Clubs and Activities
Maine Central Institute offers a wide range of activities to students. Our students are required to participate in a club / activity or sport during the school year, and it is common for students to be involved in multiple activities. Click here to view The Husky Howl, MCI's club and activities newsletter.
In addition to 17 varsity level sports teams, MCI offers clubs and activities throughout the school year. Below is a sampling of the various clubs and activities that are available to students. Click on the club / activity title below for more information.
MCI also gives students the unique opportunity to create their own campus clubs. So, if you do not see something of interest, please consider forming your own club!
MCI students and their families host a homeroom class of Japanese students from Aomori-Minami Sr. H.S. for a 4 day, 3 night home stay in mid-October every year. Students participate in school visits, co-curricular activities, eating and shopping, and typical Maine family activities. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to enjoy a more personal exchange with teenagers from another country, and discover that they have much in common.
Every two years in early November, MCI students travel to Aomori via Toyko, Japan to enjoy a visit to our sister school, Aomori-Minami Sr. H.S. Our students are able to participate in a home stay with Aomori students' families that visit us at MCI.
The Calligraphy Club is a great club for any student who wishes to learn the ancient art of writing in English with a metal dipping pen and ink. Students begin their craft by learning a standard italic calligraphy alphabet using felt wedge markers. Once they have practiced and mastered that lesson, they put their skills to test using a long metal pen and ink. We also learn the art of borders using the pen. Finally, we learn how to use a dual brush pen so students can see how the pen can create circular flourishes on any document.
The students' final project is a written poem embellished with borders that is framed and given to someone as a gift.
Captains Club is a group comprised of the sitting captains of all MCI Athletic Teams. The group meets weekly on Wednesdays prior to the start of classes in the Savage Dining Commons. This group discusses issues relative to the athletic programming at MCI and help with community outreach.
The MCI Culinary Club is dedicated to exploring culture and identity through cooking (and eating). Whether you are interested in pursuing a career in culinary arts or just exploring a new hobby for fun, the Culinary Club is open to all MCI students! It is one of the most diverse clubs on campus with members from around the world and close to home! The club has partnered with local businesses and other entities to use space on and off campus to cook (and eat). They take field trips (to restaurants, schools, farms and other culinary destinations) and meet regularly (weekly) to discuss future activities and sample food.
Participating and supporting the Cultural Food Festival organized by the Cultural Diversity Club has become a favorite annual event (although any opportunity to cook as a group is always a hit)! If you love food, culture, meeting people with common interests on common ground then we are the club for you!
Destination Imagination is a national organization dedicated to creative problem solving. Each year a set of challenges is released for which teams design their own unique solution. All solutions are presented in the form of an imaginative skit with different elements incorporated as requested by each individual challenge. One team consists of 2 - 7 members who begin practicing in the fall and compete on the regional, state and national level each spring.
Come join the fun! This club welcomes all skill levels and abilities. There is something for everyone! The club is designed to foster interest and promote participation in theatre activities on campus, showcase student talent in the venues outside the regular Theatre Arts classes, engage in meaningful theatrical activities and productions, demonstrate school and community spirit and pride, promote high standards of conduct, and stimulate a successful working relationship between students and faculty.
Members of the Engineering Club are primarily involved in a competition called TARC (Team America Rocketry Challenge), which is a rocketry competition for high school students. In this competition, rules are set each year on the altitude and duration of rocket flights that the competitors try to meet. For example, this year, TARC set the altitude at 850 feet and the duration between 48 and 59 seconds. The process of launching trial flights and adjusting the rocket's specs to meet the TARC standards is tedious but fun nonetheless.
We have a lot of fun in this club building rockets; students who are interested in science or engineering would find the activities we do very enjoyable. Our final product is a sight to behold and the process of building it makes it even more awe inspiring!
The Fencing Club has a few devotees who think it is a great way to spend a couple of hours once a week, because fighting with swords is just cool! The club is designed to teach competitive sport fencing, starting with foil, to any student who wants to learn. Both males and females fence on an equal footing and the camaraderie mostly trumps the competitive urge. Members who are able to attend regularly are usually amazed at how they improve over the course of a year. We are limited by our equipment to about eight fencers at any one time but are able to accommodate larger numbers by sharing. Swords, masks, jackets and gloves are all provided by the club in a wide range of sizes so almost anyone can come learn.
The Hip Hop Dance Club is for anyone interested in learning basic Hip Hop dance rhythm and moves. The club is designed to provide those with little to no experience dancing, to expose them to music and choreography with a Hip Hop style. As a club we are looking to learn and perform basic dance moves to Hip Hop music in order to inspire our audience to appreciate the creativity and art of Hip Hop Dance!
The goal of the history club is to improve one's own knowledge of history, provide helpful community service, and to talk about and improve history education now and in the future. Students will be in contact with the Pittsfield historical society and help with the scanning of documents, logging of information, and more. For students who are interested, the group will join the nation wide History Bee, and compete at the regional, state, and hopefully national level. Lastly, with the help of Col. M. D. Wyly, students will get the opportunity to have their voices heard about their concerns with history education, and might be able to talk to State government officials. There will be possibilities to have history talks at other schools, such as Warsaw, and go on fun activities such as exploring archeological sites and old grave yards in the state.
The Ireland/Scotland Travelers club members are planning to visit the UK in April of 2015. Anyone interested in exploring wondrous landscapes, majestic castles, and storied cities is invited to join. Students will research and discuss the stops on our itinerary. We will also plan fundraising activities to help with the cost.
"Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels." (http://www.keyclub.org/discover/whatwedo.aspx)
MCI's Key Club is comprised of students from all grades who are interested in serving their communities. At our weekly meetings we talk about community service projects and how we can help others. Some of the projects we complete each year include helping the Kiwanis at the Kiwanis Karnival, organizing the fall and spring community service days, helping with the opening of school, working with the Kiwanis at the annual Easter Egg Hunt, and helping with 8th grade Move Up Days.
In the past few years we have also prepared and served meals at the Welcome Table, partnered with the Kindness Krew to provide Thanksgiving meals to local families, raised money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and organized a charity basketball game to benefit a neighboring school district.
The Kindness Krew's goal is promote and engage in acts of kindness at the school and in the community as well as on the national and global level. It is a service-based group that focuses on larger project to help accomplish this mission. Annual projects include the tree lighting on front campus where proceeds go towards the warm winter fund, the Salvation Army Christmas trees, which collect gifts for needy children, and Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) week. We also partner with the Key Club around Thanksgiving to collect full Thanksgiving dinners for local families in need. The Kindness Krew has responded to national crises and has raised money for the victims of both the Sandy Hook shootings and Hurricane Sandy. Each year we focus on one major global project. Past projects have included collecting shoes for children in Kenya and raising money to purchase life straws for people throughout Africa.
Masardis is Maine Central Institute’s art magazine and coffee-house coordinator. Collecting and editing art publications that feature original student art and literature of varying mediums, Masardis explores the many facets of MCI’s creative community members, routinely recognized and newly found.
Beyond their dedication to visual and literary arts, Masardis sponsors performance art through regular coffeehouse nights showcasing student and faculty talents while enjoying light refreshments. Masardis celebrates and shares MCI’s creative community.
The Math Team generally meets once a week for organizational purposes and practice. Each team has ten scoring members whose performances count toward both the individual results and the team score. Other members’ scores are counted only for the individual, but teams can be rearranged at will. Doing several math problems in a limited time may not be everyone's idea of a great way to spend an afternoon, but the pride of success at such a mental challenge is very rewarding. The problems are designed to be very challenging even when the level of math is set for beginning high school students. The problem categories range from arithmetic to trigonometry and statistics. Serious math students of any level can contribute to this team.
Model UN is a student group with a focus on global awareness, global citizenship, and diplomacy. Students learn about international issues and work collaboratively to solve problems through position papers, debate, and discussion. Each May the team travels to the University of Southern Maine for three days to discuss global issues with schools across Maine. To prepare for the May conference, students work diligently throughout the spring months studying and writing about global issues.
The National Honor Society is a national organization comprised of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. This organization is not open to all students, but exemplary students are chosen by a committee of faculty members. Membership in the National Honor Society is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a student. The NHS strives to recognize the total student—one who excels in four areas: Scholarship, Leadership, Service & Citizenship, and Character. Membership, however, is more than an honor. It incurs a responsibility and an obligation to demonstrate those outstanding qualities that resulted in selection. Students also must attend MCI for three semesters to be considered. MCI reviews new potential candidates each April, and students are inducted into MCI's NHS chapter every year on graduation weekend.
Spanning September to May, Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) provides students with opportunities to explore assorted outdoor activities in the natural beauty of Maine. Through these experiences, students take on various roles over the course of the year and enhance outdoor skills that are necessary to continue a lifelong enjoyment of the outdoors. Members of this club participate in such activities as hiking, canoeing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, orienteering, camping, and shooting in the school rifle range.
The Paper Art Club works together to create various forms of paper art throughout the year. This can range from group projects like assorted pop-up cards, to intricate and complicated projects of each member’s choice.
The MCI Philanthropy Council is a group of students committed to encourage, inspire, and educate others about the importance of donating and contributing to beneficiaries in the local area. It is also aimed to promote gratitude and offer students the opportunity to give back to MCI and the surrounding community.
Ping Pong Club has five ping pong tables set up at the top of Weymouth Hall for both novices and experts alike. We have tournaments for competition and fun matches for those who just like to play. All are welcome.
The Robotics Team at MCI is a competitive VEX Robotics team that competes 2-3 times a year. We usually meet every other week during the school day to work on logistics and planning purposes. Several weekends a month we have building days to create and modify our robot. The team is open to all students; we need programmers, designers, website builders, and other talented folks! Team members are expected to participate on the weekends to help build and compete, but students do not need to attend every build session and competition.
The RPG club is purely organized to provide a fun activity that anyone who is capable of imagination and communication can enjoy. Using a cooperative role-playing game system similar in form to Dungeons and Dragons©, the club members imagine themselves coping with adventures in a world where amazing things can happen. The game master presents the players with opportunities and challenges and the players use their imagination and the game rules to attempt to triumph together. We meet once a week throughout the year and club members need nothing except imagination, a willingness to have fun, and some way to record their ideas and decisions.
The Science Outing Club provides participants physical and mental activities related to science, including visits to museums, gardens, and parks, walks and hikes, and other attractions including fairs and outdoor adventures. We try to provide some experiential learning as well as some physical activities.
Some ideas for this year include attending and possibly volunteering at the Common Ground Fair, touring the Maine Botanical Gardens, geocaching, etc.
Just before Christmas break 2014, a new club formed at MCI; the Sewing Club. Most club sessions were tutorials of various sewing basics. Students had their own individual projects that they wanted to accomplish and discussed problems and necessary techniques to fix them as they occurred. Students learned how to read a pattern, to choose and lay out material and various other sewing preparations. They did their machine work at home.
Products during year included numerous alterations; a skirt, a costume (dress) and a fully lined (princess seamed) shift dress; which is a very courageous endeavor for a beginning project!
In May, Mrs. Glidden attended the annual RISD fashion show, which showcases the work of graduates in the fashion design program. She brought back snaps of what may become the work of top designers one day! Students had fun looking at all the creations! For next year, one of their goals is to have at least one fashion show, where they can reveal OUR own creations.
The Mission Statement of the Maine Central Institute Student Council is: “We will work to make each school day a good experience for every student at MCI. We will work to make MCI a safe, welcoming, fair, fun and learning place for students to be.”
The Student Council serves the student body. We solicit input around student issues and concerns, and develop and implement ways to address those issues. The Student Council is one avenue for administrators to gather input as well. Additionally, we conduct service projects for MCI and sponsor activities designed to meet our pledge in our mission statement. We raise money to fund three scholarships and to fund attendance at leadership conferences.
Some of the traditional activities of the Student Council:
- Penny Wars (a class competition where small change counts)
- Leading one or more activities built around the annual School Theme
- December Campus Coffee (school-wide celebration with Santa Claus)
- Attendance at the Regional Student Council Conference in Brewer
- Fast Blast (a 24-hour fast with a sleepover and fun)
- Senior video
- May Campus Coffee (school-wide celebration with a focus on the seniors)
- Activities being discussed for the 2014-2015 school year:
- Welcome Committee: This would be a group of students whose purpose would be to make new students -- freshmen and new-to-MCI students in the fall, as well as students who enroll at MCI throughout the school year--feel welcomed and comfortable.
- Creativity on the Loose: One or more events which would highlight the 2014-2015 School Theme of creativity at MCI and provide an outlet for even more creativity.
- Attendance at the State Student Council Conference in the fall
- Coordinating the 3rd Annual Staff-Student Volleyball Challenge
- Leadership recognition program for Student Council members
The Student Leadership Committee supports students in developing their leadership skills and in positively influencing their peers. SLC members work to promote healthy and positive behaviors in the community. At weekly meetings these students lead and participate in discussions on the many challenges facing young adults. Based on these discussions and their own experiences, group members develop and implement plans to support and promote positive options in our school community. Recent projects have included mentoring younger students after school, hosting community forums, and assisting Healthy SV with the annual “High on Life” 5k.
Members are expected to come prepared to actively participate in meetings and activities, and to make healthy choices to effectively lead their peers by example.
Students in the Yearbook Club are responsible for creating MCI’s yearbook, The Trumpet. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including: photography, digital editing, journalism, and business management. Yearbook is a lot of fun and celebrates a variety of student talents. Students can participate in Yearbook Club regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in MCI’s Electronic Publishing class.