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Middle School Launches Club Day

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

From debating to yoga, photography to frisbee, graphic novels to broadcast news, and more -- Tuesday, September 24 was the first day of Middle School Clubs, a chance for students to step out of the traditional classroom and learn while having fun.

Being part of a club is another opportunity for students to learn a new skill, contribute to the thinking of a group, and socialize with others, says Middle School Head Suzanne Nagy. "Clubs can offer important life skills like leadership, service, writing skills, and negotiating. They model having fun while also getting work done. And being in clubs introduces students to new topics, fun experiences, and new relationships with peers and adults."

Students will participate in clubs once a month from September through May. Their options include:

--The Debating Game with Mr. McDuffie

--Friendship Braceleteers with Mr. Sanders and Mrs. Swick 

--Broadcasting News Club with Mrs. Sadler 

--Heathwood History Club with Mr. Spires

--Silent Reading Club with Ms. Johnson

--Chess with Mr. Ellington

--Yoga with Mrs. Hodges and Mrs. Dillman

--Graphic Novel Club with Mrs. Cooper

--Student Ambassador Training with Mrs. Roman

--Legos with Mrs. MacRae and Mrs. Pope

--Photography with Mr. Giovannone

--Math Club with Mr. Bauer

--Backstage Crew with Mr. Monk

--Cornhole with Dr. Edwards

--Frisbee with Mr. Baisch

--Art with Mrs. Hawthorne 

"Clubs are fun," says Clubs Coordinator and Heathwood Band Teacher John Duhan, "because there is no pressure to do well, no long-term commitment, no grade or assessment of one's work. It is just about being present in the fun of the moment."

"The interaction between kids and teachers in different grade levels as they tried something new today solidifies our goal for Middle School Clubs," adds Mrs. Nagy, "which is to have fun in the presence of others while learning!"