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.

2015-2016 Clubs

Accelerated Math Circle

Advisor: Chris Jackson
The goal of the accelerated math circle is to both prepare for the American Mathematics Competition and provide mathematics enrichment for students who want more time to engage in mathematics. Upon completing a minimum number of hours 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.

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. Open to all grade levels.

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.

Club Pogonip

Advisor: Josh Tropp
We take advantage of the 640 acre Pogonip Open Space adjacent to campus to hike, relax by the creek, and work on projects like the “Outdoor Classroom” available for all classes to use. Students are welcome to join weekly or just occasionally when they need to “get away from it all” and have a peaceful moment in nature. We meet in the lobby at the start of club time and are out for ~30 minutes. Comfortable walking shoes and a water bottle are recommended. Open to all grades.

Community Involvement

Advisor: Lis Bensley
The Community Involvement club is researching and creating a database of specific community service activities that Kirby students could participate in. The club hosts a service fair with a few different organizations to get us started in the areas of work with tutoring, animal care, art with younger students, and reading and games with older people (in assisted living facilities). Members of the club are gather information and commit to work with different organizations throughout the year.

Environmental Club

Advisors: Jasper Billings and Melody Overstreet
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.

Epicurean Club

Advisor: Sephy Elizai
Following the philosophy of Epicurus who maintained that pleasure through modesty is the greatest good at Club the Epicurean we delight in the pleasure that food brings. We explore the preparation, presentation and consumption of various foods by inviting speakers to impart knowledge on their particular expertise. We collaborate with other Kirby clubs and share our love of food. Outings and field trips as well as planned feasts are part of our activities. At Club the Epicurean we raise food to a new level.

Ethics Bowl

Advisor: Kirstin Olsen
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.

FPV Drone Club

Advisor: Yakira Landaverry
Drone club is for anyone and everyone. Through hands on work we build, fly, and crash R.C. models, and in this process find better understandings how the world works. Using everyday materials and DIY attitude there is nothing that cannot fly, or fall. Drone club stresses how failure is always an option, however failure is just another starting point for creative thought and problem solving.

Garden Club

Advisor: Melody Overstreet
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.

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. From time to time we will host lunchtime/afterschool 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.

Interrobang, the Literary Magazine

Advisor: 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! Anyone with a strong interest in reading and writing should come to a meeting and see what we do.

JSA (Junior State of America)

Advisors: Kevin Campbell and Christy Hutton
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.

Meditation Club

Advisor: Ramez Malek
A club where students can learn more about mindfulness and meditation. A space where students can relax, and learn techniques to calm the find.

Strategy/Board/Card Games Club

Advisor: Monica Hernandez
Come and play board games, strategy games etc. Get away from technology for a while and interact socially while developing problem solving and strategy skills, and just enjoy yourself!

Student IT Team

Advisor: Erik Perkins
Less a club and more of a Kirby-service organization, 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.

World Music Club

Advisor: Chris Hanna
The World Music Club creates an environment for listening to and discussing exotic music from all around the globe. Special opportunities often arise enabling club members to actually touch and play unique Middle Eastern instruments such as the oud, tombak, and santoor. Music is an international language that is understood by every human and at the World Music Club, we aim to gain a deeper understanding of it.

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!