North Ridge Clubs & Organizations

Ridgerunner Yearbook
The North Ridge yearbook is an exciting activity that stresses responsibility and dependability. Members take photos and help design the pages. Also, members will make cover and theme decisions. Cooperation and working as a team is stressed. This activity runs from September to May when the books are distributed. Meetings are held September through May; a schedule will be provided to each member. Students of all grade levels may participate. Ten students from each grade level will be selected to participate. 
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Titan (School Newspaper)
This group meets from October to April. Members will help create original articles, interview people, write and edit columns. They will also help type articles and sell printed editions to students during lunch times. All members will also be encouraged to help with the art portion of the Titan, creating drawings and sketching ideas for pictures and covers related to the theme for the issue. We welcome all grade levels of students with creative interests to participate. 
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Spelling Team
The spelling team meets during the months of November-February. Students try out by taking a written test. Students study a list of spelling words (approximately 2500) and spell in 2 competitions, city and county. 
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Builder's Club
The Golden Kiwanis Club of Danville sponsors the Builder’s Club at North Ridge Middle School. The club’s purpose is to serve the community and school in various types of service projects. Some of these projects include: assisting with the Kiwanis Pancake Day, recycling, and ringing bells at Christmas-time for the Salvation Army. The actual time involved depends upon the project. The club meets from September-May, once or twice a month, on Wednesday mornings. There is a small annual membership fee required to join. Students receive membership pins and cards from Kiwanis International. All grade levels can participate. 
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Future Problem Solvers
Future Problem Solvers is a program that is designed to teach young people how to work together cooperatively and creatively as they attack community problems. They meet throughout the year. 
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Computer Club
This club is for students who enjoy learning about computers, the internet and web pages. All grade levels can participate.
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Scholastic Bowl
Scholastic Bowl is open to students of all grade levels. The team plays several schools in the surrounding area. They participate in the city/county meet as well as regionals, sectionals, and state meets. The team studies everything from current events to spelling. The team meets from October-January. During February to May, we meet at various times depending on our scheduled meets. Matches are played in February, March, and April. The state meet is the first weekend in May. 
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Young Women/Young Men Aware
These clubs are sponsored by Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Vermilion County and the Provena USMC Foundation. Young Women Aware/Young Men Aware meets every Wednesday after school to discuss problems facing today’s youth and to encourage students to stay in school.
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Student Council
This activity goes on all during the school year. The members are elected in September by the student body and are from all grade levels. One student represents each homeroom during the school year. We meet on early out Wednesdays at 8:05am. We help raise money for North Ridge through activities such as dances and fundraisers. We support our community by collecting money for our library, Toys for Tots, etc. The members also bring concerns and ideas from other students for improvements to our school. 
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National Junior Honor Society
National Junior Honor Society is an all year activity open to 7th and 8th grade students by invitation. NJHS promotes scholarship and leadership, and requires community service hours. Examples of some past activities include: peer tutoring, volunteering at community activities and fundraisers, and planning events for school like career day or fun night. Students are selected for membership by the procedure listed in detail below. 

Selection Procedure for National Junior Honor Society
1. A grade point average of 4.25 or above, based on the previous year’s cumulative average is needed.
2. Students who are eligible scholastically will be notified and sent the application to complete and return.
3. A review of the application and the student discipline record will determine acceptance in the NJHS.
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Redcoats
Redcoats is a show choir (singing plus movement) choreographed by a professional. We perform at various civic organizations, clubs, nursing homes, and participate in many contests in the Midwest. We meet during the entire school year on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 p.m. This is an audition only group. All North Ridge students may audition. Auditions are held in May. Students will be asked to purchase a costume and pay for travel to and from some events. 
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Radiant Reds
Radiant Reds is an all girls show choir (singing plus movement) choreographed by a professional.  We perform at various civic organizations, clubs, nursing homes, and participate in many contests in  the Midwest. All North Ridge girls may audition. Auditions are held in May. Students will be asked to purchase a costume and pay for travel to and from some events. 
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Drama Club
Drama Club is open to all North Ridge students. The size of the play’s cast does cause some limitations on student involvement. Students can be involved in any aspect of production: acting, set construction, lights, costumes, etc. Drama Club meets during productions. Practices are after school from 3:00-5:00 p.m., 3-4 nights a week and in evenings during show week. Anyone can join, but you must audition for roles in the plays. 
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Operetta
Each year a new show will be performed. The rehearsals are after school. This is an activity that requires an audition for a speaking/singing part and may require you to dance. All students are allowed to audition for the show. 
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Concert Orchestra
North Ridge Concert Orchestra is a group of 7th and 8th grade students who perform for civic groups, nursing homes, school assemblies, and clubs during the school day. The Orchestra also prepares music for concerts, solo and ensemble contests, as well as competitions. Every other year the Orchestra will participate in a national competition, often held out of state. The activity goes on throughout the entire school year and students are expected to attend all scheduled events as this is an important part of their class grading procedure. 
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Jazz Band I/REDPEPPERS
The North Ridge “REDPEPPERS” jazz band is an extracurricular activity. Tryouts for next year’s group are held at the beginning of each school year. The group rehearses Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 7:45am. Since the jazz group is an extracurricular activity, each member must maintain their classroom grades and studies. Extended periods on the ineligibility list can cause one to be dropped from the group. The REDPEPPERS perform at many in-school and out-of-school events each semester including contests and public performances both during and out-of-school hours. The group usually travels to an out-of state festival every other year. Members of the REDPEPPERS must be members of the North Ridge band. Students who audition for the jazz band as bass, guitar, or piano players must be in band, choir or orchestra. 
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Eligibility
All students must be eligible (passing all subjects) in order to participate in any extracurricular activity (Ownership in Education Article X- Extracurricular Activities, section 3). Eligibility will be taken every week to comply with IESA rules. Students who receive a letter stating their status as ineligible are not to attend practice or an event for the following week. Students can be dropped from an activity due to eligibility status.
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Participation Fees
$10.00 allows a student to participate in one or more organizations or clubs.
$20.00 allows a student to participate in one or more sports.
$30.00 allows a student to participate in a combination of organizations and sports.
Fees are waived for students whose families qualify for free lunch benefits. Click here for income guidelines.
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