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Co-Curriculars

Upper School - Two dozen activities and clubs offer a variety of opportunities for students to develop personal and team-building skills – and have fun. Programs focus on a wide range of subjects, from service and spiritual life to academic clubs and competitions.

Middle School - Numerous extracurricular clubs and activities, including ballet, robotics, theatrical productions, student council and mentoring opportunities with Lower School students provide many options for students to explore areas of interest and find sparks for future endeavors.

Lower School - After-school clubs, ballet (ages 8 and up) and classes keep the fun and learning going after the bell rings.

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Visitation Upper School co-curricular programs are designed to offer a variety of opportunities for students to develop personal and team-building skills – and have fun.

Athletics

Director of Competitive Activities: Elisa Ryan Manny

Fall: Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis, Cross-Country Running, Swimming/Diving

Winter: Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Hockey, Basketball

Spring: Track and Field, Softball, Lacrosse and Golf

More information on the Athletics pages.

Ballet

Advisor: Marius Andaházy

Visitation offers a daily after-school program of professional and avocational training in classical ballet. Opportunities for co-curricular classes and classes for credit (US) are available for students 8 year of age or older.

The courses are free to Visitation students; however, a $560 accompanist fee will be assessed for each student participating in one or more of the after-school ballet courses (billed $280 per semester).

Ballet Master Marius Andaházy, who trained under his parents at the Andaházy School of Classical Ballet, continued his studies in Manhattan on scholarships at both the School of American Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre School. He has performed in Europe and Scandinavia professionally with the Royal Swedish Ballet. The Bolshoi and Kirov (presently called the Mariinsky) Ballets of Russia invited him to train daily with them during eight different North American tours. He has trained Visitation students since 1984. Simultaneously he has instructed for 18 years at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls.

Bloodmobile

Advisor: JoAnne Geiser

Serves in planning, recruiting and helping out with Bloodmobiles, in cooperation with STA. Four meetings and one Bloodmobile day are required. Must be willing to work with others, recruit donors, attend meetings and work the Bloodmobile (full day).

Open to students in grades 11-12.

Chinese Club

Advisor: Priscilla Van Sloun

Chinese club will introduce and integrate Chinese culture into the school and immerse members in Chinese life and traditions. It promotes and provides a fun environment outside of the classroom for students to learn and experience Chinese culture and language.

CHOOSE

Advisor: Jayme SImon

Promotes living a chemical-free lifestyle and leadership in cooperation with STA. Meets weekly during lunch. Must pledge to remain chemically free, participate in activities and events, attend weekly meeting, and be a role model and support each other. Meets throughout the year.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

Communion Ministers

Advisor: Kathy Daniewicz

Serve at Eucharistic celebrations. Requirements are attendance at two meetings at the beginning of the year and one later in the year. Must attend Masses, serve with reverence and observe the leadership contract.

Open to students in grades 11-12 who have been confirmed Catholic. Chosen by application process during the first two weeks of the school year.

Debate

Advisors: Mark Ahlstrom and Doug Hoverson

Debate is an interscholastic, Minnesota State High School League activity offered as a cooperative program between Visitation and STA. Three debate formats are offered with different resolutions to debate and the chance to debate as an individual or with a partner.

The team meets from August to January with practices two to three times per week at STA. Tournaments are primarily on Fridays and/or Saturdays, and experienced debaters have the opportunity to attend invitational tournaments around the country.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

French Club

Advisor: Ilse Norris

Promotes the camaraderie of Visitation students interested in the study of the French language and French culture through discussions, movies, songs, cooking and games. Meets once a month.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

International Travel

Visitation’s Upper School offers enrichment opportunities to students in the form of summer travel. Students may focus on service, the arts, cultural immersion or science through travel experiences that encourage global citizenship, confidence, curiosity, leadership, strong communication and a genuine appreciation for other cultures.

View a brief overview of the costs and dates for the 2017 international summer trips.

Please note that international travel is not guaranteed to occur every year.

Team Mutomo Service to Africa page

Leadership Committee

Advisors: Ann Feitl and Jayme Simon

Teaches leadership skills and plans Freshmen Orientation. Meetings are generally the second Tuesday and fourth Tuesday of the month from 3:15-4:30 p.m.

The group also meets at other various times during the school year and in the summer.

Requirements include attendance at meetings, participation in summer training activities, active participation in the planning of various events and participation in those events.

Chosen via an application process held in the spring. Students in grades 9-12 may apply.

Life Club

Advisor: Mary McClure

The Life Club works for the protection and enrichment of life from conception to natural death. While focusing on the basic life issue of protection of the unborn, the group also works to promote a culture of life in the school and the world through service to families in need, the prayer board for those serving in the military, awareness of current political life/family issues, and prayer. Typically meets each week during lunch.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

Literary Magazine

Advisor: Rita Speltz

The Literary Magazine is a compilation of selected writing and artwork of the students in the Upper School. The staff is composed of 1-3 editors and a small group of assistants. Production of the Literary Magazine begins during the second semester and is published in May of the school year.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

Math Team

Advisor: Kevin Nicol

Challenges and encourages students to learn more about mathematics in cooperation with Saint Thomas Academy. Practices are Mondays after school from October to February until 4:30 p.m. There are five meets on Mondays from 3-6 p.m., November to February. Practices, work on packets of topics and meets are required. Conflicts must be communicated to the advisor in advance.

Open to students in grade 9-12 who are interested in math.

Mock Trial

Advisors: Clark Munger and Judge Francis Connolly

Working with judges and lawyers, students develop the ability to think on their feet and augment writing skills. Using advanced critical-thinking skills, students work on openings, cross examinations, direct examinations and closings in preparation for competition, which begins in February. Mock Trial begins in late October and may last until late March depending on students' performance. Beginning in mid-October, the team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays after school until 5 p.m.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

Newspaper

Advisor: Kay Baumeister

The Visitation Voice newspaper is a student-run publication. Student editors and staff writers manage all aspects of the newspaper’s production from generating story ideas to interviewing, writing and editing news stories to taking photographs and designing the layout.

Editors, who must have one-year of experience, meet weekly after school (sometimes more at deadline) and about four Saturdays a year. Staff writers, who need no previous experience, generally meet 1-2 times per month but will have frequent check-ins with editors during production.

The Visitation Voice is a yearlong activity and open to all students in grades 9-12.

Peer Mentors

Advisor: Anne Gimpl

Peer Mentors at Visitation are guided by the Salesian Virtues of hospitality and respect and work to create and ensure a smooth transition for all students into the Upper School.

The group meets twice a month. Meetings are led by senior leadership who work in consultation with the group's advisor.

Open to students in Grades 11-12. Members are selected through a blind application process. Applications and selection occur in late April to mid May.

Quiz Bowl & Knowledge Bowl

Advisors: Jaime Jurkovich and Doug Hoverson

A sport for the mind providing a format for student growth centered on academics. Quiz Bowl and Knowledge Bowl are interdisciplinary academic contests designed for high school students.

Practices are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:15-4:30 p.m. at Saint Thomas Academy. This STA club invites Visitation students in grade 9-12 to participate.

Robotics

Advisors: Sydney Benz

Started in 2006, Team 2177: The Robettes, was the first all-girls team in the state of Minnesota and has a long history of success. The team competes in the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) program. Every year, a new game is revealed to teams across the world on the first Saturday in January. Each team builds a robot in only six weeks which will compete in that game at regional, state, and world competitions. Teams form alliances of three robots and compete against other alliances, bringing different strategies to the overall game. It's "more than robots" - the team has an integral business component which provides public relations, marketing, and social media presence.

The team is comprised of four sub-teams: Business, Electrical, Mechanical, and Programming. All sub-teams work together to build a robot to compete in the FIRST sponsored game for the year. In addition to the goal of competing at the highest level, the team strives to build STEM skills that focus on problem-solving, project management, communication and specific technical and business skills. All teams embrace the FIRST goals of cooperation and gracious professionalism. To learn more about these goals and the FIRST program, visit www.firstinspires.com. To learn more about the team, visit the Robettes' social media: website, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

TEAM MISSION:

Team 2177, The Robettes, Minnesota's first all-female FRC team, exists to inspire girls of all ages to incorporate STEM in to their lives and revolutionize the perception of women in STEM.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

Science Club

Advisor: Dr. John Lewin

The Science Club embraces all areas of science including chemistry, biology, medicine, engineering, and physics. The Science Club challenges and encourages students to learn more about science through hands-on lab experiments and dissections, discussions on current events and global concerns with a focus on important issues involving ethics and responsibility. The Science Club supports a quarterly speaker series to promote science, especially women in science. Meetings are during lunch flex from September to May.

Open to students in grade 9-12.

Spanish Club

Advisor: Francie Cutter Sullivan

Promotes the camaraderie of Visitation students interested in the study of the Spanish language and Hispanic culture through celebrations, movies, music, dancing, food and games. Meets one to two times per month.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

STAND

Advisors: Elliott Hays and Amanda Rosas

Students Together and Naturally Diverse (STAND) helps make Visitation a welcoming environment for all, provides occasional activities focusing on diversity, and helps educate ourselves and the community at large about diversity issues. Meets Fridays during lunch flex. Occasional projects require more participation.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

Student Council

Advisor: Brian Traxler

Composed of elected officers and representatives, the student council communicates with the administration regarding student and school issues; it helps create self-initiative and personal responsibility. Main responsibilities include promoting school spirit and a sense of school unity. Main tasks include planning, organizing and implementing Homecoming and Winter Week activities. The council meets once a week after school throughout the school year and during homeroom meeting times. Elections are held in the spring for officers and representatives (ninth grade reps are elected in the fall). Requirements to run and hold office will be announced near election time.

Students in grades 11 and 12 may run for office positions. Students in grades 9-12 may run for class representative positions.

VISTA Productions

Advisors: Elliott Hays and Wendy Short-Hays

The combined theater department of Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy offers numerous areas of involvement to create theatrical productions throughout the school year. There are three main stage productions a year as well as a comedy improv show. Opportunities include performing, acting, singing, dancing, scenic and technical crews, costuming, script writing, stage management, box office and choreography.

Production dates are in the school calendar. More information on the Arts page.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

VISTORY

Advisors: Sr. Mary Paula McCarthy and Graciela Mancebo

VISTORY (Visitation in Service to Others through Responsive Youth) was established in 1998 to encourage our students to join other Visitation Schools for a week of service each summer.

VISTORY has been designed to be a life-altering experience for students as they grow in their knowledge of the disadvantages which burden many people in today's society. Students are encouraged to grow in an understanding of their lifelong responsibility to help alleviate the suffering of those who lack the human necessities of life.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

Women ActiVISts

Advisor: Amanda Rosas

Women ActiVISts was formed during the 2016-17 school year by students who have a deep social concern for women’s rights advocacy. They work towards educating themselves and others on human rights issues that affect women, such as gender violence, sex-trafficking and the treatment of women worldwide. Women ActiVISts meets every other week through out the school year.

Open to students in grades 9-12.

Yearbook

Advisors: Rachel King and Dr. John Lewin

Develop an interest in writing, photography and art as it relates to a theme. Students become adept in desktop publishing, digital camera and PhotoShop. Editors attend a training camp during the summer. Meets Thursdays 3-5 p.m. and some Saturdays and Sundays when on deadline. Editors must attend all meetings. Staff members must sign-up for and complete at least one on spread per deadline.

Students new to the staff will work with a veteran staff member on a page before being able to sign up for a page on her own. All staff members must attend a training session in September to learn the computer program and how to use the digital camera, PhotoShop, etc.

Open to students in grades 7-12. Editors are seniors.

In addition to the robust academic programs enjoyed in the Visitation Middle School, we offer many activities to build confidence and awareness in our students' lives.

Academic & Community

  • Advisory program
  • Assemblies
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Chicago choir trip (Grade 8)
  • Christmas Concert
  • Class parties
  • Class retreats
  • Diversity awareness activities
  • Exploratory Day
  • Family picnics
  • Field trips (curriculum-based)
  • Friday Friends (multi-grade groups)
  • Geography Bee
  • Grandparents’ Day
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
  • Mother-Daughter Tea (Grade 8)
  • Orchestra concerts
  • Prayer Partners (multi-grade groups)
  • Quiz Bowl (Grade 8)
  • Spring concert
  • Welcome events
  • Winter Fun Week

Faith & Service

  • Advent liturgies
  • All-School Mass celebrations
  • Ash Wednesday prayer service
  • Christmas Stocking Project
  • Feed My Starving Children community service
  • First Friday Masses
  • Flag-raising and Opening Mass
  • Food & clothing drives
  • Founders’ Day
  • Holy Day celebrations
  • Lenten projects
  • Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly penpals
  • May Crowning of our Blessed Mother
  • Middle School Masses
  • Retreats
  • Stations of the Cross

Athletics

Basketball, soccer, softball and swim/dive teams are open to students beginning in grade six.

Starting in grade seven, Middle School students may try out for several high school-level sports.

See the Athletics page for more information.

In addition to the comprehensive academic programs enjoyed in the Visitation Lower School, we offer many activities to build confidence and awareness in our students' lives.

Academic & Community

  • After-school enrichment clubs (click to register)
  • Birthday celebrations
  • Book fairs
  • Christmas Concert and Advent Festival
  • Class parties
  • Claymation (Grade 4)
  • Convocations
  • DARE Program (Grade 5)
  • Diversity awareness activities
  • Explorers Week
  • Family picnics
  • Field Day
  • Field trips
  • Friday Friends (multi-grade groups)
  • Grandparents’ Day
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Ice-skating party
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Program
  • Orchestra concerts
  • Robotics (Grade 5)
  • Welcome events

Faith & Service

  • Advent prayer services
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Christmas Stocking Project
  • First Communion celebration (Grade 2)
  • First Friday Masses
  • Flag-Raising and Opening Mass
  • Food & Clothing Drive
  • Founders’ Day
  • Holy day celebrations
  • Lenten projects
  • Liturgy
  • May Crowning of our Blessed Mother
  • Retreats
  • Stations of the Cross

Athletics

Athletics opportunities abound for our Lower School students. Starting in kindergarten, students may compete on a Catholic Athletic Association swim/dive team; and basketball, soccer and softball teams are open to students in fifth grade. Many summer camps and clinics are offered to Lower School children.

See the Athletics page for more information.