Clubs and Events

Clubs and Events play a rich and vital role that in a Hillside education.

Our clubs provide opportunities to explore subjects and activities outside of the classroom.  The clubs offered each year originate from the serendipitous meshing of student interest and faculty expertise.  Many of these clubs are skill based and may be counted as credit towards graduation. Club descriptions below. Register here.

Hillside has always had a rich history of celebrating learning and community through events that can be shared with family and friends.  Whether it is Physics Night or the History Feast, these events provide an opportunity for students to present their expertise to the larger community.  Other events such as the Classic Film Nights or the All School Social are moments where we can come together as a school and enjoy each other’s company.

CLUB DESCRIPTIONS:

I. Art Club, Start Date: Monday, Sept. 13th

Grow as an artist! Students will select themes, concepts, idioms, and mediums to execute a number of pieces that execute their goals. Leslie will provide guidance, feedback, and opportunities for students motivated to complete a collection of work. Students will provide their own materials in some instances.

Art Instructor: Leslie Howells

Schedule: Mondays from 3:20 – 4:45 pm.

Who May Attend: Grades 7-12, Min: 3, Max: 12 students.

Cost: $300 per year.

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II. Hillside Cavaliers Fencing Club, Start Date: Tuesday, Sept. 14th

Learn the art of the sword!
It challenges the mind and body, and develops athleticism, problem solving, and sportsmanship. Hillside Cavaliers focuses on the Olympic sport of Sabre, the fastest, subtlest, most athletic, and, to its practitioners, the most fun of the three fencing weapons.

Ability levels range from beginners to advanced fencers. After warm-ups and stretching, we learn and practice effective sabre footwork, bladework, and tactics, and have fun sparring. Sessions include both group and individual instruction as well as open fencing. Beginners fence freely after gaining sufficient familiarity with several basic skills.

Afternoon classes are open to junior fencers, approximately ages 10 to 18. Priority is given to students enrolled at Hillside Student Community School, although others are welcome. Late afternoon or evening classes, lessons, and open fencing are open to junior and senior (adult) fencers, and will be posted according to interest and availability. All members are welcome to open fencing sessions.

Coach: Kael Sherrard

Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:20 – 4:50 pm.

Who May Attend: Everyone! Min: 4, Max: 14 students.

Cost: $500.00 per year (single sessions $15.00 each for Hillside students).

Additional Costs:

USA Fencing Membership required: Either Non-competitive $10 per year, or Access $25 per year, or Competitive $75 per year (see https://www.usafencing.org/membership)

Evening Classes with Wang Yung are extra and are paid directly to him.

Private lessons as arranged

Equipment as needed (especially FIE gloves for tournaments)

More details: Hillside Cavaliers Fencing Information <https://hillsidesc.org/curriculum/hillside-cavaliers-fencing/&gt;

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III. Drama Club, Start Date: Wednesday, October 6th

We will begin with intensive improv workshops and exploratory scene work, dipping into a wide range of dramatic works. Before the winter break, actors will choose monologues and one-act plays to rehearse and perform in our February showcase.

Coach: Jean Sherrard

Who May Attend? Grades 8-12, Min: 4, Max: 9

Schedule: Every Wednesday from 3:20 – 4:50 pm. In January, rehearsals increase to several times / week as we approach the performance date.

Cost: $300 per year.

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IV. Fiber Arts, Start Date: Thursday, Sept. 16th

Explore creating 2-D and 3-D images using fibers. We’ll explore using a variety of techniques such as sewing, weaving, felting, and more. Expand what your ideas of fibers and how to them are! Students may be asked to supply fabric scraps or yarns.

Art Instructor: Leslie Howells

Schedule: Thursdays from 3:20 – 4:45 pm.

Who May Attend: Open to Everyone; Min: 4, Max: 8 students.

Cost: $300 per year.

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V. Tabletop Gaming Club, Start Date: Friday, Sept. 17th

The Tabletop Gaming Club (TGC) is a group for students who enjoy any strategy, fantasy, cooperative, adventure, role-playing, or deck-building games. We enjoy tabletop games of all types. Student-led, teacher-sponsored, and open to anyone who shares our love for tabletop gaming. Tabletop games are some of the most positive and engaging forms of social interaction. Games promote critical thinking and problem-solving. They test our adaptability; they require strategic cooperation; they create exciting competition. In the spirit of fun, we form bonds with other players and develop friendships that extend far beyond the game.

Note: If more students choose Model UN, it will be offered instead.

Instructor: Jennifer Dixon

Schedule: Fridays from 3:20 – 4:50 pm.

Who May Attend: Open to Everyone; Min: 4, Max: 12 students.

Cost: $200 per year.

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VI. Model UN, Start Date: Friday, Sept. 17th

Model UN is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and its other multilateral bodies where students perform an ambassador role while debating topics such as gender equality, climate action, global health, and more. Students research these topics, in order to better understand global diplomacy. Students see dramatic improvements in their public speaking and communication skills – and their self-confidence. This club is open to all high school students interested in developing these skills and a wider understanding of global politics.

Note: If more students choose Games Club, it will be offered instead.

Instructor: Jennifer Dixon

Schedule: Every Friday from 3:20 – 4:50 pm.

Who May Attend: Open to Everyone; Min: 6, Max: 14 students.

Cost: $300 per year.

*****Although Tabletop Gaming Club and Model UN are advertised as Friday clubs, only one of the two will be available. Club will be decided based on student interest and enrollment. 

Clubs from previous years have included:
  • Art
  • Broadway
  • Celtic Music
  • Choral Music
  • Community Service
  • Computer Science
  • Cooking
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Fiber Arts
  • Games Club
  • Homework
  • Journalism
  • Social Justice
  • Swing Dance
Events
  • All Family Science Competition (such as a catapult contest)
  • All School September Social
  • Astronomy Night
  • Book Fair
  • Classic Film Nights
  • Community Service Days
  • Fencing Tournaments
  • Halloween Party
  • High School History Feast
  • Hillside Animation Night (featuring films created by students)
  • Intermediate Drama Performance
  • Intermediate Theater Field Trips
  • Science Poster Night
  • Secondary School Drama Performances
  • September Community Building Day
  • Year-end Outing