At Susquehannock High School, there are a variety of activities for students to be involved with, enhancing their high school experiences.
Marching Band– Combines the musicality of the Concert Band, the precision of marching, the beauty of choreography and dance, the pageantry of the football season, and the fire of percussion to create a truly unique and special activity. Modern marching band shows are intense, athletic and skillful. At Susquehannock, marching band is a SPORT! Weekly rehearsals begin at the beginning of May to familiarize students with the music. Band camp begins the first week of August and the marching season runs through November. Advisor: Mr. Chris Poole (Room 130)
Concert Band– For woodwind, brass and percussion students who cannot fulfill the Marching Band requirements of the “Full Year Band”. Emphasis is placed on the development of technical skills necessary for performance. After school rehearsals and performances are required. Advisor: Mr. Chris Poole (Room 130)
Color Guard– A visual performing ensemble that consists of students from all grades who have an interest in performing dance, choreography and synchronized and expressive movement and do not play a band instrument. An essential element to the marching band program. Has the same rehearsal and performance requirements that the marching band has, but takes place only the first quarter of the school year. Advisor: Mr. Chris Poole (Room 130)
Winter Color Guard– The Susquehannock Winter Color Guard is an extra-curricular activity connected to the marching band program. Winter guard is performed indoors, usually in a gym or indoor arena, during the winter season. Also, there is no band involved. Winter guard performs to a recording of various musical genres. A winter guard unit performs using dance, acrobatic features, and most of all, with various pieces of equipment. While guard equipment can vary from anything to everything, flags, rifles, and sabers are the main pieces of equipment. Guard members toss, spin, and do much more with their equipment, which can change throughout their show. The competing season runs from December to April. Winter color guard is open to anyone; you do not need to have experience to join and all are welcome. Advisor: Mr. Chris Poole (Room 130)
District Band– There are opportunities for our band students to audition for the District ensembles. These include District Band, Regional Band, District Jazz Band and All-State Bands. Advisor: Mr. Chris Poole (Room 130)
Jazz Band– This ensemble is an extra-curricular activity. To be a member of this ensemble, however, you must be enrolled in one of the music offerings at Susquehannock. Advisor: Mr. Christian Poole (Room 130)
Best Buds is a club that is open to grades 9-12. We are looking for individuals that would like to be positive role models to their peers. This is a participatory club and we are looking for students who would like to create meaningful friendships within the school setting. This club meets twice a month. Our regular schedule meetings are the third Thursday of every month plus we do a community activity. If you are looking to make a difference, then join our club. Please see Miss Bosley (Room 116) or Ms. Bosley (Room 116), or Mrs. Bray (Room 230) if you have any further questions.
Big Buddy Program
The Big Buddy program is a mentoring program. Big Buddies from SHS are paired with Little Buddies from Southern Elementary School, Shrewsbury Elementary School and Friendship Elementary School. Big Buddies play games, read books, help with homework and talk with their little buddies for 30 minutes per 6-day cycle. This program is open to seniors and juniors who meet the academic requirement of a GPA of 2.0000 or the recommendation of a guidance counselor. There is also an attendance requirement of a maximum of 15 days absence the previous year unless there were extenuating circumstances. Advisor: Mrs. Kate Miklos, Guidance Counselor
Community Service Club
The Community Service Club is open to all 9-12 grade students who would like to volunteer in the local area. Members are required to attend one meeting per month and complete a minimum of 20 hours of volunteer activity during the school year. Volunteer hours may be completed individually or through club-sponsored activities. Advisor: Mr. Jack Stoneberg (Room 014)
The SHS Concert Choir is a one-credit curricular class that consists of students in grades 9-12. Students will build skills in music reading, sight-reading, and vocal technique as well as building a knowledge about music theory/history and will experience a wide variety of choral music. Concert Choir is open to anyone in the high school with a desire and dedication for singing. The Concert Choir performs at the annual winter and spring concerts, as well as performing for various sporting events at SHS including the Homecoming football game in addition to other community events. Do not think you can sing well? We come to choir to learn how to sing better! Choir may be just the ‘thing’ for you to find your place here at SHS! Advisor: Mr. Jay Althouse (Room 126)
Chanticleer is a select vocal ensemble for SHS! To be a member of Chanticleer a student must be a member of the Concert Choir and must have a successful audition for the choral director. Chanticleer performs at the annual Winter and Spring Concerts, but also had a number of other performances at local churches and other community events. Rehearsals take place on Mondays after school from 3:00-4:45pm. Director: Mr. Jay Althouse (Room 126)
Try out for our Fall Play or Spring Musical or join the crew in building the sets and props, operating the lighting and sound or constructing the costuming for these shows! Director: Mr. Will Jenkins (leave a note in his mailbox in the high school main office) or at .
The Envirothon is an interactive, hands-on student competition designed to test their knowledge of Pennsylvania’s natural resources. This standards-based environmental science program emphasizes environmental sensitivity with social, ecological, and economic balance. The goal of the Envirothon is to provide our students with the tools they need to become responsible stewards of York County’s agricultural and natural ecosystems. Students compete in teams with testing on the following topics: Aquatics, Current Issues (2007 Alternate Energy Sources), Forestry, Soils, and Wildlife. Advisor: Mr. Greg Brobst (Room 221)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
The purpose of FCA is to present to athletes, coaches, teachers, and students and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. Advisors: Mr. Doug Truscott (Gym) and Mr. Wade Bowers (Room 020)
Forensics Club promotes student interest, understanding, and development in the art of debate and public speaking. Members will learn different styles of debate which include Lincoln-Douglas and Policy. Members will travel and participate at local forensic competitions with possibility of qualifying for regional, state, and national competitions. Forensics Club is held once a week for two hours after school. Advisors: Mr. Robert Cousineau (Room 109) and Mrs. Kate Newland (Room 233)
The Susquehannock French Club sponsors one event monthly during the academic year. Membership is open to anyone enrolled in French class. Each monthly activity promotes exposure and understanding of French culture including areas such as film, literature, music, cooking, discussion and sports. Student leadership is provided by elected officers. Non-French speakers are invited to participate in some of the sessions during the year. Advisor: Mrs. South (Room 212)
Freshman Class Council/Class Council
The freshman class council is comprised of four officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary (which were voted for in eighth grade) and all hard working freshmen who are willing to dedicate their time. Class council members can sign up in the fall with the council advisor, Mrs. Jennie Bonitz (Room 223). The council is responsible for Homecoming activities and participating in Adopt-A-Family for community service. The entire Freshman Class is expected to participate in a fundraiser in order to establish their account for their Junior and Senior years. Donations will be accepted at anytime throughout the year.
There are class councils for each year:
Sophomore Class Council advisor is Mr. Kevin Lawrence (Room 105)
Junior Class Council advisor is Ms. Stephanie South (Room 212)
Senior Class Council advisor is Ms. Kristin Johnson (Room 234)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
FBLA is a national association with a quarter of a million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. Our mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Advisors: Mrs. Kellin McCullough (Room 207), Mrs. Jocelyn Ruppert (Room 205) and Mrs. Angela Lehigh (Room 203)
In-Car Driving is a program designed to make you a safer and more skillful driver. It is a recognized program by the State of Pennsylvania. Most insurance companies will honor this program with up to a 10% discount on insurance premiums. Information sheets are available in the high school main office. Instructor: Mr. Doug Truscott (Gym)
Link Crew Leaders are junior and senior students who volunteer to work with freshmen during the first year of transition from middle to high school. Pairs of Link Leaders are mentors to a group of ten or less freshmen beginning with a Freshman Orientation on the first day of school. During the school year Link Leaders continue to work with their groups for academic and social follow-up sessions. Any student interested in becoming a Link Leader needs to complete an application and interview during the spring of his/her sophomore or junior year. Applicants should be dependable, good role models and positive leaders. Advisors: Mrs. Ruppert (Room 205), Mr. Amberman (Room 103) and Mr. Lawrence (Room 105)
The Literary Magazine Club is a student-run organization for grades 9-12 that publishes submissions of artwork, photography, short stories and poems created by students at SHS. Student submission may be turned in to Mr. Leiphart or any English/art teacher and are accepted until January. The publication is produced tentatively in April of each school year. The club meets once a week and is very open to new members. Come join us! Advisor: Mr. Ryan Leiphart (Room 222). See the Literary Magazine tab to see students’ work.
National Honor Society
Although students are not eligible for NHS until September of their junior year, they begin building their eligibility resume during freshman year. Requirements for NHS include a 3.5000 GPA, and a clean discipline record. The chapter requirements are a minimum of 8 activities over a 2 year span (juniors) or a minimum of 11 activities over a 3 year span (seniors). Two activities each year may be community service activities. See the student handbook or the NHS advisors, Mrs. Grace Myers, Guidance Secretary, Mr. James Sterner (Room 218), and Mr. Kevin Lawrence (Room 105)
The Students against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is a national organization for any student in grades 9-12. The mission of the organization is to provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions such as teen violence, depression and suicide. There are a variety of activities to participate in including Red Ribbon and Safe Prom Weeks. Advisor: Mr. Matt Amberman (Room 103)
The Ski Club is active during the winter months at Ski Roundtop with discount coupons available to 9-12 grade members. Advisors: Mrs. Kate Wilt (Room 110), Mrs. Myers (Room 212), and Ms. Kristin Johnson (Room 234)
Hola! Join the Spanish Club to participate in extra cultural events outside of class. We meet once a month from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. in Room 206 to celebrate the Hispanic holidays, create Hispanic arts and crafts, share Mexican & Spanish food, choose a Spanish club shirt, and more. We would love to have you be a part of our club. Advisors: Senora Schiffgens (Room 206), Senora Walker (Room 213) or Senora Rayburn (Room 211).
The purpose of Student Council is to promote and develop school spirit, pride and morals through its leadership activities. Student Council members are required to attend weekly meetings and participate in activities throughout the school year, including Homecoming, Adopt-A-Family, King of Hearts, etc. Elections are held in the spring. Advisors: Mrs. Kellin McCullough (Room 207) and Mr. Tom Laure (Room 208)
Aevidum’s goal is to create positive mental health environments where all students feel accepted, appreciated, acknowledged, and cared for in schools and communities across the nation. The word Aevidum, which means “I’ve got your back,” was created by students in Lancaster County. At the core of Aevidum is an educational philosophy that empowers students to take responsibility to make a difference. Aevidum students are encouraged to use their gifts and talents and to recognize the gifts and talents of their peers to create cultures of care in advocacy in their schools and communities. Advisors: Miss Kabke (Guidance Office), Mrs. Miklos (Guidance Office) and Miss Platts (Room 133). See the Aevidum sub-page under ‘Guidance Office’ for updates.
**Some of these activities may not qualify for National Honor Society membership selection requirements. To meet NHS criteria the activity or organization has to either serve the school and/or community, or represent the school in a positive way to the public through competition or performance. The following activities which are pursued purely for personal enjoyment are not considered service or representation: Ski Club • Spanish Club • French Club
For clarification please contact the National Honor Society advisor, James Sterner at [email protected]