Welcome to the junior high school experience with all it has to offer students with a variety of talents, abilities, and interests! Listed below are descriptions of the many choices available to our students to be involved in a positive and interactive way during their junior high school years.
Panther Choir (Mrs. Moorman) is a co-curricular choir sponsored by Traughber’s Choir Director. Jazz/ A Capella Choir offers an opportunity for choir students to learn basic jazz style singing. All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are eligible to join. The choir rehearses in the mornings before school. The sponsor will determine dates and times. Students must attend all rehearsals and performances. The Jazz/ A Capella Choir performs for selected concerts. There is no fee involved to participate.
Homework Club (Ms. Benoit & Ms.MacKay-Smith) is an opportunity for students to work in a quiet study setting to finish homework, get a little extra help from teacher sponsors, and maybe even meet a friend! We meet after school. Listen for announcements for the dates and times. We welcome students from all grades. Parents need to complete a permission slip for participation to ensure parents and program sponsors are aware of student attendance. Students are not required to attend each session, but we love to have them attend regularly to help build the community environment and reinforce the benefits of good regular study habits. Permission Slip
Drama Club (Mr. Wackerlin/Mrs. Brems) All students are welcomed to try out for the after school plays. The plays are presented twice a year, with tryouts in September and January. Material for these plays is chosen to reflect a family friendly experience. The director incorporates opportunities that span acting to tech theatre. Rehearsal or tech time is generally scheduled immediately after school. This allows the student plenty of homework time. There is no cost to join this program, but occasionally the student may be asked to help put their costume together. Students of all three levels have found this a terrific training ground for future work in theatre.
Environmental Club (Mr. Krygowski/ Ms. Griffin) is for students interested in improving and maintaining the natural environment of the school and community. It is a place where students can share their ideas, explore their interests, and take an active role in promoting the Go Green" concept. We will work on the Traughber Habitat Restoration Project which includes a prairie restoration and growing native plants for the butterfly garden. Students will also promote recycling of paper, plastic, and aluminum and plan events for Earth Day. The sponsors will determine meeting times. All students are welcomed to attend.
Jazz Band (Mrs. Shields) is open to 7th and 8th grade musicians enrolled in band at Traughber. Jazz Band requires an audition by the director and will have standard jazz instrumentation: 2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, 1 baritone sax, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 1 drum set player, 2 keyboards. Students will perform at contests, concerts, selected festivals and the Jr. High Coffeehouse. Jazz Band will rehearse before school.
Traughber Cooking Club This club is offered to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. This club will start mid-January and will meets every Tuesday from 3-5pm for a total of ten meeting times. Permission slips and a $20 fee will be collected before the club starts. The money will be used to purchase food for the recipes that will be prepared and consumed throughout the club. There is limited space- the first 30 students to turn in their permission slip with the money will be able to join.