Leadership class is a one-semester length elective class. The purpose of the class is to increase students' leadership skills as they plan and implement a variety of activities for the middle school student body.
Each student serves on two committees during the semester. The following is a list of some of the different committees and their responsibilities:
This committee is responsible for promoting and recognizing students involved in interscholastic sports. They make welcome signs for the opposing teams, create a display case featuring all athletes, update the Athletes of the Week display case, make support posters for the gym and school, create a program for games, and run the recognition assembly.
Lunchtime Activities/Dress-up Days
Students in this group choose, advertise, and run a variety of activities. They plan, run, and clean up all lunchtime activities. Some examples include a Cake Walk, Soda Sip, Lunchtime Survivor, Gummi Worm Bob, and Egg Toss. They are also responsible for choosing Dress-up Days and figuring out the winning homeroom on those days.
This group is responsible for several tasks. They create the Birthday display case each month, and make and deliver birthday cards containing a WMS pencil. They take turns drawing tickets and helping with wheel spins during lunch in our Positive Ticket program. When there is a homeroom competition, they help demonstrate the activity at the assembly or help correct in-class quizzes. They also make laminated trophies for the winners and update the Homeroom Winners chart.
Every week, a video bulleting is played over the Channel One system. This committee is responsible for taping and editing that video. They include the important information for the upcoming week, and try to do so in a creative and entertaining manner.
This committee is responsible for planning activities related to the holidays (this committee exists only from November through March). They plan activities with the primary school, decorate the middle school, plan activities such as door decorating or other homeroom activities, and occasionally sell holiday-related mementos.
Students in this group plan for the dances held after school in the commons. They find a DJ and chaperones (parents and staff), advertise the event, plan out a song play list, purchase and put up decorations, and clean up afterward.
This last quarter committee creates publications for out-going students. Students are given a copy of this book during their middle school visit in the spring. The Memory Book contains survey results for the eighth graders, Remember when pictures, and other information. Eighth graders receive this book the last few days of the school year.
In knowledge bowl students learn, practice, and compete in many different subjects. There are questions on history, math, language, English, geography, algebra, sports, music, and art. The competition consists of two types of rounds:
Oral/Verbal Round: For this round there are three teams of four to six students. Only four members from each team may compete at one time. Each oral round, of which there are two, has forty-five questions. After each fifteen question interval, teams may substitute other players. Each question is worth one point and the team with the highest number of points wins the round. When a team wants to answer a question, a member touches a bar causing a timer box to light up. Whichever team's light is lit first gets to answer the question. If the team answers correctly, it receives a point; however, if the team answers incorrectly, it goes to the next team that buzzed in. Each team has fifteen seconds to try and give the correct answer.
Written Round: For this round each team, consisting of no more than six members, has a test with thirty to forty-five questions. Each team has twenty minutes to answer as many questions as possible.
Practices take place Monday through Thursday from 3:15-4:30. The first practice usually begins the last week in January. Teams practice through the month of February with competitions beginning in March. Competitions start at 3:30 PM.
This sixty strong group of 7th and 8th grade musicians is our centerpiece music organization. The Trojan Band performs the best of the concert literature, and has a full schedule of concerts, tours, community events, and parades. Emphasis is placed on skill development and all aspects of instrumental music including tone quality, rhythmic readiness, key signatures, scales, and sight-reading. See our MS/HS music website for more details.
We learn a wide variety of music and also the fundamentals of written music. Emphasis is placed on music as a means of self-expression. See our MS/HS music website for more details.
Woodland Middle School Chess Club will begin meeting every Wednesday and Thursday during lunch after winter break. Students learn the basics of the game and then start to expand their knowledge through chess challenges and games. Students will begin a double elimination tournament in February that will crown our Chess Master of the Year. Last year's Chess Master was Sam Jousma.
Each school year the students elect four of their classmates to serve as the ASB officers for the next school year. The students serve in the following offices: president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. During the summer the students attend a leadership camp to become familiar with their responsibilities and to further develop their leadership skills. They act as liaisons between the student body and the school. ASB meetings are held monthly and conducted by the ASB president. Among the most important duties the officers have is to manage, and be responsible for the ASB budget and all expenditures within the school year. As new ideas are generated, the officers meet with the principal to discuss and act upon each of them.
ASB funds are for the extracurricular benefit of the students. Below are links to the financial statements for Woodland Middle School's ASB fund.
National Junior Honor Society of Secondary Schools (NJHS) is a national middle school organization of which WMS has a chapter. The purpose of this organization is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character and to encourage citizenship in the students of secondary schools. Students who maintain a 3.5 grade point average or better qualify for membership in this organization. When a student shows this scholarship for two quarters they are invited to join NJHS and receive a form to complete verifying their interest in service, leadership and character. Upon approval from a committee of teachers these students become members of this organization and remain with the organization until grades drop below 3.5 GPA or they move on to High School. We currently have 31 active members. Initiation of new members will be given in February.
Our service project this year is to sponsor a school wide fundraiser for the National Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. The Pennies for Patients Drive is held in February. Some members will be helping the Library Bookfair. In December the NJHS sponsored a dance for the student body as a fun activity and later in the spring we will be going on a field trip to celebrate the excellent grades and the year's successes.
We are very proud of our students who belong to NJHS and encourage them to maintain their grades and activity and to continue on to High School Honor Society. If you have any questions about the organization please contact Colleen Scott for information at 360.841.2850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Woodland Middle School Jazz Band meets at 7:15 three mornings a week. This competition class jazz group is a cross grade level organization made up of 6th through 9th grade musicians and is the "feeder" group for the High School Jazz Band. Our organization is very much into fund-raising and helps in many other areas that support our efforts to provide a "Tradition of Excellence" at Woodland Middle School.
When you were in grade school did you like to play with LEGOS? These students still do!!!! They take it to the next level. LEGO robotics!!!! The LEGO robotics team is coached by Mr. Brown. It is a semester long elective made up of six to ten students. Every year they compete in the regional competition at Salmon Creek Elementary School in Vancouver Washington. If they win that competition they continue on to the state competition in Hillsboro Oregon.
There are four parts to the competition. The first part of the competition is the Robot Run. In this challenge the robot completely built and programed by the team must complete certain missions, that are related to the theme. Friends and family like to watch this part of the competition, and cheer the teams on.
The second part of the challenge is technical judging. The team's robot is judged on how technically advanced the robot design and programing is. The judges for this are engineers. Unlike the Robot Run, the public is not permitted to watch this part of the competition. Another part of the competition is The Project. The team must come up with a problem and innovative solution on the theme. After this, the team shares their research with the community, and gives a presentation to the judges at the competition. Anybody over ten can watch the presentation.
The final part of the competition is Teamwork Judging. The team is given a problem and five minutes to find a solution. There are a wide range of problems. Some problems that have been given in the past are: building a structure out of pennies, making a bridge out of marshmallows and toothpicks, or crossing a toxic river with only one pair of boots. Because of the nature of this activity, only the head coach is permitted to watch.
Lego Robotics is a great way to learn about the world around us. These competitions create the engineers of the future.