Student Awards/Activities/Clubs

Major Student Awards & Recognition

Honor Roll/Merit Roll
Students who have received a 3.0-3.49 grade point average (GPA) will receive recognition each nine-week grading period on the Merit Roll. Students who have a 3.5-4.0 GPA will receive recognition on the Honor Roll. These names will be published following each grading period in the local newspapers.

Scholastic Awards
Page Award - This award is earned by any sixth grade student who, at the end of the third grading period, has a cumulative average of 3.5 GPA or above including all graded subjects.

Esquire Award - This award is earned by any seventh grade student who, at the end of the third grading period, has a cumulative average of 3.5 GPA or above including all graded subjects.

Knight Award - This award is earned by any eighth grade student who, at the end of the third grading period, has a cumulative average of 3.5 GPA or above including all graded subjects.

Principal’s Award
The Principal’s Award is give to 8th grade students that have achieved a 4.0 GPA for all three years of middle school through the third grading period of their 8th grade year.

Dr. Henry Karrer Humanitarian Award
All students are eligible for the Humanitarian Award.  Students submit a self-reflection of their willingness to devote time and services to enrich the lives of those in need.  Students list community projects, school projects and answer questions about their motivations and character. Students’ service and participation are judged by the academic team teachers and finalists are evaluated by a school-wide committee for a second round.  The award goes to the students who best exemplify Dr. Karrer’s spirit of humanitarianism. 

Eighth Grade Outstanding Student Award
Teacher nominate 8th grade students who are awarded the 8th Grade Outstanding Student Award each year.  The finalists are selected by the academic teachers based on academics, leadership, involvement in school life, attitude, helpfulness and social interactions. The finalists are evaluated and winners selected by a school-wide committee of teachers and guidance counselors. 

Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award
The Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award is presented to one 8th grade boy and one 8th grade girl.  Athletes are nominated by their coaches, athletic director or administration.

Athletic accomplishments, leadership, citizenship and sportsmanship considered and winners selected by a school-wide committee.  The nominees must have participated in one sport.

Golden Shamrock Award
The Golden Shamrock Award is given each month by individual teachers to a student of their choice.  Those students exemplify scholarship, leadership, good attitude, helpfulness or other qualities that create a quality learning experience for themselves or others.  Students are invited to a Golden Shamrock Principal Luncheon sponsored by the KMS PTO.

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Art Club 
Length of Activity:  All year     Grade:  6-8 
Art Club provides students who have an interest in art an opportunity to explore art and craft forms beyond what is offered in the curriculum.  It gives students the opportunity to work individually and in groups.  It is open to students from all the middle school grade levels and helps to foster good working relationships among these multi-aged students.
 
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ShamRockin' Dance Club (formerly 6th Grade Dance Club)   
Come join the fun! ShamRockin Club is a PTO sponsored event open to all 6th graders in Dublin middle schools.  A professional dance instructor, will teach the latest moves (fast, slow, line, and group) while introducing social and etiquette skills in a fun way.  Cost will be announced which includes all four dance sessions and the final celebration dance at Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Center.  Sorry, no prorating partial sessions.  Registration forms will be available in January, please contact your school's PTO for more information.

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Drama Club   
Length of Activity:  November through February     Grade:  6-8
In Drama Club students will have an opportunity to participate in plays and drama-related activities. Drama Club is open to all students. Members of the club are not required to participate in the plays, but may work behind the scenes to aid in the productions. Students must try out for all parts in the play(s). 
 
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Dublin Youth String Orchestra (DYSO)   
Length of Activity: Mondays all year Grades:   5-8
DYSO serves as an opportunity for advanced strings students to pursue an extra challenge above and beyond their regular class work.  Students rehearse once a week from September to May, and have several performances through out the year.  DYSO is open, by audition, to any Dublin student in grades 5-8.
 
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Fencing Club
Fencing Club is looking for students with interest and desire to commit to one of the fastest growing Olympic sports in the United States.  Modern fencing is a fast-paced and exciting European Martial Art that requires a unique blend of athleticism, tactics, and focus. Thinking on one’s feet and changing strategies in the blink of an eye are crucial to winning a match, which is why fencing is often called “PHYSICAL CHESS.”  Fencers are known to be some of the most well rounded athletes for their combined physical and mental abilities.  Sports Illustrated named the U.S. Fencing delegation to the 2008 Beijing Olympics the “Brainiest Team” at the Games.

Fencing is one of the very few Olympic disciplines, where participants compete as individuals, while enjoying the benefits of “One for All, and All for One” team spirit. Expect to build many new relationships through this exciting, fun sport.

Participation is open to all Dublin middle school (Davis, Grizzell, Karrer and Sells) students. Club members are expected to participate regularly in weekly practices, and compete in a number of Youth and Cadet tournaments, sanctioned by the US Fencing Association (USFA).

Advisor/Instructor: Simon Birkhoff  - birkhoff_simon@dublinschools.net 
(DCHS Language Arts Teacher)
Coach/Instructor: Stan Prilutsky  - stanislav2@aol.com
Coach/Instructor: Sam Lillard  - slillard@columbus.rr.com 

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Spanish Club
Length of Activity:  All year     Grade:  8 Foreign Language Students 

Spanish Club provides enrichment activities to foreign language students and allows students to have additional foreign language activities. Students have given back to the Latino community by volunteering to teach English once a month. Spanish Club is open to all foreign language students.  

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Jazz Band   
Length of Activity: October - May     Grade:  7-8
A performing group for students who wish an introduction experience to rock, jazz and latin styles.   Instrumentation is limited to guitars, drum sets, saxophones, trumpets and trombones.  Jazz band meets once a week, usually on Wednesdays.  Students perform several times throughout the year.
 
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MATHCOUNTS®   
Length of Activity:  November - February     Grade:  6-8
MATHCOUNTS is a national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement.  After several months of coaching, the school selects students to compete as part of a team in written and oral competitions held nationwide.  Winners at the local level proceed to state competitions, where the top four students and coach earn the right to represent their state or territory at the national level.  At all levels, MATHCOUNTS challenges students' math skills, develops their self-confidence and rewards them for their achievements. MATHCOUNTS meets after school from November to February, usually once each week, all students in grades 6-8 are welcome to attend meetings in November and December.  Once the MathCounts team is selected in January, after tryouts, only those team members may attend in January and February in order to prepare for the Regional and State competitions. 

 *Please note that MathCounts does limit the number of students to ten (10) from each school that can be part of the competition team.  Tryouts will be held to determine the student who will make up the competition team each year.  However, all weekly MATHCOUNTS meetings up until tryouts occur, are open to all students who are able to attend.
 
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Power of the Pen   
Length of Activity:  October - April     Grade:  7-8
Power of the Pen promotes an interest in creative writing and develops skills of students who demonstrate a talent and interest in writing. Students compete with other schools in the district, regional, and state contests. Students must tryout for all PP team positions and competitions. 
 
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Select Choir   
Length of Activity: January - May   Grade: 7-8
Select Choir is a vocal performing group that explores the disciplines of the performing ensemble.  Membership in the Select Choir is open to all students currently enrolled in any music class at Karrer. Select Choir generally meets from 7:40 - 8:15 am on Wednesday's, with additional rehearsals scheduled when needed.  The Select Choir performs occasionally throughout the spring. 
 
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Ski Club     
Length of Activity:  December - February (weather permitting)     Grade:  6-8
The Ski Club is a social club open to all students through the Dublin Community Education Program.  The main purpose of the club is to provide students with a life-long recreational activity of a popular outdoor sport.  Ski trips are planned for once a week during January through mid March. The cost is typically around $200. 
 
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Student Council   
Length of Activity:  All year     Grade:  6-8
Student Council provides students opportunities to participate in student government.  Its goals are to make school a comfortable place to be, to improve the community and help the needy, to raise money to do nice things for school, and to increase student leadership.  Student Council consists of one representative from each home-base.  Throughout the year Student Council will organize and sponsor various events and activities.  Some examples of our events are the canned food drive, the flower carnation sells, concessions for athletic events, leading the Pledge of Allegiance at a board meeting, Challenge Leadership, teacher holiday luncheon, Market Day, and canteens.  We encourage your child to get involved in shaping Karrer Middle School into a positive learning environment for each student.
 
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WKMS - News and Video Team 
Length of Activity: All year     Grades:  6-8  
The purpose of the WKMS is to provide students with various exciting opportunities to use their communication skills.  Members are students who possess experience or a desire to learn and practice effective communication techniques. They are selected in an application process.  Students run the school announcements TV broadcast through out the year and have other fun activities. 
 
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Yearbook Club:
Length of Activity:  November - May   Grades:  6-8
This is a service club.   Our goal is to produce an extremely high quality published book that captures the heart of Karrer Middle School - the students.   As a Yearbook STAFF member you will be involved in all phases of production including: layout design, color combinations, all photography, cropping, editing, keyboarding, all program descriptions.  The content of the yearbook is ours to create.  No previous experience is needed.  Attendance at every meeting is not mandatory, but commitment to the final product is a must. See Mrs. Kurtz, one of our 8th grade language arts teachers at KMS or contact her via email if you are interested or have any questions:  kurtz_angela@dublinschools.net

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Junior Teen Institute (Junior TI)   
 Length of Activity:  All year     Grade:  6-8
Junior Teen Institute develops middle school leadership potential, implements alcohol and other drug prevention projects to clearly promote a “no use” message, and provide opportunities throughout the year for students to have fun without alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. It is open to all students grades 6 to 8. 
 
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SPORTS
(Due to OHSAA regulations, all school sports are open to 7th and 8th grade students only)
 
Baseball     
Season:  Spring     Grades: 7 and 8 (Boys)
Two teams (a 7th grade and an 8th grade) consist of players who are selected by tryout sessions.  They play a 14 game schedule and all players must attend all scheduled games and practices.  All athletes must comply with the eligibility requirements to participate.
 
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Basketball    
Season:  Winter     Grade: 7 and 8 (Boys)
Two teams (a 7th grade and an 8th grade) consist of players who are selected by tryout sessions.  The season is from early-November to the end of February and includes 14 games.  Team members are expected to be available for all practices and games including those activities held during vacations.  All participants must meet eligibility requirements.
 
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Basketball
   
Season:  Winter     Grade: 7 and 8 (Girls)
Two teams (a 7th grade and an 8th grade) consist of players who are selected by tryout sessions.  The season is from early-November to the end of February and includes 14 games.  Team members are expected to be available for all practices and games including those activities held during vacations.  All participants must meet eligibility requirements.
 
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Cheerleading - Football 
Season:  Fall     Grade: 7 and 8 
Cheerleaders cheer at all football games from September through October.  Practice is held 2-3 times a week. The squad members participate in a variety of school and community related activities. Two squads (a 7th grade and an 8th grade) consist of athletes who are selected by tryout sessions prior to the start of the season. All members must comply with eligibility requirements to participate.
 
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Cheerleading - Basketball   
Season:  Winter     Grade:  7 and 8 
Cheerleaders cheer at all basketball games from December through February.  The cheerleaders practice 2-3 times a week and participate in both the school and community related activities. Two squads (a 7th grade and an 8th grade) consist of athletes who are selected by tryout sessions prior to the start of the season.   All members must comply with eligibility requirements to participate.
 
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Cross Country      
Season:  Fall     Grade: 7 and 8 combined (Boys)
Cross Country involves running over a distance of 2  miles. The running is done in a natural setting such as woods, fields and over hills.  To prepare for the cross-country season, a student should be able to run between 15 and 20 miles a week.  All students must comply with the eligibility requirements to participate.
 
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Cross Country    
Season:  Fall     Grade: 7 and 8 combined (Girls)
Cross Country involves running over a distance of 2  miles. The running is done in a natural setting such as woods, fields and over hills.  To prepare for the cross-country season, a student should be able to run between 15 - 20 miles a week.  All students must comply with the eligibility requirements to participate.
 
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Football  
Season:  Fall     Grade:  7 and 8
Football is an interscholastic sport offered to students in grade 7 and 8. KMS has two teams, one 7th grade and one 8th grade. Fundamentals and skills are further developed and the Dublin philosophy of football is incorporated.  This team plays a seven game schedule.  The season is from late August through October.  All athletes must comply with eligibility in order to participate.
 
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Golf    
Season:  Fall     Grade: 7 and 8 (separate boys and girls teams)
Golf is comprised of 7 and 8 grade students who qualify during a summer tryout period. The team plays a competitive schedule that prepares them for high school play.   At this level everyone plays to gain a better understanding of the game.  Qualifying information is available each spring at the school.  All athletes must comply with the eligibility requirements to participate.
 
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Lacrosse    
Season:  Spring     Grade: 7 and 8 combined (Boys)
The lacrosse program is an opportunity for potential lacrosse players to develop their stick skills, familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of the game and learn team concepts. The schedule is from twelve to sixteen games from March through May. All athletes must comply with eligibility requirements to participate.
 
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Lacrosse  
Season:  Spring     Grade: 7 and 8 combined (Girls)
The lacrosse program is an opportunity for potential lacrosse players to develop their stick skills, familiarize themselves with the fundamentals of the game and learn team concepts. The schedule is from ten to twelve games from March through May. All athletes must comply with eligibility requirements to participate.
 
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Softball   
Season:  Spring     Grade:  7 and 8 (Girls)
Two teams (a 7th grade and an 8th grade) consist of players who are selected by tryout sessions beginning in March.  They play a 14 game schedule and all players must attend all scheduled games and practices.  All athletes must comply with the eligibility requirements to participate.

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Tennis 
Season:  Fall     Grade: 7 and 8 combined (Girls)
Girls’ tennis is a fall sport that begins in early August and ends in October. The team is comprised of players selected as a result of tryouts. The schedule consists of 12 matches.  All athletes must comply with the eligibility requirements to participate.
 
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Tennis   
Season:  Spring     Grade: 7 and 8 combined (Boys)
Boys’ tennis is a spring sport that begins in March and ends in May. The team is comprised of players selected as a result of tryouts. The schedule consists of 12 matches.??All athletes must comply with the eligibility requirements to participate. 

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Track   
Season:  Spring     Grade: 7 and 8 combined participation for Boys and Girls. 
The sport of track and field consists of a variety of events testing athletic skill.  The running events cover distances from 100 meters to 1600 meters (1 miles).  There are also relay events, jumping, and throwing events.  Conditioning begins in the end of February with the season concluding May.  All athletes must comply with the eligibility requirements to participate.
 
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Volleyball    
Season: Fall     Grade:  7 and 8 (Girls)
Two teams (a 7th grade and an 8th grade) consist of players who are selected by tryout sessions.  This sport concentrates on the basic skills of the game with an introduction to systems of play.  They play a 13 game schedule.  All athletes must comply with the eligibility requirements to participate.
 
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Wrestling   
Season:  Winter     Grade: 7 and 8 combined  
Students compete in one of thirteen weight classes.  The team is selected from tryouts and competition between the athletes in a particular weight class. The team gives the athlete a chance to compete at a level that will help them grow as a wrestler.  The wrestlers learn the skills and techniques that will benefit them in competition and future upper level tryouts.  The team competes in dual matches and tournaments throughout the season.  All athletes must meet the eligibility requirements. 

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