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Our Saint Mary’s 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:             Wednesdays: 2:00 PM (Zoom)

Moderator Email:         bthomas@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:              No weekly meetings scheduled – As needed for events

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:              No weekly meetings scheduled – As needed for events

Moderator Email:         ovoltaire@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.

Meeting Time:   No meetings students submit applications at the beginning of each term

Moderator Email:         jmcmanus@stmchs.org

Celebrating Cultures & Traditions – Moderator:  Amy Gonzales

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:             Tuesdays: 12:00 Noon

Moderator Email:         agonzales@stmchs.org

Circle SM – Moderator:  Ms. Molinelli

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.

Meeting Time:             No weekly meetings scheduled – As needed for events

Moderator Email:         cmolinelli@stmchs.org

Cosmology Club – Moderator: Joe Palladino

Do you know what the Fermi paradox, Shrodinger’s cat, and the Many World’s Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics all have in common? Come and find out by joining the Cosmology Club. Through our meetings and discussion’s we will achieve a better understanding of the origins of our universe and theorize the reason for our existence.  We’ll watch videos, have discussions about cosmology topics and even venture out to do some star gazing.

Meeting Time:             Wednesdays: 2:30 pm (Zoom)

Moderator Email:         jpalladino@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:      Tuesdays: 2:00 PM

Moderator Email:         cmahoney@stmchs.org

DECA – Business Club – Moderator: TBD (Cathy Molinelli)

Are you interested in learning more about the business world?  DECA is a global organization that has been working with both high school and college students for over 75 years . DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, hospitality and management. In this club you will be practicing leadership skills such as goal setting, consensus building and project management as well as building the necessary life skills to succeed in college and beyond. 

Meeting Time:            Wednesday: 2:30 PM (Zoom)

Moderator Email:        cmolinelli@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:            Tuesdays: 12:00 Noon

Moderator Email:         ktierney@stmchs.org

Gaming 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: 3:00 PM (Zoom         

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 eating snacks.  Occasional campus performances for interested members!

Meeting Time:             Fridays: 2:30 pm (Zoom)

Moderator Email:         sfoster@stmchs.org

 

Ministry Team – Moderator:  Susan Foster

Join the Ministry Team to help plan liturgies, prayer services and other spiritual activities. 

Meeting Time:             No weekly meetings scheduled – As needed for liturgies and prayer

Moderator Email:         sfoster@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 early February. Season runs from September-February.

Meeting Time:              Tuesday & Thursdays: 2:00 PM

Moderator Email:         lgallien@stmchs.org

 

Mountain Biking Club – Moderator:  Casey Filson

The Mountain Biking Club will ride one to two trails a week from the month of September through October. Each participant will need an adequate bike for trail riding, a helmet, and water and trail snacks. We will ride trails in Tilden Park, Briones Park, Joaquin Miller Park, and China Camp in Marin. Students will be responsible for transporting themselves to and from the trailheads. Most rides will be between 6-12 miles. Mountain Biking experience is preferred .

Meeting Time:              Wednesdays: 3:00 PM – Meet at the site

Moderator Email:         cfilson@stmchs.org

 

National Honor Society (NHS) – Moderator:  Becky Policar

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:             Thursdays: 1:00 PM

Moderator Email:         rpolicar@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:             Tuesdays: 1:00 pm

Moderator Email:         dpaulson@stmchs.org

 

Outdoor Club – Moderator:  Susan Foster

The Outdoor Club welcomes students and faculty to participate in recreational activities outside the classroom and in the natural environment. We hike, camp, play in the snow, and more depending on interest of the group.  Past events have included kayaking and horse-back riding. We strive to create a sense of community and stewardship among our members. No previous experience necessary, all who have a sense of adventure are welcome.

Meeting Time:               Pending

Moderator Emails:       sfoster@stmchs.org

 

Panther Press – Journalism – Moderator: Catherine Mahoney

Calling all writers, editors, photographers and designers.  Panther Press is the official Saint Mary’s student newsletter, complete with information from Student Leadership and beyond regarding all the fun activities, programs and people Saint Mary’s is proud to be home to . This newsletter all features campus opinion columns and Panther spotlights on students, faculty and staff. Whatever talent you possess, come join us and make Panther Press a reality.

Meeting Times:             Thursdays: 1:00 pm

Moderator Email:         cmahoney@stmchs.org

 

Panther Production Crew – Moderators: Brother Dan & Matthew Chiantella

Interested in creating content for the morning announcements this year? This group of students helps to create, produce and edit the videos for our announcement team.

Meeting Times:             Wednesdays: 2:00 pm (Zoom)

Moderator Email:         BrotherDan@stmchs.org & mchiantella@stmchs.org

 

Panther Road Biking Club – Moderators: David Simril & James Quach

This Road Bike Riding Club is welcome to all levels of riders. Rides will primarily take place on the local San Francisco Bay Trails. Looking forward to experiencing the beautiful Bay Area scenic views while exercising and enjoying the fresh air.

Meeting Times:             Tuesdays: 1:00 pm – Meet at the site

Moderator Email:      dsimril@stmchs.org & jquach@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

 

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:             Thursdays: 2:00 pm

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:               Tuesdays: 12:00 Noon

Moderator Email:         swesley@stmchs.org

 

S.A.L.T. (Social Action – Lasallian Team) – Moderator:  Clare McCormick & Mr. Sommers

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: 2:00 pm (Zoom)

Moderator Email:         cmccormick@stmchs.org & msommers@stmchs.org

 

Skateboarding Club – Moderator: Craig Stuphin

The Saint Mary’s College High School Skateboarding Club is dedicated to empowering students in the areas of community development, creativity, personal resilience and fitness. We combine social and emotional learning with skateboarding to build creativity. No prior experience is required. Everyone is welcome.

Meeting Time:             Thursdays: 3:00 PM

Moderator Email:         cstuphin@stmchs.org

 

Soccer Tactics Club – Moderator:  Rob Riccardi

Soccer Tactics Club is a space where fans of the beautiful game can discuss the evolution of tactics in global soccer by watching past games and analyzing them together . We will be breaking down team formations, systems, in-game adjustments, as well as touching on the business pressures influencing soccer. Everyone is welcome!

Meeting Time:             Wednesdays: 2:30 pm (Zoom)

Moderator Email:         rriccardi@stmchs.org

 

Song Writing Club – Moderator:  Karina Becerra

Never even thought of writing a song? No problem! Come bounce ideas off of other artistic individuals and become famous!  Get working on that creative side of yours – all are welcome!

Meeting Time:             Tuesdays: 1:00 pm

Moderator Email:         hdavey@stmchs.org

 

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 – A-Block

Moderator Email:         hdavey@stmchs.org

 

Student Leadership – Moderator:  Cathy Molinelli & Matthew Chiantella

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 .

Moderator Email:        cmolinelli@stmchs.org & mchiantella@stmchs.org

 

Team Admissions & Activities Group (TAAG) – Moderator: Amy Gonzales

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!  No weekly meetings are scheduled.  We meet as needed before events.

Meeting Time:             No weekly meetings scheduled – As needed for events

Moderator Email:         agonzales@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:             Thursdays: 3:00 pm

Moderator Email:         cduffala@stmchs.org

 

Yearbook – Moderator: Dawn Paulson

Be a part of documenting everything that makes Saint Mary’s so special – join the Yearbook staff! Prior experience is not necessary, but your commitment to being a part of a team to meet deadlines is! Learn how to design page spreads and use your creativity skills and imagination to capture the events happening on campus and in distance learning this year.

Meeting Time:             Tuesdays: 1:00 pm

Moderator Email:         dpaulson@stmchs.org

 

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