Sponsor:  Jennifer Gleason

The Hoosier Academic Super Bowl is a competition that tests students knowledge of a theme in 4 different content areas: Math, English, Science, and Social Studies. Students compete in teams of 3 against other schools in order to see who can answer the most questions correctly out of 25. The callout typically takes place in late January. The team competition takes places at the end of April.

Sponsor: Brian Tomson and Ray Clayton

Call outs for 7th grade boys’ basketball are held in early September, and 8th grade boys’ basketball tryouts are held after football. An updated physical from within the last 12 months is required for tryouts. In addition, students must consent to participate in the Lake Central Drug Testing Program. The season runs from mid-October until school lets out for Christmas Break. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Mr. Tomson (7th grade) or Mr. Clayton (8th grade).

Sponsor: Kyle Scheffer

5th-8th grade: Yes, it is open to all students, including 5th grade. Mr. Scheffer is the sponsor. Chess meets after school on Wednesdays from after school until 5:00 P.M. Once a week and goes from November and until the second week in March. We usually do three to six chess tournaments each year. Students are expected to be in good behavioral and academic standing in order to join and/or remain on the team. There is a participation fee of $15.

Sponsor: Girls: Kerry Cooper — Boys: Bob Gustas

6th-8th grade Cross country is a fall sport open to any 6th through 8th grade male or female student at Clark. This sport is about running. Many of our beginning runners can’t do even a mile at the start of the season, but by season’s end, it is no big deal to go out and cover five miles with ease. The season goes from August to early October. We practice five to six days a week. You must have an up-to-date physical on file and must have drug testing form on file to participate. Students are expected to be in good behavioral and academic standing in order to join and/or remain on the team. There is also a participation fee.
Sponsor: Margaret Govert

Sponsor: Margaret Govert

The Friendship Club is a fun club that promotes kindness both in the school and community.

Sponsor: Jason Putman

8th grade Boys Football begins near August 4th, towards the end of summer. We practice in the mornings from 9AM-Noon Monday-Friday until school begins. Then practices are after school 3:45pm-5:45pm Monday-Friday.

Sponsor:  Kerry Cooper

Math Counts is a math competition funded by the National Society of Professional Engineers and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. It is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. It consists of a local contest in February with an individual paper and pencil round, calculator round, and team round. There is also an individual oral round for the top finishers. Winners of the local competition advance to state. State winners advance to the national competition. Scholarships can be won at the state and national level.
Practice times will be determined once the sign-up sheets are returned. Practices will begin in late October or the beginning of Novemeber. Any number of students may practice. Eight students will be chosen from a school competition to represent Clark at the local competition at Valparaiso University in Febuary.

Sponsor:  Angela Bartolomeo

The National Junior Honor Society at Clark Middle School is an organization that promotes appropriate recognition for its students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character, service, and citizenship.

Students are eligible to apply for membership in NJHS in seventh and eighth grade provided they have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.33.  In addition to academic excellence, selection for membership is based on exhibited leadership, honorable and admirable character, service demonstrating that the prospective member is willing to use talents and skills for the improvement of society.  Selection for membership is by a faculty committee and is based on their assessments of the candidates’ scholarship, leadership, character, service, and citizenship.  Additionally, all teachers at CMS are given the opportunity to provide feedback on prospective members.  Each prospective candidate’s conduct and behavior are also assessed.

Sponsor: Nadia Giedemann

7th & 8th grade Clark poms perform both pom and jazz routines. Our season is from tryouts in May through mid February. We practice about 3 hours per week after school. We also have practices and dance camps throughout the summer months to work on technique and improve skill. We perform at the home football and basketball half-times. We also compete locally in January and February. Clark poms are expected to follow all Lake Central rule and guidelines. They are to model the best practices in academics as well as behavior. All girls must keep a “B” or better grade in all subjects to perform. While previous dance experience is not required, it may be beneficial. Any seventh or eighth grade girl may tryout.

Sponsor: Allison Castle

Spell bowl consists of a competitive team of up to 16 students who learn the spellings of approximately 1,600 words. The season runs from late August through October, although Clark’s team often makes the state- level competition which takes place in early November. Team members meet three times weekly to practice. The coach is Mrs. Castle.

Sponsor: Jen Gleason

Student Council is a student run organization dedicated to providing fun and meaningful activities for Clark Middle School students. During the school year, the student council members organize events such as the Toy Drive Dance, Holiday Donut Sales, Crush Sale, and Jar Wars. Student Council members are chosen by each advisory at the beginning of the school year. The elected members meet once monthly for a general meeting and have numerous committee meetings.

Sponsor: Megan Banashak

Clark offers volleyball to 7th and 8th grade girls. There is a call-out meeting in May. Tryouts last one week and they take place the week right before school starts. Practice begins as soon as school begins and our season lasts until the first week of October. Any questions, please contact Coach Magdos.

Sponsor: Jason Putman

6th-8th grade Wrestling begins in mid October with practices after school until 5:30pm. Transportation will be provided for away meets. Wrestlers will compete according to weight divisions. Schedules of wrestling meets and tournaments will be given during practice.

Sponsor: Mark Walton

Jazz Band Audition Only

Rehearsals: Mondays & Wednesdays 7:30 A.M.- 8:40 A.M. (Start Date to Be Announced) Regular Attendance is Mandatory.

Skills: Jazz Styles Rythyms Improvisations

Text: Book/CD Essential Elements for Jazz Ensemble Medium Easy- Medium Music

Required Performances: Winter Concert, Jazz Contest, Spring Concert, Jazz Concert

The Concert band classes are split by grade level and run the full year. Students learn to read music and achieve a basic mastery of their instrument within their 3 years at Clark. Students participate in the Winter & Spring Concerts, and the ISSMA Contest for 7th & 8th grades. The Jazz Band is selected from the band members by audition at the beginning of the school year with practices before school on Tues. & Thurs. mornings at 7:30. Jazz Band students participate in the ISSMA Jazz Contest and a Jazz Concert. Contact Mr. Walton for further information at mwalton@lcscmail.com.

Sponsor:  Andy Gurnak

6th-8th Grade Track & Field: Track is open to any 6th through 8th grader here at Clark. There are eleven different events that cover a wide range of athletic abilities (sprints, jumps, throws, distance & relays). We start in late March to early April and the season goes into mid-May. Clark does not cut athletes for track, but some of the events have limited entry numbers. We expect everyone to be in good enough shape to run a mile at a time of under 9:30 (a very reasonable time) before you can compete in a meet. We practice five days a week. You must have an up-to-date physical on file and must have drug testing form on file to participate in track. Students are expected to be in good behavioral and academic standing in order to join and/or remain on the team. There is a participation fee of around $40. Coaches are Mr. Shuler (girls’ team) and Mr. Gurnak (boys’ team).

Sponsor: Michelle Damore

Cheerleading Requirements: Cheerleading tryouts are usually held in March the week before spring break. The cheerleading squads consist of 8 – 7th grade girls and 8 – 8th grade girls. For tryouts girls are required to perform 1 chant, 1 cheer, a 4 8-count dance, 3 jumps, and best tumbling skill. Grades are the number 1 priority. To maintain an academic focus, all cheerleaders are expected to achieve mastery (B- or better) in all classes. Squad members must attend practices before or after school for approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours. Practice are 2-3 times a week. Please be aware that there are scheduled practices during the summer. Cheerleading season begins April through December. Squad members MUST attend every scheduled football and basketball home and away games. Football games are on Wednesdays; basketball games are on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Football season begins the end of August through the 2nd week of October. Basketball season runs from November through December. Camp is mandatory for every cheerleader. It is usually scheduled in June after school is dismissed for one week. Cheerleaders attend one competition during the season. The Indiana Cheer Association Competition is scheduled for the 3rd Saturday in October.

Sponsor: Christina Arroyo

Clark’s Swing Choir is a combination of 7th and 8th graders, who have auditioned to be accepted. Students from all the performing groups in the choral program are eligible. We rehearse every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 7:30 AM until 8:37 AM for the entire school year. Dance routines are included for one song in each concert. Singing is the focus, however. Tryouts are held after the May concert for the upcoming year.

Sponsor: Gina Campagna

The Ecoteens is a group of 5th to 8th grade students who are interested in making a difference in the world’s environment. Eco Teen members are responsible for maintaining the courtyard, and promoting Green practices throughout Clark. The Ecoteens is always looking for new members who will bring innovative ideas to make Clark more eco-friendly. We generally meet once a week.

Sponsor: Jennifer Gleason

Sponsor: Jason Putman

7th grade Boys Football begins after Spring Break. This is open to 7th grade boys. Practices are after school until 5:45PM. There are 3-4 football O’Rama’s when players will participate.

Sponsors: Scott Freckleton and Ray Clayton

7th & 8th Grade Call outs for girls’ basketball are held in early November. An updated physical is needed before tryouts. 8th grade girls will tryout before Christmas break, and 7th grade girls will tryout after Christmas break. The season runs from the beginning of January to the first week in March. If you have any concerns, contact Mr. Clayron, the 8th grade coach, or Ms. York, the 7th grade coach.

Sponsor: Joe Skvarek

Sponsor: Angela Guzman
Sponsor: Jeff Magdziarz

Student Council is a student run organization dedicated to providing fun and meaningful activities for Clark Middle School students.

Sponsor: Karen Finley

Sponsors: Emily Brink