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

2020-21 CLUBS

Art Club - Advisor: Ms. T. Glaeser

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. We will meet one Tuesday and one Thursday a month in room A3 or virtually. Meetings are open to any and all who wish to attend. Our first project is starting soon, hope to see you there. An updated schedule is soon to follow. Our first meeting is on October 6, at 2:30.

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 - Ms. L. Sangree

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). Last year we played 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. 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.

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. The book club will meet virtually once a month, on Wednesdays. Dates and times are decided by the group.

Choral Ensembles - Advisor: Ms. A. Hanzlik

THE PANTHER TONES - A Cappella T/B Choir

The Panther-Tones is an a cappella choral ensemble that focuses primarily on pop, musical theater and contemporary a cappella repertoire. Traditionally, the Panther -Tones perform at the Fall Choral Concert and the Spring Chamber Choirs Concert - This year, our meetings and performances/recordings will be virtual. We will record and release two video projects (1 per semester) MEETS WEDNESDAYS at 9:00 a.m.

THE EO SMITH TREBLE CHOIR - Acappella S/A Choir

The Treble Choir is a choral ensemble that focuses primarily on pop, musical theater and contemporary a cappella repertoire. Traditionally, the Treble Choir performs at the Fall Choral Concert. This year, our meetings and performances/recordings will be virtual. We will record and release two video projects (1 per semester) MEETS WEDNESDAYS at 8:15 a.m.

Class Advisors

Class of 2021 Mr. J. Russell and Ms. A. Ruegg

Class of 2022 Mrs. S. Swanson, Mr. J. Swanson and Mrs. D. Hannon

Class of 2023 Mrs. M. Tubbs and Mr. N. Colangelo

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

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

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 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.

Cultural Awareness Brigade- Advisor: Dr. L. DeLoreto and Ms. L. Escott.

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 at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.

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 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

The EOS Debate Club will be 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. In this past year, our team gained 12 different members, met one to two times a week, and expanded our club outreach to the middle school level. Our team members have also participated in national virtual debates and have hosted a virtual debate with an 8th grade class from MMS to support their debate unit during the distance learning semester. Our debate team strives to give voice to those who feel lost 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. Meetings will be held virtually (Zoom) bi-weekly on Wednesdays. 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 Wednesdays via Zoom. Community forums will be held during Zoom this year and will likely be evening events.

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

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 Wednesdays via Zoom.

Drama - Advisor: Ms. D. Abercrombie

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 a range of shows--a straight play and/or 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 frequently 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. A.J. Newman

The Drumline provides an energetic outlet for students interested in the art of drumming to express their creativity. 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 1 day each week, and requires a firm commitment during the fall and winter sports seasons.

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.

Girls Who Code - Advisor Dr. C. Granger

The Girls Who Code club offers programming experience to anyone interested (no background required). Sponsored by companies like Google, AOL, and Microsoft, Girls Who Code is a national non-profit group whose goal is to close the gender gap in technology by offering programs to educate, equip, and inspire girls with computing skills (like programming, robotics, and web design). This club meets once a week.

Human Rights/Amnesty International - Advisors: Ms. S DesJarlais & Ms. K. Wilson-Holton

Amnesty International 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. 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.

Instrumental Ensembles - Advisors: Mr. S. Chaurette, Mr. A. Pandolfe

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.

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.

Lead Like a Girl - Advisor: Mrs. LoStocco

Lead Like a Girl is a club geared toward bridging the gender gap in politics. The aim is to bring in guest speakers, pose debate questions, and inspire civic action among girls and non-binary people in the school. Meeting times are every third Wednesday at 2:30.

Leo Club - Advisor: Ms. S. Palmberg

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 Wednesday morning during the 8-10 block

Math Honor Society - Advisors: Ms. A. Ruegg & Ms. A. O'Brien

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. Santasiere

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. Willie 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 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.

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: Dr. 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 through the year. At times, students tend to seek out peers for support before 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. 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 (TBD for 2020). Peer Natural Helpers attend a training retreat in October and attend meetings approx. once a month throughout the school year.

Poetry Club- Advisor: Ms. L. Escott

Poetry Club offers 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 through video and online sources to explore and engage in the appreciation of poetry. Guidance is also provided for students who are interested in submitting pieces for competition and/or publication. All students are welcome. Meetings will be held on Wednesdays via Zoom.

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. During 2020, this club will have limited activities.

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.

Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club- Advisor- Dr. W Green

Club members will choose science fiction and fantasy books to read and discuss together. Other activities may include writing fan fiction and producing artwork related to the books we are reading.Wednesdays, 9:00-10:00 AM.

Smith Spirit Squad - Advisor Mr. N. Colangelo

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!

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 Capacity is 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 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. There is a $5.00 dues fee to join the club, as well as the price of lift tickets and transportation. All students are invited to participate. 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.

Sunshine Club - Dr. L. DeLoreto, Ms. A. Ruegg, Ms. 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.

Unified Theater - Advisor: Ms. A. Hanzlik

Unified Theater productions are a creative theatrical experience where students work collaboratively to create original performances which invite a range of acting styles and artistic expression including pantomime, dance, song, puppetry and other mediums. Throughout an intensely collaborative and creative process, students lead and learn from each other.

Unified Theater is open to all students and emphasizes the unique talents and abilities of all individuals involved. UNIFIED THEATER WILL MEET DURING FEB -MARCH - APRIL - MAY of 2021 WEDNESDAYS 11:00am, via ZOOM

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.

World Language Exchange Programs - Advisor: Mrs. S. Smith

Languages typically travel and host every one to three years.

German Exchange: Frau Wille

French Exchange: Madame Tubbs

Salamanca Exchange: Señoras Wilson-Holton and Nocton

Quebec TRIP: Madame Tubbs

Italy TRIP: Mrs. Johnson

World Language National Honor Society - Advisors: Ms. M. Tubbs, Ms. S. Wille and Ms. K. Wilson-Holton

The World Language Honor Society is composed of honor societies for German, French, Spanish and Latin. Members can 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. The World Language Honor Society meets once each academic quarter in September, November, February, and May. These meetings will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays.

Yearbook - Advisor: Mrs. W. Wierzbicki

Yearbook meets on Wednesday mornings beginning at 9 am (virtually) 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 184 page hardcover book is carefully crafted to reflect student life at E.O. Smith. We cover athletics. Special events, dances, clubs, and ‘everything EO.’ If you are interested in photography, writing copy, page design, and publication, we need you! All are welcome!

 

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