Student Life

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. 

2023-24 Offerings

List of 7 items.

  • NEW! Creative Writing & Public Speaking Club

    * This Club is open to current 8th Grade students
    Mondays and Fridays, 3:30-5:00 pm, Room 305 (Gr. 8 English classroom)
    Advisors: Raquel James-Goodman (Gr. 8 English Teacher) and Caitlyn Madara (Associate to Division Directors)
    Are you passionate about writing? Interested in enhancing your presentation skills? If you answer yes, we invite you to join the Creative Writing and Public Speaking Club! Delve into various techniques through workshops and activities, discover your unique writing voice, and practice delivering original pieces with confidence, passion, and conviction. We look forward to your participation!
  • NEW! New York Nature Club

    Mondays, 3:30-5:30 pm, Room 333 (Grs. 5/6 Science Lab)
    Advisor: Ben Raikes (Gr. 6 Science Teacher)
    You don’t have to go to the wilderness to find nature. There is a thriving ecosystem right here in the city! The New York Nature Club will go to the North Woods in Central Park and watch the spring come in: the first plants, trees, migrating birds, and mammals. In inclement weather, we will do research in the classroom on the species that we have seen, and make watercolor illustrations in the spirit of centuries of natural history study.
  • Debate Team

    Mondays, 3:30-5:30 pm
    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 one’s ability to persuasively communicate with clarity and precision. By crafting arguments for all sides of an issue, team members develop empathy, learning about others through research, games, and conversation in a lively, communal space. The team competes occasionally with peer schools; our primary focus is to build on both academic and life skills.
  • Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

    Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 pm
    Advisor: Spiro Tzakis (5B 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, 3:30-5:30 pm
    Advisor: Monica Diaz (Gr. 6 Science Associate), Caitlyn Madara (Divisional Coordinator)
    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, elections, 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.
  • Student Government (Elected Positions)

    Mondays, 3:30-5:00 pm
    Advisor: Jason Singleton (Middle Division Director)
    The Student Government’s purpose is to act as a voice for the students at The School, as well as to plan and implement school events, activities, and initiatives throughout the course of the school year. These are elected positions, ranging from Officers to Student Representatives. They interface with the grade-level students, administration and parent community to engage them in some of their initiatives.
  • Visual Arts Portfolio Club

    Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm, Art Studio
    Advisor: Royce Howes (Visual Arts Associate)

    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 Arts 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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