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NORTH CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

ACADEMICS

AVID

Advisors: Mrs. Gieryn and Mrs. Kerwin
DescriptionAVID is a program designed to help bright kids in the academic middle get on the path to college by learning new organizational and note-taking strategies while strengthening writing, inquiry, collaboration and reading skills.

Objectives:
•Provide students the academic instruction, skills and other support to prepare them for college eligibility and success; workforce readiness
•Give students the pride that comes with challenging and succeeding
•Increase school “coping skills”
•Increase the student’s level of career awareness
•Enhance citizenship
•Motivate and inspire students


Falls Creative: Video Production Club
Advisors: Mrs. Tess and Mr. Tamas
Meet:  1 - 2 Mondays/Thursdays a month from 2:30-3:30 See Schedule Below
Mission: To help students who are interested in the multimedia field, learn more about the dynamics of media:  writing, producing, editing and directing in studio broadcasting.

Description: In Falls Creative VPC, students will work in small groups to create productions during the school year. The club will guide students through all aspects of production. It will provide an opportunity to create, collaborate and communicate using our studio, computers, digital video cameras, and Final Cut Pro. Students will learn how to plan, shoot, edit and publish their videos. 

Any student interested in being part of this amazing club fill out the application and return it to Mrs. Tess in the LMC.   Get Application Here   See 2016-2017 Meeting Schedule
 

FBLA- Middle Level
Advisors: 
Mr. Nitz 
Meet: After school the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 2:30-3:00 in the Lab 141. 
Description: FBLA stands for Future Business Leaders of America. It is a national organization for students with an interest in developing their professional and leadership skills. It is an extremely popular club at our high school in Menomonee Falls, and well known state-wide and nationally. More and more schools have been starting chapters at the middle school level.

FBLA operates the school store and students will have the opportunity to compete in business-related subjects at the regional and state level against students from other middle schools. The regional competition will be at Madison College in February. Students who do well at regionals can qualify for the state competition, in LaCrosse, in April. We will also be involved with some community service projects throughout the year and will work collaboratively with the high school chapter on various projects.
Click here to access our website.


North Middle School Geography Bee
Advisor: Mr. Cox
Meet: Typically it is one day after school, usually in mid-January from around 3:00-4:15.  The Geography Bee will take place in Mr. Cox’s room at North. The qualifying test will take place during flex in the beginning of January to determine the top 25 who qualify for the Geography Bee.
Description: The Geography Bee is a great challenge for any 6th, 7th, or 8th graders who want to test their geography skills and knowledge. The school level competition is an oral format. The winner of the school-level competition then takes the written qualifying test and if they place in the top 100 scores in the state, they then move on to the state level competition. The state winner then advances to the national level competition.

ARTS
 
Art Club 6th Grade
Advisor: Ms. McKendry
Meets: Thursdays Sept-May, 2:35-3:35, Art Room #229 (Please stop in for a schedule as 6th grade club meetings alternate with grade 7 & 8)
Description: The Art Club is both a service organization and a self-directed creative activity. As a service club, the group may make decorations or posters for school activities, participate in Empty Bowls, make ornaments for the Menomonee Falls Festival of Trees, create artwork to display at the Spring Art Festival and participate in a Design Challenge. The self-directed activities may include a variety of make-it and take-it art projects. Art club will sponsor a Spring Art Festival in the NMS auditorium lobby in May.  Please come to our first meeting in September to find out what art club is all about; if you enjoy being creative in a relaxed social environment this club is for YOU!  Membership in art club is open throughout the school year, stop in the art rooms for a permission slip and schedule.  You do not need to be in an art class to join art club, everyone is welcome! See bulletin boards and the North newsletter for sign up information and our first meeting date.


Art Club 7th and 8th Grade
Advisor: Ms.McKendry
Meets: Thursdays Sept-May, 2:35-3:35, Art Room #229 (Please stop in for a schedule as 7/8 art club meetings will alternate with grade 6 meetings)
Description: The Art Club is both a service organization and a self-directed creative activity. As a service club, the group may design and print posters for school activities, participate in Empty Bowls, make ornaments for the Festival of Trees, actively help with the Youth Art Month Art Exhibition, paint school murals, sponsor field trips to community galleries/museums, create artwork to display at the Spring Art Festival and participate in a Design Challenge. The self-directed activities may include a variety of make-it and take-it art projects. Art club will sponsor a Spring Art Festival to be held in the NMS auditorium lobby in May. Please come to our first meeting in September to find out what art club is all about; if you enjoy being creative in a relaxed social environment this club is for YOU!  Membership in art club is open throughout the school year, stop in the art rooms for a permission slip and schedule.  You do not need to be in an art class to join art club, everyone is welcome! See bulletin boards and the North newsletter for sign up information and our first meeting date.


NMS 7th & 8th Gr. Jazz Ensemble 
Advisor: Mrs. Schickert
Meet: Monday after school 2:45pm-3:45pm
Description: Jazz Ensemble is a performing group open to 7th/8th grade students. The Jazz Ensemble performs at school concerts and at a special Jazz event in May. The standard instruments in this group include saxes, trumpets, trombones (baritones), tubas, electric bass, keyboard/piano, guitar and drumset. If you are not in the band program see Mrs. Schickert in late September to discuss skill level and participation opportunities.  

Drama/Musical Club 6th, 7th and 8th Grade
Advisor: Mrs. Hake 
Description :
 
The Drama Club is a group for those interested in the theatrical arts.  This school year we will produce Aladdin Jr. The public performances will take place in the North Middle School auditorium at 7pm on March 3 and 2:00 pm on March 4, 2017. Additionally, there will be two school shows during the day on Thursday March 2.  Auditions will be January 4 & 5, 2017 from 2:30-4:30 in the auditorium lobby. Together we will learn a song and dance on the 4th and perform them on the 5th along with some reading from the script. Students interested in working backstage (sets, props, costumes) should attend the audition days to get to know the show, the directors, and the rest of the club members. This club will inspire the love of musical theater under the guidance of directors who are educators and have years of experience directing students and working in local community theaters. For more information, please contact Mrs. Hake at Lschusterhake@gmail.com.  
 
ATHLETICS (see also our athletics tab to the left)

Cross Country

Coaches: Mrs. Meske & Mrs. Pritchard
Practices:  Practice begins at 2:45 on the track and ends at 3:55. 
Description: North Middle School Cross Country is open to all students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.  The first day of practice is the first day of school.  The season ends mid-October with a banquet at Krueger’s.  There are 6 meets this season, most races are about 1.5 miles and the first race normally starts at 4:00. There are usually four races per meet that go in this order:  6/7 girls, 6/7 boys, 8th girls, 8th boys.  Please see the cross country web page for more information.


 
SKADA Ski & Snowboarding Trip
Advisor: Lois Darkow (advisor) and Mr. Stollenwerk (North contact person)
Meet: Upper Michigan Ski and Snowboard trip dates to be announced
Description: SKADA Ski Club is run in conjunction with the Menomonee Falls Recreation Department. An extended weekend trip to Upper Michigan is available for grades 8-12.  Registration is usually around the beginning of November, with the trip usually taking place in late January
 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Builders Club + Student Council = North’s Student Leaders:
Our meetings will be held 1-2 Mondays per month after school from 2:35-3:30 p.m.in Room 117.


Description: Builders Club + Student Council = North’s Student Leaders is a very active service organization that serves North Middle School activities as well as community events connected with the Kiwanis Club.   It is a student group which plans many of the events geared for students and staff during the school year.  It raises money for organizations of the students’ choosing and it allows students to be involved outside of school with some Kiwanis Club events.  Some of the activities planned throughout the year include; Spirit Days, CRUSH Soda sales, Pop tab collections, CAPS of LOVE and community-based service projects as well as several intergenerational activities.  Anyone can join at any time during the school year- all are welcome.  Students should listen to daily announcements for more information about meetings and activities.  Also any questions please contact Mrs. Janssen at janskri@sdmfschools.org or Mrs. Seymour at  seymtra@sdmfschools.org
 
 
WEB Program

Coordinators: Mrs. Riefel & Mr. Nitz
Meet: Eighth grade leaders meet during Flex on the first Wednesday of every month
Description: WEB is a middle school transition program that welcomes 6th graders and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their middle school experience. WEB, an acronym for Where Everybody Belongs, is built on the belief that students want to and can help other students succeed. The WEB middle school transition program trains selected members of the 8th grade class to be WEB Leaders; as positive role models, WEB Leaders are motivators, leaders and teachers who guide 6th graders to discover what it takes to be successful in middle school.
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