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Middle Division Clubs

Middle Division Clubs

Middle Division Clubs at The School are designed to give students in Grades 6-8 enrichment and leadership opportunities, as well as new ways to collaborate across grades. Two out of every three Middle Division students participate in at least one club, and many participate in several. In addition, The School hosts clubs for younger grades, including Chess Team.

Throughout the year, many of these clubs and teams participate in events throughout the tri-state area, where they present their work to peers from other schools and often receive accolades. 

2021-22 Offerings

List of 5 items.

  • Debate Team

    Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 pm
    Faculty Advisor: Albert deGrasse (Gr. 7 Social Studies teacher)
    Coach: Columbia University Debate Team

    Members of the TSC Debate Team explore a variety of topics and generate arguments through multiple perspectives. Debating promotes critical thinking skills while improving the ability to persuade, communicate effectively, and speak with clarity and precision. By crafting arguments for all sides of an issue, team members develop empathy by learning about others through research and conversation in a communal space. The team competes occasionally with peer schools and uses the skills they hone in everyday life.
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

    Mondays, 3:30-5:30 pm
    Faculty Advisors: Spiro Tzakis (Gr. 1 Teacher), Clay Barnhart (Gr. 4 Teacher)

    The GSA is a group of dedicated Middle Division students united in celebrating The School as a safe, inclusive place. The GSA Club plans fun and meaningful events that promote the message that it’s okay to be who you are. Members of the GSA will grow as leaders in the TSC community as they plan school-wide initiatives and assemblies such as Ally Week, No Name-Calling Week, and the National Day of Silence. The School’s GSA is proud to support and celebrate the LGBTQIPA+ community and raise awareness in the TSC community.
  • The New Roar Times

    Wednesdays, 3:45-5:30 pm
    Faculty Advisor: Cecly Placenti (Dance Teacher)

    Calling all writers, photographers, researchers, editors, crossword puzzlers, and opiners (opiner: n. a person who likes to voice their opinion)! Do you want to write, edit, report, research, investigate, photograph, or voice your opinions? We’re looking to build a team of aspiring print journalists, photojournalists, and committed writers who want to capture current events related to the school and the world. So, if you’re interested in politics, racial justice, the election, sports, style, performing arts, studio art, science, the weather, or anything else that’s newsworthy, AND you like to write, edit, investigate, photograph, OR make crossword puzzles, then join the staff of The New Roar Times, TSC’s Middle Division Newspaper. NO experience is necessary.
  • Veterinary Science Club

    Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm
    Faculty Advisor: Javier Alvarez (Gr. 7 Associate Science Teacher)

    This is a group for Middle Div. animal lovers and future veterinarians! This lab-based learning club will introduce students to veterinary science, a branch of medicine concerned with the prevention, control, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and trauma affecting domestic and wild animals, as well as with the prevention of transmission of animal diseases (zoonoses) to people. In this hands-on club we will look at animal classification & taxonomy, diagnostic tools, medications & treatment plans, the requirements to become a veterinarian, and much, much more related to veterinary science. All Middle Division students are welcome to join! 
  • Visual Arts Portfolio Club

    Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm
    Faculty Advisors: Royce Howes and Michelle Lee (Visual Arts Teachers)

    The Visual Arts Portfolio Club provides art education and related opportunities for dedicated Middle Division students, supporting their growth as artists, learners, and citizens. Participants engage in visual art projects and discussions, and have the opportunity to assemble a visual art portfolio that may be used in the high school application process. The Visual Art Club is not only for those applying to arts high schools; it is a valuable opportunity for students to explore their own expression and creativity in visual art forms and to develop skills and understanding in the visual arts.

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