Berkeley Middle School Clubs/Activities

Distinguished Gentlemen If you are interested in attending, please see Mrs. Waiters in 7th grade and Dr. Johnson in 8th grade for a permission form to stay after school.
Ms. Anello’s Homework Club See Ms. Anello for permission forms and times.
Battle of the Books  Pick up an application in the Library Media Center. During the first nine weeks of school, meetings will be on Fridays during advisory.
National Junior Honor Society  Membership is by invitation only for 7th and 8th-grade students. Students receive an invitation to complete an application packet, after the first semester only if they have a combined grade point average of 3.5. A Faculty Council will then convene to review the applications and members will be chosen for induction at that time. Students interested in being a member of the NJHS should maintain high standards and qualities of academic excellence, integrity, citizenship, and leadership. Students are expected to volunteer. This must already be taking place regularly before joining the NJHS and will be continued after as well. For further information, contact Monica Underwood
Model UN Yearlong academic club for all 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade Visions students.  Participation in simulations of United Nations committee meetings to resolve international issues. Students will attend WMIDMUN conference at W&M in February, permission forms can be picked up from Room 111 and are due October 10. Meetings will begin in October to prepare for the conference, meeting dates – TBD, Location – Room 111.  Contact Ms. Kendall in room 111 or at Deborah.Kendall@wjccschools.org
Pearls of Great Price Mentoring Program Yearlong open for 8th Grade Girls.  It will begin in October. It is a multicultural mentoring program designed to encourage high academic achievement, community engagement through service learning, educational enrichment through guest speakers, and character building through leadership development. Eighth-grade girls are paired with undergraduate and graduate female volunteers from The College of William and Mary. Regular meetings will be on selected Friday afternoons and special events will be held on designated days to be announced during the school year. Participation is voluntary and will require attendance at an interest meeting (TBA) during the first quarter of the school year, completion of an interest survey and essay describing a desire to participate, and a parent permission form. For more information contact Mrs. Marjie T. Johnson, eighth-grade faculty advisor, room 410- Marjie.Johnson@wjccschools.org, phone: 229-8051, EXT 21160.
Student Council
Volunteer BMS! Club is a volunteering group that undertakes responsibility in enhancing our school’s environment through volunteer work. Volunteer BMS! meets every last Friday of the month. Meeting locations will be announced the day of, but all members are expected to know that meetings are held the last Friday of the month. Volunteer BMS! was created in 2017 as a subgroup of the Sophisticated Steppers Step Team to focus on the “service” aspect of the team’s motto, “Pride, Unity, Service.” Anyone is able to join, permission forms are found on the Volunteer BMS! Club bulletin board. Any questions can be directed to Mr. Canaday, Jordan.Canaday@wjccschools.org
The Sophisticated Steppers Step Team started years ago as the Sophisticated Ladies and has since added male student-athletes to the group. The team is led by Coach Sledd and Coach Canaday. There are requirements to be able to join, including 5 out of 6 continuous passing grades and having less than 3 behavioral demerits. The step team meets every Monday and Wednesday for practice in the 8th-grade hall. Contact Coach Canaday or Coach Sledd for additional information.
Berkeley Spring Musical – Auditions for the spring musical will be held on November 27th-29th. Auditions are open to all BMS students. Cast size is limited.
Diversity Club – Berkeley’s Diversity Club’s mission is to represent all of our students in a welcoming way. The Diversity club tackles bullying-prevention, multiculturalism, teaching tolerance, and more. Members of the Diversity Club become advocates, within our school and community, for social justice. Diversity Club meets every first Friday of the month, with periodic meetings announced throughout the month. Students and parents are welcomed to attend. If you have any questions, you contact our Multicultural Engagement Advocate Leader, Mr. Canaday, at Jordan.Canaday@wjccschools.org Permission forms can be found outside room 631.


Berkeley Athletic Information

Athletics at BMS are open to all 7th and 8th graders who have 1 or less F’s on their last report card and has a doctor’s physical dated May 1 of the previous school year or later.  There are tryouts in all sports meaning that cuts may be made depending on the number of participants.  6th graders are not eligible to participate in athletics, however; they may try out for the position of team manager.  Anyone interested in athletics should contact Coach Tamara Gilliam at Tamara.Gilliam@wjccschools.org Berkeley Sports are:

 

Fall: Boys’ Football, Girls’ Cheer, Girls’ Basketball, Girls’ Field Hockey, and Girls’ Volleyball

 

Winter: Boys’ varsity basketball (7th and 8th grade), Boys’ junior varsity basketball (7th grade only),  and Girls’ basketball

 

Spring: Girls’ softball, Boys’ baseball