- Art Club
- Debate Team
- Gamer's Club
- Instrumental Band
- Reading Olympics Club
- Stage Crew
- Student Council
- Writer's Club
- The UPNews Team (UPN)
Advisor: Mrs. Amy Lychock & Mrs. Lora Mayer
UPHS Art Club is for students interested in the arts and bringing art to the community. Some activities the Art Club is involved in are: Halloween Parade, Homecoming decorations, Prom, Christmas window painting, and the Spring Arts Festival. They meet in the Art Room.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Art Club see either Mrs. Lychock or Mrs. Mayer.
Advisor: Mr. Calvello and Mrs. Traub
We are a new Club that practices public speaking, debating, and interpretation of literature. We compete in several tournaments at St. Joseph’s University, LaSalle University, Bloomsburg University, and Southern Lehigh HS. We have two fundraisers - Krispy Kremes (Fall) & Spaghetti Dinner (Spring). Check out more info at www.phssl.org
Advisor: Mr. John Williamson
The Future Business Leaders of America is a group of young men and women who are interested in pursuing a career in business or learning about the free enterprise system. This organization is part of a national organization that promotes bringing business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative and career development programs. By becoming a member of FBLA, students have the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and learn about the various opportunities available within a business or a related field. Members learn how to engage in business enterprise, how to direct the affairs of a group and how to compete in a variety of events.
There is an annual competition and several field trip opportunities throughout the year. In addition, FBLA organizes and runs several fundraisers, including the school's coffee shop, Mini Thon, the dodge ball tournament and Homecoming shirt sale.
Advisors: Mr. Chad Rutherfor and Ms. Katrina Harman
The Gamer's Club meets to provide students of similar interests time to socialize, strategize and compete in online gaming forums as a team. The club has also provided students the opportunity to develop and organize a framework for participation in the High School Star League, an online gaming community, which can lead to college scholarships for gaming and potential recruitment to colleges for their electronic sports teams. This club provides an avenue for students to complete against other teams and eventually other high school teams across the country. This club opens doors for competition and team membership outside of conventional high school definitions.
Adviser: Ms. Levan
The band program at UPHS currently includes a marching band, jazz band and concert band. These ensembles include student musicians in grades 9-12. Any interested student is welcome to participate! The “Tribe” Marching Band performs at all home and away football games. The jazz band meets during the Spring semester once a week after school. We perform big band, swing, blues, funk, and rock style jazz music. Jazz Band performs at the spring concert and at the art show at the end of the year. The concert band meets all year, during the school day, and one pull-out lesson a week. They also perform two annual concerts.
Advisor: Ms. Colby Phillips
The National Honor Society directed under the guidance of Ms. Colby Phillips. This fine group of students is dedicated to helping the school and community while maintaining a 3.5 grade point average. They have been the driving force behind the Open Line Food Drive and January's Clothing Drive. They have several fund raisers such as fall mum sales to support their community activities. They adopt a family during the holidays to brighten their spirits. They are responsible for the message board outside the high school to inform the community of upcoming events and activities. They meet once a month to coordinate their various activities that includes each member performing twenty hours of community service. NHS students are nominated by the faculty at the end of thir sophomore or junior year based upon their service, leadership and character. They are then inducted into the society in early June.
Advisor: Mrs. Kathy Stattel
Reading Olympics is a club for people who love to read. As a team they read 45 books a year representing all genres. In Spring, students compete with schools all over the county to answer questions based on the books. Although winning ribbons is great, the most fun happens in meetings as students meet every other Tuesday after school to discuss books and engage in book related games and activities.
Stage Manager: Dr. Mark Thomas
Stage Crew is a select group of individuals who help manage and run events in the Auditorium. We meet every day 3 X-Period. There are multiple "stations" in Stage Crew. There is Lights, Sound, Spot lights, Backstage Work, and Backstage Manager. Lights and Sound work in the booth, spots work in the auditorium, and the rest work on the stage.
Throughout the year, there are many big events that Stage Crew members should work. These events include:
- The play/musical
- Choir Concerts
- Orchestra Concerts
- Class meetings
- Dance recitals
- Mr. Upper Perk
While every Stage Crew member is expected to work as many events as possible, these are the "bigger events" that take place each year.
Rules and Regulations
- Every Stage Crew member MUST come to the meetings. If you miss three meetings in a row, without talking to Dr. Thomas, then you will be ejected from Stage Crew
- Every Stage Crew member MUST try to make it to at least some of the events throughout the year. Stage Crew is NOT just a way to get out of X-period.
- Every Stage Crew member MUST participate when he or she comes to an event.
Advisor: Mrs. Amy Lychock
The Upper Perkiomen High School's Student Council is composed of student council members, officials, and an advisor. A cabinet consisting of a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and student advisor are elected at the end of every school year to serve their term for the following year. The selection of the council members occurs at the beginning of the school year as students who wish to join fill out a petition and obtain their fellow classmates' signatures. It is open to any student that wants to seize the opportunity to have their voice heard on how the school functions. Student Council has no limit on the number of students they will accept. The members decide what activities will be sponsored by the Council, plan them, and then advertise and promote them. The student council generally meets on Wednesdays after school.
Student Council is responsible for many different activities for the student's enjoyment throughout the year. The activities include: Spirit Week, Homecoming Dance, talent shows, Halloween costume contest, parades, etc.
We welcome new ideas and members. To become a member: pick up a membership petition form in the office or outside Mrs. Lychock's art room. Membership is only open in the beginning of the school year. Be sure to check the deadline!
Student Council Constitution
Upper Perkiomen High School
As the students of the Upper Perkiomen High School, we establish this constitution for the Student Council of the Upper Perkiomen High School, in order that the students themselves might possess the power and responsibility, with the aid of the entire school personnel, to carry out the activities for the improvement of the school.
The name of this organization shall be "The Student Council of the Upper Perkiomen High School."
The purpose of the Student Council shall be:
I. To develop student responsibility, initiative, leadership, and school pride.
2. To promote the welfare of the school through proper student, faculty, and administration relationships.
3. To act as a sounding board for student opinion.
4. To function as a center from which radiated the activities of the school.
5. To promote friendly relations between school and community.
6. To promote friendly relations between Upper Perkiomen High School and other High Schools.
7. To permit students to participate in self -government to the extent of their ability.
Five officers shall be elected in accordance with Article IV.
Members shall be chosen from the class at large by means of petition in the following article.
Election of the Officers
The officers of the Student Council shall be a President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, and Advisory Assistant.
1. The president shall be a senior. The Vice-president, Secretary , Treasurer, and Advisory Assistant may be from any grade, but will be chosen by the presidential candidate during elections.
2. No student council executive officer shall hold any executive offices in other school organizations.
During the first week in April in each school year, members of the Junior class who desire to be candidates for president of Student Council for the following year shall receive from the council, nomination petitions that must be properly executed and signed by 75 students and 5 teachers. In addition, the candidates need to secure written recommendations from two teachers. These petitions and recommendations must be returned to the Council on or before the second week in April, Friday.
Before filing a petition, the presidential candidate and his/her cabinet members must meet the following requirements:
1. Served a minimum of one year on Student Council. (President only)
2. Have a scholastic average of a "C" or better.
3. A satisfactory attendance record.
4. A record free from serious disciplinary problems, such as, fighting cheating, insubordination etc.
Each Presidential candidate shall choose his/her cabinet; Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer, and Advisory Assistant; to run in the general election. The parties shall be introduced to the student body in a Friday assembly. The parties may campaign for one week prior to and one week following the introduction assembly.
Seniors shall not be permitted to vote in any Student Council sanctioned election.
The general election shall be held on Monday, one-week following the Friday's assembly and shall be conducted by the student council and it's sponsors who shall:
1. Provide the necessary ballots and other equipment.
2. Polling place either voting machines or general assembly.
3. Serve as the Election Board (count the ballots).
Tie vote: In the occurrence of a tie vote on the election of the officers of the council, there will be a re-vote by the members of the council.
All officers shall assume their duties at the time of the opening of the academic school year in the year in which they were elected and shall continue in office until the end of the year .
On the first week of the academic year, elections for student council representatives will be made available in all 9th, lOth, 11th, and 12th grade homerooms.
The regular meetings of the Student Council shall take place as indicated on the activity schedule. Meetings shall take place after school or during school hours with the approval of administration.
Special meetings may be held at the request of a quorum, ( consisting of one half of the Student Council members, the advisor(s), the President or the Principal).
The meetings shall be conducted in accordance with Robert's Rules of Order.
Faculty members may speak before the Council upon request or if called upon by the Council.
All motions, which have been passed automatically, become laws.
Power of the Council
The powers of the Council shall be:
1. To develop and adopt such by-laws as may be necessary, provided they do not conflict with the elements and spirit of the constitution.
2. To make all rules and regulations necessary to carry out its duties for the general welfare of the school.
3. To be conscious of the students' welfare at all times.
4. To create, authorize, supervise, and coordinate committees for specialized activities or service.
5. To consider, upon being properly petitioned, policies, activities, and changes recommended by the students or teachers.
6. To organize, promote, and supervise general and special elections, provide certified registration lists, polling places, ballot officials, and all other equipment materials and personnel.
7. To provide for referendum and recall elections upon petition of 25% of the student body.
8. To establish and regulate (enforce regulation) for social events and public function.
9. All matters involving the spending of money by the council must have a potential benefit for the majority of the student body or community.
The administration and advisor(s) have the legal power to veto or dismiss actions with sufficient reason upon discussion with delegated Student Council.
Duties of Student Council Members shall be:
1. To attend meetings regularly and promptly.
2. To willingly participate at meetings and activities.
3. To present student ideas and opinions.
4. Act as liaison between Student Council and the student body.
5. To carry out delegated duties willingly.
Student Council members should meet these qualifications:
1. A sense of responsibility.
2. A scholastic average of at least a "C".
3. Free of serious discipline problems, such as but not limited to, fighting, cheating, insubordination, etc.
4. A wholesome character.
5. A cooperative spirit.
Failure to attend two meetings in succession or a total of four, unless the Council member has been excused by authorized school projects, sports, or field trips and has had the excuse of the Secretary, will result in suspension from the Student Council. The dismissal shall be decided by the Student Council executive officers and the advisor(s).
Vacancies having been created in Section V or VI shall be filled by Student Council selection from the remaining nominees.
Relationship of the Administration and Advisor(s) to the Council
A capable advisor(s) shall be appointed to guide the Council. He/she shall be one who is willing to give his/her time freely and one who has the knowledge of the functions and proceedings of such an organization.
Meeting of the Student Council should not be interrupted at any time except upon specific request addressed to the Council or President.
None of the funds of the Council shall be spent in any way, by anyone, without the permission of the Council. Such findings should reflect a positive benefit for the majority of the student body and/or the community.
Advisors shall be appointed by the administration
The Council shall be permitted to hold dances and such affairs to defray the expense of the Council, and to purchase such items as may be deemed necessary to improve the school. In this way the Council can serve the student body by providing activities for the students.
Advisor: Mr. Blake Bardman
The Technology Student Assoication is an international organization dedicated to the integration and use of technological systems and methods in today's society. Both HS and MS students have the opportunity to compete with other students at the Regional, State and National levels in over 30 different event areas ranging from Parliamentary Procedure and Spontaneous Speaking to Engineering and Architecture. The TSA motto is "Learning to Live in a Technical World".
Advisors: Mrs. Monica Griffith & Mr. Daniel Hawthorne
Yearbook offers students the opportunity to learn editorial functions as well as create stories and articles for publication. The class yearbook highlights events that take place during the school year and it is delivered in the spring after the yearbook dedication assembly.
Writer's Club is a group of students 9th through 12th grade who love to write. They meet after school for one hour every other Tuesday to support each other in the process of developing their work and preparing for publication. They can choose to share their work and participate in the critique process. Two large annual initiatives give students the chance to share their work with others: Poetry Cafe and the UPHS Literary Magazine.