This is the Asian-American Pacific Islander affinity group. This is a new group and is designed to be student-driven. We discuss issues pertaining to our affinity group. The club is not meant to be politically active, but to provide information and support. We are hoping to organize a couple of outreach events this year in addition to holding monthly meetings. Check out our Diversity and Inclusion page for more information about campus DEI efforts.
The gender and sexuality alliance at Suffield seeks to make Suffield Academy a welcoming community for people of all gender expressions and sexual identities. The GSA meets weekly to talk about LGBTQIA issues, as well as plan events. The GSA hosts many events throughout the year including movies, dances, a day of silence, and our annual ally week. The GSA seeks to make the world a kinder place through education and outreach.
Girl Up is a movement to advance girls’ skills, rights, and opportunities to be leaders. Our core belief is that when girls rise, we all rise. Girl Up at Suffield Academy seeks to create a more understanding environment for our female students. We hope to raise awareness about some of the inequities between male and female students and improve the overall experience for the girls of Suffield.
Suffield Academy’s Jewish Organization of Suffield [JOS] aims to provide a community for Jewish students, faculty, and staff on campus. In addition, the JOS is an all-campus inclusive group that promotes awareness regarding aspects of Jewish culture. The JOS offers spiritual and social programming throughout the year.
The Latin American Affinity group supports the mission of the school as well as the diversity and inclusion initiatives of the DEI department. The main purpose is to support all Latin/Latin heritage students by offering them a safe space to voice and share their experiences of being a Latin American student on campus. The group aims to elevate the Latin American community on campus by engaging in conversation with other groups across campus and providing insight about the LA community to the rest of the SA community. Check out our Diversity and Inclusion page for more information about campus DEI efforts.
This interest group meets twice a month, and is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about other cultures. The group will host events on campus highlighting different heritage celebrations. Check out our Diversity and Inclusion page for more information about campus DEI efforts.
Sister Sister is a group for young women of color to uplift each other, work through concerns and celebrations occurring in their day-to-day, and review the impact of what is happening in today's society and how it affects life on a personal level. It is a supportive time for members to be together in community with one another. Check out our Diversity and Inclusion page for more information about campus DEI efforts.
The SOC is Suffield's affinity group for black and brown students. The group meets twice a month, and they focus on celebrating one another, working through situations that might be occurring in their everyday lives, and talking about what's happening in society and how that impacts our life here. Check out our Diversity and Inclusion page for more information about campus DEI efforts.
This is an affinity group created as a safe space for young black men and other men of color to express their feelings about school, life, and current events. The group of like-minded individuals looking to grow, learn and develop as men on the Suffield Academy campus. Check out our Diversity and Inclusion page for more information about campus DEI efforts.
Community Outreach takes place as a winter after school activity, the goal of which is to allow students opportunities to do service within the Suffield Academy community and beyond. The group typically meets several times per week. Students have volunteered at Enfield Loaves and Fishes, planned activities for younger children at Kent Memorial Library, interacted with faculty children at the Tiger Den, and had various opportunities to work with students at the local Intermediate School. Other partnerships have included working with the Suffield Senior Center and Suffield By the River. Students who participate in Community Outreach have the opportunity to work with a diverse group of community members and their creativity shines while planning various events.
Helping Hands is Suffield’s main community service club. It is completely student-run and focuses on local community service opportunities. They are planning activities this year that will not only help the school community but the greater Suffield and Hartford county communities as well. Last year, one of the biggest projects they did was write to pen pals at Suffield Middle School. This year, they plan on having food/clothing drives, a Halloween community activity, etc.
The goal of EFFECT is to educate and inform the student body about pressing climate issues, while also inspiring change toward sustainability in our community. It encompasses any change students may wish to pursue around sustainability on campus and in the local area (effect change, make a change, etc.). We hope to run several events highlighting different environmental issues, along with educating the community on choices they can make to improve their impact on the local and global environment.
The Suffield Human Rights Club (HRC) exists to raise awareness around campus about human rights violations all over the globe. From lack of rights to protest and speak up, to oppression of people due to their race, sexuality, or national origin, this club aims to bring a global awareness to the Suffield community. HRC will aim to help people in peril as much as we can as students in Connecticut. In addition, we will be partnering with the human rights organization Amnesty International to give action to our voices.
KIVA U is a Suffield Academy club with students looking to make an impact by assisting communities through Microfinance. Ultimately, we believe in financial inclusion and assisting underserved women entrepreneurs in achieving their dreams and gaining financial independence.
This club will spend time gathering materials to send to an organization in Costa Rica that provides supplementary educational, recreational, and career opportunities to communities in Costa Rica. When sending the materials, the club will also include pen-pal letters for kids, as well as the elderly.
Sparrows Crewis a community service club that seeks to help our local Suffield community. As we collectively engage with the local community, we aim to bring companionship and love to our town with an act of kindness!
Suffield Academy Volunteer Outings provides students with an opportunity to reach out beyond the Suffield Academy community. A volunteer day trip is planned once a term to donate time and labor to local organizations around us that need aid.
Our a cappella groups are called "Tiger Lily" (soprano and alto) and "The Cogs" (tenor and bass). These groups meet throughout the year to sing as a group, performing at various events at Suffield. This is an extracurricular program that meets outside of class, when feasible. Sometimes these groups combine to create a coed a cappella group called "Suffield Singers."
Whether students are new to theater or veterans to the stage, our musical is open to everyone! This is an extracurricular program that rehearses during the fall term, in the evenings, to allow all students to be on stage. Our annual school musical is presented in December, with over 50 students involved in the production. It is the theatrical event of the year!
The Guitar Show is a club that meets throughout the year in the studio, working towards two concerts during the year. These students bring their instrumental and vocal skills together to play cover music to create a rock style concert on the Suffield stage. This group meets 1-2 times per week with shows in January and May.
Members of the film club are assigned to watch one movie each week (several weeks in a row may have a theme, such as being directed by the same person). The following week, everyone will meet to discuss thoughts, observations, and overall opinions on the movie (accompanied with complimentary snacks).
The photography club welcomes every person on campus who has an interest in photography. The club targets students who have taken or are currently taking a photo or a visual arts class and especially students with no prior experience. In meetings, we brainstorm ideas together and exchange feedback. The long-term goal is to have a digital gallery show at the end of the year. The club will also plan trips to nearby sites for individual photoshoots.
Book Club is open to anyone who is interested in reading and wants to expand their knowledge. Books are great sources of creativity which can help improve your memory and strengthen your writing skills. The goal of this club is to encourage reading among students and expand their ideas on different topics.
The ultimate goal of debate team is to compete in tournaments, but the team will start casually, having members pick topics they're interested in debating amongst themselves. At times, they will speak in support of the opposite side of their true opinion, which will help members listen to multiple opinions and communicate through interaction. They are hoping to meet weekly, and to speak on and be updated about recent issues.
The Suffield Academy Economics Club is a space for members to learn more about economics, discuss topics related to economics, and host debates. Our end goal is to participate in an Economics competition called “The National Economic Challenge” in Manhattan.
The investment club works with about $10,000 in real funds each year. The club’s goal is to learn more about investing basics from the joint efforts of members’ research, and to meet regularly to decide on stocks and funds to invest in, hoping for positive returns during the school year.
This club is primarily student-driven, with meetings that will review previous contests. We administer all the math competitions that take place, including New England Math League, AMC (American Mathematics Contest), and CEMC (which is Canadian but allows international competitors.)
Model United Nations (Model UN) serves as a powerful educational tool offering highly valuable benefits to students in this complex institution of modern education and learning. Model UN promotes the discussion of complex topics, challenging students to be active participants in today’s turmoiled and divided societies. Participants will attend a Model UN conference, a simulation of a real-life United Nations event, where students are tasked with solving a global issue through research and drafting, lobbying and debate in order to pass a suitable resolution. Students take on the roles of delegates, speakers, and chairs representing various countries working together with the common goal of reaching a solution for the agenda assigned.
The Suffield Chemical Society takes part in the American Association of Chemistry Teacher’s [AACT] chemistry club program. We engage with webinars, challenges, and programming from the AACT. We also engage with various events on campus like the telethon. The Suffield Chemical Society seeks to bring a love of chemistry to the campus and make science accessible for everyone.
Tour guide leaders serve as student ambassadors for prospective families and play an important role in the admissions process. As liaisons, tour guides provide a true sense of what it is like being a Suffield Academy Tiger. In addition to spending time with prospective families, they train and help oversee the tour guide program. They demonstrate a deep commitment to the school’s traditions and a clear understanding of the enrollment process.
The Chapel Committee partners with the Head of School to assure that the weekly chapel meetings are well-organized and useful for the community. The goal of the committee is to help provide meaningful and substantive programming and to prepare the community as effectively as possible for these events. Students assist in planning, coordinating, and implementing a wide range of weekly chapel programs including guest and faculty speakers, student leaders, group discussions, advisor meetings, and cultural festivities. They meet frequently to carry forward a long term project planning calendar, to put together the upcoming programs and make sure all of the details have been covered. The ultimate goal of the committee is to provide programming that helps enhance the experience of Suffield students and faculty.
This group of students serve as TAs for the school's leadership classes. Students must apply for these positions and will act as a liaison between the students and teacher in the leadership classroom, helping to create open communication between upper and lowerclassmen, hone in on their public speaking skills, aid in creating an organized classroom, and partner with the leadership teacher to help develop and carry out the curriculum.
Suffield has a formal mentor program intended to help all new students with their adjustment to the school. The program is coordinated by one of the school counselors with support from the assistant head of school and others. There are student mentor leaders whose leadership position centers on helping coordinate and execute this program. They help facilitate social gatherings throughout the school year and organize the new student orientation.
The Academy Tutor program helps facilitate the natural process that occurs between students both in and out of the classroom. We believe that students of all abilities can benefit from individual conferences about their class work. Our goal is to offer a conduit for students struggling in a specific subject to be able to request (and find) other students with expertise for academic help. Our student leaders help organize the program by recruiting and overseeing peer tutors and assigning them to students that request help.
The proctor program serves as an opportunity for students to strengthen their leadership skills and to serve as role models for other students. It is the responsibility of the proctors to play an active role in the residence halls and to utilize all appropriate resources to learn how best to fulfill their roles.
This student-run group promotes the embodiment of school spirit during both athletic events and other school activities. Members will choose games and events to attend, with the goal of providing extra support and enthusiasm (for example, choosing a theme for specific games).
Student council members represent the student body and all student life experiences. Their goals are to evaluate policies they like, as well as ones that could be changed or updated; to look at building community life, both class by class and as a general social group; and to focus on philanthropy, including fundraising for the school's charity of choice each year with events such as fall color wars, a winter telethon, and charity week in the spring. Student council is open to all students, and is run by the four major student leaders, leaders from each grade, and representatives from all significant clubs on campus.
Students produce the school newspaper, The Bell, and are involved in planning issues, writing articles, taking photos, and producing art for the paper. Senior leaders (and several juniors) supervise each department and are responsible for overall production.
The yearbook team works together throughout the course of the full academic year to make the yearbook come to life. The club is divided into two teams: layout and photo. We have students who take photos of our teams during games, social events, and day-to-day life. For layout, students take the photos and place them into the online templates, put in names of students, put in score reports, make sure everything is neat and organized, and ensure that the essence of life at Suffield is captured. Both teams ultimately work together to make sure they are meeting deadlines and that the yearbook is the best that it can be. A highlight for our senior leaders is that they get to design the yearbook cover with a graphic designer.
This club is open to anyone interested in learning about the game of chess. It's a place for students of all ability levels to participate and learn about strategies of chess from beginning to advanced levels. The team competes against each other and meets weekly.
DECA Club welcomes students who are interested in areas of business and entrepreneurship, as we engage in challenges and competitive events offered by DECA, a nonprofit student organization in North America that prepares students for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. This club largely focuses on participating in DECA programs and representing Suffield at these events. For anyone hoping to study business or economics in college, participating in DECA challenges will help you gain experience in practical applications and hands-on business.
This club aims to give players of the game, and anyone willing to learn, a place to play among the Suffield Academy community. Many teachers and students gather together for a super fun gaming experience filled with many twists and turns that keep everyone on the edge of their seats.
Interested in computers or technology? Want to compete in a cybersecurity competition? Write some code? Build your own circuits? We have a lab with 3D printers, a laser cutter, electronics soldering, LEGOs, and more!
The Outing Club has been rekindled, with origins dating back to the early 70s. It is a student lead extracurricular group that plans and leads weekend trips outdoors. These trips including day hikes, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, high ropes courses, camping, etc. The club is a branch of Suffield's SOLO program, which provides outdoor leadership opportunities to all students.
Pre-Health Club provides an opportunity to explore careers in healthcare. Throughout the year, guest speakers will visit campus to speak about what their day-to-day is like, what they enjoy about their career, and the steps that they took to get to where they are.
The What Would Ruth Bader Ginsburg Do (WWRBGD) Club was formed after the Notorious RBG passed to honor and celebrate her life and legacy. We are determined to keep running on the progressive path she left for us. From women's to LGBTQ+ rights, fighting for everyone and their civil liberties is a core value of our club. Everyone is welcome; you could already be an activist or you could be someone trying to learn about being an ally. Inclusive education and open-mindedness are things we try to keep at the center of our community.
In the Bachelor Club, students who watch the franchise will come together in a fun and relaxing environment to discuss recent Bachelor, Bachelorette, and Bachelor in Paradise episodes. Members of the club will have friendly competition through brackets for each season and will have finale watch parties. The club will meet weekly to discuss the most recent episode as well as any Bachelor Nation news.
This is a non-denominational faith based group. Students will find a supportive environment to encourage each other and discuss different struggles and triumphs they are facing. Bible verses and devotionals are incorporated, as well as service projects if time permits.
The purpose of the Suffield Academy Fishing Club is for students to learn and appreciate different types of fishing, both salt and fresh water. Students will also learn how to tie different knots, learn about fishing lures, make fishing jigs, and also understand what certain fish feed on during certain parts of the year. Fishing Club members will learn about fish species native to CT which may include, Trout, Salmon, Striped Bass, Freshwater bass, and more. The club will allow students who are experienced anglers and students who would like to learn to fish the opportunity to enjoy fishing during the school year.
This student-led group provides a space for girls who are passionate about math and science to come together with other like-minded female students. In past years, the group has done anything from participating in coding competitions to getting together to work on math and science homework. This year's goals include building telescopes and looking into competing in more math and science competitions.
The Law and Justice club is a highly engaging academic club open to all students who are genuinely interested in law and justice. In this club, we discuss various controversial yet intriguing legal topics, and students are always welcome to suggest any legal topic of interest. Once a month, a mock trial is held where students can have a hands-on experience of the trial setting. Students can volunteer as judges, lawyers, or prosecutors during the mock trial.
This is a new club, open to anyone, where members will discuss personal or public mental health struggles and how the Suffield community can help during weekly meetings. Their goal is to understand what students are looking for to improve their own mental health, as well as to sponsor events like relaxation nights, in an effort to ensure that anyone struggling is heard and not alone.
The quiz team is a group of students who enjoy trivia about all subjects, both academic and non-academic. In addition to competing in several tournaments a year, the team also appears each year on WGBY’s high school quiz program As Schools Match Wits, competing on television against other area high schools. Interested students are welcome to come to meetings at any point throughout the year.
The Political Action Club meets every week to discuss current events and opinions relating to politics, both domestically and internationally. We cover a range of topics and political affiliations and try to include everyone in a respectful and serious conversation. Mr. Toczydlowski is the faculty advisor who, with the help of Cormac Sullivan and Paul Quinlan, leads the club.