Middle School Activities
Best Buddies — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisors: Ms. Rubnitz, Ms. Quigley
Time Commitment: Meet with buddy 2x/month (eat lunch together, hang out after school, go to an activity together), meet with committee 1x/month (can be the same day as buddy meeting).
Activities: Plan activities and learn leadership skills; an opportunity for students with and without disabilities to establish relationships.
Cheer — Grade 7 & 8 girls
Coach: Mrs. Delain
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. Schell, Mrs. Tabaska
Time Commitment: Practices Monday–Thursday after school until 4:30pm when requested by advisors, so not all of the days.
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
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: Mrs. Tabaska, Ms. Topitzes, Mrs. McMahon
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.
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. Duchscherer
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.
Writer’s Club — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisor: Mrs. Delain
Time Commitment: Offered every Tuesday after school until 4pm throughout the school year.
Activities: Write creatively or get help and feedback on school writing assignments. Options for publishing and sharing successful pieces.
Destination Imagination (DI) — Grades 6, 7, 8
Advisor: Mrs. Markowski
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
Advisor: Mrs. Rohde, Ms. Wong
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, Mrs. Pilz
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.
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 Wednesdays 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: Ms. Schell, Mrs. Buettner
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.
BECOMING A CRUSADER
If you're new to Kennedy activities or an incoming 6th grader for the upcoming school year, follow these steps to get acquainted with our programs.
1. Review the KMS Co-Curricular Handbook.
2. Complete 2021–22 online registration via Skyward (beginning in July). Both parents and students need to complete this process.
3. Review the starting dates and program information for your activity.
5. Click on the "Activities Interest Form" button above and complete the steps to establish communication with the KMS Activities Coordinator and the advisor.