Clubs & Organizations
Clubs and organizations are offered for students to be able to meet and participate with other students with similar interests. The following clubs are established and information about meetings will be shared on the morning announcements. Additional clubs may be added based on student interest.
**Students who plan to stay after school for any meetings need to bring written permission from a parent or guardian, and have prearranged transportation that will pick them up promptly at the conclusion of the meeting. Additionally, the written permission should include emergency contact information and any food allergies should also be listed.
Computer club is combined with the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) club. Students learn both computer and business skills as well as compete against other schools in computer and business projects. Please contact Mr. Tate (room 1511) for more information.
(Creative Recruits Enjoy Art Through Exploration)
The Create Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Students can join this amazing club by submitting a permission form signed by a parent and a one-time $5 fee. Students may also choose to purchase a club t-shirt to tie-dye for an additional $5. Permission slips can be found on the club bulletin board outside of room 1501. It is first come, first serve, as there are limited slots! Create club will make fun cool art projects as well as contribute their artistic talents to the community! Come join and unleash your creativity!!! Please see Mrs. Evans in room #1510 or Mr. Dickerson in room #1502, club sponsors, with any questions.
Students who like to write or want to improve their writing skills should join our Creative Writing Club and the Comic Book Club. We share ideas and topics and then work on completing our independent writing projects. Students are encouraged to research contest opportunities and to submit their work. Students should bring written permission to stay after (they can just hold onto this and present it at the beginning of the meeting) and should have a ride at 4:30. The club meets once a semester.
Please contact Ms. Gilfillan with any questions.
Please contact Jimmy Milcarek with any questions.
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a leading educational nonprofit dedicated to teaching students the skills needed to succeed in school, their careers and beyond. We develop project-based learning programs that blend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education with the arts and social entrepreneurship.
Through our programs, students use the creative process to turn their ideas into reality and learn invaluable skills through the process including:
- Creative & Critical Thinking
- Team Building
- Problem Solving
- Risk Taking
- Project Management
Please contact Ms. Bandy for more information.
This is a club for all students interested in business. The goal of the club is to help prepare our students for success as leaders in business, government and communities. We are preparing our students to become active members in the high school chapters of FBLA, where they will compete in various business competitions.
Reasons to join FBLA include:
- Being a part of the largest student business organization in the world with over a quarter million students
- To give back to the community
- To establish career goals
- To improve public speaking and business skills
- To become a better leader
- To learn to dress for success
- To develop character and self-confidence
Please see Mr. Tate in room #1511 for more information.
Exciting opportunities await those students who are, plan to, or have taken any Teen Living 6, Teen Living 7, or Independent Living course. Students are encouraged to join the national student organization, FCCLA. We participate in school activities as well as projects that help our community. Please see Ms. Dancy in room #1501 for more information or with any questions.
This is a group of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who love to sing without musical accompaniment. They sing using only their voices. This is a student-run group that meets twice a week to practice. They perform during pep-rallies, assemblies, and school events throughout the school year. This group is chosen through auditions held at the beginning of each school year. Please contact Mr. Thomas for more information.
Hawk-Men Focus Group
Who: 8th grade males.
What: A focus group discussing their 3 years in junior high/middle school.
When: 12/2/16 – 5/26/17; Fridays 3:30 – 4:30pm (60min).
Where: Pocahontas Middle School; area 2707.
Why: This focus group will allow the exiting Hawk-Men of Pocahontas Middle School to discuss their life experiences from their 6th grade year until now and their expectations of high school. Discussions will also include responsibility, accountability, choices, maturity, integrity, Service and the unconditional act of being appreciative.
Vittles: Pizza and water.
Facilitator: Mr. Engles and group selected guest.
HOX News is the daily, live, morning announcement broadcasting team. Students interview and audition to become members of the HOX News Crew. The anchors, director, teleprompter and production assistant work under the direction of Dr. Nash to provide updates to the school community.
Jazz Band is a performance ensemble of students who audition to be in the group. The jazz band performs at several venues throughout the year, including the children’s museum, retirement homes, pep rallies and concerts. For more information please contact Mr. Bruins.
Model Congress is a student centered simulation of U.S. Congress. Students assume the role of a representative, or a senator, and debate real world issues facing our country and try to come up with legislation that addresses the problem. The competition is held at Maggie Walker each year.
Model UN is also a student centered simulation of the U.N. Students are assigned a country and debate important issues the world faces today. This competition is held at Maggie Walker.
The Multicultural club is an organization designed to build global awareness and to reach out to the campus and into the broader community. In everything that we do we aim to celebrate and embrace our differences and our cultures. We strive to promote cultural awareness and understanding as well as to increase opportunities for education about the cultures of the U.S. and other countries. We will learn about each other through conversations and team building activities. We will meet on a bi-weekly/monthly basis. Please see Mr. Gonzalez for more information.
The P.A.C.K. is the perfect club for students who care about animals and want to make a positive difference in their lives. Students speaking up for animals is the mission statement for this humane education club. Any student may join this club at any time during the year, simply by attending a meeting, typically held once a month during study hall time or after-school. P.A.C.K. students celebrate how animals enrich our lives, research and discuss current issues/practices that affect animals and help educate others on humane treatment and responsible pet ownership. Speakers from various agencies are often invited to talk to members, bringing awareness to specific issues and encouraging advocacy for animals. Members typically participate in at least one community service project during the school year. The underlying theme with all our meetings and discussions is that all creatures, great and small, do matter and deserve humane treatment. There is not a specific, regular meeting day each month; Upcoming meetings will be publicized on the morning or afternoon announcements and flyers will be posted around the school. Parents are always welcome to attend the meetings. Any student with questions about The P.A.C.K. should see Ms. Milby, resident P.A.C.K. Leader and current 8th grade School Counselor, in the School Counseling Office.
The Peer Helper program is for those students who enjoy helping others. Rising 7th and 8th graders may apply to be a Peer Helper in the spring of each school year, and if selected, will serve as a Peer Helper for the upcoming school year. Peer Helpers are involved in various school-wide activities, such as assisting at Hawk Hill Camp (our rising 6th grade half-day orientation in August prior to the start of school). During the school year, Peer Helpers are assigned to 6th grade classes and work directly with students, assisting with time management, organizing notebooks and binders, and creating good study skills. They also conduct 1:1 tutoring and peer advising through listening and modeling decision-making skills. Additionally, they host Red Ribbon Week, our annual anti-drug campaign, and perform 1-2 community service projects throughout the school year. Any questions, students should see Mrs. J. Ozolins, School Counseling Director in the Counseling Office.
The Power of One Team is a mentoring program at Pocahontas Middle School with a 1-1 initiative. Students in the program participate in monthly group team-building activities and are also paired with a teacher or staff mentor buddy to help them connect with the school community. Mentors meet with their mentees during Friday Feature group meetings and also try to check in with their student at least once a week to provide support. All Power of One Team mentoring is conducted during school or during extracurricular school events. Power of One is an affiliate of the Henrico Heroes Mentoring Program, our district-wide program committed to supporting the development and implementation of school-based mentoring in Henrico County Public Schools.
Check out the Power of One blog for more information about specific Power of One Team events.
Project B.L.U.E. is a group of approximately 40 7th and 8th grade students who strive to Build Leaders and Unlock Excellence in our school community. Students currently participate in 4 different rotations (rallies, community service, rewards/recognition, 8th grade wishes) during the school year to experience hands-on learning and leadership. They work in connection with the Pocahontas P.R.I.D.E. committee to bring to life the mission of Josten’s Renaissance. Applications for this leadership group are available each spring. For more information, please contact sponsors Ms. Sigler or Ms. Strickler.
The Public Speaking Club is an organization designed to help students develop confidence, show off their fabulous public speaking skills, and overcome public speaking fears. Club members play games, practice speeches, and even compete in competitions. This is the perfect club to join for students who want to make a few new friends or become better public speakers. The first club meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 9th in room 1504 (and a list of subsequent meetings will be given out on this date). The group meets twice a month. In January, students must commit to being part of the competition group as preparations begin at this time. If there are any questions, students should see Ms. Prokopis.
The Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM); members apply and integrate these concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs. If there are any questions, students should see Mr. Gromling.