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At the middle school level, students can get involved in many extracurricular activities to enhance and enrich their experience. Opportunities exist to earn a school letter, tutor younger children, work as an altar server at Masses, join a book club, learn conflict management, attend dances, participate in musical ensembles, work as a teacher's assistant, compete in Math and Science tournaments, lead in student government and much more. The school also has an active spiritual life program with regular liturgies, prayer services, retreats and service projects.

The following extracurricular activities are available for middle school students. Meeting times may be before school, after school, or at lunch. If school is not in session for any reason, activities will not be held. Activities are free of charge unless stated otherwise. 

Altar Servers

Middle school students assist as altar servers for each of our school Masses. Students who are experienced altar servers at their own churches are encouraged to sign up with those who are not experienced altar servers so that they can assist them with their duties during Mass. 

  • For more information: Contact your current religion teacher – Mr. Hegwood (6th and 8th)Ms. Haberkorn (7th).
  • Meets: As needed
  • Fee: none 

Arts and Crafts Club

This club is for students who love arts and crafts and working with their hands. This is also an outlet for students who do arts and crafts at home to share their ideas and creations. Students of all artistic abilities are welcome to join and learn about different arts and crafts techniques and projects. Some materials will be provided at school or students can bring their art materials and project ideas from home. Students will also be given an opportunity to lead an art project if they choose. 

  • For more information: Contact Ms. Cripe
  • Meets: Wednesdays at lunch
  • Fee: none

Ballroom Dancing Class

Valley Catholic Middle School students have the opportunity to enroll in an after-school ballroom dance class for students in grades 6 - 8. Students learn fundamental skills in at least two dance styles in every class. The beginners’ class is designed as a fun introduction to ballroom dance in various styles, including but not limited to Waltz, Tango, Salsa, Swing, Foxtrot, and Cha-Cha. 

  • For more information: Contact Pat Silva.
  • Meets: Mondays after school 3:25 - 4:25 p.m. in the middle school building.
  • Fee: $75.00 for 10 classes (September – December)
  • Please make checks payable to Pat Silva

Book Club

Book Club connects students to books in an ongoing effort to create lifelong readers. Members meet on a weekly basis to discuss various books selected by the group. The primary goal of this club is to have fun while developing critical literacy skills through reading, summarizing, and expressing opinions. 

  • For more information: Contact Mrs. Haberkorn.
  • Meets: Lunch on Wednesdays
  • Fee: none

Bowling Club

Students will have the opportunity to have fun with a physical activity that can last for a lifetime. The goal is to develop bowling skills, learn scorekeeping and bowling etiquette. Students will meet at Valley Catholic and be driven to Park Lanes Hillsboro, 6360 SE Alexander St., behind the Goodwill store on TV Highway. 

  • For more information: Contact Mr. Segerdahl
  • When: After school on Mondays, leaving school at 3:15 p.m. and returning around 5 p.m.
  • Fee: $5.50 per week to cover the cost of two games and shoe rental.

Color Guard

Color Guard’s commitment to care for and honor the United States flag for our school is an important job. At 7:25 a.m., color guard members assemble in the main office and pick up the flag. The guard is responsible for protecting, raising and honoring the flag. A staff member will train the team in the specifics of the roles within the color guard. 

At the end of the day, the guard retrieves the flag following color guard procedures. Your job in the afternoon is to respectfully lower the flag, protect the flag and bring it safety back to the office. 

  • For more information: Contact Mrs. G
  • Meets: 7:25 a.m.
  • Fee: none

 

Cross Country Club

The Cross Country Club meets after school during the fall season. Members of the club will run on campus and in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park across TV Highway. Because cross country is an endurance sport, developing a routine of running is extremely important to achieving success. For more detailed information, see this document.

Drum Club

An open club for people who want to DRUM! You will learn more about drumming, and what it means to play with other drummers. No experience required. Must display a simple understanding of rhythm and time. Instruments include, but are not limited to, hand drums, floor tom, snare drum, bass drum, and various auxiliary percussion instruments. 

  • For more information: Contact Mr. Evans
  • Meets: Mondays and Wednesdays during lunch
  • Fee: none

Handbell Team

Membership on the MS Handbell team is open to all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who wish to join.  Handbells is offered during 1st period on Tuesdays.  Students will learn to be part of the handbell and learn to play music appropriate to their skill level.  Valley Catholic Middle School has access to four-octaves of Schulmerich handbells.  Students learn ringing technique and improve their music fundamentals while learning music written and arranged for handbells. Minimum enrollment of 10 students. 

Honors Orchestra

Honors Orchestra meets once a week, provided there is enough student interest for this option. Students perform at both the Christmas and spring concerts and at the Junior OMEA (Oregon Music Educators Association) Festival. Auditions are required. 

  • For more information: Contact Mr. Hatton
  • Meets: TBD
  • Fee: none

Lunch Time Silent Study Hall

New this year, as proposed by the 2013-2014 National Junior Honor Society, a silent lunchtime study hall will be offered every day in room 109. Mr. Ney’s classroom will be open to any student wanting quiet time to work, study or rest up after eating lunch. Students must come prepared with all supplies, as there will be no in-and-out privileges and lockers will remain off limits during the lunch hour. Study hall is run on a drop-in basis. 

  • For more information: Contact Mr. Ney
  • Meets: M-F during lunch, Room 109
  • Fee: none

Mock Trial Class - Second Semester

Valley Catholic Middle School students have the opportunity to enroll in an after-school Mock Trial class for students in grades 6 - 8.  Mock Trial is an academic class which covers the fundamentals of how trials work and their function in our culture. Materials will be used from a variety of sources, including the Classroom Law Project. This is a hands-on, role-playing class that involves speaking in front of other members of the class. The class includes an explanation of the American system of justice. This class will not involve a competition as a culmination of the class. Any classes missed by the instructor will be rescheduled. Classes meet after school 3:25 – 4:25 p.m. in the middle school building. Cost is $75.00 for 10 classes. Registration for this club will be held in late January/Early February 2015. Please make checks payable to Jim Maher. 

  • For more information: Contact Mrs. G
  • When: TBD
  • Fee: $75.00

MS Singers (Advanced Choir)

A group of strong musicians who want to go farther, sing more, and challenge their artistry. We will be singing pop music, typically accompanied by drums and piano. 

  • For more information: Contact Mr. Evans
  • Meets: Tuesdays and Fridays at lunch
  • Fee: none

Musical Theatre Class

In musical theatre, students will have the opportunity to participate in dancing and singing to a popular Broadway or movie musical. Performance skills will be emphasized, as will vocabulary and production techniques. This class is a great preparation for high school drama or acting students. Auditions are required. 

  • For more information: Contact Pat Silva
  • Meets: Tuesdays after school 3:25 – 4:45 p.m. on regular days; 12:30 – 3 p.m. on early dismissal Tuesdays.
  • Fee: Cost is $75.00 for 10 classes (September – December). Please make checks payable to Pat Silva

NJHS 8th grade: Membership by invitation only.

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character and Citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginnings in 1929. Members meet weekly to advance leadership qualities and work on service activities decided on by the group. Seventh-grade students are invited to join in February of their seventh-grade year, if they qualify. Sixth-grade is not eligible. 

  • For more information: Contact Ms. Ferrari
  • Meets: Friday at Lunch
  • Fee: Members have already paid a registration fee

Outdoor School Counselor-in-Training

Counselors-in-Training (CIT) are seventh- and eighth-grade students who volunteer as counselors (with staff guidance) for the last day of Outdoor School. The CIT Program develops leadership skills while enhancing other skills that could be applied to other Counselor in Training programs in the future. The program begins a few weeks prior to outdoor school, with several training sessions during the normal lunch period. Counselors-in-Training will develop a sense of community and grow as a leadership team as they learn how to support camp rules, understand the content for the retreat day, and participate, plan, and lead various activities for the sixth-grade students. The-Counselor-in-Training is a support person for the teacher but also a leader. 

  • For more information: Contact Mrs. G
  • When: TBD
  • Fee: none

PCC Math Fest

PCC Math Fest is held on a Saturday morning in April. The site rotates among the various PCC campuses. One-hour tests are given in all levels of math from pre-algebra through calculus, and high-scoring students are invited to the Oregon Invitational Mathematics Tournament in May. All students are invited to participate, and information is given out through the math classes and in communications to parents. 

  • For more information: Contact Mr. Ney
  • When: TBD
  • Fee: none

Peer Mentors Club

Peer Helpers are middle school students who work towards creating a positive and welcoming school environment. Their roles are to encourage and teach peer-to-peer resolutions to common school problems for Valley Catholic Elementary and Early Learning students. Additionally, Peer Helpers plan fun awareness-raising activities within the middle school. They are able to develop leadership skills while learning clear communication, problem solving and empathy skills.

Students may apply for membership before Christmas break. 

  • For more information: Contact Ms. Teisha
  • When: Lunch on Tuesdays
  • Fee: $15.00 fee to cover training materials and a Mentor Club spirit tee shirt

Pep Band

Middle school students are invited to audition for Valley Catholic High School’s Pep Band. As members of the Pep Band, students will be able to take part in school activities such as assemblies and sporting events. 

Philately (Stamp Club)

Explore stamps from the United States as well as other countries while looking at commemorative stamps and comparing them to ones that were used for regular day mail.  Students will learn how to recognize and categorize different kinds of stamps, assess basic qualities, identify circulated vs. uncirculated stamps, and learn strategies for completing a series. In addition, students will learn the basics of stamp collecting, including how to use covers, sheets, and commemorative blocks, while learning the history of how a particular image for a particular stamp was chosen, and possibly start their own collection. 

  • For more information: Contact Mr. Lommen
  • When: Meets during lunch the first and third Tuesdays of the month
  • Fee: none

Safety Patrol

Safety Patrol is open to seventh-grade students. Student Safety Patrol Team members help make the schools’ community a safer place. Safety Patrol members are responsible for helping to direct safe passage through the crosswalks and other high traffic areas. Students are chosen through an application process. 

Science Bowl

Students who have a love for science (and a little friendly competition) are encouraged to join the Valley Catholic Science Bowl Team. Students will demonstrate science knowledge in a quiz show-like setting, preparing for the annual BPA Science Bowl competition in January. “The Bonneville Power Administration's Regional Science Bowl encourages students to excel in math and science and to pursue careers in those fields. By increasing the visibility and fun of academic achievement in the sciences, this program has succeeded in placing young people on par with peers who excel in athletics.” 

  • For more information: Contact Ms. Zinzer
  • Meets: Thursdays after school from 3:25-4:25 p.m.
  • Fee: none

Scouts Partner Program

Scout partners are middle school students who assist Valley Catholic Elementary School Boy or Girl Scout troop leaders and students in grades K - 3 in learning pledges/information, in activities (on campus) and with other general meeting activities. Prior scouting experience is preferred but is not required. 

For more information: Ask in the front office for a specific troop leader.

Stock Market Game – Second Semester

“What would you do if you were given $100,000? Would you spend it all at once? Would you think about putting some of it in the bank? We’d like to teach you how to invest it, so you might grow it. Through The Stock Market Game (SMG), you will gain a fundamental understanding of investing and how you might get your money to work for you.” (Stock Market Game website) 

Interested students will attend an informational meeting in January to learn about the game and can sign up their team of three to five students to participate. The Stock Market Game runs February 10 through April 18, and students have the chance to meet once a week at lunch to strategize or make trades. 

  • For more information: Contact Mrs. Toth
  • When: TBD
  • Fee: none

Student Activities Board

Each year this board will plan and implement activities to help enrich the student activities and options at Valley Catholic Middle School. The board can also be used to help to promote/run pre-existing activities at Valley Catholic Middle School. The student activities board will also be used as a place for peers to voice student body opinion/concerns. 

  • For more information: Contact Ms. Duda or Ms. Kessler
  • Meets: Mondays during lunch AND after school on Wednesdays from 3:20 – 4 p.m.
  • Fee: none

Student Ambassadors

A student ambassador’s primary role is to act as a welcoming host for visiting students, typically potential applicants. Student Ambassadors should demonstrate a positive attitude and a positive image of VCMS. In addition, student ambassadors must have shown involvement in the VCMS community through participating in Valley Catholic activities such as sports, yearbook, student council, speech tournament, lunch or after school clubs, electives, or have volunteered at activities such as Soup’s On, Open House, or CYO events. This is one of the highest leadership positions given to a VCMS student. Students must apply for the team position. 

  • For more information: Contact Mrs. G
  • When: as needed
  • Fee: none

Teacher Assistants-in-Training

Teacher assistants are middle school students that volunteer one day a week at Valley Catholic Early Learning School. The middle school students assist the classroom teacher in areas such as working with small groups under teacher supervision or designing bulletin boards. Students are chosen through an application process. Spots are limited and priority is given to seventh- and eighth-grade students. However, sixth-grade students may apply. Two teams will be chosen. 

  • For more information: Contact Mrs. G
  • When: Team One meets Wednesdays 4:30 - 5 p.m.; Team Two meets Thursdays 4:30 - 5 p.m.
  • Fee: Cost is $20.00 to cover the cost of individual student Red Cross Babysitter Training materials and a spirit t-shirt. Please make checks payable to Valley Catholic Middle School.

Tech Club

Students will have an opportunity to explore technology from different viewpoints. This club is open to all students who have an interest in technology. The club begins by using “The Hour of Code,” a program teaching how to use code in tools such as Scratch. Throughout the school year, we will investigate new educational apps and tools that can help us all subjects. Students will have the opportunity to explore topics in technology that we can discuss as a club. 

  • For more information: Contact Ms. Kessler
  • Meets: Thursdays during lunch in room 111
  • Fee: none 

Weight Room

The weight room is open every full school day except Tuesday for use. Students must complete a permission slip/waiver before using the weight room. 

  • For more information: Contact Mr. Lommen
  • Meets: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri after school in the HS weight room
  • Fee: none 

Whole Brain Club

The human brain is a fascinating, complex system. When we learn and retrieve information, different parts of the brain are engaged, depending on what is required. The Whole Brain Club challenges students to use all parts of their brains to think in new ways. Activities include playing “The Whole Brain Game” and solving challenging puzzles. 

  • For more information: Contact Mrs. Christiansen
  • Meets: Fridays at lunch, Room 207 
  • Fee: none

Yarn Club

Students can express their creative side in a supportive, social environment. All students are welcome to drop in for yarn club. Members of any level can work on crocheting or knitting. Materials are available for practice during meeting time for beginners who want to give it a try. Students wanting to work on their own projects will need to have their own yarn and hooks/needles. Students will receive help learning to knit or crochet and picking out patterns for their ability. 

  • For more information: Contact Mrs. Toth
  • Meets: Thursdays at lunch
  • Fee: none

Yearbook Club

Students have the privilege and responsibility to bring the VCMS Annual Yearbook to life. Elements of photography, design and layout characterize several phases of planning and construction. Students work as a team with peers, teachers and professionals to fuse their talents and creativity into an exciting final product. 

  • For more information: Contact Mr. Caballero
  • Meets: Mondays after school
  • Fee: none
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