Student Life / Clubs & Activities

Students at Kirby always “dream big” and their imaginations are brought to life in countless activities and events. Some are just plain silly or fun. Some are educational. Some promote friendships and collaboration. Many contribute to our local or world community.

Students host movie nights, spirit days, and dances including a middle school formal and high school prom. They invite guest speakers. Any student can start a club—they range from the traditional to the obscure, the serious to the sublime. Over the years they have included Junior Statesmen of America, Games Club, the Gay/Straight Alliance, Environmental Club, Chess Club, Bridge Club, Baseball Club, Anime Club, Accelerated Math Circle, Ethics Bowl,  Surf Club, Golf Club, and Sailing Club. In any given year, there are over a dozen clubs to choose from.

Students in grades 6 through 12 who are elected to Student Council gain leadership, organizing and team-building skills and plan and coordinate weekly “All School Meetings.” This is where Kirby students, faculty and staff comes together as community. Musicians, dancers and actors perform on stage in a wide range of performances. Every student is given an opportunity to share their skills, talents, and energy as part of our vibrant community.

2017-2018 Clubs

Accelerated Math Circle (HS)
Advisor: Chris Jackson
The goal of the accelerated math circle is to both prepare students who wish to compete for the American Mathematics Competition, and to provide mathematics enrichment for students who want more time to engage in mathematics. Upon completing a minimum number of hours (approximately 36) and giving a brief presentation on a topic of interest, the student will also receive 1 unit of high school math credit. The club will need to have at least some time outside of the club time in order to meet the minimum number of hours.

The Acorn: Kirby’s Nonfiction Journal
Advisor: Dr. Jason Brooks
The staff of The Acorn is a student led and run team of editors that selects and edits students’ nonfiction work to be published in the journal each semester. The journal intends to highlight student research and analysis. High schoolers who enjoy reading and editing should come to a weekly meetings at lunch on Thursdays. Submissions are welcome from both middle and high schoolers.

Activism Club
Advisor: Jasper Billings
Activism is focused on taking deliberate action to bring about positive change in political, social, and environmental issues.

Art Club
Advisor: Tuesday Soetaert
Art Club provides students opportunities, guidance, camaraderie, and materials for independent and collaborative creative work. Members pursue their own visual art interests and participate in student-led local and international projects. Attend as mamy times as you like, or drop in occasionally. Open to all grade levels.

Barbershop Harmony Club
Advisors: Jordan Johnson and Alex Koppel
This club is all about four-part harmony singing. Each week we learn one or more tags — endings of songs — by ear, and sing them. No tools or experience are required; if you can hear a note and sing it back, you know all that you need to get started.

Book Club
Advisor: Dr. Jason Brooks
Book Club is a group that gathers weekly to discuss and read all types of literature including, but not limited to, novels, plays, poems, and short stories. All grades welcome and sub-groups will be tailored to the people who are part of the club. The club meets in Dr. Brooks’ room occasionally during club time and will meet at lunch during the week depending on times people are free.

Chemistry Club
Advisor: Dr. Yakira Landaverry
The chemistry club will provide a space for students in 8-12th grade to explore and engage in solving scientific problems by way of performing fun and safe experiments. The goal is to inspire and boost interest in science (chemistry) and learning practical skills in the process. There will be two lab options per week, frequency may change based on material availability. Members of the club may choose to do one of the labs based on their interest or background knowledge of the experiment topic. ALL club members must have a signed safety contract by a parent/guardian before performing any experiments. We have a maximum capacity of 16 students.

Chess Club
Advisor: Erik Perkins
Chess club focuses on playing for fun, both competitively and just goofing around. All ages and skill levels are invited. We can even play “bughouse” (team chess) if we get enough interested players.

Cosmere Club
Advisors: Kevin Campbell and Christy Hutton
The Cosmere Club is a weekly gathering to discuss Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy novels, novellas, and short stories. We will focus our attention this fall to preparing ourselves for the upcoming release of the third book in the StoRoomlight Archive. The club will also work on developing a deeper understanding of the fictional universe, the Cosmere, in which these stories stories take place. All grades are welcome and drop-ins are encouraged!

DJ Club
Advisor: Dr. John Seales
Kirby’s DJs gather behind the decks in the great hall, taking turns playing their tunes on Kirby’s sound system. Bring audio files on a USB, plug into the DJ controller, and practice mixing tracks, employing DJ effects, and having fun being a DJ.

Community Involvement
Advisor: Lis Bensley
Students will find ways to make a difference in their community by researching opportunities and then volunteering together at local organizations that provide services in support of others. We’ll kick off with a service fair, bringing a few different organizations to Kirby to hear about what they do. Areas of volunteer work could include tutoring, animal care, art with younger students, and reading and games with older people.

Advisor: Jasper Billings
A hands-on service learning club where the focus is on reducing Kirby’s environmental footprint, maintaining and advancing our rooftop garden, and participating in ecologically-minded community events.

Garden Club
Advisors: Jasper Billings and Nick Coonrod
In this club we will deepen our understanding and connection with seeds, soil, plants, water, and compost. We will grow and tend to a diverse array of plants (ranging in uses from food, fiber, dye, to ornamental), and will have many hands-on opportunities to beautify our Rooftop space through sustainable gardening practices.

Ethics Bowl
Advisor: Joshua Tropp
We debate contemporary issues of ethics using a variety of philosophical schools and compete against other high-school teams from northern California. Kirby’s team has been very successful in its three years and has twice sent a team to nationals.

GSA (Gay-Straight-Alliance)
Advisor: Carolina Martinez
A safe-space for those wanting to discuss LGBTQ issues in the Kirby community, or greater society. You don’t need to identify as LGBTQ to join. It’s a space for allies as well!

Happy Shiny Fun Club
Advisor: Laura Lucas
We are basically a sunshine committee. We spread joy and happiness throughout Kirby. We acknowledge and celebrate accomplishments achieved by our school and our students. We offer our support to the student council for decorating and complementing their activities and events. From time to time we will host our own lunchtime/after school FUN activities, in the interest of spreading cheer and school spirit. We enjoy helping our fellow community members and like to be involved in making Kirby an awesome school.

Heirs to our Oceans
Advisors: Cristie Kirlin and Jasper Billings
Focuses on the health of our oceans through activism and awareness campaigns.

Interrobang, the Literary Magazine
Advisor: Dr. Maria Elena Caballero-Robb
The all-student staff of Interrobang reads submissions of poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction (e.g. the personal essay) and selects the best student work to produce two issues of the magazine per year (one per semester). We welcome submissions from both middle school and high school students. We welcome new prospective staff members! Any Kirby student with a strong interest in reading and writing should come to a meeting and see what we do.

JSA (Junior State of America)
Advisor: Kevin Campbell 
In addition to weekly meetings, this club engages in three weekend overnight conferences: Fall State, Winter Congress, and Spring State. Each conference has a slightly different theme, but students will be required to engage in the conference activities such as formal debates, bill proposals, and political party caucuses. The mission of the Junior State of America and the Junior Statesmen Foundation (JSA) is to strengthen American democracy by educating and preparing high school students for life-long involvement and responsible leadership in a democratic society. In the student-run Junior State and at JSA summer schools and summer institutes, participants learn statesmanship as they engage in political discourse. They cultivate democratic leadership skills, challenge one another to think critically, advocate their own opinions, develop respect for opposing views and learn to rise above self-interest to promote the public good.

Middle School Debate Club
Advisor: Graham Ortiz
Debate is very fun and educational!  We will use a team debate format where students take turns presenting arguments, refuting opponent arguments, and asking each other questions.  Some weeks, we will run speed debates (debates on topics that can be done without background research like “cats vs. dogs: which makes the better pet”).  Sometimes, we will spend a few weeks researching, preparing cases, and debating current events topics like “Resolved: Deployment of anti-missile systems is in South Korea’s best interest.” Open to middle school students only.

Minecraft Club
Advisors: Amy Hemmert and Emily Lamoureux
The Minecraft Club meets during regular club time. We play Minecraft together and share our Minecrafting experiences. Minecraft is a video game which allows you to build, craft, and survive in a virtual wilderness together with your friends. The game fosters cooperation and collaboration and teaches basic science and survival skills. The Redstone System in the game provides direct experience working with basic electronics. The command system promotes logical thinking and exposes students to programming concepts. The Minecraft Club can also act as an icebreaker for those who prefer not to have a direct social experience during club time. Must have a Minecraft login to participate. Open to all. Limited to 15 players (due to the number of computers in the lab).

Poetry and Craft Club
Advisor: Kendra Hanson
We will meet on the couches in the dance studio and will casually read old books and cut them up to make poetry and other crafts. Also, tea time and potentially muffins could be a part of this arrangement. You don’t have to come every club time, just when you want to.

Rap Club
Advisor: Katie Trigg
In this club we will learn about the history and culture of hip hop. We will use creative writing and spoken word as forums of expression. Each participant can focus on their area of interest (whether it be rap, dance, or production, etc.) and we will come together to showcase our collective efforts!

Strategy/Board/Card Games Club
Advisor: Petter Bauer
Come and play board games, strategy games, card games and more. Get away from technology for a while and interact socially while developing problem solving and strategy skills, and just enjoying yourself! You don’t have to come every club time nor do you need to be there for the whole length of club time, just when you want to, for as long as you want to.

Student IT Team
Advisor: Erik Perkins
More of a service organization than a club, the student IT team supports the computer infrastructure of Kirby. We fix computers, install software, help with printers and projectors, manage the Chromebook carts, and various other IT tasks than keep the school’s technology effective.

Yearbook Club
Advisor: Faith Reid
Join the Yearbook Club for a chance to make memories that will last a lifetime. Design, arrange, take pictures, interact with Kirby students and faculty. Be a part of history!