Academic & Music Clubs

Advisor: Ms. Danielle Purciello

The STEM club offers students an opportunity to create, invent, compete, and play in challenges and activities that use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. There will be a new challenge every meeting such as building towers from spaghetti and marshmallows, creating mummifies, or designing a container to keep ice from melting. The club meets in Room 118. For information, contact dpurciello

Math Counts
Advisor: Ms. Nicolette Culkin -

Math Counts is a club for 7th & 8th grade students who are interested in Math. It meets once a week from the end of October thru the beginning of February. The main objective is to prepare for a regional competition that takes place early in February.

Advisor: Ms. Catherine Spinella

Rogate (Resources Offered in Gifted and Talented Education) is a project of the National Talent Network, which offers programs in gifted and talented education. Members develop personal research and communication skills, have the opportunity to take the SAT, receive copies of the periodical News Net etc. Students are selected for Rogate based on their MAP scores. (They must score above the 90th percentile in both Math and Language Arts)

Select Choir
Advisor: Christa Rizzo
This group is open to 7th and 8th graders selected by audition.  Rehearsals are on Tuesdays after school from January to May.  The group performs for the Spring Concert, music festivals, and community service events.

West Essex Middle School Book Club
Advisor: Mrs. Catherine Spinella -

The Middle School Book Club meets monthly to discuss a common novel selected by members of the club. The club reads popular, well-reviewed books of all genres. Club members read the book independently and then meet for a “book chat.” During the meeting, club members also discuss books they have read and give reading recommendations to the group. If you like to read and discuss books, this is the club for you!

Middle School Dance Team
Advisor: Ms. Shaun Salmon

The middle school dance team is made up of 7th and 8th grade students. The group meets weekly and will focus on development in the dance genres of jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, and hiphop. The coach will guide them through various techniques of dance and they will learn performance value, staging, and the fuction of costumes, all while being a part of a team.

All of their hard work accumulates into a showcase in February, combining with the high school teams to put on a dazzling night of dancing. As the team grows we will also be involved in more school wide activities. Being on the middle school dance team at West Essex is a great way to prepare for the high schools rigorous audition only teams. All students welcome! No dance background needed, only commitment and passion!

Middle School Art Club
Advisor: Ms. Erica Lescota -

The main focus of the Middle School Art Club is to provide students with the opportunity for creative exploration, self-discovery and experimentation in a teacher-guided, yet self-directed, working environment that simulates how artists work in a real-world environment. Particular emphasis is placed on the following dynamics at play in the creative process: visual problem-solving, personal interest and "voice," risk-taking and experimentation, collaboration, mystery, serious plan and the importance of "Allowing Art to bring them where it wants to go..." discovery. Other responsibilities and activities include setting up and designing designated display areas.

Music Activities: All-Girls Pop Chorus
Advisor: Mrs. Christa Rizzo-

This auditioned group is open to selected students bu audition in the 7th and 8th grades. Rehearsals are Tuesdays after school from January to May. The group performs for the Spring school concert, music festivals, and community service events.

Music Activities: Glee Club
Advisor: Mrs. Christa Rizzo-

Students in the 7th & 8th grades can participate in this vocal ensemble. The group rehearses every Wednesday from September through May. The group performs for school concerts, music festivals, and community service events.

Music Activities – Middle School String Ensemble
Advisor: Ms. Caitlin Shroyer -

The Middle School String Ensemble is an after school music program that provides students opportunity for performance in addition to the MS Orchestra. Participation in the group is determined by audition and enrollment in the orchestral program is not a prerequisite. The group performs a more varied repertoire ranging from the Baroque to the Contemporary.

Jazz Ensemble
Advisor: Mr. Rick Fitzke -

Jazz Ensemble is a 7th & 8th grade select ensemble that provides students opportunity for performance in addition to the MS Band.