Student Activities

2018-2019 School Year
 
 
 
 
Anime Club
 
For students who love anime, manga, and Japanese culture, this is the club for you. We will meet to watch and discuss different shows and movies, draw characters and read stories, and even play competitive card games.
Location: Media Center
Day: Thursdays from 2:15pm - 3:15pm in room 114
Time: 2:15-3:15
Teacher: Mr. Whiting

Art & Fine Craft Club

A club for creative students.  Art Club meets with Ms. Jarasitis. Please see her to sign up. 
Location: Room 119
Day: TBA
Time:
Teacher: Mrs. Jarasitis

Arts & iPad
Full!!!
See Mrs. O'Connell for wait list.
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. 

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 artistically 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

Basketball-Boys & Girls  
(Grades 7 & 8)
The O'Donnell Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball team represents 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.   
Tryouts will take place the afternoons of December 4 & 5.
Location: Gym 
Day: Monday-Friday
Time: Winter Athletic Season TBA
Teacher: Mrs. Valair

CEC: Cultural Explorers Club

CEC allows students to explore and appreciate different cultures through art, music, group games, and/or fun cultural activities. This club celebrates diversity in our OMS community and meets once a month. All students are welcome.
Location: Room 121 (unless a change is mentioned during AM Announcements)
Day: TBA
Time: 2:30-3:30
Teachers: Mrs. Lee, Mrs. Nutting or Mrs. Jarasitis (sign up with Mrs. Lee in Room 128)
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Creative Writing Club
We will meet regularly to share, discuss, and revise our work. This will be a place for students to share their writing and to hear constructive criticism. We are also looking to illustrate and publish our work.
Location: room 113
Day: every Tuesday starting October 9th.

Time: 2:15 to 3:15
Teacher: Mr. WhitingMr. Whiting and Ms. McElligott
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Drama Club
(auditions only) 
The OMS Musical is open to all students in grades 6, 7, and 8. This year’s musical will be Seussical the Musical, Jr.  Rehearsals will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:00. Auditions will take place in October. More information will be available soon.
Click HERE to access the Musical website. E-mail Ms. Bauman for the password.
Teacher: Ms. Bauman, Room 100

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: 2:30-3:30
Teacher: Mr. DeFrias 

Field Hockey
Location: Field Hockey Field (behind OMS) 
Day: Tuesdays (October through November)
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM
Teacher: Ms. Burak (Asst. Principal) 

 
Honors Choir
The Honors Choir is open to all 7th, 8th, and 9th-grade chorus students.  The Honors Chorus will meet on Fridays from 2:30-3:30.  This is an opportunity for highly dedicated students to sing more advanced repertoire.  Rehearsals will begin in October.  More information will be available soon.
Location: Chorus Room
Day: Fridays
Time: 2:30-3:30
Teacher: Ms. Bauman

Honor Wind Band
Honor Wind Band is a one-on-a-part concert band that meets after school. Entrance into this ensemble is fairly competitive, and at-home practice is mandatory. We will not practice notes and rhythms in our rehearsals - those should be learned at home. We will practice articulations, style, and ensemble techniques. This group is for students with strong music reading skills and for students who are ready to put in effort at home. Auditions are open to students in grades 7-9.

Location: Band Room
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 2:30-4pm beginning November 7, 2018
Teacher: Ms. (Dorgan) Fiske


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

Grade 7 and 8 Intramurals on Wednesday's with Ms. McElligott
Grade 6   Intramurals on Thursday's with Mr. Donovan
Day: Wednesday's for grades 7 and 8 and Thursday's for grade 6
Time: 2:20-3:20
Teacher: Ms. McElligott (grade 7 and 8) & Mr. Donovan (Grade 6)

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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 and the Evening of Jazz.

Stress-free auditions will be held in mid-October in the band room after school, 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 2:20-4:00, but accommodates students who have to take the late bus.
There is a $30.00 User fee for this activity.
Location: Chorus Room
Day: Mondays beginning in November
Time: 2:30-4:00
Teacher: TBA
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OMS Jazz Ensemble - Grades 7 & 8

(by audition only)
The OMS Jazz Ensemble is an elite after school jazz ensemble that meets once a week during the school year. It is 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 emphasized at this level. Enrollment is by audition. Students will audition during the second week of September. The audition results will be posted at the end of the auditions. Rehearsals begin the third week of September. 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 2:30 p.m. and run until 5:00 p.m. in the OMS Band Room. The band 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: Mondays beginning 3rd week of September 
Time: 2:30-5:00

Teacher: Mr. Curbow
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Jazz Lab Band - Grades 7 & 8

(by audition only)
Jazz Lab Band is an open jazz ensemble for students wishing to explore jazz. It is 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 emphasized at this level. Enrollment is by audition. Students will audition during the second week of September. The audition results will be posted at the end of the auditions. Rehearsals begin the third week of September. 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 2:30 p.m. and run until 3:20 p.m. in the OMS Band Room. The band will perform at the Winter and Spring Concerts, The Evening of Jazz.
Location: Band Room
Day: Mondays beginning 3rd week of September 
Time: 2:30-3:20

Teacher: Mr. Curbow
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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.
Location: Broadcast STudio (inside Media Center)
Day: Monday-Friday
Time: 7:15-7:45
Teacher: Mr. Scanlan


Math Club 
Students in all grades (6, 7, and 8) are encouraged to participate. in Math Club. Students work in small groups to discuss problem-solving strategies and solutions to challenging math problems. Competitions consist of 5 questions each of which has a time limit. Each Mathlete's score is recorded (online) and submitted (to be compared with scores of other Mathletes across the state, region, country, and the world!

Location: TBA
Day: TBA
Time: TBA
See: Mrs. Donovan in Room 119 if you're interested 

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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 on Friday, October 12th
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 requirements for membership in the NJHS. 
Location: Room 114
Day: Mondays
Time: 2:15-2:45
Teacher: Ms. Whittaker and Mr. Whitting

Newspaper (OMS 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: TBD
Time: 2:15 - 3:00
Teacher: Mr. Scanlon

Peer Leadership 
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. 
Location: Room 207
Day: Thursdays
Time: 2:15-3:15
Teacher: Mrs. Coughlan 

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

Robotics Club 
Website
The Robotics Club uses Lego EV3 robotics, and we will be preparing for our first competition.
Location: Room 122  
Day: Fridays
Time: 2:20-3:15
Teacher: Mrs. Lee & Dr. McGee

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

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 

Spectrum (LGBTQ Club)
This is a club designed for students who would like to discuss tolerance, diversity, and gender identity in a safe, comfortable place where they can be themselves.  Crafts, games and other activities will be involved.  Friends and other supporters are welcome!
Location: Room 114 
Day: Wednesdays starting the end of September. Note: there are NO meetings the second Wednesday of every month.
Time: 2:15-3:30
Teacher: Ms. Brookshire and Mr. Whiting

Student Council
The Middle School Student Council is comprised of equal representation from all academic teams in the middle school. The council advises the principal and the council advisor on student issues and acts as a voice for the student body. They also promote school spirit and community service. The student council is open to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and interested students should complete a nomination packet. The council will meet two times a month from 2:15-3:15 after school. The day of the meeting is TBA.
Location: Chorus Room (100) 
Day: Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays
Time: 2:20-3:15
Teacher: Mr. Block

Tennis Club
Rackets and Tennis Balls will be provided. 
Location: OMS Gymnasium
Day: every Tuesday
Time: 2:15-3:15
Teacher: Mr. Donovan

Video Game Club
If you are interested in video games, come check out the club!
Location: Room 229
Day: every Friday
Time: 2:15-3:15
Teacher: Mr. Mason


Weight Club

The Weight club is tailored to middle school student-athletes and follows the guidelines associated with 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
Yearbook club is responsible for creating the annual OMS yearbook-editing the cover, all pictures, and page layouts using technology provided by Lifetouch Yearbooks.
Location: Room 218
Day: TBD
Time: TBD
Teacher: Mrs. Valair