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4H Teresa Jones 4th & 5th Grades.

4H is a community of young people learning citizenship, leadership, and life skills through hands-on activities. Our club will meet on Tuesdays one or two times a month in my classroom and have lessons focusing on nutrition and other science interests - led by an instructor from the UT Extension office. In addition, students will have the opportunity to compete in traditional 4H contests.

There are no fees associated with 4H with the exception of participation in various subject-specific events offered through the UT Extension program.  These programs are optional. Student may join at any of the meetings throughout the year, although the first meeting is the best time to join.

Broadcasting Team Debbie Butrum 5th Grade. Applications are available at the beginning of the year.  Students must fill out application and return to the basket outside the library.  You must be at school on time and have a positive recommendation from a former teacher.  Students will spend about 6 weeks rotating through the 5 different jobs.  Come be a part of the morning announcements.

Chess Sgt. Tim Hayes Our program is led by Igor Zhislin, a former Ukrainian Student Champion and now a Professional Chess Teacher and Coach.  He has a track record of building successful programs at several schools (including Central Magnet School’s National Championship Team).  Coach Igor’s students have won local, regional, state and national championships.  One of the highlights of the first year (2012-13) McFadden Chess Program was participation in the National Championships, where the McFadden Team won the 5th place in its division.  Two of our students won individual trophies for placing at the 2015 National Championships.  We would like to continue building a strong program, which would allow McFadden Chess Team and its individual students to reach and exceed those accomplishments.

Choir Susan Wilson 4th and 5th grades. Meets on Thursdays from 2:45 - 4:00 in the music room from September through March performances include December concerts at school and at Bethlehem Marketplace, and a spring choral festival in March. Fee is $35.00 (covers chorus shirt, music, practice CD's, bus, festival supper, chorus folders, etc.)

Club Hope Lillie Large 2nd-3rd grades. Club Hope focuses on environmental focus. The club meets each Tuesday after school from 3:00 until 4:00 for six weeks in the fall and and six weeks in the spring.  There is no fee for club hope, just a love and commitment to helping the earth. In order to apply students must write a paragraph about why he or she would like to be part of the club and why he or she would make a good club member. 

Fun Run Sally Whittenburg
Lisa Jones K-5th Grades. Students meet once a week beginning in the spring to prepare for the Music City Kid's Marathon at the end of April.

Garden/Science Club Joan Merryman Children actively participate in the development and maintenance of all aspects of our school garden Leaves for Learning.  The take care of chickens and care for planting and raising a variety of fruits and vegetables.  Ongoing participation throughout year.

Globe Lark Petty 4th & 5th Graders. We meet on Tuesday from 3:00 until 4:00. The meeting dates for Fall are Tuesday Sept. 25, and Oct. 16. Then we take a break for winter and start up again in the Spring.

GLOBE is an environmental group that monitors the health of our community's water. We monitor water and wildlife along the banks of Lytle Creek. We meet twice a month for one hour. Tthere are no fees or dues.

Honor Society Susan Brian 5th graders who qualify academically (a cumulative average of 95 in their core subjects the semester prior to applying) and in character (3 staff references from school).  They meet approximately every other Wednesday (subject to change) from 3:00-4:00.  They support school activities and conduct service projects throughout the year.  There is a $5.00/semester fee.

Invention Convention Lisa Jones A group of children come together in teams and/or individual through an application process to show interest of student as an engineer.  Meet for several meetings to compile ideas and study engineering process before creating an invention or game that will be presented at a regional competition at Middle Tennessee State University.  Competitors will take ideas from first initial meetings with teachers and complete their projects at home with the help of their entire team.  Each team will create a tri-fold board that will aid them in presenting their product at the regional competition usually held the third week of February.

Jr. Pro Basketball Jenifer Jones 2nd - 5th grades. Fee is $40. See Coach Jones' web page for additional information.

Science Olympiad Team Donna Haley We compete with other schools in the county wide Science Olympiad Competition.  The Science Olympiad Competition has about 20 different Science/Math categories that the students learn about and take a test, do an experiment, or make a project to compete with other 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders.

Sewing Lark Petty This club teaches sewing skills, both hand and machine. We partner with Honor Society to make blankets for Project Linus.