Rocky River Middle School is proud to sponsor a variety of student
clubs and activities for their students. Participation in these programs has a
variety of requirements and responsibilities. Students that try out and/or
select to participate in an activity should do so with the intent of attending
all practices, meetings, performances, and events. Please examine your calendar
and other commitments so that you will not become over extended. Time should
also be considered for the completion of academic responsibilities as well. The
student activity clubs and activities available to students are as follows:
Art Club- Art club is a drop in open studio club to allow students to self-select and explore various art mediums. The
club is open to students in all grade levels. Art club meets on Fridays beginning in November and ending the last Friday in February.
Advisor- Ms. Kathleen Harkin-Newsome
Channel 10 - The Channel 10 crew is responsible for our television morning announcement broadcasts. One student is selected by the faculty advisor to serve as the Director of these broadcasts. This Director is usually an eighth grade student that has been involved with Channel 10 since the sixth grade. Auditions for news anchors and tech crew are held each spring. These positions rotate throughout the year to allow for more student participation.
Advisor- Mr. Don MacDonald
Chess Club -The chess club meets to improve strategies, skills, and techniques vital to the game of chess. It is a great way to learn more about the game of chess.
Advisor- Mr. Brian Chulik
Destination Imagination - (DI) is the largest worldwide creative problem-solving program for young people in kindergarten through college. This program offers students at every level a unique opportunity to participate in challenging and motivating activities while developing lifelong skills such as teamwork and commitment. DI encourages children to build on their strengths and to discover skills they never knew they possessed, be they technical, theatrical, analytical, linguistic, or musical. The emphasis is on the “process,” the learning that takes place as the teams prepare their challenge solutions.
Advisor – Mrs. Meredith Muccio
Garden Club- The RRMS Garden Club is responsible for planting, managing, and maintaining our school garden! Harvesting the garden will take place throughout the fall months, and the club will "shut down" the garden for winter towards the end of November. Produce gathered from our school garden will be donated to our school cafeteria and local community members during open houses and school conferences. Brainstorming ideas for future use is an important part of this club! What else can we do with produce? Are there other places in need of fresh produce? What plants grow best? How can we use the produce to make other food products? How do we raise money to replace produce for the spring? The RRMS Garden Club will meet once a week starting in August before school from 7:40-8:00am until the middle of November. Garden Club will restart in April.
Advisors- Mrs. Kali Sullivan and Mrs. Emily Damer
History Club- Do you love history? Think you're an amateur historian? A fan of great stories? You might have found your club! The inaugural year of the History Club begins NOW! Twice a month, listen to, watch, and reenact the great stories from history.
Advisor- Mr. Ben Purdy
Maker’s Club - The Maker’s Club offers students an opportunity to explore different types of technology through a hands-on experience. Students can make different kit based projects including robotics and electronics. Students will also have an opportunity to design and create with 3D printers and wood carving CNC router.
Advisor- Mr. Matt England
Math Club - The RRMS Math Club will encourage students to learn math outside of the classroom and challenge them to become independent learners using advanced problem solving skills. Students will be able to accomplish this by participating in math competitions as well as playing math/logic games. During the first semester, students will take part in the Stock Market Game. Student teams will access resources that help them grow their investment portfolios. Meetings are held once per week before school. During the end of the first semester and the beginning of the second semester, students will prepare for a MathCounts chapter competition where we will meet 1-2 times per week practicing problems in order to prepare. The Competition typically occurs in February at Cleveland State University. There will also be a state competition following the chapter competition in March if students qualify. These two opportunities will encourage students to have a greater appreciation for mathematics and not only expand their mathematical knowledge but also apply their knowledge to real-life situations.
Advisors- Mr. Don MacDonald and Mr. Tony Ramirez
Mindful Mornings - All students have learned about mindfulness through Fitness and Health classes. Mindfulness is the simple art of paying attention to the present moment with kindness. There are different strategies including mindful breathing, listening, movement and many other activities designed to reduce stress and anxiety. All students are invited to attend a Mindful Morning session in the West Gym on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 7:45 to 8:00am.
Advisor- Mrs. Liz Fox
Power of the Pen- Power of the Pen is the leading competitive interscholastic program in written expression for 7th and 8th graders. Power of the Pen is dedicated to helping young people find and develop a creative voice that is uniquely their own. Team members compete by writing short pieces inspired by writing prompts. Power of the Pen meets on Fridays after school from September to early spring to prepare for Districts, Regionals and State competitions. Visit https://powerofthepen.org to learn more about this unique-to-Ohio competitive, fun activity!
Advisor- Melissa Stickney rrmsp[email protected]
Safe Club - Students Advocating For Equality. The SAFE club at RRMS is an after school club for students interested in advocating for equality within the school environment and community. The club will meet every other Thursday after school from 3:20 to 4:20. The mission of the SAFE club if for interested students to discuss and share current issues and events and to plan activities in order to make a difference.
Advisor- Mrs. Anji Marniella
Science Olympiad - The Rocky River Science Olympiad team spends September through January preparing to compete in regional science competitions in an attempt to advance to State and National Competition. Previous events have included Anatomy, Disease Detectives, Dynamic Planet, Experimental Design, Forestry, Helicopters, Meteorology, Mousetrap Vehicles, Reach for the Stars, Road Scholar, Rocks and Minerals and Write It, Do It. All events are tied to some aspect of science; physics, chemistry, biology, cartography, geology, and a host of other subjects. Members will meet weekly after school. Meetings will be held from September until March in preparation for regional competitions. Team members are expected to attend all work sessions and competitions. Interested students should ask their science teachers about participation at the beginning of the school year.
Advisor- Ms. Marie Grano
Student Council - The election for the Board is held in late May among interested members of the seventh grade class. The newly elected Board will serve during their eighth grade year. Members of the Student Council meet before school. The advisor will distribute a schedule at the beginning of the school year. The Student Council is a hard working organization requiring time commitments of all members. Responsibilities include attending meetings, meeting with the Principal, arranging for clean-up after Council sponsored dances, service project work, and fund-raising for charities. All Student Council members are expected to live up to their service obligations.
Advisor- Mrs. Joyce Lampp
Team Unify - Rocky River Middle School is dedicated to promoting social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences; Unified Sports joins students with and without disabilities on the same team. It is inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. Team Unify is made up of Rocky River students of similar age and ability, which makes practices more fun and games more challenging and exciting for all. Having a sport in common is just one more way that preconceptions and false ideas are swept away. Rocky River hopes to bring experiences to students that they will never forget in hope to make a difference.
Advisor- Mrs. Shannon Hanigosky
Talent Show - A student talent show is held in late October as a showcase for a variety of skills and abilities. Students demonstrate their skills and talents in art, singing, dancing, martial arts, stand-up comedy, instrumental music, comedic skits, and other forms of skill and entertainment. Lip-syncing acts are not included in the show. All acts are reviewed and approved by the advisor and most are included in the show. Interested students should sign up for an audition time in early October. Students interested in working on the tech crew or stage crew should watch for the sign up list after auditions. Listen to the Channel 10 announcements for details.
Advisor- Mrs. Anji Marniella
West Shore Young Leaders - The West Shore Young Leaders Network (WYLN) offers students in grades 6-12 leadership skills development, social activities, and strategies aimed at preventing alcohol and drug abuse among teens. Students gain these valuable skills at monthly network meetings with peers from other West Shore schools. Through student-planned programs and social activities, West Shore students work together to learn team building and leadership, get support for making healthy choices and have fun connecting with other teens in a positive environment. WYLN helps develop youth into community leaders with essential life skills for success.
Advisor- Mr. Jamie Mahnic
Yearbook Staff - The Yearbook Committee is open to students in grades 6-8. Students in this club work to help plan, organize, and arrange the yearbook. Members may also be called upon to take photos or complete clerical tasks related to orders and distribution of the yearbook. The meetings are typically held before school.
Advisor- Mrs. Kathryn Annechino