Middle School Making Club (STEM)

The PLP Middle School Making club will begin with a foundation in electronics using open-platform Arduino microcontrollers and electronics components to make a robot or other moving machine. Progression through all electronics skills will be at an individual pace – it is necessary that all students are capable of directing their own work. Students will use a variety of resources for reference including a printed resource guide and a breadth of online resources. Mentors will be available for support, however there will be very limited opportunity for one-on-one instruction. Students must use research skills, creativity, and perseverance to move forward through the design and build process. The goal of the club is to promote STEM and the creative thinking process. 

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Pine Lake Preparatory Yearbook

PLP MS Yearbook Club is looking for students to help make this year’s yearbook better than ever! Yearbook is a great opportunity for students to grow together and make memories that are sure to last a lifetime (literally!). Aside from being a lot of fun, yearbook helps teach teamwork, problem solving and time management skills. The Yearbook Club meets on Thursdays from 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm, in addition to attending Middle School events to take pictures. 

Additional questions may be directed to Ms. Gretchen DeRuyter at

Go Green Pride Club

The Go Green Club at Pine Lake Preparatory Middle School is devoted to the preservation of our natural resources. The club discusses environmental issues, plans environmental activities and promotes a “green” lifestyle among the Pine Lake community. The Go Green Club interest meeting will be on Thursday, September 1st at 7:30 am in Mr. Lecher's Room. The club meets every Thursday morning from 7:30–7:55 am.

For questions related to the Go Green Club at Pine Lake Preparatory, please contact Mr. Thomas Lecher at


MATHCOUNTS is a national foundation that engages middle school students of all abilities and interest levels in fun, challenging math programs, in order to expand their academic and professional opportunities. The PLP chapter will seek to engage, challenge, inspire curiosity and build confidence in our students regardless of their present math ability level. MATHCOUNTS will meet each Wednesday from 7:15 am – 8:00 am beginning October 18th. The season will wrap up in early spring as the team participates in the North Carolina Association of Scholastic Activities Regional Competition. The cost is $30, which includes registration fee, t-shirt, lunch at regionals, and some supplies. 

For information or inquiries related to MATHCOUNTS, please contact Ms. Jennifer Lehec at

Science Olympiad

Students who participate in Science Olympiad will work collaboratively to prepare and compete in a series of events related to earth science, genetics, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. Emphasis in Science Olympiad is placed on active, hands on group participation, problem solving, and independent investigations. Students participating in Science Olympiad will prepare and train for Regional and State level competitions where they will compete against area schools. Science Olympiad will meet on Mondays from 3:00 - 4:00 beginning September 11th.  An informational meeting will be held on Thursday, September 7th during lunchtime. Even if you are an athlete in a sport, you can still participate in Science Olympiad. Special arrangements can be made with Mrs. Hoffman. The cost is $50, which includes registration fee, t-shirt, lunch at regionals, and some supplies. 

For information or inquiries related to Science Olympiad, please contact Mrs. Jill Hoffman at

Middle School Newspaper

Come join the PLP Middle School Newspaper! Newspaper members can contribute in different ways to suit their interests and strengths including photographers, writers, and editors. Photographers and writers have the opportunity to cover various areas of PLP life such as sports, academics, special events on campus, and events in our local communities. Editors work together to perfect and publish the paper on Google Sites. As a member of the newspaper, your work will be published on the MS website for the PLP community to enjoy. The newspaper meetings are held after school on Tuesdays from 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm. An interest meeting will take place in Mrs. Beverly's room (217) on Tuesday, September 6th from 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm. 

For more information or inquiries related to Newspaper, please contact Ms. Savannah Beverly at

Middle School Quill 

The Quill is a writing competition in which teams of four students must create written products given a prompt from each of four text types. The Quill is an original competition developed in cooperation with the North Carolina Reading Association, and is aligned with the Common Core Standards. The Quill club will meet each Tuesday from 7:30 am – 8:00 am beginning October 11th. The season will wrap up on April 5 and 6, as the team participates in the North Carolina Association of Scholastic Activities Regional Competition. 

For information or inquiries related to The Quill, please contact Ms. Jessica Biondo at

Middle School Show Choir

Middle School students at Pine Lake Preparatory have the opportunity to perform and compete in a competitive Show Choir. Combining choral singing with dance, show choir offers students the opportunity to develop greater musicianship and stage presence. Show Choir will officially begin on Thursday, September 15th and conclude in the spring after the group competes in the North Carolina Association of Scholastic Activities Show Choir Competition. We will perform at various events throughout the year! The group will rehearse on Thursday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm.  The cost is $75 for the year (includes outfit, t-shirts and music)

For additional information or inquiries related to Show Choir, please contact  

Middle School Student Council

The Pine Lake Preparatory Middle School Student Council is an extracurricular opportunity for students to develop leadership skills and collaboration. Student Council members work together to coordinate various school functions such as spirit assemblies, dances, and other social and academic events. Middle School students will elect five students from each grade level (6th, 7th and 8th) that will make up the council roster, from there the grade level representatives elect officers. All students in grades 6-8 are eligible to participate and the group will meet the first and third Thursday of each month from 7:15 am – 7:55 a.m. Students interested in Middle School student council will have the opportunity to sign up during the week of September 6th and are encouraged to attend an informational meeting at lunch on September 8th in Room 207. Elections will formally take place the week of September 12th.

For questions or inquiries related to Middle School Student Council, please contact Ms. Carrie Sospenzo at


PLPNC is Pine Lake's very own chapter of the Tarheel Junior Historian Association. The original group was authorized by the NC General Assembly in 1953. As the first THJHA group at Pine Lake, you will become a founding, charter member. We will explore different aspects of North Carolina history and participate in the convention at the NC History Museum. We will have guest speakers, create exciting projects, and explore the Old North State together!

For questions or inquiries related to the PLPNC, please contact Ms. Shannon Wilson at



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