Co-Curricular Activities

Athletics

Middle School athletics includes two teams for field hockey, basketball, winter soccer and lacrosse, and one team for volleyball. Practice is generally hosted every day after school, and teams compete against other Middle Schools in the area.

Upper School athletics consists of teams for field hockey, volleyball, soccer, cross country, basketball, indoor soccer, indoor track, lacrosse, softball and outdoor track. All sports, except cross country, indoor soccer and softball, field both a varsity and junior varsity team. Maryvale follows the rules and regulations of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM). Practices and games are held every day after school and occasionally on weekends.

Club Sports include sports in which students participate for fun, not competition. Last year Maryvale had a Badminton Club.

Book Clubs

Maryvale Middle and Upper school students participate in Book Clubs to promote reading for pleasure and to encourage sharing ideas in a relaxed atmosphere. The Upper School Book Club is called Breakfast with Books and members meet in the morning two times per month. For each meeting, participants select a book and lead a discussion. The Middle School Book Club meets once a month for an hour after school to discuss books they have selected as a group. Our library director is the moderator for both clubs.

Campus Ministry

Campus ministry is comprised of various committees offering students a chance to plan and participate in liturgies and worship at Maryvale. Committees include liturgy, prayer (student led prayer at Community Homeroom) and peer ministry. Special programs are planned by the campus ministry team throughout the school year. Students make a commitment to host regular meetings twice a month.

Choral Program

The Choral Program is open to all Maryvale students. Rehearsals are held after school. Members audition each year to assess vocal development and range. Greater selectivity is made for participation in the Maryvale Singers and the Trinities. The Chorus performs at school liturgies and concerts, on campus and off, throughout the year. There are opportunities to compete in a larger pool through All-State Chorus, Archdiocesan Choruses and Disney Magic Music Days.

Drama

Maryvale's Drama Department produces two main-stage productions each year. Generally both productions are musicals and Upper and Middle School students are invited to audition for major, supporting or chorus roles. Some students choose to participate as crew members providing lighting, sound, props, costumes and sets. Recent performances include: Into the Woods, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Sound of Music, Nuncrackers, Seussical, and Beauty and the Beast. In addition to the major productions, an Upper School Drama Class performs scenes, one-act plays and murder mystery dinner theatres.

Environmental Club

This club was organized by students who are passionate about the environment. Spreading awareness about the environment is the objective of the organization’s service committee. The recycling committee has encouraged the entire school population to recycle paper, glass and aluminum. Additionally, ongoing projects include stream cleaning and creating a native garden for the Maryvale Community to share. Other activities include planning for Earth Day and meeting with students from other schools to compare ideas.

Grey Towers

Maryvale's Grey Towers newspaper publishes four issues in newsprint paper and format. The staff consists of reporters, photographers and editors who produce the Upper School newspaper. The paper covers important events and highlights students whose skills and interests are remarkable. The middle pages consist of photo opportunities that focus on a theme. Students use Adobe's InDesign professional software to design layouts and create a sharp looking newspaper in tabloid format. All upper school students are welcome to join the staff.

Instrumental Band

Instrumental Band meets before school on three mornings of the six day cycle. The class is open to all band and orchestra instruments at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. The ensemble performs at Maryvale’s Christmas and spring concerts. For the past several years, Maryvale has combined with the Loyola Blakefield Band for concerts and an annual contest festival trip.

It's Academic

Students in this club meet two or three times a week to practice and refine their ability to answer academic questions quickly and correctly under pressure. The club competes against other Baltimore-area public and independent schools. At least once a year, It's Academic competitions are broadcast on television. All Upper School students are welcome to join this organization.

The Lion's Tale

The Lion's Tale, Maryvale's Middle School newspaper, radiates our middle school creativity and energy. A popular club, members range from being reporters and "creative journalists," to photographers and graphic designers working with Microsoft Publisher. Each issue features top stories within the middle school, updates on clubs and sports events, opinion polls, a "guess who" article, an advice column, "horror scopes," puzzles, and a plethora of pictures capturing the smiles of the Middle School girls who bring the pages to life. The club runs efficiently with its managing editor (8th grader) and assistant editor (7th grader) leading its editorial staff under the direction of the club sponsors, teachers Betty Coyle and Elizabeth McNeilly. Each year, the club publishes a colorful fall, winter, and spring issue, followed by a Special Issue spotlighting the many year-end activities and festivities. 

The Literary Magazine

The Literary Magazine is open to Upper School students who are interested in sharing their prose, poetry, art and photography. The magazine staff meets once a week to consider submissions and to discuss magazine layout and design of the annual publication. The Literary Magazine staff also hosts coffeehouses as a public forum for students of Maryvale and other local schools to express themselves through poetry, prose, art, photography, singing and interpretive dance.

Mock Trial

> Mock Trial is an opportunity for Upper School students to experience the American legal system by participating in mock competitive trials against teams from area schools. Team members receive evidence and affidavits and must prepare for their day in court, just as actual witnesses and attorneys do. Through this experience, students gain poise, confidence, an ability to “think on their feet” under pressure, and the opportunity to learn about trial law.

The Model United Nations

The Model United Nations is a program run by area colleges, which is a direct simulation of the United Nations. Maryvale is assigned a country, and our students become “delegates” from this nation. They collect information about historical and current issues facing their nation, as well as their nation’s international policy and role on the world stage.  

At the simulation, Maryvale students meet in model United Nations committees with high school students from other area schools and work together to create international legislation. In typical years, students attend two conferences. Past conferences have included those hosted by Johns Hopkins University and the University of Virginia.

Movie Making Club

The Movie-Making Club is open to students in grades 6 through 12. Participants develop a variety of skills related to the movie-making process. Specifically, students learn how to act, edit, write scripts and film movies. The group completes short films and short movies and meets weekly in the Mac Lab.

National Honor Society

Membership in the Sr. Shawn Marie Maguire Chapter of The National Honor Society is an honor bestowed on students who demonstrate high standards of scholarship, character, leadership and service. Students must have a total cumulative grade point average of 3.75 and demonstrate integrity, cooperation and sound moral and ethical principles consistently. Students should display leadership, reliability and initiative and pursue a leadership role in school and/or the community at the time of consideration. Students must also demonstrate at least 50 hours of meaningful service to the community at the time of consideration. Our Honor Society conducts a variety of service projects throughout the year.

National Junior Honor Society

The Maryvale Middle School established The St. Julie Billiart Chapter of The National Junior Honor Society. Students in Grades 7 and 8 are eligible for membership once they have completed one full year of schooling at Maryvale. Students must demonstrate excellence in scholarship with a cumulative GPA of 3.70, leadership, service, citizenship and character. The selection committee recognizes students whose service commitment is above and beyond the usual duties students perform both at Maryvale as well as outside of the school community.


National Honor Society for French and Spanish

Both Honor Societies recognize outstanding academic achievement in Spanish and French Language. The standards to be accepted into these societies are national standards, so participants have reached national standards of excellence.

Honor Society students provide tutoring to other Maryvale students and are involved in service projects, such as helping people from Hispanic and Francophone communities. Participants also help organize cultural events to encourage enthusiasm for foreign language learning.


The Photography Club

The Photography Club is open to all Middle and Upper School students. The goal of the club is to learn about photography as a group by viewing and discussing each other’s artwork. Students use Nikon SLR cameras and learn digital darkroom techniques in a Mac environment. Members have the task of taking photographs of specific topics or themes. As a group, work is shared and critiqued. During the school year, guest speakers are invited to share information and techniques for taking interesting photos.  Many of the photos taken by the members are used in publications and displayed throughout the school. 

The Spanish Club

The Spanish Club is available to Middle and Upper School students who want to explore Hispanic culture. Students meet twice a month. Activities include tutoring students who need help in Spanish, making crafts, sampling Hispanic foods and reaching out to Spanish speaking people in our community and in Latin American countries. The Spanish Club writes letters throughout the year in Spanish to the children of the VISEDAL partnership, a child sponsorship program for children in Managua, Nicaragua who have been forced to drop out of school and beg on the streets. The Spanish Club hopes to meet their pen pals in the near future.

Student Diversity Club

In the tradition of our Roman Catholic foundation, the Cultural Diversity Club serves the school-wide community by calling students to an appreciation of the variety of gifts and richness of our American ethnic, cultural, racial and religious heritages. Members of the club host fundraising events to benefit schools identified as having at-risk student populations and sponsor guests and speakers from social justice organizations. In joint sponsorship with other Maryvale student groups, the Cultural Diversity Club works to provide education and outreach opportunities for the entire school community.

Student Council

The Maryvale Student Council offers students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership, communication and organizational skills. Collaborative leadership, inclusivity, and service are the hallmarks of Maryvale's Student Council. The Upper and Middle School Student Councils hold regular, monthly meetings that are open to all students. The Upper School Student Council organizes and directs Maryvale’s weekly Community Homeroom. Both councils sponsor fundraisers for various charitable groups. In the Upper School, the positions of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are elected positions.  Middle School students elect a President, Vice President and Treasurer.
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