6th Grade Math Olympiad
We will be working on creative problem solving, competitions, brain-teasers, and higher level thinking skills. All of this is in preparation for the monthly contests sponsored by the National Math Olympiad Committee. Students who participate will receive a certificate of completion, a patch for high levels attained, and a trophy for highest score overall, not to mention the fun we will have in our “morning math sessions" that will occur once a week from October through March.
Students pick up an application from their math teacher at the end of September. Currently, this club is not running due to COVID Restrictions. Check back at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year for updated information.
Contact: Sheril Gould
Interested in learning to use a pottery wheel, hand-build clay projects, and meeting other students who enjoy creating art? Clay Club is available to all 6th, 7th and 8th graders at DCC Middle School!
Contact: Emily Diaso
Clay Club is full for the 2020-2021 school year.
Chess Club provides students the opportunity to learn to play the game of chess with their peers. In addition to playing chess we will be looking at strategies and expanding our confidence and ability. All abilities, beginner to advanced, are welcome.
Students will fill out the application for that requires a parent signature for participation. Participation is open to all DCCMS students. Students attend weekly meetings.
Contact: Shawn O'Toole
Drama club is for all students interested in being part of the world of theater. Students take part in the school productions, travel to the Thespian Convention in Denver, and join the Junior Thespian Troupe!
Due to COVID Restrictions, this club will be restarting in the beginning of the 2021-22 school year. Auditions for the school musical will be held in August 2021.
Contact: Matlin Niemann
National Junior Honor Society
National Junior Honor Society develops scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship in students through involvement in school activities and community service. NJHS is dedicated to service projects that help our school and community.
Seventh and eighth grade students with a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher will be invited to apply to NJHS. Accepted members will be inducted in spring of each year. A link to the application will be sent to eligible students in February. Meetings are held a minimum of once a month, and are held either during Thunder Time or after school (or both).
An online application, essay, and two teacher recommendations are required to be considered. There is a $20 annual feel.
Through the use of Lego Robotics kits and participation in First Lego League programming, volunteer parent coaches manage teams of up to 10 students. In this setting, students collaborate to solve a real world problem and build/program a robot that can negotiate obstacles in the yearly robot game designed by First Lego League. Teams demonstrate their learning at a local qualifier in early to mid November. Top performing teams are then invited to participate in a Colorado State qualifier hosted at a site in Denver. Team meeting dates and times are based on each coach's availability.
Placement on a robotics team is made on a first come, first serve basis. In August 2021, a 20Alert communication will notify families of when the Robotics team application goes live. There is a $50 fee.
Contact: Laurel Camarano
Rubik's Cube Club
The DCC Middle School Rubik's Cube Club meets once a week from September to early May. During this weekly meeting, students learn to solve the Rubik's Cube, pick up tricks and shortcuts, create mosaics, play games and explore alternate cube designs. Members of the Rubik's Cube Club also have the option to participate in local solo and team Rubik's Cube competitions.
Due to COVID Health and Safety Requirements, the DCC MS Rubik's Cube Club will reconvene during the 21-22 school year. Please check back for information and application. There is a $15 fee.
Contact: Laurel Camarano
SeaPerch is an introduction to underwater robots. Students will build an underwater robot and then compete in two courses: 1) Obstacle Course (5 rings...the same every year) and 2) Challenge Course (A task that the underwater robots have to perform such as open a door and pick up an object and deliver to a certain spot.). Students will learn how to solder a circuit board, drill, and cut PVC tubing.
Winners of DCC's contest will compete Nationally against other students. Top three finishers receive trophies and the number one team receives an entry to Nationals, which are normally conducted on the East Coast. Students love the challenge of trying to build a craft that can solve the engineering challenge, which changes every year.
Students are encouraged to sign up with a team of three. If students don't have a team of three then they can sign up as an individual and they will be assigned to a team of three. Cost: 6th graders is $60; 7th and 8th graders: $35.
Contact: Shawn O'Toole
Thunderquills Writing Club
Participants will sharpen their existing writing skills and learn new skills through through guest writers, publishers, and editors. They will learn about the publishing industry for both fiction and non-fiction writing. Writers will learn the process for effective peer critique and editing of work, and how to give and receive feedback to make editorial decisions.
To participate, students must have an interest in writing and the business of writing for publication.
Contact: Bret Wright