Here at Saint Croix Falls High School we are dedicated to prepare our students for life after high school. Unfortunately, not all of the skills that will make one successful in life can be learned only in a classroom. To make sure that students will get the most out of their high school career we offer a variety of extracurricular activities and clubs. These clubs give students a way to expand their skills, while learning career and life skills from an advisor. Because of the numerous benefits of being involved in extracurricular activities, we strongly encourage all students to participate in clubs. Our goal is to eventually have every student at Saint Croix Falls High School participate in at least one club. Since there is no limit on how many clubs one can join, we urge students to become involved in a variety of clubs. To the right is a video that displays all of the clubs offered at St. Croix Falls High School. It also exhibits quotes from students involved in clubs and the benefits these clubs have had on their life. Below is a list of each club. Click on a club to learn more about it.

Clubs Offered at SCF High School
ART CLUB
CHAMBER SINGERS
CLOWNS
CULTURE CLUB
DECA
DRAMA
FCCLA
FFA
FORENSICS
ICE FISHING
JAZZ BAND
KINSHIP
NHS
QUIZ BOWL
ROBOTICS
SOS
STUDENT COUNCIL
TRAP
YEARBOOK



ART CLUB

For more information contact Suzanne Imhoff at imhofsu@scfschools.com

Art Club is an organization for those who love to be creative and express themselves through the visual arts. Participants will have many opportunities to create their own art while being inspired by others who love to create art as well. Members will get to go on field trips. Art Club members also get an opportunity to participate in Youth Art Month, the Vans Shoe Team, and in The Visual Arts Classic. The Visual Arts Classic is a competition that ranges in all media with both a regional and state level, where Art Club member will be allowed to display their own artwork competitively. Studio time will be available for participants to create their own art in addition to collaborating with others on creating art for our community. Art Club only has a few meetings scattered throughout the year in the morning. Being involved in Art Club teaches students the fundamental elements of art, to be open to criticism, and to communicate with each other.




CHAMBER SINGERS

For more information contact Shawn Gudmunsen at gudmush@scfschools.com

Those that have a passion for singing have an opportunity to showcase their talent through the St. Croix Falls Chamber Singers. The Chamber Singers is a group of St. Croix Fall High Schoolís top singers. The group is limited to 20 balanced singers. In order to be one of these singers, students must audition in the fall. Students do not need to be in choir in order to participate in Chamber Singers. Members will practice and perform a variety of choral arrangements. Practices begin during the fall and occur from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 every Thursday. As a choir, the Chamber Singers perform throughout the community 5-7 times. They also take part in the annual Solo and Ensemble Festival. Participating in Chamber Singers allows students to gain choral skills along with self-confidence.




CLOWNS

For more information contact Suzanne Imhoff at imhofsu@scfschools.com

Clowns is a group of lively boys and girls who dress up as friendly clowns and travel to the elementary and kindergarten schools. There, they teach and mentor the young students about good character. The Clowns generally visit the elementary and kindergarten schools four times a year, with a new lesson each visit. In preparation for each visit, the clowns will have one or two meetings during the school day for one class period. During these meetings the clowns will be divided into groups and create the lesson plan they will present to the young children. When the members go to visit the young students the members are dressed as clowns with white face paint to bond with the children. Participants also have the ability to volunteer at the Track and Field Day and Mouse house. When students volunteer for these activities they do not need to dress up in their clowns costume. Clowns is a great way to interact with children in an exciting way while learning teamwork skills, mentoring skills, and compassion.




CULTURE CLUB

For more information contact Rebecca Torres at torrere@scfschools.com

The Culture Club celebrates, learns, and appreciates a variety of different cultures from around the world throughout the school year. As a club, students will take field trips to a couple of different markets in the Twin Cities. There students will be immersed in culture and will learn and appreciate the variety of culture. The Culture Club also plans the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. This special day celebrates a Mexican holiday in Pueblo, Mexico. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo represents just how prominent and influential the Latino community has been in the United States. The celebration also appreciates many cultures coming together as one group of individuals. Participating in these activities teaches students to appreciate multiple cultures and work as a team towards a similar goal.




DECA

For more information contact Katie Jacobson at jacobka@scfschools.com

Students that are interested in a career in the business field are encouraged to consider joining DECA. DECA is a marketing organization that students compete in select categories. These categories encompass a number of marketing focuses. Students will have the opportunity to attend a competition at the district level. Then, depending on how the students perform at districts, the students can advance to state and eventually nationals. During these competitions participants can compete as a soloist or with another partner. Competitors will first take a written test on a specific marketing branch. They then present a plan on how to better a hypothetical business. In preparation for the competitions, DECA has a few meetings scattered throughout the year where they practice hypothetical scenarios for businesses. DECA also goes on a field trip to a business where they learn about how business work first hand. DECA members learn public speaking skills, quick thinking, teamwork, and confidence.




DRAMA

For more information contact Shawn Gudmunsen at gudmush@scfschools.com

Drama club creates and performs a show for the community. The club is open to all students in grades 9-12. The show is performed in the fall and usually includes five performances. A musical is alternate to a tradition play every other year for the production. In preparation for each production, members practice after school. To accommodate those involved in sports many practices are later in the evening. Drama is not limited to only actors. There are a variety of opportunities for students who dislike acting such as stage crew, lighting, set design, construction, sound production, advertising and fundraising. No prior acting or stage experience is necessary to join. Participating in Drama teaches members stage presence, self-confidence, stage blocking, stage lighting, stage sound, and interpersonal communication.




FCCLA

For more information contact Mindy Manley at manlemi@scfschools.com

FCCLA is a club focused on giving back to the community. FCCLA offers students a way to personally grow and get themselves out into the community. FCCLA participants learn that giving back to the community can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Throughout the year members will partake in a variety of volunteering events. Even though, these volunteering events may change from year to year, FCCLA will continue to allow students to better the community. Members will learn more about leadership, critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and also career preparation. Members will also exemplify their ability to work in a group and throughout the community.






FFA

For more information contact Brian Waltz at waltzbr@scfschools.com

Students interested in pursuing a career in agriculture are strongly encouraged to join FFA. This club is a youth organization that provides premier leadership activities, career development, community service activities, and team building opportunities. FFA only has a few meetings scattered throughout the year during the school day. Students in FFA will have the opportunity to attend multiple Leadership Conventions. FFA also spends time working with elementary and kindergarten students, teaching to them about agriculture. Members read to the kindergarten students, make ice cream with 1st graders, makes Motherís Day gifts with the 2nd grade, and give a Ag on the Lawn presentation to fourth graders. The FFA also competes at both the regional and state competitions. Members can compete with other schools to test their knowledge on different agricultural areas, as well as speaking ability. Students in FFA expand their leadership, teamwork, and responsibility skills while learning about agriculture.




FORENSICS

For more information contact Samantha Roach at roachsa@scfschools.com

Forensics is a club focused on improving studentsí ability to communicate. It allows students to study and practice different forms of public speaking and acting. There is no need for any prior acting or speaking experience to be involved in forensics. Students that dislike acting are still encouraged to consider joining forensics as many categories donít incorporate acting. Students can also choose to perform as a soloist or part of a group. To accommodate people in sports and other clubs, forensics is a low commitment club. Forensics practices are typically three nights a week and begin in November and go until April. The competitions are generally on Saturdays and give students a chance to compete against different schools and win awards for their performances. Forensics is a way to express one's creative energies and gives students a chance to become better communicators and critical thinkers; skills one can use for life.




ICE FISHING

For more information contact Curt Dreger at doggonein@centurytel.net

The St. Croix Falls Ice Fishing team is a group of students who have a passion for ice fishing. These students work with their advisor to to plan their ice fishing season. The SCF ice fishing team then participates in competitions that they have previously planned where they compete for team placements. The team usually competes in four to six ice fishing tournaments. These tournaments occur between January 1 and March 15. The St. Croix Falls ice fishing team is available for anyone, and no prior fishing knowledge is needed. Throughout the ice fishing season participants learn fishing techniques along with teamwork skills.






JAZZ BAND

For more information contact Chris Bergh at berghch@scfschools.com

The SCF Jazz Band is a group of students committed to mastering jazz music . Participants meet Tuesday mornings at 7:00 am to rehearse. They study various forms of jazz such as swing, rock, and Latin genres. Students do not need to be in band or choir to participate! The typical instruments in Jazz band include: alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass guitar, electric guitar, and drum set. Other instruments are welcome to join as well! The performance calendar of the Jazz Band coincides with the other music department events. The Jazz band has three major performances including the Winter Concert, Jazz/Swing Festival, Spring Concert.






KINSHIP

For more information contact Karalee Tollakson at karaleet@polkkinship.org

Kinship is a mentoring program where high school students are given the opportunity to directly impact younger students in a positive manner. In Kinship, members are matched with and elementary or middle school student. These pairs meet for half an hour each week throughout the school year. They may play games, talk about their day, read books, do a craft, work on a project, or even tackle some schoolwork. During each meeting the focus is on the fostering of a caring and supportive friendship. The goal of Kinship is to help young students meet the challenges of growing up by providing them with extra stability and support in the form of a member. High School mentors must be good role models in and out of school, committed and responsible. Involvement in Kinship teaches members compassion and responsibility.




NHS

For more information contact Kate Lehne at lehneka@scfschools.com

The National Honor Society, or NHS, is a nationally recognized club. The St. Croix Falls chapter of NHS focuses primarily on community service. The SCF NHS raises money for different groups and charities through the Chuck-a-Duck game at sports events. The SCF NHS also sponsors and runs the annual Red Cross Blood Drive in February. Applicants that wish to become a part of NHS must be Sophomores or older, and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. A committee then chooses those applicants who fit the qualifications of scholarship, leadership, service, and character (the four pillars of the National Honor Society). While in NHS, students must complete 20 independent community service hours per year, including NHS-sponsored functions. Once inducted into the National Honors Society, the student will no longer need to apply assuming that they complete their 20 independent community service hours. Involvement in NHS can potentially earn seniors scholarships, and gain leadership and service skills.




QUIZ BOWL

For more information contact Daniel Olson at olsonda@scfschools.com

Those who enjoy trivia games are strongly encouraged to consider joining the St. Croix Falls Quiz Bowl team. The Quiz bowl season occurs during the spring. Students participate in four local competitions against the Unity, Amery and Luck districts. During these competitions participants answer questions in the areas of math, history, literature, English, science, and culture. Practice begins in early spring during studentís lunch periods. Students ask other students questions in preparation for the competitions. Participants learn general knowledge along with quick thinking skills.







ROBOTICS

For more information contact Paul Gilberts at gilbepa@scfschools.com

Robotics is a perfect club for students interested in pursuing a career in the STEM field. In robotics, students are challenged with using simple machines and mechanical skills to create a robot that performs certain tasks. Participants strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills, and increase their capacities for teamwork and professionalism. Throughout the year the students continue to adapt and improve their robot. In the spring the students will take their robot to a regional competition at the University of Northwestern. There, the robot will battle against other robots to gain points for the team. Robotics is perfect for all students, especially those who enjoy working with their hands.






SOS

For more information contact Michael Wilson at wilsomi@scfschools.com

SOS, also known as Students Offering Support, is a group of high school students dedicated to being a source of support for the students of SCFHS. SOS members are nominated by the student body and are selected by a group of advisors. All SOS members receive training in peer helping at the beginning of the school year at Camp St. Croix in Hudson, Wisconsin, and continue to learn new techniques throughout the year. SOS members offer a place for students to go when they want to talk to an objective third party or somebody other than an adult, and are prepared to actively and supportively listen to the day-to-day problems of the student body. Students involved lead Red Ribbon Week and Mental Health Awareness Month (May), and various educational events throughout the year, as determined by needs of the student body. Members learn vital listening skills along with peer supporting skills.




STUDENT COUNCIL

For more information contact Suzanne Imhoff at imhofsu@scfschools.com

The Student Council is a leadership and service orientated club, dedicating efforts towards our school and local community. The Student Council organizes events for the students such as dances, assemblies, and week long activities. These include homecoming, february frenzy, the talent show, winter fun day and the food drive. Student Council also arranges a variety of fundraisers along with leadership workshops. During these workshops student council members learn how to become better members and how to better the school. Student Council meet every wednesday before school. The student council also attends the regional and state WASC conference. During the state conference the student council competes as a team in leadership competitions. Being involved in Student Council teaches students leadership, communication skills, and responsibility.




TRAP

For more information contact Nathan Steeber at steebna@scfschools.com

Those who enjoy learning about firearm safety and marksmanship are strongly suggested to join the St. Croix Falls Trap Shooting team. The SCF trap shooting team is comprised of 6-12 grade students who have passed Hunterís Safety. The trap shooting season is 9 weeks long and begins the first week of April. The SCF trap shooting team practices at the Cushing Rifle club. Participants shoot two rounds of trap per week for scoring which are posted online. The trap team also competes at the state tournament at the beginning of June which is an open invite tournament in Rome, Wisconsin. There, students will compete against thousands of other competitors in individual and team categories. Participants will not only learn marksmanship and firearm safety, but also discipline and focus.




YEARBOOK

For more information contact Katie Jacobson at jacobka@scfschools.com

Yearbook is a perfect club for students who enjoy photography, editing, and graphic design. Yearbook is a group of students who work throughout the year to produce the yearbook that is later distributed to the students. Throughout the year, members follow students and other clubs and document them. Yearbook participants are even allowed into sporting events for free to take photos of the athletes and fans. Members then edit the photos and arrange them in a way that artistically captures the school year. Creating the yearbook and being involved in yearbook teaches students photography, editing skills, creating visual enhancements, and patience.





































Created by:
Grant Wallace and Alaina Driscoll
on June 5th 2017







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