AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB – Dr. Ku
The purpose of this club is to teach members the basics of having a sign language conversation and to be immersed into the “deaf culture.”
ANIME CLUB – Mr. Hunter
Anime is a style of animation developed in Japan, characterized by colorful, extraordinary art taking place in settings that are “unbelievable.” Students get together and discuss what anime they like and dislike and also evaluate anime based on the story-line, voice-overs, humor and other attributes of an anime. Mangas, or Japanese comic books, are exchanged. Students draw their own anime characters and give each other anime names from their favorite series.
ASANTE SANA FOR EDUCATION – Ms. LoStocco
Asante Sana for Education is an international charity founded to provide schools and mentors to children in Tanzania. The club will raise funds and collect supplies to send to schools in Tanzania and will participate in the “Students Empowering Students” pen pal program.
ASPIRING WRITERS ASSOCIATION – Mr. Leftoff
The Aspiring Writers Association is dedicated to the creation of literature, with a focus on fiction and poetry. Members will write and get help with improving their work, editing and brainstorming with other members. Members will participate in creative exercises and have a chance to share their written works.
AVIATION CLUB – Mr. Bakulski
The Aviation Club will provide an opportunity for aviation enthusiasts to meet, discuss, and have fun exploring their interest in flying and the field of aviation. Activities will include current events discussions to keep up with aviation related developments in the news, films, model and proto-type building and experiments, flight simulator, guest speakers and possibly field trips. It is our goal that the club will serve as a fun, extracurricular extension of the school’s excellent aviation program.
BEST BUDDIES – Ms. Rooney
This club focuses on developing one-on-one friendships between typically developing students and students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Planned group activities may take place in school or an alternative setting (bowling, out to lunch, movies, etc.). The club will meet twice a month after school and once a month for group activities.
CA/RE (Compassion for Animals/Respect for the Environment) – Ms. Sickinger
SHS CA/RE is dedicated to educating the SHS community about the importance of demonstrating compassion for animals and respect for the environment. We are a progressive group striving to keep our school and the greater Simsbury area thriving as a result of our actions and ideas. We promote awareness of justice for animals and do our part to make SHS environmentally conscious.
CHESS CLUB – Mr. Fleet
This club involves both casual games with friends and competitors with professional instruction to help in the development of every member’s chess skills. The club, while providing a wide variety of new opponents, is a great way to make new friends and have a good time. Come check us out some time; we accept players of all skill levels.
CHINESE CLUB – Ms. Theodorou
The Chinese Club is organized to allow students to spend time with other students who have an interest in the Chinese language and culture. Activities include attending Chinese films, going shopping in a Chinese supermarket, playing Chinese board games, celebrating Chinese festivals, and after school cooking fun.
COMPUTER SCIENCE CLUB – Ms. Fearington
For students who have already taken computer science, we will provide ways to keep up with programming, and for students who are currently taking CS, we will provide advanced ways to learn more programming skills. THis is a great way for students to learn to code and help with the "Day of Code."
CONNECTICUT YOUTH FORUM – Mr. DeRousse & Ms. Temperilli
The Connecticut Youth Forum is a way to bring students from across the state together to openly discuss relevant issues in a respectful environment and broaden the perspectives of all involved. There are opportunities to attend the CT Forum at the Bushnell in Hartford and talk exclusively with Forum panelists.
CULTURES UNITED - Ms. Campbell
This is a club where students can learn more about various cultures throughtrying foods, watching movies, learning dances and even languages! The club meets once a week.
DEBATE TEAM – Mr. Leftoff
The Simsbury High School Debate Team provides students with opportunities to demonstrate, practice, and improve their speaking skills through extemporaneous debate. During weekly practice, students learn the elements of debate and engage in practice debates with other Simsbury students. During the fall and winter months, students also have the opportunity to compete at Connecticut Debate Association tournaments throughout the state. All debate topics arise from current domestic and international controversies.
FIDM FASHION AND DESIGN CLUB – Ms. Gagne
The FIDM Fashion and design Club will help students learn about fields within fashion and design. We will hear from people working in those fields and design and create fashion pieces that will then be utilized in fashion shows and fundraisers!
FILM & CUISINE CLUB – Ms. Szatrowski
The Film & Cuisine Club is a chance to get together with other students to watch family-friendly movies and enjoy some snacks. Club members help choose the movies, schedule them and bring in food to enjoy while watching the movie.
FIRST ROBOTICS – Mr.Dougan, Mr. Salonia, and Ms. Lytwynec
FIRST Robotics Competition, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, (FRC), is an exciting multinational competition to promote student interest in the dynamic and creative area of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Student teams are mentored by practicing engineers, business people, teachers and other established FIRST teams. In FRC, students take on various roles in the design and building of a robot, as well as fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. One of the community outreach opportunities is serving as a mentor for the FIRST Lego teams starting up in the elementary schools, incorporating teamwork, leadership, and professionalism.
THE FORUM STUDENT NEWSPAPER – Mr. Hunter
The newspaper documents important SHS sports and events as well as community events that affect the school. Moreover, it serves as an outlet for expression of students' opinions on issues and problems. The paper is written, published, and produced by a student staff that welcomes any and all students with an interest in any area of journalism, photography, or graphic arts. New editorial staff is elected in the spring of each year before the publication of the May issue.
FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA – Ms. Manning
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a national organization for students in grades 9 - 12 interested in business and finance. Goals include developing character; creating interest/understanding in business; and encouraging efficient money management. Participation in this extra-curricular activity includes two meetings a month (before school and evenings) as well as involvement in civic, community, and fund-raising events. A highlight of FBLA is attending the State and National Leadership Conference. The members of FBLA operate the School Store.
GAMING CLUB – Mr. Hunter
The Gaming Club is a great way to get together with other students and play various card and board games. This year we played a lot of Magic the Gathering, but the choice of games played is made by the club. The club meets once a week after school.
GSA (Gender-Sexuality Alliance) – Dr. Younse
The Gender-Sexuality Alliance is a club that discusses current events around the world where LGBT equality has materialized in culture and politics. GSA also provides a safe, non-judgmental space for all who join. This club is for anyone who supports and would take pride in promoting the GSA club and LGBT equality.
HOPE FOR THE HOMELESS - Ms. Sands
This is a club dedicated to helping the homeless with basic needs. They organize collections for items like clothing and bath supplies. The club also plans volunteer trips to local soup kitchens to prepare and serve meals.
INTERACT CLUB – ROTARY – Mr. Wetjen
Interact is a service club for young people ages 14-18 that is sponsored by Simsbury-Granby Rotary Club. Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through projects, participants develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and, in the process, develop leadership skills and learn the value of hard work.
JUNIOR CIVITAN – Ms. Battaglia
This is a service organization for students in grades 9 – 12. Junior Civitan helps people by enriching their lives while improving their own. Members participate in a variety of fundraising activities such as bake sales, chocolate candy bar sales, and holiday candy-grams in order to donate money to local and national causes. They also volunteer their services for such organizations as the Hands to Hart Shelter, Special Olympics, and the YMCA. Each year new causes and activities are discussed and planned for by the membership.
JUNIOR STATE OF AMERICA – Ms. Greenblatt
This club will focus on education and discussion of American civics including current events, especially controversial issues. Informal debates and discussions will take place with the aim of developing students’ knowledge of our government systems. There is a $5 fee to join the club.
KEY CLUB of SIMSBURY HIGH SCHOOL - Ms. Loveland
The Key Club is an international organization that is dedicated to helping others and serving the community. As the largest high school service club in the world, the Key Club gives students a variety of opportunities to build character, develop leadership skills, and provide service. At SHS, we hope to establish a presence at the school where we can make a difference in the classroom as well as outside the classroom. In the local community, we hope to connect with other service organizations to volunteer together.
MATH LEAGUE – Ms. Long and Ms. Loveland
This club is composed of a group of students who enjoy doing mathematical problems for fun – and open to all students. Simsbury's Math League competes in the Capital Area Math League, which is composed of twenty-four area schools. The group competes six times a year ending the season with a banquet in May.
METAL FABRICATION CLUB – Ms. Bakulski
This is a hands-on club where students will be learning to work with metal. Students will learn about the metals ans how to use them and how to safely create with them. ut to lunch, movies, etc.). The club will meet twice a month after school and once a month for group activities.
MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION - Mr. Evans
The purpose of this club is to provide students with an opportunity to experience a courtroom setting and gain knowledge of courtroom proceedings. Students are given an actual court case to prepare and they must argue the case from the points of view of the plaintiff/prosecution as well as the defendant. In the winter, students participate in an annual state competition held at the Hartford Superior Court. The team meets after school or in evenings once a week from October - March.
MODEL UN – Mr. Turgeon
The Simsbury High School Model United Nations provides students with the opportunity to review and interpret modern global issues from international perspectives. Weekly meetings throughout the fall session allow students to discover and evaluate current events across a range of topics and viewpoints. This includes a trip to New York City to visit the UN and speak with mission delegates of selected countries. Students then write resolutions, assuming the perspectives of those counties. In the winter, resolutions are represented and debated in a two-day mock United Nations session among hundreds of other Model UN participants from across Connecticut.
MURAL CLUB – Mr. Holzman
Mural Club is dedicated to filling SHS will color and beauty. The group will design and create murals in various locations throughout the school. The club meets after school once a week.
THE PINNACLE YEARBOOK CLUB – Mr. Nielson and Mrs. Henry
All students are invited to participate in the design and development of the 2015 Pinnacle. Though upperclassmen are usually assigned to leadership roles and editorial positions, this is a wonderful opportunity for others to learn about all aspects of the production and publishing of the yearbook. Students who have an interest in writing, editing, advertising, marketing, graphic design, and photography are encouraged to become a part of the yearbook team!
SPANISH CLUB – Ms. O’Rourke
The Spanish Club is for students of all grades who wish to further explore the cultures related to Spanish-speaking countries. We meet approximately once a month to practice our Spanish, make crafts, prepare and eat foods, listen to music, sing, watch movies, or organize service projects - all related to Spanish speakers around the world and at home.
SPECTRUM LITERARY MAGAZINE – Ms. Miron
The purpose of this activity is to produce a magazine of student writing and art. Students meet weekly after school to select and edit the submissions and to design the layout of the magazine. The magazine is published twice a year.
STOCK MARKET CLUB – Mr. Avery
In the Stock Market Club, students engage in an interschool competition where they need to manage a virtual portfolio. During the year, the group meets to discuss trading strategies that help them during this process. The markets are fickle, challenging, but lucrative. There is no substitute for experience.
STUDENT ACTION FOR GENDER EQUALITY (SAGE) – Ms. Greenblatt
This club works on issues concerning gender equality within the school and the community. Discussions and events are planned to promote an awareness of gender issues throughout the school. All students are welcome and encouraged to join.
STUDENT COUNCIL – Ms. Bombard
Student Council is a group of student leaders that acts as a resource for the student body and the administration for any student concerns and ideas. This organization will give students experiences practicing leadership skills, planning events, and working with school and community members to make Simsbury High School the best it can be for students. In addition to the executive officers of the Council, Student Council is composed of the executive officers of all four classes (grades 9 - 12) as well as six elected representatives from each class. All of these positions are elected by the student body. This group is responsible for special events, service projects, school climate surveys, school spirit activities, and any other activities of interest to the student body.
STUDENTS OF FAITH – Ms. Henry
Students meet weekly to encourage one another in faith and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a follower of God.
THE TROJAN WALL – Ms. LaClair
This group is a student "spirit group," established to generate positive spirit and support for teams and activities within the SHS school community. All students are welcome to join and become active participants in SHS student life!
Wii U CLUB - Mr. Spector
This is a great club for students who like to play Wii U and would like to connect with their friends. The club will meet once a week in addition to signing up to play a game.
WOUNDED VETS STRONG - Ms. Vollaro
This club helps educate members of the different physical and mental impact war has on veterans and how different charities, like WWP, Fisher House, etc., help aid in the recovery of the vets. Our big event is a bake sale benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project on Memorial Day. We plan to bring in guest speakers at meetings, like wounded vets to tell their story, representatives from WWP and Fisher House, as well as perform other fundraisers to benefit different veteran charities. This club meets twice a month, once before school and once after school.
YOUNG REPUBLICANS CLUB – Mr. Baschelor
The primary mission of the Young Republicans is to share, promote and spread the message of the Republican Party. The club meets weekly and holds discussions and meetings about various political topics.