Overview of Upton Clubs and Organizations

Bridge Club

Attention 7th Grade Card Players: As members of this Club, you'll learn to play "real bridge". We'll build on your mini-bridge skills from last year, but now you'll learn the full, adult version of bridge. All 7th graders are welcome to join the Bridge Club. It is not necessary to have played mini-bridge last year.

Bridge is a fun card game similar to war, hearts, euchre, or pinochle. In bridge you have a partner who works with you to win tricks and prevent your opponents from taking tricks. Every week, volunteers from Twin City Bridge Club will meet you in the conference room to teach you this great game. The club has room for only 16 students, and we'll fill the slots in the order you register. Hurry to the office to be sure you don't miss out on this fun activity.


Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club

St. Joseph Public Schools is excited to announce that the highly rated Rachel’s Challenge program arrived at our school September 24, 2013.  Different from other anti-bullying programs, Rachel’s Challenge exists to equip and inspire individuals to replace acts of violence, bullying, and negativity with acts of respect, kindness, and compassion. Rachel’s Challenge is based on the life and writings of Rachel Joy Scott who was the first victim of the Columbine school shootings in 1999. Through her example, Rachel’s Challenge is making a positive impact in the lives of millions of people every year. For more information about this great program

Golf Club

This club is open to both boys and girls in grades 6-8.

Knowledge Masters

This group meets weekly and trains for computerized academic competitions. Deductive and inductive thinking exercises, problem solving, critical thinking skills are all practiced and part of training for becoming a knowledge master.

The Joe Bots

Upton’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) competitive robotics team is designed to foster middle schoolers’ interest and passion in STEM careers through designing, building, programming and operating robots that compete in head-to-head challenges in an alliance format. This program progresses from skills learned in FLL LEGO league, although no prior experience on an FLL LEGO team is required. The FTC season runs from September to December. Meeting schedules change from year to year, but are generally held one evening and one Saturday per week, with more frequent meetings as we approach competition dates. Registration is held at Upton Start-Up days and via email notifications. For more information about FIRST, you can visit the FIRST website (http://www.firstinspires.org). For more information about Upton’s Job Bots, please email us at ftcteam8513@gmail.com and look for us at Upton Start-Up Days!  Visit the SJPS Robotics Web Site.

Math Counts

Math Counts is a national mathematics competition for middle school students, with regional and state levels of advancement. Individual and team competitions include the topics of statistics, probability, number theory, geometry, combinatorics, and logic. The Blossomland Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers sponsors Math Counts locally. Each year we begin practicing for Math Counts after Thanksgiving, all students are encouraged to try-out for the team.

News Team

The Upton Middle School news team is a student run news program that airs every morning. It is open to all students at Upton Middle School. There are 2-anchors, 2 camera people and 3 technicians. Two students are chosen to be producers for the year. Their job is to keep things running smoothly and to train the students on how to run the equipment. Together they report all the happenings in and around the school, district and community. The commitment for the news team is to be on time to school and to be in the news room by 7:30 AM. If your student is interested, have them sign up at the beginning of the year when sign ups are announced or see Mrs. Anderson. There is no cost to be a part of the Upton news team. Contact Kristin Burnette: kburnette@sjschools.org

Science Olympiad

Advisor, Kelly Kietzerow: kkietzerow@sjschools.org

Ski Club

Upton has a ski club for grades 6th, 7th & 8th. All students may join. Skiing takes place at Timber Ridge in Gobles, Michigan, which is 55 miles from St. Joseph. There is a fee for participants. Lessons and transportation are included. Trips are offered one time per week, after school. Information comes out in October with sign-ups following in November. Skiing is December through February.


Questions should be directed to Coach Jorge Cantu at (269) 849-5866.

Spelling Team

This is a fall activity. However, we practice nearly year-round to prepare for the Cloverleaf Competition held in February. It is not necessary to be a fine speller, but students must work hard to memorize words and meanings. We send our best three spellers to competition.

Student Council

A student-run government consisting of an executive board of 8th graders: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and publicist. These students are elected by the student body and are expected to fulfill specific job requirements. Each homeroom elects two representatives that also make up Upton’s Student Council. Contact Jill Hubble: jhubble@sjschools.org

Symphonic Orchestra Club

Meets in the Fall - Mid-October. All 7th & 8th Grade String Students are Included. No Expense. Steve Reed or Rachel Cabanilla-Sinnett are the instructors and contact persons for Symphony Orchestra.


This is an Elective Course offered during the school day, to 8th grade students.  It will focus on print and mass media and the publication of the Upton Middle School yearbook.  Projects such as writing for the yearbook, and developing promotional campaigns will be assigned.  Students will also learn and apply computer skills and explore the role of digital cameras, manipulations of digital imagery in communication.  This course is designed for students who are self-disciplined and who enjoy writing, speaking and sharing ideas with classmates. Any questions, please contact: Mark Laukus at mlaukus@sjschools.org

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