T/E Middle School Clubs and Activities
Academic Competition (grades 7 and 8) Sponsors- Mrs. Ferenchick (8) and Mr. Erwin (7)
Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition open to 7th and 8th grade students at TEMS. Tryout for the teams occur during the month of January. Each grade will take a single team of 8 students. Teams will practice on a weekly basis from January until the competition at the end of April. The competition, sponsored by the Chester Count Intermediate Unit, includes up to 33 local middle school teams. This is a wonderful opportunity for any student interested in trivia or Jeopardy.
Meeting days/times TBD
After School Intramurals (grades 5 and 6 ONLY) Coordinator- Mrs. D’Angelo
After school sports is a time where students can engage in sports/activities that promote sportsmanship, self-direction and collaboration. It takes place outside on the fields and in the large gym during inclement weather. After school sports begins at 2:40 and ends at 3:10 in the large gym.
Monday-Thursday from 2:40-3:10
Art Club (grades 5 through 8) Sponsor- Mrs. Flint
Students work on long term fine arts projects. This is a studio based club where students develop fine arts skills in many different mediums; such as clay, acrylic, pastel, sculpting, metals and drawing. Parents and visiting artists will be presenting their unique works and mediums for us to try also (i.e. batik, print making). Please contact Khara Flint (email@example.com) if you have questions or if you have an art or craft skill to share!
Wednesday from 2:40-4:00;
Gr. 5/6 and gr. 7/8 alternating weeks (see permission slip for specifics)
Buddy Games (grades 5 through 8) Sponsor- Ms. Turner
This club follows the “Best Buddies International” model- interact, socialize, play board games, and have fun in a welcoming environment.
Wednesday from 2:33 to 3:15 in Rm. 153
Bulldog Ambassadors (grades 7 and 8) Coordinator- Ms. Wilson
The T/E Middle School Bulldog Ambassador Program is comprised of selected 7th and 8th grade students who participate in various school and community projects. Our Ambassadors are available to assist parents during Curriculum Night and Parent Conferences. Ambassadors mentor new students and help them to adapt to our school. In the spring, the Ambassadors take the 4th grade elementary school students through a tour of our building during their move up day. Then, in September, the Ambassadors assist the 5th graders in the halls. Ambassadors are also trained in peer mediation and may be called upon to help students resolve their differences.
Dance Club (girls in grades 5 through 8) Sponsor- Ms. Seymour
This club is for girls who would like to share their interest in dance. Dancers may choreograph their own dance as well as learn a pre-choreographed dance. Dancers do not need to have any experience to participate.
Thursday 2:40-3:10 in Rm. 208
Helping Hands (grades 5 through 8) Sponsor- Ms. Seymour
Helping Hands is a community service club that serves the T/E Middle School community as well as neighboring areas. Example activities are writing cards to soldiers, planting flowers, cleaning the courtyard or visiting students at the Timothy School. Students may participate when their schedules permit. Activities are held throughout the year. 2:40 to 3:10 in room 208.
Monday 2:40-3:10 in Rm. 208. Meeting dates will vary
Jr. Model U.N. (grades 6 through 8) Sponsors- Ms. Elshakhs and Mr. Bryant
This club gives students an opportunity to learn about international relations and global issues, while teaching them skills in researching, writing, public speaking, and diplomacy. Members will have the opportunity to meet students from other schools in the Greater Philadelphia area during 3 different conference field trips in Philadelphia. The club is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
Tuesday 2:40 to 3:30 in Rm. 211. Bi-weekly during 1st semester, then weekly 2nd semester.
Maintenance Monday (grades 5 through 8) Sponsor- Mrs. Galella
Maintenance Monday is oriented toward helping students with the organization of their materials and assignments. Students meet Mrs. Galella in the Library on Monday afternoons from 2:35-3:10 to receive help organizing binders/lockers/backpacks and using their assignment books to plan out upcoming work or keep track of missing assignments. Students may attend on an as-needed basis.
Monday 2:35 to 3:10 in the Library
Mathcounts (grades 6 through 8) Sponsors- Mrs. Stehouwer and Mrs. Patek
The 7th and 8th grade Mathcounts Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch/activity. Students work on problem solving strategies and skills. Suring the month of November, the school competition is held to determine the 10 students who will compete in the county competition in February. The winning team from the county advances to the state competition held in April.
Mathcounts for sixth grade is a math competition team in which students will compete in groups of four at a one-time county competition. The competition will be on a Saturday in March. Practices will take place November through March for any interested students. Practice will be before or after school and will be determined by student availability.
Gr. 7 & 8- Tuesday & Thursday during lunch/activity in Rm. 150
Gr. 6- Dates and times TBD
Musical Theater (grades 7 and 8) Sponsor- Mrs. Bortz
The musical theater group includes 7th and 8th grade students that participate in all aspects of this year’s musical production. Students may choose to audition for the cast, or join the production stage crew, which will handle scene changes of set pieces and props. Students may also opt to assist in other areas of the production process, including set and prop building/creation, painting, and costuming.
Music Groups (grades 5 through 8) Teachers- Mrs. Gyza, Mr. Ducassoux, and Mr. Seaton
TE Middle School offers a variety of music opportunities for students, including 5 Band, 6 Band, 7/8 Band, 5/6 String Orchestra, 7/8 Orchestra, 5 Chorus, 6 Chorus, 7/8 Chorus, 7/8 Cantabile, Jazz Band, and Jazz Ensemble. Students are invited to participate in multiple ensembles, if they desire.
Ensemble rehearsals for 7th and 8th grade students take place before school, from 7:15 AM to 7:45 AM, while ensemble rehearsals for 5th and 6th grade students take place after school, from 2:35 PM to 3:10 PM. Students in Band, Orchestra, and Chorus have one small group sectional rehearsal each week in addition to the full-ensemble rehearsal. Band and Orchestra sectionals take place during the school day on a rotating schedule, and Chorus sectionals take place during students’ scheduled activity period.
7/8 Orchestra 7:15-7:45 am 7/8 Chorus 7:15-7:45 am
5/6 Orchestra 2:33-3:10 Jazz Band 2:33-3:10
7/8 Band 7:15-7:45 am
5 Band 2:33-3:10
6 Chorus 2:33-3:10
7/8 Chorus 7:15-7:45 am
5 Chorus 2:33-3:10
6 Band 2:33-3:10
Reading Olympics (grades 5 through 8) Sponsor- Mrs. Jacobs
Reading Olympics Club provides an opportunity for students in grades 5 through 8, who enjoy reading, to meet every other week. Students will read books in teams and represent T/E Middle in a county-wide competition where they will answer questions about the books they have read.
Meeting days/times TBD
Running Club (grades 6 through 8) Sponsors- Mrs. Houghton and Mrs. Riggs
Running Club meets 3 days per week- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The runners will be divided into pace groups. Runs will take place in local neighborhoods, on T/E fields and/or the Conestoga track. We will also focus on stretching and general conditioning. Some club objectives are learn about the sport of running; improve ability; share in the camaraderie of the sport; complete a T/E 5K; complete a local 5K race (optional). 2:40 to 3:45 in room 214.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:45-3:45 in Rm. 214
Science Olympiad (grades 5 through 8) Sponsors- Ms. Crum and Mr. Roberts
Science Olympiad is a year-long extracurricular club dedicated to increasing students' interest in science, improving scientific reasoning, and developing thought process through lab, test, and building activities. It requires teamwork, dedication, and commitment to weekly meetings as well as working on events outside of school. The club is for 5th through 8th graders; however, due to Division B State guidelines, only 6th through 8th graders are able to compete in competitions.
Tuesday/Thursday (may vary by week) after school 2:40-4:00 in Rm. 122
Sewing Club (grades 7 and 8) Sponsor- Mrs. Bortz
The sewing club, comprised of 7th and 8th grade students, meets twice a week from October through May. Participants learn a variety of sewing techniques, including working from a pattern and more extensive use of the sewing machine and its capabilities. Projects will include individual items that participants may keep, and a cooperative effort to create appropriate costumes for the 7th and 8th grade musical production cast.
October through May; Tuesday & Wednesday 11:15-12:05 in Room 3
Stage Crew (grades 6 through 8) Sponsor- Mr. Ducassoux
TEMS Stage crew is an opportunity for students in grades 6-8 to assist in the assemblies, presentations, and concerts in the auditorium at TEMS. Students will be given training on the sound and lighting equipment during activity periods throughout the year to assist them in these responsibilities. If interested in stage crew see Mr. Ducassoux in room 172 to sign up.
Meeting days/times TBD
Student Council (grades 6 through 8) Advisor- Mrs. Tyrell
Student Council is elected by the students of TEMS during Student council elections each May. The group includes 6 sixth graders, 6 seventh graders and 7 eight graders. We formally meet each Monday during 5th period for the 7th and 8th graders and Wednesdays from 7:30-8:00 am for the 6th graders. All students are together in one homeroom and spend most mornings working on Student Council activities throughout the year.
Strategy Games (grades 5 through 8) Sponsor- Ms. Turner
Join a group of people who play popular games involving problem solving and heroic adventures, try one of our many games from our club supply, or bring your own game to share.
Monday 2:40-4:00 in Rm. 153
Tutoring Club (grades 5 through 8) Sponsors- Mrs. Jacobs and Mrs. Houghton
Tutoring Club is open to any student who has a need for extra help. Students from Conestoga High School provide peer tutoring along with a TEMS teacher. Students need to arrive on time and should bring specific work assignments or review materials to each session. Students should also be aware that the tutors are available to help them, but not to do the work for them.
Monday through Thursday 2:45-3:45 in Rm. 130
TV Studio (grades 5 through 8) Sponsors- Mr. Nunnelee and Mr. Ducassoux
The TEMS Bulldog TV Studio is an opportunity for 5-8 grade students to participate in a daily TV broadcast to the students and faculty during their homerooms. This group meets every morning at 7:15 with a rotating schedule of students to work that day’s broadcast. Through this experience students will get to learn the on camera and off camera responsibilities during a TV broadcast on industry standard equipment. This experience will prepare students for continued work at Conestoga with their TETV program. This group will run for the length of the school year.
Monday through Friday 7:15-7:55 in the TV Studio
Writing Club (grades 5 through 8) Sponsors- Dr. McDermott and Mr. Mattison
The writing club is open to students of all grade levels who love to write stories and poems, conduct interviews, create puzzles, draw comics, and more! The submissions from this club are used to create our students newspaper, The Bulldog Press.
Thursday 2:40-3:10 in Rm. 109
Yearbook (grades 5 through 8) Sponsor- Mrs. Matilla
Yearbook is open to any student interested in photography or design. Yearbook meets on various days after school about once a month, depending on the deadlines we have to meet.
Meeting dates and times will vary; 2:33-3:00 in Rm. 204