Welcome to our Enrichment Department
It consists of the following activities for our students:
Mrs. Sherri Smith - Coordinator
Please check in September for our Fall 8th hour classes for the 2019/2020 school year.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Eighth Hour?
Eighth hour is an opportunity for students to pursue their interests and work with other students with similar interests. Being in middle school, it is extremely important for each student to have the opportunity to have a variety of offerings, to explore, and have a good time. This is a great opportunity to do all three.
When is Eighth Hour?
Eighth Hour activities usually start in October and continue through December for the Fall session. The Winter session usually starts at the end of January and continues through March. Most classes last from 2:35 - 3:30; however, there are a few that go longer or shorter. Classes are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Who can get involved?
Any student at the middle school he/she attends is welcomed and encouraged to join. Some of the classes are limited in number so we give priority to the forms in the order they are turned in. If your child has a second or third preference, please be sure to note that on his/her form.
How do I sign up?
All participants will need a signed permission slip. 8th Hour offerings are given to each focus teacher to be handed out on a specific day. As 8th Hour classes are available on a first come basis, students should turn in the registration form to the office ASAP. There will be a box in the main office that says "8th Hour" and students should place their registration form face down in the box. A final class posting will be placed on each grade level hall bulletin board and each child will receive a confirmation slip indicating the class and the appropriate bus number.
We are pleased to announce that with Caledonia's transportation plan, MOST students will be able to be bussed home on an elementary school bus if room is permitted or if there is a stop for the student on the routes allotted. A shuttle bus may be available for students that need to ride a Kettle Lake Elementary bus. For those families in need of transportation, students will be dropped off at the nearest elementary school bus drop-off point closest to home. Parents picking their children up at school should do so no later than 3:30 PM at the parent drop-off location to avoid congestion with the busses. Parents should NOT park in the bus drop off area.
*Please note that the activities scheduled later than 3:30 p.m. will require participants to have their own rides home at the designated end of class.
Will there be supervision?
In order to provide a safe and orderly environment, students must be supervised after school. Each Eighth Hour activity will have at least one individual instructing and supervising. Attendance will be taken; however, it is the responsibility of the students and parents to be sure that students are attending classes. Eighth hour ends at 3:30 pm at which time all students should be picked up, ride the bus, or walk home. Please Note: There will be no supervision after 3:35 pm so students must be picked up before that time
We are pleased to offer this program for little or no cost to our students in the hope that they will be able to investigate or enhance their interests and talents. At this time, the only fees that will be charged will be for those classes requiring consumable supplies or fees. If there is a fee required, it will be stated in the class offering and will be due with registration slip to reserve your place in class. Classes requiring a fee will need to be paid with the registration in order to secure a place in the class. If the fees are a financial hardship for your family, please contact the Activities Office.
Can I participate in sports and still be in 8th Hour?
Practice times may interfere with 8th hour, but once games begin, students can be a part of this program. Generally, games don't start until after 8th Hour is over. If your child has an away game, an excused absence will be granted.
Kiwanis Builders Club
KIWANIS BUILDERS CLUB
Coordinator: Mrs. Sherri Smith
Builders Club is a "student led" organization. It will provide students with opportunities for working together for school and community service projects, as well as, develop leadership potential.
Builder's Club meets once a month on Wednesday mornings during focus class.
Advisors from the Caledonia Kiwanis Club will work directly with the students throughout the year on various projects. This group is the middle school version of "Key Club" at the high school. Students are welcome to join throughout the year.
For more information see www.buildersclub.org .
National Junior Honor Society
Mrs. Sherri Smith, Advisor
National Junior Honor Society (N.J.H.S.) strives to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to provide service, to promote leadership, to develop character and to encourage good citizenship. The Duncan Lake Chapter of N.J.H.S. plays an active role in our school. Our N.J.H.S. plans and organizes service opportunities and social events throughout the school year. While planning the different activities and events, members develop leadership and project management skills.
Criteria for membership includes:
∗7th or 8th grader
∗maintaining a cumulative 3.5 GPA or above
∗recording 4 service hours as a 6th grader with one hour of volunteer service being for school in order to be eligible for 7th grade.
∗Recording 6 service hours as a 7th grader with one hour of volunteer service being for the school in order to be eligible as a new member in 8th grade.
Students will receive a letter of eligibility during term 5. Students who are interested will need to complete the N.J.H.S. credential form and turn it into the Enrichment Office by mid-April as the induction ceremony is held in late-April or early- May. For more information go to www.njhs.us
To create a passion for learning science by supporting elementary and secondary Science Olympiad tournaments at building, district, county, state and national levels with an emphasis on teamwork and a commitment to excellence.
To improve the quality of K-12 science education throughout the nation by changing the way science is perceived and the way it is taught (with an emphasis on problem-solving and hands-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices). This goal is accomplished through in-depth core curriculum training workshops and the distribution of curriculum materials.
To celebrate and recognize the outstanding achievement of both students and teachers in the areas of science and technology by awarding thousand of certificates, medals, trophies, and scholarships.
To promote partnerships among community, businesses, industry, government, and education.
Come join us to learn more about Science Olympiad!
Science Olympiad is composed of 23 events that your child can choose from. The events range from robotics to entomology. Some meet after school or some meet on Saturday mornings.
Our school Spelling Bee will be held on January 16th in the PAC.
The winner and runner-up will move onto the Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held on February 25th.
Student Council is a student-led forum where representatives from each focus classroom meet to plan and implement spirit activities and to discuss matters and make proposals relevant to student affairs throughout the school year.