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.
The Afternoon Program is a part of our philosophy at Cheshire Academy, and is as important and inclusive as the academic, social, and residential facets of each day. We strongly believe The Afternoon Program helps each student to acclimate and take pride in contributing to something bigger than themselves. By incorporating the Eight Pillars of Bowden in to our daily language both on and off the fields, it’s our mission to teach life lessons through each afternoon program we offer our students.
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
The Varsity Players is Cheshire Academy’s student theater troupe. Three times a year, the Varsity Players put on a fantastic show that gets students involved in all aspects of the theatrical world, ranging from acting, singing and dancing to set design, lighting and costumes. Students may choreograph the musical, select musical accompaniments, and even secure the student musical troupe to fill the pit, depending on their interests. The Varsity Players is open to committed actors as well as to burgeoning artists. It is one of several components that make up Cheshire Academy’s outstanding theater program, and students interested in pursuing theater as a career option are encouraged to enroll in the IB Theater course, as well.
Cheshire Academy values giving back to the community, which is why we allow students to substitute one competitive-athletics offering for a season of immersive community service. From recycling to our annual blood drive, participants in the community service afternoon activity know that they’re making a difference. In addition, students are welcome to suggest community service projects for the community service afternoon activity, Since this activity is part of The Afternoon Program, the proposed community service project must be substantial and require a minimum of four hours a week.
The annually published Rolling Stone, Cheshire Academy’s yearbook, is a herculean project produced by a committed team of students and their faculty coaches. In honor of the amount of effort and teamwork needed to produce a quality document of 100+ pages, participants in the yearbook may substitute one competitive athletic offering to join the club. Student participants may photograph campus events, format yearbook pages, and write copy for selected images. In addition, students are responsible for choosing pictures for the yearbook and organizing content for pages, which may include working with seniors, parents, and community partners.
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS INTERNS
This select group of students works closely with our Strategic Marketing & Communications team to tell the story of Cheshire Academy. Interns are involved in blogging, social media, photography, videography, graphic design, and live streaming our major events on campus. Visit our channels online to get a taste of life at Cheshire Academy.
Leadership opportunities at Cheshire Academy can be found in the academic program, as well as outside the classroom. Every day, teachers, coaches, advisors, dorm parents and even department heads call on students to be leaders of group activities, projects and events. In these roles, students take on significant responsibilities and their actions greatly contribute to the strong sense of community at the Academy.
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.
At boarding schools like Cheshire Academy, the Admission Ambassadors serve a huge role in the life of the school. Admission Ambassadors meet prospective families, give campus tours, participate in panel discussions, and work with various departments on campus for special projects. However, their main responsibility is to share the Cheshire Academy experience with prospective students and families. Their time and effort give prospective families a taste of the authentic Cheshire Academy experience is vital to the life of the Academy.
ATHLETIC TEAM CAPTAINS
Each team typically designates two or three individuals on the teams as captains. Captains typically have demonstrated strong leadership, knowledge and skill within the sport, ability to work with team members and serve as a motivator within the team. Assuming the this leadership position means acting as a role model for teammates, assisting coaches with practices, encouraging teammates and more.
Made up of all varsity captains, this group meets with the athletic director and the deans to discuss issues that go on with the teams and how they can be more helpful in leadership situations on campus. The captains are charged with promoting team and school spirit opportunities and working together to present the final memories of the season at the three sports banquets. Captains are essentially extensions of the athletic department and coaching staffs, and are expected to be leaders in our community, both on and off the fields and courts.
ICH DIEN SOCIETY
The Ich Dien society is a student-run community service organization. As a group, the students run two annual blood drives, a Pennies for Patients drive to fight childhood leukemia, and a school-wide Breast Cancer Awareness campaign during parents 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.
THE INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SOCIETY
The International Student Association (ISA) is an organization committed to providing a caring and supportive environment for Cheshire Academy students from around the world. Students plan activities, create conversations, celebrate the global Academy community, and reach out to the Cheshire town community through service learning.
Cheshire Academy’s peer counselors are a select group of students who understand the culture of the Academy and have been trained to help new students adjust to boarding school. Working with the Academy’s director of counseling, these students each work closely with both new students, and anyone in need of help. They are expected to be role models within the community.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
National Honor Society (NHS) is more than just an honor roll. The NHS chapter establishes rules for membership that are based upon a student’s outstanding performance in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four criteria for selection form the foundation upon which the organization and its activities are built.
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.
One of the highest offices of student leaders at the Academy, Prefects play an important role in the residential program. A position for juniors or seniors, Prefects work to uphold community standards in the dorm, positively add to the boarding school program and model good citizenship.
Members of the Citizenship Committee are elected to their positions for their history of upstanding citizenship at Cheshire Academy. These students sit on disciplinary committee meetings and help determine consequences for violations of Cheshire Academy’s disciplinary code.
Visual arts affectionados gather to create visual works in a variety of mediums.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS CLUB
The Young Entrepreneurs Club is being created to serve the interests of entrepreneurially minded Cheshire Academy students by providing mentorship for projects created/undertaken by student teams, providing insight as to possible projects that student entrepreneurs may wish to undertake, and arranging meetings with successful entrepreneurs from whom our aspiring entrepreneurs can learn
The Candy Club offers connoisseurs of confection the chance to compare and contrast sweets from all around the world in a convivial setting. This group meets every Thursday to vote on a favorite candy of the week.
CHESHIRE ACADEMY THROUGH SOUND
This is the premier performing group of the music department, performing approximately 8-12 concerts a year, both on and off campus. This group practices twice a week and sings a mix of songs from classical to pop to jazz, both a cappella and with accompaniment. To learn more about our music program, visit our performing arts page.
All students who are interested in chess are invited to gather and play together, regardless of skill level. Those who don’t know how to play chess can learn about the game and gain valuable skills while having have fun after a busy school day.
THE COLEMAN GROUP
The Coleman Group is an action-oriented association of dynamic women who create a positive environment of experience and learning, enrich the lives of young women, and provide support to advance the mission of Cheshire Academy. Each year, the Coleman Group sponsors two major symposiums, hosts six informal “Girl Talk” meetings, and a senior recognition reception and pinning ceremony.
CONNECTICUT YOUTH FORUM
Founded in 1992, The Connecticut Forum is a one-of-a-kind 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Connecticut and beyond with live, unscripted panel discussions among renowned experts and celebrities.
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
Aspiring photographers of all levels gather together for this student-led club. Students learn about technique and composition through regular assignments and critiques, as well as hands-on learning opportunities, both on and off campus
Eco-Leaders work to understand and advance the sustainability of the Cheshire Academy campus and community. Through example, education, and activities, they work to reduce waste, manage recyclables, and improve the use of resources.
The GAY/STRAIGHT ALLIANCE
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 GSA’s.
JAZZ ENSEMBLE / ROCK BAND
This group is open, without audition, to any instrumentalist or vocalist. The repertoire ranges from Traditional Jazz, to Blues, R&B, and Rock music styles. The ensemble performs twice each year for the Winter and Spring concerts, and is available for smaller performances on and off campus.
Cheshire Academy’s literary magazine is published annually each the spring. Students are invited to submit their creative works, including poetry, short stories, drawings, photography and more. To view recent Juxtaposition publications, view our News & Publications page.
MATHEMATICAL MODELING TEAM
Guided by a mathematically inclined Cheshire Academy faculty member, the Mathematical Modeling Team works together to create models of buildings, honing their architectural design skills. Photo by Jishen Chen ’16.
MODEL United Nations
Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations through which delegates debate, collaborate and attempt to solve wide-ranging international issues of immense importance. In so doing, participants develop skills in diplomacy, cooperation, and critical thinking that motivate lifelong global citizenship. Cheshire Academy’s Model United Nations group travels to Yale’s MUN conference each January.
New England MATH LEAGUE
New England Math League (NEML) is a league specific to the New England area in which mathematically talented Cheshire Academy students compete for honor and recognition.
PIANO MASTER CLASS
Led by master level pianist Eun Joo Lee, students take part in guided individual practices and share master class style sessions with other students periodically. Individual students perform at the honors recitals that happen at the end of each semester. This club provides a great supplement to our music program.
The Cheshire Academy Snowsports Club gets together Mondays-Thursdays and head to the Mount Southington ski area located just fifteen minutes from campus. Seasoned skiers and snowboarders, as well as those just starting out, are welcome to join. Prior to the season, the team heads to a local ski shop to either purchase or rent equipment for those who need it.
Students in this group rehearse twice a week and play a variety of music including show tunes, holiday music, classical and Broadway. They perform at the annual Winter Reception for alumni, parents and guests, as well as at smaller events both on and off campus. This club acts as a supplement to our music program.
THE NEW REVIEW
The online student newspaper comes out approximately four times a year and covers important information about campus life and the world around us. http://canewspaper.org/