CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

BALLROOM DANCING

Ballroom Dancing is a premier social dance program that teaches social skills and allows students to build self-confidence. Students learn several dances including Merengue, Swing, Salsa, Tango, and the Waltz. Dance training incorporates etiquette, communication, the cultural and historical background of each dance.


BAND

The goal of the Lake Forest Charter Band is to prepare each band member to become proficient on the student’s instrument of choice. Members are prepared to be competitive and successful in many musical endeavors through their participation in several musical forums, including the New Orleans Jazz Fest.


CHESS CLUB

The game of chess has a history that goes back many years, centuries even!  Experts attribute playing chess with improved visual memory, attention span, and critical thinking. The series of decisions made in each move helps children learn to plan, evaluate alternatives, and use logic to make sound choices. This club is open to students in grades 2nd through 8th. There is a 16 member limit on a first come first serve basis.


 

CLICK PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

Click Photography Club is where students can learn the basics of photography by exploring and capturing the beauty around them. The mission of the club is to focus on challenging each student to find his/her own unique vision through photography. Students will learn to see the world from a different perspective and to develop their own creative, artistic expression and style of photography.

Click is looking for students who enjoy being behind the camera (but are also comfortable in front of the camera too), who have a cooperative attitude, and are serious about learning or improving their photography skills. There are only 12 membership slots available to be filled. Students in grades 5th through 8th are invited to apply.


COMIC STRIP CLUB

Comic Strip Club gives students the opportunity to create material which combines imagery with text to express a point of view, humor, and symbolism in a unique way. Members read a wide selection of graphic novels, study various elements, and use that knowledge to create their own original comic books. 

Membership is open to students in grades 3rd through 5th. Students must meet the condition of exceptional behavior for eligibility into this highly popular club.


CUB SCOUTS

Cub Scouting is part of the Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), available to Lake Forest boys from grades 2nd through 5th grade, or 7 to 11 years of age and their families. Cub Scouting is part of the worldwide Scouting movement and aims to promote character development, citizenship training, personal fitness, and leadership. The Scouts ages 7 and 8 meet on Tuesdays and ages 9 through 11 meets on Wednesdays. Activities have included Lemonade Day Lemonade stand, overnight camping, archery, canoeing and other outdoor activities.


DRAMA

In Drama Club, members learn the ins and outs of theatre production. Students are taught acting, script writing, play production, and stage management. Students that perform in school productions are a part of the cast and students responsible for set design, costumes, make-up, stage management and all other technical work are a part of the stage crew. Club members are permitted to participate in either or both aspects which allow them to participate in a variety of activities. Drama Club is open to select students in grades 5th through 8th.


EAGLE PRIDE ART CLUB

Eagle Pride Art Club aims to nurture students who exhibit advanced skills in various art media. Projects such as designing banners for the school fair, painting trash cans to promote “green living,” creating posters with positive messages for students taking the Leap Assessment and designing backdrops for special events.

To qualify for membership, students in grades 4th through 8th must maintain a 2.5 GPA, provide a strong portfolio, and obtain three recommendations, two from a teacher and one from an administrator.


EAGLES WITH ETIQUETTE CLUB

The best and the brightest students of LFC, from grades 5th to 8th organize themselves for initiating activities that are designed to enhance student interpersonal and social competence.

 

Eagles with Etiquette Club focuses on lessons on how we live and interact with others. Students learn skills that help them become poised in any situation, including social graces, self-confidence, and assertiveness. Members also review table etiquette, rules for taking pride and respecting property, anti-bullying, and teasing.

Students must complete an application, take an honor pledge and attend monthly meetings. High self-esteem, self-satisfaction and confidence are benefits for all club members. These students also serve as escorts extending a warm welcome to visitors and guests.

 


ECLECTIC EAGLES BOOK CLUB

The Eclectic Eagles Book Club provides positive, intellectual stimulation through reading and discussing the literature of varying genres that are both interesting and age-appropriate in a fun relaxing environment.  

Students in grades 3rd through 5th read three books per year, take notes and keep a journal as they read, and attend three to four book club meetings. The meetings are held every other month for about one hour after school. Students participate in a Socratic Seminar while enjoying light refreshments. All members are responsible for donating snacks and parents volunteer to serve and clean –up. There is an end-of-the-year celebration in which members socialize and share memories of the year’s experiences.

 


NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

The purpose of NJHS is to celebrate the excellence of secondary school students and inspire enthusiasm for scholarship, service, leadership, character, and good citizenship.

After the first semester grades are issued, five-member committee votes to induct students who have earned a G.P.A. of 3.5 or above, exemplify good behavior, and outstanding character. Students can only become a member by invitation.  If the invitation is accepted and signed by a parent (or guardian), the student will participate in a pinning ceremony where they are sworn in.  After the ceremony, members will be required to attend monthly meetings and make decisions on in-house activities, and community service.

 


OUTSPOKEN DEBATE TEAM

Outspoken Debate Team is a club of orators from grades 6-8 that research and develop arguments to both support and refute controversial topics that plague our community, state and nation.  The Outspoken Debate Club holds weekly meetings to that foster the growth and development of orators in the areas of:

  • Research Competence
  • Media Literacy
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Argument Literacy
  • Evidence Evaluation
  • Summarizing and Outlining
  • Public Speaking
  • Floor Management and Civility
  • Collaborative Team Building
  • Organization
  • Professionalism
  • Developing Empathy for Others

Debating is more than just arguing, it is to converse with the intent to enlighten others! These skills teach our children the importance of diplomacy can lead to meaningful careers in politics. The LFC debate team dominates tournaments as competitors in the Crescent City Middle School Debate League.

 


STRINGS/ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE

In the String/Orchestra Ensemble, advanced students learn to perform in a group with appropriate musicality, and ensemble performance skills with a variety of string orchestra repertoires.  Members also work at demonstrating correct rehearsal skills. At least twice a year, students have the opportunity to present their work and experience performing for an audience of parents and friends.