8th Grade Buddies

Description: 8th Grade Buddies allows students to help out, guide, and facilitate learning with Gavin Central Elementary students. Eight graders fill out an application and are interviewed before being accepted into this program. Once selected, students travel to the elementary school where they are assigned a teacher. Within that teacher’s classroom, students help out in a variety of ways. They may help organize, read to students, help students with work, mediate conflicts, etc. The 8th Grade Buddies will attend “Leadership Lessons” to help prepare them to be successful peer role models. Some Buddies will be selected and further trained in one-on-one peer mentoring where they will be assigned to a specific student and use those peer mediation skills to help other students. These special roles will allow students to make further connections with younger students at Central and South who are in need of extra support or assistance in solving peer conflicts.

The program teaches responsibility, leadership, and social skills. Students are required to be passing all classes and must write a weekly reflection of their experience.

*Buddies applications and interviews were held in September. If you are new to the district and are interested in joining Buddies, please speak to one of the sponsors.

Who can join: 8th Graders

Activity Dates: Students will take a bus to Central Elementary school on Tuesdays throughout the year. Students will leave after 1st hour and be back at South before 7th hour.

Sponsors: Danielle Christopherson, Mike Gigiano, & Stephanie Kaye

Art Club

Art Club is for students that are interested in having more time to work on their individual art ideas and explore materials they may not get to work with in Art class very much. Students can also use this club time to catch up on art projects they are behind on in Art class or to work on group activities with other club members.
Students interested in Art Club will be required to pay the Gavin South Middle School office a $30.00 club fee.

The tentative dates for Art Club are:
9-07-17, 9-21-17, 10-05-17, 10-12-17, 10-26-17, 11-02-17, 11-09-17, 11-30-17, 12-07-17,
12-14-17, 1-11-18, 1-25-18, 2-01-18, 2-15-18, 3-01-1, 3-15-18, 4-05-18, 4-19-18, 5-03-18, 5-17-18

Homework Club

Description: Homework Club is a quiet place where students can work and get help with their homework. Students are asked to gather all necessary materials before start of club. Computers are available to check grades and work on school projects only.

Who can join: Homework Club is free and open to all students grades 5-8th. Students will sign in at the start of the activity.

Activity Date: Homework Club is after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:20-3:20 in Mrs. Marple’s room. Mrs. Marple’s room is located across the hall from the library. Club will start on September 19th.

Poetry Club

Members of Gavin’s poetry club are writers, readers, and supportive critics. We enjoy expression and telling our truths. At most meetings, members share their work and encourage constructive feedback. Students of every grade are encouraged to join, regardless of whether they have ever written a poem. Poetry club is a great place to meet people, appreciate language, and develop creativity!

Student Service Council

Description: Combining Service Club with Student Council, this club will allow students to help out with both community fundraising events and school events. Events / activities include: gathering recycling around the building, helping out with concessions, hanging locker decals (for athletics, clubs, and honor roll, etc.), dances at school, food drives, Box Top collection, Highway Clean Up, and possibly other field trips.

Who can join: 5th – 8th graders

Activity Dates: We meet once a month on Thursdays and throughout the week/year leading up to events and fundraisers. Check announcements for additional dates.

Sponsors: Stephanie Kaye & Kara Sanfillippo

Variety Show/Gavin’s Got Talent

Each spring, Gavin South hosts its variety/talent show in which students perform for the community and school. Depending on the number on students who audition, will determine if there need to be “cuts” or not. Please encourage your student to audition with his/her talent and to start practicing now! More information to come after the Winter Break!


Description: Teachers and staff work collaboratively to give students a great yearbook each year. Yearbooks are on sale now – see the office or your homeroom teacher for an order form.

Who can join: Because of the time constraints and knowledge of computer programs, students are selected by teachers and staff to join Yearbook Club. If you / your student shows an interest, please have him/her speak to one of the sponsors.

Activity Dates: Depends on when student help is needed.

Sponsors: Stephanie Kaye and Kelley Kraus