Clubs & Organizations

Our Mission Statement and Lasallian Educational Outcomes are witness to our commitment to diversity. We believe that our school must be an example of men and women of various cultures, identities, and backgrounds working together to create one, united community. With this goal in mind, Saint Mary’s does not allow or support clubs or organizations that divide the community by ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or economics. 

There are opportunities offered throughout the year when we learn from and celebrate the many cultural and social differences that make Saint Mary’s a dynamic and vibrant community. Through our curriculum and programs, we are committed to continually exploring the best ways to integrate various perspectives through literature, the arts, history, religious studies, and the Inclusive Community Project.

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Anime Club – Moderator: Brian Thomas
The Anime Club meets weekly on Thursdays to watch different anime series which are decided by club members with approval of the moderator. The Anime Club hosts a movie night which is open to all students and facilitates a group trip to Fanime Con at the end of May.

Meeting Time: Thursdays
When: Lunch
Location: Saint Joseph’s, Room 810
Moderator Email: bthomas@stmchs.org

Art Club – Moderator: Numo Jaeger
Come explore and enjoy art in a creative and relaxing environment. All are welcome!

Meeting Time: Wednesdays
When: A-Block
Location: Shea, Art Room, Room 101
Student Organizers: Sophia Cruz ’19 & Jonathan Franaszek ‘20
Moderator Email: njaeger@stmchs.org

Baker’s Club – Moderator: Clare McCormick
The Baker’s Club is open to all who enjoy baking. We sell our delicious creations to support our Lasallian Twin School, Saint Mary’s in Kenya. Our goal is to make over $1,000 per year for Kenya but also to enrich different events, like the Crab Feed, Christmas cookie decorating and run theater intermissions.

Meeting Time: Every other Friday
Fall Dates: Sept 28, Oct 12, 26 & Nov 9
When: Lunch
Location: Student Life Center – Shea
Moderator Email: cmccormick@stmchs.org

BBQ Club – Moderator: Olistide Voltaire
Want to change the world? Want to make friends? Want to learn a skill that will make you the most popular guy or gal at the picnic? Join the BBQ Club. Everyone claims they’re club is cookin’. Ours does literally. We cook at after-school parties, and lead the way to world peace through the grill.

Meeting Time: Fridays
When: A-Block
Location: Student Life Center – Shea
Moderator Email: ovoltaire@stmchs.org

Building Club – Moderator: Craig Sutphin
The Building Club is a great opportunity for students to join and work collaboratively on projects in areas such as carpentry. We will build items for students and for Saint Mary’s while having fun together.

Meeting Time: Thursdays
When: A-Block
Location: Brennan Hall, Room 415
Student Organizers: Manav Ajmani ’20 & Kian Farzaneh ‘20
Moderator Email: csutphin@stmchs.org

Business Club – Moderator: Craig Sutphin
The Business Club is a group of students working collectively to build strategic alliances of like-minded individuals who have interests in future economic trends and enjoy learning about the complexities of Business. This club will work to educate our community through discussions and presentations.

Meeting Time: Every other Wednesday
Fall Term: Sept 26, Oct 3, 17, Nov 7
When: A-Block
Location: Brennan Hall, Room 415
Student Organizers: Aquis Bryant ‘19 & Joseph Herbert ‘19
Moderator Email: csutphin@stmchs.org

Cardboard Club – Moderator: Numo Jaeger
This club will focus on creating artwork and inventions out of reusable materials and old art supplies. The goals for this club are to help inspire creativity, spread awareness about renewable materials and help students to interact with each other through their own work as well as to inspire inventions to benefit others in the “real” world.

Meeting Time: Wednesdays
When: A-Block
Location: Shea, Art Room, Room 101
Student Organizers: Rachel Herron ’22, Margare Schlegel ’22, Irene Lamparti ’22 & Lily Matthews ‘22
Moderator Email: njaeger@stmchs.org

Celebrating Cultures & Tradition’s – Moderators: Amy Gonzales & James Mullane
This organization honors and celebrates the traditions and festivities of the diverse cultures and ethnicities that make up the very special community of Saint Mary’s students and their families. Through discussions, meetings, and activities, our club will both engage and include the entire community in becoming aware and celebrating what makes each of us unique and special as well as united by coming to one table for food and fun throughout the school year. The culminating celebration of our year will be the school-wide “Culture and Tradition Fair” in May.

Meeting Time: Fridays
When: Lunch
Location: Murphy Hall, Room 224
Student Organizers: Pheobe Brock-Dolas ‘19, Bellul Yohannes ‘21 & Aron Correa ‘21
Moderator Email: agonzales@stmchs.org and
Moderator Email: jmullane@stmchs.org

Chess Club – Moderator: Cathy Molinelli
The Chess Club is a union of students seeking a mentally-stimulating form of relaxation and/or friendly competition after a long day of school. Club meetings will include, but are not limited to, tournaments, friendly matches, and lessons teaching strategies or simply how to play. Should the club and enough of its players develop sufficiently, we may also consider participating in official competitions against the chess clubs of other schools.

Meeting Time: Tuesdays
When: A-Block
Location: Student Life Center
Moderator Email: csutphin@stmchs.org and
Moderator Email: cmolinelli@stmchs.org

Circle SM – Moderator: Brother David
The Saint Mary’s College High School Circle SM is a student organization whose members represent the student body in various forms of leadership and service. This includes being the ambassadors of the SMCHS community at many school events, representing the Saint Mary’s student body with the offices of the President, the Principal, Admissions, Alumni, Advancement and Campus Ministry. As members of Circle SM, students are given the opportunity to develop their skills of leadership and public relations which include, but are not limited to, greeting and directing the public and impromptu speaking on topics related to our Saint Mary’s College High School Community.

No meetings scheduled – students need to talk with Brother David if they are interested in becoming a Circle SM member.

Moderator Email: brotherdavid@stmchs.org

California Scholarship Federation (CSF) – Moderator: Joan McManus
The California Scholarship Federation, usually called CSF, is a statewide honor society that fosters high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship on the part of California high school students. The motto of CSF is Scholarship for Service. The state central office of CSF approves our courses that make you eligible for membership. Membership is for one trimester and is based on trimester grades earned during students 10th-12th grade in high school. Students may join only during the application period of each trimester. Membership is not required and it is not automatic; students must reapply each trimester they are eligible. Generally, students need three A’s and one B in approved courses to be eligible to apply; however, students who are taking honors and AP classes may be eligible with fewer A’s. Students who are members for 6 trimesters, will receive special recognition at graduations as being a “CSF lifetime member “. Students who have questions about eligibility should check with the moderator.

No meetings scheduled – students need to submit their CSF forms after the end of each trimester.

Moderator Email: jmcmanus@stmchs.org

Creative Writers’ Club: PARADOX – Moderator: Catherine Mahoney
Come and write your voice! The Creative Writers’ club exists as a means of publishing the Saint Mary’s literary magazine, PARADOX, and of creating a supportive, collaborative creative writing community on campus. Members write together, offer one another positive feedback and share ideas. You will play with your writing, completing many casual pieces, as well as working toward more polished work.

Meeting Times: Wednesdays during A-Block for writing & collaboration
The 4th Wednesday at Lunch for monthly reading series
Fall Term: September 26, October 24, November 7
Location: Frates Hall, Room 321
Moderator Email: cmahoney@stmchs.org

Dissection Club – Moderator: John Forte
The Dissection Club uses dissections to compare the body plans of vertebrates and invertebrates. This club serves students who are serious about zoology or interested in the field of medicine directly connecting with their passion: medicine and anatomy. This club is a great chance to learn more about what is going on inside living things. For students continuing from year to year, it allows these students a chance to instruct the group with these dissections.

Meeting Time: Every other Tuesday
Fall Term: September 25, October 9 & 23, November 7
When: A-Block
Location: Brennan Hall, Room 413
Moderator Email: jforte@stmchs.org

Environmental Club – Moderator: Kathleen Tierney
This club will focus on promoting and educating students on the importance of environmental awareness in our community. We hope that through education our Saint Mary’s community will understand the importance of appreciating and respecting our environment.

Meeting Time: Every other Wednesday
When: Fall Term: September 26, October 3 & 17 and November 7
Location: St. Joseph’s, Room 810
Student Organizers: Eliza Pease ’21, Lindsey Blevins ’21, Blaze Goldstein ’20 & Wiona Tan ‘20
Moderator Email: ktierney@stmchs.org

Fair Trade Club – Moderator: Craig Sutphin
The Fair Trade club has turned Saint Mary’s into one the first Fair Trade certified high schools in Northern California. Through promotion, education, and outreach, this club seeks to help farmers in developing countries build sustainable businesses that positively influence their communities.

Meeting Time: Mondays
When: Lunch
Location: Brennan Hall, Room 415
Student Organizers: Finn Rudy ‘19 & Nic Lauxman ‘19
Moderator Email: csutphin@stmchs.org

Gamer Club: Moderator: Brian Thomas
The Gamer Club is a club for students interested in all forms of gaming whether it is console games, PC games, card games, board games or pen and paper role playing games. Smash Bros, Magic, Monopoly, Minecraft, Dungeons & Dragons – you name it, we play it. We will have time to play with friends after a week of hard work. We’ll host a Game Night & go to The Big Bad Con in October.

Meeting Time: Fridays
When: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Library
Moderator Email: bthomas@stmchs.org

Improv Club – Moderator: Susan Foster
Calling all students who enjoy playing improv games. We’ll practice our improv and acting skills while having fun and being silly!

Meeting Time: Mondays
When: Lunch
Location: Brennan Hall, Room 414
Student Organizer: Finnegan Butler ‘20 and Lucas Martin ’20
Moderator Email: sfoster@stmchs.org

Lyricists Lounge Club – Moderator: Mr. Gonzalez
This group of students will meet to hone their lyrical stylings, giving emphasis to writing exercises and collaborative work. Students will have the opportunity to stretch their vocabularies and learn how to write in concise ways. The goals will be to work to perform for the community.

Meeting Time: Every other Tuesday
Fall Term: October 2, 16, 30 and November 13
When: Lunch
Location: Frates Hall, Room 323
Moderator Email: aagonzalez@stmchs.org

Marvel Club – Moderator: Mr. Gonzalez
Marvel lovers unite! We will seek to engage in conversations from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and, from time to time, we’ll talk about comics. We will work to inform those who don’t know the story about what is happening in the comics as well as have debates on theories about the future of MCU. If you love comics, you’ll love this club.

Meeting Time: Every other Tuesday
Fall Term: September 25, October 9 & 23 and November 7
When: Lunch
Location: Frates Hall, Room 323
Student Organizers: Simone Fernandez ‘19, Nia Geathers Williams ‘19 & Nayeli Sanchez ‘19
Moderator Email: aagonzalez@stmchs.org

Mock Trial – Moderator: Lisa Gallien
The Alameda County Mock Trial Competition is a countywide high school criminal trial competition designed to increase understanding of our judicial system and the processes necessary to create a just society. Students will work with their team to develop cases for both the prosecution and defense sides; come competition time, they will have to be prepared to present both arguments. Each side will appoint students who will take on the roles of trial attorneys, witnesses, and pre-trial attorneys, in addition to one bailiff and one timekeeper. They will work together as a team to craft a strong, comprehensive, well-developed case that they will later present in competition in March.

Meeting Time: Fall Term: Wednesdays
Winter Term: Tuesdays & Thursdays
When: 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Frates Hall, Room 325
Moderator Email: lgallien@stmchs.org

National Honor Society (NHS) – Moderator: Robyn Canga
More than just an honor society, NHS honors those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character. At the same time, Saint Mary’s NHS students also serve as after-school tutors for their fellow Panthers.

Meeting Time: Every other Thursday
Fall Term: September 27, October 11 & 25 and November 8
When: Lunch
Location: Frates Hall, Room 327
Moderator Email: rcanga@stmchs.org

National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) – Moderator: Dawn Paulson
NHSDA is a program of the National Dance Education Organization that helps to advance the field of dance education while recognizing outstanding artistic merit, leadership and academic achievement in students studying dance by fostering an understanding of, and an appreciation for, dance as a true art form. Induction into NHSDA is earned through the accumulation of 30 points awarded for meritorious work in dance that meets the honor society’s general guidelines. In addition, students must meet a minimum 3.00 GPA requirement and demonstration of character, manifested through collaborative teamwork, motivation, and leadership in the many aspects of dance that may include choreography, performance, teaching, and production.

Meeting Time: Wednesdays
When: Lunch
Location: Auditorium
Moderator Email: dpaulson@stmchs.org

Outdoor Club – Moderators: John Forte & Susan Foster
The Outdoor Club is an organization of students and faculty whose purpose is sponsorship and participation in recreational activities outside the classroom and in the natural environment. The activities generally involve life-long sports like hiking or biking. We also sponsor more specialized outdoor activities like kayaking and/or Skiing/Snowboarding.

Meeting Time: Every other Tuesday
Fall Term: September 25, October 9, 23 and November 7
When: Lunch
Location: Brennan Hall, Room 413
Moderator Email: jforte@stmchs.org and
Moderator Email: sfoster@stmchs.org

Parkour & Ninja Warrior Club – Moderator: Simon Wesley
This club will provide an excellent opportunity for students of all abilities and experience to train in a fun and supportive environment and to promote an active lifestyle. Club members will train at local parkour, rock climbing and fitness gyms. Some include Apex Movement NorCal in Concord and Bridges Rock Gym in El Cerrito.

Meeting Time: Every other Tuesday
Fall Term: October 2, 16 & 30 and November 13
When: Lunch
Location: Murphy, Room 212
Student Organizer: Jerrick Pahati ‘19
Moderator Email: swesley@stmchs.org

Peer Assisted Learning Support (PALS) – Moderator: Andrea Panlilio
The PALS program is a wonderful opportunity for students to get involved in a leadership role by tutoring other students. Students who qualify to be a tutor will participate in a training program and will be paired with a peer who needs support in a particular subject. In order to qualify as a tutor, students must be in good academic standing and have solid (E or M) habits of scholarship. Additionally, students must complete a full course before tutoring in that specific subject area. Tutors meet with tutees one to two times a week during lunch or A-Block.

No meetings scheduled – students need to talk with Mrs. Panlilio if they are interested in becoming a PALS tutor.

Moderator Email: apanlilio@stmchs.org

Pep Band – Moderator: Elliot Nguyen
Through frequent rehearsals held outside of the normal instructional period, students in Pep Band will prepare songs for performance at football games, pep rallies, and other athletic/school events. Pep Band is an all-volunteer and student directed ensemble. Student members must be highly committed and demonstrate the ability to rehearse and perform independently. The ability to work collaboratively in peer groups is also required.

Meeting Time: Wednesdays
When: A-Block
Location: Pavillion
Moderator Email: enguyen@stmchs.org

The Peraltan: Yearbook Club – Moderator: Catherine Mahoney
The Yearbook Club commemorates important school events and achievements and chronicles the history of Saint Mary’s. We strive to innovate while maintaining a sense of history, to catch the eye while providing accurate information, and to celebrate the accomplishments of the entire student body. You will learn about copy editing, proof reading, design, meeting deadlines, and working with a team.

Meeting Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays – additional meetings as needed
When: A-Block
Location: Frates Hall, Room 321
Moderator Email: cmahoney@stmchs.org

Robotics Club – Moderator: Simon Wesley
The Robotics Club will focus on learning about and participating in activities such as building and programming a robot for Pioneers in Engineering (a robotics competition at University of California Berkeley), exploring other ways to compete in high school robotics, experimenting with 3D printing, and building other robotic contraptions like drones. Students of all experience levels are welcome!

Meeting Time: Wednesdays
When: Lunch
Location: Murphy, Room 212
Moderator Email: swesley@stmchs.org

Rock Climbing Club – Moderator: Simon Wesley
The Rock Climbing Club aims to create a supportive community for climbers of all levels. Members collaborate on improving technique and solving bouldering and climbing problems together through regular practice at local climbing gyms. Members will also work together to plan one or more trips to outdoor climbing venues to apply skills developed in the gym.

Meeting Time: Every other Tuesday
Fall Term: October 2, 16 & 30 and November 13
When: Lunch
Location: Murphy, Room 212
Moderator Email: swesley@stmchs.org

S.A.L.T. (Social Action – Lasallian Team) – Moderator: Clare McCormick
S.A.L.T. engages in living the Gospel imperative through Christian Community Service. We connect service and charity and promote social justice and social action while building community and having fun. We engage in programs with our immediate local community, the Catholic Diocese of Oakland, and the Lasallian District of San Francisco. We actively support our international Lasallian sisters and brothers, especially our twin school Saint Mary’s in Kenya, Bahay Pag-Asa in the Philippines, and Boys’ Town in India.

Meeting Time: Wednesdays
When: Lunch
Location: Brennan Hall, Room 413
Moderator Email: cmccormick@stmchs.org and
Moderator Email: msommers@stmchs.org

The Stagecraft Club – Moderator: Hannah Davey
The Stagecraft Club is an organization that prepares all of the elements of stagecraft for the Performing Arts productions on our campus. This includes the building of sets, lighting, video graphic projections, and audio mixing for all theatre, music and dance productions. We build and become a creative technical support team, which develops professional quality skills that can lead to internships in other performance venues throughout the Bay Area.

Meeting Time: Each School Day Prior to a Performance
When: A-Block
Location: Auditorium
Moderator Email: hdavey@stmchs.org

Sports Corner – Moderator: Rob Riccardi
Are you a sports enthusiast? Do you know how many days are left until the Warriors first game? Are you in a quandary when your favorite team is up against your fantasy football quarterback? Do you live watching Champions League? If this is you, consider joining our club. We are big sports fans and we are interested in joining other Panther fans to share our love of the game, almost any game. We wills watch games together at lunch, have a March Madness pool, attend and support Panther games together, and talk a lot of smack. It’s a place to let the depths of your sports obsessions reign free with other like minded students.

Meeting Time: Monday
When: Lunch
Location: Frates Hall, Room 323
Moderator Email: rriccardi@stmchs.org

Student Government & Leadership – Moderator: Cathy Molinelli
Student Leadership is responsible for coordinating campus events and assemblies – including student orientations, spirit days, Homecoming, Halloween, Christmas – as well as organizing dances, parties and generally promoting school spirit and building community within our school groups. Leadership at Saint Mary’s is committed to the value of granting student’s autonomy in the governance of their affairs, as a means towards creating a community based on shared purpose, trust, and tradition. Involvement in student leadership teaches students important lessons regarding the proper balance of freedom and responsibility.

Elected Student Government members meet as a group on the 1st Monday of each month during A-Block; there is a Student Government meeting scheduled for the last Monday of each month open to all students in the Student Life Center.

Moderator Email: cmolinelli@stmchs.org

Team Admissions & Activities Group (TA2G) – Moderator: Amy Gonzales & Cathy Molinelli
This team of students will assist on campus tours with the Admissions Office as well as helping for all student activities including freshman orientations, spirit weeks and dances. Students need to be willing to help out throughout the year, have a great attitude and love Saint Mary’s!

Meeting Time: Thursdays
When: A-Block
Location: Student Life Center
Moderator Email: agonzales@stmchs.org and
Moderator Email: cmolinelli@stmchs.org

Tumbling Club – Moderator: Christina Duffala
Ready to Rumble & Tumble? Get ready for a club dedicated to teaching young adolescents to rock and roll on and off the mat. The Tumbling Club will teach new skills to those of all levels of experience of tumbling. Whether you have prior experience or none at all, we will encourage those to get out of their comfort zones and TUMBLE!

Meeting Time: Every other Monday
Fall Term: October 1, 15 & 29, November 5
When: Lunch
Location: Auditorium
Student Organizers: Kendall Timmons ’19, Lindsey Wong ‘19
Moderator Email: cduffala@stmchs.org

Varsity Vocals – Moderator: Elliott Nguyen
This club was formed in 2010 as a co-curricular ensemble open to all student-musicians who wish to tackle more advanced repertoire. Through frequent rehearsals held outside of the normal instructional periods, students in Varsity Vocals perform for school events at Saint Mary’s and for Diocesan events around the East Bay. Student members must be highly committed and demonstrate the ability to rehearse and perform independently. The ability to work collaboratively in peer groups is also required.

Meeting Time: Monday’s
When: A-Block
Location: Pavillion
Moderator Email: enguyen@stmchs.org

Video Club – Moderator: Brother Dan
Video club will meet every week to share animation, film, or effect techniques as a community. This might include showing videos made in the past or teaching each other new software. The main purpose of the club would be to create videos for the school. When a video is needed by the school (ex. Student Leadership, liturgy, announcements), the video club could make it. It would be great to have access to school computers to edit video, but if not, members could bring laptops from home. Ideally, we would have access to some of the (generally considered) advanced video editing/animation software (e. g. Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Cinema 4D) that will help us explore and utilize more in-depth and creative effects. A goal for this club could be to develop a mind for creating professional-looking videos for the school (and possibly just for fun).

Meeting Time: A-Block
When: Fridays
Location: Shea, Media Lab, Room 102
Moderator Email: brotherdan@stmchs.org

Wellness Club – Moderator: Andrea Panlilio & Carla Harkness
The purpose of this club is to promote wellness, engagement, and academic excellence in the Saint Mary’s College High School Community. The Wellness Club meets twice a month to discuss programming focused on a healthy, well-balanced community. Some of the events we host include parent education evenings, recess before finals, yoga and meditation practices, and wellness announcements.

Meeting Time: Last Tuesday of each month
Fall Term: September 25, October 30 & November 6
When: A-Block
Location: Brennan Hall, Room 401
Moderator Email: apanlilio@stmchs.org or
Moderator Email: charkness@stmchs.org

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Club Guidelines

Purpose of Clubs:

To create a welcoming community for all students and faculty

To plan activities that support and enhance our school mission

To build school spirit by encouraging students to gather based on their common interests

To invite other students to join and become involved in the club

To communicate and invite the school community to upcoming events

Clubs need to:

Have a minimum of 10 active members in the club

Hold a minimum of 2 meetings per month

Have the following on file with the Club Coordinator:

Student leaders and contact information

Roster

Description of club

When and where you meet

Meeting notes

Report activities to the Club Coordinator each term which may be shared on the Student Life section of the website.

Host 1 campus event per term.

A campus wide event (lunch, after school, evening) is an event that all Saint Mary’s students are invited to participate in regardless of club membership.  For example, the Chess Club would teach students to play chess during lunch or host a competition during lunch; the RPG club hosts a game night on a Friday night.

Examples: Participate in the Club Fair, Homecoming, and Spirit Week

Collaborate and work with other clubs

Host a minimum 1 club activity per term.

A club activity is defined as an event that encourages socializing among club members.

For example, the Rock Climbing club goes to Bridges Rock Gym to climb after school. The Cultures & Traditions group invites a guest speaker to speak at lunch about a specific culture or tradition.

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Click here to download the Club Mission, Guidelines & Application Form