Clubs & Activities

BCHS Clubs & Activities

The high school offers many opportunities for students to be involved. Take a look at some of the clubs and activities that will be available during the school year:

The Clubs and Activities information listed below is also available for families to download and print [PDF]

Acoustic Jams

This is a club in which students with acoustic instruments of any kind get together to play music.

Active Minds Club

Active Minds Club meets to discuss ways to raise awareness of mental health issues and to help erase the stigmas surrounding them. 

ALANA (African American, Latinx, Asian, Native American & Allies)

ALANA (African American, Latinx, Asian, Native American, & Allies) is a student alliance that promotes cultural awareness and inclusion with a focus on leadership and college exploration. It provides a safe and brave space to help navigate through ALANA-related topics. Students are mentored by high school and higher education professionals. The club meets bi-weekly.

Amnesty International

An official student branch of the larger organization, Amnesty International Club meets to focus on topics including freedom of speech, tolerance, and the refugee crisis. The club’s mission is to support human rights in the community and worldwide so that every single person can enjoy the freedoms they deserve.

Anime Club

Anime Club wishes to build a community of like-minded students who are passionate about anime and eager to discuss the far-ranging topics related to this popular genre of television.

Bass-On-Up

A choral group for male singers, this ensemble works well for students who do not have time to join an in-school choral group. No auditions are required.

BC Build It

BC Build It manufactures in-house goods such as t-shirts and awards for school district groups and events, giving students the opportunity to learn various manufacturing systems and how to promote their products in the process.

BCHS Computer Science Honor Society

The BCHS Computer Science Honor Society is composed of students who have shown success in rigorous computer science courses.  The selection of annual members is based on three qualities, which all members must exhibit; computer science achievement, leadership, and service.

BCHS Eagles Ultimate Frisbee

This club sport welcomes both new and experienced players. We play hard, have fun, and spread the “spirit of the game.”

BCHS Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code’s mission is to increase exposure to computer science concepts and provide experiences that give female students the skills to succeed in a 21st-century world.  The BCHS Girls Who Code chapter is run by our own BCHS CSHS students who have completed college-level computer science coursework.

BCHS LMC Book Club

In a partnership between the HS LMC and the Bethlehem Public Library, students are provided with a selection of titles to read independently; after which, readers will meet to discuss the titles they read.

BCHS Medical Club

Medical Club seeks to inspire students who are interested in the healthcare field. We do science activities to learn about human body systems, invite guest speakers to talk about medical careers, take part in the annual Donate Life campaign, and many other healthcare-related activities.

BCHS No Place for Hate

BCHS No Place for Hate (NP4H) works to combat hate in schools and put peace and tolerance in their rightful place with a focus on fighting against hate, bias, and bullying in order to promote a school environment where all can thrive. Our goal is to make everyone feel safe and supported in the school and try to make the world a little better than we found it. NP4H meets biweekly.

BCHS Robotics Team

Teams of 9th-12th grade students meet after school to design, build, program, and test robots to participate in regional VEX Robotics Competitions.

BC Weekend Backpack Program

Introduced by the Student Senate in 2017, this program aims to help address food insecurity and shortage issues that affect some of the students in our district; providing backpacks filled with food and/or hygiene items for when school is not in session, focusing on weekends, holidays and school breaks. Program volunteers will meet prior to the start of the school day on Fridays (and before breaks) to help sort and pack food items. Participation in this program may count towards community service hours.

Best Buddies Club

This club meets once per week and matches students who require special educational and other specialized services with other high school students, creating one-to-one friendships between them.

Bethlehem Chapter of NYS Math Honor Society

The NYS Math Honor Society seeks recognition for students who have completed at least 3 semesters of high school mathematics, have an 85% annual average in their current math courses, and an 85% overall GPA.  Its goals for accepted members are to enhance knowledge and understanding through activities outside of the classroom and to create enthusiasm for futures in the mathematics fields. Club members also actively participate in our peer tutoring program which helps students at all levels.

Bethlehem Ski Club

The Bethlehem Ski Club offers an outlet to students in the winter to ski at  a local ski resort at an affordable price during the school week.  Trips will take place after school and district transportation will be provided to and from the resort. Students at every level from beginner to expert, are welcome to ski or snowboard.  This is a fun outdoor activity offered to all BC students  from grades 6 – 12.  We look forward to a great ski season with many fun memories.

Bethlehem Table Tennis Club

An opportunity for students of all grade levels to play table tennis and improve their skills for occasional tournaments.

Bethlehem Varsity Student Association

Composed of student athletes from across several BC sports teams, this group has a common goal of supporting all varsity student athletes and their athletic programs.

Buy-It/School Store

Personable and responsible students are always needed to work in the store. Tasks include interacting with the public, stocking/keeping an inventory of items, and assisting with general store maintenance.

CareerX

CareerX explores career opportunities by hosting guest speakers from various fields.

Class Councils

The Junior and Senior class councils are a part of the school government that meet regularly to discuss upcoming events and school policies. The primary goal is to raise money for class functions including the Jr. Prom, Sr. Ball, and other school events.

Concert Singers

This is a non-audition ensemble for female singers and is ideal for those who do not have time to join an in-school choral group.

Congressional Mentor Leadership Program

This club helps to get students ready for college and at the end of the program, members may be eligible to receive a Congressional Award by achieving personal goals focused on volunteerism, character development, and fitness.

Creative Writing Club

This club allows students to express themselves through writing with the goal of improving their writing skills both academically and creatively.

Crossword Puzzle Club

Students meet twice a month to work on crossword puzzles.

Dance Club

This club allows students an opportunity to express themselves through dance and to make friends while learning new skills.

Diversity in Film Club

This club will examine, analyze, and educate its members about the history of film & media in the United States with a particular emphasis on the roles and treatment of women, LGBTQ+, and people of color. The club will seek to promote equity an community, as well as uplift and support both local and national filmmakers from underrepresented communities and demographics.

Drama Workshop Club

A club for students who love to act, or are interested in learning how to act.

Dungeons and Dragons

Students meet to play the fantasy tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons and Dragons.

Environmental Club

This club meets weekly to discuss and plan projects that improve the environment. Projects involve creative crafting with recycled materials, gardening, and raising funds to donate to environmental groups.

Esports Club

Esports meets to foster a positive and productive gaming community within BCHS. Students will learn internet hygiene & etiquette, practice good sportsmanship, and be provided with opportunities to participate in Esports tournaments and earn scholarships.

FACS Club: Cooking & Crafting for the Community

FACS Club meets the first and third week of the month to cook and craft together as an act of service within the school, our district, and the community. Students work together to make food and various craft items to support a variety of initiatives such as Teacher Appreciation Week, Police Week, Veterans Day, and Fire Prevention Month to name a few. We also host the MS Junior Chef students for a make & take dinner event.

Fashion Club

Fashion Club is a meeting of students interested in the world of fashion and the many different styles and techniques used to create it. The club meets on a bi-weekly basis. Past creations have included mood boards, distressed jeans, dyed fashion and fabric, and altered t-shirts. Generally, group time is spent experimenting with a variety of techniques used to create different styles. All are welcome!

French Club

For students interested in the French language and francophone cultures. All levels welcome!

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

FBLA  provides students with opportunities to compete in business content topics they study at the local, regional, state, and national levels. Students network with other students in other districts as well as business owners and support their school community by working in the school store, fundraising for field trips, and showcasing the business courses they study.

Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA)

The GSA builds bridges among students of all sexual orientations and gender identities.  The GSA coordinates the high school’s annual participation in the National Day of Silence.

Girls Who Start

Girls Who Start is dedicated to inspiring and empowering future female leaders and girls with an interest in entrepreneurship & business! We meet biweekly on Tuesdays and offer dynamic guest speakers and workshops to help educate our members.

Guerilla Art Club

Established in 2016, GAC allows for students to create safe and imaginative after-school art activities and to spread positivity through public art. This is an opportunity for students interested in participating and promoting positive creativity at BCHS and within the community.

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

This club participates in a series of activities including volunteering, community service, and competitive events based on the health sciences, health professions, and leadership.

History Bowl

Members participate in College Bowl-like academic competitions focusing on questions in both United States and world history.

HS Pep Band (“Hooligans”)

The HS Pep Band plays at BCHS sporting events as well as playing at other high school events.

Inclusive Literary Club

This club reads, discusses, and explores literature created by female authors, LGBTIA+ authors, and authors of color. Meets every other Friday.

Intramural Volleyball Club

This club meets bi-weekly and anyone who wants to play some after-school volleyball is welcome!

Jazz Lab Band

This non-auditioned group meets weekly after school.  Members are required to be in the school’s band/orchestra program unless playing piano or guitar. Reading music is a must for this ensemble.

Jazztic Measures

This auditioned ensemble meets weekly in the evening. The auditions are open to students who have at least 1-year experience in Jazz Lab Band. Reading sheet music and notation is a must.

Key Club

This community service club is affiliated with Kiwanis International and focuses on charitable fundraising and promoting a spirit of service.

Latin Club

This club promotes awareness of the Latin classics and gives students an opportunity to enjoy the times and cultural activities of the ancient Romans.

Live Performance Club

Live Performance Club is for musicians who want a format for performance as a band, small group, or solo. Meetings are for the organization of performances, setting up groups, networking between musicians, and sharing general information.

Magic: The Gathering Club

Magic: The Gathering Club is a friendly environment to learn, improve, and test your skills with the world’s most popular (and original!) collectible card game. Whether you are just curious, starting out, or a seasoned cardboard slinger, the club is a place to play, trade, and learn about this entertaining game.

Marine Biology Club

This club helps to connect students who have an interest in all things marine biology. The club meets on Thursdays.

Masterminds & Science Bowl

Members participate in Jeopardy/College Bowl-like academic competitions. Masterminds is geared toward general knowledge and Science Bowl focuses on math and science.

Minecraft Club

For students who want to socialize with others and play Minecraft in a non-competitive environment. This club meets on Wednesdays.

Mock Trial

The Mock Trial Team allows students to participate in a fictional American criminal justice system as lawyers and witnesses.  Competitions are held primarily in the spring.

Model United Nations (Model UN)

Model UN is an authentic simulation of the UN’s General Assembly, Security Council, or other multilateral body that introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making.

Multicultural Club

The Multicultural Club was established to explore world cultures and languages. We believe that the study of other cultures gives us a better understanding of ourselves and a greater appreciation of the uniqueness of others.

National Art Honor Society

The BC Chapter of this nationally recognized organization is for students who achieve excellence in art and seek to promote it in the community. Applications for new members are available.

Oriole (BCHS Yearbook)

This club designs the page layout of the HS Yearbook.  There is both hands-on and critical work with computer layout and digital camera imaging. Students are guided each step along the way of creating the yearbook.

Peer Helpers

This club is designed to help young people choose positive ways to take care of themselves and improve their school community.

Philosophy Club

We hold weekly meetings and host civil discussions on ethics, free will, government, and more. The club focuses on creating a productive dialogue where students feel free to speak their minds.

Pine Hollow Arboretum: Field Trip Mentor Program

The Pine Hollow Arboretum Field Trip Mentor Program allows students to explore local ecosystems and learn about nature! Students attend training sessions with an educator at the PHA in preparation to serve as field trip mentors for elementary school children in the spring. Training sessions and field trips also serve as community service hours.

Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness is a club designed to bring positivity and kindness to the school community. There are many stresses in our lives with all of the things going on in the world and everyone needs a kind reminder that we are connected not only as a school community but a human one as well. The club’s goal is to remind people that other people still care about them even if they do not know them. If you want to do things nice for others and share in bringing a bit of joy to other people’s lives, join us in our effort to help bring smiles to people’s faces through random acts of kindness.

Science Olympiad

Members participate in science competitions around the Northeast. Tournament events vary from building helicopters and robots to biology labs. If you like science, this club is for you!  Find out more at  http://newyorkscioly.org

Spanish Club

Spanish Club is a club designed to explore Spanish culture through food, games, crafts, and a variety of other activities. You can be fluent in Spanish or have no experience with the language to be a part of this club.

Spanish Honor Society (Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica)

This group is a local chapter of the national organization that promotes the language and culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Students are admitted based on academic performance and demonstrated interest. Meets monthly.

Speech and Debate Club

This club meets weekly to research information for debates and practice debating skills. The group participates in approximately 4 tournaments a season at other local high schools to debate other teams. The goal is to help students become more comfortable preparing arguments and having the confidence to defend those arguments publicly.

Sports Medicine Club

This club meets every other week with out own Athletic Trainer, Harold Smith, and provides students who are interested in the field of sports medicine an opportunity to learn all about it through education, guest speakers, and hands-on experiences.

Stage 700

Stage 700 consists of members who are involved in performance, technical theater, and orchestra working together to put on one main stage musical per year in the Spring. The purpose is to provide these students an opportunity to be a part of a full-scale production. The training and experiences with the club help to better prepare students seeking future careers in theater.

Stock Market Club

This club offers an opportunity to learn about the importance of financial markets at both the micro and macro economics level. We participate in multiple stock market games throughout the school year.

Strategic Games Club

This club is for students who are interested in meeting with others to play an assortment of games such as chess, checkers, mancala, and sports games, etc.

Student Senate

The Student Senate serves as the voice of the student body to the BC administration. Student Senators are elected by their classmates from all 4 grade levels.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

SADD is a student-run organization that works to increase awareness of making safe decisions regarding your mind, body, and life. SADD is open to all students.

Students for Peace & Survival (SPAS)

SPAS concentrates on raising student awareness on social issues and helping both local and global communities. The club’s various fundraisers collect funds for charities that fight poverty and hunger.

Theatre Without A Net (TWON)

TWON provides students interested in performance, design, and technical theatre an opportunity to put on a quality theatrical production each year.

The Thinking Reed

Published annually, The Thinking Reed is a literary magazine of poetry, prose, and art submitted by BCHS students.

UNICEF

UNICEF works for the survival, protection, and development of children worldwide through ways of advocacy, education, and fundraising. The UNICEF chapter at Bethlehem helps to educate the student body on problems that people are facing around the world and helps to find ways to advocate for them, empowering students to become effective global citizens.

Video Production Tech Guild (Light/Sound Club)

The Light/Sound Club is designed to attract students who enjoy the technical aspects of plays, productions, and other events.  Students will be trained to develop expertise in sound reinforcement and lighting design and implementation.  Club members will run the light and soundboards for school plays, productions, and events.  No previous experience is necessary.

Vincent J Crummles Acting Troupe (VJCAT)

Students will audition, rehearse and perform a Shakespeare play.

Youth Activation Committee

The goal of this student group is to bring diverse student populations together through meaningful interactions including after-school kickball tournaments and fundraisers to support organizations such as the Special Olympics.


How to Get Involved

  • Find a club that interests you.
  • Listen to the morning announcements for information about when a club will begin meeting.
  • All clubs require the approval of both the HS Principal and Student Senate before any meetings can begin. Pick up the necessary forms in the Assistant Principal’s Office.

Participation in School Activities is a Privilege

  • Students are required to be in attendance at school on the day they participate in any facet of extracurricular activities. To receive credit for full-day attendance, students must be in school for at least half a day (4 periods). 
  • Students who are suspended from school (ISS and OSS) will be barred from all school functions (i.e., athletic events, dances, or other school events) on the day of suspension or from the next scheduled function. Inappropriate behavior at extracurricular activities will result in a referral and corresponding disciplinary action.
  • Thirty days before a special event (e.g., Homecoming, Snowball Dance, Junior Prom, Senior Ball, etc.,) students with three or more referrals and/or suspension will lose the privilege of attending the event.