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Extracurricular Activities

wHAT OPPORTUNITIES, CLUBS, AND ACTIVITIES ARE OPEN TO ME?

Check below to see the vast selection of possible choices to enhance your learning and social experiences here at Cooperstown Central School. You can email the advisor directly if you would like more information. Parents and Caregivers, if you might be interested to assist as a volunteer! This list is continuously evolving, so please check back frequently.


AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION

What is your purpose?  The American Bar Association's Liberty Bell Award is the most prestigious award given by lawyers to a non-lawyer. The day is set aside by the Congress to celebrate our great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under law. Law Day was instituted during the administration of President Dwight Eisenhower to emphasize that the United States is under the rule of law, as a counterbalance to the then-prominent May Day military parades in Soviet-bloc countries, which were ruled by dictators.

The Otsego County Bar Association organizes this event. The CCS History Department chooses four students based on student interest in the award. The selected student is required to write an essay on the Law Day 2020 theme: “Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: the 19th Amendment at 100”. The ceremonies include presentation of the annual Liberty Bell Award to an outstanding area high school student.

Information: Contact John Brotherton jbrotherton@cooperstowncs.org  or 607-547-8181 


Art Club

Contact: Ms. Krause jkrause@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Wednesdays after school

Where do you meet? Room HS306

What grades are involved? 5-12

What is your purpose? Students participate in supervised instructional time and are encouraged to freely explore and to continue to develop their artistic abilities. Late bus provided.


Battle of the Books (B.O.B.)/Library Club

Advisor: Mrs. Hitchcockmhitchcock@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Various meeting dates throughout the school day and after school

Where do you meet? Library-Media Center

What grades are involved? 7-12

What is your purpose? This group exists to develop, strengthen, and promote a love of reading and libraries to share with others. This group enlists meetings to incite others to develop a love for reading. An annual battle of the books is held each spring, both academic and public. This group also tours libraries.


BOYS STATE and GIRLS STATE

What is your purpose?  Boys State and Girls State are summer leadership and citizenship programs sponsored by The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary for high school juniors, respectively. Boys and Girls are usually nominated by their high school during their junior year.

Each state's program varies, but in general program participants are divided into subgroups referred to as cities. The citizens of each of these cities elect mock municipal officials and representatives to the mock state legislature. Many programs also have a county level as well. The participants also elect state officials, such as governor, lieutenant governor, and other state-level officials mirroring their actual State. The legislature meets to organize, elect leaders, and to pass bills, in a way that is similar to how their actual state legislature operates. Some programs tend to have a more traditional education focus, providing speakers and training throughout the week and then concluding with mock political functions. Other programs take a more hands-on approach by running the mock government activities all week.

Students are nominated by the High School Faculty in early February, and sent to the JSHS Principal

Contact Ms. Alena Krug, JSHS Office Secretary at 607-547-8181


CCS Growth Team / Trash Talkers

Advisor: Mrs. Parraparr@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Various meeting dates throughout the school day and after school

Where do you meet? Room HS104

What grades are involved? 7-12

What is your purpose? Students will participate in supporting community and local youth food awareness projects.


CCS Thespians

Advisor: Mr. Iversen and Mrs. Hogletiversen@cooperstowncs.orgkhogle@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Evening and afternoon rehearsals – Fall Musical & Spring Junior Musical

Where do you meet? TBD

What grades are involved? 7 & 8 (Spring Junior Musical); 9-12 (Fall High School Musical); 7-12 (Hawkeye Review)

What is your purpose? Fall High School Musical is rehearsal-intensive and is open to all students in the senior high school. Hawkeye Review is open to all students. Spring Junior Musical requires rehearsal and is open to junior high students.


Cooking Club

Advisor: Ms. Wolfemwolfe@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Tuesdays between 3:15 and 4:30 p.m. – multiple sessions hosted, please review what sessions you are in with the advisor

Where do you meet? Room HS309

What grades are involved? 3-6

What is your purpose? Students learn how to properly prepare and cook meals, with various foods and lessons hosted throughout the club’s time. Students will also eat what they make!


Envirothon

Advisor: Mrs. Parr aparr@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Thursdays after school

Where do you meet? Room HS104

What grades are involved? 9-12

What is your purpose? Students can broaden their understanding of natural resource management through the application of forestry, soil science, aquatics, wildlife, and current events. Two teams are chosen to compete at the Leatherstocking Regional Envirothon.


HOBY YOUTH LEADERSHIP

What is your purpose?  Founded in 1958 by American actor Hugh O'Brian, the first youth leadership seminar was held in Los Angeles, California, and was held once a year until 1967. Since then, the HOBY program has spread to over 70 locations in all fifty U.S. states, and 19 countries and regions.

To attend seminars in the United States, a student must be chosen by their high school out of all students in that school's sophomore class. At the seminars, students participate in programs designed to enhance their leadership and teamwork skills. Students also meet and converse with leaders in their community in fields such as volunteerism, media, education, philanthropy, and politics, among others.

CCS teachers recommend four students ranked on potential for leadership. The conference is held during four days in May of each year at SUNY Oneonta. Information will be sent home with students who have been nominated and selected.

Information: Contact Mrs. Jeanette Lyons, JSHS Guidance Office Secretary, 


Identity Alliance

Advisors: Ms. Eldred and Mrs. Burk-Sciallo aeldred@cooperstowncs.org rburk-sciallo@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Every other Tuesday, 3:10 a.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Where do you meet? Room HS125

What grades are involved? 7-12

What Is your Purpose? IDA creates a more inclusive and celebratory environment for the LGBTQ students. IDA leads the day of silence each year, brought more LGBTQ friendly reading material into the libraries and created a PSA to teach students in grades 5-10 what an ally means.


Junior High School Musical

Advisor: Mr. Iversen tiversen@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Daily rehearsals after school

Where do you meet? Room HS301 (Choir Room)

What grades are involved? 7 & 8

What is your purpose? Junior high students are invited to participate in all aspects of the show’s production. Students involved learn a vast array of performing, technical, and administrative skills.


Junior High School Student Council

Advisor: Mrs. Parraparr@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Tuesday, once monthly, then as needed. During 5th period lunch.

Where do you meet? Room HS104

What grades are involved? 7 & 8

What Is your Purpose? This organization allows students a way to voice their opinions, foster school spirit and sense of community, support charities, reflect the opinions of the student body and introduce themselves to their role in a democracy.


Leo Club

Advisor: Georgia Hren-Saphier georgia.hrensaphier@nm.com

When do you meet? Thursdays, 7:00 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.

Where do you meet? TBD

What grades are involved? 9-12

What is your purpose? Students who participate in Leo Club will develop time management, leadership skills, and work with team members on community service projects.


Media Team

Advisor: Mrs. Gardnerjgardner@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Weekly meetings, every Friday (time TBD)

Where do you meet? TBD

What grades are involved? 7-12

What is your purpose? High school students are introduced to the art of documentary filmmaking. Students are encouraged to engage with people within our community, to move outside their comfort zone, uncovering the funny, quirky, exceptional people in our midst.


National History Day

Advisor: Mrs. Hitchcock and Mr. Brotherton mhitchcock@cooperstowncs.org jbrotherton@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? TBD

Where do you meet? Library-Media Center

What grades are involved? 7-12

What is your purpose? Students research topic based on the annual theme. They produce a process paper, annotated bibliography, and a final project. Students participate in the regional National History Day competition. Students who move on to the next level of state competition, will continue their research and improve their projects (state and then the national competition).


National Honor Society

Advisor: Mrs. Wolfemwolfe@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Monthly meetings

Where do you meet? Room HS117 (BYOD Lab)

What grades are involved? 11 & 12

What is your purpose? Students who have earned a 92.5 average or higher will be contacted in March to apply. Students are then interviewed by a faculty committee. Honor society recognizes outstanding high school students who demonstrate excellence in areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.


N.Y.S.S.M.A. Music Festival (New York State School Music Association Music Festival)

Advisor: Mr. Iversen and Mrs. Hogle (Junior-Senior High School) / Mr. Daum and Mrs. Arkema (Elementary School)

tiversen@cooperstowncs.org khogle@cooperstowncs.org pdaum@cooperstowncs.org jarkema@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Individual practice, audition, and some ensemble practice

Where do you meet? HS301 (Choir Room); HS302 (Band Room); E402 (Choir Room); E403 (Band Room)

What grades are involved? 5-12

What is your purpose? Students with a great interest in music may prepare a solo, either vocal or instrumental, for an adjudication festival. Some adjudications can lead to simply individual scores, and some may qualify a student for a festival sponsored by the New York State School Music Association.


Odyssey of the Mind

Advisor: Mr. Bertramdbertram@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Weekly meetings September – December; twice weekly January and February

Where do you meet? TBD

What grades are involved? K-12; anyone can join.

What is your purpose? This program encourages teamwork and lateral thinking, working towards a common goal.


Outward Bound

Advisor: Mr. Smithbsmith@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Please see Mr. Smith for more details.

Where do you meet? Room HS305 (Tech Room)

What grades are involved? 9-12

What is your purpose? High school students may apply to participate in this Clark Sports Center program. If you are chosen, you will spend three weeks during your summer vacation in Maine where you will be canoeing, backpacking, and doing a “solo” experience. Upon returning home, you will participate in community service.


Quiz Team

Advisor: Mr. Iversentiversen@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Weekly

Where do you meet? Room HS301 (Choir Room)

What grades are involved? 9-12 (7 & 8 by invite)

What is your purpose? Members practice for competitions such as Double Down tournament, Brain Busters tournament, TC3’s High School challenge, etc. Senior high school students are invited to participate and occasionally we will invite junior high students as well.


Rotary International Exchange Program

Advisor: Mrs. Mandy Robinson

When do you meet? Accepted students meet four times at the Rotary District level before departure

What grades are involved? 9-11

What is your purpose? Students are immersed in the culture and life of another country for one year. There is an informational meeting offered for anyone interested in September. Please listen for the announcements. There is an application process and Interview that follows. Students are notified if they are accepted in October/November.


ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS (RYLA)

What is your purpose? (RYLA) is a leadership program coordinated by Rotary Clubs around the globe. Each year, thousands of young people participate in this program. Young people ages 13–30 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs to attend the event run by the club's district committee. Participants are chosen for their leadership potential. Rotary Clubs and the Rotary District cover all expenses for the participants. The format of the event vary from district to district, but commonly take the form of a seminar, camp, or workshop to discuss leadership skills and to learn those skills through practice. Rotary clubs and districts select participants and facilitate the event's curriculum.

Cooperstown RYLA participants are selected through the Cooperstown ROTARY Club, and asks our school to nominate young men and women who have proven leadership abilities and who will profit from the experience. Eligible students must be a student who will enter their senior year in September, and nominations are completed in early February.

Information: Contact Ms. Alena Krug, JSHS Secretary to the Principal, 607-547-8181 


SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

Advisor: Mrs. Wolfemwolfe@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Monthly before school meetings (7:30 a.m. – 7:55 a.m.), presentations, and events

Where do you meet? Room HS117 (BYOD Lab)

What grades are involved? 7-12

What Is your Purpose? Students are given the opportunity to learn how to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives.


Senior High School Musical

Advisor: Mr. Iversen tiversen@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Daily rehearsals after school

Where do you meet? Room HS301 (Choir Room)

What grades are involved? 9-12

What is your purpose? Senior high students are invited to participate in all aspects of the show’s production. Students involved learn a vast array of performing, technical, and administrative skills.


Science Olympiad

Advisor: Mrs. Davis bdavis@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? See Mrs. Davis for more information.

Where do you meet? Room HS103

What grades are involved? 7-12

What is your purpose? Students will learn to work together and emphasis will be placed on hands-on projects that will test all disciplines of science.


Scrubs

When do you meet? Monthly meetings September – May

What grades are involved? 9-12; Applications are mailed home with report cards in June.

What is your purpose? Students have the opportunity to participate in all facets of healthcare careers and occupations.


Senior Jazz Rock Ensemble

Advisor: Mrs. Hogle khogle@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Weekly all year; before school

Where do you meet? Room HS302 (Band Room)

What grades are involved? 9-12*; By Audition

* Co-requisite students must be enrolled in Concert Band

What is your purpose? This instrumental ensemble is open to all senior high school students who wish to participate in a bid band-style ensemble that is purely extra-curricular and provides an opportunity for small ensemble playing at a high level.


Senior Jazz Rock Vocal Harmonia

Advisor: Mr. Iversen tiversen@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Twice weekly all year; before school

Where do you meet? Room HS301 (Choir Room)

What grades are involved? 9-12*; By Audition

* Co-requisite students must be enrolled in Concert Choir or Mixed Chorus

What is your purpose? This vocal ensemble is open to all senior high school students who wish to participate in an advanced-level vocal ensemble that is purely extra-curricular and provides an opportunity for small ensemble singing at a high level.


Senior Play

Advisors: Mrs. Burk-Sciallorburk-sciallo@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Evenings, twice a week

Where do you meet? Room HS125

What grades are involved? 11 & 12

What is your purpose? Students practice over an extended period of time, January through April, creating a positive and uplifting theater community.


Ski Club

Advisor: Jennifer Pindar jpindar@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Winter months, see an advisor for schedule.

Where do you meet? TBD

What grades are involved? 7-12

What is your purpose? Ski club gives students the opportunity to learn and continue to develop skills for skiing and snowboarding. Check out our Google Site for more information!


S.T.E.A.M.

Advisor: Mr. Peplinskidpeplinski@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Wednesdays after school

Where do you meet? Room E106

What grades are involved? 5 & 6

What is your purpose? Students may participate in a variety of science-related activities ranging from rockets to crystals, to tie-dye, and more!


Technology Education Club

Advisor: Mr. Smithbsmith@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? See Mr. Smith for more details.

Where do you meet? Room HS305 (Tech Room)

What grades are involved? 7-12

What is your purpose? Students are provided the opportunity to explore technological processes that are unable to be accomplished in existing classes.


Yearbook Club

Advisor: Ms. Schallert sschallert@cooperstowncs.org

When do you meet? Fourth period and after school

Where do you meet? RoomHS126

What grades are involved? 9-12

What is your purpose? To develop, create, and sell the Cooperstown Jr./Sr. High School Yearbook. Check out our Google Site for more information!