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Zama MS/HS: School Activities

 
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Athletic Requirements

General

At Zama Middle High School, we emphasize the "student" in our student athletes. For athletic participation, certain academic and health eligibility requirements must be met before a student can begin practice or play. Eligibility is critical because the team will forfeit any games in which an ineligible player participates. Read the student handbook or contact the main office for more information about sports eligibility requirements.

Grade Standards

DoDEA Pacific's procedural guide titled "FEPPG" dated  September 12, 2018 which establishes policies for Far East Academic Programs, Interscholastic Athletic Programs, and Junior Reserve Officer Training Programs states in paragraph 3.1.6.6:

"To participate in academic, athletics, and JROTC activities, students must maintain a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA), with no more than one failing grade. All students that are enrolled in a DoDEA school are monitored weekly to verify that they are meeting this academic requirement. Grades are cumulative to date for the quarter. An ineligible student may not practice, try out for a sport, or participate in games or academic event preparation sessions during the period of ineligibility which extends to the next weekly academic check. Ineligible student-athletes will not be in uniform for games or travel with the team to games. They can sit in the spectator area but will not be affiliated with the team during the competition." 

Student Code of Conduct

All student athletes and their parents must read, sign, and provide a completed Student Code of Conduct form to the Zama Middle High School Activities coordinator. To download the form click here: CODE OF CONDUCT FORM

Sports Physical

A student must pass a pre-sport physical exam. A physical examination form signed by a physician and a parental release must be on file at the office BEFORE tryouts, practice, or competitions.  For more information, see the school nurse.  To dowlnload the form, click here:  SPORTS PHYSICAL FORM
 

Baseball

Competitive boy's high school games are played throughout the spring sports seasons.  Games are generally on Fridays and Saturdays.  ZMHS also participates in a Far East competition for the Pacific-wide championship title.

Term:  spring

Meeting time:  1530-1730

Meeting Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Open To:  boys, grades 9 to 12

Basketball

ZMHS has a girls basketball team and a boys basketball team.  Junior varsity teams sometimes are formed depending on whether or not enough students can be fielded.   Both girls and boys teams compete against other DoDEA Pacific-East and Kanto Plains international schools.

Term:  winter

Meeting Time:  1530-1730

Meeting Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Open To:  Boys and Girls, grades 9 - 12

Cheerleading

The cheerleading team is looking for enthusiastic, dynamic and hardworking students whose primary mission is to represent the school with a spirit of support for other athletic teams, fans and the entire Zama and Atsugi communities. The team performs during the football (fall) and basketball (winter) seasons. The team also participates in the school events like pep rallies, spirit rallies and Far East.

Term: Fall, Winter

Meeting Time: 1530-1730

Meeting Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Open To: all Students

Cross-Country

Cross country running is a sport in which teams and individuals run a race on open-air courses over natural terrain. The course, typically 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) long, may include surfaces of grass and earth, pass through woodlands and open country, and include hills, flat ground and sometimes gravel road. It is both an individual and a team sport; runners are judged on individual times and teams by a points-scoring method. Both males and females compete in cross country, which takes place during fall and can include weather conditions of rain, sleet, snow or hail, and a wide range of temperatures.

Term: Fall

Meeting Time: 1530-1730

Meeting Days: Monday, Wednesday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Open To:  all students grades 9-12

Football

ZMHS Football team is part of Division 2 for DoDEA Pacific Schools.  Games are scheduled on Fridays or Saturdays during the fall season.

Term: Fall

Meeting Time: 1530-1730

Meeting Days: Monday, Wednesday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Open To:  all Students, grades 9 to 12

Junior Army ROTC

JROTC Programs:

The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program authorized by the National Defense Act of 1916, and Public Law 88-647, 13 October 1964. The original concept of the program was to offer a non-compulsory cadet corps aimed toward making better citizens. Each branch of the military service has established a JROTC program representing the mission, history, traditions, and leadership doctrine of the service to educate high school students. A compilation of JROTC program objectives include the following:

  • Develop informed and responsible citizens
  • Develop self-control and restraint
  • Promote patriotism
  • Develop leadership
  • Promote civic duties
  • Develop strength and character
  • Promote incentive to live a healthy drug free life
  • Develop respect and understanding for constituted authority
  • Provide information on military services

The content of the JROTC curriculum is related to the mission of each branch of the service; however, all of the programs strive for the program objectives above.

Open To: Any student grades 9 to 12 enrolled at ZMHS.

Soccer

ZMHS has both a girls soccer and a boys soccer team.  Both teams compete against DoDEA  Pacific-East and Kanto Plains international schools.  Both teams also have the opportunity to participate in Far East season championships.

Term: Spring

Meeting Time: 1530-1730

Meeting Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Open To: all students, grades 9-12

Softball

ZMHS has a competitive girls fast-pitch softball team which competes in the spring against other DoDEA Pacific-East and Kanto Plains international schools.  Girls also have the opportunity to participate in Far East season championship finals.

Term:  spring

Meeting Time:  1530 - 1730

Meeting Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Open To:  all girls, grades 9 to 12

Tennis

ZMHS has both a Girls and a Boys tennis team.  Each competes against other Pacific-East DoDEA  and International schools in the Kanto Plains (Japan)  area.  Tennis teams also participate in Far East and  and Kanto Plains tournaments near the end of the fall season.

Term:  fall

Meeting Time: 1530-1730

Meeting Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Open To: all students, grades 9-12

Track & Field

ZMHS has a track and field team that participates in both individual and team events including sprints, hurdles, high-jump, long jump, shot put, and discus.  ZMHS track and field students compete against other Pacific-East DoDEA and Kanto Plains international schools.  At the end of the season, students have the opportunity to compete in the Far East championship meet.

Term:  spring

Meeting Time:  1530 - 1730

Meeting Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Open To:  all students grades 9 to 12.

Volleyball

ZMHS has a girls volleyball team.  The team competes against other DoDEA Pacific-East and Kanto Plains international schools.  At the end of the fall season, the team also has the opportunity to compete in Far East championship finals.

Term:  fall

Meeting Time:  1530 - 1730

Meeting Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Open To:  all girls, grades 9 to 12

Wrestling

ZMHS has a wrestling team for girls and boys.  Wrestlers competes by weight-categories for both individual and team competitions.  The team competes against other DoDEA Pacific-East and Kanto Plains international schools.  At the end of the season the team has the opportunity to also compete in the Far East championship finals.

Term:  winter

Meeting Time:  1530 - 1730

Meeting Days:  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Open To: all students, grades 9 - 12

Choir

Choir learn to sing and improve their vocal technique by learning and performing a variety of choral literature.  This ensemble performs regularly throughout the school year and participates in choral festivals.  Students in this ensemble have the opportunity to audition for honor ensembles.

Open To: Any student that enrolled in choir courses or has other special circumstances if they speak to the instructor, Ms. Nash.

Key Club

Key Club members around the world are learning how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. In partnership with Kiwanis Club of Japan, high school students are making a positive impact as they serve others in their schools and communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.  Volunteer opportunities are on Camp Zama and around Japan.  Key member lunch is at 12:25 in room T3.

Open To: all students, grades 7 to 12

Soroban

Practice adding and subtracting by using the Japanese traditional calculator that also cultivates concentration and makes you smarter :-)  

Open To: Mostly 7th and 8th grade students but high schoolers are welcome too!

String Ensemble

There are two levels ...  Beginning Strings and String Ensemble.   

Students in String Ensemble perform music written for string orchestra and continually work on improving technique on their instrument.  This ensemble performs for the community on a regular basis and members have the opportunity to audition for honor ensembles and Far East events. 

Students in beginning strings learn to play their instrument and once a certain level learn and perform music written for string orchestras. 

Open To: Any student who is enrolled in string courses or has other special circumstances if they speak to the instructor, Ms. Nash.

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors are students dedicated to the positive promotion of Zama Middle High School. They work on a volunteer basis to enhance the academic, social, and emotional well-being of all students at our school. The Student Ambassador’s main job is to be a helpful, friendly face for any new students during their first few days of school and the remainder of the school year.

Student Ambassadors may also be asked to volunteer for the following events:

  • Annual "Sneak Peek" / New Student Orientation (annually in August): a 6th grade transition tour for incoming 7th grade students (annually in May)
  • Open House and/or Course Selection Event
  • Other events as needed

The Student Ambassadors' duties include:

  • Assisting new students to find classrooms, lockers, and major areas of Zama Middle High School
  • Work hard to keep course averages at a C or above
  • Introducing new students to teachers and friends throughout the school day and during lunch
  • Answering questions about activities, classes, building facilities and school rules
  • Positively representing the Zama Middle High School student body
  • Act as an ambassador to new students and families at school events

Rewards:

  • Sharpen communication and public speaking skills
  • Improve interpersonal and conversational skills
  • Enhance confidence when speaking and interacting with many members of the Zama community
  • Develop networking skills through participation at exciting events
  • Develop leadership to use in college and beyond Earn volunteer hours for college applications and/or resumes

7th - 12th grade students wishing to become a Student Ambassador are invited to complete an application any time. Applications can be found at and returned to the main office.

Open To: any student grades 7 to 12

Zama Band Boosters

The Zama Band Boosters Organization (ZBBO) is a private educational support organization on Camp Zama, Japan established by parents of Zama Middle High School Music Department Students.

The purpose of the ZBBO is to provide support to the Zama Middle High School Music Department and instrumental music students. We work to actively support the Arts and efforts to enhance the quality of Music Education in our schools. Primary support activities will include fundraising for the purchase of uniforms, music, instruments, and/or other needed general equipment. Other options may include instrument repair/replacement, hosting exchange band and music groups, helping to provide clinics/master classes, providing scholarship to graduating seniors in the music department, chaperoning various student trips/activities, and other activities as deemed appropriate towards supporting the goals of music education. Support may include, but not be limited to personnel, material, and fundraising/financial assistance.

Open To: All band students at ZMHS and their parents and other community patrons interested in supporting the ZMHS band

Zama Prom Committee

Zama Prom Committee is open to all 11th and 12th graders interested in planning prom.  The committee meets at lunch a couple times a month starting in second semester.  Students on the committee help do the final decorating for prom the evening before the big event.  For the 2019 prom Ms. Carmen Middleton is the sponsor and can be reached at carmen.middleton@dodea.edu for questions.

Open To: 11th and 12th grade students