Student OrganizationsBeyond the classroom, Upper School students have opportunities to participate in a wide variety of groups, including:
Student-run and supported by Mr. Pete Sinclair
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.
Boy Scouts – Troop 43 FIS
Mr. Bryce Williams, Scoutmaster, and Ms. Martha Boston-Majetic and Ms. Karen Bluff, Chairpeople
The Boy Scouts offers FIS boys an opportunity to learn new skills, meet challenges, work as teams and experience leadership roles. The Boy Scouts experience helps build members' first aid, camping, hiking, safety and wellness skills, enabling them to earn a diverse set of merit badges and ultimately, an Eagle Scout Rank – of which Troop 43 has a rich heritage. Troop 43 is part of the Trans Atlantic Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Learn more about the Boy Scouts Troop 43 at FIS.
Frankfurt International School Herald (FISH)
Ms. Ashley van der Meer, Adviser
The Frankfurt International School Herald is the Upper School's newspaper, created by Grade 6-12 students.
Mme Cita Lotz, Adviser
The French Club promotes the francophone language and culture through a variety of events and activities that include discussions, films, songs, games, food tasting and cultural celebrations. In addition to a one-day trip to the Christmas Market in Strasbourg, France the club also participates in a five-day trip to a French-speaking country. The trip is open to French Club members only in Grades 7-11. The French Club is open to all students who learn French, and are interested in speaking the French language and learning more about francophone cultures.
Global Issues Network
Mr. Pete Sinclair, Adviser
The Global Issues Network's mission is to help students realize they can make a difference by empowering them to work internationally with their peers to develop solutions for global issues.
Model United Nations
Ms. Celia Nater, Adviser
The MUN club engages in an authentic simulation of the United Nations system by learning about the UN system, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation. MUN team members have fun learning about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events.
Peer Educators (Grades 10-12)
Ms. Zina Sawabini and Ms. Jessica Angelidis, Advisers
Peer Educators is a group of students who inform the student body on a variety of social and health-related issues. Peer Eds have put on assemblies to address topics like “Respect,” and have held homeroom discussions surrounding substance abuse, healthy eating, smoking and bullying. Besides connecting with other students on important issues throughout the school year, Peer Educators get the chance to hone their public speaking and presentation skills.
Saalburg and Limes Project
Dr. Henrik Langelueddecke, Adviser
Since 1999, volunteers from FIS have worked with archaeologists from the Vortaunus Museum (Oberursel) and the Saalburg Museum (Bad Homburg) to save the Celtic and Roman ruins. In 2010, FIS was awarded the Patenschaft over the Roman frontier sites (Limes). Students participating in the Limes Project look after the remaining watch towers and forts during regular trips to the Feldberg region reporting damage, clearing undergrowth, signposting the locations and preparing information signs.
Senior Students Forum (Grades 9-12)
Student-run and supported by Mr. Pete Sinclair
The Senior Student Forum is an open forum for Grade 9-12 students that provides a link to the faculty at FIS. The aim is to represent the students’ interests and concerns, striving to bring about positive change in the school environment.
Spanish Club (Grades 8-10)
Fabian Gagliano, Adviser
The Spanish Club offers a variety of activities that allow students to learn more about the Spanish language and its culture. Activities include viewing Spanish movies, working in the Spanish Club booth at Applefest, dancing, cooking, dining at Spanish restaurants, and participating in the annual trip to Spain.
Student Ambassadors (Grades 6-8)
Ms. Charlene Aspinwall, Adviser
Student Ambassadors help create a welcoming atmosphere for new students, assist Grade 5 students in their transition to the Upper School and recognize and celebrate student birthdays. Ambassadors also bid farewell to leaving students.
Student Athletic Council
Mr. William Moncrief (Grades 9-12) and Mr. Todd Kearns (Grades 6-8), Advisers
This student-run organization works with the Athletic Department and Athletic Booster Club to promote sports and support athletes. Participation includes planning pep assemblies, wearing the "Frankie the Warrior Bear" mascot outfit, organizing dodge ball tournaments and more. The Council meets weekly and all students are welcome.
Student Council (Grades 6-8)
Heather Neal, Adviser
The 6-8 Student Council meets on a regular basis to discuss issues important to students and organize and facilitate various activities like School Spirit Days. The 6-8 Student Council also sponsors three student dances per year, and supports the 6-8 Charity: The Afghanistan Action Project, which provides funding for schools in Afghanistan.
“The Well” Literary Magazine (Grades 9-12)
Ms. Aodhnait Donnelly, Adviser
The Well, a magazine of creativity, showcases the original writing and art of the FIS community. The staff is made up of Grade 9-12 students who learn a myriad of publishing skills necessary to produce professional publications – both in print, and online – and who collect material from students, staff, parents, and alumni to create the magazine, which is published at the end of each school year.