After School Activities

General Information about the John Poole After-School Activities Program 

After-school activities are held Tuesday through Thursday, after school every week throughout the school year, except where indicated on the school Website calendar. No activities are held on early release days or holidays. The Montgomery County Department of Recreation RecExtra program supports and supplements our after-school club offerings.  Most activities, except for interscholastic games and academic related clubs, will start at 2:45 and end at 4:05 pm.  Activity buses are available for students to ride home, but the routes are somewhat different than the regular bus routes; please check the activity bus schedule. Our consortium students will be required to have a car ride home.  Please contact Mrs. Crutchfield at John Poole MS if you have any questions about after-school activities program at (301) 972-7979 or     

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Rec Extra Website:

Rec Extra Sign-up Form: RecXtra Form  

     - Tennis Club Sign up Form

Philosophy of the John Poole After-School Activities Program

 We believe that after-school activities are an integral part of the total education process for middle school students. After-school activities provide students with the opportunity to extend academic opportunities, support new areas of interest, cultivate and enhance existing skills, and grow both socially and cognitively in a safe and supportive environment. We offer a broad range of activities over the course of the school year in an effort to reach out to the varied interests of our student population. Although these activities take place after the school day is over, all of John Poole P.R.I.D.E. goals and expectations remain the same. We believe the After-school Activity Program is a unique program that supports the need of all of our students. 

Activity Coordinator

  • Mrs. Crutchfield

This Month's Activity Calendar

Activity Bus Dates

  • Sep 12,13,14,19,20,26,27,28

    Oct 3,4,5,10,11,12,17,18,19,,24,25,26,31

    Nov 1,2,7,8,14,15,16,21,28,29,30


    Jan 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,30,31

    Feb 1,6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22,27,28

    Mar 1,6,7,8,13,14,15,20,21,22

    Apr 3,4,5,10,11,12,17,18,19,24,25,26

    May 1,2,3,8,9,10,165,16,1722,23,24,25,29,30,31

    June 5,6,7

Activities and Sponsors


Activity      Sponsor Meeting Date Additional Information
Art Club Mr. Gemmell    
Drama Director Ms. Turner    
Environmental Club Ms. Yesnick    
Homework Club Mr Mattingly    
Intramurals Ms. Gerrie    
Newspaper Club Ms. Lightcap    
SSL Coordinator Ms. Kirby    
Student Government Mr. Mattingly    
Yearbook Ms. Aulls    

List of RecXtra After-School Activities Programs 



Meeting Days


Intro to Dance

Ms. C. Jones

Tuesday, Wed, & Thurs

Learn dance steps and routines.  Use what you’ve learned to participate in the Drama Club productions.

Leo’s Club

Mrs. Auel


Participants are given an opportunity to lead service projects to benefit the local and at large community, receiving Service Learning hours for his/her service.  

Craft Club

Mrs. Auel

Wednesdays & Thursdays

Use your creativity to make cards and crafts.  We love to recycle stuff into reusable items.

H.E.R.O. Club

Mrs. Ashley


Helping Everyone Respect Others Anti-Bullying Club

Homework Club

Mrs. Auel


A quiet and structured place for students to get homework and projects completed.

Rocketry Club

Mr. Ohem


Learn the in’s and out’s designing and launching a model rocket.

Lego Club

Mrs. Peek & Mr. Gardner

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Participants research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution.

Sewing Club

Mrs. Auel

Wednesdays & Thursdays

Learn the basics of sewing and make items to cherish or give away.

Spa Day

Mrs. Auel & Mrs. Crutchfield


Participants will learn manicure techniques and get pampered at the same time.

Maker Taker

Mrs. McIntyre & Mr. Gardner


Find your zen by making Zentagle, an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Book Club

Mrs. Lindsay


Participants discuss what they’re reading and books in general.  Anyone can participate in book club; bring your love of books and ideas for our next reads with you.

Jewelry & Beading

Mrs. Auel

Wednesdays & Thursdays

Participants make jewelry to keep or give away as presents.


Adventist Health Care 


Tuesday, Wed, & Thurs

For aspiring mother’s helpers and babysitters (boys and girls 11 to 15) this class covers accident prevention and basic care of infants and children.


Mrs. McPhatter & Mrs. Berger


A combination of Zumba and Yoga.  A class designed for all students.

Ukulele Club

Ms. Sprague


Participants will learn the basics of playing a ukulele and will participate in the Spring Concert.

Jeopardy Bowl

Mr. Johnson


Come test your knowledge while having fun and making new friends, too.

Tennis Club

Mr. Johnson

Spring (dates TBA)

Tennis Club is designed to give children the opportunity to try tennis in a safe, supportive, extracurricular setting.

Humanities Club

Ms. Rice



Bring history alive through the arts.  Come relive the scenes of Shakespeare.


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