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Clubs and organizations provide students with many positive experiences that help them to become well-rounded individuals who are ready for college or the workplace. Joining a club gives students a chance to explore their interests and talents.
 
Participation in extra-curricular activities will foster creative, social and physical skills that are desirable qualities to colleges and future employers. Involvement can strengthen self-esteem, build lasting friendships and create a lifetime of memories!
 
There is something for everyone! Get involved!

If the club has a web page, you will find that their club name is a link to the page. Please direct any questions about a club to the club sponsor.

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Rotary Club
The Swift Creek Middle School Rotary Club is an organization that is sponsored by the Brandermill Rotary.  Rotary members will have a chance to develop skills in leadership and participate in local and international service projects. Join the google classroom! Code 7jzusf.
Sponsors: Mrs. Titus & Mrs. Berardo

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SCA
The SCA will function as a representative and democratic form of student government according to the guidelines already established on the state and local levels. SCA promotes cooperation and understanding among the faculty/students and cultivates the ideas of leadership and service to school and the community.  All students and faculty members are a part of the SCA.   Spring elections select the new SCA officers for the following year. 
Sponsors: Mrs. Rushing, Mrs. King, and Mrs. Rockenbach
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MAC Club
MAC stands for Make a Change.  MAC Club’s mission is to improve respectful peer relations and prevent bullying at SCMS. Members work together on projects throughout the year to foster a safe, positive environment for all students.  We meet on the third Wednesday of each month from 2:00-3:00 in room 114 October-May.
Sponsors: Mrs. Berardo and Mrs. Buckley

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Crime Solvers

The Crime Solvers Scholastic Program is designed to get our youth involved in civil service and community awareness.   The club’s main objective is to promote Crime Solvers in our school by word of mouth and through promotional items.  The club also determines how much of a reward to give tipsters who help resolve cases involving their school campus.  Throughout the school year, club members learn how Crime Solvers works and they discuss creative ways to get the word out to their fellow classmates.  As a club, we will learn from detectives about active threats and lock downs, media relations, forensics, computer crimes/special victims, and radar and lidar.  The club has a Faculty Advisor, a Crime Solvers board member, and a Law Enforcement Coordinator.  The student members do not investigate crimes or take Crime Solvers tips. Crime Solvers meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 2:05-3:05PM.

Sponsors: Mr. Maher & Ms. Halsey & Mrs. O'Brien & Officer Holmes


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Breakout in the Library
Each member of Breakout reads books from a list provided by club sponsors, makes "Breakout Boxes," book trailers, and engages in group discussions Breakout meets 1-3 times per month, and is held during accelerate period and/or after school.
Sponsors:  Ms. Vaughn & Mrs. Garbera

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Science & Ecology
The science and ecology club offers the opportunity for students to learn about science and do more experiments than a typical science class can offer.  We also discuss various aspects of ecology and our role in the environment.  Occasionally, we entertain some guest speakers which also offer additional education in science topics.
Sponsors: Mrs. Stigall & Mrs. Maddox

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Jazz Band
Jazz band is a club for current 7th & 8th grade band members interested in coming together to learn & play music in this style.  Interested students should contact TBA and currently be enrolled in Intermediate or Advanced Band. 
Sponsor: 


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Chess Club
The Chess Club is for beginners and experienced players of chess to have the opportunity to develop and practice the skill of the game.  We meet every Friday unless otherwise stated. Game boards (and sometimes snacks!) are provided. Chess club runs from 2:05 until +/-3:15. Parents should plan on picking up students who attend after school. Send questions to jonathan_kutis@ccpsnet.net. 
Sponsor: Mr. Kutis

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National Junior Honor Society
National Junior Honor Society is a national organization with chapters in middle schools throughout the United States and 70 other countries around the world. Students inducted into the organization represent SCMS with academic, character, service, citizenship, and leadership accomplishments. Members of NJHS provide service to the school and the community.

Applications must be made from interested students and three recommendations from teachers must also accompany the application packet. New members are inducted in the spring. GPA requirement is 3.8.

A committee of teachers votes on each applicant prior to acceptance. This voting committee shall not include participation from co-sponsors, per the rules of NJHS National Board. Applications will be due the week prior to spring break in order for them to be processed and thoroughly reviewed. Application packets will be made available either just before, or soon after, Christmas Break and they will be posted Ms. Boush's door, room 204.
Sponsors: Ms. Boush, Ms. Simko, and Mr. Brown

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The Technology Student Association
The Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts through co-curricular activities, competitive events and related programs.
Sponsors: Mrs. Rushing

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Self-Determined Club
We meet the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. The club is for students with disabilities.  Students will learn to advocate for themselves, set goals and plan out how to achieve goals. Students will learn about their IEP and participate in their IEP meeting.
Sponsors: Mrs. Hampton

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Latin Club
The Latin Club is a group for students of Latin to increase their love and enthusiasm for Latin and the Romans through social and service activities. Latin Club members have the opportunity to compete in many competitions including attending the Virginia Junior Classical League Convention in November.


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Certamen
Certamen (“competition” in Latin) is an academic competition team open to any member of the Latin Club. Through weekly practices and monthly competitions against teams from across the state, students increase their knowledge of Latin and the Romans and earn awards for their success.


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Diversity Club
The diversity club is geared toward middle school youth, with topics including relating to others, community, building trust, relationships, friendships, and getting along in society.
Sponsor: Mrs. Berardo

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Elevate
Elevate is a student-led Christian Club that meets beginning December 1st and focuses on fellowship, fun, and food.  The club meets every Friday morning from 6:45 to 7:15 am in the school cafeteria and gym.  Students organize and lead the meetings to share truths from God's word, offer encouragement to one another and also share fun and food.  All students are welcome.

Sponsors:  Mrs. Taylor

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German Club
German Club is a place for students who are interested in learning German. Students will meet to learn and practice what they know about the language. German club will meet every other Wednesday beginning October 25th. 

Sponsor: Mrs. Stump