Clubs and Extracurricular Activities
Art Club - Janet Osmond
Art Club is an open studio opportunity for all students, 7-12 to explore their creativity in any way they might like. In addition to open studio, there are guided projects if that better suits the need/want of the student. There is no fee.
Broadcasting Club - Sara Godwin
Band (High School) - Matt Suddendorf
At Deer Park, we celebrate our music programs year-round. Whether a student is in fall marching band, the Jazz Band, or a part of the spring Parkers Show, our students are constantly moving to the beat of their own drum! Contact Mr. Suddendorf if you're interested in joining a band!
Band (Junior High) - Joe Vetter
Chess Club - Jeff Benjamin
The chess team is open to anyone in grades 7-12. We start in late October and end around Mid-March. We play matches against other schools throughout the CHL and the city. We have both a varsity and a reserve team. The days we meet will be discussed at our first meeting (listen for the announcements and watch for the posted signs around the building as we get near the end of October).
You will improve your chess game or for those that are beginners, you will learn the rules and etiquette of chess. In practices, we play against one another to improve and learn. Sometimes we also experience problem solving by being given certain positions to setup on the board and try to find the best move on the board to play. Please consider joining our team and expect to have friendly competition.
Color Guard - Brenda Livingston
The color guard students are a vital part of the band's marching ensemble. They practice year round and are admitted to the team via a successful tryout. Their coach is Mrs. Brenda Livingston who by day is one of our amazing Kindergarten teachers in district. These girls express the music played by the band visually with the use of various equipment mediums (flags, poi, rifles, air blades and sabers). The Marching Band would not be the success they are without this group of talented individuals and their tireless coach.
Communiserve - Timothy Hubbard
At Deer Park Schools, we strive to teach our students the importance of giving back to our families, friends, and communities. At the high school level, students have the opportunity to join Communiserve, a community service club. Throughout the year, the club participates in a number of service learning projects such as the annual Holiday Food Drive, the Over-the-Rhine Senior Center, and Our Daily Bread.
Drama Club - Sara Godwin and Amy Mueller
Drama Club is a long running club at Deer Park high school that is experiencing a renaissance. After a 6 year hiatus, the club was re-established four years ago and has grown from a small group of 10 students to a group of 30+ actors and stage crew. They perform in two major productions each year, a fall one acts festival as well as Parkers for which they write skits and often serve as Emcee/Host. Additionally, they work to further their theatre education by attending local theatre productions where they often get to meet and talk with the performers, designers, and directors.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) - Greg Tabar
FCA is a club that exists to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and student athletes. FCA focuses on equipping, enabling, empowering and encouraging student-athletes, coaches and adult leaders to impact and influence our campus for Christ. We strive to love, serve and empower fellow students, non-athletes and athletes alike to live out the Mission of Jesus Christ. Come join us every Thursday morning at 7:20!
Homework Club (JH & HS) - Variety
High School: High school math teachers have opened up a tutoring lab after school from 3-4 PM. This is for any high school student to receive additional help with their math courses or to use the laptops for assignments. This tutoring lab is run by our math teachers but available for all students to work on any subject (Math, English, History, etc.). The following is the schedule and locations:
- Monday - Mr. Gabbard - room 132
- Tuesday - Ms. Butt - room 157
- Wednesday - Ms. Heile - room 226
- Thursday - Mr. Benjamin - room 224
9th Grade Homework Club:
- Monday--Moore/World Studies
- Tuesday--Butt/Alg 1
- Wednesday--Fite/Physical Science
Junior High:There is also a Homework Club for 7th and 8th graders held daily, from 3-4 PM. The following is the schedule and locations:
- Monday - Ms. Folkert - Room 60 & Ms. Weisenborn - Room 152
- Tuesday - Ms. Davison - Room 51
- Wednesday - Mr. Sparks - Room 62
- Thursday - Ms. Davison - Room 51& Ms. Materna - Room 150
- Friday - Ms. Sullivan - Room 56
International Club - Jen Taylor and Marti Kitsinis
Members of the Deer Park High School International Club learn about the world outside the classroom by traveling to places both native to Cincinnati such as the Findlay Market and to places outside of the country. The Club traveled to Spain in 2014 and to Peru in 2015.
INTERalliance - Sara Godwin and Tracy Smith
The INTERalliance Program is a non-profit collaboration of Greater Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky regional businesses and educators. In 2013, Deer Park Schools opened a new chapter of INTERalliance as another way to prepare our students for life after high school. By being part of INTERalliance, Deer Park students have the opportunity to attend many different programs throughout the year that will help to build both their college and career readiness skills. Through all the INTERalliance programs, Deer Park knows the networking aspect is the critical component that opens doors for its students who otherwise might not have the chance.
National Honor Society - Corrie Madden
Students in the 11th and 12th grade students must be scholastically eligible to become a member of Deer Park High School’s National Honor Society. Interested students enter a selection process, which requires candidates to provide information relating to their experiences with the four pillars of NHS: character, scholarship, leadership, and service.
Newspaper - Sara Godwin
The Deer Parker is the monthly newspaper of Deer Park High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. The publication is student run and created as part of the Writing for Publication course. The staff is dedicated to reporting the most recent news from Deer Park schools and community.
Photography Club - Lauren Olson
Any students 9-12, after school every other Tues, 3-4 PM in 154 (my room). The members will work on developing techniques for those who shoot as a camera as well as smart phones. Students share images, edit images, comment on images, and shoot images during class. Each meeting are given 3-4 new techniques to try/work on.
Show Choir (Junior High) - Marie Kramer
The Junior High Show Choir is in the second year of being established. It is open to any 7th or 8th grader who likes to sing and move/dance. We rehearse before or after school for 30 minutes and perform at Junior High music events such as the holiday concert and ice cream social!
Step-Up Club (Junior High) - Jason Spelic
As middle school students transition into adolescence and young adulthood, they are faced with a plethora of challenges from peer pressure to the ability to make responsible decisions. In an effort to better prepare the students of Deer Park for the challenges that wait, the Step-Up helps students develop these necessary skills. In the program, students work with peers and an advisor to gain knowledge of: Decision making, community leadership, anti-bullying mentality, and citizenship.
Student Council - Lia Heile
Student Council is a group of students who represent each grade level (9-12), for the purposes of making school wide and class specific decisions. As a group, they work to plan spirit weeks, Homecoming themes and floats, pep rallies, Scarlet and Gray day themes and posters, dances (Juniors plan prom/Seniors plan Homecoming) among other things. They also organize and run a blood drive in conjunction with Hoxworth Blood Donation Centers.
- Senior Class Advisor- Tracy Smith and Corrie Madden
- Junior Class Advisor- Lia Heile
- Sophomore Class Advisor- Suzy Beck
- Freshman Class Advisor- Heather Butt
Yearbook (Junior High) - Carolyn Sullivan
Yearbook (High School)
Yearbook is both a club and a class open to students in grades 9 to 12. In the past three years, the club has grown from one student to over 20. They work to create the Deer Park annual Antlers, a 136-page record of the school year, from top to bottom, choosing a theme and design elements, creating and designing spreads and pages, selling and creating ads, marketing and selling the yearbooks, taking photos, writing copy, etc. Additionally, the members of the club study elements of publishing and journalism, marketing, and sales. Club members work hard to create a document that can serve as an historical document, which represents a specific school year.
It is a great day to be a Wildcat!