• Clubs



    Art Club


    Mr. Murphy


    Art Club is for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who enjoy making art and wish to explore their talents further. All skill levels are welcome to learn new techniques and work with exciting materials. Students will learn to express their ideas and feelings through art. Art Club is held in Room 117

    Band Program


    Mr. Kinsella


    Participating in the JJH Band Program requires that you are enrolled in the 6th grade, 7th grade or 8th grade band classes. Students without 5th grade band experience must have permission from the Band Director and Principal to enroll because 6th grade band is the second year of studying the band instrument. The band classes rehearse during the school day. Like orchestra and choir students, band students attend a zero hour class to fit in their band class. The Marching band is made up of all the grade level bands in the band program and rehearses during the day. The Jazz Band is an ADDITIONAL band that rehearses one day each week for an hour - - band class students have the option of participating in this extra and exciting group. There are other opportunities to perform in a variety of musical ensembles within the band program. All of the bands perform concerts during and after school at Liberty, Jerling, Sandburg and in the community.   The band program is a year-round class with a variety of activities.

    Book Club


    Mrs. Oldaker


    Book Club meets after school and sometimes during lunch hours to read, discuss books and work on various projects. We promote visiting authors, create themes and decorations for the twice yearly book fairs and choose a book for each quarter to read and discuss. Other projects include designing library displays, making book trailers and podcasts, and choosing books to purchase for the library.


    Mrs. Burnett


    Chorale is an advanced level choir which meets two days a week from October-December (Fall season) and March-May (Spring season). Auditions are held in mid-September and mid-March and are open to all students.

    Concert Choir

    Mrs. Burnett


    Do you love to sing?   If so, Concert Choir is perfect for you! Concert Choir performs several times throughout the year. We perform a winter concert, a spring concert, a festival and even do a competition. Throughout the school year, we work on many different styles of music, often singing in other languages as well. The music is sometimes challenging, sometimes silly, but always fun and very rewarding once we’ve mastered it. There are always opportunities for solos at the big winter and spring concerts.

    Dance Club


    Mrs. Panega


    Dance Club includes genres of jazz and hip hop. Our club participates in school assemblies, basketball games, community events and competitions.

    Declamation (Speech) Club

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    Ms. Latting


    The Declamation team is for all grade levels. Students who enjoy acting or some form of persuasive speaking are encouraged to tryout. There is a competition in the spring among all SWIC schools that culminates all work the students have put in since December. The Declamation (Speech) team helps students to learn to use their inner voice and sometimes come out of their shell. Students will use everything they learn throughout their lives as true public speakers.

    Drama Club





    Ms. Niven

    cniven@orland 135.org

    Mr. Gow


    Mrs. Burnett


    Mr. Murphy


    Mrs. Cavalier


    Drama Club is a great opportunity for all kids! Jerling presents a musical every spring. Jerling Drama Club members can be part of the musical in a variety of ways. Students can be on stage and learn how to act and sing, or they can be behind the scenes. Crew consists of ninjas, lights, sound, props, assistants to directors, ushers, and much more!  Join the Jerling Drama Club!

    Health Club

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    Mrs. Zopf


    Healthy body, healthy mind! Join this club to learn how to take care of your whole self. Learn exercises that are fun, how to eat healthy, CPR review, and how to make your own workout plan to meet your needs! Make this year your healthiest yet!




    Mrs. Kress

    Mrs. Schaffer

    The Mathletes teams compete against teams from other SWIC schools. The math contest is usual held in April. There are two teams chosen to represent Jerling – a 7th grade team and an 8th grade team. Teams are assembled by math teacher recommendation and MAP scores during January and February. Several practices are held. The competition takes place at one of the SWIC schools. Members compete individually and as a team.

    Orchestra Program


    Mrs. Stedman


    Participating in the JJH Orchestra Program requires that you are enrolled in the 6th grade Orchestra or the 7th & 8th grade combined Orchestra class. Students without District 135 4th and 5th grade orchestra experience must have permission from the Orchestra director and Principal to enroll. The orchestra classes rehearse within the JJH school day. Sixth grade Orchestra is the third year of studying a string instrument. Like band and choir students, orchestra students attend a zero hour class to fit in their orchestra class. Orchestra students also have the opportunity to audition for additional orchestral ensembles such as the “Classics” Ensemble, the “Alternative String Ensemble”, and the “Electric” Ensemble. These groups meet after school 1 day per week for approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. All of the orchestras perform concerts during and after school at Liberty, Jerling, Sandburg and throughout the Orland area. The orchestra program is a year-round class with a variety of activities.

    Reading for Life

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    Mrs. Bragiel


    Do you love to read? Would you enjoy reading orally to younger students? Reading for Life meets during zero hour. A light breakfast is served and books are available for you to select. Then, we walk to Liberty with short stories to read to a selected group of Liberty students.

    Soccer Club


    Mr. Evans


    Soccer Club is a co-ed club where students create teams to play in a competive season. 

    Student Council

    Mrs. Marinier


    Mr. Targosz


    Student Council is an activity group that sponsors school dances and other activities. We fundraise for local and national charities and raise money to help our school. We meet on scheduled Wednesdays after school. We also participate in the Illinois Junior High Student Council Association team building groups, Red Ribbon Week, teacher Appreciation Week and School Spirit Week. Student Council Officers are elected each year by Jerling students, but everyone is welcome to be a Student Council member! We’d love to see you there!


    Tech/Movie Club


    Ms. Avant





    Mrs. Oldaker


    Ms. Latting


    The school yearbook is the highlight of the year. During the year the yearbook staff is responsible for selling yearbooks, creating pages and taking photographs. The students within our group help create a yearbook that captures the memories of our school year. Come join us during the beginning of the school year for an informational meeting.

    T-Shirt Club


    Mr. Murphy


    T-Shirt Club is for any 7th and 8th grader interested in learning how to design and screen-print t-shirts. Members will design t-shirt images using digital software and learn the technical process of printing using a screen printing press.

    Science Club


    Science club  


    Mrs. Mariner


    Ms. Niven


    Jerling Science Club offers students in grades 6th through 8th the opportunity to experience the world around them through hands on activities. Our club activities incorporate the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). There will be opportunities for students to listen to speakers from Argonne National Laboratory and Fermiilab, as well as have the opportunity to experience STEM based field trips. Science Club runs from October through March.