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 Wednesday 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!
DECA - Adviser: Catherine Stemple DECA is an co-curricular organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in middle schools, high schools and colleges around the world. Our DECA club will host monthly meetings before school, and will align with the DECA club at FCHS. DECA club members will do community service projects, field trips like the middle school DECA day at the Cumming Fair and leadership workshops and competitive events. DECA is a part of our Marketing pathway at FCHS.
FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) - Sponsors - Ms. Penny Vickery and Ms. Tracy Smallwood - 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 7:50 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: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private schools through grade 12. Everyone is part of a family, and FCCLA is the only national Career and Technical Student Organization with the family as its central focus. Since 1945, FCCLA members have been making a difference in their families, careers, and communities by addressing important personal, work, and societal issues through Family and Consumer Sciences education.
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-ffa
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl: Sponsors: Mrs. Wharton, Mrs. Cawley, Mrs. Jacobs. The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is a team of students that reads specific, award winning books. We meet every other Tuesday at 8:15am 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 Mrs. Wharton in the 6th grade hall for details.
International Club: Sponsors: Mrs. Luthart, Ms. Parmer, & Mr. Pelky.-The mission of the International Club is to promote and enhance international awareness, cooperation, cultural diversity, and dialogue amongst students of different backgrounds. Students in all grades will get to participate in team building activities, cultural awareness opportunities, field trips, volunteer opportunities, and International Night.
Junior Beta Club - Sponsor – Melissa Sessa-- 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. Applications will be collected December 2nd- 12th for a club launch in January 2020. 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. Harrison and Mrs. Perkins. 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 in Mrs. Harrison’s room (367).
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 Competition VEXIQ Robotics Team 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 robot, 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 Local, State and World Level. Our ultimate goal every season is to qualify for Worlds. Click HERE to check out the OMS Robotics website. The fee to join the Competition Robotics Team is $175 for the entire year. Check out the VEXIQ webpage for more information about robotics. https://www.vexrobotics.com/vexiq
Ukulele Club:Sponsor: Robbie Jones- Students will learn 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 develop social skills and group dynamics while 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. Research suggests that there are many cognitive benefits of playing an instrument including an increase in neural activity, intellectual curiosity, auditory skills, creative skills, and coordination. Additionally, there are many social-emotional benefits as well, including 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!