Clubs & Activities

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 Mrs. Bond (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.

FRENCH CLUB/LE CERCLE FRANÇAIS Mmes Bruhl and Tinnirella
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.

GOLF Fall/Spring Mr. B. Forman and Mr. Haddad (dates to be determined)
In the fall students can golf after school at Simsbury Farms, one day a week for four weeks. Bus transportation is provided to Simsbury Farms. Students must provide their own clubs and arrange for transportation home. Students are responsible for green’s fees.

HENRY JAMES MUSICAL Mr. Hunter and Mr. Stammen
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.

HJMS THEATRE PLAYERS Mrs. L. Grant
During this 8th grade after school drama class we will explore the basics of performing with emphasis on improvisation, theater games, monologues, stagecraft, and one-act plays. We will also participate in a special project with a member of the Hartford Stage Company.

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)

  • Golf
  • Flag Football
  • Cross Country
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Quidditch
  • Open Gym Basketball – Fridays

Late Fall (Nov-Dec)

  • Team Handball
  • Volleyball
  • Open Gym Basketball – Fridays
  • Winter (Jan-Feb)
  • Basketball
  • Weight training
  • Dodgeball
  • Open Gym Basketball – Fridays

Early Spring (March-April)

  • Basketball
  • Weight training
  • Dodgeball
  • Open Gym Basketball – Fridays

Spring (April-May)

  • Golf Open
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Quidditch
  • Gym Basketball – Fridays

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.

LATIN CLUB Mr. Chan
Celebrate Roman culture and the Latin language in depth. Students make candy mosaics, wax writing tablets, play Roman board games, and write Latin-choose-your-own-adventure stories.

LEGO CLUB Mr. Chan (Thursday)
Do you enjoy building with Legos? Are you a person who has designed your own bridges, ships, or space vehicles? Then this club is for you!

MAGIC CLUB Mr. Chan
Learn how to play Magic: The Gathering.

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

MATHCOUNTS Mrs. Baldwin (Wednesdays starting in September)
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.

QUIDDITCH CLUB Mr. Chan
Students wanting to play dodgeball, handball, rugby, and wrestling all at once can participate in Quidditch Club! Starting as a game from Harry Potter, quidditch borrows from many other sports to be a unique mix of athletics and whimsy. Students of all abilities and athletic prowess are invited to try quidditch in the fall and spring intramurals seasons. Brooms up!

SELECT CHORUS Mr. Stammen
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 Mrs. Martocchio
El Club de Español participates in a variety of cultural activities, from making guacamole to learning how to dance the merengue! Students will enhance their knowledge of the traditions of the Spanish-speaking world.

STUDENT COUNCIL Ms. Zamgochian and Ms. Levis (Every other Thursday)
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.

UNIFIED SPORTS Advisor TBD
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).

UNIFIED THEATER Seasonal student-led performing arts club that brings students of all abilities, interests, and talents together. Students write scripts, choreograph dance activities, design props, and create skits to be performed on stage for the public.

WIND ENSEMBLE Mrs. D’Aleo (Wednesday)
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.

YEARBOOK Mr. Smith
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.

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

GEOGRAPHY BEE Mrs. West
Plans for the Annual National Geographic Society's Geography Bee are processing. The contest at Henry James will be held during the month of January. Our school winner will take a written examination prepared by the National Geographic Society. The top 100 state finalists will then compete in the state competition to be held at Central Connecticut State University in late March. State winners and their teacher escort will go to Washington, DC to participate in the national championship which is held in May. The national winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship. In the past, Henry James has sent a finalist to the state championship round. Let's continue the tradition!