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Elm girls soccer team in action vs. Giles, April 2023



The Elm Middle School athletics program is overseen by our principal, Ms. Ashley Groeneveld. The school colors are black and red, and the school mascot is the cougar.

Students from all three of our grade levels (6-8) are eligible to try out for our teams.

Our Values

Elm's program is based on the belief that interscholastic competition contributes to the development of important traits and values in our student­s.

By giving their best against athletes from other schools, our students learn the importance of preparation, persistence, self­-discipline, dedication, attention to detail, teamwork, selflessness, sportsmanship and hard work.

Our Teams

The Elm Cougars compete in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball and volleyball, with boys and girls teams in each sport. We also maintain popular programs in cheerleading and pom-pons, which are active during boys basketball season. In addition, we compete in Scholastic Bowl during the girls basketball season.

Students from all three of our grade levels (6-8) compete on the same team in soccer and softball.

We feature separate teams — one for 6th/7th graders and the other for 8th graders — in basketball, volleyball and Scholastic Bowl.

In boys and girls cross country, 6th graders compete against other 6th graders in the final conference meet, and 7th/8th graders compete against other 7th/8th graders. But in cross country meets leading up to the conference finale, all three grades run as one boys team and one girls team respectively.

Our Conference

Elm belongs to the Leyden­-Norwood Athletic Conference, where we compete against other middle schools / junior high schools in the west suburban Chicago area.

Our athletes have built a solid record in conference play, winning titles in boys basketball, girls basketball, boys cross country, girls cross country, girls soccer, boys softball and girls softball since 2010. In our inaugural cross country season of 2015, one of our female runners also won the individual title at the conference tournament.