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Academic Class Activities
Class standing is based on the number of credits earned. Entering 8th grade students and high school students earning less than 5 academic credits are classified as freshmen students. To be recognized as a sophomore, the student must have earned 5 credits; a junior, 11 credits; a senior, 15 or more credits. Each academic class elects class officers who meet monthly to plan class activities, fundraisers, and other events. Students are strongly encouraged to attend meetings and join in activities. Money raised is used to defray costs of class activities, such as the prom and senior trip.
Environmental Club
Open to any interested student, the Environmental Club focuses on activities and projects concerning the environment.
Future Farmers of America is directly involved with the Agricultural Program. It is a club of students interested in vocational agriculture. In addition to other activities, members take part in various field days and contests.
The goal of our GSA is to bring students across the gender and sexuality spectrum together to create a climate of acceptance and respect for everyone. We welcome ALL students. At our meetings, we will engage in advocacy, consider education, and come together to have fun, bridge divides and make a difference!
International Thespians
This international organization grants membership to students for their work in Theater Arts. The Thespians sponsor the annual theatrical productions. Inductions are held in the spring to initiate students into local Troupe #259. A point system is used to determine student's membership qualifications. Students receive approximately 1 point for each 10 hours of work in Theater Arts.
Math Team
Students compete in the New York State Math League Competition during the Fall and Winter. Students may also compete in the American Mathematical Competition at Potsdam College in February and St. Lawrence University's Pi Mu Epsilon Math Competition in the Spring. After school training session are held for the college competitions.
Model United Nations
Students meet to debate world issues, research current issues and countries in the UN, and go to conferences where they debate with students from other schools. In addition to conferences, students may also engage in Model Congress, historical simulations and cabinet simulations.
Reality Check
Reality check is youth-led, adult supervised, program dedicated to exposing the manipulative and deceptive marketing tactics of the tobacco industry. Youth from across the state work to produce change in their communities through grassroots mobilization and education while empowering youth to see that they are more than just Replacement Smokers for the tobacco industry and that they can become leaders in their community. 
It's way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.

Students will use a robot kit that is reusable from year to year and can be coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming. Each season includes Regional competitions and the possibility for state FIRST events. Visit FIRST for more information and this year's robot game!
School Newspaper
Students are primarily responsible for writing, publishing, and distributing the school newspaper, The Bear, (Currently Inactive.)
School Plays
The Thespians sponsor at least two productions every year. One is a musical; the other may be a comedy, drama, or some other play. All students may choose to partake in some aspect of the production. Students need not to be Thespians to be involved. People are needed for set design, stage crew, props, orchestra, costumes, and makeup. Practices are usually in the evenings. 
Science Olympiad
Founded in 1984, Science Olympiad is the premier team STEM competition in the nation, providing standards-based challenges to 6,000 teams at 425 tournaments in all 50 states. In grades 6-12, Science Olympiad functions much like a football or soccer team, requiring preparation, commitment, coaching and practice throughout the year. Each school-based team is allowed to bring 15 students who cross-train for a variety of events in their skill set. The events may take the form of taking a test, building a device to compete with, performing a lab experiment, or other forms. Categories for events are life, personal & social science, earth and space science, physical science & chemistry, technology & engineering, and inquiry & nature of science. There are dozens of events each year, with names like Forensics, Write It Do It, Codebusters, Fossils, Geologic Mapping, Disease Detectives, Forestry, and many more. More information can be found on and
Spanish Club
This club involves students who have taken a Spanish course. It emphasizes activities based around the Spanish culture.
Student Council
This group works to promote better relations between faculty and students. Members are elected to represent each graduating class.
Varsity C Club
A student who has participated in and completed a varsity sport is automatically a member of the Varsity C Club. Club members raise money for projects that help improve our athletic program.
Whiz Quiz
Students prepare to compete academically against other school teams. Competitions are televised.
Yearbook (Algonquin)
The school yearbook is the Algonquin. Students on the yearbook staff are involved with all aspects of producing a quality yearbook from photography to layout.