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. Contact Mr. Howard for more information.
(Creative Recruits Enjoy Art Through Exploration)
The Create Club meets on the 4th Tuesday 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 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 Mr. Dickerson or Mrs. Jones, club sponsors, with any questions.
DI (Destination Imagination)
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.
FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
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 contact Mr. Howard for more information.
FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America)
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 Mrs. A.C. Miller in room #1501 for more information or with any questions.
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. Martin for more information.
The Hawk Herald (Newspaper Club)
The Hawk Herald is Pocahontas Middle School’s quarterly publication for students, teachers, and parents to learn about all the Hawk happenings. With a strong team of student writers and editors, Mr. Callahan helps Hawks get the inside scoop! For more information, please contact Mr. Callahan.
Hawk-Men Focus Group
Hawk-Men Focus Groups (by Grade Level)
Who: 8th Grade Males
What: Male Social Group
When: 1/16/20 – 5/21/20; Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm (60 min)
Where: Pocahontas Middle School; Room 2707
Why: This social group will allow exiting 8th grade Hawk-Men of Pocahontas Middle School to discuss what it is like growing up in today’s society, life experiences from their 6th grade year until now, and their expectations of high school and thereafter. This is a weekly open invitation; with a permission slip.
Who: 7th Grade Males
What: Male Social Group
When: 1/15/20 – 4/29/20; Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm (60 min)
Where: Pocahontas Middle School; in Room 2707
Why: This social group will allow 7th grade males of Pocahontas Middle School to discuss their 2nd year of middle school: no longer being a 6th grader, understanding future expectations of becoming an 8th grader, and social skills.
Who: 6th Grade Males
What: Male Social Group
When: 1/14/20 – 3/31/20; Tuesdays, 3:30 – 4:30pm (60 min)
Where: Pocahontas Middle School; Room 2707
Why: This social group will provide 6th grade males of Pocahontas Middle School understanding and insight to their new environment. They will have the opportunity to meet new peers, discuss their adjustment to middle school, be informed of expectations as a 6th grade male, and express themselves without judgement.
All attendees will need to secure transportation home at the group’s conclusion (4:30pm).
Vittles: Healthy Snack and Water.
Facilitator: Mr. Engles and group selected guest.
Permission slips are located outside of room 2707.
HOX News is the daily, live, morning announcement broadcasting team. Students interview and audition to become members of the HOX News Crew. The anchors, switcher, and production assistant work under the direction of Mrs. Coleman and Mrs. Walker to provide updates to the school community.
Model Congress & Model U.N.
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.
Please contact Mr. Martin for more information.
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.
National History Day
National History Day is a nationwide contest. Students from every state complete projects that relate to the annual theme, and compete in district, state, and national competitions. More information about this contest can be found at www.nhd.org. Please contact Mrs. Hershberger for club meeting information.
No Place for Hate club
Pocahontas Middle school believes that having a school community where your child feels safe and respected is an important foundation to their academic success. That is why Pocahontas has been participating in No Place for Hate®, a national program supporting schools in their commitment to celebrating diversity, promoting respect for differences and challenging bias and bullying at all levels.
Developed by the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) – a leading civil rights organization that has worked for over a century to “secure justice and fair treatment to all” – No Place for Hate® has helped us incorporate new anti-bias and bullying prevention resources into our existing programs in order to have one consistent message of inclusivity.
Please contact Mrs. J. Ozolins, our school’s counseling director, for more information.
The P.A.C.K. (Promoting & Protecting Animals through Compassion and Kindness)
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. All students 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 (summer orientation), elementary school tours, and committees. During the school year, Peer Helpers select from a variety of committees to volunteer their time. Committees this year included school rallies, rally prep, 8th grade wishes, dances and 6th grade classes.
Any questions, students should see Mrs. J. Ozolins, School Counseling Director in the Counseling Office.
Power of One Team
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.
Please contact Mrs. A.C. Miller or Ms. T. Ozolins for more information.
Public Speaking Club (Forensics)
The Public Speaking Club (Forensics) 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 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.
TSA (Technology Student Association)
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 Ms. Lewchanin.
Like taking pictures? Interviewing peers? Creative design? Join the Yearbook Club to help create the school yearbook! This group must work hard and have strong editing skills in order to produce a great product for our community. See Ms. Prokopis for details.