Guitar is a club focused on musical expression and education. Students build fine motor skills and learn the proper techniques of guitar playing. They also learn about the various style of guitar specifically acoustic and bass. The students gain an intrinsic sense of accomplishment when they are able to put together the pieces of everything they have learned to create an original song. They are exposed to the music of previous generations' guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Eric Clapton so they can appreciate the history of music while incorporating it with newer styles.
This club teaches students about different styles of drumming such as African, Caribbean, and Brazilian. The students actually become musicians who drum together in a "drum circle." They learn about culture, rhythm, and the tradition of this genre of music. They learn about musicians in this realm and become more interactive and social with their peers through the music which provides a social and expressive outlet. They also incorporate the original styles of drumming into the current hip hop culture with which they are familiar.
LGBT is a club that creates a sense of community and offers students a safe haven for self-expression. The group also exists to help inform the student body about matters of equality. Gathering as a club enables members to find their voices and to accept themselves. They have the opportunity to talk to one another and share ideas and experiences while learning coping mechanisms. They learn how to reach out to those who are less accepting in a positive manner. This club enables the students to take pride in who they are and stay positive and healthy which has a long-term positive impact on their lives and the lives of those around them.
Poetry club is a student-run club that focuses on letting out the inner “you” through writing. In this club, there is no right way to put your thoughts and feelings on paper. In poetry club, we explore all types of poetry and learn how to get a message across in a poetic and creative form. The hard work of all the students culminates in a poetry slam where students share their favorite work. Some of the poetry is displayed in the district literary magazine. Poetry club starts off with a idea share to help students focus their creative thoughts and learn the mechanics of poetry. As the club advances students take ownership and create their own poems.
Art Club is an opportunity for students to have additional exposure to the arts. Each art club meeting, students have a choice of activities they may participate in. Activities include various art medium such as drawing and painting. Students may also create craft projects, like weaving and beading. Gives students an opportunity to experience advanced art in a less structured, more exploratory manner. They are able to explore activities such as beading, weaving, drawing, painting, and sculpture. The club focuses on teaching students about artists, art history, and different artistic periods.
Creative Writing and Performance
Students participating in this intensive workshop meet several days a week to compose original journal-style pieces and share with their peers. In the first stage of the workshop, they spend each session writing and sharing. In the second stage of the workshop, the pieces are excerpted or restructured so that they become the script for a student performance.
Illuminations, the district’s literary magazine, is a collection of original literary and artistic works created by the students. They work both independently and with the support of their teachers to write, graphically design, and produce works of fine art that are published in the magazine. A group of students comprise the editorial team that works on the layout and editing of the magazine. Students take great pride in producing both the artistic works and the magazine itself.
The Bengals is a positive youth group that learns about and practices advocacy, role modeling and peer leadership. Bengals are role models, peer leaders and perform community service. To join the Bengals, you must first complete an eight-week training on topics such as communication skills, being a positive role model, and healthy relationships. Upon completion of the eight-week training, you will be officially inducted as a Bengal!
Talent Show Club
Students are excited to be rehearsing their talent show performances! This is a great opportunity to collaborate with peers as they provide feedback for each other and practice to perfect their singing, dancing, and acting routines for the school talent show. Working together enables students to overcome any performance anxiety and bond with new friends.
This club provides an opportunity for students to learn the basics of piano technique. They learn the basics of keyboarding and the fundamentals of both traditional and popular music to add to their repertoire.