Clubs and Other Activities

Clubs and Other Activities

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 - ASL club is open to all students and staff members who want 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 [email protected] Come learn a new language in room 201. 

Anime Club -  A club open to everyone which focuses on the love for everything Anime. This 12 week club includes movies, tv shows, and video games. Activities include watching Studio Ghibli movies to having a Super Smash Bros. tournament. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Howitz at [email protected] or stop by Room 206 for more info.

Applied Technology Club - Applied Technology Club is open to all students who are interested in Science and Technology. The club will explore various technologies in the STEAM Lab. Students will have access to 3D Printers, Vinyl graphic design, 3D Modeling, a wood shop, and MacBook Computers. Applied Technology Club takes place after school in the STEAM Lab (Room 311). Contact Mr. Quesea for more information. 

Art Club - This club is open to all students in 6th, 7th and 8th graders. 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 runs for six weeks from February through March at Arlington Lanes after school. Students will need their own rides, so carpooling is highly encouraged. By joining Bowling Club, students have an opportunity to socialize across grade levels with their friends while improving their bowling skills.

Creativity Club - The Creativity Club is open to all students interested in advancing their cooking skills. Each meeting consists of a different recipe. Students can sign up for the meetings they prefer to attend and do not have to attend all meetings. Meetings take place twice a week after school (Tuesday and Thursdays), from the middle of October through December.

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 7 AM two to three times a week. The girls should wear appropriate clothing and gym shoes. 
First Lego League - Students design, build, and code a customized lego robot to compete on a challenge table. Students also research a solution to a real world problem by conducting research, interviewing experts, and putting together a creative presentation. Students compete at a competition against teams from around the area. Please contact Mr. Quesea at [email protected] for more information.
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 [email protected] for more information.  
Jazz Band-The MacArthur Jazz Band is an extra-curricular band that meets three days a week outside of the school day. The jazz band focuses on the fundamentals of playing different styles of music such as jazz, latin, funk, R&B, blues, and rock. The Jazz Band has had a long history of success, consistently ranking as one of the most successful middle school jazz ensemble in the area. The Jazz Band performs at all MacArthur band concerts and also at different community events, so come check us out!

Mac Allies - This is a leadership initiative in which 7th and 8th graders are nominated to partake in on behalf of their teachers. This is an all year commitment that has weekly/monthly meetings during Advisory and before school. Students promote empowerment, healthy choices, mindfulness, anti-bullying behavior, anti-risk taking activities, and so forth. There are opportunities for students to work with the Link Together Human Performance Project participants, local middle school students in similar chapters, attend conferences and workshops, and have high school mentors.  

Musical Production - Students may participate in the production as performers or tech crew behind the scenes. Actual parts onstage 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.  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.

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.
Serenading Strings-This elite chamber orchestra performs at many school and community functions throughout the school year.  Serenading Strings plays all sorts of "pop" music ranging from the greatest hits in 1719 to the greatest hits in 2019.  Students must audition for a spot in this group at the beginning of the year.  In past years, we have performed at the Veteran's Day Breakfast, Holiday parties for the Knights of Columbus, VFW, and Rotary Club and at the Prospect Heights Library for the Youth Art Show Reception. Students must learn anywhere between 20 and 30 pieces of music for each event.  

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.
Swing Choir-Swing Choir is an extension of the Mac choral classes, and will meet before/after school. It offers students a chance to dive into more pop and jazz music. They will learn simple and fun choreography to go along with new music in the winter season. They will perform at the winter concert, and for off-campus events, like the VFW, Knights of Columbus, Prospect Heights Public Library, and other community functions.
Unified Poms  - Unified Poms is a club affiliated with the Special Olympics organization that is run through MacArthur. There are no tryouts involved and there are two practices each week. It encompasses a group of students who learn one to two dances and a few cheers throughout the duration of the season (which runs from October to January). Participants perform at one to two home basketball games (during half-time), assemblies, and Pom Night. Students continuously promote an inclusive, respectful, and compassionate school atmosphere.

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.

WildStang Robotics - WildStang Robotics is open to 8th grade students who are interested in robotics. Students in this program explore the basics of robotics and will cover topics such as the mechanical, electrical, and software components of robotics. Students are mentored by high school instructors and professionals in the engineering field. Students will build an entire Vex Robot and will compete in an in class competition. This program is year long and will meet Monday evenings from 5:30- 7:00. The program is run at MacArthur working with High School District D214. Admittance to this program allows a student a guaranteed spot on the WildStang Robotics Team the following year in high school. Dual high school credit will be given to the students once they successfully compete the program.  This program requires students to apply through an application. Students are selected by D214 instructors based on application responses, class performance, and teacher recommendations. Please contact Mr. Quesea for more information. 

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 [email protected] or Mrs. Basile at [email protected] for more information.
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