FEATURE — November 2, 2015 at 4:08 am

Clubs At MSD

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ANIME CLUB

Headed by Ashley Kurth, Douglas’ Anime Club meets every Friday in room 512 immediately after school. The club is open to all students that seek to learn more about their passion for anime.

ASIAN CLUB

The Asian Club is advised by Mrs. Simmons in room 721, and meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 2:50 pm., and goes in depth about Asian languages, as well as their cultures and traditions.

ASTRONOMY

“Our club is about taking the best and brightest students classes and furthering our shared passion of astronomy,” advisor Kyle Jeter said. “We also plan trips to NASA, and do ‘astronomy nights’, where we view the skies with telescopes and learn the techniques of Astrophotography.” The club meets in Mr. Jeter’s classroom, room 930, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:45 pm.

BEST BUDDIES

Best Buddies, led by Mrs. Protentis and Mrs. Forrester, meets on every other Wednesday of each month in room 411 immediately after school.  The club gives members a chance to create one on one relationships with students living with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

BOOK CLUB

Advised by Mrs. Falkowski and Mrs. Haneski, the club meets in the media center every other Tuesday; the club reviews selected books through group discussions.

BPA (BUS. PROF OF AMERICA)

Advised by Mrs. Simmons in room 702, the Douglas chapter of Business Professionals Of America meets every other Tuesdays at 2:45 pm. The club aims to prepare the business-oriented students through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic and technological skills.

CHESS CLUB

Advised by Mr. Rospierski, the Chess Club meets every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00 pm in room 1249. The club is open for all players – regardless of skill level or talent – who are interested in competing and improving.

COMIC BOOK CLUB

Advised by Mrs. Rivera in room 1256, the Comic Book Club meets every other Wednesday at 2:45 where they engage in discussion involving comic books and series.

DEBATE

The Debate and Forensics Club is advised by Mr. Cole, in room 908, and meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-4:00 pm. The club competes within itself discussing current events going on in the world.

DECA

Douglas’ DECA chapter is advised by Mr. Albert, Mrs. Cutler, Mrs. Webster, and Mrs. Squire, and meets every Wednesday in the cafeteria. The purpose is to push students to excel in all areas of business. All members must be in a DECA class, so it is currently not an open club.

ENGLISH HONOR SOCIETY

The English Honor Society meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2:45 pm in the media center, and is headed by Mrs. Amelkin. The society allows students to get more in touch with the English language, while also using it to help the community. Due to it being an honor society, applications are required in advance, of which will be available later this school year for the next new group of prospective members.

ESOL CLUB

Advised by Mrs. Rosario, English for Speakers of Other Languages Club meets Mondays and Thursdays at 2:45 pm in room 409 and aims to help multilingual students adjust to the English language.

FIRST PRIORITY

The Douglas First Priority chapter is led by Mrs. Rountree in room 211 and meets every Monday at 2:45 pm. The club allows its members to further connect themselves with Christianity and integrate it within their lives as high school students.

FRENCH CLUB

The French Club, led by advisor Mr. Julien, meets every Thursday after school in room 911. All students are welcome to join, regardless of their level of knowledge of french, and will be given the opportunity to learn about the French language and culture.

FEA (FUTURE EDUC. OF AMERICA)

The Future Educators Of America club, advised by Mrs. Burgin, meets in room 1237 every other Monday. The club gives students a chance to increase their interest in teaching as a career, and to stay informed of the latest issues and advancements in education.

GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE

Run by Mrs. Wolk-Rogers in room 428, the Gay-Straight Alliance Club meets every Monday at 2:45. The club seeks to stand by and show support to the LGBTQ+ community, including those in our own school; all students are encouraged to join them.

HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB

Advised by Mrs. Kenny, the Health & Fitness Club meets in room 1218 at 2:45 on varying dates. Here members will attend field trips such as canoeing, kayaking, yoga, etc. Here, students will engage in fun physical activities and get out of the classroom.  

HOPE CLUB

The HOPE Club, led by Mrs. Rountree, meets every Tuesday at 2:45 in room 211. The club promotes suicide prevention among students and creates a community dedicated to provide support for students struggling with their mental health.

HOSA (Health Occupation Students Association)

The Douglas HOSA chapter is run by Mrs. Sampson in room 1303 and meets every Tuesday at 2:45 pm. The club promotes career opportunities in the health care industry, and seeks to enhance the quality of health care by educating prospective health workers and doctors.

ITALIAN CLUB

Run by Mrs. Lupinacci, Italian Club meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month in room 165 at 2:45 pm. All students are welcome to join, and will be given an opportunity to connect with the Italian language and its culture.

JEWISH STUDENT CONNECTION

Headed by Mrs. Peskin, Jewish Student Connection meets at 2:45 pm every other Monday in room 936. The club is open to all Jews attending Douglas, and seeks to inform and involve them further in the religion and Jewish culture.

KEY CLUB

The Douglas Key Club chapter, led by Mrs. Edgar, meets on the second Tuesday of each month in room 167. The club’s purpose is to promote positive change in the community through various charitable events as well as through community service.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS

The League Of Legends Club, run by Mr. Friedlander in the media center, meets every Friday at 2:45 pm. Here students are able to share their love for the popular online game and compete with each other in a friendly environment.

MENTORING TOMORROW’S LEADERS

The Mentoring Tomorrow’s Leader’s club, run by Mrs. Dubin, meets every Wednesday at 2:45 in room 148. The club is a dropout prevention, educational re-engagement, and student leadership program, in which high achieving upperclassmen who demonstrate leadership can mentor underachieving students who have low GPAs and little enthusiasm towards their education.

MODEL UN

Douglas’s Model UN chapter, led by Mrs. Verba, meets every Wednesday immediately after school in room 429. The club introduces students to the world of diplomacy, negotiation, and decision making through the simulation of a real UN meeting along with current debated topics and legislation.

MU ALPHA THETA

Douglas’s Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) chapter, run by Mrs. Mikulski, meets on the second Monday of the month at 2:45 pm in the auditorium. The club aims to inspire a keen interest and enjoyment of mathematics through learning and competition.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Douglas’s NHS chapter, run by Mrs. Hitchcock, meets on the 1st Monday of the month at 2:45 pm in the auditorium. NHS serves to honor those who excel in leadership, service, and character. Application is annual, so it is not open until the end of this year.

NATIONAL ART HONOR SOCIETY

Douglas’s National Art Honor Society Chapter is led by Mrs. Rosa in room 302, and meets every other Thursday each month at 2:45 pm. The club strives to inspire and recognize students who show an outstanding ability and/or interest in art.

PARKLAND JR HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The Parkland Jr. Historical Society club, advised by Mrs. Hitchcock in room 423, meets on the first Monday of the month, and serves as Douglas’ version of the city’s Parkland Historical Society. Both hold the same purpose: to preserve and raise awareness of the City’s history.

PAWS

The PAWS Club at Douglas is run by both Mrs. Hitchcock and Mrs. Schamis, and meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 2:45 in room 423. The club aims to encourage the protection and safety of animals, as well as to raise awareness towards proper animal care.

PHOTO CLUB

“I found that there was a noticeable lack of clubs at Douglas that offered members the chance to actually create something of their own, such as a picture or a work of art,” says club president Max Baron. “Our goal is not only to introduce to our members new styles of art and photography, but also to provide them with the motivation to be creative, as well as with the environment and competition to do so; I hope that all of our members take away the importance of creativity.” The Photo Club, advised by Mrs. Lippel, meets on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at 2:45 pm in the media center.

QUILL & SCROLL HONOR SOCIETY

Douglas’s Quill & Scroll Honor Society Chapter is led by Mrs. Falkowski in room 236, and meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 2:45 pm. The club’s purpose is to encourage and recognize individual achievement in both journalism and scholastic publication.

RHO KAPPA

Rho Kappa, the National Honor Society for Social Studies, is led by Mrs. Rivera in room 1256, and meets on the 3rd Tuesday each month at 2:45 pm. It aims to teach students the knowledge, skills, and values necessary for being a moral and functioning citizen in today’s society.

ROBOTICS

The school’s Robotics Club, advised by Mr. Tracey, meets in room 506 on every Tuesday at 2:45 pm. Here members are able to share their passion for building and using robotics, through discussion, practice, and competition as well.

ROWDY EAGLES

Led by Mrs. Rubenstein, the Douglas Rowdy Eagles club usually meets at sporting events or through announcement in room 933. The club brings members together to support our school teams, and encourage other students to show spirit at school games as well.

SADD

Douglas’s SADD Chapter is led by Mrs. Rizzo in room 422, and meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 2:45 pm. The club’s purpose is to prevent poor or disastrous decisions, such as unsafe drinking, drug use, risky driving, violence, and suicide.

SCIENCE NATIONAL HONOR SOC

The Science National Honor Society, led at Douglas by Mrs. Reich, meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every Month at 2:45 in room 934. The chapter’s goal is to encourage scientific thought, and advance members’ knowledge of both classical and modern science, while recognizing student achievement in the sciences.

SECME CLUB

Advised by Mr. Karr, the SECME Club meets in room 730 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. every Monday. The club aims to motivate and mentor students set to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – otherwise known as the STEM fields.

SPANISH CLUB

Advised by Mrs. Roa and Mrs. Garcia, the Spanish Club meets in room 210 on the 1st Wednesday of every month. The group meets immediately after school ends, and will allow members to further immerse themselves in Spanish – both the language and the culture.

SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY

Led by Mrs. Blonde, the Spanish Honor Society meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in room 161, immediately after school at 2:45 pm. Here high achieving students in the Spanish classes are able to further their connection, while going to competitions on behalf of the school. While the current society cannot be joined at this point, the applications for next year’s group begin at the start of the next school year.

SPOKEN WORD

The Spoken Word Club, advised by Mrs. Henry in room 234, meets every Thursday at 2:45 pm, and encourages the appreciation of the art of spoken word and poetry, as well as the ability to create in students that join.

STEP TEAM

Led by Mrs. Blands, the school Step Team meets every Tuesday through Thursday immediately after school in the Art Courtyard. The team often dances during school rallies and performs during sporting events.

TECHNOLOGY CLUB

Advised by Mr. Tracey, the Technology Club meets every Monday at 2:45 pm in room 506. The club focuses on the members’ passion for using and learning technology, and allows all students to come in and  become more proficient with it.

TEEN TRENDSETTERS

Advised by Mrs. Burgin, the Teen Trendsetters club meets at Country Hills every Tuesday, and at Coral Springs Park every Wednesday. The club provides students with the opportunity to mentor and assist young students, and aims to improve the reading abilities of local elementary students.

TV/FILM CLUB

Douglas’ TV/Film Club, advised by Mr. Garner in room 226, meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month at 2:45 pm. The club extends what is taught in the in-school class, and extends it beyond that. Here members are able to discuss film, while also being given the opportunity to practice viewing and producing it.

WOMEN OUT OF THE KITCHEN

Directed by Mrs. Henry in room 234, the Women Out Of The Kitchen Club meets every other Wednesday immediately after school. the club is dedicated to the advancement of women’s rights and feminism in our community; students are encouraged to join regardless of gender.

Amit Dadon is an Israeli-born writer who moved to America at a young age to pursue his dreams of writing under Melissa Falkowski and starring in a Broadway musical. He currently resides in Parkland with two parents, a dog and a brother who occasionally visits. Go Israel.

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