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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 interested in art additional opportunity to expand and build on their talents outside of the school day

Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students

ADVISOR: Mr. Fama

ATHLETIC TEAMS

Many interscholastic athletic teams are offered for our students. Students must be academically eligible in order to participate. Questions regarding athletic activities should be directed to the Athletic Director at extension 2094.

Fall: Girls and Boys Soccer, Field Hockey, Cross Country

Winter: Girls and Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Cheerleading

Spring: Baseball, Girls and Boys Lacrosse, Softball, and Track

BAND

Purpose: To provide an opportunity to learn musical skills and to use those skills in conjunction with other school activities where music is appropriate

ADVISOR: Ms. Hughes

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: Mrs. Newman

CHESS CLUB

Purpose: To provide students interested in playing the game of chess an opportunity to learn, develop, and strengthen their chess game after school.

Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students.

ADVISOR: Mr. Pauley

CHORUS

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for students to learn and develop vocal skills. The Chorus performs at concerts and other school affairs

Membership: 7th and 8th grade boys and girls who are enrolled in the chorus classes, as well as students who just enjoy singing

ADVISOR: Ms. Martin

CLASS COUNCILS

Purpose: The class council organizes and conducts the activities and dances for the class. The officers are elected for the year in an election conducted by the Student Congress. Homeroom representatives are selected by each homeroom.

Membership: (one member per homeroom)

7th Grade Class Council - elected from Grade 7

8th Grade Class Council - elected from Grade 8

ADVISOR: Grade 7 – Ms. Zirilli

ADVISOR: Grade 8 – Ms. Brown

DRAMA CLUB

Purpose: To give students an opportunity to participate in a dramatic production. Along with acting, students organize and prepare the sets, lighting, sound effects, and programs.

Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students selected from tryouts

ADVISORS: Mr. Fama and Mr. Gallara

FIRST AID

Purpose: First Aid is an activity rather than a club. Students learn first aid skills under a certified Red Cross First Aid Instructor and scouts can meet merit badge requirements upon the successful completion of this program. This activity is offered three times per year. Eighth grade students will also be able to obtain standard Red Cross First Aid certificates.

Membership: 7th and 8th graders who have not previously had the program

ADVISOR: Ms. Pugliese and Ms.Nocon

FBLA

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is an organization dedicated to bringing business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students

ADVISOR: Mr. Goldstein

Future Farmers of America (FFA)

The FFA is an organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students

ADVISOR: Dr. McLean

GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (GSA)

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 and 8th grade students

ADVISOR: Ms.Friedman

H.O.P.E.

Purpose: “Help Our Planet Earth”. Students help with school recycling program and learn to protect the environment.

Membership: 7th and 8th graders interested in ecology

ADVISOR: Ms. Sulon

INTERNATIONAL CLUB

Purpose: The International Club provides opportunities for students to play games, participate in activities relative to the languages offered at Northern Burlington Middle School, and learn about other cultures.

Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students

ADVISORS: Ms. Welc

JOURNALISM/PawPrints

Purpose: to provide students with an opportunity to explore ways to write a newspaper and discuss different types of journalistic writing: news, editorials, features, etc.

Membership: 7th and 8th grade students with a strong interest in writing, reporting and communication

ADVISOR: Mrs. Avanzato and Mr. Lafferty

MATH COUNTS

Purpose: To provide opportunities for math competition (Math Counts, AMA and Purple Comet)

Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students

ADVISOR: Mr. Hoy

MUSICAL

Purpose: Students work to produce a musical involving acting, singing, set design, choreography, sound effects, and lighting.

Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students selected from tryouts

ADVISORS: Ms. Martin and Mr. Gallara

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND

Purpose: To provide students with the challenges of academic competition and to provide the opportunity to solve problems of production and design in science, technology, the arts and mathematics

Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students

ADVISOR: Ms. Henry

SCHOOL STORE (Hound Pound)

Purpose: To provide students with the opportunity for contact with a retail selling program

Membership: Primarily for students who have had entrepreneurship

ADVISOR: Mr. Goldstein

Special Olympics

Open to all Middle and High School students who meet the criteria for eligible disabilities (as determined by the Special Olympics NJ) to compete in bowling , track & field practices for the Special Olympics NJ Competitions.

ADVISOR(s): Ms. Davis

STUDENT CONGRESS

Purpose: The Student Congress is the student government organization of the middle school. It supervises the election of all class officers and assists with coordination of all student activities.

Membership: Grades 7 and 8, by elections held at the beginning of the school year

ADVISOR: Ms. Cuneo

S.T.A.T.

Purpose: Students Taking Action Together is a club devoted to promoting positive human relations between students of all races, religions, nationalities and cultures.

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 aspects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Membership: 7th and 8th grade students

ADVISOR: Ms. Kalczuk and Ms. Andreula

WELCOME WAGON

Purpose: To assist new students with becoming familiar with our school; members serves as a “buddy” to new students

Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students

ADVISOR: Ms. Friedenberg & Mr. Tedesco

YEARBOOK (Polaris)

Purpose: This is a club where students work to create a yearbook, a record of the students, staff and activities of the school year.

Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students

ADVISOR: Ms. Gierman

YOGA

Purpose: To provide opportunities for students who enjoy physical fitness and wish to improve in strength and flexibility.

Membership: Interested 7th and 8th grade students

ADVISOR: Ms. Welc