Part 5 of series
"Extra-curricular activities are an intregal part of what we do as educators," North Clay Middle School Principal Greg Linton said. "We need to educate the whole child, and ECAs are a part of that education."
Most students at North Clay Middle School choose to get involved in the various available extra-curricular activities (ECAs).
"Students at this level are trying lots of different things," Linton said. "They're trying to find what they like, and enjoy doing, so that they can continue through high school."
Of students entering the secondary level, 62 percent choose to participate in the band/guard programs and/or the athletic/cheerleading programs.
While athletic and band programs are highly sought-after by middle school students, programs like SADD and Destination Imagination also receive high participation numbers.
"The Drama Club, which started last year, has become a very exciting program for the students," Linton said.
He explained that students are not turned away from participating in academic programs, as can happen in sports, so students seek to be involved in these types of programs. "Having something exciting happening in the school really sets the tone and mood of the students. Our sponsors do a great job of creating excitement about what's going on."
Students involved in multiple activities have an average of three ECAs in academic, band and/or sports programs. But 25 percent of the students at NCMS do not participate at all.
"We need to answer the needs of those students," Linton said. To do that, administrators plan to make an effort to ask more frequently what students are interested in while deciding upon new programs. "The things that interest students change all the time. We need to offer what they want to do."
Statistical information from December 2004 provided by Clay Community School Corporation and an ECA Study/Questionaire during the month of January.
Tomorrow: Northview High School's ECA Participation