Middle School Activities
Best Buddies — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisors: Mrs. Lamb, Mrs. Quigley
Time Commitment: Meeting once a month.
Activities: Participate in activities and learn leadership skills; an opportunity for students with and without disabilities to establish relationships. Continue these relationships throughout the month within the school.
Cheer — Grade 7 & 8 girls
Time Commitment: Tryouts in early September. Practice is 2–3x/week from September–January. Games 1–2x/week during weekdays.
Activities: Create cheers and cheer at girls' and boys’ home basketball games. Activity Fee required.
Drama Club/School Musical — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisors: Ms. Fichtner and Mr. Parrish
Time Commitment: Rehearsals will be Monday - Friday this year until the performances which are 11/3, 11/4, and 11/5. Days called to rehearsal will be on a calendar shared with all participants.
Activities: Learn and perform a junior-length musical with three out-of-school performances. Hone acting, singing, and dancing skills through large group performance.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisor: Sara Burling, Mrs. Janke
Time Commitment: Approximately two meetings per month after school for 45 minutes plus competition dates (September–May).
Activities: FBLA-Middle Level provides an opportunity for members to explore a range of career skills as well as project-based learning experiences. In FBLA-Middle Level, members will identify problems and solutions to begin developing business skills. FBLA-Middle Level provides an opportunity for members to discover what lies within themselves as leaders and to gain foundational leadership skills.
Jazz Band — Grade 7 & 8 band students
Advisors: 8th–Mr. Fox, 7th–Mrs. Shook
Time Commitment: Practice most Mondays during fall and spring.
Activities: Learn jazz-style music to perform at concerts throughout the year. Open to all current band students who play saxophone, brass, percussion, or keyboards.
Jr Key Club (JKC) — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisors: Ms. Topitzes, Mrs. Betanzos, and Mrs. Czerwinski
Time Commitment: Meetings once a month after school throughout the year.
Activities: Lead community service projects to benefit local and greater Milwaukee area families. Previous activities include collecting pop tops for the Ronald McDonald House, Coats 4 Kids winter coat collection, fundraiser for the American Heart Association, senior center technology visits, and a canned food drive.
Science Club — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisors: Mrs. Betanzos and Mrs. Schilling
Time Commitment: Bi-weekly meetings after school throughout the year.
Activities: Have fun with science, learning through experiments, challenges, inventions and current events!
KMS News Club — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisor: Mr. Parrish
Time Commitment: Thursdays after school until 4:15pm.
Activities: Cover KMS events in a television news format.
Math Counts — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisor: Mrs. Rohde
Time Commitment: Every other Thursday after school until 4pm throughout the year.
Activities: Have fun with math through a variety of activities and games while building confidence in the subject.
Student Council — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisors: Mrs. Wittemann, Mr. Wilcox
Time Commitment: Meetings once a month after school. Informational meeting in the middle of September and application due at the end of September. Other time commitments vary according to position and involvement on committees.
Activities: School and community service projects, school spirit activities, school-wide fundraiser, and after-school social activities.
Destination Imagination (DI) — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisor: Mrs. Bykowski
Time Commitment: Tryouts held in October. Practices determined by each individual team.
Activities: Creating an original skit, including all scenery, props, and costumes, based on your team’s challenge. Numerous creative problem-solving activities.
MESA (Multi-Ethnic Student Association) — Grades 6, 7, 8
Time Commitment: October–April every other week after school.
Activities: Promote and discuss diversity at Kennedy Middle School and within the community.
Newspaper — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisors: Mrs. Feucht, Mrs. Veldboom
Time Commitment: Begins in October and continues through May. Meetings once a week after school. May involve some independent work.
Activities: Writing stories, covering school and community events, taking pictures, formatting, and editing.
Yearbook — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisors: Mr. Gaskell, Ms. Restivo
Time Commitment: Introductory meeting in September. Weekly meetings after school until 4:30pm early January–mid-March.
Activities: Yearbook page setup and design. Some picture taking.
Writer’s Club — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisor: Mr. Reuter
Time Commitment: Offered the first and last Thursday of the month after school until 3:45pm throughout the school year.
Activities: Write creatively or get help and feedback on school writing assignments. Options for publishing and sharing successful pieces.
Forensics — Grades 6, 7, 8
Coaches: Mrs. Hillshafer, Mrs. Ahrens
Time Commitment: Kick-off meeting and piece selection in November. After winter break, weekly practice after school until 4pm. Competition begins in January and continues through mid-March.
Activities: A variety of speaking, acting, and oral presentations. Categories include group acting, solo acting, group interpretation, news reporting, poetry, prose, speech presentations, storytelling, etc. Activity Fee required.
Ski & Snowboard Club — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisors: Mrs. Stigler, Mrs. Gagan, Mrs. Brehmer, Mr. Reuter, Mr. Schuh, Mrs. Wunschel
Time Commitment: Four after-school outings to Little Switz December–February.
Activities: Students may ski or snowboard. Instruction is available for those students who would like to learn. Fee required.
Woodwind Choir — Grade 7 & 8 band students
Advisors: Mrs. Shook and Mr. Fox
Time Commitment: Practice most Mondays in winter.
Activities: Learn folk tunes, movie music, and small ensemble pieces to perform at March band concert. Open to all current band students who play flute, oboe, or clarinet.
Variety Show — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisors: Mrs. Buettner, Ms. Fichtner
Time Commitment: Auditions take place in March. Practices Monday–Thursday after school when requested by the advisors. Show held in April.
Activities: Create an act to perform for the school. Could include singing, dancing, acting, playing an instrument, comedy, etc.