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School Clubs

Face to Faith: club is affiliated with Faith to Faith, a program of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which facilitates international interfaith dialogue among secondary students. We are currently doing a module entitled "Common Word," which deals with ideas about compassion in world religions. We hope to have a video conference on this topic before Pesach vacation. Our members also participate in FacetoFaithOnline, a moderated social network. Face to Faith does not have officers. The club meets during lunch on Day E.

Moot Beit Din: In conjunction with RAVSAK, the North American association of community Jewish day schools, four students prepare to participate in a competition with students from around the country where they are a given a modern case of Jewish law, and are asked write and present a case on the subject using traditional Jewish sources. The club meetings once during a six-day cycle, and requires significant work outside of school.

Gay-Straight Alliance: This club provides an opportunity for students to learn about issues of gay/lesbian inclusion in society and the Jewish community, and provides a discussion to learn how to make our community more welcoming for many types of students. The club meets once during a six-day cycle, and does not currently have a slate of officers.

SADD club: meets once a cycle, During our meetings we discuss topics such as teenage drinking an drug abuse, gossip, cheating in school, distracted driving, etc... Our goal is to educate the Schechter student body and helped them make constructive decisions. Last year, we even organized a school assembly on alcoholism, eating disorders, and academic pressure. This year we have thus far had many meetings and on Alumni Day we distributed lollipops with teenage statistics taped to them.

The Politics and Current Events club meets once per cycle. Our objective is to provide a forum for students to discuss and ask questions about current issues in the news, and political issues in general. Recent discussions have concerned the 2012 Election, the conflict in the Gaza Strip, the massacre in Newtown, and the ongoing saga regarding the "fiscal cliff." It is not only a place for students to openly share their opinions about current issues, but to learn more about the background information and legal/historical context for events taking shape in today's world. We plan to stay on top of and keep revisiting important domestic and international developments to see how they unfold.

MSG Varsity is a video elective that meets during club time. Students learn to shoot video and then edit using Final Cut Express. Completed videos and photo galleries are then uploaded to Cablevision Channel 614. Additional support is provided by MSG Varsity who sends a field supervisor every month to provide additional instruction.

Drama Club Approximately 25 students participate each semester. Traditionally, the fall show is a drama and the spring show is a musical. The fall show takes place in the auditorium of the Elementary School while the spring show is performed in the theatre of the Long Island Children's Museum. It is our policy never to turn students away so all who are prepared to make the time commitment of rehearsals are welcome to participate. The rehearsals take place four days a week after school commencing eight weeks before opening night.

Tzibur is short for tzorchei tzibur – ‘the needs of the community.’Its mission is to provide opportunities for learning and reflecting on issues that our community confronts. These may be issues that affect our school community of students and teachers; they may be issues that affect the Jewish community; lastly, they may be issues that affect our world community. The topics addressed are generated by students, faculty and administrators, with the students having the strongest voice. Students and faculty members will work collaboratively to produce compelling learning activities and memorable experiences.

Mock Trial usually meets twice a week, more when a trial is approaching. We usually have 15 members attending. We receive a case from the New York State Bar Association in December and prepare for a competition that begins in February. The tournament goes week to week. If we do well we can be competing in to the spring. In the Fall we hold a friendly competition with another school to practice our skills and let newer team members have a chance to show their skills.

Model Congress usually meets once a week begining in December, in preparation for a February competition. Current team membership is seven.  The purpose of Model Congress is to simulate how Congress works. Students write bills, give speeches, learn parliamentary procedure and public policy. The team participates in the University of Pennsylvania's Model Congress weekend. Schools from all over the country are represented.

Peer Connectors  is a prestigious program consisting of ten seniors, selected by a committee to work with groups of freshmen throughout the year. Peer Connectors are trained prior to the opening of school in September and attend one training session per month thereafter. After each training session, peer connectors meet with their ninth graders. They serve as "big brothers/big sisters," role models who help the freshmen adjust to high school and deal with typical adolescent issues. The Peer Connectors foster an atmosphere in which the freshmen in their groups feel comfortable talking to them, inside and outside of school, about both school and non-school related topics. This program has proven to be very beneficial to the Schechter community. Since the Peer Connectors spend time with the freshmen before school officially starts, at the all-school retreat, the freshmen begin the school year knowing that they already have older students they can reach out to, even in the first weeks of school. Peer Connectors are expected to reach out to their freshmen after school hours throughout the school year.

Click here to read some articles about Peer Connectors written by Schechter students for our online daily newspaper!
Peer Educators  is a club very similar to Peer Connectors, but it is open to tenth through twelfth graders. Students meet once a month for training followed by a meeting with middle school students. Topics usually focus on stress and decision-making. Peer Educators are expected to serve as role models and as "big brothers/big sisters." This program allows middle schoolers to develop friendly relationships with many of the upperclassmen that they may see in the halls. The middle school students often love talking with their Peer Educators and feel comfortable sharing their concerns with them. Peer Educators is a great mentorship program and it continues to thrive at Schechter.
 
Click here to read some articles about Peer Educators written by Schechter students for our online daily newspaper!

Peer Educator Trainers Meet For the First Time

The Spanish club is offered once a cycle to Schechter High School Spanish aficionados who want to partake in cultural activities. Having meetings during lunch, communication and conversation rather than conjugations of verbs is emphasized. Kids enjoy arts and crafts, learn different Hispanic dances, and
appreciate music from Latin American entertainers. Seniors and Juniors are assigned officer positions including: president, vice president, treasurer, and secretary. Dues are collected weekly for “fiestas” we have.

The Debate Club The members of the debate club are learning how to present persuasive arguments in support of or in opposition to current controversial topics that have been in the news frequently. It has also been discussed that you do not have to personally agree with the side of an issue that you are presenting. An effective debater should know both sides of an issue.

The new Science Fiction Club ( aka Bowties) is an outgrowth of a group of students who spent a lot of time discussing Doctor Who last year - and trying to force it upon their friends. Students in the club introduce each other to different works of science fiction and fantasy. After viewing, students discuss the video - its merits as a work of fiction, any basis in reality, its similarity to other works with which they may be familiar. We have recently begun compiling a list of books and at some point will probably at some point compare written work to movie form. The club is in its infancy and with all of the interruptions to the schedule, the kids are still working to form it into something more cohesive. It has a lot of yet-to-be-tapped potential.

SAFE is an acronym for Student Action for the Environment. Its primary purpose is environmental education and action. These students are responsible for the paper and bottling recycling program and for educating their peers about recycling. Last year we went on our first trail hike and there is a great deal of interest in continuing to hike in the future. The students also are trying to green our school environment with plants - a program that is off to a slow start but shows much promise with our new plant committee headed by a very enthusiastic freshman. There has been interest over the years in growing food in a green house to donate to a soup kitchen and this was in the works last year with Nicollee trying to figure out how we could do this in conjunction which her nutrition program. Road blocks here include the fact that we do not own our property. We will be continuing our research into this for the future. In the mean time, we have plans to do other forms of community service.

The Chess Club offers members opportunities at several levels. Students who wish to learn how to play can get lessons from more experienced players or from the Club advisor. Students who want a friendly game of chess find others so inclined. Students looking for a more competitive game also find willing partners. The Club meets once a cycle during lunch periods.

Mathletes is our school's Math Team, competing in the Nassau County Inter-Scholastic Mathematics league. There are six contests each school year, once a month fron October to March. Contests are held at local high schools but scores are kept on a county-wide basis. The highest scoring students in the League form an All-Star Team which competes against other New York State regions. We prepare for the contests by meeting once a cycle, sometimes during lunch and sometimes after school.

Quiz Bowl is our school's academic team competition. Our school competes against neighboring schools five times a year in a round-robin fashion, answering questions based on academic areas and on information that some people might consider "trivia" or pop culture. At the end of the season, the top two schools from each region, plus two wild card teams, are invited to participate in a final tournament, leading to the title of RQB's Long Island Champion. Our Quiz Bowl team also participates in The Long Island Challenge, a single elimination competition sponsored by Cablevision. We prepare for the contests by meeting once a cycle, sometimes during lunch and sometimes after school.

Paw Print - Perhaps the most student-operated club on campus, Paw Print produces an eight-page paper each month filled with news, features, profiles, and student opinion. The editors, who undergo a rigorous testing process before being "hired," meet formally approximately three times each month to pitch, plan, and edit content. We are currently planning the next issue and look forward to receiving a critique from the American Scholastic Press Association, and (hopefully) another first-place prize.

Paw Print Now (PPN) - Paw Print Now, also known as PPN, is a daily news blog started this year by an ambitious and talented sophomore. Whereas the hardcopy, monthly version provides features and perspective, PPN is able to post about the current goings-on in our hallways each and every day. It has quickly become popular among faculty and students; the site has enjoyed over 15,000 hits since starting in September.

Israel Awareness Club - Meets roughly bimonthly during lunch. The club's purpose is to give time for those interested to talk about Israel and what's going on there and to educate the student body about what goes on in Israel.

Pleiades, Schechter’s literary magazine, provides a forum for student writers and artists to showcase their work. After studying poetic form and methods of critiquing student work, student editors work with faculty  to select and edit submissions. Layout editors deal with issues of tone and visual aesthetics.

Book Club - Members of the Book Club meet each week with a faculty adviser to analyze novels, short stories, and poems of their own choosing in a relaxed atmosphere, over lunch and dessert. Students decide how much they will read each week, and take turns preparing for and leading discussions. The club provides a comfortable setting for lovers of literature to share their passion. The seniors comprise the editorial board.

Kesher/Social Action- ClubKesher seeks to help those in our local and global communities through fundraisers and hands-on activities such as sandwich making and mitzvah projects. With aproximately 20 involved students, Kesher raises the level of awareness of charitable efforts that affect our daily lives, and has contributed funds to such organizations as UJA Federation and the Red Cross. We have responded to the need to collect supplies for Hurricane Sandy victims and also conducted a chocolate sale fundraiser.  Looking ahead, we will continue our tradition of helping students at United Cerebral Palsy celebrate their prom, as well as responding to other social action needs as they occur.

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