Sports and Clubs

A Message from the WMS Athletic Director

Dear supporters of Willowbrook Middle School & the Prairie Hill District Community:

Welcome to the athletic department section of our web page!

Willowbrook Middle School is fortunate indeed! We are blessed with some fantastic coaches, programs and student athletes. When you compile this with a supportive community it is a formula for success.

Our History: Do you realize that it was over 6o years ago (1949) that the one room schools, here in northern Winnebago County, named Nichols, Hayward and White decided to consolidate into one? Three years later it became a reality, but due to the building of the I-90 Tollway the original school needed to be moved. The new school named Prairie Hill was opened in 1959. Prairie Hill School, the cornerstone of our district, is now over 50 years old! In 2009 Prairie Hill School went from a kindergarten through 8th grade building to a K-4th grade with the creation of Willowbrook Middle School (5th-8th grades). In over 150 years our district has gone from several one-room schools to a two-school district!

As a member of the Northern Conference, Willowbrook Middle School gives its students many opportunities to compete athletically in the sports program. We offer girls volleyball, soccer (boys & girls), cheerleading, poms, boys and girls basketball and track. From the grassy fields of soccer to the shine of our wood floor our sights are set high!

If you are a member of the community, a Past Prairie Hill or Willowbrook team member, or an interested sport enthusiast we would love to have you come see us. We promise our teams and players will sweat, compete and push to do their best as they learn how to personify what it takes to be a team player.

From Willowbrook Middle School (on the eastside of I-90 under the shadow of the Hill),

Michael Rhines, WMS Athletic Director

The Wolverine Booster Club

We play a big part in keeping the athletic program strong at Willowbrook. We sell concessions at sporting events, and use the proceeds to purchase equipment, balls, and miscellaneous items for the teams, which include Volleyball, Soccer, Cheerleading, Poms, Boys and Girls Basketball, and Track. We need parents of all the athletes to volunteer to man the concession booth, so be sure to sign up and do your part.

We also fund a scholarship program to help our students attend summer camps to enhance their skills. Please find this scholarship opportunity under the Parents and Students menu on the "Scholarships" page.

We have meetings typically before every season begins. Please check the concession sign-up calendar for your work dates.

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Sports

Boys Varsity Basketball

Coach: Ric Wicks (Email)

Try-Outs are generally held in the first week of October and the season ends mid-January. 7th and 8th grade Boys can participate.

Boys Junior Varsity Basketball

Coach: Jessica Sockness (Email)

Tryouts are typically held in the first week of October and the season end in mid December. All 6th and 7th grade boys able to participate. Camp is usually held the last week of July.

Co-Ed Track & Field

Coaches: Heather McIlwain (Email), Scott Rogers (Email), and Doug Elfstrom (Email)

All students in grades 6, 7, and 8 may participate without try-outs. The season runs from mid-March to mid-May.

Track and Field do not currently offer a summer camp.

Co-Ed Junior Varsity Soccer

Coach: Cindy Froman (Email)

Try-outs are held the first few days of school in August. The season ends in early October. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 may participate. A summer soccer camp is held in mid-August. Information and forms will be on the website in late May.

Co-Ed Varsity Soccer

Coach: Justin Bonne (Email)

Try-outs are held the first few days of school in August. The season ends in early October. Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 may participate. A summer soccer camp is held in mid-August. Information and forms will be on the website in late May.

Girls Cheerleading

Coach: Jenessa Zimmer (Email)

Girls in grades 5, 6, and 7 may try-out in late April for the upcoming fall season. Practices begin in August and the girls perform throughout the Boys Basketball season, which ends in mid-January.

A summer Cheerleading camp is held in August for girls who make the squad.

Girls Varsity Basketball

Coach: Mike Rhines (Email)

Try-Outs are generally held in the first week of December and the season ends in late February. 6th - 8th grade Girls can participate.

Girls Junior Varsity Basketball

Coach: Jacqui Thompson (Email)

Try-Outs are generally held in the first week of December and the season ends in late February. 6th - 7th grade Girls can participate.

Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball

Coach: Cindy Rhines (Email)

The volleyball season runs from August through October. Volleyball camp is held in early August and tryouts are conducted in mid-August. Please see the forms page for current camp registration and tryout dates.

Girls Varsity Volleyball

Coach: Jacqui Thompson (Email)

The volleyball season runs from August through October. Volleyball camp is held in early August and tryouts are conducted in mid-August. Please see the forms page for current camp registration and tryout dates.

Poms/Dance

Coaches: Kim Hatfield (Email)

Try-outs are held in April of the year preceding their season. The season runs from October to the end of Boy’s basketball, which is late December or early January. Girls in grades 6, 7 and 8 may participate.

A summer Dance camp is held in August for girls already on the team.

Clubs

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The Happy Palette

Coordinator: Mrs. Chris Kerska

The Happy Palette Painting Club is a new club at WMS open to 7th and 8th graders. Every month we will be using acrylic paints on canvas to create our very own masterpiece that we get to keep! The cost is $25 per year for supplies. We will meet on the 1st and 2nd Thursday of each month from 2:30-3:45 in the artroom. Our first meeting is Oct. 5. Sign up is in the office.

Baking Club

Coordinators: Mrs. Marcie Ball (Email) and Mrs. Lisa Willett (Email)

Do you enjoy making yummy treats? Do you feel at home in the kitchen? Baking Club is a great way to "mix it up" with your friends. We will meet after school every other Wednesday from 2:30-3:45. In baking club, we will learn about how to make delicious treats to share with our families and community members. There is a $30 fee to be involved in the baking club. This cost includes a "Baking Club" t-shirt, all baking items/supplies, ingredients, etc. Come on out and join in the fun!

Band

Band Director: Mr. Andrew Westgate (Email)

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument? Join band! WMS offers band to 5th-8th grade students. The band performs at the Roscoe Fall Festival Parade, a Fall Concert, a Winter Concert, the Java Jam Fundraiser, a Spring Concert, and the 8th grade Promotion Ceremony. Students register for band as a regular class period that meets every day, and the class counts as a letter grade. Students receive group lessons each week, and are expected to practice and improve! WMS also offers Jazz Band, which meets Thursday mornings from 7-7:35am. All 6th-8th graders with experience on their instruments are welcome to join Jazz Band.

Chess

Coordinator: Mrs. Laurie Dixon (Email)

Chess club is open to all 5th - 8th grade students! You do not need to be a chess mastermind to join; students of all skill levels are welcome! In this club, you will learn the names of the chess pieces, where the pieces are allowed to move, and other tips and strategies. You will then get to put your skills to the test and face off with other students. We meet every other Tuesday in Ms. Mayer's classroom. Feel free to come to any of the meetings. If you are in sport for a season, please join us when you're season ends. See you there!

Choir

Choir Director: Mrs. Linda Julian (Email)

For those of you who love to sing, you can join the chorus! 5th grade chorus is an after school/morning activity that meets once a week and has various performing opportunities. 6th-8th graders sign up for chorus as a class, and perform in the Fall Concert, Winter Concert, Java Jam Fundraiser, Spring Concert, and 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony. Contact Mrs. Julian for more information about chorus!

Cursive

Coordinator: Mr. Steve Heidel (Email)

In Cursive Club, you will learn to read and write, not only that sentence, but also The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution, letters from Grandma, and more! Learning cursive doesn’t only give you a cool way to sign your name, but helps improve spelling and reading skills. All students (5th-8th Grade) are welcome to join Mr. Heidel, during the month of March, to learn this long-lost art. We meet each Tuesday & Thursday, from 2:30 – 3:45! Hope to see you there!

Forensics Club

Coaches: Mrs. Amanda Books (Email) and Mrs. Dani Zoeller (Email)

Do you talk "pretty?" Do you enjoy acting? Do you do any amazing accents? Then the forensics team is for you! Forensics is a speech and acting team in which you choose from a wide variety of categories to participate in, from storytelling and group acting to poetry and informative speeches!

There is something for everyone and it is an excellent chance to gain confidence in your public speaking skills while having a great time! We meet twice a week starting the end of October and go through February. We compete in several meets throughout the competition season as well as host a Speeches and Slushies evening! We are easily able to work around most other curricular activities, so come check us out!

Math Team

Coach: Mrs. Kim Hatfield (Email)

Students in 7th-8th grade may try out to become members of the Math Team. The top ten “mathletes” will be chosen to become members!

The team attends one competition, which is the Mathcounts Regional Competition, at Rock Valley College in February. The math team starts meeting in September on Fridays and continues until after the competition. If you love math, come try out!

Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month)

Coordinator: Mrs. Dani Zoeller (Email)

Do you love to write? Nanowrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Nanowrimo is an exciting writing program that takes place throughout the month of November where writers endeavor to write a novel in a month! If writers meet their personalized goal, you even have the opportunity to get your book self published through CreateSpace! Any age student may participate, and Mrs. Zoeller looks forward to seeing you there!

The Paw Newspaper Club

Coordinators: Mrs. Kim Andrews (Email) & Mrs. Dani Zoeller (Email)

The newspaper club starts in October of every year, and everyone is welcome to join. They meet weekly (every Tuesday), October - March. Students choose topics of interest to write articles about - anything from surveys and sports coverage, to interviews and comics. Students can be a part of our school newspaper even while being a part of other sports and clubs, as articles are usually written on the student's own time. The Paw is published monthly and features student-written articles. The teacher sponsors, Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Zoeller, will provide leadership, editing and layout assistance. The Paw is a great club to join in order to improve your writing skills, get published and have fun!

Quiz Bowl

Coordinator: Mrs. Stephanie Stallman (Email)

7th and 8th grade students who love trivia should try out for the WMS Quiz Bowl Team. Tryouts take place just before winter break and the season runs until spring break. In addition to the WMS Team, the quiz bowl conference includes 2 teams from Roscoe, 2 teams from Stephen Mack and a team from South Beloit. So if you're interested in being a part of the WMS Quiz Bowl Team, then "buzz in" for some trivia fun! Please contact Coach Stallman if you have any questions.

Robotics

Coach: Mrs. Dani Zoeller (Email)

Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by Mrs. Zoeller, our FIRST LEGO League team - the Robowolverines - research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.

It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges, They also practice the Program’s Core Values” (www.firstlegoleague.org). The challenge/game this year is called “Animal Allies.”

Servo Terra Environmental Club

Directors: Mr. Mike Rhines (Email) and Mrs. Cindy Froman (Email)

One of our largest, most popular clubs at WMS is Servo Terra- our Environmental Club. Students in 5th-8th grade are welcome to join! Outdoor activities of all kinds take place, with an emphasis on responsible stewardship of natural resources. There is also a summer environmental camp offered.

Spanish Club

Coordinator: Mrs. Laurie Dixon (Email)

Spanish club is open to 5th-8th grade students. In this club, we explore the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. We build our own Mayan and Aztec pyramids, create beautiful papel picados and worry dolls, study numerous holiday traditions and customs, play Spanish instruments, sing Spanish songs, and, of course, sample authentic Spanish food! Join this club to learn more about this fascinating culture!

Student Council

Coordinator: Mrs. Kelli Houghton (Email)

The WMS Student Council is a group of eager students who are willing to help make a difference in the school community. The Student Council consists of four officers; President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two homeroom representatives per class. Together we collaborate twice a month to discuss and plan for the community’s needs, fundraisers, spirit days, and Wolverine events. The WMS Student Council serves as a voice for the student body and helps organize school-wide goals. The overall expectation for a Student Council member is to demonstrate leadership, coordinate extracurricular activities, and help others! Join us!

Theater

Director: Mrs. Linda Julian (Email) and Co-Director:

Are you dramatic? Do you love the spotlight? Each year, the theater department produces a show, rotating between a play or a musical. All 6th- 8th grade WMS students are welcome to participate. Try-outs are held during the second semester of the school year, and the play or musical is performed in the spring. Contact Mrs. Julian or Mrs. Baker for more information!

Yearbook

WMS Coordinator: Mrs. Elizabeth Hand (Email) and PHS Coordinator: Kelly Rogers (Email)

During the school year, a chosen panel of 10-12 6th – 8th Grade students compile pictures and information to produce a yearbook distributed in the spring. Students meet around once a month between October-March to help edit photos, write text and work on layout. Talk to Mrs. Hand or Mrs. Rogers if you’d like more information on how you can get involved!