Clubs & Organizations

Clubs and Organization – Updated October 4th 2016

Best Buddies – During Lunch on 10/4, 10/18, and 11/1; During STAR on 10/20

Sponsor: Ms. Chase-Mitchell. This club fosters one-to-one friendships between middle school students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities, in which they share interests, experiences, and activities. Students with IDD are often isolated and left out of social activities. Best Buddies Middle Schools helps to create an inclusive middle school culture for all students early on in their educational development.

Bike Club – Fridays

Sponsor: Ms. Gil. Partnering with Phoenix Bikes, students will take part in a 12 week course on bicycle mechanics and maintenance!

BoyzIIMen – Mondays

Sponsor: Mr. Berman. BoyzIIMen provides students a safe and supportive environment in which they can express themselves, discuss and learn about what it means to be a man in modern America, learn new leadership skills, discuss the issues and struggles they encounter, and connect with their peers in a structured setting.  We accomplish these goals through discussions, games, field trips, guest speakers, and other experiential learning activities.

Captain’s Crew Singing Club – Thursdays

Sponsor: Ms. Klontz. Captain’s Crew Singing Club will meet on Thursdays, 2:30-3:15.  It is open to anyone interested in singing and having fun together.  Music will include current hits, songs in other languages and learning to harmonize by ear.  You can choose whether to perform in concerts or not.

7th Grade Game Time – Fridays

Sponsor: Ms. Wilkes, Ms. Friedman. Game Time is an organization that meets every Friday during 7th grade lunch. This club encourages social skills, team work, peer relationships, community building, and FUN. Electronic games are not permitted, however students are encouraged to bring their favorite card or board games from home. We also have a large selection of games to choose from as well. Grab your lunch and join us!

Gender Sexuality Alliance – Tuesdays

Sponsors: Mr. Brosnahan, Mr. Homburg, Ms. Goodwyn, Ms. Metz. The Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is a student run club which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, and talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. The club also provides advocacy, education and fundraising opportunities with the hope to end homophobia and transphobia. All students of any sexual orientation or gender identity are welcome.

Intramurals – Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays

Sponsor:  Mr. Clements, Mr. Kniseley Intramural Sports are an outgrowth of Swanson’s physical education program.  Boys and girls are encouraged to participate in the following activities: soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball, field hockey, and badminton. The Intramural Program is an activity that meets from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The program switches sports every two to four weeks.

Wavelength Literary Magazine – Tuesdays

Sponsors: Ms. McFarlane. This committee, made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students, meets weekly to work on independent writing projects, plan and judge school-wide writing challenges, and select pieces to publish on Swanson’s online literary magazine, Wavelength. Readers, writers, and artists are welcome to join this community that strives to express their creative talents and inspire others to do the same!

LYLAS – Thursdays

Sponsors: Ms. Carpenter, Ms. Reardon. LYLAS promotes positive Latina identity and empowerment through leadership skills. LYLAS helps teens recognize their own leadership capacities and their potential impact on the Latino community and beyond. Participants are encouraged to apply what they learned to encourage leadership among their peers, thereby building other student’s leadership abilities.

Magic: The Gathering Club – Thursdays

Sponsor: Ms. Kelleher. Magic the Gathering is a very fun, strategic card game and it is now a club at Swanson! If you have been playing for a long time, or just want to learn some of the basics, come to the club meetings to check it out!

MathCounts – Varies

Sponsor: Ms. Partridge. MATHCOUNTS is a national math enrichment, coaching & competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement in every U.S. state & territory. Basically it’s a club for students who enjoy working on math problems – you do not have to be an expert at math – you just need to enjoy it and want to challenge yourself. The students meet after school once or twice a week from October through February. Students are not required to attend every practice – it’s come as you can.

Nature Club – Mondays

Sponsor: Ms. Gil.

Pep Band – Wednesdays

Sponsor:  Mr. Norris. The Pep Band/Marching Band helps boost school spirit. They perform in parades throughout the school year. It is open to all students and no audition is required. Meets on Wednesdays after school, beginning on September 10th

Random Movie Club – Every other Tuesday

Sponsor: Ms. Brown. Do you like making movies, meeting new people and being a part of an awesome community? Then Random Movie Club is for you! We get together two times a month on Tuesdays after school. We make funny videos using your school provided iPads!

Science Club (7th graders only) – Varies

Sponsors: Ms. Savage, Ms. Neuhaus-Palmer. The Science Club is a science research group open to all 7th graders. The club is designed to support students doing independent research projects for entry into the Swanson Fair and the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS). Begins late October/November.

Sisterhood – Mondays

Sponsor: Ms. Riley, Ms. Reardon. Sisterhood is a club targeted towards girls of color, focusing on developing leadership skills and fostering positive identity.

Swanson Family Book Club – Mondays

Sponsor: Ms. Dykema, Ms. Hailey. This is a multicultural book club that meets in the evening in the Swanson library the first Monday of each month.  The purpose of the club is to create a family of readers and to bring together different cultures and different generations as families share in the joy of reading together.  Students are asked to bring whatever book they are currently reading, and to invite a family member to attend book club with them.

Swanson Space Syndicate – TBD, Starting in December

Sponsor: Mr. Ingersoll

Teen Advisory Board (TAB) – Varies

Sponsors:  Ms. Hailey, Ms. Metz. Teen Advisory Board (T.A.B.) is a book club where students read and review new books for the library. The Arlington County Public Library has T.A.B. groups in all five public middle schools. At the end of every school year, each school’s T.A.B. group votes for its favorite titles from the year. This helps everybody find out which books other students liked and what was hot in different schools. To join Swanson’s T.A.B. group, join us during one of the lunch meetings  See a librarian for a meeting schedule.  T.A.B. students are expected to read at least one book per month.

Technology Student Association – Mostly Thursdays

Sponsor: Mr. Demarino. All Technology Education students have the opportunity to be part of TSA. TSA chapters take the study of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) beyond the classroom and give students the chance to pursue academic challenges among friends with similar goals and interests. Together, chapter members work on competitive events to attend conferences at the Northern VA Regional level and have a good time raising funds to get there.

Video Game Design Club – Mondays – Starting Late October

Sponsors: Mr. Dolan. Design, test, and play your own video game creations using Scratch, Unity, Gamemaker, and Construct!

World of Movies Club – Tuesdays

Sponsor: Ms. Foley. Come to World of Movies club and watch/discuss different movies each week!