Co-Curricular Activities

To learn more about co-curriculars going on at school, listen to or read the Daily Announcements every school day for current opportunities. You are welcome to be a part of these activities even if they have already started. See the descriptions below for more information.

Activities Advisors Description

 


Above the Influence
All Year
Grades: 6, 7, 8

 


Mrs. Laster

Mission Statement: Being above the influence is about being yourself and not letting people pressure you into being less than you. Making positive choices by arriving to school on time, completing my homework, and treating others with respect while positively serving my school and community. I will learn resiliency and refusal skills to abstain from negative pressures of ATOD use and support those that do the same.

Archivers' Club
All year
Grades: 6, 7, 8



Mrs. Damrow
Mrs. Renzelmann

The Archivers document the Horace Mann school year by using digital cameras and camcorders to capture events. This digital footage is placed in iMovie and short segments are used to create the end of the year video and video for Channel 20. Anyone that would like to join will be trained on how to use the equipment and create movies.  

Art Club
Sept. - March
Grades: 6, 7, 8


Mrs. Brown
Do you like to draw and paint?  Would you like to paint a mural somewhere in our school?  Then Art Club is for you. Join us for some painting fun and leave a lasting artistic mark of your creativity to be admired by teachers, students, staff, and visitors.



Badminton
February
Grades: 6, 7, 8
M, T, Th, Fri




Mr. Korff
Mr. Thorpe

The Horace Mann badminton tournament is one of the most exciting and popular after-school activities offered. The tournament's goal is to provide students an opportunity to use the badminton skills they learn in physical education class with a friend of their choice. There is a wide variety of skills displayed in this four-night tournament. Every team is guaranteed two matches. Students will compete against classmates from their grade level in the hopes of being crowned the championship team. Your teammate can be any student from your grade. Sign up and join the fun.  



Basketball, Boys
Jan - Feb
Grades: 6, 7, 8
M, T, Th, Fri




Mr. Korff
Mr. Gedemer

The first two weeks of the season are spent working on individual drills, much like a basketball camp. As the players are evaluated during scrimmages, team play is stressed. The coaches then select teams in order to spread the talent evenly. Standings are kept during the 12-15 game season, and the game rules are somewhat modified to ensure positive participation by all players. Individual and team honors are announced at the close of the six-week season.
Basketball, Girls
Oct - Nov
Grades: 6, 7, 8
M, T, Th, Fri


Mr. Korff
Mrs. Sixel

Hey, I'm open! Are you open to join a new activity? If you are, girls basketball is the place for you. We work on the basic fundamentals of basketball, and then play games. It's a great activity to improve your skills and meet new people.

Bowling
Oct - Nov
Grades: 6, 7, 8
Four Mondays



Mrs. Sixel
Ms. Lewitzke

Do you enjoy bowling or would you like to give it a try? Then join our after-school bowling club at Lakeshore Lanes.  A fee will be collected for each of the four sessions.  The fee includes unlimited bowling, shoes, and bus transportation to and from the lanes. Students will return to school by 4:00 p.m. to take the late bus home. Make that 7-10 split, and we will provide pizza for your whole team.


Builders Club
Year Round
Grade: 6, 7, 8
Thursdays



Mrs. Zenk
Mrs. Selk
Do you like to help others? Are you interested in crafts? Builders Club is definitely for you. At the weekly meeting on Mondays students design decorations, visit Sunny Ridge Nursing Home to decorate, and organize other volunteer activities. We are a Service Club sponsored by Kiwanis where students help with community activities.

 


Cheerleading
Jan
Grades: 6, 7, 8

 



Ms. Glanert

Cheerleading is an opportunity to learn new cheers, jumps and mounts, meet new friends, and have fun. Anyone can join cheerleading. Students can come with a group or come alone and join a group. Cheerleaders are given cheers to use, or they can make up their own. Groups can wear either blue and white cheerleading skirts or an outfit of their choice. All groups from Horace Mann, Farnsworth, and Urban perform at one of the middle schools at the end of the session.  


Chess Club
Nov - March
Grades: 6, 7, 8


Mrs. Henke
Mrs. Wanek

If you love chess, then join our chess club. Students play every week from November 8 - March 21 in the library. You don't have to know how to play to join, just come and learn! 




Flag Football,
Boys
Sept - Oct
Grade: 6, 7, 8
M, T, Th, Fri







Mr. Renzelmann

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade co-ed flag football starts the first week of school. The first two weeks of the season are for drills and evaluation of the players' skills. The players are taught conditioning drills and the fundamental skills used in blocking, passing, receiving, punting, kicking, ball carrying, and team defense. The coaches evaluate the players, and teams are chosen (size and 40-yard speed) with parity being the main goal. A schedule is then made with each team playing between eight to eleven games. Standings and numerous individual statistics are kept and MVP and Rookie-of-the-Year award winners are chosen. The entire season lasts seven weeks, and players are shown football "follies" videos on inclement weather days.





Golf
Sept - Oct
Grade: 6, 7, 8
Coed
Mondays







Mr. Thorpe
The co-ed golf program is designed for those students who already know the basics of golf and would like to get in some early season practice. The students will be golfing nine holes at Town & Country Golf Course once a week for five to six weeks. All students will need to provide their own transportation home from the golf course. There is an initial meeting for all participants where the basics of golf etiquette are discussed along with basic rules and expectations. Each student MUST know how to golf. Students should have played on a regulation golf course for at least half of a summer. Each student needs to bring his or her clubs or rent a set from the clubhouse. Horace Mann is the only middle school in the district to offer this opportunity to its students. This is a great "no pressure" activity for those who enjoy playing golf.



Musical
Jan - April
Grades: 6, 7, 8



Mrs. Plautz
Do you enjoy singing, performing, being part of a team, and bringing smiles to people's faces? If you do, then being a member of the musical cast is the activity for you. Auditions are second quarter, and rehearsals begin after school in January. Four months of hard work, fun and commitment culminate in four performances in mid-April. If you are interested in working hard using your acting and singing talents, then the musical is definitely the place for you. 



Stage Crew
Jan - April
Grade: 6, 7, 8




Mr. Lamb
Mr. Leonhard
Do you enjoy learning to use technical equipment, building and creating while working as part of a team? If this describes you, get involved in Stage Crew. We create and build sets and props used during the school musical staged in April of each school year. Stage Crew members also run the lighting, sound, and staging equipment used during the play. If you are interested in working hard, learning new things and having fun, be a part of a great crew.

Ping-Pong
March - April
Grade: 6, 7, 8
M, T, Th, Fri



TBD

Join the action playing ping-pong in April. You can improve your play and make yourself a well-rounded individual. We start the season learning and practicing the game. Students sign up and play in a doubles tournament. The singles tournament will follow, and prizes will be awarded.


Pom Pons/Dance
Apr - May
Grade: 6, 7, 8
M, T, Th, Fri





TBD

Pom Pons is an opportunity for girls to learn a dance routine and have fun. Practice is every day after school (except Wednesdays) from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Every group learns the same routine. Some groups are given the chance to create their own endings. Groups can wear either blue and white cheerleading skirts or an outfit of their choice. All groups from Horace Mann, Farnsworth, and Urban perform at one of the middle schools at the end of the session.


Show Choir
Year Round
Grades: 7, 8



TBD
Show Choir provides an opportunity for students who show an aptitude for singing and moving to popular music. Students desiring to become a member must audition before a panel of judges. The students will be asked to sing and choreograph a song chosen by the leader of Show Choir. This activity is only open to seventh and eighth grade boys and girls who enjoy singing and dancing.

Soccer
April - May
Grade: 6, 7, 8
M, T, TH



Mr. Castaneda
Mrs. Tipple

Want to be with your friends, exercise and have fun after school? Then soccer is the activity for you. Get a group of friends together and form your own co-ed team. After a few weeks of competing against other team, the season will end with a championship tournament. Come and join the fun!
Softball, Boys
May
Grade: 6, 7, 8
M, T, Th, Fri


Mr. Renzelmann
Mr. Thorpe

Batter up! Hitting and fielding drills are practiced before the coached select teams. During the last part of the season, the boys' and girls' teams combine for some exciting competitive play!


Softball, Girls
May
Grade: 6, 7, 8
M, T, Th, Fri





Mrs. Sixel

Girls' softball is a fun spring activity for girls with any softball ability. We meet several times each week during April and May. After practicing basic skills, we spend the remainder of the season playing games. Participants are encouraged to bring their own gloves, but we do have a few school gloves to share. So when those first signs of spring fever hit, grab your glove and spend afternoons outdoors playing softball with your friends.



String Orchestra
All Year
Tuesdays

Grades: 7, 8 Orchestra Students






Mrs. Oftedahl
The String Orchestra is open to seventh and eighth grade orchestra students.  Advanced sixth graders will have the chance to join later in the year.  This group will explore and study music of different styles and cultures, such as jazz, folk songs, pop and fiddle music, to name a few.  The study of such music will include listening to recordings, learning the history behind each style/piece, as well as the stylistic and technical demands of the music. Students best suited for the group are independently driven and willing to further their skills outside of the classroom setting.  Students can expect to be challenged and will move quickly in their acquisition of the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the music.      






Student Council
All Year
Grade: 6, 7, 8







Mrs. Tiegs
Mrs. Thone

"Things don't happen, they are made to happen. And in the field of education they are made to happen by you and your members." This quote by President John F. Kennedy exemplifies the Horace Mann Student Council. The Council is made up of a group of students who meet together every other week to promote the following:
Provide a forum for student opinions and interests.
Provide and coordinate school-sponsored events.
Promote leadership among student members.
Create positive relationships among faculty, administration, students, and the community.
All Horace Mann students are eligible to be members of the Council if they complete an application form. Officers are elected within the Council, and the advisor and officers appoint committee chairpersons.



Talent Show
Sept - October
Grade: 6, 7, 8



Mrs. Drew

"Hey, look me over..."
"Abracadabra..."
"Did ya hear the one about ...?"
Do you have a talent you would like to share? Now is you chance! To enroll in the Horace Mann Talent Show, you must fill out an application form and write a short paragraph describing your skill, talent, or act.


Tennis
Sept. & May
Grade: 6, 7, 8
M, T, Th, Fri


Mrs. Boedecker
Mrs. Kuszynski


Spring - TBD

Beginners and advanced tennis players and everyone in between have a "ball" in after school tennis. Learn how to hit a forehand and a back hand. Play games against players at your own level. Join us for a fun-filled game of skunk. Rackets and balls are provided. We need you to have a "swinging" good time! After-school tennis is held in both fall and spring.

Volleyball-Coed
Nov - Dec
Grade: 6, 7, 8
M, T, Th, Fri



Mrs. Laster
Mr. Korff

If you enjoy volleyball we have a great opportunity for you. All teams include boys and girls and use the volleyball skills learned in physical education. The round robin tournament games are played after school in late November and early December. Every team plays three or four action packed games per night. At the end of the season, you might want to challenge the faculty team!


Wrestling
Feb - March
Grade: 6, 7, 8
M, T, Th, Fri



Mr. DeLong
Mr. Giffin
Our goal is to give students a good background in wrestling and to teach commitment and responsibility during a six-week period. Students are recognized for good attendance and grades. The coaches and managers help with equipment, mat chores, statistics and meets. During the season, four dual meets and one city tournament will take place.



Yearbook
Jan - March
Grade: 6, 7, 8





Mrs. Navis
Mrs. Tipple
Mrs. Doll

Participation in yearbook construction allows students an opportunity to design and assemble a long-lasting document that records their life as Horace Mann students. Yearbook staff members work with individual "mug" shots, devise and administer a class survey, choose photographs, and lay out the picture pages. Students work with a grade-level advisor on their own section of the yearbook. We welcome responsible, creative students who can devote after-school time for most of January thru March.