Clubs & Organizations
ARTWORKS- Ms. Kelly
North High’s Art Club meets weekly to experience a variety of crafts. Activities include decorating cookies, carving pumpkins, making mosaics, melting glass, tie dying t-shirts and a variety of student-led ideas. This club allows you to put a little bit of time into being creative. Membership is open to all North High students.
AUDITORIUM CREW TECHNICIANS- Mr. Miller
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.
BASS FISHING- Mr. Guerrieri, Mr. Grant
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- Ms. Geraghty, Ms. Virostko
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. DeVincentis
Book club is a student-led group of readers. We read different books each month and meet to discuss it or participate in activities based on that book. The books or genres 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 and online programming including video announcements, live sports telecasts, news, talk shows, and a game show originating from the North High TV Studio. Programming can be found online and on local Comcast Cable Channel 16. Mr. John Waite Room 174.
CAULDRON/YEARBOOK- Ms. Smith/ Ms. Abrahamsen
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. Our meeting days are Tuesdays both at 7:30am and 3:30 pm. check announcements or social media for updated days each month.
CHESS TEAM- Mr. Najjar
Chess Team is open to members at any skill level 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 the IHSA State Team Chess Tournament and the State Individual Chess Tournament. Practices are held on Mondays and Thursdays after school in room 260.
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 2020- Ms. VanWetering, Ms. McDonald
Class 2019- Ms. Passarelli, Ms. Beer
Class 2018- Ms. Moore, Ms. O’Dell
Class 2017-Ms. Driscoll, Mr. Melie
Class Board Advisors - Ms. Blatner, Mr. Mirandola
COLOR GUARD /WINTER GUARD- Ms. Zaragoza
Color guard is a flag team that is a part of the Marching Band. These students perform routines at community events, school assemblies and home football games. Winter Guard is the competitive season, where members dance and spin flags, rifles, and sabres. Interested students do not have to be in a band class, and should attend informational clinics and tryouts in April/May. Website: https://sites.google.com/csd99.org/dgncolorguard/
COMPUTER GAMING CLUB- Mr. Michie
Computer Gaming Club members meet to discuss, play, and review computer games appropriate for the school environment. This club is open to all students interested in gaming and we meet every other Tuesday in the Library Gallery.
DIRECT ACTION- Ms. Brown & Ms. Mangelsdorf
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 Thursday. Website: https://sites.google.com/a/csd99.org/direct-action/
DECA- Mr. Baca
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, and Chicago Bulls 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- Mr. Pappageorge
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/JKB - Ms. Gilbert, Mr. Mirandola
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 Ms. Gilbert or Mr. Mirandola.
FCCLA - Ms. Tajak, Ms. Kordecki
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 Blood Drive. FCCLA meets various Wednesdays 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 with an interest in the French language and francophone culture with unique opportunities to interact with native speakers and participate in culturally enriching events. Yearly activities past, present and future include: cooking French dishes or baking desserts (lessons are taught in French and students work in groups to recreate the dishes), field trips to the Lyric Opera/theatre, NBA games to meet French speaking players post game, brunch/dinner at a French restaurant or bakery, French poetry slam and cabaret night, trips to see French bands live in concert, fencing lessons, creating traditional Moroccan ceramic tiles, a trip to Quebec for the winter Carnaval in February and more! Follow French Club on Twitter @DGNFrenchClub
GERMAN CLUB- Herzlich Willkommen!
Welcome to German Club! Would you like to join? Just fill out an Activity Form and check your e-mail on a regular basis. We kick off the year with a Brat eating contest against DGS at Downers Grove’s Oktoberfest, march in the homecoming parade, get ready to watch a Chicago Fire soccer game in October, bake cookies for Thanksgiving, visit the Chicago's Christkindlemarkt and plan various cultural evenings for the remainder of the year. Open to all levels of German and also those simply interested in German culture. Please contact Frau Burritt () 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, Dr. 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. Mr. Glazier – organizes the Homecoming Olympics Ms. Ricklefs & Dr. Wostratzky (change to her married name listed – formerly Ms. Kezios) responsible for Homecoming Dance. Ms. McDonald & Ms. Spahr-Thomas – responsible for parade, Homecoming Court elections, and publicity of dance
INVESTMENT CLUB - Mr. Calder
Investment Club will be returning for a fourth year in 2016. The club will meet once a month on Tuesday morning in room 312 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. They will team up and try to figure out a way to “beat the market”. 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!
IWILL- Ms. Simos
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 in the school and in the North community, often partnering with other groups to promote a balanced understanding of all people. The group meets non-Late Start Wednesdays 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. Juniors and seniors practice on Tuesdays & Thursdays in Room 359 @ 7:15 am freshmen and sophomores practice on Tuesdays in Room 363 @ 7:15 am.
MODEL UN- Mr. Wander Information to follow
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY- Ms. Graham, Ms. Carlson
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,
NORTHWIND- Mr. Waite, Mr. Voelker
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. Mondays after school Room 270.
N-ZONE- Ms. Hurley, Mr. Himes
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 held prior to each athletic season. Follow us on Twitter @dgNzone.
OMEGA NEWSPAPER- Ms. Levin, Mr. Landschoot
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 everyday Room 260.
OPERATION SNOWBALL - Mr. Bullock
Operation Snowball is a leadership program that uses peer-led retreat experiences to teach and support students’ personal development. Snowball addresses important topics and challenges unique to teens and encourages wellness through a substance prevention framework. Snowball brings together students, staff, and experts in an informal and fun social experience to create relationships and build a community of caring. Retreats are hosted in late fall and late winter.
ORCHESIS- Ms. Driscoll
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.
OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLUB- Mr. Ruffolo, Mr. Dvorkin
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.
PEER MEDIATION- Mr. Kittinger, Ms. Talavera
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- Ms. Tomek, Ms. Graham
Prism is a Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA) designed to promote an awareness of the significant diversity in our school community. A major goal of Prism is to educate and encourage understanding as well as promoting equality surrounding alternative ways of life/lifestyles. This club offers students a safe and open environment to interact with friends and advocates.
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.
SADD- Mr. Bullock
SADD is a project-based club that encourages safety, health, and wellness to the school community. Students help plan and promote programs and events throughout the year including Red Ribbon Week in October and Drug Facts Week in January. SADD partners with our mostteens@dgn program, Operation Snowball, and Project Purple.
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.
SIGN LANGUAGE - Information to follow
SKILLS USA - Ms. Palmerin
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. Contact Ms. Palmerin in the CTE office 211.
SKI and SNOWBOARD CLUB- Ms. VanWetering, Ms. McDonald
Ski and snowboard club is designed for skiers and snowboarders of all levels. Lessons are provided at most resorts. Members take day long trips to nearby downhill ski areas in Wisconsin and northern Illinois. We open the world of skis, snowboards, and snow to North High Students.
SNOWBALL- Mr. Leslie, Mr. Bullock, Ms. Sprengel
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 @Trojan_Sombrero. “….or join our Remind by clicking here to get text updates.”
SPECIAL OLYMPICS- Ms. Jaros
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- Ms. Wostratzky, Ms. Ricklefs
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.
STEM/Girls in Science- Ms. Flanagan Information to follow
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.
STUDENTS AGAINST DESTRUCTIVE DECISIONS- Mr. Bullock, Mr. Leslie
Students involved in S.A.D.D. try to make students and parents more aware of the problems of drinking and driving.
TABLE TOP GAMING - Mr. Szymanski
This weekly club is open to all students who are interested in playing the new generation of table top games. This includes both board and card games. Students choose games that can vary widely based on the preferences of the students themselves. Students can enjoy cooperative games where there is no conflict and they are working together against the game or they can choose a game that is very strategic and nothing is left to chance. These games range from high skill and experience level to beginners who have never played a game before. This club meets in Room 319 every Wednesday right after school.
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.
WOMEN IN STEM– Ms. Flanagan
The Women in STEM club strives to provide an opportunities for students to follow their passions within the STEM fields. We are developing leaders that will 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.