Community Life + Clubs & Organizations

Activity Fair

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.

Student Activities

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.

Student Council

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.

Student Clubs

Art in Action

Description

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, some of which are displayed for the SHC community.

Meetings

Art In Action meets the first White Period of each week in room 704.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend and participate in 75% of the meetings in order to get credit each semester.

Moderator: Brian McHugh

Badminton Club

Description

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.

Meetings

Badminton Club meets the first White Period of the week in either the Pavilion or Gymnasium, depending on availability.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend a minimum of six full meetings per semester.

Moderator: Kirsten Weihl

Book Buzz

Description

Book Buzz is for anyone who loves reading, talking about books, or wants to explore reading different types of books with other students. We choose a book to read in common and then discuss it together while having tea. Sometimes we do a little creative writing, too. Book Buzz partners with our sister school, La Salle Academy in Concord, to help support their library and literacy programs.

Meetings

Book Buzz meets in room 507 during the first White Period of the first and third week of each month.

Transcript Requirement

Members must attend at least six full meetings and participate in the service project.

Moderators: Tessa ApschnikatJulia Rinaldi

Block Club

Description

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, advancement and Parents Association events).

Meetings

Meetings are held three times a semester as posted on Schoology. Three meeting options are offered for each meeting. Students must attend one of the three meeting options.

Transcript Requirement

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

Broadcast Club

Description

The Broadcast Club provides students with a forum for learning and enhancing verbal communication skills through the exciting medium of audio broadcast. The club produces regular public address announcements (events, sports results, club news, etc.) for the entire school community, and, new in 2015, podcast recordings for Live365.com’s educational programming via the SHC SF Channel.

Always maintaining the school’s ESLR’s, the Broadcast Club prioritizes promotion of SHC service opportunities and endeavors in both PA and podcast productions.

Meetings

The club meets in the main office during morning break every white day for live PA announcements. Students are encouraged to record 3-5 minute podcast episodes which adhere to Live365 and SHC guidelines (see Schoology Broadcast Club resources) and upload them to the club Schoology page for potential inclusion in the SHC SF Channel, pending the approval of the Dean of Students.

Transcript Requirement

Students must responsibly participate in live white day announcements at least once per week and/or submit at least one podcast episode per quarter in order to receive transcript credit.

Moderator: Jim Jordan

California Scholarship Federation

Description

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.

Meetings

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.

Transcript Requirement

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

Chess Club

Description

The Chess Club gives participants the opportunity to use critical thinking skills and compete with other members. Club members enjoy providing snacks for our meetings.

Meetings

The Chess Club typically meets during White periods in Room 808.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend a minimum of six full meetings per semester.

Moderator: Doug Thorogood

Chinese Club

Description

The Chinese Club increases students’ understanding of Chinese culture, and develops students’ Mandarin skills through activities on campus and excursions to China Town and beyond. The SHC Chinese Club helps Father Rob at Mercy Center Burlingame.

Meetings

The Chinese Club meets every other week on the second White Day of the week.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend a minimum of six full meetings per semester.

Moderator: Sunny Pan

Coding Club

Description

The Coding Club is open to any student in grades 9-12 with an interest in this exciting subject area. During meetings students will share programming tricks and projects, write code and plan schoolwide initiatives including the international “Hour of Code” project. The club will also participate in local area code jams and other field learning opportunities. No computer science experience is necessary to join.

Meetings

The Coding Club meets in room 406 during the second White Period of the second and fourth week of each month. Additionally, there are online meetings in the form of discussions on Schoology & our web-based platform regarding the bimonthly coding challenge.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend two meetings per month to receive transcript acknowledgement.

Moderators: Liam CareyDabney Standley

Craft Cafe

Description

The Craft Cafe provides an inviting space to relax while learning crafts for the benefit of others. In the spirit of altruism, members of the Craft Cafe donates projects to foster homes. We will watch movies and enjoy food provided by club members while we craft. Members are encouraged to bring crafting supplies as projects are announced.

Meetings

Crafter’s Club meets twice per month, during the first white period of the second and fourth week of the month.

Transcript Requirement

You must attend at least four meetings and complete three projects for donation each semester.
Moderator: Mona Dunne

Dance Team

Description

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.

Meetings

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 on De Paul (room 701) unless otherwise noted on the schedule.

Transcript Requirement

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)

Moderator: Laura Wexler

Drama Club

Description

The Drama Club welcomes students interested in learning more about theater and performance. Activities include field trips to theatrical events, and theater games designed to develop skills that are helpful for production auditions. Members participate in outreach performances, either on stage or behind the scenes.

Meetings

The club meets in the Sister Caroline Collins, DC Theater on assorted days after school, determined by productions and events.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend a minimum of six full meetings per semester.

Moderator: Spenser Morris

Earth Action

Description

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 makes Earth Week fun and informative for the entire school community each spring with activities they coordinate and execute.

Meetings

Earth Action Club meets every other Thursday, in the Library after school. Additionally, Earth Action volunteers at events like the Green Festival and Beach Clean-ups.

Transcript Requirement

Members must attend at least six meeting per semester and an event per semester.

Moderator: Lauren Wild ’99

Emerald

Description

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.

View The Emerald Online

Meetings

Meetings take place in Room 508, usually during the second White Period of each week.

Transcript Requirement

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.

Moderator: Julie Phelan, Mike Knapp,emerald@shcp.edu

Fantasy Sports & Stats Club

Description

Fantasy Sports & Stats Club 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. The Fantasy Sports & Stats Club works with Project Open Hand for their service component.

Meetings

Meetings take place in 406 during the second White Period of the first & third week of each month as well as three additional meetings that occur in order to conduct a fantasy draft for the football, basketball & baseball seasons. Meetings other than drafts address the use of stats including sabermetric stats & progress reports on ongoing leagues.

Transcript Requirement

Members must be a part of at least one league (football, basketball, or baseball) and must also attend six meetings per semester.

Moderator: Liam Carey

Flag Football Club (co-ed)

Description

The Flag Football Club is co-ed and provides an opportunity for anyone to compete in football, builds confidence and camaraderie within the community.

Meetings

The Flag Football Club meets the second White Period of every week on the practice field.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend a minimum of two practices each month and attend at all special events & games.

Moderator: Tanya Susoev

French Club

Description

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 SHC French Club helps the SHC community celebrate the coming of the Lenten Season with a Fat Tuesday celebration, from which proceeds go to charity.

Meetings

The French Club meets in room 801 during the first White Period of the first and third week of each month.

Transcript Requirement

Members need to attend the French Club at least twice a month to get full credit.

Moderator: Marie Bernard

Guitar Club

Description

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.

Meetings

Guitar Club meets during the White collaboration period in room 702.

Transcript Requirement

Members need to attend at least 75% of the meetings to receive full credit.

Moderator: Nick Michels

Irish Ultimate Club

Description

The Irish Ultimate Club provides students with an opportunity to learn and play the greatest sport ever invented, Ultimate. The club welcomes newcomers and veterans and will meet regularly for pick-up games, form a competitive club team to play in interscholastic tournaments and will host a one-day tournament with the proceeds benefiting Bay Area Disc Association, a local non-profit that stewards the game in the Bay Area.

Meetings

All students are welcome to all club meetings. The club meets during White collaboration periods throughout the year on the practice field or in the Pavilion or gym and during lunch in the Pavilion or gym when those facilities are not in use. Join the Schoology group for up-to-the-minute meeting announcements.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend a minimum of six full meetings per semester.

Moderator: Scott Bergen

Japanese Club

Description

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. Members volunteer at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown.

Meetings

Meetings are held weekly in room 705, usually the second White Period of the week.

Transcript Requirement

Members must participate in 75% of all meetings.

Moderator: Chikara Abe

Jubilee Choir

Description

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.

Meeting times

Every Tuesday from 2:40-3:40 pm.

Transcript Requirement

Students must commit to the full academic year in order to receive participation credit. Members must be present to the three rehearsals prior to a given service in order to participate. Note: Chamber Choir and Chamber Choir Honors students are required to participate in this club as part of their grade.

Moderator: Rhonda Smith

Kiva Microfinance Club

Description

Kiva Club provides provides support to the spring Kiva Carnival which is put on by the senior Economics classes in the spring.

Meeting times

Meetings are held in room 806 during the first White Period of the first and third week of each month.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend a minimum of six full meetings per semester.

Moderator: Dabney Standley

Lasallian Vincentian Youth

Description

Lasallian Vincentian Youth (LVY) is a community service group based upon the model of SHC’s Lasallian and Vincentian Founders. LVY has two service opportunities each month:  homeless outreach and the San Francisco Food Bank.  LVY also has one meeting a month in which we reflect on our service work. Finally, LVY sponsors a clothing giveaway during the Fall semester and a Neighborhood BBQ during the Spring Semester.

Meetings

The days, times and locations of LVY’s activities are posted on the LVY Schoology group. The Food Bank is on a Thursday from 4 to 6 pm.  The Food Outreaches are usually on White days from 1:30 to 3:30 pm.  

Transcript Requirement

Members must attend two service activities and one reflection meeting per semester and serve at the clothing giveaway (Fall semester) and Neighborhood BBQ (Spring Semester).

Moderator: Tom Farrell

Maker’s Lab

Description

Maker Lab is open to all students interested in building any kind of project, large or small. No previous skill level is required. The Maker’s Lab constructs projects that support the beautification and functionality of the campus, such as planter benches.

Meetings

The club meets in the Tech Room adjacent to the Sister Caroline Collins, DC Theater on designated White Days after school. Please be advised that during show times, meetings may be adjusted to accommodate production.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend a minimum of six full meetings per semester.
Moderator: Tim Mahoney

NetWorld

Description

NetWorld Club is for students who are interested in computers. Members maintain the Library Chromebooks and iPads each day by charging them and clearing programs, photos and videos. They also create presentations for different school departments using Photoshop, PowerPoint and scanners. Members provide a service to the school by maintaining devices for check-out by fellow students and the Irish for a Day program, and by creating presentations for the Development and Alumni departments.

Meetings

Students schedule their work time by dropping by the moderator’s office each month.

Transcript Requirement

Members must work a minimum of two times each month.
Moderator: Judy Scudder

Oracle

Description

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. The publication of The Oracle, celebrates the artistic creativity of the SHC student body. Members also help with layout and distribution of the annual publication of The Oracle.

Meetings

The Oracle meets in room 505 during the first White Collaboration Period of the week, when possible.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend and participate in 80% of the meetings in order to get credit each semester.

Moderator: Paul Barnes

Percussion Club

Description

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.

Meetings

Thursdays after school from 2:40 to 4:10 pm

Transcript Requirement

Students must participate in 80% of daily practices and in all major performances.

Moderator: Curt Moore

Photography Club

Description

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. The Photography club supports the SHC Parents Association by providing event photography at the Annual Crab Dinner. Students in Photography Club can also participate in photography exhibits at SHC.

Meetings

Photography Club meets in Room 809 twice per month, during the first White Period of the first week each month and after school on the first Blue Day in the third week of each month.

Transcript Requirement

To qualify for transcript credit, students must attend at least six meetings per semester.

Moderator: Darin Little

Sacred Grounds (Coffee) Club

Description

Sacred Grounds: a coffee project, is a club that supports local coffee roasteries who practice relational trade with coffee farmers around the globe.  These local coffee shops will pay a premium for high quality coffee beans thus ensuring that workers at these respective farms will be paid a fair wage for their tireless efforts during planting and harvest.
In addition, students in this club learn specialty coffee brewing techniques in order to provide a full service coffee cart for our faculty & staff.  Together as a unit, aiming to inspire our community with both the social justice and high quality aspects of coffee.
Sacred Grounds’ service project is to host a screening of the documentary A Film About Coffee in order to paint a picture of why it is important to support local, relational trade businesses.

Meetings

Blue Periods

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend a minimum of six full meetings per semester.

Moderator: Nick Michels

SHCtv

Description

SHCtv webcasts Fightin’ Irish games and matches throughout the year, as well other SHC events like speakers, assemblies and special ceremonies. Student announcers, producers, engineers, camera operators, writers, statisticians 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, statistics and have their work published on the SHC website and in various SHC publications produced by the Office of Communications.

Meetings

The club will meet during Blue periods prior to each broadcast in the Community Life Center. Meeting dates will be posted on the SHCtv Schoology group.

Transcript Requirement

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

Spanish Club

Description

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. The Spanish Club assists with a Mass/Prayer Service at SHC in December.

Meetings

Spanish Club meets every other week, alternating Blue and White Periods with additional prep meetings, on the De Paul Campus in room 803.

Transcript Requirement

Students must participate in 80% of all meetings.

Moderators: Martha Melara, Gloria Huerta, Mercedes Gonzalez-Marrow

Speech & Debate Team

Description

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.

Meetings

The Speech and Debate Club meets every White Day after school in room 410; practice sessions with coaches are arranged on an individual basis.

Transcript Requirement

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, which is assisting with the MLK Prayer Service in January.

Moderator: Jonathan Lim

Sports Medicine Club

Description

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. The Sports Medicine Club also provides assistance for the on campus Blood Drives.

Meetings

Meetings are held in the Founders Dining Room on all White Periods unless notified by Schoology.

Transcription Requirement

Students must attend regularly scheduled meetings and comply with Sports Medicine Club guidelines and policies.

Moderator: Oscar C. MeleroChelsie Morehead

Tea Club

Description

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. Members serve tea to students who are eating lunch on the veranda at least once a week, weather permitting.

Meetings

Meetings are held 2-4 times per month, as posted on Schoology. In addition, casual library veranda tastings will take place at lunchtime at least once a week, weather permitting.

Transcript Requirement

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.

Moderator: Judy Scudder

3D Printer Club

Description

To design and learn the basics about 3D printing using tinkercad, xyzware, makerware, 3D pens, and printers. The community project for the 3D printer club is to design and create medal holders for the St. Vincent De Paul Medal.

Meetings

The 3D Printer Club meets on the first White and last White Period of each month.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend a minimum of six full meetings per semester.

Moderator: Jason Yap

TUFF Club

Description

TUFF Club (Together United For our Future) promotes an inclusive community at SHC through dialogues on designated topics each semester. All students are welcome, regardless of their background or identity. TUFF Club volunteers to serve food to the homeless at a Weekly Wednesday Supper at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.

Meetings

TUFF meets in room 102 every other week, usually during a White Period.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend a minimum of six full meetings per semester.

Moderator: Ismael Ruiz, Tanya Susoev

Yearbook Staff

Description

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.

Meetings

The Yearbook Staff usually meets during one White Period each week, and extra collaboration takes place online and students photograph events. Meetings are held in Room 105, with some work taking place in the adjoining Yearbook office.

Transcript Requirement

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

Yoga Club

Description

The Yoga Club offers students time to relax and reflect on their day while improving muscular strength and flexibility. Classes are calm and give students a sense of tranquility to facilitate rest and recovery. All members of the SHC community are welcome to join, and no previous yoga experience is required.

Meetings

Yoga Club meets from 2:45 to 3:15 every other Wednesday and on some Blue Periods from 8:30-9 am. Classes are listed on the Wellness & Fitness Center Google Calendar, and on the Yoga Club and Fitness Center Schoology pages.

Yoga Club Schoology access code: NP558-2N5GC
Fitness Center Schoology access code: 3DBBX-N34TM

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend a minimum of six full meetings per semester.

Moderator: Angie Pfahnl