Otwell Middle School has many clubs and organizations that students are encouraged to join. Joining a club or organization fosters school spirit and is fun!
OMS Clubs and Organizations
Art Club – Sponsor - Ms. Ashley Mayabb (Room 523) - Open to all grade levels. The Otwell art club is dedicated to providing fun and challenging art projects that would not normally be found in the everyday art class. We also promote art as a means of therapy, social expression and an integral part to every profession. The fee to join art club is $30 for the whole year. This includes all materials and other items needed for projects. Come out and enjoy art!Chorus: Sponsor: Mrs. Neal- Chorus is a club that meets every Thursday after-school until 5:20. Each week Otwell students will work with the high school choral director and FCHS students to prepare songs to perform at the high school chorus concerts. Students learn songs ranging from standard choral music to pop choral music. Chorus is open to all grades. It is a great way to make new friends and enjoy the music making process.
Drama Club Productions - Sponsor – Mrs. Natalie Pass (Room 512) - The OMS Drama Club performs two productions each school year - a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. Students of any grade level can be involved and participation in the productions as a performer is by audition only. Students can also be selected to assist with sets, costumes, and backstage work. If a student is in the fall production, that does not guarantee they will be in the spring production -- students will audition for each production. Commitment to each production is of utmost importance. Everyone is welcome to audition for Drama Club Productions!
FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) - Sponsors - Ms. Penny Vickery, Coach Tony Jones, Ms. Tracy Smallwood, Ms. Mary Jo Sidwell, and Ms. Lori Stinehart - Open to all grade levels. Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a club that focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ. We meet twice a month on Friday mornings at 8:00 am for a devotional, prayer, games, music, and refreshments. Throughout the year we work on service projects to benefit our school and community. All athletes and non-athletes are invited to attend.
FCCLA- Sponsor: Sheri Smith: is a student group with family and community as its focus. Our FCCLA will host monthly meetings, do community service projects, and work to make our school and community stronger. FCCLA is a part of our Family and Consumer Science pathway.
FFA- Advisor – Sierra Andrews (532) FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. It is one of the three components of agricultural education. The National FFA Organization is committed to the individual student, providing a path to achievement in premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. More information can be found at https://www.ffa.org/about/what-is-ffahttps://www.ffa.org/about/what-is-ffaFuture Business Leaders of America (FBLA): Sponsor: Mrs. Stemple. FBLA is a National Organization that introduces middle and high school students to the world of business. The mission of Georgia FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. At the middle school level, members explore careers and delve into business principles with real-world activities such as Community service activities, Leadership development programs, and Academic Competitions. FBLA members will sharpen their communication, leadership, and teamwork skills, preparing them for high school and the workplace before many of their peers. Members can also attend online and in-person events and conferences to compete against other students or hone their leadership skills through interactive workshops and seminars. Applicable Pathways: Computer Science, Financial Services, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources Management, Programming, Web Development, Networking.Harry Potter Club: Club Sponsors: Mrs. Tumaliuan, Mrs. Webster, Mrs. Vanderhoff, Mr. Hodges. The Harry Potter Club is a magical book and movie club that is open to 6th grade students only. This book club will read all seven novels in the series and watch the movies as well. When we meet, we discuss the current book we are reading and we host fun activities that go along with our week’s chapters. After we complete a novel, the students watch the movie and discuss the differences and similarities between the novel and movie. This club will start in early September!
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl: Sponsors: Coach Wharton, Coach Cawley, Coach Jacobs, and Coach Webster. (Room 459) The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is a team of students that reads specific, award winning books. We meet every other Thursday at 8 am to quiz each other on the details of the books and prepare for competition. We will be competing this year against other schools in the county, and then at the North Georgia Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition as well. If you love to read great books, this is where you need to be! See Coach Wharton for details.
International Club: Sponsors: Mrs. Luthart, Ms. Savage, & Mr. Pelky.-The mission of the international club is to get students connected and to create an appreciation for cultural diversity.
Junior Beta Club - Sponsor - Junior Beta is a nationally recognized service club for 7th and 8th graders. Membership is by application only and is based on grades and teacher recommendation. Junior Beta provides opportunities to develop leadership skills, acknowledges academic achievement, encourages service to school and community, and promotes qualities that make dynamic citizens and future leaders.
Just One Africa: Sponsors: Mrs. Hightower & Mrs. Harrison. The Just One Africa Club is a great opportunity for students to see how just one person can affect the world. We work with a local nonprofit to create necklaces, bracelets, and other items made by beads from the women of Kenya. The products we create are then sold locally and world wide in order to raise money and to bring water filters that help create schools, farms, and bakeries in the villages of Kenya. We will learn how just doing a little every month helps give people clean water for life. We meet once a month before school in the media center. Please follow Otwell_Media on Instagram for updates about the Just One Africa Club.
Photo Club: Sponsor: Mrs. Humphrey. (Room 506) - The Otwell Photo Club focusses on digital photography and photo editing. Our fall meetings cover the fundamentals of photography while practicing taking photographs. The spring meetings focus on editing our photographs in Adobe Photoshop. The fee to join Photo Club is $25 for the whole year. This will cover the cost of our club t-shirts, materials and other items needed for projects. Everyone is welcome to join Photo Club!
Robotics: Sponsor: Mr. Collins- The VexIQ Robotics Club is a competitive club based around the Engineering Design Process used to design, build, and program a robot. Once the team of students have built the bot, we enter competitions against the other team across the county and state. Over the past few years we have had several teams represent Otwell at the State Meet. Our ultimate goal is to qualify for Worlds. Club sign-ups begin on the second day of school and go until the club hits the max capacity of 40 members. Click HERE to check out the OMS Robotics website. Check out the VexIQ webpage for more information about robotics. https://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq
Ukulele Club: Sponsor: Robbie Jones- Students will learn basic chords and strum patterns used in many songs and will practice those skills by playing and singing together. In addition to musical skills, students will learn social skills and group dynamics through playing together. The club will also offer an additional opportunity for students to find and develop connections with other students and teachers through common interest. There is significant research to suggest that academics are supported through musical endeavor, and additionally there are many social-emotional benefits as well, such as reduced anxiety and sense of community. The ukulele club will strive to provide connection, spread positive messages, and bring a happy vibe to OMS!
Yearbook- Sponsor – Mrs. Emily Humphrey (Room 506) - The Otwell Yearbook Team meets during Dawg Time, however after school meetings may also occur. Applications for Yearbook are given out in April, and the Yearbook Team is announced by May. Commitment to Yearbook Dawg Time is of utmost importance. Everyone is welcome to apply for the Otwell Yearbook Team!