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Clubs & Activities

Many parents ask what is the value for students to become involved in clubs and activities. Research has shown that students involved in clubs and activities typically have better grades and excel in the areas of performance. In addition, activities and clubs help contribute to a student's self-respect, increase self-esteem and confidence, and emphasize the value of teamwork. Activities and clubs also tend to sustain motivation in school. We encourage all students to become involved in clubs and activities to enrich the high school experience.

To find out more about a particular club or activity listed below, click on the sponsor name to contact them through email, or scroll down for more specific information about the various clubs.

 

 Clubs/Activities  Sponsor
 Basic Jessica Koehler
 Behind the Scenes Adrienne Marko
 Chess Club Robin Luster
 Choir Westin Sorrel 
 DECA Rachel Caliga
 Engineering Student Association Chris Gray
 FCA Jason Casanova
 FCCLA Betty Hustead
 GSA Mark Sherman
 Instrumental Music / Band Dylan Ford
 International Thespian Troupe 5837 Lisa Swiercinsky
 Journalism & Broadcasting Adrienne Marko
 Junior Optimist Club Kat Paez & Anita Weber-Talbot 
 Key Club Carl Christianssen
 Knitting Club Laurie Lawless
 K-Pop Club  Andrew Gysin
 Latin Club  Laurie Lawless
 Link Crew Jessica Koehler, Jenna Springer, David Rauh
 Math Club Jen Brown
 Men of Dakota & Super Women of Dakota Jason Casanova, Brian Plautz, Nile Smith
 Mock Trial Tracy Peronard and Mike Weimert
 Mountain Bike Team Erick Anno
 National Art Honor Society Pamela Webb, Jenna Springer, Micah Snider
 National Honor Society Kim Quinter and Emily Murtaugh
 Robotics Club (website) Chris Gray
 Rugby Club Kathy Abeyta
 Science Bowl Sharon Muenchow
 Snow Riders Nile Smith & Kirsten Sjolund
 Student Government/Student Govt. Aux. Keary Sullivan
 Winter Guard/Winter Percussion Dylan Ford
 Yearbook Jill Prew

 

Club Times and Locations

B.A.S.I.C 

Have you been looking for a place to hang out with your Christian peers and strengthen your relationship with Jesus? Come to B.A.S.I.C (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) and join us for fellowship, Bible lessons, snacks, worship, and fun! Welcome to come every week or just once in a while. We'd love to see you there!

Location: B 218
Time: Monday 2:45-3:35 p.m.


Behind the Scenes

This club helps students interested in film learn more about the industry. We will begin to understand and explore making films, occasionally critiquing them, learning about all of the different positions in film (director, actor, filmmaker, editor, etc.) and how they work together and separately.

Location: ST 115
Time: Every Navy Thursday 3:00-4:00 p.m.


Chess Club

A welcoming environment where anyone of any ability level can come to play a game of chess. 

Location: Library
Time: Wednesday 2:45-3:45 p.m.


Choir

There are several levels of choir at Dakota. These classes meet during the school day and have concerts at DRHS as well at festivals around the state. For more information please visit our website.


DECA 

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high school. Every student enrolled in a business/marketing course is a part of the DECA chapter. It is the student's choice to compete in the District and State conferences. Students have an opportunity to qualify to attend the International Conference in the spring.

DECA has both individual and team role plays and projects. Practice and meetings occur through each class, with a couple practices in the evening with judges from the community. If you are interested in partaking in DECA and are not enrolled in a business class, please let Mrs. Caliga know. For more information please email rachel.caliga@jeffco.k12.co.us 


Engineering Student Association

ESA is the broader CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization) for technology students. It will include the broadcasting and computer programming students.

Location: ST 112
Time: Thursday 3-5 p.m.


FCA

Fellowship of Christian Athletes club focuses on understanding how to mix being an athlete and Christian in the high school environment.

Location: HR 132
Time: Every Cardinal Thursday or Friday at 7:15 a.m.


FCCLA

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America club promotes personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner and community leader, members develop skills for life through character development, creative and critical thinking, interpersonal communications, practical knowledge, and career preparation. For more information please visit our website.

Location: HR 110
Time: Cardinal Fridays from 7-8 a.m. as well as other days as needed


GSA

The Gay-Straight Alliance is an accepting club that advocates for equality and diversity within the school and the world, discusses LGBTQ+ issues, has fun activities, and offers a support group for everyone. Throughout the year, we promote events like Day of Silence, Pride months and days, and The Trevor Project funding. The group is for social reasons to bring LGBTQ+ students together, for advocating reasons to bring awareness, to prevent bullying, and to encourage pride, no matter how you identify.

Location: HR 136
Time: Wednesday from 3-4 p.m.


Instrumental Music/Band

The instrumental music ensembles at Dakota Ridge High School! These classes meet during the school day and have concerts at DRHS as well as at festivals around the state. Please visit our website for more information.


International Thespian Troupe 5837

The Dakota Ridge Thespian troupe is the honor theatre organization that produces three main stage productions a year along with a dinner theatre and a night of one acts. All students are welcome to participate in productions either on stage or backstage. You do not need to be in a theatre class to be involved in the shows. To find out more information such as audition information, information on working backstage and other opportunities, please visit our website and follow us on Facebook at Dakota Ridge Theatre.


Journalism & Broadcasting

Cordillera (Student Publications): Students interested in becoming staff writers for the Cordillera news publications should enroll in Journalism or Advanced Journalism in grades 10-12. Any student interested in "freelancing" for Cordillera should contact either the journalism adviser, Adrienne Marko, or the student editors.

The Ridge Review Broadcast: The school's weekly broadcast, The Ridge Review, is produced by students enrolled in Broadcast and Advanced Broadcast Technology. Students who would like to inquire about submitting "freelance" video segments or anchoring the news should contact the broadcast adviser, Adrienne Marko. 


Junior Optimist Club of Dakota Ridge

The Junior Optimist Club of Dakota Ridge is an all-inclusive youth organization that fosters positive values like optimism and respect for ourselves and others while engaging in community service. 

Location - AR 137
Time - TBD


Key Club

Key Club is an internationally based, student-led, service organization connected to Kiwanis International. Students involve themselves in numerous community service activities both inside and outside of the school throughout the year. In addition to community service, there is opportunity for leadership development both through leadership training and involvement with club leadership (e.g. school, district and state levels). Please visit the Key Club website for more information.

Location: B 243
Time: First Cardinal morning of each week at 7:45 a.m.


K-Pop Club

This club will give students a safe space to enjoy their musical tastes in K-pop. They will be able to support and learn about their favorite idols and groups. Through learning choreography, lyrics, and names and faces of members, this club requires commitment outside of school.

Location: ST 207
Time: Monday 3-4 p.m. 


Latin Club

This club provides a safe and inclusive environment for anyone who wishes to learn the Latin language and its benefits.

Location: AR 210
Time: Tuesday 3-4 pm

Knitting Club

Learn how to knit or crochet, or if you already know, come join us!

Location: AR 210
Time: TBD


Link Crew

Link Crew Leaders are juniors and seniors who want to help freshmen. We run Freshman Orientation to acclimate freshmen to the school! Before finals, we host the Cocoa Cram in the library to help freshmen study for finals!

Applications for juniors and seniors are available in the spring. Join us and help leave a legacy at our fantastic school!


Math Club

Do you enjoy solving problems or working with friends to brainstorm solutions to challenging problems? Join Math Club! Visit our website for more information.

Location: ST 228
Time: Tuesday 2:50-3:30 p.m.


Men of Dakota and Super Women of Dakota

MOD/SWOD is a senior group of leaders nominated by the staff, and their job is to fill the leadership role and mentor role within the halls of Dakota Ridge. Please contact the sponsors for more details if you are interested in MOD/SWOD.


Mock Trial

The CBA High School Mock Trial Program is a positive academic program that gives students an opportunity to expand their speaking, writing, reading, and analytical skills while learning about the judicial system. The students play the role of attorneys and witnesses in a fictitious case. To play these roles, students are introduced to a number of life skills that will be helpful to them in their future, such as team work and collaboration; the importance and value of setting goals; the value of strategic planning and implementation; productive argumentative and persuasive skills; critical thinking skills; and the ability to face challenging obstacles with enthusiasm, professionalism and confidence.

Location: HR 137
Time: Starts meeting mid-September once a week, based on when the majority of students can attend, from 6-8 p.m.


Mountain Bike Team

The Dakota Ridge Mountain Bike Team is a competitive high school cross-country mountain bike team that operates as a club at Dakota Ridge High School. Formed in 2014, the team is an opportunity for all grade levels of the school, boys and girls, to grow as responsible athletes and team members while honing their skills as bike riders and outdoor enthusiasts.
For more information please visit our website.

Location: Training rides at nearby trailheads & races at various locations
Time: Training rides on Tuesdays & Thursdays after school and races on weekends


National Art Honor Society

National Art Honor Society gives students the opportunity to earn an academic letter in art, or for seniors to graduate with honors and wear a special cord at graduation. Students may also use the group as a sort of "Art Club", making new friends and spending time in a group of more serious art students than they may have in their classes. Our group does community service projects, both inside and outside the school building where students earn the hours needed for their designation. A small annual fee pays for snacks and art supplies, as well as our group's membership in the National group. Location: AR 144 Time: Thursday 3:00-4:30


National Honor Society

Membership in the National Honor Society is a selection process that has specific requirements outlined by national guidelines. The Constitution of the National Honor Society defines several obligations for members. Students selected for membership are expected to demonstrate and maintain the standards by which they were selected including continued performance at or above the required GPA of 3.8 weighted (Scholarship), involvement in service and leadership projects of at least 15 hours a semester and a school-based service project such as Make-A-Wish Colorado (Leadership and Service), attending required meetings once a month (Character), and attendance at the induction ceremony in February (New Member Requirement). Meeting dates and required events are outlined in a contract given to each accepted member; members are notified of their eligibility to join by sponsors at the beginning of their junior year (only juniors and seniors are eligible). 
If you have questions please contact Mrs. Murtaugh or Mrs. Quinter.


Robotics Club

The Robotics club will focus on BEST (Boosting Engineering Science & Technology) which is a robotics competition that is designed to be affordable and accessible to all students. Please see our website for more information. 

Location: ST 112
Time: Tuesday 2:45-5:00 p.m.


Rugby

We still remain part of the Westside SWARM Rugby family, high school boys program is now a club sport at Dakota Ridge High School. Please visit our Facebook page for more information.


Science Bowl

Science bowl is a fast-paced intense competition where two teams face off to answer science and math questions as quickly as they can using lock-in electronic buzzers. We compete in the Colorado Regional Science Bowl competition which typically occurs in February.


Location: ST 227
Time: TBD


SnowRiders Club

The goal of SnowRiders Club is to provide students with an opportunity to get up to the slopes with fellow ski/ride enthusiasts and enjoy what our beautiful mountains have to offer. For more information visit our website.


Student Government/Student Government Auxiliary

Student Government is a class students are elected to or appointed by executives/sponsors which represents the student body. In this class students work collectively on producing activities for all students that leave a positive memory of high school. 

Student Government Auxiliary 


Winter Guard/Winter Percussion

Winter Guard - Competitive ensemble using dance, flag, sabre, and rifle techniques to choreographed music. Weekly rehearsals. No experience necessary, but attendance at clinics/auditions/rehearsals/competitions is mandatory.

Winter Percussion - Competitive ensemble performing a variety of musical techniques in their performance. Weekly rehearsals. No percussion experience necessary, but attendance at clinics/auditions/rehearsals/competitions is mandatory.


Yearbook 

Yearbook is a class open to 10th-12th graders. Students in yearbook learn principles of photography, design, and feature writing. Students are assigned to specific pages in the yearbook and are responsible for attending athletic events, club meetings, and school events to complete their assignments. Once the yearbook is printed, yearbook staff members can take pride in recording their school's history. If interested, speak to a counselor about registering for the yearbook class during class registration time in January/February.

 

 

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