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Upper School Clubs Guide

2018 - 2019 Clubs Guide

Please note that this list and its details are subject to change. View our up-to-date dynamic club schedule.

Learn more about the 51 Upper School Clubs offered this year below:

Art Club

Come work on an existing project, or start something new! No experience necessary.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday, 3pm-5pm

Meeting Location: AC 203 and AC 204

Student Advisor: N/A

Faculty Advisor:  Lily Hotchkiss

Bird Club

Bird Club is a weekly club geared toward learning, community, and fun!  Weekly meetings feature a mix of bird-themed presentations and activities. We also offer outings to local birding spots on selected weekends each trimester. Come prepared to learn, have fun, build community, and withstand a steady barrage of bird puns.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Thursday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V1

Student Advisor: Evin Jaff, Madeline Osler, Ben Adams

Faculty Advisor:  Adam MacDonald

Bouldering Club

The US Climbing Club goes to Seattle Bouldering Project 2x per week. Students can sign up on a per trimester basis, but there is LIMITED SPACE. The club will operate on first come first serve basis. There is also a membership fee associated with this club - please do not hesitate to ask for financial assistance if needed.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:15 PM-5 PM

Meeting Location: Outside Upper School Gym – will take the bus to SBP

Student Advisor: N/A

Faculty Advisor:  Lucy Miller

Faculty Supervisors: Nick Lew, Dan McGill, Kaitlyn Webster, Liz Hudson and Luke Greenway

Chess Club

For anyone who enjoys chess leisurely or competitively, come and play chess with other people. There will be a ladder for anyone to join and try to get to the top.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: STR 4th Floor Atrium

Student Advisor: Barak Reibman

Faculty Advisor:  Chuck Sekyra and Jason Gough

Community Service Organization (CSO)

CSO organizes monthly service opportunities for SAAS students, including fundraisers, bake sales, food drives, and volunteer positions at community events.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V2

Student Advisor: Samuel Rawlins

Faculty Advisor:  Rick DuPree

Cube Club

To teach people how to solve Rubik’s cubes at an introductory level. To work on solving cubes faster, which includes developing new methods, learning new algorithms, and just sharing information in general. To send people to competitions if they so desire.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Monday, Lunch

Meeting Location: STR403

Student Advisor: Jaheem Lee

Faculty Advisor:  Lysie Taylor

Culinary Club

The SAAS Culinary Team is a new club starting this year. We will be doing fundraising events like concessions for sports night here at SAAS.   With the money that the club raises we hope purchase cut gloves, and we will be learning how to use knives, make sushi, bakery items, and food sculpting.  This includes Ice Carving, Chocolate, and Salt Dough sculpting.  Field trips will include Pike's Market for the purchasing experience, and visiting local eateries.  We will be learning how to make food for the club members to be able to make for their families.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): TBD

Meeting Location: TBD

Student Advisor: Corey Wood, Roman Saldino

Faculty Advisor:  Mark Franco

Current Events Club

In this club, each student will bring in an article each week. Members will discuss its significance and everyone’s opinions. This will allow students to bring attention to new that is important to them and create a safe space for discussions.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V8

Student Advisor: Maya Sulkin

Faculty Advisor:  Adam McDonald

Dead Film Society

A club where people can watch and study classic movies. We will discuss their meaning and historical significance in light of the fact everyone in them is dead.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Friday, Lunch

Meeting Location: AC7

Student Advisor: Gracie Duck

Faculty Advisor:  Michael Cimino

Dead Poet Society

A club dedicated to reading and writing poetry and promoting free thought. All are welcome, no writing experience needed.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V8

Student Advisor: Ben Adams

Faculty Advisor:  Brian Urrutia

Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) Club

Build a character for the world's greatest tabletop roleplaying game and work with a team of other brave adventurers to slay goblins, befriend villagers, and cast fireballs! This is a beginner friendly group. No previous D&D experience required; just bring your imagination.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Monday, Lunch

Meeting Location: STR303

Student Advisor: Keith Underwood

Faculty Advisor:  Jason Gough

Econ-Finance Club

The Econ-Finance Club will discuss economic and financial issues of the day with particular attention to the stock market and investing. This year a parent will be providing the seed money for stock investing, and students will be making actual investment decisions. In other words, we will be using REAL MONEY! (Proceeds to be donated to SAAS at the end of the school year; this has been cleared with the SAAS Development people.)

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: T28

Student Advisor: TBD

Faculty Advisor:  Barton Truscott

Environmental Activism Club

To positively impact the environment by educating and inspiring students about our responsibility to protect the environment. Activities will include volunteering at local organizations and writing to senators about environmental bills.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Thursday, Lunch

Meeting Location: AC105

Student Advisor: Helen Bellew, Sidney Liu

Faculty Advisor:  Ali Seyadali

Escape Room Club

A group for people who share an interest in Escape Rooms, where we can research, talk about, and practice Escape Rooms.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Thursday, Lunch

Meeting Location: STRLLC

Student Advisor: Olivia Brandon, Makena Kerns, Claire Colie

Faculty Advisor:  Brian Urrutia

Ethics Bowl

"The National High School Ethics Bowl (NHSEB) promotes respectful, supportive, and rigorous discussion of ethics among high school students nationwide. Each Fall, the NHSEB releases a set of cases covering a broad range of issues, which then serve as the focus for the year. Teams meet together regularly, with a coach, to research the cases, to discuss the issues they raise, and, to identify clearly how they think those issues should be addressed". Due to high demand, we will now be offering two competitive teams and as many non-competitive teams as there is demand for.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. After School

Meeting Location: VB S2

Student Advisor: Makena Kerns

Faculty Advisor:  Gerald Elliott

Film Club

Film Club is all about education and enjoyment. Every lunch, we watch a curated list of films, sometimes submitted by club attendees, and talk about them. We watch all types of film. From French New wave to nature documentary, film club does it all. And of course, what is a movie without snacks? We also get to enjoy snacks as we watch.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Thursday, Lunch

Meeting Location: AC Film Lab

Student Advisor: Ben Riley

Faculty Advisor:  Cheryll Hidalgo

Food Chemistry Club

In Food Chemistry Club, we will have a new food to snack on every week and learn about the chemistry behind it.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesday, Break

Meeting Location: STR303

Student Advisor: Miranda Wu-Georges

Faculty Advisor: Martin Brakke

Futsal Club

Come and play futsal soccer with us early Wednesday and Friday mornings!

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday, Friday, 6:45am-7:45am

Meeting Location: Gym, Cal Anderson Park

Student Advisor: Adrian Valentine

Faculty Advisor: Brooks Hopp

Gaming Club

We play games with one another online and compete in EA Sports Gaming together. Contact Nick Williams at nwilliams@seattleacademy.org for more details about how to get involved!

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Monday, Lunch

Meeting Location: AC108

Student Advisor: Oliver Hamilton

Faculty Advisor: Nick Williams

Girl Up

Girl Up Seattle Academy focuses on civic engagement, what that is, and how we can teach girls ways to advocate for issues that matter to them through civic engagement and navigating power structures. We will hold group discussions, guest speakers, and host challenges around women empowerment and civic engagement. Our mission is to also focus on the 5th goal of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls through hosting fundraisers where the funds are donated to the UN.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Every other Wednesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V7

Student Advisor: Heldana Daniel

Faculty Advisor: Ali Stewart-Ito

Girls Rising in India and Nepal

Girls Rising is a club that raises money and awareness for girls’ education in India and Nepal. We hold monthly bake sales and other fundraisers to benefit the Little Sisters Fund and the Wings School to provide girls with opportunities to improve their educations.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Friday, Lunch

Meeting Location: STR303

Student Advisor: Estelle Stedman, Olivia Shaw, Carolina Stedman, Sylvia Bergerud

Faculty Advisor: Gerald Elliot

Helping Homeless Club

Helping Homeless Club would be a club focused on educating students about the homeless situation in Seattle, discussing solutions related to homeless issues, and doing service work. The club will do organized service work every other week. The club will both educate students and encourage them to be comfortable discussing the issues, as well as getting volunteer experience.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Friday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V2

Student Advisor: Jessa Podell, Lars Purdy

Faculty Advisor: Sarah Miller

High School Democrats of America (HSDA)

Seattle Academy hosts the Capitol Hill chapter of the High School Democrats of America. We discuss issues, make endorsements, and advocate for democratic causes!

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Thursday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V5

Student Advisor: Danny Scherzer

Faculty Advisor:  Kevin Kimura

Japanese Language Club

"The Japanese Language Club offers an opportunity for students who are passionate about learning Japanese. It provides resources for the casual acquisition of the Japanese language, such as mentors who speak Japanese, books, online services, and whatever else you want!"

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Friday, Lunch 

Meeting Location: V1

Student Advisor: Sam Bouchey

Faculty Advisor:  Alice Laskin

Juggling Club

Juggling Club is for students, faculty, and staff who are interested in learning how to juggle or who already know how to juggle and want to learn new tricks and skills.  People of all experience levels are welcome to join us.  You can bring your equipment or share with the club.  In addition to tradition three-ball juggling, we'll also work with scarves, clubs, passing routines, and (if people are interested) 4 and 5 ball patterns.  The group is enthusiastic, inclusive, and open to your ideas and interests.  Come and juggle with us!

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Friday, Lunch

Meeting Location: STR503

Student Advisor: Nora Chapman, Clair Colie

Faculty Advisor:  Peter Clark

Marine Biology Club

Marine Biology Club will connect and unite people who have an interest in marine biology, oceanography, and aquatic sciences. All are welcome to share and learn (through presentations and discussions) about what they love most about the water.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Every other Wednesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: STR 501

Student Advisor: Elle Misko

Faculty Advisor:  Peter Clark

Mary’s Place Club

The club is partnered with Mary’s Place Shelter and works to raise funds through bake sales and fundraising to further their cause. This club shows students the reality of homelessness in their community and gives them opportunities to make a positive impact.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: STR503

Student Advisor: Estelle Stedman, Caitlin Calfo

Faculty Advisor:  Mark Wensnahan

Math Club

Math club is a fun place to learn about math, play games, and get homework/test help!

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: STR303

Student Advisor: N/A

Faculty Advisor:  Alicia Iannucci

Model United Nations (MUN)

MUN is a weekly club in which members take the positions of UN member states and role play as delegates in simulations of UN committees. As a participant, you may choose to join us for weekly simulations, or you may make a greater investment by joining interscholastic competitions. We will join at least one competition each trimester.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V5

Student Advisor: Evin Jaff

Faculty Advisor:  Adam McDonald

Multicultural Student Alliance

Multi-Cultural Student Association (MSA) was created in 2017. The purpose of the club is to provide a place where students from different backgrounds can express their opinions on topics in both our SAAS and global communities. 

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Every other Thursday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V4

Student Advisor: Nejat Ali, Jesa Chiro

Faculty Advisor:  Rick Dupree

Music Appreciation Club

Come and appreciate music with us.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Friday, 3pm-5pm

Meeting Location: AC 213

Student Advisor: Asher Stein, Rusha Bartlett, Tate Gibbons, Gage Raftery, Mei-ji Fong

Faculty Advisor:  Jason Gough

Music Production Club

Make beats and produce music with Amos Miller, a Grammy-nominated audio engineer, composer, and songwriter who has worked with Macklemore and many other recording artists. This club will explore songwriting, beat making, music production and all things recording music.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Monday/Wednesday, After School

Meeting Location: V6

Student Advisor: N/A

Faculty Advisor:  Amos Miller

Outdoor Club

Come hike, go snowshoeing, or go on an outdoor adventure with us! We plan a few outdoor adventures every trimester on weekends or days off school.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): TBD

Meeting Location: TBD

Student Advisor: Guy Burg

Faculty Advisor:  Freddy Carley

Philosophy Club

Discuss philosophers, their ideas, and the history of philosophy. Our topics will include
metaphysics, ethics, and logic. We may do weekly readings and themes.
Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Friday, Lunch

Meeting Location: STR 503

Student Advisor: Tate Gibbons, Will Patrick

Faculty Advisor:  Jason Gough

Ping Pong Club

It’s not just a game, it’s a lifestyle. Join us for Ping-Pong Club Wednesdays at lunch. 

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: Mezzanine

Student Advisor: Penelope Owen, Rusha Bartlett, Taylor Rinn, Kam Batingan

Faculty Advisor:  Brian Urrutia

Planned Parenthood Club

Our club will raise money for Planned Parenthood through bake sales and other fundraisers. It will also create a safe space to talk about sex and sexual health while we eat lunch together.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V1

Student Advisor: Caitlin Calfo

Faculty Advisor:  Alice Laskin

Queer Straight Alliance (QSA)

QSA is a club that provides a safe, fun space for students who identify as, or are advocates for, members of the LBGTQ community to share ideas, talk, and connect.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: STR403

Student Advisor: Evin Jaff

Faculty Advisor:  Hannah Chapin

Richard's Rwanda; The Abari Collective

The club is focused on providing educational opportunities for girls orphaned after the 1994 Rwandan Genocide Against the Tutsi People. The group organizes fundraisers, pen pals, feminine hygiene drives and more. 

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Every other Tuesday.

Meeting Location: Vanderbilt S1

Student Advisor: Rowan Schwartz

Faculty Advisor:  Rick Dupree

Sci-fi Fantasy Book Club

A place to read and discuss Science Fiction Fantasy books.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: VBC6

Student Advisor: Owen Sangster

Faculty Advisor:  Aeva Wilkes

Science Club

Science club explores different areas of scientific study through presentations, projects, and guest speakers.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: STR 301

Student Advisor: Ben Riley

Faculty Advisor:  Peter Clark

Seattle Academy Junior State of America (JSA)

Junior State of America is a youth simulation of the American political system.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Monday, Lunch

Meeting Location: VB S2

Student Advisor: Danny Scherzer, Makena Kerns

Faculty Advisor:  Kevin Kimura

Seattle Academy Sound Cloud Rappers Club

The massive Hip Hop/Rap scene on SoundCloud continues to grow all over the world. Our club brings students together to collaborate both in the club and in the online community.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V6

Student Advisor: Anders Gibbons, Lars Purdy, Chas Rinne

Faculty Advisor:  Amos Miller

Students Spreading Disability Awareness (SSDA)

Do you know someone with a disability? About 20% of the population has a disability and 27% of Washington households have a person with a disability. SAAS is starting a new club called Students Spreading Disability Awareness (“SSDA”). Club members will learn about what it means to have a disability and then create a plan to spread this knowledge in the SAAS community. We will hear personal stories from people with disabilities, view engaging short films on disability-related issues, brainstorm ideas for spreading this knowledge in the SAAS Community and other schools, and put these plans into action. The goal of SSDA is to make a more inclusive community while increasing the respect for people with disabilities and pride in having a disability. We will identify potential opportunities for obtaining service hours. We are eager to start and can’t wait for our first year!

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Thursday, Lunch

Meeting Location: AC105

Student Advisor: Isabel Siebrecht, Chloe Rubin

Faculty Advisor: Taylor Kanemori

Team One Love

A club to bring awareness to domestic violence and sexual assault through discussion and learning. It is important to recognize the signs of abusive relationships and know how to get out, and how to help friends. This club hopes to fill the gaps in our sexual health education and help students understand the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Every other Wednesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V7

Student Advisor: Elena Zitnicki, Chloe Rubin, Olivia Levitan

Faculty Advisor:  Taylor Kanemori

The Lebowski Club

To find the proper balance of tranquility and activism for each individual member, using Dudeism, the philosophy embodied by The Dude in The Big Lebowski.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V1

Student Advisor: Tate Gibbons

Faculty Advisor:  Brooks Hopp

Transportation Club

Transportation Club focuses on the use of public transportation in Seattle and the greater Puget Sound region of Washington. We look at upcoming bus and train projects that will help improve our transit system, as well as learn about the transportation route system in our area. In addition, club trips to fun destinations by the use of public transportation will allow you to see what it's like to use it.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Every other Tuesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: AC 201

Student Advisor: Josh Teicher

Faculty Advisor:  Tom Flood

Unified Robotics

This club promotes social inclusion through the shared building of robots and competition experiences. Unified Sports and unified robotics join people with and without intellectual challenges on the same team. Training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): TBD

Meeting Location: TBD

Student Advisor: Lucas Sherman

Faculty Advisor:  Willy Felton

Water 1st

We will fundraise for the organization Water1st international with bake sales. We will also discuss the water crisis and learn about what Water1st is doing to solve it.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Thursday, Lunch

Meeting Location: VBS1

Student Advisor: Ruby Desai

Faculty Advisor: Anna Poponyak

Wizard Club

Come play Wizard, the best card game ever.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: AC105

Student Advisor: Ezra Magaram, Kate MacArthur, Max Richmond, Kaden Rosenblatt

Faculty Advisor: Brooks Hopp

Woke Club

Woke club is a safe space to discuss ideas, current events, personal problems, or any other topic that interests you. Everything discussed in Woke Club stays in Woke Club, so attendees can feel comfortable educating themselves and sharing their opinions. 

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Friday, Lunch

Meeting Location: Front Athletic Office

Student Advisor: Ariana Rastani, Maia Malakoff

Faculty Advisor: Erin Aitchison

Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA)

To provide and inclusive space for young people interested in Democratic Socialism to leanr and be a part of the movement.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Every other Thursday, Lunch

Meeting Location: V4

Student Advisor: Asher Stein, Rusha Bartlett

Faculty Advisor: Scott Pattison

Youth Legislature

Youth Legislature is an extracurricular program that gives students the opportunity to participate in politics and practice public speaking.  Students will choose roles as Senators or Representatives and write bills to be argued in committee and in legislative sessions.  Students may also choose roles as lobbyists and do more extensive research on issues in addition to speaking on bills, or they may choose to be reporters and write articles for a newspaper that is part of the state program.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: T14

Student Advisor: N/A

Faculty Advisor:  Steve Retz

Zambia Club

The Upper School Zambia Club supports the SAAS-Zambia Program.  Among other activities, we hold fundraisers for our partner schools and clinics in Zambia.  Students who are interested in the Zambia Trip are particularly encouraged to participate in the Zambia Club.

Meeting Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday, Lunch

Meeting Location: AC203

Student Advisor: Olivia Brandon

Faculty Advisor:  Melinda Mueller