Student Life

Clubs

Notre Dame of West Haven believes strongly that a student’s education does not end when he leaves the classroom. In fact, research proves that co-curricular activities enhance a student’s academic performance. Participation opens the door to new interests, increased self-confidence, and opportunities for leadership. At Notre Dame, students may choose from the following co-curricular activities. To see more information regarding a specific club, click on the Club name.

List of 37 items.

  • Alum-Knights

    Alum-Knights are students in grades 10-12 who help to insure that an “education of the mind and heart” continues to be available for young men of promise in the greater New Haven area. In their roles as ambassadors, Alum-Knights increase their own knowledge
    of what it means to be Notre Dame men--an understanding that
    will inform their lives now and in the future.

    Moderator- Mrs. Martha Giammatteo, P '07
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x240 
    mgiammatteo@notredamehs.com  

  • Anime/Gamers Club

    This club provides an avenue for students who enjoy role playing games of various styles – card games, table top games, video games, etc., to meet and challenge each other. Students new to the games are taught to play, strategies are developed, and tournament play may be organized.

    Moderator- Ms. Allison Lambert
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x
    alambert@notredamehs.com
  • Art Club

    The mission of the Art Club is to promote both the implementation and education of the visual arts for its members and the school as a whole. This is accomplished through acting as a resource which offers after school sessions that involve members in the visual activities of the school, such as creating sets for school plays as well as visual backgrounds for displays and social activities.

    Moderator- Mr. Robert Miller '71
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x244 
    rmiller@notredamehs.com
  • BRO

    BRO (Brothers Reaching Others) is a student moderated group focused on integrating students from all classes and backgrounds in fellowship. Students focus on issues involving but not limited to prayer, decision making, and bullying in an atmosphere that is friendly and unaffected by faculty moderation. Small groups are led by Senior
    BRO leaders. Meetings are once a month from 5-7PM in Collins Auditorium.

    Moderator- Mr. Jordan Smith
    Phone: 203-933-1673  
    jsmith@notredamehs.com 
  • CAAP- Changing Attitudes About People

    The mission of CAAP is to help promote awareness regarding all differences of the entire school community, as well as outside the school community. Secondly, it promotes awareness on handling situations regarding differences among people. Lastly, the club works to strengthen closeness of the Notre Dame community.

    Moderator- Mrs. Tina Collura
    Phone: 203.933.1673 x 461
    ccollura@notredamehs.com  

  • CSMC- Christian Student Mission Club

    The Christian Student Mission Club was founded in the earliest days of Notre Dame High School’s history as an outreach to people in need. The club has continued for more than sixty years, calling students to go above and beyond the requirement of service. Through various projects both within Notre Dame High School and in the greater community, these students strive to exemplify the Gospel and the philosophy of the Congregation of Holy Cross to be men of compassion and faith.

    Moderator- Mrs. Gail Bellucci
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x238
    gbellucci@notredamehs.com
  • Debate Team

    The purpose of the Notre Dame Debate Team is to foster an atmosphere of academic excellence and proficiency in the development of research skills, writing briefs, making arguments, time management skills during competition, persuasive speech, advanced note-taking, team work, cross-examination and rebuttal tactics, and argumentative strategy.

    Moderator- Mr. William Parkinson
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x 445
    wparkinson@notredamehs.com
  • DECA Chapter

    The mission of DECA, Inc. is to enhance the co-curricular education of students with interest in marketing, management, and entrepreneurship. DECA helps students to develop skills and competence for marketing careers, to build self-esteem, to experience leadership, and to practice community service. DECA is committed to the advocacy of marketing education and the growth of business/education partnerships. www.deca.org
     
    Moderator- Mr. Brian Footit
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x 451
    bfootit@notredamehs.com
  • Drama Club

    The Drama Club gives those students interested in theatre the opportunity to produce and perform plays for the public.
     
    Drama Club Website
    Moderator- Mrs. Casey LaMonaca
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x443
    clamonaca@notredamehs.com

  • Drone Club

  • EAC- Environmental Awareness Committee

    This committee is composed of the Honors Biology and Ecology classes and collects paper for recycling. This paper is then picked up and delivered to an outside company. The reimbursement money generated goes into a fund for the support of environmental issues.

    Moderator- Mr. Donald Martone '87
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x444
    dmartone@notredamehs.com

  • Fantasy Sports Club

    The club gathers students interested in fantasy football, hockey, basketball and/or baseball in order to communicate interest in the sports and learn the technology skills needed to establish teams and compete.

    Moderator- Mr. Omar Espinosa
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x 
    oespinosa@notredamehs.com 

  • Green Machine

    Student organization that goes to ND sporting events and  provides a positive cheering section to support our athletes and coaches.     

    Moderators- Mr. Shea, Mr. Hyduk, Mr. Huston
    jshea@notredamehs.com -      203-933-1673 x
    mhyduk@notredamehs.com -  203-933-1673 x
    ahuston@notredamehs.com -  203-933-1673 x
  • Guitar and Rhythm Club

    The mission of the Guitar Club is to promote and encourage a common interest in the guitar and its uses for its members. This is accomplished through providing an after school resource for the education and implementation of a common interest by its members in all aspects of the guitar.

    Moderator- Mr. Robert Miller '71
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x244
    rmiller@notredamehs.com  

  • Humanities Club

    The mission of the Humanities Club is centered on the belief that in order to change the world one has to start internally by becoming an even better person. The club hopes to cultivate self betterment and discuss important topics generated from art, readings, film, etc. The club’s fundamental goal is to inspire people to create the positive change they see necessary in the world.
     
    Moderator- Mrs. Lucy Abbott
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x
    labbott@notredamehs.com
  • Interact Club

    The club is an organization in collaboration with the Rotary Club that promotes community service under the umbrella of a civic model. The club provides creative and social opportunities for service that “challenge prejudice as well as unjust networks of power and privilege.” 

    Moderator- Mr. Jordan Smith
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x
    jsmith@notredamehs.com
  • Intramural Sports

    Intramural sports are provided for all students who may have interest in team games as part of their physical fitness program. Intramural teams offer a vigorous workout, good competition, and friendly student fellowship, without the routine, regulation, and time commitments of interscholastic sports.

    Moderators-

    Mr. Brian Footit
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x432
    bfootit@notredamehs.com

    Mr. John Warrick
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x
    jwarrick@notredamehs.com
  • Italian Club

    The mission of the Italian Club is to promote the Italian culture through various activities.

    Moderator- Mrs. Tina Corraro
    Phone 203-933-1673 x 427
    tcorraro@notredamehs.com
  • Jazz Ensemble

    The Jazz Ensemble explores the rich tradition of jazz music, performs repertoire appropriate for the jazz ensemble, and develops skills in jazz improvisation.
    An audition is required for admission.

    Moderator- Mr. Jason Arnold
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x228 
    jarnold@notredamehs.com 



  • KNADA- Knights of Notre Dame Against Drugs and Alcohol

    The mission of KNADA is three-fold: to educate the Notre Dame High School community about the dangers of drug and alcohol use; to promote safe and healthy alternatives to using drugs and alcohol; and to increase awareness about the destructive consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

    Moderator- Mr. Michael Abbott '95
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x420
    mabbott@notredamehs.com
  • Library Advisory Board/Book Club

    The Board’s mission is to aide the function of the library media center at Notre Dame. The Board considers the library media center’s policies, its purchases, and long-range planning. In addition, members are involved in discussing books they have read in an effort to promote literacy in the ND community. Board
    members also serve as contact persons who might have interest
    and concerns about the library media center.

    Moderator- Ms. Lisa Mierzejewski 
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x237 
    lMierzejewski@notredamehs.com 



  • Literary Magazine- The Mind’s Eye

    The mission of the Literary Magazine is to publish student writing and art for the school community.

    Moderator- Mrs. Lucy Abbott
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x452
    labbott@notredamehs.com
  • Math Team

    The mission of the Math Club/Team is to foster the members’ interest in the subject and to compete in the Greater New Haven Math League.

    Moderator- Mrs. Margaret Sanders
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x440
    msanders@notredamehs.com 
  • Model UN

    The mission of Model UN is to provide an opportunity for Notre Dame students to understand the real functioning of the United Nations and to gain a greater awareness of member states and the value of peaceful diplomacy to resolve international problems.

    Moderator- Br. James Branigan, C.S.C.
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x212
    jbranigan@notredamehs.com
  • MSU- Minority Student Union

    The mission of the Minority Student Union is four-fold: to offer a supportive environment for students of color; to provide educational and historical experiences; to hold bi-annual gatherings with students from Sacred Heart Academy and Laurelton Hall; and to raise funds for the MSU scholarship.


    Moderator- Sr. Rosemary Reynolds, SND
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x245
    rreynolds@notredamehs.com
  • Outdoorsmen Club

    The mission of the Outdoorsmen Club is to give students the opportunity to become involved in outdoor activities, educate its members about the outdoors, and give them a hobby that can last a lifetime. The club also has the goal of helping preserve the environment, such as with river clean-ups, volunteering with the state of Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, and teaching others how to be respectful sportsmen.

    Moderators-

    Mr. Tim Furtak '02                          
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x455            
    tfurtak@notredamehs.com             
  • Programming Club

    The role of the club is to educate the students of ND to the ever growing field of technology. Students will need a solid knowledge of algebra in order to instruct the computer to perform operations. Students logical thinking and processing will be challenged and expanded.

    Mr. Christopher Porto '06

    Phone: 203-933-1673 x 
    cporto@notredamehs.com 
  • Robotics and Science Club

    The club is dedicated to the study of robotics and scientific topics in order to participate in state robotics and science competitions.

    Moderator- Mrs.  Katie Saxon
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x 
    ksaxon@notredamehs.com 
  • Ronald Reagan Political Debate Club

    This organizations is a political debate club that meets to discuss modern political issues.

    Moderator- Ms. Lisa Mierzejewski 
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x237 
    lMierzejewski@notredamehs.com 
  • Ski and Snowboard Club

    The purpose of the club is to bring students who are interested in skiing and snowboarding together to plan trips to local mountains to participate in activities with members of the Notre Dame High School community.

    Moderator- Mr. Matthew Milano '07
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x 
    mmilano@notredamehs.com 
  • Southern Connecticut Conference Dream Team

    The mission of the SCC Dream Team is to bring together students from four schools in southern Connecticut who are part of the SCC Athletic Conference to learn about and fight prejudice.

    Moderator- Mrs. Kathleen Bonn
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x235
    kbonn@notredamehs.com
  • Spanish Club

    The mission of the Spanish Club is to experience the Spanish culture through speakers, games, music, and celebrations of holidays and special events.

    Moderator- Mrs. Carmen Gunneson
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x476
    cgunneson@notredamehs.com
  • Stage Crew

    The mission of the Stage Crew is to encourage a coordination and cooperation among its members to assist in events which occur at the school. This is accomplished through the continued education and implementation of its members in the safe usage of controlled lighting effects for school plays and social events, as well as assisting the production crew in set construction and design.

    Moderator- Mr. Robert Miller '71
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x244
    rmiller@notredamehs.com  
  • Stock Market Club

    The mission of the club is to help students gain an understanding not only of stocks and bonds, but also the way major investment firms organize and mange portfolios. The club will simulate a money management team similar to the structure used by mutual fund companies in the investment world. Our goal will be to develop strategies, methods, and an organizational direction for ourinvestments. We will then compare our investment results against several benchmarks in the industry including the S&P 500, DJIA, and other money managers around the world.

    Moderator - Mr. Jason Shea '97
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x436
    jshea@notredamehs.com
  • Team ND

    The mission of Team ND is to be a student ambassador program. Team ND showcases Notre Dame students to the school community and the general public and serves in such capacities as tour guides for Open House and student representative at 8th grade school visits made by the Director of Admissions.

    Moderator of Team ND - Mr. Pasquale Izzo '00
    Phone: 203.933.1673 x230
    pizzo@notredamehs.com  
  • Webcast Production

  • Yearbook: The Shield

    The mission of the Yearbook staff is to create and publish the Notre Dame High School Yearbook each year.
     
    Moderator- Mr. Dominic Corraro '80
    Phone: 203-933-1673 x426
    dcorraro@notredamehs.com
    • Math Club