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Ritenour Middle Schools Offer Bounty of Extracurricular Activities

HMS students participate in the STEM Club sponsored by the St. Louis County Library Extracurricular activities at Hoech and Ritenour middle schools continue to offer students free opportunities to explore new interests while also learning, gaining leadership skills and having fun.

During first semester of 2019, more than 220 students at Ritenour Middle and 420 students at Hoech participated weekly in after-school activities.

Dozens of clubs offered during the fall included those that focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), athletics, art, chess, student leadership/National Junior Honor Society, books, environment and much more. In addition to dedicated middle school educators, representatives from the St. Louis County Library, St. Ann Police Department and other community organizations helped provide meaningful activities that engaged middle school students.

Research shows that many students who are involved in extracurricular activities become stronger academically, school counselors said.

“When students are involved in extracurricular clubs and athletics, they feel more connected with their peers and school community,” said RMS counselor Kim Sagakhaneh. “Extracurricular activities give students outlets to enjoy school outside of a classroom setting but still work toward common goals with their peers. Often, those who are involved in activities after school learn how to better manage their time, have more opportunities to develop leadership skills and become stronger students academically.”