High School Clubs and Activities

2020-2021 Updated information

At this time, all meetings will be held virtually via Google Meet. If a club does not have a Google Classroom code, you may email the advisor for more information.

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THE CLASSES

FRESHMAN CLASS

Code: 2kyr4p4
Advisors – Ms. S. Alicea and Mr. M. Hodges
Meets as needed
All freshmen are automatically members but those who are interested in working on projects should attend meetings. Activities include supporting the freshmen class, organizing fundraisers, and providing leadership opportunities for students.

SOPHOMORE CLASS

Code: sfmppyj
Advisors – Mrs. Rosana D’Amico and Mrs. Gina Matise
Meets Weekly, one-hour google meets to discuss: fundraising, school climate and community, preparations for Junior and Senior year experiences.
Sophomores who want to be involved with class activities should become involved in this club. Activities include organizing fundraisers, supporting the Sophomore Class and providing leadership opportunities.

JUNIOR CLASS

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Advisors – Mr. P. Agro and Mrs. H. Martucci
Meets every other Thursday 3-4:00 pm at a minimum. We will also meet additionally, as needed, to plan the Junior Prom.
Those juniors who are interested in working on class projects should attend meetings. Activities include organizing fundraisers, supporting the Junior class, and planning the Junior Prom.

SENIOR CLASS

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Advisors – Mrs. J. Peters and Mr. A. Verboys
Meets Wednesdays at 3:00 pm
Seniors who want to have a voice in class activities should attend meetings and participate. Activities include organizing fundraisers, supporting the Senior Class and planning the Senior Prom, Senior Picnic, and Senior Week.


CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

ART GUILD

Code: tpzldl5
Advisor – Mrs. E. Pesce –
Meets bi-weekly – Tuesdays
This club is for those who have a great deal of interest in the field of art. Many school projects as well as individual work come from this organization.

ATHLETIC CLUB

Code: 7scaxgb
Advisor – Mr. W. Earl
Meets weekly on Tuesdays – 3:00-4:00 pm.
The purpose of the Athletic Club is to serve the community and inspire a sense of pride and spirit among all students within the high school. We will continue to meet weekly and organize our elections virtually via Google meet. We have created a GOOGLE CLASSROOM specific to our club where we will inform our members of upcoming community activities and events. Our current Twitter Account will also be used to recognize students and club efforts that serve and benefit the community. Our returning officers are Luke Barone and Emma Lawson. As Club Advisors, and as a peer support group, our goal is to provide students with a positive learning experience. Our intention is to support, encourage, and nurture all students as they navigate these unsettling times.

AUDIO VISUAL SQUAD

Code: kkayto6
Advisor – Mr. D. Kerstanski
The purpose of this club is to expose students to the electronic media through hands-on experience with audio- visual equipment.
***On hold until live meetings become available.***

AURORA SCIENCE CLUB

Code: 5y2pyx4
Advisor – Mrs. J. Jeffrey
Meets every other Tuesday 3-4:00 pm.
Join the Aurora Science Club to have lively discussions about biweekly topics, compete in Envirothon, discuss environmental issues that may impact our daily life and more!

BOOK CLUB

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Meets every other Thursday 3:00-4:30 pm.
Advisor – Mrs. S. Chappell
Students will meet bi-weekly to discuss specific books chosen by students. We will promote literacy throughout the building, as well as our love for reading. Meetings will include in-depth book talk discussions. All grade levels are welcome! Google classroom already set up for my book club. We can meet through there for ALL meetings.

CHAMBER WINDS

Advisor – Mr. R. Regan
Meets weekly on Tuesdays from 3-4:30 pm.
Chamber Winds will meet virtually when (and where) I will rehearse, discuss, and present avenues for learning our repertoire. Our concert will be presented virtually along with the rest of the high school music ensembles. This will happen by them sending me an individual video recording of them performing their part. I will organize all the recordings into a whole presentation.

CHESS CLUB

Code: 4t5xhlx
Advisor – Mr. R. Hodges
Meets Wednesdays 3-4:00 pm
The Chess Club will meet to allow students to learn the game, enhance playing abilities, provide literature on the historical aspect of the game, to create a positive environment in which students can interact, and share strategies, experiences, etc. Chess club already has a google classroom with returning members signed in. Coaches from the various schools who compete in the league will be doing it virtual as well. All tournaments/league matches will be held online through lichess.org. Weekly meetings/matches will also be hosted through lichess.org.

COMPUTER CLUB

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Advisor – Mr. M. Gawron
Meets Thursdays (Virtual) 3-4:00 pm
The Computer Club will meet to help students learn coding skills beyond classes offered in Monroe-Woodbury in an environment that will be supportive of experienced and novice programmers. A short-term goal is to earn
certificates to support the student-body with technology needs. A long-term goal is to develop skills, and certifications that translate for post-high school activities. In the Spring we hope to compete in activities that will foster team-work, problem-solving and programming skills.

DEBATE CLUB

Code: emijelo
Advisor –  Mr. T. Hyman
Meets on Tuesdays 3-4:00 pm
Whether you are interested in a career in law, or in politics, and want to hone your skills in public speaking, argumentation, or you are just interested in getting together with other people who like to argue about important issues in society and culture, Debate Club is the right fit for you. Each week we hold practice debates, discuss debate strategy, and engage in research on a variety of topics with the intention of taking our skills on the road for regional competitions in the near future. Goal is to compete in the spring. We will be meeting virtually and having practice debates and fundraising for competitions.

DRAMA CLUB/FALL PRODUCTION and SPRING MUSICAL

Directors – TBD
The Drama Club meets daily and is heavily involved with all aspects of theatre, from auditions to production support, technical design, execution and, of course, acting. A Drama Club commitment is a time consuming agenda with great rewards.
***On hold until further notice.***

EVERYDAY FRIENDS

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Advisor – Mrs. M. Valente
Meets on Thursdays from 3-4:00 pm
The purpose of this club is to foster friendship among our diverse student population.

FALL DRAMA TECH SUPPORT

Advisor – Mr. D. Kerstanski

F.B.L.A. (FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA)

Code: pbzrum7
Advisor – Mrs. J. Palkaunieks
Meets Wednesday every week from 2-3pm. While virtual, meetings will begin at 3:15pm.
Develop leadership skills while having fun participating in community service projects and leadership conferences. Membership is open to all students who have taken/will take at least one business, economics or computer-related course.

FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY

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Advisor – Mr. C. Clark
Meets: First Thursday of the month 4-5pm (officers), Third Thursday of the month (members), Every week for tutoring monitoring. April every week for Induction.
Founded by the American Association of Teachers of French to promote the study of the French language and the culture of its people and to recognize students who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in the study of French.

HISTORY CLUB

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Advisor – Ms. M. Bouquot
Meets Tuesdays 3-4:00 pm
The purpose of the History Club is to increase student interest in history related topics. Special events include field trips, guest speakers, films, slide shows and working with local history documents.

INTERACT

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Advisor – Mrs. N. Flanagan
Meets Wednesday -while virtual, meetings will begin at 3:00 pm – when in school at 2:00 pm
This is a service organization that is school and community-minded. There are many exciting projects in which students may become involved. Weekly Google Meets – Have organized a mask sale to students to start in Sept. Organizing some activities for students to work on remotely: Mile for Hunger, Letter writing to Valley View Seniors,
mask making, and creating books for K-2.

ITALIAN HONOR SOCIETY

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Advisor – Ms. C. DeLong
First Thursday of the month 3-4pm (officers). Third Thursday of the month(members). Every week in April for Induction ceremony, rehearsals, and for distribution of certificates.
Founded by the American Association of Teachers of Italian to promote the study of the Italian language and the culture of its people and to recognize students who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in the study of Italian.

JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Code: bi3wvbr
Director – Mr. F. Petrocelli
Meets weekly on Mondays at 5:00 pm
The Jazz Ensemble learns and performs music in the jazz and big band idiom. Music selected ranges from the early swing era to contemporary jazz, with a focus on improvisation. Instrumentation is limited to standard jazz and big band ensembles. Students must audition to participate. The jazz ensemble performs concerts and at selected music festivals. This is a Co-Curricular class. Students receive a grade and a quarter credit.

KIDS CHANGING THE WORLD

Code: 4jwrsbq
Advisor – Mr. P. Agro
Meets every other Thursday 3-4:00 pm
KCW was formed to help kids learn the value of giving back to their community. This is a valuable life lesson to learn for each and every one of our students. We take on projects to help members in our community with medical needs. Currently, we are working towards raising enough funds to sponsor a local “Wish Kid” through the Make A Wish Foundation.

L.E.A.D. (Leadership, Empowerment, Advocacy, Dedication)

Code: 7za7u2w
Advisors – Mrs. C. Dunning, Mrs. M. Sherman
Meets Wednesday – once a month- 3-4:00 pm
A program designed to ease students’ transition from middle school to high school. The goal is to provide on-going help and guidance for academic and social success and ultimately create a network of supports for the student new to the high school. LEAD mentors facilitate freshman orientation each year just prior to the opening of school. LEAD mentors are chosen through an application process each spring to become mentors in the fall.

MATH TEAM

Code: 56a43vy
Advisors– Mrs. J. Bogart-Schmidt & Mr. P. O’Keeffe
Practice Meets on Wednesdays.
The Math Team consists of those students wishing to participate in mathematics competitions with students from other districts once a month.

MOCK TRIAL

Code: buwqge3
Advisor – Mr. A. Verboys
Bi-weekly meetings until competition, then will be weekly meetings.
Mock Trial is a unique club that allows students to assume the role of a lawyer or a witness in a court case scenario and compete against other schools using only the given facts of the case and narrative building skills to present the most compelling argument before a real judge. We will work regularly with an actual professional attorney, go over the basics of court proceedings, learn how to effectively read and analyze evidence, work on building effective arguments, and practice on-the-spot thinking.

MODEL U.N.

Code: g2e2i5r
Advisor – Mr. A. Verboys
Meets Thursdays: 3-4:00 pm
Members will participate in multiple Model U.N. competitions throughout the school year as representatives and delegates of foreign countries.

MULTICULTURAL CLUB

Code: fkkwror
Advisor – Mrs. A Greenblatt
Meets Tuesdays: 3-4:00 pm
Students in the Multicultural club will incorporate discussions, virtual games, and presentations about other cultures. Officers will be appointed in October and we plan to create a liaisonship with Spectrum and SRJEU.

NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY – (NAHS)

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Advisor – Mrs. E. Pesce
Meets Tuesdays 3-4:00 pm
In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the NAHS program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. NAHS will help to foster art interest within the school, lead the Art Guild in school murals and service projects and volunteer within the community and school. For high school students in grades 9-12. Students must maintain a minimum GPA and show success in their art classes.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

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Advisor – Mrs. M. LaPorta
Meets: Executive Committee, once a week every Tuesday from 3 until 4 pm. Main membership, 3rd Wednesday of every month, from 3 until 4 pm.
Students must meet qualifications including: academic, leadership and service criteria. (See Student Handbook) Activities include providing tutorial services, fundraising for local charities, and assisting with Open House, Parent-Teacher Conferences, and school-wide events.

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND

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Advisor – Mrs. K. Blumberg
A group who seeks to solve certain imposed problems within pre‑set parameters.  The solutions to these the problems are worked out entirely by the students who meet with groups from other schools to compete to solve the problems before a panel.
***On hold until further notice.***

OUTDOORS CLUB

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Advisors – Mrs. E. Garvey, Ms. M. Kostelnik
We meet on Tuesdays, from 3-4:00 pm. Time may vary with NY/NY Trail Conference training
Students who appreciate the outdoors are provided the opportunity to garden, hike and snowshoe. The club is also involved in campus clean ups and environmental awareness. During the winter months the club focuses on civic initiatives and fundraising activities.

PENDRAGON

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Advisor – Mr. M. Filie
Meets Thursdays: 3-4:00 pm
Members of this group publish a literary-art magazine each year that represents the best work of all of the students in the high school. Students interested in magazine production and creative writing or art are encouraged to join the magazine staff. We have a standing Google Classroom that we’ll use to review prose, poetry and other written content which can then be discussed in Google Meets.

PEP BAND

Director – Mr. F. Petrocelli
Members of this group develop a high degree of school spirit and camaraderie.  They also perform at various parades, rallies, competitions and football games.
***On hold until further notice.***

S.A.D.D.

Code: zlkwokv
Advisor – Ms. H. Martucci
Meets Wednesdays 2 times per month. 3-4:00 pm
The mission of this club is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives. We will focus on peer to peer education and foster a sense of belonging that promotes resiliency, leadership, and advocacy skills so that young people make positive life decisions that will carry them throughout life. SADD is actively involved in assisting in Red Ribbon Week. The club has a Google Classroom with members. We coordinate our preparation for service projects such as Red Ribbon Week, Make*A*Wish, Orange County Youth Bureau Adopt a Family, and Impact Panel Assembly for Juniors through Google Meets with members of the club, as well as Orange County SADD Chapters and Orange County Stop DWI.

SAFE SCHOOL AMBASSADORS

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Advisors: Mrs. E. Garvey, Ms. M. Kostelnik and Mr. J. Blauvelt
Meets every other Tuesday, 3-4:00 pm.
Google Meets to discuss the challenges of the upcoming school year. The main goal is to provide the students the tools they need to help support and teach one another in a variety of situations.

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

Code: scibstj
Advisor – Mr. K. Oscarlece
Meets Tuesdays in Room 408 at 2:00 p.m.
Brings science to life with an emphasis on utilizing a hands-on approach to solve “real world” problems. The NYS Director of Science Olympiad has announced that the tournament has gone remote this year. I have fully prepared to conduct meetings remotely using Google Classroom, Meets and Jamboard. Science Olympiad is a nationally recognized organization that helps inspire many students to pursue careers in STEM.

SOCIAL AND RACIAL JUSTICE STUDENT UNION

Code: px5pgpk
Advisors – Ms. Balousek & Ms. Edwards-Allen
Meets Wednesdays 3-4:00 pm
Our mission is to increase the positive representation of the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color) population in Monroe-Woodbury High School. We also aim to promote social and racial justice within the school.

SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY

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Advisor – Ms. M. Saraceno
First Thursday of the month 3-4:00 pm (officers). Third Thursday (members). Every week for tutoring, monitoring. April every week for Induction.
Founded by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish to promote the study of the Spanish language and the culture of its people and to recognize students who have demonstrated a high level of achievement in the study of Spanish. SHS currently has a Google classroom with the recently inducted members already signed in so we are ready to hold our meetings online. Some of our activities include officer speeches and elections, Spanish Heritage month activity, shared cultural experiences with Italian and French Honor Societies, guest speaker, Spring Induction and Spanish tutoring. We aim to have interviews with native speakers from around the Spanish speaking world. We are ready to transfer all of these experiences to an online format.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Advisor – F. Hipsman
Competitions take place against other Special Olympic Athletes from various other counties at West Point in May.
Events include relay races, turbo running, long jump, and shot-put.
***On hold until further notice***

SPECTRUM  (Gay-Straight Alliance)

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Advisor – Mrs. L. Capul
Meets Wednesdays 3-4:00 pm
The purpose of this club is to provide a safe space for all students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or other (LGBTQ+). The club is a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) and all high school students are encouraged to join. The club will work throughout the year to raise awareness about issues that impact the LGBTQ+ community and to promote an atmosphere of inclusion, respect, and tolerance for all students. Our mission is to offer social opportunities, support, education, and advocacy.

SPRING MUSICAL PRODUCTION

Director – TBD
The Drama Club puts on two productions a year. Those who are interested in any phase of the theater should join
this club.

SPRING MUSICAL – Instrumental Support

Advisor – Mr. R. Regan
The second of two Drama Club productions each year. Those who are interested in any phase of the theater should join this club.

SPRING MUSICAL – Tech Support

Advisor – TBA

SPRING MUSICAL – Vocal Support

Advisor – Dr. D. Crone
The second of two Drama Club productions each year. Those who are interested in any phase of the theater should join this club.

S.T.A.R.S.

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Advisor – Mrs. J. Wright
Meets Thursdays @3:15 Once a month for full group The other weeks will be meetings for small groups within STARS.
STARS New Member Application
STARS is a peer education club. Members are responsible for researching, planning and teaching a lesson about health and wellness for other students in our district, anywhere from kindergarten to 10th grade.

STUDENT COUNCIL

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Advisors – Ms. K. Ahrens & Mrs. A. Zomback
Meets every Tuesday 3-4:00 pm
The Student Government is comprised of a five-member Student Council and separate governments that represent each class. Students are provided leadership opportunities and input within the school community.

TREBLE CHOIR

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Advisor – Dr. D. Crone
Meets Wednesdays 3-4:00 pm

The Treble Choir is an ensemble of singers dedicated to the rehearsal and performance of 2 and 3 part soprano/alto repertoire. The Treble Choir rehearses once a week and performs at the Winter and Spring concerts. The ensemble also competes at the state level in the NYSSMA Majors Festival in the Spring.

TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY

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Advisors – Ms. L. Buono & Dr. D. Crone
Meets one Wednesday per month from 3-4:00 pm
Tri-M stands for Modern Music Makers and is an international music honor society founded in 1952. Tri-M currently has over 2,100 chapters and involves more than 84,000 students throughout the country and around the globe. It is designed to recognize exceptional music students that meet the music, academic and character criteria as recommended by the National Association for Music Education.Tri-M is composed of junior and senior students enrolled in music class at Monroe-Woodbury High School who also participate in additional music ensembles and demonstrate high academic achievement. Monroe-Woodbury High School is fortunate enough to have their own Tri-M chapter, chartered in 2019. Post applications on line. All will be submitted electronically. Virtual or in-person meetings. Student performances and discussions can take place in either format.

THE WIRE NEWSPAPER

Code: pjhqhz5
Advisor – Mr. R. Irwin
Meets Thursdays: 3-4:00 pm
Anyone with an interest in journalism should join this creative venture. Members of this club publish website articles for the High School newspaper at various times throughout the year. Visit our website at The Wire – M-W Student News

YEARBOOK (SHIELD)

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Advisors – Mrs. L. Garry & Mrs. R. Rosario
Meets Thursdays 2-4:00 pm (tentative)
Members of all classes with interests in writing, art, photography, business, computer graphics, and Edesign are welcome to join the Yearbook staff. All talents are welcome.