Clubs & Activities
2019-2020 Clubs and Activities
Sixth grade has an activity night, which can be scheduled throughout the year. Food and beverages are sold. Parents must provide transportation.
6th and 7th Grade Art Club
Students are provided a creative outlet as they strive to bring artwork to the building. They participate in an ongoing mural project with the library every year, and work with other clubs when needed.
Advisor: Mrs. Pieper. Email: email@example.com Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4837.
This club creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students with and without disabilities are matched in a mutually enriching one-to-one friendship. Activities include monthly meetings in the Gateway classroom that foster positive interaction and collaboration between members, and monthly meetings with peer buddies (students without intellectual and developmental disabilities) to enable them to feel comfortable in their roles within the club
The purpose of Book Club is to foster the love of books and reading, as well as leadership, scholarship, citizenship, and character within the BSMS community. Student members assist in organizing and promoting reading by choosing books they love and want to share with others. Book Club meets approximately every other Wednesday of each month. Meetings include discussions about books: their plots, themes, characters, etc. Students decide what books we will read. Each student chooses a book and then leads that book’s discussion.
Mrs. Whisenhunt-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4800
Creative Writing Club
Creative Writing Club: Do you love to write? Creative Writing Club offers you a place to sit and collect your thoughts, get writing advice from your peers and meet people who love to write just as much as you! Members of this club are encouraged to write poetry, short stories, plays, and song lyrics in addition to other forms of writing. One purpose of the club is to have students share their writing with other students so that they may grow and learn as writers. Students will edit their peer’s writing and offer each other ideas to create strong, captivating pieces. Students share their writing on Google Docs. Students in this club have a great appreciation for writing and enjoy exploring their writer’s voices with enthusiasm.
Advisor: Mrs. Varughese-Email: email@example.com Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4858
This club builds school and community awareness of the environment. Activities include garbage clean ups, multiple recycle programs, trout in the classroom and trout release, garden/greenhouse plantings and recycled bird feeders. Please check out our website for updates and more information: Environmental Club Website.
Mr. Santonastaso-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4836
Ms. Northrup-email: email@example.com Phone: 518-884-7200 ext. 4342
FAMILY, CAREER AND COMMUNITY LEADERS OF AMERICA-The purpose of FCCLA is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development; creative and critical thinking; interpersonal communications; practical knowledge; and career preparation. We reach out to our community for service projects and within our group to share skills. All projects are student driven.
Advisor: Mrs. Batteshfirstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 884-7200, ext. 5380
FLL Robotics-Grade 6
6th grade team members learn team work and develop core values through problem solving. Its three teams participate in programming, building and research.
FTC Robotics-Grades 7 & 8
7th and 8th grade team members learn team work and develop core values through problem solving. Its three teams participate in programming, building and research. A final tournament is held at RPI in December.
Advisor: Mr. Ackroyd-Email: email@example.com
The club focuses on building both self-esteem, and sound relationships between teens and adults in the building and between teens and their peers. Activities include discussing difficulties encountered in school and brainstorming solutions. Once a month, members interact in a fun, athletic setting.
Mr. Manning-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 884-7200, ext. 5370
Mr. McNulty-Email: email@example.com Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4818
The GOC meets once per month to provide female students with activities and events to help them become more confident and more invested in the school setting. There is no strict "requirement" for being a part of the group; just that the student would benefit from an additional positive female role model in their lives.
Mrs. Bernd-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4336
Mrs. LeVan-Email: email@example.com
The Green Team's mission is to implement creative ways of raising awareness and convincing others to take action to make our school better for the environment. Our current projects include running the school-wide marker recycling program, brainstorming creative ways to save energy, and increasing awareness of endangered species. We meet two to three times per month, usually on a Wednesday from 2:30-3:20pm. For meeting dates and more information about the Green Teams mission, visit our website: Green Team.
Students explore various world cultures. Activities have included multicultural holiday celebrations, Zumba dance, African jewelry making, card making, the history of chocolate and the importance of the Fair Trade Movement, a foreign film night and an international board game day. Future activities will include international cooking, guest speakers, more opportunities for family and community participation, as well as community service on both a local and global level.
Mrs. Suits-E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4889
Mrs. Whisenhunt-Email: email@example.com. Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4800
This ensemble meets once a week and has no less than two performances a year. The purpose of this group is to rehearse and perform jazz music while encouraging improvisation.
Advisors: Mr. Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org 884-7200, ext. 4326 & Mrs. Seymour email@example.com 884-7150 ext. 2389
Launching Pad/Drama Club
Middle School students produce at least one show per year. Rehearsals are after school. Students can also be a part of the stage crew or sound and lighting crew. Students from all grade levels are encouraged to participate. Please see our webpage for more information about this years play.
Advisor: Mr. Shaver-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4823
Middle School Dances
All Ballston Spa Middle School students may attend. Food and beverages are sold at the dances. Parents must provide transportation and ensure that students are picked up promptly. Failure to do this could result in not being allowed to attend the next dance.
Middle School NCBI Club
NCBI stands for the National Coalition Building Institute. It is an international organization which works to teach about prejudice and discrimination and helps different groups of people learn to accept each other through forming friendships and becoming allies. Our goal is to have all Middle School students become part of our community of caring, generosity and kindness. Students will participate in club and whole-school activities to help make Ballston Spa Middle School the most welcoming place for all. The Middle School is a Gold Star No Place for Hate school through the Anti-Defamation League.
National Junior Honor Society
The goal of the club is to encourage students’ development in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, citizenship and character.
NPFH Middle School Club
The No Place For Hate curriculum was created by the Golub Corporation to enhance a culture of respect and to create a safe bully free environment for all students at all grade levels in schools. In compliance with the NY state dignity act, the No Place For Hate initiative offers schools the opportunity to be recognized for their staff development and student training related to bullying, harassment and discrimination. We empower students, family members and teachers to all take stand against bullying and hate! We believe with that goal in mind and practice, all students can thrive!
Our No Place for Hate club goal is to have all Middle School students become part of our community of caring, generosity and kindness. Students will participate in club and whole-school activities to help make Ballston Spa Middle School the most welcoming place for all. We will work together toward the designation of a Gold Star No Place for Hate school through the Anti-Defamation League. Meetings are held the second Thursdays of each month in room 305. Additional work meetings may be held on opposite Thursdays as our agenda dictates. Listen to announcements for reminders.
Odyssey of the Mind
This is a long-term problem-solving program. A group of seven students works together to develop solutions for a variety of tasks. Competitions are held in February.
Advisor: Mrs. Shorey Email: email@example.com Phone: 884-7200, ext. 5375
Peer Leader Program
The Peer Leader Program is designed to help sixth graders transition into the Middle School. Peer Leaders help students learn how to navigate the building, open their lockers, organize their materials, take the late bus and so much more! Peer Leaders are more than just role models to their 6th graders, they become great friends! Peer Leaders meet monthly after school with their advisors and attend at a minimum one evening or after school event with their 6th graders.
Mrs. Albrycht-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4705
Mrs. Brandt-Email: email@example.com. Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4701
Mrs. Johanning-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4371
Mrs. Barrette-Email: email@example.com. Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4607
This club raises a school-wide collection of pennies to donate to the charities of the club’s choice. Students collect pennies within their grade level. Harvest leaders then have round table discussions to learn about various charities and decide which to donate to.
Advisor: Mr. Mazierski-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 884-7200, ext. 5104
Rubik's Cube Club
Always wonder how to solve the mysterious colored cube…well you are in luck! We have a Rubik's cube club where we get together to learn and talk strategy. We meet once a month after school. It is an informal group of students looking to master the cube, hope to see you there.
Advisor: Mr. Germann-Email: email@example.com Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4816
Running club is for runners of any ability, any speed, in the Middle School. We will teach you the basics of stretching, breathing, pacing, core strength, and, of course, running. We meet in Room 416 before moving to the track. Come run with us and have a lot of fun doing it! The club meets after school in 416 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
SeaPerch (Underwater Robotics):
Seaperch is a club sponsored by the US Navy where students work side by side with engineers to build underwater remote controlled vehicles. We compete in a regional competition where the winners get to go on to the national competition. We compete in two events; the a challenge course known as the Technical and also the Obstacle course. We meet every Wednesday starting in October until our competition in Mid-April. We will also meet on Saturday’s as the competition gets closer.
This year students will be competing in TARC-Team America Rocketry Challenge. This international competition is sponsored by the department of defense and many other major contractors with the ability to win a trip to England and a $25k scholarship. Students will build large solid fuel rockets that can launch an egg to a specified height. This competition is open to all 7-12 grade students. Sixth graders can still join and will start building their first solid fuel rockets.
Students participate in service related activities within the school and community. Some activities include, but are not limited to, collecting school supplies for students in need, raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer research, collecting food and then distributing it to families in need, spreading holiday cheer for local senior citizens, raising awareness and funds for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and honoring law enforcement on Blue Friday. All students are welcome to join anytime!
Advisor: Mrs. Fountain-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4871
Beginners to advanced skiers/boarders take a bus to West Mountain in Queensbury on four Tuesdays beginning in January. More information is available in the fall/winter.
Mr. McNulty-Email: email@example.com Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4818
Mr. Noonan-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the student government for all Middle School clubs and activities. Student elections occur in mid-October.
Mrs. Brandt-Email: email@example.com Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4701
Mrs. Bisceglia-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4368
Students Helping Students
This is a weekly tutoring/ mentoring program where select high school students come to the middle school to work with students on academics. This is a great mentoring opportunity for the high school and middle school students. It also eases the transition for many middle school students as they go to the high school.
Advisor: Mrs. Piotrowski-Email: email@example.com Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4312
The club plans and designs the yearbook. Students take pictures, choose layouts, organize receipts, and collaborate to choose the best design of the book. Advisors guide students through the decision process.
Mrs. Blanchet-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4874
Mrs. Summersell-Email: email@example.com Phone: 884-7200, ext. 4372