Clubs and Activities

Best Buddies/Miss P’s Peers

Best Buddies Middle fosters one-to-one friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  Students with IDD are often isolated and left out of social activities.  Best Buddies helps to create an inclusive school climate for students early on in their educational development.


Advisor: Miss Palermo


Board Game Club

Advisor:  TBD


Book Club


Advisor:  Mrs. Shanley


Chamber Choir


Advisor: Mr. Fitch

Chamber Choir is a non-auditioned group which will meet after school on Thursdays from 2:45 – 3:30. Students are encouraged to bring a love of vocal music and a willingness to sing music of all styles, including unaccompanied music (a cappella) in parts. The purpose of the choir is to allow students to sing an extended and diverse repertoire, including an emphasis on contemporary (including pop and jazz) music. The choir will perform at the Ensembles Concert in June.


Chamber Orchestra


Advisor: Ms. Conrad


Culinary Club


Advisor:  Ms. Garden


Debate Club


Advisor:  Mr. Lopez


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Club


Advisor:  Ms. Brandom, Ms. Mahoney, Ms. Garden & Ms. Esposito


Drama Club




Advisors: Mrs. Shanley, Mr. Runte, Mrs. Golden

The Dodd Drama Club is an organization for students interested in theater. There is typically one production each school year in the early spring. Students who are cast in the show will attend after school rehearsals from 2:45-4:45 Tuesday-Thursday with additional rehearsals as the show gets closer. Students can also be involved in the drama club if they are interested in helping out “behind the scenes.” There is always work to be done on sets, lights, camera, video, costumes, and make-up and hair.


Future Educators of America


Advisor: Mrs. Smith

The Future Educators of America is an organization that offers opportunities in exploring careers in education. Students create and execute lesson plans, attend workshops on education, and participate in events around school like National Education Week and Teacher Appreciation Week.  Meetings are usually held twice a month. Classroom code: q6q2ucv


Intramurals


Advisor: Mr. Rahn

Intramurals (2:45-3:45pm) are offered throughout the year. Activities are scheduled and participation is elective. Scheduled dates are listed in Dateline Dodd, posted in the locker room area and updates on morning announcements.


Jazz Band


Advisor: Mrs. LeClaire

Jazz Band offers band members an opportunity to play the blues, swing, Latin, and some rock. All band members and rhythm players are welcome to participate. Rehearsals are on Tuesday after school until 3:25pm or on Wednesday mornings from 7:20 to 7:50am. The Jazz Ensemble performs in the Spring Ensembles Concert in June


MakerSpace



Advisors: Mrs. Shanley & Mr. O’Day

Students explore the world of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) through self directed projects in a chosen area.


Marching Band


Advisor: Mrs. LeClaire


MATHCOUNTS

Advisor: TBD

Any student interested in joining MathCounts is welcome to meet in room 217 during any or all of the club dates.  Meetings are usually held once a week after school from 2:50 – 3:30, beginning in early October and continuing through March.  Certain individuals will be selected to compete on the Dodd team based on performance on various MathCounts tools.  The regional competition is generally held in early February and the state competition is generally held in early March. Please listen to morning announcements and watch the TV monitors in the classroom for our exact meeting dates and times.


National Junior Honor Society


Advisors: Mrs. Kieley

The National Junior Honor Society is devoted to participating in community service projects, fundraisers and school sponsored activities. The group of eighth grade students elects officers who throughout the course of the school year develop and implement the various projects.


Newspaper Club – The Spartan Scroll


Advisor: Ms. Futoma

Students create and write an on-line school newspaper based on school events and outside interests.


Recycling Club


Advisor: Mr. Yawin


Southern Regional Band, Orchestra and Chorus


Advisors: Ms. Kligel


Student Advocates


Advisor: Mrs. Brady


Student Council


Advisor:  Mrs. Garden

The Dodd Middle School Student Council is a community-service oriented club. We conduct numerous fund raising events throughout the year and donate our proceeds to community service organizations that serve people in need. Our greatest event is the annual Dodd Talent Show, which is a great opportunity for students to showcase their talents and raise money for charity.


Time Capsule Club


Advisor:  Mr. Perosino


Unified Sports


Advisor:  Mr. Raccio


Yearbook



Advisor:  Mrs. Berkun & Mrs. Theriault