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Clubs & Activities

Extracurricular opportunities contribute a great deal to the vibrant campus environment at Mount Saint Mary Academy. Many clubs meet during the school's conference period between 2:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., allowing students who take the bus to easily participate. Other activities are more involved and require an additional commitment of time. If students are interested in beginning a club that is not currently available, the Mount offers them the opportunity to start one. Each club and activity is coordinated by a dedicated faculty moderator. This year's offerings include:

ACTIVITIES

Chimes (Yearbook)

Drama Club

Students who participate in the Fall and Spring Productions are members of the MSMA Drama Club. This group will meet several times a year to discuss productions and activities.

Echoes

Literary Magazine

Euro Challenge

This team introduces ninth and tenth grade students to the European Union and the global economy. Supported by the European Commission to the United States, this national competition requires teams to research an economic challenge facing one of the countries that uses the Euro. The competition culminates when student teams present and defend their findings to a panel of judges from the business and economic community. To prepare for the competition, the team meets once a week in the fall, and more frequently from January to April. Two levels of commitment are possible. Presenters are required to attend practices after school and weekends as the competition approaches, while researchers have a more flexible commitment.

Fed Challenge

Eleventh and twelfth grade students who have taken Advanced Placement Macroeconomics are invited to join this team. To prepare for the New York metropolitan area competition, team members must keep abreast of macroeconomic news and become adept at analyzing data from the Federal Reserve and other sources. The team is required to create a presentation that summarizes the current condition of the United States economy and develop a recommendation for the course of monetary policy. Teams advance to further rounds of the competition based on their economic knowledge and defense of their policy prescriptions. Team meetings take place once a week in the fall, but occur more frequently starting in January to prepare for the competition which commences in March.

Forensics

Grace Notes

MSMA Acapella Vocal Ensemble which rehearses once a week on Wednesday afternoons and sectionals for voice parts are held organized by section leaders. This group performs at all concerts, competes at our Spring Music Festival and performs at multiple occasions throughout the school year.

Junior Forensics Meet

Meditation Club

Mock Trial

Model United Nations

The Model UN program is designed to heighten student awareness of the importance of international cooperation in solving pressing issues faced by the international community. The Mount’s Model UN delegation participates in the four-day North American Invitational Model United Nations sponsored by Georgetown University each February in Washington, D.C. Students spend three to four months researching the workings of the United Nations, its committees, and current topics of international concern. The research process culminates in writing position papers on those topics which are used as the basis for debate with other students from across the globe at the Washington conference.

National English Honor Society

The NEHS motto, "gelast sceal mid are," is Old English for: "duty goes with honor." The motto represents one of the earliest forms of our language—it affirms and celebrates an obligation to use one's gifts in service to others. Service to peers, school, and community is part and parcel of the NEHS mission—and, indeed, in the grammatical structure of the Old English phrase, "duty" actually precedes "honor."

National Honor Society

The purpose of the McAuley Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is to recognize seniors and juniors who have demonstrated outstanding performance in the four qualities upheld by the Society: scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Selection to the NHS is a privilege, not a right. Students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 at the end of the first semester of junior year to be considered for membership.

National Latin Honor Society

Operation Smile

Peeks (Newspaper)

Peer Facilitators

Peer Facilitators is an ongoing program of sophomore, junior, and senior student leaders who provide activities throughout the year that promote a positive school climate and raise awareness about the dangers of substance abuse. Peer Facilitators host a mentoring program for 9th graders throughout the school year, offering support and connection upon entering Mount Saint Mary Academy. The responsibilities include weekly group meetings, planning events such as Red Ribbon Week, regular mentor meetings, collaboration with other programs as needed for school events, and maintaining a positive, enthusiastic attitude to foster a positive school climate. Students must apply and be accepted into the Peer Facilitator program.

Peer Ministers

The Peer Ministry program at Mount Saint Mary Academy is comprised of sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are dedicated to promoting a strong faith life on campus. These young women are selected through an application and interview process and attend training retreats throughout the year. This team is overseen by the Campus Minister who guides the girls in their endeavors as Peer Ministers. The responsibilities of the Peer Ministry team include planning and executing class retreats, assisting with liturgies and prayer services, organizing and leading the school in daily prayer, and, for the seniors, planning and presenting an annual Kairos retreat for upperclasswomen.

Peer Ministry Club

Respect Life

Societa Onoraria Italica (National Italian Honor Society)

Student Council

Student Council Jr.

TEAMS

We Are Mercy

CLUBS

ACS Chemistry Club

A unique opportunity to experience chemistry beyond the classroom. Students will engage in activities and experiments that enhance their understanding of how chemistry plays a role in our everyday lives. Bring your goggles!

Book Club

Members will select a novel and run a discussion. It is a great way to meet with friends in a casual setting to read and talk about literature. Members also organize an annual service project.

Brass Choir

Card Sharks Club

Cinema Club

Environmental Club

Promotes local on-campus issues and design of a greener school community. Students sponsor environmental projects on campus for Arbor Day, and contribute to local environmental groups. The club fosters self-confidence through teamwork, interacting, sharing ideas, and planning environmental activities including re-cycling, and school garden beautification projects.

Flute Ensemble

Graphic Art Club

The Graphic Art Club meets one Thursday per month. Members will learn to make digital drawings and add special effects to pictures. All levels of experience are welcome and members do not need to own any special software.

Handbell Ensemble

Handbell Ensemble meets during lunch mods and is open to any students who would like to experience and learn about the art of playing handbells. This group will perform at concerts and liturgies and special functions.

H.O.P.E. Club - Helping Other People Everywhere

HOPE Club meets twice a month and focuses its activities on service projects to support social concerns. Sandwich making for local soup kitchens, food drives and other collections as needed by area agencies are held throughout the year. The students also work closely with the retired Sisters of Mercy who reside in Gabriel Hall to provide recreation and friendship as "adopted grandmothers!"

International Club

International Club meets twice a month. In December the International Club hosts an International dessert festival which is celebrated school wide. Members also explore different international cuisines by hosting dinners in local restaurants. Meeting dates are announced by email.

Investment Club

Sponsored by the Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS), this club introduces students to investing. Club members form competing teams with four to nine students on each team. Each team is responsible for managing a portfolio of $100,000 in virtual cash using Wharton's OTIS online trading system. The competition requires two deliverables: a mid-project team review and a final comprehensive investment strategy. Winners of the competition are selected on the strength and articulation of their strategies, not on the growth of their portfolios. The club meets once a week during the trading period which takes place from December through March, although some teams meet remotely to work on their investment strategy. No previous investment experience is required.

Italian Club

Meetings are held bi-monthly and members organize events, play traditional Italian games like bocce, scopa and tombola, make Italian crafts, and in the winter, watch current Italian movies. Celebrations are held for traditional Italian holidays and trips are planned. All Mount students may join.

Jazz Band

Jewelry Club

The jewelry club is creative and relaxing. It meets twice a month on Wednesdays after school. Simple techniques such as stringing and wire working are used to create professional looking jewelry projects.

Latin Club

The Latin Club meets once or twice a month during homeroom for Latin-based games and activities. Students at all levels of Latin are welcome to attend. Meeting days are announced in class and on Moodle.

Maker Club

Math League

The MSMA Math League is a fun and enriching academically-oriented club in which students can gain recognition for mathematical achievement. During meetings students will engage in discussions about problem-solving, learn about different approaches to challenging topics, and individually complete tests that will be scored across the country.

Meditation Club

The Meditation Club meets every other week to de-stress. Various meditation methods are discussed and practiced to promote mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Mural Painting Club

The Mural Painting Club is a service-oriented club that meets every Tuesday of the month. Primarily paints murals to be used in school but also creates canvas murals for shelters, nursing homes and preschools. The club paints scenery/decorations for the school plays.

Music Ministry Club

The Music Ministry Club is open to all students, faculty, and staff who would like to sing or play an instrument for school liturgies and prayer services. The club practices one day after school before each event and joins the Chorale in the choir loft to provide the worship music for approximately ten services throughout the year.

NABT Biology Club

Operation Smile

Operation Smile is a student led club which raises awareness and funds for children in need of surgery for cleft lip and palate repair. Students also have the opportunity to attend regional meetings, the International Student Leadership Conference and apply for mission trips. Several students have attended international mission trips.

Peer Ministry Club

Peer Ministry Club is a student led club which collaborates with the Peer Ministry leadership team and other clubs to raise awareness for the Sisters of Mercy Critical Concerns and to plan activities to support these concerns. All students are welcome to join.

Percussion Choir

Poetry Club

The Poetry Club is for all grade levels come together to anonymously share poetry in a relaxed, supportive environment. You don't have to write poetry to enjoy poetry club; you can come and enjoy the conversation!

Quality of Life Innovations

The Quality of Life Innovations is a club that encourages students to identify a quality of life issue in their community and pose a solution to the issue. Participating student teams of up to three students conduct original background and field research, design and implement surveys, and develop a proposal to address the issue. The top three teams in the New York metropolitan area receive scholarship money. The club is open to anyone who is interested in addressing an environmental, socioeconomic, health, political, religious, or gender-based issue. Club meetings are held on regular basis, but much of the time commitment involves background and field research that takes place outside of school.

Respect Life Club

The Respect Life Club is dedicated to advocating Pro-Life beliefs. The club helps raise awareness about beginning- and end-of-life issues, supports local pro-life organizations, and believes in respecting life from conception through natural death.

Sax Ensemble

Sewing Club

The Sewing Club meets three Thursday per month and is open to all levels from the novice to the experienced sewer. Members will create decorative projects using both hand and machine sewing.

Spanish Club

Students meet biweekly to engage in activities to give them insight and promote interest in the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. You do not have to speak Spanish to join the fun!

Spirit Club

One of the main jobs of the spirit club is to plan and carry out school pep rallies. Our hard working spirit club pulls it off flawlessly every time!

String Ensemble

Symphonic Band Day

TEAMS

Test of Engineering Aptitude, Math and Science-This club is open to all students who are interested in problem solving and applications of math and science to current issues. The club consists of weekly meetings where 8 scenarios are studied and solutions are proposed. A competition is held at in the spring and submitted to the TSA( Technology Student Association).

Television Studio

Television Studio is open to all Mount students interested in being on the air or behind the scenes of our morning broadcast.

We Are Mercy

We Are Mercy Club welcomes all Mount students to participate in raising awareness for the Sisters' of Mercy Critical Concerns and social justice issues. Members take part in various service projects to support local organizations.

Weather Club

Weather Club studies fascinating weather phenomena and make weather forecasts for each weekend during the school year.

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