Student Life

Clubs & Activities

Current Clubs at JT Moore!

JTM clubs are an awesome “bonus” to being a Matador!!

If your student wants to participate, please fill out a clubs permission form, available HERE .

There are so many fun things that JT Moore has to offer. Would you be interested in adding to them? If you are interested in creating a club at JT Moore, please contact Becky Clay HERE.

Interested in starting or forming a club? No problem! The first step is to ask a JTM teacher / staff person to be your advisor. The next step is to fill out the club registration form and submit to Becky Clay.

JT Moore Lacrosse
JT Moore Cross Country
JT Moore Baseball
JT Moore Drama

This is a book club for 7th and 8th graders with a different theme in the Fall (climate change dystopian fiction) and the Spring (juvenile justice fiction and nonfiction). Students will meet once a month to discuss a book on the chosen topic and brainstorm how to be active change agents and literate citizens!

Contact: Anna Bernstein

This will be a club to work on fun crafts or to explore things that the students enjoy doing. I would like to keep the number down so it will be less than class size. Possible ideas are hand sewing, felting, painting tiles, knitting, weaving and more!

Contact: Natalie Caswell

The Matador Baseball Club will be entering our 6th year competing in the HVAC Baseball league. We will potentially have a Varsity and a JV team. There is a potential opportunity for a 5th grade team pending approval from the HVAC league. This is NOT a MNPS sponsored sport.

Contact: Connor Siegel

Boy Scout Troop 121 is a boy scout troop that meets at Woodmont Baptist Church. This is the Troop’s Chartered Organization and is located at the intersection of Hillsboro Road and Woodmont Blvd. Troop 121 is over 60 years old. We are a boy lead Troop which means the Scouts are in charge of most aspects of the program. We meet every Monday evening excluding major holidays. We also have at least 1 outdoor activity each month. As part of our community service we participate in the Adopt a Highway program. This involves picking up trash along a section of Hillsboro Road 3 times a year. Membership requirements are being between the ages of 11 and 18 years.

Contact: Mitchell Hilt

Troop 217 is a Boy Scout Troop that meets every Monday night at 7pm at 1st Presbyterian Church (on the corner of Tyne and Franklin Road). Boys learn outdoor skills, grow as leaders, and get to participate in high adventure activities. During monthly campouts scouts can: Go hiking, canoeing, skiing, learn wilderness survival skills, and much more!

Contact: Alex Lute

Practices for cross country sill start on August 24th, 2021 and will be every Tuesday and Thursday behind the school / at the picnic pavilion from 415-530 until Fall Break.

We will have 5 races this season and if we do well at regional, we’re headed to the state championship! 5th graders race 1 mile and 6th – 8th graders will race 2 miles. There are no tryouts and the cost is $60 (scholarships are readily available). If you are interested in seeing the race course first, every Sunday in August, we will have optional “race previews” at 2pm at the Percy Warner Park Vaughn’s Gap Cross Country Course located at 7199 Highway 100, Nashville TN 37221 This gives our runners a chance to walk, jog, or run the actual race course to prepare for the season. We’d love to see as many of you as we can, and families are always welcome to join. The 5th graders will have a chance to preview the 1 mile course, and the 6th – 8th graders will have a chance to preview the 2 mile course.

Contact: Myr Wilson

Free Speech: The Movement is an education program designed to teach students critical thinking and communication skills through the use of academic debate. The program was founded in 2011 by VUDebate in conjunction with two Metro Nashville teachers: Adrienne Neal and Kenisha Hawthorne. Students will learn the basics of formal debate as well as practice public speaking, building confidence, and academic research skills. 

Contact: Anna Bernstein

The first ever JT Moore Disc Golf Club will begin meeting Spring 2022 at the Green Hills Park disc golf baskets adjacent to the school.

The club will receive support & instruction from Music City Disc Golf, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and growth of disc golf in Nashville and the surrounding areas.

Meetings will last no more than an hour and a half and will include instruction from Music City Disc Golf team members and possible special guests. Once a month tournament participation will be optional (as tournaments will have approximate $15 entry fees).

Contact: Cal Brock or Brady Brock

JT Moore offers an extended amount of opportunities in theatre as students explore the areas of both artistic and technical aspects, while bringing together a group of students who work towards common goals in production and performance. Drama Club is open to all grades (5-8), and our meeting schedule varies according to specific workshops and productions.

Workshops include mini-musicals, one-act plays, and technical theatre classes, which take place after school during the fall semester. Workshops are grade level experiences, valuable to both seasoned theatre students and those students interested in trying a new extracurricular. Workshops typically run 3-4 weeks. Auditions are open to all grades (5-8) for our musical productions. Productions focus on vocal instruction, choreography, and character development and typically have a 12 week rehearsal run. Students who audition can participate in a variety of opportunities including cast, ensemble, set crew/run crew, and lighting and sound technicians.

All fees collected fund JTMoore Drama Club’s licensing of works, costume purchases, and production costs. Students can find out more about the drama club’s happenings on the Drama page of

Contact: Kyla O’Neal

If you love the time-tested, magical, story-filled game of Dungeons & Dragons, this club is for you! We will meet on Friday mornings in the JTM library and work in teams (no more than 2 campaigns) to organize, collaborate, and use our imaginations for serious fun and MS-friendly game-play.

Contact: Jenny Winston

Express Yourself is a Holyfeild Educational outreach of the Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame. Our program works to foster a love of songs and songwriting among middle-school students and encourage them to utilize songwriting as a positive outlet for expressing their emotions during an often trying time in adolescent life.

Contact: Carol Ann Ford

FCA is a group of students who get together for a weekly Bible study, prayer and games. Participants don’t have to be athletes to participate! All are welcome to attend.

Contact: Shane Kimbro

The JTM Garden Club will work to maintain the gardens around the JTM Campus. We will grow plants to sell, as well as vegetables to donate to 2nd Harvest Food Bank. Students will learn about proper care of plants/garden, learn about 2nd Harvest and the needs of the community, as well as make an impact in the community. This club will meet regularly, but we will also need volunteers to come to the school to pitch in on garden bed maintenance.

Contact: Alex Lute

Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Advisors are resource liaisons for students, school administration and staff, and the larger community regarding safe and supportive environments. They provide support for LGBTQ+ students and/or any student who feels marginalized. By participating in ongoing training opportunities and leveraging community resources, GSA advisors will provide mentorship and guidance to support students. Specifically, GSA advisors will assist students in accessing youth-friendly services and facilitate safe and supportive learning environments for all students, within the school and community.

Contact: Anna Bernstein

This club takes a yearly trip overseas. We focus on learning new languages, as well as learning about the history and culture of these countries. June 2022-Panama June 2023-Belize All tours are run through EF Tours.

Contact: Alex Lute

This is a boys lacrosse team/club for JT Moore. We will practice Monday – Thursday from 4:30-5:30 behind the portables at JT Moore, unless otherwise posted. The season will begin in February and run into April. We will begin with the fundamentals of lacrosse and basic drills. As the team progresses, we will incorporate more advanced plays and skills. We will be mirroring the drills and fundamentals taught at the Hillsboro High School club team, so our players are ready to progress to that team when they head to 9th grade. Fees go to reserving fields to play on, referees for games, and other costs associated with the program. We have a bit of donated equipment that we are eager to take advantage of. This is not an MNPS sponsored sport.

Contact: William West

We will work together to create the JTM Newspaper to go out Bi-Weekly (hopefully). Students will be in charge of writing articles, taking pictures, interview people, sending in articles and pictures on time, etc. Each student will be assigned to work on certain sections of the newspaper with other students. Students should be good time managers, good talking with people, love to write, and be able to come to meeting the majority of the time.

Contact: Blair Paxton or Chase Bilyeu

Percussion Club is designed for all JT Moore percussion and percussion curious students. Band percussion students learn confidence and agility on drums and percussion while non percussion students add to their rhythmic sensitivity and perception of music.

Percussion Club meets once a week, after school on Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 5:00pm in the band room. Its fee is $60.00 per semester and membership is by recommendation and/or audition. We begin most rehearsals with sight reading or groove building so reading music at some level and improvisation are highly encouraged. Students have the opportunity to play on many traditional (marimba, xylophone, timpani, snare drum) and non- traditional (cajon, djembe, doumbek, congas) percussion instruments and explore literature specific to percussion. All instruments, sticks, and mallets are provided by JTM. We will have multiple performances throughout the year.

Please contact Ruben Gonzalez

What does it mean to be an informed citizen? How do we talk about difficult-to-talk-about things? Join writer, professor, and comic book enthusiast, Dr. Dark (Ms. Dark’s husband!) for donuts, philosophy, & conversations surrounding today’s current events, drawing on the wisdom of the past. Dr. Dark teaches in the College of Theology at Belmont University and among the incarcerated communities of Nashville, Tennessee. He has facilitated Philosophy Club at JT Moore for the last three years.

Contact: Sarah Dark

Love reading? Enjoy discussing books with friends in a safe space? Not sure, but want to be a part of a fun, positive community experience?

In Project Lit Book Club, we’ll meet weekly at the JTM library to talk about a novel or exciting non-fiction work that affirms and values all students.

We’ll begin with the autobiographical graphic novel, When Stars Are Scattered (Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed), and follow it up with books chosen by club members for the rest of the year.

Books, snacks, and smiles provided to all free of charge! Can’t wait to see you there!

Tuesdays: 4:15-5:15 (Meetings will also be online for virtual attendees.) First Club Meeting: Tuesday, September 7, 2021 

Contact: Leslie Bryan

Lego FIRST Robotics Competition Team with Mr. Paxton

Contact: Robert Paxton

This group is for students who are excited about rocketry and want to experience building and launching rockets.

Contact: Robert Paxton

We’re a club that helps equip students with education and guidance in order to work for social change. We’ll be meeting every other week in the Library. Our teacher sponsor is our awesome librarian, Mrs. Dark. Our parent sponsor is Francisco Garcia, who has worked on multiple change projects. We’re excited to see you there!

Social change is when a group of people make a difference for the betterment of others. We want to help our peers realize that we can have a positive impact now as youth–there are things we can do to work to teach and promote peace, compassion, and justice for both people and our planet! We’re excited to see you there! Maya Garcia, Student Sponsor

Contact: Sarah Dark

The Ultimate Frisbee club is excited to return for it’s fourth year! We practice once a week after school on the back field.Ultimate Frisbee is a fast-paced, 5 on 5 or 7 on 7 sport that blends elements of football, basketball, and soccer. It requires speed, coordination, and athleticism. If you enjoy other sports — or if you don’t like other sports — Ultimate is worth a try.

Contact: Mikeie Reiland

Clubs & Activities

JTM clubs are an awesome “bonus” to being a Matador!!

If your student wants to participate, please fill out a clubs permission form, available HERE.

Any and all club related questions can be sent to Becky Clay HERE

There are so many fun things that JT Moore has to offer. Would you be interested in adding to them? If you are interested in creating a club at JT Moore, please contact Becky Clay HERE

Here’s a glimpse into the clubs that JT Moore has had in previous years:

Art club meets for six-week sessions once a week. Previous clubs have focused on working with ceramic and recycled materials, creating tunnel books and much more. All ages welcome.

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JTM Chess Club is for players of all levels: Beginners to Rated. Why chess? Chess is fun and competitive, but it also offers lasting educational benefits such as enhanced problem- solving and logical reasoning skills, increased attention span, improved patience and self-esteem, etc. It’s more than just a game! The JTM Chess Club members are encouraged but not required to compete in local and regional tournaments.

Teaching club members America Sign Language and Deaf Culture.

The Destination Imagination (DI) mission is to engage students in project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills. DI is a global competition run by a non-profit organization, challenging young minds since 1978.

Drama club is for students who want to be part of a dramatic production, participating on stage, backstage, on the technical side of things, or on the management side of productions. In the Spring, Drama puts on a musical, typically involving 80+ students coming together to produce one fantastic show.

An outreach of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Express Yourself fosters a love of songs and songwriting among middle-school students, encouraging them to use the art form as a positive outlet for expressing their feelings and frustrations.

FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) is a club that is open to all, you don’t need to be an athlete to join! On Friday mornings we meet for a Bible lesson, small group time, prayer, games and fun!

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Swim team- one meet a month from October – January. Championship meets is the last Saturday in January

The JTM Lacrosse team is entering its 15th year. We are a club sport that takes anyone in grades 5-8 interested in learning the sport of boys’ lacrosse. We start practicing three days/week beginning in late February and play games during the months of March and April.

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Model UN and Youth In Government is a state wide simulation of the UN and state government. Students get to debate on political issues and solutions with other students from across the state. With the help of high school mentors, anybody can join and become a pro!

We will be traveling to Peru with World Strides, an educational travel company for students. This trip provides an opportunity for students to be immersed in the culture and history of Peru, as well as learn about Peru’s diverse ecosystems. Those who wish to be immersed in the Spanish language will be able to participate in the trip all in Spanish. This will be a fantastic opportunity to engage with native Spanish speakers!

Fall: Prepare and Compete in the FIRST Lego League engineering competition. Spring: More casual introduction to robotics / kids prepare for and compete in an inhouse sumobot competition

We are a club that focuses on introducing kids to skateboarding and developing those already skilled at the activity. Also reinforcing the life-skills of patience, hard-work, perseverance, and courage that is learned from skateboarding.

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Back for its third year, the Ultimate Frisbee club introduces students to the basics of the game. We do limited drills, play scrimmages, and have the chance to play against the other middle school team in town (USN) each season.

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