Students are encouraged to develop their social and interpersonal skills by becoming involved in and contributing to co-curricular activities at the School. Upper School students may participate in a club on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If a student wants to create a club, s/he must find a faculty member to serve as the club's advisor and submit a proposal to the Upper School Director.
The 2012-2013 club offerings are:
Foreign Film Club
This club is for the movie lovers. We will watch a variety of foreign movies played in their original languages with English subtitles, as well as classic films. The movies will be age appropriate. It will take several club sessions to finish a movie. There will be an open and informal discussion about the movie after its completion.
The goal of the Science/Robotics Club is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
To generate enthusiasm, interest, and fun in science through demonstrations, to provide funds by extensive fundraising to purchase expensive science and robotics equipment, and to inspire students to take higher level math, robotics, and science courses.
Club members will learn about the fundamental principles of photography while building a portfolio of their work through varied lessons and shooting assignments. From basic camera anatomy to computer aided post-production enhancement techniques, students will learn that there is more to photography than just point, and shoot. Open to all levels of experience!
The Weekly Charts Club
In charts club we will talk extensively about the top 5 things in pop culture each week. We will discuss the top five in music, movies, and more from week to week and keep on top of the charts. As the semester progresses, we will share some of our own charts as well as creating charts throughout the year for use in Mosaics and in the yearbook. To keep it conversational in nature, space in this club is limited to 12 people: this club is expected to be a discussion forum for pop culture and our community using the frame of the top 5.
Upper School Chorus (participation earns Fine Arts credit)
Chorus will explore the fundamentals of singing in a group through a wide range of literature and performance experiences. Performances include on-campus concerts, as well as community functions and state-wide choral competitions.
We will work on producing movies! We will use cameras, the internet and film editing software to make movies that will serve and entertain the STU community. Our main goal will be to produce short videos that will be interesting and useful and then to share them with the rest of the school. No experience necessary (but video veterans are welcome!).
This is THE school spirit club! If you enjoy coming up with school pride activities, planning talent shows and other activities, and generating posters and inspirational items to spur on our athletes in their games, this is the place for you.
The Games Club is exactly as it sounds – a chance to gather and sample a variety of games for all levels and interests. We will play card games and board games: BananaGrams, Apples to Apples, Sequence, Pictionary, and more!
This club studies advanced mathematics problems, and participates in the Virginia region of the national MathCounts! program. Students compete with students across the state in monthly competitions, and take part in an annual exam, usually offered in the spring.
Appealing to both the artistically and mathematically inclined, this club will study various paper folding techniques, and will learn how to follow intricate directions in order to make artistic and modular creations out of paper. Student work will be displayed at the end of each semester.
Speech & Forensic Club
This club will explore the forum of Public Speaking. From reading poetry and famous speeches to writing your own thoughts on current affairs, if you have a voice and want to be better heard - this is the club that will strengthen your speaking skills.