COMMUNITY OF CARING CLUB
The Community of Caring Club is the umbrella program that links all activities to create a caring, respectful school environment that supports students as they develop positive character traits and become good citizens. Students plan service learning projects for the good of our school and community. The Community of Caring Club is open to all students in grades five through eight. Listen to the announcements for information on school-wide activities.
C.R.E.A.T.E CLUB (Mrs. Angela Della Valle)
CREATE (Culture, Respect, Empathy, Appreciation, Tolerance, Education) is a student action group at Upper Merion Area Middle School whose mission is to make the school community a more inclusive and tolerant environment, as well as promote student activism and leadership. The CREATE Club’s yearly initiatives include Speak Out, Open Mic, Car Wash Fundraiser and sponsors cultural events for the whole community, including El Dia de los Muertos, the Biennial 5 de Mayo Celebration, and the Biennial Holocaust Remembrance Assembly.
The CREATE Club generally meets every other Wednesday throughout the school year. Check Middle School calendar for dates. Contact Mrs. Angela Della Valle for Schoology code.
Students in grades five through eight may participate in Drama Club. Drama Club's goal is to provide quality productions for the Upper Merion community to enjoy. Students meet after school two to three times from September through April to rehearse for their productions. Each year the club presents a musical in the spring. Each member must audition in order to participate in the production. The Stage Crew is also an important part of the club. Students work to build sets, scenery and props for the year’s production. Listen to the announcements for information on signing up to join Drama Club.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Huddle is an UMAMS student led activity open to all Middle School students, both athletes and non-athletes. The Huddle meets every Friday in the wrestling gym from 7:00 to 7:55 a.m. Students play games, listen to and discuss Bible life scriptures, and pray together. Girls and boys with, or without, any faith are welcome to attend. Refreshments are available.
After school intramural sessions are held in the fall and spring. Students in grades five and six may participate. Activities vary including, Computers, Floor Hockey, Anime Drawing, Cooperative Games, Board Games, and Wrestling.
JUNIOR OPTIMIST CLUB
The Junior Optimist Club is a service organization that provides opportunities for all middle school students grades five to eight to give back to their community and school. There is a sign-up every fall, but students may continue to join throughout the year. Numerous volunteer opportunities are offered throughout the year. Students stay connected by attending our monthly meeting and through schoology.
MATHCOUNTS is a national program for middle school students (6th, 7th, and 8th grade) that provides coaching and practice on problem solving and mathematical skills. Problems are applications of basic math concepts through topics in algebra and geometry. Students work on problems to prepare for the Chapter Competition in February. The season concludes with a local competition in February.
MIDDLE SCHOOL READING CHALLENGE
Our goal for the middle school reading challenge is for every middle school student to read one-million words of text. Each student will have the goal of participating each marking period in the challenge which entails reading six books each marking period. At the end of the year, every student who has participated during the year will be entered into a grand drawing for an amazing prize (TBA). Each student will be entered once for every marking period they have participated.
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
The National Junior Honor Society is a group of seventh and eighth grade students who exemplify the characteristics of Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship, Character and Service. Students are selected for membership at the end of sixth or seventh grade because of their outstanding academic and personal performance. Students must participate in individual and group service projects during the year. The group generally meets once a month, usually in the mornings. Students are encouraged to propose new projects, group and individual. As projects arise, additional meetings may be scheduled. Students are responsible for maintaining their academic standing and fulfilling their project requirements. Each year students participate in a special induction ceremony.
SCIENCE OLYMPIAD TEAM
Science Olympiad is a team competition in which middle school and high school students compete in 23 events pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Over 7,800 middle school and high school teams from 50 U.S. states compete each year. Science Olympiad is very academic and can help prepare students for future employment in the fields of science, technology and engineering.
SEA PERCH (was VIKING ROBOTICS)
The Sea Perch Club is a STEM-based club for young engineers. Students work in teams to design, build, test and improve underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV’s). The ROV’s must be maneuverable and able to execute specific missions. The club competes with 50 other middle schools in the tri-state area at the Greater Philadelphia Sea Perch Challenge at Temple University where they will compete in the pool through an obstacle course and a mission task. Students also submit a design notebook and make a presentation to judges from the Navy and Navy contactors.
STUDENT COUNCIL - LOWER HOUSE
Representatives from each homeroom meet one to two times a month to plan activities for grades five and six. Representatives are chosen in September in homeroom. Yearly activities include the Lower House Gym and Swim, the sale of Goodie Grams, a Thanksgiving Food Drive, and both the Read for the House and Leukemia Foundation service projects.
STUDENT COUNCIL - UPPER HOUSE
The Upper House Student Council is comprised of 7th and 8th grade student representatives. Council members meet every Wednesday morning at 7:30 AM in the wrestling gym.
Student Council is responsible for planning and facilitating activities and socials for the Upper House student body. Student council is the force behind the dances, socials, flower sales, food drives, goodie grams and more. Questions? Contact Mrs. Devers at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs.
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The yearbook club is an after school club where 7th and 8th grade students work to plan and create the middle school yearbook. The club meets a few times per month, in the fall and winter, and then meets on a weekly basis in the spring. Students are involved in brainstorming ideas, designing, and planning the layout of the book in the fall. Throughout the year, they are involved in advertising the book and taking photos to include in the book. In the spring, students are involved with editing the book and distributing the book. Students work with an online editing program to create the yearbook and track book sales.