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Business Club

Sponsor: Scott Broman

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: August-May

Weekly Schedule: Weekly lunch meeting

Cost: $50

Special Factors: The Business Club will incorporate the DECA Program. Students will enter competitions to display their knowledge in may different aspects of business. We will also be attending a leadership seminar in the fall. For more information visit www.deca.org.

Parent Participation: Involvement is invited, but not required.

Known Conflicts: None; open participation

Chess Club

Sponsor: Kevin McDonell

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: October-May

Weekly Schedule: Students meet Thursdays during lunch

Cost: None

Special Factors: Conference chess tournament in the spring of each year

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None; open participation

Environmental Club

Sponsor: Dick Clancy

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: All students and grades

Season Dates: Fall through Spring

Weekly Schedule: Meetings during lunch and after school

Cost: Free

Special Factors: Meet to design methods to improve the school environmentally, including recycling.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

Literary Journal

Sponsor: Trish Main

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: All students and grades

Season Dates: Fall through Spring

Weekly Schedule: After school meetings

Cost: Free

Special Factors: Meet to assemble the schools Literary Journal. Collect and review written literature and art submissions. We will print a Literary Journal in spring.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

Makers Club

Sponsor: Josh Burick

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: Fall through Spring

Weekly Schedule: Formal meetings once a week during lunch where we will create a weekly schedule for whenever students want to come in and work

Cost: Free unless student wants to pursue a more expensive project that is not covered by club budget.

Special Factors: Makers Club is for all students with flexible schedules that empowers students to use their creative skills in making practically whatever they like. All sorts of technology will be used in the Maker Space ranging from 3D printing to Laser CNC technology to the classic scissors and glue gun. At the beginning of the school year, students complete a small, fun project and then are given a personal budget to complete a project of their choosing. Examples range from Star Wars models, to RC cars, to class projects, to marshmallow guns and more. An ultimate goal is to submit a project to the Maker Faire in downtown Chicago each April!

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

WYSE

Sponsor: Luke Regan

Participants: Up to 14

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: Regional competition held in early February, with winners advancing to the sectional finals in March, and state finals in April.

Weekly Schedule: Individual practices by appointment, with team practice times built around players’ schedules.

Cost: None

Special Factors: Players practice and compete by taking challenging tests in their area of strength. This dramatically improves a student’s test taking skills, increasing the potential for success on various college entrance exams. High placement on the state finals exam results in a scholarship to University of Illinois School of
Engineering.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: Given the specialized practice format, there are few to no conflicts.

Mock Trial Team

Sponsors: Doug Hardy & Nate Leman

Participants: 8-20. Participants are chosen by application and test score

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: Mid-November tryouts; November-December practices; January-March season

Weekly Schedule: 2-3 practices per week after school and Saturday mornings, 12-15 hours per week early season; 15-18 hours per week February–March.

Cost: Approximately $100 for various items an activities.

Special Factors: Students must wear professional attire and attend weekend retreats in November and March.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: Saturday mornings due to tournaments

Model Building & Strategy Gaming Club

Sponsor: Josh Burick

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: School year

Weekly Schedule: Once per week after school; possibly more if participants are interested

Cost: None

Special Factors: Students who like to build things with their hands and enjoy tabletop strategy gaming, computer gaming, and board games. Students can participate in one or both activities. Mr. Burick will teach model building techniques, and strategy games for students to play. Relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None; open participation

Poetry Club

Sponsor: Brad Skeba

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: All students and grades

Season Dates: Fall through Spring

Weekly Schedule: Meetings during lunch

Cost: Free

Special Factors: Meet to write poetry and prepare written pieces for the Literary Journal.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: None

Quiz Bowl

Sponsors: Evan Jasper

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: Competitions take place from late October through the first week of March

Weekly Schedule: One team practice per week. Conference matches take place one evening per week from late October through early December. Approximately three all-day Saturday tournaments are scheduled from late October through early March.

Cost: Lunch money for Saturday tournaments plus approximately $25 for t-shirt

Special Factors: Players need not be experts in academic study or performance, they simply must be willing to learn, compete, and have fun!

Parent Participation: Communication concerning potential conflicts with competition schedule. Participation in dinners in September and March.

Known Conflicts: Winter sports

Science Bowl

Sponsor: Luke Regan

Participants: Up to 10

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: First competition in November. Season may continue through late April.

Weekly Schedule: Individual practices by appointment, with team practice times built around players’ schedules.

Cost: None

Special Factors: Participants should have a passion for science, math and/or computer science. Players will also benefit from familiarity with the quiz bowl format, but it is not required for participation on the team.

Parent Participation: None

Known Conflicts: Given the specialized practice format, there are few to no conflicts.

Robotics Club

Sponsor: Gerard Cruz

Participants: Unlimited

Open to: Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Season Dates: Fall through January

Weekly Schedule: Saturdays

Cost: None