CLUBS & ACTIVITIES
Listed here are the Clubs & Activities offered to all high school students. Students interested in joining a club should ask for more information at the school office.
Challenge for Change
The vision for Challenge for Change is to give students opportunities to ignite a shift toward greater school connectedness, empathy, and to strengthen a more positive environment in our school. We endeavor to do so by enhancing our physical environment, but most importantly, recognizing the kindness and goodness in others and appreciating those who are not often recognized. Advisors: Mrs. Bogdan & Mr. Cintron.
Cat Chronicle Newspaper
Depew’s own publication, the Cat Chronicle, is student run and edited. Student members are able to publish their own articles, reviews, and poems. The Cat Chronicle is distributed quarterly to all students and teachers. Students and staff receive an electronic copy in their google inbox upon publication, and paper copies are available in the library, ELA classes, and the cafeteria. The Cat Chronicle always welcomes new members and writers. Students can come share their ideas with us anytime! Advisors: Mrs. Ferreri & Mrs. Malicki.
DECA’s program of leadership and personal development is designed specifically for students interested in entering the field of business. DECA helps students to develop skills and competence in marketing, builds self-confidence, offers leadership opportunities and gives students a chance to volunteer in their community. DECA is recognized on a regional, state and national level. Advisors: Mrs. Cartonia & Mrs. Leary
The Donate Life Club is a multi-disciplinary program that supports students as they create an educational campaign to increase awareness about organ, eye, tissue and community blood donation among their peers. The ultimate goal is to enhance and save lives in the Western New York Community. Students have the opportunity to gain knowledge, strengthen leadership skills, earn community service hours, and run 3 blood drives per year while advocating on behalf of UNYTS. Advisor: Mrs. Kacalski.
The Ecology Club is designed to heighten student awareness about the environment and the many interesting and fun ways we can help to protect it. Members go on an annual ecological field trip to learn more about the environment. Weekly collections of paper, bottles and cans throughout the building saves many of these products from entering landfills. Advisor: Mr. Grzybek.
Any student interested in learning about French culture can join. Each year students enjoy a Sabres/Montreal Canadiens hockey game; attend an international festival; hold Buche de Noel cake competitions; enjoy visits from guest speakers; and have our year-end French Club party. Students celebrate National French Week by visiting Old Fort Niagara and taking a French cooking class. Club activities and events assist students in learning about French culture and international career opportunities. Advisor: Mrs. Gianturco.
Future Teachers Club
The Future Teachers Club is for students interested in learning more about careers in the educational field. This includes those planning on becoming teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, museum education coordinators, or childcare workers. Members are involved in teacher shadowing days and field trips to local educational institutions. We also have guest speakers from around the country and the world! Advisor: Mrs. Foels.
H.E.L.P. Club (Having Empowered Leaders as Peers)
Members get involved in raising social awareness about a variety of issues in our society today. Whether it is taking part in AIDS Awareness Day, or getting involved in Health and Wellness Week, the members of this group educate their fellow students on important issues. HELP members support the Matt Urban Hope Center with holiday chocolates, birthday boxes and adopting a family during the holidays. The year is always highlighted by the annual “Homeless Sleep Out” which raises awareness of the homeless while giving the students a night to remember. We work to give back to the community in and out of Depew and have fun while doing it! Advisor: Mrs. Hatfield.
HS Talent Show
The High School Talent Show features the many talents of our students in an annual fall performance. In the past we have featured singers, dancers, comedy acts, poetry readings, ensembles and bands. Auditions, rehearsals, and the performance occur from September through November. All the proceeds from the Talent Show is donated to Character Education. Advisors: Mr. Grzybek and Mrs. Proctor.
IMPACT Team focuses on volunteerism with the end goal of making our world a better place. Opportunities are also available, and encouraged, for students to explore their own civic interests. Advisors: Mrs. Gregoire & Mrs. McEwen.
Trick-or-Treat So Others May Eat- Food Drive for Tri-Community Food Pantry
Depew Giving Tree- collecting and distributing holiday gifts for community members in need.
St. Luke’s Mission- Thanksgiving Meal Packing
Father-Daughter Dance for Cayuga Students
“I Love My Park” Day - Reinstein Woods Spring clean-up
One Warm Coat Drive
The Innovation Center is open all day in the High School Library Media Center. Student’s can participate in monthly Engineering Design Challenges. Design and build your own projects. Hours in the Tech Labs will also be available to help complete student chosen tasks. Advisor: Mr. Cooper & Mr. Nolan.
The Jazz Choir is a select vocal ensemble group that focuses on pop, acapella, and jazz repertoire. The group performs for the Depew community in annual concerts and events. Auditions for the Jazz Choir are conducted in September. Advisor: Mrs. Lovelace.
This is a select group of musicians who prepare music in all jazz styles. The group is featured in several concerts and events each year. Auditions are in September. Advisor. Mrs. Czosnyka.
Link Crew Leaders
As positive role models, Link Crew Leaders are Juniors and Seniors who are trained to be mentors and student leaders. They guide the freshmen to discover what it takes to be successful during the transition to high school and help facilitate freshman success. Advisors: Ms. Jeffords & Mrs. Cacciotti.
Marching Band and Choir Guard
Marching Band is open to all DHS students. Performance opportunities include band, color guard and rifle line. The performance schedule includes Fall Pep Band for home Varsity football games, Spring parades and the annual Memorial Day weekend trip. Sign-up is during the first week of school. Advisors: Mrs. Czosnyka, Mrs. Lovelace & Mr. Grzybek.
Masterminds is a club that allows Depew students to compete (with ring-in buzzers) against students from other area high schools in contests of general and academic knowledge. It fosters teamwork and camaraderie, and provides students with a fun way to use the knowledge they've acquired in the classroom. Advisor: Mr. Endres.
The Men’s Choir is a student led, teacher advised ensemble for tenors and basses. The group performs a wide range of music, including doo-wop, pop, and comedic pieces. Advisor: Mrs. Lovelace.
The Mock Trial team is an educationally-oriented activity with emphasis on developing critical thinking, public speaking, teamwork, and positive self-expression. Students are engaged in preparation and portrayal of an actual trial in competition against other schools. Students choose a role of either attorney or witness, and then prepare direct examination and cross examination questions, as well as opening and closing statements. Learning courtroom procedure, etiquette, and professionalism makes this a tremendous starting point for those who may be considering law or criminal justice as a career. Advisors: Mr. Endres & Mrs. Hoch.
Dream of life on Broadway? Then the DHS musical can be your start! Each year a new musical goes into production in December and opens in March. Even if the spotlight doesn’t call your name ~ there are still places behind the curtain for stage crew, sound, and lighting support. Advisors: Mrs. Lovelace, Mrs. Czosnyka, Mr. Grzybek, Mr. Blanford & Mr. Kolbert.
National Honor Society
The Elizabeth Earl Chapter of the National Honor Society represents the best of the best in DHS students. Not only do these students possess excellent academic records, they also possess the personal traits that make them leaders. Students must be active in extracurricular activities, demonstrate leadership and service to both the school and community. Acceptance into NHS requires a continued commitment to excellence both in the school and throughout the community. Members are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of service per year. Advisors: Mrs. Blaszak & Mrs. Zawistowski.
Learn to take pictures using professional camera equipment. You will also learn to use Photoshop to make your pictures look just the way you want. The Photography Club is a great group to get involved with if you love to take pictures, or simply want to get involved in all of the different events that take place at DHS. Members of the Photography Club make sure that all of the special moments at the school are captured in pictures for all to see. This club assists the yearbook as well by taking most of the pictures published in the Sentinel. This club is fun and puts you behind the camera. Advisor: Mr. Maroshik.
R2R! Rainbows to Represent, Depew's Gay-Straight Alliance
We are a positive safe place to support anyone. Our goal is to support inclusiveness and acceptance of others especially LGBTQ+. Educational Rationale for Club/Activity: A safe place for all. Creating a supportive community for youth of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. Club/Activity Goals: Celebrate Day of Silence; the local GLYS conference run by GLYS Buffalo; foster understanding & acceptance of others. All are welcome! Advisor: Mrs. Proctor.
The members of Students Against Destructive Decisions make it their mission to ensure that all students understand the risks involved in alcohol and drugs in their lives and the importance of making positive choices. Campaigns include Red Ribbon Week, Operation Sticker Shock, and Grim Reaper Day. SADD also sponsors assemblies and speakers encouraging good decision-making throughout the year. Please contact Mr. Cintron if you are interested in joining us! Advisor: Mr. Cintron.
The Science Club is for students who have an interest in Science. If you are planning on going into Physics or a career in medicine, then the Science Club would give you an opportunity to learn more about Biology, Physics and Chemistry through fun projects and activities. Advisor: Mr. Kolbert.
Sources of Strength
Sources of Strength is a strength-based, comprehensive wellness program that focuses on suicide prevention, but impacts other issues such as substance abuse and violence. The program is based on a relational connections model that uses teams of Peer Leaders mentored by Adult Advisors to change peer social norms about help seeking and encourages students to individually assess and develop strengths in their life. Advisors: Mrs. Bogdan, Mrs. Burger, Mr. Cintron, Mrs. Hatfield, Ms. Jeffords & Mrs. McCabe.
Some of the activities that the members participate in include: a Buffalo Sabres hockey game; a Día de los Reyes Magos cake party; creating cultural crafts; celebrating Día de los Muertos; a board game tournament; and a year-end World Languages Club party. We also celebrate National World Languages Week by sponsoring an ice cream social. ¡Qué divertido! Advisor: Mrs. Seymour.
Members of Stage Crew run all the events in the auditorium from the sound, lighting, spotlights, audio-visual equipment and projectors. Students are trained on how to use all of this equipment. Getting involved in Stage Crew will teach you new skills! Advisor: Mr. Grzybek.
The Student Senate, consisting of homeroom representatives, class officers, and club representatives, is the glue that holds the school’s activities together. Members work tirelessly to make all events such as Homecoming, Spirit Week, Follies Week, dances, food drives, assemblies and fundraisers come off without a hitch. Representatives have monthly meetings with the principal; partake in the Sunshine and Cafeteria Committees; and serve on the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) Executive Board. Additionally, members serve as guides for community events and peer mentors through Link Crew. Members also have the opportunity to build leadership skills through involvement in state and national conferences. Advisor: Ms. Jeffords.
Varsity D Club
A service organization of Varsity athletes. Advisor: Mr. DiRienzo.
Wildcat Athletic Association
The Wildcat Athletic Association meets weekly (weather permitting) for walking and low-key exercise. It’s a great way to make new friends, stretch your legs, move your body, and get some fresh air! Come once or come often! Everyone is always warmly welcomed! Water, juice, and light snacks are available! Advisor: Mrs. Buttino.
One of the most important jobs at DHS is keeping the students aware of the events that are happening at our school. Wildcat TV takes on that responsibility and does it with style! Whether it is sports news, club reminders, or simply just words of inspiration, the members of this club fill the morning classrooms with a lively, and often entertaining, set of announcements. Advisor: Mr. Cooper.
The Women’s Choir is a student led, teacher advised ensemble for sopranos and altos. The group performs a wide range of music, including pop, Broadway, and jazz. Advisor: Mrs. Lovelace.
One of the most memorable events of the year is receiving the yearbook at the end of each school year. Students are needed to be part of this very important team that creates the DHS Sentinel. Students can design the cover and page layouts and select the very best pictures to be displayed. Students that are hard-working, responsible and dedicated are needed. Advisor: Mr. Maroshik.