Clubs & Activitites

UPMS Clubs & Activities

Chorus

The UPMS Chorus is an unauditioned choral ensemble open to all students at the middle school. The group includes treble, changing and changed voices, and is designed to continue to develop skills in singing expressively on multiple parts in a choral setting. An emphasis is placed on developing healthy singing technique, musical proficiency, and stage presence.

Rehearsals are held once every 6-day cycle after school.

Two concerts are held each year. A holiday concert is performed in December and a spring concert is performed in May.

Jefferson Street Journals (JSJ)

The JSJ is a school-wide publication featuring a variety of articles about headline news, student life, and school events at UPMS. Commentaries and opinion columns may also be featured and are the expressed opinion of the author and not of UPMS, JSJ, or its advisors. Participation in the JSJ staff is open to all students in grades six through eight. Students select stories, research them, write articles, and publish them. Each student must contribute written articles in order to be an active member of the club. The JSJ produces four issues for sale -- an issue in October, December, March, and June. The JSJ staff will meet, as needed, on Mondays after school from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Leo Club

Advisor - Mrs. Cahoon

Leo Club is open to all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. The Leo club motto is:

Leadership - Leos develop skills as organizers, time managers, and motivators of their peers.

Experience - Leos learn the importance of cooperation through community service.

Opportunity - Membership provides young people with a chance to excel, to develop positive character traits, and to receive recognition for their contributions to the community.

Community service is the cornerstone of the program. This club is unique because it is cross-generational. There may be opportunities to serve with high school Leo Club members and adult Lions Club members throughout the year.

The club will also work with the Upper Perkiomen Senior Citizen Center one day each month.

The club will meet on Mondays approximately twice a month from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Parents and students if you are interested in learning more click on the link below:
http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/content/youth_leo_clubs.shtml


Reading Olympics

Advisor - Mrs. Wietecha

Reading Olympics is a fun competition for students who love to read.Students are placed into teams of eight to 12 students who, as a team,read 45 assigned books. In the spring the teams travel to another school district for a competition against other schools. During the competition students must work as a team to answer questions about the books they have read.

To join Reading Olympics students must attain and stay in good academic standing. Students must have a parent and Reading teacher sign a permission slip. Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students will compete on the middle/junior level teams.

Sight, Sound & Stage

Students in grades six through eight may apply to be a member of UPMS Sight, Sound & Stage. Upon acceptance into the crew, members will be trained in the areas of Sight, Sound and Stage productions. Most students remain members of this group during all of their years in middle school due to the detailed training needed. The crew assists in the presentation of grade specific and school-wide programs, most of which are presented in the middle school auditorium.

Student Government

Ms. Jessica Dynda, Room 222

Student Council is the student-run, governing body of our school! As part of student council, you will be able to organize school-wide events, such as Red Ribbon Week, Socials, Spirit Weeks, Holiday Card Collections, and the 8th Grade Formal. For the 2016-2017 school year, our goal is to coordinate at least one event each month. If you are interested in joining Student Council, please pick up an application form outside of Room 222 when we return to school on August 29th! Thanks, and have a wonderful summer!

Student Council will meet most Wednesdays throughout the school year. Please make sure you have a ride home by 3:25 or you must take the 3:30 bus!

Technology Student Association (TSA)

The Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership and opportunities in technology, innovation, design and engineering. Members integrate and apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts through co-curricular activities, competitive events and related programs.

TSA is an extra curricular extension of our Technology Education curriculum.

The middle school club is open to grades 6-8. Students can participate in a maximum of 6 out approximately 40 competitive events.

Event topics can be found at http://www.patsa.org/.

Click on Programs and then competitive events.

The TSA club meets every Monday from 2:15 to 4:15 in the Technology Education Lab (room 125) at the Middle School. The first meeting for 2016 will be Oct. 18th.

There are three levels of competition:

Regionals will be held at Stroudsburg Area High School in February, States are held at Seven Springs Resort in early April; and the National Competition is held at varying locations around the country in late June.

For additional information please contact:

Mr. Grigonis
215-541-7468

pgrigonis@upsd.org

or
Ms. Bintliff
215-541-7425

cbintliff@upsd.org


UPMS Instrumental Music

The Upper Perkiomen Middle School Instrumental Music Program allows the students the opportunity to grow musically, socially, and academically. Through musical performance, students learn how to perform and appreciate music of a variety of styles and levels of difficulty. Through group involvement, students learn how to achieve common goals and develop group discipline and respect for fellow students. Students learn how to focus goals and achievements that are more than personal and develop self-discipline. Through study of harmony, scales, rhythms, etc. students develop skills that will allow them to truly understand and appreciate the foundation of music as well as aesthetics.

Emphasis is placed on the development of fundamental skills related to posture, breathing, embouchure, fingerings, bow techniques, left hand techniques, counting, music reading, and overall tone production. Regular practice is a must and private instruction outside of school is strongly recommended.

The students involved in the instrumental music program will receive all of the above during a thirty-minute group lesson and one after school rehearsal each week.

Mrs. Margaret Lerch, Kiersten Levan and Robin Holman co-direct the Middle school band.


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