Clubs and Activities

 

kids performing in drama club performance

Minisink Valley Middle School offers a wide range of activities to meet the social and emotional needs and desires of its students.  We encourage every student to become involved in one or more of these co-curricular activities.

Clubs
Co-curricular activities (clubs or sports) offer  a variety of enriched experiences to supplement traditional classroom settings which can  help enhance their academic performance.

Builders Club
The Builders Club is a service organization that provides opportunities for students to work together on projects within the middle school and surrounding communities. Through these activities, members develop leadership, teamwork, and organizational skills that make a direct impact on the world around them.

Advisers: Mrs. Kingly and Ms. Gage

Chess Club
When it comes to mind games, chess is undoubtedly at the top of the list. This game has been around for more than 1,600 years and  chess remains one of the most popular games among people of all ages.  People who are familiar with this game are aware of the extent to which this game helps increase the sharpness of mind.

Adviser: Mrs. Johnson and Ms. Held

Drama Club
All students are invited to audition for the annual drama club production. A successful production depends on an exemplary performance from all cast and crew members. Teamwork is a valued element of the  Drama Club.

Adviser: Ms. Ventre

Gay-Straight Alliance

The Gay-Straight Alliance is a club which provides a safe space for students to meet, support each other, and work together to build bridges and end discrimination and bullying.  The GSA creates a safe space for ALL students.  Our goal is to work toward a bully-free school environment while learning about the issues faced by the LGBTQ community.

Advisers: James Fox and Eden Held

Jazz Band
Jazz band is a select group of middle school musicians that meet after school. Students must audition for the group at the beginning of the year. The students will perform different music styles such as Rock, Latin, Funk, and Swing.  Students will explore jazz improvisation and music theory.

Adviser: Ms. Shafer

Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is a team of seven members with auditions for these team slots taking place in the fall.  The team meets after school to create and perform a solution to a long-term problem over the winter months.  The second part is spontaneous problem solving which is “on the spot” creative problem solving.  The program culminates in a regional competition in the spring.

Advisers: Ms. Yanis and Ms. Salguero

Select Choir
The Middle School Select Chorus is intended for dedicated, serious singers. It rehearses after school and perform music at an advanced level. Tryouts are in September for any chorus student in grades 6, 7, or 8.

Adviser: Ms. Ventre

Tech Crew
The Tech Crew helps set up for plays, assemblies and concerts. Throughout the year, they also learn to use all the tech equipment needed within the school.

Adviser: Mrs. Ferguson

Ukulele Club
Ukulele Club provides students with an opportunity to expand upon their ukulele skills, learn new songs, and make music with their friends. Students in the club are given multiple opportunities to perform at various venues. This club meets after school on Tuesdays until 3:15 p.m.

Adviser: Ms, Wiley

Student Government
Students uphold and carry out the rules, regulations, and constitution of the Minisink Valley Middle School. It is our mission to provide our peers, teachers, and administrators with an interactive, well-developed, and respected school filled with various events, and fundraisers. Student Government also plans and organizes student dances, field day, School Spirit Week and school fundraisers.

Advisers: Jen Pagnanella and Matt Moyles

Pet Club
Pet Club is an organization that promotes the joy of pet ownership and the humane treatment of pets through education and advocacy.  The Pet Club has members in grades 6-8 that meet after school every 7 to 10 days.  Meeting dates may change due to advisor/member/guest visitor availability.

Adviser: Amy Sicina

Math Team
The Minisink Valley Junior Math team is an academic team that is a member of the Mid-Hudson Junior Math League. The team is comprised of 6th , 7th , 8th , and 9th grade students that enjoy and excel at mathematics. The team practices weekly and holds 6 competitions against local area schools. Students compete in categories that include: speed and accuracy, geometry, proportional reasoning, and a wild card category. At the end of the season qualified teams attend the Math Team Finals and compete for the title of champion of the Math League.

Adviser: Ashely Hamilton

Athletics
Participation in athletic programs helps to maintain physical fitness and builds good character in participants. Support of interscholastic athletics does much to build school spirit and a feeling of solidarity within the community.

Athletic Process: Middle school to high school