Overview of Upton Clubs and Organizations

Builders Club

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.  

Cheerleading (sideline)

Chess Club

Chess Club meets every other Thursday in room 219 throughout the year and is open to any interested 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  All interest and talent levels encouraged. We have beginners and some experts. We create a double-elimination bracket at 2:50 with the students who are present at that time. The club runs from 2:50 until 4:45. Other than signing in on the day they arrive, there is no sign up or official "membership." Contact Dana Walsworth, dwalswoth@stjoebears.com   2018-2019 Dates:  10/18, 11/01, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13, 01/10, 02/07, 02/21, 03/07, 03/21, 04/04, 04/18, 05/02, 05/16, 05/30

Dungeons & Dragons 

The Dungeons and Dragons club is a group that participates in a tabletop, role-playing game that allows each player to create their own character. These characters embark upon imaginary adventures within a fantasy setting. Together they solve dilemmas, engage in battles, and gather treasure and knowledge.

Who is it open to:  All 6th, 7th and 8th graders

When and Where:  Meets every Wednesday in the media center from 2:50pm-4pm

Adviser:  Kristin Burnette:  kburnette@stjoebears.com


Innovators Club

Interact Club

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.  Contact lead advisor Cindy Igoe, cindyigoe@yahoo.com

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 FIRST, you can visit the FIRST website https://www.firstinspires.org/ . For more information about Upton’s Job Bots, please email us at ftcteam8513@gmail.com and look for us at Upton Start-Up Days!  Visit the SJPS Robotics Web Site.


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.


Science Olympiad

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!
Any questions, please contact Kelly Kietzerow at kkietzerow@stjoebears.com.

Ski/Snowboard Club

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.  Contact Ian Brown:  ibrown@stjoebears.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.  Contact Aaron Soule, soule3@mac.com.  


Spelling Team

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.

Student Council

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. Contact Jill Hubble: jhubble@sjschools.org



Variety Show

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. If your student is interested, have them sign up at the beginning of the year when sign ups are announced or see Mrs. Anderson. There is no cost to be a part of the Upton news team. Contact Kristin Burnette: kburnette@sjschools.org


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. Any questions, please contact: Kevin Khan at kkhan@sjschools.org

Weight Training

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 and Fri from 2:50-4:00. Strength training, conditioning, speed and agility, and fun cardio games.  No sign-up necessary. Contact Ian Brown: ibrown@stjoebears.com


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