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Clubs & Activities


For students in all three divisions at D-E, opportunites abound in terms of extra-curricular activities and clubs. Descriptions of clubs and activities by diviision, and a list of potential clubs and activities in which Middle and Upper School students can get involved, is noted below.   
  • Click on the links below to learn more.  
  • For additional information about D-E clubs and community service drives, and to initiate your own club, Email D-E Director of Student Life Maya Gunaseharan at: gunasm@d-e.org.
Club & Activities News Highlights
Upcoming Student-Led Donation Drives, Special Events
Join our D-E Upper School (US) Student Clubs in these upcoming programs!

Fundraising in February: Origami Swans, V-Day
D-E welcomes February with two Valentine’s Day-inspired fundraising projects  - one new to 2016, the other a growing favorite in recent years.

Student-Led Spring Theater presents RENT School Edition
Viva la Vie Boheme!  D-E's annual Spring Theater, an entirely student-run production, will present "RENT: School Edition" on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, 2015 in Hajjar Auditorium at 7:30 PM.

For details and ticket information please click here or visit www.d-e.org/news.  

Update on School-Wide Community Service Efforts
In just a span of two weeks, the D-E community at large was able to raise funds for two causes: the Center for Food Action and the Nepal earthquake relief.

"Calliope" 2014 Wins Silver Crown
The 2014 issue of Calliope has not only won a Gold Medal but also a Silver Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

Robotics Team Wins Another Two Awards
Contributed by Dr. Marco Pagnotta, Upper School Science Faculty Member and Robotics Team Advisor
On March 8, D-E's robotics team, Team 0207, won two awards in the New Jersey FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) championships, The Garden State Rumble - and it was also the last meet for the seniors on the team.

D-E's Robotics Team Wins Two Awards
Portions of this article contributed by Spencer Papay ‘15, Team 0207/Critical Mass Member
Last weekend, D-E's robotics team, Team 0207/Critical Mass, brought home the Inspire Award, the most sought-after and prestigious award in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)!

Student-Led Edgewater Disaster Relief
Upper School student clubs CODES (Community Outreach for Dwight-Englewood School) and HOPE (Helping Out People Everywhere) co-led an Edgewater Disaster Relief Donations Drive that was organized to assist family victims of the fire at the Avalon apartment complex in Edgewater on January 21.

This Week: Student Directed One Acts at bergenPAC
D-E’s annual Student Directed One Acts take place this Wednesday and Thursday, January 14 and 15, at the bergenPAC in downtown Englewood.

"Die In" Recognizes Recent Events, Inspires Action
On Monday December 8th, junior Nick Schuermann ’16 and several other Upper School students organized a “Die-In” rally  -- similar to the protests around the nation in recent weeks -- on Leggett Field.  The “Die-In” was held to remember the recent deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown and included a moment of silence and extemporaneous perspectives from students, faculty, and staff members. (Click on the headline link above to see photos from the Die-In.)

2014 Activites Fair
More than 50 clubs were featured at the Annual Activities Fair for the Upper School in Hajjar Audtorium on Sept. 17, ranging from charitable service to the arts, academics to school life, and more.

TCC Preps 100 Backpacks for Paterson Kindergarteners
Last week, members of the Teens Connecting Communities (TCC) club just finished packing 100 backpacks in preparation for their annual visit to PS 5 in Paterson, N.J. They purchased backpacks and school supplies with funds raised last school year through donations and bake sales. On Sept. 29, TCC will personally deliver these backpacks to the 100 new kindergarteners at P.S. 5.

Join AIDS Awareness for AIDS Walk NY 2014
The D-E AIDS Awareness Club has extended an invitation to the entire Upper School community to join the club at the 29th annual AIDS Walk New York on Sunday, May 18!

"Mathletes" Tally Up Awards at BCML
The D-E Math Team, who unofficially but affectionately call themselves "Mathletes," has been participating in the Bergen County Math League (BCML) for years; in keeping with tradition, this year’s competition proved to be unforgettable.

2014 INSPIRE Showcase: Song, Dance, Fashion and More
The 2014 INSPIRE Multicultural Showcase, emceed by juniors Kai Marcel '15 and David Victor '15, took place March 14 and was organized by the officers and members of INSPIRE, the Upper School diversity club, with the help of Mr. Algrant, Upper School Principal; Mr. Carbon, Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs; and Ms. Gunaseharan, Director of Student Activities.

MS Welcomes Spring with Holi
The Middle School Holi celebration took place on March 12 as the Hindu festival actually fell on March 17th, the first Monday of Spring Break. This festival welcomes the spring season on the day after the full moon in February or March, while also honoring important events in Hindu mythology.

INSPIRE Multicultural Showcase This Friday!
To unofficially kickoff Spring Break, INSPIRE will hold its 4th annual Multicultural Showcase this Friday, featuring members of the Upper School community who are sharing "a cultural experience that would not normally be represented on [D-E's] stage—something outside the mainstream" - the first criteria for those who auditioned last week for this opportunity.

Model Congress Club Wins 1st Place, Welcomes Congressman Klein
The Dwight-Englewood Model Congress Club, under the leadership of president Edmund Janniger '14 and vice president Harrison Gordon ’14, had a successful appearance at Columbia University's Annual High School Model Congress Conference on March 1, 2014, placing 1st by winning the Award for Excellence and the Best Speaker Award, as well as achieving the passage of landmark legislation.

Debate Team Wins Again
Members of our D-E Debate Team made us proud once again.  At a recent match at Bergen Academies, students Noah Golub and Josh Davis took home first place team, first place speaker and second place speaker recogniition.  Click on the headline above to see a photo of the team with their Faculty Advisor, Ms. Weinstein, after their win.

D-EBaters Do Us Proud
Congratulations to our D-E Debate Team!  The team attended a debate at North Bergen High School earlier this week.  Josh Davis '14 provided the following recap: "[We] did really well at North Bergen this week, with both Krish Pamani '14 and Spencer Papay '15 taking home first place team.  D-E School [also] earned the top three speaker awards at the meet."

Model Congress Club to Welcome Congressman Klein This Friday
United States Congressman Herbert Klein is set to deliver the 2014 Dwight-Englewood Model Congress Club Distinguished Lecture. He will speak this Friday, February 14, in the Imperatore Library at 12:30 p.m.

Student Government Coffeehouse Tomorrow!
The Student Government is once again hosting a Coffeehouse for Upper School students to showcase their talents on the stage of Hajjar Auditorium at 7 p.m. tomorrow. Performances will include dance, song, and poetry. 

D-E Debate Team Wins 1st
Congratulations to our D-E Debate Team, for their recent 1st Place finish at the Bergen County Debate League tournament, held last week at Tenafly Middle School.  

Josh Davis '14, gave us this recap following the team's victory:  "D-E did very well at our meet; we had three teams go undefeated (4-0)  -- Krish Pamani/Spencer Papay, Joshua Popkin/Mike Chen, Noah Golub/me. Additionally, Noah Golub took second-place speaker, Joshua Popkin earned third-place speaker, and Noah Golub and I won first-place team. Teams Matthew Wang/Amy Wang and Julia Bront/Michelle Boukhover also had strong performances, beating some of the best teams in the league. This was an enormous accomplishment for us considering we went against some of our fiercest rivals in the county."

"Calliope" 2013 wins Gold Medalist Certificate
The 2013 edition of D-E's literary and arts magazine Calliope has won a Gold Medalist Certificate from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) in the "critique" phase of judging.

Model Congress Club Welcomes Congressman Zimmer
Congressman Dick Zimmer served as the 2013 Dwight-Englewood Model Congress Club Distinguished Lecturer on November 22, 2013. It was standing room-only as Congressman Zimmer engaged in discussion with students, faculty and staff in Hulst House. The lecture was planned by Model Congress Club President Edmund J. Janniger '14, who gave the introductory remarks, with the assistance of the Club's Host Committee. Congressman Zimmer was also welcomed to campus by Upper School Principal Joseph W. Algrant.

Corey Johnson speaks about sexuality, HIV
At an Upper School assembly in October, the AIDS Awareness club and the Gay Straight Alliance teamed up to bring in NYC Councilman-elect Corey Johnson, who talked about being a gay man living with HIV.

"All Hands" on Staten Island with the Class of 2014
Last spring, the Class of 2014 organized a service trip to Staten Island with a group called All Hands to clean up/demolish/build/assist in relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. Twenty rising seniors participated, arriving at D-E at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 28, to travel together to Staten Island for the day.

Ethics Bowl Club participates in National High School Ethics Bowl
As previously reported in March, the inaugural year for D-E's Ethics Bowl Club brought the team to the National High School Ethics Bowl after qualifying in the sixth Annual High School Ethics Bowl at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken last December.

AIDS Awareness Participates in AIDS Walk 2013
Despite the rain, a team of 21 students, teachers and family/friends participated in the AIDS Walk New York 2013 on May 19th, led by the AIDS Awareness club.

Dress Drive Provides 30 Donations to Becca's Closet
From April 29 to May 6, several CODES members held a Dress Drive to gather donations for Becca's Closet, a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide formal wear to deserving high school students.

Spring Theatre 2013 Presents "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on May 24-25
D-E Spring Theatre, an entirely student-run production, proudly presents the comedic musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Hajjar Auditorium.  This year marks the 11th anniversary year of Spring Theatre, an annual D-E tradition!  

Together with their chosen cast and crew, the Spring Theatre Producer/Director handles literally all aspects of managing a theatrical production, including staging, costuming, marketing/promotions, ticket sales, financial budgeting and legal rights. Catherine Macleod Daigle '13, a D-E senior and this year’s Spring Theatre Producer/Director, selected “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” for this year’s production, a satirical musical surrounding the lively, challenging, and awkward competition at a county spelling bee. Click on the news headline link above for more show details and to order tickets online!

Day of Silence Shows LGBT Support
April 19th was the National Day of Silence, "a student-let action where concerned students take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment experienced by LGBT students," according to the Day's sponsor, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

HOPE Fashion Show on Sat., May 11 to Benefit "Shelter Our Sisters"
Join us this Saturday, May 11, when the D-E Upper School Club HOPE ("Helping Out People Everywhere") holds their 4th Annual Fashion Show!  The event is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. in Hajjar Auditorium, located on the 2nd floor of the Klein Campus Center on the D-E campus.  Click on the link above for more event details and ticket information. 

THIS SATURDAY 4/27 - Carnival and Coffeehouse on Leggett Field!
On Saturday, come back to campus for two NEW events sure to boost your weekend -- the Spring Carnival followed by Project Ourway: Iced Coffeehouse Edition!

AIDS Awareness hosts "Voices & Choices" Week and Dinner/Live Concert Event
AIDS Awareness Club is hosting its annual week of educational seminars and a wrap-up dinner and concert event.  Click here for details or to purchase tickets please Email Jane Park, Faculty Advisor, at parkj1@d-e.org.

2012-'13 Clubs & Activities Schedule Now Available
Meeting times for Upper School (US) clubs and activities are now confirmed!  Click here for the 2012-'13 D-E US clubs schedule.

2012-'13 Student Government Representatives
Congratulations to all the 2012-'13 D-E Upper School Student Government Representatives, and thank you to all who ran for election and made their remarks.  Please click here for the complete list in a downloadable PDF format.

MAGIC 2012 a Success!
The Upper School's annual competitive feats fest known simply as "MAGIC" was once again a resounding indoor success in the Large Gym of Modell's Sports Complex, despite extremely wet weather outside. Click here for more about the 2012 Michael A. Glowski Intramural Competition (MAGIC) event.

"Plaza Suite" Student-Run Dinner Theater is May 25-26
An annual performing arts event, D-E Dinner Theater will take place this weekend, Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26 in Hajjar Auditorium. An entirely student-directed production, Dinner Theater this year features the popular Neil Simon play, Plaza Suite.

slamD-E is a Poetry Slam Dunk
slamD-E, Dwight-Englewood School's 1st Annual Poetry Slam Invitational, was held at the Bergen Performing Arts Center's Drapkin Cabaret Room on May 14th. The open mic for students ages 14 through 18 featured seven Upper School students, as well as one student from the Bergen County Academies (BCA): Rachna Agarwal '12, Victoria Azcuy '12, Daniel Garcia '13, Austin James '13, Avery Landau '13, Eric Miller '13, Kira Tsougarakis '14, and Daneile Scott of BCA.

"The slam was an amazing night full of poetry where students and teachers were encouraged to share pieces that were meaningful to them,
" explains Garcia, who also served as the event emcee. "It was an intimate experience where the Bergen PAC acted as a safe space for every voice. Furthermore, the real message of the evening stemmed from the word's ability to make a difference. Despite a small crowd and small space, each piece served as a medium for the poet to convey a part of his/her soul... [which] was appreciated by everyone in the audience."

Kudos to CODES
Here's to CODES (Community Outreach by Dwight-Englewood School)! Their recent Car Wash raised money to Shelter Our Sisters, an organization that supports victims of domestic violence in Bergen County.

AIDS Awareness Club Walks, Raises $1500
D-E's AIDS Awareness Club sponsored a ten-member team to walk in today's AIDS Walk NY. Our D-E walkers were among the 45,000 people walking to raise money this year. The D-E Team raised more than $1,500. Online donations will continue to be accepted through June by going to http://aidswalknewyork2012; the D-E team number is 1011.  Questions may be directed to Club's faculty advisor Jane Park at parkk1@d-e.org.

H.O.P.E. Fashion Show a Hit; Haitian Hospital Benefits

Article contributed by Francesca Huttle '13

On April 28th, a Dwight-Englewood club, H.O.P.E (Helping Out People Everywhere), hosted its third annual fashion show benefit. This year, all proceeds went to the Hospital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti. Hospital Sacre Coeur is the sister hospital to Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ. The club unanimously voted to help this specific charity and has been working hard since February to raise awareness of the effects of the 2011 Haitian earthquake.

To raise awareness around the school, the club posted facts about the effects of the Haitian Earthquake and also served Haitian food in the cafeteria to help spread the word about the annual fashion show. Presidents Laurie Temiz and Gillian Garcia, along with faculty advisor Eileen Feikans, led the club in creating a very successful fashion show.

The fashion show itself contained many elements to make the night worthwhile, from great clothing, dancing, and guest speaker Dr. David Butler; a liaison with Hospital Sacre Coeur, the club raised over $1,300. Clothes were modeled by our very own Dwight-Englewood students, and these clothes were donated from Bloomingdales, Society of Men, and Medici. As for the dance element, a group of dancers from Beyond Dance at Bergen PAC performed a Caribbean style dance in spirit of the Haitian theme.

Overall, the fashion show’s success this year has amazingly exceeded others in the past!  The club hopes to hosts another fashion show next spring and raise money and awareness for yet another worthy cause.

Project Ourway Entertains, and Inspires

This article contributed by Jamie Dalgleish '13.

Dwight-Englewood’s Upper School club Promotional Arts Society (P.A.S.) recently hosted its annual event, Project Ourway, to an appreciative crowd of friends and family in Hajjar Auditorium.   Project Ourway is a showcase of student artwork ranging from videos to spoken word poetry and musical performances. This year’s event held up to tradition, presenting a series of intriguing segments, including:

>  A rendering of Crazy sung by Simona Greenberg accompanied by fellow Sophomore Heather Braverman on guitar
> “Explosive Hands of Fearful Joy” & “Head” -- videos by Senior Sam Leung
>  Senior Rachna Agarwal reciting an untitled spoken word poem
>  Junior Eric Miller performing an original song on piano and voice called The One That Got Away
>  An Inception-esque  “Coop Fantasy” video showing by student group M.A.N. Productions
>  Junior Avery Landau reciting “A Poem”, an original love poem
>  Phoebe Mattana’15 singing  Breakeven, accompanied by Peter Jyk ‘12 on guitar
>  Julia Brice ’14 reciting an original poem “Let it Burn”
>  "Valerie”, a video by JAG Productions featuring Upper School student Gina Marie Enriquez singing the song Valerie
Jesus Take the Wheel, sung in harmony by Seniors Carolyn Wright and Kelly Goodfellow
>  Sophomore Zander Androulidakis reciting an original piece of writing, “The Concert”
Bridge Over Troubled Waters, sung by Julia Feikens ’14
>  Julia Bront performing an original monologue, “The Mind of a Girl”
>  Senior and Student Body President Artoun Festekjian performing an original spoken word essay, “Who are you?”, citing that your decisions define you
>  Dan Shlien ’14 performing the song I Need a Dollar
>  Sam Leung ’12 sharing her original piece, “It Would be like my Heart”
Hallelujah, performed by Heather Braverman ’14 and Senior Alex Koren on voice and guitar, respectively
An outstanding video, “Photo Music”  from student group BAD Productions: Avery Landau ’13 Denver Cohen ’13 and Bryan Rubin ’14, incorporating sounds made by everyday objects into a catchy beat which was then formed into a song of sorts.
>  An untitled video by D-E visual artist and senior Anna Karpman

Lastly, Dan Garcia ’13, Austin James ’13, and Carolyn Wright ’12 performed an original spoken word with interjections of Adele’s Someone Like You,  sung by Wright; the title of their piece is “Someone Like You”.

In addition to the above performances, students' visual art pieces were posted, and refreshments were provided by P.A.S.  The free admissions event did have a suggested donation, for which in exchange appreciative "donors" were given free bubbles to blow.

Silver Crown Award Presented to Calliope

Students who served on the editorial staff of the 2010-'11 issue of Calliope, the D-E student literary magazine, were given the distinctive honor recently of receiving a prestigious  Silver Crown Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

A total of 1,351 newspapers, magazines, and yearbooks published during the 2010-'11 academic year were eligible in the 2012 Crown Awards program.  The grand total of 204 Crowns consists of (only) 56 magazines, 56 newspapers, and 92 yearbooks.  The 2011 editorial staff of Calliope, which included Michelle Aboodi '12, Nicole Brosnan '12, Victoria Ngo '12, and Serena Solin '12, were recognized along with their faculty advisor and D-E Librarian Steve Petkus, at the 88th annual CSPA's Spring Convention at Columbia University in New York.

Aboodi noted, "Having the opportunity to receive the (Silver Crown) and attend the ceremony was a rewarding and beneficial experience. At the award ceremony, we were able to see parts of other newspapers, yearbooks, and literary magazines. Coming together to see these other works, gave us new ideas to improve our magazine. The evaluation from the judges helps us throughout the process of creating the magazine this year. We look to their comments to better the layout and the content of Calliope. We hope to continue to progress as a notable and unique magazine!"

Steve Petkus shared this enthusiastic comment: "I'm totally thrilled for Michelle, Nicole, Victoria, and Serena, for all staff members on last year's magazine, and for all the students whose original writing and art appeared in the 2011 issue. In its 54-year history, Calliope has received a handful of national Crown awards, the most recent dating to the mid-1990s. This Silver Crown honors the truly vibrant tradition of innovative art and writing we have at D-E."

For a link to the online CSPA magazine "In Their Voices" -- which includes two excerpts of work in the Silver Crown Award-winning 2011 Calliope -- click here.

"Critical Mass" Robotics Team Wins Judges Award at NY State Championships
Dwight-Englewood’s Robotics team, 207 Critical Mass, ended its current season on a high note, competing at the New York State Championship in late March on the eve of D-E's Spring Break.   The 2011-'12 season was Critical Mass’s best yet, with a record-high number of 25 members, and having attended several scrimmages and championships. D-E Robotics was just one of four teams from New Jersey at the New York Championships, at which 72 teams competed. 

Calling the New York Championships "intense", Robotics Team Co-President Spencer Papay shared the following summary:

"Throughout the day, Critical Mass attracted judges, other teams, as well as guests to its “pit area,” displaying the team’s accomplishments on an interactive touch screen. When Critical Mass’s robot went head-to-head with other teams’ robots, it performed consistently well. Critical Mass was the only team in New York and New Jersey to utilize a telescopic pole to complete tasks and this caught the eyes of many, including judges and other teams. Critical Mass walked away from the event in 18th in the division and with the Judges Award – one of five prestigious awards handed out. The Judges Award was given to Critical Mass for “being a consistent leader and mentor, having an extremely organized and well documented Engineering Notebook, as well as using creative, innovative, and effective designs.”

The team was also a runner up for the Rockwell Collins Innovate Award which required the team to have a robot that is “elegant and unique in its design, that performs reliably” and the submission of a strong Engineering Notebook.

Dr. Marco Pagnotta, the team's advisor and Science Department faculty member, said that Critical Mass demonstrated "innovation, dedication and a desire to learn", adding that he could not have been more proud of all the students participating. 

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Middle and Upper School Clubs and Activiiies
  • ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
  • AIDS Awareness
  • All Mountain Club
  • Animal Rights Awareness
  • Amnesty International
  • App Design Club
  • Calliope (literary magazine)
  • Chemistry Olympics
  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Culture Club
  • Classics Club
  • C.O.D.E.S. (Community Outreach at D-E)
  • Computer Science Club
  • Dance Club
  • D-ESPN (D-E athletics promotion)/D-E Sports Friends
  • D-E's Closet
  • D-E Med (for students interested in pursuing medicine)
  • Debate
  • D.E.F.A.C. (D-E Fights Against Cancer)
  • Demand
  • Diabetes Awareness
  • Dumbledore's Army
  • Dwight Mix (a capella group)
  • Ethics Bowl
  • Extreme Sports Club
  • FED Challenge
  • The Flea (satirical newspaper)
  • Gender & Sexuality Association
  • H.O.P.E. (Helping Out People Everywhere)
  • I.D.E.A. (Integrating D-E and the Arts)
  • I.N.S.P.I.R.E. (Introducing New Solutions to Promote Integrity & Respect Everywhere)
  • J.A.D.E. (Jewish Awareness at D-E)
  • Jazz Rock Ensemble
  • Juggling Club
  • Korean Culture Club
  • Math Club
  • Mock Trial
  • M.O.D.E. (Musicians of D-E)
  • Model Congress
  • Model United Nations
  • My Mind Matters
  • Parnassus (language magazine)
  • Philosophy Club
  • Photo Club
  • Promotional Arts Society
  • Puzzles Club
  • Robotics Team
  • Special Olympics
  • Spectrum (Upper School newspaper)
  • Stage Crew
  • Stock Market Club
  • Student Government
  • Table to Table
  • Teens Connecting Communities (TCC)
  • Tour Guides – Admissions Ambassadors
  • Women in Technology
  • Women's Empowerment Club
  • Yearbook