Clubs and Organizations
Whitfield School encourages participation in extracurricular activities. The majority of Whitfield students belong to more than one club or organization. A Student Activity Fair during New Student Orientation, regular announcements during morning assembly, and our close-knit community make it easy for students to find out about and to join Whitfield clubs. Advisors and parents also encourage student participation. Students are expected to maintain their commitment to the club or team in which they have chosen to participate. Students with an idea for a new club are encouraged to talk with the Principal. They will be asked to research the viability of the club and may be able to start a new club at Whitfield. Unless otherwise noted, the following clubs are open to students in grades 6-12. Please select clubs and organizations from the list below to find out more information.
The A Capella is comprised of high school choir students who are looking for additional variety and singing opportunities. The A Capella choir generally sings contemporary pop music. Students in A Capella help select songs in their repertoire. The choir rehearses after school twice a week and performs both at Whitfield and in the St. Louis community.
Interested students in grades 6-9 greet campus visitors and assist guests during their classroom visits. Students may be asked to join guests during lunch.
Selected high school students meet with prospective families at the conclusion of their campus tours to answer questions and offer their perspectives on Whitfield. Students attend a brief training session and are expected to communicate both with their teachers and Admission Office staff members to make sure they are meeting both academic and admission obligations.
Nominated by faculty and staff, High School Ambassadors play a critical leadership role in educating prospective students and parents about the Whitfield experience, and welcoming newcomers into our community. This includes acting as tour guides on an as-needed basis, helping at events such as the Open House, New Student Orientation and Secondary School Night, and assuming “big brother” or “big sister” duties over the summer to incorporate new students into the School culture. The program is comprised of students from grades 9-12 who are selected by the admission office and who are in good standing with the school.
The purpose of the Black Student Union: Building Student Union is to provide a safe space for our Black/African American students to share experiences based on racial identity and cultural background and to find support and camaraderie and to further explore their own identity. The union is open to all middle school and high school students who self-identify as Black/African American. The group meets monthly with Rob Butler, middle school director, as a faculty sponsor.
Students in grades 6-12 interested in exploring this intense game of strategy meet weekly with a faculty advisor after school to play chess. Beginners as well as advanced players are welcome.
Whitfield high school students serve as big brother or big sister mentors to elementary school students at City Academy, an independent elementary school in north St. Louis. Events are scheduled roughly every two weeks.
The Climbing Club is a student-driven organization that meets once a week to climb at Upper Limits indoor rock climbing gym. The club welcomes everyone to join regardless of prior climbing experience. The students learn to push their physical abilities while also developing mental dexterity by means of working through climbing "routes" on top-rope or "problems" while bouldering. This is a fun, stress-free club that enjoys a little excitement in their every day experience.
Whitfield School encourages students to pursue volunteer opportunities to serve their school, neighborhood and local communities, and to instill a life-long commitment to community service. In addition to school-wide and grade-level outreach efforts, the Community Service Club organizes community service activities on campus and in the St. Louis community. The Community Service Club is open to all interested students.
The Diversity Awareness Club is dedicated to discussing and acting on issues that affect the Whitfield School community. The goal of this club is to make members of the Whitifeld community more aware of social justice topics that take place in St. Louis, including racism, genderism, religious intolerance, sexual orientation, disabilities, discrimination, etc. Students work with a faculty sponsor and the school administration to plan discussions and activities that will enhance the school community and foster greater unity and understanding among all of our members. The organization is open to all Whitfield students, faculty and staff.
ECO seeks to educate others about environmental issues. ECO members recycle cans, and involve themselves with special environmental projects.
The purpose of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is to create a social and supportive space for all students wishing to dialogue and learn about sexual orientation, gender identity, and related issues. The purpose of a safe space is directly connected to greater academic achievement, higher future aspirations, and a greater sense of belonging in the school community. The GSA will promote value and respect for everyone and is open to all middle school and high school students. The GSA meets weekly with Ann Marie Hardy as a faculty sponsor.
Green Scene is a student-run fan group for Whitfield sports. At designated games, Grene Scene leaders make it their goal to recruit an overwhelming number of fans (students, teachers and parents) to come out in support of the teams. Support includes cheering, dressing up, and making posters. Grene Scene t-shirts help to create a united fan base to support Whitfield athletic teams. Green Scene members are present at every game, even those not designated as Green Scene Games. These fans organize the student fan section and cheering.
The Honor Council consists of elected members and appointed members-at-large. The Honor Council meets regularly with the Assistant Principal/Principal to discuss school issues relating to the Honor Code. In addition, the Honor Council may meet on an ad hoc basis with students or faculty to review particular issues. To run for election, students must have an average of 2.75 or higher the previous semester and must continuously exemplify the ideals of academic success, good attendance, school spirit and positive school citizenship.
Improv is open to all students in grades 9-12. The club meets once per week before school. Each session begins with a warm-up and transitions into basic improvisation exercises and advanced theater games. Throughout the year Whitfield students compete in structured competitions against students at other schools.
The Whitfield Jazz Band is a co-curricular group of talented musicians who rehearse one evening a week during the school year. Students enrolled in one of the Whitfield band classes may audition for the Jazz Band. Directed by Anna Seim, the Jazz Band performs in styles such as swing, rock and latin at both the Winter and Spring Concerts as well as giving other performances throughout the year.
The Jewish Student Union (JSU) is open to both Jewish and non-Jewish students. Members meet twice a month to to inspire teens of all backgrounds to explore contemporary issues in fun and meaningful ways.
Students who work on the staff of The Secret Voice review and anonymously select works to be published. This art and literature magazine accepts original poems, short stories, photographs and drawings from Whitfield students, staff and faculty.
The Middle School Debate Club is open to all students in grades 6-8. Members of the club will pick interesting topics to research and debate throughout the year. Students will learn to gather evidence to support their side and convincingly argue against the opposition. Several debates will be open to the Whitfield community to participate as audience members who will vote on the winner.
In Middle School Math Club, students learn different techniques of solving math word problems in a quicker and more efficient way. Students also participate in various math competitions against other schools throughout the year.
The Whitfield School delegation to the St. Louis-area Model United Nations consists of high school students who are interested in world issues and international affairs. The aim of the organization is to allow high school students from the St. Louis area to act as delegates from various UN member nations and propose resolutions in an attempt to resolve international problems. Delegates speak for and against proposed resolutions, cross-examine other delegates, and ultimately vote to determine whether a resolution passes, fails, or is tabled.
Whitfield hosts a Special Olympics Young Athletes Program for Special Olympics of Missouri. Whitfield's program consists of two, seven-week sessions per year. During each session, Whitfield students work with children with special needs between the ages of three and seven years old for one hour on Monday evenings. While Special Olympics provides a lesson plan for each evening, Whitfield students help by pairing up with the young athletes and leading the different activities.
Student Council serves as the voice of the student body; upholds the standards and guidelines of the school; promotes school responsibility; and serves as the vehicle for community outreach and the recognition of students. The President, Vice President and Secretary are elected by the students. Two class representatives are elected by individual classes and up to four at-large members can be selected by the Council. To run for election, students must have an average of 2.75 or higher the previous semester and must continuously exemplify the ideals of academic success, good attendance, school spirit and positive school citizenship.
The International Thespian Society is dedicated to the advancement of theater arts. High school students earn an invitation to join through distinguished participation in theatrical productions. Guided by student officers, the group meets on a regular basis. Activities include sponsoring an evening of student-directed, one-act plays and providing technical support for Whitfield events.
Whitfield Now, formerly, The Aeneid, is a student run, web site that displays current news, entertainment and stories. Students involved with Whitfield Now learn HTML layout and design and take part in creating and developing the site.
Students from grades 6-12 create The Iliad, which is the Whitfield yearbook. Veteran staff members teach new members the technical and leadership skills essential to producing a quality yearbok. Student editors guide staff members as they photograph, write, design and layout the yearbook. To create the layout of the pages, students use Whitfield's Mac Lab and Photoshop.