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Clubs/Co-Curriculars

Please contact Linda Dean for more information about clubs at Homestead.

Linda Dean
ldean@mtsd.k12.wi.us

ACLU Club

ACLU Club provides students with a safe, encouraging space for discussion of civil liberties. This club is a place to share experiences and passion to create a more fair, just, and accepting community in our school, city, state and country as a whole.

American Field Service (AFS)

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.

Artistic Outreach

Artistic Outreach is a club where musical and artistic students utilize their talents to aid patients staying at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. Artistic Outreach members who choose to participate in the musical outreach component of the club travel to Aurora Medical Center in Grafton to perform individually or in small ensembles for patients in the main hospital and the cancer center. Students who prefer the creation and sharing of arts and crafts work once a month at Homestead to produce and then donate their works to patients receiving treatment in the cancer center. All students are welcome to get involved in either or both sections of the club. Artistic Outreach members are able to give back to the community while honing in on their performance and creative skills.

Battle of the Books

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.

Camerata

Camerata is an auditioned co-curricular ensemble of mixed voices, selected from the Tartan & Treble Choirs at the beginning of each school year. Camerata performs chamber music in a variety of styles and is a musical ambassador for Homestead High School in the Mequon-Thiensville community as well as the featured ensemble at the annual Holiday Celebration.

Contact: Ms. Houge

Chamber Orchestra

Homestead Chamber Orchestra is an ensemble of 40 instrumentalists open by audition to orchestra and band students. This ensemble studies and performs works for Chamber orchestra from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. The group participates in the WSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival. This is a group seen often by the public as it gives numerous community performances in Mequon-Thiensville and throughout the Metro-Milwaukee area in addition to school concerts.

Contact: Mr. Emanuelson

Climbing Club

The Homestead High School Rock Climbing Club is for students who are interested in a rigorous sport in a casual setting. While climbing is difficult, it is a lot fun with friends and great way to get some exercise. Students who like taking on a challenge with friends are perfect for the Homestead Climbing Club.

Color Guard

Color Guard is open to all band students at Homestead High School. Members will learn flag, marching, and auxiliary techniques. Color Guard consists of up to 16 students (usually upper woodwind players but not always) that wish to add Color, Imagination, and Special Effects to the band's marching performances. Members perform routines with flags, streamers, and other "special" props. The Color Guard performs whenever the marching band does including home football games, Band Day in Madison, and all parades. The group also travels with the band on any tour or field trip that it might take.

Contact: Mr. Spindler

Drama Club

The Drama Club is meant to serve as a forum in which students can learn more about theatre and engage with the theatre department in a positive way. Students will participate in club events, fundraisers, costumes or make-up as they make friendships that last. Drama Club works in tandem with the three productions the theatre department mount each year.

Feminist Club

The Feminist Club is meant to serve as a forum in which students can learn more about feminism and engage with their community in a positive way. Students will participate in service projects to help give back, and engaging discussions with one another about issues that matter to them. Feminism is defined as “the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes,” and the Feminist Club aims to increase education and awareness for important issues plaguing our society today. Absolutely anyone and everyone is welcome to join.

French Club

French Club is for all French students who want to share social and cultural interests related to French. Meetings and events can include music, food, film, games, activities, discussion and preparation of local events such as contests and festivals. The club meets after school on alternate Fridays.

Girls Exploring Math & Science (GEMS) Club

Homestead High School’s GEMS is a club for girls of any grade level who have an interest in math and/or science. Through group discussions, casual seminars led by local experts, and group activities, we’ll always have a fresh topic to talk about and decipher. We will meet once a month/every other month. Our goal is to spark a fun and interesting conversation about science and math within the Homestead female community – all are welcome!

Girl UP Club

Girl Up partners with the United Nations to support programs that give adolescent girls in developing countries an equal chance for education, health, social and economic opportunities, and a life free from violence. Meetings and events will feature awareness activities and fundraising. Our guiding core values include leadership, justice, equity, and compassion. Anyone is welcome!

Hiking Club

Hiking Club is for those students who are interested in a casual and fun way to get active after school. Students will meet once a week and hike in various places around Mequon.

Homestead's Stand Against Cancer (H-SAC)

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!

Humanitarian Club

Homestead High School's Humanitarian Club is a group of passionate students who want to give back to the community. The club brings awareness to both global and local issues that our society faces. Locally, the club takes a hands-on approach by volunteering time and resources to local non profits, such as Feeding America, Next Door Foundation and Children's Hospital; while holding fundraisers to contribute financially to the clubs selected global non-profit, namely Heifer International. Most importantly, the club embodies the idea that a small group of committed individuals can cange the world. Members develop leadership and teamwork skills, build a strong sense of community, see their impact first-hand, and leard how to advocate while fostering a love for philanthropy.

Interact

Interact is a Rotary International's service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self governing and self supporting. Each year, Interact clubs complete at least 2 community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work while advancing international understanding and goodwill.

Jazz Ensembles

Homestead Jazz Ensembles I and II are open to students who have the interest and ability, play the needed instrument appropriate for instrumentation, who are good standing members in the band program and who demonstrate good self-discipline. The Jazz Ensembles perform music in diverse styles of the jazz idiom including swing, rock, funk, Latin, fusion and pop. Students are encouraged to learn to improvise.

Contact: Mr. Spindler

Kosher Food Club (KFC)

The Kosher Food Club (KFC) focuses on providing kosher food to Homestead students in a fun and delicious way. The club organizes, sets the menu for, and provides a free monthly kosher lunch to any and all interested students. The purpose of the club is to expose students to kosher food and to share information about the cultural aspects of Judaism.

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.

Latin Dance Club

This club is designed for anyone and everyone interested in learning how to Latin Dance. You don't need to have any dance experience and do not need to have any background in the Spanish language. Club members show up to practice and learn the basic movements of genres like Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and more. Depending on the interest of its members, Latin Dance Club may perform routines, take special field trips to organized social dances in Milwaukee, and possibly collaborate with other high school dance groups learning similar styles. The club is run by Sra. Lauber de Garza (262-238-5684), who is happy to talk with anyone who has questions. Join us!!

Link Crew

Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Built on the belief that students can help students succeed, Link Crew is a proven transition program that trains mentors from the junior and senior class. As positive role models, Link Crew Leaders are mentors and student leaders who guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshmen success.

Music for Milwaukee

Music for Milwaukee is a group of dedicated high school students that performs music throughout the community, in places like Alexian Village and Ozaukee St. Mary's. Small ensemble groups play a few times a month upon request, and once every trimester we help to put on an “Unplugged”event. We polish our performance skills and have a great time while brightening the days of others. The more variety, the better. Anyone and anything is welcome as long as it is appropriate.

Onward

ONWARD, sponsored by Starting Point, focuses on encouraging students to live a healthy lifestyle by disconnecting from technology, exploring the outdoors and being drug and alcohol free. Through the use of math, science, art, exploring, and more we will broaden our outlook on the way we view our community.

Philosophy 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.

Pit Orchestra

Homestead Pit Orchestra is co-curricular activity in which a group of musicians prepare the orchestral accompaniment for the annual Homestead musical production. These musicians are members of either the Homestead band or orchestra program.

Contact: Mr. Spindler or Mr. Emmanuelson

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.

SIGNS

SIGNS (Students Invested in Growth for Needed Sign Language) is an opportunity for students to explore all that ASL has to offer. Sign language opens communication barriers, proving to be mutually beneficial to people who have the ability to hear and people who are hearing impaired. Beginning with the alphabet and working our way towards basic dialogue, SIGNS provides a safe and fun setting for Homestead students to learn and practice ASL alongside one another.

Stage Crew

Stage Crew is open to any student who has a serious desire to work on the technical aspects of theater. Members of this club will learn all the workings of sound, lighting, set building, and backstage work during the performances. Stage crew executes all technical rehearsals and performances during the school year for school events and outside events in our performing arts center.

Contact: Ms. Figg-Franzoi

Students Helping Impact Foster Teens (SHIFT)

Students Helping Impact Foster Teens, or SHIFT, welcomes any student seeking to make a difference in the lives of foster teens in the southeast region of Wisconsin. SHIFT focuses on creating an outreach and support system for these teens, and consists of bimonthly meetings at HHS.

Slopes for Hope

Slopes for Hope is Homestead’s snowboard and ski club that uses the love of the outdoors to help support an organization (Camp Hope) that uses the outdoors to help kids. Members fundraise in Fall to cover the cost of lift tickets and transportation to Sunburst as well as donations to Camp Hope. The club offers simple fundraising opportunities to easily participate in. Then, in January and February we will go to Sunburst on at least four selected dates. All interested members must attend the welcome meeting. Sign up is first-come first served based on bus availability. This is the perfect opportunity for those new to the hill or those who just want to ski or board for fun. (Lessons are available.)

Students Exploring Medicine

Students Exploring Medicine, or SEM, is a club will allow students to explore their potential and interest in medicine. The club provides opportunities to watch surgeries, visit labs, and shadow professionals. Other activities include fundraisers for surrounding hospitals and non-profit for medical research. This club will provide students with exposure to the medical field and is an especially good fit for students with career aspirations in this area.

Tabletop Guild

The Tabletop Guild is a club that aims to bring people together around the table to play games. Potential games include Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer 40K, Magic the Gathering, and more. The group meets after school. Anyone with an interest in these games is welcome.