Student Clubs and Activities
Some important information about clubs:
- Students are responsible for listening to announcements to know when clubs are meeting. There is not a separate calendar or notification for clubs. Club meetings will be announced prior to the meeting dates and students are responsible to arrange transportation and attend.
- All athletic clubs and intramural sports require that a physical be on file prior to participating.
- Questions about specific clubs should be emailed to the club sponsor.
- Most clubs meet before school and students are responsible for their own transportation to the early meetings. A few clubs meet after school and parents should pick up their child promptly at the designated time.
- DeSana Middle School teachers, for the very most part, do not receive any compensation for sponsoring their club. They do it out of the goodness of their heart to provide our students with some unique opportunities. Therefore, they schedule club meetings and activities as they fit in with their personal schedule.
Basketball Intramurals-Ready for the NBA or WNBA? Do you think you have what it takes? Come on out and to basketball intramurals and learn the skills needed to become a successful player. All students are eligible to come out to participate. Participation in basketball intramurals is not required for basketball tryouts. This year the sponsor is Coach Riddle.
Chess – Who doesn’t love to play chess? Whether you are a novice or a grandmaster, come join us! Chess Club meets on Fridays after school from 4:15–5:30pm. All levels are welcome to join! This year the sponsor is Ms. Epperson.
Cross Country Intramurals – Cross country is a distance running club open to all students. Whether you are an experienced runner or are looking to stay in shape for other sports, cross country is a great opportunity to improve your athletic ability! We will meet Wednesdays after school. This year the sponsor is Ms. Hubbard.
DECA-DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Students grow their confidence and become career and college ready by participating in leadership development conferences, community service, social events and competitions. DECA is open to all students and enrollment in a marketing class is not required. DECA will meet one Thursday a month in Room 1230 at 8:00am. Please contact Ms. Dixon for more information.
Future Business Leaders of America (or FBLA) – FBLA is a club for any student and no previous experience is required. The FBLA-Middle Level program introduces students to the world of leadership and business with career exploration, community service, and immersive educational programs. Club meetings will give students a chance to gain an appreciation of business and the free enterprise system through a variety of leadership programs, community service projects, and educational activities. This year the sponsor is Ms. Chester.
Garden Club – Do you like playing in the dirt? Are you interested in helping our community take care of our environment? If so, then the DeSana Garden Club is where you should root. In addition to planting, caring for and harvesting our edible garden, we will serve our school and community by teaching others the benefits of farm to table gardening. Meetings will be weekly in the fall/spring and twice a month during the winter. Listen for announcements about our first meeting. The sponsors this year are Mrs. Foster and Mrs. Ortiz
HOSA – Desana has a HOSA chapter! Any student interested in the healthcare profession, this is the club for you. HOSA is dedicated to educating and preparing future healthcare professionals. This year the sponsor is Ms. Pardee.
Junior Beta Club – What is Jr. Beta? The National Junior Beta Club Mission Statement: To promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. The sponsors this year are Ms. Lyons.
Just One Africa – The Just One Africa club meets once a month before school. Students clean and string beads for bracelets and necklaces that are then sold to collect money for water filters. The water filters are distributed throughout rural Kenyan communities. While students string beads, they have opportunities to socialize and learn more about the Just One Africa organization. The sponsors this year are Ms. Dockter, Ms. Fogg and Ms. Stavropoulos.
Math Club/Team- Math Club provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge of math beyond the classroom. Students can expect to explore careers that utilize math and to compete in competitions and contests. The Math Club will meet before school throughout the year. This year the sponsors are Ms. Carter and Mr. Praskovich.
Photography – Calling all novice or experienced photographers! Join the DeSana Photography Club and spend an exciting Fall learning to operate sophisticated and easy-to-use digital camera equipment, as well as how to take clear, sharp, and creative digital photos that all of your friends and family will view with envy! It promises to be a fun-filled and exciting time as you participate in club meetings, photography expeditions to wonderful sites around the metro-Atlanta area and beyond, and DeSana’s third Annual Exhibition of Photographic Art. The Photography Club will meet before school one or two times a month, and on five or six weekends (for photography expeditions) in the Fall only. A list of all club meeting dates and photo expedition dates and destinations will be given out at the first Photography Club meeting. This year the sponsor is Ms. North
Rainbow Alliance- The Rainbow Alliance is a club at DeSana that provides a safe and welcoming opportunity for LGBTQ students and their friends. At club meetings, we will communicate, play games, create, collaborate and work on community service projects. Of course, snacks are provided, too! This year the sponsors are Ms. MacMillan, Ms., Derrickson, Ms. Fogg, Ms. Hubbard, and Ms. Hannel, and Ms. Stavropoulos.
Robotics – The DeSana Robotics Club is open to all students and is an opportunity to design, build, program, and compete with small scale competitive robots. The robots are designed around a challenge and teams will be entered in multiple competitions. Students will meet weekly before school and will have other opportunities to come in and work on the robots. This year the sponsor will be Mr. Bunn.
Science Olympiad – We are proud to offer Science Olympiad as an after-school club. Science Olympiad is a science competition for teams of up to 15 students competing in 23 different science related events. As a club we meet once a week to prepare for a minimum of 1 Regional Competition. We encourage parent volunteers to help support our students in this innovative science club. Club sponsors are Ms. Isner and Ms. Pardee.
Soccer Intramurals – Attention all future soccer stars! Intramural soccer is open to all students in the spring. You will need to wear shin guards and cleats for practice on the football field. This year the sponsor is Mr. Praskovich.
Volleyball Intramurals – Volleyball intramurals are for girls in all grades. You will learn basic skills and drills with an emphasis on play time. To play, you must have a pair of closed-toed tennis shoes/sneakers. This year the sponsors are Mr. Dipboye and Ms. Bailey.