The 4H Club is open to all students at Shafer Middle School. Members are exposed to many areas of interest and are encouraged to participate in activities related to their chosen project area. They keep records about their project, present demonstrations, and have the opportunity to participate in contests.
Tennessee 4H offers its members a choice of 26 program areas, including horticulture, nutrition, public speaking and veterinary science. The handson experiences help participants grow in strength and knowledge.
The Art Club
Mrs. Givens, the sponsor of Shafer’s Art Club, asks students to try out for the Club by bringing examples of their best artwork (that they have created on their own) to the first meeting. At that meeting, students will fill out an information card and draw an object in the art room.
Based on their work, twenty students are chosen to be in the Art Club each year. These members learn about different techniques and media, and combine these skills with their own subject matter and themes. It’s all about personal expression, communicating ideas non-verbally and finding their own personal styles.
Members submit their work in art exhibits throughout the year and often go on fields trips to places like the Frist Center, the Parthenon and the Country Music Hall of Fame. This year, Mrs. Givens hopes to invite artists to Shafer to speak to members about what they do.
Shafer Middle School’s Band is open to all sixth grade students who express an interest when they register for school. Spring auditions are held for seventh and eighth grade students. Band is considered a related arts class and meets each day throughout the school year.
The Band performs at in-school pep rallies and some football games. They also perform, along with the Chorus, in a winter and spring evening concert.
Shafer Chorus members learn the basics of choral singing, musicianship, and performance. Chorus is considered a related arts class and meets each day throughout the school year.
The Sixth Grade Chorus is open to all students who express an interest at the beginning of the school year. Members of the Seventh and Eighth Grade Chorus must pass an audition in the spring.
Evening Chorus concerts take place in the winter and spring in conjunction with the Shafer Band.
The Crochet Club
crochet (krō shā´) n. needlework in which loops of thread or yarn are interwoven with a hooked needle.
The Crochet Club was founded last year (2011-12) by faculty member, Mrs. Hickman. Mrs. Hickman learned how to crochet at the age of 9, and she enjoys sharing this beautiful form of needlework with Shafer students.
“Many of us had grandmothers who sat in a favorite chair, with a ball of yarn at their feet and a crochet hook in their hand, crocheting hats, afghans and baby blankets. I wanted to share this skill that has given me so much joy! Founding the Crochet Club seemed like the perfect way," says Ms. Hickman.
The Club had more than 30 students and faculty members during the 2011-12 school year. It quickly became one of the most popular clubs at Shafer! Members learned how to read a pattern, mastered several different stitches, and made purses, scarves and hats. They also enjoyed a field trip to New Era Fiber, where they learned the process of weaving Alpaca fleece into yarn.
There are many educational benefits to crocheting! It teaches higher level thinking skills, self-discipline and even math and problem solving skills! Mrs. Hickman says the club also helps students with social and communication skills and builds self confidence.
The Crochet Club meets on Thursdays from 3:00-4:00. The cost to join is $8.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes meets every Thursday morning in the Library at 7:00 a.m.
FCA is open to any boy or girl at Shafer Middle School, whether or not they participate on one of the athletic teams.
National Junior Honor Society
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) was established in 1929 to recognize outstanding middle school students. Members of the NJHS demonstrate excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship.
To become a member of the National Junior Honor Society at Shafer Middle School, a student must have a 3.7 grade point average, exhibit high character, and demonstrate leadership skills. In the fall of each year, eligible students are inducted into the Society during an evening ceremony.
The NJHS is a service organization. Members are required to complete ten hours of community service each year. In addition, members raise money for Shafer, making contributions in the past to the music and technology programs and the nurse’s office.
Members of the Shafer Middle School Student Council work diligently to represent the student body. Membership is determined by elections held during the fall (sixth grade) and spring (seventh and eighth grade) of each year.
Student Council members promote leadership, initiative, and self-motivation. Members are expected to maintain high standards of scholarship and citizenship.
Each year, members of the Council establish goals to better the school and serve the community. The Student Council sponsors dances and partners with the National Junior Honor Society to organize a fundraiser to assist the school in purchasing much-needed items.
Student Council meetings are held after school on the third Thursday of each month. Occasionally, a special meeting may need to be held before school.
The Yearbook Club
A highlight for any student is receiving the school Yearbook at the end of the school year! Shafer students are no different! Few realize, however, how much work goes into compiling the information and pictures that make the Yearbook so special.
Mrs. Givens, the sponsor of the Yearbook Club, does a fantastic job of choosing talented students to design the Yearbook. Members are interested in writing about school events, which involves good interviewing skills. They also need to have creative visual design skills. Club members work in small teams to design the Yearbook pages.
The Yearbook Club meets once a month after school.