• Description of Clubs at Bloomington South

    For each of the clubs below, a short description or its activities are given, plus the club's sponsor(s).


    Academic Super Bowl

    Advisor: Mr. Combs

    Members team up with the Spell Bowl Team and participate in self-guided learning and academic competitions in science, math, social studies, language arts, and fine arts around a defined topic. Meetings begin in January and are held twice a week; members meet once as a team and once in individual squads. Members participate in two competitions and may qualify for the State Finals round.

    Amigos

    Advisor: Ms. Ansari

    Backpacking Club

    Advisors: Mr. Bobay & Ms. Kvale

    Backpacking club is an informal group of students and teachers who enjoy hiking and camping. Trips are overnight, usually leaving Saturday about 9 A.M. and returning Sunday about 1 P.M. Equipment can be borrowed or rented. No experience is necessary.

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters

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    Black Culture Club

    Advisor:

    The club is designed especially for minority students to establish and maintain communication among Black students. This club serves as a medium for bringing together Black students, staff, and the community, so that they may share ideas, learn together, and collectively emphasize their roles in the development of meaningful and innovative projects in the high school educational setting. There will be monthly meetings, forums on today’s issues, guest speakers, and more.

    Business Professionals of America

    Advisor: TBD

    This group is the local chapter of the national association. Our activities include competitive events, leadership conferences, seminar, fundraising, and an end-of -year banquet. State and National dues are $11.

    Campus Life

    Advisor: Mr. Schunk

    This is a fun way to meet new people, play fun games, eat free food, and talk about things that matter. We meet once a week at someone’s house. Listen to the announcements for details.

    Dance Marathon

    Advisor: Mr. Doyle

    Diversity Club

    Advisor: Ms. Tosti

    We are a multicultural group who meet every week to help gain a better understanding and appreciation for different cultures. We work on service and education projects. We meet after school once a week in the Counseling Office.

    S.A.G.E (Students Advocating for a Greener Environment)

    Advisor: Ms. Figolah

    Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

    Advisor: Mr. McKay

    FCA is a club for student athletes, and coaches and everyone they influence who want the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as their Savior, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.

    French Club

    Advisor: Ms. Smith

    “Bonjour!” The French Club meets informally to enjoy French culture. Members participate in cultural activities and compete in a contest with other high schools in the spring. We also sponsor the French exchange that occurs every other year.

    Freshman Advisory Board

    Advisor: Ms. Kouns

    German Club

    Advisor: Mr. Sobiech

    We plan different activities that promote knowledge and awareness of Germanic culture.

    Gothic Yearbook

    Advisor: Ms. Ratliff

    Staff members write and edit copy, lay out pages, take photographs, check page proofs, sell advertising, and manage the business aspects of yearbook productions. Students must apply for these staff positions. Must be approved by Gothic advisor and meet the prerequisite of either Journalism 1-2 or photography class. Staff meets one class period daily.

    Habitat for Humanity

    Advisor: Ms. Crowley

    Ham Radio Club

    Advisor: Mr. Rapp

    The Amateur Radio Club helps students, faculty, and staff prepare for Federal Communications Commission license exams. We learn Morse code, basic electronics, and rules and regulations governing ham radio. We operate various 2-way radios to talk to people both locally and globally, and train to be emergency and disaster communications volunteers. Anyone interested in ham radio is welcome to attend.

    Helping Hands

    Advisor: Ms. Faubion

    Helping Hands is South’s community service or service learning group. As a group we pursue various volunteer activities including, but not limited to, the Hoosier Hills Food Drive, Community Kitchen, and South’s Volunteer Fair. We meet once or twice per month depending on the current program. Come join great people for a great chance to get involved.

    Junior Advisory Board

    Advisor: Ms. Smith

    Junior Statesmen of America

    Advisor: Ms. McDermott-Sipe

    Latin Club

    Advisor: Ms. Shelton

    Latin Club is an extra-curricular group for Latin students and others with an interest in the classical world who wish to better explore the Latin language and its Roman background. Club members plan activities for the group, including Latin Day and the year-end picnic. We meet twice a month (usually) and share food and play games, most of them with Roman trivia or Latin words. New members are welcome.

    Math League

    Advisor: Mr. Raney

    National Honor Society

    Advisor: Ms. Parker

    Membership is extended to students who meet the following criteria: 1) Juniors with 3.5 GPA at the end of 7 trimesters, OR Seniors with a 3.5 GPA at the end of 9 trimesters 2) Active participation in at least two activities one of which must be at BHSS; the other may be a community activity 3) Faculty recommendations based on leadership and character

    The Optimist

    Advisor: Ms. Mills

    We meet one daily class period and also after school (time varies each week). We produce the student newspaper. Newspaper staff plan each issue, write and edit stories, write headlines and photo captions, lay out pages, take and process photographs, sell advertising, and manage the business aspects of newspaper production. We use the latest computer software used by professional newspapers. Students interested in working on Optimist must take Journalism first.

    Orchestra Club

    Advisor: Ms. Gouker

    Panther Activity Council

    Advisor: Ms. Chrzastowski

    The Panther Activity Council acts as the welcoming body for Bloomington High School South. The group greets people at sports games, concerts, and various other student activities. Also, other welcoming programs are organized for special events. There is an application process to become involved in the organization. See sponsor for details.

    Panther Productions

    Advisor: Mr. D. Kennedy

    Panther Regiment

    Advisor: Mr. Dubinski

    The Panther Color Guard what performs in the Fall with the marching band. It is the prerequisite to participating in the Winter Guard. Being in the band is not required to be a part of the Color Guard. All interested students are welcome to participate.

    Peer Mediation

    Advisor: Ms. Cambridge

    Peer Mediation trains students to serve as mediators to assist other students during the school day. We accept applications at the end of the year.

    Pep Band

    Advisor: Mr. Dubinski

    Members of the Pep Band provide spirit and pep at various school athletic functions.

    Photography Club

    Advisor: Ms. Jennings

    PROUD

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    Proud is a Gay Straight Alliance, the oldest such student club in Indiana. We have discussions, guest speakers, films, fun and fund raising projects. We sponsor Day of Silence and participate widely in school and community affairs. All are welcome.

    Quill & Scroll

    Advisor: Ms. Mills

    Robotics

    Advisor: Ms. Kvale

    SADD

    Advisor: Ms. Hardy

    SADD’s mission is “to provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, drunk driving, drug abuse, and other destructive decisions.”

    Science Olympiad Team

    Advisor: Ms. Kvale

    Science Olympiad is an academic competition focusing on all areas of science. Teams of 15 students compete on the regional, state, and national level. Teams are formed in October and the competitions are in February, March and May.

    Senior Advisory Board

    Advisor: Mr. Dick

    Ski Club

    Advisor: Mr. McKay

    The primary purpose of the Ski club is to get skiers and snowboarders together so that they can meet other skiers and snowboarders in the school. Membership in the club also allows a person to purchase a season pass at Paoli Peaks at a discounted rate.

    Solar Bike Club

    Advisor: Ms. Kvale

    Solar Racing team is a unique blend of athletic and academic opportunities, with the opportunity to travel to competitions. Team members may focus on training as a rider for the solar bikes or working as a mechanic on the solar bikes and the solar car. The race is in May and the teams are working now.

    Sophomore Advisory Board

    Advisor: Ms. Kelwaski

    Sounds of South

    Advisor: Ms. Upchurch

    Highest caliber mixed chorus engages in activities that develop musicianship and specific performance skills through ensemble and solo singing. Experience live performances by professionals. Engage in a limited number of public performances. Students meet one period a day. Spring audition required.

    Spanish Club

    Advisor: Ms. Ansari

    Spanish Club meets once a week in A107. We plan and organize a workshop for elementary students to learn about the Mexican Holiday Day of the Dead. We celebrate other holidays as well such as Cinco de Mayo. Also, the Spanish club holds free Latin dance lessons to the BHSS community with a Latin dance following. Throughout the year we also have collected Pencils for Posoltega and participate in multi-cultural festivals throughout the Bloomington Community.

    Speech & Debate

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    Spell Bowl

    Advisor: Ms. von Buchler

    Members meet twice a week to prepare for two spelling competitions where they have the opportunity to compete with area schools.

    Student Council

    Advisor: Mr. McKay

    Our purpose is to provide a representative of the student body, improve participation of students, provide leadership opportunities, and learning experiences of governmental processes. We organize Homecoming, Food Drive, Holiday Child gift drive, Winter Court, Elections, and many other activities. Student must be elected during school-wide elections or attend meetings and be voted on by current Student Council members. We meet about one hour per week (more during busy periods).

    Theatre South (Drama Club)

    Advisor: Ms. Rademacher

    This organization encourages students to embrace all aspects of theatre – not just acting. Members may audition for any/all of the three yearly shows, or participate in any of the technical/production facets of each show. Theatre South members are known for being outgoing, enthusiastic and having fun.

    Young Democrats

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    Youth Summit

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    The Youth Summit is a day for youth, facilitated by youth to discuss and debate the many issues you face as a teenager in Monroe County. The Youth summit is open to randomly selected youth from grades 9-12 who want to share ideas with other students from Bloomington HS North, Edgewood, aurora, and harmony. After the one day Youth Summit students are given the opportunity to follow up on their ideas and concerns by meeting monthly in their schools with a school supervisor. Youth in Action is the school group that meets weekly to discuss and plan drug free activities in Monroe County.