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Clubs and Enrichment

J-H Cheerleading!

We have exciting news!


Ms. Torres is working with the PTA to start a Cheerleading Squad at J-H!  Right now we’re looking for any 5th-grade or middle school kids who would like to join our after-school outdoor cheer clinic this spring. Right now it’s free to join (just sign up!), and if there are any small fees next year, the PTA plans to offer scholarships to any student who requests one.  Our *UPDATED* flyer lists practice dates, and the sign-up link is here.  (Note: The sign-up link works for ACPS accounts. If you are a parent who wants to sign-up for your child, please email or

Let us know if you have any questions!  (Also, if anyone has a bluetooth speaker that would work for outdoor practices that you’d like to donate, please let us know.)


The Jefferson-Houtson PTA hopes to offer traditional after-school clubs again in the future, but while school is virtual, we've put together a list of some fun, (mostly) online student enrichment opportunities.  Most of these classes, kits, or lessons are offered by groups who taught our after-school clubs in the past, and families can sign up for them directly through the listed vendors.  If your child is interested in one of these opportunities but the cost is a barrier, please email to inquire about PTA scholarships.

Please note, the Spanish Club flyer below has been updated for Session 2 offered in Spring 2021.


2021 Summer Camps

Thanks to Alexandria PTA Council for putting together this 2021 Summer Camp Directory!  Take a look if you're still planning summer activities for your kids.

July Chess Camp

Here's one more summer camp option that we wanted to share -- Chess Camp with Mr. Ruble!

Mr. Ruble has taught after-school chess at J-H for 20 years, and this July he’s offering two weeks of chess camp to local kids. Mr. Ruble’s message and contact info is below if you want to sign your child up. He also teaches virtual private lessons. (Note: This is not a PTA camp and is not limited to J-H kids. We wanted to share, though, since many kids at J-H know Mr. Ruble and have been in his chess club at school.)

From Mr. Ruble:

I have decided to host my first ever in-person camp this summer. It will be a unique opportunity to work on improving in chess, have some in-person interaction and camaraderie, and eat some great pizza, in a safe outdoor environment. It will take place the first two weeks of July (7/5-7/9 and 7/12-7/16) and be from 10 AM to noon each day. It will be held at Monterey’s Gourmet Pizza in Old Town. Each kid will be fed at noon and provided water / one can of soda, included in the price. The price is $200 a week. All levels are welcome. Please let me know if you have interest, space is limited to 15 kids.


Vince Ruble

(571) 480-1276