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:
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.
G.E.M.S. - a girls leadership club that focuses on girls becoming leaders in their school and community.
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.
Recycling Club - 4th grade that has taken on the responsibility to educate our school community about recycling, and organize the pick up of recyclable materials.
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.
wNSE News Crew - a group of students who produce and host our morning news show, and take pictures of great NSE events.