Clubs & Activities
This information is subject to change throughout the school year.
ASL (American Sign Language)
Any CLMS student is invited to attend a meeting, and if interested, join the ASL club. The ASL CLUB helps to educate students about ASL, its background and cultural relevance in America today. Part of the meetings are focused on the signs themselves, and the other half is conversational which helps students not only to sign, but to read each other’s signs. ASL meets every Tuesday after school from 4:15 – 5:15pm in Mr. Jamie Freeland’s classroom downstairs in room #117. Why join? Because it’s cool, and is considered by many higher educational places to be a “Foreign Language.” This can be a great introduction to anyone who wants to learn and possibly add ASL to their repertoire.
Athletics Info and Necessary Forms
All students must have the consent and release form, as well as, a physical completed before they will be permitted to participate in any extramural sports practice or games. Physicals can be completed for $20 at Dr. Coyle’s chiropractic office at 1131 Bartow Road, 33801. Call 863-687-4540, appointments are preferred. Their hours are listed on their website, Click here for Coyle Chiro. Click here for Pre-participation Physical Evaluation MIDDLE SCHOOL 2015-16 Click here for Middle School consent and release 2015-16
A-Team is an academics team in which students compete with other schools in the county. We have meetings once a week to go over vocabulary and topics needed for competition. It is a fun academic team that opens the student’s eyes to how our world works. It encompasses all of the academic areas, but in a fun game like way.
At the CLMS Chess Club, students learn how to play winning chess. Using advanced chess programs such as Chess Master, and the guidance of Chess Coach Steve Morgan, students will learn how to start a chess game (opening), use advanced tactics and learn solid end game techniques. Students will play in many chess tournaments with the opportunity to win trophies and medals.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
FCA is the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the cool thing about this club is you don’t even have to be an athlete! We meet as a whole group on Tuesdays from 8:15AM-9:00AM for a rally together talking about events that affect our students on a day-to-day basis. It’s a great time for students to come together and talk about their faith and what matters most to them! For more information, please contact our sponsor: Coach Mark Gilles
Future Farmers of America
FFA is Future Farmers of America. The club is sponsored by Mr. Greg West, CLMS Agriculture teacher. This year’s club has won numerous awards under Mr. West’s direction. For Additional FFA Club information please click here.
All students have the option of joining band in their 6th grade year as a daily class. These students are then led through an evaluation process where ultimately a suitable instrument is selected for each student. Students then begin the process of learning to read, interpret and compose music. Beginning band students perform in the Winter and Spring Concerts each year and are invited to attend other band events as well. Students who show growth and progression in 6th grade band are then moved up to Concert Band in 7th and 8th grade. The Concert Band focuses on further development of technical and musical skill. In addition to performing at the annual Winter and Spring Concerts, Concert Band is involved in other band activities such as the “All Star Slam Jam”, FSC Band Day, District Solo and Ensemble Festival and the annual Band Lock-in. Those students who show above average progression and talent in 7th and 8th grade are invited to be members of the Symphonic Band. The Symphonic Band is our top performing group that is involved in several events in addition to all the Concert Band activities. Members of Symphonic Band have earned the opportunity to audition and perform in All – State Band, All- County Band, and the Polk Honor Band. Also, Symphonic Band performs twice a year for local elementary schools and each spring at the Middle School Music Performance Assessment where they are rated by judges in all the areas of musicality and sight reading. For more information contact Band Director Jennifer Peacock.
The chorus here at Crystal Lake Middle School is doing a wonderful job and working very hard. They always do a super job performing at Open House night and other events thru-out the school year. Our Chorus director, Ms. Peacock, also prepares some students out of the chorus to go to All-State singing competition that focuses on music theory and sight singing. If selected, they will be a part of a mass choir. Please contact Jennifer Peacock for more information.
The orchestra at Crystal Lake is a vibrant and growing program. Instruction is offered on the violin, viola, cello and string bass. We perform many different types of music including classical, mariachi, fiddling and pop. The groups perform throughout the year. In addition students from Crystal Lake Orchestra have participated in All County Orchestra, All State Orchestra, Solo and Ensemble and Music Performance Assessment. To participate it is recommended that you provide your own instrument but some instruments are provided on a limited basis. If you want to learn to play an instrument we will make it happen! Please contact Elizabeth Fortier for more information.
National Junior Honor Society
The National Junior Honor Society is one of the most participated-in groups at Crystal Lake Middle School. To take part in the NJHS, you must maintain a 3.75 grade point average and display citizenship, leadership, scholarship and integrity. Members help out in the community by donating our ‘Spring Fling’ dance monies to a local charity. Members must also volunteer 30 hours per school year to our local community. Our teachers are special to NJHS members as well. Each year they wash teacher’s cars to show their appreciation.
The Spanish Club welcomes students that are interested in learning about the cultures of Spanish speaking countries throughout the world. Members experience Hispanic culture through conversations, music, food, games, movies, guest speakers, as well as, other activities.
Technology Students Association
TSA is Technology Students Association. The students learn to become leaders in a technology world as they compete in different events against other students in the state of Florida and the nation.