Spring-Ford Area High School Extracurriculars: How do you like to spend your time after school? How you spend this time could be one of the most important ways you shape your future. Extracurricular activities are a critical component of the college application, and getting involved in activities outside the classroom allows you to learn more about yourself and your goals. Spring-Ford offers a variety of extracurricular activities including visual arts, performing arts, athletics, STEM and more.
The Spring-Ford Academic Team is composed of students who participate in Jeopardy style competitions against teams from neighboring school districts. During academic team competitions, a team of four Spring-Ford players competes against another team of four players from another school. Questions are posed on a broad range of topics such as history, literature, science and math . The team scores points when students buzz in with the correct response. Practices involve players competing against each other in mock competitions. The team is composed of students who have a variety of academic strengths, for example, some team members are better at computation and some are stronger in history.
Academic Team practices and competes during the winter season from November through February. The season is capped off by a final round robin style tournament which is filmed by Pottstown Community Television and later aired on PCTV. In March after the regular season is complete, the team competes in a regional tournament, held in March in which Spring-Ford against schools from across the county.
Art Enrichment Club
Objectives: The Art Enrichment club provides an opportunity to share and gain knowledge, and to experiment with materials and techniques commonly used in the visual arts.
Activities: Past activities have included workshops taught by the high school art teachers, building and painting the sets for the spring musical, and creating art pieces to be used as fundraisers for the beautification of the school buildings.
Artist in Residence: Every other year the high school will host an artist and invite them to come to the school and create a collaborative work of art with the art enrichment students.
The purpose of French club is to promote the study of French language and culture and to reinforce and enhance learning that takes place in class. The club is open to anyone with an interest in learning about the French language and francophone culture. Activities include cheese tasting, experiencing French cultural celebrations, watching French movies and shows, playing French games, scavenger hunts, preparing French foods, cultural Olympics, and a joint holiday party with the other language clubs.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Future Business Leaders of America is for students who are interested in careers in business or who are just simply interested in learning more about the free enterprise system. FBLA helps students develop leadership abilities, and prepare for entry into, and advancement within, a business or businessrelated occupation. Members learn how to engage in business enterprise, how to direct the affairs of a group, and how to compete honorably in competitive events. There is an annual competition that allows students to compete in areas of expertise at the Regional, State and National levels. These activities help prepare students to be better employees and better citizens.
The German Club will promote the study of the German language, culture, customs and traditions of the German speaking countries and reinforce the learning that takes place in class.
Maker Club (part of Library Club)
The Maker Club offers students a chance to be creative and inventive, collaborative or independent, to learn new things and/or teach others. It is an opportunity to use the new Makerspace and all of its resources on a regular basis. It’s a chance to create a drone, quilt a beautiful wall hanging, design a bright holiday ornament…. Most of all, it’s a place within the 10-12 Media Center to feel safe enough to make mistakes, to feel confident in one’s own abilities to acquire certain skills, and pride in the process of learning as well as in the creation of a product.
Objectives: The Math Club's objectives are further the interest in mathematics through activities and projects.
Activities: In the past, we have Visited the Franklin Institute for a field trip, including a tour of Leonardo DaVinci’s workshop and the planetarium. In our monthly meetings, we generally participate in activities, play games, compete, do projects, etc. We have a Pi Day Celebration and a Holiday Song Exponent activity in addition to various other seasonal activities relating to math.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.
The Rampage is a student-written, student-edited news magazine for the students and staff of Spring-Ford Senior High School. Subsidized (in part) by the school district, it is published four times each year as the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer editions, and it is sold in school for $1.00. Subscriptions for in-school delivery are also available. The Rampage consists of six sections, each of which is edited by a separate department editor. These departments then combine to form the newspaper under the Editor-in-Chief, Managing Editor and General Manager. The sections include:
- Opinion (Humor)
- Ramblings (Comics, etc.)
The entire layout is done on site on our student computers, using Microsoft Word and Publisher. It is then transferred electronically to an outside printer to produce the 200-300 copies that will be sold. These copies are delivered to the 1st-period classrooms of subscribers and made available at school by student salespersons and by our dispenser in the auditorium lobby. The length of time from the first topic meeting, where reporters and photographers are given their assignments, until the newspaper is sold is about one month. This entire process will be repeated with about a two-week break for the staff between editions.
Ramoirs Literary Magazine
Ramoirs is the student literary magazine at Spring-Ford. We collect and edit submissions of poetry, stories, art, and photography throughout the year and compile them into an annual publication. All students interested in writing, art, editing, and/or magazine layout are welcome to join.
Objectives: The Reading Club provides enjoyment and cultural enrichment for young adults who like reading and discussing good literature. It is open to any student, grades 9-12. To maintain membership, students must read the chosen book of the month before attending any meetings.
Activities: Book discussions are led by the members or by the advisor. Meetings are held after school on the first Thursday of the month until 3:30 PM. Meetings include refreshments, usually cafe latte and cake.
Several Library Lock-ins are sponsored by the Reading Club during the school year. These are held on Friday nights from 6 -9 PM in the Media Center. Pizza and beverages are served, and students view movies based on American or world classics. There is a monthly membership fee of $2.
Reading Olympics (part of Library Club)
Reading Olympics is sponsored by the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. The goal of Reading Olympics is to increase students’ reading for enjoyment and to promote reading achievement. During the school year, participating 9th through 12th grade students collaborate with their teammates to read titles on the Reading Olympics Book List. A lively competition is held in the Spring at a local participating high school.
Science club is a place for students interested in science, or the pursuit of a career in science, to explore and share ideas. The club meets one a month to perform activities, experiments, and/or field trips. The activities cover a large variety of topics in science, and focus on aspects that students may not cover within the traditional science classroom setting.
The Spanish Club promotes the study of the language, culture, and traditions of Spanish-speaking countries. Monthly club events provide students the opportunity to extend their Spanish knowledge beyond the classroom. The Club offers a variety of events and service projects throughout the year including:
- Celebrating Traditions & Holidays
- Cooking recipes from Spanish-speaking countries
- Traditional Arts & Crafts
- Guest Speakers
- ACLAMO Adopt-a-family
- Teaching Spanish to elementary students
- Local Cultural Events
WSFTV – TV Club
WSFTV is open to all former or current Broadcast Production students. Students are given the opportunity to shoot a variety of sports and activities both on and off campus.
Yearbook Layout Team
Our team meets twice a week to design the school’s yearbook. The students are in charge of designing layouts, taking pictures, researching topics, polling students, and writing stories. Together they work to create a book that represents our school, the community and our students.
Yearbook Finance Team:
Students help to organize the online orders of the Yearbooks and get these lists ready for distribution of the books in the spring. Our team also helps to solicit and organize the Senior Baby Pics in December.
After the last deadline for ordering in January, we meet once or twice per week to create our master list for all ordered yearbooks.
Anchor Club is a service club geared toward helping those afflicted with brain-related injuries or disorders. We are the student branch of the Valley Forge Pilot Club. Anchor Club’s initial goal is to provide service to, support for, and an awareness of those afflicted with brain-related injuries. Another goal of Anchor Club is to serve our school through educational and awareness programs, show support of our school, faculty and students, and provide a positive outlook on life for our school and community through volunteer work, thus “anchoring” positive energy toward all of those whom we meet. The young men and women of this club will have leadership opportunities to organize service projects and improve the quality of life around them.
What is an arboretum?: A botanical garden that contains a collection of trees intended partly for scientific studies. Aside from mature trees, Spring-Ford’s Memorial Arboretum also includes beautiful shrubs, and flowers amongst a walking path and a sitting area with a stream. Spring-Ford’s arboretum is located behind the 9th Grade Building and overlooks the softball and baseball fields.
What do we do in the club?: Members maintain and beautify the arboretum by planting flowers, removing weeds and trash. We will research and design gardens with recycling and greening efforts in mind.
Family and Consumer Science Club
The Family and Consumer Sciences Club is a service organization open to students in grades 9-12. Each year the membership votes on charities we would like to support then we plan activities. The club also awards a small scholarship to a graduating senior planning to further his/her studies in an FCS related field.
In 2011-2012 we selected an organization called RAINN to support. RAINN stands for Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network. They try to raise awareness of the problem of sexual abuse and provide counseling for victims. In 2010-2011 we raised money for breast cancer awareness.
Club activities have included baking dog biscuits to donate to the local animal shelter, creating cards for residents of a local nursing home, a coolest cake contest/fundraiser, volunteering at a soup kitchen, and sewing/knitting various items to donate.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) became an official school club last year. The students who attend FCA meet on Wednesday mornings at 6:45 am in room 169 of the 10-12 building. Although the vision and mission statements of FCA specifically speak about athletes, we invite all Spring-Ford students who would like to know about God or who desire to grow in their spiritual life to attend. FCA provides a place for students to meet, study the Bible and pray together on a weekly basis.
Vision: “To see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of athletes and coaches.”
Mission: “To present to athletes and coaches, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.”
Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. What makes Key Club so successful is the fact that it is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving others. Members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities.
Objectives: To represent the student body in all matters pertaining to the betterment of the
School; to foster communication among students, administrators, staff, and the community; to promote, organize and execute activities that encourage student pride and school spirit; to install democratic ideals, provide an outlet for student expression, and a forum for aiding in the solution of school problems.
Activities: Spring-Ford Student Council members are elected representatives of our student body that
organize numerous school events such as Spirit Week for Homecoming and Data Match.
Throughout Spirit Week the Student Council members encourage others to dress up to show school spirit. Prizes are awarded for the most school spirit at the Pep Rally which is also run by Student Council.
We also host the Semi-Formal Homecoming Dance.
Data Match is an annual fundraiser that is usually carried out around Valentine's Day. We send away for printouts that pair students with their top 10 matches in the school.
Students participate and organize a variety of community services such as food, book, and toiletry drives and organize fundraisers for worthy causes such as “Pasta for Pennies” which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Student Council members play an instrumental role in mentoring and tutoring Spring-Ford elementary students. Lastly, they encourage school spirit to the student body and exemplify leadership among their peers.
SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
Objectives: Students are encouraged to make positive choices that will promote healthy attitudes and behaviors in their lives.
Activities: SADD is a program that has been bringing high school students across the nation together to educate others about the consequences of their
actions. The SADD chapter at Spring-Ford has been running for many years, educating kids of all ages. Some of the activities we've done in the past include:
* Mr. Spring-Ford
*Tree of Life
*Montgomery County Drug Awareness Coalition-natural high middle school assembly
*Bullying Presentation to 3rd graders
For more information please contact Ms. Bieleski in the 9th grade building or Mrs. Staley or Mrs. Blackledge at the senior high building 10-12.
Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7am in the high school cafeteria annex.
As a part of the Spring-Ford Senior High School student body, SNAP club is a service organization committed to lending their time and services to the parents and community members who are planning a spectacular and safe night of post-prom activities. SNAP club members
must be willing to volunteer their time at various SNAP events.
Join the Chess Club for games and socializing. Not only do we play Chess but we also play other strategic games including Scrabble, Stratego, Checkers, Othello and many others. Come on out and enjoy some time with those that like to game! All meetings are held after school in Room 251 (10-12 Center).
Cultural Awareness Club
Objectives: The Cultural Awareness Club promotes an empathetic cohesion of races by educating ourselves and others through the celebration of cultural diversity.
Activities: The Cultural Awareness Club would like to welcome you. Now more than ever, racial and cultural tolerance is of the utmost importance to our society. We invite everyone to participate with us in a variety of activities throughout the year, and to encourage staff participation we have a special offer for you...
MONTHLY PROGRAMS: Every month the Cultural Awareness Club holds one presentation about a particular country or culture. In the past, these events have been very well received, and we’ve had programs on Iraq, Liberia, Brazil, India, Turkey, Italy, and others. Additionally, we’ve celebrated Black History Month and the cultural talents of our own students.
OPEN FORUMS: This year the Cultural Awareness Club plans to hold several open forums on a variety of topics.
CLUB ACTIVITIES: Want to watch foreign films? Eat interesting ethnic food? Celebrate a variety of cultural events throughout the year? You have to be a member of the club to participate in these fun-filled and informative activities, so sign up now!
GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
Objective: The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a group designed to promote education, foster awareness, and provide a forum for discussion about issues of sexuality and gender stereotyping. We intend to break the ignorance caused by the silence surrounding these questions in order to create a place of support, pride, respect and safety for Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, Transgendered, and Queer communities (GBLTQ) and their allies.
The goal of the Health Club is to recognize and stay in touch with current health issues through discussion and activities designed to have fun and learn at the same time. Members of the Health Club are directly involved with the annual Health Fair held at the 10-12 Center each spring. Students interested in joining the Health Club should contact Mr. Czapor in room 169 at the 10-12 Center.
Minorities Coming Together
As a part of the Spring-Ford Senior High School student body, Minorities Coming Together (MCT) is dedicated to educating and raising awareness of the student body regarding minority issues and culture in a positive, fun manner.
The Pep Club is an organization that is made up of students who want to raise school spirit and have fun doing it! Pep Club meetings are generally held every week in the fall and every other week after Homecoming.
The goal of each meeting is to increase the student body’s awareness of school related functions and to get the whole school involved and excited!
Our main job is to make posters and banners to hang around the school that give information about upcoming sporting and social events at the high school. And, as a result, make the whole school feel “PEPPY” about Spring-Ford!
Ultimate Frisbee Club
The Ultimate Frisbee Club is a group of young men and young women who enjoy playing Frisbee in Coach McNelly Stadium on Thursday afternoons from 3–4 p.m. All students are welcome regardless of experience. All students must arrange for their own transportation home at 4 p.m.