Clubs and Activities

Below is a list of extracurricular clubs and activities that are active this year. A hyperlink indicates that the club has a website. Daily announcements offer news about organizational and regular meetings. For more specific information regarding these organizations, please contact the faculty advisor or the Athletics and Student Activities Office.

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Clubs & Activities

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.”

ANIMALS FOR ALL (HEIFER INTERNATIONAL) – Ms. Garza
Heifer International is a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities. The Animals for All club works to raise money to donate to Heifer International projects and raise awareness of international needs.

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.

BELIEVE IN ALICE Ms. Henry
Our friend Alice Li, a Junior at SHS, is recovering from a brain aneurysm. This club will raise money through fundraisers, donations and other means in order to help Alice with her medical expenses.

BEST BUDDIES – Ms. Haley
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.

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.

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.

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 ROBOTICSMr. 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 AMERICAMs. 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.

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 CLUBMr. 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 CLUBMs. 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. Donovan
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!

TROJANS FOR CHANGE – Ms. Tornaquindici
The Trojans for Change Club raises funds to donate to families in conflict and post-conflict countries through programs that teach job skills, legal rights, and nutrition. They also try to get in contact with some of the people they are helping to exchange letters and learn more about their situations.

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 imact war has on veterans and how different charities, like WWP, Fisher House, stc. 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 mets 2 times a month, once before school and once after school.

YOUNG REPUBLICANS CLUB – Mr. Bashelor
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.

Club Sports

DODGEBALL – Mr. Weinbach
Dodgeball is played twice a week in the spring. Teams of 6 – 10 students play a regular season, tournament, and championship games.

FENCING – Ms. Saunders and Ms. Battaglia
Fencing is a unique sport based on the traditional European rules of dueling in which two competitors face off on a fencing strip. Using the foil both offensively and defensively, the fencer tries to score points on their opponent while protecting their target areas. Fencing is a co-ed, winter club sport. Practices prepare fencers by developing the art and skills of fencing. The team participates in several competitions throughout the season.

OUTING CLUB – Mr. Mudano
The Outing Club is a student run organization of individuals that like to hike, ski, kayak or participate in any other outdoor activity. All are welcome! Trips are organized throughout the year based on student interest.

SIMSBURY CYCLISTS BIKE CLUB – Dr. Ku and Mr. Carmen
The purpose of the Simsbury Cyclists is to get out and be active by biking around town. The club will learn biking etiquette and maybe get involved with some of the races that are going on in the area. The club will meet once a week.

UNIFIED SPORTS® – Ms. Bulmer and Mr. Spector
Unified Sports® is a registered program of Special Olympics that combines approximately equal numbers of athletes with and without intellectual disability on sports teams for training and competition. All Unified Sports® players, both athletes and special partners, are of similar age and matched sport skill ability. Unified Sports® teams are placed in competitive divisions based on their skill abilities, and range from training divisions (with a skill-learning focus) to high level competition. The Simsbury High School unified sports program is a co-ed team that participates in three sports during the course of the year . . . soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and volleyball in the spring. The team practices one day per week and competes at various tournaments throughout the school year.

Honor Societies

Students are invited to join these honor associations based upon attainment of specific criteria related to each organization.

FRENCH NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY – Ms. Christolini
The French National Honor Society is affiliated with the American Association of Teachers of French and is dedicated to the promotion of the French language and culture through music, film, food and activities. Club members offer tutoring in French for other students at SHS.

INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY – Dr. Younse
The International Thespian Society is an international honor society, founded in 1928, to recognize excellence in high school theatre. Students must earn points through participation in the theatre department in order to be inducted into the society. The group sponsors workshops, social events, and service events for the Simsbury High School theatre community. For more specific information, please contact Dr. Younse.

NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY – Ms. Antosik
This society is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have and maintain an 85 or above average in their art classes. Student responsibilities include: posters, assisting teachers in art related areas, set up and take down of the Art Show. There are several fund raising events to benefit a National Art Honor Society senior who is pursuing a career in art. Students will attend weekly/biweekly meetings directly after school.

NATIONAL BUSINESS HONOR SOCIETY – Ms. Manning
The National Business Honor Society recognizes outstanding junior and senior students who have completed or are enrolled in their third business course and have a 3.0 GPA overall, and a 3.5 GPA in completed business courses. Students accepted for membership are honored at an induction ceremony in the fall and complete a service learning project during the school year.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETYMs. Williams
If a junior has a G.P.A. of 3.7 and the members of the faculty deem his/her qualities of character, leadership, and service to be outstanding, then that student is invited to become a member. National Honor Society is primarily a service organization. Members tutor students with academic difficulties, organize a blood drive for the Red Cross, and provide service to the SHS community as requested. Members raise money for local scholarships and for a variety of charitable causes including cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, and local food banks.

NJCL LATIN HONOR SOCIETY - Ms. Hagen
The National Junior Classical League Latin Honor Society will be open yearly to juniors and seniors in Latin 3, 4 and 5 who meet the following requirements: 1) an 89.5% average or better in current Latin course, 2) are members in good standing of the school's chapter of the NJCL, and 3) exemplify good citizenship. Members will participate in activities such as tutoring Latin students and assisting witht he Connecticut State Latin Day.

SPANISH NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY - Ms. Petras and Ms. Wellington
The Spanish National Honor Society recognizes high achievement in Spanish by the students of Simsbury High School and supports continuity of interest in Hispanic studies.

TRI - M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY – Ms. Abel
Tri-M is an international Music Honor Society. It is comprised of students from 10th, 11th, and 12th grades who are actively involved in choir, orchestra, band or jazz ensemble. Students are nominated based on criteria set by the school's local charter and the international Tri-M board of MENC. The group is active in community as well as music services and is a forum of unification of the entire high school music program.

Music

JAZZ BAND – Dr. Knox
Jazz Band is an auditioned ensemble consisting of the following instruments: Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums. The band rehearses once a week on Tuesday nights 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Performances include school and community concerts, and the Berklee College Jazz Festival.

Theater

FALL ONE ACTS – Dr. Younse
The Fall One Act Festival, held every school year in late October, is a professionally judged competition of one act plays. Several plays are directed by seniors, each with a cast that contains a particular grade level (9 – 12). This creates an excellent opportunity for 9th grade students to get involved and be on stage in major roles just a few months into their time at the high school. All plays perform on the same day and professionals from the theater works adjudicate and provide feedback and awards to the students. Auditions usually happen the second week of school. This is a great way to get to know the theater program at SHS.

WINTER MUSICAL – Dr. Younse
The Winter Musical is a major stage show that begins rehearsals in November and performs in February. The show is an elaborate, intense experience, which usually includes a cast of at least 50 actors, a sizeable number of musicians in the orchestra, and several students working behind the scenes to create an incredible and memorable show. Past shows include Les Miserables, Annie, and West Side Story. This year’s show will be announced during the fall. It is a great way to gain experience and practice with acting, singing, and dancing.

SPRING PLAY – Dr. Younse
The Spring Play is the final production of the Theater Program each year. It begins rehearsals in March and performs during the month of May. Over time, the shows will expose students to a wide variety of styles and let them experience many different kinds of theater. Students can gain practical acting experience and be a part of a fun and intense production. Shows in previous years included The Laramie Project, A Midsummer’s Night Dream, and The Crucible. This year’s show will be announced during the winter months. Casts always include students from every grade level.

UNIFIED THEATER – Ms. Flowers, Ms. Haley and Ms. Starr
Unified Theater is a student-led program that brings students together to write, rehearse and perform an original theater piece. The goal is for the students to facilitate inclusion through the arts and to give all students the opportunity to learn from one another. The group includes students of all abilities, interests, and backgrounds and is flexible to different students’ needs. All students are welcome to participate as actors, singers, dancers, writers, directors, technicians and artists.

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