HERITAGE HIGH SCHOOL Clubs and Organizations

Here are reasons why you need to get involved:

Make life-long friends

• Team oriented and Community Projects

• District Competitions

• Be a part of something larger than yourself

• Make lasting memories

• Improved school attendance

• 82% of our students are involved in a club

OFFERED at HERITAGE (PLEASE SEE THE HERITAGE WEBSITE or visit the office for the most current list of clubs and organizations as the list changes OFTEN):

Student GovernmentThe Student Government at Heritage High School represents the wishes and concerns of the students through a democratic representative process to the community, school, administration, and staff. In addition, Student Government provides a vehicle for students to learn and teach leadership skills through national, state, league, district, and all school conventions, conferences, workshops, and activities. Sponsors: Ms. Brethauer

Class Councils meet weekly to plan school-wide activities:

Class of 2013 Sponsors: Mr. Horan and Mr. Hofschire

Class of 2014 Sponsors: Ms. Solis and Mrs. Hurley

Class of 2015 Sponsors: Ms. McCormick

Class of 2016 Sponsor: Mrs. DeVries

Alpine ClubThis club provides an opportunity for students to participate in hikes in Colorado’s high country. Students will learn the basics of mountain safety. In addition, we will share our favorite hiking and walking experiences, and select a hike or two each semester. No experience necessary.  Sponsor: Mr. Warren

Amnesty International The main function of this club is to increase the awareness of high school students and the community to the reality of prisoners of conscience worldwide. The club writes letters of support for these prisoners throughout the world. Sponsor: Ms. Peach

Anime ClubIn Anime club, members are encouraged to broaden their cultural horizon by watching and discussing foreign films. There are themes in Asian Culture that parallel Western Culture and connections  that can be made for a better  understanding of a society a world away from our own.  Due to the title of the club, most of the films will be in the ‘Anime’ cartoon genre, but not limited to that. Along with films and discussions, we would like to host drawing sessions for the members of the artistic persuasion. Sponsor: Mrs. Gudewicz

Art Express Club Art X-Press is dedicated to the student curious to investigate their creative side.  This club welcomes all students to explore, enrich, and expand their art experience while attending Heritage High School.  A variety of activities are available at weekly meetings; such as gallery visits, visiting artists, community service (murals, signage), specialized areas (calligraphy, onsite drawing) and special interests. Art Express is a gathering of open and creative minds.  It is a place to expand interests and pursue a passion. Sponsor:  Mrs. Mangold and Mr. Bernal

Bowling Club Individuals or groups from two to four students meet on Thursdays after school at Littleton Lanes to bowl.  We bowl two games.  Scores are kept and trophies awarded every semester.  You do not have to be part of a group to join.  Just come and you can form a team with others.    We start bowling at 2:50 p.m. and usually end around 4:15 p.m.  Sponsor: Ms. O’Neal

Brownies/Lemonade/Games  Our club supports the body of courses as a whole. BLT promotes a social and mentally fun environment. We allow students to come to a stress free environment where they can talk and have fun, while not worrying about school. Sponsor: Mr. Wamsley

Choral Music The Choral Music Program at Heritage High School provides two classes which are also activities in which performances are given before other groups and locations off school grounds. Points are given for these performances that will be applied toward a Choral Music letter. Admission to each of these groups is by audition only.

  • Concert Choir:  A robed choir of 70-80 selected students which sings all types of Choral Literature.
  • Show Choir:  A uniformed choir of 12-20 selected students which sings a wide variety of music in Jazz, Popular, and Broadway musical genre.

Sponsor: Mr. Fischer

Classic Film Critics Society To view and critique together famous American films produced between 1927 and 1990.  Sponsor: Father Grose

Community Relations membership is open to class council members, representatives from HHS service organizations, and all interested HHS students. Our purpose is to develop awareness of rewards in responsible citizenship through volunteerism for the community.  Sponsor:  Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Dudley

DECA is a national organization for secondary students enrolled in Marketing Education established more than 57 years ago.  At Heritage High School students will learn to develop leadership and business skills beyond what the classroom can provide and perform community service opportunities. Activities are provided that will motivate students to learn marketing competencies that will prepare students to become skilled, employable workers in the field of marketing. Sponsor: Mrs. Bolen

Drama and International Thespians The drama program at HHS presents a number of productions each year with auditions open to all students. These productions include a fall play, a winter musical, and student directed one-act plays in the spring. International  Thespians is a local branch of an honorary organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding work in school plays and musicals. It is a service organization committed to promoting excellence in the performing arts, as well as serving the needs of HHS in its assemblies, guest appearances, social  gatherings, fundraisers, talent productions, and community use of the facilities. In addition to monthly meetings, Thespians support all theatrical events for after school and evening rehearsals and participate in a variety of activities including; theatre/movie outings, banquets, field trips, and fundraisers. Sponsor: TBA

Friend of Rachel’s/Eagle Mentors is a club that strives to meet the personal philosophies of Rachel Scott, a victim in the Columbine shootings.  We also have our foundations rooted in the original Eagle Mentors club which promoted safe choices in handling the everyday struggle of teenage life, including suicide prevention and assistance for depression. Currently, we are a club that promotes kindness, acceptance, safety, and love. Our motto is “bettering ourselves, bettering our school, bettering our community.” Sponsors: Mrs. DeVries

Ecology Club The Heritage Ecology Club has been active since 1972 when Heritage opened.  The club has been involved in writing letters, recycling aluminum cans, paper, planting trees, adopt-a-highway, and working at the South Platte Park protecting trees with chicken wire, and supporting environmental  organizations.  Students are encouraged to become better informed and “spread the word” about local environmental concerns.  We act locally but think globally.  Sponsor: Mr. Schreiber

Fellowship of Christian Athletes FCA is here to provide fellowship and foster spiritual development via discussion, speakers, bible study, book study, and worship for Christian students within the HHS community. Sponsor: Mr. Collins and Mr. Hofschire

Future Business Leaders of America is the largest national high school organization with chapters in the 50 states and Puerto Rico. FBLA promotes a social, economic, and career awareness of the opportunities and responsibilities that are to be found in our business society and develops self-confidence and leadership qualities. Students are involved in preparation for the local, state, and national contests in approximately 30 business areas; job interview, public speaking, accounting, word processing, computer applications, business procedures, and many more. Sponsor: Mr. Broyles

Future Community/Career Leaders of America The student organization, Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America, is integrated into Consumer and Family Studies.  FCCLA is affiliated nationally with an organization which was founded in 1945. The purposes of the organization shall be to: 1: provide opportunities for self-development and preparations for adult life; 2: strengthen the function of the family as a basic unit of society; 3:  encourage democracy through cooperative action in the home and community; 4:  encourage individual and group involvement in helping achieve global cooperative and harmony; 5:  promote greater understanding between youth and adults; 6: provide opportunities for making decisions and for assuming responsibilities; 7: prepare for the multiple roles of men and women in today’s society; 8: promote family and consumer science, family and consumer science careers, and related occupations. Sponsor: Mr. McKenna

Gay Straight Alliance

Sponsor: Ms. Baca and Ms. Glorso

German Club We provide the opportunity to experience German culture through activities, foods, and films.  Membership is open to both German language students and those who would like to learn more about German heritage.  This is also a place for the business meetings of Delta Epsilon Phi, the National Honor Society for High School Students of German.  Any German student can earn membership in ∆EΦ through good grades in German class and good citizenship in school.  Sponsor: Mrs. Mitchell

Global Hearts United

Sponsor: Mrs. Krumm

Habitat for Humanity Habitat for Humanity creates opportunities for the community of Heritage to raise money and build homes for families in need. We believe in making a difference-one person at a time. We believe high school students want to see a better world. We are a high energy group. Come check out a meeting and get to know some of our school’s leaders and genuinely “big-hearted kids.” Sponsor: Mrs. Hall

The Instrumental Music Program at Heritage High School provides several classes which are also activities, in that, performances are given before other groups and at places other than school. Points are given for many of these performances that will be applied towards a band letter. Admission to each of these groups, except concert band and marching band, is by audition only.

  • Symphonic Band A uniformed band of 50-60 selected students which plays all types of symphonic literature.
  • Concert Band Same as Symphonic Band
  • Marching Band A uniformed group of musicians and auxiliary units that specialize in field shows and parades. This group numbers 150 or more.
  • Jazz Ensemble I & II These groups specialize in all types of Jazz and Rock Music.
  • Pep Bands Provide entertainment at athletic events.
  • Marching Auxiliary performs flag twirling routines with the marching band and on their own. The performances include field shows and parades. The squad is selected each spring by senior squad members and the sponsor. Criteria for judging includes; ability and coordination, showmanship, marching, style, rhythm, dependability, attitude, cooperation, poise, and grooming.

Sponsor: Mr. Keena

String Orchestra also included in The Fine Arts Department at Heritage, may be joined by permission of the instructor. The Orchestra performs in at least five concerts per year. Members also are involved in the Musical and District Orchestra. Sponsor: Mr. Fischer

Junior Classical League (Latin)

Sponsor: Mrs. Wallace

Key Club is a service organization for high school students. It is the largest service organization of its kind in the world with over 110,000 members and some 3,425 clubs. Key Club is unique because it is sponsored by a local Kiwanis Club composed of leading business and professional men and women of the community. Key Club has as its major aims the development of initiative, leadership ability, and good citizenship practices. These are accomplished through participation in many community service activities throughout the year. Sponsor: Ms. Harwell

National Honor Society The Heritage Chapter of the National Honor Society is part of a national organization which strives to recognize and foster academic achievement while developing the qualities of good character, leadership, and service. Membership is open to juniors and seniors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and selection is based upon demonstrated excellence in character, leadership, and service. In addition to selected community service activities the NHS sponsors a peer tutoring program/among them community service activities. Sponsor: Mrs. Wade and Mrs. Cantwell

Newspaper – Pioneer Heritage’s newspaper, the Pioneer, is produced by the Newspaper Production class using Macintosh computers and desktop publishing programs. The staff meets third and fourth hours on Tuesday and Thursday to produce eight to nine issues during the school year. It is excellent experience for students who would like to work in the communications field or for students who enjoy writing. Students learn and refine their skills in interviewing, writing, revising, headline writing, layout, and design while gaining valuable computer skills. Staff positions are open to students (freshmen through seniors) who have completed journalism or who have performed well in other writing courses and who are recommended by their Language Arts teacher. Applications are accepted beginning in April. Sponsor: Mrs. Hurley

Om Zone  Need to relax? This club is for you! Come join us for a break from studies and a good stretch. No experience necessary. Sponsor: Ms. Hall

Quiddich Club This club is committed to exploring the literary and cinema graphic elements of the Harry Potter series. We will be looking at components of the book and movies series that are covered in HHS Language Arts and Film History classes. Sponsor: Mr. Fischer

Speech/Forensics Team The speech team seeks to introduce students into the world of verbal communications. Students enjoy the opportunity to compete with different schools from around the front-range. Along with meeting many others during competitions, students earn points toward National Forensic League membership. Membership in this speech and debate organization garners national prestige recognized by all corners of the academic world. In addition to national recognition, students learn to compete in various events and gain valuable study skills in research and writing. The speech season culminates in a national competition each June at various sites around the nation. Sponsor: Mr. Breitbarth and Mr. Herrick

Technology Student Association Technology Student Association is a national organization that allows students to explore different areas of technologies. TSA is a hands-on club that builds a variety of projects that our students’ are interested in and allows them to compete against other students at a state and national level. If you enjoy building things, working on computers, or just like to have fun, TSA is the club for you. Sponsor: Mr. Whitehorn

Ultimate Club Ultimate Frisbee is the combination of soccer, basketball, and football.  It’s similar to soccer in that students run on a field and cover areas, like basketball, because students cut into an area and clear from that area and similar to football in that there are end zones where a team can score a goal. Currently, the Heritage team consists of 3 women and 4 men on the field at a time. We may have some fall meetings this year, but spring league starts in March. Sponsor: Mr. Gallagher

Unified Eagles This is an opportunity for all students to learn sound skills and build relationships. This is an opportunity for PACE students to gain the opportunity to represent their school athletically, for partners to serve the community and validate the dignity of every human being.  It’s so fun! Sponsors:  Mr. DeStefano and Mrs. Wilson

Yearbook – Eyrie We have a staff of approximately 25 students who plan, prepare, take pictures for, and distribute Heritage’s award-winning yearbook, the Eyrie. Most of the work is done during yearbook class during sixth and seventh hours on Tuesday and Thursday, as well as at afternoon work sessions.  This class is excellent for students who enjoy writing, drawing, creating, and working with people.  It is also good preparation for students who would like to work in the communications field because of all the practical experience students’ gain with interviewing techniques, layout, photography, time management, teamwork, and desktop publishing. New staff positions are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are highly recommended by their Language Arts teacher. Applications are accepted beginning in April. Sponsor: Mrs. DeVries

 Youth in Government Youth in Government is a YMCA sponsored program designed to instill in students knowledge and appreciation of how Colorado legislature functions. Emphasis is placed on how bills become law and the journey a bill must make before it is either signed into law or dies in committee or on the floor of the Senate or House. Students will go to the State Capitol Building in November and watch the Colorado Supreme Court, the role of lobbyists and the media, in action. Students will form a Youth in Government team in September, and after choosing leaders, will begin drawing up mock bills and discussing strategy. See Mr. Grenawalt in Room 215 for more information. Sponsor: Mr. Grenawalt