Intramurals and Clubs

2017-2018 Intramurals and Clubs     

Academic Support

Supervised by: Clarissa Pentecost (Room 107) and Peter Ryan (Room 117)

Description: Academic Support is a quiet place where students can work and receive teacher assistance with assigned homework and projects. This opportunity provides an extension to the academic day for students who require academic support and/or re-teaching of previously taught information and concepts.

Dates: From 2:30 until 4:00, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday in Rm. 107, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday in Room 117.

Art Club  

Supervised by: Melanie Crowe (Room 219)

Description: Art Club  is an intramural designed for students to stretch their artistic minds and abilities in a safe and supportive environment. While a choice based experience is encouraged and provided, each week students will learn various art materials and techniques to aide in their art creation. In attending Art Club, students need to bring a positive attitude, a willingness to create, and an openness to learn while applying new skills to their work. If for some reason Art Club must be rescheduled, there will be an announcement during the school’s morning announcements.

Dates: Mondays Mondays October 2nd through May 7th


Supervised by: Bobby Pratt (MMS Gym)

Intramural Basketball is a great chance for students to get on the court and play basketball in a fun and friendly environment through pick up games and contests. No experience is necessary, just be ready to join us and have fun.

Dates: March 26 – 30.

Challenge Course

Supervised by: Alex Rotsko and Renee Caverly (MMS Gym)

Description: Students will be introduced to a variety of skills and challenges. Skills such as how to wear a harness, tying appropriate knots and attaching hardware are taught.  Belay techniques and safety issues are addressed daily.  Students will have the opportunity to work with their peer groups to challenge themselves on high and low elements. With support from staff, all students will be encouraged to stretch their comfort zones socially, physically, and mentally.

Dates: TBD, beginning in February

Chess and Games Club

Supervised by: Nancy Mann (Room 200)

Description: Chess and Games Club is a fun club where students play chess and other board games. Students can challenge each other to individual or group matches. Board games available are Chess, Backgammon, Dominoes, Life, Monopoly, Clue, Risk, Scattergories, Mille Borne & cards. Chess and Games Club will meet every Thursday after school from 2:30pm to the late bus at 4:00pm. All students in all grades are welcome to attend. Meetings are held in Madame Mann’s Room #200 at the top of the stairs in the 6th grade wing.

Dates: Thursdays starting September 14th through late May

Computer Coding

Supervised by: Maureen Martin (Room 105)

Description: Again we are fortunate to have Stephen Kaplan of MHS teaching the coding classes. Come learn JAVA, HTML, CSS, LUA, JAVASCRIPT, PROCESSING, PYTHON, and or  SWIFT! No prior coding experience is needed. This is a first come, first served basis. We will have twelve MacBook Airs available for your use during the coding classes. Please get your blue intramural sheet in the office and sign up.

Dates: Tuesdays through May

French Club  

Supervised by: Nancy Mann (Room 112)

Description: French Club will be a club for students in French Language and Culture. We will meet twice a month to do some of the following things: watch French cultural movies, listen tot he latest French music, make and eat French food, or even go to a French Cafe. There will be an elected president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary for this club. A lot of what we do in this club will be student driven with Madame Mann acting as the mentor, chaperone and guide. All students in all grades are welcome to attend. Meetings are held in Madame Mann’s room #200 at the top of the stairs in the 6th grade wing from 2:30pm until the late bus at 4:00pm.

Dates: Mondays beginning September 11th through late May.


Supervised by: Kris Bisson (Band Room)

Description: This class is offered to students of all abilities – no prior experience is necessary. We will work as a class as well as independently to create individual reading, performance, and guitar or ukulele repertoire goals.  Class size will be limited to 20 students. Come and learn to play rock standards as well as repertoire from all decades on guitar, electric guitar, electric bass, and even ukulele with your friends.

Dates: Mondays:, Oct. 16,  23, November 6, 13, 20.


Supervised by: Lindsey Gray (Room 101)

Description: Are you interested in creating beautiful, soft carves and crafts?  If so, you might be interested in sitting and knitting with Ms. Gray on Tuesday afternoons.  Whether you are new to knitting or an expert at pearling, stop by Room 101 to see what is being knit up!  Students must bring their own supplies.

Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10

Jazz Band

Supervised by: Dave Miller

Description: Jazz Band is open to all interested 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  It meets on Thursday afternoon from 2:30-3:45 beginning in early March and running through to the spring concert in late May or June or approximately 10-12 rehearsals and performances. The Jazz Band performs at our spring concert.  It is a non-graded class however regular attendance is required if you plan to perform in concerts.  Jazz Band focuses on various styles within the genre of jazz like swing, blues, funk, Latin, rock, ballads, etc.  It also introduces students to improvising which is a key element in jazz.

Dates: March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7th concert

National Junior Honor Society

Supervised by: Renee Caverly

Description: The National Junior Honor Society is a student organization based on five qualities: Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Citizenship, and Character. Students who join NJHS will have opportunities to cultivate skills relating to these qualities. All members will attend monthly meetings, participate in a group service project in the spring, and will perform four hours of community service each quarter. Eighth grade members can run for the following offices: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Public Relations Officer.

In order to join NJHS, students must be in seventh or eighth grade, and maintain a cumulative average of 92.0 or higher. Students will be notified of eligibility after the conclusion of the second quarter, and will be invited to apply via letter and email. Applications will be reviewed by the Faculty Council, and students will be notified of acceptance in early May. A formal induction ceremony for new members will be held in spring.

Dates: Meetings will be at least once a month dependent on student availability.


Supervised by: Kris Bisson (Room 112)

Description: This class is offered to students of all abilities – no prior experience is necessary. We will work as a class as well as independently to create individual reading, performance, and piano repertoire goals.  Class size will be limited to 12 students. Come and learn to play the piano pieces you wish to study with your friends.

Dates: Thursdays: October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9.

Recycling Club

Supervised by: Tracy LaPointe (Room 109)

Description: Students interested in recycling the bottles and cans at Marshwood Middle School can set their own schedule with Mrs. LaPointe.  Bottles and cans are collected weekly from each classroom.

Dates: Ongoing


Supervised by: Ashleigh Roy (Room 412)

Description: Students participating in robotics will work as scientists, engineers, and designers toward solving problems. Students will utilize a design, build, and test model when creating their robots that will include the use of Lego pieces and parts, gears, and sensors. Students will also be introduced to simple programming that will allow their robots to perform many different functions and actions. In late winter we will be looking to assemble teams interested in attending the Maine Robotics Track Meet where teams from across the state compete against each other in 10 different events. Teams will meet for several weeks before the competition to build and program their robots for competition.

Dates:  Tuesday: March 13 and Thursdays: March 29, April 3, 12, 26, May 3, 8 and Wednesday May 9.  Maine Robotics Track Meet is May 12.

Rock Band

Supervised by: Kris Bisson (Band Room)

Description: Our NEWEST music intramural, ROCK BAND, will be an ongoing weekly activity open to all students who wish to experience learning and performing in a rock band. Students are encouraged to participate in the Guitar Intramural to learn guitar basics, or Piano Intramural to learn keyboard skills, and are also welcome to sing vocals, play drum set, and accompanying percussion instruments. The opportunity to rehearse and put together an ensemble to perform rock (pop, and jazz charts will also be explored)
will be our goal weekly with a performance scheduled at the end of each semester. Our work will also be featured at the annual Middle School Talent Show held in March. Participation is open for one or both sessions.

Dates: Session One: January 8 – March 12

Dates: Session Two: March 19 – June 4

School Musical

Supervised by: Kristen Dalton

Description: This year’s school musical will be “Disney’s High School Musical Jr.” and will be presented at Marshwood Middle School on March 15th, 16th & 17th.  No experience necessary!!  For students who love to perform, want to learn how to perform or would prefer to work behind the scenes to help create scenery & costumes and learn lighting and sound.  Audition prep will begin in early December and rehearsals will take place after school starting in January.

Dates: Rehearsals after school beginning in January

Select Chorus

Supervised by: Kris Bisson (Room 112)

Description: Select Chorus is offered as an after-school chorus to all MMS students throughout the entire year, operating as two separate semesters. The Chorus Allied Art is not required to participate, but greatly enhances the learning. Singers are auditioned for placement only. Repertoire explored is more challenging in this smaller group setting. The Select Chorus enjoys performing in additional concerts outside of the scheduled Chorus concert year.

Dates: Meets every Tuesday from September 26 – December 12 and January 9 – June 5.

Sewing and Crafts

Supervised by: Cathy Locke (Room 410) 

Description: Come to the Family Science room to work on an independent sewing or crafts project, with help as needed from Mrs. Locke!

Dates: November 13, 17, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30, December 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21

Songwriters’ Workshop

Supervised by: Kris Bisson (Room 112)

Description: Learn how to build a song, write lyrics and bring it all together for a performance. Bring your own device or use one here. We will be learning how to compose “in the cloud” with free online software as well as using old-school techniques with sheet music. You can also use our instruments. Get ready to rock, or write the best ballad ever. No prior experience necessary.

Dates: March 15, 21, 22, 28, 29

Student Council

Supervised by: Stephanie Thompson(Room 119)

Description: The purpose of Marshwood Middle School’s Student Council is to develop positive attitudes and to practice good citizenship. We will promote harmonious relations throughout the entire school. To achieve this, Student Council will improve student/faculty relationships, improve school morale and general welfare, and plan special events or projects./span>th graders.

Dates: Meets every other Monday beginning October 2nd. More often if there is an upcoming event to plan.


Supervised by: Kristen Vernace

Description: Intramural Volleyball is an opportunity for students to learn the basics of the sport, such as serving, setting, bumping, and spiking. We will develop skills first and them scrimmage each other using our new skills. This is a low pressure way to make new friends, be active and have fun after school.

Dates: September 14, 18, 21,26, 28, October 2, 5, 10, 12, 16

 Wellness Club

Supervised by: Cathy Locke and Todd Hughes

Description: Opportunities throughout the year for students to use the Fitness room. Students will work toward personal goals and learn about healthy eating and exercise routines.

Dates: March 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, April 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 23, 25

We the People

Supervised by: Andy Rowe (Room 225) 

Description: We The People is a civics-oriented extracurricular program that runs from October through early May. The program is open to all 7th and 8th graders. Interested student should make contact with Mr. Rowe, the program advisor, as soon as possible (email Participating students will independently complete review questions for each of the curriculum’s thirty lessons on their own time. On December 1, the eighteen most prepared students (measured by the number of lessons completed), with preference going to 8th graders, will be invited to begin collaborative work in preparation for the National Invitational, held each spring in Washington, DC. The 18 students will be split into six groups of three, with each group specializing in one of the program’s six units. Students will work together in polishing three “hearing questions,” which will be announced by February, and will do outside research to prepare for the National Invitational. Then, in late April (specific dates TBA), we will fly to Washington, DC in order to compete in the Invitational and, in out downtime, see much of what our nation’s capital has to offer. Prior to fundraising the program costs roughly $1,000 per student, with a $25 nonrefundable deposit due at the time of the group’s selection, but after fundraising families can expect roughly a $500-$800 expense per student.  

This program is open to all seventh and eighth grade students, starting in early October, but the group will be pared down to eighteen students by early December, with preference being given to eighth graders.  Students will be expected to attend at least one meeting during April vacation, and will participate in various fundraising efforts throughout the year.  Any balance will be divided equally among participating students, and bills will be issued prior to the trip.

Dates: Until December 1, meetings are generally on an individual or small group basis, and set by arranging time with Mr. Rowe. These meetings are optional. From December 1 through mid-March, small group meetings are scheduled with Mr. Rowe, but should generally occur 3-6 times per month. From mid-March through the end of April, participating students should plan on staying after school 2-4 times per week in preparation for National Invitational. The National Invitational traditionally occurs from the last Friday in April through the first Tuesday in May, although the 2018 National Invitational dates have not yet been set.


Supervised by: Katie Gilpatrick (Room 212)

Description: The main purpose of the Yearbook Club is to produce the school’s annual yearbook. With this goal in mind, members who join the Yearbook Club will be taught basic lessons in photography, writing, editing and designing electronic page layouts.

Dates:  Wednesdays, beginning September 27th. We will not meet the first Wednesday of each month.

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