Clubs & Activities
A big part of middle school is exploring new interests, meeting other students, and getting involved. MPMS offers great extracurricular activities. A free late bus transports home students who participate in after-school activities. Did you know that students may start clubs too? If you are interested in starting a new club or activity, find a staff member to sponsor it, and ask Ms. Kalso, the principal, for approval. If you are looking for extra help academically, talk with your teachers to see if they stay after school. Whatever you do, try something new!
This material information is provided for overview only and is subject to change according to staff resources and student participation. More information can be found through the points of contact listed below:
Drama: Students work together to produce a play to be performed for the Manassas Park community in the winter or spring. Tryouts are open to all MPMS students. After school rehearsals will be held during the week.
Point of Contact: Laura Herrmann & Kelly Burcher
Garden Club: Students plant and maintain a vegetable and herb garden in the MPMS courtyard area. Open to all MPMS students. After school meetings will occur throughout the school year.
Point of Contact: Carrie Reardon
Honors Band: Students from across all MPMS grade levels form a band to represent the school at district competition in the spring, as well as to perform at school concerts. After school practices are held twice a week throughout the school year. Students are invited to participate or can request to tryout.
Point of Contact: Travis Carden
- September – Boys soccer and Girls Track
- November – Boys Basketball and Wrestling
- January – Girls Basketball
- March – Boys Track, Girls Soccer, Baseball, and Softball
Point of Contact: Darnell Greene & Susan Webb
The Joe 15 Team Club: Students volunteer in the community through a variety of projects and by visiting with seniors at Caton Merchant House. Students learn about their community and other service organizations. After school meetings twice a month throughout the school year (see school calendar); visits once a month to Caton Merchant House (dependent on parent and MPMS staff volunteer drivers). Requires permission slips for visits to Caton Merchant House. Open to all MPMS students.
Point of Contact: Christine Stone
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS):7th and 8th grade students eligible for the NJHS will be notified in the spring and invited to submit an application for candidacy. Selection procedures can be found on the Clubs section of MPMS web site. Once inducted, students participate in club meetings and are expected to maintain service hours and meet other requirements. After school meetings are usually held once a week throughout the school year.
Point of Contact: Kristen Horning
Odyssey of the Mind: Students work together in teams to apply their creativity to solve problems from building mechanical devices to interpretive presentations. Solutions are presented at a regional competition (usually in March). Open to all MPMS students, space dependent upon parent coaches. Teams will be formed to work with parent coaches on their own schedule outside of school. Students are invited to submit an application in September/October.
Point of Contact: Susan Casoni, Transportation
Cubs to Cougars Peer Mentor Program: Students volunteer to work with their younger peers and assist with understanding of lessons and schoolwork. Student tutors and mentors will be nominated by their teachers. After school meetings are usually held once a week throughout the school year.
Point of Contact: Anthony Vargas
Student Government Association (SGA): Students are selected by their homeroom to serve on the student government association. The SGA gives students a voice. SGA sponsors many events throughout the year, including dances and carnivals. Meetings occur approximately once a month after school.
Point of Contact: Katie Hall
VEX Robotics: Students work in teams to design and build VEX robots to accomplish defined missions. The teams carry out these missions in regional competitions (typically in February/March), with the goal of advancing to the state competition. Robotics typically meets once a week through spring. Space is limited but open to all MPMS & MPHS students - interested students must submit an application.
Point of Contact: Ruba Ayyad (MPHS)
Library Guild: This is a club for students who enjoy spending time in the library and want to learn more about our media center. Students meet to play interactive games and to learn about how the library works.
Point of Contact: Beth O’Connell
Art Club: Students assist the art teacher to prepare art work and displays for the district-wide art show in the spring.
Point of Contact: Anna Davila
Yearbook: Students assist the yearbook advisors with taking pictures for the yearbook at after school events such as athletics. Students will be selected by the yearbook advisors.
Point of Contact: Rachel Jinks and Stephanie Maldonado