Student Life Activities
Student Life at The Summit includes a variety of activities and experiences. All Upper School students have the opportunity and are encouraged to initiate, develop, facilitate, and evaluate activities, clubs, programs and events.
Leadership is taught and practiced as students engage in opportunities that range from student government, school dances, after school tutoring of inner-city students, working with advisement groups on high ropes courses, and making meals for the homeless, to building and launching rockets from Williams Field. Some students may choose to serve Mass or be the defense attorney on a Mock Trial team; some will compete in state wide competitions in math, science, languages and social studies; others will dance in the chorus of the spring musical. What differentiates The Summit from other schools is the opportunity to participate in an array of activities and the chance to step up to the call of leadership. The Summit culture encourages students to stretch beyond their comfort zone and explore new interests.
Students who are involved have rewarding experiences at The Summit. There is an expectation that all students will participate in co-curricular activities. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to get involved and to try new things; juniors and seniors are encouraged to create and initiate new ideas, continue traditions, and be positive role models and leaders for other students.
The kick-off to a spirited and exciting new school year includes activities and announcements in our morning assembly and a club fair to inform all students of what Student Life has to offer them. We then re-energize activities with a mid-year club fair. The school year winds down with various awards, recognitions and celebrations of the past year, and in many cases, elections, assessments, and re-visioning for the year to come.
We hope all students find something that interests them, and if not, we encourage our students to start something new.
For more information contact Laura Haas, Director of Student Activities, at [email protected] or 871-4700, ext. 227.
Clubs and Activities
Here is a listing of the many clubs and activities in the Upper School.
The team competes with other schools in various local and state academic competitions. Since we started competing The Summit has finished No. 1 in the league and/or the tournament.
A student directed talent show encourages students to share their artistic talents and gifts with the community. Several times a year, students and faculty enjoy singing, dancing, dramatic readings, poetry, instrumental performances, bands, and comic routines. Some Arts Forums include displays of paintings, drawings and ceramics.
The school community enjoys several performances by those students involved in the band. The band also participates in sports and other school events, community competitions, and tours.
The purpose of the birthday buddies club is a service project that provides birthday cheer to the elderly in nursing homes.
Chapel Talks have become a rite of passage for many Summit students. Seniors have the option to deliver a talk each year, speaking a few minutes about their passions, commitment and world view. The program is the culmination of a deliberately sequence oratory practice starting in the freshmen year.
The newest world language taught at The Summit has a club for students so they can learn and experience the Chinese culture.
Chorus and Camerata
The choirs of the Upper School present three major performances each year and often sing at liturgies, and other school and alumni events. The choirs participate in competitions and enjoy travel opportunities.
The student senate selects topics that are pertinent to the common good of the school. These topics are then presented to the student body by student speakers and are followed by faculty and student discussion groups.
Diversity and Inclusion
Students discuss and implement ideas that raise awareness and foster cultural and ethnic respect within the school community. This team often is involved n programs outside the school and with students from other schools. D&I is an active team that creates and implements programs each year for our school community.
Ellipsis is a student publication of creative writing and art work. There is much to be shared and thought about at the heart of these artists.
Days of Grace and Wisdom
The entire Upper School community together participates in a retreat program that fosters the development of one’s relationship with self, others, and God. The program is a progressive four year experience that includes traditional retreats, community service and experiential outdoor challenges.
The HOUSE includes a representative from each advisement group. Every student is expected to serve a minimum of one quarter on the HOUSE. These reps support the common good of the US community, provide open and necessary communications between the Student Senate and the student body, initiate change, help with a number of all school activities, and are critical in organizing various drives and collections.
Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Program
Each year The Summit participates in the Ohio regional conference of the internationally acclaimed HOBY program. For nearly 50 years HOBY has provide leadership education and development to young people all over the world. This is one of our most popular opportunities with students; every student who has had the opportunity to go has loved their experience.
The Upper School begins each school year with grade level activities that help faculty and students reconnect and build community. Activities include team building initiatives at Camp Joy, visiting the zoo and botanical gardens, activities at Miami Whitewater Park, and swimming at Coney Island.
Insight is the student newspaper of The Upper School. Student writers and editors create and produce publications monthly.
This club works to increase technology awareness and knowledge, learn about IT career choices and offers students opportunities to work with other schools.
This is a service club that initiates and facilitates service opportunities for the school community. Associated with the Kiwanis Club the Key Club raises and donates money to student selected causes and programs, and in the process provide education and increased awareness for the school community. Key Club also sponsors a monthly service project for the Upper School including various drives and collections, and plans service activities within the school between different grades.
Students share their passion for Latin and classical studies. The club offers many opportunities for field trips and competitions locally, state-wide, and nationally.
Students interested in mathematics enjoy sharing their problem solving skills in after school activities. Throughout the year they compete in various tests and competitions locally, state-wide, and nationally.
Miami Valley Conference Forum
Summit student athletes participate in discussions and activities to promote sportsmanship and athletic integrity with student athletes from other MVC schools.
This is a statewide program that teaches law through courtroom simulations. Students act as legal teams and court professionals. They conduct research, build their cases, and compete with other schools in mock trials. During the process, students have the chance to work with legal professionals as mentors.
National Honor Society
Juniors and seniors who meet qualifications may apply for membership in our chapter of The National Honor Society. Members participate in a school tutoring program and two service projects.
Students work with the Campus Minister and religion faculty to plan Masses, prayer services, and ecumenical services, and to offer support to members of the community in need.
A few clubs involve politics. Some are for discussion and debate, such as the lunch meeting of the Politics club, and some are for competition with other schools, such as the World Affairs Council.
A number of our clubs are intended for recreation. They are clubs meant for meeting new friends and having fun. These clubs include rock climbing, pep and ski clubs.
Regional Youth Leadership
Students apply and are invited to participate in the Tri-State's Regional Youth Leadership program. This program offers students from school in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky a series of educational experiences and workshops about leadership.
The Rostrum is our school yearbook. Students work as editors and photographers in creating the all-school yearbook. They participate in workshops and training sessions to develop the skills needed for layout, design and publication. This activity involves working with each division of the school and is a wonderful challenge in creative leadership.
Interested students may help Senate plan and implement three school dances each year. All students and guests are invited to the Homecoming dance and the Winter dance. The dances are planned by the student Senate and HOUSE. Juniors and seniors are invited to the prom, and the junior class is responsible for planning and implementing the prom.
There are several science clubs including opportunities for students to work in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental sciences. This clubs attend lectures and seminars, takes field trips, build and launch rockets, engage in lots of hands on experiences, and offer peer education.
At mid-year twelve juniors are elected to a year’s term on the Student Senate. The Senate is involved in the day to day activities of the Upper School. They are an important link in the communication between administration, faculty, and students. The Senate facilitates activity of the HOUSE and supports the activities of other clubs and organizations.
Senior Search is a special opportunity outside the classroom in which students can demonstrate independent study skills by designing their own learning experience – whether they want to explore the career paths they have in mind or pursue a passion.
This yearly program is a student initiated, planned, and facilitated experiential learning module reflecting on the issues of homelessness. Each year the students select a specific concern that becomes the educational focus of that year’s experience.
Spirit Rallies and Assemblies
Our student Senate leads weekly assemblies and various spirit activities and pep rallies throughout the year.
Summer Learning Experiences
Our Summer School offers students a wide variety of classes and specialty camps so students have an opportunity to explore academic content, athletics and the arts in a fun, hands-on, interactive, safe environment on our Cincinnati campus. While Summit faculty teaches many of the academic, art and music offerings, notable professionals are invited to campus for a number of special-interest studies.
Actors and actresses of the Upper School perform a dramatic play or comedy in the fall and a musical in the spring. The school has an association with both a thespian group and a Shakespearean organization.
Our spring Unity Day is an event that brings the entire Upper School together for a day of fun and learning with the students from several area grade schools. Students, faculty, and parents work together in the planning and implementing of the day.
This club learns about video production while doing projects in video production that are beneficial to the school.
Academic Team: Mr. Wells
Adopt a Grandparent Club: Ms. Collier
American Sign Language Team: Mrs. Girkin
Arts Forum: Mrs. Merrill
Batter for the Better: Mrs. Volpenhein
Birthday Buddies: Mrs. Volpenhein
Biology Club: Mrs. Suder
Chapel Talks: Mrs. Vetter
Chinese Club: Mrs. Pang
Chorus and Camerata: Mrs. Merrill
Community Club: Mrs. Feldhaus
Current Events Club: Dr. Law
Days of Grace and Wisdom: Mrs. Volpenhein
Diversity and Inclusion: Ms. Rosero, Mrs. Wermes
Ellipsis (A magazine for the Curiously Simple): Mr. Kelly
Emergency Cold Shelter of N. Ky.: Mrs. Wermes
IMAP: Mrs. Volpenhein
Insight: Mrs. Desch
INTERalliance/Innovation: Mr. Kitsinis
Key Club: Ms. Lipovsky
Latin Club: Mr. Dean
Math Club: Mr. Unwin
Model UN: Mr. Hilton
Mock Trial: Ms. Cronin
National Honor Society: Mrs. Desch, Mrs. Feldhaus
Pep Band: Mr. Browning
Pep Club: Dr. Law
Recycling Club: Ms. Roedig
Rock Climbing Club: Ms. Collier, Ms. Cooney
Rostrum (yearbook): Dr. Law
Senate and HOUSE: Mr. Baechtold, Ms. Haas, Mrs. Duggan
Ski Club: Mrs. Northern
Spectrum: Mrs. Thurston
Stage Crew Club: Mr. Peters
Stress Management Club: Mr. Fee
Student Liaison Club: Mrs. Bissmeyer
Tender Mercies: Mrs. Feldhaus
Unity Day: Ms. Haas
Video Club: Mrs. Northern
World Quest Club: Mrs. Feldhaus