Student Life

Clubs And Organizations

Dana students join, lead and love dozens of clubs. There are several staples that continue from year to year, but the list changes to reflect student interest.   

UPPER SCHOOL CLUBS

 
  • Big Sister/Little Sister: A program that coordinates a group of current students to act as “big sisters” to incoming students. Each returning student is paired with a new Upper School student – both new to Dana Hall and from Dana Hall’s Middle School – who has similar interests. Big Sisters serve as a resource by contacting students before the school year begins and during orientation activities. The pair will have an ongoing relationship throughout the year.
  • Blue Key: A student organization that works closely with the Admission Office giving campus tours to prospective students and their families. Blue Key members provide visitors with a student perspective and act as a resource for the community.
  • BRIDGE: A gay/straight/bisexual/transgender alliance committed to bridging the gaps of ignorance
    and fear that divide us by providing education to the school community and a forum for discussion and support of issues such as homophobia, oppression, and sexism.
  • Community Service Advisory Board: A club that meets regularly to discuss, facilitate and implement Community Service programs, projects and events. Members of the Community Service Advisory Board apply to be on the board and take initiative of projects throughout the year that involve the entire Dana Hall Community. The board not only educates the community about issues that need attention but also organize efforts to get involved. Through drives, fundraising,
    participation in walks, and involvement in numerous charities, the Community Service Advisory Board works together to include the Dana Hall student body to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
  • Captains' Club: Dana Hall's spirit club that helps to unify and energize the student body for pep rallies and sporting events.  
  • Disciplinary Committee: A committee of students and adults who address violations of school rules and regulations.
  • Entrepreneurship Club: A club for students who have any level of interest in entrepreneurship. Whether students want to learn about entrepreneurship, are considering entrepreneurship as a possible avenue for themselves, or just enjoy good discussions, this club has something for everyone! Every other week, during club meeting time, students can be found strategizing and coming up with a product idea based on a prompt, analyze Shark Tank videos, and practice making and critiquing pitches for an audience.
  • Focus: School yearbook
  • Fusion: Dana Hall’s Christianity Club. The name Fusion reflects the Club’s mission to bring together Christians of many different backgrounds and beliefs, as well as people of all faiths who are interested in talking about religion. Fusion is a place for Christians to share their religious beliefs and traditions, and to bring people together across religious differences to learn what Christianity is about and the different ways people practice their Christian faith around the world.
  • Girl Up Club: A United Nations'-based, international organization that encourages girls to take charge of advancing women's and girls' rights. With an emphasis on girls' education, empowerment and leadership, Girl Up clubs strive to change the world one girl at a time. Dana Hall's Girl Up program was initially created as a sister program with the Girl Up club at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. We engage in community education, fundraisers and activities that highlight women's issues.
  • Gospel Choir: Gives students the opportunity to learn, perform, and enjoy gospel music
  • Green Team (Environmental Club): Dedicated to educating the Dana Community about issues relating to the environment.
  • Green Team (Environmental Club): Dedicated to educating the Dana Community about issues relating to the environment. A key focus of the club is recycling in the Upper School.
  • Hallmanac: Offers the opportunity for students to write articles for the Hallmanac, Dana Hall’s newspaper. Check them out online!
  • International Student Association (ISA): Supports international students and educates the Dana Hall community about different cultures.
  • Kesher: A Jewish Student Youth Group where members are involved in community service projects as well as activities that encourage Jewish learning and thought.
  • Mirage: Dana’s Literary Magazine. Check out the Mirage!
  • Model UN: Teaches students to prepare for and participate in debate competitions in New England and throughout the US.
  • Peer Education: A component of Dana Hall’s Health Education Program where Dana students tutor/teach other students and facilitate student/parent education nights.
  • Proctors: Students who provide leadership in the dorms.
  • Salaam: A group that educates students about Islam and supports Muslim students at Dana Hall
  • SHADES (Sisters Honoring All Diasporas & Enlightening Society): Dana’s multicultural awareness club, organized to give students a forum to discuss events and issues, and provide education that relates to multiculturalism.
  • STAR Club: Provides an opportunity for students to step into leadership roles and to create a philanthropic culture in support of the School. By being involved with on-campus alumnae events, students engage and network directly with alumnae. In addition to creating an awareness of how the Alumnae Relations and Development Office functions, students also benefit by learning the history of the School and the importance of staying connected to the School throughout their lifetime.
  • Student Activities: Works with the Student Activities Coordinator to help plan weekend activities
  • Student Council: Elected officials who serve and empower the student body

STUDENT INITIATED CLUBS
Students are encouraged to propose new clubs if they have a particular area of interest they would like to share with the community. Some examples of recent student-initiated clubs: A Capella Group, Debate Club, Psychology Club, STEMinist Club, Humans of Dana Hall.

Middle School Club

Middle School club offerings can vary annually. Each year, Middle School students and teachers collaborate to explore new possibilities and club offerings. 
  • Art Club: Students will participate in art service projects to enhance our school, including painting our Gaga Pit, painting frames to showcase Middle School artwork and creating a mixed media color wheel for the art classroom.
  • BookLove: BookLove is a club for sharing a love of books and reading. We will be discussing our favorites and preparing book talks to present to the Middle School at Morning Meeting.
  • Garden Club: Students will harvest food from our Community Garden and prepare the beds for a long winter’s nap.
  • Jr. STEMinist Club: Using BOSEbuild Speaker Cubes, students will be “Discovering Sound.” For their final design, they will customize their BOSEbuild Speaker Cubes and use the BOSE light and sound sensors to design and create a musical performance that best captures “The Sounds of Spring.”
  • Mandarin Club: Students will be exposed to Chinese culture with the Upper School Mandarin teacher by learning some language, calligraphy, dancing and Chinese crafts.
    • Model United Nations Club

      Model United Nations Club

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