Extracurricular Educational Opportunities and Contests

  • Elementary
    Achieve 3000 - Achieve 3000 is an online program that delivers high-interest current event news articles to each student at his or her own reading level.  The program focuses on reading comprehension activities but also addresses writing and math skills. 
    IF Institute (IF Institute 16-17 Brochure) - This is a monthly gifted forum for elementary gifted students to collaborate with their intellectual peers.  It emphasized lifelong learning, problem solving and the importance of critical thinking.
    Math 24 - The goal for the 24® game is a tool to make math appealing, accessible and fun—thereby helping students to excel in math, science and related fields.  Math 24 is helping to create a new generation of students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Math 24 is done competitively at the 4th and 5th grade level. 
    Middle School 

    Intermediate IF Institute: Building on the success of and continuing the challenging activities of the Elementary IF Institute, Intermediate IF further connects students with university education majors and their instructors through a partnership with East Stroudsburg University. On a monthly basis students are transported to East Stroudsburg University or other facilities directly from their home school. At the University students will participate in activities and differentiated programming designed by the University and directed by the gifted support staff. Students pack and eat lunch at the University. Students are returned to their home school in time to participate in afterschool activities. Students, while responsible for any missed schoolwork, are granted extra time in order to complete that work. Gifted students have the right to participate in all Gifted activities without penalty. Students are required to write a reflection piece on each IF session they attend.


    Media Design Club: Since 1999, JT. Lambert Intermediate School has offered an advanced elective to it's 7th and 8th grade students. Webpage design class has been at the forefront of various types of technology for more than a decade. The class of 34 designs websites, participates in competitions, creates graphic designs and Flash animations, and also creates a variety of media including movies and music. The class competes at the annual Pennsylvania Middle School Regional Computer Fair and each year, students have earned the right to continue on to the State level of competition by placing first at regionals.

    Cast members of Good morning JTL: Good Morning JTL began March 2004 as a way to get information to the 1100 student population in the building. With a cast of fifteen, Mr. Toth, the computer teacher, had students do a live broadcast basing the script on messages from teachers about different school events. Since 2004, the show has grown to a daily 10-15 minute broadcast of school news, world events, promotion of school related events, and weather. The cast of twenty is broken down into four core groups. Each group works the studio for one week, rotating between the broadcasting, cameras, teleprompter, and directors jobs.

    National Junior Honor Society: The National Junior Honor Society is an organization that creates enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulates a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage good citizenship in the students of JT. Lambert Intermediate School. Members are selected based on academic criteria and are required to participate in various community service activities during their membership.

    Reading Olympics: JT. Lambert Intermediate has 2 teams competing in the Reading Olympics competition. The teams travel to Easton High School and answer questions from books on a reading list of approximately 30 books. There are 20 questions asked per round and there are three rounds. At the end, the points are tallied up to determine a winning team.

    Builders Club: The Builders Club at JT. Lambert Intermediate School is a service oriented club involving 27- 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The Builders Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and is the bridge between K-Kids at the elementary level and the Key Club at the high school level.

    High School 

     IF Institute Mentors: Gifted high school students from all grades are encouraged to participate in the mentorship program with the Elementary IF Institute. They serve as helpers, guides, mentors and program designers. The mission statement of the ESU and District partnership with the gifted students: “The mission of the monthly gifted forum (IF Institute) is for identified gifted students to collaborate with their intellectual peers with enrichment extensions through mentorships and a partnership with East Stroudsburg University, whose students assist with program development.  It emphasizes lifelong learning, problem solving, use of multiple intelligences, and the importance of critical thinking.” The high school gifted students interact with university education majors, education department instructors, the middle school Gifted Staff, and all district elementary gifted students. This provides an opportunity to demonstrate teamwork, leadership, and collaborative skill as well as career exploration.

    PA Bar Association Mock Trial - One of the largest in the nation, the Pennsylvania Mock Trial Competition gives more than 290 high school student teams from the state the opportunity to act as lawyers and witnesses in simulated civil trials before actual judges and panels of juries.  Click on the link to learn more!


    NHS: The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, East Stroudsburg High School's NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.

    Elementary through High School

    Envirothons - This is an academic team competition held in the Spring where teams of students are tested on their knowledge of Pocono environment,such as tress, ponds and animals, climate change, and other environmental catergories.. Envirothon competitions are for students in 5th - 12th grade and are held each May at Monroe County Environmental Education Center. 


    Johns Hopkins: Center for Talented Youth


    Kids ask a lot of questions. The world is big and their curiosity about it is even bigger. That's why Northampton Community College created the Horizons for Youth program.

    Each year, thousands of children from kindergarten through high school participate in more than 600 Horizons courses and workshops at three NCC sites. Classes focus on everything from academics to enrichment. During the school year classes are held after school and on weekends. Summers are especially action-packed. Kids can soar with Star Wars, design simple machines, play field hockey, bake scones or go fishing. Full and half day programs throughout the whole summer are available.


    Camp Invention – This is a summer enrichment day experience designed for children entering grades one through six.  Camp Invention features collaborative learning opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


    ESU FOR KIDS – Offering a variety of courses designed for children ages 6-16. Experience, professional instructors are eager to teach and challenge each student.

    Middle School and High School

    Various musicals: Every year there are broadway musical productions performed by the students of the intermediate and high schools. The students take ownership of the show. There are opportunities for them to be a part of the stage crew, actors, lighting, set building and much more. 


    Student Council: Student Council is an opportunity for the students to take ownership of the school environment, and raise school spirit. Students have to submit an application to be a part of student council and are chosen based on their commitment and leadership skills.


    Science Olympiad- High school and intermediate school students from all grades are encouraged to participate in activities that create a passion for learning science. Practice meetings and study sessions are held throughout the first semester both after-school and during the school day when practical. Projects and subject matter are selected, developed and reviewed with an eye on entering tournaments at the conference and state levels. The emphasis is on problem solving and hands-on, minds-on constructivist learning practices. Goals are accomplished through in-depth core curriculum training sessions and the deep study of curriculum materials.