Dr. Felicia Barnett
Executive Director, Secondary Education
Middle School Activities
All middle-school students have an opportunity to participate in middle-school athletics. Students may try out to join the track team, volleyball team or the basketball team. The NNPS Middle School Athletics Program is designed to promote sportsmanship, teamwork, motivation and self-discipline.
NNPS middle-school teams compete against each other during the regular season and advance to quarterfinal, semifinal, and citywide championship games. Track teams compete in the fall. Volleyball teams compete during the winter and basketball teams compete in the spring. Practice is held during the season after school. Transportation and uniforms are provided for all middle-school athletes. Family members are encouraged to attend the meets and games.
Students say that one of their favorite things about middle school is the variety of related-arts classes that are available to them. In addition to physical education, middle-school students may take technology classes, art, drama, band, orchestra, chorus, world language, computer applications, and living skills. Additional class options specific to each middle school are also offered.
Clubs and Other School Activities
Recognizing the social nature of middle-school students and capitalizing on their need to move and do, Newport News middle schools offer a variety of enrichment activities that expose students to higher-level thinking, real-world application, and fun. Students may participate in student government, chess clubs, robotics, journalism, photography, debate, Odyssey of the Mind, yoga, e-gaming, sign language and more.
While a school staff person serves as the club or activity sponsor, students are encouraged to become actively involved in establishing agendas and goals, recruiting and organizing its activities. Every club and activity offers students numerous opportunities to develop and hone their leadership skills and explore and develop new talents to highlight their strengths.
Most clubs and activities are held after school, two days a week. To ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate, bus transportation is provided for all activities. Learn about Youth Development at NNPS.