Walsh Clubs and Activities of 2020-2021

Academic UIL : Academic UIL supports the basic academic curriculum, allows students to work with others in a competitive atmosphere, and serves as academic laboratories where students can apply what they learn in the classroom. Advisor: Ms. Nguyen (krystal_nguyen@roundrockisd.org).

Art Club: Art club provides students with creative challenges and fun activities. Each month we will focus on a theme, using quality art materials while learning techniques that artists use to create a variety of artworks. Students will bring home a finished product at the end of each meeting. Advisors: Mrs. Freund (julia_caswell@roundrockisd.org>) and Mrs. Thornton (candace_thornton@roundrockisd.org )

Black Student Union: Black Student Union is a club open to all students. It promotes positive interaction, mutual respect, and seeks to be a unifying voice. The goal is to bring awareness and deepen the positive understanding of cultural difference through amicable dialogue and various cultural, educational, and social campus programming. This club is one of many RRISD middle school BSU’s. Sponsor contact: alicia_gomes@roundrockisd.org or nicky_haulotte@roundrockisd.org

Chess Club: Walsh Middle School Chess Club invites you to come and play chess. Chess Club provides opportunities for our students to improve their game in the safe environment of the school. We encourage parent volunteers. Advisor: Ms. Bhatt (jharna_bhatt@roundrockisd.org).

Please visit Chess Club page for more details.

Cooking Club: Cooking and Baking Club will be having a great time learning how to cook and bake new foods, participating in challenges, and making new friends. Come join us! Club is on hold until January 2021. Advisors: Ms. Greenstone (sharon_greenstone@roundrockisd.org), Ms. Acuff.

Dungeons & Dragons: Students will play the game Dungeons and Dragons a game where imagination is explored through adventurous campaigns through fantastic lands with swords and sorcery.

FCA – Fellowship of Christian Athletes: A Christ-centered message is shared each week by student volunteers. Walsh students do not need to be in athletics or play sports to attend. All are welcome! Advisors: Ms. Chapa (dawn_chapa@roundrockisd.org), Mrs. Wilson (christie_wilson@roundrockisd.org )

GSA Club: The Gay/Straight Alliance Club provides a safe, inclusive place where students, regardless of their orientation, identity, or parentage, support each other, socialize, discuss issues, and plan activities related to diversity and inclusivity. Meets via Google Meet on the first B Day of each week. Contact Ms. Eskenazi for details. Advisor: Ms. Eskenazi (sharon_eskenazi@roundrockisd.org), Mr. Roland (collie_roland@roundrockisd.org) and Mrs. Travis (april_travis@roundrockisd.org).

Geography Club: Do you like learning about geography, cultures, and countries? Do you like to compete, testing your geographic knowledge? If you do, then join the Walsh Geography Club! The Geography Club is all about improving our geography knowledge, as well as preparing for the annual National Geographic Bee competition. Meets via Google Meet on Thursdays at 3:45-4:30. Contact an advisor for the Google Meet code. Advisor: Ms. Eskenazi (sharon_eskenazi@roundrockisd.org) and Mr. Parrack (marlin_parrack@roundrockisd.org).

Helping Teachers Club: The goal for this club is for students to help teachers with work they need help with. Because of social distancing, students can help teachers by writing encouraging emails and letters, and leaving it in their room or on the classroom door. Meets via Google Meet on Thursdays from 3:45-4:15. Advisor: Ms. Schulz (allison_schulz@roundrockisd.org)

National Junior Honor Society: At NJHS meetings, inducted members discuss upcoming service opportunities and upcoming fundraisers. Students are asked to join committees for the events. NJHS also has members give an update on previous service events. NJHS meetings are run by the NJHS officers. An agenda is set at an officer meeting the week before the general meeting. Officer elections are held at the October meeting. Students are eligible to become members of NJHS in 7th and 8th grade. Membership is by application only. Membership applications are sent to eligible students in mid-February and due towards the end of February/early March. Induction will be in late April. Advisor: Ms. Carter (seleta_carter@roundrockisd.org) and Alicia Loza-Viloria (alicia_loza-viloria@roundrockisd.org). Time: TBD. Restrictions: Meetings open to inducted members only.

Nintendo Switch Club: We focus on electronic sportsmanship in a fun inclusive environment. We will play multiplayer games and compete for fun! Members must have a Nintendo Switch but they can always bring a guest as each Switch can have 2 or more players. Club will resume when in-person clubs are permitted. Advisor: Deputy Cole (ron_cole@roundrockisd.org).

No Place for Hate: No Place For Hate (NP4H) is a group of students who work together to improve and maintain a positive climate through anti-bias and bully prevention activities. We meet every other week to plan and implement activities. This is a safe place where you have a voice and can make a difference at Walsh! We also meet to celebrate our work, attend an annual NP4H Conference at UT and are always looking for new members just like you! Advisor: April Travis (april_travis@roundrockisd.org).

Rubik's Cube Club: Meet with other Cubers to practice our craft and get ready for competitions. Advisor: TBD

Scripps National Spelling Bee: Do you love spelling? If you do, then our annual Spelling Bee competition is the place for you! Students sign up in and receive study materials in the Fall to compete in the Spelling Bee in January. Watch for promotions about signing up for the Spelling Bee in school announcements. There will be an informational meeting and no regular meetings are held. Students study on their own. Advisor: Ms. Murray (ronda_murray@roundrockisd.org).

Spanish Club: Come experience cultural activities, listen to Spanish music, enjoy exploring interesting locations online from Spanish speaking countries, and practice speaking Spanish in a fun, casual setting. Contact the advisor for the Google Meet code and meeting dates. Advisor: Mrs. Kianes (zenaida_kianes@roundrockisd.org).

Student Council: The Student Council plays a significant role in the life of a middle school! The Middle School Student Council is comprised of Executive Officers (7th & 8th graders), and Representatives from each grade level (6, 7, 8). These officers work with the advisors and the faculty, and are encouraged to act as spokespeople for their classmates. Students are encouraged to get to know their classmates and get suggestions from them about how to make our school a better and more fun place to learn. This year we will be in charge of many exciting things at Walsh such as spirit weeks, Red Ribbon Week collaboration, community service projects, fundraisers, student and faculty relations, and so much more. Advisors: 6th Grade: Mr. Babbs (bryan_babbs@roundrockisd.org), 7th Grade: Mrs. Sanders (victoria_sanders@roundrockisd.org) and 8th Grade: Mr. Bauer (joseph_bauer@roundrockisd.org) Our club is well underway for the 2020-2021 year, but we always welcome new members! Our Schoology join code is 83WN-P7QV-THKJZ. Once accepted, fill out the Student Council Information Form at the bottom of the newsfeed! General meetings are every first and third Wednesday of the month at 4:00!

The Investigator's Club: Do you want to know the truth? The Investigator's Club members will learn how to conduct investigations on issues or incidents. Filter out fake news. How to use public information and open records requests to gain facts. How to interview people and talk with content experts. Membership is only for 8th graders with parent permission. Times to be determined Advisor: Deputy Cole (ron_cole@roundrockisd.org).

Try Yoga: Develop body awareness; manage stress through breathing, awareness, meditation and healthy movement; build concentration; increase confidence and positive self-image; feel part of a healthy, non-competitive group. Join anytime! Postponed until CDC Guidelines permit. Advisor: Mrs. Pattison (carole_pattison@roundrockisd.org).

Zombie Apocalypse Survivor Club: Learning how to survive the inevitable coming zombie apocalypse. Advisor: Mr. Linder (stephen_linder@roundrockisd.org).