Clubs & Organizations
Join a club...go out for the team...get involved! Port Jervis Middle School offers a variety of clubs and activities to its students. Listed below are club descriptions, advisors, meeting times, and more! For more information on the modified sports teams, visit the Raider Athletics page.
After School Jazz Ensemble
Jazz Ensemble will meet Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Ensemble is open to those students enrolled in band or chorus for the current school year.
Advisor: Matt Carlozzi
The Middle School Art club meets every Wednesday for the first two quarters of the school year in Room 108 (7th grade and 8th grade meet alternating weeks). Student are welcomed to express themselves through drawing and painting, and creating artwork for the building and community projects.
Advisor: Ryan Doyle
The Middle School Chess Club will meet every Wednesday during the 3rd quarter in Room 108. Students will learn simple chess moves and techniques for an annual friendly chess tournament.
Advisor: Ryan Doyle
Cool 2 Be Kind Club
Cool 2 Be Kind Club - Cool 2 Be Kind welcomes all students who want to make Port Jervis Middle School a kind and welcoming place. Members of the club participate in activities that will spread peace, kindness, and tolerance. We also hope to empower everyone to take a stand against bullying.
Advisors: Ashley Sparke & Donna Schutz
The Port Jervis Middle School Computer Club will meet every Tuesday after school in room 203. Students will be using computer programming and coding to create different interactive games and projects using the SCRATCH program.
Advisor: Gina Crescenzo
Cooking Club meets the second and third Tuesday of the month from 2:15 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. in Room 311. Students who join the Cooking Club are required to sign up with Amanda Coalla in room 311 before every meeting. This guarantees a spot at the meeting due to the high demand of participation and for food planning purposes. Cooking Club is great for students who are interested in expanding their cooking skills and learning about the world of food. Cooking Club also hosts bake sales after school throughout the year.
Advisor: Amanda Coalla
The PJMS Drama Club is open to all students. If you want to act, sing, and dance on stage, or if you are interested in the technical or backstage aspects of a drama production, consider joining the Drama Club. You will make new friends, gain self-confidence and learn about the joys of theater! No previous acting or theater experience is necessary to join. Once a show is in progress, a calendar will be posted monthly with rehearsal dates on it.
Advisor: Janet Prundl & Lynda Valentine
Within this club, students will work together and collaborate with community establishments that include Bon Secours Hospital and VFW’s in the city of Port Jervis, NY. Projects would include holiday cards for veterans and Bon Secours patients, and painting murals for display within the hospital and VFW buildings. In addition, community service would be encouraged by working around the VFW complexes cleaning up the area and building flower boxes. Hometown Heroes will begin meeting in the 4th quarter, every other Thursday in Room 108.
Advisor: Ryan Doyle
Junior Historians is a club for those who enjoy history. Together we will explore different topics as well as our local history. The club members’ interests will help determine our focus. We will use research and local resources to learn more about these topics.
Advisor: Trish Aumick
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, the NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1929. For more about the PJMS Chapter – click here.
Advisors: Kyle Ross & Erin Lehn
The Middle School newspaper is published each quarter by a staff of student reporters who write articles about the current happenings inside and outside or Port Jervis Middle School. The newspaper staff meets in Room 203 the 3rd Monday of every month after school.
Advisors: Gina Crescenzo & Ryan Doyle
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. This Mind-Challenging competition involves teamwork and original thinking. The team will meet Tuesday and Thursday from 2:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (practice times will increase as the competition gets closer).
Advisors: Kimberly Wragge & Sherry Wagner
We are a team of student and adult leaders who believe in staying true to ourselves. We recognize the negative pressures and influences around us, and choose to make our own decisions. We rise above pressures like putting down others to look cool; talking behind someone’s back, changing how we dress to fit in, and using drugs or alcohol. We value our reasons to rise above – our integrity, our family’s respect, our goals – and don’t let negative influences get in the way of our success. Our mission is to help our peers stay true to themselves by recognizing and rising above the pressures that surround them. Our voices and our actions are powerful. We have our peers’ backs and support those who stay true to themselves; even if that means standing up to what others think is cool. By being leaders ourselves, we set examples for how others can rise above and stay true to themselves. We are a strong influence to encourage others to think for themselves and make their own decisions. We implement several initiatives throughout the school year to raise awareness and improve the culture of the school.
Advisors: Erin Lehn & Kyle Ross
Peer Mediation is a group of students who are trained to act as mediators to resolve student disputes. Mediations take place at the Middle School throughout the school year. During the mediation sessions, two mediators are always present along with an advisor.
The mediator's job is to cover ground rules and ask questions in order to get the disputants to discuss their conflict. They ask as many open ended questions as needed to get the most information out of the disputants. The mediators never suggest a resolution; they are acting as counselors and paraphrasing to help the disputants come up with the resolution. At the end of each session, the resolutions are written down on a contract and each disputant must agree to the resolutions and sign the contract. The goal is to help the students resolve conflicts without having to involve the principal.
Advisor: Rick Graham
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Through Science Olympiad, students bond together and work toward a shared goal.
During the winter months, the Ski & Snowboard Club takes 6 weekly trips to Shawnee Mountain. Purchase of a Ski or Snowboard package is required. Ski and Snowboard package information will be available in early October. Don’t wait, space is limited and will be available on a first come/first serve basis.
Advisors: Peter Kowal
The Middle School Student Council consists of officers elected by the student body. The officers are responsible for planning and implementing various activities and big projects during the school year. All Port Jervis Student Council officers are leaders; they can expect to hold a large amount of responsibility and play a valuable role in their school. Student council officers meet frequently with the PJMS administrators to share ideas and opinions from the student body, coordinate school events, and increase school spirit. The PJMS Student Council organizes and runs activities including all PJMS dances and spirit weeks, the PJMS extracurricular club/sport social, fundraising for Wreaths Across America, planning and fundraising for the PJMS carnival, and much more.
Advisor: Amy Relyea
Video Club is held once/twice a month for 8th grade students. Students will have the opportunity to develop scripts, interview faculty and students, while learning how to work with a camera and software technology. This club is lined up with the character education initiative, as each month focuses on a certain theme, students will cover multiple facets having to do with the current theme
World Language Club
The World Language Club is a place to celebrate languages and cultures of the world. We select a country/language per month and focus on the traditions, holidays, food and music of that particular country. We welcome all 8th graders to join and delve deeper into the language they study, or find out about a new language! Our final celebration will be a field trip to put our language skills to use! The club will meet in Room 310 on Thursdays.
Advisors: Michele Abarbanel & Carmen Medina
The Middle School Yearbook club is held the 2nd Monday of every month in Room 203. The Yearbook staff is responsible for taking photographs of school activities and events throughout the year and creating page layouts and themes for the yearbook.
Advisors: Gina Crescenzo & Ryan Doyle