Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place.
The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of young people. Led by the club moderator, Ms. Edelmann, the OLMC chapter of Roots and Shoots has led a cell phone and electronics recycling drive, has picked up litter around the neighborhood and have conducted science enrichment experiments including DNA extraction from fruits and vegetables, chromatography, density columns, balancing birds, and food chemistry (detecting fats, proteins, and sugars in food).
They also did STEM enrichment by constructing “quick-builds” including "tornado-proof" towers made only of paper, floating storm shelters, and bridges.
Students in Grades 6-8 can participate in the Whitefriars, the award winning traveling acting troupe that performs some of Shakespeare’s most famous work. From January to May the Whitefriars rehearse an abridged collection of plays from the Bard’s canon and perform in competition at the Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey at Drew University, then travel to different locations performing in a variety of venues like senior care facilities, schools or outdoor community venues such as street fairs.
Check out the video below of us winning our second “Spirit of the Festival Award” the top honor at the Shakesperience! Festival and get ready to “Rock thy brain!” this upcoming theatrical season!
The Spanish Club, moderated by Spanish teacher Mrs. Betancourt, is dedicated to spreading awareness about the Spanish language and the diverse culture of Spanish peoples all over the world. Students in Grades 5-8 are invited to join. The club is comprised of a diverse group of students with heritages throughout the world.
Each year the Club hosts a variety of activities such as creating Spanish language films, participating in academic competitions and taking trips to nearby New York City to explore the cultures of the Americas.
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The OLMC Newspaper, the Carmel Chronicles, offers students in middle school the opportunity to learn about journalism, sharpened their writing skills and learn how to formulate questions. Each month students interested in joining the club meet with club moderator, Ms. Paone during lunch and recess and put together the paper. Students interview teachers, fellow students and community members as well as provide artwork.