clubs


Allies For Equality (A4E)

Allies For EqualitySponsor: Mrs. Mary Wagner

When: Wednesdays @ Lunch

Where: E279

Allies 4 Equality, Blake’s Gay-Straight Alliance, welcomes any student who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning and their straight allies. Our meetings are student-run with teacher support. Everyone’s privacy is honored and no one is asked to declare their sexual orientation or gender identity, although anyone is welcome to share. What is said in the meeting stays in the meeting. Our mission is to: Create a safe environment in our school for students to support each other and learn about homophobia and other oppressions. Educate the school community about homophobia, gender identity and sexual orientation issues. Fight discrimination, harassment, and violence in our school and community.
Questions? Email us at blakea4e@gmail.com

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Ambassadors

AmbassadorsSponsor: Mrs. Elizabeth Yargici

When: 2nd Tuesday @ Lunch

Where: AMP

Description: By engaging, connecting, and uplifting our fellow students and the Blake community, Blake Ambassadors serve as representatives of James H. Blake High School. Whether it is through community engagement or active participation in a wide range of events, an Ambassador is tasked with the duty of embodying Blake HS by demonstrating a behavior that reflects Blake’s true values. Ultimately, through their admittance into this program, each individual is committing to the upkeep of the spirit of the Blake community. Applications to the 2016-2017 Ambassadors will be available in May 2016.

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Anime Club

Anime ClubSponsor: Mr. Frank Krach

When: Fridays @ Lunch

Where: Computer Lab A103

Description: In this club, we watch and discuss different genres of Japanese animated television. We also do activities and play games related to anime, as well as learn about different aspects of Japanese culture.

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Asian Culture Club

Asian ClubSponsor: Ms. Beth Matcham-Sheperd

When: Every other Monday @ Lunch

Where: B228

Description: The Asian-American Club teaches to its members the culture, food, languages, and art of Asian Countries. We share and explore the way of life and philosophies in Asian countries. Culture is rich and vibrant in every continent of the world. Even though this club is called the Asian-American Club, we aim to teach our club members to be understanding of all cultures, Asian or not. This club is open to all students of all cultures and backgrounds. Our goal is to connect students and build bonds between members through various social events. Check out our Facebook Group!

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Bengal Café

Bengal CafeSponsor: Mr. Fred Katz

When: As Needed

Where: D153

Description: Bengal Café is a student-managed and operated retail establishment that is open before school, during lunch and after school. Students learn the basic business operations and gain experience at operating a retail convenience store. Students are compensated in SSL hours worked. The mission of the Bengal Café is to promote Entrepreneurship and provide students with actual work experience so that they can gain experience and knowledge of business operations.

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Bengal Dance Line

Bengal Dance LineSponsor: Mr. Gary Jean-Charles

When: @ Lunch

Where: C146

Description: The purpose of Bengal Dance Line is to give passionate dancers an opportunity to do what they love while dancing next to the band.

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Bengal Games Studio

Bengal Games StudioSponsors: Mr. Derek Ritzenberg

When: @ Lunch

Where: A101

Description: Students collaborate to design video games and develop apps for web and iOS/Android mobile platforms. Our goal is to provide our members with the best outlets to develop their professionalism, hone their game development skills, and prepare them for a successful career. In addition, Bengal Studios work together with the Digital Designers Guild @ USG to prepare gaming events in the local community. We don’t imagine immersive interplay, we create it. http://www.bengalstudios.com/

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Bengal Pride Fan Club

Bengal Pride Fan ClubSponsor: Mr. Mike Schweizer

Where: F173

Description: We plan on increasing fan involvement in and at events as well as promote Bengal Pride and overall school spirit!

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Best Buddies

Best BuddiesSponsor: Ms. Judy Oppenheim

When: Fridays @ Lunch

Where: G190

Description: Best Buddies is an international organization centered on the idea of making friendships and giving opportunities to people with disabilities. Our mission is for Blake students to create friendships with the students with disabilities here at Blake.

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Black Student Union

Black Student UnionSponsor: Mrs. Rachel Givens

When: Every other Friday @ Lunch

Where: F302

Description: A club that provides a safe space for students of ALL races, ethnicities and backgrounds to educate each other about issues affecting the black community with the intention to explore solutions. The mission of the Black Student Union (BSU) at Blake High School is to promote, celebrate and embrace the rich diversity and heritage of the African American and global black community by: Building awareness, education and a new level of consciousness about being black in today’s society; Teaching others about diversity and increasing political, social and cultural differences and friendships between all people, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or national origin; Helping students to develop effective leadership skills and to serve positive influence in the academic environment of Blake High School.

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Blake Community Ice Hockey Team

Blake Community Ice Hockey TeamSponsor: Mr. Ted Pazulski

When: Thursdays @ Lunch

Where: B119

Description: The Blake Community Ice Hockey Team is dedicated to the enjoyment of hockey. Students get to meet to talk about trends in the sport and to practice the skills of a hockey player. Students have an opportunity to be part of the Blake Community Ice Hockey team. For clarification purposes, the Blake Community Ice Hockey Team is not a part of the MCPS High School Athletics program as either a varsity or junior-varsity sport. Our mission is to develop the interests and skills of students who are passionate about the sport of hockey.

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Blake Dance Company

Dance CompanySponsor: Ms. Danielle D’Anna

Where: C146

Description: The Blake Dance Company is by audition only and is for upper classmen who are technically proficient and have had experience with choreography. Students who wish to be a part of this company must be advanced dancers with a minimum of 3-6 years of competitive training and are ready to move onto the next step in becoming a professional dancer/choreographer. Dance Company students will have the opportunity to compete their choreographic works for concerts and other opportunities. See Mrs. D’Anna in order to audition and enroll in this course.

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BlakeNET Web Team

BlakeNET Web TeamSponsor: Mr. Ted Pazulski

When: Wednesdays @ Lunch

Where: B119

Description: The BlakeNET Web Team is for any students interested in learning about web design. Students are given the opportunity to work on the Blake High School Web page. The mission of the BlakeNET Web Team is to learn about the ever-changing web standards that guide the development of web pages. In order to have real-life experiences, students can work on updating the Blake High School website.

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Blake Robotics

Blake RoboticsSponsor: Mr. Frank Krach

When: Lunch

Where: A103

Description: Students in the robotics club investigate the engineering of robotics! Come and see what we can create together.

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Blake Ski and Snowboard Club

Ski and Snowboard ClubMr. Marcus Wiggins

Where: B230

Description: If you are interested in skiing and snowboarding, come and meet fellow enthusiasts!

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Blake Stage Company

Bollywood BengalsSponsor: Mr. Michael D’Anna

Where: Black Box / AUD

Description: Students audition to be a part of our Fall and Spring Main stage productions. Students interested in working back stage can work on set design and building, lights, and sound with our professional Technical Director. See Mr. D’Anna or check out the website for audition and rehearsal details. http://www.blakestagecompany.org

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Bollywood Bengals

Bollywood BengalsSponsor: Mrs. Donna Iriarte

When: Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 2:45-4pm

Where: C146

Description: This is a new dance club that teaches Bollywood dances. At our meetings we learn new Bollywood dances and culture. Optional Fridays at lunch time for rehearsals. Dance experience is not necessary but commitment to practice and desire to perform at Blake events is the calling card. This group is hoping to grow to outside community festival and performance opportunities.

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Chemathon

ChemathonSponsor: Ms. Meredith Zanni

Where: D149

Description: Students in the chemathon club are preparing for and competing at the University of Maryland Chemathon event in late April.

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Christian Club

Christian ClubSponsor: Mr. John Overman

When: Thursday @ Lunch

Where: E170

Description: The Christian club is s student lead group that explores the Christian faith. Club offers opportunity for students to share their faith and support each other as they glorify Christ. All are welcome.

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Children's Theatre

Children's TheatreSponsor: Mrs. Mary Wagner

Where: Black Box Theater

Description: The Children's Theater Company puts together a show that is shared with our feeder Elementary schools and the children in our own Blake Community.

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Class of 2018

Class of 2018Sponsor: Mrs. Erin Cheung

Description: Provides students opportunities to get involved in school and community while gaining leadership skills though teamwork by achieving a common goal set forth as a class. Together as a Senior class, we will further gain leadership skills in and outside of school while increasing communication between community and student body, strive to increase spirit among fellow classmates, promote ethical behavior, and be invested in the betterment/growth of ourselves, school and community.

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Class of 2019

Class of 2019Sponsor: Ms. Sophia McMaster & Jennifer Gobrail

When: @ Lunch/occasionally after school

Where: F301

Description: Students have the opportunity to join together with others in their graduating class to establish a sense of community. This end is met through planning and participating in both in-school and out-of-school events. Juniors work together to raise school spirit, reach out to the community, and raise funds for important school events. Students interested in being involved with the junior class are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to develop leadership skills while working closely with classmates.

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Class of 2020

Class of 2020Sponsor: Ms. Venette Voundy

Description: Students have the opportunity to join together with others in their graduating class to establish a sense of community. This is done through planning and participating in both in-school and out-of-school events. Sophomores work together to raise school spirit, reach out to the community, and raise funds for important school events. Students interested in being involved with the sophomore class are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to develop leadership skills while working closely with classmates.

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Class of 2021

Class of 2021Sponsor: Ms. Sara Elliott & Kristian Kompare

Description: Students have the opportunity to join together with others in their graduating class to establish a sense of community. This is done through planning and participating in both in-school and out-of-school events. Freshman work together to raise school spirit, reach out to the community, and raise funds for important school events. Students interested in being involved with the freshman class are invited to take advantage of the opportunity to develop leadership skills while working closely with classmates.

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Color Guard

Color GuardSponsor: Mr. Scott Cameron / Mr. Jon Eising

Where: D148

Description: The color guard class offers instruction for all beginning, intermediate and advanced level members. Instruction will include movement basics, equipment basics on flag and rifle, performance observation and analysis, and basic design and choreography. Each day the students will work on basic movement and equipment skills through fundamental studies and through working on the repertoire for the current show production.

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Comedy Club

Comedy ClubSponsor: Mr. Stephen Cain

When: Thursdays @ Lunch

Where: E265

Description: This club allows students to write and perform their own stand up comedy routines. Gain experience, get a few laughs and try out some new material.

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Creative Drawing Club

Creative DrawingSponsor: Ms. Alyssa Bowlby

When: Fridays @ Lunch

Where: E162

Description: Our mission is to showcase the creative and artistic minds of students in selected topics / themes. No experience in drawing is required. Students are encouraged to bring their own drawing utensils (pen, pencil, colored pencils, markers etc.), however, they will be provided if needed.

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Debate Team

Debate TeamSponsor: Mr. Michael Kelley

When: Wednesdays & Fridays @ Lunch

Where: A212

Description: Students in the debate team work in pairs to research debate topics that relate to the important issues of today. They compete against other Montgomery County schools in five monthly tournaments, and the best pairs win the privilege of competing in the finals in February. Our mission is to help students collaborate effectively, research extensively, and argue cohesively in a professional atmosphere. Students will learn to see complicated issues from multiple viewpoints, and will become more informed and active citizens as a result.

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Educator Rising

Educator RisingSponsor: Mrs. Beth Kauffman

When: @ Lunch

Where: E160

Description: Educators Rising is an evolution of Future Educators Association for students interested in a teaching career. The goal remains the same: to encourage interested students to consider a career in education. All Blake students interested in teaching can register by going online. Students become automatic members of Bengal Chapter-Meetings.
Educatorsrising.org/virtualcampus

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Environmental Club

Environmental ClubSponsor: Ms. Jacklynn Sadeghi

When: @ Lunch

Where: C136

Description: The Blake HS Environmental Club seeks to bring positive change to our community and the world at large by applying the principles of Awareness, Action, and Appreciation to our relationship with the Environment. Members of the Blake High School Environmental Club strive to incorporate safe environmental practices into their daily lives while acting as role models for their peers. We seek to raise environmental awareness on campus by engaging in social action to promote positive environmental change.

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Eubie TV

Eubie TVSponsor: Ms. Susan Knott

Where: C237

Description: Experience the awesome “Eubie TV” and gain TV production skills.


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FAME

FAMESponsor: Mr. Omari Daniel

When: Mondays & Wednesdays @ Lunch

Where: A213

Description: FAME Females achieving and maintain excellence is committed to creating a positive student community by supporting 9th grade students to excel in academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities. Fame motivates students through peer mentoring and tutoring to help them transition successfully to high school. FAME is sponsored by the National Council of Negro Women, who mentor the seniors and juniors, who inturn mentor the freshman.

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Fashion/Costume Design

Fashion/Costume DesignSponsor: Ms. Katja Jimenez

When: Lunch

Where: E165

Description: This is a club for students that are interested in creating their own fashionable clothes and costumes. Students are encouraged to share their creativity and express themselves through fashion.

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Fashion Xpressions

Fashion XpressionsSponsor: Mrs. Katja Jimenez

When: Wednesdays @ Lunch

Where: E165

Description: Fashion Xpressions is a club that puts together a student run fashion show consisting of studentmodels and student designers that create their own clothing line. Each designer creates an entire line of 12 pieces to showcase their own style and fashion sense. This club culminates in an exciting fashion show in the Spring!

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Femme

FemmeSponsor: Ms. Litonya Livingston

Where: C137

Description: Come and talk about issues around being a woman in today's world. Anyone is welcome to join us!

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Fishing Club

Fishing ClubSponsor: Mrs. Liz Jones

When: Thursdays @ Lunch

Where: A207

Description: The Fishing Club is for students of all experience levels who not only want to enjoy the peace of fishing, but who also would like to compete in fishing competitions.

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Forensics

Forensics ClubSponsors: Mr. Michael D’Anna

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 2:30-4pm

Where: Black Box

Description: Forensics provides the opportunity for students to express themselves verbally by both preparing and presenting speeches, interpreting various types of literature, or performing theatrical pieces via Readers Theatre or Ensemble Acting presentations. Forensics builds confidence, the ability to verbally speak and express feelings, and explore the many different forms of literature from interpreting comic pieces to dramatically interpreting all sorts of stories in novels, stories, and plays. Our mission is to enable students to build their skills of self-expression to other people while exploring a great variety of world literature and global issues. Go to http://www.blakestagecompany.org and click on the “Forensics link” on the left.

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French Honor Society

French Honor SocietySponsor: Ms. Elizabeth Maione

When: @ Lunch

Where: C133

Description: The mission of the French Honor Society is to honor exceptional students of French and promote the language and culture. This Society is for students of advanced French who have studied the language at Blake for 2 years, have obtained an all-around GPA of 3.2 and a GPA of 3.8 in their French classes at Blake. Students who continue in their studies of French throughout high school and continue to earn earn a 3.0 higher in French will wear a cord from the Société Honoraire de Français at graduation.

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Fuego Latino

Fuego LatinoSponsor: Mrs. Denise Ramos-Roman

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 2:30-4pm

Where: B121

Description: Fuego Latino (Latin Fire), established in 2002, is a dance group formed by students working together to represent the Latino community at James H. Blake High School in performing traditional and popular dances. We participate in many activities throughout the year, such as: dance competitions, school assemblies, International Night and other events. Events are at Blake and in our communities. Everyone is invited to participate in this hard working group. Our mission is to learn and demonstrate pride in Latin American culture throughout many types of Latin dances, its history and origins. Being Latino is not necessary. Check out our videos on YouTube by searching for “fuego latino Blake”.

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Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code Sponsor: Mrs. Mary Simms

When: Tuesdays After School

Where: F306

The Girls Who Code Clubs program centers around a fun, collaborative, 40-hour Clubs curriculum designed to teach a wide range of skill sets through multilevel content. Project-based modules include graphic art, video game design, mobile app development, and cryptography, and culminate in a final project of the girl’s choosing that will benefit her community. https://girlswhocode.com/

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Greenhouse Club

Greenhouse ClubSponsor: Ms. Alyssa Bowlby, Ms. Melisa Matthews, & Mr. Jordan Rowell

When: Mondays @ Lunch

Where: The Greenhouse

Description: Our mission is to bring our enjoyment of gardening to the Blake community. We use Blake’s Greenhouse to grow flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Those plants are then donated to the Blake community or sold as a way to sustain the club and fund the purchase of materials. We spend Mondays at lunch planting seeds, transplanting seedlings into larger growing containers, or preparing for sale or donation events. Each year we plan one social event in which we use some of our vegetables to make an edible treat for the club (salads, salsa, etc). We welcome any donations such as potting or top soil, bulbs, or seeds to our cause!

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Hiking Club

Hiking ClubSponsor: Mr. Zac Cornell

Where: F173

Description: We go on weekend hikes on local trails about once a month. Hiking club is a great way for students to get out doors and in touch with nature by exploring local trails. This club allows them to get a new perspective on their surroundings, helps them learn about their environment hands-on, while also giving them the opportunity to exercise.

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Hip-Hop

Hip HopSponsor: Ms. Danielle D’Anna

When: Fridays @ Lunch

Where: C146

Description: The hip-hop club provides a place for students to create choreography, learn choreography and perform in the hip-hop style for Blake High School. We provide students with an outlet for self-expression. The hip-hop club will study different styles of hip-hop and perform for audiences.

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Hispanic Leadership Club

Hispanic Leadership ClubSponsors: Mrs. Denise Ramos-Roman

When: Wednesdays @ Lunch

Where: B121

Description: Hispanic Leadership Club (HLC) is committed to creating a positive student community by supporting all students to excel in academics, athletics, and extra-curricular activities. The HLC organizes activities throughout the school year to support cultural awareness and academic achievement among Hispanic students. Active HLC members receive SSL hours for their time.

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History Club

History ClubSponsor: Mr. Scott Mendenhall

When: Wednesdays @ Lunch

Where: E270

Description: History Club is dedicated to promoting interest, awareness, and appreciation for history. Any student can attend a History Club meeting. In our weekly meetings we share our interest in historical topics, discuss articles regarding historical events, watch documentaries and movies related to history, participate in history projects online, and explore careers in the historical field. The History Club also serves an outlet for students at Blake to participate in the National History Day competition.

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Homework Club

Homework ClubSponsor: Mr. Marcus Wiggins & Saba Tesfayohannes

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 2:20-4pm

Where: Media Center

Description: The Homework Club is here to help support learning in all courses. If you want to be able to ask a teacher a question about your homework, or if you just want a quiet space to do your homework, come to the Media Center afterschool on Tuesdays. You must have your assignments and all necessary materials with you in the MC by 2:20pm.

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International Club

International ClubSponsor: Señora Ramos-Roman

When: Thursdays @ Lunch

Where: B121

Description: International club is comprised of many different nationalities and cultures. Our mission is to educate our students on different cultures as well as their roots of origin. We like to ensure our students are knowledgeable about their heritage and always remain proud of their legacy.

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It's Academic

It's AcademicSponsor: Mr. Joe Caulfield

When: @ Lunch

Where: D253

Description: It’s Academic is a high school quiz competition that has aired on NBC-4 for the last 54 years. Last year Blake became the first school in the show’s history to win three consecutive Washington Area Championships (best of 81 teams). In 2012, 2013, and 2014, the team also went on to win the Intercity Super Bowl Championship (best of 171 teams).

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Key Club

Key ClubSponsor: Mrs. Cindy Gleason

When: @ Lunch

Where: A103

Description: Key Club is in international, student-led organization which provides the opportunity for students to serve, build character, and develop leadership. Key Club assists Kiwanis International in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school students of the Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as collecting clothing and organizing food drives, organizing fundraisers, and volunteering in soup kitchens or elderly homes. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings and planning projects.

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Knitting

Knitting ClubSponsor: Mrs. Amy Branson

When: Fridays @ Lunch

Where: A214

Description: Students and staff members new to knitting, novices and old pros gather together to learn how to knit, work on their own pieces, and try out new knitting skills and patterns.

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Leo Club

Leo ClubSponsor: Ms. Pamela Rowe

When: @ Lunch

Where: E266

Description: The Leo Club meets twice a month to organize and publicize volunteer opportunities (most of which can count for SSL hours). In addition to service, Leo Club sponsors periodic socials for the membership. Our mission is to provide members with an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community.

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Literacy Magazine: Melody

Literacy Magazine: MelodySponsor: Mrs. Amy Branson

When: Lunch

Where: A214

Description: Students gather to share and critique writing, discuss the craft of fiction, experiment with writing prompts and story starters, and learn about upcoming contests for submission. Students review submissions for Blake’s online magazine for publication.

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Marching Band

Marching BandSponsor: Mr. Jon Eising / Mr. Scott Cameron

Where: D148

Description: This course is designed to give students the opportunity to participate in a corps style marching band. Our goals are to teach team work, self-discipline, and develop higher level thinking skills necessary to express one's self through music. The band performs at all varsity home football games as well as several community parades. Athletes are welcome - many of our current members participate in other sports here at Blake.

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Men of Blake

Men of BlakeSponsor: Ms. Anita O’Neill

Description: Men of Blake is a mentoring program to service African American and Hispanic males. Mentors are paired with individual students to foster academic and personal growth.

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Mock Trial

Mock Trial

Description: Mock Trial is a fun and challenging program that will allow you to compete in actual county courtrooms, trying fictional court cases, as lawyers and witnesses, before a Judge, against other schools in Montgomery County and the state. Participants must be in good academic standing. Mock Trial is a competitive team activity - students who participate must be committed from November to March (cannot play winter sports). http://www.clrep.org/msba-high-school-mock-trial.html

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Model United Nations

Model United NationsSponsor: Mr. Chris Danis

When: Wednesdays or Fridays at Lunch

Where: E264

Description: The MUN club engages in an authentic simulation of the United Nations system by learning about the UN system, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation. MUN team members have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events.

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National Art Honor Society

National Art Honor SocietySponsor: Mr. John Overman

When: Wednesdays @ Lunch

Where: E170

Description: The purpose of the NAHS chapter at Blake be to inspire and recognize those students who have shown outstanding ability in art; foster excellence and a dedicated spirit to the pursuit of art; further creative abilities and talents of the Society’s members, as well as the school’s entire student art enrollment; aid members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in an art area; bring art to the attention of the school and community; increase awareness of art in relation to other areas of the school curriculum; and further aesthetic awareness in all aspects of the school’s total program.

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National English Honors Society

National English Honors SocietySponsor: Mr. James Gifford

When: Thursdays @ Lunch

Where: B226

Description: The National English Honor Society (NEHS) was founded and is endorsed by Sigma Tau Delta, the only national organization exclusively for high school students and faculty who, in the field of English, merit special note for past and current accomplishments. Immediate benefits of affiliation include national recognition, scholarship eligibility, and opportunities for national networking with others who share enthusiasm for, and accomplishment in the language arts. Membership is by application only.

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National Honors Society

National Honors SocietySponsor: Mrs. Jennifer Fribush & Mrs. Katie Kodan

When: 1st Monday @ Lunch

Where: AMP

Description: The purpose of the National Honor Society shall be to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of James Hubert Blake High School. National Honor Society members must be in the 11th or 12th grade, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 unweighted or 4.0 weighted, 60 documented community service hours, demonstrated leadership and good character.

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Newspaper: The Blake Beat

The Blake BeatSponsor: Mr. Joseph Caulfield

Where: D253

Description: The Blake Beat is our highly acclaimed and award-winning school newspaper. Students in Journalism courses hold a variety of leadership positions within this student run-newspaper. http://www.theblakebeat.com/

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Photography

Photography ClubSponsor: Ms. Melisa Matthews

When: Thursdays @ Lunch

Where: E163

Description: The Blake High School Photo Club will work as a collective group to expand our knowledge of photography and work individually, under the guidance of our sponsor, to build our photography portfolios. This is a club for students who want to take photos. The students are the leaders for this group and work together to come up with fun and interesting opportunities to practice their artistic interests through taking photographs.

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Poetry Club

Poetry ClubSponsor: Mrs. Christine Di Monte

When: Fridays @ Lunch

Where: A211

Description: The poetry club is open to all students at Blake High School that are interested in reading, writing, listening, or performing poetry. We start most meetings with a free write and partner share. Then, we move on to performance pieces, discussion and critique. Students can share their work or help others improve. It’s an amazing place for students to explore their writer within.

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Project Change

Project ChangeSponsor: Mr. Bart Popeck

When: @ Lunch

Where: G184

Description: Project Change is a youth/adult partnership organization dedicated to promoting opportunities for youth to be engaged in, contribute to, and be satisfied members of their community 1. We believe that positive youth development is the key to a safe and healthy community 2. We believe that effective partnerships are built on trust, consensus, and a collective belief in a common purpose 3. We believe that giving back is a civic responsibility

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Renaissance

RenaissanceSponsor: Ms. Darlene Brown

When: Mondays @ Lunch

Where: F304

Description: Blake Pride: Student and Staff Recognition programs and activities that lift school spirit. Renaissance will recognize the students with all A’s, Honor Roll, and Perfect Attendance. Additionally, students who reach goals that may include raising their GPS by .5, or having perfect attendance after numerous absences. Students and Staff will be recognized for going above and beyond to help students or staff. We want to recognize and reward the many accomplishments at Blake.

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Science Club

Science ClubSponsor: Mrs. Erin Cheung

When: 2nd & 4th Thursdays @ Lunch

Where: D251

Description: The Blake Science club strives to promote and generate interest in many aspects of science. The club is open to all students interested in science and gives students the chance to participate in a exciting, hands-on science related activities. Science club provides an extracurricular opportunity for students to learn more about the subject than what they learn in the classroom through conducting their own chosen experiments during bi-weekly meetings.

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Skate Club

Skate ClubSponsor: Mr. Stephen Cain

When: Thursdays @ Lunch

Where: E265

Description: Skate club is for all students who love skateboarding! Come and discuss techniques, share and edit videos, and meet fellow Bengals with a passion for the art of skateboarding!

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Slam Poetry Club

Slam PoetrySponsor: Christine Di Monte

When: Fridays @ Lunch

Where: A211

Description: The poetry club is open to all students at Blake High School that are interested in reading, writing, listening, or performing poetry. We start most meetings with a free write and partner share. Then, we move on to performance pieces, discussion and critique. Students can share their work or help others improve. It’s an amazing place for students to explore their writer within

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Society 129

Society 129Sponsor: Mr. John Overman

When: @ Lunch

Where: E269

Description: Society 129 is a Christian organization lead by a group of students who want to see a significant change in their schools. We are making an impact by standing up for Christ and instilling boldness for the Kingdom of God into our generation The club title is based on 1 Peter 2:9 : But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. All are welcome.

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Spanish Honor Society

Spanish Honor SocietySponsor: Mrs. Denise Ramos-Roman

When: Every other Tuesday @ Lunch

Where: B121

Description: The Spanish Honor Society is for excellent students of Spanish who have met membership criteria. It is by invitation only and you must attend the annual induction in May of each year. Students participate in activities that promote the Spanish language and culture, and assist in school and community activities.

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STEP Team

STEP TeamSponsor: Mr. Thomas Squire & Ms. Vicki White

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 2:30-4pm

Where: A211

Description: The STEP club is for people who are interested in “stepping”. We work on routines, wardrobes, music and reaching out to the community. Our mission is to provide an outlet for those not on sports/dance team, to remain physically active and socially engaged.

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Student Government Association (SGA)

SGASponsor: Ms. Laura Fisher

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays @ Lunch

Where: B123

Description: The Student Government Association’s mission is to provide students of Blake High School with the best possible Homecoming activities and experiences, raise money for in-school community service projects and raise money for community charity organizations similar to but not limited to Shepherd’s Table, campaign to provide an enriched high school experience. The SGA works in tandem with the Blake HS Leadership class to provide positive and enriching community services experiences for all students.

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Superhero Club

Superhero ClubSponsor: Mrs. Katie Kodan

When: Thursdays @ Lunch

Where: D149

Description: The Superhero club is a group of students who combine their interest in superheroes and community service. They get together to not only discuss their love of all things superhero but work together to be superheroes to their community by organizing toy drives for kids at Children’s Hospital, a shoe drive for charity and volunteering at Ben’s Run.

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Tabletop Club

Tabletop ClubSponsors: Mr. Zac Cornell

When: Thursdays @ Lunch

Where: F173

Description: Gaming club meets once a week to play tabletop games. Members bring their own games to share with the club. Our mission is to provide a safe and fun environment for anyone to problem solve, strategize, be creative, and be social. Popular games include: Magic the Gathering, Settlers of Catan, Dominion, and many more.

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Tap Club

Tap ClubSponsor: Ms. Danielle D’Anna

When: Tuesdays / Fridays @ Lunch in C146

Where: C146

Description: The Tap Club will promote the discipline of tap dancing to educate students on different forms of self-expression through rhythm. Our mission is to provide students with a place to express themselves through movement and perform for the school to educate others on the art of dance.

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Tea Club

Tea ClubSponsor: Ms. Elizabeth Jones

Where: A207

Description: This club is a safe place for people to share stories and have tea together. Students can sample different teas and learn about the traditions of drinking tea. We ask members to support the club by donating a box of tea for us all to share.

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Theatre Costuming

Theatre CostumingSponsor: Mr. Michael D’Anna

When: Mondays - Fridays @ 2:30 - 5pm

Where: Costume Shop

Description: The Theatre Costuming Company provides students with the opportunity to design and illustrate and execute fashions/costumes for the various shows undertaken by the Blake Stage Company enabling students to use their creative talents as fashion designers, artists, and sewing technicians, and to prepare portfolios for college and professional careers. The Theatre Costuming Company supports every Stage Company show at Blake by designing and plotting for each show undertaken during the year. Students who desire experience with fashion design, illustrating for the Stage and the entertainment Industry benefit from working with this specialized activity. Students have access to not only creating designs for shows but for also creating the costumes in our very own costume shop.

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Theatre Publicity/Programs

Theatre Publicity/ProgramsSponsor: Mr. Michael D'Anna

Description: The Blake Stage company is always looking for students with an interest in publicity and design. Students help to create posters and programs for our various theatrical productions. Come talk to Mr. D’Anna if you are interested in working on these types of projects!

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Tri-M Music Honor Society

Tri-M Music Honor SocietySponsor: Mr. Jon Eising, Ms. Sarah Goldsmith, Mr. Scott Cameron, and Mrs. Sandra Zinkievich

When: 1st Tuesday @ Lunch

Where: D150

Description: The Tri-M Music Honor Society is the international music honor society for high school students. It is designed to motivate and recognize musical achievements, acknowledge student accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. Tri-M strives to increase student and school involvement with music and to strengthen and unify the school music program. Membership is by audition/interview only.

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Yearbook: Tempo

YearbookSponsor: Ms. Sylvia Kim

When: @ Lunch

Where: A208 & D253

Description: Students design, create, write, edit, publish, market and sell a yearbook for Blake High School. In this class, students use computers, digital cameras, photo editing software and design software as well as the Internet and social media. By the end of the year, students will have created a yearbook that will inform the school community about the clubs, activities and sports available to students as well as providing an entertaining presentation of the interests of the student body at this point in time.

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Young Democrats

Young DemocratsSponsor: Mr. Chris Danis

When: @ Lunch

Where: E264

Description: The mission of the Blake Young Democrats is to collectively unite members of the Democratic Party within the Blake High School community. We will strive to educate future voters about the events, issues, and structures of their political system. We have an open environment which allows students to voice their opinions, ideas, and beliefs. We enable and prepare young Democrats to be active leaders in the future and foster young Democrats into respectable and beneficial members of society. We welcome students of all political persuasions. Come in and join the conversation. Currently looking for leadership.

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