Middle Grades Program of Studies - Clubs (Liberty Bell)
Art Club welcomes any student with an elevated interest and skill in art. This organization does require a student interest application and sample of student work. Students work collaboratively to decide on art projects, create, and give and get feedback. This club is largely student-led and asks for responsible, focused, and invested individuals. Art Club will emphasize the artists’ involvement with their school and community. Past school and community projects include set design for Theatre Club productions, creating a mural for the Johnson City 150th celebration, and helping the SGA with end of year dance decorations.
Beta Club is the nation’s largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. The stated purpose/mission of Liberty Bell’s Junior Beta Club is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. Beta Club is open for application to any 7th or 8th grade student who meets the requirements for membership. The selection process is competitive and an exceptional honor.
Beta Club members are expected to maintain grades of As and/or Bs, complete a minimum of six service hours organized by the club, and attend monthly meetings. The club participates in school and community-based service projects like reading to elementary school students, visiting local nursing homes, adopting foster children for the holidays, and various other outreach projects.
Destination Imagination’s mission is to “engage participants in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork.” Students work in teams to solve set STEM/STEAM challenges, generate ideas, research and explore options, assess their work, and present their final project at a tournament. Students can win tournaments at the regional, state, and national level.
Heart & Sole
Heart and Sole meets after school for 90 minutes a week. Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s program for middle school girls! Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond.
The Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, asking for and providing help and more. This 10-week program is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle schoolers. Physical activity includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season culminates with the Girls on the Run 5K, which is the celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.
High Five Club
The High Five Club is an after school club that meets daily until 5:30. Students are offered a snack and homework help in a safe environment. They also have special activities daily that include cooking, music, dance, and art. The mission statement for the LBMS High 5 is to provide students expanded academic and enrichment learning opportunities in a safe environment by utilizing all available community resources, thus empowering them to succeed by providing them quality learning experiences. Our vision is that all LBMS families and students will have access to quality “out of school time” programs within the community that enhance a child’s positive development, safety, and opportunities. Activities are planned to make our High 5 Club members - Healthy, Wealthy, Wise, Enriched and Entertained.
The math contest team at Liberty Bell Middle School is comprised of 10-12 members based upon teacher recommendation and a qualifying test given during the second nine weeks. Students should have a genuine enthusiasm for math and problem solving. The team participates in the Math Counts competition in Kingsport in February. As a result of this contest, some students qualify to go to the state Math Counts contest in Nashville in March.They also participate in the Mu Alpha Theta contest at Science Hill and Math Olympiad at ETSU in the spring.
Students on the robotics team use the engineering design process to build a robot, create a plan of action for the arena, and represent our school at several regional tournaments throughout the year. The end goal is to qualify for the Vex Robotics World Championship held in the spring. Participation in this club helps students gain leadership skills, learn professionalism and how to work as a team, and practice problem solving and persevering through complex tasks.
Student Government Association
The purpose of Liberty Bell’s SGA is to encourage student participation, promote school spirit, and foster Patriot pride. Each year the organization completes a minimum of two school service projects and two community service projects. SGA additionally sponsors two spirit weeks, collaborates on Fall and Winter Homecoming, and also plans and coordinates a major fundraiser, the Spring Prom. Students must meet three requirements for membership: good citizenship, dependability, and acceptable grades. Members volunteer to serve on the council and must regularly attend meetings and remain in good conduct and academic standing to remain SGA members.
Theatre Club requires a student interest application and audition. Theatre Club produces a straight play or musical depending on the year. Theatre Club members practice foundational acting concepts, team work, music, and stagecraft as they work toward a production. Students can expect to learn lines, songs, choreography, set design, prop creation, and offstage technology. Past shows include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical Jr., 10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, Once upon a Mattress, and Annie Jr.