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Clubs and Organizations

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.

As of August 2014

*Room numbers are based on the 2013-2014 school year and are subject to change.

 

3D PRINTING
MR. BRUCKER – B3

3D Printing Club is one of the newest clubs on campus. We meet every Thursday in B3/Bpi Mr. Brucker’s room during lunch. As a club, we teach our members all about 3D Printing, how to use the software (AutoCAD) and how to use the actual printer (we currently have 3 Type A Series printers). Students can also email msjhs.3d@gmail.com or go to our website msjhs3d.weebly.com and order objects they want printed. For a small fee, we will 3D print your object.

 

A LA MODE
MS. EUGSTER – C4

A La Mode is the first fashion design club at MSJ. OUR MISSION is to provide an environment that will allow those interested in fashion to express their creativity. The main emphasis is for members to define and explore their own personal style. The club is linked to the FIDM's (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) international high school network allowing members to access information on the fashion industry, fashion scholarships, contests, prizes, VIP seating to fashion shows near us. In addition, there will also be fundraisers and club bonding shopping sprees planned throughout the year.

 

A.C.E.S (An Awareness Club for Endangered Species)
MR. VAN DEUSEN – C13

A.C.E.S is an awareness club meant for endangered species and their diminishing habitats. At the end of each year, a sizable donation will be made to the World Wildlife Fund or the WWF. The donations to the WWF would be raised through fundraisers and donations, which we hope to raise! Email acesmsjhs@gmail or join us on Facebook for more information. Hope we see you soon!

 

ACADEMIC CHALLENGE
MR. GESCHKE – C12

Affectionately dubbed Academically Challenged by its members, Academic Challenge is a club that organizes students to participate in various science and jeopardy-styled competitions against other schools. Students compete in Science Bowl, Quiz Bowl, and Ocean Science Bowl at both the regional and national levels. Encouraging the study of the sciences, the mathematics, literature, and the humanities, this club is made up of trigger happy people, engineers, and trivia lovers, in addition to the wonderful nerds of MSJ.

 

ACM
MR. BRUCKER – B3

Association for Computing Machinery is a club on campus that aims to equip MSJ students with the Computer Science skills that will be instrumental to success in the tech-dependent industries of the future. We offer year-round classes to all MSJ students that will help prepare them to take the AP Computer Science test in May, and also provide tutoring to students enrolled in Dr. Brucker’s class (extra credit available upon enrollment). We organize hands on activities, crash courses, and hackathons for students with no experience and students with years of practice. As an official ACM chapter we have access to numerous resources and guest speakers as well.

 

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
MS. EVANS – M3

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 – B30

Here at MSJ, Red Cross promotes a healthy lifestyle, as well as teaching all of our members to contribute to general public welfare and the race to save lives! As a branch of the International Red Cross movement, we hold fundraisers and inter-club events to help promote health and happiness, as well as give our members exciting ways to earn community service hours! Support our cause and come out and join us at one of our regular meetings in B-30!

 

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
MR. SALDANA – C1

MSJHS Amnesty International's mission consists with the national Amnesty International Branch. This club's mission is to educate the public of global human rights abuses, and to campaign for an end to these human rights abuses.

 

ARCHERY CLUB
MR. BRUCKER – B3

The mission of this organization shall be to perpetuate, foster and direct; through a workshops of encouragement development, education, and participation in the practice of target archery. The club will and can provide training to expand and to develop the target archery of all levels.

 

ASIAN OUTREACH
MS. WEED-WOLNICK – B24

Asian Outreach is a club designed to educate students about Asian culture. This helps students to better identify themselves with their native background and also to progress toward unification of students of different cultures. In addition, this club helps foreign students who are new to MSJ to familiarize with the new environments.

 

BEST FRIENDS
MR. TAYLOR – B20

MSJ Best Friends is a club that strives to integrate MSJ students into the special needs community and dissolve any stereotypes about special needs kids. We work with the special needs kids on campus, are involved in volunteer programs off-campus, and raise funds to donate to the special needs community.

 

BIOTECHNOLOGY CLUB
MS. KUMAR – C18

Through the MSJ Biotechnology Club, we seek to educate the MSJ student body on the growing field of biotechnology. We will have numerous discussions on the advances of this field, conduct labs and perform research, have guest speakers, visit biotechnology companies and organizations, and compete in biotech competitions.

 

BRIDGING THE GAP
MR. EVANS – OFFICE

Bridging the Gap focuses on "bridging the gap" between senior citizens and new generations, so volunteers will also learn how to take a larger role in helping the people around them. Members will gain lifelong friendships and knowledge while senior citizens will receive companionship and valuable memories. A few activities at a local senior center include manicures, craft making, card games, talent show, and much more!

 

BUSINESS CLUB
MR. JEFFERS – B22

The Business Club is a place for students to explore the field of business, while testing their skills in the area. In conjunction with the Harvard Business School and Wharton Business School, Business Club participates in both local and international competitions and offers sessions in which members learn about entrepreneurship, management, finance, fundraising, decision-making, business models, and leadership.

 

CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATION
MR. BRUCKER – B3

California Scholarship Federation is for students who are dedicated to academic achievement and service for the community. This statewide organization recognizes these students and provides opportunities for them to receive scholarships for their efforts and good works. The CSF at Mission San Jose will help members find community service projects right for them. Join CSF to be recognized as a student and to earn community service learning hours!

 

CHALLENGE SUCCESS
MS. GEERS/MR. LARSEN – P8/OFFICE

Our mission: To support a school environment that nurtures integrity, academic engagement, connectedness and well-being.

 

CHINESE CHESS CLUB
MR. SUGDEN – A2

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 club promotes this skilled game by teaching students vital strategies and providing them a place and opportunity to practice the skills they learned.

 

CINEMA PRODUCTIONS CLUB
MS. WEED-WOLNICK – B24

Interested in the unique art of film making? From writers and producers to actors and set designers, everyone has a role in this club!

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE CLUB
MR. LAZAR – B8

MSJ Computer Science Club (MSJCS or MSJ Compsci) is a club dedicated to promoting and expanding the interest of computer science of the students at MSJ. We aim to bring the joy and excitement of computer science to members and non-members of this club through many activities, such as lectures, guest speakers, competitions, discussions, and field trips. We hope to see you at our club meetings, held on Tuesdays and Fridays in B8! Contact us at msjhscompsci@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list, and check out our website at msjcs.github.io.

 

COR DANCE CLUB
MS. ROUNDY – P11

COR Dance Club is a dance club at Mission San Jose High School that strives to teach various styles of dance to the student body. We work to offer a safe place for dancers to come together and express their abilities, learn new styles, and contribute to the diverse culture of our school. We offer classes in hip-hop, contemporary, and jazz!

 

CYCLING CLUB
MR. BRUCKER – B3

MSJ's Cycling Club welcomes both roadies and mountain bikers of all experience levels. Whether you just want to get some exercise or are in love with biking, you are always welcomed to join us and our two-wheeled machines. We organize many rides throughout the year, and will end the year with a highly enjoyable ride in San Francisco. We also offer advice on bike maintenance and tips on how to become a better and stronger rider. Email msjcyclingclub@gmail.com or join our Facebook group for more information. We hope to see you soon!

 

DEBATE
MR. THOMSEN – GYM

MSJ Debate offers students the opportunity to learn the valuable skills of argumentation, public speaking, and research in a competitive environment. We currently have successful teams in both Public Forum (2 vs 2) and Lincoln Douglas (1 vs 1) debate. Our team has enjoyed a large amount of competitive success in the past few years and we always look forward to adding new members! Meetings take place Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays after school in the A-Wing cafeteria.

 

DECA
MR. ROBINSON – B18

BUSINESS. MARKETING. MONEY. DECA is MSJ’s one and only competitive team for marketing, management, and entrepreneurship with events in business, finance, hospitality, sports, etc. We compete in numerous competitive conferences throughout the year and host a variety of club events, ranging from after school workshops to CA State entrepreneurship competitions (i.e. Virtual Business Challenge, Stock Simulations, etc.). We also offer various internships and scholarships throughout California. DECA helps students develop skills for successful business careers, build self-esteem, experience leadership, and practice community service. Visit our Facebook group, deca.org, or our Tuesday meetings and see what DECA has to offer you!

 

EN PASSANT
MR. GESCHKE – C12

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 environment for masters and novices alike.

 

ETHNIC RACE RELATIONS COMMITTEE
MRS. HA – B34

ERRC strives to promote cultural awareness throught the MSJ student body and bring understanding and appreciation to ethnic diversity. We are comprised of select individual who are passionate toward our cause.

 

FBLA
MR. RICHARDS – B33

Future Business Leaders of America is the largest student organization in the world, helping students all across America transition into the business world. We will become a school chapter within the Bay section and therefore part of the California FBLA state branch. FBLA chapters can be found in several high schools all over the U.S.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
MS. LINDSEY – P6

Eat, taste, and share (and did we mention eat?) with the members of Food for Thought! We aim to give all interested students a chance to taste and share a diverse array of ingredients and recipes. We will also explore how food impacts our nutrition, environment, and community. Come join us for tastings and other fun events. For more information see our blog at http://msjfoodies.blogspot.com/ or email us at msjfoodies@gmail.com.

 

FRENCH CLUB
MS. SARTORI – N3

French Club unites all people who are interested in French and Francophone culture. French Club is open for anyone to join, and knowing French is not a requirement. Membership is free. We will spend the year celebrating different French holidays, while sharing and spreading the French culture.

 

GAY-STRAIGHT ALLIANCE
MS. LAROSA – P25

Gay-Straight Alliance provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia at MSJ.

 

GO CLUB
MR. KARMALI – C2

Go is a unique game a strategy that originated thousands of years ago in China, when nobles played this 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 our club is to introduce and teach members strategies for victory and to inspire appreciation for the beauty and simplicity of go. We participate in numerous tournaments throughout the school year and have historically been the best high school go team in the Bay Area. Come play the Asian game of Go! (On Tues. in C-2)

 

GRAVEL PIT
MRS. DOTSON – E2A

Welcome to Gravel Pit, Mission's one and only Urban Dance Club! We teach revolve around anything regarding urban dances, such as Bboying, Popping, Locking, And Tricking. We meet outside the A-wing Cafeteria every Tuesday, and host workshops once a month!

 

GREEN CLUB
MS. ISHIMINE – M1

Green Club is MSJ’s environmental action club! Our mission to make the world a greener place starts right here at MSJ. Students can help promote environmental awareness through various opportunities, such as helping with Terracycle, installing food scrap bins, cleaning up Fremont’s Tule Ponds, and gardening. Stop by a meeting to learn ways you can start living greener! Our website is msjgreenclub.wordpress.com. Email us at msjgreenclub@gmail.com to sign up for our mailing list.
Reuse the past, Recycle the present, and Save the future. GO GREEN!

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
MR. VIERK – N5

Habitat for humanity is a chapter of the international non-profit organization of the same name. Our goal is to help eliminate homelessness across the globe through hard work and dedication to build affordable, environmental homes for those who need it. Students who also participate in habitat for humanity will learn useful skills such as teamwork, goal setting, time management, and many practical skills that you can obtain from construction field. We do many building events and fundraisers throughout the year to accomplish our dream.

 

HAPPY DAY MICROFUNDS
MS. TEVLIN – P22

Happy Day Microfunds focuses on social entrepreneurship by helping underprivileged students with business ideas gain access to the capital and resources to grow their ventures. HDmf members can attend entrepreneurship conferences throughout the year in addition to fundraising the microfunds and aiding in the entrepreneurial process.

 

HEALTH AND FITNESS
MS. LAROSA – P25

MSJ Health & Fitness is a club that is primarily interested in trying to get the the students of MSJ more conscious of their physical fitness. We want to offer the students of MSJ, regardless of their fitness backgrounds, opportunities to become more involved in their own health and improve their lives as a result. Meetings will be held periodically (scheduling for the 2014-15 school year is still tentative) and during these meetings we will hold educational lectures, Q&A, possibly guest speakers, and advisory sessions. We will also be looking to collaborate with outside organizations such as local gyms to see if we can get a deal for our club members to exercise at said locations.

 

HISTORY CLUB
MR. JEFFERS/MRS. KRISHNA – B22/B23

Enjoy exploring the back stories and secrets in the annals of history? Have a passion for uncovering the truth? Ready to have a blast competing in intensely fun, exciting history contests? Join History Club, where you can participate in National History Day and other history competitions! You'll become an expert on any topic of interest, refine your research skills, meet talented people from all over the country, and gain valuable experience which will definitely give you an edge in your classes.

 

HOSA
MS. RAYMOND – C9

MSJ HOSA is a health-care oriented club in which students take part in competing on the regional, state and national level in medical related events. The mission of HOSA is to promote different healthcare opportunities and to enhance the delivery of healthcare to all people, which it does through the events, competitions and community service to further promote leadership and educational opportunities.

 

iKNIT
MRS. KEARNS – B21

MSJ iKnit is a club for knitters and crocheters of all skill levels to share their passion with others while benefiting the community through charity projects. iKnit serves as a fun and welcoming gathering place for people to share knitting patterns and designs and also provides assistance to those who would like to learn how to knit or crochet.

 

IMPROMPTU
MR. BRUCKER – B3

Our objective is to spread music throughout the community. Members of Impromptu, performing on a variety of different instruments or voice, volunteer their talents to our local area during periodic student-arranged concerts. These performance venues range from elementary schools to retirement homes. As our musical outreach grows, we intend to expand our network to a larger level and collaborate with musicians of other communities to foster more musical awareness and appreciation.

 

INTERACT
MR. PERALTA – C6

Interact is the high school chapter of Rotary International. Students can earn service learning hours, meet inspiring new people, form strong leadership skills, and high personal integrity. MSJ Interact falls under District 5170, the largest district internationally, which takes on International Projects such as the Answer is the Sun, End Polio Now, ShelterBox, and Life, Love, Literacy to help raise awareness and funds for those in need. Community service events include volunteering at SF Aids walk, Christmas in the Park, Hers Breast Walk, and more. 'Interactors' aspire to inspire the uninspired and put "Service Above Self."

  

JTASA
MS. TEVLIN – P22

The Junior Taiwanese-American Student Association exists to increase awareness about Taiwan, to expose students of all ethnicities and heritages to Taiwanese culture, and also to encourage them to become active and responsible citizens in their community by providing volunteer opportunities and internships. Everyone is welcome - contact us at msjjtasa@gmail.com!

 

JUNIOR STATE OF AMERICA
MS. EUGSTER – C4

JSA is a political awareness organization. It is entirely student-run, and has chapters all over the country. Through JSA, you can not only meet people from all over NorCal, but also learn more about current events, government, and politics from spirited talks and debates.

 

KEY CLUB
MR. CAIN – B16

We are one of the service clubs here at Mission San Jose High School and we strive to help out the community and the world internationally. We hold many events that allow the student body to have countless opportunities for service hours and acquire numerous skills. We also strive to fundraise toward our annual district project: Pediatric Trauma Prevention. We hold meetings once every month and have lots to offer. Come and see what Key Club is all about!

 

LANDCRUIZERS
MR. BRUCKER – B3

Landcruizers is a longboard club that hosts monthly slide jams for beginners and skilled boarders alike. Even only a speck of interest in the thrilling sport of longboarding is welcome. Come to one our meetings to learn about the next slide jam!

 

LEADERSHIP II
MR. BREAZEALE – N7/N8

Leadership II is the special student task force that plans student activities year round ranging from Friday activities to assemblies. Members of L2 serve on committees such as Alumni, Campus Beautification, Tech, Student-Teacher Relations, Activities Team, Community/CFS, Elections, Fundraising, Homecoming/Multicultural, Slide Shows, Publicity, Student Store, Green Team, and Family Festival. Applications are filled out in the spring and members are selected by their willingness and dedication to serve the school.

 

LEO CLUB
MR. KARMALI – C2

On our maroon T-shirt, we are proud to have the words "Leadership, Experience, Opportunity" and the lion that has represented our club since we were founded in 1984. LEO club is comprised of people who want to provide community service, for the benefit of others as well as themselves. With a wide range of activities from Trick-or-Treat on Safety Street to the annual AIDS Walk in San Francisco, every event offers a unique learning experience. Our goal? We want to give our members opportunities to have fun, meet new people, and be inspired to go above and beyond.

 

LITERARILY FOR YOU
MS. ALLEN – 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 MSJ students. This book club also organizes book sales, where students donate old books to be read and enjoyed by the less fortunate.

 

LIVERIGHT
MS. KUEI – C16

LIVERight is a high school chapter of Team HBV, which is the outreach branch of the Stanford Asian Liver Center. LIVERight is dedicated to raising awareness about Hepatitis B, a disease which disproportionately affects Asians and Pacific Islanders worldwide. We also encourage people within our local community to get tested and vaccinated for Hepatitis B. LIVERight offers community service hours as well as opportunities with the Stanford Asian Liver Center to members and holds its own events, such as documentary screenings and events during Hepatitis B Awareness Week.

 

MAKE-A-WISH
MRS. ISHIMINE – M1

MSJ's Make-A-Wish Club grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The power of Make-A-Wish lies in the simplicity of this mission: the Foundation is focused on the children who need us. Each of these children and his/her family believe that a life can be measured in memories, not in years. Meetings are every other week in M1 where we brainstorm fundraising ideas, arrange trips to interact with wish grantees, and discuss methods to aid children with terminal diseases. Come join us as we celebrate the power of a wish!

 

MEDCORPS
MR. MELCIC – M3

Medcorps is a health service club dedicated to combating AIDS, Diabetes, and Alzheimer's. We volunteer at notable events hosted by nationally recognized organizations, and we arrange several fundraisers to donate to both aid and research organizations across the country. We offer community service and summer internship opportunities relating to the health field as well. We are eager to expose our youth to the programs we advocate for the benefit of our community through events such as the annual Health and Wellness Fair and monthly presentations. Come join us as we spread valuable knowledge to our peers about the importance of healthcare!

 

MISSION ANIME
MS. TEVLIN – P22

A club dedicated to the art of Anime (Japanese Animation).

 

MISSION ENERGY
MS. ISHIMINE – M1

Our club focuses on the conservation of energy and the use of resources in our environment to fuel our daily lives. We aim to educate ourselves and others about the importance of protecting our environment in as many ways as possible. We will be looking at alternative sources of energy and how to use them as well as ways to reduce energy usage.


Last year we took a trip to Lake Elizabeth to install trash cans for recycling and another trip to Chadbourne to teach kids about about our field. We hope to do even more events this coming year!

 

MISSION GUITAR
MR. MALLON – B2

The purpose of Mission Guitar is to promote guitar at Mission. Our club will perform at a variety of locations, and raise money for our club. Students will receive service learning hours for performances, if applicable.

 

MISSION JAPAN
MR. BOEGMAN– E1A

こそ! Mission Japan is your go-to club for Japanese culture. We hold weekly meetings to discuss the latest trends, J-pop, J-drama, and traditional culture. We also hold contests, go to karaoke, visit Japantown, watch dramas/movies, and even teach the Japanese language! Mission Japan meets every Monday in Mr. Boegman’s room in E1A. We are sister clubs with Mission Anime. Join Mission Japan today, and visit us at http://www.msjjapan.wordpress.com Contact President Sean Li(senior) for more information. No Japanese language experience required.

 

MISSION MENTORS
MR. RICHARDS – B33

Mission Mentors is a club that helps high school students learn about the different jobs that exist. We have guest speakers from many different fields that come in and speak and give students an idea of what they have to study to pursue a job in their field, what they actually do, and the companies that they work at.

 

MISSION ULTIMATE
MR. ALVES – B15

The Mission Ultimate club is dedicated to the sport of Ultimate Frisbee. We strive to introduce a deeper level of this sport that most Mission students have not experienced, to hold organized games and tournaments both within MSJ and against Frisbee clubs in other schools.

 

MODEL UNITED NATIONS
MS. HONEYCUTT – B37

Want to learn about international issues? Want to improve your public speaking skills? Want to meet other students from around the United States? Join Model United Nations! 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. We can be contacted at msj.mun@gmail.com

 

MOCK TRIAL
MR. FENDELL – C14

MSJ Mock Trial provides students with the opportunity to use their critical thinking, speaking, and networking skills. Students have the rare opportunity to work in the Alameda County Superior Court as they take on various roles such as defense attorneys, prosecution attorneys, witnesses, bailiffs, and clerks. Surrounding the case that is issued each school year, students will follow a curriculum that takes them through analyzing evidence, making opening and closing statements, conducting direct and cross examination, and learning about the U.S. legal system. MSJ Mock Trial holds meetings in C14, Mr. Fendell’s (advisor) room. Meetings will be publicized in advance.

 

MODEL UNITED NATIONS
MS. HONEYCUTT  – B37

Model United Nations encompasses various skills such as speech, debate, and teamwork. MUN conferences focus on topics such as human rights, international relations, and diplomacy. Through these conferences students work together to solve global problems while posing as delegates from different countries around the world. Students are exposed to various real world problems and deal with them using procedures similar to those in the actual United Nations.

 

MSJ ILLUSION
MR. GESCHKE – C12

Our Club exists to teach students how to preform slight-of-hands and other card tricks to confuse people about reality. MSJ Illusion works with students to learn how to use special techniques to do this.

 

MSJTV: MISSION SAN JOSE TELEVISION
MR. BOEGMAN – E1A

In 2014-2015, MSJTV will be in its 6th season. MSJTV is a club on campus dedicated to providing the students with an opportunity to explore broadcast journalism. Members will take part in creating monthly episodes by covering school events, interviewing students on campus, and writing their own news segments. Applications for a year-round membership are released at the end of every school year and new students or freshmen can apply at the beginning of the current school year.

 

MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION
MRS. ROUNDY – P11

This club promotes unity and joint action among the Muslims at MSJ. The club conducts religious, charitable, education and cultural activities for its members. There will be arranged congregational prayer at appropriate timings. The club also promotes interactions and healthy relations with non-Muslims.

 

NATIONAL ART HONORS SOCIETY
MS. CHRISTENSEN – E3

NAHS is a club where students explore their interests in art. At our meetings, we work on club and personal projects, and get to know each other well. Club bonding is held on field trips and outside activities. Club projects include murals for the school, participation in the yearly trashy fashion show, art exhibitions, and smaller fun crafts.

  

NATIONAL FRENCH HONORS SOCIETY
MS. SARTORI – N3

The purpose of of NFHS is to promote the speaking and educational aspects of French on campus, as well as to provide a cultural platform for French learners. In order to reach out to fellow classmates, we plan to conduct weekly meetings and events where we converse only in French. This club will connect MSJHS to the nationwide fraternity of NFHS.

 

NEUROSCIENCE CLUB
MS. KUEI – C16

MSJ Neuroscience aims to provide students an opportunity to discover and enjoy a flourishing field of study. We strive to promote insight into, a deeper understanding of, and an appreciation for the field of neuroscience. Club activities include guest speaker presentations, equipment demonstrations, facility tours, outside competitions, and intramural competitions. Join us in our exploration of the largest unknown in biology today!

 

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND
MR. BRUCKER – B3

Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that provides students with creative problem solving opportunities. Students apply their creativity and teamwork from building mechanical devices to creating plays to presenting their own interpretations of literary classics. They then present their solutions in competition at the local, state, and world levels.

 

PAPER BUSINESS ORIGAMI
MS. WEED-WOLNICK – B24

Paper Business Origami Club is MSJ’s official origami and papercrafting club! Come to any club meeting to learn how to fold neat models, make popup cards, or design paper-based corsages! All materials, from glue to paper to books, are provided. We meet on Mondays, in B24, Mrs. Weed-Wolnick's room, so come on by! Email us at msjorigamiclub@gmail.com for more info.

 

PEER RESOURCE/COUNSELING
MS. JENSEN – OFFICE

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.

 

PERFECT NOISE
MRS. ROUNDY – P11

Perfect Noise serves as an entertainment-oriented climb designed to enrich and nurture aspiring musicians or those interested in the art of BeatBoxing by means of teaching them how to use the human voice as a percussion instrument. Perfect Noise regards BeatBoxing as an official form of music and deems all BeatBoxers as musicians.

 

PET, ANIMAL, AND WILDLIFE SERVICES
MS. SULTANA – C11

Do you want to pursue a career involving animals, get service hours, or simply get together with animal lovers? Then PAWS is the perfect club for you! We offer animal-related volunteering opportunities, fundraisers to support animal shelters and causes, and speakers with career experience to educate students. Come join us at our meetings and other events. For more information, email msjpaws@gmail.com.

 

PHOENIX ART&LITERARY MAGAZINE
MS. LINDSEY – P6

The primary goal of Phoenix: Art and Literary Magazine is to collect from MSJ students the best art, photography, poetry, and prose submissions, which we compile into a magazine at the end of the school year. As per tradition, we host Poetry Slams as well.

 

PICTURE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHY
MS. MONTANO – E7

Picture Perfect serves to unite students who share an interest in photography. The club aims to expand its knowledge among those who are interested through lessons and hands-on practice for real-world settings. We hope to bring those who share the same passion together, making learning photography an enjoyable experience. Whether you are just getting into photography or are already experienced, all skill levels are welcome!

 

SANE
MR. RATH – P5

Social Activism through Nonviolent Efforts (SANE) is a club dedicated to using social activism to support societal justices, human rights and the environment. We support free and unfettered media, work to make corporations publicly accountable in order to curb corporate abuses, and promote public interests over private and corrupt interests. SANE uses a variety of methods, such as grassroots campaigning, to achieve its goals towards justice.

 

SCIENCE FOR YOUTH
MRS. KUMAR – C18

Science for Youth aims to introduce various science-related topics to young students to nurture an interest in science. We do this by hosting presentations at libraries and always giving the students an opportunity to work hands-on.

 

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR SOCIETY
MS. MATHIS – B31

Concerned about social problems such as poverty, environmental damage, teenage suicide and so on? Interested in changing the world with entrepreneurship and business? Then MSJ Social Entrepreneur Society (MSJ SES) is the club for you! MSJ SES is a club dedicated to social business and entrepreneurship. Members can create their own innovative businesses that address social and global challenges in a real world setting. The opportunity to enter social entrepreneur competitions is provided each year. Neither previous experience nor knowledge about social business or entrepreneurship is required.

 

SPANISH HONORS SOCIETY
MR. PERALTA – C6

The Spanish Honors Society is a club with the purpose and intent of increasing Latino awareness at Mission San Jose High School. We will accomplish this by attending field trips to Latino events and celebrating Latino holidays. In addition, we also offer extra credit opportunities, tutoring, service hours, free food, and much more! For anybody enthusiastic about learning and exploring new languages and cultures, especially Latino ones, this club is ideal for you!

 

SPEECH
MR. THOMSEN – GYM

MSJ Speech offers students the opportunity to develop their skills in public speaking through tournaments and competition in both the state and national levels. The numerous events that students can choose fall under two major categories: oratories or interpretations. If you love public speaking, acting, or just want to improve your oral speaking skills, then come out to our meetings during lunch in C120 and weekly labs.

 

STAND
MS. MOORE – E2B

A student led organization that fund-raises and brings awareness to ongoing genocides and human rights violations.

 

SUSTAINABLE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
MR. BRUCKER – B3

SS&T is a student club here at MSJ that functions as a common interest group, focusing on the technological aspect of environmental protection. Club members are introduced to cutting-edge innovations and new-emerging research methods through activities such as guest seminars, field trips, and connecting to world-leading institutions and companies. Join us to explore the world of sustainable science and technology!

 

TCG CLUB
MRS. TEVLIN – P22

The TCG Club is a club for fans & enthusiasts of popular trading card games such as but not limited to YuGiOh & Magic the Gathering, to gather & have fun.

 

TECH AND ROBOTICS
MR. KARMALI  – C2

MSJ Tech and Robotics, our school’s premier science, engineering and technology organization, welcomes students who seek to live on the edge of modern technological achievement. A diverse number of valuable opportunities, from competitive events to volunteering roles, are available to active members. We are home to MSJ's First Tech Challenge and First Robotics Competition teams, Team America Rocketry Challenge program, and Technology Student Association chapter. No prior experience is necessary! Visit us at www.msjrobotics.com, or contact us at roboticsmsj@gmail.com. Join us, and experience engineering, teamwork, and success at its finest!

 

THE SMOKE SIGNAL
MS. COHEN – N9

What's smokin'? The Smoke Signal, the official newspaper of Mission San Jose High School, is always ready to update the student body on school events, local news, sports - you name it! The newspaper staff works diligently year-round to produce monthly issues, completely free of charge. Next year's students interested in joining the staff can pick up applications near the end of the year.

 

THE SONGWRITERS’ GUILD
MR. AUCOIN – A3

The Songwriters' Guild is a melting pot for musicians, songwriters, composers, arrangers, producers, singers, and other cool people. Together, we’ll make delicious musical soup. We have monthly meetings in A-3, and we also hold an annual concert to showcase all our fabulous creations! If you have any interest in creating music, join the guild. No experience necessary. No weird forms or club fees. Just come meet us and we’ll have fun! Got a question? Email us at msjsongwriters@gmail.com.

 

UBUNTU ATHLETICS
MR. GOMEZ – P23

Ubuntu Athletics is a nonprofit organization which strives to help those who are under-privileged to play sports. We strongly believe that sports, especially soccer, connects all of us, and it is through sports in which we want to make a difference We hold sport training sessions for young kids, requesting suggested donations. The money is used to sponsor under-privileged athletes in order to give them athletic and academic opportunities.

 

UNICEF CLUB
MS. MALONE – N10

MSJ UNICEF is a student coalition that joins together in fundraisers and fun activities for the cause of children welfare. Come join us at one of our meetings to get involved! We’re a fun group, the UNICEF Unicorns!

 

UNIVERSAL PERFORMERS
MS. ROUNDY – P11

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.

 

VAMS
MR. GOMEZ – P23

Love the arts? Want to gain leadership and team building skills while earning service hours? Join MSJ VAMS (Visual Arts and Music for Society)! We are not an arts interest club, but rather an arts service club. There are over 30 VAMS clubs across the world! Our mission is to improve our society, starting with the underprivileged community through the uplifting power of art. Our events include benefit concerts that raising over $1500, arts and crafts festivals, and holiday-themed service events at community centers. Visit our website at msjvams.tumblr.com or vamsinternational.org for more information and to keep updated on events!

  

WRITER’S BLOCK
MS. WALLER – P7

The primary objective of writers block is to promote improvement in writing skills and academic performance through peer editing, writing contests, and/or other methods. In peer editing sessions, each member of the two person team reviews and edits the others writing. Writing contests include members only as well as open to all contests with prizes. The secondary objective of the club is to promote recreational writing through round-table sharing of each other's leisure writing. In round table sharing sessions, members take turns sharing and commenting on other's writings.

 

YEARBOOK
MS. DOTSEN – E1B

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, events, sports and organization, and people. The finest artists at mission design the full color layouts, and staff members work assiduously all year long to create a book students will keep for students to keep forever. The yearbook staff invites students to submit their favorite pictures (preferably candid) to the yearbook room if they would like it to be published. We encourage you to buy the yearbooks early this year so pick up a form in E1B or order online at www.yearbookordercenter.com.  Also follow us on msjyearbook.tumblr.com for updates!

 

YOUTH ALIVE
MR. VIERK – N5

As our school's Christian Club, Youth Alive exists not only to unify the Christian community on campus, but also to spread the love of God through service events. Come to our weekly meetings in N5 for food, fun, and fellowship!

 

Last Modified on August 19, 2014