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STUDENT ACTIVITIES LIST

Northern has a variety of clubs and activities in which students may participate. These organizations meet afternoons at 2:38 pm until students are released to the activity buses. There are two activity bus runs available for students who participate in after-school activities. Students who participate must have their student ID card for bus access and will be given a pass that will indicate the date and time for them to ride home from their activity. Students are not permitted to use the activity bus pass for other purposes.

Students must be eligible to participate in activities as dictated by attendance requirements and our Student Management Code.

Students who are absent from school on the day of an activity or athletic event are ineligible to participate in the activity. State law requires a student to be in attendance for at least four (4) hours to be counted as present for the day.

The following activities have been planned for this year. The advisors are listed after the activity.

ART CLUB
Purpose: To offer students with a serious interest in art the opportunity to expand and build on their talents. Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students. 
Advisor: Mr. Fama

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
Purpose: To engage students who enjoy reading; members read a minimum of 5 books from a selected list and then enter a competition to select the winning Northern team, as well as compete against other county middle schools Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students 
Advisor: Ms. Conti

CAMPUS STORE (THE HOUND POUND)
Purpose:To provide students with an opportunity to experience what it is like to operate a business. The Hound Pound is 100% student- operated. Membership: Students must complete the application process, which includes an essay and an interview by the student managers.
Advisor: Mr. Goldstein

CHESS CLUB
Purpose: To provide students interested in playing the game of chess an opportunity to learn, develop, and strengthen their chess game. Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students
Advisor: Mr. Pauley

CHORUS CLUB
Purpose: To provide students who were unable to fit chorus into their regular schedule, an opportunity to perform with the outstanding NBC Middle School Chorus. Students in Chorus club not only perform at Northern, but also get to travel to festivals and outside performances. Everyone who loves to sing is eligible and there are no auditions. Attendance at rehearsal and cooperation are the only requirements of the Chorus club. Membership: 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in singing.
Advisor: Ms. Delfing

CLASS COUNCILS
Purpose:The class council organizes and conducts the activities, fundraisers, and dances for the class. The officers are elected in an election conducted at the beginning of the school year. Team representatives are selected through an application process. Membership:

7th Grade Class Council - elected from Grade 7
Advisor: Ms. Zirilli

8th Grade Class Council - elected from Grade 8
Advisor: Ms. Conti

COMIC BOOK CLUB
Purpose: Students gather to discuss and create graphic art and storytelling. Anyone interested in comic books, anime, manga, and movies/ TV shows from the DC and Marvel universes. Members discuss, draw, collaborate, and even view their favorite titles. Membership: Interested 7th & 8th grade students
Advisor: Mr. Lafferty

DRAMA
Purpose: To give students an opportunity to audition and if selected, participate in a theatrical production; Opportunities include acting in a full length production, set work, lighting and sound. Rehearsals take place after school until 3:40 or 5:20 3-5 days a week as dictated by weekly posted schedules. Membership: 7th and 8th grade performers are selected after tryouts.
Advisors: Mr. Fama & Mr. Gallara

FIRST AID
Purpose: Students learn basic first aid skills and medical conditions, how to recognize and respond to an emergency situation and babysitting safety skills. Students also learn and practice hands-only CPR and choking rescue with the American Heart Association CPR in schools training program. Membership: 7th & 8th graders
Advisors: Ms. Pugliese, RN, MS, CSN & Ms. Nocon, RN, BSN

FBLA (FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA)
Purpose:To provide students with an opportunity to explore the many areas of business. Students will engage in business, marketing and computer activities related to industry practices. Membership: 7th and 8th grade students with a strong interest in Business, Marketing and Technology
Advisor: Mr. Goldstein

FFA – LEADERSHIP AND AGRISCIENCE YOUTH ORGANIZATION
Purpose: Members have the opportunity to compete in state level contests (Floral Design, Public Speaking, Dairy Foods and more), conduct community service projects and develop leadership skills. All activities support the National FFA mission of making a “positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, growth and success.” Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students scheduled for an agriculture class
Advisor: Dr. McLean

GAY- STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (GSA)
Purpose: The goal of GSA is to make the school community safe and welcoming for all students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Events sponsored by GSA are designed to promote an open and civil environment for all students. Membership: Interested 7th & 8th grade students
Advisors: Ms. Friedman

H.O.P.E. (HELP OUR PLANET EARTH)
Purpose: To gather likeminded individuals to discuss, work on projects and advocate for the earth. Students will have an opportunity to share emerging ideas about ways to help protect the environment. Membership: 7th and 8th graders interested in protecting the environment.
Advisor: Ms. Sulon

INTERNATIONAL CLUB
Purpose: To engage interested students in the study and discussion of international news and cultures and to promote a sense of global citizenship and a connection with those in foreign countries. To improve awareness of global issues and world geography. Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students
Advisor: Ms. Welc

MATH COUNTS
Purpose: To provide students with an opportunity to compete in regional and national mathematics competitions Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students
Advisor: Mr. Hoy

MOCK TRIAL CLUB
Purpose: To engage students who enjoy law, critical thinking, problem solving and working with others. Students take on the roles of civil/criminal trials as Prosecutors/Defenders using facts, logic and evidence provided for the cases. There is a role for everyone in the club: trial attorney, witness, or member of the jury. Membership: Interested 7th & 8th grade students
Advisor: Mr. Lesinski

MUSICAL
Purpose: To give students an opportunity to audition and participate in a theatrical production. The musical will involve acting, singing, and dancing. Students may also participate in set construction, prop construction, lighting and sound. Rehearsals take place after school until as dictated by weekly posted schedules. Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students selected from auditions.
Advisor: Mr. Gallara & Ms. Delfing

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND
Purpose: To solve problems of production and design in science, technology, and the arts and present solutions at competitions. A creative international problem-solving competition. Long-term problems can be found at odysseyofthemind.com. MembershipBoth 7th and 8th grade students invited. Forming teams of 7 (maximum of 35 students) Advisor: Ms. Henry

PAW PRINTS
Purpose:To provide students with an opportunity to communicate through various writing forms: narratives, poetry, editorials, and news features. Students will be able to share art work, photography and technology skills by creating a web site and an advertising video for the club. Other projects may include publishing a newspaper or literary magazine, performing oral readings, and participating in writing and art contests. Membership: Students with a strong interest in writing, art, photography, video or web site design.
Advisor: Ms. Avanzato & Mr. Lafferty

SPECIAL OLYMPICS
Purpose: To provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports. Special Olympics athletes are provided opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Membership: Eligible students will be notified.

S.T.A.T. (STUDENTS TAKING ACTION TOGETHER)
Purpose: S.T.A.T. Club- To promote a positive school climate by creating school wide activities that encourage students to work together. Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students.
Advisor: Ms. Aschettino

STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS)
Purpose: To provide a hands-on opportunity to take a project from idea to completion using various aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Membership: 7th and 8th grade students Advisor: Ms. Kalczuk & Ms. Andreula

STUDENT CONGRESS
Purpose: The Student Congress is one of three student government organizations in the middle school. It raises funds for charities chosen by its members, and assists the two other student government organizations with coordination of student activities. Membership: Grades 7 and 8 by application at the beginning of school year. Officers will be elected within the club during the first month of school.
Advisor: Ms. Cuneo

STUDENT PERFORMANCE
Purpose: To allow students to work cooperatively to present a performance showcasing a variety of talents not otherwise addressed by curriculum.
Advisor: Ms. Friedman, Ms. Zirilli & Ms. Delfing

YEARBOOK
Purpose: To create a yearbook that is a record of the students, staff and activities of the school year. Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students, by application
Advisor: Ms. Gierman

YOGA
The physical practice of yoga builds strength, balance, and flexibility in the body-very helpful for general fitness and injury prevention in other sports. Yoga is appropriate for all fitness levels and all people. 
Advisor: Ms. Welc