December 20, 2014

Acadia Middle School Extra Curricular Activities

Clubs with Web pages

Shen Inventors

Shen Colorguard

Tri-building Talent Show

ADVISOR: Mr. Schwartz
The Jazz Ensemble meets from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m. weekly (on Wednesdays), beginning in September. Meetings continue until June. In Jazz band, we learn the language of jazz. We will explore what makes jazz a special idiom, and how to play it. We will encounter many different styles…Rock, Swing, Funk, Latin and much more. We will also learn the basics of improvisation. This group will perform 2 concerts as well as various school functions.

ADVISORS: Mrs. Quinn, Mr. Messinger, Miss Bustos
Acadia Ski & Snowboarding Club is a club where students pay for and are taken on six trips to ski or snowboard at West Mountain in Queensbury during January and February. Students gather after school in the cafeteria and we load tour busses for the trip to the mountain. Tour busses are used so students are better able to do homework while traveling. At the mountain, students gear up and ski or snowboard in social groups they determine. Lessons are at 5:30 for the children who are signed up. Dinner can be brought or bought. We are off the mountain by 8:45, pull out at 9:00 and are back to school for parent pickup at 9:30pm. We ski on THURSDAY nights. This is different from Gowana and Koda. There is no cross registration allowed.
Informational meeting 9/26 at 8:00am. Students who missed the informational meeting need to stop in Mrs. Quinn’s room 215 for a packet.
Sign-ups – Thursday, Oct. 9th @ 7:45 am - Acadia Café.
We ski THURSDAYS beginning in January for six weeks.

ADVISORS: Mrs. Moses, Mrs. Dale, and Mrs. Koopman
Acadia Student Council has at least two general membership meetings each month. Our students participate in a parliamentary procedure forum. The advisors organize the election for Student Council officers which include pre-meetings, speech and poster approval, and speech practice.
Student Council members are involved in several committee events throughout the school year, both before and after school. The Student Council advisors adopt an Acadian family during the holidays. They take a group of students shopping to purchase gifts, and then supervise other students as they wrap the items. Student council members participate in Accent on Acadia and provide tour guides for incoming fifth graders and their parents. The students also plan two Acadia dances, collect donations for CAPTAIN’S Food Pantry, participate in a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and assist the Acadia Environment Committee in creating a positive atmosphere within the school.

ADVISORS: Mr. Lansley and Mr. Drown,
The Acadia Recycling club is designed to promote recycling throughout Acadia. The club ensures that all of school recycling bins are used properly and emptied each Friday morning. The club also will inspect all classroom recycling efforts to ensure that they meet the needs of the building. The club meets at 8:00 a.m. on Fridays from September through June. Students may ride the early bus or get dropped off at 8:00 at the Acadia main entrance.

ADVISORS: Mrs. Case, Mrs. K. Miller, Mrs. Michael, Mrs. Hinman,,
Open to students in grades 6, 7, and 8, the Acadia Yearbook Club creates and sells the Acadia Yearbook. Students are guided by advisors to create the best student centered yearbook for their class and classmates, using an online publishing program. Weekly meetings are held to design, create, and work cooperatively to achieve short term as well as long term goals.
Meetings are held in Computer Lab 900 on Tuesdays after school until 5:00 pm. Parents must come into the lab to sign out students. If needed, students may go home on the late bus at 4:10. Yearbook Club will be present at open house for book purchasing. Yearbooks can be ordered now for the early order price of $25.00.

ADVISORS: Mrs. Dougherty, Mrs. Shanahan,
The Kodacadia Book Club is a club for Koda and Acadia 6th and 7th graders to get together to share their love of reading and learn about the format of book discussion groups. The club meets weekly from 8:00-8:40 on Monday mornings, October through June. We will brainstorm at the first meeting to see what books interest students and decide on our first book selection. Students will need to purchase selected books.

Grades 6, 7, 8
ADVISOR: Ms. DeCerbo, Mrs. Mainwaring,
Shen Buddies pairs students with disabilities to non-disabled peers in an effort to build friendships. The club meets once or twice a month on Wednesdays or Thursdays from 3:45 – 4:30. Members participate in various social activities together. Members must be able to attend our group functions regularly. Grades 6-8 welcome.

ADVISORS: Mrs. Haluska & Mrs. Sprissler /
GAK Bowling Club is a tri-building club for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who attend Gowana, Acadia and Koda. All students are welcome: experienced and inexperienced bowlers.
Games will be bowled on Wednesdays at Spare Time Bowling Alley. The cost will be $60, which includes the cost of bowling for six weeks, shoe rental, bus transportation fee, and use of lanes and balls. Transportation to the bowling alley will be provided by Shenendehowa buses, leaving from Acadia after school. Students must have a parent/guardian promptly pick them up at 5:15 pm at the alley. Students will need spending money to purchase snacks at the snack bar. A pizza party will be provided on the last day of both sessions.
The fall session begins Wednesday, October 9th and concludes on November 13th.
Spring session dates will be announced later in the school year.

ADVISOR: Mrs. Cahill
The Middle School Bookstore is run by student volunteers, mornings from 8:40 to 8:50. Student members meet the last Thursday of the month either after school from 3:40 to 4:05 or before from 8 am to 8:40. At meetings we choose items to sell at the Bookstore, help to assign prices to the items, sign up for times to work at the Bookstore, and work on advertising for the hallways. Students work on their customer service and money handling skills. Questions about becoming a Bookstore member can be sent to Mrs. Cahill at

ADVISOR: Mr. Soltys
Chess Club is open to all middle school students. The club will choose a weekday morning to meet from 8:00 am to 8:45 am. Students may ride the early bus in to school or be dropped off by a parent at 8:00 am. The club provides a friendly environment where students can get together and learn the game of chess. From beginners to experts – all are welcome! An informational meeting will be held Friday, October 18 in the Gowana cafeteria.

ADVISOR: Mrs. Psomas and Mrs. DeRubertis /
The Scrapbooking Club is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders from all three middle schools. The students learn different scrapbooking techniques and work on a variety of projects including photo albums, calendars, and notecards. We meet Thursday after school in room K603 until the late bus.

ADVISOR: Mrs. Sayers & Mrs. McGrath /
The Tri- Building Sewing Club will meet late September to April, on Wednesdays from 3:35 – 5:30 pm. Interested students should listen to announcements and attend our informational meeting on Thursday, October 3, until late bus at 4:10. (If being picked up, use the ACADIA MAIN entrance.)
Students will be divided into a beginner or advanced sewing group.
Students will complete projects by hand as well as with a sewing machine. Projects will include personal accessories, a simple clothing item and an optional recycled project.
Since this is a tri-building club, students can join with their friends from any MS building. A fee will be collected for shared supplies and the first project. Students in the advanced group will be required to purchase fabric for their main project.

ADVISOR: Mrs. Kenyon
The Ambassadors are a mixed group of singers, both boys and girls, who perform at school concerts and civic functions for the community. The Ambassadors have also performed at Lincoln Center in New York City and at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with the national group “America Sings”. The group rehearses on Tuesday afternoons from 3:40 pm to 4:10 pm, and on Thursday mornings from 8:00 am until school starts. Students in grades 6, 7 & 8 who are members of Middle School chorus, band or orchestra are eligible to audition to become a member of the Ambassadors.

ADVISORS: Mrs. Feeny & Mr. Pangburn,
The Middle School Musical Theater is a club that rehearses and presents a Broadway musical. The cast is selected through an audition process that is open to all 6th, 7th & 8th graders from all three middle schools. The auditions are currently scheduled for the first week of November with rehearsals beginning in December and continuing through the actual performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 20, 21 & 22. Most cast members are expected to meet for rehearsals twice a week in January and 3-4 times a week in February, and every weekday in March. Students not interested in performing are invited to be part of the production crews.

ADVISOR: Mrs. Messare
Treble Choir is a vocal performing ensemble for girls. We will perform at a number of different venues with varied repertoire while having a great time. This is an auditioned group. Auditions will be held the third week of September. Any member of a performing group (band, orchestra, chorus) can audition. We meet and rehearse Thursdays after school from 3:35-4:50, September through June.

ADVISOR: Madame Navarra
French Club is open to students in grades 6, 7, and 8. We meet after school in room 945. We play games to learn and review vocabulary, watch movies in French, do activities and arts and crafts to celebrate holidays, and make French and Canadian recipes to bring into French Club to share with each other. I hope you will join us! A bientôt!

ADVISOR: Mr. Whalen
Grades: 7 & 8 Grade German students
and interested 6th Grade students
German Club features hands on experience with German culture and is open to all middle school students regardless of actual language enrollment. Some examples include celebrating Oktoberfest, New Years customs, German board games, and food preparation/tasting. German club runs October through May and will be held on either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 3:45-4:45. Listen for announcements!

ADVISORS: Mrs. Daley
If you are interested in Hispanic culture, traditions, music and languages, this is the club for you! Students will make crafts, try new foods, watch movies, and play games from ‘el mundo hispano’. We will meet on Tuesdays after school in room G-24. Late bus passes will be provided.

Mrs. Wheeler-Grade 6
Mr. Green-Grades 7 & 8
Art Club is a tri-building club that is open to all interested students. An informational meeting will be held early in the year. The regular Art Club meetings are held Mondays from 3:40-5:00 in Rooms 909 (Mr. Green) & 922 (Mrs. Wheeler). Students must arrange for their own transportation home. There is a $25.00 materials fee. Students who enjoy art and being creative are welcome. There may be a limited number of seats depending so students should sign up ASAP.

ADVISOR: Mr. Green
The Art in Action Club is a student run, tri-building art club that will use the visual arts to raise awareness of the injustices in our community and the world at large. By exploring current events, students will become aware of what is happening in the world, and become Global Citizens who care for the world around them. Besides raising awareness through visual displays, students will also raise funds for charities by creating works of art and sharing them in our community.
Students will be empowered to help those less fortunate than themselves.
"Social Justice is defined less by words and more by action!"
“Social justice means moving towards a society where all hungry are fed, all sick are cared for, the environment is treasured, and we treat each other with respect and compassion.”
This is a 7th and 8th grade club. Meetings are held on Monday afterschool until 5:00pm, in art room 909.

ADVISOR: Ms. Sprague
The Math Counts Club and Competition program is a national middle school activity that promotes mathematics achievement and creative thinking through group work and fun and engaging contests. The club is open to any tri-building student in grades 6 – 8.

ADVISOR: Mr. Clark
This is a tri-building club that centers around the exploration of the field of aerospace design and astronomy. Science Club meets on Mondays after school in Room G18. Students will be building rockets in the fall and spring. In the fall they will be using rocket kits, in the spring they will be making custom designs. All students in grades 6, 7 & 8 are welcome.

(KODA) Mr. Sliwinski
Mrs. Betzwieser
Future City Competition is a tri-building club. This club is mainly for 7th & 8th grade students; however 6th grade students may help. The members of the team are researching about cities and developing a city. There are three parts to the competition. The first part is to use the Sim City Computer Program to develop a city that has at least a 150 year history, while maintaining certain levels of excellence for its citizens. The second part is to write an essay concerning the theme for this year. This year’s theme is: “Identify a stormwater runoff problem that is important for your city to manage and design a solution.” The third part is to actually build a large model of a section of the city. The competition is held in January. If you are interested in joining the team, see or e-mail the advisors above from your home school. We encourage anyone who likes working on computers, (especially if you have used the Sim City programs), as well as building models, to join us.

Mrs. Gavlik
Mrs. Wheeler
Mrs. Ali
Each year FIRST LEGO™ League puts forth a challenge that needs to be solved. To answer the challenge, we build a LEGO™ playing field and program a LEGO™ vehicle, engineer a solution to a specific problem and create a team presentation. This culminates in a regional competition at RPI in December. We meet in room G930 once a week from 3:35 – 5:00 from September until February. Teams are limited to 10 students and are formed in the spring before the fall season begins.

ADVISOR: Mrs. Moses, Mrs. Betzwiezer, Mrs. Corcoran;;
The LEGO™ Building and Robotics Club will run six weeks in the fall on Mondays in the Acadia cafeteria from 3:40 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The dates are September 30th, October 7th, October 21st, October 28th, November 4th, and November 18th. The first three weeks are devoted to building various objects with LEGOs™ based upon different themes decided by club members. This gives students a chance to meet some new people, relax, and discover some interesting combinations of the LEGO™ pieces that are available. The last three weeks are devoted to competition between groups of students. Some categories students might choose for competition are the fastest vehicle, farthest distance vehicle (starting down a ramp), tallest building, strongest bridge, best looking vehicle, etc.
In the spring, the students will be using the LEGO™ Mindstorm Robots. With the Mindstorm computer software, they will learn how to build and program the LEGO™ robots to do a variety of maneuvers. Students will use software, cables, motors and sensors to create robots that move forward, backwards, in circles, and around other objects. These cool robots can even be programmed to talk!

ADVISOR: Mr. Sliwinski
Odyssey of the Mind is a tri-building club. It encourages the students, on a team of 5-7, to creatively solve one of five problems. All ideas on how to solve the problem, and the work, must come from the students. The team usually meets once a week after school until 5:00 pm. Competition occurs locally in early March. If anyone is interested listen to the announcements for our first meeting in October. We encourage anyone who likes to build, create, and have fun, to join.

ADVISOR: Mr. Andersen, Mrs. Rosney, Mr. Green / /
Adventure Club meets beginning in October through May on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 am to 8:45 am. The club is made up of interested 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Gowana, Koda and Acadia, and meets in the Koda Adaptive Gym. Through non-competitive games, group initiatives and adventure based activities such as experiences on a high ropes challenge course and expeditions, students will be able to:
• Understand and value individual differences
• Improve self concept
• Learn how to give and receive feedback
• Learn how to improve team problem solving skills

ADVISOR: Mr. Sergott
Indoor Rock Climbing Club will meet on Monday afternoon from 3:40 pm to 7:00 pm. The first club session meets from October to December. The second club session meets from late March to early May. Each club meets six times and will accept approximately 30 students. There is a fee of approximately $115.00 to cover rental of climbing, shoes, harness, lessons, and bus transportation to the Albany Indoor Rock Climbing Gym (AIR). AIR offers a wide variety of climbs at various ability levels. AIR is also the only climbing facility in the country to offer a challenging indoor caving complex. AIR is as close as you can get to REAL rock climbing. It is a great way to learn to rock climb, or sharpen your existing climbing skills.

ADVISORS: Various Coaches
Many seasonal intramurals are offered to students in grades 6 through 8. They are listed in the student agenda. Intramurals meet before school at 8:00 am. Announcements are made to let students know when each sport intramural is starting, and where they meet. Sports currently offered are: Soccer, Flag Football, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Wrestling, Gymnastics, Tennis, Boys & Girls Basketball, Floor Hockey, Volleyball, Team Handball, Girls & Boys Lacrosse, Girls Softball, Boys Baseball, Weight Training, and Track & Field.

ADVISORS: Mrs. Rosney, Mrs. Quatraro and Mrs. Potter / /
“Do you juggle? Do you yodel? Do you sing into your hairbrush when you are getting ready for school in the morning? Do you have any talent at all? Then we need YOU to try-out for the Tri-building talent show!!! A general interest meeting will be held after school on Tuesday, September 24th in the tri-building auditorium. If you think you may be interested in performing, acting/hosting, or doing stage crew, please come and find out how to get involved. Auditions and rehearsals will take place this fall. The show is currently scheduled for Friday, January 31, 2014.
Students can participate through stage crew, hosting, or performing in an act. Students will need to audition if they would like to be in an act.
Students performing in an act will need any materials or props they need for that specific act.
Information meetings and auditions are held after school during the months of September and October. Days/Dates will be made available to students at the first information meeting. Students who make it into the show will sign up for rehearsal times on various Friday mornings (8-8:40am) between November and January. Dress rehearsals take place after school at the end of January, as we approach the date of the talent show (January 31st). All students who participate will get a copy of the meeting schedule.