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Clubs & Activities

Please check out our Calendar for upcoming meetings and events!
Student Council
Advisor: Liza Schlinger
Purpose:  The purpose of Student Council is to ensure all student voices are being heard. Student Council members approve school wide fundraisers, plan school dances, volunteer for community events and promote school spirit. Student Council members are focused on being school wide leaders who communicate events to their homeroom classes .
Open To:  Students in grades 5th-8th by student vote.
Meeting Information:  One Wednesday per month from 3:15-4:00pm.​
Yearbook
Advisor: Liza Schlinger
Purpose:  The purpose of Yearbook is to create the school’s yearbook. Students will organize the book’s layout, take pictures, design pages, edit the pages, and help promote/sell the yearbook.
Open To:  Students that are interested in grades 6th-8th.
Meeting Information:  Most Tuesday's of each month from 3:15-4:00 pm until March.​​
Trivia Bowl
Advisor: Liza Schlinger
Purpose:  The purpose of Trivia Bowl is for students to come together on teams and play games using academic trivia questions. 
Open To:  Students that are interested in grades 7th-8th
Meeting Information:  Tuesdays during Quarter 4 from 3:15-4:00 pm.​​
NJHS
Advisor: Kristen Gierish and Heather Smith
Purpose:  The purpose of NJHS is to promote the founding principles of leadership, service, character, scholarship, and citizenship on a regular basis. We support school wide events as well as lead community service projects. 
Open To:  Students in grades 7th-8th by invitation.
Meeting Information:  First Thursday of every month from 3:15-4:00pm.
Jr. Thespians (Drama Club)
Advisor: Keri Blunier
Purpose: The purpose of this club is to engage students with all things theater!  Students in 6-8 grade who are interested in participating as a cast or crew member in our school musicals would also enjoy joining this club!  We will have meetings throughout the year to help improve our theater skills, engage in leadership opportunities and make new friends.  Field trips and additional exposure to theater may be available throughout the school year. 
Open To:  Students in 6th-8th grade who plan on participating in our school musical.
Meeting Information:  Meetings will be announced via morning announcements and Schoology.  
School Musical - Beauty and the Beast, Jr.
Advisor: Keri Blunier and Randall Badsgard
Purpose:  This exciting experience is open to all K-8 students at Sunset Hills!  Our students stage a large-scale musical production every year at one of our local high school performing arts facilities.  Supporting our student actors is a full production team, and community of dedicated parent and family volunteers.  Audition packets will be available on September 1st, and rehearsal schedules run from mid-September through February.  Past productions include Alice in Wonderland, Jr., Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr., Shrek Jr., Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jr., The Addams Family, Jr., Frozen, Jr. , and Xanadu, Jr.  This year's production will be Beauty and the Beast, Jr., and will be performed in late February at The Vista Center for the Arts, Surprise’s premier performance facility.  If you are interested in being involved in this production, please email the directors.  Auditions begin September 13th!  
Open To:  K-8 students (ensemble roles), 5th-8th grade students (lead roles), 6th-8th grade students (stage crew).  If you are interested in being involved in this production, please email [email protected] or [email protected]
Meeting Information:  Please check the school calendar for audition and rehearsal times.
Afterglow
Advisor: Randall Badsgard and Sheila Kaiser
Purpose:  Under the direction of Mr. Badsgard and Mrs. Kaiser, Afterglow is Sunset Hills' elite choir group.  This ensemble is comprised of students from 6th-8th grades who enjoy singing and want to extend their classroom choir learning,  build confidence and lasting friendships through performance.  Students are required to be enrolled in the Choir Elective during the school day in order to be a part of this group.  Afterglow performs throughout the year at school and off campus concerts and throughout the community, when opportunities arise.   For four years, this ensemble has been featured in performances in Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure Park in Anaheim, CA.  Afterglow rehearses after school monthly from September through  December, and weekly from January through May from 3:15 to 4:30 on Wednesdays.
Open To:  Students in grades 6-8 who are enrolled in the Choir Elective class for all four quarters.
Meeting Information:  The first parent meeting is on August 31st at either 3:30 or 6:00pm.  Rehearsals are once per month through December, and weekly from January through May on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:30.
Bobcat Singers
Advisor: Randall Badsgard and Sheila Kaiser
Purpose: Under the direction of Mr. Badsgard, the Bobcat Singers are comprised of students in 4th and 5th grades who love to sing!  No audition is required for this ensemble, only a commitment to the rehearsal schedule and performances. Being involved in this group will provide the necessary experience needed to join the Sunset Hills Chorus.  The Bobcat Singers perform at school events throughout the year, and occasionally have the opportunity for community performances, as well.
Open To:  Students that are interested in grades 4th-5th.
Meeting Information: The Bobcat Singers rehearse weekly from 3:15 to 4:15 on Thursday afternoons beginning in late February through May. 
Art Club
Advisor: Suzanne Putman
Purpose:  Art Club is designed for students that love to be creative and want to have more opportunities to develop their creative and artistic skills and to participate in activities that will enhance the campus and their community.
Open To:  Students that are interested in grades K-8th. Please visit Ms. Putman's Art Club website to sign up or stop by room 307 for a packet of information.
Meeting Information: Art club will meet every Thursday after school from 3:15 to 4:15 starting October 22.
Garden Club
Advisor: Lisa Moberg
Purpose: Garden Club is designed to promote a love of gardening, nature, and the great outdoors as students plant, nurture, and harvest fruits and vegetables. Supplemental activities include STEM projects, cooking, arts and crafts, painting a community mural, and creating gardens at home!
Open To: 1st- 3rd grade students- Elementary Garden, 4th- 8th grade students- Intermediate Garden.  Students must submit an application to attend.   
Meeting Information: 
1st- 3rd grade students will meet every Wednesday from 3:00- 4:00 p.m. 
4th- 8th grade students will meet every Tuesday after school from 3:00- 4:30 p.m. 
** Younger siblings may not attend the older Garden Club meeting.