Extra Curricular Activities

ART CLUB

Moderator:  Mrs. Lynn Zetzman
Art Club is open to all students including students who are not enrolled in art courses. On announced dates the art room remains open for two hours after school so students can engage in visual art activities. The projects students work on could be class assignments or of student-generated interest. Wheel-thrown pottery and oil painting are the most popular media for club members. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun.
 
A weekend field trip to experience the arts in Milwaukee is dependent on student interest. Every other year there is a Xavier Art Club trip abroad based on student interest.

BOOK CLUB

Moderator:  Mrs. Jennifer Walter
The Free to Read Book Club was established in 2007-08. Interested students choose appropriate books to read during the school year. They meet weekly to not only discuss books they are reading as a group, but also to relax and read for enjoyment.

CAMPUS ACTIVITIES BOARD (CAB)

Moderators: Mrs. Kate Geenen and Mrs. Beth Nelson

Campus Activities Board (CAB) plans and presents all school special events, especially the Homecoming week festivities and Blue and White Week, a spirit week held each January in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week. CAB also serves the school by hosting lunches on Freshman Orientation Day and Seventh Grade Day. Students can grow in their leadership skills by serving on CAB!

CHINESE CLUB

Moderator:  Mrs. Ping Champeau
Chinese Club meets throughout the school year and is open to all students who are interested in learning about the Chinese language and culture. Xavier also has over 20 students from China every year.  They will be asked to share their language and customs with all members. Besides regular meetings, the club will hold activities to discover Chinese culture, such as participation in the events organized by local Chinese organizations, and celebratory activities held in local Chinese restaurants. 

COMPUTER PROGRAMMING CLUB

Moderator: Mrs. Kelly Carter

Students with a passion for programming can come together and use their skills on projects or learn new skills in the fun and student-directed club. Each term, the club chooses its own path for what it would like to work on or develop. There is always something new to work on in the Computer Programming Club!

EQUESTRIAN TEAM

Moderator: Mrs. Sarah Shimek
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Horsemanship Association (WIHA) provides for schools to compete throughout Wisconsin. Students in grades 6-12 are eligible to be a part of the Xavier Equestrian team.  The Xavier team is part of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Horsemanship Association in District 6. The team prepares for an annual show - the 2019 show is in Marshfield on October 4-6. Currently we have 12 members of the team.  We welcome all Xavier equestrians to join our team!

FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA (FBLA)

Moderator - Mrs. Kelly Carter
Future Business Leaders of America is a nonprofit education association with a quarter million students preparing for careers in business and business-related fields. It is the largest business career student organization in the country.
FBLA team members compete in local, state and national competitions in events from advertising to economics, cybersecurity to entrepreneurship. There are over 70 events to choose from, individually or with a small group. FBLA members are also invited to attend conferences to network and learn more about careers in business.

FORENSICS

Moderator:  Mrs. Mariah Ervin
The purpose of Forensics is to sharpen our speaking skills, perform and entertain, and, most of all, have fun!  Students participating in Forensics have a wide variety of options to pursue, both individual and group in nature. If you have any acting aspirations, Forensics is the perfect place for you to hone your skills and receive immediate feedback on your performance. Likewise, if you are a fan of the art of the spoken word, Forensics is a great way for you to sharpen your speaking abilities in areas such as poetry, prose, oratory, and radio broadcasting. Team practices are held once a week with individual practices occurring at chosen times during the week. Although a few competitions take place during the school week, most occur on Saturday mornings, with the season lasting from late January until early April.
 
If any of the descriptions above sound like you, or relate to a career you might be interested in pursuing, strongly consider making Forensics part of your co-curricular schedule!

HONOR COUNCIL

Moderator: Mr. Mike Mauthe

Honor Council is the leadership body of Xavier High School’s student community. It works with the administration to develop the rules and standards by which students and staff abide by the school’s honor code. Honor Council also develops proposals for new programs, clubs, rules and classes. Committees focus in such areas as academics, extra-curriculars, dress code, schedule and facilities. Honor Council members are each awarded a vote in decision making. All Xavier students are invited to serve on the Honor Council. Meetings occur monthly.

INTERNATIONAL CLUB

Moderator:  Mrs. Connie Rosenbaum
The International Club is open to the entire Xavier student body, both International and American students. Its purpose is to help integrate the international students into the school community by planning various social activities during the school year. Student club officers play an integral role in planning and organizing activities.

LINK CREW

Moderators: Mrs. Beth Nelson and Mr. Matt Parish

Link Crew is a new student transition program. Juniors and seniors apply for the honor of serving as a Link Leader to welcome freshmen and new students for the upcoming year. These leaders host orientation days, monthly check-ins, and social events for their crew of about 10 new students. Link Leaders are selected in May based on their character, leadership, and involvement in the Xavier community.

MATH LEAGUE

Moderators:  Mrs. Donna Dumke 
Although some students think those students in Math League must have perfect grades in math or be in highly advanced courses, the members of Xavier's Math League team can testify that being a member means being a thinker, a reasoner, and a solver.
 
The Math League competes in the Fox Valley Math League, which is comprised of schools from many areas of northeast Wisconsin. At each meet the various participating schools send as many teams as they are able, with each team consisting of no more than eight students. The first four rounds of competition are all individual and the last round is a team event. There are four questions per round with the first question being worth one point and the fourth question worth four points. The meets are held once a month on a Monday night during the months of October, November, December, February, March, and April. Students need not attend every meet to participate in Math League.

MOCK TRIAL

Moderator:  Mrs. Kelli McGreevey
Mock Trial is a competitive club offered to high school students. Mock Trial teams compete in a regional tournament in order to earn the right to compete at state and national levels. Xavier's Mock Trial teams compete against other area teams both large and small.
 
Each school receives a casebook, which consists of rules, the case, facts about the case, and the complaint. Each state has a different case because of its unique laws, and the cases vary from year to year. After receiving the casebook, the team has three months to prepare a trial. Each team has three attorneys and three witnesses for both the defense and prosecuting sides of the trial.
 
Xavier has very competitive Mock Trial teams. The varsity team consistently makes it to the state tournament in Madison.

NATIONAL BUSINESS HONOR SOCIETY

Moderator:  Ms. Liz Van Handel
The purposes of the National Business Honor Society are to:
·         promote and recognize academic achievement in business education at the secondary level;
·         foster and recognize leadership skills and character development;
·         help members grow ethically and socially by promoting and encouraging an interest in business; and
·         encourage member involvement in service learning initiatives.
 
A Business Advisory Committee selects students who demonstrate outstanding performance in the three criteria of leadership, service, and social, and choose to participate in FBLA. The Business Advisory Committee consists of local business leaders and business faculty.
 
Sophomores, juniors and seniors will be asked to submit a completed application to the Business Advisory Committee. The application will ask the student to list the ways that he/she has fulfilled the criteria in each of the three areas. It is necessary for this application to be submitted in order to be considered for induction into the National Business Honor Society.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Moderators:  Mrs. Kelli McGreevey 
kmcgreevey@xaviercatholicschools.org

The National Honor Society seeks to recognize students for excellence in their academic achievements, their contributions to the school community and their service to others.  Students who are sophomores, juniors or seniors will be invited to apply in February if they meet GPA, behavior and leadership requirements.  There will be a minimum GPA (cumulative) requirement of 3.5 or better for seniors, 3.7 for juniors and 3.9  for sophomores. Transfer students must have been at XHS for one year prior to applying. Students invited to apply will not have received discipline while at Xavier High School for disrespectful conduct in class, intellectual dishonesty or serious infractions of school rules and must have no law violations.
 
Seniors who become members for the first time their senior year must complete a minimum of 5 hours of Honor Society sanctioned service prior to being eligible to  receive a gold cord for graduation. 
 
Students who meet these basic GPA qualifications will be invited to submit a letter of application that highlights information about their involvement in clubs, teams, the community, and service, as well as any awards and/or honors they have received.  Forms will be available in late January, due in February, and membership will be confirmed by April.
 
Students who previously applied and are current members of National Honor Society must have completed a minimum of 10 hours of service for National Honor Society projects/tutoring prior to the February application due date in order to have their membership “renewed.” Additionally, they may not have been disciplined for disrespectful conduct in class, intellectual dishonesty or serious infractions of school rules nor can they have any law violations. Students who qualify for membership are expected to increase their responsibilities and leadership within the school.  

PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB

Moderator:  Mrs. Lynn Zetzman
The purpose of the Photography Club is to teach students the art of photography.  Students will learn about what makes a picture interesting and appealing to the eye.  Students meet on a regular basis as a sub-group of the Art Club to compare and critique each other’s pictures.  Pictures are often displayed in the Wallace Gathering Hall.

PROM COMMITTEE

Moderator:  Ms. Sarah Simon
Prom is a formal dinner and dance hosted by the junior class. It is held in the spring and juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend. Sophomores are allowed to attend if they are invited as the guest of a junior or senior. Freshmen are not included in this event. The Prom Committee is open to all juniors who are interested in planning Prom. The committee typically meets as needed from January until the date of the Prom. At meetings, selections for the theme of the dance such as the theme song, colors, and decorations are made. In addition, committee members help choose invitations and the menu for the Prom dinner. Typically, the night before Prom or the morning of Prom, the committee meets at the hall to decorate. On the night of the event, one committee member will begin the evening with a prayer and toast. The committee also assists the court members during coronation at the dance. Boys and girls are encouraged to get involved in making their Prom memorable by becoming involved in the Prom committee.

PSYCHOLOGY CLUB

Moderator: Mrs. Thrish Birr-Zimmer

Students with an interest in psychology are invited to join this club. It pursues further studies of the mind through scholarly articles, movies, and discussion. The club combines academic research with real-world applications in its semi-regular meetings.

ROCK FOR LIFE CLUB

Moderator:  Ms. Kelly Wilda
The Rock for Life Club is dedicated to defending the sacredness of all human life. Its purpose is to promote and help build a society that respects and protects individual innocent human beings from conception to natural death. Members do this through education, prayer, outreach and service. There are many opportunities for involvement throughout the year. Additionally, students are annually given the opportunity to attend the Pro-Life March in Washington, D.C., in January. Meeting days and times are determined by the group at the beginning of the school.

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Dumke

Science Olympiad is a national competition in science events such as “Disease Detectives, Meteorology, Crime Busters, Solar System, Mousetrap Vehicle and Experimental Design.” Team members prepare during the fall for winter and spring competitions.

SKI CLUB

Moderator:  Mr. Jim Biesterveld
Ski Club is open to all students at Xavier providing a fun and exciting way to enjoy the winter months in Wisconsin. There are night trips to Granite Peak which usually occur after school on either Tuesday or Thursday nights. There is also a day trip to Brule and a weekend trip to the UP. The weekend trip is in late February and includes three days of skiing at Indianhead, Powderhorn and Black Jack Mountains along with two nights at a hotel in Ironwood.
 
Recently, the Ski Club has also ventured out west to Colorado for a spring break trip in the Rockies. The club is plans these trips in odd-numbered years.
 
Specific information about each year's trip plans is always handed out at our November meeting. At that time permission slips are handed out and the sign up begins.

SPANISH CLUB

Moderator:  Dr. Mary Kempen
Spanish Club is open to all Spanish students who want to reach a greater understanding of Hispanic culture and the Spanish language. In addition to meetings, members also go out into the community to share their Spanish knowledge and skills with others. Through membership, students will attain a greater respect for Hispanic cultures, practice their Spanish and meet other Xavier students who have similar interests. Annual activities include fiestas, movies, celebrating Hispanic holidays, constructing piñatas, lunches at Hispanic restaurants, and becoming involved with Appleton's Hispanic community through various organizations.

STUDENT AMBASSADORS

Moderator:  Mr. Mike Mauthe
Student Ambassadors use their love for Xavier and desire to build the community to represent Xavier in the community and encourage prospective students to come to Xavier. Student Ambassadors host and facilitate Xavier Preview Night and 7th Grade Day. They also assist in registration nights and middle school visits. Ambassadors also welcome future Hawks who want to shadow or tour the school. Finally, Student Ambassadors represent Xavier by attending various functions at their partner grade and middle schools in order to show support and encouragement for the many talented young people that God has made.
 
Any Xavier student is welcome to join Student Ambassadors. Students are allowed to join at any time throughout the school year by simply attending the Ambassadors meetings as they occur.
 

THEATER CLUB

Moderator:  Mr. Jim Romenesko
Students are encouraged to participate in the production of mainstage shows at Xavier. Any student with a desire to work as a member of a team will find an opportunity to develop skills through working as an actor, singer, construction worker, stagehand, prop artist or lighting/sound technician.
 
Performers are asked to audition for roles. Technical work days are usually held after school and scheduling is flexible. Upcoming projects are announced in homeroom and posted on the bulletin board in the backstage corridor.

VEX ROBOTICS TEAM

Moderator:  Mr. Ron Lohse
Robotics is a program for students interested in engineering or computer programming or robots. Teams of four or five students per robot compete in events sponsored by the Fox Valley Robotics League and the Robot Education and Competition Foundation (RECF) using the VEX Robotics kit produced by Innovation First, Inc. Each year a different game is announced at the World Championships.  This game is played at all competitions through the next World Championships.
 
The league season runs from October through January with the regional competitions held from November through early February leading to the State Championship in mid-February.  Regional competitions are usually held on Saturdays and are all-day events.  Each Xavier robot will be entered in a minimum of four regional competitions plus the state championship (should they qualify). Robots that qualify through the state championship may attend the World Championships in mid to late April.  Xavier Robotics has been highly successful over the years.
 
League competitions are held on weeknights and robot building and testing meets after-school and some Saturday mornings. For more information, interested students should contact Mr. Lohse.

WORLD LANGUAGE HONOR SOCIETIES

Moderators:
·         Chinese – Mrs. Ping Champeau
·         French – Mrs. Luch Sell
·         German – Mrs. Connie Rosenbaum
·         Spanish – Mrs. Beth Nelson


Sophomores, juniors and seniors who excel academically in their Chinese, French, German and/or Spanish classes may become members of the respective World Language Honor Society. In addition to maintaining a GPA of 3.5 in their language, students must earn a specified number of languages, culture, and/or service points to be accepted for membership each year. Each spring new and continuing members are honored at a ceremony. Applications for membership are available from world language teachers.

XAVIER SERVICE CLUB

Moderators:  Mrs. Donna Dumke

Xavier Service Club is a service organization for high school students. This student-run organization is a unique opportunity for Xavier students to work with members of our community. Students work to benefit hospitals, homeless shelters, senior living facilities, food pantries, and children within the community. The goal is to develop leadership skills and good citizenship practices. Highlights include the annual Homeless Vigil and the Halloween Party for Children.