Clubs and Organizations

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As 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:

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 genealogy will play a large role in the club.
All students of any heritage are welcome.

ALTAR SERVERS
Moderator: Fr. Thompson (frgthompson@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: During Advisory on Thursdays in Cafe Vaticano.
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: Mrs. Haas (khaas@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 3 PM Thursdays twice a month in Room 124.
Support Alzheimer awareness and research.

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.

BEST BUDDIES
Moderator: Mrs. Stabile (mstabile@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Room 316

BLOOD DONORS CLUB (Health Services)
Moderator: Ms. Doran (adoran@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Twice a month in the 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.

CHAMPS CLUB
Moderator: Ms. Moynihan (Lmoynihan@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Fridays in the wrestling room.

CHEMISTRY CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Pell (spell@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Room 231 after school.
The club promotes interest in STEM, and will focus on tutoring, chemical study and science crafts.


CHESS CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Cummings (dcummings@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Wednesdays after school in room 221

CREATIVE WRITING CLUB
Moderator: Ms. Dannaher (sdanneher@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 3 PM Fridays in the Library

CYBER KNIGHTS
Moderator: Mrs. Gonsalves (egonsalves@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 3 PM Wednesdays in room 201.
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.

DEBATE
Moderator: Ms. Gibeily (agibeily@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Thursdays, once a month and before tournaments in room 321.

DISNEY MOVIE CLUB
Moderator: Ms. Zimmerman (szimmerman@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.
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.

DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS
Moderator: Mr. Pell (spell@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Thursdays from 3-4 PM 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: Tuesday during KT 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: Every other Friday after school in room 200.

FIAT
Moderators:
Meeting: Wednesday in room 220
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.

FRENCH CLUB
Moterator: Mrs. Kirschbaum (Jkirschbaum@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Tuesday 3 PM in room 317

FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator: Ms. Webb (wwebb@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Room 319
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 :
Moderators: Mrs. Gonsalves (egonsalves@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Glass classroom in the library, Monday
GD 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.

GAMING CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Betthauser (wbetthauser@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 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.

GIRLS' BADMINTON
Moderator: Ms. Martenson (hmartenson@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Auxillairy gym

GIRL UP
Moderator:
Mrs. Kirschbaum (jkirschbaum@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 3 - 3:30 pm on Wednesday or Thursday in room 317.

GLOBAL AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT
Moderator: Mr. Cummings (dcummings@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Once a month Thursdays in room 221
Raising awareness of the needs of those around us.

GOLF (COED) 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. No experience is needed, and loaner clubs are available. This is not a varsity or extramural competetive team.

HAITI ACTION COMMITTEE
Moderator: Ms. Dannaher (Sdannaher@bishopoconnell.org)
Meeting: 3 PM Monday in the Library
This club supports the Bercy School in Haiti

HISPANIC HERITAGE CLUB
Moderator: Mrs. Juarez (ljuarez@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Room 314

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

INTERNATIONAL CLUB
Moderator: Mrs. Taylor (mtaylor@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBA
The International Club, formerly the Chinese Culture Club and then the Multi-cultural Club is designed to celebrate the diverse and unique cultures present in our school that make us one student body. It's about culture, language, food, and so much more.

IT’S ACADEMIC
Moderators: Mr. Owens (dowens@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Daily Monday – Thursday through November and then weekly through May in room 144.
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. Aubry (kaubry@bishopoconnell.org), Mrs. Friel (lfriel@bishopoconnell.org), Ms. Martenson (hmartenson@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.

KNIGHT LIFE
Moderator:
Mr. Owens (dowens@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month in room 302
Step Team provides a great opportunity for interested students to gain stepping skills and showcase their talent. The steppers perform at school events and competitions. The team was created in order to demonstrate a unique art form that originated in Africa. The purpose is also to perform at school and community event throughout the year, develop leadership skills and develop each member physically, mentally and morally. Students also have the opportunity to be exposed a sub-culture of the traditional college life. The team also provides opportunities that students may not have had with any other club at RHS.

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 CLUB/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.

MIDDLE EASTERN AND NORTH AFRICAN Heritage Club
Moderator: Ms. Gibeily (agibeily@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Room 321, Wednesday

MODEL GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Moderators: Mr. Haas and Mr. Shirey (ghaas@bishopoconnell.org), (jshirey@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Monthly in room 124

MODEL UNITED NATIONS
Moderator: Ms. Vulcano (svulcano@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Every Tuesday, Room 122, 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.

NATIONAL ENGLISH HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator: Mrs. Cerniglia (dcerniglia@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Once a month on Tuesdays 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)
Meetings: Once a month on Tuesdays

PAGEMASTERS BOOK CLUB
Moderator: Mrs. A. Cunningham, Mrs. Gonsalves, and Ms. Dannaher (acunninghma@bishopoconnell.org), (egonsolves@bishopoconnell.org), (sdannaher@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Monthly at 3 PM on Wednesday in the library
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.

PAWS FOR A CAUSE
Moderator: Ms. Gibeily (agibeily@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Room 321 Tuesdays
This club collects supplies and money for animal shelters and sponsor a pet.

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

PING PONG CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Bernhard (mbernhard@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Fridays, 3 PM in the math hallway

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 (7:43-8:05 AM)
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.

RHO KAPPA SOCIAL STUDIES NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator: Mr. Haas (ghaas@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 3 PM Tuesdays in room 124
To advance social studies and to get kids recognition for their academic efforts.

RONALD McDONALD HOUSE CLUB
Moderator:
Mrs. Spann (cspann@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Tuesday in the Admissions Office

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: Ms. Hogan and Mr. Betthauser (khogan@bishopoconnell.org) (wbetthauser@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:
Ms. Madden (MMadden@bishopoconnell.org)

Meetings:
Fridays, 3-4 pm in room 120
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!

SOCIETAS MILITRUM CHRISTI (SOLDIERS OF CHRIST SOCIETY)
Moderator: Mr. Pell (spell@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Room 231 at 3:30 pm
The goal of this group is to increase young men's spirituality and fidelity to the Church through Spiritual readings and exercises, hymn singing and praise of God.

SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY
Moderator:
Ms. Yanine (fyanine@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Tuesday 3 PM in room 310.
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.
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:
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: Every other Friday during Knight Time in room 202.

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

UNITY COUNCIL
Moderator: Mr. Edmondson (aedmondson@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBD in room 316

VISOR NEWSPAPER
Moderator: Mr. Horan (rhoran@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Mondays or next Anchor Day at Knight Time (Room 300)
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 FOR OTHERS
Moderator:
Mrs. Spann (cspann@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
Tuesdays
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.

YEARBOOK
Moderator: Mrs. Rimes (mrimes@bishopoconnell.org)

YOUNG DEMOCRATS
Moderator: Mr. Connor (jconnor@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 3 PM Tuesdays
This club is to raise the awareness about the Democratic Party.

YOUNG MEN'S EXECUTIVE CLUB
Moderator:
Mr. Owens (dowens@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:
3rd Wednesday of the month in room 144.

YOUNG REPUBLICANS

Moderator: Mr. Altoft and Mrs. Spurlock (maltoft@bishopoconnell.org and mjspurlock@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 3 PM Mondays in room 326
This club works to raise awareness about the Republican Party, and develop leadership and debate skills.

YOUNG WOMEN'S EXECUTIVE CLUB
Moderator: Mrs. Knauf (cknauf@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Once a month after school in room 327

The goal of the Young Women's Executive Club is to learn and promote professional qualities, manners, life skills, and behaviors to assist young women in prevailing in the educational and business world. Members aim to build leadership skills to help them on the path to college and potential careers. In addition, members organize and implement service activities to meet local community needs. The membership is open to juniors and seniors only.