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High School Clubs: F to R

Interested? Contact the moderator or complete the Club Interest Form.

Film Makers Club

Do you like to make videos? Students in the Film Makers Club storyboard their own video ideas, fueled by their imaginations! The group has produced a wide range of videos for St. John's, from satirical news shows they write, produce and edit, to SJP commercials. Also, their  spooky Halloween video filmed in the tunnels beneath the school was a hit, and their snow day announcement video is a classic. Meetings are on Tuesdays after school in K215, 2:45 pm to 4 pm. Mr. Weidenaar is the club moderator.

Future Entrepreneurs

Future Entrepreneurs is an opportunity for our students to learn business concepts including market research, product development, financing and advertising.  Alumni guest speakers, team projects and in-house competitions will encourage students to explore their interests and talents and tap into their adventurous side. Future Entrepreneurs will be moderated by faculty member Mr. Rob Tyler

Game Design Club

As part of the Game Design Club, students meets weekly to learn and to practice programming video games. Every couple of weeks, students will vote on game ideas and then work as a team to design a game. Students work in groups to code the games in Java or Godot (tutorials are available), design the rules and levels, and create the art and sounds of the game. The final part of the club is to play and share the games that they create. The club faculty moderator is Mr. Ben Weidenaar.

German Club

This student-run organization's goal is the promotion and appreciation of the German culture through sport, food and film. Highlights of the year are the annual Oktoberfest and Christmas party, and hosting the foreign language club soccer tournament. The club moderator is Mr. Christopher Lynch.

Greek & Latin Club

Members of the Greek and Latin Club participate in monthly activities that immerse them into the history, mythology, architecture & culture of Classical Greece & Rome. One student from each grade is elected to serve as a senator for the year, and they are responsible for planning, advertising and executing each month's activity. Past events have included trivia contests, movie screenings, a philosophical symposium, and an Ugly Toga contest. A mock Greek Olympics and a Graeco-Roman board game day have been planned for the upcoming year as well. The Greek and Latin Club is open to all students, and every effort is made to plan activities that include both Middle School and High School students.. Moderator is Mr. Michael Russo.

History Club

The History club facilitates discussion about history and politics and organizes field trips to historic sites of interest. This group also participates in web-based historical simulation games. The club moderator is Mr. Charles Newhall.

Improv Club

The Improv Club seeks students who are the creative type, quick on their feet, who love to be the center of attention, and have the call to comedy to join the Improv Club. Meets in the Black Box Theater located in Ryken Hall. Improv performs after school and at school events. Ms. Elizabeth Dobrowolski is moderator.

Investment Club

The Investment Club's mission is to introduce students to the basics of personal finance and investing.  This mission is accomplished through regular meetings that consist mainly of two parts.  First, students are given tutorials on investment techniques, such as the stock market, the bond market, and the mutual fund market.  Secondly, and most practically, students then put their knowledge to work by managing a real money portfolio of stocks, bonds and mutual funds.  Students propose, research and present new investment ideas, which are then voted on by the all the members.  The Club is moderated by Mr. David Hennessey '83, an SJP economics teacher, and Michael Carlson, a registered financial advisor.

Jewish Student Union

The St. John's Prep Jewish Student Union fosters awareness of the Jewish tradition through regularly scheduled club meetings, field trips and celebrations. All members of the Prep community are welcome to join, whether one is Jewish; is interested in Judaism; wants to support a Jewish classmate; has family or friends who are Jewish; or just wants to be a member of a dynamic Prep club. The Faculty Moderator is Ms. Mary Kiley.

Latinos Unidos en Acción (LUNA)

Latinos Unidos en Acción (L.U.N.A.) is a multicultural club that spreads cultural awareness throughout the campus. L.U.N.A. is a place to build bonds, meet new friends and a safe haven for ALL students of different cultures and backgrounds. Through community service, toy drives, bake sales, and other events, we support and aid those in need in our communities. Club moderator is Señora Sofia Sidmore.

Math Team

The Math Team meets after school once a week, on Thursdays, to improve problem solving skills. On the first Thursday of each month from October through March, there is a math competition with other North Shore schools. The team moderator is Ms. Sarah Percuoco.

Mock Trial Club

Mock Trial Club meets to analyze and practice court trial strategies and procedures, culminating with participation in actual trial competitions against other school mock trial teams.  The club moderator is Ms. Gail Dennig.

Model UN

Model UN explores world issues through simulations of the various UN committees. Club members research and debate world issues as representatives of various nations. Debate takes place informally at club meetings, and more formally at interscholastic day or weekend conferences. The club meets most Wednesdays after school. The club moderator is Ms. Pamela Bronder-Giroux.

National Honor Society

The Brother Benjamin Chapter of the National Honor Society is intended to create an enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote worthy leadership, and to encourage the development of character in students at St. John's Preparatory School. Moderator of Mr. John Munro. Look for eligibility requirements and details here.

Outdoor Adventure Club

Outdoor Adventure sponsors regular outdoor activities that are open to the entire school community. Some outings take place after school, while others occur on the weekend. A sample of activities includes: hiking, mountain biking, indoor/outdoor rock climbing, stand-up paddle boarding, fresh/saltwater fishing, snowshoeing, and surfing. Outdoor Adventure also sponsors an annual Outdoor Adventure Film Festival which features short outdoor themed films created by students. In addition, there is an annual outdoor adventure trip with an itinerary filled with adventurous activities. Previous trips have visited North Carolina, Colorado, Alaska, Panama, and Costa Rica. The Outdoor Adventure is moderated by Mr. Chris Bauer and Mr. Chris Borgatti

Pax Christi SJP

As part of a national faith-based movement, Pax Christi SJP seeks to witness to faithful discipleship through prayer, study and action and to proclaim the gospel of justice and peace in our society. Members of this group meet one morning each week to pray for peace and sponsor activities that promote non-violence as a way of life. Mr. William Mackinson is the Pax Christi club moderator.

Philosophy Club

The Philosophy Club provides students the opportunity to discuss classical and contemporary philosophical questions and their connection to our lived human experience. The Club meets approximately every two weeks on Friday afternoon in an informal and relaxed setting. Readings are sometimes provided. Documentaries and films are also viewed for discussion. Topics and films are selected by the students. All are welcome! The club faculty moderator is Mr. Alexander Roche.

Photography Club

The Photography Club is a small club open to all grade levels. It meets weekly to learn about photography and to share, critique, and improve their photos. Every other week a new topic and photography assignment is introduced, from iPhone mastery to color contrast and saturation. In addition to learning about the art of photography members are also introduced to and given time to practice and utilize photo editing tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. Mr. Tony Caccavo is the club moderator.

Piece of Mind Literary Group

Piece of Mind is a collection of student essays, poetry and artwork, which is published online on the Prep website. All students are encouraged to submit their work for publication and/or help with the necessary tasks to get this publication ready to go to press. The faculty moderator is Mr. Rob O'Brien.

Prep Pride Club

The Prep Pride Club provides fan support at SJP athletic and extra-curricular events. The club has a variety of pre and post game activities which include tailgates, sign making, etc. All students are welcome to take part in all Prep Pride Club activities during the school year. Come cheer on our teams and show your Prep Pride this year! The club moderator is Mr. Michael Orlando '02.

Prom Planning Committees

The Junior and Senior Prom Planning Committees allow interested juniors and seniors to help coordinate and plan their prom experiences. Work with the Office of Student Life to coordinate event details like ticket and tuxedo information, chaperones, and prom favors. Listen for announcement and look for emails as each prom season begins in order to participate. The committee moderator is Mr. Michael Orlando '02.

Robotics Team

The Robotics Team currently competes in the FIRST Tech Challenge as the Mecha-Eagles.  Meeting three times a week during most of the school year, the team designs, builds, and programs robots that compete in competitions with other Massachusetts and American high schools.  Members learn not only about the technical aspects of designing robots and the basics of engineering, but also about how teams must work together on large projects to create things that no one alone could even begin to achieve.  The robots for competition must fit inside an 18" cube, but the team has also been working on a 5' tall humanoid robot to demonstrate on campus and beyond -- Project RANDALL.  No previous experience with robots is required for new members. Faculty moderators are Ms. Lisa Standring and Mr. Bernard Gilmore.
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