Clubs & Activities

All-School Council

Mission: All School Council exists to promote service and fellowship among the student body.

Membership: By appointment

Meeting Time: Every Thursday at 7:15 am in E-36

Student Leaders: 

  • President: Emma Bousky 
  • Vice President: Benjamin Bloomfield 
  • Secretary: Luke Cusack 

Faculty Moderators: Mrs. Katie Hausauer and Mrs. Jacqueline Kelly

Anchor Club: 

Mission: Anchor Club International serves to organize, encourage and support youth community service projects in Anchor Clubs around the world.

Membership: By invitation, open to juniors and seniors

Moderator: Mrs. Donna O’Brien

Art Club:

MissionTo grow community through art.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: Once per month on Thursdays in W-16.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Maggie Off

Astronomy Club:

Mission: Astronomy club gives students the opportunity to learn about and enjoy the stars, planets and astronomical events together.

Membership: Open to all PND students.

Meeting Times: TBD

Faculty Moderators: Mrs. Wendy Strauss

Baking Club

Mission: The mission of Baking Club is to widen the creative and culinary horizons of the students at PND.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: Second Wednesday of each month at 7:40 AM in the Teachers’ Lounge

Student Leader: Elizabeth Young

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Josh Smith

Beau Grant Foundation Club 

Mission: The Beau Grant Foundation provides education and awareness to those affected by suicide.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: Once per month before school in E-01

Student Leader: Haley Curtis

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Kara Girsch

Bishop’s Leadership Committee 

Mission: The Bishop’s Leadership Committee exists to develop a select group of juniors in virtue and Christlike servant leadership. The Campus Ministry Department meets with these juniors to discuss the virtues of leadership and to plan ways in which through their involvement or planned activities can lead their peers to develop a healthier and holier school community.

Membership: Juniors who are chosen based on teacher nomination for their natural example of leadership evidenced in faith, academics, service, and/or athletics.

Meeting Times: Once per month in Campus Ministry during A & B advisory

Faculty Moderators: Fr. Kyle Lucas, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister, Sr. Sara Kowal, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister, Ms. Diane Butler, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister, d.butler@pndhs.org

Band:

MissionThis course provides students with the opportunity to perform in a group and develop skills as a musician in concert, pep, and marching bands. Instruction is provided to enhance performance skills, technical proficiency, knowledge of terms and notation, tone, rhythm, counting, scales, and advanced playing techniques

Membership. Students are expected to participate in all concerts, parades, home football games, and home (men’s) basketball games. Other performances include visit days, pep rallies, and graduation. Students may participate in the Illinois Music Educators Association (ILMEA) auditions as well as the IHSA Solo and Ensemble Contest. Further opportunities include honor bands at various colleges and universities. Permission of instructor is required if student has not previously been in band.

Meeting TimesDaily during advisory in the Band Room

Faculty Moderators: Ms. Amanda Connon and Mrs. Kelly Jarosz 

Book Club

Mission: The Book Club encourages students to become familiar a wide range of literature and informational texts by reading for personal satisfaction.

Membership: All students are invited to join the PND Book Club.

Meeting TimesMeeting times are either before of after school, based on student availability.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Maureen Vadis

Bowling Club 

Mission: To provide students an opportunity to build community through the fun of bowling.

Membership: Interest in fun and meeting new people. Bowling ability not necessary.

Meeting Times: Typically twice a month on Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. at St. Ann’s Bowling Alley, 1010 S. Louisa St., Peoria

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Joe Mulcahey

Campus Ministry Small Groups

Mission: Small Groups provide a more intimate setting for students to grow in relationship with God and with each other through weekly meetings with their peers and an adult leader.

MembershipMembers must sign up for a particular small group via Google Form sent out by Campus Minister at beginning of each trimester.

Meeting TimesMeeting times are decided upon by each group; typically, they are Wednesdays during B & C advisory.

Faculty Moderators: Fr. Kyle Lucas, Chaplain, Teacher & Campus Minister , Sr. Sara Kowal, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister, Ms. Diane Butler, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister

Chess Club

Mission: Give students an enjoyable pastime that sharpens the brain while still having fun.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times After school on Mondays in E-15 

Student Leaders: John Lawless

Faculty Moderators: Ms. Christine Pinheiro

Coding Club

Mission: Provide an opportunity to learn to code in an ever expanding world of technology.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: After school on Thursdays in W-43

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Peggy Sue Brown

Concert Choir 

MissionConcert Choir is an academic course for credit, and all PND students who want to sing together and learn about music are welcome.

Membership: Concert Choir is open to all PND students who enroll for credit. Concert choir members are eligible to receive CSP hours for singing at all-school Masses.

Meeting Times: During Advisory in the gym on Mondays and Wednesdays. After school in the music room on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Student Leaders: No appointed leaders.

Faculty Moderators: Mrs. Wendy Strauss

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation:

Mission: To raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis and fundraise.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: Wednesdays before school once per month in E-13

Student Leader: Chloe Fleeman

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Rob Kenny

Drama Club 

Mission: Drama Club’s mission is to enrich the education of high school students by involving them in the creative process of theater by bringing diverse young persons together in an environment of creative and imaginative stimuli where theater can be witnessed, experienced, ingested, talked about, and lived through opportunities to showcase their talents on and off the stage.

Membership: Drama Club is open to any student who has a desire to be involved in the process of theater. Students must work a minimum of 10 hours during each production to be considered a member.

Meeting Times: Meetings take place the first and third Wednesdays of every month prior to and after a show is being produced. During production, Drama Club members work on the show after school.

Faculty Moderators: Mr. Bryan Blanks

Earth Club:

MissionEarth Club’s goal is to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist others to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: Every other Friday at 7:25am in W-46

Student Leaders:

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Jill Bucher and Ms. Maria  Wnorowski 

Easter Seals Club 

Mission: To serve and raise money for the children of Easter Seals. Also, to raise awareness to others about the special needs of children with disabilities.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: Every other week

Student Leaders: 

Faculty Moderator: Ms. Julie Santen

Film Club 

Mission: Film Club is an energetic and action-packed group of students who are interested and excited about the art of films.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: On weekends

Student Leader: Edward Mullowney

Faculty Moderator: Mr. John Donnelly

FIRST Robotics 

Mission: Icarus 2081 provides students with a level of knowledge, fun, and coopertition only obtainable through the FIRST Robotics program

Membership: Students should attend informational meeting on September 5 if interested.

Meeting Times:

  • Regular Meeting Time: 7-9 Mondays and Thursdays
  • Build Season Meeting Time: Monday – Saturday 6-9

Contact: frcicarus2081@gmail.com

Flag Club 

Mission: To increase patriotism by promoting knowledge of how to display, salute, and store the American Flag.

Membership: By appointment from the principal.

Meeting Times: Before and after school.

Student Leaders:

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Randy Simmons 

French Club

Mission: French club works to spread knowledge and appreciate of the French culture throughout the PND community.

Membership: Open to all students interested in promoting French culture

Meeting Times: Once per month with Mme Girsch dans les salle E-01

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Kara Girsch | Website

GAEL

Mission: To publish fiction and poetry by PND students, once per year.

MembershipSubmission of stories and poems, in the spring.

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Thomas Laird

German Club

Mission: German Club promotes German culture and language through food, games, movies, conversation, and more.

Membership: Open to all students.

Meeting Times:

Faculty Moderator: Ms. Shelby Harrison

Hiking Club

MissionHiking Club gives students a chance to exercise and appreciate nature.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: Once per week, in the fall.

Student Leaders: Molly Driscoll and Mara McCarthy

Faculty Moderator: Mr. John Donnelly

Irish Guard 

Mission: Irish Guard is a color guard that performs with the PND marching band to enhance the music of the marching band performance.

Membership: Open to those who communicate with the Band Director, Ms. Amanda Connon

Meeting TimesPractice is held in the first school trimester, during advisory along with the band as they practice.

Faculty Moderator: Ms. Amanda Connon, Band Director and Mrs. Kelly Jarosz, Assistant Band Director

Key Club

Mission: Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.

Meeting TimesEvery other Tuesday in W-34

Membership: Open to those who pay dues, complete a minimum of 20 service hours, attend every all- club meeting or send an email if they will not be in attendance

Student Leaders: 

  • Erin Ward, President, erin.ward@pndhs.org
  • Leah Anderson, Vice President, leah.anderson@pndhs.org
  • Alyssa Martin, Recording Secretary, alyssa.martin@pndhs.org
  • Alicia Dinh, Statistical Secretary, alicia.dinh@pndhs.org
  • Joestte Orlevitch, Treasurer, josette.orlevitch@pndhs.org
  • Emma McCracken, Webmaster, emma.mccracken@pndhs.org

Faculty Moderators: Ms. Toniny, Kiwanis Advisor, Ms. Amanda Williams, PND Advisor

Latin Club

Membership: Members must be current, former, or future Latin students.

Meeting Times: TBD

Student Leaders: Elizabeth Church and Mylene Evangelista

Faculty Moderator: Ms. Christine Pinheiro

Lumen Christi 

Mission: Lumen Christi is a group committed to illuminating our school with the Light of Christ: the only Light that brings true light, peace, beauty, love and goodness. Those who are part of Lumen Christi commit themselves to first receiving the Light of Christ through prayer, Confession and especially the Eucharist. Thereby, they then become carriers and givers of this Light: authentic Christian witnesses – Bright Lights of Christ – that shine in this school, transforming the lives of those around them with their light.

Membership: Members must fill out & turn in application to Campus Ministry.

Meeting TimesLumen Christi Large-Group Meetings (required for all members to attend): about once a month in the auditorium during A/B advisory; Lumen Christi Core Team meetings (required for all Core Team members): about once a month in Campus Ministry during A/B advisory

Faculty Moderators:Fr. Kyle Lucas, Chaplain, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister , Sr. Sara Kowal, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister, Ms. Diane Butler, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister, d.butler@pndhs.org

National Honor Society

MissionRecognize excellence in students.

Student LeadersPresident appointed in February.

Faculty Moderators: Mr. Tim Irwin

MembershipJunior/Senior, 3.2 cumulative GPA, Four annual memberships in PND sponsored clubs, sports, or organizations, Completed 75 service hours as junior, 100 service hours as senior, Approval of the Principal.

 “Scattered” Vocal and Jazz Choir

Mission: Scattered! is an auditioned ensemble, for course credit, for the purpose of introducing more advanced singers to jazz/pop styles and techniques.

MembershipScattered! is an auditioned ensemble. All members must be concurrently enrolled in Concert Choir and be selected by audition with the director.

Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays after school in the music room. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays during Advisory in the gym.

Student Leaders: No appointed leaders at this time.

Faculty Moderators: Mrs. Wendy Strauss

Spanish Club

Mission: The Spanish Club promotes the culture and language of the Spanish-speaking world.

Membership: Open to all PND students

Meeting Times: Second Thursday of each month at 7:15 AM in E-12

Faculty Moderator: Mr. John Zyck

Speech Team

Mission: Events range from writing your own speech to presenting a published script ranging from funny to heartbreaking material.

Membership: Membership open to students interested in speaking

Meeting TimesThursday mornings before school.

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Bryan Blanks

St. Jude Club 

Mission: The Peoria Notre Dame St. Jude Club supports the St. Jude ALSAC mission statement. As the Peoria Notre Dame Community has seen first-hand the effects of childhood cancer, the St. Jude Club’s sole mission is to raise funds and awareness for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by hosting a multitude of small and large fundraising events throughout the year, setting high expectations for club members and officers, and uniting the whole Peoria Notre Dame community in a common cause.

Membership: Open to all students.

Meeting Times: Friday mornings in the auditorium

Faculty Moderators: Ms. Jill PlunkettMr. Mike Plunkett, and Mrs. Valerie Schifeling

Student Leaders:

  • Emma Bousky, President
  • Piper Miller, Vice-President

Student Ambassadors 

Mission: Student Ambassadors is an organization of students who individually and collectively represent the values of Peoria Notre Dame High School with passion and enthusiasm. Together, we welcome and support past, present, and future members of the Peoria Notre Dame community in order to continue the tradition of Catholic secondary education in Peoria.

Membership: By appointment. Interviews take place in the spring of each year.

Meeting Times: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 7:15 am in the auditorum

Student Leaders:

Faculty Moderators: Mrs. Katie Madison and Mrs. Peggy Sue Brown 

Table Tennis 

MissionTo provide students a place to interact in a competitive setting without having to participate in a sport. 

Membership: Open to all students. $5 membership fee.

Meeting TimesTuesday through Thursday in the west hallway immediately following school during the winter trimester. 

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Josh Smith

Teens for Life 

Mission: Teens for Life educates students about pro-life issues and the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death, and encourages students to live in a way that is authentically pro-life through personal prayer, community service, and participation in local and national pro-life events.

Membership: Open to all students interested in pro-life and chastity education. Members must complete & submit application to Campus Ministry.

Meeting TimesMeeting are on Wednesday (1st and 3rd) mornings at 7:15 am in the auditorium.

Faculty Moderators:  Fr. Kyle Lucas, Chaplain, Teacher & Campus Minister , Sr. Sara Kowal, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister, Ms. Diane Butler, Theology Teacher & Campus Minister

Yarn Club 

MissionThe ultimate goal in the formation of the yarn club is to make a charitable donations with the items we make through the craft of yarn.

Membership: Open to those student who have a  love for all things yarn. (No prior knitting experience required.)

Meeting TimesThursdays after school in W-43

Faculty Moderators: Mrs. Peggy Sue Brown 

Yearbook:

MissionYearbook club continues the “Irish Odyssey” tradition by using graphics, pictures, and stories to show how the Peoria Notre Dame community lives out the school’s mission statement.

Membership: Open to all students

Meeting Times: The large group meets on select Fridays during C advisory and other days as necessary

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Denise Zoz andMrs. Rebecca Goodell