Clubs & Organizations

Academic Bowl & Spell Bowl Teams

The goal of the Academic Team is to provide a challenging opportunity for students to compete against other Hamilton County schools in the Spell Bowl and Knowledge Master events.

Meets: Students meet two times/week from September to October for Spell Bowl and January to March for Knowledge Master.

Gretchen Smiley

Advanced String Ensemble

ASE is an audition-only orchestra for high level students who play string instruments.

Meets: contact Mr. Frizzi for audition information

Jeff Frizzi

Bollywood Beats

Bollywood Beats

Meets: after school until 4:00 every Thursday in the LGI

Clay Brass

Students will have the opportunity to expand on their ability to play their instrument.  They will also have the opportunity to perform with other students that are not in their regular class.  Students will perform at a concert in the spring.

Chris Griffa

Clay Friendship Circles

This club will allow students with disabilities the benefit from positive peer relationships that lead to greater self-confidence and stronger communication skills. Staff will encourage general education students to lead the chapters and work to develop the leader within them.

Meets: monthly during Core+

Leyla Niese Mary Walstrom Erin Mayer John Harrold

Club Calm

Do you need a break from your busy day? Are you wanting to fine-tune your ability to focus? Do you find yourself feeling anxious or overwhelmed from time to time? Look no further because Club Calm provides an opportunity for all of our students and staff to sit, relax, quietly meditate as a group, and further develop their mindfulness and emotional intelligence.

Meets: Mondays in Room 231 during the last 10 minutes of every lunch

Michelle Janson


Cru is a Campus Crusade Middle School Ministry. Anyone who wants to learn more about their faith is welcome to come and join the activities and enjoy good food, fellowship, and fun. Students in this club may also be invited to participate in non-school sponsored activities associated with Cru Indianapolis. These activities will likely include students from other area schools. These opportunities are optional activities and are not associated with or sponsored by the Carmel Clay Schools.

Meets: 7:00am every Thursday in the LGI

Catherine Gahl


DECA Junior is a student run group that exposes students in grades 6th, 7th, and 8th to the basics of business and entrepreneurship. Students will learn from Carmel High School DECA students each aspect of entrepreneurship in an effort to complete a business plan. Areas covered are executive summary, finance, marketing operations, and human resources. 

Meets: 3:00-4:00 every other Monday in the Annex

Michelle Janson

Elite Gaming Live

EGL is a STEM platform that combines competitive video gaming and coding for interested students. Meetings occur once a month during fall and spring seasons culminating in a championship held offsite where Clay competes with other school teams. Cost is determined yearly. Open for all interested students.

Meets: Once a month during the fall and spring seasons

Evan Snyder

French Club

French club gives students who are interested in French language and culture an opportunity to meet and learn in an informal setting.

Meets: after school until 4:00 in room 403

Heather Elliott 

Friendship Bracelet Club

Students will have the opportunity to develop friendships and fine motor skills.  The club will provide an opportunity to develop their creativity.  It will also give students exposure to the ways that people can earn money through creative endeavors.

Steffy McCourt

German Club

German club, for 6th-8th graders, gives students a deeper understanding of German culture and language. We will organize a club meet up on a Saturday at the new Christkindlmarkt in downtown Carmel as our outside event.  

Meets: every other Monday after school until 4:00 in room 204

Joy Nicht

Green Team

The Green Team is a closed club comprised of over 150 students from the Team Atlas 7th grade team.  The team takes on one major project each quarter like recycling gently used athletic shoes or collected plastic grocery bags and replacing them with reusable bags.  Students learn about sustainability and zero waste living through core plus activities. The goal of the club is to spread awareness and become more environmentally responsible.

Jamie Sanders

Library Club

The Library Council aims to promote reading at Clay Middle School and to improve the services provided by the Media Center. Activities include:
• Creating book reviews
• Choosing books for and leading a monthly book club
• Recommending and creating programs for encouraging reading
• Creating advertisements and displays
• Author/Writer visits

Meets: two times a month until 4:00 in the library

Stephanie Swartzendruber

Math Counts

Math counts is a national coaching and competition program that promotes math achievement. The program challenges students to learn higher level algebra, geometry, and problem solving. The program is open to all grade levels.

Meets: after school until 4:00 in the LGI every Wednesday after Fall Break

Stacy Arnold Michele Grace


The musical is an all-school event held in November. All students are invited to audition or to work backstage as stage or technical crew. You must be available to attend after school rehearsal, a few Saturday rehearsals and evening rehearsals the last week before the performances.

Meets: After school

Miranda Susie

National Junior Honor Society

At the end of their 7th grade year, students with a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or higher are invited to apply for NJHS membership during their 8th grade year. Members meet approximately once a month during school hours and participate in school-wide service. To maintain membership, students must earn 3 hours of outside volunteer hours per quarter and maintain a GPA of 3.7.

Meets: check the NJHS Canvas page for meetings

Erin Naas Robin Reinhart

Pep Band

Pep Band is open to all 7th and 8th grade band students. Preparation begins in December. The pep band will play at four home boys or girls basketball games in January and February. Students will play for A games, helping cheer our Trojans to victory

Meets: TBD

Chris Grifa Greta Pote 

Photography Club

The photography club is open to ALL students at Clay Middle School. The purpose is to use photography to help kids "See Life Differently." Students need to bring their own cameras/devices and are given a specific photography tip and then sent out to practice using the tips to create unique images and ultimately discovering how to "See Life Differently."

Meets: after school until 4:00 every other Wednesday in room 606

Brian McGuckin

Ping Pong Club

The purpose of this club is to allow students from all grade levels to play ping pong. There will be competitive play as well as non competitive play. This club will mostly meet on an after school basis. 

Meets: after school until 4:00 every Thursday in the gym hall

Chris Kleman

Star Wars Club

The purpose for this club is for Star Wars fans to have a place to come share their love. We will be relating Star Wars to core class curriculum. We will discuss the movies, have trivia games, talk about fan theories, and enjoy the company of others that have the same interests as us. Come join us!

Meets: One Wednesday a month in room 604

Jennifer Mehl Patrick Anderson

Student Representative Assembly (SRA)

The SRA is a group of 6th-8th grade students interested in building leadership skills. The purpose is to plan activities for each grade level and have a place where students can voice their concerns or solution to school problems. Applications for the club are available in late August.

Meets: Monthly at 7 am in the LGI and during Core + occasionally

6th Grade Sponsor: Patrick Anderson
7th Grade Sponsor: Evan Snyder
8th Grade Sponsor: Liz Wegner

Styles with Giles

Styles with Giles is a club open to all 8th graders in good standing who are responsible and love to use basic skills to be crafty! Participants can choose sessions on a monthly basis to attend and must be mature enough to work with basic tools in order to assemble final products. Some sessions may require supplies and/or a small fee to participate.

Meets: First Thursday of each month from 3:05-4:00 in room 802 

Liana Giles

Winter Warriors

Winter Warriors is a running club that encourages students at Clay to keep in shape during the winter, even when the weather is cold and snowy. The club begins in January and continues through early March.

Meets: Tuesday and Thursdays in January and February after school until 4:30 in room 806

Allison Martin