Clubs and Activities

Menands School District is proud to offer its students a variety of extra-curricular clubs. Activities have been scheduled in trimester sessions that correspond to the fall, winter, and spring athletic seasons.

  • Trimester 1: Sept. 11 to Dec. 6
  • Trimester 2:  Dec. 10 to March 14
  • Trimester 3:  March 18 to June 20

Sports | Clubs | YMCA After-School Program

Sports

Cross Country Running

  • First Trimester: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Grades: 5-8
  • Coach: Mr. Blanchet
  • Long distance running equates to great fitness. Cross Country is an athletic activity that requires great stamina and effort. Practices require athletes to run 1.5 to 2.5 miles each practice. Weekly races are held at Menands School and other schools. Races are 1 mile in length. This is an endurance sport that promotes individual competition and teamwork.
  • Maximum number of participants is 30.

Volleyball

  • Second Trimester: Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Grades: 5-8
  • Coach: Mr. Ahl
  • Students learn all of the individual skills of volleyball along with team strategies for offense and defense. Participants will have the opportunity to play in interscholastic games. Students participating in this activity must commit solely to this activity on the days of its meeting.
  • Maximum number of participants is 24.

Soccer

  • First Trimester: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Grades: 7-8
  • Coach: Mr. Herrmann
  • Participants will learn the essentials of soccer—dribbling, passing, shooting and the like. All student athletes will be able to compete in interscholastic games. Advanced players will have the opportunity to work on strategy and furthering their skills.
  • Maximum number of participants is 15-20.

Track & Field

  • Third Trimester: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • Grades: 5-8
  • Coach: Ms. Blanchet & Mr. Ahl
  • Track & Field is a sport that provides participants with many diverse athletic opportunities – running, jumping, and throwing. Improving fitness is the key for this sport. Competitions take place weekly on outdoor tracks against other schools. Athletes will benefit from the individual and team challenges that this sport offers.
  • Maximum number of participants is 44.

Clubs

Soccer Club

  • First Trimester: Grades 4-6 Thursdays
  • Second and Third Trimester: Alternating Tuesdays as follows: Grades 2-4, Grades 4-6.
  • For the Second and Third Trimesters, Grade 4 students will be grouped based on experience.
  • Advisor: Ms. Nicoll
  • Club members will learn all of the basic soccer skills along with the rules of play. At the same time they learn the importance and value of sportsmanship, teamwork and socialization. Participation will prepare them to build the skills necessary to play competitively in middle school. *Note second trimester will be an indoor session.
  • Soccer Club is limited to 16 participants per group.

P.E. Sports Intramurals

  • First Trimester: Grades 2-3 Mondays. Grades 4-5 Thursdays.
  • Advisor: Mr. Ahl
  • A club to encourage children to stay physically active by participating in games, activities, and sports. Students will be encouraged to learn about and display positive characteristics and sportsmanship during all activities.
  • Maximum number of participants is 24 per group.

Yearbook Club

  • First, Second and Third Trimesters: Mondays
  • Grades 6-8
  • Advisers: Mrs. Stanton & Mrs. Wroblewski
  • Students will work collaboratively to create the 2018 -2019 school yearbook electronically. Students will photograph all school events, complete the layout, solicit and create advertisements, and sell and distribute the completed yearbooks. Students may sign up each trimester. New members may only join at the beginning of a trimester. Students participating in this activity must commit solely to this activity.
  • Maximum number of participants is 5-10. 

Tennis Club

  • First Trimester: Grades 5-6 Mondays. Grades 3-4 Wednesdays.
  • Advisers: Mrs. Bettinger
  • Club members will learn all of the basic tennis skills along with the rules of play necessary to play a game of tennis. Rackets and tennis balls are supplied.
  • Maximum number of participants is 16 per group.

Pay it Forward…Together Club

  • First Trimester: Wednesdays
  • Grades 6-8
  • Advisers: Mrs. Marinstein & Mrs. Testo
  • Student will participate in a variety of projects relating to helping others in the community, school and outside organizations. Students will feel a sense of understanding for people in situations which require empathy.
  • Maximum number of participants is 20.

Learn to Play Chess Club

  • Second Trimester: Mondays
  • Grades 2-4
  • Advisers: Mr. Blanchet
  • This Club offers students the basic skills required to play the game of chess. Each session will provide 20 minutes os instruction. The remaining 40 minutes will be reserved for practice and work with experienced middle school chess
    enthusiasts.
  • Limited to 12-15 students.

MakerSpace Club

  • Third Trimester: Thursdays
  • Grades 2-4
  • Advisers: Mrs. Jankowski
  • Students will have open ended exploration on a variety of makerspace tools. Student s may choose to work on something collaboratively or individually. They may do something different each week or work on a long term goal. Students will use legos, magnatiles, little bits, makey makey and other maker type activities.
  • Maximum number of participants is 20.

STEM Competition Club

  • First and Second Trimesters: Tuesdays & Wednesdays
  • Grades 5-8
  • Advisers: Mr. Nagel
  • This club will focus on competing in STEM competitions at the local, state and national level. Specifically, “First Lego Robotics”, “Future City” and “Kid Wind” if funding allows.
  • Maximum number of students is limited per competition/teams.

Coding Club

  • Second Trimester: Thursdays
  • Grades 5-8
  • Advisers: Mrs. Jankowski
  • Students will use scratch, code academy and a variety of other activities to explore coding. Students must have Chromebook privileges in order to attend.
  • Maximum number of participants is 20.

Drama Club

  • Second Trimester (extends into Third Trimester): Monday to Thursday
  • Grades 3-8
  • Advisers: Ms. Bergeron, Mrs. Nersesian, Ms. O’Connell
  • Students will work together to perform a Broadway production. Students will learn lines and songs, basic stage direction, physical presence, choreography, teamwork and dedication. Auditions will be held after Thanksgiving break. Please note that in order to prepare for a performance there will be a rigorous rehearsal schedule, which will be determined after casting is complete. Students in Drama Club may not miss rehearsals for other clubs or sports. Students may also have opportunities to participate in stage crew, costuming, and production. Actors cast in main roles should limit participation in extra-curricular activities during the second trimester. All drama club members will sign and adhere to a contract that outlines expectations for participation.
  • Maximum number of participants is 45.
  • Please note the Drama Production is scheduled for March 28 & 30, which extends into the Third Trimester, thus participation in Drama Club offerings impact Third Trimester clubs. Staff will work with students to accommodate participation in both Second and Third trimester clubs.

Drama Club- Costumes

  • Second Trimester (extends into Third Trimester): Wednesdays
  • Grades 4-8
  • Advisers: Mrs. Ford & Mrs. Waldron
  • Are you creative? Then this club is for you! The club researches the type of costuming that will be needed for the school play. Then all necessary materials are pulled together and costumes are made. The day of the performance, club members attend and help with the organization of the costumes.
  • Maximum number of participants is 5.

Drama Club- Production

  • Second Trimester (extends into Third Trimester): Wednesdays
  • Grades 6-8
  • Advisers: Ms. Albert
  • Students participating in Drama Club production will be involved in ticket sales, developing the program and well as advertisement for out play.
  • Maximum number of participants is 5.

YMCA After School Program

The YMCA after-school program at Menands School offers a healthy snack, physical activities, homework time (optional for students), free choice centers activities, and a planned enrichment activity.