ACTIVITIESCOMMUNITY 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.
25 BOOK CHALLENGE
Our goal for the 25 book challenge is for every middle school student to read one-million words of text. By competing both individually and by class, each student will have the goal of reading 25 self selected books. Throughout the year, we will be celebrating reading with activities and events. The class who has read the most for each grade level, will be rewarded with various activities at the end of each marking period. At the end of the year every student who has reached the 25 book goal will be entered into a grand drawing for an amazing prize (TBA). Each student will be entered once for every 25 books they have read.
C.R.E.A.T.E CLUB (Mrs. Angela Della Valle and Ms. Beth Sosna)
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.
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.
After school intramural sessions are held in the fall and spring. Students in grades five and six may participate. Activities vary including, Computers, Water Games, Floor Hockey, Run for Fun, Spanish is Fun, Electronic Music Keyboard, Drama and Introduction to Dance.
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. Activities include the school store, talent show, food and necessities drives, school beautification, community fairs, trout rodeo, and fundraisers. There is a volunteer sign-up sheet for each activity.
Mathcounts is a club for grades seven and eight and some sixth graders. Students work on problems to prepare for the Chapter Competition in February. Mathcounts I sponsored by the society of Professional Engineers. Meetings are weekly from October to January to prepare for the Saturday competition in February. After the competition students meet once a month until the end of the school year to process results of the competition. Listen to the announcements for meetings.
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 National non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female and minority interests in science, creating a technologically-literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. Theses goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad curriculum and attending teacher training institutes.
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 Gym and Swim, the collection of ACME tapes for PTC, Holiday Candygrams, and Thanksgiving Food Drive.
STUDENT COUNCIL - UPPER HOUSE
Homeroom representatives meet every Wednesday to plan activities that include dances, Student-Staff Basketball Game, Canned Food Drive, Candy Grams, and the Eighth Grade Dance. Representatives are chosen in September in the seventh and eighth grade homerooms.
TECHNOLOGY STUDENT ASSOCIATION
The Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts through curricular activities, competitive events and related programs.
Introduces students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. Students will have the opportunity to: Design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology, apply real-world math and science concepts, research challenges facing today's scientists, learn critical thinking, team building and presentation skills, and participate in tournaments and celebrations.
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 and 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.