May 20, 2013
970 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065
• Key Club
• Leo Club
Anime/Manga - Mrs. Stammel (East)
The Anime/Manga Club is a place for students who love Japanese comics (manga) and animation (anime) to get together and share movies and books. Films in a variety of styles are watched and discussed. In addition, the club has and will continue to bring in guest speakers to further students appreciation of the art and cultural influences involved.
Art Club – Mrs. Salvador (East) and Ms. Shick (West)
Students work on independent art projects, special community art projects and assist teachers with art shows.
Beatles Club - Mrs. Link (East)
They came by plane, they stole our women, they put barbers out of business, they captured our hearts, they changed everything… Come and join us as we listen to the music of the greatest rock n’ roll band and look at their history, albums, songs, lyrics and what the songs mean. The impact of the Beatles on pop music cannot be overstated; they touched the lives of all who heard them in deep and fundamental ways. Come and discover the magic. Meet the Beatles.
Best Buddies - Ms. Orlando (East) and Ms. Weatherhead (West)
The local chapter is associated with an international non-profit organization. The group pairs students with disabilities in one-to-one friendships with their non-disabled peers. The goal is to establish foundations for genuine friendships, thus enriching the lives of all participants. Membership is open to all 9th through 12th grade students. The club will meet monthly.
Breakfast Club – Miss Mahoney (West)
Breakfast group is a diverse group of students who work together to improve the environment of High School West through service projects and character education.
Cabaret - Ms. Baird (West/East)
Cabaret is an event where students perform musical theater selections of their choice in the Little Theater in the spring. Students must pass an audition and attend several weeks of after-school rehearsals in order to participate in the performance.
Chamber Choir - Ms. Baird (West/East)
Chamber Choir is a small group of singers that meet after school. The rehearsal schedule depends on the type of performances planned. In order to participate, a student must be enrolled in the music program and pass an audition. The repertoire the group sings changes from year to year, depending upon the make-up and interests of the group. In recent years, this club has performed operetta, jazz music, doo-wop, madrigals, and has presented a Victorian Christmas Dinner.
Cheerleading Football Mrs. Berger (Varsity)
Mrs. Price (Jr. Varsity)
Mrs. Fazio (Freshmen)
Ms. Figel (Assistant Coach)
Basketball Mrs. Berger (Varsity)
Mrs. Price (Jr. Varsity)
Mrs. Walsh (Freshmen)
Girls’ cheerleading teams support football and basketball teams at the JV and Varsity level. Students can participate for one season.
Chess Club – Mr. Campe (West)
Shen chess is a club that gathers twice a week throughout the school year to promote chess playing among the entire Shen community. The emphasis is on game improvement, fair play, and of course, fun. All are welcome.
Senior Class - Ms. Keiper and Ms. Marro (East)
Junior Class - Ms. Pfaffenbach and Ms. Connelly (East)
Sophomore Class - Ms. Galarneau and Ms. Sykes (East)
Freshman Class - Mrs. Engel and Ms. Sauer (West)
Each class has a governing body. Membership is open to any interested student. Members raise money for key activities for the class.
Colorguard - Mr. Zavadil and Mrs. Snyder
Students learn a series of precision dance programs choreographed to music which are the basis of exhibitions and competitions throughout the state during the school year.
Creative Writing - Mrs. Burns (West)
Students like having the opportunity to write creatively and have an audience of supportive peers to offer advice and encouragement.
Crew Club - Mrs. Miranda (Fall and Spring)
Active in both the fall and spring seasons, rowers practice five days a week on the Mohawk River. There are 5-6 regattas per season where the team competes with other schools and colleges and National Championships are held in May. Crew also has optional winter training of cardio and lifting during December, January, February and March.
DECA - Ms. Tarlo (East)
The Distributive Education Club of America is a leadership organization for students in marketing/management. Students learn more about marketing/management careers through conferences and competitive events.
Drama Club – Mr. Kott (East)
Students audition for parts and put on an annual drama production – typically held in the late fall. The performance is usually the week before Thanksgiving.
Environment Club - Mrs. Loria and Ms. Macro (West)
Meeting Time and Place: Every Tuesday at 2:50 in Room 34 at High School West
The HSW Environment Club is open to any 9th grade students interested in the environment and community service. The club is responsible for facilitating all HSW recycling programs, planning Earth Day activities, and organizing school-wide recycling campaigns that benefit the school and larger community. Additional club activities are determined based on student interest.
FBLA - Mrs. Tarlo (East)
The Future Business Leaders of America is open to all Occupational Education students and provides them with an opportunity to explore business related careers, participate in community projects, and business competitions.
Fruits of Our Labor Club - Ms. Coons
A school-wide activity that collects organic wastes, makes compost, utilizes the compost for gardens and raises vegetables to serve back in our cafeterias. There are many ways a member can engage in activities such as attending presentations by guest speakers, films, gardening and participating in their community by being helpful and supportive. This activity is made possible by a generous grant by State Farm. Come get your hands dirty and develop a green thumb!
Girl Talk – Ms. Currier and Ms. Scannell (East)
Students meet to discuss pre-planned topic questions which address female concerns. The goal is to empower women to make good life choices.
GLASS (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Spectrum) - Mrs. Eckler
GLASS is an alliance of students, faculty, and staff who celebrate diversity and promote an environment of acceptance in and out of school. The club's propose is to create a safe learning environment for all students. The members partner with local, state, and national organizations to conduct Ally training sessions and to participate in events which call attention to issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
High School Musical – Mr. Kott (East)
Students audition for parts in the annual musical production of a hit play to be performed in the Spring. Performances are the first weekend in March.
History Club - Mrs. Quinn (East)
History Club members meet to research and prepare for the NYS History Day competitions in March. History Club discusses interesting topics from our past. Field trips, movie nights and work on projects is the business of the club. Anyone interested in history is welcome!
Homework Club - Mr. Campe, Ms. Hulme, Ms. Sauer, Mr. Keyser,
Ms. Brennan-Pagano, Mr. Thorgersen
Homework Club provides all 9th grade students with a chance to work independently or with
fellow students on homework. It is also a unique opportunity for students to work one-on-
one with peer tutors from High School East or receive help from teachers in all core subject
International Club - Mrs. Tangirala (East)
International Club aims to provide a place of dialog for Shen students from other countries and for students whose parents are from other countries. We seek to educate others in the Shen community about other cultures, to promote respect, tolerance, curiosity and interest in each others’ cultures and countries. In this way, we seek to promote better understanding and communication between multicultural students and the general Shen population. We meet monthly to discuss and to listen to presentations about countries; we also participate in the ESL potluck and talent show at the end of the school year.
Key Club - Mr. Dunham (East)
Organized to promote pride and service to school and community, students participate in activities such as working as Open House guides, Senior Citizen dinner, Toys for Tots, walkathons and other fund raisers.
Leo Club - Mr. Choi (East)
LEO Club is a division of the Lions Club dedicated to assisting the blind. The acronym LEO stands for Leadership, Experience, and Opportunity. The main goal of the club is to provide services to the Shenendehowa community. Students meet the first and third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Library Club - Ms. Malizia (West) Mrs. Jacques (East)
Open to all students and staff. Discuss books students are reading – in class, for fun, new authors, news from the Clifton Park/Halfmoon Public Library….or just listen!
Literary Magazine - Ms. Sautter (East)
Publishes a literary magazine of students’ original works of fiction (short stories and poems)
LOTE (French Club) - Mrs. Tangirala and Mrs. Thompson (East)
The purpose of the French Club is to promote and celebrate French language through fun and French-speaking activities such as movies, food, and other activities proposed by the students of the club.
LOTE (GAPP) - Mr. Hutson (West)
Exchange program between students at the high school and students in Germany.
LOTE (German Club) - Mr. Hutson (East)
This is a club for everyone that enjoys the German culture. We see movies, cook, play games, go on field trips – anything related to the German culture.
LOTE (Latin Club) - Mrs. Armstrong (East)
Students who are in Latin 9-12 are encouraged to join. There are a variety of activities such as: decorating tee-shirts with Latin expressions, watching Roman culture movies, helping prepare for the annual Roman Banquet, assisting in a service project in the area and having a game night. The year opens with a pizza party and concludes with a dinner at a local Italian restaurant.
LOTE Peace Program (France) - Mrs. Bonventre (East) and Miss Gordon (West)
Every October HSW and HSE welcome approximately sixty-five 9th, 11th & 12th grade students from Paris and our families host them and their teacher chaperones for two weeks. HSW and HSE students then travel to France in April with our own teachers to be the guests of the French students and teachers. All 9th, 11th and 12th grade Shen students are welcome to participate (HSW & HSE programs function separately during the Clifton Park and Paris visits).
LOTE (Spanish Club) - Ms. Chrzanowski (East)
Any student in grades 9-12 are invited to join the Spanish Club. Last year, we had a Spanish karaoke party, made delicious churros, practiced Spanish and enjoyed dinner at a local Mexican restaurant. This year will be even better! Come explore the culture of Spanish-speaking countries at the Spanish Club.
Math Team – Mrs. Capezzuti (East)
This club fosters a spirit of competition among students by competing with other schools in math contests at the local and state level
Mock Trial - Ms. Haviland
Students compete in mock trials designed by the New York State Bar Association. Weekly meetings are held.
Morning Activities at HSW – Mr. Capezzuti, Ms. Engel, Mr. Coletta, Ms. Hulme
Participation in this club is on a drop-in basis. A variety of activities are offered in the school gym before homeroom including kickball, volleyball and basketball shooting practice, based on student interest. Students should wear soft-soled shoes or sneakers.
Music Honor Society – Tri M – Mr. Carucci and Mr. Gumpper
The chief aims of the Tri-M Music Honor Society are to foster greater interest in the overall music program as well as to provide more opportunities for personal musical growth and expression. Students are selected for membership into the society on the basis of musicianship, scholarship, character, cooperation, leadership and service to this school and community.
National Honor Society – Mr. Merchant and Mr. Lieber (East)
This organization is open to seniors who are selected at the end of their junior year based on their average (90 or higher), character and leadership in classes and activities. The students volunteer as peer tutors, assist selling tickets at games and organize a social event in the winter. NHS does a large amount of community service for Clifton Park such as soup kitchens, CAPTAIN, fundraisers, etc. NHS will sponsor both the Snowball and the Glow Dance.
Photo Club – Ms. Suen and Ms. Way (East)
Meeting Time and Place: Alternating Thursdays after school in Room 115 at HSE
Photo Club provides an opportunity for students who are passionate about photography to increase their skills and share their photos with peers. In our meetings, we will explore various themes in photography, share our work, and discover new photographers and other resources. Students interested in joining must have access to a digital camera. The darkroom will be available second semester to current and past photography students only. There may be a lab fee.
Ping Pong/Table Tennis – Mr. Foederer (East)
This is a club where a group of students who enjoy learning, playing and having fun meet to play ping pong. All experience levels and grade levels are welcome.
Prayer Club - Ms. Bouchard (East)
The club meets regularly before and after school to offer students the opportunity to share and grow in their faith. Meetings are open to all students interested. Morning announcements are made regarding meeting dates and times or students can check out the club’s bulletin board in the hall by the Class Assistant Principals’ office in the East building.
Red Cross Club – Ms. August
The goal of the Red Cross Club is to work closely with the regional Red Cross Club to further their goals related to saving lives. Activities would include hosting blood drives, training on CPR/First Aid, working with younger students, or raising money for the Red Cross.
Respect Club - Ms. Hulme (West), Ms. Buono (East) and Ms. Cooke (East)
By bringing together students of different backgrounds and opinion, this group fosters respect for every individual’s talents and creativities. The group meets weekly to plan engaging activities for all the students that will encourage tolerance, acceptance, and respect in the school’s environment.
SADD - Mrs. Burns (West)
Students Against Destructive Decisions work to prevent drinking and driving accidents by sponsoring speakers, demonstrations and safe spring activities.
SCARCE (Students Concerned About "R" Crippled Environment) - Ms. Coons (East)
This environmental club educates students, staff and community on environmental issues through speakers (Earth Day) and recycling programs.
School Store - Mrs. Kelly (East) and Ms. Whitney (West)
The bookstore provides a service to students by selling school supplies and review materials. The school store in east is planning on being open 8th & 9th daily plus possibly an earlier period TBD 2x/week. The East store also does NOT sell review materials but will hopefully be increasing the clothing options.
Science Club (Biology) - Ms. Ciulla (East)
Students will actively decide the focus of the Botany Lab with emphasis on the interactions of both the flora (plants) and fauna (animals) housed within the Botany Lab. Attention will be directed to the care and propagation of the living specimens while analyzing the biological principles that are created in the mini-environments within the Botany Lab.
Science Club - Mr. Boynton (West) and Ms. Ciulla (East)
Science Club is a partnership program with High School juniors and seniors mentoring elementary school students by doing simple science activities.
SFA Senate - Mr. Salls and Ms. Tsao (East)
The Student-Faculty-Administration Senate governs the high school and provides a number of services such as voter registration, student guides, lost and found, fund raising for charity and liaison with the Board of Education and PTSA.
Shen Dance Team – Ms. Buono
The Shen Dance Team is made up of dancers who perform at home football and basketball games, the Respect Arts Festival, competition, and special events.
Shen TV – Mr. Boynton
Not unlike the Shen Pen, but presented through a different medium, the Broadcast Club will report stories to the Shen student body over the cafeteria and lobby televisions. The content to be covered, which must be determined by students, will likely include school events, athletics, investigative pieces, student/staff/club/team profiles and school-related news, to name a few. Members of the club will serve in any number of capacities, including camera persons, interviewers, script writers, script editors, video editors, and on-camera personalities.
Ski Club - Mr. DeRubertis (East) and Ms. Somogie (West)
Students travel to Jiminy Peak Ski Resort in Massachusetts on a charter bus to and from school. They ski or snowboard and may take lessons to learn or improve their skills. Equipment may be rented if necessary. They return to High School East or West between 9:00 and 9:30 pm.
Speech & Debate – Ms. Lambalot (East) and Mr. Merchant (West)
This club offers training and competition in oral communication, logical reasoning, research skills and persuasive techniques in an interscholastic competitive atmosphere.
Student Newspaper/Shen Pen - Mrs. Utzig (East) and Ms. Brennan-Pagano (West)
ShenPen student editors and reporters will report stories to the Shen student body via the online ShenPen and printed ShenPen newspapers. The content and layout is determined by students. Historically, it includes school events, athletics, investigative pieces, student/staff/club/team profiles, entertainment, and school-related news. Members of this student run newspaper serve as editors, reporters, photographers, layout, business manager, and secretary.
Students Helping Students – Ms. Mahoney and Ms. Salmon
Upperclassmen mentors will meet regularly with selected 9th grade students to help enhance the learning and social experiences and challenges. Monthly group workshops will help both groups find effective ways to communicate and work together to solve daily problems.
Technology Club - Mr. Lombardi (East)
Students work with technology teachers on special projects and competitions related to energy, solar car, US First robotics and the house construction project.
US First Robotics Competition - Mr. Lombardi
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an exciting, nationwide competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience – and a lot of fun. For the past 11 years Shen has participated in this event to have engineers show students how to take a concept and turn it into a robot that measures 36”x30”x60” and a weight of 130 pounds to compete against other robots in a “friendly” battle (not battlebots).
World of Difference - Mrs. Heller (East) and Mrs. Grygiel-Thompson (West)
The World of Difference Peer Training Program is designed to infuse the ideals of diversity within the school community. Students must complete a 4-day training to participate in the club which takes place in the Fall.
Yearbook - Ms. Somogie (East) and Mrs. Sala (West)
Students plan and edit the annual written and pictorial account of the school year. Staff members take pictures, write copy, plan layouts, and edit the journal before publication and sale.