MANCHESTER REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS – 2012-13
BAND (DRUM CORP) - MS. S. HAASE
BOOK CLUB - MRS. T. MORSTATT
CHESS CLUB - MR. N. KRASSY
CHORAL ENSEMBLE - MRS. N. POSNANSKY
DECA - MR. K. KELLEY
DRAMATICS ADVISOR - MR. K. BAMFORD
ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB - MS. B. COCHRAN
FALCON’S LOUNGE - MRS. L. GEHRIG
FRENCH CLUB - MRS. D. SANCHIRICO
HISTORY CLUB - MS. J. BANTA &
MR. D. SPOSATO
INTERACT CLUB - MS. B. COCHRAN
LITERARY MAGAZINE - MR. K. HART/
MRS. M. HERNANDEZ
MAKE A DIFFERENCE (M.A.D.) CLUB - MRS. B. ORSITA
MATH CLUB - MR. E. ROBERSON
MOCK TRIAL - MR. M. WINKLER
MODEL CONGRESS - MR. J. ERCOLANI
MUSIC DIRECTOR - MRS. N. POSNANSKY
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY - MRS. C. HANTSON &
MRS. M. HIRSCHFELD
NEW JERSEY SCIENCE LEAGUE - MR. N. KRASSY
SCENERY ADVISOR - MRS. M. HERNANDEZ
SCHOOL NEWSPAPER - TO BE ANNOUNCED
SPANISH CLUB - MRS. I. KAEFER &
MRS. B. ORSITA
SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY - MRS. I. KAEFER
STAGE DIRECTOR - MR. K. BAMFORD
STUDENT COUNCIL - MISS T. SAGER
TV PRODUCTION - MR. M. YOB
YEARBOOK - MRS. S. HEDGES/
MRS. C. HANTSON
MANCHESTER REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS DESCRIPTIONS
BAND (DRUM CORP) – ADVISOR - MS. SARAH HAASE:
Band (drumline): Meets after school every Tuesday and Thursday, and the day before football games. There is a performance at every half time show of every home football game. There is a tryout procedure required to be a member. The tryouts consist of playing some exercises, tunes, and having a commitment to be at all the practices and performances.
BOOK CLUB – ADVISOR – MRS. TARA MORSTATT:
The MRHS Book Club meets approximately six times a year to discuss and recommend a variety of books. All students are welcome to join us at our meetings held after school in the library. Meeting dates and book choices are announced using flyers throughout the school, MRHS TV Morning Announcements as well as the school website. This group is organized and led by our school librarian, Mrs. Morstatt.
CHESS CLUB – ADVISOR – MR. NICK KRASSY:
Students in the chess club learn basic chess and advanced strategies, and participate in competitions against other schools. The group meets twice a week.
CHORAL ENSEMBLE – ADVISOR – MRS. NADINE POSNANSKY:
Members of the MRHS concert choir are invited into Choral Ensemble by audition only. This is a small choral group that performs music of a much higher caliber than the other groups. They often are asked to represent our choral department throughout the community when music is requested for special occasions. Rehearsals are held twice a week at 7:30 in the evening for approximately an hour and a half.
DECA (DISTRIBUTIVE EDUCATION CLUBS OF AMERICA) – ADVISOR – MR. KEITH KELLEY:
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. It is a co-curricular club where many activities occur within the classroom. If you are interested in participating in DECA you either need to be a student in Marketing type class or contact Mr. Kelley.
DRAMATICS ADVISOR – MR. KEITH BAMFORD:
Dramatic Advisor - Theatre Arts is an elective here at Manchester that gives students the unique opportunity to delve into the wild world of acting. Students explore life both on and behind the stage as they learn techniques and skills taught in colleges and to the professionals. Students explore their inner most fears and desires as they tap into their subconscious in order to create and become different characters.
ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB – ADVISOR MS. BETH COCHRAN:
This club is an extension of the Environmental Science class and for other’s interested in saving the environment. Students will be able to do environmental community service.
FALCON’S LOUNGE – ADVISOR – MRS. LORRAINE GEHRIG:
Falcon's Lounge is the School Based Youth Services Program located in Room S-3. We provide a wide-range of services for MRHS students including counseling, prevention activities/events, learning support and recreation. These services are available to all MRHS students. Permission-to-participate forms are required for students under age 18. Falcon's Lounge also facilitates the peer mediation program. New mediators are brought into the group as needed. Students are recommended for this role by Guidance Counselors, MRHS faculty and Falcon's Lounge staff. Students must complete all trainings, provided through Falcon's Lounge, prior to being assigned to mediations.
FRENCH CLUB – ADVISOR - MRS. DIANE SANCHIRICO:
The purpose is to extend the appreciation of the French culture and to provide students with creative outlets for working together and having fun! We have celebrations and sports activities with the German Club. We play petanque, Mille Bornes, and croquet!
HISTORY CLUB – ADVISORS - MR. JONATHAN BANTA & MR. DAVE SPOSATO:
The history club seeks to fulfill the desire of students who enjoy history and want to take their learning outside the classroom in the form of activities, workshops, and field trips.
INTERACT CLUB – ADVISOR – MS. BETH COCHRAN:
Interact Club is a service club. We are sponsored by Rotary International. We do various service projects and volunteer work around the community. We also raise funds for “Gift of Life” which provides lifesaving surgeries for children from other nations.
LITERARY MAGAZINE – ADVISORS – MR. KERRY HART & MRS. MARJORIE HERNANDEZ:
Manchester Regional High School offers would-be writers and artists the chance to see their work published in our literary magazine,The Phoenix. Published annually, the magazine offers all students the opportunity to see their short stories and poetry appear in print. Students that are gifted in art or photography can also submit their works for publication in The Phoenix. All submissions must be original. Written work should be submitted to Mr. Hart in room 106 and artwork/photography given to Mrs. Hernandez in the Art department.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE (M.A.D.) CLUB – ADVISOR – MRS. BERNADETTE ORSITA:
This club is for students who want to make a difference in the daily lives of other Manchester students. Through hands-on activities, social outings and group meetings we will touch other people’s lives and create an atmosphere of unity within our school community.
MATH CLUB – ADVISOR – MR. ERIC ROBERSON:
The Math Club meets each morning between 7:05 am and 7:40 am. This is an opportunity for students to receive extra help/tips for the S.A.T. or NJ HSPA math exams. All juniors or seniors are welcome.
MOCK TRIAL – ADVISOR – MR. MARK WINKLER:
This club participates in a competition sponsored by the New Jersey Bar Association in which high school students get to act out a real criminal trial. Some play the roles of attorneys and others act as witnesses. The team is supervised by an experienced attorney and the competition takes place at the Passaic County Courthouse and is judged by a real judge. Students learn about the law and develop their verbal abilities and their public speaking skills – and have a lot of fun!!
MODEL CONGRESS – ADVISOR – MR. JOE ERCOLANI:
Students are able to construct bills that will be debated in small committees that will either make changes or pass through to the congress or the senate. Students will then veto or pass said bills into laws.
MUSIC DIRECTOR – ADVISOR – MRS. NADINE POSNANSKY:
MRHS Drama department presents a musical annually each March. Auditions are usually held in December with practices beginning in January. Acting, singing and dancing talented students are encouraged to audition for this annual extravaganza. I am in charge of working with the students from a musical perspective, Mr. Bamford is in charge of the stage direction and Mrs. Hernandez is in charge of backdrop and set design. This annual musical provides an opportunity for students to perform utilizing their individual artistic talents.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY – ADVISORS – MRS. CATHY HANTSON & MRS. MARA HIRSCHFELD:
NHS is a service organization that is comprised of juniors and seniors in school who are selected by a faculty committee based on three factors: The students must have at least a 3.3 GPA average, must have community service experience and be of good character and have served in leadership roles. Each year NHS members must complete 25 hours of community service. NHS students also participate in a yearly coat drive, are peer tutors for the Homework Club, and sponsor the annual school coffee house. They also volunteer as tour guides for the open house and as ushers at the school concerts and plays.
NEW JERSEY SCIENCE LEAGUE – ADVISOR – MR. NICK KRASSY:
The Science League competes 4 times during the year with other towns such as Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Fair Lawn, Hawthorne, etc. The participating students get a certificate at the end of the year. The competitions are held at different schools, after school hours.
SCENERY ADVISOR – ADVISOR – MRS. MARJORIE HERNANDEZ:
With the Stage & Scenery Club you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your talents in art by creating artwork that will enhance the stage in our school play/musical.
SCHOOL NEWSPAPER – ADVISOR – MR. ROBERT MOLLOY:
The MRHS newspaper is published throughout the year. It includes reports on school events and activities, and is written by and for students!
SPANISH CLUB – ADVISORS – MRS. IRENE KAEFER & MRS. BERNADETTE ORSITA:
The purpose is to extend the appreciation of the Spanish culture and to provide students with creative outlets for working together and having fun!
SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY – ADVISOR – MRS. IRENE KAEFER:
Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica or Spanish Honor Society is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese and was organized in 1953. At present there are over 2,000 national and international chapters. The name of our chapter is Miguel de Unamuno. - Mission: To recognize those students who seek and obtain excellence in their study of the Spanish language. To honor those students who are making a positive contribution to the study of Spanish. To encourage other high school students to acquire greater interest and a deeper understanding of Hispanic cultures. -Goal: To recognize the importance of the Spanish language and to learn more about the culture customs, literature, and music of the Spanish speaking countries, as well as the impact the Spanish language has had on the world.
STAGE DIRECTOR – ADVISOR – MR. KEITH BAMFORD:
Stage Director – Every year Manchester puts on a Spring Musical that features some of the brightest stars our school has to offer. Students interested in joining the play can audition in the fall. Students who want to be involved in the play but do not want to act can join our stage crew or help out with the set design. Being involved in the school play provides students the opportunity to meet new and exciting people and looks impressive on a college application.
STUDENT COUNCIL – ADVISOR – MISS TARA SAGER:
Student Council is both a club and an elective class that works jointly to promote school unity and spirit through planning activities like Homecoming Week. Students also work to identify and find solutions to issues involving the student body. Leadership, teamwork, communication, and problem solving are just a few strategies that are worked on and further developed. Finally, students work on service-based projects for local, state, and world-wide charities. Students can join the club which meets every Monday at 7:15 AM and the elective is open to all grades.
TV PRODUCTION – ADVISOR – MR. MIKE YOB:
The MRHStv Television Production Club is a student public relations organization dedicated to broadcasting Manchester Regional High School-themed news/sports/events to the faculty, student body, and surrounding communities though daily closed-circuit broadcasts, Cablevision Channel 77, exposure on MSG Varsity (a Cablevision news station dedicated to NJ high schools) and the Internet.
YEARBOOK – ADVISORS – MRS. SAGE HEDGES & MRS. CATHY HANTSON:
The yearbook staff never stops working! As soon as one book comes out, we start planning the next years. Students work both independently and collaboratively, in person and online, to construct a book which accurately reflects student life here at Manchester.