Dodgen Activities

Academic Bowl

A team based, trivia competition focused on history, science, math, art, literature, and pop culture.
We meet weekly to practice and compete statewide. We need your brains!
Sponsor:  Cole Hansard

National Junior Art Honor Society
Open to 7th and 8th grade students who have shown a committment to Art Club through leadership, volunteer hours and a semester of art with an 85% average or higher. They will be invited to an induction in September or February. Meets every other Friday at 8:15 in the Art room.
Sponsor:  Joan Weatherford

Awareness Club
An outreach club that meets the second Friday of every month in Room 845 from 8:15 - 8:45.  some activities include no-sew blankets for children of SafePath, Thanksgiving Food Drive, and 4Quareters4Research fundraiser.
Sponsors:  Cindy Testa, Janette Strasser, Rhonda Giardina

  Breakfast Buddies is open to 8th grade students. They meet on the first and third Friday of each month.
                           Sponsor: Ashley Miller 

Beta Club
The Dodgen chapter of the National Junior Beta club, a leadership-service organization for students in grades 7-8, was established on September 26, 2002. Objectives on this non-secret, leadership-service organization are to encourage effort, to promote character, to stimulate achievement among its members, and to encourage students to continue their education after high school graduation. Students in the club must complete 20 hours of community service. Ten of those hours need to be completed with school-related projects. Beta Club meets one Friday morning per month.

Sponsors: Kim Kellett

Breakfast Buddies
Mission: To be a friend to a special needs student.  Buddies sign up to meet on Friday mornings with their special needs buddy.  Breakfast Buddies is open to 8th grade students. They meet on the first and third Friday of each month.

Sponsor: Ashley Miller

Chess For Fun
The Chess Club is a free, informal but enthusiastic group that plays games together on Friday mornings in the Learning Commons.  Chess boards are available from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. There is an open invitation for anyone to come anytime during the year. Passes are available in the Learning Commons.

Sponsor: Learning Commons

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Open to all Dodgen Middle School students to learn strategies of debate and public speaking through discussing and debating real world topics and current events. We meet on Wednesdays at 8:15 in Room 812.  We are not arguing; we are just explaining why we are right.

Sponsor: Liz Mathison and Curry Wiles

cameraDodgen Yearbook
The Dodgen Yearbook staff is responsible for creating the ENTIRE Dodgen yearbook.  From a theme to the final page--it is the responsibility of the Dodgen Yearbook Staff.  We meet on Monday mornings from 8:15-8:45 throught most of the school year.  In the fall, a screening is held to slect the staff of 8th graders. 

Sponsor:  Kari Viland

Environmental Club
Open to all students who want to help KEEP DODGEN GREEN. We meet at 8:15 in Room 749 on Wednesdays.

Sponsors:  Donna Halverson & Mary Barkley

Non-school-sponsored club.  Meets every Thursday in the Chorus Room at 8:15 a.m. for fun and fellowship.

Sponsors:  Leslie White, Chris Whittington, Patrick Holman

Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl
Meets Thursday at 4:15 starting in early fall.
The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is open to all Dodgen students who like to read. All participants should read as many of the GA Award Winner books (20) as possible.  Ten questions should be written for each book read, including the answer and page number on which the answer may be found. Practice will consist of the questions created by the members as well as the buzzer system used in the competition. The actual  competing team is limited to five participants and based upon how many books have been read, questions written, and attendance at meetings.  The competition will be held a Saturday, January 14 at North Star Church in Kennesaw. HRRB website

Sponsor: Sue Klodnicki, Media Specialist

Open to all students Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings in the gym from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Students must dress out and arrive by 8:20 in order to participate. Calendar of events is located in the gym.

Sponsors:  Clint Daniel, Chris Whittington, Leslie White, Trent Weiser

8th Grade Badminton Club
Meets Friday mornings at 8:15 in the gym. 

Sponsors:  Clint Daniel, Chris Whittington, Leslie White, Trent Weiser

Math Team
Any Dodgen student may come to math team. 

Sponsor:  Fred Veeder

Science Olympiad     
Science Olympiad tryouts take place at the beginning of each school year. Thirty students are selected to compete in a county, invitational, and regional competition with other GA schools. The six top teams from each regional competition are then invited to compete at the state level. Only the top two teams at the state level will be invited to the National Competition. Meetings are held every Tuesday after school (4:15) in the cafeteria.

Sponsors:  Debbie Amodeo and Jeff Miller

 Panther Advisory Committee is a group of student leaders.  Members are selected based upon applications and teacher recommendations.

Sponsor:  Administration

Young Author's Club
The Dodgen Young Authors Club, better known as the Dodgen YAC (pronounced yack), is open to all Dodgen students who enjoy writing and sharing stories and/or poems.  The club is mainly student-run. The club meets on Tuesday mornings in Rm. 614 at 8:15 a.m.

Sponsor:  Brian Wilson