2020-2021 Club List
The Art Club is open to all students who love the Arts, and wish to create art after school and participate in a special kind of learning experience. Art Club members will have opportunities to attend in-school guest lectures, explore new art media, expand their art portfolio, and participate in the art-making process for art competitions throughout the year.
Asian Cultural Experience (ACE)
In Asian Cultural Experience (ACE), we explore the varied, intersecting experiences of being Asian. We eat food from our homes, share stories, ask questions, and discuss themes about identity, home, race, solidarity, family, and gender. We also watch popular movies from different Asian countries. Also, plans are in the works to visit and taste different Asian flavors around Somerville.
Tuesdays, room 320
In Astronomy Club, students will do activities about everything from stars being born, to supernova explosions and black holes, to the possibility of alien life, to humans discovering, exploring, and possibly colonizing other parts of our galaxy. We'll also watch movies about space (like Interstellar or The Martian, and we'll learn about the sun, moon, and planets in our solar system by looking through a telescope at some of the observatories in the Boston area.
Students interested in learning to play a wind instrument (saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, flute, or tuba) and perform with the high school band are encouraged to come to band. Learning to play an instrument is a great way to meet people who enjoy performing music together. Instrument and lessons are provided free of charge. Wow!
Our SHS chapter is a member of Best Buddies International. The Best Buddies Chapter at SHS pairs students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in one-to-one friendships with high school students. Best Buddies also offers students a unique opportunity to develop leadership skills. With the support of school faculty and Best Buddies staff, students lead and direct the Best Buddies Chapter at SHS. Activities include apple-picking, baking, holiday celebrations, museum visits, Friendship Field Day, a Celtics game, a dinner banquet, and more!
Black Student Union
The Black Student Union is a group of students who gather once a week to discuss the injustices the Black community faces. We look at films, books, news, media, and school situations where students of color are treated unfairly. During Black History month, the Black Student Union hosts an assembly where members are given a platform to create pieces to share with the school. In the past, we have partnered with the Equity Club to present the Matter Series and professional developments.
This club will take on the challenge of filming, editing, and producing timely and amazing video recaps of as many of the awesome concerts, assemblies, fairs, and other events taking place here at SHS as possible.
Tuesday and Thursday mornings, room 232
If you are an Orchestra or Band student who loves to sing, then sign up for the Chorus Club. Members will learn some of the same music as the class and perform with the chorus. Club members also travel with the chorus to festivals and competitions. In past years, the chorus and club members have participated in competitions in Washington, DC, Nashville, TN, and Orlando, FL.
Meetings vary for each class. Please listen to announcements. These groups plan events for their respective classes such as semi-formals, proms, and more.
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Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps, video games, robots, and websites. Your web browser, your operating system, the apps on your phone, Facebook – they’re all made with code. The new Coding Club is a great way to explore all things programming -- learn common programming language, improve your programming skills, create your own apps, and more. The club will be project-based and student-driven. Learning coding empowers you to do many things you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do; come help get this new club started!
Community Service Club
The Community Service Club hopes to improve the school, community, and state in which we live through positive interaction with the people and environment around us. Whether you want to get some experience working in a field you're interested in, want ideas of how you can be helpful to the community, or just need something to do after school with your friends - the community service club is for you! Whether you are a leader or a follower, have lots of free time or almost none at all, love working indoors or outside, we can help you find meaningful community service opportunities!
Thursdays, room 329
The Somerville High School Debate Team is an exciting new club that lets students make their voices heard. Members will train in Public Forum Debate and compete at tournaments against students from across the state, country, and even around the world. This club is a great way to practice public speaking, develop language skills and vocabulary, and learn about current events, all with the help of a supportive team. Plus, you'll never lose another argument again!
Mondays, room 200
DECA is a national organization of marketing students. Any student previously or currently enrolled in marketing education, accounting, personal finance, or business law can join. DECA students compete at district, state, and national levels. These students also operate the school store and have fundraisers throughout the year.
The Cultural Proficiency Student Advisory Board will advise and work with staff on the Cultural Proficiency Committee, which is dedicated to helping everyone in our diverse community thrive. Students in this club will help promote cultural proficiency among staff AND students. Activities might include: making PSAs, participating in faculty professional development, holding events, hosting forums around different topics, and inviting guest speakers. The club will meet after school every other Wednesday.
FIRST™, an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is an international robotics competition that brings together teams of high school students to design, build, program, and test a robot that will compete in a team sport event. Students receive a hands-on, minds-on experience working with real engineers to learn and develop many new skills: not only engineering and design skills, but also leadership, business, public speaking, coaching, and communication skills.
Thursdays, room 132A
The French Club promotes interest in learning about the cultures of francophone countries. We celebrate many customs and traditions of the French-speaking world. Activities include films, games, cooking demonstrations, outings to restaurants, and more!
Gay/Straight and Gender/Sexuality Awareness Alliance (GSA)
Tuesdays, room M02
This is a group whose goals are to stop hatred, increase respect for diversity, and educate other students and the community about LGBTQ+ issues. Sometimes we use glitter! We aren’t just about being gay; we are about meeting new people and making friends. We have interesting discussions, watch movies, play games, eat snacks, and more! All are welcome.
This club provides an opportunity for Haitian students and/or those interested in Haitian culture to meet, share ideas, and celebrate Haitian culture.
Highlander Theatre Company (Formerly Drama Club and The Musical)
The Highlander Theatre Company (HTC) is the resident theatre company at Somerville High School. HTC presents two productions per year: a musical in February, and a touring festival play in March. Our members are involved with all aspects of production, from selecting the plays, to designing sets, costumes, and sound, to performing and directing, so there is something for everyone, no matter how comfortable you feel onstage! Whether you audition for a production, join us for a trip to see live theatre, or come on Thursdays to play improv games and laugh off the pressures of school, you will always find a welcoming and supportive community as a part of the Highlander Theatre Company.
The objective of the Italian Club will be to deepen our students’ knowledge in various fields of the Italian culture such as cinema, literature, cuisine, music, and art. It will also give an opportunity to students not taking Italian to become aquatinted with the Italian language.
Literary Magazine and Creative Writing Club
The Literature and Art Magazine needs students to submit creative pieces (stories, art, poetry, photography, etc). These submissions can be emailed to Ms. Dietrich
at any time or dropped off in room M04. We can print with or without your name, so don't be shy! Also, the club needs students to help select, edit, format, and distribute the magazine. We meet regularly to go through submissions and edit, vote, and lay out the look of the magazine.
Local History Club
Tuesdays, room M13
The Local History Club is dedicated to celebrating the rich history of Somerville. The club will be for students who want to learn more about Somerville's history through re-enactments and who will participate in city-wide activities such as marching in the Memorial Day Parade, being part of Patriots Day, Ghosts of Somerville, etc. As re-enactors, students could pick a person whose life story is associated with Somerville and they would use that background to reenact and dress up like that character, learning more about that historical period. It is a great and creative way to participate in helping Somerville’s community events become more festive and creative.
This club provides an opportunity for students of all abilities to solve challenging problems (at their level) in a fun and competitive atmosphere while making friends and participating in team-building activities. The Math Club also hosts four meets for elementary school students in which club members run the meet, award points, and announce the winners. The club meets once a month in room 412 to explore interesting topics not usually seen in a math class.
Non-Traditional Careers Club
Walking into a non-traditional field – either a classroom or a workplace that is mostly male – can be daunting for females. With support from teachers and other non-traditional students, females can gain confidence to be challenged, have fun, network with other students, and learn the rewards that come with being in a non-traditional field! Come roll up your sleeves and have fun doing hands-on activities to build skills, confidence, and leadership!
School Newspaper / The Piper
Have you ever thought of having your own column in a newspaper? Do you enjoy attending school events and writing about them and/or taking pictures? Any interest in writing editorials or drawing cartoons? Even if you don’t take journalism as a class, you can still be a part of the school newspaper. Students are responsible for publication of The Piper. We need writers, editors, and photographers. Come be part of the fun!
Tuesdays (second Tuesdays are competitions; others are meetings)
This group competes against about 30 North Shore schools, ranging from Cambridge to some from the state of Maine. There are lab events, building events, surprise building events, and paper and pen events. For more information, please visit http://northshorescienceleague.org
Somerville Positive Forces 100 (SPF100)
Every Thursday from 3:30 - 5:30pm, plus 2-4 hours per month for events / projects.
Advisor: Lovelee Heller
, SCAP Program Director or call 617-625-6600 x4322.
Location: 50 Evergreen Ave. (this is a community-based youth group)
Youth Leading Positive Change. SPF100 empowers teens to lead positive social change in the community through exciting campaigns, videos, and events. We are looking for energetic youth leaders to serve as drug- and alcohol-free positive role models and work as part of a team to address issues impacting teens, including drug/alcohol use and related problems like depression and bullying. Youth leaders get 60 volunteer hours and up to $600 for full participation. Pick up an application at the SHS Club Fair or the Teen Room at the Main Public Library. This is a community-based youth group supported by Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP).
Open to all students in grades 9-12 (member does not have to be of Hispanic descent or be taking Spanish in school). It is a student-centered club that celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture and promotes interest in the Spanish language. It also provides students with hands-on opportunities to explore and enjoy Spanish language and culture. Activities such as Spanish films, authentic food, music, dance, art, and history will allow students to connect in a diverse and casual environment. Class code on Google Classroom: 5buwf8k.
Student Leadership Council
Student Leadership Council is a student-led group that involves its members in meaningful decision-making and action in and around the school. This representative body, whose leaders are chosen by their classmates, also organizes activities such as the rally and student government day. It is also responsible for holding all elections that take place during the school year, and it advises school administration on important matters affecting students.
This club is a mix of laid-back games and serious competition, including friendly games of Trivial Pursuit, Taboo, Bananagrams, Boggle, and Apples to Apples. We also compete against other schools in events such as WGBH High School Quiz Show, the Knowledge Master Open, and WorldBoston’s Academic WorldQuest. Last year, we finished second in the North Shore College Bowl, a monthly trivia competition against other high schools. Whether you want to match wits with the sharpest students in Massachusetts or if you just want to come play a friendly game, the Trivia Club is the choice for you.
The yearbook staff is responsible for creating the Somerville High School Yearbook every year. This includes graphic design of pages, fundraising, organization of photography, sales of senior clothing, and creation of a multimedia DVD that is shipped as a summer supplement.