Student Organizations

Art Club

Moderator: Mr. Jeff Van Kanegan

The Art Club of Quincy Notre Dame is formed in the first two weeks of school. (Students need not be enrolled in an Art class to be in the Club.) Meetings are usually held once a month. Students are involved in a variety of projects that may be school or community related. For example, the Art Club has made banners for our school Masses, murals/banners for the Quincy Service League Holiday Gift Show, and decorations for the QND Extravaganza. Students also do individual projects to challenge their creativity and are exposed to various art techniques and art styles by visiting the Quincy Art Center, the JWCC and QU art galleries.

English Club

Moderator: Mrs. Pat Lask

The English Club of Quincy Notre Dame is comprised of students interested in reading and writing. A meeting is held each month, with the organizational meeting taking place during the first few weeks of school. Every year the club creates the school’s “Buzz Book,” which is the fund-raiser for the organization. It also hosts the annual literary contest and Poetry Slam which are open to all QND students. The members attend area and community stage performances. Other events are planned by English Club members as their creativity, interest, and time allows.

German Club

Moderator: Mrs. Rose Weston

German Club is open to all students interested in the German language or the German culture.  You do not have to be in a certain grade nor do you have to be a student of German to be a member.

German Club is involved in many activities.  At Christmas time, club members decorate Gingerbread houses for the residents of St. Vincent’s home.  The members of German club also help set up and participate in activities for our annual German guests participating in the German American Partnership Program (GAPP) exchange.  GAPP is sponsored by the US State Department and the German Foreign Office.  Many German club members have partaken in this yearly with two week exchange to Germany.  It’s a great way to make the most of the German experience QND has to offer.

Key Club

Moderator: Ms. Amy Kaiser and Mrs. Mary Pat Vahlkamp

Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It’s a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving others. Members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities.

Today, Key Club exists on more than 5,000 high school campuses, primarily in the United States and Canada. Key Clubs also exist in many Caribbean nations, Central and South America, Asia and Australia.

The QND Key Club was chartered with Kiwanis International in 1959. It is one of the oldest continuously operating Key Clubs in the country. Under the sponsorship of the Quincy Noon and Breakfast Kiwanis Clubs, the QND Key Club gives high school students the opportunity to participate in the oldest student service organization in existence.

The QND Key Club has volunteered its services to the Adams County Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and their school. Key Club members are invited to co-sponsor projects with Quincy Noon Kiwanis, Breakfast Kiwanis and Circle K. In conjunction with adults they learn the need to return service to the community which supports them. Members work together to provide services for their school and community.

National website: www.keyclub.org

National Honor Society

Moderator: Mrs. Donna McCulloch

The National Honor Society (NHS) is an honor organization of members who have achieved a high degree of excellence during their four years at QND. Students who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average after their junior year are eligible for membership. Scholarship alone however, does not guarantee membership into the organization.

Consideration is also given to participation in school and community activities as well as work experience. Each teacher rates the students they have had in class or an extracurricular activity in three areas:

Leadership – Character – Service

These ratings are then tabulated and selection of members into NHS is made using predetermined criteria. Honor Society members are required to do service hours for school and community projects.

S.A.D.D.

Moderator: Mrs. Pat Lask

S.A.D.D. stands for Students Against Destructive Decisions.

This organization’s purpose is for students to become informed about and then encourage other students to choose healthy alternatives to dangerous decisions, particularly concerning drinking, drinking and driving, using drugs, and engaging in other harmful activities.

Toward these ends, meetings are held once a month (after school on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month) to discuss ideas and organize activities.

A two-tiered membership is in effect – Active members attend meetings, plan events, and take leadership roles. Associate members stand for the ideals of S.A.D.D. and participate as their other activities permit. They do not attend meetings because they have other commitments. In effect, every student in the school can be involved in S.A.D.D.

Spanish Club

Moderator: Mr. Joe Obert

Spanish Club is made up of juniors and seniors taking Spanish III and IV. We explore and experience Hispanic culture through foods, fiestas, games, movies, conversation, and trips. We have fun with the culture, as well as learning more.

Student Council

Moderators: Mr. Todd Klauser and Mr. Zach Robb

The Quincy Notre Dame Student Council, whose motto is “Improving Student Life”, is the governing organization of the student body. The Council consists of five executive board members (president, vice-president, recording secretary, corresponding secretary and treasurer), in addition to the officers of each class, and six representatives from each class.

The major fund-raiser for the Student Council is the Fall Magazine Drive. This provides money for the Council to run all Homecoming events, and join the Illinois Association of Student Councils and the Illinois Valley Division of Student Councils, which provide leadership workshops and conventions for their member schools. In addition, the Council provides services such as Teacher Appreciation Day, Raider Pride Week, and sports’ assemblies. The Council sponsors dances, raises food for the community food drives, helps the Knights of Columbus with their mass for the shut-ins, and helps with Catholic Schools Week.

Student Publications – Yearbook

Moderator: Mrs. Kathryn Untiedt

The Pride is Quincy Notre Dame’s yearbook which is produced each year by an enthusiastic staff. Creativity flourishes as editors and staff members put together a complete pictoral/historical book of the school year. Photographers, writers, layout personnel and those with computer skills are essential for this publication to be a success.

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