Clubs & Activities

Version May 21, 2010

ACADEMIC BOWL TEAM
Advisors: Robert Baker and Adam Cole  
Academic Bowl is a trivia club whose weekly meetings involve team Jeopardy competitions.  At least twice a year, members compete in matches against local schools featuring questions on history, literature, science, math, art, music, and current events.  Meetings are Friday afternoons and you can contact Mr. Cole or Mr. Baker if you have any questions.

ADVOCATE
Advisor: Jonathan Cooke
The Needham High School Advocate, the school's yearbook, is produced by the Advocate's student editors and staff.  Sports, clubs and activities, staff, candid photos, and portraits of all seniors, as well as underclassmen, are included in the book.  The Advocate staff plans, lays out, and coordinates the entire artistic production of the yearbook, as well as monitoring and administering all sales and circulation issues.  Any student at Needham High School is welcome to apply for an editor position on the Advocate staff.  Positions include:
Editor in Chief  
Sports Editors  
Circulation/Business Editors
Arts/Layout Editors
Clubs/Activities Editor
Photographers
Assistant Editors

ANIMAL CLUB
Advisor: Kimberly Pinkos
The focus of this club will is on Animals.  The plan is to work with some local Animal Shelters and also to become involved with more global animal welfare concerns as well as any other causes that students would like to work with.  It will also be a great group for students with a common interest to come together and discuss their pets and possibly future careers that deal with animals.


ANIME CLUB
Advisor: Candace Chase
Anime Club strives to promote interest Japanese anime and manga among all students of high school age in Needham. We meet twice weekly, at the Needham Public Library in their Community Room. We play Japanese games, tryout crafts,discuss manga and other aspects of Japanese culture. On Wednesdays we watch a variety of anime. Our main event ofthe year is Anime Boston for which we raise fund through bake sales and other activities.

BOMB SQUAD
Advisor: Felicia Fraser
The NHS Bomb Squad is a stepping/step-dancing group that uses a mixture of clapping and footsteps to create rhythms and visual formations that resemble military formations.
The Bomb Squad performs at the NHS Pep Rally in the fall and other NPS events, as requested. Tryouts are held at the beginning of each school year. The Bomb Squad is also invited to represent NHS at various events, namely the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast in January at the First Baptist Church in Needham.
The club meets after school prior to the NHS Pep Rally and then occasionally after school to prepare for games or other events.

COMPUTER & ROBOTICS CLUB
Advisor: Hans Batra
This club is for any student interested in engineering design.  We meet after school and in the evenings throughout the year to design, build, and, program robots.  We usually enter a local competition to compete against other schools.  During the competition season, we usually meet several times a week. Any NHS student interested in engineering design is welcome to join, no prior experience necessary.  All you need is an interest and desire to learn.  For more information, see Mr. Batra.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
Advisor: Jonathan OConnor

ENGINEERING & DESIGN CLUB
Advisor: Gerry Gagnon

ENGLISH CLUB
Advisor: Departmental

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION CLUB
Advisor: David Cournoyer
The NHS Environmental Club is a group of students who meet most Tuesday afternoons during the school year for about a half an hour to discuss environmental issues that our school, town, country, and ultimately the globe faces as we attempt to seek a sustainable balance with our one and only planet earth. Here is a sampling of the 2010 year-to-date:
We are currently:
  Implementing and managing single-stream recycling at NHS
  Supporting the efforts to remove trash from the school fields following athletic events
  Engaging in the Environmental Questions/Issues of the Month forum with our club to get answers to pressing issues
  Forwarding environmental tips of the month to the NHS student news channel to suggest sensible green habits to our students.
  Making available more recycling bins in the hallways of the high school than ever before.
 Adding more recycling bins in the cafeteria to promote more recycling
 Donating $500 for Haiti emergency relief efforts (Red Cross)
Working on (or worked on):
  Making an effort to remove styrofoam trays from the cafeteria and replace them with a sustainable alternative for next year
  Developing an environmentally-friendly school store
  Reducing the number of hallway and classroom lights used during and after school hours
  Our Maple Syrup Fundraising event which features tapping of local trees to process sap for making pure syrup
  Our 4th Annual Faculty Appreciation Pancake Breakfast in April featuring our own locally produced maple syrup
  Field trip to a newly built energy efficient home in the area
 PTC Craft Fair fundraiser with the environmental students to sell sustainable products

FERMATA NOWHERE
Advisor: Katie Burke
"Fermata Nowhere" is a non-audition female a cappella group.  Students direct this group and the music is chosen and arranged by the group.  Students perform at local events and a cappella shows.  The group practices every Friday morning starting at 7:15 am.

FISHIN BUDDIES
Advisor: Gabe Nardie

FOOD CULTURES CLUB
Advisor: Adam Cole

GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE
Advisor: To Be Announced
We are a group of students and faculty who voluntarily meet once a week to discuss the news, the school, and just about everything else.Our focus is to show the school community that there are GLBTQ students everywhere, and to make the school a safe place for everyone to learn.


GLOBAL COMPETENCY STUDENT ORGANIZATION
Advisor: Michael Hirsh

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Advisors: Katie Brady
Needham High School Habitat for Humanity club works in partnership with people everywhere, from all walks of life, to develop communities with people in need by building and renovating houses so that there are decent houses in decent communities in which every person can experience a healthy and safe living environment.
The high school club participates in local outreach and advocates for the right of all people to have housing. Each year about 20 students participate in a Collegiate Challenge Trip over February Break. We have traveled to Virginia, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Alabama.

HACKEY SACK CLUB
Advisor: Katie Brady

HARVARD MODEL CONGRESS
Advisor: Drew Ames and Bob Baker
The Model Congress/Model UN is a club for all grades that attends Model UN events locally and the Harvard Model Congress in Boston.  Model Congress/ Model UN invites student to act as legislators and ambassadors in attempting to pass legislation or reach consensus.  Students act in assigned role on a side variety of issues. This dynamic activity builds speaking skills and helps students learn how to effect change.  In 2009-10, we attended a one day conference in Shrewsbury and a four day event in Boston.  We also ran three model congresses at NHS.  Students can join the club without the expectation of joining all events.

HILLTOPPER, THE
Advisor: Robert Flaggert

INTERNATIONAL CLUB
Advisor: Helaine Block

INVESTMENT CLUB
Advisor:  Margo Fisher Martin

KIDZ B KIDZ CLUB
Advisor:  Nancy Corderman
Kidz b Kidz is a non-profit organization whose mission is to teach children about empathy, the importance of helping others, and encourage them to continue to find ways to use their artful hands and generous spirits to do good in the world. Kidz b Kidz inspires kids to create artwork from their hearts used in products sold to fund medical breakthroughs and save kids lives. We are charity awareness for children!
The Kidz b Kidz Club run their own KbK Art Parties in schools, hospitals, and other public venues. The club members follow what happens to a drawing once it leaves the art party and how it ultimately becomes a product and eventually helps others. We teach our teens about building leadership and entrepreneurial skills and they also get to experience first-hand how their input into a community program can truly create change and make a difference. Our hope is to inspire kids to come up with their own ideas and ways to do something good in the world, now and in the future.
Please visit our website at: www.kidzbkidz.org 

LATIN CLUB
Advisor: Lauren Downey

LINUX
Advisor: Ahron Davidi
Linux (Computer) Club started as a group of about 10 students who have expressed an interest in learning about PCs. The group meets on Wednesdays in room 204 or off-campus for a more technical environment. The group is technically led by a home-schooled student who guides the rest of the students. The aim of the group is to build computers and donate them to needy families. The group received old computers from individuals and companies and are in the process of building several computers.

LITERARY MAGAZINE: THE RAG
Advisor: Elizabeth Brown
The Rag is the Needham High School literary magazine. Students solicit, read, evaluate, and publish selected poetry, short fiction, essays, and art from the student body. The magazine is published once or twice a year in the spring.

LONGBOARD CLUB
Advisor: Doug Stanczak

LOST CLUB
Advisor: Dan Hudder

MAGIC: THE GATHERING CLUB
Advisor: Michael Hirsh

MAKE A STATEMENT DAY
Advisor: Ann Perham

MANDARIN CLUB
Advisor: Yu-Wen Wang
Our purpose is to learn about the Asian culture, society, and food. We will spend most of our time in Chinatown, seeing the different shops and businesses. We have gone on a trip to Chinatown before. On Mrs. Wangs website: http://nhswanglaoshi.wikispace.com/Mandarin+Club under mandarin club there is a picture of us when we went to Chinatown in November 2009.

MARCHING BAND/COLOR GUARD
Advisor: Gerard Gagnon
Marching Band/Color Guard season starts the week before school begins (this year it is 8/23). There is one week of preseason rehearsals every day
Rehearsal are M/W nights from 5-7:30PM.
We play at all home games and 1-2 away games each year.
We perform 1-2 times per year in locally hosted competitions.
All students are welcome to join, regardless of experience.
Attendance is mandatory to all performances and rehearsals.
Season is primarily Fall,although we also perform at several parades throughout the year.
Open to 8th graders as well, with parental approval.


MATH TEAM
Advisor: Jen Carmody
Math Team is for all students who love solving problems and working with other students interested in math. The group meets every Wednesday after school for student-run practices.  Five times a year we travel to Greater Boston Math League meets. Math team also prepares for other math competitions, including Math Olympiad and the New England Math League.
Interested students should contact captains Val Barboy, Ken Lin, or Ms Carmody, the advisor. Ms Carmody is in room 223.

MENDING HEARTS
Advisor: Cathy Clemens
Mending Hearts is a service learning project where students of all levels work together to make quilts for and form bonds with people who have lost their homes and possessions due to disasters such as fires or hurricanes.  Club members are eligible to earn community service credit as they form relationships with people who have suffered great loss.  Not only do members learn sewing and design skills, but they also research the news to find out who might benefit from our project, write the story of the quilt for quilt recipients, and work with students at other levels in and beyond Needham to create unique personal gifts to help others who have lost everything dear to them.
Please visit our website at www.mendingheartsneedham.org, see what quilts we've made, and contact us if you're interested in becoming involved.

MOCK TRIAL
Advisor: Wayne Heike
The mock trial team competes with other MA schools in an exercise of trial procedures in a courtroom setting.  There is a case provided by the Mass Bar Assoc. that all competing schools learn and students assume roles to perform during the trial competitions.  The team employs the volunteer efforts of attorneys to steer the team through the legal issues of the case.  Those students who have public speaking ability or experience and those who wish to improve these skills would enjoy this club and its activities.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Advisor: David Neves

NATIONAL HISTORY DAY TEAM
Advisor: Kenneth Brooke

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Advisors: Mercy Cevallos and Ann Perham
After being invited on the basis of their average, National Honor Society candidates are selected on the bases of character, leadership and service to the community; the selection process is a blind one. From April of their junior year through the same month as seniors, members assist in many events at school, and also carry out their own service projects. Please see http://www2.needham.k12.ma.us/nhs/sports_act/NHS/index.html for more information.
We thank you for your interest.

NEEDHAM ASIAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS ASSOCIATION (NAASA)
Advisor: Yu-Wen Wang
NAASA is the Needham Asian American Student Association. Our goal is to raise awareness of the diversity of Asian culture. We meet once every other week starting in October and lasting until March. At meetings, we have presentations about various Asian countries and cultures. There are also special events such as Asian movie day and Asian game day. Most notable amongst our activities are our annual Pocky sale and our trip to Chinatown. We are also involved in helping organize and set up for the school's Chinese New Year celebration in collaboration with the Mandarin Club.

NEEDHAN HIGH CHESS CLUB
Advisor: Joseph Gerber
To introduce NHS Students (male and female) to: the rules of chess, how the pieces move,different chess openings, middle game strategy, how to play various end games, how to record your games, and team competition against other high school Chess Teams. Our goal is to form a traveling Chess Team that will compete in the High School Chess League in our local area.
Joseph Gerber: (781) 801-0199

NHS HIP-HOP CLUB
Advisor: Margo Fisher Martin
This student run club meets twice a week in the winter and performs at basketball games.
This club is for dancers of all levels and is a great way to expand one's knowledge of dance while having fun and trying new moves.
Regular attendance is required.

NHS STUDENTS FOR EXPRESSIVE ART
Advisor: Drew Ames

NHS STUDENTS FOR HAITI
Advisor: Katie Burke
NHS Students for Haiti is a student-run group that develops fundraisers in efforts to raise money for Haiti relief.  The group also aims to raise awareness about the current situation in Haiti and to provide continued support as the situation in Haiti becomes less prominent in the news.  The group meets, as needed, on Tuesday afternoons.

NHSN TV NEWS
Advisors: Samantha Bookston and Jim Modena
NHSN is a student-led television news program that brings NHS news to students via the school broadcast network and the school website.  Students in the news homeroom work on the stories, and students in the club have the opportunity to help out on news stories.  Students collaborate with students to write, produce, and tape news stories relevant to the NHS community.  This is the second year students have volunteered their time and commitment to the program, which can be found: http://www2.needham.k12.ma.us/nhs/NHSN/index.htm 

ROCKET CONNECTIONS/BEST BUDDIES CLUB
Advisors: Mary Kay Alessi and Jill Krajewski

ROCKET EXPRESS: NHS SCHOOL STORE
Advisors: Stephanie Wyman and Michelle Kelly

RUGBY CLUB (boys & girls)
Advisor: Diana Parkhurst

SADD/RADD - ROCKETS AGAINST
DESTRUCTIVE DECISIONS
Advisors: Carol Read and Leo Hogan
Rockets Against Destructive Decisions, R.A.D.D. is the Needham chapter of the national student organization Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) SADD is a peer-to-peer education, prevention, and activism organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly destructive drinking, other drug use, risky and impaired driving, teen violence, and teen suicide.
The group began in June 2009 with a primary mission of sponsoring fun, substance free activities for all Needham High students. The group has successfully planned, coordinated and implemented a Wii Game night and an evening Coffee House. The group will distribute a survey in June to all NHS students to assess awareness of R.A.D.D and interest of future activities.
R.A.D.D. meets every other Tuesday morning at 7:15 at Needham High School in Room 728, 15- 20 students traditionally attend the bi-monthly meetings.
R.A.D.D Needham is on Facebook, visit to view photos of events
Adult Advisor- Carol Read, Needham Health Department cread@needhamma.gov
781-455-7500 Ext. 259

SAMD: STUDENTS ACTING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Advisor: David Neves

SAT PREP CLUB
Advisor: Max Hekler

SCIENCE TEAM
Advisor: Christopher Ashley
Science team is a club that meets once per week to prepare for monthly competitions. The monthly competitions consist of four or five events held in different disciplines of science. Examples of events include astronomy, physics, chemistry, cell biology, experimental design, and bridge design. Weekly practices consist of preparing for specific events that will be held that month, such as building a bridge to meet specific parameters or studying crime scene data for forensics. The monthly competitions are held from September through March.

SHANGHAI NEEDHAM EXCHANGE
Advisor: Kenneth Brooke

SNOWBOARDING CLUB
Advisor: Diana Parkhurst

SOCIAL STUDIES
Advisor: Departmental

SOS BRIGADE
Advisor: Doug Stanczak

SPANISH CLUB
Advisors: Katie Swegan and Cara OConnell
The Spanish Club is a group that meets several times a month to participate in activities related to Spanish.  In the past, we have gone to cultural events - like the Day of the Dead celebration in Jamaica Plain or the Boston Latino International Film Festival, visited local restaurants with various latino cuisines and had a Spanish board game day.  El Club is always looking for new members and new opportunities to speak Spanish in the community.

SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM
Advisor: Paul Wexler
The Needham High School Speech and Debate Team, founded in 1994, is a chapter member of the National Forensics League, a national honorary society. The Team attends competitive public speaking and debate competitions throughout the year, and has become one of the leading programs in New England.   Needham students have won approximately thirty awards at  nationals over the last decade.   Competitive events include those which focus on politics, philosophy and drama. Practices are held  at set times and by appointment. We welcome members who wish to attend two tournaments a year as well as those who wish to attend twenty.  Students may expect their writing, speaking, thinking, listening, and research skills to improve markedly in either case.

STUDENT COUNCILADVISORS
Class of 2010  Jim Odierna
Class of 2011  Katie Burke
Class of 2012  Dan Hudder
Class of 2013  Cara OConnell

STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
Advisors: Laura B. Miller and Jennifer Greenberg

TAKE BACK THE NIGHT
Advisor: Ann Perham

THE POWER OF ONE: FIGHTING POVERTY IN AFRICA
Advisor: Jennifer Nehill

THEATRE ARTS SOCIETY
Advisor: Alison Sherman

ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB
Advisor: Tim Walsh
The Needham High School Ultimate Frisbee club is a competitive team sport that competes in both local and national level games and tournaments. This team is divided into both A and B teams and coached by Needham High Alumni.
For any questions email: needhamhighultimate@gmail.com

ULTIMATE FRISBEE CLUB  GIRLS TEAM
Advisor: Christie Kim (coach)
(Same as above)

VISUAL ARTS SOCIETY
Advisor: David Neves

WORLD CHALLENGE CLUB
Advisors: Adam Cole, Katie Swegan, and Pete Arsenault
World Challenge is an organization based in the UK that runs expeditions to developing world countries.  During these expeditions, students participate in four weeks of trekking, community service and leadership opportunities.  Past NHS trips have included South Africa in 2006 and Peru in 2008.  This year, 2010, students are heading to Tanzania.

WORLD DOMINATION CLUB
Advisor: Brad Walker
The World Domination Club investigates famous superheroes and villains in popular culture.

WORLD LANGUAGES
Advisor: Departmental

WORLD LANGUAGES ~ COSTA RICA PROGRAM
Advisor: Cara OConnell

WORLD PEACE CLUB
Advisor: Leila Merl
The NHS World Peace Club (WPC) promotes causes that further peace and social justice across the globe. Our club seeks to expand awareness about major global concerns including human rights, poverty, and AIDS. We also raise funds for causes like Save the Children and Heifer International. Over the last few years, the club has led a campaign to put an end to genocide in Darfur. Recently, the WPC held an assembly featuring the guest speaker Gabriel Bol Deng, one of 2,000 "Lost Boy" refugees from Southern Sudan. We are always eager to welcome new members. If you are interested in joining the WPC, contact Ali Papakyrikos, Class of 2011, apapakyrikos@yahoo.com, or Ms. Merl, leila_merl@needham.k12.ma.us. Our club meets on Mondays after school in room 717

WRITING CENTER
Advisor: Laura B. Miller



Daily Schedule
Needham High School
609 Webster Street
Needham, MA 02494

Dr. Jonathan Pizzi, Principal

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