Clubs and Activities

EXTENDING THE HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

It’s easy to get involved!

Because of our size, Immaculate High School offers more opportunities to get involved.

Immaculate High School offers more than just books… students have an opportunity to express themselves and excel in campus ministry, athletics, the arts and more. By participating in clubs and activities, students develop skills such as leadership, working with others, responsibility and self-discipline. Students eagerly become involved in at least one extra-curricular activity and in fact, most participate in several.

Clubs and activities meet before, during and after school, which means there is plenty of time to get involved, even for students who are active in sports and the fine arts.

Academics

Finance and Investment Club

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History Quiz Bowl

Quiz Bowl is a competitive activity in which players attend practices and then represent IHS at tournaments. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration, since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all areas of history. Quiz bowl reinforces classroom lessons and also encourages players to go beyond their assignments to master other areas of history.

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Joe Muchanski, jmuchanski@myimmaculatehs.org

Latin Club

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Literary Magazine

Students have the opportunity to workshop their creative writing and artistic talents. We are a collaborative group of writers willing to read any short story, poem or stanza - finished or unfinished! Members contribute to and publish Mustang Muse, the IHS literary magazine.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Denise Howe, dhowe@myimmaculatehs.org

Math League

IHS math students gather weekly, in a low-stress environment, to compete against one another and other schools. Throughout the academic year, students participate in six contests provided by the New England Math league. Problems are drawn from a wide range of mathematical topics: geometry, algebra, trigonometry and probability.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Jeanine Antonios, jantonios@myimmaculatehs.org

Science Club

The IHS Science Club provides students the opportunity to explore challenging scientific experiments, demonstrations, and discussions. Topics are from the basic sciences of biology, chemistry and physics to forensics and engineering. Join us to discuss and share the latest scientific news and discoveries!

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Bridget Henry, bhenry@immaculatehs.org

Honor Societies

National Honors Society

The St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the National Honor Society is a chartered and affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership in the National Honor Society is offered to juniors and seniors who meet the criteria established by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, these are: scholarship (cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above), leadership, service, and character. The preceding qualities of potential members are determined by a comprehensive application for admission.

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Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Dana Pinckney, dpinckney@myimmaculatehs.org

Key Club

Key Club is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving others. Members learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions. Students also dedicate 25 service hours to Key Club projects. Projects include collecting clothing and participating in Relay for Life, Taste of Danbury, Reading is Fundamental, Friends of Danbury Library Book Sale, Inter Faith Aid Ministry, and the Dorothy Day Hospitality House Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Membership in the IHS Key Club is reserved for qualified Seniors. Junior level students make applications for membership each spring.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Nanci Stockman, nstockmann@myimmaculatehs.org

Tri-M Music Honor Society

Tri-M is an honors organization that is nationwide. It helps to promote music at IHS and in the community.

Requirements for membership:

  • 3.5 grade point average - the previous year's average is considered for admittance.
  • Vocal or instrumental audition with a song of the student's choice. The panel consists of Mrs. Murtha and the current Tri-M executive officers.
  • All candidates must be able to attend the biweekly meetings immediately after school.
  • All candidates must be able to help set up and take down for the periodic Tri-M Coffeehouses.

Tri-M members sponsor an annual "Parochial School Coffeehouse", open to students in grades 5 through 8 who attend our partner schools. Tri-M uses monies raised to offer a scholarship to one of the Danbury Music Centre's summer music programs, to one of the participants in the "Parochial School Coffeehouse".

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Sam Murtha, smurtha@myimmaculatehs.org

Government

Class Officers

Immaculate High School’s class officers provide leadership and serve as the voice of the students. Class of officer elections are held in the spring and consist of, but are not limited to, President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Historian. Freshman Class Officers will be elected in the fall. Officers are responsible for planning school activities, dances, service projects, and fundraisers throughout the year.

Class of 2018: Mrs. Bridget Henry, bhenry@myimmaculatehs.org

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Class of 2020: Carol Stone, cstone@myimmaculatehs.org

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Debate Club

Debate is popular here at IHS. Learn the art of persuasion, compete in local, regional and national tournaments, improve public speaking skills and gain confidence. This club competes in the Connecticut Debate Association (CDA) throughout the academic year. Events that emphasize knowledge of governmental policy and action on both the domestic and international levels are also discussed.

Faculty Moderator: Ms. Wendy Neil, wneil@myimmaculatehs.org

Mock Trial

With the assistance of a teacher-sponsor and attorney-coach Steve Sedensky, students actively experience the excitement of working in teams, exchanging ideas, setting goals, and examining issues while interacting with positive role models from area communities. By studying legal cases and preparing strategies and arguments for trial, students also develop presentation skills, analytic ability, and team cooperation. Students participate in rehearsal trials to lean more about the legal system in a competitive manner.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Wendy Neil, wneil@myimmaculatehs.org

Model UN

Model UN is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. Students step into the shoes of ambassadors to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda. While playing their roles as ambassadors, students make speeches, prepare draft resolutions, negotiate with allies and adversaries, resolve conflicts, and navigate the Model UN conference rules of procedure- all in the interest of mobilizing “international cooperation” to resolve problems that affect countries all over the world.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Mary Maloney, president@myimmaculatehs.org

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors assist the Admissions Department in representing Immaculate High School in recruitment and marketing events such as High School Fairs, 8th Grade Discovery Days, Open House, and grade school visits. Ambassadors host Mustang for a Day visitors, greet special guests to the school and speak at masses. Members are selected students at all levels. An Ambassador has strong school spirit, is prepared to speak in front of student and parent groups, demonstrates excellent leadership skills, and is committed to the community that Immaculate serves.

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Tom Burns, tburns@myimmaculatehs.org

Student Council

Student Council is an organization of student leaders whose primary focus is to represent their peers and act as a liaison between the students of IHS and the faculty and administration. Student Council is responsible for planning student and community service activities throughout the year. Activities include: organizing the Freshman Social, Homecoming Dance, Rake and Bake, pep rallies, student/faculty basketball game, IHS Annual Walk-a-thon, and all school dress down days to benefit selected causes (i.e., Wounded Warrior Project, Relay for Life, Books for Christmas, Toy Drive, and Spiritual Life). Officers are elected each Spring and consist of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Events Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, and International Ambassador. In addition, homeroom representatives are elected each Fall. Officers meet weekly.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Monica Ortega, mortega@myimmaculatehs.org

Faith & Service

Housatonic Habitat for Humanity

Students volunteer help to build homes in order to eliminate poverty housing from the greater Danbury area and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Faculty Moderator: Deacon Jeff Font, ihschaplain@myimmaculatehs.org

Midnight Run Ministry

The students are responsible for collecting and preparing toiletry bags, lunches, and clothing for the homeless to be distributed during runs to Manhattan. The students load the Midnight Run van at the start of the run and unload and reload at each stop. The students are encouraged to engage those visiting with us in conversation while serving them a cup of coffee or chili and providing them with clothing they need.

Faculty Moderators: Mr. Ken Decker and Mr. Gerry Hatcher, ihschaplain@myimmaculatehs.org

Morning Glory

Early risers can participate in Morning Glory where volunteers typically arrive by 6:30am to prepare, serve and distribute breakfast to guests at the Dorothy Day Hospitality House. By 9:00am clean up is finished and students return to school and proceed with their day.

Faculty Moderator:
Deacon Jeff Font, ihschaplain@myimmaculatehs.org

Peer Leadership

The Peer Leadership Club is a group of students working together to help students learn self-advocacy skills and to plan for the future. Activities include Mix it up Day, 26 Acts of Kindness, Jeans for Teens, Rachel’s Challenge Assembly, and Rachel’s Legacy Assembly.

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She's The First

She’s the First sponsors girls’ education in low-income countries, giving them the chance to become the first in their families to graduate from secondary school. She’s the First mobilizes supporters to fund scholarships and gives a clearer understanding on global issues related to poverty. The IHS Chapter, hosts its annual Tie-Dye Cupcake fundraiser to sponsor girls at She’s the First partner schools. She’s the First members spread awareness and create a dialogue about education at IHS, the greater Danbury area, and on social media.

Faculty Moderator: TBA

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)

This group organizes, sponsors, and facilitates a variety of school-wide prevention activities with the goal of helping students make healthy decisions.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Maureen Arsenault, marsenault@myimmaculatehs.org

Interests

Baking Club

What’s in the oven? Baking enthusiasts come together to hang out and learn new recipes. The goal is to introduce students to the fun and rewards of baking from scratch! Proceeds and baked goods will support selected school activities, IHS hospitality and local charities.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Bridget Henry, bhenry@myimmaculatehs.org

Brain Trust Club

Brain Trust is a peer counseling club at IHS where members provide unwavering help for those in need. The club is named after the group of men and women that advised Franklin Delano Roosevelt during his presidency, which he dubbed his Brain Trust. All Immaculate students are welcome to present their thoughts and issues to Brain Trust, where members offer advise and support. Brain Trust also hosts yearly mental health awareness events, including bake sales and inviting therapy dogs to IHS before exams.

Faculty Moderator: Father Cole, jcole@myimmaculatehs.org

Cyber Patriots

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school and middle school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. In the rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cyber security vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services in a six-hour period.

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Dave Cirella, dcirella@myimmaculatehs.org

International Club

The International Club is open to all students. The mission of the club is to enhance awareness of cultural diversity and individual differences, interests, and activities of all students within the Immaculate High School. The club provides a casual social setting for students to discover new friends and cultures by meeting students who are interested in foreign languages, trying new foods, celebrating exciting holidays and traveling to new places like restaurants, theaters, museums and plays.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Robin Moravsky, rmoravsky@myimmaculatehs.org

Ski Club

The Ski club is designed to provide students with an opportunity for winter recreation and physical activity. Ski trips are coordinated with Mohawk Mountain, Powder Ridge, Thunder Ridge, Mount Southington, Ski Sundown, and Woodbury Ski Area.

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The Stable

The purpose of Stable is to promote spirit within the school community. Members of the Stable help to plan and participate in school wide activities such as spirit week, Homecoming, and pep rallies. The Stable promotes our school spirit and identity at home and away games. The Stable can be found (and heard) in the student section of the stands. We look for enthusiastic and energetic students who value and embrace Immaculate High School traditions.

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Weight Lifting Club

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The Arts

Art Club

The Art Club consists of IHS students who love the visual arts and cannot seem to get enough of them throughout the school day. The club meets after school on a regular basis to hold meetings. Each Art Club member brings his/her style to the group, which creates an environment of diversity where students can learn from each other. Art Club members enjoy an open studio where they can utilize any and all materials to create whatever they wish. Students can work individually or in groups as they enjoy each other’s fellowship and refine their artistic skills.

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Chorus

Mixed Chorus will rehearse and perform classical and contemporary music of medium difficulty that challenges their musical abilities. The class meets 5 days a week for the entire year. Some areas of study are basic music theory, voice production, solo and ensemble singing, sight-reading and artistic interpretation. A variety of music literature is studied, including sacred and secular compositions from the master works to contemporary. A variety of languages are sung. Mixed Chorus students are required to perform in the Patriotic Concert, Christmas Concert, Cabaret and the Baccalaureate Mass. Students may also travel to festivals and competitions and take a field trip to see a Broadway show. They will also have the opportunity to audition for the Connecticut All State Chorus and the Western Regional Festival.

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Concert Band

Concert Choir

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Drama Club

The club offers acting education and a creative outlet for theatrically-minded students. We produce a play each fall, and recent productions have been Shakespeare. Students perform, design and make costumes, props and sets. Interested in music? We usually have a musical component to our dramas as well. We've received many nominations and awards for our productions. Recently, the drama club has presented The Tempest, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. If you are looking for a fun crowd - Drama Club is for you!

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Alexa Wild, awild@myimmaculatehs.org

Guitar Ensemble

Enrollment in Guitar Ensemble is open to any student who plays guitar – students should have their own acoustic guitar. Guitar ensemble literature in varied styles (folk, rock, classical, jazz) will be studied and will change from year to year. Emphasis is placed on performance skills such as playing with a group and not just as a solo instrument, guitar picking and strumming techniques, and basic music theory involved in ensemble and solo playing. Grading includes performance evaluations and written examinations and quizzes, along with written exercises as homework. Attendance at all performances is mandatory.

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Instrumental Music Club

The IHS Instrumental Music Club provides an environment where students can explore instrumental music performance in all of its genres. Open to all instrumentalists, club members play at coffeehouses, school masses, and other social events held at school.

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Musical Theater

Musical Theater at IHS is one of the highlights of the school year! This is an exciting opportunity that allows students to discover talents and perform on stage. Discover dance (jazz and ballet), voice, acting, and stage performance. Recent productions are West Side Story, Les Miserables, In the Heights, Miss Saigon, Aida, The Wedding Singer and The Sound of Music. Auditions are held in January. Students rehearse through the winter. The musical runs for four performances in late April.

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Rock Band

Rock Band is composed of a select group of students who rehearse and perform together as a band, playing classic rock and current rock songs.

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Scenery Crew

Scenery Crew meets after school to help create the props and background scenery for both the Fall Drama Play as well as the Musical Theater Production. Students will be working individually as well as in groups to finish a wide variety of projects as dictated by the wide range of IHS production. As opening night nears, expect to stay after school on more than just Tuesdays!

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Media

Newspaper Club

The Newspaper Club is responsible for publishing the Immaculate Times, the quarterly school newspaper. Students meet to learn about the fundamentals of the journalism process from planning articles to writing stories and securing artwork to publishing the paper. Members participate in all aspects of the editing/publishing process while developing new skills and mastering old ones. The Newspaper Club is open to all Immaculate High School students who are devoted to honest, dependable journalism.

Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Dana Pinckney, dpinckney@myimmaculatehs.org

Photography Club

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Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Sam Kholer, skholer@myimmaculatehs.org


Video & Animation Club

This Video & Animation Club provides students the opportunity to produce student-generated visual productions. Students will learn how to use DSLR Cameras, how to work on a video production team and the Adobe Creative Suite (Specifically: Premier Pro, After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator). The types of projects that students will create include short films, submissions for contests both internal and external, productions for other campus departments, and local news stories. No video or animation experience is needed to join this club, Anyone who is creative or passionate about digital media would be a great fit!

Faculty Moderator: Mr. Austin Alterio, aalterio@myimmaculatehs.org

Yearbook

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Faculty Moderator: Mrs. Sam Kholer, skholer@myimmaculatehs.org