Academic Focus

These activities will help you to investigate interests, utilize your particular talents, and strengthen your skills.

Destination Imagination

Destination Imagination is an educational program that teaches students 21st Century Skills and STEAM principles through creative and collaborative problem solving type challenges. Teams must work together to develop a solution to one of the six open-ended challenges and will present their solution at tournaments. Through the challenges, students learn and experience the creative process from ideas to implementation and will practice skills that are needed to be successful in school and career. These skills include: teamwork, communication, project management, perseverance, problem-solving, critical thinking, and will gain self-confidence. Most of all, DI is fun!

Advisor: Ms. Bergeron  – Room C121

FinLit

Purpose of this club: To advance financial literacy in the State of New Hampshire through an educational tournament which will empower high school students to apply classroom-based financial education in a contest of knowledge and skills.

Advisor:  Mrs. Harris – Room E104

Granite State Challenge

Interested students, often with specific areas of expertise, compete against other teams from New Hampshire schools on  Channel 11 NHPTV.

Coach: Mr. Fleming  – Room C215

Literary Magazine

Students meet with their peers to ( 9-12) read and select literary works. They publish a magazine showcasing their contemporaries’ writings.

Advisor: Mrs. Harris & Mrs. McKenney – Room E104

Math Team

Students with an interest in mathematics and problem solving are encouraged to participate in the Math team.  WHS math team competes in meets throughout the year as part of the the Tri State Math League.  Practices are held regularly to prepare participants for meets at various schools within the league.

Advisor: Mrs. Cutts & Mrs. Michaud – Rm. B114

National History Club

(9-12) This club is a national organization that promotes the study of history outside of the classroom through guest speakers, historical reading, watching movies, projects & field trips.

Advisors: Ms. Bergeron – Room C121

National Business Honor Society

National Business Honor Society (11-12). Students may apply for membership in their junior or senior year after completing at least 3 business courses, maintaining a 3.0 GPA, and a 3.5 GPA in business classes.

Advisor:  Mrs. Harris – Room E104

National Honor Society

(11-12) WHS chapter is a member of the National Association.  Selected students qualified in academics, characters, leadership, and service are invited for induction into the Society.

National Honor Society procedures followed.
Advisors:  Mr. Myers – Room B206

Newspaper – Winnachronicle

Students do all newsgathering, photography, writing, graphics, advertising contacts, computer layout and distribution of the student newspaper, the Winnachronicle.   This is designed for students who have a career related interest in journalism. Students have the opportunity to become involved in areas including reporting, writing, graphic design and layout, and business advertising.

Advisor:  Mr. Michaud – Room B103

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation competition endorsed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. High school students from across the country memorize and recite poems from a list over over 650 choices. At Winnacunnet High School in class competitions take place in January. A school-wide competition is held in February. Our first place winner moves on to compete with other students from across the state. A winner from each state will travel to Washington, DC in April to compete for the national title.  Students whose teachers are not participating in the POL programa can reach our to Mrs. Borden or Mrs. Persechino directly to be entered into the school-wide competition.
Advisor: Mrs. Borden & Mrs. Persechino
Room  E116

Project Search (11 & 12)

Project Search is designed to provide an on campus intellectually challenging experience for academically motivated high school students. The program has been in operation since 1983 and currently serves over 200 students. Project Search’s mission is to provide a forum in a college campus setting where high school students from South Eastern New Hampshire and Southern Maine can experience a series of presentations covering challenging interdisciplinary
topics and interact with each other in discussion groups.

Advisor: Mr. Edgar & Mr. Gushee-Rm. B128

Quill & Scroll

Quill and Scroll International Honorary Society for High School Journalists (10-12). Students may apply for membership in their sophomore, junior or senior year after completing at least 2 trimesters of work for Winnachronicle, Sachem Yearbook, WHTV, or Totem Literary Magazine.

Advisor:  Mrs. Harris – Room E104

Science, Math & Engineering VEX

VEX Robotics is a STEM oriented club that promotes the learning of engineering and design principles through innovative project based learning.  Students have the opportunity to build skills in design, engineering, coding and teamwork.  Not to mention, they get to build really cool stuff.  The club meets once a week for 1-2 hours.  Competitions are held throughout New England and are typically on weekends.

Advisor:   Mr. Cassamas – Tech Building 2A

Washington Group Studies (Close-up)      

Students raise funds during the year to spend April vacation in Washington, D.C., where they get a first-hand look at how their government works.

Advisor: Mr. Gushee & Ms. Trahan-Room C212

Winnacunnet Junior Classical League

(9-12) This club will be registered with the NH Junior Classical League. This is a latin based fellowship with competition events with other NH schools.

Advisor:  Ms. Brooks—Rm. C117

Writers Club

A weekly or sometimes bi-weekly gathering of students who wish to better their writing skills, whether in creative or more academic writing. The club is open to anyone, and folks are welcome to come when they have time; attendance is not taken and there are no time requirements or fees. During meeting of this student-led club, we will do various exercises and other practice, before coming back together and sharing writings and ideas/perspectives for improvement. Students are encouraged to bring in pieces that they have finished or are currently working on, as well.

Advisor:  Mr. Yeaton Room C113

Yearbook

This co-curricular activity/course combines practical experience in photography, writing, graphic design and layout, small business management, accounting, sales, and marketing to produce the yearbook, The Sachem, as the culminating project.

Advisor: Mrs. Harris – Room E104