“Creative Connections” is a weeklong Fine Arts workshop for students held in Oberwesel am Rhein. The art, music, and drama instructors first select students locally. Applications are forwarded to the DoDDS regional office where they undergo a rigorous second screening. Students who are selected spend a week studying in one of the ten workshops instructed by professional artists, dancers and actors from Europe and the United States. Interested students who wish to apply for “Creative Connections” should contact their Fine Arts instructor for details and application information during the Fall semester.
The FBLA are aspiring entrepreneurs who come together to form this club. The highlights of the year are two Europe-wide conferences. Workshops, lectures and competitions related to business dot the convention halls while DoDDS students from all over Europe get a chance to meet and share ideas. Those who place at the European conference get the chance to travel to the States.
The purpose of FEA is to maintain a community of students dedicated to the field of education and the profession of teaching. FEA establishes a network with the faculty, staff, and experienced educators in local school districts and professional educational organizations. FEA helps students explore financial aid and job opportunities in the field of education by providing opportunities to participate in conferences, conventions, workshops, and trips relevant to the profession.
provides students with an opportunity of do research on a topic in science, math, or engineering that he or she has chosen, and then share that research with other students in DoDDSEurope at a 3-day symposium in the spring. The top presenters go to Nationals in the States. Participation vastly increases a student’s chances of getting into a college and getting scholarships.
The focus of the 6-day ISLI is the instruction and development of leadership skills with students from DoDDS, the host nation, and international community schools. The faculty selects students who represent the school. The student participants at the Institute are expected to contribute to the roles of learner, planner, investigator, contributor, and team member.
MUN teaches parliamentary procedure and skills of debate, while keeping students abreast of the vital issues gripping the world today. The culmination of a semester of intensive classroom practice and research is participation in The Hague International Model United Nations conference in January. There, students participate in a mock UN session, along with 3,000 students from around the world. MUN offers excellent opportunities for students to improve leadership skills and expand their global awareness.
The technology club boasts the largest membership in the school. Students spend most of their time working on projects and preparing for the DoDDS STEMposium and the FIRST Robotics competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our group efforts and can span all areas of technology education. The Technology Club does well in international competition, having won the lion’s share of awards since our first competition more than a decade ago. Anyone having an interest in learning more about technology can join the club.
MUSS is for students interested in controversial issues, current events, and debate. MUSS debates are scheduled once a week from October through April, rotating between seminar and after school. Students role play United States Senators, lobbyists, and members of the executive branch in a simulation of the Senate. Participants research a wide variety of contemporary issues and prepare bills for discussion and debate. Parliamentary procedures used in legislative debating are an essential part of the debate and are easy to learn. In short, MUSS provides a forum for students to use a wide range of communication skills as they seek to promote and pass legislative proposals in a dynamic and challenging simulation. Students interested in trying out for the travel team, which goes to a student senate for four days in April, must also have taken or be taking the second semester course Contemporary Issues. This class helps students prepare for the simulation. It is not required for participation in the after school / seminar debates. If you like to argue the issues, MUSS is for you!