School Clubs and Organizations

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  1. Mr.MiddleSchool

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    Hello all,

    I'm a first year teacher and I have been thinking about starting a club/organization at my school. We already have the traditional things, recreational sports, SGA, Beta club, etc.

    I was wondering, what are some of the clubs and organizations that you have at your schools that are popular or at least have been around for a good while and has a good reputation.

    Thanks so much.
     
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  3. MissJill

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    My friend and I decided to start a cooking club.
    I wanted to start an arts and crafts club too because I have a lot of kids that come to my room for things like that.
    We also have a homework club.
     
  4. Aliceacc

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    My all time favorite, of course, is debate.

    But here's the list from my school's website: (I've pulled out the religious ones)
    Co-curricular Activities
    Academic Quiz Bowl
    Art Guilds (3 levels)
    Band (4 levels)
    Book Club
    Chorus (5 levels)
    French Club
    History Club (2 levels)
    Jazz Band (2 levels)
    Jazz Chorus
    Labratory Squad
    Latin Club (2 levels)
    Literary Magazine
    Mathematics Club (2 levels)
    Orchestra (3 levels)
    Pit Band
    Schola
    Science Club (3 levels)
    Science Olympiad Teams (2 levels)
    Spanish Club (2 levels)
    Speech and Debate Club




    Extracurricular Activities:
    Auditorium Service
    Bookstore Staff
    General Student Organization (5 levels)
    Peer Education
    Boy Scouts of America
    Girl Scouts of America
    Photography Club
    Chamber Music Society
    Hiking Club
    Chess Club
    Jubilee Choir (2 levels)
    Communications Club
    Katrina Relief Volunteers
    Crafts Club
    Library Service
    Culinary Club
    National Honor Society
    Woodworking Club
    Drama Club
    National Junior Honor Society
    Divisional Newspapers
    Year Book
    Educational Television Service
    Newspaper
     
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    Alice,
    I'd like to know the names of your religious clubs. :)
     
  6. wrice

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    Good for you, sponsoring a club is a very rewarding endeavor! Having the opportunity to interact with students in a less formal setting builds rapport and strengthens learning.

    The list above seems to have great ideas. Just pick something about which you are quite passionate. It helps to have a co-sponsor too, so you can have help on those days when your plate is full. Have fun!
     
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    I work in a private school and we don't even have one of those clubs!!! :(

    I'm wondering...do you get paid or do you charge for sponsoring any of your clubs?
     
  8. Aliceacc

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    Sandra,I sent you a PM.

    Yes, in my school we get paid a stipend for every activity except Sodality-- almost everyone does that each Monday afternoon.

    The amount of the stipend depends on how often the actiivity meets.

    Tuition covers all clubs and activies, and sports as well.
     
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    When my children were in Jr. High, they absolutely loved the Science Club. The teacher provided a snack (always a big hit for starving teens) and very cool science experiments, those that aren't done in regular science classes.
     
  10. Mr.MiddleSchool

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    Thanks so much for all the feedback! :)
     
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    Alice, I got it; thank you!
    I asked you another question in the PM, but I see your answer here.

    Thank you so much!

    Sandra
     
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    Nope. No extra pay here. Sign of insanity, but a good sign. That's why you have to be passionate and you have to have a partner!
     
  13. Mr.MiddleSchool

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    Are there any "non-traditional" clubs/orgainziations that any of your schools have?

    Also, at my school, it would be something I'd get a stipend for, lucky I know.
     
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    I think you should be commended for wanting to start a club, but as a first yeaer teacher be careful not to overburden yourself. The first year can be hard enough, adding to the work load might be problematic but if you are feeling in control, go for it.
     
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    One MS I worked at had a Creative Writing Club. The kids wrote stories/poems/plays at home, then brought them to club meetings for readings and constructive criticism. I think they had about 10 kids in all, but they had a great time.
     
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    We are a small high school (120 kids or so 8-12th grade). We have:
    Art Club
    Chess Club
    FBLA
    FCCLA
    FFA
    Foreign Langauge Club
    Math Club
    National Honor Society

    Band, Concert Choir, and Chorus are not considered clubs since they meet during class time but the instructor does get a stipend for those.
    Each club/class sponsor gets a stipend for their work. Yearbook is a class and she doesn't get a stipend. Of course, the sports stipends are several times what the club stipends are.
    Student Council
     
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    My daughter's high school has all kinds of clubs for every interest. She was ecstatic when she saw they had an ANIME Club. They meet twice a week, discuss anime, watch anime, etc. The teacher sponsor just donated her room. The kids do all the organizing.

    My son has been in Film Club all 4 years of high school. They have bi-weekly meetings to discuss the Genre of movie they will view next (teacher provided genre choices), and decide on a film. Every other Friday is viewing day, with pizza and pop. A small group also works extensively to write and create their own film. This film is "premiered" to the student body at the end of the year.
     
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    Wow. I've done Chess Club twice a week for years and I get squat financially. I do however get the thrill of seeing the kids learn and love strategy. Sometimes that is more than enough. Other times... well...depends on my mood.
     
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    I've sponsored a guitar club for about 12 years now. Not formal lessons but just some kids getting together in my room after school to play and share what they know. I've had a couple of kids that really became good pickers. I get $25 per meeting. We do it about twice a month. It is good to interact with the kids out of the classroom setting.:thumb:
     
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    Chess Club
    Chess Club
    Chess Club

    We play competively against four districts tomorrow, I'm so nervous for my little 2nd graders. They're really incredible though, I expect we'll take home some trophies.
     
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    I like both of these ideas! I currently teach several students who are wild about anime. I'm really now just getting into it myself.
    In college I took a movie appreciation course and loved it. I wish I had some of the materials/handouts he gave us. But I like the idea of studying films/cinema and watching them.

    If you could ask your children about either one of these clubs and exactly how it's organized and what they do in them I would greatly appreciate it!

    Thanks in advance.


     
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    Aliceacc, is your school a private high school? You have so many clubs. So cool.

    Which ones are the most popular?
     
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    I run a gardening club and a group of students meet twice a week to do a yoga / pilates mix exercise routine. No extra stipend, it is required of us at school
     
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    Surf Club in a CA High School!
    I'm pretty sure they had one @ the High School my kids attended.
    Rebel1
     
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    You could always start a shoe club... then again, that might sometime specific to my grade level. :)
     
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    Beta
    National Honor Society
    Music Ministry
    Library Club
    Music Appreciation
    Science Club
    FCA
    Drama Club
    French Club
     
  27. Aliceacc

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    Yes, I'm in a Catholic Jr/Sr. high school.

    Just about EVERYONE is in Sodality; nothing else meets-- not even detention-- until after 3:30 on Mondays to accomodate it.

    Beyond that, it depends on the kids and the year.
     
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    What is sodality? This is new to me.

    Do you teach a club? Anyone have some advice on how to start a club after school?
     
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    Junior Classical League is SUPER popular! I'm sure that's because I sponsor it. :lol: I usually receive a $500 stipend for sponsoring it, but that's based on whether there is any extra money in that fund.

    The other big clubs that seem to be most popular are Key Club, Bible Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, and Black Student Union.
     
  30. Mr.MiddleSchool

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    What exactly do you do in Junior Classical League?

     
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    http://www.njcl.org/

    "The National Junior Classical League is an organization of middle school and high school students sponsored by the American Classical League. It is composed of local and state chapters and is the largest Classical organization in the world today. Its purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical antiquity."

    =)

    Mostly we celebrate the Glory of Greece and the Grandeur of Rome through various activities and competitions. For example, next week we're doing tie-dye togas.
     

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