West Babylon Junior High School 200 Old Farmingdale Road



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West Babylon Junior High School

200 Old Farmingdale Road

West Babylon, N.Y. 11704

(631) 376-7201



Dear Parents, Faculty, and Students:
This letter is designed to inform you about the many different clubs and activities available for students in our Junior High School. Also included are the day, time, and description of each club. We hope this list will be helpful and we urge every youngster to join at least one club or activity.
Sincerely,

-The Club Advisors at W.B.J.H.S.

MONDAY

YEARBOOK CLUB- 2:25 - 3:05 - Room TBA – Mr. Hartranft and Mrs. Thorschmidt

Students experience the total gamut of book publishing. At the beginning of the year we meet to brainstorm and develop a yearbook theme that includes photo essays, autograph pages and art illustrations. As the printing deadlines come due, students participate in lay-out days - when we actually prepare the pages to be sent to the publisher for printing. Then we anxiously await our book's arrival in June!


COMPUTER CLUB- 2:25 - 3:05 - Computer Lab - Alternating weeks - Mrs. Powers

Students, who wish, can learn how to use Microsoft Word for word processing or Microsoft Excel to create spreadsheets, charts, and graphs. They will be able to use approved Educational Software Games as well as approved Internet Websites.


7th & 8th GRADE MATHLETES- 2:25 - 3:05 - Room 213 - Mr. Dell’Isola

We will explore the fun world of mathematics via computers, puzzles and games. It is open to anyone who is looking for an exciting math challenge, as well as learning the strategic game of chess to compete in our end of year chess tournament.


TUESDAY
6th GRADE JAZZ BAND- 2:25 - 3:05 -Band Room – Mr. Doran

This is an extension of the larger performing group experience. The jazz ensemble reflects traditional Big Band instrumentation (saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section). Through listening to recordings, critiquing, analyzing, discussion and application, students will learn and perform a variety of jazz styles found within this genre. This is a performance class that meets after school; therefore, students are expected to attend all rehearsals, sectionals and performances. A schedule will be posted and distributed at the beginning of every month.


BULLY PROOF CLUB- 2:25 – 3:05 – TRC Room – Mrs. Birr and Mrs. Madurka

All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will have the opportunity to join the club to discuss bullying issues, and share their experiences dealing with bullying. They will learn skills to handle bullying more effectively and participate in a variety of anti-bullying activities throughout the year to help promote a bully proof school and environment.


6TH, 7TH, AND 8TH GRADE SCIENCE OLYMPIAD- 2:25 – 3:05 - Room 229

Mrs. Kronenbitter and Mrs. O’Neill

The National Science Olympiad is an organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science. Competitions follow the formats of popular board games, Olympic Games, and television shows. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced among the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, and technology. Practices start in September. The regional competition is in the Spring.



NEWSPAPER CLUB- 2:25 - 3:05 - Room 109 - Mrs. Carrozzo

The Newspaper Club provides an opportunity for students to participate in producing the school newspaper, “The Eagle Eye”. This involves taking photographs at school events, interviewing students and staff, writing accompanying articles and helping design the physical layout. Meetings are held every Wednesday, unless otherwise notified. The newspaper is published biannually.


WEDNESDAY

7th GRADE JAZZ BAND- 2:25 - 3:05 – Room 114A – Mr. Butler

This is an extension of the larger performing group experience. The jazz ensemble reflects traditional Big Band instrumentation (saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section). Through listening to recordings, critiquing, analyzing, discussion and application, students will learn and perform a variety of jazz styles found within this genre. This is a performance class that meets after school; therefore, students are expected to attend all rehearsals, sectionals and performances. A schedule will be posted and distributed at the beginning of every month.



6TH GRADE ART CLUB- 2:25 – 3:05 - Room 139 – Ms. Hornstein

Students will create a variety of art work that goes above and beyond their art class curriculum. At times, students will be involved in school wide art activities, such as decorating the stage in Eagle Hall for all the concerts.


6TH, 7TH, AND 8TH GRADE SCIENCE OLYMPIAD- 2:25 – 3:05

(see Tuesday description) Mrs. Kronenbitter and Mrs. O’Neill

THURSDAY

8th GRADE JAZZ BAND- 2:25 - 3:05 - Band Room - Mr. Gimberlein

This is an extension of the larger performing group experience. The jazz ensemble reflects traditional Big Band instrumentation (saxophone, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section). Through listening to recordings, critiquing, analyzing, discussion and application, students will learn and perform a variety of jazz styles found within this genre. This is a performance class that meets after school; therefore, students are expected to attend all rehearsals, sectionals and performances. A schedule will be posted and distributed at the beginning of every month.


7th & 8th GRADE ART CLUB- 2:25 - 3:05 - Room 139 – Ms. Hornstein

Students will create a variety of art work that goes above and beyond their art class curriculum. At times, students will be involved in school wide art activities, such as decorating the stage in Eagle Hall for all the concerts.



ROBOTICS- 2:25 - 3:05 - Computer Lab - Alternating weeks - Mrs. Powers

Students will be using kits to create robots. They will then recreate the robot without using the instructions. Students will be able to build a robot through a computer game.


FRIDAY

CRITICS CLUB- 2:25 - 3:05 - Eagle Hall or Choral Room - Mrs. Kohler

Each week 6th, 7th & 8th graders watch part of a full length movie. Afterwards, they discuss the film, and then form into cooperative groups to write a critique. Their writing is published in the Eagle Eye Newspaper. Students may also purchase popcorn for 75 cents. Profits are used for club activities at the end of the year.


OTHER ACTIVITIES (meeting dates & rooms vary):
STUDENT COUNCIL- 2:25 - 3:05 - Ms. Moran

The entire student body elects 1 President but each grade has its own vice-president, secretary,

treasurer and public relations representatives. Student Council sponsors several in-school and community-related events and activities. Membership is open to ALL students.
THE GARDEN CLUB- 2:25pm - 3:05pm- Room 119- Mrs. Sullivan

Open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders, the students will work to develop and maintain the Blue and Gold Go Green Organic Garden located in the west court yard.

We will meet based on the seasonal needs of each area. Responsibilities will include planting, pruning, weeding, mulching and harvesting. Students will maintain records of the quantity and quality of the produce harvested. They will coordinate donations to local food pantries. Students will have the opportunity to learn basic gardening skills and techniques and participate in the sustainability of these areas.
COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUB- 2:25pm - 3:05pm – Room 117- Ms. Zemba

The students will learn about some of the programs on Long Island and across our nation that help others. Every month we try to do some project that will benefit our community or any unforeseen causes that may occur during the school year. It’s a fun way to volunteer and do a good deed for the world. All students are welcome!!!


JHS DRAMA CLUB- 2:25 - 4:00 – Eagle Hall- Ms. Plezia

Students from grades 6, 7, and 8 will work together to prepare a musical production. Students will learn songs, and scenes from a popular show, as well as learn how to put a staged performance together! Actors, singers and stagehands are needed. The students will present their performance in the Eagle Hall in March. Rehearsals and auditions will begin in September. Students meet 3 - 4 times a week. Not every student is required at every rehearsal. Come be a part of the one place in a school where MORE DRAMA is welcome and encouraged!!!


Peer Mentoring/Advisory Program- (Time and place-TBA)-Mr. Hirsch

This is a program set up for all grade levels whereby students may be able to mentor other fellow students within their grade level. Students can ask their teacher or Mr. Hirsch about the program. They can come to any of the bi-monthly meetings for more information on how to become a mentor or if they need mentoring. Schedules are arranged on a need to need basis.
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