Clubs & Activities

D.A. girls shine not only as gifted students but as talented athletes, dancers, artists, and actors. There are over 40 clubs on the 2019-2020 club roster. 

Students are encouraged to suggest new clubs and organizations to represent emerging areas of interest. Motivated students may start a club with demonstrated interest among the student body, the approval of the Principal, and the commitment of a faculty moderator. 

Clubs and Activities for 2019-2020 include:

ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL INTEREST:

Book Club

Finance Club

Math Club

National Honor Society

Rainbow Connection

Students of Color Alliance (S.O.C.A.)

Student Ambassadors

 

ADVOCACY & SERVICE:

Amnesty International

Campus Ministry

D.A. Preachers (DAPs)

Ecology Club

Eucharistic Ministers

Red Cross Club

Social Action Service Club

Valor Club

Women’s Empowerment (Girl Up)

 

ARTS:

Art Club

Cooking Club

Dance Club

Drama Club

Film and Animation Club

Glee Club (½ credit course)

Liturgical Dance

Liturgical Ensemble

Museum Club

Shakespeare Club

 

CULTURE AND LANGUAGE:

Certamen

China Club

Culture Club

French Club

Latin Club

Spanish Club

 

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS:

The Dominican (Yearbook)

The Muse (Literary Journal)

Period (Zine Publication)

Student Prints (Newspaper)

 

GOVERNMENT:

Debate Team

Mock Trial

Model U.N.

Student Council

 

STEM:

Engineering and Robotics Club

Girls Who Code

Pre-Med Society

Psychology Club

Science Club

 

Club Descriptions and Moderators

Academic and Social Interest

Book Club

Book Club members aim to read a select book every month. The book selection is chosen based on club preference, and the Book Club's monthly theme.  The ultimate goal is for the D.A. community to read a book selection and invite the book’s author to an event for the whole school to attend at the end of the year.

Moderator:  Ms. Mary Somboonchoke

Finance Club 

Finance Club members learn about personal financial planning, including investing and the elements of corporate finance. Club members play a stock market game and examine student loans and taxes. The goal of the Finance Club is to encourage student interest in the field of Finance.

Moderator:  Mr. Charles McDermott  

 

Math Club 

Club members play math games and practice solving challenging math problems. Students can discuss fields in mathematics and help each other with Math concepts that they are learning about in class. Club members also plan and organize Pi day festivities.

Moderator:  Ms. Lindsey Feldman 

 

National Honor Society/Peer Tutoring 

Students who qualify for this service organization are inducted at the beginning of their Senior year.  National Honor Society members spearhead the Peer Tutoring Program and provide tours for all Open House and Sneak Peek admissions events. Students also carry out a service project each year.  The National Honor Society can best be characterized by the four pillars qualifying students are called to uphold: Leadership, Service, Character, and Scholarship. 

Moderators:  Ms. Jennifer Reardon-Muller and Dr. Lauren Serpagli

 

Rainbow Connection

This group meets to discuss issues relevant to the LGBTQ+ community.  Club members help to organize the National Day of Silence at D.A., which is a student-led movement that takes place throughout the U.S. to draw attention to the issue of bullying and harassment of the LGBTQ+ community.  

Moderator:  Ms. Alana Daly

 

Student Ambassadors

This club consists of students who wish to volunteer at Admissions and Development events such as Open Houses, High School Fairs, Reunions, and D.A.’s annual Spring Gala.  Orientation takes place in the Fall and meetings take place as needed before events. Student Ambassadors must volunteer at a total of four events throughout the school year.

Moderators:  Ms. Katie Hennessy and Ms. Madeleine Metzler

 

Students Of Color Alliance (S.O.C.A.)

S.O.C.A focuses on educating students on people of color. Club members discuss books, scholarly journals, and movies created by people of color and how they impact society at large. Club members also explore current issues in today’s society that impact people of color.  Club members strive to bring different cultures together and focus on educating each other on topics that are important to everyone.

Moderator:  Ms. Kaitlyn LiPuma

Advocacy and Service

Amnesty International 

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than seven million people in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end abuses of human rights worldwide. Dominican Academy’s club is a local chapter of this global organization. 

Moderator:  Mrs. Shannon Dufresne

 

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry organizes school-wide events throughout the year including Trick or Treating for Canned Goods, Christmas with a Cause, Clothing Swap and more. The goal of Campus Ministry is to establish a faith-based community where we assist in the formation of the Catholic conscience of our students, faculty, and staff. We help to form future leaders in our Catholic community and society.

Moderator:  Ms. Kathryn McCann

 

Dominican Academy Preachers (DAPs)

Students may apply to become a member of DAPs for their Junior and Senior years. DAPs members plan, organize and lead Freshman Retreat, annual Christmas Drive for Hour Children, Catholic Schools Week, and Global Awareness Week. Members also lead the school in prayer and the pledge at the beginning and end of the school day and give the 'DAPs Welcome' at the beginning of school liturgies.

Moderator:  Ms. Kathryn McCann

 

Ecology Club

Club members present and discuss environmental issues, problems, and possible solutions to some of the most pressing ecological topics today.

Moderator:  Ms. Lindsey Feldman

 

Eucharistic Ministers

Students receive training and formation to become Eucharistic Ministers at D.A.  Following installation at our Thanksgiving liturgy students serve the D.A. community for the remainder of the year.  Eucharistic Ministers promote spiritual development and theological conversation.

Moderator:  Dr. Michael Cagney

 

Red Cross Club 

Club members receive CPR certification, fundraise for the Red Cross and host the Red Cross Week each February.

Moderator:  Dr. Lauren Serpagli

 

Student Council

Membership in Student Council is determined annually through election by the student body.  Each Homeroom elects two representatives to send to weekly meetings. The full student body elects executive leaders.  Student Council plans school-wide events and trips to deepen student inclusion in the D.A. community and foster school pride. Student Council provides the opportunity for students to propose activities that meet the changing interests of D.A. students.  Student Council members liaison with faculty and administrators to address student needs. Major events include dances and the annual ski trip.

Moderator:  Ms. Jennifer Reardon

 

Social Action Service Club

Social Action Service Club attracts students with a passion for volunteering, being active in their community and discussing social issues going on in our world today. This club provides members with various opportunities to volunteer individually, as well as in a group setting throughout the school year. 

Moderator:  Ms. Kathryn McCann

 

Valor Club

The Valor Club works to commemorate veterans and those who currently serve in the Armed Forces.  Club members bring awareness to the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform and help to commemorate all that they do to protect our country.  The club also seeks to teach fellow students about the importance of our Armed Forces by organizing activities to recognize and show our appreciation to veterans. 

Moderator:  Mr. Charles McDermott

 

Women’s Empowerment

Club members gather to discuss feminist topics, gender studies, and to plan activities to help bring attention to issues that impact girls and women in the United States and throughout the world.

Moderator:  Ms. Alana Daly

Arts

Art Club

Club members gather to create artwork together, show photos and portfolios of individual artwork, and offer workshops to one another on new techniques and mediums.  Art club members also love to create holiday decorations to share with the school community. 

Moderator:  Ms. Alana Daly

 

Cooking Club

Cooking Club enables D.A. girls to learn, share and create new recipes. A typical cooking club meeting consists of explaining a new recipe, making the food, and eating it!  The goal is for Cooking Club members to bring these new recipes home and make meals independently. 

Moderator:  Ms. Maria Bruno

 

Culture Club

Culture Club members meet to examine and discuss a variety of cultures.  Students present stories and prepare foods to share from their culture. Club members also try to bring about cultural awareness throughout the D.A. school community.

Moderator:  Ms. Mary Somboonchoke

 

Dance Club 

Dance Club creates and rehearses dances throughout the school year, in preparation for a performance as part of the “Evening of the Arts” program each Spring.

Moderator:  Ms. Eleanor Bunker

 

Drama Club 

Members of the Drama Club produce the annual school play.  Previous productions have included, A Savage Dilemma and Little Shop of Horrors.  Drama Club is open to all D.A. students.

Moderator:  Ms. Gwyneth Mooney

 

Film and Animation Club

Students in this club watch and analyze movies selected by club members.  Club members discuss the elements of filmmaking and are encouraged to create their own short films and videos. 

Moderator:  Ms. Lyla Cerulli

 

Glee Club

The members of the Glee Club perform on various occasions throughout the year.  Students rehearse twice per week to strengthen sight-reading skills and also perform vocal exercises.  

Moderator:  Ms. Gwyneth Mooney

 

Liturgical Dance

Students create and practice movement for the Thanksgiving and Christmas liturgies, as well as take a special part in school liturgies, including the procession and the offertory.

Moderator:  Ms. Eleanor Bunker

 

Liturgical Ensemble 

Members of the Liturgical Ensemble lead the music at all school liturgies.  Ensemble members are involved in all aspects of liturgical music, including song selection and performance, both vocal and musical.  

Moderator:  Ms. Gwyneth Mooney

 

Museum Club

This club visits many of the great art museums throughout New York City.  Club members also screen films about art and artists. It is open to all students, even those who do not take Art History courses.

Moderator:  Mrs. Rita Salfeld

 

Shakespeare Club

Students in Shakespeare Club learn to present passages, sonnets, and soliloquies from the works of Shakespeare. Students also prepare for the National Shakespeare Competition. The first competition is among students in our school, next is a state competition, and finally a national competition. 

Moderator:  Ms. Mary Somboonchoke

Culture and Language

Certamen

This is the Latin Quiz Bowl Team, where students meet after school to practice answering questions about Roman culture, religion, and the Latin language. They attend meets at Browning and neighboring schools on Saturdays. It is open to students in Grades 10-12.

Moderator:  Ms. Lyla Cerulli

 

China Club 

This club introduces students to China and Chinese culture.  Activities include films, hands-on projects, museum and restaurant trips, as well as teaming up with other clubs for various school-wide activities. China Club is open to all students.

Moderator:  Ms. Ling Chen

 

French Club

Students explore aspects of French culture and cuisine in the French Club.  They visit museums to view artwork by French masters, bake palmiers, fry crepes, and enjoy all things French!

Moderator:  Sister Joan Franks, O.P.  

 

Latin Club

Activities for Latin Club members include films, videos, mythology games, and museum excursions.  All club activities are designed to foster an appreciation of Roman culture and the contributions of the Romans to today’s world.

Moderator:  Ms. Roseann Perrone

 

Spanish Club

Club members celebrate many aspects of the beautiful and diverse Hispanic culture, through museum visits, movies, holiday celebrations, cooking events, and of course, fiestas!  The Spanish club is open to all interested students. 

Moderator:  Ms. Pia Gliatta

Student Publications

Literary Journal - (The Muse) 

Students interested in creative writing, poetry, and short stories work together to publish The Muse, D.A.’s Literary Journal.  Staff members meet to discuss elements of writing. Meetings culminate in the publication of The Muse, a Literary Journal comprised of student works.  

Moderator:  Ms. Mary Somboonchoke

 

Period - (Zine Publication) 

This zine publication is produced by D.A. girls for D.A. girls.  It utilizes original artwork and editorial to explore a wide variety of women’s issues.  Staff members work independently to research and write articles, and design artwork for this unique, hand-folded publication.  

Moderator:  Mrs. Shannon Dufresne

 

Student Prints (Newspaper) 

Members of the Student Prints staff are active in writing and editing newsworthy articles to be read by the entire student body.  Student Prints is a quarterly publication.

 

Moderator:  Mr. Charles McDermott 

Government

Student Council

Membership in Student Council is determined annually through election by the student body.  Each Homeroom elects two representatives to send to weekly meetings. The full student body elects executive leaders.  Student Council plans school-wide events and trips to deepen student inclusion in the D.A. community and foster school pride. Student Council provides the opportunity for students to propose activities that meet the changing interests of D.A. students.  Student Council members liaison with faculty and administrators to address student needs. Major events include dances and the annual ski trip.

Moderator: Ms. Jennifer Reardon-Muller

 

Debate Team

Students involved in Debate Team learn to structure and source an argument and have the opportunity to formally debate on a wide variety of topics. Teammates gain knowledge and experience in current events, research methods, argument development, and public speaking. 

Moderator:  Ms. Ashley Rossi

 

Mock Trial

Mock Trial is an imitation trial for students interested in law, government, acting, or public speaking. Mock Trial students have the opportunity to assume the role of lawyer, witness, or understudy and compete against other schools at the state and national levels.  Students who plan to audition for the role of a lawyer or witness should be prepared to assume an additional workload. 

Moderator:  Ms. Ashley Rossi

STEM

Engineering and Robotics Club 

Club members are introduced to microcontrollers, stepper motors, servo motors, and sensors.  Students learn to integrate these hardware components with software to control robotic arms, 3-D printers and more.

Moderator:  Mr. Benito Rosada

 

Girls Who Code Club 

Students learn key concepts in Computer Science by exploring their own interests and solve problems through coding.  Club members work as a team to create games, mobile apps or websites. The goal is to develop and strengthen interest in Computer technology and coding and introduce our students to the field of Computer Science.

Moderator:  Mr. Benito Rosada

 

Pre-Med Society

Students involved in the Pre-Med Society discuss Anatomy and Physiology topics.  In addition, guest speakers are invited to club events to share professional experiences, answer questions, and provide hands-on activities. By taking part in the Pre-Med Society, students explore their shared interest in the medical field.  The group also hosts D.A.’s annual STEAM Expo.

Moderator:  Dr. Lauren Serpagli

 

Psychology Club

Psychology Club is for any student interested in Psychology, either in preparation for A.P. Psych or just out of sheer curiosity!  The club explores various topics of interest, including mental health awareness and the behavior of ourselves and others. Club members also seek to promote positive solutions to stress management, relationship building, and ensure self-care. 

Moderator:  Ms. Ashley Rossi

 

Science Club 

Members of the Science Club discuss timely scientific topics and conduct scientific experiments.  Student and professional speakers are welcomed to meetings to share their experiences. Ice cream is usually homemade once a year during the annual STEM celebration.  

Moderator:  Sr. Pat Connick, O.P.