Clubs

A variety of organizations are offered for students to enhance their Bishop Dunne experience outside of the classroom. We encourage our students to become involved in serving our school and community.

African American Awareness Club

Club Moderator: Mrs. Erica Culton
Mission Statement: The African American Awareness Club is an organization that works toward increasing African American pride, awareness, leadership, and consciousness. The club enhances political thought, knowledge, and progressiveness through culturally diverse programming and continues to work toward establishing a stronger alliance with other student organizations, the Bishop Dunne Catholic School faculty, staff and administration, and the community.

Age/Grade Level: 6th - 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Twice monthly

Activities: Activities include Holiday Box for the Homeless; NAACP Youth Group; supporting Thomas L. Marsalis Elementary School; supporting Mornings of Infinite Possibilities; organizing Summer Reading Packets for The Reading Partners; and collaborating with other groups at Dunne.

Animal Rescue Club

Club Moderator: Mrs. Alma Keglovits
Mission Statement: The Bishop Dunne Catholic School St. Francis of Assisi Animal Rescue Club’s mission is to raise awareness, educate, and promote the proper care for animals around us, especially those that do not have homes. In addition, we will make every effort to facilitate the adoption of animals we rescue into the caring hands of the Bishop Dunne community.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th -12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Every third Friday of the month

Activities: The Animal Rescue Club sponsors facilitation of animal fostering and adoptions;
St. Francis of Assisi Pet Blessing Day; dog washes; animal treat sales; the Bishop Dunne Animal Art Show; DAWG (Dallas Agility and Working Group) Volunteering; and Big Fix for Big D volunteering.

The club also takes field trips to the Dallas Zoo, the SPCA, and the criminal courts to witness animal cruelty court cases. Students help man the SPCA Call Center Service and make pet toys for donations to the SPCA and participate in Earth Day celebrations.

Archery Club

Club Moderator: Brad Baker
Mission Statement: The mission of the Bishop Dunne Archery Club is to provide a safe, fun and inclusive way to enjoy the sport of archery by teaching responsible hunting education, and providing both a highly developed indoor and outdoor competitive shooting program.

Age/Grade Level: 6th – 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays after school from 3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Activities: In addition to the team’s weekly practices, team members are encouraged to compete at state and local tournaments and to perform stewardship activities at the outdoor facility at Irving Bowhunters’ Range.

Book Club

Middle School Book Club Moderator: Ms. Melanie Gibson
High School Book Club Moderator: Mrs. Katie Aycock
Mission Statement: Bishop Dunne Middle School and High School Book Clubs encourage students to read for fun and to discuss their work with others in order to enhance their literacy and analytical skills. Students’ enthusiasm for reading encourages others to recognize that reading is not something one does only because it is assigned. It is part of a lifelong practice that will not only bring students pleasure but also provide knowledge from beyond the school walls.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Once a month

Activities: Students read for fun and discuss literacy and analytical skills.

Campus Ministry Club

Moderator: Mr. Nicholas Brandt

Mission Statement: Campus Ministry club strives to bring students more authentic and personal encounters with their faith in Christ through prayer, the sacraments, social activities, and service to the community.

Meetings occur on Thursdays in the chapel or in room 102 from 3:15 p.m. through 4:15 p.m.

Activities: Plans and hosts Team Lent, the March for Life in Washington D.C., Plans Mini-Retreats, and the Rice Bowl fundraiser.

Open to all grades

Chess Club

Moderator: Tom Perez

Mission Statement: The Chess Club is an organization that works to promote the understanding and enjoyment of the game of chess amongst the Bishop Dunne community. Chess promotes disciplined, ordered, and logical thinking – a key characteristic for successful students!

Age/Grade: 6th – 12th

Meetings: Once a week

Activities: The Chess Club will meet after school and give students the chance to play chess against players of all abilities. Faculty and staff members will also be encouraged to play. It will also be a goal of the chess club to enter, or possibly host, a chess tournament. As the club grows, we hope to expand our services and offer chess programs for the feeder schools of Bishop Dunne.

Creative Writing Club

Club Moderator: Ms. Brinkley Schneider

Mission Statement: The Bishop Dunne Creative Writing Club welcomes all high school students interested in writing original fiction, creative non-fiction, and/or poetry. The Creative Writing Club strives to create a place for those who would like to expand their writing abilities in an atmosphere that nurtures and inspires.

Age/Grade Limit: 9th - 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Monday at 3:05 p.m.

Activities: Members participate in writing exercises, discussions, and workshops to further their abilities as writers.

Drama Club

Club Moderator: Mr. Nicholas Brandt
Mission Statement: The Drama Club is focused on theater as both a great source for building community and reaching out to others in our area for service.

Age/Grade Limits: 6th - 12th Grade

Meetings occur on Fridays from 3:30 p.m. through 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Activities: Typical meetings include theater games, planning events and performances, and hosting movie showings and discussions. The Drama Club directly supports the two theatrical productions each year: a fall show, The Bishop Dunne Revue, and a spring show, a full length production.

Ecology Club

Club Moderator: Mrs. Alma Keglovits
Mission Statement: The Bishop Dunne Catholic School Ecology Club mission is to promote awareness of the factors which affect our environment. By organizing or supporting activities at Bishop Dunne and within the community which help protect our Earth, we hope to make a difference.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Every third Thursday of the month

Activities: The Ecology Club is responsible for the following: recycling on campus; recycling education;
Bishop Arts District clean up and recycling; Community Cooks Celebration at Paul Quinn College; school planting and cleanup; Trinity River Audubon Society Project participation; and Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center clean up. The students also participate in Earth Day celebrations.

Engineering Club

Club Moderator: Mr. Vladimir Sosa
Mission Statement: The mission of the Engineering Club is to inspire Bishop Dunne students to become future engineers by exploring the different disciplines while also developing their engineering and technology skills. The club serves the community by assisting various Bishop Dunne organizations with any projects requiring building or design tasks. Our members will learn the importance of discipline, communication, and innovation in creating solutions for real world problems.

Age/Grade Limit: 9th - 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Every other Tuesday in Room 308

Activities: The Engineering Club has guest speakers and works on different projects in which students apply principles of engineering design.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Club Moderators: Mr. Walter Johnson and Mrs. Aurora Owens
Mission Statement: FCA presents to athletes and coaches and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church. FCA is an interdenominational organization that exists to foster Christian ethics and sportsmanship on the field, court, or classroom.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Twice a month

Activities: The FCA holds two school blood drives a year, facilitates two major community service projects a year, and sponsors Olympic Day, which helps fund student scholarships. For service activities, the club promotes and manages the fall and spring blood drives, Pasta for Pennies benefiting leukemia and lymphoma research, and Dunne for a Cure drive that helps raise awareness and support for heart disease, sickle cell anemia, and breast cancer cures.

GeoTech Club

Club Moderator: Mr. Brad Baker
Mission Statement: GeoTech Club students make a significant impact on the local and global community through their use of Geographic Information System (GIS) computer mapping software. The club serves by assisting various nonprofit and governmental organizations with professional level mapping projects. Students are divided into crime, search and rescue, and web-mapping teams to perform their task.

Age/Grade Level: 6th – 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Mondays and Fridays after school from 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Activities: Students generate weekly, monthly or quarterly crime maps for various crime organizations, practice and perform missing person searches with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and other law enforcement organizations. Students also complete web-based projects using such software as Humanitarian OpenStreetMap to help in the developing world.

Latinos Unidos

Club Moderator: Mr. Alex Meza
Mission Statement: The purpose of Latinos Unidos is to unify and strengthen the Latino culture at Bishop Dunne Catholic School. We will do this by developing and fostering community among our
members, offering our time and skills for volunteering where needed, and promoting and advancing understanding of Hispanic heritage and culture as well as the Spanish-speaking immigrant community in the United States. Middle and high school students of all ethnicities are welcome.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 12th Grade

Meeting Times: First and last Friday of each month after school in Room 407.

Activities: The Latinos Unidos Club members serve as translators where Spanish-speaking individuals are needed. We encourage our members to advance their own education by touring colleges and universities across the U.S. Club members salute Latin heritage by promoting Hispanic events on our campus such as Día de las Américas (The Americas’ Day) and celebrate our Catholic identity by organizing festivities such as the Our Lady of Guadalupe event at Bishop Dunne.

MATHCOUNTS

Moderator: Mr. Kevin Braun

Mission Statement: The MATHCOUNTS team is open to all students in the middle school who enjoy math and problem solving. The club encourages development of new skills and strategies in a fun, relaxed setting. Meetings also prepare students for the Dallas Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition and are eligible to compete in state and national competitions.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 8th Grade

Meeting Dates: Monthly meetings begin in October. Meetings become bi-weekly in preparation for the competition.

Activities: A school-wide MATHCOUNTS competition is completed in November. Top scorers participate in the Dallas Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition in February at SMU.

Medical Careers Club

Moderator: Ms. Perri Carr
Mission Statement: The Medical Careers Club informs interested students about medical and veterinary careers via the media, presentations by medical and veterinary professionals and researchers, and tours of various facilities.

Age/Grade Limit: 9th - 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Twice a month

Activities: Students explore medical and veterinary career options by inviting speakers, touring local facilities and development of local service learning projects related to health care for humans and animals.

National Art Honor Society

Club Moderator: Mrs. Allison Ramirez
Mission Statement: The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9 through 12. In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the National Art Honor Society program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.

Age/Grade Level: 9th - 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays after school

Activities: Members participate in candygram and Valentine’s Day carnation fundraising for art enrichment. Art related service projects have supported the Disabled American Veterans Oak Cliff Chapter 32 and Rainbow Days. Members enjoy college speakers and open studio time to experiment and practice skills.

In 2016-17 members completed 287 hours in art related community service and participated in 15 competitions ranging from local to national.

National Hispanic Institute

Club Moderator: Mr. Robert Fajardo
Mission Statement: NHI’s work concentrates on selecting the caliber of high school and college age youth with the greatest potential to succeed. The Institute engages them in learning experiences that further leadership readiness and capacities. The College Register of the NHI is a university membership organization that actively recruits college-eligible high school students to enroll them in four-year institutions.

Age/Grade Level: 9th - 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Weekly

Activities: NHI’s work is primarily conducted during the summer. In collaboration with several colleges and universities, NHI experiences are held on campuses over 5-8 days. Over 3,000 students participate each summer in key geographic centers throughout the United States including Texas, Colorado, California, Illinois, New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania. Freshmen can participate in the Great Debate Programs at Austin College, University of Texas in Austin, Our Lady of the Lake University, Villanova University and Augustana University. Sophomores and juniors participate in the Lorenzo De Zavala Youth Legislative Programs at Colorado State University, University of Rochester, Univesrity of San Diego, Elmhurst College, Texas Luthern University and Ciudad del Saber (Panama).

National Honor Society

Club Moderator: Mr. Van Rusiriye
Mission Statement: The Bishop Dunne Catholic School Chapter of the National Honor Society is an active organization in the community. The mission of the chapter is to recognize and foster enthusiasm for scholarship, to promote the development of strong character, to encourage positive leadership, and to cultivate responsible citizenship through service to the school and the community. These four principles shape the organization’s activities and are reflected in the members’ responsibilities. Members are challenged to make positive choices that reflect this mission every day.

Age/Grade Limit: 10th - 12th Grade

Meeting Times: First Thursday of each month

Activities: Every member is required to do a minimum of 20 hours of service within the National Honor Society organization every year. The services include tutoring at St. Cecilia; volunteering at GeoTech; environmental cleanup; volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank and Salvation Army; Homeless for a Night; food can drives; and volunteering within the school.

National Junior Honor Society

Moderator: Mrs. Marta Popiel-Ilieva
Mission Statement: The National Junior Honor Society is more than an honor roll. The objective of the Bishop Dunne Catholic School chapter of NJHS is to recognize and foster enthusiasm for scholarship, to promote the development of strong character, to encourage positive leadership, and to cultivate responsible citizenship through service to school and community. The Society strives to serve our community by portraying service, leadership, citizenship, scholarship, and character.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 9th Grade

Meeting Times: Bi-weekly meetings on Fridays

Activities: Service opportunities include planting and weeding at the Rose Gardens in Kiest Park; Fiesta neighborhood cleanup; volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank; sourcing shoes for Buckner's Center for Shoes for Orphans; organizing Thanksgiving baskets and crafts; singing Christmas carols at St. Joseph Nursing Home; helping with the Salvation Army Angel Tree; visiting the Sisters at St. Mary of Namur Mother House; and organizing various food and toy drives for the Wilkinson Center.

New Proof of HIS Service Club

Club Moderator: Ms. Susan Matassa
Mission Statement: As professed believers in Jesus Christ, we are called to serve our fellow man "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve." The Service Club exists to help fulfill this purpose. The Proof of HIS Love Service Club organizes service events and is committed to energizing our community with service.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Weekly on Thursdays

Activities: The club looks for service opportunities within the school and the community.

Poetry Club

Club Moderator: Ms. Brinkley Schneider
Mission Statement: The Bishop Dunne Poetry Club encourages students to read and write poetry for fun and to share their work with others in order to enhance their literacy and analytical skills, while also providing a place where they may share their creativity. Members enjoy reading and discussing poetry and performing their own work. They also contribute to the school’s literary arts magazine.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Bi-weekly

Activities: Regular activities also include special events during National Poetry Month in April. Poetry Club members read a poem during announcements each morning in April, and members promote Poem in Your Pocket Day (a national event during Poetry Month). Poetry Club will invite local poets to give readings and hold workshops during the spring semester. Local poets, such as Joaquin Zihuatanejo, are invited to hold workshops here for all the freshman English classes.

Respect Life Club

Club Moderator: Mr. Chris MacLellan
Mission Statement: The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that “Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone” (357). The Principles of Catholic Social Teachings further this teaching in addressing the life and dignity of all people. With these teachings as a foundation, the Respect Life Club seeks to increase awareness of, respect for, and support of, the dignity of human life at all stages, from conception to natural death.

Age/Grade Limit: 9th - 12th Grade

Meeting Times: Bi-weekly meetings on Thursdays

Activities: Bishop Dunne students sponsor the following events: CPLC Classic Golf Tournament/Bishop's Cup: Roe Memorial Rosary, Mass and Dallas March for Life; Bishop’s Annual Pro-Life Dinner; 40 Days for Life; North Texas Food Bank; White Rose activity; and Christmas caroling at a local nursing home.

Robotics Club

Club Moderator: Mr. Vladimir Sosa
Mission Statement: The Robotics Club’s mission is to explore the foundations of robotics and engineering design by building and designing robots to solve problems. The club encourages members to solve problems from simple designs for locomotion or collection. Members will move to platform designs to mount sensors that can accomplish monitoring tasks. Eventually they will move to automating tasks to addressing bigger systems of investigation.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 12th Grade

Meeting Dates: Every other Tuesday in Room 308

Activities: Students apply math and science principles to design and build robots that will accomplish different tasks and represent Bishop Dunne in robotics competitions.

Science Club

Club Moderator: Mr. Tom Avery

Mission: The Science Club of Bishop Dunne Catholic School allows students to explore and express their interest in the sciences. It is open to any grade or science discipline and committed to service.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th -12th Grade

Meeting Dates/Time: Every third Monday from 3:10 p.m. through 4:00 p.m.

Location: Room 209

Activities: The Science Club conducts student-directed experiments and demonstrations, and assists in the set-up and care of the salt-water aquarium, freshwater aquarium, and terrarium. The Club also develops native Texas wild-flower area and plants herb trays as well as trees on campus.

Slavic Club

Club Moderator: Mrs. Iryna Dovzhanska
Mission Statement: Slavic Club encourages students to engage with the Russian language outside of the classroom and to broaden students’ horizons by learning about the Slavic culture of European countries and its relationship to the Russian history and beliefs.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 12th Grade

Meeting Times: Bi-weekly

Activities: The Slavic Club will take part in numerous activities including writing to pen pals; singing and listening to music; watching films and cartoons; making Ukrainian and Polish pysanky; cooking and eating authentic food; listening to guest speakers; taking field trips and interacting with Russian/Ukrainian students from the Russian School of Dallas; Skyping and talking with students from various Slavic countries; preparing traditional Slavic celebrations for the community; and completing service projects related to Slavic countries.

Strings Club

Moderator: Ms. Julia Gray-Lion
Mission Statement: This club provides after school beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes for the violin, viola, cello or string bass.The primary focus is to develop the musicianship of Bishop Dunne students and other young musicians from our Catholic sister schools.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th – 12th Grade


Beginners may join the club after one semester.

Meeting Times: Advanced and Intermediate string players meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:00 a.m. and then also at 3:10 p.m. on a rotating schedule.

Activities: This group is in the form of individualized classes for the musical development of each student.

Sounds of Bishop Dunne Choir

Club Moderator: Mr. Walter Johnson
Mission Statement: The Choir presents the Gospel of Christ through inspirational singing and serves the school and community with compassion and Christian Service.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 12th Grade

Meeting Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:10 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Activities: Community Outreach

Student Council

Club Moderator: Mr. Mark Clifford
Mission Statement: The mission of the Bishop Dunne Student Council is to provide opportunities for student leadership and governance. The Student Council works closely with the Bishop Dunne administration in managing and promoting extracurricular activities and school spirit and unity.

Age/Grade Limit: 9th - 12th grade

Meeting Dates: Mondays at 3:15 p.m. in room 406

Activities: The Student Council is always looking for positive and creative ways to enhance the spirit of the school and, most importantly, to increase and raise leadership skills not only within the Student Council, but also in the student body. The club promotes social justice by supporting and creating opportunities for all students in the school. Events throughout the year include Homeless for a Night; Foster Kids Toy Drive; Empowerment Center Canned Food Drive; Elves in Disguise participation; Talent Show; Pep Rallies; Homecoming; and the March of Dimes March Madness Bracket.

Middle School Student Council

Council Moderator: Mrs. Marta Popiel-Ilieva
Mission Statement: The mission of the Bishop Dunne Middle School Student Council is to provide opportunities for student leadership and governance. The Student Council works closely with the Bishop Dunne administration in managing and promoting extracurricular activities and school spirit and unity. The Student Council is always looking for positive and creative ways to increase the spirit of the school and most importantly to increase and raise leadership skills not only within the Student Council, but also to expand its reach to other students in the school. The Council will promote social justice issues by supporting and creating opportunities for all students in the school.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 9th Grade

Meeting Times: Bi-weekly meetings on Fridays

Activities: Service activities include Fiesta neighborhood cleanup; volunteering at the North Texas Food Bank; organizing Thanksgiving baskets and crafts; singing Christmas carols at St. Joseph Nursing Home;
assisting with Under1Roof; assisting with Foster Kids Toy Drive; organizing the Talent Show; and decorating the hallway for Spirit Week.

TAPPS Academic Team

Moderator: Ms. Amanda York
Mission Statement: The TAPPS Academic Team seeks to provide students with an opportunity to compete in an academically challenging competition based on their unique, individual interests.
Students who have been identified as academically talented are appointed by their teachers to compete in selected academic tests while other students who express interest in academic or performance events are invited to prepare for the competition.

Students may compete in as many as four events. Up to three students may compete in each event. The regional competition takes place in February and the state competition takes place in late March.

Age/Grade Limit: 9th - 12th Grade

Meeting Times: Advisory Period and after school

Activities: The moderator assists students as they prepare to compete in one of the following events:
Advanced Math; Calculator; Current Events; Duet Acting; Literary Criticism; Number Sense; Original Oratory; Poetry Interpretation; Prose Interpretation; Persuasive Speaking; Science; Social Studies; Solo Acting; Spanish; Spelling; and TAPPS Math.

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Moderator: Mr. Nicholas Brandt

Mission Statement: Ultimate Frisbee Club strives to promote exercise, friendship, and fellowship by playing the wonderful casual sport of ultimate frisbee.

Meetings occur monthly, on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30 p.m through 4:30 p.m.