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Co-Curricular Activities and Clubs

Art Club

The NVTHS Art Club meets every other Thursday from September to May.

Students who join learn more about "Fine Arts and Crafts".  Students create pieces to be sold at the FON Craft Fair in November with sales helping to support the Art Club. Students also learn about local artists and observe art work via in person or through a local Art Museum. Students also prepare all year long for our Annual NVTHS Art Show  & Competition that takes place in May, in which all local schools in our district can participate by submitting art work for the show.  The Art Show & Competition is sponsored and held at NVTHS and after the show, art pieces are moved to a local Art Gallery in Lowell for the weekend. Awards and prizes are given out for First place, Second place, Third place, and Honorable Mention.

 Band, Chorus and Tri-M

The Band and Choral programs are open to anyone with any experience level. Although it is offered as an in school class, students can participate in the program with after school rehearsals. Band rehearsals are Tuesdays after school until 3:30, and Choral rehearsals are Thursdays after school until 3:30. The Chorus and Band program have two concerts a year, one in December and one in May. Contemporary and classic hits are the musical focus. Students can also audition for Eastern Junior District Ensembles.

Tri-M (Modern Music Masters) is an international honor society for high school students that participate in band or chorus. Tri-M members have opportunities for extra performances and participate in a special recital each year. We have performed at local nursing homes, Nashoba Valley Ski Area, and the State House. Students must maintain an average of “C” or better in all academic classes and a “B” or better in music to join Tri-M. Members of the band and chorus after school program are welcome to join. The main duties of members is to assist in fundraising and to help run the music program to be the most successful it can be.

Culinary Club

The Culinary club is a student driven club that draws in students who might not want to actually be in Culinary as a shop, but might want to take up culinary as a hobby.  The students who run the club are actually in Culinary Arts and they teach their fellow students how to create different savory dishes and baked goods.  We have completed items such as cupcakes, mac-n-cheese, and cream puffs.  Students enjoy learning different cooking techniques to mixing methods.  The club meets every second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

DECA

Goal(s): DECA is a student-centered organization, in high schools and colleges around the globe, whose program of leadership and personal development is designed specifically for students who study marketing, finance, hospitality and management.  It prepares members to be academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible and experienced leaders. At Nashoba Tech DECA is open to grades 10 -12 students who are in Marketing or Hospitality and each member has the opportunity to participate in qualifying competitions at district, state and international conferences.

Activities: DECA Club members learn problem solving, communication and presentation skills, as well as case study analysis.  There are multiple DECA events for students to compete by themselves or with a partner; examples include: Accounting, Apparel & Accessories Marketing, Retail Merchandising, Restaurant and Hotel Management, Sports Marketing, Business Finance, Entrepreneurship, etc. The DECA experience offers its members a distinct edge in their pursuit of college and career.

Digital Media Club

The Digital Media Club provides opportunities for students to develop new skills, share knowledge about social posts, and collaborate with fellow peers. This fun group of individuals works alongside the Friends of Nashoba to build community awareness of fundraising events and school activities. Together, they create marketing campaigns that reach members of the sending communities while building their resumes' and enjoying a fun and social atmosphere. Students also earn community service hours by completing marketing tasks.

Projects include full development of marketing strategies around three major FON fundraising events - the Haunted 5K, the Craft Fair, and Trivia Night. Throughout the year, students also assist in updating the FON web pages and help tell success stories of our many talented Nashoba Tech students.

The club has industry professional mentors who provide guidance and support for students. Gain experience with Facebook, Twitter, Canva, Google Docs, web design, programming and HTML. No prior experience required; we will learn as we go! We hope you will join us!

GSA

The Nashoba Tech Gay-Straight Alliance is an organization founded in the principles of supporting students who are themselves, or have family members and friends who are, gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning, or transgender.  Our group provides a welcoming environment for students and aids in preventing discrimination and prejudice in our school community.  The group also serves as a way to connect with statewide representatives, initiatives, while providing support and resources. Activities include:

  • Meetings with discussions around current events, inside and outside of school
  • Coverage of educational topics
  • Attendance at Northeast Regional GSA Meetings

Horticulture Club

The Horticulture Club at Nashoba Tech is a student-run group that meets once or twice a month, based on the seasons. Students develop an appreciation for the natural world and an understanding of environmental responsibilities by engaging in activities, both outside and in the school greenhouse. The mission of the Horticulture Club is to promote the enjoyment of gardening and environmental conservation through school-wide activities and community outreach projects. Students participate in working in the Herb Garden and growing plants in the greenhouse. Fundraising events include Daffodil Days to benefit the American Cancer Society, selling poinsettias and raffling off bouquets for Valentine’s Day and Mother's Day. In May, students assist the veterans in the beautification of the Chelmsford Veteran Memorial Park for their yearly Community Outreach Project.

Mock Trial

Essentially, Mock Trial is more or less that it sounds like: High school students act out a civil or criminal trial (alternating years) by arguing their assigned side before a volunteer judge in a real court house. Students take on the roles of lawyer, witness and defendant to "act out" the trial. For each match, the teams' alternate sides (prosecution or defense). This means students must know both sides of the case! 

Fun Fact: Mock Trial is even available in post-secondary settings for both undergraduate and law students.

Why join Mock Trial?
-Promote an understanding of the law, court procedures, and our legal
  system
-Develop life skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and reasoning
-Develop advocacy, communication, and collaboration skills between
  students
-Firsthand experience in law professions and law-related academics

National Honor Society & National Technical Honor Society

The National Honor Society is a nationwide organization that inducts high school students based on the following four pillars:  Scholarship, Service, Leadership, and Character.  Eligible students must be in their sophomore, junior, or senior year, and must have a cumulative GPA of an 85 and above, and grades of “B’s” and above in all classes.  Candidates also need to demonstrate their willingness to volunteer within their school and community and their willingness to be student leaders with good character and good disciplinary and attendance records.  There is an application process every March, and students are selected for membership by a designated faculty council.  Members are then inducted in a formal ceremony in April.  In addition to Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s National Honor Society, there is also an opportunity for students to apply for the National Technical Honor Society. 

 The National Technical Honor Society is a nationwide organization that gives recognition for superior achievement in career and technical fields.  Eligible students must be in their junior or senior year and demonstrate a GPA of 85 and above in their technical programs.  They and also need to undergo an application process in March to be approved by the faculty council, and are inducted to the society in April.

Robotics Club

The robotics club, open to all students, participates in an annual competition organized by FIRST Robotics. The competition provides a new game each year that challenges students to devise strategies, programs, and hardware in order to win matches. This is a student driven challenge, where team members make decisions and solve the problems with only minimal input from mentors. Competition is always competitive and cooperative, and focused on “gracious professionalism.” Our team also supports and mentors middle school students involved in FIRST Lego League, culminating in a regional competition at NVTHS hosted and run by the club. Seniors on the FIRST Robotics team are eligible to apply for significant scholarship opportunities.

SADD (Students against Destructive Decisions)

SADD’s mission is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives. SADD accomplishes this by creating, equipping, and sustaining a network of student-run chapters in schools and communities focused on peer-to-peer education. SADD fosters a sense of belonging and promotes resiliency, leadership, and advocacy skills so that young people make positive life decisions that will carry them throughout life.

  • SADD is an inclusive organization, welcoming all youth who seek support for healthy and safe development.
  • SADD is a respectful organization that invites active youth participation and expects youth leadership. Youth voices will be sought out, respected, strengthened, shared, and affirmed. SADD will endorse this approach at all levels of the organization (local, state, and national) and will encourage others to also incorporate this approach.

We promote a broad understanding of the risks facing youth and the importance of reinforcing protective factors. We do this through scientifically supported programs and practices and by sharing youth voices and youth perspectives on issues and laws and policies that involve the education, culture, health, safety, and treatment of youth.

Ski Club

The Nashoba Tech Ski Club is open to all students enrolled at Nashoba Valley Technical High School. Both experienced and novice skiers/snowboarders are welcome to join and are encouraged to participate. The Ski Club has made local trips to Wachusett Mountain and Nashoba Valley Ski Area, and every year, the club organizes a weekend retreat to Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine for two days of skiing and boarding.

SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.

All of our students participate in our Nashoba Valley Technical High School SkillsUSA Chapter. Students prepare throughout the year in their technical area to compete at The District Leadership Conference that takes place in March. The goal of the District SkillsUSA Championships is to assess contestant’s competence in their specific occupational area and in employability skills, development and safety through standardized testing. Students displaying the greatest level of competency will advance to the Massachusetts SkillsUSA Championships.

At the Massachusetts SkillsUSA Championships, students demonstrate their level of competency in hands-on skills competition, standardized occupational testing and employability skills testing. Students that place in the top 3 of their competition earn medals and the 1st place student’s advance to the National SkillsUSA Championships which are held in Louisville, Kentucky.

At the SkillsUSA National Championships, more than 6,000 students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill areas each June. These national technical competitions help establish industry standards for job skill training and entry-level workers.

For the past 4 years, Nashoba Valley Technical High School students have earned the honor of advancing to the National SkillsUSA Championships to represent Nashoba Valley Technical High School.

Student Council/Government

The Class Officers consist of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The class officers are selected through a competitive application and interview process. The class officers are responsible for planning fun events, implementing fundraisers, disseminating information to their classmates, and to be the point people for the needs and wants of their respective Class. Events managed by the class officers vary from year to year but past events have included: Homecoming Dance, Spirit Week, College Fair, Pep Rally, and Prom. A major goal of each Class is to raise money through various fundraisers so that the class has ample money for senior year activities. Most importantly, the Class Officers work together with other class officers to promote a sense of positive school spirit throughout Nashoba Tech.

Viking Mentor Program Description

The Viking Mentors are a group of selected junior students who help the freshmen students adjust to the high school environment. Interested students in being a mentor can apply at the end of their sophomore year through an application process that includes an essay, interview, and teacher input. This highly competitive selection process looks for students who are positive, outgoing, and will build strong connections with their freshmen students. Once the Viking Mentors are selected, they are trained on how to be great mentors. Each Viking Mentor is matched with a group of freshmen students who they are responsible for reaching out to over the summer and continue to connect with throughout the school year. The Viking Mentors attend summer events with the freshmen so that they can feel a strong and familiar connection with their peers and Nashoba Tech. The hope is that freshmen students will always have a positive role model who they look up to.

Viking Theatre Company

The Viking Theatre Company produces multiple productions throughout the course of the year, and features students from technical programs across the building. In the fall, students produce a full-length musical, learning music, dance, acting, and technical/design skills. In the winter, students compete in the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild's High School One-Act Play Competition. Students work as production team members and designers for both productions during the year. Additional performing and tech opportunities are made available through smaller performances at events such as Open Houses, Showcase Nights, and Conference Field Trips.

The Viking Voice

The Viking Voice School Newspaper Club is an exciting opportunity for students to be a part of a real, working, student-run, news organization. The newspaper club meets once a month to plan, assign, write, and edit stories for upcoming Viking Voice editions. Students are given assignments to attend, photograph, and write about important school and community events. Stories are then edited by Mr. Sullivan, and arranged by the student lay-out editor for publication. Past issues have included: compelling stories on sports teams, clubs, school events, student achievements, honored guests and visitors, nonprofit fundraisers, and community activities. Come discover all the excitement by joining The Viking Voice!

Yearbook Club

The Nashoba Tech Yearbook Club is responsible for the planning, design, production, and distribution of the school's annual Yearbook. The Club usually meets twice a month (Tuesdays on "A" week, typically) after school in the Design & Visual Communications classroom. Under the direction of the student Editorial Staff, the Club helps determine the look and layout of the book, content for special sections like Nashoba Tech Moments and Superlatives, the Dedication, and the design of the cover. The Yearbook Club is also responsible for organizing and managing the content of the book; such as photos, quotes and stories, illustrations, or other visual elements. Although each year's Yearbook has a special focus on the Senior Class, students from all grade levels are welcome to attend and participate.