After School Clubs and Programs at Travis


Did you know that Travis is the only DISD school that sent more than one Destination Imagination team to the Global Finals?  Did you know that a Travis student won first place in the 2019 National French contest? Did you know that Travis has placed first in competitions for Debate, Band, Spanish and the Lone Star Challenge?  Travis is proud of all our after school clubs and programs.  There are opportunities for students to engage in all types of activities: multiple UIL teams, Robotics, Model United Nations and more.  The opportunities for your child to pursue their interests and compete at an elite level are unparalleled.  #TravisProud


Ready to learn more about our amazing clubs and programs?



After School Clubs

Sign up for these clubs using this link starting on Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00 pm!

No sign ups will occur prior to that date and time in fairness to all students.  In order to ensure a smooth signup, make sure that you've registered for the PTA website and have updated your contact information and child's grade level.  Otherwise, you may miss important communications about the club.


These are free, weekly clubs that will run from October 1 through December 19.  Space in each club is limited: if the club that your child is interested in is full, be sure to sign up on the waitlist - students will be admitted to clubs off the waitlist in the order they signed up, if space becomes available.


The clubs will take place directly after school until 5:00 pm each week. DISD will provide busing to students participating in these clubs. We anticipate the buses will leave Travis at 5:00 pm and will begin running either the first or second week of October.  Stay tuned to your inbox for more details, and read below for more information about each club or download the flyer!


Inscribe a tu hijo para participar en los clubs despues de la escuela! A continuacion esta la lista de clubs disponibles para los estudiantes de Travis.  Clubs gratis semanales después del horario escolar hasta las 5 pm comenzando el 1ro de Octubre hasta el 19 de Diciembre. Cada club tiene un numero limitado de lugares disponibles. Si el club que le interesa a su hijo esta lleno, por favor ponga su nombre en la lista de espera. Si hay lugares extras disponibles los lugares se moveran segun el orden en la lista de espera.


DISD va a proveer transporte a los estudiantes que participen en estos clubes. Los buses van a partir de Travis a las 5:00 pm y comenzarán a funcionar la primera o segunda semana de octubre. Manténganse atento a su casilla de correo para más detalles! Flyer (Espanol)


Tuesday Clubs:

Beginning Lego Mindstorms Robotics

Taught by Travis teacher Rick Schulte in room 201

This is for a small group of students with NO prior knowledge of Lego Mindstorms Robotics or robotics programming.


Elementary UIL Academic Competition Prep (4th and 5th grades only)

Taught by Travis teachers Alison Evans & Catherine Breithaupt in rooms 101 & 103

This club will prepare 4th and 5th grade students to compete in 13 academic competitions at the Fall UIL and Spring UIL competitions.  

Important Dates:

Fall UIL competition - Saturday, November 4th

Spring UIL competition - Saturday, February 7th



Wednesday Clubs:

100 Year Music Club

Taught by Travis teacher Mike McShane in room 301

This club will explore the development and growth of popular American music styles over the last century. We will use vintage vinyl records – plus Library of Congress online sources – to explore the history of American popular music from the early 20th century to present day. We will listen to a lot of interesting music and talk about connections, as well as research artists that intrigue us.



Taught by Travis teacher John Soto in room 309

The students will be learning tactics and skills for success in a competitive chess setting.


Thursday Clubs:

After School Strings (4h & 5th grade only)

Taught by Travis teacher David Large in the auditorium

This club is only open to 4th and 5th graders. The students will learn how to play a string instrument including Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.


The Fascinating History Forum at Travis

Taught by Travis teacher Jowell Peden in room 204B

The club will involve researching, investigating, discussing, viewing and play acting historic people and events.


Basic Yoga and Mindfulness

Taught by Travis parent Ami Edge in the gym.

This club will explore the basics of mindfulness and yoga (no religious affiliation) and using it to relieve stress and help regulate energy and emotions. No mats or clothing required, students will spend some time in practice and all movement can be done in uniform. Amy is a parent volunteer who received 200 hours of yoga teacher training at the Lifeologie Institute for Psychotherapeutic Yoga, is certified by Yoga Alliance and trained in mindfulness through Mindful Schools.



Ready to sign up??  Use this link beginning on Tuesday September 17th at 7pm!





Other Extracurricular Activities/Competition Teams

Below is a list of other extracurricular activities taking place at Travis this year.  The selection process for these activities varies and is listed below.   Some of these activities are free and some require a fee. Parent and teacher sponsors are listed - please contact them for more information if your child is interested in participating.



Debate team members must be in 6th - 8th grade.  The Debate team participates in multiple tournaments over the course of the school year sponsored by the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance. Learn more here: Contact for more information on team selection.


Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination (DI) is a competition where a team works together to solve project-based challenges that are designed to build confidence and develop extraordinary creativity, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills. Challenges focus on STEM, performing arts and service learning.  Elementary DI tryouts are on Tuesday September 17th and Wednesday September 18th.  Elementary teams are selected by a panel of DI parent and teacher coaches.  To learn more, visit Interested 4-5 grade students can contact and 6-8 graders can contact


Important dates:

Parent DI meeting on Wednesday, September 4th at 4 pm in Ms. Chapel's room.

Elementary tryouts will be Tuesday, Sept. 17th and Wed. Sept 18th from 3:45-5pm (students need only attend one try out date)

Destination Imagination Regional Tournament: Saturday February 29th

Destination Imagination State Tournament: April 3rd and 4th

Destination Imagination Global Finals Tournament: May 20th – 23rd




6th - 8th graders interested in drama can participate in the UIL One Act Play competition.  Contact Ms. Graves at for more information on the UIL One Act play competition and team selection.



First Lego League team

First Lego League is an accessible, guided, global robotics competition built around theme-based challenges to engage children ages 9 to 14 in research, problem solving, coding, and engineering. If Travis forms a team, the activity takes place now through late January. Parents interested in starting and coaching a team should contact Rick Schulte at


French Competition Club

The French competition team will begin meeting in the Spring.  Contact Ms. Barcinska at for more details.



Global Education Program

This is a study abroad program only open to 7-8 graders for a fee and the potential to earn high school credit. Students meet regularly during the year as a pre-trip experience to learn about the historical places that will be visited and to design a project for the educational component of the trip. Then they continue the program as they study abroad in England, France and Italy in June 2020. The activity still has openings, contact Stacy Wester at


Global Elementary Model United Nations

The goal of Travis’ Model UN is to prepare students for the Global Model UN Conference in May by deep-diving into the culture, politics and policies of assigned delegations. It is open to all students (application deadline Sept 4) and is an opportunity to practice and develop research, writing, critical thinking, diplomacy, public speaking, teamwork and leadership skills.  The purpose of GEMUN is to promote global awareness and peace relations. Go to to learn more or contact,,  or

Lone Star Challenge

Lone Star Challenge is the elementary competition equivalent to Academic Decathlon and Academic Pentathlon.  Lone Star is a theme-based four-event scholastic team competition wherein Fourth, Fifth and Sixth grade students match their intellect with students from other schools.  Nine-member teams are comprised of: 3 Fourth Grade Students; 3 Fifth Grade Students; and 3 Sixth Grade Students. The team is selected by teacher recommendation and sponsor selection.  The Lone Star Challenge team meets in the Spring.  Contact for more information.


Lone Star Challenge 2019-2020 theme is The Renaissance!

Important Dates:

Lone Star Challenge is April 25th 2020





Spanish Competition Club

The Spanish competition team will begin meeting in the Spring.  Contact Ms. Barcinska at for more details.




Want to capture a year in the life of Travis? Join the yearbook staff and help us capture the Travis experience in photos and preserve it for years to come. We have slots for up to 24 students in 6-8 grade and a limited number of spots for 4-5 grade students who want to represent their grade level. We will meet every other Wednesday afternoon from 3:45 until 5:00 during the fall, and the same time every Wednesday during the spring. The sign up sheet is available in the computer lab, room 204. Contact Mr. Dunn for more information.

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