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Current WHMS Club Schedule

Art Club (4th -8th)

This year Art Club will be focusing on and hosting our very first Empty Bowls fundraiser event in the spring.

A high school ceramics teacher and his wife developed Empty Bowls in 1990 to use his students' efforts in making ceramic bowls to raise money to feed the hungry. People came and made a small donation in exchange for a handmade bowl and a simple meal of soup and bread. It was originally planned to be a one-time event...25 years later, Empty Bowls events are hosted across the globe. Empty Bowls has raised millions of dollars to combat hunger. The bowls serve as a reminder that someone's bowl is always empty.

Throughout the school year, students at West Hills Art Club will be making bowls in art club that will be later available for purchase at our fundraiser dinner event. There will also be a silent auction for "Best of Show" bowls and other goodies. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Forgotten Harvest, to help raise awareness for food insecurity. We are extremely excited to be part of a student driven enterprise that instills character building as our children take action through art to help fight hunger in our community. Students will further develop their personal vision and artistic voice through activities varying between personal projects and collaborative pieces for the school community, such as Empty Bowls and pieces for our outdoor classroom. 7th and 8th grade students can use this time to create pieces for Scholastic Art Competition.

Meets on Wednesdays at 3:05 p.m. in the Art Room. Sign up in the Art Room.

Chess Club (4th-8th)

Chess Club meets throughout the year on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in the media center. All grades and abilities are welcome. Students play each member in the club, thus meeting kids from other grades, and challenging their abilities. Student members instruct peers on game tactics and strategies. We have a double elimination tournament later in the year. Sportsmanship is stressed.

Count Me In (8th grade)

Count Me In (8th grade) meets on Friday mornings from 7:15 - 8:00 a.m. The club offers students a chance to combat bullying and other forms of negative peer interactions. As members of the club, students are given a chance to examine their own behavior, with an eye toward becoming more sensitive to how their actions and words affect those around them. Students also are encouraged to identify negative student behaviors that affect our school's climate, while acquiring and using various intervention strategies designed to reduce such behaviors.

Coding Club (4th-8th)

Coding Club will teach students about computer science, computational thinking, and programming. In this club, you will find that Computer Science is fun, collaborative, and creative! It will teach you how to program the games you love to play and may even inspire you to create your own games/programs! You will also have the opportunity to learn basic computer programming, how the internet works and will sharpen your problem solving skills.

Meets Fridays at 7:15 a.m. in Computer Lab.

Creative Writing

The creative writing club provides weekly opportunities for students of varying grade levels and varying abilities to write, collaborate, and share ideas. A positive, productive, and creative forum is established in which students feel comfortable taking risks with their writing. Students experiment with new ideas and techniques and share work out loud for feedback. Students will gain knowledge of various types of writing including both poetry and prose. They will also learn a variety of techniques to make their writing more expressive and vivid.

Current Events (6th-8th)

Current Events meets on Wednesday mornings from 7:20 - 8:00 a.m. and is open to students in grades 6-8. Each session, students will discuss local, national and global events with their peers and see how their knowledge stacks up against other teams of students in the school. You don't have to be a social studies expert to participate or have fun in this club, rather just show up and be ready to contribute. There is no outside work or additional expectations by participating in this club.

Environmental Club (4th-8th)

The Environment Club has been a very active club! We have established native plant beds around the school, we celebrate Earth Week in many different ways each year and we have a very large recycling program. We've earned the highest Green School Award from Oakland County for the past three years and hope to keep this Evergreen status for years to come. We'd love to have you join us in helping our Earth and encouraging others to do their part!

Honors Orchestra

Honors Orchestra is a chance for students, who may be a bit more experienced string players, to play more advanced repertoire. One main goal for this ensemble is to be able to play just for the fun of playing. This ensemble is also our "gig" group, and often plays for special events as well as the regular band and orchestra concerts.

Jazz Band (5th-8th)

This club is available to 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who play saxophone, trombone, trumpet, piano, guitar, bass and percussion (drum kit). Other instruments are also welcome with permission from Mrs. Lucas. It is designed to develop Jazz music skills and foster an understanding of different styles of Jazz music, such as swing, rock, blues, and modern Jazz.

Knitting Club (4th-8th)

Students will learn the two basic stitches used in Knitting, knit and purl. After mastering casting on and the knit and purl stitches, students will have the opportunity to use their knowledge and create either knitted slippers, scarves, hats, and or doll blankets that they can donate to local charities or use themselves.

Leadership (6th-8th)

6th–8th Grade Leadership meets Thursday afternoons from 3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Students from these grades who value teamwork and the importance of volunteering for the betterment of our community are encouraged to join! Students organize several events during the school year including, an annual talent show, spirit week, and community service projects throughout the year.

Leadership Club (4th-5th)

4th and 5th grade student leaders work to help organize charity and social events for the elementary students at West Hills. Student initiative is encouraged and teacher sponsors help the students plan and present proposals to administration. Student leaders also act as liaisons to the greater student population. Emphasis is placed on developing leadership skills through guided lessons and discussion. All 4th or 5th grade students at West Hills are welcome to join.

All meetings will take place every other Tuesday from 7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Students are asked to go to their lockers between 7:20 - 7:30 a.m. to ensure that we start on time. Students should attend the first meeting to learn more about the club.

Minecraft (4th-8th)

Minecraft club will meet on Thursdays from at 7:20 a.m. Students who join the club MUST bring their own device with Minecraft pre-loaded. Knowledge of the game is a must! This is a social club bringing together students with a love for this popular game. This club will focus on developing skills such as teamwork, following group rules, problem solving and interacting appropriately with peers.

Mathcounts (6th-8th)

Mathcounts is a club geared toward competitive mathematics for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Mathcounts stretches your ability to problem solve and exposes you to math concepts you may have never learned in math class.

Model UN (6th-8th)

Do you love learning about other countries? Do you enjoy reading about issues that plague the world? Then, join the first ever West Hills Model United Nations (MUN) club. The MUN club engages in an authentic simulation of the United Nations system by learning about the UN system, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation. MUN team members have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events. We will be led twice a month by Bloomfield Hills High School students. You will have the opportunity to attend a mock event at BHHS and my go to a conference in May at Michigan State University. See Mrs. Toohey or Mrs. VanGemert for more information.

Meets Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. in room 111.

Newspaper (4th-8th)

Newspaper meets each Thursday after school. Students will be instructed in the "W's" of reporting, (who, what, where, how and why). They will have the opportunity to write, peer edit, plan layouts, and work with photography resulting in a produced monthly edition, which they will market to their peers.

WaveBoard (4th-8th)

WaveBoard meets on Friday mornings, at 7:15 a.m. in the Field House. This club is to promote fitness and exercise in the form of wave boarding. The students will be taught how to wave board and to learn new skills as well. We supply wave boards and helmets, but you are more than welcome to bring in your own. Available for 4th -8th grade.

WordMasters (4th-5th)

The WordMasters Challenge is a national competition for students in grades 3rd-8th which encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning. Over 4,200 school teams, from 50 states, participated last year.

"Unlike other language-arts contests, which emphasize grammar and punctuation, this competition addresses higher-level word-comprehension and logical abilities and helps students learn to think both analytically and metaphorically."

http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com/

Yearbook

Yearbook meets on Mondays, at 7:30 a.m. Students from all grade levels are welcome. It is the yearbook club's job to chronicle this year's events at West Hills. We need creative, energetic, enthusiastic, organized, dependable and responsible people. We need photographers, copywriters and editors. Students learn design, layout, marketing, and much more.
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