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2021-22 Club Catalog


Clubs 1 and Clubs 2 will meet on alternate Wednesdays. Where 1 and 2 are both indicated, students can sign up for either or both. FA clubs are available before lunch, ONLY to fine arts students who are unable to attend regular club time. Where indicated, some clubs will meet before or after school.

Academic Team (1,2)

Tryouts for the high school academic team are held each spring.  The team travels and/or competes virtually at tournaments throughout the scholastic year.  The team primarily participates in quiz bowl competitions, but team members also participate in the National History Bowl and Bee, The North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities’ writing competition The Quill, and the NCASA The 12, a broad knowledge-based competition.  (Kimberly Lloyd klloyd@tjca.org)

American Sign Language Club (2)

Behind English, Spanish, and Chinese, ASL is the fourth most widely used language in the US with around 2 million users. In ASL meetings, students will learn common phrases so that they will be able to communicate with those who are hard of hearing. The club’s goal is to share these phrases with others in their community and brighten the day of hard of hearing individuals. (Autumn Edwards aedwards@tjca.org)

AO1 (Audience of 1) (1)

Everyone is welcome at AO1 club meetings which will include Bible study, snacks, fellowship, games, crafts, and more! The student leaders will support members as they grow in faith and learn how to be a good example and kind to others. (Darrin Jackson djackson@tjca.org)

AP Human Geography Club (1)

Students currently enrolled in AP Human Geography are required to enroll in the AP Human Geography Club in order to build the skills necessary to succeed on the AP exam. (Darrell Keller dkeller@tjca.org)

Boxing Club FA and (1)

In this club students will learn boxing fundamentals such as stance, basic punches/combinations, footwork, and defense techniques. Students will also go through a variety of core, cardio (with and without weights) and strength exercises as well as punching bag work and shadow boxing. Class will be designed to teach boxing and self defense skills.Participants will gain strength, hand-eye coordination, endurance, and confidence in a full body workout. Participation will be beneficial not only for those looking to build a strong foundation for boxing, but also for those who wish to improve in other sports and overall fitness and health. (Luis Hernandez lhernandez@tjca.org)

Chess and Board Games Club FA (1)

The Chess and Board Games Club will offer a fun and intellectually engaging opportunity for the fine arts students to participate in a club before lunch. (John Henderson jhenderson@tjca.org)

Culinary Club (1)

Students in the Culinary Club will get an inside view of a commercial kitchen and the opportunity to work alongside a professional chef learning the basics of culinary and pastry arts.  Topics covered will include safety in the kitchen and proper knife skills. Students will expand your palate tasting fresh herbs, spices, and flavorful ingredients you may have never tried before.  Once we have a good understanding of those skills we will test our ability following recipes to make delicious culinary creations and artful desserts. (Amanda Jones ajones@tjca.org)

Culture Club (1)

Members of the Culture Club will  explore the cultures of countries where French and Spanish are spoken through language, food, games, and activities. While participation will enhance the language studies of students currently enrolled in French and Spanish courses at TJ, membership is open to all TJ high school students who want to learn more about world languages, customs, and traditions. (Lori Stites lstites@tjca.org)

Dungeons and Dragons 2

D&D is a club for students who want to come together to play Dungeons and Dragons, one of the most popular and famous tabletop roleplaying games. Members will go on adventures, fight monsters, discover treasure, and explore a mystical world. The adventures will be led by other members of the group as Dungeon Masters. Most materials, including dice and character sheets, will be provided during the sessions. (Chasity McCraw cmccraw@tjca.org)

Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2)

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is “the heart and soul in sports” and utilizes student-led campus groups called “huddles” to meet the needs of those on the inside, the athletes and coaches. (Darrell Keller dkeller@tjca.org)

Fishing Club After School

The student-led TJCA fishing club will give students a chance to explore different types of fishing, from bass fishing to fly fishing.  Students will learn tips and techniques, compete with other anglers, and participate in education and conservation programs. (Clint Cook clintonocook@icloud.com)

Future Business Leaders of America (2)

FBLA’s mission is to “inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences”.  FBLA strives to help students, who are interested in pursuing careers  in business, develop confidence and the leadership skills necessary to thrive in business enterprises.  FBLA aims to prepare students pursuing employment opportunities in business technologies career pathways.These pathways include accounting, business entrepreneurship, etc. (Angela Bates abates@tjca.org)

Future Teachers of America (2)

FTA is an extra-curricular public school organization that encourages young people to choose teaching as a career and provides a means for students to participate in realistic education activities. Chapters provide collaboration opportunities among educators, students, and the community. (Jennifer Wiggins jwiggins@tjca.org)

Gryphon Literati Book Club - Conner (FA) and Walker (1)

Students will be able to share what they've read recently, what they hope to read and what's out there yet to be read. Anyone who likes to read is encouraged to join the  Gryphon Literati! (Kim Conner kconner@tjca.org  Elizabeth Walker ewalker@tjca.org)

GSA  After School

Gay-Straight Alliances, or GSAs, are student-led and student-organized school clubs that aim to create a safe, welcoming, and accepting environment for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. (Kelly Maskarinac kmaskarinac@tjca.org)

4- H Hippology Club/Team (2)

This club will focus on all things horse related with the ultimate goal of competing at the state Hippology contest held in Raleigh in March. During club meetings, there will be mini lessons on topics that concern horses such as breeds, colors, disciplines, anatomy, nutrition, behavior, and diseases. Students in this club will be expected to join 4-H on-line, participate in service projects, and compete in 4-H contests involving field trips. (Misty Yelton myelton@tjca.org)

4-H Sustainable Agriculture Club (General/Envirothon)  (1)

This is a club for students who are interested in farming and livestock. Club meetings  will focus on where our food comes from and how to be a leader in the agricultural community. Members will join 4-H, the largest youth organization in the world. There will be an opportunity for hands-on learning and competition at the local, district and state level. Students will be expected to participate in service projects in order to attend any field trips. (Misty Yelton myelton@tjca.org)

Junior Civitan (1)

"Junior Civitan International is a service club that trains young people to become 'Builders of Good Citizenship' in the home, school and nation." The TJ chapter participates in  various service projects and fundraisers, including the Pennies for Patients Coin War, Potato Planting Project, and North Shelby Christmas party. There is an annual fee of $20, need based exemptions available. (Chasity McCraw cmccraw@tjca.org)

Junior Classical League (1,2)

Junior Classical League (JCL) encourages an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and  imparts an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical antiquity. Through both independent and guided study, students compete at the regional, state, and national level against students from other schools in topics such as Greek Mythology, Roman History and Life, and Latin language and literature. Competitions include academics, certamen (quiz-bowl), art, and writing. Requirements: Must be taking any level of Latin or must have taken a level of Latin previously. (Arian Finley afinley@tjca.org)

Medicinal Botany Club (2)

Members of the Medicinal Botany Club will explore the chemical components of plants.  These chemicals are multifunctional in their defense against insects, fungi, and disease.  Students will use their knowledge of plants to create everyday products such as chapstick, bugspray, salves, and more.  $10 fee/need based exemption available. (Elizabeth Walker ewalker@tjca.org)

Multiplayer Gaming Club (1)

The Multiplayer Gaming Club will offer a space for casual video games, card games, and board games.  Players of all skill levels are welcome.  Each week activities will rotate to include games such as Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, Among Us, and various trivia games.  The club members will also  discuss ideas about gaming, game theory, and the gaming community in general. $5.00 Materials Fee. (Phil Gallagher pgallagher@tjca.org)

Mu Alpha Theta (1)

Mu Alpha Theta (MATH) Honor Society is an invitation only club, with invitations based on performance in high school mathematics classes. It is dedicated to inspiring a keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school students. The national chapter of the society offers numerous opportunities for scholarships, grants, special recognition, awards, and competitions. Locally, the club also organizes Fall Festival events, Pi day activities, fundraisers, peer tutoring, etc. (Jennifer Wiggins jwiggins@tjca.org  Thomas Andrews tandrews@tjca.org)

National History Day Competition Club (2) 

More than half a million students around the world participate in the National History Day competition at local and affiliate levels with top students advancing to the national level competition at the University of Maryland at College Park.  Students create projects based on historical research on a topic of their choice. (John Henderson jhenderson@tjca.org)

National Honor Society  Before School 

The NHS club is open to members of the National Honor Society and focuses on projects chosen by members. There will be meetings for this club twice a month during Wednesday Advisory, as well as a before-school option for those who choose.  NHS members are required to either attend before school or during club time on Advisory Wednesdays. (Kim Conner kconner@tjca.org)

Needles and Pins (1)

This is a club for those who wish to explore the handwork of embroidery. Club members will choose their own projects and spend time with others who enjoy the practice of needlework. Studies have found handwork reduces stress, increases understanding of mathematics, promotes sustainability and mindfulness, and inspires confidence. A minimal fee of $10 will cover supplies. Membership is limited to 20 students in grades 9-12. (Kim Conner kconner@tjca.org)

Peer Tutoring Club (1,2)

The peer tutoring club is a student-led organization that, upon the recommendation of Thomas Jefferson teachers, will offer tutoring to students who would benefit from working with peer tutors.  Students who are interested in serving as tutors are encouraged to sign up for either the club 1 or club 2 time slot. (Martha Owens mowens@tjca.org)

School of Athens Institute (1)

At the high school level, SAI seeks to help students grow as scholars, citizens, and stewards. Through SAI, Students grow as scholars through reading and discussing timeless philosophy, Students grow as citizens by taking on service activities, and students become stewards by gaining an appreciation for nature through experiencing the beauty of Western North Carolina. (Greg Stearns gstearns@tjca.org)

Science Olympiad (1,2)

HS Science Olympiad (Division C, grades 9-12) is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics competition-based organization that elevates science education to the level of support and enthusiasm typically reserved for school sports. Students prepare throughout the year and compete in rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging, and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering, and technology. The team is seeking its third straight invitation to the state tournament this year and is looking for dedicated individuals to help along its journey. (Thomas Andrews tandrews@tjca.org)

Scientific and Historical Non-Fiction Reading Club  (2)

The intersection of science and history affects our lives daily, as we are acutely aware during the current pandemic. We will chose from books such as The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Hidden Figures, Storm in a Teacup, The Radium Girls, Atomic City, The Disappearing Spoon, The Hot Zone, A Short History of Nearly Everything, The Ghost Map, and The Sixth Extinction. (Megan Witte mwitte@tjca.org)

Speech and Debate (2)

Students will practice and hone public speaking skills. Should there be interest, club members might also participate in formal competitions. Participation in this club should  serve to help students grow in confidence. (Greg Stearns gstearns@tjca.org)

Stock Market Club  (2)

Stock Market Club members will create "ghost portfolios," conduct independent research, and engage in group dialogue concerning current geopolitical events and their relation to investments. (Andrew Gillespie agillespie@tjca.org)

Students Protecting Every Star Alliance  After School

The SPESA club centers around helping others in the school and community by rotating between community service and fundraising for charities. There will also be lessons about how to love others and ourselves and how to reach out to any students who need someone to talk to or a helping hand. The club will be a safe space, a place that makes being kind an engaging experience for everyone involved. (Kim Conner kconner@tjca.org)

 Studio Art for Drawing Students (1)

Students currently enrolled in AP Drawing are welcome to sign up for the Studio Art for Drawing club in order to have additional time in the studio to bring their projects to fruition. (Natasha McConnachie nmconnachie@tjca.org)

Studio Art for Painting Students (2)

Students currently enrolled in AP Painting are welcome to sign up for the Studio Art for Painting club in order to have additional time in the studio to bring their projects to fruition. (Natasha McConnachie nmconnachie@tjca.org)

Talk About It  (1)

Sharpen your discussion skills and dive into a bit of deep thinking.  Students will discuss topics of interest approved by the teacher.  Discussions will be monitored and guided away from politics, but just about anything else is fair game (within reason).  Discuss questions like "If you could go back in time and meet anyone you like, who would it be and why?" or "What is your favorite type of person and would you want to be like that?" or even "Do you think aliens have visited Earth?  Why or why not?  What would you expect from an alien race?"...and anything else we can come up with! (Vicki Hughes vhughes@tjca.org)