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Student Activities2018-10-29T10:32:52+00:00

Extracurricular Activities

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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. 11th, and continuing Thursday, Sept. 13th, Tuesday, Sept. 18th, Thursday, Sept. 20th, Tuesday, Sept. 25th, and Thursday, Sept. 27th 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 the spring. 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 further their discovery of France and the francophone world through activities such as tasting foods, watching movies, and other cultural exploration.  Since the National French Week is in November, we will start French Club in November. French Club is open to 7th and 8th grade students enrolled in French class and to 6th graders interested in French. Student interest and experience will guide the activities of this club. Be sure to bring any ideas or interests to our first meeting!  See Ms. Eggleston in room 419 with any questions. Advisor: Ms. 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 6th, 7th, and 8th grade and we will meet once a month starting in October.  Bring your friends and come have a good time exploring Spanish culture. Advisor:  Sra. Mann Smith [email protected]

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: Are you the student that gets excited when the teacher calls on you to answer and usually find yourself taking a few minutes to make your point? Do you actually get excited when the teacher says you’re making a skit to perform in front of the class? Is memorizing a poem a piece of cake? Do classmates beg the teacher to let you do the reading aloud because of your cool accents or movie announcer voice? Do you enjoy entertaining people? Are you the kid that gets a small crowd gathered when you tell a story? Do memorize speeches easily? If you find yourself nodding yes to some of these questions, you might be a forensics kid. Forensics is a “speaking sport” where you can develop your dramatic or informative speech skills on  join a winning team. We’ll begin practicing the second week of school. 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: Mrs. Gray [email protected]

Walking Club: Each fall our West Middle School Walking Club spends four fabulous Fridays from 3:15 – 4:30 walking as a group to various locations around West.(Hardings, Oakland Drive Park, Mrs. Holzwarth’s home, and Moorsbridge neighborhood sidewalks.  It’s a club “Where Everybody Belongs”… all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade can join and get exercise outside in the fresh fall air.  It’s a time to meet new friends, talk with old friends, fill lungs with aerobic activity, and be a part of a very special group of fun students at West.  The Walking Club will meet on 9-9, 9-23, 10-7 and 10-21. Advisor: Mrs. Holzwarth [email protected]

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]

Newspaper Club: Newspaper Club is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who love writing, creating, editing, and organizing.  This student led club meets once a week during XTS. Students will create monthly newspapers that highlight events, news, and stories from around West Middle School, the community, and the world.  If you love to write or create, please join our club today! Advisor: Mrs. Howe [email protected]

School Musical: The musical is open to any 6th, 7th, and 8th grader who has an interest in singing, acting, dancing, or working behind the scenes technically. WMS Presents – Singin’ in the Rain Jr.Director:  Tyler Baas
Vocal Director:  Wendy Wheeler
Choreography:  Kris Allemang Stahl

ATTENTION STUDENTS INTERESTED IN THE MUSICAL:  

-Check Mr. Baas’ site for information: tbaas.site.portageps.org/fall-play

Important Upcoming Dates for 18-19:

Sept. 12 & 13 – Musical Auditions
Sept. 14 & 15 – Musical Call-Backs
Sept. 17 – Cast Meeting/First Rehearsal

Nov. 17 – Tech Day

November 30 and Dec. 1, 7 & 8 – Performances at 7pm (Fridays and Saturdays) and 2pm (Saturdays)

 Advisor: Mr. Baas (Portage Central HS) [email protected]

Band Jam:  Band Jam is our after-school practice club.  The club meets on Tuesday & Thursday, from 3:00-3:45.  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 AirZoo, 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 3:10-4:10. Students need at least one year of experience playing their instrument in order to be in jazz band.

Advisor: Mr. Kozian [email protected]

Art Club: Art Club is a place for students who are serious about art to expand upon skills taught in class, share their artwork, collaborate with their peers and learn new techniques and mediums.  Artists will explore and experiment in a relaxing and creative environment and participate in collaborative endeavors such as the annual Paint the Plow competition. We will meet Thursdays after school until 4:00 starting in October.  Students will be responsible for checking the Art Club Google Classroom for special announcements and meeting dates/changes!   Advisor: Ms. Fries [email protected]

Dreams Club: DREAMS Club strives to create a positive and supportive peer group for students of diverse cultures and beliefs at West Middle School.  We will seek out and create opportunities for students of all backgrounds to feel valued, connected, successful, and heard at West Middle School. We work to make the school a better, friendlier, and more accepting place where every student has a voice in creating the culture.

Book Club:Book Club meets one time a week during XTS to read, discuss, debate, and enjoy books in a low key setting.  We read a variety of suggested and student choice books. You are encouraged but not required to attend every meeting.  Advisor:  Mrs. Shook

Battle of the Books: Students have the opportunity to read a list of given books, then answer questions about the novels.  We first meet together, read together, and discuss together as a large group. Later in the school year, WMS teams will be formed and compete against one another.  The winning WMS team will go on to compete at the Portage District Library against teams from NMS and CMS. Advisor:  Mrs. Shook

Maker Mania:  This is an opportunity that will be given four times after school during the school year.  You can come try out a variety of makerspace items. In the past, we have had Snap Circuits, decorated cupcakes, built marble runs, built with junk, coded robots, and more.  Watch the announcements for the date of our first Maker Mania, and be sure to sign up in the media center when the opportunity is there! Advisor:  Mrs. Shook

Kindness Club:  Come meet new nice friends and create ways to spread kindness, pay it forward, etc.  Staff Advisor: Mrs. Gray

Courtyard Club:  More details to come, but they help maintain the natural habitat of our courtyard.   Staff Advisor: Mrs. Schnurstein

Science Olympiad: https://sites.google.com/view/ppswmsso/

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.