Clubs and activities

Nearly every student grade 6-12 participates in a co-curricular activity in a normal year. Students sign up for clubs each fall; many are part of multiple clubs. Faculty sponsors, sometimes with parent support, provide leadership and supervision. Students may request launch of a new club if a group of students is interested. Many clubs meet on the first Tuesday of each month from 3 to 3:30 p.m.; other meeting times are worked out by participants and faculty sponsor.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, clubs and many activities have been curtailed. In the 2021-22 school year, clubs will begin again as energy and safety allow.

* ANTI-RACISM STUDENT ASSOCIATION – Launched in summer 2020 in the wake of George Floyd's death and our school's launch of a Racial Equity Group of faculty and staff,  this club is co-chaired by a student of color and a white student in the 2020-21 school year. The group's mission is: To acknowledge the racism our institution is embedded with; to combat racism of all forms through educating, advocating, and building relationships.

BASEBALL CLUB (6-12) – This club is for those who enjoy the sport of baseball. The club will meet on Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30-5:30 through the month of October.  We will concentrate on better learning baseball through games, practice and discussion. Sponsor: Coach Solomon

BIG BUDDIES PROGRAM (9-12)- Do you enjoy working with kids? The program is a leadership and learning program that pairs middle school students with elementary school students. The Club members would help plan activities, run the activities and provide leadership to the buddy pairs.  Sponsor: Ms. Haarer

BIO CLUB (9-12) - This club is a nationally sponsored organization (NABT) for students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field. Meetings will be a mixture of invited guests who work in healthcare, relevant film viewing and hands on activities related to medicine. Meeting dates will be dependent on planned activity but will generally occur the 3rd week of each month over lunch in the biology lab. Sponsor: Ms. Mitch

BOYS BASKETBALL CLUB (6-12) – This club will be offered in the fall and spring for boys in grades 6-12.  Format will be to play basketball 1-2 times a week, mostly playing 5 v 5 games.  Meeting days and times will vary, depending on the availability of the gym. See Coach Seibert for a fall schedule.  Sponsor: Mr. Seibert

DEBATE CLUB (9-12) - This club is for high school students who want to learn skills like developing sound logical arguments, speaking in front of people, thinking quickly on your feet, understanding issues from different perspectives, and developing an awareness of current events around the world. Students will research and prepare for debates with a team, and have some fun along the way as well. Sponsor: Ms. Moyer-Diener, Amanda Miller Garber. 

DRAMA CLUB (8-12) -- The purpose of this club is to provide an opportunity for students interested in the dramatic arts to explore the vast world of theater. We will cover topics of Shakespeare, Ancient Greek Theater, Play and Monologue writing, Improvisation, Environmental Theater and more! Anyone who is interested is invited to attend; weekly meetings Mondays 3:15-4:30. Sponsor: Ms. Hertzler, Jordan Haugh

ENVIROTHON (6-12, available for Honors Credit for select HS science classes) - Do you have knowledge about the natural world, or an interest in learning about forestry, fisheries, and other related topics?  Do you enjoy teamwork in a competitive setting? Then Envirothon is for you. We will meet over lunch for occasional training sessions.   Sponsored TBD

FISHING CLUB (6-12)- This club is for people who would like to go fishing- both for beginners or more experienced fisherman. We’ll meet in the fall and the spring and explore the rivers, ponds, and lakes of the Shenandoah Valley. Sponsor: Mr. King 

HIGH SCHOOL ART CLUB (9-12) –Art Club is a time and space to create around other artists, share your ideas and artwork with others, and just geek out over art in general. You will be able to use the art room space and materials during this time. There may be opportunities to beautify our school, create collaborative works, and promote art appreciation.  We meet after school once a week from 3:15-4:15 either in the art room or computer lab. Official meeting day TBD. Sponsor: Ms. Gascho

MATH COUNTS (6-8) - Math Counts is a national organization of clubs that train for a competition at the regional, state and national levels scheduled for some time in the spring. The Club is open to all Middle School students who want to challenge themselves mathematically and develop stronger problem solving skills, and will meet every other Wednesday (or more often).  Sponsor: Mr. Martin

MODEL UN CLUB (9-12)-  Model UN club introduces students to the function and process of the United Nations.  It follows the procedure of the National organization NMUN which " provide students with a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research "  Students gain knowledge of Parliamentary procedure, how to write position papers, and how to draft mock UN legislation.  The club participates in two competitions each year one local (at UVA) and the other National (in Washington, D.C.). Sponsor:  Joy Myers and Faculty Liaison: Ms. Roth

POETRY CLUB (9-12) — For students interested in reading poetry and completing poetry activities together.  Meets over lunch — day yet to be determined. Sponsor: TBD

RED MENNONITE HYMNAL CLUB (7-12) -  If you'd like to improve your music sight-reading ability, enjoy the rich harmonies of the hymnal, strengthen a 100-year tradition of part-singing at this school, AND explore the acoustical properties of various rooms all over the school, join this club. Meeting days will be Tuesday and Friday after school depending on schedule of club members.. Sponsor: Mr. J. Stutzman

(ART) STUDIO CLUB (6-8)- This art club is for middle schoolers who want to create more art. The goal for Studio Club is to give more time and space for you to create your own art and to share your art ideas with other students who also love creating. During club meetings, you will have access to the art room and supplies. There may be opportunities to beautify our school, create collaborative works, and promote art appreciation. Meetings will be held after school once a week from 3:15-4:15pm. Meeting days TBD.  Sponsor: Ms.  Gascho

SUNSHINE BAND (6-12) - This club will play during lunch most Thursdays, 12:30-12:44.  Students who like to play and sing gospel bluegrass music are invited to attend.  Sponsor: Mr. Yoder

SUSTAINABILITY CLUB ( 6-12)- The Sustainability Club's purpose is to be a student organization that urges students and professionals in the community into a mindfulness of the changing climate and vanishing resources. We work to deliver noticeable results in our school, such as more renewable energy and less waste and give leadership to the composting of lunch waste. Sponsor: Mr. Bauman 

WE SERVE (9-12)- This club is for those who want to make a difference in their community.  Lunch meetings will be held once a month to decide on the monthly service project.  Times to complete service projects will vary depending on the project chosen that month.  Examples include making meals and baskets for the Ronald McDonald House and stuffing/delivering stockings at Christmas to individuals without family over the holiday.  Sponsor: Ms. Young 

* WILDFIRE ATHLETIC CLUB ( 6-12) - The Wildfire club’s purpose is to support all the teams that compete athletically at EMS. Representatives from each class help create fun nights to support teams. Sponsor: Mr. Sauder and Ms. Roth

* WINDSOCK (9-12) – This Club produces our school newspaper.  We welcome all kinds of articles, creative writing, photographs, drawings, cartooning...anything that can go in a newspaper. Sponsor: Ms.  Cranston