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    Battle of the Books

    Jan Dillon 
    jhdillon@wcpss.net

    Linda Dextre'
    ldextre@wcpss.net

    The purpose of the Battle of the Books program is to encourage reading by all students at the middle school level. Students, regardless of ability, are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints by prominent authors in the area of young adult literature. The game format creates interest and excitement in reading. Through the fun and excitement of the competition, students improve reading skills, mature in their choices of reading materials, and acquire a broader knowledge base. Even during the height of the competition, students and coaches should remember that the goal is to READ, not necessarily to win!

    DigiLit Club

    Linda Dextre and Michael Parker West (ldextre and mwest @wcpss.net)

    This digital literacy club is open to all interested students. We meet on the first Thursday of the month from 3:15-4:15pm to introduce STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) concepts through hands-on learning and experts in the field. Students need to sign up at the media prior to the meeting.

    Digital Media Communications Team

    Linda Dextre and Michael Parker West (ldextre and mwest @wcpss.net)

    This newly-blended team of student journalists work in teams to assemble our school yearbook, create our weekly video news show, and distribute current information for the parent e-newsletter, school calendar and social media. 

    Interested students will need to submit an application, teacher references and essay to be considered for the team. 

    Fan Fiction to Light 

    TBA

    Student-led writing club for those who have a creative imagination, love of reading, and flair for writing. 

    Jazz Band

    Catherine Slade
    cslade@wcpss.net

    azz Band is an ensemble that performs jazz, funk, and rock music and meets during the school day.  They perform several times throughout the school year.  Students must have at least one year on their instrument and audition during the second week of school.  Please see Mrs. Slade for audition music.
     
    Jazz Band instruments include Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Drum Set, Guitar, Bass, Piano, and Vibraphone/Auxillary instruments.

    League of Extraordinary Readers

    Rebecca Collins
    rcollins2@wcpss.net

     Students who are enthusiastic about quality literature can join this book club to read, engage, and select their pick for the upcoming 2017-18 NC Young Adult Book Award.

    The North Carolina Young Adult Book Award was started in 2008 to encourage reading at the middle and high school levels by involving students in the process of selecting and voting on the best books for their age group.  Studies consistently show that reading for pleasure begins to wane as children reach middle school age and the goal of this award is to get these kids interested in reading good, current books that appeal to their age level.   Each year the committee selects ten books for middle school readers and ten books for high school readers published within three years of the award year to make up the two NC YA Book Award lists.  The titles are chosen from nominations submitted by students and media coordinators across the state. Throughout the school year students are encouraged to read from the lists and think critically about what they read.  Then in March, they vote for their favorite book.  After tallying the student votes, a winner is announced in April and the new book lists are published.  

    Library Leaders

    Linda Dextre'
    ldextre@wcpss.net

    This club requires an application process. 
    Library Leaders is a student club that teaches leadership skills, organizational skills, independent task completion, proactive and creative problem solving and reading engagement. Applications are available for all students in the first three weeks of school. Interested students may fill out an application and get three teacher references. No applications will be considered after the due date. Selected Library Leaders are notified through their homeroom teacher during the fourth week of school.

    Manga Mania

    TBA 

    Students interested in all things Manga and Anime meet in the media center on the third Thursday of the month, from 3:15-4:15pm. The group discusses their favorite series, videoconference with other manga groups, learn about Japanese culture, and create their own manga.

    National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

    Advisor: Rebekah Sanderson
    rsanderson@wcpss.net

    NJHS is a service club made up of some of the most high-achieving students in Wendell Middle School. By applying to and being selected to be in NJHS, students are promising to uphold a high standard of scholarship, leadership, and service both here at WMS and in our community.

     

    Stage Crew

    Advisor: Linda Dextre'
    ldextre@wcpss.net

    This club requires an application process. 
    Students interested in Stage Crew should have an interest in audiovisual and computer hardware technology. This team sets up and breaks down equipment in the auditorium during performances and assemblys. They assist the media/tech team in setting up classroom technology, such as CPUs and document cameras. Due to the nature of production work, students applying for this club will need to stay after school for seasonal band performances. (therefore cannot be a band member) Applications are available for all students in the first three weeks of school. Interested students may fill out an application and get three teacher references. No applications will be considered after the due date. Selected team members are notified through their homeroom teacher during the fourth week of school.

    Step Team

    Kerry Mootoo and Marcus Wright
    kmootoo@wcpss.net and mdwright@wcpss.net

    Come on out for a fun team activity!

    We will be learning new steps and presenting them at different activities in school and around the area.We have performed at Knightdale Elementary and Stars in the East. We also hope to broaden our step horizons this year! 

    We are super-excited to have Mr. Wright join our step team, as he has been coaching step since he started as a teacher! We look forward to having you join our team!

    Student Council

    Sue Frederick 
    smfrederick@wcpss.net

    To instill and practice leadership skills in students. Assist the school in leading and planning community service projects, school dances, recycling, Student council members are student ambassadors for our school and community during open house, 6th grade orientation, assemblies and other projects as assigned by the school.