Math Club sponsor Felisa Scott and students come together to experience enriched activities through their math club. Scott offers a variety of hands-on manipulatives and brain teasers. Photo by France Gasquet
Since the beginning of the school year, students at CMS come to school early to participate in clubs of their interest. Students are allowed to sign up for as many clubs as they would like and must stay in the club until the beginning of each nine week period. Clubs include a math club, yearbook staff, art club, taekwondo, dance club, speech/drama, leadership and pottery, among others.
“This has been a great addition to our school program,” said Shelley Gough, vice principal and club founder. “The students know that they must have good deportment in order to participate. It’s made a difference to our school environment.”
Community volunteers and teachers have agreed to sponsor each club and must be present in order for the club to meet. In the event a representative is absent or tardy for their club day, students must go to the gym.
“CMS would like to give every student the opportunity to meet others with similar interests to develop positive relationships and build self-esteem,” said Ms. Gough. “We hope to expose students to a wide variety of interests and develop new talents that will create a positive impact within our learning community.”
The additional interest has also led to better grades. Students who do not maintain an 80 percent or above in classroom assignments are sent to academic recovery. Upon mastery of skill, they may return to their club.