Clubs & Activities
With over 40 clubs and activities available, no one sits still for long at St Joe's. Clubs are run by student leaders with the help of faculty and staff moderators, and represent the wide variety of interests and talents that exist within our school community.
Amaranth is the student-edited literary and artistic journal of St Joseph High School. Amaranth is published each May and celebrates the best of poetry, short story, essay, photography and illustration by SJ students, faculty and staff.
Amaranth is open to all SJ students and is edited by a Senior Editor(s) chosen by the club moderator. Students learn how to read, edit and select material and create a finished publication. Amaranth also sponsors writing and photography contests each year.
Amaranth meets Thursdays after school in 309 and is moderated by Mrs Koolis.
The Art Club is Moderated by Ms Cindy Richter and meets every last Monday of the month.
Campus Ministry at St Joseph High School is an integral part of our spiritual life program as we strive to put the Gospel into action in our lives.
Putting our faith into action helps to concretize what we study, as we live out our relationship with Christ which comes to us through prayer and through the sacramental life of the Church. Mother Teresa once said that "the fruit of prayer is service," so our Campus Ministry program seeks to combine what our students study with how they live, helping to form the young person for lifelong discipleship. In the process, students grow stronger in the faith themselves, and powerfully witness to it among their peers.
This is accomplished through various concrete activities, such as providing food to families in need through the Thanksgiving Food Drive, witnessing to the sanctity of life at the March for Life in Washington DC each January, remembering those less fortunate at the holidays through the Christmas Giving Tree, bringing a smile to the face of our elders at the Senior Citizen Prom, helping underprivileged youth with their studies in collaboration with Mother Teresa's sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, helping with the celebration of school-wide Masses and of Catholic Schools Week, and so much more.
To inquire about about Campus Ministry -- or for ways to get involved -- contact Fr Mike Novajosky.
Campus Ministry at St Joseph High School is an integral part of our spiritual life program as we strive to put the Gospel into action in our lives.
The Chess Club meets in room 204 from 2pm-3pm with Mr Gaccione.
The Debate club meets Thursday after school in 203,from 2:00-3:00pm and moderated by Mr Tyrell.
This club prepares students to present a research study or engineering prototype at the Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair.It acts as both an academic and creative outlet for students with a deep interest in the sciences or engineering. Students design their own projects with oversight from a moderator and a mentor.The projects involve significant independent work by the students, and upon completion, projects are presented at the CSEF each March, where they may be awarded for their excellence.
The St Joseph High School Drama Club produces a play and a musical each school year. The goal of the drama club is to perform a wide range of theatrical works so that over their four years, students have an opportunity to participate in, or to attend tragedies, comedies, modern and classical theater. The drama club welcomes all member of the SJHS community to participate in productions whether through performance, technical work, or as an audience member. The Drama Club strives to be a welcoming environment to the students of SJHS and through theater, hopes to encourage cultural, social, and emotional understanding. Theater isn't just about the actors, our shows would be nothing without our dedicated stage crew, volunteers, and parents.
The club’s activities include Book-of-the-Month
Ultimately, the English Club's primary purpose is to enrich the lives of St Joe's students by encouraging life-long learning, awakening students to their role(s) in our society and in the rest of the world, empowering them with the ability to trust and exercise their thinking skills on a higher level (one that is pertinent to their lives), developing an educated, literate individual who will have the reading, writing, and communication skills to survive in an ever- more complicated, sophisticated world, instilling a love of the written word, (which will never be replaced by any form of technology), and finally, reaching students of various backgrounds, interests, and abilities.
The purpose of the Go Green Ecology Club is to promote environmental awareness and the practices that will lead us into a healthy sustainable future. Projects such as coat drives to help people in need and at he same time recycle useable clothing are part of our goals. Our hope is to make our school as “green” as possible and reduce the human footprint we will leave behind through our consumption of energy and industrial products. Protecting the natural habitats of endangered animals is also a goal. Funds raised by the club will enable us to adopt an endangered animal through the World Wildlife Federation program. The Go Green Ecology Club membership is open to all students attending St Joseph High School.
Guitar club meets every Friday in 201, Dr Valois and Mr Brunner are the moderators.
HeArt club meets every other Wednesday in room 307. Moderated by Mrs Pia.
The Math Club meets every Wednesday at 2:00pm in room 109. Moderated by Mrs Berry.
Model United Nations is open to all students. Meetings are held once a week and are primarily used to prepare for Model UN conferences. Preparations include conducting research, writing position papers, drafting speeches, learning parliamentary procedure, and practicing public speaking skills. The club is moderated by Mrs Katelyn Doane.
Model UN meets in OK3 every Wednesday, 4:15pm-5:30pm.
The Mencius Scholar Chapter of the National Chinese Honor Society at St. Joseph High School seeks to recognize the most diligent, kind-hearted, and committed students in the Chinese program. Under the leadership of the moderator, the organization is committed to offer Chinese after school programs to elementary schools in the community, as well as tutoring other students in the Chinese program. The NCHS also works to promote the school’s Mandarin Chinese program among the school community throughout the year.
Mencius Scholar Chapter is a member of
Eligibility is open to any eleventh or twelfth grade student who has a scholastic weighted career average of 90, and has been enrolled in the school for at least one semester. Other evaluated criteria for membership are leadership, service, and character. Once accepted into the Society, it is expected that all criteria for membership be maintained throughout the student’s high school career.
The Pep Club is a club that promotes school spirit and enthusiasm for all our sports teams and other extracurricular events. Members do everything from planning and making signs for each Pep Rally to riding in a beautifully decorated convertible or pick-up during the Homecoming Parade. Many have a lot of fun participating in the rallies themselves—especially the Maroon and Gold people!!!!
Meetings are always announced and take place approximately once or twice a month. The Pep Club sponsors the Annual Powder Puff Game---a football face off between the junior and senior girls.
The Pep Club also sponsors the Annual Mr. Student Body Competition. Senior boys representing a variety of clubs and sports compete each year for this coveted title. Each year, this event benefits an organization that aims to help others, such as The White Ribbon Campaign.
All in all, both the planning as well as the participation in each of the Pep Club events makes the SJHS community a place full of tradition as well as great school spirit.
The Philosophy Club meets in OK3 every Tuesday after school, 2-3pm moderated by Mr Pappa.
The Philosophy Club is open to all SJHS students and seeks to live up to Socrates’ claim that, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Each week we discuss a question, article, or text of philosophical importance. Why are we here? Do we have free will? Why is there something rather than nothing? Come ready to discuss these and other of life’s most important questions with other seekers.
Ping Pong meets in the cold café on Fridays 2:30pm-3:30pm, Ms Li and Mr Kavulich are the moderators.
Political Awareness Club meets in OK3 every other Thursday, from 2:00pm-3:00pm and moderated by Mr Pappa.
The Pottery Club moderated by Ms Cindy Richter meets the 2nd Monday of the month.
To provide students with the best prevention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.
The Science Club has visited the Bodies Exhibition, South Street Seaport, the Mystic Aquarium, as well as the Hayden Planetarium. The Science Club has also done after school labs such as dissections that were not offered during regular science class. Guest lecturers have been invited to give talks on current scientific break throughs in the detection and treatment of diseases. Please come and help plan exciting events for this year!
The meeting times will be announced over the Public Address System at the beginning of each new school year.
"The servant-leader is servant first…It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead”.
-Robert K Greenleaf
Servant Leaders at SJ are students that have a desire to serve, especially beyond their service hours. Being a servant leader means that one truly desires to better the community because he/she is aware of its potential, and not because one has to.
A Servant Leader will be called to co-lead a school wide service project(s) and will also be an advocate for service throughout the community. Servant leaders are expected to encourage others to participate and also take initiative on service events and projects through leading by example. Being a servant leader will not only benefit a student's SJ experience, but life experience, as it exposes one to learn new leadership skills and allows one to put others before oneself.
The new Audio/Visual Club just began with the start of the 2013-14 school year and is still in the fledgling stage. Some 25 students are learning the basics of broadcasting; both in front of and behind the camera.
Our new studio has the latest in broadcast technology, and along with the Advanced Tech class, the AV Club is helping to keep SJHS informed with the morning announcements. We look forward to including live streaming of even more sporting events and other ongoing activities at St Joe's.
SJ Today, the bi-weekly news and entertainment program of St Joseph High School, presents news, entertianment and highlights from around the St Joe's community. The club meets every Tuesday after school, and filming of episode segments can be seen many days around the campus. A cross between John Stewart and Saturday Night Live, SJ Today presents timely topics, school PSAs and entertainment. All content is 100% produced by St. Joe's students.
Student Council is an organization of students and faculty moderators that work for the general welfare of the school by promoting school morale, spirit and cooperation between the student body, the faculty and administration.
*Student Council every Monday in room 314, 2pm-3pm with Class Advisors.
Senior Advisor, Mrs. Colleen Piatak
Junior Advisor, Dr. Bob Marino
Sophomore Advisor, Mr. Vic Eng
Freshman Advisor, Mr. Greg Semplice
Advisor, Mrs. Nancy Lessard
Preamble (from the St Joseph High School Student Council Constitution):
We, the students of St Joseph High School, fully aware of our responsibility to God, our Country, and St Joseph High School, in order to provide for student welfare, to encourage the necessary cooperation and understanding between the students, faculty, and the administration, in accordance with the powers delegated to us by the Administration of St Joseph High School do hereby ordain,and establish this constitution for the Student Council of St Joseph High School.
Purposes of the Student Council are (Article II):
- to serve as a Student Government, by advising the administration of the school in matters directly or indirectly related to the welfare of students of the school community as a whole and to provide a forum for student expression.
- to establish greater unity in the school by encouraging cooperation and understanding between the student body, the faculty and the administration.
- to promote the general welfare of the school, safeguard its reputation and preserve its tradition. to develop attitudes of, and practices in, good citizenship and Christianity.
- to improve school morale and spirit
- to establish and provide orderly direction for school activities.
Student Council Events Include:
|Assisting the Freshman on the first day of school||Student Council Elections|
|School Dances (Snowball, Homecoming, etc.)||Class Trips|
|Donation of food to the needy||Decorating the school for Christmas|
|Junior Ring Breakfast||Student Council Induction Ceremony|
|Wall Contest||Spirit Week Activities|
|Homecoming Assembly and Breakfast||Open House|
|Halloween Costume Contest||"Decade" Dress Down Day|
|Faculty Appreciation Day||Valentine's Day Flower Sale|
|Senior Picnic||Baccalaureate Mass|
|Graduation Events|| |
The Writing Center is a student-centered learning, resource, and study environment for students to obtain and seek help concerning writing expository essays, creative assignments, and research/term papers for their classes. This program endorses writing across the curriculum, and student-trained tutors are available on a daily basis after school.
What is the Writing Center at St Joseph High School?
The Writing Center is a free resource available for all students where individual attention is given to every kind of writing. The Writing Center provides each student with up to an hour of individual feedback, discussion, and suggestions to improve their writing.
Our goal is to help students become better writers, and we believe that collaboration is the key. We will not proofread or correct papers, but we will help students think critically about their own writing and hopefully give suggestions to make it stronger.
Our sessions are for all types of writing and can last anywhere between a half hour to an hour – it is up to you! Whether you are working on an English essay, a biology report, or a poem, we will try our best to assist you.
The writing consultants/tutors at the St Joseph High School Writing Center have been trained to help students meet the writing demands of teachers. Ask your friends and your teachers about the Writing Center, or drop by and see what happens here.
Following Columbia University School of Journalism’s ideas, concepts and format, the Spectrum continues to be one of New England’s award winning premier high school medalist yearbooks. Although the staff (writers, editors, photographers, and business managers) is made up of mostly juniors and seniors, freshmen and sophomores fill 40% of the staff needs.
Be part of the team that produces one of the best high school yearbooks in New England. Meets 2-3 times a week. To be actively involved in the editorial process, students must commit to making the yearbook a primary activity. In the process, the students learn valuable skills such as digital photography, desktop publishing, copy editing, creative design, and management.
*The Yearbook room is 314 continually meets afterschool most days in room 315, and is moderated by Mrs Lisa Russell.
The Stock Market Club meets every Thursday in OK3 from 3:15pm-4:30pm and is moderated by Mr Roselli.
Women’s Studies club in room 310 every other Thursday, 2:00-3:00pm moderated by Mr. Pappa.