Clubs

Check the weekly after-school activities schedule for all dates and times.

Club Name Meeting date/time Location Sponsor Description
After-school library Mondays and Tuesdays, 2:30 to 3:30 Library Ms. Shanker Not a club, but a quiet place for students to read or do homework after school.
Anime Club Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 Room 126 Ms. Foley Like a book club, students suggest Anime to watch and read about and then discuss and create original anime.
Best Buddies TBD Room 141 Ms. Rodgers & Ms. Holohan Best Buddies helps students with disabilities foster friendships with their typical peers. Participants in Best Buddies will help fundraise, mentor students in life skills, and participate in fun activities together. At the end of the year, Best Buddies participants will take a field trip together to celebrate their new friendships!
Board Game Club Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 Room 131 Ms. Richardson
Choir Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30-4:10 Room 004 Ms. Ginnerty Calling all singer, actors, and musicians! DHMS students have the opportunity to be a part of an after-school ensemble focusing on Musical Theater and a capella music (like Pentatonix). Students will get to explore the world of Broadway and contemporary music in a fun and exciting way.
DHMS Newspaper Club Thursdays, 2:30 – 3:30 Library Mrs. Shanker & Mrs. Donnelly Any 6th, 7th, 8th grader who likes to write and/or take photographs.
Doodle Club Mondays (except the 1st Monday of each month), 2:30-4:00 Room 311 Ms. Whipp The doodle club is an afterschool club available to all grade levels. Participate in fun drawing activities with your friends, Regardless of your artistic ability.
FCCLA: Family, Career, Community Leaders of America Tuesdays, 2:30 – 3:30 Room 320 Ms. Taylor This is a national organization. We will explore the science and nutrition behind food and how it impacts our daily lives. We will participate in the “Real Food for Kids Challenge” in March 2020
Friendship Bracelet Club Starts December 7 Room 311 Ms. Whipp Kids will make knotted bracelets out of embroidery floss (and friends – see what I did there).
FBLA: Future Business Leaders of America Thursdays, 2:30 to 3:15 Room 140 Ms. Hutcherson We will participate in activities that promote community service, leadership skills, academic competitions, and more. FBLA is the largest career student business organization in the world. To join you must be in Digital Input Technologies or Investigating Computer Science.
GEMS: Girls Interested in Engineering, Math and Science 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, 2:30-3:30 Room 335 Ms. E. Kennedy The GEMS club encourages girls to explore the world of STEM in order to achieve their goals and reach their dreams. It’s a great support group for girls interested in science, math and technology. GEMS help spread the word about female achievement in STEM, introduces girls to successful female role models, and helps girl develop their STEM knowledge and abilities. Here’s a great video by the Fairfax County Public Schools about this.
Gender Sexuality Alliance Mondays, 2:30-3:30 Room 317 Ms. Elliot, Ms. Azzara & Ms. Smith The GSA is open to students of all sexual orientations and gender identity.We have students who identify as LGBTQIA as well as allies come to GSA and participate. GSA is a safe space for students to develop community amongst one another and develop programs for a more inclusive school environment.
Girls Who Code Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:10 Room 08A Ms. S. Kennedy & Ms. Hutcherson Join a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models where girls learn to see themselves as computer scientists. Learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals and functions that form the basis for all programming languages. Work in teams to design a computer science impact project that solves real world problems the girls care about.
Heart and Soles (Girls on the Run for Middle School students) Mondays Room 313 Ms. Worth This club will be participating in Heart and Soles official Spring Season (March-May). Each time we meet, we will run, build community, and explore topics of physical and mental wellness. Because the official fall season of Heart and Sole has already begun, we will be meeting once a week during “pre” season to run get to know each other starting in November. In March, we will join many other clubs in the Northern Virginia area in training for the Girls on the Run 5k in May!
Jazz Band Thursdays, 2:30-4:10 Room 104 Ms. Ducassoux Jazz Band is a club designed to allow students to rehearse and perform music related to the jazz/pop field.
Kindness Club 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month, 2:30 – 3:30 TBD Ms. Zeller & Ms. Schafer To spread kindness throughout Dorothy Hamm Middle School and surrounding community.
Lego Leisure Thursdays, 2:30-3:30 Room 311 Ms. Whipp Kids will socialize while building with Lego bricks.
Math Counts Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 Room 328A Ms. Arifin Math Counts is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person “bee” style contests. Our goal will be to train for the Math Counts school competition (which will happen sometime in January). There are opportunities to advance to the local chapter competition and possibly the state and national competitions (held in February, March, and May). 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students are eligible to join.No experience necessary.
Model United Nations Tuesdays, 2:30 – 3:30 Room 338 Ms. Carlson Do you like to argue and debate?Do you follow current events and wonder how problems get solved throughout the world?If so, the Model United Nations Club may be for you.The Model UN Club prepares for and participates in several local conferences on Saturdays in the Fall and Spring.We research and represent countries on current issues and use Parliamentary Procedure to work through a structured debate.If you like geography, history, and current events and are up for the challenge of working collaboratively, come check out the Model UN Club.
Phoenix Bikes Mondays, 2:30- 3:30 Room 213 Ms. Scruggs, Ms. Ascenzi, & Mr. Mann “Our youth participants learn bicycle mechanics as they serve their community and work their way toward earning their very own bike.” The first 8 sessions will be at school and the final 4 will meet at the shop, on Columbia Pike. Phoenix Bikes has a van and can get kids to the shop–and back to DHMS in time for the late bus if need be–for those final 4 sessions. Groups are capped at 12 students so if we have more than that sign up, priority will go to 8th graders (and then 7th graders, etc).
Ping Pong Club Thursdays, 2:30-3:00PM, starting December 5 Cafeteria Ms. Metzger Students will be able to get together to work on ping pong skills as well as play games and tournaments.
PROS: Phoenix Raising Others through Service Tuesdays, 2:30 – 3:00 Room 223 Ms. Compton We rise by lifting others. Join other students to make a difference in our community. This is your chance to do something to change the world! We will examine the needs of other locally and internationally, and work towards our common goal as a team of PROS!
Robotics Club Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:10 Room 08A Ms. Kennedy A gathering of students who are interested in learning about and working with robots.During the club time, we will be developing robotics teams of students to design and build a robot that can compete against opponents in a series of specific challenges through VEX Robotics (specifically the VEX IQ platform). Students develop and program their robot in the weeks before the event, adhering to list of preset rules and regulations.
SCA: Student Council Association TBD Room 213 Mr. Tagert & Ms. Pennington
TAB: Teen Advisory Board Every other Wednesday, Lunchtime Library Mrs. Shanker & Mrs. Womack TAB is a lunchtime book club that is open to all students. School and public librarians chose over 30 newly published, buzz-worthy books which the Friends of the Arlington Public Library purchased for our library. These books are set aside to be read by TAB members. TAB usually meets twice a month with the DHMS librarian and a librarian from our local branch library.
TEEN Club Mondays, 2:30 – 4:15 Room 105 Arlington County Parks and Rec. Dept. Make new friends, play fun games, play sports, do Arts and Crafts, go on fun field trips – all sponsored by Arlington County Parks and Recreation Teen Programs.  Check the Teen Clubs board, across from the cafeteria for upcoming field trips.
TSA: Technology Student Association Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4:10 Room 08A Ms. Kennedy The Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization of students engaged in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Members learn through exciting competitive events, leadership opportunities, and much more. A wide range of activities makes TSA a positive experience for every student.