Clubs & Organizations

2020 - 2021 Clubs & Sponsors

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Amazing Raiders Club

Sponsor: Katie Marek

Contact: katie.marek@leanderisd.org

Amazing Raiders Club is an organization where the General Ed student body teams up with and builds relationships with the students in theLife Skills Program in efforts to be all inclusive and making our campus united and whole. Anyone can join.


Art Club

Sponsors: Cynthia Acevedo/Robert Moreno

Contact: cynthia.acevedo@leanderisd.org / robert.moreno@leanderisd.org

Art club is a student run, creatively-driven club where students can help share ideas as well as promote visual arts awareness both on campus and in the community. Students do not need to be in an art class to be in art club.


ASL Club

Sponsors: Jen Greenstreet

Contact: jen.greenstreet@leanderisd.org

ASL Club is a fun way to start picking up some American Sign Language! We play vocabulary games, are involved with trunk or treat, and host silent dinners for immersion practice. No ASL knowledge required!


AV Club

Sponsor: Trina Moore

Contact: Trina.moore@leanderisd.org

The AV Club is made to bring aspiring filmmakers or video editors together to learn Adobe After Effects and participate in monthly videos or edits.


C2

Sponsor: Natasha Thomas / Kristen Clifford

Contact: NatashaK.Thomas@leanderisd.org / Kristen.Clifford@leanderisd.org

C Squared is a coalition of clubs that bring awareness to the issue of bullying while promoting a culture of caring and kindness.


DECA

Sponsor: Alexis Longmire

Contact: alexis.longmire@leanderisd.org

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management around the world. DECA is an international organization that provides students networking opportunities, social interactions, & real life business scenarios!


Destination Imagination

https://www.texasdi.org/new-to-di

https://hearttx.txdi.org/

Sponsor: Amy Hicks

Contact: amy.hicks@leanderisd.org / marguerite.swilling@leanderisd.org

Destination Imagination (DI) is an outside of school competitive event where self-led teams of 2-7 students solve a complex problem and present the solution in a creative way to a panel of adult appraisers. Teams advance from Regional to State to Global where they can earn scholarships.


E-Sports Club

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The E-Sports club is for students who are interested in the art of electronic sports.


FCA

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Sponsor: Lacey Blissit

Contact: lacey.blissit@leanderisd.org

Twitter/Instagram: @Rouse_FCA

This student-led organization is open to ALL students. The mission of F.C.A. is to make a positive impact in our community by sharing Jesus, encouraging a growing relationship with Him and serving others.


FCCLA

Family Career & Community Leaders of America

Sponsor: Haley Delvizis, Megan Wolske, & Jodi Garner

Contact: haley.delvizis@leanderisd.org / megan.wolske@leanderisd.org / jodi.garner@leanderisd.org

As the only career and technical student organization with family as its central focus, participation in FCCLA helps members become strong leaders in their families, careers and communities. Students will have the opportunity to participate in on and off campus community service events, compete at the regional, state, and national level, make new friends, and be a part of a campus family!


FFA

Future Farmers of America

Sponsor: Meg Hernandez/ Steph McGilvray

Contact: Meg.Hernandez@leanderisd.org / Steph.Mcgilvray@leanderisd.org

FFA is a dynamic student-led leadership de organization for students of agricultural education. F-F-A stands for Future Farmers of America, but we simply operate as the “FFA” because Future Farmers of America implies that we are all preparing to be farmers. Agriculture is much broader than just farming and ranching. Our students study things like animal science, landscaping, computer applications, economics, marketing, and much more. FFA provides opportunities to build and apply science, technology, and leadership skills for life.


Future Raiders Tutoring

Sponsor: Kathleen Forsell

Contact: kathleen.forsell@leanderisd.org

Future Raiders Tutoring is a student-led organization in which students from Rouse High School, through Zoom, can help teach students from Wiley and Stiles who are struggling in Math. The students that want to tutor must complete Geometry to join and can earn service hours if they choose to join. Meetings will be held on various Mondays during Advocate.


Green Cord

Sponsor: Tim Cornett

Contact: tim.cornett@leanderisd.org

Green Cord is a community service based club and requires a one time fee plus community service hours per year. Freshman and Sophomores need to complete 60 hours, Juniors 75 and seniors 100.


GSA

Sponsor: Christina Gatti

Contact: christina.gatti@leanderisd.org

GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) is a club dedicated to inclusivity, community building, awareness and education. We aim to build an awareness on underrepresented issues and identities, while also creating a loving, safe community for anyone on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum and allies who wish to support. If you feel unaccepted because of your identity, or if you wish to find more education on a key topic in world history, or just wish to make friends in a new community, please come join us!


Habitat for Humanity

Sponsor: Robert Snyder

Contact: robert.snyder@leanderisd.org

Rouse HFH exists to support Habitat for Humanity Williamson County in their efforts to provide affordable housing and home repair to families in need. We hold meetings twice a month, volunteer at the Williamson County HFH ReStore, and participate in home building opportunities throughout the year.


International Thespian Society

Sponsor: Stephanie Smith

Contact: stephanie.smith@leanderisd.org

The International Thespian Society was established in 1929 and is an honorary organization committed to the art of Theatre. It is aptly named for the Ancient Greek named Thespis, is the first known actor. The guiding principle of the organization is a dedication to excellence in Theatre Arts in secondary schools and its goals are to strive to make education and arts programs places for good theatre and to honor students who do theatre well. It is a service as well as an honorary organization. In order to become a member of Rouse High School Thespian Troupe #7679, students must earn a minimum of 15 points for meritorious work in the Rouse HS Theatre Department and complete the application put out in early March. Students must have participated in a minimum of 2 play/musical productions at Rouse High School and must have also shown a great deal of dedication and passion for Theatre. Active members receive the Thespian blue and gold cords to wear at graduation.


KEY Club

Sponsor: Sam Kadin

Contact: Samuel.Kadin@leanderisd.org

Key Club partners with the Kiwanis Club and focuses on school, volunteer and community service


Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy

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https://chickfilaleaderacademy.com/

Chick-fil-A Leader Academy™ is a national high school leadership program focused on IMPACT THROUGH ACTION. The world needs more leaders who impact their local communities, and we believe high school students are the answer!


Mu Alpha Theta, National Mathematics Honor Society

Sponsor: Joshua Morton

Contact: joshua.morton@leanderisd.org

Mu Alpha Theta is an honor society that looks to inspire a keen interest in mathematics, develop strong scholarship in the subject, and promote the enjoyment of mathematics. The club participates in computations nationwide to grow fellowship and skills in the field of mathematics.


National Art Honor Society

Sponsor: Cynthia Acevedo

Contact: cynthia.acevedo@leanderisd.org

The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is a national arts program established by the National Art Education Association to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. There is an application process and national guidelines must be met in order to become an approved member.


National French Honors Society

Sponsor: Johanna Kuwajima

Contact: Johanna.Kuwajima@leanderisd.org

Société Honoraire de Français is a national honor organization for students of French. The aim is to encourage interest in the study of French and Francophone cultures, reward scholastic achievements, and promote international friendship. Membership is by teacher invitation, based on national guidelines


National Honor Society

Sponsor: Megan Pilewski / Marguerite Swilling

Contact: megan.pilewski@leanderisd.org / marguerite.swilling@leanderisd.org

“The National Honor Society (NHS) elevates a school’s commitment to the values of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These four pillars have been associated with membership in the organization since its inception in 1921”. Rouse 11th and 12th graders who have a weighted GPA of 4.5 and the requisite character, leadership, and service experiences are invited to apply for membership each September. A Faculty Panel reviews each application to determine if the student has obtained standards for induction to NHS. This is a school-issued invitation only organization.


National Spanish Honor Society

Sponsor: Judy Sandoval

Contact: judy.sandoval@leanderisd.org

The National SPANISH Honor Society is an organization the recognizes students outstanding academic achievement in the study of the SPANISH language and culture and promotes the continuation of said study. It sponsors the National SPANISH Exam on campus, offering cash prizes to top scoring individuals at all levels. This is an invitation only organization


National Technical Honor Society

Sponsor: Laurel Taylor

Contact: laurel.taylor@leanderisd.org

Open to juniors and seniors enrolled in any CTE program of study. Application, minimum GPA of 3.0, and membership fee required. Community service and scholarship opportunities.


Poetry Club

Sponsor: Amy Monroe / Sharon Schwab / Amy Hicks

Contact: amy.monroe-ohora@leanderisd.org / sharon.schwab@leanderisd.org

amy.hicks@leanderisd.org


RADD

Raiders Against Destructive Decisions

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Raiders Joined for Hope

Sponsor: Marguerite Swilling / Kathleen Forsell

Contact: marguerite.swilling@leanderisd.org / Kathleen.forsell@leanderisd.org

Raiders Joined for Hope (RJH) is a student-led club that promotes mental health and suicide prevention awareness by supporting RHS with positivity, inclusiveness, and connectedness.


RAMS

Rouse AutoMotive Students & Skills USA

Sponsor:, Jim Davis / Jason Glass

Contact: jim.davis@leanderisd.org / jason.glass@leanderisd.org

RAMS club includes dues-paying Automotive student members of SkillsUSA($16.00) they automatically receive the following benefits:

Access to career resources, field trips and contact with industry. Opportunities to compete in the SkillsUSA Championships at the local, state or national levels. Opportunities for scholarships, awards and honors, job contacts and networking opportunities. A chance to learn and practice professional and leadership skills.

Club will meet twice a month or more.


Robotics Team

Sponsor: David Yuan / Jason Arrabito

Contact: david.yuan@leanderisd.org / jason.arrabito@leanderisd.org

FIRST® Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Students are challenged to design, build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game in alliance with other teams, while also fundraising to meet their goals, design a team “brand,” and advancing respect and appreciation for STEM within the local community.


Rouse Model United Nations

Sponsor: Kathleen Forsell

Contact: kathleen.forsell@leanderisd.org

This club studies current events and governing procedure and competes in Model UNs throughout the area to practice making the word a better place. This is a great club to practice skills that can enhance academics in high school, college, and beyond.


Rouse Reads

Sponsor: Holly Hensley/Christina Gatti/Marguerite Swilling

Contact: holly.hensley@leanderisd.org/christina.gatti@leanderisd.org/marguerite.swilling@leanderisd.org

Club members will read a book as a group once a month, discussing the book every 2nd Thursday of the month.


Rouse Relaxes

Sponsor: Carlos Martinez

Contact: carlos.martinez@leanderisd.org

The club has been created in order to help relieve the stress/worries that students have, to allow students to have a place where they feel welcomed and free to enjoy their time at school, have students interact with people they don’t know and to help develop coping strategies for stress.


Speech & Debate

Sponsor: Daniel Hudson

Contact: daniel.hudson@leanderisd.org

The speech and debate club provides students an opportunity to competitively speak, act, and debate.


Student Council

Sponsor: Meghan Hill, Co-Sponsor: Alicia Blount-Wilson

Contact: Meghan.hill@leanderisd.org / alicia.blount-wilson@leanderisd.org

Student Council seeks to provide support for school culture and inclusivity. We plan activities throughout the year that include homecoming festivities, prom, student/staff health initiatives, environmental initiatives, community service, and much more! One of our primary goals is to help unite the student body and be a voice for students. We meet once a month and welcome anyone from the student body to join us!


Tranquil Raiders

Sponsor: Carlos Martinez

Contact: carlos.martinez@leanderisd.org

Tranquil Raiders provides a safe space for the intent of meditation. Members meditate together in a shared environment/in the same Zoom for a sense of connectivity and community and are often led by guided meditation audio. The goal is to help students relieve stress, focus, sleep better, and improve their mental health through meditation.


UIL Academics

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UIL Academics gives students the ability to show off their gifts in many different academic events by taking tests and competing against schools across the state of TX. Why do this, SCHOLARSHIP $$$!!!


UIL Current Events

Sponsor: Max Lee

Contact: max.lee@leanderisd.org

The Current Issues and Events Contest focuses on a basic knowledge of current state, national and world events/issues and consists of 40 multiple-choice questions and one essay. The essay is intended to assess the competitor's ability to synthesize and evaluate information and present it in an informed manner.


UIL Spelling

Sponsor: Marguerite Swilling

Contact: marguerite.swilling@leanderisd.org

Each year, the UIL Spelling and Vocabulary Contest is based on a different vocabulary list provided by UIL. The event consists of a three-part test:. Part I: A fifteen-minute section of 30 multiple-choice items focused on vocabulary and proofreading, and...

Part II & III: The hand-written spelling of 70 words pronounced aloud to contestants and a tiebreaker section of 20 more pronounced words. This UIL Academic competition leads to scholarships and other recognitions.


UIL Computer Science

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The Computer Science contest challenges students to study a broad range of areas in computer science and has both an individual and a team component. Competition consists of a 45-minute written exam for both components, along with a two-hour programming contest for teams.

At all levels of competition, individual places are determined solely by written exam scores. All contestants compete for individual honors at all levels of competition. Individuals placing first, second and third advance to the next level. For the team component, the team’s top three scores on the written exam are added to its score in the programming session to produce an overall team score. First-place teams advance to the next level of competition.


UIL Journalism

Sponsor: Shelby Nickells

Contact: shelby.nickells@leanderisd.org

The UIL sponsors five journalism contests - News Writing (45 minutes), Feature Writing (60 minutes), Editorial Writing (45 minutes), Headline Writing (30 minutes) and Copy Editing (15 minutes). Students compete at the district level, and then the top three places advance to regionals. From regionals, the top three places advance to state competition. The UIL journalism program has seen increased participation in recent years. Many contest winners have gone on to excel as professional journalists.


UIL Literary Criticism

Sponsor: John Manning

Contact: john.manning@leanderisd.org

Recruitment and prep: Jennifer Hughes

Contact: jennifer.hughes@leanderisd.org

The UIL Literary Criticism Contest is a 90-minute test in which the student's familiarity with the concepts associated with literary analysis, authors, and works that represent English-language literary history, as well as some of its classical and international influences, is assessed.

Three sections constitute the scored part of the test; a required tie-breaking essay that invites the student to exercise his or her skill in literary analysis completes the test.

Part 1: Knowledge of Literary Terms and Literary History (30 one-point items)

Part 2: The UIL Reading List - differs year to year (20 two-point items)

Part 3: Ability in Literary Criticism (15 two-point items)

Part 4: The Tie-Breaking Essay


UIL Ready Writing

John Manning

Contact: john.manning@leanderisd.org

In the Ready Writing Contest, students are given two hours to write expository compositions. They have a choice between two prompts, each an excerpt from literature, publications (past and present) or speeches.


UIL Mathematics

Sponsor: Kimberly George

Contact: kimberly.george@leanderisd.org

The Calculator Applications Contest involves a thirty-minute test comprised of 70 mathematical problems that are solved with a handheld calculator:

35 numerical,

21 stated,

14 geometry.

The Mathematics Contest consists of a 40-minute, multiple-choice exam with 60 questions, designed to test knowledge and understanding in the areas of basic mathematics, algebra I and II, geometry, trigonometry, math analysis, analytic geometry, pre-calculus and elementary calculus.

The Number Sense Contest involves a ten-minute, 80 question mental math test covering all high school mathematics courses (See the sequence chart link in the right sidebar). Short cuts need to be developed and practiced in order to compete and finish the test.


UIL Science

Sponsor: Ryan Casey

Contact: ryan.casey@leanderisd.org

The purpose of the Science Contest is to challenge high school students to do a wide range of reading in biology, chemistry and physics, to gain an understanding of the significance of experiments rather than to recall obscure details, to be alert to new discoveries and information in the areas of science, to gain an understanding of the basic principles as well as knowledge of the history and philosophy of science, and to foster a sense of enthusiasm about science and how it affects our daily lives.

The contest consists of a two-hour objective test with 60 questions – 20 from biology, 20 from chemistry and 20 from physics.


UIL Social Studies

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The Social Studies Contest consists of 45 objective questions and an essay. Students are expected to master primary reading selections, as well as specific documents, and to be familiar with general-knowledge social studies concepts and terms. Each year, the contest focuses on a different topic area and a reading list that is provided by UIL. (2019 State 5A Champions)


UIL One Act Play

Sponsor: Stephanie Smith

Contact: stephanie.smith@leanderisd.org

The UIL One-Act Play contest is a competition where similarly sized Texas schools present an 18-40 minute play and may be adjudicated by a panel of three judges or a single judge. The contest is held on a single day and open to the public. There are six possible levels of competition: Zone, District, Bi-Distrct, Area, Region, and State. At each level of competition a judge awards individual acting awards as well as selecting three productions to advance to the next level of competition up to the Regional Level where only two will advance to the State Level. After the awards are announced a Judge gives an oral critique to each of the schools. Because of the wide participation and diversity of plays produced, certain rules and guidelines have been adopted by the State One-Act Play Office. These rules are in place to ensure safety, allow for equity, satisfy legal standards, and make the running of the contest practical.


UNICEF

Sponsor: Rob Bass

Contact: rob.bass@leanderisd.org

UNICEF is a youth led club which contributes to a belief that everyone can advocate for children across the world by fundraising and building a healthy community for children to grow up in. It helps empower youth with resources and skills to be effective global citizens.


Video Game Club

Sponsor: Laurel Taylor

Contact: Laurel.Taylor@leanderisd.org

Join us after school for multiplayer or individual play. For meeting information,join our Remind: 101 by texting

@rousevgc to 81010.


YMCA Youth & Govt

Sponsor: John Manning

Contact: john.manning@leanderisd.org

The YMCA YG group writes and debates bills in the congressional format. The team competes locally, and nationally, and travels throughout the year.