Art Partners is a collaboration between art students and school/community. The community has an opportunity to share in an art student’s education by partnering with a student in exchange for a work of art created in an art elective course. A reception is held each spring to honor all students and community partners.
Advocate CCHS's News/Magazine
The Red Devils’ Advocate,
published monthly by CCHS students, is a forum for student perspectives
and issues. Aspiring editors, reporters, artists and creative
brainstormers are always welcome at meetings. The staff is affiliated
with the Empire State Student Press Association and the Western New York
Student Press Association.
Computer club welcomes any students who are interested in working with computer software or hardware. Students have the opportunity to learn new programs, learn how to use computer peripherals such as scanners, cameras, etc., learn research techniques, create web pages, and explore other areas of student interest. One of the responsibilities of the club is to help create and maintain a weekly events website calendar.
Drama Club is an educational and social organization involved in all aspects of theater (technical and acting). Members are involved in many activities including a four day trip to New York City. Drama Club also sponsors a full-scale fall production and various competition plays, along with a spring musical. Students produce student-directed one-act plays in the spring.
The CHS Engineering Club provides an interactive environment with opportunities to design, plan, and construct different projects. We are open to all levels of students who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The projects that students design, build and compete with help them to learn more about the engineering field, leadership, teamwork, and networking. We also provide a network of information for anyone interested in pursuing an engineering degree (in any field) that contains advice and planning for their class schedule, transfer requirements, and general information about engineering careers. The CHS Engineering Club plans several educational and engineering related trips throughout the year.
Fall Drama Production
The Fall Drama Production features the presentation of a straight dramatic piece of literature during the fall of each school year. Student participation is open to all students; roles are assigned through audition.
FBLA - Future Business Leaders of America
This is a co-curricular, national association of high school students who are interested in developing business and leadership skills. Members participate in competitions with students from other local schools at state and national conferences. Some of the competitions include accounting, entrepreneurship, business law, decision making, marketing, public speaking and parliamentary procedure. FBLA also participates in a community fund raising and service project each year and hosts speakers from the local business community.Guitar Club
The Guitar Club is open to all students who are in the process of learning to play as well as to those students that are more skilled guitarists. The Guitar Club stages two concerts, one in the first week of February and one during the last week of classes. Meetings are once per week and lessons are occasionally provided.
Hearts of Hope
This club serves as a school and community ambassadors for Unyts-Donate Life Organization. We strive to create awareness regarding donation, to provide our members with opportunities for community service, to develop strong interpersonal skills through peer interaction, and to engage in purposeful endeavors to build character.
The Clarence High School History Society is a chapter of National History Club which promotes historical interest in students. The History Society usually meets twice a month where students become engaged in numerous ways to enjoy history. Activities include visiting local historical sites, viewing movies of historical value, researching activities where students interview local residents and veterans to record their pasts, participating in National History Day and other contests, debating current and historical issues, and participating in activities geared toward serving the community. Students who enjoy their Social Studies classes or have a passion for history are encourage to join.
Interact is a co-curricular Rotary sponsored service club for high school students interested in serving the community. The Interact club carries out many projects including the Rotary Shadow Day, The New Generations Conference, collecting and donating items for needy countries, and community service work at the Clarence Food Pantry and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Other local projects involve helping at the Rotary 5k Run and Lobsterfest. This club provides the opportunity for students to earn community service credit.
Bienvenue! Bienvenidos! The International Club is for all students interested in learning more about foreign languages and cultures. This includes everything from French and Spanish to Chinese and Korean. Everyone is welcome! Students participate in a variety of activities including community events, holiday socials, restaurant visits, cultural activities and trips. The International Club usually meets once a month.
This group meets at least once per week before school and some evenings. Members possess instrumental skills and are interested in increasing their knowledge and performing skills in the standard and contemporary jazz idiom. The jazz ensemble plans three public concerts per year. Membership is by audition.
Latin Club is designed to provide activities for those students interested in enriching their Latin background and classical culture. Some activities include, movie night, make-a-mosaic, certamen, Saturnalia, Roman Banquet, and Virgil read-a-thon. Current enrollment in a Latin class is required.
Marching Pep Band
Membership in the Clarence "Red Devils" Marching Band and Pep Bands is open to all Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band members. Both ensembles rehearse before school hours during the year and perform for the annual Homecoming Parade as well as home varsity football games. The Marching Band also marches at the Town’s Labor Day and Memorial Day parades. Occasionally, both groups participate in special events when the schedule permits.
Media club is open to all students interested in the Media Arts. Students are trained to work with cameras and editing equipment to create finished short films. Students have an opportunity to film some of the schools special events.
Mock Trial Team
The New York State Bar Association sponsors a "Mock Trial Tournament" involving over 400 teams in New York State. Clarence’s elite Mock Trial Team participates yearly in the tournament, presenting both the plaintiff and defense sides of a simulated civil lawsuit or criminal case. This team consists of twelve members selected after a fall tryout process. Business Law is highly Recommended.
Model United Nations Debate Club
This club is open to all students. Students attend Model United Nations competitions in the area and compete against other schools on present day issues. The club meetings focus on preparing statements and arguments for the competitions. When not competing, the group meets for a structured and monitored debate. Students are presented with an issue beforehand in order to gain background information on the issue.
National Honor Society
Membership in the Clarence Chapter of the National Honor Society is both an honor and a serious commitment. Juniors and Seniors who show evidence of scholarship, leadership, character, and service may be considered for membership. Students can look forward to becoming involved in worthwhile service projects that serve their school and community.
Our goal is to create an environment in which all students feel safe and welcome. Through a wide variety of school events, including "Mix-It-Up-Day," the Tolerance Forum encourages positive and respectful interaction among both faculty and students alike. We Celebrate our diversity and invite you to help make Clarence High SChool a friendlier and more tolerant community.
Target shooting teaches discipline, perseverance, organization, and focus. As a hobby, sport, or for competition, Rifle Club offers an opportunity to learn the proper, safe handling of firearms. The club is for both experienced and inexperienced shooters in grades 9-12, who want to practice and have fun. The club has been formed to accommodate students who like to target shoot, but might otherwise not be able to go out for the sport during the Winter sports season. For new shooters, specific instruction in the three positions of competitive shooting - prone, off-hand, and kneeling - will be stressed with emphasis on the prone position. Experienced shooters practice to maintain their skills as well as learn more advanced ones. The club meets two mornings each week, starting at 7:00 AM during the Fall and Spring sports seasons. The club does not meet during the Winter sports season, when the Varsity and JV Rifle Teams are practicing.
SADD - Students Against Destructive Decisions
Students Against Destructive Decisions was founded on the simple philosophy that young people, empowered to help each other, are the most effective force in prevention. There are many opportunities for students to get involved in programs that address issues of underage drinking, drug use, and other destructive decisions and killers of young people. SADD also offers many community service projects, fun activities, opportunities to go to conferences, and even win scholarships through SADD national. Visit our SADD website through clar.wnyric.org or the national site at saddonline.com
The musical is open to any member of the school and is an attempt to teach young people every aspect of producing as near a professional presentation as possible. Students are trained in dance, voice, acting, public relationships, lights, costuming, etc.
Students meet with the advisors to identify the science and technology events to be worked on. The group meets between September and February to prepare for the Regional High School level competition of the New York State Science Olympiad. . After the competition, the group focuses on fund-raising activities to pay for field trips to various sites including the Buffalo Science Museum and Buffalo State Planetarium.
Club members are exposed to instruction and actual experience in stage lighting, scenery design, and set construction. Students work lights, curtains, and sound effects for plays and musicals. They also light orchestra, band and choral concerts, and upon occasion, work professional concerts performed in the auditorium.
Stage craft is directly associated with the Drama Club. Our focus is two-fold. Prior to the fall Play and Spring Musical, we organize the publicity of the productions. We are also in charge of ticket sales for Drama Club events. The evenings of a production, our members serve as ushers. Any Clarence High School student is welcome to join Stage Craft.
Student Council promotes interest in school programs, makes positive suggestions for an improved school climate, coordinates recognized social functions, perpetuates the ideals of self-government, and advocates mutual cooperation among students, faculty, and community. Student Council represents student concerns to the administration and the Board of Education. Among the functions sponsored by Student Council are Homecoming, the Red Cross Bloodmobiles, Kids' Night Out, the holiday food and clothes drive, the Senior Citizens' Prom, the end-of-the-year carnival, and the Sleepout to benefit the poor and homeless. Membership in the Student Council is through a student election process.
The mission of the Varsity Club is to promote and support the athletic programs in our schools and to be a contributing, positive role model for all students. Some of our projects include: the annual Powder Puff Game, the athletic wall of fame and the senior tribute dinner. We also lend support by purchasing items for the athletic teams through fundraisers.
Visual Arts Club
The mission of the Visual Arts Club is to further the education of students in fine arts in the fields of painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, video, and craft. The club meets after school or evenings. Students will have the opportunity to work on; preparing portfolios for college review including creating a slide portfolio, developing in-depth scale of works with art instruction, organizing art work for local art exhibitions and competitions, producing work for the art partner program, sponsoring local art events such as the holiday print sale, student film festival and community art shows.
The club fosters a sense of camaraderie for fellow art students so that they can support each other in their artistic pursuits. Club members may also have the opportunity to travel to art galleries and museums.
Students who are interested in photography, writing and design should consider joining the "Saga" yearbook staff. Yearbook demands commitment. Dedicated students with strong organizational skills should apply. Yearbook members need to be disciplined, well-organized leaders who have a good eye for detail and who have a flexible time schedule.