Extracurricular Activities

Important Note to Parents and Students

Extra curricular activities enrich a student's education, growth and development. We offer a wide variety of these activities so that our students can explore new areas of study, have challenging new experiences, and compete in intramural sporting events.

The extra curricular activities offered at Washington Middle School are optional. Most of these activities meet immediately after school, however, some do have evening and weekend events. Students are responsible for arranging transportation for these activities. Some activities may require a parental permission form or student permission form to become a member or to participate. Contact the the main office if you have any questions.

These sports, clubs and organizations will announce their first meeting time and date during announcements each day. SINCE MEMBERSHIP IS LIMITED IN SOME ACTIVITIES, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ATTEND THE FIRST MEETING IF YOU THINK YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING. The first meeting will usually discuss meeting times, days and frequency, and other requirements to be a member as well as club activities. Flyers are posted in the school distribution center outside the main office regarding club activities. Students will be notified of cancellations during school announcements and will be posted to our website.

Academic Olympics
The Academic Olympics are open to all WMS students. Students have the opportunity to compete in an annual district-wide Academic Olympics Day. Areas of competition at the Middle School level include Mathematics, Oratory, Spelling, Writing, and Scholar Quiz. Tryouts and teams are formed at the beginning of 2nd semester. The Olympics are carried out by various faculty sponsors.

Student Council
STUCO is open to any interested students who enjoy volunteering for various activities and events. Student Council members take leadership roles in various events throughout the year, promote school spirit and pride. They are responsible for hosting and assisting with various events and creating projects to show gratitude to our teachers. STUCO members conduct fund raising activities for various charities and assist with school events. Members are role-models to their peers and the leaders of the school, they are expected to follow the Washington Way: Be Ready, Be Respectful, Be Responsible.

Yearbook Staff
Yearbook is responsible for designing and creating the WMS yearbook. Students will receive training and be an active part of creating each page of the book by writing headlines and captions. Students must obtain and fill out an application to join in the fall.

Art Club
Open to 30 students who have creative interests in art. Students will create individual and group projects beyond those offered in a regular art classroom setting.

Choir Club
Students will engage themselves through technology in learning to read rhythm, music and movement. All music genres are covered and through singing students find an outlet to express themselves.

Book Club
If you have a passion for reading and a keen understanding of the English language, then consider the Book Club. Students in this club read books from a specified list of various genres and reading levels throughout the school year. The club will meet monthly to prepare for the Area-Wide Middle School Book Battle. trivia-style questions will be asked at the competition, held during the school day to test understanding and comprehension of the books. This club is open to all students.

Digital Media Club
Digital Media Club will focus on daily school activities, hallway interviews with students, polls, and faculty interviews.  Media Club will meet Tuesdays from 3 - 4PM.  Students interested in news reporting, equipment management, and video editing should consider joining the Digital Media Club.

Stressbusters Club
Stressbusters Club will teach students about what happens to their brains and bodies when they are in a heightened state of stress or anxiety.  We'll explore and practice awesome calming strategies and activities, such as distraction techniques (ie., coloring, music), grounding techniques (ie., mindfulness skills), emotional release techniques (ie., physical activity), self love techniques (ie., pampering, organizing), thought challenges, and strategies to access their higher selves (ie., volunteering, helping others).  Stressbusters meets on designated Thursdays.

Chess Club
Chess Club involves students in learning skill levels which range from just learning how to play chess to students that play pretty well.  In the club, you will play against other students, learn new strategies and practice skills.

Comic Club

Comic Club is for students to read and talk about their favorite comic book hero or heroes.  We have discussions about the abilities of their heroes and how their powers came to be.  The students may make their own comic book by designing and writing the comic from start to finish.

Color Guard
Color Guard introduces the fundamentals of flag spinning and incorporates these skills into routines choreographed to music.  Color Guard members are encouraged to participate with the MHS and WMS Band Members in the Mehlville High School Homecoming Parade, as well as the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Color Guard is open to all students:  Color Guard Members need not be Band Members.

Cross Country
Cross Country is for students who are interested in running and enjoy being outside in the fresh air. Cross Country begins early September. Athletes will work on race strategy, conditioning, and form running.  At the end of the season, there will be a race between WMS and another middle school.

Volleyball tryouts begin in November and is open to all students. Teams will compete with each other, and an in-house tournament that will culminate in playing for the "championship".  The "champions" will get a change to play with a team of teachers as well.

Track and Field
Students who like to be physically active, enjoy running, jumping, and friendly competition is in their blood, need to join track & field. Track will begin in the spring and is open to all students. Students may compete in up to four events at the Middle School Field Day the end of April.

National Junior Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation's premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle level students. NJHS is an organization that recognizes and encourages academic achievement while also developing other characteristics essential to citizens in a democracy. NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS). These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1929. Recruitment and the selection process for new NJHS members begin in January after the 1st semester grades. A minimum GPA of 3.70 is required to be considered for the organization.

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