Student clubs are an excellent way to introduce students to extended educational and growth opportunities. The hands-on experience gained through these groups aim to connect students to enjoyable extracurriculars.
Art Club further projects a student's creative and artistic development as they experience techniques and materials that are conducive to a smaller group setting. We are able to work on projects that may be more time consuming, more intricate, that need more specialized tools or more space during art club due to the longer time frame and smaller group than during regular art class.
Art Club is open to any students in 4th - 6th grade and meets collectively (not based on current grade). Art Club sign-up is generally a couple weeks before Fall Break. Sessions typically beginning after Fall Break and continue until Spring Break time. Sessions are usually after school until around 4:15 pm. Cost is to be determined each year, depending on materials needed for the planned projects.
Learning to play a musical instrument has been proven to enhance student development. It helps the student's focus in all their subjects, not just music, and advances their skill in other areas as well.
The Sharp Creek Band is open to 6th grade students who choose to join. New band members are recruited at the end of their 5th grade year, so they can start playing as 6th graders right when school begins in the fall. Band students meet three times each week during the school day.
Students will be given an informational packet near the end of their 5th grade year, and will also be visited by the Band Director to address any questions. They are invited to attend an "Instrument Fitting" to help find an instrument that will work well for them.
The only cost is buying the beginning method book we use and the cost of the instrument. While some students buy their instrument, others rent from a music store that services our school. Students are also welcome to use instruments already in their family.
Battle of the Books
Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students. Students read books and come together in groups to demonstrate their abilities and to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The students who participate in this club have a passion for reading. We read 8-9 novels that average 100-200 pages in length creating questions and discussions to share with our group. This club is really a book club for reading enthusiasts! It is beneficial to be involved because it cultivates a love for reading and allows students to
play games and have fun while we read and learn.
Students in 4th - 6th grade may participate in Battle of the Books. The team consists of 10 to 15 students and is formed by teacher recommendation.
Practices begin in January, meeting after school for an hour once a week. The final competition will take place in March. There is a $10 t-shirt cost to participate.
K-Kids is a service club for 4th - 6th grade students at Sharp Creek Elementary. It is a student led club where students work together in service to school and community. K-Kids is typically open to everyone who wants to participate. Due to COVID restrictions, participants were limited during the 2020-2021 school year. There is no cost to participate though students are occasionally asked to bring in small items, such as candy, for service projects.
K-Kids meet once a month after school. Values being instilled are: character building; leadership; inclusiveness; and caring. K-Kids enjoy sponsoring dress up days throughout the year, manning the concession stand for home sporting events, and making cards to share with nursing home residents. They also hold a school fundraiser one a year. One of their favorite organizations to support is the local animal shelter.
Those who participate in Math Bowl will develop problem solving and collaboration skills. Students work together on a squad with three to four others to solve high-level math problems. This allows them to excel academically and learn how to work well with others.
Students in 4th - 6th grade are welcome to tryout for Math Bowl. Signups typically take place in February. Students will be given information about Math Bowl during their Math class. There is a $5 cost for a team t-shirt.
Math Bowl runs from March-mid April and meets twice a week. One competition takes place in April.
Robotics is a great was for students who are interested in S.T.E.M to participate in. We learn early engineering skills, coding, and building techniques that students can take into future careers. We have to fill out an engineering notebook to show design and thought that went into creating our robots. Students use Mathematical and logical problem solving skills when building, and then have to use planning and skill when driving or coding our robots.
Students in 4th - 6th grade are eligible to tryout. Robotics coaches will go to every classroom and show a video on what robotics looks like, talk to students about participating, and send out a google form for interest. Once it is known how many students are interested, students are asked to fill out a robotics team application, and come to a tryout session after
Students must be able to come to practices and be able to attend the competitions. Students must sign a contract when they join robotics as it is a big commitment.
Robotics meets once a week after school until 5:00 pm from September through March. Competitions are often held on Saturdays and last around seven hours.
All 5th and 6th grade students are encouraged to compete in the school level Kiwanis and Journal Gazette Spelling Bees. Both a 5th grade winner and 6th grade winner are then sent onto the County level Kiwanis Bee. One school-wide winner is sent on to the County level Journal Gazette Bee. If we have a winner at the county level, they are sent on to the Regional level.
In Spell Bowl a student learns spelling skills and tools that will assist them in life in spelling complicated words. One of the benefits in being involved is meeting new students, forming new friends, and having fun while learning!
This club begins in mid-September and continues through November. It will meet once a week for an hour after school. Students in 4th - 6th grade are welcome to tryout. During announcements in September a sign up will be announced. The Spell Bowl team will have eight participants with two alternatives. There is a $10 cost for a team t-shirt.