Clubs & Activities
There is always something to do at Cheshire Academy! The number of clubs, activities, student publications and performance groups is extensive and often grows or changes to meet the interests of the students. There truly is something for everyone.
Below you will find a list of all non-competitive afternoon activities offered in The Afternoon Program, followed by a link to our competitive athletic offerings, which must comprise two out of three seasons for each student. Some afternoon programs qualify as competitive athletic offerings; please inquire with the Dean of Students and Athletics.
If you have any questions about the below afternoon activities, please contact the athletic office at 203-439-7242.
THE VARSITY PLAYERS
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS INTERNS
The main student governing body is the Student Leadership Council that is comprised of class presidents, a postgraduate representative, and leaders of the National Honor Society, Ich Dien Society, Captains Council and International Students Association. They meet regularly with the Associate Dean of Students to give advice and support to administrators, faculty, staff and students. Other leadership opportunities include prefects, class officers, peer counselors, Ich Dien Society, athletic team captains and more.
Certain leadership opportunities hold a formal application process, such as Prefects, Peer Counselors and the Citizenship Committee, which are chosen by faculty. Other leadership opportunities, like the Ich Dien Society, hold student elections for key leadership positions. Below are some of the ways you can get involved as an Academy Student Leader.
ATHLETIC TEAM CAPTAINS
ICH DIEN SOCIETY
THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SOCIETY
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Scholarship: students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.33 or higher (with an Honors, IB or AP course) or 3.66 or higher (without an Honors, IB or AP course ) meet the scholarship requirement for membership. “These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character.”(NHS Constitution, Article IX, section 2)
Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.
Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activity while interacting with or for others.
Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics, is cooperative, demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability, shows courtesy, concern and respect for others and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle. The Cheshire Academy chapter also uses the Pillars of Bowden as standards of good character.
BLACK STUDENT UNION
Members of BSU will educate all people about the importance and influence of black culture around the United States. We serve as a place where black students can bond through our shared culture while having meaningful conversations centering around issues related to race, social justice and inclusion.
For students with some experience working with clay, this is a prerequisite. The time will be used to make ceramic work, both hand-built and thrown (wheel throwing will only be for those students who have wheel experience). Students will be making bowls for our “Empty Bowls” fundraiser.
The Cheshire Academy Leadership Experience and Advancement Program for Students is an action-oriented group of students who are invested in developing the skills they need to be leaders of tomorrow. The club will sponsor on-campus speakers, take on leadership roles within the community and have the opportunity to attend off-campus leadership conferences and workshops.
The Candy Club explores the diverse world of candy with weekly offerings and discussions centering on candy from the USA and around the world.
In this club, participants will have the opportunity to learn chess and improve their playing skills. Chess is a fun game that incorporates many aspects of the active learner profile: knowledgeable, inquirers, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. The Chess Club will foster your intellectual growth in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, and improve your critical-thinking skills.
THE COLEMAN GROUP
The debate club gives students of all abilities a fun way of developing their oracy skills. … The club will also help students to become more informed about political and global affairs
Like art? Musical theater? Music videos? Discussion Club is made up of a group of friendly intellectuals who take turns selecting a short piece of art that they believe will stimulate conversation.
The Eco-Leaders is a student leadership organization committed to advancing environmental sustainability at all levels; individual, community and nationally. Eco-leaders approach sustainability from both an environmental as well as economic and cultural perspective. Students lead campus and community projects such as Beach Clean-ups, Earth Day celebrations, dorm recycling and much more.
Students will gain valuable market experience while managing a mock portfolio. Investment opportunities and broader economic conditions will be discussed.
Garden Club works on outdoor projects around the Cheshire Academy Campus, including: planting and weeding the flower beds, maintain the community garden on campus, and volunteering at a local greenhouse/nursery.
The Gay/Straight Alliance is a group of students who are allies for those who not only identify as Gay or Transgender, but who identify as a minority. The GSA sponsors social and educational events that celebrate diversity and individual differences. The group is a member of True Colors and GLAAD: statewide organizations that provide resources and support to GSAs.
GLOBAL STUDENT UNION
The Global Student Union (GSU) is a group of students who work with the International Student Coordinator to organize trips and activities that highlight our diverse Global community. Two unique events are our One World Different Cultures Day in the fall and our International Festival Weekend in the winter. During OWDCD we invite Juniors and Seniors to work with faculty members to put together an educational presentation that highlights their culture or heritage. They spend an afternoon presenting to our school community. During our International Festival Weekend, students, their families and our faculty and staff come together to represent their respective cultures and celebrate their traditions. This exciting annual event is full of traditional food, music, and performances.
ich dien society
The Ich Dien society is a student-run community service organization. Projects have included: two annual blood drives, a Pennies for Patients drive to fight childhood leukemia, and a school-wide Breast Cancer Awareness campaign during parent’s weekend to support the Play for the Cure National Foundation for Cancer Research. This gives students a way to help their local community as well as the greater global community in which they live.
Help Cheshire Academy “throw kindness around like confetti.” While kindness in our community is no one groups job, the RAK Club will organize and facilitate activities around campus to start the trend. The RAK Club will partner with the garden club to enhance and maintain the Kindness Garden near the humanities courtyard, and other clubs as it is appropriate to keep kindness flowing in our community.
The Laptop Orchestra explores the way people can make music together using electronic instruments like laptops, tablets, and other things. Because laptops are new instruments, we will have to create a lot of our own songs! We will meet once a week to write and practice music.
LE FRENCH CLUB
Like trying different foods? Want to learn how to prepare mousse au chocolat or soupe à l’oignon? How about French music like Stromae and Angèle? And French manners –how do I cut the cheese or which fork do I use? Let’s (virtually) visit Versailles, Notre Dame Cathedral, Mont St. Michel and Quebec City! Love French movies like les Choristes and Intouchables ? How about cartoons like Tintin, Asterix and the Minions? What is the origin of cul-de-sac, May Day!, déjà-vu and RSVP? Want to learn about the art of Matisse and Monet? Where are Nice, Nancy, Condom and Brest??? Ever heard of Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, Louis Vuitton? So much to see and so much to do: what do YOU want to learn about French culture.
MODEL United Nations
THE PAW PRINT
Want to play music for the CA Community? Pep Band represents CA pride by playing pop songs for sports events, parents, etc. The goal is to be LOUD and FUN!
Want to give campus tours to prospective students & their families?
Want to be a part of a student’s decision to come to CA?
Want to show pride in your school? #GO CATS!
Want to make a difference?
Become an Ambassador!
STRATEGY BOARD GAME CLUB
This club plays strategy board games, primarily Axis & Allies and it variants, but is open to playing other strategy games.
TEA AND GO CLUB
The Tea and Go Club is dedicated to drinking tea and playing go. We will drink tea from China, Japan, India, and Vietnam. The Go Club is open to anyone from novice to master. We have members who can teach you the game and members of the CA Community who play at very high levels.