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Student Clubs/Organizations 2019-2020

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. The Honor Society will be meeting the last Monday of every month in the library (unless otherwise noted) until 3:25 pm.  Alyssa Buzzelli is the Honor Society advisor.

Clubs

Name of club: Art Club

Advisor(s): Stephanie Goetz

When this club meets: Please click here for dates and other club info

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: Baroque Recorder Club

Advisor(s): Becky Borbas

When this club meets: Thursday mornings at 7:10am, Starts in December

Criteria for being in this club: Grade 7 or 8 advanced Band students

Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: Baroque Recorder Club focuses on advanced Recorder Techniques, playing in 4 Part Harmonies. We learn a variety of Classical Music and perform at concerts throughout the school year.


Name of club: Clarinet Ensemble

Advisor(s): Becky Borbas

When this club meets: TBA

Criteria for being in this club: Swift Band Clarinet Student

Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: After school instrumental ensembles focus on techniques unique to each instrument. We spend time mastering scales, and working on our intonation & articulation. We worked on advanced music that improves our music reading skills and practice playing in harmony. Each Ensemble will perform in our March Music in Our Schools Concert (date TDA).


Name of club: Flute Ensemble

Advisor(s): Becky Borbas

When this club meets: TBA

Criteria for being in this club: Swift Band Flute Student

Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: After school instrumental ensembles focus on techniques unique to each instrument. We spend time mastering scales, and working on our intonation & articulation. We worked on advanced music that improves our music reading skills and practice playing in harmony. Each Ensemble will perform in our March Music in Our Schools Concert (date TDA). 


Name of club: Garden Club 

Advisor(s): Stephanie Goetz

When this club meetsPlease click here for dates and other club info.

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: Black Magic Robotics

Advisor(s): Krisl Beres 

When this club meets: Please click here for club meeting dates.

Criteria for being in this club: By application only

Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: Ragged Mountain Invitational Tournament; State FLL Competition; used clothing drive; research projects on reducing textile waste in landfills, dangerous chemicals in pet foods, and Angel Wing Syndrome in birds; public speaking exercises; team problem solving exercises, FLL core values presentations.


Name of club: Brass Ensemble

Advisor(s): Becky Borbas

When this club meets: TBA

Criteria for being in this club: Swift Band Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone Student

Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: After school instrumental ensembles focus on techniques unique to each instrument. We spend time mastering scales, and working on our intonation & articulation. We worked on advanced music that improves our music reading skills and practice playing in harmony. Each Ensemble will perform in our March Music in Our Schools Concert (date TDA).


Name of club: Bucket Band

Advisor(s): Becky Borbas

When this club meets: TBA

Criteria for being in this club: Swift Band Student

Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: This after school club spends time working on advanced rhythm reading skills. Students MUST provide their own 5 Gallon Bucket. These can be found in your basement or garage, or ask a family member or friend. They can also be purchased at True Value, Home Depot or Lowes. Bucket Band students MUST also have their own pair of Snare Drum sticks. These can be purchased online or at Westbury Music in Watertown. Size 5A or 5B works best. Each Ensemble will perform in our March Music in Our Schools Concert (date TDA).


Name of club: Jazz Band

Advisor(s): Becky Borbas

When this club meets: Wednesday mornings at 7:10am, Starts in December

Criteria for being in this club: Open to Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone & Brass Swift Band Students

Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: Jazz Band rehearses each week learning different types of Jazz music: Swing, Blues, Dixieland, Latin, etc. We perform at several concerts throughout the school year.


Name of club: Leo Club

Advisor(s):Mrs. Wohlhieter

When this club meets: 9/17, 10/1, 10/15, 11/12, 12/10, 1/14, 2/11, 3/10, 4/7, 5/12, 6/9.  

Meetings in Cafeteria after school until 3:30.

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: Peace Pals

Advisor(s): Sophia Flamengo

When this club meets: First meeting September 16. Club will meet in cafeteria third Monday of each month.

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):  Kathleen Sklanka

When this club meets: TBA

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: TBA

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: Percussion Ensemble

Advisor(s): Becky Borbas

When this club meets: TBA

Criteria for being in this club: Swift Band Percussionist

Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: After school instrumental ensembles focus on techniques unique to each instrument. We spend time practicing rudiments & rhythms. We worked on advanced music that improves our music reading skills and practice playing in a harmonic setting with each player performing on a different percussion instrument. Each Ensemble will perform in our March Music in Our Schools Concert (date TDA).


Name of club: Saxophone Ensemble

Advisor(s): Becky Borbas

When this club meets:TBA

Criteria for being in this club: Swift Band Saxophone Student

Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: After school instrumental ensembles focus on techniques unique to each instrument. We spend time mastering scales, and working on our intonation & articulation. We worked on advanced music that improves our music reading skills and practice playing in harmony. Each Ensemble will perform in our March Music in Our Schools Concert (date TDA).


Name of club: Soprano Recorder Club

Advisor(s): Becky Borbas

When this club meets: TBA

Criteria for being in this club: Swift Band Student

Examples of events/activities that this club has done in the past: This after school club spends time working on reading in the Treble Clef. We learn recorder fingerings and articulation. We perform songs in harmony and will perform in our March Music in Our Schools Concert (date TDA). Students MUST provide their own Soprano Recorder. These can be purchased online or at Westbury Music in Watertown.


Name of club: Swift Sign Language Club

Advisor(s): Mrs. Maratta & Ms. Krafick

When this club meets: Every other Monday: 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16, 1/13, 1/27, 2/10, 2/24, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18

Criteria for being in this club: Open to all students

Our goal is to provide a fun environment in which students can express and share their interest in American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf culture and to create a welcoming atmosphere for the development of signing skills as well as to promote and enrich cultural awareness of the Deaf community. All levels welcome from beginners to expert!


Name of club: Student Council

Advisor(s): Katherine Cunningham

When this club meets: ,1st Monday of every month in the cafeteria from 2:35-3:30. Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 2, April 6, May 4.

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):Kathleen Sklanka

When this club meets: TBA


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: TBA

Criteria for being in this club: Open to all students

Examples of projects: pencil holders, trebuchets, candy machines, key holders, holiday crafts, and school improvement projects were built in past years.


Name of club: World Language Club

Advisor(s):Mrs. Rader

When this club meets: The French Club's first meeting is Sept 6 2019, the Spanish Club meets the following week.  The clubs will alternate weeks.  Club meets in room 208 2:40-3:30 

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.

Additional clubs are in the process of being finalized.