Odyssey of the Mind
Advisor: Mr. Evans
Meeting Dates/Times: Wednesday 2:45-4:30 Thursday 2:45-4:30 (from December), Tuesday 2:45-4:30 (from February), Friday 2:45-6:00 (Friday before competition only) until at least the week of the March 16th competition.
Description: During Odyssey of the Mind students prepare for the regional competition in which they compete against other schools in solving one of five different problems. Team members will write scripts, create props and scenery, construct devices, rehearse, and work as a team.
Studio Art Club
Advisor: Ms. Klubeck
Meeting Dates/Times: Wednesdays after school twice a month (2:45-3:30)
Description: Art Club is an after school activity that provides materials, instruction and support for those students who are seeking a creative outlet in addition to their academic schedule. Club members also enjoy the opportunity to work with a variety of media. It is a relaxed environment where exploration of individual ideas and creativity is encouraged. Students will be able to work independently, as well as work on large scale group projects like murals and sculptures.
Advisor: Mrs. Sabatino
Meeting Dates/Times – Meetings will be on A Days at lunch and on select Tuesdays from 2:45-3:30.
Description: The yearbook committee will work diligently to create a memorable school yearbook. The children will explore aspects of photography, including editing photos, layout and art design, and use their creativity to create a school yearbook that will highlight all the positive aspects of Union School.
Advisors: Mr. Helphingstine and Mr. Breheney
Meeting Dates/Times – Every other “D” Day. Meeting held during both lunches: Mr. Breheney’s room during first lunch and Mr. Helphingstine’s room during second lunch. Members need to attend during one of the lunches.
Description: The goal and mission of Student Council is to help students become leaders in their school while helping to unify the school community and make it a better place for students.
Advisor: Mr. Helphingstine
Meeting Dates/Times – Every day during lunch unless there is a Student Council meeting.
Description: Members compete against other teams using code they’ve programmed, bridges they’ve designed, drones they’ve mastered, robots they’ve engineered… it’s a good time! Last year, our team was ranked amongst the top one percent in the world!
Advisor: Mrs. Liebeskind
Meeting Dates/Times: Service Club meets during both lunches at various times through the year dependent on upcoming service events and projects; Meetings are announced on the morning announcements in homeroom. Meetings are also announced on the UMS Student Announcements google classroom.
Description: The Service Club at Union Middle School affords students the opportunity to perform acts of service in our community. Our student leaders collaborate on planning events that enhance the lives of individuals in our greater community. Through displaying empathy and caring for others, our members feel success and accomplishment in being contributing members of society.
World Language Club
Advisor: Mrs. Smith
Meeting Dates/Times: During lunch. Days to be determined. Also, after school (when time allows for students)
Description: We will be working with the Rutherford food pantry for Thanksgiving and La Pulsera Project which benefits students in Latin American countries. In addition, students will work together on creating different cultural activities: Dia de los Muertos, Dia de Accion de Gracias, la Navidad, Cinco de Mayo.
Advisor: Mrs. MacFayden Doty
Selection of Musical and Casting: September-October
Rehearsals: October -March/April
Description: Students will be involved in selecting, rehearsing, and performing a musical. Through rehearsals and independent study, students will develop their characters, devote time to vocal practice, and work on presenting the musical for an audience. In addition, a stage crew will work on sets and technical rehearsals, developing the best and most seamless way to change scenery and sets. All participants will be involved in creating a Playbill for the show. After 5-7 months of rehearsals, the play will be presented to audiences on 2-3 performance dates.
Advisors: Mrs. Liebeskind and Mrs. Alvarado
Meeting Dates/Times: Every other D day during both lunches throughout the year.
Description: Friends of Rachel is a club inspired by Rachel Scott’s vision to create a chain reaction of kindness and compassion. Students in this club will be actively involved in acknowledging genuine acts of kindness throughout the school. Most importantly, they will partake in various activities that will promote a more caring and supportive school culture.
Advisor: Mrs. Currie (PM)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays after school from 2:45 – 3:45
Description – The computer lab is open and available for students after school. The lab is helpful to students that have online homework assignments and group projects due. A teacher is there to assist with technical issues and access homework assignments. Students are also able to play school appropriate computer games with friends.
National Junior Honor Society
Advisor: Mrs. Herninko
Please click on the following link to access information on this program: https://sites.google.com/a/rutherfordschools.org/national-junior-honor-society/home
Union Middle School Select Choir
Choir Conductor: Ms. Tricia Lalla
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:40 – 3:25 PM
Description – The Union Middle School Select Choir is comprised of seventh and eighth grade Concert Choir students who successfully pass an audition. Members are required to attend two rehearsals per week for a full academic year. Through this extra-curricular activity, students learn how to perform technically and artistically demanding repertoire and have the opportunity to audition for county and regional choirs.
8th Grade Advisor: Mrs Maggie MacFayden-Doty
Mrs Assunta Smith
Coordinate with parent volunteers to set up the eighth grade dinner cruise:
– select cruise dates and company
– secure busses and set up contracts
– act as go-between between bus company/cruise line and parent representatives
*Collect and keep track of 8th grade fees (cruise, breakfast, after-party, yearbooks and caps/gowns)
*Work to publicize class fundraisers (i.e. Spiritwear, Car Wash, Lawn Signs for Graduation)
*Copy and distribute information related to eighth grade fundraisers and events
*Act as “point persons” when parents or students had questions regarding events and/or fundraisers
*Work to ensure that information regarding eighth grade events/fundraisers is available to other teachers and staff members