Upper Grade Clubs (4th – 8th Grades)

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Club Descriptions

Basketball with Mr. Lakofka | 4th / 5th  / 6th /7th/8th
Monday from 3:30pm-4:00pm | Limit 15 | Gym
Students will learn and practice basic and advance basketball skills including but not limited to dribbling, blocking and shooting baskets.

Debate Club with Mr. Martinez | 6th /7th/8th
Monday from 3:20pm – 4:15pm | Limit 12 | Rm 256
The debate club is where students will learn to properly form an argument by learning how to gather factual information, construct a sound argument and present their side. Furthermore, students will learn the proper verbal and performance skills necessary to have a healthy debate. An additional lesson students will learn by participating is how debate is a vital tool to developing and sustaining a democracy. When two sides are able to have a healthy debate about controversial issues, they will be able to listen and come to a compromise. Lastly, during the school year, the debate club will participate in regional and nationwide competitions to interact with other clubs and test their new skills. By the end of debate club, students will be open to listening to brand new and diverse ideas.

The Chronicle – Newspaper Club with Mrs. Bartucci |5th/ 6th /7th/8th
Thursday from 3:20pm – 4:00pm | SELECTIVE CLUBLimit 20 students
Rm 257

The school newspaper allows students the opportunity to utilize their writing skills and creativity to create our school newspaper. Club members will cover school events, current events, travel, entertainment, and human interest stories.

The newspaper club advisor will select approximately twenty (20) newspaper staff members based on their responses to the newspaper application as well as their adherence to the application deadline.

Words R Us with Mrs. Zielke | 3rd / 4th / 5th
Monday from 3:20pm – 4:00pm | Limit 12 students | Rm 259
This club is an opportunity to have fun building words and putting ideas together with board games and word puzzles!

Math Wizards with Halime Cavus | 6th /7th/8th
Tuesday from 3:20pm – 4:30pm | SELECTIVE CLUB – Limit 10
This club is designed for Math Contests such as Math Counts, Math League, MathCon and Noetic Learning Math Contests. Participants will be practicing various Math Contests problems along with critical thinking activities. Students will be chosen based on their academic performances, abilities and passions. We will also have a lot of fun while learning.

Critical Thinking Club with Mrs. Meral |4th/5th
Tuesday from 3:20pm – 4:30pm | SELECTIVE CLUB – Limit 10 students
Rm 262

Critical Thinking teaches students to think logically, present well-developed arguments, and see through unsupported arguments. It teaches students to use organized analysis instead of guesswork to solve problems as it develops critical thinking skills necessary for success in math. The purpose of the club is to arouse students’ interests in Mathematics, so that they can become confident in using mathematics to analyze and solve problems both in school and in real-life situations.

Art Club with Ms. Johnson |4th/5th / 6th
Thursday from 3:20pm – 4:00pm | Limit 20 students | Rm 286
Join the weekly art club during the fall semester at the Science Academy. During the after school club we will explore making art using a variety of methods including drawing, pastels, painting, and collage.  We will also create three dimensional works. Try out something new every week in this fun art making session. We will also look at the work of other artists and learn about what inspires them.

Chess Team with GM Chess Academy | KG / 1st through 8th Grade
Wednesday from 3:20pm – 4:20pm | No Limit | $$$$
The chess team will allow both beginners and experts to improve their strategy challenge their friends in the game of chess.  The chess team will allow both beginners and experts to improve their strategy challenge their friends in the game of chess.  The class is taught by Grand Master Nikola Mitkov, who has vast experience playing chess and working with individual and school teams.   There is a fee for this club.

First Lego League with Mr. Uslu | 3rd / 4th/5th / 6th /7th/8th
Monday from 3:20pm – 4:00pm | Limit 12 | $100 Fee | Rm 253
The FIRST Lego League introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

Advance Robotics club with Mr.  Saltas | 8th Grade
Tuesday and Thursday from 3:20pm – 4:30pm | Rm 253
FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

Future City with Mrs. Korkmaz | 6th /7th/8th
Friday from 3:20 – 4:00 PM | Limit 7 students | Rm 286
Students will design a city based on a topic in a computer program and create a physical model of it by using recycle items.


  • Students are limited to two teacher sponsored clubs per an academic year.   Please notify the homeroom teacher on any club changes.
  • Clubs will start after Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2016.
  • If a student misses two or more club session without notifying the teachers, the student will be removed from the club.  A student from the wait-list will be notified.
  • Questions?  Please email info@saoc.org
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