ANIMALS IN NEED: Mrs. Carla Matus, Advisor
The Animals in Need Club does volunteer work for local animal shelters. Students bring needed supplies to animal shelters through donations and fund raising. The Animals in Need Club is open to all grade levels. Please join us and bring creative ideas about how we can help animals in need.
ART CLUB: Mrs. Gail Orfei, Advisor
Art Club offers students the opportunity to expand and apply their artistic skills and interests in an after school relaxed atmosphere. Students are encouraged to experiment with a variety of subjects and mediums. They need not be involved in an art class to be in Art Club. Join us and be creative.
BOYS VOLLEYBALL: Mr. Mark Finegan, Advisor
The Boys volleyball club is open to all male students in grades 9-12. The club will endeavor to teach fundamentals and the finer points of the game. There will also be open play on multiple courts. Meetings will occur biweekly or monthly when gym space is available.
CULTURE CLUB: Ms. Mariana Cordero, Advisor
This club is designed to promote awareness of different cultures and appreciation for differences.
DOOR: Mrs. Cami O’Brien/Mrs. Courtney Kiessling ,Advisors
DOOR is a club that produces the high school literary/art magazine. It solicits art and literature from students in grades 9-12, reviews the submissions, and selects the best work for publication in the spring.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CLUB: Mr. Steve Beltecas, Advisor
The Environmental Science Club focuses on environmental issues and concerns through discussions and field trips.
FORENSICS SPEECH TEAM: Mr. Tom Beck, Advisor
Forensics (not to be confused with Forensic Science!) is the art of formal public speaking and presentation. Team members take part in a variety of oral communication competitions. Students’ research, develop, practice, and deliver their performances which include speeches, interpretations and dramatizations of literature. Although students perform as individuals or in small groups, involvement in forensics almost always means being part of a larger team that practices, travels, and competes together. Students also get many opportunities to interact with and learn from students from other schools. The award-winning PMHS team has enjoyed great success on the local, regional, state and national levels.
FRENCH CLUB: Mrs. AriadneLivaditis , Advisor
The French Club is an opportunity for students at all levels in the language to participate in celebrations, cooking demonstrations, movies and field trips unique to the French culture. Students may serve as officers and gain leadership experience. Fundraisers are conducted to defray the cost of activities.
ITALIAN CLUB: Ms. Elizabeth Caparotta, Advisor
The Italian Club is an opportunity for students at all levels in the language to participate in celebrations, cooking instructions, movies and field trips unique to the Italian culture. Students may serve as officers and gain leadership experience. Fundraisers are conducted to defray the cost of activities.
KEEPING TIMES WITH THE TIMES: Mrs. Irene Gruber, Advisor
The purpose of this club is to give students the opportunity to discuss current topics appearing in the New York Times. This is a great learning and social experience for anyone interested in current news and gives students the opportunity to voice their opinions and better understand current news topics.
MATH HONOR SOCIETY: Dr. Thomas Callahan, Advisor
The New York State Math Honor Society strives to recognize students for their excellence in mathematics, promote mathematical leadership, foster student collegiality, encourage mathematical service and to encourage students in the mathematical field.
THE MATH TEAM: Mr. Jonathan Totillo, Advisor
The math team meets Monday afternoons and participates in the Westchester Interscholastic Math League. If students qualify, they go to State and National competitions.
THE MILITARY HISTORY CLUB: Mr. Andrew Scott, Advisor
The M.H.C. will advance student knowledge in this fascinating subject through discussion, guest lectures, field trips, film and historical strategy games.
MODEL UN: Mr. James Marcotullio, Advisor
Pelham’s award winning Model United States program is an academically oriented club that travels to 5 conferences a year and sponsors 2 in house conferences. It aims to educate students about current events, topics in international relations, diplomacy and the United Nations agenda. Club members take on the role of diplomats representing a country, NGO, or person in a simulated session of a committee of the United Nations. Participants research a country, take on roles as diplomats, investigate international issues, debate, deliberate, consult, and ultimately try to develop solutions to world problems. During a conference, participants must employ a variety of communication and critical thinking skills in order to represent the policies of their country. These skills include public speaking, group communication, research, policy analysis, active listening, negotiating, conflict resolution, note taking, and technical writing.
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY: Ms. Mariana Cordero, Advisor
The National Honor Society provides tutoring services free to any student who requests them. Membership is open to any Junior or Senior with an 89 or better average over two years who demonstrates qualities of leadership, service, and character. Meetings are held as needed.
PEER LEADERSHIP: Ms. Dena Delfino, Advisor
This program teaches students leadership skills and ways of becoming positive role models for younger students. These students will be trained in building social skills, problem solving and ways to contribute to a safe and supportive school environment. Designated peer leaders work mainly with middle school students, underclassmen and students who are new to the Pelham Community, in both mentoring and tutoring capacities.
THE PEL MEL: Mr. Neil Schleifer, Advisor
The Pel Mel, the official newspaper of Pelham Memorial High School, is issued monthly. This student-run publication is primarily the final product of the one-semester Print Journalism class, which meets daily.
PELICAN YEARBOOK: Mr. Frank Orfei/ Mrs. Gail Orfei, Advisors
The yearbook club is a hand-on experience in reporting, writing, editing, creating layouts and photography skills. The staff meets every Monday after school and the end product is our annual yearbook, The Pelican
RHO KAPPA NATIONAL SOCIAL STUDIES
HONOR SOCIETY: Mrs. Maria Thompson, Advisor
Membership in Rho Kappa is an honor bestowed upon a student by the PMHS chapter for his/her accomplishments in the field of social studies and overall academic achievement. Rho Kappa members demonstrate civic engagement in the school or community.
SCIENCE HONOR SOCIETY: Mrs. Irene Gruber, Advisor
The purpose of the New York State Science Honor Society is to encourage an interest and understanding of science and science-related careers, as well as to recognize the academic achievement in science of high school students. Students who are members are enthused about research, participate in science related activities, tutor other students in science, have demonstrated achievement in science learning, are service-minded, and present excellent personal character.
SCIENCE OLYMPIAD: Mr. David Schembari, Advisor
The Science Olympiad is a national organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition of outstanding achievement in science education. These goals are achieved by participation in Science Olympiad tournaments. Science Olympiad tournaments follow the format of classroom lab tests, popular board games, TV shows, and athletic games. Everyone can find a niche for his or her particular skill in Science Olympiad as each event is designed to take advantage of the wide variety of students' talents. Events are well balanced between the various science disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills and science applications.
SERVICE LEARNING: Mrs. Katelin Cuccia, Advisor
Students will now need to earn 40 community service hours by the end of their senior year. Volunteer hours must be completed during non-school hours and students may note get compensated for their service or activity. If students need help finding activities, please visit the high school website, under the guidance tab, click on Service Learning Opportunities.
SOCK N’ BUSKIN: Mr. Tom Beck, Director
Sock n’ Buskin is the high school theater club. Working with teachers and professional guest artists, members of the club develop the skills of acting, writing, designing, construction and stage management. The group presents two mainstage productions per year – a dramatic production and a musical. In addition to mainstage productions, Sock ‘n’ Buskin also presents the Young Playwrights Festival, an evening of short pieces that features the work of student authors and directors.
SOCK N’ BUSKIN ART CREW: Mrs. Gail Orfei, Advisor
Sock n’ Buskin Art Crew works with the Sock n’ Buskin building and lighting crews in designing the sets and props necessary for the Fall Drama and Spring Musical. Members of the Art Crew work closely with advisers in the overall design plan and painting process. The Crew meets weekly throughout the school year and then daily two weeks prior to each production to complete the entire set.
SPANISH CLUB: Mrs. Regla Guzman, Advisor
Spanish Club is an opportunity for students at all levels in the language to participate in celebrations, cooking instructions, movies and field trips unique to the Spanish culture. Students may serve as officers and gain leadership experience. Fundraisers are conducted to defray the cost of activities.
STAND: Mr. James Marcotullio, Advisor
Student Anti-Genocide Coalition is an umbrella organization of over 600 high school and college chapters dedicated to putting an end to genocide. This chapter aims to help raise awareness and money to give humanitarian aid to help end genocide in Darfur.
STUDENT ASSOCIATION: Mrs. Regina Ricci/ Ms. Allison Jacobs, Advisors
The “S.A.” is the student government for the school. It consists of elected officers from each class as well as school wide officers and faculty advisors. The S.A. sponsors events throughout the year including Homecoming and the Olympics. It meets at least twice monthly.
SUPPORT OUR TROOPS: Mr. James Ferreri, Advisor
This club is designed to support servicemen around the world through packages and letters.
TRI-M MUSIC HONOR SOCIETY: Dr. Michele Zanky, Advisor
(Modern Music Masters) the purpose of this organization is to inspire music participation, create enthusiasm for scholarship, stimulate a desire to render service and promote leadership in the music students of PMHS. Tri-M is under the sponsorship and supervision of MENC, the National Association for Music Education.
VIDEO PRODUCTION CLUB: Mr. Brian Powers, Advisor
The Video Production Club will meet twice a month after school for students who are interested in video production. Students will create videos for teachers, students or members of the school community.
WISE PROGRAM: Mr. William Doyle, Advisor
The WISE Individualized Senior Experience program provides seniors with the opportunity to create a unique senior year experience while receiving school credit. Students in WISE design a project where they can explore a topic of personal interest while working with an adult mentor. Project options are as wide as students’ interests, curiosities, and passions. Some examples of past WISE projects include coaching Little League Baseball, interning at a nature preserve, producing a music video, and volunteering at a medical center. WISE is open to all seniors on track for graduation.
WORLD LANGUAGE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY: Mrs. Angela Calvelli, Advisor
The World Language NHS includes French, Italian, Latin and Spanish. Membership is open to students of Level IV or higher with an average of 90 or better in the language and an overall GPA of 80. Meetings are held as needed.
YOUTH TO YOUTH CLUB (Y2Y): Ms. Cristina Konior, Advisor
Youth to Youth (Y2Y) is a club that believes in the power of youth and supports teens in making positive and healthy choices. Members of the Y2Y club are committed to being alcohol and other drug free, and use their peer influence in a positive way. Y2Y club activities are focused on raising awareness of the risks associated with alcohol and other drug use, and providing fun alternatives for teens to participate in. The goal of Y2Y is to provide PMHS students with the information and support necessary to help more teens be confident, happy, safe, healthy and drug free.
CLASS OF 2019 Mr. Steven Beltecas/Mr. David Schembari/ Mr. Jupiter Luna, Advisors
The freshman class sponsors many activities throughout the year, such as car washes and bake sales. They meet twice a month with officers and the advisors.
CLASS OF 2018 Ms. Kristin Cerreto / Mr. Michael Solazzo, Advisors
Sophomores work on fundraising projects and class and school wide events. There are several meetings throughout the year.
CLASS OF 2017 Mrs. Jeannette Connolly/Mr. Tim Pitrulle, Advisors
The junior class is responsible for many events during the school year such as the Olympics, the Junior Dinner Dance, the sale of Ghost-o-Grams at Halloween and refreshments during the Senior Talent Show. They meet as necessary through the year to plan events with the officers and advisors.
CLASS OF 2016 Ms. Megan Rice/Mr. Steven Codella, Advisors
The seniors are very busy from the beginning of the year planning their prom. The annual Talent Show, for which they write scripts, plan themes, and do musical numbers, is another big project for the seniors. They also host a Halloween Event for the community and plan for their Senior Luncheon.
* All fundraising for all extracurricular activities MUST be approved by the student’s government advisor and all paper work completed and submitted to Ms. Jacobs prior to fundraising.
INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC TEAMS
Football Field Hockey
Ice Hockey Soccer
Tennis Track And Cross Country
Track and Cross Country Volleyball
The Student Association is the formal voice of the student body and it is essential to the governance of
Pelham Memorial High School. The aims of the Student Association are to:
a. provide student government for the entire student body
b. develop attitudes and model the qualities of good citizenship
c. promote harmonious relationships throughout the school
d. provide a forum for responsible student expression
e. act as a link and agent of communication between the administration
and the student body
f. develop a feeling of respect and loyalty in the school
In order to accomplish these goals, the Student Association has the power to:
a. sponsor programs in the interest of the student body
b. establish committees as the need arises
c. coordinate the student calendar, whereby all clubs, classes, and
other organizations must submit fund raising events or class activities
to the Student Association for processing
d. develop a formal budget at the end of each academic year to be
used by the incoming officers of the Student Association
All members of the Student Association are elected directly by the student body for one-year terms.