Many schools have “extra-curriculars.” At Archbishop Curley High School, however, we offer “co-curriculars,” because we recognize the lessons that can be learned from these “outside the classroom” experiences. Whether it is on the athletic field, on a club field trip, or on the stage, these important campus activities co-exist with the academic curriculum and serve not only as a supplement, but as an extension of the school’s mission.
As such, Co-Curricular Activities are a valuable part of the Curley Experience. By involving themselves in areas of interest, Curley students acquire important life skills and make lasting friendships. Research has shown that students involved in co-curriculars perform better in school and go on to achieve great things in college. Indeed, as a college-preparatory institution, Curley encourages all students to be involved in at least some aspect of campus life, since most colleges today seek applicants who have well-rounded high school experiences that include co-curriculars and the leadership experiences that often come with them.
Archbishop Curley High School boasts well over 25 co-curricular clubs and activities, plus Athletics and the Arts.
Moderator: Mr. Pressimone
Anime has captured the hearts of young people for decades. The Japanese cartoons have a certain allure with their whimsical art styles and fantastical plots. The Anime Club exists for the members to be entertained by watching anime, sharing their hobby with others, and giving new fans a means to discover the world of anime.
See the Athletics tab.
2:45 PM in Room 103
Moderator: Mr. DeMarco
Looking for an active science club? Join us in the Biology Club. We meet every week in the biology lab. We provide service by helping maintain the biology lab (especially the aquariums) and occasionally assisting with lab prep and/or equipment maintenance. Other activities include field trips (such as fossil collecting, National Aquarium, insect collecting), guest speakers, and assorted labs.
Moderator: Mr. Lawrence
Blackfriars’ Theatre presents two major theatrical productions each school year, one in late November and the other in March. The goal of Blackfriars is to involve as many students as possible in their productions, either on the stage or behind the scenes. Auditions are held for each production and then the rehearsals for the shows are determined by the schedules of the production staff and cast members. Rehearsals are typically held Monday through Thursday after school and on Sunday afternoons (for musicals). Cast members are only required to attend rehearsals for their role in the show.
Board Games Club
Moderator: Mr. Polsinelli
The Board Game Club will meet in guidance on a weekly/biweekly basis after school. The club will encompass various categories of games: strategy, classic, party, word, card, trivia, etc. The number one rule of the club is no electronic games. If you have any questions or would like to sign up, see Mr. Polsinelli in Guidance
2:45 PM in Room 103
Moderator: Mr. DeMarco
The Chess Club is open to all students and has active members in all grades. In recent years around three dozen students have joined the club each fall. During typical meetings students relax and play several games and/or participate instruction on techniques and strategy. The Chess Club challenges the faculty in friendly competition twice a year and with the help of Admissions we sponsor a middle school tournament and instruction. Checkmate!
Moderator: Mr. Gaffney
See the Fine Arts tab.
Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM and 2:45 PM in the Yearbook Office
Moderator: Mr. Strekfus
The CORD, Curley’s yearbook, consists of a 144-page hardback copy, delivered in May, and a 28-page spring supplement, delivered in September. The CORD staff works daily after school to produce a book of memories for the entire school community to enjoy. Meetings are held twice during the summer to make plans, and the staff works both before and after school five days a week throughout the school year.
Cultural Awareness Club
Moderator: Mr. Jackson ’02, Mr. Hickey
The mission of the Curley Cultural Awareness Club is to provide opportunities for members of the Curley Family to increase their appreciation of African-American and Pan-African cultures. In the Franciscan tradition, our goal is to bring Cultural Awareness to Curley by inviting and encouraging our school community to share and celebrate all forms of diversity and unity through educational, social, service programs and activities.
The Curley Chronicle
Tuesdays at 2:45 PM in Room 205
Moderator: Mr. Moon
The Curley Chronicle is the school newspaper. But journalism is changing and the way news is reported and received is changing. To keep up with the times, the Chronicle will be both an ONLINE and PRINTED newspaper where news stories, feature articles, reviews, surveys, art work, editorials and interviews, created by the students, are published. In addition, news stories, which have a more immediate interest, will be reported on the news pages of the website. Students may serve as editors, reporters, writers, artists, photographers and layout designers.
Day 3 and 6 Study Halls in Room 102
Moderator: Mr. Williams.
The club’s purpose is to familiarize students with our environment and its importance in our survival, introduce both scientific and practical experiences oriented to the environment and disseminate information concerning environmental careers. Potential activities include field trips, interfacing with other environmental groups and coordinating a school-wide recycling program.
Moderator: Mr. Streckfus
The Entrepreneurs’ Club is open to all students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of business ownership and management, investing and basic life skills. Students will participate in a simulated investment club by evaluating and trading various investments. Meetings will also include forums on business etiquette, proper business attire for today’s business environment, and other topics focused on career preparedness. The Entrepreneur Club also strives to provide guest speakers and occasional field trips to provide real world exposure.
Moderator: Fr. Chris Dudek OFM Conv.
The FLEX Team stands for Franciscan Leaders Encountering Christ. The FLEX Team is the peer ministry program at Archbishop Curley High School. Upperclassman students interested in serving in this role apply in the Spring and are involved with all aspects of the school’s spiritual life including school liturgies, retreats and FYM projects.
Franciscan Youth Ministry
Moderator: Fr. Chris Dudek OFM Conv.
Open to all students, this dynamic group of individuals devote themselves to serving the school in 4 different capacities in conjunction with the FYM director. While all students are able to participate in all 4 office activities, each office is responsible for the planning and execution of their specific areas. The Office of Spiritual Life’s main task is to plan and help run all liturgical events that occur at school: Mass, Holy Hours, Reconciliation Services. The Office of Social Justice is involved in the Christmas/Lenten projects, Outreach to the sick and March for Life. The Office of Art and Environment is responsible for all FYM ministry events’ artwork. This office also participates in photographing those events and maintaining the FYM web-pages. The Office of Christian Formation is responsible for Retreats, Open House and FUSE (sports chaplaincy). Christian fellowship will be at the heart of FYM so we will plan social activities in keeping with the group’s objectives. We will seek to promote a greater atmosphere of reverence and respect for all life and provide avenues of service to the school and community.
Friar Ambassadors Club
Moderators: Mr. Brownlee and Ms. Kogler
The Archbishop Curley High School Student Ambassadors are a select group of students whose main purpose is the positive promotion of Archbishop Curley High School. The Ambassadors Program is open to all Curley students who are active in both academic and co-curricular activities, possess leadership abilities, and exhibit both passion and enthusiasm for being a Curley Friar. Ambassador responsibilities include conducting school tours, assisting with the “Friar for a Day” shadow visitor program, representing Curley at high school fairs, volunteering at Open House, and consistently supporting the efforts of the Archbishop Curley High School Admissions Office.
Mondays -Thursdays from 2:45 -3:30 PM in Room 301
Moderator: Ms. Maskell
The Homework Club meets Mondays through Thursdays from 2:45-3:30. It offers students in The Anthony Program an opportunity for reinforcement of skills, help with organization, and a quiet place to begin their homework.
Moderators: Mr. Ireton
Under the supervision of the Intramurals Director, this program provides an ample opportunity for all students to participate in athletics. Flag Football 7-7, dodgeball, handball and possible other sports will be offered. The intramural program helps to promote team work, physical activity and support the Curley tradition of brotherhood.
2:45 PM in Room 308
Moderator: Ms. Miserendino
To experience Italian culture and history is the goal of the Italian Club. Activities range from a game of Bocce to Italian dinners to presentations on Italian personalities, music and history.
It’s Academic Team
Mondays and Wednesdays at 2:45 in room 204
Moderator: Mr. Joseph
The club is perfect for anyone interested in trivia. The team prepares for various academic competitions held during the school year by participating in question-and-answer practice sessions. The competitions utilize different formats, but all require broad-based knowledge and quick responses. Competitions are held at local high schools and universities as well as on television as part of WJZTV’s It’s Academic program. The team meets twice a week after school during the school year. Students of all grade levels are eligible to participate and are encouraged to join the team.
Live Streaming Club
Moderator: Mr. Noppinger
“FRIARS NATION” has finally arrived as we showcase both school activities and athletic events by Live Streaming for all in the Curley family to view across the USA.
The Live Streaming Club is where you want to be if you have an interest in any aspects of television or broadcasting. Students have the opportunity to develop their skills working as cameramen, broadcasting play by play or as color commentators for varsity athletic events such as soccer, football, basketball, wrestling, lacrosse & baseball. The club also Live Streams other school activities including the annual pep rally for Homecoming, Cornerstone Mass, Mass for the feast of St. Francis, Live Stations of the Cross, Greccio and this year we are looking to Live Stream the class of 2020 Graduation from the Cathedral of Mary our Queen. So if you want to have some fun and learn about broadcasting at the same time come join our club!
Mock Trial Team
DMRC, Dates and Times Vary
Moderator: Mr. Muth
The Trial Team is for any student who wants to learn about law, and try his hand at being a lawyer. The Trial Team competes against other schools in the Baltimore Area in front of real judges and in real courtrooms. Team members will not only increase their knowledge of law, but they will also hone their reading, listening, public speaking and critical thinking skills. Competitions are run by the Maryland State Bar Association’s Citizenship Law Related Education Program (CLREP), and students are instructed on law and legal strategy by lawyer and Curley Alumnus Daniel Flanagan ’07.
The Model United Nations club meets weekly to discuss foreign affairs and learn about diplomacy, foreign policy, and international law, focusing on the United Nations and regional organizations. Club members will be assigned a country to research and then represent at the Johns Hopkins Model United Nations conference, a three day conference held in Baltimore in February.
Moderator: Mr. Long
The Movie Club will be designed for movie enthusiasts to meet during the moderator’s discretion and look at the genre of film throughout different lenses (historical, thematic, societal impact). Each movie will be viewed during the course of the week, students will contribute snacks and drinks during the week while watching the film. The Movie Club will also look for opportunities to take field trips for movies which are being released in theaters and even historical landmarks germane to movie making in the Baltimore Area.
National Honor Society
Moderators: Mrs. Berkey, Mr. Polsinelli
Curley is home to the Cardinal Shehan Chapter of NHS.
Moderators: Mr. Baker, Ms. Cogswell and Mr. Breathnach
Robotics!! If you build it, we will compete! In the VEX Robotics Competition, teams of students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams from around the world in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test on the playing field as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels; local champions go on to compete against the best in the world at the VEX Robotics World Championship each April!
Spanish National Honor Society
Moderator: Ms. Jose
Spanish IV students are eligible for membership at the recommendation of the teacher. It is an honor given to fourth year Spanish students who meet the national criteria at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Moderators: Ms. Kogler and Mr. Pressimone
Elected members of the Student Government Association do more than just represent the student body to faculty and administration. SGA is responsible for shaping much of the student experience at Archbishop Curley High School. SGA offers students the opportunity to develop good citizenship by giving the students an opportunity to have a part in self-government by working in partnership with school management, staff and parents for the benefit of the school and its students. This highly active and visible organization serves the entire student body by sponsoring and organizing extra-curricular activities that range from service projects to semi-formal dances. SGA works closely with other student clubs in support of a number of school spirit activities and resources.
Ultimate Frisbee Society
3 PM on the fields
Moderator: Mr. Pressimone
The UFS employs the concepts of teamwork and sportsmanship in a safe atmosphere after school. Members of this club participate in intramural frisbee competition according to the rules set forth by the Ultimate Players Association. This intramural sport is played on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:00 PM until 4:30 PM.
Video Game Club
2:45 PM in room 205
The VGC is a space for students to experience in a social environment their hobby of playing video games. There is a strong, growing subculture built on various games and this club is an opportunity for students to find like-minded peers. Multi-player, single-player and tournament games will be offered. Activities include discussions on gaming strategies and game creation as well as actual gameplay. Games and platforms will be provided by the students and must be approved. The student assumes the risk of bringing any technology into school. Students of any grade level are invited to participate.
Moderator: Mr. Forte
The purpose of the Weather Club is to give students the opportunity to explore, understand and appreciate the weather by performing a number of unique, fun and interesting weather activities. Members will work to get certified as “weather spotters” through the “Skywarn” program.We will maintain a weather bulletin board in the school that would inform all on upcoming weather. We will work on setting up a weather station to record and log weather data.