club descriptions

Aerospace Club

meets every other Tuesday at lunch in B107

Aerospace club is dedicated to exploring the science behind all things that fly including airplanes, rockets, and spacecraft of all types through interesting and educational activities.

Advisor: Alice Carvalho

American Sign Language Club

meets every other Friday at lunch in B111

American Sign Language Club’s purpose is to help teach students sign language while volunteering and becoming active members of the deaf community. We teach starting with the basics, so everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary!

Advisor: Niloofar Vakili (S1) & Natalie Owsley (S2)

Animal Welfare Club

meets at lunch in C104 every other Friday

The purpose of the club is to bring together students that are passionate about animal welfare and provide them with an opportunity to discuss animal welfare issues. It is also meant to provide students with an opportunity to volunteer to help solve animal welfare issues.

Advisor: Megan Rupe

Art Club / NAHS

meets every other Thursday at lunch in D1

Art club/ NAHS members volunteer on-campus events (backdrop paintings, window decorations), off campus activities (Palo Alto Art Center volunteering, Vargas Elementary School, community festivals), and attend socials hosted by the club. Our purpose is to expand art awareness in Homestead and the community.

Advisor: Katie Schiltz

Badminton Club

meets every other Tuesday at lunch in S4

The main purpose of the Badminton Club is to provide HHS students who are interested in badminton to learn about the sport and how to play the sport. In addition, we provide a social atmosphere where people who enjoy badminton can get together.

Advisor: Sam Fung

California Scholarship Federation (CSF)

meets once a month on Wednesdays at brunch in P4

CSF promotes good citizenship via providing opportunities for community service. Members that complete four semesters get a gold cord senior year.

Advisor: Jessica Buffum

Chess Club

meets every Monday and Friday A204

There are no membership fees, no required meetings or requirements, and no presentations, making it what I think is a special club. Members usually just come in within 20 seconds of the lunch bell, take a Chess board, and sit down to play and eat lunch.

Advisor: Gary Auten

Design It

meets every other Friday after school in P3

Design It aims to spread graphic design in the community through workshops led by officers and members, design competitions within the club, commissions from other organizations on campus, and design-related guest speakers or events.

Advisor: Edmond Kwong

Drama Club/ITS

meets Fridays at lunch in the auditorium

Our goal is to provide HHS students a way to get involved with theatre, whether they are enrolled in a theatre class or not. Students who show exemplary commitment to the club and theatre arts will be rewarded with induction into the International Thespian Society (ITS), Troupe #3553.

Advisor: Leslie Lloyd

Engineering Club

meets every Fridays at lunch in B107

Engineering Club hosts events at high-tech companies to restore or spark the pursuing of engineering in the next generation of scientists.

Advisor: Alice Carvalho

Fashion Club

meets every Fridays at Lunch in C102

Our club focuses on preparing members for the annual fashion show by exposing them to the world of fashion. We hold sketching workshops, sewing workshops, DIY workshops, and movie socials.

Advisor: Clara Dee

Footprints Christian Club

meets every Friday’s at lunch in S4

Homestead’s Footprints is a Christian Club where students can meet other peers and learn about Christianity; in a respectful environment.

Advisor: Sam Fung

French Club / FNHS

meets every other Wednesday at lunch in L104

FNHS/French Club’s goal is to get students excited about French culture. We organize events and activities that touch on different aspects of French culture, but, more importantly, we have a ton of fun! Through activities such as Crêpe-Making Socials, Cheese-Tasting Fairs, Ciné Club, Jeopardy Game Nights, Multicultural Nights, Palo Alto French Fairs, outings to museums, and much more, FNHS exposes students to French culture and allows them to learn about French life.

Advisor: Muriel Von Stein


meets every other Tuesday in L101

Frontier is Homestead’s art and literature magazine. We seek to publish fiction and creative non-fiction works as a counterpart to the Epitaph.

Advisor: Mary Jo Gunderson

Future Business Leaders of America

meets every other Tuesdays at lunch in A207

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) is the largest student-run business organization in the world that prepares students for college and the business world by building skills such as public speaking, networking, and leadership through opportunities such as business competitions, overnight leadership conferences, business tours, and interactive projects and workshops. Homestead FBLA is proud to be the #1 FBLA chapter in the nation, and we are dedicated to preparing our members for success in business and careers.

Advisor: Byron Lee, Graeme Logie, Helen Carlson

Future Physicians of America

meets every other Thursday at lunch in S8

Future Physicians of America provides medicine bound students exposure to the medical field through various lectures by physicians, researchers, and pre-med focused colleges, visits to different medical facilities, volunteering at hospitals, and activities that raise awareness about health care problems around the world.

Advisor: Natalie Della-Santina

Fwd: love

meets the third Thursday of every month at lunch in A114

fwd:Love is a club that strives to lift and lighten the atmosphere on the Homestead campus and in the community through our monthly activities, projects, and campaigns.

Advisor: Wilma Wu

Genders and Sexualities Alliance

meets every other Thursday in C101 at lunch

An accepting environment for all members of the LGBT community and its supporters to promote awareness and equality.

Advisor: James Ratti

Green Ops

meets every other Thursday at lunch in K1

We are a club that promotes environmental awareness and sustainability on the HHS campus. Throughout the year, we have different initiatives and activities to get the student population involved in the environmental movement.

Advisor: George Bechara

HHS Yoga and Fitness Club

meets every other Thursday at lunch in L111

HHS Yoga & Fitness is Homestead’s only wellness club! We empower students to reach their health goals in a body-positive environment while promoting the movement for accessible wellness.

Advisor: Kelly Ronsheimer

Hip Hop Club

meets every Wednesday at lunch in Black Box

Hip Hop Club unites all break dancers to collaborate and learn off each other from different moves.

Advisor: Leslie Lloyd

Homestead Cancer Society

meets every other Tuesday at lunch in L104

Homestead Cancer Society is a club dedicated to spreading knowledge about the different types of cancer and fundraising for research institutions and nonprofit organizations. Members will be able to volunteer at insightful local events and help organize school-wide activities to join the fight against cancer.

Advisor: Muriel Von Stein

Homestead Studios

meets every Fridays at lunch in C211

Homestead Studios is a place where students who have an interest in filmmaking and movies can come and share their ideas. They can also work together to create new movies and use their skills to expand and grow the filmmaking community.

Advisor: Ed Riley

Homestead TEDx

meets once every month on Wednesday at lunch in A210

Homestead TEDx aims to create a collaborative community where young minds share ideas through meetings and conferences.

Advisor: Angie Esswien


meeting times vary in S4

Indopak is an Indian-Pakistani club that spreads Indian-Pakistani culture through a few dance teams student are able to tryout in, practicing both older and more modern styles of Indian-Pakistani dancing.

Advisor: Richard Porticos

Investments Club

meets every other Thursday at lunch in B101

Investments club introduces members to the finance industry through guest speakers, lessons about topics such as stocks, investment strategies, and market cycles, analysis of economic news, and interactive simulations. The club also aims to help the community through a financial literacy project.

Advisor: Shawn Southerd

Japanese National Honor Society

meets every other Wednesday at lunch in L103

Japanese National Honor Society promotes and teaches Japanese culture through volunteer events, socials, and various other activities.

Advisor: Junko Birdsong

Key Club

meets the first and third Wednesdays at lunch in A114

Key Club International is the world’s largest student-led high school service organization. We volunteer in the community throughout the year. Membership is open year-round. Come join us!

Advisor: Jessica Kirby

Korean Student Association

meets every other Thursday Lunch B106

Korean Student Association’s purpose is to promote Korean culture within the student body through open events such as socials and K-pop dance lessons, as well as raise awareness of events involving Korea.

Advisor: Gary Yoshida (S1) & Zenas Lee (S2)

Latino Student Concord

meets every other Tuesday at lunch in S1

Latino Student Concord is the space for all things Latino. You will find that LSC unifies Latino students, represents Latino students, educates non-Latinos on Latino culture, and makes people of all backgrounds feel welcome.

Advisor: Sara Moreno & Lawrence Ruiz

Life In Focus (Photography)

meets every other Wednesday at lunch in F103

The purpose of Life in Focus is to collaborate with students interested in photography and to use that interest in order to serve the Homestead Community.

Advisor: Edmond Kwong

Math Club

meets at lunch in B101 on every Friday

Math Club is a great place to learn new math, attend competitions such as AMC10/12, and solve fun problems!

Advisor: Shawn Southerd & Angie Esswein

Mock Trial

meets every Friday at 3:30 PM in C205

Mock trial is a selective club where the team students compete against other schools in a criminal law trial. The club is designed to teach students about the courtroom procedure and is tailored toward case theory, witness preparation, and acting. Students prepare for competition by rehearsing public speaking through witness direct and cross examinations, going over the rules of evidence, objections, and on-the-spot thinking such as those needed in closing arguments. Please contact Mrs. Wilson for more information!

Advisor: Susan Wilson

Model United Nations

meets every other Wednesday at lunch in C104

The main purpose of Model United Nations is to create a platform for people who are interested in international politics and public speaking. We attend conferences where members debate and work with others to resolve real international issues.

Advisor: Megan Rupe

Muslim Student Association

meets the last Friday of every month in B209

MSA is club for Muslim and non-Muslim students to have a community on campus where they can share culture, ideas, and experiences. Club meetings are held in the forms of socials, hands-on cultural presentations, or discussions on current events.

Advisor: Daniela Hurst-Ruiz

National Chinese Honor Society (NCHS)

meets at brunch in L112 on Tuesday/Thursday

National Chinese Honor Society provides students with various opportunities for academic and social endeavors. Students are given the opportunity to partake in linguistic and cultural activities relevant to those found in ethnic groups that have adopted elements of Chinese culture and language.

Advisor: Vivian Ju

National Honor Society

meets the first Wednesday of the month at lunch in B206/7.

NHS is a community service organization that recognizes and brings together students who show high achievement in scholarship, leadership, service, and character development. Members develop leadership and communication skills through working together on a focused annual project and participating in a variety of community service projects, to make a difference in our community and in the world.

Advisor: Erin Ronan

Octagon Club

meets every other Thursday at lunch in L105

Octagon is volunteer club with a focus on impacting our local community.

Advisor: Viky Morales

Programming Club

meets every Wednesdays after 7th skinny in A211

Programming club excites members not just about coding, but about creating–mobile, apps, websites, video games, anything that can be developed with a keyboard and a wild imagination. The club caters towards all levels of programming skill and hosts a variety of tech company tours and mini-competitions for prizes.

Advisor: John Shelby

Quiz Bowl

meets every Thursday and Friday in B103/104

Quiz Bowl is an buzzer-style competition where teams of four students compete in history, science, literature, fine arts, and other subjects. We attend tournaments around the Bay Area, and last year we placed 8th at the national tournament.

Advisor: Greg Burroughs & Andrea Westgate

Red Cross

meets every other Tuesday at lunch in C210

A volunteering club that prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergency by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.

Advisor: Steve Lavelle


Meetings vary

Homestead Robotics is part of the FIRST Robotics Competition in which members are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build an industrial-size robot to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. See more at

Advisor: Greg Burroughs

Russian Student Union

meets Thursdays at lunch in the library

To diversify our community with a greater appreciation for Russian culture and provide a friendly environment for Russian speakers.

Advisor: Amity Bateman

Science For Change / SNHS

meets every other Tuesday at lunch in S2

Science For Change is a non-competition-based science club that promotes exploration and having fun with science. Members learn about various science topics through experiments, guest speakers, and activities that combine science and community service. Hardworking members are inducted into the Science National Honor Society.

Advisor: Sukhraj Sohal

Science Bowl

meets Thursdays at lunch in S6

At Science Bowl, we hold weekly buzzer practices during our meetings. Our goal is to compete at the Regional competition and win.

Advisor: Jeff Herbst

Science Olympiad

meets every other Thursday at lunch in K1

Science Olympiad has two different teams which each brings students to the regional, state, and national competition. During the school year, competitors prepare for their respective competitions and learn more about the STEM courses.

Advisor: John Shelby & George Bechara

Scream Team

meets the last Thursday of every month at lunch in S5

Scream Team encourages school spirit at Homestead athletic events by organizing a student cheer section and increasing the enthusiasm of spectators. Our purpose is to create a positive environment at sports games and to encourage Homestead students to cheer on their peers.

Advisor: Chris Nafrada

Spanish Club / Spanish National Honor Society

meets the second Thursday of each month at lunch in L110

SNHS/Spanish Club is a club meant to immerse students in Spanish Culture. Our volunteer events help students reach out to Spanish populations in need; our socials allow students to eat, speak, and learn Spanish!

Advisor: Paco Arevalo

Speech and Debate Club/Speech and Debate Honor Society

meets every other Monday at Lunch in C104

Speech and Debate Club develops public speaking and debating skills through various workshops and competitions that range from arguing over political events of the day to acting out a scene from the Lord of the Rings.

Advisor: Megan Rupe (S1) & Natalie Owsley (S2)

Table Top Club

meets every Friday at lunch in C200

Tabletop Club aims to build a community of people who enjoy playing board and card games. We play and discuss different games each week when we meet.

Advisor: Christina Graham

The Differences Among Us

meets every other Wednesday at lunch in C208

TDAU strives to educate the community about the various special needs in our community. By working with local organization, hosting in-school events, such as intra-district dances and awareness weeks, and volunteering outside of school, we promote awareness and acceptance of everyone, with and without special needs.

Advisor: Rani August

The Hugs Project

meets in L106 the third Thursday of each month

The Hugs Project strives to aid the needs of numerous military communities all around the U.S., especially in the Bay Area. Our mission is to raise awareness of the difficulties that many of our soldiers have to face in the Middle East while serving and once they come back home.

Advisor: Lidia Ingah

Tomorrow’s Physicists

First Wednesday of every month in Lunch in K2

A club focused on aiding students in their scientific pursuits via study groups, career-oriented events and guest speakers, competitions, and unique lab activities.

Advisor: George Bechara

Tri-M National Music Honor Society/ Forte

meets every other Tuesday at lunch in Band Room

Tri-M is a music honor society restricted to students meeting the GPA and music class requirement, whereas Forte, the other part of our club, is open to all students. Both sections are committed to serving the community through music. Some events include performing at senior homes, teaching at elementary school music programs, and holding benefit concerts.

Advisor: John Burn

Women’s Empowerment Ambassadors

meets every other Tuesday lunch in C207

WEA provides insight and education on the importance of gender equality by fundraising, advocating, volunteering, and influencing Homestead students to join together and help put an end to discrimination.

Advisor: Debbie Vanni

(updated as of 10/17/2017)