C. J. Hooker Middle School Clubs & Activities

Art Club

A place for students in all grades to come and experience art making year round.  During this club we explore drawing, painting, sculpture, decoupage as well as personal art interests.  Students experiment with various materials such as acrylic, pastels, watercolor, charcoal, plaster and clay.  This club is a chance for students to really explore their personal interest while learning more about the materials.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Brown
  • Meeting Times: Mondays 2:30-3 p.m.

Art Journaling Club

A fun way to make art. It is a combination of a sketchbook, scrapbook, diary, and journal. It’s a messy, creative, inventive collection of pages filled with creations from your imagination. Using doodles, drawings, paint, markers, stencils, spritz & splatters, collage, stickers, poems, quotes, inspirational words, photographs, and more to bring your story, feelings, dreams, goals, and creations to life!  Weekly prompts are provided to help kick start creativity.

  • Advisor:  Mrs. Saltzberg
  • Meeting Times:  Wednesdays, Room 136

Astronomy Club

Learn about constellations and mythology, our solar system and the universe.  Activities will include using computerized planetarium software to model the night sky, reading star charts, making sun dials, solar cookers and telescope use.  There will be an outside observing night approx. once each quarter.  Telescopes and binoculars will be available for these nights for students and parents to use.  Students will be encouraged to bring their own if they have one.  These gatherings will take place behind Scotchtown Elementary School at the Mount Olympus Field.  Open to 7th and 8th graders.

  • Advisor: Mr. LaMonica
  • Meeting Times: Every other week 2:30-3 p.m., plus 2 observing nights in Fall and 2 in Spring; and a field trip to a planetarium.

Bowling Club

Starting in October with a meeting, followed by first trip to Colonial Lanes in November.  8 trips to bowling alley in total during course of the year.  Transportation provided to/from CJH by school district, bowling shoe rental included, $7 per visit for two games (total of $56 needs to be paid up front before 1st trip).

  • Advisor:  Mr. Monti & Mr. Toscano

MakerSpace/Computer Club

Explores many things related to computers and information technology. You’ll be introduced to coding and design through a variety of sites such as Scratch, pencilcode.net and Tinkercad. You’ll use Blockly to program a robot. You’ll take apart a computer, and learn about the things you find inside the box.  And you’ll make things out of Legos, upcycled “junk” and circuitry materials. You’ll learn to think “outside the box” and create solutions to improve the world around you.

  • Advisor:  Mrs. Bailey
  • Meeting Times: Fridays 2:30 p.m.,  Room 148

Culinary Club

The purpose of the Culinary Club will be to instruct students in the preparation and selection of fresh food. The students will be planning and preparing a selection of foods. Students will participate in group cooking activities, while focusing on safety, measuring, and cooking techniques.

  • Advisors: Mrs. Caruso and Mrs. Hughes
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays or Thursdays, specific days & times will be announced.

CJH Players Drama Club

This club is designed to introduce children to theater.  Children will work collaboratively, building trusting relationships in order to put on a school show.  They will be exposed to acting techniques, learn different theater terminology, singing techniques, and many other aspects of being an actor on stage  Rehearsals are Tues-Friday, 3-5 p.m.  As it gets closer to the performance dates, rehearsals will be scheduled more frequently.

  • Advisors: Ms. Loftus and Ms. Murphy

Diversity Club

Students interested in raising awareness in our community about the beauty of diversity in its many forms.  Together, work to empower and encourage all members to creatively express their voice.

  • Advisor:  Mrs. Marquez.
  • Meeting Times:  Tuesdays, Room 147

Environmental Club

Designed to provide students with a platform for identifying and achieving CJ Hooker’s environmental goals.  The club also helps to facilitate environmental awareness of both local and worldwide issues.  Students are provided with the opportunity to contribute positively to the school community by assisting with the school’s recycling program as well as developing service projects based on student interest.

  • Advisor:  Mrs. Molinaro
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Fridays 2:30-3 p.m.

Harmony

This unique ensemble is open to grades 6-8. Singers continuously blend numerous vocal parts together to create intricate harmonies and soulful melodies to “pop” and upbeat music.  Some choreography and movement are added to enhance the overall experience.  This fun and exciting singing group will perform at school and community events to help promote music.  It is a wonderful and cultural way to help young singers expand their horizons.

  • Advisor:  Mrs. Murphy
  • Meeting Times: Fridays 2:30-3 p.m., Chorus Room

Homework Club

(P.A.S.S.—Positive Actions for Student Success)  Based upon teacher recommendation, students are selected to participate in afterschool homework activities.  Strategies and skills are provided to students that will assist them in becoming more responsible and independent with their assignments.

  • Advisor: Various Teachers.
  • Meeting Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2:30-3:10 p.m.

Jazz Band

The members of this club (specially selected by the band director) will meet weekly for a minimum of 60 minutes in the evening throughout the year.  During this time, students will practice and learn jazz techniques, including but not limited to:  phrasing, improvisation, style, and articulation.  Students will then be involved in at least 3 performance opportunities.

  • Advisors: Mrs. Dickinson/Mr. Schindler
  • Meeting Times: Wednesday 6:30 p.m. for Section, and 7-9 p.m. for Band

Keeping up with the Courtyards

Learn how to maintain our school’s creative landscaped areas through mulching, pulling and identifying weeds, trimming shrubs/trees, planting flowering bulbs in the fall, and perennials in the spring.  Special projects might include making your own birdhouse from wood and designing a birdbath from various recycled materials.

  • Advisor: Mrs. VanHage
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays 2:30–3  p.m.

Le Cercle Français

Students will partake in cultural activities aimed at discovering the cultures and customs of the French-speaking countries and in learning some conversational French.  Students will learn about diverse regions of the francophone world, celebrate festivals, cook recipes, sing folklore songs, watch French movies, study painting and more.  Open to all grades.

  • Advisor:  Monsieur Riviere
  • Meeting Times:  Fridays 2:30-3 p.m.

Leo Club  The Leo Club provides young people with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of our community. Leo will create and implement various events to help give back to our community.

  • Advisor: Ms. Villegas
  • Meeting Times: Mondays, 2:30 p.m., Room 229

Let’s Get Organized

Students will learn skills to stay organized in school.  Each week we will clean out and organize folders, binders and even lockers.  This will be coordinated with students’ teachers.

  • Advisor:  Ms. Leva
  • Meeting Times: Mondays, Room 204

Math Team

Students participating in this activity will be expected to attend 10 to 15 practice sessions, complete practice problems on their own and participate in 5 interschool meets. Math knowledge is an extension and enhancement of typical middle school math classes. Events in a competition include “speed and accuracy,” “calculator,” “percentages,” “geometry,” “wild card,” and either a relay or cooperative group question.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Natt
  • Meeting Times: October-December, Tuesdays 2:30-3 p.m.

The School Store

Open daily during homeroom and lunch periods.  Members take part in planning store events, ordering merchandise, organizing merchandise, pricing merchandise & keeping daily profit/loss log.  Members areexpected to be courteous, helpful & respectful to all who visit the store.

  • Advisors:  Mrs. Boles & Ms. Leva.

Science Olympiad

Students participating in this activity will be working in a combination of events drawn from a total of 25 events to be competed at the regional, state, and national level. Events cover the full spectrum of science subjects including physics, chemistry, earth science, biology, technology, and problem solving. Team work is an important quality that students learn. Knowledge goes well beyond typical classroom curricula. Practices start on a limited basis in October and begin daily (including Saturdays) in November. The season ends following the state and/or national tournaments in April and May. The state and national teams may continue until the end of May. For information about Science Olympiad visit www.newyorkscioly.org

  • Advisor: Mrs. DenDanto, Mrs. Muller, Mrs. Pahucki.
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays 3-5 p.m. / Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 p.m. / Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sixth Grade Fitness & Activities

This club gives sixth grade students an opportunity to participate in organized sports in the middle school. The club’s focus is on recreation, sportsmanship, social interaction, and having fun!

  • Advisors: Mrs. Storms and Mr. Dornfest
  • Meeting Times: Thursdays 2:30–3 p.m.

Ski Club

Open to students in gr. 6-8 who want to ski or snowboard.  All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome.  The Club takes 5 trips (when possible, based on ski & weather conditions) to Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ.  Students should purchase season lift tickets or 5-day lift tickets through Mountain Creek using the ski club log-in (discounted group rates available for students & their family Parents/Guardians must submit payment & sign a permission slip that is due mid-November.  Parents/Guardians must also fill out the online Parent Contact Information Google form & purchase lift tickets by Dec. 1.  Students are required to take at least one lesson, no matter their skill level, on the 1st day they attend the trips.  Lessons are available for free with the lift tickets and students can take as many as they want.  These trips are a lot of fun and a great way for students to begin skiing and/or snowboarding or to continue to improve their skills.

  • Advisors: Ms. Haskel and Mr. LaMonica
  • Meeting Times: Alternating Fridays & Wednesdays (5 trips-weather permitting) after school, Jan. & Feb.

Sports Club

Open to grades 7 & 8. Focus on skill development and game play in a variety of sports and activities.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Guarneiri
  • Meeting Times: Mondays 2:30-3 p.m.

Spirit Club

Students will work together to build school spirit & camaraderie within the school community.  Students will create “Spirit Days”, special events, and a variety of other social activities to enhance their experience at the middle school.

  • Advisor: Ms. Walter & Mrs. Kennedy.
  • Meeting Times: Fridays 2:30-3 p.m., Library

STEM Club

Promotes the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math through various hands-on enrichment

  • Advisor:  Mrs. Kennedy
  • Meeting Times: two Wednesdays per month, Room 218

Student Government

Members will actively participate in identifying, researching, analyzing and resolving issues and concerns in the school community and beyond. Important cooperation and leadership skills will be developed.

  • Advisors: Ms. Alarcon and Mr. Joyce.
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays 2:30–3:10 p.m. (and as needed, depending on activities)

Yearbook

Students learn to photograph and edit pictures that will be used to create a book of memories for all students.  Expert computer skills and knowledge of print layout helpful.

  • Advisors:  Mrs. Caruso & Mrs. Adams
  • Meeting Times:  Mondays 2:30-3 p.m., Room 212

PLEASE NOTE:  MEETING TIMES AND LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.