Clubs & Organizations
ART CLUB- Ms. Bernard
Art club is a weekly meeting club which focuses on fun, seasonal crafts and new art experiences. Some projects might include: shrinky dinks, tie dying, pumpkin painting, pendant making, ornament crafting, working with clay, paint, and mod podge. The most important thing about art club is, we all have fun and support each other’s artistic endeavors. Art club is for everyone!!!
AUDITORIUM CREW TECHNICIANS - Mr. Ringrose
Auditorium Crew Technicians is composed of students who are responsible for the lighting, sound and stage management for productions in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium. Any interested student may join the Auditorium Crew.
This IHSA club meets every other week to discuss fishing practices and watch videos. Our meetings are in room 311 at 7:30 am. Meetings are usually 25 minutes. Based on weather conditions our club meets at Barth pond for practice on Sundays from 1:00-2:00. The 2014-15 Tournament dates April 25th Sectionals and May 9-10 State Final.
Blue Puzzle meets twice a month and is for students with Autism and students mentors. Student mentors may know someone with Autism or want to become more knowledgeable about Autism. Our goals include: creating awareness to school and community about Autism, providing a mentor program for students with Autism, and providing social opportunities in a safe environment to learn appropriate social skills.
BOOK CLUB -Ms. Beck
Book club is a student-led group of readers. We read a different book each month and meet to discuss it or participate in activities based on that book. The books we read are selected by group members, and are usually Abe Books. You can find out more at http://tinyurl.com/dgnbookclub or see Mrs. DeVincentis in the library. New members are always welcome.
CABLE 99- Mr. Waite
Students prepare, produce and air cable programming including, pre-recording video announcements, live sports telecasts, theater, news, and a game show originating from the North High TV Studio and viewed on local Cable Channel 29. Students also have opportunities to produce professional programs for paid contracts. Mr. John Waite Room 174.
The yearbook tries to record all of the exciting events of the school year. The staff meets daily. They schedule photos, design layouts, write copy, type copy and do all other tasks of book publication. Sophomores, juniors and seniors with above average grades and writing or photography talent are encouraged to apply for staff positions. The Cauldron may be purchased separately or as part of the publications ticket.
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS- Ms. McClellan
Circle of friends is a club that promotes lifelong friendships between students with disabilities and the student body at Downers Grove North. We meet to discuss opportunities for all students to be included in school and community activities. The hope is that students will form lasting, meaningful friendships along the way. Students are guided individually and in groups to promote awareness of disabilities and the importance of including everyone in our school community.
CHESS TEAM- Mr. Najjar
Chess Team is open to members interested in inter-school competition or recreational play. The team gives new players a chance to learn fundamentals and advanced players a chance to improve skills. Matches are played with West Suburban Conference schools and tournaments are attended statewide. The Chess Team also attends IHSA State Team Chess Tournament and the State Individual Chess Tournament. Practices Tuesday and Thursdays after school in the AV Classroom in the library.
Students organize and implement class activities, which are Homecoming, Spirit Week and concession stands at football games. They also fund raise to offset prom and graduation expenses. Senior board organizes prom and graduation activities. All members have an active role and say in voicing concerns through class board.
Class Board Advisor - Ms. Blatner
COLOR GUARD /WINTER GUARD- Ms. Zaragoza
Color guard is a flag team composed of members from the Marching Band. The students perform routines at community events, school assemblies and home football games. Band members interested in performing flag routines with tryout in February.
Direct Action is a community service club that works to “make a difference”. Volunteer opportunities are available for students to pick and choose activities of interest that benefit our school, community and charitable causes. A goal of the club is to encourage students to make volunteering a way of life. Faculty Cafe 3:30-4:30 Tuesday
DECA is an organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. DECA enhances the preparation for college and careers by connecting to businesses, the community, and promoting competition. Students will have the opportunity to go to business seminars such as those put on by the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, and Great America to name a few. They will also be invited to a leadership seminar put on by high ranking business people describing their careers and how leadership will enhance success in the business world. Civic activities and business competitions are also a part of this group’s activities for the year.
DRAMA CLUB/THESPIAN– Ms. Velazquez
Membership in the Drama Club is open to all students. Members are encouraged to work on, perform in or usher for the many dramatic productions at North High. Club members also attend theater productions at high school, community and professional levels. Drama Club members learn to appreciate theater in all forms whether they choose acting, technical or managerial duties. Students who fulfill 100 hours of theater experience in two of those three areas are inducted into the International Thespian Society. The Thespians at North High are Troupe 1856. Room 248.
ELITE stands for Everyday Leadership Inspired Through Example. This program. Which originated from merging key components of the B2B Fall Leadership Weekend and the J. Kyle Braid Leadership Organization, works with North students to help them reach their leadership potential. ELITE was created to give students a voice about activities that take place throughout the year and provide opportunities to lead by example. Students who are part of ELITE are looking to enhance the overall student experience at North by creating activities for the student body and strengthening the community in our building. Every fall, ELITE hosts the Fall Leadership Weekend held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Contact Mrs. Hurley at Mhurley@csd99.org or Mr. Mirandola at Mmirandola@csd99.org
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is the Career and Technical Student Organization for Family and Consumer Science students. FCCLA is designed for those students enrolled or interested in the areas of Foods, Fashion, Interior Design, Childcare, and Teaching. FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become better leaders in their families, careers and communities. Members have the opportunity to demonstrate leadership skills through participating at leadership conferences, regional and state competitions, as well as organizing North’s Dress Drive and Blood Drive. FCCLA meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month after school in the foods room 217. Contact Ms. Kordecki and Mrs. Tajak in the CTE office 211.
French Club -Ms. Houlihan
French Club provides all students enrolled in a French class with unique opportunities to interact with native speakers while participating in culturally enriching events. Activities planned for this year are cooking classes (taught in French), field trips to see a Canadian folk band and Parisian jazz band with a private meeting before the concert, fencing lessons, pétanque (a French sport) taught by French members of the Chicago Pétanque Club, and more! Members who are in higher levels of French benefit from more challenging activities such as conversation brunches and dinners at restaurants throughout Chicago. Follow French Club on Twitter @DGNFrenchClub.
GERMAN CLUB- Herzlich Willkommen!
We're proud to announce German Club's inaugural year here at North. From monthly Bundesliga competitions to Oktoberfest, the GAPP exchange program, a visit to Chicago’s Christkindlmarkt and various cultural evenings, we're geared up for an exciting year! Open to all levels of German and also those simply interested in German culture. Please contact Frau Schaedel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Frau Burritt (email@example.com) for more information.
GOVERNMENT CLUB- Mr. Lichtenberg
Government Club is an organization for any student interested in participating in civic activities, which will enhance their understanding of one’s role and responsibilities in a participatory democracy. The club aims to create leaders within our school community and provide opportunities for students to put the principles of civic learning into action. Activities include campaign opportunities, local government opportunities, voter registration drives, mock elections, election workers, peer jury, youth summit, and political discourse forums.
HOMECOMING STEERING COMMITTEE -Mr. Glazier, Ms. Wostratzky, Ms. Ricklefs, Ms. McDonald, & Ms. Spahr-Thomas - Homecoming Steering Committee is a fall activity that revolves around the Homecoming Week. The committee consists of an assembly committee, a dance committee, a parade/elections committee, and a publicity committee.
INTERNATIONAL THESPIAN SOCIETY– Ms. Velazquez
Theatre students who fulfill a minimum of 100 hours of theatre experience in two different areas while working on productions at North High are eligible to be inducted into North High’s chapter of the International Thespian Society, Troupe 1856. Members I good standing are eligible to be invited to attend the Illinois High School Theatre Festival every January.
INVESTMENT CLUB - Mr. Calder
Investment club will be returning for a second year in 2014. The club will meet 3-4 times per semester in room 300 from 7:00 - 7:45 AM. Participates will study topics such as money management principles, how to deal with risk, types of investments, how to pick stocks, how to save for retirement, what factors cause stock market swings, etc. Also, students will be given $100,000 to invest in an online stock market contest. Prizes will be awarded for the most successful investors throughout the year! Meetings: Held 3-4 times per semester in room 300 from 7:00 - 7:45 AM. We have not yet set specific dates for these meetings. In addition to the meetings, the students will participate in an ongoing investment competition throughout the year.
IWILL- Mr. Heinz
The Independent Women in Leadership League, was founded in 2012 and focuses on two goals: activism in and service to both the school and the community to combat negative messages and images. The group volunteers with the Run for Her Life 5K, sponsors a Women’s Leadership Panel in March, and works with other groups to promote a balanced understanding of all people. The group meets the first Thursday of the month in room 271 at 7:30 and 3:30.
MATH TEAM- Ms. Heiwig
The math buffs of the school meet to sharpen their skills and to explore math concepts in depth. Members practice for and participate in contests on the national, state and conference level- practice Tuesdays from 7:20am - 7:50am OR 3:25pm - 4:00pm in Room 359.
MODEL UN -Mr. Rogala
Model United Nations is a club open to students interested in foreign policy, diplomacy, and current world issues. Club members meet throughout the year to debate, develop position papers, which will be presented at various model U.N. events. Student who wish may participate in various model U.N. competitive simulations around the state.
Membership is opened to qualified juniors and seniors who meet the Scholarship grade point requirement of 3.5, Leadership, Service and Character guidelines established by National Honor Society. A faculty committee reviews students’ applications and students are inducted upon completion of the service requirement. Student Café/Room 349 Peer Tutoring -Ms. Burritt.
Published once a year by students interested in creative writing, Northwind offers students the opportunity to publish their prose and poetry and to read the creative work of their peers. Northwind is sold as part of the publications ticket. Mondays after school Room 270.
N-ZONE– Mr. Mirandola
N-Zone is a student-centered organization that will facilitate the resurgence of school pride and enhance the overall climate at Downers Grove North. Members of the N-Zone support varsity athletics by spreading enthusiasm in school and establishing a positive, energetic student section at athletic contests. Meetings will be held prior to each athletic season. Follow us on Twitter @dgNzone.
The student newspaper is produced by members of the Journalism I and II classes and other interested students. Partially funded by student activity tickets, the paper is free to publication ticket holders and available to others at a small fee for each issue. Meets during Advanced Journalism Class every day Room 260.
ORCHESIS- Ms. Driscoll, Ms. Stachon
Orchesis, a co-ed dance group, allows students the opportunity to expand their dance and choreography experiences. Open to a variety of dance types, from tap to lyrical, from ballet to hip-hop, this group performs a culminating show in winter compiled of original student pieces. This group competes to perform in the Illinois High School Dance Festival and attends this festival in May as well. Professional choreographers and teachers are also brought in to give the group outside exposure to dance.
This adventurous group offers opportunities to take camping trips and to participate in activities such as rock climbing, caving, cross country skiing, canoeing, hiking, and biking. In the process, members develop a sense of environmental awareness. This environmental awareness leads to activities that help preserve our outdoors such as recycling.
The Peer Mediation group provides opportunities for students to talk through their problems with their peers while identifying solutions during the process. This type of environment promotes a safe atmosphere for students to talk with other students while removing the fear that an adult authority will judge their behaviors, thoughts or feelings. Peer mediation is voluntary and conducted in a confidential setting during the school day. Students interested in becoming Peer Mediators are selected during their sophomore year and go through an intensive 12-hour training course while learning to resolve disputes through a six step model.
Prism is a Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) designed to make students at North aware of social issues and to promote equality and understanding about these social issues including alternative ways of life/lifestyles. A major goal of the club is to create awareness of the diversity in the school community and offer students a club with a safe and open environment.
PSYCHOLOGY CLUB- Ms. Roberts
The Psychology Club is a student organization composed of juniors and seniors who express an interest in the field of Psychology. The goal of the club is to encourage, promote, and build a greater understanding of the field of psychology and to facilitate interaction among students. The activities of the club consist of guest speakers, presentations, after school movie/video events, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and special awareness days/weeks.
SCIENCE CLUB- Mr. Grant
Science club members apply scientific concepts to build and maintain tools for teaching and learning science at North High. So far these tools include the courtyard pond, Thompson ring finger, and the PVC water-balloon launcher. We’d like to build more tools every year! Members also participate in scientific demos, discussion, and competition throughout the year. Room 306 3:30 pm.
SCHOLASTIC BOWL- Ms. Wlodek Holland
The Scholastic Bowl Team competes in the area of academics. Team members compete in mathematics, social studies, literature, science and fine arts. Matches are set up with the different schools throughout the state.
SKILLS USA - TBD
Skills USA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry representatives working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA is designed for those students enrolled or interested in the areas of Engineering, Architecture, 3D Animation & Web Design, and Robotics. Skills USA is a national organization assisting students to excel as a leader in their area. Member will have the opportunity to demonstrate these leadership skills through participating at regional and state competitions, as well as an architectural field trip. Meeting are at 7:30 am the 3rd Wednesdays of the month (schedule may vary) in room 121
Instruction for the novice skier, trips to nearby downhill ski areas in Wisconsin, and a weekend trip to Michigan open the world of skis and snow to North High students.
A community sponsored leadership program that uses group experiences and instruction to help teens deal with the issues of adolescent life. It follows the framework of a prevention program operated for and by teens, with adult support. Operation Snowball’s purpose is to bring together teenagers and experts to share information and to develop positive attitudes toward life through an informal, social experience.
SPANISH CLUB- Ms. Fernandez
The Spanish club at Downers Grove North is an extracurricular organization composed of students interested in the Spanish language and the various Spanish-speaking cultures around the world. Students, as a result of their membership, will increase their exposure to the culture and the customs of Spanish-speaking people in the United States and around the world through culturally related events. Additionally, the organization will help to organize and participate in both fundraising and philanthropy activities. All students, no matter their proficiency in the language, are encouraged to join Spanish Club. If you are interested in finding out more about our events, follow Spanish Club on Twitter at Trojan Sombrero.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS- Ms. Hartsfield
D99 Special Olympics is a district-wide program for DGN, DGS, and Transition students with cognitive impairments. All players must register and qualify under the Special Olympics Illinois requirements. We currently offer basketball during the winter season and track and field during the spring season. There are opportunities for students without disabilities to volunteer in many capacities. Our goal is to increase school spirit and participation for students with special needs as well as to increase their athletic skills, teamwork, and socialization opportunities. All interested Special Olympics players and student volunteers should contact Mr. Ahrens (DGS), Ms. Jaros (DGN), or Mr. Drenth (Transition).
SPEECH TEAM- Ms. Carlson
Speech team gives students the opportunity to act, write, and argue in various interpretive and public speaking events. With the help of a coach, the student learns to select, cut, rehearse, and perform material for competition. Speech team members deepen their appreciation of literature and drama while they practice their skills competing across the state, earning both personal and team recognition at invitational and IHSA tournaments. Students who participate may also qualify for the National Forensic League, an honorary organization.
Student Council is made up of energetic and enthusiastic students who have a strong interest in their school. Members represent the student body in issues of concern to students. Council is also responsible for creating fun activities, working in the community, and involving the student body. Interested students should contact their counselor.
STEPPERS (IMANI) - Ms. Houston
Imani is a co-ed dance club that specializes in a form of dance known as stepping. Step is a rhythmic combination of clapping and stomping that often tells a story or portrays a mood or theme. This group practices twice a week and competes once a year at the west suburban steppers competition. Participants may join for one or all of the three seasons: fall, winter and spring.
TABLE TOP GAMING - Mr. Szymanski
This weekly club is open to all students interested in learning about and playing the trading card game Magic: the gathering. The club gives new players the chance to learn how to play and gives experienced players the chance to improve their skills. At each gathering students get the chance to play, trade, and discuss magic cards as well as general socialization. The club supports multiple formats of play as well as helping students create decks and skills that they may use at local tournaments if they wish.
THEATER PRODUCTIONS- Mr. Pappageorge
Theater productions at North consist of main stage comedies, dramas, and one musical a year which is performed in the Clarence Johnson Auditorium, as well as intimate or experimental plays done in our Studio Theater. Opportunities are created not only for students to perform in the shows, but to work on sets, props, costumes, lights, sound, and publicity. Special opportunities are also created for students to assist the directors on the main stage shows and even direct their own shows in the Studio Theater.
WDGC RADIO CLUB- Mr. Waite
This organization consists of students interested in broadcast communications. The students operate the on-air 250-watt stereo radio station daily throughout the year. Students do everything from DJing to fund raising and promotions to equipment repair and engineering.
The Women in STEM club strives to provide an opportunity for students to follow their passions within the STEM fields. We are developing leaders that are making a difference in the world. Within the club we are creating a network to allow students to learn from each other, former students, and women involved in STEM careers.
DGN YOGA CLUB – Ms. McDonald
Students come to relax, stretch and start their day out feeling energized and ready to attack the day! Yoga can help students lower their stress, relieve anxiety, improve brain function, increase flexibility, build stronger bones & improve their sense of balance. All students are welcome to join in the fun. Dress comfortably, bring a towel and water. Mats are provided unless students prefer to use their own mats from home.