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. 

2022-23 Offerings

List of 6 items.

  • Debate Team

    Tuesdays, 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, 3:30-5:00 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.
  • Makers Club

    Mondays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 pm
    Advisor: Mélisa Nozière (Middle Div. Educational Technologist)
    Makers Club is a place for students to be both creative and innovative thinkers and inventors. This club functions as an outlet for students to not only learn how to design video games, but also bring machines to life. Our fall cycle will cover game design and development. Members will learn about programming logic, coding, and story-telling by capitalizing on their passion for video games. They will also have the opportunity to showcase their video games to fellow club members, allowing for constructive beta-testing in a fun and engaging environment. In the spring cycle, we will explore the world of engineering by designing, building, and programming. Building on their mastery of basic programming, club members will program robots to accomplish tasks and solve challenges.
  • The New Roar Times

    Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 pm
    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, 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: Michelle Lee (Visual Arts Teacher)

    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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