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Clubs & Extracurricular Activities

Bethlehem Central High School

Bethlehem Central Middle School


Bethlehem Central High School (BCHS)

How to Get Involved

Find a club that interests you? Be sure to listen to the morning announcements for information about when groups will begin meeting each year. While some clubs require auditions or other qualifications (as outlined in the below club descriptions), most are open to any interested students.

How to Start a Club

If you want to start a club you must secure the principal’s approval and the approval of Student Senate before any meetings can begin. Pick up the necessary forms in the Assistant Principal’s Office.

Participation in Extracurricular Activities

Participation in school activities is a privilege for BCHS students. Students are required to be in attendance at school on the day they participate in any facet of extracurricular activities. 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.

30 Days Prior to Special Events

Thirty days prior to 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.

ACADEMIC CLUBS

French Club

The French Club seeks students of all levels of understanding of the language who are interested in French language, traditions and culture.

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.

Linguistics Club

The Linguistics Club is for those who are interested the study and discussion of language.

Masterminds & Science Bowl

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

Math Honor Society

Students serve as peer tutors in mathematics. Students are admitted based on their academic success in math courses.

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

To learn about the Spanish culture and learn about the language and customs. Meets bi-weekly.

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 and is an honorary organization. Meets monthly.

Speech and Debate Club

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

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ART CLUBS

Film Club

This club will present numerous short, independent and classic films to students who are passionate about film.

Guerilla Art Club

Established in 2016, GAC was created for students to create safe and imaginative after school art activities; to spread positivity through public art.

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.

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ATHLETIC CLUBS

BCHS Eagles Ultimate Frisbee

The goals of this club are to introduce new players to the sport of ultimate frisbee and to spread the “spirit of the game,” and to further develop skills in experienced players.

Futsal Club

The goal is for students to play indoor soccer in a gym in a fun and friendly environment where everyone is accepted to participate, no matter the skill level.

Spike Ball Club

Spike Ball is a PE/yard/beach version of volleyball played with 4-6 players per net. Each net is circular and has legs so it sets up about 10 inches off the ground. The players use volleyball striking methods to strike the ball to other teammates and into the net towards the other team. The goals of the club are to have fun, socialize, learn a new game that can be played anywhere, anytime.

Visit our Athletics page to find out more about non-club athletic teams at BCSD.

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CIVIC DUTY/COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUBS

Active Minds Club

This club will meet bi-weekly to discuss ways to raise awareness of mental illness, helping to erase the stigma behind it.

Amnesty International

An official student group 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.

Class Councils

The Junior and Senior class councils are a part of the school government that meet 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.

FACS Club: Cooking & Crafting for the Community

Students use their cooking  and craft skills to make goodies for the school and local community. We focus our efforts around events happening around school, within the community, and national days of appreciation (ex: Teacher Appreciation week, Fire Prevention month, Police week, etc.).

Gender Equality Club

The Gender Equality Club seeks to explore, expose, and discuss the gender issues that face students inside and outside of the BCHS community.

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.

Key Club

This community service club is affiliated with Kiwanis International and focuses on fundraising for charities and to promote a spirit of service.

No Place for Hate

The purpose of this organization is to unify the entire BCHS community; faculty, staff, and students, by promoting a positive, bias and bully-free environment. The club meets monthly and bi-weekly during some months.

Peer Helpers

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

Student Senate

Student Senate serves as the voice of the student body to the administration.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

S.A.D.D. is a student-run organization that works to increase awareness of making safe decisions regarding your mind, body and life. S.A.D.D. 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.

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.

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LITERARY CLUBS

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, students will come together to discuss the books with each other.

Creative Writing Club

Creative Writing Club provides feedback on writing idea generation, short stories, and other writing pieces.

Thinking Reed

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

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MUSIC CLUBS

Acoustic Jams

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

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.

Concert Singers

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

High School Pep Band (“Hooligans”)

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

Jazz Lab Band

This non-auditioned group meets weekly after school.  Members are 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.

Sound System

A select ensemble that is open to students who are enrolled in Choraliers or Choristers.

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THEATRE ARTS CLUBS

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 helps to better prepare students seeking future careers in theater.

Theatre Without A Net (TWAN)

TWAN presents a quality theatrical stage production each year. Last year’s production was Almost, Maine

Video Production Tech Guild (Light Sound Club)

Light & Sound Club  is for students who enjoy the technical aspects of plays, productions and other events.  Training will be geared toward developing expertise in sound reinforcement and lighting. No previous experience is necessary.

Vincent J Crummles Acting Troupe (VJCAT)

Students will audition, rehearse and perform a Shakespeare play.  

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OTHER CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

BCHS Knitting Club

This club welcomes any student who wants to knit or learn how to knit as a way to relax and relieve stress. Items will be knitted for local charities and shelters.

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.

Buy-It/School Store

Personable and responsible students are always needed to work in the store – handling student customers at the counter, stocking shelves, keeping an inventory of items and assisting with general store maintenance.

Dungeons and Dragons Club

Students meet to play the game Dungeons and Dragons.

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 level. 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.

International Club

The International Club exists to provide multicultural opportunities and awareness on a global level to students at BCHS.Medical Club

Medical Club

Medical Club seeks to inspire students interested in the medical professions by providing information by various means (ex.: discussions, guest speakers, club related activities) and volunteer opportunities.

Mock Trial

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

Model United Nations (UN)

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

Oriole (BCHS Yearbook)

This club designs the page layouts 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.

Robotics Team

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

Stock Market Club

This club offers an opportunity to learn about the importance of financial markets at both the micro and macroeconomic level. Meets weekly in the fall; bi-weekly in the spring.

Super Smash Bros. Club

Super Smash Brothers Club is for students who want to get together to play video games and run tournaments.

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Bethlehem Central Middle School (BCMS)

About Student Activities at the Middle School

Bethlehem Central recognizes that participation in school activities has an inherent educational value for students in terms of building sound social relationships, developing interests and individual talents and gaining an understanding of the elements and responsibilities of good citizenship. Therefore, the district encourages all students to become involved in the life of their Middle School.

How to Join

Find a club that interests you? Be sure to listen to the morning announcements for information about when groups will begin meeting each year. Morning announcements are also posted on the Middle School’s Web page each day. While some clubs require auditions or other qualifications (as outlined in the below club descriptions), most are open to any interested students.

Participation in Extracurricular Activities

Participation in school activities is a privilege for BCMS students. Students are required to be in attendance at school on the day they participate in any facet of school activities. Students who are suspended from school (internal and external suspensions) 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 school activities will result in a referral and corresponding disciplinary action.

Other Extracurricular Opportunities

Included in this guide are chartered clubs and organizations, those that have received Board of Education approval. Each year, however, a handful of clubs and activities may spring up out of the interests of a particular group of students. Whether or not they become chartered clubs depends on the continued interest of students. To find out what other clubs might be available in a given school year, contact the assistant principal’s office or visit the district’s Web site.

How to Start a Club

If you are interested in forming a club, feel free to ask a teacher or the Middle School Principal about the proper procedure.

ATHLETIC CLUBS

Visit our Athletics page to find out more about non-club athletic teams at BCSD.

S.W.A.T.

S.W.A.T. is an acronym for Student Wellness and Training. Students come on a self-determined schedule on Tuesday and Thursday from October through June. The program begins at 6:45 a.m., with 25 minutes in the weight room for a muscular workout. Then students complete a cardio workout in the gym, usually through a game. Following the exercise, students enjoy a healthy breakfast in the cafeteria. S.W.A.T. is open to all BCMS students. Come and get your day started in an upbeat way!

Intramurals

Intramurals offer students a variety of games that promote cardiovascular exercise.  Participants meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8 a.m., and Wednesdays from 2:46 to 3:35 p.m.  Morning activities include Dance, Dance Revolution, fitness and basketball pick-up games.  Afternoon activities are organized tournaments three time a year: Fall Flag football; Winter Basketball; Spring Pickleball/ultimate Frisbee.

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THEATRE CLUBS

Staged Creations

Staged Creations is open to all BCMS students. No Prior theater or acting experience is required. Students are cast in the production based on auditions, which are held in mid-December at a mandatory introductory meeting.

Each year there is a maximum number of students selected for performance parts in the show, and not every role is a speaking part. Meetings and rehearsals are held Tuesdays through Fridays (and some Mondays) after school from 2:45 – 3:46 p.m. During the month of March or April, additional afternoon rehearsals may be held on Saturdays and on some evenings.

Students must attend all rehearsal dates in order to participate in the production. If a student is already involved in an activity that will conflict with rehearsals, he/she will not be able to audition for this show. As an alternative, students can consider joining the tech crew. Tech crew meetings are flexible, and students will not always need to attend every meeting.

Students on tech crew are involved in running the show. The tech crew designs and builds the sets and props; helps out with publicity, costumes and make-up; runs the light, curtain and sound; and moves sets and props in and off stage throughout the performance.

Musical

The Middle School musical has been a tradition for more than 15 years. The musical typically involves a cast of 100 students and a technical crew of 50 students. Performances are usually the first weekend in February. Students audition and rehearse from late October through January. Student involvement is an integral part of the production, including character development, set building, costumes, makeup, lights and sound. Past musicals have included Peter Pan, Oliver, The Wizard of Oz, and Beauty and the Beast.

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OTHER CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

Television Studio Club

Students in this club broadcast the morning announcements each day using the school’s television studio equipment. Students in TV club learn how to run different types of broadcasting equipment ranging from Teleprompters to Sound mixers. After learning run the equipment, students are eligible to try out to be news anchors. The club meets daily during homeroom and is open to students in grades 7 and 8.

S.A.D.D.

Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) is a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, teen violence and teen depression and suicide. The club’s mission is to provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with these issues. This group has hosted guest speakers and organized many school activities like Red Ribbon Week, An Annual Walk for Wellness, February is Wellness month, Teens Against Tobacco Week, and Mix it Up Day at School. In additions, members have advocated within the community by selling “Stop DWI” magnets and distributing health awareness messages to families attending winter concerts. S.A.D.D. is open to students in grades 7 and 8 and meets every other week after school.

The Eagle Eye aka Student Newspaper

The Eagle Eye staff is made up of students from grades 6-8 who are interested in writing and editing articles for BCMS students. The newspaper is published once every six weeks and the group meets weekly in one of the LMC computer labs. Meetings are held Tuesday after school. Student interested in writing can join anytime during the school year.

Helping Hands Club

The helping Hands Club is a democratic organization of students dedicated to reaching out to their community, nation and world as global citizens.  They create, design and coordinate activities which help people and the environment.  They also assist other organizations in similar endeavors when possible. The club meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  Some of the club’s previous activities include:

  • Selling “rainforest” t-shirts to protect land in Central America and Asia.
  • Making friendship bracelets, buttons and bluebird houses.
  • Coordinating can drives to build a high school in Belize and education children in Africa.
  • Coordinating an international art exchange
  • Assisting the Delmar Kiwanis Club at Crossgates Mall to sell “Bells of Life”
  • Assisting the Kiwanis Club at their pancake breakfasts.
  • Coordinating a walk-a-thon for endangered animals.
  • Posting educational environmental posters around the school.
  • Making arts and crafts items as gifts for sick children.
  • Visiting local residences for the elderly.

Student Councils

Each of grades 6, 7 and 8 have their own student council open to all students in that particular grade level. The types of activities vary from year to year and among grade levels. Student Council meets at a regularly scheduled time three to four times a month. Additional meetings may be necessary for special events. Activities fall into several categories- school improvement, school spirit, community service, promotion of grade-level activities and staff recognition. Examples of past activities include dances and/or socials, Adopt-A-Family, purchasing new water fountains, painting lockers, end-of-year activities and recognition of retiring staff members.

Science Academic Bowl

This club is for students who have a strong interest in science and math. The club meets once a week from November through March to prepare for Regional Science Bowl competition. During this competition, students engage in two events- a hydrogen car race and a science academic bowl. The Middle School team consists of five students selected from the club. They design and construct a model car powered by a fuel cell/hydrogen gas, which races against cars designed by teams from other area schools. Students then compete against these other schools in an academic bowl, trying to answer science-and math-related questions in a round robin format. The combined scores from the race, a quiz and academic bowl determine the winning team from our area who earns an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Science Bowl competition in Colorado.

Science Club

Science Club is open to all 8th grade students. The purpose to the club is to offer hands-on activities that further explore and enrich the physical science concepts introduced in the classroom. Students focus on problem solving, application of concepts through construction activities and friendly competition. Past projects have included model rocket building, soda bottle raft construction, musical instrument design, Rube Goldberg devices, NASA training activities and team problem solving. The interests of the members often determine the type of activities pursed. The club meets once a week throughout the year.

Ski Club

This club is sponsored and supported by the Town of Bethlehem and is open to all BCMS students. Students attend an informational meeting in November, after which they may sign up for as many trips as they wish. Most trips are scheduled for Saturdays. The club travels to a variety of mountains, including Gore, Stratton, OKEMO, Bromley and Jiminy Peak, usually leaving from the Middle School at 6 a.m. and arriving back at the school at 6 p.m. This is a combined trip for Middle and High School students.

Minecraft Computer Club

Students are introduced to and share virtual reality skills by creating new worlds on the computer.  The club centers on student participation in technology-based learning of basic programming while allowing students to have fun at the same time.  Various activities include mining for elements, creating buildings, working tin teams and learning survival skills. All of this takes place in a virtual world, developing life skills that center on the problem-solving ideas needed to be successful in school and in a future career.  The program uses an educations version of the software (Minecraftedu) and the club uses the district server without having access to access the internet. The club meets twice a month on Wednesday in Room 147 from 2:50 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The “PIT”

The “PIT” is located in the basement of the Middle School and serves as an after school gathering place for BCMS students. The PIT is run by the Town of Bethlehem’s Park and Recreation Department and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 2:46 – 3:45 p.m. starting in October. Games, snacks and music are available.

Yearbook Club

The yearbook Club is made up of 8th grade students who are interested in photography, layout design and using a web-based publishing program. Yearbook Club members work as a team to organize, design and create the Middle School Yearbook. Members also take many of the photos that are included in the yearbook. Meetings are held Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m.

BCMS Garden Club

The BCMS Garden Club is an environmental and community service project. Staff, students and parents work together to grow healthy organic produce for our school cafeteria and to tend our flower gardens. The BCMS Garden Club also attempts to raise awareness about important environmental issues that face our children. The Garden Club will meet twice a week, weather permitting, on Tuesdays and Thursday after School. Fall Garden Club season runs from the start of school until roughly the end of October, spring Garden Club begins meeting in April until the end of the school year. Students can take the 4:00 p.m. late bus or be picked up by parents. Any changes to the usual Tuesday/Thursday schedule will be announced on the morning and afternoon announcements.

Junior Chef Club

Food is a significant part of our daily lives. Besides being a basic need for survival, food is an important part of our cultural heritage, helps us celebrate important events and seasons, and connects us to our planet. The type of food that we eat and where our food comes from is an important part of our health and our environment. The Junior Chef Club will increase students’ skills, knowledge, and techniques in food preparation using locally grown food from our school garden and the Delmar Farmers Market. The Junior Chef Club meets every other week on Thursday. Students participating in the club will also be asked to come in the following morning, before homeroom, to finish any clean up. A rotating schedule of before school helpers will be created. Students interested in the Junior Chef Club should contact Ms. Henning in room 150. Junior Chef Club is funded by the Delmar Farmers’ Market.

French Club

The goal of the middle school French Club is to promote confidence and success in French language learning through fun French games, music and cultural activities. French Club is open to all French students in grades 6-8.

Chess Club

Students in grades 3 -12 are invited to come to club meetings where they can learn to play chess at any number of progressive levels from beginner to advanced.  Club meetings, events and a participation form can be found on the club website: https://sites.google.com/site/bethlehemschoolschessclub/. There is no charge to be a member of the club.

Astronomy Club

Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in club meetings (held at the Middle School) that are announced through morning announcements. Star Parties are held during months with warmer weather and are also announced through school announcements. All community members are invited to attend star parties. Star parties are weather dependent. There is no charge to be a member of the club.

Weather Club

Open to all MS students. The Bi-monthly meetings will have hands-on, “just for fun” weather-related experiments, visits from meteorologists, planning for daily announcements and recording data from the BCMS weather station. A Community Foundation grant has purchased a new weather station along with software that will record and share data around the world. Our daily forecasters will be heard on the BCMS morning announcements.

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