• Special Interest Activities

    American Sign Language (ASL)

    Advisors:Ms. Morales & Ms. Siegel

    Meeting Time: Alternating Tuesdays of the month, Post Session by morning announcement. 

    The ASL Club will provide a fun, interactive, and enriching environment to expose students to the benefits and fundamentals of sign language. The ASL Club will strive to  bring awareness to Deaf Culture. Students will be exposed to basic sign language, such as, signing the alphabet, counting, and basic phrases, while building vocabulary and understanding the structure of the language.  The ASL Club welcomes all levels of signing experience; students are not required to have a background with ASL. We welcome fluent signers, somewhere in between, or no signing experience. All students are encouraged to attend.  

    Comic Book Club

    Advisor: Mr. Jurgens

    Meeting Time: Weekly meetings TBD

    Meeting Location: Room 129

    The mission of this club to create a love and respect for comic books. Students will learn about the history of both comic book characters and the publishers themselves. We will discuss the different metaphors and the real world events that affect comic books themselves. This club gives the participants a way to talk about their love for nerd culture in a friendly environment. Membership is open to all students who are not on AI.

    Future Business Leaders of America (F.B.L.A.)

    Advisor: Mrs. LaVallie

    Future Business Leaders of America is a nationally recognized organization that prepares students for careers in business. This club is open to all students.

    Math Team

    Advisor: Mr. Stout

    Meeting Time: Scheduled Wednesday Meets, 1/month, Oct - Feb (5 total), approx. 3-5pm

    Meeting Location: On and Off campus

    Students compete against other schools in 5 timed competitions.  Each person gets an individual score and becomes part of a team score.  Any individual/team scoring high enough can qualify for competition at the sectional or state level. This is open to all students.

    Mock Trial

    Advisor: Mr. Pelella

    Meeting Time: By morning announcement, Post Session

    Meeting Location: Room 146

    Mock Trial is co-sponsored by the New York State Bar Association.   It is a simulation of a trial.  Students gain firsthand knowledge of civil/criminal and courtroom procedures.  Students role play attorneys and witnesses. This is open to all students.

    Science Club

    Advisor: Mrs. Basher

    The Science Club allows students to experience science outside of the classroom by visiting various museums, parks, labs, universities, etc. in and around our community.  Visits will be conducted after school for local sites. A minimum of 2 per year out of town visits during the school day. Club members will learn how to research various trip information, contact the appropriate offices for visiting, reservations, navigate logistics including transportation, school policies regarding off campus field trips, meals, etc., and fundraising activities. Also, club members will communicate science topics they have learned via field trip as through poster presentations to be displayed in the community and high school (main lobby/cafeteria/display windows). This is open to all students.

    Science Olympiad

    Advisors: Ms. Brown, Mrs. Sexton

    Meeting Time: By morning announcement, Post Session

    Science Olympiad is a National organization devoted to the promotion of science education through healthy competition. The competitions have 3 levels: Regional , State and National. Valley Central is in the Mid-Hudson region. The regional for our area is held at Ulster County Community College. Typically there are about 25-30 teams in the regional competition. The top 4 teams qualify for states. We focus on trying to qualify for states each year, last qualifying in 2013.  We will be doing some fundraisers to help defray the cost of travel.

    In competition, teams are allowed up to 7 seniors and a total of 15 members. Teams can be larger but only 15 may compete at the competitions. We take a team approach to preparing for the competitions. Usually about 20 -30 students show interest in preparing for the regional. That number usually recedes to about 15-18 as the year progresses. Anyone that is involved with the team that does not get to compete is guaranteed a spot the following year.

    Much of the work on the events is done independently. The limited time that post session provides is not enough to adequately prepare for the events. We will occasionally have evening times to help team members prepare for the competition.

    Science Olympiad has a wide range of types of events and a wide variety of skill sets that are needed for a team to be successful. Building, designing, writing, computing and problem solving are all part of the 20 plus events that we will be preparing for. There is something for everyone. 

    Youth in Government

    Advisors: Ms. Bruna & Mr. Score

    Meeting Time: By morning announcement, Post Session

    Meeting Location: Room 117

    Every September our official season begins! YIG is open to all students grades 9-12. We have an official sign up and introductory meeting and then hold meetings after that time.  Meanwhile, students work in groups formulating platforms or arguments. There are 2 field trips associated with this club. Members travel to other schools for a Platform Convention where ‘planks’ are debated and voted on and a Steering Convention where candidates campaign for Federal, State and County offices.

    The objectives of this program are:

    1. To strive for maximum understanding of, and party participation in county government by the future voter and office holder of America.
    2. To acquaint the student with the election procedure of Orange County, including basic concepts involving nominating, campaigning, office holding and voting.
    3. To give the student insight into the duties of their elected Federal, State, County and local officials.
    4. To encourage students to attack problems in an orderly manner, to weigh the opinions of others, and then decide on a course of action.
    5. To teach students the correct use of Parliamentary Procedure.
    6. To develop a clearer concept of the importance of the individual’s role in the election process in a democratic society.