• Co-Curricular Activities & Clubs 

    Most clubs are drop-in programs from 2:25 - 3:45. All dates* subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. 

    • Come play when you can. No charge.
    • Students may take the late bus home or be picked up at any time.
    • Students should listen to daily announcements for any changes!
    • Check with advisor for questions.
    • Check the website calendar for date changes!

    Theater Club has separate entry here:  AMS Theater Club

    SEE THE CALENDAR FOR DATES

Club Advisor Location Dates Notes
Chess Club Mrs. Epstein (mepstein@sprise.com) Library September 12, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28 All grades, all abilities welcome!
Wizards & Warriors Mr. Steve Opre (sopre@sprise.com) Innovation & Design Lab TBD Open to 7th & 8th Graders
Innovation & Design Club Mr. Steve Opre (sopre@sprise.com) Innovation & Design Lab TBD Open to all grades
Robotics Mr. Steve Opre (sopre@sprise.com) Innovation & Design Lab TBD Open to all grades
Student Leadership and Service Maggie Kim and Jayma Robinson (mkim@sprise.com and jrobinson@sprise.com) Room 102 First meeting: October 1. Dates vary, but we typically meet every other Monday.
Young Chef Club Mrs. Holly Vordenberg (hvordenberg@sprise.com) FACS Room Begins Oct. 29 Sign up with Mrs. Vordenberg
Destination Imagination Terri Behn (terri.behm@nhicc.org) TBD TBD Info night on Wednesday, 10/3 from 6-7pm in the AMS I&D room
Jazz Band Kevin Swift (kswift@sprise.com) Room 205 Audition band, see details under Academic Programs, Music Page on this site
STEAM Club Ms. Jess Oltman (joltman@sprise.com) Computer Lab #2 Begins on October 4; Meets from 2:30-3:45pm Tuesdays and Thursdays for October Open to all, come join us when you can!
  • Club Details

    • STEAM Club:  Are you looking for a club where you can build and create? STEAM club is where you need to be! Come join us on Tuesdays or Thursdays starting Oct. 4! Advisor: Jess Oltman (joltman@sprise.com)
    • Chess Club, open to all skill levels from beginner to advanced! There is no sign up and no fee to play, come when you can: 2:30-4:00pm!  Questions? contact Mrs. Epstein at mepstein@sprise.com   Keep an eye on the website and listen to announcements for changes to the schedule.
    • Wizards and Warriors: Students use mental math, experiential probability, problem-solving logic and social thinking to play Wizards & Warriors.  Meets on Thursdays with Mr. Steve Opre (sopre@sprise.com) and is open to students in grades 7&8. Meeting dates: Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15
    • Innovation & Design Club: Students learn about CAD, graphic design, and the engineering design process.  Lego Mindstorm kits are constructed and programmed to solve a series of dynamic challenges.  small parts may be 3d printed on the TAZ5 and TAZ6 3d printers.  Meets on Tuesdays with Mr. Opre (sopre@sprise.com) Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 13, 20, 27 and Dec. 4
    • Robotics: Students learn about the six simple machines, the scientific method and the engineering design process.  Lego Mindstorms kits are contstructed and programmed to solve a series of dynamic challenges.  Open to all students.  Begins Monday Sept. 24; 10 meetings, additional days TBD.  Contact Steve Opre with questions (sopre@sprise.com).
    • Maker Club:  Students learn about Computer Aided Design (CAD), graphic design, and the engineering design process. Lego mindstorms kits are constructed and programed to solve a series of dynamic challenges.  Small parts may be 3d printed on the TAZ5 and TAZ6 3d printers.  Modest laser etching projects use the Full Spectrum 40 watt CO2 laser. Open to all students; meets with Mr. Steve Opre (sopre@sprise.com) in the Spring of 2019:  March 11, 18, 20, 25, 27 and April 8, 10, 15, 17, and 29.
    • Student Leadership and Service:  The first meeting of Student Leadership and Service will be held after school on Monday, October 1, in Room 202 until 3:00. We host social events, sponsor fund raising projects, organize school spirit activities, and serve as the voice of the student body. Our school officers are elected from among Eighth grade members of Student Leadership and Service by their fellow members. Come share your ideas for making our school and community a better place.
    • Destination Imagination:  

      Calling all creative students and their families! Join us for a Destination Imagination Information Night on October 3!

      Has your child ever started planning their Invention Convention project months before the event? Do they randomly take things apart just to see how they work? If your kid is crazy about puzzles, loves to paint and draw, can build anything out of cardboard boxes, writes amazing stories, thinks up whimsical new worlds, has a flair for drama and acting, is totally into science, or has rewired your toaster into a working time machine (or wants to), then you may have a Destination Imagination child!

      Destination Imagination (DI) is an international educational program that gives kids an amazing outlet for their creativity, while teaching them leadership, teamwork, positive thinking, project management, and so much more. Teams of up to seven kids solve one of six open-ended Challenges (Scientific, Engineering, Fine Arts, Service Learning, Improvisation, or Technical) in their own unique ways, and present their solutions at Regional Tournaments in March. Teams also solve an on-the-spot Instant Challenge at the tournaments, where they must think quickly on their feet and work together to solve a problem in around five minutes.

      Teams involved in DI learn to excel in creative and critical thinking, collaborative problem solving, and project management. Students who have participated in Destination Imagination say they believe participation helped them improve their grades and do better in school, increased their self-confidence, assisted them in becoming better communicators, enhanced their respect for others, and improved their creativity and problem solving skills.

      If you'd like to find out more, bring your K-8 student and come join us for a DI Information Night on Wednesday, October 3, 6-7 p.m. in the AMS Innovation & Design Room [enter Amherst Makerspace door "M" near softball fields in back]. If you can't make it or have questions, please contact Amherst DI Coordinator Terri Behm (terri.behm@nhicc.org).