School Activities

 Any clubs not represented on this website should have a Schoology group page. Contact the club sponser listed below for more information.




Contact Info                  

Artfully HMS

Rybon Nickell   

Battle of the Books                         

MaryAnn Cole 

Builders Club

Jordan McLaughlin

Cecily Jordan

Chess Club                                     

Karla Templeton


Betsy Spurlock   

Geography Bee

Denise Hachtel

Good Morning Mustangs (a/v club) 

MaryAnn Cole     

Guitar Club

Phillip Trenthem

Honor Choir                                  

Zachary Alverson 

Junior Beta Club                            

Kim Lieske         

Junior Honors Academy                

Carla Christian   

Leadership Academy                     

Carla Christian    

Mustang Swimming                       

Hillary Little       

Mustang Swimming Website

National Junior Honor Society

Cynthia Walker

Uno Club

Alicia Breen  

Ultimate Frisbee Club                      

Ginny Germann 

Ms. Germann's Website  

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Student Clubs


After-School Offerings




Artfully HMS

Artfully is the art club at HMS sponsored by Ms. Nickell, Room 104. Primarily made up of 8th and 7th graders, members are selected from completed applications and samples of art work. Members meet 2-3 Tuesdays per month to work on school events and community projects, competition art works and plan art outings. Artfully is responsible for school art shows, special event activities and designing posters and banners for school functions. Parental assistance is needed for field trips, to chaperone and help with school events. Members pay a $30 fee to cover T-shirt, refreshments for meetings and some art supplies.

Interested in Playing Uno?

Bring your friends and play Uno (yes, the fun, strategy filled card game)

When:  The First Monday of each Month (2:05-3:00)

Where:  Ms. Breen’s room (108)

Applications:  Ms. Breen’s room (108)

Chess Club

Use strategy to battle it out with your opponent. Beating him/her in chess is like outsmarting them. It is more than just a game. Playing chess is a challenge and sort of self-discovery of how far you’re willing to go to challenge yourself. Just think of the satisfaction you’ll get when you see your plan come together. Chess is cool. Chess is fun. Chess is entertaining. Come join the Chess Club!  See Mrs. Templeton. 

Guitar Club

The Guitar Club will increase the student’s proficiency through peer-guided practices and exercises. Members will share their knowledge and techniques during the sessions. Hopefully, each member will bring an open mind, enthusiasm, and a song to each meeting. Oh, bringing a guitar IN A CASE is a must!! Mr. T. has no more glue to fix broken headstocks!  See Mr. Trenthem or Mr. McKelvy for info.

Houston Middle School Honor Choir

The Houston Middle School Honor Choir is a small select group of students chosen by audition to represent Houston Middle School at competitive events.  This group has received top ratings at festivals and won first place at national competitions throughout its history.  The group rehearses after school to prepare for competitions.  See Mr. Alverson for info. 

National Junior Honor Society

The National Junior Honor Society honors the academic elite of Houston Middle School.  The National Junior Honor Society recognizes 7th and 8th grade students who have earned a minimum 3.8 grade point average each quarter and have received only Outstanding and Satisfactory marks for citizenship.  The National Junior Honor Society exhibits not only educational leadership but also a strong sense of community commitment. All members commit to six hours of personal community service and participate in one National Junior Honor Society school project each year.  See Ms. Walker for info. 

Math Counts

Math Counts is a competitive club in which students compete with other middle school clubs, public and private, based out of the Greater Memphis area and surrounding suburbs.  Team members are better known as “Mathletes.”  For more information, visit

Mandatory practices will be held on Tuesday afternoons until 4:00 p.m. in Mrs. Davis’s classroom (Room 409).  Mathletes should bring their Math Counts Folder with practice material, a pencil, and a calculator to each practice.  We will run mock competitions during practice sessions and complete in local mock competitions to assist in preparing for the Math Counts Competition.  See Mrs. Davis with questions. 

National Junior Beta Club

At Houston Middle School, our Beta members strive to achieve academic success while demonstrating excellent character qualities.  Our members are encouraged to serve not only Houston Middle but also our community of Germantown and the surrounding areas.   Our goal is to help our members take the qualities of service, character, and academic achievement and use them to build leadership qualities for life.

The Jr Beta membership drive runs within the first few weeks of school.  Applicants must be in 7th or 8th grade and have a minimum of 3.5 GPA (core subjects only: math, science, ELA, and social studies) with at least satisfactory conduct.  Once accepted, the new inductees pay a one-time fee of $25.  Seventh grade members must have a minimum of 5 service hours while eight graders must have a minimum of 6 service hours.  See Mrs. Lieske or the Beta webpage for more info.

Pep Band

Pep Band is an additional ensemble comprised of all band students in 7th and 8th grade.  All you need is your instrument and plenty of school spirit -- no auditions necessary!  The Pep Band will practice on Mondays after school until 3:30pm until Fall Break.  

The performance opportunities identified so far for this ensemble include one 8th grade HMS home football game and one HHS home football game in conjunction with the HHS band.  There may also be opportunities to regroup for additional school functions throughout the school year so stay tuned.  Being in the Pep Band gives students extra performance practice in the fun environment of a school sporting event -- how cool is that?!  See Mr. Nesvick for more info.   

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Whether you've never thrown a Frisbee, or you’re already a pro, JOIN THE ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB!  Interest forms can be picked up and dropped off outside Room 401.  Please see Ms. Germann with any questions.

Jazz Band

Jazz Band is an additional ensemble comprised of trumpets, trombones, saxophones and a rhythm section with piano, guitar, bass guitar and a drum set.  Jazz Band is open to band students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.  Ensemble members are selected based upon an audition process.    Jazz Band will practice after school on Tuesdays and some Thursdays until 3:45pm throughout the school year.  

The performance opportunities for this ensemble include.  WTSBOA, Jazz Festival, PTA Open House, HMS Spring Concert, and National Festivals.  Members will wear their band shirt and standard grade-level concert attire for all performances. Jazz is American's only and original musical art form.  There is a rich history involved with all styles of jazz music.  Participating in Jazz Band expands the musical vocabulary of band students while having fun learning a variety of playing styles such as jazz, big band, rock and Latin.  See Mr. Nesvick for more info.  

Color Guard

Color Guard is an additional ensemble open to all students of Houston Middle School.  Membership in the HMS Band is NOT required.  The art of Color Guard performance has evolved over the years and contains a huge dance component and extensive choreography.  Ensemble members will learn ballet, pop, and classical dance movements as part of their routine.  The squad will perform along with the Marching Band at the Germantown Holiday Parade on December 12th at 2pm.  They will also attend local competitions at Arlington, Collierville & Houston High Schools during the winter and spring months.  See Mr. Nesvick for more info. 

Honor Band

Honor Band is an additional ensemble open to all band students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade.  Members will be selected based upon an audition process that will take place in late December.  The audition process for Honor Band is the same as All-West; click on the All-West Tab on our website for more information.  Optional after-school help sessions will be offered after the holiday concert leading up to auditions in order to provide students with a time for focused practice and input from Mr. Nesvick if desired.  The Honor Band will practice On Mondays and Thursdays after school until 3:45pm from mid-January through the end of school.  Honor Band does not require any additional apparel beyond the concert attire for grade level ensemble concerts.  

The performance opportunities for this ensemble include Local and National Concert Festivals, as well as our Spring Concert.  In addition, members may elect to participate in the annual Honor Band trip.  It is an optional event full of non-stop fun for the kids and a performance opportunity too, of course.  All the details will be available and posted by audition time.    

Honor Band enables students to express their musical skills outside the normal band day.  With classes meeting separately at school, this is a wonderful opportunity to bond with other band students across all grades and sections in a regular and rigorous concert group.  Members will gain performance experience while learning concert band music and advanced playing techniques.  See Mr. Nesvick for more info.      

String Orchestra

HMS has one of the best string orchestras in the mid-south area. The orchestra had won first place in local and national competitions. In addition, many students are selected for the All-West orchestra every year. The string orchestra curriculum is centered on learning to play a string instrument. Students will study a varied repertoire of music: classical, folk, fiddle, movie theme, and popular style. The course will also include composition, music theory, music history, and music appreciation. The HMS string orchestra welcomes all the students who love music to join us. No experience is required.

Attention All HMS Students!!

 Any student interested in joining the Kiwanis Builders Club , please see Ms. Jordan in room 410 for more details and an application. The Builder’s Club is a student-led community service organization for middle school students. The objectives of Builders Club are:

=      To provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community.

=      To develop leadership potential.

=      To foster development of a strong moral character.

=      To encourage loyalty to school, community, and nation.

Meetings will be held the second Monday of each month in Room 406/408.  If you were involved with Builder’s Club last year or K-Kids at your former school, please join us this year to help make this the best club ever!  Again everyone is encouraged to join!  The final date to submit your application is Friday, September 23rd.

*Club Sponsors: Ms. Jordan and Mrs. McLaughlin


Yearbook Club

How would you like to join us in creating a fabulous HMS yearbook?  We meet every other Thursday from 2-3pm.  Club members assist the sponsors with these activities: taking pictures before, during, and after school, organizing School Picture Day, creating and editing the yearbook, and helping to distribute yearbooks at the end of the year. So come and join the fun!  Applications are sent out the first week of school.  They are due on September 1.  See Mrs. Rudisill for info!

The $tock Market Club

SMG is an online simulation of the global capital markets that engages students in the world of economics, investing, and personal finance.  Each team gets $100,000 to use in the simulation and competition. Students have fun playing the game while learning about the stock market and current financial markets.  Simulated investments are made by computer and can be done at home or school. Each team can decide on a meeting time. Please contact Mrs. Bump in room 103 or by E-mail if you are interested. 


The purpose of the Student Government Association is to develop attitudes and practices of good citizenship, to improve student-teacher relations, promote harmonizing relations throughout the entire school and community, improve morale, assist in the direction of student activities, and promote the general welfare of the school.  If you are interested in running for office or grade-level representative, please contact Mrs. McKinney in room 411.

Houston Mustangs Trap Team

The Trap Team provides a safe, comfortable, and positive team environment that enhances a student athlete’s character and personal growth through safe, educational, and socially acceptable involvement in shooting sports. This will be accomplished while promoting the highest standards of safety, sportsmanship, teamwork and ethical behavior. Team members compete in single clay target American trap shooting tournaments with other local school teams. Team tournaments are organized around 5-person squads who compete in sport shooting of 100 clay targets. Shooters may also compete on an individual level if not placed on a squad level.
Beginning in January, a trap shoot tournament is held once a month at MSSA. In addition to he monthly tournaments, every year we compete in the regional championship tournament in May and the Tennessee State Tournament Shoot held in June in Nashville, TN. The final destination is the National Scholastic Clay Target Tournament that is held in July in Marengo, Ohio.

Our team values include safety, fun and marksmanship, in that order. We have strict safety rules including no firearms ever allowed on campus. All practices are held after school with tournaments on weekends and during summer break.

Last season, our middle school squad won the Tennessee State Championship!

 All team members must have passed a hunter education course before participating with the team in practice or tournaments. If you already have a Hunter Education card, we need a copy of it with your registration forms.

Watch for details in the morning announcements, or see Ms. Austin or Officer Griffith for more information.

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