This club will examine the culture behind various dishes. Students will prepare to discuss a food of their choice at each club meeting including where the food originated and the cultural significance that food has today.
This club will feature the best recipes our club participants have to offer. Students have signed up for a date, teamed up with other club members, and decided on the dishes they intend to prepare for club members. Chefs will discuss ingredients and share their recipes and preparation techniques before serving it up! Covid guidelines will be followed and entertainment will be offered based on theme and season. Lasagne and garlic bread is first up!
This club will will be exploring making different baked goods! The students will learn how to decorate cookies, cakes and other delicious treats. The students have come up with a list of items they are interested in making. Covid guidelines will be followed.
This club will allow students to practice their cooking skills with some simple desserts that are easy to make but very delicious! As a group they will decide on the recipe and materials needed for each meeting. Covid guidelines will be followed. Our first week we made ice cream in a bag. Next meeting, we will be doing chocolate dipped treats!
We are an acting club and our focus will be on exploring acting techniques. We will practice rehearsing with scripts (some of these scripts are written by student members). We will also participate in improvisation acting exercises. Each club meeting will begin with a warm-up and end with a cool-down activity. These activities will be student-led.
The SVS Book Club enables students in grades 8-12 to gather and discuss a young adult book. The group changes depending on who is interested in each book selection. No commitment is required, just a good attitude and love of reading!
Students are invited to work in the E7 Tech Lab on guided or independent exploration in an area of technology interest and are encouraged to utilize their time for Genius Hour or academic class projects. Past projects include 3D Printing, LittleBits, movie making, website creation, presentation creation and practice, Arduino microcontrollers, photography, animation and video game programming.
Helping Hands is a club that allows students in grades 6-8 to take part in serving their community. Students will be able to organize service projects about social issues they feel passionate about. Students will work collaboratively to organize and promote opportunities for service.
The SVMS K.I.N.D. Club (Kids Increasing Nice Deeds) is part of our school's anti-bullying initiative. It was created by middle school students and continues to be led by middle school students. Our members recognize acts of kindness throughout the school and reinforce them through public recognition. Through various activities and events, K.I.N.D. members actively promote positive energy and respectful behaviors, and they model these behaviors for others.
Students are invited to attend special events held in the MakerSpace throughout the year to create special projects in gaming, art, sewing, electronics, food science and more. Students can attend one or all events.
When and Where
All events take place in the CAT Lab MakerSpace in the Library. Fall 2021 MS Makerspace meetings are during MS Lunch on Fridays. Fall 2021 after school Makerspace meetings (all grade levels) are Wednesdays after school from 2:30-3:15. Special event dates and times TBA.
Do you have a special maker skill to share? Do you have an interest/hobby you think might be a good fit for the makerspace? Students and parent guest speakers are welcome! Please reach out to Dr. Byer with questions.
Important Note: For safety reasons access to the maker space equipment for students will be limited only to scheduled meeting/event times, or by specific appointment discussed with Dr. Byer.
Students in grades 6-8 model and promote active citizenship at the Middle School and organize service to the larger community. Members facilitate events and fundraising activities which promote school spirit as well as educate their peers about various causes throughout the year. Many students go on to run for roles as elected officers of the student council in High School.
The Valley Voices is open to students in grades 6-12 who have a strong background and interest in singing. Students study different genres of choral music. There are two performances for this ensemble (Winter Concert and Spring Concert). This ensemble is an excellent way to expand musical experience and talent.
When and Where
Chorus Room 2:30-3:30 Tuesday’s, Lunch ( This ensemble has been put on hiatus due to CoVid and guidelines until further notice.)
The SVS Video Club is an award-winning group of young filmmakers that create films for competitions across the country. The club is open to both middle and high school students. Students are not required to have their own video equipment. The school provides all the necessary cameras, microphones, editing software, etc.
The Video Club is open to students in grades 6-12. Students learn to write, produce and edit films for competitions across the country, including the "Connecticut Student Film Festival" and the "All American High School Festival." The club meets weekly to write, produce and edit films.
Members of the SVS Video Club have won awards at multiple competitions, including:
White House Student Film Festival
Connecticut Student Film Festival
All American High School Festival
Envision Kindness Film Competition
Fox 61 Student News Program
When and Where
Thursday's in the TV studio from 2:30 - 4:00 during the fall and spring months, and periodically during high school lunch throughout the school year.
Student Dress Code
Students are required to dress in formal attire for festivals, but casual during weekly meetings.
Parent volunteers may be needed for some of the festivals.
The SVS Yearbook Club is open to students in grades 6-8. Students assume the roles of photographers, reporters, and organizers, and they learn to utilize a desktop publishing program to build the middle grades yearbook. This club is a great way for students to learn about publishing, software, artistic design, collaboration, and time management.
When and Where
Room E7 Fridays 2:30-4 and alternate days depending on student availability.
The Shepaug FFA Chapter has opened membership to students in Agriscience courses in 7th & 8th grade. Please email or see Mr. Lawler to ensure you are properly registered. Once a member you are welcome to participate in the High School FFA events held after school.
The sports club plays a variety of sports each time the club meets. There are multiple sports in which students can participate in each given meeting. Students have the option to partake in weight lifting, an activity in the gymnasium (basketball, dodgeball, wiffle ball, etc.), or, if weather permits, an outdoor activity (running/walking around the track, soccer etc).