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

Best Buddies

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

Bollywood Beats

Bollywood Beats

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

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

DECA JR

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 

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: the third Wednesday of the 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: 3:00-4:00 every Tuesday in the LGI

Stacy Arnold Michele Grace

Musical

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

Students must apply for NJHS, maintain a 3.7 GPA, and complete 3 hours of service per quarter.

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

Speech & Debate Club

The purpose of the speech team is to develop public speaking skills in a diverse variety of events in which students will compete with other middle school students at Speech Meets. Meets are Saturdays in Nov, Dec, & Jan. Students sign up to practice and to compete individually.

Meets: after school until 4:00 every Wednesday in room 702

Steffy McCourt

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

Strategy Gaming Club

This club, open to ALL grade levels, will give students an opportunity to read and discuss current or past comics, and/or they can challenge their friends in one of many different types of strategy board games from Risk to Cataan and many others in between!  Students will need to bring their own school-appropriate comics and games or choose from a small selection of both in my room. 

Meets: Every other Thursday until 4:00 in room 706

Dan Patane

Student Athletic Board

Coaches and teachers recommend seventh grade students at the end of the school year to serve on the Student Athletic Board (SAB) during their 8th grade year. The SAB assists the athletic department in hosting athletic/school events, planning charitable activities and promoting school spirit.

Meets: As needed

John Corcoran

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

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