Clubs and Activities

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).

Art Club   High School
Advisor: Jennifer Wentland     

Meets after school every Wednesday from 2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

French Club   9th – 12th Graders 
Advisor:  Christi Nelsen-Epstein   

This club is available to students taking French as a second language.  Students attend meetings and participate in travel, field trips, and activities. 

Spanish Club
Advisor:  Elena Garcia   

Meets after school from 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Science Olympiad   High School
Advisor:  Bryan Keenan          

Students in this activity prepare for the competition in the spring (usually mid-February).  The activity is based upon student interest. 

GSA: Gay-Straight Alliance Club
Advisor:  Lynn Battista   

Students celebrate each other’s diversity, while helping to create a school environment where all students’ voices are heard and all students feel safe.  This club meets each Wednesday after school (2:45-4:00 p.m.). 

Harvard Model Congress   9th – 12th Graders
Advisor:  Alicia Curlew   

A government simulation in which students are assigned the roles of members of congress, cabinet secretaries, federal judges, lobbyists and national journalists. They interact in an effort to create public policy in the form of bills, executive actions and court decisions. The delegates compete in Boston-Cambridge yearly during the last week in February.  Participation fees may be required.

Distributive Education Clubs of America – DECA   10th – 12th Graders 
Advisor:  Colette Goho   

This club is for high school business students and focuses on community service and business/marketing competitions. DECA students man the bookstore blood drives, Coats for Kids, Toys for Tots, football and basketball concessions. Trips include a fall conference, regional and state competitive events and National Senior Citizen Day. The club meets every Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Diversity Club -  9th -12th Graders
Advisor: Lynn Battista      
Advisor: Shelly Hamilton   

The main focus of Diversity Club is culture and climate in the high school building.  This club will also be focusing on coordinating "No Name Calling" week.

Community Mentor Program    9th - 12th Graders
Advisor:  Kay Lustberg-Goldbeck    

The Community Mentor Program is a challenging learning experience for students in 9th through 12th grades. The program provides a unique opportunity for students to engage in an in-depth exploration of an area of interest.  Students are paired with community members who have expertise in that area. With the program coordinator facilitating, they create an individualized education plan, culminating in a final project. 

Teaming Up for Success (TUFS)   9th – 12th Graders
Advisor:  Robin Perls   
Advisor:  Janet Krieger  

Staff to student mentor program, with the goal of helping students succeed in school and reach their goal of graduation.  TUFS meets this goal through monthly group meetings, field trips, celebrations and student/mentor lunches.

Drama Club - Onteora
Advisor:  Mark Dornan    

This club meets Tuesdays after school and is led by Mr. Dornan.   Students have fun acting in scenes and doing improvisations that help them to feel more relaxed and comfortable in front of others. This helps them become better actors and even more happy individuals, because they learn the importance of deeply connecting with others and themselves.

Literacy Club - Literacy Magazine   9th – 12th Graders 
Advisor:  Elaine Conroy     

Students anticipate producing a winter and spring edition of the Esopusupose.  This club meets every Wednesday after school in Room 117 and all students are welcome. 

Yearbook   9th – 12th Graders 
Advisor:  Brian Connolly

Students participating in this activity publish a yearly book featuring all the events of the year.

Student Affairs Council (Student Government) – SAC   9th - 12th Graders 
Advisor:  Brian Connolly     

Elected student representatives participate in regular meetings of the student government.  We have brief meetings 4th period on Wednesdays or Thursdays, whichever is a B Day, and we have 1-2 formal meetings a month after school on Wednesdays. The number of meetings is determined by the amount of information we need to discuss.  

Students Against Destructive Decisions 
Advisor:  Peggy Haug  

This activity supports school and community programs that encourage constructive decisions. They also work on a variety of fundraising activities for the Belleayre Bash. 

Chamber Ensemble   9th – 12th Graders 
Advisor:  Erica Boyer     

This is an audition group that rehearses once a week after school and performs a variety of chamber music for assemblies and community service.  Auditions take place in September.  Participation is open to orchestra students. 

Sounds of Jazz   9th – 12th Graders 

This auditioned group of jazz vocalists is involved in many school and community performances throughout the school year.  The ensemble has participated in many music festivals, from New York City to Washington, DC, to Toronto.  Rehearsals take place on Thursdays after school. 

Jazz Ensemble
Advisor:  Steven Murphy   

This select group performs jazz music a number of times throughout the year.  The ensemble rehearses weekly after school.  Auditions take place in September.

Marching Band   7th – 12th Graders 
Advisor:  Steven Murphy

This group of band members is active during the fall and spring.  The marching band participates at various competitions at the local and non-local areas.  The band may also march in the Kingston and New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parades and perform at community Memorial Day parades. 

Marching Band Color Guard 

National Honor Society   12th Graders 

Selection to National Honor Society is a privilege, not a right.  Students do not apply for membership to the NHS; instead, they provide information to be used by the selection committee to support their candidacy for membership. Students, who have a grade point average of 85 or better based on five semesters of high school work, are invited to apply.  Membership is granted only to those students selected by the Faculty Council.  This is not an election, nor is membership automatically conveyed simply because a student has achieved a specified academic performance.  NHS is more than just an honor roll.  Academic achievement, as well as leadership, service and character are considered in the selection process. Character will include the qualities of respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring and citizenship to include cooperation with school regulations, such as attendance and punctuality.   We meet every first Monday of the month and on every other Thursday (in school during 7th period lunch).  This year's NHS is putting together an Onteora High School Literary Journal.  The Literary Journal meets once a week on Tuesdays (in school during 7th period lunch). Meeting times are always subject to change.

Human Rights Club  9th - 12th Graders
Advisor: Jason Calinda    

This club is to raise awareness, act on urgent issues, and advocate for human rights. The global picture and goal is that every person regardless of his or her identity, enjoy the inalienable rights they're entitled to by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Through investigating abuses, campaigning, and casework, our community has the ability to educate and mobilize the public, and ultimately create not just a safer and more just community, but a  more just world. Initially focusing on Amnesty's goals and movements, the group will then be kick-started into promoting what its members are passionate about and what they want to see change in their community and world. By lending their voices, members will be able to make an impact in their community and beyond.

Lyceum Club   9th - 12th Grade
Advisor: Paul Colevas       

The Lyceum Club was created to stimulate student interest in philosophy and is a forum for students to explore and build arguments addressing a range of unanswered questions regarding the human condition.

The club meets once every two weeks on Fridays