Interim Advisor: Mrs. Madeline Bergstrom
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 Girl Coalition
Ms. Tanasia Lea ‘09
Our mission is to empower, educate, and equip young Black women to tackle social problems that they might face or have already encountered. We want to use our voices and aim to uplift and educate whilst providing a safe space that will be a supportive and respectful environment that is understanding of each other’s different experiences. Our club is to give students the tools to create change in the community and help others do the same.
Black Student Union
Mr. Alex Conaway
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.
CA Content Creators
Mr. Chris Hunn and Mr. Jeremy Imperati ‘17
Do you love creating content? Enjoy finding the latest trends on TikTok and Reels? Then the Content Creators Club is for you! In this club you’ll team up with CA’s Marketing and Communications Department and help create content for our social media channels.
Ms. Kate Daly ‘05
Chess Club gives students (and faculty!) an opportunity to play friendly games of chess against their peers in a low-stress environment, as well as learn new strategies to improve their own game. Students of all levels are welcome to come, as help is given to those who need it. Drop-by games are always running, and the club meets during both lunch periods on Tuesdays.
Ms. Ana Henriques
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). Projects include making bowls for our “Empty Bowls” fundraiser.
Ms. Elisa Laudati ’05 and Mrs. Madeline Bergstrom
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. Chip Boyd
The Debate Club will offer students the opportunity to explore controversial, topical, and interesting issues while gaining valuable experience in public speaking, forming and defending arguments, and research. We will discuss real-world topics and issues in a comfortable and competitive environment.
Ms. Allison Bass-Riccio and Ms. Sara Kelleher
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.
Future Business Leaders of America
The Future Business Leaders of America inspires and prepares high school students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through academic competitions, leadership development, and educational programs. The process of applying knowledge into practice will not only help students to understand fundamental business principles but also help students to participate in competitive events that could make you send out for the business leaders.
Ms. Margaret Leeming
Garden Club works on outdoor projects around the Cheshire Academy campus, including planting and weeding the flower beds, maintaining the community garden on campus, and volunteering at a local greenhouse/nursery.
Ms. Sara Kelleher
The Gender/Sexuality 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.
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 Family 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.
Mrs. Caron Quantick and Mrs. Kaitlin Mehleisen
Help Cheshire Academy “throw kindness around like confetti.” While kindness in our community is no one groups job, the Kindeness 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!
Ms. Kate Daly ‘05
This club, created and ran by students, is an opportunity to share insights, recommendations, and heated opinions with fellow fans of anime and manga. Every effort will be made by the Library to procure the titles requested, and programming for the 2022-2023 school year is still being planned!
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.
Mr. Thomas Marshall
Photography is much more than just having a camera and taking pictures. Students in this club have the opportunity to hone their skills by understanding and learning about what makes a good photograph, from composition to artistic expression. Students are encouraged to practice their skills while photographing school-related activities and sporting events. All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to explore this exciting side of the visual arts.
Ms. Kathleen Hastie
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)
Ms. Kathleen Hastie
The Student Activities Committee (SAC) is focused on offering opportunities for school spirit and involvement. 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 the Academy 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!
Mrs. Brianna Zegzdryn and Mr. Cuba Birnbaum
Student Ambassadors serve an important leadership role in our community. You are the first faces of Cheshire Academy that prospective families see and are their first connection to the Cheshire Academy experience!
Essential duties of this role include leading campus tours for prospective students and their families, answering questions about academics, school life and other topics in a knowledgeable and appropriate manner, serving as a point of contact for prospective students throughout the admission process and participating in other informational events as deemed necessary by the Admission Office and other school departments.
All Student Ambassadors must apply. Upon acceptance you will complete a brief training, participate in mock tours, and eventually lead your own campus tours independently. Along with all the duties listed, there is also a lot of fun to be had! It is a chance to make friends, learn more about Cheshire Academy, and celebrate our year’s accomplishments together!
Student Equity Team
Interim Advisor: Ms. Tanasia Lea ‘09
The Student Equity Team is a leadership group for those interested in fighting against discrimination, racism, 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 campus wide 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.
Dr. Kylah Arias
Transformers is Cheshire Academy’s recently created transgender support group! The group began last year and, although we often collaborate with GSA, it is important to note that unlike GSA this group is not a space for allies. Transformers is a safe place where any CA students who identify as transgender, non-binary, and/or gender-nonconforming can talk freely about their experiences, seek advice from students who may have been in similar situations, be updated on important trans news or media, and more! Our faculty advisor is Dr. Arias and we typically meet Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m.