Student Life

Clubs and Activities

Each student at Keene High School is encouraged to participate in activities/clubs. Being an active participant in school organizations helps you become acquainted with other students and faculty with similar interests. There are a number of sports teams and over thirty clubs and activities for student participation. Most clubs are open to any KHS student regardless of age or class. Club meetings are outlined in the Daily Announcements.

Blackbird Bylines
Students produce the school newspaper, which covers news about school sports, clubs and activities, and other school events.

Class Council
A class council group exists for each class. Students have to be elected into their class council, but any member of their class is welcome to attend meetings. Generally these students help organize the activities for each class, especially events like homecoming, the prom and any other activities that are specific to that class.

Destination Imagination
This is a group of students involved in problem solving exercises. They are involved in regional, state and national events

Drama Club
The Drama Club is one of the school's largest clubs, which is primarily involved in two productions each year at KHS - a musical in the fall and a play in the spring. The club is active all year.

Envirothon Team
Envirothon is an academic contest where several students work collaboratively as a team taking written and practical tests dealing with environmental issues.

First Robotics
Keene High First Robotics is a year-long club that introduces students to science, technology, engineering, and teamwork. They work with local companies to design and build a robot to solve a problem. In the fall, they work to refine our team and to fundraise for travel to regional and national events. Club members use local events as a showcase to display our robot to the community. The club then works on team building until the kickoff of the next problem in January. The FIRST Robotics Competition challenges teams of students and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and enter them in a series of competitions.

Gay-Straight Alliance
The G.S.A. focuses on educating the school community through speakers and informational campaigns. It strives to create a school environment that is safe and accepting for all students and staff.

Girl’s & Boy’s State
Girl's and Boy's State are week-long seminars sponsored by the American Legion to promote citizenship and knowledge of government.  Students are selected through an application process in the spring of their junior year to attend the summer seminars.

Granite State Challenge-Quiz Bowl
Granite State Challenge is a group of students who meet and work on various college bowl competition exercises in order to prepare for Granite State Challenge, which is the high school competition that is seen on New Hampshire Public Broadcasting System.

Interact
Interact is sponsored by the Keene Rotary.  Students work on community service projects and raise funds to support local, regional, and international humanitarian projects. Selection for membership is by nomination.

Junior Lions
The Junior Lions attend weekly luncheon meetings of the local club and assist in their various community projects. Selection for membership is by staff nomination.

Key Club
This club is affiliated with the local chapter of the Keene Kiwanis. Members of this club volunteer time for community-based charities and young children’s organizations.

Literary Magazine
This club produces the school's literary magazine, Ink. Although there are students on the staff, the magazine is open to everyone in the school, and others can submit work for publication.

Math Team
The Math Team is a group of students who meet on a regular basis the entire school year. The club is designed to challenge students mathematically in competition at the regional and state level. Students are actively engaged in problem solving exercises in the following areas: Arithmetic (puzzle problems), Algebra I & II, Geometry, and Advanced Math.

Model UN
At Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors of countries that are members of the UN, from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The students, better known as “delegates”, debate current issues on the organization’s vast agenda. They prepare draft resolutions, plot strategy, negotiate with supporters and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the UN’s rules of procedure – all in the interest of resolving problems that affect the world.

National Art Honor Society
National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is for students interested in the fine and performing arts. Students have opportunities to: serve as an officer to NAHS members, participate in school and community artistic activities as members, raise money for an art scholarship, participate in various artistic workshops and endeavors spurred on by the membership. Some examples include face painting, The Empty Bowls project, and working with clay, basket making, painting, card making, and book making. To be eligible, a students needs to take one art class per calendar year and maintain a "B" average in that class.

SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
SADD’s mission is simply: to provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, and other destructive decisions. Members meet regularly and plan activities that promote healthy decision-making.

Shakespeare Club
The Shakespeare Club meets weekly to read, discuss, enjoy, and play with the works of William Shakespeare.  Activities include theater games and improv, reading Shakespearean plays, acting out scenes, discussing Shakespeare and his works, making literary jokes, engaging in word play, watching Shakespearean movies, digressing, and having fun.

Sierra Club
The purpose of this club is to heighten environmental awareness of students at Keene High School. They do a number of volunteer projects such as cleaning up parks and wilderness areas, and taking part in various research being done in the area of environmental science. The club also sponsors Earth Day at the high school in April.

Special Olympics
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training an athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship.

Student Athlete Leadership Council (SALC)
This group promotes athletic leadership in the school.

Student Council
Student Council members are elected representatives from each class and who assist in the governance of the school. The student council is involved all year in virtually all aspects of the school.

Students for a Free Tibet
The purpose of this chapter is to aid the Tibetan people in their struggle for autonomy, freedom, and basic human rights from China through campaigns and other activities. The goal is to raise awareness for the Tibetan cause through education and nonviolent direct action.

Students for Peace
This club seeks ways for students to promote peace at many levels through workshops, displays and attending local events.

Velocity
This is a female student dance troupe.

Video Club
Video Club is an extension of the TV & Film Program offered through the Cheshire Career Center where students can build their skills through real-world experiences such as filming athletic events, Mr. Keene High, the Runway Fashion Show, Nostalgia, Salmagundi, school board meetings, workshops, guest speakers, concerts, and public service announcements for both the City of Keene and local businesses.  To sign up to help film these after school events, students need to email c3tv@sau29.org.

Wildlife Conservation Club
This club promotes, develops, and teaches awareness of ecological principles related to natural resources.  They promote, develop, and teach safe and ethical use of our natural resources.  Students work closely with NH Fish and Game Agency to learn about our natural resources, create habitat, remove invasive species, restore natural areas, help with salmon restoration, creel surveys, and tagging fish and animals.

World Language Clubs
The French and Spanish World Language Clubs meet once a week to enrich their world language experiences and environment. 

Career and Technical Student Organizations
Each Cheshire Career Center program offers students the opportunity to participate in local chapters of state and national organizations. These groups promote leadership, public speaking and job seeking skills and provide the opportunity to test students' technical knowledge studying similar career and technical programs.

DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America)
These students are enrolled in marketing education or advertisement and recreation management

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
This club is open to any students enrolled in any Business Education or computer science class.

FFA (Future Farmers of America)
This is an association of agriculture students interested in the science, business, and technology of agriculture. At the Cheshire Center, students enrolled in Horticulture participate in FFA.
FCCLA (Family and Career Community Leaders of America)

These students work to promote personal growth and leadership development
through 
family and consumer sciences education.  Students in Early Childhood
Education 
participate in FCCLA.

HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
The goal of this group is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the quality of health care to all people.  Students in Health Science 
Technology classes participate in HOSA.

Jr. Home Builders
Students enrolled in Construction Trades have the opportunity to participate in meetings and activities of the Southwest NH Home Builders Association. This gives students experience in how a professional business organization functions.
SkillsUSA
This is an organization serving students enrolled in programs of study in high tech and service occupations. Cheshire Center students enrolled in Electronics, Industrial Communications, Culinary Arts, Cosmetology, Automotive Technology, and Drafting may participate in the club.


How to Start a Club
There is a formal process to follow in order to begin a recognized club at KHS.  Please contact Athletics for official forms and other information if you wish to form a new club.


Co-Curricular Athletics


Keene High School offers students a broad athletic program at various levels. Participation in these programs is competitive and is governed by the rules and regulations of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association. Freshman and junior varsity teams are developmental in nature and offer an opportunity for participation by all team members. Varsity teams are structured to put the best athletes into competition with teams from other New Hampshire schools.

Athletic Programs

(V)  Varsity   (JV)  Junior Varsity      (F) Freshman

 Fall  Winter  Spring
 Bass Fishing (V) Boys Basketball (V, JV, F) Baseball (V, JV, F)
 Boys Soccer (V, JV, F) Girls Basketball (V, JV, F) Softball (V, JV, F)
 Girls Soccer (V, JV, F) Girls Gymnastics (V) Boys Tennis (V)
 Field Hockey (V, JV, F) Ice Hockey (B/G) (V) Girls Tennis (V)
 Boys Cross Country (V) Spirit (V, JV) Boys Track (V)
 Girls Cross Country (V) Alpine Skiing (B/G) (V) Boys Lacrosse (V, JV)
 Football (V, JV, F) Nordic Skiing (B/G) (V) Girls Lacrosse (V)
 Golf (V, JV) Wrestling (V, JV)  
 Spirit (V, JV) Swimming and Diving (B/G) (V)  
 Girls Volleyball (V, JV)    
 Boys Volleyball (V, JV)    


Athletic Eligibility


In order to participate in interscholastic athletic activities, students must meet all eligibility requirements of the NHIAA. They include:

  • Students must pass the equivalency of a daily course load of two full blocks of the previous marking period.  This does not apply to incoming freshmen for their first marking period. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of two full blocks per day per marking period. 
  • Students must not reach the age of 19 prior to Sept. 1.
  • A student is eligible for competition for no more than eight (8) consecutive semesters.                                                                 
  • Additionally, Keene High School standards require all students participating in interscholastic athletics to maintain an overall 1.67 average at a quarter grading period or at progress reporting period. Students who fail to meet this minimum will be placed on Academic Assistance until the next reporting period.  During this time, the student on Academic Assistance may participate on an interscholastic team.  If a student on Academic Assistance fails to achieve a 1.67 average at the next grading period or progress reporting period, he/she will become ineligible to participate in games or practices. Appeals may be made to the athletic director then to the building principal.