Department of Defense Education Activity

Ramstein IS: School Activities

All students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities whether they be athletic, academic or social in nature. These activities help to shape students and prepare them for the future as part of a well rounded education.

School clubs are a great way to develop new interests and to make new friends. Students can select these activities based on their interests. Several teachers are the sponsors and coordinate the programs with parents, students, and community volunteers. We provide the following clubs/activities:

ACE Program

Aerospace themed STEM program. (3rd Grade Only OR 4th grade Only sessions)

Open To: Grades 3rd - 4th

Art Club (Sessions 1, 2, and 3)

Art Club is for aspiring and creative individuals who desire to express their inner artist. Activities in Art Club are different from what is learned in class. We strive to further our artistic endeavors with various materials and imaginative experimentation.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books will be offered during the months of February through May. Students must read ten books from a provided list of twenty books and pass a Reading Counts Test on each book.  Students who attend the club on a regular basis and meet these requirements will be able to compete as part of a team in a quiz format. The competition will be held during school hours at a date to be determined during the first week of May. 

Beginning Orchestra

Students will learn to play violins (also violas and cellos if available) from Mr. Rayburn and a Local National expert violin teacher. Fundamentals will be taught included holding the violin, holding the bow, plucking open strings, and playing with the bow. Two concerts per year is a performance goal.

Big Base

Big Base is a fun game similar to kick ball. There are four large mats used for bases. Students are allowed to pass other runners and have to complete two laps to score. This is a fun game for all of our students to enjoy!

Board Games and Beyond (Sessions 1 & 2)

Board Game and Beyond Club is for students who enjoy friendly competition and would like to play a variety of classic board games, learn new board games, explore some fun educational online games and create their own game. We have lots of fun while enhancing our memory, problem-solving, and goal-setting skills!Students may participate in only one session.

Hero Kids Club (Session 1, 2, and 3)

Students will play Hero Kids, a Fantasy Role-playing game for Kids aged 4-10 guided by a school staff member. Far away from computers and video games, a role-playing game is designed to spark the imagination where students grab a pencil, dice and a piece of paper to tell stories about their made up hero personalities. The group is guided by a storyteller that wraps all of the ideas up into one big consistent story. In Hero Kids, the players take on the roles of the children of the greatest champions of a Viking village. The Hero Kids need to help with the day to day problems of their village (like saving a friend from a lair of giant rats or helping to search for lost miners from an abandoned mine) while their parents are off on a journey to protect their people from far away threats. Students will form a group of 3-4 players joined by one of our club leaders as the guide and storyteller

Intermediate String Orchestra (Formerly String Club)

Students will learn to play violins (also viola’s and cello’s if available) from Mr. Rayburn and a Local National expert violin teacher. Fundamentals are necessary to be in the Intermediate Orchestra. Students who have had private lessons, played in another orchestra, or who have been through the RIS Beginning Orchestra class should have the necessary skills.

Lego Robotics Competition Club (Mon, Wed OR Tue, Thu)

RIS is participating in the LEGO Robotics Challenge, and we are looking for some bright 4th and 5th Graders to embrace that challenge. Students who participate will get to design, build and program robots to perform a wide variety of tasks. These students will need to be good problem-solvers, able to analyze situations and think outside of the box in order to develop strategies. They will work as members of small teams, so they will need to cooperate and work well with others, and be able to articulate and share their ideas and strategies with each other. The activities will be fun and challenging for students of all abilities and skill ranges. The final competition is in late March.

Open To: grades 4th - 5th

Lego Robotics Introduction Club

This is an introduction to Lego Robotics. Students who participate will get to explore Lego design, build and program robots. These students will need to be good problem-solvers, able to analyze situations and think outside of the box in order to develop strategies. They will work as members of small teams, so they will need to cooperate and work well with others, and be able to articulate and share their ideas and strategies with each other. The activities will be fun and challenging for students of all abilities and skill ranges.

Marathon Club (multiple meeting sessions/dates)

Participants will be taught the proper ways to stretch, run, and cool down. Club members will be encouraged to try and accrue enough miles to complete a marathon while participating in the club.

Math Olympiads

This is for higher level thinking students looking for a challenge. Mathematical Olympiads is an after school club that will provide opportunities for children to practice problem solving and logical reasoning skills. They will be practicing intellectual discourse with their peers and competing in a national math contest. This should be viewed as a challenge and an opportunity to grow. Learning how to solve a problem and to understand its underlying mathematical concepts are the most important goals of mathematical education. We will be participating in the national contest that will consist of 5 monthly contests. Math Olympians will practice as a group about 3 times before the contests are given. We will discuss the strategies each group used to solve the problems. This will help them expand their problem solving bank and know what to expect for the contest.

Minecraft Club (Session 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6)

The students will practice digital citizenship and teamwork to design and build different structures which they will have to complete in a set period of time.

RIS Ambassadors (Session 1 & 2)

Are you interested in becoming a leader here at RIS? RIS Ambassadors is an elite club designed to give students an opportunity to develop leadership skills by organizing and carrying out school activities, service projects, and most importantly, welcoming new students. RIS Ambassadors will plan events that contribute to our school and community.

Speed Stacking

Speed Stacking, also known as sport stacking or cup stacking, is a fun sport that can be played individually or with a team. Students love to see their times improve as they practice different types of stacking.