Hobbies for Life
In addition to academic classes, the staff here at CMS enjoy sharing their love for activities outside of school! Below you will find a list of Hobbies for Life; clubs that meet regularly and explore the fun things to do once the school day is over.
Hobbies for Life generally starts the second or third week of October each year and a new list of activities is published once all the clubs are set up. More information can be found in the Canandaigua Middle School Schoology Page.
The GSA of Canandaigua Middle School is open to all students interested in promoting tolerance and acceptance throughout the school community and to provide a safe, non-judgmental space as a support network for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Straight youth who share a common vision of social equality. While traditionally seen as a club for LGBTQ students, straight allies of LGBTQ youth are an important component to a GSA as well. Our time together will focus on building community, building knowledge, and having fun doing it!
In this club, we will learn various coding languages from online websites (i.e. tynker, code.org, khan academy, codeacademy, codesters, etc.) and to code robots available here at school. You will learn to code along with fellow students, as well as learn code from other students. No experience needed and all students welcome!
Builder’s Club is a student-led service organization for students in middle school. We work with the local Kiwanis Club to develop leadership through service to the school and community. Join us as we learn about seeing-eye dogs, wrap presents for a holiday gift event, pack Easter baskets for the community Easter Egg Hunt, gather clothing donations during Socktober, make toys for the animals at local shelters, and much more!
Are you one of those people who enjoy helping others? Teacher’s Helpers Club is for you! From creating a bulletin board to organizing a bookshelf to…well there’s just too many odd jobs to name. Every Thursday you’ll be assigned to teachers who have requested help in their classrooms. It’s a way to have fun…get to know teachers…and feel good about contributing your time and energy.
Do you like to read? Would you like to meet your favorite author? If “yes,” then Teen Book Festival Club is for you! As a club, we will read and discuss books by authors that are going to be at the Rochester Teen Book Festival. Then on May 20, 2017, we will go to the Teen Book Festival and meet authors, hang out with other readers, get autographs, and have fun? For more information, check out our video: goo.gl/uiyWq2
Do you enjoy crafting, Legos, electronics, robots, 3D printing, coding, web-based applications and more? Would you like to have a space to see your ideas come to life? Join Maker Club! Every month we’ll have challenges to construct, design, or explore tools and ideas. We provide the tools, you come to build, create, explore, code, or tinker in the MS library S.T.R.E.A.M. lab.
Do you like to bake chocolate chip cookies? Do you like to eat chocolate chip cookies? Would you like to share your love of baking with members of the Canandaigua Community? This club meets on Mondays and will bake and deliver a plate of warm cookies to a new location every week with the help of two students along with Mr. Arthur, Mr. Jensen, or Mrs. Ceddia. Students must have a permission letter signed by a parent or guardian if they would like to help deliver cookies.
The Soccer Club schedule will show what days your grade plays. At soccer club, we will break down into teams and play small sided soccer games (5 v 5) until time runs out. This club is open to students that want to play soccer competitively and those who are just looking to have fun playing the game.
This club is primarily for kids interested in hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities that are related to the legal and ethical harvesting of game animals and fish. Learn new skills and information, sharpen skills you might already have, and discuss important topics like safety and ethics with other kids and adults who share the love of sporting outdoors. Please be aware that students may choose to watch some videos in which animals are harvested by hunting. An additional permission slip is required.
This club offers an opportunity for student members to develop better skills involved in horticulture and basic gardening. The club will study seed germination, soil quality, pruning, food production, composting, and garden development. Club members will be involved in maintaining our “edible wall.” Members will also use the greenhouse and our outdoor classroom (pond area) to grow flowers and vegetables to sell or take home in the spring.
Fencing is about to explode upstate. Be part of this groundbreaking sport that teaches discipline, agility, honor and strength. This impressive activity will certainly make you stand out on college applications.
Coaches from the same Rochester Fencing Club that has qualified ten Olympians and has produced two World Champions come to Canandaigua Academy four times per week in fall, winter, and spring 8-week seasons to teach beginners and returning fencers from 2:30-3:35 PM. Students in grades 9-12 train Mon & Wed; students in grades 6-8 train Tues & Thurs.
Generously funded for 2018-2019 through a Ralph C. Wilson Youth Sports Grant, the cost is only $25 per session with all equipment provided. Optional tournaments in Rochester in February and April with bus transportation cost only $5.Limited to 20 Middle School and 20 Academy students.