Middle School Clubs and Organizations
Middle School clubs and organizations typically meet twice a week during “X” block, times specifically carved out of the week for groups to get together. Through these groups, Nobles students pursue longstanding passions, test out budding interests and forge friendships with peers and faculty.
Please note that the list of clubs available varies year to year based on the interests and needs of students.
Click below to learn more about Middle School offerings:
Around the Horn
Asian to Asian (A2A)
Current Events & Debate
Golden Lion Book Club
Junior Classical League of Nobles
Literary Arts Publication
Middle School Community Service Board
Middle School Student Life Committee
Uniting Nobles Identities and Cultures (UNIC)
Faculty Advisor: Lisa Jacobson
Students work in an independent, professional style, on an individual 2D or 3D project. Students help guide each other in their work and in their ideas.
Around the Horn is a middle school club modeled after the ESPN television show Around the Horn. Participants are grouped into small teams before debating aspects of various sports topics. The teams are awarded a certain number of points based on the quality of their argument. The team with the most points wins.
Asian to Asian is an affinity group for students of Asian descent to openly discuss issues regarding culture, race and identity. The goal is for students to share stories, bond over similar experiences and offer advice to each other.
The middle school games club is involved in learning about and playing strategy board games. Most of the games we play take 30 minutes or less. They include games like, Ricochet Robot, No Thanks!, Transamerica, Fearsome Floors, King of Tokyo, Bohnanza and Coloretto. We love getting new games and usually pick up a couple each year. More recent ones have been Incan Gold and The Resistance.
Faculty Advisor: Christine Pasterczyk
The Nobles Chess Club provides an opportunity for students interested in playing chess to either learn the fundamentals or hone their strategic and tactical skills. Players gather weekly for camaraderie and gentle competition. For those interested in interscholastic competition, a traveling team competes in the South Shore Interscholastic Chess League (SSICL) in a series of 9-10 dual matches during the winter term.
Faculty Advisor: Kate Blake
Chrysalis is the Middle School Literary Arts Publication, a magazine that celebrates and showcases student writing and artwork. The group's mission is to produce, edit and publish its own written pieces, including personal narrative, fiction and poetry. Chrysalis also works to foster enthusiasm and participation among the middle school community by encouraging submissions of writing and artwork to the magazine throughout the year.
Each season the middle school Cooking Club gathers to work on basic culinary skills, creating, from scratch, a variety of dishes based on student interest. The students learn to interpret recipes and use different cooking tools. The club focuses on preparing dishes that can be made in 30 minutes or less and the recipes are collected from several different sources. Some of the dishes we have made include applesauce, brownies, fruit tarts, scones, peppermint bark, fudge and pizza. This is a great introduction to the wonderful world of cooking for young men and women!
Faculty Advisor: E.B. Bartels
The middle school Debate and Current Events Club seeks to provide a forum for intellectual discussion among students with diverse perspectives. We meet regularly to discuss local, national and international events that are significant to our world.
Engineering club is for those who want to build and create various objects to test their creativity and problem solving skills. Some projects include making rockets, hovercrafts and bridges. Teamwork and perseverance are the keys to success.
Faculty Advisor: Emily Tragert
The Golden Lion Book Club promotes reading for pleasure and the development of a lifelong interest in literature. We encourage members to read widely and to enjoy good conversations about books and literature. In addition to discussing what we read, we try new kinds of chocolate at every meeting.
Faculty Advisor: James Mayo III
The Half Notes are a co-ed, auditioned and selected group of middle school students who sing a variety of different a cappella arrangements. The ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:45-5:30pm. This ensemble performs at the choral concert given at the end of each semester. Occasional performances will be given off campus or in daily assembly.
Faculty Advisor: Fred Hollister
While there is a lot of love in the Hearts Club, it is not principally about that. This is the card game, played by some experienced semi-cutthroat players as well as neophytes that are not that way for long. We limit the sharing of tactics to a special 12 players, who all inevitably progress to becoming Master players by the end of the year.
Faculty Advisor: Paul Lieberman
Middle School JAM Band is a fun, safe laboratory for musicians to explore playing pop, jazz, blues, funk, Latin and similar styles while building their instrumental and rhythmic, harmonic and melodic abilities under the guidance of a performing professional. JAM band meets during X-Block and one afternoon a week for an hour following the afternoon program. Students should have at least a year of study on their instrument. Performances will be scheduled in assemblies and/or concerts during the year.
Faculty Advisor: Meghan Glenn
Junior Classical League is an organization of middle school and high school students sponsored by the American Classical League, which is composed of local and state chapters and is the largest Classical organization in the world today. Its purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical antiquity. In our branch at Nobles, we will be promoting Latin, doing some community service, entering some contests, and doing lots of fun Latin/Roman related activities. This is open to Classes I-V.
Faculty Advisor: Kate Blake
We celebrate and publish various genres of middle school writing and artwork.
Faculty Advisor: Alycia Scott-Hiser
Media Makers is a club for students who enjoy using technology in creative, expressive ways. Self-directed projects may include digital photography and video, animation and multimedia storytelling.
The Middle School Community Service Board is made up of middle school student volunteers. The Board creates and implements community service activities on behalf of the middle school community and also collaborates with the Upper School Community Service Board on school-wide initiatives. The success of this program relies on locating local organizations, which help foster and nurture students' sense of social responsibility.
The Middle School Student Life Committee (SLC) is comprised of 12 middle school students-three boys and three girls from both Class V and VI. Members are elected by their classmates and oversee middle school assemblies and organize middle school social activities throughout the year. The Class V SLC members also serve as Middle School Prefects and meet with Mr. Gifford twice a month to discuss issues of tone and culture.
Faculty Advisor: Andrew Shumway
The middle school Tech Club allows students to begin exploring technology in a hands on fun way.
The students will investigate Programming, Robotics and a wide array of Computer Science principles.
The goal is to ignite a continuing interest in technology during their time at Nobles and beyond.
Faculty Advisor: Dan Matlack
Weiqi/Go is an ancient Chinese board game originated thousands of years ago that is still the most popular board game in Asia. It had a tremendous influence on and is deeply rooted in Asian cultures. The purpose of this club is to educate our fellow Nobles students about the game and its impact, and more importantly, to learn how to play this game well and thoughtfully! We encourage anyone to join, no matter their degree of knowledge of or experience with the game. It can truly be a great new experience!
Faculty Advisor: Erica Pernell
Uniting Nobles Identities and Cultures (UNIC) provides a nurturing environment in which students can discuss issues of social justice while they explore their own identities. We seek to celebrate our diversity of experience and to educate our community as we work to create a safe environment for students of all backgrounds. UNIC is open to all students.