Tappan Zee High School

Co-Curricular Activities

Tappan Zee High School offers students a diverse choice of co-curricular clubs and activities. We encourage all students to take advantage of these opportunities to enrich a personal interest or talent. Please consider the many activities offered, and listen for morning announcements or check announcements for meeting days and times.

Forming a New Club

Procedures to follow for students or a faculty advisor interested in forming a new club:

  • Present a club proposal form to the Assistant Principal in charge of co-curricular events by November 1.
  • The proposal must include a statement of purpose, name of faculty advisor, potential number of interested students (must have a minimum of 15 interested students) and any budgetary implications. We look for clubs that provide a variety of opportunities for students whose primary membership is either educational or service to the school or community.
  • After receiving the proposal, the Assistant Principal will meet with the student and/or advisor to discuss the proposal.
  • Club proposals that move beyond this meeting are then discussed with the Principal.
  • Clubs that meet with the Principal’s approval will then be presented to the Board of Education for approval.

To renew, the club must:

  • Meet regularly (minimum of 10 times per year).
  • Consistently have a minimum average of 15 students attend the meetings.
  • Submit minutes and submit all treasury paperwork for each meeting held within a timely manner.
  • Fulfill or advance toward the stated purpose in their charter.

Click here for information about religious clubs and public schools.

Academic League
Advisors: Mr. Sherman
Location: Room 421
This club engages in team competition against other Rockland County high schools by answering questions based on high school curricula and general knowledge questions, such as, sports, pop culture and trivia. The format is a buzzer lock-out system as used in “College Bowl” or “Jeopardy.” Meetings are held weekly after school from September through May. From December through March, club members will compete against a different school each week. (Best two out of three 20-minute rounds).

Acafellas/Bella Acappella
Advisor: Dr. Wagoner
Location: Room 954
Acafellas is a male a cappella ensemble and Bella Acapella is a female a cappella ensemble. Both ensembles perform throughout the year at schools and community events. Repertoire is centered on 3 & 4 part a cappella music including popular and classic standards of male and female quartet music. Auditions take place each September and the ensembles rehearse weekly: Bella Acapella from 3:15-3:45 PM and Acafellas from 3:45-4:15 PM.

Advisor – Ms. Grasso, Room 707
In this hands-on club, students will learn the definition and importance of aquaponics. Students will explore how to set up and maintain an aquaponics system, including proper fish and plant care.  The biology and chemistry of the aquaponics system is also addressed.  The goal each year is to harvest and enjoy the herbs and vegetables.

Art Service Club
Advisor: Ms. Grasso
Location: Room 707
Students will create signs, posters, murals and flyers using their artistic abilities to enhance our school environment and support school functions. This club runs as an advertising agency, creating works and meeting deadlines.

Arts and Crafts Club
Advisor: Ms. Smith
Location: Room 712
Club members learn new Craft-making methods and techniques when creating products to sell.  Students will make different types of arts and crafts using a variety of materials and supplies.  Some of the crafts that we make are hand crafted cards, jewelry, tie dyed fabrics, plus new ideas from members are always welcome.  Members will also gain practical experience in marketing these items to sell.  Most of our profits are donated to charitable organizations and/or scholarship funds. All who enjoy making Art and Crafts and would like to learn how to sell them are all welcome.

Chamber Music Club
Advisor: Mr. Rossi
Location: Room 956
This club provides opportunities for small string ensembles (quartets, trios, etc.) to explore and perform various chamber music works ranging from Vivaldi to Joplin. In addition to some school performances, groups may also perform at conferences, senior citizen centers, and PTA meetings.

Chamber Orchestra
Advisor: Mr. Rossi
Location: Room 956
This small string orchestra is made up of advanced-level students allowing them an opportunity to explore a more advanced repertoire with a special emphasis on Baroque and early classical music literature. The Chamber Orchestra is regularly featured in school concerts throughout the year.

Chess Club
Advisor: Mr. Resnikoff
Location: Room 301
The TZ Chess Club is open to all students, from novices to experts.  It was formed to promote interest and participation in one of the most popular games in the world!  Learn to play or improve your game, while honing your analytic skills in a fun atmosphere.

Community Service
Volunteer work can prepare you for life after high school in very basic ways: building self-confidence, expanding skills, and giving you practical experience. Today these benefits are not only acknowledged but also expected by colleges and employers. Credit for volunteer service will be recorded on your transcript (50 hrs. = 1/2 credit; 100 hrs. = 1 credit). See your guidance counselor for more details.

Computer Science Club
Advisor: Ms. Connell
Location: Room 308
The Computer Science Club will give students the opportunity to collaborate on various programming languages, hardware, software and college level programming skills. Some activities might include participating in national competitions both locally and online, and creating video games and apps.

Cooking Club
Advisor: Ms. Braunagel/Ms. Marmion
Location: Room 705
The cooking club is a fabulous way to learn about regional foods and how to prepare them. Our members learn how to find recipes, shop, cook and bake. Of course they enjoy eating whatever we make. We also have an annual trip to a restaurant where we meet with the chef and enjoy his or her cuisine. There are also opportunities to volunteer and put our skills to good use. So whether you’ve never sifted or stirred or you’re an expert, this is a wonderful club to join.

Current Issues/Discussion Club
Advisor: Mr. Laskow
Location: Room 423
The Current Issues/Discussion Club provides students the opportunity to discuss issues in a non-formal setting. This popular club was founded by students during the 2003-2004 school year. Topics are chosen by the students and discussions are organized by students in a respectful, organized, and informal fashion.

Debate Team
Advisor: Ms. Jacobs
Location: Room 208
Students research various controversial topics in both current events and history, in order to prepare arguments and strategies to be used when competing against other teams and schools across the New York area. Focus will be on parliamentary style debates. This team will hold weekly practices in order to improve students’ public speaking, research, critical thinking, communication and teamwork skills in a fun and energetic environment.

DECA – Distributive Education Clubs of America
Advisor: Mr. Flynn
Location: C-ZMart
DECA is a national high school organization that gives business students the opportunity to use classroom knowledge by competing against other students on regional, state, and national levels. This organization also develops leadership qualities and communication skills.

Drama Club
Advisor: Ms. Farish
Location: TBD
The Drama Club offers students an opportunity to work together on scenes to improve their skills or just to have fun. Meetings are once a week with presentations in December and May.

Engineering Club
Advisor- Mr. DeSantis
The Engineering Club provides students a place and time to further explore their engineering interests.  The club competitions will range from friendly competitions within the club/school, such as WPBD challenges, to large National platforms where students can submit their best designs for the egg drop challenge at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey. The engineering club is a place for students who have a desire to expand and strengthen their passion for engineering design and is open to all students. Engineering professionals are invited to serve as guest speakers and mentors to help guide students through activities and competitions.

English Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. McMane
Location: Room 414
E.H.S. is a selective service organization for juniors and seniors that confers distinction for high achievement in English language and literature at Tappan Zee High School, while promoting interest in literature and the English language. Students may earn service points for admission during their sophomore year and apply in September of their junior year.

Film and Screen Studies Club
Advisors: Mr. Robertson /Ms. Sorrese-Lefkow
Location: Rooms 417/418
Participants in the Film and Screen Studies Club will be exposed to independent, classic, and foreign cinema, as well as standard movie fare and episodic television. Meetings often consist of a short introduction of the upcoming film, viewing the film, and then reacting to/discussing various aspects of cinema. Students who attend these meetings will learn how to “study” movies rather than simply watch them.

French Club
Advisor: Elaine Hayes
Location: Room C-1
The French Club is open to all students who are interested in French and Francophone culture. Activities include cooking authentic dishes such as crepes and Belgian waffles, making Mardi Gras masks, celebrating traditional holidays, watching French films, and listening to French music. We welcome new members and their ideas!

French Honor Society
Advisor: Elaine Hayes
Location: Room C-1
The Société Honoraire de Français, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, recognizes high achievement of Junior and Senior students of French. Its aim is to stimulate interest in the study of French, promote and reward high standards of scholarship, and create enthusiasm for and an understanding of Francophone culture and civilization. Students must meet and maintain academic and citizenship requirements.

Genders and Sexualities Alliance
Advisor: Katelin Burns
Location: TBD
The purpose of the GSA is to help create a school environment where all can feel welcomed and accepted for their unique talents and contributions and enjoy the full benefits of our educational system, free from fear of harassment or discrimination.

Handbell Choir
Advisor: Dr. Wagoner
Location: Room 954
The purpose of the Handbell Choir is to teach students how to play handbells and to prepare pieces for Music Department concerts. This Handbell Choir is open to all students, but some knowledge of music reading is helpful.

History Honor Society
Advisor: Mr. Robertson
Location: Room 417
The History Honor Society was established to give recognition to students who excel in history and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the subject. Additionally, the HHS provides opportunities for students to develop and share their understanding of the world in which we live. Students must meet and maintain the academic and citizenship requirements. Membership is open to Juniors and Seniors only.

Interact Club
Advisor: Ms. Richards
Location: Room 601
The Interact Club provides community service opportunities for high school students. Sponsored by Rotary International, Interact participates in projects to serve the local community. Fundraising opportunities allow the club to hold free events which benefit local residents.

Investment Club
Advisor – Mr. Patmos
So you want to be a millionaire?  Come explore the ins-and-outs and ups-and-downs of investing!  Play the stock market through a virtual stock account, discuss strategies with other students and more!

Italian Club
Advisors: Ms. Bruno
Location: Room C-4
The Italian Club is open to all students interested in Italian culture, language, food, music, etc. Members will be able to participate in varied activities, including after school cooking, meetings, Italian movie afternoons, Italian holiday celebrations, and field trips, as well as attend cultural events in the community.

Italian Honor Society
Advisors: Ms. Bruno
Location: Room C-4
The Italian Honor Society is a national organization whose goals are to recognize students who have achieved excellence in the study of Italian, as well as to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the Italian culture and civilization. Students must be present at the Induction Ceremony each year and they must continue to meet the established academic and service requirements to maintain membership. Italian Honor Society students tutor, as well as participate in many community service activities.

Japanese Cultural Club
Advisor: Ms. Stranges
Location: TBD
The Japanese Cultural Club will give students the opportunity to learn more about the culture of Japan. Members can participate in a number of activities including, learning the Japanese language, investigating the history of the country, and other cultural experiences unique to Japan. Some activities might include cooking/preparing Japanese food, learning origami, conducting a tea ceremony, and celebrating Japanese holidays.

Jazz Ensemble
Advisor: Mr. Hughes
Location: Room 951
The Jazz Ensemble was formed to promote the performance of jazz and blues music through rehearsals, performances, and analysis of jazz music. The Jazz Ensemble rehearses one evening each week and performs at school concerts as well as special occasions and off-campus programs.

Leo Club
Advisor: Ms. Eyer
Location: Library
The Leo Club, sponsored by the Blauvelt Lions Club and Lions Clubs International, is a community service club working with these two organizations to help the blind and visually impaired as well as to volunteer within the local, national, and international community. Leos work on community clean-up and beautification projects, help maintain Blauvelt Lions Park, assist with fundraisers for various charities and less fortunate members of the community, and work and interact with Leos from around the United States and the world.

Lighting Service
Advisor: TBD
Location: Room 813
Students learn the different types of lighting instruments and how to focus them. They also learn how to set up a basic design plot for various presentations that may occur in the high school auditorium and take turns running the light board for school productions and other activities.

Math Team
Advisor: Mr. Resnikoff
Location: Room 301
The TZ Math Team engages in exciting mathematics competition against students from other schools.  We compete remotely against students from across New York in the statewide New York Math League, and directly against teams from local high schools in the Rockland County Math League.  All interested students are invited to join.

Model U.N.
Advisors: Mr. Patmos
Location: Room 424
In Model U.N., students step into the shoes of ambassadors from United Nations member states to debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. Student “delegates” prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the U.N.’s rules of procedure, all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect almost every country.

Mu Alpha Theta
Advisors: Mr. Resnikoff/Dave Marino
Location: Rooms 301
The purpose of this national math honor society is to enrich students’ knowledge and enjoyment of mathematics.  Requirements for induction into the TZ chapter include a 90 average for three years of high school math (or 95 for two years), peer tutoring, service to the school, and project work.

Multicultural Coalition
Advisor: Mr. Francesco
Location: Room 324
The Multicultural Club is an organization that celebrates the various the cultures, ethnicities, religions and nationalities present in our community. Meetings and club activities (such as the annual International Show) provide students with opportunities to share their own heritage and to experience the traditions of others. The club focuses on the worth and uniqueness of all cultures, helping to prevent cultural discrimination or misunderstanding in our school and community. The club provides students with a vehicle to make their own culture, and that of others, visible in the school, enriching our community’s understanding of the depth and richness of its own diversity.

National Honor Society
Advisors: Ms. Farish/Ms. Lai
Location: Rooms 706/808
NHS is a selective organization that promotes recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Students must apply for admission. Admission is open to academically eligible juniors and seniors only.

New York State Science Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. Kilkelly
Location: Room 801
NYSSHS promotes extracurricular activity and academic excellence in science. Students must: (a) have completed as least 1.5 semesters of Regents level science; (b) maintained high grades in science; (c) be recommended by two faculty members; and (d) be active in one science-related program, competition, or independent research project (with a presentation) each year.

Peer Leadership
Advisors: Mr. DiDomenico/Ms. Moore
Location: Room 424
Peer Leadership is a mentorship program in which selected juniors and seniors (Peer Leaders) are paired with freshmen to introduce new students to Tappan Zee High School. Students apply to become Peer Leaders in the spring of their sophomore and junior years and participate in an intensive training program in leadership and peer counseling. All freshmen are assigned Peer Leaders.

Pep Band
Advisor: Mr. Hughes
Location: Room 951
This performing group plays popular music from the 1960’s through today, as well as school cheers and fanfares. The group usually rehearses once each week and plays at all home football games and pep rallies during the year.

Ping Pong Club
Advisor: Ms. Schnapp
Location: 211 & 100’s hallway for play
The TZ Ping Pong Club is open to all students, from beginners to experts, who enjoy table tennis. Members of this club meet twice a month to play table tennis. The level of play varies from informal to friendly competition, with members learning from one another as they strengthen their game. This club is open to everyone who wants to build their skills and have fun while playing the great game of table tennis.

Quartet Club
Advisor: Mr. Rossi
Location: Room 956
Small ensembles of 3-4 instruments practice and perform a wide variety of repertoire. These groups focus on building and refining chamber music techniques and performance styles depending on the period of music being performed.

Robotics Team (SO BOTZ)
Advisors: Ms. Connell/Ms. Murphy
Location: Room 308/309
Robotics Club is a club where a competitive robotics team will raise funds, design a team “brand”, hone teamwork skills and build and program an industrial sized robot for competition. The team will compete in robotics field games against other competitors. Each season ends with a culminating competition for both team and robot.

Science Olympiad Team
Advisor: Mr. Adler/Ms. Connington
Location: Room C-8
The Science Olympiad Team consists of 15-30 students chosen to compete in twenty events at invitational and regional competitions.  Events change annually and in past years have included construction projects (bridge, car, clock, airplane, magnetic levitation, and Rube Goldberg devices), rock and mineral identification, labs, genetics, tree identification, map reading, experimental design, and laboratory events in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth Science.  Students train and build for specific events and compete in those events against students at other schools.  Winning schools go on to statewide and national competitions.

Social Justice Club
Advisors: Ms. McMane
Location: Room 414
Social Justice Club is a service organization open to all members of the TZ community: students, faculty, and staff. We are inspired by the great words of Mahatma Gandhi: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” We discuss issues of race and gender discrimination, economic inequality, and human rights, as well as harmful cultural and media stereotypes. In addition, we are chapter members of Girls Learn International®, Inc. (GLI) which pairs American schools with partner schools in countries where girls have been traditionally denied access to education. The GLI Program “gives students the opportunity to explore issues affecting girls in relation to global human rights, promotes cross-cultural understanding and communication, and trains students to be leaders and advocates for positive change.”

Spanish Club
Advisors: Ms. Santiago/Ms. Walsh
Location: Room C-6
The Spanish Club offers students the opportunity to interact with each other while enjoying a variety of fun activities. The club is open to all students interested in Hispanic culture. Activities include: cooking authentic dishes, arts and crafts activities, celebrating Latino holidays, eating at local Hispanic restaurants, and making/breaking piñantas. We welcome new members and their ideas! Students need not be taking Spanish in order to join.

Spanish Honor Society
Advisors: Ms. Santiago/Ms. Walsh
Location: Rooms C-5/C-6
The Spanish Honor Society is a national organization whose goals are to recognize students who have achieved excellence in the study of Spanish, as well as to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the Spanish culture and civilization. Students must apply for membership, must meet and maintain the academic and citizenship requirements, and must be present at the Induction Ceremony each year. Spanish Honor Society members are required to tutor in Spanish and a variety of subjects during teachers’ office hours and in the Learning Center. Members are also required to perform school and/or community related service and attend monthly meetings.

Student Organization (S.O.)
Advisor: Mr. Hughes
Location: Room 951
The Student Organization (S.O.) is the “voice” of the student body. Every year each class elects students to form the representative body of the S.O. In the spring, a general election is held for election of S.O. officers and delegates. S.O. acts as the liaison between the School Administration and student body in issues dealing with the welfare of student life at TZHS. S.O. is involved in many altruistic programs from collecting toys for Nyack Hospital to food drives for the needy. S.O. truly represents the “spirit” of TZHS.

Students Against Destructive Decisions
Advisors: Ms. Maher/Mr. Kousoulas
Location: Room 609
S.A.D.D. is a group of concerned students who publicize the dangers of destructive decisions teens face on a daily basis. Informative presentations, guest speakers, and/or handouts are set up by S.A.D.D. members to help educate their peers about the negative effects of alcohol and other drugs. Each year S.A.D.D. organizes a “S.A.D.D. Week,” usually at prom time, with daily activities that focus on under-age drinking and high school drug use.

Advisors: Mr. Stanford/Mr. Novak
Location: Room 413
Tapress, the newspaper of TZHS, informs students about what is happening in our school while promoting spirit and interest. It is a great opportunity for those who have an interest in writing, art, or photography. Every issue is written and edited by students.

Advisors: Ms. Grasso/Ms. McMane
Location: Rooms 707/414
A tone, TZHS’s award-winning literary magazine, is published every spring and allows students to express their creativity in poetry, short stories, essays, and artwork. The literary staff reads and selects all written submissions, while the art staff selects and pairs artwork with literature and completes the entire layout of the magazine.

TV Production
Advisor: Ms. LaBrake
Location: Room 118
The purpose of this club is to provide students with the opportunity to work on developing the skills and experience needed to produce television/media programming. This club will be an outlet for students whose scheduling will not allow for them to be enrolled in the TV production class as well as giving students the additional time and support needed to complete TV productions.

TZ United
Advisor: Mr. Silver
Location: Room 426
TZ United is a joint venture between the student – athletes and the COVE program at Tappan Zee high school. In an effort to foster a greater sense of community and provide an overall feeling of inclusion amongst all students at Tappan Zee high school, TZ United offers the opportunity for students and athletes to engage with the students in the COVE program in a variety of sports throughout the school year. During the sessions, all students will work on the fundamentals of sports as well as on forming meaningful, personal relationships.

United Way Club
Advisor: Mr. Lorusso
Location: Room 806
This club will expose students to a wide variety of volunteer work and community service. We are sure you will find the perfect “give back” opportunity for you to feel good about helping the less fortunate in our own community.

Advisor: Mr. Driscoll
Location: Room 800
Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse (VAASA) is a peer-to-peer program in which junior and senior varsity athletes take an oath to remain drug, alcohol, tobacco and vape free. Members are trained to serve as role models for younger children and conduct classroom presentations. Additional activities will be planned as well as program meetings. Juniors and seniors who play at least one varsity sport are eligible.

Yearbook: Halfmoon
Advisors: Ms. LaBrake/Ms. Grasso
Location: Rooms 118/712
Students are involved in all phases of design and production of the high school yearbook, which is, in essence, a log of the school year. Yearbook membership is open to all students at TZHS.

Youth & Government
Advisor – Mr. Patmos
Youth & Government Club is a dynamic project oriented club where students participate in a mock government.  Using New York State’s laws as a starting point, students join legislative committees to research and prepare bills for new laws.  The press, lobbying, and the judicial branch are other areas of the mock government which students can explore.

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