Academic Competition Club
The Academic Competition Club is for students who have an interest in trivia and rapid recall of general knowledge. If you love to play Jeopardy and Trivial Pursuit, this club is for you. Members compete in area quiz bowl style competitions. By preparing for these competitions, students are able to learn facts about a variety of academic areas and hone their rapid recall skills. Some competitions students have attended in the past are Hometown High Q, National Academic Quiz Tournaments, Quiz Bowl, and Duquesne University Academic Challenge. The competitions provide an outlet for students to showcase their knowledge learned both in and out of school. Students also meet students from other schools who share their interests.
The KOHS Art Club is open to all students who want to pursue their art interests. Students do not need to be currently enrolled in art class to attend. Club members visit museums, galleries and studios, attend Broadway musicals, invite artists to speak, participate in community service related projects and fundraising efforts.
Best Friends Club
This club is for students who want to help others. Students will plan dances and sporting activities for the Life Skills and Autistic classes at KO and surrounding districts and also assist the KO classes on field trips. In addition, members will be involved in the Special Olympic activities. The club members "buddy" with new students to KO so their transition to our school is more enjoyable.
The mission of the Keystone Oaks High School Caring Team is to raise awareness and funds to assist the Highmark Caring Place's goals. The Caring Place is located downtown and is a place where children, adolescents, and their families come to cope with the death of a loved one. The Caring Place provides programs for grieving children and empowers the community to effectively support children in the grieving process. Its core purpose is to make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering. As the Caring Team, we work to support this foundation and raise as much money as we can for this incredible institution. The team also fundraises for other causes such as cancer research/awareness. Activities include Pink-Out Day, Powder Puff football, and National Grief Awareness Day.
The Environment Club is an activity open to students in grades 9-12 who are concerned about the environment and our impact on it. Students plan activities for Earth Day and prepare to compete in the Environthon sponsored by the Allegheny County Conservation District at the end of April.
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
The Future Business Leaders Club of America is a nationally recognized student organization that encourages participation in business related subjects, as well as community service, and the organization of school activities. A student can compete for team and individual recognition on the regional, state and national levels in business courses such as Marketing, Business Finance and Accounting. If working with computers is an interest there are competitions in programming, word processing and networking along with many others. A support system of tutors and textbooks help prepare the student for success. There are also conferences and conventions to participate in to encourage networking and meeting new friends. A complete description and some pictures of previous activities sponsored by FBLA are available at the sponsor's personal website which can be accessed from the High School Staff Directory page of the KOSD website. Beth W. Smith, Business Education Teacher.
The French Club is an organization of students that meets monthly to make connections with French language and culture outside of the classroom. Activities include Christmas Caroling at Kane Regional Center, Mardi Gras Scavenger Hunt, French Food Days, movies, and a Gateway Clipper French Dinner Cruise. The club also does service projects. This year the club will be collecting school supplies for the victims of hurricane Katrina, and making gift boxes and small holiday crafts for the residents of Kane Regional Center.
Keynote (High School Newspaper)
The Keynote is the news publication for the Keystone Oaks student body. Created entirely by students, the Keynote disseminates information about school-related news, activities, and sports.
The Marching Band is a unit of Instrumentalists, Dancers (Kaydeens), and Color Guard members. The band performs at all Varsity football games, special community parades and events, parades in downtown Pittsburgh, and an annual band performance trip. It is open to all members of the student body who play an instrument. Drum Line, Dancers, and Color Guard positions are limited in number and as such, are subject to tryout auditions.
Do you like math? Do you want to do better in your math class? Do you want to improve your scores on standardized tests? Do you want to see how you compare to students in other schools? If so, come to the math club contests held in room 244 in the high school. There are ten contests held throughout the year, either before or after school. Come and ADD your knowledge of math!
Medical Careers Club
The Medical Careers club is for any high school student who may be interested in pursuing health studies or a health career after graduation. The students attend health related field trips; and are supplied with current information regarding schools, majors, interests, websites and career choices within the health care field. They also participate in other activities related to Cystic Fibrosis.
A dance group, consisting of 10-16 dancers, that is open to girls in grades 9-12 who have an interest in modern dance and performing in Varieties (the annual talent show). Auditions are held in the Spring.
Musical (High School)
In the spring of each year Keystone Oaks High School presents a Broadway Musical. Students meet after school and on weekends to prepare for public performances. The musical program offers diverse opportunities for our students. Students can participate by auditioning for a role (singing, dancing and acting) or students can be involved through backstage work (set crew, lighting crew, ticket office, and stage managers). The primary focus of the musical program is based on education. In addition to the public performances of the high school musical, students will also participate in the Civic Light Opera's Gene Kelly Awards program.
National Honor Society
The National Honor Society recognizes students for their academic achievements, leadership skills, school involvement, and character. Members in the NHS participate in organized fundraisers, conduct the initiation ceremony for new members, and plan and participate in the Senior Academic Dinner. Students are nominated if they have achieved the following:
- Achieve at least a 3.75 grade point average by mid-yer of the sophomore or junior year.
- Have accumulated a minimum of 50 community service hours for sophomores or 75 community service hours for juniors.
- Discipline record must be clear of offenses.
- Must participate in at least one extracurricular school activity.
- Document a leadership role either in school, at work, or in the community.
- Must be enrolled in at least three college Prep. and/or Honors courses in the four academic subject areas (English, math, social studies, science).
- Compose a genuine, grammatically-correct essay on an assigned prompt.
- Successfully pas a NHS Faculty Council application review.
- Attend a mandatory pre-induction meeting.
- Attend the NHS induction.
Odyssey of the Mind
Odyssey of the Mind is an extra-curricular problem-solving competition that brings out creativity and teamwork. All Keystone Oaks students grades K - 12 are welcome to participate.
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science
PJAS is a competition open to students in grades seven through twelve in Pennsylvania who have a keen interest in science. Competitors select a topic that can be investigated in any field of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, or computer science. An experiment performed using the scientific method, which includes researching, formulating ah hypothesis, and proving or disproving it through experimentation. At the regional competition in February, participants present their work to a panel of four judges in the form of a speech not to exceed 10 minutes. Students who place first at the regional competition go on to present their work at the state meeting at Penn State University in May.
The Pep Club promotes school spirit and sponsors the Homecoming festivities.
Planning Committee (High School Junior & Senior Classes)
The purpose of the junior/senior planning committee is to provide students with leadership and development opportunities. The committee works closely with the class sponsor to organize and plan all social, community service, and fundraising activities including the winter and spring blood drives, and a host of other events. The primary responsibility of the committee is the junior-senior prom held each May. Four to six meetings are held each month plus attendance at occasional evening and weekend meetings or events. Any junior or senior boy or girl is eligible to run for a class office or planning committee. Sign up for candidacy is held in September and the entire junior and senior classes vote for the four class officers and ten planning committee members for their respective grade level. Planning committee members should have leadership qualities and be in good academic standing.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
SADD members plan school activities to make the students aware of the better choice they can make regarding drugs, alcohol and texting while driving. Members organize various activities throughout the school year to promote making better choices.
The science club is for students who have an interest in all areas of science. Members compete in area science oriented competitions. By preparing for these competitions, students are able to explore in-depth a variety of areas of science. Some competitions members have attended in the past are Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Science Bowl, Science Olympiad and the Penguin Bowl -Regional National Ocean Science Bowl. The competitions provide an outlet for students to demonstrate their science knowledge and problem solving skills. Students also meet students from other school who share their interest in science.
Students who study Spanish or have an interest in the language may want to join the KOHS Spanish Club. Activities may consist of Christmas caroling at the Kane Regional Center, guest speakers, planning activities for National Foreign Language Week, crafts, selling fair-trade coffee and Spanish Night on the Gateway Majestic.
Speech & Debate Team
The Keystone Oaks Speech and Debate Team (formerly Forensics) competes in a variety of public speaking events, including Drama, Humor, Prose, Poetry, Student Congress, Debate and Oratory. Competition tournaments are held on Saturdays. Practices are held Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 2:45 pm to 5:00 pm in room 202 of the high school. The Speech and Debate Team is open to all students in grades 6 - 12; however, some tournaments are for high school students only. If you are interested, please attend a practice to sign up or call Mrs. Mentzer at 412-992-0112.
The Stage Crew assists with all events in the auditorium including assemblies and concerts. Also, all members of the stage crew are expected to participate as technical crew and deck crew for the four major productions each year: Varieties, Middle School Musical, High School Musical, and Middle School Talent show.
Strength Club allows students access to the weight room several days a week after school with an instructor.
The Student Senate is the governing body at Keystone Oaks High School. It serves as liaison between the student body, faculty and administration. The Senate sponsors a dance and activities for the school. Any student in grades 9-12 is eligible to be a student senator. Students entering grade 9 are elected in the fall. Representatives from each class make up the Senate.
Torch (High School Yearbook)
Yearbook is a creative hands-on club which designs, creates and edits the high school yearbook. The students write the story lines and take 50% of the photographs used in the yearbook. The club meets weekly before or after school to create the yearbook layouts as well as plan for yearbook completion.
Varieties (School Talent Show)
Varieties is the annual Fall talent show that is open to all students in grades 9-12. Acts may showcase all types of talent - singers, dancers, musicians, actors, etc. The number of students involved varies from year to year, but is usually around 75-100. Students create their own acts and audition in September for a November show.