Extracurricular Activities

Note: These are the activities from the 2019-2020 school year – updates for this year coming soon!

Pay to Participate Form and Information

Interscholastic and Intramural Sports, Activities, and Clubs

Golf Club: Golf Club is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students of all skill levels.  It will begin after spring break meeting every Friday from 3:00-4:00 on April 12th, April 19th, and the 26th.  May 3th and May 10th will be the outing.  Golf equipment will be provided for students, and we will teach kids the basics such as driving, putting, and chipping.  We look forward to seeing you in the spring. Contact Mr Garvelink with any questions.  Advisors: Mr. Garvelink [email protected] and Mr. Galer [email protected]

Tennis Club:   Tennis Club is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students of all skill levels.  It will run every Tuesday and Thursday beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 10th, and continues Tuesdays and Thursdays until Thursday, Sept. 26th when Tennis Club ends with the Student/ Staff Tournament (weather permitting). Tennis equipment will be provided for students, and we will teach kids the basics along with challenging more skilled players . We look forward to seeing you in September! Contact Mr. VanHoeven or Mrs. McDaniel with any questions.  Advisors: Mr. VanHoeven [email protected] and Mrs. McDaniel [email protected]

French Club: Bonjour! French Club is a place where students can learn about France and the francophone world through activities such as tasting foods, watching movies, and other cultural exploration.  We will meet once a month after school. French Club is open to anyone at West in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. You do NOT need to be enrolled in a French class! Student interest and experience will guide the activities of this club. Be sure to bring any ideas for events to our first meeting!  See Ms. Eggleston in room 605 with any questions. Advisor: Madame Eggleston [email protected]

Spanish Club: ¡Hola! Spanish Club is your ticket for cultural enrichment and fun.  We will be doing crafts, cooking dishes, having a movie night, and other cultural activities.  Our club is open to anyone interested in languages from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and we will meet once a month after school starting in September.  Bring your friends and come have a good time exploring Spanish culture. Advisor:  Sra. Mann Smith [email protected]             Please click here for more information.

German Club: Hallo!  German Club is a way for students interested in learning about the German language and culture.  We will be practicing Duolingo, doing crafts, movie night, and other cultural activities. Our club is open to anyone interested in languages from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and we will meet once a month after school starting in September.  Bring your friends and come have a good time exploring German culture. Advisor:  Frau Mann Smith [email protected]  Please click here for more information.

Comic Book Club: Comic Book Club is a place for fans of all types of graphic novels or graphic novel based media. Artists and storytellers will find a home here. Come to a club where you will meet “your people” for nerdy debates about who would win between cross-universe matchups or to create your own work together.  Advisor: Ms. Graham [email protected]

Forensics:2020-2021 Forensics and Debate will be offered.  Contact Ms Graham for more information. Advisor: Ms. Graham [email protected]

Student Leaders: Student Leaders is a school service-based activity that allows students in all grades to help out with various activities during the school year. Those activities include:  Book Orders, Red Ribbon Week, Food Drive, Roof Sit, and more. Mrs. Gray will hold the first meeting during XTS mid-September. All students are welcome to join Student Leaders! Advisor: Becky Moon  

Yearbook Club: Our West Middle School Yearbook, with 96 pages of creative and colorful layouts, is designed and constructed online by West Middle School Yearbook Club students.  To be a part of the yearbook staff requires year-long responsibility, a willingness to attend all Thursday meetings, and also to help with before school yearbook sales three times throughout the year.  Our meetings are on Thursdays after school from 2:45-4:00pm and additional meeting time during XTS may be available if needed. Our first meeting will be on Thursday, September 27th.  Sign-ups for Yearbook Club will begin the third week of school, so listen carefully to announcements about filling out an application to join the 2018-19 Yearbook Club. All applications will be returned to Mrs. Dunfield in the Guidance Office.  Advisors: Mrs. Dunfield [email protected] and Mrs. Howe [email protected]

French Club: Bonjour! French Club is a place where students can learn about France and the francophone world through activities such as tasting foods, watching movies, and other cultural exploration.  We will meet once a month after school. French Club is open to anyone at West in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. You do NOT need to be enrolled in a French class! Student interest and experience will guide the activities of this club. Be sure to bring any ideas for events to our first meeting!  See Ms. Eggleston in room 605 with any questions. Advisor: Madame Eggleston [email protected]

Band Jam:  Band Jam is our after-school practice club.  The club meets on Tuesday & Thursday, from 2:40-3:25.  Band Jam is open to any West Middle School band student.  The purpose of Band Jam is for students to practice either alone, with friends, or, to work with Mr. Kozian one-on-one.  Students do not have to sign up to be in Band Jam! Just show up! Advisor: Mr. Kozian [email protected]

Jazz Band:  The Portage Jazz/Rock Ensemble is our after-school jazz ensemble, comprised of students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.  The jazz band performs at concerts throughout the school year.  The group has also performed at special functions, including the Portage Empty Bowls fundraiser, the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, and for Senator John McCain during the 2008 Presidential Election. In addition, the Jazz Band has traveled and performed in Chicago in both 2010 & 2013 and, Mackinac Island in 2015 & 2017.  Membership ranges between 50-70 students. The ensemble meets after school on Wednesday from 2:50-3:50. Students need at least one year of experience playing their instrument in order to be in jazz band. Advisor: Mr. Kozian [email protected]

Athletics: Athletics are a great opportunity for all students to participate in an after school activity.  West offers multiple sports experiences. Students need to have an athletic physical to participate in all sports. This is not to be confused with club sports.  Students are not required to have a physical for club sports. Come on over and check out what sports are available for each grade level!

Athletic Director: Mr. Helsom [email protected]

*SPORTS

Football – coed 7th, 8th Aug-Oct Fitzpatrick/Pejesi/Stabile
Cross Country – coed 6th, 7th,8th Sep-Oct Tomlinson, Moon, McIntyre
Volleyball – girls 7th, 8th Sep-Oct Ha, Prewozniak
Basketball – boys 7th, 8th Nov-Dec Stahr/ Galer/ VanHoeven/ Rapp
Basketball – girls 7th, 8th Jan-Mar Galer/ VanHoeven/ Rapp / Stahr

Wrestling – boys

7th, 8th,6th

Jan-Mar

Track – coed

7th, 8th

Apr-May

Moon, Righter

Swimming – coed

6th, 7th, 8th

Apr-May

Peltz

*Please note: All students must have an Athletic Sports Physical, and must maintain academic eligibility for the non club sports.