O GORMAN HIGH SCHOOL
2016-2017 ACTIVITIES GUIDE
About this Guide
The purpose of this booklet is an attempt to provide students and parents with basic information regarding opportunities for involvement at O’Gorman High School. Although it does not provide a comprehensive description of each activity/event, it does provide basic information regarding key elements of the activity/event. Please refer to the activity coordinator/coach/supervisor if more specific information is needed.
CODE OF CONDUCT
To foster growth and development consistent with Sioux Falls Catholic School philosophy and to promote the general welfare of our faith community, the Code of Conduct shall be considered binding for all students who choose attendance at O’Gorman High School. Students and parents should be familiar with this policy before signing the Code of Conduct. A signed copy of this agreement will be placed on file for each academic year, and will serve as a prerequisite for participation/attendance.
If you have any questions and would like to reach any of the coaches or activity directors, please visit our website at www.sfcss.org, click on O’Gorman High School, click on Activities/Athletics, and click on the event. A direct e-mail link has been set up to the head coaches and activities directors from the Activities/Athletic website. You can also call the Activities Office at 575-3300 to leave a message or e-mail Steve Kueter at email@example.com or Aaron Strand at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank You!
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Athletics SDHSAA Sanctioned Sports Non-Sanctioned & Club Sports Summer Camps 4 4 4+5 5
STUDENT CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS
Art Club Book Club Chess Club Close-Up History Trip History Club HOSA International Club Quiz Bowl Rocket Club Ultimate Frisbee Video Game Club Witness to Fitness 13 13 13 13 14 14 14 14 15
Campus Ministry Team Fellowship of Christian Athletes Retreats 5 5 6
Debate Oral Interp/NFL Student Congress 6 7
Fall Play Children’s Play One Act Play Spring Musical 7 8 8 8
PARENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVOLVEMENT
Athletic Booster Club Band Boosters Chorus Boosters Extravaganza Opening Knighters Parent Advisory Board 16 16 16 16 17 17
Band Color Guard/Flags Chamber Choir Infinity Ovation 9 9 9 10 10
Knight Legend Knight Scroll 10 11
STUDENT GOVERNMENT & LEADERSHIP
Boys’ and Girls’ State National Honor Society Peer Support Group Student Ambassadors Student Council TATU and SADD Teen Library Committee 11 11 11 12 12 12 12
SFCS Activities Director: Steve Kueter
SDHSAA Sanctioned Sports
Fall Sports: Winter Sports: Spring Sports: Football, volleyball, girls tennis, boys golf, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls soccer, dance and cheer Boys and girls basketball, wrestling, gymnastics Boys and girls track, girls golf, boys tennis
Participation is limited to available positions for all sanctioned sports, and a fee is required for participation in some as noted below: Competitive Cheer ($100 fee required) Dance ($100 fee required) Gymnastics ($100 fee required) Soccer ($100 fee required) Special restrictions: Freshmen teams in basketball, volleyball, and football are split into A and B teams depending upon ability Special considerations: All participants must meet eligibility requirements as established by the South Dakota High School Activities Association and are required to have a current physical examination on file with the school.
Non-Sanctioned and Club Sports
Coach: Chris Isaacson Overview: Team size is limited to available equipment. Season runs from December through March with three or four Saturday competitions. Team members must be able to compete in all competitions. A $25.00 participation fee is required.
Coach: Stephanie Farwell Overview: Sideline cheerleaders are selected by a combination of recommendations from coaches, an interview, and a speech. Tryouts are required, and squad size is limited. Practice begins in July and runs through the end of the season. Fall season runs August through November, and Winter Season runs November through March. A cheerleader may not participate in another sport during her designated cheer season. Cheerleaders must meet eligibility requirements as established by the SDHSAA and are required to have a current physical examination on file with the school. Fundraising is required of all cheerleaders.
Baseball, Softball, Swimming, & Bowling: These club sports have permission to use the O’Gorman team name on the condition that they follow all guidelines. Each sport must arrange transportation, hire coaches/directors and incur all costs of any kind for these activities. O’Gorman does not offer awards for club sports. A fee may be required for participation in these sports.
Director: Steve Kueter Overview: Summer Camps are available for the following sports & activities: football, boys and girls basketball, volleyball, music, wrestling, track and soccer. Registration can be completed through the Activities Office. Costs, session dates and other details vary depending upon the camp.
FAITH DEVELOPMENT Campus Ministry
Campus Minister: Jonathan Konz Overview: Throughout the year, students plan and participate in various activities that invigorate the O’Gorman faith community through prayer, learning, and service. Habitat for Humanity, Empty Bowls, the Banquet, the Angel Tree, Spiritual Adoptions, food and clothing drives, and a focus on various life issues are just some examples of the many different activities. Students in all grades are invited and encouraged to participate. Campus Ministry Core Team: Students from all grades are invited to apply and interview for the campus ministry core team which is the leadership team for Campus Ministry activities.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Supervisor: Jonathan Konz Overview: FCA is a great way to meet students from all classes and be unconditionally accepted. Anyone interested in athletics and in growing in faith is encouraged to attend. Participation in other athletics is not required. FCA is a national organization that exists to give students an opportunity to come together in Christ. At O’Gorman our students have this opportunity constantly, so our FCA huddle may be slightly different than that of a public school. In addition to Christian fellowship, we stress current teen topics (self image, eating disorders, chemical awareness, stress management), service opportunities (Children’s Care Hospital and School, nursing homes, family to family), Christian role model speakers (alumni, seniors, community leaders), and good old-fashioned fun (game night, music night, Christmas caroling, movie night).
Supervisors: Jonathan Konz/Theology Department Staff Overview: All four classes (9-12) participate in a one-day all-school retreat. Each class has a different focus for their retreat. Seniors will focus on the concerns of transition from high school to college. The goal is to encourage students to take ownership of their physical, mental, and spiritual wellness with the hope that they will make the conscious decision to continue growing in faith and as a person with Christ at the center of their lives. Juniors address gender specific topics related to their baptismal identity as sons and daughter of God: the gifts of masculinity, femininity, and the challenges of living as Catholic men and women in the world. Sophomores participate in a service retreat. Preparation begins the day before the retreat with classroom instruction, discussion, and reflection on the meaning of Christian Service. Students will provide service in the Sioux Falls parishes and Catholic grade schools. Freshmen learn about relationships. Their retreat focuses on their relationship with God, themselves and others and seeks to help them develop spiritual goals for their years at OGHS.
FORENSICS Debate Team
Coach: Bob Stevens Overview: While all students are eligible, team members are generally those in Debate I or Team Debate class. This activity is mainly for advanced students and/or students who have a high aptitude in speech or who have a desire to improve their speaking skills. A commitment to practice time after school is required. Competitions are scheduled from November through March and are mainly on weekends. Most Novice Tournaments are held on Tuesday nights in November and December. Special considerations: Some school is missed due to overnight travel. Considerable time is required to research & prepare topics. Students are responsible for all food expenses while traveling with the team. In addition, supplies and incidental travel costs may be incurred.
Oral Interp Team & National Forensic League Individual Events
Coach: Teresa Fester Overview: Oral Interpretation is open to all students. A commitment to after-school practice and attendance at the weekend activities is required. O’Gorman also offers a class in Oral Interp, but this is not a prerequisite for the activity. The seven state sanctioned categories begin the first week of school, and there are large tournaments held each Saturday beginning the first weekend in October and running until December 1st. Special considerations: After November, Oral Interp enters the National Forensic League season. The seven categories then narrow to four; however, the student may continue participating in the NFL tourneys until the national qualifying tournament (the third week of February). The national tournament occurs in the summer for those who qualify. Some school may be missed and overnight travel may be required. Students are expected to wear an appropriate suit for competitions and are responsible for food expenses while traveling with the team.
Coach: Bob Stevens Overview: Student Congress provides an additional opportunity for students who enjoy politics and debate to practice their public speaking skills. It is open to anyone who is interested in debating and discussing mock legislation. There are several contests in March & April. The State Congress, also in April, is held in the House & Senate Chambers of the State Capitol in Pierre. Special Considerations: Some school is missed while traveling with this activity, and students are responsible for all food expenses.
THEATER Fall Play
Director: Scott Nelson Overview: A cast of 10 to 20, depending upon the production, are selected through an audition process. Auditions include improvisation, group activities, prepared readings, and storytelling. Rehearsals are held during the months of September and October. Performance dates are usually mid to late October. Special Considerations: Weekend practices are possible and schedule conflicts for students in other fall activities may prevent participation. Some characters are asked to bring their own costume pieces. Additional Involvement: Students also have the opportunity to be involved with the technical aspect (set construction, lighting, sound, and costuming.) The Tech Crew consists of 30-40 students.
Director: Scott Nelson Overview: Students with little stage experience are encouraged to audition for this larger cast of 20 to 40 students, depending upon the play. Auditions include improvisation, group activities, and storytelling. Auditions take place in late October or early November with performance dates in early December. Special Considerations: Weekend practices are possible and schedule conflicts for students in other fall activities may prevent participation. Some characters are asked to bring their own costume pieces. Additional Involvement: Students also have the opportunity to be involved with the technical aspect (set construction, lighting, sound, and costuming.) The Tech Crew consists of 30-40 students.
One Act Play
Director: Teresa Fester Overview: Auditions are in December with rehearsals during January. The play is performed at the State Festival in February. The number in the cast varies with the performance. Auditions include improvisation, monologue preparation, dry reading and other performance techniques. Some music may be required depending on the production. Special Considerations: Students are responsible for food expenses at the State Festival.
Directors: Teresa Fester, Cathy Britton, Rachael Kramer, Scott Nelson, Kevin Humke (set design), Ben Koch (Pit Band), and Kendra Dexter (costumes) Overview: This production involves approximately 100-130 students for the cast, tech crew, pit band, and costumers. All grade levels are encouraged to participate. The audition process, held in late February or early March, is divided into two parts. Day one is singing, and day two is dry reading and choreography. The show is performed in April. Special considerations: There is a heavy time commitment for those involved in this play. Rehearsals are daily, including weekends, and run for about six weeks. Conflicts with other activities, coursework and general health should all be considered. There is a $25 fee (for meals). Some characters are asked to bring their own costume pieces
Director: Ben Koch Overview: Students have an opportunity to take part in marching band, pep band, and jazz band in addition to concert band. Marching band season runs from mid- June through October. Practice is daily at 6:45 a.m. during the school year, with additional practices in the summer. Performances include home football games, Saturday competitions, and an Indoor Concert at the end of the season. Jazz band rehearses before and after school with performances in the evening and on weekends. Pep band plays at athletic events and rehearses 45 minutes before performances. Students are required to pay a $100 participation fee.
Director: Ben Koch Overview: This activity is open to all students. An extensive audition will determine who will be selected with a maximum team size of 24. The season runs from mid-June through October. Practice is daily at 6:45 a.m. with a second practice on Mondays from 3:15-5:30 p.m. Performances include all scheduled marching band events. The purchase of the jacket, shoes, & tights is required. .
Director: Rachael Kramer Overview: Chamber Choir meets every day opposite the student’s lunch period during the 1st semester. This group sings a wide variety of literature from vocal jazz & Christmas favorites to madrigals. Students receive 1/4 credit with a pass/fail grade. Students must be a member of a large chorus to participate in chamber choir. Students in grades 10 – 12 are eligible to audition. Auditions take place in February/March for participation in the following school year. This choir is limited to 16 singers. Choir members are required to purchase a costume for $30.
Infinity Show Choir (JR Varsity)
Director: TBD Overview: Infinity rehearses twice a week after school for 2 hours. Students receive 1/2 credit for yearly participation with a pass/fail grade. Infinity will compete in four choir competitions during February and March. Students must be a member of a large chorus to participate in Infinity. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to audition. Auditions take place in March for participation the following year. Members pay a $150 costume rental and prop fee. There are several fundraising opportunities to help defray costs. Special considerations: There is a significant time commitment with this choir. Two weekend retreats to learn choreography are also required.
Ovation! Show Choir (Varsity)
Director: TBD Overview: Ovation meets every day opposite the student’s lunch period. Students receive 1/2 credit for yearly participation with a pass/fail grade. Ovation is actively involved in state & regional competitions during February and March. Students must be a member of a large chorus to participate in show choir. Students in grades 10, 11, and 12 are eligible to audition. Auditions take place in March for participation the following year. Members pay a $250 costume rental and prop fee. There are several fundraising opportunities to help defray costs. Special Considerations: In addition to class time, students must attend one three- hour rehearsal each week in the evening from August through March. Two weekend retreats to learn choreography are also required. Additionally, students must commit to participation in five major competitions during February and March.
PUBLICATIONS Knight Legend
Advisor: Doug Basche Overview: The Knight Legend is the school yearbook. The staff is selected each spring from those who express interest. Preference is given to students with a strong writing background; photography skills are helpful. While work is generally done during the school day, other meetings may be required when production deadlines dictate. All yearbook staff members must have access to a digital camera.
Supervisor: Jason Van Engen Overview: The Knight Scroll is published monthly. Approximately ten students are selected for the newspaper staff each year, but this number can vary depending upon interest. An attempt is made to get a mixture of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Journalism class is a prerequisite. While the newspaper staff generally meets during the school day, some nights may be required each month for layout and proofing, especially as deadlines approach.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT & LEADERSHIP Boys’ and Girls’ State
Supervisor: Jessica Fauteck Overview: Boys’ and Girls’ State are week-long leadership experiences held in late May or early June on the campus of Northern State College (boys) and the University of South Dakota (girls). Applicants are selected by faculty nominations based upon academics, extra-curricular and community involvement
National Honor Society
Supervisor: Julie Benson Overview: National Honor Society exists to recognize and encourage academic achievement while developing other characteristics essential to good citizenship, including character, service, and leadership. Juniors and seniors with a grade point average of 3.6 and above are eligible for membership. These students will receive an invitation during the spring semester of their junior or senior year. Selection will be made based on their scholarship, leadership, service, and character.
Peer Support Group
Supervisors: Angie Lynch & Jane Bradfield Overview: Students are selected for this group based on a survey of their peers. Peer Support Group members assist new students and incoming freshmen with transition to OGHS, and they assist with peer relation issues brought to their attention. They meet throughout the year, usually before school. Training for peer support group is provided and usually occurs off-campus for one day during the school year.
Supervisor: Nancy Carpenter Overview: Student Ambassadors help with a wide range of activities throughout the year including eighth grade visitation and registration, new student orientation, open houses, etc. Ambassadors commit themselves to a highly visible position as a representative of OGHS. An application and interview process is used to select approximately 40 student ambassadors in the spring of each year.
Supervisor: Doug Basche Overview: Council members are divided into three committees: Events, Principal Advisory and Outreach. Each committee has fifteen members. Student Council members are elected each year, usually in late spring. To be placed on the ballot, students must select the committee in which they are interested, complete an application, submit a letter of reference and gather 25 signatures from students in their class. There can be a significant time commitment as members are often asked to participate in community service projects and assist in a variety of special school events both during and outside of the school day.
TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use) / SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
Supervisor: TBD Overview: TATU/SADD is a group that is active throughout the school year. Special activities focus around events such as Red Ribbon Week, 4D Month, Awareness Day, the Great American Smoke Out, Kick Butts Day, and No World Tobacco Day. Students also do prevention activities in the elementary schools. To become a member, students must submit an application and are required to attend training. They must also follow the guidelines listed in the code of conduct and be passing all classes. In order to participate in activities that take them out of class, members cannot have excessive absences. TATU/SADD students are placed in the position of “role model” for their peers and the youth they serve. Any behavior that does not reflect this may be grounds for dismissal from the program.
Teen Library Advisory Committee
Supervisor: Mary G. Johnson Overview: Students may apply for this committee in August and are chosen based on their interest and experience in reading and leadership. The Teen Library Advisory Committee assists the teacher-librarian in planning monthly reading and makerspace activities, incentives and contests, sharing book recommendations, and in promoting all things library-related. Meetings are generally once a month.
STUDENT CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Art Club
Supervisor: Gary Siska Overview: The Art Club offers a unique opportunity for students who have an interest in the visual arts to devote time outside of the usual school day for self-expression, personal exploration, and group service projects within the school and the Sioux Falls Diocese. Any interested student is welcome and encouraged to join the Art Club. Participants do not have to be in an art class and do not have to attend all sessions. The club meets after school twice a month throughout the school year.
Supervisor: Mary G. Johnson Overview: Open to all students, book clubs start in November and run through March which allows students to participate during the months they are able. Meetings take place once a month in the library, and students can form groups to read the same book or each read a choice book during the month. Monthly gatherings involve sharing book experiences, recommendations for good reads, food, and fun.
Supervisor: Deborah Schulte Overview: Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join. No previous chess experience is required. While the group meets after school once each week, players are able to come and go as their schedule permits.
Supervisor: Doug Lindner Overview: The Close-Up History trip provides an opportunity for students who are interested in US history and government to spend a week in Washington, DC. The trip is open to students in grades 10 – 12. The trip costs approximately $1,500 including air fare. Fundraising opportunities are offered to defray the cost.
Supervisor: Jeff Gordon Overview: All students who are interested in history are encouraged to join. The club meets after school several time times throughout the school year.
Supervisors: Caitlin Williamson & Carol Vaca Overview: HOSA is a national student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health science students to join and be actively involved. HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions. HOSA is 100% health care!
Supervisor: Kristin Kuchenbecker Overview: The purpose of the International Club is to help the international students become more familiar with the US and OGHS while providing an opportunity for the traditional students to learn about the world and become global citizens. Individual customs & traditions of the various countries represented are shared. By participating in discussions, games and international food, students are encouraged to learn about other cultures and languages. The club meets once a month on a Thursday after school. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Coach: Caitlin Williams Overview: Quiz Bowl is an academic competition. While all interested students can participate; try-outs are requested for team placement. Competitions occur after school throughout the year.
Supervisor: Jane Schnell Overview: O†Gorman has participated in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) since it began in 2002 and has reached the National Finals for four of the past five years. TARC requires each team of ten or fewer students to design, fabricate and fly a rocket that meets contest specifications. The process begins, after Labor Day, by using RockSim software to design a rocket to specifications. Many hours are spent in designing, flying and perfecting the simulated rocket. Eventually, the rocket is born and is ready for actual test launching. This club is open to all students.
Ultimate Frisbee Club
Supervisors: TBD Overview: Ultimate Frisbee is a fun and active sport allowing students to gather socially. All students, at any fitness level, are welcome to join. No previous experience is necessary. Workout clothes and the desire to have fun are the only requirements.
Video Game Club
Supervisor: Mary G. Johnson Overview: The purpose of the Video Game Club is to provide an atmosphere of collaboration and friendly competition. The group meets twice a week for practice, partner/group fun, and is open to all students (signed permission form required). Games are appropriate for everyone, and one or more tournaments allow students to practice skills such as strategic thinking, problem-solving, perseverance, and socialization. No previous experience is necessary.
Witness to Fitness Club
Supervisor: Angie Lynch Overview: Calling all students to a party of FIT FUN! We meet once a week for 45-60 min. to provide students with an alternative and enjoyable method to exercise with Zumba, aerobics, and cardio. All students are welcome! Participants need absolutely no experience and are able to take part whenever their schedule allows.