Clubs & Organizations

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

Description

Art In Action is offered to all of our catholic high school students from 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 projectssome of which are displayed for the SHC community.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Brian McHugh

Description

Asian American Student Union (AASU) is a brand new, safe space for, but not limited to, students of Asian descent to create a family. We emphasize the representation of all Asian cultures. This club is open to any person wanting to learn about Asian cultures. We will covert topics such as mental health, identity, cooking, culture, and family bonding.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Mariflor Medrano

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.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Hugo Ayala

Description

The Black Student Union (BSU) is a CCC that offers a safe space where we celebrate our diverse and rich Black cultural identity. This CCC is designed to provide students the opportunity to discuss topics pertaining to our identities from a socio-emotional, economic and cultural framework. We explore different topics via dialogues, guest speakers, SHC alumni, films and mentorship. This CCC is open to all members of the community. 

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: LyRyan Russell

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).

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.

Moderators: Andreana Villa, Erica Hipp

Description

The Book Society welcomes students who enjoy reading books and all things literary. We meet to discuss books we’re reading separately and together, and also serve as a Library advisory council to provide input to improve the Library experience for the entire student body. Activities include book reviews, book drives, book parties, and sharing our enthusiasm for the joy of reading with the SHC community.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Alicia Tapia 

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.

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

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.

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

Description

Cheese lovers meet monthly to eat and learn about cheese from around the world. 

Transcript Requirement

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

Moderator: Baptiste Genestin

Description

The Coding & App Development Club is open to any student in grades 9-12 with an interest in designing and building apps.

Programming knowledge is not required!

App development teams need more than programmers - so graphic artists, videographers, sound designers, as well as coders are welcome and will play important roles on app development teams. We use a variety of programming tools to enable you to easily and quickly build basic apps as well as complex, cloud-based apps. Bring your own idea for an app or jump onto a project that sounds interesting. It’s all about building and creating apps and working with great people.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Dabney Standley

Description

Come hang out with fellow comic book fans. We will be reading, creating, and watching movies related to comics. 

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Aaron Castillo

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.

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

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.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Spenser Morris

Description

The Earth Action Club’s mission is to help protect San Francisco’s & SHC’s environment through education and action. This club publicizes sustainable ways to help the environment and engages in activities on and off campus 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.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Lauren Wild ’99

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

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, Lucie Duffortemerald@shcp.edu

Description

The Fashion Club is for people interested in fashion. Students will discuss and learn with each other. Our goal is to have fun! Activities will range from crafts over Zoom, presentations on fashion trends, and conversations around celebrity fashion and much more. 

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Marie Bernard

Description

The Film & Philosophy Club Club is new for the 2016-17 School year and will research into the cosmogonic cycle and analyze the inherent archetypes in stories.

Transcript Requirement

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

Moderator: Frank Roberts

Description

Like to fish? Never fished but would like to? Looking for an outdoor activity with social distancing already built in? Join the SHC Fishing Club! Learn and discuss techniques, equipment and anglers’ secret spots, even cleaning and cooking your own catch.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Erin Baldanzi

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.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Baptiste Genestin

Description

Gamers unite! The Gaming Club is open to those who want to socialize through gaming. Whether you’re into board games, card games or video games, all are welcome!

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Carlos Rocha

Description

Guitar Club is a gathering of students of all abilities who love to play, learn and teach each other guitar and other rock band instruments (bass guitar, keyboard/piano, drums). Students choose the songs learned each semester and perform at rallies, various school events/activities, and in the instrumental music concerts. Students with their own acoustic or electric guitar should bring them to each club meeting (a limited number of school guitars are available for use).

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Mike Smith

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.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Chikara Abe

Description

This group focuses on the issues, culture and traditions of the Jewish faith. Our goal is to create a safe space to facilitate conversation, learning and community around Judaism. All members of our community are welcome. Meetings will include discussions, guest speakers, field trips, and more. Experience the beauty and joy of a strong Jewish community. 

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Laura Krause

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.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).


Moderator: Rhonda Smith

Description

Mabuhay! Welcome to SHC Kapamilya. We are the Filipino/Filipino-American Club at SHC. Kapamilya is a safe space for our students to learn more about their heritage and current issues of the Philippines and the Filipino-American. We are here to create a second family on campus. The club is open to all students interested in learning about our culture. 

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Mariflor Medrano

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 generally held during White period in room 810 on De Paul. Please check the Kiva Group Schoology page for a full list of meeting dates.

Transcript Requirement

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

Moderator: Erin Diner Kayser ’93

Description

Bienvenidos! Our Latinx CCC club is a safe space where we celebrate our diverse and rich Latin American cultural identity. The club is designed to provide students the opportunity to discuss topics pertaining to our identities from a socio-political and cultural framework. We explore different topics via dialogues, guest speakers, documentaries/short films, etc. A perfect opportunity to honor our Pan-Latinx identity. This club is open to all members of the community. 

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderators: Jessenia Mendoza, Carlos Gonzalez

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.

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: Kirstin Weihl

Description

The Magic Carpet Club, a virtual travel club, embraces Aladdin’s concept “It’s a Whole New World”. The club strives to incite the imagination and open the minds of the students about the many commonalities and differences in the our world communities. Participants delve into the areas of their own choice and then share their enticements and learning with the other members. Members power up on their own, share and enjoy an area of a country, food, art, entertainment, sports, architecture, math and science, religion, language, casual activities and clothing, along with their own personal insights.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Members will assist at the April 28 Neighborhood BBQ.

Moderator: Brother Joseph

Description

Mandarin Club is open to all SHC students. Members do not need to be in a Mandarin language class. The club will enhance members’ understanding of traditional Chinese culture and promote social engagement among each other. Activities will include reading poems, watching films, playing mahjong, etc. 

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Jenny Chen

Description

Love Law & Order, How to Get Away with Murder, or any other show involving the law? Join Mock Trial Club where students learn and practice the law through mock court cases! Whether prosecutor, defense attorney, or witness, all students can have a role and will learn to argue for their case. 

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Erin Quint-Cramer

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.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Stewart Grace

Description

Love the outdoors? Immerse yourself in hiking, surfing, mountain biking, running, skateboarding, kayaking, backpacking, skiing, rock climbing, and adventures on your own. As long as it’s an activity done in the outdoors, it counts!

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Kirstin Weihl

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.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Kurt Moore

Description

Photography Club is a place for visual artists to capture the beauty, mystery and meaning of the world around them. We’ll use digital cameras and smartphones to go on photowalks, and we’ll play with manipulations and filters to create cool artwork. 

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Thai Chu

Description

Aloha! Join us in learning Polynesian dances (Hula, Tahitian, etc.) and the cultures that encompass them. There are opportunities to perform in the dance showcase as well. All levels of experience are welcome!

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Description

In the past, SHC’s Robotics Club has focused solely on competitions sponsored by Vex. While we will continue to field fiercely competitive teams, this year we also plan to expand our club’s pursuit of innovation and automation with more free-form projects which may include personal projects, making lab equipment for SHC’s Science Department, artistic installations, and more. 

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Geoff Hunt

Description

The Rose Community is SHC’s LGBTQ+ group. We offer a safe space for all students who wish to engage in conversations about gender identity and sexual orientation in an inclusive context. LGBTQ+ students and allies are an important part of SHC. All are welcome!

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Ish Ruiz

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.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Nick Michels

Description

Two chemists go into a bar. The first one says, "I think I’ll have an H2O." The second one says, "I think I’ll have an H2O too" — and he died. Join the Science Olympiad Club to find out why! You’ll learn and explore difference fields of science. Throughout the year, we will prepare for upcoming regional Science Olympiad tournaments where we will compete with other schools. You MATTER, literally!

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Kristy Chun

Description

Shakespeare Club offers SHC students opportunities to immerse themselves in the works of William Shakespeare. Annual trips to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and participation in the English Speaking Union’s Shakespearean monologue competition are the two main events organized by the Shakespeare Club.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderator: Paul Barnes

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.

Transcript Requirement

Students must participate in at least 80% of all meetings and broadcast events and meet with Mr. Franceschi outside of meetings when necessary.

Moderator: Gregg Franceschi

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.

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderators: Martha Melara

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.

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).nNFL 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: Jeff Juelsgaard

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.

Transcription Requirement

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

Moderator: Oscar C. Melero, Jessica Markbreiter

Description

The Tech Crew is responsible for all the productions and events that take place in the Sister Caroline Collins Theater. We build the sets, run lighting and sound, create costumes and do makeup.

Transcript Requirement

Schedules vary in each crew. Students who miss more than two scheduled meetings during a season may not get credit for being on the crew.

Moderator: Tim Mahoney

Description

Student planned, student run, and student driven, TEDxYouth@SHC shares the ideas, passion and stories of youth from all around the Bay Area. If you are interested in curating and giving a platform to students with an idea worth sharing, join TEDxYouth@SHC!

Transcript Requirement

Students must attend three meetings/events each semester (this requirement will increase once in-person instruction resumes).

Moderators: Kathy Lorentz, Dabney Standley, Jeffrey Juelsgaard

Description

The Company is Sacred Heart Cathedral’s ballet and contemporary performing dance ensemble. Members audition for admission yearly during the fall.  The auditions process is held over 2-3 days and consists of a technique class in the ballet or contemporary style, execution of choreography taught by the director, and a solo piece presented by the auditionee.

During meeting times, members participate in a technique class to build upon skill sets as well as learn choreography for performance. The Company performs throughout the year at rallys, One Night Only, the annual dance showcase and local dance competitions.

Transcript Requirement

Attendance at all meetings is mandatory to remain on The Company. Two absences is grounds for dismissal from the group.

Moderator: Laura Wexler

Description

Yearbook Club is a dynamic hub connecting creators, writers, photographers, designers, social butterflies, and memory-makers alike. Create fun polls and surveys, document students and events, and have a long lasting legacy on this historic school year. 

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: Thai Chu

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