SES Student Organizations and Clubs
At SES we have students coming together from across District 196, and from outside the district, to learn in a unique way. One of the best ways to meet and connect with new people is through common interests and at SES we have a variety of organizations and clubs to help students do just that! Many of our student organizations/clubs are offered every year and have a faculty advisor that is present at all meetings and events. However, we also have numerous student-led clubs that vary based on the interests of our current SES community, each does have a faculty advisor, but that advisor is not present at meetings and events.
We encourage SES students to read through the descriptions below and to complete the Student Organizations/Clubs Interest Form to share with us what parts of the SES community they have interest in joining.
Canoe Club is an after school student club lead by experienced staff members. The club meets once per week after school to discuss, learn, and develop various canoe related activities. It’s primary focus is on getting out to develop and/or build canoeing related skills. These skills once demonstrated, are repeated to build confidence on the water both alone and in tandem teams. Activities are often held on campus at our private pond, but are also held at numerous local lakes. Students also have the opportunity to participate in an optional day long river trip after displaying their skills and confidence on the water.
Advisor present at meetings: Mr. Rylander
The Diversity Club seeks to make SES a welcoming place for all. We discuss current political events and seek to increase cultural understanding.
Advisor present at meetings: Ms. Pederson
FFA has something for everyone. This leadership organization is based in agriculture. It includes areas of environmental, plan, animal, and food sciences. Some topic examples include fish and wildlife management, veterinary science, horse judging, forestry, service projects, competitive events, public outreach, scholarships, and more.
Advisor present at meetings: Mr. Nord
Join SES students and staff in reducing our environmental footprint at SES specifically around food. Learn ways to limit food waste and understand why it matters.
Advisor present at meetings: Ms. Colburn-Lindell
Students who want to make change in the world! Leadership Club is from student activists, who work for environmental and social justice through service and other projects. In an election year, Leadership Club will hold a mock election and student voter registration drive, participate in lobbying at the Minnesota Capitol, and do whatever projects the students choose to pursue.
Advisor present at meetings: TBD
Model United Nations is a simulation of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country. It's super fun if this is your kind of jam. We attend the Fall State Conference at Macalester College and the Spring State Conference at Metro State. You will get to meet students from all across the metro area as you practise your diplomacy and negotiation skills.
The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) recognizes high school students who demonstrate an outstanding ability and interest in art. With instructor oversight, the SES chapter is student-driven to create artwork, and design and participate in service projects, that benefit our school and local community.
Nerd Club is an after school student club where students meet to discuss, collaborate, and build fun projects. The club is focused on incorporating both the environment and STEAM education into its projects. Activities include age appropriate gaming, robotics, and crafting, and more. Our most recent project currently underway is designing and building an Augmented Reality Sandbox that uses a variety of technologies for a more interactive learning experience.
Advisor present at meetings: Mr. Rylander
This club is about being outside together. Image once a week doing something together: hikes in Lebanon Hills, Capture the Flag in the SES woods, visiting the outdoor trails at the MN Zoo, sledding, kickball, or other games at the Johnny Cake fields.
Advisor present at meetings: Ms. Wackman
SES Prom has been held at the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul in May. Unfortunately, they have closed and we are in to process of looking for an equally unique venue. The theme is developed by SES students. Past themes include:
- Caves by Candlelight
- Roaring 20's
- Enchanted Forest
- A Night to Die For (007)
- Candy Caves
The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) student organization at SES works to help educate our student body about healthy decisions. One of our main projects during the school year is our student run blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross.
Advisor present at meetings: Ms. Maunu
Get involved with recruiting new students to SES by leading tours of SES, sharing your SES experiences, and/or giving presentations to younger students.
Advisor present at meetings: Ms. Trainer
All students are welcomed and encouraged to join SES Student Council. There is no election process for becoming a member. At SES, student council members develop, promote and run fun events for students including: a talent show, student assembly, dances and spirit weeks. Student council also purchases/sells a variety of SES Merch items as a fundraising tool.
Advisor present at meetings: Ms. McBrien
In yearbook, you get to help make moments into forever memories. Students can be photographers, capturing what we do and who we are at SES. They can work on layouts and interviews as well, creating the yearbook that you want.
At SES, we have a large number of student led clubs that are both created and led by students. These clubs vary from year to year, based on their interests and passions of our current students. One thing they all have in common is inclusivity and FUN! Here are just a few:
- Book Club - read and discuss books of all different genres
- Dungeons & Dragons - gather after school to play D & D
- Eat Club - meet up a various restaurants to experience different foods
- Magic - gather after school play Magic the Gathering
- Poetry Club - come together to read and write poetry
While there is an advisor for each of these clubs, please understand the advisor's role is to provide guidance and to be aware of the club's plans, but they are often NOT present for meetings and outings as these clubs are STUDENT LED.