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Art League

The BHS Student Art League is an inclusive club for all students who have a passion for art. No experience is required! This club is student-driven and fun! Come with your ideas. We do activities in-house as well as community art activities within the building.

AFTER SCHOOL ACADEMY

Coordinator: Ms. Vitelli

The After School Academy is open Monday-Thursday afternoons in room 2117. All students may attend to complete work and/or get extra help.

BIKE CLUB

Advisors: Mr. Arnold and Mr. Hanna
The Bike Club is a combination of students and teachers that go on weekly bike rides. Don’t think you are too strong or too weak! Everyone is welcome and will be able to ride with the group. Road rides are every Wednesday after school. Members have a good time and get to travel to different places around Berlin (such as the New Britain Reservoir, Wadsworth Falls, Castle Craig, and others). We have also participated in the Discover Hartford Tour, the Hub on Wheels which is BikeBoston and we will conquer the 5 Boro Bike Tour through New York City again! Mountain biking destinations include Bicentennial Park, Castle Craig and Lamentation Mountain. This year there is an Urban Mountain Bike Race in Hartford! See Mr. Hanna or Mr. Arnold for a parent permission slip. If you don’t have a bike, we will provide one for you. BHS Ridin’ Redcoats …Take your training wheels off!

BERLIN FIRST

Advisors:  Mrs. deRito and Mr. Rudy

Do you like to work with people? Are you interested in Math, Science or Computers? Are you artistic, mechanical or have a lot of spirit? Maybe FIRST is for you! Berlin FIRST builds robots designed by the team, then competes at Regional and National Competitions. The FIRST Robotics Competition is an exciting, multinational competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The program is a life-changing, career-molding experience—and a lot of fun. New members are always welcome, and building occurs at night or on weekends at McGee Middle School. No prior experience needed! 

BERLIN HELPING BERLIN

BHB Logo

Advisors:  Mr. Arnold and Mrs. Meneo
The Berlin Helping Berlin Fund (BHB) is a special purpose fund to provide assistance to members of the Berlin High School community in accordance with the fund guidelines. This fund receives support through fund raisers held at the Berlin High School each year. Additional gifts from the Berlin High School community will be added only if the monies are restricted to this purpose. 

The purpose of the BHB fund is to provide assistance to Berlin High School community members who are facing a financial need and are suffering hardships beyond their control and to supplement services that may be needed.

The following are broad examples of, but not limited to, covered items/areas:

  • Utility payment/rent or mortgage assistance

  • School related activity funding when a need is provided

  • Severe illness or injury

  • Fire or other disaster

The funds will be distributed by using gift cards, bills paid directly by the Fund, donations of items, etc. No cash/checks will be distributed directly to the recipient at any time. 

See the BHB Video

DECA BUSINESS CLUB

DECA Career Cluster

Advisors:  Mr. Jones and Mr. Parisi
The goal of the DCA Business Club is to develop competent, motivated business leaders while creating an interest and understanding of American business enterprise. Students are encouraged to participate in activities that assist in preparing them to become emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for business related careers such as marketing, communications, sales, accounting, finance, hospitality, management, etc. Leadership skills can be built upon when attending DECA leadership conferences, job shadow field trips, DECA competitive events, and participation in community outreach opportunities. We value and encourage innovative thinking, integrity, teamwork and leadership. Some opportunities available to students are officer team, operation of the school store, job shadowing, educational field trips (related to business), stock market challenge, virtual business game challenge, fundraising, etc.

CHORUS

Director: Mr. Boyle 

Treble Chorale, Men’s Choir, and Bella Voce all meet as a class. Bella Voce is by audition and/or instructor approval. The Berlin High School Madrigal Singers is an auditioned, extracurricular ensemble that performs for the community and at chorus concerts.

CLASS OFFICE

Class Advisors:
Class of 2021: Ms. Portal and Mr Rudy
Class of 2022: Mrs. Pires and Mrs. Taradeina
Class of 2023: Mrs. Dirkson and Mrs. Glass
Class of 2024: Mrs. Addamo, Mrs. Hamad, and Mr. Sobolewski

     

     


 

DRAMA CLUB

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Advisor: Mr. Boyle

The BHS Music & Theatre Arts Department presents annual theatrical productions that include the Cabaret & Choral Revue, fall play, and spring musical. These are large-scale community events where students of all backgrounds can come together to showcase their many talents. We welcome students who are interested in performing, playing in the pit orchestra, or joining the build and design crew.

FUTURE TEACHERS CLUB

Advisors: Mrs. Day and Dr. Bosso

The Future Teachers Club is organized and maintained for students who are interested in becoming teachers. Monthly meetings will focus on the process of entering the teaching profession, challenges and opportunities of teaching, teaching as an art and science, and current issues in education. Students may have the opportunity to hear guest speakers, work with practicing teachers, and build relationships with various people involved in education. This club is open to all students who wish to explore education as a career.

Debate Club

This club will allow students to pick relevant topics with different viewpoints. The purpose is for students to be able to voice their opinions while using reliable evidence to support their findings. Students will group together, research and debate throughout the school year.

Improv Team

Advisor - Mr. Recore

The art of improv is truly a skill that benefits you in almost all aspects of life. The Improv Team, "Chomping at the BIT," is a competition level improv troupe that works to create stories out of thin air. The team consists of a small number of students all dedicated to enhancing their skills. In the past we’ve competed/performed at the Hartford Improv Fest, Boston Improv, and locally in monthly shows we host.

Gaming Club

Advisor: Mr. Sobolewski
Updated description: Gaming Club is an opportunity for students to regularly connect with their peers by playing games after school together. Playing both video games on the SMARTBoard and board games together, students meet on Fridays in Room 1103 after school. Students supply their own systems, controllers, and games, and have the chance to organize tournaments to play together. If you’d like more information, come by and see if Gaming Club is the place for you!

CORAL CONSERVATION CLUB

Advisor: Mrs. Adams

This club maintains/studies the marine ecosystem in a controlled environment. With hopes of establishing various tanks, members study issues that are present that may also impact the real ecosystem.

Redcoat Dance Team

Advisors: Ms. Herrera and Mrs. Mayette

This is a dance team based on the Universal Dance Association’s high school and collegiate dance teams. Dancers will focus on jazz choreography to be performed at school-based events. Dancers should have some background dance training; this is not a dance class to learn technique. For auditions, dancers will be assessed on specific techniques/skills, their ability to learn choreography, and their performance of the dance.

GSA+

Advisor: Mr. Boyle and Mr. Sobolewski

Berlin High School's Gay-Straight Alliance club is a safe place for all students. This is a student-lead club dedicated to promoting awareness, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in gender and sexual orientations. All students are welcome at any time. Activities include the Day of Silence, attending the True Colors conference and sponsoring educational and social programs for Berlin High School students, faculty, and staff. Meetings are after school on alternating Mondays in room 2122.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

BHS Habitat for Humanity Logo

Advisor: Mrs. Wilkosz

Habitat for Humanity aims to eliminate poverty and homelessness both locally and globally. As a member of the Berlin High School Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, you will educate others on issues of poverty, raise funds and advocate to help those in need, and build houses in areas locally, nationally, and potentially internationally. We welcome anyone who wants to help others and strengthen communities.

INTERACT

Interact Rotary Logo

School Advisor: Mrs. Lisa Downey (Room 2226)
Rotary Advisors: Dr. Michele Imossi

Interact is Rotary International’s service club for students. BHS Interact Club is sponsored through the New Britain-Berlin and Kensington-Berlin Rotary clubs. Interactors complete multiple community service projects throughout the year. They partner with the Salvation Army, Hungerford, and CCARC on many of their events. Interacts also fundraise to help contribute to causes they feel passionate about. In the past, they have donated to Feed My Starving Children, Guatemala Clean Water Project, Make-A-Wish, Support Our Troops, CT Humane Society, and various others. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships and learn the importance of developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work, and advancing international understanding and goodwill. Interactors also have the opportunity to attend the annual Rotary Youth Leadership Conference at Springfield College (Sophomore year), attend the World-Affairs Seminar in Wisconsin (Junior year), or participate in the Rotary Summer Foreign Exchange program. Rotary also offers scholarships to eligible Interact seniors.

Interact Club Website

Math Team

Advisors: Mr. DelValle and Mr. Forman

The Math Club offers students two opportunities: service and competition. The service opportunity is through tutoring at McGee Middle School. Members tutor students to succeed in their current math class, prepare them for future classes, and show the sense of community that Berlin is famous for. Members are also able to compete on the Math Team, a team of students that participates in mathematics competitions throughout the year. These include the American Math Competition in February and the Greater New Haven Math League.

MUSICAL

Director: Mr. Boyle

The musical takes place in early March and involves performing singers, actors, and dancers as well as technical theater and set construction. Auditions will be held in November. All are welcome and encouraged to get involved in some way!

JAPANESE LANGUAGE and CULTURE CLUB

Advisor: Alison Berardinelli

In this club, students learn basic Japanese conversational phrases, learn about different aspects of modern Japanese culture, and share interests including video games, anime, and manga

Pop Culture Club

Advisor: Mrs. Nascimento

The Pop Culture Club aims to increase awareness of popular culture and its influence. Club members meet weekly to discuss a shared interest in the current trends of t.v., movies, music, and fashion. Pop culture Club also aims to bring awareness to the "Make a Wish Foundation." Membership is open to all and meetings are generally once a week.

 

Random Acts of Kindness Club

Advisor - Ms. Rodrigue

This club will focus on spreading positive messages at BHS. School can be stressful, and it is our hope that this club will help alleviate some of the stressors students have in their lives by spreading hope and positivity. We also plan on organizing fundraisers to raise money for charities in need. We would love new members and fresh ideas!

RED CROSS CLUB

Advisors: Mrs. Mayette and Mr. Recore

This club will be meeting to hold blood drives throughout the school year. We will also be holding fundraisers to raise money to donate to the Red Cross.

 

MUSICAL IMPROVISATION CLUB

Advisor: Mr. Rush

Do you play an instrument and want to create new music with others? The Musical Improvisation Club may be the place for you. The goal of this club is to allow students the opportunity to explore original music using instruments. You do not have to have any formal training in music to join us but you must have your own instrument to play. We also encourage people who love to listen to music to attend.

School Newspaper Club

Advisor: Mrs. Rice & Mrs. Glass

The school newspaper is published monthly to keep students informed of school news, sports, community news, and more. Students are encouraged to pitch article ideas and to submit articles to the newspaper at any time throughout the year. New members are always welcome. Meetings are held in the media center weekly after school.

SKI CLUB

Advisor: Mr. Hanbury Not Running This Year for Covid-19 Reasons

A club for those who love to ski! The YMCA/BHS Ski and Snowboard Club will take weekly trips to Mt. Southington to free ski and snowboard in January as part of the YMCA program. Please see Mr. Hanbury for more information regarding the cost of this program.

STUDENT AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

Advisor: Mrs. Nascimento

Berlin High School Student Ambassadors represent BHS positively and help support the community within our school. Student Ambassadors will provide new students with an introduction to BHS by giving new students tours of the school, showing new students where classes are located, helping new students with lockers, introducing new students to teachers and other students, and providing new students with a familiar face and someone new students can reach out to. 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Advisor: Mrs. Mayette and Mr. Recore

Membership is open to all and attendance is required to remain in good standing. A high standard of ethical behavior is expected of class and Student Government Officers. Members are active with the Homecoming committee in addition to representation on school-wide committees, community service, funding several programs, and class representation of pertinent issues, among other responsibilities. Student Government meets mostly after school once every week/every other week, with more frequent meetings when events are close by.

STUDENT ART LEAGUE

Advisors: Ms. Galasso

 

BROADCAST CLUB

Advisor: Mr. Smith

This club will focus on live streaming of BHS sports and events throughout the school year.

Unified Theater

Advisor  Mrs. Cormier and Mr. Boyle

Unified theater dissolves typical barriers between youth through transformative, school-based performing arts programming. In Unified Theater, young people with and without disabilities, of all backgrounds, come together as equals to put on a production. The production is entirely organized, written, and directed by the students themselves. The concept is simple: Let teens lead, let creativity rule, and put the SPOTLIGHT on Ability. The performance takes place in early spring.

UNIFIED SPORTS

Coach: Mrs. Siegal

Unified Sports members are always looking for partners to work with special education athletes. Open to all students throughout the school year. Practices are on Mondays and Thursdays from 2:45-4:00 in the B-gym.

UNITY CLUB and STUDENT AMBASSADORS

Advisors: Mrs. Nascimento and Mrs. Whyte

Unity Teams are school-based teams of student leaders committed to the mission of creating a safe, welcoming culture in schools. Unity Team members and Student Ambassadors promote a positive school climate for all. Through student-designed and student-led projects, Unity Teams help schools bring attention to and deal with bullying, teasing, harassment, and the use of degrading language. Student Ambassadors welcome new students to BHS, provide tours to community members, and seize opportunities to make sure every student at BHS develops a sense of belonging.

UPBEAT PEER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Advisor: Mr. Rudy

The Upbeat Leadership Program is a school and community-based character development and leadership training program whose goal is to encourage the youth of Berlin to develop sound decision making skills and to provide opportunities for positive community involvement and service. Peer leaders attend biweekly meetings and, working under the direction of a Senior Peer Leader, meet in small groups called houses to plan and implement community service projects. A variety of speakers, programs, and activities are conducted at the meetings, which are held every other Monday from 5:30-6:30. New members can see Mr. Rudy in rm 2403 

Upbeat Website

Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society

Advisors: Dr. Bosso, Mrs. Marchetti, Mr. Rush, and Mrs. Wilkosz

The Berlin High School Chapter of Rho Kappa, NCSS is a social studies honor society that promotes scholarship and recognizes academic excellence in social studies among high school students; encourages interest in, understanding of, and appreciation for the social studies; and supports the interest, knowledge of, and participation in civic affairs through scheduled activities throughout the year. Admission into the BHS Chapter of Rho Kappa, NCSS is based upon several criteria; please see the advisors for more information.

Ryan T. Lee memorial Foundation Club

Advisors: Dr. Bosso and Mrs. King

The Ryan T. Lee Memorial Foundation Club is for students interested in community service activities associated with the Ryan T. Lee Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring the enduring spirit of a special young man by actively seeking out opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others. The Foundation is committed to identifying the effective ways to help individuals reach their goals and realize their dreams. To this end, students in the club are involved with various events including a food drive, blood drive, Holiday Giving Tree, and the Ry of LIght Challenge.

World Language and Culture Club

Advisor: Mr. Lewis

The World Language and Culture Club invites students to explore the variety of languages and cultures stemming from the lived experiences of BHS students and the local community. In pursuit of this endeavor, club members offer one-on-one tutoring for students in the languages taught at the high school, host special meetings with guest speakers, share strategies for learning languages, learn about traveling and living abroad, and discover new customs and foods from various countries around the world.

Math Tutoring Center

Advisor: Ms. Gagnon

The BHS Math Tutoring Center is a place where students of all skill levels can seek help with mathematics. Student tutors offer assistance in most math areas. Students may attend a tutoring session during a study hall and before/after school. New tutors are recruited annually by teacher recommendation.

WERB RADIO CLUB

Link to Stream the Radio Station

Advisor:
Mr. Smith

WERB is for students interested in being a DJ, radio host, public speaker, news journalist, sports announcer, or music promoter. Our radio club members learn how to operate broadcast equipment, communicate to a LIVE radio audience, develop a weekly radio show, and follow the rules and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission 

WRITING CENTER

Advisors: Mrs. Glass and Ms. Portal

The Writing Center is a place where students of all skill levels can seek help with any type of writing assignment. Trained student tutors offer assistance in any stage of the writing process across all subjects. Students may attend a tutoring session during a study hall or after school. Register for an appointment by visiting the BHS website, or drop by the Center. New tutors are recruited annually by teacher recommendation.

YEARBOOK

Advisor: Ms. Berube and Ms. Herrera

The purpose of the yearbook is to compile and publish material that serves as a record of the activities of students at BHS as a tribute to the senior class. Meetings are held after school.

Youth and Government

Advisor: Mrs. Hamad

Youth and Government is a statewide civic engagement and mock legislative program organized through the YMCA. Students explore pressing topics in the state of Connecticut and draft legislation to address these issues. The Berlin delegation attends a state conference at the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building in Hartford where they participate in a mock legislative session and debate bills created by students from across Connecticut. This is a powerful way for students to gain firsthand experience in the way government can have a positive impact on our communities.

BHS TECH xPerts

Advisor: Mrs. Niro

The Tech xPerts are a group of Independent Study students who support a technology help desk at BHS. The help desk assists students as well as staff with using various applications and improving technology skills. If you do not know how to use a program, you will independently learn the program by using given resources or by being trained by another xPert or Mrs. Niro. No previous skills are needed with the exception of wanting to work with and help others and wanting to learn more about different aspects of technology. During this independent study, you will be able to work with many programs, the Chromebooks, and the 3D printer.