Upper School Clubs

Agenda Committee

Agenda Committee MeetingThis Committee sets the Agenda for Upper School Meeting for Business. Issues of concern to students are brought to the Agenda Committee for discussion. Frequently the Agenda Committee may appoint a sub-committee to research the issue and bring realistic suggestions to the Agenda Committee for further discussion. The topic is then put on the agenda for further discussion at Meeting for Business. Class officers are expected to attend Agenda Committee, as are Meeting for Business Clerks. All students are welcome and are notified ahead of time of topics to be discussed.
Advisors: Dan Christy Randazzo and Mike Brunswick

Animal Awareness Club

The Animal Awareness Club helps raise awareness of animal cruelty and endangered species worldwide. Each week, the club examines current events in the world relating to animals and their treatment. The club also hosts discussions on how to help and mend the problems that occur as a result of animal cruelty.
Advisor: Andrew Newman

Barbeque Club

Bar-B-Que Club is more than a club, it is an experience. It is a chance for you to further yourself and possibly master the ancient art of grilling. The goal of the club is to promote independence in one’s own culinary skills while emphasizing safety and grilling fun. We will teach you the in’s and out’s of grilling and will challenge you to cook things you never thought before. You will learn to master the use of fire, spices, and of course, Bar-B-Que sauce. In time we hope to pass our information to the community and possibly change the lives of others. We stand for: Great Friends, Great Food, and Great Fun.
Advisor: Erick Cotter

Blog Theorist Club

TV/Film/Games will be inspected for possible theories.  Therories will be chosen before each club meeting.  The theoriy would then be discussed, a video watched, or game played of the chosen theory.  Finally the discussion would be written up on a blog.
Advisor: Alexis Henneberry

 

Chess Club

Chess Club welcomes students of all levels who are interested in playing chess. Students meet to engage in casual games against their peers and to hone their chess game in a friendly environment.
Advisor: Andrew Newman

Cooking Club

Students create foods to consume. We will also have periodic cooking challenges.
Advisor: TBD

Cultural Awareness Club

Each month a culture will be chosen. We will learn about this culture through games, movies, food, music, dance, and etc. This will be a club that is entertaining but also interesting and educational. One country or city around the world will be chosen for the month, and the club members will be able to vote on what country they want to study next at the end of the month. Each day the club meets, there will be a different aspect of that culture studied. Students create foods to consume. We will also have periodic cooking challenges.
Advisor:
Josie Paolello

Dance Team Club

Dance Team Club is an opportunity for MFS students to expand and develop their dance technique and performance skills!  We will explore many different styles of dance including hip hop, jazz funk, lyrical, and others.  New dance styles are welcomed and encouraged.  During our meetings we will focus on proper physical warm ups, basic technique, and of course learning awesome choreographed routines! All levels of experience are welcome. Dance Team Club will perform at various events throughout the year including, but not limited to, basketball games and arts department concerts, as well as host a dance ensemble performance piece towards the end of the year.   Dance is a great way to get some fitness in while having fun. 
Advisor:
Angela Wertner

Desi Culture Club

In this club, we learn about Desi culture. Desi is an umbrella term for people of Middle Eastern or South Asian descent. Since Desi culture includes such a diverse and wide variety of nationalities, religions, and traditions, there’s plenty for everybody to learn, including those who are not of Middle Eastern or Indian descent. 
Advisor: Jennifer Mosher

Disney Club

In Disney Club we watch Disney/Pixar movies. We also do Disney trivia before and after the movies. Our fundraiser will  most likely benefit the Make a Wish Foundation.  There are also games to play such as Disney Scene it, and Disney Monopoly. In the end however, we are trying to get everyone together to celebrate the magic of Disney and continue the tradition that Walt Disney started many years ago.
Advisor: Erick Cotter

Diversity Committee

Soul Food FestDiversity Committee is a part of MFS student government and is made up of Lead For Diversity trained delegates, representatives from each of the four Upper School classes, and two faculty members. This committee is responsible for Community Forum, for assisting the MFS community with issues around diversity, and for planning and running diversity events. There are two co-clerks who are chosen through a nominating process.
Advisor: Sarah Kelly and Michael Aviles

Drama Club

Drama Club provides performance opportunities to anyone interested in theater. At meetings, members play various “improv games” that test their skills at creating characters and acting on the spur of the moment. The club performs in the winter or spring. Many of the Drama Club performers are students who have had little experience acting elsewhere, and who go on to participate in larger roles in all-school plays. The club also attends at least one performance at a local theater each year.
Advisor: Angela Wertner

EA Sports Club

At EA Sports Club, students organize and play sport-based video games.We will have tournaments for the club as well as for the Upper School. We will host tournaments in the Upper School to raise money for the TOPSoccer program.
Advisor: Gail Barna

Environmental Club

Environmental Club (E-Club, for short) helps prepare students for the New Jersey Envirothon by meeting each week to discuss issues and strategies. The club also helps raise awareness regarding environmental issues in the school.
Advisor: Andrea Robinson

Fashion Club

The club meets to discuss current and past trends, currents, upcoming, and recent events involving fashion (awards, runway). It is also a place to share fashion tips as well as DIY’s.
Advisor:
Nicole Edmund

Film Club

Film Club is dedicated to the appreciation and development of student films. Members engage in discussion of films they view as a club, and they plan projects that involve the creation of their own short films. Analysis of style and content is encouraged and students are asked to see movies on their own for discussion during club meetings.
Advisor: Clark Thomson

FOCUS

FOCUS stands for “Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools.” This weekly meeting of students and faculty forms a group of individuals deeply involved with spirituality and religion. Christian values and Bible studies are integrated into the discussion. Other religions are studied and discussed, and recent events are analyzed from a spiritual perspective. This club serves as a source of fellowship, religion, and discussion and is open to students of all faiths.
Advisor: Sarah Rosenson

Gender Equality Forum

Gender Equality ForumThis group is open to all members of the Upper School community. The purpose is to provide a forum to discuss issues of particular concern to women. Topics are suggested by participants and include concerns at school, in their personal lives, in the country, and in the world. When a person suggests a topic, it is hoped that they will also bring some information about the issue or a clear statement of the issue to the meeting. The discussion is guided by the principles of being respectful toward one another and listening carefully to each other, as well as sharing personal reflections on the topic.
Advisor: Eliza McFeely

Girl Up Club

Girl Up is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation that aims to help adolescent girls in underdeveloped countries have a brighter future. The club works against problems such as child marriage and lack of education. Girl Up Club raises money and advocates for a positive change in lives of girls in need all over the world. (Girl Up Club is not just for girls! Boys can join as well.)
Advisor: Judy van Tijn

Glamour Gals

If you like makeup and you want service hours, join our Glamour Gals Chapter. Glamour Gals is a non-profit whose mission is to inspire and organize teen volunteers to provide ongoing companionship and complimentary beauty makeovers to women living in senior homes.
Advisor: Judy van Tijn

Health Occupations for Students of America (HOSA)

(HOSA) is a national organization that holds conferences, competitions, and educates students interested in health occupations. During our meetings we will discuss current issues that are happening around the world.  We will also discuss ways we can take action at MFS and in our local community.
Advisor
: Drew Newman

Hockey Club

Floor Hockey Club provides an outlet for hockey fans to play more often in school.  We play indoors, but also analyze film and discuss strategy on days when we do not play. People of all skill levels are welcome to play and sticks will be provided.
Advisor:
 Michael McGinn

Humanitarian Aid Society

We plan charity events and fundraisers to raise awareness for different charities ranging from animal shelters to diseases to veterans.  We are always looking to bring in guest speakers to tell their stories about their organizations.
Advisor: 
Gail Barna

Jewish Culture Club

The purpose of the Jewish Culture Club is to bring Jewish culture to MFS.  It is an opportunity both for Jews to be able to understand the culture as well as for people of other religions to be introduced to it.  Jewish culture however is a very broad culture ranging anywhere from Jewish food to Jewish comedians.  In this club we will learn about Jewish culture and religion while having fun.  We will have discussions ranging anywhere from the entertaining topic of Jewish jokes to the more serious topic of anti-Semitism.  This club is a wonderful way to inspire religious diversity through tolerance and knowledge while experiencing the truly fun side of Jewish culture.
Advisor: 
Erick Cotter

Martin Luther King, Jr. Club

MLK Club is designed to bring together students of all racial and cultural origins in a non-threatening environment. Weekly luncheon meetings give students the opportunity to socialize and learn from each other during structured discussion of multicultural issues.
Advisor: Lauren Duwel

Ping Pong Club

During our club meetings we will play ping pong.  Each year we hope to put on a ping pong tournament.
Advisor: Lauren Duwel

PRIDE Club

Coming Out DayDuring our People Recognizing Individual Diversity and Equality meetings, we will discuss different issues concerning homosexuality and homophobia.  This is a completely comfortable and open atmosphere.  We will work towards planning events to raise awareness to stop homophobia.
Advisor: Deb Galler

Service Committee

The Service Committee coordinates service projects for the Upper School. These include all school events such as Martin Luther King Day of Service and the Keep People Warm Collections. The Service Committee reports to US Agenda Committee. We meet weekly at Lunch to plan service projects.
Advisors: Gail Barna and Dan Christy Randazzo

Sports Debate Club

Once a week, students will meet in the field house gym and discuss an issue relevant to the sports world currently. The club will be run in a topic of the week format. Suggestions from members will be considered. Topics will span beyond just sports, discussing issues such as Deflategate and players attacking referees.
Advisor:
Michael McGinn

Stress Relief Club

In comic book club we watch comic book inspired tv shows or movies, then discuss them after.  Before we watch anything we talk about the history of the comic, and after we discuss the difference between the comic and movie/t.v. show.
Advisor: 
Emily Salazar

Table Top Games Club

Once a week, students will meet in the field house gym and discuss an issue relevant to the sports world currently. The club will be run in a topic of the week format. Suggestions from members will be considered. Topics will span beyond just sports, discussing issues such as Deflategate and players attacking referees. Teaching and learning how to play the game, rules, mindset, etc. then, we will proceed to run some adventures that are already constructed and hopefully, using the published games as a resource, be able to start writing our own campaigns. Essentially we will try to play as much as we can in one lunch period but if it turns out we cant do that we will use the time for planning either when to meet up or after school and what to do while we are together so we use our time efficiently.
Advisor: Michael Omilian

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Ultimate Frisbee is a club where people play the friendly game of Ultimate. They host tournaments and events throughout the year. You do not have to be an experienced player to participate.
Advisor: Chris Kimberly

Video Game Club

Video Game Club is an organization dedicated to exploring and playing video games.  Whether youre a pro at gaming, or have never touched a video game console, wed love to have you come play with us. Well also be raising money for organizations such as Childs Play, a charity designed to ensure that kids in hospitals have the same games and game systems that we enjoy in our school, as well as our homes.
Advisor: Michael Omilian

Volleyball Club

On our meeting day we will split into teams and play volleyball.
Advisor: Michael McGinn

Worship Planning

The Upper School Worship Planning is open to all interested Upper School students.  The duties of  Worship Planning is to work with the Chester Reagan Chair to: Provide for an introduction to Meeting for Worship for new students, support all Upper School students in the development of meditation skills and to provide ongoing education in the use of silence by a wide range of religious groups; To manage the Meeting for Worship by selecting and training greeters and those who will close the Meeting and by explaining the meaning of the phrase” the care of the Meeting” to the rising junior class. The members of the Worship and Ministry committee will work to provide openings for Meeting for Worship (about once a month). Members of this committee will be trained to facilitate worship sharing groups and will organize regular worship sharing programs about every six to eight weeks.  
Advisor: Dan Christy Randazzo