General Information

The American School offers a wide variety of clubs. These diverse clubs offer students venues for meeting friends and the opportunity for getting more involved with school and their community, thus giving them a well-rounded school experience. Although students are encouraged to take advantage of these various opportunities, they are also urged to make careful choices with regard to time requirements these clubs might generate. Our students must show excellent time management skills in order to maintain their academic standards and also be able to fulfill their obligations to their clubs.

*Some clubs are paid. Look inside the Paid Programs document at the bottom of this page for more information.

Clubs

American Kenpo Karate

Karate Classes for Kids takes all of the skills that martial arts is known for and shows kids how to apply those skills to their everyday life. Skills like self-confidence, self-discipline, respect, courtesy, time management and leadership. Imagine how much better our lives will be since we have someone to teach us these skills in school.

SENSEI PABLO MAURICIO RAMIREZ
Instructor in Martial Arts
Black Belt Fifth DAN

Mondays and Wednesdays
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Nursery, Pre-K, Kinder Students

Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45 PM
1st thru 5th Grade Students

For more information, please contact Mrs. Justa Corea in the Development Office.

Art Club

Mission
Foster the spirit of art and creativity on campus and in the community by promoting the values in art and exhibiting art to the public.

Vision
AST Art Club aims to encourage higher standards of art, maintaining and increasing appreciation for arts, and to inspire the mutual acquaintance of art lovers and art workers. AST Art Club strives to build a bigger audience daily, and touch the lives of the ordinary with extraordinary art.

Advisor: Omar Otero
ootero@amschool.org

Mission Statement

To provide an inclusive instrumental music program that fosters peer camaraderie, respect for culture, and a pursuit for excellence.

Vision Statement

Music will unite AST students and teach them to be successful adults.

The purpose

The purpose of our Honor Band is to give to any students that are already part of the curricular band program, a chance to participate in an ensemble that not only performs well but provides the students an opportunity to learn more about music and hopefully inspire them to become more excited about music.

Who Can Join

Any students of the band program who feels encouraged to learn more and who undertakes to comply with the band’s handbook.

The Middle School Band is made up of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students numbering a total of 50 students who are currently representing our school in various musical activities and events such as Flag Day, Peace Day, Earth Day, school assemblies, Christmas Concert, Spring Concert,  ABSH Music Festival, Kindergarten and Sixth Grade Graduation.  Currently the band is divided into two – Band “A” and “B”. The band “A” is representing us at special events and the band “B” is where students begin the process of playing in a band by choosing it as an elective at the beginning of the school year, after which they are then selected for band “A” which is the concert band. Our most recent involvement has been the Music Festival at the Estancia School in March 2012 where the band obtained the Superior Award for Middle School category, including several superior and excellent awards presented to 6 individual band members.

Band for Beginners

Teacher: Marco Ferrera

Saturdays
Time: 9:00 am pm – 11:00 am
Grades 3-5

for more information, please contact Mrs. Justa Corea in the Development Office

Bencaleth

BENCALETH is a social service club composed of students in grades 10-12 who join in solidarity with the boys and girls of the BENCALETH children’s home. The young residents of this home suffer from muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, or mental retardation. The members of the BENCALETH Club provide basic supplies of food, medicine, cleaning materials and personal hygiene products to the residents. Members strive to live up to their club’s motto, “It matters not how long one’s life lasts rather the manner in which one lives it.”

Bible Study

Mission
We plan, promote, and present programs and events that proclaim in a way that is not forceful the message of Jesus Christ to our fellow students. The Club also encourages its members to lend a hand to the less fortunate. We worship God and proclaim His word, as well as pray for one another.

Vision
To create a base for positive influence among the student body and to practice it in our everyday lives.

Advisor: Zoila Busmail
zbusmail@amschool.org

Chess

Teacher: Daniel Colindres

Monday and Wednesday
Time: 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Kinder thru 12th Grade Students

For more information, please contact Mrs. Justa Corea in the Development Office

Dance

Teacher: Michelle Schneider

Monday and Wednesday
Time: 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Nursery thru Kindergarten Grade Students
Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 2:45 pm- 3:45 pm
Grades 1-6

for more information, please contact Mrs. Justa Corea in the Development Office

DECA Club

Distributive Education Clubs of America is an international association of high school, college students and teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. The organization prepares leaders and entrepreneurs for careers and education in marketing, finance, hospitality, management, and other business areas.

Drums

Teacher: Marco Ferrera

Tuesday
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday
Time: 9:00 am- 11:00 am

Kinder thru 12th Grade Students

for more information, please contact Mrs. Justa Corea in the Development Office

Elementary School Art Classes

This class has been developed to introduce young children to beginner level art skills and tools. Children develop basic art vocabulary and are encouraged to acquire new skills through this activity-based studio art class. Skills such as clay, printmaking, charcoal drawing, painting, design, montage, watercolors, sculpture, and stain glass are acquired. Color theory enables them to learn about primary, secondary, cool, and warm colors. Children are given the opportunity to explore, create, and achieve.

TEACHER: MRS MARIA ELENA SAN MARTIN
Master in Fine Arts (MFA) AT Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan
BFA In University of Hartford, Connecticut

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45PM
1st thru 5th Grade Students

Saturdays
Time:10:00AM – 4:15PM
Grades N-12

For more information, please contact Mrs. Justa Corea in the Development Office.

Elementary School Bible Study Club

Meetings are on Thursdays from 2:35-3:15
Teacher: Maria Elena Matamoros
Location: 1-A
Contact: mmatamoros@amschool.org

Elementary School Cheerleading

The cheerleading squad at AST consists of an eligible group of students devoting most of their time to promoting school spirit, supporting our athletes, and serving as model students around our campus. They appear at games, parades, pep rallies, and many more events throughout the year. As disciplined athletes, AST Cheerleaders are devoted, energetic, and responsible for AST’s upbeat spirit!

Elementary School Science Club

Elementary School Science Club
Teacher: Nancy Amador
Meetings: every Tuesday 2:30- 3:30 P.M.

Environmental Club

The Environmental Club works to promote an increased awareness and understanding of environmental issues as they relate to the role of the individual. The purpose of the club is to create awareness on environmental issues such as conservation, preservation, and restoration with emphasis on educating the American School community. The goal of the ecology club is to educate, investigate, and motivate students to participate in the conservation of our environment.

Extiende Tu Mano

MISSION:
Support the residents of Salvador Aguirre through providing companionship, donations, while raising awareness of the needs of the elderly.

Advisor: Patricia Mills
mlagos@amschool.org

GIRLS HOPE

Mission: To make an impact in our community by helping, giving and sharing.
MOTTO: “Love.Hope.Faith.”

Global Issues Network

Mission
The mission of the Club is to empower young people to collaborate locally, regionally, and globally in order to create project-based sustainable solutions for global issues. Our vision is a world where global citizenry is championed by today’s youth. A GIN project is focused on working to address global issues in your direct community. It can focus on whatever issue you believe is important and needs to be addressed in your community.

This year the project we chose is called, “Kit for Survival.” We are focusing on helping those individuals and families who are deported to Honduras, due to complications of immigration status. We have hosted many fundraising events and have been informing people of the rough lives these individuals live. With the funds raised, we will deliver a small bag to each person in the Migration Center, in front of “City Mall Tegucigalpa.” These kits will include: Hand Sanitizer, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Moist Wipes, Shampoo, Body Lotion, Body Soap, Colored Pencils, Small Notebook, Cookies, and a Juice Box.

Advisors: Marici Girón and Karen Hesse
merrazuriz@amschool.org
khesse@amschoolorg

Guitar Club

The classical and folk Guitar Club’s main objective is to help students develop their skills and share with other students their experience as a Soloist, Duo, Trio or Quartet. This club also prepares the students for cultural events, on or off campus; including the National and Central American Music Festivals. Once students achieve a Superior Level, they can continue their Guitar lessons in college.

Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Kinder thru 12th Grade Students
Teacher: Walter Arita

Saturdays
Time: 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Kinder thru 12th Grade Students

For more information, please contact Mrs. Justa Corea in the development office.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an international Christian organization based in the United States that works to help provide basic decent housing to impoverished families around the world. The Habitat for Humanity Club is a student social service organization dedicated to helping in this noble effort. Student members and teacher volunteers spend a number of Saturdays per school year working on building sites, helping families construct their homes. Because of age restrictions with Habitat for Humanity International, this club is open only to eleventh and twelfth grade students.

Junior State of America

Sponsored Founded in 1934, J.S.A. is a non-partisan student-run organization that serves to expose students to a wide variety of civic areas. J.S.A. focuses on debate and experiencing firsthand the legislative process. Members in the American School chapter will have the opportunity to travel to one of several J.S.A. conferences offered in the U.S. each year.

Knowledge Bowl

The Knowledge Bowl Club is an incredible opportunity to enhance as well as demonstrate your knowledge. The range of the questions that are asked in the matches varies from Science, Art, History, Math and Literature. Throughout the year, the club meets once a week in preparation for the Knowledge Bowl competition, where teams play matches against opposing teams from other schools. It is an exciting chance to demonstrate your knowledge in diverse subjects as well as to develop team-building skills.

ABSH Knowledge Bowl 2017: Santa Teresa Bilingual School
Date: February 17th -18th
Advisor: TBA

Model United Nations

Model UN educates students and teachers on the basic functions of the United Nations. Students participate in role-playing committees, writing proposals to resolving world issues, and advocating for the changes they believe need to be made for their own nation. Not only do students learn about the United Nations, they gain skills in debate, persuasive writing and teamwork. Members normally have the opportunity to travel annually to one of the several M.U.N. conferences offered in the U.S. or elsewhere and/or the annual M.U.N. conference sponsored in Central America by the Association of American Schools in Central America.

NAHS

National Art Honor Society
Adviser: Pamela Callejas
pcallejas@amschool.org

National Honor Society

Sponsored by the U.S.-based National Association of Secondary School Principals (N.A.S.S.P.), the N.H.S. recognize select students with outstanding records of scholarship, character, service and leadership. Since their founding nearly a century ago, membership has been seen around the world as one of the most prestigious honors a secondary student can attain. Qualified students in grades ten through twelve may seek membership in the N.H.S.

Advisor
National Honor Society – Javier Tamashiro / jtamashiro@amschool.org

National Junior Honor Society

Mission

Following in the National Junior Honor Society’s practice of service, this club facilitates student life-long learning through meaningful service experiences, which encourage and enable AST’s faculty and students to positively impact the community. This club strives to bring campus and community together in partnership to share resources, meet real community needs, and help to educate our young women and men to become the change agents of tomorrow.

N.J.H.S. recognizes select students with outstanding records of scholarship, character, service and leadership. Since their founding, membership has been seen around the world as one of the most prestigious honors a middle school student can attain. Qualified students in grades seven through nine may apply for membership in the N.J.H.S.

Advisor
National Junior Honor Society- Karen Hesse / khesse@amschool.org
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Olympic Gymnastics

TEACHER: Sonia Acosta and Giovanna Naira

Monday and Wednesday
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Kinder, 1st and 2nd Grade Students

For more information, please contact Mrs. Justa Corea in the Development Office.

Operation Smile

Operation Smile International is a non-profit U.S.-based organization that serves to repair cleft lips, cleft palates, and other facial deformities in impoverished countries around the world. Supported primarily by donations and the work and sacrifice of volunteers from many countries, Operation Smile has made an immeasurable difference in the lives of many thousands of children and adults since its founding in 1982. The American School Operation Smile Club works in close support of the annual Operation Smile mission to Honduras. In 2015, the OS Club traveled to attend the International Operation Smile Youth Conference in Ireland.

Art Classes (Ages 7-12)

TEACHER: MRS MARIA ELENA SAN MARTIN
Master in Fine Arts (MFA) AT Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan
BFA In University of Hartford, Connecticut

Wednesdays
Time: 2:45PM – 3:45PM
Nursery, Pre-K, and Kinder Students
Saturdays
Time:10:00AM – 4:15PM
Grades N-12

For more information, please contact Mrs. Justa Corea in the Development Office.

Relay for Life

Relevo por la Vida is a club committed to raise Cancer awareness.The club meets weekly to join forces with the AHLCC (Asociacion Hondureña de la Lucha contra el Cancer) and Relevo por la Vida to fight cancer, support cancer research, serve cancer patients, honor cancer survivors and raise awareness of cancer prevention.

The club plans money-raising activities for the causes described above. The money raised from September to March is turned in to AHLCC after their big event: the Annual Relay for Life which takes place every year on the second weekend in March .

Besides raising money, the club visits the cancer center a few times a year, especially during special occasions such as Día del Niño, Christmas and Mother’s Day.

Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica

Sponsored by The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica is a Hispanic Honor Society that exists to honor students who have excelled in the study of Spanish. Additionally, the S.H.H. serves to promote the study of and appreciation for the Spanish language and Hispanic literature and culture in general. Open to select students in grades ten through twelve, membership is seen as an impressive high-school achievement.

Advisor: Zoila Busmail
zbusmail@amschool.org

Solidarity Club

MISSION: The Solidarity Club is a charity which seeks to serve the needs of the maintenance staff and the charity activities carried out at AST. The members of the club aim to deliver friendship and help to anyone in need inside or outside the school community.

Advisor: Nena Alvarado
nalvarado@amschool.org

Spelling Bee

Our club’s mission is to engage students who enjoy word games; learning new vocabulary words, their correct spelling, pronunciation, meaning and origin. This club participates in the annual ABSH Regional Spelling Bee Language Arts Festival. In the 2014-2015 school year, AST won first place (10th grader), third place (11th grader), fourth place (6th grader), and fifth place (5th grader). The Spelling Bee Club holds bake sales to raise funds for activities such as this festival.

Advisor: Martha Tomé
mtome@amschool.org

STEM CLUB

Mission
To allow high school students the opportunity to go beyond the high school science curriculum in a safe, guided and disciplined environment. As a secondary activity, the High School Science Club will be sponsoring charity activities from the funds raised by the organizations fundraising activities.

Advisor: Javier Tamashiro
jtamashiro@amschool.org

Sustainability Environmental and Gardening Club

SEG is an energetic group of Earth loving students who work to promote an awareness of environmental issues. We strive toward creating a clean school and clean planet through our recycling initiative and our fundraising efforts go toward helping to reintroduce Honduras’ national bird, the Guacamaya, back into the wild in Copán.

Advisor
Javier Tamashiro
jtamashiro@amschool.org

The Honduras Project

Purpose and Mission: The Honduras Project is an initiative for the youth of the American School of Tegucigalpa to learn about and participate in charities and services that operate in Honduras. The goal is to acquire both the tools and experience that will lead to altruistic mindsets.

Advisors: Ali Dobbe / adobbe@amschool.org & Joseph Day / jday@amschool.org

Violin

We guide musical hopefuls of every age, to the best professional instruction on all instruments. A popular choice is Violin.

Teacher: Gracia Castillo
Monday & Wednesday
Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Kinder thru 12th Grade Students

Teacher: Carmen Barahona
Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM
Kinder thru 12th Grade Students

YEARBOOK

Vision:
The yearbook is meant to highlight years and capture memories. It chronicles events that shape memories, and illuminate moments that define relationships. It celebrates the experiences, activities, and people that make the year unforgettable.
The yearbook allows students to practice photography and layout design, as well as digital image formatting with every page being submitted to the online publisher.

Advisor: Roy Nelson
rnelson@amschool.org

Paid Programs