Activities & Clubs
- Amnesty International
- Club of Applied Sciences
- Environmental Action Group
- F-STAND (Foote Students Stand Against Negativity and Discrimination)
- Foote Steps
- Jazz-Rock Ensemble
- Model Congress
- Foote School Orchestra
- Community Council
Our campus chapter of Amnesty International works to promote and defend the human rights of people all the over world. Open to grades 6 through 9, the group meets once a week to write letters on behalf of people who are prisoners of conscience. It also works to raise funds to support the organization's worldwide humanitarian efforts. Our combined efforts have resulted in the release of prisoners, the preservation of life and the reunification of families.
Faculty Advisors: Sally Nunnally, Cindy Raymond
The Foote School Chorus is a singing ensemble for students in grades 6 through 9. Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience level. The Chorus fosters school spirit and a sense of community by making music together and singing a wide variety of genres and styles. The Chorus performs at major assemblies throughout the year and meets Tuesdays at 2:15 p.m. in room A101.
Faculty Advisor: Deadra Hart
The Club of Applied Sciences focuses on computers and the software that makes them work. Students explore the basics of computer programming, including making Mac programs and iOS apps, with additional topics based on club members’ interests. The club is open to grades 7 through 9, and no prior experience with programming is necessary. It meets Tuesdays at 2:15 in the Middle School technology lab.
Faculty Advisor: Drew Sweet
Drama gives seventh and eighth graders the opportunity to be part of a full-length play as actors, crew members, light and sound-board operators or production stage managers. Participants improve their acting skills and have fun being part of a major production in Foote’s black box theater. Plays are drawn primarily from the canon of American theater and recent productions have included The Mousetrap, Treasure Island and one-act plays by Chekhov, A.A. Milne, Moliere and Lucille Fletcher.
Faculty Advisor: Julian Schlusberg
Environmental Action Group raises awareness about environmental challenges and how the school community can work toward solving them. The group sponsors a range of activities—from the Dark Day of Enlightenment and movie afternoons to neighborhood cleanups and school recycling initiatives—developing students advocacy and leadership skills. EAG is responsible for leading the annual Earth Day Assembly and selecting a recipient for Foote’s Environmental Stewardship Award.
Faculty Advisors: Kim Birge-Liberman, John Cunningham, Kelly Small
F-STAND spreads the message of the importance of being kind and inclusive and treating others with respect. The group is open to grades 7 through 9, and its goal is twofold: to help spread a positive message throughout the school and make Foote an even better place; and to encourage everyone in our community to grow in their understanding of differences of sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic situation, ability and family structure. F-STAND helps students and faculty to become more aware through initiatives in the Lower and Middle Schools that promote inclusivity. The group meets weekly to discuss topics such as stereotypes, prejudice, and identity, as well as current events and school issues. Club members are invited to apply to attend the Student Diversity Leadership Conference in their 9th grade year. All students are encouraged to attend the CAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference in April. F-STAND meets in the Harkness Room.
Faculty Advisors: Carol Maoz, Megan Williams, Kossouth Bradford
Footenotes is the school’s literary magazine and welcomes students in grades 6 through 9 who enjoy sharing and promoting student poetry, prose and artwork. Members of the Footenotes editorial staff review literary submissions from all grades. They read, discuss and select pieces of publication, and put together the magazine for publication in the spring. Footenotes has existed as a student-run publication at Foote School since 1931.
Faculty Advisor: Susan Neitlich
Foote Steps, the school’s yearbook, is created by a hardworking group of 8th and 9th graders. Working in small teams that take responsibility for particular sections — sports, activities, faculty, etc.—students take photos and use a desktop publishing program to design pages that create a representation of our school year.
Faculty Advisors: TBA
The Foote School Jazz-Rock Ensemble is a truly creative "fusion" group. The band consists of instrumentalists and singers in grades 6 through 9 who love to make music and perform at school gatherings. Rehearsals involve improvisation and student input, resulting in encouraging collaborations that are energizing and fun. The ensemble meets Wednesdays at 2:15 p.m. in the Twichell Room.
Faculty Advisor: Max Heath
Students in MathCounts work together to solve challenging math problems and prepare for competition with schools around Connecticut. The club offers students in grades 6 through 8 a fun way to enrich math skills and learn new methods of problem solving. Each December, there is a school MathCounts competition, and the top 10 finishers are selected to compete in a regional championship at Yale. From there, high performing students can go on to state and national finals. In the past two years, Foote has finished first and second in the state MathCounts competition. The club meets Thursdays at 2:15 p.m., and one Saturday a month, in the Twichell Room.
Advisors: Megan Williams, John Hay, Andrew Metrick
Model Congress (Sturley Room on Monday flextime) is the place where 7th-9th graders learn to argue more effectively (read on….) Students learn about formal debate structure and then research and draft a bill for debate at the Packer Collegiate School’s Model Congress in New York City in May. Through this activity, students learn about the formation of US law, develop a greater understanding of causes they believe in, and begin to feel more empowered as emerging citizens. Students experience stimulating interactions and form friendships with other model congress participants from the metropolitan New York area.
Faculty Advisors: Liam Considine, Mike McCabe
The Foote School Orchestra is open to students in grades 4 through 9 who play a string, woodwind, or brass instrument. The Orchestra learns and prepares music for a variety of school performances throughout the year. The director is professional violinist Yaira Matyakubova, a member of the Music Haven string quartet. Orchestra meets Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m. in the Twichell Room.
Faculty Advisor: Yaira Matyakubova
SPI is the school’s student-run newspaper. Student staff members and faculty advisors meet every Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. in the Middle School technology lab. SPI members hone interviewing, writing and storytelling skills while producing editorials, interviews, surveys, sports columns, videogame reviews, photography, cartoons, recipes and puzzles. SPI is published several times each semester for the school community.
Faculty Advisors: Ozler Kayaarasi, Lara Anderson
The Community Council is an open organization for students in grades 6 through 9. The study body partners with the faculty and administration on a variety of initiatives. In addition, the group plans and executes activities for the Middle School and larger school community.
Faculty Advisors: Laura Stanley, Trevor Rosenthal