Clubs and Activities

  • Student Clubs and Organization

  • Art Club

    The Art Club is open to all grade levels and meets Friday mornings from 8:00 - 9:00 AM. Members develop technical skills in painting, drawing, sculpture, crafts such as basket making, and ceramic artwork while having fun with creative expression. If you just cannot get enough Art in your life, this is the club for you! Applications will be available in August.  Art club members have opportunities to participate in exhibits, contests, and community installations.

    Sponsor:  Barbara Kirberger

    Cost: $15 Annual Dues

  • Basketball

    The CMS Basketball teams consists of 7th and 8th grade boys and girls. Tryouts begin in October. Two documents are required to tryout: (1) a physical form completed by a licensed physician and (2) a grade and behavior form completed by the student’s teachers. Both documents must be submitted to the basketball coach before the day of tryouts. Basketball practice begins in October (after tryouts) and ends in February. Practice occurs in either the morning or after school. Morning practices are from 7:25 – 8:45am. After school practices are from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. Games occur on Thursdays after school or in the mornings on Saturday. To participate in practices and games, basketball players must be passing all classes and demonstrate good behavior on and off the court, including their academic classrooms.

    Sponsor: Kyle Barbieri, Shannon Davis

    Cost: $300 for team members

  • Cheerleading

    Current 6th and 7th grade girls are invited to tryout for the Couch Middle School Cheerleading in the spring of each year. Tryouts occur in the middle of May. Two documents are required to tryout: (1) a GCPS physical form completed by a licensed physician and (2) a CMS cheerleading packet. Both documents must be submitted to the Coach Layton or Coach Brown before the day of tryouts. Students who make the team must pay a $575 fee. Cheerleading practice begins in August and ends in February. Practices are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 7:30-9:00. Games occur on Thursdays after school or in the mornings on Saturday. To participate in practices and games, cheerleaders must be passing all classes and demonstrate good behavior on and off the court, including their academic classrooms.

    Sponsors: Coach Layton and Kayla Brown

    Cost: $575 for team members

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  • DECA

    DECA is open to 7th and 8th grade students interested in learning about the Marketing and Business world. The group is co-curricular in that it takes classroom learning and expands it to competitive DECA events. It meets the 2nd Thursday of each month after school. Other competition meetings will be held througout the year. 

    Sponsor: Niki Withrow

    Cost: $40

  • Garden Club

    The garden club is open to all grade levels in the fall and spring semesters. The club meets on Mondays after school until 5:45.  Students learn how to garden hydroponically and traditionally by working in our CMS Hydroponics lab and in the CMS outdoor garden.

    Sponsors: Cindy Rose and Alexia Sandow

    Cost: None

  • Intramural Sports

    Intramural Sports is open to all grade levels (6th, 7th, and 8th) in the fall and spring. Students will meet in the mornings from 8:15 – 8:50AM. Monday is 8th grade, Tuesday is 7th grade, and Thursday is 6th grade. However, students must have a signed parental permission form to participate.

    Sponsors: Coach Layton and Coach Barbieri

    Cost: None

  • Junior Beta

    Eighth grade students who have earned a minimum 3.5 GPA, have no major discipline referrals, and have no U's in effort or conduct in middle school are invited to join Junior Beta their 8th grade year.   This club promotes student leadership through community service. Members are required to complete 20 hours of service via group and independent projects. The group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month before school. 

    Sponsor: Danielle Fisher, Kim Dawson and Sharon Rogers

    Cost: $30

  • Life Academy

    Life Academy is a leadership program for students who exhibit leadership qualities but have difficulty translating those qualities into other areas of their life. The students are nominated by faculty and the life academy team. We meet three times per semester after school for fellowship and building leadership skills. Students are also involved in some schoolwide service oppurtunities. This program is funded by CMS's PBIS program.

    Sponsor:  Jasmine Clay

    Cost:  None

  • News Crew

    The News Crew is responsible for producing the CMS daily news show, the Green and Gold News. News Crew is open to all three grade levels, and applications for News Crew will be available at the end of August. Students who are selected will be placed on a team; each team will produce the show for approximately four weeks. The length of the term will depend on the number of students selected for News Crew.

    Sponsors:  Karen Garner and Chris Stewart

    Cost:  None

  • Peer Leaders

    Peer Leaders are eighth grade students who are selected at the end of their 7th grade year to participate in an ELT class 9:20 to 9:50AM Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. These students are chosen by the Peer leader Selection committee and must meet certain requirements. The teacher and sponsor of Peer Leaders is the 7th Grade Counselor, Mrs. Chapman. Peer Leaders will assist with open house, present core curriculum lessons to 6th and 7th grade, tutor students at Starling Elementary, lead tours for 5th grade orientation and new CMS students, and other leadership activities as selected by Ms. Chapman. Furthermore, Peer Leaders will be required to attend the county wide Middle School Peer Leader Conference, which will be held in the fall.

    Sponsor:  Rhonda Chapman

    Cost:  $35.00 ($25.00 for T-shirts and badges; $10.00 for conference fee)

  • Readers Rally

    Readers Rally is open to all grade levels and meets every Thursday morning at 8:15 starting the first week in September. Readers Rally is for students who love to read. Students read from a list of fifteen books to prepare for a quiz bowl competiton with other Gwinnett County schools in February. The list of books can be found on the Media Center's Readers Rally page.

    Sponsors:  Karen Garner and Rebekah Rogers

    Cost:  None

  • Relay for Life

    Relay for Life is open to all grade levels and meets the first Monday of each month at 8:15 am. The Relay for Life club works throughout the year to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Students help with various fundraisers such as Candy Grams, concessions at some school events, and hosting the CMS Mini Relay in the spring. We participate in the Gwinnett County Relay for Life event held at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds each May. Students are required to raise $100 during the year, and many of the fundraisers we do help students work towards this goal.

    Sponsor:  Rebekah Rogers, Cheryl Copeland and Ann Hicks

    Cost:  None

  • Robotics Club

    The Robotics Club is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. We meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-5:50. During meetings we build competative robots, learn to code robots, and work on team building. The teams compete 2-4 teams during the year, battling middle school and high school teams from across Georgia and possibly the world! Members are required to participate at least one day a week. 

    Robotics Club Page 

    Sponsor: Pete Fischer

    Cost: Between 100 and 150 dollars for the 2019-2020 school year.  There will be opportunities to have this amount paid for. 

  • Student Council

    CMS Student Council is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students; however, it is a yearlong committment. We typically meet once a month on Fridays. Information about Student Council will be shared with students during September via morning announcements. There will be a fee to join, but this will be dependent upon the conferences and SGA opportunities that students would like to particapte in during the school year.

    Sponsor:  Courtney Botta

    Cost: Variable

  • Student Rambassadors

    Rambassadors is an advisement club for 7th grade girls. The club was designed to provide an opportunity for our girls to set a positive example for other students at Couch Middle. Sixth grade teachers make recommendations of girls who are kind and caring and will benefit from being a part of a group. This group will work on community projects both in and out of Couch that will benefit our students, our teachers, our citizens, our environment and those in need. Some of the projects include working booths at community events, tutoring elementary students, working with the school canned food drive, time spent at local retirement facilities, and other community-based projects. Last year our favorite project was creating care packages for 4 cancer patients that our staff members held near to their heart.

    Sponsors:  Laura Jopling

    Cost:  None

  • Thrive

    Thrive is a student led Christian Faith club. The meetings include a devotional, skit, games and/or a student testimony, and worship music. There are no membership dues and everyone is invited to attend. The meetings are held on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, at 8:15, in the Fine Arts room on the Connections hallway.

    Sponsor: Rhonda Chapman

    Cost: None

  • Volleyball

    The 2019-2020 Grayson Volleyball team is open to any rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders that would like to try out. There will be two teams for Couch Middle School: a training team and a competition team. Tryouts will be held in the Grayson High School main gym on Monday, April 22, Tuesday, April 23 and Wednesday, April 24 from 6-8pm. There will be a mandatory parent meeting on April 25. Games will be on Wednesdays of each week of the season at the host team's high school gym. Monday will be used as another game day if needed. An official game schedule will go out at a later date. Practices will be held at Couch middle gym Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week (times TBD). Preseason jamboree is August 19th @ TBD. End of Season Tournament is September28 @ TBD.

    Sponsor:  Ron Scott and Amanda Keenum

    Cost:  None

  • Yearbook Staff

    The Yearbook Staff for the annual Chronicle meets from September to February on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 AM. Students are chosen for the staff through an application in the spring the year before the school year begins. This staff of ten is responsible for creating and publishing the school year book.

    Sponsor: Cindy Rose

    Cost: None