Gloversville High School Extracurricular Activities
Research shows that students who are involved in school activities are academically more successful. Participation allows students and teachers to interact on a more personal level than the classroom allows.
This group performs at school related, community, and charitable activities. Practices are held at times outside the school day. Jazz Band membership is selective, limited first to qualified currently enrolled band members and then to qualified students who are not registered in the band program. Instructor: Mr. Savage
The Key Club is a school and community service organization that participates in projects designed to assist both our school and community. Advisor: Ms. Poulin
This activity fosters a spirit of competition among students by engaging them in a scholastic trivia competition that covers all areas of school curriculum. The top contenders compete as a team in a College Bowl-type competition with other schools from the Capital District. Advisor: Mr. Martin
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society, or NHS, is a nationwide organization established to recognize outstanding high school students in the US. NHS serves to honor well-rounded students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Character, Leadership, Scholarship and Service. NHS members are active in community service activities both in the community and within the school district. Membership is by invitation only to those juniors and seniors that qualify and are selected by a faculty committee. All active members are required to maintain high academic standing and participate in individual as well as NHS sponsored service projects.
Student Government Association (SGA)
SGA is the student governing body at GHS. It serves as a liaison among the administration, faculty, and student body. SGA has representatives elected by each class and a large number of representatives-at-large from each class. The bi-monthly meetings of SGA are open to everyone, and students are encouraged to attend. Advisor: Ms. Catchpole
Student Library Assistants
Any student in grades 9 – 12 who is interested in becoming a member of the library staff should see the librarian. Some of the duties include charging out books, shelving books, stamping new magazines, running errands, and assisting the librarian in clerical tasks. Librarian: Mrs. Bengle
Yearbook – “Oracle”
The Oracle designs, promotes, and sells the Gloversville High School yearbook. Assisted by teachers, students create pages, and are also primarily responsible for taking the pictures that will end up in the yearbook. Our main goals are to capture the atmosphere of Gloversville High School and include every student’s picture in the book. Yearbook club will help reinforce writing and social skills. It requires a great deal of writing and time, but it is a positive experience.
Alliance Club is a group of LGBTQ students and their allies. The members get together once a month to discuss issues relating to high school life and LGBTQ issues. The club participates in the Day of Silence and the Pride Parade. All are welcome.
This club is open to anyone at GHS interested in astronomy or learning about the planets, stars, and galaxies that make up our universe. An astronomy fact of the week is put together by students, and broadcast over the morning announcements. This club is student-driven and the suggestions and ideas of topics to discuss come directly from the students. The Astronomy Club also participates in community service opportunities. All are welcome!
Bridges Mentor Program
The Bridges Mentor Program has been created to allow the ninth grade transition to be an easier one for our students. Juniors and Seniors are chosen by GHS staff and current mentors to guide incoming freshmen through a one-day immersion that features introductory activities, cooperative groups and in-depth discussions. Five times during the year, mentors meet with their group of Freshmen to discuss topics such as respect, integrity, communication styles, bullying, cyber bullying, and what to do as a victim or witness to bullying.
Chess Club meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students and faculty get together for some friendly competition, to play chess, or to begin learning the game. You don’t have to be an expert. Everyone is welcome to attend at any time.
High-Altitude Achievement Club
The High-Altitude Achievement Club is entering into its sixth year of flying stratospheric balloons. Last year was a tough year, with the weather fighting them the whole way. They were able to get a launch off in the early spring from one of the closest finger lakes, Otisoco Lake. It turned out to be our highest altitude of flight at 104,468 feet, almost 20 miles! High Altitude will fly payloads from other organizations again this year. We have four confirmed groups that will fly experiment with us. Last year, they again flew experiments with PerLan Glider in the U.S. and Argentina. They also have one of their very first true experimental payloads flying with the New Shepard, Blue Origin missions. This payload is now a standardized payload used to fly in or on different vehicles around the world. It will continue to fly its mission “Radiation Shielding” this year on all three platforms, balloon, suborbital glider and rocket. The High Altitude Missions and payload experiments have helped Teachers in Space secure grant money to support teacher and student micro-computer, STEM training. The High-Altitude Achievement Club is looking for additional students to help them continue to grow with this hands-on STEM experience.
Scitamard Drama Club
The Scitamard Drama Club produces a play and a musical each school year. The club is open to all students interested in the many aspects of theater production. Self-funded, Scitamard also hosts a variety of events and fundraisers throughout the school year. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram!
Youth Activation Committee (YAC)
The Youth Activation Committee (YAC) consists of youth leaders with and without intellectual disabilities from the same school who strategize and plan activities. The YAC takes responsibility for the promotion and sustainability of the inclusive sports program (Unified Sports). Objective: Educate, motivate and activate youth to become agents of change in their communities through advocacy for respect, inclusion and acceptance for all people.