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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.

CONARD HIGH SCHOOL

110 Beechwood Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone: 860-231-5000
Fax: 860-521-6699

Julio Duarte, Principal 

Clubs & Activities

Marisa Barry

Student Activities & Career Center Coordinator

marisa_barry@whps.org

(860) 929-5046

 

Click here to see calendar.

 

 

If you are interested in forming a club, you may obtain a NEW CLUB REQUEST FORM in the Career Center or print one by clicking here. Before a club can become official, you will need a name and description, meeting day and time, at least 10 interested students, and the name and signature of a faculty member who has agreed to be the adviser. Return the completed form to Ms. Davis in the Career Center. It will then be submitted for administrator approval. You will be notified when your club has been approved.



ACE - Astronomy, Computer, and Engineering Club

Adviser: Mr. Anthony Truss

When does this activity meet?  Every other Friday in room 197 for business and planning. Students are welcome to work on projects every day after school in room 197.

What is the focus of this activity?  Last year the club competed in a national competition that involved designing and building a rocket that went 845 feet, and delivered an egg payload unbroken, with a total flight and recovery time of 45 seconds. We also flew radio controlled airplanes.

ACSL - American Computer Science League

Adviser: Ms. Jackie Corricelli

When does this activity meet? First Tues of every month, after school in Room 167.

What is the focus of this activity? This club will represent Conard in the American Computer Science League and prepare its members to think more rigorously and critically about advanced topics in computer science.  

Anime Club

Adviser: Mr. Michael McGarry

When does this activity meet? Every Thursday, after school, in room 220.
What is the focus of this activity? 
The Conard Anime Club is a student-led organization consisting of members from all grades. Students can chat and share their love of Japanese pop culture as well as other graphic phenomena, including webcomics and cartoons. They will participate in various activities such as reading manga, watching anime, drawing, creating videos, and fandub. Conard Anime encourages cosplay, and will attend the ConnectiCon convention in July.

Anytown Action Club

Adviser: Ms. Rachel Tonucci

When does this activity meet?  Camp Anytown is a five-day youth diversity action-planning weekend (Memorial Day weekend.)  After that, the group meets twice a month to plan activities.

What is the focus of this activity?  To encourage and promote diversity awareness.

Athena's Warriors

Advisers: Mentors are industry professionals representing various industries and occupations.

When does this activity meet? Check the web page for the Team Calendar www.team3182.org

What is the focus of this activity?

ROBOTICS team dedicated to creating a diverse and passionate STEM workforce of both men and women. Students in Athena’s Warriors will be introduced to new concepts and information as they continue to explore both the engineering and business aspects of being on the team. Participating in Athena’s Warriors is equivalent to a college level engineering experience. Students will compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition (www.usfirst.org) each year along with community service projects made to educate the community on technology of the future.

Bits and Bytes

Adviser: Ms. Jackie Corricelli

When does this activity meet? Second and third Friday of each month in Rm 167 

Second Friday = Planning Time
Third Friday = Drive to Smith; meet in 167 to coordinate drivers

 See Mrs. Corricelli's calendar for scheduled meetings.

What is the focus of this activity?  Our main focus is to educate fourth graders at Smith School with simple coding languages, teaching them how the program works, an understanding of concepts surrounding coding, and a love for computer science.  

BRAVE

Advisers: Ms. Abigail Esposito

When does this activity meet? Every Tuesday after school in room 112.

What is the focus of this activity?

BRAVE Girls Leadership is committed to working hard in order to have a positive impact on the world. We work to support self-empowerment among all students, to develop leadership skills, build relationships with others through mentoring, and provide service to the local and global community. This program was founded here at Conard in March of 2013 and our work was inspired by the movie Girl Rising. Check out our website below for more information about what we have accomplished and what we are currently working on. 

 

Check out our website! www.girlsarebrave.org (especially our student resources page! https://sites.google.com/a/girlsarebrave.org/student-resources/)

 Please come join us! We meet every week on Tuesdays after school in room 112 and we also hold mentoring sessions at Sedgwick Middle School everyThursday3:00pm in the MPR. Contact a member or adviser with questions!

 

Executive Committee Members:

President: 

Vice President: 

Lead Mentor:

Secretary: 



Business Club

Adviser: Ms. Holly Ruiz

When does this activity meet?  About twice a month after school in Room 103

What is the focus of this activity?  Exploring the business world, with a concentration on planning and attending a trip to the financial district in New York City.


Activities have included the following:

  • Organizer of Dodgeball Inferno, Conard's premier extra-curricular tournament

  • Designer and marketer of merchandise and apparel to the student body

  • Field trips to local wholesaler/distributors, the American Museum of Finance in NYC, Rockefeller Center in NYC, Rock Cats Stadium for a Sports Marketing Conference and Foxwoods Casino for a human resources tour.

  • The Conard Business Club has also been a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and attendee to the state competition

CARE - Coalition for Animal Respect and Equality

Adviser: Ms. Rory Bryan

When does this activity meet?  Tuesdays, Room 212.

What is the purpose of this activity?  An animal equality club with the purpose of promoting animal welfare, raising awareness about animal cruelty, supporting other animal rights organizations, and helping to make Conard a more animal-friendly environment.

Chinese Culture Club

Adviser: Mr. Bing Liu

When does this activity meet?  Every Thursday after school in Room 356, from 2:30 – 3:30.

What is the focus of this activity?   The Chinese Culture Club allows students to appreciate and learn more about China, Chinese Culture and Chinese Language. This club will help you to enhance your knowledge of the Chinese culture and activities will incorporate with cuisine, movies, calligraphy, art, games, and more. By joining the club, you are able to immerse yourself in Chinese culture and acquire new viewpoints and knowledge of the traditions, customs and changes in China. This club takes place after school every Thursday with Mr. Liu in room 356.

Circle of Friends

Adviser: Mrs. Anna Matthews (Hall High School)

anna_matthews@whps.org

When does this activity meet? Events are scheduled nearly every weekend and posted on the closed group Facebook page "Circle of Friends 2016-17"

What is the focus of this activity? This club provides opportunities for Special Education and mainstream students from Hall, Conard, and WAAVE to come together for social interaction and friendship. Past events have included bowling, Rock Cats baseball games, Wolf Pack hockey games, ice cream socials and much more!


Conard Courant (School Newspaper )

Adviser: Mr. T.J. Rush

When does this activity meet?  Officially on Mondays after school, but informally quite frequently after school.

What is the focus of this activity?  The newspaper is written and produced by the students.  It reflects the talent and topics of interest of those willing to put some time into its production.  Contributors may choose to work after school on the paper itself, or just drop off an article every now and then with the adviser.

Conard Dance Team

Adviser: Ms. Kristina Ortiz

When does this activity meet? Thursdays, after school, in the cafeteria.
What is the focud of this activity?
A dance team that is 100% student taught. We want people to come together, break out of their shells, and make new friends.

Conard Jewish Student Union

Advisers: Ms. Beth Agdish, Mr. Alan Patterson

When does this activity meet? This club meets every Tuesday at 2:15 in room 160.

What is the focus of this activity? The mission of the JSU is to get more Jewish teens who are attending public high school to do something Jewish! Meet other Jewish teens, learn about the culture, hear about what goes on at college campuses, support community outreach activities, listen to some great speakers, find a home within Conard! We welcome everyone!

Cornhole Club

Adviser: Ms. Lynn Racz

When does this activity meet? Every Thursday, after school, in the cafeteria.

What is the focus of this activity? Join us whenever you can for friendly competition and fun with everyone's favorite backyard game!

CT Youth Forum

Adviser: Ms. Lanham Miller

When does this activity meet?  After school on a day determined by the CT Youth Forum schedule.

What is the focus of this activity?  The Youth Forum meets once a month and offers great opportunities to meet with students across the state to discuss topics such as: love, dating, life on-line, the effects of stereotyping and labeling, planning for life after high school, and issues on diversity and inclusion. There are opportunities for students to take on leadership roles, as well as simply attend and participate in the talks. 


 

 

Drama Club

Adviser: Ms. Corinne Kravetz

When does this activity meet?  It begins on the 2nd day of school.  After school: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

What is the focus of this activity?  Ten-week activity producing a fall play before Thanksgiving for those interested in acting and technical crew; stage crew also works the Spring Musical January through March.

Environmental Club

Adviser: Mr. Tim Decker

When does this activity meet?  Thursdays after school, once or twice a month in room 133.

What is the focus of this activity?  To hold discussions on a variety of environmental issues and to make Conard a more sustainable building.

Feminist Coalition

Advisers: Ms. Heather Beattie-DeWitt and Ms. Courtney Heuitson

When does this activity meet? The first and third Tuesdays of the month in room 173.

What is the focus of this activity? The Feminist Coalition, or FemCo, is a place where students can learn more about intersectional feminism and speak safely and openly about feminism and the issues surrounding feminism. It is a platform for students to spread awareness and take action in their community to address these issues.

Four for Hartford Service Club

Adviser: Mr. John Provencher

When does this activity meet? Once per month after school in room 112.

What is the focus of this activity? Four for Hartford is an organization that incorporates various types of volunteering opportunities and instilling a consistent time commitment of four hours per month dedicated to vounteering. This is a great resume builder!

Freshman Class Board

Advisers: Ms. Heather Beattie,Ms. Theresa Oberst

When does the activity meet?  As scheduled by the advisers. 

 

What is the focus of this activity?  Fundraising for the freshmen class and organizing class activities.

 


Game Club

Advisers: Mr. Noah Mealy

When does this activity meet? Every Friday after school in room 169.

What is the focus of this activity? To play games like Magic: The Gathering, Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., and strategy board games in a fun, casual atmosphere.

Gay Straight Alliance

Advisers: Ms. Melinda Calhoun, Ms. Kim Deep-McNamara

 

When does this activity meet?  Thursdays after school in room 151.

 

What is the focus of this activity?  A school-based opportunity to bring straight and gay students together in a safe environment for discussion and support.  Activities include movies, guest speakers, discussions, and student planned projects.

Girls STEMming Up

Advisers: Ms. Jackie Corricelli, Ms. Ramona Piretti

When does this activity meet? See Mrs. Corricelli's calendar for scheduled meetings. Room 167

What is the focus of this activity? Through the United Nation's Girl Up program, we want to empower young women, especially through Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology. We are part of a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates raising awareness and funds to help the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl.


 

Improv Club

Adviser: Ms. Corinne Kravetz

When does this activity meet?  On Wednesdays in the Black Box.

What is the focus of this activity?  Improv Club is a place where students come to participate in the activity of improvisation. Improvisation is where players perform in scenes with no script or direction, spontaneously generating characters and story. 

Junior Class Board

Advisers: Ms. Ashley Theroux, Ms. Cindy Vranich

When does this activity meet?  Meetings are held at the convenience of the Board, usually once or twice a month.

What is the focus on this activity?  Plan and implement school activities for juniors with the primary focus on the Junior Prom.

K Pop Dance

Adviser: Ms. Daria Caruso Condon

When does this activity meet? Fridays in room 253.

What is the focus of this activity? We will be learning the choreography of K Pop dances.

Library Book Club

Adviser: Ms. Rachel Tonucci 
When does this activity meet?  Every third Thursday of the month in the library.
What is the focus of this activity?  Each meeting, someone chooses a book that the group will read to discuss at the next meeting. If an individual prefers not to read a particular book, they may discuss a book they would like to recommend to the group.

Math Modeling Club

Adviser: Ms. Andrea Rose

When does this activity meet? Thursdays after school in Room 170.

What is the focus of this activity? To learn about mathematics modeling techniques and apply them to solve and analyze complex real-life problems.

Math Team

Adviser: Mr. Noah Mealy, Ms. Andrea Rose

When does this activity meet?  Thursday afternoons every week in room 170.

What is the focus of this activity?  We compete in the Capital Area Mathematics League. Math Team meets are held the second Wednesday of each month with approximately 20 other high schools in the Capital area.

Mock Trial Team

Advisers: Mr. Chris Islaub, Ms. Mimi Hostetter

When does this activity meet?  Evenings on days announced.

 What is the focus of this activity?  Sponsored by the CT Bar Association, this is a group of students who are interested in learning more bout court procedure. The team practices through March in preparation for the mock trial competition with schools throughout the state.

Model U.N.

Advisers: Mr. Steve Kowal, Ms. Alison Peake

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/conardmodelunclub/home

When does this activity meet? Mondays right after school in the room 304.

What is the focus of this activity? To bring together students interested in international affairs and participate in two Model U.N. conferences where Conard plays the role of assigned nations in international problem-solving. Highlight of the year is the annual UNA/USA Conference at the United Nations in May.

Moody Mega Math Team

Adviser: Ms. Jackie Corricelli

When does this activity meet? The first Tuesday of every month, after school, in room167.

What is the focus of this activity? The goal of this club is to prepare for the annual Moody's Mega Math Challenge in February 2016. The members will prepare by doing sample problems similar to those asked in the Challenge. The problems involve applied mathematics and economics.

MultiCultural Club

Adviser: Ms. Holly Banak

When does this activity meet?  Tuesdays at 2:30 in room 172

What is the focus of this activity?  To recognize and raise the awareness of different cultures and the diversity at Conard

National Art Honor Society NAHS

Adviser: Mrs. Brigid Kennedy

When does this activity meet? Mondays from 2:30 - 3:45 in room 182

What is the focus of this activity? began in 1978 and is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12. Its purpose is to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.


Current Projects include:

-Murals

-Sculpture created for the 43rd annual festival of Trees and Traditions

-Artwork recognizing service and support in the Conard community

-Fundraisers

National Honor Society NHS

Adviser: Ms. Carrie Hess and Mr. Dan Marcoux

Attention Class of 2016 NHS members!

The National Honor Society will meet from 7:05-7:30 on the following dates:

10/13- room 169
11/10- Auditorium
12/8- room 169
1/12-room 169
2/9- Auditorium
3/9- room 169
4/6- room 169

Attendance is mandatory! Email carrie_hess@whps.org with any excused absences


All meetings require mandatory attendance unless you have an excused absence. Please see Ms. Hess in room 113 if you cannot get here for the morning meetings. 

 

NHS Selection Process


Eligibility

 

  • Attendance: Candidates must have been in satisfactory attendance at Conard High School the equivalent of two semesters.

  • Class in School: Candidates must be members of the  junior class at the time of selection.

  • Scholarship: Candidates must have/maintain a cumulative scholastic average of at least 3.6

  • Leadership: Leadership roles in both school and community may be considered, provided they can be verified.

  • Service: The student must have been active in service projects in the school and community.

  • Character: Character is measured in terms of respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.  The faculty council will consider the positive aspects of character as well as the negative character traits.


Selection Procedure

 

  • Five CHS faculty members will be chosen to serve on a faculty council.  The NHS advisor(s) will serve as a non-voting member.  Additional insight about candidates may come from club leaders, school faculty, and school administrators.

  • All non-members who meet the standards for attendance, class in school, and scholarship above will be invited to complete an application packet.

  • Students who seek membership will submit completed application packets to the NHS advisor(s).  The advisor(s) will convene a meeting of the faculty council.

  • The faculty council may interview all students who submit completed applications for the purpose of clarifying or expanding upon information in the application packet.  No candidate shall be excluded for a lack of public speaking ability or poise.

  • The faculty council will also survey pertinent records maintained by school officials about student behavior.

  • All faculty members will be invited to make comments on the candidates.

  • All judgments of the faculty council will be free of hearsay and rumor.

  • After gathering information as described above, the faculty council will vote on granting membership to each student.  A majority will prevail.

Outdoor Club

Advisers: Mr. Virgil Handberry, Ms. Marcy Zacchea

When does this activity meet?  First Monday of every month at 2:30pm in room 123.

What is the purpose of this activity?  For the avid outdoorsperson who enjoys fishing and hiking.

Philosophy of Love

Advisers: Ms. Natalie Feigen and Ms. Beth Agidsh

When does this activity meet? This club meets every Friday, after school, in room 211.

What is the focus of this activity? We are a society of dreamers, philosophers, and contemplatives. We are always growing, maturing, and learning. We hold group meditations and insightful talks to develop our perceptions of reality. Let's develop loving-kindness, inner peace, and boundless compassion, sharing these gifts with the world.

Ping Pong Club

Adviser:  Mr. Bing Liu

When does this activity meet?  Mondays in the cafeteria from 2:30 to 3:30pm.

What is the focus of this activity?  To practice playing ping pong and become a better ping pong player.

Pokemon Club

Adviser: Mr. Tony Truss

When does this activity meet? Every Monday, after school, in room 196.

What is the focus of this activity? We are focused on playing, discussing, and enjoying Pokemon. We will play showdown matches, Pokemon Go, and Pokemon Sun and Moon. For the large number of people that enjoy Pokemon, this is the club for them!

Public Speaking Club

Adviser: Ms.Tanya Kempf

When does this activity meet? Every other Monday from 2:20 - 3:15 in room 214.

What is the focus of this activity? This club aims to enhance the public speaking skills of its members. Through various activities members will become more comfortable when speaking to an audience.

Quiz Bowl for Fun

Adviser: Mr. Daniel Marcoux

When does this activity meet? The 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, after school in Room 113.

 What is the focus of this activity? The goal of this club is to learn about varying academic subjects and to challenge ourselves mentally in a competetive environment. Eventually we will be able to compete on a regional or national level.

Quiz Bowl for Tournaments

Adviser: Mr. Boniface JS Jacobs, Dr. Bonnie Mayer

When does this activity meet? Tuesdays, after school, in room 241

What is the focus of this activity? The goal of this club is to prepare for competition at state tournaments. Attending the tournaments depends on the availability of the team. For more information about the Quiz Bowl competition circuit, please click here.

 

Some upcoming tournament dates that we might attend:

 

Science Olympiad

Adviser: Dr. Bonnie Mayer and Mr. Boniface JS Jacobs

When does this activity meet? Every other Tuesday in room 241.

What is the focus of this activity? Researching to prepare for the Division C competition in March. Click here for more information about the competition.

Senior Class Board

Advisers: Ms. Karen Contorno, Ms. Nicole Niland

When does this activity meet?  As scheduled

What is the focus of this activity?  Coordinate senior class activities

Sign Language Club

Adviser: Mr. Mick Posner

When does this activity meet? Every Thursday, after school, in room 304.

What is the focus of this activity? To introduce students to deaf culture, American Sign Language, and the expression of ASL in conjunction with the arts (music, poetry, etc.)

Society of Physics

Adviser: Ms. Gail Banwell

When does this activity meet? Fridays after school in room 273

What is the focus of this activity? We will discuss different physical topics not usually taught in a standard high school class. Topics will include  Astrophysics, Quantum Mechanics, and String Theory. There will also be experiments, simulations, and projects based on techniques used at prestigious universities. A strong proficiency in mathematics is helpful, but not required.

Sophomore Class Board

Advisers: Ms. Holly D'Addario, Ms. Emily Genser

When does the activity meet?  Once or twice a month.

 

What is the focus of this activity?  Fundraising and organizing sophomore class activities.

Speech and Debate Club

Adviser: Ms. Kristina Ortiz

When does this activity meet? Every Tuesday, after school, in room 276.

What is the focus of this activity? This club gives students the opportunity to discuss current events, politics, and dother world issues in a friendly setting, with a focus on sharing opinions and learning a lot about other students' thoughts. 

Student Council

Advisers: Ms. Kelly Casey, Mr. Matt Collins

How do you become a member?  ANY STUDENT who wants to be active in leading, creating, and inspiring the Conard community is welcome. The Executive Board is elected and they help set the agenda for the year. Student Council plays an active role in 9th Grade Orientation.

When does this activity meet?  At least once every two weeks, usually after school and occasionally during the school day.  The Council will also meet as needed to solve problems and plan significant events.  

What is the focus of this activity?  To give students a voice in shaping the Conard community through service, community building, fundraising, and being the voice for students with the administration. Student Council members lead by example.

Toni Morrison Book Club

Adviser: Ms. Rory Bryan

When does this activity meet? After school, once per quarter, in room 212. See Mrs. Bryan for more information.

What is the focus of this activity? We will read a series of Toni Morrison's books and discuss as a group, analyzing both the language and thematic topics of the books. This club will be of interest to those students who are seeking to read more from Morrison and to have deeper discussions of those books.

TSA Technology Student Association

Adviser: Mr. Tony Truss

When does this activity meet? We meet 2 times a month to discuss business items, and 4 days a week as needed per student group for support and project development. Room 197.

What is the focus of this activity? Technology Student Association fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); members apply and integrate these concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs.   

 

Please email anthony_truss@whps.org with any questions regarding Conard's TSA chapter.

Unified Basketball

Coaches: Kerrie Massaro, Tom Verrengia, Josh Greenberg

What is the focus of this activity? We will practice basic skills, play games, and meet lots of new friends from Conard and Hall. Everyone is welcome to join. No basketball experience is necessary, just wear your sneakers!

When does this activity meet? All practices are in the Conard main gym, from 7:15 - 8:15 PM, on the following Thursdays:

Feb. 2, 2017

Feb. 9, 2017

Feb. 16, 2017

Feb 23, 2017

Mar. 2, 2017

Tournament date is Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Glastonbury High School. A bus will transport the Conard team right after school, and return to Conard by 5:30 or so.

Unified Theater

Adviser: Ms. Keely Connery

Website

How do you become a member?  Pre-register online in March.

When does this activity meet?  Spring.  April - June. 2 days per week (usually Mon/Wed) 6-8pm.

 


What is the focus of this activity?  Students of all abilities, interests, and backgrounds come together as equals to put on a theatrical production. The production is entirely organized, written, and directed by the students themselves.

Writing Club

Adviser: Mr. Remz Pokorny

When does this activity meet? Mondays after school in room 160.

What is the focus of this activity? For writers to share their work, and improve their writing skills through peer review.

Yearbook

Advisers: Ms. Holly Ruiz

See Ms. Ruiz in room 103 if you are interested in helping with the yearbook.

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