Clubs and Leadership Opportunities
In addition to athletic and co-curricular activity opportunities, Gould Academy boasts a number of clubs available to students interested in meeting new friends, helping out the school and greater community, developing their leadership potential, and having fun while learning something new.
Gould’s Blue Key members are students who volunteer to give tours during their free time to prospective students and their families. Any student can be a tour guide and there are three levels of leadership opportunities available. Students interested in helping or learning more can contact Ms. Hiebert in the Admissions Office.
Any student that participates in Gould’s Farm and Forest Program is eligible to be nominated to Barn Proctor. This person, or persons, oversee significant aspects of the barn and has great initiative for all things that go into maintaining this on-campus facility. Barn Proctors are nominated and selected by the Director of the Farm and Forest Program and Gould Academy Spanish Teacher, Ms.Tracey Wilkerson.
English Studies Program Tutor
Peer tutors assist second language learners with reading and writing assignments. As well, student tutors are invited to participate in various events that take place within the English Studies Program. Tutors are nominated by faculty and may interview with the Chair of the English Studies Program, Mr. Ben Liff.
The French Club strives to expand personal experience with French/Francophone culture. Additionally, student club members will develop dynamic relationships with both the Franco American community in our area, as well as with a school located in Montreal. Core activities include cultural, educational, social and travel opportunities. Interested students should speak with World Languages Chair, Mr. Adam Leff.
The goal of Global Club is not only to be aware and accepting of cultural differences, but to celebrate them. One of its roles is to familiarize the entire Gould community with international cultures. Global Club is a place where all students – especially international students – have voices. Contact the International Student Program Director, Ms. Martha Whittington, for more information or to join.
Students interested in networking with alumni and parents are invited to assist the Advancement Office in duties that range from office help, to helping during the school’s annual Alumni Weekend, to assisting the school’s annual Parents’ Auction. Students interested in becoming a Gold Key member are invited to contact the Director of Advancement, Ms. Martha Yules.
Gould Goes Green
This student-led group tackles the important task of making Gould a more environmentally sustainable community. Activities range from campuswide recycling initiatives to student and faculty awareness campaigns regarding energy use. This group also helps to plan Gould’s annual Earth Day celebration. Students interested in participating can contact Director of the Farm and Forest Program and Gould Academy Spanish Teacher, Ms.Tracey Wilkerson.
Gould Lab Club
Take part in scientific research, activities and demonstrations through Gould’s Lab Club, which in the past has included blood typing and preparing a science show for local elementary school students. Students interested in learning more can contact Science Department Chair and Lab Club Leader, Mr. Peter Southam.
Math Center Tutor
Staffed by peer tutors in grades 10-12 who have been nominated by Gould faculty and selected by Mathematics Chair, Ms. Andrea Alford, Math Center Tutors are assigned to work in the Math Center one night per week during evening study hall, and work with fellow students who come into the IDEAS Center for more help with their homework or who want to explore (and believe) that “math is fun.”
Polar Bear Club
The Polar Bear Club gets together each spring once the ice melts on nearby Songo Pond, and meets twice a week to go for a quick and chilly swim before breakfast. The opportunity to be a member is open to the entire Gould community. The only rules that apply are that you must dip all the way in, and if you miss one event, you are out of the club for the remainder of the spring. The fun and challenge is making it through the entire season. The Polar Bear Club is lead by Science Teacher and Outing Club Leader, Mr. Todd Siekman.
A Gould Academy Proctor is a senior student elected by the entire school community during the prior spring. Proctor responsibilities range from facilitating student to student, and student to faculty relationships, to helping manage the dorms, to being a peer role model, to being a central part of new student and returning student orientation, and to helping to build and support the community.
Reachout is Gould Academy’s student-led service group that raises money for worthy causes locally and globally through fundraisers of all kinds. In 2015, Reachout led Gould Academy’s participation in School Spirit Challenge to victory, raising over 100,000 pounds of food for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Students interested in participating should “reachout” to Director of Experiential Learning, Mr. Chris Hayward.
Student Ambassador Program
Students have the opportunity to connect with new incoming students through the Student Ambassador Program, which involves activities such as ropes courses, snow tubing, and other fun teambuilding experiences. Students interested in participating should contact Director of Community Life and Science Teacher, Mr. Peter Hedden, and Advising Leader and Mathematics Teacher, Mr. Brett Shifrin.