Clubs at Randall Middle School
The new Randall Middle School club structure is an intentional way to meet the needs of early adolescents (kids in 5th and 6th grade). Providing voice and choice in a way that is has some structure to it can meet the needs of these kids as they transition from childhood to adolescence. If you look at the needs, you can see how the club system is an attempt to meet these needs in a coordinated manner:
- The Need for Physical Activity
- The Need for Competence and Achievement
- The Need for Self-Definition
- The Need for Creative Expression
- The Need for Positive Social Interaction
- The Need for Structure and Clear Limits
- The Need for Meaningful Participation
Students are surveyed in their homeroom classes and choose two clubs for a ten week rotation. After ten weeks they get surveyed again and choose two new clubs.
Principal Jordan Ashley said the new system leads to “greater opportunity for students. I now see students learn how to create videos, practice yoga, learn how to play the ukulele and sing and karaoke! It is wonderful watching our students learn and grow doing something they never thought they would do.”
Corinne Bennett, band teacher at Randall Middle said, “Students get a chance to play and create music outside of a traditional general music class setting. I have a lot of kids in ukulele club that have never played an instrument before and wanted to try something new. I think the clubs are a great way to introduce playing an instrument to students interested!”
Bridget Madden is in Ms. Oyer’s yoga club. She said, “I love taking a break from classes and coming to yoga club. What is great about yoga club is that we get to learn different yoga positions and it is really fun!”
Zoey DeVito said, “I chose art club because I like to draw and create things. Today we made friendship bracelets out of yarn which was really fun.”
The Middle School will soon be surveying students and families about the clubs -- about their structure and seeking suggestions for future clubs.