Wellesley Middle School After School Activities 2017-2018
WMS Activity Clubs are offered:
- To further support the academic, social, and emotional needs of children in extension of their school
- To meet student interests in areas other than those emphasized during the school day.
- To provide an opportunity for teachers to share a special talent or skill they have with students, aside
from what they typically focus on during the school day.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, WMS is offering a variety of different clubs and activities. Activity clubs are organized to address interests in culture, technology, the arts, community service and health/fitness. Activity clubs typically meet once a week from October through May. The activity club advisor will confirm specific dates during the club’s first meeting. Students are encouraged to participate in multiple clubs throughout the year.
In order to participate in the after-school activities, students must present an activity card.
These cards can be purchased online through the WMS website. Go to the WMS website, then to “fee payment” and then to “MS/HS activity fees.” The cost of the card is $150.00.
We look forward to your active participation and hope you enjoy the activities.
Art Journal Club
Advisor: Ms. Lau (Room )
An art journal combines visual imagery with the written word. It is a powerful tool for personal reflection, self-expression, and creative exploration. Each week students will be challenged to respond to an engaging prompt through the use of a variety of art materials and techniques. Students of all artistic abilities will find success with this versatile medium.
Advisors: Ms. Egan & Ms. Venditto (Faculty Dining Room)
Wednesdays: 2:35-3:20 pm, twice a month
Best Buddies is a friendship club that promotes inclusion of all types of students. We have many fun activities focusing on teambuilding and friendship development. Activities include arts & crafts, sports games, movie/ holiday parties. We also participate in Best Buddies sponsored activities such as the Milton 5K and Celtics night. Our chapter members have the opportunity to join the inclusion revolution
Chinese Culture Club
Advisor: Ms. Zhou (Room 249)
Thursday 2:35-3:20 pm, twice a month and more frequently in January and February in preparation for the Chinese New Year celebration for all of WMS.
Introduce Chinese Culture through hands-on activities such as calligraphy, ink painting, games, dance, and cooking. Topics include Chinese art, history, traditions, holidays and cuisines.
Community Service Club
Advisors: Ms. Reusse ( Room Library)
Wednesday: 2:35-3:20 pm (twice a month)
Do you enjoy helping others? Do you want to make a difference at WMS and beyond? The community club is a student-led organization that will explore ways to meaningfully contribute to our school and its surrounding neighborhood. Possible activities include: supporting a local charity, volunteering at a local organization, or helping make WMS even more welcoming to our community.
Community Chorus /Junior District Prep Choir/WMS Song Lab
Advisor: Ms Connors (Room 400)
Each of the three choirs serves a different purpose: Community Chorus meets October-December, preparing holiday music for performances at local holiday events and local retirement communities. The Junior District Prep Chorus meets January-February. The early part of this chorus prepares singers for successful auditions for the MMEA Eastern District Junior Choir. After auditions, students then work to learn festival songs. WMS Song Lab meets March-June and is basically a student-driven jam session. All instrumentalists and singers are welcomed. We make a list of songs we’d like to play and choose which instruments we’d like to learn (keyboard, guitar, ukulele, and percussion are available.) At each meeting, there is a bit of practice time and then we record a performance of the chosen song.
Advisor: Sandy Bogage ( Room 308)
Wednesday: 2:30-3:30 pm
The WMS Community Garden was built by student members of the WMS Green Team, and the purpose of this club is to maintain the garden and promote a healthy, green environment throughout the year. During the winter months, the WMS Community Garden will also take on other “green” initiatives throughout the WMS School Community.
GSA (Gay/ Straight Alliance)
Advisors: Ms. Bennett & Ms. Hannon
Tuesdays during all 3 lunches
We strive to create an inclusive environment at WMS for all, especially Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Allied students. We also aim to educate the community about issues facing LGBQT+.
Advisor: Ms. Cohen (Room 325)
During Improv Club, students learn and play improv theatre games. The club would be open to all grades. Improv helps students get out of their shells and build confidence. It also builds teamwork as students rely on each other in scenes.
Advisor: Mr. Johnson (Room varies depending on activity selected)
Join us for a variety of fun sports.
Advisor: Mr. Bogage (Room 308)
From October through February, we will spend time preparing for the”Math Counts” competition in Boston. Club members can compete individually or as a group against other schools. This is a great club to challenge your mathematical thinking and stretch your mind by working on difficult problem-solving questions. This year we will also be competing in the IMLEM Competition Series.
Advisor: Alison Rogers (Room 225)
Connect with other students and develop relaxation skills and artistic techniques using mindful coloring.
Advisor: Ms. Connor (Room 321)
The Robotics Club is a place for students to explore the concepts behind robotic devices using Lego parts. It is an opportunity for students to learn or further develop programming and/or mechanical design skills using Legos. Eighth-grade students that are taking the Robotics elective can use this time to work on their projects, if necessary.
Rubik’s Cube Club
Advisor: Ms. Connor (Room 321)
Learn to solve the Rubik’s cube! Improve your problem-solving skills and team building. Practice following directions, perseverance resilience, and having a growth mindset. Improve your solving time, create cube “mosaics” and learn more about team competitions held across the state.
SEW Electric Computer Club
Advisor: Mr. Wagner (Room 244)
Sew-electric! It’s so cool. This is an introduction to the world of electronic fabrics. In this club you will work on drawing, sewing, making electric circuits, and programming computers. You don’t want to miss this experience.
Advisor: Ms. Longley-Cook (Room 101) & Ms. Derian ( Room 103)
As science to an “Olympic” degree, the 23 events of Science Olympiad range from Bottle Rocket to Wheeler Vehicle. Reach for the Stars to Anatomy, Crime Busters to Experimental Design. Two optional practices will be on Saturdays. The State meet will be March 5, 2017.
S.T.A.R.S. (Students Talking About Race Skillfully)
Advisors: Mr. Chute (Room 234) Mr. Craft (Room 310-3) Ms. Hannon (Room 115)
Wednesdays: 2:30-3:30 pm
The goal of S.T.A.R.S. are to engage and educate students through a culturally responsive pedagogy. This will include discussions and activities related to issues and challenges involving stereotypes, race, tolerance, cultural differences, and diversity in Wellesley, the United States, and beyond. The club also aims to proactively celebrate diversity, positivity, and growth both at WMS and within the larger community and country. Students will learn more about themselves, their individual perspectives, and the range of attitudes that make our country a gigantic melting pot of ideas. We want to create an atmosphere of trust in order to promote engagement and open communication about difficult topics. We believe that now more than ever students need to have as many chances to safely express themselves about issues of race, tolerance, and cultural diversity.
Sound and Light Club (Tech Crew)
Advisor: Ms. Marquedant ( Room 319) & Ms. Greenawalt (Room 219)
The club will coach and prepare participating Latino and African-American WMS students to enter the 2nd annual Middle School Tenacity Challenge, an annual academic competition for teams of 7th and 8th grade Latino and African-American students from urban and suburban middle schools across Massachusetts. We fielded a team last year and hope to add more teams this year.
Video Game & Card Club
Advisor: Ms. Sharpe (Room 241)
If you like portable video games, strategic card games like Magic: The Gathering or Yu-gi-oh or Scrabble then this is a great club for you. With parent permission, participants can bring Nintendo DS or other game systems to play games with peers. Please note that school computers are not available for use for games.
Advisor: Ms. Wheeler (Room 333)
Provide an opportunity for students to advance their ukulele skills in large and small ensemble settings, and perform in front of their peers.
Advisors: Dr. Peltier (Room 311) & Ms. Marquedant (Room 319)
Join the Yearbook Club to be involved in the creation of the 2017-2018 WMS Yearbook. We are looking for students who enjoy taking photos and creating pages. Students from all grades are welcome and access to a camera or a phone with a camera is helpful but not necessary.