Special Programs



21st CENTURY AFTERSCHOOL
Students enjoy enrichment activities such as STEM, robotics, and art. This program offers tutoring/homework for one hour per day. It is available to kindergarten through eighth-grade students from 3:00 - 5:45 Monday through Friday each week. 

SPELLING BEE
Each year our middle school competes in a classroom spelling bee where three students from each grade levels move on to the school competition. Nine of the best contestants compete for one of three coveted spots to represent our middle school at the district spelling bee.

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
Hiwassee Dam has two Battle of the Books teams which compete each year by reading a list of books, putting facts to memory, and studying the titles and authors of each book on their list. The middle school team must read 27 titles, and the elementary team must read 18 titles each year. Their first competitors are student teams from schools in their same district. If a team wins, they move on to regional, state, and national competitions.

ROBOTICS CLUB
The HDEMS STEM-E Club was started in 2015.  The club competes in state and regional First Lego League Robotics and STAC Robotics competitions each year. Participating students learn to build and program autonomous robots to complete missions based on real-world problems we face today. Students attend conferences twice during the school year where they have the opportunity to take hands-on courses led by industry professionals and college professors. The STEM-E Club also builds and launches model rockets, builds solar-powered cars and learns fundamental principles and skills students can take with them into the competitive modern workforce. The club meets twice a week after school.

MODERN WOODMEN SPEECH CONTEST
Students in grades five through eight compete each year in this speech contest. Modern Woodmen supplies the materials, guidelines, and topics each year. Students compete first at the homeroom level, then school level, and the district level. Further success takes them to regional, state, and national competitions.