Clubs & Activities
Our students are often thirsty for more. Just because the final bell rings doesn’t mean we are finished. Extracurricular programming provides exciting opportunities for our students to try new activities or delve deeper into areas of passion.
Get involved. Have fun!
Students participate in, lead, and even create school clubs based on their unique interests and talents. Our ever-changing list of dozens of clubs and activities across campus offers students abundant opportunities to explore their passions and discover new ones, and to connect and have fun with peers and faculty who share similar interests.
- Junior Beta Club ( Example format)
- Elementary Battle of the Books
- Sumobot Lego Robotics Club
- Lego League
The National BETA Club was founded in 1934, and has become the nation's largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization.
Our Junior BETA Club is an honor organization that recognizes outstanding academic achievement, promotes strong moral character and social responsibility, encourages service to others, fosters leadership skills, and provides settings for you to develop strong interpersonal skills.
This organization is open to 7th and 8th grade students by invitation only who meet all requirements.
Meeting dates will be updated at the beginning of the school year.
The standards established for membership in the Junior Beta Club are in compliance with guidelines required by the National Beta Club organization and the Catawba County School district. The basic qualifications for membership are “worthy character, good mentality, creditable achievement, and commendable attitude.”
Prerequisites for Membership:
- Membership is by invitation only.
- Membership is limited to students in grades seven and eight who are functioning at or above grade level as determined by End of Grade tests from the previous year. End-of-Grade testing score must be a Level 3, 4, or 5.
- A 90.0 in all core academic courses and electives: language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and electives
- Students must receive an (S) satisfactory or (I) improving conduct grade from each classroom teacher. A student may not receive an (N) needs to improve or (U) unsatisfactory.
- No more than one office referral and no Out of School Suspension.
Standards for Maintaining Membership:
A 90.0 in core academic classes and elective classes
The standard of conduct for membership must be maintained.
Students who do not maintain the identified grade or identified standard of conduct are subject to one of the following disciplinary actions. These actions may be involved at the end of any nine week academic period.
Probation—The club sponsor issues a warning that membership criteria are not being met. A nine week grading period is given to correct the deficiencies. All club privileges are maintained. If after a nine week period, the academic deficiency and/or misconduct are not corrected, and/or if the academic deficiency and misconduct occurs again, the student will be expelled and be ineligible to return during the 7th and 8th grade school terms.
Expulsion—Removal of the student’s name from the Junior Beta Club roll. Any infraction resulting in an out-of-school suspension will result in automatic expulsion and ineligibility to return during the 7th and 8th grade school terms.
When students are placed on probation or expelled from the Beta Club, parents and students shall be notified in writing.
What is Battle of the Books?
Battle of the Books is a motivational reading and comprehension program that challenges students to read books at various reading levels. Students in grades fourth through sixth are exposed to quality literature representing a variety of literary styles and viewpoints. Battle of the Books is a quiz-bowl like competition in which students answer questions that come from a specific list of books.
Examples of Competition and Practice Questions:
In which book does a character state, “Being a mother is like trying to hold a
wolf by the ears”?
Answer: Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
In which book is an alarm set off just for fun?
Answer: Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Teams get two points for the correct title and one point for the correct author. If the team answers incorrectly the other team has an opportunity to steal the question and receives two points for the correct title. Using a game format for the competition creates interest and excitement in reading.
What are the 15 required books for the 2020-2021 School Year?
This link will show you the books for this year. Students may begin reading the books at any time and are encouraged to read over the summer. At our first meeting, we will set a reading schedule.
Battle of the Books Required Reading List
Criteria to make the competition team
Read the required 15 books from the required reading list. Students must be strong, fluent readers as they will be reading about one novel per week. All reading takes place on the student's own time.
Learn all 15 authors’ first and last names for each book on the required reading list.
Complete an online quiz for each book read from the program My BOB team. Students must score an 80 or better to earn credit for reading this book. Scores below an 80 will not count. Students must reread the book and take the quiz again.
Have good classroom behavior. Battle of the Books is a TEAM sport. Students must have a pleasant attitude and be able to work well with others.
Students must be able to attend practice either before or after school at least once a week.
Battle of the Books Team 2019-2020...Murray came in 2nd place!!!
Sumobot Lego Robotics Club is for 5th and 6th graders. Lego robotics is designed to get children excited about engineering and technology. Students will build and program a robot to push another robot out of a ring.
Requirements: Be in 5th or 6th grade. Have a ride home from practice that is after school. Complete an application and teacher recommendation. To stay in the club. one most keep up good grades and behavior.
FLL Jr. or "Lego Club" is for 2nd through 5th graders who are interested in creating projects with Legos. Each year there is a theme and students work together in groups to solve a problem based on that theme. Previous themes have been water, space, and cities. Students program their creations to move with an iPad. Lego Club is a lot of fun, but is also a lot of work! Students will compete in a competition at the end of the semester with other schools to display and talk about their creations. There are two sessions of Lego, a Fall and a Spring session. Students must have good behavior in class and be hardworking.