|Club Activities have been going very strong
at the Middle School. We make every effort to encourage all children to
take part in some extra-curricular activity.
participated in developing good habits around the school for all student to
have planted trees and plants as part of an ongoing project work. Our members have
been recognized in newsletters. Students have been going to the
Passaic River and conducting river studies. Students will be competing
again in the World Series of Birding. The children have also been very
active in the recycling program we have at the Middle School, collecting white
paper, cans, and biodegradable food scraps that are left from the lunch program.
Classroom rewards are available for participating.
Children have been working on activities that
are in the National Young Astronauts program. We are again
charter members in good standing in this nationally acclaimed organization.
Children study astronomy, aerodynamics, and rocketry. Students
create and launch rockets.
NAMS Boys/Girls Intramural
Two times a week our NAMS Boys and Girls Intramural
volleyball program takes place. The girls play on one day and the boys
another. The students practice fundamentals of the
game (setting, bumping, rotation, keeping score) and enjoy playing.
NAMS Student Council
Our student council has been very active this
year. We have run canteen dances to collect food for the needy of
our community, placed spirit posters around our school, planned events
that help out our community, collecting food and clothing for the needy
and doing some tutoring, to name a few activities we have done. We
will be having Student Government Day in the spring.
The students will be going to meet the Mayor of North Arlington, the Bergen
County Executive, and possibly the Governor if he is available.
This club uses our outstanding Paxton Laboratory
technology room. Students work on any of thirteen high technology
modules such as Computer Assisted Drafting, Laser Technology, Biotechnology,
Structural Analysis, etc.
NAMS Viking Bands
NAMS has two bands, the Mighty
Blue Viking Band (6th Grade), and the Viking Band (7th & 8th Grade), a major
part of the instrumental music program, and is a year-round course along with
instrumental lessons. Both bands perform Holiday and Spring concerts; the
Halloween Parades at the elementary schools and the Borough’s annual Memorial
Day Parade. The bands have also performed at the Bergen County Elementary/Middle
School Band Festival and the High Notes Festivals at Great Adventure. Mr. Peter
M. Nicolle is the director of both groups.
The NAMS Chorus is open to students from
6th, 7th and 8th grades that have a desire to perform vocally. The Chorus meets
after school once a week, and performs at the annual Holiday and Spring
Concerts. Ms. Emily Corcoran is the director.
The MathCounts Club
The MathCounts Club has been practicing their
mathematics skills and formulas. They compete with other schools
at Farleigh Dickinson University each February. This year
we were awarded The Most Improved School Award.
The Peer Mediation Club
This club has put on demonstrations for the rest
of the students at the middle school to explain exactly what the program
is about. The students themselves have been trained. They meet
to discuss conflict issues and attempt to resolve problems their middle
school peers are having.
NAMS Drama Club -
Our NAMS Drama Club prepares diligently for our Drama
Club musical productions each year.
There are three performances, one for the entire student body and two in
the evenings for the NAMS community-at-large.
There were well over 250 people in our
gym to see this spectacular the night of the performance.
Yearbook Committee -
The yearbook committee, which is made up of one
teacher, some parents, students, and the Principal, meet as needed, to
work on aspects of our professionally published NAMS Yearbook. Each
year, we have sold over 300 copies of our yearbook. We have
also been advisors to other middle schools interested in producing middle
NAMS Peer Leadership
The North Arlington Middle School has been one of
two schools in Bergen County selected by the State Department of Education
to Participate in the New Jersey Middle School Peer Leadership Initiative
(NJMSPLI). Students worked with three advisors to create programs for our
school that emphasize the dangers of substance abuse. We have had guest
speakers part of this program. The program has assisted in our