the school-community participation requirement for the NJHS application process.
Tier I Activities Cheerleading
Co-Ed Cross Country
Odyssey of the Mind
Track and Field
Tier II Activities Art Club
Weight Training Club
Be the Change Team
Note: Renaissance is a recognition program and not an activity, club or sport. Students may note their participation in Renaissance in the scholarship section of their application essay.