Gcsny Middle School Homework

Allies for All

A safe place to promote diversity and equality among all students and in the school, as a whole. Topics that will be discussed, but are not limited to: anti-bullying, diversity, acceptance of self and others, self-esteem, LGBTO, current events and the importance of school unity and community.

  • Advisor: Mrs. DeJesus
  • Meeting Times: Every other Wednesday in the Social Worker Office.

Astronomy Club

Learn about constellations and mythology, our solar system and the universe. Activities will include using computerized planetarium software to model the night sky, reading star charts, making sun dials, solar cookers and telescope use. There will be an outside observing night approx. once each quarter. Telescopes and binoculars will be available for the night for students and parents to use. Students will be encouraged to bring their own if they have one. These gatherings will take place behind Scotchtown Elementary School at the Mount Olympus Field. Open to 7th and 8th graders.

  • Advisor: Mr. Lamonica
  • Meeting times: Once every other week, 2:30-3 p.m. plus two observing nights in the fall, two observing nights in the spring and one field trip to a planetarium.

CJH Student Library Advisory Board

This Advisory Board is for library and book enthusiasts. It allows members to be involved in the library, join book discussions, create reading displays, write book reviews, help select new books and go “behind the scenes” at the library.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Banuls
  • Meeting times: Mondays, 2:30-3 p.m.

Computer Club

Explore what’s in a computer and what comes out of a computer. Learn about PCs and mobile devices and troubleshooting. Bring your enthusiasm and your curiosity about how things work.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Bailey
  • Meeting Times: Fridays

Culinary Club

The purpose of the Culinary Club will be to instruct students in the preparation and selection of fresh food. The students will be planning and preparing a selection of foods. Students will participate in group cooking activities, while focusing on safety, measuring, and cooking techniques.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Caruso and Mrs. Hughes
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays or Wednesdays; specific days and times will be announced

Dance Club

This club will encourage participants to exercise and learn Latin/hip-hop choreographies while boosting confidence and self-esteem.

  • Advisor: Ms. Ackert
  • Meeting times: Fridays, 2:30-3 p.m.

Diversity Club

This club brings together students who are interested in raising awareness in our community about the beauty of diversity in its many forms.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Marquez
  • Meeting times: Tuesdays

CJH Players Drama Club

The club was established to provide an opportunity for students interested in theater to participate in several aspects of play production. Students interested in performance, direction, backstage crafters, and publicity are encouraged to join. The club holds one major musical production in the spring. The auditions for this production are open to all students in grades 6-8. Rehearsals are scheduled 1-2 times a week (TBA). As it gets closer to the performance dates, rehearsals will be scheduled more frequently (TBA).

  • Advisors: Mrs. Loftus and Mrs. Murphy

Environmental Club

This club is designed to provide students with a platform for identifying and achieving C. J. Hooker’s environmental goals. The club also helps to facilitate environmental awareness of both local and worldwide issues. Students are provided with the opportunity to contribute positively to the school community by assisting with the school’s recycling program as well as developing service projects based on student interest.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Molinaro
  • Meeting Times: Monday and Fridays, 2:30-3:10 p.m.

Girls’ Leadership

Open to all young women who would like to develop strong leadership skills, receive mentoring and participate in team-building and leadership activities. We participate in career shadowing, community-service and fund-raising programs, listening to women as guest speakers who have leadership roles in the community and related field trips.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Killenberger
  • Meeting Times: Wednesdays, 2:30-3:00 p.m. in Room 227B

Homework Club

(P.A.S.S. – Positive Actions for Student Success) Based upon teacher recommendation, students are selected to participate in afterschool homework activities. Strategies and skills are provided to students that will assist them in becoming more responsible and independent with their assignments.

  • Advisors: Various teachers
  • Meeting Times: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 2:30-3:10 p.m.

Jazz Band

The members of this club (specially selected by the band director) will meet once a week for a minimum of 60 minutes in the evening throughout the year. During this time, students will practice and learn jazz techniques, including but not limited to: phrasing, improvisation, style, and articulation. Students will then be involved in at least 3 performance opportunities.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Dickinson
  • Meeting Times: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. for Section and 7-9 p.m. for Band

Keeping up with the Courtyards

Learn how to maintain our school’s creative landscaped areas through mulching, pulling and identifying weeds, trimming shrubs/trees, planting flowering bulbs in the fall, and perennials in the spring. Special projects might include making your own bird house from wood and designing a bird bath from recycled materials.

  • Advisor: Mrs. VanHage
  • Meeting times: Tuesdays, 2:30-3 p.m.

Le Cercle Français

Students will partake in cultural activities aimed at discovering the cultures and customs of the French-speaking countries and in learning some conversational French! Students will learn about diverse regions of the Francophone world, celebrate festivals, cook some recipes, sing some folklore songs, watch French movies, study painting, and much more! Open to all students in grades 6, 7, and 8.

  • Advisor: Monsieur Riviere
  • Meeting Times: Fridays, 2:30-3 p.m.

Leo Club

The Leo Club provides young people with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of our community. Leos will create and implement various events to help give back to our community. For an application, please see Mrs. Blake in Guidance.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Villegas
  • Meeting Times: Every other Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria

Let’s Get Organized

Students will learn skills to stay organized in school. Each week we will clean out and organize folders, binders and even lockers. This will be coordinated with students’ teachers.

  • Advisor: Ms. Leva
  • Meeting times: Tuesdays in Room 235B

Math Team

Students participating in this activity will be expected to attend 10 to 15 practice sessions, complete practice problems on their own and participate in 5 interschool meets. Practices are typically 45 to 60 minutes long. Math knowledge is an extension and enhancement of typical middle school math classes. Events in a competition include “speed and accuracy,” “calculator,” “percentages,” “geometry,” “wild card,” and either a relay or cooperative group question.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Natt
  • Meeting Times: October-December, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2:30-3 p.m.


Students will produce a school newspaper reflecting activities within school. Articles will cover current trends for middle school students in fashion, music, movies, etc. Students will have opportunities to express opinions and share humor through original writings, photography, and artwork.

  • Advisors: Mrs. Natt
  • Meeting Times: Mondays, 2:30-3 p.m.

School Store

The School Store is open all days of the week and offers an opportunity for students in grades 6-8 grade to work at their convenience in a friendly work environment. Students are in charge of ordering, displaying, and managing various school and holiday merchandises. In addition, students are responsible for accounting the money and maintaining the balance sheets of the school store.

  • Advisors: Mrs. Boles and Mrs. Leva
  • Meeting times: Homeroom and periods 5, 6 & 7

Science Olympiad

Students participating in this activity will be working in a combination of events drawn from a total of 25 events to be competed at the regional, state, and national level. Events cover the full spectrum of science subjects including physics, chemistry, earth science, biology, technology, and problem solving. Team work is an important quality that students learn. Knowledge goes well beyond typical classroom curricula. Practices start on a limited basis in October and begin daily (including Saturdays) in November. The season ends following the state and/or national tournaments in April and May. The state and national teams may continue until the end of May. For information about Science Olympiad, visit www.newyorkscioly.org.

  • Advisors: Mrs. DenDanto
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sixth Grade Fitness & Activities

This club gives sixth grade students an opportunity to participate in organized sports in the middle school. The club’s focus is on recreation, sportsmanship social interaction, and having fun!

  • Advisors: Mrs. Storms and Mr. Dornfest
  • Meeting Times: Thursdays, 2:30–3 p.m. (excluding faculty meeting dates)

Sixth Grade Walk and Talk Club

This club is designed for sixth graders to walk outside, when weather permits and inside CJH when the weather is inclement. Students will walk, talk and make new friends while staying fit.

  • Advisor: Mrs. O’Donnell
  • Meeting times: Mondays. Meet by Room 202.

Ski Club

The Ski Club is open to students in grades 6-8 who want to ski or snowboard. All levels from beginner to advanced are welcome. The Ski Club takes five trips (when possible, based on ski and weather conditions) to Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ. Students are able to purchase season lift tickets or 5-day lift tickets through the ski club at a discounted group rate or can purchase them independently directly through Mountain Creek. There is also a fee to pay for busing. There is one mandatory safety meeting prior to the trips and students are required to take at least one lesson, no matter their skill level, on the first day they attend the trips. Lessons are available for free with the lift tickets and students can take as many as they want. These trips are a lot of fun and a great way for students to begin skiing and/or snowboarding or to continue to improve their skiing/snowboarding skills.

  • Advisors: Ms. Haskel and Mr. Lamonica
  • Meeting Times: Five Fridays (weather permitting), 3-9 p.m., Jan.–March


This club promotes the study of science, technology, engineering and math through various hands-on enrichment activities.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Kennedy
  • Meeting Times: Every other Thursday in Room 218

Student Activities

Students will work together to build school spirit & camaraderie within the school community. Students will create “Spirit Days”, special events, and a variety of other social activities to enhance their experience at the middle school.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Adams
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 2:30-3 p.m. in Room 213

Sports Club

Open to students in grades 7 & 8. Focus on skill development and game play in a variety of sports and activities.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Guarnieri
  • Meeting Times: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 2:30-3 p.m.

Student Government

Members will actively participate in identifying, researching, analyzing and resolving issues and concerns in the school community and beyond. Important cooperation and leadership skills will be developed.

  • Advisor: Ms. Rossenwasser
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays, 2:30–3 p.m.

Video Yearbook Club

Open to eighth graders. Club members will identify clubs and activities that they would like to videotape, using cameras to record and computers to edit videos. The end product will be a DVD yearbook for eighth graders.

  • Advisor: Mrs. Pahucki
  • Meeting Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30–3 p.m.


Students will learn to photograph and edit pictures that will be used to create a book of memories for all students. Expert computer skills and knowledge of print layout is helpful.

  • Advisors: Mrs. Caruso & Mrs. Adams
  • Meeting times: Mondays, 2:30–3 p.m. thru December; one Monday per month January thru March; meet in Computer Lab 147

Grade 6

Maroon Team

  • One 2-inch durable binder
  • One 2-inch durable binder
  • Three 1-inch binders (different colors, if possible)
  • One 3-ring pencil case
  • Three durable hole punched pocket folders
  • Two hard cover marble composition books
  • Loose leaf paper (ample supply)
  • Pencils (ample supply)
  • Colored pencils (any brand – small box is fine)
  • Blue/black pens
  • Highlighter
  • Glue stick
  • Post-it Notes (small)
  • 12-15 dividers
  • Basic four-function calculator (with a square root key)
  • Earbuds (optional)
  • Reinforcements for loose leaf paper (optional)
  • Supply case or box to keep extra supplies organized in locker (optional)

Please have all supplies in class by Friday, September 8.

Purple Team

To be collected for general use by the students:

To be collected for student’s personal use during the year:

  • Two yellow highlighters
  • One large glue stick
  • Crayons (pkg. of 8 twistable recommended)
  • Package of Post-It notes (3 x 3)

For you to keep:

  • Three 1-inch durable binders (different colors, if possible)
  • One 2.5-inch durable binder
  • One durable pocket folder to fit into a three-ring binder
  • One marble composition notebook
  • One pencil case for three-ring binder
  • Loose leaf paper -Bring a small amount. Leave at home to restock later.
  • Pencils – Bring a few and leave the rest at home to restock later.
  • Basic four function calculator with a square root key
  • 12-15 dividers

Please have all supplies in class no later than Monday, September 11.

Yellow Team

  • One 3-inch durable binder
  • One 1-inch binder
  • Two 2-inch binders
  • Two glue sticks
  • One pencil case for binder
  • Two pocket folders with holes
  • Two hard cover marble composition books
  • Loose leaf paper (ample supply)
  • No. 2 Pencils (ample supply)
  • Colored pencils (any brand- small box is fine)
  • Blue/black pens
  • Highlighters
  • Post it Notes
  • Two black Sharpies
  • 5-10 dividers

For Math:

  • A basic 4-function calculator with a square root key


  • 3 x 5 Index Cards
  • Scissors
  • Earbuds for Chromebook use

Please note that you do not need to have all of these supplies with you the first day of school.

Grade 7

Gold Team

Supplies you will need for ALL CLASSES each day:

  • A full pencil case with the following items:
    • Blue, black, red and green pens
    • No. 2 pencils with erasers
    • Highlighters
    • Set of 12 colored pencils
    • Three packages of loose-leaf paper
    • Inexpensive pair of earbuds (for use with Chromebooks)


  • One binder (and one package of dividers if it will be shared with other subjects)
  • Post-It notes
  • Index cards


  • Binder (2 inch) with pockets/or a folder
  • Pencils
  • Scientific Calculator (ti-30x iis)
  • Loose leaf paper (1 pack)


  • One 2-pocket folder OR one 1-1.5” binder with inside pocket (exclusively for science class)
  • One composition notebook
  • Index cards
  • Metal index card/binder rings

Social Studies:

  • Binder (can be part of a multi-subject binder)
  • Index cards


  • One 3-inch binder with vision packet
  • Set of 8 tab dividers + inserts
  • One plastic folder w/inside pocket
  • Spanish/English dictionary

French (Lewis):

  • One 1.5” inch binder (to be used exclusively for French)
  • Set of 4 binder dividers
  • One 2-pocket folder with holes (to be kept in French binder)
  • French/English dictionary

French (Riviere):

  • Two standard composition notebooks (to be left in class for the school year to be used for drafts and practice)
  • Set of 12 coloring pencils (to be left in class)

Red Team

Team Supplies needed for multiple classes:

  • Pen/pencil case
  • Loose leaf paper (several reams). Looseleaf paper is needed for all classes
  • Inexpensive earbuds/headphones to be used with the Chromebooks
  • Assignment pad (issued by the school)
  • One 2 pocket “Homework Folder”

Math:  Mr. Joyce

  • Scientific Calculator: TI-30x IIs (labeled with student’s name in permanent marker)
  • 2-inch three-ring Binder
  • Pens
  • No. 2 pencils w/ erasers

Science:  Ms. Alarcon

  • Pens
  • No. 2 pencils w/erasers
  • One pack of highlighters (minimum of 4 different colors)
  • One pack of colored pencils  (minimum of 8 basic colors)
  • One binder (or a section of a larger binder)
  • Index Cards

Social Studies:  Mr. Bennis

  • Marble composition notebook used ONLY for Social Studies
  • Pens (black or blue) and pencils
  • Notebook/pens/pencils will be needed every day in class
  • Pocket folder ONLY for Social Studies to keep returned quiz/test and worksheets

ELA:  Ms. Nardone

  • Black or blue pens and a red pen for editing
  • Pencils
  • Highlighter
  • 3 x 5 index cards (lined or unlined, for students who prefer paper copy vocab. cards)
  • 1-inch book rings (for students who prefer paper copy vocab. cards)
  • 1.5-inch binder (for ELA only)
  • Divider tabs (write-on tabs, you’ll need enough for five sections)
  • One 2-pocket folder or a shoe box to store old work in at home

Spanish:  Ms. Ackert

  • Pencils/Pens (blue or black and red)
  • 8 tab dividers + inserts
  • One 3-inch binder with vision packet
  • Spanish/English dictionary
  • One plastic folder w/inside pocket

French: Mr. Lewis

  • Pens (black or blue ink) and pencils
  • One 1.5-inch binder (to be used exclusively for French)
  • Set of 4 binder dividers
  • One 2-pocket folder with holes (to be kept in French binder)
  • French/English dictionary

French: Mr. Rivière

  • Set of 12 coloring pencils (to be left in class)
  • One full pencil case with 1 blue, black, red, and green pen, plus pencil and eraser (the pencil case must be brought every day to class, failure to do so will result in a 0 for participation for that day)
  • Two standard composition notebooks to be left in class for the school year for drafts and practice
  • No need for folder or binder, students will be provided with a handbook and folder for the entirety of materials needed for the year

Grade 8

Blue Team


  • Pens (standard blue or black ink for class work; red, green, or purple for editing)
  • One 1.5-inch three-ring binder exclusively for English
  • Four packages of index cards (3 x 5)
  • One package of dividers (five tabs)
  • Four pocket folders
  • One marble notebook
  • English dictionary (or online equivalent) to use at home

Science 8:

Regents Earth Science:

  • Review books listed below. Can be purchased at most book stores and easily found online:
    • Barron’s Regents Exams and Answers Earth Science by Edward J. Denecke Jr. M.A. (small red paperback)
    • Let’s Review Earth Science: The Physical Setting by Edward J. Denecke, Jr. M.A. (larger blue paperback)

Social Studies:

  • Composition notebook
  • Folder
  • Pens & Pencils
  • Highlighters


  • Notebook – marble composition preferred
  • Pencils & highlighters
  • Folder or section of binder
  • Calculators:
    • Math 8 – scientific calculator (the one you had last year will be fine – if getting a new one: TI-30 series)
    • Algebra I (accelerated class only) – graphing calculator – Texas Instrument TI84 or TI83 Plus. (You don’t need calculator immediately; watch for them to go on sale)


  • Set of 12 coloring pencils (to be left in class)
  • One full pencil case with 1 blue, black, red, and green pen, plus pencil and eraser (the pencil case must be brought every day to class, failure to do so will result in a 0 for participation for that day)
  • Two standard composition notebooks (to be left in class for the school year for drafts and practice


  • One 1-inch binder OR a section in a large 3-ring binder

Green Team

All Classes:

  • Blue or black ink pens
  • Pencils
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Different colored highlighters (at least two)


  • 2-3 inch 3-ring binder OR a section in a larger binder
  • At least 5 dividers to be placed in notebook
  • 500 3 x 5 index cards (plain or color)
  • Roughly 500 Post-its, 3 x 3 or smaller
  • Highlighters (pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple if possible)


  • Notebook-A five-subject spiral notebook is recommended because you will need a great deal of paper and the pages tend to stay in the notebook better in a spiral. Other options: One 1-inch binder OR a section in a larger zipper-type binder
  • Math 8 Students: Scientific calculator (NOT a graphing calculator)
  • Algebra I students may purchase a graphing calculator (TI 83 or 84), but are not required to bring it to school.  One will be available during class.

Physical Science:

  • One 1-inch three-ring binder or a section in a larger binder
  • 100 3 x 5 index cards
  • Larger size (8½ x 11) one-subject college-ruled spiral notebook with minimum of 100 pages. Regular smaller sized notebooks are not ideal.
  • Scientific calculator (used for both Math and Science)

Biology (The Living Environment):

  • One 1-inch 3-ring binder or a section in a larger binder
  • 100 3 x 5 index cards
  • Two pocket folders WITH clips

Social Studies:

  • One 1-inch 3-ring binder used only for Social Studies
  • Three dividers to be placed in notebook
  • One package of colored pencils (will be needed at home for homework assignments)
  • One two-pocket folder to be placed in binder or a pocket in the binder


  • One 1.5-inch 3-ring binder (separate binder preferred)


  • Set of 12 coloring pencils (to be left in class)
  • One full pencil case with 1 blue, black, red, and green pen, plus pencil and eraser (the pencil case must be brought every day to class, failure to do so will result in a 0 for participation for that day)
  • Two standard composition notebooks to be left in class for the school year for drafts and practice

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