CLUBS, TEAMS, LEAGUES
The International School of Minnesota has a variety of clubs, teams, and leagues open for student, staff, and parent participation. Currently available: Math League, Ski and Board Club, Eden Prairie Foxjets Club Swimming, Debate, Robotics and Destination Imagination.
National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society
National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) are national organizations recognizing students for academic achievement, character, service, and leadership. NHS and NJHS are also affiliated with the Minnesota Association of Honor Societies. NHS and NJHS members participate in community service throughout the year and support all ISM students in achieving their academic potential.
Middle School Math League is a great way for students in grades 6-8 to learn additional math topics and apply problem solving skills. The team competes in five meets with other area Middle School students both as individuals and as a team.
Husky Snow Club
One of ISM’s largest and most popular clubs, The Snow Club organizes several trips to surrounding ski areas each year. Last year we had just over 100 members and went to Afton Alps, Wild Mountain, Trollhaugen, Welch Village and Spirit Mountain. The Ski and Snowboard Club’s goal is to improve the ISM experience by promoting skiing and snowboarding within the community. We bring together students and parents with diverse backgrounds, interests and levels of ski and snowboard experience in a fun and relaxed environment. All ISM students and families are invited to join.
Club Swimming - Foxjets
Team Foxjet, an elite swim club in Eden Prairie, runs practices after school in the ISM pool. Team Foxjet’s mission is to provide a fun, progressive, family-based team swimming experience for all swimmers, novice to national.
The team’s philosophy is to treat all swimmers equally and strive to help each one reach his or her goals, whether it’s to achieve that first C time, win a state title, or go to the Olympics.
Team Foxjet promotes the sport of competitive swimming’s core values of healthy lifestyle, self-discipline, and goal setting. In addition, swimmers learn life lessons of hard work and organization, develop strong friendships with their teammates, and have fun.
High school debate is a competitive intermural speaking activity. Several debate formats exist, but Lincoln-Douglas (LD) Debate, modeled after the famous Illinois senatorial debates of 1858, is the most widely practiced and accessible.
Debate hones the faculties of logic, reasoning, analysis, and critical thinking, preparing students to succeed in school, college, leadership, and life. Debaters practice both written and oral communication, learning how to persuade and convince through evidence and reason. Students who are applying to college among a large group of high-achieving peers can distinguish themselves from the crowd by putting debate on their applications; this demonstrates to admissions officials that they have gone the extra mile to develop their communication and critical thinking skills, areas that are always high on the list of college recruiters.
One of the newest and most exciting activities at ISM is the high school robotics team – named WE ROBOT. Started in the fall of 2008 by a few neophyte students and parent mentors, today the team boasts an active roster of 35 students who fill various rolls from marketing and communications, to engineering, design/build, and programming of the robot. The team is supported by more than a dozen professional mentors who volunteer their time each year teaching team members skills not learned in the classroom.
The Team is part of a national organization called FIRST Robotics, founded by über engineer Dean Kamen (inventor of the Segway). The goal of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is to not only teach students the technical and professional aspects of engineering, but to build self esteem and leadership skills in a team environment. The underlying philosophy of FIRST is “gracious professionalism.”
This year, the high school competition is fielding 2,343 teams and 58,000 students worldwide, and competing in 100 regional competitions. WE ROBOT will compete against 62 other high school teams in Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota, before heading to St. Louis to compete in the National Competition.
The Team’s objective is to enhance each member’s high school experience beyond what is taught in the classroom by implementing the values and goals of FIRST. In this way, each student is able to leave the team enriched with vital science, engineering, design, project management and real-life professional skills. Run like a company with multiple departments, the daunting task of building a functioning, competitive robot in six weeks challenges the Design/Build Group. The Marketing Group handles newsletters and communications. The Social Media Group designs and builds the Team’s award-winning website. The Finance Group works actively with existing and new sponsors to keep the team fiscally sound, and the Outreach Group holds robot demonstrations and participates with outside groups in multiple charitable activities.
Learn how to join the Robotics team and visit the WE ROBOT website.
Destination ImagiNation® (DI) is an exhilarating educational program in which students work in teams to solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. DI challenges incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), plus the arts and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the creative problem solving process.
DI teams from ISM have taken top honors at Regional, State, and Global Finals Tournaments.