Get involved! Check out the various clubs open to all McAuley students!
Action/Reaction is a club committed to fostering a heightened student consciousness regarding social issues and to respond to them through in-school, as well as outside volunteer opportunities. A recurring outside activity is making and serving dinner to families who are staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their child receives medical care at Christ Hospital. It is our privilege to provide this service to such deserving and thankful families. We also make Valentines for Veterans, which are then distributed to a local veteran facility. There are no grade requirements for Action/Reaction members, but they are expected to attend meetings and sign up for service opportunities. Meetings are typically held at 7:30 am and after school at 3:15pm. This allows students with zero hour classes to attend meetings as well.
Through the discussions of various works of literature the Book Club promotes critical thinking and effective communication while nurturing the habit of reading for pleasure. The Book Club is open to all students.
The EcoMacs of Mother McAuley High School is an environmental service club. Through monthly meetings and projects, they strive to educate the McAuley community on important environmental issues. Additionally, the EcoMacs encourage students and the community to recognize their role in helping the environment. All McAuley students interested in the care of our earth are welcome to join.
Intramurals seeks to engage all students regardless of skill level or experience in a wide variety of sports and athletic events. Students meet once a month to choose a particular activity or sport in which to participate.
Junior Classical League provides students studying Latin with an opportunity to meet socially and to participate in fun activities together. Each member is encouraged to enlist an eighth grader for Latin I. Members are required to continue her study in Latin—sophomores must be enrolled in either Latin II or II Honors, juniors must be enrolled in Latin III Honors and seniors must be enrolled in either AP or Latin IV Honors. Girls must also maintain consistent attendance of JCL meetings and take part in the bake sale in the fall to remain in good standing. Girls also participate in a few other major events throughout the year, most notably the Not So Haunted House, Ides of March Bake Sale and the Language Honor Societies Induction Ceremony in April.
Math Macs are McAuley students with special talent and interest in the field of mathematics. They participate in math competitions with other high schools in the Chicagoland area. Any students can attend the first three competitions and participate as individuals. To participate in team events, students must attend the scheduled practices prior to the competitions. For the official state competitions, we can only bring ten students per grade level. Students are invited to participate in the official state contests based on their participation and performance in the first three competitions. All competitions are held on Saturdays.
The Mock Trial Club is an educational and fun experience for all levels of high school students. In addition to learning courtroom procedures, students learn how our society’s legal mechanism works to resolve disputes. Students also develop life-long skills: such as critical thinking, questioning, listening, strategic thinking, skills in oral presentation and organizational skills. Some students may participate in a regional tournament against other high schools. This is an ideal activity for students who are interested in law or law-related careers.
The Respect Life Club promotes the idea that every human life in every stage of development is precious and worthy of protection and respect. Students attend the March for Life in Washington DC, participate in the Walk for Life, volunteer at the Women’s Center and sponsor several other activities in school to help raise money and awareness for their cause. The Respect Life Club meets monthly and is open to all students sharing the same philosophy with regards to the sanctity of human life.
“I run like a girl, try and keep up!”
The Mighty Mac Road Runners is a running club that seeks competitive and non-competitive runners of all running abilities. The club seeks to promote a healthy life style by using running to build physical strength and endurance. The club also provides a great social network among runners to help achieve personal running and fitness goals. The running group meets 3 days a week after school between March and May (weather permitting) and completes a daily workout based on running level that leads to a completion of a 5K race at the end of the season. Club members also volunteer at local road races on request to help build relationships outside of the McAuley Community.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) is an organization with the purpose of educating young people on the dangerous consequences of alcohol and drug use and of drinking and driving. Our chapter of SADD distributes red ribbons to promote sober driving, sponsor students’ attendance at Operation Snowball Weekend, distributes educational and promotional materials to all students, and sponsors SADD Awareness Week. Students also work in partnership with Operation Teen Safe Driving (OTSD) to sponsor a safe driving campaign and worked with Student Council to promote McAuley’s anti-bullying initiative “Macs Choose Kind.” SADD meets once a month and members are required to attend both meetings and SADD sponsored events.
The sailing team is a joint club between Brother Rice and Mother McAuley. More Information
The purpose of the Science Bowl Club is to engage students’ interest in science in a fun and competitive manner. The club challenges students to strengthen and go beyond their current science knowledge. Their knowledge is enhanced through working with other club members to answer science and math questions in a quickly-paced format. The main event of the year is participation in the Regional Science Bowl, with a possibility of attending the National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. Through scholastic competition, the club fosters competitive skills, adherence to rules and time limits, and a sense of good sportsmanship.
The purpose of the club is to encourage students to learn about science in their everyday life. The Science Club fosters the quest for knowledge by learning through chemistry, physics and earth science experiments. For students to be considered a member of science club, they need to attend at least 4 meetings by the May elections. Science club conducts an experiment every month, after school, from September to April. Members sponsor a Mole Day bake sale in October and some members have the opportunity to present an experiment at various local science fairs.
This activity provides students of all levels the opportunity to learn set and prop construction, carpentry skills and design techniques. Students are primarily responsible for assisting in the production of school shows. Running crew, set and prop movement, is comprised of those students who have consistently contributed time and effort in the construction of sets.
Student Ambassadors are dynamic young women dedicated to the mission of Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. Grounded in the charism of the Sisters of Mercy, Student Ambassadors positively witness to the surrounding community, most importantly prospective students, the values of single gender education within the Catholic Tradition. Specific criteria and requirements must be met for membership.
Student Ambassadors are visible at various events where prospective students and families are present in order to highlight the “lifetime advantages” of an education at Mother McAuley. While serving Mother McAuley in this capacity Student Ambassadors have the unique opportunity to develop and receive training in communication, public relations and interpersonal skills.
The purpose of Student Council is to contribute to the development of student leadership and enthusiasm within our school community through:
- Respecting the uniqueness of each person
- Encouraging and supporting the growing leadership qualities of students
- Promoting school spirit and pride in accomplishments
- Serving as a liaison between the McAuley administration and students regarding mutual concerns, problems, and events
Elected members work together through weekly meetings to continue the work of the standing Student Council Committees: Recognition, Service, Leadership Development, Public Relations and Spirit. Student Council strives to promote and lead a new event each month that involves both students and faculty/staff.
The Tech Crew is an organization that allows a student to excel in the technical aspects of theatrical production. In conjunction with the auditorium manager, these students serve not only their school, but the outside community as well through their work for auditorium rentals. Tech Crew members are paid a small amount for their services by the outside organization who rents the facility. Tech Crew is open to students of all levels who have completed the Play Production course.
This club is open to all students interested in knitting. Tightly Knit Community meets weekly on Fridays, and all knitting is donated to charity. The completion of the project allows members to earn service hours for Theology. No knitting experience is necessary to join.
The Varsity Club is for students interested in promoting and upholding school spirit, developing good sportsmanship and relations between teams during events and in the community. Members will attend scheduled sporting events, plan spiritwear and participate in a variety of other activities.
WISE is a club that helps educate young women about career opportunities, networking opportunities, mentoring opportunities and resources available in math, science, medical and engineering fields. Club activities include holding science and engineering fairs, hosting guest speakers, attending college field trips, and doing hands-on activities related to science and engineering. Students of all levels who are considering careers in these areas are highly encouraged to join, and anyone interested is welcome to attend monthly meetings or outings.
Women Who Write is a club centered on expressing yourself through the written word. Writers will find a safe place to work on their craft in a variety of formats such as stories, poetry and spoken word. The goal of Women Who Write is to write and share the written inspirations. Opportunities to share include reading at our club meetings, open mike nights, and possibly inter-school competition teams. Competing in the youth poetry competition LTAB is another opportunity. Members should expect to work on their writing. Sharing your writing with the club, and eventually with a public audience, is a goal to work toward. We meet few times a month and performance teams will meet more often. Members should be respectful of all writing talents. Sharing our writing brings the club members closer together. This relationship needs to be respected.