Clubs and Activities
What students learn outside of the classroom is often as meaningful as what they learn inside. What students do, what organizations they join, what activities they participate in, and what sports they play, all determine the overall quality of their Academy experience. The Campus Life Program provides many opportunities for students to engage in activities during the school year. The mission is to create a social and cultural experience on campus which will foster student leadership, community involvement, and personal growth. Each of our programs is intended for active membership and participation; though not required, students are encouraged to be involved in these extracurricular activities as it is an integral part of Academy life.
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The Anime Club is a school club where students who have an interest in anime or Japanese culture can go to afterschool to help participate in events and socialize with other students who share their interest in anime.
Have you ever wondered how a handbell ensemble works? Would you like to find out what Bells Angels is all about? The Bells Angels Handbell Ensemble is inviting you to “try us out”. Any high school aged student is welcome. Prior musical experience is helpful, but is not required. What is necessary is a willingness to learn, a love of music and a commitment to the ensemble and their rehearsal and performance schedule.
Bells Angels rehearsal regularly on Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Scheduled performances include the Academy Fall Concert, High School Ring-Out in Providence, RI, “Bells of Spring” concert in May and Academy Baccalaureate in June. The ensemble also offers music during worship once a month at South Church.
For further information contact Phil Brown, director of music ministries at South Church on Main Street.
"The Breathing Room" is a club that meets to explore the practice of mindfulness meditation. Through mindfulness, we sharpen our ability to attend our moment to moment experience with peacefulness, kindness, and clarity. The practice is for anyone who wants to cultivate a sense of inner balance, reduce stress, or improve their overall sense of well-being.
Advisor: Mr. Dunnells
The Car Club is designed to give students an opportunity to learn and gain experience in the automotive area outside of regular class time. The club is open to all students currently enrolled in auto classes or students not able to take auto classes but interested in auto.
The Ceramics Club provides students, who are already enrolled in the Ceramics Class, with an opportunity to learn, practice, and perfect their skills in several areas of ceramics (hand-building, sculpture, pottery, decoration, and firing). Students are provided with materials and space in which to work. The Ceramics Club gives students the opportunity to pursue their artistic interests in a safe and comfortable environment.
The Challenge Course Club offers a combination of mental and physical challenges requiring groups to work as a team to accomplish goals. Through a series of fun and unusual activities, participants learn valuable information about themselves, each other and the group as a unit. By removing people from their usual environment and placing them in a new, unique setting, a challenge course experience fosters shared learning, openness and cooperation.
The Chess Club is for anyone interested in chess, including beginning chess players. Prior chess experience is not necessary. Research has shown that playing chess will help students in many areas including problem solving, memory, and concentration. We offer instruction and competition to challenge each player to become better.
The Chinese Club is organized to allow students to spend time with other students who have an interest in the Chinese language and culture. Activities include attending Chinese films, playing Chinese board games, celebrating Chinese festivals, and after school cooking fun. Membership is open to all students who have an interest in the Chinese culture.
The Community Service Resource Club is the mainstay for the afterschool program at the St. Johnsbury School. They help the teachers provide activities for the students and at times plan for them as well. They also provide some cultural experiences and education to the students by the international high school students in the Club.
Advisor: Marianne Handy Hraibi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Dance Club gives interested students an opportunity to explore various dance idioms outside the classroom. Students share experience and training, introducing each other to various dance venues, including Hip Hop, Swing, Jazz, Flamenco, Middle Eastern, Classical Chinese, etc. Guest teachers are invited to offer after school workshops. Students gain experience choreographing original sequences, and in self-directing the club's activities. No previous experience necessary
Dungeons & Dragons is a structured yet open-ended role-playing game. It is normally played indoors with the participants seated around a tabletop. Typically, each player controls only a single character, which represents an individual in a fictional setting.working together as a group, thesecharacters(PCs) are often described as a 'party' of adventurers, with each member often having his or her own areas of specialty that contributes to the success of the whole.the course of play, each player directs the actions of his or her character and its interactions with the other characters in the game.activity is performed through the verbal impersonation of the characters by the players, while also employing a variety of social and other useful cognitive skills, such as logic, basic mathematics and imagination.game often continues over a series of meetings to complete a singleadventure, and longer into a series of related gaming adventures, called a "campaign."
Advisor: Mrs. Rhodes
Dynamic Youth Mentors is a leadership program for teens. It provides an opportunity for younger members of our community to gain support and encouragement in school and their personal life. We strive to encourage success in school and to prevent substance abuse. See Mrs. Rhodes for further information.
The Environmental Club is a group of concerned students and faculty/staff that are committed to raising awareness about environmental issues, and to reducing our environmental impact as individuals, a school community, and as citizens of the world. The Environmental Club focuses on keeping the campus as “green” as possible.
Thanks for Thinking & Acting Green!
Advisor: Mrs. Wallace (email@example.com
Students get to use this time for drawing or designing fashion, sewing, t-shirt and garment painting, jewelry design or just hang out and keep up with the latest fashion through talks and various fashion newspaper and magazines. Participants may wish to develop their figure drawing skills or draping techniques.
Advisor: Mr. Kaplan
Meets: Thursdays, 7:00 a.m.
French Club is a fun way for students to practice their French and to learn more about French and Francophone culture. Typical activities include making French food like crêpes, fondue or galette des rois, preparing French lessons for younger students, food tastings in conjunction with the Culinary Arts program and the Hilltopper Café, watching French movies and listening to French music, preparing performances of French songs to be sung in front of the school, enjoying informal French conversation, playing French board games, and organizing trips.
The Hilltones is a group of students that meets twice a week to learn about group singing, and to prepare for school and community concerts. The group sings in 4 part harmony and sings a wide variety of musical styles. The chorus performs at least 2 formal concerts a year, including a Winter and a Spring performance.
Members of the Hip Hop Club participate in learning and teaching various styles of Hip Hop dancing. New students will learn various techniques from street dance to Asian style. Experienced dancers will choreograph and work on new pieces for performance. Students are able to perform their pieces at talent competitions and Capstone presentations, to name a couple. No prior dance experience is necessary.
The Intaglio Society is a group of dedicated young printmakers who print, exhibit, and travel together. These artists work with traditional printmaking techniques as well as pursuing cutting edge innovations within an atmosphere of communal artistic pursuit. The society presents professional exhibitions as well as opportunities to engage in intensive study within the international art community.
Intramural athletics at St. Johnsbury Academy provide an opportunity for students not involved in varsity sports to be involved in a recreational activity. The schedule of activities played varies from season to season. Students are responsible for organizing their own teams and the attendance of their team on scheduled game nights.
Advisor: Mr. Mesics
The Jazz Appreciation Club is a club dedicated to the tradition, understanding, appreciation and promotion of a true American art form. The club will meet weekly to listen to and discuss the history of the multidimensional modern jazz idiom.
Advisor:Ms. Cummings, Ms. Lane
The Knitting Club’s mission is to build positive relationships while learning a life long hobby to be passed on to future generations. The students will first learn to knit. Guidance will be offered as the students knit their own individual projects. The members will work on service projects such as knitting hats for hospital infants, scarves for homeless shelters, and mittens for various area organizations in need. Each member of the club must furnish their own needles and yarn. Experienced and beginning knitters are welcome.
The St. J. Academy Math League was established around 1980 under the enthusiasm of the late Lucille Byrne, to promote creative problem-solving skills in students. All students enjoy the challenges presented, and gain insights that may help improve their performance on the Vermont Talent Search Contests, UVM Annual Prize Math Examination, New England Common Assessment Program, or SAT's. During the school year, the group participates in six New England Math League competitions, with leaders invited to take the annual national AMC-10 and AMC-12 sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. Weekly practice sessions are held Tuesdays in Severance 19 following Conference Period. Contest days include refreshments while discussing the official solutions.
Model UN gives students the opportunity to discover, through simulation, how the United Nations works to collectively promote world peace and cooperate on a variety of international issues. Students who enjoy politics, world affairs, other cultures, debating, and compromise will love Model UN. We also encourage participation in the Colwell Speaker series where world leaders impart their wisdom on various topics. The club is open to all grade levels.
A Club Giving Back
The St. Johnsbury Academy Mountain Bike Club was founded by alumnus and faculty member Christopher Dussault ’90 in 2000. In the fall and spring, The Mountain Bike Club meets bright and early every Saturday morning to embark on 3 hour rides at Kingdom Trails in East Burke, Vermont. They enjoy world class mountain biking, stunning scenery and manage to get in a good workout. Yet the Mountain Bike Club is more than just a recreational club; it is a club that practices stewardship by giving back to the local community and the sport of mountain biking.
Every first Sunday of the month, the group meets to volunteer their time with the Kingdom Trails Crew to help maintain existing trails and assist in building new ones. All involved develop a true sense of ownership and accomplishment as they watch a new trail born at the ends of their shovels and rakes. This accomplishment is further rewarded once the trails are mapped and included in the following season’s Kingdom Trails Map.
Currently, there are about 12 students and four faculty members who are actively involved with the Mountain Bike Club. Like many clubs at the Academy, a few students showed interest and before they knew it – there was an official club! Through the dedication of the many SJA faculty advisors, these clubs are able to exist and provide students a wonderful extracurricular outlet.
St. Johnsbury Academy Mountain Bike Club
• If using your own bike, you are expected to make sure that is likely to make it through the ride and be self sufficient, even though there will be plenty of help.
• You will wear a helmet, on you head as designed.
• You will have with you water, or something to drink, enough to make it through the ride. A spare tube, which is a minimum. You should also have the tools and skills to fix a flat.
• While riding, if stopped get out of next riders way. Make sure someone is behind you at a turn (slinky effect).
• If you don't know which way to go, then stop and wait.
• Don't ride through every mud hole, walk around.
• Carry in, carry out.
Outing Club Mission Statement
The mission of the St. Johnsbury Academy Outing Club is to introduce students to the wilderness and teach them the skills required to serve themselves, others, and become stewards of the environment. Through a variety of different activities such as backpacking, mountaineering, rock climbing, canoeing, and white water rafting students learn self-reliance, leadership skills, respect for themselves and others, and a sense of responsibility for their actions. The club stresses a strong wilderness ethic, based on the Leave No Trace philosophy.
The Outing Club slideshow is online right here .
The Outing Club will meet each Monday and Thursday from 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Challenge Course for Rock Climbing Instruction during the Fall.
Advisor: Mrs. R. Prevost
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Hello, welcome to the Photo Lab web page! Photo Lab is a club for those who love photography and want to pursue it with other like minded people. The Lab is a tight-knit group of photographers who meet to use the Academy's photo lab and venture out to make photographic images. As a group, we travel to all over the surrounding community from farms in Passumpsic to the cedar bogs of the North Country and explore other various locations. Also, the group experiments in various modes of photography from pinhole to 35 mm format and into the rudimentary techniques of camera obscura and cyan-o-type murals. Although Photo I is a requirement for participation in Photo Lab, photo enthusiasts are welcomed to talk with any members of the Photo Lab for further information.
Advisor: Ms. Wilbur
Meets: Thursdays, 3:30--5:00 p.m.
Pottery Club gives the opportunity for students who have never worked in the clay medium a chance to explore the art form of ceramics. The club also gives the more experienced student the freedom to explore and experiment on their own with different techniques.
Art is all about self expression and ones' personal views, so come and see what you can do!
The mission of the RTS (Real Time Strategy) Gaming Club is to allow students to teach each other games and to improve their skills and knowledge of gaming through social gaming, with peer-to-peer teaching, to build a community of student gamers at the Academy. Novice gamers will be taught and helped by more experienced gamers and teamwork in games allows more skilled gamers to benefit all team members.The structure of multi-players games, in whatever format, allows for improvement of gaming skills, verbal communication skills, and problem-solving skills while having fun.
STEM Club Photos
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) high school competition was first held in 1989, and has since grown to over 1600 teams worldwide, in which 42,000 high school students participate with the assistance of approximately 23,000 mentors. In addition, robot Lego leagues have been created for grade school and middle school students. Participants of the high school event are eligible for over nine million dollars in scholarships.
In 2010, the FIRST Robotics Team made it to the semifinals at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute regional event on March 12-13th. Our defensive tactics placed our robot 19th out of 29 in the qualifying rounds, and ranked 4th out of 8 alliances in the elimination finals.
The team started in January, 2007, and has grown each year.
Scholar’s Bowl is a jeopardy-like game that challenges students' memory and knowledge in the subjects of science, mathematics, English, social studies, arts and entertainment. The team works together to solve problems in a relaxed, yet competitive, setting. Members must make a commitment to participate in weekly practices, matches and tournaments.
Advisor: Mike Bugbee
Meets: Once each week. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
At the present, 75 students are involved in SkillsUSA VICA. State competitions begin in early March. The winners of the state competition have the opportunity to go to Kansas City in late June to compete on the national level.
Click here to view the Skills USA slide show.
What is SkillsUSA?
A national organization serving more than 264,000 high school and college students and professional members enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations. WHERE IS IT? In high schools and college/technical schools. SkillsUSA has more than a quarter million student members annually, organized into 13,000 chapters and 54 state and territorial associations (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands). WHAT'S THE POINT OF IT ALL? SkillsUSA prepares America's high performance workers. It provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self- confidence, work attitudes and communications skills. It emphasizes total quality at work, high ethical standards, superior work skills, life-long education and pride in the dignity of work. SkillsUSA also promotes understanding of the free enterprise system and involvement in community service activities. WHO IS INVOLVED? Approximately 14,500 teachers and school administrators serve as professional SkillsUSA members and instructors. More than 1,000 corporations, trade associations and labor unions actively support SkillsUSA on a national level through financial aid, in-kind contributions, and involvement of their people in SkillsUSA activities. Many more work directly with state associations and local chapters. WHAT ELSE? SkillsUSA programs include local, state and national competitions in which students demonstrate occupational and leadership skills. During the annual national-level SkillsUSA Championships, more than 4,100 students compete in 75 occupational and leadership skill areas. SkillsUSA programs also help to establish industry standards for job skill training in the classroom.
Advisors: Mrs. Orozco
Meets: Mondays, 3:45--5:00 p.m.
Loction: Mayo Lounge
The Spanish Club, including both native speakers and students studying Spanish, meets weekly to share the music, food and culture of the many Spanish-speaking countries represented at the Academy. Conversation, laughter, dancing, singing and snacks abound. Occasional presentations by students highlight cultural similarities as well as what facets make each country unique.
Special activities include:
*cooking sessions in the culinary kitchen, making favorite foods from different students’ countries
*going out for special meals: Spanish, Mexican…
*fiestas to mark special events and holidays, including a gift swap at Christmas
*dancing lessons and dances
*movies in Spanish
There’s always something fun going on in the Spanish Club!
Art club is an after-school activity aimed at providing a wide range of students the opportunity to explore various mediums of art and expression. The policy of open door allows anyone regardless of artistic experience the opportunity to engage in creative exploration through drawing, painting, and interacting with other students. Come in and find yourself a spot to sit and enjoy the sound of authentic vinyl records and company with which to spend your time.
Meets: Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Academy Pool
Advisor: Mr. Sayarath (email@example.com)
Meets: Tuesday & Thursday, 3:45--5:30 p.m.
Location: Kiwanis Tennis Courts
Advisor: Mrs. Mackenzie, Mrs. Morris
Meets: Thursday, 3:30--4:30 p.m.
The Yearbook is open to all students. Members should be task oriented, self-motivated, and capable of meeting deadlines. Desktop publishing, writing, photography, art design, and many other skills are incorporated. The end result will be the completion and distribution of “The Lamp” in the Spring.
Advisors: Mr. Buhner
Location: Morse Dance Studio
The Youth Health Service Club is a health careers recruitment program that engages diverse high school youth as “student leaders” in meaningful community service. We provide students with quality volunteer training through the service learning process. We strive to increase student awareness of health careers and nurture their desire to pursue a health career. Students are trained using a six-module curriculum that prepares the m to function in health care settings that assist the underserved. Once prepared, the students choose independent or group service learning projects to fulfill the minimum of fifty (50) hours for completion of the program.