Hickory Creek Middle School » Clubs/Activities


Band /Orchestra

  • Meets: August - May
Band - Mr. Adams - [email protected] 
Band - Ms. Alyson Bauman [email protected] 
Orchestra - Mrs. Shanahan - [email protected]


Best Buddies

Mrs. Cumbee - [email protected]

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  It is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society. 

If you are someone who is diagnosed with an IDD or someone who wants to join this club, please contact Amy Cumbee.  Our club will meet once a month on Mondays. These meetings and outings are meant to help build these life-long friendships.  


What do we do in chorus? We participate in many concerts! We perform throughout the community! We participate in contests, including the IGSMA District and State Contests! Students in chorus are eligible to participate in the IGSMA Solo-Ensemble contest! WE HAVE FUN.....socials, bowling, cast parties, field trips, and a day at GREAT AMERICA!

Other information: New chorus members for Varsity Chorus and Advanced Choir will be accepted through September 16. The rehearsal schedule is as follows:
  • Mondays – Advanced Choir, 2:15-3:45
  • Tuesdays – Varsity Chorus, 2:15-3:45
  • Wednesdays – Show Choir, 2:15-4:10
  • Thursdays – Advanced Choir and Varsity Chorus alternate weeks, from 2:15-3:15
  • Thursdays - Show Choir, 3:15-4:30
  • Fridays - make up day; if there is a week with no school on a Monday, Advanced Choir will rehearse on Friday from 2:15-3:45
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Walton at [email protected] or 815-469-4474, ext. 3745.

Advanced Choir: Advanced Choir is open to all 7th and 8th graders. This choir gives 7th and 8th graders the opportunity to gain choral experience, study 2 and 3-part advanced middle school level music, gain experience performing with choreography, and start sight-singing.

Varsity Chorus: Varsity Chorus is open to all sixth graders. This chorus will perform a wide variety of styles of music and may include some choreography. This is a great chorus for students who want to get some experience in singing, movement, and working together as a group.

Show Choir: The advanced Show Choir is open for audition to all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. 24 students will be chosen for this select group. This chorus will perform music from the Broadway, Pop, and Jazz genres and will include both singing and dancing for their performances.


Drama Club


The Drama Club involves students from sixth, seventh, and eighth grade who wish to pursue a dramatic activity. At the first meeting, September 8th, potential club members will receive an overview of the program; have opportunity to ask questions and hear from older students about their experiences competing and being part of the team. Those participating in Drama Club are required to memorize a five-to-ten-minute script written for monologue, duet, or small group acting. Memorization, articulation, vocal and facial expression are key components emphasized each week during practice. The IESA State Speech Contest date is Friday, November 5th, at Hickory Creek Middle School. This concluding activity for the club is where Drama Team members will have their script performances evaluated by state-qualified speech judges. Awards are given for first, second, and third place. Come out and join us for lots of fun! This year’s coaches will be Mrs. Grady, Mrs. Schumacher, Mrs. Swierczewski, Mrs. Drozd, and Mr. Wonder. 

*All schedules and rosters will be posted in Microsoft Teams. 

Geography Club

Are you wondering about the 2021-2022 Geography Club?  If you are interested in the world’s geography and cultures, world economics, nature, etc. you may be interested in joining this club. The club is open to students in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. The club meets from 2:30-3:30 on Wednesdays during December through February. We will use an assortment of activities including Kahoot It!s, Board Games, Gimkit, etc. to learn more about the world.  Although National Geographic is not sponsoring the National Geography Bee this year, Hickory Creek will still have an in-house competition for the top eight students as selected from a preliminary test. If you are interested in joining Scholastic Bowl, the information learned in this club will carry over to the next!! 


Practice Dates:  December 8, 15.  January 5,12, 19, 26. February 2, GEOBEE Feb. 9th @ 4pm in Library. 


Link to Permission slip:  Microsoft Forms 



There will be no intramurals for the 2020-2021 school year. We look forward to offering opportunities in the 2021-2022 school year.




Mathletes is an activity for students who are enthusiastic about math and want to challenge themselves in competitions against mathematicians from other schools!  This club is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students.  Students will engage in practices that will prepare them for various styles of competition.  Our mathletes can plan to compete both individually and as part of a team.  While some contests involve speed, others emphasize only accuracy.  It is the perfect forum for quick thinkers and creative problem solvers!

Additional Mathletes Information

  • An informational meeting will be held in mid-November.
  • There is no “try-out”; however, we will give a preliminary skills assessment just to measure the strengths and weaknesses of our team. This is not used to exclude any student from participation but to help the coaches determine the direction for our practices!
  • Practices will be held weekly, beginning the week after the informational meeting. Specific details will be shared out at the informational meeting.
  • The mathlete coaches do their best to work with the other extra-curricular groups so that anyone who wants to participate can do so. Splitting time during practices is definitely acceptable!
  • Students who give their best efforts to practice will compete.
  • Practices consist of doing math in the format of whatever contest we are preparing for, so the better the attendance, the better we can expect to perform as a team.
  • Mail-in contests will be conducted during several practice times in November through April
  • Competitions against other area schools will take place after-school or in the early evening from February through April (specific dates to be determined). More specific information about the contests will be given as they approach.
  • Students compete individually and/or on teams for individual, team, grade-level and/or school ribbons, plaques, trophies, and medals, depending on the competition.
  • Participants are required to pay the school activity fee. In addition, we usually offer Mathletes spirit wear for purchase.
  • Any questions at all, please contact us! We hope you’ll join us for another successful Mathletes season!

National Junior Honor Society

National Junior Honor Society established its first NJHS chapter at Hickory Creek Middle School in 2016. National Junior Honor Society is one of the most distinguished organizations in the nation. NJHS not only recognizes academic scholarship, but in addition celebrates students who exemplify character, leadership, service, and citizenship. as active members of the school chapter. The objectives of the organization are: β€œto create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in the students.”

Poz Squad
PozSquad is ready to welcome members, old and new, to join our club this year and help build our Hickory Creek culture of kindness! During our meeting we will plan schoolwide kindness events, work on our social/emotional health, and play lots of team games and activities! Our first meeting of the year is on Wednesday, September 15th from 2:30-3:30.
Meets the following Wednesdays for 2021-22 School Year from 2:30-3:30
September 15th, 22nd, 29th
October 6th, 13th, 20th
November 10th,17th
December 8th, 15th
January 5th, 12th, 19th
February 2nd, 9th, 16th
March 2nd, 9th, 16th
April 6th, 13th, 20th
May 11th, 18th

Rebecca Caudill Young Readers

READ! All reading will be documented by the 2nd week in February Point Logs will be completed in class in February Voting Celebration will be held last week in February (subject to change) 

Any HCMS student who reads 3 or more of the 20 nominated titles before the deadline is eligible to vote for their favorite book.. Students will be required to document the books they read according to their teachers ' requirements. Any student who reads all 20 current nominated titles will be offered a personalized READ poster.


Scholastic Bowl

The team is coached by Michelle Sommer - [email protected] and Renee Grady - [email protected]. The season runs from January thru April. We meet once a week for either practice or match. Specific dates are determined by match schedule that is created in early winter. Practice is from 2:30 to 3:30 and meets are from 2:30 to 6:00 (generally). This is a competative team and a try-out will take place prior to the start of the season.

Student Council


Technology Club


Welcome to the 2020-21 Tech Club year!  Tech Club is an activity for students who enjoy learning about computer programming and robotics.  This club is open to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Tech Club will meet on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 after school in February and March. We will code computer games, create green screen photo and video edits, complete robotic obstacle courses, and more!