Extracurricular activities are a great way for kids to meet new friends, learn new things or give something back to their community. Best of all, studies show that students who are involved in after-school activities earn higher grades and are more successful – both academically and socially. Details about meeting dates and times are generally provided over the morning announcements and via notices posted around the school. Parents and students should also feel free to contact their guidance counselor or club advisor for more information.
All students at the middle school (grades six through eight) are encouraged to take part in intramural athletics that are offered throughout the school year. They are designed to appeal to students of all abilities and diverse interests. There are also “friendship league” teams in swimming (USA Swimming Team Club), cross country and volleyball that are open to students in grades 6-8.
Students in grades seven and eight may also compete at the interscholastic level on modified teams in football, wrestling, baseball, soccer, basketball and swimming. Exceptional athletes in grades seven and eight may try out for a high school interscholastic team, but they need to pass a fairly rigorous test of ability in order to qualify to play at the high school level. Questions? Contact the Athletic Director at 356-8270 or visit the Athletics Webpage.
Eighth-grade students are eligible to TRY OUT for the cheerleading squad for the fall and/or winter seasons. Students who make the squad attend practices and cheer for the modified football team (fall) and the boys’ freshman basketball team (winter). Tryouts are in late August. Skills learned include jumping, building, tumbling and dancing.
Advisor: Lori Marshall
Mohonasen’s Color Guard is open to students in grades 8-12. The Guard accompanies the Marching Band at competitive field shows and parades. Guard members add a lot of pizzazz to the band by flashing and twirling batons, flags and rifles and dancing while the band performs. Members also compete against other color guards in New York State and beyond.
Students also have the option of participating in the Indoor Guard during the winter months. It is also possible for instrumental students to participate in Color Guard. Students are usually asked to attend meetings before the school year is over and are expected to attend practices beginning in July and participate in Band Camp, held the last two weeks of August.
Draper Theatre Workshop
Advisors: Marvin Veeder
Get involved in a school play – center stage or behind the scenes. Mohon Masque’s big spring musical involves students in elementary grades through high school. Tryouts and rehearsals are announced at least a week in advance to give students time to prepare. Even if acting, singing and dancing aren’t for you, there are many other ways to get involved in the plays. Stage crew, set building, costumes, fundraising and lighting are just a few of the behind-the-scenes opportunities for students.
Advisors: Dale Wade-Keszey & Mark DiCocco
Take exciting field trips (like recent visits to Gettysburgh, PA and Baltimore, MD) while expanding your understanding of history. Students watch historical movies, visit local museums, host guest lecturers and have lots of fun. Open to middle school students in grades 7-8.
Advisor: Mary Frances Manno
The Draper Library Book Club is devoted to connecting students to books in an ongoing effort to create lifelong readers. Members meet on a weekly basis to discuss various books that are selected as a group. In addition to weekly book discussions and other activities that promote reading, members also attend field trips, as well as participate in community and school events.
All students are welcome to attend. All that is required is an appetite for reading. Meetings take place every Friday after school in the Library Media Center.
Band: Jason Varga
Choir: Nicole Gabriel
Orchestra: Kim Kondenar
Band, choir and orchestra members practice regularly with their group during advisory periods. Each group performs at the winter and spring concerts, two school assemblies, the annual school budget vote, the Strawberry Festival, and other special events that may vary from one year to the next. Serious students are also encouraged to prepare music and play for the NYS School Music Association Music Festival each spring.
For 7th and 8th graders who meet requirements: i.e. academic average, prior community service, etc.
Program Coordinator: Lori Ranze
Creative problem solving comes from teamwork, cooperation and risk-taking. That’s the principle behind Odyssey of the Mind, an international problem-solving competition that is both fun and challenging. Students team up to work on one of several open-ended problems that the international OM organization poses each year. For example, one problem may require students to build a structure that meets specific guidelines. Another problem may require a theatrical solution that is written and performed by students. There is a regional competition each spring and, depending on how students score, they may proceed to the state level or beyond. Each team has its own volunteer coaches. (Parents are always needed to fill this important role!) Find out more about Odyssey of the Mind.
Advisors: Maria Pacheco & Tricia Saullo
Peers for Peace is offered at both the middle school and high school. The goal of this student group is to raise awareness about human rights and increase tolerance and respect for diversity within the school and community.
Advisors: Mark Lajeunesse & John Winters
Students build and launch rockets from a kit.
Advisors: Karen Squires & Mary Frances Manno
Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to contribute to the many aspects of creating a lasting record of their middle school years. Yearbook staffers structure layouts, take pictures, write captions, and document special events that take place throughout the school year. If you’re responsible, good at managing your time, hard-working and dedicated to producing a yearbook that reflects middle school life – then this is the club for you!
Advisor: Carolyn Lundy
This is a new club for students in grades 6-8. Environmentalists will enjoy the many outdoor activities (hiking, field trips, etc.) as well as recycling efforts that club members are spearheading. There are also plans to participate in competitions that combine science and technology. Joining this club will allow students to explore different aspects of science while having lots of fun.
Advisors: Fred Saccocio & Rob Buehler
Take to the slopes at various mountains in the northeast from January to March. Lessons and rentals available. Round-trip transportation included. Open to students in grades 6-12 on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a fee of approximately $225 to cover the cost of lift tickets and transportation.
Advisors: Linda Harrison, Kyra McTighe & Danielle Gramer
Student Council membership provides an avenue for students to discuss ways to improve their school and have a voice in school operations. Two student representatives from each homeroom (grades 6-8) are chosen annually; these students must maintain a grade average of at least 80. Each September the eighth-grade class elects a slate of officers. Student Council Officers are required to maintain a minimum grade average of 85. Meetings are held approximately twice a month.
The Student Council sponsors several dances each year and helps organize the eighth-grade farewell dance. Other activities include an annual flower sale, various service projects and fundraisers that help support student field trips at all grade levels. This is a great way for students to get leadership experience while having a positive impact on their school.
Advisors: John Winters
This club takes what students are learning in technology class to the next level. Projects include robotics demonstrations, hydroponic gardens and mouse-trap powered vehicles.
Coordinators: William Van Wie & Josh Sawicki
The extremely popular “Teen Town” program gives Draper Middle School students a fun night out where they can socialize with friends in a well-supervised setting. Teen Towns are held on Friday evenings, approximately 12 times during the school year, from 7-9 p.m. at the middle school. Dates are published in the district calendar.
At Teen Town, students can dance to music provided by a disc jockey in the school cafeteria, play basketball in the gym, and have friendly foozeball, pool and air hockey matches. Pizza, soda and other snacks are sold throughout the night.
There is a $3.00 admission fee for students to cover the cost of the disc jockey, dance contest and door prizes. All parents are welcome to attend, free of charge. Parents who would like to help chaperone Teen Towns can do so through the Parent-Teacher-Student Organization.
Please note that Teen Town and Student Council Dances are for Draper Middle School students only; no guest passes are allowed.
All Teen Towns are chaperoned by several school officials including either the principal or assistant principal, teacher(s) and the school resource officer.
Participation in Teen Town and other student dances is a privilege, not a right. Any student arriving after 7:15 p.m. must be walked to the door by a parent or guardian. Students who leave the building during Teen Town will not be allowed to re-enter. Any student evicted from Teen Town will not be allowed to participate in Teen Towns/dances for the remainder of the year. Students suspended from school since the last general student dance or Teen Town, or students on “Academic Probation” will not be permitted to attend the next event.
Advisor: Maureen Geagan
Draper Middle School’s student newspaper, The Warrior Way, is published three to four times each year. Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to get involved in one or more of the various aspects of producing a newspaper. These include reporting, editing, layout, artwork and photography.