Mr. Anthony Ferraro
Stargazing anyone? During club time, students will meet, discuss, and explore different astronomical events and topics that are decided upon by the group. Students will plan and organize trips such as stargazing and observing astronomical events. A goal of the club is to participate in competitions and connect with other clubs/teams who are also involved in astronomy. The Astronomy Club is a great place to find and meet people with similar interests in astronomy. It is really amazing what likeminded people can do together!
Black Student Union
Dr. Aleesha Grier-Rogers ’90
The Black Student Union provides a space for students who identify as Black to connect and learn more about their own diverse cultures and experiences. The BSU seeks to increase awareness of issues impacting the Black community as a whole and promote social justice. Our discussion sessions are open to those interested in learning about Black culture and advocating for social justice. Working with the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the BSU will help develop programming to celebrate Black culture throughout the year, including Black History Month and MLK Jr. Day. Members will also have the opportunity to participate in local cultural and diversity events.
Ms. Karleen Kubat
For students with some experience working with clay, this is a prerequisite. The time will be used to make ceramic work, both hand-built and thrown (wheel throwing will only be for those students who have wheel experience). Making bowls for our Empty Bowls fundraiser, which will take place at some point during the semester, is one project we will be aiming for.
Ms. Gail Mauthe, Ms. Elisa Laudati ’05, and Ms. Kate Daly ’05
The Coleman Group is a mentorship group that aims to empower young women at Cheshire Academy by developing their voice, their leadership skills, and their knowledge of topics that influence their gender. The Coleman Group is both a leadership opportunity and a network of supportive female relationships that prepares young women for success and overall well-being at Cheshire Academy and the world beyond.
Mr. Dan Mehleisen and Ms. Christine DeAngelo
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Students will gain valuable market experience while managing a mock portfolio. Investment opportunities and broader economic conditions will be discussed.
Ms. Allison Bass-Riccio and Ms. Sara Kelleher
The Diversity Club embraces different cultures and strives to create a world with better understanding and open-mindedness. We build connections with each other and whomever to initiate well-informed and meaningful conversations. We welcome all and encourage everyone to join.
Ms. Jennifer Dillon
The Eco Leaders is a student leadership organization committed to advancing environmental sustainability at all levels; individual, community and nationally. Eco Leaders approach sustainability from both an environmental as well as economic and cultural perspective. Students lead campus and community projects such as beach clean-ups, Earth Day celebrations, dorm recycling, and much more.
Mrs. Caron Quantick
The Garden Club works on outdoor projects around the Cheshire Academy campus, including planting and weeding the flower beds, maintain the community garden on campus, and volunteering at a local greenhouse/nursery.
Ms. Gail Mauthe
The Gay/Straight Alliance is a group of students who are allies for those who not only identify as gay or transgender, but also those who identify as a minority. The GSA sponsors social and educational events that celebrate diversity and individual differences. The group is a member of True Colors and GLAAD, two statewide organizations that provide resources and support to GSAs.
Good Day CA
Mrs. Kristin Ornato-Giano with Quinnipiac University interns
Good Day CA is a student-centered media club, which covers CA’s news, sports, and events. The club allows students with an interest in journalism, film, sports reporting, etc. to gain valuable hands-on experience to take to college and beyond. Students learn what it takes to be part of a production team of on-air personalities, producers, directors, editors, etc. Students also learn basic reporter skills in putting together news stories. The focus of the Journalism/Media Club is to teach members about journalism and how to become better communicators through critical thinking, objective writing, and storytelling. Club members also learn concepts and ideas for illustrating the information they are communicating. The main activity of this club and a practicum for the skills the members are being taught is the school broadcast, “Good Day CA.”
Ich Dien Society
Mrs. Caron Quantick
The Ich Dien Society is a student-run community service organization. Projects have included: two annual blood drives, a Pennies for Patients drive to fight childhood leukemia, and a schoolwide breast cancer awareness campaign during parents’ weekend to support the Play4theCure National Foundation for Cancer Research. This gives students a way to help their local community as well as the greater global community in which they live.
International Student Union
Ms. Cori Dykeman and Mr. Matthew Goetz
The International Student Union (ISU) is a group of students who work with the International Student Coordinator to organize trips and activities that highlight our diverse Global community.
Two unique events are our One World Different Cultures Day in the fall and our International Festival Weekend in the winter. OWDCD takes place during International Education Week in November each year. IEW is an opportunity to celebrate international education and travel worldwide and to learn more about the different cultures represented in our school community. During our International Festival Weekend, students, their families and our faculty and staff come together to represent their respective cultures and celebrate their traditions. This exciting annual event is full of traditional food, music, and performances.
The International Student Union is also a space for students to engage in discussion about different events happening in the world to help educate our community.
Mrs. Caron Quantick
Help Cheshire Academy “throw kindness around like confetti.” While kindness in our community is no one group’s job, the Kindness Club will organize and facilitate activities around campus to start the trend. The Kindness Club will partner with the Garden Club to enhance and maintain the Kindness Garden near the humanities courtyard, and other clubs as it is appropriate to keep kindness flowing in our community.
Magic: The Gathering Club
Mr. Samuel Fowler
The Magic: The Gathering Club meets weekly to practice, play, learn, and even watch Magic: The Gathering in its physical and digital forms. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been playing MTG for years or never picked up a card, we’ll get you settled with resources to play and peers to play against. Come learn and play the original modern trading card game!
Mr. Nathan Wright
The CA Math Club meets weekly to practice a range of questions in preparation for high-level math contests, designed to challenge even the most gifted high school mathematician. Representatives from the Math Club participate each year in regional, national, and internationally recognized contests and competitions, including the American Math Competition (AMC), The Math League, the Harvard-MIT Math Tournament, and both the Girls in Math and Math Majors of America Tournament for High Schools (MMATHS) at Yale.
Model United Nations
Ms. Jennifer Dillion
Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations through which delegates debate, collaborate, and attempt to solve wide-ranging international issues of immense importance. In so doing, participants develop skills in diplomacy, cooperation, and critical thinking that motivate lifelong global citizenship.
Faculty advisor to work with the Quinnipiac University interns
The Paw Print is Cheshire Academy’s student-run newspaper written by the students for the students. Writers have the choice of writing about a wide variety of topics such as politics, world news, sports, upcoming holidays, and more!
Mrs. Kristin Ornato-Giano
The Spirit Squad is focused on offering opportunities for school spirit and involvement. Participants will attend athletic events, theater and music performances, sponsor fundraisers, support weekend activities, and much more. Our mission is to represent Cheshire Academy with a spirit of support for our teams, fans, and the entire CA community. Spirit is the feeling or pride and loyalty that exists among the members of a group and community that helps to make the members of the group do their best!
Student Activities Committee (SAC)
Mrs. Kristin Ornato-Giano
The SAC is focused on offering opportunities for school spirit and involvement. The SAC helps plan and organize events for students. At weekly meetings, students work together to make decisions about what activities are needed at CA, and what we can do to improve student life at CA. Our mission is to represent CA with a spirit of support for the entire student body. Spirit is the feeling or pride and loyalty that exists among the members of a group and community that helps to make the members of the group do their best!
Student Equity Team
Dr. Aleesha Grier-Rogers ’90
The Student Equity Team is a leadership group for those interested in fighting against discrimination, racism, and bias. SET members learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) concepts in order to develop the skills needed to listen empathically to others, gain appreciation for individual differences, and engage in civil discourse. SET serves as the voice of the student body by communicating DEI concerns to various stakeholders including the Director of DEI, the Board of Trustees Equity Task Force, faculty/staff, alumni, and parent groups. SET members create safe spaces for students to seek support regarding DEI issues. The SET participates in various campuswide DEI initiatives, promotes cross cultural communication, and models effective engagement in civil discourse. Members will also have the opportunity to participate in external diversity events.