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Student Athletic Leaders

Dave Lang & Andy Knueven




7th & 8th Grades


ZWEST LGI from 7:50-8:30am

Aug. 16

Aug. 23

Sept. 13

Oct. 4

Oct. 25

Nov. 15

Dec. 6

Jan. 10

Jan. 31

Feb. 21

Mar. 14

April 11

May 2

May 23

SAL will cover topics focused on giving our student-athletes the tools and the mindset they need to be more effective leaders for their peers. List of topics for each meeting is below.


Aug. 16 - Introductions, Logistics & T-shirt distribution

Aug. 23 - Ripple Effect (your actions effect on others)

Sept. 13 - Guest Speaker: Officials

Oct. 4 - Knowing your role

Oct. 25 - Fear of failure

Nov. 15 - Thank you cards for school staff, coaches, etc.

Dec. 6 - Guest Speaker: ZCHS Coaches Panel

Jan. 10 - Social media expectations & digital citizenship

Jan. 31 - Leadership traits (describe yourself, describe who you want to be)

Feb. 21 - Stereotyping (Words matter)

Mar. 14 - Guest Speaker: ZCHS Athletic Director & Asst. Athletic Director

April 11 - Rivalries

May 2 - Guest Speaker: Lynn Kissel on goal setting

May 23 - Guest Speaker: College Athletes





Z'West Tween Library Council (Z'TLC)

Cathy Sutton


All Grades

Room 303

 3:45-4:30 pm

Sept. 7 & 21

Oct. 12 & 26

Nov. 9 & 30

Dec. 14

Jan. 11 & 25

February 8 & 22

March 8 & 22

April 12 & 26

May 10

ZTLC members assist the Media Specialist in developing resources, services and events to fulfill out students’ reading and information needs and interests. A major focus for the group is planning special activities to promote the Media Center and reading. They also receive special training so they may assist in the circulation of material in the Media Center during homeroom.

5th grade Wrestling Club




5th grade

Wrestling Room

December through March

Meets daily unless the 6-8th gr. Team has a home wrestling meet.

5th grade Art Club

Jeff Zurawski


5th grade

Room 403;


Announce: September 1st


September 11, September 18th, September 25th, October 2nd, October 9th.

The purpose of Art Club is to give those students who have a passion for Art more time to practice their skills and learn new processes.

6th grade

Art Club




6th grade

Room 403;

7:55AM-8:30 AM

Announce October 23rd


November 6th, November 13th,  November 20th,  November 27th,  December 4th




The purpose of Art Club is to give those students who have a passion for Art more time to practice their skills and learn new processes.

Student Council

Liz Ferrand






8:00AM -8:30AM

August 30th,  Sept. 12th, Sept. 26th, October 10th, October 24th, Nov. 21st ,  December 12th, January 16th, January 30th,

February 27th, March 20th, April 17th, May 8th

Student Council is part of the student government of ZWMS.  Students will actively participate in fundraising for the school philanthropy, develop leadership skills and help provide feedback for change.

IN Academic Jr. Super Bowl

Libby Rease, Kristy Pavlata, Jamie Gates, Ellen Jenkins


6th – 8th

Either before or after school; it is up to the individual teacher.

Practices will begin in December 2017 and continue through April.  Specific details and number of practices are at the coach’s discretion.

The 2018 IN Academic Super Bowl theme is “World War I”.  Students are responsible for researching the information.  Your coach will direct and guide the research.

Academic Super Bowl consists of one competition in the spring semester. The date for the 2017-2018 school year will be Saturday, April 28, 2018.  Zionsville West will host the academic junior super bowl competition. It is a quiz game and all questions come from a specific time period in history.  Any student enrolled full-time in grades 6th-8th is eligible to compete.


Junior division teams may include up to five squads for each school. The competition will be made of the four subject matter rounds including English, science, math, and social studies.  The interdisciplinary round will be composed of questions from any and all subject matter rounds.  Each of the four subject area squads may have a maximum of five students compete.  The interdisciplinary squad may consist of seven students.  There are 25 questions in each round with a break at the 10th question for substitutions. 

Art Club

Lauran Heath


7th  & 8th grades

Room 406,

7:50AM – 8:30AM


September 20th  & 27th  October 4th , 11th  & 25th, November 1st , 8th  15th  & 29th   and December 6th


This club is for students in 7th & 8th grades who enjoy pursing art beyond art class. They share their passion for art in doing projects and activities with other students. Students choose the medium, projects and activities that they enjoy with the teacher and student members.

National Jr. Art Honor Society

Lauren Heath


6th – 8th grades

Room 406,

7:50AM – 8:30AM



January 17th, 24th, 31st.

February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th .

March 7th, 14th, 21st . Possibilty of meeting continuing into April and May.

Students in grades 6-8 are invited to apply to NJAHS. Applications are reviewed to select students who demonstrate a passion for art, maintain a B overall GPA, and an A GPA in art class, as well as honorable teacher recommendations. NJAHS members are expected to  model positive character and leadership.

NJAHS members will enjoy art projects and activities of their and their teacher's choosing including art outreach in the community.

Knitting Ninjas




All grades

Media Center;


9/19, 9/27, 10/3, 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/7, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24

Open to students interested in all things to do with yarn: knitting, crocheting, rug hooking, etc. We will be learning new skills from one another, or perfecting our craft. Students may decide to work on a charity project together.

Yearbook Club

Diane Aurand,

Stephanie Beiswenger






All grades

Meeting Room 615  1st and 3rd Thursday of the Month at 7:30 AM and 3:50 PM (Students required to come to either an AM or PM meeting.

September 14, 2017 will be our first meeting.  After that we will follow the calendar and meet on the first and third Thursdays with the exception of school holidays.








Students will be creating the school's 2017-2018 yearbook. During meetings we will work on page layouts, writing of introductions, sharing of ideas, and assigning photographers to events. Students are actually helping to create the book. This is a NEW phenomenon. Prior to last year the "club" was either non existent or the kids were only used to write introductory paragraphs and to proof read student names. That has changed. The book jOURney is a student product.

Academic Coach

Diane Aurand

Monica Soel

Stephanie Barrientos

Carrie Sukova







5th and 6th grades

In the spring, in the classroom of the teacher giving the test.

DDates are not set yet.

This is for a national quiz bowl that high ability students participate. Each year in April students practice a web based trivia type game that is based on questions about math, science, English, and literature. They are judged on accuracy and the time it took to answer correctly. The contest is called Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl.

Cross Country Club

Darren Hale


5th and 6th grades

Room 513;

4:00-5:00 outside Door 4


9/11, 9/14, 9/18, 9/21, 9/25, 9/28, 10/2, 10/5, 10/9, 10/12

Examples of/or the Main Activity: We will be running a marked course around the school that is approximately 1.8 miles. We will often practice with the Cross Country Team of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders who will help us with pacing.

Track Club

Darren Hale


5th and 6th grade

Room 513;


Spring 2018;

4/9; 4/12; 4/16; 4/19; 4/23; 4/26; 4/30; 5/3; 5/7; 5/10

Track Club teaches the fundamentals of track as well as good sportsmanship and team cooperation in a fun yet competitive environment.  Each athlete will have the ability to try a variety of events including sprints, distance, relays, and long jump. There are no field events (shot put, discus, etc.), high jump, or hurdles.

Swing Choir

Andy Kistner


7th and 8th grades

Choir Room;

Mondays, 7:50AM-8:30AM and Thursdays

Mondays & Thursdays beginning September 25, 2017 and ending May 24, 2018 (excluding vacation days)

Swing Choir performs a mixture of all styles of choral music with a particular emphasis on pop and jazz music.  It is open by audition to current members of ZWMS 7th & 8th grade music ensembles.

Chess Club

Michael Johnson

(773) 407-5355

All grades

LGI Room; Fridays 3:55PM – 4:55PM

Fridays; September 15th – April 13th

Students will learn fundamentals of chess strategy in a fun, relaxed environment. Within the chess club, there is also a competitive Chess Team that participates in tournaments throughout the region and state. Participation on the scholastic chess team is subject to student interest and demonstrated focus, ability and/or commitment.

Tri-M Music Honor Society




7th and 8th grades

Band Room; 7PM

Mondays & Thursdays beginning September 25th and ending May 24, 2018 excluding vacation days.















This society provides a great opportunity for the students in different ensembles to collaborate.

Spectacular. Spectacular

Breezy Fox,

Monica Soel

Dawn Zerbe

Mrs. Fox, ext. 808

Mrs. Soel, ext 512

Mrs. Zerbe, ext. 510

All grades

West Hall


Tryouts, Rehersals, and Performance of Talent Show, "Spectacular, Spectacular"