After School Clubs

Extra curricular activities are offered at all the elementary, middle and high schools levels at Winans Academy.It is important to offer several areas activities so each  student can enhance theirskills both academically and in the performing arts.

Clubs offered at Winans Academy

Elementary level: 3rd, 4th & 5th Grades 

These clubs give the students a chance to further develop their skills and become specialized is a specific area:

Orchestra
Vocal Music
Drama
Dance
Visual Arts
Art Club

Middle school and high school level: 6th -12th Grades

Orchestra
Vocal Music
Drama
Dance
Visual Arts
Computer
Spanish
Senior Executive Board
French Club
National Honor Society
Yearbook
Student Senate
Science Olympiad

Art Club is for the serious middle and high school student who truly wants to improve and expand his/her visual arts abilities and career choices.  Students work on advanced projects, designed to challenge students to work to their fullest potential.  Art Club members work towards developing art work that may be included in his/her portfolio, a necessary component when applying to college art programs.  Art Club members must show serious commitment to their craft.  In order to become a member art club, students must audition by presenting examples of their work to the club sponsor.    

The Vocal Club is designed for both middle school and high school students who are interested in intensive learning in vocal music.  The intensive learning program fulfills individual learning in private lessons, group learning in master classes and production learning for both involved in musical theatre.  This program sets high standards for the individual who is ready to compete and perform at the highest level.  This program is not designed for slackers but designed for students who are willing to develop an appreciation for the vocal arts by committing to time and effort on their part. Jacqueline Echols is the sponsor for Vocal Club.

Middle School Yearbook Club is designed to introduce students to several aspects of journalism. Students work together as team to capture special moments throughout the school year. They work on theme design, page groupings, layout and design and meeting deadlines. Students attend the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association Conference for Middle schools and learn new and exciting tools to for creating the yearbook. This club is for those creative minds who what to showcase not only their design talents but also their school spirit.  

The National Junior Honor Society is a group for privileged middle school students who desire to compete nationally with their peers in academics, citizenship and community service.  In order to be considered for membership, each member must exemplify specific qualities.  The candidate must possess both strong academic skills and show a commitment to community and leadership.  Responsible behavior must be presented at all times for members of this elite society.  The application process allows a candidate to analyze their character and allow them the opportunity to focus on themselves and their goals for the remainder of their middle school career.  The student members of the National Junior Honor Society must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to stay a member.

The Spanish Club involves students seeking out more opportunities to use the language outside of the classroom and to gain an in depth understanding of Hispanic Culture.  It meets weekly in order to conduct this exploration as well as plan activities outside of the building such a visiting Mexican town.  Spanish Club also gives students a chance to demonstrate leadership capabilities through the elected offices of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  Students are also involved in planning and acting out fundraisers to help facilitate field trips.

The Senior Executive Board has 5 student-elected members: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, and Publicity Officer, who become the class leaders for a productive, focused, and fun senior year.  The student-elected board members hold meetings weekly that last approximately one hour.   The sole responsibility of the board is to plan senior activities including the production of the senior class pin, t-shirt, slogan, and senior prom.  Any and all fundraising events are the responsibility of the board.  Fundraisers are planned twice monthly intermittently throughout the year. 

The French Club is new and still trying to build up. In the club, we will learn about French and Francophone culture and try to experience what we learn first-hand. Examples include authentic restaurant, museum trips, a trip to Canada etc. French club also plans on participating in community events and doing volunteer work within the community. In addition, the Club would like to create cultural bridges with such things as pen pal and Peace Corps Coverdell World Wise Schools.   French Club is open to anyone who likes to learn new and interesting things and would like to have while doing it. The French Club is about broadening perspectives, promoting cultural awareness, and appreciating global connections.  

The National Honor Society is a group for elite high school students who desire to not only compete nationally with their peers in academics but to also excel in their community involvement and commitment to reaching personal citizenship goals.  In order to be considered for membership, each member must exemplify specific qualities.  The candidate must possess both strong academic skills and show a commitment to community and leadership.  Responsible behavior both inside the classroom and during school time will be stressed.  This will be evidenced by personal recommendations.  The application process will allow a candidate to analyze their character and allow them the opportunity to focus on themselves and their goals for the remainder of their high school career.  The thirty student members of the National Honor Society must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to stay a member.  

Winans Academy has a student-published High School Yearbook that is in its fourth year of production. Yearbook is a class that students have during the day, but as with any major publication a class period is not enough, much of the work for yearbook is done after school. There are currently 19 Yearbook staff members. The Yearbook Staff puts together a book that tells as complete as story as possible of our school during one year in pictures and words. Yearbook staff members attend the annual Michigan Interscholastic Press Association Conference in the fall where they learn valuable information about enhancing the publication. Staff members also learn many journalism skills such as interviewing skills, writing copy and captions and designing layouts. Photography is an essential skill that the students also learn while putting together the book. Staff members are also involved in marketing the yearbook through selling Advertisements to local business and special announcements for Senior Class members. Staff members also learn time management skills, as an integral part of the yearbook publication is meeting the publisher’s deadlines. All of this is done while using teamwork and maintaining a professional and fun working environment.   

The Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts Student Senate is a group of young gifted individuals who are trying to make a difference in the school and the community from a political standpoint.  The Senate plans school events and activities as well as a number of community initiatives such as Toys for Tots.  Senators were elected based off of popular election and outstanding citizenship.  Each grade level is represented by at least two senators.  Select members of the Senate are also participating in the April Conference of Michigan Youth in Government.  They are representing the first student delegation in school history.   

Science Olympiad is an academic competition relating to science process skills.  In addition to the academic benefits of participation, this activity develops character skills such as leadership, thinking under pressure, teamwork, planning, and organization.  Participating in Science Olympiad gives our students a chance to interact with students from all over the state who are also interested in academic excellence. The Science Olympiad is in its third year at Winans Academy and has approximately 10 student participants.