School Clubs


Student Clubs/Organizations

An important phase of student life at the middle school is the student’s social development. Throughout the year, school parties, picnics, dances, special assemblies, and class trips are scheduled. These functions are a privilege and the school discipline code applies. 

Honor Society members are selected primarily on high academic achievement. To be considered for membership a student must make first honors for three consecutive trimesters in seventh and/or eighth grade. Beyond scholarship, inductees must also meet and maintain the standards of character, leadership, citizenship, and service that are stressed by the National Junior Honor Society. To continue membership in the Honor Society a student must achieve First Honors every subsequent trimester, be in good standing (behavior), and meet the criteria designed by the National Junior Honor Society.  Ms. Wallace is the Honor Society advisor.

Clubs

Name of club: Art Club
Advisor(s): Stephanie Goetz, Tammy Porcheron
When this club meets: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, with some exceptions
Criteria for being in this club: 8th grade students
Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: Holiday ornament sale, Quassy Painted Trash Can and Sidewalk Chalk competition, Tie Dye workshop and print making. 

Name of club: Garden Club
Advisor(s): Diane Gaulzetti
When this club meets: Various days throughout the year as projects arise
Criteria for being in this club: Open to all students
Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: Garden Club students work with the women in the Watertown Garden Club. We plant bulbs and flowers, maintain the school’s gardens and planters and learn many things about gardening. 

Name of club: Lego Club
Advisor(s): Beth Wolf
When this club meets: 3rd Monday of every month, with some exceptions
Criteria for being in this club: None; open to grades 6-8
Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: teamwork building challenges

Name of club: Leo Club
Advisor(s): Danielle Muir, Lisa Dorso
When this club meets: 2nd Tuesday of every Month, with some exceptions
Criteria for being in this club: 6-8th grade students who want to give back to the community. Leo Club works in conjunction with the Watertown Lions Club "...to provide the youth of the world (with) an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community."  Our Leo Club encourages members to develop leadership qualities by participating in social service activities. They volunteer, hold fundraisers and complete community service projects.  LEO stands for Leadership, Experience, Opportunity.   
Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: Bracelets for Breast Cancer, Flower Sale, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, Bingo with Senior Citizens

Name of club: Music Tech Club
Advisor(s): Anna Jedd
When this club meets: Wednesdays and/or Thursdays from 2:40-3:30, with some exceptions
Criteria for being in this club: 6, 7, 8th graders in Chorus, Band and Strings who want to utilize the Mac Lab to learn how to create music using Notation and Sequencing Software. 
Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: Copy, compose, arrange and listen to music created on Finale Print Music. Create and arrange music using sound loops and keyboards on Garage Band. 

Name of club: Newspaper Club
Advisor(s): Diane Gaulzetti
When this club meets: Every Tuesday, with some exceptions
Criteria for being in this club: Open to all students
Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: students work individually and in groups to write articles, reviews and editorials, create illustrations, or conduct interviews and surveys on topics that interest them and their classmates. A bi-monthly Eagle Newspaper is published to our school webpage. 

Name of club: Peace Pals
Advisor(s): Karen Hosking
When this club meets: 2nd Thursday of each month in rm 104, with some exceptions
Criteria for being in this club: 6, 7 and 8th graders who want to promote a positive climate here at Swift
Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: Kindness Month and character-ed programs.  Past presentations have been:  Kindness Pass it on, Kindness never takes a vacation, What kind of swift do you want and a public service announcement produced with the Ind. Study film students at WHS.

Name of club: Peer Leaders
Advisor(s): Karen Hosking, Kathleen Sklanka
When this club meets: 2nd Thursday of each month, with some exceptions
Criteria for being in this club: 7, 8th graders with potential and desire to develop leadership skills through activities that promote service to our school and community
Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: Holiday Heroes- Movie fundraiser for Swift Students, Toy drives to benefit children’s hospital, Relay for Life, Smiles Walkathon. Peer Helpers conference and training day.  Monthly training activities on communication: Verbal and non-verbal, problem solving, conflict resolution, mediation etc.

Name of club: Peer Helpers
Advisor(s): Janet Sweetland, Terri Baldwin
When this club meets: 2nd  Thursday of the month, with some exceptions
Criteria for being in this club: 6th grade students
Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past:  Held a sixth graded Pajama Drive for pediatric patients at St. Mary’s Hospital,  made fleece blankets for The Neonatal Care Unit  of St. Mary’s Hospital,  made spring plates and candies for The Senior Center, Made spring plantings for Apple Rehab patients, provided peer  tutoring to other sixth grade students.

Name of club: Student Council
Advisor(s): Danielle Muir (Katherine Cunningham will fill in for Mrs. Muir in her absence), Colleen Haberern
When this club meets: 1st Monday of every Month, with some exceptions
Criteria for being in this club: 6-8th grade students who possess strong leadership skills. This is a yearlong commitment that requires exceptional organizational and time management skills. Student Council is an excellent opportunity for students to develop teamwork, work habits, responsibility, and citizenship.  
Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: Spirit Days, Parties for Children, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

Name of club: WOAH
Advisor(s):Karen Hosking, Kathleen Sklanka
When this club meets: 1st  and 3rd Thursday of each month, in cafeteria. Additional meetings may be scheduled when working on a project
Criteria for being in this club: Grades 6, 7, 8  Attendance is required for participation in activities.  We are the town youth council for Prevention under WATCH
Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: Be a Hero Program at Judson and Polk.  Support of YSB Activities such as Project Purple.  Partnership with CNVRAC


Name of club: 
Wood Shop Club
Advisor(s): Joe Kuziak
When this club meets: 
Every Monday until 3:30, with some exceptions
Criteria for being in this club: 
Open to all students
Examples of events/projects:
Varies: pencil holders, trebuchets, and school improvement projects were built in past years.


Name of club:
 World Language Club
Advisor(s): Mrs. Rader, Mrs. Pond
When this club meets: Most Fridays, with some exceptions
Criteria for being in this club: All students,
you do not have to be studying a language.
Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: Have had a salsa party, visited RI for a French Canadian experience in the "Quebec City of New England," celebrated Spanish Navidad and French Noel. In the New Year, we plan to play language games and celebrate more cultural holidays. There could be a treasure hunt of Swift and a visit to locations around Watertown. We will be offering a four day trip to Montreal and Quebec City, Canada in October, 2015 open to students who love French, the French Culture and who intend to study French in the future in Grade Eight. (See Mrs. Rader or Mrs. Sklanka for details about this Quebec trip.)

Additional clubs are in the process of being finalized.