ART CLUB– Mrs. Patry, advisor
Art Club is open to students in grades 9-12 who are interested in the visual arts. Art Club raises money for museum field trips and art workshops for the Art Club students to attend. Other fun and creative things that we participate in are pumpkin carving contests, creating artwork for other school needs, creating items to sell for fundraisers, gingerbread contest creations, and working to serve refreshments at the annual district art show. Active members are expected to participate in meetings every week and help with all fundraising events. Come to our first meeting in September. Creative and hardworking students are welcome.
BLUE & GOLD GUILD (Drama Club) –
Membership in the Blue & Gold Guild is open to any OHS student who would like to participate in productions. No previous experience is necessary. There are several performances throughout the school year including, but not limited to: a play, musical, character education, and cabaret night. Auditions and meetings are announced and posted on the Call Board in the main hallway near the cafeteria. We also announce via the morning announcements, the school website, our district drama club webpage, and a Facebook profile. We do not only need students interested in acting, but also in working on the various crews such as tech (lights, sound), back-stage (set construction, costumes, makeup, props), and publicity (program design, advertising). Those involved in at least two productions may find themselves eligible to be inducted into The International Thespian Society (ITS). OHS is ITS Troupe 2092. ITS is the only organization that honors secondary school students for outstanding work in theatre and promotes the study and performance of drama at the high school level. International Thespian Society members receive Dramatics magazine, receive information on national conferences and workshops, and are eligible for awards & scholarships. Please friend “BG Guild” if you have any questions or concerns.
BOOK CLUB– Mrs. Stalder, advisor
Book Club is open to students in grades 9-12 who have a love for reading and like to discuss the books they have read. Members meet every other week at lunch (Twice a month). Typically, the members choose a genre of books (such as Science Fiction, Mystery, or Best Sellers) and then everyone reads something from that genre before the next meeting. At the meeting we discuss the books we have read for the chosen genre while we eat lunch and enjoy baked goods, and then pick a new genre of book before the meeting is over. We would also like to explore doing some community service, such as reading with elementary students in the after school program. All book lovers are welcome!
CHEER CLUB - Ms. Tavarone, advisor
The Echo is the OHS school newspaper. To create our paper, we need students interested in writing and editing articles, taking photos and drawing clipart to accompany articles, selling advertising, and doing computer layout, etc.! Please see Mrs. Murphy or listen for announcements in the fall about general interest meetings if you'd like to be involved. If you would like to sell advertisements, pick up some advertisement price sheets at The Echo table in the cafeteria tonight. We sell ads all summer.
ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB – Mrs. Labroo, advisor
Students interested in all things environmental – from animal rescue and rehabilitation to green energy to conservation – check out the Environmental Club! The club organizes environmental events, engages with expert speakers, and disseminates ideas for everyone to lead a more sustainable life. Environmental Club is open to anyone grades 9 – 12, and meets on Tuesdays at lunch in the French Room.
eSPORTS - Mr. Kaschak and Mr. Lent, advisors
In 2022, the global eSports market was valued at 1.38 billion dollars and careers in eSports are exploding as evidenced by local college teams and college majors at Hartwick and SUNY Oneonta. The Oneonta High School eSports club hopes to prepare students for careers in eSports and also hopes to prepare students for competition in eSports. The OHS eSports club is open to students 9-12. In 2022, the club expanded from Nintendo Switch Console games to age appropriate PC games including strategy games such as League of Legends and Rocket League. The club currently runs in three seasons mirroring the high school athletic calendar (Fall, Winter, and Spring) with time off between seasons. In order to participate the members must have parent/guardian permission.
FRENCH CLUB – Mrs. Labroo, advisor
Membership in the French Club is open to everyone at OHS. The purpose of the French Club is to promote cultural awareness of people from countries in the French-speaking world. The club meets on Fridays during the noon-hour in room 217. In the past we have had a pétanque tournament, celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving, traveled, prepared for the International Market, tried classic recipes, played games, discovered new music and dances and taught French in the after school program.
FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA - (FBLA) - Mrs. Harrison, advisor
Future Business Leaders of America is open to all students in grades 9-12 who are in or have completed at least one business course (including keyboarding and Freshman Seminar). The goals of FBLA are to develop and strengthen the confidence of students and create more interest in the world of business. At OHS our FBLA club meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month during lunch. We go to two local competitions each year, usually during the school day. At the Spring competition, members compete in various business exams with other district members for trophies and the chance to advance to the state level. In April, members may choose to attend the three-day conference. Feel free to contact Mrs. Harrison in room 218 to find out more or join us at our first meeting in September.
GAMING CLUB - Mr. DePauw, advisor
Board Game Club meets once a week after school in the Library to play board games. We focus on a wide variety of modern games that are not usually promoted to the mass market. These games tend to encourage positive social interactions and usually contain many more strategic decisions than the more well-known games. Because of this, the games provide enrichment for students in the areas of history, geography, economics, math and long-term strategic planning. All OHS students are welcome to attend meetings.
GERMAN CLUB - Mrs. Harter, advisor
German Club is open to all students at OHS. Students do not need to speak German to join! The club meets Thursdays during lunch in room 216. German Club promotes cultural awareness of the German speaking countries and its people. In German Club, students prepare for and participate in the International Market, celebrate Oktoberfest, play chess and other games, prepare and eat food, and celebrate German culture via various holidays and events. For the past two years, German Club has provided an opportunity for members to take a one-day bus trip to Philadelphia or NYC to visit a German-style Christmas market.
HISTORY CLUB - Mrs. Beal, advisor
The History Club seeks to provide opportunities for students, faculty and members of the community to share their common interests in historical topics and to engage in social and intellectual exchange. The Club seeks to foster community in the high school and beyond through collaborative, student-centered activities that increase engagement with historical topics. Our activities involve movie nights, trips to museums and areas of historical interest, and fundraisers to help non-profit organizations that are of interest to the students.
Jr. Class - Ms. Pierce, advisor
LINK CREW – Mrs. Hecox, advisor
Link Crew is a national organization for juniors and seniors who are interested in helping with freshman transition to high school. Link Crew’s purpose is to help freshmen feel more comfortable as they move to high school and to help them achieve success in their first year as high school students. Sophomores and juniors may apply for a position on Link Crew in the spring for the following school year. Qualities sought out for Link Leaders are kindness, respectfulness, friendliness, reliability, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to help change the culture of high school where students can sometimes be unkind to each other. These positive role models promote kindness and respect throughout the school. Teams of two or three Link
Leaders mentor a group of 10 – 12 freshmen through their first year at OHS.
NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY – Mrs. Patry, advisor
National Art Honor Society is a club created to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding artistic ability and have taken a leadership role in the visual arts. Students must be in their second year of art courses and maintain at least a 90 in those courses to be invited to join NAHS. Students are inducted in their junior or senior year. Once in NAHS, students are expected to maintain a 90 average in their art courses and an average of 80 overall in their non-arts courses. The three tenets of NAHS are art scholarship, character, and service. NAHS strives to aid members in working toward the attainment of the highest standards in art areas, as well as performing community service in the arts.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY – Mrs. Gelbsman, advisor
National Honor Society is an international organization that recognizes juniors and seniors who have shown outstanding character, leadership, service and scholarship qualities. Sophomores and Juniors who have an average of 90 or better will be eligible to apply in the spring semester. Applicants must have a minimum of 25 hours of community service completed before then; students should keep track of the hours they perform beginning with their freshman year of high school. The induction ceremony is in the spring each year. Even though juniors and seniors are the only students eligible for this club, your participation in activities, attitude in and out of class, and the initiative you take in your freshman and sophomore years can influence your eligibility for this organization. Students in NHS perform fundraising activities such as the concession stand for the Boy’s basketball games, act as student tutors, take field trips, and participate in various community activities throughout the year. All NHS members are required to complete 30 hours of community service to maintain their membership. Meetings are twice a month.
OHSan – Mr. Hecox and Mrs. Hecox, advisors
The OHSan is the Oneonta High School yearbook. We can always use people to help, take pictures, write copy and layout pages. Starting a yearbook as a freshman gives you an opportunity to learn the computer programs and layout so that when you are a senior you will be prepared to take a leadership role in this most important publication!
RAINBOW CONNECTION (OHS Pride Alliance) – Mrs. Stanley, advisor
Rainbow Connection- renamed by club members to “OHS Pride Alliance '', is a LGBTQ+ club that focuses on creating and producing a safe environment and sense of unity within our school. It is a student lead program where we will host activities to build connections along with awareness and appreciation of education for LGBTQ + issues. All students and staff are welcome and no labels or reasons required.
SERVICE CLUB - Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Kozak, advisors
The Service Club is a fun way to get involved in local, state, national, and international activities and events. Members learn more about themselves while participating as part of an active team. Club members are involved in Homecoming Weekend, Family Services Holiday Gifts for children, Baskets for Cancer Patients, The Haunted Halloween Hallway, American Red Cross Blood Drives, and the Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. Additional activities are always encouraged with suggestions from club members and/or members of the community. This is your opportunity to make school what you want it to be: a wonderful, memorable experience. BI-Weekly Tuesday meetings keep this club active, involved, and organized. See Mrs.Harrison or Mrs. Kozak if you are interested.
SKI/Snowboarding CLUB - Mrs. Gelbsman, advisor
Oneonta Ski and snowboarding club is open to all high school students who have some experience on the slopes and own their own equipment. Our club meets regularly November-February to plan bus trips to Hunter Mountain. Members purchase seasons’ passes directly from Hunter Mountain. We plan five weather dependent trips to Hunter either on a weekend or holiday break. Members are free to explore the mountain with other members of our club. Members ski or snowboard based on their own ability level. Bus leaves the high school in the morning and returns in the late afternoon or early evening. The goal of our club is to foster an interest in an outdoor sport which members can enjoy for the rest of their lives.
SPANISH CLUB - Ms. Orlowski, advisor
íBienvenidos! Welcome to the OHS Spanish Club! Our mission is to meet new people, learn about Hispanic culture and promote cultural awareness. You do not have to speak Spanish to join the club!. During February break, 2023, our club will venture to Costa Rica for the week. Next year, our club will adventure to Italy and Spain, February break 2024. There is still room on the trip to sign up. . Throughout the year, our club will focus on fundraisers such as selling Christmas poinsettias, having themed bake sales, and looking for sponsorship for our February trip.. Annual highlights also include participating in selling Pulseras from Guatemala, Roller Espanoler at Interskate 88, the SADD Run water station for community service credits, and a Day of the Dead event at Fiesta. We will even design a group t-shirt which we will proudly wear. Officers are elected annually in September. Meetings held every Wednesday during lunch in Room 302. New members and ideas are always welcome throughout the year.
STUDENT COUNCIL- Miss Halaquist, advisor
Student Council is an organization which promotes the general activities of the school and a voice for student concern. We organize events such as pep rallies, canned food drives, teacher and staff appreciation weeks, Spirit Weeks, and the halftime half-court shot competition at home basketball games. Officers are elected in the spring and the rest of the membership is open to all. Meetings are held once a week during lunch. If you are interested in issues which concern student life at OHS consider joining Student Council.
STUDENTS AGAINST DESTRUCTIVE DECISIONS (SADD) - Miss Lynch and Mrs. Kozak, advisors
The goal of our SADD club is to provide students with the information to. make healthy decisions. SADD organizes both the SADD Run and the After Prom Party. Meetings are Fridays in room 225.
Sr. Class - Mrs. Tavarone, advisor