Young adolescents need a variety of experiences beyond those offered in the core and encore curriculum. Hope Middle School will work to provide students with the opportunities to have a well-rounded educational experience.
Battle of the Books
Students who are interested in this competition read books selected by the N.C. Battle of the Books committee. They audition for the team by answering questions about books they read. Then the team competes against other teams from Pitt County Schools in a quiz bowl format.
Citizen Science Club
The purpose of the Citizen Science Club is to strengthen students' enthusiasm for science that extends beyond the middle school science curriculum through noncompetitive scientific explorations and partnerships with real-world scientists. During bi-weekly meetings students will choose and implement citizen science projects and engage in science inquiry through laboratory demonstrations and discussions exploring the science behind the demonstrations.
Hope Middle School's drama club exposes students to a new artistic outlet and provides an opportunity for them to experience the true meaning of collaboration by participating in school productions.
First Lego League
First Lego League consists of a team of up to 10 students who practice imaginative thinking and teamwork by researching a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop an innovative solution. Members will develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, and then compete on a table-top playing field.
Eighth grade Math I students chosen by his/her teacher may participate in regional and state math contests. Other math competitions are available for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade math students.
Girls in Pearls - empowers young ladies in middle school to achieve academic, career, and socio-emotional self-sufficiency. Girls in Pearls provides year round programming and mentoring to develop character, leadership, self-confidence, and social consciousness, including the desire and ability to mentor others. Girls in Pearls helps young women to find their voice, define their goals and dreams, and establish support networks to move forward in the world with pride and self-confidence. Through goal setting our girls work on reaching tangible goals. These skills are essential to success in school, work and life. Additional program elements include ongoing academic support, annual college tour, community field trips, guest speakers, and many other unique components. Monthly topics include but are not limited to: Health Growth and Development, Etiquette & Manners, Image and Self Esteem, Safety, Self Advocacy, Organization, Academics, Career, Goal Setting, Choices, Peer Pressure, Conflict Resolution, and Ethics. Although, we meet once a month, daily support is available to our members. Girls in Pearls serves 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Please see Mrs. Simmons, Ms. Hopkins, or Ms. Cox to learn more about joining Girls in Pearls!
National Junior Beta Club
Sixth through eighth grade students are eligible for the Hope National Junior Beta Club. Candidates must have a cumulative average of 95 or higher to be invited. This average is determined by averaging all core and encore classes from each nine weeks. Students are invited to an induction ceremony during the 2nd semester of the school year.
Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students may participate on our competitive Robotics Team.
SADD....Students Against Destructive Decisions
SADD stand for Students Against Destructive Decisions. Pitt County Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Program is comprised of four student leaders who will be an important part of governing all aspects of the club for Hope Middle School. The overall goal of SADD is to decrease destructive decisions made by students. Goals include but are not limited to: Stronger peer-to-peer relationships; Stronger alignment between youth that do not want to participate in destructive decisions, ultimately decreasing peer pressure and ability to ward off destructive behaviors; Increased confidence and less fear and anxiety related to entering high school; and an Increased sense of caring for the ―whole child, leading to better grades and academic growth.
Each school based-team of up to 15 members will cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set. The events are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering, and technology.
Student Government Association (SGA)
The Student Government Association is composed of two students from each homeroom in grades six through eight. These representatives assist in promoting school projects and in reporting any information that students may need to know to their homerooms. The criteria for participating in SGA are:
- An overall ―C average.
- A good disciplinary record
The purpose of SGA is to carry out school projects, to teach leadership skills, and to teach parliamentary procedures. Any student wishing to run for SGA VP or President must have been an active member for at least one year.
Technology Student Association (TSA)
Technology Student Association (TSA) fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Team members will apply these concepts through co-curricular activities in areas of communication, design, engineering, environmental systems, transportation, and manufacturing/construction. Students will demonstrate core leadership skills of communication, creative thinking, critical thinking, decision making, ethics, evaluation, organization, problem-solving, self-esteem, and teamwork.