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Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

 
Elementary Extracurricular Activities & Clubs:
 
Art History Club - Open to 4th and 5th graders, Art History Club provides students with the opportunity to explore art history outside of the traditional classroom setting. To learn more about joining Art History Club, please contact Ms. Hefner at mhefner@nyos.org to get a permission slip, which must then be signed by a parent and turned back in to Ms. Hefner. Art History Club meets every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 PM in Ms. Hefner's classroom. 

Chess Club - Taught by local chess expert Gary Gaiffe and associates, instruction includes basic to advanced skills, tournament play, notation and chess variations to K-12 students at all abilities! Chess Club takes place is Mr. Huff’s classroom in Lamar Building A every Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. Any students who are interested in joining can stop by a meeting to learn more. Additionally, you can  learn  more about Chess Club here. Chess Club fees are $5 per class, and is due at the beginning of each quarter. Make checks out to Gary Gaiffe or Rocks and Rooks. There are also moderate fees if you wish to participate in tournaments, including a membership to the United States Chess Federation (USCF.)

Parent volunteers are required every week to watch the students from 12:15 to 1:00 PM when chess starts and then assist until chess is over at 2:00 PM. This is a parent run activity and cannot continue without your help. If we do not get enough help we will be forced to abandon this club. For more information, contact Gary Gaiffe at ggaiffe@att.net.

Choir - 3rd-5th students learn singing techniques and perform songs in an ensemble.
 
Craft Club - We are a group of NYOS third graders who enjoy making unique items using reclaimed materials. We believe that the hunt for recycled materials is one of the most interesting aspects of crafting. Most importantly, we are passionate about practicing earth consciousness as we craft and using what we already have to make beautiful works of art. Our club began just after fall break and so far we have created collaged treasure boxes, cardboard tube bird feeders, and leaf rubbings. We're looking forward to starting our very first embroidery projects followed by a little weaving using reclaimed yarn! Craft Club meets Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 PM in Ms. Moses' classroom. To be eligible to join the club, students must fill out an application. There are a limited number of spots in the club and a small fee for supplies. 
 
Karate - Provided by Austin Okinawan Karate, NYOS 1st graders all the way up to adults are invited to participate in the following:
 - 1st Graders through 12 year olds: Mondays & Wednesdays, beginning after school through 5:00 PM
 - 13 year olds through Adults: Mondays & Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
To learn more about the art of karate through physical, mental, and emotional athleticism and to sign-up, go here or contact Shinan Yocham directly at 512-751-7950. To read a bio about Shinan Yocham, please go here
 
Math Pentathlon Club - Open to 4th and 5th graders, Math Penthalon Club provides interactive problem-solving games, supportive instructional activities, and assessment tools for students.

Mad Science of Austin - Offered to K-5th graders, Mad Science is a leading science enrichment provider that delivers unique hands-on science experiences while sparking imaginative learning.

Steel Drum Ensemble - Offered to 3rd-5th graders, this unique club provides students with the opportunity to learn and perform the steel drum in a group setting.

Running Club - Open to K-5th graders, this club is hosted by Austin Youth Fitness and encourages the love of running while teaching students proper running form and techniques in order to becoming life-long athletes. The club meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:45 to 4:45 PM at the field beside the Kramer Gym. The cost of this club is $70 to participate once a week and $125 to participate twice a week. To register, go here

Mobile Athletics Yoga - Open to K-5th graders, this club provides students with the opportunity to learn yoga techniques while developing physical and mental skills.
 
Mobile Athletics specializes in bringing fun, engaging, & challenging activity to where kids play! Yoga meets Wednesdays from 3:35-4:45 and Fridays 12:35-1:45 at the Kramer Campus. 4th & 5th graders can
take the bus with written notice. Sessions run for 6 weeks, there are 4 sessions each school year.
 
Yoga is taught by our Children’s Yoga Instructors. Mobile Athletics' yoga is play based, which we believe helps children grow in mind, body, & spirit. Weekly students will flow through positions, play yoga games, learn about mindfulness, & practice proper breathing techniques. Owner Tiffany Swan can be contacted at  mobileathleticsgym@gmail.com or at (512)944-3957.
 
Online Payments can be made here. Mobile Athletics registration forms and FAQ are found below. Registration forms must be turned in for all new students.
 
Middle School Extracurricular Activities & Clubs:
 
Chess Club - Taught by local chess expert Gary Gaiffe and associates, instruction includes basic to advanced skills, tournament play, notation and chess variations to K-12 students at all abilities! Chess Club takes place is Mr. Huff’s classroom in Lamar Building A every Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. Any students who are interested in joining can stop by a meeting to learn more. Additionally, you can  learn  more about Chess Club here.
 
Disney Club - Disney Club is a club currently offered for 6th graders who are also Disney enthusiasts. The club meets every Thursday during lunch to watch Disney movies, do Disney-themed crafts, sing Disney songs, and more! There is no fee to join this club and individuals can sign-up by showing up to a meeting. 
 
Drama Club - Students meet to take part in drama-related activities, including putting on a secondary drama production once a semester. The fall play is offered to 8th through 12th graders and the spring musical is offered to 6th through 12th graders. Drama Club is also involved with our annual Black History Month event and is open to all students, particularly in 4th through 12th grade. Students interested in being a part of Drama Club can audition for each event during specified audition dates and times. 
 
Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) Club - The Gender Sexuality Alliance provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, and talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. The Middle School GSA meets every Wednesday during lunch in Ms. McKeon's classroom and all students are welcome!
 
Karate - Provided by Austin Okinawan Karate, NYOS 1st graders all the way up to adults are invited to participate in the following:
 - 1st Graders through 12 year olds: Mondays & Wednesdays, beginning after school through 5:00 PM
 - 13 year olds through Adults: Mondays & Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
To learn more about the art of karate through physical, mental, and emotional athleticism and to sign-up, go here or contact Shinan Yocham directly at 512-751-7950. To read a bio about Shinan Yocham, please go here.
 
Magic the Gathering Club – Students gather together to learn gaming techniques and to play Magic the Gathering.
 
Our School Club - Created by middle school students, Our School is a new school program that all grades are welcome to be a part of. Our School meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays during Brain Power in Ms. Lowery's room in Lamar Building A.
 
According to club organizer, Jordany, the club was created, "so that we can make our school better than ever, and to also build community in our school. We want our school to be a students second home and feel comfortable here. We also want students to feel like their opinions matter. We want to bring their thoughts and ideas to life. We want to help the school as much as possible. We love this school and we want to see it grow and expand."
 
Podcast Club - Students in 6-8th grade can record, edit, and share their own podcasts with the world. Meeting take place on Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. Please see Ms. Holton for more information. Spaces available.
 
Science Olympiad - The mission of Science Olympiad is to foster an increased interest in science through both hands-on building activities and exam style assessments at tournaments.  Some events are solo, while many others involve a partner. Students build rapport, learn new subjects, and expand their personal capabilities with these endeavors.  It is a lot of fun!
 
Science Olympiad for 6th through 9th graders is co-run by Mr. Omelchuck and Ms. Holton. Students interested in joining need to attend an interest meeting at the beginning of the school year and the admission fee is $20 per student.
 
High School Extracurricular Activities & Clubs:
 
Active Seniors Club -  At ASC we encourage Seniors to be active and get up and move. Activities include table tennis, pickleball, basketball and four square. This club is for Seniors only. Seniors meet in the Lamar Gym Monday through Thursday during lunch. There is no fee to join this club. 
 
Anime Club - Students meet to view anime together and to discuss the art of anime.
 
Astronomy Club - The Astronomy Club at NYOS seeks to foster increased appreciation of the natural world past the realm of planet Earth. Astronomy is super fun and incredibly interesting! Have you ever seen the rings of Saturn through a telescope? Or Jupiter's Great Red Spot? Did you know you can see our giant neighbor galaxy Andromeda with just your eyes? All these wonders and more await!
 
The club meets in Dr. McPhee's room at lunch (day to be determined). The club has no fees and is open to everyone who can come (middle or high school). Some fun activities we can pursue are current even shareouts of happenings in exploration of the solar system and understanding of the universe. Also, Dr. McPhee will try to organize some celestial viewing events when that is feasible. An 8 inch reflecting telescope is available to view the stars, planets, comets and galaxies.
 
ASL Club - Provides opportunities for students to learn ASL, while becoming a part of the deaf community through a variety of activities and socials. ASL Club meets every Tuesday during lunch and also has bi-weekly meetings. For more information contact Ms. McCameron at tmccameron@nyos.org.
 
Caving Club - Supervised by a Secondary science teacher, students meet outside of school to explore cave within the Central Texas region.
 
Chess Club - Taught by local chess expert Gary Gaiffe and associates, instruction includes basic to advanced skills, tournament play, notation and chess variations to K-12 students at all abilities! Chess Club takes place is Mr. Huff’s classroom in Lamar Building A every Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. Any students who are interested in joining can stop by a meeting to learn more. Additionally, you can  learn  more about Chess Club here.
 
Drama Club - Students meet to take part in drama-related activities, including putting on a secondary drama production once a semester. The fall play is offered to 8th through 12th graders and the spring musical is offered to 6th through 12th graders. Drama Club is also involved with our annual Black History Month event and is open to all students, particularly in 4th through 12th grade. Students interested in being a part of Drama Club can audition for each event during specified audition dates and times. 
 
Game Theory Club - Students learn about game theory and strategy through practical applications that can be used when playing various card games and board games.
 
Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) - The Gender & Sexuality Alliance provides a safe friendly place for students to meet, support each other, and talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity. The club's focus is on community, diversity, and equality, and all students are welcome! The High School GSA meets every Wednesday during lunch in Ms. Dobson's classroom.
 
Karate - Provided by Austin Okinawan Karate, NYOS 1st graders all the way up to adults are invited to participate in the following:
-1st Graders through 12 year olds: Mondays & Wednesdays, beginning after school through 5:00 PM
-13 year olds through Adults: Mondays & Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
To learn more about the art of karate through physical, mental, and emotional athleticism and to sign-up, go here or contact Shinan Yocham directly at 512-751-7950. To read a bio about Shinan Yocham, please go here.
 
National Honor Society (NHS) - National Honor Society is overseen by Mr. Huff and is offered to returning 11th and 12th grade students in good academic standing. The pillars of NHS are scholarship, character, leadership, and service. 10th graders that meet the GPA threshold (4.0 on a 5.0 scale) are offered the opportunity to generate a packet for consideration to be selected for induction into NHS during the fall semester. The selection process involves a whole-staff survey as well as a committee of select faculty, who meet and use a standard rubric to evaluate candidate packets. Selected candidates are inducted in a ceremony during the 2nd quarter of the school year.
 
From there, individual NHS members are expected to maintain high standards of scholarship and character, as well as to complete a documented number of hours of community service, in order to maintain good standing with the organization. The NYOS NHS also conducts whole-group service projects, holds social gatherings, and meets twice a month to discuss and make plans for these events.
 
Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALs) - The NYOS PAL program is committed to providing students with trained peer helpers. The members of the PAL program promote healthy decision making and strive to be positive role models in the community. PALs are committed to being a positive influence in their interactions with others. PALs represent the NYOS community by demonstrating respect, honesty, and integrity to all.
 
The PAL program began with the belief that students can make a difference in the lives of others. The primary role of the PAL is not that of an on-campus advice-giver, but of a person who encourages other students to make more informed, responsible, and constructive decisions. Most importantly, PALS are role models and friends. It is extremely important to note that the role the PAL serves on his/her own campus is equally as important as the role he/she serves on his/her elementary campus. To learn more about how to become involved with PALs, please contact Ms. Reyes at nreyes@nyos.org.
 
Philosophy Club - Students explore topics related to the human condition through philosophical discussion, readings, and comparisons between philosophy and current events. This club is open to all students in 9th through 12th grade and meetings take place in Mr. Aguilar’s classroom in Lamar Building D on Wednesdays during lunch. There is no cost to join Philosophy Club and students can join just by attending any meetings throughout the school year. 
 
Science Olympiad - The mission of Science Olympiad is to foster an increased interest in science through both hands-on building activities and exam style assessments at tournaments.  Some events are solo, while many others involve a partner. Students build rapport, learn new subjects, and expand their personal capabilities with these endeavors.  It is a lot of fun!
 
Science Olympiad for 9th through 12th graders takes place during lunch every Tuesday and Thursday in the Chemistry classroom of Lamar Building A, and is run by Dr. McPhee. Students can sign-up to join Science Olympiad during any meetings during the month of August and the admission fee is $20 per student.
 
Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) - TAFE is the first National qualifying co-curricular student organization at NYOS Charter School. The Texas Association of Future Educators or TAFE (pronounced "taffy") is a co-curricular organization that encourages students to learn about careers in education and assists them in exploring the teaching profession while promoting character, service, and leadership skills necessary for becoming effective educators.
 
TAFE proudly supports the work of the Educators Rising Organization (formally Future Educators Association) and each year a delegation of TAFE's top student leaders attend the National Conference to represent the lone star state. TAFE meets every Wednesday from 4:15-5:15 PM in Ms. Pierce's classroom and annual dues are $25. To learn more about TAFE go here or contact Ms. Pierce at npierce@nyos.org.
 
Volleyball Club - Volleyball Club is a club for high school students who want to play co-ed volleyball outside of our school's Athletic Program. Students meet every Tuesday and Thursday in the Lamar Gym during high school lunch. There is no cost associated with this club. For questions, please contact Coach Bliss at sbliss@nyos.org