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Activities

Jerling offers a wide variety of clubs and activities, including:

  • Drama Club
    • Ms. Bebar, Mrs. Avant, Mrs. Conway, Mr. Murphy
    • About: Drama Club - A chance to participate in the production of a play/musical. Students learn songs, dances, lines, crew skills, set building skills and scene changes in order to put together and perform an hour-long show in the spring. Students can participate by performing in the show, or working as the crew backstage.
    • About: Drama Set Design - We use various techniques and materials to design and build sets and props for the yearly musical performance.  Open to all 3 grade levels.
  • Student Council
    • Mrs. Marinier & Mrs. Doyle
    • About: A club where students experience the roles of President, Vice President, Treasury and Secretary and learn how these positions govern a committee.  Students main focus is to brainstorm ways to raise money for their school, National organizations and their community. 
  • Chorale
    • Mr. Hiatt
    • About: Chorale is an audition based, smaller vocal ensemble that focuses mainly on improving and learning proper vocal technique, breathing, and ear training. We sing our musical selections for the season at the Winter Choir concert. Auditions for chorale include singing 20-30 secs of a song, acapella, and common warm-ups to test vocal range. Chorale is seen as a stepping stone for smaller chamber/acapella group singing in high school and onward. 
  • Drumline
    • Mrs. Gihan
    • About:  Drumline is an after-school performance ensemble focused on training students in the technique and show style of the marching percussion arts as seen in the movie "Drumline" and at HBCU's across the country.  The initial drumline workshops and auditions, held in the Fall, are open to all Jerling students.  No previous experience is required.  The Drumline will perform at various school, district, and community events, with even more opportunities as we grow!
  • Guitar Club
    • Mr. Hiatt
    • About: Beginner & Intermediate level guitarists an opportunity to practice and perform Pop and Rock songs in a group and one-on-one setting. They will gain knowledge of the instrument, music theory and aural skills, and how to start playing together with friends and other musicians. Guitar club will run January - May, culminating with a performance with the Jerling Jr. High Choir.
  • Yearbook
    • Mrs. Brosnan & Ms. Mangia
    • About: A club that welcomes all to take picture, write, and create layouts for memories to be submitted and printed in our annual yearbook! Come make friendships, gain photography, journalism, technology skills!
  • Intramurals
    • Fall - Mrs. Melka & Mrs. Marinier
    • Winter - Mrs. Marinier 
    • About: A club to play games with your friends after school like basketball, football etc..  These games are friendly in nature and as competitive as you would like to make them.  There is no limit in attendance so bring as many friends as you would like! 
  • Art Club
    • Mr. Murphy
    • About: Art Club is an open space for students to learn various art making techniques.  There are set art projects, however students may decide to use any materials they would like.  Open to all 3 grade levels.
  • Speech Contest (SWIC)
    • Mrs. Callis
    • About: Do you like to make a statement? Do you want people to listen to what you have to say? Do you like to make people laugh? Jerling Speech Team is a chance to work on your public speaking and acting skills and have fun doing it!
  • Dance Club
    • Mrs. Panega
    • About: Dance Club starts at the beginning of September and runs until May. We rehearse weekly with yoga, ballet barre, across the floor combo and culminate with jazz routines. We perform at community events for District 135, Carl Sandburg and the Village of Orland Park.
  • Pride Club
    • Ms. Bebar
    • About: Pride Club all are welcome to join this inclusive club for LGBTQ students and allies. We support each other while having fun in a safe environment and promote acceptance in our school community.
  • Math Club (SWIC)
    • Ms. Schaffer & Mr. Gonnella
    • About: Mathletes is open to students who excel in math and demonstrate higher levels of competency in math reasoning and computational skills. This is a competitive activity in SWIC, with all member schools competing at an end of the season competition. 
  • Book Club
    • Mrs. Jensen
    • About: If you love reading, or even just want to talk about books, book club is for you.  We might read books together or even do some book related crafts! Even if you want to start reading more this club is for you! 
  • T-Shirt Club
    • Mr. Murphy
    • About: Students learn a variety of screen printing techniques to design and create shirts for other clubs and sports teams here at Jerling.  Students also design and create their own personal designs.  Open to 7th and 8th graders only.
  • Science Club
    • Ms. Niven & Mrs. Marinier
    • About: An afterschool program for students to conduct fun and engaging scientific Investigations and explore Science topics through a hands-on Experience.  Students also have an opportunity to join a Science Bowl Competition, which is held by Argonne National Laboratories, against other schools from Illinois. 
  • AV/Tech Club
    • Mrs. Conway & Mrs. Poniatowski
    • AV Club (Audio Visual Club) is comprised of two groups. The News Team meets on Wednesdays and runs year-round. The News Team is an auditioned group that films and edits a weekly news-style show which airs on Friday mornings. The News Team features announcements for the coming week and highlights clubs, teams, and different events around the building. The Film Festival group is open to everyone and meets on Thursdays during the fall and winter. This group is focused on student-written and directed films- both live-action and stop-motion, with some films intended for entry into the GEG Chicagoland Film Festival.
  • NJHS
    • Mrs. Conway & Mrs. Kreger
    • The NJHS is a student-led group dedicated to recognizing and promoting student achievement in the areas of scholarship, character, service, citizenship and leadership. Students may apply to become a member through a selection process that concludes with induction into the school’s National Junior Honor Society chapter. Members must maintain a cumulative average of 3s and 4s at trimester grade checks and complete a minimum of 5 hours of community service each trimester. In addition, members must complete and participate in the school-wide community service outreach programs.
  • American Sign Language Club
    • Mrs. Panega
    • ASL starts in October and runs through March. Students develop expressive and receptive skills with an emphasis placed on fluency, vocabulary and cultural awareness.
  • Cheer Squad
    • Cheer Club starts in the beginning of September with practices.  We prepare sideline cheers, 1/2 time performances, and this year we created choreography for Jerling's historic school song.  We cheer for our very own girls and boys basketball teams, bringing spirit and energy to these home games!
  • Environmental Club
    • Mrs. Panega
    • Environment Club begins in the Spring and runs through May. Students garden, recycle, sponsor a tree, pick up trash and complete science experiments.
  • Bowling Club
    • Ms. Hansen
    • About: A recreational league in which students can bowl with friends throughout the district.  All students sixth through eighth grade from Jerling, Century, and O.J. are welcome.  During the month of October, we meet once per week after school at the bowling alley.  
  • Anime Club
    • Mrs. Poniatowski
    • About: A safe space for students to share their love of anime with other students.  During anime club, we will watch and discuss anime, as well as create illustrations of our favorite anime.
  • Lego Club
    • Mrs. Abramovske
    • About: Students will work together to create/build historical landmarks and/or places around the world using Lego. Lego creations to possibly be displayed in the library or other areas around the building.  Lego club will run November thru February.
  • Kindness Club
    • Mr. Reif
    • About: A club where students collaborate to plan and execute various ways to promote kindness in their school and in their community. As a group, the members of the club collaborate and plan tasks to execute for each month of the year to provide an example of kindness to those around them.

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