We encourage all students to get involved in a club or sport to help develop their interests. BCHS offers a variety of clubs. A club can be started by anyone with an interest. A student only needs a group of students and a staff member willing to sponsor the club. Then the club can begin with approval from the administration. Following is a list of clubs and organizations we currently have:
BCHS Z Crew is an organization for ALL female students at Byron Center High School. The purpose is to provide all girls an opportunity to exercise and take care of their bodies in a way that is fun and achievable, no matter what a student's ability or activity level is.
Zumba is Latin-inspired, dance-fitness aerobics that uses Latin dance moves like Salsa, Reggaeton, Cumbia, and Meringue, along with other dance moves coordinated to the music.
Z Crew meets one time per week from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. It is taught by a certified Zumba Instructor, Mrs. Baas, English teacher at Byron Center High School. There is no cost for Zumba Club. To participate, students must have a signed liability waiver (signed by a parent/guardian if under 18) turned in to Mrs. Baas.
The Spanish Club offers cultural experiences throughout the year, every year!
In September we attend festivals at Calder Plaza that focus on the Spanish speaking community in West Michigan, as well as host films here at BCHS that reinforce learning a second language. In the past we have attended a Salsa course at GVSU and a traveling dance group performance in Grand Rapids. In October we head to the Hispanic Center to see a Day of the Dead celebration honoring relatives who have died. At Christmas time, bilingual students in Spanish 3 and Spanish 4 help out with Toys for Tots in Grand Rapids. We hit various restaurants that serve Mexican, Puerto Rican, Salvadorean, Dominican, and Spanish food. Finally, we travel to various countries in June. We experienced Spain in 2005, 2008 and 2010; Mexico in 1999; Costa Rica in 2009; and Spain, Italy & Greece in 2012. Summer of 2013 will be our 1st trip to Peru.
The Ski and Snowboard Club goes to Bittersweet Ski Resort on Thursday nights in January through March.
The American Cancer Society is the leading organization in the fight against cancer and cancer research. Throughout the school year Mr. Zeiler and his Relay for Life team organize fundraisers such as "Coins against Cancer"
Pride Pack is a student led organization to promote school and community pride. Pride Pack members volunteer their time during home sporting events and organize events such as cHaOs DaY and themed school dances.
The members of the German Club learn and celebrate the German language and culture.
The Gardening Club has taken on the challenge of enhancing the appearance of the courtyard by planting trees and flowers. They learn about gardening by maintaining a greenhouse filled with fruits, vegetables and flowers.
The Debate Club is focused on preparing students for the challenges of competitive debate. Practices are held once a week during the first semester, with opportunities to participate in formal debates with students from other schools.
Joining the Debate Club is a great way to make connections with other students who enjoy the challenge of using critical thinking and argumentative skills in a fun, competitive environment.
AUA is our Diversity Club promoting unity, appreciation, and awareness of cultural, religious, and socioeconomic groups.
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by providing co-curricular programs that integrate into classroom instruction, applying learning in the context of business, connecting to business and the community and promoting competition. Our student members leverage their DECA experience to become academically prepared, community oriented, professionally responsible, experienced leaders.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.
Students with a 3.5 GPA are eligible to apply for membership when they are sophomores.
Student Council is dedicated to serving both the school and community through various projects. They are responsible for major events such as Homecoming Week, Winterfest Week, and Mock Rock. They also run a couple fundraisers throughout the year that support local or national organizations. Students that are involved are expected to behave in a manner that represents BCHS well, and they are expected to participate in outside community service. Student Council is a group of thirty students that are elected every Spring. Anyone can apply to be a part of the group, but he or she must submit a signed petition and three recommendations. He or she must also give a speech in front of the current Student Council.