Menchville High School

275 Menchville Road    Newport News, VA 23602    Phone: (757) 886-7722    Fax: (757) 875-0648

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CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES


Academic Team

The Academic Team joins academics to competition and is a superior learning experience. This is a VHSL varsity sport called Quiz Bowl which is similar in format to Jeopardy, but four-person teams compete to answer questions.   Teams play nine matches in Peninsula District and qualification for VHSL District, Regional, and State competitions. For the last two years, MHS teams have also qualified for the televised "Battle of the Brains" show.   This competition is slightly different in format, but is of the same type.   This activity is educational with questions drawn from SOL's, current culture, and electives.

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Archery Club

Are you 'aiming' to for high marks in life?   Need to be 'pointed' in the right direction?   Bullseye!   The archery intramural might be the place for you.   The purpose of the archery team is to teach students the proper archery technique to shoot a genesis compound bow effectively.   All students involved will learn parts of the bow/arrow, whistle commands, safety, the 11 steps to shooting, and how to retrieve arrows correctly.   This intramural team will have weekly practices and a few competitions against other district schools to showcase their skills.

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Art Club

The purpose of Menchville's Art Club is to promote the arts! We meet once a week to create and enjoy the whole process of making art in and around the school with others.

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Band Programs

The band program exists to further the musical education of each student. The Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, and small ensembles are an extension of the classroom and are the public display of the program pursued in the daily schedule. All ensembles are of equal importance to the musical education of each student.

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Bowling Team

Basketball not your game? Not feeling football? Then show off your skills as part of the Menchville High School Bowling Team! Each year, all of the high schools on the Peninsula compete for the #1 spot. You can be #1 as part of the Menchville Bowling Team. You will learn team cohesiveness and team spirit, while also showing off your individuality! Friends and family are welcome to cheer you on! The league is a fun and challenging after school activity that runs from November to February, culminating in prizes and even scholarships for bowlers of all levels.

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Chess Club

The Chess Club will promote interest in the game of chess and create a chess team. The Chess Club will both teach students how to play and allow already experienced students to improve their skills. The club will compete amongst itself to choose its best members to create a five man chess team that will compete in many competitions as offered by the city.

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Chorus Programs

The mission for all choral students is to achieve the highest levels of music making for personal satisfaction.   While students will compete in contests, the motivation and ultimate reward for their work should be internal satisfaction.   Students will not only become masterful singers, but will understand the art of music by studying the areas of music theory and sight-singing in an effort to become well rounded and self sufficient musicians.

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Dance Team

It is the mission of the dance team to: promote and uphold school spirit and represent Menchville High School to the highest degree; set an example of good behavior at all times (whether in uniform or not) in class, at games, and at all school functions, whether performing or no, and in all other settings; promote friendship between all members of the dance team, and with all clubs and teams; promote friendship at schools with which we compete, perform, and attend camp; promote friendship between members of the squad, their coaches and parents. All students are welcome to join the dance team.

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Debate

All students who take the Debate class develop public speaking, critical thinking, and logical reasoning skills. They also acquire basic understanding of philosophy and the different styles of academic debate. Competitive debaters, for whom the class itself is optional, prepare cases to debate at monthly tournaments. Menchville is a member of the Peninsula Debate League under the auspices of the VHSL.

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DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)

DECA is co-curricular association of marketing students.   It is a non-profit, nonpolitical, nonsectarian youth organization of voluntary membership to help train future leaders of marketing and distribution.
PURPOSE:

  • To integrate professional development and the Marketing Education Program
  • To develop leadership
  • To provide for social intelligence
  • To instill civic consciousness
  • To provide for vocational understanding
  • To develop vocational competence

TYPES OF ACTIVITIES:

  • Professional development (officer training, business luncheon, field trips to businesses)
  • Leadership development (District Leadership Conference, State Leadership Conference, International Career Development)
  • Transition to postsecondary education (VCU Career Day)

Students develop habits that can translate into academic and vocational success. Students involved in the organization understand that misconduct can result in being barred from the organization's activities.

Students must be enrolled in a Marketing course.

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FBLA

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is a co-curricular organization, and its activities are an integral part of the instructional program designed to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

Goals:

  • 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.
  • Facilitate the transition from school to work.

Virginia FBLA works on a five-point program of work which includes:

  • Business Skill and Knowledge Activities
  • Financial Activities
  • Leadership and Promotional Activities
  • School and Community Service Activities
  • Social Activities

Membership is open to students enrolled in Business and Information Technology (BIT) classes as well as former members who are no longer in a BIT class.   Membership dues are $10 per year which includes membership in the State and National associations.   Membership dues may be paid to any BIT teacher/adviser.
Any student enrolled in a BIT class may participate in FBLA activities on the local chapter level.   Any activities beyond the local level or requiring travel outside the building require the student to be a dues paid member.

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FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America)

To promote personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through-

  • Character development;
  • Community service;
  • Creative thinking;
  • Interpersonal communication;
  • Practical knowledge; and
  • Vocational preparation.

Students enrolled in Family & Consumer Sciences classes at anytime are eligible to join.  

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Forensics

In Forensics, students develop speaking skills through after-school practice and monthly tournament competition in various events within the broad categories of speech making and oral interpretation. Menchville is a member of the Tidewater Forensics League under the auspices of the VHSL.

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French Club/Honor Society

The French Club was formed to promote the French language and to explore and understand the culture of Francophone countries.   French Club activities include watching French movies, sampling and cooking French foods, playing French games and sports, sponsoring families at holiday times and performing community service projects.   The French Club allows students to increase their international awareness and become active members of the student body. Club members are encouraged to develop an appreciation of other customs and traditions.   Any past or present French student may join the French Club, which meets the third Tuesday of every month in room 134. No application is necessary; simply come to any meeting.

The French National Honor Society is an organization for students who have shown outstanding performance in French.   Students are selected after completing 3 semesters with honors.   Students must accumulate points by attending meetings, participating in peer-tutoring and completing service projects in the community.  

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Freshmen Class Executive Board

The Freshman Class Executive Board is an opportunity for all 9th grade students to actively represent the grade level during school sponsored events and to promote unity of the class. The Executive Board is lead by the class officers who are elected to office during the fall of each school year. The Executive Board assists in the coordination of fundraising activities for the benefit of class activities, participation in Homecoming Activities, and community service projects.

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Gay Straight Alliance

Gay-Straight Alliance Network is a national youth leadership organization that connects school-based Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) to each other and community resources through peer support, leadership development, and training.
GSA Network supports young people in starting, strengthening, and sustaining GSAs and builds the capacity of GSAs to:

  • create safe environments in schools for students to support each other and learn about homophobia, transphobia, and other oppressions,
  • educate the school community about homophobia, transphobia, gender identity, and sexual orientation issues, and fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in schools.

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German Club/Honor Society

The mission of the German Club is to encourage and foster interest in German language and culture. Specifically, it is to:

  • Provide a forum for socialization among those who wish to take part in German culture.
  • Provide greater awareness of and exposure to German culture.
  • To advance goodwill and understanding between German and American cultures.
  • To provide a safe environment in which individuals can improve their German language abilities.

Types of activities include:

  • Dancing (Fasching, Oktoberfest)
  • Crafts (back to school packs, gingerbread houses, cuckoo clocks)
  • Food (baking and going out to eat at Das Waldcafe)
  • Movies
  • Board games
  • Fund raising (advent calendars)

German Honor Society
The organization is a national educational honorary society for the study of high school German and is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).

The purpose of this organization is to recognize high school scholastic achievement in the study of German and to promote interest in the study of German language, literature, and civilization.

By becoming a member, you are committing yourself to:

  • an ongoing interest in the study of the German language and culture
  • the promotion of German study among younger/other students
  • an active commitment to support the German program at the school
  • the active presence and participation during the induction ceremonies and at chapter meetings
  • participation in events

Eligibility requirements:

  • The student must have completed three semesters of German.
  • The student must have attained an average of 3.6 in German and a 3.0 general average in these three semesters, on a 4.0 scale.
  • The student must commit to taking up through German IV and maintain the standards listed above.

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Guitar Programs

The purpose of the after-school Guitar Quartet club is to engage students in the learning and performance of high quality classical music, serving as a music enrichment program for young guitarists. Our organization will focus on performing high level music in small performing ensembles (i.e. duets, trios, and quartet music).   The students will be expected to perform events for the community, including but not limited to; nursing homes, community events, libraries, and performances for underprivileged or disadvantaged children.   As the group will perform community musical services, it will reflect positively on Menchville and help garner school support from the local community.   While the community is served by our students, our students' musical education is enriched by the classic standards they will perform.   Likewise, students will learn about community service and citizenship as well as the number of ways that music can be used both to serve others and oneself.   This organization targets advanced guitarists who are looking to improve the level of their playing and make a difference in their community.

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Junior Class Executive Board

The Junior Class Executive Board is an opportunity for all 11th grade students to actively represent the grade level during school sponsored events and to promote unity of the class. The Executive Board is lead by the class officers who are elected to office during the spring of each school year. The Executive Board assists in the coordination of fundraising activities for the benefit of class activities, coordination of the annual Junior Ring Dance, participation in Homecoming Activities, and community service projects.

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Key Club
"Caring - Our Way of Life"

Menchville's  Key Club is an international student lead organization apart of the  Hilton  Kiwanis Chapter. The  prestigious Key Club  affords its members with  opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. Students will  foster the core values of initiative, useful citizenship, and leadership by cooperating with  Menchville  faculty and administration  to serve  the school and community.   The organization strives to develop competent,  capable, and caring leaders through channel of service.

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Lacrosse - Boys

The purpose of our organization is to foster awareness and love for the game of lacrosse by instilling a work ethic and promoting team building and leadership skills.   Becoming a well rounded athlete does not stop on the field as we will concentrate on becoming leaders in the classroom as well and managing academia along with the work it takes to make a successful season.   We aim to represent our school with monarch pride during our competitions against schools from the south side and the peninsula and through community service projects.

Lacrosse is a spring sport, so we will begin conditioning and tryouts after exams in January. Since we are not yet a VHSL varsity sport, we play as a club team under the Hampton Roads Lacrosse League. Information; such as registration, fees, and rules, can be found at http://www.hrlax.com.

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Lacrosse - Girls

The purpose of our organization is to foster awareness and love for the game of lacrosse by instilling a work ethic and promoting team building and leadership skills.   Becoming a well rounded athlete does not stop on the field as we will concentrate on becoming leaders in the classroom as well and managing academia along with the work it takes to make a successful season.   We aim to represent our school with monarch pride during our competitions against schools from the south side and the peninsula and through community service projects.

Lacrosse is a spring sport, so we will begin conditioning and tryouts after exams in January. Since we are not yet a VHSL varsity sport, we play as a club team under the Hampton Roads Lacrosse League. Information; such as registration, fees, and rules, can be found at http://www.hrlax.com.

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Latin Club

The Latin Club exists to promote the ideals and diversity of the Greek and Roman Civilizations.  Members indulge in exploration of the mores of the Roman Empire. They explore the influences of the Classical Civilizations on modern culture. Food, civic duty, dress, and games are explored in club meetings.

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Model United Nations

In the Spirit of the United Nations, founded in 1945, the purpose of Model United Nations at Menchville High School is to provide an opportunity for students to research, explore and discuss current and historical global issues.   This club participates in research, debates and conferences all working to help resolve world problems.   This club benefits Menchville by creating active and informed students who will hopefully become active and informed adults.   Model UN provides the students with an opportunity to enrich their lives with knowledge about current events.   Students' lives are also enriched when they are in an atmosphere where global knowledge is encouraged and awarded.  

Model UN is an open club, there are no requirements to join other than the fact that you should be interested in global issues and have the desire to solve these problems.  

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Monarch Credit Union

The mission of the Monarch Credit Union is to promote financial education. Student workers and members will develop skills for life through character development, interpersonal communication, and financial literacy. VECU has committed to each member the following standards: to choose €¦to be friendly €¦to be educated €¦to be professional €¦to communicate and to be empowered. YOU CAN COUNT ON US!

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National Honor Society

Sigma Monarchs Chapter of the National Honor Society of   Menchville High School seeks to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in the students of Menchville High School.

Membership in this chapter is an honor bestowed upon deserving students by the faculty, and shall be based on the criteria of Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.

The chapter shall determine one or more service projects for each year. All members shall regularly participate in these projects. These projects shall have the following characteristics: fulfill a need within the school or community, have the support of the administration and the faculty, be appropriate and educationally defensible, and be well-planned, organized, and executed. Each member shall have the responsibility for choosing and participating in an individual service project which reflects his or her particular talents and interests and as approved by the chapter adviser. This is in addition to the chapter projects to which all members contribute. The chapter shall publicize its projects in a positive manner. Each member will be expected to complete at least 8 hours of community service per each 9 weeks affiliated with the society.

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Newspaper

The Lion's Roar is a student-created, student-run publication meant to give a voice to the Menchville High School student body.   The staff aims to create an informative and entertaining publication that focuses on the issues that are important to the Menchville community. The Lion's Roar also serves as a medium for student opinions and ideas and presents content that is objective, well-balanced and accurate. Students interested in becoming a part of The Lion's Roar staff must first enroll in and successfully complete Journalism I.

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Outdoor Science Adventures Club

Outdoor Science Adventures Club is an organization designed for students who are interested in science exploration. This club breaks the bonds of the physical classroom by taking the student out into the "natural" environment to observe, explore and make discoveries outdoors.

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Political Unity Club

While political talks can be sensitive issues, we believe that, because we will soon be adults, we must learn to understand and accept other views and opinions on sensitive political topics. Our goal is to create "unity" between people and parties to develop our future selves as active members of both society and government.

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Project Inclusion (formerly Unitown)

Project Inclusion participants explore issues of diversity and prejudice, gain insight into their own lives and values, and develop action plans to share their learning with their sending school(s).   Administrators have credited Project Inclusion with improving school climates, reducing incidents of bullying and violence, and building stronger connections between students and educators. Members are selected by the PI sponsors each session.

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Revolution on Campus

The mission of ROC is to provide students who want to share their spirituality with one another a place to discuss current issues, pray, and work on community service projects.   Students of all denominations are welcome.   Revolution on Campus seeks to create a more informed, compassionate, and accepting culture both here at Menchville and in the local community at large.   Regular meetings will be held weekly or every other week.

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Robotics Team

Triple Helix, the Menchville Robotics Team, participates in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition sponsored by the non-profit organization, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).   Activities include meetings involving engineering, fabrication, electronics, and computer programming fundamentals during the fall months.   In January, FIRST announces the new competition and the associated rules of the game.   From that point, teams have six weeks to design, build, program, and check out their robot prior to a mandatory ship date in February.   Competitions are held at various locations around the world during the months of March and April.   Additional activities will include community service and fund-raising activities throughout the school year.

Any student attending a Newport News public school in grades 9 through 12 may join the Menchville Robotics Team.   No specific application or referral process is currently required, but may be invoked at any time if student response is overwhelming.   The team is geared towards students interested in math, science, computer, and technology education tracks; however, students interested in business and the arts are encouraged to join the team, also.   Particular needs in these areas include students interested in photography and videography to chronicle team progress; students interested in art to design team logos, T-shirts, and robot decorations; and students interested in English and journalism to write press releases and serve as community relations specialists.   The team will meet on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays during the fall.   During the winter build season, the team will be meeting more often, including weekends, to ensure that robot fabrication is completed in a timely manner.

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ROTC Programs (Color Guard, Drill Team, Kitty Hawk Air (Honor) Society, Awareness Presentation Team)

MISSION: Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.

The objectives of JROTC are to educate and train high school cadets in citizenship, promote community service, instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline, and provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.

ACTIVITIES: Color Guard, Drill Team, Kitty Hawk Air (Honor) Society, Awareness Presentation Team.

Cadets serve as ambassadors for the school at numerous local, regional and national events throughout the year and keep MHS in the national spotlight.

STUDENT ENRICHMENT: Expose students to a wide variety of activities that enhance their leadership, managerial, and teamwork skills and give them a greater understanding of the impact individual actions have on team success.   Provide students with the opportunity to travel and interact with students from various backgrounds and cultures and broaden their overall knowledge and perceptions.    

All activities are open to all AFJROTC students.

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SAGE

Are you a leader?
Do you have good oral and written communication skills?
The SAGE (Student Advisory Group on Education) Committee is established to provide information to the school's division Superintendent on educational initiatives from a student's perspective. Members of the committee meet monthly with the Superintendent and provide input on important educational issues. Applicants from all grade levels are welcome.

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Science Club

The Science Club is an organization for enthusiastic, active students who have an interest in science and working with others interested in science.

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Science Inqiry Club

The science inquiry club is designed to meet the needs of the inquisitive student that enjoys asking scientific questions, designing experiments and trying to solve problems.   The club is designed to assist students with their science projects by helping with the experimental design, as well as provide scientific equipment in a monitored   and safe laboratory setting

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Senior Class Executive Board

The Freshman Class Executive Board is an opportunity for all 12th grade students to actively represent the grade level during school sponsored events and to promote unity of the class. The Executive Board is lead by the class officers who are elected to office during the spring of each school year. The Executive Board assists in the coordination of fundraising activities for the benefit of class activities, coordination of Senior Activities such as Senior Breakfast, Banquet, and Prom, participation in Homecoming Activities, and community service projects.

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Sophomore Class Executive Board

The Sophomore Class Executive Board is an opportunity for all 10th grade students to actively represent the grade level during school sponsored events and to promote unity of the class. The Executive Board is lead by the class officers who are elected to office during the spring of each school year. The Executive Board assists in the coordination of fundraising activities for the benefit of class activities, participation in Homecoming Activities, and community service projects.

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Spanish Club / Honor Society

The Spanish Club is an organization dedicated to share, be exposed and learn cultural experiences that have to do with the Hispanic World.

Types of activities

  • Movies
  • Dancing
  • Music  
  • Crafts
  • Food
  • Fund raising etc.

Students are engaged in the cultural aspects of the Hispanic world. The students have more contact with the language they are studying; they learn to appreciate the life style of other people around the world, the food, customs, etc. The program enriches and provides an opportunity for the students to participate, socialize; do extra curricular and community work that will help them expand their culture and participate actively in school activities.

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Step Team

The Menchville High School Step Team provides the young men and young women of MHS with the opportunity to express themselves through step while striving for academic excellence, building leadership and character, encouraging diversity, and fostering a sense of unity and community.

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Student Council Assoc. (SCA)

SCA provides learning experiences in leadership and opportunities to practice the citizenship skills necessary for effective participation in our democratic society.
The principal goals of the Student Council Association are to:

  • instill American ideals, including the development of leadership and citizenship, among the youth of today.
  • foster student leadership in a democratic environment.
  • promote student participation within the school and its community.

The SCA promotes school spirit through activities such as Homecoming, Teacher Appreciation Day, and class officer elections. The SCA works to help the community through activities such as Red Cross Blood Drive, Paws for a Cause, Salvation Army, and the Peninsula Food Bank.

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Thespian Society

The Thespian Society is the honors component of the school's theatre program. Its purpose shall be the advancement of standards of excellence in theatre. More specifically, the troupe will encourage students to attain a better mastery of the theatre arts and will reward those who achieve it with induction into the troupe. Thespians achieving honor ranks shall receive recognition of their exemplary accomplishment.

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Yearbook

Members of The Crown yearbook staff strive to include all students, teachers and staff in a publication that highlights what it means to be a Menchville Monarch. This is an application only class. Students who apply must successfully complete grade 10 English and show evidence of above average writing skills. Student interest and teacher recommendation will also be considered.

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Young Men And Young Women of Distinction

The purpose of the club is to build character and to install integrity in young men and women so that they can become productive citizens in our community.   Students will interact on the second and fourth Thursday of every month to participate in various activities involving self esteem, college and career information, community service, and how to have positive peer relationships.   Students will also be able to:

  1. Identify positive ways of transitioning into a young man or young woman.
  2. Increase members appetite for positive risk-taking
  3. Provide healthy coping skills in all relationships.
  4. Encourage each member to be true and honest in looking in their mirror.
  5. Improve relationships with parents, teachers, siblings, peers, and others.
  6. Be able to recognize and express feelings in an appropriate manner.
  7. Increase leadership roles in school and in the community.
  8. Be able to demonstrate and improvement in how you feel about yourself.
  9. Helping students understand what it means to have a smart, safe school.
  10. Explore career and educational goals.

All students are welcomed to join the club in grades 9-12 and must attend regular meetings to maintain satisfactory standing. Students are expected to wear professional dress attire at every meeting and report on time to Cafeteria II no later than 2:15 p.m.   A $5 dues fee will be collected to cover the cost of refreshments for the meetings and the end of the year banquet.  

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