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Athletics | Mater Dei

Athletics

Fall Athletics:

Cheerleading

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Cross Country

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Football

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Golf - Boys and Girls

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Soccer - Boys

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Volleyball

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Winter Athletics:

Basketball - Boys

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Basketball - Girls

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Bowling

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Cheerleading

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Wrestling

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Spring Athletics:

Baseball

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Soccer - Girls

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Softball

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Art and Photography Club in the news

Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Liturgical Music Group in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Chess Club in the news

Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

Read more about Bass Fishing in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

Read more about Model UN in the news

Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

Read more about FBLA in the news

Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news

Track and Field

Moderator: Mrs. Vicki Moylan

The purpose of Art and Photography Club is to encourage students to utilize and to further develop their artistic abilities.

At the meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, students plan and execute art and photography projects. They then present their projects and explain the skills utilized to create the projects. In addition, students possess opportunities to attend field trips and participate in art displays and contests in the local area.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Art and Photography Club at any time throughout the year.

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Moderator: Mrs. KK Schneider

As members of St. Vincent de Paul Society, our students, in a spirit of justice and charity, help those who are most in need. No work of charity is foreign to the society, for its ministry, through person-to-person contact, encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of humankind.

Membership All students are invited to join St.Vincent de Paul Society! Meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, are announced at school. Students may contact Mrs. KK Schneider to receive a pass to attend the meetings.

Aspects of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Prayer - Members invite students and faculty to join them in the chapel for prayer services, which are held on Friday mornings from 7:50 am to 8:00 am.

Communication - Members write “thank you” cards to our priests and parish leaders for their support of our students and liturgical events; and “thinking of you,” “get well,” and holiday greeting cards for the residents of our area nursing homes.

Missions – Members promote, collect the envelopes for, and assist with counting and recording the donations to our weekly mission collections; select the recipients of special mission collections (for individual or group causes); and host bake sales during lunch periods to raise funds for future donations.

Warm Hearts Campaign Students, administration, faculty, and staff who donate to this event receive a heart, on which they write their name, to display in the second wing. The funds are then donated to pay the utility bills of a local family in need of assistance.

Read more about St. Vincent de Paul in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Warren G. Murray Developmental Center, located in Centralia, Illinois, is a home for the developmentally disabled. Students from Mater Dei have a long standing tradition of visiting Murray Center one Saturday each month during the school year.

All Mater Dei students are invited to participate with the Murray Center residents in activities which include, but are not limited to, coloring, dancing, making crafts, playing basketball or softball, playing board games, and going for walks. Students may sign up in their religion classes to attend Murray Center visits. We always look forward to another great year of visits to the Murray Center!

Read more about Murray Center Volunteers in the news

Moderator: Mr. Dan Wescovich 

The Liturgical Music Group (LMG) is a dedicated and talented group of musicians who plan and lead the liturgy music at all-school Masses. In addition, LMG has provided music for Masses held for the Mothers and Friends organization, for our Graduation Masses, and for special events held for the Mater Dei community.

On the day of an all-school Mass, LMG practices during first period and second period.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join LMG at any time throughout the year.

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Moderator: Mrs. Judy Kampwerth

Liturgical Planning Team provides all students with the opportunity to utilize their gifts and talents to make each all-school Mass “their own” by planning and actively participating in the Mass.

Membership  All students are invited to join the Liturgical Planning Team, which they may do by signing the “Volunteers for Masses” sheet, which is provided in Religion classes at the end of the school year; or by contacting moderator Mrs. Judy Kampwerth, who provides students with a pass to attend the planning sessions, which are held during study halls (planning session dates are announced at school).

Volunteer Opportunities  For each Mass, students may volunteer for one or more of the groups:

Environment Group - members design a plan to creatively “transform” the gym into a sacred place of prayer according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass, arrive before school to set-up the gym, and remain after Mass to clean the gym.

Word Group - members select the readings (when applicable), select student lectors, and create the petitions.

Music Group - members select the music according to the liturgical season or theme of the Mass and assist in obtaining the selected music.

Actions Group - members prepare the PowerPoint presentation and programs for the Mass, serve as sacristans, and serve as greeters. In addition, members determine if liturgically appropriate actions, such as liturgical dance, will be utilized to enhance the Mass.

Ministers of Hospitality Group - members select students to serve at the Mass as greeters; Eucharistic Ministers; ushers; and cross, candle, and gift bearers.

Read more about the Liturgical Planning Team in the news

Moderator: Mr. Doug Denaro

The purpose of Chess Club is to develop both the understanding of and the enjoyment of the game of chess.  Thus, all students, regardless of skill level, may participate in Chess Club, which meets in the library during designated study hall periods.  Moreover, chess sets are provided at no charge.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Chess Club at any time throughout the year.

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Moderator: Mr. Rod Beckmann

The purpose of the bass fishing team is to utilize and to further develop the skills of students interested in competitive sport fishing.  Additionally, students develop an awareness of the benefits of outdoor recreation and the importance of preserving our natural resources.

Weather permitting in the spring, one or two practices are held each week after school.  The team then participates in the IHSA regional competition, from which the top three teams advance to the IHSA state competition.  Students are responsible for providing their own equipment (fishing gear and life jacket).

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join the bass fishing team in the spring.

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Moderator: Mrs. Donna Goetz

Through their involvement in Model United Nations (Model UN), students will both utilize and further develop their knowledge of current events, international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations. Specifically, students “serve” as diplomats, representing a nation or non-governmental organization, in a simulated session of a United Nation’ committee, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly. Thus, students have the opportunity to research a country; investigate international issues; and develop solutions to world problems after engaging in debate, deliberation, and consultation.

The Model UN team attends conferences/competitions at Blackburn College and McKendree University. Prior to these events, meetings are held as needed during study hall periods.

All Mater Dei students are welcome to join Model UN at any time throughout the year.

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Moderator: Mrs. Heather Land 

FBLA started in the 1969 - 1970 school year and has continually possessed a strong tradition. The FBLA members are students, grades 9 - 12, who are interested in a business career. The frequency of meetings, which are held during designated study hall periods, varies depending on the event members are planning. Members must pay national FBLA dues, which are $15.

Fund Raising Activities

Buzz Book Sales – The sale of the Buzz Book is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit.  Specifically, FBLA members create a phone book which includes the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, addresses, and parents' names for each student; as well as the names, birthdays, telephone numbers, and addresses of the administration, faculty and staff. Students may then purchase the Buzz Book.

Candy Cane Sales - The sale of candy canes is a fundraiser from which both the FBLA and the Mater Dei student body benefit. For two weeks in December, FBLA members receive orders, during the lunch periods, for candy canes, which are then delivered to the recipient the next week. This project is very popular!

Professional Development Activities

Official FBLA Conferences - FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend the Southwestern Area Leaderhip Conference, the Illinois State Leadership Conference and the National Leadership Conference. At these conferences, members both compete in business related competitions and learn business skills that will aid them in their future business careers.

Field Trips -  FBLA members possess the opportunity to attend field trips to businesses in the St. Louis area in order to provide members with the opportunity to learn the various aspects of successful businesses. Previously, members have visited AG Edwards, Anheuser Busch, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Build-A-Bear Workshop, The Maschhoffs, Inc., Southwest Airlines, and The Fox Theater.

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Director: Mrs. Donna Goetz

2016-2017 Fall Play: It's a Wonderful Life
November 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm, November 6 at 2:00 pm

2016-2017 Spring Musical: High School Musical
March 31 and April 1 at 7:00 pm, April 2 at 2:00 pm

All Mater Dei students interested in the performing arts are encouraged to participate in the fall play and spring musical.  The fall play performance weekend occurs in late October or early November.  The spring musical performance weekend occurs in late March or early April.  Staging a theatrical production requires a variety of both on-stage and off-stage commitment.  Thus, students possess a wide variety of opportunities to participate with the play and the musical.

Performers  As on-stage performers, students will both utilize and further develop their acting ability.  Roles vary in size and number, depending on the selected play or musical.  The musical usually includes a chorus of singers and/or dancers; as a result, students who audition are not normally cut from the musical.  Auditions, which are announced at school, occur six to eight weeks prior to the performance.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings.

Musicians (Musical Only)  As members of the pit orchestra, students will both utilize and further develop their musical ability.  Instruments vary in type and number depending on the selected musical.  Rehearsals take place after school and/or in the evenings, usually beginning four to five weeks prior to the performance.  Students interested in serving as a member of the pit orchestra should contact the director or the music director.

Lighting and Sound Technicians  As members of the tech crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical lighting skills and/or theatrical sound skills.  The two weeks prior to a performance are usually reserved as “tech weeks.”  Students interested in serving as a member of the tech crew should contact the director.

Set Crew  As members of the set crew, students will both utilize and further develop theatrical carpentry skills and/or theatrical painting skills.  The sets range from simple to elaborate, depending on the selected play or musical.  Students interested in serving as a member of the set crew should contact the director for the schedule of “set construction days” and “set painting days.”

Stage Manager and/or Student Director  As a stage manager, a student who exhibits exceptional leadership and organizational qualities will possess the opportunity to utilize these skills in order to ensure a smooth-running performance.   Specifically, the stage manager is in charge of all props, scene changes, and curtain opening/closing.  Occasionally, a director will also select an additional student to serve as a student director.  Both the stage manager and student director are required to attend rehearsals and performances.  Students interested in serving as a stage manager or student director should contact the director.

Stage Crew  As members of the stage crew, students are responsible for scene changes or movement of sets that are required during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the stage crew should contact the director for a schedule of rehearsals they are required to attend.

Ushers   As ushers, students will not only welcome and provide programs to patrons, but also assist them in finding their seats.  Ushers are required to arrive one hour prior to the performances and remain one hour after the performance to assist in cleaning and preparing the gym for the next performance.  Students interested in serving as an usher should contact the director.

Box Office  As a member of the box office staff, students who possess strong organizational skills sell performance tickets at school during lunch periods two weeks prior to the performances, as well as in the box office during the performances.  Students interested in serving as a member of the box office staff should contact the director.

Read more about Drama Club in the news


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