Jr.-Sr. High clubs & activities
Open to grades 7-12
Friends of Rachel
The Friends of Rachel Club (FOR) is a group of
students in grades 7-12 that have accepted Rachel's Challenge and
believe random acts of kindness throughout the day will start a chain
reaction. Visit the
Ilion Jr.-Sr. High Friends of Rachel website for more information
and to see how you can start your own chain reaction.
Open to specific grades or classes
Chamber Choir and Chamber Singers
The Chamber Choir has the following officers:
President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary. The Chamber
Singers meet every week. Both groups perform at the Kaleidoscope
Concert, the Music Boosters Spaghetti Dinner, Holiday Classics
Concert, Spring Classics, Relay for Life, and Graduation. They also
perform with the Utica Symphony Holiday Pops Concert. They Chamber
Choir also does assemblies at both elementary schools, sings upon
request, sings the national anthem and alma mater at Homecoming and
performs at Baccalaureate. The Choirs raise money for a trip/tour
every other years and on off years take a day trip to New York City.
Drama Club / Musical
The Drama Club has the following officers:
President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Publicity. The
Drama Club often attends two performances a year either at Syracuse
Stage or the Stanley Theatre. Students also participate in the
Madrigal Dinner and Spring Musical. Students in the musical raise all
of the money for the production, and with the help of parents, create
all the sets, and run all the tech and perform in our annual spring
Junior High Jazz Band
The students will explore the history and different
styles of Jazz through fall and spring concert performances. Various
styles encompassing swing, funk, rock, and Latin will be discussed and
played along with an introduction to improvisation. Memebership is
open to anyone who can read music and is in a school music ensemble.
Senior High Jazz Ensemble
An instrumental group for students with some
experience playing jazz music who wish to perform a variety of swing,
be-bop, Latin, rock Afro-Cuban, and other works that have been
composed for the jazz medium. Membership in this group is by audition.
Weekly rehearsals are held either after school or in the evening and
the ensemble performs in the Jazz Concert, goes on tour during the
even school years and is often asked to perform at special community
events and Jazz Festivals.
An Organization for students in grade 7 through 12,
who are interested in helping the environment, improving and
maintaining the school grounds, and raising awareness about
environmental issues. Officers are elected each fall. Meetings are
monthly in the fall and winter and bi-weekly in the spring.
Fundraising activities are held for field trips and to raise money for
projects that will help the school become more ecologically
Junior High Student Council
Junior High Student Council has open membership for
all students in grades 7 and 8. Officers are elected at the first
organizational meeting in September. These organizations are set up
with the following purposes in mind: 1) to develop in the student the
power of self-government through active participation and to teach
responsibilities and duties to fellow students and school and thus
secure the training necessary to be a good citizen; 2) to develop
leasership and initiative; and 3) to give students an opportunity to
face problems of discipline, to work for the general welfare of the
school, to arouse interest and loyalty and to promote a good school
spirit. The Student Council also sponsors the eighth grade move up
celebration in June.
High School Student Council
This is an organization for 9-12 grade students.
The students organize and host events for the student body and the
Ilion Community in order to raise money for scholarships.
Additionally, the members of this group coordinate school functions
such as pep rallies, and Spirit Week in order to boost school morale.
The officers are nominated and elected by members of the group, and
meetings are typically held twice a month.
Junior High Spanish Club
The Junior High Spanish Club is open to any 8th
grade Spanish student. The officers are elected by the club members at
the beginning of the school year. The club meets on a monthly basis.
Students in the Junior High Spanish Club raise money for cultural
activities throughout the school year. These fundraisers are typically
culture-based, for example, a Spanish Salsa Sale, or Poinsettia Plant
sale. These cultural activities bring awaireness to various Spanish
holidays and traditions that occur around the world. The club has
traveled to Albany to see a traditional Spanish Flamenco Dance
performance, and also ate at a local Spanish restaurant. The club
celebrates "El Cinco de Mayo" as well as other events that take place
throughout the school year.
Senior High International Club
The Senior High International Club is open to students in
grades nine through twelve enrolled in Spanish classes. The officers
are elected each year by the students. Spanish Club meets on a monthly
basis but sometimes more frequently. The club has "fiestas" for
different Hispanic Culture days. The Spanish Club also has fundraising
activities for possible cultural trips and events throughout the
Open membership to students grade 9-12. Dues are
$13 which goes to the state and international fund. The officers are
elected yearly by the memebers. Key club members do various volunteer
events based on the membership interest. The major fund raiser for the
scholarship is the concession stand at the Hershey Track Meet. Key
Club meets bi-weekly after school.
The Library Book Club
The Library Book Club is a chance for students who
enjoy reading the opportunity to discuss and explore new genres and
books with their peers. The Library Book Club is open to all students
grades seven through twelve. The club meets in the library after
school at least twice a month and officers are elected each year.
Along with reading a new selection each month, the club also
participates in the Relay for Life and well as acting as the primary
volunteers for the Library's Book Fair. The funds raised from the book
fair help to fund the book club's other activities such as sponsoring
the Junior High Reading Counts party.
The Math Club competes in different contests
throughout the school year. Eight students attend MVCC for the High
School Math Competition, four students attend SUNYIT for the Junior
High Math Counts Contest. The Club also runs six NY Math Contests for
Math 305, 310, 410, and Calculus.
National Junior Honor Society
The members of National Junior Honor Society are
selected based on scholarship, character, leadership, service, and
citizenship. Once inducted, members volunteer throughout the year to
assist with various school functions and service projects in the
community. For example, the members serve as guides for our annual
Back to School Night, serve at the Boys' Block I Banquet, and serve as
guides for The Odyssey of the Mind Tournament that Ilion hosts.
Members volunteer to assist Barringer Road with their Breakfast with
Santa, playground maintenance, Applefest, and the Remington Craft
Fair. The annual fund raiser, Dee's Dance Recital, is both an
opportunity to raise funds for the society as well as provide a
service for the community. In addition to these yearly commitments,
members are responsible for completing and distributing ten week honor
roll cards. The officers present assemblies to honor all students who
achieve high academic performance and to celebrate the induction of
new members each year. They also host a Family Night to honor all
newly inducted members and their families. Throughout the year the
officers hold informative meetings.
The officers are elected by students each year in
June. The members are rewarded for all of their hard work with an
annual field trip in the fall. The highest service point earners are
rewarded with a full-day trip every three years. The society offers a
$100 scholarship to one member who earned the most service points.
National Senior Honor Society
Throughout the school year, the National Senior
Honor Society also participates in numerous service projects in the
community and in the school community. Some include: adopting a local
family during the holidays as part of the Gram Lorraine Project,
hosting the Teacher Appreciation Reception, hosting the Honors Dinner,
wait staff for the Girls' Block I Awards Ceremony, and many more
projects as well. The NSHS also fundraises to help support the
scholarship given each year at the Senior Awards Ceremony.
The Yearbook Club is offered to thoses students who
wish to actively participate in the development of the yearbook. Each
student is assigned various pages to complete in the yearbook.
Students are also responsible for taking pictures, writing captions,
and selling advertisements. Students also enter individual yearbook
orders and hand out yearbooks at the end of the year. Students need to
utilize computer skills, as the yearbook is completed online. They are
responsible for meeting deadlines set by the advisors and Jostens.