2016-17 Student Activities & Clubs
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.The Math Club (Mr. Schreiner/Mr.Romanovich) More information coming soon!Student Council (Mrs. Kent & Ms. Shoenecker) is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who enjoy helping others in the community. Activities include school dances, concession stand working, helping out at school activities, and more. If you like to help others, then this is the club for you. Meetings are held after school in order to discuss service opportunities. Student council members are required to do service hours, and need 10 service hours per semester. Officers are elected in September.
Yearbook (Mrs. Shields/Mrs. Miller) involves not only taking pictures of the events around Traughber, but being creative in writing as well. Yearbook members meet after school. Students help write captions for pictures, as well as stories and interviews. The yearbook is done on a computer program, which makes typing and editing much easier. If you would like to be part of the fun in creating our school’s yearbook, then this is the club for you!How to load photos for the yearbook.
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.
Woodworking Club (Mr. Milner) is open to all students. Our goal is for every one of our members to have a safe and fun experience creating their very own woodworking projects. We will focus on using all of our tools and machinery to create pieces of furniture that will develop and test the students’ woodworking skills.Chess & Game Club (Ms. Burke)The club meets on Fridays after school from 3:10 to 4:00 in the LRC. Students need to have their own transportation home. Students do not need to know how to play Chess to join the club. Students may play a variety of board games, and video gaming takes place on alternate Fridays.The first meeting will be held on Friday, August 26th in the LRC. Here is the schedule until the end of the year: September 9, 16 and 30, October 7 and 14 (Halloween Party meets until 4:30), November 11 and 18,December 2, 9 and 16(Winter Holiday Party meeting until 4:30), January 20 and 27, February 3, 10 and 24,March 3 and 17, April 7, 21 and 28, May 5 and May 12 (End-of-Year party until 4:30).The Club Meeting Schedule is subject to change. Please check the Traughber website for updates to the schedule or the Traughber Weekly Events email sent to parents. Permission Slips and Meeting Schedules will be available on this website, in the Main Office, LRC and Student Services.Technology Club (Mr. McGinnis) More information coming soon!Poetry Club (Mrs. Brems) More information coming soon!