Jonas Clarke Middle School Clubs and After School Activities

Information 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!  
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. 

 Clubs and Activities Offered at Clarke 2016-2017:

Clarke Barker / Clarke's School Newspaper 

Description: Students will write, conduct interviews, prepare articles and provide illustrations for publication in the school newspaper. 

Supervising Teacher:  Ms. Aldrich
Day:  1 Thursday per Month (Check Daily Announcements)
Room: IMC
Time: 3:00 - 4:00
Grade Level:  All Grades 

Debate Club

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:  Mr. Laxague
Day:  Every Other Wednesday (Check Daily Announcements)
Room: 335
Time: 3:00 - 4:30
Grade Level:  All Middle School Students Welcome

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:  LCE
Day: Wednesdays
Room: 227
Time: 3:00 - 6:00PM
Grade Level:  All Middle School Students 

Einstein's Workshop

Description:  Choose from 2 Hands-On STEAM after school classes offered by Einstein's Workshop. Classes run from 3:00 - 5:00 and are open to any student in grades 6-8. Choose from 3D Design & Printing with BlocksCAD or Intro to Game Design & Programming with C#.  NOTE: these classes are tuition-based.  Click Here for More Information

Supervising Teacher:  Einstein's Workshop
Day: Tuesdays
Room: 309 and 311
Time: 3:00 - 5:00PM
Grade Level:  All Middle School Students Welcome

Fall Running Club

Description:  If you like to run, this is the club for you! The club will be running 3-5 miles after school from 3-4:30 p.m. and participants must have a ride home promptly at 4:30

Supervising Teacher:  Mrs. Welsh
Day: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Room: Meet in the Fitness Center
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM
Grade Level:  All Middle School Students Welcome

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 some after school days. Check out the Daily Announcements for more info
Room: TBD
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM 
Grade Level:  All Middle School Students Welcome

Homework Club

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 Teachers:  Ms. Jigargian

Day: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Room: 353 
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM 
Grade Level:  All Middle School Students Welcome

Math Cubed

Description:  An after school club where students meet to work on math homework, review or prepare for assessments, and collaborate with peers.  Two math teachers are available to help students with grade level concepts or extension work.

Supervising Teacher:  Ms. Isles and Ms. DiMattei
Day: Wednesdays and Thursdays
Room: 369
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM 
Grade Level:  All Middle School Students Welcome

Math Team  

Description: 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.  Josh Frost, Clarke math teacher, heads the MATHCOUNTS part of the team and Eric Stout, parent of a former Clarke student, heads 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

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  Clarke has been IMLEM state champs each year from 2007 - 2016.

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
Day: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Room: Cafeteria
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM 
Grade Level:  All Middle School Students Welcome

Model UN Club

Description:  Are you interested in learning more about the world? Have you ever wondered how world leaders make decisions about foreign affairs? Are you looking for an engaging, thought provoking, and entertaining after school activity? If you answered yes to any of these questions, join the Model UN club. The first meeting will take place this afternoon in Mr. Schirripa's classroom. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Schirripa. All grades are welcome and the more people we have the better.

Supervising Teacher:  Mr. Schirripa
Room: 143A
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM 
Grade Level:  All Middle School Students Welcome

Science Bowl

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. Grosslight
Day: Wednesdays
Room: 332
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM 
Grade Level:  All Middle School Students Welcome

Scratch Club

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 Teacher:  Chris Garrity
Day: Tuesdays (Must sign up in advance)
Room: 370 and IMC
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM 
Grade Level:  All Middle School Students Welcome