Clubs & Activities
Advisor: Mr. Aaron Brady
The AV Club helps provide tech support for many different events throughout the school year.
Advisor: Mr. Lynn Smith
Bridge is a game full of strategy and tactics . It’s part science, part math, part logic, part reason. Bridge embodies cooperation, logic and problem-solving. Bridge is also a partnership game. Trust, communication and patience are the essential attributes of winning at bridge.
BroadCast Journalism (Knightly News)
Advisor: Mr. Aaron Brady
The main objective for the students in this club is to gain hands on experience within the field of broadcast journalism and to provide news and entertainment to the students and staff.
Advisor: Mr. Victor Northrup
The Chess Club is a venue for students to get together after school once a week to play fun games of chess, to learn more about the game, to improve their skills as chess players, to demonstrate good sportsmanship, and to socialize with others who enjoy playing chess.
Advisor: Mrs.Christin Keller
DECA (also known as Distributive Education Clubs of America) is an international association of high school and college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas.
Advisor: Ms. Monica Gebell
The Sutherland High School Diversity Club creates a safe space for all students and staff to educate one another and speak openly and honestly about issues including (but not limited to) discrimination, racism, tolerance, plurality, religion, special needs, gender, and bias.
Advisor: Mr. David Stimson
We meet to improve our acting and playwriting skills by discussing acting techniques, doing drama and improvisation exercises and writing and performing our own one-act plays.
Advisor: Mr. Brian Shafer
We get students together who are interested in creating their own original films. We also gather to watch classic films.
Fine Arts Club
Advisor: Amy Palermo & Adam Gursslin
Fine Arts Club is open to all SHS students. The club meets twice a month. Students may participant at anytime. We create crafts and fine art as well as group murals, art exhibit fundraising and community service projects.
Foreign Exchange Students
Helping foreign exchange students acclimate and adjust to life at Sutherland.
Advisor: Mr. Mark Critelli
French Club is an opportunity for cultural activities that supplements our French program. There are various activities that we do, from movies to scavenger hunts.
Advisor: Joel Menchel
Interact is a club for young people ages 14-18 who want to join together to tackle the issues in their community that they care most about. Through Interact, you can: •Carry out hands-on service projects •Make international connections •Develop leadership skills •Have fun!
Advisor: Mr. Tom Indiano
students rehearse weekly, study and perform the jazz idiom, also experiment in improvisation
Advisor: Mr. Lynn Smith
Our purpose is to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of the language, literature, and culture of ancient Greece and Rome and to impart an understanding of the debt of our own culture to that of Classical antiquity. Sutherland’s Latin club is a chapter of the Junior Classical League.
Lifesmarts On-line Consumerism Challenge Club
Advisor: Mrs. Suzanne Fess
NYS sponsored on-line competition which focuses on basic, everyday “consumer” knowledge. By competing in the online competition, LifeSmarts teams have the opportunity to advance to live state and national competitions. Each April, teams from around the country gather in a major city for four days of competition.
Advisor: Mr. John Banker
"Quiz Bowl trivia and beyond" interscholastic competition. Sutherland's Mastermind team is consistently among the top two in their division and does well in the league playoffs, competing among 60+ teams.
Advisor: Ms. Kathleen Shea
Model UN is a club that simulates the actual United Nations in order to debate and solve the world's problems. Participants in Model UN become masters of debate in a short amount of time. This club is great for both future world dictators and collaborative individuals who seek to help solve international issues.
National Honor Society
Advisor: Mr. Joel Menchel
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
Network of Complementary Schools
Advisor: Mr. Ben Winter
A mini-exchange program (1-2 weeks) available to 10th, 11th and 12th graders. Students can visit other Network member schools and either stay with a host family or in a dormitory if it's a residential school. Students will take classes of their choosing while visiting the Network school.
One Step Forward (new club)
Advisor: Mr. Mark Pellegrino
This is a medical research club. Members will choose topics to research. Physicians will also come in to give talks about their research to members. After choosing a topic, students will put together a research project, work on it, and present results.
Pegasus Literary Magazine
Advisor: Mr. Brian Shafer and Mr. George Steele
Pegasus is a club that shares and critiques student writing, while providing a safe and constructive work space for writers. We also publish, each spring, our own magazine, comprised of student art and writing.
Pittsford Panther Robotics
Advisor: Mr. Brian Holliday
The FIRST Robotics Competition is a national engineering contest promoting business, science and technology in high schools across the world, immersing students in the exciting world of engineering and marketing. In six intense weeks, students and engineers work together to brainstorm, design, construct and test their "champion robot". The teams then compete in a spirited, no-holds-barred tournament complete with referees, cheerleaders and time clocks. Fundraising activities help to support the team's registration for events/competitions, such as the National FIRST Robotics Competition, and the cost of building the robot.
Advisor: Kathleen Shea
This club welcomes people from all political backgrounds. We discuss and debate various current political issues. Ms. Shea is also willing to help connect people with various political campaigns if they are interested in volunteering for a politician or campaign.
Advisor: Mr. Gary Buckert
All things of interest to aspiring pre-med students.
Advisor: Ms. Jill Parham
We recycle, pick up litter, clean the courtyards. This is my first year being the advisor, this is all we have done so far. We are trying to get a fundraiser going so we can have money to go on a camping trip.
Advisor: Ms. Ann Kane & Ms. Beth Kecskemety
Reality Check is a youth led group that engages youth to change norms about tobacco and strengthen tobacco related policies that prevent and reduce tobacco use. Efforts focus on reducing youth exposure to harmful tobacco marketing in retail settings, limiting secondhand smoke, and reducing smoking imagery through the media. These activities are done by hosting awareness events. In addition, the members present a tobacco lesson to the 8th grade students in their health classes each year.
Runway For Relief
Advisor: Ms. Melissa Hill
Runway for Relief is a student-run club that focuses on raising money for Rochester's Willow Center-- a domestic violence center for women and children. We have several fundraisers throughout the year that lead up to our fashion show in April. In the fashion show, students walk down a runway and model off clothes of local boutiques to help raise money for the Willow Center. There is also a silent auction and food for sale at the show and 100% of the proceeds are donated on behalf of our club.
Advisor: Mr. Gary Buckert
Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.
Advisor: Ms. Lisa Backscheider
This branch of student government is in charge of fundraising and activities for the senior class at Sutherland High School
SHS Gaming Club
Advisor: Mr. William Smith
A club dedicated to playing board games, miniature games and card games.
Ski and Snowboard Club
Advisor: Mr. Paul LeVan
Ski and Snowboard at Bristol Mt.
Advisor: Ms. Liz Baroody-Solomon
Spanish Club is a student-driven club that complements our Spanish program in the World Language department. We meet twice a month and offer programs ranging from peer tutoring to guest speakers to cultural celebrations.
Student of the Month
Advisor: Mrs. Sumara Case
The committee meets once a month to select a student from each grade level and a staff member to be recognized as the Student/Staff Member of the Month
Sutherland Jazz Band
Advisor: Mr. Tom Indiano
group of students who are studying and performing the jazz idiom
Advisor: Mr. Brian Bohrer
This group is dedicated to presenting one musical theater production each school year
Sutherland Student Council
Advisor: Mrs. Jessica LeVan
SHS Student Council consists of the four class governments. Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Class Officers work together as a complete group to organize fundraisers, pep rallies, Talent Shows, Homecoming Parade, Homecoming Dance, etc.
Newspaper: The Midknight Express
Advisor: Ms. Amanda Marshall
Advisor: Ms. Tammy Sutliff
National Music Honor Society
Advisor: Ms. Sharon Neveu
Design and create Yearbook for SHS
Yoga and Mindfulness Club
Advisor: Ms. Ellen Stenzel
Yoga and mindfulness club meets every 10 days or so. Each session involves a few minutes of seated meditation practice followed by some gentle yoga (no experience is required) and finally a resting pose of up to 10 minutes.