Clubs and Activities
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Meeting Place/Time

Asian Heritage Club

Joan Nyland

Asian Heritage Club’s mission is to embrace and explore the Asian cultures of SMA students and the world at large. The club will engage in activities that highlight the rich and diverse cultures of the entire Asian continent, including the many types of art, food, music, dance, and entertainment.

Come to a meeting.Open to anyone with an interest in Asian culture.

Mondays, Lunch, Room 105


Mary Worlein

Ambassadors welcome prospective students and their parents to explore SMA through events such as Open House and shadow visits.

See Mary in the Admissions Office. Apply in the spring. Watch for announcements.

Check calendar outside Admissions Office

Art Club

Kathy Mitchell

The Art Club supports the visual arts with hands-on activities that explore a variety of media, and offers fun projects often relating to seasons and holidays.

Open to all students. Come anytime. Students may bring artwork to share.

Green Activity Block, usually on Thursdays, Art Room, G-2

National Art Honor Society (NAHS)



Kathy Mitchell

NAHS membership is based on art scholarship, leadership, character, and service. This group directs the activities of the Art Club and works with the club to strengthen Visual Arts in the SMA community. Service hours earn the rainbow honor cord which may be worn at graduation.

Students must have taken at least three semesters of Visual Art classes.Members meet character, leadership, and art G.P.A requirements and perform service hours according to a point system. Applications available in the spring.

Green Activity Block, monthly

Art Room, G-2

Blues Bridge Walk Committee

Kat Reiner

Plan, coordinate, and champion the Blues Bridge Walk

Student Fundraiser. Committee members inspire and educate the student body to fundraise in support of SMA and get everyone excited about walk day!

See Kat in the Special Events Office and apply in the spring.

Watch for announcements, September-November

Black Student Union (BSU)

Falisha Wright,
Cindy Daniels

The Black Student Union is dedicated to educating and informing the SMA community about Black culture. Activities include films, service trips, and club bonding. These activities support our values of justice, service, cultural awareness, unity, and leadership. Come join the BSU if you want to help unite our community while having fun and also learning.

Everyone welcome.

Thursdays, Lunch, 302

Campus Ministry and Service Team (CMS)

Randy Kollars,
S. Carol Higgins,
Maura Timoney

Members of the CMS Team earn .25 credit per semester as a religion elective. There are three teams within CMS: ministry, service, and green team. Students participate in leadership, both within the SMA community for retreats, service, and keeping SMA green and also by participating in community service locally and abroad.

Open to all students, of all faiths. Watch for announcements! Applications are accepted in January and May. Everyone is welcome to participate in the activities organized by CMS.

Blue/Green schedules, Chapel

Dance Club

Not Running

The club provides a space for students to learn and choreograph dance routines. We will touch on many dance forms, including but not limited to jazz, ballet, hip hop, and modern.

Open to all students. No previous dance experience required.

Not Currently Running

(Blues Making Miracles)

Michele Taylor

This group creates SMA’s Doernbecher Week, which is our largest student-run fundraiser of the year! Over the past 5 years, SMA has raised over $40,000 to support the children’s hospital and other local charities.

All students welcome. Watch for posters and announcements in late November.

Green Activity Block, Commons. Occasional lunch meetings

Dragon Boats

Tom Crowder,
Nicole Foran

SMA Cruisers paddle in the Rose Festival Race. The Dragon Boat team practices after Spring Break and finishes with the big race @ waterfront during the Rose Festival.

Watch for announcements in Feb.

Practice early April to June!

M, W, F, 3:00 pm., April-June

Waterfront Park

Earth Club

Jim Haster

Earth Club helps promote and inform SMA about ecological issues and concerns.

Everyone welcome.

Lunch, 302

Encounter Leadership

Randy Kollars,
S. Carol Higgins,
Maura Timoney

Encounter Leaders plan and lead the three Junior Encounters in November, February, and March.

Any senior who has attended Encounter is invited to apply in mid-September. See Mr. Kollars in Campus Ministry.

Teams meet 3 times/week for 90 minutes after school for 6 weeks prior to the Encounter. Specific days determined by team members

Escribe Maria

Sara Salvi,
Beverly Kiesel,
Ben Peterson

Escribe Maria students select pieces of poetry, short fiction and art/photography for inclusion in St. Mary’s literary magazine of the same name, Escribe Maria. These works are produced by students. In addition to selecting student works, the group plays literary games, watches literary films, reads published poetry and prose, and fundraises. The year culminates each spring with the publication of Escribe Maria.

Membership is open to all. Come to a meeting in the fall.

Tuesdays, Lunch, 104 1st semester;109 2nd semester

Fashion Forward Club

hannon Sonn

Fashion Forward Club is a positive and safe environment for students to express their personality through fashion and design. The club will examine both current fashion trends as well as traditional styles, study important icons, and explore issues associated with the fashion industry.

The club is open to anyone interested in fashion and personal style.

2 & 4th Thursdays , Lunch, G-4

Film Club

Jim Haster

Film Club focuses on film appreciation and production. Every month a theme is chosen and we watch films that relate to the theme. Following viewing, we discuss the stages of film production (e.g., writing, storyboarding, and costume/set design).

Everyone welcome.

Mondays, Lunch, 302

Food Club

Ashley Whitty

Food Club is a place for students to connect with others who have a similar love and passion for food. Activities include videos, sharing recipes, and guest chefs or restaurants owners. Come to the meetings and you can be part of the Food Club.

Everyone welcome.

Tuesdays, Lunch, 101

French Club

Not Running

French Club explores French language and French-speaking cultures through a variety of activities including student presentations, potlucks, film screenings, and conservation days.

Anyone with an interest in French culture may attend. The first Monday of the month will be a French conversation day. On those Mondays, a French student will be available to teach French expressions to non-French speaking students.

Not Currently Running

Harry Potter Club

Steve Colley

Harry Potter Club is a place for fans to express their love of Harry Potter in a fun, stress-free environment.

Any student is welcome, fan or no.

Come to have fun!

Wednesdays, Lunch, G-7


    History Club   


Alexis Lund

The History Club is for those who love history. We watch historical, but fun, films, share books and websites, and host the occasional guest speaker or tour.

Everyone welcome.

Thursdays, Lunch, 206

Human Rights Club

Daniel Hemmen

Human Rights Club is a non-political club that focuses on bringing awareness to the student body about worldwide human rights issues. It is a hands-on club that emphasizes taking social action in order to bring justice to our world.

Everyone welcome.

Mondays, Lunch, 304

Latino Student Union


Latino Student Union is dedicated to learning about the many aspects that make up the Latino cultures in the Portland area and worldwide. We will learn about these cultures by sharing experiences, research, traditions, guest speakers, films, and much more. Come learn about and experience the amazing Latino culture.

Everyone welcome.

Wednesdays, Lunch, G-3

Indian Culture Club

Ian Park

Indian Culture Club celebrates the rich traditions from the Indian culture including the many types of art, food, music, dance, and entertainment.

Everyone welcome.

2nd/4thFridays, Lunch, 205


Michele Taylor

LINK Crew organizes and leads a number of freshman events throughout the year, including Freshman Orientation, Frosh Lock-In, and Cocoa & Cram.

Apply in the spring. Watch for announcements.

Club is Semester 1 only.

Meeting times vary; watch for announcements

Living Arts Club

Anne Hagge

Living Arts Club is an interactive club centered on every-day skills such as wellness, nutrition, self care, clothing up-cycling, urban resourcing, and food combining. This is not your typical Home Economics class!

Everyone welcome.

Fridays, Lunch, 305

Math Club

Not Running

The Math Club is a place for friends to gather and do fun math activities, as well as prepare for math contests and plan the annual PI Day.

Everyone welcome.

Not Currently Running

Medical Club

Molly Marra

Medical Club seeks to educate members about medical science, the history of medicine, and medical ethics. Members research specific diseases/systems of the body, learn about/debate medical ethics, and study medical history, medical scientists of the past, and influential doctors.

Everyone welcome.

Mondays, Lunch, 209

Mississippi Service Learning Trip

Maura Timoney

The trip to Mississippi provides a deep connection to our SNJM heritage as we support the work of Sr. Kay Burton in Jonestown, Mississippi. Students provide tutoring and recreation opportunities to middle schoolers, facilitate evening activities to promote civil rights learning with girls and young women, and perform many hours of community service in the local gardens, parks, and cemetery. The week-long experience also provides many opportunities for a cultural immersion into the region known as the Mississippi delta. Students study the history of the region during the weeks prior to departure, paying special attention to Civil Rights and the Blues. The group flies in and out of Memphis to visit the National Civil Rights museum located at the historic Lorraine Motel where Rev. Dr. MLK, jr was assassinated.

Informationalmeetings occur in May. Commitment to the following February occurs prior to the summer.

Meetings run year round

Mock Trial

Donald Housley

Fall class (Oct – Dec) provides opportunity to learn about legal process and skills including argument, public speaking, and teamwork; develop strategies and roles for practice competition (serving as lawyers, witnesses and court official. Earn .25 Social Studies credit.

Spring competition program (Dec – March, possibly May) provides opportunity to compete against other teams in regional competitions. Possibility of advancement to state and national competitions.

Both are lots of work but lots of fun!

Open to all grades.

Requirements for fall class: mandatory attendance at practices (Mon/Wed after school 3:15 to 5 pm) and practice competition in December. Fee: $10. Watch for announcements in the fall.

Requirements for spring competition program: completion of fall class and/or previous experience in SMA mock trial program. Mandatory attendance at practices and competitions. Fee: $30.

Watch for announcements

Model United Nations (MUN)

Patty Gorman

MUN is a .5 credit course. Students are assigned a country and research topics facing the real UN. This is an independent study course that culminates during a three day conference at U of O in April.

New membership is open to sophomores and juniors only. Students apply and are selected in the fall. Watch for announcements.

Meeting times vary.

Music Lovers Anonymous

Ian Park

A club for those who love their iPods, mix CDs, and playlists. A place to share love of music and musical interests, from alternative to reggae to soul music. No musical boundaries, get the latest in music news and updates on local music happenings.

Everyone welcome.

2nd & 4th Wednesdays, Lunch, 205

National Honor Society

Patty Gorman

NHS is an organization that Juniors are invited to join if they have a cum. GPA of 3.6 and have met a requirement for advanced course work, leadership, character, and service. NHS students tutor students, hostess SMA events, and do at least one service project per semester.

If invited, apply to join in 2nd semester of junior year.

Thursdays, Lunch, 305

Novel Club

Carrie Housley

Novel Club is for those who love to read and share their literary finds with others. We exchange book

reviews and watch "Books on Film" at lunch.

Everyone welcome.

Fridays, Lunch, 101

Oregon Battle of the Books

Ellie Gilbert

Battle of the Books is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries in conjunction with a Library Services and Technology Act grant. The mission is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students.If you love to read, come and join us. Competitions begin in the spring!

Everyone welcome.

Thursdays, Lunch 103

Outdoor Club

Anne Hainley

Outdoor Club strives to offer St. Mary’s students a forum to share experiences about the beauty of Oregon and the wilderness. We strive to plan hikes, expeditions, education, and share our love for the outdoors.

Open to all students. Come to a meeting.

Thursdays, Lunch, 104

Outdoor School

Nicole Foran

Outdoor School is a week-long commitment where students spend a week in the fall or spring as a camp counselor for 6th graders. Enjoy the outdoors while honing your leadership skills and meeting counselors from other schools. A life-changing experience! Students earn .25 credit.

Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors apply in September for Fall and in January/February for Spring. In January/February, Freshmen may apply to attend Oregon Trail.

Watch for announcements.

Politics w/o Borders

Donald Housley

Politics without Borders Club members meet to discuss current political issues while encouraging understanding among various political perspectives.

Everyone welcome.

Tuesdays, Lunch, 208

Photography Club

Marsi Thelin

Photography Club members share a passion for photography and meet weekly to discuss and learn about the technical parts of photography as well as share personal work.

Everyone welcome.

Wednesdays, Lunch, G-4

Poverty Awareness Day Committee

Maura Timoney 

Poverty Awareness Day Committee plans and organizes Poverty Awareness Week, April 2015, with emphasis on promoting awareness and understanding of poverty issues in our city, our country, and our world.

All are welcome. Watch for announcements in December or January.

Weekly, Auditorium


Rock Band

Kirk Ellis

Rock Band gives students the opportunity to create more contemporary forms of music. Members arrange, rehearse, and perform their own songs

This is a selective club and members have already been determined for this year. Check with Mr. Ellis to talk about next year’s band.

Thursdays, 3-4:30 p.m., G10

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

Janet Robertson

SADD Club seeks to educate the student body on effects of alcohol and drugs. We participate in Breast Cancer Awareness, Lee Denim Day Fundraisers, Grim Reaper Day, and Spring SADD assembly.

Everyone welcome.

Mondays, Lunch, G-12

Student Alliance for Equality (SAFE)

Amy Romm

A welcoming and thoughtful community, SAFE facilitates open discussion and engaging activities around topics of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Everyone welcome.

1st/3rd Thursdays, Lunch, 305

Science Club

Maureen Daschel

Science Club encourages and fosters student interest and involvement in the sciences both within the building and in the community. We have fun with contests, field trips, guest speakers, videos, etc.

Everyone welcome.

Tuesdays, Lunch, 209

Science Bowl

Julia Stadler

Science Bowl is a competitive science team. Students prepare for a wide variety of labs, test, and building events in preparation for tournaments in the spring.

Join by application in September.

Thursdays, Lunch, 209

Sci-Fi Fantasy Club

Matthew Vannelli

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Club discusses the latest Sci-Fi trends, news, events, and movies. Additionally, we create and share original Sci-Fi literature and art.

Everyone welcome.

Mondays, Lunch, 206

SMA Dance Company

Kara Shuster,
Jaclyn Weber

The SMA Dance Company is a performance-based ensemble dedicated to furthering the technical and artistic skills of the participating student dancers.Open to students of all levels and abilities on a semester-length commitment contract. The semester culminates in a final concert performance.

Students must commit to participate for the full semester. The Winter concert is December 6th at 2pm. The spring semester company will begin in February and the concert is in May.

Fall: Mondays & Wednesday 3:30-5:30

Watch and listen for announcements

Latin Club

Ben Peterson

Have fun learning Latin and experiencing the ModumRomanum!

Everyone welcome.

Mondays, Lunch, 213

Student Government

Michele Taylor

Associated Student Body (ASB) and class officers work to serve the SMA student body through planning and organizing fun events, leading the class on spirit days, and listening and responding to the needs of students.

Run for class officer! ASB and Class Officer elections in Spring; Freshman elections in October.

See postings outside Student Activities office and listen to morning announcements.

Usually: Lunch and Green Activity Blocks, Room 303

Student Health Club

Carrie Yerton

Student Health Club is a discussion-based club that explores topics of student well-being, including but not limited to nutrition, sleep, physical activity, education, and mental health.

Everyone welcome.

Wednesdays, Lunch, 213

Tech Club

Mike Bedney,
Alexis Lund

Tech Club is a place where students can explore many facets of technology through hands on experience. Tech Club provides the opportunity and access to play around with technology based on the interest of the students.

Everyone welcome.

Wednesdays, Lunch, 301

 Theatre Club  Shannon More  Theatre Club gives students the opportunity to experience the many facets of theatre from production to spectatorship. This club is designed to bring students together for a variety of theatre and non-theatre related activities. Everyone welcome.   Tuesdays, Lunch, Auditorium
 Thespian Club Shannon More  International Thespian Troupe 5277 - membership is granted for the performance of meritorious work in theatre arts that meets ETA's general guidelines. This group directs the activities of the SMA Theatre Club and works with the club and school to strengthen theatre arts in the SMA community.  Tuesdays, Lunch, Auditorium  
 TIES Maureen Daschel Students mentor 5th grade girls, introducing them to the excitement and challenge of “doing” sciences through teaching topics, coordinating activities, guest speakers and field trips. Earn .5 credit.
Sophomores, juniors, seniors can apply to be mentors. Freshmen can be helpers. Thursdays, 211, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Mentors Meetings with 5th graders scheduled in the fall.
Tri-M Music Honor Society & Musicians Club Kathy Briggs This club focuses on promoting music both in our school and in our community. Musicians Club members who meet the criteria for Tri-M can apply to be officially inducted into the National Music Honor Society in the spring. Tri-M stands for “Modern Music Masters.”
Students enrolled in Concert Choir, Marian Singers, Marian Instruments, or Marian Piano Ensemble.
Fridays, Lunch, PAC
Women’s Equality Club
Kathy Briggs Women’s Equality Club is focused on fostering discussion about feminism and gender equality. We will discuss current events and anything else related to the modern feminist movement.
 Everyone welcome. Wednesdays, Lunch, 103
Writers Club
Kirk Ellis
Writers Club students share, critique their writing, learn from fellow writers, and support students interested in pursuing their creative writing outside of class. Everyone welcome.
Wednesdays, Lunch, 101

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