Learning at MCDS is not limited to the classroom. Each year, students are presented with a wealth of opportunities for activities beyond the curriculum. These activities range from student-led electives, to extracurricular clubs, to theater productions, to Model United Nations.
A specific area of focus is giving older school students the freedom to create their own electives. This provides students with valuable leadership opportunities, as well as allowing them to pursue their own interests and passions. Middle and high school students choose from a wide array of student-, teacher-, and volunteer-led electives. The message is simple: if you have an interest, you will be able to pursue it at MCDS.
Outside the school day, MCDS hosts a variety of daily extracurricular clubs and classes for all division levels. Most electives change or renew every quarter.
We are proud to welcome back old favorites and new faces to the extracurricular schedule! Extracurricular enrichment programs will operate in one of three modes this year:
Virtual: Students will connect and participate via Zoom. Virtual club meetings begin at 4:30 p.m. It is preferred the students connect to virtual clubs from home. However, if students need to use Extended Day and have a concurrent virtual club, the Extended Day team will help them connect.
Hybrid: Students may participate in-person or via Zoom, and toggle between these options, throughout the program. Hybrid club meetings begin at 3:45 p.m.
In-Person: These clubs will only be available for in-person student participation, unless the designated grades are collectively off-campus, such as during the re-entry phases, Hyflex, or MCDS@home instruction. In-person club meetings begin at 3:45 p.m. when in-person, 4 p.m. when virtual.
Examples of recent electives and extracurriculars:
Learn. Code. Build. (Grades 5–8)
Students will build on their coding knowledge through advanced STEM activities. Explore complex robotics, build a calculator, and utilize STEM devices to build creative games!
Mandarin Club (Grades 1-5)
Learn to read and speak Chinese!
STEAM Club (Grades 2-5) and Junior STEAM Club (Grades K-1)
Younger engineers will learn fundamental concepts of STEAM with hands-on projects! Older students will use the Engineering Design Process to design solutions to various challenges.
Sports and Athletics
Girls on the Run! (Grades 3-5, seasonal)
Develop mentally, socially, and emotionally while training for a spring 5K!
Intro to Martial Arts (Grades 1-4) and Junior Martial Arts (Grades Pre-K – K)
Train your body, build your focus, grow your character, and have fun!
Mighty Hawks (Grades 1-2)
Train seasonal sports-skills with Ms. Schmidt!
Schmidt’s Skills & Drills (Grades 2-4, seasonal)
Join Ms. Schmidt in learning skills and running the drills for winter-season sports, from basketball to cross country ski!
Strength Training (Grades 2-4, seasonal)
Move and be fit in the winter season with a certified strength coach from Pat’s Gym!
Visual, Musical, and Performing Arts
Art Club (Grades 2-4) and Junior Art Club (Grades K-1)
Delve deeper into art with Ms. Gustafson!
Bollywood Dance (Grades 1-4) and Junior Bollywood (Grades Pre-K – 1)
Experience Bollywood dance with Mrs. Sachdeva!
Guitar Stars (Grades 1-4)
Have fun learning the fundamentals of guitar in this newly designed class! Advanced students will delve into sight reading, playing by ear and rocking out as a class!
Lower School Play (Grades 3-4, seasonal)
Be a part of our famous musical tradition! All experience levels welcome.
Stage Stars (Grades 1-4)
Our drama program introduces students to the craft of stage acting: learn theatrical skills, improv basics and participate in interactive drama games!
Chess Club (Grades 1-12)
Learn the game and become a pro strategist!
Cooking Club (Grades 5-8)
Learn to cook with Chef Lily Kilfoy of Willy Street Co-op!
Junior Fall Foliage & Fun! (Grades Pre-K – K, seasonal)
Join Mrs.VanBrocklin for some fun, scientific exploration of Autumn: leaf collection/rubbings, learning about tapping maple syrup, animals preparing for hibernation, etc.!
Gardening by the Books (Grades 1-5)
Students will help harvest the garden, put it to sleep, learn processes such as canning, and enjoy the flavor of fresh produce. Join librarian Mrs. Wendt and learn to garden by the books!
Knitting Club (Grades 2-4, seasonal)
Contribute knitted squares to a charity quilt and learn to make your own simple projects!
More info is available in the Athletics & Activities section of our Reopening for the 2020-21 School Year page.