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Clubs & Organizations

E.O. Smith High School offers a great variety of extracurricular activities for students to get involved. In addition, the athletic department coordinates the activities of 40 teams for young men and women .

For additional information contact the advisor.

  • Academic Quiz Bowl - Advisor: Ms. R. Rowley, Room TBA
    Academic Quiz Bowl is a competitive activity involving questions and answers on all topics of human knowledge, commonly played in high school and college. The games are played with a lockout buzzer system between a number of teams, most commonly two teams of four players each. A moderator reads questions to the teams, whose players endeavor to buzz in first with the correct answer, scoring points for their team. The quiz bowl teams compete in various tournaments against other schools throughout the year. The National Tournament is held Memorial Day weekend. Academic Quiz Bowl is open to all E. O. Smith students. Those who wish to participate must be able to attend meetings and practices once a week, be willing and able to go to 3-5 tournaments a year and potentially attend the national championships on Memorial Day weekend, and must commit to individual goals and the goals of the team. Thursdays 2:30
  • Amnesty International - Advisosr: Ms. S DesJarlais & Ms. K. Wilson-Holton , Room 211
    Amnesty International is an organization that support the struggle for human rights around the world as well as the United States on all levels: individual, national, international. Membership involvement provides the E.O. Smith community an opportunity to become more sensitive to international political, social, and economic needs through learning the facts, sharing the information with others, and taking action. Big events include attending the AI Northeast Regional Meeting in Boston in the fall, hosting International Human Rights Week in December, and a January coffee house. Members also participate in petition signings, letter writing campaigns, demonstrations, and movie afternoons. Meetings are after school, every week, usually on Thursdays. All students are welcome and participation is flexible as members can be as active as they wish to be.
  • Anime Club - Advisor: Mr. D Lee
    Anime is a social club for those who are interested in Anime, cosplay, and Japanese pop culture. Some of our activities have included games, projects, fund-raising to attend cosplay, and watching anime. Times and dates to be determined during the year.
  • Art Club - Advisor: Mrs. T. Glaeser, Room A2
    The Art Club provides students with a place to share and create projects in their medium of choice, communicate and collaborate on new or existing projects, and promote art in a relaxed environment. Art projects and inquiry can come from school related assignments across the disciplines, craft making, reading, and journaling... anything art related. The Art Club usually meets every Thursday in room A3 from 2:30-4. Meetings are open to any and all who wish to attend.
  • Instrumental Ensembles - Advisors: Mr. S. Chaurette, Mr. A. Pandolfe, Band Room
    Jazz Ensembles
    The jazz ensembles specialize in the performance of jazz and other related musical styles. The jazz ensemble traditionally performs several concerts throughout the academic year.
    Pep Band
    This ensemble performs at select home athletic contests and other school and town events for the purpose of promoting school spirit and providing entertainment. Rehearsals are conducted in a more relaxed and informal setting and membership is open to any interested students.
    Chamber Music
    This ensemble affords students the opportunity to study and perform music in a small group setting.  Membership is open to all students and ensembles will be formed based on interest and schedule availability.
  • Badminton Club - Advisors: Mr. J. Donahue, Room Back Gym
    Badminton club meets based on gym availability
  • Best Buddies - Advisors: Ms. L. Tofolowsky & Ms. M. Murphy, Room 150
    Best Buddies is an international organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships. Once paired, peer buddies and buddies spend time together both in school and out of school learning about each other. In addition, there are opportunities for students to participate as Associate Members. These members are not paired in one-to-one friendships but still attend all chapter events. The club holds at least one activity per month throughout the year. Members should plan on attending these activities. The E.O. Smith chapter of Best Buddies also participates in several statewide events and offers leadership opportunities for interested individuals. All students are welcome to join.
  • Blood Drive - Advisor: Mrs. C. Rowett
    The Blood Drive is an annual spring activity which runs a Red Cross Blood Drive for students, staff, and members of the E.O. Smith community. The blood drives occurs in April. Students who wish to participate attend approximately four meetings per year, typically during a lunch period. Levels of participation vary. Members are needed to advertise, recruit, schedule, and run various stations at the drive alongside Red Cross workers. Students are also needed to prepare and serve food to the donors as well as set up before and clean up after the drives. All students at any grade level are welcome to participate.
  • Book Club - Advisors: Ms. K. Ryan-Gidman & Ms. J. Larkin, Room 226 
    The Book Club provides students with a place to share an interest in literature, communicate ideas and expand access to books in an atmosphere that promotes reading as a recreational and intellectual activity. Books are suggested and chosen by all members of the group and selected democratically. The book club usually meets once per month after school, on a day that is convenient to all. Meetings are open to any and all who wish to attend.
  • Choral Ensembles - Ms. A. Hanzlik, Chorus Room
    Men’s Choir
    The Men’s Choir is a choral ensemble which focuses on primarily pop, musical theater and contemporary acapella repertoire.  The Men’s Choir performs at the Fall Choral Concert and the Spring Chamber Choirs Concert. You must be enrolled in EO Smith music ensemble to join, no audition required. Meets Thursdays after school, from 2:15-3:30 in the choir room.
    Women's Choir
    The Women’s Choir is a choral ensemble which focuses on primarily pop, musical theater and contemporary acapella repertoire.  The Women’s Choir performs at the Fall Choral Concert and the Spring Chamber Choirs Concert. You must be enrolled in an EO Smith music ensemble to join, no audition required.
  • Class Advisors
    Class of 2018 Mr. D. Bochicchio & Mr. A. Trotochaud  
    Class of 2019 Ms. R. Najarian & Ms. S. Cartier
    Class of 2020 Ms. S Mische & Mr. S. Santasiere
    Class of 2021
    Mr. J. Russell and Ms. A. Ruegg
    Each class has two advisors who serve as coordinators for class activities and fundraisers. Meeting dates and times are scheduled as needed.
  • Connecticut YOUTH Forum (YF) - Advisors: Ms. S DesJarlais & Ms. K. Wilson-Holton, Room 158
    The Connecticut YOUTH Forum is a community outreach program of the non-profit organization, The Connecticut Forum.  YF provides opportunities for teens to connect with other teens from different towns, ethnic and racial groups, around issues that they care about, in a format of open honest discussion.  Each YF meeting follows the YF values called the YOUTH Forum Culture of Validation.  The club is open to all high school students. The EOS members attend monthly off-site meetings after school.
  • Dance Team - Advisor: Ms. H. Baker (Hmdance23@gmail.com)
    The Dance Team promotes school spirit and good sportsmanship by performing hip hop/jazz dance routines at halftime of most football and basketball games. (There is a fall squad and a winter season squad.) The team also performs at charitable events. Practices typically take place on Tuesdays after school.
  • Debate Team - Advisor: Ms. K. Tamburri
    The Debate Team promotes logical reasoning, quick thinking, public speaking skills, and worldly knowledge by means of monthly tournaments.  Members of the Debate Team compete mainly through the Connecticut Debate Association, a state-wide organization which holds tournaments on one Saturday every month from October to March.  In addition, the Debate Team often competes in competitions held at nearby universities, which draw in High School debaters from across the country.  By improving students’ speaking abilities, knowledge, and confidence in reasoning logically, the E.O. Smith Debate Team prepares its members for success in any field, and offers an opportunity for students to compete frequently with some of the best debaters in the state.  Members meet once a week after school, and parents and staff are encouraged to become active in Debate by volunteering to judge at tournaments.
  • DECA - Advisor: Ms. S. Biren
    DECA is a national association of students interested in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. E.O. Smith DECA develops local goals in Civic Consciousness, Leadership Development, Social Intelligence, Vocational Understanding, and attends many state and national conferences. In March, members of DECA compete in specific career areas at the CT State Career Development Conference and the lucky winners attend the International Career Development Conference which will be held in Orlando, Florida at the end of April. DECA is committed to community service and participates in activities to raise money for Covenant Soup Kitchen all year long. Students who are interested should contact Ms. Biren.
  • Drama Club - Advisor: Ms. Lenore Grunko ( lenoregrunko@yahoo.com)
    The EOS Drama Club aspires to bring the highest level of theatrical experience by involving students in all aspects of mounting productions. The Drama Club typically sponsors three or more shows- a straight play, a musical, a show for CDA competition, and senior directed 1-acts. Plays are selected from a variety of genres over the course of several years to bring a vibrant theatrical experience to the actors and audience alike. All students are invited to audition and participate in the performances. In addition to actors, technical people, singers, musicians, and dancers are highly sought after to round out a truly successful experience. The Drama Club requires a high level of commitment in order to create a successful production. Members meet everyday after school on the stage when rehearsing for a show. Parents are encouraged to become involved through a separate parent organization (Drama Association) to help with the technical aspects of mounting a theatrical production.
  • Drumline - Advisor: Mr. Chris Pavlisak (cpavliscsak@gmail.com)
    The Drum Line provides an energetic outlet for students interested in the art of drumming to express their creativity.  The drumline perform numerous times throughout the year, with a major focus on football and basketball games, as well as other E.O. Smith related events.  The drum line practices a minimum of 1 day each week, and requires a firm commitment during the fall and winter sports seasons.
  • FFA - Advisor: M. Agnello, Agriculture Education
    The FFA is an intra-curricular part of the Ag program. There are 700,000 members nationally. The officers meet every week after school and there are monthly FFA meetings. Depending on the year there are 9-10 officer positions. Members participate in contests and Career Development events throughout the year. The national convention is held in the Fall, location changes from year to year. To participate in contests, students must be part of the FFA. The FFA organizes several fund raising events throughout the year as well as community service projects and student after school activities.
  • Gay-Straight Alliance - Advisor: Ms. S. Eichelbaum & Mr. Jeff Russell
    Members of E.O Smith's Gay-Straight Alliance strive to achieve a culture of acceptance and diversity on our campus and in the community. We are dedicated to making E.O. Smith a safe and supportive environment where every student may live authentically. All are welcome to attend our meetings and events, which include sponsoring the Day of Silence, attending conferences, interacting with other GSA organizations, sponsoring social activities, and hosting guest speakers. Meetings will be held on Tuesday afternoons.
  • Horticulture Club - Horticulture Club – Advisor: Mrs. B Terrell, Room VA 15 (Ag-Ed Plant Science classroom)
    Horticulture Club provides an opportunity for students to share their interests of plants, and to create: floral designs, landscape designs, terrariums, dish gardens and more. Horticulture Club meets Wednesdays in Ag-Ed plant Science classroom from 2:15 – 3:30pm. Meetings are open to any and all who wish to attend.
  • Latin Club - Advisor:  Ms. J. Johnson, Room 160
    Latin Club is open to all students enrolled in Latin classes. Annual fundraisers help support the activities open to Latin students such as CT State Latin Day in May and awards celebrations in June. The cookie dough sales in the fall, pancake breakfast in December, and Munson chocolate bunny sale in the spring also help to subsidize fieldtrips and activities such as the spring trip to Italy. The Latin Club also supports the Adopt-a family program.
  • Leo Club - Advisor: Ms. S. Palmberg, Room 115
    The E. O. Smith Leo Club is affiliated with the Mansfield Lions Club. The main purpose of the club is to participate in community service opportunities wherever possible.  Members have participated in activities such as the food and clothing drive for the Soup Kitchen in Willimantic and WAIM, decorating the Mansfield Senior Center and wrapping holiday gifts, contributing to the Sponsor a Family run by the Mansfield Social Services Department.  The Leo Club also assists and contributes to events sponsored by the Mansfield Lions Club such as the “Be Thankful You Can See” drive and the annual Chicken Barbeque, Roast Beef Dinner, and Ham and Scalloped Potatoes Dinner.  Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 2:15-3:00. 
  • Math Team - Advisors: Mr. D. Bochicchio & Mr. G. Kern, Room 112
    The Math Team competes in monthly mathematical competitions in the Greater New London Connecticut Math League. We also compete in a state competition organized by the Connecticut Association of Mathematics Leagues and a regional competition organized by the New England Mathematics League.
    Students who compete in mathematics league competitions are eligible for selection to the All-State Mathematics Team where they compete in a national competition held at Penn State.
  • Model UN - Advisor: Ms. T Glaeser & Mr. S. Santasiere, Room 210 The Model UN Club is geared towards gaining a greater understanding of the United Nations and its role in the world. During the year we participate in simulations at UCONN, the University of Hartford, and in New York City. At the simulations we represent countries in committee meetings to debate and develop solutions to world concerns. The issues discussed in meetings are real world problems that the United Nations would address. Sometimes the issues are broad and affect the entire world, others are very specific to a country or region. Model U.N. meets most Thursdays after school from September through March and are usually brief (15-30 minutes each). The club is open to anyone interested in actively participating. Benefits to students: The Model UN will help you develop as a student in many ways including the development of Public Speaking Skills, Negotiation skills, Interpersonal skills, Specific knowledge of the nations we represent, and Awareness of issues facing nations in the world. Student costs for the UCONN, Hartford, and New York simulations will be discussed at the meetings.
  • Multicultural Club - Advisor: Ms. T. Mamunes
    The Multicultural Club will seek to promote diversity and encourage understanding, appreciation and acceptance of the many different cultures of our school and community. The Multicultural Club will be a place to build new friendships as we work together for both meaningful and fun activities that we will participate in throughout the school year. All students are welcome.

  • National Honor Society (P. Roy Brammel Chapter) - Advisors: Mr. D. Bochicchio & Mrs. K Anderson, Room 112
    The purpose of this organization shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. The Honor Society chapter establishes criteria for membership that are based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built. Applications are mailed out to qualifying juniors during their junior year.
  • Panther Pride - Advisor: Mr. B. Walsh
  • Peer Natural Helpers - Advisors: Mrs. S. Cartier & Mr. C. Leavens, Special Services
    Peer Natural Helpers are leaders within their school community that assist to create positive change in the school climate. Assisting with freshmen orientation, cocoa and cram, and many student sponsored events through the year. Students naturally seek out other students and occasionally teachers or other schools staff whom they trust. The Peer Natural Helpers program uses this existing helping network; it provides training to students who are already identified as "natural" helpers. It gives them the skills they need to provide help more effectively to young people who seek them out. Members of PNH are nominated as freshmen in September. Peer Natural Helpers attend a retreat in October and attend meetings once a month throughout the school year.
  • Poetry Club - Advisor: Ms. L. Escott
    Poetry Club offers an open accepting an open and accepting environment where students have the opportunity to experiment with writing and sharing their own poetry- no prior experience necessary.  In addition, there are various opportunities to engage in poetry slams through videos as wells a through live performances and competitions.  All students are welcome. Meetings will be held weekly on Friday afternoons.
  • Radio and Electronics Club - Advisor: M. Klapyk
    Club is open to all students who are interested in electronics in general and in wireless (radio) communication in particular. Goal is to build, maintain, and improve electrical equipment (power supplies, amplifiers, transceivers, antennas, etc) to: communicate with other radio operators by "reflecting" radio waves of ionosphere, communicate with radio satellites, receive and analyze NOAA weather satellite images, conduct radio "fox" hunting, and some day bounce radio signals of the Moon. Ham radio licence is not required but eventual attainment of one is encouraged. Meetings: Tuesdays 2:10 -3:10 pm, r. 102
  • FIRST Robotics Team - Advisor: Dr. C. Granger, Room 111
    Members of FRC Robotics Team #3555 work with local engineering professionals to design and construct a robot based on the specific yearly event designated by FIRST.  The team enters the FIRST Robotics regional competition and participates in a variety of off-season competitions as well. Members are also encouraged to participate in fund-raising events and out-reach activities. All students are welcome. The club meets once a week after school for most of the year, but more frequently in January and February when the robot is being constructed.  
  • VEX Robotics Team - Advisors: Dr. C. Granger & Mr. R. Valli, Room 111
    Members of the VEX Robotics Team construct a robot based on the specific yearly challenge designated by VEX.  The team enters a number of VEX competitions throughout the year. Members are also encouraged to participate in fund-raising events and out-reach activities. All students are welcome. The club meets formally once a week after school, but other meetings are scheduled as needed.
  • Science Club - Advisor: Dr. C. Granger, Room 111
    The Science Club enters two science competitions - the Science Bowl and the Science Olympiad. The club meets for practice/preparation once a week after school and all students are welcome. Members can choose to participate in any event or competition, but must be committed once they choose to participate.
  • Scuba Club - Advisor: Mr. J. Swanson, Room 107
    Scuba Club is a group that organizes and runs SCUBA certification classes twice a year for students and interested family members. The club takes an annual trip in June to visit one of the world’s coral reef systems. The club meets at various times throughout the year and fundraisers are run on a continual basis. Members are encouraged to achieve their SCUBA certification.
  • Ski and Snowboard Club - Advisors: Mr. A. Nassar & Ms. R. Lounsbury
    The Ski and Snowboard Club Capacity is a maximum of 53 students. Students will be allowed to sign up through the school bank only ( no exceptions ) until the announced deadline in late October. After the first 53 students sign up, all additional students will be added to a waiting list in the order they sign up. The club starts in January and May extend until March. Members of the Ski Club will participate in the 6 week package to Wachusett Mountain on Thursday evenings from 2:30pm to 8:00pm starting January.  There is a $5.00 dues fee to join the club as well as the price of lift tickets and transportation.  All grades are invited to participate. An informational meeting will take place late September or early October (exact time and date will be announced). There will be a sign up for officers for this year’s Ski and Snowboard Club. If interested, please see Mr. Nassar in his office or Mrs. Burning in room 222.
  • Spanish Exchange - Advisor: Mrs. K. Wilson-Holton
  • Star Wars Club - Advisor: Mr. J. Lapointe, Room TBA
    For club details, please visit: https://lapointeproductionsblog.wordpress.com/star-wars-club/
  • Technology Student Association - Advisor: Mr. R. Valli, Room TBA
    Description TBA
  • Unified Theatre - Advisor: TBA
    Unified Theater productions are organized, written, directed, and produced by students from all backgrounds.  Students work collaboratively to create original performances which invite a range of acting styles and artistic expression including pantomime, dance, song, puppetry, performance poetry, a  range of world languages (including American Sign Language), and film.  Throughout the creative process, students lead and learn from each other.  Guest writers, playwrights, actors, puppeteers, and directors are featured to inspire artistic voice and vision. Unified Theater is open to all students and emphasizes the unique talents and abilities of all individuals involved. Meetings are on Thursdays from 2:30-4:00 in Room 152/Auditorium.
  • Virtú - Advisor: Mrs. M. Aborn-Paribello
    Virt
    ú is E.O. Smith’s literary magazine which features student writing and artwork. The magazine is published once a year in the spring. During the year the members of Virt work to solicit student work for both the magazine and shorter publications known as Virteezers, which are published throughout the year seasonally or with special occasions. Other activities the magazine may sponsor include author visits, readings, and workshops. Virtú is always seeking members who are interested in both writing for the publications and working on the editorial aspect of the magazine.
  • World Language Exchange Programs - Department Coordinator: Mrs. S Smith
    There will be five trips for students in World Language in 2014-15. From September 6-26 we will be hosting 18 students from Burgos, Spain. Day trips include visiting Newport, the Pequot Museum, NYC and participating in a ropes course and zip lining adventure through Empower Sports in Middletown. Our students will travel to Spain from April 10-24, 2015.
    A group of Germans will be hosted by our community from September 21-October 2nd, and will participate in similar day trips as the Spaniards. Our students will travel to Germany from April 9-26, 2015.
    The visiting students from both Spain and Germany will be participating in our World Language Potluck Extravaganza on September 24th. The Germans will be preparing some authentic dishes and want to provide recipe booklets. We are also trying to coordinate an indoor soccer pick-up game prior to the dinner that day.
    The French students will visit Quebec City from February 14-16, 2015. Latin students will have the opportunity to tour Italy from April 12-21. Finally, Spanish students as well as Latin American Studies students can tour Puerto Rico from June 24-29, 2015.

  • World Language National Honor Society - Advisors: Ms. K. Wilson-Holton & Ms. S. Wille & Ms. M. Tubbs
    The World Language Honor Society is composed of honor societies for German, French, Spanish and Latin. Members tutor language students, coordinate events for the visiting exchanges, participate actively in World Language Week in March, help with language-related community activities, and contribute to gift baskets for local families at Thanksgiving and December. To be a member of the World Language Honor Society students must be at least a sophomore, in at least level 3A of one of the four languages, have at least a B+ average in world language courses and a B overall average, and the recommendation of their World Language teacher. Students apply in early February and are inducted in early March. The World Language Honor Society meets once each academic quarter in September, November, February, and May. These meetings are after school at 2:15pm.
  • Yearbook - Advisors: Mrs. W. Wierzbicki , Room 30 & Mrs. S. Shenkle
    Yearbook meets after school on Thursday afternoons to create the E. O. Smith Yearbook. Members of the yearbook staff meet regularly throughout the year and most of the work is completed by early April. It is not a problem if you are involved in afternoon athletics, we have jobs to be done during the school day as well. Our hard cover book is carefully created to reflect student life at EO and contains 160 pages. We also create a 24 page spring supplement insert which features spring sports and events. If you are interested in photography, writing copy, page design, and publication, we need you! All are welcome!

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