Arts, Clubs and Activities

Drama Club

Advisor: Mira Ordon
Drama Club is an organization for any student interested in the performing arts. Whether one has interests on the stage or behind the scenes, we have something for everyone. The goal of Drama Club is to enable young people to gain an appreciation for the arts, and to increase self-confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of responsibility by providing an opportunity for children to participate in a full length musical or play. The Drama Club begins at the start of the school year and ends with a major production in November.

FBLA – Future Business Leaders of America

Advisor: Michele Hall
Eligibility – Grades 9-12
Membership in FBLA helps students learn about business and provides the opportunity to see the “real world” through interaction with business leaders. FBLA is a national association of nearly a quarter of a million students interested in becoming more successful in the business world. Student members of FBLA will have the opportunity to gain community service experience, leadership development, career preparation, networking with peers and business professionals, and may have the opportunity to attend Leadership Conferences as well as competitions.

Jazz Band

Advisor: Scott Hopkins
Jazz Band provides students with another way to learn, express and enjoy music and its performance.

Leo Club

Advisor: Karen Kanarkiewicz
The Leo Club conducts a variety of charitable activities throughout the year, from hosting blood drives to beautifying school grounds and helping at the annual Equinox Thanksgiving dinner. The club is sponsored by Lions clubs to inspire volunteerism and leadership in young people ages 12 and up.

MasterMinds

Advisor: Lisa Dennison
MasterMinds is a high school version of the quiz show Jeopardy. Students test their knowledge of high school subjects, as well as pop culture by competing against schools from around the region. Students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to join the team, since a broad variety of knowledge is needed. Practice sessions are usually held a day or two in advance of each competition to help students sharpen their thinking skills. MasterMinds offers a little bit of everything: competition, learning and lots of fun!

Mock Trial

Advisor: David Schalekamp
Mock Trial gives students the experience of developing public speaking and writing skills, including analysis of logical and legal arguments while competing against their peers from other schools in “mock” trials before actual judges and attorneys in an actual courtroom.

Musical

Director: Mira Ordon, Assistant Director: Noreen Egan
Duanesburg’s high school musical showcases the talent, energy and creativity of students, who learn, practice and perform in the school’s state-of-the-art Joe Bena Auditorium. There are lots of ways to become involved, on the stage and behind the scenes.

National Honor Society

Advisor: Lisa Della Rocco
The National Honor Society ranks as one of the oldest and most prestigious national organizations for high school students. It was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. To be eligible for membership in the National Honor Society, a student must be a sophomore, junior or senior,  be in attendance at the school for the equivalent of one semester, and  have a cumulative average of at least 88 percent. Additionally, students will be evaluated on the basis of service, leadership, and character. For this evaluation to take place, students must complete an activity information form and essay to aid the faculty council. Letters of verification must be included with the activity form. The selection of each member of the chapter shall be by a majority vote of the faculty council.

Outing Club

Advisor: Kevin DiTondo
The Outing Club is open to students in grades 7-12 and has a goal of getting them into the great outdoors. The club provides opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, backpacking and even outdoor overnight trips.

Robotics Club

Advisor: Michael Gauthier
Students in grades 7-12 are welcome to join Duanesburg’s Robotics Club to learn how to design, build and program robots. Student teams compete in local and regional competitions through the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics program.

Science Fair (Grades K-8)

The science fair provides a venue for all district students and home-schooled students in grades K-8 to share the results of their exploration. The science fair is a voluntary project, and is not a part of regular class work. The most important aspect of the fair is encouraging students to have hands-on fun with science and allowing them to discover how science works in their lives. Students are encouraged to work on their project throughout the fall after their regular school assignments have been completed. Students may work individually or with a partner to expand on topics they have learned about in class or they may explore an interest of their own.

Senior Honors Project

This is an independently designed and executed course of study undertaken by a senior who has a deep interest in a topic not included in any courses offered within the school district. The student must submit an application and select a mentor who is an expert in the particular field. The required 200 hours provide a venue for a college and/or job applicant to stand out from the crowd.

Student Council

Advisor: Rebecca Pless, Assistant Advisor: Laura Hopkins
Student Council membership provides an avenue for students to discuss ways to improve their school and have a voice in school operations. The Student Council sponsors several dances each year. Other activities include various service projects and fundraisers that help support student field trips at all grade levels. This is a great way for students to get leadership experience while having a positive impact on their school.

Yearbook

Advisor: Andrea Amorosi (HS); Melanie O’Neill (ES)
Members of the yearbook staff work hard all year to create a lasting memory of the school year. Students are encouraged to contribute by taking pictures, writing captions and gathering information. If you’re responsible, good at managing your time, hard-working and dedicated to producing a yearbook for everyone to enjoy then this is the club for you!   Email the yearbook