After School Activities Catalog

Alphabetical list of activities and clubs, schedules, and sponsors

ADAPTED PE

A very special gym activity with exercises and dancing for a very special group of students.

Students with severe physical and mental challenges are encouraged to join this merry group and participate in fun physical activities.

Schedule: Wednesday

Recruitment process: All students with an IEP for mental a/o physical disabilities are welcome.

Sponsor: After School Staff

 

ART CLUB

Support student directed artworks and creative collaborations.

Recruitment process: First come first serve. Sign up list posted on F10 door.

Schedule: Thursdays 2:30-4:15

Sponsor: Mr. Hutto         

 

ASIAN AMERICAN LEAD (AALEAD)

This club is a partnership between Holmes M.S. and Asian American Lead a non- profit organization devoted to promote values of citizenship, character, and self-improvement among students of Asian descent.

Recruitment process: AALEAD request a list of names of students of Asian family background and invite them to an interest meeting. There are a limited number of vacancies for students from ethnicities outside Asia.

Schedule: Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30PM to 4:15PM

Sponsors: AALEAD / Ms. Rudraraju

 

BASKETBALL CLUB

Helping students work together as a team and learn basic basketball skills

Recruitment process:  Students try out (most make it).  It just depends on how many we have and how many coaches:

Schedule:  Thursday

Sponsors: After School Staff

 

BOOK CLUB

Students will meet in the library the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month. Students will meet to discuss books the whole club is reading. Students will be directly involved in the choosing of each book. Book clubs are a highly engaging way to inspire students to become lifelong readers.

Recruitment process: Open to all students

Schedule: Starting January 2022

Sponsor: Ms. Haywood

 

CAPITAL ONE CODERS PROGRAM

This is partnership between Holmes Middle School and Capital One Bank. The Capital One Coders Holmes Middle School Initiative supports students as they learn how to develop apps for mobile devices using App Inventor blocks-based programming language. Led by Capital One volunteers, hundreds of young students gain exposure to software engineering principles and practices.

Recruitment process: Students apply on line through their fcpsschools.net account.

Schedule: Wednesday 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (Start date September 29)

 

COOKING CLUB

Students will learn how to cook and make delicious food selection in a fun and teamwork environment.  A program designed for students to learn how to coo base menus and cater selected events.  The program offers new food choices, and seminars from professionals

Recruitment process: Open to all students.

Schedule: Wednesday 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (Start date TBD)

 

EARLY IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM

This activity is a partnership between Holmes Middle School and George Mason University. The purpose of this program is to provide support to the academic achievements of selected first-generation college bound middle school students.

Recruitment process: There is a program selection process for counselor's nominated students.

Schedule: Mondays

Sponsor: Ms. Amarir

 

GARDENING CLUB

A project where students will plant a vegetable garden in school's grounds. Students will learn about planting technics, plant selection, weather and proper plant environment for a successful crop.

Recruitment process: Open to all students

Schedule: Spring (Days TBD)

Sponsors: Ms. Barber

 

GIRLS RUNNING CLUB 

Improve endurance, build connections, learn proper running form and compete in a 5K (train off campus)

Recruitment process:  open to all female students

Sponsors: Ms. Barber and Ms. Looney

 

GLOW (Girls Learning Overcoming and Winning)

A mentorship program that is designed to build confidence, self-esteem, positive relationships and leadership qualities in the girls of Holmes Middle School.

Schedule: Mondays for 8th Grade, Wednesdays for 7th Grade. Will add 6th grade in the spring and combine the 7th and 8th grade at that time most likely.

Recruitment process:  We send out an email to 6th grade teachers in the spring that describes the group's mission and we take recommendations. We compile a list based on who teachers recommend. Parent signature is required to indicate knowledge and authorization of daughter's participation in ABCD

Sponsors:  Ms. Parks

 

HAWK CLUB

This club allows students to participate in the After School Program Monday through Friday. These students are picked up by their parents by 5:30PM every day.

Recruitment process: Open to all students year round

Schedule: Monday through Friday from 2:30 PM to 5:30PM (if classes are canceled the Hawk Club is closed with the ASP)

Sponsors: ASP Staff

 

GIRLS THAT CODE

This is a partnership between Holmes Middle School, Girls That Code Organization. The objective of this club is to provide young ladies the opportunity to become acquainted with Coding and develop computer skills in a fun and safe environment.

Recruitment process: Girls must apply at specific times of the year.

Schedule: Thursday

Sponsor: Ms. Mollick

 

MAKER MONDAYS

Every Monday will provide a different opportunity to make items, learn a new skill, program a miniature robot and more. The possibilities are endless and participating students will have an opportunity to vote on future projects. This club will take place on Mondays, in the library.

Recruitment process: Open to all students

Schedule: Starting January 2022

Sponsor: Ms. Haywood

 

MEANINGFUL MONDAYS

Every Monday will provide a different opportunity for students to meet and talk about ideas and recommended changes to the After School Program. The possibilities are endless and participating students will have an opportunity to vote on future programing and clubs. This club will take place on Mondays, in the cafeteria.

Recruitment process: Open to all students

Schedule: Starting November 2021

Sponsor: Ms. Parker

 

OPEN GYM AND RECREATION ACTIVITIES

Students who participated in Homework room or worked with a teacher are welcome to join in games and sports after their academic work. Sports may be conducted in the Main Gym or outside on the black top or fields if weather allows.

Recruitment process: Open to all students every day.

Schedule: Monday through Friday 2:30PM to 3:30 PM

Sponsors: ASP Staff

 

PERFORMING ARTS/ THEATRE DEPARTMENT

The Holmes Middle School Theatre Department offers several after school options. Each year we perform a Fall Play and a Spring Musical. , HMS' Theatre Department also has an after school audition based Theatre Sports Team. Theatre Sports is competitive improv, and we compete against other FCPS middle schools.

Recruitment process: Students need to audition for these productions and should stay tuned to school announcements and flyers for information about when and how to do so. Students who are interested in being on the Stage Crew for these productions should see Ms. Ferrante. Lastly, HMS' Theatre Department also has an after school audition based Theatre Sports Team.

Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and any additional day that is needed.

Sponsor: Ms. E. Murphy

 

RECYCLING CLUB

Students meet to learn and discuss ways to protect and improve our environment. This club is in charge to collect recyclables at Holmes Middle School. Students earn community service hours for their weekly collection.

Recruitment process: Open to all students at the beginning of October.

Schedule: Thursday 2:30 PM to 4:15PM

Sponsor: TBD

 

ROBOTICS CLUB

Students meet to learn and discuss ways to design, build and program VEX IQ robots.  During the course of the program, the students will be exposed to professionals and students from Thomas Jefferson that have designed, programed and built robots.

Recruitment process: Open to all students

Schedule: TBD

Sponsor: Ms. Logan

 

STUDENTS COUNCIL ASSOCIATION (SCA)

SCA Build student leaders, instill service-driven mindset, develop and execute community service and philanthropic events.

Recruitment process: Students who embody qualities of leadership, academic success, enthusiasm, school spirit, and interest in community service have been selected by team members of every grade (about 12 students per grade). In addition, if other students who were not selected embody the above qualities and would like to join, we will open the club up to these students after the first meeting.

Schedule: TBD

Sponsors: TBD

 

SOCCER INTRAMURALS

Homework help and then helping students work together as a team and learn basic Soccer skills

Recruitment process: Open to all students at.  Students try out (most make it).  It just depends on how many we have and how many coaches:

Schedule:  Thursday

Sponsors: Mr. N. Wood

 

SPORTS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Students who wish to explore and improve various sport skills i.e. Basketball, Football, Soccer, are welcome to join this group.

Recruitment process: Open to all students every session

Schedule: Thursday 2:30PM to 4:15 PM (specific dates, the sessions will be announced)

Sponsors: Annandale High School Coaches

 

VIRTUAL TECHNOLOGY CLUB

The Technology Club explores areas of technological interest to our students: Lego Robotics, Cyber Security, STEM, and exciting tech news.

Recruitment process: Open to all students

Schedule: TBD

Sponsor: TBD

 

TJ TUTORS

This is a partnership between Holmes Middle school and Thomas Jefferson High School.  TJ students come on agreed days to work with 6, 7, and 8th graders that need some extra help in Math, Science, Civics, & English.

Recruitment process: Open to all students

Schedule: Wednesday 2:30 PM to 3:45PM (TJHS schedule may prevent meeting certain weeks)

Sponsors: Ms. S. Ibrahim

 

SOL PREP

This program will introduce the students to other standardized testing i.e., SAT, and PSAT examines.  The goal of this program is to prepare students and equip them with coping skills to reduce testing stress.  Also, address any issues they may experience prior, during and after testing.

Recruitment process:  8th grade students who will have completed Algebra by the end of their 8th grade year and have registered to take the TJ admission in December.

Schedule: TBD (starting in January, March, & April)

Sponsors: Mr. Ivey

 

VOICES OF NOW

This is a partnership between Holmes M.S., the After School Program Office of FCPS and Arena Stage. Voices of Now is an acting, writing, devising program for young artists, they learn the tools of theater performance, such as movement, vocal expression and collaboration.

Recruitment process: Students must apply to participate in a series of workshops and then audition to study acting and write an original play to be performed at Arena Stage.

Schedule: Monday and Wednesday

Sponsors: Ms. Murphy and Arena Stage artists

 

VOLLEYBALL INTRAMURALS

Homework help and then helping students work together as a team and learn basic Volleyball skills

Recruitment process:  Students try out (most make it).  It just depends on the coaches availability.

Schedule:  Thursday in the Winter

Sponsors: Annandale High School Volleyball Coach

 

WRITE CLUB

Students at Holmes Middle School have much to express. In this club they can use poetry and / or prose to communicate their ideas and feelings to the world.

Recruitment process:  Open to all students

Schedule: TBD

Sponsor: TBD

 

YEARBOOK

Primary goal is to produce a high quality yearbook, students learn writing skills as well as marketing and promotion along with graphic design skills.  The goals are several, give students the opportunity to work in their own publication, sell it out and make the school a profit!

Recruitment process: Yearbook is open to all students. However, we do require students to fill out an application. A strong commitment is required.

Schedule: Wednesday 2:30 to 4:15PM

Sponsors: Ms. Orihuela and Mr. Branch