Clubs and other Activities

All students are eligible to participate in club activities as long as they maintain behavioral standards. Dates and times of each activity are announced on daily morning announcements, posted in the office and on the website.

American Sign Language Club - American Sign Language Club - ASL club is open to all students and staff members who are wanting to learn American Sign Language. This 10-week club meets in the Winter after Winter Break and every Thursday until Spring Break. Every week a new theme or topic will be taught (i.e. alphabet, colors, family, food, etc). If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Salyards at Come learn a new language in room 201. 

Art Club - This club is open to all students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. It meets after school on most Wednesdays and gives students an opportunity to use different art mediums in a creative atmosphere.  Students’ work is displayed around the school at various art shows in the community and at the District 23 Art Show in the spring.

Bowling Club - MacArthur's Bowling Club is open to all sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. It starts in late January and goes through early March at the Mt. Prospect Brunswick Zone after school. By joining Bowling Club, students have an opportunity to socialize across grade levels with their friends while being part of a team. 

Innovation Club: Innovation club is open to all students who are interested in exploring new computer programs, apps, websites and more. This club meets 2-3 times a month during the fall season. The topics are decided by the students with a new topic every session. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Teramoto at for more information. 

Creativity Club - The Creativity Club is open to all students interested in arts and crafts as well as sewing. Students select their own projects and purchase their own supplies. Meetings usually take place after school, one or two days a week.

Dance Club - Dance Club is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders that are interested in dance. This club starts after spring break and goes until May. During this time the girls are improving their technique, learning a dance routine, and creating part of a routine. The club meets before school at 7AM two to three times a week. The girls should wear appropriate clothing and gym shoes. 

Earth Squad - This club addresses environmental needs of the school, community and the world. Through problem-based learning activities, student will work to promote recycling efforts both within and out side the school, bring awareness and/or adopt endangered species and beautify our landscaping outside the school. This club meets regularly throughout the year.

Math Counts Club - The Math Counts Club meets every Thursday when school is in session at 7:15 am in Mrs. Ibrahim's classroom, room 413, through the end of March.

Musical Production - Students may participate in the production as performers or tech crew behind the scenes. Actual parts on stage or in the accompanying bands are competitive and selective and involve auditions. The dates of the musical are set by the sponsors (usually in late winter/early spring). Rehearsals are usually daily, particularly as the opening date approaches. Students must meet academic and behavioral criteria on a weekly basis in order to remain eligible to participate in the musical.

Newspaper - The school newspaper welcomes all students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade who are interested in writing about school news and current events.  Meetings are generally held after school once or twice per month in the computer lab.  Students who join must be creative, enjoy writing, have excellent grammar skills, and be adept at meeting deadlines.  The “General” is published 4 times per year and the club sponsor chooses the student editor.  Editors must be an eighth grader who has written for the newspaper for at least one previous school year.  In addition, the editor must possess superior editing and leadership skills.  

PALS - The PALS program is structured to serve as a mentorship program between students and community volunteers. This program will provide an opportunity for students to get one-on-one or small group assistance with their homework, projects, and upcoming tests as well as help to strengthen cooperative learning and communication skills. This is a great way for your child to get some extra help while building positive relationships. In order to provide a successful and effective experience, communication between the PALS coordinator and grade level teams will occur to ensure that the correct homework assignments are being completed and progress is being made. Students are recommended into PALS by their teachers on an as needed basis. However, requests for students to be placed into PALS by parents, if not recommended, will be considered on a case by case basis, if there are still spots available. This activity takes place on Wednesdays, after school. Parents are responsible for their children getting home.

Poms - MacArthur Poms promotes school spirit and sportsmanship. Tryouts begin in September, and the season goes from October until January. The poms squad is compromised of two groups - 6th/7th grade squad and 8th grade squad. The amount of girls on each squad ranges from 16-22 girls. Practices are held at 6:30AM two to three times each week. In addition to practice, the girls will be dancing and cheering at the home basketball games (about 12 games). The season will wrap up with Pom Night in the beginning of January.

Recital Night - Each year, usually in late February, students from the various music programs are asked to perform in an evening recital. The selections are generally made by the directors, from students, who received "firsts" in Solo-Ensemble Contest. This gives these outstanding performers an opportunity to showcase their talents for their families, friends and the community.

School Newspaper - The newspaper staff is selected in the early fall from 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The selection of staff is based on the submission of sample articles. Editors are chosen by the by the sponsor The Newspaper staff is involved in all phases of producing a MacArthur paper, "The General", four or five times a year. Keyboarding or typing skills are necessary. Meetings are generally after school on Tuesdays in Room 406 from 3-4pm.  

Student Senate - Any student can become a member of Student Senate by attending meetings regularly. Student Senate is responsible for promoting various activities including school dances, fundraisers, spirit weeks, and selling of candy grams throughout the school year.  Meetings are typically held after school and meet periodically throughout the school year depending on the activity being planned.  Further information can be obtained by contacting either of the two sponsors, Mrs. Joffe ( or Mrs. Kevil (

Unified Soccer - Unified Soccer is a Special Olympics Unified Sports program that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (partners) on a soccer team for training and competitions.  Our season runs from August through October and is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.

Yearbook Club - Yearbook club is open to all students who are interested in joining a fun and creative club that runs throughout the entire school year. Students will explore yearbook design and publishing, as well as photography. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Teramoto at or Mrs. Basile at for more information. 


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