Allies for All
A safe place to promote diversity and equality among all students and in the school, as a whole. Topics that will be discussed, but are not limited to: anti-bullying, diversity, acceptance of self and others, self-esteem, LGBTO, current events and the importance of school unity and community.
- Advisor: Mrs. DeJesus
- Meeting Times: Every other Wednesday in the Social Worker Office.
Learn about constellations and mythology, our solar system and the universe. Activities will include using computerized planetarium software to model the night sky, reading star charts, making sun dials, solar cookers and telescope use. There will be an outside observing night approx. once each quarter. Telescopes and binoculars will be available for the night for students and parents to use. Students will be encouraged to bring their own if they have one. These gatherings will take place behind Scotchtown Elementary School at the Mount Olympus Field. Open to 7th and 8th graders.
- Advisor: Mr. Lamonica
- Meeting times: Once every other week, 2:30-3 p.m. plus two observing nights in the fall, two observing nights in the spring and one field trip to a planetarium.
CJH Student Library Advisory Board
This Advisory Board is for library and book enthusiasts. It allows members to be involved in the library, join book discussions, create reading displays, write book reviews, help select new books and go “behind the scenes” at the library.
- Advisor: Mrs. Banuls
- Meeting times: Mondays, 2:30-3 p.m.
Explore what’s in a computer and what comes out of a computer. Learn about PCs and mobile devices and troubleshooting. Bring your enthusiasm and your curiosity about how things work.
- Advisor: Mrs. Bailey
- Meeting Times: Fridays
The purpose of the Culinary Club will be to instruct students in the preparation and selection of fresh food. The students will be planning and preparing a selection of foods. Students will participate in group cooking activities, while focusing on safety, measuring, and cooking techniques.
- Advisor: Mrs. Caruso and Mrs. Hughes
- Meeting Times: Tuesdays or Wednesdays; specific days and times will be announced
This club will encourage participants to exercise and learn Latin/hip-hop choreographies while boosting confidence and self-esteem.
- Advisor: Ms. Ackert
- Meeting times: Fridays, 2:30-3 p.m.
This club brings together students who are interested in raising awareness in our community about the beauty of diversity in its many forms.
- Advisor: Mrs. Marquez
- Meeting times: Tuesdays
CJH Players Drama Club
The club was established to provide an opportunity for students interested in theater to participate in several aspects of play production. Students interested in performance, direction, backstage crafters, and publicity are encouraged to join. The club holds one major musical production in the spring. The auditions for this production are open to all students in grades 6-8. Rehearsals are scheduled 1-2 times a week (TBA). As it gets closer to the performance dates, rehearsals will be scheduled more frequently (TBA).
- Advisors: Mrs. Loftus and Mrs. Murphy
This club is designed to provide students with a platform for identifying and achieving C. J. Hooker’s environmental goals. The club also helps to facilitate environmental awareness of both local and worldwide issues. Students are provided with the opportunity to contribute positively to the school community by assisting with the school’s recycling program as well as developing service projects based on student interest.
- Advisor: Mrs. Molinaro
- Meeting Times: Monday and Fridays, 2:30-3:10 p.m.
Open to all young women who would like to develop strong leadership skills, receive mentoring and participate in team-building and leadership activities. We participate in career shadowing, community-service and fund-raising programs, listening to women as guest speakers who have leadership roles in the community and related field trips.
- Advisor: Mrs. Killenberger
- Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 2:30-3:00 p.m. in Room 227B
(P.A.S.S. – Positive Actions for Student Success) Based upon teacher recommendation, students are selected to participate in afterschool homework activities. Strategies and skills are provided to students that will assist them in becoming more responsible and independent with their assignments.
- Advisors: Various teachers
- Meeting Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2:30-3:10 p.m.
The members of this club (specially selected by the band director) will meet once a week for a minimum of 60 minutes in the evening throughout the year. During this time, students will practice and learn jazz techniques, including but not limited to: phrasing, improvisation, style, and articulation. Students will then be involved in at least 3 performance opportunities.
- Advisor: Mrs. Dickinson
- Meeting Times: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. for Section and 7-9 p.m. for Band
Keeping up with the Courtyards
Learn how to maintain our school’s creative landscaped areas through mulching, pulling and identifying weeds, trimming shrubs/trees, planting flowering bulbs in the fall, and perennials in the spring. Special projects might include making your own bird house from wood and designing a bird bath from recycled materials.
- Advisor: Mrs. VanHage
- Meeting times: Tuesdays, 2:30-3 p.m.
Le Cercle Français
Students will partake in cultural activities aimed at discovering the cultures and customs of the French-speaking countries and in learning some conversational French! Students will learn about diverse regions of the Francophone world, celebrate festivals, cook some recipes, sing some folklore songs, watch French movies, study painting, and much more! Open to all students in grades 6, 7, and 8.
- Advisor: Monsieur Riviere
- Meeting Times: Fridays, 2:30-3 p.m.
The Leo Club provides young people with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of our community. Leos will create and implement various events to help give back to our community. For an application, please see Mrs. Blake in Guidance.
- Advisor: Mrs. Villegas
- Meeting Times: Every other Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria
Let’s Get Organized
Students will learn skills to stay organized in school. Each week we will clean out and organize folders, binders and even lockers. This will be coordinated with students’ teachers.
- Advisor: Ms. Leva
- Meeting times: Tuesdays in Room 235B
Students participating in this activity will be expected to attend 10 to 15 practice sessions, complete practice problems on their own and participate in 5 interschool meets. Practices are typically 45 to 60 minutes long. Math knowledge is an extension and enhancement of typical middle school math classes. Events in a competition include “speed and accuracy,” “calculator,” “percentages,” “geometry,” “wild card,” and either a relay or cooperative group question.
- Advisor: Mrs. Natt
- Meeting Times: October-December, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3 p.m.
Students will produce a school newspaper reflecting activities within school. Articles will cover current trends for middle school students in fashion, music, movies, etc. Students will have opportunities to express opinions and share humor through original writings, photography, and artwork.
- Advisors: Mrs. Natt
- Meeting Times: Mondays, 2:30-3 p.m.
The School Store is open all days of the week and offers an opportunity for students in grades 6-8 grade to work at their convenience in a friendly work environment. Students are in charge of ordering, displaying, and managing various school and holiday merchandises. In addition, students are responsible for accounting the money and maintaining the balance sheets of the school store.
- Advisors: Mrs. Boles and Mrs. Leva
- Meeting times: Homeroom and periods 5, 6 & 7
Students participating in this activity will be working in a combination of events drawn from a total of 25 events to be competed at the regional, state, and national level. Events cover the full spectrum of science subjects including physics, chemistry, earth science, biology, technology, and problem solving. Team work is an important quality that students learn. Knowledge goes well beyond typical classroom curricula. Practices start on a limited basis in October and begin daily (including Saturdays) in November. The season ends following the state and/or national tournaments in April and May. The state and national teams may continue until the end of May. For information about Science Olympiad, visit www.newyorkscioly.org.
- Advisors: Mrs. DenDanto
- Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Sixth Grade Fitness & Activities
This club gives sixth grade students an opportunity to participate in organized sports in the middle school. The club’s focus is on recreation, sportsmanship social interaction, and having fun!
- Advisors: Mrs. Storms and Mr. Dornfest
- Meeting Times: Thursdays, 2:30–3 p.m. (excluding faculty meeting dates)
Sixth Grade Walk and Talk Club
This club is designed for sixth graders to walk outside, when weather permits and inside CJH when the weather is inclement. Students will walk, talk and make new friends while staying fit.
- Advisor: Mrs. O’Donnell
- Meeting times: Mondays. Meet by Room 202.
The Ski Club is open to students in grades 6-8 who want to ski or snowboard. All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome. The Ski Club takes five trips (when possible, based on ski and weather conditions) to Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ. Students are able to purchase season lift tickets or 5-day lift tickets through the ski club at a discounted group rate or can purchase them independently directly through Mountain Creek. There is also a fee to pay for busing. There is one mandatory safety meeting prior to the trips and students are required to take at least one lesson, no matter their skill level, on the first day they attend the trips. Lessons are available for free with the lift tickets and students can take as many as they want. These trips are a lot of fun and a great way for students to begin skiing and/or snowboarding or to continue to improve their skiing/snowboarding skills.
- Advisors: Ms. Haskel and Mr. Lamonica
- Meeting Times: Five Fridays (weather permitting), 3-9 p.m., Jan.–March
This club promotes the study of science, technology, engineering and math through various hands-on enrichment activities.
- Advisor: Mrs. Kennedy
- Meeting Times: Every other Thursday in Room 218
Students will work together to build school spirit & camaraderie within the school community. Students will create “Spirit Days”, special events, and a variety of other social activities to enhance their experience at the middle school.
- Advisor: Mrs. Adams
- Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 2:30-3 p.m. in Room 213
Open to students in grades 7 & 8. Focus on skill development and game play in a variety of sports and activities.
- Advisor: Mrs. Guarnieri
- Meeting Times: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 2:30-3 p.m.
Members will actively participate in identifying, researching, analyzing and resolving issues and concerns in the school community and beyond. Important cooperation and leadership skills will be developed.
- Advisor: Ms. Rossenwasser
- Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 2:30–3 p.m.
Video Yearbook Club
Open to eighth graders. Club members will identify clubs and activities that they would like to videotape, using cameras to record and computers to edit videos. The end product will be a DVD yearbook for eighth graders.
- Advisor: Mrs. Pahucki
- Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30–3 p.m.
Students will learn to photograph and edit pictures that will be used to create a book of memories for all students. Expert computer skills and knowledge of print layout is helpful.
- Advisors: Mrs. Caruso & Mrs. Adams
- Meeting times: Mondays, 2:30–3 p.m. thru December; one Monday per month January thru March; meet in Computer Lab 147
Principal William Rolon and Assistant Principal Heather Carman are pleased to announce the Students of the Month for January at C. J. Hooker Middle School.
The student of the month is:
- Respectful – The student treats classmates, teachers and staff with respect by valuing each as an individual, respecting differences, and valuing the work that others do.
- Responsible – The student embraces the responsibility required to maintain progress in their schoolwork and other personal goals.
- Positive – The student contributes to the success of the school by promoting a positive school climate through their actions and words.
- Honest – The student communicates truthfully and in a respectful way with classmates, teachers, staff and refrains from dishonesty in completing academic work.
- Committed to success – The student strives for success in all they do and works to the best of their ability.
Julia Radjenovic has really stepped up her game this quarter! She has been on top of her homework, and has put in extra effort studying for her quizzes and tests in all subject areas! Everyday Julia comes prepared to learn. She has a smile on her face, and she is extremely kind to her classmates! She is a great role model for others!
Axel Jackson is an exceptional young adult. He is always eager to learn and has excellent participation in class. He is very responsible and consistently puts forth his best effort to succeed academically. His teachers and fellow students appreciate his positive attitude and consideration for others. It is a pleasure to recognize Axel as student of the month.
Melany Garrido is a kind and caring young lady. She always has a smile, and more recently, a ready laugh with the sense of humor we are just coming to know. Melany is friendly, courteous and responsible. She works hard and takes her schoolwork seriously. She has a positive attitude and is a pleasure to have on the team.
Maria Garcia is a polite, respectful, and hardworking student. She works conscientiously and diligently and always strives to do her best. Maria always has a smile on her face and greets her teachers in the classrooms and the hallways. Keep up the great work, Maria!.
Abigail Lienemann is a kind and generous student that extends herself to help other students in our class. Her participation within the class shows her engagement with the material and her motivation to learn more. She is incredibly smart and funny! What sets her apart from the others is her ability to invite all students to work with her even if she does not know them as well.
Gabriella Alfieri is a cheerful, kind and caring young lady. In class, she is focused and consistently goes the extra mile, which shows true ownership over her own learning. Gabby is confident when asking questions, and welcomes feedback. Most importantly, Gabby has a noticeably pleasant disposition and this quality makes her stand out in a crowd. Congratulations, Gabby on a job well done!
Alex McCartney is a kindhearted and hard-working young man. He is always willing to help others and comes into class every day with a smile on his face and ready to learn. Alex’s strong sense of responsibility and character make him a great peer role model. He isn’t easily pulled into drama or immature behavior that may be taking place and always stays true to who he is. Congrats, Alex!
Francis McGuinness is a hard working and dedicated student who always enters the classroom with a positive attitude. Francis participates and is always raising his hand to answer questions. He is the first to volunteer to read aloud and asks insightful questions. Francis gets along well with peers and is always willing to lend a hand to all who need it.
Grace Leva is a motivated young girl. She raised almost $600 in the Hoops for Heart campaign in physical education. She is hard working and caring and is always thinking of others. She strives to do the right thing and sets a great example for others to follow. Great job, Grace!!
Carissa Bayack is diligent, genuine, kind, and inquisitive. Her work shows her to be a creative, inventive and perceptive thinker, as well as a conscientious and ambitious student. Carissa demonstrates a high level of maturity relating well to adults, as well as to her peers. She is well mannered, quietly respectful, driven to do her best and sets a great example for other students.
Maria Kelly is a respectful, kind, and diligent student. Maria is always comes to class with a positive attitude and a willingness to help others. She is committed to success and always puts forth her best effort.
Harley Stevenson is a mature and responsible student. He is efficient and productive and always puts forth his best efforts. Keep up the great work, Harley!
Sarah Drivas is an incredibly talented artist who also happens to be very shy about showing her work. With some persuasion, we got some personal artwork from her sketchbook in order to enter a few of her drawings into the Scholastic Arts competition. She won an award for each of her 3 entries winning 2 Gold Key awards and 1 Silver Key award. Sarah is also giving up some of her lunch periods to help the Olympics of the Visual Arts Drawing team for their competition in April.