Student Clubs & Activities
Students at John Mills Elementary School have many opportunities to pursue their interests in a structured but less formal environment than a typical classroom by participating in our after-school clubs.
Our current clubs and activities can be found below. Make sure to contact us if you know of any organizations that should be added to this list!
This club is designed for students who really enjoy art! Our students have art class only once a week, so this club is ideal for those who excel in art or who just need a creative outlet.
Members dedicate themselves to creating larger projects. For a sample, come by and see the amazing paintings around John Mills!
Art Club is for students in grades 4-6.
Band is an elective for students in grades 5 and 6 only.
Instruction and rehearsal take place three times a week for approximately 40 minutes per session. Tryouts are not required, but a commitment is needed. Band members perform at concerts several times a year.
The John Mills Choir performs two concerts a year with the John Mills Band. We occasionally perform at other special events.
The choir is made up of students in grades 4-6. Our singers are accompanied by piano and karaoke CDs.
We are happy to have a large group of enthusiastic singers!
Students in Drama Club will rehearse, practice and perform Reader’s Theatre scripts, poems/essays, plays, etc. Performance for families will take place on the last day of the session.
Drama Club is for students in grades 2-5.
The goal of this group is to empower young girls to exude happiness and confidence using a fun curriculum that integrates sharing positive feelings with music, exercise and movement.
Girls Rock! is for students in grades 3-5.
This club introduces female students to computer science and coding that may not be covered in the curriculum.
Girls Who Code is for students in grades 2-5.
Open to students in grades 4-6. Participating in intramurals is a way for students to be physically active by playing different sports in a noncompetitive way with their classmates.
We do three different sports throughout the year for five weeks at a time. Boys and girls are welcome to join, no experience required.
Please note: There is a $5 fee per student for each session.
Members of the group will develop and build relationships with those who have disabilities. Our focus is on promoting friendships and modeling positive behaviors in school and in the community.
Peer Buddy is for students in grades 4-6.
Safety Patrol is a select group of 5th and 6th graders who are committed to providing a safe school environment for all students. A Safety Patrol member should be responsible, respectful, cooperative and helpful.
Sign Language Club is open to students in grades 4-6. Membership is limited to 15 students.
The club meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 4 p.m. and runs from October to March. Students learn about basic sign language and deaf culture. Each student receives a sign language note-taking book.
"STEM" stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” The club is open to 4th, 5th and 6th graders and meets every other Thursday during the year.
Members begin the year with a program provided by Hot Wheels called “Speedometry,” where students use miniature cars, track and other items to explore concepts such as energy, force and motion.
As the year goes on, students use their MaKey MaKey kits, which are invention kits for the 21st century. These kits allow students to turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet.
The John Mills School Student Council meets on Mondays after school. Council members do various activities to promote a sense of community and to help others.
Past activities have included taffy apple sales, a canned food drive to benefit the Leyden Township Food Pantry, candy grams, a lollipop sale, a bunny fest for primary students, and Spirit Week activities.
Student Council is for students in grades 4-6.
Open to students in 4th through 6th grade. TAP is for students who want to enhance their learning experience with technology. It meets every other Thursday.
Activities for club members include creating TouchCast videos and more using a green screen and iPads.
The Trojan Tribune is our school newspaper. Staff membership is open to students in grades 4-6 who are interested in creative and informational writing.
Students who join the newspaper are responsible for choosing story topics, writing articles and designing pages.
Membership on the John Mills yearbook staff is open to 5th and 6th graders and is limited to 12 students. Staff members meet twice per month on Wednesdays from 3:10 to 3:45 p.m.
Students who join the yearbook team are responsible for taking photos of events before, during and after school, creating design templates and importing pictures that will be used in yearbook layouts.
"Young Rembrandts" is the name given to drawing classes for students in grades 1-6. All classroom supplies are provided and classes are run by a trained instructor.
Classes are held on Fridays after school from 3:10 to 4:10 p.m. Registration and fee required for participation.