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Activities

Students may join a variety of clubs and activities that have an academic, athletic, artistic or community emphasis.

ACTIVITY OR CLUBFACULTY ADVISOR

Mission:  To promote human rights and justice throughout the world.

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement working impartially for the release of all prisoners of conscience, fair and prompt trials for political prisoners and an end to torture.  Over 1.1 million Amnesty International members work on behalf of human rights in 150 countries.  We welcome anyone interested in Amnesty to join our club.  Meetings are held after school on Thursdays.  New members are needed and always welcome.  Come and voice your opinion.

Stephen Lapolla

Mission: To foster skills and an appreciation of the visual arts through experience and instruction in a variety of art activities.

Art Club is for all students who are interested in creating art through a variety of different media. Students will participate in painting, drawing, and sculpture projects, as well as creating in the areas of computer, video and photography. Projects are selected according to student interest at the beginning of the school year. Interests may range from creating a mural and easel painting to developing a sculpture garden, working with Plaster craft, portrait photography, and video production. Student trips to local museums and art galleries may be also planned, but depend on available transportation.

Valerie Gordon

The Audio Visual Club is a service group that aids the staff in delivering and repairing multimedia resources and equipment. Due to insurance regulations, these students must be 16 years of age or older. If interested, contact Mr. Ford.

Steven Ford
Chamber Orchestra

 

Susan Chrzan
Chamber SingersShellie Badger
ChorusShellie Badger

Mission: To expose the students to the theater, and teach them how it works.

This group puts on a major musical production each year in the spring. Tryouts are usually held in the fall. Students will sing, dance and act. If you cannot do all three that’s okay, many learn or do what they can. Between those on stage, back stage, tech or pit, the number usually runs around 80-100 students. In this group you will work hard, have fun and find great pride in what you do.

Kara Macpherson
Melissa Dupont
Shellie Badger
Scott Halliday
Concert BandJonathan Kusche

Mission: To provide the school and community with news, features, editorials, and sports coverage concerning Columbia and the world-at-large.

Writers, artists, photographers, grammatical gurus, readers, graphic design wizards…we are the group for you! The Devil’s Advocate is published 4-5 times during the school year and is truly a student-run, student-oriented newspaper. Our club welcomes new members throughout the year, and we look forward to comments from our readership as well. If you are interested in having your voice heard, please consider joining the staff.

Meagan Asenbauer/Kara Macpherson

Mission: To earn the DMV-285 certificate that qualifies a person for a driver education certificate.

Driver Education will again be offered at Columbia High School for the 2016-17 school year. Session 1 will run from September through December. Session 2 will run from February through June, with sign-ups for Session 2 beginning in January. Enrollment and certificate handouts will take place through Mr. Tooker. Car classes will be provided by Bell’s Auto Driving School and the classroom sessions will be taught by Mr. Wysocki. Students who complete the course will earn a DMV-285 certificate which qualifies them for the MV-285 New York State Drivers Education Certificate, which may lead to an insurance reduction and/or increased driving privileges. Contact Mr. Tooker at 207-2000 orTookerJe@egcsd.org for further information.

Jeff Tooker

Mission: Promotion of tolerance and cultural diversity awareness within the school community through community service activities.

The Ethnic Coalition meets weekly to discuss, plan and implement activities, which encourage cultural diversity within the school and community.

Jason DeFrias/Chelsea Dyer

Mission: To bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

FBLA strives to: develop competent, aggressive business leadership; strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work; create more interest in and understanding of American business enterprise; encourage members in the development of individual projects that contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community; develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism; encourage and practice efficient money management; encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty; assist students in the establishment of occupational goals; and facilitate the transition from school to work.

Donna Shepardson and Katrina Gruet

Mission: With focus on German activities and field trips, learning more about German culture and language, with major emphasis on the G.A.P.P. program.

Rune Williams

Mission: Interact gives CHS students the chance to make a real difference while having fun.

The Interact club carries out at least two service projects a year: one that helps their school or community, and one that promotes international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships and learn the importance of:

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill

George Hartnagle

Mission: To develop and promote an appreciation for big band jazz and jazz literature.

Jazz Band rehearses once a week after school for 1 1/2 hours. Students perform several concerts a year in school and around the community. The musical selections are drawn from traditional big band music of the 1940s through the 2000s. Auditions for this ensemble are held in the spring of the previous school year.

Scott Halliday

Mission: To promote a concern and responsibility toward our fellow human beings.

Key Club is a service organization than encourages students to become involved in community affairs. It is affiliated with the local Kiwanis Club and also is part of a statewide and National association of Key Clubs. In the past it has organized and participated in such things as fundraisers, walkathons and babysitting for elementary school parent nights.

Nicole Conte

Mission: To promote the creative arts through the publication of a literary and arts magazine.

The members of The Labyrinth meet weekly from September to June. The primary goal is to discuss and vote on submissions by students. In April the magazine is laid out and then published by May. We also read and discuss published writers. Special events are sometimes held.

Jennifer Quail

Mission: This is a club with its focus on teaching students how to be leaders.

LTLD is an exciting club where there will be multiple opportunities throughout the year to get involved in leadership activities.

Rune Williams

Mission: To encourage students to participate in the democratic process and become better citizens.

Model Congress is a debate style club for students interested in political science and/or current events. The students propose issues (often in the form of bills) then debate their stance. Model Congress provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about and experience the American legislative system first hand. MC delegates, always a diverse group, debate important issues in a forum that encourages individual thought and allows for fun and interesting topics of debate.

James Driscoll

Mission: For well over 90 years the National Honor Society has worked to bring the achievements of outstanding high school students to the attention of their classmates, parents, communities and the colleges they plan to attend.

When the National Honor Society was founded in 1921, the hope was to create an organization that would recognize and encourage academic achievement while developing other essential characteristics for students to be model citizens in their school and communities.  These ideals of scholarship, character, service, and leadership remain as relevant today as they were three-quarters of a century ago.

Students may not apply for membership in the National Honor Society.  Membership is granted only to those students selected by the faculty council of advisors in each school.  The selection process focuses on four necessary criteria needed by each candidate; scholarships, leadership, service and character.

The faculty council develops working definitions of these criteria and surveys the entire faculty and staff to access students who are academically eligible.

Scholarship: 90% weighted average

Leadership: Demonstrates leadership in extracurricular activities, classroom discussions, and contributes to improve the civic life of the school and community.

Service: Participation in extracurricular activities each year throughout their tenure in high school (9-12).  Activities, ie: athletics, drama club, scouting, 4-H Club, and community volunteer services.

Character: Upholds principles of morality and ethics, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability.  Observes proper conduct in school, follows rules, punctuality, and respect for others.

On behalf of the faculty advisors to the Honor Society, we offer each student an opportunity to work toward the goal of becoming a member in the “Les Savants” chapter of the National Honor Society at Columbia High School.

John Evertsen
OrchestraSusan Chrzan

Mission: To develop leadership skills including communication, decision-making, and self-esteem to become a more confident leader and to lead in school and community activities. Philosophies that inspire us: “Many Hands Make Light Work,” If We All Do a Little, A Lot Gets Done”  and “If It Is To Be, It Is Up To Me.”

CHS Peer Leadership is a club whose members serve as positive role models in their high school and also to younger students in our district. Activities include: assisting organizations and clubs in Columbia in their many philanthropic endeavors, working closely with the East Greenbush Department for Youth Services and recreation on their many community events, working closely with school social workers for our  Operation Santa program, working with the East Greenbush Transportation Team on the annual Winterfest Community Event, “Becca’s Closet is our collection of gently used formal wear for the purpose of cost efficient participation in our school formals, and working with the STRIDES organization to host the annual Harvest Ball which serves the special needs population of Rensselaer, Albany, Columbia, Schoharie Counties.

Jennifer Quail/Michelle Hall

The Pride Club (formally Gay-Straight Alliance) is a student-run club that brings together LGBTQ+ and straight students to be supportive of each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and to create a platform for current issues that may arise. Our meetings take place from 2:20-3:20 after school in the library on Tuesdays. Everyone is welcome!

Kate Banks

Mission: To foster a sense of community based on a common interest in science, which allows students to develop their full potential. To provide an opportunity for students to pursue their interests in, and master specific science topics not addressed by the current curriculum.

The CHS Science Olympiad utilizes the National Science Olympiad as the primary vehicle for achieving its mission. Student teams participate in a program of local, regional, state and national competitions. Students share a common homeroom and meet with each other and with faculty coaches after school and at other times to prepare for their events. This preparation may include building and testing a variety of devices and systems, honing their laboratory skills, adding to their knowledge base in a variety of topics, and improving their observational and communication skills. The CHS Science Club holds several social events for members, and runs two fund-raising activities each year. The record of past performance for the CHS Science Olympiad teams has been phenomenal. They have finished 1st in the region consistently, and were crowned state champions in 2015 and 2016.

Diana Prout
Darleen Morgan
Hugh Sarno

Mission: To allow students to learn and enjoy a lifetime winter sport.

Ski Club is open to all interested students in grades 6-12. The club takes students after school during the winter months to enjoy skiing and snowboarding at nearby Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort. The club provides chartered busing transportation, lessons for all abilities, and equipment rentals when needed.

Rune Williams

Mission: Student Council is dedicated to working for the betterment of the whole school community, socially, culturally, and politically.

Student Council has many goals, including promoting school spirit, fostering self-dignity among students at Columbia High School. The club also encourages positive attitudes, student-to-student and student-to-faculty. In addition, the club members act as adjunct service group to those in need of assistance both in the school and the community-at-large.

Student Council strives to inform and educate the public about the positive achievements and talents of the student body. The club also teaches the student members and the entire school body that helping others and working together cooperatively can be both fun and rewarding.

Student Council Website

Chelsea Dyer/Kelley Sheraw

Mission: To increase the student body’s knowledge in making smart decisions while having fun and being a positive influence on oneself and others.

Columbia’s S.A.D.D. chapter is one of many nationally recognized organizations participating in schools throughout the USA. Through joining S.A.D.D., students will be able to attend local conferences, participate in and implement activities such as Winterfest, Health Awareness Week, Columbia’s famous pre-prom car crash, Grimm Reaper Day, Red Ribbon Day, Holiday Awareness, and much more. If you’re looking to an interesting and fun club, come check us out!

Lee Gordon

Mission: To increase awareness of environmental issues and promote stewardship of the planet by organization of recycling programs at Columbia High School.

Leonard Fudge/Rob West
Symphonic Band/Wind EnsembleScott Halliday

Mission: To expose students to elements of graphic design, photography, and the intricacies of marketing and publishing a major book.

The Columbian Yearbook Club is for all students who are interested in helping to create, publish, and promote the Columbian Yearbook. Club members are asked to photograph some school events, and to work with an outside photographer to capture every aspect of life at CHS. This club designs and creates each and every page of the yearbook each year (over 200 pages!). Members interact weekly to meet strict publishing deadlines. The reward at the end of each year is a book of memories that students can keep for a lifetime.

Yearbook Website

Kate Hastings
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND ADVISORS
(Please note, these activities are not funded by the District and meet after school hours.)

Mission: To give students the opportunity to play modern music styles on traditional orchestral instruments.

Baroquen Chords rehearses once a week after school for an hour. Students perform concerts in school and community settings. Music selections will be taken from the recent and classic rock and pop genres. BC is open to any student currently enrolled in Columbia’s orchestra program. Interested students who are not enrolled should speak with Mrs. Chrzan.

Sue Chrzan

Computer Club is an after school activity that meets once per week and focuses on many different aspects of computer science. Strategy and logic board games are used to increase deduction and problem solving skills, along with the use of online tutorials to teach students how to code. Other activities may include puzzles, raspberry pi (building and playing), guest speakers, and online games that may be played individually or cooperatively. All students grades 9 – 12 are welcome, no matter their experience level!

Jessica Hladik

Mission: Foster positive social interaction while engaging in sci-fi role playing games including Dungeons and Dragons.

D&D club is a place for anyone who enjoys tabletop role playing games to meet, game, and geek out together. If you like swords, wizards, monsters, zombies, laser-wielding robots, and other fantasy/sci-fi things, this is your club. All experience levels are welcome, from seasoned veterans to first-time gamers. Come and join a campaign, run your own, or just play a quick game of Magic: the Gathering.

Laura Gavlick

To advance the sport of Ultimate at CHS by enhancing and promoting CharacterCommunity, and Sportsman-like Competition.

Leonard Fudge

Mission: To provide students the opportunity to compete against area schools in a trivia based question and answer game.

Masterminds is an academic competition for students against local area schools. Students are asked to perform individually and collectively to answer questions in the areas of art, literature, history/geography, mathematics, pop culture, and much more.

Stefani and Scott Monuteaux

Math League is a series of six New York State Mathematics League contests that are administered after school. Students are expected to have a background in advanced algebra, geometry and high-level thinking skills.

Marilyn Thompson

This student produced / student performed activity usually takes place at the beginning of school.  Continuation of the group may vary from year to year depending on availability.

Kara Macpherson
Sunshine Club (for staff)Gretchen Schulz
Class Advisors
Class of 2018Frank DiDonato/Stefani Monuteaux/Scott Monuteaux
Class of 2019Rune Williams/Kathleen LeForestier
Class of 2020Tara Maney/Pete Zilgme
Class of 2021Mary Lally/Ashley Rickson