School Life
Co-curricular Activities

Middle School

Middle School leadership, enrichment and club offerings allow students to develop skills, explore new passions or enhance current interests. Through their participation, students find themselves broadening both intellectually and socially. Further, they cultivate their skills as leaders and as compassionate contributors to both the Benjamin community and the community at large. At the end of each semester, there is a club exposition in the quad where each club presents a demonstration of their semester’s work.

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  • Student Participation

    Consistent attendance and active participation offer students the opportunity to satisfy the activity requirement.  Attendance is taken and effort is assessed to this end; in order to receive club credit, a student must miss no more than one of the eight club meetings during the school year. If such absence is unavoidable, a student in this situation must consult with the club advisor as to how the missed meetings might be made up.  
  • Schedule

    Meeting and attendance times and requirements vary. See individual requirements below for information. All clubs have over an hour a month to meet on a designated day called “Club Afternoons”. Therefore, all students must join a club.   
  • Registration Procedure

    Students complete a form stating their first five club choices during advisory the first week of school. However, the sign up and matriculation policy for enrichment classes differs from class to class; see requirements below.  Enrichment mini courses fulfill the club requirement but are more time consuming and go deeper into detail than regular clubs. Thus, clubs below that are marked “mini courses” not only fulfill the club requirement, but they also provide the opportunity for a grade and a point of credit towards one’s academic record. Most importantly, these mini courses provide an opportunity to explore a subject in detail, bond with one’s co-members and faculty advisors, and often work toward participation in district and national competitions.

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  • TV Broadcasting

    Name: Nicholas Crisafi

    Precis: TV Broadcasting - This club allows students to become familiar with television production practices. The goal is to produce a weekly news broadcast for the entire Middle School. Students receive hands-on training with HD video cameras, sound equipment, non-linear digital editing software (Adobe Premier), journalistic reporting and newsroom practices.

    Number of Members in Club: 12

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members: Grades 6-7 only
  • Spanish Club

    Name: Chuck Maddox

    Precis
    : Spanish Club - Do you love the Spanish language and culture? Do you find yourself wishing you could travel to a Spanish-speaking country to experience Latin American life first hand? Join the Spanish club to experience all things Latin American. From cooking to eating to movies to dancing, Spanish club is the place for you.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 20

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A
  • Creative Writing Club

    Name: Denise Ponchock

    Precis
    : Creative Writing Club - Creative Writing Club members explore and read a myriad of poems, excerpts from dramas and novels, and gripping short stories all with the end goal of creating brilliant and engaging original work. Students have a deep love of writing, an appreciation for great writers, an opportunity to explore their writer's voice and enthusiasm! The Creative Writing Club names the literary magazine, generates writing for the literary magazine and organizes contests and events to encourage Middle School students to write for the magazine.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 10-14

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A
  • Chess Club

    Name: Tony DiGiovanni

    Precis
    : Chess Club - Chess is a fun game of strategy. It has been played on our planet for over 1500 years, and it has withstood the test of time. The brain receives many benefits from playing chess, such as an increase in IQ, more creativity, improved memory, problem solving skills, concentration and reading skills. The Chess Club is for students who like to play chess or have an interest in learning how to play.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 15

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members: N/A
  • Foreign Language Through Film

    Name: Marci York and Diana Rios

    Precis
    : Foreign Language Through Film - Students watch a variety of movies related to foreign countries, languages or cultures. Some of these movies have PG-13 ratings due to the mature thematic material involving a variety of topics. These topics include but are not limited to: WW II and the Holocaust; illegal immigration from South and Central America to the U.S; inner-city schools and their sometimes violent social problems in modern-day Paris, etc. Some of the movies we will be watching include: Maricela, Life is Beautiful, El Norte, The Class, and Sarah's Key.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 20

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : Grades 7-8 only
  • Harry Potter Club

    Name: Anne Mack and Mallory Gleason

    Precis
    : Harry Potter Club - This club is for the muggleborn to explore all things Harry Potter. Students create props from the Harry Potter books and films, complete character analyses and write fan fiction. Club members recreate many aspects of the Harry Potter books, including a quidditch match held at the end of the school year.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 20

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A
  • Chinese Culture & Conversation Club

    Name: Noela Kantor

    Precis
    : Chinese Culture and Conversation Club - Students experience the art, history, music, film and food of the land behind the great wall. Enrollment in Chinese class is not required, but students of Chinese find opportunities to practice what they've learned in language skills as they learn about Chinese culture and life.

    Number of members in Club
    : 15

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members: N/A
  • Random Acts of Kindness Club

    Name: Rachel Rudner and Piper Crisafi and Catherine Broadhead

    Precis
    : Random Acts of Kindness Club - This club is for students who enjoy making others feel good about themselves, recognized and appreciated. At each club meeting, students decide upon a group or an individual in our community who could benefit from an act of kindness. They then come up with crafty, inventive and kind ideas to celebrate the benefactor(s).

    Number of members in Club
    : 15

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A
  • Art Enrichment Mini Course

    Name: Nancy McAllister

    Precis
    : Art Enrichment Mini Course - This is a mini course and has obligatory before-school meetings twice a week (Tuesdays, Thursdays and at club meeting times). This club earns students a grade and a half credit on their transcript each quarter. It is, in other words, a club and enrichment course. Art Enrichment is designed for students who love to create, draw and paint! Artists will work on a group project, as well as on individual projects throughout the school year.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 12

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : Grades 7-8 only

    Any Prerequisites for Joining the Club
    : MUST LOVE ART
  • Sustainable Landscape Beautification

    Name: Gabriele St. Martin and Mandy Sukhu

    Precis
    : Sustainable Landscape Beautification - Are you creative? Are you artistic? Students help to snazz up the landscape at Benjamin using sustainable products during a creative process. Examples include rock animals/designs, pot animal/designs, etc. The goal is to enhance our garden spaces with student created masterpieces!

    Number of Members in Club
    : 22

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A
  • Debate Club

    Name: Marshall Mullnix

    Precis
    : Debate Club - Do you like to express your opinions? Do you like to argue? Do current events interest you? Do you like to perform for an audience? Do you often persuade your parents to let you stay up a little later or to allow you to go to the movies on Friday nights with your friends? If so, then Debate Club may be for you. In this club, students explore the art of public speaking and debating through mock Congresses, the Lincoln-Douglas style of Debate, and acting out duos. Members of the debate team learn the most effective ways to debate and research, present a theatrical piece, engage in stimulating conversations with peers and meet students from area middle schools as they compete in tournaments against them.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 15

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : Grades 7-8 only
  • Wordly Wise

    Name: Bob Bayless

    Precis
    : Wordly Wise - Did you know the word “salary” comes from the fact that Roman soldiers used to be paid in salt? Want to know more interesting word facts? Want to knock the SAT’s out of the park, improve your writing, be the star of every classroom discussion and win not only the Benjamin spelling bee, but go all the way to Scripps National Spelling Bee? Wordly Wise is a club that explores words, where they come from and how their meanings change and develop. Club members look into how slang develops and why we speak the way we do. Wordly Wise members build a mammoth vocabulary and purposefully prepare for the Benjamin spelling bee all year long so that one of them can win it! Other fun Wordly Wise activities include films, short stories and documentaries that discuss spelling, words and etymology.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 15

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A
  • Robotics Club

    Name: Gabriele St. Martin, Sara Featherston

    Precis
    : Robotics Club - Are you a technology guru? Do you love robots? If your answer is yes, be a part of the Lego Mindstorm Robotics Competition Team. This team competition is similar to the Robotics Team in the Upper School We will compete against other schools using the Lego Mindstorm Robots. This club/course does, however, include a time commitment. Meetings will occur two mornings per week in addition to club meetings. As the competitions draw near, additional meetings may have to be arranged. Teamwork! Robots!! Technology!!! Fun!!!! Come join us!

    Middle School Hosts Lego League Tournament

    Number of Members in Club
    : 10

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : Grades 7-8, unless pre-approved by the teacher
  • Fishing Club

    Name: Ed Chaplin

    Precis
    : Fishing Club - This club has the following goals and objectives:
    1. Students become more knowledgeable of the local marine habitats, ecosystems, coastal tides, and waves.
    2. Students learn to identify and catch an assortment of fresh and saltwater fish.
    3. Students learn fishing knots and rope knots that are used in boating.
    4. Students learn water and boating safety with the option of taking the Florida Boater’s safety course which is mandatory for any person at the helm of a vessel in Florida.
    5. An essay contest and casting tournament will decide the winners of two prepaid entrees into the North Palm Beach Fishing Tournament held in late August each year.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 15

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A

    Any Prerequisites for Joining the Club: Students must have parental permission to join club as students will be working with hooks and there is a charge of about 15 dollars if the student wishes to complete the Florida’s Boater Safety Course.
  • Math Enrichment

    Name: Cathy Hansen

    Precis
    : Math Enrichment - This club is for students who wish to have fun with math by application. Students will discover new math apps, play math games and take time to enrich their math skills.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 10 - 15

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A

    Any Prerequisites for Joining the Club
    : A desire to have fun with math!
  • Sewing & Crafts Club

    Name: Susan Poncy

    Precis
    : Sewing Club: Sewing and Crafts Club - Students are taught by the owner of Eco-Shanty in Tequesta, Florida. The Eco-Shanty Boutique is a D.I.Y. Boutique. Students learn the fundamentals of sketching, designing and the basic skills of sewing utilizing recycled fabrics. Students begin with a fashion sketch book, create their own designs, then apply their designs onto their own apparel, creating one of a kind clothing. Students also have the opportunity to bring in some of their own clothing items to decorate.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 10

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A

    Any Prerequisites for Joining Club
    : There is a $15 per session charge, total: $150 per student.
  • Ukulele Club

    Name: Andrew Winter

    Precis
    : Ukulele Club - Do you want to become a better ukulele player or are you just getting started? Do you want to be the life of the party playing songs for all your friends? Join Mr. Winters and other ukulele players in this great club. This fun and popular instrument is easy to learn. Soon you will be playing your favorite tunes. Mr. Winters can give you the information needed if you want to buy an instrument.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 12

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A

    Any Prerequisites for Joining Club
    : Must bring ukulele
  • Inspiration Club

    Name: Jeff Cavallo and Greg Keller

    Precis
    : Inspiration Club - Join Mr.Cavallo and Coach Keller as they explore moments in history (sports and otherwise), passages from various books, poems, movie clips, mini-videos, songs, articles, stories and real-life experiences that will inspire you and change how you look at the world.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 20

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A
  • Odyssey of the Mind Mini Course

    Name: Bruce Duncan and Carol Labzda: Engineering Problem / Kathleen Devine/ Cristina James: Classics Problem

    Precis
    : Odyssey of the Mind Mini Course - This is a mini course and has obligatory before school meetings twice a week TBA. This club earns students a grade and a half credit on their transcript for each quarter. It is, in other words, a club and enrichment course. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. We want to win this year!!!! Let’s do it! Last year we made it as far as 5th place in regionals, having taken 1st place at districts. Let’s get two teams to internationals next year and win.

    Number of Members for the Classic Problem
    : 8

    Number of Members for the Engineering Problem
    : 8

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A

    Any Prerequisite
    : Recommendation of a former teacher and instructor approval. This is a big commitment. A wish to be part of a team and think creatively and compete are also valuable assets! We will meet two mornings a week before school and during Friday club time. Close to the competition in February we will have to come in a few weekends. A half credit of academic credit is earned for being in this club!
  • Eating for Life!

    Name: Erica Lazarus

    Precis
    : Eating for Life! Do you want to know how to eat healthily? Make good choices when you are at a restaurant? Cook your own healthy food to maximize your health and performance as an athlete? Make up your own healthy recipes? This the club for you! Join athlete Ms. Laz in this club that will feature lots of delicious food to sample!

    Number of Members in Club
    : 12

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A

    Any Prerequisite
    : N/A
  • Worldly Wise

    Name: Charles Hagy and Pam Quigley

    Precis
    : Worldly Wise - Love Mr. Hagy and Mrs. Quigley? Love Geography? Love bees? Well, you are in luck! Join Mr. Hagy on a quest to learn local and world geography. In our current society when so much is happening in international politics, it is important to know where events are playing out and how geography shapes these events. What is more, you will be preparing to be the winner of the first ever Benjamin school geography bee and go on to the state wide event.

    Number of Members in Club
    : 12

    Any Age Restrictions on Club Members
    : N/A
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