Club Descriptions

Sandburg After Two:Fifteen

** Please note that after school will not take place the first Tuesday of every month. Descriptions are located under the schedule.



Basketball: Mr. Finelsen

Meeting Day: Monday (Both Sessions)

Description: If you want to learn how to play the game of basketball or just play some pick-up games, come on out!      

Basketball Skills Training: Mr. Pulley

Meeting Day: Thursday (Both Sessions)

Description: This club is to help students learn the fundamental skills of playing basketball.  Students will lean how to dribble, pass, shoot, and understand the concepts of the game.  Athletic shoes are required. 


Book Club aka Literary Legends:  Ms. Purdie

Meeting Day: Tuesday (Both Sessions)

Description: The purpose is to foster a love for reading, encouraging students to develop a lifelong passion for diverse and engaging literary works, thereby enhancing their literacy skills. We achieve this by nurturing their reading comprehension, critical thinking, and analytical capabilities through thoughtful discussions and activities. Central to our approach is the promotion of collaborative learning, achieved by fostering an inclusive environment where students can share their ideas, insights, and thoughts on the books they read. The goal is to actively work to expand cultural awareness, selecting books that mirror diverse cultures and experiences, thus fostering understanding, empathy, and cultural consciousness among our participants. Ultimately, the objective is to provide a safe and supportive space, enabling students to express their thoughts, emotions, and opinions freely and confidently.

Chess Club: Mr. Bradley

Meeting Day: Thursday (Both Sessions)

Description: Expert or just want to learn, come out to Chess club and improve your skills while competing against other Sandburg students.

Crafty Cooks: Ms. Clark & Ms. Kasprzyk

Meeting Days: Wednesday (Both Sessions)

Description: Crafty Cooks is an after school cooking and crafting club which educates students about nutrition and healthy food preparation skills. Students participate in afterschool cooking classes on how to prepare healthy snacks and meals.

Creative Writing: Ms. Healy

Meeting Days: Monday (Both Sessions)

Description: Students will discuss, collaborate, and produce creative writing. We will explore writing and help each other grow as writers and students.

Crochet Club:  Ms. Frank

Meeting Days: Wednesday (Both Sessions)

Description:  “Crochet Club is a place where students can learn how to crochet, work on current crocheting projects, or just have fun crocheting together! This club is all-inclusive from beginners to experts. All supplies will be provided (yarn, crochet hooks, and scissors) but students are more than welcome to bring their own!”

Debate Club: Ms. Healy

Meeting Day: Thursday (A Session Only)

Description: Do you like to argue? Then Debate is for you. We'll work to get better and compete against each other and maybe even Mr. Schmeelcke.

Drama/Production: Ms. Tunstall

Meeting Day: Tuesday & Thursday (Both Sessions)

Description: Come join Drama Club to learn about the world of theater. This club is for all students, you don't have to be taking a drama class to join. The Drama Club is responsible for the after school productions at Sandburg Middle School and when we are not working on the productions we meet to learn improv games and other fun theater related activities.

Dungeons and Dragons: Mr. Bradley

Meetings day: Tuesday (Both Sessions)

Description: Dungeons and Dragons club is a small group of students that play the fifth edition of the game from 1974. There are 3 campaigns, all run by 8th graders who serve as both Dungeon Masters and mentors to the newer players and younger students.  In a typical day, the dungeon masters use their words and imaginations to create a world for the players to explore. The players ask questions, make decisions, and take action. The success and failure of their actions depends on dice rolls.  It gives the students an opportunity to engage in social emotional skill building, problem solving, and mental math.

Early Intervention Program(EIP): Mr. O. Wilson

Meeting Day: Wednesday

Description: Program based at George Mason University where students come and work with Sandburg Students via academics..

Extended Day Program: Teachers

Meeting Day: Friday ONLY

Description:  This program is in place five days a week Friday  2:25-4:45 PARENT PICK-UP ONLY.  Students will participate in academic enrichment.

Gaming: Mr. Bradley

Meeting Day: Monday & Wednesday(Both Sessions)

Description: There’s nothing like sitting with your friends, chatting about the day and enjoying an engaging board or video game.  If this is the way you feel, then you’ve found the right club!  We have an array of games ready to be played.  Come out and bring your friends.  Join us for an afternoon of just talking with your friends and enjoy playing your favorite game.

Gardening Club: Mr. Dewar

Meeting Day: Tuesday (A Session Only)

Description: The gardening club will maintain the new gardens in the courtyards. We will remove some weeds, plant some new plants, spread some mulch, and learn how these plants in our gardens will attract butterflies. We will provide some gloves.

German Club: Mr. Ian Stutzman

Meeting Day: Tuesday (Both Sessions)

Description:To keep kids engaged with German as the language isn’t being offered at the school next year. We want to help kids realize how fun and unique the culture is; to create a community of interesting people with a passion for German. Hopefully the success of this club will inspire a new generation of german-lovers and reinstate a thriving German program in both Carl Sandburg &; surrounding high schools.

Homework Help Club: Ms. L. Leath, Ms. Mainor, Ms. Price, & Ms. DeLeon

Meeting Day: Monday-Thursday (Both Sessions)

Description: The Homework Club is intended to support students who may need assistance in homework completion or who may need assistance to catch up on missed work after being absent. The goal of the Homework Club is to provide students with a safe place to receive academic assistance and foster positive relationships in a safe and supportive environment which allows them to gain other essential lifelong skills.

Library Media Center: Ms. Price

Meeting Day: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (Both Sessions)

Description: A place for students to complete assignments using computers and books; and a quiet place for students wanting to read.

Maker Space Club: Ms. Price & Ms. Whickham

Meeting Day: Tuesday & Thursday (Both Sessions)

Description: During Maker Space club meetings, students will participate in a variety of “making” activities including Lego building challenges, recycled material creations, and STEM challenges. Activities vary weekly and are provided by Ms. Price. However, students are encouraged to bring their own “maker” ideas too.

Math Club: Ms. Sham & Ms.Hickling

Meeting Day: Monday (Both Sessions)

Description: This club is designed to increase enthusiasm for and enhance the achievement in middle school math. Students meet to play math games, riddles, practice for a Math National competition, and have fun doing math!

Muslim Student Association: Ms. Winston

Meeting Day: Tuesday (A Session Only)

Description:  Club will be a place where any student want to learn about and/or express different cultural identities surrounding Muslim Culture. Students will have a place where they can self-identify.  Students  will have a place where to can be supported as a Muslim in Fairfax County Public Schools

National Junior Honor Society: Mrs. Clemons & Ms. Krotzer

Meeting Day: 2nd Tuesday of every month (Both Sessions)

Description: NJHS is a group for students that went through the application process last school year. This is a nationally recognized program that is based on core values of leadership, scholarship, service, character, and citizenship. Applications for this school year will begin mid-2nd quarter.

Panther Dance/Step Team:  Ms. Everett

Meeting Day: Wednesday (Both Sessions)

Description:  Stepping is a rising art form and an important part of America’s artistic and cultural heritage. In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps and the spoken word. Stepping developed out of a rich tradition in African-based communities that use movement, words and sounds to communicate allegiance to a group.

Pawsitivity Helpful Squad: Ms. Malone

Meeting Day: Thursday (A Session Only)

Description: We are a support group for our spectacular teachers! Throughout the day teachers have so much on their plates they just can’t complete every
task. The Helping Hands Club helps teachers by organizing their desks and books, hanging posters and bulletin boards, filing papers and many other small tasks
that teachers never have the opportunity to complete.

Panthers In Pursuit of Leadership (PPOL): Dr. Illesanmi

Meeting Day: Thursday (Both Sessions)

Description: Understanding who you are as a student leader.  Unlocking your student-leadership skills. Self-Regulation, Community Service, and inspiring other students to support the community.  Lead in promoting positive behavior in the school.  Understanding positive problem-solving strategies.  Having courageous conversations with peers and adults.  Leadership skills for life.

PRIDE/EQUITY: Ms. Grillo & Ms. Ceppi

Meeting Day: Wednesday (Both Sessions)

Description: The club will provide a safe environment for students to build community, self-confidence, and resiliency while further developing social/emotional wellness. This will be a support group for students that identify as LGBTQ and/or students that wish to be a part of this community of support.

Running Club: Mr. Moore

Meeting Day: Wednesday

Description: In Running Club we work on building our endurance running around the track and neighborhood. We also work to improve our overall fitness. Come join us!

Sandburg Ambassadors: Ms. Clemmons

Meeting Day: Monday (A Session Only)

Description:The Sandburg Ambassadors will meet weekly and cover topics related to social leadership, advocacy, time management, organization, relationship building, academic success and attaining future goals. Committed club members will help give new student tours throughout the year and at events like 6th grade tours, Back to School Night, Orientation and other school wide events. We are looking for student leaders to help Sandburg be the best middle school!

Student Council Association: Ms. Ceppi

Meeting Day: Wednesday (A Session Only)

Description: Students will develop leadership skills to advocate for themselves and their peers. They will present issues they feel are relevant to school administration. They will help to develop policies and hear grievances to help ensure the successful operation of the school.

Soccer: Mr. Finelsen

Meeting Day: Wednesday (Both Sessions)

Description: If you’re interested in showing off your soccer skills or simply want to come out and play a friendly game of “pick-up” soccer, then come on out
and join us!

Spoken Word Poetry Club: Mr. Hicklin

Meeting Day: Tuesday (Both Sessions)

Description: Spoken-word poetry allows artists involved to find comfort through expressing themselves in their community. Each week we will be tackling
various issues and reflecting on poems and performances. The students will be encouraged to drive the topics, with guidance and support from the facilitator.

Volleyball: Coach Ty

Meeting Day: Tuesday (Both Sessions)

Descriptions: The plan is to teach the basics and advanced skills, based on the abilities of the kids. After skills sessions we will play games, put the skills to practice,
including the sponsors.

Weight Training: Mr. Loyde & Ms. K. Leath

Meeting Day: Tuesday & Wednesday (Both Sessions)

Description: Students are encouraged to come to the weight room to improve or maintain their muscular endurance, cardio and flexibility. Students will get a chance to explore the different levels of training using free weights and universal machines.

Young Scholars: Ms. Price & Ms. DeLeon

Meeting Day: Wednesday (Both Sessions)

Description: The Young Scholars After School Program is a great opportunity for students to engage in challenging and fun curriculum in science; technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) related concepts. The goal of the Young Scholars After School Program is to foster the development of higher-level thinking skills and to nurture your talents and abilities. The sessions will focus on an area of investigation that incorporates several academic subjects. The Young Scholars After School Program will meet once a month on Tuesday afternoons. Participation is limited to thirty students per session, so please be sure to sign up ASAP on the after-school program form which can be found in the Young Scholar’s Schoology Group.