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Clubs and Student Activities

Mrs. Barbara Singleton-Seals, Director


The school offers clubs and organizations to meet the interest of students and to provide a well-rounded experience which maintains a close relationship with the school program. Some organizations are curricular (*) and a class enrollment may be required for membership. The following clubs and activities are available at Deep Creek High School.


Clubs and Activities

ASPIRE

ASPIRE (Amazing Students Participating in Reaching Excellence) is a program that helps Freshmen adapt to high school and prepares them to be successful. Meetings are held several times a year where students complete activities and receive information to improve study skills and test taking skills in a relaxed environment. Social and emotional topics are also routinely discussed.

ASPIRE is sponsored by Ms. Ayesha Hughes (Guidance Office)


Art Club / Art Honor Society

The Art Club and the National Art Honor Society are sponsored by Ms. Jennifer Winn-Griffin (Room 705).


Bible Club

Encourages positive spiritual discussion in our school about Christianity. Bible Club meets every other Wednesday after school. Refreshments and transportation are provided.

The Bible Club is sponsored by Ms. Karen Didio (Room 507) and Dr. Karen Jewette (511).


Buzz Crew

Celebrates and creates positive school spirit. The Buzz Crew attends sporting events and makes signs to raise school spirit and enthusiasm.

The Buzz Crew is sponsored by Ms. Maggie Lamay (Room 720).


Catering*

Teaches student to properly prepare food in a sanitary environment for social events.

Catering is sponsored by Ms. Dedra Blount (Room 701).


Chorus*

The choral department is dedicated to providing students with a comprehensive music education that encompasses all aspects of the academic discipline of music. Emphasis is placed on high standards of rehearsal and performance. Students become acquainted with the rich heritage of choral literature and are given the opportunity to develop a high standard of musicianship. An audition is required.

The Chorus is sponsored by Mrs. Natalie Robertson (Room 085).


CHROME

Cooperating Hampton Roads Organizations for Minorities in Engineering (CHROME) was established at Deep Creek High School in 1990. Its mission is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities and females entering engineering, mathematics, science and related technical fields. While CHROME targets females and underrepresented minorities, CHROME is not exclusionary.

Chrome is sponsored by Mrs. Tanya Logan (Room 702).


Debate

Students compete with the Tidewater Debate League as well as with Conference 17 and 4 A South (VHSL) in various forms of debate. The debate season runs from September through April each year. Debate counts as an activity in earning an academic letter.


Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)*

Promotes community service projects and participates in district, state, and national level competitions. Students must be in marketing, fashion, travel and tourism, internet marketing, and EFE courses to join.

The Distributive Education Club is sponsored by Mr. Don Gresham (Room 508) and Dr. Karen Jewette (Room 511).


Drama Club

Students interested in the art of theater and performance are invited to attend meetings on the 3rd Monday of the month in room #414 from 3:45 until 4:30. The Drama Club is open to all students.

The drama club is sponsored by Mrs. Nikki Keegan (Room 414).



Educators Rising

Formally known as Future Educators of America, Educators Rising introduces students to the world of teaching with the hopes that the students will consider a career in teaching.

Future Educators of America is sponsored by Dr. Karen Jewette (Room 511).



Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)*

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is a national Career and Technical Student Organization that provides personal growth, leadership development, and career preparation opportunities for students in Family and Consumer Sciences education.

Our Mission is to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through: character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and career preparation.

The Empower theme focuses on how students must make the right choices and recognize that they hold the key to doing great things as individuals, FCCLA members, students, leaders and members of their families and communities.

The Deep Creek Chapter of the FCCLA is coming soon! Please see Ms. Medina (Room 505) for more information.



Forensics

Emphasizes creativity, fun, and interaction between students, while competing in speech, debate, and improvisational activities. Meetings are held on Thursdays, September through March.


French Club / French Honor Society

To apply for the French Honor Society, the student must have had French II, a 3.0 overall GPA, and a 3.5 GPA in all French classes.

The French Club and the French Honor Society are sponsored by Ms. Rebecca Nash (Room 611). 


Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)*

The FBLA is a career and technical organization for students in Business Education courses. The purpose of the FBLA is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

The FBLA National Awards Program, also known as competitive events, recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. At the State Leadership Conferences, students compete in events testing their business knowledge and skills. Top state winners are then eligible to compete for national awards at the National Leadership Conference each summer.

FBLA is sponsored by Ms. Joan Harmon (Room 504) , Ms. Gwen Pretlow (Room 509) and Ms. Wren Petersen (Room 502).


German Club

The German club is not currently active. If there is group of students interested in reactivating the German Club, please see Ms. Lynn Hendrick (Room 619).


Guitar and Music Club

The Guitar and Music Club is sponsored by Mr. Casey Smith (Room 308) and Mr. John Barbarise (Room 501).


International Students Club

The International Students Club is sponsored by Mr. Jeff Buck (Room 615).


Key Club

The Key Club promotes volunteering. If you like to help people, the Key Club is for you. The Key Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month in the Media Center at 3:40 p.m.

The Key Club is sponsored by Mrs. Teresa Johnston (Room 403) and Mr. Robert Mealy (Room 711). 


Latin Club

The Latin Club is sponsored by Ms. Mary Burke (Room Room 619). The club typically meets on Thursday mornings before school.


Literary Arts Club / Creative Writing

Each year, the Literary Arts Club creates "The Spectrum," a magazine filled with student poems, art, stories and photography.  Each Spring, the Literary Arts Club produces the creative magazine "The Spectrum," which features creative works from DCHS students and staff! The Literary Arts Club is sponsored by Mrs. Darlene Requizo (Room 310).


Marching Band

Provides an opportunity for young musicians who play woodwind, brass, or percussion instruments to perform for school and community events

The marching band is sponsored by Mrs. Deborah Beck (Room 086).


Miss Deep Creek

The Miss Deep Creek Pageant promotes talent, poise and interview skills. Miss Deep Creek is open is 9th - 12th grade ladies who aspire to be a role model to their peers.

Applications are due in October. Auditions are a requirement for participation.

Miss Deep Creek is sponsored by Ms. Darla Cline (Media Center). 


Model UN

The Model UN is a debates, researches and compromises. We try to predict what's going to happen in the in the future with current evens and mimics the real United Nations. Students practice negotiations and diplomacy.

Model UN is sponsored by Mrs. Teresa Johnson (Room 403) and Mr. Robert Mealy (Room 711).


National Honor Society (NHS)

Honors a prestigious group of students who value scholarship, leadership, service and character. Must maintain at least a 3.4 GPA and be invited to participate your Junior and Senior year.

The National Honor Society is sponsored by Ms. Barbara Seals (Room 708) and Ms. Amy Jarrell (Room 713).


Operation Smile Club of DCHS

The Operation Smile Club of DCHS is sponsored by Ms. Carolyn LaRoche (Room 720).


Orchestra*

Performs for school and community events. Orchestra is designed for musicians that play violin, viola, cello, or bass.

Orchestra is sponsored by Ms. Sue Davidson (Room 840).


ROTC (Junior Air Force)*

Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC) teaches the foundations of Aerospace Science, Leadership Education, Physical Fitness and Drill. Numerous extracurricular drill teams are available for participation that are led by cadets to orient students in leadership development. AFJROTC’s mission is to “Build Better Citizens for America.”

After school practice is held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in Room 101.

The ROTC is sponsored by Major Darrell Pearman (Room 101) and Master Sergeant Lawrence Johnson (Room 101).


Ruriteens

Ruriteens is sponsored by Ms. Charlotte Moore (Media Center) and Ms. Nikki Keegan (Room 414).


Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club

The Deep Creek chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) serves to remind fellow students to avoid destructive decisions. The main objective is to raise awareness of the dangers of driving impaired due to texting, drugs and/or alcohol. Students participate in "student friendly" public awareness programs including seat checks, producing media to raise awareness and peer role-modeling. SADD also encourages students to help their peers make good life choices.

The chapter holds meetings at least monthly as well as special events/promotions that are open to the whole student body. Membership is open to join anytime during the year. Payment of dues of $5.00 and attendance at meetings and/or activities is required to maintain membership in the organization.

SADD is sponsored by Mr. Scott Reppert in the Guidance Office.


Scholastic Bowl (Academic Challenge Team)

Scholastic Bowl is a VHSL competition team. The team competes with other schools in our district emphasizing knowledge of English, mathematics, science, social studies and miscellany (which includes fine arts, current events, entertainment/sports and religion/mythology/philosophy.)  At competitions, team members “buzz in” when they know the answer to a question. The team plays all the schools in our district as well as the schools in our conference.

The Deep Creek team invites all students who maintain a 2.0 grade average and are passing 5 of 6 classes to join. The season extends from the fall semester through February. A conference tournament is held in March and the top two teams advance to the 4A South tournament where Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Norfolk teams challenge each other.  

Weekly matches are played between Chesapeake teams. During the season, the Deep Creek team practices after school on Tuesdays and matches are played on Wednesdays. We have a starting team and a backup team for substitutions. Team members answer questions on English, math, history, and science in five rounds of match play.

The Scholastic Bowl Team is sponsored by Mrs. Robin Moore (Room 409) and Mr. Casey Smith (Room 308).


Science Club (Vespidae Society)

Participates in science-related activities. We plan to create new gardens around campus. The Science Club works to improve the appearance of the school.

The Science Club is sponsored by Ms. Elizabeth Carey (Room 103).


School Publicity

Responsible for promoting events taking place at Deep Creek High School.

School Publicity is sponsored by Mrs. Barbara Singleton-Seals (Room 708) and Mrs. Page Bagley (Main Office).


Spanish Club

The Spanish Club explores the Spanish culture and teaches more about Spanish-speaking people. The Spanish Club meets twice a month.

The Spanish Club is sponsored by Mr. Jeff Buck (Room 615).


Stage Crew

Assists the Drama Department by setting up the stage and moving equipment before, during and after performances.

The Stage Crew is sponsored by Mrs. Nikki Keegan (Room 414).


Student Council Association (SCA)

The SCA of Deep Creek provides student activities, serves as a training experience for both leaders and followers, promotes the interests of the students, gives students a share in the management of the school, develops personal ideals of conduct, seeks to interest students in school affairs, and helps solve problems that may arise. Students are encouraged to become involved in student government. SCA and class elections are conducted each Spring, with the exception of Freshman Class, which is held in the Fall. Officers are elected by a majority vote of the student body.

The Student Council Association is sponsored by Mrs. Nikki Keegan (Room 414).



Step Team

A "Step" style dance group that participates in school-based as well as community events. This includes pep rallies, basketball games, and other school sponsored activities. We are I.S.I.S. (Intelligent Sisters In Step)

The step team is sponsored by Mrs. Vivian Stevenson (Room 105).


Writing Awareness Month

Writing Awareness Month is sponsored by Mr. Darlene Requizo (Room 310).


Technology Students Association (TSA)*

The TSA is a club open to any student who has ever taken a technology course. The club fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in technology, innovation, design and engineering.  Members apply and integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts through co-curricular actives, competitive events, and related programs.  If you enjoy competition and are interested in becoming a member of TSA, contact Mr. Hoover in room #081 o your current technology teacher for more information.  

The Technology Students Association is sponsored by Mr. Gerry Hoover (Room 081)


Welcoming Committee

The Welcoming Committee is a group of students and staff that aim to make Freshmen and students new to Deep Creek High School feel at home by offering information and support services.  The welcoming committee is sponsored by the Guidance Office.



Yearbook Staff

The Yearbook Staff records the history of the school and puts together a magnificent book of memories.

Staff members are selected from those who wish to apply. Applications are available from Mrs. Waters in Room 305 during the month of February. Interviews are conducted during the first week of March and twelve students are invited to join each year.

The Yearbook Staff is sponsored by Ms. Amanda Neal (Room 309).

Classes

Senior Class

The Senior Class is responsible for organizing important senior events such as the Senior Banquet and Prom.

The Senior Class is sponsored by Ms. Victoria Glasgow (Room 610) and Ms Katherine Porzel (Room 707).


Junior Class

The Junior Class promotes class unity by making T-shirts and floats for Homecoming. The Junior class also organizes the Junior Ball and Ring Ceremony.

The Junior Class is sponsored by Ms. Vivian Stevenson (Room 105)


Sophomore Class

Cultivate student leadership and camaraderie as young adults ready to face the challenges ahead. The Sophomore class participates in the homecoming parade and helps with other school events.

The Sophomore Class is sponsored by Ms. Amanda Neal (Room 309).


Freshman Class

The Freshman Class helps students with the transition into high school and prepares Freshmen for success with the first year of their high school career. The Freshman class participates in the homecoming parade, pep rallies, and helps with other school events. .

The Freshman Class is sponsored by Ms. Kimberly Rau (Room 710).



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Extracurricular Academic Letter Awards

Program

Academic letters are awarded for participation in Virginia High School League sanctioned activities. A student must earn a minimum of 25 points to be awarded an extracurricular academic letter. The number of points awarded is listed below in a Table of Points. All point awards must result from participation outside regular school hours. A student must earn the 25 points between grades 9 and 12, at the varsity level in at least two of the following activities:

The exact number of points awarded is at the discretion of the sponsor. Students should consult the sponsor of the particular areas of interest for further information. A file of cards on students involved in various activities will be maintained by the Student Activities Sponsor. It is the responsibility of the student to pick up a card and take it to the sponsors of the activities for the recording of points. The sponsor will return the card to the Student Activities Sponsor when they have completed recording the points.

Table of Points

Academic Challenge Team

Debate Team / Forensics' Team

Drama

One-Act Play Competition

Literary Magazine Staff

Newspaper Staff

Yearbook Staff


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Excellence in Civics Education Seal


Students who participate in volunteer activities and maintain high academic standards may be eligible for a diploma seal to recognize his or her achievement. Accumulation of community service activities are counted toward the Civic Seal in Middle School.

The Board of Education's Excellence in Civics Education Seal is awarded to students who meet each of the four criteria:

  1. Satisfy the requirement to earn a Standard Diploma or an Advanced Studies Diploma.
  2. Complete Virginia and United States History and Virginia and United States Government classes with a grade of B or higher.
  3. Complete 50 hours of voluntary participation in community service or extracurricular activities, such as volunteering for a charitable or religious organization that provides services to the poor, sick, or less fortunate; participating in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or similar youth organizations; participating in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC); participating in political campaigns, government internships, Boys' State, Girls' State or Model General Assembly; and participating in school-sponsored extracurricular activities that have a civics focus. Any student who enlists in the United States Military prior to graduation will be deemed to have met this community service requirement.
  4. Have good attendance and no disciplinary infractions as determined by local school board policies.

Documentation of service activities are to be kept on a volunteer log and hours are to be verified by the event sponsor that denotes the event, date, and hours served. The volunteer log should be submitted to the Social Studies Department Chair by June 1 of each school year.

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