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.
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 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.
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.
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,
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 is a perfect club for students interested in pursuing a career in a STEAM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Math) related field. In robotics, students
are challenged with integrating simple machines, computer programming, and problem solving
to create a robot that performs assigned tasks. From the start of the build season in January through the competition in early spring, participants will strengthen their critical
thinking skills, and increase their capacities for teamwork and professionalism. In the spring, students will take their robot to a regional competition and compete collaboratively with 3 dozen
other teams. Successful teams can advance to sectional, state, and even national tournaments.
Robotics is perfect for all students, since it has a wide variety of roles that need to be
filled within the team. Some of these roles include accounting, marketing, programming, design,
and manufacturing. Check out First Robotics competition at firstinspires.org for more information.
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.
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.
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 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.
Grant Wallace and Alaina Driscoll 5/2017
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