Clubs

Overview:

E.O. Smith High School co-curricular programs and clubs provide students a way to participate in an interest of their choice. This experience enriches the whole approach to our academic programs, and community and civic engagement activities. Each of the following offerings has an adviser/coordinator who will provide guidance and mentoring to the students. Click here for a printable list of available clubs and activities that contains more detailed information.

Academic

Academic Quiz Bowl - It 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..

FFA - It is an intra-curricular part of the Ag program. Members participate in contests and career development events throughout the year, as well as community service projects.

National Honor Society - 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.

World Language National Honor Society - The World Language Honor Society is composed of honor society members 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.

Arts, Dance, Drama & Music

Art - Provides students of all grades a place to share and create projects of their choice, communicate and collaborate on projects in a casual and dynamic setting.

Instrumental and Choral Ensembles — Offer students to share and work together in these areas: Pep band, jazz, chamber music, men’s and women’s choir

Drama - Provides students a high level of theatrical experience through involving them in all aspects of producing plays or musicals.

Unified Theatre —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.

Business

DECA - It 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.

Community and Social Service

Amnesty International - It is an organization that supports 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.

Anime Club - It 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.

Best Buddies - It 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.

Blood Drive - It is an annual spring activity, which runs a Red Cross Blood Drive for students, staff, and members of the E.O. Smith community.

Club for Positive Change - This club aims to promote change in both our school and local communities. We will begin by building relationships between E.O. Smith students and expand to inter-generational relationships.

Connecticut YOUTH Forum - The Forum is a community outreach program of the non-profit organization, The Connecticut Forum. The Youth Forum 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.

Gay-Straight Alliance - 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.

Ignite - Its goal is to spark a positive movement in the E.O. Smith community and make it an overall better place for everyone. We want the message of acceptance, kindness, and empathy to be spread amongst the school.

Leo Club - 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.

Model UN - This 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 are real world problems that the United Nations addresses.

Peer Natural Helpers - Peer Natural Helpers are leaders within their school community that assist to create positive change in the school climate.

 

Culture, Language and Literature

Book Club - It 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.

Latin Club - The 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.

Multicultural Club - This club seeks to promote diversity and encourage understanding, appreciation and acceptance of the many different cultures of our school and community.

Poetry Club - It offers an open and accepting environment where students have the opportunity to experiment with writing and sharing their own poetry. There are various opportunities to engage in poetry slams through videos as well as through live performances and competitions.

Virtú - Virtú 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 Virtú 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.

World Language Exchange Programs - This program typically travel and host every one to three years. The visiting students from both Spain and Germany will be participating in our World Language Potluck Extravaganza in September. Spanish students can participate in the study abroad program with Colegio Delibes in Salamanca, Spain from June 28-July 13, 2019.

 

Democratic Dialogue Project

The E.O. Smith Democratic Dialogue Project works in partnership with the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at UCONN. The purpose of this Project is to promote the use of democratic dialogue as a means to build an understanding of multiple perspectives on community issues and to use common ground to build an action plan focused on resolution. Student participants are trained to be dialogue facilitators and will be asked to moderate discussions in a variety of forums. Students from all grades are encouraged to join to advance their deliberation skills and work toward building a stronger community.

School Communication and School Spirit

Newspaper - It promotes school spirit and good sportsmanship by performing hip hop/jazz dance routines at halftime of most football and basketball games.

Dance Team - 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.

Drumline - It 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.

Yearbook - Members of the yearbook staff meet regularly throughout the year and most of the work is completed by early April. Our 160-page hard cover book is carefully crafted to reflect student life at E.O. Smith. We also create a 24-page spring supplement insert which features spring sports and events. Looking for students interested in photography, writing copy, page design, and publication production.

 

Science, Math and Technology

Math Honor Society - The Mu Alpha Theta chapter is focused on community service and academic excellence. Information about membership is provided annually.

Math Team - The 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.

Radio and Electronics Club - The club is for students who are interested in electronics in general, and in wireless (radio) communication with a goal to build, maintain, and improve electrical equipment (power supplies, amplifiers, transceivers, antennas, etc.) that: communicate with other radio operators by "reflecting" radio waves of ionosphere, communicate with radio satellites, receive and analyze NOAA weather satellite images, and other links.

FIRST Robotics Team - 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.

VEX Robotics Team - 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.

Science Club - 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.

Star Wars Club - This club is designed for all who love and enjoy Star Wars Universe to come together in order to discuss all future properties and sometimes watch a few movies or cartoons.

Technology Student Association (TSA) - TSA provides leadership opportunities in technology, innovation, design and engineering. Members apply STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) concepts through challenging competitions, leadership opportunities, and community service.

 

Sports and Games (Indoor and Outdoor)

Board Games - The club mostly plays board games and card games. The games usually range from three to eight players per game. The games usually vary widely in theme and mechanics.

Electronic Sports
(Esports) – Advisor: Mr. Lee is a form of competitive play using video games. Esports takes the form of organized, multiplayer video game competitions that take place online or offline, between teams or individuals. Esports is a growing spectator sport as well, since the dawn of popular streaming services like YouTube, Twitch, and Mixer, which can broadcast matches live to millions around the world. Here at E.O. Smith, we are looking to build upon that interest and also provide a safe space to play competitively with other like-minded players. There is a wide variety of games to play competitively so there is something for everyone. Our goal is to build a team that can eventually compete with other schools in our state and eventually the country


Scuba Club - It 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.

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