Student learning in the 21st century not only takes place inside the classroom, but through various co-curricular groups and activities which help to develop leadership, team-building and other important future-ready skills. The Brooklyn City Schools offer a wide variety of co-curricular opportunities for students of all grade levels. Students at Brooklyn High School are taking advantage of these opportunities, as participation in non-athletic related groups and events has increased by forty-two percent during the 2018-19 school year! The increase in student involvement has helped to successfully launch several new clubs and activities including Key Club, Debate Club, History club and E-Sports tournament, as well as boost interest in existing student groups such as Student Council, Stage Crew and Power of the Pen.
Led by Language Arts/Speech teacher Jon Holko, the Debate Club has been meeting every two weeks since November 2018, with students taking an active role in working together and organizing various responsibilities such as researching topics, constructing arguments and closing statements, and practicing debate skills. The Key Club meets every other week under the guidance of Language Arts teacher Jamie Barber, and operates as the high school branch of the Kiwanis Club. Student members are involved in various initiatives that promote community service and generosity, which include making goodie bags for participants in the school play, and volunteering for the upcoming Support Our Schools Spaghetti Dinner, as well as the Night to Shine dance for students with special needs.
The Power of the Pen group promotes creative writing and is excited to support 8th grade member Brianna Slawinski as she will be advancing to the Northeast Regional round of the state-wide competition! Student Council features approximately thirty-two members who pitched in to support the recent Red Cross Blood Drive on January 25th, which helped to raise money towards scholarships for seniors. Members are also planning an upcoming pep assembly and activities for Random Acts of Kindness week in mid-February. Both groups are led by Language Arts teacher Jacinta Bader.
Brooklyn High School celebrated the successful launch of the very first E-Sports tournament in December, as forty-six students participated in a Madden NFL 19 playoff-style contest. Intervention Specialist Jeff Jones organized the tournament to promote the District’s PBIS program which rewards positive behavior, as well as provide an outlet for the ever-increasing popularity of eSports among students. Participating students took ownership right from the start by volunteering to donate and set-up game systems for use during the tournament. The championship round of the Madden NFL 19 will take place on February 4th and will be followed by an NBA 2K contest and Super Smash Bros. tournament in the spring.
The Brooklyn City Schools take great pride in the high level of student involvement in all co-curricular activities and are appreciative of the generous support provided by teachers, advisors and coaches.