additional ways to get involved @ CMS

As a follow up to my last blog post, here are a few additional ways that students can get involved @ CMS. As always, please check out our website: for more information!


Debate Club

Description: Debate club is focused on preparing for three exciting and competitive debate tournaments.   As part of the preparation students will be expected to do research, practice their delivery and challenge each other intellectually.   Through their participation students will improve their oratory and persuasive skills.

Who can join: This club is open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Activity Dates: The club will meet during the months of October, November, December and January. Our meeting days will be:  Tuesday from 3:05 until 3:50

Tournaments: There will be THREE debate tournaments against our rival schools.  Tournament times will vary, but will range from 4:00 to 7:00 in the evening.  Bus transportation will be provided to away tournaments, but you need to find a ride home.

Sponsor Contact: Mr. Lior Tomer at and Ms. Barb Mastin at

Lunch Buddies 

Description: Lunch buddies gives students the opportunity to get involved with students in the Guided Instruction Classroom at Caruso.  If you are looking to be a good friend and enjoy some games during your lunch period buddies is the place for you!

Who Can Join:6th grade students
When it begins:  Look for information in the beginning of September in Edmodo student announcements, training will take place in the middle of September and after you are trained Lunch Buddies will last all year long!
Sponsors: Ms. Erbach and Ms. Zajac

Description: Students in Philanthropy Club help others by participating in service projects that benefit our community, as well as other communities. 
Who can join: Philanthropy Club is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
When it begins: Our club meets every few weeks or every month to plan a service project. Meetings will be after school in room E-7 from 3:00-3:40.  Service projects take place after school or on the weekends. The first meeting is in September, and we will meet each month through May.
Sponsor: Mrs. Debbie Cohen at


Description:Pizazz is a show choir ensemble that performs at school assemblies, non-competitive events, social events, and participates in a competition exhibition performance each year. Charisma is a selective and competitive show choir that performs at school concerts in addition to its workshop and competition schedule in the spring, including 3-4 competitions a year.
Who can join: Any student in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade can be a part of Pizazz or Charisma!
When it begins: Auditions are held in the first week of May for the next school year. The season begins with a workshop and retreat after the first week of school and runs through the middle of May.


Anna Riddle @ Caruso:
Christine Wells @ Shepard:

Student Council

Description:Student council is a great opportunity to learn leadership skills and help give back to Caruso as well as the Deerfield community.  If you are interested in creating a positive culture at Caruso, join us weekly for student council.
Who can join:Anyone can join!
When it begins: Student Council Board members are groups of students picked in May of the previous year who attend weekly meetings.  Body members attend meetings every other week and are selected in September of the current school year.  Activities begin on September 16 at 7:15am in the CMA room.
Sponsor: If you are interested in joining us, email Miss Witczak


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