Battle of the Books (BOB) / Contact – Wendy Bozeman
Description: Students read from a list of 27 books. A final team of 12 students will compete against each of the middle schools in the County. Winner continues to the State competition. Meeting Times: Team meets during homeroom from Nov.- Mar.; after-school meetings are announced in advance. Requirements: Any 6-8th graders with a love for reading, who are motivated, and can work independently & as a group. Yearly Activities: Competition – held end of February or first week in March; Movie celebrations on Fridays after school. Membership Dues: The only additional costs will be to contribute to the purchase of their team shirts. Any parent willing to donate snacks may do so! Website: The current book list and guidelines are available at the North Carolina Middle School Competition web page.
Civic Oration / Contact – Erin Haley
Description: In 1948, Modern Woodmen of America developed this contest to offer students an opportunity to develop skills in clear thinking and public speaking. Meeting Times: Starts in January. After-school meetings are announced in advance. Requirements: Grades 6-8. Prepare, research, and deliver a three- to five-minute speech. Yearly Activities: Competition in April/May. Membership Dues: $0
DAR Competition & JAC / Contact – Derek Crockett
Description: Every year, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) promotes American History by sponsoring an essay contest & the Junior American Citizens Committee (JAC) promotes good citizenship by sponsoring a creative contest for students in grades 5-8. Meeting Times: After-school meetings are announced in advance. Requirements: Depending on whether you choose the DAR or JAC contest, students will prepare an original essay, or other creative work of their choice (Poster, stamp, photographic essay, short story, or poem) following specific criteria outlined in the contest rules. Yearly Activities: DAR essay and JAC submission are usually due in October /beginning of November to make the deadline. Membership Dues: $0
Forensics / Contact – Ms. Addison
Description: This is public speaking and performance all in one! Participants choose Original Oratory, Humorous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation or Extemporaneous Speaking. Meeting Times: Meeting times will be announced during morning announcements Requirements: Grades 6-8. Students must select appropriate pieces, learn the rules pertaining to their area, and memorize them for performance. Yearly Activities: Tournaments are held throughout the year. There are 2 major festivals in Fall and Spring. Membership Dues: None
Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S) / Contact – Kelly Miller
Description: The Junior Student 2 Student (JS2S) Student Ambassador program is designed to offer support to new students enrolling in PFMS. JS2S volunteer their time to engage in activities that help meet the needs of our new students. Current students who would like to be a part of this club may pick up an application in Student Services. The goal is to create a “welcome committee” of current students on each team who could help new students find their classes, eat lunch with them on the first day, etc. Students will also need a teacher recommendation form to participate. Meeting Times: Usually during homeroom Requirements: Complete application process; Excellent recommendations Yearly Activities: Various transition activities designed for 5th graders preparing for middle school, e.g. Rising Raider Day and Pen Pal letters; conduct tours and serve as “buddies” to new students who enroll; and other duties as they arise throughout the year. Membership Dues: $0
Junior BETA Club
Junior BETA Club / Contact – Erin Haley
Description: The National Beta Club, a student-centered organization, continually develops and nurtures individuals by providing opportunities and experiences enabling them to demonstrate the ideals of character, achievement, service and leadership in a global community. (National Beta Club Vision Statement)Meeting Times: After-school meetings are announced in advance. Requirements: Students must hold a grade of 87% and above in all their courses. Eligibility will be determined after the first reporting period for those students otherwise qualified. Two teacher recommendations are also required. Yearly Activities: Various service projects Membership Dues: $7-$15
Math Counts / Contact – Cindy McLamb
Description: The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in mathematics. Consisting of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, the MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components. Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems focus on the 6th through 8th grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics. Meeting Times: Will vary. We will meet more often as the competition date approaches. Requirements: EOG scores will be considered as well as classroom performance. Students who make the team will be required to meet for the competition one Saturday in February. The team will be composed primarily of 8th graders due to the level of math, but 6th and 7th graders are welcome for the exposure. Yearly Activities: A regional competition is held in February. Membership Dues: $0 Website: Learn more at the Mathcounts.org Homepage
Quiz Bowl / Contact – TBD
Description: Participants must compete and demonstrate knowledge in academic trivia at countywide competitions. Meeting Times: After-school meetings are announced in advance. Requirements: A love of trivia, a powerful memory, and commitment to memorizing the rules of the competition and material. Yearly Activities: Individual competitions begin at the beginning of school and build up to the county-wide competition. Membership Dues: $0
Science Olympiad / Contact – Bobbi Marker
Description: Students participate in various categories. A final team of students will compete against each of the middle schools in the County. Winner continues to the State competition. Meeting Times: after-school meetings are announced in advance. Requirements: Any 6-8th graders with a love for science, who are motivated, and can work independently & as a group. Yearly Activities: Competition – usually held the end of February or first week in March. Membership Dues: Team may be asked to contribute to the purchase of their team shirts. Any parent willing to donate snacks may do so!
Spanish Quiz Bowl
Spanish Quiz Bowl / Contact – Isis Perez
Description: Participants must compete and demonstrate knowledge in Spanish trivia at a county-wide competition. It is a great opportunity for those interested in Spanish culture, foods, geography, language, arts, etc. After placing in second place, our goal for next year is first! Meeting Times: as announced, twice a week after school. Requirements: Grades 6-8. Students with dedication and a good attitude. Enrollment in Spanish class is not required. Yearly Activities: The competition is usually held in mid-February. Membership Dues: $0. Team shirts are free! There are no additional costs unless any parents would like to donate snacks for our after school practices!
Student Council / Contact: Cindy McLamb
Description: Students are elected by their peers and participate in various community-oriented activities and fundraisers within the school. The advisory board to the student council is the School Climate Committee. Meeting Times: after-school meetings are held as needed and announced in advance Requirements: Campaign for nomination as homeroom representative, Secretary, Vice President, and/or President. Prepare campaign speech. Yearly Activities: Food Drive, Student/Faculty basketball game, a partnership with the VA nursing home, assisting feeder schools as needed, and other student-centered activities when possible. Membership Dues: $0