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.

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Girls Who Code

Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, and Amelia Earhart – all women who changed the world. Do you want to change the world, too? Learn to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code. Come join the fun and adventure in this GIRLS ONLY coding club!

Explorer Club

Join the club! Explore Careers! Have Fun! This club is designed to expose you to a variety of careers. Throughout the school year, this club will meet once a month. At each meeting a different career field will be highlighted. You won’t be listening to boring speakers or sitting around. You’ll be out of your chair doing HANDS-ON activities to get a feel for what each career is actually like. The number one goal of this club is to have FUN exploring different career options.

Girls Empowered

This is a peer monitoring group that connects our CMS girls with our Academy girls to discuss various issues that are relevant and interesting to middle school girls. This will be a fun, relaxed atmosphere where girls can communicate safely while getting advice from and building relationships with older girls who have been through the middle school “experience.”


This CMS International Club offers activities and events that celebrate cultures from around the world. Students who join this club will have the opportunity to learn foreign languages, celebrate holidays, make crafts, watch movies, play games, sing songs, and experience the diversity of the world around us. French-speaking and Spanish-speaking countries will be featured, but other cultures will be explored as well. This club is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. We will meet at least one Wednesday per month. Look for dates/activities posted on the foreign language bulletin board.

Rosalind Franklin

Are you a girl interested in Science? Join us for our fourth year of the Rosalind Franklin Society.

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Spoken Word Poetry

Explore spoken word poetry by both writing and performing.

Newspaper Club

Newspaper club is a club where students write articles for our online newspaper, “Stuck in the Middle.” Articles can be submitted during our meeting time or online.

Teen Book Festival Club

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


Maker Club

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.

Cookies for a Closer Community

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.

Craft/Pinterest Club

Do you like to make crafts? Have you ever wanted to make some of the cool things you’ve seen on Pinterest? Then please join us once a month as we make a craft that is seasonal/holiday inspired. They often make great gifts. We look forward to crafting with you!

Drawing and Comics Book Club

Are you interested in drawing…or comic books…or BOTH drawing and comic books? Join us!

LEGO Robotics Club

First LEGO League is a club that competes with other schools in an annual competition for grades 6-8. These students will program a LEGO Robot to solve challenges on a game board. This club is great for all types of students. The club runs from the end of September through mid November.

Yearbook Club

Students will be taking photos, scanning photos, and uploading photos. They will also do page layouts and distribute yearbooks when completed. Individual groups will meet once a month until April.



Join us as we delve into the world of fantasy through movies and television. We will begin the year with The Lord of the Rings Trilogy!

Magic the Gathering

Come join the fun as we play the popular card game Magic: The Gathering. We will also be playing other collectible card games.

Strategy and Board Gaming Club

Explore the world of strategy board gaming on Friday afternoons. Students will need to have a ride home as this club ends at 4:00 p.m.

Doctor Who

Join us in following the Adventures of Doctor Who! A science fiction’s favorite time traveler!

Science Fiction Club

Explore the world of science fiction through movies and television.

Drama Club

Club members will have the chance to act, improv, and script through a variety of activities.

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Physical Activity

Fitness Club

Students will learn cardio and strength training.

Soccer Club

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.

Field and Stream Club

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.

Gardening Club

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.

Running Club

We will run on the sidewalks within the area bounded by Chapel St, North Pleasant St, Fort Hill Ave, and East St (including the grounds of Evans Field, Sonnenberg Park, the high school and/or Northeast Park. All ability levels are welcome. You will need to bring clothes appropriate for outdoor winter running.


We will be going to Bristol Mountain on January 5, 12, 19, and 26 and February 2 and 9. Please see Mrs. Welch in room 15 for registration information. All registrations will be due by November 18. There is a fee for this club. Registration and forms are online for school.

Fencing Club

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.
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