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Warwick Valley Middle School

Clubs and Activities

Warwick Valley Middle School Clubs 

Hours for all clubs are 2:30-3:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Art Club
Art Club is open to enthusiastic seventh and eighth-grade artists who want to continue to create, experiment and express beyond the traditional art class.  
Meets Wednesdays during unit lunch
Advisors: Julie Cosco and Nicole Sisco

Cooking and Sewing Club
C. Lane and L. Motyka
Fall: Mondays and Wednesday in H&C

Drama Club
N. Hanson
November – April: Mondays through Fridays in M-1

Dumbledore’s Army
Dumbledore’s Army is a club for any wizards or witches from fifth through eighth grade who love Harry Potter! Members read the stories, watch the movies, do magical crafts and participate in Hogwarts lessons.
Meets Wednesdays in room B-5
Advisors: Kayla Glander and Samantha Prestano 

Fitness Club
G. Garcia

Girls on the Run
September – November

Green Team
K. Wilson (Grade 8 only)
Thursdays in Tech 1

Golf
P. Szumlaski

Guitar Club
J. Gouveia
October – November: Mondays through Fridays in the Band Room
E. Mesic
December – January: Mondays through Fridays in the Band Room

Jr. FFA
M. Ehlers
September – May: Wednesdays after school in the high school

Lacrosse
T. Kelly

Lego League 

The Lego League Team is a 10 member group that uses research, problem solving, coding and engineering to take part in a themed robotics competition. 
Meets most Wednesdays and Thursdays until 3:30 p.m.  September through January
Advisor: Christine Chenoweth

Literary Magazine
C. Giampolo, A. Wright
September – October: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays in the cafeteria
May – June: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays in the cafeteria

Mileage Club
Members run or walk on the track (at their own pace or with friends) on the track after school and keep track of their miles logged each month. 
Meets Mondays through Fridays from 2:30-3:30 p.m., September through November
Advisor: Kim Brady

Set Design
K. Wilson 

Student Senate
M. Botta
October – June: Tuesdays in A-2

Ukulele Club
Ukulele Club provides students with an opportunity to cover pop songs while combining singing with the playing of ukulele, cajon, drums and piano. 
Seventh and eighth graders will meet in the fall one day a week during unit lunch. 
Fifth and sixth graders will begin rehearsing in the spring.
Advisor: Shane Peters

Wire Choir
Wire Choir is an unconventional orchestra comprised of students in grade 5-12 who want to play pop, rock and hip hop music.
Meets Thursdays after school in the middle school band room until 3:30 p.m. Occasionally, when a performance is close, Wire Choir will rehearse an additional day after school the week of the performances. 
Advisor: Elissa Maynard

Wrestling Intramurals
P. Szumlaski
September – November: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in high school wrestling room

National Honor Society
M. Justiana
September – June: Every other Tuesdays in Media Center

Other activities and opportunities at WVMS 

Fun activities at the middle school that keep students engaged throughout the school year:

Eighth-grade field trip to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Museum and Library
Eighth-graders will have an opportunity for a history learning experience later in the month of April. The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Museum and Library in Hyde Park is a historical landmark that will give the students an opportunity to learn about the Roosevelt family, the experience of the Great Depression, as well as World War II. Students will participate in guided tours and there will be “document-based historical research” to explore themes of leadership, human rights, international crises of that time period, etc. Additionally, students will tour the former president’s home, so this promises to be an informative and engaging experience for all!

Seventh-grade field trip to the Bronx Zoo
Seventh-graders can look forward to spring time trips to the Bronx Zoo with their teams. This informational trip ties in nicely with our life science curriculum. Students explore the animal exhibits with teachers and friends and enjoy a day of nature, habitats and learning. For many, this is their first trip to the Bronx Zoo! Feedback on this trip was fantastic from the previous school year and a good time was had by all.

Eighth-grade Y2K Career Exploration field trip
As our Eighth-graders begin thinking in terms of “college and career ready,” the middle school provides them with a trip to the Stewart International Airport, focused on career exploration and fun. On this trip, students explore careers in a friendly and relaxed manner with friends and students from other area schools. It is not only a time for networking and learning, but a time for socialization and fun with peers.

Seventh and Eighth-Grade Fall Harvest Dance
Each fall, our seventh and eighth-grade have a spooktacular, fun-filled dance with a Halloween focus. Although a costume is not required, many of our students choose to dress up as they dance the night away in our own cafeteria. Our PTA does a fantastic job decorating our school and transforming it into a festive and frightful wonderland.

Eighth Grade Dance
This is the culminating event for our 8th-graders as they prepare to head off to high school. Students enjoy a beautiful dance in June, and celebrate with friends. Photos are taken, music is enjoyed, and the PTA does an incredible job with a surprise theme, down to the last detail. Parents are always welcome to take photographs of students and capture this special evening.

PTA Artapalooza/PTA REFLECTIONS Fair
Calling all artists! Each year our PTA sponsors these wonderful events to showcase our talented middle school scholars. At a culminating final ceremony, awards are given and work is displayed. Families, teachers and administrators are all welcome to attend.

Motivational Media Assemblies
Each fall, our middle school students are treated to a Motivational Media Assembly which focuses on a different aspect of character education. Themes of the past have been centered around kindness, anti bullying, and helping friends in times of trouble. Students look forward to this presentation, as it features current music/artists of the time juxtaposed with vivid imagery, voice-overs, testimonials (of real students and sometimes celebrities) and motivational messages.

Spelling Bee
A middle school tradition, the Spelling Bee is held each year after school in our own media center. This is an event in which teachers and administrators participate. We honor our participants with prizes as the final winner proceeds to his or her victory round!

Cabaret
Talk about talent! Calling all singers! This is the audition for our spring play. Students get up on stage and belt out their favorite show tunes, pop tunes, etc., to a live audience of parents, peers and faculty. A fun night for all to attend, this event is usually packed, as the musical talent of our students is nicely showcased in an evening of fun.

Foreign Language Week
A new and exciting event for seventh and eighth-graders, Foreign Language Week highlights how lucky we are to know and interact with various cultures. For example, local native speakers come in and visit classrooms throughout the month of March. At a culminating food-tasting, our local restaurants and parents prepare foods from around the world that our students are able to taste and enjoy during their foreign language periods. We create a festive atmosphere in the board room, complete with music, table settings and decorations. We certainly couldn’t pull this one off without the help of our dedicated parents and PTA.

STEAM Fair
Warwick Valley Middle School students get the opportunity to “strut their stuff” during our annual STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) fair in the spring. Students build and present various projects to parents, peers, teachers and administrators in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. This year our STEAM fair grew to bigger and better proportions with the addition of food, music, a DJ and HS students and teachers joining the fun. Students won amazing prizes donated by our own PTA. It is an event we all look forward to that builds on student creativity, collaboration and 21st century thinking.

PBIS Character Education
At WVMS we believe in supporting the whole student, and PBIS is just one way we accomplish this. Schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially and emotionally. Our middle school students are aware of behavioral expectations through classroom lessons, team events, quarterly celebrations and special activities throughout the year. Students enjoy the opening Pep Rally which welcomes everyone back to school and sets the tone for a positive and productive year! Positive behavior is continually reinforced through the use of our ROAR Ticket Rewards System and students are always eager to hear if they are one of the weekly or monthly winners!

Fifth-grade field trip to Greenkill
The 5th graders can look forward to spending a fall day at the Greenkill Outdoor Education Center. Greenkill provides a variety of different experiences for students to enjoy, ranging from nature hikes, explorations in water and forest ecology, team-building exercises and candle-making just to name a few. Everyone enjoys this newly added field trip where students learn through guided exploration!

Sixth-grade field trip to Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty.

Valentines 4 Vets
Our talented Home and Careers department organizes breakfast to honor the community’s veterans. Each Veteran who attends receives a few valentines created by our students, dines on an amazing breakfast prepared by our Home and Careers classes, and sings along to the music provided by our band, orchestra and Guitar Club. Our student hosts/hostesses also meet, greet and help serve our guests. It is a wonderful tradition we are proud to continue each year.