School Clubs & Programs
Every school in WSD incorporates school programs and extracurricular activities focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Students are given the opportunity to share common interests, socialize, and participate in activities with a focus on treating others with kindness and respect and learning how to be a good partner/team member/community member.
As a result, students form stronger relationships with a wider range of individuals, broadening their understanding, appreciation, and acceptance of other people, perspectives, and cultures to create a strong sense of belonging.
Check out some examples of school activities at each level below.
- Lessons and celebrations of different cultures, including presentations by families and friends
- Leadership and partnership opportunities such as Student Council and Kindergarten buddies where a 5th grader is paired with a kindergarten student to be their mentor
- Morning meetings, an opportunity for students to share something important or interesting in their lives - a great way to reinforce listening and learning about each other
- Service projects that support individuals in need as well as diverse organizations
- Culturally-responsive literature circles and themed books
- School-wide program to support community building between students and staff. The theme for the 2021-22 school year is Respect, Responsibility and Relationships, Re-engaging, Re-charging and Re-connecting.
- Partnership with the Guide Right Youth Development Program, a national leadership development initiative created and facilitated by members of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
- Outreach/Service Clubs
- Interact Club
- Wiss Pals
- Theme-based community building activities created each school year
- Asian Studies Club
- Celebrating All Students Achievements (CASA)
- Feminists Club
- Gay Straight Alliance
- Indian Culture Association
- Interact Club
- Jewish Student Union
- Key Club
- Model UN
- Wiss Pals
Students interested in starting a new club may contact the Activities and Athletics Director, Jim Cairnes.
All WSD schools celebrate diversity through Black History Month and events honoring Asian American, Hispanic American and Native American traditions.
In May, students, families and staff across the district participate in Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month, which celebrates the history and cultures of Asian American and Pacific Islanders in our country. In 2021, the Wiss Nation APA community shared photos of our students, staff, families, foods, cultures, and traditions. WHS TV students created more than 15 educational videos available on our YouTube channel.
In recognition of Black History Month last year, members of Celebrating All Students Achievement (CASA) created short educational videos about racial and social inequities which were shared in Social Studies classrooms each week. The videos conclude with a wrap-up question to further thought and/or discussion.
View Black History Month 2021 Playlist