At Keene Central School,
students have an opportunity to participate in a number of school sponsored
clubs depending on their individual interests. Involvement in school clubs
offers students additional opportunities beyond the classroom and supports
personal growth and development.
Events and activities range from fundraising and/or
community service activities to opportunities for learning, skill building,
character development and socializing.
The KCS Forensics Team is comprised of students interested in Forensic Competition. This year it is a club under the direction of Kathy Recchia nd Rosamond Lincoln-Day. Any high school student can prepare for
and attend Forensics tournaments.
Practice takes place before and after
school. Tournaments are held on Saturdays at high schools in the Albany
district and at SUNY Potsdam. The KSC Forensics team is a member of the NYS
Forensic League which allows students to compete and qualify for the NYS
Forensic Championship Finals. If the students win two half bids (place twice)
at tournaments, they are selected to attend the NYS Forensic Championship
Finals in Albany.
Students prepare for the following public speaking
and dramatic categories: Dramatic/Humorous Interpretation, Oral Interpretation,
Duo Dramatics, Extemporaneous Speaking, Impromptu, Original Oratory and
Public Forum Debate.
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Every year the Forensics Team performs a dessert
theatre to raise funds for tournament registrations and associated costs. The
play usually focuses on the skills the team members work on throughout the
tournament season. Past performances include:
- Greater Tuna
- Greater Tuna Christmas
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
- An Evening with Christopher Durang
- The Complete History of America (abridged)
Key Club promotes community service, leadership
development and fellowship. It is the oldest and largest high school
student-led service organization in the world and is part of the Kiwanis
International family. The motto of Key Club is "Caring—Our Way of Life.”
At Keene Central School, the Key Club holds
fundraisers for local and national charities, volunteers at local
organizations and participates in activities for local causes.
Examples of Key Club events and activities:
- Fund-raising dinner at KCS on the first night
of the school play or musical
- Participate in local walk-a-thons
- Adopt a child at Christmas
- Volunteer time at a local senior group
- Annual KCS staff appreciation event
- Collect money for UNICEF
- Sell shamrocks for Muscular Dystrophy
- Hat Day fundraiser for cancer
National Honor Society
Established in 1921, the National Honor Society
(NHS) is a recognition program for high school students who show achievement
in scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Keene Central School has a chapter of the National
Honor Society and adheres to the guidelines of the parent organization and
its charter to recognize exemplary scholarship
among the student body, specifically Grades 10-12.
Candidates for NHS are screened and selected. In
addition to scholarship, characteristics that are considered include
leadership, service to school and community and the demonstration of good
character. The minimum qualifying GPA is 85.
The KCS chapter of NHS conducts an annual induction
ceremony for new members each fall. At this event, a community member (adult)
who has demonstrated the same characteristics in his/her life is recognized.
NHS members participate in many activities
- Bell ringing during the holiday season in
support of the Salvation Army
- In-school tutoring and mentoring
- Sponsoring a student recognition program that
fosters and promotes character education
- Supporting/promoting the Ausable Forks Rotary
walk-a-thon to raise money for the Ronald Gordon Scholarship Program
- Offering a local NHS scholarship to a
graduating KCS senior
- Participating in the “Fun On Wheels” bike rodeo
in Elizabethtown to promote bicycle safety
The purpose of the Student Council is to aid and promote
good citizenship, closer relations among the students and between students
and the administration, and to encourage school spirit. The Council exists to
voice the opinion of the student. Suggestions for school improvement are
brought to the attention of the Student Council.
Middle School Student Council
Middle School Student Council consists of interested students in grade 6-8. An 8th
grade student is President and any student in Grades 6-8 may fill the
positions of Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
The Council participates in social activities
appropriate for middle school students including: Halloween Party, Movie
Nights, Christmas Party, snow tubing at Mt. Pisgah and a trip to Great
Escape. The Student Council may also perform community service activities. (Example - “Sight Night” – an event where students gather used eye glasses for
distribution in developing countries).
Students also make social visits to older adults
living at Keene Valley Neighborhood House.
Middle School Student Council Car Wash and Bake Sale, May 2012.
High School Student Council
High School Student Council is a student run
organization led by four elected officers: President, Vice President,
Secretary and Treasurer. The Council consists of two members selected from
each class (Grades 9-12) plus the officers. A junior or senior is President
and any student in Grades 10-12 may fill the other offices.
The High School Student Council has hosted events
including the annual KCS Thanksgiving Dinner, Secret Santa Holiday Party,
Oxfam International fundraising dinner, Red Cross Blood Drive and student
Quiz Bowl is a club for students Grades 10-12. The
6-8 members of the KCS Quiz Bowl Club compete at an annual tournament at
Saranac Lake where they face off against other high school teams. At the Quiz
Bowl tournament, teams of four compete to answer questions from all academic
fields in 20 minute rounds.
Varsity Club is open to any student who has received
a varsity letter in Athletics. The Club fosters team spirit by hosting and
participating in a variety of events and activities including sponsoring the
annual alumni basketball tournament. Membership is the Varsity Club provides
student athletes an opportunity to travel outside the Mountain Valley
Athletic Conference for participation in athletic events.
Writing Conferences, Retreats and Contests
A number of opportunities are available to students. Those offered most recently include:
Young Writers Conference
St. Lawrence University
Juniors and seniors attend this three-day conference
at Camp Canaras on Upper Saranac Lake.
Every year, about seven students from Keene Central
School attend workshops with poets, novelists, nature writers, journalists
and nonfiction writers. Students apply in the spring and attend in September.
Students are selected from Northern New York high schools.
New England Young Writers’ Conference
Only two juniors may apply to this four-day
conference at the Bread Loaf Conference Center in Ripton, Vermont. About 800
students apply from New England high schools, but only 200 are selected.
Students apply in November and they attend in May. Keene Central School
usually has one or both student(s) selected every year. Students attend
workshops with poets, playwrights, novelists, nature writers, journalists,
and nonfiction writers.
High School Writing Retreat at the Adirondack Center
Paul Smith’s College
This is a one day workshop at Paul Smith’s College
with published authors who are known for winning national poetry slams. The
workshops have focused on hip hop, memoir, and poetry. Workshops are held with
individual poets and readings are shared with the group.
Great Adirondack Young People’s Poetry Contest
Lake Placid Institute
Students in all grade levels can submit poetry to
this local contest. Students who are chosen attend a ceremony at the Lake
Placid Center for the Arts and have their poem published in a booklet. A high
school student may win a scholarship (only 5 chosen) with the teacher to
attend the Young Vermont Writer’s Conference at Champlain College.
Young Vermont Writer’s Conference
Students are chosen to attend this conference at
Champlain College by a poet from the Great Adirondack Young People’s Poetry
Contest (YVWC). During the conference students have the opportunity to:
- Attend workshops in fiction, poetry, song
writing, or creative nonfiction
- Exchange and critique manuscripts
- Hear readings from faculty members
- Share work with the YVWC community
- Receive the YVWC anthology of student writing (Hardscrabble)