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Helping HandsAs a student at Bishop O'Connell High School, you are encouraged to balance your studies with an extracurricular life that helps feed your spirit. Beyond your classroom and homework responsibilities, a diverse number of positive ways in which your time and energy can be invested awaits you.

Whether your interest is in debate, photography or service, there is a club for you at Bishop O'Connell. More than 60 clubs, organizations and honor societies occupy our students' time and talents. Most clubs have a regular meeting time after school (such as the third Thursday of the month) and several offer more extensive time commitments. A Club Fair is held at the beginning of every school year to familiarize all students with the mission and activities of each group.

Current groups include:

ACADEMIC JOURNALS
Moderator:
Mr. Haas (ghaas@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
3pm in room 124
This group's learns research skills, academic journal writing skills, and will peer review student journals.

A CAPPELLA CHOIR
Moderator:
Mr. Kadeli (pkadeli@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:

ADORATION CLUB
Moderators:
Ms. Funk and Father Thompson (afunk@bishopoconnell.org), (frgthompson@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE & CULTURE CLUB
Moderator:
Mr Jones (tjones@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
2nd and 4th Mondays of the month in room 302
The mission of the club is to promote,advocate, educate, and implement programs affecting persons of African decent. We will also strive to make others as well as ourselves aware of the problems African-American communities face today. Studying geneology will play a large role in the club.
All students of any heritage are welcome.

ALTAR SOCIETY
Moderator: Fr. Thompson (frgthompson@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: During Advisory on B1 schedule days.
Interested students assist in setting up for school liturgies and serving Mass throughout the year as altar servers and ushers.

ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS CLUB
Moderator: Ms. Hogan
Meetings: B Lunch
Support Alzheimer awareness and research.

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE CLUB
Moderator: Ms.Bumbarger (mbumbarger@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBD

ANIME CLUB
Moderator: Mrs. Henry (chenry@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Most Thursdays at 3 p.m. in room 327.
Students watch Anime films, learn to speak and write a little Japanese, draw cartoons, play Japanese video games, attend conventions independently (family and parent supervised), and sample Japanese food.

ART CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Crivella and Mr. Jones (jcrivella@bishopoconnell.org), (tjones@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 1st and 3rd Thursdays in room 303.
This club provides an art experience for students who are not able to register for art classes. Activities include the display and general care of posters and bulletin boards throughout the school.

ASIAN AMERICAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Moderator:
Dr. Stabile (dstabile@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Thursdays after school in the counseling offices.

ASTRONOMY CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Hill (mhill@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Every other wee at 3pm in room 212
The Astronomy Club is for people who are passionate about space and the mysteries within it. The different theories about wormholes, blackholes, the big bang, and deep space will be discussed.

ATHLETIC/GAME DAY MANAGEMENT CLUB
Moderator:
Mr. Demers (pdemers@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
TBD

ATHLETIC TRAINING STUDENT AIDES
Moderator:
Mr. Tillson (dtillson@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Students are scheduled to work 2-3 days a week in the training room or at games, all year if possible
Student trainers assist the Certified Athletic Trainer with the care of injuries to athletes. Work 2 – 3 days a week, all year if possible, in the training room, at practices, and games. Provide first aid, preventive taping, and team water to athletes. Assist with rehabilitation treatments and the daily operation of the athletic training program. Work in a fun environment with fellow students and the Certified Athletic Trainers. Meet other students with similar interests and get to know a whole other side of O’Connell. Good oppurtunity for students interested in medicine to get some exposure and practical experience.

AUDIO-VISUAL DESIGN CLUB
Moderator:
Mr. Andrews and Ms. Danneher (dandrews@bishopoconnell.org)(Sdanneher@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
Room 202, every other Tuesday during Knight Time, or Wednesday after school.
The A.V.D. Club works on specific requests regarding filming and video design, focusing mainly on music critiquing and production.

BEST BUDDIES
Moderator:
Mrs. Stabile (mstabile@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
TBD

BI-PARTISAN UNITY CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Mahoney (wmahoney@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Thursdays after school twice a month in room 231.
Club for peoploe who have a bi-partisan view and are looking for a blend of the best aspects of both parties. This will be a debate society for people on both ends of the political spectrum.

BLOOD DONORS CLUB
Moderator: Ms. Doran (adoran@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Training room or room 141
Two major blood drives during the school year are organized by this club. One is held in the fall and the other in the spring. Membership is open to all students.

CHESS CLUB
Moderator:
Mr. Holland (mholland@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
TBD

CHINESE CULTURE CLUB
Moderator: Mrs. McDonald (mmcdonald@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBA

CYBER KNIGHTS
Moderator: Mr. Andrews (dandrews@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Mondays, during Knight Time and B Lunch in room 202, or room 300.
This club provides a venue for students interested in Cyber Defense, and learning ethical behavior to work collaboratively in school, government, or industry-sponsored cyber defense activities and competitions.

DINOSAUR CLUB
Moderator:
Mr. Holland (mholland@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
3pm every Monday in room 112
We will discuss recent theories and studies about dinosaurs as well as learn more about club member's favorite dinosaurs.

DISNEY MOVIE CLUB
Moderator:
Ms. Zimmerman (szimmerman@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
Knight Times once a month in Ms. Zimmerman's classroom.
We have fun, energetic meetings viewing and discussing Disney movies.

DRAMA
Moderator:
Ms. Zimmerman (szimmerman@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
Meeting times change in relation to upcoming shows.
The Drama Club supports the Fall show, Spring musical, Black Box production and various group activities. Open to all students.

DROP IN THE BUCKET
Moderator: Christine Spann (Cspann@bishopoconnell.org)
Meeting: Weekends
To promote awareness of the lack of clean drinking water through-out the world-especially in Africa. All money raised will go toward putting wells in Africa near schools.

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS
Moderator: Mr. Holland (mholland@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Tuesdays from 3-4pm in room 112
We will play Dungeons and Dragons as well as other related games like PathFinder. We help players develop role playing and acting skills.

ECOLOGY CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Britt (nbritt@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 1st and 3rd Thursday in room 236.

ESSAY AND ORATORICAL CLUB
Moderator: Mrs. Wentzel (mwentzel@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Interested students my email Mrs. Wentzel for questions, further information and entry sheets.
Each year, students may enter one of over 40 contests for monetary awards and/or publication of their works of art, poetry or essays. Students have won more than $50,000 over the past five years. Information regarding contests is in the daily bulletin or posted outside room 326.

FBLA
Moderators: Mr. Betthauser and Mrs. O'Malley (wbetthauser@bishopoconnell.org and momalley@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:

FIAT
Moderators: Ms. Funk and Sister Tracey (mfunk@bishopoconnell.org), and (stracey@bishopoconnell.org)
Meeting: Fiat is a group for young women who would like to deepen their relationship with Christ and grow in virtue. They offer spiritual and social events.

FILM CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Meehan (jmeehan@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
Bi-weekly During Knight Time in the Auditorium on B1 days
The club meets to discuss and analyze the thematic and cultural value of motion pictures from the classic era to contemporary cinema.

FISHING CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Betthauser (wbetthauser@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Knight Time and After school
Our goal is to come together and participate in the sport of fishing. Students whoa are inexperienced may learn from more advanced fishermen, and they will catch fish.

FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator: Ms. Webb (wwebb@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBD
This group fosters an appreciation for the French culture, honors best French students, participates in school charity drives, and hosts French speaking guests. Membership is open to students who have had two years of French and a grade average of 93 or higher.

GAME DESIGN WITH GIRLS IN MIND:
Moderators: Mrs. Scott (tscott@bishopoconnell.org) and Mrs. Gonsalves (egonsalves@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Every Monday in rm 300

GDGIM provides girl students with an opportunity to explore game design, app development, computer programming, computer science, and STEAM-related activities while building self-confidence in their abilities and technological literacy.

GAMER CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Andrews (dandrews@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 3 pm Thursdays in room 202.
This club rovides a safe venue so that students may interact and compete via MMORPG games, contests, and competitions

GERMAN CLUB
Moderator: Mrs. Stabile (mstabile@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBD
The German Club is designed to stimulate interest in Germany, its language and culture; and to provide activities of a less formal nature to supplement the German curriculum. Oktoberfest and Christmas celebrations are planned. Membership is open to students of all grades who exhibit a strong interest.

GERMAN HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator: Mrs. Stabile (mstabile@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBD
The purpose of this group is to honor excellence in the study of the German language and culture, and to lend service to other German students in need of tutoring. Members must be in the last three semesters of study and possess at least an 85 average in other academic subjects. The Honor Society works with the German Club and provides tutoring and a service project.

GUITAR CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Holland (mholland@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBD
This club is comprised of students interested in guitar playing. Fellow guitar and bass guitar players meet to share songs, tips, techniques and other ideas.

HEALTH SCIENCE CLUB
Moderator:
Mr. Meinsen (kmeinsen@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Mondays Room 232
Raise awareness of health issues by participating in area community events related to health.
Discuss and share recent inventions in the medical field.

IMPROV CLUB
Moderator: Ms. Zimmerman (szimmerman@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Every other week after school in Cafe Vaticano.
Skill building workshops, games, plays, possible improv festival/competition.

INTERACT
Moderator: Ms. Wentzel (mwentzel@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 1st Thursdays in room 326.

ITALIAN AMERICAN CLUB
Moderator: Dr. Stabile (dstabile@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Knight Time and After School every other month.
Promote Italian-American culture, and learn about traditions, food, language and games.

IT’S ACADEMIC
Moderators: Mr. Holland (mholland@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Daily Monday – Thursday through November and then weekly through May.
The It’s Academic Club is a group of trivia-filled students who meet to practice for competitions. The club participates in three major competitions. These include It’s Academic, a televised academic quiz competition for high school students airing on NBC, as well as the Winter and Spring Knowledge Master Open. All interested students are welcome to be a part of the team.

KEYETTES
Moderator: Mrs. Graif (sgraif@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 1st Monday of each month (2nd if no school) Room 114 at 3 p.m.
For membership each girl must show that she is willing to donate time and energy and must maintain at least a "C" average. This club is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Application for membership is made in the spring for the following school year.

LADY KNIGHTS GOLF CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Meinsen (kmeinsen@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Fridays at 3pm in room 232
The O’Connell Ladies Golf Club is committed to providing an opportunity for ladies to play, learn, and enjoy the game of golf. Membership is open to all O’Connell ladies, from beginners to advanced players.

LARGESSE
Moderator: Mr. Meehan (jmeehan@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Every Tuesday, Room 320, at 3 p.m.
The Largesse is a literary/art magazine. The purpose of the Largesse is to publish student are, poetry, prose and photography in a creative arts magazine and consequently stimulate interest in the creative arts. Students who demonstrate skill and/or enthusiasm for the creative arts are encouraged to join.

LATIN HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator: Mrs. A. Cunningham (acunningham@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Meets with Latin Club
The Latin Honor Society fosters an appreciation for Roman culture and civilization, honors best Latin students, and participates in school charity drives. Membership requirement is a grade 90 or above for three consecutive semesters. These students are obligated to tutor other Latin students who need assistance.

MATH CLUB
Moderators: Ms. MacDonald and Mr Connor (kmacdonald@bishopoconnell.org), (jconnor@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Once a month after school for 30 minutes, in room 117 for Junior Math League and 213 for Senior Math League
The club consists of two sections , the Junior Math League is open to students in Algebra 2/Trig and lower, and the Senior Math League, open to students in Pre-Clculus and above. Both sponsor 6 contests per year. The club sponsors Virginia Math League Contests. Contests are held throughout the year and all students are eligible to compete.

MEDICAL MISSIONARIES CLUB
Moderator:
Mrs. Wentzel (mwentzel@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
3rd Thursdays in room 326.
This club raises awareness about the needs of the poorest of the poor in developing countries. Fundraising helps provide necessary medial supplies and monetary funds to the Medical Missionaries organization.

MODEL UNITED NATIONS
Moderator: Ms. Volcano (svolcano@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Every Wednesday or Thursday, Room 124, at 3:15 p.m.
The Bishop O’Connell Model United Nations Club is an organization where participants represent a country in the United Nations during different conferences that we participate in. In order to join this club it is not necessary to be comfortable or be able to speak publicly.

MU ALPHA THETA
NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MATHEMATICS HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator: Mr. Bernhard (mbernhard@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Room 116
Membership is limited to students with qualifying GPA's. The honor society promotes a love of math through math related activities and competitions.

MUSIC LISTENERS CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Holland (mholland@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Last Friday of the month at 3pm in room 112.
Discuss and review a selected album every month.

NATIONAL ENGLISH HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator:
Mrs. Cerniglia (dcerniglia@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Once a month or as needed for officers in room 323.
The NEHS goal is to promote mastery of written expression, encourage worthwhile reading, and foster fellowship among students who excel in english.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator: Mr. Cassidy (rcassidy@bishopoconnell.org)
Click on the link above for more information on the Bishop Russell Chapter of the National Honor Society.

OPERATION SMILE STUDENT CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Connor (jconnor@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: B Lunch and A3 Days in room 315
Operation Smile raises money to fund cleft palate procedures in third world countries.

PAGEMASTERS
Moderator: Mrs. A. Cunningham, Mrs. Gonsalves, and Ms. Dannaher (acunninghma@bishopoconnell.org), (egonsolves@bishopoconnell.org), (sdannaher@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Wednesday, twice a month, Room 314
The purpose of this club is to provide its members with a wider and more diverse experience of the wilds and frontiers of literature. The goal is to expose the members to as many style and genres as possible while at the same time revealing the intensity and entertainment to be harvested from reading.

PAINTBALL CLUB
Moderator:
Mr. Mahoney (bmahoney@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
3pm room 231
Meetings once a month, and actually paintballing once every two months

PAPER AIRPLANE CLUB
Moderator:
Mr. Holland (mholland@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB
Moderator:
Mr. Jones (tjones@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
2nd and 4th Wednesday in room 302
The Photo Club welcomes students who enjoy photography and would like to develop their skills by sharing techniques and ideas. No experience necessary. Club meetings may include group discussions, field trips, and presentations

PRAISE BAND
Moderator:
Mr. Kadeli (pkadeli@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:

PRO-LIFE CLUB/KNIGHTS FOR LIFE
Moderator: Ms. Lattie (alattie@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: B1 days during Advisory
The purpose of this club is to organize various pro-life activities--prayer, petition circulation, and writing letters to government officials. This club strives to reinforce the Culture of Life at O'Connell through prayer and peaceful witness.

QUO VADIS
Moderator: Mr. Glasow (dglasow@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:

RANDOM ACTS OF KNIGHTNESS
Moderator:
Mr. Meehan (jmeehan@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Bi-weekly during Knight Time Block 2 days in the auditorium

RHO KAPPA SOCIAL STUDIES NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator: Mr. Haas (ghaas@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Monthly in room 124
To advance social studies and to get kids recognition for their academic efforts.

ROBOTICS CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Gerton (pgerton@bishopoconnell.org) and Mr. Barnett (mbarnett@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Tuesdays from 3-4pm in room 234
The club's goal is to learn the principles of robotics, programming, mechanics, construction, and learn teamwork.

SADD – STUDENTS AGAINST DESTRUCTIVE DECISIONS CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Connor (jconnor@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBD
This club is open to all students. It is a peer leadership organization dedicated to preventing destructive decisions, particularly underage drinking. Members of the SADD Club participate in the annual SADD Walks for MADD as well as Dead Day and the annual SADD Assembly.

SCA (STUDENT COUNCIL ASSOCIATION)
Moderator: Mrs. O'Reilly (coreilly@bishopoconnell.org), Ms. Hogan (khogan@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Monthly
The purpose of the SCA is to cooperate with the administration/faculty in the promotion of high standards of education in conjunction with the development in each person of a knowledge of the Christian faith and a devotion to God; to foster school spirit through planning, coordinating, and executing of various activities for the student body; to promote a good relationship between the administration/faculty and the students; to represent the students' concerns to the administration/faculty; and to promote the general welfare of the Bishop O'Connell community. The SCA is also in charge of numerous school wide activities like the Christ House Soup Drive and Superdance.

SCHOOL OF COMMUNITY (CL YOUTH GROUP)
Moderator:
Fr. Benetti (
mbenetti@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
Fridays, 3-4 pm in room 310
The hope of this group of friends is to live life genuinely. This is the only way to discover how Christ is the ultimate meaning of reality. Join them for discussion, School of Community service, and much more. Come and see!

SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator:
Ms. Yanine (fyanine@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBD
The Spanish Honor Society's purpose is to promote an appreciation for the Spanish and Hispanic culture and a continuity of interest in Hispanic studies. Members must have maintained a 90 average or higher for three consecutive semesters.

SPANISH TUTORING SOCIETY
Moderator: Mrs. Rubio (mrubio@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Mondays,Tuesdays, Wednesdays during Knight Time, in room 312, at 3 p.m.
Members of the Spanish Tutoring Society are Spanish Honor Society members who volunteer to tutor struggling Spanish Level 1, 2, and 3 students. Tutoring takes place Tuesdays, Wednesday and /or Thursday afternoons. Tutoring is free.
Spanish tutors help O'Connell students who are having difficulty in their Spanish classes. Students in need of help may go to room 312 during Knight Time to receive help. No appointments needed.

SPIRIT and LEADERSHIP TEAM
Moderator: Mr. Blaser (jblaser@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBD
This club meets and goes to various games. The idea of the club is to allow students more access to O’Connell social venues. The club actively supports all O’Connell service projects and athletic events.

STOCK AND FINANCE CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Betthauser (wbetthauser@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Wednesdays in room 202.

TEENS AGAINST CANCER
Moderator: Mr. Cresson (mcresson@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Last Monday of the month, Room 202, at 3:15 p.m.
This club’s goal is to raise funds and provide support for those affected by cancer. The club plans to work on projects such as Christmas gift baskets to Children’s Hospital cancer patients and ordering small cakes for birthdays in addition to birthday cards.

TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator: Mr. Kadeli (pkadeli@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 1st Wednesdays in the band room.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Moderator: Mr. Hill (mhill@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Weekly
Students will learn how to play the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, improve their abilities, and focus on teamwork.

UNITY COUNCIL
Moderator: Mr. Edmondson (aedmondson@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBD
For the latest news and activities from this group, CLICK HERE.

VISOR NEWSPAPER
Moderator: Mr. Fitzpatrick (efitzpatrick@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Tuesday during Knight Time (A and C lunch) in the Writing Center
The VISOR staff undertakes production of a newspaper four times a year as well as maintain the VISOR-online edition. Membership is open to all students.

WATER AROUND THE WORLD
Moderator:
MrS. Spann (Cspann@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
Weekends
The club works to promote awareness of the lack of clean drinking water throughout the world, especially in Africa. All money raised will go to creating wells near African grade schools.

WOODCRAFT CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Gerton (pgerton@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Room 215 and Tech. Basement. Meetings on Wednesday weekly.
The club's goal is to teach basic woodworking skills as well as basic engineering. Support drama productions

YEARBOOK
Moderator: Ms. McDonald (mmcdonald@bishopoconnell.org)

YOUNG DEMOCRATS
Moderator: Mr. Connor (jconnor@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBD
This club is to raise the awareness about the Democratic Party.

YOUNG MEN'S EXECUTIVE CLUB
Moderator:
Mr. Owens (dowens@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.
Read more HERE...

YOUNG REPUBLICANS

Moderator: Mr. Altoft and Mrs. Spurlock (maltoft@bishopoconnell.org and mjspurlock@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Mondays after school, twice a month in room 326
This club works to raise awareness about the Republican Party, and develop leadership and debate skills.

YOUNG WOMEN'S EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Moderator: Ms. Krista (mkrista@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Once a month after school in room 122
The goal of the club is to promote traditional values for the modern young woman through guest speekers, field trips, and service. Members will be exposed to fields that have been traditionally dominated by men. The membership is open to juniors and seniors only.


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