Clubs & Organizations

Below is a list of all the active clubs at Pioneer Valley Regional School for the 2017-2018 school year.

The list is organized by age of participation starting with clubs open to middle school students.

Clubs and activities open to students in grades 7-12

Fall Play and All School Musical

Faculty Advisor(s): Director-Kimberly Rose & Assistant Director- Mandy Oliver

The PVRS Theater Program offers students interested in the performing arts a chance to take the stage and transform! We offer a variety of performance options including a fall play and spring musical.

There are also technical assistant opportunities featuring lighting, set design, costumes, and makeup as well! Come be a part of our team! Meets every day after school for several weeks prior to production.

Students in grades 7-12 are welcome to participate.

Faculty Advisor(s): Alyssa Blum

The PVRS bicycle club goes for bike rides on tails and the road. We are a group that supports bicycle riders of every type and skill level to get out and ride more. We also track our fitness level. We do this by riding every Thursday after school as long as it is warm enough for us to ride. There are plans for weekend trips to mountain bike trails or for longer road rides.

Membership is open to students in grades 7-12.

Faculty Advisor(s): Ruth Davidson

Our purpose is to discover French language and culture with the aim of becoming true francophiles. The club meets on Thursdays during Flex and every second Thursday after school in Room #102. The club sponsors movie nights, organizes Fancy winter and spring suppers, Mardi Gras parties, scavenger hunts, trips to theater productions ie. Les Miserables, sponsors food drives, etc.

Membership is open to students in grades 7-12.

Faculty Advisor(s): Skip Zalneraitis

Tech Club is a combination of Coding, Minecraft, and Makerspace. Leaving everything for the students to choose. The group meets on Mondays and Thursdays after school.

Students in grades 7-12 are eligible to participate.

Faculty Advisor(s): Alyssa Blum

This club runs during the spring sports season. The purpose of the club is to play hard, to play fair, and to have fun. To inspire the “spirit of the game”. It’s an introduction to the greatest game on earth. The group meets every day after school except Friday, 2:45-4:45p.m. Once the season begins there are 2-3 games a week against other schools.

Students in grades 7-12 are welcome to participate.

Faculty Advisor(s): Aimee Brown

This is a new club this year that will take pictures and design the yearbook for 2017/2018. We have deadlines to meet and advertisements to sell, so we need to be ready to work together! We will meet during flex blocks and after school on Thursdays from 2:30-4:00.

The club is currently open to high school and middle school students.

Clubs and activities open to students in grades 9-12

GAME SHOW COMPETITION

Faculty Advisor(s): Carol Sacco

The purpose of our club is to prepare for a game show competition with other Western Massachusetts high schools both private and public. We have one group of four each year that competes and one alternate. Also, other students join us during the year to begin training for the next year. Our meetings take place after school primarily on Mondays and/or Thursdays, however, we meet other afternoons depending on the group of students we are working with and when they are available.

Our meetings include viewing past shows, reviewing strategies based on our strengths and weaknesses. We usually begin in October-November depending on the student's schedules. Our taping at Westfield State University is usually scheduled anytime between December and February. Through the year we are either working with this year's team and/or next year's team. Often the alternate(s) become part of the next team.

We use various strategies to prepare the team in six categories. The six categories covered are: Arts & Entertainment, Literature, Math & Science, General Knowledge, Social Studies, and World Events

Any student in 9-12 grade may participate in the actual event. We have sometimes had eighth graders as well. We usually have to do heavy recruiting because it is quite a commitment on the part of the students.

Membership is open to grades 9-12.

Faculty Advisor(s): Penney Betsold

Envirothon is a natural resource education program emphasizing hands-on, team-oriented problem solving and community involvement. Envirothon team members learn about soil, water, wildlife, and forest resources, and investigate important environmental issues affecting this community.

Each year the team selects a service or research project to work on as a group, and presents the project to a group of environmental professionals at the annual competition. Teams from over 40 schools in Massachusetts come together in May at the annual Massachusetts Envirothon competition to demonstrate what they’ve learned about the environment and to describe the actions they have taken to improve their local ecosystems.

The team will meet weekly after school between sports seasons and additional after school or weekend times as announced. We also meet on Wednesdays during flex time. We will attend at least one workshop in the fall and one in the spring.


Faculty Advisor(s): Tim Burns

The Game Club meets after school on Thursdays in the band room. Students play tabletop board and card games.

Membership is open to students in grades 9-12. 7th and 8th graders may join with the permission of the advisor.

Faculty Advisor(s):

The purpose of National Junior Honor Society, a national organization, is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character and to encourage citizenship. Students are inducted during their Freshman year. Students also participate in a variety of service projects such as school wide recycling, sending cards to children at Baystate and collecting donations for a local animal rescue.

This groups meets 1-2 times per month during Flex.

Faculty Advisor(s): Aimee Brown

Is responsible for planning and organizing Homecoming, ARC Blood drives, and other community events. Student Council representatives are elected in the spring for their respective class. The group meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays prior to Spirit Week/Homecoming, then on Tuesdays (during Flex) after that.

Membership is comprised of elected students from grades 9-12.

(TAB)

Faculty Advisor(s): Erica Masson

During the 2013-2014 school year, Pioneer teamed up with Quabbin Mediation to bring to our school Training Active Bystanders. Training Active Bystanders (TAB) is an evidence-based program which promotes pro-social attitudes, youth leadership and school-community connections while significantly reducing violence in middle and high schools. TAB heightens bystanders’ awareness of their influence, teaches how bystanders can interrupt harm doing and generate positive actions by others, and explains how passivity becomes complicity. TAB promotes responsibility for others and the competencies to safely help those in need, and emphasizes that active bystandership does not mean aggression against harm doers.

When Do We Meet?

Every other summer, trainers participate in a two day training with yearly “refresher” training as needed. Most meetings occur during Flex time. Trainers teach a 6 lesson curriculum to 7th grade students over 3 weeks.

Who is the Club Open to?

TAB welcomes new members! There is an applications process every other year where people can be nominated by teachers, nominated by a TAB Trainer, -or- self request to participate. Students must have a "C" or better in classes & be able to afford to miss an occasional class to teach.

Who are the Student Leaders in Our Group?

TAB doesn’t have specific leaders such as sports (i.e. Captains) and other clubs (i.e. President) because every member is expected to be an active bystander within our school community.