Student Groups & Clubs
- Anatomy Club
- BioMedical Sciences Club
- Business Club
- Chess Club
- Classics Club
- Computer Science Club
- Current Events Club
- Debate Club
- Environmental Awareness
- Film Club
- Math Club
- Model UN 7/8
- MUN Impact Club
- Science Olympiad
- S.L.A.M.U.N. (St. Louis Area Model United Nations)
- Super Mileage Vehicle Club
- SMVC - Middle School
- TED Club
- THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations)
- Trivia Club/Scholar Bowl Team
- Young Republicans Club
Student Leaders: Lylah Ali & Evelyn Ziaee
Faculty Sponsor: Carrie Dodson-Ching & Aaron Dowdall
Mission: to promote an understanding of the operations and mission of the United Nations by drafting resolutions, researching countries and their concerns and voting on sample resolutions. Model UN works in coordination with the Greater St. Louis chapter of the United Nations Organization and Civitas Associates and participates in a middle school program with eighteen other schools - public, private and parochial.
Student Leaders: Andrew Wang & Ben Wei
Faulty Sponsor: Chris Lubniewski
Mission: To participate in the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competition. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. It provides unique opportunities for students to apply science, technology, engineering and math-related concepts and skills by competing in the FTC robotics program.
Student Leaders: Adina Cazacu-DeLuca & Michael Tu
Faculty Sponsors: Martha Keeley, Marina Smallwood & Tracy Walther
Mission: To participate in competitions similar to academic track meets, consisting of a series of 23 team events. Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. By combining events from all disciplines, Science Olympiad encourages a wide cross-section of students to get involved. Emphasis is placed on active, hands-on group participation.
Student Leaders: Adina Cazacu, Court Hyken, Emma Petite, Jon Sky, Carrie Zhang
Faculty Sponsor: Jon Bang
Mission: To have students engage in a role-playing activity based on the operation of the United Nations by drafting resolutions, discussing assigned topics on current world events and voting on proposals. Participants will hear guest speakers and become knowledgeable about writing resolutions and planning debate procedures. Students from St. Louis area schools engage in three sessions of this Model UN at which time resolutions are heard, debated and voted on.
Student Leaders: JD Downes, Rahul Jasti, Isaiah Knispel, Sophia Park & Hallie Williams
Faculty Sponsors: Dan Barton, Eric Knispel & Kerri Rowe
Mission: To design, build and test energy efficient vehicles. By combining all four aspects of STEM, the JBS SMVC will allow current and future JBS students to be exposed to eco-friendly engineering.
Student Leaders: Luna Aramburu, JD Downes & Isaiah Knispel
Faculty Sponsors: Dan Barton, Eric Knispel & Kerri Rowe
Mission: To gain experience before high school by learning basic engineering, design and sustainable skills. Our club builds upon the ideas and principles taught in the 7th and 8th grade curriculum and allows freedom for middle schoolers to design and build their own project.
Participants: Applications due in October
Faculty Sponsors: Shannon Koropchak
Mission: To promote the debate of and collaboration around complex international issues in accordance with the United National and the Sustainable Development Goals. We hope as well to work toward the resolutions of these lofty goals at the local level.
Student Leaders: Udonne Eke-Okoro, Yara Levin, Diya Krishnan, Abby Philpott, Lily Walther & Carrie Zhang
Faculty Sponsor: Donya Allison
Mission: To parallel the UNICEF mission to empower youth to be effective global citizens and help the world's most vulnerable children. JBS UNICEF will educate, advocate and fund raise to help at-risk children around the world.
Student Leaders: Ainsley Heidbreder, Max Kellaher, Max Nicolais & Phoebe Philip
Faculty Sponsor: Peter Tasker
Mission: To discuss conservative views and issues both specific to JBS as well as the US and world and to possibly present and help the JBS community get a better perspective on what we believe. We will hold meetings with both specific and open discussion topics.
- Asian Culture Club
- Diversity E.T.C.
- French Club
- GEO (Gender Equity Organization)
- GYLI (Global Youth Leadership Institute)
- Hispanic Culture Club
- Jewish Culture Club
- Middle School Diversity
- RISE (Race Intersectionality with Socioeconomic Status)
- World Religions Club
Student Leaders: Tina Chen, Vivienne Lu, Rekha Morgan, Claire Pan, Anyi Su, & Katie Xu
Faculty Sponsor: Susie Lim
Mission: To increase awareness of Asian culture, country by country, through the study of the history, language, art, religion, music and food, and to help students gain a better understanding of how race and ethnicity inform identity.
Mission: To instill the joy of living through the advancement of community. We believe that it is an integral part of education during these formative years to cultivate character and compassion by productive interaction. Welcoming all, regardless of background or opinion, Diversity E.T.C. strives to serve as a clearinghouse for ongoing, open discourse, with the goal of encouraging affinities within the Burroughs community. Functioning to enhance learning through formal meetings, informal conversations and planned activities, we are always striving to promote awareness and enrich consciousness.
Student Leaders: Rafi Brent, Dylan Fox, Cristian Perez, Jon Sky & Ben Stettin
Faculty Sponsor: Michael Haveman
Mission: To teach and familiarize students with Jewish culture through programming relating to Jewish life and holidays as well as spreading Jewish culture through Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). In wake of the many recent anti-Semitic actions throughout the U.S., we wish to cultivate an acceptance of Jewish culture (and religion) through understanding and learning. Members do not have to be Jewish, nor have a knowledge of Judaism or even know a Jewish person. The club is open to all.
Student Leaders: Jacquelyn Harris, Kami Lou Harris, Jillian Mays & Okafor
Faculty Sponsor: Andranique Harrison
Mission: To support discussion of issues relevant to the intersection of race and socioeconomic status, engaging in "revealing" activities that highlight inherent privilege, or lack thereof, by virtue of one's race of socioeconomic status.
Student Leaders: Claire Harkins, Tamar Kreitman & Lindsey Steinkamp
Faculty Sponsors: Jennifer Jones & Megan Zmudczynski
Mission: To represent the Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA) community in an effort to increase awareness of and safety for Gender and Sexuality Minorities (GSM) in the Burroughs community. This is done by spreading information about various gender and sexuality identities through meetings, assembly speeches and events, as well as promoting response to any issues which may infringe upon the rights of those who identify as a GSM.
Student Leaders: Eleanor Hohenberg, Jenny Kanzler, Ava Kennard, Grace Thompson & Gaby Thornton
Faculty Sponsor: Sally Killbride
Mission: To aid and ease the navigation of kids under twenty-one through the world of middle/high school and the stress and/or mental obstacles that may be encountered along the way.
Student Leaders: Sally Arneson & Jennifer Kanzler
Faculty Sponsor: Kim Bouldin-Jones
Mission: To provide students with the necessary information and techniques to be a safe and responsible driver for the sake of their own safety and the community's.We will also create a safe space to talk about and past events behind the wheel.
Editors-in-Chief: Emma Petite & Lucas Willey
Faculty Sponsors: Mike Gesiakowski & Sorsha Maness
Mission: To have students work together from the beginning of the school year through March to produce a traditional yearbook called the Governor. Under the direction of the senior editors-in-chief, students are responsible for page layout, design, writing, editing and photography. Students work together during open meeting times and individually to complete these tasks.
Editors-in-Chief: Adina Cazacu & Ann Zhang
Faculty Sponsors: Andy Chen & Megan Zmudczynski
Mission: To promote visual arts and creative writing while collecting pieces for the annual publication of the student literary magazine, The Review. We host regular meetings to review nominations, which are open to all grade levels. In addition, The Review sponsors the annual Review Preview, a music and spoken word festival.
Editors-in-Chief: Sriya Bandi & Vinya Reddy
Faculty Sponsor: Maggie Ervin-Doyle
Mission: To create a publication in the 'zine" style, focusing on creating meaningful and respectful conversation among members of the JBS community on the topics of diversity and inclusion. It is a publication that is submission-based and includes all types of artistic expression.
Editors-in-Chief: Earth Gira & Mimi Taff
Faculty Sponsors: Jill Donovan & Shannon Koropchak
Mission: To nurture and help showcase the creative writing and art of middle school students. Participants support each other as writers in after-school creative workshop gatherings, and they help to edit and lay out the literary and art magazine Works in Progress: An Anthology of Middle School Creative Work at Burroughs.
Editors-in-Chief: Gabe Fleisher & Hallie Williams
Faculty Sponsors: Margaret Bahe & Maggie Ervin
Mission: To be the eyes and ears of John Burroughs School as we strive to report accurately and fairly about the events and people that concern JBS and the larger world around us. We will be a forum for the opinions and views of the entire Burroughs community to be shared openly and freely and for ideas to be debated respectfully and honestly.
- Aim High
- American Patriot Club
- Animal Allies
- Extra Hands for ALS
- Friends of Wings
- Global Aid Project
- MakerSpace Club
- Montgomery Plan Committee
- Sports for Charity (SPOFO)
Student Leaders: Phoebe Philip & Hallie Williams
Faculty Sponsor: Davey Desloge
Mission: To raise awareness support for all branches of the United States military, their families and veterans from raising money for the greater St. Louis Honor flight, hosting current and veteran military men and women and making cards for servicemen to striving to honor those who have sacrificed so much for their country.
Student Leaders: Ayah Hamed & Yara Levin
Faculty Sponsor: Marni Dillard
Mission: To provide assistance to people living with ALS throughout the St. Louis area. While in the homes of patients, students perform household chores that are difficult for people living with ALS. The club also raises money to help fund ALS research and participates in community-wide events that raise ALS awareness.
Student Leaders: Diya Krishnan, Dev Nayak, Sydney Panagos, Sami Remis, Caroline Strahorn & Lily Walther
Faculty Sponsor: Laura Fogarty
Mission: To enable Burroughs student to help people in other countries by providing micro-loans to assist individuals around the world in growing small businesses. We focus on supporting single women build their independence. Burroughs students will raise money, then choose the people, causes and businesses they want to support.
Student Leader: Sophia Crowley
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Salomon
Mission: To serve as an interest group for students in the Burroughs community who like to create things, to increase interest and awareness about the MakerSpace and provide educational sessions and to provide disadvantaged students from the broader St. Louis area with the the opportunity to access the Burroughs MakerSpace.
- Cloud Club
- Crafts Club
- Dance Squad
- Guild of Geeks
- Light & Sound Crew
- Quad Fun Club
- Sixth Man Club
- Staff Appreciation Club
- Student Congress
- Student Court
Student Leaders: Jane Leavitt & Andrew Wang
Faculty Sponsor: Paul Salomon
Mission: To serve as a welcoming environment to promote awareness and increase participation in board games and a variety of other different media that are less popular. We strive to be inclusive in our activities, and, above all else, to simply have fun.
Student Leaders: Loch Dean & Harrison Pruett
Faculty Sponsor: Jud Dieffenbach
Mission: To increase attendance at sporting events in order to bring the school together through celebration of our sports teams. We believe that an organized club that promotes sporting events can quickly change the atmosphere and coming together of the community through sport.
Faculty Sponsors: Kate Grantham & Maria Russell
Mission: To direct student organizations and help establish an understanding between students and other branches of the JBS community. It creates an atmosphere and a forum for the open discussion of school problems. Congress helps define and implement the JBS philosophy and is the main student vehicle to initiate change within the school. Past activities include the Holiday Drive for the Hundred Neediest Cases, Dance Marathon, Movie Night, Commons Café and Field Day. All meetings are open to the student body. The Student Congress is comprised of the president of each class, Chief Justice of the Student Court, Student Body President and an appointed secretary.
Student Leaders: Hugh McKelvy, Emma Petite & Ann Zhang
Faculty Sponsors: Kate Ward & Pete McKeown
Mission: To hear cases arising from alleged violations of school rules. The Student Court is composed of ten students, including a chief justice, two seniors, one junior, one sophomore, one freshman, one eighth grader, two bailiffs and the court secretary. The Student Court offers the community unique opportunities for learning and developing fostered responsibility. The court meets every Friday morning to establish punishment for certain crimes, discuss and process more than 500 cases a year and demonstrate some sophisticated judgments and creative punishments.