Novi High School offers a wide variety of activities and clubs for students to participate in during the school year. All clubs and activities are included in the yearly $55 activity/club fee.
The Novi High School Band program consists of three concert band classes based on level of experience and performance (Concert Band, Symphony Band, and Wind Ensemble), Wildcat Marching Band, jazz ensemble, winter percussion, and winter guard. Students in Concert, Symphony, Wind Ensemble, and Jazz Ensemble classes will learn to perform with increasing levels of skills on their instruments in preparation for concert and festival performances throughout the year. Additionally, as members of the Wildcat Marching Band, students from all grades will develop contemporary marching techniques and explore a variety of musical literature. The Wildcat Marching Band combines music, art, theater and dance in the development of a competitive marching band production. Marching band students are involved in summer rehearsals and Band Camp in preparation for the fall performance season.
For more information about the Novi Bands, contact Mr. Diroff.
The choir program consists of Concert Choir (non-auditioned, 9th-12th grade Primary SATB), Chorale (auditioned, 9th-12th Intermediate SATB), Bella Voce (auditioned, 10th-12th grade Intermediate/Advanced SSAA), Novi Singers (auditioned, 10th-12th Advanced SSAATTBB), and Major VI (auditioned, 10th-12th grade pop a cappella). All four of our traditional choirs participated in MSVMA Choral Festival and are eligible to participate in MSVMA Honors Choir, Solo & Ensemble, and Musical Theatre Solo & Ensemble. Major VI annually competes in the International Competition of High School A cappella. Novi Singers and Major VI perform in many performances and gigs throughout the community. Students wishing to participate in choir must take it as a class for credit. There are no after-school choir clubs. For students wanting to be in an auditioned ensemble, they must audition in the spring of the previous school year. Students new to Novi may audition around the time they register for classes. Every other year, members of Bella Voce and Novi Singers are eligible to participate in our choir trip to New York City, where we perform at Carnegie Hall, or a trip of similar nature. For more information or if you have any questions, please refer to our course catalog or contact Ms. Schurig.
Beginning Dance I (No previous experience necessary)
Dance III (Intermediate Company)
Designed for the intermediate dance student, this course builds more advanced dance techniques and composition. This is a performance oriented course for the intermediate level dancer, providing students with a dance company experience. Students perform choreography by the program director and notable guest artists within departmental concerts, community events, competitions, and festivals. Students must be enrolled in two semesters for this course. Attendance at after school rehearsals and performances outside of class is required. Audition required.
Dance IV (Advanced Company)
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs to be career and college ready. Novi DECA is a co-curricular marketing organization that competes at the district, state and national level.
Registration for Novi DECA takes place in September. Students must be enrolled in one of the classes following each year to participate in Novi DECA:
- Marketing I
- Marketing: Sports Fashion & Entertainment
- Marketing: Store Operations
- IB Business Management HL Year 1
- IB Business Management HL Year II.
The Novi DECA Chapter limit is 175 and offers all events that compete at the district level. All events include a role-play simulation and test. Returning members in good standing have event preference. On average, there are eight required meetings/practice sessions a year. For more information contact Jodi Forster.
Over 400 students belong to HOSA, an organization for students who are interested in health careers. Students compete in various medical events at the regional, state, and international level. All Novi High School students are welcome. For additional information about individual HOSA events, check out the Michigan HOSA website.
Timeline/Practice Schedule: Informational meetings are held each September and students must register by the October deadline. Exact dates will be communicated to HOSA members. There are only a few mandatory meetings each year. Students can schedule their own additional times to study/practice in small groups.
For more information, contact advisor Emily Pohlonski.
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The orchestra program consists of Wildcat Orchestra (9th grade only), Concert Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonic Orchestra. Students wishing to participate in orchestra must take it as a class for credit. For students wanting to be in the Symphony or Philharmonic Orchestra, they must audition in the spring of the previous school year. Students new to Novi may audition around the time they register for classes. Additionally, the Philharmonic Orchestra students combine with Wind Ensemble students to play the masterworks of the symphonic repertoire. All orchestra students participate in Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association events including Band and Orchestra Festival and Solo and Ensemble Festival. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Mr. VanEizenga.
Students meet daily in class to collaboratively create award-winning articles, photos and designs for a Hall of Fame, student-run publication: The Wildcat Roar. Students will have special access to many athletic events and student performances as photographers and reporters, and will develop business skills through fundraising and working with advertisers to cover publishing costs. Journalists will use social media to inform the student body of breaking news through live updates while covering community and school events. The Wildcat Roar staffers will share their own ideas through opinions, articles and reviews, and represent the student voice through coverage relevant to the student body. Staffers have the opportunity to attend conferences in Michigan and out of state. Interested students should sign up to be in the Newspaper and Modern Media class - or stop by Room 120 to find out more.
- Art Club
- Creative Writing
- Diversity (Students Promoting Unity and Diversity)
- F.I.R.S.T. Robotics (Frog Force 503)
- Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
- Girls Who Code
- Legislative Debate
- Link Crew
- Model United Nations
- National Honor Society
- Quiz Bowl
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
- Science Olympiad
- Student Council
- Theatre Department
- Winter Guard
- Winter Percussion
Art Club meets on Thursdays in room 181 from 2:05-3:30 p.m. Art Club students experiment with a variety of mediums to create their student driven projects. This is an environment for students to relax and explore their creativity. Students are required to pay $10 for art supplies or a $2 drop in fee per session. A list of Art Club dates are posted in a showcase near room 181. If there are any questions, you can email Ms. Edmunds,
Novi Boardercross Club provides an opportunity for separate boys and girls teams to race on snowboards through a fun course at Mt. Brighton against teams from other schools. Participants can earn a varsity letter if they meet certain criteria. Boys and Girls Boardercross Club Teams may also qualify for one "away" meet at Alpine Valley each year. Novices are welcome, but some experience helps. Preseason training takes place in November and December, with practices and meets in January through mid-February. For more information, please contact Mr. Saxton.
Creative Writing Club will meet every other Tuesday in room 189 from 2-3 p.m. Creative Writing Club is for ALL students at ALL writing levels. At Creative Writing Club, students may improve their writing skills and gain more confidence as a writer. Students may respond to a prompt, participate in a game, read/watch mentor texts, or collaborate with peers. New members are always welcome, and students are encouraged to bring their friends. For more information, contact Mrs. Harrow.
Students Promoting Unity and Diversity tends to meet 1-2 Mondays per month to actively embrace the mission of equitable opportunities for all students. SPUD is dedicated to moving America closer to the ideals of democracy, equality, liberty, opportunity, and rights. SPUD hosts speakout sessions that cultivate student voice and empathetic listening. This hands-on club is honored to plan, organize, and implement the annual Dr. King Unity in the Community program every January. All students and staff are encouraged to get involved. Please contact Mr. Nuckolls for further details.
Frog Force is the Novi High School FIRST Robotics team. Each year, new members are invited to join the team during the summer and early fall to participate in orientation and training. Interested students are encouraged to join beginning in June. The team welcomes students in all grades in roles ranging from programming, CAD, build, finance, marketing, outreach, photography, videography, design and artwork, and more. Frog Force builds a new robot every year, competes, and performs outreach and community service year-round. Frog Force has advanced to the world championships nearly every year of its existence. To find out more, visit frogforce503.org or email email@example.com.
Forensics is competitive public speaking in a wide range of events. Students prepare and compete in one event throughout the season. Novi Forensics meets Tuesdays in room 208, from 2:10-3:10 p.m., once per month in October, November, December and January, and weekly beginning Feb. 4th for our competitive season. Competitions are on Saturdays from the end of February through the end of April. Students must audition before they can compete, and are encouraged to begin working on their pieces prior to February. For additional information, contact Ms. Szkrybalo or Ms. Hadley
French Club will meet one Thursday per month in room 247 from 2:10-3:10 p.m. Dates for 2019-2020 are: 9/19, 10/24, 11/21, 12/12, 1/16, 2/13, 3/26, 4/23, 5/14, 6/4. At French Club, students will learn about French culture, holidays, food, language, games and movies. For more information, contact Madame Miller.
Garden Club meets roughly once a month, typically on the first Tuesday of the month from 2:10-3:10 p.m. in room 190. Students learn about plants, gardening, ecosystems and more. Students spend time in the greenhouse planting, transplanting and maintaining a variety of vegetables and flowers. For more information please contact Mr. Ryan.
The Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) will meet on Thursdays in room 211 from 2:10-3:10 p.m. At the GSA club, students have discussions, plan events, support community events, and develop materials for awareness and acceptance. Students also prepare to present at State and local conferences on tolerance of differences and participate in community building exercises. For more information, contact Mrs. Taylor.
German Club meets approximately every other Thursday in room 233 from 2:05-3 p.m. Students learn about Germany and German culture, eat German food, watch films and TV shows in German (with English subtitles), watch German music videos, play trivia and board games from Germany, and create craft projects. Big annual events include: Oktoberfest, making gingerbread houses, pretzel baking, German classic film viewing, Fußball (soccer) match, and Game Day. For more information, contact Herr Baldwin.
The Girls Who Code Club will meet on Thursdays in room 252 from 2-3 p.m. Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does. At Girls Who Code meetings, members will explore coding in a fun and friendly environment. All students are welcome and no coding experience is necessary.
For more information, contact Mrs. Franchi.
Interact Club meets once a month in room 160 from 2:05-3:05 p.m. Interact Club works with Rotary Club to help better our community. Activities include making blankets for foster homes, making food for homeless and those in-need, making thank you cards and goodie bags for veterans on Veterans Day. For more information please contact Ms. Evans.
Japanese Club will meet once a month on Tuesdays from 2:10-3 p.m. in room 246 or 247. At Japanese Club, students learn about Japanese culture such as calligraphy, tea ceremony, cooking food like rice balls and Yakisoba noodles, anime, origami and the Japanese way of celebrating Halloween and Christmas, among others. Please contact Mrs. Rosen for more information.
Legislative Debate competes in a speaking competition with students from other schools in our area. Competitions take the form of a senate floor, with students arguing in affirmation or negation of proposed bills. Meetings are held in room 230 Mondays from 2:10-3:10 p.m., with competitions generally taking place every third Monday from 4-7:30 p.m. at select schools. Contact Mr. Dame for more information.
Link Crew is a nationally recognized organization whose sole purpose is to help freshmen feel more comfortable and to help them achieve success in their first year of high school. Students interested in becoming a Link Crew Leader may apply in the spring of their sophomore or junior year. Link Leader training and our main event, Link Crew "Welcome to the High School" Kickoff and Registration, take place at the end of August. Please contact Ms. Evans, Mrs. Jones, or Mrs. Pendergraff if you have any questions.
Math Club is an opportunity for students to participate in mathematics competitions at the state and national levels. We offer the opportunity to participate in the Michigan Math Prize Competition (MMPC), Michigan Mathematics League (MML), and the American Mathematics Competition (AMC). Qualifying participants may be invited to participate in additional rounds of testing. Dates are set by the competition organizers each year. For more information and a list of competition dates and locations, please contact Mrs. Brach.
Model United Nations club will meet every other Monday after school in room 209. In Model U.N., students will learn about international politics by simulating the United Nations. We compete in various conferences with students from all over the state of Michigan and Midwest. Students will build their public speaking, reading, writing, researching and networking skills through their participation in Model U.N.
For more information, contact Mr. Scobie.
National Honor Society will meet the second Tuesday of each month at 6:45 a.m. in Lecture Area A. National Honor Society focuses on 4 key areas: leadership, service, scholarship, and character. Students can apply for membership in their Sophomore year. Please contact Ms. Tobis for more information.
Quiz Bowl meets on Tuesdays in room 244 from 2:05-3:30 p.m. with additional practice sessions after school on Thursday for Varsity team members only. Quiz Bowl is an academic trivia competition and Novi competes against other schools in our league with the opportunity to advance to Nationals Level Competition. Tryouts for this No-Cut team take place in late September and our season lasts until mid-February. Varsity competitors will continue through May if qualified for Nationals. For more information, contact Coach Abel or Assistant Coach Crossley.
Recycle Club has over 150 members/volunteers who participate in recycling at the high school every Wednesday. There is a team of officers who manage the weekly routines and work on the school recycling initiatives year to year. Students are assigned to routes within the school and usually stay for 30 minutes (2:00-2:30 p.m.) after school, once a week. Contact Mrs. Herbert in room 169 for more information.
SADD stands for Students Against Destructive Decision. The group meets monthly to connect and plan activities around making good decisions for health and well-being. For more information, contact Ms. Ebel.
The Science Olympiad team will participate in rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of team events, which students prepare for during the year. These challenging events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics and technology. Furthermore, the events are strongly aligned with the National Science standards. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science concepts, process skills and science applications. All events require teamwork, group planning and cooperation. The emphasis is on learning, participation, interaction, having fun and developing team spirit. Participation varies from year to year, but is usually around 15-25 students. For more information, contact Mr. Di Dio.
The Spanish Club meets once a month in Room 247 (unless noted) from 2:05-2:45 p.m. We welcome all students at Novi High School! We enjoy practicing Spanish and learning more about the diverse Spanish and Latin American cultures. Contact Ms. Schaefer for more information.
Remaining schedule for 2019-2020 (Dates subject to change)
- Monday, Dec. 16, Cultural presentation
- Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, Cultural presentation
- Monday, Feb. 10, Cultural presentation
- Monday, Mar. 2, Cultural presentation
- Monday, Mar. 30, Cultural presentation
- Monday, April 20, Cultural presentation
- Monday, May 4, Cultural presentation
- Monday, June 1, The garden outside daycare center (weather permitting)
Student Council will meet twice monthly with their class (date and time varies) and weekly on Fridays (date and time varies) in room 160. As a Student Council member/representative, students can give ideas about school activities, and help plan and implement a variety of events throughout the year! For more information contact Mrs. Schypinski.
This social-issue based theatre troupe was founded in 2003. Made up of students in grades 10-12 who write their own material, Awkward Pause produces a style of theatre that includes both performance and conversation with the audience. The troupe performs annually for each grade at the high school, and often goes on tour to other high schools and within the Novi community. Auditions are held in late May or early June each year.
Produced in April, the final show of the season includes extensive collaboration with the other departments in the performing arts wing, and is a chance for Theatre students to expand their knowledge into other areas. Depending on the show, production work and auditions begin any time between mid-January and late February.
Produced in both January and February, the one act is the Department's annual entry into the Michigan Interscholastic Forensic Association's annual one act competition. Shows can be both plays and musicals, and rotate between serious and comedic every other year. When traveling for competition, students have the opportunity to see shows from other schools and get to know the students from those shows. Production work and auditions typically begin in late November or early December.
The Thespian/Drama Club serves as both a place for more theatrical opportunity and to support the productions. Members meet once per month, usually on the first Tuesday of the month. Members of the club can attend the State Thespian Festival, which is two days of workshops, performances, and adjudication of individual events; qualify at the State Thespian Festival for the Michigan Youth Arts Festival; take part in fundraisers for support of the Department; and earn points throughout the year toward induction into the International Thespian Society, a Varsity letter, and other honors.
Contact Ms. McKaig for more information, after first reviewing the various department opportunities above.
For all of activities listed above, there is a Novi Creative Arts Collaborative bulletin board between the Black Box and Choir Room at the High School that is updated with pertinent information throughout the year.
Novi Winter Guard is an extracurricular activity in the Novi Band Program open to all interested students in grades 9-12 who are interested in developing color guard skills used in the Wildcat Marching Band, including elements of dance and the use of flags and other equipment. Winter guard aids in continuing students’ color guard development between marching band seasons. NWG begins in November, following the marching band season, and typically ends in April, with rehearsals 2-3 times per week and competitions on Saturdays or Sundays from February through the end of the season. For more information about Novi Winter Guard, contact Mr. Diroff.
Novi Winter Percussion is an extracurricular music activity in the Novi Band Program, open to all interested music students in grades 9-12, and is comprised of common marching and concert percussion instruments, including piano and bass guitar. Winter percussion aids in continuing students’ development on marching instruments between marching band seasons. Novi Winter Percussion begins in November, following the marching band season, and typically ends in April, with rehearsals 2-3 times per week and competitions on Saturdays or Sundays, from February through the end of the season. For more information about Novi Winter Percussion, contact Mr. Diroff.