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Junior High School
Student Activities, Clubs, Sports, and Programs
2013 – 2014
Welcome to the junior high school experience with all it has to offer students with a variety of talents, abilities, and interests! Listed below are descriptions of the many choices available to our students to be involved in a positive and interactive way during their junior high school years.
** All interscholastic sports require a current physical on file with the school nurse, a completed waiver form, and a $40 fee.
Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country
Cross Country is a challenging individual, yet very much a team sport. This is the only interscholastic sports activity that is offered to all boys and girls from 6
grade to 8
grade. The most important thing you will learn is to challenge yourself and improve yourself every day that we run. Cross Country is open to all students of all abilities and you will have coaches and teammates that will push you and encourage you to do your very best. Our season runs from the first week of school until the middle of October and our competition is excellent.
Grade Girls’ Volleyball
This volleyball program is open to all 7
grade girls. This sport takes place during the fall season and is held after school and Saturdays. Athletes must have a current physical on file prior to trying out for the team. Tryouts begin the second day of school and take place for the next 2-3 days, immediately after school. Teams are usually chosen and posted by the third day. There is a $40 fee that each member on the team must pay for the season. The season consists of two or three games during the week and a few tournaments on Saturdays. Practices will be determined by each coach.
and 8th Grade Boys’ Soccer
Soccer at the junior high level consists of ten to twelve games including the Prairie Conference soccer tournament at the end of the season. Practice will be held every day that we don’t have a game. The season usually lasts just over a month. The goal of junior high soccer is to have fun and develop your skills so that you will be ready to participate at the high school level. Players at this age have different skill levels and we try to take that into consideration when training. We try to plan practices so that all players, from the most skilled to the beginners, learn something new. If you come to practice and work hard, all players are guaranteed to play during the games.
Grade Boys’ Basketball
Tryouts for this team are usually around the middle of October. Tryouts last for two days and a team of approximately 15 players is selected. Practice is everyday after school and on most Saturday mornings. The season is typically around 15 games and runs through December. Any student interested in trying out for the team must have a valid sports physical and signed sports waiver prior to participating in tryouts.
8th Grade Boys’ Basketball
Basketball is an interscholastic sport played from mid October until winter break. The activity is open to all 8th grade boys. Teams are selected on a tryout basis, and will vary in number from 15 to 18. Players are held to high standards as students and as young men. Eligibility is kept on a weekly basis. Participants must have an updated physical on hand with the nurse, and must pay a $40.00 fee. Practices are held from 3:15 until 5:30 and on Saturday mornings. Players are expected to attend practices and games. Players will be required to dress in shirt and tie for all away games. Players must also have rides from practices and games.
Wrestling is open to all 6
, and 8
grade boys who are looking to participate. We are committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for students that want to learn the sport of wrestling. We will offer a learning atmosphere that is appropriate for all skill levels and experience ranging from the fundamentals and basic rules of the sport to advanced techniques for those wrestlers ready to compete at the highest levels. We meet Monday through Friday after school until 5:00 P.M. Parents are expected to be on time to pick up their children. All participants must have a current physical, a signed sports waiver , and pay a forty dollar activity fee.
The Traughber pom squad dances during the boys’ basketball halftime games. The season runs from October through December. Each routine showcases the 7th and 8th grade team's dance skills and Traughber spirit in a two-minute choreographed routine. The Traughber dance squad emphasizes precision and synchronized motions along with technical dance skills (such as jumps, turns, and leaps). Their routines encompass various styles of dance including hip hop, jazz, lyrical, and kicklines. A key feature of the dance is the ability to change formations very smoothly.
Cheerleading…We Are Traughber Spirit!
Our cheerleading team is made up of seventh and eighth grade girls who cheer on the sidelines and perform at the halftime of boys’ basketball. These cheer athletes perform at home games and encourage the spectator’s and teams’ spirit. Cheerleading is a physical activity; the components of the cheerleading performance is tumbling, dance, jumps, cheers, and stunting. The cheer season begins mid-October and runs through mid-December. Prior to winter break, area cheerleader and pom teams come together to illustrate their team’s enthusiasm, talent, and athletic ability in a “Showcase Event.”
Grade Girls’ Basketball
Grade Girls’ Basketball Team will consist of student athletes looking for a competitive challenge against other young ladies in our surrounding area schools. The team concept and commitment to the team will be stressed as well as the encouragement to improve and be an active participant. Everyone comes into the program with different abilities but will leave knowing they were an important and intricate part of the team. Tryouts and practices are required and an important way to demonstrate your abilities. Please keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming announcements in December and early January.
Grade Girls’ Basketball
Basketball is an interscholastic sport played from early January until early March. The activity is open to all 8th grade girls. Teams are selected on a tryout basis, and will vary in number from 15 to 18. Players are held to high standards as students and as young women. Eligibility is kept on a weekly basis. Participants must have an updated physical on hand with the nurse, and must pay a $40.00 fee. Practices are held from 3:15 until 5:30 and on Saturday mornings. Players are expected to attend practices and games. Players will be required to dress in Sunday-best for all away games. Players must also have rides from practices and games.
and 8th Grade Girls’ Soccer
Soccer at the junior high level consists of ten to twelve games including the Prairie Conference soccer tournament at the end of the season. Practice will be held everyday that we don’t have a game. The season usually lasts just over a month. The goal of junior high soccer is to have fun and develop your skills so that you will be ready to participate at the high school level. Players at this age have different skill levels and we try to take that into consideration when training. We try to plan practices so that all players, from the most skilled to the beginners, learn something new. If you come to practice and work hard, all players are guaranteed to play during the games.
Track and Field Team
This sport is offered to seventh and eighth grade girls and boys. Practice begins the Monday school returns from spring break and runs Monday thru Friday for the duration of the season. To participate, a student needs a completed athletic physical on file with the nurse prior to the first practice, an interscholastic sports waiver completed and turned into the coach, and a forty dollar sports fee paid in the main office. If it happens to be the student’s third sports team of the season, the forty dollar fee is waived. Events include; long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus throw, hurdles, and short and long distance running events.
**All intramural sports require a completed waiver form as well as a $5 fee.
is an intramural activity for all Traughber students. Students need to have an insurance waiver on file and pay a $5 fee. Football meets on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – weather permitting - from 3:10 until 4pm. The season runs during the first 9 weeks of the year.
Co- ed Basketball
is for boys and girls in the 1st quarter of the school year. All boys and girls in 6th, 7
, and 8th grade are invited to participate in basketball intramurals, which requires a $5 fee and a signed intramural sports waiver form. Time will be spent working on individual basketball skills, knowledge of the game, and playing basketball games. The dates will be provided ahead of time and take place in the school gymnasium after school.
Co-ed Volleyball Intramurals
takes place during the 2
quarter of school. This intramural sport is open to all 6
grade boys and girls. Students will meet after school. Meeting times will be determined by the sponsor. There is an intramural sport waiver form that must be turned into the coach as well as a $5 intramural fee that must be turned into the office. Students participating in intramural volleyball will experience games against each other as well as some basic skills instruction during these sessions.
is for both boys and girls in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. This intramural is for students interested in keeping in shape, lifting weights, and working out with friends. Weightlifting starts third quarter. You will learn weightlifting terms, weight room rules, keep track of your daily progress, and how to use the weightlifting machines properly. Warm-ups and cool-downs will be stressed. Meeting times will be determined by the sponsor.
Student Activities and Clubs
is open to all students. The goal of Art Club is to learn the basics of various types of art so that you can create effective and creative projects that will catch people’s eyes and hopefully make them say, “How did they do that?” We do several projects throughout the year that test your imagination and creativity.
Jazz/ A Capella Choir
is a co-curricular choir sponsored by Traughber’s Choir Director. Jazz/ A Capella Choir offers an opportunity for choir students to learn basic jazz style singing. All sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are eligible to join. The choir rehearses in the mornings before school. The sponsor will determine dates and times. Students must attend all rehearsals and performances. The Jazz/ A Capella Choir performs for selected concerts. There is no fee involved to participate.
is an opportunity for students to work in a quiet study setting to finish homework, get a little extra help from teacher sponsors, and maybe even meet a friend! We meet after school. Listen for announcements for the dates and times. We welcome students from all grades. Parents need to complete a permission slip for participation to ensure parents and program sponsors are aware of student attendance. Students are not required to attend each session, but we love to have them attend regularly to help build the community environment and reinforce the benefits of good regular study habits.
All students are welcomed to try out for the after school plays. The plays are presented twice a year, with tryouts in September and January. Material for these plays is chosen to reflect a family friendly experience. The director incorporates opportunities that span acting to tech theatre. Rehearsal or tech time is generally scheduled immediately after school. This allows the student plenty of homework time. There is no cost to join this program, but occasionally the student may be asked to help put their costume together. Students of all three levels have found this a terrific training ground for future work in theatre.
is for students interested in improving and maintaining the natural environment of the school and community. It is a place where students can share their ideas, explore their interests, and take an active role in promoting the
"Go Green" concept. We will work on the Traughber Habitat Restoration Project
which includes a prairie restoration and growing native plants for the butterfly garden. Students will also promote recycling of paper, plastic, and aluminum and plan events for Earth Day. The sponsors will determine meeting times. All students are welcomed
is open to 7th and 8th grade musicians enrolled in band at Traughber. Jazz Band requires an audition by the director and will have standard jazz instrumentation: 2 alto saxes, 2 tenor saxes, 1 baritone sax, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 1 drum set player, 2 keyboards. Students will perform at contests, concerts, selected festivals and the Jr. High Coffeehouse. Jazz Band will rehearse before school.
The Sign Language Club
is open to all students. The goal of the Sign Language Club is to provide the opportunity to begin learning American Sign Language. We will also learn to sign songs throughout the year. We will meet once a week after school. There is no fee to join. Be prepared to actively participate in each session! Join, Learn, and Have Fun!
Student Council is open to all 6
, and 8
graders who enjoy helping others in the community. Activities include school dances, concession stand working, helping out at school activities, and more. If you like to help others, then this is the club for you. Meetings are held before school in order to discuss service opportunities. Student council members are required to do service hours, and need 10 service hours per semester. Officers are elected in September.
Natural Helpers is a peer-helping program. The Natural Helpers program is based on a simple premise: Within every school, an informal “helping network” exists. Students with problems naturally seek out other students whom they trust. The Natural Helpers program uses this existing helping network and provides training to students who are already perceived as “natural” helpers. It gives them the skills they need to provide help more effectively to young people who seek them out. The Natural Helpers program is designed to meet three basic goals:
To teach Natural Helpers effective ways to help their friends
To teach Natural Helpers positive ways of taking good care of themselves
To teach Natural Helpers ways to contribute to a safe and supportive school environment
involves not only taking pictures of the events around Traughber, but being creative in writing as well. Yearbook members meet after school. Students help write captions for pictures, as well as stories and interviews. The yearbook is done on a computer program, which makes typing and editing much easier. If you would like to be part of the fun in creating our school’s yearbook, then this is the club for you!
A book club that not only discusses a new exciting book each month, but uses blogs, music, video, and games to celebrate the best thing before sliced bread: books. It will meet once a month on the first Tuesday from 3:10-4:10 through out the entire year and some special events. There is no cost. Books can be purchased, but they will also be lent out. Please listen to announcements for our first meeting time.
Taste of Traughber Cooking Club:
This club involves students coming together to have fun enhancing and learning new cooking skills. There will be a variety of activities and recipes that will be prepared. This club meets twice per month on Mondays from 3-5pm, during the 2
semester. Permission slips and a $15 fee will be collected before the club starts. The money will be used to purchase food for the recipes that will be prepared and consumed throughout the length of the club. All students are welcome to join and admission into the club will be the first students to turn in their permission slips and club fee.
is open to all students. Our goal is for every one of our members to have a safe and fun experience creating their very own woodworking projects. We will focus on using all of our tools and machinery to create pieces of furniture that will develop and test the students’ woodworking skills.
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