High School Activities

PALCS Student Activities 2020-2021

Recorded Student Activity Fair

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American Sign Language (ASL)

The American Sign Language (ASL) Club will teach anyone who wants to learn how to sign on a basic level as well as some basic conversational phrases. We will also touch on some deaf culture and deaf awareness. Everyone is welcome to join the club, whether you have none, some, or a lot of previous ASL experiences

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • 2nd Friday of the month at 2:00pm

For more information, please contact

Ms. Boyce, aboyce@palcs.org

Ms. Francisco, afrancisco@palcs.org

Anime Group

Anime Group exists for students with an interest in all forms of anime to meet and share their interests. During group meetings, students will show, discuss and promote anime in a group setting. The Anime Group will also focus on identifying messages behind various anime as well as broadening their understanding of the culture anime arises from.

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • Thursdays 3:00pm

For more information, please contact :

Mr. Roman, mroman@palcs.org

The Art of Debate and Civil Discourse

The purpose of the debate and civil discourse activity is to teach students to research using credible sources in order to support an argument. Students will also learn how to debate opposing views with their peers using respectful communication.

Proposed Meeting Times, Dates, & Zoom Room:

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Murphy, amurphy4@palcs.org

Ms. DeJoseph, edejoseph@palcs.org

Art and Science Sketching

Students in the Art and Science club will learn art skills, and science will be the inspiration for the creation of drawings/paintings that have science related themes. These themes include: insects, botanicals, flower/fauna, medical illustration, animal illustration, ocean biology, landscapes, macro-worlds, micro-worlds, and space imagery. Students will also learn about a variety of art materials including Coptic markers, colored pencils, and more. Students should have an interest in art and science and should have some experience with drawing. The club will meet for ten Tuesdays starting 3/9/21, and will combine art creation time with drawing demonstrations. Students will be able to choose their science related subject matter for their art creations.

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • Tuesdays 3:00-4:00pm

For more information, please contact

Mrs. Giampietro, mgiampietro@palcs.org

Book Group

Book Club is a community of PALCS students who read and meet virtually once a month to discuss books from a wide variety of authors, styles and genres.

Please view the Flyer for more information

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • Thursdays, at 3:00pm

For more information please contact:

Ms. Walsh, jwalsh3@palcs.org

Creative Writing Circle

PALCS is offering a platform for students to write, share, discuss, and critique their work in an informal group setting. Our goals are for you to gain ideas for your creative pieces from your peers and also from a few of our English teachers. You can also bring forth anything you are working on either for school, a creative portfolio, or for just your own personal use and allow the group to review or help improve your work. In addition the faculty advisors will help initiate ideas to create stories, poems, characters, and other exercises to help get you writing. Students will also have the opportunity to submit creative work for a biannual literary magazine which is published for the students and families of PALCS.

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • Tuesdays, Biweekly: 2:30-3:30

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Pettit, tpettit@palcs.org

Mrs. Propato, gpropato@palcs.org

Ms. Walsh, jwalsh3@palcs.org

French Honor Society

Purpose: to encourage & foster the study of the French language and culture

The Société Honoraire de Français (The French National Honor Society) is an organization whose intent is to recognize high school students in the United States who have maintained excellent grades in at least three semesters of French language courses; this is done by induction into the organization.

Qualifications: Three full semesters of High School French with a grade of A- or better; a minimum 3.0 GPA in all other coursework (excluding French grades); completion of at least one full semester at SJHS (transfer students).

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • Meetings at least once a month at a time chosen each year to accommodate schedules

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Crisafio, jcrisafio@palcs.org or by phone at extension 1261

Ms. Barlat, bbarlat@palcs.org or by phone extension 1264

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

The mission of FBLA is to “inspire and prepare students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences.” Students will be exposed to Career Exploration, College Preparation, Academic Competitions, Community Service, Scholarships and Travel while being a member of the largest career student business organization in the world.

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • Wednesdays, bi-weekly

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Kaelin, rkaelin@palcs.org

Future Golfers of America

Future Golfers of America offers members an online discussion platform to exchange golf stories, strategies, tips and techniques. Members will have the opportunity to send in video clips of their golf swing, ask questions or receive pointers from highly qualified golf coach, Mr. Surine. All are welcome - experienced and amateur players looking to advance their golf game.

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • "Meetings" will consist of open discussion boards as a platform to exchange golf stories/techniques

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Surine, dsurine@palcs.org

Gaming Group

The Games and Activities group has two focuses: video games, and table top role playing games.

Students will be invited to cooperate to share completion tips for games, game reviews, gaming news, and much more. Students will also investigate issues within the gaming community and develop a better understanding of both positive and negative trends in gaming. There are also opportunities to participate in live virtual role playing games and to learn how to run your own tabletop RPG.

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • Fridays 1:00-2:00pm

Fore more information, contact:

Mr. Paffas, bpaffas@palcs.org

Gender and Sexuality Alliance

A Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is a student-run group which provides a safe place for students to meet, support each other, talk about issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and work to end homophobia and transphobia.

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Steines, esteines@palcs.org

Mr. Paffas, bpaffas@palcs.org

Extended Trips Program

Have you ever had the urge to travel abroad? If so, the extended trips program is the place to be! The PALCS Extended Trips Program is pleased to announce our travel abroad travel program with Mrs. Intelicato and other PALCS teachers. This unique program allows students to explore a new country and culture, make international friends, and learn about yourself and the world around you. We travel to amazing destinations across the world so get ready!

International Travel Destinations

Here are some of our up and coming destinations.

  • 2020-2021, The Alps and the Mediterranean
  • 2021-2022, The Capitals of Scandinavia
  • 2022-2023, The British Isles: Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England
  • 2023-2024, The Galapagos Islands
  • 2024-2025, Paris and the Loire Valley

Become a global citizen today!

For more information, please contact

Ms. Intelicato, eintelicato@palcs.org

Mental Health Awareness

The purpose of the Mental Health Awareness Activity is to provide a place where PALCS students with the same goals can raise awareness, engage in discussions and take part in positive activities to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.

Meeting Dates/Times:

  • Thursdays at 2:30pm

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Reilly, creilly@palcs.org

Mobile Photography

Join the Mobile Photography club!

  • If you love snapping pics and sharing to social media, this club is for you!
  • If you enjoying being creative and want to learn the basics of photography, this club is for you!
  • If you'd like to make some friends and be more social, this club is definitely for YOU!

Every other week you'll have a photography "mission" using your smart phone/device and the social networking app Instagram. In these missions, you will be using the photography and editing skills you learn along the way and sharing your photos through Instagram and in our weekly club meetings.

You will need:

1) A mobile device (smartphone or tablet) that can take pictures and connect to the internet

2) An Instagram account You will be setting up a school account with the social media platform Instagram

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • Fridays, Biweekly 12pm

If interested, please contact

Mrs. Guerriero, mguerriero@palcs.org

National Honor Society

The PALCS Chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) is for all students in grades 10-12 who have a cumulative 3.5 GPA and can demonstrate leadership, service, and character. The chapter exists to increase academic scholarship, and to build connections with various communities through community service. Membership is based on an application process. The application will be available in December in the PALCSchool Lobby, and will be due at the end of January. Applicants will also interview with teachers as part of the application process. If accepted, students will attend an induction ceremony in March to formally become a member of NHS. Once inducted into NHS, we have monthly meetings run by student leadership. Students organize local community service events across the state throughout the year.

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • Friday, once per month at 3:30pm (USP off-site days)

For more information, please contact:

Mr. VanHassent, dvanhassent@palcs.org

PALCS Student Government

PALCS Student Government is run by the officers and grade-level representatives who are elected by the student body. We work to strengthen the relationships between our students, teachers, and administrators through collaboration, school activities, and service projects. We would love for you to join our team!

Meeting Dates and Times:

For more information, please contact

Mrs. DeJoseph, edejoseph@palcs.org

Project Proclamation

Project Proclamation! A Bible study activity where students have the opportunity to study the Bible and discuss their faith.

Meeting Dates and Times:

  • Mondays from 4-5pm

For more information, please contact

Ms. De Zelaya, adezelaya@palcs.org

Ms. Schultz, sschultz@palcs.org

Mr. McCartney, rmcartney@palsc.org

Spanish Honor Society

Purpose: to encourage & foster the study of the Spanish language and culture

The purpose of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (The Hispanic National Honor Society, known as the Spanish Honor Society at PALCS) is to recognize high achievement in Spanish and Portuguese by students of secondary schools in the United States and to promote continuity of interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies. For our school, we focus on study in Spanish.

Qualifications: Three full semesters of High School Spanish with a grade average of A- or better; a minimum 3.0 GPA in all other coursework (excluding Spanish grades).

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • Meetings at least once a month at a time chosen each year to accommodate schedules

For more information contact:

Ms. Abreu, labreu@palcs.org

Student STEAM Society

The mission of this activity is to connect students from diverse and creative backgrounds and to encourage and broaden student interest in STEAM by engaging in STEAM activities, particularly game design and development. In essence, we would like to do away with the misconception around STEM/STEAM that one needs to be a very technical person or know how to code in

order to engage in STEAM activities. Potentially, in the future, we would also like to ally with other clubs, particularly the Tech/Coding Club and the Gaming Club, in order to enhance and supplement the reach of STEAM involvement throughout PALCS.

Proposed First Meeting Time:

For more information contact:

Ms. Anderson, handerson2@palcs.org

Ms. Dawson, cdawson@palcs.org


Tri-M is the National Music Honors Society. This organization is designed to honor those who have achieved honors in their music classes and allow for the students to give back to their community with potential performance opportunities as well as service projects. We aim to show the community around us the importance of music education!

Qualifications: Members must be enrolled in at least one music class for at least one semester; have a 2.0 GPA in their core classes; and a 3.0 in their music class(es); and be of strong character.

Proposed Meeting Time:

  • Tuesdays, 3:00pm

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Roman, mroman@palcs.org


For more information, please contact:

Mr. Berman, aberman@palcs.org

Teen Parent Connection

We will provide support needed to navigate through life in high school as a teen parent.

Instruction on how to be the best parent and student you can be for you and your baby.


Students can come to add a new friend to their life, connect with others to share the fullness of life as a young parent.

For more information, please contact:

Ms.Todd, mtodd2@palcs.org

Ms. Hartzell, thartzell@palcs.org

Video Announcement Group

This student group will gather news about the school, such as upcoming deadlines, school events, and other interesting tidbits. Then, each piece of information will be assigned to a few students in the group and they will create a video relating the news. The videos will be edited together and shared with the High School at the beginning of every month

Proposed Meeting Time:

TBD based on accomodating schedules

For more information please contact:

Ms. King, bking1@palcs.org

Student Activity Proposal Form

Have an idea for a student activity, but don't see it on our list? Make a proposal to our administration to add a new student activity!