WGMS Clubs and Activities for 2019-2020

Art Club

Advisor:  Corie Parry-Cantello
Eligible: All students
Meetings: Usually Tuesdays, bi-weekly during IT starting in October through the end of May (meetings and changes to the schedule will be on the announcements)
Descriptions: Students will have the opportunity to engage with familiar and new materials to create works of art throughout the year. Art Club is an environment to try new things, learn new skills and styles of art. Art experiences will include drawing, painting, three-dimensional work and fiber arts.

Battle of the Books

Advisor: Jan Chemotti
Eligible: All students
Meetings:  Usually Tuesdays, bi-weekly during IT starting in October through the end of May (meetings and changes to the schedule will be on the announcements)
Descriptions: Fun competitions in a Jeopardy-style format; students need parent permission slip, a completed team roster and team logo submitted before Thanksgiving vacation. Teams of 4 students, each student should read 4 of the books on the list and attend each match. Teams play 3 preliminary competitions and advance based on points accumulated. Final Four competition is held in May.

French Club

Advisor: Heather Molina
Eligible: 7th & 8th Grade French students
Meetings: One Wednesday a month during IT beginning in late September and running through May. Meetings and changes to the schedule will be on the announcements.
Descriptions: Various activities to enhance the learning experience of our French students by exploring the culture and language as an extension of the classroom.

Game Club

Advisor: Toni Abdo
Eligible: All students
Meetings: Thursdays during Interaction Time (per announcement), starting in October
Descriptions: Students have an opportunity to socialize and play board games.

Interact Club

Advisor: Maria Dattellas, Angie Keida
Eligible: All students
Meetings: Informational meeting in late September. Monthly meetings will be held Thursdays during IT. (Per announcements) Starting in October.
Descriptions: Interact is a Service Club for youth who want to connect with other young people and have fun while serving their community and learning about the world.

Jazzkatz

Advisor: Martha Grener
Eligible: Starts in October and runs most Thursdays 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Meetings: Informational meeting in late September. Monthly meetings will be held Thursdays during IT. (Per announcements) Starting in October.
Descriptions: Students must currently be able to read music and play a band or orchestra instrument, or guitar.

 Leadership Club

Advisor: Janine Corning
Eligible: All students
Meetings: Wednesdays during IT (December through February)
Descriptions: Develop leadership skills using team building activities. Students will be able to apply their experiences to real world situations.

Makerspace Club

Advisor: Ben Besemer
Eligible: All students
Meetings:  Indepentent Activities – Every Wednesday during interaction time. Group Activities – 1st Wednesday of every month during interaction time.
Descriptions:  The West Genesee Middle School Makerspace Club provide weekly hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in design, engineering, science, and tinkering. (https://sites.google.com/westgenesee.org/makerspace)

Optimist Speech Contest

Advisor: Melissa Smith, Stacey Sommer
Eligible: All students
Meetings:  Meetings typically begin in November and culminates with a district event in February.
Descriptions:  Contestants write, memorize, and deliver speeches to differing audiences including the Toastmasters. This contest allows students to polish their writing, editing, and presentation skills in a comfortable and encouraging environment. Students must be willing to write, memorize, and perform their original speech to participate.

Science Club

Advisor:  Patti Connor
Eligible: All students
Meetings:  Meetings every other Tuesday during IT.
Descriptions:  Science Club will offer students an opportunity to choose science topics and labs that they are interested in investigating and completing to enrich their science experience. Science careers and opportunities will be presented. The club will also support science fair projects by allowing students more resources for their projects.

Science Fair

Advisor:  Maggie Barrett
Eligible: All students
Meetings: The Science Fair is February. Specific date to be annouced later.
Descriptions: Students pick a topic of interest to generate a question or a problem. They will use the scientific method to come to a conclusion and then present their investigation to a group of judges. The projects will be on display during a public viewing hour the evening of the Science Fair.

Spanish Club

Advisor: Spanish Teachers
Eligible: 7th & 8th Grade Spanish students
Meetings: Typically one time per month during Interaction Time (per announcement)
Descriptions: Various activities to enhance the learning experience of our Spanish students by exploring the culture and language as an extension of the classroom.

Spelling Bee

Advisor: Kerry Uy
Eligible: All students
Meetings: Initial Spelling Test takes place in English class. The District Spelling Bee is in November.
Descriptions: Students from both MS and our four elementary schools compete for a chance to represent WG at local and national spelling bee. Students are given a written test in English classes if they want to participate are are chosen based on their spelling ability.

Tech Club

Advisor: Shanna McCarty
Eligible: All students
Meetings: Every Friday during Interaction Time. Club runs October – May
Descriptions: Students will be given the opportunity to put their creativity to the test.They will have the chance to work on woodworking projects for themselves and others.Additionally, the group will be taking on a service learning project where they will help support others by raising awareness of, and money for, different causes.

Yearbook Committee

Advisor: Angela Keida, Lindsay Hiserodt
Eligible: All students
Meetings: Meetings will be on Thursdays during IT. Students will have to listen for announcements.
Descriptions: Criteria for Admission: Completed Application; Good Academic & Behavioral Standing; Parental Permission. Description of Committee Activities: Members are responsible for designing the current year’s edition of the WGMS Yearbook. Members must be committed to attending the regularly scheduled meetings as well as various afterschool events such as sporting events, musical, etc. for the purpose of taking photos for the yearbook.