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Mahar Clubs 

Canoe and Kayak Club
Advisor: Carole Normandin
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This club is open to students in grades 7 - 12 in the R C Mahar Regional School District. Our mission is to introduce students to the paddling sports, sports they can enjoy their entire lives. Students will get to try out canoes, kayaks, SUP boards, and even rowing equipment. 

Chess Club
Advisor: TBD

In addition to playing chess we study games and tactics to improve our game. We meet in my room H03 every Wed 2-3. We hold two tournaments. One is during the winter festival and the other is held in the spring. Students in grades 7-12 are welcome. No experience or knowledge of the game is necessary.

Advisor: Christine Perham

The Massachusetts Envirothon is a yearly one day event where high school students compete against other high schools. We study wildlife, forestry, soil, water/aquatic life and investigate a current issue. At the event, we visit eco stations, answer questions, and present our findings concerning the current issue.

Fish and Game Club
Co-Advisors: Evelyn Gonciarz

Mahar School Fish ‘n Game Club gives middle & high school students the opportunity to be involved with various outdoor activities ranging from fishing to hiking to shooting. In past years middle & high school club members have traveled to the Big M.O.E. (Mass Outdoor Exposition) to Northfield Mountain, to the Windsor Dam and McLaughlin Hatchery, to Barton Cove and to Mt. Sugarloaf for outdoor activities. They have also gone on the spring deep sea fishing trip, and members have participated in the trap shoot and ice fishing derbies held annually. Mr. Roche has given many hours to seeing that the middle & high school students have the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities and to learn about the natural resources available in the North Quabbin area. 

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International Club 
Advisor: Jessica Pruitt

The goal of the international club is to improve relations between the cultures of our diverse student population. It is also a forum to give a positive support system for our Exchange Students and help them assimilate into our school culture. This is done through presentations from our exchange students as well as having potluck dinners to share and sample ethnic foods. We have both afterschool get-togethers as well as some evening meetings.

JETS (Junior Engineering Team) 
Advisor: Barb Schulze

Students interested in engineering meet twice a month from Sept-Dec and then weekly in Jan and Feb to prepare for a written competition in February. Each year there is a different theme. This year’s theme is the Power of Engineering, which includes investigating wind power, hydropower, and solar power. At meetings, we do hands-on activities as well as practice problem solving. This year middle school students are welcome to join the fun, so this club is open to 7-12 grade students.

Key Club 
Co-Advisors: Pam Smith and Pennie Smith

Key Club is an international service organization sponsored by Kiwanis clubs. KEY stands for Kiwanis Educates Youth. The Mahar Key Club is now sponsored by the Winchendon Kiwanis Club. By international standards the club must do at least 5 school service projects and at least 5 community service projects per month. The club must file monthly and annual reports with the New England District Key Club and indicate all the service projects completed, the number of members involved, the total man hours involved in the project, and the money spent and raised. The club is required to meet weekly. The club is graded on these reports. The Mahar Key Club is in the bronze division for clubs with members of 35 or less. Hannah Boyd is serving as the lieutenant governor for our division. 

Minecraft Club 
Advisor: Josh Rogers 

Minecraft club meets once a week on Tuesdays from 2-3, and is open to all students in grades 7-12.  Students use creativity and critical thinking to build a digital world together, in which they learn to collaborate and communicate with one another.

Co-Advisors: Keith Bevan and Julie Smith

In the spring of each school year a musical production is performed. Grades 7-12 are welcome.

My Little Pony Club 
Advisor: Mori Church

What is the Mahar “My Little Pony Club”? My Little Pony Club meets every other Tuesday. The next club meeting will be on November 18, 2014. We meet from 3:00-4:00 in room S02. James Duteau initiated the idea/request to start a club and is the club president. The club officially opened at Mahar on October 7th, 2014. The club is a supportive and safe place for individuals who like “My Little Pony”. Membership is free and open to anyone at Mahar, both Middle School and High School students. The overarching purpose is to provide community-building and support.

Club Format: Students watch an episode of “My Little Pony”. We have a whole-group discussion (talking points) regarding the moral of the episode to support friendship within the school and the community. Students join together for refreshments and conversation towards the end of each meeting.

“My little pony is about these awesome characters, they go on epic adventures. At the end of each episode we learn a lesson about friendship.” Quote from James Duteau-Club President

What is My Little Pony? “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” is an animated television series produced by Hasbro Studios . “Friendship Is Magic” is the fourth generation (G4) of the “My Little Pony” franchise. A fifth season is planned for the 2015 television season. The show is broadcast internationally in dozens of countries in more than twenty languages.

National Honors Society (Grades 10, 11, and 12) 
Advisor: Karrie Hammond 

The National Honor Society honors tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade
students who have demonstrated outstanding scholarship, leadership, service
and character. To be considered for induction into the National Honor
Society, all students must meet the 90.0% average requirement for the four
previous consecutive quarters to be considered for induction. Students can
retain membership by maintaining a 90.0% average for each of our four
quarters of the current academic year. No particular levels of course work
are required.

The Faculty Council selects a student for membership based on the above
criteria. Once selected, students must maintain these minimum standards
and continue to demonstrate the four qualities for which they have been

Membership is not automatic and potential inductees will need to fill out
an activities sheet which will be presented to the National Honor Society
Faculty Council who will consider your qualifications.

National Junior Honors Society (Grades 8 and 9)
Advisor: Tammy Hunter-Marshall

The National Junior Honor Society recognizes eighth and ninth graders who
have demonstrated exemplary scholarship, leadership, service, character and
citizenship. The academic requirement in addition to the five standards
listed above is an 85% average for each of the four quarters in grade 7 and
grade 8 to determine eligibility for induction in either grade 8 or grade
9. Continued membership is based on maintaining the five standards and not
falling below 85% for more than one quarter after induction. Probation
status is for one quarter during which the student must achieve the above
eligibility qualifications. Failure to achieve the eligibility
qualifications during the probation quarter will result in dismissal.

Membership is not automatic and potential inductees will need to fill out
an activities sheet which will be presented to the National Honor Society
Faculty Council who will consider your qualifications.

Newspaper Club : The Red & Blue Review
Co-Advisors: Ian Bashaw & Matt Parsons

The Red & Blue Review is Mahar Regional School's official student newspaper. Released on a monthly basis, the newspaper covers stories happening in school, in the community, as well as all over the world. The newspaper club is open to students in grades 7-12 with most meetings taking place via the use of e-mail. This club is perfect for students who like to write, debate, draw, cook, or anything else you can think of. If there is something that you are passionate about, and would like to write an article about, then the newspaper club is the club for you. 

Advisor: Angela Cote

Mahar Robotics Team is open to grades 7-12. Mahar has joined schools all over the country in the annual VEX Robotics Competition in which each year students must build a robot from scratch to compete in a challenging field game. The Robotics season starts around January and ends around May. We meet at varying times each week to accommodate students participating in other extra-curricular activities. Construction of the robot involves not only hands on engineering but also teaching of knowledge of basic computer programming. If you have any interest in robots or just being a part of a great team, then Mahar’s Robotics Team is for you. More information can be found by visiting www.vexrobotics.com

Advisor: Caitlyn Squires

Students Against Destructive Decisions goal is to provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired and distracted driving, and other destructive decisions.

Advisor: Jessica Sullivan

Support Our Students is a GSA/diversity club which accepts all students into the club. It is meant to be a safe space for students to be themselves. We meet once a week discussing current trends and issues which may be happening in the school and world. We participate in the Youth Pride March in Boston in the Spring.

Student Council 
Robin Allain-Moody - High School 
Melissa Messing - Middle School

Students are elected to this organization during our annual election campaign, spring time for incoming/new sophomores, juniors and seniors, and fall of the new school year for incoming freshman. Our council attempts to maintain an overall goal of equal membership/participation from all high school grade levels, 9 through 12. Currently our Senator Student Council consists of 30+ active members. Our membership attends leadership and development workshops, seminars and conferences. Student Council members are looked upon as the “voice of the student body”, members actively present issues to improve the quality of student life and to increase spirit throughout the R.C. Mahar Reg. High School.

TAB (Training Active Bystanders) and Peer Mediation 
Advisor: Cheri Hoyle

Peer mediation is a group of 8th-12th grade students who have received 15 hours of training to become certified as Peer Mediators (training occurs every 2 years at Mahar with the help of Quabbin Mediation). They meet once a month from 10:00 to 10:40 in the Charlotte Ryan Theater and make themselves available throughout the school year to serve as mediators to help pairs of students resolve their dispute when needed.

TAB trainers are High School students who have knowledge of the Training Active Bystanders (TAB) curriculum by completing eighteen hours of training. Student TAB trainers will then teach lessons in the 7th and 10th grade classrooms on how to be active bystanders and stop harm doing. Students are taught by these TAB trainers to use their moral courage to intervene safely when other students are being harmed. Some of the strategies taught are how and when to: speak up, recruit other, and seek help. For more information: http://www.quabbinmediation.org/

Advisor: Dan Guertin

Yearbook is for grades 9-12. We develop and produce the school yearbook, the Toga. This group is a full year activity which starts in the fall and goes into the spring. Join the fun and make sure the school yearbook is a representation of the entire school population!