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Activities

Get involved with other students and have a positive experience during high school.  Below are clubs and/or organizations, listed with the sponsor/director in charge.  Feel free to contact these people for more information!  Some clubs/organizations may require an application and/or interview.

Application for School-Sponsored Student Academic Organizations

Application for Student-Initiated and Led Clubs

School Sponsored Activities

NAME OF ORGANIZATION PURPOSE STAFF ADVISOR
Active Minds

Active Minds is for students with an interest in mental health professions, for those who live with a mental health issue, and/or anyone who wants to learn more about this field of study. This group meets to discuss the common challenges that high school students face. The group is guided by a qualified mental health specialist.

TBD - kendallw@psdschools.org

 

Ambassadors


The PHS Ambassadors are a family of 11th and 12th grade students who are selected to mentor Ninth Graders at Poudre High School. The Ambassadors represent the diversity of PHS and are committed to building relationships with students and sharing in learning about topics such as diversity, self-awareness, mental health and sexual assault prevention. The Ambassadors receive over 75 hours of training and are focused on making  an impact at Poudre High School through their time, courage and unity.

Cassie Poncelow -
cponce@psdschools.org

Denny Bain - dbain@psdschools.org

Clay Target League


This outdoor sport is for students who are interested in trap, skeet, sporting clays, and 5-stand shooting.  Our team is led by a certified firearms safety instruction.  No shooting experience necessary however all participants are required to hold a league approved firearm safety certification.  Our team competes in local competitions, the state tournament, and if qualified, the national tournament.

TBD - kendallw@psdschools.org 

Cycling Club

The mission of the PHS Cycling Team is build strong bodies, strong minds and strong character through cycling, regardless of ability and to provide students the camaraderie that will help them achieve both competitive and non-competitive cycling goals in a safe and enjoyable manner.

Suzanne Spezzano - sspezzano@psdschools.org

DECA

In DECA you will have the opportunity to obtain leadership skills that will give you a head start toward a real career, and have a positive effect on your community.  Are you interested in sports and entertainment marketing, in the travel or hospitality business, in fashion, in a retail career, in advertising or in the restaurant trade?  Activities and skills in these and any other marketing specialty are available to you in DECA.

Dave Long - dalong@psdschools.org

Jeremy Johner - jjohner@psdschools.org

Drama Club/International Thespian Society

The PHS Drama Club welcomes all students with an interest in theatre, film, and performing arts. The club meets weekly for theatre and improv games, technical theatre workshops, guest artists, club event rehearsals, and more! The club offers a dynamic and fun opportunity for students interested in acting, directing, costuming, stagecraft, lighting, special effects, and more, to get together in a supportive and exciting community. The club sponsors several performance events each year, and supports our Poudre Theatre mainstage productions and our theatre classes. In addition, students earn experience for induction in our chartered troupe of the International Thespian Society, a global honors society that supports students in theatre through workshops, conferences, scholarships, college auditions, and more.

Joel Smith - josmith@psdschools.org or our website: www.poudretheatre.org
eSports
Esports officially stands for electronic sports, not to be confused with video games. Esports takes video gaming to another level with organized competitive gameplay between two teams, governed by its own strict set of rules and guidelines. The difference is comparable to a pick-up basketball game at a park versus a varsity high school basketball game. Esports requires teamwork, communication, critical and strategic thinking, creativity, sportsmanship, and leadership — much like traditional sports.
TBD - kendallw@psdschools.org 

FBLA

FBLA brings business and education together, allowing students to compete and demonstrate problem solving skills, creativity and innovation.  Students compete in events like: Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Business Ethics, Global Business and many more.

Dave Long - dalong@psdschools.org

Jeremy Johner - jjohner@psdschools.org

FCCLA

FCCLA stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. FCCLA is a student led organization relating to the field of Family Consumer Sciences. FCCLA works to improve issues relating to family, work, and community. Poudre students have the opportunity to participate in service projects for their community. Poudre students also have the opportunity to pursue personal projects in the topics of culinary, fashion design, interior design, education, entrepreneurship, and many others, that they can compete with at state conference to potentially win college scholarships. FCCLA is great opportunity for those students interested in FCS topics, improving societal issues, and learning great leadership skills!

Madison McGinty - mmcginty@psdschools.org

 Mandy Johnson - amjohnson@psdschools.org

FFA
The Poudre FFA is dedicated to helping students develop career skills through conferences, contests and travel. The FFA is far more than just animals and plants, it is a great way to travel and prepare for any career.   https://sites.google.com/psdschools.org/poudre-ag-department/home

Sadie Nelson - sadien@psdschools.org

Mackenzi Crooks - mcrooks@psdschools.org

Film Club

This club engages students in analysis of a variety of film technique, film types, and genres while maintaining a fun, collaborative and participatory environment.

Monique Eckhoff - 
moniquec@psdschools.org

Fishing Club
This club is for all students who enjoy fishing.  Students meet to fish, tell exaggerated stories about the size of fish they catch, and just enjoy this sport with their peers.
David cummings - 
dcummings@psdschools.org

HOSA

This is for students interested in pursuing medical careers.  Students prepare and compete at a state level in events that test their knowledge of medical technique, information and innovation.

TBD - kendallw@psdschools.org 

Impala Hack Club

Impala Coding Club is for anyone!  It doesn't matter if you have never written a line of code in your life or have been doing it since you were 2 years old.  We learn new skills in programming to create amazing projects. There are several coding competitions that we compete in. Contact Mr. Breshears for more info about how to get plugged in.

Robert Breshears -  rbreashea@psdschools.org

Impala Connectors

This is an organization made up of students that are interested in welcoming new students and helping them feel at home at Poudre High School by giving tours, connecting them to clubs/activities, and generally helping them navigate the school’s physical and cultural space.  With a high population of transitioning students, we know that helping them connect quickly on a peer-to-peer basis is essential.

TBD - kendallw@psdschools.org 

Key Club

Key Club is a service-learning organization that does a variety of service projects for the PHS community. Most of the projects vary year to year depending on the student's ideas for that year. One of the consistent projects is the PHS Food Pantry: The PHS Food Pantry is integral part of the Annual Feed our Families Food Drive that gives a monthly "hand up" of basic food items to Poudre Families. This program was founded in 2016. In 2018 a weekend lunch program was started to assist students with food over weekends. Our Key Club hosts the Larimer County Food Bank's pop-up pantry at PHS the first Thursday of evry month to provide fresh food to community members. 

Joe Fontana - coachfontana@gmail.com

Lisa Mahler - lmahler@psdschools.org

Knowledge Bowl
Knowledge Bowl originated in 1976 in Durango, Colorado as a chance for students to compete academically. KB involves a team of four students answering written and oral questions covering a variety of academic disciplines.
Kristy Bibbey - kbibbey@psdschools.org

Math Club Mu Alpha Theta

Math Club is for students of all math abilities who enjoy learning about and sharing their knowledge of mathematics. The PHS Math Club consists of three components: 1) Service - Students spend time tutoring other students and participate in fundraising activities to help students in need. 2) Competition - Students attend CSU Math Day and participate in other mathematics competitions throughout the year. 3) Activities - Students participate in other math related activities throughout the year.  

Elissa Pitts - egaines@psdschools.org

Mock Trial

Mock Trial is an after school competitive group that allows students to think fast and battle with their wits. We work with trial lawyers (Criminal defense attorneys) and prepare a state-provided case for plaintiff/prosecution and defense. In competition we present the case against other schools in an attempt to out maneuver, outwit, and out perform in order to win our case. Participants can be a lawyer, witness, or expert witness and have a truly authentic experience as a member of a court including real district judges, with legal council adjudicators when at competition. Join us if you want to have fun, have interest in legal procedures, and want to learn how to think and maneuver in tough situations.

TBD - kendallw@psdschools.org 

National Art Honor Society

The purpose of the National Art Honor Society is to provide students, who are interested in multiple forms of art, the opportunity to meet new people, have fun, express themselves artistically and be recognized for their efforts and abilities.  Students may also have the opportunity to create an art project with connections to the school or community.

Dave Nichols - dnichols@psdschools.org

National Honor Society

NHS is an organization that recognizes academic excellence.  Through coursework requirements and grade point averages, individuals are inducted into this prestigious society.  This exceptional group of Junior and Seniors work together to exemplify the Four Pillars of the NHS organization: Service, Leadership, Scholarship, and Character.

Kelly Motichka - 
kemotich@psdschools.org

National Science Bowl
National Science Bowl® (NSB) is a highly competitive science education and academic event among teams of high school  students who compete in a fast-paced verbal forum to solve technical problems and answer questions in all branches of science and math. Regional and national events encourage student involvement in math and science activities of importance to the Department of Energy and the Nation.
Adam McBride - amcbride@psdschools.org 

National Technical Honor Society

The purpose of this organization is to promote the ideals of honest, service, leadership, and career development among the career and technical students of Poudre. The honor society rewards meritorious achievement and encourages career and technical education students in their pursuit of educational and career goals. It is also meant to provide career and tech students with a greater awareness of the world of work.

Wendy Tomaschow - 
wtomasch@psdschools.org
Native American Club  

The Native American Club is for all students who are interested in learning about Native American culture.  This club promotes awareness to students, staff, and the PHS community.  Each year the club engages in fun activities that are decided upon by the members.

TBD - kendallw@psdschools.org 

Ocean Bowl

The is an academic competition and program that addresses a national gap in environmental and earth sciences in public education by introducing high school students to and engaging them in ocean science, preparing them for ocean science-related and other STEM careers, and helping them become knowledgeable citizens and environmental stewards.

Adam McBride - amcbride@psdschools.org 

Outdoor Club


The Poudre Outdoor Club is for students who want to experience the outdoors.  We will hike in local parks after school and have an occasional weekend hike to places like Rocky Mt National Park.  No outdoor experience necessary!

TBD - kendallw@psdschools.org 

Robotics

We are a group of students who share an interest in science and technology, and it's application to real-world engineering. We may design and build robots, but our team is much more than that. Our mission is to be a student-run team that works together to participate in FIRST Robotics competitions. FIRST, which stands for "For Inspiration of Science and Technology", is an international organization that strives to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders. Every year we are given a new challenge, or game, that involves competing in alliances to score against the opposing alliance. This may involve driving over obstacles, shooting balls into hoops, hanging the robot from a bar, or even deploying a "mini-bot" to climb a pole. By building a robot to perform these challenges, students learn how to work as a team along with engineers in the community who act as mentors. Students on the team learn valuable skills that translate into future careers.

Alan Charters - alanc@psdschools.org

Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad functions much like a sports team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set. Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.

Kraig Burleson - 
kburleson@psdschools.org

Service & Environmental Club

Service and Environmental Club is an extracurricular club where students can be involved in community-based service projects.  The emphasis is on local service projects that have a direct impact on Poudre High School and Ft. Collins. Projects that Service & Environmental Club have been involved in over the years are:  

Homeless gear, Inter-generational Prom, Angel Tree, Linus blankets, mitten project, Respite Care, PHS recycling, PHS energy audit, Musical Zoo, packing and distributing meals to the homeless,  Poudre River & park clean ups, toiletries' drive & distribution. Each year, students decide what projects to undertake and are eligible for "lettering" in service.

Marcy Lewis - marcial@psdschools.org

Spectrum

Spectrum brings together both gay and straight students to socialize, discuss current issues in the LGBTQ community as well as other social/life issues, engage in book studies, promote awareness among students/staff/community, attend diversity conferences, participate in service activities and take part in school wide events.

TBD - kendallw@psdschools.org 

Speech & Debate

The Poudre Speech and Debate team gives students the chance to improve their public speaking, research, persuasive writing and acting ability. Members will get the chance to choose from a number events ranging from debating a number of current world issues in different formats, craft speeches to either inform or persuade, or act out dramatic or humorous scripts. Debaters will learn to debate both sides of a topic, and in the process become better listeners. Speech students will learn how to gain and maintain the focus on their audience while keeping them on the edge of their seat. Actors will learn how to help convey a feeling through different readings and help their audience gain empathy for their characters. The team competes in formal tournaments against other schools across the nation, all while raising students’ self-confidence as well. Coaches will provide the all the materials and know how needed to start! 

Ben Berry - bberry@psdschools.org
Student Council
Student Council’s purpose is to foster and drive positive school culture and spirit. Students in this club build their leadership skills by creating school wide events such as Homecoming, Feed Our Families Food Drive, Dances, Spirit Weeks, Prom, and more!

Natalie Stockley - nstockley@psdschools.org

Denny Bain - dbain@psdschools.org

Katie Courtway - kcourtway@psdschools.org

Student Initiated Activities

NAME OF ORGANIZATION

PURPOSE

MEETING DAY/TIME/LOCATION

STUDENT CONTACT

STAFF ADVISOR

American Sign Language Club

Teaching students the basics of sign language through games and activities, to get people interested in ASL and deaf culture.

Impala needed!

Anime Club

A place for students to get together to be creative, get new ideas, and have fun.

Impala needed!

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

To bring together athletes of faith, strengthen faith, friendships and develop leaders for our sports

Dave Cummings

GaGa Ball Club

To bring student together to enjoy a healthy activity. 

Lunch

Front of school

Jackson Warren

Wilson/Poncelow

Knitting Club

The leaders will teach members how to knit.  We will donate bookmarkers to the library and possibly headbands to the homeless.

Lunch on Tuesdays & Thursdays

Theater Room

Lillian Terwilleger

Soleia Monser-Gray

Roxanne Wessel

Operation Smile

To raise money, create an awareness, and support charitable organizations such as Operation Smile

Wednesdays 8:30am

Room 309

Grace Fries, Sophia Rose Kirby

Maria Dower

Pickle Ball 

To learn the rules of pickleball and play with other students.

Impala needed!

RC Club

To bring together students who enjoy RC cars, to have fun, develop their hobby and skill, and have competitions.

Impala needed!

Role Playing Club

A place to role play, play games like Dungeons and Dragons and just have fun.

Thursdays 4:05pm

Room 196

James McDonough

Mr McGahey “Wolf”

YANA - You Are Never Alone

A support group for students on different topics.

Jessie Olson

Fill in this application to start your club today!