Cesar Chavez Service Club
Advisors: Angel Prado and Carmen Quintana
Since 2001, the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs have offered an exciting and innovative leadership development club that are active in many local schools in the San Diego region. The Clubs are built on the ten values of Cesar Chavez and are designed to engage Club members in community service activities. Students build confidence and are inspired to believe in themselves as they learn through their experiences that they can make a lasting difference.
Each student club member signs a contract when they join, agreeing to be a proud, respectful, and active club member. Student Chavistas also learn about the Cesar Chavez Service Clubs’ logo or emblem which is divided into five elements:
- DOVE: Use peace rather than violence (PEACE);
- HEART: Embrace others in a positive and loving way (LOVE);
- TREE: Respect yourself, others and the environment (RESPECT);
- HAND: Be an active team member and give service to the community (SERVICE);
- EARTH: Unite for the greater good for this world (UNITY).
Advisor: Irma Yepiz
Students in the French Club learn about French and francophone culture around the world. Students don’t have to be students of French to belong to the club. It is open to all students on campus. Students participate in a variety of activities such as the Cinéma Français, théâtre/opéra, museum visits, culinary classes, and cultural celebrations. As students learn about French culture, they enrich and broaden their cultural knowledge, and pass on to others what they have learned.
Website: Hilltop Middle FLAGS French
The Garden Club cares for the garden at Hilltop Middle School. The club is committed to raising an awareness for green causes such as organic farming, creating green zones, and connecting with Mother Earth and nature. The goal of the Garden Club is to create a sense of self-worth, pride, and commitment to our school by working on projects including planting trees, learning about new farming techniques. Students in the garden club learn about cooperation and commitment while also having fun!
Website: HTM Garden Club
Harry Potter Book Club
Advisor: Erin Southam
Students read and discuss the books in the Harry Potter series as well as fandom related topics, and take part in fun wizarding activities such as wand-making, Muggle Quidditch, wizard dueling, and much more. Club students help put on our annual event Pottercon each year. This is a truly magical club!
HTM Fandom Appreciation Club
Advisor: Erin Southam
What is a fandom? It’s a group of people interested in books, comics, anime, TV shows, movies, games, and more! This is a club where all fandoms are welcome and appreciated! All students have the opportunity to share fandoms and learn about new fandoms, too. Activities for this club include Comic Con style presentations, special guest presentations, Do-It-Yourself projects, movie field trips, games, and more!
Advisors: Aida Jarrett and Nadine Moen
KIDS MATTER is a club comprised of community-minded students who seek to make a positive difference in the world. Projects are selected based on student interest. Students appreciate that they are fulfilling other’s needs and making an impact on people’s lives, as well as their own. Since the club’s inception in the 2010-2011 school year, Kids Matter has embarked on many service projects- feeding the homeless, volunteering a cat shelter, raising money for Japan, tornado victims, Pennies for Pasta, to name a few. Do you have a project that you’d like to propose to Kids Matter? Contact Ms. Jarrett for more information.
Advisor: Beatriz Barnachia
Knowledge Bowl is an academic quiz bowl-like competition where students compete against other middle schools in SUHSD. Knowledge Bowl promotes friendly competition, helping students to develop leadership and study skills, and also enhances teamwork. Knowledge Bowl Team practices are every Monday and Wednesday at lunch and on Tuesday after school. Students practice quick responses turnaround by having their hands ready to buzz in an answer. Knowledge Bowl Topic range from history, to language arts, to mathematics, or modern culture. During practices students partake in friendly competition as they work to earn points. Students also collaborate on sharing shared knowledge and develop on building teamwork. A positive supportive environment welcomes all participants. Lasting friendships are built through shared experiences in matches. Each match has four quarters. Students rotate each quarter and participate in two rounds per match. Students participate in two matches with two different schools. After each session there is a profound sense of accomplishment. Matches end with a display of camaraderie as school teams exchange high fives and display genuine sportsmanship as they congratulate each other.