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2125 South 11th Street

Chesterton, IN 46304

Phone: 219-983-3730

ACADEMIC COMPETITION

Many scholastic competitions involving the subject areas of art, computers, English, foreign language, etc. are available to students of varying academic abilities at every grade level. The CHS faculty enthusiastically encourages students to participate and be involved in these academic events. Throughout the school year the Duneland Academic Conference in union with the IACE (Indiana Competitions for Excellence) sponsors and supports many of the competitions available to CHS students. Descriptions of some of the key competitions are as follows:

DECATHLON is a nationally organized competition consisting of ten events. Six are multiple choice test in math, science, economics, language and literature, social science, and fine arts. Additionally, students perform a prepared and an impromptu speech, write an essay, and are interviewed by a panel of business persons. The final event—Super Quiz—is a scholastic relay on the theme topic for the year. A high school team must include nine students: three A (honors), three B (scholastic), and three C (varsity). On an individual level, students compete for awards only against students in his or her level. Local and regional competitions in December and January send the top twenty statewide teams to the prestigious two-day state finals in February at Purdue. The team winning state represents Indiana in April at Nationals vying for scholarship money and nationwide recognition.
Sponsor: Mr. Hewitt
For more information, please email the sponsor.

ACADEMIC SUPERBOWL is a local and state competition involving five member teams of students from all grade levels. Teams in math, science, social studies, fine arts, English, and all around compete in twenty question rounds in each subject area. All questions are related to a theme topic for the year. Teams and not individuals are recognized as winners in this competition. Subject area teams can advance from local and regional competition to the state finals in Indianapolis. Winning teams at state are recognized statewide by IACE and sponsoring business organizations.
Sponsor: Mr. Hewitt
For more information, please email the sponsor

SPELL BOWL is a local and state competition involving a team of ten students from all grade levels. Teams compete to compile the most words spelled correctly. Each student acts individually on a different set of words. Teams can advance from local and regional competition to the state finals in Indianapolis. Winning teams are recognized statewide.
Sponsor: Mrs. Jendrzejczyk
For more information, please email the sponsor.

QUIZ BOWL is a local scholastic competition among members of the Duneland Academic Conference. Participating schools meet in team competition to answer questions taken from all academic disciplines. A buzzer and light electronic lock-out system is used to determine which team gets the first chance to answer questions. There is emphasis placed on the ability to quickly recall information. Opportunity exists for competition at both the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels. The teams with the best records in conference play may advance to a state-wide tournament of champions. The CHS Quiz Bowl team enters other tournaments when possible. The team also participates in the Knowledge Master Open two times a year. This is a worldwide competition which involves answering multiple choice questions presented on a computer disk.
Sponsor: Mr. Hewitt 
For more information, please email the sponsor.

MATHEMATICS COMPETITION involves students of high ability in mathematics and span national, state and local competitions. Indiana Math League, American Mathematics Competition Exam, American Invitational Mathematics Exam, U.S. Mathematics Olympiad, MATHFAX, and Trig STAR are among the competitions that take place at various times throughout the school year. Awards and local, statewide, and national recognition are given to outstanding individuals and teams.
Sponsor: Mr. Berry 
For more information, please email the sponsor

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD is a nationally recognized competition that allows the teams to compete in a variety of science endeavors.  All Science topics are covered at some point during the competition.  The team members can choose their events and their favorite science topics. The events include building events that will allow the team members to compete against other teams, lab based events and test based events.
Sponsor: Mrs. Stahura
For more information, please email the sponsor.


CHS ART CLUB
 consists of High School students who love the Arts and cannot seem to get enough of them throughout the school day. Art Club projects and activities range from year to year. All projects are rooted in student exploration of new media and processes, and always focus on individual creativity. Students are asked to work collaboratively as a team on various projects such as: set designs for the theater department, participating in exhibitions and contests, creating items for auction for local organizations, as well as beautifying our school and community. Meeting dates are posted in the announcements. New members are always welcome.
Sponsor: Mr. May and Ms. Ricks
For more information, please email the sponsors.

 
BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA is dedicated to the development of interest and competencies in business occupations. Members of this national organization attend meetings and compete with other area schools in business-related contests including interview skills, presentation events, and computer contests. District-level contest winners advance to an annual state conference in Indianapolis in the spring. Members raise their own funds to help finance these events and, when possible, provide scholarship money to our own senior members of BPA. Any student may join BPA, and several colleges recognize membership and achievements in the form of scholarships.
Sponsor: Mr. Cochran
For more information, please email the sponsor.


CHEERLEADERS promote school spirit and represent the school at a variety of activities, especially athletics. There is a Maroon Squad and a Gold Squad. Any student interested in cheerleading must attend the tryout clinic plus audition before the cheerleading coaches. Those chosen must maintain a high standard of conduct. Cheerleaders follow the IHSAA eligibility rules.

The cheerleaders attend a cheerleading clinic and have regular practice sessions during the summer. Beginning in August and lasting through March, they practice one or two nights a week. During the same period, they are expected to attend all games required by the coaches. Other activities may need to be attended, such as sign painting sessions, throughout the year.
For more information, please email the coach.

CLUB EARTH is an extracurricular activity that encourages students to become active participants in the natural world. The group stresses education, stewardship and hands-on experience. Activities include environmental restoration work, habitat cleaning, meeting with environmental activists and much more. All students interested in helping to care for the natural world are encouraged to join.
Sponsor: Mrs.Wallace
For more information, please email the sponsor

CREATIVE WRITERS have a common interest in that they like to write their own prose and/or poetry. Members attend get-togethers every week or so to exchange view points and comments about each other’s writing. The final result of their work is a publication which contains the works of many students, including most of the club members. The book also contains art work and samples of student photography.
Any student who enjoys expressing him/herself using the written or artistic media should consider joining the Creative Writers.
Sponsor: Mrs. Demuth-Lutze
For more information, please email the sponsor

THE HELPING HANDS OF CHS strive to make a difference in the lives of children with serious and chronic illnesses. All CHS students are welcome to join!
A chronic illness is a long lasting condition that can be controlled but not cured. The illnesses can range from severe to mild. Some examples of chronic illness are asthma, diabetes, hemophilia, epilepsy, hypertension, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and coronary artery disease. Our club will raise funds for or make things that will help children with serious and chronic illnesses live their lives more easily and normally.
Our mission is to help kids with serious and chronic illnesses live a better life and in turn make ourselves feel good about becoming involved with those in need.  
Sponsor: Mrs. Mario 
For more information, please email the sponsor.

INTERACT CLUB is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that meets 2-4 times per month. The club takes on fundraisers that benefit various causes. The club also puts on tournaments and fun events throughout the school year to benefit these fundraisers. Students learn the value of service over self throughout the school year. Interact club is great volunteer experience and looks great on college applications and resumes. Anyone is eligible to join; all are welcome!
Sponsor: Mrs. Nygra
For more information, please email the sponsor

INTRAMURALS

All students are eligible to participate except students actively engaged in an organized CHS sport during that sport’s season. (example: if you are playing varsity basketball you cannot play intramural basketball during that same time period.) No student should hesitate to come out for intramurals.  A fee is charged for each sport to partially defray expenses, including trophies. A lane fee is charged for bowling. All events are supervised and refereed. The specific rules governing participation are explained at the beginning of each season and only students who feel they can abide by the rules should remain out for the sport. Conduct at intramurals will be treated the same during the school day.

The following is a tentative schedule. Most sports meet twice each week, either immediately after school or in the evening:

Co-Ed Basketball; evenings during the third quarter

Co-Ed Volleyball; evenings during the fourth quarter

Sponsor: Mr. Anderson
For more information, please email the sponsor.

 
The MARINE BIOLOGY PROGRAM is a SCUBA diving course that culminates in a 5-day summer trip to a marine research facility in Key Largo, FL.  Prior to leaving for Key Largo students will take courses to certify them as licensed SCUBA divers.  Once students receive their lifetime SCUBA diving certificate, they will travel to the Florida Keys to dive on reefs, shipwrecks, and will even get to experience a fully functional underwater laboratory.  Between dives students will learn about the indigenous life in the Keys and will gain a greater understanding of Marine Science as a whole.  This program is designed to provide students an alternative approach to learning, allowing them to tangibly experience what is taught in the classroom and labs.  The course is open to students grade 9-12, but program size is limited to 9 or 18.  Class (grade), academics, and teacher recommendations are all factors to be considered for participants.  
Sponsors: Mr. Paff and Mr. Schultz 
For more information, please email Mr. Paff or Mr. Schultz


MUSIC

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC Woodwind and Brass instrumentalists MUST enroll in band for the ENTIRE school year. This is done by enrolling in either Intermediate Concert Band 1 (Concert Band) or Advanced Concert Band 1 (Trojan Guard marching band) during the first semester, and then enrolling in either Intermediate Concert Band 2 (Symphonic Band), or Advanced Concert Band 2 (Wind Ensemble) during the second semester. All woodwind and brass instrumentalists (8th grade through 11th grade) are given the opportunity to audition for the CHS Wind Ensemble during early spring. The results of this audition will determine which second semester ensemble the student should schedule. In order to enroll in the CHS Jazz Ensemble, Woodwind, Brass and Percussion, students MUST be enrolled in their respective concert ensemble for the entire year. (e.g. Orchestra and/or Band)
Sponsor: Mr. Scheiber
For more information, please email the sponsor.

APPLIED MUSIC is for students who have never played an instrument before, as well as serious student musicians who are looking to learn a secondary woodwind, brass, or orchestral string instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass). Students will concentrate on gaining beginning skills on one instrument only. Students will be evaluated weekly on their level of performance and degree of improvement. Instrument choices for this class will NOT include: percussion instruments, acoustic or electric guitars, or electric bass guitar.
Sponsor: Mr. Scheiber
For more information, please email the sponsor.

CONCERT BANDS are divided into the Symphonic Band (composed of aspiring musicians) and the Wind Ensemble (composed of exceptional musicians) and meets for one 90 minute block period. All band members are accepted only after auditions. Uniforms are furnished, and large instruments may be rented from the school. Instruction focuses on the techniques of playing, and members learn standard and contemporary works of music suitable for concert performance. As many as 20 hours of time outside class may be required for technical rehearsals, concerts, and contests.
Sponsor: Mr. Scheiber
For more information, please email the sponsor.

ORCHESTRA meets for one block period all year. This group learns the techniques of playing string instruments and studies the music performed by symphonic orchestras. In addition to class time, the orchestra performs in concert several times during the year and members should anticipate as mush as 30 evening hours spent outside of class in technical rehearsals and concerts. Auditions are required and are held by special arrangement. Instruments may be rented from the high school Music Department.
Sponsor: Mr. Loos
For more information, please email the sponsor.

TROJAN GUARD or Marching Band concentrates on the performance of competitive field shows and has won State and National Marching Band Championships. The Guard marches competitively in the fall, and performs for football games in the fall. During marching seasons, the units practice two nights a week. The Guard meets as a class during the first nine weeks only for one 90 minute block. After the first nine-week block period, this group becomes a concert band.
Sponsor: Mr. Scheiber
For more information, please email the sponsor.

CONCERT CHOIR is a mixed ensemble for Juniors and Seniors and meets as a class for one 90 minute block period all year. During class time, attention is given to techniques of group singing and to various types of vocal music suitable for ensemble singing. The outside-of-class efforts of this group involve concerts given at school and in the community, including Madrigal Dinners. In addition to the 90 minute block period in class, choir members are expected to devote approximately 30 hours after school during the year for technical rehearsals and concerts. Admission by audition only and permission of the directors.
Sponsor: Miss Morris
For more information, please email the sponsor.

CHORALIERS is a mixed choir for Freshman and Sophomores only. Three performances per year are given with 2-4 extra rehearsals. One contest is attended in the spring.
Sponsor: Miss Morris
For more information, please email the sponsor.

DRIFTERS is a girls’ ensemble (9-12). The group will perform all types of music, participate in competition, and perform around the community and the Madrigal Dinner. Admission by audition only and permission of the director.
Sponsor: Miss Morris
For more information, please email the sponsor.

SANDPIPERS is a mixed ensemble of students who present programs of currently popular vocal music. The activities include sing-outs, competitions, and concerts at high school and community functions. Members may spend as much as 240 hours after school each year in rehearsals and performances including Madrigal Dinners. Acceptance is by audition only and permission of the director.
Sponsor: Miss Morris
For more information, please email the sponsor.

JAZZ BAND is a group of 18-25 high school musicians who study America’s unique style of music known as “Jazz.” The band performs in local concerts, as well as jazz festivals, competitions, and concerts around the Midwest. The jazz band looks forward to performing each year with a big-name jazz artist at the annual All That Jazz concert at CHS. The band practices and performs during and after school and on several weekends through the spring. Auditions are held in the spring, or by special appointment with the director.
Sponsor: Mr. Scheiber
For more information, please email the sponsor.

PERCUSSION I is made up of the field percussion ensemble for the “Trojan Guard” marching band. These members perform later in the semester as part of the mass Christmas Concert Band. Members also work to perform several traditional and contemporary styles of percussion literature for the annual Indiana State School Music Associations’ solo and ensemble contest. Membership is primarily high school percussionists with previous instrumental experience in middle school. However, others are accepted with the permission of the director.
Sponsor: Mr. Scheiber
For more information, please email the sponsor.

PERCUSSION II is a class devoted to the study of concert percussion music. Students are divided into Wind Ensemble percussionists and Symphonic Band percussionists by auditions. The class as a whole will work to perform music for their own percussion concert entitle A Drum Enchanted Evening. As much as 30 hours of outside time may be required for technical rehearsals, concerts, and contests. Acceptance is with permission of the director only.
Sponsor: Mr. Scheiber
For more information, please email the sponsor.

AUXILARY UNIT is a marching color guard with accompanies the “Trojan Guard” marching band in parades, field competitions, and during football games. It meets as a class during the first semester. The Auxiliary Unit is chosen from all grade levels, and the major requirements are natural ability, interest, and attitude. Auditions are held each spring in April.
Sponsor: Mrs. Scheiber
For more information, please email the sponsor.

COMPETITION UNIT is a class devoted to the development and enhancement of advanced color guard skills through competition. These skills include the use of rifles, sabers, and flags while performing the body skills of traditional and contemporary dance. Members are selected by audition from those students performing with the Auxiliary Unit of the “Trojan Guard” marching band which meets during the first academic quarter. The group competes in Indiana from February to April as part of the Indiana High School Color Guard Circuit and a national level with Winter Guard International. Rehearsals are two nights per week with competitions on Saturdays.
Sponsor: Mrs. Scheiber
For more information, please email the sponsor.


NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY is an organization of national scope designed to recognize outstanding high school students. Only juniors and seniors are eligible for membership, which is based on academic achievement and teacher evaluation of character, leadership and service.

Invitations to apply for membership are extended during the second semester of the junior year to all juniors and seniors who at time have a cumulative grade point average of 3.200 or higher.

Final selections are made by the NHS Faculty Council considering the applicant’s scholarship, character, leadership, and service.

For a number of years, the National Honor Society has raised money from a variety of fund-raising projects to award scholarships to NHS graduating seniors and to contribute to worthwhile causes in the Chesterton community. In addition, NHS members provide a tutoring service in all academic areas at all high school levels benefiting many CHS students.

Sponsoring the Fall homecoming dance, participating in the Christmas Food Drive, helping at Registration, and ushering at commencement are other ways that NHS members try to help their school and community.
Sponsor: Mr. Neuliep
For more information, please email the sponsor.

NATURAL HELPERS program is based on the premise that adolescents seek help from their friends before they turn to other sources. Within each circle of friends and acquaintances there is often an individual whose sensitivity, fair-mindedness, and ability to listen are recognized by peers. By means of a school-wide survey, the Natural Helpers program seeks out such individuals and offers an intensive training retreat to enhance the skills of those students, faculty and staff who are perceived as “helpers” in the school community.

During this retreat, the participants learn about time management, genuine communication with themselves and others, the significance of trust in relationships, and knowing their own limitations as helpers. They are taught how to cope with various problems and crisis situations and are given information about resources available in the Porter County area. Upon their return to Chesterton High School, the participants share knowledge and new insights with their friends and acquaintances. A “ripple effect” occurs as Natural Helpers work within their own circles to make the school a safe and caring community.
Sponsor: Mrs. Hesemann
For more information, please email the sponsor.

NEWSPAPER STAFF members publish SANDSCRIPT, and in the process, learn what is involved in gathering and preparing news for publication. Students gather all information, write and copyedit stories, lay out and paste-up pages, sell advertising, and proofread final copy on pages. Staff members must be willing to accept responsibility and carry out assignments. While some positions on the newspaper require only the recommendation of an English teacher and permission of the advisor, editor candidates must have completed 1-4 semesters of journalism and filled out an editor application. The staff enrolls in a course which meets one block every other day each semester for one credit in Communications. In addition to in-class time, the staffers can expect to sometimes spend time after school, on weekends, during school year extended breaks, and during summer vacation working on the newspaper.  Photographers are required to attend sporting and other events if they are assigned to these events. Knowledge of the use of computers is definitely a plus.
Sponsor: Mr. Hayduk
For more information, please email the sponsor.

 
ONE BOOK, ONE SCHOOL student leaders are sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are passionate about books and have the opportunity to nominate their favorites for the OBOS title.  Throughout the school year, they plan and participate in reading events such as the Reading Marathon, Book fairs, and the Used Book Exchange, and they are responsible for facilitating the “Evening in the Library” finale where they also lead small group discussions.
Sponsor: Mrs. Carney
For more information, please email the sponsor.

QUILL AND SCROLL
To the thousands of student journalists serving on school magazine, newspaper, and yearbook journalism staffs, high school journalism is no mere educational fad and frill. It is, on the contrary, a highly fascinating intellectual adventure, a challenge to the mind, and a discipline to the hand. The appeal to journalistic activity is broad, and it is estimated that the field comprises more than 30,000 publications in addition to broadcast activities.

From the heart of this widespread interest in scholastic journalism, two nationwide movements of importance have developed: 1) the organization of state, regional, and national scholastic press associations from coast to coast and 2) the organization of QUILL AND SCROLL, the International Honorary Society for High School Journalists.

Quill and Scroll directs its focus to the individual staff member, rather than the publication as a whole. Quill and Scroll seeks 1) to encourage individual initiative in high school creative writing and journalism, thereby enabling the individual to contribute greater skill to the journalistic endeavor and 2) to recognize and reward the individual achievements of students engaged in journalistic activities.

It is in CHS’ Kathryn Elizabeth Pokorny Chapter that the member learns the ethical ideals of journalism which are inculcated by the Society and which are expressed in the initiation ceremony as an “obligation” that will fall to a person in professional life even as it does in this smaller realm.

Membership in an honorary journalistic society offers tangible benefits, particularly where the organization is national or international in scope as is Quill and Scroll. Sometimes such membership is the deciding factor, where other qualifications are equal, which enables a candidate to obtain a position on the staff of a college publication. Again, membership is usually among the first qualifications presented in applying for a college or for competitive scholarships, where qualifications are based both upon scholastic standing and personal qualities of leadership.

Composed as it often is of the natural leaders of the student body, the Kathryn Elizabeth Pokorny Chapter of Quill and Scroll seeks to elevate publication standards, to promote publication research, and to improve the standards of instruction and learning in high school journalism.
Sponsor: Mr. Hayduk
For more information, please email the sponsor.

SPEECH AND DEBATE activities center around meets between our teams and those from other schools, as well as participation in local speech contests. There are three major areas with subdivisions: Speech has both novice and varsity levels; debate has novice, sub-varsity and varsity; and congress has only one level for all participants.

It is not necessary to have had experience in speech and debate in order to be on one of the teams. The only things we ask of a non-experienced student are interest and desire. Speech and debate is one of those areas to which one can devote a lot of time or a little time. Obviously, the more time spent in practice and attending meets, the better the student becomes. Coaches are available each night after school from approximately 2:45-5 p.m. It is also possible to meet a coach by special arrangement during non-class times during the day. Practice meets are held on Saturdays. Unfortunately, many of the Saturday meets are held some distance from Chesterton, and it is not unusual for the teams to leave the school at 4 a.m. and return some twelve hours later (the teams travel over 4000 miles annually). Transportation is always furnished, and the teams are always accompanied by faculty coaches and/or parent judges. Team members must pay for their own meals and travel expenses.

Our speech and debate teams are known throughout the state (and nation) for their excellence.  Our debaters have won 16 state championships. Since 1971 more than 100 speech and debate students have qualified for the national tournament. Six students have won national championships. Since 1982, Chesterton has placed in the top ten at the National Speech and Debate Tournament, and has been the National Speech and Debate Champion for 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993. The team has also won the prestigious Bruno E. Jacob Trophy for cumulative success twice in the last seven years. No other school in the nation has accomplished this feat.
Sponsor: Mr. Lowery
For more information, please email the sponsor.


The CHS STUDENTS FOR LIFE is a group of students who respect and promote the dignity of all life. We have morning meetings throughout the school year to discuss up coming events such as attending right to life banquets, pro life community service projects and social events. We welcome all students who believe life is sacred.
Sponsor: Mrs. Stahura
For more information, please email the sponsor.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT is a leadership and service organization that represents the student body.  The executive board consists of: President, Vice President of Student Affairs, Vice President of Event Planning, Vice President of Public Relations, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, and Administrative Assistant.  Each class is also represented by 4 Senators that are elected by the student body in the spring.  The House of Representatives meets monthly and consists of representatives from every club and sport at CHS.
Sponsor: Mrs. Jendrzejczyk
For more information, please email the sponsor.

SUPER MILEAGE CLUB is an opportunity for all students at CHS to compete in the IMSTEA (Indiana Math, Science and Technology Education Alliance) Super Mileage Challenge at O’Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis. The club meets once a week from early September to late April to Engineer, Design, and build a one-person fuel-efficient vehicle powered by a 3.5 HP Briggs and Stratton Engine.
Sponsor: Mr. Nolting
For more information, please email the sponsor.

THEATRE

Theatre provides opportunities for you to express yourself as no other medium can. As an actor, actress, or technical support person, you will create new and interesting people who live in as many settings as the mind can imagine. Your creations will give audiences cause to laugh, cry and reflect on life.

Theatre productions include comedy, serious drama, music and a combination of the three. Each production requires many hours after school. The production company works very hard to present performances that are unequaled. The work is fun, frustrating and fulfilling.

Watch and listen for announcements of tryouts. When they are made, contact the Production Director or the Theatre Director for details of the production.

The COSTUME CREW creates costumes based on the time, setting and mood of the play. Certain productions will be costumed entirely by you while others are rented from theatre houses. Those that you create will require you to know a little about sewing. They will also put your imagination to work as you develop clothing for so many people of different places and times. Costumes that are rented from major costume suppliers will give you an opportunity to see and work with other people’s ideas.

The MAKE-UP CREW transforms the young into the aged. Battle scars adorn players as make-up artists place base, grease and powder on the actors. Each play, every scene, requires some kind of make-up. Make-up adds to what the audience is asked to believe. It is the final “mask” for the actors to use in their performances.

A stage can be completely dark and still be considered to be “lit”. The LIGHTING CREW, as all crews, must be totally aware of the plays’ intent to determine when light and dark are most appropriate. However, lighting is more than just turning on lights. It is a feeling for when to turn them on; where to place them for the best affect; how many to use in a certain scene; what intensity to use and what colors to place on instruments. A performance is polished by the setting and use of lighting.

An empty stage can become a massive castle, a small home, a field or an ocean as the CARPENTERS build sets.You will use wood, Styrofoam, metal, glass, anything that can be put together for form an illusion. Everything that is done by the carpenters is determined by where we want the audience to think the actors are as they play their parts. A set can be as little as a single board painted as a sign to a stage filled from side to side, front to back, with intricate pieces in elaborate detail. Whichever it is, the carpenters lay out the plan and build the set as their contribution to the total production.

USHERS are the vanguard of a performance. You set the atmosphere for our audience. You will let our patrons know that we are pleased to have them as guests for the evening. You are their first impression of the efforts we have taken for their enjoyment.

Sponsor: Mrs. Morris
For more information on any of the above theatre-related opportunities, please email the sponsor.

WDSO-FM is Chesterton High School’s own educational FM station. The station serves a 90 square mile area broadcasting throughout the Duneland Community and in the nearby communities of Portage and Valparaiso. WDSO-FM supplies up-to-the-minute news, weather, sports coverage, music, special features, and live coverage of major Duneland sports activities. Students are involved in all phases of broadcasting and broadcast management.
Sponsor: Mr. Waters
For more information, please email the sponsor.

WORLD LANGUAGE CLUBS share a common interest in a language not commonly spoken in our country. The clubs study the social customs of their respective countries, putting their study to practical use during holiday seasons. Each club meets about once a month. The clubs raise funds for their own activities.

The FRENCH CLUB is a social organization which is an extension of the classroom in which students participate in many activities including fundraising for a trip to France and various other club sponsored parties. Activities include celebrating MardiGras, Christmas a la francaise, enrichment trips to Chicago to eat in French restaurants, see French films, and visit French cooking schools.
Sponsor: Mr. Nelson
For more information, please email the sponsor.

The GERMAN CLUB (Deutschklub) is a large group of approx. 75 students that share a passion for all things German!  Input from German Club members is always used to determine club activities, but some of the traditional events are:  participation in the fall Homecoming Parade, Movie Night, Oktoberfest Party, Chicago Christkindlmarkt trip, Gingerbread House building at the holidays, tutoring help, and the annual World Language Olympics & Picnic.  The German Club was the co-champion of the first ever World Language Olympics!  We also love doing events with our other World Language clubs!  German Club also does fundraising to contribute to the foreign language scholarship fund, and individual members can also raise money to help pay for their trip to Germany with our annual GAPP (German American Partnership Program) Exchange.
Sponsor: Mr. Knauff
For more information, please email the sponsor.

The JAPANESE CLUB has taken trips to the Japanese Mall, restaurants, the Art Institute, and a Buddhist temple in Chicago. In addition, the club held traditional end of the year parties and hosted a Japan Festival for middle school students. Preparations are now being made for a trip to Japan.
Sponsor: Mrs. Tsugawa
For more information, please email the sponsor.

SPANISH CLUB is great way to meet other students taking the language and to experience different cultures around the world!  Spanish Club meets once a month after school; the event varies each month.  The events vary and, of course, food is always included!  Some activities we did recently include:  a day trip to the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago (a primarily Mexican neighborhood); dinner at the Spanish Don Quijote Restaurant in Valparaiso, a traditional Puerto Rican cooking demonstration by a professional cook, piñata wars, and salsa dancing lessons.  We look forward to seeing you this school year!  
Sponsor: Mrs. Arizzi
For more information, please email the Sponsor.

YEARBOOK STAFF members publish SINGING SANDS, and in the process, learn magazine and book production techniques. Staff members do all of the preparation, from selling advertisements and subscriptions, to designing the cover and pages of the book, to arranging for all photography to be used in the book, to gathering all the information to be used as copy in the book. In addition, staff members must also write headlines, captions, and body copy, lay out pages, and index them, among other duties. Staff members must be willing to accept responsibility and carry out assignments. While some positions on the yearbook require only the recommendation of an English teacher and permission of the advisor, editor candidates must have completed 1-4 semesters of journalism and filled out an editor application. The staff enrolls in a course which meets one block every other day all year for two credits in Communications. In addition to in-class time, the staffers can expect to sometimes spend time after school, on weekends, during school year extended breaks, and during summer vacation working on the newspaper. Photographers are required to attend sporting and other events if they are assigned to these events. Knowledge of the use of computers is a plus.
Sponsor: Mr. Smith
For more information, please email the sponsor.

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