Birney Clubs and Student Opportunities

Junior National Honors Society 

AP Students

Michigan First


Established in 1948, the Z Club is one of Zonta International's longest-running programs. Z clubs help young ladies develop leadership skills, promote career exploration and encourage members to participate in community, school and international service projects.

With the help of experienced Zonta sponsors, who provide resources, information and guidance, Z club members work to improve their society and the world. Z club and members plan, organize and participate in unique activities designed to meet the needs of members, their schools and the community, while emphasizing an international outlook and strong international relations.

Pretty Brown Girls

Faculty Supervisor -Ms. K. Dean,  Ms.  P. Brown,  Ms.  A. Martin
The Pretty Brown Girl (PBG) Club is one of the fastest growing girls club in the nation and the first ever club for girls of color to have a social platform to address, discuss and celebrate the very important topic of loving the skin they're in. Pretty Brown Girl's mission is celebrating all of the shades of brown while inspiring positive self-esteem, leadership and confidence.

  • Celebrate all of the beautiful shades of  brown
  • Learn the Importance of  “Dreaming Big” to achieve your goals
  • Develop a well-rounded worldview as it relates to others
  • Make new friends, have fun, build positive self-esteem

Student Network

Group designed to meet with administration to have regular, two-way meaningful conversation involving academic learning and the overall culture of the school.  Students are considered full partners in their education and are included, when appropriate, in decision making and given opportunity for input on policy and programs. 


Faculty Supervisor - Mr. Hands

Yearbook is an after school activity that produces the Bobcat Yearbook. Members of the staff are expected to have a high level of maturity and the ability to work independently. This is a wonderful opportunity for members of the team to exercise their creativity, while developing new skills in computer design, photography, and caption writing. A strong commitment to meeting deadlines is required, including working after-school two days a week. The yearbook is a team effort, and good people skills are required. Creating the yearbook is a fun process, and the end result of all the effort is a product the students can be proud of. Students must have submitted an application to the yearbook sponsor, Ms. Vauris, by the announced date and received an acceptance letter in order to become a staff member.

Battle of the Books

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Faculty Supervisor -  Mrs. Land

Battle of the books is for students in grades 6, 7 and 8. For almost a quarter of a century the Southfield Public Library hosts the Battle of the Books. These events which now span elementary, middle and high school basically foster literacy and the love and sport of reading. Every year, Birney Middle School excels in this endeavor. Birney sends more teams than any other middle school in the city and has the most winning record of any other school. For us it is one of our crowning jewels we are so proud of our Battle participating students and the many parents who manage and support their battle teams.

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Student Council

Faculty Supervisor - Mrs. Orse-Simpson & Mrs. Jessica Hines

Get involved in making Birney the best that it can be! Student Leadership works to improve Birney serving as the voice for the student population. We also work to improve our community through various fund raising and volunteer efforts.

During the month of March, Birney K-8 Student Council will partner with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Michigan for our Pennies for Patients Campaign. Look for information to come home at the beginning of March on ways you can help B K-8 students reach our goal of $1,000 raised!