Our goal is learning and must be a prerequisite to participation in after-school activities (e.g., athletics, speech, band performance, etc.). IHSAA eligibility for participation requires that students pass five (5) full credit subjects per grading period.
The Academic Super Bowl consists of five squads that address questions in different academic disciplines. The 2017 Interdisciplinary Team was the Indiana Academic Bowl State Champion.
The Art/Photography Club is a place for artists to collaborate with their peers. Club members will hone their skills and work to create projects to beautify their school and community. They will also learn tips and tricks to improve their photography skills.
The Mater Dei Marching Wildcats play at all home football games and local parades and festivals. During the late summer and fall, students rehearse a competitive program for weekend competitions
The Mater Dei Pep Band plays at home basketball games.
Students of music have the opportunity to participate in the Indiana State School Music Association's Solo and Ensemble competition in January and February each year. This competition is open to all vocal, instrumental, and piano students.
Color Guard is the visual performance aspect of the music program. Members perform using their expression through movement. In the fall the Color Guard performs with the marching band. Color Guard members also perform in the music department's Stage Show in the spring.
Concert Choir is an elective class offered to interested students; no audition is required. The Choir performs at winter and spring concerts as well as special events including a spring feeder school tour and at school liturgies. During the spring semester, students have the opportunity to compete at the Indiana State School Music Association Solo and Ensemble contest. Mater Dei students regularly advance to compete at the state level.
The Dance Cats perform at home basketball games and competitions. The team attends a camp at USI each summer to learn new routines and improve their skills. Tryouts are in spring and fall. They also have a spring dance recital during the Stage Show.
In the Euchre Club, students meet every Friday to play- or learn how to play- the classic card game. Any student can join, and it's a great way to get involved and meet new people, without a lot of time commitment. While students are sure to pick up a few tips and tricks along the way, the main idea is to have fun!
The German Club exists to celebrate and learn about aspects of German language and culture. We will meet both before and after school approximately once per month. Students will participate in many different activities such as viewing films, making crafts, sampling German food, leading service projects, and attending German community events. The club is open to all students, but only current German students are eligible to be officers.
Students raise money for Riley Children's Hospital by sponsoring a Dance Marathon in the spring. The MD Dance Marathon has raised over $200,000 in eight years for Riley. The 2017 Dance Marathon raised over $41,000.
Our Teen Power club is sponsored by Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana. This club helps to promote a drug-free lifestyle year-round and offers our students opportunities to lead among their peers and serve their community in prevention-based activities. Our goal is to empower students to maintain and improve their quality of life by promoting individual health and well-being, which subsequently strengthens our club, our school and our community.
Students are inducted into the National Honor Society based on their demonstration of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. As a group, these students participate in various school-sponsored events such as Open House, Grade School Visitation, and Meet the Teacher Night. Members also conduct fundraising drives for worthy causes: Tsunami victims, Ark Crisis Nursery, and Ozanam Family Shelter. National Honor Society members are also available for tutoring both at the high school and grade school level.
Peer Mediation is a program that trains students to help other students experiencing conflict with their peers. It is a rewarding program for both the mediator and the one being mediated. What students learn about conflict resolution in peer mediation will be beneficial for their entire life. Mediations are always supervised by two teachers, but it is designed to be a student-driven program. Referrals come from counselors, teachers, and sometimes the students themselves. In its 19th year, Peer Mediation Program has trained over 1,000 students to not only help solve student conflicts but be an instrument of peace and resolution in their community when they leave Mater Dei.
The Pep Club at Mater Dei is all about promoting school spirit. This group of students supports the efforts of all extracurricular activities by making posters, decorating hallways, and performing skits at pep assemblies-all in the spirit of acknowledging the hard work of our students.
The prom, which takes place in the spring each year, is an event planned and orchestrated by the junior class and their parents. The Prom Committee holds planning and decorating meetings throughout the year choosing the theme, songs, and gifts for the prom.
The Robotics Club builds a machine to enter in local competitions. Students are involved in the design and development of the robot from concept to completion. They will be hosting a robotics competition at Mater Dei in April.
The Service Club is a service organization to the greater community. Students work with daycare centers, nursing homes, food pantries, and other organizations and people that need help. The main activities are raising money and collecting clothing and supplies for the homeless and unloading trucks at St. Vincent's Food Pantry. Activities vary throughout the year.
The MD Spanish Club usually meets before school. We do activities to explore the cultural aspects of the Spanish speaking world. We make crafts, such as piñatas, maracas, and tissue paper flowers. We explore music and dance, holiday traditions and other aspects of the culture. This club is open to all students.
The Speech Team is open to all Mater Dei students. The purpose of the Speech Team is to promote public speaking and oratory skills, while at the same time promoting the interpretation of literature. Students compete at the local, regional, state, and national level, and are encouraged through a spirit of fellowship, competition, and achievement. Levels of recognition are awarded ribbons and trophies. The Speech team won the State championship in 2017 and was runner-up in 2018
Mater Dei Spell Bowl team is made up of students who compete with other area high school students with the potential to compete at the state level.
The Student Council is modeled after city government and is called Mater Dei-ville. The mayor, clerk, and judge are the chief officers. Our student police force and court system uphold the laws of Mater Dei-ville, which are written by our legislative branch. Our parks and recreation department is in charge of the school-wide recycling program. Other appointed offices include fire chief, defense and prosecuting attorneys, clerk affiliates, public relations commissioners, service board, historian, comptroller, and chaplain. Homeroom representatives are elected to represent each homeroom. Student Council also sponsors the annual Luau, May Day activities, dances, canned food drive at Thanksgiving, and many other fundraisers throughout the year for charity.
Students who have completed the introductory journalism course often become part of the Student Publications staff for the award-winning Mater Dei Hi-Lightsmagazine and yearbook. If a junior or senior student has not taken journalism, he or she may apply to be on staff. Publications staff members also have the opportunity to earn college credit through USI. In order to successfully document the school year, the course involves dedicated work in the areas of writing, designing, and photographing and involves a two-day summer workshop. The 24-page magazine is distributed at the end of each quarter, and the yearbook is distributed the first week back to school in August. Students earn fine arts credits in this year-long course and may be enrolled in the course their sophomore through junior years.
Student teams conceive, design, and build fuel-efficient cars in an attempt to get the highest gas mileage. The Mater Dei Supermileage Team has a winning tradition in the national Shell Eco-Marathon of the Americas. The competition includes universities and high schools from around the country, Canada and Mexico. In 2012, the team entered four cars. The Mater Dei Supermileage Team brought home four championship trophies and $8,000 for their hard work. They have also earned first place finishes each year through 2018. The past two years, the team has earned a spot in the World Driving Championships in London, England, and finished in the top four each year. Their accomplishments have been featured on the Canadian Discovery Channel, Jay Leno Show, Good Morning America and the Weather Channel. Shell Oil Company highlighted the Mater Dei team in their full-page ad in Time magazine. Team members begin work each autumn on the cars for the next competition.
Mater Dei Teens for Life is a student organization devoted to students' awareness of the critical life issues of our time: speaking up for the sacredness of human sexuality and marriage; chastity and development of a healthy sexual identity; the right to life of the unborn; the care of the elderly and terminally ill; capital punishment and the death penalty; and the hot topic of human cloning and human experimentation and stem cell research. Students will learn about ways to advance a culture of life and a civilization based on love and truth. Students have the opportunity to participate in the annual Right to Life March in Washington, D.C.
Each year students at Mater Dei stage two play productions: a drama in the fall and a musical in the spring. Students' involvement includes acting, musical accompaniment, stage and costume design, lighting crew, sound crew, stage crew, advertising and promotion, ticket sales, and other behind the scenes activities. Students may be inducted into the International Thespian Society.
This is a Coed intramural sport that takes place in the spring. Giving students the opportunity to have fun and hone their skills. No experience necessary to join!
This program works to educate students to continue to make drug free choices. Student participants assist with the Fresh Beginnings program for freshmen and work on various activities throughout the year that promote drug-free choices.