Mequon-Thiensville School District

 

Clubs


AFS (AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE)
    

The AFS Club at Homestead has two chapters.  One is the student chapter, which is composed of students who have spent the summer or year in another country as well as any students interested in becoming involved.  Club activities include the annual AFS Show, fund raising, restaurant outings, and activities with other AFS clubs.

The second part of the club is the adult chapter.  The adult chapter of AFS has monthly meetings where members of the student chapter meet with interested adults to make presentations.  Anyone interested in foreign travel, culture, and lots of fun should join.  Student chapter meetings are held after school.  The adult chapter meets in various members' homes in the evening on the 4th Monday of the month.  Join AFS by attending any meetings.

ANIME     
The Anime club is a student led organization at Homestead High School dedicated to the exploration of Japanese animation (Anime and Manga). Activities include reading, drawing, watching and discussing all things Anime and Manga. The club meets two to three times per month so stop in, it's never too late to join!

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS (BOB)     
Battle of the Books or BOB is an extracurricular book club that allows students to read four high interest and
diverse genres of literature each month and discuss them in a book club format. Battle of the Books also has a
trivia component. Each season four students are selected to compete in a state wide trivia competition based on
the titles read each year! Last year over two hundred schools competed in this event as students compete via
moodle to log in their answers. Students may read all of the titles or some of the titles. The group is
designed to foster and kindle a love of reading.

BEST BUDDIES
Best Buddies International is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for mutually enriching friendships.  The vision behind the Best Buddies program at Homestead is to maximize social opportunities for high school students in mainstream and special education classes by matching them in one-to-one friendships. Together, they can participate in a variety of activities both at Homestead and out in the community.  The goal is to establish foundations for genuine friendships, thus enriching the lives of both participants.

BOREALIS

BOREALIS is an annual creative writing magazine, which includes the writing (short stories, poetry, essays, plays and art) of Homestead students. The selection committee of BOREALIS reads all submissions and, along with the advisor, decides what will be printed in each issue.  Students, who are interested in creative writing, art, calligraphy, layout and design, as well as aspects of publishing, are encouraged to become involved in BOREALIS.

CERTAMEN   
(Description coming soon)

CLOSE UP FOUNDATION – ANNUAL WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP
Students interested in learning about government, history and politics are encouraged to participate in the Close Up Foundation’s yearly trip to our nation’s capitol.  During fourth quarter, Homestead students and a member of the social studies department travel to Washington D.C. for a week long experience with the Close Up Foundation, a group that provides workshops on a variety of political topics, government speakers, and touring opportunities for high students from around the nation.  The purpose of Close Up is to encourage civic responsibility through knowledge of the history and politics of the United States.  Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible for participation.  Sign up occurs in the fall and students should listen for announcements that provide Close Up information.

CLUB UNITED
Club United, a student-led organization at Homestead, seeks to provide the student body with opportunities to enhance personal growth and cultured awareness.  This mission is fulfilled through outings to ethnic restaurants, discussions on issues that affect teens and events, like the annual “Leaders in Diversity Day”.  Membership is open to all students interested in sharing their opinions and learning from others with different backgrounds.  Club United meets weekly to plan activities and brainstorm ways to promote respect and equality within Homestead and the community.  

GERMAN CLUB
Hallo!  German Club membership is open to any HHS student interested in the German-speaking countries.  Meetings are generally once a month after school.  German Club promotes interest in the German language and culture.  We cook, bake and eat German food, watch German movies, listen to German music, sponsor a German IBA team, take trips - including one to Germany!  So Komm mit!  Sign up with the faculty advisor!

H-SAC (Homestead's Stand Against Cancer)
H-SAC is a club created to raise awareness of cancer that is so prevalent in our world today. Our focus is planning the Homestead Mini-Relay For Life in the spring. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe the chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. The club will also fundraise throughout the year leading up to the event and educate the school community on how to prevent, detect and help in the movement to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!

JUNIOR STATE OF AMERICA (JSA)
Homestead High School has a recognized chapter of this national organization. The purpose of the club is to encourage students to examine issues in today's society, to understand the political process, and to become more involved citizens in their communities and world. Discussions, mock debates, and guest speakers provide members with stimulating discussion and ideas to consider. The club members determine the focus areas for the year, including the debate and discussion topics. JSA club members are also eligible to attend local, statewide and regional conventions. The club typically meets twice a month, with one possible additional meeting for Cabinet members (the officers).

KIDS FOR KIDS
This student group is dedicated to raising local and national awareness of foster care issues and helping to improve quality in the lives of current and former foster youth.  Monthly meetings are held in the evening.  Activities include fund raising efforts for the purpose of donating to area agencies and promotional efforts in the school to heighten awareness.

LATIN CLUB
All Latin students are invited to join Latin Club.  Members meet on various occasions during the year after school.  They paint windows for Homecoming, plan special events, and get to know members from other levels of Latin.

PHILSOPHY CLUB
Philosophy Club is for the student who enjoys thinking about and discussing ideas. Discussions are run using the Socratic Method, which is teaching by asking rather than by telling. Each club member seeks to clarify his or her own thinking and to understand the thinking and perspectives of the other club members. The focus for each year follows the interests of the club members. For example, in previous years we have discussed The Six Questions of Socrates, learned about Kohlberg's and Gilligan's Theories of Moral Development and sought to understand the actions of historical and fictional people through those filters, and discussed the ideas of famous philosophers such as Plato. The club typically meets once a month.

PURSUIT BOOK CLUB
This club, which is the high school version of middle school PURSUIT Book Club, is for those who love to read and discuss books. Club members select the books for the year, so we may read from any genre including non-fiction works. The number of meetings for the year is also determined by the club membership. Typically, we meet once a month. Students involved in PURSUIT Book Club may attend any or all of the sessions, choosing to read and discuss the books that are interesting to them.

ROBOTICS CLUB
New to HHS this year, Robotics Club is an opportunity for students to design and build a robot to enter in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) Wisconsin competition. Each year FTC issues a challenge problem that participating teams need to address when designing and building their robot. Each team of up to 10 students offers the opportunity for students to bring their talents to the effort. We need designers, builders, drivers, computer

SPANISH CLUB
The Spanish Club consists of students from all Spanish Classes who work together on service projects (HHS, community, etc.) throughout the year. See your Spanish teacher to see what project is currently underway.

(SKIES) STUDENTS KEEPING IT ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE
SKIES is a club that focuses on a wide range of environmental issues such as reduction in automobile fuel consumption, reduction in bottled water consumption and on-going ecology efforts. This active student group aims to raise environmental awareness and motivate others to bring about change in the community. Meetings generally are held on a monthly basis after school.

YEARBOOK

Each September, the yearbook staff starts out with 196 blank pages.  It is the Tartan Yearbook staff's responsibility to choose a theme; design a cover; take photographs; lay out each page on the computer; collect information; identify all people pictured; write all copy; send it to the publishing company by the deadlines; and correct all proofs.  While this is a big job, the satisfaction of seeing the final results in June is very rewarding.

Students interested in being on the yearbook staff must apply by the end of the school year.