2023-2024 Clubs and Activities

Second Trimester Clubs!

Menands School is excited to continue extracurricular clubs and sports this Winter for Grades 2-8. Club offerings occur after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays for one and a half hours and bus transportation home is available. Please see the club description for further details.

Please note: If your child participated in a club 1st trimester that is also offered in 2nd trimester they must sign up again. This is in order to optimize club participation for all students.

If a club meets its maximum capacity, all students who signed up for the club will be put into a lottery system. Through this system, students will be randomly selected to participate in the club. Those who do not get selected will be notified through the parent email that was submitted during sign-ups. 

Links for each club will be posted when sign-ups are available.

An important reminder for parents of elementary students: on any day that there is a change in a student’s regular dismissal procedure, the student must bring a blue dismissal note to their homeroom teacher. Parents must send in a blue dismissal note on any day that an elementary student stays after for a club, indicating if they will be picked up or take the late bus.

Please read before signing up! Due to students being signed up for multiple clubs on the same days last trimester, we are now doing sign-ups for each day of the week. When you open the form for each day you will see that there is a first choice, second choice, and third choice option. This is so that if your student doesn’t get randomly selected for their 1st choice we have another option for them. Like always, our main goal is to get children involved in an extracurricular that they are interested in.  

CLUB SIGN-UPS ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

MONDAY 

  • Volleyball – Grades 5-8
  • Drama Club – Grades 4-8
  • Drama Club Costumes – Grades 4-8
  • Intro to Photography – Grades 6-7
  • Story Walk Club – Grades 5 & 6

TUESDAY

  • STEM – Grades 4-6
  • Chess – Grades 6-8

WEDNESDAY 

  • Volleyball – Grades 5-8
  • Drama Club – Grades 4-8
  • Chess – Grades 6-8
  • Drama Club Set Design – Grades 5-8
  • Robotics – Grades 6-8
  • Anime – Grades 3-5

THURSDAY

  • STEM – Grades 4-6
  • Drama Club – Grades 4-8
  • Yearbook – Grades 6-8
  • Lego Club – Grades 7 and 8
  • Board Games Club – Grades 2 & 3

FRIDAY

  • Academic Challenge Bowl – Grades 7 & 8

Clubs

Drama Club

Second Trimester: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays. 
(Depending on the role the student gets in the play will affect the days they stay after school for rehearsal)
Grades 4-8
Advisors: Mrs. Hayes and Ms. O’Connell

Students will work together to perform a Broadway Jr. production which entails learning lines, songs, choreography, teamwork, and dedication. Please note that in order to prepare for the performance there will be a rigorous rehearsal schedule. Students may not miss rehearsals for other clubs or sports. Participation will be based on an audition that will take place at the beginning of the semester. All interested students must audition.

The maximum number of participants is 50

Drama Club Costumes

Second Trimester: Mondays 
Grades 4-8
Advisor: Mrs. Nersesian

Students will help to prepare costumes and props for the annual Drama Club Production. Students will use teamwork and brainstorm a vision for each character’s costume. When the show arrives students will have the opportunity to help backstage the night of the show.

Maximum number of participants is 10.

Intro To Photography

Second Trimester: Mondays
Grades 6-7
Advisors: Mrs. Slyer and Mrs. Trainor

Introduction to the methods of photography. Also, getting to know a DSLR camera and its functions. Creating some digital images to showcase in the May Evening of the Arts.

Maximum number of participants is 10.

STORYWALK® CLUB
Second Trimester: Mondays
Grades 5 and 6
Advisors: Mrs. Malkiewicz & Ms. Gibson
Storywalk Club combines nature and literacy. Members work together to prepare books and question prompts to be placed in the Menands Nature Trail.
Maximum number of participants is 8.

STEM Club

Second Trimester: Tuesdays & Thursdays
Grades 4-6
Advisors: Mr. Nagel

The goal of this club is to promote student engagement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Students will engage in hands-on STEM activities and discussions. Activities may include, coding, design and production, physics (objects in motion), and competitions. 

 The program may involve mentor students from the 8th grade STEM classes, who will assist with club activities, gaining leadership, and community service opportunities.

You cannot participate in another club on Tuesdays or Thursdays if you are in STEM.

Maximum number of participants is 12.

Chess Club

Second Trimester: Tuesdays
Grades 6-8
Advisors: Mr. Buskey

The chess club combines educational and social activities.  Members come to play, to learn, to teach, and to get together with friends and make new ones.  The players — no matter what their level of skill, experience will compete against each other. Through competition, we will grow, learn, and get better. 

Maximum number of participants is 16.

Drama Set Design

Second Trimester: Wednesdays
Grades 5-8
Advisors: Mr. Gottcent

If you love to paint or draw, Drama Set Design is for you! In Drama Set Design students will work together to design the sets and backdrop for our school’s annual Drama Club production.

Maximum number of participants is 10.

Robotics Club

Second Trimester: Wednesdays
Grades 6-8
Advisor: Ms. McQuade

The purpose of the robotics club is for students to learn how to code and write commands for robots through play. By programming and controlling robots, students will step into the world of science, acquiring knowledge and skills that will be useful and applicable beyond the classroom.

Maximum number of participants is 15.

Anime Club

Second Trimester: Wednesdays
Grades 3-5
Advisors: Mrs. Catini

The anime club will provide students with a chance to speak about their favorite animes with their schoolmates. In addition to being with like-minded anime fans, students will learn about the history of anime, create a manga, cosplay, and act out their favorite scenes. Students on occasion will watch an age-appropriate anime. 

Maximum number of participants is 10.

Board Games Club

Second Trimester: Thursdays
Grades 2 and 3
Advisor: Mrs. Kennedy

Students will be given the opportunity to play/learn a variety of board games. Children will learn strategies, and rules, and be given the opportunity to engage/play with their peers. 

Maximum number of participants is 12.

Lego Club

Second Trimester: Thursdays
Grades 7 and 8
Advisor: Señor Benoit

Students will engage in a range of relevant learning opportunities that will immerse them in research, problem-solving, coding, and engineering with FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge Class Pack. Students will develop, design, build, and code LEGO® robots that navigate missions to develop an innovation project solution to a real-world problem. If your student enjoys a challenge and creative thinking this is for them! 

Maximum number of participants is 12.

Yearbook Club

Second Trimester: Thursdays
Grades 6-8
Advisors: Mrs. Stanton & Mrs. Wroblewski

Students will work collaboratively to create the 2022-2023 school yearbook electronically. Students will create announcements, send thank you notes, solicit photos, brainstorm page ideas, choose design layouts, and insert photos to create the completed yearbook. 

Maximum number of participants is 10.

Academic Challenge Bowl

Second Trimester: Fridays
Grades 7 & 8
Advisors: Ms. Ervin & Ms. Purdy

Academic Challenge Bowl is for students who LOVE trivia and like games such as Jeopardy, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? It is an academic competition with a quiz-bowl format. It is the middle school version of MasterMinds. It is a fast-paced question-and-answer competition. Students will compete in a team of 4 at a time to go against other schools. Team substitutions occur at halftime. Meets are held after school with each league meeting once every few weeks.  Meets are held over the course of the school year with the regular season running from approximately mid-to-late November to early April, followed by playoffs.  Each meet is normally designed so that each school plays two matches. The questions cover a broad range:  art, biology, chemistry, current events, geography, history, literature, music, political science, pop culture, religion, and sports.

Maximum number of participants is 8.

Sports

Volleyball

Second Trimester: Mondays and Wednesdays
Grades 5-8
Advisor: Señor Benoit

Students will focus on the individual skills needed to play volleyball. They will learn team strategies for offense and defense, as well as the rules of the game and sportsmanship. Students will have the opportunity to play interscholastic games. 

You cannot participate in another club on Mondays or Thursdays if you are on the volleyball team.

Maximum number of participants is 25.

Club Sign Ups

Monday Club Sign-Ups

 

Tuesday Club Sign-Ups

 

Wednesday Club Sign-Ups

 

Thursday Club Sign-Ups

 

Friday Club Sign-Ups