This national program is intended to provide a challenging academic experience to approximately twenty students from all four-grade levels. Participating students must represent a variety of levels of academic achievement from "A" students to "C" students. The program includes objective testing, oral presentations and an oral quiz in subject areas including Art, Social Science, Economics, Science, Mathematics, Literature, and Music. There will be two Saturday competitions with outside schools.
Students meet to watch, discuss, and participate in activities related to Anime. The club creates a space for those who have a passion for the story telling, animation, and music of Anime to explore both the art and culture that surround the genre. If you are interested in carving out some time to watch something you love, talking with people who have a similar passion, participating in a tea ceremony, or questioning someone who is taking steps towards working in the world of animation, consider becoming part of Anime club!
The goal of the Astronomy Club is to cultivate interest in physics and its applications to astronomy. The club activities include lectures, laboratory experiments, night-time observations and outreach.
Best Buddies is an international organization started by Anthony Shriver which matches individuals with disabilities and their typical peers for one to one friendships. The Braintree High School Chapter matches students from Project Prove with other BHS students for friendships, and works to promote an inclusive school environment in which everyone’s strengths and talents are celebrated and appreciated. Proceeds from our fundraising efforts go toward supporting the activities of the club.
BHS News provides students the opportunity to write and produce stories of value to teenagers in multimedia formats including publishing online stories, podcasts and video. Storytellers wanted.
The Bible Study Club is open to all students and faculty and is non-denominational. During Bible Study Club, a passage (s) of the Bible is read and then discussed as a group. The conversations can be insightful, intriguing, and are always interesting.
The Clay Club is open to all students, whether or not they have worked with clay. In Clay Club, students will work on both individual and group projects, including artistic pieces of work to be sold at a Fundraiser. Work will be fired and glazed in food-safe glazes. Students must sign up before the end of September, and be able to attend on a regular basis.
Cultural Awareness Club
Cultural Awareness Club provides students an opportunity to learn about and discuss topics and issues (both past and present) relative to culture, ethnicity, religion, etc. In addition, members of the club look for ways to help actively promote topics of interest to the larger student body regarding cultural awareness (i.e. designated heritage months). Past club activities have included attending the annual Anti-Defamation Youth Congress held in Boston and culturally themed meetings where students enjoy food and music of a particular ethnic group. All Braintree High School students are welcome.
Students at Braintree High School have acknowledged the environmental needs of our school and community. Issues such as recycling, educational awareness programs and community projects will be the focal point of the students’ activities. Membership is open to all students at the high school.
French National Honor Society
Students are recommended at the end of the first term by their teachers to become members of this honorary group based on character, scholarship, and active interest in French. Students become eligible for membership at the end of their third year of study. The members at large elect student officers and meetings are held periodically to plan for activities. Members offer in-school tutoring services to students having difficulty in French. Whenever possible, the society will sponsor related activities, such as a field trip to Quebec, movies, plays, art exhibits, musical performances or lectures.
Future Educators of America Club
Future Educators of America is a club at Braintree High School for Braintree High School Students in grades 9-12 who express an interest in exploring teaching as a career. The club’s purpose is to provide activities and guidance for students interested in the field of education. The principle of service is also emphasized—service that develops character, fosters learning, and promotes education. Fundraising will focus on providing charitable contributions as well as the PreProm Reception.The club meets regularly to organize events and activities within the school that promotes the PRIDE mission.
The Game Club is dedicated to the personal growth of students through the play of games. Those games include but are not limited to boards games RPG’s and video games. The club is open to all students who are interested in peaceful means of conflict resolution.
Gay Straight Alliance
The Gay Straight Alliance is a youth led, school based, club. It is open to all members of the student body to provide a welcoming and safe environment for discussion and group activities regarding issues pertaining to all students especially those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered. As part of the Gay Straight Alliance students are welcome to express their personal concerns regarding harassment, bullying (name calling), within the school community and in the larger community. The alliance also advocates for acceptance of all students regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, or religion. Typical activities include group discussions on topics of LGBT identity, observance of the National Day of Silence, and other projects designed to increase and support LGBT visibility and acceptance at BHS.
The Braintree High School Girls Group is a musical enrichment club for any girls that are enrolled in the band, orchestra or chorus classes at BHS. This ensemble sings three part treble music (SSA) and performs at the winter and spring choral concerts.
The Green Team is a student led group working on creating a more “Green Environment” for Braintree High School. The focus is on recycling throughout the building, as well as creating opportunities to promote environmentally sustainable choices for the entire Braintree High School community. The Green Team is open to students wishing to help sustain the recycling program in the building. Students can volunteer as little as one time to as often as each week.
The History Club is a student directed club focused on exploring historical documents, artifacts and current events for deeper understanding of the surrounding world. Students spend time examining local and state history by tapping into the community resources available to them such as the Braintree Historical Society and National Park Service. Members are also eligible to enter and participate in the National History Day competition. The goal of the History Club is to empower students to research, analyze, and scrutinize evidence so they can reexamine the way they learn about history. They are encouraged to think critically and historically to go beyond a traditional textbook and search for their own historical truth.
The Braintree High School Interact Club is a community-based organization sponsored by the Braintree Rotary Club. Many community-based activities are planned each year.
Jazz Band is an auditioned ensemble for band, orchestra or chorus students who play either saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar or drum set. BHS Jazz Band performs in school concerts and various community concerts. Improvisation is encouraged but is not a requirement for jazz ensemble. Please see Mr. Buckley for further details.
The Braintree High School Key Club is a community-based organization sponsored by the Braintree Kiwanis Club. Club members are involved in community projects as well as school projects, each of which is organized and run so that some segment of the greater Braintree community benefits.
The Math Team is an academic club for students who have a serious interest in mathematics. All students are welcome to develop their math skills practicing for and competing in meets of the Southeastern Massachusetts Mathematics League.
Braintree High School's Mock Trial team competes in the Massachusetts Bar Association Mock Trial Tournament, which runs from Mid October to March. Students must defend or prosecute a case as lawyers by coaching witnesses and developing lines of questioning for the upcoming trial. The season consists of three trials held at regional courthouses before experienced attorneys and judges.
The Model UN club is engaging, fun, and highly practical for participants. As club members, students practice valuable skills such as negotiating, debating, and formulating opinions through simulations of the United Nations Security Council, General Assembly and committees. Club members have the option of participating in weekend conferences hosted by public and private schools in Massachusetts.
National Art Honor Society
Braintree High School is a Charter Member of the National Art Association’s Art Honor Society. Candidacy for the NAHS is open to students who have been nominated by their art teacher and completed a semester of an art class with a grade of B+ or higher. Students do not apply for membership in this association. Nomination and membership is based on art scholarship, service and character. Membership dues are $15.00 a year. NAHS Activities throughout the year include: Art workshops, teaching Creative Art Classes to Middle School Students, teaching Project Prove Art Classes, mural painting, Field Trips and guest artist lectures. Students must fulfill 20 art related service hours per school year. In the spring there is combined art exhibit of NAHS student work, honor graduation cord and induction ceremony.
National Honor Society - Selection Procedures
1. Candidacy for the BHS National Honor Society (NHS) is open to only juniors and seniors who have attended BHS for a minimum of one semester. Selection is a privilege, not a right. Students do not "apply" for a membership. Instead, they are invited to submit information in support of their candidacy to be reviewed by a five member Faculty Council, representing the Faculty of BHS.
2. At the end of the second term of the Junior year and at the end of terms one and two of Senior year, students who have met the cumulative GPA requirement of 3.75 are invited to submit further information regarding their credentials for SCHOLARSHIP, LEADERSHIP, SERVICE, and CHARACTER. This additional student information assists the Faculty Council to ascertain the degree to which a student candidate meets the overall selection criteria. The application can be found in Google Classroom and needs to be completed in full by the specified deadline.
3. Additional input collected from such sources as school records for academics, attendance, guidance, conduct, and administrative or professional teacher records may also be considered. In particular, a list of all scholastically eligible students is sent to members of the faculty and staff who are invited to either to recommend or to not recommend the student based upon their knowledge of the student, as well as to elaborate on the strengths and weaknesses of any active student candidates in the areas of SCHOLARSHIP, LEADERSHIP, SERVICE, and CHARACTER. If a faculty or staff member does not recommend a student, an explanation must be included. A single instance of non-recommendation will not necessarily eliminate the applicant.
4. Upon reviewing each active candidate's credentials, activity information, faculty evaluation, and other factors, the Faculty Council will give individual consideration to and conduct a review of every student in making a final decision.
5. All active candidates will be informed of the decision of the Faculty Council. If not selected, the candidate will be contacted personally by the advisor and will have the opportunity to review the decision. If selected, the candidate is notified in writing.
6. Students and parents wishing to appeal the outcome of the selection process should first meet with the advisor. Should the student and/or parents still not be satisfied, the students may request a hearing with the Faculty Council. The next level of discussion should take place with the Headmaster.
Parents of the inductees will be invited to a special induction ceremony held each year in April. NHS Members annually engage in fund-raising activities and community service projects. These funds are used to help support the annual activities such as the teacher appreciation day, adopt-a-family, holiday baskets, the annual induction ceremony and to fund the NHS scholarship.
Students trained as Peer Mediators will be assigned by Dr. Ford-Clark to mediate problems between students in an attempt to solve conflicts. New Peer Mediators will be trained each year. Anyone interested in being a Peer Mediator should contact Dr. Ford-Clark in the Special Services Office.
The purpose of the Photo Club is to give all students, regardless of means or ability, the opportunity to explore the medium of photography, from early historic and analog processes to digital and alternative printmaking processes.
The Robotics Club is for students interested in exploring the world of robotics and engineering. The club meets weekly; the focus is to make robots while making friends. The students work on various engineering challenges throughout the year. Examples include: creating robots to complete a variety of tasks, the Rube Goldberg Machine design contest, and the building of a working trebuchet.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.)
This is a student leadership program founded to encourage a happy, healthy drug and alcohol free lifestyle. The group provides education and awareness programs to Braintree High School students and the community regarding risks and pressure that challenge them throughout their daily lives. SADD fosters a sense of belonging and promotes resiliency, leadership and advocacy skills so that young people make positive life decisions that will carry them throughout their life.
The goal of the Science Club is to provide students who have an interest in any or all of the scientific subjects with the opportunity to compete in various events throughout Massachusetts. The Science Club will send teams to compete in the Women of Science competition at Bedford High School, the Science Bowl at UCONN, and the Science Olympiad at Framingham State University. The Science Club is open to students in all grades, who are curious about science and want to learn more than what is taught in the classroom.
The Show Choir is a choral ensemble of 24 students chosen by audition. The group performs in school and community concerts.
Spanish National Honor Society
Students are recommended at the end of second term by their teachers to become members of this honorary group based on character, scholarship, and active interest in Spanish. Students become eligible for membership at the end of their third year of study.
The members at large elect the student officers and meetings are held periodically to plan for activities. Members offer in-school tutoring services to students having difficulty in Spanish. Fund raising activities are held to help those in need in the Hispanic community.
Stone Soup is Braintree High School's student magazine. It contains short stories, essays, poems, artwork and photography. Students evaluate, select and publish the works submitted by the student body.
String Band is an acoustic ensemble open to any band, orchestra or chorus students who have an interest in folk and traditional country music. We encourage beginner to advanced musicians who like to play fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo or bass to join String Band. Singers are also welcome to join. The group performs in school concerts and various community events and rehearses Mondays from 2:15 - 3:30 in room 197. Please see Mr. Buckley for further details.
The String Quartet is an orchestral ensemble chosen by audition. The group performs in school and community concerts.
The purpose of the student council is to develop attitudes and practices of good citizenship, to promote harmonious relations throughout the school, to create closer understanding and cooperation between the faculty and the student body, and to enable the student body to participate actively in the general welfare of the school and community. The requirements for election to the council are outlined in the Student/Parent Handbook.
The Braintree High School Theatre Guild presents professionally produced performances twice each year. The organization is operated and funded by students, through fundraising and ticket sales. Open auditions are held twice yearly (in September and December), and all students are encouraged to audition.
Braintree High School Theatre Guild is a member of the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild and competes in the state drama festival competition.
Also, BHS has chartered a chapter of the International Thespian Society and annually inducts members. Entry into this select group is earned by focused service to the BHS Theatre Guild.
Video Tech Club
Students in the video tech club assist in the production of video content for extracurricular activities at Braintree High School. Students interested in getting involved should stop by and speak with Mr. Nellis in room 297.
Braintree High School Wampatuck Yearbook is published once a year for the graduating class. It is a 184 page, full color document that is developed by a staff of students. These students have an interest in design, photography and journalism. All students take this activity as a course which meets during the school day. Full grade credits are given for accomplishments, teamwork, meeting deadlines and effort. Interested students fill out an application in the spring and submit it to Mrs. Roos in guidance or Mrs. Smith in the Media Center. Space is limited.