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Activity Opportunities for Student Involvement at Arvada West

ACADEMIC WORLDQUEST - Grades 9-12. Requirements: Interest in Global Issues.   Purpose: Academic WorldQuest is a fast-paced trivia game in which competing high school teams test their knowledge of world affairs, geography, history, countries, current events, and more. Winning teams are invited to represent their high school, city, and state at the national competition held in Washington, D.C. each April. 

Sponsor: Mr. DiPasquale.

BLEACHER NATION – Grades 9-12; Requirement: SCHOOL SPIRIT; We are the SCHOOL SPIRIT club you've been looking for!  Together we promote purple pride by rallying the troops for athletic events, and supporting their fellow peers at other school functions.  Bleacher Nation is committed to supporting the sports programs, developing a bond with alumni, and building community relations.Bleacher Nation was established as a student-operated club during the Fall of 2014.  The members have done everything from selecting spirit themes for athletic events to supporting the teams during regional and state tournaments. Each year, we strive to build our Bleacher Nation to support and cheer for our Arvada West Wildcat athletes!

Meeting Time and Location: First rotation of Connections in Ms. Mulvaney's room (229)

Sponsor: Ms. Mulvaney

BOARD GAME CLUB - Grades 9-12; Requirement: A good attitude and an open mind!; Not everyone wants to play sports. Board games can improve memory, cognitive function, response times, and reduce blood pressure and stress. They also have been shown to reduce the risk of mental diseases such as Dementia and Alzheimer's. Board games also serve as a great way to practice communication and social skills. But most importantly, board game club is a place where kids can spend time together having a bit of competitive fun!               

Meeting: First Tuesday of the month from 3 to 4:30 in N126

Sponsor: Ms. Mizenko

BOOK CLUB - Grades 9-12.  Requirements:none  A community of readers that provide an entertaining and safe place to read and talk about books chosen by our student members.   We average 1 book every 4 weeks or so and you are provided a copy of the book we are reading.  

Meetings: Fridays at 7:15 in the library (Members chose dates based on how much time we need to read.)

Sponsors: Mrs. Swetlic and Mrs. Zoll 

CHEERS/POMS – Grades 9-12. Requirements: Application and selection process. Meeting times: Class and scheduled practices throughout the year, games and extra practices for competition. Fees: Uniform, competitions and camp. Purpose: The primary purpose is to provide spirit and leadership for athletes and various activities at A-West. Our secondary purpose is to compete at the state and national level. 

Sponsors: Coach Espinoza and Coach McKenna Biddle.

CHESS CLUB– Grades 9-12. Meeting times: During office hours the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month, open play other Fridays.  Requirements: A desire to play chess. Purpose: To form a community of chess players who wish to improve their chess skills through play and practice. https://sites.google.com/site/pdogmath/chess-club-home

Meeting: During office hours the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month, open play other Fridays.

Sponsor: Mr. Pugliese

DECA - Grades: 9-12. Requirements: Enrolled in a Business Class. Purpose: To improve educational and career opportunities in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship for students.

Sponsor: Mr. Karlsson (202)

E-SPORTS - To provide an organized high school level esports team, in a comfortable environment with healthy competition.  We believe that esports should be available to every student as a legitimate varsity level sport in high schools across the nation. We want to connect high school gamers and clubs across Colorado, expanding the world of high school esports. We will be competing in the games of League of Legend, Rocket League and Smite.  All gamers are welcome. 

Meeting: Monday & Tuesday Room N134, 3:00-4:30

Sponsor:  Mr. Collins 

FCCLA (Family, Careers, and Community Leaders of America – Consumer /Occupational) – Grades 9-12; Requirements: There is a $15 fee for state and national dues; FCCLA is a career and technical student organization that helps students become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues. It is the ultimate leadership experience that provides students with the opportunity to be active members in our school and larger community as well as to participate at a district, state and national level through leadership conferences and competitions. 

Meeting:  The 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month from 7:15 to 7:55 am in 140

Sponsor: Ms. Hamilton

FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES/STUDENTS – Grades 9-12. Purpose: To provide an environment in which Christian and non-Christian athlete students can fellowship and feel comfortable.  

Meeting: Tuesday evenings at student or sponsor’s home from 8:30pm-9:30pm

Sponsor: Mr. Zott.

FRENCH CLUB - French Club is a place for people to learn more about French culture including music, food, history etc. No knowledge of France or the French language is required. We just want people to come and enjoy French culture in a casual environment.

Meetings: Wednesday from 3:15 to 4:00 in 240

Sponsor: Madame Taylor

 

GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE - Grades 9-12.  Requirements: none. Our mission is to promote tolerance and acceptance throughout the school and community and to provide a safe, non-judgmental space as a support network for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Straight youth who share a common vision of social equality. 

Meeting: Tuesdays after school in W220

Sponsor: Ms. Dallman and Ms. Lacy  

HEALTH OCCUPATIONAL STUDENTS OF AMERICA (HOSA) - The Health and Medical Club which will eventually be called HOSA (Health Occupational Students of America) is for those students interested in joining the health fields after high school.  Students will learn about the different health fields and understand the need for high quality health care in our society. Students will also recognize the “rapidly changing health care system, and understand the need of dedicated workers who, in addition to their technical skills, are people-oriented and capable of playing a leadership or followership role as a member of a health care team.” (HOSA 2018) This club will also be required for students who are involved with the Anatomy/physiology Capstone Project. 

Sponsors: Mr. Whittington

 

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS ASSOCIATION - Grades 9-12.  Requirements: Somebody that wants to make an impact on our community and globally. Purpose: To raise awareness and funds to human crisis in throughout our community and globally. 

Meets: Wednesday at 3:15 in W121 and reach out to Mr. Grose for these dates and times

Sponsor: Mr. Grose  

INTERSECTIONAL FEMINIST CLUB - Grades 9-12.  Requirements: Passion. This club works to achieve gender equality within the school and the larger community.  Come to our meetings and be empowered! 

Meets: Monday after school in W220

Sponsor: Ms. Dallman

LINK CREW – Grades 11-12. Requirements: Application process and GPA of 2.5 or better. Meetings in Room 116.  Dates and times may vary depending on need. Purpose: A freshman transition program. This club helps build leadership skills as Junior and Senior lead freshmen in activities at freshmen orientation and throughout the semester.  These activities are designed to build leadership skills while helping freshmen feel welcomed to Arvada West High School. For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/awest-link-crew/.

Sponsors: Ms. McCain, Ms. Lepke, Mr. Studenny, Mr. Sena. 

MARCHING BAND/DRUMLINE/COLOR GUARD – Grades 9-12. Requirements: In a music department class or director's permission. Fees:  Activity Fee and uniform and instrument fees as needed. Purpose: An extension of the Instrumental Music department, giving music students the opportunity to learn the activity of marching band. Members will learn music and marching techniques and perform at various events throughout the fall season. 

Meeting: Meeting times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 3:15-6:00pm and football games, parades and competitions.

Sponsor: Mr. Hansberry.

MODEL UNITED NATIONS - Grades: 9-12. Requirements: No requirements except to attend weekly meetings to get ready for competition. There are several competitions per year. Each competition is $12.00 per student.  Purpose: To build awareness of the issues that impact world leaders and citizens. To practice solving problems through debate-style interactions while learning about the role and function of the United Nations and international politics. 

Meetings: Every Tuesday at 7:30 in 216

Sponsor: Mr. Thayer

NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY - Grades: 9-12. Membership is based upon art scholarship, service, and character. For induction, students must have completed at least 12 hours of NAHS service, 1 semester of a Fine Arts course & a minimum Art GPA of a “B". Fees: $15- goes to NAHS dues & membership. Any further materials (ie. cords upon graduation, etc.) are a separate fee. Purpose: The NAHS program provides avenues for recognition of the artistic talents and leadership roles for visual art students, while spotlighting the success and community work of Arvada West's art program. 

Meetings: 1st Wednesday of every month at 7:15 in N106

Sponsor: Mr. & Mrs. Dalton.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY – Grades 10-12. Requirements: 3.6 cumulative GPA at the end of 1st semester of sophomore year. Selection is based on service, leadership, extracurricular activities and character. Application is online and is available in January.  Meeting times: The second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, unless otherwise stated on the calendar. Fees: $35 induction fee when joining. Purpose: To create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership and to encourage the development of character in students of Arvada West High School. Visit https://sites.google.com/view/arvadawestnhs/home

Sponsors: Ms. Dryer.

NEWSPAPER/JOURNALISM -- Grades 9-12, Requirements: Anyone interested in learning the process of putting out news for A-West and the Arvada community on a variety of media platforms. Facets of this include interviewing, writing stories, taking photos, laying out the sheets, and working with various software applications.  Students should have a C or better in a standard English class and be committed to the class for a year. To produce the school news.

Sponsor: Ms. Norwood.

PICKLEBALL - Grades 9-12; Requirements: Desire to have fun playing a fun recreational activity. Purpose: Expose teenagers to a fun and fast growing sport that is easy and enjoyable to play.

Meetings: Every Wednesday at 3:45 at APEX pickleball courts at 82nd and Simms

Sponsor: Ms. Kramer

SOCIEDAD HONORARIA HISPÁNICA – Grades 10-12. Requirements: Maintain a 3.5 GPA in Spanish classes and 3.0 overall GPA. Continue taking Spanish classes throughout high school through the highest level possible. Selection is also
based on character, leadership, seriousness of purpose, cooperation, honesty,
service, and commitment to others. Applications are available at the beginning of the fall semester, and the new member induction ceremony is held in September. Fees: $15 fee per year, which covers yearly costs to the AATSP national organization. Purpose: To recognize students for their outstanding scholarship in the study of the Spanish language and to encourage members to participate in Spanish language literacy, and cultural activities beyond the classroom.

Sponsor: Ms. Dill

SOURCES OF STRENGTH - Grades 9-12 Meeting Times: Vary by Adult Advisor.  Purpose: A leadership program aimed at improving school climate, increasing help-seeking behaviors, and developing resilience and protective factors such as connectedness.  Sponsors: Ms. Evans & Mrs. Boots (Counseling Office)

SPANISH CLUB – Grades 9-12.   Purpose: To promote knowledge of Spanish culture and language. 

Meetings:  Every Friday during office hours in room 231

Sponsors: Ms. Dill.

SPARKLES - This program is for teens with special needs in Jeffco Public Schools to lead as a spirit squad at school activities and functions. The Wildcat Sparkles is committed to give teens with special needs a way to be involved in an extracurricular activity while improving social, communication, and physical skills. The program is being conducted at Arvada West High School in Arvada, Colorado. 

Sponsors: Ms. Williams and Ms. Dallman

STEAM CLUB - Grades: 9-12; Requirements: Participation in a minimum of one community service opportunity and $7 charge if you are attending a TSA event.The STEAM Club provides opportunity to enhance personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intracurricular activities, competitions, and related programs. There will be opportunities for school-based competitions monthly and off-site competitions including Colorado Technology Student Association Conference, Front Range Math Competition and NREL Science Bowl. Please join by seeing Ms. Stewart or through the Google Classroom with code v8ekcjq

Meetings: Whole team meetings the first Thursday of the month and other times will be determined by teams

Sponsor: Ms. Stewart (N125)

STUDENT COUNCIL –Grades 9-12. Requirements: 3.0 GPA, application, interview and teacher letter of recommendation.  Purpose: To promote school spirit and student involvement.

Meetings: Class and after school time is required to help with activities.

Sponsor: Ms. Welsh.  

STUDENT VOICE - Grades 9-12. Purpose: To empower Arvada West students from diverse backgrounds to be voices for positive change in our school. It is a forum for students to collaborate with the Superintendent and other school, district and community leaders to create a sustainable movement for social justice in our school through compassionate leadership. Our district-wide SV gatherings take place four times per year at the Ed Center where 5-10 Ambassadors from every Jeffco high school gather to learn and build together. 

Meetings: Meetings will be held in N112, and times will vary by sponsors.

Sponsor: Ms. Evans and Ms. Serrano.

 

THEATRE/DRAMA – Grades 9-12.  Purpose: To go above and beyond with theatre. To get involved within the Arvada West Theatre Company and out of school conferences and festivals. Fall play auditions are the first month of school; spring musical auditions are in November. 

Meetings: Once a month during connections, please see Ms. Welsh 

Sponsor: Ms.Welsh

TURNING POINT - Grades 9-12. Requirements: None. Purpose: A youth organization that promotes the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government and encourages discussion for students at Arvada West.

Meeting Time: Wednesday at 7:15 in 212

Sponsor: Mr. Parriott

UNIFIED CLUB - Grades 9-12. Meeting Times: 2 Friday mornings a month 7:25-7:55 1 after school activity a month. Purpose: to plan after school and social activities for students who have special needs with students who are neuro-typical.   

Sponsor: Evie Wilson

VOCAL MUSIC – Grades 9-12. Requirements: Free Agents (9-12)-None; Women’s Ensemble (9-12)-None; Concert Choir (10-12)-Audition; Company West (10-12)-Audition and 1 year of another choir; Vocal Showcase (11-12)-Audition and 1 year of another choir. Meeting times: Class time. Fees: All choirs will require a performance outfit except Concert Choir. Purpose: To perform in various concerts and places. 

Sponsor: Mr. Maunu.

YEARBOOK - Grades 9-12. Requirements: Application and an interest in photography, graphic design, and writing for publication. Meeting times: Publications class and as scheduled. Purpose: to create a yearbook that represents the school year and the students. 

Sponsor: Ms. Fry