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Middle School 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. 

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club - The Gay Straight 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!

Magic the Gathering Club – Students gather together to learn gaming techniques and to play Magic the Gathering.

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 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.
 
Architectural Design Club - Do you like math? Do you like art? Our Architectural Design Club joins these two interests! Learn about different architects, architecture, and even try building your very own models! This club meets every Thursday during lunch in Ms. Pickens' classroom and is open to all high school students. 

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.

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) Club - The Gay Straight Alliance provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, and talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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.  

Sea Life Club – Students meet together to learn more about a variety of sea life, in addition to raising funds for the increased support and education of sea life.

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