Clubs & Activitites

With over 40 clubs and activities available, no one sits still for long at St Joes. 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.
 

EXTRACURRICULAR  ACTIVITIES

Art/Portfolio Club

Mission Statement: An artist's portfolio is an edited collection of their best artwork intended to showcase an artist's style or method of work. Art portfolio club focuses on developing student portfolios  to illustrate the versatility of each students' talents by showing different samples of current work.

Moderator: Ms Richter, crichter@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Astronomy Club

Mission Statement: The purpose of the Astronomy Club is to advance the awareness of the cosmos and optical observation of outer space, on the St Joseph High School campus. The club hosts group star and celestial gazing on telescopes, astronomy lectures and astronomy related events.

Moderator: Mr Mirable, mmirable@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

AV Club

Mission Statement: It is the mission of the St Joseph High School Audio/Visual Arts Club to introduce students to the technical and performance aspects of broadcast media through hands-on experience. The club also provides valuable services to the school in the form of sound system operation for school functions and assistance as is needed for SJTV. The AV Club facilitates fun opportunities for students to share their creative talents with the entire SJ community.

Moderators: Mr Forde, tforde@sjcadets.org, Mrs Carvalho-Sullivan, jcsullivan@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Camp Sunshine

Mission Statement: St Joseph High School supports Camp Sunshine by volunteering as Counselors during a summer session. Camp Sunshine is nestled alongside the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake. It provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness. The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness.

Moderator: Mrs Piatak, cpiatak@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Campus Ministry

Mission Statement: 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. 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.

Moderator: Mr Smith, jsmith@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Chess Club

Mission Statement: The St Joe's Chess Club brings together students who would like to share an interest in chess with each other. The club promotes increased knowledge and understanding of the game of chess as a hobby, an art, and as an intellectual sport. Skill levels range from beginners to advanced, competitive-minded players. The Chess Club is open to any student, regardless of his or her experience or playing ability.

Moderator: Mr Gaccione, vgaccione@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Debate Club

Mission Statement: The Debate Team at St Joseph seeks to foster the intellectual and critical thinking skills in each student.  Through weekly meetings and monthly competitions, the team will debate multiple social and political issues from different perspectives, which will acquaint them with the complex world of the 21st century.

Moderator: Mr Tyrell, jtyrell@sjcadets.org

Meetings: Every Thursday at 2:15pm in OK3

Drama Club

Mission Statement: 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.

Moderators: Mrs Cardillo, kcardillo@sjcadets.org, Ms Aldana, caldana@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

For Upcoming Productions and Tickets, visit sjcadets.org/dramaclub.

English Club

Mission Statement: The English Club at St Joseph High School provides a social-networking group for students who have a passion for the subject of English, and the club serves as a creative and expressive outlet for students with similar interests and goals.  The English Club’s mission 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, and empowering them with the ability to trust and exercise their thinking skills on a higher level.  The club’s activities include Book-of-the-Month meetings, film discussions, attending plays, and visiting art galleries.  The English Club also hosts workshops, monthly book/paper readings, and get-togethers. 

Moderators: Ms Lowell, tlowell@sjcadets.org, Ms Spano, jspano@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: Tuesdays (twice a month) from 2:15-3:15 PM in Room 208:
 
September 25, 2018
October 9, 2018
October 30, 2018
November 13, 2018
November 27, 2018
December 4, 2018
December 18, 2018
January 15, 2019
January 29, 2019
February 12, 2019
February 26, 2019
March 12, 2019
March 26, 2019
April 9, 2019
April 30, 2019
May 7, 2019
May 21, 2019

French Club

Mission Statement: The French Club meets several times a month in order to promote the study and understanding of Italian culture, music, art, food, etc.  French Club activities include: visiting centers of French culture, attending operas and plays, and making trips to museums and restaurants. The purpose of the club is to encourage students to be active members in the community so as to support the understanding of diverse cultures and languages.

Moderator: Mr Etse, keste@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Frisbee Club

Mission Statement: The mission of the St Joseph Frisbee Club is to provide an environment in which players can play and enjoy the game of Ultimate Frisbee. Frisbee Club meets weekly, weather permitting, for relaxed, fun and energetic pick-up games.  The club is open to all and always looking for new members. Please bring a change of clothes and sneakers.

Moderator: Mr. Delancy, mdelancy@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Go Green Ecology Club

Mission Statement: 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. 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. The Go Green Ecology Club membership is open to all students attending St Joseph High School.

Moderator: TBD September 2018

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Guitar Club

Mission Statement: The Guitar Club is open to students who play guitar and would like the opportunity to discuss popular music and learn how to play various songs with the input of other club members. This is also an outlet for the sharing of talents and an opportunity for self- expression.

Moderators: Mr Brunner, pbrunner@sjcadets.orgDr Valois, kvalois@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

HeArt Club

Mission Statement: The HeArt Club is an after school activity that provides materials, instruction and support for those students who are seeking a creative outlet in addition to their academic schedule. HeArt Club focuses on creating art to enhance the lives of others and bring joy to retirement homes, veterans and those in need. 

Moderator: Mrs Pia, spia@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Interact Club

Mission Statement: The goal of the St Joseph Interact Club is to strengthen the community by raising awareness of pertinent racial, social, and political issues. We hope to address these issues and cultural diversity between international students and their experience in school.  Interact club puts community service and international student integration at the forefront.

Moderators: Mrs Anderson, manderson@sjcadets.org, Mr Delancy, mdelancy@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: Second and last Tuesday of each month in Room 314.

Irish Club

Mission Statement: The mission of the St. Joseph High School Irish Club is to invite all students to explore and to celebrate the culture of Ireland. This mission is achieved through researching Irish traditions, language, recipes, and history. The Irish Club supports the St. Joseph High School mission of committing to the greater community by its involvement in community service projects, participating in educational field trips, and representing the student body at the Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Moderator: Mrs Sorrentino, bsorrentino@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Italian Club

Mission Statement: The Italian Club meets several times a month in order to promote the study and understanding of Italian culture, music, art, food, etc.  Italian Club activities include: visiting centers of Italian culture, attending operas and plays, making trips to museums and restaurant, and playing bocce! The purpose of the club is to encourage students to be active members in the community so as to support the understanding of diverse cultures and languages.

Moderator: Mrs Terese, gterese@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Jeopardy Club

Mission Statement: The Jeopardy Club is intended for all students interested in a mental challenge. Questions are designed for high school knowledge and just like the television show, the first one to buzz in will be the first one allowed to respond.

Moderator: Mr Mamrus, hmamrus@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Letters of Love Club

Mission Statement: The mission of the St Joseph High School Letters with Love Club is to invite all students to appreciate the art of letter writing and to understand the bond which is created between the writer and the recipient. This mission is achieved by participating in a Pen Pal program with the students at the Feroleto Center throughout the academic year and by creating cards and posters for servicemen and women, community service projects, and various schoolwide events. The Letters with Love Club supports the St. Joseph High School mission of committing to the greater community by promoting altruism through correspondence with others beyond its campus.

Moderator: Mrs Sorrentino, bsorrentino@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Math Team

Mission Statement: The Math Team mission is to represent SJHS and provide a mathematical experience beyond the classroom for interested students.  Through collaboration and competition, the Math Team strives to increase student’s confidence in their mathematical abilities and inspire them to pursue mathematics with enthusiasm. The Math Team is for students who enjoy exploring & having fun with mathematics and competing with other students.

Moderator: Mrs Blackwell, jblackwell@sjcadets.org

Meeting Times: Math Team practices are held every Monday and Wednesday after school and include solving & discussing math problems to prepare for our six competitions throughout the school year. Competitions are held on the second Wednesday of the month at Wilton High School.

Meeting Location: TBD September 2018

Model United Nations

Mission Statement: 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.

Moderator: Mr Cirisoli, jcirisoli@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Multicultural Club

Mission Statement: The Multicultural Club’s mission is to make the St Joseph High School community aware of interracial, intergenerational, and intersectional overlapping and independent systems of discrimination and disadvantage within interconnected social categorizations of race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group.  The Multicultural Club is a socially-inclusive organization with the intent of embracing multiculturalism and diversity, while eliminating racism, prejudice, and intolerance on all levels.

Moderators: Ms Lowell, tlowell@sjcadets.org, Mrs Rivera, orivera@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: Fridays (twice a month) from 2:15PM - 3:15 PM in Room 310. The following Fridays: 

September 14, 2018
September 28, 2018
October 12, 2018
October 26, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 30, 2018
December 7, 2018
December 14, 2018
January 4, 2019
January 25, 2019
February 8, 2019
February 15, 2019
March 15, 2019
March 29, 2019
April 12, 2019
April 26, 2019
May 3, 2019

Philosphy Club

Mission Statement: The Philosophy Club is open to all St Joseph students and its members seek 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.

Moderator: Mr Pappa, mpappa@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Ping Pong Club

Mission Statement: St Joseph Ping Pong Club is to create a fun, friendly and enjoyable environment that is conducive to learning the way table tennis is played, while fostering the development of its fundamental skills.

Moderator: Mr Delancy, mdelancy@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Pottery Club

Mission Statement: The Pottery Club is a forum for those interested in ceramics and pottery to join together in making pottery and sharing knowledge regarding ceramics. The Pottery Club gives St Joes students access to the Art Department's ceramics labs so that they may pursue their pottery passions.

Moderator: Ms Richter, crichter@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

RAAFT Club

Mission Statement: Raising Abuse Awareness for Teens (RAAFT) Club focuses on  lessons  about domestic violence awareness and fundraises regularly for organizations that support victims of domestic violence.

Moderator: Ms Schiels, lschiels@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Robotics Club

Mission Statement: Robotics Club invites students of all experience levels to learn about electronics, programming, and digital fabrication, and to implement their knowledge in various robotics builds.

Moderator: Mr Mamrus, hmamrus@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

SADD Club

Mission Statement: St. Joseph’s SADD Club’s mission is to empower young people to successfully confront the risks and pressures that challenge them throughout their daily lives.  We participate in events and perform activities that create awareness and promote resiliency, and advocacy skills that will help young people make positive life decisions which will carry them throughout life.

Moderator: Mrs Seperack, kseperack@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Spanish Club

Mission Statement: The Spanish Club meets throughout the year. All students interested in the richness of the Spanish and Latin American cultures are welcome. Spanish Club activities include Mardi Gras, Fiestas celebrating the culture and cuisine of the Spanish speaking world, a cultural field trip, and other activities. ¡Ven y celebra con nosotros! Come and celebrate with us!

Moderators: Mrs Carvalho-Sullivan, jcsullivan@sjcadets.org, Mrs Rivera, orivera@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

STEM Club

Mission Statement: STEM Club is a gathering of students that meets regularly in an informal environment to work on inquiry-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related activities.

Moderators: Mr Gaulin, jgaulin@sjcadets.org, Mr Mirabile, mmirabile@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Stock Market Club

Mission Statement: TBA

Moderator: Mr Roselli

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Women's Studies Club

Mission Statement: The Women’s Studies Club’s is an interdisciplinary club at St Joseph High School where the members seek to connect our work as academics with the social and political world outside the school, that is, to educate our student body about social inequalities that result from sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, and ethnocentrism, as well as to link knowledge, research, teaching, and activism.  The student club members’ mission is to seek to empower each other through a feminist critique of social, cultural, and institutional structures that enables them to think more critically about their own lives and that inspires them to work as active citizens for social justice.

Moderators: Ms Lowell, tlowell@sjcadets.org, Ms Spano, jspano@sjcadets.org

Meeting Time & Location: Wednesdays (twice a month) from 2:15-3:15 PM in Room 310:
 
September 26, 2018
October 3, 2018
October 24, 2018
November 14, 2018
November 28, 2018
December 5, 2018
December 12, 2018
January 2, 2019
January 30, 2019
February 13, 2019
March 6, 2019
March 13, 2019
April 3, 2019
April 10, 2019
May 8, 2019
May 15, 2019

Writing Center

Mission Statement: The Writing Resource Center at St Joseph High School 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 for tutoring sessions after school. During a session, peer tutors and teachers engage in conversation with student-writers, focusing on ideas, organization, development, argument, synthesis, and writers’ concerns.  In serving as an audience, the Writing Resource Center staff fosters active learning, skill-set growth, and writing confidence while simultaneously providing support during any stage of the writing process: idea generation, brainstorming, outlining, drafting, or revision.  

Moderators: Ms Lowell, tlowell@sjcadets.org, Ms Spano, jspano@sjcadets.org

Meeting Times:

Monday: 2:15-3:15pm 
Tuesday: 2:15-2:45pm 
Location: Room 310

Thursday: 2:15-3:15pm (Room 208)
Friday, 2:15-2:45pm (Room 208)
Location: Room 208

Online tutoring is only available Tuesdays until 7pm. Send an email to jspano@sjcadets.org or tlowell@sjcadets.org before 7:00pm. 

Yearbook

Mission Statement: 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.

Moderators: Ms Richter, mrichter@sjcadets.org, Mrs Lisa Russell

Meeting Time & Location: TBD September 2018

Zumba Club

Mission Statement: Zumba Club is a club dedicated to fun and fitness. No judgement, no experience necessary; just a great workout where people can meet new friends and share some laughs.

Moderators: Ms Aldana, caldana@sjcadets.org, Ms Spano, jspano@sjcadets.org

Meeting Times and Location: Tuesdays in the Wellness Center from 2:00-3:00pm

CO-CURRICULAR  ACTIVITIES

French National Honor Society

St Joseph High School is the Victor Hugo Chapter of the French National Honor Society. Students must maintain a minimum of a 90 average for 6 consecutive quarters in order to be inducted and then maintain that average along with an overall B average over their involvement. Students become eligible in January of junior year, in level III or above, and are available as peer tutors for students in lower levels should help be requested.

Freshman Guides

Freshman Guides serve as peer representatives for 7th and 8th grade students as they explore their high school options during shadow days. Excellence in the classroom, leadership at school and in the community, and a strong commitment to providing positive mentoring are qualities that are required of St Joseph High School Freshman Guides.

Freshman Guide applications will be available through the Office of Admission in August 2018. Please contact Ms Oberle with any questions at aoberle@sjcadets.org.

Italian National Honor Society

The Italian National Honor Society, or La Società Onoraria Italica, meets several times throughout the year in order to promote the study of Italian language and culture. Members of the society have been recognized for their excellence/achievement in Italian courses throughout sophomore, junior and senior year. In addition, the purpose of the society is to encourage students to be active members in the community so as to support the understanding of diverse cultures and languages.

National Chinese Honor Society

NCHS (National Chinese Honor Society)

Mission Statement:

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

Chinese Language Association of Secondary-Elementary Schools

National Honor Society

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.

Spanish National Honor Society

We are the Iboamerican Chapter of the Spanish National Honor Society. Students must maintain a minimum of a 90 average for 6 consecutive quarters in order to be initiated and then maintain that average over their involvement. Scholarships for travel and study are offered by the National Organization as well as the possibility to be published in the National Organizations publication called Albericias.

Student Ambassadors

Ambassadors serve as representatives during middle school visits, high school nights and school events. The Student Ambassador Organization is comprised of dedicated students who seek to share their positive experience at St Joseph High School with others. Student Ambassadors are important peer agents for the Office of Admission’s recruitment and retention goals.

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year (for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors) will be available through the Office of Admission in March 2019. Please contact Ms Oberle with any questions at aoberle@sjcadets.org.

Student Council

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 meets every Monday in room 314, 2:00pm-3:00pm with Class Advisors.

Class Advisors:

  • Senior Advisor,  Mrs Piatak
  • Junior Advisor,  Dr Marino
  • Sophomore Advisor,  Mr Pappa
  • Freshman Advisor,  Mr Semplice, Mr Kavulich

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
  • School Dances (Snowball, Homecoming, etc.)
  • Donation of food to the needy
  • Junior Ring Breakfast
  • Wall Contest
  • Walk-a-Thon
  • Homecoming Assembly and Breakfast
  • Halloween Costume Contest
  • Faculty Appreciation Day
  • Senior Picnic
  • Student Council Elections
  • Class Trips
  • Decorating the school for Christmas
  • Student Council Induction Ceremony
  • Spirit Week Activities
  • Field Day
  • Open House
  • "Decade" Dress Down Day
  • Valentine's Day Flower Sale
  • Baccalaureate Mass
  • Graduation Events