HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
HS Activities Office: 860.379.8525 x 2250
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 .
CHAIN GANG CYCLING CLUB
The bicycling club meets on sunny weekend days in the Spring, Summer and Fall at the point of departure. We usually do 20 to 25 mile scenic road bike rides. New cyclists are welcome and we have several bicycles and helmets to loan out. Students must wear a helmet in order to ride. The advisor is Mr. Rodenberg.
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.
Club meets first Thursday of every month- Mrs. Jones is the advisor.
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.
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 Tuesdays, and “as needed” when competitions are upcoming. The advisor is Mr. Sullivan.
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 Mr. Winegar.
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 Tuesday and Thursday twice a month, plus four voluntary Saturday workshops and extra practice time before a competition. The advisors are Mrs. Leach and Ms. Perga.
EUROPE TRIP CLUB
Students go on a 12 day study visit to various locations in Europe during the summer before their senior year. Students can begin signing up for the trip in ninth or tenth grade. The advisor is Mr. Rodenberg
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. Wilson.
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). All teachers are advisors.
F.I.R.S.T. ROBOTICS TEAM
For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Robotics team is international, kids play games, solve puzzles, and build robots with kids all over the world! If you have an interest in finance, there is a large budget that needs oversight, graphic designers for logos and marketing, public relations, website development. Many opportunities for scholarships. Meetings take place twice a week at Whiting Mills on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-8:30. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
MAGIC Meets Mondays with Mrs. Grady
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 Mrs. Davidson.
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. Gallaway is the advisor.
HIGHLANDER POETS SOCIETY (POETRY OUT LOUD)
Meets Mondays Mrs. Machowski
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. Machoski and Mrs. Jakobsen.
“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.
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 Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00. The advisor is Mr. Winterson.
Mock version of the United Nations. Students take on the role of delegates from varying countries and work to resolve issues on a wide range such as economic, humanitarian, peacekeeping, environmental, etc. We attend conferences with students from all over New England and the country. Meetings are every other Monday and Mrs. Davidson and Mr. Sullivan are the advisors.
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). Students can attend any meeting and earn points to improve their grade. Mrs. Jakobsen and Mr. McClave are advisors for 2017-2018.
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.
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. Evans.
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 Sundown program! Mrs. Cady and Mrs. Perga are advisors.
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 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 Mrs. Wilson.
Meets on Tuesdays after school. Attending Yoga Club can be used to make up missed PE classes. Mr. Mittesser is the advisor