Extra curricular activities at Veterans Memorial Middle School are extremely important to our students. While academics are the first consideration, to be well rounded, it is recommended that students become involved outside the classroom. There are many clubs, and activities, and sports that students can choose to pursue while they are here. To get involved you must take the first step. See the group’s adviser or coach personally and ask questions. Listen to the news on VMTV every morning to find out the latest information on try-outs, registration, or auditions. You may also ask your teachers for information during advisory period, or ask to visit Student Services for assistance in joining a club or sport. Sign up – attend – be active – stay involved – make your years at VMMS memories you will fondly recall. Below is a list of clubs and activities that are available.
Adviser: Karen LaFragola
Students who join Drama Club have the opportunity to develop and construct our spring production which typically is held the first Friday evening in May. Some of the ways that students can participate are acting, stage crew, background creation and publicity for our show. Even if you aren’t an actor, everyone will have some type of role in the production. In the fall, we will begin working on auditions and planning. The meetings will be announced on the morning announcements.
Adviser: Sharon Bauer
This is an organization similar to the Junior Rotary Club at the high schools. It is a community service organization that meets once a month after school. This year our members volunteered to baby-sit at the PLC and Veterans Memorial Elementary School. We also put together food baskets and gifts for needy families during the holidays. We went to a local nursing home to sing Christmas carols. This organization works very closely with the National Junior Honor Society. This spring we joined other school organizations for the 3rd Annual Walk for ALS in memory of one of our secretaries. This is a great club for people interested in becoming a member of the National Junior Honor Society and is an ideal way to fulfill required community service hours.
Adviser: Catherine Essner
The Intergenerational Club is made up of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at VMMS and senior citizens from the community. Members meet once a month during the school day to do various activities that aim to bridge the gap between generations. The students benefit from these seniors’ life experiences and the seniors get a chance to interact with middle school students. They both gain an appreciation and better understanding of each other. The students apply for the Intergenerational Club by filling out an application during the month of September. It is a very popular club and there are many applicants for membership so students are encouraged to apply early and maintain all standards set forth in the student planner.
Music is a wonderful way for students to develop character and a sense of work ethic. Veterans Memorial Middle School offers a number of music classes for our students.
Being a member of chorus or strings class allows students to gain experience as vocalists or instrumentalists and an appreciation for many forms and styles of music. Students learn musicianship, instrumentation, composition, solo and ensemble singing and playing. Students have and opportunity to showcase their talent in the winter or spring concerts as well as other scheduled public performances. Being part of the chorus or strings program will be an invaluable experience for participating students. Any student wishing to sign up for chorus or string ensemble should speak to Mrs. Strouse or visit the guidance office.
Chorus- Chorus class meets everyday during school hours. Students may elect to take chorus for a minimum of two consecutive marking periods (1 & 2 or 3 & 4) in place of a regular encore class (art, computers, home economics, or foreign language). Students may also elect to participate in chorus for the entire year in place of a regular encore class.
Strings (violin, viola, or cello)- Strings class meets everyday during schools hours. Students may elect to take strings for a minimum of two consecutive marking periods (1 & 2 or 3 & 4) in place of a regular encore class (art, computers, home economics, or foreign language). Students may also elect to participate in strings for the entire year in place of a regular encore class. Students are responsible for renting their own instruments and bringing them to class everyday.
General Music class meets everyday for 10 weeks. This class is designed for students not participating in chorus, strings, or band. Students acquire a broad range of musical knowledge that they can implement, adapt, and apply to their own musical experiences as music participants, music listeners and as music consumers.
National Junior Honor Society
Adviser: Sara Dunne
This is an organization that is chartered by the State of New Jersey. The qualifications are very stringent and students must meet multiple requirements to be considered for acceptance into this organization. A faculty council selects students using the following criteria: high standards of scholarship, service, leadership and character. All students who meet the academic requirements are encouraged to apply. Your application is scored on a rubric and will be reviewed by a committee. This will determine your acceptance status.
Please note that the application process is a lengthy one and highly competitive. However, please still try and apply even if you are currently in process of meeting some of the NJHS standards. For example, let’s say you only have 17 hours of community service you would still earn some points under the service section of the application, and if the other areas of your application are strong you may still be admitted to NJHS. It is always good to try and if you aren’t selected this year you will have gained valuable experience by going through the application process. Again, it should be noted that the application process is a lengthy one and highly competitive. There are limited membership positions available. Consequently, an independent Faculty Council will closely evaluate all applications. This is a blind evaluation during which the students’ applications are assigned a tracking number and the faculty involved does not know the identity of the students.
Eligibility requirements for membership consideration are as follows:
- Students must have made the honor roll at least two out of the last four marking periods. For 6th grade applicants you must have made honor both first and second quarter this year at VMMS in order to apply.
- Potential members must meet high standards of leadership, service, citizenship, and character. This means that students must have a clean record of conduct and behavior with regard to school and community rules, guidelines, and policies. Students may not have had any bus suspensions, GASP or out-of-school suspension or 2 or more central detentions in the previous four marking periods.
- You will have to have completed at least 25 hours of documented, verifiable community service. You will need to submit a letter of recommendation from a community service organization. It can NOT be a letter from a parent, relative, or neighbor. Also, please keep in mind that you may apply with less than 25 hours of community service as your application is scored on a rubric.
- You will need to submit three letters of recommendation from VMMS faculty that have had you in class. Two of the three letters must be from an academic teacher. You will be provided recommendation forms with your application for the teachers to fill out.
- Once you have completed this portion of the application you will be invited to participate in the last step --- the essay portion. Applicants will attend a writing session held during the school day in the VMMS multipurpose room, during which they will complete a standard five-paragraph essay. Only essays completed during this time will be accepted. Essays completed outside of the scheduled essay period will not be accepted.
Adviser: Sharon Bauer
This student newspaper is produced and distributed quarterly. Students may choose to participate by writing articles, taking photographs or typing and editing stories for production and delivery. Students earn activity points for their participation and are awarded honors at the Club banquet in June. Meetings are usually held once per quarter with the entire staff while smaller meetings with grade level editors occur more frequently. Students are required to participate in one fundraiser which is held in the early fall. Information on joining this activity will be posted on VMTV early in the school year.
7th & 8th Grade Math Team
Adviser: Sharon Bauer
Teachers are asked to select their top 3 math students who are interested in participation on this competitive team. The top 30 students are kept after the first competition and go on to compete in the following:
- Math Olympiad – 5 times a year – 5 question to solve in 30 minutes – possible 25 points.
- SIGMA competition – 5 times a year – 8 questions in 45 minutes – possible 40 points. This is a national competition.
- New Jersey Math League competition – Once a year. Students across the state compete for a possible 40 points.
- Ocean County Math League – Once a year. Students across the country compete – possible score 30.
- Practice meetings are held 1-2 days per week and are extremely important to the students’ success in the competitions.
The purpose of the club is to provide activities for the student at VMMS so they will become more involved and interested in school. Students are informed over VMTV when a sign up meeting will be held after school. Students are required to participate in the one fundraiser in September/October. They may sign up for each month’s activity and earn activity points. Students with the highest points receive honors at the club banquet in June. Meetings are one per month
Adviser: Jacki Mullarkey
The VMMS Student Council is compromised of an eighth grade Executive Board and grade level Homeroom Representatives. The Executive Board Officers are elected by the student body and the Cabinet Members are selected by a council of teachers at the end of the 7th grade school year.
The Executive Board works diligently throughout the school year to provide a positive and spirited environment for the VMMS community. Meetings are held weekly to plan the year’s activities. The activities include pep rallies, spirit weeks, dances, a variety of tournaments, and many others, all allowing the students an opportunity to participate and be an active member of the VMMS community. Homeroom Representatives play a key role in the production of these events and activities. Each Homeroom Representative is responsible for relaying important information to his/her class and from his/her class back to the Executive Board. This allows all students at VMMS to have a voice in what goes on here at VMMS.
The Student Council also demonstrates their strong sense of character and community by fundraising and donating to various causes. In the past, the Student Council has raised money for Relay for Life, Hats for Hunger, U.S. Veterans, the VMMS Giving Tree, and much more. In 2018, we raised enough money to purchase our new VMMS Mustang Mascot uniform! We are looking for another fun-filled, exciting year!
Click here for all student council events and activities.
Adviser: Damken / Tocket
The VMMS talent show is an activity of the Spirit Club. Students may sign up with Mrs. Abramo to audition for the show. Announcements are made over VMTV in the morning. Auditions are scheduled for the following week. A group of 4-5 teachers scores them. The scores are then combined into an average score. The top 20-25 acts make up the show. The students that work the crew for the show are Spirit Club members who sign up for that month’s activity. Practices are run 2-3 weeks before the show, with one dress rehearsal night. The final show is performed one night in the spring and is not competitive.
Adviser: Karen LaFragola
Currently students are chosen to participate on the VMTV morning announcements. These students present the daily announcements which are shown on Youtube. Space can be limited at times, so please understand that you may not be guaranteed a spot this year...but there is always next year.
Advisers: Kelly Craig & Christine DiNicola
The VMMS yearbook staff is comprised of student editors, photographers, and layout designers. Working together, these students help capture the best memories of the school year. Being a part of the VMMS Yearbook Club provides students with the opportunity to use their skills to create an exciting book used to visually express the relationships, activities, and achievements of the VMMS student body. The Yearbook Club is an enjoyable and interactive club where students can be involved in all aspects of academic and character education at Veterans Memorial Middle School.
The Yearbook Club meets at least two times a month to develop layout, pick photos that will be used in the book, and discuss creative ways to make the book better. During our end-of-the-year party, members get an exclusive preview of the completed yearbook.
In September, any student may sign up to become a member of the VMMS Yearbook Club. Students must then attend at least one meeting a month and maintain at least a C average in order to continue being a part of the club.
Adviser: Chris Seidelmann
Adviser: Kevin Harris
Photo / Guitar
Adviser: Jon Palombi