Many schools have clubs for students. There are chess clubs, Future Farmer clubs, sports clubs, and drama clubs.
But one club at Pettisville junior high is a bit different from the norm.
This year, Pettisville seventh graders may join Club Success, a club that meets during the sixth period of the school day, when seventh grade students normally have study hall.
The club started when two high school students, Chandra Blosser and Brittany Weber, were talking with Cathy Mielke, a seventh grade teacher, about how hard it was to adjust to junior high.
“The high school students were working as teacher aides, and they said they remembered how tough it was moving into junior high,” Mielke said.
Blosser and Weber suggested forming a group that would help students develop good organizational and study skills so they could be successful in school.
Mielke explained the idea to Michael Lane, Pettisville principal, who approved.
The group could use Mielke’s classroom and meet during the regular study hall time.
Club Success is now offered as an option to any seventh grade student who wants to work on organizational and study skills.
Each day the students meet to study and organize. If all work is completed, they have opportunities to play learning games, read, and work on puzzles.
Almost every week a speaker from the community talks to them about what it means to succeed, the importance of cooperation, and what to look for in future career planning.
Once a week, students get a healthy snack, and they can earn rewards for meeting goals. Since the club began in early January, all the members have raised their grades, some in four or more subjects.
“The high school student advisors have had a big impact on the success of the students in the club,” Mielke said.
“They come up with creative, innovative ideas on how to keep the students interested and motivated.”
The club has an application to fill out and a commitment form to sign. The number of students accepted is limited; so many are interested that there is a waiting list.
It appears Club Success is truly successful.