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Photo of a student watching a chess game during chess club.

Algonquin Middle School offers various clubs for students to participate in throughout the school year.

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Name of Club

Brief Description Time & Dates of Club Contact Person
AMS Book Club

Our fun and friendly club meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month to discuss popular young adult books, some chosen by the teacher and some by students. When applicable, we add in craft projects and movies.

Day: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
Months: Sept - April 
Time: 3-4 p.m. in person
Ms. Marks
Scrabble Club

Letter board game with multiple strategies: Vocabulary, spelling, anagramming, and counting.  In 2004, SCRABBLE was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame! 

Day: Wednesday
Months: August-March
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Room: 148
Ms. Ottow
Mrs. MacMillan


Newspaper Club

Extra, Extra!  Read all about it!  Do you like to write?  Do you like to find out what’s happening in our school?  Do you like to take pictures?  We need you for our Newspaper Club!  Consider joining our group as a reporter and be a part of a cool club!

Day: Thursday
Months: Sept 28 - May 2
Time: 3-4pm
Mrs. Wengerhoff

Mrs. Wiemann
Art Club

Students will have an opportunity to use a variety of materials and paint and draw with friends. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are welcome.

Day: Tuesday
Months: Beginning Sept 6-Jan 15 (18 weeks)
Time: 3-4 pm
Rm: 157
Mr. Kanter

Yearbook Club meets at various times throughout the year during recess or after school(schedule will be provided at the first meeting). Students help pick out the yearbook cover, take photos during the school day/after school events, help advertise for yearbook sales, and assist with page layouts.

Day: Tuesdays or Wednesdays 
Months: October - February
Time: 3:00 - 4:00
Rm: 134/200
Mrs. Hanley
Ms. Willman

Students will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math concepts through inquiry, team building, and design challenges.

Day: Wednesdays
Months: Sept. 27 - Feb. 14
Time: 3-4p.m.
Rm: Room 156
Mrs. Wiemann
Mrs. Murphy 
Chess Club

We play/learn chess.   We learn and try new and different variations of chess.  Some members are new to the game and are just learning it.  Others play the game of chess and its variations as well as some other strategy games.  We definitely have fun!

Day: Wednesdays
Months: Starting Sept. 7 - May 3
Time: 3:00-4:00pm
Rm: 149
Mrs. Marks
Gamers Club

Students meet every other week to discuss strategy related to and play board games requiring strategy. Legos too!

Day: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month
Months: Sept - May  
Time: 3-4 in person
Rm: 154
Mrs. Elliott
Club Zen

Students will be provided with a relaxing environment to complete mindful activities of their choice. There will be flexible seating, calm lighting, and soft music playing in the background. Activities will include puzzles, coloring, drawing, journaling, yoga, reading, DIY stress relievers (stress balls, slime, heating pads, etc.)

Day: Thursdays
Months: Quarters 2 & 3 (12 sessions)
Time: 3-4
Rm: 156
Ms. Henke
Mrs. Murphy
Flight Club

Flying is one of the greatest innovations of mankind.  If you’re interested in anything related to flying, this is for you!  Come and explore what makes flight possible.  Participate in different activities related to a variety of flying objects, and learn about some of the many applications of flight in our daily lives.

Day: Thursdays
Months: October - March
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Rm: 158
Mrs. Citera


Gardening Club

Want to make the school more beautiful? Want to connect with nature? Want to relax while getting your hands dirty? The AMS Garden Club is perfect for you! We will meet every other week after school to grow plants in our school garden. We will experiment with lights and music to learn what helps plants grow. We will grow vegetables from kitchen scraps, build a hydroponics system, create seed balls, and paint garden pavers.

Day: TBD
Months: September - April
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Rm: 227
Ms. Ottow 
Mrs. Sargent
Mariachi Club

Students will collectively learn to play various Mariachi tunes - no musical instrument experience needed! Students can strengthen Spanish-speaking skills through song, learn to collaborate through musical experience, strengthen or develop musical skill, contribute ideas to develop the club further, and celebrate the music of Mariachi culture!

Day: Wednesdays
Months: September-May
Time: 3:00-4:00PM
Room: 300
Mrs. Kristin Vaziri
OMG (Owning My Grades Club)

OMG (Owning My Grades) club is exclusive to 8th graders only. OMG is an extension of what students have already learned in class and homework support is provided since both teachers are familiar with all content curriculums. Every other Tuesday OMG club will incorporate an SEL activity to build community and social skills. OMG club is a safe learning environment where students continue to grow as learners and as teenagers. It is a place to celebrate their successes in "OWNING THEIR GRADES".

Days: Various Tues & Thurs 
Months: October-April 
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Room: 309
Ms. Mariola Cieplinska
Origami Club

Students will make amazing shapes by folding paper. We will make animals, geometric shapes, hearts, stars- you name it, we can make it by simply folding paper!

Days: TBD
Months: September-May
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Room: TBD
Mrs. Erin Purdue
Ms. Nancy Thomas
Flag Football

Students will develop their football skills while competing with one another in flag football games.  This club is open to all grades and will take place during the early fall.

Days: TBD
Months: September-May
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Room: TBD
Mr. Liversidge
Cooking Club

Calling all teen chefs! Come learn how to cook different recipes and try new foods. For a small fee, students will meet once a month to learn how to develop their culinary skills.

Days: TBD
Months: October-May
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Room: 134
Ms. Nancy Thomas
Yarn Crafts Club

Learn to knit, crochet, and macrame! All skill levels welcome--beginners through experienced makers. Bring friends or make friends there. Learn a totally new skill, or come help and encourage others if you’re more experienced.  All are welcome!

Days: Tuesdays
Months: October-April
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Room: TBD
Ms. Hoerner


Mrs. Wengerhoff