Grassland Middle Activities
Grassland offers a variety of after school clubs and activities so there is something for everyone. Students should pay close attention to WGMS morning announcements for information regarding specific dates and times for each activity. Activities are subject to change each school year.
The Art Club is year round and open to any 6th, 7th or 8th grade student who is interested in a variety of fun art activities. Meetings are held twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from the end of school until 5:15. Most materials are provided; however, students may be asked to provide some materials depending on the focus of the project.
The Best Buddies club meets the last Wednesday of each month immediately after school 2:47-3:45. The mission of Best Buddies is to build friendships between students with and without intellectual disabilities, offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion.
Monthly meetings will offer students opportunities to socialize with their buddies while participating in engaging activities such as crafts, karaoke, sports, etc.
Best Buddies club members will also be invited to attend events outside of school such as charity walks, dances, and dinners.
Sponsor: Liz Miles
The Book Club is open to all students at GMS. We meet on a monthly basis to discuss a previously agreed upon book. We look forward to lively discussion and enrichment activities, but not tests! Sponsor: Susan Oldham
Drama club is open to all students at Grassland. In Drama Club, students learn about various aspects of theatre arts both acting on the stage as well as behind-the-scenes activities. The club meets Tuesdays after school until 4:00 P.M. Sponsor: Jennifer Keith
The Grassland Dispatch is a student-produced newsletter published periodically. The staff is made up of 7th and 8th grade students. Teacher-recommended 6th graders may be asked to join the staff after their first semester.
To be eligible, Dispatch staff must be highly organized, have exceptional writing skills, above average grades, be able to talk easily with both adults and students, and be able to work independently.
Students participate in the Grassland Dispatch during Power Monday so they are expected to be at school at 7:15 am on those dates. Additional work will be required outside of school hours.
Sponsor: Lyric Owen
The Maker Club meets in the morning before school on Power Mondays 7:15-8:10am. Students learn to design and program Arduino Uno microcontrollers to complete a variety of projects.
Sponsor: Tina Finley
Math Competition- Open to any sixth grader who would like to practice for the January competition.
Students must have a permission slip from their parents to attend practices after school.
Practices are in Mrs. Norem’s room (#608) on specific Wednesday afternoons, from
Sponsor: Patty Norem
Model United Nations is a club that promotes public speaking, debate skills, and knowledge of other cultures. In MUN , students step into the shoes of foreign delegations and debate resolutions that they have drafted themselves. Participants will learn about the work of the official organization and hold mock meetings. Students attend a conference in Murfreesboro in November to showcase their work. Model UN is ope n to all grades.
Sponsors: Susan Oldham and Sandy Williams
GMS is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. The Society promotes character, scholarship, leadership , service and citizenship. Students who are members w ill achieve that status by completing an application for membership. Applications will be made available in the early spring to 7th graders who qualify.
Students must have an “A ” semester average for three consecutive semesters; membership will continue through 8th grade.
Love to act? This is the place for you! The Spring Play is held every March or April and is the culmination of months of rehearsal. Auditions are usually held in November or December with rehearsals starting in January. It is open to 6th, 7th and 8th graders. The play is student chosen. This experience is unlike many community theatres where everyone is cast in the show. We are unable to do that and students should prepare for auditions as much as possible. This is a great experience that builds friendships, confidence, and an understanding of theatre at a higher level.
Sponsor: Jennifer Keith
The Spring Play is produced by students as much as possible. Roles include: Student Director, Stage Manager, Production Assistant, Make-up Technician, Technical, Director, etc. Students will fill out an application in October to be considered for these leadership positions. All positions are open to all grade levels. More information can be requested if interested.
Sponsor: Jennifer Keith
The STARS Leadership Team is made up of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The team consists of students who want to make a difference in their school by addressing prevention issues such as bullying, drug prevention and random acts of kindness. Group members participate in educational and fun activities as well as community service learning projects.
Sponsor: Holly Higginbotham
Elected representatives from each grade level conduct a fall food drive, decorate for school dances, advertise for Spirit Week, and a variety of other student activities. Elections are held in April. Sponsor: Alex Eichner
Each fall, GMS offers an arts production called TRIBUTE , which is a celebration of arts and culture. Some of the past Tribute productions have included a tribute to the civil rights movement of the 1960’s , a tribute to Walt Disney, and a tribute to the city of New York. If your child is interested in singing or acting, Tribute could be a great opportunity. Auditions take place in the first quarter. More information will be shared about auditions in the beginning of the year.
Sponsor: Jonathan Haeger
Any student who would like to share their special talent in dancing , singing, acting, instrumental music or variety (juggling, jump rope, POGO stick, poetry, magic, etc) is welcome to try out for the annual GMS Variety Show. Tryouts will be held in March and the show is held towards the end of school in May. There is a preview show for parents in the evening usually a day or so before the performance.
Sponsors: Jennifer Keith, Russ Keller and Jonathan Haeger
Students will ride the trails in various parks around Williamson County, guided by adults and coaches. Participants must provide bike, helmet and transportation to and from trail locations. This club falls under the National Interscholastic Cycling Association so that all riders are insured.
Sponsor: Melissa Lewis
WGMS is our very own announcement program at GMS. Any students who are interested and feel comfortable in enhancing their public speaking skills can join the staff of WGMS. Each morning the staff will air LIVE the daily announcements to all homeroom classes. Sponsor: Jonathan Haegar
An announcement is made during the first month of school for anyone wishing to be on the staff. All students are welcome to join as long as they are able to commit to attending meetings and taking pictures at events. We meet the second and third Thursday of each month in room 702 from 2:47-3:45 (ends in March).
Sponsor: Summer Talbert