Getting involved in extracurricular activities is an important part of preparing for college. Admissions officers look for students who do well academically, as well as participate in sports and/or contribute as a member of a club.
At OLMA, we take this very seriously, so much so, that we’ve moved to a modified block schedule that allows for clubs to meet during the school day. On Thursday mornings, the schedule includes three 40-minute periods. One of them is lunch and the other two are for clubs. With 14 to choose from, including a quiet study hall, there’s something for everyone. Here’s what we’re offering right now:
Art Club | Moderator – Mrs. Helms
The art club is composed of students who desire a creative outlet here at OLMA. It is open to all students regardless of artistic ability. During our meetings, we will discuss different mediums, the latest craft trends (Pinterest), fundraising options, school decorations, and any topic of artistic interest. The art room will be open for artistic exploration during this time. The Art Club will be flexible in its function, to offer help as needed to the OLMA community.
Bake Club | Mr. Coyle
Love to bake? We do it every week and feast on our culinary creations. Bring your creativity to the table and bake to your heart’s content.
Chorus Angelorum | Moderator – Mrs. Blackshear
Our women’s chorus is truly a “Chorus of Angels.” We strive to sing three-part harmony. Our instrumental players include a cello, flute, and clarinets. We prepare for every liturgical and fun-filled event at OLMA. Come join us. All are welcome!
Creative Writing | Moderator – Mrs. Fortis
The Creative Writing Club is the ideal club for the poets, authors, and creative minds of tomorrow. This is an interactive club in which students can express themselves through words. Students of all grade levels and writing abilities have opportunities to write short stories, poems, and anything else that comes to mind. The end goal is to foster creativity so that students not only grow in their writing but also share ideas with others. Student work would then be published.
Debate Club| Moderator – Mr. Jarrell
On the issues that matter most to you – the students — the Debate Club offers a formal platform to voice opposing views. Experience the opportunity to volley real-life topics and join a forum to hone research and public-speaking skills. Besides building confidence, team players simply become better decision-makers.
Green Girls | Moderator – Mrs. DeValerio
The grass is certainly greener at Our Lady of Mercy Academy. Members of this club will work in our very own on-site greenhouse. We will plant vegetables, herbs , and flowers — and learn a bit of Botany along the way. At harvest time, we’ll share what we’ve grown with fellow students, as well as with the local community.
Interact | Moderators – Mrs. Kinkade and Mrs. Steiger
Interact is a youth-sized version of Rotary. It’s a club for students who want to connect with others in their community or school. Interact club members have fun while carrying out a wide variety of service projects that benefit the local community and the world. While Interact clubs receive guidance from individual Rotary clubs, they govern and support themselves. Our club will elect a Board of Directors made up of officers and committee heads. We’ll continue many of the activities we’ve done in the past and add new ones along the way. We will also participate in service activities that involve Interact club members from all over South Jersey. It’s a lot of fun and makes a world of difference. The club will be officially chartered this year making all who are in it “founding members” of OLMA Interact.
OLMA Ambassadors | Moderator – Mrs. Kinkade
If you love OLMA and want the world to love it too, this club is for you. Throughout the year, you will be called upon to represent OLMA and/or take a leadership role in various events and activities. You will also assist Mrs. Kinkade with maintaining and growing OLMA’s social media presence. You will help lead “Snapchat Takeover” days and learn more about how to use social media to boost school spirit and pride, as well as attract new students. Your busiest time of year will be in the fall when you will accompany Mrs. Kinkade and/or Mrs. Coyle to 40+ school visits. As part of the presentation team, you will have a speaking role and will lead the Q&A with students. You will use personal experiences to highlight all that’s special about OLMA and explain why it’s the best place for young women to spend their high school years. You will also get lots of public speaking experience – something that will come in handy when applying to colleges. OLMA Ambassadors must have a GPA of at least 3.0 to participate.
Peer Tutoring | Moderator – Mrs. Szawlewica and Mrs. Coyle
Upper classmen having demonstrated mastery in a specific subject area are welcome to provide assistance to other students as a peer tutor. Members of this club will work closely with Mrs. Coyle and will provide one-on-one or small group assistance as well as develop study plans.
Spanish Club | Moderator – Mrs. Coia
The Spanish Club and OLMA welcomes all levels of Spanish learning. The club provides members with extra cultural experiences in celebration of Hispanic holidays, music, art and cuisine. Spanish Club also promotes multicultural awareness within the OLMA community.
Student Government | Mrs. Donovan
OLMA Student Council members are elected by their fellow classmates to be their voice in the school. Officers listen to the ideas and opinions of students and then, if approved, they work to put them in place. They work through their moderator and request approval from the administration. They are responsible for incorporating the spirit of Sisterhood in all events. Major activities include holiday activities such as Advent Angels, the Semi , Sisterhood activities and so much more. Any suggestion can be given to a Student Council member and it will be presented at our meetings.
Yearbook | Moderator – Mrs. Helms
Use our state-of-the-art MAC lab to digitally create our 2017-2018 yearbook. Students will help obtain photos, design the pages, and create captions for this one-of-a-kind publication.
Quiet Study Hall | Moderator – Various Faculty Members
Some students recognize that receiving help from a peer tutor or having extra time to do work or can be very valuable. Those students should choose the quiet study hall as one of their top two required club selections.