Tag: Clubs

Club of the Week: Best Buddies

By Tessa Rendina

Best Buddies

Looking for inclusion and new friendships?  Best Buddies meets Mondays second half in C113. President Ana Mellos said the club “really does affect the lives of students with disabilities by allowing them to be included within our school.  Everyone in the club can learn something whether they have a disability or not.” She continued, “It means the world to me when I hear from a student with a disability or their parents that this has changed their lives.” Last year, the club participated in game nights, indoor and outdoor movies, a mall scavenger hunt, corn maze, and a 5k.  Going forward, Best Buddies is planning new events, such as PB&J (Pizza, Bingo, and Jam) nights and a Dance-a-Thon  in December.

Recently, a few of the members were able to go to a fire station and experience what it’s like to be a “Firefighter for a Day”. The group, including members Caleb, Lindsay, and Kobe, got to put out fires, ride in the fire truck, and even got featured on Fox 45.


Ms. Plitt feels, “It’s a wonderful club that has grown so much since 2008! It adds so much energy to our wildcat culture!”


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Club of the Week: Astronomy Club

By Tessa Rendina and Kaja Nall

Interested in constellations?  Star gazing? New discoveries?  Astronomy Club meets Tuesdays second half of lunch in room G109.  Ms. Oxman, the club advisor, thinks students who “are interested in looking at the stars, new discoveries in space or just watching fun documentaries about the cosmos,” should join.  Last school year the club took a trip to a planetarium, learned more about constellations, and found out what to look for in the sky each week.

This year the club plans on holding stargazing events on the baseball fields once a month.  By joining Astronomy Club students can “gain an interest in the mysteries of the universe” said Ms. Oxman.

Club of the Week: Seeking Smiles

By Kaja Nall and Tessa Rendina

Seeking Smiles

The Seeking Smiles club is a club for students dealing with stress, mental health issues or to simply have somewhere to go and people to talk to. The club is open first and second half during pride period on thursdays, in room F004. Joining Seeking Smiles can help struggling students communicate with others about their situation.

“Designed by students, run by students,” said club sponsor Diane Kirk.

Last year, South River High School created a club similar to Seeking Smiles and joined an assembly hosted by Arundel High School to promote the importance of the club. Arundel High School even went to Arlington Echo to advocate the Seeking Smiles club as well. The club is very personal, everyone is very close . Seeking Smiles helps numerous students feel safe and wanted among the group members.

Club of the Week: Signature

By Tessa Rendina and Kaja Nall

The signature program is a club and a group of career oriented classes.  Community Development and Global Citizenship are the main focus, which includes government, economics, environment, and education.  The program includes Japanese exchange students, a trip to England, debates, simulations, and service opportunities.


Rachel Schrier (Jr.) “I don’t know any other class that would let me go to England or host an a Japanese exchange student!”


Last spring, signature members hosted Japanese students for a week.  This upcoming year the program will send and receive students to and from Japan in the spring and summer of 2017.  The club is also holding a mental first aid training in AVID classes.  Other service learning opportunities include Thankful 100x Over made by Rachel Schrier (Jr.), the Gentlemens Club by Evan Kopf (Jr.), Isaiah Freeman (Sr.), and Brandon Kirk (Sr.), and the Kind Market.  The Kind Market is an organization that helps women in various countries create their own businesses and send young girls to school.  Below is a link attached about Arundels connection and impact on the organization.  




Julia Hansen (Jr.) “Signature allowed me to get out of my comfort zone, and made me more confident.  We also made a family within the program, I love it!!”


Students are also exposed to relevant guest speakers, such as federal law enforcement officers, government officials, city planners, and military officers.  


Haley Alioto (Jr.) “We are a family and everyone feels comfortable talking about topics with each other.  It’s a time to get away from general studies and talk about real world situations in our community.”

Evan Kopf  (Jr.)  “It allows you to meet new friends that you never thought you would meet and expands your mind allowing you to think more and be open minded and also it helps you figure out what you want to be in life and how you can be that thing.”


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