Clubs at BHS
Advisor: Mr. Rush
The BHS Acoustic Club is a community of musicians and students who love music. This club offers a place for those who are formally trained in music as well as those who are not, to come together, have fun, and learn from each other. This club encourages learning the basics of playing instruments, having fun, practicing, setting up shows, sound quality, recording, and promotes being good members of the school and the world community. We have incredibly talented people with us who have great potential and a great opportunity to help each other.
Coordinator: Mrs. Pappas
The After School Academy is open Monday-Thursday afternoons in room 1201. All students may attend to complete work and/or get extra help.
Advisors: Mr. Arnold and Mr. Hanna
The Bike Club is a combination of students and teachers that go on weekly bike rides. Don’t think you are too strong or too weak! Everyone is welcome and will be able to ride with the group. Road rides are every Wednesday after school. Members have a good time and get to travel to different places around Berlin (such as the New Britain Reservoir, Wadsworth Falls, Castle Craig, and others). We have also participated in the Discover Hartford Tour, the Hub on Wheels which is BikeBoston and we will conquer the 5 Boro Bike Tour through New York City again! Mountain biking destinations include Bicentennial Park, Castle Craig and Lamentation Mountain. This year there is an Urban Mountain Bike Race in Hartford! See Mr. Hanna or Mr. Arnold for a parent permission slip. If you don’t have a bike, we will provide one for you. BHS Ridin’ Redcoats …Take your training wheels off!
Advisor: Mrs. Dennis
Do you like to work with people? Are you interested in Math, Science or Computers? Are you artistic, mechanical or have a lot of spirit? Maybe FIRST is for you! Berlin FIRST builds robots designed by the team, then competes at Regional and National Competitions. The FIRST Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience—and a lot of fun. New members are always welcome, and building occurs at night or on weekends at McGee Middle School. No prior experience needed!
The Berlin Helping Berlin Fund (BHB) is a special purpose fund to provide assistance to members of the Berlin High School community in accordance with the fund guidelines. This fund receives support through fund raisers held at the Berlin High School each year. Additional gifts from the Berlin High School community will be added only if the monies are restricted to this purpose.
The purpose of the BHB fund is to provide assistance to Berlin High School community members who are facing a financial need and are suffering hardships beyond their control and to supplement services that may be needed.
The following are broad examples of, but not limited to, covered items/areas:
Utility payment/rent or mortgage assistance
School related activity funding when a need is provided
Severe illness or injury
Fire or other disaster
The funds will be distributed by using gift cards, bills paid directly by the Fund, donations of items, etc. No cash/checks will be distributed directly to the recipient at any time.
Advisors: Mr. Parisi and Mrs. Wischert
The goal of the Business Club is to develop competent, aggressive business leadership, while creating an interest and understanding of American business enterprise. The club focuses upon preparing students to become emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, communications, sales, accounting, finance, hospitality, management, etc. It encourages leadership through attending leadership conferences, job shadow field trips, and participation in community outreach opportunities. We value and encourage innovative thinking, integrity, teamwork, and leadership. Activity opportunities include: Officer Elections, bi-monthly meetings, job shadowing opportunities, educational field trips (related to business), stock market challenge, fundraising, etc.
Director: Ms. Shearer
Chorale, Concert Choir, and Bella Voce all meet as a class. Bella Voce is by audition and/or instructor approval. Madrigal Singers performs for the community and at chorus concerts, specializing in a cappella music from all time periods. They rehearse Monday nights from 6:30-7:30 pm. Students audition for this group at the end of the school year. Jazz Choir performs a cappella music from contemporary periods, including popular music. The group rehearses Monday nights from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Students must audition for this group at the end of the school year.
Class of 2017 Advisors-
Mr. Michael Cwirka and Mr. Dan Thurston
Class of 2018 Advisors-
Ms. Stephanie Herrera and Ms. Jillian Berube
Class of 2019 Advisors-
Mrs. Jennifer Winkler and Mrs. Sarah Grillo
Advisor: Mr. Recore
An opportunity to participate in drama, including one act plays, skits, improvisations, etc., throughout the school year. Members can also work behind the scenes, learning about set construction and other technical aspects of productions. Meetings are held after school every Thursday, and new members are welcome anytime throughout the school year.
Advisor: Mrs. Schultz
This club is for students who might be interested in becoming an educator. We will look at current trends in education, meet with teachers from a variety of grade levels, and schedule a field trip to UCONN to meet current students exploring education as a career.
Advisor: Mrs. Hurley
Berlin High School's Gay-Straight Alliance club is a safe place for all students. This is a student-lead club dedicated to promoting awareness, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in gender and sexual orientations. All students are welcome at any time. Activities include the Day of Silence, attending the True Colors conference and sponsoring educational and social programs for Berlin High School students, faculty, and staff. Meetings are after school on alternating Mondays in room 2122.
Advisor: Mrs. Wilkosz
Habitat for Humanity aims to eliminate poverty and homelessness both locally and globally. As a member of the Berlin High School Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, you will educate others on issues of poverty, raise funds and advocate to help those in need, and build houses in areas locally, nationally, and potentially internationally. We welcome anyone who wants to help others and strengthen communities.
School Advisor: Ms. Hatton
Rotary Advisors: Michele Imossi & Elaine Pavasaris
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for students. BHS Interact Club is sponsored through the New Britain-Berlin and Kensington-Berlin Rotary clubs. Interactors complete multiple community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. They partner with the Salvation Army, Hungerford, and CCARC on many of their events. Interacts also fundraise to help contribute to causes they feel passionate about. In the past they have donated to: Feed My Starving Children, Guatemala Clean Water Project, Make-A-Wish, Support Our Troops, CT Humane Society, and various others. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships and learn the importance of developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work, and advancing international understanding and goodwill. Interactors also have the opportunity to attend the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Conference at Springfield College (Sophomore year), attend the World-Affairs Seminar in Wisconsin (Junior year), or participate in the Rotary Summer Foreign Exchange program. Rotary also offers scholarships to eligible Interact seniors.
The BHS Literary Magazine is published annually to allow students to share their creative writing and art with the school community. New members and submissions are always welcome. Meetings are held in the media center weekly after school.
Director: Ms. Shearer
The musical takes place in late February and involves performing singers, actors, and dancers as well as technical theater and set construction. Auditions will be held in November. All are welcome and encouraged to get involved in some way!
Advisor: Mrs. Nascimento
The Pop Culture Club aims to increase awareness of popular culture and its influence. Club members meet weekly to discuss a shared interest in the current trends of t.v., movies, music, and fashion. Pop culture Club also aims to bring awareness to the "Make a Wish Foundation." Membership is open to all and meetings are generally once a week.
Advisor: Ms. Rodrigue
Recycling Club is a small service club that recycles paper, bottles, and cans for Berlin High School. We will also run a Blood Drive and smaller service projects throughout the year.
Advisors: Ms. Cassello
This club will be meeting to hold blood drives throughout the school year. We will also be holding fundraisers to raise money to donate to the Red Cross.
Advisors: Mr. Hanna and Mrs. Hurley
This year the Science Research Club will focus on horticulture. This is a student-driven club for any students interested in organic growing practices, agriculture, horticulture, and landscaping or are just interested in getting their hands dirty. Participation in plant sales will offer business experience in a growing industry. This club has been recently "regrown" so strong leaders are welcome. Meetings will be after school on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
Advisor: Mr. Scannell
The school newspaper is published monthly to keep students informed of school news, sports, community news, and more. Students are encouraged to pitch article ideas and to submit articles to the newspaper at any time throughout the year. New members are always welcome. Meetings are held in the media center weekly after school.
Advisor: Mr. Recore
An annual senior production. Tryouts are open to all seniors.
Advisor: Mr. Hanbury
A club for those who love to ski! The YMCA/BHS Ski and Snowboard Club will take weekly trips to Mt. Southington to free ski and snowboard in January as part of the YMCA program. Please see Mr. Hanbury for more information regarding the cost of this program.
Advisor: Mrs. Nascimento
Berlin High School Student Ambassadors represent BHS positively and help support the community within our school. Student Ambassadors will provide new students with an introduction to BHS by giving new students tours of the school, showing new students where classes are located, helping new students with lockers, introducing new students to teachers and other students, and providing new students with a familiar face and someone new students can reach out to.
Advisor: Mr. Muñoz
Membership is open to all and attendance is required to remain in good standing. A high standard of ethical behavior is expected of class and Student Government Officers. Members are active with the Homecoming committee in addition to representation on school-wide committees, community service, funding several programs, and class representation of pertinent issues, among other responsibilities. Student Government meets mostly after school once every week/every other week, with more frequent meetings when events are close by.
Advisors: Mr. Fuller, Mr. Wolfe & Mr. Wicander
TSA is a student organization for those interested in the fields of engineering, architecture, media and technology. TSA is a national organization that hosts over 60 competitions annually. A variety of educational and fun activities, guest speakers, field trips and local competitions are planned. Last year, we designed and raced a CO2 Dragster, entered a CAD competition, a structural engineering challenge, and a movie competition. Over the past few years, we have also visited several companies including Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky Aircraft, and Trumpf. If you are interested in how things work and how to invent new things this is the club for you!
Advisor: Ms. Allard
The Fire Steppers are a student driven dance and STEP team, created by students for students who are passionate about dancing, learning how to dance, and performing. They are well known for bringing the heat during pep rallies and firing up the audience with their energetic, charismatic movement and radiant attitudes. All pieces are choreographed within the group- almost all by students who are self-motivated teachers and learners who have a burning desire to share dance with the BHS community. Dances performed are inclusive of the following genres: hip-hop, STEP/Drill, African fusion, contemporary hip-hop, and others. Each dancer brings a different background in dance that will be utilized by the team to enhance performances and increases technique training opportunities. This team participates in masterclasses with local professionals and eagerly learns new and exciting pieces of choreography every week. You do not have to have dance experience to join, but a positive attitude is required. Auditions are held twice a year and are judged by a panel of teachers and team captains. If you love to dance in what is truly an artistic collaboration of peers, contact Ms. Allard at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Advisor: Mr. Wolfe
BHS TV is for students interested in becoming a TV personality or working with the technical aspects in creating both studio-based and on-location video productions. TV club members will have an opportunity to operate the equipment found in the BHS TV studio to create videos of their choice. The TV club will meet after school every-other week in the TV studio. All are welcome!
Coach: Mrs. Siegal
Unified Sports members are always looking for partners to work with special education athletes. Open to all students throughout the school year. Practices are on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:00 in the B-gym.
Advisors: Mrs. Nascimento and Ms. Portal
“Be A Leader:” Unity Teams are school- based teams of student leaders committed to the mission of creating a safe culture in schools. Through student-designed and student-led projects, Unity Teams help schools bring attention to and deal with bullying, teasing, harassment and the use of degrading language. Unity Team members participate in a day of training off site, which includes team building exercises, cultural proficiency training and action planning for creating and maintaining school based Unity Teams. By developing an understanding of bias and bullying, Unity Team members are poised to share their learning with their peers in order to promote a positive school climate for all. At the end of the year, Unity Team members participate in an another off site training that allows them to share their student-led projects as well as hear about the student-led projects from all of the other districts that have Unity Teams.
Advisor: Mr. Rudy
The Upbeat Leadership Program is a school and community-based character development and leadership training program whose goal is to encourage the youth of Berlin to develop sound decision making skills and to provide opportunities for positive community involvement and service. Peer leaders attend biweekly meetings and, working under the direction of a Senior Peer Leader, meet in small groups called houses to plan and implement community service projects. A variety of speakers, programs, and activities are conducted at the meetings, which are held every other Monday from 5:30-6:30. New members can see Ms. Mitchell in the UpBeat Room in Upper Media.
Advisor: Mr. Wolfe and Mrs. Dumas
WERB is for students interested in being a DJ, radio host, public speaker, news journalist, sports announcer, or music promoter. Our radio club members learn how to operate broadcast equipment, communicate to a LIVE radio audience, develop a weekly radio show, and follow the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Students are allowed to broadcast during free periods and after school. We are found on 94.5 MHz on the FM radio dial.
Advisors: Ms. Rutkowski, Ms. Briganti, and Ms. Portal
The Writing Center is a place where students of all skill levels can seek help with any type of writing assignment. Trained student tutors offer assistance in any stage of the writing process across all subjects. Students may attend a tutoring session during a study hall or after school. Register for an appointment by visiting the BHS website, or drop by the Center. New tutors are recruited annually by teacher recommendation.
Advisor: Mr. Wicander
The purpose of the yearbook is to compile and publish material that serves as a record of the activities of students at BHS as a tribute to the senior class. Meetings are held after school.