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Welsh Valley Middle School

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Activities

Welsh Valley extracurricular activities provide opportunities for all students to explore their interests and develop their talents.

At the start of each school year, club sponsors and representatives introduce activities through a series of grade-level assemblies.  A particular emphasis is placed on welcoming and encouraging the participation of 6th grade students.

Activities

Below is a listing of Welsh Valley extracurricular activities:

  • Art Club
  • Competition Jazz Band (Advanced Music Students)
  • Cross Country
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • GSA Club
  • H.A.M. Club (Homework & Makeup)
  • In Stitches Club (Needle arts)
  • 6th  Intramural Basketball (only a few weeks in Spring)
  • Lab Jazz Band (Advanced Music Students)
  • Morning T.V. Studio Announcements
  • Newspaper Club
  • Non-conformist Club
  • Open Gym (Mornings Only - Basketball/Box ball)
  • Project Success
  • Reading Olympics
  • School Play/Musical
  • Science Olympiad
  • Stage Crew
  • Stock Market Club (only for 10 weeks)
  • Student Government
  • SWAT Team (6th 7th 8th )
  • TSA/Engineering - Technology Student Association
  • Variety Show (Spring)
  • Wii Club
  • PIAA Athletics-for 7th and 8th Grade Students:
    • Girl/Boy Basketball
    • Girl/Boy Lacrosse
    • Girl/Boy Soccer
    • Girl/Boy Tennis
    • Girl/Boy Track & Field (Cross Country in Fall for 6th, 7th and 8th grades)
    • Football (115lb/unlimited)
    • Wrestling
    • Baseball
    • Softball
    • Field Hockey
    • Volleyball

Descriptions

For information on activity meeting days/times, please call the Parent Hotline (610-658-3901) or refer to the "Daily Announcements" link on the Welsh Valley webpage (In the "Spotlight" section).

Competition Jazz Band (mornings - M-W-F at 7:30 am)

Students audition in order to participate in this ensemble. The Competition Jazz Band is made up of 6th, 7th and 8th graders from within the instrumental music program who audition in late September. The band rehearses a variety of standards, and contemporary pieces from a wide range of styles. The rehearsals take place 3 times per week before school. This year the band, along with the spring and winter concerts will be performing in festivals at Lower Merion, Bala Cynwyd, and Beverly Hills and plans to participate in the music in the parks festival. Welsh Valley hosts their own festival on the first Friday in May.  A small group from within the band also performs at the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.

Doctor Who Club

Library- Doctor Who fans (or Whovians) do a variety of activities during our meetings: discuss favorite episodes of this classic Sci-Fi show, debate who was the best Doctor Who, and the favorite companions, etc. Whovians also play Doctor Who Trivia, use Doctor Who coloring books and watch short clips of episodes that they have nominated as favorites. Students are encouraged to use technology to create quizzes and other fun activities for the group, including writing their own "new" episodes of Doctor Who and creating an IMovie from their scripts.

Dungeons and Dragons Club

This is a club where students can create stories of adventure and magic together. The students take on roles of magic wielding sorcerers, adventurous swordswomen, and underhanded rogues to name a few. All are welcome into one of the student or teacher run games or even to run their own if they have an inclination to do so.

HAM Club

This is a homework club. Students sign up in the library by 1:30 on the day they would like to attend. Students have an opportunity to complete their homework with guidance from the sponsor. This is not tutoring!

In Stitches Club

Build self-esteem, build community, beat stress, and reduce anxiety by joining In Stitches.  Needle crafting has been proven to soothe your body and mend your mind! In Stitches is an after school needle arts club. The club meets once a week in Mrs. Keeney's Family and Consumer Science Room. The club is open to beginners as well as experts. We will be exploring needle arts such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery, and other needle work interests. Members may choose to work on a group or independent project. In Stitches is a great way to get together with some awesomely creative people. 

Lab Jazz Band (mornings - T-Th at 7:20 am)

Students audition in order to participate in this experience. The Lab Jazz Band is one of two jazz bands at Welsh Valley.   Our goal is to foster the enjoyment of this great American art form through the performance of music in the three main jazz styles: Swing, Latin and Fusion, as well as the opportunity to develop improvisation skills.  Admittance into the two jazz bands is by audition, which take place toward the end of September.  Any 6th, 7th or 8th grade student who plays the following instrument may audition:  trumpet, trombone, saxophone (alto, tenor or baritone), drums, piano, bass and guitar.  The Lab Band rehearses two mornings per week from 7:20-8:00 am.  The band performs at the school's winter and spring concerts, spring choral concerts, and district jazz festivals.  Participation and commitment to rehearsals and performances is expected. 

Morning T.V. Studio Announcements

Students typically begin to arrive to the TV Studio around 7:50.  Once at the TV studio, they are responsible for editing the script, developing backgrounds and setting up the virtual TV Studio.  Students develop live studio skills including: running the soundboard, editing backgrounds, using studio cameras as well as developing teamwork skills.  Students also develop video editing skills by developing and producing short films such as special reports, and news intros.  Every day the club puts on a live 10 minute production that is viewed by the entire student body.  The TV studio also broadcasts several special live productions including, student government elections, Spirit Day and assemblies throughout the school year.  The TV Studio Club is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders but positions are limited.  Positions include:  News Anchors, Special Reporters, Camera Person, Live Video Editors, Background Producer, Sound Engineer and Director.

Open Gym (mornings - M-T-W-R-F at 7:30 am)

The purpose is to provide students with a morning activity until they are allowed to enter the classroom buildings at 8:00am.  It is designed so students can organize themselves into pick-up games, foul shooting contest "knock out", or simply shoot around.  Students can arrive any time between 7:30am and 8:00am.  Students are expected to wear proper footwear and demonstrate positive sportsmanship.

Project Success

This activity is attended by students (at their teachers' request) who are making up missed or late assignments

Reading Olympics

An after school/morning club that meets with students across grade levels, twice a week.  The goal of the Reading Olympics is to increase students' reading for enjoyment. Welsh Valley's students collaborate with their teammates and coaches to read forty-five books that have been selected by a committee of librarians, reading specialists and classroom teachers. These professionals read the books and write questions, which teams of students answer during the competition. The Olympics are primarily a celebration of reading rather than a contest. All participants are awarded ribbons. Being a part of a team generates much excitement, therefore the experience is rewarding for everyone involved.

School Play/Musical

A school musical is performed annually in the spring. With 80-100 students participating every year, it is one of Welsh Valley's most popular extracurricular activities! Auditions are typically held in early-mid December, with rehearsals usually beginning in January after the Winter Break. Students can listen to the morning announcements to find out important information regarding auditions and rehearsals. The musical gives students the opportunity to act, sing, dance, and make new friends…come on out and show us you're a triple threat!

Science Olympiad

This is a competitive science club for students interested in all aspects of science & technology. The students compete in 23 events ranging from biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, technology & environmental science. Students choose events based on their interests; building towers 7 Rube Goldberg's are just a few, & study events such as dynamic planet or diseases & heredity, or combinations of both building & study events. These are just a few examples of the skills they will be utilizing in the preparation & competitions. We compete at an overnight invitational in Solon, Ohio, a regional competition at Cabrini College & hope to move on to the state competition in Juniata College where students compete against the best schools in the state of Pennsylvania. The team will eventually consist of 15 active members and some additional students who help with the building events.

Stage Crew (mornings- M-T-W-R-F at 7:30 am)

Once trained, stage crew members will set up and operate the microphones, lighting and LCD projectors for all assemblies and musical concerts. Members are expected to return to school in the evening during the winter and spring concert seasons. Stage Crew is not the same as the school musical stage crew. Stage crew members must check in with the advisor regularly. Students may be required to arrive at school early in order to set up for assemblies or other events.

Stock Market Club

Students work in teams to compete against other teams both from their school as well as other schools to see who can achieve the highest return over a 10-week game period. This is an outreach program from St. Joseph's University to area schools.

Student Government

Members of Student Government work together with administration, faculty, and staff, using student suggestions and ideas to benefit the Welsh Valley Community. Student Government meets monthly. Each homeroom elects a student representative and may have an alternate.  The homeroom representatives are responsible to attend meeting and bring ideas and concerns of their homeroom to Student Government.  Our elected officers run the meetings and work closely with their facility advisors.

SWAT Team  

This is an organizational/time management club open to students at all grade levels. The sponsors help organize binders, clean out lockers and even make time management charts if needed.

TSA (Technology Students Association)

Leadership and other opportunities in technology, innovation, design and engineering. Members apply STEM concepts through co-curricular competitive events.

The Variety Show 

This activity is held in the late spring and it gives students the opportunity to show case their artistic talents.  This can include singing, dancing, comedy, magic acts, karate and playing instruments.  Students can perform individually or in a group.  Students are required to sign up and describe their performance and audition.  All performances must be pre-approved for content appropriateness to middle school.  Then the student is required to sign a copy of the rules as well as provide all materials necessary to perform.  Students must attend rehearsals and the actual show is held in June.  The 6th grade will perform in front of their peers and the 7th and 8th grade will perform together.  Parents are invited!

Wii Club

Historically, since as early as the 2007-2008 school year, Lower Merion School District, with the support of our HSA, has provided students at our schools such as Welsh Valley Middle School, Lower Merion High School, Penn Valley Elementary School and Harriton High school with a "Wii Club." This club was instantly a hit due to its many advantages and since the Wii is so highly interactive! Instead of sitting alone and pressing buttons or clicking a mouse, players are standing moving, swinging and interacting with others. At Welsh Valley Middle School Wii Club, is open to all students. Wii Club affords students the opportunity to engage a physical activity, to interact with a variety of peers and to deepen social connections in a highly structured after school setting.