Scarborough High School offers a large number of clubs and groups for students to participate in. See below for a comprehensive list of available clubs and related resources. Use the dropdown menu below to view additional information about each club available to Scarborough High School Students, including meeting times, club advisors, and a full description of the club or group.
- Academic Decathlon
- Anime Club
- The Buddy System
- Civil Rights Team
- Chess Club
- Jazz Band
- Environmental Club of Scarborough (ECOS)
- Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
- Interact Club
- Key Club
- Math Team
- Model United Nations
- National Honor Society
- Oak Hill Players Musical Theater
- One Act Play
- Reducing Sexism and Violence Program (RSVP)
- Vex Robotics
- School Newspaper/Broadcast Media
- Science Bowl
- Source of Strength Club
- Speech and Debate
- Storm for a Cure
- Student Council
Advisors: Mr. Davis and Mr. York
Academic Decathlon is a nine member team that studies and competes at the state and national level covering a specific annual curriculum. The group begins to meet in September and often continues until the end of April or early May as they have won the state competition almost every year! If they win the state competition they get to go on and compete at the national level! They typically meet twice a week for a couple of hours. They have two prelim tests getting ready for the state meet in March. Students compete for individual and team medals.
Advisors: Michelle Lajoie
Room/Contact: All Purpose Room
The Buddy System is a program, created by SHS Student Amy Ollove and supported by the Student Service Department, to foster relationships between students in mainstream classes with students in the functional and academic life skills classes. Students participating in the Buddy System have opportunities to meet outside of the regular school day. Past examples of these meaningful interactions have included attending Scarborough events and activities, such as sports games, schools plays and concerts together. Buddies meet with each other prior to the activity so they recognize their buddy! The Buddy System also has a monthly activity meeting held in the chorus room on every 3rd Thursday of the month. All are always welcome to attend these meetings. Even if you are not part of the program, you are welcome to attend! Students may join this program at any point in the year. An additional bonus is that time spent with the Buddy System is counted as in-school service hours! We are proud to announce that the Buddy System is currently being extended to other high schools in Maine as well as the Morrison Center!
Advisor: Ms. Schupp
Room/Contact: All Purpose Room (G122) or Google Classroom - Thursdays
The Civil Rights team is dedicated to promoting respect for students of all races, religions, ethnicities as well as social and economic backgrounds, and sexual orientation. It strives to promote awareness of the new laws protecting students against harassment and discrimination by providing forums for discussion and entertainment that encourages tolerance and acceptance. This group meets once a week for about an hour. Recent activities have included: producing a talent show, sponsoring open-mic nights, and Ally Day in the fall, having a Day of Silence in the spring and attending a fall and spring regional conference for Civil
Advisor: Chris Hayward
Room/Contact: Study Center E102 (Mondays)
Chess is a fun game that requires open-mindedness, willingness to take risks, balance, communication, an ability to reflect, and patience. If you want to come learn the game or even polish your skills, our club is perfect for you. We are always looking for more members!
Advisor: Tim Ebersold
Room/Contact: F109 - Band Room
The Jazz Program at SHS is an extracurricular program open to those students who are enrolled in Concert Band, Symphonic Band, or Wind Ensemble. Jazz Band is the entry level group. Students learn the styles and techniques of the jazz idiom. Improvisation is taught with a step by step, one experience at a time approach. All students learn the skills and information they need to improvise comfortably and successfully. Emphasis is placed on the learning experience in this group. Performances are always included in the experience, but they are not necessarily competitive in nature. The Concert Jazz Ensemble is the competitive level big band. Students continue to expand their knowledge and proficiency of jazz styles and improvisation. Competitions include the District Jazz Festival, Maine Band Director’s Invitational Jazz Festival, Berklee Jazz Festival, University of New Hampshire Jazz Festival, and the Maine State Jazz Festival. This group also performs at various concerts and other events. Both of these jazz groups perform as part of the Scarborough Jazz Night concerts in early April. These groups meet weekly from October through mid-April for large group rehearsals and sectionals.
Advisor: Christy Zavasnik
Room/Contact: SHS Cafeteria
The mission of Scarborough High School’s student environmental club (ECOS) is to promote the well-being of the environment through weekly recycling and composting, club activities and outreach education. The club is active in issues of climate action, renewable energy, organic gardening and permaculture, reduction of plastics, eco art, pollinator protection, and more. ECOS members seek to be leaders in the community on environmental activism, and foster respect and appreciation for the natural world. This past year, under new leadership, membership soared to 90+ and therefore ECOS has established new committees: solar panel campaign; organic garden; waste and compost; and special projects.
Advisor: Mr. Eldridge and Ms. Barone
The Key Club, a Kiwanis International student-led service organization, has over 100 student members at SHS. Its mission is to teach leadership through serving those in need. Members volunteer to contribute time and energy toward efforts that build the community – both locally and globally. Membership requirements are as follows:
Complete 50 hours of community service throughout the year
Attend at least 50% of Key Club meetings on Tuesdays at 2:15pm
Membership Dues: $15.00
Last year, the Key Club did 70 separate service activities throughout the school year! Some of them include: raking leaves for senior citizens in the fall, the Polar Dip fundraiser, Adopt-A-Family Holiday Program, supporting Project Grace, Strive Dance Marathon, MS Swim Team Volunteering, Scarborough Marsh and Beach Clean up, and creating gardens in the HS courtyard!
Advisor: Mr. Hayward
Room/Contact: Study Center (E102)
The Math Team is looking for students that have solid math skills, but above all must like solving problems, riddles, and puzzles. The Math Team competes in 5 regular season meets from October through March and also in the state meet held in mid-April. The team meets for practice sessions prior to every meet. New members are always welcome! Optional practices are held on Tuesdays in the Study Center.
Advisor: Mr. Truncellito
Model United Nations is a club that focuses on multilateral diplomacy. Students take on roles as foreign diplomats and participate in simulated sessions of debate. Students research a country, investigate international issues, debate, and then develop solutions to problems. The group generally meets once a week and attends the USM Model United Nations Conference in May.
Your highest-achieving students aren’t just leaders in the making: They are already respected role models in their learning community. With a National Honor Society (NHS) chapter at your school, you give these students a place where they can hone their leadership skills—and get the recognition they’ve earned.
More Than an Honor Roll
And while NHS student membership is the true mark of academic achievement, it goes far beyond a report card. All student members must also reflect the program’s respective pillars to be inducted—ideals such as scholarship, service, leadership, and character—and they must continue demonstrating these pillars within their community throughout their membership.
Tools for Their Future
An NHS chapter brings with it exclusive tools and resources for your students that not only help them in their endeavors as NHS members, but leave a lasting impact on them as active citizens with long-term goals. With NHS, you unlock:
- Service Mindset and Action. NHS advisers and verified member students get unlimited access to service planning templates and resources, including nearly 10,000 project ideas in the National Student Project Database. This creates a “give back” mindset and weaves continued service into the everyday of a learning community.
- College and Career Readiness Webinar Series. Live webinars on the college admission planning process give student members and their parents access to valuable advice directly from admissions experts.
- #Futuready Leadership Development. These online modules help NHS students prepare for the future, providing support to build skills such as empathy, critical thinking, and leadership.
- NHS Scholarship. Each year, $2 million dollars are awarded to 600 deserving student members, with the national winner taking home $25,000 to help them achieve their higher education dreams.
- Badges of Honor. NHS students can receive a digital badge that will boost their college applications, LinkedIn profiles, and more.
Advisors: Ms. Doherty
The Scarborough High School musical brings a group together like no other activity! Come prepared to see this activity unfold from auditions to opening night! Even if you are not interested in singing, acting, or dancing on stage, there is something for everyone to do – lighting, set building and painting, costumes, props, technical crew, advertising, posters, and programs! Even if you have no theatre experience, it is lots of fun and teamwork with instruction in dancing, acting, voice, and movement. Don’t be afraid to give it a try! The show rehearses in the fall and the production is generally held in November.
Advisor: Marissa Sheltra Brown & Kerri Becker
The One Act play is a competitive opportunity for thespians with the acting bug! This group auditions in December and competes regionally in March with the hope of advancing to the state competition. The 40 minute play has a relatively small cast, but like the musical, has opportunities for students to help with the technical side of the production with sets, lights, props, costumes and technical crews needed for the performance. Rehearsals run from January through March with the schedule set when the actors have been selected.
Advisor: Mr. Westley and Ms. Shupp
Room/Contact: AP Room
The Reducing Sexism and Violence Program, known as RSVP, seeks to make Scarborough High School a safe place for all students including those who do not identify with binary gender roles. Three two-day training periods are held each year on a variety of topics that advance the Program's goals. These include societal pressures and expectations with regard to gender and sexual activity, the importance of consent, using social media safely, and how to respond proactively when
subjected to or witnessing inappropriate and/or harassing behaviors. Students who complete the training serve as leaders for subsequent training days. Though only in existence for two years, RSVP has already made significant progress in creating a safe school environment in which each student can openly express and be who they are.
Advisor: Alison Avery
The Robotics club at Scarborough High School is a place for students to gather to construct, program and use robots and specialized machines. Students can become familiar with a career at the cutting edge of science or even a better way of understanding technology and how it can be used to solve real world issues. It is a fairly new club, but we are always looking for new members!
Advisor: Mr. Keller
"The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl® is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math."
Up to two teams from Scarborough compete in the regional competition held every year at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. Club meetings consist of practicing the competition and learning science and math facts.
The club usually meets once a week from September up until the state competition in late February or March.
Room/Contact: All Purpose Room
The Natural Helpers are a group of eighteen students (six sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who are nominated by their peers. They function as a primary peer support system within this school. Members are trained by DAY ONE, a non-profit substance abuse prevention and treatment facility, in listening skills, and how to recognize red flag issues that require adult intervention and outside resources. They meet regularly to plan school-wide activities that promote a positive atmosphere within the school community and making healthy choices. Sponsored activities this past year included Hug Days, Warm and Fuzzies, Yoga nights, new student tours, and a Step-Up Day for eighth graders.
Advisor: David Paye
The Speech and Debate Team is always looking for students that like to discuss and argue their point of view! This group meets from September through February on Tuesdays after school, but individuals can meet with the advisor as needed. The goal of the team is to improve and build student oratory skills. This year the team placed 1st in 9 tournaments and earned the title of State Student Congress Champions. Students that qualify may go on to the National CFL or NFL Tournaments in June. The team has focused on Student Congress. In this competition students assume the role of either senators or representatives, write legislation, and speak in favor of or against proposed bills. Other debate events students can compete in include Public Forum, Lincoln Douglass, and Policy. Students can also compete in a variety of dramatic speech events such as Original Works, Poetry, Prose, Humorous, Dramatic, and Extemporaneous.
There are between 10 and 15 opportunities to compete during the season. Students should compete in as many tournaments as they can. There is no minimum or maximum required. Students participating in at least three tournaments will earn membership in the National Forensic League. By achieving this honor, not only will students build their speaking skills but they will also build their high school resume. In the past, debaters have also done swimming, track, and the musical. Speech has a long season so students can flex to meet their needs! Give Speech and Debate a try!
Advisor: Ivette Barone
The Storm for a Cure Club is dedicated to raising awareness for various cancers throughout the year while fundraising for the Maine Cancer Foundation and other organizations. Cancer has affected almost everyone in some way and with the money we raise, we can help find a cure. The group meets on Wednesdays to discuss upcoming cancer-related fundraising opportunities, including cancer walks, Pink sports games, Movember, Survivor nights, Trivia Bee fundraisers, and bottle drives. We welcome all students to join us as we raise money to cure cancer.
Advisor: Mr. Townsend
The Student Council is a group of students elected by their peers to help meet the needs and desires of the SHS student body. Generally, Student Council officers meet on Tuesdays and the full council meets on Wednesdays. All meetings are held immediately after school at the end of the day. All students are encouraged to become part of this organization by running for ’Student Council Representative’ or ‘Vice President’ of their class. Representatives are required to attend after school meetings at least twice a month, meet with classmates to discuss ideas and concerns, work at local service project events and serve as a positive role model for other students. Members are also expected to help plan and participate in a variety of fund-raisers and events organized by Student Council. Last year’s activities included: Spirit Week, and 80’s Theme Dance, Elections for Class Officer and Youth Delegates to the School Board, Parent-Teacher Conference Dinners, Teacher Appreciation Days, Bike-A-Thon for AIDS, a Fashion Show, the Annual Student Council Conference and many more. Elections for Student Council officers are held each May.