Builders Club is a Kiwanis-supported service club for all grades that seeks to improve our school and community through service projects. Students build leadership skills, compassion, character, and friendship as they work together on projects. The club meets one to two times monthly October through the beginning of May.
Adviser: Kristina Allen: email@example.com
This club is during the Fall during football season and is open to 6th, 7th, & 8th graders. Practices are at Upton 5:30-7 on Mon. and Wed. As a club member you will learn sideline cheers, use poms and learn basic stunt skills.
This is a club that meets twice a month and is open to 6th, 7th, & 8th graders. Students will learn to code and learn how to play games using coding. Club meets after until 3:45pm.
Adviser: John Phillips
This is a service club sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Joe/Benton Harbor available to all 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students. They meet bi-weekly on Tuesdays at 7:10 AM in the media center. This service group brings young people together to develop leadership skills, while discovering the power of service beyond self. We focus on servicing the community and having fun! Some of our annual activities include fundraising, promoting literacy by reading at underprivileged schools and spending time after school with senior citizens playing games.
Lead advisor: Cindy Igoe: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Joe Bots
Upton’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competitive robotics team is designed to foster middle schoolers’ interest and passion in STEM careers through designing, building, programming and operating robots that compete in head-to-head challenges in an alliance format. This program progresses from skills learned in FLL LEGO league, although no prior experience on an FLL LEGO team is required. The FTC season runs from September to December. Meeting schedules change from year to year, but are generally held one evening and one Saturday per week, with more frequent meetings as we approach competition dates. Registration is held at Upton Start-Up days and via email notifications. For more information about Upton’s Job Bots, please email us at email@example.com - Visit the SJPS Robotics Web Site.
Magic the gathering club is for anyone who would like to summon creatures like elves, goblins, zombies, demons, dragons, and many more insanely powerful creatures. Cast spells that cause the game to change completely. It’s also just a great way to play a fun strategy based card game with friends. Magic the gathering involves no magic tricks whatsoever, and you need no prior knowledge of how to play the game. And if you don’t have any of these cards, that's okay because every single new player that joins gets a completely free intro deck and will get to learn how to play.
Math Counts is a national mathematics competition for middle school students, with regional and state levels of advancement. Individual and team competitions include the topics of statistics, probability, number theory, geometry, combinatorics, and logic. The Blossomland Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers sponsors Math Counts locally. Each year we begin practicing for Math Counts after Thanksgiving, all students are encouraged to try-out for the team.
Adviser: Ben Holleman: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a club open to anyone who enjoys music and performance. Practices vary and the performance is in the Spring.
Adviser: Cassidy VanGilder: email@example.com
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students, teachers, parents, principals, and business leaders bond together and work toward a shared goal. (Soinc.org)
Here at Upton, Science Olympiad meets from November through April (providing that we earn the right to compete at the State Competition). The team consists of 15 competitive members and 4-8 alternates. They are assigned 3-4 events to prepare for the competition. The Regional Competition is in early March and the State competition is in late April/Early May. Students apply for the competitive team usually in October and the team is picked in November. Students start to meet with mentors (either teachers or members from our community) who help them prepare for the events. They meet from 2-4 days a week, 1-2 hours a day depending on the event. They are expected to put in an additional 10-15 hours of studying a week on their own.
We have a lot of fun and love the chance to learn about many different types of science because we all know Science Rules!
Adviser: Kelly Kietzerow: firstname.lastname@example.org
Upton has a ski club for grades 6th, 7th & 8th. All students may join. Skiing takes place at Timber Ridge in Gobles, Michigan, which is 55 miles from St. Joseph. There is a fee for participants. Lessons and transportation are included. Trips are offered one time per week, after school. Information comes out in October with sign-ups following in November. Skiing is December through February.
Adviser: Ian Brown: email@example.com
This a Fall activity for boys in 6th, 7th, & 8th grade and a Spring activity for girls in 6th, 7th, & 8th grades. All students may join. Games take place during the week at our field here at Upton and in surrounding communities. There is a fee for uniforms.
Adviser: Aaron Soule: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come to Spanish Club to improve your speaking and understanding of the Spanish language. You will learn the alphabet, numbers, weather terms, grammar rules and play listening games.
Introductory Spanish Class – Tuesdays, 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
This class will run Sept 21 through Nov 9 and will meet in Rm 226.
Adviser: Cynthia Ellspermann
This is a fall activity. However, we practice nearly year-round to prepare for the Cloverleaf Competition held in February. It is not necessary to be a fine speller, but students must work hard to memorize words and meanings. We send our best three spellers to competition. We will be meeting on Tuesdays in Rm 209.
Adviser: Cathy Gressley: email@example.com
A student-run government consisting of an executive board of 8th graders: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and publicist. These students are elected by the student body and are expected to fulfill specific job requirements. Each homeroom elects two representatives that also make up Upton’s Student Council.
This is a Spring activity for anyone interested in learning the basics of playing tennis. Practices will be held after school on our own tennis courts. There are A and B teams that may compete in matches with other schools.
This group is open to 6th, 7th, & 8th graders interested in nature and science. Students look for invasive species around the middle school and clean up our outside school environment. We will meet every Friday after school from 3-4 in Ms. Kietzerow's room, Room 212. This is a club for students that enjoy nature and Environmental Science. If you love the outdoors and you like to do lab experiments, then Upstream may be for you.
Adviser: Mrs. Ann St. Amand
Our annual talent show for all students interested in showing us what they have! Tryouts are necessary. Performance is in the Spring.
Video News Team
The Upton Middle School news team is a student run news program that airs every morning. It is open to all students at Upton Middle School. There are 2-anchors, 2 camera people and 3 technicians. Two students are chosen to be producers for the year. Their job is to keep things running smoothly and to train the students on how to run the equipment. Together they report all the happenings in and around the school, district and community. The commitment for the news team is to be on time to school and to be in the news room by 7:30 AM. There is no cost to be a part of the Upton news team.
This is an Elective Course offered during the school day, to 8th grade students. It will focus on print and mass media and the publication of the Upton Middle School yearbook. Projects such as writing for the yearbook, and developing promotional campaigns will be assigned. Students will also learn and apply computer skills and explore the role of digital cameras, manipulations of digital imagery in communication. This course is designed for students who are self-disciplined and who enjoy writing, speaking and sharing ideas with classmates.
Adviser: Kevin Khan: firstname.lastname@example.org
This club is open to all 6, 7, 8 graders. Begins after football season and runs through the end of the school year. Students meet Tues and Thurs from 2:50-4:30. Strength training, conditioning, speed and agility, and fun cardio games. No sign-up necessary.
Adviser: Ian Brown: email@example.com
This club is open to all students interested in writing poetry, prose, plays, song lyrics, graphic novels and other genres. You will have a positive atmosphere for developing your writing! Please meet in Mrs. LoPresti’s room from 2:45-3:30.
Adviser: Mary LoPresti: firstname.lastname@example.org
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