DHS Clubs and Activities 2012-13
The following clubs and activities are available at Dexter High School. To learn more about the clubs offered at DHS, visit Club and Activity Day during lunch on September 12th
Anime Club- Students who are interested meet weekly to watch a variety of anime and may meet outside of school for other activities related to Japanese culture. Advisor: Mrs. Chea
Art Club- Art Club is designed for students who want to develop their portfolio outside of classroom assignments. Students are welcome to use the art studio and materials during all three lunches. Each winter, Art Club members visit The Detroit Institute of Art for an all day guided tour. Ms. Campbell
Boyʼs State- Educates young men on how politics and city, county, and state government function by setting up their own state government. This also broadens the understanding of our government and setting up how it works. This program also provides the opportunity to learn the importance of the role as a citizen and participate in a program that is widely recognized by colleges and universities. It is held every June at Michigan State University. See your counselor for more information.
Debate- This is an interscholastic team where students can earn a varsity letter. The Debate team participates in Policy Debate. This team is open to ALL students including those who take the elective English classes as well as those who do not. Travel to league and invitational tournaments is an integral part of the activity. Debate begins in September and ends in May.
Drama- The Drama Club sponsors a variety of activities throughout the year. The feature productions of the Drama club include a Fall Play Production, Winter Musical, and Spring Musical. All productions provide opportunities to not only perform, but work backstage as a part of the technical crew. The Winter Musical will additionally feature a student Pit Orchestra. The Spring Musical will include cast and crew members from both the High School and Mil Creek Middle School. Other highlights from the year include the Dexter Drama Directing “3D” Series in the Spring. See Advisor Miss Palmer or visit our website at
Environmental Club-The Dexter High School environmental club advocates the sustainable management of resources and stewardship of the environment through increasing awareness of the impact each individualʼs behavior has on the biosphere. The Dexter High School Environmental Club promotes the concept of humans being a participant in our ecosystem and not an enemy of our ecosystem. In our pursuit of these goals, the environmental club is working on adopt a highway program. Students will work together to clean up and beautify Dexter’s assigned stretch of highway. The club is also working with the Huron Watershed Council. The club will make an informative video that will play at the Annual Miller’s Creek Film Festival. This club is also working directly with the districtʼs energy consultant to make recommendations to improve Dexter’s carbon footprint. Advisor: Mr. Witte
Fellowship of Christian Athletes- Members of FCA meet weekly at Mr. Bairdʼs house to discuss important issues of faith in regards to school, sports, and family. All students are welcome to join. Advisor: Mr. Baird
Forensics- is an interpretation and public speaking team where students compete interscholastically in a variety of events. Students who did middle school forensics are welcome, and so are students who take the class for elective English credit, as well as students who do not. Travel to league and invitational tournaments is an integral part of the activity. Forensics begins in January and ends in May.
Future Leaders of America- Members of the FCCLA provide leadership in exploring careers in the community (community service), and within their own families. Advisor: Mrs. Hintalla.
Genesis Bible Club- A Christian group that meets weekly to dig deeper into issues that matter. Genesis exists as an opportunity for Christian DHS students to join together for prayer, bible study, discussion, and service. Meets Fridays after school in the band room. Any students welcome.
German Exchange- This program is designed for juniors and seniors in German III and IV; exceptions can be made for seniors in German II. Through Friendship connection, a well-established exchange organization, Dexter students are matched with German Partners on the basis of gender, age, and interests/hobbies. German partners visit for a month during the spring, and Dexter partners go to Germany for a month soon after school closes in June. See Mrs. Schmid.
Girlʼs State- Educates young women of the duties, privileges, rights, and responsibilities of American citizenship. It also broadens the understanding of our government and how it works. This program also provides the opportunity to learn the importance of the role as a citizen and participate in a program that is
widely recognized by colleges and universities. It is held every June at Michigan State University. See your counselor for more information.
Improv Club-The Drama Club has also started an improvisation club, Off-Cue, that meet regularly to teach and practice performance skills without a script. Students engage in numerous ice-breaker activities, energy-building and team- bonding games, as well as develop short form scene performances. The Improv Club also hosts guest artist workshops and schedules other opportunities to perform throughout the year. Anyone can join and all are welcome! See Advisor
Miss Palmer or visit our website at www.dexterdrama.com.
Interact Club- The student branch of the Dexter Rotary Club. Rotary Interact is Rotary International’s service club for high school students. Interact provides an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends. Each year, Interact clubs complete at least one community service project and at least one project that furthers international understanding and goodwill. Club meetings are held twice a month in the DHS Library Learning Commons. Advisor: Dr. Livingstone
Key Club- A sister-club of the Dexter Kiwanis Club. Key Club blends service with great leadership training. The projects and activities encourage students to become involved in their school and community. Advisor: Ms. Raus
Model United Nations- Members will represent the viewpoints of their country at periodic state conferences. Students meet after school to research their countryʼs position on different international issues and to prepare position papers and resolutions. At the conferences, members meet students from other schools to debate world issues and pass resolutions to resolve them.
National Honor Society- Seniors provide service and leadership for their school and the community throughout the year. Second trimester juniors are eligible for selection if they maintain an overall 3.4 GPA and are recommended by the faculty based on the 4 standards of character, scholarship, leadership, and service. Advisor: Mrs. Wells
Newspaper- This is a class open to students who have taken Introduction to Journalism, Photojournalism and Design. Newspaper staff members write, edit, design, take pictures, and make all decisions for The Squall, which is published once per month during the school year. This class requires after-school and weekend work. Advisor: Mr. Satterthwaite
Ocean Bowl- The team participates at U of M in February for the National Science Oceans Bowl Competition. Club practice September-February.
Advisors: Mrs. Wells and Mr. Kimmey
Pep Band Club- A musical support group for our winter athletic teams. We do eight to ten events, including both boys and girls basketball and hockey. Open to students who play band instruments. Director: Dr. Moore
Power Lifting Club- Lifters attend about four or five competitions a year during the winter and spring seasons. Lifters compete in weight classes similar to wrestling weight classes and compete in the squat, bench, and dead lift. See Mr. Barbieri or Mr. Baird.
Quiz Bowl- Five person teams compete from different school on trivia ranging in all topics. It is an SEC Competitive team. See Mr. Witte for more details.
S.A.D.D.- Students Against Destructive Decisions: Youth based organization working to reduce alcohol and other drug problems, reduce risky health behaviors, and promote leadership skills. Activities include interactions and presentations to elementary and middle school students. November state conference, PRS training, Birthday project, Senior Breakfast, school assembly sponsorship. Advisor: Mrs. Bitters
Science Olympiad- Team prepares December – March and compete in 23 areas of applied and informational science at a local college in March.
See Mr. Callaghan, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Wells, or Mr. Kimmey.
S.P.A.C.E- The Student Produced Artistic Collaborative Event Club is a group of students who encourage and enhance the arts in our school. We organize Poetry Slams, Film Festivals and Battles of the Bands. Meetings are determined by group consensus
Advisor: Mr. Konett, Mr. Martello, and Mr. Mergler
Starboard, the DHS Literary On-Line Magazine-This club meets to both work on our own writing as well as to create an annual literary magazine. Students of all grades are welcome to join. The group meets Wednesdays from 7:20 to 7:50 in room 403, but because I t’s on-line they can work on the magazines at various times.
Student Advocate Club (SAC)- Students interested will work to create awareness around diversity and uniqueness, improve school climate, and promote unity and acceptance. Meetings will be help 1-2 times per month after school.
Student Council- Is the group of students that organize the Home Coming floats and parade, Coming Home pep assembly, Pennies for Pateints, and the amazing Senior Survivor Charity Lock In. Student Council meets once each week at 7:15 AM.
Video Game Club- Is a group of students that get together and play video games. The student presidents are Cameron Travis and Cameron Sarrica. Advisor: Ryan Fisher
Web Chicks- The Web Chicks are a peer mentor group led by Washtenaw Area Council for Children. The group focuses on a variety of Internet Safety issues including Cyber bullying, Social Networking, Online Predators, Sexting, and Privacy. The group meets once a week during lunch and has discussions about the above topics. At the end of the training, the students will be prepared to mentor and educate their peers, parents, and others in the community on Internet Safety. This group teaches leadership and presentation skills, and can be used as a reference for future job searching or college application. Let Mr. Koenig know if you are interested!
Women In Science and Technology- Members meet each Friday morning at 7:15 am to: plan and facilitate demonstrations for elementary classes, create opportunities for students to investigate science career pathway, and organize information forums for DHS. Advisors: Mrs. Wells and Mrs. Jones
World Cultures- The World Cultures Club is open to ALL students. It promotes not only the cultures of French, German, and Spanish speaking countries, but also those of other parts of the world. The club sponsors an annual Oktoberfest and celebrates holidays such as Mexicoʼs Day of the Dead and Mardi Gras. Club members sample various cuisines, watch foreign films, learn about various art forms, etc. They also have the opportunity to attend performances by international troupes at the University of Michigan Power Center at discounted rates. Advisors: Madame Lund and Señora Chea
Yearbook- This is a class that is open to students who have taken and earned at least a “B” in either Introduction to Journalism or Photojournalism or receive newspaper or yearbook adviser approval. Taking yearbook provides the further study of and practice in gathering and analyzing both written and visual information, interviewing and note taking for the purpose of writing, editing and publishing for print in the school’s yearbook, Unsinkable. This class requires dedication to meeting all publishing deadlines, which may include after school and weekend work. Yearbook staff members plan, publish, market and distribute the school’s yearbook, which is distributed in May if staff meets all publishing deadlines. Trimester one and two staff members are required to sell ads during the summer and during the trimester. Money from ad sales pays for the publishing of the book. Trimester three staff members are responsible for distributing the current year’s book as well as designing and planning for the following year’s book. All trimester three staff members will also be responsible for photographing spring sports. Trimester three reserved for underclassmen only, with the exception of senior editors.Advisor: Mr. Mergler
Making High School Experience a Success
Volunteer! Join clubs and teams! Be involved! Make your high school experience fun and rewarding. There are countless opportunities to be involved as a volunteer over the years you are here in Dexter. Join a club helping out at soup kitchens, volunteer at a food drive, or a blood drive. Giving back to the community is very rewarding. Remember, stick with it over the years—colleges like to see such service and dedication.
Tutoring is offered by the National Honor Society in the media center every Tuesday and Thursday after school until 4:00 p.m. You do not need to make an appointment. Just show up! There is no cost per session. Contact Mrs. Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org or tutoring chairperson.
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