Clubs and Organizations
Congratulations to our Debate Team!
Congratulations to our Debate Team! We had 6 students to compete, 4 of which won speaker and/or team awards! The level of debating in the Atlanta tournaments is difficult! We are very proud of them!
Academic Team is a group of students who represent our school by competing against other schools in our district in a battle of the minds! Students compete in timed games against other schools to show how much they know. Questions are asked in Social Studies, Science, Math. Language Arts, Health, Arts, Music and Current events. There are five members on the team with three or four alternates who also attend the games.
Sponsor: Ms. Wallace
Meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month
Why Join Art Club?
Art Club is a unique opportunity to improve artistic skills and sensibilities as well as develop a greater appreciation of art. It is a chance to learn something new and at the same time make friends with similar interests
What will we do at Art Club?
Art Club chooses the activities based on members interests. During each meeting two or three different activities of choice will take place. On special occasions we may go to a gallery, exhibit, or perhaps an artist studio.
What kinds of art activities are available during club time?
Members will have the opportunity to work with the following art media and more:
Drawing & Painting
The club is always open to new ideas and will take suggestions at any time. Remember that members have input in planning all activities and events.
When and where will we meet for Art Club?
Members will meet in room 114 every other Tuesday, after school. Please check the Art Club calendars for specific dates. Art Club will not meet on holidays, during exam weeks, or on days with early dismissal. If a member is unable to attend a meeting and has prior knowledge, Ms. Spencer appreciates notice. All attendance is recorded to honor a commitment and dedication to the club and fellow members.
What Materials & supplies are necessary to participate?
For the most part supplies will provided by funds raised by Art Club. A small fee will be collected to help contribute to supply cost. The majority of projects made during Art Club will belong to the member.
Who can join Art Club?
Anyone who has an interest in the arts and is a student at Fort Middle School can join. It is not necessary to have had any previous art experience or talent in order to appreciate, learn, and have fun in this club. Members need only be enthusiastic and motivated by the arts.
Can you be in Art Club if you are involved in another activity or sport?
If the sport or activity does no meet all year long, you may still join Art Club. The club will need prior notice of the dates or time period that will be missed. Please check in periodically in your absence to find out about important events, fundraisers, exhibits, etc.
Sponsor: Coach Vanessa Ellis
FSLMA Debate Team
The Debate Team debates current issues and government policy. The 2014-2015 topic is “The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.” We compete in local middle school tournaments as well as regional tournaments in Atlanta.
Meeting Time and Days: Wednesdays from 3:52-4:30
Meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of every month
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc. (FCCLA) is a nonprofit vocational student organization for young men and women in family and consumer sciences education in public and private schools through grade twelve.
FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education.
Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy; parenting; family relationships; substance abuse; peer pressure; environment; nutrition and fitness; teen violence; and career exploration.
Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop skills for life—planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making and interpersonal communication–necessary in the home and workplace.
To promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through:
creative and critical thinking
FCCLA has a national membership of over 227,000 young men and women in nearly 8,000 local chapters. There are 53 state associations including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Since its founding in 1945, FCCLA has involved more than nine million youth. Former members are eligible to become members of Alumni & Associates.
Meetings are on the 4th Wednesday of every month
Civitan International, an outgrowth of a local service club first organized on March 17, 1917, in Birmingham, Alabama, is a worldwide organization dedicated to building good citizenship. Today, Civitan is active in 17 nations. The Civitan emphasis on citizenship and patriotism has been enthusiastically accepted in hundreds of communities all around the world.
Annually the foundation awards $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school Junior Civitan’s meeting a certain criteria.
Purpose of Junior Civitan
Junior Civitan is a service club for young people tailored specifically for training young people to become “Builders of Good Citizenship” in the home, school and community. Our purpose is to get young people to develop and exercise a sense of ” Civic Pride and Responsibility”, and to get them to share what they have with others out of a sense of “caring compassion.”
October – ALS Walk
November – Canned Food Drive
December – Xmas Cards
January – MLK school-wide clean-up day
February – Tutor students at Eastway Elementary
March – March-of-Dimes fundraiser
April – Cancer Relay Walk
May – Trip to Ronald McDonald House
Junior Marshal Program
The Junior Marshal Program, a nonprofit organization, was founded in 2005 in Columbus (Muscogee County) Georgia by Muscogee County Marshal Greg Countryman. Marshal Countryman saw the need for a pro-active public safety body to address the prevention of delinquent behavior in the community while at the same time attempting to dispel the perception of public safety as an adversary. After conferring with various civic, educational, and other entities within the community, Marshal Countryman founded the Junior Marshal Program and partnered with the Muscogee County School District. With an initial financial commitment consisting solely of local corporate funding, the Junior Marshal Program was founded as nonprofit corporation.
The Junior Marshal Program is a mentoring program for a selected group of Muscogee County Middle School students to foster character development, prevent delinquent behavior and provide positive interaction between public safety personnel, students and their parents.
The Junior Marshal Program envisions a community where positive pro-active efforts from a combined community will result in the prevention of delinquent behavior, thereby enabling our youth to realize their full potential, render them capable of making informed decisions about their future, and preparing them to assume their rightful place as productive, participating citizens.
Junior Marshal Creed
I am a Junior Marshal, dedicated to being a good citizen, a leader, and a role model in my community. I will strive for excellence and will assist others to attain the same. I will always do my best to be the best that I can be. I will follow instructions to the best of my ability, and when called upon to do the extraordinary, I will respond in a positive manner. I will conduct myself in an honorable manner and will respect others, as I would have them respect me. I believe in the ideals that make America great, and I will support and defend the rights of all people regardless of race, gender, or religion.
Mentoring Essential Task List
A Task List has been established for each area of the training acronym that defines the requirements to be met on a go/no-go basis. Participants in the Junior Marshal Program will be evaluated at each organizational activity. This evaluation will be the responsibility of the Junior Marshal Program Manager and Program Coordinator and will be considered in determining if the mentoring goals have been met.
C – CITIZENSHIP
L – LEADERSHIP
E – EDUCATION
F – FUN
T – TEAMWORK
“As in any other sport, we practice and then we play.” Mathematics is not a spectator sport! Math Counts is a sport for the mind. Students work in teams as well as individually. There are competitions within the school and with other schools. There are no prerequisites to join, just an interest in problem/puzzle solving. Anyone can join.
National Junior Honor Society
Sponsor: Ms. Jessica Bennett
Meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of every month
National Junior Honor Society
Dolores Washington Camp Chapter
The National Junior Honor Society was founded for the purpose of giving special recognition to those students who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, character and citizenship. Members of the Dolores Washington Camp Chapter at Fort Middle School know and understand their responsibility of being a part of such a unique organization.
As the chapter celebrates twenty five years of dedicated service to Fort and the Columbus community, members invite other students to step up and meet the challenge in becoming students of excellence.
Sponsor: Mr. Oliver Ellis
The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. These goals are accomplished through classroom activities, research, the encouragement of intramural, district, regional, state and national tournaments. The Science Olympiad tournaments are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events, which students prepare for during the year. The Competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications. In addition, during the day there are open house activities that consist of science and mathematics demonstrations, activities and career counseling sessions conducted by professors and scientists at the host institution occurring concurrently with the events.
Sponsor: Mrs. Deborah Richardson
Students will be learning the basics of sewing and how to make simple projects.
Meeting Time and Days: TBA
The Spanish Club is geared towards students who would like opportunities to speak Spanish outside the classroom as well as learn more about the various Hispanic cultures. The purpose of the Spanish Club is to promote the Spanish culture. The Spanish Club will have so many exciting
extra-curricular experiences and we cant’t wait to share them with the entire FSLMA student body and community.
The Spanish Club meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month, after school in room 111.”
Technology Student Association
Mission: The Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics concepts through co-curricular activities, competitive events and related programs.
Who Are TSA Members?
The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the only student organization devoted exclusively to the needs of students interested in technology. Open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses, TSA’s membership includes over 150,000 middle and high school students in 2,000 schools spanning 48 states. TSA is supported by educators, parents and business leaders who believe in the need for a technologically literate society. Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities and much more. The diversity of activities makes TSA a positive experience for every student. From engineers to business managers, our alumni credit TSA with a positive influence on their lives.
Imagine an activity so captivating that your students spend hours working on it after school for weeks at a time. That’s what happens when TSA members engage in TSA’s competitions. Only TSA members have the opportunity to compete at exciting state conferences and then at the annual National Conference. Expert judging by technology educators and industry representatives inspires the best from participants. Members are rewarded not only with medals or trophies, but also with memories of the camaraderie and the challenge of a TSA Conference.
Curriculum Integration — Meeting STEM Criteria through TSA Participation
Education directives at the federal and state levels focus on providing avenues for initiatives such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. TSA helps teachers meet the criteria for STEM education goals through exciting programs that include technology activities, competitions, leadership and teamwork for students. In addition, all TSA activities are correlated to the Standards for Technological Literacy, as set forth by the International Technology Education Association (ITEA). Teachers can use TS’s activities during the school day in their classroom and extend the learning beyond the classroom through a TSA chapter.