T/E Middle School Clubs and Activities
We are currently adding start dates below for 2019-2020 Culbs/Activities as they become available:
Academic Competition (Grades 7, 8)
Start Date: TBA
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)
Start Date: TBA
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.
Permission slip for AACC
Art Club (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)
Start Dates: Grade 5 Wed 9/4, Grade 6 Thurs 9/5, Grades 7 & 8 Tues 9/3
Sponsors- Mrs. Flint and Mrs. Turner
Grade 5: Every Wed, 3:10 - 4:40 pm, Room 153 Mrs. Turner
Grade 6: Every Thursday, 3:10 - 4:40 pm, Room 153 Mrs. Turner
Grade 7: Every Tuesday, 3:10 - 4:40 pm, Room 152 Mrs. Flint
Grade 8: Every Tuesday, 3:10 - 4:40 pm, Room 152 Mrs. Flint
Permission slip for Art Club
In Art Club students in Grades 5th – 8th will have opportunities to create 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, mixed media and drawing.
Buddy Games (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)
Start Date: Monday, Sept 2
Sponsor- Ms. Turner
Monday - 3:10 - 4:00 pm, Room 153, September to May
Permission Slip for Buddy Games
This club follows the “Best Buddies International” model- interact, socialize, play board games, and have fun in a welcoming environment.
Creative Writing Club Grades ( 5, 6, 7, 8)
Start Date: Wednesday, September 25
Wednesdays 3:15 - 4:00
Sponsor - Mrs. Lori Henry-Watson
Permission slip for Creative Writing Club
The Creative Writing Club is a fun and relaxing outlet for students who love to write creatively, share ideas and work collaboratively. Club members will explore various writing prompts and engage in unique writing activities. This club is meant for the passionate writer who wants to join other like-minded students for the joy of writing!
Cross-Country Club (6, 7, 8)
Start Date: Wednesday September 11
Monday through Thursday - September through end of October
Meeting Date: September 9, 2019
First Run*: September 11, 2019
*Permission slip required
Sponsors - Mrs. Christine Riggs & Mr. Wes Parker
After School Sports & Running Club Parent Letter
Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information & Acknowledgement Form
Concussion Information & Acknowledgement Form
The Cross-Country Club provides students in grades 6-8 with an opportunity to improve their running ability and overall self-confidence while fostering a spirit of camaraderie within the training group. Runs will take place in the local neighborhoods, on T/E fields and on the Conestoga High School track.
The program is designed to enable a novice runner to complete a 5K run (3.1 miles) by the end of the season.
Due to the nature of the club and our concern for our runner's safety, club membership is limited to 20 runners. Therefore, we are asking the athletes to commit themselves to the program and participate fully should they choose to sign up.
Bulldog Ambassadors (Grades 7, 8)
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 5, 6)
Start Date: TBA
Sponsor - Mrs. Kirsten Bortz and Ashley Way
The drama production will be open to all grades 5 - 8 this year. 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.
Flower Show Club (Grades 6, 7, 8)
Start Dates: Wed 9/9
Sponsors- Mrs. Flint in Room 152
Permission slip for Flower Show Club
Students in grades six through eight are invited to participate in a juried exhibit at the Philadelphia flower show in the spring of this school year. In this club, students will learn the art of pressed flowers – from gathering, collecting & pressing flowers to collaging and designing a composition based on a theme presented by the Pennsylvania horticultural Society.
French Culture Club (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)
Start Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019
Sponsor - Mme Doig, Mme Roth
Select Thursdays - 3:15-4:10, Room 3
The French Culture Club is for students in all four grade levels who want to explore fun topics like cooking, film, art, sports and music in French speaking countries. The club is open to all students, including those not taking French languages classes. Students will have a chance to enjoy and learn about French culture in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere. ALL CLUB MEMBERS MUST ARRANGE FOR TRANSPORTATION HOME AT 4:10. The club begins on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3rd; students may join any time throughout the school year. Students may not participate without having returned a signed permission slip.
French Culture Club Dates:
10/3/19, 10/24/19, 11/14/19,
12/5/19, 1/9/20, 1/30/20, 2/20/20, 3/12/20, 4/16/20, 5/7/20, 5/28/20
Permission Slip for French Culture Club
Intramural Sports (Grades 5, 6)
Monday – Thursday, 3:15 - 3:45 pm, Large Gym. Start Date - Monday Sept 16th
Coordinator - Mr Robert Kirkby
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.
Two signed forms needed to participate: 5th & 6th Grade After School Sports Medical Forms
Permission Slip for Intramural Sports
Lego Club (Grades 5 & 6)
Start Date: TBA
Days and times: Every Thursday, 2:40-3:10 in Room 204
Sponsor – Mrs. Melissa Radico
Permission Slip for Lego Club
LEGO Club is designed to engage students in creating, and building structures with LEGOs. Students can engage others of like interests in sharing, creating, and building ideas as well as long lasting friendships through the art of LEGO building.
"Magic The Gathering" Club (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)
Start Date: October 3rd 2019
Sponsor- Mrs. Gordon
Thursdays- 3:15 - 4:15 pm in Room 145
Permission Slip for Magic the Gathering
Bring your MAGIC cards (or use ours) to build decks and to play with other students.
This club is for students of all skill levels - from beginner to experienced.
Maintenance Monday (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)
Start date TBA
Sponsor - TBA
Monday, 2:35 - 3:10 pm Library
Maintenance Monday is oriented toward helping students with the organization of their materials and assignments. Students meet Mrs. Galanti 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. Students must arrange transportation or submit permission to walk home.
Mathcounts (Grades 6, 7, 8)
Start Dates: Grade 6:
Monday mornings 7:30-8:20AM (starting Nov.11) in Room 121
Friday afterschool 3:10-3:40 (starting Jan 10)
Grades 7 and 8: Tuesday Sept 10th during lunch/activity, Room 150, 4th period (bring a pencil)
Permission Slip 6th grade
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.
6th grader Mathcounts, please come to the practices with a pencil, paper and a folder to keep all handouts. Participants are expected to attend all meetings. If you are unable to attend a practice session or a test session, please let Mrs Patek know as soon as possible.
Model U.N. (Grades 6, 7, 8)
Start Date: TBA
Sponsors - Mr. Hardy
Jr. Model UN 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.
Multicultural Club (Grades 7&8)
Start Date: Informational meeting Tuesday, September 7 during 4th period in Ms. Elshakhs’ room (120A) – Bring your lunch and eat with us!
Days and times: The 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month during 4th period lunch AND activity
Sponsors – Mr. Orlando Carvajal & Mrs. Muna Elshakhs
The purpose of the multicultural club is to educate ourselves and others and foster an appreciation of the many cultures represented within our school through various activities and cultural appreciation days. The club will also look to create opportunities for students to use their leadership skills within the school community. Finally, we will have discussions on various cultural topics relating to the cultures represented in our school community.
Music Groups – Band, Chorus, Orchestra (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)
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 all students take place before school, from 7:45 - 8:20 am. 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.
Reading Olympics (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)
Start Date Sept 23rd
Mondays 3:10 - 3:55 (parent pick up required)
Sponsor - Mrs. Bernadette Kearns
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 3:10pm to 3:55pm in room 215, until January when the club will begin to meet every week in preparation for the competition.
Permission Slip for Reading Olympics
Robotics Club (Grades 7, 8) and Jr. Robotics Club (Grades 5, 6)
Start Date: Week of September 17
Robotics Club (7/8) meets Mondays and Wednesdays 3:10-4:40
Jr. Robotics Club (5/6) meets Tuesdays 3:10-4:10
Sponsor – Mr. Andrew Broadhead and Mr. Keith Nunnelee
Permission Slip for Robotics Club 7/8 Mon/Wed
Permission Slip for Jr. Robotics Club 5/6 Tues
Robotics Club use the VEX challenge materials. Students will access online VEX curriculum and apply their new found knowledge to robot design. Seventh and Eighth graders work in teams to build robots ready for area competition in the spring. Participation in this club requires problem solving, individual research, focus, dedication and commitment. Regular attendance is required.
Science Olympiad Grades (6, 7, 8)
Start Date: Oct. 3rd
Sponsors – Dr. Jothi Strohmetz and Mrs. Sally Leathersich
Science Olympiad is a Fall–Spring extra-curricular club dedicated to increasing students' interest in science, improving scientific reasoning, and developing thought processes through lab, test, and building activities. It requires teamwork, dedication, and commitment to meetings, as well as working on events independently outside of school.
The club is open to 6th through 8th graders. A calendar of meetings will be provided to the students and posted to the Science Olympiad Schoology group. Meetings are after school on Thursdays. Invitational Competitions are on Saturdays in January.
Permission slip for Science Olympiad
Stage Crew (Grades 6, 7, 8)
Start Date: TBA
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)
Start Date: Monday, September 2
Mondays, 3:10 - 4:40 pm, Room 153
Sponsor - Ms. Turner
Permission Slip for Strategy Games
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)
Start Date: Sept 23rd
Monday – Thursday, 3:15 - 4:15 pm, Room 130
Sponsors - Mrs. Nancy Hirst
Permission Slip for Tutoring Club
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)
Start Date: Monday, September 17
Monday – Friday, 7:45 - 8:37 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.
Student information form for TV Studio
Writing Club / School Newspaper (Grades 5, 6, 7, 8)
Start Date: Thursday, October 10
Thursdays, 3:10 - 3:40 pm, Rooms 112 and 107 (schedule to be communicated)
Sponsors - Dr. Kathryn McDermott and Mr. Richard Mattison
Permission Slip for Newspaper Writing Club
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)
Start Date: Wednesday, October 1st
Wednesdays 3:10 pm-3:45 pm or 3:10 pm-4pm, Room 106
Sponsor - Mrs. Kathryn Matilla
Permission Slip for Yearbook Club
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.