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Academic Clubs

Club Descriptions

Middle School

Junior Beta
Advisor: Jan Atkinson

Students with an overall average greater than 92 in seventh through eighth grade are eligible to be members of Junior Beta. Aside from monthly meetings, Junior Beta members participate in service opportunities, attend conventions, and hold an annual induction ceremony. Their big service project is collecting toys for Kids Yule Love.

Quiz Bowl
Advisor: Becky Cabe

Members of Quiz Bowl travel to competitions in order to demonstrate their sharp minds and quick recall. Students must be knowledgeable in a wide array of disciplines rather than a specific subject. These exciting competitions help students build teamwork, be confident under pressure, and apply their classroom learning in a fun and fast-paced atmosphere.

Math Team
Advisors: 6th Grade – Becky Cabe, 7th & 8th Grade – TBA

FPD proudly sponsors three different math teams: a 6th grade team, a 7th-8th grade team, and a high school team. Each team travels to various competitions around the state to demonstrate their mastery of numbers. These various teams are each comprised of talented students who have excelled in the classroom and showed a special knack for mathematics.

Middle School Robotics Club
Advisor: Nancy Massey

The Robotics Club is tasked with finding unique and innovative ways to solve pertinent scientific issues by creating specialized systems and machines out of LEGOs. These teams travel around the state to demonstrate their quick wit and mechanical know-how in various fast-paced competitions.

Book Club
Advisor: TBA

The book club is a quarterly class offered at FPD and taught by the school’s Media Center Specialist, Kathleen Gettmann. The club offers students time to read and discuss intriguing new literature with other classmates, Skype with authors, and discuss the craft of writing. Students are able to take time during their school day to delve into popular literary works and improve their reading comprehension, retention and critical thinking skills.

 

High School

Math Team
Advisor: Dr. Barry Shealy

FPD proudly sponsors three different math teams: a 6th grade team, a 7th-8th grade team, and a high school team. Each team travels to various competitions around the state to demonstrate their mastery of numbers. These various teams are each comprised of talented students who have excelled in the classroom and showed a special knack for mathematics.

Honor Council
Advisor: Dr. Bob Veazey

A student from each high school grade is nominated by his/her classmates to the Honor Council. Along with the administration and teachers, these students serve as the jury in cases that arise in the school. These student leaders are vital in helping the student body adhere to the FPD Honor Code and ensure a positive and productive learning environment for all students.

National Honors Society
Advisor: Holly Scott

When students join the National Honors Society, they are becoming a part of a prestigious organization dating back in 1921. NHS distinguishes students who have committed themselves to the pursuit of academic excellence, community improvement, and personal development. These students must retain a high academic standing as well as going above and beyond in their community service outreach efforts.

French Club
Advisor: Nadia Polezhaeva

The French Club allows students to learn about French culture through games, food, parties, and service projects. Students are able to practice their language skills outside of the classroom, while getting a closer look at the traditions and customs of France.

Spanish Club
Advisors: Lydia Gray and Lisette Funk

The Spanish Club creates a fun learning environment outside of the classroom for students interested in expanding their language skills. Members learn about Spanish culture, events, and food during different club-sponsored events throughout the year. Members also perform community service.

Mu Alpha Theta
Advisors: Cynthia Huggins

Mu Alpha Theta is a national mathematics honors society that focuses on recognizing and encouraging high school students that excel in the discipline of mathematics. This prestigious organization boasts 105,000 student members at 2,100 school around the United States.  Chartered at FPD in 1979, our chapter has recognized students who have excelled in their math courses by maintaining at least a 90 average for two consecutive years.  Membership is by invitation-only following a student’s completion of Geometry.

Robotics Club
Advisors:  Tami Tesch-Jerles

Students in 9th- 12th grades design, build, and program robots, get hands-on programming and rapid-prototyping experience; apply real-world math and science concepts. They are encouraged to document the engineering process
and develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills

Each year, the FIRST organization releases a new game with fresh challenges to excite and engage students through hands- on robotics competition. This year’s game will be revealed at Kickoff on September 7, 2014.

Book Club
Advisor: TBA

The book club meets during the second semester and offers students time to read and discuss intriguing new literature with other classmates, Skype with authors, and discuss the craft of writing. Students are able to take time during their school day to delve into popular literary works and improve their reading comprehension, retention and critical thinking skills.