Regents Exams

Columbia High School will administer Regents Exams and Midterms on Tuesday, January 24 through Friday, January 27. There will be no school for Columbia students on those days except for students taking exams. (All other schools in the district will be in session.)

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Activities/Field Trips

Howard L. Goff Middle School is pleased to offer a variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities. Many of the activities don’t start until a little later in the school year, so listen to the morning announcements for upcoming events and activities.

Late buses are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 3:58 p.m. from Goff Middle School. If you are being picked up, we ask that your parents or guardians pick you up promptly at 3:58 or allow you to ride the late buses. 

Parking directly in front of the school is reserved for school buses – please do not park in the school bus zone when picking up your child. Reminder to Parents: Late buses only stop at central drop-off locations. The stops are not the same as the regular school day runs. Please check the transportation page or call the bus garage if you have specific questions regarding drop-off points (518-477-9288).

ACTIVITY OR CLUB FACULTY ADVISOR

Art Club
Thursdays, weekly
Room 208

The activities of Art Club may include but are not limited to: creative prompts, virtual tours of art museums or galleries, digital art platforms (web based or app), current events in the arts, scavenger hunts, independent project work, participation in contests, engaging in art criticism and critique, etc. Sign ups are available for each session outside of room 208 on Tuesdays. There are only 25 slots, and sign ups are first come, first serve.

Mrs. Wargula

Best Buddies Club
Every other Thursday. Students should check Google Classroom and/or listen to announcements for specific dates.
Cafeteria

Best Buddies International is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, leadership development, and inclusive school communities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Best Buddies operates as a student-run friendship club, which creates buddy pairs between students with and without disabilities. Best Buddies at Goff Middle School will help to create an inclusive school climate for students early on in their educational development. Students will develop a one-to-one friendship with a fellow Goff student and will participate in a variety of interactive activities twice a month, throughout the school year with their buddy.

Mrs. Zilgme
Ms. DeMarco
Mrs. VanAlstyne

Computer Club
Tuesdays after school. Please sign up with Mrs. Tobin ahead of time. We are setting a limit of 25 for participants.
Room 121

By joining Computer Club you can share your passion for technology and computer science with your classmates! All are welcome to join in various activities including, but not limited to, coding, brain games, and other STEM initiatives. Sometimes we’ll even “unplug” with board games that employ strategy, logic, and problem-solving. Activities may include: Hour of Code, computer-based gaming, exploration of tech careers and real-world computer science applications, guest speakers from local tech companies and/or colleges. 

Mrs. Tobin

Creative Writing Club
Two Thursdays a month
Room 108

Creative Writing Club provides a creative writing workshop for interested students grades 6-8. We write together using a common writing prompt, share and workshop our pieces, learn techniques, study genres, and offer contests.

Mrs. Quail

D.O.M.E. Club
First and Third Tuesdays of the Month
Room 139

Did you know, on average 1,500 pounds of waste PER PERSON goes into a landfill EACH YEAR? Defenders Of Mother Earth (D.O.M.E.) Club will help students learn about ways to protect the earth, including starting a recycling program here at Goff! Club members are also going to work to get more students interested in saving the environment. Come learn about the earth, create google slides with information to be shared out, read information over the morning announcements, and/or create posters to hang around the building to call attention to important environmental issues going on in our world. 

Ms. Ouimet
Ms. White

Drama Club
Scheduled by advisors once show is cast
Rehearsals are held at Goff, Genet, and Columbia High School

The Goff Drama Club produces a yearly musical. This year’s show will be announced in the fall. A cast of student performers is selected through an audition process. The musical involves many, many hours of rehearsal. Performances are held each March in the Columbia High School Auditorium, and open to family, friends and community members. For more information, visit: https://sites.google.com/egcsd.org/goffdramaclub/home

Ms. Decker
Mrs. Stevens
Mrs. Hirt

Garden Club
Every other Thursday
Room 105

Garden Club provides opportunities for rich cross-curricular connections, practicing democratic processes and cooperative skills, and fostering a sense of school community. We will explore the processes of learning about plants and flowers, nutrition, and caring for the environment, along with documenting plant growth.

During the colder months, we will grow house plants, keep a garden journal, and research and design our garden plans for the spring. Once it gets warm, we’ll be planting and taking care of numerous vegetable plants and wildflowers. Our goal is to plant vegetables that we can harvest and enjoy, as well as plant a wildflower garden which will attract bees.

Mrs. DiGiorgi

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
Wednesdays, once a month
Room 115

The Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is a place for LGBTQ+ students and allies (those who support them) to meet to make Goff Middle School a more welcoming place for everyone.

Mr. Eggleston
Mrs. Mathis
Mrs. Tobin

No Place for Hate Club
Thursdays, once a month
Room 115, Google Classroom Code: qrgts3k

No Place for Hate (NPFH) is a club which meets regularly with the goal of building a learning community of inclusivity, respect, and equity. We organize and host three or more school-wide events per year. Our Club welcomes family and community participation. If you are interested in becoming involved with NPFH, please contact: knudsenca@egcsd.org, omecinskyal@egcsd.org, mathisra@egcsd.org

Mrs. Mathis
Ms. Omecinsky

Peer Leadership
Members should Check Google Classroom
Room 192

Goff Peer Leadership is a club whose members serve as positive role models in their middle school and also to younger students in our district. Student members have opportunities to serve in a variety of functions with different community organizations. Mission: To develop leadership skills including communication, decision-making, and self-esteem to become a more confident leader and to serve in school and community activities. We operate by the philosophy that “If We All Do a Little, A Lot Gets Done.” 

Members are chosen by their 6th grade teachers to start in grade 7.

Mrs. Quail

PE Sports Club
Friday Mornings (Bi-Weekly)
Gymnasium

The Physical Education Sports and Recreation Club is run and operated by student representatives in grades 6, 7 and 8. The focus of this club is to serve our entire middle school student body and enrich students’ lives through selected activities, sports and recreation. This club also raises money to help support our physical education students that are in desperate need of supplies and additional materials to help make their experience in our middle school rewarding. Monies also raised by the club go to support many of the activities put on by its members, repair old equipment and purchase additional equipment as needed throughout the year.

Mr. Jette

Science Olympiad
3 days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
273, 267, 109, 146/148 

Science Olympiad is a club to prepare students for and to provide students with opportunities to train to compete in competitions revolving around science and STEM. Events in the Science Olympiad include study events, building events, and lab work events. Students in 7th, 8th and 9th grades are able to join.

Mrs. Vlieg
Mr. Hurd
Mr. Hutson

Ski Club

To find out if Ski Club is right for you, ask yourself these questions: Do you want to learn how to ski or snowboard? Do you already know how to ski and snowboard and want to have fun with the school at Jiminy Peak? Every Wednesday starting on January 5th we will have our ski club trip to Jiminy Peak. The bus will leave Columbia at 2:30 p.m. and Goff at 3:00 p.m. We will return to Columbia at 9:30 p.m. with a short stop at DPS on the way. For any questions please email Mr. Williams at williamsru@egcsd.org.

Mr. Williams (Columbia HS)

Student Council
Meets routinely on various mornings of the week
Multiple locations at Goff

Student Council is dedicated to working for the betterment of the whole school community, the East Greenbush community and the Greater Capital District. The Student Council has many goals, including promoting school spirit and fostering self-dignity and positivity among the students and staff at Howard L. Goff Middle School.   Members are chosen by an application and interview process in September.

Mrs. Lopez

SADD Club
TBD
Room 235, Google Classroom Join Code: elg2iyl

The SADD Club at Goff Middle School follows the framework that the national chapter of SADD establishes for school clubs and we make sure our goals are aligned with the national chapter. The mission of the SADD Club is to empower students to engage in positive change through leadership and smart decision making. The goals of the Club for this year are to help with Mental Health Awareness month, Kick Butts Day, and other activities. Our overall plan is to promote healthy decision making in relation to physical, emotional, mental, and social health!

Ms. Walkley
Ms. Keyoskey

Yearbook Club
Wednesdays from 2:45-3:45 p.m.
Room 212

Yearbook Club will generally occur once a week after school hours. Students will occasionally have the opportunity to take photographs during the school day with permission from the advisors and the building principal. Students will have access to the Lifetouch Yearbook Portal to work on pages in the yearbook.

Mrs. Hosier
Mr. Grieco

Special Events

Goff Middle School hosts special events throughout the school year for students who have exhibited good behavior.

  • Friday Activity Nights (School dances, etc.)
  • Halloween Happening
  • Winterfest
  • Spring Fest

Class Field Trips