Clubs & Activities
Use your time wisely and finish your work before going home!! Teachers are available to help students with questions and assist students with their studies. Students have access to computers, textbooks, and other resources to assist them with school work and projects. Students MUST show up with work to complete.
Sponsors: Adam Brown (Health & PE) & various subject-level teachers
Date/Location: HW Club meets daily in the library unless noted
After School Universe
Are you fascinated by stars, the sun, the moon, and all things related to astronomy? Don't miss out on this NASA-created club for middle school students! We will have a new project each week that feeds on the lesson from last- so come every week! Here is more information about each lesson and what to expect! https://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/educators/programs/au/overview/outline.ht…
Sponsor: Matt Koeppen (Science 8)
Date/Location: Meets every Thursday through January in room 125 ** UPDATE: THIS CLUB HAS ENDED FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR!
In Art Club, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including ceramics, print making, painting, drawing and paper crafts. Students will also have the option to work with materials and media introduced in art class and use these to develop personal projects and learn new techniques. Students may choose activities that they are interested in exploring.
Sponsor: Elizzabeth Beil (Art)
Date/Location: Art club meets once a month in room: 157. Club has ended for the 2018-19 school year
Book Club is a great way to connect with other students passionate about reading. Come meet new friends, read a new book, and enjoy discussions and activities about the book! Table-top blog discussions are a hit this year! The Book Club students are also encouraged to share their own original works!
Sponsor: Diane Gawalt & MaryAnn Monk (Librarians)
Date/Location: Club meets every Tuesday in the professional library
Buddy Sports/Special Olympics
Buddy Sports brings together students with and without disabilities to enjoy athletic and social experiences as a team. Kickball (Oct/Nov), Basketball (Jan/Feb) and Track (March/April) seasons will be played. This club will also help our athletes with disabilities prepare for the Special Olympics track meet in the spring!
Sponsor: Matt Kovalich (Multiple Disabilities Teacher)
Date/Location: Every Tuesday (in season) in Gym 8
Capital One Coders (C1 Coders)
BY APPLICATION ONLY- SEE MS. SAMUELSON
Join us on a 10-week journey to learn software development skills in a fun and engaging environment. Culminating in the creation of their own mobile apps, the journey also gives students a better understanding of software engineering principles, problem solving skills, and a few important life lessons, like that there are such things as bugs in software. This club will take place once in the fall and once in the spring. Students MUST complete an application and be available every day the club meets.
Sponsor: Roz Wilson (fall) and Jenna Marshall (spring) (FACS/Technology)
Date/Location: Club meets every Thursday in lab 169 (when in session)
Chess & Strategic Games Club
Do you like strategic games? Do you like planning and plotting your next move against your opponent? Try the Chess & Strategic Games Club! You don't have to know how to play- come and learn. Some of the other games we play include Stratego, RISK, and Magic. Bring your own game and teach us something new!
Sponsor: Jacqueline Rhodes (Algebra, Math 8)
Date/Location: Club meets every Monday in room 116
College & Career Exploration Club
At Washington Irving Middle School, our College & Career Exploration Program’s mission is simple: We strive to expose students to a variety of speakers, opportunities, and activities associated with high school and post-secondary options in order to encourage life-long learning and success.
Students attending the College Partnership Program can expect to participate in a variety of activities. Here are some of our favorite: guest speakers, visits to the FCPS Academy classrooms, CPP Day, and a college campus tour.
Sponsor: Dave Frenck & Melanie Rhoden (School Counselors)
Date/Location: Club meets one Thursday a month in Barker Hall
Conspiracy Theory Club
Ever wonder what really happened? Have you heard a theory that may be too far fetched to believe? Come research a selected theory or topic and find out what's real, and what's just a conspiracy!
Sponsor: Jennifer Anderson (Creative Writing)
Date/Location: Club meets every other Monday in 111
Citizen Gals Social Club (CGSC)
Citizen Gals Social Club is an elite opportunity for outstanding young women. CGSC is designed to promote conversations, idea sharing, and action around issues that are important to young women as members of the community and citizens of the world! We will explore issues, discuss possible solutions, learn how to communicate through differences, and try different ways of sharing our voices, including writing, pod-casts, organizing, community meetings, etc. And of course, have loads of fun! Each member has a unique voice, and we want to help explore different ways to be heard and have meaningful connections with other like-minded (and different!) citizen gals!
Sponsors: Katherine Richter (Science)
Date/Location: Meets in room 120 every Thursday
Hosted by our Family and Consumer Science teachers, this club is all things craft-based. Using supplies we have on hand, students will be engaged in a variety of crafts based on their own interests and/or led by our teachers.
Sponsor: Roz Wilson & Jenny Cronin (FACS teachers)
Date/Location: Meets every other Tuesday (opposite of FCCLA) in room 112 (sewing lab)
Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
From the organization's website: "Join FCCLA, the only national student organization that encourages your personal growth, prepares you for a career, fosters family and community involvement and helps you become a leader. The organization, with chapters in nearly 7,000 schools across the country also offers opportunities to make new friends; plan and participate in chapter activities; turn your interests and concerns into action; earn recognition and feel good about yourself; and have tons of fun!"
Sponsors: Roz Wilson (FACS)
Date/Location: Meets every other Tuesday in room 110
From the organization's website: "Flying Aces is a society of individuals with a common interest that at times borders on a passion. It is our intent to preserve and promote the traditional building and flying of free flight stick and tissue model aircraft. Although competitive at times, the sharing of innovations, assistance and camaraderie is second nature to all that believe in the unique spirit of the [club]." Due to cost and space restrictions, this club is currently capped at the number of students able to participate.
Sponsors: Beau Buchanan (School Counselor)
Date/Location: Meets once a month for BOTH blocks in the Technology Lab 165
Harry Potter Club (HPC)
For the lovers of all things Harry Potter! Come cast spells, play Quidditch, and celebrate your love for the characters! Where will the Sorting Hat put you?
Sponsors: Morgan Miciak (English)
Date/Location: Meets once a month in room 126 beginning January 2019
The Henna Club is a multi-cultural club that uses henna paste to apply temporary tattoos to students' arms and hands in traditional Indian patterns. STUDENTS MUST HAVE A COMPLETED PARENT PERMISSION FORM in order to attend. Students can pick up a permission from from Ms. Samuelson at lunch!
Sponsor: Mrs. Samina (Instructional Assistant)
Date/Location: Every Monday, by grade level, in room 139
Hip Hop Dance Club
For dancers of all levels! Come learn dance moves and teach others what you know! We will practice for a competition in the spring!
Sponsor: Mr. Montenlongo (Special Education teacher)
Date/Location: **UPDATE: This club now meets every Monday, Gym 7
iCanBike's goal is, “To teach individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle and become lifelong independent riders. The iCanBike After School Program provides a unique service learning opportunity for volunteer students spotters using ‘ability awareness’ to teach communication and leadership skills in a week-long hands on program.” Additional information including the benefits of this program can be found on their website at https://icanshine.org/
We are seeking buddy-volunteers to support riders during the week of October 15-19th, 2:30-5:30p every day. The volunteers must be available the entire week and have a parent or someone that can pick them up at 5:30p each day. Applications are available during lunch from Ms. Samuelson, and we have space for 16 volunteers.
Sponsor: Ms. Samuelson, After School Program Specialist, room 151
Date/Location: Meets every day October 15-19th, 2:30-5:30p (volunteers) and 4-5:30p (riders). *Club has ended for 2018-19 school year
Irving Peer Tutoring
Irving Peer Tutoring gives students the opportunity to get help with school assignments by working with a peer tutor. The club also provides a way for students to become trained peer tutors who also participate in the club’s planning and operation.
Students who are interested in being tutored should report to Irving Peer Tutoring in the library after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays to check in. Each student is then paired with a peer tutor who helps the student with assignments by asking questions, listening, and providing guidance. A session with a peer tutor typically lasts 15 minutes, but sessions may be longer if needed. Tutors can help students with assignments in any subject.
Sponsor: Dr. Susan Frenck (English) & Laura Przydzial (Science)
Date/Location: Meets after school during First Block on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the library
Kaleidoscope is Irving Middle's literary magazine. We produce an annual collection of student art work, poems, stories, essays, and other literary pieces. Students who come to our monthly meetings work on creating their own pieces of artwork or writing, and they also help in putting the final magazine together. It's a very laid-back club!
2019 Publication: https://issuu.com/kalediscopeims/docs/kl_final_final
Sponsor: Amanda Zelaya (8th grade English)
Date/Location: once a month
Knit-A-Hat, Get-A-Hat is a community service based club. Students learn to knit hats that are then donated to children with cancer. We donate to the organization "Knots for Love". Students who attend this club are encouraged to attend regularly in order to learn the skills required to complete this project. In addition to a great way to socialize and help at the same time, students also get to knit a hat for themselves!
Sponsor: Diane Gawalt (Librarian)
Date/Location: This club will begin after Thanksgiving break and run until Spring Break. It will meet every Monday in the professional library
Students at Irving enjoy celebrating birthdays and special accomplishments by decorating the outsides of their friends' lockers! Locker decorating is allowed for up to three students per locker. Students are responsible for signing up to decorate a locker during their lunch. Students bring their own supplies to decorate with.
Sponsor: Brooke Samuelson (After School Program Specialist)
Date/Location: 1st Block only
Maker Club- a follow up to our Knit-A-Hat Club!
Do you enjoy learning how to make things? Whether it’s knitting (you can still make a hat!), crocheting, origami, drawing, fabric art, or something else, this club is flexible and designed to allow you to work on what you enjoy. We’ll have some supplies, but you may bring your own projects, too.
Sponsors: Diane Gawalt (librarian)
Date/Location: Meets Thursdays in room 145. Starts on April 25th!
The Middle School Math League is a math-competition series that happens once a month. Interested students compete in a 30 minute math contest and winners are determined based on performance. Students do have the opportunity to advance to regional levels later in the year.
Sponsors: Hanna Kim (Math 7)
Date/Location: Meets select Tuesdays in room 236. Club has ended for the 2018-19 school year!
Join Mr. LoNigro in Irving's painting club and get in touch with your creative side. This club will provide canvas and paint to new and experienced painters alike. Come try something new!
Sponsor: Tyler LoNigro (8th grade science)
Date/Location: every Thursday, room 124. Starts March 28th
The Random Acts of Kindness Club (RAK)
Do you have the desire to "throw kindness around like confetti"? Are you hoping to be a bright spot in someone else's day? Do you just want to make the world a little better? This is the club for all things kind, cheerful, supportive, happy, and celebratory!
Sponsor: Maggie Prusaczyk (Health & PE)
Date/Location: every Monday, room 170 (health room)
The Rock Report
The Rock Report is a student-written and edited electronic newspaper that features a wide variety of stories including current events, film and performance reviews, and teacher profiles. Visit the Rock Report at www.wimsnews.wordpress.com
Sponsor: Tiffany Swanson (Creative Writing & Journalism)
Date/Location: Meets every Tuesday in room 111.. Club has ended for the 2018-19 school year
The Snack Pack Club is a service-based club that meets to pack food for families in our community that are in need of extra food over the weekend. This club uses the food donated by the Red Bag initiative with Food For Neighbors. Our students sort, and pack, food for students at at least 5 neighboring schools in our area, including our own!
Sponsors: Meg Gollinger (Director of Student Services)
Date/Location: Meets every other Tuesday in the cafeteria
Stop Motion Animation Club
The Stop Motion Animation Club will teach students to create short animation films using a variety of mediums. This club is new to Irving in 2018-19 school year. More details, including when and where we will meet, will be available in October.
Sponsors: Ben Simpson (Multiple Disabilities Teacher)
Date/Location: Every other Monday in room 135
The Student Council Association (SCA)
The SCA is a student-elected leadership organization. SCA members meet monthly to discuss school concerns and organize school wide events. As leaders in the school, SCA members take concerns and ideas from the student body, voice them at monthly meetings, and communicate outcomes with the school Administration, Parent Teacher Association, and student body. The SCA is responsible for our school dances and the 8th Grade Dance. The SCA also organizes school spirit weeks such as "Red Ribbon Week" and "March Madness”.
Sponsors: Emily Geary (US History) & Dave Dachille (Civics)
Date/Location: Meets select Tuesdays in room 117
The Technology Edventures Club is designed to provide students various opportunities to explore the world of technology through a very ʺhands onʺ learning environment. The club’s STEM infused design challenges are structured in a way which persuades students to think creatively and try out many solutions to the design problems. Members are able to communicate their creative thinking process through different computer software which is accessible in the Technology lab. The computer software which is covered during club meetings is listed below: -Sketchup (CAD) -Inkscape -Autodesk Inventor -Blender -Makerware -Lego Robotics NXT -Robot C
Sponsor: Peter Brown & Jenna Marshall (Technology)
Date/Location: Every Tuesday in room 165
T.R.I.B.E.: Trustworthy, Relentless, Intelligent, Benevolent, Enthusiastic.
This club for guys-only focuses on finding the balance between academics, athletics, and character. Students will participate in sports, community services, and academic activities while examining what it means to be a positive influence on others. Invite-only.
Sponsor: Dave Dachille & Matt Toothaker (Civics)
Date/Location: Every Monday in room 117
Ultimate Frisbee (spring edition)
Maybe you've heard of it, maybe not! But this sport is growing in popularity and is now here for Irving students to try! Join Ms. Wagner as she teaches you about the sport and the skills, and get ready to have some fun on the field!
Sponsor: MaryAnn Monk (Librarian)
Date/Location: Meets every Monday starting April 1st. Meet in the 7th grade gym and be ready to head outside!
The Video Game Club
The Video Game Club brings together gamers of all kinds! This club is a great place to meet and play games with other students. We have several Xbox 360's available. Students may also play games on their own devices. This club is for everyone who is interested!
Sponsor: Cathleen Ale (Special Education teacher)
Date/Location: Meets every other Tuesday,by grade level, in the Auxiliary Gym (inside the 8th grade gym)
Washington Irving Theatre Society (WITS)
Acting, singing, dancing, playing games, doing Improv, being silly, having fun... This is what WITS is all about! Whether you like to be the center of attention, be part of a group, or cheer from the audience, WITS has a spot for you. We will be producing two shows this year: A double bill production, "Superheroes" and "Superhero Issues" will be our Fall Play, and our school musical will be "Mary Poppins, Jr.".
Sponsor: Tim King (Theatre Director)
Date/Location: Meets in the Cafeteria (stage side). Dates vary - please view weekly calendar to determine schedule.