Clubs & Organizations
Contact: Sandra Wilson and Stacie Dyson
The purpose of the National Beta Club is to promote ideals of character, service, and leadership among elementary and secondary school students, to reward meritorious academic achievement and to encourage and assist students in continuing their education after high school.
Contact: Lisa Brown
Education for Employment (EFE) is an elective program offered at the middle-school level. Students begin making the transition from school to work by gaining technical skills, conducting a job search, and maintaining successful employment by demonstrating positive work traits and attitudes and continuing to develop technical skills. They focus on balancing their roles of worker, family member, and citizen. Students must be 14 years old by the end of January of their 8th grade school year. They must maintain a “C” average and the pay rate is minimum wage.
Contact: Lisa Brown
Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. FBLA-Middle Level teaches middle level students skills that are needed in every day life. FBLA-PBL Goals: Develop competent and aggressive business leadership, Strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work, Create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise, Encourage members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community. Develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism. Encourage and practice efficient money management. Encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty. Assist students in establishing occupational goals, and facilitate the transition from school to work.
Contact: Laura Myers
FCA: Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a student led club that meets once a week before school. FCA members share in Bible Study lessons which are designed to enhance their respect for themselves and others, strengthen their talents and gifts, foster their attitudes on and off the field to be above reproach and their conduct beyond criticism, and to assist each teen to give their all to be a competitor by conviction and a disciple of determination. This club is open to all students at Elko Middle School.
FCCLA stands for Family, Career, Community, Leaders of America. This is a state and national organization for girls and boys interested in Family and Consumer Science. The organization provides opportunities for developing individual and group leadership in planning activities linked to home and community. The goal of FCCLA is to help students improve character, family, and community living as they keep in mind their motto of “Toward New Horizons.” The organization has a planned program of work, which directs the activities for the year; monthly programs and business meetings. Any student who is taking Independent Living may become a member by paying dues by October 1 of the specific academic school year.
Contact: Kellie Seals
The Forensics Club is an opportunity for students to have fun while learning the basics of public speaking, communication, and literature performance skills. This club allows students to select and prepare poetry, prose, and speeches for competition with other middle schools. Elko Middle is known for winning competitions on district and state levels. Meetings are held once a week after school. All students are encouraged to apply for this club. Applications go out during the second nine weeks of the school year.
Contact: Russell Lewis & Pam Parker
Go for the Goal is a student leadership program designed to expose, explore, encourage and think beyond middle and high school in order to prepare for the future. A variety of enriching opportunities, complemented by specific expectations, define the program objectives to include: regular school attendance without truancy, keeping up with school assignments, maintaining a G.P.A of 2.8 and above, be regarded as a student with good character and responsibility. Students will have the opportunity to participate in fun learning opportunities to include field trips, college visits, seminars and interactive learning activities to promote critical thinking and goal setting.
Contact: Frank Chlorie
Open to all 7th and 8th grade students who wish to learn about different forms of Jazz Study. Instrumentation for this groups range from the following: 2-4 alto saxophones, 1-2 tenor saxophones, 1 bari-saxophone, 6-8 trumpets, 3-8 trombones, 1-2 tubas, 1 electric guitar player, 1 bass guitar player, 1 piano player, 1 auxiliary percussion player, and 1-2 drum set players. Rehearsals are usually before or after school. The Jazz Band has an opportunity to perform throughout the school year during school assemblies, public performances as well as National Festival Competitions.
Contact: Sally Rhodes
Peer Helpers tutor and mentor 6th grade students on various topics like academics, organization, and bullying. They are an extension of the school-counseling department. They provide classroom guidance lessons every nine weeks to 6th grade ACE students.
Student Council Association, SCA, is a service organization. The council consists of a president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. SCA focuses on serving the students and staff of Elko Middle School and the residents of the Sandston community. All fundraising efforts directly benefit the students of Elko MS because all monies earned are donated to other student organizations and causes. As a service organization, SCA participates in several community service projects including the annual Thanksgiving drive and preparing food for and serving the residents of the Safe Haven House.
Contact: Joyce Tzavellas
The Elko Science Club is responsible for showing students the science in the world around us. This year we will focus to create a butterfly garden on our school grounds, create public service announcements to make others aware of various environmental issues, and conduct experiments to see science in action! We will meet once a month during winter months and twice a month during the spring.
This is a student run organization where students design and build projects for competition at the regional, state, and national levels.
Contact: Christina Starrett
The Wings of Excellence Committee is a student recognition committee consisting of both students and teachers. Grade level teachers recognize 4 students each month as Student-of-the Month. The students’ pictures are displayed on grade level bulletin boards. Wings of Excellence also plans and executes semester academic pep-rallies where students are recognized for academic achievements as well as sports and other extra-curricular accomplishments.
Contact: Alyssa Abate
The Yearbook Club is responsible for capturing the school year’s memories by creating a yearbook. This club meets after school on assigned dates. Students involved in this club are responsible for creating yearbook pages, taking pictures at school games, ceremonies and other special events. This club teaches the art of design, publishing, and teamwork. Applications for this club go out at the beginning of the school year. Seventh and Eighth grade students are encouraged to apply..