Avon High offers a great variety of extracurricular activities for students to get involved. A wide array of sports teams is well complemented by an eclectic mix of school clubs and groups. Please visit our AHS athletics website for sports information.

Club Name

Advisor

Room # Location

Meeting/Day Time

Description

Animal Welfare

Ms. Galuska

N200

First and third Thursday of each month after school

The Animal Welfare Club strives to raise awareness related to animal abuse and neglect.  We also work to raise awareness and money for nonprofit organizations that work to rescue and care for animals in need.

AHS Democrats

Ms. Kraner

N211

 

Students interested in issues of concern to the Democratic Party are encouraged to join the AHS Democrats Club.  Students will have the opportunity to volunteer in local campaigns and to involve others in initiatives such as voter registration.  












Amnesty International

Mr. Abrams

W117

 

Amnesty International’s vision is of a world in which every person enjoys all of the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.

 

There is no better way to become informed about and involved in global human rights issues than to organize an Amnesty student group at Avon High School.  By becoming a member  of our student chapter  along with Amnesty International you are on the way to shining the light on human rights, preventing and ending grave abuses worldwide, and raising the consciousness about such issues in our school and our community.

The Anime Club

Ms. Tarar

C102

Monday, 2:15-3:15

The con is a friendly group that accepts all those with "nerdy interests". Our primary motives are simply to share anime we find interesting and have a good time. During the summer all members are invited to attend Connecticon.






Auto Club

Mr. Fusco

N206

 

The Auto Club will provide an opportunity for automobile enthusiasts to meet, discuss, and have fun exploring their interest in cars and the field of mechanics. Activities will include discussions about current events, films, mechanics, guest speakers and possible field trips.

A.V.O.N

Ms. Schwager

School Counseling

First Monday of each month before school

Avon Volunteers on Newness: Helping our both our local and global community.  Activities include orienting students new to the school and organizing projects including food drives, scholarship fundraising, care package collections for overseas soldiers, and in other ways as needed.  

Avon High School Robotics (Uberbots)

Mr. Niezrecki

Ms. Lareau

   

The Avon High School Robotics Team participates in an exciting multinational competition to promote student interest in the dynamic and creative area of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Practicing engineers, business people, teachers, and other established teams mentor student teams. On the Avon High Robotics Team, students take on various roles in the design and building of a robot, as well as fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.

Center for Human Rights

Mr. Abrams

Mr. Pellegrino

W117

W101

Monday, 2:20 PM/ W101

The Center for Human Rights at Avon High School's goal is to increase awareness of human rights in the Avon community.  We seek to extend education around human rights beyond the classroom, by sponsoring interesting and meaningful events for AHS students, families, and friends.

 

Certamen Club

Mr. O’Sullivan

W215

Friday & Alt Wednesday

The Certamen Club is a Latin "Quizbowl" club that usually competes in two tournaments throughout the year, the Harvard Certamen competition in March and the de facto Connecticut State tournament at Latin Day in May.

 

Chess Club

Mr. Lukowicz

W211

Wednesday

7:00 - 7:35

This club involves both casual games with friends and competitors with professional instruction to help in the development of every member’s chess skills. The club, while providing a wide variety of new opponents, is a great way to make new friends and have a good time. Come check us out some time; we accept players of all skill levels.



Close-up to Washington

Mr. Kramek

W113

 

Using the nation’s capital as a living classroom, participants get a “close up” view of government - interacting with the people, processes, and places that make  this federal city so unique.  A rotating list  history teachers at the school, chaperones the trip during April vacation

Computer Science Club

Mr. Curtis

W106

 

The Computer Science Club is a new group dedicated to spreading both computer hardware and software expertise. Whether you enjoy building computers and programming or just getting into electronics, the CSC is able to help you further explore your interests.

Connecticut Youth Forum

Ms. Andreanna

W210

When needed in W210

CT Youth Forum is offered by the CT Forum and offers students various activities and experiences by meeting and interacting with a diverse group of young people. The group gets involved with socially relevant issues, open dialogue, career-minded role models and other activities offering real world exploration.

Falcon Fixers

Mr. Pellegrino

W101

Tuesday, 7:10 AM

The Falcon Fixers' goal is to make Avon High School a more welcoming and engaging place for students.  We increase school spirit by improving the physical environment of the school in creative and innovative ways.  We want to make AHS a place where students feel they belong.

 






Falconatics

Mr. Porch

   

This group is a student "spirit group," established to generate positive enthusiasm and support for teams and activities within the AHS school community. All students are welcome to join and become active participants in AHS student life!

Fall Play

Ms. Paterson

Auditorium

Tuesday evenings, Wednesday evenings, Thursdays after school

* Technical crew meeting times vary

The fall play includes a cast and technical crew, and students may choose whether to be onstage or behind the scenes.  There are auditions each September, and the play is presented mid-November, before Thanksgiving.

Fly Fishing Club

Mr. Butler

N100

Thursday after school

The club members are learning the basics of fly-fishing and fly tying, river ecology and conservation.  We make several fishing trips a year to the Farmington River and possibly other sites as well.

 









Gay Straight Alliance

Ms. LaBrosse

Ms. Wiellette

W202

N204

Alternate Tuesday Ms. LaBrosse’s room Weds at 7:15 am (11/19 continuing every other week).  For students who can stay after school, meet in Ms. W’s room Tues at 2:20 pm (11/26 continuing every other week).  

The GSA is open to students of any sexual orientation who are interested in gay/lesbian/bisexual and transgender issues. It is organized to end anti-gay bias and create a positive change in the school by having a welcoming, supportive and safe place for all students to meet and socialize, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Interested students can contact the faculty Advisers regarding meeting times.

Habitat for Humanity

Mr. McLaughlin

W120

 

Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations.










I am Second

Mr. Kramek

W113

Thursday, 7:10 AM

The "I am Second" club is a club that allows students of the Christian faith to meet weekly to have  discussions wherein people share and discuss daily struggles and issues of life in a Christian context. One of the main goals of these groups are to introduce the idea of people restructuring their life in a way in which they put God first and themselves second. Furthermore, I Am Second groups function in order to help members explore and discover their own personal purpose in life, as well as unite people who are on similar spiritual journeys.

Improv Theatre

Ms. Paterson

Auditorium

Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30

This club meets to learn improvisational theatre techniques.  Acting warm-ups, improvisational exercises and theatre games help students learn to entertain an audience and present a scenario or story-line in a spontaneous manner.  Upper-classmen in this club will participate in the Improv Olympics at CCSU.









Jazz Band

Mr. Lovendale

E106

2 hours weekly, at night plus 3-4 concerts

The Jazz Ensemble is the group of instrumental musicians who wish to explore the jazz idiom.  Because Jazz Ensemble meets on Monday evenings, members must be willing to invest extra time and effort into practice and performance.  Jazz Ensemble members must also be members of the 9th grade Concert Band, the Symphonic Band, or the Wind Ensemble, and participation is with the consent of the Director.  Depending upon enrollment, two jazz groups may be offered.  Placement will be based upon playing ability/audition and the need of balancing instrumentation, and is at the discretion of the director.  

Kids 4 Kids

Mr. Desmond (Parent Advisor)

Ms. Toyen

School Counseling

Wednesday before school - once a month

Raise money for the pediatric cancer fund at UConn/CCMC.  Volunteer at various events to help support the families and children









LEO

Ms. LeFevre

E104

Every other Friday at 7:00 AM or 2:15 PM

The LEO club provides the students of Avon High School with an opportunity for development and contribution,individually and collectively, as responsible members of their local, national and international communities.

The LEO club motto is Leadership, Experience, Opportunity.

 

LEADERSHIP: LEO members acquire skills as project organizers and motivators of their peers.

EXPERIENCE: They discover how teamwork and cooperation can bring about change in their community and the world.

OPPORTUNITY: LEO's develop positive character traits and receive recognition for their contributions.

Literary Arts Magazine

Mr. LaChance

N102

Wednesday, 2:30

The literary/arts magazine is a student-centered publication that is typically published in spring. Members engage in writing and peer review activities as well as a discussion of visual material such as drawing and photography that may become part of the work. Membership is open to all, and submissions from any student at AHS are considered for publication.

Math Team

Ms. LaBrosse

Mr. Lukowicz

W202

W211

Second  Wednesdays of the month, 2:00-6:00PM

Practice Tuesdays or Thursdays.

Meets are second Wednesday of the month practices vary from first Tuesday or Thursdays of the month. Team competes in the Capital Area Math Leagues, state meet, New England regional meet. Some members make the state team and compete in the American Regional Math League.

Mock Trial

Mr. Kramek

W113

Tuesdays 7:10am

The Mock Trial Club is an association that looks at debatable cases of law that have been settled in the Courts of America. Both sides of a case are presented through evidence, witness affidavits, evidence and case law. The students who participate break down the case and act as lawyers and witnesses representing the two sides of the case. Here, students learn how to debate and how to put forward a case for their particular side: prosecution or defense. The Club participates in two competitions during the year including a county-wide tournament in December. Here, twelve-fifteen members of the club are selected to put on the case in courthouses around the state in front of a real judge in a real courtroom.






Model UN

Mr. Curtis

   

The Avon High School Model United Nations provides students with the opportunity to review and interpret modern global issues from international perspectives. Weekly meetings throughout the fall session allow students to discover and evaluate current events across a range of topics and viewpoints. This includes a trip to New York City to visit the UN and speak with mission delegates of selected countries. Students then write resolutions, assuming the perspectives of those counties. In the winter, resolutions are represented and debated in a two-day mock United Nations session among hundreds of other Model UN participants from across Connecticut.

Musical (Spring)

Ms. Paterson

Auditorium

Tuesday evenings, Wednesday evenings, and Thursdays after school

* Technical crew meeting times vary, as do orchestra rehearsals

The spring musical includes a cast and technical crew, and students may choose whether to be onstage or behind the scenes.  Auditions are in January, and the play is presented the first weekend in May.  Onstage roles include opportunities for singing, dancing, leading roles, supporting roles, and ensemble work.  There is also a pit orchestra which meets separately and joins the cast and crew during the last weeks of production.

National Honor Society

Mr. McDermott

Mr. O’Sullivan











W104

W215

First Wednesday of every month for members (auditorium); third Wednesday of every month for officers (W104)

The purpose of this organization shall be to foster enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to develop character in the students of Avon High School.


Members are required to attend monthly chapter meetings, complete 3 hours of community service a month, and participate in chapter-wide events.

Newspaper

Ms. Mirabello

N202

Thursday, 7:15 am

The Falcon is a school publication that serves as a forum for student expression. All students are welcome to submit their articles, photography, cartoons/comic strips, and be involved in the creative process of designing the paper.











On-Call Volunteers

Mr. Abrams

W117

 

Ourgoal is to seek out a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout  our school and local communities and make important contributions to those communities.  It's a pretty common mistake to think of volunteering as just something nice that people can do.  By volunteering we often deliver critical services to those in need.  By volunteering we often help to keep our neighborhoods, streets, parks, rivers, green spaces, and water clean and safe for everyone.  Volunteers tutor, teach, mentor, coach, and support young people.  There are unlimited possibilities when you are a member of the On-Call Volunteers club

Pep Band

Mr. Lovendale

E106

Sept.-Nov.-

football season,

May-Parade

June- Graduation

The Pep Band plays at football games, during pep rallies, the Memorial Day Parade, and graduation.  Through their participation in the Pep Band, students learn personal responsibility as well as how to perform with a team.  



Ping Pong Club

Ms. Wendler

N208

Mondays 2:20-3:00 in the gallery by the LMC.  We run October through March.

This is a “drop in” club.  Games to 11 to facilitate rotation of players through our three tables.  Players may bring own paddles or balls.

R.O.P.E.S

Mr. Sunblade

Community Room

Thursday mornings at 7:10

Students talk about initiatives to promote a positive school climate, i.e. quote of the week, random acts of acknowledging good behaviors, organizing bake sales-with the idea of the field day in the spring as our 'big finale.'  We also have two training sessions with ADL in Feb and Mar.

Science Club

Ms. Galuska

Ms. Loynes

Mr. Dunford

N200

Each Monday morning before school

The Science Club offers students an opportunity to explore areas of science that are of interest to them beyond the classroom.  Students are exposed to guest speakers, provided with opportunities to compete in various olympiads including the CT Science Olympiad, Yale Invitational Science Olympiad, U.S. Biology Olympiad, and Chemistry Olympiad.  In addition, Science Club members host a Science Fair and serve as mentors for the grade 5-8 students.




Sierra Club

Mr. Dorr

N212

 

The Avon Sierra Club recycles weekly, focusing specifically on plastic, aluminum, and paper accumulated in classrooms. We have worked to raise community and school awareness and social responsibility regarding environmentally sound practices. Each year the Sierra Club hosts a number of fund raising initiatives and its annual Eco-Fair in the spring.

Student Government

Mr. Mooney

W203

 

Student Government is a student-centered organization that works to improve both the Avon High School community as well as the local community around us. We participate in community service projects as well as sponsor in-school events to foster school spirit and create a sense of camaraderie amongst the student body.

Technical Theatre

Mr. Torone

Auditorium

Meeting times vary for the fall play and spring musical

Technical crews are developed in coordination with the fall play and spring musical.  There are opportunities to learn all facets of technical theatre, including set construction, painting, props, lighting, sound, stage managing, costumes, make-up, and front-of-house.





The Computer Modeling Club

Mr. Buys

   

The proposed computer-modeling club would facilitate approximately 20-30 students, once a week for the entire school year. It is designed to allow student who have an interest in Video Production, Animation, CAD and/or Computer Gaming type activities but were unable to schedule into their school day. It would also fill the need for students who have taken a class and would like to further their knowledge on the subject. We would also be able to use it as a "proving ground" for future projects in this area and be able to preview games created in the new unity software purchased for the CMV III class.

Tri-M (Modern Musical Masters)

Mr. Brochu

E107

 

Tri-M is an international Music Honor Society. It is comprised of students from 10th, 11th, and 12th grades who are actively involved in choir, orchestra, band or jazz ensemble. Students are nominated based on criteria set by the school's local charter and the international Tri-M board of MENC. The group is active in community as well as music services and is a forum of unification of the entire high school music program.



Trivia Team

Ms. LaBrosse

W202

Fridays, 2:30PM

This is a student initiated team that practices weekly to compete in Trivia Competitions, History Bowls and Bees. Competitions are held on Saturdays during the school year and are attended on an as interest level.

Tutoring in The City

Mr. Patterson

W213

Tuesday, 4:00pm-5:15 pm

In co-operation with Connectikids, AHS volunteers act as tutors for first grade children from MLK Elementary school in Hartford each Tuesday afternoon from 4.00pm to 5.15pm. Some students use this activity to acquire service hours for NHS.  However, the majority of these students are involved through genuine feelings of altruism, and they have always impressed the Connectikids co-coordinators thanks to their patience and reliability.

Ultimate Frisbee

Mr. Murray

W209

The team practices and competes in the Spring sport season.

March - June with several preseason indoor practices.

This is the Club Sport of Ultimate.  The team competes in the Connecticut Ultimate League, which is comprised of club high school teams. This is a coed sport and the club emphasizes individual skill development, team tactics, and sportsmanship. The team practices usually 3 to 4 days per week and competes in approximately 12 - 16 games during the spring.

Uni-cycle Club

Ms. Toyen

Guidance

Thursdays - 2:20-3:15

No prior uni-cycle knowledge is necessary - some students are learning to ride a uni-cycle while others are enjoying the time riding their uni-cycles with their peers.

Unified Sports

Ms. Carlone

W118

 

Unified Sports is a program that combines approximately equal numbers of individuals with (athletes) and without (partners) intellectual disabilities on the same sports teams for training and competition. All participants are of similar age and ability. Unified Sports is an important program because it expands sports opportunities for athletes and partners seeking new challenges. In addition, Unified Sports dramatically increases inclusion in the community by helping to break down barriers that have historically kept people apart. At the same time, Unified Sports provides a valuable sports opportunity to individuals who are not presently involved with Special Olympics or other sports programs.

Writing Center

Ms. Kraner

N211

Thursdays in the MPL

Peer tutors volunteer to work during opens in the Writing Center near SAC or after school on Thursdays to conduct conversations about writing, with the goal of improving skills in both.

Yearbook

Mr. Salerni

Ms. Kraner

W222

N211

Thursdays at 7:10 AM

Students plan, create, sell, and distribute the school yearbook/DVDs each year.  This involves the extensive use of desktop-publishing and movie-editing software.  This activity requires significant dedication and responsibility since the various parts of the book must be completed by specific interim deadlines in order to stay on budget.