Clubs & Activities

Chaminade offers a variety of clubs and activities to help foster the interests and talents of all students. All students are expected to participate in at least one activity in service of enhancing their Esto Vir Journey.

  • Art Club
  • Bocce Ball
  • BBQ Club
  • Cardinal & White Newspaper
  • Cardinal Yearbook
  • Card Playing Club
  • CBN - Chaminade Broadcasting Network
  • CSPN - Chaminade Sports Programming Network
  • Men's Chorus
  • Compact Leadership Team
  • Chess Club
  • Chinese Culture Club
  • Drama Club/International Thespian Society
  • Earth Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Esto Vir Ambassadors
  • Fr. Dempsey's Program/Service Club
  • Film Club
  • Fishing Club
  • Focus St. Louis Youth Leadership
  • French Honor Society
  • HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America)
  • Latin Club
  • Jazz Band
  • Marianist Life Community
  • Middle School Rocket Club
  • National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society
  • Peace & Justice Club
  • Photography Club
  • Robotics Team
  • Spanish Club
  • Youth and Government

For more information on these clubs or starting a new club please contact Tom Fernandez Email 314-993-4400 ext. 1149

CLUBS & ACTIVITIES

ACADEMIC

Art Club

Cardinal & White Newspaper

CARDINAL AND WHITE NEWSPAPER

Moderator: Mr. Brett Desnoyer bdesnoyer@chaminade-stl.org

Middle School Moderator: Mr. John Hale jhale@chaminade-stl.org

Website: https://www.ccpstudentnews.org/

The Cardinal and White newspaper is operated by the students of Chaminade. High school participants work with Mr. Brett Desnoyer. Middle school students work with Mr. John Hale.

The purpose of the clubs is to provide students opportunities to create and to publish non-fiction writing and to learn more about Journalism. Students also enjoy working with their peers to produce a news publication by and for the Chaminade community.

Meetings occur after school or during esto vir periods. Students may participate in newspaper while also participating in sports and other clubs.

Eligibility Requirements:

Interest in student publications and news writing

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Cardinal Yearbook

CSPN (Chaminade Sports Programming Network)

French Honor Society


FRENCH HONOR SOCIETY

Moderator: Ms. Carmen Gruchalla cgruchalla@chaminade-stl.org

Chaminade’s chapter of La Société Honoraire de Français was established in 2007. The aim of this organization is to:
  • stimulate interest in the study of French
  • promote high standards of scholarship
  • reward scholastic achievements
  • create enthusiasm for and an understanding of Francophone cultures
  • promote international friendship
Membership in the Société Honoraire de Français is based on scholarship in the French language courses as well as general scholarship. In order to become eligible for membership, students must:
  • be in Grades 9-12
  • enrolled in a level II French course (or higher)
  • maintain at least an “A” average in French
  • maintain at least a “B” average in all other subjects

Students must also commit to tutoring 1-2 hours per month in the Academic Resource Center. While it is not required, it is highly recommended that students involve themselves in the French Exchange Program.

At graduation, members wear the distinctive red, white, and blue honor cords, representing the colors of the French flag.

Film Club

Int'l Thespian (Drama) Society

Jazz Combo

Latin Club

Math Contests

MATH CONTESTS

Moderator:

Math Contests is the perfect activity for students who love and excel at Math. The group meets once per week mid-September through November. We scrimmage other schools online and participate in an elimination tournament as well.

Eligibility Requirements:
Student grades 9-12
Recommendation from Math teacher

Men's Chorus

MEN'S CHORUS

The Chaminade Men’s Chorus meets twice a week; once before and once after school. We focus on traditional literature and classic quartet pop tunes. There is no audition and all levels of singers are welcome. Parts are assigned once the instructor has determined the vocal range of the student. There are 2 performances per year. One Winter concert and one Spring concert. Additional concerts may arise if the group is invited to sing at other school events.


Eligibility Requirements:
Student in grades 6-12
Interest in singing

Middle School Jazz Band

Mock Trial


MOCK TRIAL

Moderator: Dr. Robert Barnidge rbarnidge@chaminade-stl.org

Mock Trial is open to high school students interested in developing their advocacy skills and learning more about the legal system. Students participate as attorneys, witnesses, and timekeepers in a fictional criminal or civil case and compete against other high school teams in a real courthouse. Recruitment takes place at the beginning of each school year.

Eligibility Requirements:
Student in grades 9-12
Interest in advocacy skill development, legal system

Model United Nations


MODEL UNITED NATIONS

Moderator: Dr. Robert Barnidge rbarnidge@chaminade-stl.org

Model United Nations is open to high school students interested in international affairs. Each year, students represent a country in the United Nations and advocate their country’s perspective in a simulation with other students. There are two local events each year. Model United Nations also takes part in Model United Nations of the University of Chicago, one of the largest Model United Nations events in the world for high school students. Recruitment takes place at the beginning of each school year.

Eligibility Requirements:
Student in grades 9-12
Interest in international affairs

Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society)

National Junior Honor Society


NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

Moderator: Mr. Jack Twellman jtwellman@chaminade-stl.org

Each year, 7th and 8th grade students are considered for induction into the National Junior Honor Society. To be eligible, the student must have been in attendance at Chaminade for at least one semester, have a current and cumulative average of 93% or above [these averages are not rounded up], and display the qualities of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship for NJHS.

Students in NJHS participate in an annual service project wrapping Christmas presents for the Adopt-A-Family drives (pictures attached).

Students are inducted into the National Junior Honor Society at an all-school assembly in the Spring.

Eligibility Requirements:
Student in grades 7-8
Chaminade student for one semester (minimum)
Current & Cumulative average of 93% or above (no rounding)
Displays scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship


National Honor Society

Outlooks Literary Magazine

OUTLOOKS LITERARY MAGAZINE

Moderator: Mrs. Cindy Bishop cbishop@chaminade-stl.org

The Outlooks Literary Magazine is open to any student in grades 6-12 who wants to submit creative writing and/or artwork. We only meet a few times during the year in Esto Vir. The magazine provides an outlet for our students’ creativity and it offers leadership for upperclassmen who help design and edit the magazine. Mrs. Laury handles the artwork submissions and I handle the writing. I recruit by sending out e-mails and talking with students.



Photography Club

Potter's Guild


POTTER'S GUILD

Moderator: Mr. Mark Laury

Potter’s Guild is a club which meets to advance the technical and artistic development of its members. Members can work on their own class work or use the studio to develop methods not covered in class. The Guild will meet many days after school. Saturday Studio times are periodically scheduled for students to work on larger and more sustained projects. Potter’s Guild hopes to build a community of makers through a greater understanding of clay. Membership is open to any high school student who has had previous clay experience. Members can contact Mr. Laury if they are interested in participating.

Robotics Club

ROBOTICS

Moderator: Mr. Clifton Ellis cellis@chaminade-stl.org

Chaminade Robotic club has been in existence for two years. The club competes in the FTC league of the First Robotic organization.

Statement of intent: We currently have two FTC teams, our goal is to re-establish the Lego Robotics for the middle school and to organize a FRC team in the high school someday. We have decided to open the FTC teams to 8th graders next year which will call for us to add two more teams.

We practice three to five days a week (regular practice 3 days, competition prep 5 days).

Eligibility Requirements:
Student in grades 9-12.


Rocket Club

Scholar Bowl

SCHOLAR BOWL

Moderator: Mr. Chris Shaver cshaver@chaminade-stl.org

Scholar Bowl is an interscholastic academic quiz competition. Students on Varsity and JV teams compete against teams from other schools in a private school league and in the MSHSAA district and state tournament. Competitions consist of individual toss-up and team bonus questions utilizing a lock-out buzzer system. Questions include topics in history, literature, science, mathematics, fine arts, and current events. The Scholar Bowl teams also sponsor the school-wide Lunchtime Academic Quiz League in which students from each house compete in the cafeteria during lunch as part of the House Cup. The Quiz League kicks-off each year with an all-school assembly competition. The purpose of Scholar Bowl and the Quiz League is to encourage, recognize, and celebrate the academic knowledge of Chaminade students.

Membership: students in grades 9-12 are eligible to participate on the JV (9th and 10th grade only) and Varsity Scholar Bowl teams in competition with other schools. Students in all grades compete in the Lunchtime Academic Quiz League as representatives of their houses.

Any high school students interested in competing on the Scholar Bowl teams should contact the coach, Mr. Shaver, at cshaver@chaminade-stl.org. There are no dues or fees. Students are expected to attend and participate in regular practices during Esto Vir periods. After-school competitions in the private school league occur one day per week from late October through December. The MSHSAA district tournament takes place on a Saturday in April of each school year.

Eligibility Requirements:
Student in grades 9-12

Spanish Honor Society

Youth In Government

LEADERSHIP

FOCUS St. Louis Leadership

Marianist Life Community (MLC)


MARIANIST L.I.F.E. COMMUNITY (MLC)

Moderator: Dr. Andrew Schmitt aschmitt@chaminade-stl.org

Marianist LIFE (Living In Faith Experience) is a national faith-formation program rooted in Catholic and Marianist tradition and targeted to the needs of high school students. LIFE offers students an opportunity for fellowship and fun in a caring, upbeat context.

Student roles are vital to MLC at Chaminade:
  • 25 student leaders help to facilitate and coordinate meetings. (Often “side” or “organizational” meetings are held to help plan larger meetings.)
  • Student leaders invite “guests” (other students) to meetings.

Students meet every Friday at 7:10 for a mass or prayer service in the Immaculate Conception Chapel.
  • We gather for breakfast after each meeting.
  • Average meetings are about 50-70 students.

Students meet once a month on Saturdays (typically) for a meeting that goes from 3PM-5PM then attendance at 5PM Mass at Our Lady of Pillar Catholic Church.

In the Marianist tradition of hospitality after mass, dinner is provided and student leaders serve guests. The meal is taken seriously. Which is to say, these are catered, or prepared, meals rather than just ordering pizza.

Topics vary:
  • Family
  • Spirituality
  • Community
  • Respect for women

Average meetings are about 50-70 students.

Eligibility Requirements:
Student in grades 9-12 (member)

In order to be a “leader” in our MLC program students must attend the Pacific LIFE Week in Occidental CA. or the Central LIFE Week in Dayton OH.



Model United Nations


MODEL UNITED NATIONS

Moderator: Dr. Robert Barnidge rbarnidge@chaminade-stl.org

Model United Nations is open to high school students interested in international affairs. Each year, students represent a country in the United Nations and advocate their country’s perspective in a simulation with other students. There are two local events each year. Model United Nations also takes part in Model United Nations of the University of Chicago, one of the largest Model United Nations events in the world for high school students. Recruitment takes place at the beginning of each school year.

Eligibility Requirements:
Student in grades 9-12
Interest in international affairs

Youth In Government

RECREATIONAL

Bocce Club


BOCCE CLUB

Moderator: Mr. Jack Keithley jkeithley@chaminade-stl.org

Chaminade's Bocce Club has been in existence for eight years. Involvement in the Bocce Club has benefits beyond the game. Lasting friendships are formed with students from other schools in this relaxed, enjoyable sport. Commitment is minimal, making it easy for members to come and go as their schedule dictates.

The bocce team plays every Thursday afternoon from mid-September till the end of February at the Italia America Bocce Club in the Hill neighborhood of St. Louis. Members play against other area single sex as well as coed Catholic high schools.

Cost is $20 per season and includes a team t-shirt and our end of the season party.

Eligibility Requirements:
Student in grades 10-12


Bowling Club

CSPN (Chaminade Student Programming Network)

Chess Club

CHESS CLUB

Moderator: Mr. Chris Marsek '98 cmarsek@chaminade-stl.org

The Chess Club meets eery Tuesday 3PM-4PM throughout the school year. Students compete against one another. There is a competition season for those that are interested.

Eligibility Requirements:
Interest in the game of chess or learning to play chess.

Fishing Club

Table Tennis/Ping Pong Club

TABLE TENNIS CLUB

Moderator: Mr. Mark Baczynski '99

The Chaminade Table Tennis Club has 10-15 active members. We also welcome the “drop-in” guys who want a quick match before their other sports or activities. While members vary widely in ability and grade level, they all share a universal love of the game. Our club meets once a week after school in the commons throughout the year.

While ping pong has been around for most of the history of the school our first “club” was started in the 1990’s and has continued on through today.

Eligibility Requirements:
Student in grades 6-12

SERVICE/SPIRITUAL

Marianist Life Community (MLC)

MARIANIST L.I.F.E. COMMUNITY (MLC)

Moderator: Dr. Andrew Schmitt aschmitt@chaminade-stl.org

Marianist LIFE (Living In Faith Experience) is a national faith-formation program rooted in Catholic and Marianist tradition and targeted to the needs of high school students. LIFE offers students an opportunity for fellowship and fun in a caring, upbeat context.

Student roles are vital to MLC at Chaminade:


  • 25 student leaders help to facilitate and coordinate meetings. (Often “side” or “organizational” meetings are held to help plan larger meetings.)
  • Student leaders invite “guests” (other students) to meetings.
Students meet every Friday at 7:10 for a mass or prayer service in the Immaculate Conception Chapel.


  • We gather for breakfast after each meeting.
  • Average meetings are about 50-70 students.

Students meet once a month on Saturdays (typically) for a meeting that goes from 3PM-5PM then attendance at 5PM Mass at Our Lady of Pillar Catholic Church.

In the Marianist tradition of hospitality after mass, dinner is provided and student leaders serve guests. The meal is taken seriously. Which is to say, these are catered, or prepared, meals rather than just ordering pizza.

Topics vary:


  • Family
  • Spirituality
  • Community
  • Respect for women

Average meetings are about 50-70 students.

Eligibility Requirements:
Student in grades 9-12 (member)

In order to be a “leader” in our MLC program students must attend the Pacific LIFE Week in Occidental CA. or the Central LIFE Week in Dayton OH.


SOCIAL

BBQ Club


BBQ CLUB

Moderator: Mr. Tony DiSalvo tdisalvo@chaminade-stl.org

The Chaminade BBQ club was founded in 2013 with the concept of instilling a love of outdoor cooking in the school's interested young men. The Chaminade BBQ Club meets monthly to prepare and cook our own meals. Students learn different techniques, smoking, indirect cooking, and grilling. They also gain an awareness of the importance of food safety and dangers of food borne illness. Different foods prepared this year include: Chicken, turkey, ribs, breakfast burgers, hamburgers, brats, ribs, pastrami, Red Devil dogs, and pizza.

Eligibility Requirements:
Student in grades 9-12

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