BEN FRANKLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL
CLUBS AND ACTIVITES
BF Student Council (Mr. Tashian and Mrs. Dolgin)
The Student Council is the central governing body of Benjamin Franklin Middle School. The object of the Student Council is to promote better citizenship and to assist and support the activities of the school (i.e. Spirit Week, Valentine’s for Valley, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, etc.). Each homeroom elects two representatives that serve on student council for one year. Students may be on student council one year or all three years of middle school. The role of a representative is to help promote, implement, and participate in all of the Student Council sponsored activities. If a student is not elected to the Student Council, they can still be actively involved. There are several opportunities throughout the year to help in the preparation of activities.
Weightlifting Club (Mr. Ordini/Mr. Velere)
Open gym every Tues and Thursday from December through April from 3:00-3:45. Students are allowed to come and use the weight room under the supervision of Mr. Ran who will advise proper technique and offer suggested exercises. It's a "come and go as you please" club which means students can come and leave any time during the open gym period. It's a great way to stay fit through the winter.
Brain Busters (Mrs. Pfeiffer and Mr. Tashian)
Brain Busters is a club for 7th and 8th graders interested in quiz bowl. We compete once a month, during the school day, against 3 other schools. At the end of the year, we participate in the county competition at Bergen Community College. We practice on Wednesdays after school. Any student that likes trivia and likes to think fast, Brain Busters is the club for them. New members are always welcome.
Ski/Snowboarding Club (Mrs. Rosolanko)
This club is open to all BF students. We take trips to both Windham and Belleayre on Saturdays during the winter. We leave the BF parking lot at 6 am and return at 6 pm. Students may either rent equipment or bring their own. Sign ups for each trip begins approximately 2 weeks prior to the trip.
Latin Club (Ms. Carroll) - Latin Students only
The Latin Club is run by Senators elected from Latin students in all grades. The Senators choose the meeting date and time, plan the activities, decide on refreshments and what, if any, charity will be supported and how. Meetings are open to any Latin students who are interested in participating. At the end of the year, Latin students attend a costumed banquet organized and executed by the Senators with parental help.
BF Singers (Mrs. Kawash)
BF Singers is a performance-based club open to students in grades 6-8. The only requirement is a love of singing! The club meets every Thursday from 3-4 to rehearse music, and also has a Singer's Showcase once a month to encourage students to perform. In addition to their March Concert at BF, the BF Singers also perform at the RHS Jazz Coffeehouse and take a special trip to sing for the students/staff of the Head Start Program in Paterson each December.
Broadway Bound (Mrs. Rothschild & Mrs. Rosolanko)
Broadway Bound provides students the opportunity to see Broadway shows in NYC. We take 2 - 3 trips per year and any student is welcome to participate. Tickets are be available on a "first come, first served" basis.
Cambodia Club (Mrs. Stovell)
A group of students who meet monthly to discuss the continued support of the Ridgewood Village School in Cambodia. We plan fundraisers/events to teach the community about our sister school in Cambodia.
Social Services Club (Mrs. Van Horne)
The Social Services/REACT Club is a community out-reach club. Members are involved in donating time (such as helping at the Fall Festival), fundraising for local, national and international causes, and collecting food for local organizations such as Social Services Association and the Center for Food Action. Our biggest project is the Paterson Holiday Gift Drive which we do each December. The club is open to all grades.
Math Club (Mr. Litvak)
A club for anyone interested in doing math competition problems that are not taught in their math class. This club meets on Fridays in B9.
French Club (Mrs. Imbruglia)
French Club will further explore the fun aspects of French culture that our class time doesn't allow for. Students will have mystery cheese tasting activity, learn to play Petanque (like Bocce) and have outdoor competitions in the spring. Students can watch French children's movies and further explore georgraphical regional specialty foods and traditions. (Meets weekly)
Composing Club(Mr. Lange)
The composing club would study music theory, looking at chords and melodies. We would analyze different songs to discover more techniques used in composition. The group would also practice composing simple melodies with contrapuntal writing. We would eventually get to writing music for larger ensembles, experimenting with genres from classical to jazz. The group would use manuscript paper and the online notation program Noteflight.
Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) (Ms. Krasinski)
JMUN provides a hands-on approach to learning in a global contact. By role-playing delegates to the United Nations, middle schoolers learn about other countries, cultures and international relationships, while developing a global perspective on real issues confronting the world community today, and acquiring many transferable skills. (Meets every other Thursday)
Animal Rescue Club (Mrs. Nizza)
The mission of Animal Support Group is to raise funds for animal shelters and rescue organizations, so that they may continue to pursue their missions of finding happy homes for as many animals as possible. We intend to hold fundraisers and raise awareness for several different shelters/organizations which include, but are not limited to, Ramapo Bergen Animal Refuge and Raptor Trust. (Meets monthly)
Public Forum Debate Club (Ms. Clarke-Anderson/Mr. Schulke)
Public Forum Debate is a team event that advocates or rejects a position posed by the monthly resolution topic. The clash of ideas must be communicated in a manner persuasive to the non-specialist or "citizen judge", i.e., a member of the American jury. (Thursdays, 3-4pm)
BF Literary Magazine/Newspaper Club (Mr. Ordini)
Students will produce all original work for the BF Literary Magazine which will be produced once a quarter. The club will take membes through the creative process allowing students to submit short stories, articles and poetry just to name a few. This club will focus on the process of creating and publishing. More than likely the Magazine will be published electronically for the school and parents to view.