Clubs & Activities

THE FOLLOWING ARE CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS HERE AT RIVER RIDGE.

Christ Club

The River Ridge Christ Club is open to all students who are followers of Jesus Christ.  It is a great place to come together at the end of the week to just relax and get to know other believers.Meeting time is Friday from 2:00-3:00 in room 3-215.   Meetings include a time of worship, prayer, fellowship and a bible message delivered by the club president.  Discussion and participation are strongly encouraged.  They invite guest speakers to come and speak on various topics and sometimes they just have fun and play games.  Outside activities include fundraisers and get togethers.  Members are kept informed through various forms of social media.

Sponsor is Mrs. Dory Smith.

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Chess Club

The Chess Club allows students the opportunity to play chess in a friendly environment while improving their analytical, visual, and critical thinking skills. Inexperienced and experienced players are welcome. Members skills will strengthen as they play other students, receive professional coaching, and have the opportunity to compete in interscholastic tournaments. Bright Future hours may be earned by participating in club-sponsored activities such tutoring elementary/middle school students in the game of chess.

Any student in good standing is eligible to join. To become a member, students must complete an application and pay a $5 registration fee.  Registration opens in August.

Club sponsor is Linda Nowicki.

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Florida Future Educators of America

FFEA offers opportunities to students who are a part of The New Teacher Academy, or who are interested in the Teaching profession. This new dynamic club started in September 2016, and placed first place at the Florida FFEA Conference in January 2017. Join classmates who want to stretch education beyond the traditional classroom. The club participates in state competitions, county partnerships and community activities. The club meets the 1st and 3rd Friday each month, and officers meet the 2nd Friday of each month. Monthly service projects include Rotary Club speaking engagements, Rotary Club Boat Decorating, Area FFEA support, Elementary Science Fair Judging, and many other opportunities. Highlights include attending FATE and FFEA Conferences. The club is open to all interested in promoting education who maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA, attend club meetings, and value ethical behavior. Email Beth Hess at bhess@pasco.k12.fl.us for information.

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Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

In FBLA students learn leadership skills and have opportunities to earn community service hours through individual and team competitions, chapter projects, and community activities. Students compete at district, state, and national levels. Officers meet every week and members meet monthly. During projects, students meet more often to plan, organize, and implement projects.  When certain rigorous criteria are met, seniors may be eligible for honor cords at graduation. 

River Ridge High School has the distinct honor of being one of the most successful chapters in the Pasco/Hernando county district.  This is due to active participation by students who strive to be excellent leaders.  All Business Education students are invited and encouraged to join FBLA.  Other River Ridge students may join, but they must understand it is their responsibility to keep current on communications and activities.  In order to remain a member you must not miss more than 2 meetings and you must be active in club activities.  To join, interested students must complete an application and pay annual dues of $25. Applications will be available after September 1st and must be submitted NO LATER than September 29th, 2017.

To learn more about the FBLA District,   visit http://www.flfbladistrictxipresident.org/

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German Honor Society

The German Honor Society is to promote the German culture and language. Any students who are interested and are not yet able to join can become club members. The benefits of being a member are receiving community service hours by participating in activities such as Special Olympics and Christmas caroling. Club members are able to experience cultural experiences such as St. Martin, Oktoberfest and Weihnachtsmarkt. As a member of good standing of the German Honor Society, students will be able to graduate receiving their honor cord. The German Honor Society and club generally meets once a month but special occasions the German honor society may meet more frequently. Students are eligible to become a member after completing 3 semesters of German with an overall GPA 3.5 in German and an overall GPA of 3.0 on all other course work. Students fill out a member form and after reviewing their grades and conduct for approval, they then have to attend the German Honor Society induction ceremony. Attendance at meetings is a requirement for continued membership.

Club Sponsor is Frau Newbolds

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Interact Club

The Interact Club is to provide community service that will benefit both the club and society. The club meets twice a month (every other Friday @ 7am). Students must volunteer 6 hours of community service hours a month and work one Salvation Army Soup Kitchen during the school year. The requirements for joining are a 2.0 and above GPA, as well as willing to give back to the community. Students in grades 10-12 that would like to join the Interact Club must fill out an application on Wednesday, August 24, Thursday, August 25, Friday, of August 26, before or after school or during 4th lunch, in 3–216. 

The Interact Club will have meetings on the following dates during the first semester:

  • September 9 & 23
  • October 7 & 21
  • November 4 & 18
  • December 2 & 16

Club sponsor is Mr. Howery

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National English Honor Society

Who We Are:

We welcome students who excel in reading and writing (either academic or creative).  We are both an academic and community service-based organization that will be holding monthly morning meetings. The NEHS motto, “gelast sceal mid are,” is Old English for: “duty goes with honor.”  Our expectation is that you not only show up for monthly meetings but also take an active role in the group by volunteering and fundraising.

 You are required to attend monthly meetings, participate in fundraisers, and volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours each semester or you will be placed as inactive status.

  • 11th or 12th grade student for the 2017-18 school year
  • 3.5 unweighted GPA (this must be verified by Guidance.  Have your counselor initial next to Cumulative GPA and English GPA)
  • currently enrolled in an Honors, AP or Dual Enrollment English course
  • a typed writing sample showing writing ability (up to 5 pages)

Due to zoning changes and overwhelming response the National English Honor Society has decided to hold a secondary application submission and review process in the Fall of 2017.  Those students initially not accepted into NEHS due to scheduling concerns are welcome to reapply if enrolled in an English class.

You can download the application here or see either your English teacher, Mrs. Glover or Mrs. Evans for a paper copy.

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National Honor Society

The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Students in grades 10 & 11 can apply in February.

Activities include providing after-school tutoring two days a week. See Mrs. Hallwas for more information. You can DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION HERE

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SWAT-SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)

The purpose of the club is to teach and provide information on the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and other type of decisions that can impact and affect the students in a negative or positive way. The club meets once a month during normal months after school for about 20 minutes. When major events occur we meet during that week and up to several times before the event. All students with no major referrals and no history of drug or alcohol problems are able to become members. The benefits of being a member are that students will help others to make good decisions, gain volunteer hours, and there is also an annual field trip to Universal or Disney.

Club sponsor is Cpl. Mills and Mrs. K Smith

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Science National Honor Society

The purpose of the Science National Honor Society is to recognize as well as encourage scientific, intellectual thoughts, to communicate with the scientific community, and advances the knowledge students have of modern and classical science and help improve scientific knowledge of those around them. The Scientific National Honor Society is encouraged to do community service such as judging the science fair, Trick-around-the-track and help set up the Special Olympics with the possibility of being rewarded with scholarship opportunities and volunteer hours. In turn they encourage the pursuit of scientific knowledge for generations to come. The Science National Honor Society meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 a.m. in 2-209. To be eligible students must maintain a B+ average across all science courses, be enrolled in at least one honors or higher level science class during or prior to the eleventh grade year or in one second year honors or upper level science class in the twelfth grade year although if a 2nd year honors class is not available enroll into another 1st year honors class instead.

Club Sponsor is Dr. Cohen

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Spanish Honor Society

The purpose of the Society is to recognize high achievement in Spanish by students of secondary schools and to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic studies. Members may enjoy limited privileges and benefits in the Society. They may vote, hold office, or be eligible to receive scholarship or travel awards of the Society, and receive volunteer hours. General membership meetings are held every three weeks in room 3-202.

To remain a member you must not miss two meetings, doing so will forfeit your membership, and dues will not be returned. Students taking Spanish class online or off campus are not eligible for the Society. Students must have an A- average in all Spanish classes. Student must have a 3.00 GPA or higher. Students must be enrolled in the third semester of Spanish or higher. Future SHH members may pick up an application from either of these parties through their Spanish teachers, sponsors, president or by printing a copy of the application from the SHH website.http://connect.pasco.k12.fl.us/cbozolo

Club sponsor is Senora Bozolo

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SPLASH – Students Protecting Land and Sea Habitats

DOWNLOAD THE SPLASH APPLICATION – DUE AUG 25

SPLASH stands for Students Protecting Land and Sea Habitats.  Our focus is to help take care of the environment, as well as to educate others about what they can do to help.  SPLASH helps with school recycling and various school activities. Members of SPLASH club participate in cleanups at local beaches and parks. We also volunteer at the local environmental center and other schools.

SPLASH members can get volunteer hours for the Bright Futures program by participating in our various activities both at school, and off campus on weekends.  There is always a sense of pride and accomplishment in participating in our activities.  Those who fulfill their SPLASH community service hour requirements, and remain in good standings within RRHS, are eligible to go to the county’s environmental center, the EMC, to kayak and participate in activities to learn about the environment we’re working on protecting.

SPLASH meets for formal meetings once a quarter.  We keep our members informed of various activities through Facebook, Remind, Twitter, and newsletters. There is also a bulletin board with current information located in Laine Smith’s classroom (2-110).

Anybody in good standing with RRHS is eligible to become a member of SPLASH.  Requirements are to participate in at least 4 hours of SPLASH community service hours a quarter, & pay member dues. Students may apply in August.

Club sponsor is Mrs. L. Smith   Follow them on Twitter  @rrhs_splash

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Supporting and Inspiring Peers Club

The SIP Club at River Ridge Middle/High School is a club that focuses on the development of friendships between students with disabilities and students without disabilities. SIP stands for Supporting and Inspiring Peers. Members of the SIP Club are grouped with peer buddies in activities such as Special Olympics or in social activities or positive interactions. To be a member of the SIP club students must be in grades 7-12, meet the overall school attendance policy. Some requirements to be a part of the SIP Club are attending the monthly meetings after school from 2-3pm. There is also mandatory training and many leadership responsibilities to be a leader. Attending school based evening social activities and Special Olympics is optional.

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Teen Court

If you have an interest in law and the practical application to the judicial system in Pasco county, then Teen Court may be the place for you. Teen court provides an immersive experience in application of due process. If you are interested in attending Teen Court please see Mr. Jackson in room 3-108 for an application.

Club sponsor is Mr. Jackson

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Thespians

The purpose of Thespians is to build students’ performance skills through coaching, performing, and competing. Students involved will build teamwork skills, responsibilities, and a sense of commitment. There will be periodical informational meetings at the beginning of the school year. Additional time commitments will be set following those meetings for rehearsals for performances and competition. Anyone who meets all requirements is eligible. Requirements include a 2.0 GPA and regular attendance to come into the drama room (5-209). Or contact a thespian officer if you’re interested in joining. Benefits include induction into the International Thespian Society and many opportunities to showcase acting, singing, and dancing talents and earn volunteer hours.

Club sponsor is Mrs. Rogers