Clubs & Activities

Friendship and personal discovery

As a student at Eastside Catholic, you’ll have the opportunity to pursue your passions through a wide variety of activities and clubs, ranging from yearbook and guitar to DECA and robotics. EC’s extracurricular activities are designed to foster intellectual and spiritual growth as you prepare for high school, college and beyond. If you have questions about our clubs, please contact Coordinator of Extra Curricular Activities & Field Trips Soonja Larsen.

Our clubs, organizations and activities include:

Middle School

Advanced Robotics

Advanced Robotics offers students the opportunity to apply what the learned in earlier courses to real-world problems. Students learn how to work as a team, taking turns to research, design, build and program robots to complete challenges that meet strict engineering specifications defined by the FIRST Lego League international competition. Unlike traditional classes, this learning experience is strongly focused on projects where students take charge of their own learning and research with guidance from an expert mentor. In the process, they learn more about concepts like mechanics, electronics, systems design and software development.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is a voluntary reading incentive program for our middle school students during lunch. The purpose is to encourage students to read good books and have fun while competing with peers. Students form teams, read the twelve librarian and teacher selected books, and participate in “Battles” to show their comprehension and recall skills. Book selections are announced and introduced in the fall and battles take place in the spring.

Bible Discussions

A Bible Discussion lunch is held weekly for each grade-level enrolled in a Religious Studies class, although all students are welcome. The goal of the lunch is for students to gain better understanding of the bible story they are currently studying in class or to review the story in more depth.

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Club is a weekly lunchtime club open to all middle school students interested in short story, poetry and novel writing, reading, as well as sharing and discussing the written word. Students focus on writing and self-publishing their own novels and participate in a year-long version of National Novel Writing Month, Young Writer’s Program.

Finding Kind

Finding Kind is a high school and middle school mentorship program where high school girls mentor middle school girls to help them navigate the highs and lows of middle school. The club aims to specifically target bullying and attempts to create a culture of kindness, empathy and compassion at our school.

Geography Bee

Geography Bee meets once a week during lunch to compete in the National Geographic Society Geography Bee. Similar to a spelling bee, in Geo Bee, students are asked questions and move up levels in order to continue learning and competing for prizes. In Geo Bee students bond over an interest in geography, social studies, history and competition. Geo Bee is open to all middle school students.

Intro to Robotics

This course provides students with hands-on experiences involving the design, construction and programming of robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS with the EV3 icon-based programming language. Students learn engineering and technology content while applying knowledge and skills to robotic challenges. During the final three weeks of school, students will be introduced to text-based programming using the ROBOTC and/or Java programming languages. The course begins on August 27 and ends on May 29, meetings are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 - 4:30 p.m.

Leadership

The Middle School Leadership Club meets weekly to plan and promote a variety of school events and activities including dances, socials and assemblies. These students are positive role models who work to make others feel included. An application for club membership is required.

Meditation

Meditation is available every Wednesday during Tutorial from 2:30 - 2:50 p.m. in the Chapel.

Orchestra

This club is open to middle school and high school students interested in playing a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass) with an orchestral ensemble. Orchestra meets several times a week before and after school, giving students the opportunity to learn a string instrument and refine their musical skills. The repertoire includes selections from a wide variety of musical genres, from classical to popular. The orchestra performs on their own or as part of a larger ensemble, supporting the band and choir.

Open Gym

Pop Culture Club

Spelling Bee

Eastside Catholic Middle School participates in the Scripps Spelling Bee Program. Spelling Bee Club students are given Scripps lists of words to study and participate in informal spelling bees based on the lists. In February, an all-school spelling bee is held and the winner advances to the regional bee in Seattle.

Yearbook

The Yearbook Club accepts applications once a year in the fall for students who want to create the yearbook. Activities with this club include photographing school events, learning to edit, writing captions and making new friends!

High School

A-Z Club

The A-Z Club is a safe environment supporting all students. The mission is to facilitate acceptance, understanding and respect in regards to race, gender and sexual orientation within the Eastside Catholic Community.

Bamba Club

This club meets to build relationships with Kenyan students, learn about Bamba and help fundraise for our scholarship students in Bamba, Kenya.

Black Student Union

The Black Student Union is a diverse club that encourages unity of all people. We provide a safe space for everyone to be heard.

Breakout Business

Breakout Business is a club designed to empower entrepreneurship potential amongst young students through engaging activities with peers. Students will learn about creatively solving problems in the community, working with other people in a professional environment, and building soft skills. This club will help bring existing and future Eastside Catholic student entrepreneurs together to inspire growth and challenge ideas.

Chinese Culture Club

The purpose of the Chinese Culture Club is to provide students a safe space to express themselves and learn about different ethnic groups in China.

Circle of Friends

The Circle of Friends is designed to encourage widening the circle of one’s friend group through engagement in a variety of events, as planned and organized by the members of the club. Events may include social events, service projects and supporting the wider community as a friend. Participation is open to all, and may extend outside of community period if so desired.

Creative Writing

DECA

A student leadership organization that meets in, and is a requirement of, the Marketing Business Academy class (MBA) at EC. The goal of DECA is to prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

Finding Kind

Finding Kind is a high school/middle school mentor program where high school girls mentor middle school girls in navigating the highs and lows of middle school.

Fishing Club

Fishing Club is focused on creating and encouraging involvement in the exciting world of fresh water fishing. Educational elements include basic fishing skills as well as proper equipment care and upkeep. Club participants will practice the skills they have learned in a late-spring fishing field trip to a local lake.

French Honor Society/Société Honoraire de Français (SHF)

Open to students who have maintained an ‘A’ average in their third semester of French studies at the high school level, and at least a ‘B’ average in overall studies, while remaining actively enrolled in French studies during their high school career. The responsibilities of the FNHS members include tutoring other students taking French, organizing and running the French Club activities throughout the year and helping to run Taco/Crepe Tuesday in the fall—a fundraiser that supports Nos Petits Freres et Soeurs in Haiti.

Girl Up

The club works to raise awareness about the challenges and to celebrate the accomplishments of girls and women both in our community and around the world. It is open to both girls and boys.

Green Team

The Earth Service Corp partners with the local YMCA to address environmental challenges at school and in the community.

Guitar Club

An extension of our guitar courses, students will have the opportunity to play and perform music in a variety of styles, including classical, jazz and popular.

Japanese Film Arts Appreciation Club

This club is a place for anime enthusiasts to appreciate, discuss and watch Japanese animes during community period.

Junior Statesman of America (JSA)

A non-partisan, student-run organization whose purpose is to help high school students acquire leadership skills and the knowledge necessary to be effective debaters and political members.

Mentor Representative

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Students are eligible to apply for National Honor Society with a cumulative GPA of 3.7 over at least three semesters of ECHS. Applications are accepted once a semester and students are notified when applications are available through campus mail if they meet the GPA requirements. Applications are assessed by a faculty panel who determine the prospective student’s scholarship, leadership, service and character, the four tenets of NHS. Students who are accepted through either fall or spring applications, are inducted once a year in May. Students who are members of the society complete additional community service each year in tutoring or coaching.

Orchestra

This club is open to middle school and high school students interested in playing a string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass) with an orchestral ensemble. Orchestra meets several times a week before and after school, giving students the opportunity to learn a string instrument and refine their musical skills. The repertoire includes selections from a wide variety of musical genres, from classical to popular. The orchestra performs on their own or as part of a larger ensemble, supporting the band and choir.

ROBOTICS

The High School Robotics team works together to program, design, construct and drive a robot, meeting the yearly competition criteria for FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) as determined by the international organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The club sends one to two teams to multiple competitions in the fall and winter. The FTC mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.

Rocket Club

This club is for those with an interest in science, especially physics, rocketry and space exploration. We build model rockets and also discuss developments in the field and all things science.

SKI BUS

Ski Club in partnership with Mohan’s Ski School provides lessons and/or transportation to Summit Central at Snoqualmie Pass. The program is available to all Eastside Catholic students on Friday afternoons for six weeks beginning in early January.

Songwriting Club

Spanish National Honor Society

This is an academic honor society that focuses on Spanish language and culture, and requires student members to maintain an ‘honor grade’ GPA. It is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) and its main goal is to promote the interest in Spanish studies in secondary education.

SPEECH AND DEBATE (COMPETITIVE)

Competes on an elite level in a wide variety of debate and public speaking events. Debaters learn to think deeply and critically about a wide range of political, ethical and economic subjects while honing their presentation skills. Speech and debate is open to all ECHS students and to eighth-graders.

Thespian Society

The Thespian Society honors student achievement in Drama and acts as a club to offer mentorship and support for those who want to gain more experience in theater. It is a Drama club with state, national and international resources. The Society meets once a month in the Drama Studio.

ULTIMATE FRISBEE

Eastside Catholic offers Ultimate Frisbee on a club level, although it’s possible to earn a varsity letter (spring coed only) if a student meets the requirements. In the fall, the boys team practices three to four times a week, with most games on Monday nights. In the spring there is a coed team with games on Saturdays. If you are interested in joining our team, nicknamed “HAVOC” by our players, please email HAVOC Ultimate Program Director Adam Chumbley at achumbley@eastsidecatholic.org.

Exceptional Opportunities

EC is one of only seven private schools in Washington to offer a DECA program. DECA is an internationally acclaimed, competitive program that introduces high school students to careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Last year, 24 students qualified for the state DECA conference and eleven moved on to international competition.