Student Activities

Spring Tryout Information

Spring Tryout Info.pdf

Dear KMS Students,

Below, you will find a list of clubs and activities that will be offered during the 2018-19 school year.  Activity buses will run Monday – Friday at 5:55 p.m. with the exception of during interscholastic tryouts.   If a parent is not present at 5:55 p.m., the child will be placed on the activity bus.  If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Lisa Makowski, Student Activities Coordinator, at 757-648-4700.


Academic Challenge (Ms. King)

Academic Challenge is a jeopardy-style trivia team that competes against other schools. Students in 6th, 7th & 8th grade are invited to try out for the team at the beginning of the second nine weeks grading period. Matches and practices are held after school during the season, which runs from Nov.-Jan.   Announcements will be made prior to the start of the season regarding an information meeting (Thurs. Nov. 1st) & tryouts (beginning Nov. 13th).


Band (Mr. Gauldin)

Beginning Band- This group includes 1st year instrumentalists and select students from the 7th and 8th grade bands.  They perform at both the Winter and Spring concerts.  All 6th grade and 7th grade beginners are required to be a part of this group, with minimal rehearsals outside of the school day prior to each performance.


Festival Band- Members of this elite group include 8th grade advanced students, as well as up and coming 7th graders who show a great deal of musicianship and responsibility throughout the first half of the school year.  The group begins after school rehearsals in January to prepare for the District II VBODA adjudicated festival on the weekend of March.  Attendance is required.  It is an extreme honor to be involved in this ensemble.


Pep Band- Pep band is offered to any student currently enrolled in the 7th grade intermediate or 8th grade concert band.  The pep band performs for the home football games and spirit parades.  


Board Game Club (Mr. McKay & Mr. Sollner)

Do you enjoy playing Monopoly, Checkers, Connect 4 and many other games?  Then join us on Wednesdays after school during the 2nd nine weeks. Grab a friend and let’s play games, laugh and just have some plain old fun!


Book Clubs (Mrs. Sutterluety)

Mystery? Dystopias? Fantasy? Romance? Suspense? YES! Mrs. Sutterluety is hosting several book clubs throughout the school year. We will meet in the Library either during lunch or CARE. Clubs will be open to specific grade levels. Listen to the KNN News for more information. 


Braves Buddies (Mrs. Fuller & Dr. Bailey)

Brave Buddies is a peer group with the purpose to help learn about diversity and positive social interactions.  You will learn more about other students, how to interact with people that have differences from you, and how to promote positive social interactions with peers all while having fun!!  The program occurs during the 3rd nine weeks so stay tuned for additional information.

Chorus (Ms. Lape)
KMS Chorus
All chorus students participate in Winter and Spring concerts, field trips & other performances. Rehearsals before concerts are expected. 

Madrigals (KMS Honors Choir)
KMS advanced students who are enrolled in chorus for the year and maintain an A average can audition in December, for 
our KMS Honors Choir called Madrigals. This is a mixed choir of talented young musicians with soprano, alto, tenor, & baritone voice ranges. These students rehearse a variety of music appropriate for concerts, community performances, school assemblies, and a Busch Gardens trip in the spring.


Debate is an interscholastic activity in which students’ debate about a variety of topics using the Public Forum format.  The debate season begins January 29th and continues through March 18thwhen we compete in the city debate championship. Students who are interested or even curious are invited to attend tryouts from January 29-February 2 after school.  There will be announced pre-season meetings to introduce students to the debate format.


Diversity Club (Mr. Whitley)

The Diversity Club helps promote awareness of differences among members of the Kempsville Middle School Community while also acknowledging that, ultimately, we are all inherently the same.  Through this recognition, a better understanding will help create a more harmonious school environment.  The initial meeting of this club will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27th.  Future meeting times will be posted on the school website in the very near future.


Flag Team (Ms. Marchand)  

Flag team is an important part of our performing student's world. Flag team practices twice a week (Tuesdays & Thursdays) after school and students ride the activity bus home. Team members perform with the band at two football games in October.  Flag Team will have an interest and workout meeting on Tuesday, September 11, after school in Room 127. No experience required.  See Ms. Marchand with any questions.  Come be a part of KMS Flag Team!! 



If you enjoy performing, debate, poetry, prose, writing persuasive speeches, or speaking in front of people, Forensics is for you. Forensics is a competitive speaking sport, where members will compete against other schools in a variety of categories. Students on the team will be chosen to compete in categories ranging from the humorous to serious, and more.  Tryouts will begin March 25th with specific topic tryout and practice dates TBA.  The tournament will be Thursday, May 16th at 5:30 PM.


Gentleman’s Club (Mr. Huntley)

The Gentlemen's Club, a year round character development mentoring program for boys. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for psychological, social, educational, and personal growth and development in KMS young male students. Members will also develop problem solving skills, creativity, behavioral flexibility, resourcefulness, social intelligence, and competence. Members will meet on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month.  For each meeting, members are required to come to school with a pair of slacks, belt, and collared shirt with a neck tie.  The shirt must be tucked into their pants at all times.


Green Team (Mrs. Bowles)

The Green Team is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.  Our goal is to connect with nature through positive learning experiences which will benefit ourselves, our environment, and wildlife in our community.  Through various projects and activities, students will gain an understanding of the environment and his/her place in it.  The club will be actively and physically involved with nature.  Possible projects include:  planting gardens, making birdhouses and nesting boxes to place on school grounds, expanding the school recycling program, and participation in community programs such as “Save the Bay Day".  Monthly meetings will be held after school on Wednesdays beginning September 12th.  The meeting dates for the 1st semester are October 17, November 14, December 12 & January 16.


Interscholastic Sports

In order to participate in the Interscholastic sports program, students must have a MSL physical (Rev. June 2017) form on file with the Student Activities Coordinator.  

  • Winter I: Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Winter II: Girls Volleyball & Wrestling
  • Spring: Boys Baseball, Girls Field Hockey, Girls Softball, & Boys and Girls Track

In order to participate in the Intramurals program, students must have a MSL physical form (Revised June 2017) on file with the Student Activities Coordinator.


Baseball (Mr. McDowell & Mr. Spruill) Baseball Intramurals is open to all students desiring to develop their fundamental baseball skills during the 2nd nine weeks after school.  Emphasis will be placed on hitting mechanics utilizing the indoor batting cage.  Conditioning, stretching and game strategies will also be explored.

Football (Mr. Brown)– Spring football conditioning is 2-3 days a week during the 4th nine weeks.  Students will participate in football drills and skills for condition in preparation for the fall tryouts.  Highly recommended for any student interested in football.

Wrestling (Mr. Brown)– Wrestling will allow you to learn the skills and techniques required to be a champion on the mat. Wrestling will also develop your strength, conditioning, and discipline, helping you to be a champion on and off the mat.  Wrestling intramurals will be held after school October through mid-January.


Ladies’ Club (Mrs. Chesson)

The Ladies Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month starting in October. We work on social skills and how to reach your potential in school as well as perform service projects for the staff at Kempsville Middle School. All members from last year are invited back and other interested girls are welcome to join.


Leadership Workshop (Mrs. Garcia and Mr. Brown)

Kempsville Middle School Leadership Workshop will be holding an annual workshop again this year.  The two-day workshop is designed to foster and develop leadership potential within members of the Kempsville Middle student body. Interested students in grades 6, 7, and 8 are eligible to apply. More information regarding the workshop will be presented during the Round-up Assembly.


NJHS (Ms. Campbell)

The purpose of the National Junior Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage citizenship. Students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in these areas and have a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative grade point average will be invited to apply. Applications are given to potential inductees at the end of the first semester and are due back to the sponsors in late March. The Faculty Council will render their decisions and the honor will be bestowed upon selected candidates during the Induction Ceremony in April. Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays in room 104 after school beginning Sept. 11th. If you would like more information, please contact the sponsor.

Orchestra (Mr. McConnell)

As a participant in the Kempsville Middle School Orchestras you will have the opportunity to attend after-school rehearsals in which we will prepare for events such as upcoming concerts, our annual Assessment, and other extracurricular orchestras (All-City Orchestra, Junior District Orchestra, etc.). These rehearsals will be concentrated around performance techniques, etiquette, and will also allow the opportunity for you participate in masterclasses or sectional rehearsals led by other VBCPS orchestra directors.


Running Club (Mrs. Yeager) 

Calling all runners!!!  Do you love to run as much as Mrs. Yeager? We are looking for anyone who loves to run to join KMS’s very own run club!!  You don’t have to be a skilled runner to participate, you just have to love to run, or want to run to get in shape for your sports teams! We will be running short or longer distances, depending on your ability level and comfort! If you are interested, come on out! You will also have the option to participate in local races throughout the year! Remember, in order to participate, students must have a MSL physical form on file with the Student Activities Coordinator.  Running club will be held on Tuesdays and the first meeting will be Sept. 18th.


SCA (Ms. Johnson and Mrs. Sutterluety)

The SCA is a group of students who make a difference at KMS! We help in a number of ways: we provide services for our school, volunteer in the community, and organize fundraisers. We sponsor school functions, like dances and spirit events. The SCA encourages leadership, citizenship, teamwork, and friendship, all while having fun. We are always looking for creative and responsible young adults, especially for our General Assembly (GA). The GA is formed by the elect/select process which will take place during the first quarter. These GA students help with all of SCA functions. The GA will meet once per quarter. 


Writing Center (Mrs. Garcia)

The WC is a group of collaborative students that share a love of writing. We meet regularly to share personal writings as well as in class writing assignments. Whether you are a seasoned writer or are just looking to improve your skills, the WC is waiting for you! Students may attend the writing center regularly or just drop in to have a class essay peer reviewed. We look forward to seeing you the first Thursday of each month.


Yearbook (Mr. Pernites)                                       

Yearbook Club needs students who are dedicated, creative, and organized. We are responsible for capturing the moments that make the 2018-19 school so special! We will hold an informational meeting on Tuesday, September 25 at 4:00PM in the Room 137. We will discuss this year’s themes, expectations, and meeting dates. Applications are now available and are due back to Mr. Pernites by Friday, October 5th.