Moline-Coal Valley School District No. 40

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Art Club

Advisor: Ms. Gritton, Art Teacher


Activities: We create art that we cannot normally do in the regular classroom because of time, space, or monetary restraints. I welcome student suggestions and ideas for activities. We may take field trips to visit local studios and museums.

Membership: Anyone can belong to Art Club. If you are currently busy with another commitment (sports, other clubs), you can come to a meeting when you are free.

Author’s Club

Like poetry? Books and reading? Writing? Author's Club is for you!


Coaches: Miss Brandi Neer and Kate Zacharewicz

Chess Club

Chess Club is open to all students interested in learning the game of Chess. We can teach the beginners and challenge the experts. Please stop by room 17 each and see Mr. Potter for details.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

Mr. McKenzie, 7th Grade English teacher, is the sponsor of F. C. A. It will begin in the second quarter. Look at the daily bulletin for information. Everyone is welcome to attend. At the meetings, we do plays, dramas, go to the gym, and have fun.

First Lego League (FLL)

Visit the FLL site
Peer Mediators

Advisor: Mr. Blome

Peer Helpers: Peer Helpers is a group of students chosen by their fellow students because they have good listening skills and can be trusted with confidential issues. They attend a one day training session to improve their communication skills emphasizing confidentiality, learn how to assist with logical probe lm solving, and promote a positive, caring atmosphere at school. They are supervised and have monthly meetings with Mrs. Armes.

Peer Mediators: Peer Mediators is a group of students chosen by student and staff to attend training for conflict resolution skills. Peer Mediators help students who are having problems getting along with each other. As they assist parties toward a resolution (win/win agreement), they follow a six step format and are monitored by an adult. new Peer Mediators attend training in October. They will also have monthly meetings with Mrs. Armes.

Saturday Science and LEGO Sumo
Advisor: Mr. Chad Potter
Saturday Science and LEGO Sumo are Saturday engineering programs. Dates to be determined but generally start the first Saturday following students' return from winter break. Please see Mr. Potter with questions.

School Play

Advisors: Mrs. Beauchamp

Production: There is one drama production each year.

Tryouts: Both 7th and 8th graders are eligible. Students must fill out an audition form and read an audition monologue in front of a panel of judges.

Positions Available: In addition to being an actor or actress in the play, stage crewmembers are also needed. Props, sets, lighting and sound are a few of the jobs done by stage crew.

Time Commitment: Participating in the play requires between six and seven weeks of dedication. Rehearsals are every day after school from 3:15 to 5:30 PM (except for Wednesdays which goes from 2:30 to 4:30 PM). A student wishing to participate must have no after school conflicts. DAILY ATTENDANCE IS REQUIRED!

2012-2013 Production: Alice in Zombieland

2012-2013 Production: Snow White: The Untold Story

2011-2012 Production: All That Twitters is Not Gold

2010-2011 Production: Days of Our Nights

2009-2010 Production: Meet the Creeps

2008-2009 Production: Sleeping Beauty & The Beast

2007-2008 Production: Alibis

2006-2007 Production: The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood

2005-2006 Production: This . . . Could Be Murder

2004-2005 Production: Chateau La Roach

2003-2004 Production: A Dark and Stormy Night

2002-2003 Production: Every Baby Sitter’s Nightmare

2001-2002 Production: Touchtone “M” For Murder

2000-2001 Production: I Am A Star

1999-2000 Production: Next, Victim, Please

1998-1999 Production: Mystery Liner

1997-1998 Production: Broomstick Beauty and Old Ghosts at Home

School Newspaper

Advisor: The school newspaper is sponsored by Ms. Young.

Publications: The newspaper is published four times per year--October, December, March and May.

Tryouts: We welcome all students to be part of the newspaper staff.

Positions Available: Jobs include editor, page editor, photographer, layout artist, artist and reporter.

Time Commitment: The newspaper staff meets on Friday mornings at 7:15 a.m.

Spelling Bee

The spelling bee is open to any seventh or eighth grader who is interested in participating. Grade level bees are held during the school day after the winter break. Six winners from seventh grade and six winners from eighth grade receive trophies and earn a chance to compete in the Moline District #40 Bee which is usually held in January. This bee also includes winners from fifth and sixth grades and the competition is fierce! Five winners from the district bee go on to compete at Augustana College in the regional bee, usually held in March. The winner of that bee competes in Washington D.C. with the winners from fifty states. It is a week of fun with tours, special events, new friends, and newspaper coverage. All expenses for the week, including transportation and hotel, are paid by the Dispatch Argus newspaper. It is really worth working to win from our area.

For more information, contact Mrs. Menke.

Student Council

The Student Council at John Deere Middle School is student government. Sponsored by Mr. Cross and Mrs. Zacharewicz, Student Council meets weekly on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. An elections is held for 8th grade officers in early May of the 7th grade year. All representatives and alternates are elected in the fall of each school year.

John Deere’s Student Council members participate in many special projects throughout the school year. In the fall, student representatives sell candy grams for Halloween and collect food for the annual Student Hunger Drive. Members also create Welcome Bags for substitute teachers, make Honor Roll Stars for student lockers, and serve at the Board of Education dinner. In December, Student Council is the sponsor for the student Holiday Party. Student Council also sponsors the Valentine’s Dance held in February. The monies raised at this event support the Illinois Association of Junior High Student Councils’ state service project. This year's project is the Make a Wish Foundation. Members also sponsor a ‘Hats on Day’ that raises money for cancer research.

Teen Power

Are you creative? Do you like to help others? Is spending time with others enjoyable for you? If so, then Teen Power just might be the club for you!

See Mrs. Colby DeBlaey for more information about Teen Power!


The Spartan Image Yearbook Staff meets occasionally throughout the school year and more often close to deadlines. Most of the time, students work independently or in small groups. They sign up for at least one or two pages. They have to choose pictures, write stories and captions, and sketch a layout for each page to make everything fit.

The photographs are provided by Photographic Arts of Geneseo and Moline,Mrs. McCoy, other faculty members, and some students. The yearbook is printed by Taylor Publishing Company of Texas. It is distributed to students the last week of school following the Honors Assembly.

The cost of the year book is: 20.00

After December first, the cost is:25.00