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Clubs and Activities

 

      Twenhofel Middle School– Extracurricular Activities Guide

Text Box: There are many exciting after-school/extracurricular activities available at Twenhofel Middle School.  Please read through and check out what we have to offer!  If you are  interested in any of these activities, please feel free to contact the school at 859-356-5559.

 
LEGO League
Twenhofel’s FIRST LEGO LEAGUE is part of an international competition with a changing theme each year. The members of the team must design, build and program a robot that accomplishes a series of given tasks on a competition board filled with LEGO constructions within a 2 ½ minute time limit. The team is also in charge of researching a topic related to the theme, devising a solution and presenting it in an innovative way. Tryouts for the 6-7 spots available are tentatively set for the second week of September. Open to any student whose grades are in good standing and whose other extracurricular activities to not coincide with practice times.
Intramurals
This is for all three grade levels of all athletic abilities. The sports that will be played are bowling, basketball, karate and soccer. We will learn and play by the international rules and focus on sportsmanship, teamwork and cooperation. Please see Ms. Fisher if interested.
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition that promotes creativity by challenging teams to solve divergent problems.  If interested, please see Mr. Parrott.
Art Club
 
If you enjoy drawing, painting or just creating, art club is for you! Every week, art club will meet and work on unique art projects while improving artistic skills. We will work with media and materials that may not be part of regular art class which will give us opportunities to try new and different techniques and art forms. Also, art club members will have the choice of participating in area art shows and competitions, along with exhibiting their work in the school environment. There will be a small fee to join art club in order to cover the cost of supplies. Come join art club, and let your creativity shine!
Future Problem Solving
 
FPS is a branch of the Academic Team. The students are given a problem that could occur in the future. They have to work through a series of steps to solve the problem. The team of students will then compete against other middle schools in the area.  If they win districts (which we usually do), they advance on to regionals.  The top two teams then advance on to state. Students who enjoy being able to think outside of the box to solve what could be real problems in the future enjoy FPS. It is group effort, not individual. Students who are also creative writers are successful with future problem solving. The team meets one day a week after school from Sept-Dec and usually 2 days a week in Jan.  District competition is in late January. Regional competition is in late Feb.
 
Quick Recall/Academic Team
The Quick Recall/Academic team is a team event in which students participate in answering general knowledge to content-related questions.  It is set up in the Jeopardy style of question/answer with a buzzer system.  We hold our practices on Mondays and meets on Wednesdays, competing against schools in the local area. Any 6th, 7th, or 8th grader may tryout by taking a general knowledge test in September. Depending on numbers, we may fill a JV and Varsity team.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
FCA-Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  As the name suggests, the club centers around those athletes who are Christians.  In the student led club, students will participate in Bible Studies, Community Service, Team/Character Building Activities, and Sporting Activities, etc.  Although the club does have a sports emphasis, athletes and non-athletes alike are welcome to become a part of FCA.  If you like sports and love Jesus, you know you can’t miss out on an opportunity to meet with other Christians, learn about the Bible, play cool games and eat lots of snacks. Meetings are once weekly for an hour after school.
 
Book Club
The Twenhofel book club is an informal gathering of students who enjoy reading and sharing books with others. We meet every other week after school until 3:30.  In the past, we have had visits from the Kenton County Teen Librarian, we read to elementary students via Skype, and we worked on a blog.  We would love to have you join us!
 
Ping Pong
Ping Pong is offered after school, one day each week until 4pm. Once students have a permission slip on file, they are welcome to come and practice their skills! Please see Mr. Partin or Mrs. Barbour if you are interested.
 
 

Student Council
 
The Council is a representative body of top students across all grades, with two representatives from each class.  Each class holds its own selection process at the beginning of the year, and these representatives hold their position for the full year.  Agenda includes normal meeting process items such as Correspondence, Business Arising, etc. General Business also follows a set format. Meetings are once weekly after school.
 
Twenhofel’s Energy WISE Team
 
(Wisdom Is Saving Energy) works to keep our school as “green” as possible.  The students work on many energy awareness projects throughout the year.  They conduct school-wide audits all year long and leave notes in classrooms making sure staff is aware of what they are doing right and ways to improve.  The Energy Team also gives tours to visitors, such as other school districts, architects, superintendents, even Harvard students, just to name a few. Students from all three grade levels can apply; two teacher recommendations are required. Meetings are after school on Wednesdays until 4:00 or 5:00, depending on the project with which we are involved.
 
Movie Lovers Club
 
This is  a club where the students gather and watch movies together.  Sometimes, students bring in movies and vote on which ones to watch; sometimes, students take turns bringing in their favorite movies to share with the club.  The movies have to PG or G and school appropriate. 
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Yearbook Staff & Photography
Anyone interested in learning a little about photography and who would enjoy piecing together the Twenhofel Yearbook will need to fill out an application.  There are no tryouts; teacher recommendations and academic success are prerequisites. The first few meetings (usually September or early October), students can bring in their own cameras to learn to take better photos.  Then, students will be given assignments throughout the school to capture the school day as well as events throughout the year.  Students may also be required to help with picture day and group picture day.  Students will meet three times monthly to piece together the yearbook.  The yearbook is put together using an internet-based program. Students will be required to complete pages outside of Yearbook Staff meetings. Additionally,  students will be required to help promote and sell yearbooks. See Mr. Moore in E-10 or Ms. Litz in 706.
Speech and Drama (Forensics)
This club involves students working individually and with other club members on acting, interpreting literature, and public speaking.  This club focuses on writing, critical thinking, and performance skills.  Students who wish to become members must show an interest in acting, performance, and/or public speaking.  There is no experience required.  We will compete with other schools within our district and area throughout the season.  Our season starts in September and goes until March. 
 
Anti-bullying Club
 
We have meetings once a week for 45 minutes to make posters that include messages and visuals that send positive messages that are geared toward preventing bullying at Twenhofel.  Any student from any grade level can participate in the anti-bullying club. See Mr. Cline in room 606
  
FEA (Future Educators of America)
 
Twenhofel has an official chapter of the national organization. The purpose of our organization is to promote and foster an interest in serving in public education. Members meet regularly on Tuesdays after school. Four times throughout the school year, members visit a feeder elementary school in order to present a lesson with the students. Members also participate in a peer tutoring program that targets struggling students within our own school. In addition to these responsibilities, members are expected to occasionally help with bulletin boards, Student of the Month program, fundraisers and various other activities during the school year.
 
FEA is open to any Twenhofel student. Teacher recommendations are required. The initial meeting will be about the third week of school. Listen to the announcements for dates and times. Regular meetings are held 2-3 times each month on Thursdays after school until 4:00pm.  
 
Student Technology Leadership Program
 
STLP is a program in which students have the opportunity to learn about technology and how it can be used to create computer based projects and to present information in a variety of ways. Students in STLP should be interested in computers, enjoy taking a leadership role and like creating projects and presentations. Anyone interested in participating should see Mr Capizzi.
 
Chess Club
It does not matter at what level you know the game, it only matters that you want to be involved.  Students meet once a week after school to play and challenge each other.  Please - only students that like to laugh and have fun need to join. Please see Mr. Jones to get your sign up sheet.  A small fee is involved.
 
Archery Club
We meet every Monday 3 – 4:15 and Friday from 3 – 4:30. Starting date to be announced. We will be competing in a few tournaments (on Saturdays or Sundays) which will take place at schools within our region. Only a certain number of students who shoot the highest scores in practice will have the first opportunity to compete in the tournaments. Archery Club will take place in the gym. The cost of Archery is $20, which is non-refundable. These costs will help fund all of the materials needed as well as a t-shirt for each participant.