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All students are encouraged to participate in activities, join a group (or a few), become involved, develop a passion.  This is a list of some of the opportunities at the Onteora High School.  Parent volunteers are sometimes needed for fundraising, planning and lending a hand.

Contact info:  Email addresses for many of the advisors are provided below; however, you may also call the school (845) 657-2373 and leave a message in the office for the advisor you wish to contact.

Please note that meeting dates and times are subject to change.  For additional information, please contact the appropriate advisor(s).

Club Description Advisor
Art Club Art Club is for all the creative souls out there.  Art-making is so important in our world today, and it is healthy and good for your mind and body. This club offers the space and time for students to create artwork for themselves, others, and make a positive difference in our world. Mrs. Wentland
Chamber Ensemble Chamber Ensemble is a small Orchestra of students that play a higher level of music. We perform not just at our school concerts, but also at other events as well.  Students are selected based on their participation and effort in Orchestra, and also any other ensemble participation. Mrs. Boyer
DECA DECA is a club that prepares students for careers in business, entrepreneurship, and management with competition and collaboration. Mrs. Weidner
French Club French Club promotes the French language and Francophone culture through social activities such as cooking (and eating) French food and watching French movies as well as fundraising for travel to Francophone destinations and senior scholarships. Anyone can join French club (even if they don't take French)! Ms. Nelsen
(Gender & Sexuality Alliance)
Onteora GSA-Pride Alliance brings together and recognizes lesbian, gay bi-sexual, transgender, queer, questioning and straight students in a positive and non-judgmental environment where they can fully express their individuality and share experiences.  The intent is to create alliance that increase awareness, decrease prejudices and create a safe school atmosphere for all. Ms. Nelsen & Ms. Curlew
HMC Harvard Model Congress is a legislative simulation that will happen virtually this year.  Students act in their roles in the House, Senate, and special programs as they serve on committees and participate in caucuses and full sessions with the goal of passing legislation. Ms. Curlew
Human Rights Club The Human Rights Club promotes human rights. We follow issues such mass incarceration, the wrongful deaths of POC at the hands of police, antisemitism, and the #METOO movement. We will also follow the social issues in our school that heavily impact many students but often go unresolved. Our environment gives students the opportunity to discuss issues and take the necessary steps to solve them in order to make our school a better place. We will consistently advocate for students of minority backgrounds and promote social justice. Mr. Knoche
Jazz Ensemble Jazz Ensemble is open to students in grades 7-12 that are experienced o their instrument.  Rehearsals will be virtual and will be starting soon. Rehearsals will be held after school with small sections of the ensemble The goal will be to perform pieces throughout the  year virtually to post on the schools web page for viewing by all. Mr. Murphy
Lit Mag Lit Mag is a fun opportunity to come together with people who love to read, write, draw, paint, take photos, or just drink tea. Lit Mag publishes two editions of The Reservoir, Onteora’s Literary Magazine, every fall an spring to showcase student work! By being in Lit Mag, students have a voice in shaping what the next edition of The Reservoir will be while spending time with friends in the process. Mr. Epstein



What lies at the intersection between fury and good humor, hopelessness and passion, intellect, and emotion? Philosophy Club ✦ As high schoolers, many of us find ourselves yearning for a place to voice our thoughts on weighty subjects where we have no fear of harsh judgment or personal attacks; we want to engage in meaningful conversations in a constructive, enlightening way. Whether you’re interested in STEM, music, the arts, or the humanities, philosophy is an incredibly valuable field of study that can refine your logical reasoning skills and help you become a stronger thinker. With core tenants of honesty and openness, we invite club members to decide the weekly themes of discussion and ask as many questions as needed in order to be confident in sharing their own opinions. Philosophy Club is welcoming towards anyone and everyone- the more perspectives there are at the tab the richer exchange of views we can have. Mr. Colevas
Newspaper Club Every step of creating the newspaper is a collaborative project. Regardless of your experience, your thoughts about a piece will always be respected. Every member of The Talon is encouraged to learn how to use layout software and try their hand at any part they’re curious about. The Talon a group of collaborators who care deeply about putting out the best paper we can, whether that means delivering hard-hitting stories about what’s going on in our world or sharing the thoughts and experiences of our students, or both. If you’re looking for a creative club with a community behind it where there are chances for leadership and absolutely everyone is welcome, newspaper is the club for you. Ms. Conroy
NHS National Honor Society is one of the nation’s premier organizations that promotes recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of character, scholarship, leadership, and service. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to service to both school and the community, hence, using their talents to improve society Students that qualify and are accepted to NHS must maintain these high standards to continue their eligibility in the organization. Thus, it is both an honor and commitment to be a member.

Mrs. Loheide & Mrs. Turck

Rocket Club Want to build and launch real rockets? Our club gives middle and high school students the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets and hands-on experience solving engineering problems. Be part of our team to qualify for The American Rocketry Challenge. It is the world’s largest rocket contest with nearly 5,000 students nationwide competing each year against hundreds of teams for the chance to win thousands in cash prizes. Onteora Rocket Club is for all students in grades 7-12. We meet Thursdays in Room 209. Join us. Mr. DeRuvo
(Students Against Destructive Decisions)
We will positively impact the Onteora community by abstaining from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and any other drugs;  promoting a “No Use” message; making every effort possible to prevent friends from making destructive decisions; being a positive role model for= peers and younger students; working hard to assist those who are in need; attending all meetings and participating in all activities possible. Ms. Scherer
Science Olympiad We compete in 23 events that encompass the four main science subjects each event is more detailed than typical high school curricula. Several events allow students to build and design structures that need to perform task or function. This year, we are competing in 15 "study" events at our competition on February 6th.  Typically we perform well enough to go t the State Competition in Syracuse, although it was cancelled last year for obvious reasons. Mr. Keenan
Spanish Club Spanish club speaks in Spanish, presents different cultural topics, watch Spanish movies, reads Spanish stories, and fundraises for different causes every year. We focus on promoting and learning more about the wide variety of Spanish culture. Grades 9-12 are eligible to join! Mrs. Gallin and Mrs. Joslin
Student Government All Onteora students are welcome to come to Student Government meetings and voice their concerns because our goal is to represent everyone at Onteora! In Student Government, officers that are elected b the student body address problems brought to us by students. Then we work with the student body, administration, and the school board to com up with plans to solve those issues. Mr. Connolly
TUFS Teaming Up For Success is about connecting students to the school experience by creating positive, unique experiences/connections with school.  Members have been enjoying virtual party games, "google" workshops, and  information on other strategies on how to optimize the remote experience with school.  Mrs. Weisz has also offered "lunch meetings weekly for students who would prefer to connect with peers during their lunch period. We are looking forward to in person field trips in the future but hope to do some virtual trips this year. Ms. Schenker and Ms. Weisz
Yearbook The Onteora Record Yearbook is open to all students grades 9-12 and it purpose is to gather the material for and produce an original yearbook each year.  This process takes the full year and students interested in photography or who are creative and organized in general would enjoy participating in this club. Mr. Connolly


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