Berlin High School: Extracurricular Activities
Advisor: Mrs. Dennis
Do you like to work with people? Are you interested in Math, Science or Computers? Are you artistic, mechanical or have lots 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. In 2008, the competition will reach over 30,000 high school-aged young people on over 1,300 teams in 37 regional events. Our teams came from Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Israel, Mexico, the U.K., and almost every U.S. state. New members are always welcome, and building occurs at night or on weekends at McGee Middle School. No prior experience needed! The Berlin FIRST team was the Northeast Utilities Regional winner for 2011!
The BHS Acoustic Club
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.
Berlin High School Upbeat Peer Leadership Program
Advisor: Ms. Mitchell
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, room 137.
Advisors: Mr. Arnold and Mr. Hanna
The Bike Club is a combination of physically active students and teachers that partake in weekly rides according to the ability of the group. 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 Thursday 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 5 Boro Bike Tour through New York City, Discover Hartford and this year we will conquer the Hub on Wheels which is Bike Boston. Mountain biking destinations have include Bicentennial Park, Castle Craig and Lamentation Mountain. 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. Nelson and Mrs. Wicklund
The goal of the Business Club is to develop competent, aggressive business leadership while creating an interest and understanding of American business enterprise. It encourages financial literacy and strengthens the confidence of the members. Activities include bi-monthly meetings, guest speakers, and participation in the Stock Market Game.
Director: Ms. CrabbThis group sings for concerts and occasionally for outside organizations. All types of music are studied and performed. There are three major choral groups:
Chorale: for all first year vocalists; requires enrollment in course
Concert Choir: requires enrollment in course
Bella Voces: requires enrollment in course AND audition/director’s approval.
*Madrigal Singers: requires enrollment in Chorus/Advanced Chorus or Band AND audition.
*Jazz Choir: requires enrollment in Chorus/Advanced Chorus or Band AND audition.
*Auditions for Madrigals and Jazz Choir are held at the end of each school year. The groups rehearse on Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30.
Advisor: Mr. Scannell
The Cricket Club provides an opportunity for both experienced cricketers and for those brand new to the world’s second most popular sport. We will discover the basic rules of the game and actually play cricket, using Berlin High’s facilities at Sage Park. Weekly sessions will be scheduled, and bus transportation to Sage Park will be provided.
Criminal Justice Club
Advisors: Officer Germain and Mr. Bruno
The Criminal Justice Club is advised by a retired probation officer and a retired police detective! It is open to all students, especially those who are interested in police work, law school, parole/probation, or corrections. Meetings are held once per month and feature guest speakers from various areas of the criminal justice field; i.e. public defenders, prosecutors, probation officers, prison guards, and police, to name a few. There are also plans for field trips to the courthouse of police department.
Advisor: Mrs. Downes
The BHS debate team will meet at 6:40 am on Thursday mornings in the Media Center. We will learn and practice the skills and techniques used in professional debates, as well as public speaking and quick thinking skills. If you like arguing - this is the place to enhance your skills!
Advisor: Mr. Recore, Ms. Kulpa
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.
Fishbones Fishing Club
Open to all students, no experience necessary. This club meets in Video Amphitheater to discuss various aspects of fishing. Members also go on fishing fieldtrips in the fall and spring.
Future Teachers of America
Advisor: Mrs. Lipka
This club includes hardworking, dedicated students who aspire to teach. Members shadow teachers to gain hands-on experience and to learn the reality of being a teacher. It is also open to students having an interest in working with children in various environments such as: YMCA, Daycare, Tutor, Teacher, Paraprofessional or Volunteer. Meetings are held in the Media Mezz.
The Gay-Straight Alliance is dedicated to promoting awareness, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in gender and sexual orientation. It is open to all students. Activities include the Day of Silence, attending conferences and other events, and sponsoring educational and social programs for Berlin High School students, faculty, and staff.
Habitat for Humanity
Advisor: Mr. Peaslee
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.
Advisor: Ms. Romano
This committee plans, organizes and decorates for the annual Homecoming Dance held in the fall. Open to all students Grades 9 - 12.
Advisors: Mrs. Grady and Mr. Lewis
The goal of The International Club is to create an international awareness within the walls of BHS through cultural and environmental awareness. This is accomplished by the following: field trips, fundraisers, special activities, the maintenance of an in-school display case that features the Club's activities, with our hopes and goals and hands-on projects during the activity period. Meetings are held every other week, during the activity period in room 205.
Director: Mr. Recore, Ms. Kulpa
An all-school musical held in the spring.
National Honor Society
Advisors: Ms. DeLaura and Mrs. Evans
Candidates are selected in their junior and senior year by vote of the National Honor Society Faculty Council. Election is based upon the following criteria: academics, leadership, character, and service. The members of National Honor Society will be involved in community service activities around the Berlin community, including serving as tutors. If a student is having any kind of academic difficulty, a NHS member will meet with him/her at a time arranged by both tutor and tutee. Students in need to tutoring should contact their guidance counselor to set up the tutoring.
Advisor: Mr. Brzezinski
This club is student-led, and new student leadership is needed! Anyone who wants to get the ball rolling is welcome to see Mr. Brzezinski. Students come to hang out and discuss relevant topics and what the Bible has to say about these issues. Questions and topics about faith and religion are investigated, too. Free food is provided; everyone is welcome. One event Oasis has sponsored is "See You at the Pole" day in September, where students and teachers gather around the flagpole to pray for their school, nation, etc...
Advisor: Mrs. Daniels
Ophelia Club is a small service club that recycles paper, cans, and bottles for BHS. Members also run two blood drives, a toy drive, a food drive, the School Turkey Drive, and the School Sweetheart Drive (all money collected goes to the Berlin Animal Shelter.) New members are always welcome, and meetings are held in room 107.
Advisor: Mr. Bruno
The purpose of the peer mediation program is to engage the student body in problem-solving and show that adult intervention is not always necessary. The program is CONFIDENTIAL, developed to help deal with conflicts between students in a controlled, productive manner, hopefully solving the problem before it becomes serious and requires serious consequences. Peer mediators receive intense training in communication problem-solving, conflict resolution, and management skills.
Advisor: Ms. Dumas
All students are welcome to submit original writings, art, or photography to be included in the publication.
The Photography Club at BHS is a group interested in learning about topics in photography by doing. Teams of students can investigate an appropriate topic of their choice. These topics can range from taking photos for the Yearbook Committee and the Literary Magazine to building Pinhole Cameras. Students will be asked to supply their own materials and cameras.
Advisor: Ms. Bafumi
The school newspaper is published to keep students informed through school news, editorials, and commentaries on art, music, and all forms of information. New members are always welcome. Meetings are held in the computer lab, room 247, weekly after school.
The Science Club provides an opportunity to share an interest in science with peers and younger students. Club members may participate in a variety of experiences including demonstrations for elementary and middle school students, hiking/camping, horticulture, agriculture, student driven experiments, and field trips.
Senior Class Play
Advisor: Mr. Recore
An annual senior production. Tryouts are open to all seniors.
Advisor: Mrs. Cleary
Members of the Service League are very involved in the school and community. They complete community service projects, sponsor a Christmas party at the Senior Center, and host a Bowl-a-Thon with mentally challenged citizens, among other activities. Students also do fundraising activities such as flower sales and Valentine’s candy kisses. Dues are $2 per year, and anyone can join.
Ski Racing Club
Advisor: Mr. Hanbury
A club for those interested in Alpine Ski Racing and the Ski Industry in general. Members may compete in the Connecticut Interscholastic Ski League for Berlin High School, as a member of our club sport team. Experience is not necessary, just a willingness to compete. Races are held approximately once a week in January and February at Mount Southington Ski Area. Training will be provided as time and snow conditions permit.
Advisors: Mrs. Cleary and Mrs. Mayette
Completion of a petition is required for membership, 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 most Y periods.
Technology Student Association
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!
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.
WERB Radio Club
Advisor: Mr. Wolfe
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: Mrs. Kuethman, 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.
Support Your Class!
Class of 2013
Advisors: Ms. Portal and Mrs. Amenta
Class of 2014:
Advisors: Ms. Bafumi and Ms. Stebbins
Class of 2015:
Advisors: Ms. Romano and Mrs. Thurston
Class of 2016
Advisors: Mrs. Richards and Mr. Cwirka
Football (M) Mr. Capodice
Swimming (W) Ms. McCarthy and Mr. Zagorski
Volleyball (W) Mr. Tarigo
Cross Country (M&W) Mr. Soucy
Soccer (M) Mr. Francalangia
Soccer (W) Mr. Yanosy
Cheerleading Ms. Muzio
Unified Sports (M&W) Mrs. Siegal
Basketball (M) Mr. Veneziano
Basketball (W) Mrs. King
Swimming (M) Mrs. Thurston & Mr. Thurston
Indoor Track (M&W) Mr. Rosek
Wrestling (M) Mr. Day
Cheerleading Ms. Muzio
Ice Hockey (M) Mr. Harackiewicz
Alpine Ski Racing (M&W) Mr. Hanbury
Unified Sports (M&W) Mrs. Siegal
Outdoor Track (M) Mr. Hanbury
Outdoor Track (W) Mr. Soucy
Softball (W) Mr. Pires
Baseball (M) Mr. Veleas
Golf (M) Mr. Line
Golf (W) Mr. Barnes
Tennis (M) Mr. Smith
Tennis (W) Mrs. Cleary
Lacrosse (M) Mr. Rossi
Lacrosse (W) TBA
Unified Sports (M&W) Mrs. Siegal