CLUBS & ACTIVITIES RECAP SEMESTER #1 – FALL 2019
Ritenour Leadership has been planning and implementing activities and events to help build community and school spirit. Last semester they worked on Homecoming, Spirit Week, Make A Wish, Awareness Week, and Adopt A Family. This semester they are planning Neon Night to make money for Make A Wish, Kindness Week, Student, Staff, and Guardian Appreciation activities and they are planning a Friendship Dance with our Special Needs Friends. As they plan and implement they focus on being “allergic to average” while working on their leadership skills at the same time.
FBLA has had a couple of activities including the Fall District Leadership Conference. Students traveled to Kokomo Joe’s for a conference on FBLA. Topics covered were Interviewing skills, how to score at competition and professional attire. Students were very enthusiastic and learned a great deal about the organization. They were better prepared for competition and other activities offered through FBLA.
Students raised money for the March of Dimes through a Walk a Thon. Fifteen students participated and raised over $80 for the charity. Total walked was approximately 45 miles.
Students have been busy preparing for competition. Some events included presentations, online testing and speeches. Wish them luck the rest of the season and hopefully they will bring back some medals.
It’s been a busy year for HOSA and second semester things have really pick up!
Ten students are now studying and practicing for the State Leadership Conference taking place March 23-24 on the campus of Missouri S&T. HOSA members from across the state will compete in events for a chance to attend the International Leadership Conference this summer. There will also be keynote speakers, a service project to send cards to veterans, dancing and games with other HOSA students, all of which will be a great time!
Please wish the members “Good Luck!” when you see them: Desiree Bagot and Kristyn Bills (medical terminology), Madison Secrease and Tess Ostoff (clinical nursing), Pearl Dayal and Kelci Sutton (forensic medicine), Jordan Fritzsche (sports medicine) Andrea Rivera Guzman Gonzolez (behavioral medicine), Gabriela Rojo (pharmacology), and Maria Castillo Vega (biomedical laboratory science).
If you are interested in health or medical career, consider joining HOSA – Future Health Professionals next year!
MU ALPHA THETA
During this past fall Mu Alpha Theta has met and elected the following officers:
President — Andrea Rojo
Vice President — Emma Bange
They have also hosted a Math Snack and Study in December before finals. This year, the group did it earlier than in past years to give students more time to prepare. Students showed up for help and were assisted by 11 of our Mu Alpha Theta students. It was beneficial for those who attended.
Game Changers is in the process of fundraising for their Civil Rights Tour and planning Black History Month activities. They have also gone into the middle schools once a month to teach the Junior Game Changers about Social Justice issues.
The Science Club has had a fun first semester!
They have performed multiple science experiments from various fields of science, including an elephant toothpaste reaction for our first week followed up by making Oobleck. If you noticed the group smelling extra nice it’s because they made their own deodorant from scratch as well. Around Thanksgiving, the Science Club tried their luck with food science by creating fizzy fruit, by carbonating fresh fruit using dry ice!
Finally, just before winter break the group dissected cow eyeballs, which was surprisingly fascinating and not nearly as gag-inducing as initially thought.
Any new members are welcome to join the Science Club at any time.
They meet the 2nd & 4th Friday of the month in room 312. There are some exciting new things coming second semester so get involved and see you in the LAB!
Follow us on Instagram to see what we’re up to, @ritenourscienceclub.
The Fall for FCCLA has been one of the most successful so far in the Activities sector. It has been proven that students who take part in co-curricular activities have a marked improvement in grades, time management skills, and a boost in self-esteem.
This past Fall, our FCCLA Chapter members took part in developing and organizing a community service project that proved to be so successful it qualified in the recent Region competition to go to State in March. The project ‘Home Base’ was created by our Ritenour FCCLA. Home Base, with the tagline “Helping Kids Feel at Home” is a project that provides Twin ‘kid-friendly’ sheet sets, soft fleece blankets and night time hygiene kits packaged for families with kids struggling with Cancer. The idea stems from the fact that kids need extra comfort with a sense of home while having an extended hospital stay during treatments. The thought that a child sleeping in the comfort of their favorite super hero sheets may bring a smile and a feeling of hope for families feeling challenged by illness. The logo’d packages were well received by ‘Friends of Kids with Cancer’ and the feedback was tremendous. The packages will go directly to families in Children’s Hospital.
The Chapter Service Project was presented in front of judges January 15th in Belgrade, MO and the team from Ritenour scored top gold with a 98.6/100 score. This achievement earned them a spot in the State Competition in March @ Lake Ozark, MO.
In addition to team bonding at World Food Day in November and having weekly breakfast meetings, student members can apply for a leadership role as a Region officer.
Three students from Ritenour FCCLA took part in Region 5 Officer Elections and were elected by other area high schools to be Region Officers.:
Chris Campos – Region President
Guadalupe Rico – Region Reporter
Ashton Miller – Region Parliamentarian
Region officers run the Region Conference in October, plan and conduct meetings with a theme, secure guest speakers, read reports and inspire others to lead in the Region for the year. All meetings are run by students using the Parliamentary procedure.
Ritenour’s FCCLA Adviser and FACS teacher, Janet Knese, has been a member of the State Executive Council for two years. She takes part in planning meetings, has responsibilities at FCCLA State Meetings & Conferences, advises By-Laws Changes, facilities Officer Elections and STAR events.
FCCLA’s main purpose is to provide opportunities for personal development and preparation for adult life. With the goal of strengthening the family as a basic unit of society Ritenour’s goal for FCCLA align with those of the school, community, nation and world.
Sports Medicine Club
During the fall semester the students helped our Athletic Trainer Taylor Kuehl prepare for games and practices by helping with water and making ice bags.
They also attended football and volleyball games helping with pre-game set-up.
During their time at practices and games, the students were able to observe different evaluations and treatments that were performed by the Athletic Trainer while asking questions afterward.
Ritenour’s Gay Straight Alliance had a great first semester! Club numbers have grown this year, and the level of acceptance and support truly exemplifies a DREAM student! Each meeting, students have welcomed every new member, and they have supported one another while having fun, too! The club is looking forward to planning a great “Ally Week this March”!
Class of 2021:
The Class of 2021 has been meeting with officers to find new ways of increasing the class of 2021 participation and fundraising. These efforts are vital to their success especially as they are in the works of planning Prom for the class of 2020.
Camille Fuller and Jaiden Drummer also represented their class at the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division Annual African American Heritage Program with their artwork.
Lastly, the Class will be selling sticky pockets and the 2021 shirts from freshman year at a discounted price so if you are interested see them today before they are sold out.
Class of 2020:
The 1st semester of the school year for the Senior Class started off by preparing the annual homecoming float. After hard work for 2 months from the 4 officers and a few senior students the Senior float was ready to participate in the annual homecoming parade.
This year the senior class received first place for most spirit and very well creative float!
Through the semester the officers started planning fundraiser ideas for the senior class picnic that will be here soon.
The last event the senior officers did was participate in Leadership Class Adopt a Family, where the senior class adopted a 5-year-old girl for the holidays. The group bought clothing, accessories, and toys for the 5-year-old girl, spreading joy to close out the year.
Renaissance had a busy start to the school year. They decorated the cafeteria with globes to fit in with the school’s all around the world theme. They created a welcome wall with all the student’s names on them so once kids arrived to school they could see that they were in a welcoming environment. New staff members were greeted with Staff Survival kits and welcome signs on their doors. Each staff member was given an around the world name tag. Renaissance recognized staff members with treats for their birthdays and perfect attendance. Each month students are recognized with a handout for birthdays and perfect attendance. Packet handouts also took place in the Fall where students with a 3.0 or higher were recognized with punch cards. Renaissance also had another successful 90/90 finals event where students who had 90% attendance and 90% or higher in a class would be exempt from their finals and could go watch a movie, play games, play basketball, soccer, volleyball or just hang out with their friends. All the hard work of students and committee members made the first semester activities successful.
Games and Anime:
The group has participated in a variety of games, including board games, card games, role playing games, and escape room activities. They have a growing collection of new and classic gaming experiences for our members to utilize. Members have also surveyed different types of Anime and increased their knowledge of this art form.
The Club will have a Spring Lock-In on April 17th.
This group has created and submitted t-shirt designs for upcoming shirts that will be distributed out of the library. They have added several new titles and collections to the RHS library. Members are currently working on building up membership and updating the bulletin boards in the library. For the spring they are currently planning a celebration for the Gateway Reader Awards voting party.
Creative Writing Club
This year in Creative Writing Club, the group started a monthly contest called the “Liter-Art Contest!” Each month they choose a theme and invite the entire school to participate in creating a piece of literature and/or artwork. Follow along at www.rhscwc.weebly.com
During the bi-monthly meetings in Ms. Love’s room (235), they write, draw, meet new people, and let their creative minds run free.
Despite the fact that the group will lose two loyal seniors at the end of the year, their spirits will live on in the heart of the club. Creative Writing Club is always open to new and aspiring creators who wish to join a friendly group of like-minded individuals. Check Ritenour announcements for club meeting dates (generally every other Wednesday).
Colette Love Hilliard
The Pepper Box has had a successful first semester, winning both individual and group praise. With the largest staff in the last decade, the group has not only been producing a monthly newspaper, but taking on more responsibilities with online stories, special contests, and special editions.
In September the group learned that they had earned the International Second Place award from Quill and Scroll for our work in the 2019-2020 school year. They also had three students, Mackenzie Davis, Caroline Ramos-Herrera, and Quynh Trinh, who were published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Old Newsboys edition. There were some technical difficulties with the Fall Media Guide, but that has now been fixed. The group also released a special edition of their newspaper focused on pressure, stress, and anxiety.
Second semester looks to be strong as they have added even more staff members and the next issue of the newspaper releasing soon. Look for more content and special videos during second semester.
Speech and Debate
- Every Monday they produced Ritenour Roundup, a quick look at the most important stories of the week.
- Every Friday you could catch the sports show Huskies Sports Zone.
- Monthly broadcasts of KRHS TV News program with extended stories focusing on events, local issues and features.
- Students from the team traveled to the College Broadcast Inc conference held in downtown St. Louis in November.
- Senior Ethan Hahn was awarded best story in the Broadcast TV News category for his story on the Ritenour Special Olympics.
- It was announced that KRHS Media is a finalist in multiple categories in the Intercollegiate Broadcast Inc (IBS) to be held in NYC in March. Students will be traveling to the conference and attending the awards ceremony.
RCO – Ritenour Cardinal Ordinates
RCO had a great fall!
In October they took Sophomores RCO22 and Juniors RCO21 to learn about Orienteering and sharpen their Orienteering skills at Beaumont Scout Ranch.
During November the Sophomores RCO21 and Seniors RCO20 to Beaumont for Challenge course experiences. The Seniors RCO20 challenged themselves on the High Course. The Sophomores RCO22 developed team skills and problem solving on the low course.
Later that month, the Juniors RCO21 traveled to Touch of Nature and Giant City State Park for their Wilderness Experience II. They completed a 12-hour point to point orienteering course through the wilderness through Group Consensus. They had to carry needed supplies, read a map and use a compass to find the given spots on the map. The next day students completed a solo in the woods where they had to make their own shelter and rely on themselves from dusk until just after dawn. Some very life affirming and enlightening experiences were had by all.