Clubs and Activities

 

R.J. Grey After-School Clubs

*the below descriptions are now reflective of the 2018-2019 school year offerings and meeting times

R.J. Grey offers several after-school clubs. This list varies every year based on the interests of students and availability of club advisors. Some clubs meet for only part of the year. Most clubs begin shortly after dismissal and end around 3:30/3:45 pm. Students should listen to morning announcements for up-to-date information regarding these clubs and should always make arrangements ahead of time for transportation home.

                                                                                                                                     
Anime Club

Advisor: Ms O’Neal (8 Green)

  • Anime Club meets every other week on Wednesdays, 2:40-3:40 in Room 405.

  • Anime Club is for students interested in Anime, manga, and other aspects of Japanese culture. We view Anime TV shows and movies, as well as read and draw manga comics. We are welcoming to anime "experts" as well as those who have just begun their journey into the world of anime and manga. Membership is not limited to those who can attend on a frequent basis.


Badminton Club

Advisor:  Mr. Kamataris (Phys Ed)

  • Club meets every Thursday from 2:45-3:30 in the small gym

  • This club is open to all students, all levels

  • Bring your own rackets if you have them


Book Club

Advisor: Ms. Charpentier (Library)

Book Club will meet five times over the course of the year.

  • The first meeting will be a meet and greet on September 24th from 2:45pm-3:30 pm in room 103.

  • The second meeting is Oct. 22nd. We will be reading Mortal Engines by Philip Reeves


Common Ground

Advisors: Mr. Lewis (7 Gold)  

  • Meets the first and third Wednesday of each month from 2:45-3:45 PM in Room 313

  • Common Ground is  RJ Grey’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance, or GSA

  • If you are looking for a safe place to be with and make new friends who share your interest in promoting acceptance and respect for LGBTQ members of our school community and those who support them, then this club is for you!

  • Common Ground brings together LGBTQ and straight students to support one another and talk about issues that are important to them.


Cooking Club

Advisors: Ms. Deb Rimpas, Ms. Jean Tibbetts and Ms. Kirsten Nelson

  • Cooking Club will be offered in the winter months

  • Announcements about sign-up will be made in mid-December

  • Two, one-month groups will be offered

  • All cooking levels accepted

  • Club will meet from 2:45-4:30 PM in the RJ Grey Kitchen, once a week on Friday afternoons


Creating Change: R.J. Grey Art & Community Service Club

Advisor: Ms. Vlajinac (Visual Arts)

  • Creating Change will regularly meet every other week on Tuesdays, 2:45-3:45 in Room 629. During the year, there may be times when we meet more frequently due to the different events we plan. Attendance will be flexible.

  • Creating Change is a club that focuses on community service through art making.  This club is open to students of all art ability levels. Our hope is to use and develop our art-making skills while we make a difference in our R.J. Grey community and beyond.

  • Possible project ideas could include making mobiles for the pediatric department at Acton Medical, creating collaborative artwork for R.J. Grey and holding other fundraising events to benefit a charity of the club’s choosing.


Current Events Club

Advisor: Ms. Carter (8 Red - Room 311)

  • Do you follow the news and are interested in learning about the world around you? The Current Events Club will watch news clips and videos about what's currently going on in politics and society today. There will be discussions and online games. This is a club where you will have some input into what our focus will be for each meeting.
  • Meetings begin at 2:45 and end at 3:45 on every other Tuesday
  • Beginning September 19th.

Engineering Club Advisor: Mr. Patenaude & Mr. Watkins

  • Meet on every Friday in room 507 from 2:40-3:40. The first meeting will be September 28

  • Students will use engineering to help solve community-based issues and problems.

  • The club is very hands on and is guided by the students' interests.


Fit Club

Instructor:  Shane Lazar

  • Meeting in the RJ Grey Gymnasium, starting Friday, September 22nd from 3:00-4:00 PM.

  • Participants will need to bring a pair of 5 lb weights and a water bottle.

  • See Mrs. Frey to sign up.


French Club

Advisor: Madame Gilfix (7 Green)

  • Monthly meetings, usually on Thursdays from 2:40 to 4:30 in Room 315

  • First meeting Wednesday, September 20

  • Activities may include celebrating French holidays, playing French games, watching movies, eating French food, and working on French-related arts and crafts.

  • Sign up on Mrs. Gilfix's website



Green Team

Advisor:  Mrs. Bouchard (7 Blue)

  • Meetings will be on Fridays from 2:36-3:45 PM in Room 505 (end time will be in the announcement and depends on the activities we do that week).

  • The Green Team is a student group focused on environmental issues, with an emphasis on saving resources through recycling and energy conservation efforts. TOPICS and ACTIVITIES include:

  • composting and recycling in the cafe

  • removing invasive species in the "outdoor classroom" across Charter Rd

  • single stream recycling

  • helping come up with ways to save energy and resources in our school

  • other topics based on student interest



Jazz Band

Director: Mr. Arsenault (Band Director)

  • Meets Tuesdays, 3:00-4:00 PM, in the JHS band room. First meeting: Tuesday, September 26th

  • Jazz Band is open to all 7th & 8th-grade band members. We'll perform a wide variety of music from the swing era through contemporary music of today.


Games Club

Advisor:  Ms. Kelley

  • Meetings: 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 2:36-3:30 in Room 602

  • Description: This is a relaxing club where students can come and play board games and Magic Cards. New members are always welcome and board games are provided. Magic Card decks are brought in from home and often students are willing to share with each other.


MathCounts

Advisor: Mr. Stameris (8 Gold)

  • Meets Thursdays from 2:45 to 4:00, in the large cafe

  • Mathcounts is a nationwide organization focused on encouraging math knowledge and education in the middle school years. Students work together to solve math puzzles and problems in the areas of statistics, discrete math, geometry, and algebra. This club is for strong math students interested in tackling tough math problems. As well as Mathcounts, students can compete in other local and online competitions open to all students.

  • Please note that there is an activity fee associated with participation in this club.  

  

Open Gym
Advisor: Ms. Ahl (8 Green)

  • Open gym for basketball for boys and girls, 7th and 8th grade
  • Meets in the gym, 2:45 - 3:30
  • Meets Tuesday and Thursdays
  • Meets during September, October, November, March, and June

 

Origami

Advisor: Mr. Paul (7 Green)

  • Meets Tuesdays 2:45-3:45 PM in Mr. Paul’s room, room 317
  • Learn about the beautiful art and history of Japanese paper folding.
  • Lots of opportunity for hands-on learning as you practice paper folding on your individual and group projects.



Ping Pong Club

Advisor: Mrs. Tibbetts (Food Services)

  • Meets Monday afternoons in gym lobby from 2:40-4:00, beginning September 19

  • This club involves students taking turns on 4 ping pong tables with games being played up to 11. Students will rotate through games. Feel free to bring a paddle.


RJ Grey Stageworks

Advisors: Mrs. Bethany Dunakin (Drama)

  • StageWorks is an organization that provides students who are interested in theatre an opportunity to produce and perform in musical and non-musical plays.

  • StageWorks prepares for the annual school musical for the first half of the year. Performances this year are December 6th-9th with audition workshops Sept. 12th and 13th and auditions Sept.18th and 20th.

  • StageWorks presents another production in the spring, usually in May.

  • This show is either a full-length play, a scene showcase, or two one-act plays.

  • Auditions are always held for the acting roles in these shows.

  • Crews are assigned through sign-ups.

  • Rehearsals and workshops will always be held directly after school.

  • WEBSITE:   https://sites.google.com/a/abschools.org/rj-grey-theatre


Select Choir  

Director: Mr. Charig (Chorus/Music Teacher)

  • Meets Tuesdays in the JHS Choir Room from 2:36-3:00 PM until December 4th, and then 2:36-3:40 PM starting December 11th

  • The Select Choir will begin in November and information will be shared with students at school.

  • Select Choir will perform at the Spring Concert, in May, and also at the Empty Bowls Ice Cream Social, in June


Ski Club

Advisors:  Ms. Licari (7 Green), Ms. Loria (8 Blue), Ms. Paone (7 Blue), Mr. Edmonds (8 Red), Ms. Greene (String Ensemble)


Ski Club documents:

Ski Club Information:

  • Meets for 6 Tuesdays beginning  January 8th between 3:00 and 7:45 pm.

  • The ski club boards buses and travels to Wachusett Mountain for an afternoon of skiing, snowboarding and hanging out with other club members.

  • Club members either bring a dinner/snack or purchase them at the lodge.

  • There is a cost for the bus transportation and lift tickets.

  • Members can rent equipment at the mountain.

  • Members can sign up for lessons.

  • Sign-ups begin in November

  • There is a user fee associated with participation in this club

  • Contact Ms. Paone with questions lpaone@abschools.org


Spanish Club

Advisor: Ms. McGovern (7 Red)

  • Room 202, 2x monthly, on Thursdays beginning Sept 20th from 2:45 - 3:30 pm.

  • Spanish Club is an opportunity for students to enjoy the cultural aspects of the Spanish speaking world. We will be working on art projects, play board games, have cooking demonstrations, listen and dance to Hispanic music and celebrate Hispanic fiestas.  Students do not need to study Spanish to be part of the club as we will conduct our meetings in English. Students are welcome to join later in the year if fall sports or the musical create a schedule conflict.


Speech Club

Advisor: Mr. Zeese (7 Red)

  • Informational meeting - Tuesday, September 18th at 2:45 pm in room 303

  • Meets in room 303 most Wednesdays starting September 26th at 2:45 pm

  • Students work to improve public speaking skills under the guidance of high school speech and debate team students.  Club members have the opportunity to compete against area middle schools on weekend days throughout the year.  Events include impromptu speaking, dramatic reading of prose and poetry, original oratory, demonstration, duo reading, play readings, and others.  Students need not participate in competitions in order to be in the club.  

  • An activity fee is required for club participation.  Here is the FORM

  • For more detailed information, please click here:  Speech Club Website

  

Girls’ Volleyball Clinic Advisors:  Mrs. Robinson

  • Meets Wednesdays (3:00-4:30) and Fridays (3:00-4:30) after school 9/21-11/16

  • The clinic is for girls who would like to learn to play volleyball or improve their skills.

  • We will scrimmage each other and learn the rules of the game.

  • The clinic will meet in the gym and is limited to 24 girls, sign up prior to 9/21.


Yearbook

Advisor: Mr. Lewis

  • Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month in room 313 from 2:45-3:45 PM. Smaller groups of students, working on specific assignments, will meet with Mr. Lewis at other mutually agreed upon times during the week.

  • The R.J. Grey yearbook staff is a yearlong group whose members help to create the R.J. Grey yearbook. Students will take photographs, design yearbook pages, help with interviews, surveys, caption writing, and advertisement sales.

  • Students interested in photography and design are encouraged to participate.

 

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