Academic Games

Academic Games have been an integral part of the District's after-school program for more than 20 years. The players become involved in problem-solving activities, critical thinking, quick recall, and research skills. Intraschool and interschool competition occurs on all levels from 5th grade through high school. Participants are expected to attend twice-a-week practices.

What is Academic Games?

2016-17 Practice Schedule

Sponsor: Michael Yazvac

Board Games Club

Join Mrs. Martz in room 124 after school to relax and have fun playing some of your favorite board games!

Dates and Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from January 9, 2017 - February 20, 2017 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Mrs. Martz

BIT Coding Club

Do you like to write computer programs? If you have an interest join the BIT Code club, no experience is necessary.

Sponsor: Mrs. Kassup

Coding Gals

CodingGals meets after school once a week at the High School with the District Technology Director, Mr. Stengel. Students in grades 6-12 learn the joy of coding through exercises in tools like scratch as well as other fun programming apps and kits. We also try to organize field trips to local places of interest like Carnegie Mellon for learning and even coding competitions!

Sponsor: Chris Stengel

Gay/Straight Alliance

The JMS Gay Straight Alliance is kind, welcoming, and accepting for all who want to join. Any open-minded and non judgmental student is welcome! We will create a safe environment for LGBT, those who are questioning, and our straight allies who support us.

International Club

This club, which studies and celebrates cultures from around the world, holds bi-monthly meetings and hosts the annual International Night. Information regarding event times, schedule, order forms, etc...can be found on our blog.

Sponsors: Ms. Beckett, Mrs. Hertzog, and Mrs. Wetmore


MATHCOUNTS, which runs from November to February, is a program in which teachers prepare students for a series of competitions designed to produce high levels of math achievement. MATHCOUNTS is more than a competition; it promotes logical thinking and helps students at all levels improve their problem-solving skills.

MATHCOUNTS info and parent permission form

Sponsor: Emilia Kenney

Model Building Club

Model Building Club meets Mondays after school until 4:00 p.m. Our first session will be Monday, February 27. We'll most likely conclude on April 10.

JMS Model Building Club sets a positive stage for students to be social and interact across grade levels through a constructive experience. Students will explore and create with resin cast cars, planes, trucks and military modelling kits. High quality model kits are provided by the Mt. Lebanon Police Association.

Sponsor: Mr. Frommeyer

Running Club

This club meets after school in the fall and spring to run together. Students wear safety vests and are supervised as they run in the vicinity of JMS.

Sponsors: Mrs. Hertzog and Mrs. Miller

Science Club

This club provides the opportunity to participate in a creative scientific environment. Students may attend one or two after-school meetings each month. Inquiry and problem-solving activities include topics not covered in the middle school science curriculum.

Interested students can also prepare a research project for presentation at the Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition held each February. The science club sponsor will work with individual students to develop and refine the presentation.

Sponsor: Mr. Petsko

Seventh Grade Book Club

Seventh grade students are invited to join Mrs. Miller and Mr. Young at their monthly Seventh Grade Book Club meetings! Books titles will be announced each month on the morning announcements and on the JMS website. Stop by and ask Mr. Young (room 223) or Mrs. Miller (room 215) for more information about the club and where to find a copy of what they are reading.

Sponsors: Mrs. Miller and Mr. Young

Sewing Club

Get your stitches on with this intramural offering.

Sponsor: Mrs. Sullivan

TJMSTV Broadcast Crew

This is an opportunity for students who want to participate in the daily production of the morning broadcast. Sign-ups are held the first week of school, and a training session is required. Announcers and technical positions are assigned based upon student interest. Once trained, students are assigned to week-long broadcasting duties occasionally throughout the year.

Sponsors: Mr. Bluemling and Mrs. Anstandig


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