Clubs and Activities

Extracurricular Enrichment at HSMSE

Extracurricular activities are a vital part of the school program and social life for most students, and many HSMSE students would agree that they learn as much outside of the classroom as they do inside. The scope of offerings is based on students interest. In each activity, students bear substantial responsibility for leadership, and many learn important leadership skills in their clubs and activities. The PTA of HSMSE provides substantial financial support for the school’s extracurricular programs.


Club Name


Arduino Club

Students learn to program and build Arduinos systems, which range from programming simple lights or sounds to developing small complex robots. See Mr. Swenson for more details.
Teacher: Mr. Swenson  Meeting: Tuesdays after school Location:  B7


Yearbook staff is an organization developed to create and design the yearbook.  It requires a great deal of writing and time.  It also requires time outside of class and school to take pictures, and work on copying or editing at deadline time.
Teacher: Ms. Boylan  Meeting:   Location: B1

Garden Club/Eat NYC

Eat NYC students sample various cuisines at different restaurants every Friday.  We travel to ALL boroughs.  We want people who are willing to try new foods and test their palates.  Students are responsible for paying for their food each week and the meals generally cost around $10-15 each. The locations are announced each Monday and permission slips are available from Ms. Boylan in B1.
Teacher: Ms. Boylan   Meeting: Fridays  Location: Rooftop Garden

Junior Statesmen of America (JSA)

JSA is a non-partisan student-run political organization that develops debate skills and knowledge of current political issues.  Students engage in debate, thought talks, and discussions and attend three conferences a year where they compete in debate against students from across the northeast.
Teacher: Ms. Kasi  Meeting: Thursdays after school Location: C2

Robotics Club

Students design, program, and build a robot for the FIRST Tech Challenge, a National Robotics Competition. See Mr. Swenson for more details.
Teacher: Mr. Swenson   Meeting: Wednesdays after school   Location: B7

Fed Challenge

The Fed Challenge is a competition designed to bring real world economics into the classroom. Students play the role of monetary policymakers by analyzing current economic conditions and recommending a course for monetary policy. Teams, made up of three to five students each, gather and analyze data and research in preparation for a 15-minute presentation. The competition does not take place until the Spring, but we will begin meeting in November to start preparing.
Teacher: Mr. Trimarco   Meeting:     Location: 202


The Euro Challenge is a competition where the competitors learn about the current European economic situation, the Euro’s history, and develop a solution to the economical problems that the EU faces today. Each school/team has to make a top-notch PPT presentation and answer questions from the European Economics experts. First place awards $1250 to each person!
Teacher: Mr. Trimarco   Meeting: TBA   Location: 202

The Alliance

This group welcomes all students who want to make HSMSE a place where all students, straight, gay, lesbian, and bisexual, feel welcome.  We have great weekly discussion topics, but anyone is welcome to just come and listen also.  There are also plans for movies, dances, and outings.
Teacher: Mr. Thompson   Meeting: Wednesdays after school  Location: 107

Black Student Union

Teacher: Ms. Hudson   Meeting: Tuesdays after school  Location: B7

Key Club

Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service build character and develop leadership.
Teacher: Mr. Winograd  Meeting:    Location:

Science Olympiad

Students research, design, and build projects for the National Science Olympiad Competition.  See Mr. Swenson for more details.
Teacher: Mr. Swenson   Meeting: Alternating Wednesdays and Thursdays after school  Location: 108

Ping Pong Club

Ping Pong club is the place to be for recreational play of table tennis.  The club has two regulation size tables and a small but sufficient number of paddles and balls.  The club is run by students, who set the rules.   Students play either singles or doubles, with a new team playing the winners each game. Students move the furniture to the sides of the room at the beginning of club time and restore the furniture to its original configuration at the club’s conclusion.  All students are welcome; many come to watch and chat from the sidelines, which is fine as long as it does not detract from play.
Teacher: Ms. Stern   Meeting: Tuesdays 3:40 pm   Location: C2

‘Dr. Dragon’
HSMSE Magazine


Dr Dragon is a magazine devoted to math, science and engineering. It is a student-run magazine that provides opportunities for students who are interested in writing on any topics related to MSE.
Teacher: Mr. Choi   Meeting:  Location: B6


Magic the Gathering/Game Club

Magic the Gathering/Game Club is a place to unwind, relax, and destress for students.  Students play various card games and/or board games.
Teacher: Mr. Liu   Meeting: Wednesdays after school   Location: 103

A cappella

Teacher: Mr. D’Allessandro   Meeting:    Location: C4

Mindfulness Club

Teacher: Mr. Choi  Meeting: Tuesdays after school Location: C2


The HSMSE Lady Dragon Cheerleaders are there to support our numerous sports teams and entertain the crowd.
Teacher: Ms. Downey      Meeting:           Location: HSMSE

Dance Team

The dance team was created by a group of students who were interested in performing in our own HSMSE dance troupe.   The team is led and choreographed by students.
Teacher: Ms. Downey      Meeting:         Location: HSMSE


Teacher:  Mr. Pellegrino   Meeting:       Location: Room 103


Teacher: Diunte        Meeting: Thursdays before school      Location: Gym

Volleyball club

Open to all to improve your skills!
Teacher: Diunte    Meeting: Fridays before school     Location: Gym

Programming Club

Teacher: Mr. Pellegrino     Meeting:    Location: C1


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