School-Sponsored Activities 2017-2018

& Student Initiated Activities

* Preston Clubs Quick View *

Bouldering Club:

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

Dates:  Information to come Start in January - May

Where: Small Gym - Rock Wall


Chessmates at Preston:

Led by :



Engineering Brightness

Supervisor: Mrs. Winey, 488-7385 , or Check out Engineering Brightness  at

Requirements: Creativity, Curiosity, and Kindness.

Room: Media Center

Day/Time: Monday's after school until 3:45.  *** FIRST MEETING*** SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2017

Description: Please watch this video to find out more about Engineering Brightness:  VIDEO Ignite Tomorrow Today: Engineering Brightness

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-Robotics

Team # 1 - Coach: Tracy Fendley and Piper Carter: Team Members: Abigail Fendley - Audrey Carter - Joanna Cavenaugh - Sophia Harding - Niyati Kuntumalla - Frankie McCoy Practice Time: Monday & Thursday after school until 4pm.

Team #2 Coach: TBD ???? - Team Members: Andy Putman - Andy Putman - Nikolas Theysohn - Ian Alder - Sam Martino - Alex Hill

Team #3: Coach: Robin Lueck- Team Members: Case Lueck - Casey Ehleither - Allen MacFarland - Hays Fyten - Gage - Drew Gough

Team #4: Coach: Jeremy Johnson - Team Members: Quentin Perez-Wahl - Grayden Pustilnik - Gunner Johnson - Ryan Tally - Jeremiah Hirschi - Alex BanThuynePractice Time: Monday 6:00 to 8:00pm & Wednesday 4:30-6:30 pm

- I would like to start scheduling practices for next week, so coaches please contact me with your availability.

 - We are in desperate need of coaches.  Please be advised that your student’s team isn’t guaranteed until we find at least one coach for each team.

- If you are interested, please email me at as soon as possible.

Please review Flyer HERE

Supervisor: Shane Edler,, 488-7346

Room: S115

Day/Time: August- Mid-December

Description: Does your child like to build things?  Do they enjoy programming?  Is your child interested in robotics?  If so, F.L.L (First Lego League) might be the right extracurricular activity for your student.  F.L.L. teams are made up of 5-7 students and allow students the chance to build, program, and compete while using the EV3 Mindstorms robotics kits. 

Preston will be hosting an optional  parent/student informational meeting August 29,2017 from 5:30 to 6:00.  We will discuss all of the requirements for Preston robotics.  We will also reveal the 2017 season missions.

Preston robotics will also be hosting a REQUIRED team building day for all students that plan on participating in F.L.L. at Preston.  Teams will be assigned that morning and adjusted if necessary.  The team building day will be on September 9,2017 (Saturday) from 9am to 11am at Preston MS.  Whether your student is a rookie robot builder or if they have already competed in F.L.L before, the team building day is required for everyone.  We will go over the FIRST core values, do some exciting team building challenges and get a chance to work on some robots.  Please have your student plan on attending. 

Preston robotics will also need adult volunteers to help coach and mentor the different teams.  If you are interested in helping out, we will have a coaches/mentors training during the team building day on September 2,2017 as well. 

Forensics and Debate

Supervisor: Emily Schlehuber,, 970-222-5592

Room: S 201

Day/Time: Sept 12 - May, 2:45-3:45 pm - Meet on Tuesdays

Speech and Debat Tournament:

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 level, and continues into high school and even college.  Students can participate in public forum debate, congressional debate, or individual events such as poetry, prose, humor, drama, impromptu, 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 for the 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 continuing to grow and sweep the state!


Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math 

Supervisor:  Logan Burke,, 488-7331

Room: S103

Day/Time: All year, last Thursday of each month TIME: 2:45-4:00PM  NO MEETING IN DECEMBER OR MAY

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!

Jazz 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 - Email:

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.

Math Counts

Supervisor: Roslyn Stern,, 488-7300

Room : N211

Day/Time: Thursdays / 2:45-4:00pm - First Meeting October 26, 2017 - March 22, 2018

Membership Descrpiption:  MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school competitive mathematics program that promotes math achievement through a series of fun and engaging contests.  The program is geared towards students who love math, problem solving and pattern recognition.  We learn ways to figure out tricks to solve math problems in unique and quick ways.  The after-school program meets weekly on Thursdays to practice and top students have the opportunity to represent Preston at a district, regional, and state level (and possibly even at the national level!).  The competition is a bit like a spelling bee, but with math!  Most aspects of the competition have a time component...who can get the correct answer first or who can answer the most correct answers in the time allotted.  We also have a 6th-hour elective class for students who are interested in a math enrichment but may or may not be interested in the competition aspect. Subject matter includes algebra, geometry, combinatorics, counting, and number theory.

Model United Nations

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

Preston Model United Nations

Day / Time: First meeting November 3rd - 2:45pm - 3:30pm - Meetings on Fridays

Loaction: N116

Description: The Colorado Model United Nations project provides students an opportunity to:

  • Learn about cultures, governments and peoples of nations throughout the world.
  • Use research skills, writing skills and written & oral communications skills.
  • Develop critical thinking skills, problem solving skills and evaluative skills.
  • Debate current global issues and world problems.
  • Practice and use leadership skills in a real life global simulation.
  • Understand the need for peace and conflict resolution throughout the world.

The Colorado Model UN Project involves research and investigation over the course of a school year, culminating in a 1 ½ day “UN Simulation
Session” during which time students in grades 6-8 learn about the complete operations of the United Nations and its role as the world’s largest
international peacekeeping and humanitarian organization. Through the process of role-playing, students become delegates of a selected nation in order to write, present and debate issues affecting the nations and peoples of the world. Additionally, students may present culturally based talent, participate in global education contests and debate current issues from the agenda of the United Nations.

This will be an amazing opportunity for students to work collaboratively while engaging in the best form of authentic learning!

The two day "UN Simulation Session" will be held at Colorado Mountain College in Steamboat Springs, CO in May of 2018.

NaNo WriMo (National Novel Writing Month)

Time & Dates: Start Date- October 30,2017 first meeting @ 7:25am in room S212

Sponsors: Natalie Dudley and Joy Decker

Info meeting is Monday, Oct. 30th at 7:15 am in Mrs. Dudley’s room (S212) or see Mrs. Dudley or Mrs. Decker for details before November 1st!

Pumas! November is almost here and with that, brings a fun opportunity for all you creative writers! NaNoWriMo, also known as National Novel Writing Month, is a chance to put your creative writing to the test.  Your mission: Write an entire novel in just one month!  Last year, we had 37 participants at Preston, from all grade levels.  This year, let’s beat that! Come be one of over 300,000 participants worldwide who tries to make your NaNoWriMo writing goal.  It’s low pressure and really fun to connect with our writing community at Preston.  

If you are interested in joining us this year, or just want to know more, come to our informational meeting with Mrs. Decker and Mrs. Dudley on Monday, October 30th at 7:15 am in room S212.  We’ll help you get set up to participate for the month of November.  We’ll meet each Monday in November at 7:15 am for any writers who want to check in and support each other.  You can also still participate even if you can’t make the morning meetings.  Just come ask Mrs. Decker or Mrs. Dudley for details and to get set up.  LET THE WRITING BEGIN!

Outing Club - see Permission Slip Page for Current Outing Club Adventures

Sponsers: Mrs. Benton and Dan Lowndes

Day/Time: Sept - May

Description: The outing club meets during the calendar school year. The club is designed for students to be able to pick and choose activities that they would like to participate. All activities are announced on school-wide announcements.

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: Beginning in October - Tuesdays from 2:45 - 4:00pm

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,, , 970-488-7332

Season Dates: Starts the weekend of September 25th. Mrs. Loyd will give more information directly.

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

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

Location: TBD

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.

Registration  -  Google Slides  -  Event Descriptions - Event Schedule 

Weight Training

Supervisors: Dan Lowndes, , 970-488-7380

Day / Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday when school is in session. 2:45-3:45pm. Start date October 23, 2017

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   - May.


 FCA - Fellowship of Christian Athletes:

Supervisor: Lisa Needy, and Bo Carr  -  Student Sponsors include Jacob Grosenbach, Zander Reese, Caden Reese & Ella Corrigan.

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

Location: N217

Description: "Start your day off with donuts, friends, games and a devotion time. Open to all students, not just students involved in athletics."

Spectrum GSA (Gay Straight Alliance):

Supervisor: Jill Simpson, - Student Sponsor - Kendall Roberts

Time/Dates: September 1 & 15 : October 13 : November 3 & 17 : December 15 : January 19 : February 2 & 16 : March 2 : April  27 &  May 18 All meetings are from 2:45-4:00 

Location: N210