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Clubs and Activities

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. Our scope of offerings is based on students interest. In each activity, students bear substantial responsibility for leadership.
Clubs start in the fall, and new students are encouraged to attend the club fair that will be held in late September or early October. There, you’ll be able to meet club leaders and sign up to join any club that interests you.


Class Co-Presidents
Each grade has two co-presidents. Candidates run as a team, the elections for Sophomore, Junior, Senior are held in the spring for the following year. Freshmen elections are held a few months after school starts so that they can meet and get to know each other before deciding to run and who to vote for.
The School Leadership Team (SLT)
The SLT is made up of administrators, teachers, students, and parents. The two student representatives include a senior and a junior who is recommended by the graduating senior and approved by the principal. SLT meetings are held once per month to discuss issues important to the entire school community. The SLT serves as a regular forum for school-wide issues where everyone has an equal voice.
Leadership Class
Leadership is an elective class called “Student Government/Leadership.” Class co-presidents and SLT reps are highly encouraged to enroll in this class. The class is open to other students from Sophomore year up. Students focus on leadership skills and event planning to encourage school spirit and raise money. Topics include proposal writing, group communication, ethics, and methods of persuasion. Leadership skills are advanced, and the responsibilities for each grade’s activities are fulfilled by all the students in the Leadership class.


HSMSE’s wide variety of clubs are primarily student-run with the support of a faculty advisor. Below, read about some of our clubs from the past and present. You will be able to meet club representatives during our Club Fair in the fall. Our groups are always looking for new members.

Are you interested? See the complete list here for 2023-2024 Clubs:
Club Name Faculty Advisor
Acappella Brown
Aerospace + Rocketry Gin
Art Pedroso
Asian Cultural Society Gin
Baseball Club Zara
Biomedical Club Asamani
Black Student Union Asamani
Book Club Hesseltine
Chamber Music Brown
Chess Club Chan
Coding Club Liu
Creative Writing Choi
Debate Tirado
Dr. Dragon Choi
Drama Walker
Dungeons and Dragons Salisbury
Environmental Activism Club Tirado
Fed Challenge Trimarco
Friends of St Nicholas Park Salisbury
Game Club Liu
German Club Salisbury
JSU Bennett
Key Club Asamani
Model UN Pelligrino
MSA Salisbury
Newspaper Hesseltine
Ping Pong Club Kasi
Red Cross Rasuk
Rock Band Brown
Science Olympiad Swenson
The Alliance Henning
Volleyball Club Diunte
If you’d like to start a new club at HSMSE, please fill out the forms at the link below and contact the HSMSE Coordinator of Student Activities, Mr. Tirado. You’ll also need to get a faculty advisor before your club is approved.
The Alliance
The Alliance is a club aimed at increasing LGBT+ awareness and activism. As Alliance-ers, we take action in our school and community to create safe spaces for LGBT+ people and allies alike to discuss prevalent issues in the community. 
The Anime club meets to watch and learn about anime with friends, while promoting Japanese cultural understanding.
Astronomy Club
Come to Astronomy Club to learn, discuss, and enthuse about the universe we live in and how we understand it. Participate in the founding of this new club to help shape it for years to come!
Baseball & Softball Clubs
Join us and improve your baseball and softball skills! Visit our Athletics page for more information.
Basketball Club
HSMSE has clubs for girls and boys basketball. Visit our Athletics page for more information.
Black Student Union
(BSU) The Black Student Union is an all-inclusive club that seeks to promote unity and understanding across cultural lines. BSU meets every Tuesday and is open to all students regardless of race.
Chess Club
Come and expand your knowledge of the game of chess. Face our chess masters and meet your DOOM!
Dance Team
In dance, we learn and practice routines in order to perform at school events, such as the Winter recital and C-Day activities.  
Dr. Dragon
HSMSE Magazine Dr. Dragon is a bi-annual publication devoted to math, science and engineering. We meet every other Thursday to create, design and produce this student-run magazine. Dr. Dragon provides opportunities for students who are interested in writing on any topic related to the STEM field. View our past issues.
We travel around New York City and experience different cultures and different foods.
Equality Talks
Equality Talks brings awareness to social constructs (such as misogyny, ableism, human rights, etc.) and discusses the importance of equal opportunity for all.
Euro Challenge
Introduces students to the Eurozone economy. Teams create presentations that explore real world economic problems by crafting solutions. There are monetary prizes for the finalists.
Fed Challenge
A competition designed to bring real world economics into the classroom by playing the role of monetary policy makers, analyzing current economic conditions and recommending a course for monetary policy.
Game Club
Come play video, card and board games with friends! We meet after school on Wednesdays.
Gardening Club
Garden Club exists because of partnerships with Spitzer and Grant. We have events and planning sessions Fridays and gardening sessions on Saturdays.
Junior State of America (JSA)
Improve your public speaking skills with JSA, the largest student-run civics organization in the nation. We are a debate club with discusses current events every Thursday and goes to conventions in cities like Boston and D.C. to debate students from other schools.
Key Club
Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service build character and develop leadership. This is a great place to earn your service hours with friends and learn leadership skills!
Math Team
The Math Team meets once a week to talk about mathematical topics that are not part of the high school curriculum, work on fun problems, and occasionally prepare for prestigious mathematical competitions that we attend throughout the year. All are welcome, even if you have little mathematical experience, no interest in the math you are learning in school, or no desire to attend competitions.
Muslim Students Association
(MSA) In MSA, we hold monthly club meetings to discuss the principles, history and applications of Islam. We aim to educate students, Muslim or non-Muslim, about the Islamic way of life.
Ping Pong
A place where all students can go to play ping pong and chill out.
Programming Club
The Programming Club is a co-ed club that meets every other Tuesday from 3:35-4:35. This year we will be focusing on artificial intelligence and machine learning, which we will work on through Python. Developers or all skill levels are welcome.
Science Olympiad
Come represent HSMSE at the Science Olympiad where we compete against 60 of the best schools in the city, including Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech and Townsend Harris. We come together Thursdays after school to build, model, research in preparation for the competition.
Volleyball Club
Practice your volleyball skills on the court. Visit our Athletics page for more information