Adventure Club

All that love thrills and seek adventure are welcome in this club!!!  We’re all about having fun and exploring the hidden treasures of Chicago and surrounding suburbs.   Previous outings have included segwaying in the city, going to Statesville Haunted prison, extreme trampolining, laser tag, rock climbing, and whirlyball.  We will be meeting on Thursdays after school to talk and plan our monthly outings.  Meeting dates & times: TBD.

For more information about Adventure Club, please contact Ms. Jarosz.


African-American Male Leadership Group

African-American Male Leadership Group video!!!

African American Male Leadership Group is a support group centered on giving students an opportunity to take leadership in helping the school, helping the community, and having a voice to discuss issues faced by young African American Males. While this group does focus on African American Male issues, it is open to all males to attend- regardless of racial or ethnic background. We hope that through this group, students will be encouraged to pursue their futures beyond high school in a way that overturns negative stereotypes of African American men in society and leaves a legacy for future students to follow.

For more information regarding the African American Male Leadership Group, please contact Mr. Davis.


Athletes Committed to Excellence (ACE)

Athletes Committed to Excellence video!!!!

ACE (Athletes Committed to Excellence) is a group of athletes who are committed to making the school and community a better place.  They are guided by the following mission statement and committed to:

  • honoring the athletic code by leading an alcohol and other drug free lifestyle.
  • achieving academic excellence -  (3.0 or better).
  • supporting all the sporting teams at DGS.
  • participating in school & community service projects.
  • acting as a positive role model at school and in the community.

Main events:

Leadership Day – Work with ACE  students to  design activities that address issues common to DGS athletes.  The day is packed with interactive activities, cooperative work and brainstorming.

Objective –  not only to improve each individual,  but every team as well as the school

Spirit Week – Help create and promote activities for the staff and students to get involved in spirit week and the pep assembly. 

Mustang Stampede – ACE students  create skits and interactive  activities  for the local elementary schools.  The day is spent sending positive messages on the topics of self-esteem, respect, school spirit, good decision making, and reinforcing  Character Counts  characteristics.

For more information regarding ACE, please contact Ms. HoelMr. Molinari, or Mr. Stapleton.


Anime Club

For information regarding Anime Club, please contact Mr. Gales.


Art Club

Art Club video!!!

Art Club is for any student who is interested in the visual arts and wishes to express themselves creatively. Art Club is a place to meet people with a common interest in the arts. Art Club meets every other Tuesday, after school in C160 with Ms. Lynn.  Members participate in school and community related activities that may involve making posters, signs, props and decorations. Members of Art Club participate in a range of creative, artistic and craft projects which touch on various interests and talents. Some of these activities may include:

  • Button Making
  • Candle Decorating
  • Hand-made Cards
  • Stamping
  • Jewelry Making
  • Beading
  • Shrinky Dink
  • Puzzles
  • Sculpting
  • Face Painting
  • Graphic Design (for Calliope, Literary Arts Magazine)

For more information regarding Art Club, please contact Ms. Lynn.


Bass Fishing

The Bass Fishing Club is a group of students that fish on the weekends during the spring and fall. Students have the opportunity to fish on land and boats. The club meets once a week during the spring and fall. Students are involved in various fishing activities, clinics and conservation projects. Anglers can fish in tournament invites and the top anglers will compete in IHSA tournaments.  This is a great opportunity for students that might not be involved in typical sports to enjoy nature, camaraderie and the art form that is fishing. Students will learn from coaches and peers on ways to improve their techniques and catch more fish. Fishing is for everyone, so all are welcome!

For more information regarding the DGS Fishing Club, review the bass fishing PDF or contact Mr. Kud.


Blueprint (newspaper)

Newspaper Club

Newspaper Club video!!!

Newspaper club meets at 3:30 PM on Tuesdays in room A310. Students have the opportunity to learn the basics of journalistic writing, as well as write articles for the school newspaper, the Blueprint.  Students also write for the Blueprint's webpage. 

For more information regarding Newspaper Club, please Contact Ms. Alore.


Book Club

Book Club video!!!

The Mustang Book Club provides a great opportunity to meet other students who like to read and talk about books.  The book club meets about once a month for snacks and book discussions.  Every year the Mustang Book Club also holds a fundraiser to raise money to purchase library books for an underfunded school in Chicago.  We take a trip down to the city to read to the students and donate our new books. If service and great book discussions is for you, then Mustang Book Club is your club!

For more information regarding Book Club, please contact Ms. Rogers or Ms. Alore.


Calliope Literary Magazine

Calliope Literary Magazine video!!

Calliope is Literary Magazine for DGS.  We host a weekly writers' club meeting and produce the literary and fine arts magazine. Our meetings are held the first three Wednesdays of the month in the photography room, C160 from 3:30 to 4:30

Focus:

  1. We share our own writing and  get feedback from others.
  2. We select poetry, prose and artwork to go into our publication(s).
  3. We develop a theme for each publication.
  4. We design the layout, cover and graphics for inside the publication.

If you like to write (or create art) but don’t want to attend these meetings, students are encouraged to submit their original works to:

Mr. Kuhn or Ms. Rowley.

All visual art should be sent electronically to Ms. Ross.

For more information on the Calliope Literary Magazine, please contact Mr. KuhnMs. Rowley, or Ms. Ross


Caribbean Soul Dance Troupe

Caribbean Soul Dance Troupe video!!!

Mission Statement: Our mission is to allow students the opportunity to learn and execute various Latin Dances, keep the love for Latin and Afro- Caribbean music and the art of dance alive, create cultural unity and understanding through the love of dance, promote healthy lifestyles, and provide an environment that develops courteous young men & women that become the leaders of tomorrow!

People that might be interested in the club:  Young men and women who like to dance will love our dance group. The students get to learn to dance mambo, bachata, cha-cha-cha, and cumbia. The students learn how to dance with a partner as well as how to dance fancy footwork in each routine. All the moves that the students learn for their dance routines can be used on the dance floor at a party.

This past year Caribbean Soul had the opportunity to perform for the Homecoming Talent Show, NBC 5, the Caribbean Soul Social Dance Fundraiser, The Chicago International Congress, two girls’ basketball games, O’Neill Middle School, The West Suburban Conference Diversity Talent Show, Masque and Gavel Talent Show, Select 58 Awards Ceremony, Robert Frost Middle School, Cultures in Alliances Talent Show, & The Bilingual Family Dinner Dance!

Contact Ms. Tobin or Mr. Garcia to learn more about Caribbean Soul.

Future Performances and Special Events: 2016-2017

Performance/Special Event

Date & Time

Homecoming Talent Show

TBA 

Caribbean Soul Dance Fundraiser

Latin Dance Social Mixer -$5 entrance fee

TBA 

Spirit Week Assembly

February

Girls Basketball Games

TBA

 

Masque and Gavel Talent Show

March 

Cultures in Action Talent Show

March 

Annual Bilingual Family Dinner Dance 

May

Award Ceremony in the faculty cafeteria

 

 

 

CHANGE

Creating

Hope

Among

New

Generations

Everyday

For young women who want to make a difference in the world.  CHANGE discusses gender issues, dating, relationships, self-esteem, self-respect and much more! Our goal is to educate, promote and contribute to this generation and to the DGS Community.  All girls are welcome!  We meet every Wednesday after school in the library classroom.

For more information, contact Ms. Jarosz or Mrs. Pazdan


Chess Team

Chess Club and Chess Team

The Chess Club is a group of students that like to play chess or want to learn how. The club is for everyone and we are willing to teach the rules of the game.

The club/team meets every Tuesday and Thursday after school from 3:30PM to 4:30 PM in Room B327

Chess Team is made up of the top eight players on the club. We compete against other schools on a weekly basis. We also go to weekend tournaments two to four times a season, time and roster permits.

At the end of the season, the chess team will travel to Peoria in mid-February for the State Chess Team Tournament.

Contact Frank Ding to learn more about Chess Club/Chess Team.

For the current Chess Team schedule, please consult the calendar on the main Activities website.


Class Board (Freshmen - Seniors)

Class Board is a great opportunity for students to get involved in the school.  It provides an environment for idea sharing, leadership opportunities and growth as well as an opportunity to get to know other students in your class outside of a classroom environment.

The Class Boards are generally student-guided and directed in that the students typically determine group activities and outings including recreational activities and philanthropic undertakings.

All grade levels participate in the following:

  • Fund raising (both for the class as well as school, i.e. St. Baldrick’s)
  • Homecoming activities (hall decorating, parade, etc.)
  • Powder Puff football game (help with event, as well as play in the games)
  • Volunteer service projects

Individually the classes are responsible or partially responsible for the following:

  • Freshman-  Daddy Daughter Dance
  • Sophomore-  Turnabout/Winter Dance
  • Junior-  Mr. Mustang, start discussing and making decisions for Prom
  • Senior-  Prom, Senior gift to school, Senior activity

For more information regarding Class Board, contact your respective Class Board Sponsor:


Class of 2017 Website

Class of 2017 Website


Clay Club

Clay Club is a group that creates sculptures and other works from clay.  We will be producing some public works for DGS as well as individual pieces.  Students will have an opportunity to try out some hand building techniques and the potter’s  wheel.

Additionally, we will do a humanitarian project for Potters For Peace, and we will also take a group field trip.  Clay Club meets on Wednesdays after school in room B-121, the Ceramics Studio.

For more information regarding clay club, please contact Ms. O'Brien-Prusa.


Collectible Card Club


Color Guard

Color guard at DGS is an exciting activity that uses rhythm, musicality, and flexibility to perform dance movement and spin flags, rifles, and sabres. This award-winning group competes in both the fall with the marching band and in the winter as a solo group. It is comprised of all ages and expertise; auditions and training camps are held yearly in November and March.

For more information regarding Color Guard, please contact Mr. Reyes.


Cultures in Alliance (CIA)

Cultures in Alliance video!!!

Imagine being in Spain, China, Norway, Philippines then off to Hawaii!  If this sounds like a great adventure to you, then be sure to join DGS Cultures in Alliance Club.  C.I.A. is the club where members share their culture through dances, music, food and experiences.  Meetings are on Tuesdays every other week in room C148 at 3:30 p.m.  Stop by and enrich yourself with friends, fun, and culture!

Contact Ms. Carreno to learn more about Cultures in Alliance.


DECA

DECA video!!!

DECA is a business club open to all students at Downers Grove South.  Through DECA, students prepare for futures in business by participating in a variety of leadership activities and academic competitions.  These opportunities provide students with unique experiences to build not only their business knowledge, but also their communication and leadership skills.

For more information regarding DECA, please contact Mr. Krick.

Other resources you may be interested in are the Illinois DECA site, and the National DECA site.


Drama Club

DGS Drama Website


Earth Action Club

Earth Action Club is dedicated to preserving the environment and developing awareness of the harmful effects our actions can have on the environment.  All students who are interested in helping to preserve our environment are welcome to join.

For more information, please contact Ms. Quain.


Exit with Pride

Exit With Pride is an alcohol and other drug-free celebration for all graduating Seniors.  This tradition dates back more than twenty years!  It is held right after graduation practice.  Seniors are provided with food, entertainment and raffle prizes…and the prizes are big!  Scholarships, laptops, flat screens TV’s and more!  Winner needs to be present.  The event is run and sponsored by parents of the Seniors.

For more information regarding Exit with Pride, or to make a donation, please contact Mrs. Martinez or Mr. Maloney.


Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is the Career and Technical Student Organization for Family and Consumer Science students and for former FCS students as well. FCCLA is a national student organization that helps young men and women become better leaders in their families, careers and communities.

If you are interested in or have taken classes in the Career and Technical Department(CTE) and enjoy business, culinary arts, interior design, child development, teaching, and/or fashion, this club is for you!  We meet twice a month on Tuesdays alternating before and after school in room B123 (foods room).  We compete in 2 different competitions throughout the year: Regional and State.

You can compete in events such as:

  • Pastry Arts Cake and Cookie Decorating
  • Knife Skills and Relish tray
  • Food Production Salads
  • Preschool Storytelling (Children’s Literature)
  • Preschool Lesson Planning
  • Fashion Apparel Display
  • Garment Construction
  • Technology Textiles and Apparel
  • Professional Career Image
  • Interior Design

Please visit the official Illinois FCCLA Website, or explore DGS' FCCLA Facebook Page.

Please contact Mrs. Farren or Mrs. Pesha to learn more about FCCLA.


French Club

French Club video!!!

This club is open to all students. What unites us is our love of French and all that is French. A student  does not have to be taking French to participate. We meet once at month in Room A207. Our activities include games, making delicious French food, watching French movies, a fundraiser to keep our club going, speaking French when possible. It’s a great place to make new friends with like interests. We often meet with the other world language clubs. Come to a meeting to find out all about French club.

Contact Ms. Menke  or Ms. McDonnell to learn more about French Club.


Friendship Club and Peer Buddies

Friendship Club is a social club for students of all ages. The club itself is primarily made up of students with physical &/or mental impairments. To help our students enjoy their years while here at DGS to the fullest extent, we incorporate regular education students to be a part of the club by registering as Friendship Club Peer Buddies. We average approximately 15 students in the club annually.

Friendship Club Peer Buddies are encouraged to help plan, coordinate, and participate in all events or as many events as they can.  Good characteristics of a Peer Buddy are someone who enjoys working with students with disabilities.  Patience, flexibility, friendliness, and an easy-going attitude also make for a good Peer Buddy.   Some of our most well-attended events are theme parties, holiday events, scavenger hunts, Brunswick bowling, Wii video games, cooking/baking our favorite recipes, and tie dying t-shirts.  We’ve also had a great time participating in the district wide fund-raising events.

We generally meet once a week in either D181 or the cafeteria. Tuesdays are often planning meetings and the following Thursday is an activity meeting.

Contact Ms. Sayers or Ms. Lahey to learn more about Friendship Club and Peer Buddies.


Game Club

The Game Club at Downers Grove South is a club in which members can come together to share in the love of games. The Game Club provides students an opportunity to socialize with fellow students who share similar interests.

Members gather to play all sorts of computer games. Members practice problem solving strategies to succeed at these games. Possibilities may include but are not limited to Flash Games, Kerbal Space Programs, adventure games, action games, Sim and World Building games, and strategy games. Beginners through experienced gamers of all ages are welcome!

Members can choose to use desktop PCs in the C160 computer lab with their own flash drives. Or gamers are welcome to bring in their own personal gaming devices. However, devices will not have access to the Internet.

Game Club has a Google+ community used to chat with one another, share ideas, etc. In addition, Game Club will communicate and share data related to hardware and software via Google Classroom.

Game Club is sponsored by Ms. Lynn. The club meets Mondays at 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in C160. Game Club is sponsored by Ms. Lynn.


German Club

German Club is open to all students who have an interest in the German culture.  You do not need to be in a German class to join.  We meet after school once or twice a month in A210 (see schedule in the fall for specific dates), and also have special events, such as a bowling outing, a field trip to the German Christmas market in Chicago, and a dinner at a German restaurant.  Other activities include authentic German games, crafts, and cultural celebrations, including Oktoberfest and Karneval.  Each meeting also features plenty of food and fun!!!

Contact Ms. Moreno to learn more about German Club.


Go Green Environmental Club

Go Green Environmental Club video!!!


Hip Hop Dance Club

Hip Hop Dance Club video!!!!

Hip Hop Dance Club is a fun and exciting group that learns and practices routine dances to the latest hip hop and pop music.  We welcome all classes of students and both boys and girls.  No experience is necessary, so if you enjoy showing your dance skills and moves, come join us!

For more information regarding Hip Hop, please contact Ms. Cerf.


Join the Movement

Join the Movement is an anti-bullying initiative that was developed at Downers Grove South during the 2012-2013 school year. This program consists of many student leaders, approximately 18 directors and several DGS staff. The group travels to outside schools to present skits with an anti-bullying focus.  Additionally, they present their message to DGS students as well during our annual anti-bullying week in April every year.

For more information regarding Join the Movement, please contact Ms. Muciaccia.


K-Pop

K-Pop is a club that celebrates Korean culture.  From music to food to dramas, we embrace it all!  We meet on alternating Wednesdays after school in room C356.  We share information, listen to music, plan trips, and plan on making our own music video this year!

For more information on K-Pop Club, contact Mrs. Skinner.


Key Club

Key Club video!!!

Key Club is the world’s largest high school service organization. Our focus is on community service, and we often reach out to help children in need. Our major projects include The Giving Tree, where we donate Christmas gifts to a hundred needy children in DuPage County; Adopt-A-Highway, where we donate time and energy to keep a stretch of 63rdSt. clean; and Crush Cans, where we sell a can of Crush soda along with a special note that is delivered to the recipient during the school day on Valentine’s Day. The money that we raise in Crush Can sales is donated to various charitable organizations. We meet in C264 every Thursday from 3:30 – 4:30. If you are interested in helping others while making friends and having fun, Key Club is for you! 

Please contact Ms. Klug or Ms. Miller to learn more about Key Club.


Mad Dash

The Mustang Mad Dash is a great way to learn about DGS! Freshmen are placed in small groups of approximately 10 students with up to four leaders who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Throughout the evening, freshmen will listen to inspirational key-note speakers, attend workshops on Student Activities, Athletics, and DGS traditions, view student-created skits about high school and take a general tour of the building. A pizza dinner is served and the night ends with a DJ dance, open gym, and inflatable games. 

Please contact Ms. Benoist, Ms. Klug, or Ms. Rojszyk to learn more about Mad Dash. 


Marching Mustangs

Having formed an outstanding and competitive reputation over the last forty-five years, the Marching Mustangs continue to provide current wind and percussion students at South High with an exciting, rewarding, and musical team experience.  Features for the volunteer students of this organization include six to seven competitive performances that culminate in an overnight trip to a marching festival in the Midwest. Two three-hour rehearsals each week during the two-month season of September and October, two four-hour summer rehearsals each week beginning in June (excluding a three week break in July), and an intensive but fun week-long band camp experience in late August comprise the bulk of the rehearsal schedule for this ensemble. The Marching Mustangs also perform at all home football games and play host to our own Marching Mustang Music Bowl competition here on campus.

Students may register for membership in the Marching Mustangs in February for the following fall season, including payment for band camp and the overnight trip. Students will then be assigned to a 5th period resource where they will rehearse daily during the first fall quarter, and enjoy study hall time the rest of the year.

For more information regarding the Marching Mustangs, contact Mr. Roselieb.


Masque & Gavel

Downers Grove South Drama Club


Math Team

The math team is a competitive organization for students that enjoy solving challenging math problems and learning about topics in mathematics that are not part of the traditional high school curriculum. Our practices are low key and involve students working together in a cooperative environment. Anyone that likes math and wants to meet others that feel the same way is encouraged to attend.

For more information regarding Math Team, please contact Mr. Stevenson.


Model UN

Model UN video!!!

Model UN affords students the opportunity to participate in authentic simulations of the United Nations. Students learn to debate current issues; learn about the international community and develop research, writing, public speaking and conflict resolution skills.  If you are interested in international politics, this club is a perfect fit for you!

For more information regarding Model UN, please contact Ms. Flores, or Mr. Caldwell.


Movie Club

Movie Club video!!!

Movie Club meets the 1st and 2nd Tuesday of every month at 3:30 in B321.  Stop by to watch a film and then discuss it with students who are interested in discussing all aspects of movies.

For more information on Movie Club, please contact Ms. Thornquist


Mustangs Aware Service Club

Mustangs Aware Service Club video!!!

Attention ALL Mustangs…ARE YOU AWARE? Mustangs AWARE! is a teen awareness organization for teens which deals with topics including, but not limited to, cancer, diabetes, depression, dyslexia, teen pregnancy, homelessness, and much more.  Here at DGS, we participate in the sale of Boo-grams, pictures with Santa, the dodge ball tournament, and St. Baldrick’s.  If you are interested please join us Tuesday mornings at 7:30 in B125 and bring a friend!  Show you care become AWARE!

For more information regarding Mustangs AWARE!, please contact Ms. Ploski.


National Honor Society (NHS)

Membership in National Honor Society is based upon 4 criteria: scholarship, leadership, service and character. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible for application. Upon review of a faculty character survey, the candidate’s application, and the Dean’s Office report, the faculty selection committee will confer membership. The new members are inducted in a special ceremony during the first week of January. Once a member of NHS, all members are expected to actively engage in service. Members are required to document and submit evidence of two service projects per semester as well as attend monthly membership meetings. NHS members volunteer for various activities within the school and surrounding community.

For more information regarding NHS, please contact Mr. Kaim or Mr. King.


Open Mic Poetry Cafe

Calliope hosts a monthly, open-mic cafe, where students are invited to perform original poetry, prose, music  or performance pieces. Students can also share favorite lyrics or published poets.  Open mic takes place the 4thWednesday of the month in D180. We feature free cake!

Once a year we sponsor a Poetry Slam in conjunction with the English and communication departments Slam unit in literary expression. All are welcome.

For more information regarding the Open-Mic Poetry Cafe, please contact Ms. Rowley.


PAWS

PAWS (People Accomplishing Work for Shelters) is an organization dedicated to helping animal shelters around the area, as well as celebrating all the wonder that pets bring to people in our community. 

For more information, please contact Ms. Kurth or visit the PAWS website.


Peer Leaders

Peer Leaders is a group of about 35 high-achieving, highly-involved student leaders.  They are involved in various service projects for the school and community, including presenting to freshman during their resource periods, visiting 8thgraders to support their transition to high school, collecting gifts for families in need during the holidays, and running Gobble Grams and the Halloween costume contest.  Students are nominated by teachers for consideration, then selected through an interview process.  Peer Leaders need to maintain a 3.4 or better GPA and abide by a contract for participation.

For more information regarding Peer Leaders, contact Ms. Salvatore, Mr. Ahrens, or Mr. Folsom.


Peer Tutors

Peer Tutors video!!!

The Literacy Center Peer Tutors provide academic support to students of all grade levels in the areas of reading, writing and speaking.  Tutors commit to time slots when they will be available to work with their peers. These time slots are spread out among lunch hours, before school, after school, and eighth hour.  In addition, the club will meet on the last Thursday of each month after school. Tutors are recruited in the spring for the following year based on an application and teacher recommendation. 

For more information regarding Peer Tutoring, please contact Mr. Geocaris or Ms. Skinner


Photography Club

Photography Club is for the enjoyment of anyone who loves and appreciates photography. No skill or camera is necessary to join the club. Spend every other Tuesday, after school, in C160 with Ms. Lynn and others who enjoy photo.

Activities are based on students’ interests and may include:

  • Studio Portraits
  • Photoshop Manipulations
  • Lighting Techniques
  • Photo tricks and tips like the illusion of levitating
  • Fieldtrips to places like
    • Morten Arboretum
    • Millennium Park
    • Amboy (The most haunted town in Illinois)
  • Turn your photos into
    • Magnets
    • Jewelry
    • T shirts
    • Canvas (pillows, cases, bags, etc.)

Participate in school related photo shoots

  • Father/Daughter Dance
  • Halloween Celebration
  • Freshman Open House
  • Student Handbook Photos
  • School Calendar

For more information regarding Photography Club, please contact Ms. Lynn.


Politics Club

Junior Statesmen of America

Politics Club video!!!

Junior State of America is an organization that encourages students to develop the skills necessary to be active and informed citizens. As the nation’s largest student-run organization, JSA prepares students to  be informed, active citizens.At weekly meetings, JSA members discuss and debate policy, government, and current affairs, learning from each other’s thoughts and viewpoints.  Chapters also conduct a wide range of political awareness activities, engaging in mock congresses, activism projects, weekend conventions, and summer courses and institutes.     Not only does JSA encourage political awareness and involvement, JSA provides students with leadership opportunities and chances to improve public speaking and critical thinking skills.

For more information regarding JSA, please contact Ms. Culcasi or Mr. Lazzaretto.


PRISM

PRISIM video!!!

PRISM meets every Monday after school from 3:30 – 4:30 in D377. The PRISM club provides a safe place for students to share their concerns about LGBT issues and encourages social connections within the school community. The members try to promote open-mindedness, acceptance, and awareness of diversity among the student body.  

For more information regarding PRISM, please contact Mr. Kaim.


Research Club

Research Club is a club where students can research any topics of interest with the ultimate goals of increasing personal knowledge, advancing their chosen field of research and potentially presenting their findings at the appropriate type of student research forum. Research must be safe and approved by club sponsors. Students can work individually or participate in small groups or teams. If you have a burning desire to know more about a topic, if you are an inventor or builder, want to improve some design or are passionate about a specific area of research, this is the club for you!

For more information regarding Research Club, please visit the Research Club website or contact Ms. Sachtleben.


Robotics Club

Robotics Club video!!!

The Robotics Club is for students to learn about robotics and technology by building and programming rovers, hexapods, quad copters, and more. Students work in teams of different skill levels and use LEGO Mindstorms, VEX, and Arduino to make robots that do what they want. This club has exciting field trips, guest speakers, and even contests. If you don't know anything about robots, but enjoy science, math, or technology, this club will interest you and is a great place to learn!  Check out the calendar on the DGS Activities page for meeting information.

For more information regarding Robotics Club, please contact Ms. Niendorf.


R.U.S.H. Corps Leadership Team (R U South High)

R.U.S.H. Corps is a leadership program consisting of 80-90 juniors and seniors. These leaders work with the incoming freshmen on several different occasions during the first quarter of school and make sure to welcome them to the building while providing them with information about lockers, class locations and student activities as well as how to access academic supports.  The work to help plan Mad Dash Freshman Orientation as well.

For more information regarding R.U.S.H. Corps, please contact Ms. Benoist


Scholastic Bowl

DGS Scholastic Bowl competes with other schools in a team quiz game. Five players with buzzers (as in Jeopardy) hear questions on Math, Science, Literature, Social Studies, Art, and Miscellaneous. Correct answers grant the right to control bonus questions that a team answers together. We practice after school on Wednesdays from October to March in Room C264. This activity is great for people who read for pleasure and those for whom math is easy, those who watch the History Channel and those who travel with their family. Many participants also compete on the Math team, and a few play a spring sport as well.

For more information regarding Scholastic Bowl, please contact Mr. Crider or Mr. King.


Service Club

Service Club is open to all students who enjoy participating in community service and volunteer work.  Our mission is to encourage student volunteers to serve their community.  Service Club meets every Tuesday morning at 7:30 in C166, and we participate in several volunteer events throughout the year.

For more information regarding Service Club, contact Mr. Dellamaria.


Skills USA

South’s Skills USA Club is a competitive organization that participates in several regional, state, and national competitions.  Students from South compete against other Skills USA high school chapters in the areas of Architecture, 3D Design & Visualization, Job Interview, Prepared Speech, as well as many other skilled and leadership contests.  Anyone interested in participating in the club should contact Mr. Molinari in C165.


Snowball/Snowflake

This is a leadership program that offers retreats which occur twice a year. The first Snowball is a Downers Grove South event and occurs in late November, usually the weekend before Thanksgiving Break. The second event is a joint Downers Grove South and North retreat that occurs in late February. Both events offer students an opportunity to learn about adolescent topics related to leadership skills, healthy relationships, self-esteem and ways to get involved in extracurricular activities. The retreats are located at Camp Duncan in Ingleside, Illinois.

To learn more about Snowball, please contact Ms. Benoist.

Additionally, check out the Snowball Blackboard page for information and applications.

Snowflake:

This is a 7th grade leadership event that typically occurs on a Saturday in April. DGS students lead small group discussions with 7th graders from all of the middle schools in the District 99 area. The Downers Grove Township, District 99, District 66, District 58, District 68, and a local organization “Helping Girls Navigate Through Adolescence”, facilitate this event each year. Please contact Diana Benoist at (630) 795-8588 or send an email for questions.


Space Club

Space Club is for people with any interest in outer space. Whether you get excited about how fast a pulsar rotates or you just like stargazing, this is the club for you. We participate in multiple science-based space experiments that test your ability to think quickly, build, and work as a team like astronauts. You'll design things like rubber band rockets, fuel cells, Ziploc bag space suits, and marshmallow moonlanders. In this club, we'll also watch a variety of videos and have discussions about all things space related. We question whether or not humans should be more involved in space travel, whether asteroids are more threatening than they are valuable, and how big the universe really is. Sounds interesting? Then join Space Club! New members are welcome any time. Even if you know nothing about space, the activities we do and the things we learn are fun for everyone! You could even say that Space Club is pretty...out of this world!

For more information regarding Space Club, please contact Mr. Sobczak.


Spanish Club

Spanish Club video!!!

Spanish Club is open to all students who would like to learn more about the culture and traditions of various Spanish-speaking countries through activities such as crafts, games, cooking, dancing, films and music.  Students do not need to be enrolled in a Spanish class to participate in Spanish Club.  We meet once or twice a month in D277 (usually on Tuesday or Wednesday).

Contact Ms. Boukal or Ms. Montero to learn more about Spanish Club.


Special Olympics Basketball

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).   

Special Olympics Basketball website for Downers Grove South


Speech Team

Speech Team video!!!

Speech (also known as forensics) is a team that competes in multiple events such as debate, limited preparation speeches, public addresses, acting, and interpretation events. The season runs from late October through February, and we hold practices Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5 throughout the season. However, you may adapt your schedule based on your involvement in other activities. Saturdays, the team travels to other schools to compete. No experience is necessary, and anyone who is interested may get involved.

If you would like more information about the Speech team, please contact Mr. Matkovich.


Stage Crew

Stage crew is a group of committed student volunteers who thrive on the challenges of putting up 8 theatrical productions, 24 concerts, and hundreds of other events in our three performance spaces. Stage crew meets every day from 3:30 until 6pm, either to build for an upcoming show, to set up for a concert, or to maintain the scene shop in preparation for future productions.  While no previous experience is required, students acquire--through hands-on experience--a broad range of skills in set construction, scenic painting, lighting, rigging, props design, sound design, stage make-up and costumes. Senior members of crew provide key leadership, foremen and crew chiefs are selected from upperclassmen to plan work calls, direct running crews and stage managers lead each production by “calling” sound, light and special effects cues for all productions.


Steppers

Steppers video!!!

DGS Steppers is an organization for young men and women who are looking to learn more about the art of Greek stepping, which is showcased by many college fraternities and sororities. We are a competitive group that competes against other schools as well as participates in clinics, to grow as dancers and enhance our skills. We welcome those with no experience as well as everyone else to our practices held after school in the cafetorium, Tuesdays through Thursdays starting in September.

Contact Ms. Dees to learn more about Steppers.


Student Council

Student Coucil video!!!

Student Council, a prominent student government organization, gives students a voice in determining school activities and shaping the school environment. It helps promote activities for the entire student body at Downers Grove South High School and fosters a positive climate throughout the school.

Members plan and organize turnabout dance activities, help with homecoming events including the back to school tailgate, participate in the school wide fundraiser by hosting a father-daughter dance for the community, run an underclass leadership workshop and participate in a variety of school-based projects including the Downers Grove South Halloween carnival and the staff and faculty appreciation breakfast. No doubt, student council needs hard-working, creative, fun-loving students who can handle responsibility. We meet every Thursday morning in A222 at 7:30 am.  All are welcome to attend!

Please contact Ms. Wolf or Dr. Esposito to learn more about Student Council. 


SuperFans

SuperFans video!!!!!

Do you love being a Mustang? Then you can be a SUPERFAN! SuperFans support and encourage all Mustangs in their sports or activities. Join in on our wacky theme nights during all sports seasons and in support of all of our fine arts performances. Come check us out every other Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the Auditorium. Use these links to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

For more information regarding SuperFans, please contact Mr. Wolf, or Mr. Janecek


Thespians

Downers Grove South Drama Club's Website


Think Tank

Think Tank is a place for intellectual conversation, societal scaled problem solving, and rants stretching as far as unfair social norms, and it encompasses the encouragement to explore the world with an open mindset and question the boundaries set forth by written and unspoken forces. 

Members can participate in discussion, sit and listen, or pose questions to other group members. Popular topics covered have been, but are not exclusive to, "Origin of all mankind," "The improper reporting of trivial subjects brought forth by the media," "Humans' responsibility for one another's well being," and "Why we feel the need to constantly create, and what is considered to be socially acceptable creations."

Deep mindsets are promoted, and philosophical rants are always welcome. Documentation of all discussions is included via Google Drive, and all members are added to it in order to continue certain discussions outside the club. 

If you would like further information about Think Tank, please contact Ms. Podmokly.

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Ultimate Frisbee video!!!

The Ultimate Frisbee team is a sports team for students interested in ultimate. We practice as a team and compete in games and tournaments against other schools. Everybody is welcome to play on the team and no experience is necessary to join. We will teach you everything you need to know. 

  • Fall Season: Two open practices a week. Come out, play, and have fun. No commitment required.

  • Spring Season: This is our official season and we compete against other schools. We practice after school until 5:00 pm Monday – Thursday with games mixed in. There are no cuts, but you must be at most of the practices and games. Practices start around March.

For more information about Ultimate Frisbee at DGS, please contact Mr. Sobczak.

Visit the Ultimate Frisbee Website! 


Water Polo Club

Water Polo video!!!

DGS Water Polo Club is dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of Water Polo to both males and females in a fun environment.  All levels are welcome.  The group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 3:30 - 4:00 in the Pool Balcony.

In-water dates in the fall are listed on the calendar below, and the season begins in the spring, typically practicing on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in March, April, and early May from 3:30 - 5:00.  Again, club dates are listed below.

If you would like further information on Water Polo Club, please contact Mr. Frank Kuchta.


WDGC Radio Club

WDGC Radio Club video!!!

Radio club is an exciting opportunity for those who are into music, sports broadcasting, or DJing school events! As a club member, you have the unique opportunity of hosting your own weekly show on Downers Grove Superstation WDGC, 88.3 FM. The club meets once a month in D179 after school to discuss club events, radio shows, and other radio-related opportunities. Whether your interest in radio and music is casual, or you wish to seek a broadcasting related career, there's something for everyone in Radio Club.

Please contact Ms. Helms to learn more about WDGC Radio Club.


Yearbook (Caracole)

Yearbook (Caracole) video!!!

Yearbook Club creates the DGS Yearbook by writing articles, taking pictures, and designing layouts.  We also work with the Yearbook Class to come up with our yearbook theme and coverage ideas.  Yearbook Club meets in B323 every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30, but meetings sometimes last longer when we are approaching deadlines.  We are always looking for creative and committed students who are willing to join our fun team in our mission to represent - and preserve for years to come - the year's unique Mustang culture and each and every student that is part of it.  Yearbook sponsors are Ms. Hardy, Ms. Cybulski, and Ms. Podmokly.

For more information regarding the Yearbook, please contact Ms. O'Truk.


Zen Zone Yoga

Zen Zone after-school yoga group meets Monday after schools from 3:30 to 4:30  in the faculty cafeteria. It is a beginning yoga class that is available to all students at any time throughout the year. We provide the yoga mats and equipment. Wear some comfortable clothes and bring a friend! It also counts as two PE make-ups. See your PE teacher for more details.

For more information regarding Zen Zone, please contact Ms. Koch-Murphy.