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Middle School Clubs & Organizations

LEGO Robotics Club

First LEGO League (FLL) introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. In the Middle School, we usually have two robotics teams, Blue Eagles and Gold Eagles, which depends on the number of participants. These FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.  Middle-school students will:

  • Design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology.
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts.
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists.
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills.
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations.

Our first informational meeting is on Wednesday, August 30, starting at 3:15pm, in the 5th grade science room, #216.

We encourage any students and their family who are interested in joining our team to attend The FIRST 2017 Season Kickoff on Saturday, September 9 starting from 9:00am at the Memorial Union on the ASU Tempe Campus.

Our weekly meetings are on Wednesdays (starting September 6) from 3:15-4:30pm, in the 5th grade science room, #216. Students are also encouraged to come to optional meetings on Friday after school from 2:15 – 3:30pm.  Saturday meetings will be added from September 16–until the tournament day in November. Saturday meeting are from 1:00 – 4:00pm.

Tournament day for both teams is likely going to be Saturday, November 18.  This date still needs to be confirmed by Arizona FLL, which is scheduled to be announced September 1 and date is subject to change.

Middle School Robotics Club will also continue on Wednesdays into the Spring with various fun activities, which will also be announced after the tournament season.

For more information, please contact faculty sponsor Jesse Munch at jesse.munch@pcds.org or Maki Fullerton at maki.fullerton@pcds.org.

Arizona FIRST LEGO League Website: http://outreach.engineering.asu.edu/azfll/
FIRST LEGO League Global Website: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll
“What’s FIRST LEGO League?” Video: http://youtu.be/ydLJKFi0vHA

Outdoor Adventure Club

The Outdoors Club is geared toward immersing students in the Arizona landscape through weekend expeditions. Over the course of a fall, students will have several opportunities to hike, backpack, climb, and explore a range of environments that Arizona has to offer. This year, a small group of high school students trained in outdoor leadership skills will also accompany middle school students on these trips serving as role models for what it means to be safe and self-sufficient leaders.  Any questions please contact Hallie Mueller, Outdoors Club Coordinator at hallie.mueller@pcds.org.

Trip Dates:

  • September 8-10: Backpack and campout in West Clear Creek
  • October 27-28: Campout and hike to lava tubes and volcanic hoodoos
  • November 3-4: Campout and hike in Mcdowell Mountains
  • December 1-3: Campout and hike Superstition Mountains

Student Council

Student Council in the middle school is comprised of two separate electives that meet on Wednesday's, from 9:05 am to 9:55 am.

The first elective, called "Morning Meeting Committee", is designed for older students (grades 6 through 8). This elective will help plan, organize, and run the middle school morning meetings, which occur twice a week.  The goal of the "Morning Meeting Committee" is to help keep our student body informed as well as promote upcoming events. Students who join the committee will benefit from a leadership role within the middle school by assuming greater responsibility, as well as develop interpersonal skills and public speaking skills. Those interested in more information about the "Morning Meeting Committee" should speak with Ms. Scarpone (Rachel.Scarpone@pcds.org).

The second elective, called "School Spirit Committee", is designed for younger students (grades 5 through 7).  This elective will continuously help promote school spirit within the middle school through a variety of activities.  Whether it be recognizing other students for their accomplishments, creating birthday cards for students, or creating posters informing others of upcoming events.  The "School Spirit Committee" is perfect for those students who do not wish to be the center of attention of their peers, yet still want to make a lasting impact and make the PCDS Middle School a warm environment for all. Those interested in more information about the "School Spirit Committee" should speak with Mr. Waller (Jim.Waller@pcds.org).

Speech and Debate Team

The National Championship PCDS Middle School Speech & Debate team is a tremendous way to gain confidence, become a better public speaker, and learn to argue with best of them! There are two components to the team:

  • The competition team is composed of 6th through 8th graders who audition and make the team. These students will compete at several tournaments throughout the school year in Arizona and outside the state in competitive speech and debate. Students will have practice two to three days a week and will occasionally have more practice when leading up to a tournament.
  • The Speech & Debate elective is a chance for ALL 5th and 6th graders to learn the skills of public speaking, speech writing, acting, and debate without the commitment of practices and tournaments. The elective meets on Wednesday's during the school day and will culminate in attending one speech and debate tournament held at PCDS.

Auditions for the competitive team will take place August 29, 30, and 31, from 3:15 pm until 5:30 pm. More information to follow - students only need to be at one day of the audition at their assigned time slot.

For questions or to know more about our team, please contact C. Ryan Joyce at Ryan.Joyce@pcds.org.

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