After School Activities

General Information about the John Poole After-School Activities Program 

After-school activities are held Tuesday through Thursday, after school every week throughout the school year, except where indicated on the school Website calendar. No activities are held on early release days or holidays. The Montgomery County Department of Recreation RecExtra program supports and supplements our after-school club offerings.  Most activities, except for interscholastic games and academic related clubs, will start at 2:45 and end at 4:15 pm.  Activity buses are available for students to ride home, but the routes are somewhat different than the regular bus routes; please check the activity bus schedule. Our consortium students will be required to have a car ride home.  Please contact Mr. Mattingly at John Poole MS if you have any questions about after-school activities program at 240-740-4200 or     

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Rec Extra Website:

Rec Extra Sign-up Forms are found on the RecXtra Bulletin Board or in room 310.

Click here to access the Fall 2022 RecXtra Newsletter

Philosophy of the John Poole After-School Activities Program

 We believe that after-school activities are an integral part of the total education process for middle school students. After-school activities provide students with the opportunity to extend academic opportunities, support new areas of interest, cultivate and enhance existing skills, and grow both socially and cognitively in a safe and supportive environment. We offer a broad range of activities over the course of the school year in an effort to reach out to the varied interests of our student population. Although these activities take place after the school day is over, all of John Poole P.R.I.D.E. goals and expectations remain the same. We believe the After-school Activity Program is a unique program that supports the need of all of our students. 

Activity Coordinator

  • Mr. Mattingly

Quarter Newsletter

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Activity Bus Dates

Click here for the list of activity bus route stops.

Activities and Sponsors

Activity      Sponsor
Intramurals Ms. Gerrie
Newspaper Club Ms. Lightcap
SSL Coordinator Ms. Kirby
Student Government Mr. Mattingly


List of RecXtra After-School Activities Programs 



Meeting Days


Chill Zone

Ms. Mossy



Join the Chill Zone to relieve stress and find your center.  Play games friends, hang out with friends and learn strategies to take stress out of your life.

Dungeons and Dragons Club


Mrs. Rice


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Create your character, gather your party members and join Mrs. Rice for the Dungeons and Dragons Club. Explore dungeons and complete campaigns with the help of your group mates. 

Gaming Club 2.0



Mrs. Crutchfield


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Tuesdays and Thursdays


Students have the opportunity to explore and play games with their friends.  Make this your club with various creative opportunities including strategy games, retro games, and more.

Leos Club

Mrs. Crutchfield

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Every Other Wednesday

Starting November 30th

Join Mrs. Crutchfield for LEOS Club to plan and implement service projects to support the Poolesville community.

RecXtra Cartooning and Anime Club

Abrakadoodle Instructor



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Tuesdays: February 7 - March 21st

Come join the instructors from Abrakadoodle and try your hand at drawing different forms of Cartooning and Anime, including familiar characters!  Use your imagination to create your own characters, storylines, and settings.  Space is limited, registrations will be taken on a first come first served basis.

Ukulele Club

Mrs. Morris


Sign up Form Coming

Wednesdays: February 1st - March 29th

Join Mrs. Morris for the Ukulele Club to learn to play this amazing instrument.