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BEN FRANKLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL
CLUBS AND ACTIVITES


The following are our clubs here at BF.  Students must listen to BFBN to hear dates and times when the following clubs meet.

- BF Student Council (Mr. Ordini/Ms. Centrelli/Ms. Wearley)
The Student Council is the central governing body of Benjamin Franklin Middle School.  The object of the Student Council is to promote better citizenship and to assist and support the activities of the school (i.e. Spirit Week, Valentine’s for Valley, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, etc.).  Each homeroom elects two representatives that serve on student council for one year.  Students may be on student council one year or all three years of middle school. The role of a representative is to help promote, implement, and participate in all of the Student Council sponsored activities.  If a student is not elected to the Student Council, they can still be actively involved.  There are several opportunities throughout the year to help in the preparation of activities.

- Weightlifting Club (Mr. Ordini/Mr. Valere)
Open weightlifting is every Tues and Thursday from December through April from 3:00-3:45pm. Students are allowed to come and use the weight room under the supervision of Mr. Ordini who will advise proper technique and offer suggested exercises. It's a "come and go as you please" club which means students can come and leave any time during the open gym period.  It's a great way to stay fit through the winter.
 
- Brain Busters (Mrs. Pfeiffer)
Brain Busters is a club for 7th and 8th graders interested in quiz bowl. We compete once a month, during the school day, against 3 other schools.  At the end of the year, we participate in the county competition at Bergen Community College.  We practice on Wednesdays after school.  Any student that likes trivia and likes to think fast, Brain Busters is the club for them.  New members are always welcome.
 
- Ski/Snowboarding Club (Mrs. Rosolanko)
This club is open to all BF students.  We take trips to both Windham and Belleayre on Saturdays during the winter.  We leave the BF parking lot at 6 am and return at 6 pm.    Students may either rent equipment or bring their own. Sign ups for each trip begins approximately 2 weeks prior to the trip.

- BF Voices (Mrs. Kawash)
BF Voices is a performance-based club open to students in grades 6-8.  The only requirement is a love of singing! The club meets every Thursday from 3-4pm to rehearse music, and also has a Singer's Showcase once a month to encourage students to perform.  In addition to their March Concert at BF, the BF Singers also perform at the RHS Jazz Coffeehouse and take a special trip to sing for the students/staff of the Head Start Program in Paterson each December.  

- Broadway Bound (Mrs. Rothschild & Mrs. Rosolanko)
Broadway Bound provides students the opportunity to see Broadway shows in NYC. We take 2 - 3 trips per year and any student is welcome to participate. Tickets are be available on a "first come, first served" basis. 

- Cambodia Club (Mrs. Stovell)
A group of students who meet monthly to discuss the continued support of the Ridgewood Village School in Cambodia.  We plan fundraisers/events to teach the community about our sister school in Cambodia. Club meets once a month in the Library.

Social Services Club (Mrs. Van Horne)
The Social Services/REACT Club is a community out-reach club. Members are involved in donating time (such as helping at the Fall Festival), fundraising for local, national and international causes, and collecting food for local organizations such as Social Services Association and the Center for Food Action. Our biggest project is the Paterson Holiday Gift Drive which we do each December.  The club is open to all grades. Meets in Room 228 once a month.

- Math Club (Mr. Litvak)
A club for anyone interested in doing math competition problems that are not taught in their math class. This club meets on Fridays in BF Cafe.

- Junior Model United Nations (JMUN) (Ms. Krasinski)
JMUN provides a hands-on approach to learning in a global contact.  By role-playing delegates to the United Nations, middle schoolers learn about other countries, cultures and international relationships, while developing a global perspective on real issues confronting the world community today, and acquiring many transferable skills.  Model UN meets in room 110 on Wednesdays, starting October 16th.

- Girls Who Code Club (Ms. Rispoli) This club will introduce girls to the power of programming. Working in a supportive sisterhood, girls will explore coding. Emphasis will be placed on collaboration and creativity. Club will be meeting in room 212 on Wednesdays from 3-4pm. - Boys Who Code Club (Ms. Rispoli) This club will introduce boys to the power of programming. Working in a supportive environment, boys will explore coding. Emphasis will be placed on collaboration and creativity. Club will be meeting in room 212 on Tuesdays from 3-4pm. - Science Olympiad (Ms. Krsnak) This is an after school program that prepares students to engage in a highly competitive tournament. Students work throughout the fall and early winter to prepare for 23 different events that cover the topics of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, mechanical engineering, coding, forensics and technology. Students are able to pick events and topics that interest them and work hard to prepare for the competition. Science Olympiad focuses on hands-on activities and the success of learning through teamwork and cooperation. Students will prepare for a regional tournament that will take place in January. Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays in room 106 from 3:00 - 4:00pm. - Geography Bee Club (Ms. Morris) Do you love maps? Do you love trivia? Do you like to try new foods? How would you like a club that combines all of these lovely things. In the Geo Bee club, we will be busy exploring maps of the world while discovering new things about far-off places and cultures. We will also sample some cuisines of these places that we discuss! Meetings will meet every Wednesday in room 108 from 3:00-3:45pm. ​ - Recycling Club​​ (Ms. Fontana) This club will increase student awareness of environmental issues - particularly in the areas of paper recycling. Participation will be hands-on and students will be expected to make efforts to enhance our efforts for recycling at BFMS. ​Recycling Club meetings TBD. - ​Gaming Club​(Ms. Rispoli) This club will provide a safe and supportive environment for middle school kids to socialize and build friendships while playing computer games. Emphasis will be placed on social skills, communication and collaboration. ​Gaming Club meetings TBD. - TREP$ (Ms. Marisa McCann) Kids love entrepreneurship - it's creative, empowering, and money-making! And since the kids decide what type of product they want to sell, according to their own interests and hobbies, TREP$ reaches the kids that teachers sometimes can't. This club is open to grades 6-8, meets in the Cafeteria on Tuesdays from 3-4:00pm from October thru December. - Art Club (Ms. Fontana) The Att Club will provide a time and place for students to practice and experience art in a fun, open atmosphere. This club is open to all talent levels. No Art experience necessary. ​Art Club meetings will take place on Mondays starting October 21st. - Latin Club (Ms. DeVegh) This is a fun way to enjoy ancient Greco-roman culture and history. At our meetings, students watch mythological and historical cartoons and movies, play games, have snacks, and learn cool stuff for academic competitions. This year we will host "Latin Fun Days" when Latin students from other schools come to visit. Open to all 6th-8th students, not just Latin students! Club will meet in Room 122 on Thursdays from 3:00-4:00pm. - Homework Helpers (Ms. Zielinski) Homework Helpers club will be meeting every Thursday from 3:15-4:15pm in the BF Cafeteria. Any 6th, 7th, or 8th graders is welcomed. Students can come by for free tutoring from RHS students in all subject areas. Please contact Ms. Zielinski at lzielinski@ridgewood.k12.nj.us with any questions. - Dungeons and Dragons (Mrs. Hackett)

You have finally reached the dragon's lair and you see a pile of gold, jewels and gems scoured about to last two lifetimes. Lurking in the shadows stands a red dragon breathing hot fire to melt your skin to the bone. “Role initiative check to see who goes first” says the dungeon master. 

Want to play the world’s greatest role-playing game? Join the D&D club on Tuesday after school in Mrs. Hackett’s room (221). You don’t know how to play the game? It doesn’t matter - we’ll teach you! Starting November 5th, we’ll be playing the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign (from the starter set).

- Film Club (Mr. Ordini) Film Club meets once a month and has the goal of getting students to create short films. Students will go through the process of creating the film, checking in with their producer to complete a short to be entered in the BF/GW Film Festival in June. Selected films will be shown at the Ridgewood Theater and be judged in different categories to compete for a prize. All grades are welcome to attend. - Chamber Orchestra (Ms. Sharar) The chamber Orchestra is a small group of advanced string players who meet each Tuesday, after school, and prepare music for special concerts during the year. The Chamber Orchestra typically performs a concert at Valley Hospital during the holidays, a concert at BF and may play at local schools or nursing homes during the school year. This group requires an audition for an audition for membership. Please see Ms. Sharar for more information and details.