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Learning Happens


Outside the Classroom

Our students learn best with multi-sensory approaches and consistent academic and social strategies. For these reasons, classroom learning is complemented by rich, hands-on, and experiential curricula, and ample opportunities to develop and practice social and academic skills.


Whether students are participating in after school clubs and activities, service learning, outdoor education, cooperative games or trips out into our community – these experiences are enriching their learning and social-emotional growth. 

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Clubs & After School Activities

Library Club

Library Club is open to all students and meets Friday mornings before school, 8:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m. Join Library Club for brain teasers, reading, puzzles, board games and current events discussions.  Enjoy a relaxing Friday morning with your friends in the Library! 

Sports Club

Sport Club is open to all students and runs before school starts, 8:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.  Students participate in a variety of team sports, focusing on teamwork and sportsmanship. It's a fun way to start the day. 

Sub Shop

Join Sub Shop to build career and interpersonal skills and learn many aspects of running a real business!  There are many positions available for students in every grade level.  Students apply for positions, interview and then are selected for specific jobs.  Sub Shop employees manage the shop every Wednesday during lunch.

Drama Club

The Norman Howard School Drama Club was launched in late 2012 and returned performing arts to the school. At its core, the drama club promotes creativity, builds confidence and improves school performance. Students not only showcase their talents but also participate in a shared learning experience; they gain self-confidence, learn to trust their ideas and abilities, learn to work as a team, cooperate and collaborate with one another, learn to take risks and to trust themselves, others and the process… skills that transcend time. The 2019-2020 school year production will be Peter Pan, Jr. 

Science & Forensics Club

Students have fun while exploring science through demonstrations, guided experiments and group projects.  Science club meets once a quarter. 

Chess Club

Students have an opportunity to play friendly games of chess against their peers and teachers in a low-stress environment. Students of all levels are welcome to join.  Chess club meets during Advisory.

Yearbook Club

Students work together and with faculty advisors to produce the beautiful, 100- page, color yearbook. Students demonstrate their creativity by selecting a theme, developing ideas and concepts, selecting photography, writing copy, selling advertising and doing all the tasks associated with publishing. Yearbook Club typically meets during Advisory on Fridays.

Ski Club

Ski Club participants visit Bristol Mountain to take advantage of the wonders of winter sports. In addition to improving their skiing or snowboarding abilities, students form close relationships with their teachers and peers. Ski Club takes place on Thursdays in January & February for an average of five trips.  An all-day ski trip rounds out the season and students can sign up to just attend the all day trip if they don’t want to commit to the “whole” season.   

Photography Club

The Photography Club combines photography with leadership development. Students in the club work on perfecting the photography skills learned in the classroom or try some of the unique and more challenging aspects of photography such as hand coloring prints, experimenting with infrared film and digital photography. The club holds “Roundtable meetings” where darkroom concerns are discussed, new ideas are presented and contests are posted. Officers of the darkroom are elected by their peers at these meetings. Officers are responsible for maintaining organization in the darkroom and assisting other students. Students in the club earn a rank, beginning with Junior Officer all the way to Senior Executive. Students advance through the ranks as their photography and leadership skills develop. The club also participates in a number of photographic and non-photographic social activities such as movies, bowling, museums and trips to amusement parks. The purpose of the club is to create a true love for the art of photography while developing practical social skills and leadership qualities in all students. 

Best Buddies

The Best Buddies program fosters one-to-one friendships between students with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Norman Howard School club members meet with students from Holy Childhood once a month to engage in fun activities that promote social interaction and relationship building. The Best Buddies program is an opportunity for students at Norman Howard to offer social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion for a population that is often isolated and excluded. Through their participation, people with IDD form meaningful connections with their peers, gain self-confidence and self-esteem, and share interests, experiences and activities that many other individuals enjoy.

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