There are a wide variety of clubs at Southington High School. Every student should belong to at least one. Colleges and future employers look favorably on individuals who go above and beyond the basic curriculum high school requires. Club members who contribute their time and effort in core activities will be eligible for leadership opportunities. Students who rise to these leadership positions are able to 'spice' up their resume' for future job applications, college, tech, and trade school admission forms.
Clubs allow students to relax with activities that are central to their interests and meet others who share those interests. So, what's your pleasure? Write for the school newspaper? Take pictures for the Yearbook? Perform Community Service? Prepare a French feast or learn to dance a Mamba? Debate current world events? Learn how to protect yourself? Take a step onstage or behind the scenes? It's all here at SHS if you look. Check the club of your interest, the advisor's name, meeting times and places and SHOW UP! Most clubs can be joined at any time during the year.
Aspiring Medical Professionals Plus (AMP+) - Mr. DeStefano
This club welcomes any student interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. AMP+ will feature guest speakers, fundraisers and website visits for the purpose of learning more about what it takes to become a medical professional. The goal of this club is to help students better understand different roles in health sciences and the medical field.
Animal Protection Club - Mrs. Tavera Collins
The Animal Protection Club offers opportunities for students interested in helping less fortunate animals that have experienced mistreatment through fundraisers and volunteer work. Students interested in raising awareness of animals in need are strongly encouraged to join the club.
Best Buddies - Mrs. DeCarlo
Our mission statement is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual abilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships. We sponsor fun social activities after school and occasionally outside of school. Best Buddies is a friendship club; you will help to make a difference in someone's life just by being a friend.
Broadcasting Club - Mr. Ouellette
Are you interested in gaining experience with broadcasting or filming live events at the high school? What about managing media on platforms like YouTube or gaining experience live streaming? The Broadcast Club is for you! Members of the club are responsible for doing play-by-play for sporting events , filming events, and managing the school YouTube channel. Students of all talent levels are welcome.
Chinese Club - Ms. Zheng
The Chinese Club welcomes anyone who has a strong interest in Chinese culture and language.
Chess Club - Mrs. Dougherty
All chess player levels are welcome every Wednesday in room E254. Members challenge each other in chess games while supporting their strategic thinking, good sportsmanship and increasing their experience. Members will have the opportunity to compete in yearly Chess Club tournaments and competitions.
Classics Club - Ms. Foresman, Ms. Gray
Students will explore the ancient Greco-Roman world through various games activities, and working on projects for State Latin Day. Classics will meet once a month.
Dance Team - Mrs. Monteiro
We are a group of dancers that practice different dance styles, work on techniques and create choreographed routines to perform at sporting events throughout the school year.
Debate Club - Mr. Armintrout
Debate club teaches skills of persuasion, public speaking, and developing arguments. Along with developing skills that will be helpful in college and future careers, members will be able to participate in Connecticut Debate Association competitions.
DECA - Mrs. Brooks, Mrs. DeVylder
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Activities at Southington High School include state and national competitions, leadership conferences, community service, operation of the DECA School Store, as well as the Southington Drive-In concession stand, real good snacks and social events.
Drama Club - Mrs. Bunel, Mrs. Reitsma
Drama club is dedicated to enriching both students and the community at large through the celebration of and engagement in the dramatic arts. The club promotes learning about theater through activities, community outreach, fundraising events, and productions that enhance the educational goals of the theatrical discipline. It also strives to foster an appreciation of all forms of the performing arts and provide opportunities for artistic growth within the organization itself as well as within the community.
Emblem - Ms. Phelps
Emblem is the SHS school newspaper. Articles are published online SHS EMBLEM Students are needed to write articles, take pictures, and create video broadcasts. Meetings are bi-monthly after school.
Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) - Mrs. Osborn
Students in the national student organization for Family & Consumer Sciences plan a variety of activities related to family, school, and community throughout the school year.
FFA - Mr. McLaughlin, Mr. O'Keefe, Ms. Allard, Mrs. Wilcox
Future Farmers of America provides leadership development for students enrolled in agriculture science. Members participate in local, state and national activities. The FFA also has competitions related to a variety of agriculture and leadership interest areas.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) - Mrs. Schena, Mrs. Cooney
FBLA is a national organization for students interested in business related careers. It provides career readiness and leadership development opportunities through academic competitions at the state and national levels. Many educational and community service programs are also offered to members throughout the school year.
FIRST Robotics Team - team contact
Students build a robot of their own design under the mentorship of professional engineers. They compete with their robots at local and global level competitions. The program runs from September through June and requires a high level of commitment. Applications are available throughout the summer at Team195 and are due the first week of September; not all who apply are accepted.
French Club - Ms. Sadji, Mr. Fall
French Club is comprised of a group of students who wish to learn about the French language and culture in an informal setting. The club meets once a month. Activities include on-line games, including French trivia, song, guest speakers, French breakfasts and casual explorations of the French way of life. The club organizes and sponsors cultural field trips to special museum exhibits and plays which focus on French and francophone culture. If you enjoy speaking French and are interested in French culture, please come join us! All are welcome.
Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) - Ms. Foreman
GSA provides support for advocates of the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. It also addresses homo-and transphobia in the school setting. As an open and diverse group, it is open to all people regardless of sexuality or gender.
Girls' Ice Hockey - Ms. Rice
SHS Girls' Ice Hockey Club is a competitive ice hockey program playing other high school girls teams throughout the state. The sport is not sanctioned by the CIAC and plays in an organized club league that high schools agree to play in.
Green Knights Eco Club - TBD
We strive to make our school a more environmentally aware school. We work with teachers, students, and staff to recycle plastics and cans in classrooms and cafeterias. We promote environmentally practices and look to educate others on the importance of taking care of our world.
Heartstrings - Crochet, Knit, & Stitch - Ms. Patterson
Students and staff interested in crafts meet in the library to knit, crochet, stitch, and create in an informal group on Thursday afternoons in the library. Crafters of all abilities are welcome to work together as often as your like. We create small projects for donation during the holidays.
Interact Club -TBD
This club sponsored by the Southington Rotary Club and is open to all students who want to get involved in community service activities. Get involved with projects that impact the community in a positive way.
Italian Club - Mrs. Tavera-Collins, Mrs. T. Riccio, Ms. Cusano
Italian Club promotes appreciation of Italian traditions and culture.
Japanese Club - Ms. Montagna
Any student with an interest in Japanese language and culture is welcome to join the Japanese Club.
KEY Club - Ms. Linnell, Mr. Garfinkel
KEY stands for Kiwanis Educating Youth. The club performs 6-8 service projects each month; babysitting for four elementary school PTOs, food drives, toy collections, fundraisers for various charitable organizations, an annual Kiddie Carnival and Halloween party, and more. Membership is open to all students willing to make a commitment to community service.
Knights Around the World - Ms. Allenback, Ms. Cavanaugh, Mrs. Pettit
This club introduces students to domestic/international travel. The club will provide opportunities for students to learn about travel as well as share their knowledge about domestic/international destinations with club members.
Knights of STEM Club - Mrs. Bogdanski
The mission of the Knights of STEM Club is to promote STEM within the Southington community by giving young people the chance to explore subjects like science, technology, engineering and math. The club's primary role is to plan an annual STEM Family Night for Southington's elementary students where students and families participate in a variety of hands-on activities covering different STEM topics and connections to exciting STEM careers. We meet two Wednesdays a month in Room E384 after school.
Math Team - Ms. Chase
Students from any level in math are welcome! We learn math that is not usually taught in the classroom and travel to six different high schools in the area for competitive meets. Whether you score high or low, we always have fun!
Mental Health Awareness Club - Ms. Foley, Ms. Adams
The Mental Health Awareness Club is committed to spreading knowledge and awareness about mental illness and mental health issues to SHS and the Southington Community. Our club focuses on educating others, raising funds for mental health organizations, and reaching out to community and government leaders to help fight the stigma of mental illness in our society.
Model UN - Mr. Garfinkel, Ms. Biales
We represent two countries, along with about thirty other high schools. We visit the actual UN in October and talk to the representatives of our countries. We then research and propose solutions to regional and global problems. In December, the club goes to the University of Hartford to participate in a student run mock UN session, debating our position papers and resolutions.
Musicians Club - Mrs. Ossias
We gather musicians together to share our passion for making and listening to music and to celebrate all types of music in an inclusive and safe setting.
National Honor Society (NHS) - Mrs. Riccio
National Honor Society extends special recognition to students who combine outstanding scholarship with demonstrated leadership, extensive service, and good character. Students may be selected for membership in February of their junior year or October of their senior year.
Polish Club - Ms. Kalinowski
Students meet to speak Polish together and learn about the Polish culture and traditions.
Powder Puff - Mr. Kemp
Powder Puff is a senior activity that promotes the values of hard work, class spirit, and good sportsmanship for young women through an organized flag football program. Practice sessions are held on Saturdays from September to November and culminate in a highly competitive contest against a local rival school just prior to Thanksgiving Break.
Rugby Club - Ms. Benitez, Mr. Vargas
Rugby Club consists of both a boys and a girls team. Both teams compete against school sponsored clubs and town park and recreation programs from around the state. The mission of the club is to get in shape, have fun, make new friends, develop discipline, as well as to learn rugby and compete at a high level. Games are played during the spring season. No experience is necessary to join.
Science Bowl - Mrs. Raccio
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. The high school team will face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math. Members involved would go to a competition each year at UCONN, with a chance to go to the National Competition.
SHS Students for Progress - Mrs. Riccio
SHS Students for Progress is a group of students who are dedicated to raising awareness through education and community service in order to change misperceptions about race, ethnicity, and culture.
Ski Race Team - Mrs. Bass
SHS Ski Race Team is a club offering male and female students practice and competition against other teams from around the state. Students interested should be at least an intermediate level skier. All practices and races take place at Mt. Southington in January and February. Information is available in November.
Southington Activists for Gender Equality (SAGE) - Mrs. Tran
SAGE is a politically active group, working to strengthen the feminist community at SHS and in the Southington community. Members, both male and female, seek to redefine current perceptions of Feminism and strive to promote gender equality by creating an environment that both provokes and fosters discussion. SAGE reaches out to local organizations, hosts special events, and supports gender studies education. Join us and help change the world!
Spanish Club - Mrs. Yanosy, Mrs. Ponte
Spanish Club enhances the total language experience through participation in enrichment activities and promotes understanding of the Hispanic culture.
STEPS Student Council Think Tank - Ms. Martin
The Think Tank meets formally once a month throughout the school year to plan and implement school related activities that will enhance school climate, reinforce developmental assets, and promote community service. We have been responsible for a week of caring, student/faculty volleyball tournament, and a variety of community service events. This is a very unique organization because it is designed to represent the general consensus of the student body.
The Shelf - Ms. Phelps
We aspire to create a safe, encouraging environment for students to read for pleasure, create relationships with peers, and have meaningful discussions on choice novels that are relevant to high school-aged students.
Unified Theater - Ms. Cavanaugh
Unified Theater is a national program in which students of all abilities perform on stage together. All students help to write the script, plan the choreography and arrange the entire production.
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) - Mrs. Kirsche
The mission of Southington WiSE is to recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (STEM); to link students with resources and opportunities that will support their academic and personal pursuits; and to develop relationships among students with similar interests while building a community based on mutual respect and affirmation of diversity. We meet every third Wednesday of the month in Room C108 after school.
World Language Honor Society - Mr. Bartoletti
The societies for each language - French, Italian, Latin, and Spanish - recognize students' excellence in the language and their desire to promote the language and culture through service.
Writers’ Club/Literary Magazine - Ms. Montagna
Writers' Club welcomes any student who enjoys writing for fun. We look at many forms of non-academic writing including poetry, fiction, scripts, and memoirs. The club also creates a small literary magazine each spring.
Xscape Club - Mrs. Hahn
To build students skills in survival in nature, community service clean up of the environment. Also, solving puzzles, problem solving, “cracking codes,” self-defense, and first-aid.