Department of Defense Education Activity

At Dahlgren School, we have created a co-curricular program that is student-centered and therefore one that kids want to be a part of. Activities are driven by student interest and may change yearly. To identify varying interests, we are constantly soliciting recommendations from students. Participation rates are extremely high and hopefully there is an activity to suit each student. By keeping students involved after school, we are choosing to lead our school toward a happier and healthier learning environment.

Academic Eligibility Requirement for Grades 5-8

Students in grades 5-8 must meet the following requirements to be eligible to participate in extra-curricular activities:

  • Maintain a "C" or higher in each class
  • Attend school with at least a 95% attendance rate.

Basketball (Girls' and Boys')


Dahlgren boys' and girls' basketball teams focus not only on the skill development of the sport, but the child's confidence, responsibility, respect, cooperation, teamwork, and physical fitness. We encourage all students to join, come out, and enjoy the sport in a fun, safe environment!

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: 1500-1600

Open To: Students in grades 5-8

Additional Info: Season runs from November to February; practice days/times vary.


Cheer leader

Cheerleaders help to excite both the crowd and the school teams at our basketball games by cheering from the sideline and providing a half time show!

Open To: All students from PK - 8 who meet grading requirements

Additional Info: eason runs from December - February. Practice days/times vary.

Rise and Shine Running Club

Boy Running

Get your day off to a good start with exercise. Families love to participate in the running club!

Term: Fall,Spring

Meeting Time: 0800

Meeting Days: Wednesday,Tuesday,Thursday

Open To: All students in all grades (families can participate as well!)

Additional Info: weather permitting

Soccer (Coed)

Soccer Ball

Dahlgren's coed soccer team focuses not only on the skill development in the sport, but the child's confidence, responsibility, respect, cooperation, teamwork, and physical fitness. We encourage all students to join, come out, and enjoy the sport in a fun and safe environment!

Open To: Students in grades 5-8

Additional Info: Season runs from March to May; practice days/times vary

Garden Club

Flower Icon

Garden Club is all about kids finding out how nature works. Soil, seeds, bugs, birds, weeds and weather all come together to make the world prettier, our planet healthier, and our dinners more tasty!

Our motto is "learning doesn't always happen in the classroom; sometimes you have to get your hands dirty!"

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: 1600

Meeting Days: Monday

Open To: All students are welcome. (Ages 4-8 must have a parent/sponsor with them at all times.)

Junior Student to Student (JS2S)

Student to Student

The Dahlgren School's JS2S provide support to new students transitioning to our school and provide support to students preparing to leave our school. JS2S help students to focus on what the student will gain through the move to the new school. JS2S members guide students through their uncertain surroundings. They offer from the peer point of view, valued information, friendship and assistance in the areas that matter most: learning your way around, making friends, and knowing the academic requirements at the school.

Open To: Students in Grades 5-8

Additional Info: Monthly throughout the school year; weekly during the first and last month of school

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)


The NJHS is an international organization that consists of chapters in middle schools throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories and Canada.

Open To: Students in grades 6-8 who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and who complete the NJHS application and are selected by the faculty council

Additional Info: Monthly

Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

The Dahlgren School spelling bee helps students improve their spelling and increase their vocabulary. Our school sends a representative to the Free Lance-Star Regional Bee in support of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Open To: Two students are chosen to represent each classroom in grades 3-8

Additional Info: Several meetings before the bee, and regular meetings with the school winner before the regional bee

Student Council

Student Council

Student Council is a service organization functioning as a representative government composed of elected officers, classroom representatives and committees.

Open To: Elected position; representatives are elected from participating classrooms

Additional Info: Weekly during lunch


Term: Fall

Meeting Days: Monday

Open To: Elementary students in grades 3 - 5


Term: Winter,Spring

Meeting Time: 1500 - 1600

Meeting Days: Monday,Wednesday,Tuesday,Thursday

Open To: Eighth grade students

Principal's Coffee

Please join the Principal, Glynis Riccio each month beginning at 11:30 in room 134. Everyone is welcome to come and have coffee with the principal and talk about your celebrations or concerns for your kudos!

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: 11:30 - 12:30

Meeting Days: Friday

Open To: All community members with students in our school or are interested in attending our school.