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Student Activities

Student life at Cortland Junior High School is enriched with a variety of activites and clubs that are available for students to join. Below is a list of all of the clubs available for students at Cortland Junior High School.
If you would like to join a club or want more information please contact the club advisor. 


Junior High Group & Club Opportunities

Athletics: Grades 7-8



Field Hockey

Boys & Girls Soccer

Girls Tennis

Cross Country 

Winter Sports I:  

Boys Basketball

Girls Volleyball


Winter Sports II: 

Girls Basketball





Boys & Girls Lacrosse


For more information, check out the school website or contact Mr. Wood:


Other Great Clubs

Anime Club
Adore anime? Mad about manga? Love jiving to J-Pop? The Japanese Culture Club seeks to bring together fans from all grades together to enjoy and discuss our favorite Japanese media, enjoy food, and broaden our cultural understandings of Japanese culture at large. Shows and other activities (such as making food, cosplay, karaoke, etc.) can and will be decided by the club members. Open for grades 7-12. For more information, please visit the library or contact Mr. Herr at 

Art Club
Join Ms. Panzarella Wednesday afternoons to dive deeper into the fun your art studio has to offer.  Spin the pottery wheel, try your hand at linoleum carving, or just enjoy some open studio time.  Open to students in 7th and 8th grade.  Contact for more information!

Battle of the Books Team
A reading program in which students read a select list of books and compete to see which individual/team can answer the most questions about the selected books. The purpose is simply to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers. District team will compete in the OCM BOCES regional battle in the spring. For more information contact Mrs. Hay @ the library or email 

CVC: Grades 7-12

Cortland Video Club is open to grades 7-12. We are doing a variety of activities this year ranging from producing full scale sports productions to a regular news show to student films. We have something for everyone and need students with a variety of skills and passions. We held our first meeting this week but students can stop by room 86 anytime to meet me and get a calendar of events. For more information, please contact Ms. Quilan:

Esports Team:
Esports is a form of competition using video games. Esports takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions between individuals or as teams. Some of the games that are available to compete in are Super Smash Bros.Ultimate, League of Legends, Rocket League and more. For more information contact Mrs. Hay, Mr. Herr or Mr. Prignon:,  or 

Foreign Language Club: Grades 7-8
Foreign Language Club is a club for students in grades 7-8 who are interested in learning about cultures around the world. We will listen to music, watch movies, eat and cook food from different cultures, and talk about the people around the world who speak different languages (though not always in the same meeting!). You do not have to be a current french or spanish student to join.  For more information, please contact your foreign language teacher:  or 

Geography Bee: Grades 4-8
If you like geography, you’ll like the opportunity to compete in the National Geographic Geography Bee. The competition will be in January and more information will be given out in social studies classes. For more information, please contact Mr. Giroux: 

Harmony Bridge
"Caring and Sharing Through Music"  Students work together to prepare music of timeless songs such as "The Muffin Man", “Skip to My Lou,” “Home on the Range,” “Cotton Eye Joe,” etc.  Students then go to a nursing home or rehabilitation center to perform this interactive music and spend time socializing with the patients.  This program connects generations through the wonder of music. For more information, please contact Ms. Phetteplace:  

History Club: Grade 7-12

History club is focused on providing students with an extra-curricular opportunity to discuss and engage on various historical topics as well as present day current events.  It's open to all students 7th through 12th grade.  The club will also organize several potential field trips that will be incorporated into the 7-12 history classes, as well as fundraising opportunities for those various trips respectively. For more information, please contact Mr. Colt: 

Jazz Band: Grades 7-12
Jazz Band is a group that is open to band students in grades 7-12. The instrumentation is open to piano, drum set, electric guitar, bass guitar, trumpets, trombones, and saxophones. Come learn some traditional jazz music, how to improvise, and play fun and exciting music! More information about Jazz Band will be communicated through regular concert band rehearsal times. It usually begins in late October. For more information, please contact Mrs. Sanderson: 

Junior High Newspaper: Grades 7-8
There will be a monthly school publication for grades 7 & 8. Students will be involved in all aspects of the process. Information will be announced this fall. If you have any interest in this area, please ask your English teacher. 

Junior High Theater: Grades 7-8
There will be a Junior High Musical with auditions in December Rehearsals will be in January during the evenings. More information will be shared over the announcements.

Music Production: Grades 7-12
Want to be part of a group that will be beat making, recording, producing etc. Meetings will be Wednesdays after school in Room 198. For more information, please contact Mr. Keefner:  

Parade Band: Grades 7-12

Parade Band is a band that marches at the Dairy Parade every June. It is open to students in grades 7-12 who currently play a band instrument. For more information, please contact: 

Pep Band: Grades 7-12
Pep Band is a band that performs at all home varsity football games. It is open to students in grades 7-12 who currently play a band instrument. For more information, please contact:

Photo Club: Grades 7-12
Photo Club is open to students in grades 7-12. Students take pictures for a variety of uses (yearbook, school publications, and contests) and develop projects to work on throughout the year.  Our first meeting of the year is being held after school in room 86 on Monday, 9/17.  For more information, please contact: 

Rock Club: Grades 7-12
Want to be in a rock band? No experience necessary! Come to room 191 on Monday afternoons from 2:30 - 3:30, the beginning date will be announced in advisory.  For more information, please contact:  

SAI: Grades 7-12

SAI, or Students Against Inequalities, recognizes that if you don’t feel safe and supported at school, you cannot learn. The SAI Club provides a safe place for all students to come together to support each other, work toward justice for all, and to be in community with others  who share a vision of a world truly rooted in equity and love. Come join us on Thursdays after school in room 196. For more information, please contact Mr. Keefner:

Ski and Snowboard Club: Grades 7-12
The Cortland Ski & Snowboard Club Package includes six nights of skiing or boarding at Greek Peak. Last year we skied on Sunday afternoons, and this may stay the same depending on options given.  Rental packages can also be purchased for students without equipment. Lessons are included, and there is no experience necessary. Transportation is unknown at this time due to COVID. For more information, please contact Mr. Gamel ro Mrs. Mikochik: or 

Strings Club: Grades 7-12
Once a week string players will meet after school to play music of their choice in various groups.  Members of the club may have the opportunity to visit the elementary schools to work with younger string players and participate in extra performances throughout the school year.  Times and Dates are TBD.  For more information, contact Ms. Miller at  or stop into room 196.

Student Senate: Grades 7-8
Student Senate is a year-long opportunity for Junior High students interested in having leadership roles within the school. Student Senate’s goal is to help its members develop leadership skills, as well as create a community of students that are committed to improving the school’s culture. We accomplish this by setting up fun events for the entire Junior High, as well as providing volunteer opportunities within the school/community.  If you are interested in planning fun events, consider joining us! For more information, please contact Mrs. McNerney or Mrs. Pomeroy: or