Activities

Academic Activities

Art Honor Society (NART)

Requirements:92 or above average and exemplary character and service in the art classroom. Credit in Studio Art or Draw and Design 

The National Art Honor Society, otherwise known as NART, is an organization consisting of the best and brightest artists of Valley Central High School. The top students of each teacher are nominated at the end of each school and inducted at the Festival of the Arts in May. Throughout the school year, these students hold fundraisers to raise money for scholarships, contribute to the community through storefront paintings and murals, go on a bus trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC on a Saturday in May and run workshops where they teach one another art skills they are interested in.

Business and Marketing Honor Society

Requirements: Students must be currently enrolled in business/marketing (fall and/or spring) • Seniors: Must complete 3 units in business/marketing by the end of the current school year • Juniors: Must complete 2 units in business/marketing by the end of the current school year (student should be planning to continue for at least one additional credit prior to graduation) Minimum Criteria: Unweighted GPA Business/Marketing Courses: 88% Unweighted GPA Overall: 80% Additional Criteria: Students selected for recognition will have also demonstrated both in the classroom and through extracurricular involvement: • Character  • Leadership• Service 

The primary purpose of the Business and Marketing Honor Society of New York State (BHS) is to recognize students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in business education at the secondary level. 

English Honor Society

Requirements: To be invited for membership students must have at least 90 Cumulative & 90 ENG AVG In order to be selected- the members must have achieved at least a “90” overall average in all subjects, as well as a “90” average in English for 9th and 10th grade. Students become first eligible to join in the fall of their junior year.

This group will pledge the National English Honor Society motto which is “Duty goes with Honor.” Service to peers, school, and community are part and parcel of this mission. At Valley Central, National English Honor Society members perform their school service and duty through their active membership and in participating in at least one of the following activities relating to language and literature:  The Newspaper- the Viking Voice,  The Literary Magazine -Revelation, The school Yearbook- the Viking Log, or through tutoring, working or participating at the poetry slam, helping at the book fairs or through various outreach opportunities that we have available in our community and middle school.

French Honor Society 

Requirements:  Candidates must be enrolled in the fourth semester of French or higher, i.e. the second semester of Level II or the equivalent in quarters or trimesters. Candidates must be in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade of high school. Exception is made for 9th grade students who meet the requirement “c” above because of work at the middle school level. Transfer students must have spent at least one full semester in the high school before becoming eligible.Selection of candidates may take place at any time during the academic year. Scholastic Eligibility Requirements to be met by all students:Candidates must have maintained an A- average in French during the semester of selection, as well as an averaged cumulative grade of A- for all work awarded secondary school credit..Candidates must have maintained a B average or higher in all other subjects during the semester of selection, as well as an averaged cumulative grade of B- in all other subjects for work awarded secondary school credit. French may not be used to calculate this average.

  We try to put a little French culture into the school, i.e. movie night, bowling, French signs; and increase enrollments for the French classes.  We do some fundraising for scholarships for our graduating members.  

Gradus Honoris 

Requirements:Scholarship: Maintain a GPA of 92 or greater from freshman year through the end of the 1st semester of their junior year. Character: Demonstrate and provide evidence of good moral character in and out of school. Service: Demonstrate evidence of service to our school and community. Leadership: Demonstrate an ability to be a leader in the community. Students are not necessarily required to hold positions of leadership (club office, team captain, etc.) but show evidence of leading by example and being a good role model for others to emulate.

Gradus Honoris is our local branch of the National Honor Society.  It is a service organization based upon the four pillars of the National Honor Society:  Scholarship, Service, Character and Leadership.  Students in Gradus Honoris work throughout the year within the school and our local community to help through tutoring programs and volunteering.

Math Honor Society

Requirements: A candidate must have successfully completed at least three years of high school or college level Math. Algebra 1, taken in eight grade, counts as one year. Candidates shall have a minimum overall average of 90% in all completed Math classes and must maintain an average of 90% in current Math classes. Members must tutor a peer in the subject of mathematics at least twice a month from October through May. Each member should have a total of 16 or more tutoring sessions for the year.

Students must be taking math to maintain membership.  Each member is required to tutor at least twice a month.

National Social Studies Honor Society

Requirements for induction are a 90% average overall and a 90% average in all social studies classes and electives.  

Our goals are to prepare members for college, career and civil life by being involved in the community through volunteer work. Members are required to complete 10 hours per year in volunteer work through school-related functions and  individual service in their community.

Science Honor Society 

Requirements: Candidates must have an overall scholastic average of 90% and shall satisfy at least two of the four following requirements:  Completed Living environment have a minimum grade of 90% in class averages and on Regents exam.  Completed Earth science classes, have a minimum grade of 90% in class averages and on Regents exam. Completed Regents Chemistry, have a minimum grade of 85% in class averages and on Regents exams. Completed Regents Physics, have a minimum grade of 85% in class averages and on Regents exams.

The Valley Central High School’s SNHS club works on community service projects. We established a science outreach program at our local elementary schools, encouraging children to be interested in science. We go to elementary schools after post sessions and put on interesting demonstrations of all science subjects for kids. Outside our school district, we take part in Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  We raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. We also participate in Lap 4 Life foundation events.  This organization is a non-profit organization created to raise money and awareness for Desmoid Tumors and Organ Transplant Research. 

Spanish Honor Society

Requirements: For the Spanish Honor Society, students must have an overall average of 85% or higher and a 90% or higher in High School Spanish. Students must also be enrolled in Spanish C1.

The Spanish Honor Society is an academic honor society that incorporates learning a new language as well as a new way of life. Acknowledging other cultures opens your eyes to the world around you. Members of the honor society are dedicated to promoting foreign language learning. Included in SHS activities are tutoring in addition to the popular Sweetheart Serenades. Members of the honor society recognize the Foreign Language Department for guiding them through their high school foreign language journey.  

Tri-M Honor Society

Requirements: Students must currently be enrolled in the 10th – 12th grades. Students must have completed at least one (1) full credit from any of the following performing ensembles: Chamber Choir, Women’s Choir, Mixed Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band or Concert Band. Students must currently be a member in good standing in one or more of the mentioned ensembles. Grades and Scholarship: 90% average in music 80% average in all other academic subjects.

This is an organization that is affiliated with the National chapter.   Once inducted into this honor society they become lifelong members.  As high school members, students must fulfill a minimum of 8 volunteer/service hours back to the community in the form of music involvement.  For example, students sing in their church choirs, volunteer to help with district-wide concerts as ushers and some tutor younger performers to help with individual instrumental skills and or music theory skills. 


Art/Performance/Literary

Film Club

The Film Club produces broadcasts for VCTV, the high school’s in-house television station. The club also provides a forum for all VC students who are interested in learning the basics of video production and who want support and feedback for their creative projects.   

Musical

Auditions are held in November for the show that is selected by the director.  Cast posting is prior to Thanksgiving break and full rehearsals begin in January through production, which is generally the weekend before spring break. Students who are chosen for the cast are required to fundraise, provide costumes and attend rehearsals weekly in order to ensure the show’s success.  Set building begins in January and occurs each Saturday from 8am – noon until the production date.  Any student who would like to help with set building is invited to attend.  Audition information is generally posted by November 1st – all students are welcome to audition.  

Photo Club

Photo Club is an extra-curricular group at Valley Central High School where the students work together to capture the memories and special moments of the school year. They strive to participate and attend various school events in order to take photographs in order to commemorate special occasions. Their goal is to be able to make a mural of photographs to put on display for the entire school to enjoy.  Yearly, they have joined forces with the PTA and the annual craft fair to take photographs of children, family and friends along with Santa Claus. They also try to participate and volunteer for some type of community service activities to give back to the community. Last year, they worked along with the Hudson Valley Honor Flight and photographed the veterans of honor.

Revelation

Revelation is a literary and arts magazine that is proudly put together by a staff of Valley Central High School students.  The magazine is a compilation of high school students’ original work that includes poetry, short stories, artwork and photography. The students have been putting out this annual magazine since the 1970s with much success.  

Set Design

The Set Design club will consist of mostly students who are interested in art or design. The club will help drama courses and the musical create props and sets for their productions. This club is open to interested students who have completed at least one art or drama class.

Shakespeare Club

The Shakespeare Club meets year-round to select, rehearse, and produce the plays of William Shakespeare, with a culminating performance in the VCHS courtyard. Following the performance, students plan the production for the following season. Students are trained in acting, stage combat, producing(with or without a budget), fund raising, costuming, set design, and Shakespearean dramaturgy–regardless of prior experience in drama or Shakespeare classes. Students of all grades and levels of experience are welcome. 

Voxtones

Voxtones is an a cappella (no accompaniment) choir that performs popular songs with minimal choreography.  This choir is similar to the choirs that are seen in the Pitch Perfect movies.  Auditions are held in September each year.   Students volunteer to arrange and teach our yearly repertoire.  Students who participate in this choir must commit to two concerts and may choose to attend our annual competition trip in the spring.

Viking Voice

The Viking Voice is our school newspaper that is produced in the Spring. To become a staff writer or editor of the Viking Voice, talk to your guidance counselor and sign up for Journalism, an English elective.

Yearbook

The yearbook is run by a group of students managed by student editors. Students meet every to collaborate as a group on the Viking Log.  They are also required to work independently. 


Community Service/Social Service Activities

Cultural Diversity Club

The mission of this club is to provide students a place to gather and exchange information and ideas about each other’s cultures in order to establish an understanding and appreciation of other cultures.  Students can openly share knowledge and facts and discuss racial issues, thereby, clarify and/or rectify cultural myths and stereotypes. This is open to all students.

Environmental Club

The Environmental Club is a year-long club designed to foster an appreciation for the natural world and to get students involved in creating a more sustainable school and community. The club will embrace both a scientific and artistic perspective. Combined, the club will be more effective at promoting ecological awareness and action. Project goals include, setting waste reduction goals in school, creating a school vegetable garden, starting a recycling and composting program, community clean up, providing environmental education. 

For The Animals

The mission of ‘For the Animals’ is to provide service to the Humane Society of Walden for the animals in their care. Students volunteer to help with fundraisers with the proceeds or goods and services benefiting the humane society.  Our Annual Food and Supply Drive is held every October. Some students volunteer at the Humane Society of Walden in the morning on weekends to help out at the shelter to provide community service. 

GLSEN

Mission: We want to educate our community to help people better understand the LBGT+ and to honor our shared humanity respectfully and compassionately. We also want to create a supportive link between the LBGT+ community and our allies.  Our club events and activities include: Club meetings, Allies Week, No Name-Calling Week, A Day of Silence, Mentors in Violence Prevention Workshop.

Interact

The Interact Club is a volunteer organization that works with the local Rotary Club. Our goal is to support the community with Food, Coat and Shoe drives throughout the school year. We also work very closely with the Backpack Snack attack program in our district.

VC Dream

VC DREAM is an Alcohol and Other  Drug (AOD) prevention group run by students. It is also our SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) chapter. We sponsor Sober Night Out each year and provide information and activities to students about the dangers of all drug use and the importance of making healthy decisions. 

Volunteer Club

The Valley Central Volunteer Club’s mission is for students to be involved in the community (both local and school based) through service activities. We hope to encourage the active civic involvement of students in the school. We have a minimum requirement of 20 hours per school year to remain an active member.

We Inspire Strength and Empowerment (W.I.S.E.)

The W.I.S.E. club gives a safe space for the men and women of Valley Central to work to build up and empower the young women of our school. Together, we will work on leadership skills, career and resume advancement, networking, healthy relationships, building self-confidence, and financial management skills.


Special Interest Activities

American Sign Language (ASL)

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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

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.)

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

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

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

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

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. 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

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.


Student Leadership/Student Involvement

Freshmen Class

The freshmen class holds class elections during the first month of the new school year. After class officers are elected, the class as a whole works together to make lasting memories for their high school career. We compete in homecoming activities with the rest of the student body. As the freshman class, we complete several different fundraisers to raise money for class trips, junior prom, senior prom, and other activities throughout the high school career. We work to organize a class trip for freshmen year and provide opportunities to volunteer both in school and in our community.

Sophomore Class

The Sophomore Class Council consists of elected council members who are in charge of fundraising for the Sophomore class, organizing an overnight class trip, and representing their class during Homecoming by decorating for the dance.

Junior Class

The Junior Class Council is an extracurricular club made up of elected students responsible for organizing activities throughout the year. These activities include, but are not limited to, Homecoming/ Gymnasium bleacher decorating, Powder Puff t-shirt sales, Powder Puff game participation and team organization, Junior Prom organization, ordering, and decorating, treasure hunt organization during Senior week, brunch service during the musical, and lunch service during graduation rehearsal.  Each year the Junior class is responsible to fundraise in an effort to raise money for these events and future events in their senior year.

Senior Class

The Senior class is comprised of senior students who ran for positions (president, VP, treasurer, etc…) to organize and host a variety of senior events. All seniors are invited to attend any senior event and to help with the organization of the events. A list of the various events is given out at the beginning of the year at the senior assembly and includes: the senior faculty tea, homecoming wall decorating, the powder puff game, the blood drive, the big picture, the senior week events and dance, the prom, the senior dinner, the senior trip and MORE!

Student Government Association (SGA)

We are responsible for planning events for the entire student body.  We also undertake special community service projects.  SGA members meet bi-weekly once we finish planning the school’s Homecoming events.  We also offer financial support to other clubs and student activities in the high school.  Some of our outreach projects have included writing holiday cards to soldiers, collecting children’s pajamas for children in need, Celebrate my Drive (safe driving campaign) and the annual Mock Disaster for the Senior Class.