After-School Program

The After-School Program is a safe and fun place where all Poe Middle School students can pursue opportunities for academic support & enrichment, recreation & fitness, the arts, social interaction, and community service.

  • The program is VIRTUAL for the foreseeable future
  • The program is Free for all students
  • The program is Monday through Friday

We are prepared to launch the After-School Program October 13th! Below you will find the clubs (and description). If you have an interest and you do not see a club that matches your interest, please reach out to

Anime Drawing - INTERESTED IN THE BACKSTORY BEHIND YOUR FAVE MANGA / ANIME? With an aim to introduce and educate about East Asian culture, through viewing and discussing Japanese comics (manga) Learn fun facts about the Japanese animation (also known as anime) shows. The club will also work to provide a positive, alternative activity by exposing foreign culture, encouraging artistic expression and creativity, and providing opportunities for participation. With drawing prompts weekly- show off your budding mangaka (manga artist) skills! Learn artistic techniques and tips as well.

Anime Fan Club - CALLING ALL ANIME FANS: Have you ever wanted to meet new friends with similar interests? Have you been searching for a new club to discuss and watch anime with your friends? Anime Club is a space for any student who enjoys anime, manga, and games. Anime Club welcomes all members who are already interested in the Japanese art form of anime or learning more about it. All are welcome! No prior knowledge of anime required. We welcome all students who are interested in learning about Japanese culture through this media style of Japan and contrasting it to our existing cultures. If interested in learning more about what the Japanese animation style of anime is, or watching some of your favorites with friends, reach out and join this club!

Basketball - Got game? All you basketball fanatics out there, this one's for you! We will explore and analyze the skills of basketball, while taking a look at different athletes and games throughout the history of the game.

Capital One Coders - The Capital One Coders program provides an opportunity for students like YOU to get hands-on experience learning software development and problem solving. You’ll even get to develop an app!

Creative Writing - Do you enjoy creating old or new worlds? Do you enjoy writing? Do you like to share your writing with others? Poe’s Creative Writing After School Program is for anyone who answered yes to any of these questions. You will have time to plan your stories, write, and share with peers and teachers. If you love writing, want to improve writing, or just want time to work on your own creative writing projects, please sign up! I am very excited to get to work with you!

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)  - Are you ready for the Ultimate Leadership Experience? Do you want to make life-long friendships while gaining leadership skills and having fun? Do you enjoy cooking or fashion? Then become a member of the FCCLA today! As a member you will get an in-depth look at careers in Hospitality & Tourism, Human Services, Education & Training, and Visual Arts & Design while joining together in organizing and completing community service projects and activities that will help you grow skills to become a leader in any career field. As a member, you will also have the opportunity to compete at state and national level competitions.

Fantasy Football - Students will combine their knowledge of the National Football League and math skills to build their weekly fantasy football rosters. Students will compete in a friendly fantasy football competition with their peers weekly. Students will also have opportunities to research players, teams, and news around the league.

Fantasy Soccer - Do you enjoy watching Soccer and talking about it with your friends? Do you wish there was a way you could build your team of all-stars and have them compete based off of points? Well look no further because Fantasy soccer Club is here. In this club you will build a team of English premier league players like Sterling, Salah, Aguero and pick players from teams like Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Arsenal. Players get points based on how long they play in the game, If they score or assist a goal, or if their team keeps a clean sheet. If you enjoy watching English soccer and competing against your friends, then this is the club for you! 

Homework Club/Teacher Help - Wish you were more organized? Are you confused on a homework question? Wish you could have some help with a teacher? Well sign up for the homework club and your wishes will be granted!

Improv Team -  Are you funny? Do you like jokes? Do you have comedic timing? If you answered, “yes,” to any of those questions, Poe Improv Club is looking for you! Improv is acting on the spot, no script, no planning, just quick – unforeseen – fun. Last year, the Poe Improv team held the title as reigning first place champions of the Fairfax County Middle School Monthly Improv Competitions, and this year we are looking for new members. So if you want to come play improv games with us, just sit in the audience, or maybe even join the team, please sign up!

Kahoot - Do you want to show your competitive side? Do you enjoy seeing your name on the leaderboard? Do you like standing on the podium? Then join our Poe Kahoot afterschool club. We will create, share, and play learning games and trivia quizzes. Kahoot is a new, awesome way to study and compete with friends. Invite your friends to study together, no matter where they are, and compete in study leagues in the Kahoot!

Mathcounts - Like Math? Well you can have a lot more of it! MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests. In response to COVID-19 this year, there will be more contests and they will be held online. Join and you have the chance to be on the team and compete against other schools! Students participating in this club are encouraged to attend this club both sessions for each week.

Our Minds Matter - Are you passionate about mental health? Do you want to join a nationwide movement to change school culture surrounding mental health? If so, Poe Minds Matter is the club for you! Poe Minds Matter is a student-led movement designed to change school culture around mental health through group activities and school-wide campaigns. We need your help to make mental health a priority at Poe Middle School!

Poe Pals - If you are interested in an all-inclusive fun club to make new friends? Do you like fun?! We are looking for people of all ability levels to become a Poe Pal! This club is a club that brings together those with and without disabilities in a fun, safe environment. We hang out and games will be played and friendships foraged. One Poe Pal at a time we’ll make the world a more inclusive, fun space for all! 

Poetry/Spoken Word - Your words matter. Your thoughts, your ideas, your opinions matter. Your VOICE matters. Join me and your fellow classmates in the exploration of everything in the world around us. In poetry club, we’ll explore our thoughts in everything from our favorite sports to our favorite food, our funniest memory to our most painful one. In poetry club, we learn to connect our thoughts so the page itself feels our emotions. This is not your ordinary Poetry Club. We’ll explore poems from the past and poems of today to learn their impact on the world. And, we’ll write our own poems to leave our own impact on the world. Whether you want to write a poem for social justice or a poem for a broken heart, in Poetry Club we’ll learn to work words into artistic masterpieces.

Reps for Rising Freshmen - 8th grade students will work towards their aspirations of playing a sport in high school by creating and performing exercises to improve sport-related fitness components. This club will focus on age-appropriate body-weight exercise programs to help students build both the knowledge and muscle that may transfer over to athletics.

Running - Running is one of the most exhilarating things you can do. Your heart pounds. Your mind races. And, for that moment, it’s just you against the world. If you want to improve your running, run fast, run strong or run wild, join our Poe Middle School Raven Run Club! No experience is necessary. Our goal is to have fun, get fit, and build a community who has love and passion for running. So join NOW! 

STEM Club -  An informal environment to work on inquiry-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related activities. Students will watch dissections and learn to use 3-D printer software and we will learn about different aspects of STEM.

Tennis/Fitness -  Calling all Ravens! Are you interested in trying a new sport or working on your fitness? Do you need to GET IN SHAPE after being stuck at home for so long?? Join the NEW tennis club 🎾 NO previous experience OR equipment required! While we are online, we will learn about tennis and practice exercises for strength, agility, footwork, balance, and coordination 💪🏾🏃🏽‍♀️👟 When we get back to school, we will start playing and learn even more! If you play soccer, basketball, or volleyball, tennis will help you work on your footwork and skills. Reach out and join us if you are interested!

Valkyrie Club - Valkyries were the female Viking warriors! We are amazing. This year is exciting and full of new opportunities, but it is also a time of social distancing challenges and pressures, this club will be chance for us to hang out and work through some of our stressors, We will also talk about how powerful we are the opportunities that we have to make the world a better place! This group will meet for activities and we will watch some movies about female superheroes! Each month a different topic will be covered through discussion, games and activities.

If you have any questions about the above information, please contact Mr. Harsh, the After-School Specialist at @email.