Activities

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LM's buildOn club on a service trip to Taverne, Haiti.

ACADEMIC DECATHLON - Academic Decathlon competes against other schools in ten academic areas like Math, Astronomy, Literature, Music, and Art. Contests are held at a local level to qualify for state and national tournaments. The AD Team includes at least three "A" average, three "B" average and three "C" average students. Members prepare for competition by studying from a national study guide. AD meets in a sponsor's room or at team members' homes.

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - Amnesty works towards the amendment of human rights violations worldwide. Members write letters to foreign dignitaries, have political discussions, watch films, make posters, raise money and attend local events. The club meets every two weeks in the sponsor's room.

ART FORUM - The Art Forum is a club whose members enjoy viewing art, meeting and talking with artists, going to galleries and museums, and visiting artist's studios and workshops. Eight trips are planned by the student Board of Directors each year. Club members turn in parent permission forms for each trip as it occurs, and LMSD provides school bus transportation for the club.

buildOn - buildOn is focused on the accomplishment of three goals. First, providing community service to the Lower Merion community and entire Philadelphia region. During the 2011/2012 school year, buildOn members provided close to 4,500 hours of community service. Second, buildOn is committed to the global education of its members. This education is not only intended to raise awareness of problems and challenges facing our world today, but to give guidance in finding solutions. And third, buildOn members participate in a program called Trek to both finance and build schools in the developing world. The Lower Merion High School buildOn Trek team raised over $70,000 throughout the 2011/2012 school year to finance the construction of a school in Haiti and then traveled to the village of Taverne for two weeks in May of the same school year to work alongside the community building it.

CHESS CLUB - The Chess Club provides participants with the opportunity to improve their chess skills through both practice and competition in the Main Line Chess League. Both individual and team competitions are stressed and the club meets weekly in the sponsor's room for matches and practice.

CULINARY ARTS CLUB - This club is open to all students. No cooking experience is necessary, just a love of cooking and food. The club's objective is to provide students with hands on experience in the culinary industry. Students will organize fundraisers, guest speakers, and field trips, but will spend the majority of the time COOKING a variety of foods from around the world. The club meets approximately once a month.

CULTURAL CLUBS

(French): The goal of the French Club is to encourage an appreciation and interest in French culture. Membership is not restricted to French Language students. We enjoy French cooking, music, cinema, art, and language. French Club meets monthly for officers and monthly for general membership.

(Israel): The Israel Culture Club gives students the opportunity to learn about and explore the culture of Israel. Guest speakers, field trips to Israeli restaurants, movies, discussions, and fun are some of the activities this new group has planned. Students of all cultures are welcome. This student run group meets about once every three weeks.

(Latin): The Latin Club promotes and expands understanding of the ancient Greco-Roman world and Latin language. Membership is not restricted to Latin language students. We play games, celebrate festivals, and interact to share our knowledge and enjoyment of ancient culture. Latin Club offers a service component where members are invited to tutor Latin students at Bala Cynwyd Middle school. Club meets roughly twice a month.

(Spanish): The goal of the Spanish club is to promote the language and culture of Spanish to all students, even those who do not speak Spanish. We hope to increase students knowledge of and love for Spanish by exposing them to activities such as eating in authentic restaurants, learning Spanish dances, making piñatas, watching Spanish movies and taking trips to Hispanic neighborhoods in Philadelphia to interact with native speakers. This club will meet in room 202 from 2:30 to 3:30 twice a month.

DANCE TEAM - The Lower Merion Dance Team is made up of devoted students who enjoy various types of dance and performing. The team practices regularly throughout the year. The dance team performs at both boys and girls athletic events, as well as other school related functions.

DEBATE TEAM - The Debate Team will compete in Lincoln-Douglas Debate in monthly tournaments against local teams. There will be opportunities to compete in state and national tournaments also. Beginners welcome to learn this interesting and philosophical debate format.

DOLPHIN (Literary Magazine) - The Dolphin is LM's art and literary magazine, an annual publication of creative works by LMHS students—including poetry, stories, photographs, artwork, and music. The members of Dolphin Club want to encourage and support student writers, photographers, and artists in their creative efforts, including their ability to critique as well as produce products of high technical merit. Meetings are held in room 230 every Tuesday from 2:40 to 4:20.

DRILL TEAM - The Lower Merion Drill Team is made up of students who build school spirit by performing synchronized drills, step, and dance routines at pep rallies, sports contests and community functions throughout the year. The Drill Team also has a Drum Line component of six percussionists. The club meets each Tuesday and twice weekly prior to a performance.

ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB - Members of the Environmental Club motivate students to commit themselves to a life of earth friendly behavior and to raise student awareness of environmental issues in our community and around the world. This is accomplished through fund raisers, field trips, quest speakers talking on current issues, community service, stream testing, environmental awareness programs given at elementary schools, and more. Club meetings are every other Wednesday throughout the year.

FILM & PHOTOGRAPHY CLUBS - The purpose of the Film & Photography Club is to provide a forum, instruction, and community to the students at Lower Merion, as well as introduce new media to other artists here that may never have explored film & photography before. The students in the club participate in all aspects of video and film projects. They are involved in writing, editing, directing, acting, filming, and producing original works. The Film Club is open to all interested students and meets regularly throughout the year: approximately once/week in the first semester and several times/week in the second semester during film production. All Film Club members partake in a public showing of their work at least once per school year. Club meetings vary.

FLOWER SHOW - The Flower Show group consists of student volunteers who work sporadically through the spring and fall to create an idea for Lower Merion's exhibit at the Philadelphia Flower Show held during the first week of March. Notices are placed in the Daily Notes announcing upcoming meetings. We assemble our exhibit at the Convention Center for all to enjoy! Club meetings vary.

GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) - The purpose of this club is to provide educational and supportive services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gendered students and their straight allies. Activities include speakers, movies, discussions, and trips to city-wide GSA meetings in Philadelphia. We coordinate several activities a year with Harriton's GSA.

INTERACT - Interact is Rotary International's service club for young people ages 14 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and selfsupporting. The club is student run, and focuses on providing volunteer community service for local, national, and international organizations, by developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others, understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work, and advancing international understanding and good will.

LMHS TV - Club participants act as on-air personalities, camera-persons, video editors and spotters necessary to broadcast select LMHS events. Additionally, students will develop announcements and news broadcasts, which will be viewable by the community and students via our LMHS webpage and internal video system.

MATH CLUB: MU ALPHA THETA - The Math Club is dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school. Math is a recreational activity! We take part in a number of home and away competitions. We will pose, explore and play with diverse problems. Membership Club meetings vary with competitions and activities. We also host LIMT – The Lower Merion Invitational Math Tournament for Middle Schools for greater Philadelphia Middle Schools.

MERIONITE - The Merionite is Lower Merion High School's student-run newspaper. Members contribute in a variety of ways to the writing, editing, design and production of the monthly publication and corresponding website www.themerionite.org. Students serve as editors, reporters, artists, photographers, fundraisers and technology coordinators. Merionite meetings are ongoing as publications dictate.

MOCK TRIAL - The purpose of Mock Trial is to promote an understanding of law, the rights of individuals under law, courtroom procedures and etiquette, and healthy competition. "Cases" are prepared and presented for both the Prosecution/Plaintiff and Defense sides in courtrooms at the Montgomery County Courthouse, with professional lawyers and judges overseeing the proceedings. Mock Trial Club meetings are held in Room 230 on Wednesday afternoons from 2:40 – 4:20 once the new case is published (usually late October); weekend meetings are added during winter months to perfect case analysis and presentation.

MUSIC CLUBS:

(Jazz Band) The LM jazz band is a standard size jazz band that meets once a week after school to rehearse and perform jazz music of all styles and eras. "The band is open by audition to any LM student who is participating in another class or ensemble within the LM music department." The band creates a musically challenging environment using standard jazz repertoire while encouraging high levels of performance. The ensemble performs at events both in and out of school, including festivals and adjudications. The band has weekly practices.

(LM A Cappella) Lower Merion A Cappella exists to create an outlet for talented vocalists in the Lower Merion High School music department. Through experiences in performances and rehearsals, students will learn professional conduct and courtesy, striving for excellence while representing LM. We will prepare and present two full concerts – one in the fall and one in the spring. In addition, groups will present other performances at school and in the community. The club consists of two sections; Ace Harmony (16 singers, co-ed), and Ace's Angels (12-16 singers, girls only).

(Pep/Dawg Band) The Pep/Dawg Band is the high energy, multi-talented music ensemble that performs in the stands at LMHS athletic and school events, including Varsity Football, pep rallies, community events, and other school or professional sports and activities. Participation is open to all students, regardless of musical experience, on either marching band or electric instrument, the later only by approval of the director. Visit the Dawg Band e-board, mjnorton.lmsd.site. eboard.com for more info or sign-up!

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY - NHS is an organization made up of students recognized by the Lower Merion Faculty who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of academics, character, leadership, and service. Juniors and Seniors are selected for membership. Induction ceremonies occur every year in the spring. NHS members serve as peer tutors and mentors.

PLAYERS (Theatre) - PLAYERS is one of LM's largest activities. It is a student-run theatre society that produces three shows a year- musical, drama and comedy. For those of you who don't Act, don't fear! PLAYERS' production and technical crews design Lights, Scenery, Costumes, Publicity, Sound, Make-up and Props- in other words, students do EVERYTHING for each show. PLAYERS meet daily.

REACH OUT - The purpose of Reach Out is to foster contact between students and other community members. Students volunteer to assist senior citizens, organize clothing or toy drives, and help community groups or members where it is needed. Club meetings vary.

S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions) - SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), formerly known as Students Against Drunk Driving, was created to assist students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the myriad number of issues confronting teenagers today. The club is for students who want to organize activities at LMHS and throughout the district both to help peers stay healthy--physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially--and to help peers make responsible decisions. Club meetings vary.

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD - Science Olympiad is a team of 18 - 22 students who have strong interests/abilities in the sciences - physics, chemistry, biology earth science and construction. The team competes annually at an invitational, regional, state and sometimes National-level "Olympiad." These competitions are made up of 23 events in which team members test their knowledge/devices against other school teams. Medals are awarded for the top three teams in each event. This club meets in one of the sponsor's rooms from 2:45 to 4:00 or 4:30 p.m. The days and frequency of the meetings vary depending on the time of year and event tasks at hand.

SCHOOL STORE - The Dawgs Den is responsible for the merchandizing needs of Lower Merion High School and its community. Students who are interested in business, design, marketing, management, and/or retail, may be interested in being part of the school store.

SERVICE LEAGUE - The Service League works for the benefit of both the School and community. Service to Lower Merion includes: sponsoring the annual club fair, acting as tour guides for guests, and providing gift wrapping for faculty at the holidays. Community activities include fundraisers for local charities such as the police canine unit and "Pennies for Patients", preparing meals at the Ronald McDonald House, collecting art supplies for schools that have none. Activities vary from year to year. The club is open to all students throughout the school year. Meetings are generally during the academic recovery period.

SPEECH CLUB - Speech provides students with various opportunities for public speaking. The club meets 2 days per month during the school year and attends monthly tournaments where they compete in various events such as Humorous Interpretation, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Dramatic Interpretation.

STAGE CREW / AV - This club provides assistance to school activities utilizing AV equipment or stage facilities.

STUDENT COUNCIL - The purpose of Student Council is to service the students of Lower Merion. The organization serves as a voice for the students to the administration and faculty. It provides the students with many activities such as Homecoming, a dance, Radnor Week, various activities that benefit Coaches vs. Cancer, and Dawg Pound shirt sales. These are just a few of the many activities that Student Council sponsors and supports. Student Council meets in either the the Auditorium or the LGI as advertised. All activities and meetings are announced on Student Council's eboard, in the Daily Notes, on Morning Announcements and will be sent to student emails. Students do not need to be elected to Student Council; they can sign up to join, attend three meetings a year, work on a committee, and earn credit as a member. However, to be an elected officer, the candidates MUST be a member of Student Council by either being elected and attending at least 3 meetings annually or by attending 3 meetings during the year. Minutes will be taken at each meeting and posted to its eboard. They will also be sent to each Advisory teacher.

TECHNOLOGY / ENGINEERING CLUB - The main goal of this club is to promote technology literacy and engineering principles by giving students the opportunity to compete in local, state, and national design & engineering competitions. Students develop proficiencies in the technology problem solving process, team building and leadership skills. This club is affiliated with the Technology Student Association, FIRST Robotics and VEX Robotics. Meeting dates and times vary.

ULTIMATE - The Lower Merion Ultimate Team provides an organized means for students (male and female!) in all grades to learn and play Ultimate and to embody the "spirit of the game." The club will practice in both the Fall and Spring seasons, and will compete in various tournaments throughout the year. Students are welcome to play in either season, or in both. Dues are required.

WORLD AFFAIRS FORUM - The purpose of World Affairs Forum is to encourage students who are interested in international issues to broaden and deepen their interest. World Affairs Forum provides opportunities for this to happen through discussion during biweekly meetings at school and through out of school activities including field trips and simulations sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. 

YEARBOOK - LM's yearbook, Enchiridion, is an excellent opportunity for creative and dedicated people. You create the pages that make up the yearbook's different sections: activities, academics, sports, student life, seniors and underclassmen. Photographers are needed as pictures are the backbone of a great yearbook. It is tons of fun, but it takes a tremendous amount of effort, dedication, and teamwork to put together.

Announcements of times and locations of meetings are published in the Daily Notes. If you want to join an extra-curricular activity in which students participate for at least an average of fifteen hours per week for a minimum of nine weeks, such as a play, you will be subject to the same eligibility requirements that apply to interscholastic sports. Be sure you know these requirements: they are listed in this booklet.