Student Life

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Nonnewaug High School offers many experiences both within the school and outside of the regular school day that are designed to promote student achievement and success in school and in life.

Students have access to a generous listing of after school clubs and activities that run the gamut from arts to technology and everything in between. Students can participate in clubs with a wide variety of interests including performing and fine arts clubs, jazz and singing groups, World Language clubs and a nationally ranked robotics team just to name a few.

Students are also given opportunities to participate in student council and valuable public service and peer leadership programs including Future Business Leaders of America and Leo Club. There is also a full service Ion Bank and a School Store that gives students the hands on experience of the business world within the walls of the school.

Students at Nonnewaug High School are choosing to inspire excellence in and out of the classrooms every day.

Clubs and Activities

School Clubs meet on various schedules and pick up is at 3:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Debate Club: Nonnewaug Debate is a fun club that teaches public speaking and clear organized thinking. A competitive debate team competes in state-wide tournaments.

DECA: DECA is an available to all students enrolled in either Marketing I or II. Participants gain insight into the fields of Marketing, Merchandising, Management and Entrepreneurship. The club participates in conferences and competitions though out the year. Additionally, DECA members operate the Nonnewaug School Store.

Denan: We are an extension of the Woodbury-based Denan Project, which supports charitable relief to refugee camps and communities in Africa and South America. We hold a 'Concert for Denan' each March as a fundraiser. Local student bands are featured.

Drama Club: The Drama club is responsible for putting on a spring play, and for the instruction of: acting, production, stage crew, stage management, choreography, technical crew and theatre ethics.

Electrathon: Students repair and re-design an electrically powered car that is raced by students twice a year at Lime Rock Raceway.

Envirothon: The Envirothon Club focuses on environmental awareness, outdoor activities and a national competition in the spring. The competition focuses on aquatics, forestry, wildlife, soils and global environmental change. We meet often on Saturdays and have built a partnership with Steep Rock Association in Washington, CT., including adopting a trail and doing some camping.

FBLA: Future Business Leaders of America is a business club that is open to all NHS students interested in any aspect of business, whether they are currently enrolled in a business course or not. Students take part in an annual state competition on a variety of business topics such as: Job Interview, Marketing, Accounting, Impromptu Speaking, Business Presentation and Public Speaking to name but a few. During the state competition, our FBLA students are able to meet and interact with students in other FBLA chapters throughout the state. As a chapter, we also are involved with community service activities such as Trick or Treat Street, Senior Citizen Holiday Meal, Gifts for the Holidays. This is a requirement of Graduation with Recognition in Business. It is also a wonderful asset on a resume.

Freshman Class Council: Freshman class council plans for events for their class including Trick-or-Treat Street, class trips, Prom, and fundraising activities. We have a president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer who are elected by the freshman class, and all freshmen are welcome at our meetings and events.

Guitar Club: Guitar instruction for beginner and intermediate level. Students furnish their own acoustic guitar.

GSA - Gay-Straight Alliance Club: Brings together all students to support each other, provide a safe place to socialize, and create a platform to fight for racial, gender, LGBTQ, and economic justice.

Intramurals: We provide a variety of opportunities for students to participate in noncompetitive sports activities. This includes ultimate Frisbee, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, speed ball, pillow polo tournament, indoor field hockey, softball and badminton to name a few.
Jazz Band/Wind Ensemble: Performing ensemble is open to all students with prior instrumental music experience. Students rehearse and perform at various school events through the year.

Junior Class Council: Junior Class Council's primary goal is to raise funds for senior year activities. We collect dues, host the Talent Show, and provide other fundraisers so that senior activities' costs can be deferred. Junior Class Council is also involved in supporting Trick-or-Treat Street in the fall.

Latin American Culture Club: The major purpose of this club is to provide an enrichment program at Mitchell Elementary School by offering 2, 5 week sessions of Spanish lessons for grades 3-5 after school.

Leo Club: The Leos are a community service club, overseen by the Woodbury Lions Club. Activities include supply drives for troops, helping Lions with Haunted Hay Ride and Christmas Luminaries, raising funds for charities like Heifer International and Make-A-Wish. We volunteer in the St. Vincent de Paul's Soup Kitchen, march in the Memorial Day Parade and participate in the Adopt-A-Road town wide clean-up.

Literary Club: Students gather to discuss creative writing, publish the Apollo literary magazine, and sponsor the Open Mic and the Poetry Slam.

National Art Honor Society: Art honor society is open to all art students who meet the academic requirements. Art Honor Society organizes and sponsors art events, and community service projects that support the school, community and the NHS Art department.

SAT Math Prep: The SAT Math Prep course is designed to provide students with an overview of Math topics on the SAT as well as some valuable test-taking tips and strategies. Students purchase a $20 book to use for practice problems. The course meets in the fall in September and October for seniors and then in the spring in February and early March for juniors. See or email Mr. Clemente if you have any questions at The exact starting date for the spring session is yet to be determined.

SAT English Prep: Students will learn the knowledge and skills needed to master the SAT exams. The course is offered for all grade levels and only requires students to bring a pencil and a three ring binder. The course runs twice during a school year; fall and spring.

Senior Class Council: The Senior Council is responsible for arranging senior activities, fundraisers, and events. The council consists of four elected officers and senior class members.

Sophomore Class: Plan for all class activities: Trick or Treat Street, Class Ring Social, Prom, Senior Trip, and fund raisers.

Spirit Club: Plans homecoming dances, pep rallies and decorates for sporting events

Stage Club: Students work with the Drama Club to provide lighting and sound for the school plays and other in-house productions/activities that need technical assistance.

Student Council: Student Council coordinates fundraising such as Trick-or-Treat Street and Nonnewaug Gladiators. Student Council also presides over United Student Government, Honor Court, and various other functions of the Nonnewaug student body.

T.E.A.M.: Teenagers Engaged in Acts of Merit, students are organized into community service projects and opportunities ranging from tutoring elementary students, clean-up efforts, local festivals and senior center activities. Depending on particular community service activities, students have the potential to achieve graduation with recognition.

Team Beta: Team Beta is a robotics team that builds and competes with a new robot every year. Students learn about engineering, mechanical design and computer programming.

Tri-M Music Honor Society: Music honor society is open to all music students who meet the academic requirements. Tri-M organizes and sponsors music events and community service projects that support the school, community and the NHS Music department.

Weight Training and Conditioning Club: Weight training and conditioning for all students. Whether you are getting ready for a sport, or just want to get in shape, we can put together a workout program for you! There are free weights, machines, medicine ball exercises and running.

Yearbook Club: Create yearbook, sell advertising, and yearbooks.

National Honor Society

Click here for more information on The Nonnewaug High School Chapter of the National Honor Society and important documents.

School Store

Get your Nonnewaug Chief's Spirit Wear and gear in the School Store, located near the Ion Bank Branch. The School Store is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 1:45 - 2:30. Hours vary due to student scheduling changes. Contact the store at


Student Handbook

The Nonnewaug High School Student Handbook contains important information and expectations for the NHS community and the Safe School Climate. Students and their parents or guardians are asked to familiarize themselves with its contents.

Parking and Parking Permits

Senior students must see the office for Parking Permits.

Visitor parking has been clearly marked and relocated to spaces adjacent to the Agriscience building. The bus loop area in front of the school will be reserved for busses only. It will remain closed to all other vehicles at all times. A sign and cones will be posted at the entrance and exit to the bus loop area. We ask that when dropping off or picking up students you do so outside of the bus loop and utilize the newly marked visitor parking spaces if you have to park.

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