These clubs often meet outside of the regular school day and require a significant commitment.
Yearbook Club meets weekly with Ms. Boone. In Yearbook Club, students gain an understanding of print media, layout, and design as they collaborate under the direction of a graphic designer to work together in a joyful climate. Students will be responsible for the section of the Pingry yearbook that documents their time in the Middle School. Some activities documented in the Middle School section of the Pingry Yearbook include: class trips, class pages, athletics and activities, the arts, and life as a member of our Middle School community.
The Middle School Chess Club meets every Tuesday from 3:30-4:45 p.m. in Room M219 with Mr. Niehues. There will be a brief daily chess lesson, followed by chess puzzles and individual play. Students will get a membership at chesskid.com where they can take lessons, solve puzzles, and play others without restrictions of time and place. There are incentives (gift certificates for the “Bear Pause”) for students who reach certain milestones (especially puzzle ratings). There will be occasionally be opportunities to participate in USCF rated tournaments on weekends.
Math Club meets every Monday afternoon from 3:45-5:00 p.m. in Room M208 with Mr. Brown. Math Club is an opportunity for students to practice for, and participate in several state and national math competitions. The Math Club competes in AMC 8, MathCounts, and Math Madness. During club time, students work individually or in groups to improve speed and understanding of competitive style math problems. Through Math Club, students who are excited about exploring mathematics are able to hone their mathematical skills and explore more complex concepts.
Grade 6 Math Team meets 7:30-8:00 a.m. onThursdays in Room 437 with Mrs. Lange. We study logical thinking, number sense, algebra, geometry, and discrete mathematics. Students are encouraged to work together on 4-10 problems per session. Participants have the option of competing in five MOEMS (moems.org) contests at school, and/or as many as four Math League (mathleague.org) contests off campus, from October through March. Updates and a full schedule are available on Mrs. Lange’s Google+ Community, Pingry Mathemagics.
Community and Civic Engagement Club
All Middle School students are welcome to participate in the Community and Civic Engagement Club, but first priority is given to Form I and Form II students who need to fulfill their required 10 hours of community and civic engagement. Community and Civic Engagement Club meets after school once a month on various days. The club is organized by two student leaders under the direction of Mrs. Thau. Community and Civic Engagement Club members work on projects to benefit charitable organizations outside of Pingry such as Color-a-Smile, Samaritan Homeless Interim Program and Operation NJ Cares. Students who attend are responsible for submitting their own service hours to Pingry’s Community and Civic Engagement Database.
MS Green Group
The Green Group is a group of enthusiastic and committed students who raise awareness of “green” issues by planning and hosting such events as all-school environmental trivia games and poster campaigns to increase awareness of energy consumption and recycling procedures. Green Group meets weekly on Thursdays during Flex. All students are welcome to attend meetings and help with projects. Green Group also hosts weekly "Campus Rambles” during which they explore Pingry’s forest and wetlands.
Student Government is comprised of sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade representatives to be a voice for their peers in the Middle School. These representatives host three after school events throughout the year open to all middle school students. They also work to create proposals of ideas they would like to implement to improve the Middle School. Student Government meets regularly on Wednesdays during Flex, but students will also get together as needed to work on their proposals. For a list of the current year's Middle School Student Government Representatives, see the Student Government section of this page.
Delicious Desserts provides students an opportunity to bake treats for St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen in Newark, NJ in return for an opportunity to fulfill some community service requirements through baking. Students can earn one hour for baking a dozen treats and two hours for baking two dozen treats. This organization does not regularly meet as a club, but does provide students an opportunity to bake for a good cause!
The STEAM Club meets each Thursday with Dr. Mirliss from 4:00 p.m.–5:00p.m. in Room M202. Students will be engaged in fun activities that combine digital technologies with art and engineering. Projects include 3D printed designs, coding projects, and wearable electronics. There is something for everyone and all levels of experience are welcome.
Robotics Club meets every Friday in room M217 with Ms. Menon from 3:45 p.m.–5:00 p.m. In the Robotics Club, students will work as a team to design, build, and program the robot they build. The parameters for the robot will be provided and students will compete against other teams. This course will emphasize the importance of innovation, collaboration and teamwork to reach a common goal.
These clubs vary from year-to-year, based on student interest. They typically meet during Flex Period.
Mock Trial Club
Film & Photography Club
Creative Writing Club
3D Design Club
Comic Book Club