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Extracurricular Offerings

Exploring passions, developing character


The Joseph Sears School encourages all students to get involved in at least one of the school's many extracurricular offerings. Extracurricular offerings afford students with opportunities to explore their interests and practice creative thinking in a fun, enjoyable setting.

The Joseph Sears School offers three types of extracurricular programming to meet the needs of its students:


Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular Activities are extracurriculars that students may freely attend as needed or by choice.

Art Lunch

Art Lunch provides students with an opportunity to explore various art techniques as they work on independent art projects.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 2-8
  • Contact: Ms. Karolina Bajkowska
  • Meetings: Thursday during the lunch period

Homework Lunch

Homework Lunch is an opportunity for students to work on assignments or classwork with a teacher during lunchtime.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 5-8
  • Contact: You child's teacher/advisor
  • Meetings: Daily during the lunch period

Literacy Lunch

Literacy Lunch is for students who need occasional small group support with the junior high ELA or Social Studies curriculum.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 6-8
  • Contact: Your child's teacher/advisor
  • Meetings: Monday, Thursday and Friday during the lunch period

Math Lunch

Math Lunch is open to any student who requires math support, help with homework, help preparing for assessments, time to complete an assessment or needs an opportunity to make up missed work. Math teachers in Grades 5-8 have pre-printed passes which they can use to encourage or require students to attend Math Lunch. Students may also come in on their own.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 5-8
  • Contact: Your child's teacher/advisor
  • Meetings: Monday through Friday during the lunch period

Extracurricular Clubs

Extracurricular Clubs are extracurriculars that require regular commitment from students in order to accomplish a specific purpose.

Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz affords students the opportunity to use Legos for engineering and construction activities.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades K-4
  • Contact: Mr. Jeff Gerdin
  • Meetings: September through December on Tuesdays after school

Chess Club

Chess Club is open to Joseph Sears students of all experience levels looking to enjoy friendly, yet competitive games of chess. The Chess Club instructor teaches students basic, intermediate and advanced game strategies. Chess Club meets during lunch periods and holds two tournaments throughout the year. The program is run by Chess Ed.

  • Eligible Grades: K-8
  • Contact: Mrs. Chris Tribe
  • Meetings: Yearly, meetings twice per week

Club de español

Spanish Club at The Joseph Sears School serves to educate students about the cultures of the Spanish speaking world through social gatherings that provide an array of activities, such as: culture presentations, skits, board games, Spanish films, and holiday celebrations. These activities allow students to interact, practice Spanish, and learn about other cultures and people in other lands. The Spanish club offers a relaxed and fun atmosphere in order to allow students to freely express themselves and to optimize their learning potential.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 3-8
  • Contact: Mrs. Carol Rosenberg
  • Meetings: October through May; meets twice each month

Club Français

The French Club at The Joseph Sears School serves to educate students about the cultures of the French speaking world through social gatherings that provide an array of activities such as: culture presentations, technology, drawing, skits, creative stories, board games, videos and holiday celebrations. These activities allow students to interact, practice French and learn about other cultures and peoples in other lands.

  • Eligible Grades: 3-8
  • Contact: Mrs. Michelle Harradine
  • Meetings: October through May; meets every other Friday

Creative Dramatics

Creative Dramatics is an improvisation club where students engage in improvised scenarios, creative movement exercises, vocal training and character creation. Students are afforded the opportunity to engage their imagination and bring their own unique characters and stories to life.

  • Eligible Grades: 3-8
  • Contact: Mrs. Katie Alexander
  • Meetings: February through April; meets weekly

Junior Great Books

The Junior Great Books Program is an enrichment opportunity for all students in 3rd-8th grade who would enjoy participating in a literature-based program using the shared inquiry method. The club provides a framework for practicing reading comprehension and critical thinking.

  • Eligible Grades: 3-8
  • Contact: Ms. Caryn Friedman
  • Meetings: October through December, March through May during lunchtime

Makerspace Club

The Joseph Sears School Makerspace Club affords students with a do-it-yourself space where they can gather to create, invent, learn, fail and relearn skills based in math, language, science, industrial arts and art. Utilizing modern technology, students are afforded the opportunity to use 3D printers, software, electronics, crafts, hardware supplies and more.

  • Eligible Grades: 5-6
  • Contact: Mrs. Allison Drew
  • Meetings: December through February on Thursdays during lunchtime

Panther Citizens

Panther Citizens allows students an opportunity to learn about and perform essential skills in a democracy.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 6-8
  • Contact: Mr. Jeff Rosen
  • Meetings: Yearly; meets on Mondays after school and Tuesday during lunch

Robotics Club

The Joseph Sears School offers a robotics club to students interested in computers, programming and technology. Students work individually or as part of a team to build and program a robot.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 4-8
  • Contact: Mr. Jeff Gerdin
  • Meetings: February through May once per week after school

Sandwiches and the Spotlight

Sandwiches and the Spotlight is a lunchtime club for students who enjoy reading and performing skits. Students are given the opportunity to showcase their talents, read new stories and plays, and develop their expressive and dramatic talents.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 1-2
  • Contact: Mrs. Emily Hayden
  • Meetings: September through May in 7-week sessions during lunch

Extracurricular Programs

Extracurricular Programs are extracurriculars that involve preparation for a competition or event that showcases evidence of mastery of specific skills and/or concepts.

Science Olympiad

The Joseph Sears School Science Olympiad Program provides students with the opportunity to explore their passion for biology, chemistry, engineering and physics through a nationally-recognized science competition. Students work together and with the club coaches on science-related projects in preparation for a series of qualifying tournaments.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 5-8
  • Contact: Mr. Jim Beavin
  • Meetings: September through April; meeting occur weekly after school

Debate Team

The Joseph Sears School Debate Program affords students the opportunity to develop and research rhetorical and argumentative public speaking skills. Students in the Debate Program will compete in the Northshore Middle School Debate League.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 5-8
  • Contact: Mrs. Liz Gordon
  • Meetings: October through May; meetings occur on Monday during lunch

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is part of a national program created exclusively for pre-teen girls that promotes physical activity and teaches specific life skills such as how to make healthy decisions, resolve conflict and get along in a group. The program, which is geared toward girls of all athletic abilities, includes social emotional development and culminates in a 3.1 mile running event toward the end of the year.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 3-5
  • Contact: Mrs. Allison Drew
  • Meetings: February through May; meets weekly after school

A Cappella

A Cappella exposes students to the a cappella musical style through part singing and study of pop music literature.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 6-8
  • Contact: Mr. Bill Gordon
  • Meetings: TBD

Junior Chorus

Chorus at Sears affords students the opportunity to explore vocal technique and part singing while exposing them to various types of choral literature. Chorus students perform in two concerts yearly as well as community concerts. Junior chorus prepares interested students for the Sears junior high chorus program.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 4-5
  • Contact: Mr. Bill Gordon
  • Meetings: Thursday mornings before school

Jazz Band

Jazz Band a program open to students studying a musical instrument that affords them the opportunity to learn how to perform music through traditional jazz styles.

  • Eligible Grades: Grades 5-8
  • Contact: Ms. Lisa Lehman
  • Meetings: September through May; meetings occur on Monday and Thursday during lunch

Other Opportunities for Involvement

In addition to the extracurricular offerings listed above, The Joseph Sears school offers several other activities and opportunities for student involvement through:

  • Participation in the Scripps National Spelling Bee
  • Participation in the National Geographic Bee
  • Participation in the school band and orchestra programs
  • Participation in Student Advisory Board
  • Participation in one of the many Sears team sports