Clubs + Extracurriculars

Developing Well-Rounded Individuals

We give our students every opportunity to grow in their talents and discover new passions through our broad range of clubs and extracurricular activities.



Lower Campus | Grades K-2

K-2 Clubs | 2019-20

Monday

  • All-Star Sports Grades K-2
    Join Mr. Slayton for an afternoon of your favorite outdoor / indoor games and activities, particularly the ones that get you MOVING! You will get at least an hour's worth of physical activity and an opportunity to bond with fellow Pinewood students in an entertaining, athletic, and encouraging environment, one that stresses FUN over competition. Club Director: Andrew Slayton
  • "Little" Maker Club Grades 1-2 CLUB FULL - JOIN WAITLIST
    Building off of the successful Maker Club at Middle Campus, this Lower Campus version will utilize our Mobile iMaginarium Maker Carts and will have students working for a few weeks at a time on different design and engineering projects. Students will learn about electronics, use of tools/materials, measurements, and build valuable skills. Note: Enrollment is limited to the first twenty students. Club Director: Jonathan Brusco

Tuesday

  • Chess Club Grades K-2
    Bay Area Chess combines fun and learning while promoting a team spirit where everyone helps each other succeed and improve. Our chess program will cover the very basics for new students to the game and we can challenge experienced players with more advanced concepts. Students will have the opportunity to learn the moves of the pieces, opening strategy, tactics, checkmates and endgame play. Students will also learn valuable life skills through chess, such as winning and losing with grace, sportsmanship, planning and team spirit. Our mission is to transform and enrich the lives of students through chess. Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 36 students. Click here for additional information and to access the registration form. Registration and fees are handled directly by Bay Area Chess.
  • Creative Kids Grades 1-2
    Come explore theatre games, storytelling, improv, dance, and puppet making. We will also learn about how some of these are done in different cultures around the world! Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 25 students. Club Director: Susie Danzig

Wednesday

  • Choir Club Grades 1-2
    Experience the joy of singing and performing together. The Lower Campus Choir club offers children the opportunity to grow musically by supporting each young student’s healthy vocal development through a comprehensive and balanced program. Come sing, dance, and play every Wednesday afternoon as we explore fun and diverse musical activities, slowly preparing ourselves for the Winter and Spring concerts with the choir from Middle Campus. Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 45 students. Club Director: Margie Austria
  • JUST ADDED! Intro to STEM with LEGO® Grades K-2
    Kids are already naturally gifted creators. They dive into our massive collections of LEGO®. And while they build elaborate objects they explore fundamentals principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long lasting. Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 16 students. A minimum of 11 students is required. Click here for additional information and to access the registration form. Registration and fees are handled directly by Play-Well TEKnologies.

Thursday

  • Mr. Slayton’s Sports ‘n Skills Clinics Grades K-2
    These clinics will be held rain or shine from 3:10 pm - 4:45 pm and focus on individual skill development and team play. Limited enrollment - first come, first served. Note: a minimum of 15 participants is required. To register for these clinics, contact Mr. Slayton directly at aslayton@pinewood.edu. Club Director: Andrew Slayton
      • NEW START DATE! Intro to Sports - Throwing/Catching/Kicking/Hitting Games • August 22-October 17
      • Basketball • October 24-December 19
      • Yoga/Body Fitness/Jump Rope/All Sports and Games • January 9-March 5
  • Creating with Kibo Grade K CLUB FULL - JOIN WAITLIST
    Join Mrs. Andresen for an afternoon of robotics, engineering, coding and creativity using a hands-on, screen free tool: KIBO! No reading skills required. Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 20 students. Club Director: Julie Andresen

Friday

  • Intro to STEM with LEGO® Grades K-2 FRIDAY CLUB FULL - ADDITIONAL MEETING TIME ADDED ON WEDNESDAYS
    Kids are already naturally gifted creators. They dive into our massive collections of LEGO®. And while they build elaborate objects they explore fundamentals principles of engineering and physics. They also learn to collaborate and create without fear of mistakes. The experience is joyful, the impact long lasting. Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 16 students. A minimum of 11 students is required. Click here for additional information and to access the registration form. Registration and fees are handled directly by Play-Well TEKnologies.
  • Mr. Slayton’s Sports ‘n Skills Clinics Grades K-2
    These clinics will be held rain or shine from 3:10 pm - 4:45 pm and focus on individual development and team play. Limited enrollment - first come, first served. Note: a minimum of 15 participants is required. To register for these clinics, contact Mr. Slayton directly at aslayton@pinewood.edu. Club Director: Andrew Slayton
      • Intro to Sports. Throwing/Catching/Kicking/Hitting Games• August 23-October 18
      • Sockey (soccer + hockey) • October 25-December 20
      • Playground Games/Indoor Games • January 10-March 13
      • Spring/Summer Sports — Kickball/Baseball/Volleyball/Spikeball/Frisbee • March 20-May 15

K-2 Club Policies

Before-/After-School Clubs (sponsored by Pinewood School)

Session Dates and Times

  • Clubs begin the first week of school and end one week prior to the last day of school.
  • After-school clubs are in session from 3:30pm-4:45pm.
Payment Policies
  • Club fees ($90/month per club) will be billed monthly, in advance.
  • If a student enrolls in a club mid-month, the full monthly fee will be due and payable.
  • If a student's club enrollment ends mid-month, the full monthly fee will be due and payable.
  • Pro-rated refunds of club fees are not available.
  • If you wish to cancel your student's club enrollment, an online cancellation form must be submitted by the 10th of the month prior to non-enrollment. If the online cancellation form is not received by the deadline, the full monthly club fee will be due and payable.
Registration/Cancellation
  • Pinewood-sponsored club enrollments/cancellations must be made online: no exceptions.
  • If you wish to cancel your student's club enrollment, an online cancellation form must be submitted by the 10th of the month prior to non-enrollment. If the online cancellation form is not received by the deadline, the full monthly club fee will be due and payable.
  • Registration is not required for after-school supervision or extra-curricular activities.

After-School Workshops/Classes (outside vendors)

Session Dates and Times

  • Workshops/Classes typically begin the first week of school and end one week prior to the last day of school.
  • Workshops/Classes are typically in session from 3:30pm-4:45pm.
Payment Policies/Registration/Cancellation
  • All workshop/class fees are paid directly to the vendor.
  • A registration form can be accessed via a link in each workshop/class description.
  • All enrollments and registration confirmations are the responsibility of the vendor.
  • If you wish to cancel your student's enrollment, please email the vendor.

K-2 After-School Supervision

Session Dates and Times

  • After-school supervision begins the first day of school and ends one day prior to the last day of school.
  • After-school supervision is available Monday through Friday from 3:45pm-5:30pm.
  • Lower Campus and Middle Campus both close at 5:30pm.

Payment Policies

  • Fees will be billed the following month:
    • $10.00 - dismissal until 4:00pm
    • $25.00 - 3:45pm until 5:30pm
    • $10.00 - 5:00pm until 5:30pm (after clubs)
    • After 5:30pm charges are $1.00 per minute

Registration

  • Registration is not required for after-school supervision.
  • Some students are in after-school supervision on a regular basis, however a drop-in option is available.
  • Any student enrolled in a Pinewood after-school club or a vendor workshop/class may also attend supervision until 5:30pm.

K-2 Extracurricular Activities

Community Service (K-2)

Community service helps broaden a student’s awareness of families in need and provides opportunities for students to help meet those needs. Lower and Middle Campus families participate in a variety of activities during the academic year. Participation in these programs is strictly voluntary.

Middle Campus | Grades 3-6

3-6 Clubs | 2019-20

Monday

  • After-School Fun Grades 3-6
    Are you interested in a cool after-school club with your friends? If you are, After-School Fun is just for you! This club offers a pressure-free environment where you can play your favorite P.E games with students from all grade levels. Whether you are a sports fanatic or just enjoy being outside, this fun and exciting club will offer an afternoon of games and enjoyment. Come join us, where the best part about the game is just playing! Club Director: Ria Walker
  • Maker Club Grades 3-4 CLUB FULL - JOIN WAITLIST
    Design, Engineer, Prototype, Create, and Tinker away in Pinewood’s new iMaginarium Maker Lab. This club will focus on a new build project and design theme every two months. We will utilize all of the tools at our disposal as well as our imaginations to create something amazing from scratch. Students will learn about the design process, skills surrounding tool use, and concepts in science, technology, and engineering. We may also take part in outside events and competitions, including the Cardboard Challenge in October, and The Tech Challenge in April. Note: A separate materials fee will be required with each bi-monthly theme. Enrollment is limited to the first 20 students. Club Director: Larry Mendoza
  • Math Challenge Grades 4-6 CLUB FULL - JOIN WAITLIST
    If you love math or just want to build your confidence with it then come join Math Challenge Club. We will practice identifying all types of problems and then learn strategies to solve those problems. We will practice our skills through participation in three math competitions: Math Olympiad, Noetic Math, and Continental Mathematics League. Our focus will be to help students become comfortable tackling challenging math story problems and reinforcing skills learned in school in a fun and forgiving environment. Our goal is that Math Challenge Club members will end the year feeling more passionate about math (and/or less anxious about it) and that they will grow in their awareness of math’s application outside of the classroom. Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 20 students. Club Director: John Swift
  • Technical Theater Grades 3-6
    Ms. Post, our Middle Campus Drama Director, is excited to offer a club for those students who are interested in learning about all aspects of what it takes to put on a show from a technical theater standpoint. Club members will learn to design props and sets for all of the musical productions at our Middle Campus (10 shows) as well as learning to run the light and soundboard. This club is perfect for those students who are creative and interested in all that goes on behind the scenes of a show. Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 20 students. Club Director: Lauren Post

Tuesday

  • Before School - Pinewood Children's Choir Grades 3-6
    This club is held on Tuesday AND Wednesday mornings from 7:30am-8:20am. Experience the joy of singing with your classmates! Students are invited to join the Pinewood Children's Choir at the beginning of the academic year; no experience is required. The choir goes on field trips, shares the stage with the Upper Campus choirs, sings for retirement homes, performs at the Winter and Spring concerts, and ends the year with the Festival of Music at Great America! Club Director: Justin Janer
  • Art Buzz Kids After-School Art Club Grades 3-6 | First Semester
    The wildly popular Art Buzz Kids art club opens up kids' imagination and creativity. We provide art therapy through acrylic painting, mixed media, watercolor, building, creating, and thinking outside of the box. There are no mistakes in art and there are no rules in art! Let's get creative and let's get crafty! $450 plus materials. Registrations are handled directly by Art Buzz Kids. Register here!

  • Robotics Grades 3-6 CLUB FULL - JOIN WAITLIST
    Take your robotics skills to the next level with Pinewood’s Middle Campus Robotics Club! In Robotics Club, students will:
    • Explore modern software and hardware design concepts - used by Silicon Valley companies today - and try the latest in engineering development tools, taught by experienced engineers from Silicon Valley - and NASA!
    • Work with our educational robotic systems and gain a deeper understanding of how hardware and software work together to push robotics to the edge - and beyond!
    • Meet software, hardware and engineering experts from local companies, and hear firsthand what is happening in the world of Robotics - in medical devices, manufacturing, aerospace, electronics, and more.
      Projects, events, and competitions are structured so that students work in an open-ended, investigative environment while having fun. Come join us this fall! Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 16 students. Club Director: Larry Mendoza

Wednesday

  • Before School - Pinewood Children's Choir Grades 3-6
    This club is held on Tuesday AND Wednesday mornings from 7:30am-8:20am. Experience the joy of singing with your classmates! Students are invited to join the Pinewood Children's Choir at the beginning of the academic year; no experience is required. The choir goes on field trips, shares the stage with the Upper Campus choirs, sings for retirement homes, performs at the Winter and Spring concerts, and ends the year with the Festival of Music at Great America! Club Director: Justin Janer
  • Drama Club Grades 3-6
    Calling all actors and actresses! Do you love the spotlight? Do you wish your drama class lasted all year long? Then join your fellow drama lovers each Wednesday afternoon with Ms. Post in the theater! Club members will play games, practice scenes and songs, learn about the technical aspects of theater and of course they will choose, rehearse, and perform a show for their friends and family at the end of the year. This is a wonderful club for students who love to perform as well as those who are hoping to gain more confidence and stage presence. Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 35 students. Club Director: Lauren Post
  • French Club Grades 3-6
    Bonjour et bienvenue! Good day and welcome to the Middle Campus French Club! Come join us as we learn some of the French language, travel through some of the French speaking countries, learn about French culture, and try some fabulous French food! Seasoned French Club students will learn more of the language and help lead games and activities. In addition, we will learn about the artists, architecture, and museums that make France the number one tourist destination! Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 12 students. Club Director: Michele Golder
  • Science Adventure Grades 3-6 CLUB FULL - JOIN WAITLIST
    Science Adventure is a hands-on, project-oriented club. Students will be given a variety of science projects and challenges that will allow them to expand their creative horizons and let their imaginations run wild with their own inventions. Note: Enrollment is limited to the first thirty students. Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 20 students. Club Director: Paul Zmuda

Thursday

  • Before School - Pinewood Band Grades 3-6 CLUB FULL - JOIN WAITLIST
    This year, we are excited to offer a brand new club…The Pinewood Band! Explore the fun of making music with your friends. We will play many different genres of music including pop, rock, jazz, and blues. We will also learn a lot about different instruments such as the saxophone, drums, flute, guitar, bass, keyboards, and more. Students taking private music lessons outside of school are strongly encouraged to join. The Pinewood Band is open to all instruments and skill levels. No prior musical instrument experience is required. Club Director: Justin Janer
  • After School - Pinewood Children's Choir Grades 3-6
    Experience the joy of singing with your classmates! Students are invited to join the Pinewood Children's Choir at the beginning of the academic year; no experience is required. The choir goes on field trips, shares the stage with the Upper Campus choirs, sings for retirement homes, performs at the Winter and Spring concerts, and ends the year with the Festival of Music at Great America! Club Director: Justin Janer
  • Gardening Club Grades 3-6
    Do you love spending time outdoors? Are you curious about nature? If you enjoy learning about science while engaging in hands-on, earth-friendly projects which promote an awareness of ecology, botany, outdoor recreation, and conservation, then this activity is for you. Come spend Thursday afternoons outdoors with friends in the school garden learning how to grow your own fruits, flowers, and vegetables. Help to create various themed gardens - a pizza garden, salsa garden, butterfly garden, hummingbird garden, and more. Learn how to use the food scraps from lunch and turn them into rich compost with the help of earthworms. Plant and harvest (and then eat!) food that you have grown yourself. Come join the fun and spend Thursday afternoons in the sun! Club Director: Sarah Haun
  • Maker Club Grades 5-6 CLUB FULL - JOIN WAITLIST
    Design, Engineer, Prototype, Create, and Tinker away in Pinewood’s iMaginarium Maker Lab. This club will focus on a new build project and design theme every 1-2 months. We will utilize all of the tools at our disposal as well as our imaginations to create something amazing from scratch. Students will learn about the design process, skills surrounding tool use, and concepts in science, technology, and engineering. We utilize CAD software with our 3D printers and laser cutter to build amazing projects. In prior years we've made wall clocks, desk lamps, light sabers, bluetooth speakers, interactive game controllers, and much more. We also take part in outside events and competitions, including the Cardboard Challenge in October, and The Tech Challenge in April. Note: A separate materials fee will be required with each approximate bi-monthly theme. Note: Enrollment is limited to the first 20 students. Club Director: Jonathan Brusco

Friday

  • Awesome Authors and Artists Grades 3-5
    This workshop is the perfect opportunity for the enthusiastic writer and artist to get opportunities to be creative, work hard, and have fun! Topics include the usage of grammar to make writing more exciting, powerful paragraphs, writing games, personification, poetry, group and partner activities, and more! The structure taught in the workshop, while in the realm of creativity, will be sure to carry over into your child’s school day and help them improve their writing abilities. Space is very limited; contact Laura Huff at laurahuff1122@yahoo.com directly to inquire about availability in the workshop and to register. Club Director: Laura Huff
  • Chess Club Grades 3-6
    Bay Area Chess combines fun and learning while promoting a team spirit where everyone helps each other succeed and improve. Our chess program will cover the very basics for new students to the game and we can challenge experienced players with more advanced concepts. Students will have the opportunity to learn the moves of the pieces, opening strategy, tactics, checkmates and endgame play. Students will also learn valuable life skills through chess, such as winning and losing with grace, sportsmanship, planning and team spirit. Our mission is to transform and enrich the lives of students through chess. Click here for more information and to access the registration form. Registration and fees are handled directly by Bay Area Chess.

3-6 Club Policies

Before-/After-School Clubs (sponsored by Pinewood School)

Session Dates and Times

  • Clubs begin the first week of school and end two weeks prior to the last day of school.
  • After-school clubs are in session from 3:30pm-4:45pm.
  • Middle Campus only: Before-school clubs are in session before the first class of the day.
Payment Policies
  • Club fees ($90/month per club) will be billed monthly, in advance.
  • If a student enrolls in a club mid-month, the full monthly fee will be due and payable.
  • If a student's club enrollment ends mid-month, the full monthly fee will be due and payable.
  • Pro-rated refunds of club fees are not available.
  • If you wish to cancel your student's club enrollment, an online cancellation form must be submitted by the 10th of the month prior to non-enrollment. If the online cancellation form is not received by the deadline, the full monthly club fee will be due and payable.
Registration/Cancellation
  • Pinewood-sponsored club enrollments/cancellations must be made online: no exceptions.
  • If you wish to cancel your student's club enrollment, an online cancellation form must be submitted by the 10th of the month prior to non-enrollment. If the online cancellation form is not received by the deadline, the full monthly club fee will be due and payable.
  • Registration is not required for after-school supervision or extra-curricular activities.

After-School Workshops/Classes (outside vendors)

Session Dates and Times

  • Workshops/Classes typically begin the first week of school and end dates vary by vendor.
  • Workshops/Classes are typically in session from 3:30pm-4:45pm.
Payment Policies/Registration/Cancellation
  • All workshop/class fees are paid directly to the vendor.
  • A registration form can be accessed via a link in each workshop/class description.
  • All enrollments and registration confirmations are the responsibility of the vendor.
  • If you wish to cancel your student's enrollment, please email the vendor.

3-6 After-School Supervision

Session Dates and Times

  • After-school supervision begins the first day of school and ends one day prior to the last day of school.
  • After-school supervision is available Monday through Friday from 3:45pm-5:30pm.
  • Lower Campus and Middle Campus both close at 5:30pm.

Payment Policies

  • Fees will be billed the following month:
    • $10.00 - dismissal until 4:00pm
    • $25.00 - 3:45pm until 5:30pm
    • $10.00 - 5:00pm until 5:30pm (after clubs)
    • After 5:30pm charges are $1.00 per minute

Registration

  • Registration is not required for after-school supervision.
  • Some students are in after-school supervision on a regular basis, however a drop-in option is available.
  • Any student enrolled in a Pinewood after-school club or a vendor workshop/class may also attend supervision until 5:30pm.

3-6 Extracurricular Activities

Community Service (3-6)

Community service helps broaden a student’s awareness of families in need and provides opportunities to help meet those needs. Middle Campus students organize and conduct community service projects during the academic year. Participation in these programs is strictly voluntary.

Environmental Club (3-6)

Come join us as we brainstorm fun and creative ways to help save the planet! The Friday lunch meetings will include planning for environmentally friendly practices at Pinewood including recycling initiatives, endangered animals awareness and sponsorship, Earth Day activities and more.

Guitar Club (3-6)

You are invited to guitar club on Mondays during lunch recess! Students will learn the open chords as well as proper strumming and picking techniques, all while learning to play and sing fun folk and popular songs.A child-sized acoustic (nylon-stringed) guitar is recommended. This club is free, but space is limited and weekly participation is required. For more information, please contact Lauren Post.

Intramurals (3-6)

Intramurals is a very simple, yet fun activity that helps develop the values of teamwork and sportsmanship. At the beginning of each semester, the sixth grade team captains select players from among the entire student body and include participants from every grade level. Throughout the term a variety of games are chosen as the teams compete against each other during the lunch recess. Towards the end of the semester, campus playoffs are held as teams vie for the league championship. Though this is a voluntary activity, over 80% of the student body participates each term.

Nature Bridge - Yosemite (6)

The Nature Bridge environmental science program in Yosemite National Park offers our 6th grade students the opportunity to learn hands-on science in one of the world’s most stunning geologic wonders. This residential outdoor science program is led by experienced educators. Students will hike through the dramatic landscapes of Yosemite, explore ancient groves of giant sequoias, and challenge themselves to reach the tops of waterfalls. Students will explore the geologic history of the Sierra Nevada; engage in field research projects, such as macroinvertebrate biomonitoring; and discover how the environment has supported humans, from the early Miwok to the present. Students will be empowered to see how their actions impact their community and the world around them through service learning projects, such as removing invasive species that threaten biodiversity in the Park. Finally, students will connect with one another and form long-lasting bonds with their classmates which will carry them through their 6th grade year and beyond.

Organization Club (6)

Are you a sixth grader who likes fun, colorful school supplies and personalizing your planner? Are you in need of a little help in wrangling all of your books and papers? Are you an organization buff who wants to share your expertise with others? Each Thursday during lunch/lunch recess, Organization Club members meet to practice building valuable planning habits and study skills while working together to stay organized. Bring your lunch and your friends, and get ready to take down that mountain in your take-home folder once and for all!

Paw Prints, Middle Campus Newspaper (3-6)

Ever wonder how the Pinewood Newspaper gets printed? Who takes all the photos? How do they find the articles? Join the Pinewood Newspaper staff and find out for yourself! Have a blast conducting interviews around campus, "getting the scoop" at athletic events, and finding jokes and recipes to include in the monthly issue. Feel the thrill of seeing your face on the front page of the school paper, all the while improving your writing skills. Weekly staff meetings are held every first and third Tuesday during lunch recess.

Science Fair (3-6)

The science fair is held each year and is optional for students in the third through fifth grades. Students in sixth grade are required to enter a project, but may work with a partner. All entries will cover either research and presentation of a scientific topic or demonstration of a scientific experiment.

Student Leadership Council (3-6)

The Student Leadership Council (SLC) consists of students who have been elected by their peers. The SLC focuses on developing leadership skills, organizing school activities, and creating community service opportunities. Weekly meetings are held on Wednesdays during lunch/lunch recess.

Student Hosts for Student Guests (3-6)

Pinewood students must be recommended by a member of the faculty in order to serve as hosts for visiting students. Student hosts will be given their responsibilities for the day prior to their guests arrival.

Westward Adventure (4)

An overnight field trip to Sacramento and the Gold Country. Our students will spend two days immersing themselves in the lives of the pioneers; learning why people migrated to California and experiencing the struggles they faced. Students will spend one night in tents along the American River, tour Sutter’s Fort, and visit the Railroad Museum in Sacramento.

Upper Campus | Grades 7-12

Junior High School Enrichment Electives | Grades 7-8 | 2019-20

Monday

  • Competitive Debate Team Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm
    Parliamentary debate is coming to Pinewood! The Competitive Debate Team is practice/research-focused and competes at both Pacific Coast tournaments and invitationals. Learn more about Club Parli at Pinewood >> Director: Club Parli
  • Board Game Design Mondays from 3:30-5:00 pm
    Enjoy board games? Interested in a career in game design? Join math teacher Ms. Phillips (former “game guru” at Victory Point Games) for a fun-filled year of board game play and design. We will meet once a week after school on Mondays to play and learn games of a variety of genres - party, strategy, luck, Euro-style, cooperative, deckbuilding, hand management, heavy strategy, light strategy, and more! Then, in the Spring, we will begin to work on our own game designs, culminating with a playtesting session at the end of the year (friends and family are welcome!). We will also have at least one visit from a successful local board game designer. Understanding how to design a great board game helps develop planning, problem solving, and logical thinking skills, which are applicable to many aspects of life and career. They can also be used in building video games and many other story-based forms of entertainment. And playing new board games is tons of fun! Club Advisor: Rachel Phillips

Tuesday

  • Junior Music Explorers Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm
    As a bridge between the music class in Middle Campus and the music electives in High School, 7th and 8th grade musicians who play any instrument can join the weekly Junior Music Explorers to explore music in a fun group setting. A faculty advisor will guide the students through selecting pieces to explore, how to arrange them for the group’s instruments, and how to bring them to life as a self-directed ensemble. Although there will be informal performances, emphasis will be placed on understanding the music and how to play as a group, with portions of the pieces containing improvisation. We'll have fun, rock out, and all become better, more well-rounded musicians. Note: Students will not be taught how to play their instrument, so at least a year of studious experience or equivalent ability is strongly recommended. Club Advisor: Will Rees

Wednesday

  • Chorus Wednesdays from 7:00-7:50 am
    Junior High Chorus is open to all interested students. The choir rehearses once a week and performs publicly several times during the year, at California's Great America Festival of Music and for 8th Grade Graduation. Fun and serious pieces, from very old works to very new, comprise the group’s repertoire. Through practice and dedication the shy and the seasoned singer achieve proficiency. Club Advisor: Betsy Johnson
  • Competitive Debate Team Monday and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm
    Parliamentary debate is coming to Pinewood! The Competitive Debate Team is practice/research-focused and competes at both Pacific Coast tournaments and invitationals. Learn more about Club Parli at Pinewood >> Director: Club Parli

Thursday

High School Clubs | Grades 9-12 | 2019-20

Clubs meet on designated days at lunch, unless otherwise noted.

Monday

  • Competitive Debate Team Mondays from 5:15-7:15 pm
    Parliamentary debate is coming to Pinewood! The Competitive Debate Team is practice/research-focused and competes at both Pacific Coast tournaments and invitationals. Members of this team will also be required to meet Wednesday mornings from 7:00-8:00 am. Learn more about Club Parli at Pinewood >> Director: Club Parli
  • Book Club
    Pinewood's book club offers the chance to read and discuss books just for fun in a low-pressure atmosphere. Students select a title outside of the prescribed school curriculum and meet on a monthly basis for an enriching discussion over yummy snacks. Recent selections have included Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, and Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis. In addition, we interact with the content on a deeper level by exploring relevant world issues related to the book we are reading; for example, one of last year’s picks, Jason Reynold’s Long Way Down, opened up a discussion about gang violence amongst teens in America. True to the belief that literature is, and should be, a shared experience, the group also holds fundraisers, such as the used book drive in partnership with the African Library Project, and goes on field trips, including last year’s excursion to see the movie version of Ready Player One. Come read with us! Club Advisor: Holly Phillips
  • Creative Writing Club
    Pinewood's creative writing club aims to create a space where the process of writing matters more than the finished product, where ‘it was fun making this!’ triumphs over ‘my final draft is perfect.’ For those who might care about both, we provide focused workshops in character building, plot pacing, and other elements of writing. We do most of our writing during club meetings, rather than requiring members to do work at home, and try to keep writing as fun and stress-free as possible. As a community, we also learn from each other: we host group editing sessions where everyone can share and discuss their pieces, and we run a monthly intercampus workshop where we mentor budding Middle Campus writers. Club Advisor: Sabrina Strand
  • TedX Club
    The TEDx Pinewood Club aims to put on events where professionals, students, faculty, parents, etc. can share their ideas and stories with the Pinewood community! Members of the club do all of the behind-the-scenes work in organizing these events, including coming up with themes, inviting speakers, etc. Members also get a chance to speak at these events if they wish to. The club has already put on one event called Plugged In, where two students and one teacher spoke about the different ways that modern technology affects us. The club is a great way to better connect the Pinewood community! Club Advisor: Gabriel Lemmon
  • Technology Club
    The goal of the Technology Club is to prepare students to meet the challenges of the technology-rich 21st century. Members use science, technology, engineering, and computing skills to devise solutions to the problems facing their communities and the environment. All members have the opportunity to participate in National and International contests. Members form teams and work with their advisor or mentor to develop a real life solution to the contest challenge. The club meets weekly during the school year and after school for certain months, depending on the contest. Club Advisor: Haggai Mark

Wednesday

  • Competitive Debate Team Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00 am
    Parliamentary debate is coming to Pinewood! The Competitive Debate Team is practice/research-focused and competes at both Pacific Coast tournaments and invitationals. Members of this team will also be required to meet Monday evenings from 5:15-7:15 pm. Learn more about Club Parli at Pinewood >> Director: Club Parli

Friday

  • Interact Club
    Interact, a nationwide service organization affiliated with Rotary International, gives students the opportunity to serve their community in an organized and coordinated manner. Club members participate in activities that benefit the school, the community, and the environment. Interact meets twice a month on Fridays, alternating with the Health Science Club. Club Advisor: Monica Ventrice
  • Health Science Club
    The aim of the Health Science Club is to provide a space for Pinewood students to pursue interests in a science/medical-oriented career. The club often has guest speakers from the science field come in to talk (this includes doctors, engineers, Pinewood alumni, etc.), learns basic first aid skills such as CPR, reads a medical book as a group, attends a science convention/museum as a field trip, has a science/medicine theme for each meeting where they discuss different issues that students would otherwise not have exposure to, watches related documentaries/movies, and fundraises to support the health of developing countries. The Health Science Club meets twice a month on Fridays, alternating with the Interact Club. Club Advisor: Kim Hudson
  • Green Coalition
    The Green Coalition is a group of students and teachers who are passionate about the environment and want to make Pinewood and the surrounding community more green. We look for ways to increase sustainability on campus, involve community members, and participate in community service. In our first year, we raised money for the World Wildlife Fund, hosted a succulent-plant station at Jamboree, bought reusable silverware for the faculty, phased out the 8 oz single-use plastic water bottles previously offered at lunch service, planted a native-plant garden, and increased the amount of recycling bins on campus. The Green Coalition is open to all students and faculty on Upper Campus and meets every other Friday at lunch. Club Advisors: Sarah Prestwood, Caitlin Miller, and Monica Ventrice.

Other

  • Robotics Club Saturdays
    Robotics is a student-run organization where the first semester is spent learning about robotics, electronics, and programing, and the second semester is spent designing and building a robot and using it to compete. Students begin by building simple robots and discovering various aspects of robotics and how robotics relates to real life problems. By the end of the year students will have built a robot from scratch that will be able to solve a specific problem or navigate through a specific course. Club Advisors: Larry Mendoza, Dean Reece
  • Pinewood Literary Magazine, Tabula Rasa Sporadic meetings
    Tabula Rasa is a student-produced publication that showcases the writing and artistic talents of Upper Campus students. It is published at least once each school year. Club Advisors: Sabrina Strand and David Wells

High School Extracurricular Electives | Grades 9-12

The following extracurricular activities are considered graded classes and are part of a student's weekly schedule for the term (with the exception of Drama / Musical Theater).

Journalism

The Pinewood newspaper, The Perennial, gives all interested students firsthand experience in the production and circulation of a monthly newspaper. Emphasis is placed on news, editorial, feature and sports writing. Reporters are responsible for researching, interviewing and writing the final copy of stories assigned to them. Students also have opportunities to learn layout, design, editing skills, circulation management, photography and computer graphics. Contact: Kim Wetzel

Pinewood Singers

The Pinewood Singers are a mixed voice ensemble of high school men and 11th/12th grade women. Focus is on building good vocal technique and musicianship skills to build a unified choral sound and create dynamic and musically sensitive performances. The group performs a wide range of music in many different styles and languages. They participate in Disney’s Magic Music Days every other year, rotating with an international touring opportunity. Past tours include: Vienna and Prague (2017), Paris and Bruges (2015); Frascati/Rome Choral Festival at the Vatican (2013); London International Choral Festival (2011) and Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City (2011). Contact: Katie Linza

Technical Theater

Technical Theater gives students a hands-on opportunity to be involved with the creative and technical elements of theater production including, but not limited to: scene design, construction, painting, and lighting and sound design. “Techies” work from concept to creation on at least four shows per semester. Students may be asked to work during the shows as house manager, backstage as stage manager or crew member, or board operator in the sound and lighting booth. Contact: Doug Eivers

Women’s Chorus

The Women’s Chorus is a choral ensemble consisting of 9th and 10th grade women. The group performs a wide range of music in many different styles and languages. Women's Chorus focuses on building good vocal technique and musicianship skills to build a unified choral sound and create dynamic and musically sensitive performances. Women’s Chorus will also prepare singers to join the Pinewood Singers as 11th and 12th graders. This group participates in Disney’s Magic Music Days every other year, rotating with an international touring opportunity. Past tours include: Vienna and Prague (2017), Paris and Bruges (2015); Frascati/Rome Choral Festival at the Vatican (2013); London International Choral Festival (2011) and Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City (2011). Contact: Katie Linza

Drama / Musical Theatre

High school students present two productions during the year—a play in the fall and a musical in the spring. All interested students will be asked to audition for the director and will be cast accordingly. Each production runs nine to sixteen weeks, with rehearsals held primarily after school. Rehearsals will culminate in a run of fully produced performances open to the public. Note: This activity is not included as part of a student's weekly schedule and is taken for a "Pass" credit. Contact: Katie Linza or Doug Eivers

Yearbook

Yearbook staff members learn the skills involved in putting together a yearbook or similar publication by utilizing computer applications for design, layout, computer graphic presentation, cropping, copy writing, editing and photography. Members of the editorial staff are also responsible for training new students in order to perpetuate a talented and skilled staff. Contact: Kyle Riches

High School Honor Societies | Grades 9-12

National Honor Society

Membership in the Pinewood Chapter of the National Honor Society is open to selected seniors who show a commitment to academic achievement, leadership, service, and character. In addition to these qualities, and to be eligible for membership, students must have a cumulative 3.85 GPA by end of junior year, complete an application, and be approved by select members of the Pinewood faculty.

English Honor Society

The English Honor Society recognizes seniors who demonstrate excellence and intellectual curiosity in the fields of literature and writing. Requirements include a B+ average or above in the department's AP and Honors courses, consistent academic integrity and attendance records, and endorsement by members of the English Department. Responsibilities include attending meetings, volunteering for at least five hours per year in English Workshop, and helping the English Department with special occasions.

French Honor Society

The French Honor Society is an honorary group of French 2–5 students with high achievement in their French classes. Students meet on a periodic basis and are involved in various cultural activities including weekend museum visits, music events, luncheons, and theater attendance. Members are required to serve as assistants in World Language workshop, attend all meetings, and participate in at least one activity per semester.

Spanish Honor Society

The Spanish Honor Society is a Pinewood-affiliated organization open to juniors and seniors in Spanish 3-5 AP. Students are recommended by their teachers for demonstrating a passion for the Spanish language and culture and having a record of high achievement in their courses. Students attend meetings once per semester, participate in a variety of cultural activities on and off campus, and complete five hours of service.

Art Honor Society

The Art Honor Society is an honorary group of high school students who have completed four semesters of Studio Art with an “A-” or better and received the recommendation of an art faculty member. Art Honor Society members volunteer five hours of art-related service and participate in various art shows throughout the year.

Math Honor Society

The Math Honor Society is comprised of students who have taken, or are currently enrolled in, Calculus, AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC, and that have performed with outstanding academic achievement through- out their mathematics courses. The students of the Math Honor Society are responsible for the planning and presentation of Pinewood’s annual Pi-Day event.

Science Honor Society

The Science Honor Society recognizes juniors and seniors who have shown exemplary achievement in at least two years of physics, chemistry, and biology and who have been recommended by two of their science teachers.

Student Leadership | Grades 7-12

Associated Student Body (9-12)

ASB (Associated Student Body) officers, class officers, class advisors, and the activity advisor make up the Student Council. The council is responsible for scheduling and organizing assemblies, rallies, dances, special sporting and social events, and other activities. Elections for ASB, senior, junior, and sophomore class officers are held in the spring. Freshman student council members are elected in the fall. All officers must maintain a 3.0 GPA and set a positive example for fellow students. Faculty Advisor: Jackee Bruno.

Jr High School (7-8)

Working closely with their faculty advisor, the Junior High Student Council organizes, plans and implements service projects, 7th and 8th grade dances, and participation in school spirit activities. Faculty Advisor: Elaina Tyson.

"As a freshman coming into Pinewood, I never imagined I would get involved in so many things – sports teams, clubs, student government, and an a cappella singing group! Everything is so visible on campus, and all you have to say is, 'I want to try that, too.'"
– Pinewood Student