Learn more about Our clubs & Activities

Co-curricular activities offer a curriculum that provides life lessons that are often challenged by the emotions brought forth through participation, winning and losing, teamwork, and hard work. The students will be held accountable for their character and expected to uphold high standards as they represent themselves, their families, and the Waterford community.

 ART Club is open to anyone who wants to get their hands on art making materials and experiences with the freedom of an open studio experience. If you are an art student or not, this club is for you. Art Club takes the time to work with a variety of materials and experiences one may not necessarily experience in an art course. Bring yourself and whatever skills in the arts you feel you may or may not have, meet new friends with the same desire to push and pull different art materials around and learn all about new (and old) approaches to bringing more art into your life. Visual Arts Classic, sponsored by the Wisconsin Art Education Association is a competition that the Art Club may choose to participate in as well as other community based programs.

Advisors:

Ms. Coyne: dcoyne@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Mr. Roberts: broberts@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Band is a combination curricular subject and extracurricular activity; therefore, students must be enrolled in Band class to participate in one of the many sections of Band: Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, or Solo & Ensemble. Students attend Band class all five days of the school week and participate in required after-school, evening, and summer activities. The band is open to students in all grades. Previous experience is not mandatory but recommended. Students must supply their own instruments, except for large or excessively expensive instruments, which are provided by the school. 

Color Guard: Color Guard is open to any student who is not a member of the band. Students who wish to be a member of the squad should attempt to schedule their study hall hour at the same time Symphonic Band is scheduled so they can practice with the band. Students interested in performing with the band in this capacity should contact the Band Director.

Jazz Band: Jazz band is an elective course in the music department. Students will listen to, study and perform music from the jazz idiom, as well as contemporary music, including funk, reggae, and rock styles. Study will include jazz performance techniques, history, improvisation theory, combo performance, and listening skills. Jazz Band is open to all students currently enrolled in Symphonic/Concert Band.

Advisor: Mr. Luttio rluttio@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Visit the Band Website Here!

Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities 

Founded in 1989, Best Buddies is a vibrant, international organization that has grown from one original chapter to almost 1,700 middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Best Buddies programs engage participants in each of the 50 United States, and in 50 countries around the world. 

As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. 

Advisors: Ms. Hoskins, choskins@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us, Mr. Roberts broberts@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us, Ms, Martens amartens@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

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CHASE is a club open to any student interested in making a difference in the school and community. We work with several community organizations including the Waterford Lions and Kiwanis. CHASE students have worked in the past at the NAMI bike race, breakfast with Santa, Madrigals, Waterford Senior Living, the annual USO show, and volunteered at the elementary schools. We also raise money for childhood cancer awareness through St. Baldrick’s event each spring. Students need to have documented 8 hours of community service work per quarter to remain in this club. 

Advisor: Mrs. Knurr, hknurr@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us 

Advisor: Mr. Machan; dmachan@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Diversity Club is a safe and accepting place where LGBTQ+ students and allies can come for support, education, and advocacy. It is a safe place that is committed to a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought and expression are valued, respected, appreciated, and celebrated. 

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Each fall semester and every other year in the spring, the English department offers, for all students, an opportunity to participate in a full- length play. Students rehearse after-school throughout the production, and then perform for the public over the course of a weekend. Students truly interested in Theatre performance or design may audition in the spring for the Theatre Production class which puts on two one- act plays each semester. Rehearsals and design work occur during class time, with a few after school rehearsals scheduled before the shows premiere. In the fall, the theatre production class takes on show to the district competition and possibly beyond. Theatre Guild is open to students who enjoy any aspect of theatre. Students focus on community service, theatrical involvement, and live production attendance with a trip to see a show once per quarter. Theatre Guild meets on the first and third Thursday of the month. 

Advisors: Mrs. Birmingham, lbirmingham@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us 

The E-Sports Club allows students to participate in a competitive gaming league, where students play a team-based computer game against other schools. Each week, the club competes against another school in a series of matches, similar to how a traditional sport works. The chosen game will vary depending on the interests of the club, but will always be team-based. The E-Sports Club also has a less competitive option, where students are able to play a variety of computer and video games with other students in a more social setting. 

Advisors: Mr. Schmidt and Mr.Nelson

The Exchange Club exists to allow students to learn about other cultures, both within the USA and internationally.  Club members will participate in a variety of activities, such as participating in an international foods dinner.  Members also assist any foreign exchange students throughout the school year so they may have a successful and memorable experience at WUHS.  Each year, the club exchanges with another club during a long weekend in Spring when members fly to a location within the USA, attend school, and learn about the region.  The Exchange Club also participates in a similar exchange with a school in Germany during summer, where students are able to live with a German family in our partner school for two weeks, and then travel to Berlin for an additional week of sightseeing.

Advisor: Mr. Rader krader@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

The FFA is a national organization for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and business and is the largest student-run organization in the United States. The FFA prepares students for careers in science, agriculture, research, medicine, environmentalism, business, and marketing while developing their leadership abilities and personal growth through activities in and out of school. The FFA is Waterford’s premier organization for college and career readiness, enabling students to leave high school better prepared to succeed in a college or university while helping them to find and achieve their career goals in any field. 

The FFA is also a student-run business, with income opportunities ranging from a fully operational greenhouse, research lab, and experimental field to a fruit sale, poinsettia sale, and plant sale that generate tens of thousands of dollars each year. A team of elected officers oversee the FFA, helping all members gain valuable experience that prepare them for college and increase their abilities to obtain the career of their choice. These officers hire student managers and interns who are paid a portion of the money they raise to ensure that the FFA is both profitable and valuable to its members. Members also travel throughout the state and country for competitions, conferences, and conventions. 

Numerous scholarships are available through the FFA in many different academic areas including science, business, agriculture, technology, engineering, and the environment. FFA 

Members participate in fun social activities as well, ranging from ice skating to hockey games to campus tours. The FFA performs numerous community service events including Adopt a Family, food drives, roadside cleanup, ecological restoration, and much more. 

Come join one of the most active and diverse organizations here at Waterford! Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of every month at 5:30 PM in Rm 209. For more information and to register for FFA, visit our website. 

Advisors: Mr. Wicks, mwicksf@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us 

Being part of an award winning team + earning academic letters + traveling + meeting new friends = Forensics Fun!!Forensics is the WUHS speech and drama team comprised of 40 or more students who enjoy competing throughout southeastern Wisconsin from January to April.Forensics competitions are held on Saturdays.All students can benefit from Forensics because Forensics makes everything more interesting—including you!Students can improve their confidence and speaking skills on Varsity and JV teams.Teams are organized in November, but students interested in participating should contact an advisor prior to November.

Forensics students should make a selection from one of the following two categories:

Speaking Categories

Moments in History

Four Minute Speech

Oratory

Extemporaneous Speech

Demonstration

Public Address

Special Occasion Speech

Radio

Interpretive Categories

Prose Reading

Poetry Reading

Farrago

Solo Acting

Story Telling

Play Acting

Group Interpretative Reading

Students who enjoy acting and literature might choose from the interpretive categories. Students who feel they have something to say about a topic they feel is important may choose from the Speaking categories. No experience is needed to do well in the competition; every year there are first-year team members who win awards. Remember, Forensics is FUN! For more information visit our website.

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French Club/SHF is a club designed for students who enjoy exploring French culture outside of the classroom. Students strive to promote French throughout our school during French Week in November and take field trips to various places such as French films and the International Holiday Folk Fair. French Club is open to students at any level of French. Students in French II or above who complete 10 hours of community service and meet specific academic requirements can be inducted into French Honor Society in the spring. 

Advisor: Mrs. Morgan, kmorgan@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Advisor: Mr. Harmeling

Email: mharmeling@waterforuhs.k12.wi.us

Library Club is open to all students. Students interested in participating must fill out an application that is available in the Library Media Center (LMC). New members are added at the beginning of each semester. Library club members may also become Library Aides during a study hall, but they don’t have to be a library aide to be in the library club. Selections for library aides are made based on the availability of their study hall hours, per semester. After completing their own homework, aides work every day during their approved study hall hours to offer help to students using the library. Their duties include delivering items, disbursing magazines and newspapers to students, copying, filing, shelving books, designing bulletin boards, attending to the bookstore, and any other duties assigned by the Librarian and Assistant Librarian. The Library Club also sponsors the Book of the Month Discussion Group, book sales, contests, Read across America Day, a charitable collection mid-year, and more. Library Club Members must fulfill requirements of reading a book and attending at least one meeting for the Book of the Month Club discussion group, and creating reading/promotional display during the course of the year. Please stop in to pick up an application and find out when our next meeting is. 

Advisor: Mrs. Sereno, ksereno@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

The Madrigal Dinner is held every December and combines theatre, music, foods, and a nine-course meal with the flair of merry olde England. Students can audition for a spot as Madrigal Singers, Jesters, Jugglers, Brass Consort, Recorder Consort, Page/Wench, or assist with the many aspects of production that this event requires. Students interested in becoming a part of this event should contact Mr. Machan.

Advisor: Mr. Machan, dmachan@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Students are Mock Trial is a club that students bound for college or with an interest in law should consider joining. This exclusive club prepares students to think analytically and critically, organize information, speak publicly with confidence, and learn the basics of our judicial system. Students from Waterford work as a team to prepare as if they had real cases for a regional competition and must be able to argue both sides to the case. This competition against other Racine and Milwaukee Schools takes place in front of real judges at the Racine County Courthouse in February. Expert Lawyers from the area come in as coaches to prepare the students for their big debates. Not only does the winner go on to state, but this looks excellent on your college and career resumes. 

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The Model United Nations is open to all students. As a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other UN committees, Model UN students role-play as ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues. The student “delegates” make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure – all in the interest of mobilizing international cooperation to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world. 

Before taking part in a Model UN simulation, students research the issue their committee will address. They learn how the international community acts on topics including peace and security, human rights, the environment, food and hunger, economic development and globalization. They look closely at the needs, goals and foreign policies of the countries they will represent, gaining insight from their research of the assigned nation’s history, geography, culture, economics and science that contributes to the authenticity of the simulation. 

Model UN promotes students’ interest in the world around them and broadens a student’s knowledge in a variety of subjects. It involves the students in the study and discussion of global issues, while encouraging the development of skills useful throughout their lives, such as research, writing, public speaking, problem solving, consensus building, conflict resolution, compromise and cooperation. Waterford High School’s Model UN currently attends two conferences, one each semester, with the possibility of adding more. Become a MODEL UN member and discover a little glimpse into how each of you can make a REAL difference in the world you live in!! 

Advisor: Mrs. Gamble, egamble@aterforduhs.k12.wi.us 

Students are invited to join the National Honor Society and are inducted in their junior and/or senior years. All students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better and with enrollment in required core classes who complete 15 hours of community service are considered for membership. Students are then evaluated on the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, leadership, service, and character, and a faculty council selects members for induction. 

Advisors: Mr. Wendorf; awendorf@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us and Mrs.Sittig; msittig@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Peer Mentoring is a program being offered at WHS that will partner an upperclassman with a current ninth grader. Over the course of the year, the mentor will have the opportunity to assist the mentee with any questions or concerns that a new student to Waterford High School could possibly encounter. Peer mentors can expect monthly meetings with your advisors and your mentee. We will focus on ice-breakers and the extracurricular opportunities at WHS for the first few meetings. As the year develops, we will have different types of team builders between you and your mentee along with the others involved in the program. 

Advisors: Mr.Hicks, chicks@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Mrs. Wessel, awessel@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Advisor: Mr. Luttio; rluttio@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Wall-Y Robotics competes as Waterford Union High School’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team. FIRST is an international organization that promotes engineering and technology through a variety of different levels of robotics competitions. Teams build a robot using both premade and custom designed parts, and compete in 2.5 minute matches, which consist of a 30 second autonomous period followed by 2 minutes of driver control. Every season’s theme has different challenges and goals, yet the robots all must begin the match small enough to fit in a cube 18″ on all sides. The Wall-Y Robotics team has two seasons: the competition season runs during the first semester and requires a significant commitment, and the intramural season, which runs during the second semester. 

Advisor: Mr. Rader, krader@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us 

Skills USA is a National organization that promotes student growth in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) field. Students that join the charter may be able to compete in different areas of CTE to help students become well rounded by gaining valuable employable skills. Skills USA is a partnership of students, school staff, and industry working together to supply America with a skilled workforce. While in the charter, students will create a resume to help them gain employability skills and get the chance to apply them through field trips and competitions. 

Advisor: Mr. Troxell, atroxell@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Twenty students chosen by academic core departments as outstanding scholars compete in the conference academic contest each February. Practices are required. See Mrs. Backhaus’ website for current information. 

Expanding knowledge of the Spanish language and of the many different Latino cultures is the focus of Spanish Club. The club strives to promote various Latino celebrations throughout the school year. Members of the club also take field trips during the year to authentic restaurants, the International Holiday Folk Fair and other similar activities. El Club de Español is open to all students enrolled in any level of Spanish and meets 1-2 times each month before or after school. Advisors:

Advisors: Mrs. Schiltz, jschiltz@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us 

Mrs. Krauklis, tkrauklis@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Being a member of Student Council is an excellent way to become involved in WHS. Students gain leadership and interpersonal skills while having fun and meeting new people. Student Council members are active throughout the year, with Homecoming, the winter holiday season, Winter Spirit Week (Feb.), and the Fall and Spring Blood Drives. Student Council meetings are held every Wednesday after school. Throughout the year Council members may also participate in the WASC leadership conferences, various charity fundraisers and other volunteer activities. The freshmen representatives have the opportunity to apply in the spring of their 8thgrade year. If you would like to be in Student Council, application packets will be distributed at the feeder schools at the beginning of May. If you don’t receive one, contact one of the advisors by the end of the first week of May.

Advisor: Mrs. Clarksen, sclarksen@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Mrs. Minikowski, jminikowski@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

The Table Tennis club is open to all students during the months of December and January. We meet once or twice a week for about an hour after school just to have fun and play table tennis. There is also singles and a doubles tournament during this time as well. 

Advisor: Mr. Johnsrud, jjohnsrud@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

Students are invited to join Tri-M and are inducted in their junior and/or senior years. In rare cases, a student may be invited to be inducted in their sophomore year. All students enrolled in music classes and have a 3.0 overall GPA (4.0 in music classes) are on the initial list. Further, eligible candidates must be above proficiency on their primary instrument. Teachers are then asked to provide input for each student on the following criterion: leadership, citizenship, responsibility, respectfulness, character, musical ability, and overall scholarship. In addition to maintaining the stated GPA, students must maintain membership in a music class throughout their high school years. 

Advisor: Mr. Machan, dmachan@waterforduhs.k12.wi.us

WolvTech is both a service and competitive club for students interested in media and event production. Throughout the year WolvTech members stream and record sporting events, band and choir concerts and theatrical productions around the school. WolvTech members also provide lighting and audio support to special events and productions. Trainings by industry specialists including audio engineers, videographers, sportscasters and lighting specialists are offered during special club meetings. Some students even receive professional certifications for their work. WolvTech is now an affiliate of the Student Television Network, an international certification organization for student media teams. Interested students may have the opportunity to compete in various film festivals locally and nationally as well as attend a national convention when the club is able to attend. We also take several local field trips to see and work in professional settings such as television stations, sporting events and higher education. 

Advisor: Mr. Hegemann and Mr. Carter

2021-2022 Co-Curricular (Clubs/Activities) Requirements

● To participate in one of our Co-Curricular Clubs and Activities the following must be turned in AT LEAST two-weeks PRIOR to the first event (you will not be able to participate without ALL items taken care of).

● Be sure to complete your online registration ASAP and fees can be turned into the Co-Curricular office at any time during the summer, at registration, and during the school year.

● Forms need to be completed only ONCE for the school year and will allow the student to participate in all clubs, activities, and sports.

1. Athletic and Activities Registration Form (NEW online form, one form covers both sports/clubs)

· Please read the 2021-2022 Co-Curricular Code prior to signing.

2. Co-Curricular Fee $15 per school year (Checks payable to WUHS)

· Transportation fee of an additional $5.00 for FFA and Forensic Clubs.

3. Co-Curricular Code Orientation Meeting (Parent must be in attendance with the student)

Any student who has not previously participated in a sport or club/activity at Waterford Union High School must attend a Co-Curricular Code Orientation Meeting. Meetings are held before each season and posted on the website regarding the dates.