• RMS CLUBS FOR 2020-2021

    Club Sponsor(s) Description When/Where
    Art Club Sarah Nathaniel
    Chris Kanne
    Join the Art Club if you love making art, or just love art in general! This year we will take a deep dive into sketchbooks. We’ll cover a wide variety of materials, projects, and topics and blow your minds about how your sketchbooks can transform! If you just want to come hang and talk about art, that’s okay too. All creatives and art lovers welcome! Art Club Interest Sign-up Form
    Band Honors Ensemble Christine Kraemer Invitations to the Honor Ensemble will be sent in October. These Instrumental ensembles meet before or after school and work with professional musicians in the Atlanta area. TBD
    The Bulldog Bulletin Vanessa Reid
    Charlie McAdoo
    Ben Skillman (DHS)
    Are you a budding journalist? Do you love to write? The Bulldog Bulletin, Renfroe's own newspaper, just may be the club for you! Working with students from Decatur High School's journalism program, Bulldog Bullentin members will research and write stories about the happenings in and around Renfroe Middle School and share that work with their community. This is a new endeavor so it's a great opportunity to be part of something special. Put on your reporter's hats and let's get the story! TBD: Email Vanessa Reid at vreid@csdecatur.net for more information and Google Classroom access.
    Chess Club Lisa Primack This is a club for students to learn and play chess with others interested in the game. TBD contact: LPrimack@csdecatur.net
    Cooking Club Krysta Johnson
    Emily Lucas
    Club members will be split into two groups- advanced and beginners. We will be preparing food together, learning strategies, and sharing some of our favorite recipies. TBD - email kjohnson@csdecatur.net or elucas@csdecatur if you are interested
    CSD Cycling Club Lisa Johnston Do you like to enjoy Mountain Biking, Road Biking or just crusing around Decatur? If so, this may be the club for you. We will create a shared Strava account so we can track each others progress and routes. We can even coordinate rides together - with social distance. First Virutal Meeting: Wednesday, September 16 @ 9am Google Classroom Code:
    3quzrfs. Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    Dance Team Debbie Whiteley
    Diana Wilson
    If you love hip hop, ballet, tap, modern, popping, or any type of dance... join the dance club! We will be having fun creating Tik Tok videos for each other and one day soon dancing in person as a group! TBD - Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    Debate Club Vivian Dawson The RMS Debate Team competes in the Atlanta Urban Debate League, which partners with Emory University.
    It is an activity that encourages civic participation and community engagement through public speaking.
    New members are welcome to join our online program. Check out - atlantadebate.org
    Starts September 11. Email vdawson@csdecatur if interested
    Drama Club Walter Magnuson
    Kate Wilson
    Drama Club will be suspended until further notice. We miss you.  
    Dungeons & Dragons Molly Randall, Will Starkel We are working on some solutions. We will likely provide resources (e.g., links, printouts, etc.) for experienced players, as well as a live Google Meet where experienced players can come to find a D&D group. Dr. Starkel can provide tutorial Google Meet sessions for new players. All club members would run their own campaigns outside of RMS, or have rotating meetings with club sponsors from week to week. We are holding a virtual interest meeting on Wednesday, September 9 at 3:15pm. Email Dr. Starkel & Ms. Randall if you are interested!
    Engineering Club John Schellenberg Have an idea for a project, but don't have the tools, the space or the skills to make it happen at home? Come to Design and Engineering for hands on building and mentorship around your project. Or if you just like making things, come try some new techniques or machines with adult supervision. 1st and 3rd Wednesday after school (3:30pm virtually) Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    Fantasy Premier League Greg Wiseman Do you love the English Premier League? Do you want to know more about it? If so, join the RMS Fantasy EPL Club. You will learn how to navigate the official EPL Fantasy website, pick your teams, and compete with your friends. Each week we will discuss the progress of our fantasy teams and all the happenings of the greatest soccer league in the world. Thursdays 3:15. Email Mr Wiseman for Google Classroom Invitation. First Meeting Sept 10th. EPL season begins Sept 12!!!
    French Club Kailyn Deutrich French Club aims to be a space where students can explore French and Francophone culture and offers an opportunity for students to hone their language skills by engaging in fun, after-school activities. Students engage in francophone culture by listening to music, playing games, participating in trivia tournaments, as well as, exploring film, food and holidays! We may also do some virtual visits to museums, francophone countries, and landmarks. TBD Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    Future Problem Solving Club Laura Gary
    Melissa Covert
    New technology and new innovations can be exciting, but they can also mean new problems for the future - good thing you can solve those problems using brainstorming and action plans! Join the international program celebrated by students and teachers across 8 countries and 36 states to expand your critical thinking skills and turn your gaze toward the future. TBD Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    GENTS Charlie McAdoo
    Johnnie Stroy
    Barry Post
    Christian Earl
    Melvin Ratcliff
    The GENTS, which is an acronym for Gentlemen Excelling with the Necessary Tools for excellence, is a social club for young men at Renfroe Middle School. The group teaches young men accountability, increases student attendance, leadership skills, promotes equity, creates a culture of belonging within school, and facilities and positive interactions among its members and the school community. TBD by club members. Emaiil jstroy@csdecatur.net if you are interested.
    Geography Bee Liz Williams
    Ian Driver
    Students train together for the National Geographic Bee. We start off with games to help learn some of the commonly asked questions, and move towards competing individually and in teams with actual questions from past Bees. TBD by club members. Email ewilliams@csdecatur.net if you are interested.
    German Culture Club Heston McCranie, Jennifer Mcnulty, Beth Kostka The German Club welcomes any and all students who express interest in learning about the German culture (the people, the history, the customs, the language, international relations, etc.). The first and foremost goal of German Club is to promote German cultural awareness by providing educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities to members to enjoy German-related events at RMS and also in and outside the Atlanta area. We want to give members the chance to express their views and concerns on German-American relations within and outside of our community. Another goal is to meet and plan for local and state events and competitions. TBD - please fill out the google form if interested you may also email the club sponsors with any questions!
    Girls On The Run Sarah Coleman
    Kristan Jacobs
    Girls on the Run Starts in Spring
    GSA Club
    (Gender/Sexuality Alliance)
    Brian Davis
    Carol Duzan
    GSA clubs, or GSAs for short, are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.

    A growing body of research confirms that the presence of a GSA has a positive and lasting effect on student health, wellness, and academic performance. It can also protect students from harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and improve school climates for all students in the long-term.
    Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    Guitar Club David Hirschorn Guitar Club is a meeting spot for students who want to find other guitarists to play with and learn from. Bass players are also welcome. Guitar Club is not a guitar class, although Dr. H will be available to help students work through their own songs and projects. Thursdays at 3:00pm Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    History Club Lisa Johnston
    Kurt Collins
    History Club is a place where students will be able to share their common interests in historical topics and to engage in social and intellectual exchange. The goal is to promote historical awareness, intellectual inquisitiveness and appreciation for historical events that are not typically discussed in the classroom. 1st Meeting: Tuesday, September 15 @3pm. Google Classroom Class code:
    I Am Second Club Westley Philippi I AM SECOND. What does that even mean? Our world constantly puts out the message that “To be great you must be first”. But what if it’s the opposite. What if to be great we actually need to become second. The I Am Second club is a weekly gathering of students centered around this one idea . . . choosing to live a life second to God. Get encouragement and leadership from other students who are also trying to live out following Jesus in their daily lives. Experience the profound effect living second can have in your school, relationships, work ethic, thinking, emotions, and so much more. This club is student-led and student-organized. More info here. . . check out to see the resources this club will use. Fridays at 8:00 am. Email coach Philippi _ wphilippi@csdecatur.net for the Google Classroom Code. First meeting is Friday September 11
    Irish Dance Club Susan Carroll Do you ever want to dance along to some Irish beats but don't know how?
    Then come join our Irish Dance Club!
    In this club we will learn all the basics of Irish dancing.
    No experience necessary! All you need is something comfortable to wear and sneakers.
    For both boys and girls!
    Email club sponsor(s) if interested. TBD. scarroll@csdecatur.net
    Junior Beta Club Vivian Dawson https://www.betaclub.org/about By invitation only TBD (October 2020)
    LEGO Stop Motion Animation Sarah Lee Do you love LEGO? Do you like to spend time building fun creations with your bricks? In this club, we use stop motion apps to help bring our ideas to life and we share them with each other. It's a fun way to collaborate and share with other students who also love LEGO. TBD (probably Wednesdays after 3:00)
    Math Counts Club Karen Flowers
    Johnnie Stroy
    Math Counts Club offers engaging, challenging, and creative problems for students of all ability levels to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving. TBD Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    No Place for Hate Dana Jackson This is a club for students to learn about how hate begins, spreads, and what we can do to stop it. We will be working towards maintaining our designation as an official No Place For Hate School. https://www.adl.org/who-we-are/our-organization/signature-programs/no-place-for-hate TBD Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    Poetry Club Dr. Dawn Bolton
    Alexis Glenn
    Poetry Club will provide a safe place for students to creatively express themselves through spoken word. Students will have opportunities to practice, share, and perform their work. Students may also choose to participate in the Stacey "Mama Daniel" Annual Poetry Slam in the spring. TBD Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    Renfroe Jewish Student Club Casey Boersma The Renfroe Jewish Student Club is a club that allows middle school students to build community and learn about dynamic Jewish culture in relevant and meaningful ways. Students will have the chance to engage in an activity led by a local Jewish educator on some aspect of Jewish culture, whether that is learning about Jewish holidays or doing a short community service project related to Jewish values. The club will be open to all students, regardless of religious and cultural identity. TBD. Email club sponsor if interested. 
    RMS Tech Ambassadors Kim Boswell
    Robyn Tibbetts
    Ben Lynch
    Becky Tussey
    RMS Tech Ambassadors are students at every grade level who make the commitment to help Renfroe students, teachers, and parents become better users of their technology. Regularly meet weekly to discuss changes, updates, or just something awesome about technology. TBD - based on convenience of members. Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    Science Club - 8th grade only Nicole Blakemore
    Beverly Beyer
    Science club is a group for 8th grade people that love science and can't wait to learn more. During the quarantine, we'll meet with scientists from around the US and world. You'll hear about research in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, astronomy, earth science, microbiology, women's health, etc... all while getting to ask the questions that come to you. When we return to the building, we'll focus on anatomy & physiology through some lecture-style lessons and cat dissections! TBD - contact Ms. Blakemore if interested (nblakemore@csdecatur.net)
    Sociedad Hispánica de la Amistad Barbara Botta
    Amanda Guske
    The purpose of the Society is to promote cross-cultural acceptance and understanding in students enrolled in a Spanish class, and to encourage service to school and community. Members participate in projects in the areas of ambassadorship, service to school, and/or service to the community. Students have fun while building interest and helping others. TBD Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    Stock Market Game Liz Williams Think you are stock market whiz? Just want to learn more about investing? In this club you will compete in teams investing an imaginary $100,000 in the stock market. You are competing against others teams in the state of Georgia. TBD - based on your input. Contact ewilliams@csdecatur.net if you are interested.
    Young Activists Club Ashley McCullough Young people are looking for ways to engage in the challenges of our time in meaningful ways. This is an oppotunity to come together, dicuss and create solutions for issues that affect humanity and the world, and empower others to do the same. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, organized citizens can change the world." ~Margaret Mead TBD Email club sponsor(s) if interested
    Young Ladies of Excellence
    Erica Godfrey
    Alexis Glenn
    Emily Lucas
    Kristi Robinson
    Reba Ricks
    Young Ladies Of Excellence is a social club for 6th, 7th & 8th grade Renfroe Middle School girls. The club is designed to build leadership and promote healthy self-esteem of adolescent girls through mentoring, community service, educational/social events and career development opportunities. UPDATE-Meetings are suspended during virtual learning
    World Language Club Taylor Blankstein The World Language Club aims to create a space for students to begin learning languages not offered at RMS. It is a student-led club that will focus on foundational language acquisition through the use of online resources such as Duolingo, Quizlet and YouTube. Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 (tentative) Contact tblankstein@csdecatur.net if interested