At Niskayuna High School, we believe that extracurricular clubs play an important role in the culture of our school. Our clubs supplement the academic program, provide meaningful community service opportunities, and allow students to pursue their passions.
If you have any questions regarding clubs, contact Assistant Principal Anthony Malizia at email@example.com or the club’s advisor(s) listed below.
Academic Resource Center
Purpose: The Academic Resource Center is a specialized club consisting of students who have been trained to offer peer-tutoring in the high school library as well as in classrooms and resource rooms. Trained tutors staff the Academic Resource Center throughout the school day, including before and after school, and offer tutoring in all subject areas. Students who need help with academic work such as homework, quiz or test prep, or writing papers are welcome to stop by the ARC any time. No appointment necessary! Students who would like to become tutors can fill out an application in the library. Tutor training is offered in in June, and additional training sessions are scheduled as necessary.
Advisors: Ms. McAndrews, firstname.lastname@example.org
All Star Athletes
Purpose: All Star Athletes is an inclusive sports club designed to get all types of students physically active while making new friends. We meet one Friday a month after school from about 3-4:30 pm. We will play a different sport or other recreational games at each get together.
Advisor: Ms. Stanton, email@example.com
Purpose: To raise awareness and funds for various organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund, Animal Protective Foundation and Homeward Bound, that are dedicated to helping animals in need. Students will be exposed to opportunities for involvement in rewarding volunteer experiences.
Advisor: Ms. Wallimann, firstname.lastname@example.org
Purpose: To offer students an opportunity to be exposed to Japanese culture, language and art, through the media of anime and manga (movie and cartoon strips).
Advisor: Mr. Edgar, email@example.com
Activities: Each Monday the club watches episodes of an anime series, samples anime music videos, and gives lessons in drawing and Japanese language and culture. The club meets on Mondays from 2:50 to 3:45 in D105.
Purpose: To provide opportunities for members to experience and participate in Asian cultures.
Advisor: Ms. Yau, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: Writing Chinese calligraphy, playing Chinese chess and yo-yo, tasting Asian foods, watching Japanese films and Korean drama, and listening and singing Asian pop-songs.
Breakfast Book Club
Purpose: The Breakfast Book Club is open to all students who like to read, eat, and chat about books. We often read and discuss a book together, and we sometimes talk about books that we’re reading on our own. Please check our meeting times on the high school media center website.
Purpose: To explore TV and studio production opportunities at Niskayuna High School.
Advisor: Mr. O’Connor, email@example.com
Chemical Demonstration Club
Purpose: To share chemistry fun with young students within the community to foster interest in science.
Advisor: Ms. Paquette, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: Elementary school visits. MiSci Science Festival, Niskayuna HS Science Night
Purpose: To provide students the opportunity to play chess in a positive and friendly environment where they can sharpen and improve their skills.
Advisor: Mr. Alcantara, email@example.com
Computer Science Club
Purpose: To improve programing skills and knowledge of Computer Science. ‘
Advisor: Mr. Mattoon, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: opportunity to attend the Siena College Programming Competition in the spring.
Creative Writing Club
Purpose: This club meets regularly to support and inspire the creative writers of our school. Club members meet to engage in fun writing activities. We also sponsor NaNoWriMo and Java Jive.
Advisor: Ms. White, email@example.com
Activities: This club runs Java Jive, which is a night of acoustic music and poetry.
Purpose: To produce the yearbook.
Activities: Editorial meetings, sales promotions, layouts, copywriting, photography.
Culinary Arts Club
Purpose: To offer students an opportunity to learn culinary techniques and work collaboratively in groups to prepare various snacks, meals, and baked goods. Students will prepare items to donate to local charities.
Advisor: Ms. Hawkins, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: cooking, baking, fundraising and field trips.
Purpose: To engage in educated and structured debate with other individuals in the area and around the nation. Develop critical thinking and speaking skills while learning some philosophy and research skills.
Advisor: Mrs. Ryan, email@example.com
Activities: Compete in multiple tournaments at local schools and universities in the Northeast. Debate tournaments are held local at schools including Albany Academy and Shen, and nationally at venues including Lexington, Scarsdale, Harvard and Yale. We plan on hosting a tournament this year.
Purpose: To serve as the producing organization for stage productions and to foster interest in theater.
Advisors: Mr. Bloom, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: Present plays in the fall and spring, acting and stage craft workshops.
Purpose: To learn about, explore, and preserve our natural environment.
Advisor: Mr. Eichfeld, email@example.com
Activities: The Environmental Study Team adventures into the outdoors. Outings include: hikes in the Adirondacks, stream habitat exploration, snow shoeing, wilderness camping, trail maintenance, and local habitat cleanup and restoration.
FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America
Purpose: FBLA – (Future Business Leaders of America) is a nationally recognized business club. This club, in conjunction with our strong business courses, prepares students for future careers in the field of business. The FBLA mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.
Advisor: Ms. Lindsay, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities:Sports Marketing Field Trip, guest speakers, FBLA competitions, fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Halloween costume contest, and more.
Activities: Students watch a free film on certain Fridays in the Little Theater. Refreshments and discussion follows. All are welcome.
Purpose: To provide an opportunity for students to understand and appreciate French culture, to further spoken French on an informal basis and enjoy social Francophone world activities together.
Advisor: Madame Martin, email@example.com
Activities: Meeting one time a month, Activity one time a month; films; guest speakers, and food related activities.
Purpose: To help promote the arts throughout the Niskayuna community by providing an opportunity for students to learn about and perform the functions of a working art gallery.
Activities: Hanging & striking shows, working with artists, organizing & hosting receptions, and promoting exhibitions are part of this experience.
Purpose: To provide students with the opportunity to play video games and other games for fun. Students share strategy and discuss areas of interest related to the games.
Purpose: To plan and enjoy German games, food and fun, including our long standing exchange program with Freiherr-vom-Stein School in Hamm, Germany.
Activities: Nikolaustag, Waffelfest, Niska-Day and Garden Gnome Ring Toss, German American Day Parade in NYC; Spagehetti-Eis Abend, cookie baking and bake sale, and the Hamm-Niskayuna exchange program.
High School Mentors
Purpose: High school students assist middle school students with homework one day a week to build connections, obtain volunteer hours and assist with basic learning material.
Advisor: Mr. McFerran, firstname.lastname@example.org
Purpose: To learn about the art and science of growing plants. Maintain a summer garden to donate produce to local food shelters.
Advisor: Mr. Jennings, email@example.com
Activities: Annual plant growing, field trips, guest speakers, summer vegetable gardening
International Exchange Club
Purpose: To support students who are from a different country at Niskayuna on an exchange program. These students have chosen to spend a year away from their family and friends in their home country. Our homeroom deals with the day to issues that these students have. We deal everything from homesickness to host family placement issues. The advisors monitor how the exchange students are doing in their classes and provide support and guidance. We make an American family for these students and act as brothers and sisters to them. We plan seasonal events to help the Exchange Students feel more welcome and at home.
IT Student Help Desk
Purpose: To train and empower members to answer questions, provide technical support and help direct staff and students to technology resources within the district.
Advisor: Mr. Fitzgerald, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: Staffing the I.T. Help Desk at Crossroads during the day, as scheduling allows. Bi-weekly meetings along with training meetings as needed. Production of informational and training materials.
Purpose: To provide service to school and community.
Activities: Fund raisers for charitable organizations; parking and ushering at school events; visit other high school Key Clubs; bloodmobile; host The Blizzard and other social events to raise money. Attend state-wide convention in the spring.
KIND Club (Kids in Need of Donations)
Purpose: K.I.N.D. stands for Kids in need of Donations. What makes our club unique from other charitable clubs is that we are going to be sponsoring a specific child or specific children through an organization called World Visions that allows us to choose where the child is from, the gender, and the age of the child. When we choose our sponsor children, we will exchange letters, photos, emails, send them packages and can even visit! By doing this we create real physical and emotional bond between the school and the children making this experience personal and rewarding.
Advisor: Ms. Hallock, email@example.com
Activities: Club will meet after school on the first Monday of each month in room D303.
Purpose: To stimulate and promote interest in the Classics.
Advisor: Ms. Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: Movie nights, Saturnalia celebration, field trips, food, multi-language club holiday celebrations, community service activities and Latin certamen competitions.
Live Expression Purpose: Live Expression is a student-run club which organizes concerts at Niskayuna High School where student musicians can showcase their talent in a live performance setting. These concerts are a unique opportunity for students to learn both how to perform in front of an audience and how to set up and use musical equipment. All students and all types of music are welcome at Live Expression shows, and all proceeds are donated to local charities.
Advisor: Ms. Prebish, email@example.com
Purpose: To investigate topics of math that are interesting and challenging math problems, to take advantage of mathematics in our community, and to develop the talent of solving complex math problems.
Advisor: Ms. Franck (Graseck) firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities:Compete monthly on Math League competitions, and participate in Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, Purple Comet, Euclid Math and the American Mathematics Competition. Meet weekly to challenge students with interesting think outside the box math problems that are discussed in groups and as a whole club to introduce different ways to solve the problems.
Purpose: To learn about all aspects of the court system through a competitive, trial experience with other Schenectady County Schools.
Advisor: Ms. Lindsay, email@example.com
Purpose: Model UN is a way for students to improve their public speaking, debating, and problem-solving skills.
Advisor: Ms. Netoskie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: Throughout the school year, Model UN has weekly meetings that focus on practice for Model UN tournaments discussing and debating current historical and world events. When debating, the students are assigned a country or person they will be representing. During the debates, the students should try to present the ideals and beliefs of their specific country or person. Once or twice during the year, members of the club travel to compete in model UN competitions around the northeast.
National Honor Society
Purpose: To create an enthusiasm for scholarship to stimulate a desire to provide service to the school and community. We strive to promote leadership amongst our members and encourage continued positive character development.
Activities: Support school events and service projects. Provide support for the ARC tutoring program. Qualifications: must be a 6th semester junior or senior with a cumulative average of 90. Members are selected by a 5 member Faculty Council which is chosen by the High School Principal.
Purpose: To benefit the school and larger community.
Activities: Participants are asked to join if they have been identified by their peers as someone who has the natural skills to be helpful to their classmates. Responsibilities include: welcoming new students, helping friends with problems and referring them to the appropriate professionals.
NICS – Niskayuna Inter-Community Service
Purpose: To provide service to school and community.
Activities: NICS facilitates the high school picture days and two Red Cross blood drives, collects fruit cups for the Equinox Thanksgiving dinner, and provides volunteer support for activities at Niskayuna schools at all levels.
Nisk-Art Magazine Club
Purpose: To raise money for a senior art student scholarship and create a digital magazine of high school student artwork.
Advisor: Mrs. Leach, email@example.com
Activities: We meet once a week or biweekly throughout the school year. We make clay pendants to sell at our fundraising events in the fall and winter. In the spring, we view and select amazing high school student artwork to place in a page layout program to create our Nisk-Art e-Magazine that is posted to our school website and the NHS Art and Design Facebook page.
Purpose: The Nisky Friends club is student-run friendship club which creates buddy pairs between students with and without disabilities. Nisky Friends is based upon the principles of the Best Buddies Organization, but is not limited to individuals with intellectual disabilities. We aim to create an inclusive school climate for students and a community culture of acceptance. Nisky Friends is a program where you can make lifelong friends.
Activities: Through in school meetings and hang outs, you and your friend will have time to relax, socialize, and get to know one other. Peer matches are encouraged to connect about once a week. You can play games; do homework, or just talk! Once a month we meet as a larger group to do a fun activity together with our peers.
Purpose: Students build motorcycles from scratch
Advisor: Mr. DeSimony, firstname.lastname@example.org
Niskayuna Outing Club
Purpose: Provide interested students opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.
Activities: Hikes, field trips, community service
Purpose: This club will offer a fresh, new platform for the high school. Niskayuna High School is a dynamic building, alive with events that include academic offerings, sporting events, plays, musicals, art exhibitions, etc. Nisky PR will create short, informative, school based news/human interest video segments for the Niskayuna community, serving as a conduit to the activities and happenings on campus.
Advisor: Ms. Millett, KMillett@niskyschools.org
Activities: Weekly meetings, on-site interviews, attendance of school activities for reporting, photo/journalistic duties.
Odyssey of the Mind
Purpose: A creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and are able to recognize and explore their true potential.
Activities: Odyssey of the Mind is an active team that meets regularly throughout the year to brainstorm ideas, practice problem-solving, and engage in creative skit practice. Students will participate in the regional level Odyssey of the Mind competition. The top three teams will advance to the state level competition.
Purpose: To promote school spirit.
Activities: Pep rallies, in-school fund raiser, fall dance, red and gray day.
Political & Current Events (PACE)
Purpose: PACE, or Politics and Current Events Club focuses on the issues that are facing the world today. Through discussing hot button political topics, we enhance our political knowledge, listening to perspectives besides our own. For many students this is an appropriate place to let their opinions be heard and responded to without the consequences of discussing politics one would face normally. Through hearing points from all sides of an issue, many times we are able to reach a solution that we believe will work in real life.
Advisor: Mr. Mattice, email@example.com
Purpose: This is a student run political club with right leaning views that welcomes all students of any political party affiliation. The objective is to serve community and country while pursuing involvement and education regarding the political process.
Our focus is on discussion, debates and awareness of various national and international issues and how current events impact our lives.
Advisor: Ms. Christou, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: Throughout the school year we will welcome forums from local, state and national politicians to speak to our students from both political parties as well as fundraisers for our military personnel.
Raise & Give
Purpose: To raise funds for worthy human service causes both in and outside the community.
Advisor: Ms. Paquette, email@example.com
Activities: Contributions to Project Cameron’s Story, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Aids Awareness.
Purpose: Designed to allow students to explore the science of rocketry. Students will learn about, build, and launch rockets.
Advisors: Mr. Lundy, firstname.lastname@example.org
SAPE – Students Advocating for a Positive Environment
Purpose: Students actively taking a role to improve the climate of the high school and community.
Purpose: To organize and prepare a Niskayuna High School Team for the Regional Science Bowl competition which occurs every year in mid-March.
Advisor: Mr. Scott, email@example.com
Activities: Regular meetings beginning mid-October – Friday after school
Purpose: To give students with an interest in science the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills through competition with other schools.
Activities: Science Olympiad is a very active TEAM throughout the year. (This is not a club). In the beginning of the year students assemble to indicate their interest in the team. There are over 20 events that students compete in which are established at the National Science Olympiad each year. (In September they are released and teams must register in their state to compete at a regional level.) The top teams from a region go on to compete at a state level then the top state teams will go on to compete at a national level. The completion is comprised of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Only 15 students are allowed on a team (with a maximum of 7 seniors) and each student must compete in several events. The students need to study, prepare information relevant for their topic, and build and operate devices. The team practices after school most everyday there is a late bus available.
SPAN: Student Partnership at Niskayuna – Student Mentors
Purpose: To create a welcoming environment for upcoming freshmen and underclassmen through this high school mentoring program. High school mentors will provide students with someone to help navigate their way through high school, reduce the stress they face during the day (ex: homework, classes, etc.) and offer students fun activities/events to help connect to the school and their fellow classmates. 10-12th grade students interested in becoming a mentor should pick up an application and submit it to Mrs. Ryan.
Purpose: To encourage and promote the appreciation of Spanish culture and language.
Activities: Preparing typical foods and crafts, welcoming our Spanish exchange partners and participating in field trips that highlight awareness of the Hispanic culture.
S.T.A.R.T. – Students are Recycling Today
Purpose: To organize, coordinate, and implement paper and plastic recycling in the high school.
Advisor: Mr. Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: Recycling pick-up occurs every Friday after school.
Purpose: To provide a means of expressing student views, to address issues and grievances brought to it, provide a means through which students may participate in making decisions that affect them in school, provide a means through which students can learn how to create, develop, organize, and direct their affairs in a democratic community.
Advisors: Mr. Mattice, email@example.com
Purpose: The Niskayuna Robotics Club strives to nurture a passion for robotics in students and teach them useful skills in math, science and technology. By doing so, we hope to foster an interest in pursuing robotics or other related fields after high school, as well as teach important skills in real world problem solving and teamwork.
Advisors: Ms. Kammer
Activities: The Niskayuna Robotics Club designs and constructs robots that compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge competition, an international competition that stresses innovation and teamwork. The Robotics Club also conducts outreach programs to nurture a passion for STEM in our community
Visibility – SAGA
Purpose: Visibility is Niskayuna High School’s GSA (Gay Straight Alliance). We are here to raise awareness about the LGBTQ community and provide a safe space for LGBTQ people and their allies. We promote acceptance and kindness, while working to end bullying in the school, the community and the world. Visibility-SAGA accepts everyone no matter their sexuality or gender.
Advisors: Kelly Oppenheimer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: Participates in national holidays related to the LGBTQ+ community such as Transgender Day of Remembrance (candle light ceremony) and National Day of Silence (celebrated in conjunction with the Pride Center in Albany), Ally Week, and Spirit Day. Educates classmates in high school, middle schools (in health classes) and the community about the LGBTQ community and works to prevent bullying. Bring in speakers from the LGBTQ community on a regular basis. Social activities include Utopia Dance, Halloween party, ice cream social and end of year barbecue. We also organize bake sales and this year, candy sales. The club is a supportive environment for everyone.
Warrior – School Newspaper
Purpose: The Warrior provides interested students with an opportunity to work on a paper.
Advisor: Mr. Edgar, email@example.com
Activities: Writing, editing and publishing a school paper; students can also work on advertising, art and illustration, cartooning and photo journalism- excellent opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills.
Purpose: To provide a voluntary alternative to the criminal justice system for young people who have committed a crime or an offense. To promote feelings of self-esteem and a desire for self-improvement and to foster a healthy attitude toward rules and authority. To intervene in early anti-social, delinquent and criminal behavior.
Advisors: Ms. Lindsay, firstname.lastname@example.org
Activities: Members of Youth Court must successfully complete a law-related training program which will take place in October and November. Members will be trained to assume the following roles on a rotating basis: Judge, Prosecutor, Defense Attorney, Clerk/Bailiff and Jury Foreperson. These cases are run entirely by the students and a high level of confidentiality is required.
The following clubs/activities are Non-School Sponsored:
Purpose: UNICEF Niskayuna High School chapter: As an officially recognized high school chapter of UNICEF, our club raises funds during the year and then donates the money to the international organization for disbursement. UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects.
Activities: Activities will vary, but in the past, our high school chapter has raised funds by hosting Waffle Week, Crepes Week, and Hot Chocolate Week.
Yoga and Wellness Club
Purpose: To provide an opportunity for students to participate in and practice yoga and meditation. We welcome all levels of yoga practitioners.
Advisor: Ms. McCarty, email@example.com