Middle School Clubs & Activities
Builders Club is a student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service to both CSN and the local community, build character and develop leadership. This includes helping with the Salvation Army food drive, making crafts for AVOW Hospice, beach clean-ups, and celebrating students at CSN. Builders Club is for students who are concerned about or interested in other people or situations, are inclusive of others, are looking to make friends, and develop leadership skills.
MathCounts is a fun and challenging nationwide math program for middle school students. CSN's MathCounts club aims to inspire student excellence, confidence, and curiosity through the math program, extending to topics beyond classroom knowledge. Math topics include (but are not limited to) number theory, geometry, probability, statistics, algebra and problem solving through a variety of applications. Students who regularly excel in the club will be considered to represent the school¹s Mathcounts team at local, regional and state competitions.
Chess is a fun game that incorporates many aspects of the Community School learner profile: knowledgeable, inquirers, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. The Chess Club is meant to foster a scholar's intellectual growth while having fun in a social setting. The club is made up of a range of player skill levels from students that have never played before to advanced players.
The Veteran Appreciation Club is designed to provide students with opportunities to show gratitude and respect to servicemen and women. The club helps build a greater sense of civic pride by recognizing heroic community members in the Naples area. The club supports Collier County Honor Flight, a national organization that honors World War II veterans by taking them to Washington D.C.to visit the various war memorials. The Veteran Appreciation Club attends farewell celebrations and welcome home celebrations for Honor Flight and donates fund-raised money to the cause.
The members also write letters and create crafts and cards for veterans for various events and holidays. In addition, the club invites veterans to the Community School campus for a Veteran's Day luncheon and for speaking engagements.
For the past eight years, the Naples Council on World Affairs School Outreach Committee has sponsored an Academic World Quest Competition for middle school students from the public and independent schools of Collier County. The MSAWQ has as its objective promoting middle school student awareness of the interrelationship of the United States and world nations, historically and at present. The students answer questions in the following categories:
- World Geography
- Country Names Then and Now
- Forms of Government
- Five Major Religions
- Capitals of the World
- Current World Leaders
- U.S. Military Conflicts Prior to the Civil War
- U.S. Presidents and International Affairs
- World Headline News (October, 2015 - December, 2015)
Teams of four will be determined near the beginning of the second semester. Students who wish to participate in this competition have shown an interest in the above topics and have been learning on their own outside of school.
The National Geographic Bee is an annual geography contest sponsored by the National Geographic Society. The Bee, held every year since 1989, is open to students in the sixth through eighth grade at Community School. The Middle School social studies department holds in class competitions at the beginning of the second semester to determine the top three winners from each grade. These nine students compete to represent CSN as school candidates, who will then take a written test to see if they will move on to the state bee.
Students interested in expanding their knowledge needed to compete at a high level are urged to go on the National Geography Bee website and take the daily GEOBEE Quiz, read about study tips and gather general helpful information.
The CSN Scholar Bowl Team is an academic team that competes against other middle schools, both private and public, from Collier County throughout the school year. The opportunity to be a member of this team is open to students in grades six, seven and eight.
Students will take a series of three short tests to determine areas of skill and general knowledge. The top 15 students are then chosen to represent CSN in the four interschool competitions. The top eight students over the course of the year will represent CSN at the district and county championship matches at the end of the year.