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.

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.

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.

KNITTING CLUB
Moderator: Mrs. Kirschbaum (jkirschbaum@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Bi-weekly on Wednesday after school.
The DJO Knitting Club teaches knitting and fiber arts to interested students and creates knitting projects for fun and for charity.

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:
Meetings:
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.

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.

COMPUTER 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: Mrs. O'Malley (momalley@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.

GUITAR CLUB
Moderator: Mr. O'Connor (moconnor@bishopoconnell.org)
Meeting: 1st and 3rd Friday of the month in room 146 at 3:15pm
This club is for practicing, learning songs and most importantly to have fun playing the guitar.

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

HOLY YOGA CLUB
Moderator: Mrs. Durdle (edurdle@bishopoconnell.org); Mrs Ryan (lryan@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Before and After school, TBD
Holy Yoga Club offers opportunities for students to explore and share their faith through the physical practice of traditional yoga poses, breath work and relaxation techniques. Using prayer or scripture combined with movement and stillness, students and faculty will be able to build a practice of Holy Yoga to glorify God and be open to His will.

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.

KNIGHTLINE
Moderators: Ms. Williams (jwilliams@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Weekly
The KnightLine is here to represent and support Bishop O'Connell. Using drums in correlation with the O-Zone at football games, the crowd can be more energized to push the team. The KnightLine would work with the cheerleaders to support their chants as well. Eventually The KnightLine would like to be able to perform for the student body at pep rallies, before games, during halftimes or intermissions.

KNIGHT LIFE STEPPERS
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.

KNIGHTS FOR LIFE/PRO-LIFE CLUB
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.

LARGESSE
Moderator: TBD
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.

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: TBD
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.

MINDS MATTER CLUB
Moderator: Ms. Patak (apatak@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Monthly
This club will help students bring more mental health awareness to the school which will help foster the pursuit of excellence in the while person. The activities are designed to increase social-connectedness, help-seeking behaviors, and encourage self-care and healthy habits.

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

MODEL UNITED NATIONS
Moderator: TBD
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.

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

PRAISE BAND
Moderator: Ms. McCormack (smccormack@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings:

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 provide recognition for academic efforts. Students must apply and meet Rho Kappa requirements.

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

SADD – STUDENTS AGAINST DESTRUCTIVE DECISIONS CLUB
Moderator: Mrs. Mrs. Moore (mmoore@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: Mr. Betthauser (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 MILITUM 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.

SOLID ROCKET BOOSTERS CLUB
Moderator: Mr. Suemith (gsuesmith@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: Monthly
For those who believe human beings were created to fly and reach for the stars - a club where one can learn about the design, function, and use of rockets. No need to be a rocket scientist yet it really is Rocket Science!
Activities:
Talks on the physics and engineering of rocketry and space flight
Play Kerbal Space Program
Design and Launch water propelled rockets
Trips to amateur rocketry launches
Follow and watch Nasa and SpaceX missions
Aid in building DJO's very own satellite!

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.

SPEECH AND DEBATE
Moderator: Mrs. Durdle (edurdle@bishopoconnell.org), Mrs. McDermott (kmcdermott2bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: 2-4 times a week during speech & debate season

The Speech & Debate team is an academic team. Students compete in tournaments around the state (and some outside of the state) in multiple speech and debate teams (i.e. Impromptu speaking, Original Oratory, Humorous Interpretation, Lincoln-Douglas Debate). During practices, students will create/cut their speeches/scripts and practice for the competitive tournaments. Tournaments are day long events that usually occur on Saturdays during the Speech season (Winter/Spring).

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:TBD
Meetings: 1st Wednesdays in the band room.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE
Moderator: Mr. Hill (mhill@bishopoconnell.org)
Meetings: TBD

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: Ms. Myles (Kmyles@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.