Clubs & Activities
Stroudsburg Junior High School offers more than twenty clubs and other activities for students to take part in. Becoming involved in student activities is a great way to take full advantage of all that SJHS has to offer. Any student interested in forming a club should contact Mr. Sean Richmond, Director of Activities and/or Mr. Mark Getz, Junior High Assistant Principal and Assistant Director of Activities.
- Crafts and Clubs
- Cross Country
- Jazz Band
- Model UN/Model Congress
- Musical/Drama Club
- National Junior Honor Society
- School Newspaper
- Show Choir
- Ski Club
- Spelling Bee
- Chamber Orchestra
- Student Council
- Student Technology Association
- Unity / Diversity Club
The goal of Aevidum is to create a positive and accepting school community, eliminating the stigmas associated with depression, suicide and mental health. Students in Aevidum spread the message of “I’ve got your back”, letting their peers know that everyone matters.
Aevidum is…A place/group where EVERYONE can feel accepted, appreciated, acknowledged, and cared for. A place/group that recognizes the signs and symptoms of mental health issues and suicide. A place/group that strives to break the silence that surrounds mental health, depression, suicide, and other issues teens face.A place/group that promotes a positive school community. A place/group to share, talk, support, and come together. A place/group that advocates for EVERYONE, because EVERYONE MATTERS. We guide those who may need help to the appropriate people.
Our activities include Aevidum has your back bulletin board, T-shiirt fundraiser, a fundraiser by selling orange ribbons with bully prevention slogan, Smooch a pooch fundraiser. Students wrote and delivered Christmas cards to staff members. Students attended the “Talk” at the high school for the day.-Students helped hand out ice cream sandwiches during pj and ice cream day to celebrate half way through the school year. Students deliver valentines. Students will participate in Mental Health Awareness Month with announcements and an activity
Crafts and Clubs
The Junior High School Crafts club provides students with arts and crafts experiences beyond what is outlined in the district's curriculum. We learn how to create a variety of different arts and crafts projects. Sometimes the projects we make are used for school activities and events. The Junior High Crafts club is a great opportunity to learn new things, help out with school projects, and make new friendships. Some of the crafts we make are bracelets, origami, baskets, and popsicle crafts. Some of the art we create are paintings, murals, and drawings of all kinds. We share artistic ideas and support our efforts in a positive environment.
The purpose of this intramural program is to introduce 7th and 8th-grade students to the sport of Cross Country. The emphasis of the program is promoting teamwork as well as developing individual strategies for personal growth and improvement in the sport of running. Athletes will be coached about proper techniques for running, stretching, and general overall health and nutrition. During this four-week program, athletes will be divided into two teams and will be expected to run and participate every day as they practice and compete along the 1.5mi JHXC course.
FBLA is the largest student business organization in the world, with over 250,000 members. Membership is open to all students, regardless of whether they are taking business courses. The Stroudsburg FBLA has over 200 members from 9th-12th grades. They meet every two weeks starting in late September in the mornings prior to the start of the school day. The club provides members with numerous leadership development opportunities, the ability to take part in community service activities, the chance to learn more about possible careers in the business world, and the possibility of earning special recognition through competitive events. A state charity is chosen every year. They also host a Breakfast with Santa for the community and wrap presents at the local mall at Christmas. They travel to Penn State for a State Leadership Workshop in the fall and to another major city in the east for a National Fall Leadership Conference. Regional and State Competitions, in January and April, give students a chance to compete against students from other school districts. For the past several years, they have also been actively participating in the Relay for Life in May.
Stroudsburg Junior High School Jazz Band is a select (by audition) ensemble available to students with the equivalent of three or more years of musical training on the following instruments: Saxophone, Trombone, Baritone, Trumpet, Piano, Guitar, Bass and Drum Set. You will learn and develop jazz fundamentals, including beginning improvisation. These skills will prepare you for the opportunity to participate in Jazz Band at the High School level. Jazz band meets once a week from 7pm-8:30pm, starting in mid-January, and running through the end of May. If you are a serious music student who is looking for a challenge, this ensemble might be for you.
Stroudsburg High School Mini-THON is a twelve-hour event in which students (grades 9-12) actively participate and stay awake in order to feel fatigued similar to that of children battling cancer. All year, students raise money to support Four Diamonds, an organization dedicated to conquering childhood cancer by assisting children and their families through superior care, comprehensive support and innovative research. During Mini-THON, various events take place to keep participants active throughout the night. Games, a guest DJ, and local bands are planned and performed to fit the timeline for the night. The pre-planned line dance is performed on the hour, every hour, to remind participants of the spirit in the event itself.
Our club is a safe space for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc.) students and straight allies. Our mission is to advocate against discrimination in our school and in the community by raising awareness of different sexual and gender identities.
Our club brings students of different sexual and gender identities together to meet new people in and out of the community. We welcome all queer and straight youth to come and talk about any issues concerning them. Listening is our main objective and we hope to create a safe place to offer support and resources to those that need them.
Model UN/Model Congress
The Stroudsburg High School Model United Nations and Model Congress Club is an activity in which students participate in Model UN and Congress Simulations. The Club is open to students in grade nine. Throughout our history as a Club, ninth grade students have the opportunity to participate in the Rutgers Model Congress and the Stroudsburg High School Model Congress. The Club has student officers that are elected for one-year terms, including a Freshman Representative who helps communicate between the HIgh School and the Junior High. Meetings are held at least once a month at the High School.
Description: Students in grade 7 that have a novel interest in the arts will have an opportunity to participate in a Drama Class Workshop. Here they will learn the basics in acting techniques using games, activities and by performing in sketches (or skits) The main goal is that students have fun while experiencing the art of acting!
National Junior Honor Society
The Stroudsburg Junior Honor Society's goals are to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in students of Stroudsburg Junior High School. Members identify, plan, organize, and participate in numerous service-based activities for the school and community. Members are also able to attend leadership and character-building seminars and conferences. Membership in the society is determined through an established set of criteria and a pillars-based application process. An invitation to participate in the application process is issued during the second semester of the 8th-grade year to those who meet the initial criteria.
Students help with the fight against drug abuse and the effects of drug and alcohol use. They get involved with many activities to promote the message. The club collects Toys for Tots to help out the Women’s Resources and the Marines. They host Dream Drink Day for the seniors and the faculty the last day of school before Christmas each year. The club has the Safety Bug, highway safety, seat belt checks, red ribbon events, prom promise events, and messages throughout the year. They have a representative attend the D&A Taskforce meeting each month. Each year new students bring a new dimension to the club. They do dress down days as a fundraiser to help various agencies that deal with children and families of those involved with drugs. They attend conferences and also take a turn hosting a county conference. This is a very active group of students committed to get a message out. SADD meets after school or when an activity needs to be done.
Newspaper Club helps create Stroudsburg Junior High's newspaper. We learn about interviewing, reporting, writing, copyediting and designing a newspaper to be published. Participants may write articles of interest to them, participate in peer editing, design the newspaper, and other activities that may help engage readers.
We offer discounted lift tickets and ski/boarding lessons for MS students (which also includes families and friends). We run a 5-week program at Camelback Mountain each Winter. Students can ski from 3 PM -9 PM each Friday or any time their pass is valid. Club members are driven to the mountain by their parents and can ski with friends or family members each visit.
The SASD participates annually in Junior level (grades 5-8) spelling contests in order to compete in the annual Russell C. Hughes Spelling Championships. All competition is under the auspices and control of the Russell C. Hughes Spelling Bee Committee. All schools must request annually to participate. There are rules and guidelines set forth by the Championship director in agreement with the administration of the participating schools.
Students participate at different levels/elimination rounds of the competition until 5 school district finalists from grades 5 through 8 are declared. These 5 finalists will then go on to compete with the other participating school districts at an event in the early Spring TBD by the school district that is hosting the event.
The Junior High Chamber Orchestra is an audition-only performing group. It is open to 8th and 9th graders with prior playing experience on the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, or bass. We typically rehearse Thursdays starting in late November and ending at our district-wide Chamber Orchestra Concert in late February. Students are expected to practice their music outside of our rehearsals in order to prepare for the concert. We play music from a variety of genres and styles, ranging from classical repertoire to current movie music, including many things in between!
A. Serve as a liaison between the faculty, administration, and students of SJHS.
B. Utilize the SJHS Student Council Instagram page (@sjhs_student_council_info) to provide students with
updates on events, dress-down days, fundraisers, etc.
C. Coordinate the Student Advisory Board to connect students who have concerns and ideas to the
appropriate resources, administration, and building committees.
D. Keep students informed on school policies.
II. School and Community Service
A. Provide the students with opportunities to serve the school and community.
B. Use fundraising ventures to fund council projects and activities.
Student Technology Association
The Stroudsburg Technology Student Association (TSA) is an after-school club where students have the opportunity to compete in events relating to STEM careers. Students will meet on a weekly basis to construct various projects that they will have the opportunity to take to three different levels of competitions. Some of the events include robotics, coding, photography, structural engineering, problem-solving, and many others. Stroudsburg offers a middle school level chapter, where students in 8th and 9th grade can compete, and a high school chapter where students in grades 10th-12th can compete.
Unity / Diversity Club
The mission of the JHS Diversity/Unity DEI Student Club is to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity within the JHS by providing a diverse group of students a safe, welcoming environment, to discuss topics of diversity and equity and the application of those concepts within the JHS.
The club will foster and empower leadership within a diverse group of students to provide suggestions for improvement to the building administration as well as lead administratively approved student activities that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the building. The JHS DEI Student Club leaders will work to create the club’s sustainability and longevity.
Mission: To create a memory-filled yearbook for the current school year, that includes daily life, sports, music, and clubs. Students create the JH yearbook. They take pictures of various activities during the school day. They also take pictures of events that they may attend outside the school day that are school-related. They design the pages for each sport, club, or activity. The members are also responsible for editing each page. The students are also responsible for promoting the sale of the yearbook by designing flyers and posters.
When the yearbooks arrive the students are responsible for organizing them to distribute them.