There are so many ways to get involved at Saint Ursula Academy! This booklet includes information about the nearly 60 student groups on campus to help you find groups that are of interest to you. Goals for Co-Curricular Involvement at SUA: ● Learn more about yourself by exploring your interests or trying something new ● Make friends with students by sharing common experiences ● Develop leadership skills; including communication, collaboration, and problem solving ● Apply lessons from the classroom to real life experiences Co-curricular student groups at SUA are clustered into four main categories: Clubs : The purpose of these groups is for students to explore common interests and passions. Clubs therefore have a more internal focus – connecting students with shared interests and creating opportunities to develop that interest. Clubs are a great way to meet people who might not be in your classes, but who share an interest with you. Clubs typically meet during lunch. Student Organizations : Student organizations have an external focus – each of these groups produces, represents, or governs something for the rest of the SUA community. Due to their organizational goals, student organizations tend to require a greater time commitment than clubs. Student organizations typically meet during 5 th bell, though some groups may require after-school commitments for practice, special events, etc. Honor Societies : These groups are open only to students who achieve very specific criteria in academic excellence in the respective discipline. Students are invited to participate when they meet the eligibility criteria. Continued involvement in the group is contingent upon continued academic excellence. Community Service : We hope all SUA students get involved in community service, and to make it easier to get involved, we have a number of community service groups from which to choose. These groups coordinate student volunteerism during school, after school and out of school. You might be wondering… How many groups should I join? I challenge each of you to join and make a year-long commitment at least 1 group and try to find 2-3 that interest you. The goal is to find things you’re really excited about, so go for quality of experience rather than quantity of groups. What if I don’t know anyone in the group? Joining a club/organization is a wonderful way to meet new people and make new friends. The groups range in size anywhere from 10-200 members. Most groups are around 20-30 people, so you’ll have a lot of time to get to know fellow students. I’m interested in this group, but I don’t have any experience with the activity (e.g., skiing, coding, building robots, etc.). Can I still join? YES!!! Clubs/organizations at SUA are meant to be a place for you to learn new skills and test out different interests. If you’re curious about an activity, sign up and check it out! How do I know when the groups meet? All of the clubs and organizations are assigned a specific meeting time. Student organizations meet during 5 th bell – on either SO1, SO2, or SO3 days. Clubs meet during lunch, also numbered 1, 2, 3. Some groups, like Ambassadors, meet on a special schedule during 5 th bell, and other groups, like Yoga Club and Mock Trial, meet after school. Ask the moderator for specifics or use the two-week calendar on Schoology. I’m interested in two groups that meet at the same time. What do I do? Pick one to try this year, and then you can always try the other group next year. It’s okay to make a choice now; there will always be time to try the other experience in the future. I'm not sure there's a group for me. What do I do? If you’re not sure how to get started with clubs and organizations, please come see Dr. Thomas or Mrs. Barnes. There's a place for you here, and we’d love to talk with you about getting involved!