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Ballard High School's ASB Constitution

ASB Activity Approval and Reconciliation Instructions

ASB Activity Approval and Reconciliation Form

Dance Information
Ballard High School Dance FAQ
           Dance Guest Permission
           Dance Participation Contract for Prom

The journalism class meets as a class everyday to produce the school newspaper(The Talisman), which publishes 7-8 issues a year.  
         The online version of the Talisman
         PDF version

Application for the Talisman

Application for the Yearbook

 We at Ballard High School feel that participation in student-oriented activities is a vital part of a student’s education. Therefore, a wide range of activities is provided, which include the following:

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A.C.E, Architecture, Construction & Engineering

Activity Coordinator:Craig Nielsen (
National Mentoring Program. An all-city group, approx 100 students, meeting in small groups. Meets twice a month at participating downtown professional offices for tours, lectures and technical mentoring in ACE, with a student-produced power-point presentation, sometimes including drawings & models, at the end of the year. The students have presented at Microsoft Auditorium, Central Library; and Kane Hall at UW.
Register online.

Art Club
Activity Coordinator: Matt Harkleroad (
Rm. SW110, Thursday after school.
Also contact Therese MacDonald, 789-5723 (, Susan      Sullivan, 706-0638 and Kim Owens. Students can continue with individual art projects, or learn new techniques. There is an annual commitment to display student artwork at the Ballard Art WALK in May (you do not need to be in an art class to participate) as well as student shows in the school. Students can also earn Service Learning Hours and donate what they make or they can do their own thing. Announcements will be in the Daily Bulletins and posted at school.

ASB - Associated Student Body - Student Government
Activity Coordinator: Carrie Burr (
Pres./Vice Pres./Sec./Treas.
Meets in Activity Center/Commons
Elections are held in April  

Astrobiology Club
Activity Coordinator: Eric Muhs (

Activity Coordinator:
 Michelle Whelan   
Meet in the AC/Activity Center during 6th period. Tryouts held in April or May.
Members boost spirit and cheer-leadership at Ballard High.

Chess Club
Activity Coordinator: Eric Muhs (
Inexperienced and experienced chess players are welcome. The BHS library has the largest collection of chess books in the district for any student or players reference use.
Dance Team
Activity Coordinator: Emily Lubinski
The Ballard Dance Team practices Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays all year from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm all year in the gym or commons.
The Ballard Dance Team was created to promote dance education and spirit for the Ballard community. Dance styles include contemporary, jazz, kick, and hip hop.  The Ballard Dance Team performs at school assemblies,sporting events, and select parades. The Ballard Dance Team also competes at the regional, district, and state level in the WIAA Dance Championships, and presents an original Dance Showcase at Ballard HS every spring. The Ballard Dance Team is coached by Emily Lubinski.  For more information, visit our website:

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Debate Club
Activity Coordinator: Alicia Hale (
Debate club meets Thursdays in Rm. S115. Members compete in state debate competitions.

Visit the Ballard Debate Website at

Activity Coordinator: Patti Killian (
DECA is a student organization operating in the 50 states and Canada that attracts individuals to productive careers in business, marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. DECA gives students hands-on experience in these fields, and provides conferences and competitions that mold high school students into character-drive leaders.

Drama Club
Activity Coordinator: Shawn Riley
Open to any student in Ballard High School with an interest in theatre arts.
Students in Drama Club will assist on the three annual main stage productions to include one comedy, one musical and one drama. Positions available for students to get involved with include ushering, properties, set construction, box office, wardrobe crew, hair and makeup crew, backstage running crew, and stage management. Auditions for acting roles will be announced throughout the year. Membership in Drama Club does NOT grant a position on stage in a production.
Rehearsals are held after school, Monday through Friday, from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

Earth Service Corps
Activity Coordinators: Noam Gundle ( & Pam Hering (  
Rm. NW217 or S105 Thursdays during both lunches
Earth Service Corps hosts educational events, leads and participates in service projects at Ballard and in Seattle and works for sustainable change everywhere. We hosted a dinner called “Eat Local Now!” twice, showed public viewings from movies, sponsor Bike to Work Day in May, built bike racks and bike shelters and built a native plant garden. This year our activities will focus on many issues, and a large project is supporting food composting at Ballard High School which was started in 2008 to help make our school culture more environmentally and socially sustainable. Any student who cares about their community can join.

FBLA -Future Business Leaders of America
Activity Coordinator: Eric Blazevic ( Meeting times TBD.
FBLA is an American career and technical student organization. FBLA is a non-profit organization of high school ("FBLA"), middle school ("Middle Level"), and college ("PBL") students, as well as professional members ("Professional Division") who primarily help students transition to the business world. FBLA is the largest student-run business related organization in the world, with 253,365 members. FBLA also holds yearly competitions across topics covering technology, business, and public speaking.

FCCLA - Family, Career & Community Leaders of America
Activity Coordinator: Marcia Lalonde ( Tuesdays after school in Rm. N220
FCCLA is a national organization of students 9th through 12th grade who have taken a Family and Consumer Sciences class, such as Food Science, Child/Human Development, Independent Living, or Apparel and Textiles. FCCLA is one of the nation’s major student organizations with more the 219,000 members. There are approximately 6,500 chapters in all 50 states including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
FCCLA seeks to promote personal growth and leadership development through Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Focusing on the multiple roles of family member, wage earner, and community leader, members develop skills for life through – character development; creative and critical thinking; interpersonal communication; practical knowledge; and career preparation.
Participation with partner groups at regional, state and national levels, and community service projects including sewing hats for “Baby Boutique” store for the homeless, clothing drives, assisting at food banks, and participating in other local community service activities.

FIRST Robotics
Activity Coordinator: Craig Nielsen (
FIRSTRobotics Competition (FRC) is a unique varsity sport of the mind designed to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding the life of engineers and researchers can be.
The FIRSTRobotics Competition challenges teams of young people 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 competitions designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers, and a committee of engineers and other professionals.
FIRSTredefines winning for these students because they are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, and the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal. Winning means building partnerships that last.

Visit the Ballard FIRST Robotics Website.
Visit the
Washington State FIRST Robotics

French Club
Activity Coordinator: Annaick Sturgeon (
Member meet in Rm. S207 at lunch on early release days and/or after school. The French Club organizes activities to promote a better understanding of French and francophone culture. Activities include: making crêpes, playing Boules, making bûche de noël, selling May Day flowers, etc.

Gay Straight Alliance
Activity Coordinators: Brian Reardon ( and Catherine Schmider (
Members meet Wednesdays after school in Rm. SW100. GSA provides a meeting place and social opportunity for LGBT youth and their allies/friends. Activities include: parties, movies, conversation, excursions and social activism.

INK - Literary Magazine
Activity Coordinator: Needs and advisor: Wednesdays after school in room SW121
It’s about Art, Literature & Photography. INK magazine members invite students to submit art, poetry and short stories during the year, with selections made of pieces they feel represent Ballard’s literary and artistic diversity; INK is published annually.

Japanese Club 
Activity Coordinator: Joe McColskey (
The Japanese Club is a student-run organization designed to offer interested students opportunities to learn about and experience various aspects of Japanese Culture…especially the food!

Key Club
Activity Coordinators: 
Community service organization – projects include serving food at New Horizons, assisting at Holiday Carousel, picking up litter, helping younger kids shop at Fred Meyer, assisting with the annual blood drive. 
La Union Latina
Activity Coordinator: 
Long established club for Latino students and their friends at BHS who work together to unite Latino students from different countries and backgrounds and to share the richness of their culture with the BHS community.  The club members work together to plan activities and service projects.
Link Crew
Activity Coordinator: Carrie Burr (
 A Mentoring Program, that assigns every incoming 9th grader with successful upperclassmen at a ratio of about 10:2 to help them adjust to the realities of high school. Link Leaders, the mentors, are chosen through an application process in the spring and they are trained in late August to prepare for an exciting Freshmen Orientation Program. Follow up activities are organized throughout the year to increase freshmen connection to school and improve their academic and social success.

Model UN 
Activity Coordinators: Alicia Hale ( and Jack Thompson ( Members meet Mondays in Rm. S115 or S116, along with lunch meetings.
Students address important current international issues as delegates at Model United Nations conferences. Members develop skills in public speaking, debate, negotiation and analytical writing.   A Model UN conference will be held in December at Ballard to prepare members for outside conferences

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Mountain Bike Club
Activity Coordinator: Tricia Nielsen (

 Ballard High School Mountain Bike Team is an exciting, unique sport where students who love the outdoors and cycling get to go with friends and peers to various biking locations. It is a fun, exciting way to get exercise, you meet new people, and you get to enjoy the outdoors.
Mountain Biking Club practices on Thursdays at either Woodland Park or Seattle Multisport, depending on the weather. There are also weekend practices at various locations, such as Duthie, SeaTac, St. Edwards Park, and other places.
There are 4-5 races every season. Racers and teams across the state compete against other riders who are the same age and/or skill level. After the race is an award ceremony. It is a fun time with cheering fans, team tents, and meeting other riders.
For more information, or inquiries about the team, please contact Ms.
Nielsen or email the Coach at

Activity Coordinators: Michael James (
Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Percussion,and Jazz Bands
Brittany Newell (
Courtney Rowley (
Concert Choir, Treble Choir, and Vocal Jazz
*Men’s Ensemble
            Men’s Ensemble is a non-auditioned, extracurricular men’s choir that rehearses once a week after school on Thursdays. Students sing a variety of music including doo-wop, contemporary rock, pop, classical, and folk music. Men’s Ensemble performs for all school concerts as well as assemblies, gigs throughout the area, and at Solo and Ensemble.
*Women’s Chamber Choir
An extracurricular woman’s ensemble that rehearses once a week after school for an hour and an a half. Students perform advanced choral literature for women’s voices. They participate in Solo and Ensemble and consistently receive Superior ratings. Women’s Chamber Choir also participates in various smaller concerts and gigs throughout the year. Please see Ms. Rowley if interested.
*Chamber Orchestra
This auditioned group meets once a week and is comprised on the most talented and motivated string players. They perform several times throughout the year at school and community events and represent BHS at the region’s solo/ensemble contest.

National Honor Society
Activity Coordinator: Bob Butler ( Rm. NW213 
For meeting times and days please check your daily bulletin. For 10th, 11th, and 12th graders with 3.4 or higher grade average. Members meet monthly and volunteer and perform 15 hours of community service per semester. Community service events included helping at the Holiday Carousel in downtown Seattle, tutoring elementary school students, and serving food at St. John’s soup kitchen. There were over 100 members last year.
Native American Club
Activity Coordinator:  Gordon Macdougall ( 206-252-1030, N110
Native Club is forming for any student who is Native American, Alaskan Native, First Nation, or interested in participating in this club and the fun activities and community it will support.

Newspaper – Student Newspaper “The Talisman”
Activity Coordinator:  Michael Smith ( Rm. SW122
The journalism class meets as a class everyday to produce the school newspaper, which publishes 7-8 issues a year. The online version can be found at .Pdf versions can be found at

Outdoor Club – Beaver Trekkers
Activity Coordinator: Noam Gundle (Rm NW217) (
This is an outdoor club that helps Beavers enjoy the great outdoors.   

Pacific Islander Club
Activity Coordinator: India Carlson (
Members meet Wednesdays in Mr. Calson’s room to increase awareness of Pacific Island Culture and support Pacific Island students.

Physics Club
Activity Coordinator: Eric Muhs (

Scandinavian Club
Activity Coordinator:  In need of an advisor
Community volunteering, serving at Swedish Club’s pancake breakfast,
folk dancing at Leif Erikson Lodge in Ballard (practicing and teaching dances)

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S.L.A.M. Club - Students' Lives Always Matter Club 
Activity Coordinator: The mission of the club is to perform suicide prevention activities and raise awareness about the problem of teen suicide. Planned activities include: classroom presentations at BHS and local middle schools; coordinating and planning Suicide Prevention Week and distributing leaflets and posters. After-school participation earns volunteer service hours.
The group meets on Wednesdays after school. Contact the Teen Health Center at 784-2139 for more information.

Spanish Club
Activity Coordinator: Tricia Nielsen (
Members meet in Rm S201 to engage in a variety of activities to learn more about Spanish-speaking cultures. The Spanish club is organized and run by students. If you are interested in leading the club, please see Ms. Nielsen.

Surf Club
Activity Coordinator:Noam Gundle (
The Surf Club meets Wednesdays after school in NW217.

Thespian Troupe #5369
Activity Coordinator: Shawn Riley (
The Thespian organization is a special honorary group within the Drama Club for Junior and senior students who have participated in a minimum of 100 hours in two or more main stage theater productions AND maintained the proper annual requirements to remain Thespians. Some members may attend a state leadership conference and the           state theater festival each year.
The mission of the Thespians is to provide a nurturing environment in which students can pursue individual and collective achievements by developing their skills and understanding in the genre of theatre, musical theatre, and technical theatre. Thespian expectations are as follows; Demonstrate respect by being punctual, serve as a leader and role model to others, commit to being focused and dedicated to your academics, your craft, and your school. Value your body as your instrument by living a clean lifestyle. Show respect to each other, staff, volunteers, and to the facilities of the theater in which we work. Demonstrate and express support for each other whether onstage, backstage, or in the audience. Thespians as an organization is far greater than any  individual. Let us be proud of our accomplishments, yet humble enough to understand that our goals could not be accomplished without each other.
Members meet in the Black Box every Tuesday starting at 2:45pm. Please check out the web site for more information.

Ultimate Frisbee
Activity Coordinator: Joe Kelly ( Rm. SW 103
Spring Only – Tue/Weds 2:45 at Loyal Heights field, dates and time subject to change
The team plays other area schools such as Northwest, Lakeside, Bush and Nathan Hale. There are about 30 players on the roster, with 14 at practice, 7 players per side.

Video Production Club
Activity Coordinator: Matt Lawrence ( Rm. N225
Members meet after school in the video production lab and N225

Yearbook – “The Shingle”
Activity Coordinator: Michael Smith ( Members meet Monday-Friday in SW122. The Shingle records the history of the school year in photos and text


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