Our chapter of Amnesty International at Longwood High School is representative of the ideas of Amnesty International everywhere. We discuss ways we can help ensure the protection of human rights within our community, and also within the international community as well. We seek not only to ensure the protection of human rights, but also to increase the standard of living for as many people as possible. As we start a new year we hope to work hard to "be the change we want to see in the world."
The Art Club is for students who would like to demonstrate their creativity in an informal, fun environment. We are directing our efforts to beautify the school with original artworks created by club members, as well as giving students the opportunity to pursue individual artistic endeavors. All students are welcome at anytime to join. The Art Club meets once a week through the school year.
Bringing Unity to Youth
Our goal is to foster inter-racial understanding, thereby uniting the Longwood Community. We intend to carry out this task by educating our students in the areas of diversity and the reduction of racial barriers. Additional goals include increasing communication, developing community awareness of existing racial tensions, prejudices and stereotypes thus building new relationships among different groups.
We meet every Thursday at 2:00 p.m. Some of the events BUTY has been involved in include: The Family Formal, Speak Your Mind, BUTY Dance-Off, and Habitat for Humanity house building. We are also in the process of creating two other events, Challenge Day and the Multicultural Scavenger Hunt.
Chamber Orchestra is a select group of orchestra students in grades 9-12 who rehearse after school one day per week and perform at various community and school events. Students who want to be a part of the Chamber Orchestra must be registered in Orchestra and must audition to be part of the group.
Orchestra is offered as a music elective in grades 9-12. Students must be recommended by the previous year’s Orchestra Director. The Orchestra is currently divided into 2 groups: the 9th Grade Orchestra and the 10th - 12th Grade Orchestra.
The purpose of the Chess Club is to promote the game of chess, as part of this goal we teach novices how to play, share different game strategies and promote proper game etiquette. On selected years we field a chess team to compete interscholastically.
Choral Cubs is a select group of 9th grade chorus students who rehearse one day per week after school. They sing at various school concerts, nursing homes and community events. Students who want to be considered for Choral Cubs must be registered members of the 9th Grade Chorus. Choral Cubs are chosen based on an audition with the Choral Cubs Director.
Ninth Grade Chorus is offered as a music elective. Students must audition with the Choral Cubs Director in 8th grade. These auditions occur in January of 8th grade and are conducted at the Junior High School. Any student may audition regardless of prior choral experience. High School students have the option of participating in Band and Chorus or in Orchestra and Chorus if the director of each group accepts them. Students that participate in two music performance groups at the High School, attend these groups every other day. Example: Chorus on A Days and Band on B Days. One full year of music credit is given.
Choralions are a select group of chorus students in grades 10-12 who rehearse after school one day per week and sing at various community and school events. Students who want to be a part of Choralions must be part of the group.
Choralions is offered as a music elective in grades 9-12. Students must audition to be in chorus or be recommended by the previous year’s choral director. The chorus is currently divided into 2 groups: 9th grade Chorus and the 10th - 12th grade Chorus.
Class of 2008
Student Government allows you the opportunity to get involved in the planning of events for the High School. We meet every Tuesday after school. The Class of 2008 holds the Longwood Unplugged two times during the school year. We also reach out to the community by raising money for the American Cancer Society during “Relay for Life”. The 2007-2008 school year will be a special one as members of Student Government will help plan both the Senior Prom and the Senior Trip.
Class of 2009
The Class of 2009 meets every Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. in room 2701 to discuss and prepare for class events. We organize and run many events including Olympic Night, Karaoke Night and The Junior Prom. You do not need to be elected to attend our meetings; you need only to be a member of the class of 2009.
Class of 2010
The Class of 2010 meets every Tuesday to discuss and prepare for class events. They participate in Longwood Olympic Night and run an annual Stay-Awake-A-Thon and Movie Night. The Stay-Awake-A-Thon is an event to raise money for charity (the charity is determined each year). Movie Night is a fundraiser to help alleviate the cost of proms and trips.
Class of 2011
The class of 2011 is a group of students who are dedicated to promoting class and school spirit. Some of the activities we are involved in are a twice a year car wash, fund raising drives that help us lower the cost of future proms and class events. Our fund raising also helps us to donate to community organizations and projects such as “Relay for Life”, St Charles Hospital pediatric decorating, and Valentine’s for Vets in conjunction with LHS LOTE Department. We believe in being an active part of Longwood’s pride.
Dance Club meets weekly and requires regular attendance. The students nominate a choreographer or team of choreographers who make up routines and teach them to the group. Routines are rehearsed in preparation for school functions such as the Dance-Off and the Dance Showcase. Members of the Dance Club benefit from physical activity as well as learning the value of teamwork and cooperation.
Future Business Leaders of America
The FBLA brings business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. Students meet bi-monthly and participate in various community and fundraising activities. We look forward to meeting all future business leaders.
Flagline is a club that performs with the Longwood High School Marching Band at all home football games and at the annual Hofstra University Festival of Bands. Flagline members create routines including dance steps and flag movements synchronized to a selection of band music. This club meets one to two times per week during football season.
Future Educators of America
Future Educators of America strives to interest students in the field of education early in their school experience. The club attempts to promote excellence in students interested in the teaching profession by promoting academic excellence, developing a positive self-image and encouraging leadership responsibilities. Students will participate in school fundraisers and even have a change to tutor students in need of assistance.
The Gamers’ Guild meets every Friday after 9th period. At our meetings students play games and enjoy each other’s company. New students are always welcome. We play board-games, card games and role playing games. If you have a favorite, bring it with you to a meeting.
Guitar Club is intended to provide an outlet to those students seeking to play guitar, share knowledge of the instrument, discuss music and introduce them to other styles of music. The club also allows for a place where students who do not normally participate in extracurricular activities to develop a relationship with a faculty member and other students. Guitar Club helps to foster a sense of community in the students.
The STEP Squad is a performance dance group whose members make music through song and dance with their hands and feet. Our elaborate routines are characterized by original dances, precision in movement and sharp beats. To be a successful stepper, a student needs a combination of concentration, hand-eye coordination, rhythm and team work. Our Longwood STEP Squad is open to both boys and girls. We practice two times weekly for three hours each day. The STEP Squad performs during half time at basketball games, at competitions and other school functions. Our primary goal is to promote school spirit by performing rhythmic dance accompanied by enthusiastic cheers while encouraging crowd participation.
Try outs for the STEP Squad are in May.
The Leo Club is a community service organization. We promote service which will develop the individual qualities of leadership, experience, and opportunity among students. Some of the activities the club is involved in throughout the year include: Food Drives, Toy Drives, Walk-a-Thons, Special Olympics, School Dances, Volunteer at local nursing homes, Assist with the Longwood S.A.I.L. Program, Adopt-a-Family Fundraisers. Meetings are once a week, every other week.
Leadership Conference Club
The Leadership Conference Club is open to all students grades 9 - 12 who have participated in the Leadership Conference. You must apply and be accepted into the club.
This club promotes values, virtues and good character towards fellow students and the community. It also builds upon the training students receive at the Leadership Conference. Lastly, the club would raise funds to defray the cost of future conferences and to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding participants by the awarding of plaques, and scholarships.
The Literary Club is a group of students who enjoy reading, writing, and editing poetry, stories, and essays. We have members in grades 9 - 12. We spend time writing and creating original pieces of literature. We also compile, edit, and publish the Longwood High School Literary Magazine. This magazine is published once each year. Contributions are accepted from all students in our building. Meetings are once a week.
The Marching Band performs at all home football games, St. Patrick’s Day and Ridge Memorial Day parades and the Newsday Marching Band Festival at Hofstra University. Future plans include other performance venues. Rehearsals include a summer band camp at Longwood High School for three or four evenings and then a few days each week during September and October. Rehearsals include learning and reviewing marching fundamentals, music, and “life lessons” such as respect, unity, pride, and leadership skills. The Marching Band continues to evolve and creates leadership positions for our students. Be a part from the start!
The Math Club meets weekly to explore ways to solve challenging, upper level, out-of-the-box math problems. The club participates in monthly competitions against other schools, as well as in the annual countywide competition at Suffolk County Community College. Students who love math have an opportunity to expand their horizons and test their skills against the best “mathletes” throughout New York State.
Mock Trial Club
The Mock Trial Club is an exciting law-related education program. Students who have taken Personal Business Law, a pre-requisite to joining the club, apply the laws they learned in class to that of the American legal system. We then take the case presented to us by the NYS Bar Association, and perform Mock Trials against other schools. Students play the roles of Plaintiff/Defendant/Witnesses and act out the case during practice/competition.
Our team will have four meets, competing against other schools. Depending on our team record, we can advance to further levels in competition. The Mock Trial Team meets twice a week, Mondays and Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
National Art Honor Society
The National Art Honor Society consists of art students that have been selected, based on superior achievement in art as well as a commitment to perform community service in art-related projects. Service to the community is a requirement for all members. Meetings are held once a week.
National Honor Society
Students are selected for membership in the Longwood Chapter of the National Honor Society based on their outstanding qualities of scholarship, character and service to school and community. In accordance with the policy of the national organization and our chapter’s charter, scholarship criterion for admission to the Longwood High School Chapter is a grade point average of 4.25 or better. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors achieving this standard are invited to complete an application to join the National Honor Society after the second marking period.
A faculty committee will make the final selection of members based on applications, activity advisor recommendations, as well as the recommendation of the applicant’s high school teachers. Once selected, all members must maintain a grade point average of 4.25 as well as character and service standards to continue membership in the National Honor Society.
The club meets weekly to plan and produce a news program using Power Point as the platform. We will use video and audio recordings to enhance a Power Point driven presentation that will be aired on the CC Television system in the building. Our primary goal will be to highlight weekly announcements and events, but there will be opportunities for other projects as well, such as covering special occasions or achievements.
The Longwood High School Newspaper/Journalism Club is responsible for the publication of the High School Newspaper, The Lion’s Roar. The club meets weekly; the frequency of meetings is dictated by the needs of the paper. Our normal meetings are Thursdays. All students are welcome to join the club. It is a great way to get involved with school events. The club is also open to photographers, artists, creative writers, poets, etc.
Ocean Science Bowl
The Ocean Science Bowl Club is for students who are interested in marine science, oceanography, and other areas relating to the oceans. During our weekly meeting, we discuss and learn about all aspects of the marine world. One of the main intents of the club is to prepare a team of students for Longwood to compete against other New York State teams in the Ocean Science Bowl, which tests knowledge in the ocean sciences.
Orchestra is offered as a music elective in grades 9 - 12. Students must be recommended by the previous year’s orchestra director. The Orchestra is currently divided into 2 groups: the 9th grade orchestra and the 10th - 12th grade orchestra.
Outdoor Sculpture Club
The Outdoor Sculpture Club currently meets on Wednesdays, for an hour a week. The purpose of the club is to learn about making sculptures in a variety of materials and to create a Sculpture Garden for Longwood High School. The club is open to all.
This one-of-a-kind activity develops a sense of school-community partnership. The group meets twice a week to work with students in martial arts as a tool to achieve important goals within the high school setting. This physical activity is an excellent way to reinforce discipline, goal setting and respect as important components of the study of martial arts.
The PAL-Karate program stresses non-violent conflict resolution and seeks to improve student’s self esteem by offering them a “new” way to connect to school. Some of the goals of the program include: Respect for oneself and others, improved self-esteem/self image, increase parental support and involvement, peer mentoring and leadership skills, and a sense of “community” within the context of a large high school.
The Photography Club meets once a week. Students will learn the basics of photo composition, developing negatives, printing black and white photos, experimenting with procedures and some computer manipulations. Students are also involved with shooting sports, trips, and school play activities.
The Publishers’ Club is a place were students who aspire to use their writing in the future can come and share. We give positive feedback and help students find places for their writing to be disseminated. We run our own Poetry Slams each year and motivate our members to send material in to publishing houses. Our senior club members have all participated in the Knicks Poetry Slam and all have moved on to the next level of competition. The Publishers’ Club meets once a week.
The Quiz Bowl teams compete against other Long Island High Schools in Jeopardy-style meets that match groups of four students against each other. The Varsity and Junior Varsity teams are selected by tryouts, and students who excel in knowledge about such areas as the humanities, sciences, arts, mathematics, history, geography, and current events. We play five season games from November to March, and often qualify for the Long Island finals tournament in April. All students from grades 9 through 12 are eligible to try out for either team.
We meet for practice games on Fridays. Tryouts are held in September of each school year.
Rotary Interact Club
The Rotary Interact Club is a community service based group. We get involved in helping in our own community and also in communities around the world. We are affiliated with the Middle Island Rotary Club.
This year for our overseas project we did a military supply drive, which included sending packages, for the holidays, to our soldiers overseas. We visited a nursing home during the holidays and did craft projects, played bingo and sang for the elderly. Each year we help out while other clubs host events. We will help set-up the Irish Night for the Middle Island Rotary Club in March and participate in Longwood Day.
Our projects vary from year to year depending on the needs of our community and what is going on around the world. Join us if you have a passion for helping and being a part of making the world a better place. We meet once a week.
Students Against Destructive Decisions
SADD is a club where all students gather to learn and avoid the consequences of destructive decisions in their lives. The mission statement of SADD is “To provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, drunk driving, drug abuse and other destructive decisions.” SADD participates in Longwood’s Relay for Life, to help raise money and distribute information. Students also participated in a workshop dealing with making good and positive decisions at the Nederlander Theatre (Rent) with the educational expertise of Students Live. Each year students can read a poem on stage, while others learn to dance with a choreographer. In prior years, members, have attended many workshops, “Gang Prevention”, “Driving and Driving Prevention” and “Kick the Butts”, to name a few. The students have brought valuable and beneficial messages back to Longwood to help create a safe and positive environment.
Science Olympiad is a club where students complete against each other at a Divisional level. The students compete from hands-on events where they build machines, some of which involve robotics, to pure knowledge events, where they compete for points. The top schools from the Divisional meet go on to compete at higher levels. The club meets once a week.
Sewing and Crafts Club
The students in the Sewing and Crafts Club have made the following items: Prom gowns, skirts, pillows, quilts, tote bags and stuffed animals. The club meets once a week for 1 hour. Students are responsible for their own fabrics.
The Longwood High School Stage Band is a group of 18 - 25 players on saxophones, brass and rhythm sections (piano, guitar, bass and drums) instruments. The band performs throughout the community as well as in the High School. They will interpret The Great American Art Form of Jazz in styles ranging from swing era to modern idioms. Players will be chosen in September by audition only. Rehearsals generally occur on Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Students Together Against Racism
STAR is a student based club designed to fight and educate students on the problems of racism in the Longwood community, the nation, and the world. STAR’s mission is to bring together students from all different races, religions, and ethnicities in order to make the school a better place. STAR does this through regularly held meetings and going into classrooms and educating students on problems with racism through questions and discussion.
Student Council is the umbrella organization for Student Government. Student Government is part of Student Council. Student Government focuses on class activities, Student Council focuses on events and activities benefiting the entire school. Students are automatically in both. We meet every Monday. Everyone is welcome to join Student Council at any time during the year. Monday meetings are mandatory for all class officers and official representatives. Anyone not elected is definitely encouraged to come and join in with any discussion. Student Council has an executive board that oversees all activities.
Student Council activities are school and community related. Student Council is involved in the following events: Organize and run Open House in October; Plan Sprit Week and organize Olympic night; Run two student blood drives through the year; Organize and coordinate the adopt-a-child program for the holiday season and make sure the gifts are wrapped and delivered to the various schools and social workers; Plan and run a Senior Citizen Prom in the spring for the senior citizens in our community. Students meet with the Principal on a monthly basis to discuss the concerns of the student body. The Board of Education has created a Board of Ed Advisory committee which is comprised of students from Student Council.
Tri-M Music Honor Society
Tri-M honors our finest choral and instrumental students in grades 9 - 12. To be a member, students must currently be an active member in one of our school music organizations and perform a NYSSMA solo (during the prior school year) with a minimum rating of level 5A- or 6B+. The chapter has allowed students to audition for the executive board during the school year, but will begin to “phase out” this process as we continue to improve our chapter.
The purpose of the Web Master Club is to update, upgrade, and maintain the Longwood Senior High School website. Interested students will work with other members of the club to create different web pages that will be placed onto the High School’s web site. Students will support one another by sharing various techniques that they have learned.
World Culture and Language Club
The World Culture and Language Club dedicate itself to broadening student’s appreciation of world cultures, as well as celebrating the diversity of the Longwood community. The students have participated in various fundraisers such as Hurricane Relief, Emily Edberg’s Fundraiser and the Disaster Relief Fund. Students have, in the past, help run two “Melange” events, which brought the community together. The World Language Club is also in charge of painting “the world” in the 1300 hallway at Longwood High School. More recently, the club has raised money for “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF”, helping the children of the world.
The Yearbook Club is a great one to get involved in. The group meets throughout the week as needed. Every year, the staff creates the next edition of the Yearbook, with a few students from each grade working to create their individual pages. Photographers take candid pictures for use in the class pages, artists make their creations and decorate the book in and out, and writers can use their words to help us all remember each year that passes. Those interested in the business aspect of the Yearbook can use their skills to keep track of sales, information records, and advertising. All are welcome.