Clubs & Activities

Clubs and extra-curricular activities present students with opportunities to explore a variety of interests, develop talents, practice leadership, and work together toward common goals. Offerings vary by year and may include any of the following.

Art Club
Chess Club
Forum
Frisbee Golf
Garage Band
Green Team
Improv Club
KICS (Kodiaks Investing in the Community through Service)
Kodiak Spirit Club
Matchwits
Model United Nations
National Honor Society
Poetry Club
Robotics Team
Technology Club
Ultimate Frisbee
Upstagers
World Cultures
Yearbook

Art Club

This club aims to promote and support opportunities for participation, constructive feedback and self-expression through art. It is open to all students, regardless of their enrollment in a CSS visual art class in any given semester, and meets weekly. Students benefit from Visiting Artists, who host gallery talks and workshops at CSS. In addition, club participants are tasked with producing artworks both for the greater Colorado Springs community and for exchange programs with institutions nationwide. A fundamental part of the School community, Art Club sponsors a variety of booths – ranging from face-painting and caricature drawing to balloon-tying and splatter painting – at CSS's annual Carnival each fall. Members also offer face-painting at Kodiak sporting events and provide support during CSS theatre productions and the annual Gala & Auction each spring.

Chess Club

Chess Club enables students to sharpen their minds and chess-playing skills through learning and teaching others. The club also provides opportunities for students to make friends.

Forum

Forum meets weekly as a student government body to facilitate social and service activities in the Upper School community. It makes recommendations to the Upper School Division Director on policies affecting students and approves special activities. Membership consists of the President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the student body (elected by the entire community), Class Presidents and Vice Presidents (elected by class members), and two faculty sponsors. A Spirit Coordinator may also be appointed by the Forum President as a non-voting member of Forum.

Frisbee Golf

Frisbee Golf – a combination of both frisbee and golf – gets students outdoors for an original, fun sport with peers. Previous skills are not required to participate.

Garage Band

Students in Garage Band are encouraged to tap into their inner rockstar. Whether a musician who plays guitar, drums, bass or piano, or an aspiring songwriter, students of all shapes and talents are welcome to join in on the fun. In addition to practicing on their own, students in Garage Band meet weekly to jam, create, and feed off of one another's musical energy. Each year, Band members put together a performance-worthy set list to share their passion for music with the entire CSS community.

Green Team

The Green Team exists to promote environmentalism at CSS through a variety of service projects focused on sustainability, conscientious consumption and eco-awareness. Past and ongoing Green Team projects include improving waste reduction in the Maytag Dinging Hall, initiating a campus-wide composting program, supporting the ongoing development and maintenance of CSS garden. While the Green Team meeting schedule is more flexible than other clubs, members are expected to utilize their own time to design and contribute to club projects, and to perform community service.

Improv Club

The Improv Club at The Colorado Springs School offers a fun venue for students to relieve stress through laughing, enhance their critical thinking skills via on-the-spot acting and make friends while on stage.

KICS (Kodiaks Investing in the Community through Service)

KICS, also known as Kodiaks Investing in the Community through Service, strives to make a difference. KICS is a student-run, philanthropic club that donates thousands of dollars each year to worthy causes and nonprofit organizations throughout the community. To raise funds, KICS runs all aspects of concession stands available at Kodiak athletic events, sells flowers on major holidays, and holds other small fundraisers. Each year, the club discusses new ways to help the community as well as improve its fundraising efforts.

Kodiak Spirit Club

Nothing says community quite like School spirit! Participants in the Kodiak Spirit Club can be found cheering on their friends and classmates from the stands during athletic competitions and more.

Matchwits

Matchwits challenges students to demonstrate knowledge across a variety of subjects. Competing in a quiz show atmosphere against various schools from around the State, students are challenged to answer questions pertaining to history, biology, math, geography, literature, astronomy, geology, and more.

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (UN) provides students with resources for finding diplomatic solutions to the world's problems through the art of debate and peaceful conflict resolution. In Model UN, students have a chance to participate in tournaments both around the State of Colorado and nation. During competitions, students assume the role of ambassadors from UN member states and successfully debate significant global issues. Students make speeches, prepare resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the conference rules of procedure, all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect countries all around the world.

National Honor Society

The Ursa Major Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is a club that recognizes those CSS juniors and seniors who demonstrate superior scholarship, outstanding character, dedicated service, and inspiring leadership in the School community and beyond. Following a bi-annual selection process, NHS members participate in weekly meetings meant to build character, develop solid leadership skills, and plan service projects.

Poetry Club

Poetry Club is for students wishing to explore the creation of poetry in many different forms and for many occasions. Students work both on individual pieces and with other club members. Together, they produce the School’s art journal, Muse of Fire, each May. The Poetry Club also hosts an annual Halloween costume contest, usually based on a literary theme or concept.

Robotics Team

The CSS Robotics Team presents students with an engineering challenge in the form of a game. Students use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches, and Skills Challenges. No prior robotics construction or programming experience is necessary to join the team. Students may also earn an activity credit for their participation in Robotics.

Technology Club

The Technology Club is for students with a desire to explore different avenues of technology such as programming, virtual reality, 3D modeling and printing, and non-competitive robotics. Utilizing resources in CSS's Innovation Lab, the focus of this club and the projects it completes are based on the efforts and interests of members year over year.

Ultimate Frisbee

Not to be confused with Frisbee Golf, Ultimate Frisbee provides opportunities for students to enjoy outdoor fun with friends while honing their skills in one of the fastest growing team sports in America. Through Ultimate Frisbee practices and local competitions, students enhance their athletic abilities, strategy planning, and sportsmanship skills. They also build a sense of community, integrity, and conflict management through self-officiated competition.

Upstagers

Lights, Camera, Action! Upstagers are official members of the International Thespian Society, Troupe #2991. The Upstagers drama club seeks to facilitate an appreciation for the art of drama and to better understand the business of theatre here at CSS. Upstagers provide critical support for the School's drama department, including box office assistance, public relations, house management, lighting and sound, stagecraft, costuming and design, stage management, acting, and performance venues, during two major Upper School productions each year. They also participate in a competition in Denver – with areas of focus ranging from acting, singing and dancing to technical theater and directing. Finally, students have the opportunity to audition for an annual All State Play performed at each Thespian Convention.

World Cultures

The World Cultures Club strives to promote student awareness and appreciation for the diverse cultures and heritages that make up our School and greater community. Participants are tasked with developing activities and events that highlight the various cultures of our International and American students. Sharing food, holiday traditions, pop culture, and thoughts on current events (to name a few) students are able to discover both the uniqueness and commonalities among different groups, and to view life from another's perspective.

Yearbook

Using traditional and digital photographic techniques, students create the School's 200+ page yearbook, Et Apres, annually. With help from a Yearbook advisor, they learn professional graphics software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and PageMaker, and sell advertising to subsidize printing costs.