The following list includes the co-curricular offerings we are planning to be able to offer at Mount Greylock this school year. This list may be adjusted as regulations change and as organizations are added through student proposal. This list will also be published on the school website.
In order to learn a little bit more about each opportunity, student leaders in many of the organizations, with the help of an advisor have provided a brief video introduction that can be accessed by selecting the organization name below. These videos highlight the goals and activities for each group. As I receive more videos, they will be included on the school website. The current meeting schedule for each group (if available) is listed on the registration website.
Sign up for each organization online: https://www.familyid.com/programs/performances-clubs-2020-2021
*Denotes a great opportunity for Middle School students.
Performing Arts Opportunities
Shakespeare's plays provide a unique opportunity for artistic exploration and expression. Our traditionally fall festival program was unavailable. However, we have two visiting artists leading a theater program involving multiple Shakespeare Plays for the fall season. The program will run from October 21st – December 18th and is open to students in Grade 7-12. Depending on regulations in December, a virtual performance may be possible. Registered students will begin receiving meeting/rehearsal information.
Shakespeare and Company "Senior Fall Festival"
Shake & Co. is in the early stages of creating a virtual program for seniors this fall. The program will aim to create a multi-school production to be either live streamed or filmed for families and friends to view. As the process is more finalized, I will update seniors through email.
Middle & High School Musical*
Each year, the students at Greylock present a musical play selected to highlight student talent. Students have the opportunity to be actors, to play in the Pit Orchestra, or to be crew members. Past performances have included "Guys & Dolls", "Oklahoma", and "Wonderful Town". Rehearsals begin after December break, and the performance is normally held in early March. Adjustments will be made based on up to date regulations.
Spring Drama Performance*
The third performance at Greylock requires no experience and no musical ability. Students work together to produce and perform a creative production. Recent performances have included "Dearly Departed", "12 Angry Jurors", and "Pass the Butler". Rehearsals begin in mid March after the completion of the School Musical and students will perform (if possible based on regulations) for two evening in late. Middle School Students are able to participate, though will not be placed in lead/large roles.
The school newspaper is a student run and student produced publication, which features articles pertaining to the school and its surrounding communities. Some popular features include: "1 in 650," a spotlight on a particular Greylock student who has something unique about them, the sports section, which offers updates on Greylock teams, and the news section with current information regarding school and community events and activities. In additional, an online version has been created and maintained by students at http://greylockecho.mgrhs.org.
Get together and share ideas and writing with friends and students from Williams College in a relaxed, non-academic environment. This group meets once a week (Monday's) after school beginning at 4pm.
This committee works year-round to put together a book filled with memories that seniors and other members of the school can keep for the rest of their lives. Students spend meeting time working on theme and design ideas, page layout, and taking pictures to capture exciting school moments. Students receive training focusing on how to create a yearbook, task assignments, and meeting deadlines. There will be a meeting on Tuesday, October 20th with Josten's to learn about using the publication program to create the yearbook. Registered students will receive specific meeting information.
Additional After School Organization Opportunities
Participants will utilize argumentative structuring skills through debating. They will learn more about real world issues as well as debate tactics and logic. Each meeting will contain an internal debate after topic introduction and will rotate from real world issues to hypothetical situations.
Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)*
A supportive group of Mount Greylock students, of all different orientations, that welcome anyone who wants to join. GSA aims to educate the student body and to foster a feeling of acceptance in the community regarding gender and sexuality. Members work to create awareness and foster activism. The included video is from the national GSA network.
Once a month math competition completed during the school day (Directed Study). Concepts range from general math knowledge to algebra to number theory and take about 30 minutes. Each competition is six questions and will be accessed online. Open to students in Grade 9-12.
Mechanical Mounties Robotics Club*
The FIRST Robotics Competition gives students the opportunity to combine science, technology and sports. Challenged to design and build a robot with limited time, limited resources, and a common set of rules, students will create an industrial-size robot and compete in local and district competitions.
Model United Nations (ModelUN)*
The society seeks to enable students to become part of the increasingly interconnected global community by giving them experience with public speaking, debate, and global initiatives. We do not currently have an advisor to this club so registration is not yet available.
Multicultural Student Union (GMSU)*
GMSU helps to educate students and staff about diversity issues in today's society as well as destroy common stereotypes. In addition, this organization will provide the opportunity to learn from each other by providing educational and social forums to promote diversity and cultural awareness.
Register, Educate, Vote (REV)*
REV aims to foster participation in democracy through voter registration, voter education, and election enthusiasm. In addition to regular meetings, in which participants discuss current events, politics, and policies from all angles, REV has hosted voter registrations, a school-wide mock election, a spirit-raising event at the polls, and speakers with political backgrounds. Expect a full list of opportunities this fall as we prepare for elections.
Students Organizing Change (SOC)*
This organization is the one of the few clubs designed specifically for Middle School student though will be open to students in Grade 9 this year as well. Based on an all-inclusive philosophy, members work together to organize community spirited activities (dances and spirit days) and to arrange community service projects.
Youth Environmental Squad (YES)*
Join this group to help Mount Greylock continue to be environmentally conscious. Members are currently planning a clean-up day for late October. In the past the group has created a composting and recycling station in the cafeteria and have promoted "Turn-off Tuesdays," a movement to conserve energy.
Leadership Opportunities with Application/Election Process
National Honor Society (NHS)
A national organization comprised of students who have achieved a high academic standard and who have displayed excellence in character, service and leadership in their community. After an application process, students are selected by a faculty council based on academic records, character and leadership traits, and faculty evaluations. Members assist with transitions for 8th graders, juniors, and seniors as well as volunteer with community service programs.
Greylock Student Council & Student Governance
Student Council is a group of 5 elected students from each class who work together to better serve the school. They serve as a bridge between students and administration bringing ideas to and from the school community. The Student Council is always working to improve the high school experience for all students by bringing a unique and holistic voice to discussions and improvements at Mount Greylock.
Student governance gives students the opportunity to get involved in our school's legal, administrative, and financial activities as representatives of the Mount Greylock student body. Student candidacy sign-up sheets are distributed in the spring semester to those wishing to run for student governance offices for the following school year. Each student candidate must collect the signatures of twenty-five members of the student body who approve of his/her candidacy in order to be eligible to run. In addition, candidates may be expected to speak at a class assembly. A secretary, treasurer, president, and vice president are elected from each high school class. These officers organize and run fundraising activities such as school dances and community events. While these officers work to enrich their class' entire high school experience, they must meet the overall objective of raising enough money to fund senior-year class trips and events.
Elections are currently in the process for both opportunities and students should have received information in classes and through email.
Student interested in either of these roles should submit nomination forms to email@example.com by October 15th.
Greylock Student Athletic Advisory Council, MIAA Student Ambassadors & Advisory Council
One representative from each athletic program is selected to participate in the Mount Greylock Student Athletic Advisory Council. Members will promote communication between the athletic administration and student-athletes at Mount Greylock by providing a voice within the department, discussing issues and concerns, providing feedback as necessary, and offering input on rules, regulations, and policies that affect the lives of student-athletes'. This group was selected by 2019-2020 coaches and members already helped out at the fall preseason meeting for students.
The MIAA Student Ambassadors are selected by the MG Athletic Department through an application/interview process. This initiative "seeks to provide students from each MIAA member school with the opportunity to become involved and educated in the Association structure". The Ambassador initiatives and MIAA Huddles they attend mainly focus on the pillars of community service and leadership. If interested in helping out in any initiative this year, please contact this year's Student Ambassadors: Mackenzie Sheehy, John Skavlem and Mia VanDeurzen.
MIAA Student Advisory Council Members are selected to represent District One (Western Massachusetts) at the State level. Students apply to and are chosen by the MIAA Executive Staff through an application/interview during the summer. Members attend seasonal meetings with the Educational Athletics Committee and help facilitate student and captain's leadership workshops at the state level throughout the school year. In addition, these students are asked to participate in various association activities and provide continual feedback from the perspective of students on how to improve the Educational Athletic offerings of the MIAA. When Mount Greylock has a representative, that representative works with the Mount Greylock Ambassadors at the school level. To hear about what is going on at the state level, contact Delaney Babcock, the 2020-2021 District One Representative.
Outside Opportunities available to Mount Greylock Students
These programs are not associated with or sanctioned by the school, but past students have been involved.
Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP)
Barrington Stage Company (Pittsfield) is back with their famous Playwright Mentoring Project (PMP)! Over the course of six months, PMP participants, ages 13-19, meet weekly to play improv games, do storytelling, and make theatre. No prior theatre experience is required! The groups are led by an Artistic Mentor, two Peer Mentors, and with the help of a Playwright Mentor, they create original plays based on stories and experiences from their own lives that are performed for the public at the end of the program. PMP has been running for 21 years. This year, PMP will begin online, and students will have the chance to experience virtual theatre-making. If we get the opportunity to go back to in-person meetings, groups will meet in North Adams and Pittsfield. At the end of the process, participants receive a stipend. We start meeting the week of October 19th. Spaces are limited! Use this link to register. For more information, contact Jane O'Leary at (413) 997-6117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.