Student Life

So many new opportunities… 

Williamsport Area Middle School students experience clubs and other organizations through school, with opportunities to participate in competitive school athletics or school chorus, to learn to play an instrument and join an orchestra, and to perform in school productions such as musicals.

Athletics

  • Football
  • Softball
  • Cross Country
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Soccer
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Track and Field
  • Boys Track and Field
  • Wrestling
WASD Ladies Basketball

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Kids apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. 

Odyssey of the Mind is a competitive program, but it's nothing like your typical sporting event. The competitive element encourages kids to be the best that they can be, but it's a friendly competition. Kids learn from and even cheer on their competitors. Odyssey of the Mind is not a college bowl or a competition about knowledge. It's all about creativity, an often overlooked element in the growth and development of many students. Kids are rewarded more for how they apply their knowledge, skills and talents, and not for coming up with the right answer. In fact, in Odyssey of the Mind problems, there isn't one right answer. Ever.

Students work in teams to learn cooperation and respect for the ideas of others. They evaluate ideas and make decisions on their own, gaining greater self-confidence and increased self-esteem along the way. They work within a budget, so they learn to manage their money. They see that there’s often more than one way to solve a problem and that sometimes the process is more important than the end result.

In the U.S., the first level of competition is usually within a region of a state. Teams who place are invited to compete at the state level. These championship teams are then invited to participate in the annual Odyssey of the Mind World Finals, where they compete with teams from countries around the world, including Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore, and Uzbekistan. New countries join the program each year.

Williamsport Area School District has a very proud tradition of all our schools participating at various levels of competition, with our students going as far as Odyssey of the Mind World Finals for several years. 

For more information about Odyssey of the Mind and how to get your child involved or become a volunteer, contact your school.

Music

Williamsport Area School District has a strong foundation in music and has been named one of the Best Communities for Music Education for the past 16 years. Students playing various instruments participate in orchestra. Each grade has its own separate orchestra in addition to a combined 7th and 8th grade chamber orchestra.

Students also have the opportunity to enjoy choral performance through vocal instruction. Various musical concerts occur throughout the year to celebrate the talents of these young musicians.


WASD Orchestra Performance

Art

Our art curriculum continues to build on the fundamentals taught at the primary and intermediate levels. Seventh and eighth grade students will learn about:

  • Art History
  • Art Critism
  • Aesthetics
  • Production
WAMS art project