Students at NSE are exposed to a lot of useful information and skills in the regular classroom on a daily basis. Unfortunately, we do not always take the time to let the student practice or use this information and skill for an authentic purpose. School clubs and organizations are a great way to get students involved in their school and community while at the same time giving them opportunities to perfect many of the skills we are teaching them in the regular classroom.
At NSE, we strongly encourage teachers and support staff to get students involved in "clubs and organizations" within the school. It is not enough to create a club just for the sake of creating another club. The club sponsor should be passionate about the club topic and he or she should attract participants that are just as passionate. Clubs do not always have to meet after school. Some clubs meet during school hours so that more students can be a part of the club. Below is a list of some of the clubs at NSE that are making a HUGE difference at our school, in our community, and with our students:
Academic Team - a group of students who competes in academic challenges in a variety of subject areas.
Chorus - a group of 4th and 5th grade students who work with the music teacher to learn music and routines that can be performed at school or local events.
Culinary Club - a cooking club that actually produces a cooking show for 3rd - 5th grades.
Dare to Dream Dance Team - a group of 3-5 grade girls and boys who learn and perform a variety of dance routines for school and local events.
Fit Crickets - a program that teachers girls about fitness and good character.
Garden Club - these students learn about different plants, prepare the soil, plant and nurture the plants, and then sometimes harvest the fruits or vegetables.
G.O.L.D. - a girls leadership club that focuses on girls becoming leaders in their school and community.
Kids Against Bullying (KAB) - a group of students K-5 who educate us on bullying and how NOT to be a bully.
K.I.N.G.S. - a boys leadership club that focuses on good behavior, leadership, and good character.
LEGO Robotics Club - a group of students who programs robots to accomplish certain task and compete in robotics competitions.
Media Helpers - a group of students who works with the media specialist to keep the media center organized.
Military Kids Club - a group of students from military families who raise awareness of the challenges military families face and support each other throughout the year.
Mini-Dream Dance Team - a group of 1-2 grade girls who learn and perform a variety of dance routines in preparation for participating on the Dare to Dream Dance Team.
Recycling Club - a class that has taken on the responsibility to educate our school community about recycling, and organize the pick up of recyclable materials. They also conduct unique collection campaigns having to do with recycling such as Shoes for Water and plastic bag
Safety Patrol - a group of about 20 students who open car doors during arrival and dismissal, monitor hallways, monitor the breakfast line, and escort visitors when needed. This group also takes field trips to observe what safety and security looks like in the real world.
Video Club - a group of students who produce and host our morning news show, conduct fundraisers, volunteer at school events such as Cricketfest, etc... This club won the Golden Achievement Award from the SCNSPRA this year.