Student Activities

Best BuddiesBest Buddies is an international non profit organization that works to increase opportunities, jobs and friendship for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  At the high school, this entails both group and individual opportunities for students with and without IDD to gain leadership, friendship and life skills by working with peers in the building. Advisor: Kim Wolf

Book Club: Connect with other students who love books and love to talk about them twice a month during Flex. Sometimes we all read the same book, and other times we discuss books in a particular genre or theme like “books we’ve read more than once” or “books with terrible covers.” Guaranteed fun!Advisor: Kathy Pearce

Creating Writing Club: This student-run club meets after school on Wednesdays in the library. Share your writing, participate in fun prompts and activities, and get moral support from other writers. Advisor: Kathy Pearce

Debate Club: Debate Club is a competitive extra-curricular which involves students in 9th -12th grade. Students attend Debate Tournaments and compete in the New Hampshire Debate League and the Maine Forensics Society.Advisor: Kara Sullivan

Diverse Students Union: Advisor: Gabrielle Anderson

Drama Club: What we do: We share our love of theater by doing scenes, playing improvisation games, hosting a murder mystery or cabaret, fund raising to go see a show, and learning new skills such as stage combat and juggling. Advisor: Meredith Freeman-Caple

Equestrian Team: Oyster River Equestrian Club is for all horse lovers–riders and spirit members/ground crew are welcome. We practice from December–March and compete April–May.Advisor: Mrs. Kelly

Film Club: Do you have an idea for a movie? Film Club is for you! Film Club is an offering for students who have a love and passion for film and want to work with other students to create their own masterpieces. Advisor: Jennifer Weeks

French Honor Society: La Societe Honoraire de Francais recognizes those students who have excelled in their study of French in high school. A student must have completed six quarters of French with an A- average, and must have a B+ average in all other subjects in order to meet the scholastic requirements for election. Induction in the Society takes place third quarter during an evening ceremony. Advisors: French Teachers

Game Club:  An afterschool, tabletop and roleplaying gaming group that welcomes all students. All are welcome to attend! Advisor:Trevor Garman

Gender and Sexuality Alliance: Group meets weekly to discuss ways of reaching out to student body for educational purposes, i.e. film nights, history banner, discuss curriculum ideas with English teachers (some of last year’s activities). Advisor: Maggie Trier

Graphic Novels Club: Work with other writers and illustrators to learn new styles of drawing, tell stories, and create graphic novels. This is a student-run club meets every other Thursday after school in the library. Advisor: Lisa Harling

Literary Arts Magazine: The Literary Arts Magazine is a collection of student artwork and writing. Submissions are reviewed anonymously and on an individual basis by a friendly, non-biased staff and are selected to reflect Oyster River students' diverse styles of expression. We basically get together to read student writing and look at student artwork that gets submitted and decide what to publish. Then we lay out the magazine using PageMaker and send it to print! It’s a really fun group of kids who love writing and artwork of all sorts. Advisor: Corey Blais and Shauna Horsley

Math Team: A group of students who participate in mathematics competitions with other high school teams from NH, ME, and MA twice a month from October through April. Individual students are recognized for their achievements at each meet as well as teams for their participation throughout the season. Advisors: Andrea Drake & Katie Johnson

Model United Nations: Advisor: Gabrielle Anderson

Mouth of the River: We create and publish the high school newspaper. We are a class who meets during B period. Our mission is to inform, enlighten and entertain the Oyster River community through quality journalism. Advisor: Shawn Kelly

NaNoWriMo: Join the worldwide challenge to write a book in the month of November. Participate in author visits, cheer on other writers, and get “perks” when you meet your word count goals. See a librarian for more informationAdvisor: Kathy Pearce

National Honor Society: The National Honor Society is an organization that was developed to acknowledge high school students who have exemplified themselves in four characteristics : Character, Service, Leadership, and Scholarship. Unlike an ordinary honor roll, NHS is a national organization that promotes academic excellence and service to one's community and high school. Advisor: Celeste Best

PIT:Pit is a group of sstudents that organize coffee houses/open mike nights here at school. Advisor: Shawn Kelly

Prom Committee: The Oyster River Junior Prom is organized by members of the junior class with Mrs. Milliken as the prom advisor. The planning is open to any junior who is interested. The time commitment varies, but in general, it begins in October and the committee meets every other Friday morning before school and ends in May after the prom. The students work together to pick a prom theme, invitations that reflect the theme, favors, prom court regalia, decorations, and decide on the menus of hors-d'oeuvres and desserts for the evening. In the spring, the committee is responsible for the sale of prom tickets. This is a great committee that gives students some real experience with event planningAdvisor: Barbara Milliken

Quiz Bowl: Students interested in trivial pursuit style Quiz Bowl competition should contact Mr. Monahan or visit him in room T 211.  Meeting times vary.Advisor: John Monahan

Red Cross Club: Save lives, have fun, learn leadership skills, and serve your community. We run three blood drives per year and sometimes have fundraisers, service projects, and other events to support the American Red Cross. Advisor: Kathy Pearce

Robotics Team: Robotics Club uses the VEX EDR platform to support students as they learn and play with designing, building, and programming robots. Student teams who are interested have the opportunity to compete at the state and potentially national level in the annual VEX Robotics Competition. We meet Thursdays after school but students can also make use of Flex for additional building time. Advisors: Nate Oxnard

Science Club: Science Club offers students an opportunity to pursue science topics and experiments of their choosing.  It is a place to explore, have fun and LEARN! Advisor: Sara Cathey

Spanish Club: El Club de Espanol is a great way to get together with other students, practice Spanish and enjoy doing some activities including film nights, fundraising for a worthy overseas project, seasonal fiestas, community service and more. All students of Spanish are welcome. Aqui se habla espanol! Advisors: Joanna House

Spanish Honor Society: La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica recognizes those students who have excelled in their study of Spanish in high school. A student must have either completed two and one-quarter years of Spanish with an A average, or three and one-quarter years with a B+ average in order to meet the scholastic requirements for election. All members are expected to offer their tutoring services in Spanish during one quarter of any year of membership. Advisors: Spanish Teachers

Spring Musical:  The spring musical is a time to showcase your acting, singing and dancing talents all on the Oyster River High School stage!  But most of all, it is a time to create everlasting memories at ORHS.  Shows will be chosen early in the school year with auditions happening in January.  It’s your time to shine. Musical Director: Cathi Stetson  Stage/Technical Director: Alexander Taylor 

Student Athletic Leadership Team (SALT): Advisors: Nicole Casimiro and Nick Ricciardi

Student Senate Advisory: The Senate is composed of students and faculty to establish rules of individual and group conduct relating to school life; foster a positive learning and social environment through programs, policies, events and activities; represent the view and concerns of students, faculty, and community members and adopt measures to promote appropriate, positive participation in the school community; work with the administration and faculty to support the district mission statement; and provide student voice in the decisions being made within the high school. The Senate has a representative that sits on the school board and informs them and the community of their progress. All students are elected and have the responsibility to serve their class and the school as a whole. Advisor: Jaclyn Jensen

Sustainability Club: Advisor: Jon Bromley

Ultimate Frisbee Club: Advisors: Matt Pappas and Marjke Yatsevitch

Yearbook: The yearbook is a school publication that reflects the school year and everyone who played a role in shaping it. It is the responsibility of the yearbook staff to publish a book that represents all students from various grades and social groups, that celebrates highlights from the year in an accurate, ethical, and appealing manner. Students enrolled in the yearbook publications course shoulder the majority of responsibility for this publication. These students work frequently outside the school day to meet deadlines and cover extracurricular and social events. Students who are not enrolled in the course but who are interested in contributing to the publication are encouraged to attend yearbook club meetings after-school. Students can also submit photos, story ideas, and other materials to yearbook staff representatives. Advisor: Karen Van Dyke