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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. Barry 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: 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.

African American Cultural Society

This club will provide the opportunity for students to become change agents at a global level as well as to contribute to the systemic change through the inclusion and celebration of African American culture while recognizing its influence in American society as a whole.  Meeting times TBD. Please see Mr. Hines with any questions.

Agriculture and Gardening Club

Advisers: Andrew Plantz & John Tracy

When does this activity meet? Thursdays during the fall, outside the cafeteria

Anime Club

Adviser: Rachel Tonucci

When does this activity meet? Every Tuesday, EXCEPT second Tuesday of the month, after school, in library computer lab


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.

Action Club

Adviser: Rachel Tonucci

When does this activity meet? Action Club meets every Monday after school in the library tech lab

What is the focus of this activity? The Action Club is for students who are interested in social justice and want to learn how to make Conard a m ore inclusive, prejudice-free school. Students who attend Action Club are given priority in attending NCCJ BRIDGES and ANYTOWN programs.

ANIone Club

Adviser: Theresa Oberst

When does this club meet? Every other Monday in room 141

BRAVE

Advisers: 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 everyThursday, 3:00pm in the MPR. Contact a member or adviser with questions!

 

Executive Committee Members:

President:

Vice President:

Lead Mentor:

Secretary:

 

 

Business Club

Adviser: 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: 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.

Bits & Bytes

Bits & Bytes Adviser: 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.

 

 

Bringing Back the Oldies Music Club

Advisor: Ms. Lea

Meetings: Select days after school in Room 141

Our aim is to educate kids from this generation about types of music ranging from the 60's to the 90's.  In addition, we hope the members of our group can bring their knowledge of music to the table.

Calligraphy and Chinese Painting Club

Advisor: Mrs. Theodorou

Meetings: Tuesdays after school in Room 356

Students can learn how to write in and practice their Chinese calligraphy and painting.  Anyone wanting to learn about Chinese culture and the arts can join!

Circle of Friends

Adviser: 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!

 

Community Service Club

Advisors: Ms. Beattie-DeWitt and Ms. Esposito

Meetings: Select Thursdays after school in Room 168

Each month, we pick a different organization to support and work on a project related to their cause.

CAPD- Conard Association of Political Debate

Every other Friday in Room 113
Advisor: Carrie Hess
The Conard Association of Political Debate provides an outlet for student to discuss or debate their political ideologies in Connecticut or worldwide. We welcome people of all political views or opinions.

 

Conard Culinary Club

Advisor: Ms. Geyer

Meetings: 4th Tuesday of each month in Room 152

Our club learns to bake different foods each month and tries different cuisines.

Conard for Troops

Adviser: Chris Islaub

When does this club meet? every other Wednesday, room 114

Conard Dance Team

Adviser: 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 History Day Club

Adviser: Jessica Blitzer

When does this club meet? TBA room 102

Conard Studio Club

Advisor: Ms. Fallis

Meetings: Thursdays after school in Room 184

This is a club for artistic students that need studio space and time.  Students are not required to be in an art class or have taken one prior.  Each week, members will meet to work on individual pieces.  Materials will be partly provided by the club via fundraising as well as personal donations.  Members will also be provided optional inspiration and suggested techniques for improvement.

Conard's Young Democrats

Adviser: Abigail Esposito

When does this club meet? TBA room 165

Cornhole Club

Adviser: Ms. Lynn Racz

When does this activity meet? Thursday or Friday afternoon in the courtyard

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: TBA

 

http://ctforum.org/youth-forum

 

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.

 

 

 

Discussion Club

Every other Monday in room 214
Advisor: Tanya Kempf
Discussion club is a bi weekly discussion group with no set categories. Topics are presented to the group at the beginning of the session and are intended to spiral into other topics.

 

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

Advisor: Mr. McGarry

Meetings: Select days after school

Our plan is to get students together to discuss and make strides to help maintain a non-polluted and healthy environment.  We will come up with ways to make Conard more environmentally friendly, such as informing students on what can and cannot be recycled and consider creating a school composting system.

Feminist Coalition

Adviser: Ms. Heather Beattie-DeWitt

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!

Future Educators of Diversity

Mission:   The mission of Future Educators of Diversity is to attract, recruit, prepare and inspire West Hartford high school students of color (for example: African American, Latino, Asian, Native American, or multiracial) with an interest in the field of education by providing educational and career pathways,  stimulating learning experiences, and adult mentors. We meet every second and fourth Thursday of each month from 2:30-3:30 in room 271. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Hines.

Game Club

Advisers: Mr. Noah Mealy

When does this activity meet? Every Friday after school in the cafe

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.

Gender and Sexuality 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 all students together regardless of their gender identity or sexuality. This is a safe environment for discussions, education, support, and activism. Activities include movies, guest speakers, 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.

 

 

Habitat for Humanity

Advisor: Mr Bassi

Meetings: TBD

The goal of Habitat for Humanity club is to raise funds and assist our parent organization in building houses for local families in need.

Human Rights Club

Advisor: Ms. Esposito

Meetings: Twice a month in Room 168

This club's goal is to form a group of students that want to learn and inform others of issues that are challenging human rights around the world.  We promote civic discourse on these topics.

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.

International Thespian Society Troupe #8004

Advisor: Corinne Kravetz
 
Conard Troup #8004 of the International Thespian Society is an honors organization for students of theatre. Students gain access to the group by demonstration of their commitment to Conard theatre, both on and off stage. The students accrue hours based on parts/tech work and need to have 100 hours to be inducted into the society. In order to remain in good standing with the society, the students must continue to demonstrate a continued commitment to theatre.

 

Jewish Student Union

Adviser: Julie Jastremski

Contact Ms. Jastremski for club info & meeting time

Junior Class Board

Advisers: Ashley Theroux, 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.

Library Book Club

Adviser: Rachel Tonucci


When does this activity meet? Last Thursday of every month in the library tech lab


What is the focus of this activity? Each month we discuss a different book that the group chooses together. We also recommend individual books to each other as well as post book reviews.

 

Link Crew

Advisor; Kristin Mangini, Ron Wziontko, Kate Deane, Courtney Heuitson
When and where you meet: Weekly During Homeroom
Description of your club: Link Crew is a club made up of juniors and seniors. Through and application and interview process upperclassman are selected to participate as Link Leaders. These Link Leaders help with Freshmen Orientation and also check in with 9th graders throughout the school year. This club is designed to help freshmen transition to Conard by feeling they have upperclassman that can support them and answer their questions.

Math Team

Adviser: Noah Mealy, 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.

Me and CCMC

Adviser: Alison Peake

When does this club meet? Wednesdays, room 302

Mock Trial Team

Advisers: Chris Islaub, 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: Steve Kowal, Alison Peake

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

When does this activity meet? Mondays right after school in the room 302.

What is the focus of this activity? The club teaches students to work cooperatively, teaches public speaking, affords contact with students from other states and other countries, and teaches clear and concise expression through speaking and writing.

MultiCultural Club

Adviser: 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: 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: Carrie Hess and Dan Marcoux

 

Our first meeting!

Hi Everyone, 
Our first meeting will be September 20th. At this meeting you will be voting for officers. All officer candidates will be providing you with a short written speech that we will post sometime this weekend or early next week. It will be your responsibility to read these speeches in your spare time. Candidates for President and Service Coordinator will also present a speech to the society in person on the 20th. Then you will all have a chance to vote. Keep an eye out for the speeches so you can make an informed decision. This should not be a popularity contest, rather individuals whom you believe can give the position their all should be chosen. 

 

Save these Dates! Put reminders in your phones, agendas, calendars... If you are out sick or have an appointment and come to school late please email us that day or forward a copy of your parent note. Otherwise attendance is mandatory! SRP late arrival does not excuse you from these meetings. ALL meetings are on Thursday mornings (except for two) and are in room 169 from 7:05 am to 7:30 am. Doors close on time and if the door is shut you will not be allowed in. 

September 20th

October 11th

November 8th

November 27th (Tuesday)

December 13th

January 10th

February 21st

March 14th

April 4th

May 9th

May 29th (Wednesday and most likely will not be for seniors)

 

 

 
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 3.7
  • 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: Virgil Handberry, 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.

Mindfulness Club

Advisers: Natalie Feigen

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: Mike McGarry

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.

Public Speaking Club

Adviser: 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.

RZVAC- Red Zone Video Announcement Club

Advisor: Dana Martin 

 

The Red Zone Video Announcement Club (RZVAC) was created for the purpose of showcasing events that occur within the Conard school community as well as to advertise for upcoming events. We hope these videos connect students and provide opportunities for them to get involved within the school community.  These video announcements are shown during the Red Zone Advisory period.

 

RZVAC meets on Tuesdays at 2:30 in the third floor computer lab.  Students who are interested should contact Mrs. Martin in Room 352 or email her at dana_martin@whps.org.  

Science Olympiad

Adviser: Bonnie Mayer

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: Karen Contorno, Nicole Niland

When does this activity meet? As scheduled

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

Sign Language Club

Adviser: 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: 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.

Sports Debating Club

Adviser: Dan Marcoux

Meets every two weeks after school on Tuesday in room 113
"Inspired by ESPN's First Take, we are a high intensity, fun and friendly club for passionate sports fans at Conard. We will host debates that result in winners and prizes."

Student Council

Advisers: Kelly Casey, 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.

SwilngSalsaTango!

Adviser: Tricia Lea

When does this club meet? Thursday in the cafe

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: 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.

Underclassman Board

Advisers: Heather Beattie, Holly D'Addario

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.

 

 

Wellness Club

Adviser: Ramona Piretti

When does this club meet? Tuesdays in room 274

West Hartford Public Schools Peer Mentor Program

Carol Wilkas, District Coordinator
A fall training session is held for interested students (9-12)
Once trained, high school students are matched and meet weekly with either middle or elementary students for the school year

World Language Honor Society

Advisers: Dana Martin, Lynn Racz

When does this club meet? TBA

Yearbook

Advisers: Holly Ruiz

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

Yoga Club

Adviser: Leslie Hadra
Meets every Thursday on the Baseball Field
"Yoga Club is a unique and fun way to exercise the mind and body. School can be stressful so what better way to relax then to stretch out with friends? Namaste!"

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