Clubs and Activities

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Climbing Club John Williams jwilliams@psdschools.org W04 Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:05-4:00pm
Pumas will learn proper techniques on the climbing wall in the Preston gym.
FCCLA Sally Vacante svacante@psdschools.org N110 Mondays 3:00-4:00
FCCLA (Family, Career, Community Leaders of America) 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 learning beyond the classroom and into practice with student-planned and implemented projects. We will focus on relationship and community building, to connect with others and make new friends as we begin this new school year. We will participate in community service projects throughout the year, determined by the students. This club is student-led, so you decide what we focus on. All are welcome!
GSTEM Anne Tarkinson atarkinson@psdschools.org S111 Tuesdays, 9/28, 11/2, 2/1, 3/1, 4/26 3:10-4:30
This is a club for any Preston girl interested in exploring Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math and beyond. One to two times per quarter, we will have activities after school that focus on a different area of STEM. 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!  Come learn, make friends, and discover some new areas of STEM with us!
Jazz Orchestra Josh Greiner jgreiner@psdschools.org C135 Thursdays 3:00-4:00
String students who make this group through the audition process will be playing more advanced string literature and will be exposed to varying styles of music including Jazz literature.  Students selected for this ensemble demonstrate strong musicianship as well as character qualities such as leadership, personal responsibility, and a willingness to push past their comfort zone for growth.
Math Counts Roslyn Stern rstern@psdschools.org N211 Thursdays 3:10-4:15
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. This program meets 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!). Subject matter includes algebra, geometry, combinatorics, counting, and number theory.
Outing Club John Williams
Chrissy Benton
Steph Pitner
jwilliams@psdschools.org
cbenton@psdschools.org
spitner@psdschools.org
TBD TBD TBD
The outing club is an opportunity for students to get outside with other students and staff. The goal is to host one outing club event per month (Exception: December). The dates and times vary each month, students will need to listen to morning announcements for information about upcoming events. Permission slips will be located in the main office. Students are encouraged to drop in on any event that sounds interesting, no experience is necessary.
QSA (Queer Straight Alliance) Andie Cobb acobb@psdschools.org S118 Tuesdays 3-4pm
QSA is a group of kids that are bound by inclusivity at their core.  The Queer Straight Alliance is for members who identify as anything under the queer umbrella (LGBTQ+), trans students, and any allies that want to come show support and to widen their community of friends. We frequently have staff who come to show support for ALL our Pumas. Our club facilitates activities that build friendships and a positive community. Some meetings we may play games, make art together, or just enjoy one another in conversation. Our QSA club sponsor does not teach any content, just promotes inclusivity at Preston Middle School. 
Robotics/First Tech Challenge Shane Edler sedler@psdschools.org TBD TBD TBD
(Current 8th Graders Only) The First Tech Challenge is a competition that is designed to advance students in the building and programming of robots.  FTC is the next step in the FIRST progression of robotics.  This competition uses the Tetrix building platform that has students create metal robots using servos and motors to operate them.  It is the next level of competition after Lego Robotics. Fee is $100.
Science Bowl Logan Burke loganb@psdschools.org S103 Tuesdays After school beginning in Dec.
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 Elizabeth Loyd eloyd@psdschools.org Varies by event Varies by event Varies by event
Love science or math? Then Science Olympiad is for you! Join our award-winning club and make new friends while learning more about science. Students select events that interest them and meet with coaches weekly. Students compete against other schools at the local, state, and national level. There are 23 events that cover a wide range of topics, including science, technology, engineering, and math. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation. Use this Link to see the events and descriptions
Speech and Debate Ryan Martine rymartin@psdschools.org N205 Tuesdays 7-8am
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!
Ultimate Frisbee Miranda Markland mmarkland@psdschools.org W03 Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:00-4:00pm
Guess who’s back (back again)?  Frisbee’s back – tell a friend.  If you want to join a free, low-commitment sport for all grades and genders, come check out Ultimate club after school. Please bring clothes and shoes you can run in, your own water bottle, and a friend.  You don’t need to know anything about Ultimate to join- we’ll teach you everything you need to know!  Email Ms. Markland at mmarkland@psdschools.org with questions.
Weightlifting Dan Lowndes
John Williams
dlowndes@psdschools.org
jwilliams@psdschools.org
W04 Mondays & Wednesdays 3:05-4pm
Open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Free of charge.

Student Initiated Clubs

Supported by teachers, but created by students.  

Dungeons and Dragons John Matsutani jmatsutani@psdschools.org N216 Thursdays 3:00-4:15pm
Dungeons and Dragons Club is a student-led organization that runs on Thursdays after school until about 4:15 in Mrs. Charron's class, N216. D&D is a tabletop roll-playing game in a fictional, fantasy setting that involves basic mathematics, cooperation, problem solving, but most of all, imagination. Players create a character such as a noble knight or a powerful wizard while being led by the Dungeon Master through an adventure.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Lisa Needy lneedy@psdschools.org N202 Wednesday 7:30-8:05
FCA(Fellowship of Christian Athletes) is  faith-based,  student initiated meetings that provide an opportunity for kids to build community and  have fun together through games,  fellowship, and donuts! Anyone is welcome to join us on Wednesday mornings before school from 7:30-8:00!