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.

Moderator: Mr. Nicholas Brandt

Mission Statement: The Campus Ministry club is designed to help all students come to know God, love God, and serve God and His creation.

Open to all grades, 6-12.

Meetings are every Wednesday except the first Wednesday of the month in Room 110, from 3:30-4:30pm.

Officers:  None (peer ministers are leaders).

Community project: We host four service projects (practicum projects) a year run by our Peer Ministers to serve different spiritual needs on campus.

African American Awareness Club

Club Moderator: Mrs. Erica Culton
Mission Statement: AAA is an organization that works towards increasing African American pride, awareness, leadership and consciousness. We enhance our political thought, knowledge, and progressiveness through culturally diverse programming.

Age/Grade Level: grades 6-12

Meeting Dates: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, room 109.

Officers: President, vice president, social-cultural chairs, political chair and secretary.

Activities: Working the Halloween Dance for Model UN, and working on my other service projects with my executive board.

Fundraiser: Tuesday/Thursday pizza sales after school

American Sign Language Club

Moderator; Mr. Mike Alfers

Mission: To educate students in communicating through sign language and raise awareness of the importance of working with people with impairments and/or disabilities.

Age/grade level: Grades 6-12

Officers: Captain

Meetings: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:15-4pm

Community Service: Gather donations and raise money for the Deaf Action Center of Dallas

Fundraiser: Sell pizza after school on an Early Dismissal Day

 

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.

Board Game Club

Club moderator: Mr. Juan Barzallo

Mission: At the table, we truly meet each other, and spend stress-free, fun and brain-expanding times.

Age level/grade: Grades 6-12

Meeting time: Mondays at 3:10 in room 103.

Officers: President, vice-president, seretary.

Activities: Visit nursing homes and play board games with residents. Raise money for boys and girls club.

Book Club

Middle & High School Book Club Moderator: Ms. Melanie Gibson


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

Community outreach: Reading with preschool and elementary students

Officers: President, vice-president, PR/historian.

Meeting Dates: Once monthly on Friday after school, in the library.

Dress-down fundraiser: TBD

Fundraiser: Sell pizza or snacks after school.

Campus Ministry Club

Drama Club

Club Moderator: Mrs. Christine Voigt in partnership with Shakespeare Dallas

Mission Statement: The Drama Club seeks to inspire the Bishop Dunne community through creativity and exploration of theatre arts.

Age/Grade Limits: grades 6-12

Meetings occur on Mondays 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.

Empowerment

Club Moderator: Ms. Hannah Patton

Mission: A group focused on spreading positivity throughout Bishop Dunne as well as being a source of great leadership, service and inspiration for our community.

Grades: 9-12

Officers: President and vice-president.

Meeting dates: Monthly, in the art room.

Community service:  Volunteer for a Special Olympics event and raise money for the organization.

Dress down fundraiser: Bake sale, Oct. 25, 2019.

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: To present 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 inter-denominational organization that exists to foster Christian ethics and sportsmanship on the field, court or classroom

Age/Grade Limit: Grades 6-12

Meeting Dates: 1st and 3rd Monday

Officers: captain, two co-captains. recruiters, and a treasurer.

Activities: We will host one blood drive in the fall and one blood drive in the spring. We will also host the Pasta for Pennie drive to help Leukemia and the Lymphoma Society.

Fundraiser: We would like to participate in Pizza sales.

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

2019-2020 Information

Club Moderator: Dr. Diana Torres-Rivera
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 Tuesday of each month in room 407.

Officer positions available: president, vice president, treasurer, social media editor, officers.

Dress-down fundraiser: Sept. or Oct. with Sociedad Honoraria Hispana.

Community Service: Helping the Catholic Charities Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. Giving to the prom dress program for the Dallas Public Library.

Fundraiser: As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, sell tacos on faculty in-service day, Sept. 26.

Medical Society Club

Moderator: Mr. Tom Avery

Purpose: To aim for a sense of community among the students who are interested in the career of medicine, while also providing them with opportunities to hear from doctors, current students in med-school, watch medical procedures, and also participating in community service projects. The Medical Society Club will benefit the students because it allows them to participate and experience the field of medicine. We will bring in speakers that are willing to volunteer their time to discuss their career and the steps they took to follow their career, and the purpose of the speaker is to get an inside view of what the steps you must attain to become a doctor.

Age/Grade Limit: Grades 6-12

Meeting Dates: Every third Friday, in room 209. Time: TBD

Community service: The members will volunteer at different hospitals from time to time.

Fundraiser: Pizza sales, Dress down and we will fundraise an amount(to be determined) of money to donate to a local suicide prevention organization such as the Suicide Crisis Center in North Texas to honor Gus Temple.

Middle School Art Club

Club Moderator:  Mrs. Allie Ramirez

Mission: Middle School Art Club aims to inspire and recognize those students who have shown outstanding ability in art. We foster excellence and a dedicated spirit to the pursuit of art and further creative abilities and talents of members.

Age/grade level: grades 6-8

Activities: TBD

Fundraiser: Candygrams, Dec. 9-18, 2019

Middle School Student Council

Council Moderator: Mrs. Kathy Beattie

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: grades 6-8

Meets: Monthly, second Thursday, 3:05-3:30, room 101.

Officers: President, vice president, secretary/treasurers (8th graders only).

Community service: Supporting patients/families at Children's Medical; other community efforts TBD.

Fundraiser: After school pizza sales, spirit ribbon sales.

Model UN

Club moderator: Viviana Tambasco

Mission: The mission of the Model United Nations (MUN) Club is to engage students in a simulation of the United Nations system by learning about the UN system. The MUN club will provide a forum for all students to learn about international affairs and world events; while also teaching students the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution and negotiation, and the importance of diversity and cultural tolerance.

Age/grade level: 9-12

Officer roles available: President, Vice-President, Secretary

Meetings are bi-monthly, Thursday, 3:10 - 4:00 p.m., room 104

Community service projects: Volunteer at Hunger Busters twice a semester

Dress-down fundraiser date:  TBD

Fundraiser activities: Pizza and snacks sale, Halloween Dance (Middle School), Movie Night (Middle School).

National Art Honor Society

Club Moderator: Mrs. Allison Ramirez

Mission Statement: National Art Honor Society aims to inspire and recognize those students who have shown outstanding ability in art. We foster excellence and a dedicated spirit to the pursuit of art and further creative abilities and talents of the Society’s members, as well as the school’s entire student art enrollment. NAHS aids members in working toward the attainment of their highest potential in an art area by bringing art to the attention of the school and community. Members increase an awareness of art in relation to other areas of the school curriculum and further aesthetic awareness in all aspects of the school’s visual arts program.

Age/Grade Level: 9 - 12

Meeting Dates: Monthly, first Tuesday, after school room 404

Activities: TBD

Dress down fundraiser: Selling candygrams, Dec. 9-18.

National Hispanic Institute

Club Moderator: Dr. Diana Torres-Rivera
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: Ms. Susan Matassa
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

2019-2020 Information

Moderator: Julie Coxe
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: 7th-9th grades, by invitation and application.

Meeting Times: Bi-weekly meetings on Fridays

Officer positions available: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, historian, at-large.

Activities: Service opportunities include collecting and donating socks for the ICU at Children's Medical Center

Dress-down fundraiser in the works (TBD)

Fundraising activity: None, dues-collecting club.

 

Respect Life Club

Moderator: Mr. Nicholas Brandt

The Respect Life Club is a club dedicated to promoting awareness of the value of every human life at every stage from conception until natural death.  Any student is allowed to join the club!
 
Every year we help out at In My Shoes, a local pregnant women's home to give our time to care for the mothers and their babies.  We also go on the March for Life, partnering with Holy Spirit Catholic Church's Youth Ministry who provides bus transportation from Dallas to Washington D.C.  All high school students are eligible to apply to go on the annual march to walk with hundreds of thousands of others in the fight to end abortion and save children's lives.
 
Additionally the club is open to student input to create new events that promote the dignity of others.

Robotics and Engineering Club

Club Moderator: Mr. Vladimir Sosa

Robotics and Engineering are now combined.

Mission Statement: Robotics Club will 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.

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

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.

Slavic Club

Club Moderator: Mrs. Iryna Dovzhanska

Mission Statement: To broaden students’ horizons by learning about the Slavic culture of European countries focusing on pysanky egg art.

Age/Grade Limit: 6th - 12th Grade

Meeting Times: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

Officers: president, vice president.

Community service: To contribute to the programs "Adopt-A-Grandparent" and "Family-to-Family" through www.uuarc.org.

Fundraiser: Pizza sale and Slavic Club art items sale.

Strings Club

Moderator: 

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: To present music that inspires and equips others through inspirational and uplifting singing and to serve our school and community with compassion and Christian Service.

Age/Grade Limit: Grades 6-12

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

Officers: president, vice president, recruiter, treasurer

Community Outreach: A sock drive in the fall to help young children that live in homeless shelters.

Fundraiser: Pizza sales.

Spanish Honor Society

Club Moderator: Alex Meza

Mission: The purpose of the Spanish National Honor Society is to spread the knowledge of the Spanish language and culture in our community.  Simultaneously, we recognize those students who have achieved academic excellence in the study of the Spanish language in our campus.

Grades 9-12

Meets the second and fourth Friday of each month.

Offices: President, vice-president, secretary and treasurer

Dress-down fundraiser date: TBD

Fundraiser: TBD

Student Council-High School

Club Moderator: Mr. Mark Clifford

Mission Statement: To provide opportunities for student leadership and governance. The Student Council will work closely with the Bishop Dunne administration in managing and promoting extracurricular activities and school spirit and unity.

Age/Grade Limit: Grades 9-12

Meeting Dates: 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month from 3:15 - 4:00 p.m.

Officers: president, vice-president, and public relations.

Community service: Homeless For A Night, Kids for Christ, Hunger Busters, Christmas Toy Drive, Talent Show.

Fundraisers: snack sales.

TAPPS Academic Team

Moderator: Mr. Wilson Barrett
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.