The Art Club is designed for any SMS student interested in art. Students will use different art mediums and styles to create their own works, exploring art more in depth than in art class.
Meetings: Every other Wednesday after school
Cost: $25.00

Battle of the Books is an extracurricular opportunity for students who enjoy reading and discussing books. Students are given a list of books to read in the early fall. They have until December to read the books from the list. Anyone who wishes to be considered for the team needs to take a preliminary test in December. The students with the six highest scores will be chosen for the team. Following team selection in December, meetings are held to discuss the books and quiz each other on the content. In early March, each middle school team meets for a quiz bowl contest. Students compete against their peers on content-related questions pertaining to the assigned books.
Meetings: Twice a week Jan.-Mar.
Times: determined by team
Cost: none
2016-2017 Book List

Laura Kleman
Library Media Specialist

Students gather to discuss issues of interest and have an opportunity to share their faith in a fun, relaxed and student-conducted group. ALL students are welcome to attend!
Meetings: 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
Cost: none
Linda Bates
Cross Country Coach, Track Coach


It’s NOT about gaining evidence at a crime scene. The Sunset Forensics Team helps to improve your public speaking skills. It is friendly tournaments with other schools where competition happens in categories such as poetry reading, storytelling, mime, improvisation speeches, dramatic sketches, etc. There are both solo and paired events. Coaching and practices are scheduled to help each member excel in their chosen category. Season runs from mid-October to mid-February.
Meetings: Weekly on Wednesdays, September 14 – January 11, 2:45-3:45
Cost: $35
Forensics 16-17
Forensic Categories
Forensics Application
Mark Phillips


The Math Club is for any 6th, 7th, or 8th graders who love Math! Students meet after school and solve challenging problems. Students also compete in 2 competitions throughout the year
Meetings: every other Monday from 2:25 – 3:15
Cost: $20.00 (competition fees and materials)
Jacqueline Montileone


NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY Sunset Middle has a vibrant and very active National Junior Honor Society. Membership is open to students who have been at Sunset Middle at least one semester. In order to be eligible, students must maintain a high GPA (cumulative 3.60+) and be active in their school and community. Student information forms are available in January for interested students. National Junior Honor Society students are volunteers for various school events, complete several community service projects each year, and set a great example for the students around them. Students are required to attend meetings and complete at least 15 hours of community service per year.
NJHS Record of Service Hours
NJHS bylaws
SSMS NJHS Application (word)
SSMS NJHS Application (pdf)

Meetings: 3rd Thursday, 2:40-3:45pm
9/15, 10/20, 11/17, 12/15, 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 4/20, 5/18
Cost: $10 per year, $20 for 8th graders

Laura Kleman
Library Media Specialist

Fall guard is a section consisting of flags, rifles/sabres, and dancers that are part of the marching band performing experience. Membership in the Ravenwood High School Color Guard is by audition only. Students who are chosen for this group agree to attend all rehearsals, performances, summer activities, and meet all financial obligations. Rising 8th graders are eligible to audition and perform with the high school.
Auditions: Usually in early April of 7th grade year
Information Sessions: You are welcome to stop by the RHS Bandroom on ANY of the guards practice days to watch the guard rehearse and learn more about the color guard/band program!  Sign up here: RHS Color Guard visitors

Mark Kinzer

Members meet after school and perform various labs and experiments. They also oversee the recycling efforts (paper, plastic, and aluminum) of SMS.
Qualifying Test: October 13, 2:45-4:00 in room M238.  Signup in main stairwell
Meetings: Fridays after school
Cost: $35.00 (materials and t-shirt)
Michael McKaig
Science, Social Studies
6th Grade Volleyball Coach


Past performances include Annie Jr. and Into the Woods Jr., among others. Students audition for set designers, stage crew, or performers.
Auditions: Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11 and 12, 2:45-5:00 in the choir room
Signups and audition packets are on the choir room door.  NO auditions without a signed audition form.
Cost: $150


The STARS SEC Leadership Club is comprised of approximately 20 students from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades who work directly with a Core team of teachers and staff to determine worthy projects. Students interested in being selected for the council must have their parents sign a candidate form and answer a few questions.  The Leadership Club plays a key role in promoting a drug-free, alcohol-free, and bully-free environment in the halls of Sunset Middle. Each year they promote these concepts through activities such as Red Ribbon Week and school-wide activities.
Meetings: every other Tuesday after school until 3:45
Cost: none
Lauren Herman, M.Ed., LPC


As a member of the SMS Student Council, students are expected to exemplify our tenets of respect, responsibility, and best effort. Students must be willing to fulfill the following requirements: attend monthly meetings, be available to attend and serve at all Student Council events, and maintain a B average or above in all classes. We are looking for mature, dedicated students representing a variety of personalities, interests, and friend groups to lead their class. Elections are held in August. Students will be selected based on student vote as well as teacher input and application completion.
Meetings: 4th Friday of every month from 2:45-3:30
Cost: $10.00 for t-shirt