CLUBS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

ACADEMIC COACHING
Moderators:  Mrs. Joyce Sevem, Mrs. Cindy Mayer and Mrs. Pat Dreste 
Academic coaches are student volunteers (sophomores, juniors, and seniors) who share their time and expertise to help other students of any grade level accomplish their academic goals.  Coaches are expected to meet at least once per cycle (30-45 minutes) with their assigned student, help the student understand concepts but not give her the answers, encourage the student to keep pace with the class, help the student prepare for tests and encourage her to take them in a timely fashion, do extra drilling (such as vocabulary, formulas, etc.), and follow the direction provided by the teacher of the course.  The coach is NOT expected to teach the course or to know everything there is to know about the assignment the student is working on.  Coaches earn certificates and are treated to a recognition breakfast is held at the end of the year.

A CAPPELLA GROUP
Moderator:  Mrs. Melissa Gummersheimer
The purpose of our a cappella group at Notre Dame is to provide students with an outlet to express themselves, but not in the conventional sense.  We want to give students the opportunity to experience the independent form of music that a cappella is.  We want students to have the opportunity to make music with their voices by singing the lyrics and the instruments.  Mostly, what we want students to get out of this is the ability to have fun and sing together while putting a smile on other people’s faces.  
 
ATHLETICS
Athletic Director:  Mr. Mark Bayens
Fall – Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Softball, Tennis and Volleyball 
Winter – Basketball, Cheerleading, Racquetball and Swimming
Spring – Lacrosse, Soccer and Track.

Students need to meet academic eligibility requirements as listed in the Student/Parent Handbook.  Sports banquets are held near the end of each sport season to honor all athletes and confer awards.
 
ART CLUB
Moderator:  Mrs. Ellen Royal
Art Club is open to any student who is either currently enrolled in or has already taken the course Introduction to Art.  The club has various artistic projects and events throughout the year.  Some events are open to all students, whether you feel you have artistic talent or not.  The executive board meets on a weekly basis, but the club members may only meet once or twice per month during academic & special event periods.

BETA CHI PI SOCIETY 
Moderator: S. Celine Schumacher, SSND
This science club is for students with a love for science.  Beta Chi Pi provides a forum where students can participate in science related activities including demonstrations, video clips, discussions, speakers and field trips to expand their knowledge of and interest in the sciences.  Students receive points for serving as officers and for participating in meetings, club sponsored activities and field trips.  Awards are given at the end of the year based on the number of cumulative points earned. 
 
CHINESE CLUB 
Moderator:  Chinese Teacher
Students taking Chinese and others in the school community will enjoy preparing for and celebrating the Chinese New Year each February.  The club elects a president and secretary who help to organize club activities which focus on cultural activities, a Chinese contest at Webster University each April, and time to increase one’s capability in speaking Chinese.

EARTH TEAM
Moderator:  Ms. Amanda Meehan 
The mission of the Earth Team is to educate the Notre Dame Community and help students and faculty get involved in protecting and preserving the environment.  We will focus on beautifying our campus, educating the faculty and students on issues facing our environment today and fundraising for a more eco friendly school. 

HARRY POTTER CLUB 
Moderator:  Ms. Amanda Meehan and Ms. Kate Ellerbrake
This student–initiated group works to bring the magic of Hogwarts to Notre Dame. Although members are sorted into four houses, they work together on projects, crafts, service, and raising house points by testing their Harry Potter knowledge with trivia. Everyone looks forward to our annual quidditch game and an end-of-the-year feast to see who wins the house cup!

INTERNET CULTURE CLUB
Moderator: Sean Jones
See Mr. Jones if you are interested in more details about this club.

LIBRARY GUILD
Moderator:  Ms. Amanda Meehan
Student volunteers act as library assistants.  They check out and reshelf books and process magazines giving the librarian more time to work with students.  They coordinate a once-a-semester "Locker Clean-out" and earn spirit hours throughout the year.
 
M.I.T. (Marthas In Training)
Moderator: Ms. Bev Miller 
The slogan of this group is “Helping Hands and Happy Hearts!”  Students involved in this group use many of the skills they learn in their Family and Consumer Sciences classes such as cooking, sewing and working with young children.  This club is open to any level student at NDHS…no previous experience or classes are required.

Activities include:  Breakfast with Santa, Cook-Offs between class levels, sewing super hero capes for children in hospitals, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, cooking meals for Ronald McDonald House and Fisher House, The Princess Tea and other craft activities throughout the year.  Dues are $10.00.

ND PLAYERS
Moderator:  Mrs. Anna De Merit
ND Players is the drama club at Notre Dame.  It offers students many opportunities for fun and friends.  ND Players sponsors two major productions each year, a classroom Coffee House production, a White Elephant Auction, and  2 club fundraisers.  Over the last few years ND has worked with Veterans’ Hospital in JB.  We collected personal items for the veterans at Christmastime and were honored to be asked to be in the audience at the veterans’ fine arts show. ND Players also sponsors can collections for the local food pantry with the slogan WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.   In 2016 we will once again be a member of Cappies.  Dues for the club are $7.00 and due before Oct. 1.
 
REBEL WRITERS
Moderator: Ms. Kate Ellerbrake & Mr. Tom Broekelmann
Rebel Writers was created to provide a creative outlet for the writers of ND. Whether you enjoy writing poetry, essays, short stories, screenplays, or anything of the sort, Rebel Writers is the club for you. The group gets together to share writing and bounce ideas off one another. In addition, the club is responsible for the publication of the ND literary zine, The Rebellion.

SHALOM CLUB 
Moderators:  Campus Ministry Team 
The purpose of Shalom is to share the School Sisters of Notre Dame vision and commitment for a “more just and truly human world.”  The club invites you to become actively involved both locally and globally in the spirit of SSND.  Students commit to spending time outside of ND working with women and children in need.  Students will spend time discussing and participating in activities that help them to gain the knowledge that ALL human life deserves to be respected from conception to natural death, and that we need to be voices for the voiceless.  Shalom club will help to create a culture of peace, justice, and respect for all of God’s creation in the ND school community.  Shalom will also help with liturgical events and planning school activities that relate to campus ministry.
 
STUDENT COUNCIL (STUCO)
Moderator:  Miss Christine Eichhorn
The members of STUCO suggest changes and plan activities for your class, homeroom, and school.  They also work on community projects.
You will elect the freshman class president and can serve as a delegate (an involved non-elected member.)  Meetings are open to all students.
Notre Dame Student Council is active in the St. Louis, Missouri and National Association of Student Councils.  STUCO members attend workshops in St. Louis and around the state, working with others to make our school, community, and world a better place.
STUCO sponsors activities such as dances, outreach service, teacher appreciation events, Spirit Week, leadership workshops, birthday announcements, appreciation days for clubs/sports, motivational speakers and movies.
To find out more information, attend the required Student Council Meeting for all Freshmen.


CAMPUS MINISTRY TEAM

Moderator:  Mrs. Catherine Hoeffken Burkart '02

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETIES

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Moderators:    Mrs. Joyce Sevem & Ms. Kate Ellerbrake
This society is open to juniors and seniors only.  They are chosen for membership by a faculty committee based on their academic record, good character, leadership ability, and service to school, church, and community.  Activities include:  American Red Cross Blood Drive, a formal induction ceremony, a fund-raiser, and service activities.

THE SOCIEDAD HONORARIA HISPÁNICA
Moderators: Mrs. Anna Hutchinson & Sean Jones
QUILL & SCROLL NATIONAL JOURNALISM SOCIETY.  
Moderators: Mrs. Ellen Royal & Tom Broekelmann

Membership for these societies is awarded by faculty in the respective departments based on academic performance, service and extra-curricular involvement.

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