Clubs-Organizations 2018-2019
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Clay Middle School
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Extracurricular Clubs 2017-2018
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Activities are open to students in grades 6, 7, and 8 unless otherwise noted
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Club NameSponsorContact InformationDescription
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Academic Bowl Team & Spell Bowl TeamsGretchen Smiley gsmiley@ccs.k12.in.usThe goal of the Academic Team is to provide a challenging opportunity for students to compete against other Hamilton County schools in the Spell Bowl and Knowledge Master events. Students meet two times/week from September to October for Spell Bowl and January to March for Knowledge Master.
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Advanced String EnsembleJeff Frizzi jfrizzi@ccs.k12.in.usASE is a "by audition" only orchestra for which students perform at a high level with string instruments.
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Best BuddiesLeyla Niese lniese@ccs.k12.in.usThis club will allow students with disabilities benefit from positive peer relationships that lead to greater self-confidence and stronger communication skills. Staff will encourage general education students to lead the chapters and work to develop the leader within them.
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Mary Walstrommwalstro@ccs.k12.in.us
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Erin MayerEMayer@ccs.k12.in.us
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John Harroldjharrold@ccs.in.us
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Chess ClubSarah Tilburystilbury@ccs.k12.in.usThis club is open to any student who loves to play chess!  We meet after school in Mrs. Tilbury's room the first and third Wednesdays of each month, starting in October. All chess playing levels, from beginner to master, are welcome! 
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Clay Summer Run ClubJeff Carter jcarter2@ccs.k12.in.usOpen to all middle school students in Carmel, this running program encourages students to keep in shape over the summer with practices running in the evenings two days per week. The program begins mid-June and runs until the first week of August. Meets on Monday and Wedneday.  For more information, visit the Clay Cross County team web page.
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Comic Book & Strategy Gaming ClubJ. Dan Patanedpatane@ccs.k12.in.usThis club, open to ALL grade levels, will give students an opportunity to read and discuss current or past comics, and/or they can challenge their friends in one of many different types of strategy board games, from Risk, to Cataan, and many others inbetween!  Students will need to bring their own school-appropriate comics and games, or choose from a small selection of both in my room.  The club will meet every other Thursday, starting the week of October 19th.
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Coding ClubEvan Williamsewilliam@ccs.k12.in.usCoding Club is where students can learn to code on computers. Students in this club will explore the uses in programming along with meeting others to do joint projects or to learn and edit each other's projects. Demonstrating different skills and projects will also be offered during club meetings. The club is open to all grades and requires no prior knowledge or skills.
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CruCatherine Gahlcgahl@ccs.k12.in.usCru is a Campus Crusade Middle School Ministry. Anyone who wants to learn more about their faith is welcome to come and join the activities and enjoy good food, fellowship, and fun. The club meets weekly on Thursday mornings in the gymnasium. Students in this club may also be invited to participate in non-school sponsored activities associated with Cru Indianapolis. These activities will likely include students from other area schools. These opportunities are optional activities and are not associated with or sponsored by the Carmel Clay Schools.
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DECA JRCarey Andersoncanders1@ccs.k12.in.usDECA Junior is a student run group that exposes students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th, to the basics of business and entrepreneurship.  Students will learn from Carmel High School DECA students each aspect of entrepreneurship in an effort to complete a business plan.  Areas covered are executive summary, finance, marketing operations, and human resources.  For more details, please see Carey Anderson in Rm. 515.
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Club CalmMichelle Jansonmjanson@ccs.k12.in.usDo you need a break from your busy day? Are you wanting to fine-tune your ability to focus? Do you find yourself feeling anxious or overwhelmed from time to time?
Well look no further because Club Calm provides an opportunity for all of our students and staff to sit, relax, quietly meditate as a group, and further develop their mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Club Calm meets twice a week (Mondays and Fridays) during the last 10 minutes of every lunch period.
Where: Room 231 (next to the Orchestra room)
Our first meeting day is Friday, September 8 and we hope to see you there!
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EliteGamingLive
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Evan SnyderESnyder@ccs.k12.in.usEGL is a STEM platform that combines competitive video gaming and coding for interested students. Meetings occur once a month during fall and spring seasons culminating in a championship held offsite where Clay competes with other school teams. Cost is determined yearly. Open for all interested students.
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French ClubHeather Elliotthelliott@ccs.k12.in.usFrench club gives students who are interested in French language and culture an opportunity to meet and learn in an informal setting. 2017-18 Meeting schedule TBD. Stay tuned!
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German ClubJoy Nichtjnicht@ccs.k12.in.usGerman club gives students a deeper understanding of German culture and language.  It is for 6-8 graders.  We will organize a club meet up on a Saturday at the new Christkindlmarkt in downtown Carmel as our outside event.  We will otherwise meet on scheduled Mondays (non staff meeting days) in room 204.
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Green TeamJamie Sandersjsanders@ccs.k12.in.us
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Library ClubStephanie Swartzendrubersswartz1@ccs.k12.in.usThe Library Council aims to promote reading at Clay Middle School and to improve the services provided by the Media Center. Activities include:
• Creating book reviews
• Choosing books for and leading a monthly book club
• Recommending and creating programs for encouraging reading
• Creating advertisements and displays
• Author/Writer visits
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Math CountsStacy Arnold sarnold@ccs.k12.in.usMath counts is a national coaching and competition program that promotes math achievement. The program challenges students to learn higher level algebra, geometry, and problem solving. The program is open to all grade levels.
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Michele Grace mgrace@ccs.k12.in.us
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Musical Miranda Susie mmacgreg@ccs.k12.in.usThe musical is an all-school event held in November. All students are invited to audition or to work backstage as stage or technical crew. You must be available to attend after school rehearsal, a few Saturday rehearsals and evening rehearsals the last week before the performances.
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National Junior Honor SocietyErin Naasenaas@ccs.k12.in.usStudents must maintain a 3.7 GPA, as well as complete 3 hours of service per quarter. See website for more info.
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Robin Reinhartrreinhar@ccs.k12.in.us
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Pep BandChris Grifacgrifa@ccs.k12.in.usPep Band is open to all 7th and 8th grade band students.  Preparation begins in December. The pep band will play at 4 home boys or girls basketball games in January and February.   Students will play for A games, helping cheer our Trojans to victory
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Gretta Potegpote@ccs.k12.in.us
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Reel TalkBrandon Britcherbbritche@ccs.k12.in.usPrimarily for 8th grade students, Reel Talk is a club where students watch movies, then talk about them. Why did the director use that camera angle? How does this music contribute to the mood of the film? What themes did you notice? Why did you think the movie was good or bad? While we try to answer some of these questions and learn how to talk about movies, but we’re mostly there to hang out and eat snacks. We generally meet Mondays, three times a month.
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Ping Pong Club


Chris Klemanckleman@ccs.k12.in.usThe purpose of this club is to allow students from all grade levels to play ping pong. There will be competitive play as well as non competitive play. This club will mostly meet on an afterschool basis.  
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Speech and Debate TeamThe purpose of the speech team is to develop public speaking skills in a diverse variety of events in which students will compete with other middle school students at Speech Meets. Meets are Saturdays in Nov, Dec, & Jan. Students sign up to practice and to compete individually.
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Steffy McCourtsmccourt@ccs.k12.in.us
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Star Wars Club
Starting in late October
Patrick Andersonpanders1@ccs.k12.in.usThe purpose for this club is for Star Wars fans to have a place to come share their love. We will be relating Star Wars to Core Class curriculum. We will discuss the movies, have trivia games, talk about fan theories, and enjoy the company of others that have the same interests as us. Come join us! We will have club one Wednesday a month.
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Jennifer Mehl jhunt@ccs.k12.in.us
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Student Athletic BoardJohn Corcoran jcorcora@ccs.k12.in.usCoaches and teachers recommend seventh grade students at the end of the school year to serve on the Student Athletic Board (SAB) during their 8th grade year. The SAB assists the athletic department in hosting athletic/school events, planning charitable activities and promoting school spirit.
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Student Representative AssemblyLiz Wegnerewegner@ccs.k12.in.usThe S.R.A. is a group of students 6-8 interested in building leadership skills. The purpose is to plan activities for each grade level and have a place where students can voice their concerns or solution to school problems. Meetings are held monthly at 7 a.m. and during Core + occasionally. Applications for the club are available in late August.
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Styles with Giles

Starting in November
Liana Giles lgiles@ccs.k12.in.usStyles with Giles is a Club open to all 8th graders in good standing who are responsible and love to use basic skills to be crafty! Participants can choose sessions on a monthly basis to attend and must be mature enough to work with basic tools in order to assemble final products. Some sessions may require supplies and/or a small fee to participate. Meetings will take place the first Thursday of each month from 3:05-4:00. There will be a late bus, or rides may be arranged.
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The 10k ClubBrandon Britcher
Eli Moffett
http://clay10kclub.weebly.comThe 10k Club is Clay's official writing and reading club. The goal is for students to reach at least 10,000 points over the course of the year, with points earned for pages read and words written. The books and writing projects are chosen by individual students. In our weekly meetings, students will have the opportunity to read, write, and share about both. The 10k Club is open to all grades.
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Winter WarriorsAllison Martinamartin3@ccs.k12.in.usThe Winter Warriors is a running club that encourages students at Clay to keep in shape during the winter, even when the weather is cold and snowy. The club begins in January and continues through the first week of March. We meet Tuesday and Thursdays after school.
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Websitehttp://missmartinreads.weebly.com/winter-warriors.html
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For more information about these organizations and clubs, please contact the activity sponsor. Sponsors can provide times and dates for meetings as well as other pertinent information.
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