John Witherspoon Clubs

Art Club

The Art Club is open to all grade levels and explores all facets of the visual arts. Depending upon the interests of the group, the focus of projects may vary. Students in the art club can assist with the design and painting of school plays' set pieces and props. They may serve as graphic artists, designing and making posters for school functions and events. Students can contribute their artistic talents to Communiversity, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra's Listen Up! Program and other community events. Art club members are sometimes asked to participate or exhibit at the New Jersey State Teen Arts Festival.

Board Game Club

The Board Game Club has been running for nine years and meets on most Wednesdays. You may hear shouts of "Game on!" or "I sunk your battleship!" "Uno!" or "King me!" if you walk down D-wing on Wednesday afternoons. All grades welcome.

Chess Club

The JW Chess Club is a fun place to come and play chess for players of any skill level. Chess Club meets once a week in the B-wing. If you want to learn how to play, be challenged by another skilled player like yourself or anything in between, it's the place to be. All are welcomed, at any time. Please come and play, it's an awesome time!

Do Something Club

Do Something is a national school-based program committed to building community leaders through service learning and civic engagement. We plan and carry out a wide variety of community service projects. Students develop, plan and execute school-wide initiatives such as an annual food drive for the "Students Change Hunger" campaign of New Jersey, school talent show that raises funds for charity, a service day that includes dozens of service projects. The service projects are documented by students through media productions. All students welcome! The club meets in the mornings.

Drama Club

Students participate in theatre games, workshops with professionals in theatre, theatre competitions with other schools, and the production of a fall drama and spring music. All students welcome! 

Engineering Club

This club is run by Mr. Carson, Mr. Casey and engineering students from Princeton University and typically meets from February through April. Each week students work together in groups to complete a variety of engineering design challenges such as building bridges, cars, and more.

Geography Bee

this club usually runs from November to early January and culminates in the National Geographical School Geography Bee. The winner of the state bee competes in Washington DC for the National Championship. Students play geography games plus work on identifying geographical wonders and using logic to help make educated guesses about a country's food and natural resources. 

JW Newspaper

Students from the 6th, 7th and 8th grade write, edit and publish an online newspaper called "The Commons" about our school and community. The newspaper is available in homeroom and the Learning Commons.

JW/PHS Cooks and Garden Club

The Cooks and Garden Club is open to 8th grade students and PHS students. We meet for six weeks in the fall and six weeks in the spring. Students work with a master gardener to learn techniques for seeding, separating and replanting seedlings as well as managing the school gardens. Students use their crops and work with a professional chef to learn knife skills, baking and cooking techniques and how to prepare delicious food.

Little Tiger School Store

Students who are early birds and arrive to school a little before 8 a.m. are encouraged to volunteer at the school store. Volunteers help fellow students in selecting school supplies, demonstrate how to use various items, add up sales, learn to make change and assist in the selection or reordering and purchasing new inventory. The Little Tiger School Store is open from 8 a.m. in the commons.


Activities include playing math games, getting extra help or participating in MathCounts practices. Also, students engage in warm-ups and work-outs in preparation for the annual regional competition which can lead to state and national competitions. Mathletes meets from November through April of each year and is open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

PPS Girls' Club (Powerful, Positive, Strong)

We encourage girls to work together to develop supportive friendships between grades while helping to develop assertiveness, positive self-image and confidence. The club meets twice a month after school, using interactive hands-on activities to empower girls to deal with challenges in positive, constructive ways. We will discuss self-esteem, health and wellness, anti-bullying, media technology, peer pressure, strength in friendships and self-confidence. Open to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

Robotics Club

Robotics club is a great way to design and build machines with Legos. Students program their machine to complete a certain task, using the easy lego windstorm NXT software. Students work individually or in groups to think critically, collaborate and problem-solve to successfully answer design challenges.

Science Bowl

The National Science Bowl (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school and middle school students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Each team is composed of four students, one alternate student, and a coach. Regional and national events encourage students involvement in math and science activities of importance to the Department of Energy and the Nation.

Stage & Lighting Crew

Students who choose to participate in Stage & Lighting Crew learn to coordinate stage setups and lighting for rehearsals and concerts of JW performing arts ensembles, as well as providing similar services for community organizations. The Stage & Lighting Crew members learn how to read and implement stage floor plans and develop the skill for changing the stage from one setting to another in a matter of minutes, to use computerized lighting boards and to collaborate as a team.

Yearbook Club

The yearbook staff is comprised of 6th, 7th and 8th grade volunteers. Students can volunteer for various activities including photographing sports, plays, concerts and school-wide events. They design survey, tally them and highlight the "pop culture" of the year. They also design the "Who's Who" surveys and tally results. Students design the yearbook layout and all grade levels work together to create an exciting product.