Clubs & Activities

  • AV Club
    Advisor: Mr. Aaron Brady
    The AV Club helps provide tech support for many different events throughout the school year.

    Bridge Club
    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.

    Chess Club
    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.

    Debate Club
    Advisor: Mr. Joel Menchel and Mr. Marc Hellems
    Students take sides on a predetermined topic of discussion and debate various aspects of the issue.

    DECA
    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.

    Diversity Club
    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.

    Drama Club
    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.

    Film Club
    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
    Advisor: Mr.Tuzzolino
    Helping foreign exchange students acclimate and adjust to life at Sutherland.

    French Club
    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.

    Freshman Class
    Advisor: Anne Missel & Emily Natoli-Burns
    Be a member of the Freshman class

    Interact
    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!

    Jazz Ensemble
    Advisor: Mr. Tom Indiano
    students rehearse weekly, study and perform the jazz idiom, also experiment in improvisation

    Latin Club
    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.

    Link Crew
    Advisor: Ms. Lynne Drake, Mrs. Christin Keller
    Link Crew is a freshmen orientation program.

    Masterminds
    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.

    Model UN
    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.

    Political Advocates
    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.

    Pre-med Club
    Advisor: Mr. Gary Buckert
    All things of interest to aspiring pre-med students.

    Project Earth
    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.

    Reality Club
    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.

    Science Olympiad
    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.

    Senior Class
    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.

    SHS Math Team
    Advisor: Ms. Lina Maine and Ms. Nancy Ramsay
    The SHS Math Team participates in the Monroe County Math League competitions throughout the school year.

    Ski and Snowboard Club
    Advisor: Mr. Paul LeVan
    Ski and Snowboard at Bristol Mt.

    Spanish Club
    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

    Sutherland Musicals
    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
    School newspaper

    Tri-M
    Advisor: Ms. Tammy Sutliff
    National Music Honor Society

    Varsity Club
    Advisor: Mr. Paul LeVan and Mr. Joel Menchel
    Volunteer Organization, primarily at CRMS. Assist Athletics Dept periodically during the year.

    Yearbook
    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.