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 amalizia@niskyschools.org 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, dmcandrews@niskyschools.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, jstanton@niskyschools.org

Animal Welfare

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, vwallimann@niskyschools.org

Anime

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, jedgar@niskyschools.org

Activities: Each Thursday the club watches episodes of an anime series, samples anime music videos, and gives lessons in drawing and Japanese language and culture.

Asian Culture

Purpose: To provide opportunities for members to experience and participate in Asian cultures.

Advisor: Ms. Yau, jyao@niskyschools.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.

Advisors: Mrs. Werther, lwerther@niskyschools.org and Ms. Ihnatolya, aihnatolya@niskyschools.org

Broadcasting Club

Purpose: To explore TV and studio production opportunities at Niskayuna High School.

Advisor: Mr. O’Connor, boconnor@niskyschools.org

Chemical Demonstration Club

Purpose: To share chemistry fun with young students within the community to foster interest in science.

Advisor: Ms. Paquette, jpaquette@niskyschools.org

Activities: Elementary school visits. MiSci Science Festival, Niskayuna HS Science Night

Chess Club

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, valcantara@niskyschools.org

Computer Science Club

Purpose: To improve programing skills and knowledge of Computer Science. ‘

Advisor: Mr. Mattoon, dmattoon@niskyschools.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, cwhite@niskyschools.org

Activities: This club runs Java Jive, which is a night of acoustic music and poetry.

Crossroads (Yearbook)

Purpose: To produce the yearbook.

Creative Advisor: Mrs. Ciccarelli, eciccarelli@niskyschools.org
Business Advisor: Mrs. Kuzniar, ckuzniar@niskyschools.org

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, mhawkins@niskyschools.org

Activities: cooking, baking, fundraising and field trips.

Debate Team

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, kryan@niskyschools.org

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.

Drama Club

Purpose: To serve as the producing organization for stage productions and to foster interest in theater.

Advisors: Mr. Bloom, dbloom@niskyschools.org

Activities: Present plays in the fall and spring, acting and stage craft workshops.

Environmental Team

Purpose: To learn about, explore, and preserve our natural environment.

Advisor: Mr. Eichfeld, seichfeld@niskyschools.org

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, jlindsay@niskyschools.org

Activities:Sports Marketing Field Trip, guest speakers, FBLA competitions, fundraising for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Halloween costume contest, and more.

Film Club

Mr. O’Connor and Ms. Gangi-Welge, boconnor@niskyschools.org and fwelge@niskyschools.org

Activities: Students watch a free film on certain Fridays in the Little Theater. Refreshments and discussion follows. All are welcome.

French Club

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, amartin@niskyschools.org

Activities: Meeting one time a month, Activity one time a month; films; guest speakers, and food related activities.

Gallery Club

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.

Advisor: Mr. Honicki & Ms. Jones, shonicki@niskyschools.org and kjones@niskyschools.org

Activities: Hanging & striking shows, working with artists, organizing & hosting receptions, and promoting exhibitions are part of this experience.

Game Club

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.

Advisor: Dr. Cloutier and Ms. Dagostino, mcloutier@niskyschools.org and ddagostino@niskyschools.org

German Club

Purpose: To plan and enjoy German games, food and fun, including our long standing exchange program with Freiherr-vom-Stein School in Hamm, Germany.

Advisor: Herr Carosella and Frau Prebish, jcarosella@niskyschools.org and tprebish@niskyschools.org

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, kmcferran@niskyschools.org

Horticultural Club

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, cjennings@niskyschools.org

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.

Advisor: Ms. Linehan and Ms. Gardiner, klinehan@niskyschools.org and cgardiner@niskyschools.org

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, jfitzgerald@niskyschools.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.

Key Club

Purpose: To provide service to school and community.

Advisors: Ms. Eads and Mr. Melito, meads@niskyschools.org and pmelito@niskyschools.org

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, jhallock@niskyschools.org

Activities: Club will meet after school on the first Monday of each month in room D303.

Latin Club

Purpose: To stimulate and promote interest in the Classics.

Advisor: Ms. Miller, mmiller@niskyschools.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, tprebish@niskyschools.org

Math Club

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) sgraseck@niskyschools.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.

Mock Trial

Purpose: To learn about all aspects of the court system through a competitive, trial experience with other Schenectady County Schools.

Advisor: Ms. Lindsay, jlindsay@niskyschools.org

Model UN

Purpose: Model UN is a way for students to improve their public speaking, debating, and problem-solving skills.

Advisor: Ms. Netoskie, anetoskie@niskyschools.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.

Advisors: Ms. Hughes and Mr. Jennings, ahughes@niskyschools.org and cjennings@niskyschools.org

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.

National Honor Society website

National Honor Society By-Laws

Natural Helpers

Purpose: To benefit the school and larger community.

Advisor: Mr. Swisher and Mr. Albanese, kswisher@niskyschools.org and talbanese@niskyschools.org

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.

Advisors: Mr. O’Connell and Ms. Salvin, soconnell@niskyschools.org and rsalvin@niskyschools.org

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, mleach@niskyschools.org

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.

Nisky Friends

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.

Advisors: Ms. Farquharson, Ms. Stanton, mfarquharson@niskyschools.org and jstanton@niskyschools.org

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.

Niskayuna Garage

Purpose: Students build motorcycles from scratch

Advisor: Mr. DeSimony, rdesimony@niskyschools.org

Niskayuna Outing Club

Purpose: Provide interested students opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.

Advisors: Mr. Caffrey, tcaffrey@niskyschools.org and Mr. Ormsbee, jormsbee@niskyschools.org

Activities: Hikes, field trips, community service

Nisky PR

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.

Advisor: Ms. McLaughlin, KMcLaughlin@niskyschools.org and Ms. Kenny, ekenny@niskyschools.org

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.

Pep Club

Purpose: To promote school spirit.

Advisor: Ms. MacPherson, mmacpherson@niskyschools.org and Ms. Moscinski, mmoscinski@niskyschools.org

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, bmattice@niskyschools.org

RAD Club

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, lchristou@niskyschools.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, jpaquette@niskyschools.org

Activities: Contributions to Project Cameron’s Story, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Aids Awareness.

Rocketry

Purpose: Designed to allow students to explore the science of rocketry. Students will learn about, build, and launch rockets.

Advisors: Mr. Lundy, jlundy@niskyschools.org

SAPE – Students Advocating for a Positive Environment

Purpose: Students actively taking a role to improve the climate of the high school and community.

Advisor: Mrs. DiCocco, mmdicocco@niskyschools.org and Mrs. Lehmann, klehmann@niskyschools.org

Science Bowl

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, pscott@niskyschools.org

Activities: Regular meetings beginning mid-October – Friday after school

Science Olympiad

Purpose: To give students with an interest in science the opportunity to test their knowledge and skills through competition with other schools.

Advisors: Mr. Samascott, jsamascott@niskyschools.org and Ms. Varin, mvarin@niskyschools.org

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.

Advisors: Mrs. Ryan, kryan@niskyschools.org  and Mrs. Jones, ejones@niskyschools.org

Spanish Club

Purpose: To encourage and promote the appreciation of Spanish culture and language.

Advisors: Ms. Gardiner, cgardiner@niskyschools.org and Ms. Linehan, klinehan@niskyschools.org

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, pscott@niskyschools.org

Activities: Recycling pick-up occurs every Friday after school.

Student Congress

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, bmattice@niskyschools.org

Tech Club/Robotics

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, koppenheimer@niskyschools.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, jedgar@niskyschools.org

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.

Niskayuna yearbook website

Youth Court

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, jlindsay@niskyschools.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:

UNICEF CLUB

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.

Advisors: Mr. Lester, tlester@niskyschools.org and Ms. Richard, krichard@niskyschools.org

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, kmccarty@niskyschools.org

Activities: This club meets weekly.