SRMS Student Activities

Art Club

Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grade art clubs provide students who are serious artists with the opportunity to have art class throughout the school year. There are two clubs for each grade offered each week. Students chose one club to attend. Clubs meet during advisory in the art rooms.

Sponsored by Miss Goodwin & Mr. Shank

mgoodwin@udsd.org

ashank@udsd.org

Band

Open to all Grades

Chess Club

Chess Club:  Chess Club is an after school club that is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders of all ability levels.  It meets once a week. Many students also enjoy meeting in Mr. Hogan’s room at lunch in order to play more games.  This is a relaxed club that offers limited instruction and lots of opportunity to play chess.  There are some small competitions within the club, but it is mainly a chance for students to get together and have fun playing chess.  The club begins in January.
Club Advisor:  Mr. Hogan  shogan@udsd.org

Chorus

Entry Requirements: An interest in singing and learning how to read music and use the voice. Students must work well together in a team setting as well as develop individual performance skills.  Students will participate in several required concerts including one Winter and one Spring Concert.

Since music is a performing art, choral classes allow students to experience the art of music through the performance and assessment of both their own vocal technique as well as that of the other performers.

The specific aim of the chorus program is to enable students to communicate effectively through vocal music and to understand and value a variety of musical expressions throughout life.

By participating in the Chorus students will meet the following standards set forth by MENC [The National Music Educators Conference]:

       Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

       Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

       Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

       Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.

       Reading and notating music.  

       Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.

       Evaluating music and music performances.

       Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

       Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

Students enrolled in this course will…

-Continue lessons on voice part-Perform appropriately with other students as part of large and small ensembles
-Perform throughout a growing range with a focused tone characteristic of the vocal part sung -Follow and correctly interpret conducting gestures
-Perform with correct posture, breath control and hand position-Perform as a soloist or member of a small ensemble for others in classroom or   performance settings
-Perform with increasing technique including chromatics and accidentals-Demonstrate competence in the basics of musical language: Scales, Chords and perform music of a higher level of sophistication
-Perform musically with accurate pitch, rhythm, articulation, phrasing and dynamics

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

ATTENDANCE

Attendance is required at all class meetings.

LARGE ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL

Purpose:

Components

To introduce and rehearse concepts that are “broad based” that when understood, lead to ensemble cohesiveness in performance.

Ensemble Balance, Ensemble Blend, Dynamics, Intonation, Nuance and Phrasing

SECTIONAL LESSON

Purpose:

Components

To introduce and “fine tune” concepts leading to technical proficiency and overall musicianship of the individual performer, be they instrumental or vocal.

Articulation, Posture, Hand Position, Bowing, Fingerings, Rhythmic Notation, Rudimental Exercises (Percussion), In-depth theoretical studies.

The information clearly shows that the ensemble setting is very different from the small group setting in that, although many aspects of the various components overlap, the small group setting is designed to teach different things.  The ensemble setting is designed to take those things and incorporate them into the whole.

Because of this, it is extremely important that each director maintain the opportunity to asses his or her student’s progress, even those who study privately, beyond the ‘normal’ ensemble setting.

Club Ophelia

A FUN after school, arts-based club for girls.  Students make and take home craft projects each week while making new friends! 

Ms. Kathi Babin Guidance counselor

kbabin@udsd.org

Computer Club

7th & 8th Grade Computer Club – meets after school on Tuesdays until 4:20pm

The computer club explores computing and technology. Students learn graphic design, web page design, animation, and movie making. The club meets once a week from November through February after school until 4:20PM. Students explore software like Adobe Photoshop, Scratch, Alice, Dreamweaver and Flash. Students may choose to work on a project and compete in the Pennsylvania Middle School Computer Fair which has categories such as Graphic Design, Web Design, Digital Movie and Animation.

Sponsor:

Mr. Mark Feliciani

mfeilici@udsd.org

Math Counts

The MathCounts qualifying competition test for the school team was held on December 17th from 2:55 to 4:30 in the Sandy Run cafeteria. Because of the organizations change, this year 10 students qualified for the Sandy Run team. In previous years we were only permitted 8
students. The county competition will be held on Saturday, February 15th at William Tennent High School
Please contact:

Ms. Callaghan pcallagh@udsd.org

Mr. Doyle mdoyle@udsd.org

Musicals

CHECK THIS LINK FOR INFORMATION ON THE 6TH GRADE MUSICAL

srmstheatre.wix.com/home

Orchestra

This course concentrates on developing instrumental techniques and blending individual skills with those of other members of the String Orchestra.  Students are required to attend sectional periods in addition to the two-scheduled String Orchestra rehearsals.

Emphasis is placed on music fundamentals, technique, performance and musicianship, and the development of leadership skills. Students will participate in several required concerts including one Winter and one Spring Concert.

Since music is first and foremost a performing art, performance-oriented classes allow students to directly experience the artistic intent of the composer and the art of music.

The specific aim of the String Orchestra program is to enable students to communicate effectively through instrumental music and to understand and value a variety of musical expressions throughout life.

By participating in the String Orchestra students will meet the following standards set forth by MENC [The National Music Educators Conference]:

       Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

       Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

       Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

       Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.

       Reading and notating music.  

       Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.

       Evaluating music and music performances.

       Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

       Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

Students enrolled in this course will…

-Continue lessons on voice part-Perform appropriately with other students as part of large and small ensembles
-Perform throughout a growing range with a focused tone characteristic of the vocal part sung -Follow and correctly interpret conducting gestures
-Perform with correct posture, breath control and hand position-Perform as a soloist or member of a small ensemble for others in classroom or   performance settings
-Perform with increasing technique including chromatics and accidentals-Demonstrate competence in the basics of musical language: Scales, Chords and Rudiments and perform music of a higher level of sophistication
-Perform musically with accurate pitch, rhythm, articulation, phrasing and dynamics

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

ATTENDANCE

Attendance is required at all class meetings.

LARGE ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL

Purpose:

Components

To introduce and rehearse concepts that are “broad based” that when understood, lead to ensemble cohesiveness in performance.

Ensemble Balance, Ensemble Blend, Dynamics, Intonation, Nuance and Phrasing

SECTIONAL LESSON

Purpose:

Components

To introduce and “fine tune” concepts leading to technical proficiency and overall musicianship of the individual performer, be they instrumental or vocal.

Articulation, Posture, Hand Position, Bowing, Fingerings, Rhythmic Notation, Rudimental Exercises (Percussion), In-depth theoretical studies.

The information clearly shows that the ensemble setting is very different from the small group setting in that, although many aspects of the various components overlap, the small group setting is designed to teach different things.  The ensemble setting is designed to take those things and incorporate them into the whole.

Because of this, it is extremely important that each director maintain the opportunity to asses his or her student’s progress, even those who study privately, beyond the ‘normal’ ensemble setting.

 

Quiz Bowl

Quiz Bowl is a fast-paced competition which challenges students to come up with answers to questions drawn from a wide range of subject areas.  SRMS teams have consistently placed in the top 5 both in the state and nationally.  Quiz Bowl is open to 7th and 8th graders.  To be selected for the team, students have to take a qualifying test.

Club Advisor: Mr. Gary Hite ghite@udsd.org

Reading Olympics

Montgomery County Reading Olympics

 
Beginning in October, teams of 8-14 students meet in the library each week to read and discuss 45 books selected by a committee of librarians, reading specialists, and classroom teachers. Since the student’s work as a team, each student only needs to read from 5-10 books, depending on the size of the team. In March, the teams participate in a competition at Wissahickon Middle School. At the competition, students answer questions about the books they have read. Each SRMS team competes against three teams from other Montgomery County middle schools. All participants are awarded ribbons. This is a great way for students who enjoy reading to meet each other and work as a team.
 
Please contact mhankin@udsd.org
Ms. Michelle Hankin
SRMS Librarian

Robotics

Robotics runs Wednesdays from 3:00pm-5:00pm and during advisory on “B” days. Mr. Doan, the Technology Education Teacher, is the Robotics Coach.

Please contact  Mr. Doan with any questions at adoan@udsd.org

Science Fair

The Sandy Run Middle School Science Fair Club is co-sponsored by Mr. Gary Hite (ghite@udsd.org) and Ms. Jeanie Kellock (jkellock@udsd.org).  We support the students’ participation in the PJAS science fair, with regional competition held in late February and the state competition in May at Penn State.  The purposes of PJAS are to help students use good scientific methods to explore an area of interest to them, and to develop good public speaking and research skills.  We also have a mentoring program available during Monday and Tuesday advisory with adult community members come in to help students research and design their projects.

For more information we have a wiki site at www.srmssciencefair.wikispaces.com

Symphonic Strings

Music Strings Orchestra which meets one day a week during advisory and competes in performances throughout the year at sites such as Dorney Park.

Please contact Mrs. Mae Huang at mhuang@udsd.org for more information.

Yearbook Club

The Yearbook Club is for students who are interested in creating one of the most memorable tokens of the school year! We meet every other Tuesday after school from 3:00-5:00 pm. There are many roles to be assigned from layout designer to photographer. All students participating will have jobs that include editing, taking photographs, sorting files and designing layout pages. Students are required to spend additional time outside of meetings to work on the yearbook. Students who have other commitments like sports or extracurricular activities should be mindful of their time while deciding to participate in yearbook club. We are looking for motivated students who can make a lasting commitment to the club as though it were a sport! This club is a fun and creative outlet for students in 7th and 8th grade.
For more information please contact Mrs. Colletti scollett@udsd.org