Diamond Clubs

Click here for the registration form for all Fall Diamond Clubs

Diamond Middle School Club Offerings Fall 2020 (Trimester 1 and 2)


Clubs will start Monday, November 9th. Club advisors will add students to each club's google classroom after registration week is over. Please keep an eye on your email for roster updates!!


Number Theory Club has been cancelled for Trimester 1 and 2.

MARVELOUS MINDS

Day: Mondays, 3-4pm

Advisor: Ms. Loati

Grade Level: 6-8

Maximum Enrollment: 20

Description: Come join to learn some awesome tips and tricks for managing a stressful school year! We'll explore how mindfulness, meditation, music, and more can help us feel centered and give our mental health a much needed boost. Find out great ways you can support yourself and others during difficult times. You might just find a new favorite way to unwind after a long school day, and learn a cool fact or two about your marvelous mind!


GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance)

Day: Mondays, 2:45-3:45pm

Advisors: Ms. Levy and Ms. Hirschberg

Grade Level: 6-8

Visit the GSA website for more information!!

The William Diamond Gay-Straight Alliance is a student-run club that brings together LGBTQIA+ and allied students, families, faculty and administration to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and empowers students to educate their schools and communities.

The goals of the GSA are to educate, advocate, and assist LGBTQIA+ youth; to work against harassment and violence, and to reach across identity lines to address broader issues of oppression.

*There is no need to register for this club - it is on a drop-in basis. See advisor for details*

New Foodies are Fabulous

Day: Tuesdays, 3:15-4pm

Advisors: Ms. Wells

Grade Level: 6-8

Description: With interactive instruction from a semi-skilled instructor, novel chefs will learn the basics by following recipes of 3-5 simply-stated steps with a different delicious dish or snack in each class. Kids learn valuable culinary skills and new recipes, enjoy a fun hands-on activity, and are inspired to expand their taste buds to discover that "real food" can be really good. All recipes are vegetarian and nut-free.

Note about adult supervision/participation: These classes involve real-life cooking (with tools, heat, etc.), so parent/caregiver involvement is necessary. Students/families will need to purchase ingredients ahead of time. Only you can determine the appropriate amount of supervision and assistance that your child needs.

DRAMA WORKSHOPS

Day: Tuesdays, 3-4pm *ONCE A MONTH ONLY*

Advisor: Ms. Kalivas

Grade Level: 6-8

Maximum Enrollment: 24

Description: Mrs. Kalivas will be hosting monthly online workshops after school for any students who would like to gain more experience, stretch their skills, and learn even more about special topics in theatre.

*Monthly registration; Check monthly registration on the Drama Website. Email Ms. Kalivas with questions!*

ANIME CLUB

Day: Wednesdays, 3-4:30pm

Advisor: Ms. D'Auria

Grade Level: 6-8

Description: Interested in manga and anime? A fan or just considering? We watch and discuss anime shows- vote on shows- give tips on drawing manga style art and have drawing contests- Fun times to laugh and sometimes even be scared together depending on what shows we vote to watch!

COOL KIDS COOK!

Day: Wednesdays, 3-4

Advisor: Ms. Wells

Grade Level: 6-8

Maximum Enrollment: 24

Description: With interactive instruction from a semi-skilled instructor, young chefs get to chop, mix and roll their way to a different delicious dish in each class - with enough to share with the fam! Kids learn valuable culinary skills and new recipes, enjoy a fun hands-on activity, and are inspired to expand their taste buds to discover that "real food" can be really good. All recipes are vegetarian and nut-free.

Note about adult supervision/participation: These classes involve real-life cooking (with tools, heat, etc.), so parent/caregiver involvement is necessary. Students/families (& me!) will need to purchase ingredients ahead of time. Only you can determine the appropriate amount of supervision and assistance that your child needs.

CODING CLUB

Day: Wednesdays, 3:15-4:15pm

Advisor: Ms. Katz

Grade Level: 6-8

Maximum Enrollment: 25

Description: Coding Club is an after school club for students who are interested in learning OR expanding their knowledge in HTML, CSS, 3D Design, and much more! In doing so, students work together to comprehend/analyze codes and execute labs with my assistance. Throughout the club, we learn many new codes and skills that build a strong foundation for when we start the projects/labs and when we eventually approach our final "Code - Fest" projects! Coding Club is coached by former Diamond Middle School student Aline Keremian. Feel free to contact LexCodingClub@gmail.com or 22keremian@lexingtonma.org with any questions or comments!

DEBATE CLUB (6th GRADE):

Day: Thursdays, 3:15-4:15pm

Advisor: Ms. Murphy

Grade Level: 6th graders only

Enrollment Limit: 15 students only (club roster will be determined by lottery after registration has closed)

Description: This debate club for 6th graders will introduce students to the process and skills required to engage in debating a variety of topics. LHS Debate Team members coach this club.

DEBATE CLUB (7th/8th GRADE)

Day: Thursdays, 3:15-4:15pm

Advisor: Ms. Flori

Grade Level: 8th & 7th grade students only (priority will be given to 8th graders)

Enrollment Limit: 24 students only (club roster will be determined by lottery after registration has closed)

Description: The 7th/8th Grade Debate Club will introduce students to the world of debate, prepare them to compete and participate in the high school debate program, and teach them how to approach the world through a more questioning and inquisitive lens. We will address several topics, including how to understand an argument, generate responses, and be compelling as well as convincing in speech. Contextualized by a week-long focus on a topic currently in the news, the skills are both approachable and interesting, making this the ideal forum to develop an understanding of the world, and of debate. LHS Debate Team members coach this club.

GIRLS into MATH (GIM)

Day: Thursdays, 3-4pm

Advisor: Ms. Zhou

Grade Level: 6-8

Enrollment Limit: 20 students

Description: Are you a girl who loves math? There is a place for you at Girls into Math(GIM), an introduction to the variety of math competitions offered at Diamond. We will explore many different topics (Probability, Algebra, Geometry, Permutations,etc.) to build a strong foundation for math competitions. The hope is to provide a place for girls to get interested in math and most importantly, have fun. All skill levels are welcome to join.

MOCK TRIAL

Day: Fridays, 3-4pm

Advisor: Ms. McLaine

Grade Level: 6-8

Maximum Enrollment: 30

Description: Have you always wanted to improve your public speaking skills? Are you an actor, bored with the regular stage, wanting a bigger challenge? Do you want to become a lawyer when you grow up? Is RBG one of your idols? Or do you just think mock trial sounds cool? Then this club is for you! During the year, we'll explore different aspects of the criminal justice system, persuasiveness, reading affidavits and producing evidence in court (woah big words! Don't worry, you'll learn these too!), differences between expert and character witnesses, direct and cross examinations, and so much more! At the end of the year, despite the Zoom nature of basically everything, we'll test your knowledge with a real Mock Trial judged by a real lawyer (hopefully)! It's not just all legal jargon though - we have plenty of fun with pasta nights, fun games, and making tons of friendships! Check out the Mock Trial website for more!

Middle School Mock Trial flyer-3.pdf

TABLETOP GAMING CLUB

Day: Fridays, 3-4pm

Advisor: Mr. Caskey

Grade Level: 6-8

Maximum Enrollment: 20

Description: The Tabletop RPG group plays role-playing games (RPG) like Dungeons & Dragons (3.5e and 5e) and Magic: The Gathering. Beginners and experienced players are welcome for D&D, but MTG is bring-your-own-deck.


DIAMOND DISPATCH (School Newspaper)

Day: to be announced, 3-4pm

Advisor: Mrs. Wettstone

Grade Level: 6-8

Click here for Diamond Dispatch Website!

Description: Students will write, conduct interviews, prepare articles, and provide illustrations for publication in the school newspaper. Students with questions about joining the staff of Diamond Dispatch should speak with Mrs. Wettstone.

*Check your email for sign up info from Mrs. Wettstone*

HOMEWORK CLUB

Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 3-4pm

Advisors: Ms. Burgin and Ms. Franco

Grade Level: 6-8

Description: Students may drop in Monday through Thursday to get help with homework or just have a quiet place to work.

*There is no need to register for this club - it is on a drop-in basis. See advisor and email from Ms. Sharp for details*

STUDENT COUNCIL

Days: To be determined, before school meetings

Advisors: Mrs. Wettstone & Mr. Synnott

Description: Members of the Student Council will meet before school to develop and discuss ideas to improve the Diamond Middle School community. Students from all grades are welcome and encouraged to help. Check out the Student Council Website here!

*There is no need to register for this club - it is on a drop-in basis. See advisor for details. Check email from Mrs. Wettstone for Google form to sign up!*

Have a question about clubs at Diamond? Email Ms. Casey at tcasey@lexingtonma.org