Coral Springs Middle School
A good education isn't solely about state-required subjects and standardized tests. An important key to a well-rounded, socialized experience in school is participating in extracurricular activities.
Study after study shows that kids who are involved in after-school activities and are members of clubs are less likely to develop anxiety and even have higher grade point averages. This can be partly attributed to the fact that many clubs and activities require you to maintain a certain grade point average, but also has a lot to do with how being a member of a team can benefit a child as well.
School has a variety of after school clubs and activities available to students. The school understands that while kids can't necessarily choose the subjects that they learn throughout their school day, that they should have a chance to pursue the things that they enjoy and to spend time with their peers who share the same interests.
One of the clubs that Coral Springs Middle School offers is the Builders Club. Their mission is to build grounded, honest, reliable, future leaders of America. Their core values clearly showcase their priorities. Leadership, Caring, Character Building; are all things that the Builders Club instills in its members. Their pledge is a strong, proud one:
"I pledge on my honor to uphold the objects of Builders Club. To better my school, my community, my nation, and myself. To aid those in need while enhancing leadership capabilities, and to encourage the fellowship of all mankind."
Another club that school offers is Drama Club. The exploration of acting and theatrical education is quite common in middle school and high school and this is where a lot of the greatest talent is found. Being a member of the Drama Club is a unique opportunity for anyone who wants to try out ANY part of theatre. Even if it's not as the world's next Leonardo DiCaprio, students can also be a part of the stage crew, lighting, props, director's assistants, etc. The actors aren't the only parts of the performance that are important, after all.
School also offers Color Guard, Math Club, Band, First Priority Club, Student Government, and Science Club. Regardless of what the student's interest is, there is likely a club or group that will be a good fit for them.
Some students tend to be more interested in sports, which is also a great way to be involved with their peers while staying physically active. The school offers Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, and the aforementioned Color Guard.
Allowing your child to be involved in extracurricular activities is sometimes a tough decision. Many parents fear that it will take away from the educational aspect of the middle school experience, or that kids are "too young" to be part of competitive activities. While this could be the case, the benefits of being involved in after-school activities are worth looking at too.
As already stated, many of the clubs and activities at school require that a student maintain satisfactory or above-satisfactory statuses in their core curriculum classes. This urges students to keep their grades up and to be sure that they're studying and not just practicing for their clubs.
The sooner we instill values in kids, the better. Teaching them at a young age how to manage time and priorities can be a huge benefit later in life. There are a lot of adults today who lack the ability to acquire a level of time management. Being involved in a club or activity will enable the student to properly prioritize homework and their responsibility of being a member of their chosen team.
The social aspect of being a member of a club or team is perhaps the most rewarding. Middle School is a time when many kids start to find themselves and even begin to forge the friendships that will last through high school. Finding "your people" is a crucial part of the educational experience. The feeling of acceptance is something we all chase, and being able to express one's self openly amongst their peers can help kids to be more open and expressive throughout their school career.
Having your child be involved in a club at Coral Springs Middle School is solely your decision. However, it's important to consider the benefits and to weigh them proportionately with whatever the risks are. The clubs that school offers are all ones that have missions that focus on preparing students for a career and/or life that's filled with integrity, honor, and success. Allowing your child to be expressive and to begin their search for what their life calling is can be a good thing and an experience that they will be able to look back on throughout life as an enjoyable one.