AMS Clubs & Activities

2021-22

Club advisers will hold an informational meeting so you can learn about the club or activity.


After that, you need to fill out a one-time registration that qualifies you to participate in any clubs for the 2021-22 school year.

There is a $50 registration fee. If you have any financial difficulties, please speak with an administrator. Co-Curricular Registration Form (click here)


Only students registered for clubs will be allowed to attend and participate in meetings.

Art Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mrs. Bernardoni and Mrs. Olsen (kate.bernardoni@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30


Location: Room 113


Description: The Art Cub is meant for students to work on their own personal art or engage in a facilitated project for that week. Each week (or every other week) we will introduce a mini project that students can participate in. Some of the projects students can anticipate include: seasonal drawing assignments, a Bob Ross paint along, clay projects, newspaper weaving, weaving on looms, watercolor painting, and drawing tutorials. We have found that students really embrace this time to work on their own drawings and use us to provide advice and help them further their drawing skills. We place an emphasis on developing personal style and expression in the student’s work. We anticipate students will leave this club with a greater sense of confidence in their own personal expression and equipped with tools to experiment in multiple art mediums.

Book Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mrs. Fijalkowski (stacey.fijalkowski@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month, 2:30-3:30pm


Location: Room 206


Description: In Book Club, we create themed projects that included a taste of books (foods to match the culture represented in the literature), building (stories of overcoming hardships through creative design- we were going to build a book chair), and movies (using tech to create visuals) The club will meet twice a month to discuss and collaborate. Students will be the ones making the food, building the chair, directing the movie, etc. We have 10-15 spots open for each book theme (possibly more depending on the popularity of the club).

Communications Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mr. Queenan (james.queenan@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Tuesday, 2:30-3:30


Location: Room 208


Description: The Communications Club is a small group of students committed to producing the live morning school announcement program and the front main lobby PowerPoint screen display. Periodically, the club will travel to AHS after school to record AMS news segments and/or school public service announcements with the AHS audio video department. Students will learn how to handle and operate video recording and editing equipment. Students write scripts and conduct interviews on and off camera. There will be group meeting times before school as well as some independent work such as news segment writing, videotaping and editing.

Computer Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mr. Queenan (james.queenan@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30


Location: Room 208


Description: AMS computer club students will have the opportunity to explore computers and software beyond classroom experiences. Some of the activities will include GUI programming mini drones, disassembling a PC, 3-D Modeling, code.org, JavaScript programming. Python programming, digital photography,, editing digital video and online educational gaming.

Drama Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s): Ms. Manclark (christine.manclark@amesburyma.org)

Game Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mr. Bent and Mr. Rinaldi (mark.rinaldi@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30


Location: Room 101


Description: Game Club is a social time where kids come to play all sorts of games. We've had Magic, Pokemon, D&D campaigns, chess, board games, etc. We also hook up some retro gaming systems such as an Atari or older Nintendo for the kids to take turns playing older games. In the past we have also given students permission to bring electronic gaming devices like the Nintendo DS to link with other students and play games together. We take the time to teach kids how to play some of the games. It is a time for kids to socialize in a safe environment.

Gardening Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mr. Wesolowski (mike.wesolowski@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30


Location: Room 401


Description: Students learn about gardening and participate in a real gardening experience.

Geology Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mr. Smith (brian.smith@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Mondays, 2:30-3:25


Location: Room 200


Description: The club will explore all areas of geology, seeking to build an understanding of

geological processes and there impact on our lives. We’ll also discuss the ways that the

exploitation of our mineral resources has both positive and negative impacts on our

environment and consequently our existence. The children will be encouraged to build

there own rock and mineral collections, learning how to identify, label, and care for their

specimens. They will also be allowed to trade specimens with other club members.

GLBTQ+ Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Ms. Abramson (hope.abramson@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30


Location: Room 403


Description: A safe space for discussion of GLBTQ+ issues.

Homework Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mr. Bragg and Ms. Byman (lori.byman@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Monday-Thursday, 2:30-3:25pm


Location: AMS Library


Description: An opportunity to get support to complete Homework. There are specific criteria required to part of this club.

Intramurals

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Ms. Varnerin (sarah.varnerin@amesburyma.org)

Literary Magazine

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Ms. O'Mullane (moire.omullane@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30

Math League

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mrs. Hill and Mr. Rinaldi (catherine.hill@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Thursdays, 2:30-3:30


Location: Room 302


Description: The AMS Math League is part of IMLEM. We meet every Thursday to work on practice problems. We have five meets throughout the year (one of which we usually host) where we travel to other schools and compete. Joining as a 5th or 6th grader makes you a better competitor in 7th and 8th. Students should come every Thursday for practice, though we are always flexible with prior appointments. Practices go for about an hour, but the meets will go a little longer.

Newspaper Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mrs. Fijalkowski (stacey.fijalkowski@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Monday, 2:30-3:30


Location: Room 206


Description: The Newspaper Club is rooted in news that pertains to AMS students- their interests, inspirations, and happenings. We put out a monthly publication that has been available to be published in the Eagle Eye, as well as hard copies delivered to ELA classrooms and the library. Students love to poll one another, celebrate school-wide events, and review fashion/books/recipes.

Melody Club - Audition Process

Grade Levels: By Audition


Adviser(s) Contact: Mrs. Kimball (johanna.kimball@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Thursday, 2:30-3:15


Location: Performing Arts Room


Description: The Melody Club is an auditioned vocal ensemble open to students in grades 5-8 that meets weekly, October through May, on Thursdays after school from 2:30-3:15. This year, auditions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday, September 28 and 30. Students are expected to make a yearlong commitment to the Melody Club, and represent Amesbury Middle School in annual choral or community performances/appearances as they occur. Students have the chance to sing in a smaller ensemble with peers who are equally as excited about the vocal arts.

Peer Mediation - Interview Process

Grade Levels: By Interview


Adviser(s) Contact: Mrs. Mitchell (mary.mitchell@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Monday, 2:30-3:30pm


Description: Research-based program trains students to lead peer mediations to work out differences amongst students.

Project Runway

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mrs. Olsen and Mrs. Bernardoni (susan.olsen@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30


Location: Room 113


Description: AMS Project Runway is based on the T.V. reality show of the same title. The participants create their own textile fashion pieces based on a theme that will be introduced within the first few meetings of the club. Students are encouraged to have input in this decision. Students use the club sessions to work on their fashions using a variety of materials and tools, including sewing machines. The club culminates with a fashion presentation that is judged by AMS Staff. This year we have been invited to display the resulting art pieces in Billie’s, a store in Amesbury that sells curated clothing. This is an exciting opportunity for the club’s participants and an important step towards bringing a school activity into the community and a real world setting.

Fall Running Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mr. Wesolowski (mike.wesolowski@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-3:45pm


Location: Room 401


Description: Student participate in Cross Country competitions with other schools.

Spring Girls Running Club

Grade Levels: 7 & 8 Girls


Adviser(s) Contact: Ms. Bailey (caitlin.bailey@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: TBA in the Spring


Description: Spring based running club for girls in the 7th and 8th grade.

Ski Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mrs. Ghezzi (jennifer.ghezzi@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Registration Due October 13th!!!!!

REGISTRATION LINK


Description: Where do we ski? Ski Bradford located at 60 S Cross Rd, Haverhill, MA 01835


What are the dates? Six week session on Mondays. Jan 10, Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 28.


Is transportation to and from the location provided? Transportation is provided via a school bus to and from the location. A transportation fee is added to the cost set by Ski Bradford.


What time do students depart from school and at what time do they return to school?

Students are dismissed from their last period class each Monday of the program at approximately 2:00 p.m. Students return to school at approximately 6:30 p.m. and must be picked up by a parent promptly.

Student Council

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Mr. Foley (patrick.foley@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Thursdays, 2:30-3:30


Location: Room 203


Description: Representative student group that fundraises and works to improve the school culture and social experience.

World Cultures Club

Grade Levels: All


Adviser(s) Contact: Ms. Arthur (victoria.arthur@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Monday, 2:30-3:20pm


Location: Room 220


Description: Student learn about various global cultures and experience language, food, music and cultural understanding.

Yearbook

Grade Level: 8, with recommendation from a 7th grade teacher.


Adviser(s) Contact: Mrs. Costello (tia.costello@amesburyma.org)


Day and Time: Monday, 2:30 - 3:30pm


Location: Room 404


Description: Designing the AMS Yearbook