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Academic Clubs

Angela’s Girls

Mrs. Pamela Pasquale, Room 222

Angela’s Girls meet on a regular basis to study the Bible and the Counsels of Saint Angela Merici, the Patron Saint of Ursuline High School.

Book Club

Mrs. Michelle Carosella, Main Office

The UHS Book Club typically reads two books per quarter. The Book Club meets for discussion on agreed-upon dates; at the midpoint and conclusion of each book. Students are not required to participate every quarter.

E-Sports Team

Mr. Greg Sauline, Room 304

The Ursuline E-Sports Team will meet on a weekly basis to practice playing several video games, develop strategy, and collaborate. Students will compete through E-Sports Ohio and face other schools from around the state.

French Club

Mrs. Lisa Devlin, Room 234

The French Club explores the cultural heritage of France through further reading and study, field trips and other cultural experiences. Open to all students particularly those taking French. Meetings are held after school on a monthly basis.

Italian Club

Mr. Marco Fiorante, Room 228

The Italian Club explores the rich cultural heritage of Italy through further study, field trips and other cultural experiences. Open to all students particularly those taking Italian.

Math Club

Mr. Mark Uerling, Room 306

Monthly meetings and work sessions are held for all interested students. Different topics will be discussed each month. An activity will accompany the monthly meeting.

Merici Med

Miss Staci Raab, Room 132

This program will provide students who are interested in health care professions with experiences designed to increase awareness of the various medical career paths available. In addition to exposing students to potential medical-related careers, we involve students in opportunities and practical experiences both within the walls of Ursuline as well as outside of the school setting with the guidance of medical professionals. Ursuline began developing this program with an exciting partnership with Mercy Health, allowing some of our students to be trained in Health Care Provider CPR, First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogen, C-Spine Immobilization, and Incident Command Disaster Drill programs during a 4-day program in Mercy’s Simulation Lab. Program participants attend the Mercy Health training series and participate in a minimum of 80 hours of additional Merici Med opportunities throughout their time at Ursuline, including, but not limited to guest discussions from medical professionals, distance learning lab videoconferences, shadow experiences, lessons from the Anatomage curriculum, and visits to science/medical conferences, fairs, or other relevant event.

National Honor Society

Mrs. Nannette Jacobs, Room 228

A total of 20% of a graduating class are elected to the National Honor Society in the junior year. Selection is based upon the student’s academic record, leadership ability, character and school and community service. Members serve the school as freshman mentors and peer tutors.

News Broadcasting

Mrs. Paulina Montaldo, UHS TV Studio

The Irish news is a regularly produced student news broadcast aired weekly to UHS students. The show is broadcast from the newly created UHS TV Studio. Students can participate through a television production class or as an extracurricular activity.

Peer Tutoring

Mrs. Lousie Kotel, Guidance Office, Room 301

Peer tutoring is offered through the learning center throughout the school day. Students who would be willing to give up one or two study halls per week in order to help another student should sign up for this service opportunity with their guidance counselor.

Quiz Bowl Team

Mrs. Cindy Lacko, Room 224 and Mrs. Mary Kay Scudier, Room 321

A quiz bowl type competition where students compete against other schools answering questions about History, Science, Literature, and other subjects. The competitions take place during the winter season. Students of all ages are eligible to compete in the activity. There is both a JV and Varsity Quiz Bowl Team.

Saint Patrick Engineering Club

Mr. Mark Uerling, Room 306

The St. Patrick Club will meet several times throughout the year to complete special engineering related labs with the assistance of engineers and engineering university students. The labs will allow students to experience simulations and projects similar to the work of an engineer and interact with current undergraduate engineering students. The club is open to all students. The labs are provided by Engineering Tomorrow and Ursuline is the first Ohio school accepted to participate in the program.

Science Club

Science Department Teachers

The Science Club meets monthly to further explore an area of science. Guest speakers, field trips, films, and other activities are sponsored by this organization. Open to all interested students.

Spanish Club

Mrs. Paulina Montaldo, Room 232

The Spanish Club explores the rich cultural heritage of the Spanish speaking people around the world through further study, field trips, and other cultural events. Open to all interested students particularly those taking Spanish. Monthly after school meetings are held throughout the year.

Fine & Performing Arts

Art Club

Mrs. Alana Campbell & Miss Miranda Timmins, Room 326

The Art Multimedia Club provides a unique opportunity for students to learn how to create multimedia presentations utilizing the latest in high tech computer programs and equipment. This organization was established to insure that the students of Ursuline High School would be prepared for the future of multimedia presentation that exists in today’s technologically advanced world. It is open to all interested students.

Band

Mr. John Peplowski, Room 105

The Ursuline High School Band provides numerous ways for students to perform and showcase their musical talents. The marching band performs at football games, pep assemblies, band nights, OMEA state sanctioned competitions, parades, and basketball games. During the second quarter, the marching band segues into concert band and performs for the annual Christmas Concert and late Advent Prayer Service. During the second semester, the band functions as a concert band. Their talents are showcased during the Fine and Performing Arts Assembly, the annual spring concert, awards day, and competitively during the annual spring trip. Past trip destinations in which the band has earned numeroud competitive awards and honors include: Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando, St. Louis, Hershey, Toronto, and Gaitlinburg.

Aside from performing in major music ensembles, students also have the opportunity to participate in numerous smaller ensembles that include: OMEA Solo & Ensemble competition, Stage Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Drummawockeez. Students also receive recognition at the annual awards banquet held each spring.

Benefits of Joining:

  • Academic Credit
  • General Scholarship of $750 for being a member all year
  • Private Lesson Scholarship Incentive
  • Eligibility for the Spring Trip if member all year
  • Develop leadership qualities
  • Enhance self confidence-self esteem
  • Enhance critical thinking skills
  • Increase self discipline and responsibility
  • Simultaneous use of left and right brain
  • Frequent activity in a controlled and positive environment
  • 65% of students on average are on the honor roll
  • Foster long term quality friendships
  • Part of a long existing tradition

Colorguard

Mr. John Peplowski, Room 105

The colorguard is an important visual segment of the marching band during the first quarter of the year. It is one unit comprised of flags, dance, and majorettes. The colorguard is open to students in grades 9-12 and members are selected after an extended audition process. Members have the opportunity to perform at football games, band nights, pep assemblies, OMEA state sanctioned competitions and parades.

Benefits of Joining:

  • Academic Credit (1/4)
  • Eligibility for the Spring Trip
  • Apply skills obtained from private training
  • Develop leadership qualities
  • Enhance self confidence-self esteem
  • Enhance critical thinking skills
  • Increase self discipline and responsibility
  • Simultaneous use of left and right brain
  • Frequent activity in a controlled and positive environment
  • Foster long term quality friendships
  • Part of a long existing tradition

International Thespian Society/Theatre

Mrs. Lisa Devlin, Room 234 & Mrs. Joan Williams, Room 307

The International Thespian Society, the student division of the Educational Theatre Association is the world’s largest honor society for theatre arts students. Ursuline High School troupe 5185 encourages students to attain a better mastery of the theatre arts and reqards those who achieve standards of excellence.

Each year, Ursuline produces four theatrical productions: two musicals, a non-musical and the student-directed one acts which have become a favorite Ursuline tradition. Auditions for all productions are held for casting purposes. Students not wishing to appear on stage serve in backstage capacities (e.g. set building, running lights and sound, stage management).

Benefits of Joining:

  • Membership in an international honor society
  • Recognition of achievement in the theatre arts
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Participation in conferences and workshops
  • Advancement to Thespian ranks of Honor, National Honor or International Honor Thespian
  • Developing friendships with those who have similar interests
  • Developing poise, self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Developing the skills of concentration, focus and self-discipline
  • Developing creative problem solving abilities and the skill to work independantly
  • Developing oral communication and time management skills

Any Ursuline student can be a member of the Drama Club or Apprentice Thespians by attending meetings and participating in Ursuline Theatre productions. Those students who desire to be inducted into the International Thespian Society earn points based on their participation in Ursuline Theatre productions and activities.

Liturgical Choir (El Fuego)

Mrs. Nicole Uerling, Room 128

The Liturgical Choir is open to all students who wish to share their musical talents thereby enhancing the quality of our liturgical worship. The group welcomes all whom wish to participate but particularly those who can play a musical instrument and those who enjoy singing. Choir practice will be held weekly.

Speech and Debate

Mrs. Joan Williams, Room 307

The Speech and Debate team participates in forensic competitions at the local, state, and national level. Categories include: Oratorical Interpretation, Original Oratory, Humerous Interpretation, Dramatic Interpretation, U.S. and International Extemporaneous Speaking, Prose-Poetry, Duo Interpretation, Impromptu Speaking, Lincoln-Douglas Public Forum, and Congressional Debates. Students receive coaching during the months of September and October and compete during the months of November through March. Competitions are usually scheduled on Saturdays. The team is affiliated with both the Ohio High School Speech League and the National Forensic League. Practices are held after school at least 2 nights a week during the Speech/Debate season.

Benefits of Joining:

  • Developing effective communication, critical thinking, interpretation and leadership skills
  • Developing poise, self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Involvement on a team with friends who have similar interests
  • Membership in a Speech and Debate Honor Society (National Forensic League)
  • National awards that can be attained by all members
  • Advancement to national ranks of Special, Outstanding and Premier Distinction
  • Opportunity for State and National competition and awards
  • Gaining an understanding of the Ethics of Good Sportsmanship

Any student may become a speech and debate team member providing he/she completes team responsibilities and follows team policies and regulations.

Leadership

Liturgy Committee

Mrs. Nicole Uerling, Room 128

The Liturgy Committee, made up of all student volunteers under the guidance of Mrs. Linda Miller, meets after school to plan school Masses and Prayer Services. Students receive training in order to become familiar with use of the Catholic Liturgical order, Liturgical Calendar, and elements of the Mass than can be adapted for school use. Members of the Liturgy Committee support our worship experience with their creativity and leadership. Students interested in joining the Liturgy Committee may sign up on the Liturgical Survey in August through their religion class.

National Honor Society

Mrs. Nannette Jacobs, Room 124

A total of 20% of a graduating class are elected to the National Honor Society in the junior year. Selection is based upon the student’s academic record, leadership ability, character and school and community service. Members serve the school as freshman mentors and peer tutors.

Student Ambassadors

Mrs. Maggie Damore, Main Office and Mrs. Aimee Morrison, Room 322

This service and leadership organization actively involves students in the planning and coordination of Ursuline’s marketing and recruitment efforts. These activities include school visits, open house, 5th & 6th Grade Day, and 7th Grade Night. Student Ambassadors also assist in the production of brochures, posters, or other materials for prospective parents and students. Students apply in the fall of the school year. Acceptance as a student ambassador is based on an application, conduct, and attendance.

Student Council

Miss Deanna Sheffler, Room 324

The Ursuline Student Council serves as the school’s student government. Students involved in this organization learn the skills of leadership and organization by becoming actively involved in planning activities that encourage school unity, spirit, and service. It also is the principle vehicle whereby students communicate their concerns to the faculty and administration.

A six member executive board, elected by the current student council in the spring, governs the council. Each class elects four officers and six representatives during elections in the spring of each year. Freshman elections are held in early September. Eligibility is based on grade point average and conduct grades.

Service

Senior Christian Service

The Religious Education Curriculum includes a service-learning component for seniors. Those who choose to apply for this course and are accepted will spend one semester visiting four sites each week. These locations include elder facilities, preschools, elementary schools, and a variety of community locations. Listed below are many of the sites Ursuline students have enjoyed during the past several semesters.

Elder Care/Assisted Living:
Heritage Manor, Inn at Christine Valley, Liberty Arms, Meridian Arms, Omni West, Ursuline Motherhouse Health Care, Park Vista

Pre-School/Day Care:
Candy Cane Workshop, Sunny Days Preschool at St. Rose, Ursuline Preschool and Kindergarten (UPSK), ECLC at St. Luke’s, St. Patrick’s Preschool Hubbard, ECLC at St. Joseph’s, Oblate Sisters Preschool and Kindergarten

Elementary School:
Saint Christine, Saint Joseph the Provider, Saint Rose

Community:
Purple Cat, Leonard Kirtz School, Potter’s Wheel, Rescue Ministries, St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall and Food Pantry, Our Community Kitchen, Rich Center for Autism. Included in their work for this course is an on-site evaluation from their supervisors, excellent attendance, and academic assignments in order to receive their religion credit. Each student keeps a daily journal of his or her reflections for their service work. A research project on a topic, which relates to one of their locations, a storytelling project for the children at their preschool, in-class discussions and in-service training, elementary sign language, and reflection papers on videos comprise the curriculum for this course.

School Wide Service Efforts

In addition to the above activities, the various groups sponsor the following school wide service projects:

  • Ursuline Day of Service – The 2019 Day of Service brought together more than 100 members of the Ursuline Family to serve 10 community partners.
  • City Wide Beautification and Clean-Up Projects
  • Thanksgiving & Christmas Food Drives
  • Clothing & Household Supply Drives
  • Collections for the Ursuline Sisters’ HIV/AIDS Ministry & Beatitude House
  • Ursuline Family Emergency Fund

Students of Stewardship

Mrs. Aimee Morrison, Main Office

Students of Stewardship is an extracurricular service organization dedicated to serving various local charities including the Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and Casa Madre, among others. They also raise money throughout the year to defray the cost of their culminating activity, a mission trip to an area in need, such as Appalachia. Students in grades 9 through 12 are welcome to join S.O.S., although the Mission Trip is open to only upper classmen.

Interact

Miss Carolyn Korenic, Room 121

Another extracurricular service organization is the Interact Club, which is affiliated with Rotary International. It is open to all students who wish to enhance leadership skills, serve their community and expand international understanding. Projects address today’s most critical issues such as hunger, the environment and illiteracy.

Publications

Newspaper – The Irish Times

The Irish Times is published quarterly. With additional staff members, the paper could become a monthly. Any student interested in journalism is invited to become part of the staff. Those who do not enjoy writing or editing can always help out by typing copy, paste-up, stapling and selling. Photographers are always needed.

Yearbook – The Ursulinian

Mrs. Lisa Devlin, Room 234

All students from grades 9-12 are invited to join the staff of the Ursuline High School yearbook. Students learn layout and graphic art skills as they have fun producing the annual. Skill in areas such as writing, drawing, and design are helpful but not necessary. Training will be provided.

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