Clubs DRAFT

Mr. Polito - dpolito@hcstonline.org

The American Red Cross Club is guided by the fundamental principles of the American Red Cross and its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  The Club will host at least one blood drive and will raise money through various fundraisers to support the mission of the American Red Cross.

Ms. Lohf - jlohf@hcstonline.org
The Animal Rights Club focuses on opposing the unethical treatment of animals. Members work to inform the public about the cruel treatment of animals in the food industry, clothing industry, laboratories and entertainment industry. This club collects specific items and donates them to the Humane Society of Bergen County. Fundraisers will also be held to benefit a local animal shelter. The specific dates are announced on a month to month basis.

Apiculture

Dr. A. Srivastava - asrivast@hcstonline.org

Asian Cultures Club

Dr. A. Srivastava - asrivast@hcstonline.org

Clubs
High Tech High School Clubs

American Red Cross Club

Mr. Polito - dpolito@hcstonline.org

The American Red Cross Club is guided by the fundamental principles of the American Red Cross and its mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.  The Club will host at least one blood drive and will raise money through various fundraisers to support the mission of the American Red Cross.

 

Animal Rights Club
Ms. Lohf - jlohf@hcstonline.org
The Animal Rights Club focuses on opposing the unethical treatment of animals. Members work to inform the public about the cruel treatment of animals in the food industry, clothing industry, laboratories and entertainment industry. This club collects specific items and donates them to the Humane Society of Bergen County. Fundraisers will also be held to benefit a local animal shelter. The specific dates are announced on a month to month basis.

Apiculture

Dr. A. Srivastava - asrivast@hcstonline.org

 

Asian Cultures Club

Dr. A. Srivastava - asrivast@hcstonline.org

 

Butterfly Effect Club
Ms. Velazquez - jvelazquez@hcstonline.org
High Tech High School’s Butterfly Effect club was designed to spread awareness and fundraise for people, both old and young, with developmental disabilities. As a club, we will partake in a number of different events, from on-site, hands on visits to walks and holiday crafts.

 

Consumer Bowl
Ms. Velazquez – jvelazquez@hcstonline.org
The New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl is an educational competition for high school students across the state. Its purpose is to educate young adults on a variety of consumer issues. The Consumer Bowl competition offers students a fun way to learn about the protections afforded under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act.

 

 

 

 

Council on Diversity
Ms. Urbano - jurbano@hcstonline.org
Council on Diversity is a community that aims to cultivate a learning environment which acknowledges and respects the inherent worth and dignity of every individual. We are dedicated to honoring, understanding, and promoting each other’s differences, and retaining the diversity within our school and the community. Our target is to assist everyone in finding a common ground and provide opportunities that support diversity-related efforts at High Tech High School.

Culinary Club
Dyanna Bruno – Kitchen/Cafeteria - dbruno@hcstonline.org
Founded three years ago, the Culinary Club is an educational and hands-on introduction to gourmet cuisine, ranging from the basic knife cuts to exquisite plating. Chef Turro, the club’s advisor, is dedicated to teaching every student the essential knowledge needed for a career in the culinary world. Also, he focuses on teaching healthy eating and dietary habits. In the past, club members have participated in the Skills USA competition, where their culinary prowess is tested against the most skilled teenage chefs in New Jersey. The goal of this club is to teach students to love food and love making it.

Environmental Club

Ms. Yuhas - cyuhas@hcstonline.org

The High Tech Environmental Club is committed to giving students an opportunity to learn about and help the environment. We do this through service based trips, such as beach clean-ups and hikes. On these hikes we learn about nature and help clean-up our trails. We will also visit a farm to learn about sustainable agriculture and how we can incorporate it into our lives. We bring this knowledge back to the school and give an opportunity to participate in our annual Earth Day event, where we collect recyclables and have fun by including interactive ways to learn about our Earth.

 

Envirothon
Ms. Witham- switham@hcstonline.org
The New Jersey Envirothon competition is a one-day event that takes place at the end of the school year. Teams are tested on environmental topics through hands-on interactive problem-solving at five testing stations. The team that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of natural resources, as well as teamwork and communication skills, moves on to represent New Jersey in the National Envirothon competition. This dynamic hands-on Environmental Education Program seeks to empower its participants through training, direct experience, teamwork and competition with the motivation, knowledge and skills to actively take part in natural resource management decisions and problem-solving. Throughout the year, students explore different natural resource-related topics, including soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife ecology and current environmental issues. Preparation for the Envirothon is designed to introduce students to a wide range of professionals working in environmentally-related fields, give a background in natural resources and the varied options that go into decision-making, and allow students practice in working with information and differing viewpoints to reach a decision through consensus and teamwork. The team mentor facilitates the training by incorporating hands-on activities with the educational study guide, which is produced by the Envirothon sponsors. See Ms. Witham for days and times.

Fashion Club

Ms. Hanford - dhanford@hcstonline.org

Fashion Club aims to teach its members about the diverse careers in the fashion industry, allow members to express themselves and find confidence in their style, create a themed lookbook, and ultimately hold a fashion show! Any and all students are welcome to join!

 

French Club
Dr. Gashi - lgashi@hcstonline.org
The French Club provides a unique opportunity for students to become acquainted with different aspects of the French Culture through the organization of activities. These activities are both educational and social in that they seek to foster interest and appreciation for the cultures and societies of French and Francophones. Le Cercle Francais is a student-group club that promotes French culture and language at High Tech High School. Our mission is to provide an informal yet supportive environment for those students who value French culture and would like to interact with other students who do as well. Meetings are held twice a month on Wednesdays.

 

Game Design
Mr. Krinsky – jkrinsky@hcstonline.org
Game Design Club looks into the theory and design of games from its conception, creation, game-play, all the way down to how they are brought to the consumer. We design our own physical and digital games, talk about games and the industry, along with presenting and playing the games we talk about. We participate in discussions on game theory and how it affects the world around us in both the entertainment industry, but other worldly areas as well. We explore works of famous artists and creators and see how their vision is brought forth through the games they make.

 

Generosity For Generations
Mrs. Mintzer & Ms. Sipars - smintzer@hcstonline.org, esipars@hcstonline.org
Generosity for Generations is a club that dedicates itself to attending to the needs of the school, community and various charities. To improve High Tech, members of G4G help to donate goods to those in need and each year they organize a yearly blood drive. In addition, members have reached out to the community, dedicating their time to visit a nursing home, soup kitchen and a cerebral palsy center. Finally, the members have raised a great deal of money for both local and national charities including Hudson Milestones, UNICEF, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The Key Club will meet in The Resource Room on scheduled dates immediately after school. All new participants are welcome, and we look forward to your help.

 

Girls Who Code
Mr. Greco - dgreco@hcstonline.org
Girls Who Code (GWC) is a national organization that focuses on fostering an interest in computer science and related fields for girls in grades 6-12. Along with building coding skills, GWC’s other main objective is to create a sisterhood among its members to give girls the support they need, not only when it comes to their coding projects, but also in their day to day lives. During the course of the year, members will learn about prominent women in industry and will even have the opportunity to listen to and speak with some of these women.

 

Gay Straight Alliance Club (GSA)
Ms. Arias - varias@hcstonline.org
GSA is a student-run club that provides a safe place to speak about and show support for LGBT issues. Our goal is to end homophobia by increasing understanding and promoting awareness.

 

HCST CrossFit

Samantha Doria & Akiko Stojek - sdorias@hcstonline.org, astojek@hcstonline.org

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that will train any type of person to succeed in the rigors that life throws at you.  In class, we work on fundamental movements, which increases quality of life and confidence.  The type of training we do ranges from gymnastics, to Olympic lifting, to endurance.  Founded in July of 2015, our program here at HCST CrossFit is built for the teenagers and is based on mechanics and consistency in order to increase physical strength and reduce sports injuries. We warm up, work on skills, do a workout, play a game and throughout the whole class we build team camaraderie.

 

HCST Robotics
Mr. Peles, Mrs. Simon, Ms. Toscano, Dr. Arapaki and Mr. Gamarra
The HCST Robotics team participates in FIRST FTC competitions. There are three (3) FIRST FTC teams within the HCST Robotics team. Each FIRST FTC team designs and builds their own robot, which they later operate and modify during FIRST FTC competitions. FIRST FTC robots are built around the Tetrix robot building kits. For special functions, team members design unique robot parts. These unique designs are made by 3D printing or by machining from off the shelf material stock. Once built, the robots are programmed. If all goes well, there will be time to practice and improve the robot before the contest.

 

 

Hiking Club
Mr. Kliesh and Ms. Witham - rkliesh@hcstonline.org, switham@hcstonline.org
Meetings- Twice a month on Thursdays (in Resource Center)
The Hiking Club consists of hiking, discussing and learning about environmental issues,understanding the importance of survival skills, and exploring and experiencing America’s State Parks.

 

Intramural/Wellness

Mr. Fitzgibbons - afitzgib@hcstonline.org

Various fitness and wellness classes including sports.

 

Japanese Club
Mrs. Dobkin – adobkin@hcstonline.org
Here you will learn many things about the Japanese culture like the tea ceremony, while also exploring different types of Japanese customs and traditions. Students will be able to listen to Japanese music and will also watch various anime and Japanese films of different genres and explore the anime and manga culture surrounds it. Japanese club is open to all students who are interested in learning more about Japan and its culture.

 

Junior State of America
Mr. Minervini – lminervini@hcstonline.org
Are you interested in how our government works? Do you have a future in politics? Are you interested in current issues and feel the need to voice your opinion on those issues? Then you should join the JSA. JSA replicated the US government on a small scale. Each member belongs to a political party and debates and votes on the passage of bills. JSA improves your understanding of democratic processes, increases political awareness, helps achieve high standards of citizenship, develops responsibility and promotes involvement in the area of public affairs. For more information check the High Tech JSA website hightechjsa.tripod.com or go to the JSA national website at www.jsa.org

 

Judo Club
Mr. Worthen & Mr. Victoria - cworthen@hcstonline.org, lvictoria@hcstonline.org
Meetings: Tuesdays/Fridays from 3:30-5:00 (in APA)
The Judo Club is open to all students who wish to learn and participate in the Olympic sport of Judo. Club members may also participate in our LEAP classes for Judo Instruction or Enrichment, making judo available four afternoons a week. There are several competitions available for those who wish to compete.
Website: techjudo.com

 

Math League
Ms. Lohf – jlohf@hcstonline.org
Math League involves competing in a 30 minute contest every month consisting of 6 challenging problems that cover topics from Algebra I through Precalculus. Contests vary in level of difficulty and are meant to be fun, “puzzle book” type math problems. Contests are held in Room 112 at 3:15 on designated days (listen for announcements). All students in grades 9 – 12 are encouraged to participate regardless of the math class that they are in. The top five scores are submitted as a team score for High Tech to the New Jersey Math League and we compete against the other districts in Hudson County, as well as the state of New Jersey.

 

Middle Eastern Club

Nabila Ibrahim - nibrahim@hcstonline.org

Work with students with middle east background or any other students may interested. Help them understand different cultures and be sensitive about others.

 

Mock Trial

Mr. Regan - rregan@hcstonline.org

Team that competes in the Hudson County Bar Assn. Mock Trial competition in the Hudson County Court House.

 

Model UN

Krystyne Guarente - kguarente@hcstonline.org

The Model UN Club is an extra-curricular activity in which students typically role-play delegates to the United Nations and simulate UN committees.

 

New Jersey Science League
Mr. Feeney – pfeeney@hcstonline.org
The New Jersey Science League offers test competitions in a number of Science areas including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth & Space Science. Outstanding teams and participants are awarded plaques and certificates of achievement. All science teachers mentor students in their particular area of expertise. Competitions follow the League’s schedule.

 

Quiz Bowl
Mr. Kennon & Ms. Gilmartin - bkennon@hcstonline.org, dgilmart@hcstonline.org
It is a Jeopardy style team game of general knowledge. We compete with other Hudson County High Schools on Wednesdays after school (probably at Weehawken High) starting in late January and throughout February. After elimination rounds the county championship (in which High Tech will hopefully be involved) will take place in the middle of March.

Skills USA

Dyanna Bruno - dbruno@hcstonline.org

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel. We provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms with the chance for students to acquire scholarships. SkillsUSA empowers its members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens. SkillsUSA improves the quality of our nation’s future skilled workforce through the development of Framework skills that include personal, workplace and technical skills grounded in academics. SkillsUSA also offers local, state and national opportunities for students to learn and practice personal, workplace and technical skills.

 

Spanish Club
Mrs. I. Sierra – isierra@hcstonline.org
We meet once a month after school. During our meetings we discuss current events in the Spanish Speaking World. But our main focus is fundraising in order to be able to plan cultural trips to either a restaurant to experience the diversity of the Hispanic cuisine, an off-Broadway show at Repertorio Español, a visit to El Museo del Barrio; this museum specializes in Latin American and Caribbean Art with emphasis on works from the Puerto Rican Community in New York City and/or in-house field trips.

 

Stock Market Club

Dr. A. Srivastava - asrivast@hcstonline.org

 

 

Student Council
Mrs. Cruz & Ms. Urbano - mcruz3@hcstonline.org, jurbano@hcstonline.org
Meetings – One Monday a month 3:15 pm
The Student Council is a structure of elective officers and representatives chosen by their peers to organize social and extracurricular activities. It is composed chiefly of students for the students and by the students. However it is overseen by the assistance of an appointed liaison, teachers and principals. Generally the council participates in the planning of class fundraisers to host school events such as proms and other social gatherings. The council members also assist administration, work with the district’s school board, parent organizations and the local community. Furthermore, the council is the voice of their student body. They represent leadership, democracy and strive to engage other students to demonstrate all good character pillars. Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Caring and Fairness.

 

 

UNICEF

Mrs. Isip - pisip@hcstonline.org

UNICEF Club is a non-profit emergency fund that was created by the United Nations back in 1946 to provide children with food, clean water, clothing and medicine in the mist of the WWII. Since then, UNICEF's mission has been to protect the basic human rights of the children from all over the world. Here at High Tech, our club members are working to spread the awareness about the abuse of children's rights that takes place in many third world countries, such as Yemen, South Sudan and Syria. UNICEF Club holds many fundraisers and charity events to raise money for the UNICEF Fund located in the UN headquarters, NY. The main goal of our club is to aid in the improvement of the children's living conditions in the countries that need our help.

Yoga Teacher Training
Ms. Fernanda – fsuarez@hcstonline.org
We are proud to offer our 200-hour HCST Yoga Teacher Training Course. This course is designed not only for aspiring Yoga instructors, but also for those students who are searching for true inspiration or to simply deepen their own Yoga practice. In this course the students will learn the philosophy of Yoga, the anatomy, the benefits and the proper alignment of each yoga pose; as well as meditation, conscious breathing, nutrition and ethics. Our goal is to help you become a creative and compassionate Yogi who really understands the practice. We cover Yoga Asana, History and Philosophy of Yoga, Anatomy, Pranayama, Meditation, Nutrition, and Chakras. Students interested must be a current HCST senior student and have previous yoga practice, preferably with myself, Ms. Fernanda. Students must also have completed “Yoga Anatomy,” by Leslie Kaminoff, and the Yoga manual.