Clubs and Organizations
Getting Involved: Clubs and Organizations
Harpeth Hall encourages students to participate in extracurricular clubs and organizations. Students learn about each club and organization during the first weeks of school and then have the opportunity to sign up for the clubs and organizations they choose. Participation in the clubs provides students with numerous leadership development skills, including organization, teamwork, and communication.
The 2015-2016 Upper School clubs and organizations include:
ACT Now: A service club whose mission is to focus on long-term, high-impact, learning-intensive projects. Its goal is to educate club members as well as the wider community on issues that require immediate action.
Ambassador Society: The Harpeth Hall Ambassador Society is a committee of students chosen for their commitment to our School. The girls work closely with the Admissions Department and the community at large. Duties include giving tours, hosting receptions, and general public relations work within the School and in the Nashville community.
Animanga: Fun for fans of anime, manga, and Japanese culture.
Artful Expressions: Encourages members to create and discuss individual pieces of art, enter and attend art competitions, and invite local artists to speak.
BeeKA (Beekeepers Association): Educates members on beekeeping with a goal of having a hive on campus and producing honey.
Best Buddies: Supports one-on-one friendships with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Bibliobears: Work with HH librarians to develop reading lists for students, display featured books, and invite authors to speak.
Bridge Club: Provides an opportunity for beginning, learning about, and enjoying the challenge of the card game.
Chess Club: Provides an opportunity for beginning, learning about, and enjoying the game of chess.
Chinese Club: Students studying the language have the opportunity to learn more about Chinese culture.
Classical Literature Club: Exposes members to classical literature and gives incentive to read and discuss the author and the book.
CODE!: Teaches computer programming to students and invites guest speakers.
Creative Writing: Provides an opportunity for additional writing, discussion, and peer critique.
Cum Laude Society: Cum Laude Society is a national organization that recognizes scholastic achievement at the secondary level. A distinguished school record in combination with the development of excellence, justice, and honor qualify a student for nomination to this organization. Only a small percentage of each junior and senior class is eligible for membership. Full-time teaching faculty who are members of Phi Beta Kappa or who were inducted into Cum Laude are also entitled to membership.
French Club: Students studying the language have the opportunity to learn more about French culture.
Hallmarks: This publication is the literary magazine for the Upper School. Any student may submit writing for consideration in Hallmarks.
Green Team: Devoted to educating the Harpeth Hall community on recycling and avoiding waste.
Harry Potter: Discussions of the unique and important story of Harry Potter.
HH Fit: Classmates being active together, hiking, running, biking, and walking.
Honor Council: The Honor Council hears cases of Honor Code infractions and makes recommendations for appropriate penalties to the Director of the Upper School. Members are selected by their peers.
IMAGINE (I’m A Girl In Engineering): A group that plans JETS’ team competitions and other activities with a focus on careers in engineering.
Infinity Initiative: Looking at the diversity of our world.
Intramural Clubs: Every Upper School student is a member of one of four intramural clubs: Ariston, Triad, Angkor, and Eccowasin. A tradition from our Ward- Belmont heritage, these clubs compete in singing their club songs at Awards Day, in a Quiz Bowl, in school spirit, and have a community service project.
Kids 4 Kids: Participates in a variety of projects to help hospitalized children.
Knitting Club: Students meet during lunch and after school to learn to knit. Scarves and other warm clothing produced in this group may be presented to the Salvation Army and other charitable organizations for the homeless.
La Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica: The national honor society recognizing excellence in the Spanish language at the secondary level. Students who have maintained an average of A- in the study of Spanish and an overall cumulative B average for a minimum of three semesters are eligible for membership.
La Societe Honoraire de Français: The national honor society recognizing excellence in the French language. Rising juniors and seniors with an A average in French II or above and a B average in all other academic courses are eligible for membership.
Logos: This periodical is the school newspaper. Staff members produce six editions a year presenting features, news events, sports, editorials, and more. Staff members share ideas, gather information, write, type, photograph, and lay out each issue.
Math Club: The goal of the Math Club is to encourage student interest in the subject of mathematics, mind puzzles, and logic games. Membership is based on interest, not ability level.
Milestones: Milestones is the Harpeth Hall yearbook. Staff members work every Friday afternoon assembling, selling ads, designing layout sheets, arranging photo sessions, and working in the photography lab in order to produce our nationally recognized yearbook.
Mock Trial: Girls who are interested in learning about our legal system are encouraged to try out for Mock Trial. Members meet after school to prepare for an annual Mock Trial competition.
Model UN: Focuses on international issues. Members participate in Model United Nations conferences.
Moja Upendo (MU): An African outreach club gathering all Harpeth Hall African outreach programs into one club addressing poverty, education and illness.
Mu Alpha Theta: Mu Alpha Theta is a national honor society recognizing excellence in the field of mathematics. Only a small percentage of juniors and seniors are eligible for membership. Members usually volunteer to tutor fellow Harpeth Hall math students.
National Junior Classical League Honor Society: The National Junior Classical League Honor Society recognizes scholastic excellence in Latin. Students who achieve an A average in Latin, establish a record of good citizenship, and are members of the Junior Classical League are eligible for membership.
Pep Club: Enthusiastic support for our teams! Members make posters, come up with cheers, and work to boost attendance at school events.
Playmakers: Supportive of the theatre department at Harpeth Hall, members are required to serve hours working behind the scenes. This includes building and dismantling sets, lighting, sound, costumes, props, etc.
Quill and Scroll: Quill and Scroll is a national honor society recognizing excellence in journalism. Editors and upcoming editors of our three school publications are eligible for membership as long as they are in the top third of their class academically (either on a cumulative basis or during the semester they are inducted).
Quiz Bowl: Weekly meetings including mini-matches. The highest scorers will participate in team competitions with Quizbusters.
Real World Committee: The Real World Committee is a group of students and faculty who strive to encourage, understand, and unite intercultural dimensions within the Harpeth Hall community. The group’s goals range from enhancing community appreciation for diversity to increasing and supporting multi-ethnic representation in the school community. The Committee sponsors a series of lunches designed to present glimpses of life in the “real world.” It also sends students and faculty to the NAIS People of Color Conference.
S.A.D.D.: Students Against Destructive Decisions sponsors speakers and promotes awareness through Red Ribbon Week and other activities.
Science Olympiad: Participate in premier science competitions and tournaments with an emphasis on teamwork.
Service Learning Leadership Council: The Service Learning Council leads and supports student led service projects.
Shakespeare Society: This group promotes a love and appreciation of the works and life of William Shakespeare.
Sister/Sister: A partnership of sharing and mentoring between Harpeth Hall upper school students and LEAD Academy middle school students.
Songwriting: Songwriters come together in a creative and fun environment to share and improve their music.
Spanish Club: Students studying the language have the opportunity to learn more about Spanish culture.
Student Council: The Student Council, comprising elected representatives from each grade level, is involved in many aspects of life at Harpeth Hall. Representatives help faculty and administrators remain aware of and deal with the needs of students, serve as a sounding board for administrators when a new policy is being considered, ensure that students have an appropriate array of clubs and organizations, social events, and leadership opportunities, interview candidates for teaching and administrative positions, and maintain the health and morale of the entire Harpeth Hall community in general. The Student Council is sponsored by the Dean of Students.
Tree Huggers: Focuses on environmental awareness, protection, and enjoyment.
Ultimate Frisbee: Learning how to play the game and love the sport.
Women in Medicine Club: For students who aspire to work in any career in the medical profession, including physician, nurse, dentist, physical/ occupational therapist, medical researcher, or sports medicine practitioner.
Middle School students have a number of opportunities to grow their talents in after-school activities. Most groups meet once a week, and notices of meetings will be posted in the daily announcements.
After School Art Club: After School Art club is for 5th and 6th grade students who are serious about advancing their art skills and who want to work on special projects outside of class. It is designed for a small number of students and meets on Friday afternoons.
Book Clubs: Grade level book clubs meet at lunch periodically and are open to all girls who enjoy reading and discussing books with each other.
Cheerleading: Middle School cheerleaders are the spirit of the Middle School athletic program. Cheerleaders cheer for the basketball teams. Students who want to cheer and make the time commitment may try out at the end of the first semester.
Community Service Club (Care Bears): Care Bears community service club is available to students in grades 5-8 each week. The service club will meet one afternoon a week beginning in September. A student may participate every week as her schedule permits.
Hiking Club: Hiking Club meets Mondays after school beginning in October. Students and sponsors travel by bus to local hiking trails such as Warner Park and Radnor Lake. The club is open to all 5th - 8th grade girls.
Dance Company: Students in grade 5-8 who are interested in performance opportunities are encouraged to participate in the Middle School Dance Company. The company rehearses throughout the week and there are annual concerts held in the fall and spring. Students may sign up by the semester. Previous dance experience is not required.
Fifth/Sixth/Seventh/Eighth Grade Advanced Choruses: Interested girls sign up at the beginning of the year. The Choruses meet during Activity Period.
Advanced Instrumental Ensembles: Students who play a musical instrument are invited to join the ensembles. The ensembles perform several times a year. They meet during Activity Period.
Individual Lessons: Lessons in voice, piano, violin, and cello are available after school on campus by private instructors. Fees are paid directly to the instructors by the students’ family.
Fifth/Sixth Grade Drama Club: The Drama Club is open to all 5th and 6th grade girls. It meets one afternoon a week. A spring performance is given.
First Lego League Robotics Club: This club is for 8th grade students and runs through the fall. The competition consists of a robot game and a project that encourages the students to research and learn more about the science behind the challenge theme. Practices will be held one afternoon per week and/or one morning before school.
Forensic Club: Students in 6th – 8th grades compete with Metro schools and other private schools in all types of speech and drama competitions. Harpeth Hall is a member of the National Junior Forensic League. Students will be notified about how to sign up at the beginning of the year.
Middle School Literary Magazine: the Middle School Literary Magazine is a publication released at the end of the school year. It features fiction and non-fiction writing, art work, and provides a creative outlet for students in grades five through eight. Students in grades seven and eight are encouraged to join the magazine staff in the fall. Eighth graders may also apply for the position of co-editor. This staff meets during activity period, and the editors meet occasionally after school near the publication date.
Seventh/Eighth Grade Musical: The Middle School musical drama production is an opportunity for seventh and eighth grade girls to sing, dance, and act. Everyone who is interested and who is willing to make a daily after-school commitment in December and January is welcome to participate.