Clubs/Activities at UMS
Melodies - After School Treble Choir – Ms. Makvana
Melodies is a select treble choir that meets after school from 3:05-4:30. The group is open to all treble voices throughout the school and performs in two concerts during the year. A brief audition will take place in late September.
Art Club – Mrs. Ehnert
The MUMS Art Club is open to all students who love Art! Club will meet several times throughout the year giving students the opportunity to work with a variety of different Art media. It is a safe and relaxed environment where exploration of individual ideas and creativity is encouraged. Students will be able to work independently, as well as work on large scale group projects like murals, sculptures, and musical scenery. Projects will include but are not limited to the designing and proposal of permanent artwork for school beautification, weaving, jewelry making, digital art, outdoor painting days, recycled art, and student designed displays.
CLAW Newspaper – Mrs. Grundtisch and Ms. Tiu
As members of The Claw newspaper staff, students practice the craft of journalism in its many forms, with the goal of producing at least three publications throughout the year. The Claw seeks to publish polished works in the following genres: local news writing, opinion/editorial writing, feature writing, sports & arts writing, and works of graphic & visual art. Staff meetings are alternate Wednesdays.
Computer Club – Mrs. Markmann
During Techsters Computer Club we will explore new technologies and learn new programming skills. Meet fellow 7th and 8th graders who are also interested in computers. Expert guest speakers come to our club meetings to share their expertise. Members will find out what is in their cellphones and how to use technology to help their community. Meeting day to be determined.
Debate Team – Ms. Kevorkian and Mr. Scarpa
Eighth-grade students are invited to audition for the UMS Debate Team. Students learn to assess controversial issues and then argue a position, a process which includes researching, writing, and preparing oral arguments. Additionally, they write formal legislative bills. This club requires focus and dedication, but also is a lot of fun. Information packets detailing the club and the audition requirements will be available in October - listen for announcements. The Debate Team meets on Tuesdays from November through March. Attendance is mandatory.
Digital Photography – Mrs. Ehnert
Digital Photography Club allows students to use their creativity to explore photographic visual imagery with the digital technology of today. They will also gain a greater understanding of how to take advantage of how they can take high quality pictures with their cell phones that rival top digital cameras of today! Basic principles of composition and lighting will be introduced. Students will also participate in thematic photo shoots, be introduced to photo editing programs to help students enhance and alter their imagery. Students will create a themed exhibit of their work to be presented in the spring. Digital Photography meets in the fall and then resumes in the spring.
First Lego League Robotics Team – Ms. Yip
First Lego League is an international competition where teams program a robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® ) to score points on a thematic playing surface, create innovative solutions to a problem, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements - the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values - make up the yearly Challenge that focuses on a different real-world problem related to the sciences. The FLL team will participate in one or more tournaments. Please check the website at: http://montyumsrobotics.weebly.com The FLL team will meet on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays September through November. See website for specific details.
Interact Club – Mrs. Doulis
The Interact Club is a community service organization which meets year round. Students plan and coordinate all school community service projects. Interact is open to all and there are no requirements to join. The club is the school branch of the Montgomery Rotary Club. Interact Club meets on Tuesdays approximately 3 times per month throughout the school year. Meetings will be announced in school.
Intramural Basketball – Mr. Ramsay
This is a chance to learn some new basketball skills, play as a team, meet new people and have some fun! New teams are made each session and no experience is necessary. Intramural Basketball will meet on Thursdays in the spring.
Intramural Flag Football – Mr. Ramsay
Flag Football is a fall club. Games are played outside rain or shine, unless the weather is extreme or dangerous for play. Team sizes range from 5 to 10 students, depending on the number of teams. Teams are formed the first few weeks of play. Anyone can join but only a limited number of latecomers are allowed to join. A student must have a signed permission slip to play. Each student should make a commitment to play whenever his or her team is playing. Flag Football meets on Thursdays for 10 weeks in the fall.
Intramural Ultimate Frisbee – Mr. Fritz
Ultimate Frisbee is a no coaches, no referees sport that was created by high school students from Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ. Come play and learn the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, soon to be an Olympic sport. Emphasis is on fair play, not winning. Students who like athletics but don’t like the more organized/aggressive sports are encouraged to join. This club is open to all, come as often or as little as you like. Ultimate Frisbee meets in the spring. Meeting day TBD.
Intramural Volleyball – Mrs. Giunta
Volleyball is an intramural sport that is open to all, no experience is necessary. The club covers the basics of the game including serving, bumping and setting. The majority of the time is dedicated to playing the game and having fun. Regular participation is required by the advisor. Students will be playing games against fellow students at UMS. Volleyball meets on Tuesdays in the spring.
Jazz Band – Mr. Mazurkiewicz
This is an audition-only after school ensemble that meets from October through May. This award-winning ensemble is a high-energy band that performs at festivals and concerts throughout the year. This ensemble is open to all UMS students who play Drum Set, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone and Saxophone. Auditions are in late September. The jazz band calendar will be posted with the audition materials on Mr. M’s website. Jazz band will not conflict with other extra curricular music ensembles.
Pit Orchestra – Mr. Mazurkiewicz & Ms. Yavorsky
This audition-only ensemble is a component of the spring musical that will rehearse from December through early March. A list of instruments needed will be posted prior to the auditions in December. The pit orchestra calendar will be posted with the audition materials and will not conflict with other extra curricular music ensembles.
MathCounts – Ms. Donovan
Mathcounts is a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every US state and territory. MathCounts is one of the most successful education partnerships involving volunteers, educators, industry sponsors and students. MathCounts is open to 7th and 8th graders who enjoy math, like to solve math problems, and meet other students with this common interest. If you decide you want to try out for the competition team, you should go to the Montgomery MathCounts website to sign up: http://montgomerymathcounts.weebly.com/ Tryout dates are listed on the website.
Math Counts meets on Wednesdays, October through March. Specific dates are listed on the website. Regional team members will be required to attend additional meetings.
Science Olympiad – Ms. Butler and Ms. Molinaro
The Science Olympiad is a national organization that promotes science learning and competition. The UMS team is selected based on set criteria in September and includes 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Students should attend an informational meeting, complete an application and submit it to one of the coaches in early September. Students will also be required to take a test(s) to show their science aptitude. Science Olympiad meets after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and occasional Saturdays throughout the school year, beginning in late September. Regional and State competitions occur in January and March respectively.
Stage Crew – Mr. Mulligan
If you want to be a part of the play production but do not want to be center stage, then stage crew might be for you. Stage crew always has a lot of activities backstage during the show. Sets need to be moved into place during scene changes and props need to be ready for actors who are entering the stage. Stage crew is the group that will call the cast from their dressing rooms for each scene. Critical components of the stage need to be operate such as the main curtain and house lights. Stage crew is in charge of keeping a safe and orderly stage before, during and after the show. Stage crew is a fun club to be a part of and you get to see your hard work through the final production. Stage Crew begins in January.
Student Council – Mrs. Feigenwinter and Ms. Horowitz
The Student Council at UMS sponsors many school wide events. Student Council runs fundraisers throughout the school year. Student Council sponsors the dances and plans Spirit/Red Ribbon Week. Other activities include being guides at Back to School Night, preparing gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week, sponsors the 8th grade end of year t-shirts and various other activities depending on the Student Council’s needs. In order to join, you must fill out an application and submit it to Mrs. Feigenwinter in the first few weeks of school. Most applicants are accepted unless there are too many applicants. Students new during the school year can speak to Mrs. Feigenwinter regarding membership opportunities. Student Council meets on Thursdays approximately 2-3 times a month, depending on the current project, throughout the school year.
UMS Spring Musical – Mr. Accardi
Each year the UMS music department invites any and all students to participate in a full-length, Broadway style musical. There are opportunities for being on stage; working back stage; playing in the orchestra; building and painting scenery; making costumes; creating publicity posters; and working with the sound and lighting technology. No previous experience is necessary. Auditions for actors are usually held in early December. All students that plan to audition will be taught a song, scene, and dance prior to their audition. Rehearsals will begin in December for the instrumentalists and the actors. Set construction, art and technology work begins in January. All rehearsals are after school and require regular attendance. The performances are scheduled in March. The Spring Musical practices begin on late fall after school through the production dates in early March.
Wind Ensemble - Mr. Mazurkiewicz
This is an audition-only after school ensemble that meets from October through May. This ensemble is for band students interested in playing more advanced band literature and performs at festivals and concerts throughout the year. Students must be enrolled in band class to participate. Auditions are in late September. The wind ensemble calendar will be posted with the audition materials on Mr. M’s website. Wind ensemble will not conflict with other extra curricular music ensembles.
Yearbook Club – Mrs. Kallens
The Yearbook Club designs and produces the annual Upper Middle School yearbook. Activities include planning, design, artwork, photography, writing, editing and proofreading. The Yearbook Club is open to all students in 7th and 8th grade who enjoy writing, photography, and art. The Yearbook Club meets throughout the school year. Meeting day TBD.
Yoga Club – Ms. Lachenauer
The UMS Yoga Club will practice yoga, yoga games, meditation, and mindfulness exercises to help us stay in the present moment and be the best versions of ourselves. No experience is necessary and we have yoga mats for you! Just bring yourself-just as you are! Yoga Club meets once a month on Thursday.