Other Groups & Clubs at SMCS
SMCS students enjoy a plethora of activities in service, robotics, academics, forensics and more! SMCS considers activities outside the classroom to be so important to the development of a well-rounded student that we refer to them as co-curricular, rather than extracurricular.
Athletics and fine arts are only part of the offerings that help students explore their interests and develop their knowledge and skills. And, our smaller population means that students can engage in a variety of co-curriculars at once. As a result, they are not limited to one area of interest or skill development. A fee may be required to participate in some of these programs, but financial assistance is always available.
The high school and middle school co-curricular activities are supported by the SMCS Booster Club.
Co-Curricular Clubs & Programs
Through the Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha organization, volunteer students participate in a lunchtime mentoring program where each is paired with an at-risk student in a local elementary school. Every Wednesday, they spend time with the students at their schools, eating lunch together and participating in group activities.
- Questions? Mrs. Castagna, [email protected]
The SMCHS Dance Team performs dance routines during half time at most home basketball games (boys and girls). The team strives to drum up excitement at home games by choosing well-known, popular musical selections and having a great time while performing. The team hopes to work towards performance competitions.
- Questions? Ms. Hawley, [email protected]
- With the help of EARTH Club, SMCHS has been designated a Green and Healthy School
The Environmental Activists Respecting Their Habitat (EARTH) Club is composed of students who are committed to caring for the environment. Members of EARTH Club encourage recycling and environmentally friendly habits both at school and at home, and aim to further the environmental consciousness in our local community and our school.
- Questions? Pam Seidl, [email protected]
The equestrian team offers SMCHS students who participate in horse shows the opportunity to compete together in a team-based environment representing their school. Members train independently during the year and then compete in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (WIHA) regional event.
New equestrian team members are always welcome. WIHA allows participants in grades 6 to 12, and team members should have experience in showing horses in the following disciplines: Hunt, Western or Saddleseat pleasure and equitation, hunter over fences, or speed (barrels, poles, etc.). Riders who don’t have show experience are welcome to be a part of the team as grooms during the WIHA event.
- Questions? Mrs. Wautlet, [email protected]
Team members compete in Wisconsin Forensic Coaches Association (WFCA) tournaments on four Saturdays, a conference meet and Wisconsin High School Forensic Association (WHSFA) sub district and district festivals. The season culminates with the WHSFA state meet in Madison. Students can compete in a variety of categories ranging from extemporaneous and oratorical speaking to solo and play-acting. The team forms in September, practices begin in October and competitions take place from January through April.
Through this international program, St. Mary Catholic High School welcomes 2-3 students from an Eastern European country for an entire school year. The students often reside with SMCHS families, and while in the United States they improve personal knowledge of English and gain deeper understanding of the Catholic faith and western culture. As part of the program, the students make a commitment to return to their homelands to serve as leaders in re-integrating the faith into the community where it was once banned.
Key Club, whose motto is “Caring–our way of life,” is an international high school service organization. Key Club members show they care about the people and communities around them by volunteering their time while working with others and meeting new friends. The Neenah-Menasha Breakfast Roundtable Kiwanis Club sponsors the SMCHS Key Club.
The SMCHS Math Team is a member of the Fox Valley Math League. The team competes against other local schools, with the difficulty of questions ranging from algebra to pre-calculus, but all levels of students are encouraged to participate.
- Questions? Mr. Verstegen, [email protected]
Students work with a faculty and volunteer attorney to prepare both the defense and prosecutorial sides of a legal case and participate in a mock trial, competing against other high school teams.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is a national organization designed to honor students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Nominees must maintain a minimum GPA (3.8 as sophomores, 3.7 as juniors,3.6 as seniors), be of good character and uphold principles of morality and ethics. They must also demonstrate good leadership and be involved in community service.
- Questions? Gail Hawley, [email protected]
St. Mary Catholic High School students have the opportunity to serve as retreat leaders for students from local grade and middle schools. Students commit to six lunch meetings to plan and prepare for the retreat and then lead the retreat on the designated date.
- Questions? Matthew Schoultz, [email protected]
The mission of SALT is to enhance the overall activities climate at SMCHS. Its goal will be to unify the student body, staff, and the SMCMS community through service and activity promotion. Members will be expected to carry themselves as Zephyrs. Team members will lead/participate in a number of different activities throughout the school year such as the homecoming tailgate, pep rallies, and other activities that aim to improve our overall climate. We believe that giving our students a voice will have a very positive impact within our SMCS community.
- Questions? Mr. Post, [email protected]
The SMCHS Ski and Snowboard Club is club designed to give students the opportunity explore outdoor winter adventure through the sports of skiing and snowboarding. The club welcomes students of all ability levels. Many students have learned to ski or snowboard on these trips. Annual trips include Nordic, Brule, Norway and Marquette Mountain. We travel to local hills on Thursday nights while longer trips are enjoyed on Saturdays.
The SMCS STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Club exists to foster students’ interest in areas of science and technology through enjoyable hands-on, inquiry-based activities. Mentors and students work together on projects in areas such as electronics, electrical engineering and aeronautics, with a strong educational component.
The award-winning robotics program which enjoys an excellent national reputation, prides itself on a history of strong student participation, knowledgeable industry mentors and generous donor support. Through hands-on learning with real world applications, students have the opportunity to study robot design, programming and gaming strategies. The SMCS STEM Club is open to all SMCHS students and is active throughout the school year. Teams from SMCHS regularly advance to national and world levels of robotics competition.
- Questions? Kelly Beisentein-Weiss, [email protected]
The St. Mary Catholic High School Student Ambassadors are a select group of students whose main purpose is the positive promotion of SMCHS. The ambassador program is open to qualified sophomores and juniors who are active in both academic and non-academic activities, possess leadership abilities and exhibit enthusiasm for being a Zephyr. Selection is based on application, faculty recommendation and an interview.
The mission of SMCHS’s student council is to promote student participation and leadership in school events. It is composed of 24 students, elected by their classmates, as well as other students who wish to participate. The entire student body elects the student council president (a senior), vice-president (a junior) and secretary (a sophomore). Each class also elects their own class officers. The student council is responsible for planning the three major social activities of the school year: Homecoming, Winterfest, and Prom, and for promoting school spirit and school service projects.
- Questions? Gail Hawley, [email protected]
The Teens for Life group at St. Mary Catholic High School meets regularly to plan various activities that further the call for the sanctity of life. The group participates in many activities that are planned outside our school community, such as Bowl for Life and the Wisconsin State Pro-Life Convention. Participation from parents is welcome.
- Questions? Greg Cheslock, [email protected]
Award winning, with an excellent national reputation, the SMCHS VEX program prides itself on a history of strong student participation, knowledgeable industry mentors and generous donor support. Through hands-on learning with real world applications, students have the opportunity to study robot design, programming and gaming strategies. The program is open to all SMCHS students and is active throughout the school year. Teams from SMCHS regularly advance to national and world levels of competition.
The middle school book club meets monthly during lunch for book discussions. The group chooses a different book each month and shares recommendations of other books they’ve read.
FIRST is open to all grades and encourages creative and critical thinking, teamwork and perseverance. Teams practice from September through December and repeatedly advanced to the state level of competition.
- Questions? Mary Lou Kalaus, [email protected]
Builders Club is a Kiwanis International middle school program focused on student-led service. This club meets once a month after school and all students are encouraged to participate.
With practices and competitions from October through February, math team and Math Counts are open to all Seton students who have an interest. Selected teams compete in the nationally sponsored Math Counts tournament, and others in meets sponsored by area schools. The purpose is to encourage students to have fun with math, while increasing math abilities and skills.
Offered by the SPIRITUS team, a group of young adult Catholics whose mission is to make the Catholic faith relevant and meaningful to youth, the Drop-In occurs one or two Fridays each month.
The SMCS STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Club exists to foster students’ interest in areas of science and technology through enjoyable hands-on, inquiry-based activities. The award-winning robotics program which enjoys an excellent national reputation, prides itself on a history of strong student participation, knowledgeable industry mentors and generous donor support. Through hands-on learning with real world applications, students have the opportunity to study robot design, programming and gaming strategies.
SMCS STEM Club Robotics is open to St. Mary Catholic Middle School eighth graders (only), and is active throughout the school year. Teams from the high school team regularly advance to national and world levels of robotics competition.
The purpose of the SMCMS Student Council is to provide first-hand experience in the methods and procedures of democratic government. In addition, the student council sponsors activities in the areas of academics, socials, sports, and fundraising. All members of the student body are encouraged to participate in these activities. Student Council officers are selected (not elected) the last month of school for the next school year.
This group engages in small-group discussions and activities relating to the day’s prayer service theme. It takes place after each prayer service and lasts about 20 minutes. Voyagers is open to all students who are interested in participating.
Through the SMCS Enrichment Program, many groups and clubs, ranging from a girls running club to several STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities are available to help students develop skills and explore interests. Active Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups are available, as are other after-school opportunities that are run by parent volunteers.