Clubs and Activities

  • Art Club

    Sponsor: Ms. Sarah Sitko

    Meeting Times: Exclusively offered in the fall-after school until 5:30 p.m. 

    This club has been formed to introduce arts and crafts from around the world as well as independent art projects. It allows 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to participate in extracurricular activities and exposes them to a variety of creative media. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Ms. Sitko at


    Baking Club

    Sponsor: Mrs. Doktor, Mrs.Gentile, and Mrs. Vehrs

    Meeting Times: Once a month (check student announcements for dates)

    Open to any student that has an interest in baking. No skill or previous experience is necessary. Gather with friends to share recipes and baking tips. See Mrs. Vehrs or Mrs. Doktor for more information.


    Battle Of The Books

    Sponsor: Ms. Nancy Grove

    Meeting Times: TBD; Start in Late October/Mid November

    Battle of the Books, or BOB, is a competition against the other D300 middle schools. BOB encourages students to read a variety of different books that they might have not chosen on their own. Battle of the Books can have as many students on the team but at the end, each battle will consist of 5 team members that participate at each meet to demonstrate the knowledge of the books they have read. Now we are able to switch off for each meet to allow everyone at least one chance to participate in a ‘battle’. Battle of the Books is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.   The battles are held during the school day taking turns at each school with a final battle in May for the top two schools with the most points.

    Beta Club

    Sponsor: Mrs. Bonnie Cyrwus and Mrs. Anna Martin

    Meeting Times: One-two times per month

    The National Junior Beta Club recognizes outstanding achievement, promotes character and social responsibility, encourages service involvement in school and community, fosters leadership skills, and provides settings for your child to develop interpersonal relationship skills through volunteering in school and community. Membership into the AMS Beta Club is by invitation only and is based upon teacher recommendations.


    Homework Club

    Sponsor: Ms. Vehrs

    Meeting Times: Monday – Thursday afternoons in the media center from 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    Open to all students that would like to work on homework after school in a quiet setting. Students are expected to come prepared with homework and supplies and follow the same expectations in the classroom (work quietly, respect others).


    Intramural Opportunities

    Sponsor: Jamie Vodvarka

    Meeting Times: Varies throughout the year

    Volleyball and Basketball Intrumurals will be available throughout the school year. Students will practice basic skills through drills, activities and games.

    • 6th Grade Students: Girls Volleyball, Girls Basketball and Boys Basketball
    • 7th Grade Students: Girls and Boys Basketball
    • 8th Grade Students: Girls and Boys Basketball


    Math Help

    Sponsor:  Mrs. Martin

    Meeting Times: After school math help is held every Wednesday from 3:45 until 4:45 PM.

    Students can get assistance with math topics they are struggling with, prepare for upcoming tests, or make up quizzes/tests that were missed due to absences. Math help sessions are run by one of the AMS math teachers. Stop by Room 214 at 3:45 to see which teacher you’ll be working with that day.



    Sponsor: Mrs. White

    Meeting Times: We will meet twice per month after school until 4:30. Specific dates will be determined at the beginning of the year, check announcements. 

    Open to all students who have a desire to contribute to our monthly school newspaper. We cover various topics related to our school, community, and world. Our student staff brainstorms the ideas for our articles and is responsible for writing, editing, and photographing content. 


    Science Club

    Sponsor: Mr. Brian Sanford

    Meeting Times: About once a month in Mr. Sanford's room (221)

    Open to students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. Events/Activities include: Stream Monitoring, Escape Rooms, Holiday Labs, STEM Activities, Science Fair, Dissections, Engineering Competitions, and Science Trivia Bowl. No materials or experience required.


    Student Council

    Sponsor: Mrs. Thomas

    Meeting Times: Second Wednesday of each month, beginning 9/14. Listen to announcements for dates. 

    Open to all levels of experience. Students will learn how to create small scarves, blankets, stuffed animals, and other fun projects.



    Sponsors: Ms. Sonneman and Mrs. Vehrs

    Meeting Times: Once a month. Check announcements for dates.

    Students Who Are Not Silent (SWANS) is a student-led multicultural group for students to make friends, discuss current events, and support one another. All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are welcome to join.


    Yard Club

    Sponsor: Mrs. Laura Suess

    Meeting Times: Varies throughout the year.  Check announcements for dates.

    Algonquin Middle School's Student Council is made up of a cohesive group of dynamic, enthusiastic and committed students who care about AMS.  It is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Student Council helps plan, organize, and run after-school events, like school dances. They help raise school spirit through dress-up theme days and other activities. Student Council members also participate in various fundraisers throughout the school year.