Clubs and Activities

Notre Dame offers a wide range of activities throughout the school year. Join the ND Band, star in the Spring Musical or do charity work with the Key Club...It's all up to you! It is easy to get involved at ND because of its intimate setting, range of activities, committed faculty, and club moderators.

AppalachiaKey Club and Appalachia Club all promote awareness of the needs of the community, and provide members with opportunities for volunteerism in school and in the community. These include assistance with Kiwanis Club events, outreach to the needy in Neon, Kentucky for a week each summer, drives to collect food and clothing for local shelters, collection of funds for world disasters and an annual "senior prom" at a local nursing home.

The Art Club allows students who are unable to take an art class as part of their daily schedule to pursue their artistic talents. Club members, along with art classes, help with set design for the spring musical. Students' work is regularly displayed throughout the building.

Band The Band consists of instrumentalists and vocalists who perform classical, jazz and rock pieces at two school concerts. The Band, which meets daily, also performs at local elementary schools, nursing homes, and malls. Students may also enroll in Chorus which performs with the Band and Dance classes in two annual concerts.

The Spring Musical allows students to showcase their musical and acting abilities for the Notre Dame and local communities.

Notre Dame is a founding member of PlayVs, which administers competitive E-Sports competitions with area high schools. We currently compete in Valorent, Super Smash Bros and Madden.

The Student Council provides a student-leadership opportunity for all interested students. The group also provides activities for the ND student body as a whole including school dances, the Mr. ND pageant, karaoke night, the freshman social and seasonal pep rallies. 

The Tri-M Music Honor Society recognizes students that go above and beyond musically and academically.  The program focuses on developing future leaders in music advocacy, music education and music performance through music based service projects. Tri-M coordinate ND's annual benefit performance which regularly raises up to $1,000 for local and national charities.

The Student Leadership Club The Frank and Marisa Martire Student Leadership Institute is composed of a maximum of 15 seniors, juniors and sophomores. Students apply to be in the group and applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty/staff. Students are selected based on academics, extracurricular activities and quality of their essays. The mission of the group is to provide transformational leadership training, helping the students use problem solving, time management and interpersonal skills that they can hone in their life's journey. Students have participated in team building activities at Camp Hazan, CAS/CIAC Leadership Conference and guest speakers have been welcomed to speak to the group.

The Yearbook is an annual publication for the school community. Student contributions include lay-out, computer design, copywriting, and proofreading.

The Model UN Club The model UN club prepares and attends international events such as Yale Model United Nations and the Global Citizens UN even in New York City. Students work collaboratively with a diverse group of peers to solve mock political problems and write resolutions following the same procedure as the United Nations. ND has won awards at the Global Citizens event in NYC.

The Martial Arts Club is a club where students with an interest in the Martial Arts meet weekly. This club involves practicing Martial Arts and discussing the philosophy of Martial Arts. 

Peace by Justice is a club for students concerned wi
th social justice issues. Through conversation, education, and action, students promote the awareness of Catholic Social Teaching. As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, we recognize the inherent dignity of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family, which is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.

The Creative Minds Club serves as a great compliment for those partaking in the Mindfulness Club. It offers students a free space to explore their creativity and tap into a more imaginative head space. In the face of today's high pressure society, playing with one's creativity has become something of a lost art. We'll watch videos, read articles, listen to songs, and partake in a whole series of imaginative activities aimed at cultivating not only their creativity but also their compassion and overall happiness.

The Mindfulness Club serves as a foundation for students to the learn the concept of mindfulness. Over the course of the year, students will learn the fundamentals of mindfulness and how to incorporate its practices into their everyday lives, aiding them in becoming more equanimous and focused individuals, as well as better regulators of their emotions. Along the way, our group will study the science behind it and explore how mindfulness can serve them throughout their adult lives, in college, and beyond. All in all, this would provide them with a space to become curious "students of the self", exploring their emotions and various practices for regulating them.

The Book and Poetry Club 
is a group that meets to read and discuss books that are chosen by the group from different genres. Students express their opinions, likes, dislikes, and recurring themes or motifs throughout the books. Also, poetry is introduced, read and analyzed by the group for its technical, aesthetic, and emotional values as well.

The Horizons Club The Horizons ND club works in partnership with the summer enrichment program held here at the school. The club organizes events and activities for families of the program throughout the school year. The club also prepares students to volunteer for the Horizons program during the summer.

DanceThe Creative Writing Club meets twice a month to give student-writers an opportunity to work on and share original short stories and poetry. The group works on techniques to help writers develop setting, plot, characterization, and dialogue.

The Drama Club serves to support any and all Drama productions at Notre Dame including but not limited to: the Fall Drama, The Winter Arts Celebration, the Spring Musical and the Spring Arts Festival. It welcomes anyone who expresses an interest or talent in the Arts.

The STEM Club
provides students opportunities to explore aspects of science, technology engineering and math through a variety of engaging, hands-on activities. Participants develop skills such as team work, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.  A wide variety of STEM careers will also be investigated.

The Love Life Club  was created by the family of Kristin Appelberg, a young lady who lived her short life full of courage, kindness, and compassion. Love Life seeks to honor that legacy by trying to cultivate a community that is all inclusive and seeks to ensure that every student in ND knows that they are important and matter. We do this through fun life affirming activities during our meetings where we share our stories, in-house community building projects like game day, movie afternoons, or switch seats at lunch day, and broader community service.

Campus Ministry serves to celebrate, educate and appreciate the diversity of our school community. It is a place where students can share their voices and ideas to shine awareness on the unique heritages and cultures represented at Notre Dame. The club is proud to host various celebrations and events throughout the year, including our Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, Black History Month Performance and Chinese New Year celebration.

Culture Club is an organization that allows students a way to experience fun, faith, and fellowship.  Members assist with school liturgies, class retreats, and service projects that seek to work with many different populations from small children, to people with special needs, veterans, the poor or homeless, and the elderly.

The National Honor Society is a nationwide organization that recognizes exceptional secondary school students. Students are chosen by a majority vote of a five-member faculty selection committee on the basis of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The focus of activities involves service. In recent years, this club sponsored a Penny Wars competition between the classes and raised over $2,500 for victims of natural disasters.

The Language Honor Societies (French and Spanish) seek to enhance and promote excellence in their respective languages. Group members are encouraged to better understand the culture of each country and to participate in various activities throughout the year. The Spanish Honor Society students provide community out-reach by tutoring and collecting clothing for students in local elementary schools.

MusicalThe French and Spanish Clubs promote a general awareness of the French and Spanish languages, cultures, customs and foods. This awareness is fostered through programs throughout the year. The Spanish Club explores the Hispanic culture through a variety of activities, including discussions, field trips to restaurants, plays, dance & music shows, fiestas and more.  Members also conduct an annual drive to raise money for an impoverished Hispanic pueblo via Food for the Poor.

The Gaming Club is devoted to game fans of all kinds. Board games, card games, and video games! Gaming tournaments held after school in the Mac lab on the big screen!

The Bible Study Club Notre Dame's Bible Study Club gathers twice a month in prayer and fellowship. They discuss topics of the faith relevant to their lives and learn about and reflect on portions of Scripture based on themes that spark their curiosity. They try to uphold a close-knit Christian community to inspire each other to grow in faith and virtue.

The Newspaper Club Newspaper club creates a monthly online newspaper covering world news and school news. Student research stories, conduct interviews, write the copy and layout the paper.

The Debate Club provides a non partisan environment for civic participation, political debate and socialization. Students will engage in impromptu and formal debates. They will learn the rules of decorum for debate.