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.
For more information, contact Mrs. Grinder.
The Art Club
Mrs. Dillard, 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. This year, Mrs. Dillard hopes to invite artists to Shafer to speak to members about what they do.
For more information, contact Mrs. Dillard
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.
For more information, contact Mr. Jones.
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 in 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.
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 2:45-3:45. The cost to join is $20 and includes a t-shirt.
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
The National Junior Honor Society, led by Chandra Rennie, is a club for 7th and 8th grade students who maintain a GPA of 3.75 or higher and participate in various service opportunities offered. The students who are invited to join finished their 6th or 7th grade year with a final year GPA of 3.75 or higher. Once a member of this club, the students are offered service opportunities in the surrounding community multiple times a month. Through the service projects, the members are able to see how maintaining a standard of excellence in their academic and personal lives can spill over to enrich the lives of those around them, which ultimately makes our world a better place.
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.
For more information, contact Mrs. Adams
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. Hogan, 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.
For more information, contact Mrs. Hogan.
Shafer Academic Team
Shafer Academic Team is open to all students who would like to grow academically in a fun and competitive way. For our teams to achieve growth and success, students need to commit to practice and independent study. Our team practice is every Monday after school until 4:15 PM. Teams consist of 4 students each and letters indicate the ranking of individual students. Students on team A are generally the most experienced and best players. The coach has the discretion to form the teams.
As members of the Sumner County Middle School Academic League, we practice with other teams once a month at various county middle schools. Traditionally, we compete in three NAQT Tournaments and two National Computer Competitions annually.
For more information contact Mrs. Knight or Mrs. Carrigan
Green Wave Game Guild
The Green Wave Game Guild is a club that is designed to provide a fun environment where students can develop and strengthen their critical thinking skills, interpersonal skills and gaming techniques.
For more information contact Mrs. Arevalo