Northwestern Regional School District No. 7

High School Activities

NWR7 offers a variety of academic, social, and athletic activities for students throughout the year. Listed below is a directory of some of those activities.

HS Activities Office: 860.379.8525 x 2250

Art Club

The Art Club explores group concepts and individual growth in art. The students design and create murals for school and in the community. Meets after school every Monday (or more when there is a large project) with advisor .


The Astronomy club will be observing constellations, galaxies, stars, planets, and nebulae with telescopes. The initial work will be to check collination and alignment. The advisors are Dr. Hayes and Mr. Winegar.

Chess Club

Ideal for beginners and advanced players alike, the Chess Club promotes an atmosphere where students can meet, socialize and engage in friendly but competitive play. Casual play and instruction is available. The club meets on Thursday afternoons from 2:15 to 3:15. The advisor is Mr. Coulter.

Close Up Washington

Close Up Washington is a unique, week long study visit in the nation’s capital. The Close Up program is designed for students who have an interest in current issues and politics. During the week, students get an insiders look at federal government and earn ¼ credit in social studies in the process. In addition to touring the city, they attend topical seminars at federal buildings, sit in on Congressional hearings, and participate in a dialogue with noteworthy political and media leaders. Close Up participants also broaden their perspective by meeting and rooming with students from around the United States. The trip takes place in March in odd numbered years. The advisor is Mr. Rodenberg.

Culinary Club

The Northwestern Culinary Club is open to all high school students. Activities include learning new cooking skills and community projects. A small “Lab Fee” is required. The group meets every other Thursday. There is a $3.00 fee to cover the cost of food. The advisor is Mrs. Blazys.

Debate Team

Students prepare for and participate in Debate Competitions against other schools from Connecticut. Our main activity is the Great Connecticut Debate. The group meets after school on late bus Mondays, and “as needed” when competitions are upcoming. The advisor is Mr. Sullivan.

Drama Club

The Drama Club produces a Fall Drama work and a Spring Musical each year. Production work is done by the students, with assistance from parents. Costumes have been made by theatre parents and students for some of the shows. The set is designed with the help of theatre students, constructed by theatre students and parents, and painted by theatre students. Students also learn how to hang, aim and focus the lights for the productions under faculty supervision. As a result of all their experience, each performance is run by the theatre students which, is quite an accomplishment for them. The Director is Dr. Hayes and Assistant Director is Mr. Winegar.

Envirothon Team

We are re-starting the award-winning envirothon team. The team is comprised of a group of 15 – 20 students who meet to learn about environmental issues. A final team of five students (with three or four alternates) will compete against other schools in May. This year’s competition will focus on alternative/renewable energy. Meetings are held once a month, plus four voluntary Saturday workshops and extra practice time before a competition. The advisor is Mr. Reinert.

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the oldest and largest national organization for students preparing for careers in business. FBLA-PBL prepares students for “real world” professional experiences. Members gain the competitive edge for college and career successes. More than a quarter of a million students participate in this dynamic leadership organization. Members have the opportunity to compete for awards and recognition on the local, state, and national levels in more than 50 different event categories including Web site development, marketing, business plan, public speaking, job interview, network design, and many more! The group meets twice a month. The advisor is Mrs. Deasy.

FFA (Future Farmers of America)

FFA is a the largest youth organization which prepares Agricultural Education students for premier leadership, personal growth and career success. AgEd works to prepare students for future careers in agriculture through three integral components: classroom/laboratory work, FFA involvement, and Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE). Leadership is provided by student officers and the agriculture teacher. A Program of Activities (POA) serves as a road map for goals at the local level: student development, chapter development, and community development. Each member is assigned specific responsibilities to ensure total involvement. The group meets on the first Monday of the month at 2:15 (except November and February have evening meetings). Mia Haaland is the advisor.

Green Team

This is a student-driven club aimed at raising awareness about how humans impact the environment, so that we can encourage the best practices that limit our carbon footprint. We activities involve recycling, awareness initiatives, painting murals, promoting environmentally friendly products, and fundraising. The advisor is Mr. Ross.

GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)

The Northwestern Gay-Straight Alliance is here to help promote equality, understanding, and tolerance among students and staff. We believe this is important because you can’t live in a world of fear and misunderstanding. Our group is here as a support system where you can meet and discuss problems and issues. The goal is to create an atmosphere of understanding within the school by reaching out to each and every student. Mrs. Galenski is the advisor.

Hiking Club

Our group hikes on mountains and in state parks, about once a month (weather permitting). We cross country ski and snow shoe as well. The club meets once a month. The advisor is Mrs. Machowski.

Math Team

The Math Team competes in the Western Connecticut Math League with the following schools: New Milford, Pomperaug, Brookfield, New Fairfield, Woodland, Lewis Mills, and Hotchkiss. The students take an individual math test and then work on a group problem in teams of 5. We meet twice a quarter and have one scrimmage and one contest each quarter. Mrs. Jakobsen and Mrs. Butkus are advisors.

Mentoring Club

“Students helping students” to achieve academic success and to build meaningful relationships within our school community. High school students work with middle school students and other high school students on homework assignments, organization, and study skills. Moreover, students build interpersonal skills through discussions and friendships with students of all ages. Mentoring has been particularly helpful to new students transitioning into the NWR7 community. Mentoring meets every Monday beginning at 2:15 pm in CAF 401. The advisor is Mrs. Parisi.

Mock Trial

The Mock Trial Team is a very authentic learning experience for students in Grades 9 – 12. Students learn the roles of attorneys, witnesses, and judges in our adversarial system of justice. Based upon a “fictional fact” situation, students take on the roles of plaintiff, defendant, attorneys or witnesses through all of the steps of a trial. This activity culminates when the team participates in a statewide mock trial competition sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association. Mock Trial Team meets on late bus days and on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00. The advisor is Mr. Winterson.

National Honor Society (NHS)

The National Honor Society is an organization that promotes recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character and service. Members meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month and officers meet weekly. The advisors are Brigid Stearns and Howard Winterson.

New England Math League

Students compete in a National Math Contest six times per year. The club meets on six Tuesdays during the year (after school from 2:12 – 3:00). Mr. Mitesser is the advisor.

Newspaper Club

Interested students will write for the Highlander Headliner (our school’s newspaper) and have the opportunity to work with The Winsted Journal. Students sometimes meet during lunch and also through e-mail. Mrs. Galenski is the advisor.

Pep Club – The Red Army

The club shows its support of the school sports teams by attending the games, wearing red Northwestern shirts and cheering for the team.

R.E.A.C.T. (Random Efforts Always Change Tomorrow)

Through random acts of kindness, members create a chain reaction of positive change and climate. Activities include community service projects, new student breakfast, chin links, the Highlander Fair, a Middle School dance, a positive bulletin board, and staff appreciation. Ms. Williams is the advisor.

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

Our group plans activities to raise awareness of destructive decisions that students make. Our activities include Grim Reaper day, Tie a Ribbon, the Mock Car Crash, and MADD walk. The advisor is Mrs. Zematis.


The Senate consists of a selected group of high school students who provide the connection between the student body and the Board of Education. We provide activities and information for the entire high school and our focus is on community service.  advisor.

Ski Club

2016 Ski Sundown Program All Forms due Nov. 11th!

2016 Ski Sundown Afternoon Program
2016 Group Participant Information and Program Agreement Group Info.
2016 Weekly Group Info Packet
2016 Helmet Goggle Offer

Student Council

Student Council is a charity based student organization dedicated to improving our school, our community, and the world by raising the level of awareness concerning school, local, national, and international issues. The activities include JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) walk, blood drives, Thanksgiving turkey baskets, a school dance, Bunnies for Babies, and teacher appreciation week. The student council continues to seek out projects and organizations that need their support. They meet on the first Tuesday of the month after school and in homeroom daily. The advisor is Mrs. Drago.

World Language Club

The mission of the club is for students to share their interest in languages and cultures with their peers. We are culturally based and academically focused. Meetings are held with the aim of allowing students to communicate on a basic linguistic level and demonstrate their culture through films, indigenous clothing, foreign currencies and cuisine. Students will participate in the preparation of indigenous recipies, watch and discuss foreign films with subtitles and enjoy a basic command of the language. We meet quarterly. Mrs. Viets is the advisor.

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The Yearbook students produce a 240-page high school yearbook using a web-based program. Production includes theme development, layout of pictures and text, and all other aspects of producing and marketing Students who participate in Yearbook are selected through an interview process and receive one college level credit. The advisor is Ms. Deasy.