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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:  

Middle School Club

Around the Horn
Asian to Asian (A2A)
Board Games
Chess Team
Cooking Club
Engineering
Golden Lion Book Club
Half Notes
Jam Band
Junior Classical League of Nobles
Middle School Community Service Board
Middle School Press
Middle School Student Life Committee
Puzzle Club
Team STEAM
Uniting Nobles Identities and Cultures (UNIC)


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Around the Horn

Faculty Advisors: Don Allard

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.


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Asian to Asian (A2A)

Faculty Advisors: Ayako Anderson and Pascal Maharjan

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.


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Board Games

Faculty Advisors: Chris Averill and Mark Harrington

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.

 


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Chess Team

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.


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Cooking Club

Faculty Advisors: Maryanne MacDonald and Lisa O’Connor

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.


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Engineering

Faculty Advisors: Kelly ChungColette Finley and Ross Henderson

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.


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Golden Lion Book Club

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.


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Half Notes

Faculty Advisor: Nhung Truong

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.


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Jam Band

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.

 


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Junior Classical League of Nobles

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.


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Middle School Community Service Board

Faculty Advisors: Thomas Forteith and Laura Yamartino

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.

 


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Middle School Press

Faculty Advisor: Clara Brodie

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.

 

 


 

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Middle School Student Life Committee

Faculty Advisors: Chris Averill and Maryanne MacDonald

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.

 


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Puzzle Club

Faculty Advisors: Melissa Lyons

Puzzle club participants practice solving a variety of puzzles including, but not limited to, jigsaws, 3D puzzles, crosswords and sudukos.  Students become more comfortable tackling several different kinds of puzzles and learn not to give up when something seems impossible, but rather try new ways of thinking about it.

 


 

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Team STEAM

Faculty Advisors: Regina Campbell-Malone, Molly Pascal and Alycia Scott-Hiser

Team STEAM takes art and technology to a whole new level. Students learn about the digital design process from concept to completion, turning their ideas into reality. Students create their own logos and other personal designs using various digital software applications, and then develop those virtual creations into tangible objects using 3D printers and laser cutters. 

 


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Uniting Nobles Identities and Cultures (UNIC)

Faculty Advisor: Efe Osifo and 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. 

 

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