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Student Activities

Musical Theater Club – Ms. Petteway, Advisor  (dpetteway@wcpss.net)

The Daniels Musical Theater Club will give students an opportunity to explore the world of musicals, which combine dramatic skills and musical skills. Students will focus on auditioning (vocal, choreographic and dramatic auditions), theater skills and healthy vocal technique for the stage. All stages of experience are accepted into Daniels Musical Theater Club, which will meet after school. This club will present a musical production for our school community near the end of the year.

Battle of the Books – Ms. McDaniel, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Moser, Advisors (kmcdaniel@wcpss.net)

Battle of the Books is for middle school students, grades 6-8. Students read books from a list established by the state Battle of the Books committee, and then compete in February in a WCPSS quiz-bowl-style tournament to test their knowledge of these books. Battle of the Books Club meets on Tuesday beginning in October from 3:15 – 4:00 PM. For more information, visit the Media Center Page.

Beta Club – Ms. Thornton, Advisor  (hthornton2@wcpss.net)

Beta Club is an honor organization that requires high academics and impeccable behavior to be eligible for membership. Annual inductions are held in the spring. First semester report cards are used to determine eligibility. Service and leadership are the primary components of Beta Club. The Beta Club is involved in many different service projects. Last year the Beta Club raised over $400 for Duke Children’s Hospital, sponsored two food drives to stock the Daniels Food pantry, gave 22 grocery gift cards for families at Christmas, and had a program at each meeting on different service opportunities students can become involved in the school and Raleigh community.

First in Fitness – Coach Miller  (amiller6@wcpss.net)

First In Fitness started as an elementary fitness competition in 1982. The first year there were approximately 300 students participating and now it has grown to an event with well over 2000 students. The middle school event is ONLY open to 6th grade students. These students will compete against their peers in a fun and friendly competition in one of eight events. These events included: shuttle run, long jump, pull-ups, 400m, 800m, mile run, and the 4×100 relay. In addition, there is one boy and one girl who will compete in the triathlon event. This is a great day for families to share in their children accomplishments. Tryouts for the First in Fitness team will take place during the end of January. The First in Fitness Middle School Event occurs in the middle of March. Daniels will have one boy and one girl compete in each event. Selection is based on athletic ability, behavior in school, and good sportsmanship. Students who are interested should contact Coach Miller.

Friends with Special Friends – Ms. Fries & Ms. Shaheen, Advisors  (kfries@wcpss.net or mshaheen@wcpss.net)

The Friends with Special Friends Club works to establish friendships between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers through participation in afterschool activities on campus and in the community. This club provides inclusive opportunities for students to develop and practice social skills.

Jazz Band – Ms. Yosai, Advisor (ayosai@wcpss.net)

Jazz Band is an auditioned group of 7th and 8th band students that meets before school to prepare music for performances and festivals. The group has received “Excellent” ratings at the past 3 festivals in which they have participated. For more information, visit the Daniels Band Website.

Pep Band – Ms. Yosai, Advisor  (ayosai@wcpss.net)

Pep Band is open to any 7th or 8th grade Band student interested in playing music from the stands at a football game and two basketball games throughout the school year. This group meets once a week after school to rehearse and prepare for their performances.  For more information, visit the Daniels Band Website.

Science Olympiad – Mr. Morris, Advisor  (gtmorris@wcpss.net)

The first SO team at Daniels was formed in 1984. The Daniels Science Olympiad team competes in the Raleigh Regional SO Tournament in February. Throughout the years, Daniels has periodically qualified to compete in the NCSO State Tournament in April. We welcome students who have a love for science and for learning. The Daniels SO team consists of 18 students participating in 23 events. In September, team members are selected based on their performance on a qualifier test and teacher recommendations. SO is not a club; team members must attend scheduled practices and commit to tournament dates. Practices are scheduled after school; not all events practice every week. Mr. Morris is the head coach for the Daniels SO team; he has several assistant coaches. Volunteer coaches are always welcome!

Service Club – TBA, Advisor 

The Community Service Club gives students the opportunity to participate in service (volunteer) activities in a group with other students. All activities are organized by students with the help of Mrs. Mann. The Service Club’s purpose is to engage students in a meaningful way, through service activities, to enhance our school and community. Leadership development is a benefit for many students who take on more responsibilities with the Service Club. There are multiple student leadership positions including committee chairs. Listed below are all the Committees of the Community Service Club and a general description of what they do.

  • Support our Troops drives (collecting items for our troops overseas & ensuring safe delivery )
  • Fundraising/Philanthropy – various fund raising activities and work in a group to raise money to support our local firefighters in a Help Our Heroes program.
  • Sanitize our Schools – a twice a month program to assist in classroom cleaning of student desks & to help keep our school sparkling.
  • Soup Kitchens (serve at Raleigh’s soup kitchen, food pantries, & back pack buddies canned food drives)
  • Welcome Team (assist during Open House & 6 th grade Orientation through student guides)

Student Book Clubs

The Daniels Student Book Clubs meet by genre (Fantasy, Chick Lit, Historical Fiction) once a month after school. The students may choose one book club for the entire year or rotate through the different book clubs. Students determine the titles they would like read from month to month.

Student Council Ms. Pagan, Advisor (cpagan2@wcpss.net)

The Student Council is made up of one homeroom representative and one homeroom alternate, as well as student body officers. Student body officers include First Vice president (rising sixth grader), Vice President (seventh grader), President (eighth Grader), Secretary (seventh or eighth grader), and Treasurer (seventh or eighth graders). Student Council meetings are open to the entire school, but only homeroom representatives, alternates, and officers have voting privileges. Student Council meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Room 2112. Student Council members help with Open Houses, the eighth grade dance, Spirit Week, Pep Rallies, and overall school improvement. For more information visit the Daniels Student Council Website.

MATHCOUNTS – Ms. Acevedo, Advisor (gacevedo@wcpss.net)

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program provides the extra incentive and the perfect atmosphere for students to push themselves to achieve more in mathematics. Consisting of fun and creative problems that promote critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, the MATHCOUNTS competitions have written and oral rounds, as well as individual and team components. Though challenging and non-routine, the competition problems focus on the 6th through 8th grade standards of the National Council of Teachers in Mathematics. After several months of coaching, participating schools select students to compete individually or as part of a team in one of more than 500 written and oral competitions held nationwide and in U.S. schools overseas. The first competitions are held at the local level in February with winners progressing to state competitions in March.

National Junior Honor Society – Ms. Hassell, Ms. Powell, Advisors  (chassell@wcpss.net or mpowell@wcpss.net)

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding middle level students. More than just an honor roll, NJHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, Character, and Citizenship. For more information visit the Daniels NJHS Website.

Model United Nations – Ms. Hassell,  Advisor  (chassell@wcpss.net)

Model United Nations is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically role play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees. This activity takes place at Model UN conferences, which are usually organized by a high school or college Model UN club. At the end of most conferences, outstanding delegates in each committee are recognized and given an award certificate; the Best Delegate in each committee, however, receives a gavel. Thousands of middle school, high school, and college students across the country and around the world participate in Model United Nations, which involves substantial researching, public speaking, debating, and writing skills, as well as critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership abilities. All students, grades 6-8, are invited to attend the meetings and be involved in the organization. For more information visit the Daniels Model UN Website.

Dance TeamMs. Hoffman, Advisor (choffman1@wcpss.net)

The Daniels Team Club is for students who are interested in learning dance technique and choreography for major dance styles such as lyrical, jazz, modern, ballet, and hip-hop. The dance team tryouts are open to 6th – 8th graders.

Robotics Club – Ms. McKennie, Advisor (imckennie@wcpss.net)

The Robotics Club is affiliated with the FIRST LEGO League. The FIRST LEGO League is a world renowned non-profit organization that promotes the use of math and science and hopes to encourage future engineers. It is a global program created to get students excited about science and technology. Geared for ages 9-14, FLL utilizes theme-based Challenges to engage kids in research, problem solving, and engineering. The cornerstones of the program are its Core Values, which emphasize contributions of others, friendly sportsmanship, learning, and community involvement. Teams mix curiosity and imagination with LEGO bricks, sensors, motors, and gears to invent unique, autonomous robots capable of completing various missions. Each September FLL teams around the world are provided with an annual Challenge. The Challenge is based on a set of real-world problems facing scientists and engineers today. It has two parts: a robot game and a project.

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) – Ms. Boyd, Advisor (kboyd@wcpss.net)

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a nonprofit national career and technical student organization for young men and women in Family and Consumer Sciences education in public and private schools through grade 12. Chapter projects focus on a variety of youth concerns, including teen pregnancy, parenting, family relationships, substance abuse, peer pressure, environment, nutrition and fitness, teen violence, and career exploration. Involvement in FCCLA offers members the opportunity to expand their leadership potential and develop life skills – planning, goal setting, problem solving, decision making, and interpersonal communication – necessary in the home and workplace. Any student enrolled in a Family and Consumer Sciences course (Life Skills) is eligible to join FCCLA. For more information visit the Daniels FCCLA Website.

Sports – Coach McGuire, Athletic Director  (tmcguire2@wcpss.net)

Wake County Middle School athletics are for 7th and 8th grade students only. However, 6th grade students can be managers of the different sports teams. For more information, please see the Daniels Athletics Weebly.

Anime/Manga Club – Ms. Lewis, Advisor (mlewis2@wcpss.net)

FBLA – Ms. Moorefield, Advisor (kmoorefield@wcpss.net)

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational association that helps prepare students for careers in business and business-related fields. The association has a middle school program that covers grades 6-8 and has only one requirement to join. Students must have successfully passed or currently be in a Business Education class (CSA I, CSA II, etc.) Members participate in a variety of activities including job shadow programs, community service projects, and American enterprise projects. There will be a cost to be a part of the FBLA at the national level. This cost provides membership and participation in national programs along with participation at a state level. In 2013-2014 the cost was $25.00 per student. Fees for school year 2015-2016 will be released as of August 1, 2015.

Adirondack Chair Club – Mr. Hubbard, Advisor (dhubbard@wcpss.net)

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