Student Activities

2016 - 2017 School Year
 
 Art Club
Art Club meets every Tuesday and Wednesday after school at 2:15 to 3:30 from October to April.  Students from all three grades are welcome to come and join Art Club.  It is a chance for artistic minded students to come and explore art making in an environment that is relaxed and safe. Students may draw or paint or even do 3D projects of their own choosing with guidance from Mr. Dorion.  Students put on an Art Show at the end of the year to display their artwork for their family and friends.
Location: Room 133
Day: Tuesdays & Wednesdays
October through April
Time: 2:15-3:30
Teacher: Mr. Dorion

Digital Art Club
Digital art club uses mixed traditional art mediums with digital art applications.  Students create original works of art and manipulate them using both an iPad and Photoshop.  Each student will have a digital portfolio as well as a collection of art.  At the end of the year, we have an art show. 
Location: Room 120
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 2:15-3:30
Teacher: Mrs. O'Connell. Sign up with Mrs. O'Connell in Room 120. 

Grade 7 Art & Fine Craft Club
A club for creative seventh grade students, Grade 7 Art Club meets on Wednesdays with Ms. Jarasitis. 
Location: Room 119
Day: Wednesdays starting October 5, 2016
Time: 2:15-3:30
Teacher: Mrs. Jarasitis

Drum Club
The drum club is an after school ensemble that is comprised of students from 6th through 8th grade.  The group is open to any member currently playing in one of the school bands in the percussion section. In the past, they have played songs exploring the marching, concert, and Latin styles as well as songs featuring trash cans and chairs as their instruments!. The group performs at the Knight of Excellence and the Evening of Jazz and Drums every year.
Location: Band Room
Day: Thursdays (excluding early release) beginning in November.
Time: 2:20-3:30
Teacher: Mr. DeFrias 

Extra Help
Location: Media Center
Day: Monday - Thursday
Time: 2:15-2:45
Teacher: Mrs. Eckhart

OMS Musical: Beauty and the Beast 
(auditions only) 
This spring, the musical production at OMS will be, Beauty and the Beast. Auditons will take place in October 2016 and particpating students will recieve the rehearsal schedule from Ms. Bauman. 
Click HERE to access the Musical website.
Teacher: Ms. Bauman, Room 100 

Destination Imagination 
In this club we will be doing STEM activities, Instant Challenges, and team building exercises. Best of all, we will compete with other schools in our district. 
Location: Room 210 
Day: TBD
Time: TBD
Teacher: Ms. Gritter

Robotics Club 
The Robotics Club uses Lego EV3 robotics, and we will be preparing for our first competition.
Location: Room 122  
Day: Fridays beginning September 16, 2016
Time: 2:20-3:15
Teacher: Mrs. Lee & Dr. McGee 
 
Geography Club
Location: Room 223 
Day: October 17, November 7, December 5, 2016; January 9, February 6, March 6, 2017
Time: 2:15-3:30
Teacher: Ms. Killion 
Jazz Band - Grade 6
(by audition only)
Students will learn the basics of the jazz style of music in this audition based after school ensemble. The group performs multiple times throughout the year, including at the 6th Grade Winter Concert, the Evening of Jazz, and the Southeastern Massachusetts Association for Jazz Education's Junior District Competition.
Stress-free auditions will be held in mid-October in the band room after school with Ms. Dorgan, and audition information packets will go out in the beginning of October. All instrumentalists are encouraged to audition! The 6th Grade Jazz Band meets Mondays from 2:20-3:30, with an optional "Jam Session" from 3:30-4 to learn how to improvise solos.
Location: Band Room
Day: Mondays beginning in November 2016
Time: 2:30-3:30
Teacher: Ms. Dorgan

Jazz Band - Grades 7 & 8
(by audition only)
The Tuesday & Wednesday Jazz Bands are after school ensembles that meet once a week during the school year. Both groups are open to all band members in the 7th and 8th grades. Students who play the piano, guitar or bass, who are not in the concert band class, are welcome to audition. Students will perform a variety of musical styles including swing, Latin, rock, fusion and world music. Jazz improvisation will be introduced at this level. Enrollment is by audition. Students will audition during the first and second weeks of October. The audition results will be posted at the end of the auditions. Rehearsals will start the third week of October. There is a $30.00 user fee to participate in middle school jazz band. Rehearsals will be held once a week for each band. Rehearsals will begin at 2:20 p.m. and run until 4:00 p.m. in the OMS Band Room. Both bands will perform at the winter and Spring Concerts, The Evening of Jazz, and The OMS Jazz & Drum Concert at the end of the school year. Other potential performances include the Night of Excellence, the 5th Grade Open House Night and a visit to the elementary schools at the end of the school year.
Location: Band Room
Day: Tuesdays & Wednesdays beginning in November 2016
Time: 2:20-4:00
Teacher: Mr. Curbow on Tuesdays and Ms. Dorgan on Wednesdays

Private Instrument and Voice Lessons
Location: TBD
Day and Time: Scheduled privately 30/minutes a week
Teacher: Music Staff. Contact Ms. Dorgan for details.

Math Club 
Math Olympiads is a math club that meets on Thursdays (exempt for early release days) from 2:15-3:15. Students in all grades (6, 7, and 8) are encouraged to participate. Most Thursdays students work in small groups to discuss problem solving strategies and solutions to challenging math problems. Competitions are held one Thursday (for specific dates, please click the link to the right). Competitions consist of 5 questions each of which has a time limit. Each Mathlete's score is recorded (online) and submitted (by Mrs. Vekasy) to be compared with scores of other Mathletes across the state, region, country, and world!
Location: Room 209
Day: Thursdays
Time: 2:15-3:15
Teacher: Mrs. Vekasy
Website

Movie Club
In this club we will be watching and talking about a diverse set of movies; old and new, color and black and white, westerns and cartoons to horror movies and action films. These movies will be both entertaining and thought-provoking.
Location: Library Media Center 
Day: Fridays starting September 23, 2016
Time: 2:30-3:30
Teacher: Mr. Whiting

National Jr. Honor Society
(Grades 7 & 8)
The OMS Chapter of the NJHS is for students who are dedicated to scholarship, leadership, and service. This club is for 7th and 8th graders only. There are academic and service requirments for membership in the NJHS. 
Location: TBD
Day: TBD
Time: TBD
Teacher: Ms. Whittaker and Mr. Whitting

OMS Knightly News Morning Announcements Show  
Live from the OMS TV Studio, the OMS Knightly News brings the daily morning announcements into each classroom. You must audition with Mrs. Wasik to become part of the show.  

Spectrum (LGBQT Club)
This is a new club designed for students who would like to discuss gender identity, tolerance and diversity, in a safe, comfortable place where they can be themselves.  Friends and other supporters are welcome!
Location: Room 114 
Day: Tuesdays starting in early to mid-October 2016
Time: 2:15-3:30
Teacher: Ms. Brookshire and Mr. Whiting 

 
Newspaper (Scoop)
Students meet with teachers/ staff and work on items of interest for the school newspaper which is printed 5 to 6 times in the school year.
Location: Room 102
Day: Tuesdays 
Time: 2:15 - 3:00
Teacher: Mrs. Wasik

Science Club
OMS Science Club is open to all 6th, 7th & 8th grade students.  The club provides an avenue through which members may explore facets of science beyond the classroom.  It seeks to encourage participation in science related activities and to instill values that reflect appreciation and understanding of science as it relates to life.  Students will be exposed to various scientific disciplines in chemistry, physics, biology, Earth, space and engineering/technology.  A bank of experiments will be performed in the class and outside.  Students will also have opportunities to discover disciplines of their choice.
Location: Room 128
Day: Mondays
Time: 2:15-3:15
Teacher: Mrs. Lee

Peer Leadership/Student Council  
Peer Leadership is an activity designed for students to commit to community service both in and outside of school. Peer leaders should be students in good standing; meaning they show good effort in academics, have good attendance, do not engage in poor behaviors, and are looked upon as role models by students and staff. Some of the activities that peer leaders run are an annual drive for the Stoughton Food Pantry, a coat drive, various walks for organizations, and peer tutoring.  Peer leaders also have performed  at a local day program for seniors. Students interested in Student Council are encouroaged to join Peer Leadership this year. 
Location: Guidance in room 207
Day: Tuesdays, start date TBD
Time: 2:15-3:15
Teacher: Mrs. Coughlan 

Weight Club
The weight club is tailored to middle school student athletes and follows the guidelines associated with the the BFS Readiness Program.
The BFS Readiness Program is designed for those students~not yet ready to engage in the heavy weight training utilized by more mature student/athletes.~ After a student goes through the BFS Readiness Program, he or she will then graduate to the BFS Set-Rep System.~ Each student will have their own personalized record log book that will~reinforce where to start, how to do the exercises, how to progress, how to coordinate other athletic activities into a total program and finally, how to graduate.
Strict supervision is a must along with the teaching of proper technique to make the BFS Readiness Program work.~ The BFS Readiness Program has been endorsed and approved by medical doctors, orthopedic specialists and many professional organizations.
Location: Weight Room - OMS Gym
Day: Tuesdays & Thursdays
January - June
Time: 2:30-3:30
Teacher: Mr. Pirri

Yearbook
Students help create the annual yearbook creating layouts, drawing covers, taking photos. They will be working on the 2013/2014 OMS yearbook software provided by Coffeepond Yearbook Company.
Location: Guidance in room 101
Day: Tuesdays, start date September 21, 2016
Time: TBD
Teacher: Mrs. Coughlan 

Intramural Sports
Intramurals is a fun way to participate in a variety of sporting games. Intramurals is designed to be an extension of the physical education classes. We will play a variety of sports and games such as dodgeball, basketball, soccer, and badminton. This activity is designed for students of all ability levels. We are there to have fun and exercise our bodies.
Location: OMS Gym
Day: Mondays & Thursdays
Time: 2:15-3:15
Teacher: Mr. Cronin & Mr. Donovan

SHS Girls Ice Hockey 
Girls in grades seven and eight are able to play for the SHS Girls Ice Hockey Team. OMS Teacher Mr. Richard Grasso is the coach for this winter sports team. 
Location: Gym 
Day: TBA
Time: Winter Athletic Season TBA
Teacher: Mr. Grasso 

Field Hockey
Location: Gym 
Day: TBA
Time: TBA
Teacher: Ms. Burak 

OMS Boys & Girls Basketball  
(Grades 7 & 8)
The O'Donnell Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball team representes OMS in interscholastic competition against neighboring middle schools, both home and away. Tryouts are held in early winter, and the season coincides with the winter season for SHS athletics. Interested students can get more information at the OMS Office or at the SHS Athletic Office.   
Location: Gym 
Day: TBA
Time: Winter Athletic Season TBA
Teacher: Mr. Guglia 

Volleyball Club 
In this club you can learn the basics of volleyball or develop your skills if you are an experienced player. SHS Volleyball Coach and retired OMS Teacher Mr. Ken Gay provides the instruction. This club meets in the spring. 
Location: Gym 
Day: TBA
Time: TBA
Teacher: Mr. Gay