SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS

DANCES

William Monroe High School desires to continue sponsoring dances for its students, but demands that students and other participants be appreciative, responsible, and well behaved.

  1. W.M.H.S. sponsors three types of dances:

a.  Formal - The prom is the only formal dance of the year.  Tuxedos and evening gowns are appropriate  for the prom, but not required.  Men must wear a jacket, collared shirt and tie.

b.  The Homecoming Dance is a semi-formal dance.  The required attire for men includes a collared dress shirt and tie.  Ladies may wear dresses or dress slacks.  No jeans or shorts are 

permitted.

c.  All other dances are usually informal and the school dress code is in effect.

  1. All dances are chaperoned by the Administration, Faculty Members and Parent Volunteers.
  2. Only currently enrolled high school students will be allowed to attend dances "stag".  No students from the middle school or lower grades are allowed to attend dances at the high school.  All alumni or other non-school persons must attend with a currently enrolled student, as a date.  Out-of-school dates must have a signed form verifying good standing from their administrator in order to attend.  The Administration may deny approval to any alumni or non-student who has signed up to go to the dance.  Each student will not only be responsible for his/her behavior, but also that of his/her date.  Students who have been expelled or who have been placed on social probation are not in good standing with the school and are not allowed to attend dances Virginia State Law prohibits alcoholic beverages or drugs of any type from being on school property at any time.  Persons will not be allowed to enter a dance if they appear to have been using alcohol, drugs, or any other character-altering substance.  Any student denied admission or asked to leave a dance or school function will be placed on social probation for a minimum of 20 calendar days and a maximum of one year beginning with the incident of concern.  Student violators will be dealt with according to the Substance Abuse Policy.  Non-school persons will be reported to the Sheriff's Department
  3. Students are expected to dance in an appropriate fashion.  Inappropriate dancing of a sexually explicit nature will not be tolerated.
  4. All school rules, including the Substance Abuse Policy, are in effect for dances as well as other after school activities.
  5. When any student is denied admission or asked to leave a dance, the sponsors will attempt to notify their parents as soon as possible.  The school will not accept responsibility for persons' welfare once they are denied admission, dismissed or leave on their own.
  6. Students are reminded that once they leave the dance, they must leave the premises and are not allowed to re-enter.
  7. Students and their dates must sign out if leaving before the end of the dance.








CLUBS

BETA

(Greek word meaning "honor")

The Beta Club is part of a national honor society and service organization.  The club's purpose is "to promote the ideals of honesty, service and leadership among the students of William Monroe High School".

Membership in Beta is a significant commitment.  Members commit to a number of service projects throughout the year, and are expected to reach out to the community.  In addition, many students devote time and energy in preparation for state and national conventions.

The Beta Club requires a high level of academic performance from each of its members.  Every Beta member must maintain a GPA of 3.4 and receive no D's or failing grades.  Each member is also expected to demonstrate a positive character and attitude inside and out of school.

There is a one-time membership fee.  The fee covers National Beta Club dues, pin, academic letter, and stole.  There are also yearly dues.


BIBLE

The purpose of the Bible Club is to give young people a better understanding of their relationship with God and his with them.  We are endeavoring to promote a life that is directed by the teaching found in the Bible.  The Bible club is open to all people no matter what the background, race, or belief. This club meets off-campus during club time.


CIVIL WAR ROUNDTABLE

The purpose of the club is to reach a deeper understanding of the issues that led to the War Between the States.  A sizeable portion of involvement in the club is focused on a research component that includes, but is not limited to: conducting on-line and other research regarding economic, social and cultural issues that led to war, conducting on-line and other research regarding battles and other violent confrontations that occurred during the war, visits to local battlefields and reenactments, possible participation in the Battle of Stanardsville, and an examination of historical inaccuracies that continue to persist regarding the War.  The Civil War Roundtable is open to anyone who has a genuine interest in the Civil War.  A prerequisite for membership will require students to conduct an initial research project to be presented to the club.  The sponsor will assign this research project.


DECA

(The DECA Club is only open to Marketing students)  Members of the DECA program have the opportunity to attend regional marketing and leadership conferences, including FLC, DLC, and SLC.  These conferences are not only very educational, but are also a great deal of fun for both students and teachers.

A highlight for many members of DECA is competition.  DECA members compete at regional, statewide, and national events.  Students who compete exhibit their highly developed marketing and communication skills in role play events and have their marketing knowledge tested in standard written tests.

DECA also gives scholarships, performs community service, and participates in fundraisers.  DECA students may also participate in field trips.


FBLA

(Future Business Leaders of America)

It is an educational association of student members preparing for careers in business and business related fields.  It provides innovative leadership development programs to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship.

FBLA is a co-curricular club.  The club goals are as follows:

  1. To develop competent, aggressive business leadership.
  2. To strengthen the confidence of students in themselves and their work.
  3. To create more interest in, and understanding of, American business enterprise.
  4. To encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute to the improvement of home, business, and community.
  5. To develop character, prepare for useful citizenship, and foster patriotism.
  6. To encourage and practice efficient money management.
  7. To encourage scholarship and promote school loyalty.
  8. To assist students in the establishment of occupational goals.
  9. To facilitate the transition from school to work.

Students have to be enrolled in a business class in order for them to be a FBLA member. 


FCA

(Fellowship of Christian Athletes)

FCA is a student led and organized group who meets to share the Word of God with each other. It is based around four core values:  Integrity, Serving, Teamwork and Excellence.  Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA is the largest interdenominational, school-based, Christian sports organization in America. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ.

William Monroe's chapter of FCA meets on Thursday mornings at 7:00 a.m. Both middle and high school students are welcome to attend and meetings are not restricted to those participating in high school athletics. All are welcome.


FCCLA

(Family, Careers, and Community Leaders of America)

FCCLA is a co-curricular student organization connected to the family and consumer science curriculum.  Its mission is directed toward building strong, positive family and community relationships, as well as, success in the workplace.  We are a community service based organization, which places a great deal of emphasis on student service, attitude, and preparation for the future.

"We are the builder's of homes...homes for America's future, homes where living will be the expression of everything that is good and fair..."

A student may join FCCLA, if they are enrolled in a Family and Consumer Science course or have already completed and passed at least one class within the curriculum.  The course work must be completed at the high school level to qualify for membership.


FFA

(Future Farmers of America)

The student must be enrolled in an Agriculture class.  Future Farmers of America is designed to development of agricultural leadership, cooperation, and citizenship.  The student must pay state and national dues. 


NHS

(National Honor Society)

Sophomores or juniors who have excelled in the four criteria set by the National Honor Society Constitution are invited to join the local chapter of the NHS.  The four criteria are:

Academics: The student must have a 3.75-weighted GPA and be concurrently enrolled in at least three advanced - weighted core classes.

Character:   The student must demonstrate the following six qualities: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship.

Leadership: This includes, but not limited to, being an officer in school and/or community organizations.  Examples of leadership also include positions outside of elected ones where the student exhibits effective participation in school or community organizations.

Service:   These are actions that the student willingly and cheerfully participates in on behalf of the school or community without financial or material compensation.

After it has been determined that sophomore and juniors have fulfilled the academic requirement for NHS, student activity information sheets will be distributed to these students.  In order to be considered by the faculty committee, the student must return, within a week of distribution, the activity information sheets.  A faculty committee made up of a representative from each department will review the student activity information sheet and recommendations from the student's teachers, coaches, and co-curricular sponsors.  If all of the criteria set by the NHS are met, candidates will be asked to join the NHS.  An induction ceremony will take place after the new members have been selected.  Admission to the William Monroe High School Chapter of the National Honor Society is by invitation only.


SCA

(Student Council Association)

The Student Council Association (SCA) is a school organization consisting of students elected by their peers to represent them, speak for them, and act on their behalf.  All students are encouraged to join and help make their school a better place.  If you choose to join you will be involved in a variety of SCA sponsored activities of SCA sponsored activities, including an annual blood drive and the SOL picnic.  Any student is eligible to run for SCA.  Officers conduct a school wide campaign, while representatives run within their homeroom.


STUDENT LITERARY JOURNAL

The purpose of the Student Literary Journal is to provide an audience for student authors and artists, to support reading and writing SOLs, to provide opportunities for students to practice editing, research, publishing, and technology SOLs, and to promote character education through ethical publishing practices.  The Student Literary Journal will include short stories, essays and other non-fiction, poetry, artwork, and photographs, be published twice annually, and be distributed free-of-charge to all WMHS students.  Students will participate in one or more aspects of the publishing process, including, but not limited to, writing, editing, drawing, photography, layout, keyboarding, bookkeeping, using computer applications, and raising funds for the journal by soliciting community sponsorship and advertising.  The Student Literary Journal will meet twice monthly and is open to any student interested in any aspect of publishing regardless of past experience or courses taken.


VARSITY CLUB

The Varsity Club will be to foster and perpetuate higher standards upon its athletic participants with special emphasis placed upon three core areas:  Scholarship, Sportsmanship, and Service.  Through rigid standards of






membership, members will be required to maintain exemplary performance in academic work and expected to display positive social interaction in school and the community.  Through visibility and service in numerous school and community activities, the Varsity Club and its membership of WMHS athletes will act as a quality representative of William Monroe High School.

VICA

(Vocational Industrial Clubs of America)

The Skills USA - VICA Organization is a club for students enrolled in Auto Mechanics, Cosmetology, Building Trades and Residential House Wiring.  This organization is a part of each of our programs.  Membership cost is $11.00.  The U.S. Department of Education recognizes the educational programs and philosophies of Skills USA - VICA as being an integral part of career and technical instruction.

Skills USA - VICA helps develop the student into a well-rounded person.  Through our monthly meetings, competitions, leadership conferences and other activities the students will be building these skills.


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