School-Sponsored Activities 2016-2017

& Student Initiated Activities

Bouldering Club:

Sponsor: Dan Lowndes, - 488-7380, John Williams, - 488-7376

Dates: Postponed due to a conflict with space / start dates is Friday, February 10th,  Mondays & Fridays

Where: Small Gym - Rock Wall

Time: 2:45 -3:30pm

Chessmates at Preston:

Led by : Zachary Bekkedahl - www. or 970-658-9976 call or text

Dates: Jan 25 / Feb 1, 8, 15, 22 / March 1, 8, 22, 29 / April 5, 12 19.

Where: N113

Engineering Brightness

Supervisor: For infromation  talk to  Mrs. Winey, 488-7385 , or Check out Engineering Brightness  online.

Requirements: Creativity, Curiosity, and Kindness.

Room: Media Center

Day/Time: Monday's after school until 3:45, Engineering Brightness Day Workshop flyer. Date is Oct 29th.

Description: Engineering Brightness is a global collaboration to help people who currently experience light poverty.  Preston students partner with students in Uganda, Honduras, Nicaragua, England, and Canada to engineer and manufacture 3D printed, hand held sustainable light.  Students who like to tinker, engineer and make the world a brighter place are welcome to attend.  The only thing students need to bring is their creativity, curiosity, and kindness.   Please see or see Mrs. Winey with questions.

Family, Career and Community Leadership of America (FCCLA)

Supervisor: Sally Vacante,, 488-7295

Room: N110

Day/Time: Thursdays , 2:45-4:00pm

Membership Requirements: Must be a past, current or future family and consumer science student.

Description: FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become strong leaders,  and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. FCCLA takes family and consumer science lerarning beyond the classroom and into practice with student-planned and implemented projects.

First Lego League

Supervisor: Shane Edler,, 488-7346

Room: S115

Day/Time: August- Mid-December


Forensics and Debate

Supervisor: Emily Schlehuber,, 970-222-5592

Room: N212

Day/Time: Sept 6 - May, 2:45-3:45 pm

Speech and Debat Tournament at Brentwood Middle School  -  February 24th.

Membership Requirements: 5-6 tournaments starting in October (1 per month), come to practice and learn a script, or research and prepare debates.

Description: Forensics and debate is a national organization that begins at the middle school leve,l and continues into high school and even college.  Students can participate in public forum debate, congressional debate, or individual events such as peotry, prose, humor, drama, impromtu, or duet acting at the middle school level.  Students compete against students from other schools around Northern Colorado and the Denver area to win ribbons and gain points fo rthe nation Junior Forensics League.  Students can attain scholarships to colleges if they continue on the high school level.  Come be a part of the team that's ranked 9th in the nation!


Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math  ** Meeting Oct. 27th, Halloween Chemistry, 2:45-4:00pm**

Supervisor:  Logan Burke,, 488-7331

Room: S103

Day/Time: All year, last Thursday of each month TIME: 2:45-4:00PM

Description:This is a girls-only club for any Preston girl interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Each month we  hold a meeting, activity, or field trip after school that focuses on a different area of science. All girls are welcome to come to as many meetings as they would like to, it is not required to attend all. Some previous examples of GSTEM meetings include: Halloween Chemistry, Circuit Greeting Cards, Little Shop of Physics, Heart Dissections, Rocks and Minerals Jewelry, and Environmental Learning Center nature hunt! We end the year with a state-wide GSTEM conference in Denver, meeting other girls from all over the state interested in STEM. Come learn, make friends, and discover some new areas of STEM with us!

Math Counts

Supervisor: Roslyn Stern,, 488-7300

Room : N211

Day/Time: Thursdays / 2:45-4:00pm

Membership Requirements: Love of math!

Model United Nations

Supervisor: Laura Barnes,,  488-7336  See flyer HERE for more information. 

Day / Time: Fridays from 2:45 - 3:15pm    PARENT MEETING MARCH 27TH @ 5:30 PM IN ROOM N110

Loaction: N116

Description: Students will compete in a mock United Nations simulation. (Dates for event will not be announced until February)

Orchestra -  See Website HERE for more information

Season Dates: year-long

Meeting Day: Thursday

Time: 2:45-4:00 P.M.

Location: C135 Orchestra Room

Membership Requirements: 6, 7, 8 String Student - audition required

Supervisor: Kris Rangel
Phone: 488-7315


Club Description:

String students who make this group through the auditon process will be playing more advanced string literature and will be exposed to Jazz music.  Students will have more opportunities to perform.

Robotics /  First Tech Challenge

(Current 8th graders only) Attention FTC Participants!!

Supervisor: Shane Edler,  , 970-214-4563

Day / Time: TBD @ Preston Middle School

Description: The First Tech Challenge is a competition that is designed to advance students in the building and programming of robots.  This competition uses the Tetrix building platform.  It is a step-up from Lego Robotics.


Sponsor: John Howe (coordinator),, 488-7302

Season Dates: For Preston: August 1 - March 15

Meeting Day: various - depending on the coach

Time: After School and weekends

Location: Preston Middle School

Fee: $25 (this covers Preston TARC team registration - anyone can register a team at  Teams must design and build their own rocket(s) to their specification.  Visit Apogee Rockets (Colorado) or Discount Rocketry or Sunward or Estes (Colorado) or others for supplies.

On Thursday, October 1, at 5 PM in the Preston Cafeteria we will have an informational meeting about the 2015-2016 TEAM AMERICA ROCKETRY CONTEST (TARC).  This aerospace competition is for 7th – 12th graders interested in rocketry.  The competition is well-explained at and is basically designing and building a custom rocket to loft an egg to a very specific altitude (as measured electronically) in a very specific timeframe and return the egg unbroken and rocket re-flyable (undamaged).
TARC is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, Raytheon, National Association of Rocketry, Lockheed-Martin and more.
TARC is low-cost ($125 team registration plus building materials and motors).
Howe will organize regular launches at a local property but teams can launch on their own at organized launches or other sites in compliance with the NAR Safety Code.
The meeting is open to everyone and will last about 45 minutes.
TARC teams will represent their own schools or organizations, not just Preston.
Feel free to forward this link to others who may be interested.

PRESTON Membership Requirements: TARC (Team America Rocketry Contest) is open for 7th - 12th Graders.  Teams are built around volunteer coaches.

To register for the TARC Workshop (September 19th at Preston Middle School) click HERE

Club Description: 

It IS rocket science! Preston 7th and 8th graders may compete in Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) where teams of 3-5 will design and build a rocket with non-metal parts carrying (raw) ‘eggstronauts’ to a precise altitude and the entire flight must take 48-50 seconds. The motor must be commercially made and a single motor or combination of motors may not exceed 80 Newton Seconds and ‘F’ or lower. The rocket at liftoff must weigh less than 650 grams.

Preston believes in the importance of Challenging Extra-Curricular Activities and has added TARC to First Lego League, MathCounts, Grand Challenges, and Science Olympiad as an option to go deep in STEM topics.

My own background with model rocketry had been limited to building Estes kits, launching them and feeling satisfied when I observed them after disappearing into the sky and coming to earth ‘somewhere’. After working with Preston TARC teams last year, I began to increase my knowledge and skills and am now NAR Level I certified and working on my Level II  (  Considering following me on Twitter @preSTEMhowe as I tweet a lot of rocketry news.

The TARC competition requires the teams to design and build custom rockets using design software. Cost limitations require that teams model their vehicles’ performance prior to doing it in real life; a launch can cost $15-$20!

Preston TARC teams will consist of 3-5 members.  Teams will be built around volunteer adult coaches. We will only be able to field 5 teams IF we have volunteer coaches.  Coaches do not need to have any expereince with rocketry and a membership in the National Association of Rocketry is highly recommended.  Competition teams must be comprised of 7th and 8th graders.  If we have personnel (volunteer coaches) we will also have a 6th grade ‘development’ team.  Rocketeers must maintain elegibility and have a track record of good citizenship and cooperation.  Rocketry, even at this level, requires safety consciousness.  Members should be able to focus on a task for 1-2 hours.  Want to know more about TARC? see for more information and official rules.

We expect to fly for our qualifying scores prior to spring break. Note that the rules allow for a ‘bonus’ flight early in the year.

A word about coaches… we need rocketry coaches and Team ‘moms and dads’ to bring snacks and help out. Coaches can come with no experience other than knowing how to spend time with their own son or daughter plus a couple of friends. The rest will be picked up/learned. Practices will consist of learning how to build model rockets, designing them using easy to learn software, attending small launches and then several Saturday launches with the Northern Colorado Rocketry Club  (NOTE: parents should come along for these launches!). Visit for details. Volunteer coaches may contact me,, for more information. Coaches must be PSD registered volunteers (volunteer registration) and practices must be held at Preston (or another PSD sites with arrangements).

Preston Air and Space will begin in early September. For time budgeting purposes, teams should plan on 2-3 hr/week plus launch weekends. As the TARC rules state, we (Preston Middle School) may field no more than 5 teams. Participants will be asked for a participation fee to help offset some of the cost for registration, equipment and materials.

Science Bowl

Supervisor: Ms. Burke,, 970-488-7300

 Room:  S103

Day / Time: Tuesdays from 2:45 - 4:00om

Membership Requirements: None

Description:​ In Science Bowl, teams made up of five students will compete in answering science questions as quickly and accurately as possible. The event is run in a similar way to Math Counts or team Jeopardy. This event is very fast-paced, intense, and tons of fun!  If you love being challenged in science, try out Science Bowl!

Science Olympiad

Supervisor: Elizabeth Loyd, Logan Burke,, , 970-488-7331

Season Dates: September - May

Meeting Day: Depends on your event, please contact supervisor for more info

Time: Depends on your event, please contact supervisor for more info

Location: Preston Middle School -  S110

Sign Up here. Mrs. Loyd will email final infromation to those who sign up.

What is Science Olympiad?

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets consisting of a series of 23 individual and team events. Students select events that interest them and meet with coaches for training once or twice a week.

Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Depending on the event signed up for, students can build a device, take a written test, answer questions verbally, or sometimes a combination of both. The great thing about it is that you can learn any of the subjects you are most interested in during the training. Science Olympiad is a great extra-curricular activity. We hope that you’ll join this year’s team. Check out the websites below for more information.

Science Olympiad Season:

9/19 Science Olympiad Kickoff Meeting/Informational Meeting

9/26 – 9/30 Science Olympiad Training Begins

Dates and Times vary based on events assigned.

1/23 – 11/27: Thanksgiving Recess. No Training Sessions

12/24 – 1/10: Winter Recess, No Training Sessions

1/28: Science Olympiad Invitational at Preston Middle School (7am to 6pm)


COMPETITION, CSU (7am to 6pm)

TBD (Late March/Early April): Invitational


Sustainable Design & Production (SDP)

Now hosted by Fossil Ridge HS.

Weight Training

Supervisors: Dan Lowndes, , 970-488-7380

Day / Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday when school is in session. 2:40-3:40pm. November - May

Location: Weight Room

Membership Requirements: Basic Fitness to perform exercises safely.

Description: We will learn and implement basic weight training techniques to create a routine that can be used three times a week.

Ultimate Frisbee League

Supervisor: Miranda Markland,

Location: W02 / Preston softball outfield

Days / Times:Mondays & Thursdays, 2:45 - 4:00pm,  August - November & March 9th  - May 25th.


 Comedy Club:

Supervisor: Time Allen,  Student sponsor: Gage Armbruster 

Time/Dates Oct. 10th - May 2017  Tuesdays & Fridays  2:45 - 4:00pm

Location: C134

FCA - Fellowship of Christian Athletes:

Supervisor: Lisa Needy, -  Student Sponsors include Josianne Beck, Jacob Hessler, Jack Howell, Grace McCormick, Kolby Needy & Wade Shields.

Time/Dates: Sept 2016 - 2017. - May, Wednesdays @ 7:00am - 7:35am

Location: N217

Spectrum Alliance:

Supervisor: Jill Simpson, - Student Sponsor - Kendall Roberts

Time/Dates: December 2016 - May 2017, Tuesdays from 2:45 - 4:00pm

Location: N210

Table Tennis Club:

Sponsor: Dawn Dupriest, Shari Grosenbach, Student Sponsor - Luke Rasmussen

Time/Dates: December 2016 - 2017, Tuesdays, 2:45 - 4:00 pm

Location: Cafeteria

Writing Club:

Supervisor: Natalie Dudley   Student Sponsor: Kerem Gurkan

Time:Dates: Fridays, 2:35 - 3:00pm

Location: S212