Department of Defense Education Activity
All after school clubs and activities (i.e. jump rope, art, music, math, sports, etc.)will normally meet only on days that the school follows a full day schedule, NOT on early release days. There is no extra-curricular activity bus for students who participate in these activities. Parents whose child frequently rides a bus must make transportation and/or other arrangements for the student to be picked up from school following the activity. Notification of these activities will be sent to the parent along with the day and time of the activity. In addition, due to unforeseen training, meetings, or teacher absences, an activity may be canceled without advanced notice. The sponsoring teacher will endeavor to notify students and parents of the canceled activity if time permits. If the activity is canceled at the last minute, students will be notified through the school intercom system at the end of the instructional day.

Sponsors of clubs and extracurricular activities determine academic and behavioral (disciplinary) requirements that students must meet to participate in school sponsored extracurricular activities or to hold a leadership position in a curriculum-related club, team or student organization.

After school athletics for middle and elementary school-age students are the responsibility of Youth Services, not DoDEA Europe.

Gemstone Club

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Gemstone Club consists of various rotating activities such as teamwork challenges, board games and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities. The emphasis is on fun, and students will be guided to play fair and exhibit good sportsmanship. Gemstones Club is open to all students in grades 1-3 for the first three quarters of the school year. In the fourth quarter the Gemstones club will be open to Kindergartners only.

Term: All Year

Open To: Grades 1 - 3 in quarter 1-3
Kindergarten in quarter 4

House Council

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All the students in GEMS belong to one of four Houses named after the elements - Luft, Wasser, Feuer and Erde. The Houses help to develop a sense of community and school spirit for everyone.

 

Activities run throughout the year and House points are awarded for various activities involving teamwork, acts of kindness, sports competition and other challenges.

 

House Council representatives help to develop, organize and guide the multiple school events throughout the year. The GEMS House Council acts like a traditional Student Council in many respects. The main difference being that at GEMS we link activities to House events and House points for further incentive. This student leadership opportunity is available to students in grades 4-8.

 

House Council meets twice a month on the first and third Wednesday in Ms Wehrle’s room. 

 

Please reach out to Ms Beckman or Ms Wehrle if you have any questions regarding House Council.
 

 

Term: All Year

Open To: Grades 4-8

Math Olympiads

Math

Students in grades 4-8 looking to build their mathematical thinking and problem solving skills are invited to join our Math Olympiad Teams. Our goals with Math Olympiads are:

 

  • To stimulate enthusiasm and a love for Mathematics 
  • To teach major strategies for problem solving 
  • To strengthen Mathematical intuition 
  • To foster Mathematical creativity and ingenuity 

Math Olympiad will meet on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 3:10. Students will practice problem solving strategy that they will use to compete in a monthly, 5 problem test. Math Olympiads will run from October 11 to March 17.

Please contact Maryl Sommer for more information.
 

Term: All Year

Meeting Time: 1430 - 1510

Meeting Days: Tuesday

Open To: Grades 4 - 8

Outdoor Education

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Outdoor Ed is open to all middle school students. The club arranges activities outside of school hours for students with an emphasis on facing challenges, forming friendships, and having fun in the outdoors. Through the club, students will have the opportunity to tackle Kletterwald’s high ropes course, attend an overnight ski trip at Kreuzeck mountain lodge and hike through mountains, gorges and castle ruins. Activities change from year to year and Outdoor Ed is always open to new ideas for adventure. Please contact Amy Cox or Mark Harrison if you need more information about Outdoor Ed. 

Term: All Year

Open To: Grades 6 - 8

Additional Info: Event-based schedule

Robotics

Robotics

This club follows on from an optional class in Q2 during specials for middle school students. The club operates after school in Q3 to prepare students for the DoDEA wide First Lego League (FLL) tournament that takes place in March each year. Students will get together in small teams and represent Garmisch EMS as they program robots using code to navigate around a set course, completing missions and accruing as many points as possible in a set amount of time. 

Term: Winter

Open To: Middle School students

Running Club

Running

Come out and have fun with running and other exercise activities. The purpose of this club is to get kids excited about running, help them build their running stamina, coordination and strength.  This club is open to all ages and abilities. Please contact Amy Cox or Nara Hays for more information.
 

Term: All Year

Meeting Days: Tuesday

Open To: All Grades