Activities, Activities, Activities

We are proud of all the extracurricular opportunities that are offered at Washington District 50. Whatever your interest, we try to have a club, sport, and activity for it. Feel free to take a look at the description of each activity and reach out to the sponsor with questions, calendar dates, or to simply offer your availability to volunteer!


Baseball is a fall sport that takes place from August to the last week in September. Tryouts will take place on per the IESA schedule. Student-athletes entering the grades of 6th, 7th, or 8th grade may try out, but MUST have a current sports physical on file with the school nurse prior to try-outs.  The head coach for the junior high baseball program is Nick Pacelli. He is also the varsity assistant coach at Washington Community High School. If you have any questions about the baseball program, please contact him at [email protected] During the summer, there will be open field dates for incoming 5th to 8th graders. These dates will be will be posted on Thrillshare once they are announced by the coach.

Basketball (Boys)

For sixth through eighth-grade boys, the Wildcat Basketball team is led under the direction of Mr. Chad Wilson and assistant coach, Mr Rick Schertz.  Tryouts for boy's basketball occur typically around the middle of October in the Beverly Manor gymnasium. All boys MUST have a current sports physical on file prior to the first day of tryouts in order to try out. There are no exceptions per IESA rules. The season runs from October through January for the seventh and eighth-grade teams. A fifth and sixth-grade team begins in the middle of January and runs until the beginning of March. Our coaches are committed to developing all players as athletes and to help them grow as students and people with skills such as citizenship, respect, work ethic, and more. Cheer on the Wildcat boys’ basketball team at Beverly Manor this winter as we strive to promote a winning culture through hard work and determination. 

Basketball (Girls)

Our girl's basketball coach is Mr Tony Ware, assisted by Ms Alyssa O'Laughlin. Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls are eligible to tryout as long as they have a current sports physical on file with the school nurse prior to trying out. There are no exceptions per IESA rules. Tryouts for the girl's season are typically held in early September with games beginning in October. Fifth and sixth grade girls are also able to tryout for the sixth grade team which is usually held from late January- early March. Our coaches are not only committed to developing basketball skills with their players, but also people skills focusing on responsibility, respect, work ethic, and more. Come on out and cheer on the Lady Wildcats! 


Band is for anybody in 5th-8th grade who is looking to learn how to play a musical instrument! Concert band/lessons are year-round during the school day and jazz band meets for part of the year before school. No physical or prior musical experience is required, only a positive attitude and enthusiasm! Ms. Slagel is the band director and can be reached at [email protected] with any questions.


Cheerleading takes place during the Boys Basketball season which runs from November through January! Practices typically begin in October because we will also be competing at the State Cheer Competition which usually falls on the second Saturday in January. Cheerleaders will be practicing for state over Christmas break as well. Although those practices aren’t mandatory it is something to consider when planning to try out. Head coach, Samantha Garcia can be contacted by email at [email protected] but our main form of communication is GroupMe. Cheerleading is for grades 6th-8th. Girls must have a physical on file prior to trying out for the cheer team. 


Chess Club at Beverly Manor School is thriving! Please contact our Chess Club sponsor, Mr. Maxwell, by email with any questions ([email protected]). We welcome all students from grades 4-8. Whether you have never played chess before, or if you are an experienced player, we would love to have you! Being a part of our chess club is a unique experience that offers students the chance to develop learning skills which improve classroom performance. It’s also really fun! Please sign up for Chess Club today! 


The Beverly Manor Choirs are comprised of three ensembles that meet during the day and two special ensembles that meet after school. Preparatory Chorus (5th Grade), Wildcat Choir (6th Grade), and Concert Choir (7th and 8th Grade) meet throughout the school year at the end of the day. After school, special vocal ensembles that also meet throughout the school year include Men's Ensemble (5th through 8th-grade boys) and Treble Ensemble (6th through 8th-grade girls). All ensembles are open to any student in the appropriate grade level; no audition necessary! For more questions, email [email protected]

Color Guard

Hello, my name is Eclissa Schnoor. I am District 50's Color Guard Coach. Color Guard is truly a unique opportunity that offers so much to every student involved. Color Guard, along with the Marching band, is an activity that teaches discipline, pride, leadership, and self-confidence. Our season starts mid-August before the school year begins, and continues through the end of September/early October. Color Guard is for incoming 7th and 8th graders. I usually hold tryouts in the spring. For any questions, I can be reached at [email protected]


Are you a dramatic individual? Do you like acting? The drama club is the club for you! Not into acting? Join the tech crew for the drama club and help set up the stage and run the show! Each year a new production is chosen to perform for not only our student body but family and friends. Auditions are typically around October/November and practices begin the week following auditions. Drama club runs through the end of April to early May. Any student in grades 5-8 is eligible to audition for the drama club. For any questions, contact Miss Kron [email protected] or Miss O'Laughlin [email protected] 

Garden Club

Garden Club is open to 5th grade through 8th-grade students. Garden Club meets from October through December and then again from April until the end of the school year. We are responsible for winterizing our plants, weeding, planting, mulch, and brickwork along with grounds clean-up. We will not be meeting every night, only twice per week. The days we will meet this year are on Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 3:00 until 4:00. We will also look into working some concessions during home games to earn money for our club as well as some fundraising opportunities. Finally, some days will be canceled due to weather, me not being there, or colder weather. So please be aware that students may need to make arrangements accordingly. Thank you! Looking forward to this year!! We are currently looking for a sponsor for this club. Please contact Mrs. Miller with interest at [email protected]

Math Team

Do you LOVE math?! Do you LOVE competition? Here's your chance to combine the two and learn some new math topics! Mrs. O'Neill, the 8th-grade math teacher, invites any math-loving student in 6th, 7th or 8th grade to be a part of the team! Math Counts typically begins in November, meets once a week and has a one-day competition in February at Bradley University. Listen to the announcements for more information in late October/early November. For more questions, please email [email protected]

Media Team & Technology

Students will have a variety of opportunities throughout the school day and year! Please contact Mr Poole at [email protected] with any questions. 

On Mondays, 7-8th graders who wish to participate in Media A will focus on various projects such as: fundraising commercials, posters, yearbook images, special event advertisements, teacher/administrator requests, trivia, & the promotion of classroom related projects. Videos will be edited and posted to our Media Google Classroom page and possibly district social media accounts. Student skills needed include a positive & hardworking attitude, dependable, and a willingness to take on a variety of filming roles/jobs, which may include being in front of the camera.

On Tuesdays, 6-8th graders will have the opportunity to join our 3D / Gloforge printer team. The team will focus on teacher/administration requests. Requests may include but are not limited to: enhancements to class projects, repairs, and classroom modifications. Student skills needed include: a positive & hardworking attitude, ability to problem solve, organization, and an effective manager of time.

On Wednesdays, 6-8th graders will have the opportunity to join our Media B team. The team will focus on interviewing administration, teachers, students, and athletes. Interviews will be filmed using our green screen and media center. Videos will be edited and posted to our Media Google Classroom page and possibly district social media accounts. Student skills needed include: a positive & hardworking attitude, dependable, and a willingness to take on a variety of filming roles/jobs, which may include being in front of the camera.

On Thursdays, 6-8th graders will have the opportunity to join our Cricut / Shirt team. The team will focus on designing clings and t-shirt vinyls for club/teacher use. Student skills needed include: positive & hardworking attitude, organization, and an effective manager of time.

On Fridays, 4th graders will have the opportunity to join signage team. The team will focus on creating content for our tv’s in the common’s area. Student skills needed include: positive & hardworking attitude, ability to work well with others, organization, and an effective manager of time.  

Scholastic Bowl

Scholastic Bowl is a fantastic opportunity for students to show what they know! Games consist of different trivia type questions that span across many different subjects. Coached by Mrs. Baner and Mrs. Tapling, the season begins with try-outs held in late December. Practices begin in January and games start in February. The season ends with Regionals and beyond at the end of April. We would love to have you join us next season! See Mrs. Baner or Mrs. Tapling with any questions or they may be contacted at [email protected] or [email protected]

Science Club



The Wildcat's Softball team is available to all girls sixth through eighth grade and coached by Mrs Carrie Lyles. Softball tryouts typically occur near the end of July and are located at the softball field at Beverly Manor School. All girls must have a current sports physical on file or bring one to the first day of tryouts in order to be eligible to try out. There are no exceptions per IESA rules. Softball season runs from the end of July until the beginning of September. Coach Lyles is committed to promoting a winning culture but more importantly helping to develop the girls as students and respectful citizens as well. Come support the Wildcat Softball team as we look to work hard in order to restore what has been traditionally one of our most successful programs at Beverly Manor School. For further questions, you can contact me at [email protected]

Special Olympics

Young Athletes Program

An all-inclusive, innovative sports play program for children ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. This program was designed to introduce students age 8. It is an 8-week program focused on developing foundational skills, walking and running, balancing and jumping, trapping and catching, throwing, striking, kicking, and advanced skills. The program will end with a culminating event and celebration. For more information and to complete the registration form please visit https://www.soill.org/young-athletes/. We are currently looking for a sponsor. If you are interested, please contact Mrs Miller at [email protected]

Athletics Program

Coming Spring 2020 students age 8 and up can join our Athletics program! The sport of athletics encourages athletes of all abilities and ages to compete at their optimum level. Through the track-and-field-based athletics training program, participants can develop total fitness to compete in any sport. As with all Special Olympics sports, athletics offers athletes the opportunity to learn through skill development and competitive settings and to be involved in large social settings. Athletes can choose to train for one running event, one field event, and one relay event and compete in the Regional Meet in the May! Events for Competition:

-Track - Walking events, Assisted walking events, wheelchair events, 25 – 10,000 meter runs, hurdle events, and relay events

- Field Events - Long jump, ball throws, shot-put, and mini-javelin ∙ Road Races - Half-marathon and marathon

Please visit https://www.soill.org/?s=application+for+participation to complete the application for participation. Note: The athlete will need a physical and the medical clearance side of the application must be complete by a doctor.

Spelling Bee

Our school participates in the National Scripps Spelling Bee. Students first compete in classroom spelling bees; then winners from each class will then compete in a school-wide spelling bee. The winner and runner-up represent our school at a conference spelling bee. The winner also participates in a county spelling bee, and could earn a chance to be in the Peoria Journal Star Spelling Bee that airs on television in March! Students in 4th thru 8th grade are able to participate. Classroom spelling bees usually take place in January. The Spelling Bee Sponsor/Coordinator at Beverly Manor is Mollie Baner and can be reached at [email protected]

Student Council

The Beverly Manor Student Council is a group of 4-8th graders that make decisions about our school, plan dances and events, and perform community service. We also create and organize D50 spirit wear sales. 6-8th graders may hold an officer position while 4-5th graders will be elected by their classmates as homeroom representatives. Any 6-8th graders that are not interested in an officer position can just be in Student Council. StuCo (as we like to call it) meets at least once a month and starts at the beginning of the school year. Mrs. Tapling (5th-grade teacher) and Mrs. Varnold (8th-grade teacher) are the co-sponsors. Reminder notes are sent home with students as needed for items, such as meetings, volunteer positions, notices, events, etc. No physicals are required, but students that wish to participate must fill out and return the StuCo form with a parent signature. Any questions about Student Council can be sent to Mrs. Tapling at [email protected] or Mrs. Varnold at [email protected]

Track (Boys & Girls)

Track and Field at Beverly Manor School is thriving! For the 2019-2020 school year, we will practice after school, Monday through Friday from 3:05 pm until 4:30 pm. Our first practice will be on March 9 at Beverly Manor School. Please contact our track and field coaches by email with any questions Mr Maxwell ([email protected]) or Miss Willis ([email protected]). We welcome all students from grades 6-8. Whether you have never participated/competed in sports before, or if you are an experienced athlete, we would love to have you! Being a part of our track and field program is a unique experience that offers students the chance to improve personal fitness and promote physical/emotional well-being. It’s also really fun! Students must have a current sports physical on file to participate. Please sign up for track and field today!


Our volleyball program is an IESA endorsed program open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade girls. It consists of a 7th grade and 8th-grade team. Participants must have a current physical on file and pass a 3-day tryout. The season runs from late November thru early March. In addition to playing against other schools in our area, the teams participate in multiple tournaments. Notices for tryouts will be posted once the dates are set, and team communication is done using the TeamSnap system. The 8th-grade coach is being sought out and the 7th-grade coach is Alexis Jewell. They can be reached at [email protected]

Writer's Club

This club is open to any 4th -8th grader who loves to read and write. Readers and Writers Club takes place in the Spring after school. Each year, we focus on a different aspect of reading and writing so if you continue to join each year, you will not be doing the same thing. Here are some of the topics we focus on: writing a children's book, writing a school newspaper, creating a commercial on an invented product and then using the school digital resources to record yourself, writing comics, and writing and performing a puppet show. This is an eligibility club; therefore, you must have passing grades to join. The sponsor is Mrs. Taylor. For further questions, you can contact me at [email protected]

Yearbook Club

In Yearbook Club, we design, promote, and sell the District 50 Yearbook. Assisted by teachers, 7th & 8th-grade students use an online computer program to stylize the yearbook by creating pages, choosing cover options, selecting fonts and color palates, and much more. Students in Yearbook Club are also primarily responsible for taking the pictures that will end up in the yearbook, as well as, conducting interviews for certain pages. This club takes place throughout the entire school year and begins with an initial meeting of interest where students apply for jobs including photographers, interviewers, page editors, and yearbook managers. From there, Yearbook Club sponsors, Mrs. Tapling and Miss Darrow, select students to join the team. Our main goal is to capture the atmosphere of John L. Hensey and Beverly Manor for each school year so students have an original and fun memory book to look back on for years to come.