B.E.T.A. CLUB - S.T.E.A.M.

"Let us lead by serving others."  

National BETA Club is the largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization in America.  And for more than 80 years, it has prepared today's students to be tomorrow's leaders.  The mission of the organization is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.

~ National BETA Club


Project Based Learning (PBL) is a constructivist instructional approach where students are engaged in meaningful inquiry of personal interest to them and where collaboration and personalized learning are emphasized. Research confirms that PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career and civic life.



Junior Beta Pledge

I hereby declare that I shall always strive to be honest and truthful; to maintain a credible scholastic record; to be of service to my teachers and peers; to conduct myself in an ethical and moral manner to reflect credit upon my school and community.


CMS students attended the Beta Leadership Summit virtually (November 2020) participating with other Beta Clubs from TN, MO, AR and KY.  They worked collaboratively as a club to develop relationships with one another that would promote both personal and team growth.  Through a selective interview process, one CMS club member was selected to be the TN Leadership Ambassador, serving in a leadership capacity for all TN Junior Beta Clubs! The students worked hard before the summit to create entries for the Service Snapshot, Rapid Response and Lead Outside the Box competitions.

Beta Leadership Principles:

GROWTH: Developing the mind, body, and spirit

VALUES: Doing what is right

CHARACTER: Being conscious of your personal legacy

CONNECT: Developing relationships that encourage collaboration and teamwork



Recent Leadership Entry:  Lead Outside the Box, 2020-2021


Students may earn community service hours through club sponsored activities or are encouraged to explore personal interests in service through neighborhood service projects, church or scouting activities. Members develop life-long connections in collaborative experiences while assisting others. Students are often able to relate these experiences to future career and college opportunities as they develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.


CMS Beta students participate in both Engineering and Robotics competitions requiring long hours spent in collaborative small groups to develop solutions in design and problem solving. Engineering received a list of acceptable materials and the challenge of creating a roller coaster. Robotics students worked together to code and build a robot which could perform tasks for a scenario improving the enviornment. Students investigate design possibilities as their solutions to the competition scenario provided. Excellent use of communication in their investigation creates strategies from an infinite number of possibilities for student implementation.  


Attending the State and National Beta Convention provides CMS students with opportunities to compete across academic curriculum, STEM, leadership and community service areas. In addition to the areas listed below, students competed in Poetry, Creative Writing, Book Battle and Speech. CMS, at the state level, has won multiple awards in Poetry, Creative Writing and Mathematics.


The multiple areas of Marketing & Communication, Apparel Design and Portfolio provide our CMS Beta students with competitive challenges that foster creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, both oral and persuasive presentation, and information/media literacy. Each of these areas of competition require working collaboratively to attain a goal or design project. Last year we earned National/State recognition for our Marketing and Communication teams!


Areas of competition in which CMS students participated in Color Photography, Black and White Photography, Mixed Media, Recyclable Art, Digital Art, Painting, Drawing, FIber Arts, Sculpture, Jewelry, Two DImension Design and Three Dimension Design. Student educational expectations are connected to visual arts standards, creativity and innovation, communication and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving in the use of artistic mediums.


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