Jonas Clarke Middle School Clubs and After School ActivitiesInformation about signing up for Clubs and Activities will be announced during the morning and afternoon announcements and can also be found under "Daily Announcements" on our webpage. Check for sign ups as well as changes in scheduling! ALSO: Some clubs and activities meet during WIN block time, so please view the WIN block offerings (on the Enriching Students website) to find additional options!New clubs are always welcomed as long as there is student interest and an adult willing to supervise. Please inquire at the main office for more information.
Clarke Barker: Clarke's School NewspaperDescription: Students will write, conduct interviews, prepare articles and provide illustrations for publication in the school newspaper.
Supervising Teacher: Ms. JohnsonDay: (Typically) The last Wednesday of the month (Check Daily Announcements)Room: IMCTime: 3:00 - 4:00Grade Level: All GradesHow to Join: Email Ms. Johnson by clicking this link. You will then be added to the Barker Google Classroom, where you will receive regular updates announcing meeting times and other important information.
Debate Club: ***Not currently active*** We are looking for an adult volunteer to supervise this club. The volunteer will not be responsible for planning club activities, since high school debate volunteers run the activities. If you are interested in volunteering to supervise this club, please click here to let us know.Description: Debate Club will introduce students to the world of debate, prepare them to compete and participate in the high school debate program, and teach them how to approach the world through a more questioning and inquisitive lens. We will address several topics, including how to understand an argument, generate responses, and be compelling as well as convincing in speech. Contextualized by a week-long focus on a topic currently in the news, the skills are both approachable and interesting, making this the ideal forum to develop an understanding of the world, and of debate.
Supervising Teacher/Adult:Day:Room:Time: 3:00 - 4:30Grade Level: Open to all middle school students
Dungeons & Dragons
Description: This is a Lexington Community Ed program with a fee associated. See Community Ed for more information. Sessions are date-specific.Supervising Teacher: Lexington Community EducationDay: Six Sessions ***STARTING ON 12/3***Room: 227Time: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.Grade Level: All middle school students
GSA (Gay Straight Alliance)
Description: The Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) is a club that provides a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for frank and honest discussion of issues related to sexual and gender identity, family, and equality at Clarke and in the larger community. All students are encouraged to attend, especially those interested in examining issues related to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer experience.
Supervising Teachers: Ms. Shapiro and Mr. Capuzziello (and other staff)Day: Some WIN blocks and monthly after-school sessions (Send a message to Ms. Shapiro or Mr. Capuzziello for more info)Room: TBDTime: Friday WIN blocks (and some after-school sessions)Grade Level: All middle school students are welcome.How to Join: All are welcome: sign up for the WIN block sessions / drop in to the meetings after school.
Description: Need some help with homework or just a quiet space to complete it before you go home? Drop into the homework club where help, computers and space are available!
Supervising Teacher: Ms. Athens, Ms. Clark, & Ms. JigarjianDay: Tuesdays and ThursdaysRoom: 345Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PMGrade Level: All middle school students are welcome!How to Join: Drop in to the meetings after school. No need to register!
Math TeamDescription: The Clarke Math Team consists of two major components, IMLEM and MATHCOUNTS. While there are a number of other contests we participate in, the focus is on IMLEM and MATHCOUNTS. The team is led by Clarke math teachers Josh Frost, who runs the MATHCOUNTS activities, and Jeff Woodcock, who heads up the IMLEM part.
MATHCOUNTS is the premiere team competition in the USA for middle schools and Clarke has been state champs on an almost yearly basis. Three or four tryouts are held at the beginning of the year to narrow the pool of team candidates to 15-20 students (of whom 10 will eventually be chosen to represent Clarke at the competitions in February and March). Those 15-20 students will practice weekly before the team is chosen in January. More information on MATHCOUNTS can be found at www.mathcounts.org.
IMLEM (Intermediate Math League of Eastern Massachusetts) is a Massachusetts only competition which holds 5 meets a year and tests students on specific topics each meet. At each meet Clarke brings 40 students (20 on 2 teams of 10 and 20 as alternates), and those students can change each month. More information about the competition can be found at www.imlem.org. Clarke has been IMLEM state champs each year from 2007 - 2019.
Additionally Clarke participates in the AMC8, AMC10A, AMC10B, ASMA, high school NEML, EMCC and LMT competitions which vary in frequency and difficulty.Supervising Teacher: Mr. Frost and Mr. WoodcockDay: Tuesdays and ThursdaysRoom: CafeteriaTime: 3:00 - 4:30 PMGrade Level: All middle school students are welcomeHow to Join: Contact Mr. Frost or Mr. Woodcock for sign-up information. Additionally, there is a Google Classroom for the math team, with the password "wdrd0a".
Model U.N.Description: Want to know what being a world leader is like in our dramatically changing world? The Model UN club provides you with the skills you need to participate in student conferences simulating meetings that United Nations committees would have. It is competitive, but most importantly, Model UN club will inspire students to change the world!
Supervising Teacher: Ms. HundleyDay: FridaysRoom: 360Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PMGrade Level: All middle school students are welcomeHow to Join: Contact Ms. Hundley for sign-up information.
Middle CsDescription: An advanced, extra-curricular choir that performs at concerts, competitions, and other events throughout the year. Students must be in a Clarke ensemble (chorus, band, or orchestra) to be eligible.
Supervising Teacher: Mr. FerrariDay: Mondays/WednesdaysRoom: 104Time: 7:00AM-7:50AMGrade Level: 7-8How to Join: Audition information will be available at the beginning of each school year; email Mr. Ferrari for more details.
Ocean Science ClubDescription: Any students interested in marine science will enjoy this club! Students will learn about ocean topics and marine organisms and conduct labs or activities each week. Topics such as oil spills, overfishing, climate change, ocean acidification and plastic pollution will be investigated. Kids will also engage in fish printing and marine art activities. Regular attendance is expected. Participants may go on one or two (optional) Saturday or Sunday field trips to places like Woods Hole, Odiorne Point or Plum Island.Supervising Teacher/Adult: Ms. SheildDay: Wednesdays; December - April/MayRoom: 137Time: 3:00 - 4:15 p.m.Grade Level: All middle school students are welcome; limited to 20 studentsHow to join: Sign up outside Ms. Sheild's room beginning in early December. Watch announcements!
Description: The Science Bowl Club welcomes science enthusiasts who like to study hard while building friendships. The club encourages and prepares students to be contenders in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl®. This is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Teams of 4-5 students will face-off at the Regional, held at MIT in February, in fast-paced question-and-answer rounds on a range of topics from biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy studies and math. Regional winners will be invited to the national competition in Washington DC. Clarke was the proud winner of the Regional last year, and came in 3rd for Nationals.Supervising Teacher: Ms. GrosslightDay: WednesdaysRoom: 332Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PMGrade Level: All middle school students welcome.How to Join: Contact Ms. Grosslight for sign-up information.
Description: Would you like to publish Animated Stories, create interactive art, design computer games? Scratch is a programming language that lets you create your own programs with graphics, music, sounds and voice.Supervising Adult: Chris GarrityDay: Tuesdays (Must sign up in advance; see below)Room: 346 and IMCTime: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.Grade Level: All middle school students are welcome.How to Join: See the sign-up sheet at the front office!
Tri-M: Music Honor SocietyDescription: Members decide on and prepare for service projects that benefit our chorus, band, orchestra, and general music program, our school as a whole, and our communities. Student leadership is a huge component: projects will be led by students and revolve around causes that they care about most.
Supervising Teacher: Mr. FerrariDay: Two Fridays a monthRoom: 104Time: WIN BlockGrade Level: 7-8How to Join: Applications will be available at the beginning of each school year; email Mr. Ferrari for more details.