Manchester High School

Chesterfield County Public Schools

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS

Clubs and organizations provide students with many positive experiences that help them to become well-rounded individuals who are ready for college or the workplace. Joining a club gives students a chances to explore their interests and talents.

Participation in extracurricular activities will foster creative, social and physical skills that are desirable qualities to colleges and future employers. Involvement can strengthen self-esteem, build lasting friendships and create a lifetime of memories!

Please direct any questions about a club to the club sponsor.

There is something for everyone! Get involved!
If your student is interested in joining a club this year, please fill out the form below.

Overview

An national honors community service club that promotes character, leadership, and community service

Highlights

Involved in several volunteer activities including food donations & collections, Christmas Angel, and Strike Cancer Below the Belt.

Time Commitment

We meet in the MHS auditorium on the fourth Friday of each month during Lancer Time time. Meetings are required. 8 hours of community service/volunteer activities are required each semester. Students are also encouraged to volunteer for special projects and activities at school.

Membership Requirements

We invite all 10th graders with an overall GPA of 3.0 to apply. Applications are available on the school website by the middle of September each year. Along with the online application, students must also submit 4 teacher recommendations and an essay on character. Upperclassmen may apply as well. Once accepted, members must attend our monthly meeting during Lancer Time, turn in 8 volunteer hours each semester and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

2021-2022 Beta Club application: due October 8th, 2021

Sponsors

marguerite_underwood@ccpsnet.net
katherine_robinson@ccpsnet.net
deanna_lane@ccpsnet.net
eurgentine_simmons@ccpsnet.net
emily_daniels@ccpsnet.net

National English Honor Society (NEHS)

Overview

The National English Honor Society’s purpose is to promote a love and appreciation of the English language within the school and surrounding community.

Highlights

Every year we sponsor the Biggest Turkey fundraiser which raises money and food for our Manchester Angels program. We also participate in annual book drives, field trips, and other service projects within the school community.

Time Commitment

We meet twice per month (on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month). Beyond meetings, students must participate in at least one service project per semester. Service projects vary in time commitment, but overall, most students will spend 2-3 hours per month on NEHS related items.

Membership Requirements

In order to join NEHS, you must have an overall GPA of at least a 3.5 (cumulative and weighted) and a cumulative B-average in all English courses taken during high school. Members can be from 10th-12th grade and will receive invitations during the fall each year if they meet the basic grade requirements. Those who decide to apply must complete an application and essay which are then reviewed by the NEHS advisers. New members will be notified after review of the materials.

Sponsors

Jocelyn_Wyman@ccpsnet.net
Kelley_Perrotte@ccpsnet.net
Jacob_Tucker@ccpsnet.net
Brittney_Ingarra@ccpsnet.net

Debate and Forensics

Overview

Forensics (speech) and debate provides students an opportunity to develop skills in research, critical thinking, organization, persuasion and communication. Students must learn to speak on varying topics therefore developing self confidence at the same time.

Highlights

Please provide a brief overview about the club or activity and its successes. A few examples of our clubs community projects are as follows: every November we collect non-perishable food items for the Salvation Army. Every December we adopt a family through the Christmas Mother organization and provide a wonderful Christmas including Christmas dinner and gifts for everyone!

Time Commitment

We meet 1 time a week for practices. All meet and tournaments are held on Saturdays. There may be some out of town travel for tournaments.

Membership Requirements

Students must be passing 5 of 7 classes, able to meet on a regular basis, and attend Saturday tournaments

Sponsors

Linda Webb Linda_Webb@ccpsnet.net
Kelie Negron Kelie_Negron@ccpsnet.net

FCA Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Overview

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is touching millions of lives…one heart at a time. FCA focuses on serving local communities around the globe by engaging, equipping and empowering coaches and athletes to unite, inspire and change the world through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Highlights

We participate in Operation Christmas Child every Year. Our group distributes, packages and loads 18 wheeler trailers with hundreds of shoeboxes filled with toys for children around the world in at risk environments.

Time Commitment

We meet every Wednesday morning virtually at 8:00 a.m. on Google Meet.
The join code is manchesterfca.

Membership Requirements

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Sponsor

Petie Jackson: margaret_jackson@ccpsnet.net

Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society

Overview

This club recognizes those students who have excelled in social studies classes.

Highlights

When permissible, visit local historic sites, attend virtual conferences depending on the interests’ of the members.

Time Commitment

Meetings are once a month and optional excursions to local historic places or events.

Sponsors

marguerite_underwood@ccpsnet.net
ahmad_adams@ccpsnet.net
nicole_stonestreet@ccpsnet.net

The National Honor Society

Overview

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, the NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Highlights

The G.H. Reid chapter of the National Honor Society was established in 1955 at Manchester High School. The G.H. Reid chapter follows the guidelines of the NHS National Constitution and the G.H. Reid chapter bylaws. The purpose of this organization is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of Manchester High School.

In recent years, NHS members have participated in the Manchester High School Christmas Angel Project and they have provided peer tutoring during Lancer Time throughout the school year. Community outreach has included participation in the first induction ceremony of the National Elementary Honor Society at Alberta Smith Elementary School and in a student tutoring and mentoring program at Spring Run Elementary. Our members often seek out opportunities to serve within the community at schools, camps, churches, and within their own neighborhoods.

Time Commitment

NHS meets on the third Wednesday of each month after school. NHS members are required to attend meetings and complete 30 hours of community service during the school year, which includes mandatory participation in our peer tutoring program. The induction ceremony is held in February and all members are expected to attend.

Membership Requirements

The Selection Process: Eligible students are invited to join by the faculty after their sophomore or junior years. To be eligible for consideration for membership, candidates must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.60 or better, must have been in attendance at Manchester High School for at least one semester prior to eligibility, and must be a member of the junior or senior class. Students invited to join complete a Candidate Information Packet and obtain three teacher recommendations to be used by the Faculty Council to support their candidacy for membership. The Faculty Council consists of five voting faculty members at Manchester High School. Membership is granted only to those students selected by the Faculty Council. Once selected, active members must maintain a cumulative GPA of no lower than 3.50, and must continue to uphold the organization’s high standards for leadership, character, and service.

Sponsor

Chad Long: chad_long@ccpsnet.net
Donna Carey: donna_carey@ccpsnet.net

Dungeons & Dragons Club

Overview

The D&D Club offers students a place to organize and play tabletop board games such as Dungeons and Dragons. Our club gives students an opportunity to meet new people and make friends with fellow fans of gaming, geek culture, and collaborative storytelling.

Highlights

Every month, our club will host special events with pizza, video games, movies, or other fun stuff. Any and all are welcome!

Time Commitment

Club meetings typically occur on every Monday and Friday, though attendance of which is usually determined by your respective Game Master and group. Most meetings run 2 hours after school.

Membership Requirements

Club members must sign in at every meeting and agree to the rules of conduct. There are no dues or fees to be paid, and the most necessary components of play are provided by the sponsor. Club activities are currently being conducted online until further notice.

Sponsor

Tessa Solee: tessa_solee@ccpsnet.net

MHS American Sign Language Club

Overview

Awareness and learning sign language.

Highlights

Every week club meeting and learning the basic of sign language. Fun with signs.

Time Commitment

Our meeting is every Thursday during Flex time/AEP.

Membership Requirements

Written personal statement why you are interested to join the club.

Sponsor

Mr. Nicanor Ylarde – nicanor_ylarde@ccpsnet.net

Lancer Ladies

Overview

The Lancer Ladies Club is designed to promote leadership, academic achievement and self-love among female students in grades nine through twelve.

Highlights

Each year, we assist Mrs. Murray with wrapping gifts for Manchester Angels. Also, each club member is asked to complete a minimum of five community service hours each year. The highlight of the year is our end of the year Lancer Ladies banquet. At the banquet, we take the time to reflect on the year, acknowledge our new members and seniors.

Time Commitment

Each member is asked to participate in two meetings each month, complete the required community service hours, and attend the end of the year banquet.

Membership Requirements

Members are recommended by faculty and staff members.

Sponsor

Jasmine Parker: Email Address: jasmine_parker@ccpsnet.net

SMART

Club/Activity Overview

The Smart Team is comprised of a group of Juniors and Seniors that assist Freshmen in successfully transitioning into high school .This amazing team connects with the Freshmen through a variety of formal and informal meetings through out the school year. Members of the SMART team are chosen through an application process that is open to all rising juniors and seniors in the spring of each school year.

Club or Activity Highlights

The first day of school is the big kick off day for welcoming the incoming freshmen to Manchester High School. The SMART team is responsible for directing many of the fun activities including an awesome pep rally that closes out the big day.

Time Commitment

SMART Team members will need to commit to 30+ hours for this organization

Membership Requirements

Rising Juniors and Seniors must complete a SMART application in the Spring and be in good standing in order to be a member of this Team.

Sponsor’s

margaret_jackson@ccpsnet.net
marina_dublin@ccpsnet.net
jessica_tanner@ccpsnet.net
juli_kim@ccpsnet.net
allysa_kelly@ccpsnet.net

Mentor Application 2021-22

Safe Haven

Club/Activity Overview

Our mission is to work towards a more accepting environment for all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity through education, support, social action, and advocacy. We provide a safe place for members to fully express their individuality and share experiences as well as create alliances that increase awareness, decrease prejudices, and create a safe school atmosphere for all.

Club or Activity Highlights

We will be a student led organization, so y ou guys can plan the highlights!

Time Commitment

We will meet bimonthly on google meets this year.

Membership Requirements

Come as you are!

Sponsors

Jill Burke
Rachel Pater
Kimberly Baker

French Club

Club/Activity Overview

French Club is for all students, not just students taking French. The club exposes the students to French topics that are not covered in a regular French class including current events, holiday’s, food, and more! The club participates in the homecoming parade and door decorating contests. We also have fund raisers to pay for the activities and we sponsor Manchester Angels at Christmas time.

Club or Activity Highlights

The French Club has adopted Manchester Angels at Christmas time as well as purchased backpacks full of items for foster kids. Also, the club helps sponsor National French Week and spreads French throughout the building by labeling all of the classes in French, having a scavenger hunt throughout the building and helping decorate bulletin boards.

Time Commitment

Our club meets for one hour after school once a month.

Membership Requirements

We ask for a $5 membership fee and a promise to participate.

Sponsor

Karen Roberts: karen_roberts@ccpsnet.net

TSA

Club/Activity Overview

Technology Education Student Association

Club or Activity Highlights

Club which is required as part of the CTE curriculum

Time Commitment

Course projects are part of the TSA planning guide

Membership Requirements

Members are to participate in a county or state wide TSA event

Sponsor

Daniel_breslin@ccpsnet.net

Book Club

Club or Activity Highlights

The MHS Book Club is a group of book lovers who meet once a month to recommend, talk about, and enjoy books! All are welcome…if you love to talk books, we’d love to have you join us; if you just want to sit back and listen to others talk books, we’d love to have you join us!

Sponsor’s Names and Contact Information

Karmeisha Showers-Pioch: karmeisha_showerspio@ccpsnet.net
Lois Stanton: lois_stanton@ccpsnet.net

Book Club Canvas Course: bit.ly/mhsbookclub

Student Library Advisory Board

Club/Activity Overview

Students will meet with one or both of the librarians several times during the school year to provide suggestions and feedback on all aspects of the library program. This group is for students who are interested in assisting the library staff in fulfilling the mission of the library program, which is “to empower students to become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users/creators of information in a global environment.”

Club or Activity Highlights

In addition to policy advice, members of the library advisory board have helped to develop a “Blind Date with a Book” display, lunchtime poetry readings and musical showcase events in the library.

Time Commitment

The group meets 3 or 4 times a semester.

Membership Requirements

Students complete an application during September to join. Membership is continuous after the first year.

Sponsor

Lois Stanton (Lois_Stanton@ccpsnet.net)

Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society)

Club/Activity Overview

We are an honor society that recognizes strong scholarship in
mathematics and promote interest and enjoyment of the subject.

Club or Activity Highlights

We provide tutoring to the math department during Lancer Time. As well we participate in math league competitions.

Time Commitment

We tutor once weekly during lancer time (30 mins) and we meet once a month.

Membership Requirements

Our honor society requires you complete an application and an interview. More information can be found by speaking with the sponsors or your math teacher!

Sponsor’s Names and Contact Information

Cassie DeLeon: catherine_deleon@ccpsnet.net
Kadi Babinsky: katherine_babinsky@ccpsnet.net

Lancer Theatre Company or LTC

Club/Activity Overview

Actors and stage hands: come one, come all! No experience necessary. Join other students from every corner of the building to create exciting theatrical productions. Learn to work as part of a creative problem-solving team as you design, build, paint, act, sing and produce 3 shows a year: Fall Show, Winter Student-directed One Acts and Spring Musical. Help us use the power of this amazing art form to entertain and inspire our community!

Club or Activity Highlights

The LTC has produced over 40 productions including The Wizard of Oz, Chicago, Hairspray, Dark of the Moon, and Clue and is the only theatre program in the county to produce 7 outdoor productions including Macbeth, Medea, Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Diviners. We have performed at the Carpenter Theater twice, been nominated to attend the Fringe Festival in Scotland for several years now, and have produced many original student-written works. This program finished in the top 6 out of 54 schools a few years ago at the secondary one act festival sponsored by VTA (Virginia Theatre Association) and has fostered the professional playwriting careers of several LTC grads!

Time Commitment

All volunteer, our program hosts auditions for actors and screening interviews for technicians for every show–no experience necessary. From there, commitment is only a few days a week after school from 3-5pm for those involved in working on the current show.

Membership Requirements

None. Volunteer technicians that show the most commitment will be asked to crew the show and actors are required to attend all rehearsals where they are called if cast in a show.

Sponsor’s Names and Contact Information

Cary Nothnagel (cary_nothnagel@ccpsnet.net)
Paul Weiland (paul_weiland@ccpsnet.net)

Other Information

We are currently streaming on Broadway On Demand as we cannot have live in-person audiences this season. But next season, we will hopefully be back in business!!