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.

E.O. SMITH HIGH SCHOOL

2021-22 CLUBS

Art Club - Advisor: TBA

The Art Club provides students a space to create original artwork for the EO Smith Community. Set design, posters, art show set up, and UCONN gallery visits are the basis of the club.

Best Buddies - Advisors: Mr. S. Clark and Ms. T Lauria

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 drive. All students at any grade level are welcome to participate.

Board Games - Advisor - Mr. D. Strimple

In the Board Game Club we play mostly 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.  Some yesteryear favorites are Talisman and Twilight Imperium (2008-12), Hex Hex ,Love Letter, Arcadia Quest, and Cutthroat Caverns (2012-2016).  In 2018-2019 (the last year that we met) we played Pandemic: Rise of Rome, Hex Hex, Love Letter, Chaos in the Old World, Mission Red Planet, Dead of Winter, Masmorra, Eldritch Horror, Royals, Mare Nostrum, Rising Sun, and Lords of Hellas.  If there is interest, we could venture into skirmish type tabletop games such as 40K Kill Team.  We meet in room 112 on Fridays from 2:15 until about 4:30.  Some games have longer running times, so end times vary slightly. The first meeting will be Friday, September 10th.

Book Club - Advisors: Ms. K. Ryan-Gidman and Ms. J. Larkin

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. If you love reading - join us! Award winners are typically read, a different novel each month. Dates and meeting times are decided by the group.

Choirs - Advisor: Ms. A. Hanzlik 

THE PANTHERTONES A Cappella Tenor/Bass Choir

THURSDAYS from 2:15-3:00

The Panthertones is an a cappella choral ensemble that focuses primarily on pop, musical theater and contemporary a cappella repertoire.  Traditionally, the Panthertones perform at the Fall Choral Concert and the Spring Chamber Choirs Concert

THE EO SMITH TREBLE CHOIR - A Cappella Soprano/Alto Choir

TUESDAYS from 2:15-3:00

The Treble Choir is a choral ensemble that focuses primarily on pop, musical theater and contemporary a cappella repertoire. Treble Choir performs at the Fall Choral Concert and Spring Chamber Concert.

THE EO A CAPPELLA SINGERS

MONDAYS from 2:15-3:00

Auditioned Choir - 10-12 voice ensemble, focusing on contemporary a cappella literature & performance.

Please see Mrs. Hanzlik for more details.

Class Advisors

Class of 2022 Mrs. S. SwansonMr. J. Swanson and Mrs. D. Hannon

Class of 2023  Mrs. M. Tubbs and Ms. DLanie Pelletier

Class of 2024 Mrs. J. Larkin and Mrs. K. Rondeau

Class of 2025 Mr. S. Santasiere and Mrs. S. Ouellet

Each class’ advisors serve as coordinators for class activities and fundraisers. Meeting dates and times are scheduled as needed.

 Coding Club - Advisor Dr. C. Granger

The Coding Club club offers programming experience to anyone interested (no background required).  Topics include Scratch, HTML, Javascript, Python, App-making, etc.  This club meets once a week.

Comic Book- Advisor: Mr. J. LaPointe

Are you interested in reading comics or watching movies/ t.v. shows that take place in the MCU or DCU?     This is the club for you.    We get together every Thursday from 2:07 - 3:20pm after school in room 136.   During this time we will either watch a show/ movie and discuss it  or discuss an ongoing comic series.  

Connecticut YOUTH Forum - Advisor: Ms. K. Wilson-Holton

The Connecticut YOUTH Forum is a community outreach program of the non-profit organization, The Connecticut Forum.  YF brings together teens from different towns, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnic and racial groups to discuss issues they care about in a format of open and honest discussion.  Each YF meeting follows the YF values called the YOUTH Forum Culture of Validation. Meetings are monthly, space is limited and spots are filled on a first come first served basis. All E.O. Smith students are eligible to sign-up for events. Interested students should see Ms. Wilson-Holton in room 158 to inquire about scheduled events.

CrewMr. S. Clark

Crew (rowing) is one of the oldest sports in the world. It is the ultimate team endeavor in which boats comprised of four to eight athletes work together to propel their vessel forward using only their own power. Our team strives to provide a welcoming and enjoyable environment in which participants feel comfortable learning a new skill and working to better their fitness. In the fall season, we are a club sport and practices are three times a week at Patriots Park on Coventry Lake.

Cultural Awareness Brigade- Advisor: Dr. L. DeLoreto, and Mr. J Kelly

The Purpose of Cultural Awareness Brigade (CAB) is to unite, advocate for, and support E. O. Smith students who are members of historically underrepresented groups, specifically students of color. The goals of the Cultural Awareness Brigade are: 1. Advocacy 2. Create a Space of Support 3. Provide Educational Programming 4. Fellowship and Fundraising for the Organization 5. Advanced student awareness of school-wide leadership and participation opportunities. All students are welcome. Meetings take place every other Friday at 2:15 in the LMC.

Dance Team - Advisor: Mrs. H. Baker

The Dance Team promotes school spirit and good sportsmanship. The club performs hip hop and pom routines at halftime during some football and basketball home games. The team also performs at charitable events. Practices typically take place on Thursdays after school.

Debate Team - Advisor: Ms. M. Aitchison

As the most recent CT Debate State Champions, the EOS Debate Club prides itself on being a place where students at all levels will be given the resources and support to find their voice and use it in a respectful, effective, and productive manner. Using the Connecticut Debate Association guidelines and materials, students will hone their skills in speaking, listening, and interpreting factual data in order to prepare for statewide Cross-Extemporaneous Debate. Our team members have participated in national and statewide debates both virtual and in-person and have hosted a virtual debate with an 8th grade class from MMS. Our team strives to give voice to students during the global health and political climate.  

DECA - Advisor: Mrs. K. Rondeau

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 approximately 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. Rondeau.

Deliberation and Discourse Project - Advisor: Ms. A. Nocton

The E.O. Smith Democratic Discourse and Deliberation Project works in partnership with the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at UCONN. Our mission statement is: “We are a body of 21st-century learners, listeners, and leaders committed to fostering a more positive school climate through meaningful conversations that promote thoughtful, direct action and empathy in non-partisan ways throughout the E.O. Smith school and the greater community.” The purpose of “DD” is to promote the use of 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 and diverse perspectives are encouraged to join to advance their deliberation skills and work toward building a stronger, more inclusive community. Meetings will be held on Tuesdays after school (place to be announced).  Additional small group work will occur during the school day both with Ms. Nocton and the UCONN interns.  There may be occasional other meetings, as needed, especially when preparing for public forums.  In addition to public forums, DD also works with Narrative 4 (N4) to promote empathy through storytelling, Participatory Budgeting (PB), Audio Shelfies, podcasting and the NPR podcast challenge (last year’s entry Frog Bridge & The Soul of Willimantic received an honorable mention), and a speaker series (link to last year’s line-up).  Lastly, we may also be working with the Rise Up MLK Mural project in Mansfield this year, and we may also be involved in working with a Witness Stone Project locally. We have a place for everyone and are flexible with attendance at meetings. Please join us and develop skills that will help you in all facets of life and learning.

Drama- Advisor/Director: Ms. D. Abercrombie

Assistant Director/Set Construction: Mr. S. Welden

         

The E.O.Smith 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 a range of shows--senior directed one acts, musicals, straight plays, monologue showcases, cabarets, staged readings, and/or films. Each year the Drama Club participates in the annual CDA play festival and/or monologue competition. 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. Singers, musicians, and dancers are also highly sought after to round out a truly successful experience. In addition to actors, we need “behind the scenes” technical people interested in learning lights/sound/set design and construction. Drama Club Set Crew is responsible for providing sets and props for drama productions. They build, repair, and modify set pieces such as flats, furniture, or whatever the director requires for a production. They provide props, often locating them or creating them from scratch. Tech Crew runs sound/lights for productions. Together with the cast, stage manager, and directors, Tech/Set Crews realize the vision of the play. The Drama Club requires a high level of commitment in order to create a successful production. Members meet frequently after school on the stage when rehearsing for a show.  

Drumline - Advisor: Mr. D. Delmastro

The Drumline provides an energetic outlet for students interested in the art of drumming to express their creativity. Built on the core beliefs of "Focus. Respect. Have Fun.", the Drumline requires no previous knowledge of drumming to join as long as you have a mindset that is ready to learn. The Drumline performs numerous times throughout the year, with a major focus on football and basketball games, as well as other E.O. Smith related events.  The Drumline practices a minimum of 2 day each week, and requires a firm commitment during the fall and winter sports seasons.

Economics Club- Advisor Mr. A. Saccomanno

The Economics Club is a chapter of the Youth Economics Initiative, and it is a student-run organization that competes in national economics and finance based competitions. Econ Club also offers community service opportunities through the Connecticut Economic Literacy Initiative (CELI). Whether you have an interest in investing, want to teach the youth financial literacy, want to win national competitions, love economic policy debates, or just want to understand a little more about how money works, the Economics Club is the place for you.

FFA - Advisor: M. Agnello

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, with locations changing from year to year. To participate in contests, students must be part of the FFA. The FFA organizes several fundraising events throughout the year, as well as community service projects and student after school activities.

GSA Club- Advisor: Ms. L. Escott and Ms. A. Nocton

Members of E.O Smith's Gender Sexuality 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. These include offering educational opportunities for students and staff, arranging guest speakers, sponsoring the Day of Silence, attending conferences, interacting with other GSA organizations, and hosting social activities. Meetings will be held on Thursdays.

Human Rights/Amnesty International - Advisors: Mr. G. AfantchaoMs. Wilson-Holton Ms. S. DesJarlais

The Human Rights Club is designed to promote human dignity and develop student activism through work with already established local, national, and international human rights organizations such as Amnesty International.  Using the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a base document, student activists conduct research, educate themselves and others, and participate in and organize events to address human rights abuses. Meetings are on designated days after school and meet in Room 211. All students are welcome and participation is flexible throughout the year.

Instrumental Ensembles - Advisors: Mr. A. Pandolfe, Mrs. S. Webster

Jazz Ensembles

The jazz ensembles specialize in the performance of jazz and other related musical styles. The jazz ensembles traditionally perform several concerts throughout the academic year.

Chamber Music- Advisor: Shannon Webster

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.

Leo Club - Advisor: Mr. D. ArndtMs. B. Daitch

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.  

Math Honor Society - Advisors: Mr. Jeff Russell

The Mu Alpha Theta chapter is focused on community service and academic excellence. Information about membership is provided annually. Please see the advisors for more information.

Math Team - Advisors: Ms. R. Lounsbury and Ms. S. Palmberg

The Math Team competes in monthly mathematical competitions in the Eastern 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.  We also meet weekly to practice for the competitions.

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: Mr. S. SantasiereMs. Ouellet

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.

 National Honor Society (P. Roy Brammel Chapter) - Advisors: Ms. S. Wille and Ms. J. Johnson

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 NHS chapter establishes criteria for membership that are based upon a student's outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. NHS members continue to develop their skills in these areas. They work both individually and as a chapter to serve the school and community. Students apply in the spring of their sophomore or junior year.

Newspaper - Advisor: Mr. C. Kennedy

The Panther Press is a student run publication that offers interested students the opportunity to explore and publish newsworthy topics in a collaborative environment. Students will gain authentic experience in all aspects of publication. 

Operation Smile- Advisor: Mrs. J. LarkinDr. L. DeLoreto

Operation Smile Club partners with the international organization Operation Smile to raise money and awareness for people with clefts and other facial deformities. Operation Smile Club includes activities such as open discussions on facial deformities, fundraising, and anti-bullying campaigns. Operation Smile also provides club members with the opportunity to attend the International Student Leadership Conference and Medical Mission trips all over the world.

In this first year we hope to be able to establish a well functioning club, raise enough money to pay for one surgery, $240, and to form a strong partnership with the Operation Smile Club at Southern Connecticut State University.

Peer Natural Helpers - Advisors: Ms. S. Cartier and Mrs. K. Zlotnick

Peer Natural Helpers are leaders within their school community that assist to create positive change in the school climate and with social interactions. PNH members assist with freshmen transition/orientation programs, and many student sponsored events throughout the year. At times, students tend to seek out peers for support before teachers or other school 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. PNH 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 the fall, endorsed by staff and selected to represent the diverse population of each grade. Peer Natural Helpers has a training retreat in October, attend meetings approx. once a month throughout the school year and are responsible for regular email, virtual or in-person contact with Advisors as needed.

Poetry Club - Advisor: Ms. L. Escott

Poetry Club offers an open and accepting environment where students have the opportunity to experiment with and share their own writing- no prior experience necessary- all students are welcome.  Casual and supportive workshopping opportunities are provided throughout the year. In addition, there are various opportunities through video and online sources to explore and engage in the appreciation of poetry. There will also be ongoing opportunities for club members to submit pieces for competition and/or publication.

Sports Talk Podcast- Advisor Dr. L DeLoreto

The sports talk podcast club gives students an opportunity to further their skills in journalism, editing, and/or producing while expressing their passion for professional and collegiate sports. Every week, members meet to record discussions surrounding the latest in the NFL, NBA, CFB, college basketball, and European Soccer among others. Guest speakers, such as Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald, give students a chance to learn about the journalism profession and get an expert perspective on the podcast.  To access the podcast search “EO Smith Sports Talk Podcast” on Spotify or use the following link:https://anchor.fm/gabe-aguero7

Robotics FIRST- Advisor: Dr. C. Granger

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 twice a week after school for most of the year, but more frequently in January and February when the robot is being constructed.  

Robotics VEX - Advisors: Dr. C. Granger

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

The Science Club enters a variety of science competitions including the Science Bowl, Ocean Bowl, USABO, and the Science Olympiad. The club also participates in “anything science”: running science programs for the community, volunteering at science events, inviting guest speakers, going on field trips, etc. The club meets for one or more times a week and all students are welcome.

Ski and Snowboard Club - Advisors: Mr. A. Nassar and Ms. R. Lounsbury

The Ski and Snowboard Club starts in January and may run 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 in January.  The price of lift tickets and transportation will be announced on our canvas page when it has been calculated for the year.  All students are invited to participate but there is a limited capacity and sign ups will be first come, first served with a waiting list if necessary. An informational meeting will take place late September or in 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.

Smith Spirit Squad - Advisor TBA

Smith Spirit Squad is a club dedicated to encouraging school spirit among the student body. We plan spirit weeks, make posters, promote schools sports and clubs alike, and spread positivity around the school. We welcome all students to participate in this club to boost student spirit. Go panthers!

Sunshine Club Ms. A. RueggMs. B. Hussong

Our purpose is to support and bring joy to the EO Smith staff through acts of kindness.  “Sunshine weeks” are intended to ensure staff feel appreciation as they navigate us through unprecedented challenges facing us this year.  

STARMAKERS Unified Theater - Advisor: Ms. A. Hanzlik

MONDAYS 2:30-3:45 (Feb-April)

Unified Theater is open to all students and emphasizes the unique talents and abilities of all individuals involved.  Special focus is given to the creation of theatrical process and product, through peer interaction with individuals who possess a diverse set of developmental needs and skill levels.                            

Unified theater will meet during the months of February, March, April - with a fully staged show or movie, presented in May.

2021 production: ALADDIN

Virtú - Advisor: Ms. M. Aitchison

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. Virtú is always seeking members who are interested in both writing for the publications and working on the editorial aspect of the magazine. Winter Virteezer 2021

 World Language Exchange Programs - Advisor: Mr. G. Afantchao

Languages typically travel/host every one to three years, although trips are currently not offered to the current situation and restrictions.

Typical destinations include, but are not limited to:

Germany, Italy, France, Quebec, Spain and Costa Rica

World Language Honor Society - Advisors: Ms. J. JohnsonMs. S. Wille and Ms. K. Wilson-Holton

The World Language Honor Society is composed of honor societies for German, French, Spanish and Latin. Members help foster a love for languages and cultural awareness, by tutoring language students, participating actively in World Language activities within the school, and helping with language-related community activities. Meetings will be held 2-3 times throughout each semester after school. Students enrolled in level 3 or higher may apply in the Spring.  

Yearbook - Advisor: Mrs. W. Wierzbicki

The yearbook staff meets regularly throughout the school year and most of the workload is completed by early April. If you are interested in photography, writing copy, page design and publication, we need you! Our 184 page hardcover book is carefully crafted to reflect student life at E.O. Smith. We cover athletics, special events, student life, dances, clubs, and ‘everything EO.’ Participation is flexible, and a good portion of the work can be completed outside of the school day. All are welcome! Please email Mrs. Wierzbicki if you are interested in joining our team!

 

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