RHS Clubs and Activities 2021-2022

As our school grows, so does our student involvement in clubs and sports activities. Student participation has grown at a rapid rate. Last year we had approximately 1000 students participating in the programs offered to our students. The activities are varied including academic competition as well as athletic. The clubs include many unique learning experiences.

ART OUTREACH

Advisor: Ms. Todd
Wednesdays – 2:40pm
Room: 142

Art Outreach is a student led club focused on serving both our school and local community through art. The club is open to any student and offers volunteer opportunities, the ability to build leadership skills, peer recognition, and the chance to connect with community members.

Contact: ltodd@rockfordschools.org if you have any questions.

CHAMBER MUSIC CLUB

Advisor: Mrs. Erin DeYoung
Thursdays – 2:35pm
Room: Orchestra Room

Join the Chamber Music Club on Tuesdays. Meetings will be held in the Orchestra Room. Any musician is welcome to join.
Contact: edeyoung@rockfordschools.org for more information.

DANCE CLUB/VARSITY

Advisor: Olivia Hildenbrand

The Dance Team performs at half time of both girls and boys varsity basketball games. The team learns routines of traditional pom and different styles of dance. Team members work on a wide range of routines for the different competitions as well as performances for school events. The season begins with try-outs in the spring. In June the team spends a week at summer camp and then continues through the state competitions meet in February.

Contact: hildenbrandolivia@gmail.com for more information.

DIGITAL ART CLUB

Advisor: Mrs. Burkholder
Monday & Thursday @ 2:30pm
Room 101

Come join us for Digital Art Club in a relaxed atmosphere where students can work independently or with friends to explore the Adobe Creative Suite! Photoshop, Light Room and Illustrator to name a few, and we also have beautiful Wacom tablets for those artists in the group!

Contact: mburkholder@rockfordschools.org for more information.

DRAMA CLUB

Advisor: Mr. Leader
Tuesdays – 2:35 PM
RHS Room 150

Are you interested in acting? Stage Crew? Improvisation? Musical Theater? Drama Club is the club for you!

ALL are welcome!

Contact: aleader@rockfordschools.org for more information.

EQUESTRIAN CLUB

Advisors: Lori Veltema

The purpose of this organization is to promote continuous growth in programs fostering horsemanship education and to sponsor activities encouraging inter-scholastic participation for all interested high school students. The team will provide, conduct and host equestrian interscholastic programs. The club abides by the rules and regulations of the Michigan Interscholastic Horse Association.

Contact: lveltema@yahoo.com for more information.

GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE (GSA)

Advisor: Ms. Vlug
Tuesdays – 2:35pm
Room: 217

GSA strives to build a safe space for all students as well as enable open discussion to confront bullying and prejudice.

Contact lvlug@rockfordschools.org for more information.

GREEN CLUB

Advisor: Mr. Karsies
Friday’s @ 2:35pm
Room: 129

The Green Team is an environmental club that focuses on the presentation and improvement of the native Michigan ecosystem. We do environmental projects that will benefit the ecosystem around our school. It is a great opportunity to learn about our environment and how to care for it. We have put in a native garden on campus, and plan to add more. We hope to continue growing and making our school greener. Anyone who is interested in environmental science and preservation is welcome to join.

Contact: akarsies@rockfordschools.org for more information.

FIELD HOCKEY

Advisor: Mark Neumen

Girls Field Hockey is a fast paced game that has similarities to soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse. It is a team sport played with curved stick and a ball on 100 x 60 yard field with 10 field players and 1 goalie. Field Hockey is one of the oldest sports and is 3rd most played team sport in the world, played by both men and women. Here in the US primarily played by women and is offered by 263 colleges.

Contact: mneuman@yahoo.com for more information.

INTERACT

Advisors: Ms. Baker
Thursday @ 7:10am/2:40pm
Room: 132

This is a group of active, friendly student volunteers with a goal to enhance and promote high school based activities that encourage volunteering, philanthropy and leadership development. The active membership (between 50-70) continues to grow throughout the year and students get involved where they are needed.

Contact: kbaker@rockfordschools.org  for more information.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Advisor: Mr. Pilko/Mr. Hibdon

Junior and Senior students interested in the National Honor Society have to completed 2nd trimester of their junior year in high school. Students must have minimum 3.5 GPA or be a senior with 3.36 GPA or higher and SAT Score of 1280 or higher. Proof of service, leadership and character. Be in attendance for one year prior to application. Be reviewed by the Faculty Council (students are selected by the Faculty Council**)

Contact: epilko@rockfordschools.org or thibdon@rockfordschools.org for more information.

THE NEWSLETTER CLUB

Advisor: Mrs. Jackie Decker
Monday’s @ 7:05am
Room 125

Join The Newsletter a Biweekly 2-4 page News Source for RHS. Writing articles, Editing, Topic Brainstorming, Design or feel free to suggest other Roles. Level of Commitment is one meeting & turning in rough draft, editing and final touches. Contact: jdecker@rockfordschools.org for more information.

POC EMPOWERMENT CLUB 

Advisor: Mr. Hayes
Wednesdays – 2:40pm
Room: 246

“Let’s Celebrate our Difference” Learn and celebrate other cultures. Prevent racism in our community and school, meet supportive peers. This is a safe place, every one is welcome to our People of Color Empowerment Club. Contact Advisor: jhayesrockfordschools.org for more information.

RUGBY

Advisor:  Andy Dauser

Rugby is a fast paced contact sport that involves aspects from soccer and American football. No experience is necessary to play, just a desire to work hard and learn a new sport. Rugby runs as a spring sport, practices start once a week after Christmas break and reaches full swing by the middle of February.

Contact Advisor- ajdauser@gmail.com for more information.

SCIENCE CLUB

Advisor: Ms. Lloyd
Wednesdays – 2:35pm
Room 139

Have an interest in learning biology beyond the scope of classroom and participating in one of the premier individual biology competitions in the USA? Even if you don’t want to compete, you can still learn some biology topics that are very advanced and super cool.

Contact: klloyd@rockfordschools.org for more information.

STUDENT COUNCIL

Advisor: Mrs. Avram
Room : 241

Welcome to Student Council! What is it? Defined as a revival or rebirth, our club works to recognize, respect, reward all groups of RHS. We want to make our school, sporting events, musical, concerts and everything else better for all students and encourage each other to be successful. Want to help decorate the school, paint windows, make signs, go to events, and work with a group of amazing students and adults, this is the best place for you!

Contact: lavram@rockfordschools.org for more information.

FRESHMAN THEATRE CLUB

Advisor: Mr. Van Bragt
Thursdays – 2:40pm
RFC Room: 103

This is a theater club where students practice the skills of improvisation.

By playing games similar to those on the television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway,” students learn spontaneity, character development, timing, and group trust through theatre games.

Contact: tvanbragt@rockfordschools.org for more information.

WOMAN’S AWARENESS CLUB

Advisor: Mrs. Purvis
Friday’s @ 7:10am
Room: 215

The RHS Women’s Awareness Club works to end the violence, oppression and sexual exploitation of women around the world. Our main goal is to spread awareness on topics such as: rape culture, sexual assault, dating violence, human trafficking, and abusive relationships. Women’s Awareness works with multiple organizations including: the YWCA, Women at Risk (WAR), Safe Haven Ministries, Women HEAR for Women There, Chicago Books to Women in Prison, etc. All students are welcome to join!

Contact: cpurvis@rockfordschools.org for more information.

WRITING CLUB

Advisor: Mr. Story
Wednesday’s @ 2:45pm
Room: 239

The Rockford High School Writing Club, The Type-Os, encourages students to passionately pursue writing. We believe that everyone has a story to tell, a story that needs to be heard. The primary goal of the club is to help students craft their stories and give them a place to share it. The club is work-shop-based and students are involved in a variety of activities each week such as: reading original stories aloud, commenting on stories, reading various professional works and analyzing the structure of the piece, and writing in class in response to various stimuli. Everyone is welcome to come and share their stories. 

Contact: sstory@rockfordschools.org for more information.