Clubs & Activities
Community School encourages students to participate in co-curricular activities, activities that often extend and apply the ideas that they learn in academic classes. The benefits of such involvement are substantial. The students learn interpersonal skills that help develop leadership, confidence, determination, and responsibility. We encourage students to participate in no more than two co-curricular activities while playing seasonal sports. Students may wish to coordinate their co-curricular activities with their academic program to build on areas of strength. Students who wish counseling on the selection of co-curricular activities as they relate to individual college goals should meet with their advisor or with a college counselor. There is a Club Fair every fall to kick off student signups and share information.
The CSN Programming Team prepares students to compete at statewide programming competitions while providing opportunities for students to explore problems and solutions, and to attend computer science and technology events. Weekly meeting introduce various algorithms and practice solving problems from past competitions and allow students to take part in discussions of news and current events related to computer science and programming. Students traditionally compete at two ACM sponsored events and at Mu Alpha Theta contests.
Academic Quiz Team
Students compete as a team against other schools in an academic question and answer competition at both the varsity and junior varsity level. Questions range from topics in the Sciences, History, Geography, Current Events, Literature, Art and Music. The Academic Quiz Team will participate in local, regional, and national quiz tournaments. Our local competitions include the Collier and Lee County competitions which both culminate in televised junior varsity and varsity tournaments. In addition we plan on attending NAQT quiz tournaments in various schools in the southeast and beyond. NAQT (www.naqt.com) is the largest and most prestigious provider of quiz questions in the USA.
Members of Wordsmiths will meet once a week to engage in activities surrounding the love of literature and craft. With the officers and other members of the National English Honor Society, Wordsmiths members will help to organize Writers’ Week events and to produce Tessera, the school’s literary and arts annual. Other activities of the Wordsmiths may include participation in poetry readings, poetry slams, and writing workshops, open mic nights, and seminars for students in other divisions.
Ecology & Environment Club
The “DOUBLE E” Club is an organization in which the students not only get to learn more about the environment, but also get an opportunity to contribute to the protection of it. The goal is to involve the student body to develop an understanding and admiration for the environment through various service and educational activities.
Mu Alpha Theta
Mu Alpha Theta is a national mathematics honor society that promotes the study of math. At CSN, all students are welcome to attend practice sessions in Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Calculus, and Statistics. The sessions will give students an opportunity to look at math from a different perspective and learn to deal with non-routine situations in math. If interested, students may then participate in local and state math competitions that are held from November through April.
“ESTEEM” represents Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, science Essay writing and Mathematics. For 2017-2018, students can compete as a team or as an individual in many events such as: Science Olympiad regional team competition in Ft. Myers in January; Science Bowl regional team competition at U. Miami in February; ExploraVision science research essay sponsored by Toshiba and NSTA, which is a team event and project deadline is in February; Illustrated Science Poem contest, which is an individual event, due in November; an Earth Science photo contest which is an individual event, due in November; and a Physics photo contest, which is an individual event, due in April.
Academic World Quest
This is a program that is sponsored by the Naples Council on World Affairs (World Affairs Councils of America). It is a team game played by high school students that tests the competitors’ knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, and culture. CSN has represented the Naples Council on World Affairs in the Washington DC competition twice. This club will begin in November.
Harvard Model Congress
Recognizing that the future of any democratic state is only as bright as its next generation of citizens and leaders, Harvard Model Congress offers a comprehensive program of carefully designed American government simulations to prepare students for meaningful involvement in our nation’s government and society. The scope and depth of knowledge imparted by these role-play simulations offer students valuable hands-on experience, as they become politicians, cabinet members, presidential advisors, and reporters. Harvard Model Congress makes national problems immediate, brings political debate to life, and shows how legislative compromise is achieved. Students will be able to participate in a national conference in San Francisco.
The purpose of the Mock Trial competitions is to stimulate and encourage deeper understanding and appreciation of the American legal system. Important objectives include: improving proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and reasoning skills; promoting effective communication and cooperation between the educational and legal communities; providing an opportunity to compete in an academic setting; and promoting tolerance, professionalism, and cooperation among other young people of diverse interests and abilities. Students work closely for 6 months with Judges and Attorneys of Collier County. Most preparation and practices will be held after school and in the evenings.
Model United Nations
Student delegates study a foreign nation in depth, researching related topics of global interest. They learn parliamentary procedure, practice specialized writing formats, and learn the diplomatic art of negotiation and compromise. Months of study culminate in several conferences, Boston College’s Eagle MUN, Bishop Verot’s COPMUN, FGCU’s SWFLAMUN, and UCF’s KnightsMUN. Using the knowledge gained from their research of assigned countries and international issues, students negotiate among widely divergent views as they argue for and defend the positions of their nations.
Key Club is a service organization sponsored by a local Kiwanis Club for high school students. The objective is the development of initiative, leadership ability, and good citizenship practices. The Key Club, which meets briefly every Thursday during break, plans and participates in a variety of service activities in the community throughout the year.
Admissions Ambassadors Club
The Admissions Ambassadors are a select group of CSN students who are dedicated to the positive promotion of Community School of Naples. Student ambassadors serve as the official hosts and hostesses of the school, and are the first point of contact to many prospective visitors to the CSN campus each year! The goal of the Student Ambassador program is to educate prospective students, families, school groups and the general public on the programs and resources and student life at Community School of Naples through leading campus tours, and various enrollment and donor cultivation events. This privilege is available for application for the current student body in the 9th – 12th grade classes. Students may apply and then be invited to serve in the program. The Seahawk Ambassadors serve as an essential component in the school’s total enrollment and public relations efforts.
Spectrum aims to expose students to important current events in a safe, inclusive environment that gives them an opportunity to discuss prevalent topics in a supportive and productive way. The goal is to provide students with a place in which they can receive, digest, and ruminate on information that is currently shaping not only the global community, but also our CSN community. Topics include but will not be limited to issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and identity. Unlike a club that focuses on one particular topic or point of view, Spectrum aims to unite students with different perspectives through engaging discussion and reflection.
This program is based on the philosophy that a juvenile offender is less likely to continue to be an offender when a jury of their peers decides the punishment. Volunteers in this program earn valuable experience in addition to service hours as they serve in the roles of attorneys, bailiffs, clerks, and jurors. Collier County Teen Court meets on Wednesday evenings.
Annually, thirty students from five different levels of French represent CSN at the state competition in Orlando. At Congres, students compete individually in 25 events, including poetry recitation, impromptu speech, conversation, and reading comprehension. As a team, students also present a theater piece, a skit, a scrapbook, and a project in addition to competing in a French scholar bowl.
Florida Junior Classical League is an organization for high school students that promotes the study of Latin, Greek, and classical civilization. Members of the CSN FJCL chapter practice throughout the year to compete at both regional and state Latin Forum. Competitions include academic tests, creative contests, and a Latin scholar bowl called Certamen.
Each year members of the Spanish Team meet weekly to prepare for the annual State Spanish Conferencia, which takes place in March in Orlando. A maximum of 16 students from all levels compose our team and compete against other Florida schools in the areas of impromptu speaking, poetry recitation, and presentation of a dramatic piece. There are also opportunities to compete in music and dance, as well as cultural dress/regional costumes.