Activities

Activities Before & After School

Drama Club meets after school on Tuesdays in the fall and spring. Students play improv games, act out scenes from popular plays and musicals, learn about technical aspects of theater and other activities. Please see the Oak Grove Theatre Company website and Facebook page for more information.

Jazz Band meets before school once a week. This group is auditioned and open to any 7th and 8th grade student. The Jazz Band performs at school concerts and various schools in Bloomington.

Joining the Math Team is a great way to challenge your math skills and have fun doing math problems in a group. The Math Team competes with other schools throughout the school year. Students work as a team and individuals on challenging math problems. The first five competitions are part of the Minnesota Junior High Math League. The final competition is the MathCounts Competition; students may qualify for the state and national competition.

The annual musical production is one of the highlights of the school year! Students audition in November for the cast and crew. Rehearsals start at the beginning of December and conclude with the performances in March. We ask parents to join the Booster Club and volunteer during the rehearsals and performances. Be part of the Oak Grove tradition! Please see the Oak Grove Theatre Company website and Facebook page for more information.

Do you like working with your hands? Do you like taking pictures? Do you like writing? Do you like making websites? Do you like competition? Do you like robots?

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then we may have an opportunity for you! We are always looking for new members to join our FTC Robotics teams, so if you are interested or would like more information please send an email to Bloomington Robotics (BloomingtonRoboticsFTC@gmail.com). Learn more about FTC/FIRST Robotics.

Snowriders is an intramural after school activity designed for students who like to or want to learn how to ski or snowboard. There are options for all levels of skill, from beginner to advanced, with lessons for the student who has never been on the snow to advanced skill building for skiers and boarders. It is a great opportunity for students to socialize with other students who share their hobby. Snowriders is not a competitive sport, which allows for a relaxed attitude and good, clean fun! A snack is served after lessons are completed for those that take them and all others at about 5 p.m. There is no lack of energy in this group - it is a great way to use all the energy we know middle schoolers have!

Activities During School

Computer programming (or coding) is the process of creating a program (a string of code) that tells a computer what to do. Coding helps students to develop important digital literacy skills while having fun, and various projects teach students how to program. The Coding activities are offered periodically throughout the school year on Flex Days.

In the Makerspace students work together to become digital content creators. Various projects encourage exploration and innovation. Makerspace activities are offered periodically throughout the school year on Flex Days.

Oak Grove Singers is a choir that meets during Prime Time. This group is open to any student at Oak Grove Middle School, though students need to audition to join the group. O.G. Singers have performed at various schools in Bloomington, the Mall of America and other places in Bloomington and the surrounding area. There is no cost to be in O.G. Singers, but there may be small fees to cover bus expenses on field trips.

Student Council is a group of 6th-8th grade students. We work together to plan several fundraisers for the community throughout the year including for Bridging and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients Campaign. There is no cost to participate in Student Council. Students must submit an application, and current Student Council members help select new members.

The Yearbook Club meets each morning during PrimeTime. See Ms. Kiner if you are interested in joining the Yearbook Club, or contribute photos to this year's Yearbook. Email Ms. Kiner at lkiner@isd271.org.

The Young Men's Leadership Forum is a group of 6th-8th grade students who meet every morning during PrimeTime in Mr. Bunkert’s classroom. Each week we discuss issues or concerns that are important to you! We talk about how to be an effective peer mediator/conflict manager, how boys treat each other at school, online and outside of school and how to build relationships and be an advocate for those that are bullied.

The Young Women's Leadership Forum is a group of 6th-8th grade girls. We meet each morning during PrimeTime. Our goal is to foster leadership skills in middle school girls, to impact our school community by confronting bullying and relational aggression and to foster an awareness of community and global needs through fundraising and community service. 7th and 8th grade girls are invited to apply for the group in the spring for the following school year, and 6th grade girls are invited to apply at the end of the first trimester.