Beginning Band/Beginning Strings
All students in grade 4-8 are invited to learn to play an instrument. Band students receive weekly lessons, during school hours, and will perform throughout the year. Students can pick from the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, and drums.
Band and String students with at least one year of experience are in the Orchestra, grades 5-8. Orchestra rehearses every other week during "Reach", Fridays 9th period. The Orchestra performs at the Winter Concert, Spring Concert, and Graduation.
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to join the Choir, which includes a range of repertoire, from choral standards to current pop songs. The choir rehearses every other week during "Reach", Fridays 9th period. The Choir performs at the Winter and Spring Concerts.
Forensics (Public Speaking)
Open to grades seven and eight. Students choose a speech, poem, excerpt from a play, or original work to present in front of judges. Sign ups are in January. Practices are once per week. City-wide competition is in April.
The chess club is for anyone who has any interest in learning and playing chess. The club is for those wanting to learn and those who are already experienced in the game of chess. The chess club is for grades 5-8 and practices will be held after school. The chess club runs from mid-October until the end of January. Approximately twelve students will be selected from the chess club to form a chess team that will compete in three chess tournaments in January.
The Fire Bowl's aims are twofold: to raise the students' awareness of fire safety and prevention, as well as introduce them to a career path they might not have previously considered. The club is composed of four students-all between the ages of twelve and fourteen- to study from the same handbook used to train professional firefighters. The students then compete in a statewide competition called the "F.I.R.E. BOWL" testing their knowledge of fire safety issues and procedures. The club is composed of seventh and eighth graders, and runs from November to April.
Team consists of eight 8th graders: 6 participants + 2 alternates. All 8 students must participate at the Academic Challenge, which is usually held at Midtown Community School in the spring for only 1 afternoon. The afternoon of the test, the students all take the test together as a team. They are each given a question booklet but have only one answer sheet so they need to learn to work together & listen to one another. Questions will be asked in the areas of Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Art, Music, Sports, Technology, Current Events, Etc. The Academic Challenge Team will begin practicing in November.
The Student Council of Mary J. Donohoe School works to promote leadership and to maintain an environment of collaboration among the student body. Elected by their peers, the officers and class representatives coordinate in the sharing of ideas among the students. The Student Council strives to provide support and to encourage active participation in activities related to raising social awareness and other charitable endeavors which benefit the larger global community.