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What if you need a ride home after an activity?

ACTIVITY BUS SERVICE Our school system provides an activity bus for transportation of our students who participate in after school activities or stay for extra help. It leaves Henry James daily at 3:45 PM and travels a route that leaves students only a short walk home.


What's Happening After School at Henry James

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Please note that all activities listed below are subject to change. Updates to this webpage will be posted as soon as possible.]

ART WORKSHOPS Mrs. L. Archambault
A variety of projects will be explored throughout the school year. Art workshops are generally held once or twice a month as announced. Students may sign up for any one or all, of the workshops in areas such as pottery on the wheel, plastic jewelry, ceramics, drawing, sculpture, painting and crafts. Pottery wheel workshops have very limited space, but are offered frequently.

COMMUNITY CONNECTION Ms. Gundlach (once a month)
This is a service club for our students. Members will participate in a variety of programs which create opportunities to serve their community as they discover the joy of helping others and learning that they can make a difference. Monthly projects will occur either during homeroom or after school.

DIVERSITY CLUB Seventh and eighth graders come together to explore diversity through the sharing of experiences and discussions about cultural issues. Members engage in fun activities that raise awareness about different cultures and, in the process, learn more about themselves and others.

The Cercle Français offers cultural activities after school. Students in both 7th and 8th grade may sign up for individual activities based on interest, These activities are based on francophone cultures and include papier maché projects, the baking of French foods, the making of a Carnaval float, etc. Enrollment in French class is not required.

GAMING CLUB  Mr. Chan- meets Thursday after school 2:30-3:30 in the LMC. Gaming Club offers opportunities to learn and play Dungeons & Dragons and Magic: the Gathering, games that promote interpersonal skills, improvisation, strategic thinking, math, and creativity. Players of all skill and experience levels are welcome.

GENDER & SEXUALITY ALLIANCE (GSA):  We are a student-led and student-organized school club that aims to create a safe, welcoming, and accepting school environment for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.  We plan to meet every other Thursday after school.

HENRY JAMES BOOK CLUB: The book club welcomes all students and staff to join in their love of reading.  Each month group members pick a new book to read.  At our monthly meeting (usually the middle Monday of the month), we have a lively and open discussion about the characters, plot, and author's craft.  We have a Google Classroom page to log our books, suggest other books, and even talk in between meetings. 

Each year students audition to perform in a musical production. Lead and ensemble roles are performed by students in both grades seven and eight. Set design, backstage work, and costuming are only a few of the other aspects of theater production with which students can become involved. Parents, teachers and staff are encouraged to participate. A more intense final rehearsal schedule is announced later. Auditions will be held in December. Performances will be in March.

HIP HOP DANCE TEAM Mrs. Martocchio
If you love dancing and want to be part of a team, here’s your chance!  The team performs at school assemblies and the end of the year HJ talent show.

INTRAMURAL SPORTS Tentative schedule, varies due to student interest and staffing

Fall (Sept-Oct)

  • Cross Country
  • Running Club
  • Flag Football

Late Fall (Nov-Dec)

  • Volleyball
  • Indoor Soccer
  • Basketball

Winter (Jan-March)

  • Basketball
  • Weight Room
  • Dodgeball

Spring (April-May)

  • Badminton

JAZZ ENSEMBLES Advisor Luke Nelson (Tuesday afternoons afterschool)

The jazz program at Henry James consists of a highly dedicated group of musicians in grades 7 and 8. Auditions for jazz are open to all students. Jazz Ensemble provides students an opportunity to learn and implement the techniques of improvisation, as well as complicated rhythms and tonal structures.

 LEADERSHIP ACADEMY -  7th grade students participate in a variety of interactive team building games which help cultivate their leadership skills and get to know other students. Students are encouraged to use their learning in different capacities at HJMS, including participation in HJMS events such as: open house student leaders and incoming 7th grade student-led tours. Leadership Academy students will serve as role models to the student body by exhibiting the “HJ Way.” 

Open to any students who like to create! Code robots, craft, create stop motion animation, and more.

MATHCOUNTS Mrs. Baldwin 
MATHCOUNTS is an exciting program involving competitive math at the school, regional, state and national level. Students have an opportunity to play with their math skills, meet other students interested in math and be recognized for math achievement. All students interested in math are encouraged to join this club even if they are not interested in competing.

MEDIA CENTER Library Staff (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
The library media center is open after school three days a week from 2:20-3:15. Students must obtain an after school pass from a subject area teacher in order to use the library.

RUNNING CLUB - "Ever wanted to run for an indefinite period of time? Join the HJMS "Soft J" running club. This club is open to not only students but staff as well. We will run with all abilities and range our distances. The goal of the club is to encourage those who participate to meet new people and push their bodies past their comfort zone. 

Select Chorus is an auditioned group made up of 7th and 8th grade choral musicians. If selected, students rehearse Mondays after school. A complete schedule has been provided to all members. Select Chorus will perform at the HJMS choral concerts, as well as other community concerts and festivals.

SPANISH CLUB is an after-school opportunity for all students to participate in different cultural activities throughout the school year.  Some activities include making papel picado, learning how to salsa dance, and participating in a domino tournament.

STUDENT COUNCIL Mr. Mazza  and Mrs. Escamilla 
Throughout the year, the student council sponsors dances, assemblies, and other spirit building events in our school. In addition, the council organizes various charitable drives and activities. There are elected positions, but volunteers to work on activities are encouraged to become involved with council activities.

This is an athletic program that pairs special athletes with supporting partners in order to foster friendships, sportsmanship and healthy leisure habits. Each season ends in an off-site tournament with participating middle schools (soccer, basketball and volleyball).

Wind Ensemble is an auditioned group of band students in 7th and 8th grade. The ensemble includes all woodwind, brass and percussion instruments and performs high quality, challenging band music. Students who are selected will rehearse every Wednesday afternoon. This ensemble will perform at concerts throughout the year.

The Yearbook Staff produces “Highlights”, our Henry James yearbook. Students work on design, layout, content, editing, and photography through the end of March, preparing the book for publication. Delivery and distribution of the yearbook happens in June. The yearbook committee meets on Fridays after school. Additional meetings will be scheduled as deadlines approach.