Student clubs and activities in the Clark County School District are an integral part of the total educational program for secondary students. These clubs and organizations are tailored to the interests and needs of the students and are formulated to ensure educational benefits to those involved. The CCSD Activities Office provides support for secondary school-based activities and creates opportunities for student participation with appropriate local, state, and national events and organizations.
Overview of clubs and activities supported by the Student Activities Department:
In Nevada, high school cheerleading is governed as an activity by the NIAA (Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association) NIAA and follows the safety rules as outlined by the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators (AACCA) Spirit Rules. Each high school and middle school that has a team conducts their own tryouts and abides by their own constitution and agreements. Student Activities coordinates training and support for coaches.
The high school CCSD Chess league runs from September through February. Students have the opportunity to compete in both team and individual competitions.
Middle schools that have a Chess team are invited to Districtwide tournaments throughout the school year. Student Activities co-sponsors chess tournaments and coordinates training for coaches.
The CCSD graduation schedule changes every school year based on the school year calendar and venue availability. Check with your high school for the specific date, time and location of your ceremony. CCSD’s official calendars, including annual graduation schedules, can be viewed at ccsd.net/district/calendar.
Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC)
JROTC is a federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in secondary schools. The mission of JROTC is to instill the values of citizenship and leadership, service to the United States, and personal. Students are given the opportunity to apply leadership, communication skills, and teamwork in competitions and presentations. The Student Activities Office sponsors a drill meet, and a physical fitness competition.
Key Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. 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 and district levels.
National Honor Society (NHS)
The National Honor Society promotes recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921. Students are invited to apply to become members in their high school chapter once they have met the criteria outlined in the National Honor Society constitution and local chapter bylaws. For more information, go to http://www.nhs.us. The Student Activities Office supports advisors through multiple trainings and hosts a conference for NHS and NJHS chapters in the fall.
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
The National Junior Honor Society promotes recognition for middle school students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, service and citizenship. Students are invited to apply to become members in their middle school chapter once they have met the criteria outlined in the National Junior Honor Society constitution and local chapter bylaws. For more information, go to http://www.njhs.us. The Student Activities Office supports advisors through multiple trainings and hosts a conference for NHS and NJHS chapters in the fall.
Speech and Debate
High School Speech and Debate
Students compete in a variety of public speaking and argumentation events. The speech and debate season typically runs from September through April with 1-2 tournaments per month. The Student Activities Office supports the coaches of speech and debate and sponsors the County tournament in the spring.
Middle School Speech and Debate
Students compete in a variety of individual speaking events and debate events. One day tournaments are planned throughout the school year for students to compete with other middle school students Districtwide. The Student Activities Office supports the coaches of speech and debate by organizing trainings and coordinating tournaments.
The spelling bee season begins with a written spelling test administered to all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. The top speller from within each grade from each school is then given another written spelling and vocabulary test. Scores from this test are used to select the top 15 spellers Districtwide from each grade. These spellers are invited to participate in the semi final spelling bee at Vegas PBS. Seven students from each grade spell off at the CCSD Final Spelling Bee at Vegas PBS to be one of two students from the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades to represent CCSD in the Nevada State Spelling Bee. State finalists attend a recognition luncheon in February.
High School Student Council is an organization conducted by students and supervised by adults. The purpose of the student council is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership by organizing and carrying out school activities and service projects. In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, the student council is the voice of the student body. They help share student ideas, interests and concerns with the school wide community. In addition to monthly student leadership trainings, the Student Activities Office, in cooperation with the Nevada Association of Student Councils (NASC), sponsors three leadership conferences a year. For more information about NASC, click on http://nevadastuco.org.
Middle School Student Council provides students the opportunity to apply effective leadership, decision-making, organizational, and problem solving skills. Middle school student councils may meet daily during Leadership class or weekly as a club. In addition to monthly advisor training, the Activities Office, in cooperation with the Nevada Association of Student Councils (NASC), sponsors a one day leadership conference each year.
Sun Youth Forum
This forum for youth expression began in 1955. Over 900 students come together to discuss current issues with state and local dignitaries at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This one-day event is co-sponsored by the Las Vegas Sun Newspaper.
Varsity Quiz is a knowledge-based quiz bowl competition co-sponsored by the Kiwanis of Las Vegas. The league consists of multiple divisions of competitive teams and standard teams and runs from September to February. The quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals and All Star Matches are broadcast on Vegas PBS/Channel 10 KLVX.
Junior Varsity Quiz
Junior Varsity Quiz is a knowledge-based quiz bowl competition for middle school students. The Student Activities Office sponsors a one day tournament in the spring. Tournament winners advance to a playoff bracket that culminates with a championship match and an All Star match at Vegas PBS/Channel 10 KLVX.
For information about the clubs offered at individual schools, please contact the school activity office directly.