High School Clubs and Activities

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Advisor – Mr. E. Rodriguez
Meets every other Thursday in Room 416 at 2:15 p.m.

Promote awareness of American Sign Language and deaf culture.

ART GUILD

Advisor – Mrs. E. Pesce
Meets twice per month in Room 122 at 2:15 p.m. See Mrs. Pesce for specific days.

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

Advisor – Mr. W. Earl
Meetings are TBA and will be held outside the large gymnasium.

The purpose of this club is to serve the community and inspire a sense of pride and spirit among all students within the high school.

AUDIO VISUAL SQUAD

Advisor – Mr. D. Kerstanski
Meetings are held in the AV office or on site at events. Dates and times will be posted on AV office door located in the Music Wing.

The purpose of this club is to expose students to the electronic media through hands-on experience with audio- visual equipment.

AURORA SCIENCE CLUB

Advisor – Mrs. J. Jeffrey
Meets Tuesdays in Room 312 at 2 p.m.

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

Advisor – Mrs. S. Chappell
Meets Thursdays in Room 322 at 2:00 p.m.

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!

CHAMBER WINDS

Advisor – Mr. R. Regan

CHEER CLUB

Advisor  – Mrs. K. Ekus
Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month in Room 237 at 2:00 p.m.

The club’s mission is to bring experience to those individuals interested in a cheer and dance program, and to show school spirit. This club is open to all students (current cheerleaders and non-cheerleaders). The club encourages all students to attend its meetings!

CHESS CLUB

Advisor – Mr. R. Hodges
Meets Wednesdays in Room 154 at 2:00 p.m.

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.

COMMUNITY CULTURE CLUB

Advisor – Ms. A. Greenblatt

COMPUTER CLUB

Advisor –  Mr. M. Gawron

DEBATE CLUB

Advisor –  Mr. T. Hyman
Weekly meetings every Tuesday in Room 336 at 2:05 p.m. Join us!

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.

DRAMA CLUB/FALL PRODUCTION and SPRING MUSICAL

Directors – Ms. B. Balousek, Mrs. S. Hintze
Meets every day after school until each production date in Room 273, 277 and/or the auditorium from 2:05 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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.

EVERYDAY FRIENDS

Advisor – Michele Valente
Meets 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month in the Small Cafe from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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)

Advisor – Mrs. J. Palkaunieks
Meets on Wednesday in Room 205A at 2:00 p.m.

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

Advisor – Mr. C. Clark
Meets Wednesdays in Room 171 at 2:15 p.m.

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

Advisor – Ms. M. Bouquot
Meets Tuesday in Room 240 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Advisor – Mrs. N. Flanagan
Meets Wednesdays in Room 314 at 2:05 p.m.

This is a service organization that is school and community minded. There are many exciting projects in which students may become involved.

ITALIAN HONOR SOCIETY

Advisor – Ms. C. DeLong
Meets Wednesdays in Room 171 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Director – Mr. F. Petrocelli
Meets evenings in Room 277 (Time varies year to year)

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.

KIDS CHANGING THE WORLD

Advisor – Mr. P. Agro

 

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

Advisors – Mrs. C. Dunning , Mrs. M. Sherman
Meets first Wednesday of each month in Room 130 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

A program designed to ease students’ transition from the middle school to the high school. The goal is to provide ongoing help and guidance for academic and social success and ultimately create a network of supports for the student new to the high school.

MATH TEAM

Advisors– Mrs. J. Bogart-Schmidt, Mr. P. O’Keeffe
Meets Wednesdays (as determined by DUSO League Schedule) in Room 405 at 2:00 p.m.

The Math Team consists of those students wishing to participate in mathematics competitions with students from other districts once a month.

MOCK TRIAL

Advisor – Mr. A. Verboys
Meets Tuesdays in Room 234A at 2:00 p.m. Evening meetings will be in Room 130 at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Advisor – Mr. A. Verboys
Meets Thursdays 3 times per month in Room 237 at 2:00 p.m.

Members will participate in multiple Model U.N. competitions throughout the school year as representatives and delegates of foreign countries. Preparation for this competition begins in January.

NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY – (NAHS)

Advisor – Mrs. E. Pesce
Meets Wednesdays, bi-weekly, in Room 120 at 2:00 p.m.

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. The program suppo1is members in their efforts to attain the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring a1i education to the attention of the school and community. For high school students in grades 9-12.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Advisor – Mrs. M. LaPorta
Meets Wednesdays in Room 229 at 2:15 p.m.

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.
Monroe-Woodbury High School National Honor Society website

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND

Advisor – Mrs. K. Blumberg
Meets Thursdays in Computer Lab A at 2:15 p.m.

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.

OUTDOORS CLUB

Advisors – Mrs. E. Garvey, Ms. M. Kostelnik
Meets Tuesdays in Room 147 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

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

Advisor – Mr. M. Filie
Meets on Tuesday and Thursday in Room 175 at 2:00 p.m.

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.

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.

S.A.D.D.

Advisor – Ms. H. Martucci
Meets Thursdays in Room 221 at 2:10 p.m., as needed.

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 can-y them throughout life.

SAFE SCHOOL AMBASSADORS

Advisors – Mr. J. Blauvelt, Ms. E Garvey, Ms. M. Kostelnik, Ms. M. Lee-Bout

 

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

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.

SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY

Advisor – Ms. M. Saraceno
Meets Tuesdays in Room 171 at 2:00 p.m.

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.
Monroe-Woodbury High School National Spanish Honor Society Website

SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Advisor – F. Hipsman
Practice is every Wednesday, beginning in January, at 2:00 p.m.

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.

SPECTRUM  (Gay-Straight Alliance)

Advisor – Mrs. L. Capul
Meets on Wednesdays in Room 332 at 2:15 p.m.

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 – Mrs. S. Hintze
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 – 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 – Mr. J. Decker
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 – 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.

Advisor – Mrs. J. Wright
Meets on Thursdays in Room 140 at 2:00 p.m.

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/STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Advisors – Ms. K. Ahrens, Mrs. A. Zomback
Meets on Tuesdays in Room 243 at 2:10 p.m.

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.

THE WIRE NEWSPAPER

Advisor – Mr. R. Irwin
Meets Thursdays in Lab C at 2:05 p.m.

Anyone with an interest in journalism should join this creative venture. Members of this club publish newspaper articles for the High School newspaper at various times throughout the year. The Wire – M-W Student News

TREBLE CHOIR

Advisor – Dr. D. Crone
Meets on Wednesdays in Room 273 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Advisors – Dr. D. Crone, Ms. Lauren Buono
Meets second Tuesday of every month in Room 273

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 who meet the music, academic and character criteria as recommended by the National Association for Music Education.
Monroe-Woodbury High School Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter

YEARBOOK (SHIELD)

Advisors – Mrs. L. Garry, Mrs. R. Rosario
Meets Tuesdays and Thursday, Room 142 at 2:00 p.m.

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.


THE CLASSES

FRESHMAN CLASS

Advisors – Mrs. R. D’Amico, Mrs. G. Matise
Meets Wednesdays in Room 219 at 2:00 p.m. 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

Advisors – Mr. P. Agro, Mrs. H. Martucci
Meets bimonthly in either room 219 or 221 at 2:00 p.m. Anyone interested can join our Google Classroom for updates. Our class code is:  2noqqce

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 for students.

JUNIOR CLASS

Advisors – Mrs. J. Peters, Mr. A. Verboys
Meets first and third Wednesdays each month in Room 151 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Advisors – Mrs. S. Alicea, Mr. M. Hodges
Meets Thursdays in the House A Conference Room at 2:00 p.m.

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.