After School Activities Catalog

Alphabetical list of activities and clubs, schedules, and sponsors

ABCD (Anything Boys Can Do)

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. Ellen Giuliano emgiuliano@fcpsschools.net 

 

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: Ms. Bridget Cheatham

 

 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. Jason Hutto jwhutto@fcpsschools.net 

       

 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 INTRAMURAL

Homework help and then 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 on the Fall

Sponsors: TBD

 

BAND OF BROTHERS

Band of Brothers is a leadership group designed for 6th through 8th grade young men in need of more opportunities to realize their full potential as leaders and gentlemen.  The program focuses on the power of teamwork, accountability and determination while infusing athletics and other activities to help young men learn valuable lessons.

Recruitment process:  These young men are selected for the program in 6th grade based on teacher recommendations and observations.  20 young men are selected each year and remain in the program throughout their three years at Holmes.

Schedule: Sponsor: TBD

 

DEBATE CLUB

This club helps participants to develop critical thinking, presentation of ideas and listening skills. Participants will learn strategies to analyze and defend a point of view.

Recruitment process: Open to all students.

Schedule:

Sponsor: 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. Kelly Murphy

 

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. Sloan Lynch, Mr. Pete Smith and Mr. Robert Hawkins

 

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: TBD

 

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: Mr. James Yoon and ASP Staff

 

HOMEWORK ROOMS

These are school locations where students are divided by grades and have an opportunity to work in their homework, projects or reading.

Recruitment process: Open to all students every day.

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

Sponsors: Mr. James Yoon and ASP staff,  James.Yoon@fcps.edu

 

MAD SCIENTISTS CLUB

Observe and experience scientific experiments not normally completed in school, fostering a passion and devotion for the subject. The club is designed around the STEAM model- allowing a variety of hands-on projects for students to interact with and to encourage interest in science.

Recruitment process: Open to all students. However, some projects may require students to sign up beforehand so we can order the proper amount of materials.

Schedule: Mondays- from 2:30 to 4:30

Sponsors: TBD

 

MADE W---/ CODE

This is a partnership between Holmes Middle School, DELL and the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. 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. Zavala (GSS)

 

MENTOR PROGRAM

The Mentor Program provides opportunities for Grade 6-8 students to connect with an adult mentor who will serve as a role model, friend, guide, listener, motivator, and advocate in finding and developing his or her strengths (both academic and behavior).

Recruitment process: Student referrals will be sent by staff, then compiled into a list for Mentors to select from following their submission of an interest form and training session.

Schedule:    Quarterly program events (TBD by Sponsors, 1x/Quarter), and weekly check-ins and monthly after-school meetings (TBD, varies by Mentors/Mentees), Quarterly events (TBD), Monthly after-school meetings (TBD, varies by Mentors/Mentees)

Sponsors: TBD

 

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: Mr. James Yoon and ASP' staff, James.Yoon@fcps.edu 

 

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. Elizabeth 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: Mr. Han Yi  Han.yi@fcps.edu

 

STUDENTS COUNCIL ASSOCIATION (SCA)

The SCA builds student leaders, instills a service-driven mindset, develops and executes community service and philanthropic events.

Recruitment Process: Any student who is interested in increasing their skills and qualities of leadership, academic success, school spirit, and community service may apply through an application process. Students selected will be notified 1 week prior to the first SCA meeting. If there are students who were not selected through the initial application process and would like to join, we will open the club up to after the first meeting. Please contact the SCA Advisors for any further questions or concerns.

Schedule: Mondays after school

Advisors: Mr. James Cho jfcho@fcps.edu | Mrs. Kali Lewis kclewis@fcps.edu

 

SOCCER INTRAMURALS

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

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

Schedule:  Thursday on the Spring.

Sponsors: TBD

 

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: Tuesday 2:30PM to 4:15 PM (Tuesdays there are no Late Buses)

Sponsors: Mr. James Yoon and ASP Staff james.yoon@fcps.edu

 

TJ MATH TUTORS

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

Recruitment process: 6th grade Math teachers select students who may benefit from additional help in Mathematics.

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

Sponsors: Mr. Han Yi and other 6th grade teachers han.yi@fcps.edu

 

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 how many we have and how many coaches:

Schedule:  Thursday in the Winter

Sponsors: TBD

 

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: Monday and Wednesday

Sponsor: Mr. Collin Whitt

 

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: Cecelia Carmenates ccarmenates@fcpsschools.net and Mr. Kelvin Branch kwbranch@fcpsschools.net