MSJ offers a number of clubs and organizations you can join - have fun, learn, give back to the community. It"s all here! Below is a list of the clubs and organizations in each area.
MISSION SAN JOSE HIGH SCHOOL CLUBS
As of September 2010
A La Mode
Mrs. Montano Room E7
A La Mode is a club in which students interested in fashion - whether it's sewing, sketching, drawing, shopping, modeling, cosmetics, or just clothes in general - can come and share their ideas with other people equally fascinated by this broad genre of art. Our club is linked to FIDM's (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise) international club network, so we'd be able to provide information and resources regarding the fashion industry to anyone passionately committed to pursuing fashion as a major/career. However, members don't have to want to be fashion designers to join! We welcome all students to come and see how our many events can use "fashion" to help the community and contribute to the many causes in the community. We meet in E7 every other Thursday in Mrs. Montano's room. Come check us out and deviate from the academically based clubs or clubs with serious formal causes. We'll show you to have fun FASHIONABLY.
Mrs. Luikart Room C14
Affectionately dubbed Academically Challenged by its members, Academic Challenge is a club that organizes students to participate in various science and jeopardy-styled contests against other schools. We encourage the study of science, math, literature, and humanities through competition, so this club is made up of bookworms, engineers, and trivia lovers, in addition to the nerds of MSJ.
American Cancer Society
Ms. Carroll Room N5
FIGHT for the cure! The American Cancer Society club plans and holds events to raise money for cancer awareness and research. We host an annual breast cancer week and we actively participate in Relay for Life and other cancer walks. We offer many volunteer opportunities such as working in the Discovery Shop; so, come and support the cause!
American Red Cross
Ms. Benton Room B30
The American Red Cross club assists the school and the American Red Cross in instituting, encouraging, unifying, and executing projects and services in cooperation with the Bay Area Chapter, which include fundraising for disaster relief, assistance in local blood drives, as well as teaching and informing members of the community basic first aid and CPR. Participating in American Red Cross' events and fundraisers is a great way to earn service learning hours.
Ms. Hou Room N2
Asian Outreach is a club designed to educate students about the Asian culture. This helps students better identify themselves with their native backgrounds and also aids in the progression towards unification of students of different cultural backdrops.
Band & Orchestra
Ms. Kraft Room M3
Mrs. Allen Room B17
Bhangra is the North Indian folk dance that originated in Punjab. Bhangra is the style of dance, not music, that was created during the harvest and performed during various festivals. Nowadays, Bhangra is easily recognized by the upbeat tempos and loud beats of the drums. The Bhnagra Club hopes to bring a little taste of ancient Indian tradition to the culturally diverse students here at MSJ.
Ms. Ishimine Room M-1
Club Bollywood is club that gives students and teachers an ability to appreciate the Mumbai movie industry, Bollywood. Bollywood movies are basically musicals, as a significant amount of each movie consists of various song/dance sequences. The movies are mainly in Hindi with some English intermixed. Although their will be English subtitles when the club watches movies. To help appreciate the musical aspect of Bollywood movies our club will teach the songs in these movies. The songs will be taught in both European musical notation and the Sargam Indian musical notation. We will form a Bollywood Club band that will hopefully perform formulticultural week and other events. The club will also host some Karom ( an Indian board game similar to pool) tournaments throughout the year. Also, at every weekly meeting there is Indian snack food and Indian drinks like Thumbs Up, Fanta, etc. for club members that pay their membership fees. The main event of the year for the club is a Bollywood themed dance where Bollywood music will be played and Indian food provided. All are welcome to join, so come and check it out! We meet every Friday during lunch in M1.
California Scholarship Federation
California Scholarship Federation is a club in which students can be recognized for their academic achievement.
Children at Heart
Ms. Ponsi Room B37
Promotes academic achievement and community service.
Chinese Chess Club
Mr. Sugden Room C1
Just how Western chess has swept across the nation and won fans all over. Chinese Chess is wildly gaining popularity. The game, which can be learned by individuals of all nationalities, is one that requires thought, patience, and a bluffing composure. The Chinese Chess Club promotes this skilled game by teaching students vital strategies. In addition to all the awesome fun of the game, members also become familiar with Chinese culture as it relates to them, and as it relates to Asian American society in general.
Mr. Fendell Room C16
Club Astro is MSJ's space/astronomy club. This means that we are concerned with all aspects of this topic: from constellations to space teloscopes to astrology and even life on other planets. Our activities also reflect this idea by hosting events from lectures and stargazing to movie debunking sessions, among other activities. Many of the students who go the Mission know about our annual Dr. Ricks presentation to aid eighth graders in how to set up and present a project. This is just one opportunity for members to become involved in the organization. No experience in space-related topics is necessary to join this club, only an interest in any aspect of the cosmos.
Ms. Riley - Little Theatre M4/M5
Interested in whirling flags and guns in coordination with music? MSJ Colorguard does just that, and having won many honors across the state, has become one of the most intriguing aspects of our school. Tryouts for the Colorguard team are at the end of the school year.
Concert Choir and Chamber Chorale
Little Theatre M4/M5
For those who have a knack for singing, there are classes taught at MSj that can fulfill everyone's singing desire. Please visit the Little Theatre for more information.
COR Dance Club
Mr. Boegman Room N8
COR Dance Club is a place where any who loves the art of dance can hang out and have fun learning combinations. Our meetings focus on hip hop, jazz, and Tahitian dance styles. All are welcome, with or without experience.
Mr. Brucker Room B3
Mission San Jose's cycling club welcomes both roadies and mountain bikers of all experience levels. We organize many rides throughout the year, and plan to end the year with a club banquet and a highly enjoyable ride in San Francisco. We also offer tips on bike maintenance, as well as tips on becoming a better biker. Email Alex Lo at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
DECA is MSJ's one and only competitive club for marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality and marketing sales and services. We compete in numerous conferences throughout the year and host a variety of club events ranging from fundraisers to entrepreneurship simulations (stocks, virtual business challenge, etc.), in addition to finding various sponsors and internships throughout the South Bay. DECA helps students develop skills for successful business careers, build self-esteem, experience leadership and practice community service. If you are interested in creating friendships and connections with like-minded people throughout the nation, visit B-30 on Tuesdays during lunch to find out what DECA has to offer you. Come and see for yourself!
En Garde: Fencing Club
Mr. Fendell Room C16
En Garde! MSJ's Fencing club is where MSJ's students come to learn and practice fencing technique and discuss strategy. We welcome both veteran fencers and people who are simply interested in learning (or learning more about) the sport. Our club has both the experience and equipment, so we start off new students by teaching basic actions and technique, and --- later, of course --- some more exciting moves. For the experienced fencers: we have equipment and space for foil, so please drop in during meetings to fence a bout, or help with lessons!
Mr. Gesche Room C14
En Passant is MSJ's champion chess club. Members help one another improve their chess by playing blitz (quick) games. People also help one another by looking over their games. One of the club's main goals is to place at least top 3 in the California State Scholastic Championship. En Passant holds mock tournaments where MSJ students can compete to see who is top at MSJ. The best chess club in Fremont, En Passant provides a friendly enviornment for masters and novices alike.
Mr. Brucker Room B3
Explosure Art Club allows students to express their artistic skills. The club provides for students a place for a creative flow, new ideas, and free expression.
Focus Access Films
Mr. Geschke Room C14
Ever wished you could make your own movie? Now you can. Focus Access Films is a club for the art of filmmaking. whether you plan to film your little sister's birthday party or create your own cinema masterpiece, this is the club for you. If you're a beginner, we will introduce you to the fun of creating your own videos, and if you've got some experience, we will help you use it creatively.
Ms. Hodin Room P4
Bonjour! French culture has made its own niche at MSJ in the form of the French Club. The goal of this club is to allow its members to experience and explore French culture through a wide range of activities, which include Mardi Gras luncheons, dramatic productions, French games, movies, and best of all, chocolate-dipped delicacies! And remember, there is no need to know or be taking French to participate in this club and celebrate French culture, but for those who are taking French, it is a great opportunity to meet other fellow French-speakers!
Future Tech Programmers
Mr. Vierk Room N4
Our Club is involved in programming and web design over the computer, We essentially meet once a week to discuss and create new programs for graphing calculators, games, and basic computer programs (e.g. Java, C++). Our goal is to provide new students with the basics of programming so that they can make their own programs and have a fun time doing it. From gaming to computer savvy this is the best way to get to learn about the latest and upcoming technology around the world.
Gay Straight Alliance
Ms. Chaney-Aiello - Room M1
The goal of MSJ's Gay Straight Alliance is promote awareness among MSJ students and staff about issues concerning the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) community. The club also serves as a safe haven for victims of harassment. Come to our meetings to learn about and discuss issues and events concerning the LGBTQ community and to find out what you can do to help.
Go Club at MSJ
Mr. Karmali Room C2
Go is a unique game of strategy that originated thousands of years ago in China, when the Emperor and the nobles played the game in their free time to sharpen their minds. Today, it is widely played across China, Korea, Japan, and the western world. The goal of the Go Club at MSJ is to introduce and teach students the strategies for victory, and to inspire appreciation for the beauty and simplicity of go. We participate in numerous tournaments throughout the school year, and consistently rank as the best high school team in the Bay Area. We're always happy to welcome new members into our club. Come play the Asian game of Go! Chill out on Weds and Thurs in C-2)
Ms. Dotson Room E16
What does it mean to be a bboy? Bboying is commonly referred by most people as "breakdancing". However bboying is actually a type of dance that evolved around the time hiphop was created. It combines the athleticism and flexibility of the human body with the precision of dancing with the beat. Our club is open to all students, boys or girls, that would like to learn the basics or master their own bboy style. Take place in our competitions and win prizes or just come to learn and have fun. No experience is required or neccesary. There is also no fee. All we need is your body and soul. Become a part of the world wide spread of hiphop culture.
Ms. Luikart Room C9
Green Club is dedicated to helping the environment. The main goal of this club is to make the world a greener place by changing one community at a time. Various activities of Green Club involve cleaning up at Tule Ponds, raising money to adopt a rain forest, composting and gardening, and meeting with various schools to plan events that promote environmental awareness amongst children, teens, and adults alike.
Choir Director - Little Theater
Impromptu is a music club designed to promote music in the community.
We welcome musicians of all skill levels and of all instruments. Through public performances, members can become more active in the community and are given the opportunity to play or sing their own compositions and those of their favorite composers within small ensembles. Come and join us for a year of endless musical creativity!
ISACA, the Indo-South Asian Cultural Awareness club, is a culturally centered group of people that work together to promote South Asian culture at MSJHS. Through many activities such as barbeque socials, community service projects and our annual culture show, our members have been able to expose their culture to the rest of the school.
Ms. Madsen Room P12
Konnichiwa! Japanese Club is intended to enrich the minds of the student body with Japanese culture. Club activities include eating Japanese food, listening to J-pop, learning how to fold origami, and taking excursions to SF Japan town. No Japanese language experience is required to participate, so come join the fun!
JCK Pop Music
Mr. Brucker Room B3
JCK POP Culture allows students to learn about Japanese, Chinese and Korean culture through the exploration of their popular culture.
Mrs. Cohen - Room N9
NEWS FLASH! The official paper of MSJHS, the Smoke Signal, is always ready to update the student body on issues such as hacking, political issues, stealing, world news, cheating and school sports. The newspaper staff works sedulously so that every month there is a new issue for students to read, completely free of charge. Next year's juniors and seniors interested in joining the staff can pick up applications near the end of the year.
Junior State of America
Ms. Wainwright Room P11
Mission San Jose's JSA chapter is for students who are interested in politics and government, foreign affairs, the law, and education. JSA allows for an exchange of ideas through stimulating student debates, thought talks, problem solving, and a variety of simulations. Throughout the year there will be several conventions where chapters from various other schools in Northern California meet to debate and discuss pressing political and social issues. Join JSA and meet people who are interested in politics and the future!
Mrs. Andrews Room N8
Nothing can replace a full year course in Culinary Arts but we'll certainly try to offer a fun and relaxing substitute here at Just Desserts! As the name suggests, we focus our activities around the baking and pastry arts of the culinary world, starting with basic recipes, progressing towards slightly more complex ones later in the year. Using a demonstration-then-DIY approach, you'll learn how to create your own confectioneries to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Ms. Wong - Room B18
Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students, existing in almost 5,000 high school campuses around the world! We are a high school branch of the humanitarian organization Kiwanis International, which is why KEY stands for Kiwanis Educated Youth. The club provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character, and develop leadership. We serve the community in many ways including these: serving food every month at the Homeless Shelter, holding a Canned Food Drive in November, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in October, Christmas Caroling in December, holding various drives to raise money for the less fortunate with our annual Charity Badminton tournament in March, helping to host Ducks for Bucks in April, Relay for Life in June and other activities that are fun and build leadership.
Mr. Richards - Room B33
The club will bring cultural awareness for non-Koreans as well as Korean. We will teach some of the Korean language, will create an environment to make new friends easily who finds an interest in a same topic, catch up on Korea's current news along with Korean entertainment, and organize fundraisers, guest speakers and cultural events.
Mr. Kinser Room B19
MSJ Lacrosse club has the sole purpose of getting kids to learn about lacrosse. While predominately an east coast sport, it is now the most rapidly growing sport. Learn how to handle the lacrosse stick, as well as pick up some cool tricks like scooping and passing. If you've ever wanted to check out what lacrosse is all about (just like the NCAA tournaments :D), then please come and check out our club!
Mr. Breazeale - Room N7/N8
Leadership II is the special student task force that plans student activities year round. Members of Leadership II serve on committees such as Campus Beautification, Tech Outreach, Student-Teacher Relations, Activities Team, Community/CFS, Elections, Homecoming/Multicultural, Slide Shows, Publicity, Ambassadors, and Family Festival. Applications are filled out in the spring and members are selected by their willingness and dedication to serve the school.
Mr. Karmali Room C2
One of the largest service clubs on campus, LEO Club is an international volunteering organization that provides the student body with opportunities to serve and make a difference in their own communities. The club participates in a wide range of events every year, among them the annual AIDS Walk, Trick or Treat on Safety Street, Kids N' Kites Festival, and more. As the high school chapter of Lions International, LEO (Leadership, Experience, Opportunity) also promotes service projects abroad, and MSJ LEOs have been especially active in supporting Daraja Academy in Kenya, the first free all-girls secondary school in East Africa. If you're interested in serving your community, meeting new people, developing leadership skills, and fulfilling your service hours (and really, who doesn't?), come join LEO Club!
Literarily For You
Mrs. Allen Room B17
Hey all you bookworms! Literarily For You is the club for you! LFY discusses novels in detail with symbolism, themes, and philosophy in mind, helping to improve analytical skills among Mission San Jose students. This book club also organizes book sales, with all proceeds going to the nonprofit, and book drives, where students can donate old books to be read and enjoyed by the less fortunate.
Mr. Brucker Room B3
Mahjong is usually thought of as an activity for old Chinese ladies. Well, no more, Mission's very own Mahjong club is here for the teaching and discussing of the game of mahjong and it's strategies. We play many different styles of mahjong, including Taiwanese and Hong Kong. Mah jong club meets every Friday in Mr. Brucker's room, B-Pi
Martial Arts Club
Ms. Malone Room N10
The purpose of the martial arts club is to instruct both newcomers and veterans of martial arts in new and diverse martial art forms. The club provides a place to practice, learn and share different styles of martial arts with other MSJ students in a safe and fun environment. The club not only instructs self-defense techniques, but also showcases the talents of martial artists at MSJ through performances during the span of the year. Interested students are invited to visit us online at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/msjma/
Ms. Kadis Room B15
MEDCORPS is a student organized health service club, dedicated to combat AIDS, Diabetes and Alzheimers in the United States. We volunteer at several notable volunteer events, hosted by nationally recognized organizations, and we arrange several fundraisers throughout the year to donate to both aid and research organizations around the country. We offer legitimate community service opportunities through our activities, and we donate a sizable percentage of our annual revenue to local aid organizations as well. As a service club eager to forward its legacy, we also offer various summer internship and volunteer programs which are sponsored by state universities and national organizations. We hope to benefit the hundreds and thousands suffering from AIDS, Diabetes and Alzheimers in America, and we are eager to expose our high school youth to the programs we advocate.
Ms. Kadis Room B15
The purpose of the Mission Anime Club is to immerse our members into the exciting Japanese subculture that has been a major influence on America in the later half of the 20th Century as well as today. We give our members the opportunity to watch new and upcoming series straight out of Japan!!! In addition, we also attend anime conventions, including the ever popular Fanime Convention on Memorial Day weekend. Stop by and we'll guarantee your excitement!!!
Ms. Ishimine Room C11
Mission Guitar offers an opportunity for guitar enthusiasts and players to come and boost their musical skills. Our club will provide lessons from players who will help increase talent and ability. More experienced players may also come to hang out and jam with their friends. No experience is required, so join today because our mission: guitar.
Mr. Larsen - Office
Mission: SOS is a Mission San Jose High School organization with a goal of promoting a more fulfilling high school experience. Through researching potential block scheduling, improving student-teacher communication, and creating events where speakers help students handle stress, we work together as a team of students, parents, faculty, and administrators to try and make Mission less stressful and more engaging. Examples of past SOS successes are a school-wide survey to determine major causes of stress for both students and faculty and individual workshops and events at school. Mission statement: "To support a school environment that nurtures integrity, academic engagement, connectedness, and well-being.
Model United Nations
Mr. Evans (1st sem), Mr. Jeffers (2nd sem) - Rooms B31, B22
Model United Nations is an organization for those interested in international relations, diplomacy, and human rights issues. It serves as a focal point for preparation and attendance at mock conferences and other associated activities.
Mrs. Ware - Room C10
Amnesty International is a global organization that fights for the preservation of human rights around the world. It boasts 2.2 million members from over 150 countries; all dedicated to stopping human rights abuses going on today. MSJ Amnesty International works with our parent organizatioin, Amnesty International to raise local awareness about human rights violations and what we can do to end them. We petition governments abusing human rights, send letters, host awareness-raising events and otherwise work to preserve basic human rights. BECOME AN UPSTANDER TODAY!
MSJ Biomedical Club
The Pre-Med club will provide students with opportunities to learn more about health-related careers, educate them about basic emergency procedures, and coordinate social and meaningful activities otherwise unavailable to them. Our objective is to educate the student body about the medical field and what it has to offer, regardless of major.
MSJ Cricket Club
Mr. Karmail Room C2
Cricket is a sport that was created in England and now played by many countries around the world. Although the sport is not as popular in America, it's basic gameplay is somewhat like baseball. The Cricket Club's main goal is to teach its members more about cricket, and help make them better players. We play matches within our club and also try to play competitive yet friendly matches against other schools.
MSJ Kendo Club
Mr. Rath Room E1A
Kendo: If you've seen it, you know how awesome it is. If you haven't, then I suggest you youtube it today! A derivative of Japanese swordsmanship developed in the early 18th century, Kendo allows those interested to keep their bodies intact while maintaining the spirit of swordsmanship in the development of martial prowess. If you want to learn or practice Kendo, come by one of our meetings and sign up!
MSJ Recreational Tennis Club
Mr. Richards Room B23
MSJREC is a newly added recreational tennis club for everyone! This is a social club that stresses the importance of interest over skills; meaning that one's skill level should not be an obstacle to enjoy the fun of the sport. One of our goals is to unite everyone despite their skills or interest. We will be hosting tournaments that anyone can join. Price and date TBA. So come join the Tennis Club!
Mr. Brucker Room B3
Come and learn to play Ultimate! Ultimate is a combination of soccer and football but is played with a Frisbee. From learning to throw to playing the game itself, MSJ Ultimate is the club for you!
MSJ Web Design
Ms. Wegner Room B32
MSJ Web Design provides a forum for students interested in making websites. We discuss graphics, coding, and everything in between! Come share your coding tricks and layout solutions; participate in our diverse contests; and help manage our websites! No experience is required, so whether you are a web-savvy guru or first-time novice, you're welcome to join!
Muslim Student Association (MSA)
Mr. Hui Room B36
The Muslim Student Association strives to offer cultural and religious diversity to MSJ's campus by holding events that relate to and represent Islam. Students from all religious beliefs are welcome. The MSA holds weekly meetings and Fridays prayers. It also host events like movie nights, socials, and Fast-a-thons.
Odyssey of the Mind
Mr. Brucker Room B3
The Odyssey of the Mind Club is designed to introduce and engage students in this wonderful program. By forming teams to solve one of six problems, ranging from building mechanical devices to reinterpreting literary classics, students will be able to utilize and strengthen their creativity, critical thinking, and teamwork skills in competition with other schools. Come and join the fun!
Paper Business Origami
Mrs. Weed-Wolnick Room B24
The Paper Business Club, also as known as the Origami Club, is a place where students can learn the fun and unique art of origami. We offer help for a variety of models, ranging from simple to complex. No experience is required, so come and learn how entertaining and rewarding origami can be.
Ms. Madsen - Gym
Members of Pet, Animal, and Wildlife Services gain valuable experience with animals through volunteering at wildlife refugees, caring for sick or injured animals, and helping out with puppy showcases and classes.
Peer Resource and Advisers Club (Peer Counseling)
Mr. Richards - Room B23
Peer Counseling is a seventh period class that helps the student body through positive reinforcement and peer-to-peer relations and mentoring. They train members in order for them to help their peers with their problems. Peer counseling helps guide their peers to lead healthier and more responsible lives.
Ms. Ishimine Room C11
Perfect Noise is a club for anyone who is interested in learning how to beatbox, teach others how to beatbox, or just likes being wowed by watching someone make the sounds of a drum machine, bass guitar, and sing all simultaneously! Don't be shy! Come on out to C11 at lunch on Tuesdays to join in and learn to beatbox!
Ms. Lindsey Room P6
Do you enjoy expressing yourself in artistic and exciting ways? Then Phoenix is the club for you. The Phoenix club collects art, photography, poetry, and prose submissions from MSJ students throughout the year, and then creates and sells a magazine containing the best submissions at the end of the school year. And for those who like taking part in magazine production and publication, the Phoenix club is just the place to show off your organization and artistic skills!
Picture That Photography
Are you interested in photography? Do you want to learn how to use a dSLR? Come to Picture That meetings on Thursdays in E7 to learn about the art of photography. We hold weekly lessons on the basics of a dSLR camera and the compositions of a well-taken, artistic photo. No camera experience is required, but if you have your own camera, feel free to bring it to our meetings. If you don't have a camera, however, the club is willing to lend out cameras for your artistic development. We plan to hold field trips to various sites such as Sunol, San Francisco and Lake Elizabeth to gain experience with different environments and lighting. Picture That also creates the Multicultural slideshow that will be shown to the entire school at the Multicultural week assembly.
Mrs. Ware Room C10
The Ping Pong Club will play ping pong matches almost every Monday at lunch. We are planning to play tournaments and it will be lots of fun. No prior knowledge or experience of the game is required to become a member. The goal of this club is to improve every individual's knowledge and skill of ping pong. We also make sure that this is a club for serous players and players who are not so serious. We hope to see new members this year!
Project ME (Mission Education)
Project Mission Education (ProjectME) earns money to improve the educational environment at MSJ. Project ME is a school club that was founded in 2010, and works in conjunction with Sirona Cares for Schools, a sister company of Sirona Fuels, and Salinas Tallow. Club members solicit restaurants and other businesses whose used cooking oil is removed by Sirona Fuels or Salinas Tallow. If a restaurant agrees to sign up with Project ME, Sirona or Salinas donates a portion of the profit they make from sale of the used cooking oil directly to the club. Project ME distributes the money received from restaurants through grants to individuals and clubs affiliated with the school. The club Board of Directors, consisting of four student officers and three adult advisors, review grant applications and decide how funds will be allocated. If you or someone you know owns a business and would like to donate their used cooking oil, please email email@example.com. Also, please visit the Project ME website at http://www.msjprojectme.com
Reach for the Sky
RFS raises money and awareness for orphans in China, the majority of which are females. We work closely with Half the Sky Foundation, a non-profit organization that builds well-equipped welfare institutions for children who are abandoned or have lost their parents. We hold monthly fundraisers as well as member festivities which include movie nights and trips to the beach. On top of that, we always have yummy snacks during our bi-monthly lunch meetings. Join us if you want to give back to the less fortunate and have fun at the same time!
Club Revolution is MSJ's Chinese Yo Yo club, which is also called the Diabolo. Come and learn how to do tricks, or see us at performances throughout the school year!
Interact is the high school chapter of Rotary International and is one the largest service clubs at MSJ (with more than 80 active members and 35 service events per year including, Great America charity runs, volunteering at AIDS Walk in SF, Christmas in the Parks, helping serve food to the homeless, and many more). Students are able to earn service learning hours, meet new people, gain leadership skills and personal integrity all while giving back to the community! MSJ Interact is part of District 5170 which extends all over the Bay Area. Each year they take on an ambitious International project to help raise awareness as well as funds for those in needs. Past projects include Hydraid, Pumpaid, PolioPlus, and many others. By getting involved, students will be able to build friendships with other Interactors around the Bay Area who share the same passion for helping others! So by joining Interact not only are you helping others, youre helping yourself! Its a win-win deal!
Spanish Honors Society
Spanish Honors Society is a club for students who are interested in the Spanish culture and language. Besides tutoring other Spanish students, we celebrate many of the Latin American holidays with lunchtime activities with lots of food to fundraise for the charity Children's World Wide South America and to broaden our members' knowledge about Latin Culture. We also attend at least two field trips during the school year which include plays and museums, which gives our members the chance to improve their listening skills and have a great time!
Speech and Debate
Mr. Fendell Room C16
Speech and Debate Club Info
The Mission San Jose Speech and Debate Club (MSJSD) is dedicated to providing its participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in Speech and Debate tournaments across the state. Members have the option of joining Lincoln Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, and Speech. If you have a love for public speaking, researching, writing, acting, or critical thinking please join us for our next club meeting, and discover which of our many events is right for you. With tournaments at schools like Stanford, Berkeley, and Santa Clara, and over ten events to choose from, theres something for everyone!
Cheering, dancing, performing and competing! MSJ Spirit Leaders work eleven months out of the year preparing for the football season, basketball season and many competitions throughout the state of California. Come to the games and help the MSJ Cheerleaders and Song Girls cheer our teams to victory.
Ms. Moore - Room E28
Stand is the student-led branch of the Genocide Intervention Network. Our mission is to arm our fellow students with the tools to combat genocide. Our chapter also promotes being an upstander and doing the right thing.
Tech and Robotics Club
Mrs. Neilson & Mr. Brucker Rooms B3/P9
The MSJ Tech and Robotics Club welcomes students who are interested in expanding their knowledge in computers, robotics, and programming. Various opportunities are available to active members including awards and scholarships. We are the home of MSJ's FIRST Robotics Team and we participate in various other competitions including FIRST Tech Challenge and Botball. Veterans mentor new teams, so no experience is required to take part in the tournaments. We hope to see you at our next meeting!
As MSJ's Rubik's cube club, Three Cubed aims to provide its members with a fun, low-key, and relaxed setting form them to cube without getting their cubes confiscated by teachers. Meetings are held every week in which students can learn new algorithms to solve 2x2x2, 3x3x3, or 4x4x4 cubes and can race against others on stack mats. Come and enhance your school year by learning to solve a Rubik's cube.
Traditional Chinese Calligraphy and Painting
Ms. Hou - Room N2
Chinese Painting and Calligraphy is a place for students to learn more about Chinese art, which is distinctly different from that learned in the traditional art class. We help supervise and assist students in creating their own artworks. Once the students become comfortable with the medium, our club helps prepare their artworks for various competitions throughout the year. Furthermore, we will participate in local exhibitions held in the library and on campus.
Ms. Kraft Room M4/5
Contrary to popular belief, the Universal Performers do not actually perform around the universe, for it is simply too big for us to cover. Actually, being a Universal Performer does not require you to be an active performing arts member at all! The only requirement is that you love the performing arts(as an audience member or performer). Whether it be Band, Theatre, Choral Music, or Technical Theatre, U.P. has a place for everyone. A few of its wonderful benefits include discounts on the Fall Play, Spring Musical, and our annual Jazz Dance hosted at the Marriott Hotel. In addition to discounts, as a U.P. member you are eligible to join us on thrilling and informative field trips three times a year to San Fransisco! So if you love performing, watching performers, or just love the universe, come to the Little Theatre any or every Monday and join the fun that is U.P!
Mrs. Waller Room P7
The primary objective of Writers Block is to promote improvement in writing skills and academic performance through peer-editing, writing contest, and/or other methods. In peer-editing sessions, each member of the two-person team reviews and edits the others writing. The writing contests include both members-only as well as the open-to-all contests with prizes. The secondary objective of the club is to promote recreational writing through round-table sharing of each others leisure writing. In round-table sharing sessions, members take turn sharing and commenting on each others writings.
Ms. Dotson - Room E18
Memories... that is what the yearbook staff helps to maintain for the students at MSJ. You may not notice, but undercover photographers are omnipresent, taking professional candid stills that enhance the remarkable spreads about student life, academics, sports and organizations and people. The finest artists at MSJ design the full-color layout, and staff members work assiduously all year long to create a book students will keep for years to come. The yearbook staff invites students to submit their favorite pictures (preferably candid) to the yearbook room if they would like them to be published. Any students interested in becoming one of the yearbook crew can pick up an application near the end of first semester.
Ms. Wong Room B18
Youth Alive, as Mission's Christian club, exists to provide an on-campus fellowship for believers from the different churches represented at MSJ. As a club, they aspire to encourage and support each other. Youth Alive aims to inspire members to be spiritually active both on and off campus. Through prayer meetings, socials, and praise nights, Youth Alive strives to grow as a Body of Christ and a witness to those around them. Everyone is Welcome!