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Walter T. Bergen
Extra Curricular Activities
2011-12
 
 
After School Clubs
Baking
In It to Win It
Running
 
Homework Club
Advisors: Mr. Hanke/Mr. DiLorenzo
After school program in the library intended to assist students needing help completing
assignments. Meets three days (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) from 3:15pm until 4pm.
 
Yearbook
Advisor: Ms. Engelhardt
Open to all students interested in producing the annual “Glenwild Echoes”
 
Newspaper
Advisor: Ms. Engelhardt
Open to students interested in producing the school newspaper “The WTB Press”.
 
Student Council
Advisor: Ms. Hyland
Meetings held in the morning before school. Open to all students. Election of homeroom reps
(one male, one female) held in September. Officer elections (President, Vice-President,
Secretary, and Treasurer) are held in June.
 
Band
Advisor: Ms. Lehman
Cadet – All 5th graders and beginners of any grade
Concert – All grade levels
Symphonic – Invitation only
 
C.H.A.T (Caring Hearing and Trust)
Advisors: Ms. Brancato/Mr. Lombardi
Open to 7th and 8th grade students, CHAT is part of New Jersey Peer to Peer: A Substance
Abuse Prevention Network. Through peer-to-peer outreach programs, the goal is to reduce the
incidence of tobacco, alcohol, and drug use among elementary and middle school students.
The program also intends to identify and reduce the incidences of harassment, intimidation
and bullying. Through participation in school projects and community events, members
develop a sense of accomplishment and self esteem. Applications are submitted in the spring
and priority is given to eighth grade students.
 
National Junior Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. Jacobs
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation's premier organization recognizing
outstanding middle level students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship,
leadership, service, and character. NJHS is proudly sponsored by the National Association of
Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Must be second semester 6th grader or in 7th or 8th
grade. Must have cumulative grade average of 92 with no grade lower than 85. Elected by
Faculty Council and inducted at ceremony in the spring of each year.
 
B.E.L.L. (Bloomingdale Extended Learning League)
Advisors: Ms. Trusheim/Mr. Fredericks
The Bloomingdale Extended Learning League is a comprehensive gifted and talented program
that encompasses grades 5-8 in the Walter T. Bergen Middle School. The criteria for
acceptance into the program is based on a board approved matrix similar to many local school
districts.  During the fall of each new school year students are notified of their acceptance via
letter and may choose to be a part of this exciting program. We incorporate project-based
learning, which is a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential
knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process.
Learning is structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products
and tasks. Topics for projects range from forensic science, ecology, and robotics, to art,
literature, mathematics, and everything in between. Dedication and commitment are the values
that characterize a B.E.L.L. member as we strive for excellence in learning.
 
Boys’ Basketball
Coach: Mr. Lombardi
Interscholastic sport open to boy’s in grades 5 – 8. Tryouts are held to determine players.
 
Girls’ Basketball
Coach: Ms. Conboy
Interscholastic sport open to girl’s in grades 5 – 8. Tryouts are held to determine players.
 
Intramurals
Advisors: Ms. Conboy/Mr. Lombardi
Open to all students in grades 5 through 8. Must have a completed physical to part
Walter T. Bergen 
Extra Curricular Activities 
  
 
Yearbook
Advisor: Mrs. Jacobs
Open to all 8th Grade students interested in producing the annual “Glenwild Echoes” 
 
Newspaper
Advisor: Mrs. Reese
Open to students interested in producing the school newspaper “The WTB Press”. 
 
Student Council
Advisor: Mrs. Reese
Meetings held in the morning before school. Open to all students. Election of homeroom reps (one male, one female) held in September. Officer elections (President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer) are held in June. 
 
Band
Advisor: Ms. Lehman
Cadet – All 5th graders and beginners of any grade 
Concert – All grade levels 
Symphonic – Invitation only 

The WTB band program will be involved in many exciting activities this year.  We are already looking ahead to our first performance in December and beginning the planning stages of the Spring Concert in May.  Students will have the opportunity, as always, to audition for prestigious state groups such as North Jersey Area Band and New Jersey Region I Band in December and January.  Our educational and fun trips to the NJ State Theatre and Broadway are in the planning stages as is the annual band picnic. 

Art Club

Advisor: Mrs. Saltzman

Grades 7/8 meet on Tuesdays and Grades 5/6 meet on Thursdays. All interested students please see Advisor for details.

 

Theatre Arts

Advisor: Ms. Lehman

Asst. Advisor: TBD

The theatre arts program will once again run from January to April and is currently in the planning stages of looking for a production that is age-appropriate, cost-effective, and inclusive.  Once a production is selected, auditions will open for all students, grades 5-8.            

 
National Junior Honor Society
Advisor: Mrs. Gray
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) is the nation's premier organization recognizing outstanding middle level students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. NJHS is proudly sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Candidates eligible for election to this chapter must be second semester (defined as completion of third marking period) sixth or seventh graders in the current school year. Candidates eligible for election to the chapter shall have achieved honor roll or high honor roll recognition for each marking period of the current and previous school year. Elected by Faculty Council and inducted at ceremony in the spring of each year. 
 
B.E.L.L. (Bloomingdale Extended Learning League)
Advisor: Mrs. Franke & Mrs. DeKeukelaere
The Bloomingdale Extended Learning League is a comprehensive gifted and talented program that encompasses grades 5-8 in the Walter T. Bergen Middle School. The criteria for acceptance into the program is based on a board approved matrix similar to many local school districts.  During the fall of each new school year students are notified of their acceptance via letter and may choose to be a part of this exciting program. We incorporate project-based learning, which is a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process. 
Learning is structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks. Topics for projects range from forensic science, ecology, and robotics, to art, literature, mathematics, and everything in between. Dedication and commitment are the values that characterize a B.E.L.L. member as we strive for excellence in learning. 
 
Cross Country
Head Coach: Mr. Ray Healey
Asst. Coach: Mrs. Woolridge
Interscholastic sport open to boy’s and girl's in grades 5 – 8. Practice begins in September.
 
Boys’ Basketball
Coach: Mr. Lombardi
Interscholastic sport open to boy’s in grades 5 – 8. Tryouts are held to determine players. 
 
Girls’ Basketball
Coach: Mrs. Woolridge and Mrs. Fowler 
Interscholastic sport open to girl’s in grades 5 – 8. Tryouts are held to determine players. 
 
Intramurals
Advisors: Mrs. Conboy/Mr. Lombardi
Open to all students in grades 5 through 8. Must have a completed physical to participate.