There is a Wide Range of Activities at O’Rourke MS
Most of the student clubs and activities below meet during Activity Period after school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and /or Thursday. There is a second condensed bus run home on these three days after Activity Period so that students can enjoy the wide range of activities offered at the O’Rourke Middle School. For more information on any of the activities below, contact the advisor listed.
List of current clubs, activities and organizations
Advisors: Mrs. McDonnell and Mrs. Johnson
Meets all year in the advisors’ Art Room to complete art projects. Open to 6th, 7th & 8th.
Advisor: Mrs. LaRosa
Participants get together once a week for discussions on books of common interest. Open to grades 7 and 8.
Advisor: Ms. Ward
Connecting the Chances Club: Meet new friends while playing old-school boardgames. Opportunities for volunteer work/hours included in this club.
Chamber Strings Club
Advisor: Mrs. Walker
Meets Tuesdays, September through December in room 132 for enjoyment and skill development. Open to grades 6, 7 and 8.
Advisor: Mrs. Wadsworth
The Debate Club’s aim is to empower middle school students with the skills of expressing their beliefs clearly and concisely, public speaking and effective communication, and staying aware of current events in the world.
Advisor: Mrs. Rayome Drama Club website: http://orourkedramaclub.yolasite.com/
Meets November – March to prepare and present the school musical. Open to all grade levels.
Advisor: Mrs. Kirkwood
Meets once a month in room 221 for French cultural activities. Open to grades 6, 7 and 8.
Advisor: Mrs. Duell & Mr. Morocco
The Future City Competition is a national, project-based learning experience where students in grades 6, 7 and 8 imagine, design, and build cities of the future. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at Regional Competitions in January. Regional winners represent their region at the National Finals in Washington, DC in February. For more information visit the future city website.
Advisor: Mr. Van Gelder
Meets once a month in room 223 for German cultural activities. Open to grades 6, 7 and 8.
Go Green Club
Advisor: Mr. Beck
Students work on recycling within the building.
Literary Arts Journal
Meets in the spring in room 225 to publish student art and writing in journal format. Open to grades 6, 7 and 8.
Advisors: Mrs. Kibler
Math Club meets once a week beginning in November. We are aligned with “MathCounts,” which is a national program and competition. We use MathCounts problems and activities as the basis of the club meetings. If the club generates a team of 4 or more students, we will sign up and compete in the local competition at the GE Research and Development Center in Niskayuna. The competition is usually held the first or second Saturday of February. Our team needs to be decided by December 1. Open to grades 6,7 & 8
Middle School Jazz Ensemble
Advisor: Mrs. Rask
Meets on Tuesdays all year in room 130. Jazz band for selected grade 7 and 8 students only. Inquiries should be made of Mr. Tetlak.
National Junior Honor Society
Advisor: Mrs. Hills
A community service organization for 8th graders meeting eligibility criteria. Get more information.
Advisor: Ms. Wadsworth
Student editors work with an advisor to publish the O’Rourke Observer to help students and parents stay in the know about school happenings.
Odyssey of the Mind
Students work with coaches to compete in the Odyssey of the Mind competitions.
Advisor: Mrs. Somerville
Meeting dates to be announced. Students explore a variety of math, science and technology competitions and projects. Open to grades 6, 7 and 8.
Advisor: Mr. Leggieri
Advisor: Mrs. DeMarco
Spanish Club meets throughout the year to celebrate cultural holidays and to create crafts. Meetings are in Room 228 and will be announced. Open to grades 6, 7 and 8.
Advisor: Mrs. Sprenger
Meets all year in room 123. School student government organization. Open to grades 6, 7 and 8.
Advisor: Mrs. Weber
The Sunshine Club will provided opportunities for students to reach out to other students in a time of need. The club will meet once a month and members will write cards, letters and notes of encouragement to other students who might need “a bit of sunshine” in their lives.
Tri-M Honor Society
Advisor: Mrs. Rask
Advisor: Mrs. Kibler
This club is a year-long team of 20 students that meets every week to create the O’Rourke Middle School Yearbook. Interested 6th and 7th graders are encouraged to apply each spring. Written student application and teacher recommendation are required components in the selection process.
Advisor: Mr. Leggieri
Extreme Physical Education Club meets twice a month to take PE to the next level. For students who excel and are positive leaders in their regular PE class. Open to 8th.