Art Club (Open Studio)

Open Studio is a time for Niles West High School students enrolled in Visual Arts courses to gain some additional studio time, one-on-one teacher instruction and/or opportunities to work alongside their peers. Open Studio also is a great way for aspiring art students to further develop their portfolio, photograph finished artworks and ready their artwork for exhibition. Open Studio meets every Wednesday after school from 3:30-4:30pm in the Art room 1780.

SponsorJohn Zilewicz ~ [email protected]
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Choir Board 

Choir Board is an elected group of choir students who serve the needs of the Choir and its students.

Special functions/events  Niles West choir activities
Sponsor: TBA
Meeting Schedule: TBA 

Clay Club (change from Graphic Arts Club)

Open to students who are currently enrolled in or have previously completed Ceramics 1 or 2 at Niles West High School. It is open studio time for students to work on projects of their choice. You will have access to clay, glaze, pottery wheels, and all other tools and equipment used in class. ​

SponsorBarb Wismer ~ [email protected]
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Color Guard/Winter Guard

The Niles West Color Guard is an interpretive dance group, which combines visual effect with marching. The guard performs with the Marching Band in autumn, and indoors for a winter show. In Marching Band, the guard’s movement and effects add to the theme and visual appeal of the band as a whole.

After the outdoor marching season, the guard joins Indoor Drumline for a smaller, indoor show. Together, the guard and drumline are a performing art of rhythm and motion. Winter Guard brings music to life through advanced spinning technique and emotion that is not practicable in a hurry across a football field.

Special functions/events: Performances at athletic events and assemblies
SponsorMichael Tseitlin ~ [email protected]
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Creative Cooking Club

The Creative Cooking Club offers students interested in cooking, but who do not have a cooking class in their schedule, a chance to cook. Students decide what kind of food they want to prepare. Some foods that have been prepared are fajitas, cookies, brownies, cakes, pizza, and calzones. Come join us and have fun learning to cook!

***MUST BE ENROLLED IN A COOKING CLASS OR HAVE TAKEN A COOKING CLASS TO PARTICIPATE***Special functions/events: Numerous cooking opportunities
SponsorMaria Kelly ~ [email protected]
Meeting Schedule: Every other Wednesday, Room 1545 @3:30PM. Ask Ms. Kelly for any details

Expressions (Creative Writing Club)

Images is a creative writing club that produces Niles West’s literary magazine. Students who are interested in art and writing can submit their work year-round for possible publication. During meetings, members talk casually about stories and poems that they enjoy, write creatively, and occasionally share their work. Bring an open mind, snacks, and music to our Thursday meetings.\

SponsorMichelle Lewis ~ [email protected]
Meeting Schedule: Mondays @ 3:00 PM, please contact Ms. Lewis for meeting details.

ExtraCurricular Choral Groups – Echo Effect, High Fidelity 

These auditioned, extra-curricular choirs sings a variety of music from Jazz, Traditional, Madrigal, Holiday, R&B, Pop, and Rock.

Echo Effect
Special functions/events: Numerous concerts and assembly performances
Sponsor: Carl Alexander ~ [email protected]
Meeting Schedule:
Echo Effect  TBA          
High Fidelity  TBA

Fashion Club 

Are you interested in fashion? Do you think you have an eye for style? If you like discussing fashions, going to and participating in shows, constructing garments and helping people, come check out Fashion Club.

Special functions/events: Annual fashion show, numerous club meetings
Sponsor: Michelle Kline ~ [email protected]
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FCCLA Family, Career, Community Leaders of America

A dynamic leadership organization designed for students who want to be focused and involved leaders in their community. Plan and take charge of various school and community service projects throughout the year! Also, students participate in a variety of regional, state and national competitions!

*Must be in a Family and Consumer Science class to compete*

Special functions/events: Compete at state and regional levels
SponsorKaitlin Anderson ~ [email protected]
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Jazz Band

The Niles West Jazz Band consists of the most elite members from the academic bands. Its fine players join so they can step up to play challenging jazz. In Jazz Band, students have the opportunity to reach their true music potential. Jazz Band starts at the conclusion of marching season, meeting every Monday and Thursday through May. They appear in ten events and competitions per season! Mr. Adamsons directs the band as professionals, and keeps them motivated with (quite humorous) insights of experience.

Special functions/events: Numerous concerts and assembly performances
SponsorsJustin Johnson ~ [email protected]
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Marching Band

Marching Band is the biggest ensemble at Niles West. Marching Band connects with the community through performances at football games and the Lincolnwood Memorial Day Parade. In fall, they perform a field show at halftime and play the school song for touchdowns, and contribute spirit with frequent song segments played in the stands. They travel to band competitions every year, and have appeared in nationally televised events. The rush one gets in Marching Band is unlike most-any other. Most importantly, Marching Band is a place to form long-lasting friendships.

Special functions/events: Performances at athletic events and assemblies
SponsorJustin Johnson ~ [email protected]
Meeting Schedule: TBA


What is Orchesis? Orchesis is a dance company organized and run by students and supervised by the directors. It gives students interested in dance an opportunity to learn and choreograph dances, hold auditions, lead rehearsals, select lighting and costumes, and perform in front of a live audience in the Robert L. Johnson Auditorium. Auditions are in September.

Orchesis is a great learning experience. Dedication is very important. Dancers chosen for this group must devote much of their time to rehearsals. Rehearsals are held every Wednesday & Friday, and on select Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Dancers are also responsible for purchasing all dance attire needed for performances and rehearsals. Fundraisers will be scheduled in order to help pay for dance attire.

Special functions/events: Orchesis dance concert; performance at Spring spirit assembly & Dance Marathon
Sponsor: Kristen Baron ~ [email protected]
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Orchestra Board

The Niles West Orchestra Board is made up of orchestra members who help promote Orchestra activities and participate in several community service projects. The Orchestra Board is responsible for maintaining the orchestra web site, publishing the orchestra newsletter, promoting our concerts, students and activities and helping to run the orchestra program. The orchestra board also has several community service projects throughout the year, which include running the Niles West/University of Illinois Junior High Orchestra Consortium, collecting food for the Niles Township food pantry and collecting money for various charities

*Members of the Orchestra Board must also be active in any of the Niles West Orchestras*

Special functions/events: Support Niles West orchestra activities
Sponsor: TBA
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Poetry Slam

8 select students comprise the main body of the team; however, there are anywhere of up to ten people who come to practice.  Those eight students compose and perform original works of poetry.  The clubs meets weekly for the purpose of drafting, revising, and critically listening to the work done by members.  Also, team members meet to study the craft of poetics and to keep informed of new trends and performers in the spoken word community.  Two club-sponsored readings take place in the fall and the spring.  Additionally, the poetry slam team competes in the annual, city-wide poetry competition, Louder than a Bomb.  This event, sponsored by Young Chicago Authors, hosts a month-long spoken word festival.  It takes a minimum of 5 months of work to prepare a 3 min poem to perform for the stage.

Special Events: The annual, city-wide poetry competition, Louder Than A Bomb
SponsorPaul Bellwoar ~ [email protected]
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Pop ‘n Rock Club

POP ‘n ROCK our Pep Band, is an extra curricular activity that begins in November and runs through May.  From November through February Pop ‘n Rock performs at Pep Assemblies and basketball games. After Basketball season Pop ‘n Rock morphs into our second Jazz Band and culminates the year performing at our gala end of the year Pasta ‘n Pops dinner concert. All wind, percussion and guitar players are welcome to join this group, which also acts as a training band for the Jazz Band.

SponsorJustin Johnson ~ [email protected]
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Rock ‘n Roll Club

Rock & Roll Club allows musicians of all musical backgrounds to come together and share their individual musical talents with others and to be openly accepted by their fellow musicians. All musicians have a place to go where they can express themselves musically, see how other musicians play, and better understand the beauty of music in full.  Beginners are encouraged to join!

Special functions/events: Numerous meetings/jam sessions; participation in Variety Show
SponsorSteven Lander ~ [email protected] 
Meeting ScheduleWednesdays @3:30 PM, Room 2165

Theater Department Productions

Cast & crew of theatre productions is open to all students and is an excellent way for students interested in theater to get started. There are opportunities to help build sets, make costumes, and work with sound and lighting.

Special functions/events: Five formal productions and several student-run “informal” productions

SponsorAndy Sinclair ~ [email protected]
Meeting Schedule: TBA

Thespian Troupe #1714 of the International Thespian Society

The International Thespian Society is an honor society for actors and theater technicians who work with costuming, sets, and/or lighting. Members participate in an annual conference each January with 4,000 delegates from across Illinois.

*To qualify for membership, students must document at least 100 hours equaling 10 thespian points in at least two facets of theatre*

Special functions/events: Annual conference; supporting Niles West theatre activities.
SponsorAndy Sinclair ~ [email protected]
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Variety Show

Sponsors: Tony Comstock and Stephanie Lau
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Auditions: TBA
Rehearsal: TBA
Variety Show Event Date: TBA