Clubs & Activities
AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS
The AV Club is an after-school program that teaches the students how to use video cameras and digital still cameras to communicate. The club has a formal meeting once a week and students who demonstrate their proficiency are allowed to use the equipment during their free period, lunch, or after school. The club works on news segments that portray what is happening at Hood to the public via cable6. The club also teaches the students how to take an idea and transform it to the TV screen. The students have the opportunity to edit what they shoot and get a portfolio of their work at the end of the year.
The purpose of the Art Club is to give all students at GHHMS a chance to make and enjoy art and interact with other students who share similar interests while participating in a studio art experience. Past projects have included working with clay, papermache, oil pastel still life drawings, watercolor paintings, tie-dye, paper making, and paper marbling. The schedule will be determined at the beginning of each school year. Dates of each club meeting and the scheduled project will be provided to the students. There is no charge, but parent/guardian permission is required. Space is limited to 25 students.
BOOKS WITH BITE
This club meets Wednesdays at lunch in the Library. We will meet, munch, chat, create, promote and advise on all things library! All grades are welcome.
This is a great group for boys to have a chance to really be themselves, foster new friendships, participate in fun activities, and realize just how much they have to offer. We meet one or two times per month from 2:00– 3:15 p.m. We often have activities planned or field trips off school grounds. This club meets for the entire school year.
Chef Club is an opportunity to introduce students to some fun recipes and cooking techniques. Students will prepare a variety of recipes and are welcome to share their own recipes with the group.
STRATEGIC GAME CLUB
This club meets Tuesday and Thursday from October to February. Come in and test your skill in the most famous of military games - chess. We also have continuous games of Risk (the battle game for global domination) and Stratego (find the flag). Students play others in their skill level and “guest” participants show up to take on the club regulars from time to time. Come and join the action!
The club meets mostly on Thursdays 1:50 to 3:15 p.m. from January to April. Need something to do during the cold winter months? Come spend some time with friends playing games on the computer. Students of all skill levels are encouraged to join. This is a great group that has a lot of fun taking an active role in Computers.
Travel Club is an opportunity for 7th and 8th-grade students to go on a trip over April vacation with their classmates, experience history, and have some fun! Meetings are held several times a year for planning.
Homework Club is held most Mondays through Thursdays from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the library. Anyone who wants a quiet place to get their homework done or needs some extra help with their homework is welcome to come to Homework Club. You do not need to sign up for the club, just attend whenever you would like to. Once at Homework Club, students will need to remain there until 3:00 p.m. unless they have a parent note giving them permission to leave once their homework is completed.
HUSKY HABITAT CLUB
We meet a couple times per month, typically on Wednesdays. Students help keep the Habitat maintained, plant new flowers, and work on projects for the space Those with a love for gardening and working in the dirt would love this club.
The Husky Herald is the school’s fully - online newspaper. Meeting once a week, students plan out and work on news articles and creative writing pieces. Each month the newspaper is published on our GHHMS website. Any student who is interested in journalism, creative writing, sports, or photojournalism is welcome. The Husky Herald runs all year, publishing nine issues. It is a great club to keep up with the “goings on” at school and is a great creative outlet.
Jazz Band is intended for some of our more advanced musicians to explore different aspects of music. Students must audition and should be taking private lessons. We meet two days a week after school until 3:15 starting the third week in September, and ending after the spring concert in May. Very important – if your child is involved in sports: 1. If there is an away game, go to the game and miss Jazz Band. 2. If there is a home game, come to the first half of Jazz Band. 3. If you miss Jazz Band on Tuesday for a game, come to the entire rehearsal on Thursday, and vice versa. 4. For weeks that there is no conflict with a game, come to the first half of Jazz Band.
The Lego Club is a group of students that enjoy building with Legos. No experience is necessary, just a thrill for Legos. The group can build with Legos or learn the robotics type that the competitive team uses but in a relaxed situation. It is NOT competitive and meets in the spring (March to May). There is a sign up, and the club is limited to 20 students.
The Lego Team is a competitive team that has 3 months to design and program a Lego robot. Each year’s challenge has several different missions that must be solved in less than 3 minutes. Each year the team receives a new theme as a research topic usually dealing with local and global impacts such as alternative energy sources, food safety, etc. The team participates in regional competitions with the hope of advancing to the state level and possibly the world level. The team meets Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 to 4:30. Space is limited to 14 students and team selection is based on an application, essay and tryouts results. “Sports for the Mind,” teamwork and inspiration in science and technology are themes that represent the Lego Team.
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY (NJHS)
The GHHMS Chapter of NJHS is a student organization for seventh and eighth graders that is open to exemplary students. Eligible students are provided with an application during the month of February, with an induction ceremony held in the early spring. The five qualities each member of NJHS at GHHMS exhibit are: Scholarship, Knowledge, Character, Leadership, and Service. As a result, eligible members are expected to maintain A’s in all academic classes as well as participate in various extracurricular activities both within and outside the GHHMS community. Meetings are held every few weeks and are devoted to planning and completing service-related activities. Members of NJHS are involved with the following activities: helping with Open House (both fall and spring), food drives, school dances, Staff Appreciation activities, and an annual spring dance held at GHHMS for area senior citizens.
Select Chorus meets Mondays and Wednesdays as needed, all year long. This auditioned after-school activity is targeted at those students interested in furthering their musical education and ability. We work on music that is different and more difficult than in chorus class. Select Chorus performs at both the winter and spring concerts as well as the Manchester Monarchs and New Hampshire Fisher Cats games. We also have other performances throughout the year.
SPRING MUSICAL – DRAMA CLUB
Every year, almost 100 students become involved in the production of the Spring Musical. From acting and stage crew to soundboard and spotlight, there is something for almost every interest, and everyone is welcome. Tryouts start in late October and rehearsals are three to four days a week until our production in early March. Rehearsals run from 2:00 to 4:00 but are extended to 5:00 as we get closer to the production. Two performances for Derry’s 5th-grade students and three evening performances for parents and the community take place.
The stage crew works closely with directors of the annual musical. Students are involved in the design, construction, and painting of sets. During performances, members are backstage changing sets, managing props, and doing special effects. Meets December through performance in March.
Every January, GHHMS students head to Pat’s Peak in Henniker, NH for Ski Club. Open to skiers/snowboarders of all skill levels, Ski Club offers students a chance to take lessons, socialize with peers and have fun on the slopes. The group goes to the mountain for five sessions. Additional fees apply. Rentals and discounted passes are offered to all participating students.
Student Council sixth and seventh-grade delegates and eighth-grade officers work together to create a sense of community, responsibility, and pride among the student body, teachers and staff. The current sixth and seventh-grade students elect eighth-grade officers at the end of the year. Throughout the year, students meet to work on increasing school spirit. Student Council sponsors dances, Valentine’s Day pop sale and Spirit Week. Members attend a Student Council Conference to learn how to motivate and support their peers and the entire school. Eighth-grade members participate in Leadership Day at Pinkerton Academy. All members must be strongly committed. Mandatory meetings are held 1-2 times per month, usually from 2:00 -3:00 p.m.
The Yearbook Club is an opportunity for GHHMS students to preserve memories. The students work together to design the cover of the yearbook and to organize the yearbook’s layout. This club meets weekly and requires a strong commitment to teamwork. The students are responsible for taking photos, attending events and committing to a weekly meeting for production purposes. As deadlines approach, the students need to be flexible in meeting days as well as time commitments.