Battle of the Books
Sponsor: Heather Fleming
Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program that is organized by the Alaska Association of School Librarians. It has been taking place in Alaska since 1981! More information, including the list of titles for the 2018-2019 school year is available on the Mears Battle of the Books website. Books are available now in the Mears library and practices will start in October.
Black Cat Cafe
As part of the School Business Partnership class, students will become certified barristas, making lattes, smoothies, italian ices and custom hot chocolates for staff and students in partnership with Cafe D'Arte.
Creative Writing Contest
Sponsor: Thomas Pease
Practice your writing skills and show off your creativity! A new writing prompt is released at the beginning of each month with entries due at the end of the month. Entries are submitted through the Panther Participation Canvas hub.
Sponsor: Social Studies department
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition. National Geo Bee
Sponsor: Richard Zelinsky
An in-depth study of jazz music. Jazz Band is taught during Zero Hour at Mears. That means, it starts at 7:15 AM and ends at 8:00 AM.
In our increasingly technological society, those students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career. MATHCOUNTS prepares students for future career opportunities and success. More than 6 million students across the U.S. have participated in the MATHCOUNTS program. National website for MathCounts
Sponsor: Heather Fleming
This is a traditional book club format. At each meeting we discuss and do activities relating to the book we are reading. When we finish a book, we choose a new book to read. Everyone are welcome to join!
Memory Book (Yearbook)
Sponsor: Holly Barclay
This is an after school activity held from October to late March. Students will foster creativity, gain experience with technology, and display a basic knowledge of photography and layout and design by producing the Mears Memory Book. Self and peer critiquing skills will be acquired as well as work ethics, such as meeting deadlines.
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
Sponsor: Mia Sison
NJHS is a prestigious organization, providing leadership opportunities for students who demonstrate excellence in four areas: Citizenship, Scholarship, Leadership, and Character. Nominations for participation go out in the Spring of each school year.
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)
Sponsor: Ben Armentrout
NaNoWriMo is a fun, empowering approach to creative writing. The challenge: draft an entire novel in just one month. Why do it? For 30 wild, exciting, surprising days, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!
Peterson Bay Field Trip
Sponsor: Science Dept.
The Peterson Bay Field Station is operated by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska. For more information about the field station please visit their website. Peterson Bay Field Station
Sponsor: Brandon York
Science Olympiad gives students the opportunity to challenge themselves in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by working together in teams to learn new skills.
Smart Girls Rock!
Sponsor: Joanna Hubbard
Mears has been invited to participate in this one day conference for several years. Smart Girls Rock! is an annual event, it is the brainchild of Dimond teachers Lea Bouton and Jennifer Childress and also, 3M Engineer Julie Morman. The afternoon conference gives students the chance to network with local female engineers to discover the opportunities available in the engineering field.
Sponsor: Greg Ross
The Scripps National Spelling Bee web site states "Our purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives."
National website SpellingBee
The Mears competition will be held on February 27, 2020.
Student Advisory Board
The Student Advisory Board advises the principal and vice principal of Mears on issues that affect our school community, the school district, and the community at large. Students are recommended by their team teachers to be a part of the SAB.
Why Not Wednesday
Sponsor: Counseling Department
Every Wednesday the Mears counselors will present a new challenge for students to participate in. Evidence of your participation is the submission of a photo of you completing (or attempting) the challenge. Submissions are done through the Panther Participation Hub in Canvas.
YWCA Youth Empowerment Conference
The conference is one of several Youth Empowerment Programs sponsored by the YWCA. Teams nominate students to attend the conference. The mission of the YWCA Youth Empowerment Programs is: "Cultivating courageous, critical thinking youth through Youth Empowerment Programs."