Activities

Sunset Middle strives to offer extracurricular opportunities for every student interest. If you are interested in an activity, information on meetings or try-out opportunities for our various clubs and teams, please contact Ms. Stubblefield in the front office.

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. Anyone can join at any time during the year.

Meetings: Every other Tuesday after school until 4:00 PM.
Cost: $25.00
Sponsor: Nicole Church

Battle of the Books is 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 January – March
Times: determined by team
Cost: none
Sponsor: Laura Kleman

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 early October to early February.

Meetings: Most Thursdays from 3:00 PM – 4:15PM
Cost: $70
Sponsors: Mark Phillips and Ginger Dohmen

The Math Club is for any 6th, 7th, or 8th grader who loves Math! Students meet after school and solve challenging problems. Students also compete in two competitions throughout the year.

Meetings: The first Thursday of every month.
Cost: $35
Sponsor: Dawn Hale

Model United Nations club will have its first meeting next Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM in Mr. Boyd’s room (M129). The club is open to all students. Interested students should sign up on the list outside Mr. Boyd’s room. The Model United Nations conference will be Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in Murfreesboro. Student country delegations will either meet on Mondays or Wednesdays after school.

Meetings: Mondays or Wednesdays 3:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Cost: $35.00 with an optional $20.00 fee for the lunch buffet
Sponsor: Wilson Boyd

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. Members may view the chapter’s  by-laws if they wish.

Meetings: Wednesday, 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Cost: $10 per year, $20 for 8th graders
Sponsor: Virginia King

Sabers United will return to meeting regularly on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning with Wednesday, February 5, 2020. We will meet in Mrs. Grugin’s room, M127 in the 8th grade hallway. Anyone interested in supporting and celebrating the people of Sunset Middle are welcome! Students who are interested in applying for the Leadership Board should complete the application posted to Google Classroom before Friday, January 31, 2020. See Mrs. Grugin for the classroom code and further details.

Meetings: Wednesdays after school until 3:45 PM
Cost: none
 Sponsor: Caroline Grugin

Members meet after school and perform various labs and experiments. They also oversee the recycling efforts (paper, plastic, and aluminum) of SMS.

Meetings: Fridays after school beginning in October (some Mondays or Tuesdays)
Cost: $20.00
Sponsor: Michael McKaig

Science Olympiad is a competitive science team that competes at TSU  in 20+ events against other teams for a bid to go to the state competition. This club is filled with challenging and exciting events for students to enjoy and learn about science.

Meetings: Fridays after school beginning in October (some Mondays or Tuesdays)
Cost: $20.00
Sponsor: Michael McKaig

Past performances include Annie Jr. and Beauty and the Beast, Jr, among others. Students audition for set designers, stage crew, or performers.

Auditions: Tryouts for the Musical are scheduled for November 20 – 22, 2019. They will be held in Ms. VanKeuren’s Room (M224).
Cost: $150
Sponsor: Caitlin VanKeuren

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: twice a month during Study Focus (end of the day announcements and the school newsletter will have specific dates)
Cost: none
Sponsor: Kishundra King

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: First Thursday of every month from 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM
Cost: $10.00 for t-shirt
Sponsor: Amber Garrett

Yearbook staff helps take pictures and design yearbook pages.

Meetings: Every other Tuesday after school until 4:00 PM
Cost: none
Sponsors: Nicole Church and Jen Keller