Clubs & Activities

Beyond class, MBS students take part in many clubs and activities, and their involvement fuels a powerful School spirit.

Co-curricular opportunities include everything from a Student Government Association with a real voice in school life to an honored literary magazine, to the Sustainability Club, the Film Club, and Young Men of Color. Students dedicate thousands of hours to community service, whether launching blood drives on campus or spring break service trips to other states. They also turn out in enthusiastic numbers for Coffee House and mini-concerts in Wilkie Hall and our Contemporary Music Workshops—two annual blockbuster performance events spotlighting MBS talent. Like so many school activities, these events are organized and run by students, reflecting their energy and ideas.

Click the bars below to learn more about our offered clubs and activities. If you would like to see Middle School clubs please click here.

Adopt-a-Trail

Student Leaders: P. Detre, T. Polaski

Faculty Advisor: C. Fleming

The Adopt-a-Trail club is dedicated to cleaning and maintaining a trail of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum by holding several cleanups each year. Volunteers clear brush, litter, and move fallen trees at sites around morris county. Easy and fun community service hours. 

Aikido Club

Student Leaders: T. Won

Faculty Advisor: C. Teasdale

The Aikido Club teaches students the self defence focused martial art of Aikido. Club activities this year will focus on hand-to-hand techniques and swordwork. 

Amnesty International

Student Leaders: L. Smith, J. Kurz, S. Picozzi, T. Connell

Faculty Advisor: K. Karosen

Amnesty International club is a branch of the Amnesty International program.  We review current international events and policies, developing interest for certain causes.  Then we see how us students can participate locally to support these causes.

Architecture & Engineering

Student Leaders: J. DePoalo, J. Trombetta, G. Burke

Faculty Advisor: C. Payette

Architecture and Engineering Club is dedicated to expanding the topic of architecture and engineering to the students in the MBS community. Our meetings consist of building projects, hosting speakers, trips to local firms and having discussions.

BFI

Student Leaders: K. Bednarski, M. Nagpal, C. O'Connor

Faculty Advisor: R. Kamil, R. Kenny

The BFI Club offers opportunities for students to learn about various aspects of business, finance, and investment. Students discuss current events affecting international markets, take field trips to financial institutions, and host on-campus speakers who are leaders in their fields.

Blood Drive

Student Leaders: T. Caudill, L. Tizzio, S. Popat, L. SmithFaculty Advisor: L. Hartman

Student coordinators and captains work closely with a faculty advisor each year to organize fall and spring blood drives at MBS. Tasks include calling potential donors, organizing baked good donations, and being a positive presence at the drives to put donors at ease during their donation. Student positions are open to juniors and seniors.

Chess Club

Student Leaders: T. Connell, S. Picozzi, I. Silver, J. Kurz

Faculty Advisor: R. Kenny

Chess Club offers students an opportunity to apply critical thinking skills in a relaxed environment along with some friendly competition. Events are held regularly during activities periods and are open to all students.

CMW

Student Leaders: C. Schneider, L. Madden, I. O’Brien, and T. Quarrie

Faculty Advisor: T. Rusnack

 

CMW offers the opportunity for all students with an interest in expressing their musical talents to gain experience in planning and participating in two concerts per year. The fall and spring concerts showcase diverse styles of music with playlists that are chosen by the students themselves.

 

Community Service Club

Student Leader: S. Valastro, J. Russomanno

Faculty Advisor: A. Deventer

The Community Service Club is an officially chartered community service club that is recognized internationally. This club organizes all community service projects for the school, including our successful Thanksgiving Food Drive. It also provides community service opportunities from outside the school community to help students find ways in which they can volunteer. 

Conservatives Club

Student Leaders: A. Giaquinto

Faculty Advisor: 

Crimsingers

Student Leaders: I. Jaeger, L. Mennen

Faculty Advisor: B. Krauss

Crimsingers is a co-ed a cappella group open to all Upper School students that meets one evening per week to rehearse unaccompanied song selections, which are chosen by the students themselves. The group holds one performance each year in the spring.

Crimson Sun

Student Leaders: R. Tone

Faculty Advisor: O. Boynton

The Crimson Sun is Morristown-Beard’s student newspaper.  There are four publications every year, and involvement entails news writing, photography, cartooning, and interviewing.

Founders Keepers

Student Leaders: M. Michel, R. Tone, L. Mennen

Faculty Advisor: S. Speidel

 

Founders Keepers is Morristown-Beard's theater club. The club participates in both on and off-campus theater events and takes trips to Broadway and regional theaters. The club also sponsors on-campus visits from guest artists and participates in the annual STANJ theater competition.

 

 

French Club

Presidents are: P. Easley, L. Madden

Advisor Dr. Gorica Hadzic

The French club is a club devoted to speaking the French language, and participating in French culture.

Future Lawyers

Student Leaders: A. Martino

Faculty Advisor:B. Merry

Future Lawyers is a carrier-oriented club that is meant to give students a taste of how law works, and what it looks like in a school environment. We create mock trials, debate current events, and watch real trials to discuss what we observe. Discussions are open to everyone, even if you do not have a particular interest in law.

Future Physicians of America

Student Leaders: P. Beniwal

Faculty Advisor: M. Milinkovic

The Future Physicians of America is a career-oriented club for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. The club hopes to motivate and encourage students that wish to pursue these professions and to provide exposure to different medical fields, including clinical, surgical, and pharmaceutical. Club activities include listening to guest speakers, going over case studies, having debates, and suture workshops. 

 

Girls Who Code

Student Leaders: E. Sombers

Faculty Advisor: C. Barnes

Global Affairs

Student Leaders: E. Kenny

Faculty Advisor:R. Kenny

Global Affairs Club meets monthly to discuss current events. We talk about local, national and international news stories.  Everyone is welcome to bring their opinions. Learn what's going on and contribute how you feel about it.  We will talk about trade, security, elections and international relations.  Stay informed and speak out on the issues at GAF!

GLOW-Girls Leadership Outreach and Worth

Student Leaders: C. Norteman, A. Shah, I. Silver, K. Bednarski

Faculty Advisors: Z. Jameson-Shea and N. Eyrich

Girls Leading Our World organizes discussions, speakers, and events with the goal of promoting a community amongst girls at MBS. The club provides a space for female students to share their own ideas and passions with a network already dedicated to supporting women.

 

Green Team

Student Leaders: P. Sanderson, K. Adams

Faculty Advisor: C. Zavorskas

Green Team is a place where members of the MBS community can come together to help improve the environment. We brainstorm and implement solutions to clean up the local ecosystem, and also try to educate and persuade people to modify their daily behaviors to make less of a negative impact on the Earth.

Habitat for Humanity

Student Leader: M. Corcoran

Faculty Advisor: A. Deventer

Habitat for Humanity is a community service club that is based around its yearly trip to build houses for low-income families in need. This club is affiliated with Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that builds and repairs houses around the world through volunteer work. This club also meets to discuss opportunities in our community to help the Habitat organization.

Kaleidoscope

Student Leader: N. Lewis, S. Williams 

Faculty Advisor: L. Harrison

Kaleidoscope is the multi-cultural diversity club at the Morristown-Beard School. It is dedicated to creating and sustaining acceptance throughout the student body. Its main goal is to develop a space where students feel safe to share their own perspectives within the School environment. 

Latin Club

Student Leaders: J. Cunningham, J. Cohen

Faculty Advisor: M. McGrann

The Latin Club provides an opportunity for students who are interested in elements of Roman culture to gather and learn more. Club members need not be Latin students! The club hosts such activities as a Roman banquet and chariot races.

Lifiting Club

Student Leaders: D. Levine, M. Lindberg, C. Fagan

Faculty Advsior: K. Augustyniak

The Lifting Club promotes physical activity through lifting weights. This club meets several times per week for workouts, and organizes different competitions involving strength.

Mariah

Student Leaders: C. Nortman, A. Chen, A. Stecker

Faculty Advsior: P. Donahue

Mariah is the literary arts magazine at Morristown Beard, publishing a collection of student produced art, poetry, prose, and photography once a year. Mariah also hosts events for people to practice creativity. 

Matheny

Student Leaders: G. Pinto

Faculty Advisor: A. Williamson, L. Kirschenbaum

Matheny is one of the valuable and widely cherished service clubs that Morristown Beard has to offer. On Monday afternoons, a group of student and teacher volunteers drives to the Matheny Medical and Education Center in Peapack, New Jersey. Matheny is a home and school for mentally disabled children and adults. The club engages in singing, dancing and playing games with the residents there. We have unlimited spots and look forward to more wonderful Middle and Upper school volunteers!

MB Cinema

Student Leaders: J. Levy, E. Kim

Faculty Advisor: C. Zavorskas, C. Finn

The Cinema Club at Morristown Beard is committed to bringing movie lovers and aspiring filmmakers together in a fun and engaging way. Throughout the year, we create short films that air at school meetings, hold film competitions, and also hold movie discussions. This year, we plan to hold a movie night, and also host a guest speaker. We hope to provide a casual venue for people to come together and explore the world of cinema!

 

Mental Health Matters

Student Leaders: A. Shah

Faculty Advisor: J. Sumner

Mental Health Matters is dedicated to providing support along with education on issues dealing with mental health.  We arrange to have therapy dogs on campus throughout the school year, bring in guest speakers and also contract with Mental Health First Aid.  In addition, we will perform some outreach to areas in need with additional organizations.

Model UN

Student Leaders: C. Norteman

Faculty Advisor: T. Hannigan

Model UN is a club that prepares for and attends the Philadelphia MUN conference. At the conference students work in a committee to address a global issue of their choosing. Participants learn problem solving skills, balance cooperation and leadership, and practice expressing their ideas through writing and speech. 

Muse

Student Leaders: I. O'Brian, Tate V.

Faculty Advsior: Z. Mazouat

Muse is a coalition for the advancement of visual arts on campus, throughout the student body, and within the surrounding community. Its goal is to create a space where creative minds can unite and further explore their various artistic interests. Appropriate for students of all artistic skill level, Musers will not only encourage each other in their creations but will inspire others through the production of publicly displayed works.

Music Production

Student Leaders: T. Quarrie

Faculty Advisor: R. Mitchell

Music Production club aims to create a place for music lovers to create and share music freely. Even if you don't make music, there will always be music playing on the stereo and plenty of debates to keep you occupied. All kinds of music are welcome. That means EDM, Hip Hop, Rock, and everything in between.

Odyssey of the Mind

Student Leaders: T. Schietroma, J. Levy

Faculty Advsior: A. Holbrook, C. Zavorskas

Peer Tutors

Faculty Advisor: K. Pepper

Our Peer Tutors program supports students helping students. Students can sign up in one or more subject areas to give help to their peers with studying, test prep, homework and more. 

Photography Club

Student Leaders: M. Sit, Q. Harris

Faculty Advisor: C. Finn

Photography club allows students to explore their interest in photography in a casual setting, while also improving their skills with the camera. The club regularly hosts photography competitions, in which members of the MBS community submit one or more photos for consideration by the club members. This club is a great space to practice and show off photos!

Ping Pong Club

Student Leaders: S. Popat, E. Davison

Faculty Advisor: K. McDonald

Ping Pong club allows students to relieve some stress after a full day at school. There will be multiple tournaments throughout the school year, and possibly some matches with other schools who have a ping pong team!

Quiz Bowl

Student Leaders: T. Schietroma

Faculty Advisor: A. Gregory

Quiz Bowl gives students the opportunity to use their knowledge in a fun and competitive series of trivia matches. The club's members practice regularly and compete in various competitions throughout the year. In this team competition, participants will answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports, and more.

Sailing and the Sphere

Student Leaders: I. Jaeger

Faculty Advsior: P. Fisher

To promote the sport of sailing and utilize the science on a sphere for learning wind, current and storm patterns. The club will look at bait and sail design and how proper adjustments allow boats to be at the top of the pack in races. We will look at new technology and have members from our MBS community talk about how they affect the aero and hydrodynamics boats. This is a great opportunity to learn about etiquette and one of, if not the most, difficult sport in the world. 

Salmagundi

Student Leaders: J. Cunningham, A. Bersch, A. Lafer

Faculty Advsior: C. Wooldredge

Salmagundi is a group of students who create the school's yearbook. Club members take photos of school events, design and edit the pages in the book and collaborate with Josten's Yearbook company to create a new and stylish book each year. 

Ski Club

Student Leaders: M. Carneiro

Faculty Advisor: J. Sumner, B. Merry

Ski Club was created for those who have an interest in skiing or snowboarding in a non-competitive environment. Members can either Snowboard or Ski on our weekly trips to Mountain Creek. From late January to early March the group leaves after school on Fridays and provides an opportunity for students in our community to engage in skiing or snowboarding, interact with new and old friends and relax on the mountain. 

Social Justice Committee

Faculty Advsior: K. Karosen

The student social justice committee is comprised of the leaders of Spectrum, Kaleidoscope, GLOW, Mental Health Matters, and Amnesty International, as well as select students who have demonstrated a commitment to social justice causes. This committee provides an opportunity for students to collaborate with faculty members and administrators to design equitable and inclusive policies and school programming. 

Spanish Club

Faculty Advisor: A. Pardo

The Spanish club is a club devoted to speaking the Spanish language, and participating in and learning more about Spanish culture.

Spectrum

Student Leaders: J. Lawrence, J. Steker

Faculty Advisor: Mr. McGrann

Spectrum is a group of students that meets regularly to discuss LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) issues that are happening in our world today. The club’s goal is to help students and faculty become aware of issues such as anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment, as well as provide a safe space for LGBTQ students and their allies. The group participates in national observances such as Ally Week and the Day of Silence; these events are designed to educate the community and reduce discrimination. Spectrum's ultimate goal is to help individuals feel safe and accepted for being who they are.

Standard Candle

Student Leader: R. Tone, E. Buscemi, Q. Harris

Faculty Advsior: D. Lovelock

Weather Services Club

Student Leaders: O. Braunstein

Faculty Advisor: J. Yuhas

The Morristown-Beard Weather Services club studies meteorology on campus, and across the United States. There are three active branches: broadcasting, coding/programming, and social media. Our broadcasters create forecasts which are shared with the entire school at morning meetings. Students work with devices such as CO2 monitors and Raspberry Pis to gather data on campus. Club members integrate meteorology into the school community and share weather information through the MBS app.

Zumba

Student Leaders: A. Stecker, T. Gold

Faculty Advisor: C. Barnes

Zumba club was established to give students (and faculty) a unique way to relieve stress. Run by one of our own faculty, who is a licensed Zumba instructor, students and faculty can get in a good workout while enjoying exciting routines and fun music. 


Middle School Club Period

The Middle School offers a club rotation three times per year to coincide with the Athletic cycle. Clubs meet every Thursday after recess. Below is a sample list of club offerings:

  • Yearbook
  • MS MBS
  • Foreign Language Club
  • Open Art Studio
  • Walking in the Arboretum Club
  • Finance/Investing Club
  • Invention
  • Coding
  • Fantasy Football
  • March Madness

Middle School Clubs

GLOW-Girls Leadership Outreach and Worth

Student Leaders: J. Papas

Faculty Advisor: S. Sweeney and S. Tassinari

Girls Leadership Group is dedicated to supporting girls and inspiring them. The group also organizes educational forums that promote an understanding of the role of women in society. The group works with our Upper School girlsí leadership group GLOW.

Middle School Leadership

Faculty Advisor: Lisa Swanson

Middle School Leadership collaborates with our Dean of Students to run the weekly Morning Meeting, plan student events, and represent the student body.

Ski Club

Faculty Advisor: Rob Mead

Snowboarders and skiers head for Ski Shawnee during the season on Fridays. The club makes seven trips, weather permitting, in January and February.

New Jersey Consortium for Gifted and Talented Program

Faculty Advisor: Soni Dougherty

MBS students engage in a variety of events hosted by Consortium member schools. Annual activities include spelling bees, chess tournaments, World Culture Day, Problem Solving, Debate, and many more.

Crimson Ambassadors

Faculty Advisor: Meg Ahern

Crimson Ambassador Program invites students to represent the Middle School at Admission events. Students host, give tours, and work to introduce new students to the school.

Middle School House System

Faculty Advisor: Susan Glover

The Middle School House System dates back to the Miss Beard School for Girls and the Morristown School for Boys. The Athenians and the Spartans were Houses from Miss Beard School and the Whippanies and Shogums were from the Morristown School for Boys. Under the direction of former Headmaster Dr. Curtis, the four houses were reestablished in the eighth grade. Since then, the eighth grade class participates in a series of team building competitions that promote school spirit. The sixth and seventh grades join the eighth grade twice a year between sports seasons to participate in a series of fun competitions.

In the spring members of the twelfth grade who were in the Middle School join the eighth grade houses to which they were members and compete against one another for the Legacy Cup.

The culmination of the competitions is the awarding of the House Cup during the Moving Up Breakfast.

Math Buddies

Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Dubeck

Eighth grade Math Buddies provide extra help in math to sixth grade students. Students meet during recess in the sixth grade classroom.

Boys & Girls Workshop

Faculty Advisor: Sam Tuttle, Sara Alders, and Suzanne Sweeney

The Boys and Girls Workshops are organized twice per year by the school counselor and the Girls Leadership Coordinators. The aim of the program is to dedicate time during the school year to have in-depth conversations on relevant topics such as girl’s body image, portrayals in the media of manhood, the concept of gratitude, and self-image. All students and teachers participate in the workshops.

Afterschool Program

Faculty Advisor: Jenifer Larson

The After School Program gives students an opportunity to learn and socialize with classmates from every grade. The program offers our students an array of activities that range from Movie Night, Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing, Hobby Tech, and a range of Friday night outings.