Leadership Opportunities

Piedmont Middle School offers various leadership opportunities for students at various times, in all grade levels. All students are encouraged and welcome to participate.

Peer Mediation (7th and 8th Grade)

Peer Mediation training is offered to students twice each school year, in the fall and spring.  Its goal is to educate and empower students to problem solve and resolve conflict, peer to peer.  It is a process by which two or more students involved in a dispute meet to work out problems with the assistance of a trained student mediator.  We want the Peer Mediation program to empower our students to resolve conflict with their peers, both on and off campus, regardless of where the conflict arises. Peer Mediators are encouraged to support students within the school environment, or they can request a confidential space to hold a mediation.

The Peer Mediation training is lead by the PMS Counselors. It’s an after school training for 7th and 8th grade students in the fall and/or spring.  Dates will be announced in our weekly Bulletin and shared on Schoology. Our 8th grade students who receive the training in 7th grade can help lead the training in 8th grade. All students are welcome and are encouraged to apply!

How to sign up: PMS Counselors will visit 7th grade classrooms to promote this opportunity in the fall. An email will be sent to all 7th and 8th grade students with information, including how to sign up.  Parents will be notified via the Parent Bulletin.

Safe School Ambassadors (6th, 7th and 8th Grade)

The Safe School Ambassadors program is an “inside-out” approach to improving school climate, one that relies on social norms change and the power of students to help stop bullying and violence. Student bystanders see, hear, and know things adults don’t, can intervene in ways adults can’t and are often on the scene of an incident before an adult. They are a critical and under-utilized resource for positively impacting the crisis of bullying in our schools.

The SSA training is a one day event in the fall available for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.  After training, students continue to work in small groups, called Family Groups, with regular lunch meetings. These are supported by a faculty facilitator.  All students are welcome.

How to sign up: PMS Counselors will visit 6th grade classrooms to promote this opportunity.  An email will be sent to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students with information, including how to sign up.  Parents will be notified via the Parent Bulletin.

Volunteering at Food Service (7th and 8th Grade)

Students in 7th and 8th graders can inquire about volunteering at food service by talking to the food service coordinators or coming into the main office. Typically 7th grader helps with brunch and 8th grader with lunch. Responsibilities include handing product to the students, processing sales on student lunch accounts, and being mindful of cleanliness with hands and hair.  Students will need to be honest, responsible and committed to working for a period of time. By supporting the adults who coordinate food service, volunteers are learning respect and accountability. Students will be acknowledged for their time with complimentary food service items, as directed by Food Service faculty members. During brunch service, students are asked to stay the entire time. During lunch service, students can leave after food service slows down.

Lunch Clubs

Lunch Clubs are a wonderful way for students to take a leadership role while exploring their interests and connecting with like-minded peers.  For example, we have the Be The Change Club, which focuses on encouraging students to make a positive difference in their school and community.  We also have the Safe Space Club, which is open to all students and provides a space at lunch to feel welcome and safe. Activities are student-driven by those who attend the club.

At the beginning of the Fall and Spring semester, we encourage students to start clubs based on their interests.  We hold a Club Day each semester to give each club an opportunity to advertise and recruit club members. Students become leaders of these clubs by identifying Presidents, Vice Presidents, and a faculty sponsor. The students promote their club at Club Day and lead these groups every week, throughout the year on their assigned day.  

Students can attend clubs as much or as little as they would like, with no commitments.

Here is an example list of some of the Clubs that have run in past years:  
Drone Flying Club

Kahoot Club

Makers Club

Volleyball Club

Chess Club

Candy Club

British Baking Show Club

Dungeons and Dragons Club

Nowhere To Go Club