Clubs/Activities at UMS
78’s (After School Choir) – C103 with Ms. Makvana
The 78's is an after-school choir group that meets after school from 3:05-4:30. The group performs in two concerts throughout the year. Any student in UMS may join.
CLAW Newspaper – B111 with Mr. Barra
As members of The CLAW newspaper staff, students practice the craft of journalism in its many forms, with the goal of producing an amateur publication with a professional feel. The CLAW seeks to publish polished works in the following genres: local newswriting, opinion/editorial writing, feature writing, sports & arts writing, and works of graphic & visual art. Staff meetings are alternate Wednesdays. ALL students are welcome & valued. The CLAW meets on Wednesdays.
Computer Club – C101 with Mrs. Markmann
Computer Club will have two main activities this year. During the fall, we will be making t-shirt designs as gifts during the holidays and in January students will be learning a programming language. Listen for announcements during the school year. Come explore the Internet and learn something new! Computer Club meets on Tuesdays, beginning on January 6th.
Debate Team – B-114 with Ms. Kevorkian
Eighth-grade students are invited to audition for the UMS Debate Team, which competes in the Mini-Model Congress event each year. Students learn to assess controversial issues and then argue a position, a process which includes researching, writing, and preparing oral arguments. Additionally, they write formal legislative bills that are submitted for the competition. This club requires focus and dedication, but also is a lot of fun. Information packets detailing the club and the audition requirements are available in October. The Debate Team meets on Wednesdays from November through March. Attendance is mandatory. The first meeting is October 28th.
Digital Photography – C102 with Ms. Stanek
Digital Photography Club allows students to use their creativity to explore photographic visual imagery with the digital technology of today. They will also gain a greater understanding of how to take advantage of the capabilities of digital cameras for more satisfying results. Basic principles of composition and lighting will be introduced. Students will also participate in thematic photo shoots. Photo editing programs such as Adobe Photoshop will be available to help students enhance and alter their imagery in preparation for an exhibit of their work. Digital Photography meets on Thursday in the fall (beginning on October 8th) and then resumes in the spring.
Ecology Club – E102 with Miss Witsen The focus of Ecology Club is the environment. Several ecosystems exist at UMS and students visit the field, forest, stream and wetland to identify and observe flora and fauna. Students bring ideas to Ecology Club to make the UMS student body aware of environmental issues. Students also maintain several bird feeders and bluebird boxes. Ecology Club meets 6 times in the fall and 6 times in the spring on Thursdays.
First Lego League Robotics Team – E101 with Mrs. Young
First Lego League is an international competition where teams program a robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® ) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create innovative solutions to a problem, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements - the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values - make up the yearly Challenge that focuses on a different real-world problem related to the sciences. The FLL team will participate in one or more tournaments.
The FLL team will meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, September through November.
Flag Football – Outdoors with Mr. Ramsay
Flag Football is a fall club. Games are played outside rain or shine, unless the weather is extreme or dangerous for play. Team sizes range from 6 to 10 students, depending on the number of teams. Teams are formed the first week of play. Anyone can join but only a limited number of latecomers are allowed to join. A student must have a signed permission slip to play. Each student should make a commitment to play whenever his or her team is playing.
Flag Football meets on Thursdays for 10 weeks in the Fall.
Interact Club – B-202 with Mrs. Friedman
The Interact Club is a community service organization which meets year round. Students plan and coordinate all school community service projects. Interact is open to all and there are no requirements to join. The club is the school branch of the Montgomery Rotary Club. Interact Club meets on Thursdays approximately 3 times per month throughout the school year. Meetings will be announced in school.
Intramural Basketball – with Mr. Ramsay
This is a chance to learn some new basketball skills, play as a team, meet new people and have some fun! New teams are made each session and no experience is necessary.
Intramural Basketball will meet on Thursdays in the spring.
Intramural Volleyball – with Mrs. Giunta
Volleyball is an intramural sport that is open to all, no experience is necessary. The club covers the basics of the game including serving, bumping and setting. The majority of the time is dedicated to playing the game and having fun. Regular participation is required by the advisor. Students will be playing games against fellow students at UMS.
Volleyball meets on Tuesdays in the spring.
Jazz Band – F102
This is an audition-only after school ensemble that meets from October through May. This award-winning ensemble is a high-energy band that travels to other middle schools and performs at concerts throughout the year, including Hershey Park. This ensemble is open to all UMS students who play Drum set, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone and Saxophone. Auditions are in late September and audition requirements can be found on Mr. Heller’s teacher web page when they become available. Meeting days to be announced.
Math Counts – with Ms. Donovan Math Counts is a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every US state and territory. Math Counts is one of the most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. Math Counts is open to 7th and 8th graders who enjoy math and like to solve math problems and puzzles and meet other students with this common interest. If you decide you want to try out for the competition, you should plan to attend the meetings on a regular basis. Please sign up and find the calendar of meetings on Mrs. Smith’s webpage via the LMS website. Math Counts meets on Wednesdays, October through March.
Pit Orchestra – F102 with Dr. Hackel This extracurricular activity offers the study and performance of Advanced Broadway musical literature. The students in this organization will perform as the musical ensemble in support of the Middle School Spring Musical. Auditions will be in early October. Students who play traditional Band/Orchestra instruments and non-traditional (Guitar, Bass, Drum Set) are encouraged to audition. Pit Orchestra begins in October and meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Science Olympiad – E105 with Mrs. Blakemore and Mrs. Sowa The Science Olympiad is a national organization that promotes science learning and competition. The UMS team is selected based on set criteria in September and includes 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Students should attend an informational meeting, complete an application and submit it to one of the coaches in early September. Students will also be required to take a test(s) to show their science aptitude. Science Olympiad meets after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and occasional Saturdays throughout the school year, beginning in late September. Regional and State competitions occur in January and March respectively.
Stage Crew – F101 with Mr. Mulligan
If you want to be a part of the play production but do not want to be center stage, then stage crew might be for you. Stage crew always has a lot of activities backstage during the show. Sets need to be moved into place during scene changes and props need to be ready for actors who are entering the stage. Stage crew is the group that will call the cast from their dressing rooms for each scene. Critical components of the stage need to be operate such as the main curtain and house lights. Stage crew is in charge of keeping a safe and orderly stage before, during and after the show. Stage crew is a fun club to be apart and you get to see your hard though the final production. Stage Crew begins in January.
Student Council – B105 with Mrs. Feigenwinter
The Student Council at UMS sponsors many school wide events. Student Council runs fundraisers throughout the school year including the magazine drive. Student Council sponsors the dances and plans Spirit/Red Ribbon Week. Other activities are guides at Back to School Night, prepare gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week , sponsors the 8th grade end of year t-shirts and various other activities depending on the Student Council’s needs. In order to join, you must fill out an application and submit it to Mrs. Feigenwinter in the first few weeks of school. Most applicants are accepted unless there are too many applicants. Students new during the school year can speak to Mrs. Feigenwinter regarding membership opportunities. Student Council meets approximately 2-3 times a month, depending on the current project, throughout the school year.
Ultimate Frisbee – B210 with Mr. Fritz
Ultimate Frisbee is a no coaches, no referees sport that was created by high school students from Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ. Come play and learn the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, soon to be an Olympic sport. Emphasis is on fair play, not winning. Students who like athletics but don’t like the more organized/aggressive sports are encouraged to join. This club is open to all, come as often or as little as you like. Ultimate Frisbee meets on Wednesdays in the spring.
UMS Spring Musical – with Mr. Accardi
Each year the UMS music department invites any and all students to participate in a full-length, Broadway style musical. There are opportunities for being on stage; working back stage; playing in the orchestra; building and painting scenery; making costumes; creating publicity posters; and working with the sound and lighting technology. No previous experience is necessary. Auditions for actors are usually held in early December. All students that plan to audition will be taught a song, scene, and dance prior to their audition. Rehearsals will begin in October for the instrumentalists and in December for the actors. Set construction, art and technology work begins in January. All rehearsals are after school and require regular attendance. The performances are scheduled in March. The Spring Musical practices begin on late fall after school through the production dates in early March.
Yearbook Club – Mrs. Kallens
The Yearbook Club designs and produces the annual Upper Middle School yearbook. Activities include planning, design, artwork, photography, writing, editing and proofreading. The Yearbook Club is open to all students in 7th and 8th grade who enjoy writing, photography, and art. The Yearbook Club meets on Tuesdays, throughout the school year, beginning in September.