Other Clubs & Activities

ACADEMIC TEAM

The Academic Team meets every Friday after school from the first week in October until the second week in June. From January to May they participate in various competitions around the state. Students don't have to be a "brainiac" to enjoy the group sessions; each student has some specific expertise or knowledge that contributes to the teamwork. Students learn how to bond as a team and discover their academic skills and talents.

Moderator: Mrs. Kowalski


AMC 12 (American Mathematics Competition)

The American Mathematics Competition is the first round of competitions culminating in the International Math Olympiad. All AP Calculus students participate in the AMC 12 in February. A select group of students from other math classes is also invited to participate.

Moderator: Mrs. Petsu


American Scholastic Mathematics Association Contests

ASMA sponsors a series of 6 international contests from October through April. Cumulative scores determine school winners and individual winners. Participation is open to any student at Immaculata of any grade level. Knowledge of Algebra I,II and Geometry is essential as are creative problem solving skills. 

Moderator: Mrs. Petsu


Art Club

The Art Club is a forum for students who are interested in expressing their creativity and would like to have hands-on experience in various forms of artistic media. The club, which is open to students of all grade levels, meets weekly after school. The Art Club works on group projects guided by the Art Department Chairwoman and/or outside art groups. The club also provides the opportunity to work on independent projects under the tutelage of the moderator.

Students'works are showcased in the IHS Festival of the Arts. Some of the projects the club has created include rain barrel construction and decoration (in collaboration with Rutgers Cooperative Extension), posters to decorate a wing of Children's Hospital, t-shirt designs for various events, a public wall mural in conjunction with Combat Paper/NJ Print Center, and participation in the Arts on Division Festival in Somerville, NJ.

Moderator: Mrs. Rosinski


C.A.B. (Culture, Art and Beauty)

The CAB (Culture, Art and Beauty) Club is devoted to exploring culture, nature, history and art in relation to Catholicism. The students travel to various cities and sites to pray and reflect on the beauty of our Catholic faith. The group meets quarterly and plans trips to basilicas, cathedrals, theaters, museums performing arts arenas, aquariums, and opera houses.

Moderator: Mrs. Jannuzzi


Central Jersey Math League

The purpose of the Central Jersey Math League (CJML) is to provide students with an opportunity to enrich and challenge their mathematical abilities in new and creative ways by engaging in competitions with other students in the Central Jersey area. CJML meets one Wednesday a month after school and travels to area high schools to participate in contests. While attendance at all competitions is encouraged, it is certainly not required.

Moderator: Mr. Giangreco


Debate Club

The Debate Club is designed to help students learn vital skills in the area of communication, oration and argumentation. The club will meet once or twice a month and learn various techniques and practice their skills. Even though the nature of debates is serious, we never forget to have fun along the way.

Moderator: Mrs. Eckert, Mrs. Jannuzzi


International Cultures Club

The mission of International Cultures Club is to foster friendships between our international and national Immaculata High School students through mutual appreciation of our diverse cultural backgrounds. Each month during Activity Period, we will sample food, appreciate an artifact from the arts, and have fun together all through the lens of the culture of a country of interest to our members. Let's celebrate the strength of our IHS Friendship Pillar and find common ground with one another through culture.

Moderator: Mrs. Gao


Magnificat (Yearbook)

The Magnificat, which honors our school's patroness the Blessed Mother, was first published in 1966 to honor the first graduating class. This student publication is produced within the Journalism class program, but volunteers can help every Tuesday morning (with a pass) during activity period. This all-color book with spectacular photography, layouts, and stories, tells the story of each year, touching upon the four pillars of Immaculata: faith, scholarship, service, and friendship. A senior breakfast is held to distribute the highly anticipated book to the future graduates and the younger students receive it later that day at a school-wide celebration.

Moderator: Mrs. DeaKyne


Mathworks Mega Math Challenge

The Mathworks Mega Math Challenge (formerly Moody's Mega Math Challenge) is a 14 hour mathematics modeling competition with a top prize of $20,000. Students working as a team of five download a problem on a previously unannounced topic. The team then has 14 hours to research the topic, solve the problem and submit a letter perfect paper with their solution. Each school may field two teams. Team members are chosen by the Mathematics Department.

Moderator: Mrs. Petsu


Missions Club

The Mission Club is a school wide charity, involving the entire student body and faculty. Money is collected in homerooms to help various needy causes. Some of our charities are St. Bonaventure's Indian Mission, (New Mexico), Christian Solidarity International (helps free slaves worldwide), and most especially The Society for the Propagation of the Faith (Diocese of Metuchen Mission Office). Monies are sent to other causes as the need arises. There are no official meetings, but email communication between officers if vital.

Moderator: Miss Fantina


Mock Trial

Mock Trial, sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation in cooperation with the Somerset County Bar Foundation and the Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition, is held annually at the Somerset County Courthouse. Immaculata students, along with participating students from other schools, become attorneys, witnesses and jurors in the county-wide Mock Trial Competition which begins each January. Each year, students prepare for the case competition beginning in mid-fall. Each year the case is different. The goals of the competition are several-fold:

  • To increase comprehension of the historical, ethical and philosophical basis of the American system of justice.
  • To demystify the operation of the law, court procedures and the legal system.
  • To help students increase basic life and leadership skills such as listening, speaking,
  • writing, reading and analyzing.
  • To heighten appreciation for academic studies and promote positive scholastic
  • achievements.
  • To bring law to life for students through active preparation for and participation in the
  • competitions.
  • The goal is not to win for the sake of winning, but to learn and understand the meaning of good.
  • Citizenship in a democracy vis-a-vis our system of law and justice. In this sense, all the students who participate will be winners.

Moderator: Mrs. DeAngelo-Mustillo


Model United Nations

Model UN is an extracurricular activity in which students imitate delegates to the United Nations and "model" UN committees. Students are assigned to take a certain country's position on a global issue and research to form a resolution. Conferences are hosted by MUN affiliated colleges or high schools and occur throughout the school year. At these conferences, students either solely or duly participate in a mock United Nations session. Club members will participate in meetings to discuss global issues and prepare for mock UN sessions. For the past 12 years Immaculata has earned over 110 awards and has established itself as a powerhouse team.

Assistant Moderator: Mrs. Romano


Photography Club

No previous knowledge is required. Students gather to share digital photographs and learn about how to take a successful and meaningful picture. Photographic mobile device applications and their advantages are explored, as well as Adobe Photoshop software as an enhancement and special effects tool. Scheduled photo shoots in the digital arts studio are an exciting addition as students have access to professional lighting and camera equipment. Students in the past have won awards at gallery exhibits and received scholarships.

Meetings are held every Thursday from 3:00-4:00 PM, Room 65-A

Moderator: Mr. DeVito


Pro Life/Respect Life

The Pro-Life Club is dedicated to promoting the Catholic Church's Respect life tenet: All human life is sacred from the first moment of conception until natural death. Through education, outreach, advocacy and prayer, student members demonstrate their Pro-Life Commitment, especially through their support of the annual March Life for Life, an annual Pro-Life/Respect Life Mass, and the Diocesan Teen Outreach promoting Catholic values, amongst other projects.

The club meets monthly, or as needed.

Moderator: Mrs. Dwyer


Spartan News Network

A weekly, pre-recorded news broadcast written, produced, directed, and edited by our students! No previous knowledge is required. The news broadcasts involve all students interested in any multimedia communications fields. We integrate and employ the full spectrum of hardware, software, and audio-visual technologies available in our digital arts studio. Guided by faculty member and award-winning movie producer, Mr. Joe DeVito, this program includes full instruction, demonstration, and application of professional techniques. Students use DSLR cameras and HD video, green screen backdrop, microphone equipment, and a complete Adobe software package for editing on our state-of-the-art iMac computers. Real-world scenario television studio production etiquette, terminology, care of equipment, scripting, researching, cue card creation, scheduling, and time management skills are also learned first-hand in this fluid, dynamic, and multifaceted process.

Meetings are scheduled in advance with Mr. DeVito and the Student News Team. All inquiries for involvement may be e-mailed directly to Mr. DeVito at jdevito@immaculatahighschool.org

Moderator: Mr. DeVito


Spartan Spirit Newspaper

The Spartan Spirit is a quarterly publication that highlight the major events that have taken place in the school, as well as spotlight students that embody the four pillars: faith, scholarship, friendship, and service. This student publication is written and produced by the students in the Journalism program.

Moderator: Mrs. DeaKyne


Student Council

In harmony with the school philosophy, the purpose of the Student Council shall be:

  • To serve as the official body for the expression of student opinion.
  • To promote student morale, school spirit, and general welfare of the student body.
  • To foster leadership and student involvement in school and community affairs.
  • To assist the faculty and administration in developing school policies pertaining to student behavior and dress.
  • To provide democratic school government through representation and participation of the student body in school affairs.

The Student Council shall be composed of an Executive Board elected in May of the previous school year and two representatives from each homeroom elected during the first full weeks of school.

STUDENT COUNCIL EVENTS

Each year, the Student Council sponsors many school events. From blood drives to dress down days and socials to the much anticipated Spartan Spirit, the Student Council officers work hard to create school events that not only promote school spirit but also school unity. Here is just a sample of some our Student Council-sponsored events.

LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP

The Immaculata Student Council Executive Board Members are required to attend a Leadership Training Conference (LTC) held each July at the College of New Jersey, sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC). This three day leadership skills camp unites members throughout the State to learn communication skills, public speaking skills, fund-raising projects, budgeting and event planning. In turn, our students meet every September with students from all grades for a leadership skills mini-camp of their own. This two hour meeting is the first step in running for student government positions at Immaculata.

DRESS DOWN DAYS

Students look forward to those special times throughout the year when they can leave their uniforms at home and wear their own clothes to school. These days are not just for students, but for those who are in need. Students make a donation to participate in dress down day. The money raised is then given to a designated organization in need. 'Dress down days' give students the opportunity to show off their individual styles while helping those who are less fortunate.

CLASS SOCIALS

Each class is invited to their own night of fun and festivities. Socials give classmates the opportunity to get to know each other in an environment less intimidating than the school hall ways and help to create a unified school environment.

SPARTAN SPIRIT

Experiencing the thrill of Spartan Spirit is a feeling a Spartan never forgets. It is unlike any other school event. Every February, the Immaculata Student Council sponsors this week long event characterized by school spirit, fun, silliness, and camaraderie.

Each class is assigned a color with which it has to develop a theme. In keeping with the theme students decorate lockers and homeroom doors, and create t-shirts, skits and cheers. Competitions throughout the week include penny wars and a food drive, with each event awarding classes with Spirit points.

The week culminates on Spartan Spirit Night when the school comes together for a night of friendly competition and endless fun with each class determined to come out on top. The envied prize—a casual dress down day for the winning team

Moderator: Ms. Palazzi


Video Club

No previous knowledge is required. Students gather to create Hollywood-style digital movies of their own conception, with full access to our state-of-the-art computer studio. Cameras, microphones, and professional software are available to explore and use for original productions. The club moderator, an award-winning movie producer, Mr. Joe DeVito, shares insight to the film industry and provides access to other professionals, as well as film festival events throughout the country. Students in the past have received awards at festivals, received scholarships, and participated in our Career Shadowing Program.

Meetings are held every Tuesday from 3:00-4:00 PM, Room 65-A.

Moderator: Mr. DeVito


Youth and Government

Youth and Government gives students the opportunity to participate in a simulation of the NJ State Government during a yearly conference held at the State House in Trenton. Students can propose new laws, propose changes to/repeal of existing laws, as well as many other aspects of state level government. This is a great chance to work on public speaking, debate skills, and networking with students from schools all over New Jersey.