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 Mr. Sieloff, 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
Homework Hub (H2): The Homework Hub, or H squared, is an after-school program in which students can have the time and resources they may need to get their work done before going home on the 4:30 activity bus. Monday-Friday, there will be at least one adult to help students in academic need.
Point of Contact: Saron Fantahun
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
Interscholastic Athletics: MPMS participates in the Prince William County Western Region in athletics. All MPMS Students are invited to try-out for school teams throughout the year as follows:
- Fall Season – Boys Soccer, Girls Track, Volleyball, Cheerleading, and Football
- Winter Season 1 – Girls Basketball and Cheerleading
- Winter Season 2 – Boys Basketball, Cheerleading, and Wrestling
- Spring Season – Boys Track, Girls Soccer, Baseball, and Softball
More information and participation requirements can be found at www.mpark.net. Parents and students are required to attend concussion training in order to participate in Manassas Park athletics (see school calendar). Students are also required to have a current athletic physical on file.
Point of Contact: Darnell Greene & Susan Webb
Library Makerspace: The Library Learning Commons opens the Makerspace Zone from 6:30 to 7:20 am, Monday through Friday. Students may work on the current project, or may discuss plans for creating things with Makerspace supplies, which are for using in the Makerspace. Past projects have included weaving potholders, coloring bookmarks, crocheting hats, and planting spider plants in hand-painted flowerpots. Supplies include paper, markers, colored pencils, weaving loops and looms, LEGO pieces and robots, rubber stamps, yarn, a die-cutter for letters and shapes, paint, craft sticks, and glue guns.
Point of Contact: Beth O’Connell and Penni Palmer-Jones
MathCounts: The MathCounts competition provides engaging math programs to middle school students of all ability levels. It enables students to build confidence and improve attitudes about math and problem solving.
Point of Contact: David Nemetz
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). Students also visit Seniors at the Park Place Apartments. Requires permission slips for visits to Caton Merchant House and Park Place Apartments. 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: Liz Nahser
Student Government Association (SGA): 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. Interested students must complete an application.
Point of Contact: Amanda Harding and Leah Nalette
Robotics: MPMS has two different options for students interested in competition robotics, VEX and SeaPerch. With 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 December/January), with the goal of advancing to the state competition (typically at the end of February). VEX teams typically meet once or twice a week beginning in September and continue through the end of February and possibly beyond. SeaPerch involves students working in teams to design and construct an underwater robot to accomplish specific tasks. These teams meet once or twice a week beginning in September/October and continue through to the regional competition in March. Space is limited but open to all MPMS & MPHS students - interested students must submit an application.
Point of Contact: Laura Fry (MPHS)
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 Lisa Hill