Clubs and Committees
Founders offers several clubs and committees for student participation and leadership opportunities. Below are descriptions of the clubs and committees offered at Founders. Students may also request additional clubs throughout the school year.
Advisor: Dean Mooney
The Ambassadors Club consists of students who represent The Founders Academy. The club is responsible for greeting special guests at the school and showing them around the building and classrooms. The club also assists prospective and new students by welcoming them to Founders.
Advisors: Mrs. Roy & Mrs. DiPietro
Drama Club (High School)
Advisor: Ms. Mote
Drama Club (Middle School)
Advisor: Ms. Mote
Advisor: Mrs. Humphrey
Design and implement the triangular area behind the school for student use.
Advisor: Ms. Mote
The Journalism Club reports on the ordinary and extraordinary happenings at Founders. Students will meet on a regular basis to work on their stories for our quarterly newspaper, the TFA Times. Our journalists get to interview special guests and honored members of the Founders community. In the upcoming school year we will be incorporating some special editions to be released throughout the school year. Join us in the Journalism Club and make your mark as a writer, a photographer, or an artist!
The Journalism Club will meet Wednesday and Fridays from 2:30-3:15.
In this club you will get experience writing and publishing for our student newspaper.
FIRST Lego League
Advisor: Mr. Mikus
First Lego League Team #12158, the Founders Keepers, will be returning to the Founders Academy in 2015! We had a very successful rookie year last year, bringing home a second place in Engineering Design at our local tournament. This year we are hoping to build on that success in the 2015 Challenge, “Trash Trek”! If you would like to join the team or find out more information about FIRST or robotics, we will be hosting an Information Session in the first few weeks of school. Stay tuned for an email update with the date and time. More information on this year’s challenge can be found at the following link: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2015trashtrek
If you have any questions, please contact Coach Chris Mikus (email@example.com) or Assistant Coach Kari Karwedsky (firstname.lastname@example.org). Coach Mikus is the father of Benjamin, a Founders 7th grader.
Advisor: Mr. Van Ewyk, Mrs. Humphrey
To develop in students excellent qualities of character and leadership by affording them a real opportunity to lead.
MATHCOUNTS! Club and Competitive Team
Advisor: Mr. Croteau
Do you like numbers? Have fun doing math? Like a challenge? Then the Math Club is for you! There are two pieces of this program, sponsored by MATH COUNTS, a national middle-school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematical achievement.
MATHCOUNTS Competition Team: This team will consist of 4 – 10 members, grades 6-8. There is a one time, $25 registration fee per student. Students will receive coaching and participate in a series of fun and engaging ‘bee-style’ mathematics contests. We will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays during K period.
Competitions are December (local) through March (State). National competition is held in May in Boston, MA. Scholarship money is awarded for winning teams. Please see the website mathcounts.org for more complete details.
The MATH CLUB is similar, but non-competitive. Up to 20 students can participate, but they must be in 6 – 8th grade. There is a chance to win money for the math department based on club achievements.
(Note: parents of students in competition team will need to volunteer, on a rotating basis, to cover Ms. Henry’s study hall during K period on Tuesdays and Thursdays and may be asked to help with transportation to/from competitions.)
Advisor: Mrs. Waitt
The Spirit Committee is comprised of spirited students from each grade. The organization of 'special' days at Founders such as "Pajama Day", "Crazy Hair Day", "Twin Day", etc. is coordinated and promoted by the Spirit Committee. They are also responsible for the coordination of "Teacher Appreciation" week. Spirit Committee is a place to share school spirit ideas and convey the "spirit" of Founders to the student body.
Veterans Affairs Club
Advisors: Ms. Marcotte, Mr. Kline
The Veterans Affairs Club plans and implements our Veteran's Day Assembly. Club members will have the opportunity to take on various leadership roles while showing appreciation for members of the armed forces.
The club will meet every other Monday through early November.
Girls & Boys Who Code
Advisors: Ms. Henry, Ms. Marcotte
We will be using the curriculum from https://girlswhocode.com/clubs/
You will learn:
What you'll learn in a club depends on your level of experience! Our curriculum is designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. We have activities for students with ZERO computer science experience all the way up to activities that introduce college-level concepts. The broad set of soft and hard skills we teach are:
Advisor: Ms. Mote
The Yearbook Club helps to capture the memories and moments of the school year. From photography to design, students will get hands-on opportunities to help create the yearbook and make it a success!
The Yearbook Club will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-3:15.
Advisor: Mr. Van Ewyk
The History Club's mission is to connect Founders students with real-life, tangible historical experiences through reading, discussion, presentation, guest speakers, field trips, movies, and reenactments. The History Club focuses on all aspects of history from ancient times to the present, and from New England to the world. Students will have opportunities to explore topics of particular interest to them, and delve into events and people much more deeply than can be done in a survey course in world or American history. The History Club is open to all Founders students and students can join anytime during the school year just by attending meetings. (Mondays during J Period)
Advisor: Mrs. Petit
Have fun building anything you want in a shared world. Promotes teamwork and good attitudes.
Meets Thursdays and Fridays in the library during J Period.
Random Acts of Kindness
Advisor: Mrs. Hyotte
Advisor: Mr. Waterbury
Advisor: Mrs. Waitt
Recycling Committee is a parent driven/student supported committee that brings awareness of the importance of recycling to The Founders Academy. They also are responsible for collecting and disposing of recyclable trash on a weekly basis.
Girls Running Club
Advisors: Ms. Nichols, Ms. Small
Meets Thursdays after school, from 3:30-4:30 PM
Advisor: Ms. Griffin
Science Olympiad is a national and state organization that is built on scientific understanding and teamwork. Students work together in teams to compete in a series of scientific trials throughout each competition. These trials include, but are not limited to, subjects such as genetics, engineering, earth science, anatomy and physiology, and other branches of scientific inquiry. The key components to a Science Olympiad team is involvement and active, hands on learning experiences. This club and organization is open to high school students at Founders Academy. It is a great opportunity for students interested in science and pursuing science higher education.
*Note, this club is a commitment that requires frequent and steady attendance to meetings/practices. Teams rely on every member, so it is integral that all participants understand the gravity of their inclusion on the team.
Meets after school on Wednesdays.
Advisors: Ms. Nichols, Mrs. Fortier
Students will learn to use a sewing machine as well as hand sewing. We will be making crafts and clothes.
Meets Tuesdays after school from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.