2017-2018 Club List
A Cappella Club
Do you like Penatonix? Do you enjoy singing without instrumental accompaniment? Audition with us, Somerville High School’s own A Cappella Group, and share the joy of music.
ACS Chemistry Club
First Thursday of the month from 2:45-4:15
Advisor: Susan Schmidt
The ACS ChemClub is a unique opportunity to experience chemistry beyond the classroom and connect it to our everyday lives. Students plan and enjoy a variety of chemistry-focused activities, such as making soap and glassworking, perform demonstrations for elementary school students, watch chemistry related movies and shows, and participate in community service projects!
Mondays from 2:45-4:15
The Anime Club is for all students who enjoy watching and discussing one of the greatest genres of entertainment known to humankind (seriously, there's something for everyone). Regardless of whether you already like anime or have never heard of it, come join your fellow classmates as they share their favorite titles and discover new shows.
The Art Club members will be involved in SHS or Somerville community events relating to art such as the Somerville Arts Council. Members will have opportunities to have excursions to view art, attend guest lectures, and participate in the art-making for art competitions.
Asian Culture Club
Is the Far East far? No! It is in front of you if you have the connection. Do you want to learn how to make a Chinese scallion pancake, dumplings, Vietnamese summer rolls or Japanese sushi? Do you want to learn Chinese Yo-Yo? Do you want to learn to do origami, cutting paper, and Chinese knotting? Do you like watching Asian drama? Do you want to learn to sing a pop song in Mandarin or Japanese? Do you want to learn tai chi and Chinese brush painting or calligraphy? Do you want to explore Asia? If so, then join us!
Mondays from 2:45 - 3:30
In the Astronomy Club students watch sci-fi movies and shows, experience stars being born and then dying in a supernova fireball, discuss the possibility of alien life and about humans exploring through space while discovering, exploring, and possibly colonizing other parts of our galaxy, and also learn about the sun, moon, and planets in our solar system by looking through a telescope during one of the star parties. Astronomy Club is out of this world!
Badminton Club is for all students who enjoy playing badminton recreationally. It is a sport more popular worldwide than in the USA and SHS has both experienced players who have played before and new players looking to learn. There are no set days to play. We are dependent upon the gymnasium schedule and have to fit ourselves in around athletics. Ping Pong is also played as part of the club most meeting days.
Students interested in learning to play a wind instrument (saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, flute or tuba) and perform with the high school band are encouraged to come to the band room across from the library (room 270). Learning to play an instrument is a great way to meet people who are similar and enjoy performing music together. Instrument and lessons are provided free of charge. Wow!
Thursdays at 2:45pm
Our SHS chapter is a member of Best Buddies International. The Best Buddies Chapter at SHS pairs students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with high school students. Best Buddies also offers students a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills. With the support of school faculty and Best Buddies staff, students lead and direct the Best Buddies Chapter at SHS. Activities include apple-picking, baking, holiday celebrations, museum visits, Friendship Field Day, a Celtics game, a dinner banquet, and more!
Select Thursdays in the library; listen to announcements.
Advisors: Lois Sweder
and Lisa Brewster
Do you like to read just for fun? Would you like to read books, short stories, and poetry without having to think about quizzes or essays? If so, the Book Club is the place for you. The meetings will give you the opportunity to think about, discuss, and exchange ideas about literature with your friends.
Tuesdays at 2:45pm
Advisor: Braden Moriarty
This club will take on the challenge of filming, editing, and producing timely and amazing video recaps of as many of the awesome concerts, assemblies, fairs, and other events taking place here at SHS as possible.
Fridays from 2:45-4:15
Players of all levels from grand masters to novices are invited and welcomed. Come and hone your game or learn how to play: play a little
or play a lot. The club also explores other games of strategy and skill from time to time as interest and curiosity dictate. Due, to the nature of some games of skill the diehard players often stay late but usually we end around five PM. It’s your move.
If you are an Orchestra or Band student who loves to sing, then sign up for the Chorus Club. Members will learn some of the same music as the class and perform with the chorus. Club members also travel with the chorus to festivals and competitions. In past years, the chorus and club members have participated in competitions in Washington, DC, Nashville, TN., and Orlando, FL. We go to Philadelphia this school year.
Meetings vary for each class. Please listen to announcements. These groups plan events for their respective classes such as semi-formals, proms, and more.
Class of 2021 Advisor: TBD
Class of 2020 Advisor: Veronica Rowlinson
Class of 2019 Advisor: Tammy Martorana
Class of 2018 Advisor: Meaghan McDevitt
Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps, video games, robots, and websites. Your web browser, your operating system, the apps on your phone, Facebook – they’re all made with code. The new Coding Club is a great way to explore all things programming -- learn common programming language, improve your programming skills, create your own apps, and more. The club will be project-based and student-driven. Learning coding empowers you to do many things you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do; come help get this new club started!
Community Service Club
Thursdays from 2:45-3:45
The Community Service Club hopes to improve the school, community, and state in which we live through positive interaction with the people and environment around us. Whether you want to get some experience working in a field you're interested in, want ideas of how you can be helpful to the community, or just need something to do after school with your friends - the community service club is for you! Whether you are a leader or a follower, have lots of free time or almost none at all, love working indoors or outside, we can help you find meaningful community service opportunities!
Culinary Cooking Club
Room: Culinary Arts
Advisor/Instructor: Jeff Stuart
The purpose of the culinary cooking club is to provide an opportunity for students to discover their passion for food. For students that have no culinary background, there will be basic culinary demonstrations with hands-on work so that students can be trained in the basic techniques of the kitchen. We are unique as the first culinary arts club at Somerville High School. We believe that all students have the ability to cook and we are here to help students discover, develop, and hone that passion.
Cultural Proficiency Student Advisory Board
Advisor: Amber Jackson
The Cultural Proficiency Student Advisory Board will advise and work with staff on the Cultural Proficiency Committee, which is dedicated to helping everyone in our diverse community thrive. Students in this club will help promote cultural proficiency among staff AND students. Activities might include: making PSAs, participating in faculty professional development, holding events, hosting forums around different topics, or inviting guest speakers. The club will meet after school every other Wednesday.
The Culture Committee assesses school culture through Voice surveys and conducts student-led focus groups for students. It then works to improve conditions for student learning based on that information. Responsibilities include coordinating student focus groups based on the survey data, writing the student focus group report of themes and findings based on the survey, and using that information to create goals and corresponding action plans to improve the school culture. Come to the place where student and staff voice lead to a commitment to action! See Ms. Alter or Mr. Macrchetti for details.
DECA is a national organization of marketing students. Any student previously or currently enrolled in marketing education, accounting, personal finance, or business law can join. DECA students compete at district, state, and national levels. These students also operate the school store and have fundraisers throughout the year.
Drum Line (World Percussion)
Room 270 (across from the school library)
Mondays from 2:45-4pm
Drumline is an ensemble of marching percussion instruments. We meet every Monday from 2:45-4pm. The Drumline plays in conjunction with the band as well as by itself in drum features called cadences. Drum Line is a great way to increase your rhythm and meet new friends.
Engineering Minority Outreach Club
Sponsored by MIT Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
Students in the Engineering Minority Outreach Club will explore engineering and related fields through fun hands-on challenges, and receive mentoring and tutoring from MIT students in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. This club aims to increase interest and achievement in STEM fields by Latino/a and Black students.
Do you love Project Runway or enjoy drawing concept wear? This club is for the fashionista, the creative designer and all those in between.
Thursdays, and every day during the build season (January and February)
FIRST™, an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is an international robotics competition that brings together teams of high school students to design, build, program, and test a robot that will compete in a team sport event. Students receive a hands-on, minds-on experience working with real engineers to learn and develop many new skills: not only engineering and design skills, but also leadership, business, public speaking, coaching, and communication skills.
Listen to announcements for details. room 457
The French Club promotes interest in learning about the cultures of francophone countries. We celebrate many customs and traditions of the French-speaking world. Activities include films, games, cooking demonstrations, outings to restaurants, and more!
Future Chefs’ Club
In Culinary Arts
This club is for students with an interest in food, cooking, baking, and healthy eating. Students are introduced to kitchen safety, basic cooking skills, and foodservice terminology. Weekly meetings will include recipe production, guest chef demonstrations, field trips, and healthy food fundraising events. Senior club members who qualify will compete in cook-offs and vie for scholarships and employment opportunities.
Gay/Straight and Gender/Sexuality Awareness Alliance (GSA)
This is a group whose goals are to stop hatred, increase respect for diversity, and educate other students and the community about LGBTQ+ issues. Sometimes we use glitter! We aren’t just about being gay; we are about meeting new people and making friends. We have interesting discussions, watch movies, play games, eat snacks, and more! All are welcome.
Gospel Choir Club
Like singing Gospel Music? Then come join us. Gospel Choir Club is designed for those students who wish to explore the rich diversity of Gospel Music. Students will sing traditional to contemporary gospel music styles. The Gospel Choir Club will perform throughout the school year.
Mondays in room 425
Interested in making the school, community, and world a more environmentally-friendly place? Want to learn about gardening and recycling? The Somerville High Green Club is a group focused on making Somerville High and the community a more environmentally friendly place through education and action. At our meetings, we participate in activities to educate ourselves about environmental problems as well as planning events and programs to educate others and make change. Our club has also brought cafeteria recycling to the high school and will be focusing on getting 100% recycling at every lunch. We have a garden in the front of the school where we grow vegetables and herbs. Come join our fun and successful group!!
This club provides an opportunity for Haitian students and/or those interested in Haitian culture to meet, share ideas, and celebrate Haitian culture.
In gym based on availability; please listen to announcements for meeting times
Advisor: Jeremy Rischall
Handball will be a club run only in the fall. It will share gym time with badminton club and take up two-thirds of the gym. It is a world-wide sport and is great activity and is played with teams of seven a side and six outfield players and a goal keeper. Handball is played on indoor courts, which are 40 meters by 20. The goal of the game is to move the ball by hand between teammates and hurl the ball into a goal similar to those used in hockey. It’s not uncommon to see 50 goals in a single 60-minute match. Please contact Mr. Rischall with any questions about getting involved.
Health and Fitness Seminar (Fitness Club)
Advisor (semester2) – Janet Flynn
Develop your individual workout plan or join with a friend to burn some calories and get in shape. All the cardiovascular, strength and flexibility equipment is available to use. The tentative days planned are Monday and Thursday, 2:45 to 4:45. Listen to announcements for details.
Highlander Theatre Company (Formerly Drama Club and The Musical)
Thursday meetings / Musical and Festival Rehearsals TBD
Advisor: Charles Jabour
The Highlander Theatre Company (HTC) is the resident theatre company at Somerville High School. HTC presents two productions per year: a musical in February, and a touring festival play in March. Our members are involved with all aspects of production, from selecting the plays, to designing sets, costumes, and sound, to performing and directing, so there is something for everyone, no matter how comfortable you feel onstage! Whether you audition for a production, join us for a trip to see live theatre, or come on Thursdays to play improv games and laugh off the pressures of school, you will always find a welcoming and supportive community as a part of the Highlander Theatre Company.
Thursdays from 2:47 - 3:47
The objective of The Italian Club will be to deepen our students’ knowledge in various fields of the Italian culture such as cinema, literature, cuisine, music, and art. It will also give an opportunity to students not taking Italian to become aquatinted with the Italian language.
Junior Statesman Club (JSA)
Room 429, listen to announcements for details
This group meets to discuss current political and social topics and goes on out-of-state trips to meet with students from other JSA chapters and engage in competition debates.
Literature and Art Magazine: "Visions"
The Literature and Art Magazine needs students to submit creative pieces (stories, art, poetry, photography, etc). These submissions can be emailed to Ms. Delury at any time or dropped off in room 250. We can print with or without your name, so don't be shy! Also, the club needs students to help select, edit, format, and distribute the magazine. We meet regularly to go through submissions, edit, vote and layout the look of the magazine.
Local History Club
The Local History Club is dedicated to celebrating the rich history of Somerville. The club will be for students who want to learn more about Somerville's history through re-enactments and who will participate in city wide activities such as marching in the Memorial Day Parade, being part of Patriots Day, Ghosts of Somerville, etc. As re-enactors, students could pick a person whose life story is associated with Somerville and they would use that background to reenact and dress up like that character, learning more about that historical period. It is a great and creative way to participate in helping Somerville’s community events become more festive and creative.
Do you want to be blown away by some awesome magic tricks? Or maybe you want to join the ranks of SHS’ magicians and learn how to do magic? Either way, Magic Club is for you! We do it all, from card tricks to coin tricks and everything in between. If you decide to learn some magic tricks, then join us for the MathMagical event, a collaboration with the Math Club where we go to elementary schools and teach math in a magical way. We welcome any skill level and are more than happy to teach any type of magic trick. Regardless of whether you want to see magic or learn it, join the Magic Club today!
Mondays on math meet days only; listen to announcements for details
This club provides an opportunity for students of all abilities to solve challenging problems (at their level) in a fun and competitive atmosphere while making friends and participating in team-building activities. The math club also hosts four meets for elementary school students in which club members run the meet, award points, and announce the winners. The club meets once a month in room 412 to explore interesting topics not usually seen in a math class.
Last Thursday of the month, 2:35 – 4:35
Advisor: David Piper
Welcome to Movie Club, where we can watch ranges of genres and tastes of movies and have fun after school to unwind and relax. Watching is only one part; we can discuss the film prior to viewing it.
This club helps English language learners to participate in different school activities. We meet people from different cultures. We attend school events and sports games. We work together with other student clubs. We make study groups. We make English conversation groups. We make native language conversation groups.
Room: Culinary Arts
Advisor: Jeff Stuart
Eating healthy is an important part of your health. Sometimes it is hard to know what is in the food you are eating. You will understand key tips on recognizing and understanding the nutrition information found in food labels. Use this information to help decide what choices to make when preparing a wholesome meal. Within the CULINARY ARTS program we will understand all concepts of healthy eating and make healthy meals.
Outdoor Activities Club
Listen to announcements for details
Whether you prefer a quiet walk in the woods, or want to try something more adventurous like skiing or rock climbing, the Outdoor Activities Group provides students with a wide range of recreational and outdoor activities at some of New England’s finest venues. It is a chance to hang out with friends and try new things in a safe and healthy environment.
Alternate Mondays, 2:45 – 4:00
Advisor: Tom Linville
Open to all students regardless of experience. Explore a variety of materials and techniques from new to “old school” photography. Improve your photographic skills. Your club, your ideas!
Open to all students 9-12 (Students do not have to be of Portuguese/Brazilian descent or be taking Portuguese in school). It is a student- centered club that celebrates Portuguese/Brazilian heritage and culture and promotes interest of the Portuguese language. It also provides students with hands-on opportunities to explore and enjoy Portuguese language and culture. Activities such as Brazilian films, cooking lessons with Culinary Club, music, dance, art, and history will allow students a chance to connect in a diverse and casual environment.
School Newspaper / The Piper
Mondays after school
Have you ever thought of having your own column in a newspaper? Do you enjoy attending school events and writing about them and/or taking pictures? Any interest in writing editorials or drawing cartoons? Even if you don’t take journalism as a class, you can still be a part of the school newspaper. Students are responsible for publication of The Piper. We need writers, editors, and photographers. Come be part of the fun!
2-3 Tuesdays a month, with meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from October – April.
This group competes against about 30 North Shore schools, ranging from Cambridge to some from the state of Maine. There are lab events, building events, surprise building events, and paper and pen events. For more information, please visit http://northshorescienceleague.org.
Somerville Positive Forces 100 (SPF100)
Every Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30pm, plus 2-4 hours per month
Youth Leading Positive Change *** Apply Today! SPF100 empowers teens to lead positive social change in the community through exciting campaigns, videos and events. We meet every Thursday from 3:30pm – 5:30pm, plus 2-4 hours per month for project planning and events. We are looking for energetic youth leaders to serve as drug and alcohol-free role models and work as part of a team to address issues impacting teens including drug/alcohol use and related problems like depression and bullying. Youth leaders earn 80 volunteer hours for their participation and a $100 monthly stipend. Pick up an application at the SHS Club Fair or the Main Public Library Teen Room. This is a community-based youth group supported by Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP). For more information, please contact: Lovelee Heller
, SCAP Program Director or call 617-625-6600 x4322.
Thursdays in room 154
Open to all students 9-12 (member does not have to be of Hispanic descent or be taking Spanish in school). It is a student- centered club that celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture and promotes interest of the Spanish language. It also provides students with hands-on opportunities to explore and enjoy Spanish language and culture. Activities such as Spanish films, authentic food, music, dance, art, and history will allow students a chance to connect in a diverse and casual environment.
Street Holler Band
Thursdays, room TBD
This is an alternative performance ensemble for singers and any instrumentalists. Must be FUNKY.
Thursdays, before School
Student Council is a student-led group that involves its members in meaningful decision-making and action in and around the school. This representative body, whose leaders are chosen by their classmates, also organizes activities such as the rally and student government day. It is also responsible for holding all elections that take place during the school year, and it advises school administration on important matters affecting students.
Study Buddies is a club that counts as community service. The club is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Club members will go to the East Somerville Community School to tutor 4th and 5th grade students. The club will meet on Mondays in the ESCS cafeteria from 2:45-3:45 PM. From 2:45-3:30 PM, study buddies will study together. From 3:30-3:45 PM, club members will have time to play games to get to know their buddy.
Table-Top Games Club
This Club meets on most Mondays (and other random days) after school. Students enhance their critical thinking by playing a variety of table-top games that include classic games as well as newer independent games, storytelling games, and strategy games. All levels of players are welcome.
Teen Health Advisory
Advisor: Meaghan McDevitt
This is a group for all students who are interested in health issues, activism, and fun! At weekly meetings we talk about important health issues such as dating violence, pregnancy prevention, HIV and STIs, relationships, smoking, and much more. We’ll have presentations, field trips, information tables, and other ways to make your voice heard.
Advisor: Ted Blake
This club is a mix of laid-back games and serious competition, including friendly games of Trivial Pursuit, Taboo, Bananagrams, Boggle, and Apples to Apples. We also compete against other schools in events such as WGBH High School Quiz Show, the Knowledge Master Open and WorldBoston’s Academic WorldQuest. Last year, we finished second in the North Shore College Bowl, a monthly trivia competition against other high schools. Whether you want match wits with the sharpest students in Massachusetts or if you just want to come play a friendly game, the Trivia Club is the choice for you.
In the fall, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-4:30
In the spring, 4-5 days of practice and games per week, some weekend tournaments
Boys’ Coach: Carlos Contreras
, Room 305
Girls’ Coach: Beth O’Connor
GM: Alicia Kersten
, Room 340
Also known as Villen Ultimate, this team plays the exciting, fast, and fun sport of Ultimate Frisbee in the fall and in the spring. New players are very welcome and no experience is necessary; the fall season is devoted to teaching skills and the sport, especially to new players. In the spring, the team competes against other schools and in weekend tournaments.
Video Game Club
Fridays from 2:45 – 3:45
Advisor: Eric Semple
The Video Game Club is exactly what it sounds like: we play video games in school. What more could you want? Join us on Fridays and unwind before the weekend with a blend of co-op and versus games in numerous genres, on consoles, PC, and mobile. New members, and new consoles, are always welcome.
Women’s Empowerment Group
Women's Empowerment Group (W.E) is a student-run organization that is open to anyone who identifies herself as a young woman. Its goals are to empower girls for personal and social transformation, inspire girls to have a voice, build the ability and problem-solving capacity to speak up, be decision makers, create visionary change, and realize their full potential. There will be weekly meetings, during which young women will discuss their week, issues pertaining their personal lives, and issues facing women at large. The meetings will not be solely based on the issues, but on ways to solve them. We seek to address the very heart of issues confronting girls: increasing confidence in their own voice, developing life skills, and improving the ability to identify paths and resources within their communities that can contribute to positive changes. This extra-curricular activity will teach SHS young women to become active leaders engaged in their neighborhoods and in their nation. We will forge bonds with active female role models within the community, engage in seminars centered on women empowerment, and become role models ourselves for the younger girls in Somerville Public Schools and the community.
Advisor: Maria Konstantopoulos
The Yearbook staff is responsible for creating the Somerville High School Yearbook every year. This includes graphic design of pages, fundraising, organization of photography, sales of senior clothing, and creation of a multi-media DVD that is shipped as a summer supplement.