Clubs for Middle and High School Students

All Ensign Peak Academy middle and high school students in both the Live and Self-Paced Programs are invited to join any of the following clubs. There is no charge to participate in any club. Enroll by clicking the club link in the Student Center Clubs page.

Coding Club

Day and Time: Wednesday 5:00 pm Mountain Time

Starts April 7, 2021, ends May 26, 2021

No charge

Image: Rasberry Pi CC0 Abdulla Al Muhairi 

You are invited to join the Ensign Peak Academy Code Club! Have you ever wondered how your favorite games, apps, and social platforms work? We are starting a code club to teach you. In Code Club we are all about learning how to understand and create our own software. Club members will use a Raspberry Pi to start coding and essentially build their own mini coding computer.

You might be wondering why we are using a Raspberry Pi. It is a super versatile platform that you can use to build hundreds of fun projects. Check out some ideas at this website: Raspberry Pi Projects You will have the freedom to design whatever you want and the Raspberry Pi will give you that freedom.

Instead of copying someone else’s work, you will be able to create your own as well as understand other code that you see. This means that at the beginning of Code Club you will learn some basic steps and review some guides to help you when you get stuck. Most of all, you will have fun and enjoy creating things.

Required Equipment:

  • Raspberry Pi 4 model B (Here is one we recommend. The 2GB version of this is fine, but you can buy more GB if you want.)
  • SD Card with Raspbian
  • Charger-the Pi uses a USB C charger so you do not have to buy one if you have a switch/phone/tablet charger that is already compatible.
  • Display and Cable-The Pi is cheap because it does not come with a screen/monitor. It can be connected to any monitor/TV that has a HDMI or VGA port. The Pi has a micro HDMI port and then the other end will be HDMI or VGA depending on what you connect it to.
  • Keyboard-any keyboard you have around the house will work or you can order one cheaply online. Pi has USB ports so almost anything is compatible
  • Mouse-anyone you have around the house will work or you can order one cheaply online. Pi has USB ports so almost anything is compatible
Optional Equipment:
  • Aluminum Heatsink, to keep the Pi cooler and prevents overheating. (We won’t likely use enough processing power to make the Pi overheat, but it could extend the life of the Pi.)
  • Case (The Pi is designed to be used as is, but a case can protect it from damage and dirt.)

Coding Club Advisor: Amy Cloud

Amy Cloud earned a B.A. degree in Political Science and Economics from Brigham Young University in 2016. During her time as a student, Amy traveled to the Middle East to work and study on two separate occasions. Additionally, she was blessed with the opportunity to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cambodia. After graduation, she enlisted in the US Army as an Arabic linguist in order to serve her country. She served honorably for 5 years and during that time had the privilege to go on a combat deployment to Iraq. Through college and the military, Amy has a wide variety of teaching experience including; foreign languages, math, science, political science, and computer technology.

Amy currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and loves spending time with her nieces and nephews. She loves outdoor adventures, traveling to other countries, and learning about other cultures. Amy enjoys debating, working with her hands and spending time with her dog.

Writing Club

Day and Time: Starting January 10, 2021; Weekly on Wednesdays from 2:00 – 3:00 pm Mountain Time

No Charge

Welcome to Writing Club. Since the day when a caveman decided to draw his best friend, Urrg, being eaten by sabertooth tigers, people have used writing to express themselves, to communicate, and to connect. In writing club we are going to tell stories, create worlds, dream up people, and more. But we are also, as Nacho Libre said, get down to the nitty gritty–we’re going to help each other understand writing and each other better. So, be ready to learn some funky stuff and have fun.

Join by using the link in the Student Center.
Writing Club Advisor: Mike Cluff

In high school, a nutty New Yorker told Mike he might actually be good at writing. That crazy idea led Mike to college, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English: Creative Writing. It was in college where a crusty ol’ Chicagoan taught Mike the power of editing and revision. In tearing apart stories, Mike began learning what actually makes a great story. Teaching about writing isn’t just something Mike enjoys, it is a passion and a debt he owes to to his past mentors. Mike is a self-proclaimed geek–he loves fantasy and science fiction, board games, Minecraft, woodworking, and cooking. He loves playing games and watching movies with his wife and four kids. He lives in Caldwell, Idaho.

checkmate-1511866_640Chess Club

Day and Time: Weekly on Mondays from 11:00 – 12:00 pm Mountain Time

No Charge

The chess club holds various types of chess tournaments, on Chess.com

Join by using the link in the Student Center.

Chess Club President: Shane Southwick

shutterstock_278558111_youth study homework_mediumBook Club

Day and Time:  Monthly on the Last Monday of each month, 3:00 – 3:30 pm Mountain time.

No Charge

We meet each month to discuss a book!  We will vote on books to read, so we love hearing suggestions, and ask that you please send you requests. We will insure all books are a good fit for the Ensign Peak Academy Mission Statement. We hope to see you each month and discuss all of the wonderful books that are in store.

We we encourage you put your school work first. If you might not have the time to read the book during the day, an idea is to wake up 15 – 20 min. early to read our book.

Join by using the link in the Student Center.

Book Club President: Emma Crabtree

ART CLUB

Day and Time: Wednesdays, 3:00 to 4:00 pm Mountain Time

No Charge

Do you love art and can’t get enough of it? Do you want to take art class but can’t fit it into your schedule or it is not offered yet? Do you like to hang around the art people and do things with them? If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” you may be interested in joining the art club. It is open to any students enrolled in the Ensign Peak Academy Middle School or High School program.

The club activities will be student-driven with assistance and mentorship from the advisor. Suggested activities could include the following: group art projects; in-depth learning and work on individual art projects, virtual streaming (connected with phone, tablet or computer) field trips to art galleries, museums and studios, guest artist speakers, art discussions, community art service projects, and sponsoring an online art show periodically.

Join by using the link in the Student Center.

Art Club T-Shirt

Shipping Address

Marie, July 13Art Club Advisor: Miss Marie Withers, Artist and Teacher 

Miss Withers is an active artist and teacher. She continues to make art and sell art in galleries and at art shows, specifically landscape paintings and some illustrative work with portraits and the figure. Well-versed in using a variety of media, she creates with oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, pastel drawing, colored pencil, charcoal and graphite. She is also a graphic designer, having worked in that capacity for Brigham Young University for almost twenty years. She has a B.F.A in Art Education from Utah State University, with an emphasis in painting, and a Master’s Degree from BYU in Art Education. In her community, she teaches art lessons and classes to all ages and participates in community mural projects. One of her delights is working with students and encouraging them in their art goals.

Here are some of Miss Withers art pieces:

Club Create!

Day and Time: Tuesday 2:00 – 3:00 pm Mountain time

No Charge

Attention creators of all kinds, we are hosting a club just for you!  Whether you are a writer, artist, role-player, game designer, musician, or creator-at-large, come join us!  Share what you are creating, get ideas and constructive feedback for your projects and future ideas.  Combine talents with other creators for amazing projects, or work on your own in a dedicated space.  Most importantly meet new people and build strong friendships over the things you love to do most.  The club will be hosted in Canvas allowing for collaboration even outside of club hours.  Weekly video meetings will allow us to share our most exciting ideas and new creations in real-time.  The only thing we are missing is you, so sign-up today!

Join by using the link in the Student Center.

Club Create Theme:

Jennifer WheelerClub Create Advisor: Jennifer Wheeler

Jennifer Wheeler is an avid book reader and lover of all things literature, writing, and music.  As an English Education Major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Jen added a love of teaching to her love of literature. After receiving a B.S. in English Education from IUP, Jen taught for several years in the Fairfax County Public School System where she instructed 10th and 11th grade students in English and Language Arts.  During that time, she also served as a curriculum developer and testing coordinator for her team.

Jen and her husband John married in 2006 and were blessed a year later with a beautiful daughter. They have been homeschooling their four children since their oldest, Katie, entered Kindergarten in 2011. Jen is interested in various homeschooling philosophies and methods and was blessed to serve as the president of the East Coast Conference Team of Latter-day Saint Home Educators for three years.  As a life-
long learner, she is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Online Education and Technology for Instructional Design at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.

In her “spare time,” Jen loves to read, knit, spin, make music, and go on adventures. She is affectionately named “The Energizer Bunny” by those who are closest to her because she never stops going, and truly finds joy in learning and adventuring wherever the Lord leads her