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Clubs & Activities

During their four years of high school, students will have the opportunity to become involved in more activities than any other time in their life. Students attending our school bring with them a variety of interests and talents. Regardless of their interest, it is our intent to offer an opportunity to further expand and practice their special talent, interest and ability.

During their high school career, students should consider participating in new activities every year. We have a variety of opportunities, some of which do not require an extensive time commitment but still have a positive effect on our students, school and community. This is a time in a students life when they can try new and different activities. Involvement in various organizations brings a feeling of "belonging" to all students who take an active part in our co-curricular program.

Students who are involved have a rewarding four years in high school. As a student at Belleville West, you need to become involved.

  • DECA
  • French Club
  • Future Teachers of America
  • German Club
  • History Alive
  • History Club
  • Latin Dance Team
  • Legacy West
  • Math Team
  • National Honor Society
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Office Occupations
  • Saturday Scholars
  • Scholar Bowl
  • Science Club
  • Science Olympiad
  • Fashion Design Club
  • Spanish Club
  • BASIC
  • Big Brothers / Big Sisters
  • Interact Club
  • Girls Learn International
  • Key Club
  • Lifesavers
  • Recycling Club
  • Spectrum
  • STAR Team
  • Student Council
  • STOP
  • Volunteer West
  • Chess Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Maroon Madnezz (Pep Club)
  • Model United Nations
  • Renaissance
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans
  • Bass Fishing Club
  • JROTC

 

Academic Clubs 

DECA
Advisor:  Mr. Curt Caswell
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Marketing Co-Op/work study offers you:
  -A 3-hour day 
  -Employment assistance - MAKE MONEY!!!
  -Triple credit for working
  -Field trips
  -Guest speakers
  -Best of all, the opportunity to learn about Business
    and Marketing
 
FRENCH CLUB
Advisor:  Ms. Kelly York
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French club is a club fo rall current and former students of French.  We meet once a month to discuss cultural topics, taste various French foods, and celebrate French holidays.

FUTURE TEACHERS OF AMERICA
Advisor:  Mrs. Stephanie Luja
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Future Teachers of America is a group of students with the desire to become educators.  Meetings are bi-monthly and consist of discussions related to educaiton and development.  Grop members will "shadow teach" an educator once a semester.

GERMAN CLUB
Advisor:  Ms. Katie McDowell
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The German Club offers students oportunities to learn about the German language and culture.  We meet monthly to discuss upcoming events (such as field trips to German Day), we sell Advent Calendars, and we have "Kaffeeklatsche" where we speak only German after school while playing games

HISTORY ALIVE
Advisor:  Ms. Amanda Borkowski
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The purpose of this club is to discuss political, social, economic, and cultural events of past and modern times.  We will raise funds to visit historical sites and museums.  Students can attend movie nights featuring films regarding events of historical significance.

HISTORY CLUB
Advisor:  Ms. Melissa Levin
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History Club competes in the Regional and State Illinois History Contests each year.  The students  pick topics in Illinois history and compose papers, plays, trifold projects, and media displays that compete at SIU Carbondale.

LATIN DANCE TEAM
Advisor:  Mrs. Angeles Moran
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Belleville West Latin Dance Team promotes the Latin Culture (German, French, Hispanic) through dances.  Practices are on Tuesdays after school.  The Team performs at several small events and three major events throughout the year.  There are also some field trips to performances.

LEGACY WEST
Advisor:  Dr. Brandon Hentze
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Legacy West is an online club that works on developing the History of Belleville West web page.  Students collect and prepare web pages highlighting the history of the school and their particular areas of interest.  Legacy West meets on weekend days.

MATH TEAM
Advisor:  Mr. Matt Nimmons
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Math Team is a group of upper level honors math students to  compete against area teams.  There are practices once a week and eight competitions throughout the year.  This is an excellent opportunity for outstanding minds to take their skills to the next level.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Advisor:  Brett Patterson
Advisor:  Lisa Quandt
 

 

The National Honor Society (NHS) is an organization dedicated to celebrating and honoring exceptional students across the nation.  At Belleville West, NHS is open only to students who have been invited to apply for candidacy during the 2nd semester of their junior year.  National Honor Society is more than just an honor roll in that the students invited have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.  Throughout their year commitment in NHS, students must continue to demonstrate these characteristics inside and outside the classroom by participating in various community service projects.  The year culminates with a banquet at which candidates are officially inducted into the National Honor Society. Click here for Moodle Site

 

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND
Advisor:  Mrs. Katy Stinson
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Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college.  Team members apply creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.  They then bring their solutions to competition at the local, state, and world level.

OFFICE OCCUPATIONS
Advisor:  Mrs. Cherri Thompson
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The Office Occupations Co-op program is a program that gives students the opportunity their senior year to gain work experience and receive 3 school credits at the same time.  It gives seniors a shortened school schedule so they can balance their school work with a work schedule.  In addition, they receive college credit with SWIC, become proficient in the newest Microsoft Office products, and gain valuable work ready skills.  It's a perfect opportunity to "Try on your Career" for the future.

SATURDAY SCHOLARS
Advisor:  Mr. Joe Lombardi
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Saturday Scholars is a distinguished and unique lecture/demonstration series offered by invitation only to academically talented Belleville West students.  It provides an opportunity to interact with intellectual equals, to expand knoweldge in a variety of areas, and to talk with outstanding experts.  The program provides an enrichment component to meet the distinctive educational needs of gifted students.

SCHOLAR BOWL
Advisor:  Mrs. Cyndi Oberle-Dahm
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Scholar Bowl is an IHSA activity that allows Belleville West students the opportunity for academic competition with students from other area schools.  The season begins in November and concludes in March.

SCIENCE CLUB
Advisor:  Mr. Jerry Richardson
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Belleville West Science Club goes on science-related field trips and takes care of the green house and community garden.  Club members have taken part in activities such as cave exploring, astronomy nights, zoo overnights, caring for plants in the green house, and helping design the community garden.  The club meets every other Monday of the month.  In 2011, we will be sponsoring a trip to the Florida Keys.

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
Advisor:  Mrs. LeAnne Kniepkamp
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Belleville West Science Olympiad is a team of science-minded students who train to compete in a variety of science-related events at the Regional Science Olympiad at SIUE in mid to late February.  Only 15 of the best students will be able to compete at Regionals.  However, all team members attend all events.  Science Olympiad meets weekly from late October until Regionals (or State, pending qualifications).

FASHION AND DESIGN CLUB
Advisor:  Mrs. Jane Steinkuehler
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The Fashion and Design Club is an informal group that gathers every Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30.  It is open to all Belleville West students.  Its main purpose is to help all students learn and explore the possibilities of sewing and clothing construction.

SPANISH CLUB
Advisor:  Ms. Sonya Wattles
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The purpose of the club is o learn about and celebrate Hispanic culture.  We observe special holidays, have craft days, do "Solamente Espanol" (only Spanish) activities, and have food and cultural celebrations.  The club meets monthly and goes on a field tirp second semester to view a cultural presentation.  The end of the year is a competition with the French and German Clubs entitled "World Cup Soccer Tournament."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Arts:  Performance, Publications, Visual Arts

BELLEVINOIS
Advisors:  Ms. Ashley Rakers/Ms. Lannette Day
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The Bellevinois is the Belleville West yearbook.  Editors and staff members take photographs at activities throughout the year, write short articles about student events, and design the final book. Students may learn more about applying for the yearbook staff in B328, the Bellevinois office.

BOOK CLUB
Advisor:  Ms. John Lodle
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The Book Club provides students with an opportunity to read and discuss books simply for enjoyment.  The club meets off campus four times during the year (in October, December, January, and April) to discuss books which the members select.  Students may register at any informational meeting in August.

DEBATE / STUDENT CONGRESS
Advisor:  Dr. Brandon Hentze
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Debate is a competitive public speaking squad that particpates in two formats:  Public Forum and Student Congress.  Public Forum is a competition in which partners debate current events.  Student Congress is a mock session of Congress.  The season runs from September through March.

HARAMBEE
Advisor:  Ms. Carnetta Chalmers
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Harambee is an organization of students interested in experiencing African-American history.  We pledge to establish a harmonious culture for our school.  Our motto is "let's all pull together."  Students must pass every class each triad and demonstrate good character.  Our activities include the Harambee Show, social events, fundraisers, community service, and cultural field trips.

Advisor:  Mr. Stephen Garland
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The Hy News is Belleville West's student newspaper.  Any student from second semester freshman through senior can apply to be on staff.  Distributed monthly, 10 issues a year, the Hy News is student-led and produced.  Positions include reporters, artists, photographers, and business staffers.  The HyNews office is B326.

PAGE ONE
Advisor: Ms. Amber Thurnau
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Page One, the Belleville West Literary and Art Magazine, is published in May of each year.  Students from all grade levels may submit poetry, short stories, essays, photography, and art in room B335 from September through March.  Applications for staff positions on the magazine are available each spring.

Advisor: Mr. Adam Jenkins
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The speech and acting team competes all over Illinois (and various other places for nationals) in categories such as dramatic and humorous acting, public speaking, current events, and radio broadcasting.  A student can compete in just one of those areas or all of them.  Practices are held about once a week.

VISUAL ARTS CLUB
Advisor:  Mr. Dan Krause
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The Visual Arts Club is a student-run organization.  The goal of the club is to enrich our club members with artistic opportunities that go beyond the normal art curriculum.  The activities change from year to year based on the wants and needs of the students; however, there are always two collective goals in mind... make cool art and raise money for a trip to Chicago.  We accept any students interested in joining the club, and we meet in room A127 every Tuesday after school.

LITTLE THEATRE

Advisor:  Mr. John Lodle

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Belleville West Little Theatre stages five productions each school year - a night of one acts (just for freshmen and sophomores), the fall play, the children's play, the contest play, and the musical.  Little Theatre sponsors monthly informational meetings, social events, workshops for actors and technicians, and a spring honors reception.

FRESHMEN-SOPHOMORE ONE ACTS
Directors:  Mr. Adam Jenkins & Dr. Brandon Hentze
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The one act plays are the introductory performances in the Little Theatre program.  These shows are open to any freshmen or sophomores interested in experiencing theatre - either onstage or backstage. Traditionally, three plays are cast each year.  Students interested in auditioning or in working on tech crews should watch the bulletin for more information.

FALL PLAY
Directors:  Mr. John Lodle & Ms. Laurie Bielong
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West presents three evening performances and two matinee shows (for local junior high students) of the fall play.  Students in all grade levels may audition, and a large student tech crew builds the set, organizes costumes, and props, and runs lights and sound.  Recent shows have included both classic dramas and modern comedies.

CHILDREN'S PLAY
Directors:  Mr. Nick Johnson & Dr. Brandon Hentze
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The children's show is a musical production that is performed for local grade school students.  Students who are interested can auditon for singing and non-singing roles or can choose to work backstage on the technical crews.  Auditions for the show are in November, and rehearsals are December through February. 

CONTEST PLAY
Directors:  Mr. John Lodle & Ms. Laurie Bielong
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The contest play, held each March, offers theatre students a unique opportunity: the 40-minute show travels and competes against other schools.  Students in all grade levels may audition (usually in December), and a large student tech crew builds the traveling set.  Rehearsals are held in January through March.

MUSICAL
Director:  Ms. Jennifer Sage
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The theatre season concludes with the musical, held the first weekend of May.  Students in all grade levels may audition for the large cast of singers and dancers.  Students may also join the technical crew (to build sets, run lights and sound, organize costumes) or play in the pit orchestra.

 

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Volunteer and Service Organizations

BASIC
Advisor:  Ms. Molly Hepp
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BASIC stands for Belleville Achieves Strength in Character.  It is a hands-on leader in developing and supporting programs, collaborations, and community organizations that serve the greater Belleville community and Belleville West High School.  We encourage students and citizens to build our community service.

BIG BROTHERS / BIG SISTERS
Advisor:  Mrs. Christy Cerminn
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Big Brothers/Big Sisters is a school-based mentoring program designed for children in grades K-8 who could benefit from an addition positive role model.  Belleivlle West students who become members of this club will travel to our feeder schools during their lunch hours every Thursday.

GIRLS LEARN INTERNATIONAL
Advisor:  Ms. Jennifer Roberts
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INTERACT CLUB
Advisor:  Mrs. Connie Culbertson
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Interact is a Rotary International-sponsored service club that provides opportunities to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while meeting new friends.  You can develop leadership skills, demonstrate helpfulness for others, and advance good will.

KEY CLUB
Advisor:  Ms. Jennifer Stauffer
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Key Club International is the largest and oldest student-led service organization in the world.  This club provides service to home, school, and community throughout the year and will travel to Chicago twice this year.  Service projects will include a Sleep-Out for the Homeless, Thanksgiving Day Care project, and 5K run.

Advisor:  Ms. Kristin DeMond
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Lifesavers is a wellness group for teens.  We focus on creating healthy lifestyles in a positive and supportive atmosphere.  We are smoke, drug, and alcohol free.  We also seek to create awareness of these issues and how they affect teenagers.  There is a weekend retreat as well as participation within the larger community.

RECYCLING CLUB
Advisor:  Mr. Jeremy Stopka
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The Recycling Club is a group of students dedicated to making our school a "greener" place to learn.  Members meet bi-monthly on Friday mornings.  Students can be released from study halls to pick up recycling bins.  The club hosts campus clean-ups once each semester.

SPECTRUM

Spectrum is a healthy lifestyle gay and straight alliance club for teens. Spectrum is a school-wide coalition of students and faculty dedicated to the goal of helping students accept differences among people through service, social and training events.

STAR TEAM

Advisor:  Mrs. Sally Stephens
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A Student Assistance Program is a school-based prevention, early intervention, and support program for students who are having difficulty being successful in school.  The STAR Team focuses on all students in our school.

STUDENT COUNCIL
Advisor:  Mr. Brandon Woodrome
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Student Council members learn the process of student government while organizing enjoyable and worthwhile activities such as Spirit Week, Blood Drives, Winter Dance, Donkey Basketball, etc.  Students must be elected bytheir peers to join, and meetings ar eheld at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday and Fridays.

STOP
Students and Teachers Offering Protection
Advisor:  Ms. Christy Cerminn
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The Purpose of the STOP program is to reduce existing bullying problems among students, to prevent the development of new bullying problems, and to achieve better peer rleatoins at school.

VOLUNTEER WEST
Advisor:  Dr. Jan Hayden
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Volunteer West is a program that tracks student volunteer hours throughout their high school years.  Although there are no formal meetings, students are notified of volunteer opportunities through the student bulletin and announcements.  Students who participate receive an annual certificate and a letter of recommendation their senior year.

 

 

 

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Other Extracurricular Activities

CHESS CLUB
Advisor:  Mr. Lucas Spriggs
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The Chess Club gives students the opportunity to improve their chess game through formal and informal competition.  The club practices once a week October through February on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm in B312.  Chess Club also competes in matches on Wednesday and Saturday tournments.

FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES
Advisor:  Mr. Bryan Mitchell
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The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is an interdenominational group of coaches, athletes, and/or those interested in athletics who gather for Christian fellowship around the common bonds of sports and Jesus Christ.  We meet about twice a month on Monday evenings.

MAROON MADNEZZ (Pep Club)
Advisor:  Mr. Jeremy Witt
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Maroon Madnezz (Pep Club) is a club that instills the pride, spirit, and tradition that goes along with Belleville West athletics.  Our job is to support our ahtletic teams through both the good times and the bad. Members are encouraged (but not required) to attend all games.  All you need is school spirit.

MODEL UNITED NATIONS
Advisor:  Dr. Brandon Hentze
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The Model UN is an organization that seeks to improve student awareness of the operations of the UN as it seeks to solve a multitude of world problems.  As a part of the Model UN, students will participate in discussions, speeches, and debates with others.

RENAISSANCE
Advisor:  Mrs. Lisa Quandt
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Renaissance is the student society that promotes academic success and character education at Belleville West.  Renaissance society members organize the Fall Movie Day as well as the Spring Renapalooza Festival.  Society members must be Renaissance academic success cardholders.

YOUNG DEMOCRATS
Advisor:  Ms. Cyndi Oberle-Dahm
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YOUNG REPUBLICANS
Advisor:  Dr. Brandon Hentze
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