Clubs and Activities
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
Note: Our Art Club will resume once students are back in the building for Face to Face Instruction.
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.
Cost: $300 for team members
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.
Cost: $575 for team members
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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.
Sponsor: Alexia Sandow
Note: Our Garden Club will resume once students are back in the building for Face to Face Instruction.
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.
Note: Our Intramural Sports will resume once students are back in the building for Face to Face Instruction.
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
Note: Our Junior Beta Club will hopefully commence once students are back in the building for Face to Face Instruction.
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
Note: Our Life Academy will resume once students are back in the building for Face to Face Instruction.
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.
Note: Our Newscrew will resume once students are back in the building for Face to Face Instruction.
Peer Leaders are eighth grade students who are selected at the end of their 7th grade year. These students are chosen by the Peer leader Selection committee and must meet certain requirements. The teacher and sponsor of Peer Leaders is the 6th Grade Counselor, Ms. Long. 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. Long and the counseling department. Furthermore, Peer Leaders will be required to attend the county wide Middle School Peer Leader Conference, which will be held in the fall.
Cost: $35.00 ($25.00 for T-shirts and badges; $10.00 for conference fee)
Note: The Peer Leader Program may resume once students are back in the building for Face to Face Instruction.
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.
Note: The Readers Rally club may resume once students are back in the building for face to face instruction.
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.
Note: The Relay for Life club may resume once students are back in the building for face to face instruction.
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.
Sponsor: Pete Fischer
Note: The Robotics Club may resume once students are back in the building for face to face instruction.
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
Note: The Student Council may resume once students are back in the building for face to face instruction.
Note: The Volleyball Team may resume once students are back in the building for face to face instruction.
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.
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: Courtney Botta
Note: The Yearbook Club may resume once students are back in the building for face to face instruction.