Community Life + Clubs & Organizations
Student organizations and clubs are established by and for students to enrich their high school experience with cocurricular learning while connecting with peers who share common interests.
The Student Activities Program empowers students to become service-oriented leaders who aid their communities. The program provides opportunities that reflect student interest, nurture school pride and support the SHC Expected Schoolwide Learning Results (ESLRs), while developing relationships and community across all grade levels.
The Student Council is a representative group of the student body that organizes, coordinates and runs a variety of social, service and spirit activities throughout the school year. These students are elected or appointed to positions that require time, dedication and perseverance to provide the leadership that will inspire and enhance a sense of school pride and spirit.
- Art in Action
Art In Action is offered to all students grades 9 – 12. Students are encouraged to get creative with a range of mediums. No experience is necessary. Students are welcome to work on their own or take advantage of the available projects.
Art In Action meets the first White Period beginning the week after school begins.
Students must attend and participate in 75% of the meetings in order to get credit each semester.
Moderator: Brian McHugh
Badminton Club plays through the academic year and welcomes beginners, experienced players, and anyone in between. The club provides rackets, nets and birds with which to play, as well as guaranteed court space.
TBD (usually during white periods)
Moderator: Kirsten Weihl
- Block Club
Students who have earned an SHC Block through involvement in Visual & Performing Arts, Athletics (varsity level) or Community Life are eligible to apply for membership in the Block Club. The members of Block Club choose to serve the SHC community as representatives of the student body in various forms of leadership and service, including SHC community events (Back to School Night, Open House, liturgies and prayer services, alumni, development and Parents Association events).
Meetings are held three times a semester. Three meeting options are offered for each meeting. Students must attend one of the three meeting options.
To maintain an active membership in Block Club and to receive transcript credit, attendance at meetings is mandatory. Additionally, members must also serve at several SHC community activities or events each semester and at least three outside events each year.
Moderator: Janet Shapiro
The Broadcast Club provides students with a vehicle for learning and enhancing verbal communication skills through the exciting medium of electronic broadcast. It produces daily broadcast announcements (events, sports results, club news, etc.) for the entire school community, always maintaining the school’s ESLR’s as a top priority.
Club members are encouraged to record brief audio clips (interviews, ambient sound, etc) of any noteworthy events with their phones as they attend. We incorporate these into daily announcements.
Students must participate in at least two podcast recordings per quarter to receive credit or to gain the privilege of reading live announcements on White Days.
Moderator: Jim Jordan
- California Scholarship Federation
The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) emphasizes high standards of scholarship and community service for California high school students. Founded in 1921, the California Scholarship Federation is the oldest scholarship institution in the state of California.
Approximately 1,000 chapters are located in various secondary schools across the state. The organization continues to promote the education of academically motivated students, encouraging them to get involved in their communities through volunteer service.
The CSF meets in room 203 on designated White Days at lunch. There is one meeting per class per month; notification is via SHC email and the school website.
Members must attend one meeting a month, and are allowed to attend the meeting of another class. For example, a senior can make up a meeting by going to the junior meeting and vice versa.
Members must commit to and perform five hours of community service. They are required to turn in a letter stating the amount of time served, the name of the recipient of the service, and the contact information for that recipient to a club officer or the club moderator.
Moderator: Phi Le
Moderator: Matt Wilson
- Dance Team
The SHC Dance Team is composed of students dedicated to building school spirit and community through their talents and creativity. Members are given the opportunity to create new, mostly hip-hop influenced choreography and have the opportunity to showcase these works. Performances include (but are not limited to) school rallies, Bruce-Mahoney games, festivals and Bay Area dance competitions. The SHC Dance Team is a year-long commitment.
The Dance Team rehearsal schedule is posted in the Dance Studio at the beginning of every month and can also be found online on the Dance Team Groups page. The team meets in the Dance Studio unless otherwise noted on the schedule.
Attendance is required at all scheduled practices and performance events (members are allowed three “stuff happens” absences from September through December and another three from January through June. Beyond those three, a letter for excusal must be submitted to Ms. Wexler). Members with four unexcused absences in one semester will no longer be considered a member of the SHC Dance Team and forfeit their participation requirement.
Members must support a community charitable drive or perform an approved service project once during the year (to be determined by members on a year-to-year basis)
Members must show respect for others and a willingness to help, encourage and inspire.
Moderator: Laura Wexler
The Drama Club welcomes students interested in learning more about theater and performance. Activities include field trips to theatrical events, socializing (such as movie/pizza night) and theater games.
The club meets in the Sister Caroline Collins, DC Theater on designated White Days after school. Please be advised that during show times, meetings may be determined to accommodate production.
Drama Club is open to all students interested in theatre. Field trips, games, as well as audition prep are among the many activities offered.
Moderator: Francine Torres-Kelly
- Earth Action
The Earth Action Club’s mission is to help protect San Francisco’s and SHC’s environment through education and action. This club publicizes sustainable ways to help the environment and engages in activities to help preserve the environment.
Earth Action Club meets during Club Collaboration periods (1:30-2:30 pm). Meetings are held in the library. Detailed information is posted on the Earth Action board on the second floor.
Members must attend at least six meeting per semester and two events per semester.
Moderator: Lauren Wild ’99
The Emerald newspaper continues a proud tradition begun in 1922 as SHC’s source of news, sports, opinion and campus life. The SHC Emerald Club, in association with the other media clubs such as Sports Media and the Yearbook, creates a monthly newspaper about the events at SHC, in the city, and in the nation. Reporters cover school events, athletic results and local issues. Editorials comment on local and national debates. The paper provides a forum for focused, unbiased reporting as well as sound, logical arguments concerning the issues of students’ lives. Students who work on The Emerald will demonstrate solid commitment to creating an excellent publication.
Meetings take place in Room 508, usually during White Day collaboration period. Members should listen to announcements for exact dates and times.
To get credit for being in the Emerald Club, a student must sign in and attend a majority of meetings. Students need to stay for the entire meeting. Actively participate by writing articles to get published, editing articles that will be published, shooting photos or doing layout.
- Fantasy Sports & Stats
Fantasy Sports & Stats sets up fantasy leagues and drafts for football, basketball, & baseball. Join us for one or more of these leagues to use basic statistics in order to put together the best fantasy team.
Meetings take place in 406. We will meet to have our draft to start each league as well as one more time each quarter to discuss the leagues and decide on student commissioners for each league.
Members must be a part of at least one league (football, basketball, or baseball) and must also attend one meeting per quarter.
Moderator: Liam Carey
The French Club welcomes anyone who is interested in French culture. Members watch classic and blockbuster French films. They also cook favorite French recipes, go to movie theaters to watch French movies, to museums to see French exhibits and to French restaurants and cafés to acquire a real taste of French culture.
The French Club meets in room 801 once a week. Meeting time is decided by members on a weekly basis.
Members need to attend the French Club at least twice a month to get full credit.
Moderator: Marie Bernard
Guitar Club is a gathering of students of all abilities who love to play, learn and teach each other guitar. We choose the songs that we want to learn and perform them at rallies, activity lunches and instrumental music concerts. Students must have their own acoustic or electric guitar.
Guitar Club meets during the White collaboration period in room 702.
Transcript RequirementMembers need to attend at least 75% of the meetings to receive full credit.
Moderator: Ted Allen
- Irish Broadcasting Channel
The Irish Broadcasting Channel webcasts Fightin’ Irish games and matches throughout the year, as well other SHC events. Student announcers, producers, engineers, camera operators, writers and photographers hone their skills and use their talents to help publicize the outstanding work of our student-athletes and others. Students will learn about video and graphics production, public relations, marketing and branding, and have their work published on the SHC website and in various SHC publications produced by the Office of Communications.
The club will meet during Blue periods prior to each broadcast in the Community Life Center. Meeting dates will be posted on the IBC Schoology Group.
Students must participate in at least 80% of all meetings and broadcast events and meet with Mr. Bergen outside of meetings when necessary.
Moderator: Scott Bergen
The Japanese Club welcomes any student who is interested in Japanese culture and language. This club enhances students’ understanding of Japanese culture and society through presentations and discussions. Members watch Japanese movies, play Japanese video games, eat Japanese snacks, and so on. Members do not have to be enrolled in a Japanese course to participate.
Meetings are held in room 705; the schedule is located on the school website.
Members must participate in 75% of all meetings.
Moderator: Chikara Abe
- Jubilee Choir
The Jubilee Choir is a liturgical choir that serves at all school liturgies and prayer services. Music ranging from sacred hymns, to praise and worship and gospel are learned and used to enhance our services. Instrumentalists are encouraged to participate as well, especially intermediate to advanced pianists who are interested in accompanying the choir.
Every Tuesday from 2:30-3:30 pm.
Members must be present for at least 3 rehearsals prior to a liturgy/prayer service in order to participate. Note: Chamber Choir members are required to participate in this club for the full academic year as part of their Chamber Choir grade.
Moderator: Rhonda Smith
- Lasallian Vincentian Youth
Lasallian Vincentian Youth (LVY) is a community service group based upon the model of SHC’s Lasallian and Vincentian Founders. The group has ongoing service activities such as tutoring and homeless outreach. It also has large on-campus events aimed at serving and socializing with San Francisco’s Tenderloin community throughout the school year such as a winter carnival, a spring barbecue and a clothing store. All are welcome to join; no previous service experience is necessary.
Meeting times are posted online and in Campus Ministry. Meetings take place in room 103. LVY also has a community group on the website.
Members must attend two full meetings and perform two service activities per semester.
Moderator: Tom Farrell
The Multimedia Club is comprised of students who are interested in the technologies and skills needed to film, edit and produce video and music. The club explores many different types of media, and focuses on editing and production to create high-quality content. The group films events in and around school, and incorporates music mixing into live performance and production video. The club welcomes any student interested in music mixing, video editing and filmography.
The Multimedia Club meets on the white days in the lobby of The Sister Caroline Collins Theater. Members attend SHC functions throughout the year to record the many school activities. Smaller groups of students work on editing projects during free periods in the Theater booth.
Students must video at least six school functions, and will be uploading content to our shared Google folder. Students must attend 75% of the meetings to receive credit.
NetWorld Club is for students who are interested in and/or adept at using the Internet and computers. Members maintain the Library iPads each day by clearing programs, photos, videos and wallpaper. They create presentations for different school departments using Photoshop, PowerPoint and scanners. They also delete files from the Library network.
Meetings are held during Club Collaboration time in the library. At these meetings, held at the beginning of each month, members schedule time to work in the Library.
Members must work 2-4 times each month.
Moderator: Judy Scudder
The Oracle is a literary magazine, enabling students to express themselves through visual art, creative writing, photography or other means. As a club, members of The Oracle screen, read and critique submitted works from other students. Members also help with layout and distribution.
The Oracle meets during either the morning or afternoon collaboration period once a week in room 505.
Students must attend and participate in 80% of the meetings in order to get credit each semester.
Moderator: Paul Barnes
Photography Club is a place students can learn about the art of photography including: photo composition techniques, how to use a camera and its many settings, and how to use photo-editing software such as Photoshop. Students in Photography Club can participate in photography exhibits around the school and photograph special events throughout the year.
Photography Club meets in Room 809 twice per month- 1st White Period of the month from1:30-2:15pm; and 3rd week of the month on the Blue Day 2:40-3:25pm.
To qualify for transcript credit, students must attend at least six meetings per semester.
Moderator: Darin Little
- Ping Pong
The Ping Pong club offers students a safe place to engage in a really fun game. We have tournaments and sometimes even play other schools—but the emphasis is on fun, not competition.
Moderator: Sal Curcio
The Percussion Club is open to all students. Students play grooves from around the world on congas, djembes, timbales, drum sets and most importantly, cowbell. The Percussion Club performs at most liturgies. Since many Percussion Club members are also in the band, Percussion Club also performs at games and rallies.
The club meets on Blue Days from 7 am – 9:20 am
Students must participate in 80% of daily practices and in all major performances.
Moderator: Curt Moore
- Rally Board
Rally Board is a student group that promotes schoolwide spirit through rallies, Spirit Weeks and class competitions. Rally Board also supports all the athletic teams at Games of the Week, Bruce-Mahoney games and selected home games. This group is open to all students and is headed by the elected Spirit Commissioners. Meetings are held as needed for event-planning. Members are notified of meeting dates via Schoology.
All club meetings
Fall, winter and spring rallies, including all prep work
Bruce-Mahoney football, basketball and baseball games, including Mahoney Madness, which will take place the day before and day of the game
Moderator: Anita Diaz
Moderator: Ramsey Musallam
The Spanish Club enables students to meet new friends and participate in fun activities that build skills. Participants enjoy culture, dances, fiestas, cooking, food, movies, arts and crafts, and field trips. This club enhances students’ appreciation of Hispanic language, history and culture.
Spanish Club meets on the De Paul Campus in room 803 during Club Collaboration period.
Students must participate in 80% of all meetings and stay at least 30 minutes.
Moderator: Julia Rinaldi
- Speech & Debate
Interested in honing your ability to win an argument? What about developing confidence in public speaking and memorization abilities? Speech and Debate has something for everyone. If you love to argue with your parents, and they’d rather you didn’t, then debate may be a better forum for you as you learn the fine art of combining argumentation with effective delivery.
On the other hand, if you lean toward humorous, dramatic or oratorical presentations, the speech component may be more appealing. You can memorize your own work, someone else’s, or, if presentation isn’t your style, you can learn how to compose speeches on the spot.
The Speech and Debate Team, a member of the National Forensic League (NFL), can take you places you might only dream of right now. Prominent NFL alumni include President Lyndon Johnson, Senators Russ Feingold and William Frist, media visionary Ted Turner, Emmy award winners Kelsey Grammar and Shelly Long, television host Oprah Winfrey, news anchor Jane Pauley, C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and Federal National Mortgage CEO Franklin Delano Raines, as well as Jim Belushi, James Earl Jones, Adam Sandler and Malcolm X.
Speech and Debate has consistently been ranked as one of the top extracurricular activities sought by college admission offices.
The Speech and Debate Club meets every White Day after school in room 410; practice sessions with coaches are arranged on an individual basis.
Minimum GPA of 2.0
Either 70% attendance rate at team meetings or attendance at 10 meetings per semester, whichever is more.
Participation in 50% of speech and debate tournaments per year (8-10 tournaments are held on weekends throughout the year).
NFL membership (earning 25 points/year through points won at tournaments and speaking events).
Participation in team service requirement.
Moderator: Jonathan Lim
- Sports Medicine
The Sports Medicine Club offers students opportunities to learn firsthand about the care and prevention of athletic injuries. Students work with the goal of becoming Student Athletic Trainers and putting the skills learned to use by eventually working directly with SHC’s athletic teams. Students will have the opportunity to work closely and interact with certified athletic trainers (ATCs), orthopedic surgeons, other medical personnel and other student athletic trainers while learning immediate care of injuries, injury prevention measures, first aid/CPR/AED, basic anatomy and physiology, taping techniques and other skills. Anyone interested in a career in the health care professions would benefit greatly from being a member of the Sports Medicine Club.
Meetings are held weekly in the Athletic Training Room from 1:30-2:30 pm on White Days.
Students must attend regularly scheduled meetings and comply with Sports Medicine Club guidelines and policies.
Moderator: Oscar C. Melero
Membership in the Tea Club is for students who like drinking tea, tisanes, and infusions. They enjoy sharing the experience with like-minded students.
Students will: Identify the key components involved in tasting teas; Develop a grading rubric for judging the quality of teas; Select teas for competitive tastings; and Explore international tea cultures.
Meetings are held 2-4 times per month. In addition, casual library veranda tastings will take place at lunchtime at least once a week, weather permitting.
Members should attend two formal tastings each month, and be available to assist with the veranda tastings (for the student body at large) at least twice a month.
Members will serve tea to students who are eating lunch on the veranda at least once a week, weather permitting.
Moderator: Judy Scudder
Memories are forever. Produced, written and arranged by a group of dedicated class and club members, SHC’s yearbook, The Shamrock, comes out annually for the students of SHC. Staff members write copy, take and crop pictures, design creative layouts and detail events to capture the most memorable moments of the school year. Yearbook Club gives students the opportunity to improve writing skills, learn how to use the latest computer software and meet new people. Teamwork, responsibility and fun are key components of producing an unforgettable yearbook. Using their Yearbook Club experience, staff members are able to integrate these ideals in everyday life.
The Yearbook staff meets after school on every White Day during the school year, and extra collaboration takes place online through Schoology. Meetings are held in the Yearbook office (Room 105a, between classrooms 105 and 106).
In order to earn credit for the yearbook on their transcripts, students must participate in club meetings and/or take photos you need to complete yearbook pages. Work on the spreads will include capturing, cropping and placing pictures; writing headlines, captions and copy; interviewing people to get quotes; and tagging photos.
Moderator: Nancy Ingersoll
Moderator: Angie Pfahnl