Mr. Kennon- Art Room
The Meadowlands Student Art Expo is celebrating its 19th year. This weeklong event, held every spring at Mill Creek Mall in Secaucus, provides a highly visible exhibition showcase for Hudson County teen artists. Participants benefit by presenting and viewing their creative work in the context of their peer.s Prizes are awarded in several categories. This event is an enriching and empowering experience for students and teachers alike. Participants meet with the Art Expo mentor, for assistance, on an as-need basis.
High Tech High students founded the Chemistry Club this year to provide opportunities to learn more about chemistry (the central science) and to serve fellow students who often struggle with this challenging course. The Club meets once or twice each month to plan activities including field trips to chemical laboratories, promotion of National Chemistry Week, and seminars on advances in chemistry. Club members participate in various state and national competitions, do experiments and solve real-world problems, tutor current first-year and AP Chemistry students, attend lectures by leading chemists, and are an important resource to the High Tech community.
Computer User Club
Mr. Adamson - Room 149
The Computer User Club was established in Dec. 2011 at the request of students wishing to expand their computer knowledge and skills. The club aims to do this through sharing the interests and expertise of its members as well as lectures by industry experts.
A long term goal of the club is to utilize the knowledge and skills gained to help others in the community also benefit from the use of computers.
Membership is open to all students attending day time programs at the North Hudson Center. Don’t hesitate to attend if you feel you have limited computer knowledge – the club exists to help raw beginners to those who consider themselves experts in given areas.
Meetings are held each Tuesday following the end of the school day in room 149. (Usually starting about 3:10 – 3:15 till 4:00)
Council on Diversity
The Council of Diversity is a club dedicated to expanding the perspective of students, faculty and the community at large regarding issues of race, ethnicity, religion and gender identification. Members of the club will engage in activities designed to educate our community about the unique and important role played by all individuals within that community and the contributions made due to the richness of diversity and difference. Promotion of tolerance and understanding, despite difference, is a primary goal of this club. Meetings are posted and announced.
Dumbledore's Army at High Tech is a fun, charity-based Harry Potter Club where students can gather to have a great time and earn community service hours at the same time. Learn to play Quidditch, discuss the books and movies, get sorted, and fight for the House Cup. House Points are earned by contributing to bake sales, book drives, and other Harry Potter themed fundraisers for Lumos, a charity chaired by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. Lumos helps children in rough situations live normal childhoods. For more information, see Faith D'Isa (Class of 2013) or Ms. Bellotti.
Mr. Feeney - Room 146
The New Jersey Environthon competition is a one-day event that takes place at the end of the school year. Teams are tested on environmental topics through hands-on interactive problem-solving at five testing stations. The team that demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of natural resources, as well as teamwork and communication skills, moves on to represent New Jersey in the National Envirothon competition. This dynamic hands-on Environmental Education Program seeks to empower its participants through training, direct experience, team work and competition with the motivation, knowledge and skills to actively take part in natural resource management decisions and problem-solving. Throughout the year, students explore different natural resource-related topics, including soils, forestry, aquatics, wildlife ecology and current environmental issues. Preperation for the Envirothon is designed to introduce students to a wide range of professionals working in environmentally-related fields, give a background in natural resources and the varied options that go into decision-making, and allow students practive in working with information and differing viewpoints to reach a decision through consensus and teamwork. The team mentor facilitates the training by incorporating hands-on activities with the educational study guide, which is produced by the Envirothon sponsors. See Ms. Witham for days and times.
Ms. Gashi - Room 120
The French Club provides a unique opportunity for students to become acquainted with different aspects of the French Culture through the organization of activities. These activities are both educational and social in that they seek to foster interest and appreciation for the cultures and societies of French and Francophones. Le Cercle Francais is a student-group club that promotes French culture and language at High Tech High School. Our mission is to provide an informal yet supportive environment for those students who value French culture and would like to interact with other students who do as well. Meetings are held twice a month on Wednesdays.
Mr. Worthen & Mr. Victoria - APA
The Judo Club meets Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. The club is open to all students who wish to learn and participate in the Olympic sport of Judo. Club members may also participate in our LEAP classes for Judo Instruction or Enrichment, making judo available four afternoons a week. There are several competitions available for those who wish to compete.
Junior State of America
Are you interested in how our government works? Do you have a future in politics? Are you interested in current issues and feel the need to voice your opinion on those issues? Then you should join the JSA. JSA replicated the US government on a small scale. Each member belongs to a political party and debates and votes on the passage of bills. JSA improves your understanding of democratic processes, increases political awareness, helps achieve high standards of citizenship, develops responsibility and promotes involvement in the area of public affairs. For more information check the High Tech JSA website hightechjsa.tripod.com or go to the JSA national website at www.jsa.org
Mrs. Dobkin - Room 109
Here you will learn many things about the Japanese culture like the tea ceremony, while also exploring different types of Japanese customs and traditions. Students will be able to listen to Japanese music and will also watch various anime and Japanese films of different genres and explore the anime and manga culture that surrounds it. Japanese club is open to all students who are interested in learning more about Japan and its culture.
Ms. Zwolinski & Ms. Sipars - Room 130
The Key Club, a national service organization dedicates itself to attending to the needs of the school, community and various charities. To improve High Tech, members of the Key Club helped to set up the recycling program and each year they organize a yearly blood drive. In addition, members have reached out to the community, dedicating their time to visit a nursing home, soup kitchen and a cerebral palsy center. Finally, the members have raised a great deal of money for both local and national charities including Hudson Milestones, UNICEF, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The Key Club will meet on scheduled Mondays in The Resource Room immediately after school. Our meeting schedule will be posted on the bulletin board outside room 160. All new participants are welcome, and we look forward to your help. In the worlds of former Key Club President "The Key Club will always be there to lend a helping hand to those people throughout the world whose days are just a little tougher than ours."
Mr. Meyer - Cafeteria
Love146 is a non-profit international human rights organization. Members of Love146 dedicate themselves to raise funds for the prevention and aftercare of human sex-trafficking and exploitation. As a member, you will also bring attention to issues surrounding exploitation in various nations across the globe, particularly Southeast Asia. Love146 protects, defends, restores and empowers millions of victims. Please visit: Love146.org for more information and a look at survivor stories.
Ms. Lohf - Room 112
The High Tech Math League meets once a month to participate in the New Jersey Math League competition. Each contest lassts for 30 minutes and consists of 6 questions that are thought-provoking and are not considered "typical" math questions. The scores are based on the number of correct answers (0 to 6) and only the top 5 scores from each contest are submitted to the NJ Math League as a team score. we compete against other high schools in Hudson County. All contests are held after school at High Tech HS. Students in grades 9 through 12, taking Algebra I or higher, are welcome to participate. All math teachers mentor students in their particular area of expertise. Competitions follow the League's schedule.
Model Government/Mock Trial
Students in Model Government/Mock Trial club will develop an awareness of political and government influence through first-hand participation in the Mock Trial, Model Congress, and Model United Nations competitions. Building on previous understanding of historical topics, students will assume roles of varying degress of difficulty and positions of leadership. In the Mock Trial competition, students will have the opportunity to develop a case from opening to closing arguments from a lawyer's point of view. The relationship between law and presentation skills will be highly emphasized. in th eModel Congress competition, students will portray a United States Senator or Representative and engage in typical legislative activities of a Congressman. In the Model United Nations competition, students will represent a member nation and utilize diplomatic skills to achieve common goals. Meetings and auditions for roles will be held on a monthly basis. Additional meetings will be held as events draw near.
National Honor Society
Ms. Belotti & Mr. Polito - TBA
The National Honor Society is a renowned organization that develops character, leadership and personal awareness of the school and community. Each potential member must have at least a 3.9 grade point average (GPA) by the end of the first semester of the junior year. Additionally, the record of the candidate must be free of detentions for major infractions. There must be evidence of leadership and volunteer hours of service to the school and community. A five member Faculty council evaluates each candidate's application. The potential applicant may also re-apply in the senior year. The National Honor Society meets once a month.
New Jersey Science League
Mr. Feeney - Room 167
The New Jersey Science League offers test competitions in a number of Science areas including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth & Space Science. Outstanding teams and participants are awarded plaques and certificates of achievement. All science teachers mentor students in their particular area of expertise. Competitions follow the League's schedule.
Ms. Yuhas - Room 146
The PHAT Club (Protecting Humans, Animals, and Trees) participates in various environmental activities and explores a range of issues. It meets twice a month on Tuesdays. using petitions, letters, information dissemination and donations, the PHAT Club participates in actions to protect wildlife, and increase community awareness on environmental issues. The PHAT Club also takes trips to wild areas and nature events, which deepen appreciation and understanding of nature. In an attempt to broaden its reach, the PHAT Club is establishing contact with other high school environmental groups in hopes of gaining support for environmental issues.