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Future Business Leaders of America
Image of the Future Business Leaders of America logoAdviser – Katrina Finch

Welcome to the fastest growing division: FBLA-Middle Level. With more than 20,000 members nationwide, FBLA has exploded at middle schools. Members participate in a variety of activities including job shadow programs, community service projects, and American enterprise projects. Members even earn recognition on the local, state, and national levels!  If you are interested in developing leadership, communication, and team skills, or simply looking for an organization to meet and network with others at the local and state levels, then FBLA-Middle Level is the organization for you.

Future Farmers of America

Image of the Future Farmers of America logoAdviser – Lisa Hall

“Future Farmers of America” was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges of feeding a growing population. They taught us that agriculture is more than planting and harvesting– it’s a science, it’s a business and it’s an art.

FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career pathways.

So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America. But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of America, too.

Image of the Gray's Creek Middle School Forensics logoAdviser – Leslie Craig

First of all, it is NOT about solving crimes by autopsying dead bodies and finding telltale clues on tires treads and door handles. (Sorry, CSI fans!) Forensics is competitive public speaking, in a performance format.At the middle school level, it consists of the following two categories: Interpretive Events – Duo, Humorous, Dramatic, and Storytelling

Expressive Events – Original Oratory, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Public Forum (Debate)

Math Counts
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The MATH COUNTS Club Program is a math enrichment initiative providing the structure and activities needed to encourage the formation of math clubs within schools. The program is designed to increase enthusiasm for math and to engage students using a variety of math activities.

Lego Club
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The Lego Club is an organization that allows GCMS students to use their creativity and planning skills to create original designs using Legoblocks.  The club meets on Thursdays, from 2:40 – 4:00.  Due to space restrictions, students must apply to the club for membership.

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
Image of National Junior Honor Society LogoAdviser

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in activities of the NHS and NJHS. NHS and NJHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. Territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service. The National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are the nation’s premier organizations established to recognize outstanding high school and middle-level students. More than just an honor roll, NHS and NJHS serve to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character (and Citizenship for NJHS). These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since their beginnings in 1921 and 1929.

PEP Band
Image of the Gray's Creek Middle School Pep Band logoAdviser – Steven Kelly

Pep Band has the awesome job of “pepping” up the players and crowd at home football and basketball games. This group is made up of 2nd and 3rd year band students who practice after school for performances at games and other school events.

Quiz Bowl 
Image of the Gray's Creek Middle School Quiz Bowl logoAdviser – Hannah Bain

At the middle school level, quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for which players attend periodic practices and then represent their school at tournaments. Those tournaments may be based on the school’s athletic conference, school district, county, or state; they may also be open to all comers.Quiz bowl questions range over the entire spectrum of the middle school curriculum and also include a certain amount of current events, sports, and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Quiz bowl can reinforce classroom lessons and also encourage players to go beyond their assignments to master other areas as well.

Student Council  (National Association of Student Councils)
Adviser – Nora Cooper

Since 1931 the goal of NASC has been to help all student councils become more effective organizations. NASC represents middle level and high school councils nationwide. It seeks to provide a valuable leadership partnership between students and their school. It creates the opportunity for students to become effective leaders, thus encouraging and influencing a positive school climate.  NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Its operation and administration are at the national office in Reston, Virginia. An Advisory Committee, whose membership included students, advisers, and principals appointed by the NASSP Board of Directors provides valuable input and advice to NASC staff and are national advocates for the association.

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RUSH is a student-led, Christian club that empowers students to put their faith into action to change their school. Students meet weekly to have fun together, grow in their faith, and take part in numerous school/community services. We want to make a difference in the world, our community, and our school, so if that’s you, come and join us!

(Though RUSH is a Christian club, it is open to students and faculty of all beliefs, backgrounds, and lifestyles, so come any week to try it out! No dues are required; we simply ask for commitment, respect, and a willingness to grow.)

Spanish Quiz Bowl
Image created for the Gray's Creek Middls School Spanish Quiz BowlAdviser – Luis Portillo

Quien Sabe Mas?
The Spanish Quiz Bowl Club at GCMS focuses on using Spanish in real-world situations. Students learn Spanish to prepare them to communicate with others through oral language, print, and media. They are also encouraged to learn about the culture of the  Hispanic countries…So get ready to virtually travel around the Spanish-speaking countries and learn the language.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Image of the Gray's Creek Middle School Fellowship of Christian Athletes logoAdviser – Adam Tew

Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a club offered for student athletes who seek to share in their passion for sports and faith in Christ.  FCA will meet monthly for student meetings called “Huddles.” During Huddle times, student-athletes will meet to grow in their faith and learn about various opportunities to participate in school-related services.  We will strive to be leaders for our athletic teams, school peers, and community.  Membership of FCA will be offered to 7th and 8th grade student athletes only who are participating in athletics for GCMS. No dues are required but commitment is extremely important. T-shirts will be available for all interested members!

Published by Katrina Finch on September 14, 2017
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