T/E Middle School Clubs and Activities


Academic Competition (Grades 7, 8)

Days and times TBD

Sponsors - Mrs. Rebecca Ferenchick and Mr. Paul Ferris

Knowledge Bowl is an academic competition open to 7th and 8th grade students at TEMS. Tryout for the teams occur during the month of January. Each grade will take a single team of 8 students. Teams will practice on a weekly basis from January until the competition at the end of April. The competition, sponsored by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, includes up to 33 local middle school teams. This is a wonderful opportunity for any student interested in trivia or Jeopardy.


African-American Culture Club (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Days and times TBD

AACC's purpose is to increase knowledge of African-American history and culture, develop leadership skills, and to create opportunities for students to use leadership skills to contribute to our school and local communities. AACC aims to help students understand how to respect and be proud of our cultural diversity through collaboration, historical knowledge, and self-esteem. 


Art Club (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Grades 5 and 6: Alternate Thursdays, 2:33 – 3:30 pm, Room 152

Grades 7 and 8: Tuesday, 2:33 – 3:30 pm, Room 152

Sponsor - Mrs. Khara Flint

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Students work on long term fine arts projects. This is a studio-based club where students develop fine arts skills in many different mediums; such as clay, acrylic, pastel, sculpting, metals and drawing. Parents and visiting artists will be presenting their unique works and mediums for us to try also (e.g., batik, print making).


Board Games and Beyond (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Thursday, 2:40 – 4:00 pm, Room 210, starts Jan. 21, 2016

Sponsor - Mrs. Melissa Radico

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Board Games and Beyond is an off-shoot of the Strategy Games Club held on Thursdays with Ms. Turner. Students from different grade levels will have an opportunity to share their enjoyment of games by continuing to play strategy games as well as an assortment of board games. Students are invited to bring their own games.


Buddy Games (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Wednesday - 2:33 - 3:15 pm, Room 153, October to May 

Sponsor - Ms. Victoria Turner

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This club follows the “Best Buddies International” model- interact, socialize, play board games, and have fun in a welcoming environment.


Bulldog Ambassadors (Grades 7, 8)

Days and times TBD

Coordinator - Ms. Wendi Wilson

The T/E Middle School Bulldog Ambassador Program is comprised of selected 7th and 8th grade students who participate in various school and community projects. Our Ambassadors are available to assist parents during Curriculum Night and Parent Conferences. Ambassadors mentor new students and help them to adapt to our school. In the spring, the Ambassadors take the 4th grade elementary school students through a tour of our building during their move up day. Then, in September, the Ambassadors assist the 5th graders in the halls. Ambassadors are also trained in peer mediation and may be called upon to help students resolve their differences. 

Drama Club (Grades 7, 8)

Days and times TBD

Sponsor - Mrs. Kirsten Bortz

The drama production group includes 7th and 8th grade students that participate in all aspects of this year’s drama production. Students may choose to audition for the cast, or join the production stage crew, which will handle scene changes of set pieces and props. Students may also opt to assist in other areas of the production process, including set and prop building/creation, painting, and costuming. Note: The Drama Club alternates grades every year. Next year, the Drama Club, will be for 5th and 6th grade students.


Edge (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Alternate Tuesdays or Thursdays, Room 214

Sponsor - Ms. Muna Elshakhs

Girls have the power to change the world when they are educated, healthy and safe, but in some countries their right to have a voice is nonexistent. Girl Up is a United Nations Foundation that encourages teens to stand up for girls by raising awareness and funds to protect girls’ rights to an education. As a community of over half a million passionate leaders, it aids the hardest to reach young women in places where it’s nearly impossible to be a girl and make a difference.


Helping Hands (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Monday, 2:40 - 3:10 pm, Room 208, meeting dates will vary

Sponsor - Ms. Joy Seymour and Mrs. Sally Leathersich

Helping Hands is a community service club that serves the T/E Middle School community as well as neighboring areas. Example activities are writing cards to soldiers, planting flowers, cleaning the courtyard, or visiting students at the Timothy School. Students may participate when their schedules permit. Activities are held throughout the year.


Intramural Sports (Grades 5, 6)

Monday – Thursday, 2:40 - 3:10 pm, Large Gym, starting date TBD

Coordinator - Mrs. Kristi Rickel

After school sports is a time where students can engage in sports/activities that promote sportsmanship, self-direction and collaboration. It takes place outside on the fields and in the large gym during inclement weather.


Lego Club (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Days and times TBD

Sponsor – Mrs. Melissa Radico


Maintenance Monday (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Monday, 2:35 – 3:10 pm, Library, starting date TBD

Sponsor - Mrs. Kristin Galella

Maintenance Monday is oriented toward helping students with the organization of their materials and assignments. Students meet Mrs. Galella in the Library on Monday afternoons to receive help organizing binders and/or backpacks and using their assignment books to plan out upcoming work or keep track of missing assignments. Students may attend on an as-needed basis.


Mathcounts (Grades 6, 7, 8)

Grades 6: Days and times TBD

Grades 7 and 8: Tuesday and Thursday, during lunch/activity, Room 150, starts Mid-September

Sponsors - Mrs. Lisa Stehouwer and Mrs. Jacqueline Patek

The 7th and 8th grade Mathcounts Club meets Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunch/activity. Students work on problem solving strategies and skills. During the month of November, the school competition is held to determine the 10 students who will compete in the county competition in February. The winning team from the county advances to the state competition held in April. Mathcounts for sixth grade is a math competition team in which students will compete in groups of four at a one-time county competition. The competition will be on a Saturday in March. Practices will take place November through March for any interested students. Practice will be before or after school and will be determined by student availability.


Model U.N. (Grades 6, 7, 8)

Sponsors - Ms. Muna Elshakhs and Mr. Bill Bryant

Alternate Thursdays, 2:40 - 3:45 pm, Room 214, starts Oct. 15 

This club gives students an opportunity to learn about international relations and global issues, while teaching them skills in researching, writing, public speaking, and diplomacy. Members will have the opportunity to meet students from other schools in the Greater Philadelphia area during 3 different conference field trips in Philadelphia. 


Music Groups – Band, Chorus, Orchestra (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Schedule Below

Teachers - Mrs. Christine Gyza, Mr. William Seaton and Mr. Michael Stefano

TE Middle School offers a variety of music opportunities for students, including 5 Band, 6 Band, 7/8 Band, 5/6 String Orchestra, 7/8 Orchestra, 5 Chorus, 6 Chorus, 7/8 Chorus, 7/8 Cantabile, Jazz Band, and Jazz Ensemble. Students are invited to participate in multiple ensembles, if they desire. Ensemble rehearsals for 7th and 8th grade students take place before school, from 7:15 - 7:45 am, while ensemble rehearsals for 5th and 6th grade students take place after school, from 2:35 - 3:10 pm. Students in Band, Orchestra, and Chorus have one small group sectional rehearsal each week in addition to the full-ensemble rehearsal. Band and Orchestra sectionals take place during the school day on a rotating schedule, and Chorus sectionals take place during students’ scheduled activity period.



7:15 - 7:45 am - 7/8 Orchestra (Room 170)

2:33 - 3:10 pm- 5/6 Orchestra (Room 170)



7:15 - 7:45 am - 7/8 Band (Room 170)

2:33 - 3:10 pm - 5 Band (Room 170)

2:33 - 3:10 pm - 6 Chorus (Room 10)



7:15 - 7:45 am - Cantabile (Room 10)

2:33 - 3:10 pm - 6 Band (Room 170)

2:33 - 3:10 pm - 5 Chorus (Room 10) 



7:15 - 7:45 am - 7/8 Chorus (Room 10)

2:33 - 4:10 pm - Jazz Band/Jazz Ensemble (Stage, Room 170)


Reading Olympics (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Days TBD, 2:35 – 3:35pm, Room 175

Sponsor - Mrs. Renee Jacobs

Reading Olympics Club provides a unique opportunity for students in grades 5 through 8, who enjoy reading. Students will read and discuss books in teams. The teams will represent T/E Middle in a county-wide competition, held in the spring, where they will answer questions about the books they have read. The club meets every other week, from 2:35pm to 3:35pm in room 175, until January when the club will begin to meet every week in preparation for the competition.  


Robotics Club (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Days and times TBD

Sponsor – Mrs. Lynne Randy Loukissas and Mr. Andrew Broadhead


Running Club (Grades 6, 7, 8)

Wednesday, 2:50 – 3:45pm, Room 206

Sponsors - Mrs. Christine Riggs and Mrs. Patty Hino

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Runs will take place in local neighborhoods, on T/E fields and/or the Conestoga track. We will also focus on stretching and general conditioning. Some club objectives are learn about the sport of running; improve ability; complete a T/E 5K (optional); complete a local 5K race (optional); and share in the camaraderie of the sport. Club meeting on Sept. 28 and practice starts on Sept. 30. 


Science Olympiad (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Thursday, 2:40 - 3:30 pm, Room 122, starts Sept. 17

Sponsors - Mrs. Sally Leathersich and Mr. Ryan Roberts

Science Olympiad is a year-long extracurricular club dedicated to increasing students' interest in science, improving scientific reasoning, and developing thought process through lab, test, and building activities. It requires teamwork, dedication, and commitment to weekly meetings as well as working on events outside of school. The club is for 5th through 8th graders; however, due to Division B State guidelines, only 6th through 8th graders are able to compete in competitions. 


Sewing Club (Grades 7, 8)

Tuesday and Thursday, 11:15 am - 12:05pm, Room 3, October to May

Sponsor - Mrs. Kirsten Bortz

The Sewing Club, comprised of 7th and 8th grade students, meets twice a week from October through May. Participants learn a variety of sewing techniques, including working from a pattern and more extensive use of the sewing machine and its capabilities. Projects will include individual items that participants may keep, and a cooperative effort to create appropriate costumes for the 5th and 6th grade drama production.


Stage Crew (Grades 6, 7, 8)

Days and times TBD

Sponsor - Mr. William Seaton

TEMS Stage crew is an opportunity for students in grades 6 - 8 to assist in the assemblies, presentations, and concerts in the auditorium at TEMS. Students will be given training on the sound and lighting equipment during activity periods throughout the year to assist them in these responsibilities. If interested in stage crew, see Mr. Seaton in room 171 to sign up.


Student Council (Grades 6, 7, 8)

Grade 6: Tuesday, 7:30 – 8:00 am

Grades 7 and 8: Monday, 5th period

Advisor - Mrs. Jennifer Tyrell

Student Council is elected by the students of TEMS during Student council elections each May. The group includes a total of 20 students comprising of sixth, seventh and eighth graders. All students are together in one homeroom and spend most mornings working on Student Council activities throughout the year.


Strategy Games (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Tuesday, 2:40 - 4:00 pm, Room 153  

Sponsor - Ms. Victoria Turner

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Join a group of people who play popular games involving problem solving and heroic adventures, try one of our many games from our club supply, or bring your own game to share.


Tutoring Club (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Monday – Thursday, 2:45 - 3:45 pm, Room 130, starts Sept. 28

Sponsors - Mrs. Carol Scott and Mrs. Nancy Hirst

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Tutoring Club is open to any student who has a need for extra help. Students from Conestoga High School provide peer tutoring along with a TEMS teacher. Students need to arrive on time and should bring specific work assignments or review materials to each session. Students should also be aware that the tutors are available to help them, but not to do the work for them.


TV Studio (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Monday – Friday, 7:15 - 7:55 am, TV Studio

Sponsors - Mr. Keith Nunnelee and Mr. Richard Mattison

The TEMS Bulldog TV Studio is an opportunity for 5th – 8th grade students to participate in a daily TV broadcast to the students and faculty during their homerooms. This group meets every morning at 7:15 am with a rotating schedule of students to work that day’s broadcast. Through this experience students will get to learn the on camera and off camera responsibilities during a TV broadcast on industry standard equipment. This experience will prepare students for continued work at Conestoga with their TETV program. This group will run for the length of the school year.  


Writing Club / School Newspaper (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Monday, 2:40 - 3:10 pm, Room 109, starts Oct. 5

Sponsors - Dr. Kathryn McDermott and Mr. Richard Mattison

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The Writing Club is open to students of all grade levels who love to write stories and poems, conduct interviews, create puzzles, draw comics, and more! The submissions from this club are used to create our students newspaper, The Bulldog Press.


Yearbook (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)

Meeting dates and times will vary, 2:33 - 3:10 pm or 2:33 -3:30 pm, Room 204

Sponsor - Mrs. Kathryn Matilla

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Yearbook is open to any student interested in photography and/or design. Yearbook meeting times/days will be dependent on the deadlines that we have to meet over the course of the school year.